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Built in Pantry

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Lovely looking kitchen design centering around this refrigerator and built in pantry.



Decorating for the Season-Winter

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It’s winter and it’s time to make the inside of your home feel warm and welcoming.  An it’s time to welcome the winter season in style.

Some ideas:

1) Use soft and fluffy throws to make the room feel cozy. You can easily, and cheaply, change the look and feel of a favorite bed, chair or couch with throws.

2) Use warm colored pillows and cushions to add comfort and warmth. Colors, dark reds, burnt oranges, and softness of pillows create a cozy environment. Select dark colors and patterns.

3) Decorate using nature as your guide. Earthy touches of stone, wood, and floral create an inviting environment.

Don’t forget to light a nice warn glowing fire when you have company, or when you are alone for that matter.

Worry less about clutter and make your rooms inviting and warm.

Snuggle up with a warm cup of coffee and enjoy the winter season.

Carpet Tiles-Squares

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This is a post from Best Carpet Value–Discount Carpet Tiles and Squares

Carpet tile may not be something many people think about using in their home there are applications that make sense.  They are great for a play room, a garage, a game room, media room, or a man cave.

Carpet tiles are pieces of carpet that come in a tile form, allowing them to be installed individually. In most cases, they require no padding underneath and are easily kept in place with the use of adhesive or an interlocking design. While carpet tiles have been popular for commercial use in the past, they are now becoming a popular choice for residential homes as well. Whether you are installing new flooring in a playroom, family room, home office or a bedroom, carpet tiles can work well in any area of your home. Of course, before you make your final decision, it is important to take a closer look at these tiles, their pros and cons and other important considerations.

The Pros of Carpet Tiles

If you are considering carpet tiles, you’ll quickly find that these tiles come with many great pros. One of the main pros to consider is how easy it is to replace a single tile. If a carpet tile is stained or damaged, you can easily remove that single tile, adding in a new tile to fix the problem. Traditional carpet is all one piece, so you would end up placing the entire area of carpet if you had a stain or damage to one area.

Ease of installation is another pro to consider. In fact, installation is so easy that you can easy take on this project without the help of professionals. If you go the do-it-yourself route, you’ll also be able to save quite a bit of money. Since you are installing the carpet tile by tile, it makes it easy to create unique designs with your carpet. The easy maintenance is also a big pro to consider, since you can easily keep the carpet clean with regular vacuuming and spot cleaning.

The Cons of Carpet Tiles

While carpet tiles offer many pros, a few cons must be considered too. One con is the cost of carpet tiles. They can be more expensive than purchasing traditional carpeting, especially if you have the tiles professionally installed. However, you can offset this higher cost by doing the installation on your own. Another problem is that these tiles often wear faster than traditional carpet, especially in areas that get a lot of carpet. Once tiles get heavily worn, they may begin lifting a bit around the edges, which can be dangerous and displeasing aesthetically.

Important Considerations

Overall, carpet tiles make an excellent choice for homeowners, since the pros seem to outweigh the few cons. However, if you decide to go with these tiles, a few things must be considered. Before making your purchase, always consider the density and thickness of the tiles, since the dense, thicker tiles usually last longer, although they may cost a bit more. Also, pay attention to quality when making your purchase. The cheapest tiles may not offer the best service, so it is better to choose quality over a low price.

Reused Springs for Bar-stools

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I like ideas that reuse old items and keep them out of the trash. These old truck springs make great bar-stools and look great in this kitchen

Be Gone Winter Blues – Use Bright Color Accents

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Use color in your home design to defeat the winter blues. Use vibrant colored upholstery, curtains, bed covers, pillows and vases. There really should be colors everywhere. Acquire a colorful painting for the residing space to liven it up. Some people even paint walls brighter colors for the winter months. I think that’s a little much but to each their own and if makes you feel better, go for it.

Lack of sunlight and the lack of color in the sky contribute to the “winter blahs.” You can help brighten your mood by using these colors:

  • Red – Red is a very intense color that has been proven to increase blood pressure and raise the heart rate. Introducing a little red in your home design for accents will do wonders for those blues.
  • Yellow – Yellow is associated with happiness and optimism. It should be used for accents and not in primary color designs.
  • Green – Green is a cooler color but shades of green can be relaxing and even induce cheerfulness.

Use accents of bright color in your interior design and rid yourself of the winter blues.

I love the red chair in this picture and I think the fireplace helps too!

Save On Your Energy Bill Through Simple Air Conditioning Maintenance

heating and cooling unit Save On Your Energy Bill Through Simple Air Conditioning Maintenance

Keeping your air conditioning system properly maintained helps your home’s heating and cooling system last longer, operate more efficiently and just as importantly to most of us, keeps energy costs lower. There is no substitute for annual maintenance by a professional air conditioning repair service, but, according to Conditioned Air Solutions (www.conditionedairsolutions.com) there are some things that you may be able to do yourself to keep your home’s air conditioner and heater working properly in between regularly scheduled service.

Change Your Air Filters

This is the easiest HVAC maintenance task of all and is one which you can (and should) do yourself. If your air conditioner sees a lot of use in the summer, the filters should be changed at least monthly; in especially hot weather where your AC is running almost constantly, you may want to check the filters even more often.

Clogged air filters force your system to work harder, which can reduce the lifespan of your air conditioner. They also mean higher energy costs, so don’t neglect to check your home heating and cooling system’s filters regularly and change them when necessary.

Clean Your Condenser Unit

Central air conditioner systems which have an outdoor condenser unit need to be cleaned as needed. Opening up the unit to clean the cooling fins may void your warranty – check this beforehand and if this is the case, leave this job to the professionals. However, leaves, dirt and other debris can and should be removed from the exterior of the condenser unit. Like a dirty air filter, a dirty condenser can’t cool your home as efficiently, placing strain on your AC system and resulting in higher energy costs. read more »

HDMI Cables for Home Theater

Home Theater HDMI Cables for Home Theater
If you are installing a home theater system than you will probably need to become familiar with cables. Your viewing and listening experience will  be affected by your choice of cables.

HDMI cables deliver the greatest picture and sound quality possible inside of a single cable. Using these cables is ideal if you want to preserve the sound quality when you convert digital to analog.

DVI cables feature somewhat of a new type of connection that provides superior visual quality. They make sure the video signal stays safely in its digital form, which ends up providing a really great picture quality. There are no universal standards at the moment for DVI cables since it’s still in development.

Component video cables  are the best non-digital choices for high-def video. While they appear almost the same as composite cables, their signal quality is better. Component video cables divide the video signal into 3 cables, thereby optimizing the sharpness and the clarity of said image. read more »

Fall Colors

fall colors Fall ColorsIn a California beach house, designer Chad Eisner used an orange and beige palette to create a cozy bungalow feeling. The dining area has a banquette covered For more information click here

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