Day: May 15, 2020

Lamps Are Decorative And Functional Too

Many people do not think twice about the lamps and lights in their home. When you're trying to spruce up your decor though, or creating a brand new decorating theme, one of the best places to start is with lamps … because they can be both beautiful and functional at the same time.

Here are several popular types of lamps to consider when decorating a room in your home:

Table Lamps – Table lamps are wonderful for both decorating and functionality. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, and can really accent specialty decor pieces you might already have. Small table lamps are quite decorative when sat upon a stack of hardback books, and large table lamps make great centerpieces for greenery, knick knack arrangements, or keepsakes.

You'll want to be careful not to overwhelm small, dainty tables with large, bulky, overbearing lamps though. A solid rustic wood table would easily carry a large wood table lamp, but a small victorian-style side table would do better with a delicate-looking tiffany or hurricane table lamp.

Floor Lamps – Floor lamps are excellent for adding both additional light and style to various areas of your home. I particularly like them in reading areas. Place a nice comfortable chair or divan in the corner for instance, away from the walls a bit, then place a decorative floor lamp in the corner space behind it. This will create a cozy, inviting feel to the space while also providing extra light for reading, writing, or knitting.

Wall Lamps & Lights – Lighting used on the wall varies in style. There's recessed lights which are helpful and decorative in kitchen areas or bathrooms for instance, and there are wall sconces which are wonderful for adding warmth and ambiance.

For a unique and different look, try creating a wall arrangement using wall sconces instead of candelabras or candle sconces.

Picture Lights – Picture lights are used primarily to highlight pictures and artwork in your home. These work similar to spotlights by focusing the majority of their light on the artwork. Most are very decorative, and they come in a variety of styles to match whatever your decorating theme might be.

Oil Lamps – Oil lamps can still be bought in many places today. Some are replicas, meaning they do not actually burn oil to create light, they simply look like the oil lamps of old. Others actually do have a wick and can burn oil. Most people use the actual oil burning lamps for decoration only, and you can even buy colored oil to fill the lamps for an additional decorative touch. …

Ideas to Clean Stainless Cabinet Handles

If you’re looking for a clean, simple look in your kitchen, then stainless steel kitchen cabinet hardware can be the perfect fit. It’s an ideal match for the new stainless steel appliances and can add a touch of modern elegance to any kitchen. While stainless kitchen cabinet hardware is probably the least demanding when it comes to cleaning, it will still need a little attention from time to time. Heat and grease can take a toll on your kitchen cabinet hardware and stainless is no exception. So be prepared to do a little maintenance on this otherwise carefree home hardware.

If your stainless cabinet handles and drawer pulls have been up for a while, they may be looking a little dull and in need of a cleaning. It’s possible to do an in place cleaning if your kitchen cabinet hardware isn’t too dirty. You can clean them right along with the surface of your cabinets, using a soft damp cloth and an orange based degreasing cleaner. Follow up with a dry cloth to polish your kitchen cabinet hardware to a sparkling shine.

Removing Your Stainless Cabinet Handles for a Thorough Cleaning

If your Stainless hardware is really greasy and grimy, you really should remove it for a more thorough cleaning. This means grabbing your screw driver and removing all the drawer pulls, knobs and hinges so you can give them a good scrubbing. It’s a good idea if you can have someone help you with this as it will require removing the cabinet doors and you don’t want them twisting or falling in the process. Start by unscrewing the bottom hinge first and leaving the top screw in the upper hinge until last. Have your helper steady the door while you remove the last screw and carefully lower the door.

Remove all the kitchen cabinet hardware from the doors and do the same for all the drawers. Mark each door and drawer as to it’s location by using a small sticker or piece of tape. Place screws in a container for safe keeping. If these need cleaning add water and a little orange cleaner to let them soak. Place all your hardware in a dishpan or other suitable sized container and cover with warm water and orange degreasing cleaner, following the label’s instructions as to the amount to use. Don’t place small pieces, such as knobs directly in the kitchen sink. If you have a disposal unit on your sink it’s easy for the smaller pieces to fall into it.

Reinstalling Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

After the kitchen cabinet hardware has soaked for about 15 to 20 minutes it’s time to scrub off the grim. This is where an old tooth brush can come in handy. It’s sturdy enough to remove the loosened dirt but won’t scratch your drawer pulls and knobs like steel wool or harsh abrasives might. It’s also great if your stainless cabinet knobs and handles have any detailing at all. Place all the clean pieces out …

Top 10 Recital Rules For Audience Members

With summer fast approaching many studios are preparing for end-of-school-year recitals. An important aspect of a successful piano recital is the observance of proper recital etiquette. Below are the top ten rules that audience members should observe when attending a recital.

The Audience:

(1) Arrive on time, or a little early. When audience members arrive on time it provides the best opportunity for the performance to begin on time. Arriving a few minutes early will also allow for time to get a program and to get seated. In fact, those who arrive early usually get the best pick on seating.

(2) Limit perfumes or colognes. While perfumes, colognes and scented body lotions do smell good, in a recital/concert setting it is NOT considered appropriate to wear strong smelling scents. Many people have allergies to perfumes. So, out of respect to the other members in the audience it is considered proper etiquette to limit, or refrain from, applying scented items on your body or clothing.

(3) Sit QUIETLY and listen to the performances. The role of the audience is to provide appropriate support and encouragement to the performer, and to receive enjoyment from the performance. As such, it is expected that audience members follow some basic rules:

* No talking, loud whispering, or humming along during a performance. Additionally, noisy candy or cough drop wrappers should be avoided! This can be very distracting to the performer and can (especially in young students) cause problems in the performance. It is also quite distracting for audience members.

* Remain seated during the performance (no wiggling or walking about), and only leave between pieces if absolutely necessary.

* No gum. Smacking and chewing noises can distract other audience members. And, gum dropped in a recital venue can create a “sticky” mess. It is best to use (quiet) breath mints instead.

* No whistling, yelling, or other loud methods of congratulations should be done, especially prior to the performance. If a performer is focused and ready to play, but becomes distracted with the “cat-calling” and “whooping” it can really throw off his performance. While boisterous congratulations are meant to show support for the performer, it may actually cause unintended problems instead. The best way to show appreciation for the performance is with thunderous applause, and an occasional “bravo” at the end of an especially great performance.

(4) Go to the bathroom BEFOREHAND. If it becomes absolutely necessary to leave the hall during the recital it should be done quietly and between pieces rather than in the middle of a piece.

(5) No flash photography. If pictures or video are allowed in the recital it is best to stand in the back and be as unobtrusive or noisy as possible. And, cameras should have the flash turned off. Random and/or unexpected flashing of cameras (along with the clicking noises) can really distract a performer.

(6) Turn off your cell phone or other electronic devices. It’s obvious enough that phone ringing …

Brick Wall Ideas For Landscaping

If you are looping for some great brick wall ideas for landscaping, why not visit your local home improvement store? They usually offer a full range of books on all major home improvement topics. These books will have lots of full color photos and designs that will gave you endless ideas for using brick walls when landscaping. Of course, doing an online search is also an option. Just by doing a quick Google search you will be able to find lots of free images, layouts and design ideas. These can also be very useful to get ideas from and will help you in the planning stage of your landscaping project.

When doing the actual landscaping work you will find that working with brick is very different from working with plants or even rocks. Your reasons for using brick will usually have very little to do with your garden, flower beds or turf lawn. If you are not sure of what your options are exactly, you may want to ask an expert ñason for advice. Brick walls can present challenges you may not be aware of. Some walls can only be built to a certain height before they become unstable. Others will need to be built with a solid footing in order to ensure their stability.

One popular and attractive way to use brick walls is by making a wall that has lattice patterns in it. You can make plants grow around the openings and they provide a way to peek into the yard, sparking people’s curiosity. If you like you can also make openings for your pets or even bigger ones for people to walk trough. Another option is to include shelves for plants, pots and other decorative objects. You can also make curved walls, use different colors of brick, the options are endless.…