Month: June 2018

Contemporary Floor Lamps

Lamps have been around for thousands of years. From rudimentary copper bowls that use simple wicker sticks and oil to the wide range of contemporary light sources, floor lamps have undergone different stages of technical and aesthetic evolution.

Today’s floor lamps extend beyond just lightening up homes and business establishments. Contemporary floor lamps now assume a functional role in providing accent, ambience, or character to a particular room or space. This role makes floor lamps one of the most popular fixtures among interior designers, landscape artists, homeowners and building administrators.

Available in different sizes, shapes, and illuminating power, floor lamps may be used to fully or just partially lighten a particular space in order to purposely generate a particular aesthetic or functional effect. Bulbs are usually adjustable in terms of output and angle of illumination and may even come in various colors.

Popular Types of Floor Lamps

Just as there are different styles and techniques of filling up and brightening interior and exterior spaces, there are as many types of floor lamps available for home and building owners. Here are some of the most popular.

Torchiere. This type is among the easily recognizable varieties of floor lamps. Torchieres are also called torch lamps and were already being used in Europe even as far back as the 17th century. The lighting source then were wax candles that were mounted on tall stands made of metal or wood. Today’s version, of course, can be of any lamp type (wax candles, incandescent bulbs, fluorescent light, halogen bulbs, etc.) and any stand material (wood, metal, plastic, composites, alloys, ceramics, etc). Torchieres usually take up only a small space in the room, are shaped unobtrusively, and provide well-diffused lighting by radiating the lamp beams towards the ceiling. For these reasons, torchiere lamps are highly sought after by building owners who intend to optimize limited spaces or project a minimalist style in the interior design.

Arc lamp. The arc lamp is composed of a weighted stand extending towards an arm that is shaped like an arc. Given such configuration, lamplight is usually radiating downwards, making the arc lamp perfect for places where reading or table lamps cannot be placed or installed easily. Because it has a unique shape, table lamps are also popular in both transitional and contemporary interiors.

Tower lamp. Tower lamps are distinguished by their sculptured or meticulously designed frames. Tower lamps often project a clear aesthetic function that often eclipses the lamp’s role as a light source. In fact, most tower lamps have dimmed and colored lighting whose primary purpose is to highlight the three-dimensional artwork in its frame. Moreover, frame design possibilities are endless, with various models evoking Asian, abstract, Art Deco, cubist, and other influences.

Trends in interior lighting

Following the various movements and styles in interior design, trends in lighting also reflect the emerging priorities and values people adopt for their living and work spaces. Ergonomics, style, and ecological sustainability are some of the factors that affect current consumer choices …

Modern Day Housewife

The older I get, the more I look up to my mother. How did she do it? She had a husband, two daughters, and two jobs. She kept our house clean, made sure we had three meals a day, kept her weight down, and was a manager at one of her jobs. And, throughout my childhood, I never noticed if she was stressed. Now me, on the other hand, sometimes between my two sons and housework and running my online business I feel as if I’m drowning with no life preserver in site. (Can’t somebody please throw me a rope?!) But I keep treading water, wondering if it’ll ever get any easier. (What am I doing wrong here?)

Women these days are expected to do everything. There once was a time when men went to work and women stayed home and maintained the home and children, every now and then throwing dinner parties and playing the perfect hostess to guests. Now, we are expected to have a job and do all I just mentioned. How is this possible? Are there even enough hours in the day? When do we sleep? And unless we have spent our whole childhood preparing to be a mother and a wife, (I wanted to be a rock singer. I had all the moves down pat by age nine.) How do we not lose ourselves in the process?

I believe the secret is to slow down. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect (even if you believe your mother did it that way). Don’t stress over the little things. I mean, what would really happen if you can’t cook the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving? Would all of your friends and family leave? Will your husband hate you? If they do, let them walk. You’d rather order take-out from that nice little French restaurant downtown. (Who really likes turkey?) And, if he hates you? You don’t need that a-hole anyway. You deserve better than that… But, most likely, they will stay because they’re your friends and they adore you. And, he will love you anyway. There’s a reason you married him in the first place. So, stop trying to be perfect.

And, we can’t forget to spend some time doing the things we love. For some of you, it may be baking cupcakes for all of your child’s classmates. For me, it’s a good book, bubble bath, and a glass of wine. We can’t forget to treat ourselves right. Remember? We used to be people, before we became wives and mothers.

I say these things jokingly, to get my point across that we should not forget ourselves in the daily scheme of things. Those pair of earrings that he didn’t buy, even after all the hints you sent all of December? Buy them for yourself. You deserve it. (And sometimes, men are just oblivious. God love ’em.)

And, I think one of the best things to remember, while your are trying to figure out this whole “family” thing, …

How to Make Sweet Love to a Woman – And Blow Her Mind With Killer Orgasms

Are you completely out of ideas on things to do to make your girl reach her pleasure peak during sex? If so, then you are in big trouble. You need to keep your girl satisfied in bed if you want her to stay true to you – did you know that? If you don’t fulfill her carnal pleasures, then you have to be ready for the off-chance that she chooses to look for somebody who CAN satisfy her in that way.

Now, there is no need for you to be an expert at playing golf or anything just to get girls to grovel at your feet. However, you DO have to know the following deadly sex tips if you want a never-ending line of girls to wait to go on dates with you. Read on to find out what these 5 deadly sex tips are and start giving girls the greatest orgasms they have ever experienced…

How To Make Sweet Love To A Woman – And Blow Her Mind With Killer Orgasms

Deadly Sex Tip #1: Shock her with a surprise. You have to catch girls by surprise if you want to amp up their sexual desires for you in an instant. See, if you start falling into routines that are completely boring and predictable, chances are that you will suffer from sexual monotony and get sent down the drainpipe with other losers before you.

If you want a way of surprising her that she would truly never suspect, try and convince her to do the deed in public places! To avoid shocking her too much, you can begin by having some fun in your own back garden, for instance. Who says you have to go out to have “sex in public” anyway?

Deadly Sex Tip #2: Shock her with spontaneity. You need to bring the old flames back if you want to keep things going with your girl. Pretend like it is your first time sleeping with her, if you must. This is sure to make things sizzle in bed all over again if your fire has long gone out.

Deadly Sex Tip #3: Shock her imagination. Get your girl incredibly aroused by working on her fantasies and imagination instead of her body. If you want to fire up her brain with sex, try out some sexy games.

You could also opt to read some erotic stories and novels together. Then, try to get her to open up and share her deep and dark sex secrets with you. This could go very far; you have no idea!

Deadly Sex Tip #4: Shock her hot spots. Girls tend to have their personal “sensual spots” that can trigger intense pleasures out of them when hit. However, not a lot of guys pay attention to these spots, so your girl will definitely be in for a surprise if you start looking for them and focusing on them more than before. Find out where they are now!

To locate these spots without …

Seven Golden Rules To An Abundant Garden

A Successful Garden in not a matter of luck or years of experience and hard work. Simply start by applying these seven keys to success. Then build on them by experimenting reading and talking to other gardeners. Those are the best sources for gardening tipsand help.

Inside or outdoors, gardening is both a popular and satisfying leisure time activity. There are many different ways to grow plants and places in which to grow them. Although plants have different needs, all plant care has seven factors in common.

  • Space:

The first thing in growing plants is deciding where to put them. Choose from a variety of pots in different types and sizes, window boxes, greenhouses, beds, borders, and of course the garden plot.

Space for plants also means giving them the room they need to grow. Some plants do well bunched closely together, while others, like large trees, may require several feet of room between them.

  • Nutrition.

Plants get the nutrients they need mainly from their growing medium. Today's gardeners can opt for many different mediums and methods of growing plants.

When growing plants outdoors, a soil test provides you with information on the composition of your soil. Depending on the type of plant you want to grow, you may need to "adjust" your soil to provide your plants with necessary drainage, moisture retention, and the organic compounds.

NPK Fertilizers contain nitrogen (N), potassium (P), and potash (K). Each component serves a purpose. However, fertilizers are a plant supplement and not the main meal! Real nutrition for soil-grown plants comes from soil rich with organic compounds.

Potted plants grow in various potting mixtures depending on the cultivars and the method used to grow them. Along with soil based and part soil growing mediums, some plants grow without soil! Hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic gardening are three forms of soil-less gardening.

  • Temperature.

Growing plants at the right temperatures is essential for successful gardening. Winter hardy plants that do well in temperate areas frequently will not tolerate warm climates.

Conversely, tropical plants typically will not withstand frost and need to live indoors during cold northern winters. House plants, as well, also have maximum and minimum temperature requirements.

  • Light.

Light is the most important factor in plant growth. During photosynthesis, plants use light to collect carbon dioxide molecules and convert them into sugar, an energy-producing nutrient for plants.

Outdoor light classifications may be from shade to full sun, with varying degrees of light tolerances, such as "part shade" or "part sun", in between. Indoor classifications are often termed as "bright light", "bright-filtered light", "indirect light", and "low light".

  • Water.

Of course, you'll need to water your plants. However, when and how much vary from variety to variety of plant. Some plants require consistently moist soil, while others like a good drink, but will not tolerate wet feet and some plants, like cacti, need very little water at all!

  • Air.

Plants breathe just like people do and like people, need fresh clean air. However, in addition …

Presenting – Authentic Austrian Cooking and a European Coffee House Atmosphere at Konditor

When you travel to Toronto, this multicultural metropolis, you’ll have a chance to sample delicacies from all over the world, but one of the national cuisines is not well represented: Austrian cuisine. Canada experienced a big wave of Austrian immigrants right after World War II and into the 1970s, but since then the number of newcomers from this small European nation has dwindled considerably, resulting in a shortage of Austrian eateries.

As an Austrian immigrant myself, one place caught my eye a while ago: an authentic Austrian café / pastry shop called “Konditor”, German for “sugar baker”. Over the last few months I have tried several times to drop by and try some Austrian dishes that I had grown up with, but every time I swung by I inadvertently picked a Monday or Tuesday when the establishment is closed.

Well finally, today after doing my interview with Sheila Blinoff and Carole Stimmell from the Beach Metro Community News, I decided to pay another visit to Konditor, and given that it was a Thursday today, I had finally picked the right day of the week. I came in right around noon into a small yet tidy establishment in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood, on Queen Street just west of Woodbine Avenue. This compact café has nine tables and three of them were occupied with enthusiastic patrons. The mood in the place was amazingly cheerful, with patrons chatting back and forth from table to table, and I overheard a conversation between two different groups of customers who both agreed that Konditor has the best apple Strudel and the best coffee.

A group of three local business people sat down at the next table: Ernesto Monte is the owner of Meat on the Beach, known for its high quality meats; Arthur (Arturo) Bossio runs a local pest control company while his brother Tony is a general contractor who does a lot of work in the Beach.

Soon jokes were flying back and forth and Arturo started to inquire about the reason for my visit. He indicated that he is originally from Italy, from the southern region of Calabria, but came to Canada when he was a small child. Then Arturo joked with one of the owners, Benedetta Stellino, who also hails from Italy.

People sometimes say that Toronto residents are rather reserved, and strangers are hesitant to talk to each other. Well, at Konditor, witty comments were flying back and forth, and complete strangers (including myself) were ribbing one another, having a good time.

The real reason I had come here for was to finally sample some Austrian cuisine, some munchies that reminded me of my time growing up in the Austrian Alps. So I ordered my favourite Austrian soup: Fritattensuppe (pancake strip soup) and a gourmet pork roast sandwich. Tasting the food of my birth country again, right here in Toronto, was great and the filling meal definitely hit the spot. The gentlemen beside me were already wondering how I was going to polish …

Tips on Decorating a Cabin Home

Rustic, cozy, and welcoming are words that are commonly used to describe cabin-style homes. However, for those who are more accustomed to city dwelling or more contemporary styles, decorating a cabin home can present some design challenges. After all, one does not want the decor pieces chosen to be a mismatch to the bare bones of the home.

Colors

In a cabin home, you can never go wrong with earth tones and colors taken from nature. Deep greens, rich browns, and dark reds are always good colors for a cabin home. While you can have splashes of bright or pastel colors, a cabin looks best when the main decor colors used are best to communicate the rustic, natural pace of life that occurs when you are at the cabin. However, use caution with browns. With all of the natural wood, using too much brown in decor pieces and furniture will give your cabin home an uninspiring appearance.

Decor Pieces

Cabin style lends itself to decor pieces that are whimsical and unusual. This is where you can display antlers, oil lamps, and antiques. For artwork, you will want to choose things that focus on the the natural world. Landscapes and still life paintings that feature natural views and objects like pine cones, acorns, or woodland animals are perfect choices for the cabin. You may also want to add in conversation pieces. Something like a national parks map with all the locations which you have visited marked can be an interesting display. Make your cabin your own by accenting the decor with found items like a collection of glass bottles, oil lamps, pine cones, or some other interesting objects.

Furniture

Natural and comfortable are two words that should describe furniture pieces in a cabin home. This is not the place where you can have modern furniture, nor do you want to use ornate pieces. Cabin furniture should feature lots of natural wood and simple lines. These pieces should invite you to relax, be yourself, and enjoy life. This is the place where you can put practical, simple furnishings on which you can actually put your feet.

Sofas should be simple as well, but overstuffed ones can work too. Typically, choosing furnishings in plaids and neutral solids will work. Bedding also benefits from simple patterns and lines and earth tone colors.

Take Advantage of the View

If your cabin home has a spectacular view, don’t obscure it with mini-blinds. Replace blinds with curtains that can be pulled back to check out what is going on outdoors. Alternatively, shades that can be raised and lowered will give privacy when you need it without blocking natural light when they are raised.

Don’t Go Too Masculine

With all of the earth tones and exposed wood, it’s easy to go overboard and have the house be too masculine. Be sure to soften the appearance of your cabin home by adding a few softer touches. A nubby rug, a cozy throw, and some soft sheers at the window …

Is Your Business a House of Cards?

Did you know there's a guy called Bryan Berg from the USA who built a free-standing house of cards that measured 7.86m tall? It's true.

It was completed on 15th October, 2007 as part of the State Fair of Texas, in Dallas, Texas, USA. What an achievement. Not only did he do something which most people would have considered impossible … but he landed himself in the Guinness Book of World Records too.

But a word of warning. I would not be following his example and applying it to your business. Far too many people do that. They build businesses which … just like a pack of cards … will fall down right around them with the slightest hint of a breeze.

How do they do this?

They rely on one or a handful of customers for the vast majority of their business. That customer leaves and their house falls down. They rely on one method of generating leads. A telephone directory they have used for years. Google AdWords. Telemarketing. Truth is, it does not matter what it is … it can all come crumbling down around you if you're faced with a change in telemarketing laws, a Google slap, or a change in market conditions making one mode of advertising less efficient. One gust of wind and their house falls down.

They get lazy in the good times. They generate leads and do not have a proper multi-step follow up sequence, so tens … even hundreds of thousands of dollars slip through their fingers every year. They do not train the people who answer their incoming calls to close the sale over the phone. More money goes missing. They do not follow up their existing customers, who end up going elsewhere. The truth is most customers leave because because they do not feel care about, not because of a bad product or service. More money down the drain. They do not test and measure their advertising, which means their ads may be doing just 20%, 30% or 50% of their true potential.

It's starting to add up is not it?

And that's why you should look at the recession that's starting us in the face as a GOOD THING. That's right.

Because it forces you to tidy up your game … look at your weaknesses … plug up the leaks so and catch the hidden profits which have been slipping past your nose for years. If you're really serious about changing the way you look at today's economy and making more money in the recession than you did in the boom, there's two things you'll want to do:

1. Make the decision to test, measure and fix any advertising you are doing now by going here

2. Make the decision to have not just one … not two … but at least six different methods of getting new customers for your business. Everything you need to know can be found here And while you're at it, print this quote …

Home Garden Themes

There are many home garden themes to choose from. Some of these include formal, natural, cottage, sanctuary, Japanese, and Mediterranean. When choosing a theme for your home garden, consider the style of your home. Brick walls would fit in well with a formal theme. Wood would work well with a Japanese theme, and stone with a Mediterranean theme. If you have a small home, you might want to consider a cottage garden theme. If you only have a small patio or balcony, you can create a small patio garden.

Formal gardens are usually symmetrical and geometrical. A formal garden displays its power over nature as the plants are only allowed to grow where they are planted and in the shape chosen by the gardener. This type of garden should be very well manicured.

Natural gardens work well for people who have a large yard with mature trees, wildflowers, logs or tree stumps, and native plants, etc. These gardens are perfect for children.

Cottage or English gardens are full of flowers which appear to have come up naturally. With this type of garden, multiple plants are planted in small spaces and are allowed to grow over garden paths and twine up trellises or fences. These gardens have a mixture of colors and fragrances. There will also usually be an old-fashioned rose which will be allowed to grow over arches or trellises.

Japanese gardens provide a serene and tranquil setting perfect for relaxation and meditation. Elements, such as stones, water features, plants, and ornaments are used. Asymmetry is used in this type of garden and only things that occur in nature will be used. There will usually be no painted objects or metal.

Mediterranean gardens are warm and dry. A fountain will cool the air, and the air will be fragrant with the scent of lemons, rosemary, olives, and lavender. There will be an outside dining area. The patio, walls, and paths will usually be decorated with terra-cotta pots, mosaic tiles, and seashells. There will usually be an arbor covered with grapevines.

A small patio garden is perfect for people who have limited space. By first focusing on your needs, you can then decide what type of garden theme you want in your patio garden. You need to decide if you would like a quiet reading area, a place for some comfortable chairs and a table, a barbecue area, an area in the sun or shade, or would you like to have a water feature. You can then build the theme of your small patio garden around your needs.…

Elegant Bathroom Designs – Wonderful Tips You Would Want to See

A cursory glance at the stolid environs of your bathroom is enough to tell you that this space is floundering for breath. The landscape resounds with a kind of eerie silence that's enough to deflate the optimism of just about anyone. So will your long-cherished dream of enriching the space with elegant bathroom designs remain nothing but just a black hole?

Well, before you greet my pronouncements with passive resignation, here's something to cheer you up. It just takes a few deft strokes to create a mesmerizing work of art that can leave the rich oeuvre of a seasoned artist far behind.

Elegance Is Forever

It is often believed that fashion dies, but style and elegance linger on forever. Well, that's exactly the frame of mind that is required when you embark on this seeming onerous task. Creating an uncontaminated spectacle that remains the epitome of refinement and magnetism for years to come must be the singular objective.

Here are stunning new ways to give wings to your dreams:

  • Sinks: It's time to bid adieu to that old fashioned sink and countertop unit. Instead sink your teeth into something more glamorous, like a double sink with a stunning countertop and statuesque wooden cabinets. A free standing sink is another delightful option.
  • Faucets: If replacing the sink means a sizeable drain on your back account, just replace the faucets and experience instant gratification.
  • Showers and tubs: If free standing soaking tubs promise uninhibited indulgence for every waking moment in life, waterfall style showers and walk-in showers just drench you with happiness.
  • Light: From subtle fixtures to opulent chandeliers, there are innumerable ways to let the radiance shine through.
  • Accessories: Pamper yourself silly with a boatload of luxurious items like fluffy towels, scented candles, aromatic flowers, foot scrubs, bath salts and more. It's the stuff that fantasies are made of.

Stanley Mirror Door

If you've decided your bedroom could use a makeover adding mirrored closet doors is one of the quickest and most effective ways to do this. And a Stanley mirror door is one of the best choices you can make.

Stanley has been building closet mirror doors for years and they devote a lot of time to making sure fitting the replacement doors is a quick and easy undertaking. And they also provide a variety of terrific options in style. What more could you ask for?

Nothing seems to brighten up an area and add style like a Stanley mirror door. It's the perfect way to complement your existing décor or turn up the heat and give your room a new face lift. And what a great way to show your personal style.

These mirrored doors are made from only the best quality glass. You will experience no distortion and images will be crisp and clear. The sliding system is of the highest quality providing quiet and smooth opening and closing. In fact the hardware has been tested to the equivalent of 25 years use and Stanley is so confident in its quality it comes with a lifetime warranty.

The mirrors have a safety backing so they will withstand impacts. They are available in a sliding style, swing style, or bi-fold style. The doors are easy to install and they look great not only in a bedroom but also in a family room, foyer, or bathroom.

So what are the styles available?

1. Framed Mirror Doors

Add a touch of class to any room with these beautiful framed mirror doors. Choose slider or bi-fold styles.

2. Swing Mirror Doors

The newest addition to the Stanley lines is these 6 panel mirrors which are perfect for a closet, bath, or bedroom.

3. Frameless Mirror Doors

Because of the no frame design these doors provide a beautiful uninterrupted flow that is a real compliment to any room's décor. They are available in both sliding and bi-fold styles.

4. Wood Frame Mirror Doors

The wood framed doors create quite a distinct look to any room. Choose from a variety of finishes from a rich mahogany finish to a chic white finish. The frame width is available in both 2 "" and 4 "widths. The distinction of these doors makes them an excellent choice for almost any room.

5. Classic Mirror Sliding Wardrobe Door Panels

The classic design is fitting to any room from the most traditional to a contemporary style.

6. Solid Mirror Wardrobe Door Kit

Here you can have your paneled doors match your room and then opening presents a full mirror. Nice touch to a bathroom.

There are many different manufacturers on the market that offer quality mirrored doors but Stanley has been in the business for what looks like ever and with Stanley you can certainly count on quality and pricing.

A quick search online will reveal many sites selling Stanley products so do your research and find out who has …