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Deciding on the right furniture for the outside of your house can be just as important, and sometimes difficult, as choosing furnishings for the inside. When furnishing your patio or yard, you should take under consideration the same factors you did when decorating your house. This is important because you will most likely want the outside of your house to reflect your lifestyle and personality, just like the inside probably does.

There are many ways to furnish your patio or deck. The location of your patio or porch can make a major difference. For example, most people would not place a table and chairs on their front porch. Instead, a rocking chair or swing would most likely be appropriate. Still, if you wanted to place a small table on your front porch, you probably could, given it would fit. Most people probably spend more time on their back porches than on the front porch, which is one reason why tables and chairs are placed there. Also, back yards usually allow for more privacy, and are often great for entertaining. Whether you entertain frequently, or simply enjoy the privilege of your back patio or porch, you want to be sure it is furnished to fit you.

The location of the furniture can make all the difference. For instance, a benched placed a shade tree can add to your decor. Before beginning, think about where you patio furniture will be placed. Then, you can decide how much of it you will need, and what specific pieces you will buy.

When choosing your patio furniture, consider the views you would like to enjoy. If you live on or near the water, you might want to place your tables and chairs in a location that allows you this view. Consider every option before making a decision. Read more… »

The look of a garage door is important to accentuate the look of a house. Many people would never consider this to be the case because the garage is the traditionally overlooked and forgotten part of the house. It’s where the biggest mess is, where the most dirt is and where people rarely spend a lot of time.

As true as that is from the inside, from the outside the garage is a huge deal. This becomes truer with each passing year as architectural trends and consumer needs drive the need for bigger garages. These days a three car garage is quite common in a lot of areas and that means three garage doors spanning the front of the house.

Even one garage door can draw attention away from the outer house’s other features. When two of these are these garage doors are placed side by side it seems to take up at least half of the house. Going on three it’s easy to see how the house’s otherwise beautiful look can be swallowed up-unless the doors are thought through carefully.

This is why the manufacturing of garage doors has become a booming industry. Different manufacturers bring different things to the table. Some offer heavier steel or a sturdier design. Some boast doors that can withstand high winds while other garage doors are meant to maintain themselves through varying climate conditions. The better in the business manage to offer it all. Read more… »

updating the bedroom style

I noticed that my parents’ bed fabrics are really old. As far as I can remember, I can still see the ones I bought three years ago. Plus, I haven’t seen any new bed fabrics inside the closet. There are still the same sheets I used before I left. Now, that I am here I am still using them.

Well, I wanted to purchase new ones to update the bedroom style. But, this time I am more interested to purchase anichini linens. I learned that it’s ultra-high 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sateen that uses double twisted threads in the warp and the weft. As far as I know, the Egyptian cotton is one of the best quality cotton available. Add the higher thread count creates a very soft fabric that provides luxury and comfort. I just hope hubby will let me purchase this items before our scheduled flight back home.

Benefits of Cedar Wood

Cedar wood has remarkable dimensional stability. This means the wood doesn’t change its size or dimension despite weather, humidity or temperature conditions. Many types of wood will warp when subjected to moisture, but cedar stays straight and flat which makes it perfect for house siding. Many clear cedar wood products can be stained and painted and not lose their beautiful grained appearance. Cedar siding too if painted expertly under the correct conditions, will retain the grain texture with a color that pleases the homeowner.

Cedar is a light, porous type of wood. This gives it a high insulating value perfect for use as a home siding product. The porous wood also allows it to absorb noise. This can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. These are two more reasons why cedar siding is in such high demand. It is also an elegant and prestigious type of house finishing product that lasts a long time. Cedar stands up to moisture, resisting rot and resisting insect damage better than other woods.

Cedar Wood Benefits

Cedar wood has remarkable dimensional stability. This means the wood doesn’t change its size or dimension despite weather, humidity or temperature conditions. Many types of wood will warp when subjected to moisture, but cedar stays straight and flat which makes it perfect for house siding. Many clear cedar wood products can be stained and painted and not lose their beautiful grained appearance. Cedar siding too if painted expertly under the correct conditions, will retain the grain texture with a color that pleases the homeowner.

Cedar is a light, porous type of wood. This gives it a high insulating value perfect for use as a home siding product. The porous wood also allows it to absorb noise. This can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. These are two more reasons why cedar siding is in such high demand. It is also an elegant and prestigious type of house finishing product that lasts a long time. Cedar stands up to moisture, resisting rot and resisting insect damage better than other woods.

Holiday mantel decorations

Over the past few years I’ve gotten pretty lazy and just hung up the stockings on the mantel. I used to do these really intricate mantel landscapes for the holidays and I always got lots of compliments about them from our family and friends. But then I became a busy mom and didn’t quite have the time or energy to continue going through all of that trouble.

Well, this year my daughter is in kindergarten so I have a little more free time during the days to do little things like that. I also found this really cool idea with our Rural Internet about how to get the most out of your mantel space for decorating purposes.

I actually only spent about an hour putting up my holiday mantel decorations but it looks like I took a whole bunch more time. I guess that the key was just to plan ahead of time. My 5-year-old daughter thought that it looked pretty neat. I just have to keep reminding her not to pull any of the decorations off the mantel.

adding vintage feel to the house

Six relatives of the house owner arrive Saturday evening to attend a wedding in the nearby town. After, they decided to spend the night of Sunday here in the house and fly back to their place five in the morning this day. However, due to unfortunately turns of time, they arrive late for their flight. So, they have to spend the rest of the day here.

The house isn’t too big to accommodate them all comfortably. Some of them have to sleep in the living room. The entire place is actually too crowded and cluttered with all their boxes of presents in the floor. I can’t get down the living room to watch my favorite television programs. Good thing I have my internet connection where I can still enjoy looking around.

One of the things that I discovered this day is the vintage push button switch. A push button is particularly used to either close or open an electrical circuit depending on the application. This is the perfect switch for this almost 50 year old house. If I am the owner, then I would definitely choose something like this to add a vintage feel. For sure it would be a good idea.