It’s Only Going to Get Hotter

When my air conditioner stopped working, I did appreciate the positive impact I was having on the environment by not running it all day long, but that quickly went away when I realized how hot it was. I was sweating bullets in less than an hour. I had a fan, but it was just blowing around the same hot air. Opening the windows didn’t do much to lower the temperature, because the air was just as hot outside. My only options were to call for HVAC repair in NYC, or sit in front of the refrigerator in my underwear all day long.

I went with the air conditioner repair, but the refrigerator did sound pretty tempting. A well placed call and a short amount of time was enough for the repair man to come to my home. He popped open the air conditioner and looked on the inside just like a surgeon who was digging around inside the human body. Continue reading “It’s Only Going to Get Hotter”

Floor Lamps for the Home and Office

Floor Lamps for the Home and OfficeFloor lamps are the latest bright idea in design with great new styles. Whatever lighting solution you need to enhance your indoor or outdoor living, choose stylish lamps you can illuminate any room with a touch of charm. Wrought iron table lamps & floor lamps are among the most popular lighting.

Halogen torchiere floor lamps, freestanding lamps with open, shallow bowl tops that provide indirect “up lighting,” have become increasingly popular since their introduction in the United States in 1983. These lamps use halogen tubular bulbs, which get much hotter than standard light bulbs. Since the tops are open, flammable items such as curtains can easily ignite through direct contact with the
halogen bulb.

Most regular torchiere floor lamps use halogen bulbs that burn at temperatures exceeding 1,200 degrees hot enough to fry an egg in 30 seconds! This is well above the combustion temperatures for paper, wood and fabric, which range from 350-500 degrees F. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has attributed at least 31 deaths, 114 injuries and at least 350 fires

Do It Yourself Home Decor Made easy

Do It Yourself Home Decor Made easyMost people think that redecorating their homes should be left up to the professionals and their highly expensive salaries in order for the project to be done right or look good. Please believe me when I say that its simply not true. Homeowners don’t need to have a remodel job straight out of the magazines. Any ambitious do it yourselfer can have a room looking sleek and chic for under $1,000. Remodeling with a budget in mind saves money, but also increases the value of your home.

Another cost effective way to remodel a room according to most is wallpaper instead of paint, wallpapering con suit anyone’s need and budget, setting a mood and adding elegance to a room. Choosing the right wallpaper can make a room appear larger or smaller, providing an illusion of height for a room with low ceilings. Wallpapering can also add a design and pattern that is difficult to replicate with paint. The average cost of a single roll of wall covering is about $12.

Actually, you would be

Types of Rustic Lighting That Are a Must Have for Any Home

Types of Rustic Lighting That Are a Must Have for Any HomeAmong the many styles and themes that dominate interior design, rustic style finds an increased preference among home owners. It is not just the layout, color combinations, or furniture that contributes to the raw appeal of these homes, but it is also the lighting scheme.

Rustic styled light fixtures are gaining more prominence as a category of lighting. From handcrafted lights in bronze or brass, to faux antlers and wooden fixtures, these lights enhance not just the appearance but also the ambience of living spaces. Here is a look at 4 interesting light fixtures that can be used to decorate rustic styled abodes.

I – Antler Chandeliers

Chandeliers are an inevitable component of lighting in living rooms. Smaller versions of these light fixtures, often called mini chandeliers, are also used in spaces like foyers or walkways. They function not only as light sources but also as centerpieces that draw attention, and awe the viewers. Chandeliers made of original or faux antlers are one of the most appropriate light

Take Smart Steps When Remodeling Your Home

Take Smart Steps When Remodeling Your HomeEvery homeowner has dreams for their property, but often they don’t know how to frugally invest in their homes. Spring is an ideal time for beginning remodeling projects. There’s just something about the weather and the green grass that makes us want to paint the walls we’ve stared at all winter.

You can make choices to remodel your home that don’t hurt your pocketbook. What is the ultimate goal for the frugal homeowner? To have every cent that goes into a project come back to them. There are steps that can be taken to ensure that you don’t spend too much money on that project.

Whether you plan to paint a room, remodel your kitchen or add on a second story, you must make wise choices. Let’s look at some steps that will take you to a successful, and frugal, project.

Step #1: Decisions need to be made

This is your home, and you have some decisions to make. The first one is whether your project requires a contractor or not. This

Flooring Tips You Must Know

Flooring Tips You Must KnowBuying a new floor can be a frustrating and confusing process. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind before heading out to purchase your new floor.

1. Take note of the room layout.

-Draw an outline of the room or rooms. Indicate where the entrances are placed.

-Measure the room carefully and accurately with a measuring tape. Write down the width and length of a room. Remember to include closets and other areas that need the new flooring. Smaller print patterns can make the room seem a lot bigger.

-Take into account adjoining rooms and the flooring on those rooms.

-Make a note in which direction the room is facing and if there is a sliding door. Determine how much natural light enters the room. You might want to consider a laminated floor, ceramic tile or porcelain tile.

-Bring along swatches of fabrics from your furniture, curtains and wallpaper. These will help you decide on the color and style of your flooring.

2. Answer these questions to help you

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic Tile FlooringBelieve it or not, carpeting is one of the biggest contributors to indoor air pollution.

One of the commonest health problems in a house is allergies, and carpets are practically a perfect environment for dust mites, molds and mildew. Not only that, but the modern wall-to wall carpeting in today’s houses are made of synthetic fibers dyed and treated with chemicals (fungicides, soil repellants and pesticides, anyone?) and bonded to synthetic backing with chemical glues. All of these materials release hundreds of Volatile Organic Compounds as they age, in a process called outgassing. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be mutagens, irritants and carcinogens. Not the ideal thing to have in your home, to say the least.

Carpet also attracts and retains all that you and your family members track in to the house from the ground outside- dirt, lead dust found in flaking house exterior paint, insects, bacteria, lawn and garden chemicals and other unhealthy debris. Not to mention food crumbs, hair and dead skin particles. Getting a wall-to-wall carpet 100% clean is nearly impossible (ever rented one

How to Prepare for a Home Renovation

How to Prepare for a Home RenovationHome renovations can be a stressful. The larger projects are the ones that cause the most stress amongst partners, and with contractors. If you are going to renovate a part of your home such as the kitchen or bathroom, or another room such as the lounge, then you need prepare yourself and your home.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a home renovation project.

  • First of all, have a plan. If you can draw the plan or at least indicate the changes on paper, that would be great. If you have a visual of what must be done, it will give the contractor a better idea of what to do. This will also give you peace of mind because errors will be kept to a minimum.
  • Get information on the contractor. Get references on the contractor that you want to use. Find out if he has a good track record and how fast he works. This will give you an indication of how long your project will run.
  • Prepare your budget. Once you

Carpet Care and Maintenance

Carpet Care and MaintenanceState of the art technology coupled with perpetual research and development has resulted in carpet fibers that resist matting and crushing and are far more stain resistant. The quality and type of carpet fibers used will have a direct impact on the durability and life of your carpet. Certain carpet fibers are more stain resistant than others, while certain fibers display a higher degree of resistance to matting and crushing.

Olefin fibers are the most stain resistant of all fibers used in the manufacture of carpet; however they tend to matt and crush easily. Olefin fiber is solution dyed, making it unique among carpet fibers, facilitating the use of a bleach water solution that will not damage or discolor the carpet when cleaned. Polyester is inherently more stain resistant than nylon; however it is not as resilient.

Routine maintenance of your carpet will ensure optimum performance in terms of durability and aesthetics. Carpet construction is designed to hide dirt and soil and the fibers are treated with chemicals that have the ability to resist soiling and stains.

Choosing Furniture For Small Spaces

Choosing Furniture For Small SpacesRooms with space constraints require ingenious solutions, so here’s a guide to choosing furniture for small spaces.

To begin, start with modern, lightweight and visually unobtrusive furniture. The fundamental idea is simple: assuming one has limited space and wants tables and chairs, these should be as compact and as nearly invisible as possible. Furthermore, this kind of furniture works best with simple, light-colored floors and walls. Many of the best designs of this type date back to the twenties and thirties – Breuer, Gropius, Mies, Le Corbusier, and Eileen Gray are a few of the better-known early modern architects who also designed fine furniture.

Some nineteenth century designs are also quite simple, such as Thonet-style chairs, Shaker tables and certain wrought-iron pieces. They as well as the products of recent designers of all nationalities, can be quite appropriate. And there is one’s own original solution, especially with all the easily assembled modular systems currently in the market.

The contemporary minimal style may not be to everyone’s taste. But still, if one follows the ‘do without’

Aluminum Patio Furniture Can be Great to Liven Up Open Spaces

Aluminum Patio Furniture Can be Great to Liven Up Open SpacesHave you been looking for some great furniture to help you to liven up a currently empty patio or are looking to replace any old furniture that you currently may be using? There is such a great range out there to choose from when it comes to patio furniture, but one type that would be a good choice to go for is aluminum furniture for your patio.

It is the perfect choice to help you to relax and it will also give you a total peace of mind about its stability and durability as well. It will help to offer maximum comfort which is what you may need after a stressful and long day.

What Type Of Aluminum Patio Furniture Should You Go For?

Instead of rushing in and buying the first piece of aluminum patio furniture that you see, you should ideally take your time. It is a good idea to find some patio furniture that will best suit you as well as suiting the area that it

Dining Ideas for Summer

Dining Ideas for SummerWith summer’s breezes, we seem to have a new energy for dining and entertaining in a casual and fun way. Here are some summer furniture ideas to bring the outdoors in with fresh fruits, flowers, plants and more.

SMALL TABLES are perfect for impromptu meals and snacks. “Dining in” moves to unexpected places about the house: sun room, porch, even the patio.

Move our Jacobean Flip-Top Table to a romantic spot where you can savor the pace of an intimate lunch, or catch the evening breeze with a quiet dinner for two. The table opens to 36 inches, so there is ample room with its leaves raised to create a special mood. Here are several ways to create that table-for-two ambience:

  • A small vase with sprigs of wildflowers or herbs, and maybe just one prize rose from the garden.
  • For a continental touch, choose checked napkins (many now don’t need ironing – look for those!) Put a shell or small washed beach stone on top – perhaps even a small cut of French baguette.

Buying Recycled Office Furniture

Buying Recycled Office FurnitureBuying used furniture has become very popular among small and medium business houses, mainly because of the lesser cost that is involved. Apart from the cost advantage, environmental issues are also involved. Million of tons of discarded office furniture are being dumped as waste, which are getting accumulated as land fills. Most of such discarded materials are not biodegradable, and cause environmental hazards. It is therefore advantageous not only to the purchaser but also to the society, in the wider perspective.

No wonder, recycled office furniture currently accounts for approximately 8.82% of the total commercial office furniture industry. Recycled furniture cost 30 to 50 per cent less than the new furniture. ‘Recycled’ is a term used for old furniture reconditioned to look as new and modern. It does not mean that the quality is compromised.

The recycled furniture dealers, recycle all types of furnishings like cubicles, task seating, filing cabinets, mail room furniture, reception chairs etc. Reconditioned, refurbished and reused furniture are available in the market, in response to the great demand.

Reconditioned or re-manufactured furniture

How To Update An Old Sofa

How To Update An Old SofaHave you become tired with the same old looks of your sofa? With some amazing hacks, you can make your old sofa look highly attractive.

Here are the top tips and tricks that will make your old look lively.

  • Buy Throw Pillows

Buying some new throw pillows is surely one of the most inexpensive and easiest options to redesign your old sofa. Throw pillows can simply change the whole ambiance in some amazing ways. You get a wide range of size, shape, material and patterns to choose from. Go for something bright and bold, if you neutral or dark currently.

Choose something geometric, if you currently have a floral pattern. Also, opt for something soft, if the current material is rough or edgy. There’s no limit to what you can do with throw pillows.

  • Fill Saggy Cushions

By stuffing the cushions, you can make your sofa look a lot better, if it has started looking saggy. Don’t just fill lots of cotton batting in the sofa as it will give you

Childrens Bedroom Furniture

Childrens Bedroom Furniture
Just like your bedroom, you want your child’s bedroom to be neat, clean, and well-organized. Really, that is every parent’s dream, but if you do not have furnishings in place for them to place and store their things, then it might be very difficult for them to keep their room tidy. So, it is important to give them the tools to stay on track, which is why you need to purchase children’s bedroom furniture for your child.

Just like bedroom furniture made for adults, children’s bedroom furniture is available in a wide variety of styles, designs, shapes and sizes, perfect for children of all ages. For example, maybe you have a three year old daughter who is just about ready for her first bed. Not only will you be able to find a smaller bed that perfectly matches her size, but you do not have to settle for something that is boring and drab. Why? Because, there are many beautiful options available, like white ones that are hand painted, to match the motif or theme that you are

Can You Update Bedroom Furniture Decor While Keeping It Classic

Can You Update Bedroom Furniture Decor While Keeping It ClassicAre you comfortable with your bedroom furniture? Do you feel that it can last you another ten years, but see that the colors are fading or that the surroundings are less than satisfactory for the 21st century? How can you update the furniture and bedroom decor in your home so that it brings you into the modern era without doing away with all of your classic objects? Here are a few places you can start to maintain your style and still make it appear more modern.

Start Small.

Don’t ditch your furniture or knock out walls. Start with small changes. For example, you can update a room by simply adding a few accents, such as a throw rug to bring more color into a room full of earth tones. Pastels and earth tones are very classic colors, and adding splashes of bright reds, golds, greens, and blues can update the area without getting rid of the furniture style. To bring the room together, add matching throw pillows so that the

Types of Lifestyle Furniture

Types of Lifestyle FurnitureEveryone has a slightly different lifestyle. Many of these lifestyles run parallel with one another, even if they never match up exactly. In quite a few of these situations you are going to need to get some great lifestyle furniture to match up with the way you live your life. It is important to keep in mind that certain people benefit more from certain types of furnishing. If you are unsure on whether or not you need a specified piece of furniture sit down one day and really think about whether or not you see you and your family using every single day, or at least most of the week.

A breakfast nook table would be a great example of a kind of furniture that is designed for lifestyles. If you have a big family and you guys enjoy sitting down for a nice breakfast before you start your day this could be just the thing you are looking for. The nook provides privacy, promotes togetherness, and looks fantastic in any kitchen area. You just have to make

Things to Do Before Paint Preparation and Application

Things to Do Before Paint Preparation and ApplicationAn individual needs to do some kind of work which is known as the basic preparation if you have to get your home or room painted. If you ask anyone what the basic preparation should be, they would simply ask you to move out everything from the room and get it thoroughly cleaned. If there are some immovable things, simply cover and drape them with plastic or related material so that not even a single drop of paint sticks over it. Along with this, the switch boards, doors, window panels, etc should also be covered.

Once you have emptied the room, the next step would be to clean the walls. If the walls will not be clean, paint application will not be even and thus will not give results as expected. Apart from clearing the dust and dirt, it is also important to prime it and make it even. Holes and chips need to be removed and the putty application has to be done to even everything out.

A good painter would always start the work from the top and then

Tips to Follow to Avoid Pest and Termite Inspections

Tips to Follow to Avoid Pest and Termite InspectionsMaintaining a home is not something every homeowner is versed at. Very few people actually have the inclination towards cleaning and maintaining their home at all times. The vast majority of people especially those who live single tend to leave their house in a state of disarray. Such negligence causes germs to form and also make your home visually extremely unappealing.

It’s normal for regular homeowners to be unaware of all the different aspects of home maintenance; this is the field professional are an expert at. But there are certain tips that you can follow to maintain your house in tip top condition. Every part of your house is different from one another. For instance, the kind of maintenance you will run in your kitchen will not be the same for your living room. The biggest problem that most homeowners face is pests and termites. These tiny organisms have the capability of disrupting the whole house. But it’s not that this issue cannot be solved. With frequent measures, one can safeguard their home against their infestation. But when you maintain your

How To Install Bird Netting

How To Install Bird NettingBird netting or anti-bird netting as its popularly known is a form of bird pest control. It works by preventing birds from reaching certain areas such as fish ponds, mining ponds, fruit fields and buildings. For the unit to give you the service you deserve, you need to know how to install it properly. Here is a guide on how to go about it:

Dig post holes

You should start by digging post holes on each corner of the area that you want to cover with the netting. You can use different tools to dig the holes, but one of the best tools to use is a clamshell post hole digger.

For optimum support, space the posts 15-18 feet apart. After digging the holes set the posts. The posts can be as tall as you want depending on the height of the plant that you are protecting.

Place the netting

After installing the posts you should now install the netting. To do it you should place the netting over the posts. As rule of thumb ensure that the netting covers the