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With all the new appliances and gadgets that our fast-evolving technology has been spurting out in just the past few years, it’s no wonder why our electric bills have gone up. Finding ways to save on them can not only benefit us, it also benefits our environment. Let’s discuss the ways of minimizing costs on our energy bills.
Jack O Lanterns, costumes and candy all make Halloween fun, but having the streets filled with costumed individuals asking strangers for handouts provides an opportunity for burglars to conceal themselves in the crowd. The purpose of this article is not to fill you with fear about urban legends, such as poisoned candy or child abductions, but rather to make you aware of how to eliminate any vulnerabilities Halloween may create for your home defense and securities.
So you've moved into your new home and are anxious to get to grips with creating your perfect living space. Where do you begin? Apart from the kitchen, the lounge is where you’ll probably spend the most time, so it needs to be right for you.
The safety of a home is very important but it often only becomes a priority when a crime occurs. Most people believe that they are living in a safe environment, but are oblivious to the crime that actually goes on without them knowing. People are under the impression that their houses are safe so they do not take the necessary precautions. However, you would be surprised at the crime rates in some places and how these numbers even astonish the people that live in the area.
Although this look has been around a while, Shabby Chic is still one of the most popular décor styles. It speaks of romance, history and French cottages. It’s epitomized by soft pastel colors, with matt finishes on both the walls and furniture; perfect for the bedroom. Some of the furniture can be distressed to give it an aged look. Whilst it can look quite opulent, it is definitely possible to achieve this look for less.
I recently wrote a piece about fixing glass sliding doors, and while I was surfing the web looking for pictures I came across some wonderful photographs of the Frameless variety - I bookmarked some of the ones that impressed me so I could share them with you now.
I've never lived in a home which has had them, but after looking at some of these pictures I really grew to like them - I think I'm developing 'frameless' envy :)
Natural light in the bathroom is an important feature that can greatly affect your enjoyment and comfort. Often overlooked, the bathroom is in fact the first place you look at yourself in the morning as well as the room in which you probably spent most of your time preparing to leave the house. It is also the place many people unwind at the end of a long day by taking a hot shower or long bath. Without much need to worry about furniture or upholstery, lighting becomes the most important factor in creating an inviting space.
So the title of this article is both a pun, and a serious question.
I've always thought that four poster beds were a bit too gaudy for my tastes, but after a recent stay in a B&B which had one, I'm starting to question that.
It was a fairly opulent four poster bed like the one pictured to the left which gave me mixed emotions.
While doors and windows have a long lifespan, they tend to deteriorate with time and may need replacement. You will not have a problem with purchasing high quality replacement doors or windows, but it can be a difficult task to find an effective and reputable replacement contractor. Even the best replacement doors or windows can look and perform average, if they are not installed properly.
My house has a guest apartment, which I admit has been neglected for some time, and it's badly in need of work done on the kitchen.
As you can see in the picture on the left, it has an old lino floor designed to look like floor tiles.
It also has some kind of creamy off-white tiles for the backsplash (pictured below) which seem to have been chosen on the basis that they achieve the maximum level of clash with the floor! It's not my fault - it was the original owner who did it.
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