Month: September 2016

Decorating A Vertical Fish Tank

Vertical fish tanks have recently become a hit in a lot of house holds. A long time ago, creating vertical fish tanks posed a challenge because the water pressure builds up the taller the tank, and this will eventually cause the aquarium glass to crack. But these days, with new technologies emerging in the field of glass reinforcement, better sturdier glass and even acrylic has allowed aquarium designers to produce taller and broader variations that they once could not. This allowed a lot of creative and space maximization with the cylindrical and hexagonal tanks.

But though they look awesome, they do however pose a problem when it comes to fish tank decorations. Any fish tank decor you place in there would occupy the base of the aquarium but leave the rest of it looking bare and empty. No matter how tall the tank ornaments are, they would not sufficiently fill up the room. And then, if you do manage to get some form of decorations that is tall such as driftwood and place it in the tank, it will eat a lot of the swim space meant for the fish. Being vertical, the tanks are generally very narrow.

However, if you do have one, there is a way to decorate them superbly and that is by combining base aquarium decor with floating ones.

Base Aquarium Decor For Vertical Tanks

In a vertical aquarium, the decorations that you place at the base generally go unnoticed. Is is because the main view is in the middle of the tank. To compensate for this, you may want to select tank accessories that are very colorful. Then, to make them lively and fill up some space, you should arrange the rocks or ornaments to form a hill, with the peak directly in the middle of the tank base.

Another important factor that you need to consider is to provide your fish with a cave. Vertical aquariums leave the fish exposed to scrutiny all day. The constant attention that the fish gets will eventually make it feel stressed and they would want to hide away and rest. So ensure that the base decor provides the fish an opening to enter when they feel the need.

Floating Aquarium Decorations

With the base of the fish tank settled, your next step is to have some form of fish tank decoration that floats on the top and hangs towards the bottom. Some good ideas for this would be floating plants. These plants have long roots that hang downwards filling up the empty spaces with their roots. These plants will not just be thee for decorative purposes, but if you do have fish fry in the future, they will also provide cover for the fry as they grow.

These days you would also be able to get tank ornaments that float freely around the tank. These ornaments are made to look like fish and even have hinged tails. As the water cycles around the tank, these artificial fish seem …

3 Easy To Grow Veggies For Your Garden

Gardening can be a lot soothing as well as peaceful activity for your mind and soul. And, since you’re at it, why not try a hand on growing some easy to grow veggies in your garden? Believe me when I say, it really feels good when you pluck fresh veggies from your own garden space which you have put in so much love into growing it. As a matter of fact the food somehow does taste better as well, might be the effort you have put into growing that makes it tastier.

So, let’s learn about a few easy to grow veggies for your garden.

Lettuce or Salad Leaves

Lettuce is something that grows very quickly and at the same time is easily harvested.

• You need to select a container which is about A 4-6 inches, this will easily accommodate 2-3 plants.

• Fill it with good quality mix of seed-starter which is moist

• Using your hands settle the soil a little

• Leave some space of 1-3 inches for watering as well as fertilizer

• Add the seeds of lettuce according to the directions given on the package and keep it in a location that gets some bright sunlight.

• Until the lettuce seeds sprout water the soil to keeping it moist

• Fertilize the plant as mentioned on the package and of the package is already containing fertilizer wait for 10 weeks before you add fertilizer again.

• Once you see the lettuce growing to 2-3 inches in height add organic layer of much at the top to keep the soil moist.

• Harvest the lettuce carefully not disturbing other roots around it and you can re-seed again every 2 weeks so that you get continuous production.

Tomatoes

Very popularly grown veggie in any sized garden, it can be grown inside hanging baskets and even other containers. You need to place them at a place where is lots of sun light and make sure they have some support for its stalks.

• You need a container of about 5-gallon

• Drill holes of about ¼ inches at the bottom of your container

• Place a layer of gravel of about 2-3 inches

• Then add ¾ bagged soil for potting to start with

• Add seeds of tomato according to the directions given in the package and place the pot in a sunny area.

• When you see the baby tomatoes growing add some fresh soil to the container, this will support its growing stem

• Do plant some marigold flower with the tomato plant to keep the bugs away

• Make sure it gets plenty of full sun light for 8 hours daily

Carrots

Again very easy to grow are carrots in your home garden and they need a good amount of sunlight as well like many other plants.

• Carrots should be planned to plant at least 3-5 weeks ahead the date of last spring

• Ideally they need full sunlight; however it can …

Four Reasons Why You Would Use Louver Doors In Your Home

When it comes to finding a great look for your home that is both functional and eye appealing, you simply cannot beat interior Louver doors. Typically seen in bi-fold fashion on closets, these doors are now beginning to be appreciated in many other applications around the home, for good reason. Whether you are on the hunt for a door that doubles as an accent piece for your décor or simply need to improve the air movement in your home, Louvre doors will not let you down.

Convenience in Tight Places

Like with other styles of bi-folding doors, there is a certain level of ease that comes with this style of Louver doors. They can be used in relatively tight places without completely blocking the flow of traffic because they do not swing open. However, unlike a solid-front style, this slotted variety offers much more. The introduction of standard cut doors with the attractive shutter like design also allows for a consistency throughout a hallway or entry, so closets, bedrooms, and bathrooms share the unique style.

Air Flow

Louver doors provide superior air flow due to their design, whether they are hiding a large closet or operating as a standard bedroom entryway. The great thing about this is that it allows warm or cool air to travel between rooms, even when the door is shut. Of course, for the closet, this is nice so the air doesn’t get stale around clothing, blankets, or toiletries. For bedrooms or other spaces within the room, a Louver door can represent cost savings and comfort as air conditioning or heat easily passes through.

Ventilation

Proper airflow between spaces also means better ventilation. Would you like to close off a utility closet? Do you have a mud room that tends to be damp or a finished basement? A Louvre door might be the perfect option. It provides the ventilation and airflow that some systems require and can cut down on moisture by moving air over it. That’s not the best part, either; this style of door can serve several important functions, but, more importantly, it looks great in the process.

Visual Appeal

There is no doubt about it; a little detail can go a long way toward making a space beautiful. While a classic front door will serve the purpose of dividing the house, it doesn’t have the same pizzazz as this style. A Louvre door can work with nearly any décor, transitioning easily between homeowners and between changing trends, always offering a sense of interest and beauty.…

How To Spot a Fake Jimmy Choo Handbag

  • Label: The Jimmy Choo label is generally a lilac colored metal face fastened to a leather backing, and stitched to the interior of the handbag. Many fakes have the incorrect shade of lilac, either going to light or too dark in the purple spectrum. The label should read in either gold or silver. However, even if the colors are correct, the label may still not be in the clear. Because it is often times the font details that are singular to authentic Jimmy Choo that many of fake handbags get wrong, and this is one of the best places to look when attempting to identify a phony J. Choo.
  • Font: Always check out the “H” in Choo. On an authentic handbag, the horizontal cross-bar in the H should not be in the center of the letter, the way it is intended to be with regards to most standard fonts. Instead, the Jimmy Choo H should have the cross-bar closer to the top, about 75-80% of the way up the H, if measuring from the bottom of the letter. If the handbag has the correct H, move to the letters “O” in Choo. On an authentic handbag, the O will have a slightly dented look. This means that the “O” will appear as if someone tapped down on the top of the letter, giving the O an oval shape rather than a perfect circle. Spotting a fake Jimmy Choo handbag often times comes down to the subtleties in the font.
  • Hardware: Any screws located on handbag hardware will always be a flat head (-) screw. Jimmy Choo will never utilize any Philips head (+) screws in any of their handbags.
  • Dustbag: Fake Jimmy Choo handbags will often be accompanied by a dustbag that is an incorrect color or format. An authentic dustbag should have the logo: “JIMMY CHOO,” with “LONDON” centered perfectly under the logo. The font should be an embossed grey, while the dustbag itself will be the famous lilac color. Many fakes will have incorrect font colors on the dustbag, as well as the incorrect dustbag color i.e. the wrong shades of purple etc. Good luck and safe shopping!

Numerology Reveals the Hidden Meaning of Your House Number

Continuing with this series of articles giving you insight into where you live, in the meantime consider this: the house or apartment of where you live, even the block of land chose you! That’s right, even though you might think you chose where you live I have news for you, it chose you…

Developing this a little further, how many times have you heard (it may’ve even happened to you) of someone falling in love with a house but unable to afford it, yet – the finances became available. And, of those who had all their finances organised unable to proceed to the sale for one reason or another. It’s happened to me and I’m sure it’s happened to you – it’s all about the where you live being where you’re meant to be – lessons to be learnt – Karma to unfold or a journey to begin.

House Number Four: This is the most unpredictable of all the house numbers – with one crisis after another. The occupants often visit psychiatrists or seek someone to talk to! Expect your life to move in a completely different direction from what you had in mind if moving in here, take a tip and go with the flow for life is changing in ways you cannot predict.

Aquarians will enter your life (you may be one yourself), but as long as they are not born on Jan 26, Feb 8, Feb 17 you can let them in! Life will offer many moments where you’ll be called upon to help or counsel others. This address may even look different to others in the area or the occupants considered a little ‘strange.’ It also attracts those involved with the physically handicapped! Some personal comments: I’ve often seen this number to have all the electronic gadgets, computers, plasma televisions, etc. Another thing I mention to people moving to this address is to look after their back and to invest in a decent bed. Linked to the planet Uranus in Astrology and has connections with all things Astrological along with the 11th house in the Astrological Chart (see my previous series)

When we talk about the ‘unusual’ you have to consider the actual appearance of the building or its colour, even the occupations or occupants could be considered ‘unusual’ either by their looks, careers or something ‘harder to define.’ Let me give you a personal observation for this number crops up in my life more than I would like to admit and when it does and did I’ve noticed and notice that my life plans-goals-objectives seemingly alter of their own accord. I want to go one way – life wants to go another. Call this Fate or Destiny, call it what you like but I fully believe the place (s) we live are the place (s) we are meant to be living at for the energy / vibration has attracted you – just like a magnet (being a magnet) attracts iron filings and forms patterns. I …

Good Ventilation a Basic Requirement of a Good House

Ventilation is one of the basic requirements of a good house. As fresh air is a must to ensure the health of those who live in the house good ventilation is a must. In tropical climes it is not difficult to follow ventilation options when building a house. You can incorporate a lot of windows and they will provide the necessary ventilation with natural wind blowing. In countries where there are harsh winters it is not possible to have many windows in a house. Even if you do have you must close then and stay indoors during winter.

Now you are faced with a problem on how to ventilate your house. The best way is to expel some air from the areas where the air gets contaminated or become stale. Exhaust fans are most suitable way to expel the stale air from the house.

Kitchen is one of the places where the air gets polluted due to air being contaminated with cooking. If you are using a gas stove naturally some oxygen will be burnt. Unless you have a chimney from which the carbon dioxide is expelled into the out side of the house it will remain in the kitchen polluting the air. You must force this polluted air out with a window exhaust fan to allow fresh air to come into the house.

Your bathroom is the other place where the air will become damp and stale. Here too you must find a solution. The smells of soaps deodorants washing powers and everything else used in there will get mixed with air and the moisture from the evaporating water will make the walls damp. To solve this problem the best thing is to fix a window exhaust fan and make proper ventilation.

Once the ventilation is ensured in those places where the air gets contaminated your house will be a better place to live.…

Free Bathroom Remodeling Catalogs for Bathroom Renovation

When it comes to finding your dream home design, free bathroom remodeling catalogs are the perfect easy way to get inspired and find plenty of ideas for renovating your new bathroom design. You will get a sense of the best styles that matches your home size and the theme you are looking for.

That’s why nowadays when looking for a remodeling contractor, it is natural to first search around and collect your own gallery of favorite renovation designs to choose from. So after your contractor observes your house and gives you an estimated cost and timing, they can also take a look at your collection and help you choose the best design that matched your house.

Whether you find your remodeling ideas and photos online or on paper, it is helpful to collect the best ones that catch your interest. Even if you only like a certain part of a picture, you can cut that part and keep it in your collection. You will be surprised how a mixture from various photos will end up making your dream design.

Where Can You Find Free Bathroom Renovation Catalogs?

So when you are searching to collect your own photo gallery of favorite design ideas for your bathroom, here are a few top places where you can find free ideas easily…

1. Design Ideas in Offline Magazine

Have you ever taken a look at home improvement, interior design or architecture magazines? If you have, you know they are simply a goldmine of various fresh creative remodeling ideas for not only your bathroom, but also the kitchen, basement, living room, or even your backyard.

So next time you are passing by a bookstore with a home improvement section, feel free to browse through the magazines and pick up the designs that you enjoy the most.

2. Simply Search for Renovation Ideas Online

Are you looking for a simple remodel design? Or maybe a simple theme idea? Could it be that you are more interested in a cheap affordable remodeling solution? Either way, you can easily find a large collection of pictures and galleries by doing a simple search in Google.

3. Free Online Bathroom Remodeling Photo Galleries

After doing some search, you’ll be surprised how the easiest way to find a large photo gallery of the latest remodel trends, projects, designs and plans that you can view and save to your computer.

By checking out these free galleries, you can take a look at various bathroom renovation themes – from eco-friendly, antique, or modern… to Asian, contemporary and even abstract designs.…

Fitted Kitchens – When is the Best Time to Buy Them?

You would think that a Fitted Kitchen will cost pretty much the same throughout the year, and to a certain extent you would be correct. However despite the seemingly endless “Sales” there are definitely better times to buy Fitted Kitchens.

The best time to buy kitchens is… when they want your business most!

The whole UK fitted kitchen industry revolves around four “Sale” periods as follows:

Period 1.

January – Winter Sale starting Boxing Day – must end last weekend in Janruary

February – Winter Sale magically extends to the end of February

March – No promotions. (Goods have to be shown at “full” price for 28 days before being discounted)

Period 2.

April – Spring Sale starts – coincides with Easter and additional Bank Holiday “specials”

May – Spring Sale magically extends to the end of May

June – No promotions. (Goods have to be shown at “full” price for 28 days before being discounted)

Period 3.

July – Summer Sale starts – must end last weekend in June

August – Summer Sale magically extends to the end of August (Usually the August Bank Holiday weekend)

September – No promotions. (Goods have to be shown at “full” price for 28 days before being discounted)

Period 4.

October – Autumn Sale starts – must end last weekend in October

November – Autumn Sale magically extends to the end of November (to capture the last “fits” before Christmas)

December – No promotions. (Goods have to be shown at “full” price for 28 days before being discounted)

Which brings us full circle back to the next Winter Sale – which will start on Boxing Day.

It is worth noting that December is the month that most kitchen retailers increase their prices (by 3 to 4%)

So, armed with the information above we can deduce when they want our business the most, and therefore… the best time to buy Fitted Kitchens.

  • The early days of the sale (Any sale) – The Sales Manager will be desperate to get the sale off to a good start, and will offer additional “above sale discounts”
  • The last weekend of the sale (Any sale) – The Sales Manager will be desperate to hit his turnover target (his bonus will depend on it) and will instruct his designers to take deals (any deals) to achieve this
  • Bank Holidays – Usually provide additional discounts

These are all good times to buy, but if you want the best possible deal on your new kitchen…

Buy your kitchen in “Non Sale” periods … why?

  • The Sales Manager is not expecting sales in a non sale period (his advertising disappears)
  • His Turnover Target is much lower, and he does not expect to achieve it (no advertising = no sales leads)
  • Your individual order may make his target on it’s own (for him and unexpected bonus!)
  • It is worth noting that although there are no “advertised” discounts – the Sales Manager can authorise what he wants (within reason)

So we say the best …

Maintenance and Cleaning Tips for Copper Kitchen Hood Vents

Buying a copper kitchen hood vent can add such an amazing visual appeal in your kitchen area. Many people are under the impression that buying copper items in a hot and steamy kitchen area is a recipe for disaster, but the truth is that this is a strong, durable and beautiful material that will provide you with years of use and enjoyment.

Another myth about copper kitchen hood vents is that they are difficult to clean and maintain. In fact, they are probably easier than many of the other materials on the market today and with a long life span, you can keep them looking beautiful with just a few minutes of work.

To clean your copper kitchen hood vents you will need a few items, you will want to have two cloths and a bottle of copper cleaner, if your hood isn’t lacquered. Speak to your supplier to identify what copper cleaner they recommend, this way you are assured that you are taking the best care of the hood, ensuring it will last for many years to come.

Remember over time your copper kitchen hood vents are going to start to change color, this is part of their charm and what makes them unique. With a little bit of elbow grease, you can have them gleaming and ready to show off to family and friends.

Wet one of the cloths and wring it out, you want it damp, not dripping with water. Wipe over the hood to remove any dust and dirt. Removing the dust and dirt only makes it easier when it comes to really cleaning and polishing it up to look as good as new.

The next step is to take the copper cleaner and follow the instructions to the letter. The instructions will be determined by the type of cleaner you have purchased. In most instances you will be able to wipe this over the hood. Some of them turn into a paste, others will change color as they dry.

Rub the copper cleaner all around the copper kitchen hood vents and then allow them to sit for a while. Ideally you want to leave the cleaner a good few minutes, giving it time to get to work. The bottle you have purchased will give you some estimated times, which can be anything from five minutes.

From here you will want to take a clean lint free cloth and gently wipe away all the cleaner. Ensure you cover the entire area, removing all the dust, dirt and grease from the copper kitchen hood vents. With the vents cleaned, you can now polish the hood to leave it gleaming and looking spectacular, making that great impression in your kitchen.

Ensure you clean the copper kitchen hood vents on a regular basis. Cleaning them regularly doesn’t only making cleaning a quick and effective process, but it also ensures the life span of the item. You have probably bought these hood vents because of their visual appeal; not looking …

Preparing and Installing High Gloss Acrylic Kitchen Splashbacks

The latest trend in interior design, high gloss kitchen splashbacks are a colourful and modern alternative to glass splashbacks offering a flawless and long lasting finish.

The high gloss is created by a layer of clear acrylic which is coextruded over a layer of coloured acrylic. The remarkable light admittance of the clear acrylic allows the colour to show through, resulting in a vibrancy and depth of colour not seen in other acrylic sheets.

Plexiglas Hi-Gloss acrylic can be mounted as a splashback around the kitchen behinds sinks and work surfaces, though it should not be used behind a hob or other heat source. Exposure to high temperatures can warp acrylic over time, so if the high gloss is to be installed behind a hob a heat-shielding material such as toughened glass should also be used to protect the acrylic.

High gloss acrylic sheets are fastened to a wall or supporting structure with a high-strength double-sided tape along with crosslinking silicone to ensure a flawless and long lasting finish with no distortion to the surface of the sheet. However before the sheet is installed there are a number of preparations to make to both the sheet and the substrate to ensure the splashback looks its best.

Top Tip: High gloss acrylic sheet will be delivered with a masking film on the surface to protect from scratches and marks – don’t remove this film until the sheet is installed!

You may wish to drill and cut the acrylic sheet before installing to make holes for plug sockets, pipes or other wall features which will interrupt your splashback. To do this extreme care must be taken to prevent the sheet from cracking or breaking, so it is recommended that only pre-ground twist drill bits that are designed for use with acrylic sheet are used. When drilling the sheet, the drill bit should be positioned slowly and carefully pushed through. Slow the feed as the bit reaches the other side to prevent chipping of the coloured layer, and it may be beneficial to use a piece of wood as a supporting material. To cool the acrylic simply apply tap water to the area that has been drilled.

To saw the sheet, non-vibrating high speed machine should be used to achieve the cleanest-cut edges which may then be polished to restore the high gloss lustre. Circular hand and table saws may be used, but should only protrude slightly beyond the surface of the sheet to minimise vibration and movement. Jigsaws are also suitable for cutting high gloss acrylic sheets, and will effectively and neatly saw the plastic if only straight-tooth blades are used and if care is taken to place the shoe firmly on the masking film. This will safeguard the acrylic from unwanted chipping, preserving the edge for the most professional finish to the splashback. Once again, tap water may be used to cool the acrylic after cutting.

Top Tip: Measure twice, cut once!

Once your colourful high gloss acrylic sheet has been …