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Modern Ceiling Fans Can Reduce Your Energy Consumption Too

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

yellow tangsDo you have an old room that desperately needs an update? Ceiling fans can help that room stand out among the rest without costing to much money if you choose to use the option. You should always consider the look and price of a fan, before buying, as well as how easy it will be to install. The effects on the energy efficiency of the room are also a good thing to research too.

When you add a ceiling fan to any room you can change the complete atmosphere. In a kids room adding a bright fan with primary colors can be all you need to really pull things together. Alternately, wicker fan blades and a golden look can add that touch of romanticism to your own bedroom that you have been craving.

While it won’t take very long to add these small touch to a room, it will have a big impact on the entire area. You can even use a ceiling fan as a way to add some lightening to a dark room by buying one with light fixtures. If you already have a fan, but it has no lights then you can still add some using the separate fixture kits that are available.

Designing Your Outdoor Lighting

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

It’s always around this time of the year that I appreciate the design elements of our outdoor lighting scheme. The days are getting shorter and I find that I am turning on our outdoor lights slightly earlier each day. The result of decent outdoor lighting is that we can still use our outdoor space into late August and September.

During the longer days of mid summer, it seemed that I could cook and entertain relatively late without worrying about turning on the lights. Safety is a big issue for me, and I like having stairs and pathways of my back yard lit well enough so my friends and family don’t end up in a bush. But now that the days are shorter, I just enjoy turning on the lights so that my evening guests can enjoy the ambiance as much as I do.

We started to create our outdoor lighting scheme about 5 years ago. My spouse and I were charmed by the simplicity and beautiful effect of the outdoor lights of a French restaurant we visited in Mexico. Since that time we have experimented with many different types of outdoor lighting designs. Our scheme is a work in progress and it gets refined each year. Some years we use a lot of string lights while in other years we use spot lights and twinkly lights. We generally tend to stick to white lights although we sometimes use the odd colored spotlight.

Tips For Flower Delivery NYC

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Flower shops are a dime a dozen when you are living in the great city of New York. For those of you who are looking for the right flower delivery NYC, you might want to take a look at these simple tips. Each tip is designed to point you in the right direction before you actually set everything up, so take a look!

Budget and money is going to be key when shopping around for flowers at various places in NYC that deliver. It is always a good idea to sit down and write out your budget before you actually get started. Some companies may have some high fees and knowing this ahead of time is going to be a good idea. You just need to know what to expect before you actually buy.

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When the budget is all written out and finished, and you know what you can spend, you will then be ready to start looking for solid companies. You will need to use every single resource that you have so that you can narrow your search and get the best deal. This is where planning is going to be your absolute best friend.

Choosing Between Wood and Aluminum for Your Patio Umbrella

Friday, July 10th, 2009

It’s difficult to imagine a well designed patio area without a well chosen patio umbrella. This essential furniture piece is responsible for creating a shady area filled with relaxation and ambience. In order to make sure that you pick one that’s best for you, you need to first determine a few key factors.

A critical step in picking the perfect patio umbrella is choosing the look and feel of the shaft material. For this, aluminum and wood umbrellas are the two main categories. Each has its own distinct style with separate advantages and disadvantages.

Although they can be more expensive, wooden patio umbrellas are often chosen based on their look and feel. Wood is a great choice especially if you want to match other wooden furniture pieces. The choice of wood will factor in on the price of the umbrella heavily.

The downside to a wooden umbrella is that it doesn’t match the high strength and durability of more modern materials like aluminum. Some designs have gone around this by replacing the inside of the wood with a steel core for added mechanical strength. With this you get the look of wood with the strength of steel.

Outdoor Spot Lights Can Benefit Any Outdoor Lighting Scheme

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Have you ever thought about installing an outdoor spot light? It is easier than you thought and these lights serve more purposes than originally thought. Most homes or business establishments that have outdoor lighting schemes can benefit from the installation of outdoor spot lights. Outdoor spotlights have a number of different purposes ranging from providing extra security, high-lighting pathways, providing extra safety, and providing a nice form of ambiance. Properly positioned spot lights are a wonderful addition to any outdoor lighting scheme.

Typically when you think of outside spotlights you probably think of outdoor concerts, or outdoor shows where event planners needed to draw your attention to one specific spot (moving or stationary). Or perhaps you have only really seen spotlights lighting up the sign in front of local businesses. These are ideal uses for the spotlight, but you might not realize that there are many places around your own house that you could install a spotlight to great effect. Think of your backyard lighting scheme, do you have a wonderful statue or birdbath that could be lit up at night? Using outdoor spotlights let you focus attention on objects that would normally be lost in the dark, allowing you to create focal points that add extra dimension to your outdoor lighting scheme.

Beautiful Landscape Lighting

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

While having a fantastic looking garden is important you will need to consider ways of allowing the beauty of your garden to shine through in various types of weather situations. Some people also like to have the option of having their garden lit up at night. For these many people, looking at various landscape lighting options will permit you the opportunity of having your garden looking just the way you want it, no matter what the natural lighting conditions are.

In order to provide the right landscape lighting conditions you will have to choose from a variety of lighting fixtures. These fixtures can be in the form of lamps, lanterns, spotlights, halogen lights and even solar lights. The price of these lighting fixtures varies for each style of light.

If you are thinking of using landscape lighting you will need to decide where to place the lights in order to get the best lighting effects. You may also want to think about which lights will shower your garden with a bright lighting. You can look in landscaping magazines to obtain an idea of the various ways that landscape lighting fittings can be used.

Spruce Up Your Patio With New Cushions

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

New cushions for your patio furniture are a fantastic way to do an outdoor remodel on the cheap. There are lots and lots of colors, styles and textures to choose so bring a new look to your patio has never been easier.

Worn out, dirty and dingy cushions are not inviting. With the right pillow you can send a warm invitation to your guests that says “come and relax and enjoy”. You can have fantastic patio furniture but if it is hiding under a poor cover of bad cushions you just want get that message across to your guests.

There really isn’t any excuse for not upgrading your cushions. They are not that expensive and they come in so many different styles, colors and textures that you are sure to find the right combination to totally deck out your living area. It is easy to find a large selection at your local outdoor store and even more choices are available online.

How to Decide on the Right Water Feature for You.

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

A water feature is a great way to add relaxation, comfort, and peacefulness to your garden at relatively little expense and virtually no maintenance. Your garden is your haven, especially when you spend hours tending it, so you should treat it like such. A small fountain is all it takes to make spending hours sitting in your garden reading a book all the more pleasant.

When doing Tai-Chi, yoga, or any form of meditation, there is something about a beautiful bubbling fountain that gives off a positive energy. Perhaps it is the natural ambience that the fountain gives off that brings people to installing a fountain in their garden. To some people, the water lulling in the background is enough to help them focus on any task.

The first thing that you want to consider before installing any kind of water feature in your garden is dcor. Is this feature going to go well with the rest of the things in the design of your garden. You want to be certain that it will not stick out like a sore thumb, and go against the motif that you have already taken care to create.

The Guide to Treating and Caring for your Roses

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Commonly known simply as The Black Spot, the small circular black spots with fringed edges cause leaves to yellow, and being that they are signs of a disease. Leaving the affected leaves on the plant can allow the disease to spread, so you should remove the infected foliage and pick up any fallen leaves around the rose. Artificial sprays may be used to prevent or treat it.

If you notice that the canes of your roses seem stunted or malformed, they probably have a fungal disease known as powdery mildew. Evidence of this is seen on the plant in white powder spread by the wind, and the leaves will start to curl and turn purple. It is best to treat the plant with Funginex or Benomyl to treat this fungal disease.

Also know as rust, you may notice that the leaves on your roses may have orange-red blisters on them that turn black in the fall. It is important to remove these leaves in the fall, as the diesase can survive the winter and spread to new plants in the spring. A spray every 7-10 days with Funginex or Benomyl could help.

Outdoor Teak Furniture To Upscale Your Patio or Deck

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Outdoor teak furniture is the missing component for your new patio, porch or back garden. Have you always wanted to entertain your guests outdoors in comfortable, dependable surroundings? Then teak furniture is definitely the way to go.

Teak furniture is made from teak wood, which comes from the Teak tree in Southeast Asia. It is renowned for its dense properties and durability, making it ideal for the construction of anything from houses or bridges to patio tables and chairs.

Not only is Teak a great choice for outdoor patio furniture it is also a winner for indoor furniture. Dining table sets, office desks, futon couches and many interior accessories are made from teak and offer a great complement to many indoor decors. There is also a place for teak in the business environment due to its rich and elegant good looks.

The benefits of owning outdoor teak furniture are plenty. Firstly, teak wood is a high quality material that has been tried and trusted over many decades. Early settlers in Central Africa even used Zambezi teak wood to build railway lines, bridges and buildings thanks to its extreme durability.

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