Month: February 2017

French Country Or French Provincial – What’s the Difference?

Is there a difference between French Country decor and French Provincial decor or even Country French decorating? Let’s take a look.

In the past, the general style of rural France was known as French Provincial – the name being associated with Provence, where rural life had remained relatively unchanged with its rustic textures, rich colors and almost primitive furnishings, all inspired by the beautiful country side. By association all of rural France was referred to as Provincial.

But there’s more to the French country side other than rural Provence. France is a huge country and further up north the summers are mild and the winters are cold, unlike the warm southern region of Provence.

The landscape and play of natural light is also vastly different between north and south (and east and west). Traveling northwards you will find paler colors echoing the northern skies, in total contrast to the strong and vibrant colors of the sunny south. These natural differences influence color and style between the regions. Furthermore, historical and regional influences vary throughout the country.

Besides regional influences, country society too had its influence – ranking homes as either a manor, gentleman’s home or middle class home, with the status of these homes being way above the simple farmhouse or cottage. A manor could belong to an aspiring merchant, or perhaps be an owner’s country retreat away from the city.

It was only natural that Chateau style living would filter down to these homes. Here the basic furniture of the peasant farmer would meet the refined embellishments of the chateau; therefore the interior of these country homes would be quite different to the interior of a working farmhouse nearby.

French Country refers to the style and colors of all France’s rural regions, from vibrant and sunny Provence in the south, to calm and cool Nord-Pas-de-Calais in the north. From country manor to farm cottage. A casual style with a subtle crossover – where the beauty and simplicity of rustic France meets the refined living of the French chateau.

Even though regions differ in style, color and texture, all have the same traditional values uniting them as one. It is not only a style but a lifestyle. Here are a few examples:

  • Love and respect for time honored traditions and craftsmanship
  • Genuine love of the countryside and its natural materials
  • Re-inventing instead of discarding
  • Sophisticated simplicity
  • Harmony, scale and balance

In conclusion, today the name French Country is a ‘catch all’ decor term for all the rural regions of France, incorporating both the rustic farm and the more refined manor style – including the term French Provincial or Country French.…

4 Popular Flooring Options for Homeowners to Consider

Before starting a flooring project, it is usually helpful to learn about the different types and their benefits. There are a number of options to consider, including carpets, ceramic hardwood, and vinyl. Each option comes with its unique costs, so it's up to the homeowner to choose the ideal type that fits into their budget and meets their interests. Some people may also consider having different floors for each room in their house.

1. Carpets

Carpeting is warm and soft and helps in soundproofing a room. It is an ideal option for bedrooms and other places with little foot traffic. The advantage of carpets is that they are easy to install and can adapt to uneven areas and old subfloors. They are also easier to match to the existing layout and theme of a home. The only problem is that they tend to build up dirt and dust, but they still make an ideal option for people who prefer a touch of comfort within their spaces.

2. Vinyl

Vinyl is another popular choice, and it is much more affordable than other options. With proper maintenance, it can last up to 10 to 20 years. Some people prefer vinyl because of its noise-cancelling property, and it can be installed in the laundry room or bathroom to add warmth. This flooring option also comes in a variety of styles, offering homeowners unlimited options for designing a personalized space that reflects their style.

3. Ceramic

This floor type is both inexpensive and waterproof, and this is why it makes a practical choice for bathrooms and kitchens. It is also an ideal fit for dining rooms as it can withstand accidents and spills. Ceramic tiles come in different textures, colors, styles, and shapes to allow for limitless interior designing. Some options, such as mosaic tiles, come in plastic mesh sheets to allow for an easy installation. It is advisable to choose the right texture for different rooms, as some options are very slippery for rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom.

4. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring never goes out of style, and it is a popular choice because of its durability and low maintenance. A homeowner has the option to install engineered planks or real wood strips depending on their budget. Engineered planks are usually moisture-resistant and boast exceptional stain and finish. These planks are ideal for the kitchen because they have a layer of plywood underneath real wood to withstand temperature changes and humidity. Hardwood is perfect for any room and comes in different sizes, finishes, and stains to meet different decor needs.

These are the top popular flooring options, but there are also other available choices such as laminate, concrete, linoleum, and other subtypes. A homeowner's choice depends on their budget and the style they envision. Some people may opt for a choice that will attract potential homebuyers should they consider a home sale in the future. Whatever a person's choice, it is wise to work with a professional contractor to ensure the …

Design Forecast: Trends That Are Here To Stay In 2017

Centered on serenity and simplicity the 2017 new interior trend reflects our need to simply log out, switch off and detox with our life. As 2016 saw a slew of online furnishing brands that launch onto the market proposing their customers the ability to customize and order home decor products online according to their own personal set of unique specifications. This trend is here to stay and set to continue this year as well as the e-commerce firms and new online companies establish themselves and reach a wider audience.

According to hospitality designers and interior experts, furnishing designs inspired from 1970`s are set to make a comeback in 2017. The relaxed and free-spirit era has been attracting the fashion industry and has now quickly moved towards interiors and home decor as well. The design elements and pattern of the 70`s were raw, bold and globally affluent, as a response to the social, economical and political environment of that time. Vivid colors and distinctive patterns will rule this year to create a more varied, personalized and an environment that will inspire the individuals.

Modern interior design trends are in a constant state of flux. The demands of innovative ideas and creative novel forms, along with the rapid technological advancements create modern designs that are fresh and inspiring. The trends come and go, but contemporary and classic interior principles remain. The trends like these are of fun and infused with bold appearance. The interior schemes will be full of exotic flavors inspired by the tropical places. The hues and shades will psychedelic largely influenced by the international places. A lot of brash and bold color clashes are expected this year, along with lively patterns and a lot of mixed fabrics and materials as fashion make its mark on interiors.

According to designer experts the vibrant bohemian color and pattern will bring a warm and global vibe to summer/spring 2017. Cushion covers and rugs in bold floral prints will prove to be an epitome of absolute opulence. As the splendid, bright shades help to accessorize a living space, an infusion of a wild imagination can create wonders. A saturated color palette dominates with purples, greens and oranges mixing with varied type of fabrics like linens, cottons will create interesting accessories and alluring interiors. One of the most fashionable trends for this year is the fascinating Oriental theme. This year is all about incorporating heavy, rich, deep colors in fabrics with interesting artwork. “It’s all about Asia”, say the experts. Either the entire room will be decorated within the luxurious trend of the market or by using few chosen elements of this theme to achieve a specific look. This style is glamorous yet sophisticated with an Asian Twist, which is definitely going to surf the trendy waves of fashion for 2017.

Even if you live in the city, surrounded with concrete jungles, the relaxed and informal coastal and nautical schemes will give you the impression of sandy feet and salty air, this year. A …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Plastic Garden Sheds

The vinyl or plastic garden sheds would be the useful choice towards the more complicated and higher maintenance wood garden sheds. These products typically will not look as gorgeous but do precisely what they really ought to do and can save you lot money and effort. As all the things made of vinyl, the plastic storage sheds will not rust or get rotten and they are fairly simple to construct with each other and install. Quite often the compact vinyl garden sheds appear pre-assembled which in turn saves anybody the efforts and headache to create your garden shed yourself.

The Advantages of vinyl garden sheds

One particular benefit of building vinyl storage is they preserve relatively steady indoor temperature. They don’t tend to cook the things inside once the sun is robust and do not freeze out like metal backyard sheds.

Plastic garden sheds are some of those which are constantly getting the interest from the public. Generally, it will be due to the advantages they have over metal, wood and vinyl sheds. Certainly, a plastic storage building might also serve like a tool shed or as a shed for similar functions, like sheltering a bike or other vehicles. However, there are actually things which make them distinctive and of edge.

A lot cheaper

One of these mentioned points is their getting cost-effective. With them, you may essentially order a shed in the affordable total price yet still of good quality. And that type of storage is just what is required nowadays.

Apart from that, vinyl sheds can also be easier to build with only a handful of tools needed to have them assembled. If you’re a person not into creating or building things, this type will sure do you a favor. Moreover, a number of these storage sheds are flip-up. That signifies that it is possible to add other elements into them, for example a lot more drawers and racks.

Lesser maintenance

Yet an additional advantage of this sort of storage developing may be the minimal servicing they require. In contrast to those produced of wood, they can be not vulnerable to termite attack. And in contrast to metallic storage sheds, they cannot be rusted.

The drawbacks of plastic garden sheds

Like similar products, plastic garden sheds also have disadvantages. For one, they cannot completely mix to the natural surroundings of your respective garden. Sure, a whole lot of them now are beautifully painted to become also attractive. But then, they will never portray classic elegance as an oak or perhaps a wood can. Furthermore, there are actually a few of them that are not UV covered. That would make them fade through a short time period if straight uncovered to sunlight.

Nevertheless, having plastic garden sheds have lots of advantages and it will fit to whatever the dimension of the lawn you have.…

Indication of Early Death of the Father in Astrology

Some children grow up with fathers who are actively and positively involved in their lives. These fathers love their children, protect them, praise them, spend quality time with them, play with them, teach them, and help them in dealing the life struggles.

On the other hand, some unfortunate children grow up without the compassionate love and care of their father because of their early and untimely death.

Significator of father in astrology

· Sun significator of father

· 9th house/lord stands for father

· 4th/10th house/lord indicates longevity of father.

· Saturn is a natural significator of death

Sun

· Sun is badly afflicted /debilited /hammed by malefic, indicates severe setback or early death of the father.

· Sun is posited in 5th /9th in a cruel sign indicates early death of the father.

· Sun and Saturn placed in 12th and Weak/waning Moon posited in 7th; early death of the father is indicated.

· Mars and Sun placed together and aspected by Saturn indicates father will expire within one year of native’s birth.

· Sun and Rahu posited eighth from the lord of 9th house without having associated/aspected by a benefice indicates early loss of the father.

· Sun in 7th, Mars in 10th and Rahu in 12th longevity of father remain in doubt.

· Malefic planets placed in 4th/ 6th/8th house from the ascendant/Sun indicate early loss of the father.

· 10th house from the Ascendant /Sun is heavily afflicted indicates early death of the father.

· Weak Sun in 5th indicates severe problems faced by father.

· Sun is placed in 9th along with a malefic planet and the birth of the native is in the opening Mahadasa [major period] of the Sun, the father will die early.

9th house /lord

· Rahu placed in 9th, aspected by Sun/Mars/Saturn father will die within few weeks of native’s birth.

· Ketu placed in 4th/5th/9th house, indicated death of father from an incurable disease.

· Rahu is posited in 9th house, associated with an exalted planet, and the native born in the Mahadasa [major period] of that exalted planet, the early death of the father is possible.

· Placement of lord of 9th and Rahu is 6th/8th from each other, and the native born in the opening Mahadasa of Rahu/lord of 9th indicates early death of the father.

· Rahu/Ketu placed in 9th house and the native was born in the opening Mahadasa of Rahu/Ketu, early loss of father is possible.

· Lord of 9th is posited in 9th along with Rahu and the native was born in the opening Mahadasa of Rahu, father will expire early.

4th/10th house

· 10th house from the Ascendant /Sun is heavily afflicted indicates early death of father

· Malefic planets placed in 4th/10th/12th indicated early death of both parent.

· Mars placed in 10th in an inimical sign, early loss of father is possible.

Saturn

· Saturn and Rahu placed in 12th and weak/waning Moon posited in 7th without having the aspect …

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 …

5 External Climatic Factors That Affect an Interior Design Project

Dear friends, the emergence of architecture in human society

has taken a wide and distinct role in itself. Starting from

early eras where man used to live in caves, we have seen a

remarkable growth in architecture and allied fields, which

includes landscape and interior design

The recent being the use of computers and “Computer Aided Design”

in architecture, which allows a kind of perfection in design

and execution process of any building and its interiors.

In spite of all the technological advances, the primary function

of any building structure remains the same, protection from

outside environment and natural calamities.

Starting from a place to “protect yourself’ from nature, interior

design has become a “status symbol”. Today’s interior spaces have

a two way channel, first and the obvious one is the function and

second one is aesthetical, which is a little complex one.

It is quite obvious that the interior design of a space is directly

related to the function of the space. This means that two spaces

like a home and an office have two well defined functions, hence

it will reflect in every aspect of the interior design solution.

But apart from the there is one more important factor that

will affect each and every aspect of the final design solution,

and that’s the geographical location of the architectural structure.

A hotel building at seashore and the other one at a hill station

will have a completely different sets of problems to deal with.

Lets see in a short way what are the external factors that can

affect an interior design solution

1) Amount of direct sunlight.

Locations on the far northern or southern hemisphere receive less

amount of sunlight than those at the equator. That’s why here the

building with more use of plane glass are used. Also artificial

lighting is given much importance.

2) External temperature.

External temperature directly affects the comfort level of internal

spaces. Since external walls act as a “buffer” between internal

and external climate, it is necessary to use the right construction

material for walls. Depending upon the wall material the internal

finishes also have limitations. This is especially true for

structure that face extreme climatic ups and downs, such as

locations in the gulf countries.

Hence selecting materials that can sustain heavy climatic changes

on a daily scale is challenging.

3) Humidity and Rainfall.

Because of the salty nature of air around coastal areas extra care

is taken for building construction materials, which can directly

affect the entire budget of the project.

4)Wind Direction.

Wind direction and wind speed also has direct affect on the interiors.

Heavy winds exert a load on the external walls of the structure,

thus affecting the construction technology.

5)Land Structure and Topography.

Land structure is the nature of land on which the structure stands.

Various types of land structures include rock solid, marshy land,

etc…Topography of land is classified as plane or a site with slope.

If the site of the structure is on a hill …

Remarkable Uses Of Oatmeal For Lawn Care And Gardening

Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet. It is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Although it is low in fat and cholesterol, it is one of the most filling foods around. As such, if you’re trying to lose weight, as long as you minimize the number of sweetening ingredients you add, you should consider including oatmeal in your daily diet.

Aside from being a healthy meal or snack, oatmeal has been found to have many uses as well. This food product has been found to have many uses in lawn care and improvement and can be used by gardeners as well.

Below are some uses for oatmeal in the lawn:

As pest control. Oatmeal is nontoxic but slugs and snails love them. However, oatmeal can kill these pests since it can swell up inside their tiny stomachs. To use oatmeal as pest control in your lawn, simply sprinkle some dry oatmeal grains around your plants. Make sure you use oatmeal sparingly since in large amounts, they can swell, become slushy and packed around stems if they get wet. Also, too much oatmeal grains can also attract rodents and insects.

As fertilizer. Many gardeners and lawn care experts say that sprinkling some oatmeal in your garden will give plants iron – a nutrient they need. Some also say that adding a small amount of oatmeal in planting holes stimulates root growth. If you want to try using them as fertilizer, use old-fashioned, slow-cooking or raw oats instead of the instant ones since they are packed with more nutrients and contain less artificial ingredients.

As remedy for poison ivy, poison oak, and sunburn. You are always at risk of accidentally touching poison ivy or oak or getting sunburn if you always work outdoors on your lawn. If you do get these illnesses or health issues, you can use oatmeal to soothe the itchy area. Put a small amount of oatmeal in the leg of a stocking then tie it around the bathtub faucet. Allow warm water run through the packet of oatmeal while you fill the tub. Afterward, soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. To experience more relief, use the wet bag to rub over your skin later.

To remove sticky sap. Lastly, if you are working on your plants without wearing gloves, some sticky saps will stick to your hands. You can remove this by rubbing oatmeal on your hands before washing them with water. Oatmeal works because it has a slightly abrasive quality that helps loosen up the goo or sap.…

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.…

Cleaning Services That Can Save You Time And Effort

Cleaning can be a tedious process, especially when you have a large space to cover. Whether you wish to keep your residential or commercial space sparkles, a lot of effort and time will be needed. With busy modern lifestyles, most people rarely have the time to spare to do some thorough cleaning. Luckily, companies have made it very easy for individuals and companies to maintain clean spaces by offering all kinds of cleaning services. Using these services, you can enjoy a neat home or office without the need for you to do all the tedious work and without putting so much of your time in it.

Carpet cleaning services – The carpet is an essential item in a home or even office, apart from keeping the home appealing, it also adds to the comfort. It is however also one of the items most exposed to dirt, allergens and dust. Regular cleaning of the carpet is important, yet it can be quite a challenge. Cleaning companies offer all kinds of carpet cleaning services including steam cleaning to keep this cozy rug in top condition.

End of tenancy cleaning services – This kind of service is available to property managers and owners as well as individuals who wish to clean after themselves when they move house. Cleaning a property after moving out ensures it is in good condition for the next interested tenant and it maintains the value of the home. Cleaning professionals offer thorough cleaning services that include cleaning of windows and walls as well as all other surfaces to have the house looking as good as new.

After builders cleaning – Building projects can leave quite a mess that can take all time and effort to clear. Cleaning companies have all equipment, tools and products to clean after builders so your house or office can have a pleasant overall look free from all the mess that comes with the building process. Because of the extent of this kind of job, you may be assigned a team of cleaners to hasten it and achieve the desired results.

Domestic cleaning – It touches on everything that your home may need. Using the professional domestic cleaning services, you can even have your appliances cleaned, your bathroom scrubbed and sanitized and even your windows and carpets cleaned. Upholstery cleaning services also fall in this category. The professionals will definitely transform every area in your home with their expertise. The services are packaged depending on what service needs you have meaning the charges differ depending on the extent of work.

Office cleaning – The cleanliness around your office can go a long way in keeping a positive image of your business. High traffic offices require regular dusting and cleaning and the companies offer all these services. You can schedule the service depending on the exact needs you have within the office to keep every section looking organized and tidy. Some of the cleaning experts will even offer office de-cluttering services when required.…