How To Choose Water Sprinkle System

There is just something special and delightful about a verdant, lush green lawn. After all, not only is the color green soothing but a healthy lawn where there is just the right amount of soft ground, thick green grass and well cared for plants makes the outdoors more appealing. This appeal bodes well for you whether that beautiful lawn is for your own pleasure or as means to boost curb appeal.

However, attaining that inviting yard can take work – but there are processes you can implement to make it more achievable. One of these is through setting up a water sprinkler system that helps you keep your lawn exactly right.

Just a short walk through a home improvement store reveals several types of water sprinkler options. You might choose small systems that work with a water hose to larger sprinkler systems that are installed a part of the landscape. Either way, the types and how they work will vary – but one thing remains the same – they will all get your lawn wet.

But how do you determine which water sprinkler system is best for your needs? After all, you don’t need a huge system if you have a small yard! Here are a few tips to help you make a decision about which type of irrigation system will best meet your needs.

  • Remember that it is not just about the product itself, but about the service behind the product.
  • Be sure to ask as many questions as possible about a particular system so you can determine its range and any special features before you get it installed. One of the most common sprinkler features is a timer so that you can ensure that your sprinkler does not run unnecessarily. There are 3 main types of timers – an automatic one that allows you to set it for a specific time; the flow timer which allows you to set how long and heavy the water runs and an automatic shutoff valve that is designed to keep your yard from getting waterlogged.
  • Find out what type of soil you have, as some types of soil do better with specific types of sprinklers.
  • Where is your water source located? Some types of systems might do better with a particular layout.
  • Make sure the system can be winterized – especially if it is a sprinkler system that has pipes underground!
  • Have a good understanding of the types of water sprinkler systems. The common types are fixed, drip, oscillating, impact, rotating, sprinkler hoses, traveling, and in-ground.

Selecting a home watering system for your yard doesn’t have to be rocket science. Take your time and be sure to talk to a local water sprinkler system specialist. In no time at all, you can have a delightfully green lawn and be the envy of all your neighbors.

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Things You Should Know Before Cleaning Your Oven

No matter if you use the services of a professional cleaning company or do the oven cleaning on your own, you must have gone down the aisle with cleaning detergents and got spoilt for choice which one to pick. The wide variety of products gives you the chance to try different cleaning solutions until you find the one that best suits your needs.

However, apart from detergents, you also need a bunch of oven cleaning tools. Without them, you will not have an easy time cleaning at all. Here is a list of said items:

Gloves – The powerful cleaning detergents are capable of lifting off thick layers of grime, which means they are not completely harmless. Therefore, you should avoid direct contact between the detergent and your skin, or you risk getting skin irritations. Always put gloves on before you start the oven cleaning procedure.

Soft brush – Make sure you have a soft brush near at hand so that you can gently scrub the problematic areas without scratching the surface. If you don’t have such a brush, an old toothbrush will do an excellent job.

Paper towels – It does not matter if you use eco-friendly detergents such as a baking soda paste or you prefer the powerful commercial ones, you will have to wipe the oven interior and exterior. Having paper towels at home is the best way to bring back the shiny condition of your appliance.

Microfiber cloths – microfiber clothes will help you remove burnt-on residue, but don’t forget to wash them regularly. Having your rags clean and well-sanitised guarantees the excellent result.

Blunt knife – If you have been postponing oven cleaning for ages, you will most probably have to deal with a thick layer of grime or burnt-on food leftovers. To restore the showroom condition of the oven, you have to apply a cleaning detergent. Let it take effect for 15 minutes and then carefully scrape the loosen dirt and food particles with a blunt knife or a spatula.

A container for racks – Cleaning the racks is probably the most exhausting part of the entire oven cleaning process. However, if you take care of the racks at the very beginning of the procedure, it will be a lot easier to make them shiny. Before you apply some detergent to the interior, take out the racks and submerge them into hot water where you have dissolved some dishwashing liquid. The combination of hot water and dishwashing liquid will loosen the grease, so you will be able to remove it with a sponge and wipe the racks with paper towels.

As you can see, there is a bit more to oven cleaning than the mere application of a product. You have to think about what items and solutions you need for the job and acquire them all. Only then can you hope to get the decent result you are after.

 

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Secret About Interior Design

Over many years as an Interior Designer, what would be 3 major shifts in consumer preferences during that time?

One thing that comes to mind right away is the shift from stain grade cabinets to paint grade cabinets. White kitchens are back! Clients are trending more towards lighter and brighter over the red/orangey tones of the last decade. Flooring has changed quite a bit with more clients opting for LVP (luxury vinyl plank) throughout their house. LVP has come so far, and is now super durable, easy to maintain and looks crazy real. Thirdly, quartz countertops are now becoming the standard. I rarely spec granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to maintain vs granite and the colors and patterns that are available now mimic everything from natural marble to exotic granites.

What are some future ideas and predictions going forward? Any new trends that may be taking place in 2018/19 and beyond?

Natural woods are very popular right now: hand scraped, wide plank barn board flooring as well as overtly distressed furniture pieces. What is also starting to come forward in design is more of a traditional style again. Details on everything and the use of rich jewel tones are hot right now along with warm metal tones (yes brass is back but in an updated way!).

What are some of the challenges to face in helping customers realize their dream renovation?

A lot of clients are afraid to trust their style intuition. They often fight between their heart and their brain over what they want. Often, they are trying to force themselves to change color palettes or styles from their last house and sometimes its way out of their comfort zone. I always tell clients to listen to their gut. Their home is their sanctuary and they need to feel comfortable, relaxed and love being home.

Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?

Kitchens, Ensuites and basement developments are always the spaces people use the most, therefore increase the value of your home. Those rooms are the ones potential home buyers are looking at predominately because they know those are the areas they will spend the most time in.

How does one get ideas or inspiration to help guide them when considering renovation options?

I will often suggest that clients send me photos of homes, rooms, styles, products that they find on home décor sites. Often clients don’t know what their style is, so if they can show me pictures of things they like, then I can usually understand them better. Visiting showhomes is also an excellent way to find inspiration and new ideas.

 

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All About Modern Architechture

The United States is seeing a huge building boom that is changing many city landscapes very quickly. The new style of architecture that mixes modern and contemporary styles seems to be winning. The evidence is easy to see in how long it takes a new home to sell. Today’s buyers want the modern look, and they are paying up for the modern and contemporary style. Here are 4 home renovation ideas that can help achieve that look.

  1. Open Concept Living Spaces
  2. Eat-In Kitchens
  3. Metals and Wood Stairs
  4. Industrial Accent Materials

Nothing says modern like open concept living spaces. One of the best ways to change a home’s feel is to open up the living, dining and kitchen into one large living space. Not only is this style in demand, but it also is very functional. The idea of open concept living areas gives the home a social environment.

Eat-in kitchens are a must, as it works directly with the open concept living space. It is a functional design that allows social interaction between the kitchen and the table. It is perfect for entertaining and if you have children it lets you keep an eye on them while you cook, watch the game, or clean up.

Metal and wood staircases not only give a very modern look but they are also highly functional. They are much safer than wood stairs and they allow for a variety of accent materials such as wood, glass or stone stair treads. Modern styles work well with high end accents and they give the home an elegant feel. Metal stairs can be used indoors and outdoors. One signature look of the modern home is the clean lines of metal handrails that are used on balconies and stars.

The most defining feature of modern style home is the simple use of industrial materials such as stone, concrete, steel and glass. Many modern architects like to use new materials that are strong and last long. Using clean simple lines with different materials give this style it’s clean look. Some accent features that are common in many home renovations are using stone tile for walls, thick glass for doors/ balcony handrails, and even reclaimed materials such as wood from old barns and buildings. Even industrial style barn doors on a open track are used.

In the end, you can get that modern look by simply dressing up a few key items in your home.

 

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Using Colors To Decorate Your Home

Redecorating your home is an essential task and a lot of people fret about it because it is also something which requires splurging on a large-scale if you are thinking of a complete makeover.

Colours play a vital role in everyone’s life and no one in the world is skeptical about it or have a conflicting thought. Well, when you want to make a change in your home and want to be playful with colours, it’s important to know the colour psychology as few of them are vivacious and energetic while others may be cool and calm and relaxing.

Here we are going to discuss about the ways you can bring in colours to you life…

1. Give your walls a life

Adding vibrancy in your room is always a great option to bring in a beautiful positive aura into your space. One of the trendy ways of doing it could be focussing on just a single wall and giving it a complete transformation while keeping the rest in simple tones. Just adding a beautiful floral pattern or a cheeky colourful wallpaper to one of the walls in your room can shift the focal point in no time. You can choose either bold and contrasting colour theme or a subtle colour palette depending upon your personal preference.

2. Giving your nook or alcove a desired splash

Why not splash your reading or resting sessions with amazing rainbow colours for a unique and creative look and feel. These places always catch the attention at first sight and you should be careful in choosing the right colour to give them a revamp in style.

3. Make good use of pillows and cushions in your living space

Nothing can come out more appealing than few strategically scattered pillows and cushions on your sofa or a chair. Try opting for a multicoloured floral patterned cushion or a pillow to entice in a vibrancy factor in your living space.

These cushions and pillows will bring in the comforting element while adding to the style quotient as well. Choose the right fabric depending upon the right season like for spring, it is recommended to go for linen or cotton as they allow the fabric to breathe.

4. Bringing in the nature is always a good idea

Natural plants and flowers are the best ways to inculcate the best of the colours into your decor. With spring season on the cards, try opting for seasonal flowers like tulips, daffodils and bluebells; three of the most common flowers to spruce up your indoor area. They will infuse the best of the colours while adding a touch of mother nature into your decor.

5. Add some colours to your floor as well

With the rest of the room being taken care of, it is now time to add some colours to your floor. The market is full of modern and designer rugs available in amazing colours to fill in your space with the best of the colours possible. Not just the colours, you have got an impressive range of designs and patterns which can add an x-factor to your room in no time.

 

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Tips To Buy Oriental Rug

As the owner of an Oriental Rug gallery for many years, I have purchased thousands of handmade rugs. In the beginning, the process was a bit daunting and I was somewhat overwhelmed but as time passed, I learned from experience and study and now would like to share some of my insight with you today.

Important points when looking at a potential purchase of an Oriental rug.

Number 1

Colors! Do you find the colors of the rug to be aesthetically pleasing? Do the colors in the rug give you a pleasant feeling of joy and happiness? If yes, this is a great start.

Number 2

Quality of the materials. If the rug is wool, as most hand-woven rugs are, is the wool good quality? Good quality wool will not be dry or scratchy to the touch and should be quite resilient. If you push on it, does it spring back? Hand-spun wool from healthy sheep is durable and will last for many years. If the rug is silk, it should glisten like the sun and will be cold to the touch. If a “fake silk” often called “art silk” it will be much less expensive and not very tightly knotted. Beware of these “art silk” rugs as they are mercerized cotton and there is no silk in the rug.

Number 3

Do you like the drawing? The drawing is the design layout of the rug. It can be geometric based or floral or anything in between. Is it too busy? Too flowery? If you love the colors but do not like the design, my advice is to pass on the rug. Do not purchase it. You must like both. Always honor your taste!

Number 4

Will the size work for your needs? A little bigger or a little smaller should not stop you from making a purchase but if the rug in question is a totally wrong size, time to let it go.

Number 5

Are you able to try the rug “on an approval basis” which means, you can take the rug home and ensure it looks wonderful in the spot you have in mind. All dealers of repute will allow you to do this and some dealers, such as myself, will even ship rugs, on an approval basis.

Number 6

Do you love it? The more you look at the right rug, the prettier it becomes. Good quality hand-woven rugs with beautiful colors and interesting designs never stop giving. They will never become boring and as time moves forward, you will enjoy them every day of your life.

My last words of advice: Be, very, very careful if you start obsessing on all things rugs. This art form can be very addicting and then you may have to become a rug dealer so can do this all the time!

 

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Artificial Grass For Your Garden

Generations lived with the grassy landscape outdoors! Maybe the grass and the flower beds held out for decades at your home too and brought great family happiness, but change is the law of life. They need not vanish completely though, but remain restricted to the periphery of the planned hardscape. Imagine the advantages with the hardscaping with water being saved and a happy goodbye to overgrown weeds every weekend! The lawn service guys won’t be required and it is a smart new look that has plenty of choices and budgets. Get used to the new idea and look around to see plenty of this new approach, being so much easier to maintain and weather resistant absolutely.

What do you fancy to put in there? Pebbles would remind of the rustic waterside, slate or quartzite, travertine or granite in a range of pleasing and hardy shades? Would it be shades of gray, white and black or something a little more colorful? Going for a variety of choices would enable patterns like borders if it is a large enough space out there. Let it be intimately small too. The outdoors is the new lifestyle as if we are returning to the Stone Age. Enjoy the parties and relaxed sessions out there with family and friends.

Multicolored polished pebbles, black available too

What would you put in the vacant spaces between the pavers? Instead of sand that would lead to grass or plants, pebbles have advantages. You need not mow the grass or battle with weeds. Shining pebbles do create a fairy tale element like the beach scenario. That courtyard, patio or path would shine with substance.

Convenient porcelain pavers

Easy to install and very durable to withstand changing weather patterns, porcelain in several shapes and sizes would do the trick. Designs imitate natural stone like the gray and beige amidst whites. Get them glazed and matte in 13×24 and 24×24.

Quartzite pavers in gray

Arrange them in random patterns with several shapes and sizes. They look graceful indeed with whites and golds amidst the grays. Natural cut quartzite flagstone pavers would earn a lot of praise. Set up a smart patio instead of the lawn and spend gala evenings there.

Travertine mocha paver wonders

These have delicate designs on pale beige, a truly elevating tiled surface. Get them in 6×12 and 6×6.

French Design Pavers

You get all four sizes pre-packed according to the same color pattern. It remains cool at the height of summer.

Lawns now recede. The hardscape is going to be fun and functional and late nights beckon under the moon and the stars. Begin the journey and keep it smooth sailing.

 

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Gardening Tips During Summer

Here are some tips to keeping your garden lush over summer:

Remove Any Dead Plants:

Not only are they unpleasant to look at, they can also end up being a home for pests that can spread to your other healthy plants. They can be moved to your compost pile or disposed of permanently.

Get Rid of Weeds:

As your plants grow, they should provide enough shade to hinder the growth of weeds, but they still need to be removed if you see them so they don’t prevent more weeds later down the track.

Pick Your Vegetable Plants Clean:

Fruiting plants such as tomato vines can be picked clean as the fruit begins to ripen. This will prevent the plant from producing over-matured fruit and ensures the longevity of the plant.

Water Your Plants in the Morning:

It’s best to water your plants before the sun rises so the heat of the burning sun doesn’t evaporate all the water before the plants have the chance to absorb it. You can also water your plants in the late afternoon but you may have to fend off those pesky mosquitoes.

Remove Dead Flower Heads:

Picking these off will allow the plant to focus more energy into being able to flower again. And new flowers will mean a more beautiful garden!

Get on Top of Pest Management:

It pays to watch for signs of pests and disease while your weeding or watering your garden to keep on top of any issues as early detection is key. Welcome the good bugs and insects such as worms and bees into your backyard, but keep the nasties out.

Fertilise Your Garden:

Your plants may need a top up of nutrients especially in the extreme heat of summer. Fertilising your plants will give them a much-needed nutrient boost, especially if they were planted more than a month ago.

Clear Your Gutters:

The beginning of summer marks an excellent time to assess the state of your gutters. With summer brings an increased risk of bush fires. One way to reduce this risk is to install gutter guards. Gutter guards are a metal mesh insert that prevents the build-up of leaves and other debris in your gutters, reducing the risk of embers starting a fire by falling into the leaves on your roof.

 

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All About Backyard Pool

Every dream home would contain a pool facility, customized according to requirements and locations, budgets and family needs. Plan everything carefully, so that regrets do not happen later. While smaller details can be worked on later, the essential things need to figure in the original house layout. Look at 8 backyard pool ideas and see if any of them tally with the concepts in your mind.

A Jacuzzi installed in the Pool

Imagine the home on a hillside or a quiet suburb. The countryside idea does promote the peace and happiness associated with a pool. The dimensions of the pool could be a square or rectangle of any size, probably small within the backyard. The open living room could look out across the blue pool that reminds of ocean vistas. The Jacuzzi is a touch that every family member and visitor would love.

A garden between the house and pool
In a large residence, it would be possible in a vast two-story house and an enormous backyard. The big pool is situated beyond the garden that is next to the house. The deck is located beyond the pool as if to restore balance.

A hidden away pool
If it is a small pool being planned, why not locate it in a corner of the backyard? The other areas would contain the fruit trees and the kitchen garden.

A pool along the border
If space is a constraint, let the pool run along the border of the backyard. The structure looks symmetrical too with the garden located next to the house beside the patio.

A sea of white

A big pool would occupy most of the backyard next to the deck with chairs that create a smart impression, all in white with furniture and pebbles.

An infinity pool in the backyard area

It would require a great deal of maintaining but the design is thrilling indeed. What would it be like on hot summer days?

An emphasis on the functional simplicity
A big backyard calls for a large pool, though the size of the family does matter. Matching colors across the external house features and the pool would bring an integrated striking appearance.

Go for the mid-century approach!
As they did many decades ago, a tiny pool in the corner serves esthetic needs! A Jacuzzi could be installed for those nightlong partying sessions.

 

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Redecorate Your House During Tight Budget

You have got your keys of the new house and now the biggest challenge is to make this empty house a beautiful and stylish home. All this to achieve while being in budget can be a tough ask, but here is a list of few things you can do to catch up with the money.

You and your family must be anticipating this day for a long time; this could even be for years and you know the value of this new home. You may have flipped all the interior decor magazines, secretly photographed your friend’s and relative’s homes yet you might be looking for professional expert tips to revamp your new home in style.

1. First is you need to make a decision on what you like the most and how you can incorporate it in your home

Well, this may come to you very simple and easy question, but a lot of people tend to do mistakes here. You will end up jamming your little space and making it space cramped with all the things in the world in your living room. And by the time you will realize, it will be too late and your living space will just be another big pile of mess.

This is the reason why you should take a note of all the necessary things you require in your living space and then research for cost effectiveness before making a purchase. The best way is to style up your space with a theme-based look and feel.

One of the most popular themes now-a-days is the Scandinavian theme which suits most of the modern-day homes.

2. Second factor is to add a touch of personality to your space

This is my personal favourite as I strongly believe that your house should reflect your personality into it. You should customize your interior decor elements as if you are dressing yourself for a party. A wall hanging, a beautiful picture frame, stylish and vibrant wallpaper or any other cheeky modern-day decor; choose wisely which could reflect your personality in your home.

3. Third point is to measure your space before bringing in any decor element

For all your furniture assets, table lamps, curtains and cushions; you must have a perfect and precise measurement in order to make the best impact. All these visually appealing decor elements become more impressive and powerful if they are made to perfection when it comes to size and space ratio.

4. A perfect area rug for your living space is a must have element

Rugs have come a long way and you can’t ignore them or skip them when it comes to giving your space a beautiful new look. Well you have got plenty of options available to choose from as there are traditional rugs, plush shaggy rugs, luxurious wool rugs, designer modern rugs and many more. They offer a beautiful layering over your floor while providing necessary insulation during cold chilly nights. They are practical and functional flooring pieces which are hard to avoid.

5. Well, the last is your basic essentials

It’s important to keep a note of all the basic element which you require for a proper and smooth functioning of your day-to-day life. It could be anything like furniture, seating arrangements in living rooms, towels in your bathroom, bowls and cutlery for your dining table, or anything. It could be any small or big thing you will need to function smoothly.

 

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Nursery Room Ideas

Whenever you are up for decorating the nursery, you should know that there are few ideas that never grow old. In this article, I have made a list of five super cute ideas that you can use in the decoration of your home nursery. Have a look:

  • Let’s Get Back to Pastels

There is nothing cuter than pastel colors so the first tip for today would be to set a theme of pastel colors for your home nursery. You can choose all mild tones of pink, green, blue, yellow and more. From the furniture to accessories, try to keep everything light in color. Keep in mind that the nursery should be soothing for the eyes of the baby so avoid any sharp colors.

  • Wooden Accessories are Always a Good Idea

When we talk about decorating the nursery, we can’t forget about using wooden accessories. Try to choose the crib with a solid wood frame that can also be turned into a child’s bed as your baby grows up. You should also invest in some good wooden rocking chair for yourself such as a glider chair. A glider style rocking chair will make the nursery look simple and cute. The glider will also provide comfort to the parents for the long feeding sessions.

  • Floral Designs are Super Cute

Yes, floral designs are super cute. Flowers are not meant for girls only; they can be used in the nursery for a boy as well. You can paint the walls with some nice floral print, or use the floral wall stickers as they will cost you less than paint. You can also use artificial flowers to decorate the nursery. They will make the nursery look perfect and the artificial flowers will stay the same even if the baby grabs them or plays with them.

  • Try to Personalize the Nursery

Making your baby’s room more personalized is always a great idea. You can use funny bedsheets and glider slipcovers with cute prints to give a room more personality. Also, you can go for some funky curtains or get personalized curtains based on what you’d like your nursery to look. Other than the bedsheets and curtains, you can customize accessories like lamps. You can cover the lamps with some cool textured pieces of fabric so that it looks customized.

  • Wall Art

Wall art is again a great idea. You can use different wall hangings or paintings that make the room look cute overall. If you don’t want to spend money on paintings or wall hangings, you can use large stickers too or fun pictures and paste them on the wall of the nursery.

 

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