Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Five ways to keep your home warm this winter

The key to understanding how to keep warm is the fact you lose more heat by radiation to your surroundings than you do by convection to the air. This is why your house feels so cold when you get back from a winter break, even after you’ve turned on the central heating; though the air quickly warms up, the walls take far longer to do so and may continue to make you shiver for up to a day.
Five ways to keep your home warm this winter

In the same way, in poorly insulated houses the inside of the external walls can be several degrees colder than the air and the internal walls, making you feel chilly.
Fortunately, there are five simple ways to overcome this and minimise your energy bills.
1. Close Your Curtains At Night
During the day, your windows let in more radiant energy than gets out; sunlight can enter through the glass, but the window is opaque to the infrared radiation trying to escape. At night, however, single-glazed windows can get extremely cold – in my Victorian house which we try and keep at a room temperature of 20°C, an infrared camera showed internal window temperatures of as low as 7°C on a frosty night.
Even double-glazed windows aren’t great insulators and can fall to around 14°C. This results in energy losses of 50-100 watts per square metre, equivalent to running an old-fashioned light bulb.
The best way to prevent this heat loss is to close your curtains and lower your blinds immediately after dusk. They provide an extra barrier to radiant heat loss, add insulation and reduce draughts. My cheap blinds raise the internal surface temperature to 16°C and thick curtains raise it virtually to room temperature, minimising heat loss and making the room feel cosier.
2. Cover Your Walls
Solid brick or stone walls are better insulators than glass, but they still get cold and let out lots of heat. In my house the external walls fell to 16-17°C, 3-4°C cooler than the air in the room, even though they were made of 50cm thick sandstone.
Fortunately you can significantly reduce energy losses by covering them with picture or mirrors. Even a simple poster adds an extra layer of insulting air, raising internal surface temperatures by around 1°C and cutting lost energy by a quarter. Framed pictures or mirrors are better, if more expensive. Not being a Russian oligarch or a medieval baron I don’t have any carpets or tapestries to hang on my walls, but these would be even more effective.
Best of all are bookshelves. My partner is an avid collector and her old books make superb insulators. The spines of the volumes in our book-lined study are raised almost to room temperature, making it snug and warm. Thermally at least, printed books are far superior to their electronic counterparts.
3. Cover Your Front Door
Doors can let in draughts, and being thin and sometimes glazed can be very poor insulators, falling to 10-15°C on cold nights. Covering your door and the surrounding wall with a thick lined door curtain can eliminate pretty much all the heat loss.
4. Use Screens
Even if you can’t reduce all the heat loss from your outer walls you can still shield yourself from the cold. Our ancestors used to draw up wooden screens behind themselves and huddle up to the fire. Being at room temperature, the screens kept their backs warm, while radiation from the fire heated up their front. You could do the same, and you could even protect your face from the damaging effects of a roaring fire by using miniature fire screens, just like Georgian ladies.
5. Position Your Furniture In The Warm
How warm you feel in a room depends on where you are, even though air temperature is the same throughout. You will feel warmer if you position yourself closer to the inside of the house because the cold external walls are further away. So try and place your furniture next to an internal wall.
If your desk is up against an external wall so you can look out of the window your legs will tend to get cold, though you can reduce this effect by leaning a cardboard sheet against the wall. If the head of your bed is next to a cold external wall you will be prone to getting a stiff neck, though you can counter this somewhat by using a solid headboard. The best solution, of course, is a four-poster bed, but most bedrooms just aren’t big enough.
So knowing something about how heat moves can help you brave the cold winter. My experience has also shown that investigating the thermal properties of your house with an infrared camera will keep your kids amused for hours.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Upgrade your living room with a $100 wireless soundbar

living room wireless
Vizio SB3821-C6

The Vizio SB3821-C6 earned itself a place in our round-up of the best soundbars for under $250, and now you can land a manufacturer refurbished model for just $99.99 through Groupon. Why'd we like it? Not only is it capable of delivering 100 decibels of audio, but it also supports a ton of audio formats, including Dolby Digital and DTS Studio Sound.
This 2.1-channel wireless soundbar also has a chance to be the most attractive piece of tech in your living room; its sleek, minimalist design is slim enough to fit most home theater set-ups and doesn't draw unnecessary attention to itself.
Each soundbar ships with a subwoofer, whose small stature and wireless functionality makes it easy to place beneath the TV table, off to the side, or wherever you see fit.
Yes, you technically won't be getting a brand spankin' new model of the SB3821-C6, but a refurbished version straight from the manufacturer ensures you a high level of quality control plus a 30-day warranty from Vizio. In any case, soundbars don't tend to be the type of devices that see a good amount of wear-and-tear, so I'd say you're pretty well-covered.
The Vizio S3821-C6 usually retails for $30-$50 more than this sale price, so don't let this one slip away if you're looking to upgrade your home audio system.

Sources usatoday.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

HOW TO REPURPOSE YOUR BROKEN MIRROR IN GLORIOUS WAYS

Have you broken a mirror recently? Stop believing that is going to bring you bad luck for the following seven years, and instead start thinking about possible ways in which you can reuse it, and there are plenty of them. In this article I have collected only the best ones, so scroll down and see How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways.
 I’m sure that you are going to be impressed with the abundance of designs, and that you are going to find the perfect one for you interior design. Put those broken mirror pieces to a good use and get a new decorative object that is going to shine and sparkle in your living area for free. Get creative and recreate your favorite design.

Are you sick and tired with the look of your old flower pot but you somehow don’t feel like spending money on a new one right now? That means that it’s time for a DIY project that is going to refresh the look of your home.
BROKEN MIRROR

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If you have broken your surfboard and you are going to use it as a decoration we suggest you to cover the damaged parts with some mirror. It’s going to get a fancy look and it will fit perfectly with the rest of your home decor.

How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
Are you a fan of letter decorations? You may now consider decorating them with broken mirror pieces as well!
Why don’t you give your old frame a quick makeover, so your favorite photos will be framed in an elegant and sophisticated design?
How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
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You can go really big with some of the designs, and if you are really a fan of broken mirror parts, here we have a great idea for you that will get your attention. Your mantelpiece will look really fabulous! Are you excited to give it a try?
How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
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You can also use broken mirror in order to update the look of your old cupboards. This is not a difficult craft, and it can make a big difference. What do you say about it?
Instead of using tiles as a back splash in your kitchen, you can think about repurposing the broken mirror. You may have to ask for a professional help this time, but we promise that it’s going to be worth it!
How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
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This hanging decoration is a real eye-catcher!
How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
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Make a unique heart-shaped gift decorated with broken mirror parts and surprise your loved one.
How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
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You can cut any shape out of cardboard and cover it with the pieces of broken mirror. This crafts will look like you have paid lots of money for it!
Cover the tray with mirror and use it as a wall art.
How To Repurpose Your Broken Mirror In Glorious Ways
Image via dimplicity.com
What do you say about framing the broken pieces? It’s a unique decorations that will impress everyone.
And here comes my favorite designs of all! I really love the mirror pieces used as a table top! So fancy! Which is the design that caught your eyes the most?

See How One Living Room Went from Boring to Beautiful

When a young family purchased a 1978 Nashville home by renowned regional architect Robert Anderson, the structure was in the midst of an identity crisis. The geometric-shaped house, which featured a glass roof and curvy windows, had originally been devised to maximize the views and bring in the outside, but previous owners initiated changes that left much to be desired. “After years of renovations, the 18-by-30-foot living room felt staid, with a tired wall color, stucco, and stained wood,” says local designer Jason Arnold. “It wasn’t the right setting to take in the vista.” Tackling the 16-foot slanted ceiling, oddly placed window, soffit along the ceiling, and awkwardly curved fireplace, Arnold set out to give the room a clean and contemporary feel. First, he stripped the architecture down to its base, choosing a monochrome palette to act as a blank canvas. The fireplace was given a streamlined look, while textiles and textures were selected to bring in a warm and enveloping feel. Read on for more of Arnold’s thoughtful design solutions.

Arnold installed a large chandelier to give the lofty ceiling a more human scale. A lattice-patterned sisal rug from Fibreworks and Joseph Noble faux-wool drapes prevent the all-white environment from feeling severe. Next to the fireplace, an upholstered linen cabinet houses the television set and sits upon an antique French chest, for a one-of-a-kind media unit. Arnold’s design strategy opened up the room to the wooded scenery outside, as well as to the views of downtown.

See How One Living Room Went from Boring to Beautiful

When the designer first saw the living room, its outdated green walls, stained trim, and faux-painted details around a doorframe were hiding the space’s simple architectural design. “The room was being forced to be something it was not,” says Arnold. Covering all of the surfaces with a single light color unified the room and minimized the angles.


“Robert Anderson’s houses are known for his odd placement of windows,” the designer says. Installing a fabric panel alongside this one helped give it a sense of place and balance the large soffit. Arnold mixed materials in furniture and decor for an effortless look: A chocolate velvet sofa is flanked by chairs upholstered in both linen and leather and paired with driftwood and Lucite tables. A faux-leather screen gives life to an otherwise empty corner.


A curved fireplace wall made with multitonal stucco was refaced with a linear shape and taken up to the ceiling. To give it a softer presence, strips of wood were added for a simple yet dramatic impact. The photo of the tiger is from Natural Curiosities.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Get to Know the types of Wood Furniture for your Dream Home

First furniture made using wood intact without connection to be more robust because of its thickness. Because of the limited supply of wood and then people make furniture using wood that was dialled. Now the wood is increasingly rare so that any wood waste is utilized and processed into plywood, MDF, HDF, particle board and then made into furniture.


Until this time the wooden furniture is the type most widely used in households. From chairs, tables, beds, storage of even any use in the kitchen cabinet furniture made of wood. To get the quality and price you want, it's good you know the type of wood and its pros and cons before deciding to make or purchase furniture.

1. Solid Wood

Solid wood is strongest and most durable in comparison to processed wood. However limited its preparation so that the price is very expensive. Process any work requiring special skills. Drying must be perfect to avoid shrinkage of wood moving both properties. Wood is commonly used in Indonesia for furniture is teak wood, wood and timber, nyatoh sungkai and some kind of wood such as mahogany, pine, cedar and ramin

2. Teak Wood

teak woodTeak wood is the most widely sought after because of its quality, resilience against weather conditions, resistant to termites, and fibers. This wood is a lot of first-class wood processed into fine furniture. This type of furniture is very sought after by foreign tourists so that export demand always increasing from year to year.

Teak color is light brown, brownish gray to reddish brown. Though hard and strong wood is easily cut and shaped. So the beauty of fiber and natural-looking wood fibres, finishing can use PU (polyurethane).

3. Plywood

plywoodPlywood wood is processed we are familiar with the term triplex or mutipleks. Plywood is formed from several sheets of wood glued together with high pressure. Its thickness varies from 3 mm, 4 mm, 9 mm and 18 mm and extent of 244 x 122 cm. Thickness of plywood to determine strength and stability.

This type of wood is the most common material used as the maker of kitchen sets, wardrobe, a desk and a bed. Because the plywood has a plain surface and does not have a typical fiber then it sometimes needs to be given an additional coating like venner (sliced thin wood) PVC. The price of plywood is cheaper than solid wood but more expensive than other processed wood.

4. Blockboard

blockboardBlockboard is pieces of wood into small squares (about 2.5 – 5 cm) are compacted with machines and given venner upholstery on both sides so that it becomes a sheet resembling a Board. Its thickness can be 12 mm, 15 mm and 18 mm and breadth equal to multiplex.

Blockboard is usually made from soft wood so it's not as strong as plywood. Price slightly below the plywood. This type of block board that are widely available are the teakblock (wear layer venner teak). Good enough to make the shelf, cabinet or kitchen set.

5. MDF ( Medium Density Fibreboard )


MDFMDF is made from fine wood powder and resin bonded chemicals and compacted with high temperature and pressure. The wood used is usually extracted from the wood of the rest of the estate or bamboo. This makes the MDF is more environmentally friendly. The shape is in the form of boards or sheets ready cut according to your needs. A version of the more solid and stronger known as HDF (High Density Fibreboard).

MDF is very flexible so it's easy to set up. Size and strength are consistent. However due to wear chemical resin, MDF heavier than Plywood and particle board. MDF in the market have a very varied types of finishing of wood, paints, PVC, venner HPL laminate or paper. Color and any design can be made very diverse

Furniture MDF materials commonly used to wear to practical furniture of mass produced by the factory. Knock down system is used in almost all of the furniture industry by using the dowel (a small plastic or wooden rods) or connecting bolt that make the products can be disassembled easily install.

6. Particel Board

particel-boardParticle board made from wood particles remaining work such as sawdust, small pieces of wood, wood splinters and resin bonded chemicals with high pressure and then dried. The process is more or less similar to the MDF, MDF material is just smoother and more uniform particle board while the more rugged and irregular.


Particle board prices cheapest among other processed wood. His greatest enemy is water so it has limitations in its use in households. If the material is wet then its power will be lost. In addition particle board can also be curved if withstand heavy loads.

In the process of finishing. particle can not be in the paint or coating in due coarsetexture. So to cover the surface wear layer, laminate veneers or fancy paper laminate that is glued together. Take heart because particle board could not wear nail or screw coupled. Usually manufacturers use a kind of special screws or adhesive to install furniture made of particle board.

9 Strategies for Making a Large Room Feel Comfortable

The great room also presents some challenges of its own such as your example of living in apartments have a living room with a very high ceiling – or have a lot of space to be filled in, some of these ideas will help you to make the room still feels balanced and also comfortable.

9 Strategies for Making a Large Room Feel Comfortable
Strategies for Making a Large Room Feel Comfortable

1.Potted plants at strategic places
The vertical height of the content in a room that has the sky – sky high or blank with potted plants.
As long as you get enough light to support the needs of the plants, then add plants in the large House is the best way.

2. Paint the walls with 2 color patterns
While the plant is high in a pot is a nice view to the eye and more accentuate the sky – sky high, sometimes you may even want the opposite effect.

The paint on the wall is a way to create a comfortable feeling, fool the eye so the sky – sky look lower than they really are.

SEE ALSO : 3 MODERN TV WALL UNITS WITH STORAGE SOLUTIONS

3. Swap coffee table with Ottomans
Seating arrangements that will fill the void between the distance of the sofa with coffee table. Choose ottoman (Chair without arms and backrest) are large and not a traditional coffee table, so that it will close the distance and also adds to the softness at once.

4. Use a chair with legs form X
Use one or more of the seat without backrest with a foot-shaped mark x or cross placed surround a seating area or to fill the void on the other side of the seating area. In addition, you can also add a footstool (seat without backrest with footwear) and also the side table or desk side.

5. Use the daybed to a limiting space
In a very large-sized living room, you would certainly hope to be have two seating areas, marked at a distance with a separator such as furniture day bed (large seating and sleeping) or bench is the best option.

6. Specify areas with console table
Another option that you can use to divide the living room area is to use the couch floating (floating sofa) in the middle of the room and place the console table (small table) behind the couch.

SEE ALSO : Modern Living Room Design with Decorative Natural Stone Walls

7. Add a folding partition for added convenience
In the big room and open, you may want to create an area that is more closed and folding partition is the most appropriate choice.

Place the folding partition right behind the sofa so that it will create the impression of a more slender without impeding the path passed by in the area.

8. Fill the room with the Division of L shape
Large and modern room is the right area to use the large L-shaped sofa and will make the room feel very comfortable.

9. Fill the empty wall
In the large room, the best way you can do is take away from the wall, furniture create a comfortable setting on the belly button of the room.

To address part of the empty walls, one of the furniture that you can use to fill the void areas of the walls is by placing a console table in front of a blank wall and 2 benches.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

3 MODERN TV WALL UNITS WITH STORAGE SOLUTIONS

ATV is often one of the must-have parts of every living room. And the wall where the TV stands is an accent one. The TV can stand on its own or it can feature some wall unit. Such TV wall units can even feature some storage solutions which make them both functional and decorative.


These TV wall units can be found in so many versatile designs and as such can fit in into different living rooms. They will help you maximize on floor space too. And of course, you won’t have to worry about the ugly wires, since these wall units are custom crafted to hide them. You can choose from versatile designs and the following collection includes some of the best ones. Check them out and choose which one of them you will like to see in your home too.

MODERN TV WALL UNITS WITH STORAGE SOLUTIONS


MODERN TV WALL UNITS WITH STORAGE SOLUTIONS

TV wall units are great storage solution for your living room. Whether you pick a simple or some eye-catching design, they can serve as beautiful decor for your plain walls, while providing some storage space too. Use the extra space for storing some of your favorite books, as well as to display some decorative items. Also, you can use some drawers for storing your bills or other documents and thus have them organized.

MODERN TV WALL UNITS WITH STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Some TV wall units can even feature some lighting fixtures. These could be some LED lights, recessed lights etc., and you can set them above or under the shelves, or even behind them. The lights will definitely set up a different mood in your living room and will add up to its aesthetic look. Here are several such ideas of TV wall units with different lighting fixtures.

So, which one from the above TV wall units with storage solutions did you like the best?