Resin Patio Furniture – It’s What Makes Your Summertime Living Easy

Resin Patio Furniture – It’s What Makes Your Summertime Living Easy

A common dilemma: You love everything about your patio furniture except for the time it takes to maintain it. But there are solutions. Plastic, polymer or resin patio furniture is virtually maintenance free, yet has the look of traditional painted wood furniture.

So get rid of those thoughts that plastic furniture is low-cost, rickety junk. Today’s manufacturers use several methods to ensure a quality product that will stand the test of time. Weighing in at an average of fifty pounds, this furniture sure isn’t flimsy. Some use a thick and strong polymer that is purified and UV protected. Others such as Envirowood and Poly-Wood make their chairs and other furniture from recycled milk jugs and other plastic containers. This material is permeated with UV stabilized coloring which eliminates the need for finishing and ensures that the color you choose will not fade when left to the elements. Resin patio furniture absorbs no moisture so it will not rot, warp, crack or splinter. It is essentially impervious to sun, snow, rain and even chlorine and salt water. In fact, it eliminates the need for painting, staining, waterproofing, stripping and resurfacing, unlike furniture made of wood. All you need is a little soap and water to clean it periodically and you’ll have beautiful furniture for many summers.

Available in all shapes and sizes you can choose some classic Adirondack chairs with ottomans or some luxurious chaises for lounging. Observe your garden from a plastic bench and share a meal or a drink at one of the pub table sets. If the cottage chic look isn’t for you try the vintage Chippendale style and indulge in something different. Once you have chosen the pieces you want to complete your backyard get away you can decide on the color you think will look best. Besides the traditional colors like natural, white and green you can choose from other shades such as sand, teak or patina. And if you want to go bold and be original you can add a splash of color with banana yellow, mint green or flamingo pink furniture.

Place your plastic furniture on the patio, poolside or under a canopy of trees or an arbor for some shadowy relief from the afternoon sun. No matter what style you choose or where you put your resin patio furniture, you’ll have places to sit and enjoy your not so far away escape. Sure there is more to creating a fabulous backyard retreat than simply buying a few pieces of stylish furniture. But maintenance free resin patio furniture is a great place to start. Choose your favorite color and design your patio for relaxing. Block out city noises with flowing water and add interest and color with containers of sweet smelling blossoms. Add some plush, patterned cushions to your resin patio furniture for a little pizzazz or maybe just a few pillows for fun. Whether you want to keep your new found paradise to yourself or share it with friends for impromptu get togethers you’ll love being able to throw open your doors and extend your living space. It’s hard to resist the simple pleasures of summer like fresh air, sunshine and resin patio furniture.

Duvet Covers – For a Quick Bedroom Makeover

Duvet Covers – For a Quick Bedroom Makeover

Duvets or comforter covers are very versatile on a bed. If you want something that is different for your bedroom makeover, you may find expense is an issue in fancy, unique, well made fabric. Designer labels are pricey, especially if you aren’t shopping during a white sale. The versatility of the duvet makes them worth having and a necessity for a comforter. Transform an inexpensive comforter into a stylish work of art with a unique duvet cover. Duvets are great for your kid’s rooms. As the child grows, change out a print or pattern. A teddy bear duvet might be good one day but you blink and he’s ready for a NASCAR print. Find fabulous duvets online and in your favorite bedding stores.

If you can’t find exactly what you want, consider making it yourself. Even a novice can pull this off this sewing project. The magic of Velcro and fabric glue can also eliminate the sewing. Just think of a duvet as a giant pillow case with some sort of closure at the end. That doesn’t seem too hard does it? A pillow case keeps the pillow clean as you sleep on it, and the duvet does the same thing. All types of bedding should be soft and supple since it is next to your skin. You are going to be making this yourself, so don’t scrimp on fabric. Find good quality fabric in a soft cotton or blend. I love flannel on the bottom and it is available in lovely colors and prints. It will be repeatedly washed so look for one that is yarn dyed. You can even find two sheets on a clearance table that are a steal. This would be the easiest because no cutting is involved. Wash and dry either fabric or sheets before you begin, as this will curtail shrinking disappointments down the road. If you have not already purchased a comforter, think about how it will look on the bed. Do you want more of an overhang on the sides or is your partner prone to stealing the covers? If so, you might want to buy a size that is a little larger than your size of bed. The completed presentation might look more finished if you do so.
• Measure your comforter and add one and a half inches to the width and three and three fourths inches to the length allowing for seams and hems. If you have sheets, just look at the dimensions on the package.
• If you have chosen sheets, I would suggest not buying two of the exact same thing. Make things more interesting by buying complementary patterns and colors so it can be turned over for a new look. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a little.
• If you have chosen fabric, you must piece it together as you won’t find fabric with the width you need. Here is where creativity comes in. You can choose lots of matching patterns and colors and stitch them together to make the top of your duvet, just measure how big you want your “blocks” of fabric to be and go from there until you have enough for the top of the duvet. If this sounds like too much work, just use one or two fabrics and do the measuring.
• Place the wrong sides together and stitch with a quarter inch seam along the top sides. If a sewing machine is a foreign thing to you, there are many types of glue on the market that will do the job as well.
• You can create a fanciful closure by sewing large buttons at the top, folding it over and stitching ribbons to the other side of the top. Make sure it represents a nice fold and tie the ribbons to the buttons. Nothing could be simpler. For a more country look, take strips of torn fabric and stitch them where you placed the ribbons. They will fray, but that’s the point. Your duvet cover will take on a shabbier chic look.
Let the creative side come out and makeover your bedroom in the style and color that you choose, and save money at the same time.

Increase You Home Value With Bathroom Improvements

Increase You Home Value With Bathroom Improvements

Many home owners look for ways to add value to their homes through improvements. One of the best ways is to have a go at your bathrooms.

The Almighty Bathroom

Today’s bathrooms are wonderful. Showers that “rain” on you, warm air hydrotherapy bathtubs, sinks that look like water worn boulders. You can pamper yourself now and smile on your way to the bank when you sell because homes with good kitchens and bathrooms are in demand. The only caveat is don’t make it so grand that it’s above your neighborhood’s standards. It’s hard to get your money out when yours is the most expensive house in the neighborhood.

Explore and Plan

The scope and style of your bath update needs to fit the style and price range of your home and your family, and you’ll face space constraints. One way to approach the project is to canvass various places that sell bathroom fixtures, see what you like, comparison shop, and then see if there’s an outlet for your price range with a good design staff to help you on a “freebie” basis if you buy from them.

Lowe’s and Home Depot are useful if you are very price conscious. They carry brands we’re all familiar with. It can be fun to explore some of the avant-garde fixtures in some of the high end outlets, and then see if something similar can be achieved for less. And if the budget (and the neighborhood) can take it, go for a truly luxurious spa of a bath.

Simplicity is prized today. I think it may be because life tends to be so rushed and complicated. Simplicity does not mean boring. Far from it. The simple can pamper and provide great visual appeal.

Put together a plan within your budget and you are on your way. Improved bathrooms can actually add tens of thousands of dollars in equity to your home.

Home Decorating for the Basement

Home Decorating for the Basement

The basement is often a neglected point in many homes around the country. This space in many homes is more utilitarian than functional. The sad thing is that this space could be so much more for those who are interested in taking the time and paying the attention required to change the look from functional to fabulous. In many basements this will require a little more than minor home decorating skills while in other basements around the country all that is needed is a little color and a lot of style to make the basement the most in demand room in the house.

One common complaint that people have about basements is the fact that they are so dark and dreary. The reason for this is that most basements have little natural light that is allowed to flourish due to a serious lack of windows. However, this can also work to your benefit if you decide to use the basement as a media area. In fact, with the low ceiling and low light in the basement, this is probably the most perfect area in your home to turn into an excellent media room complete with surround sound and theater style seating. The only problem in this case will be getting the neighbors to quit begging to watch this week’s newest DVD release at your house rather than their own. To pull this off you will want darker colored walls, floors, and ceiling in this room, a large screen television, comfortable seating and plenty of tables upon which you can place your beverages and popcorn.

Another great idea for basements is an artist or music studio. Basements can easily be portioned off into smaller rooms and all kinds of lighting can be installed in order to accommodate the lighting needs of many artists (keep in mind that one size does not fit all and artists that need natural light in order to work will not find most basements accommodating). By creating a smaller room, particularly for musicians, you are allowing yourself the additional option of soundproofing or at the very least dampening the room in order to save not only your ears but also the ears of the neighbors and animals that live nearby. These rooms can be simply furnished and decorated with music notes, a music stand, a comfortable place to sit, and the equipment needed to create music for musicians or an easel, art supplies, wash basin, comfortable seating, and perhaps a futon for relaxation for artists.

If you are in need of a quiet place that is removed from the family in which to work (and who isn’t really) the basement offers an ideal workspace for that provided you could get the lighting you need. Most people will need a professional to install the lights in a basement but most people will definitely need additional lighting in the basement in order to find the space tolerable for work. However, once the lighting situation is taken care of, the basement does make an excellent office space for many people. Try adding filing cabinets and photos, perhaps a fountain in order to make the area more serene and conducive to the work that needs to be done. Of course you will want comfortable seating and adequate desk or work table space as well. Design this room as you would any home office and it should do just well regardless of your home decorating talent.

One thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to home decorating and the basement is that many basements have a tendency to seep in high humidity or after heavy rains. Dehumidifiers assist with this problem but you may need to decorate with this in mind if the water and moisture is problematic. You will want to avoid mold and mildew at all cost, as they will ruin any potential enjoyment of your basement. Cork and ceramic tile are excellent flooring choices in this case and moisture barriers are an excellent idea to install before ‘finishing’ a basement.

Give new life to your living room

Give new life to your living room

Want to improve your house, one of the easiest way is to paint your house. But most of the time we get confused about the color combination which is to be used in our house.

Now don’t you have to get confused any more with painting books that are available in the market which help to choice the right paint and with in your budget. May of us don’t have any knowledge about paints like which paint will stay for long period and suit in your living room.

One of the most common things where we always get confused is where to see that trail of color combination, which color suits our living room more and choosing the right paint. Before you decide you can check all the paint color combination for your house with painting books. This is critical to whether or not your new paint job will look good and last. Most of the time for us choosing paint is tricky. Paints have gone through such dramatic changes in the past few years that it’s hard to know what to buy. This allows us to choice the right paint for your house.

Make sure you buy paint of reputed brands. Don’t waste your time and money on low quality paint. As we all know branded paint is more qualitative, hiding and wash ability. Try to make a difference between the qualitative paint and cheap paint it will defiantly help you to choice the right paint for you house.

Anna Josephs is a freelance journalist having experience of many years writing articles and news releases on various topics such as pet health, automobile and social issues. She also has great interest in poetry and paintings, hence she likes to write on these subjects as well. Currently writing for this website Painting Book . For more details please contact at info@myhomeremodeling.net

Designing Your New Kitchen On The Computer

Designing Your New Kitchen On The Computer

You hear it over and over, the best way to improve the value of a home is to spruce up the kitchen. Fortunately, there are a lot of computer programs that let you do this in spades.

Designing Your New Kitchen On The Computer

Okay, just about everyone knows upgrading a kitchen is a smart financial move. For those of you, not me, who enjoy cooking, it may make sense from a purely personal view. Regardless, you need a concrete idea of what you want to add and subtract from your current kitchen.

A kitchen design program is immensely helpful when it comes to creating a vision of your new kitchen. Once you start using these programs, you will be utterly stunned. They allow you to insert different styles, colors, layouts and even particular products in certain situation. A quality program, however, takes it a step further. It will create a virtual kitchen for you in a two or three dimension format. You can then “walk” around in your kitchen and see it from various angles and so on. All and all, it is very impressive. Sort of like Finding Nemo for adults.

Alas, not all of these programs are created equal. There are absolutely free versions available on the web that you can download directly to your computer. In truth, you get what you pay for when you use these versions. Since you aren’t paying anything, you can figure out the quality involved. Ah, but there is a solution.

Nearly all top kitchen design computer programs online come with an interesting marketing pitch. The give you a free period where you can try out the software. This free trial is made available because the companies are marketing to decorators and designers who are looking for a long term software solution. With costs ranging from $300 to a $1,000 dollars for this software, they don’t actually expect homeowners to buy it so there is no need to feel guilty. If I am correct in assuming you are only redesigning one kitchen, you can use the free trial to your benefit. Most provide full access to the program, which should suffice for your needs. Just make sure to have all your ideas jotted down since the trials don’t last forever.

Pleasurable Time with Patio Furniture

Pleasurable Time with Patio Furniture

A wide variety of Patio Furniture is available for Indoor and Outdoor Decor. Patio Dining Tables, Coffee Tables, Picnic Tables, End Tables, Bistro Tables, Fire Pit Tables, outdoor storage boxes, Garden Furniture, Swings, Gliders etc. Patio deck or garden furniture comes in all shapes and sizes. Patio Furniture helps people who just want to do some comfortable sitting in your garden, or you might want to sit around a nice teak table with friends eating a barbecue meal. Patio furniture in your garden would help you to have a great and pleasant time.

Garden and patio furniture is only an extension of home decorating and is not considered to be an afterthought exercise. Families which have passion for furniture want to give their garden a complete and full fledged patio set. A wood furniture set consists of a table, four to six chairs, a chaise lounge and a couple of end tables. Optional of the set may include an umbrella for covering and a two or three seat glider. Abundant styles of garden patio furniture are available to cater to the needs and taste of those relaxing in the outdoors. Patio Furniture comes in different styles viz., traditional look of an English garden, a rustic cabin look, a French café style, or a Spanish style, etc. Styles that are most commonly selected are the English garden look and the Adirondack. Eleven pieces of wood is used in the Adirondack chair.

Sustainable woods like cypress and cedar are used in the manufacture of garden and patio furniture. Both cypress and cedar are ideal woods for construction of garden and cedar patio furniture, because they can withstand above average level heat and humidity. Other materials include iron, aluminum, wicker, and polyvinyl chloride materials which include acrylics, polyester, olefins, and vinyl. These materials are very popular because of their durability and easy cleaning. The cost of garden and patio furniture is an important consideration in selection. Budget, ultimately, may be the overriding factor in determining the style, materials, and number of pieces desired; however, the durability of the outdoor furniture is measured in a long shelf life.

Patio furniture should be enjoyed properly to feel the nice otherwise it will not be useful. Cedar and Pine furniture are extremely functional and is designed specifically for the outdoors. Rustic touch improve the overall image of your patio and garden and all the comforts can be enjoyed at home outdoors. Home decorating today has the hottest trends of Rustic furniture. It will be fashionable years and years from now. Rustic log patio furniture is made up of mainly from Pine and cedar wood. Other types of wood are less used. Outdoor furniture has the main concern related to the effect of the elements on the wood and coating, as well as on other accessories and parts.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of outdoor furniture is Patio chairs . Traditional or Adirondack chairs gives enjoyment to the people relaxing at garden. Footrests are a popular to buy alongside ottomans and chairs. Rocker chairs are a great fun and combined with a cozy blanket they give you a great feel . A good functional Patio includes Rustic log patio furniture. They can be utilized for making benches in auditoriums for a large crowd. This can also assume the job of a footrest or outdoor rocking chair. The rustic patio furniture is mainly used in coffee tables and designer chairs. This furniture is also insect resistant and would a great style to your home.

Bedroom Decor And Bedding

Bedroom Decor And Bedding

Designing the space in your home can be some of the most rewarding work that you can undertake. Your decor can reflect your spirit and style, and done correctly, it can speak to your very soul.

The most intimate space, and perhaps the most important, is the bedroom. Unfortunately, it is most often overlooked as it is not regularly seen by visitors to your home. Too often the rooms meant for entertaining guests take precedence over those nurturing private havens.

Choosing the theme of the bedroom decor can vary as much as personal style and depend upon the desired effect; calming or stimulating, meditative or invigorating, an intellectual retreat or a sensual hideaway. It is entirely up to you.

Beyond choosing the wall colors and furniture, you have important considerations to make concerning the textiles: rugs, pillows, and bedding. The sumptuousness of these will directly affect the comfort of the room. The luxuriousness of sleeping on fine linens can not be overstated. The bedding is one area that you do not want to skimp on when you are furnishing your own nurturing space.

To properly outfit your bed, you will need a substantial mattress, a mattress pad, sheets, a blanket, a duvet or comforter, and pillows. The pillows’ firmness is entirely a matter of personal preference, but be sure they are of adequate number. The sheets, blankets, and duvet all provide an opportunity to contribute to the overall decor of the room, as well as to your physical comfort.

Some bedrooms’ decor are built around a fabulous comforter’s pattern and/or colors, while others leave the bed linens to play the role of accent pieces in the scheme. There is no right or wrong answer here, but be sure that you do not fall into the trap of purchasing something for its looks alone. These pieces are to be functional as well. Too often people find themselves sleeping, or attempting to sleep, on inferior quality. Your days depend on your nights’ rest – splurge on fine bed linens.

Remember that other than your comfort and peace of mind, there really are no rules when it comes to creating your private sanctuary. Make it your own.

Add Luxury In Your Bathroom With The Curved Shower Curtain Rods

Add Luxury In Your Bathroom With The Curved Shower Curtain Rods

The innovative curved shower curtain rods expand the shower space by at least 25% to 35%. The simple installation of the shower rods instantly increase the width of your bathroom by at least 6” and make your bathroom look much more spacious than normal size. The curved shower curtain rods are very easy to install and comes in package with at least four wood screws, four tile anchors, four sheetrock anchors and two setscrews and an Allen wrench. Benefits of curved shower curtain rods

The curved shower rods simply promise advantages and benefits to you. They are effective, efficient and inexpensive rods that easily increase the shower space, and provide a completely different look to the entire bathroom. The shower curtains have 3” curve-in at the corners, which prevents water leakage and allows the curtains to remain inside the bathtubs and does not allow it to blow over you. It is because of the curved shower rods that you can easily get extra elbowroom without renovating the bathroom in a new way. With the help of this rod, you can get some additional space for soaping, scrubbing and bathing in the bathrooms.

Other specialties of curved shower curtain rods The curved shower curtain rods are suitable for both rectangular and oval shaped tubs. The different types of shower rods include rolling shower curtain rods, 5” and 6” shower rods with brushed nickel finishes. The rolling shower rods have ball bearings that help in the opening and closing of the curtains with a slight tug. All of these shower rods create the feel of open spaces in your bathroom.

The brackets used in the curved shower curtain rods allow adjusting of the rods of different lengths between the end walls. However, if you want a shorter or longer than the normal sizes, the curtain rods can even be cut down on site for shorter or longer installation purposes. Completely compatible with standard shower curtains, these curved shower curtain rods are truly durable thereby fitting and adjusting to all standard bathtubs.

Live in your Living Room

Live in your Living Room

Is your living room a place for show, only used when you’re entertaining? Living rooms, as their name suggests, should not only reflect who you are to the outside world, but they should also be lived in. Here are some suggestions for making your living room warm and inviting for guests as well as functional and comfortable for family members.

If your living room is large, divide it into smaller areas through the positioning of furniture. You want the “conversation pit” to be cozy — a couch and loveseat and a couple of chairs around a large cocktail table will seat many people, yet they’ll all be able to hear what the others are saying. A great place for family meetings as well as for entertaining. Make sure all seats are within reach of a table — someplace to set down those drinks and chips!

Face the couch to an architectural focal point, such as a fireplace or a large window that looks out to your garden or the city lights. If you don’t have an architectural element to work with, create one by hanging large pictures or a mural on a wall. This allows people to admire the art and it’s safer than hanging anything heavy right above the seating (especially in areas prone to earthquakes!). Hang cloth wall hangings or small pictures on the wall behind the couch. Don’t, however, hang a mirror where people will see their reflection all the time. Not everyone is thrilled by his or her image.

If you divide your living room in two or three seating and/or dining areas, use rugs to define the conversation grouping, another under the dining table, and another to set off a place to exhibit the Buddha you brought back from Thailand or a wall of bookcases that not only hold your books but also display your collection of antique toys or Bennington pottery. Area rugs work well over waxed hardwood floors or neutral, wall-to-wall Berber-style carpeting.

A decorative room divider, such as Japanese shoji screens, can be used to separate a large room into a living room and a TV room. In a smaller place, face the couch to a wall unit that holds the television — it’s sure to become a favorite gathering spot for the family.

The days of covering the “good” living room furniture with plastic are over! Leather or the new microfiber fabrics are easy to clean, look great, and can survive guests, kids, and pets. If the furniture is in neutral colors, add colorful decorative pillows. Remember to keep a few throw blankets around to stay cozy on cool nights.

If your living room walls are painted in light neutral shades, you’ll be able to change the furniture and decorative touches easily. Other ways to change the look of your living room are by adding tall plants or a silk tree, a permanent flower arrangement in a basket or tall vase, or even a fountain and small pond in a large enough space.

Don’t forget about lighting! Floor lamps, especially in dark corners, can brighten large areas, while table lamps can provide good light for your favorite reading/knitting chair. An arrangement of candles on the mantelpiece or a table adds ambiance to your living room. Now go ahead, live in your living room!