Month: December 2018

African Home Decor Updates – Bamboo African Home Decor

African home decor has emerged as the premier interior design using earth friendly bamboo. I’ll explore the many benefits and inroads fast growing tree continues to make in the home decor industry.

Thanks to modern processing methods, literally every room in your home can incorporate some form of decor using a bamboo theme. Whether it’s bamboo wall decor, window covering, floors, or furniture, bamboo adds an exotic look to any home interior.

Bamboo home accents compliment  your decor, adding just the right touch of adventure and intrigue to any indoor or outdoor space. Like most African interior designs, bamboo is adaptable, versatile and timeless beauty. In addition, it requires a minimum of care to continue giving the indoor or outdoor area of your home that exotic look.

As an environmental asset bamboo sits at the top of the list of conservationist, ecologist and environmentalist. Why? Because it’s the fastest growing tree on earth. That makes the popular plant plentiful, quickly replaceable, and highly green – environmentally. All qualities ecologists, conservationists, and environmentalists love.

Yes, with a growing demand for conservation and attention to the environment, bamboo interior related products continue to increase in popularity and demand. Bamboo continues at the forefront of the “green” building, room design, and home decor movement – including African interior accents and accessories.

To many African cultures bamboo is a symbol of adaptability, strength, and endurance, all qualities of a happy and abundant life. Bamboo furniture and other products continue to quietly replace furniture coming from trees that require decades to grow to maturity. The tree grows 10 to 20 times faster than the average hard wood trees used in today’s expensive furniture and other products.

Bamboo trees conveniently grow near, around or next to areas of the world with some of the largest populations. This makes it a natural material for building and other home accessory uses, because of its fast growing ability.

Because of its timeless elements, bamboo home furnishings is economical. Why? Because the style last for years. So, you don’t have to replace bamboo home decor as often as other home decor. In fact, many types of bamboo furniture and other home decor accessories beautify more with age, like a fine wine.

Interior designers continue to integrate more bamboo in African home decor projects from the front door to the backyard Why? Because of its functionality, value, and lasting style.

African interior design ideas can stretch to your windows. Interior temperature control, in addition to an African influenced theme can come from using bamboo window covering. For example, a bamboo shade can add a soothing texture and visual interest to your windows.

Including bamboo in your African room interior design plans can help you save money, add interest to any space in your home, and help the environment all at the same time. With today’s technology and processing methods and techniques, bamboo continues to appear in more home decor products.

Do yourself, your wallet and the environment a favor and investigate …

5 Alternatives to Bathroom Window Curtains

Although bathroom curtains will add a lovely finishing touch to a bathroom they are not essential for great bathroom decor as there are a number of window treatments that also look good. And in fact if you are looking for a minimalist look, rather than a romantic or country look, curtains will detract from the effect you want.

Here are 5 alternatives to decorating bathroom windows with curtains

1. Change the Glass

Replace the glass in your bathroom window with patterned glass which provides a degree of privacy. You can do this by replacing the glass itself or by adding a decorative film on top of plain glass. You can get different film to suit different themes – for example film made to look like etched glass would suit a Victorian style bathroom. If you want a special multi-colored effect replace the glass with a stained glass window – or simply add film made to look like it!

2. Use a Simple Fabric Blind or Roman Shade

Fabric roller blinds or roman shades add privacy and finish off the window nicely. They are available in many fabrics, colors and designs and with decorative edgings as required. If you think your window needs more add a valance along the top of the window.

3. Venetian Blinds

Silver colored metallic mini blinds have a space age look to a modern bathroom and go well with modern fittings and faucets in chrome and cool colors such as black, white, gray, bright pink and turquoise. Wooden venetian blinds on the other hand are great for a bathroom in warmer cream and natural tones.

4. Indoor Shutters

Indoor Shutters are yet another window treatment that looks great in bathrooms. Most can be painted (and untreated wood would need to be painted to protect it from the steamy atmosphere of the bathroom) and you can let your imagination run wild thinking about various color options for a window treatment with great impact.

5. Add Accessories

If you think you bathroom window will look a bit bare without curtains then you could add accessories to your window sill which will add interest and further enhance your bathroom. Colored vases, bottles of colored bath oils, candles and soaps can be arranged in an attractive display. Or how about filling your windows with tropical plants of various sizes and shapes of leaves for a jungle effect – great with wooden blinds or shutters. …

Spruce Up Your House by Gardening!

It's a good time to start thinking and planning ahead for your garden. A neat and tidy front yard can enhance a property, but a beautifully planned one can really make an ordinary house look special.

Some accessories that will make your yard look really good can be very inexpensive. Most of us are on a budget, especially these days when we never know how much it will cost to fill up our gas tank. Sometimes at this time of the year, you can find last year's garden accessories discounted. Benches or garden lights may be listed for sale before the new stock comes in.

There are some basic rules which apply to every garden. Before you start you should try and afford a soil test. This is quite inexpensive and either your local nursery or the Internet will tell you how to go about it. You can also buy do-it-yourself kits. The second thing is to dig compost into your garden, and now (winter) is a good time.

If you are having a soil test carried out, you will know from the results if you should add any other nutrition to your soil. A soil test will mean you will not be buying the 'wrong' shrubs, plants etc for your soil type.

There is one last thing that you should monitor: how long and where the sun shines on different parts of your garden. Plants can thrive without direct sunlight, but only if you plant a type that likes the shade. This can still include many bright, colorful plants (ie impatiens), so you can still brighten up dull areas.

Once you decide to buy, you do not want to waste your money by having the plants or shrubs die on you. The soil test will curb some of these mistakes. The other thing to do is to look up, on the Internet or from a book, your particular growing zone. If you live in an area where, for instance, you come into the 'Hardiness Zone', it will enable you to pick the type of plant that has the best chance of surviving in your type of climate.

Always put short and stocky plants in front of taller ones. Remember to check the expected height to know this information – do not decide by the height at purchase time. Remember that short and stocky plants are generally tougher and more tenant, so choose more of these.

Try to resist buying plants in bloom at the time of purchase. The ones that still have to bloom will probably be stronger for the transplant process. If you have more shady areas than you wish, think about drastically trimming a tree to get more sunlight onto certain patches. Remember that some plants like a lot of water, so group these together to make the watering less laborious for you.

There are many small accessories that will really make your yard stand out. Obviously a strategically placed bench -or chairs and small table- under …

Pictures Are Worth Thousand of Dollars When it Comes to Homeowner Damage Claims


Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, fire, theft or some other disaster that causes you to have to turn to your insurance company for help you need to do your part to insure you are treated fairly and get what you have paid for in premiums.


If a tornado, fire, hurricane or other disaster struck would you be able to sit down and list all the items you have accumulated over the years? And certainly you would not have the values, model numbers and other identifying details memorized. Keeping an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled accurately and quickly.

Start by making a list of your possessions, describing each item and not where you bought it and its make and model. Clip to your list any sales receipts, purchase contracts, and appraisals you have. For clothing, count the items you own by category – pants, coats, shoes, for example-making notes about those that are especially valuable. For major appliance and electronic equipment, record their serial numbers usually found on the back or bottom.

It's a big job – but you will be sorry if you do not do it.

As daunting as the task may be if you have had your household set up for some years, an incomplete inventory is better than none at all. If you are just starting out it is easier to get in the habit of updating your inventory with every major purchase or at least annually.

Take care of big ticket items

Items of value such as artwork, antiques, jewelry and collectibles may increase in value over time. Make sure you have itemized coverage on these items (antiques are just old furniture if not itemized). Check with your agent to insure you have up to date coverage.

Digitize Documentation

Use still pictures for important individual items. Make a note either on the back of a printed picture or in your computerized copy of the details of the item such as when and where you got it, the value and any identifying numbers or marks. Also take pictures of whole rooms and closets. Do not forget your kitchen cabinets. You may have thousands of dollars tied up in dishes, cutlery, pots, small appliances, etc.


Walk through your house or apartment videotaping and describing the contents.

Keep it on the Computer

There are several options for using your computer to keep track of your inventory. There are websites that have inventory programs as well as downloadable software to make your lists. Remember you do not want to have the only copy on your hard drive in the event of disaster. E-mail it to your work computer or to a family member or friend. You could also start a personal website – there are plenty of free ones – and keep all your pictures and inventory list there where they are easily retrievable from wherever you are. …

Finding Your Niche

What is a niche market anyhow? A niche market is a specialized market that has a limited and clearly defined range of products sold to a specific group of people. So when you are starting your own website or online business you want to have a specific niche to base your website around but you can’t seem to come up with anything? Well not to worry! I will show you a couple methods I have used and recommend for people just like you.

I must tell you when deciding what you are going to sell or what your website will be about, make sure it is something that you are passionate about. This is very important to the success of your website and to keep you motivated! Its much easier and fun spending time working on something that you can really wrap your arms around and get into versus going through the motions. While there are a number of different ways to make money online such as selling your own products, affiliate marketing and so on. I always suggest trying to come up with at least a couple products of your own but you can decide that later.

Here are a couple of easy methods to help you figure out what you’re niche market could be and how to narrow it down. Go to Google Keyword Search or AdWords. Now think about something or a topic that interests you, lets say for example “Gardening” type it in the space that says word or phrase.

Now also check the small box under that says “only show ideas closely related to my search terms” and do a search on it. This will give you a list of related topics or phrases generated for that one keyword. This search will then break down the related phrases and tell you how many times each one was searched per year and per month.

It will also tell you the level of competition for that word or phrase. Let’s say one of the phrases was “tips to a healthier garden” and the competition was listed as high. This means you are going to be competing potentially against several other websites on that particular phrase. Now let’s say another phrase was “how to grow a healthier garden” and the competition is listed as low or medium. This is narrowing down your niche and gives you a better chance at targeting a certain group of people and potentially lowering the competition.

Another thing I would suggest is go and do a couple searches on Google and a couple other search engines like Bing and Yahoo. Use the same method as far as using a keyword or phrase and search for websites that would be similar to what niche you are interested in. Take notice to the title of their website and the description. This is another useful method to see what some of the competition may be in that particular niche. One thing is for sure these days, …

Crinolines – How to Fold, Fluff and Store Net Petticoat Crinolines

What is a crinoline and how do you take care of them? A crinoline, also called a net slip or petticoat, is a woman’s undergarment meant to fluff out a skirt, and give more of a bell shape. It can be made from fabric or net ruffles and is closely associated with the popular 1950’s full circle skirt style. Whether it’s new or vintage these crinolines require some special help to keep them looking bouncy and bright.

Here are some ideas for how to properly fluff and shape your net crinoline, and how to remove wrinkles. Wrinkles will sometimes come out by themselves if you hang the crinoline up for a day or two. This is the first thing you should do with a crinoline. It is especially helpful to fluff and separate the net layers and gently pull the net into shape. Give it a few shakes as well. Note: It’s okay to hang it up for a day or two just to shape it, but crinolines should be stored rolled up in a bag, or else they will lose their puff from being pulled down by their own weight. You can also steam stubborn wrinkles with the steamer setting on your hand iron. Do this by first laying your crinoline over the ironing board so that only one layer of netting is exposed. Lay a pressing cloth over the crinoline. Set your iron on the “delicate” setting, and press the crinoline over the pressing cloth, so the netting does not get scorched. Any remaining wrinkles can be fluffed out by hanging the crinoline up, and gently blasting it with steam from the steamer function on your iron. Just remember — that steam is really hot! Do not to touch the iron to the crinoline, or you will burn the netting. If you are lucky enough to have a real clothing steamer, then hang up the crinoline, and steam the crinoline from the inside, facing out. The netting will instantly puff out. Don’t have access to an iron or steamer? Hang the crinoline in your bathroom. Turn the hot water on in the shower all the way. Close the door to the bathroom and let it steam. Go in every few minutes and smooth the netting out. Or, put it in the dryer on fluff cycle and run it for a few minutes, then hang it up and separate the layers gently, shaping the crinoline as you go.

Hanging crinolines in a closet is handy but it’s only good for temporary storage. Store your crinoline rolled up in a plastic, or travel/duffel bag. Actual “crinoline bags” can also be bought from square dancing costumes and supplies stores. You can roll up your crinoline without creating new wrinkles like this: Stand holding the crinoline in front of you with the waistband at chin height and the crinoline hanging down. Tuck the waistband under your chin and use your arms to gently fold the crinoline from the sides into the center …

House Warming Gifts: A Great Way to Say, "Welcome Home!"

Nothing is as exciting, or as exhausting as moving into a new home, and the perfect house warm gifts are the ones that allow the new movers to have a quiet moment of reflection. Many times, you want to give a house warm gift to someone moving in next door, or to someone you love who is moving away.

These are probably the toughest gifts to give, because you might not know the new movers, and you might not be in a position to visit your loved ones in their new home right away, if they are moving far away.

For house warm gifts for new additions into the neighborhood, consider collecting delivery menus from your favorite restaurants, buying coupons to your favorite cleaners, and create an address and telephone number book. Paste business cards, and create detailed lists (including directions) for emergency numbers, doctors 'offices, dentist' offices, mechanic's, the best butcher's, or grocer's, etc. Just make it a bit easier to find these places, and recommend the people you trust to the new neighbors.

For the perfect housewarming gift, add a basket with nice napkins, bagels, cream cheese, jelly, a set of nice coffee mugs, some nice tea bags, a jar of honey, or maybe a tin of imported ham, and a loaf of home -baked bread. Tuck the phone book into the basket, and your thought will be long remembered.

For a great house warm gift to give loved ones who have moved away, consider using an online service to deliver a nice prepared picnic lunch to their door the day they are moving in. They certainly will be tired from the trip, and will not have food in the house. If you make arrangements ahead of time, you can even use your home computer to make a video of the family, telling them you are with them in spirit. …

Sell My House Fast For Cash – Quick House Selling Process

If you are looking to sell your house fast for cash, you will find that the traditional method of selling your house through an estate agent can be a lengthy and problematic process. You would have to find a few agents to get comparisons, arrange for a valuation, paint & fix up your property, hold open days, show ‘browsers’ around, wait for an offer, negotiate a price, wait to see if the buyer can get a mortgage, wait if there is a chain involved, pay agent and lawyer fees, If sale fails – start again, all could be complete in 4 – 6 months if you’re lucky! You will also find that today’s UK housing market is not what it used to be, buyers are hard to find and most people that would like to buy are unable to get mortgages.

If you need a fast house sale for cash, then selling your house through estate agents is not the best way for you. An easier way to sell your house fast is to use property investors (cash buyers) who specialise in fast house sales. They offer to buy your house fast, no matter what condition it is in, so there would be no need to spend money painting or fixing up your property. One such company is Buy Sell Property Fast. They appreciate that everybody has different reasons for wanting a fast house sale, their services are tailored to meet your needs every step of the way.

One reason is that you may be selling your house fast to resolve your financial problems. If you are facing severe financial difficulty paying your mortgage, struggling to pay your household bills, car loans, your credit cards or other personal loans then specialist property investors can help stabilise your current financial position by quickly buying your house from you. This will help you avoid getting deeper into debt and also stop the threat of having your house repossessed.

Specialist property investors such as Buy Sell Property Fast can offer you a very fast property sale, usually within the course of a week or in extreme cases within 48 hours. This could allow you to repay and settle your outstanding mortgage and any loans that may have been secured on the property. Their legal team can confirm the sale of your property very quickly and put you back on track through financial stability.

You can also sell your house to them and then rent it back from them. It is very important to deal with this type of problem head on, don’t try to hide from it. If you take remedial action NOW, you can stop the repossession threat on your home.

Other reasons for wanting to sell your house fast include – Relocation or emigration, separation and divorce, bereavement, repossession, ill health, broken property chain or even a failed property investment.

Whatever your reason for selling, specialist property investors such as Buy Sell Property Fast can offer you a very fast property …

Round Rugs – An Interesting Option

If you are thinking of getting some new rugs for your home, consider something a little different from the norm; go in for a round rug. Like other rugs, a round rug can add warmth, depth, style and color to any living or working space. In addition a rug design is a pleasant variation from rugs you see everywhere that are usually rectangular in shape.

A round-shaped rug can be an interesting focal point in a room. Most spaces are filled with furniture that tends to be square or angular and the graceful curve of a circular rug will be attractive to the eye. The curved shape makes a nice change from the rigid lines of furniture. So this variety of rug makes an excellent focal point in a room, and not only looks beautiful itself, but also enhances the beauty of the rest of the room.

When its colors are in harmony with the color scheme of a room, an oval rug looks particularly attractive. You can use a colorful area rug as a way of highlighting a particular part of a space, or to brighten up an area with a vivid splash of color in an interesting shape. In fact, the right rug can completely transform a space, and be the link that ties all the aspects of the room's furnishings and color scheme together to create a harmonious whole.

Circular rugs are great on wood, tiled or concrete floors. If placed correctly, it will look good even against theullest background. And the attractiveness of certain types of flooring is marvelously enhanced by a pretty rug. Oval rugs can even be used in wall to wall carpeted areas, simply by placing them over the carpet. This could have done to mark a seating area, to protect part of your wall to wall traffic in high traffic areas, or to emphasize a particular part of the room.

This shape of rugs can be used in all kinds of living spaces. You can find round rugs that you will enjoy seeing every day in a living room, bedroom, kitchen, family room, hallway or even outside on a veranda or deck. A big advantage of using an area rug instead of wall to wall carpeting is that the former is much easier to replace. So you can change the entire look of a room without much effort, just by changing your rug to another with a different pattern or colors. Also, these rugs are much brighter, more colorful and intricately patterned than most wall to wall carpets.

When you are placing an area rug, remember how important the use of a rug pad is. You must put a good pad under your rug to prolong its life, and to prevent it from sliding around on the floor.

An interesting use of an oval rug is wall d├ęcor. Such a rug can look absolutely gorgeous on a stark wall, which brings out the colors of the rug, and shows off its design …

I Do

A wedding is a very special event in a person's life. How we view our future wedding commensurate to how thirsty we are for a lifetime commitment. However, have we ever surprised what we mean if we say "I do" in our wedding? If we only had the liberty to defend and detail out our "I dos", we need a year to finish a ceremony.

To prepare before saying "I do", the need to hire a coordinator should have considered in helping you to make the moment more romantic and memorable. Minnesota wedding planners suggest a variety of options on how to sprinkle more love in the air during a quick or long wedding. Why not expanding the budget a bit wider? After all, a wedding is the beginning of your lifetime commitment. Try to add more essence to your "I dos" as you honestly prove your love and loyalty with your partner. Do not just dream of a perfect wedding, make it real and coat it with different colors and styles to celebrate the beginning of forever.

As we all know, music is generally food for the soul. It enables one to express a genuine feeling. In a wedding, it is important that all the songs must match the feelings of two people who are bound to be united as one. Secular or sacred songs matter a lot during a wedding. Some religions are strict when it comes to the songs that will be played during the ceremony. It is highly recommended that ministers should be informed a week or a month regarding the type of songs that you will incorporate during the day of the special event whether it is secular or sacred to avoid possible problems.

For some who would want to have a garden wedding, to make the moment more memorable, the time of the day matters a lot. Usually, for soon to be couples who would want to experience the breath taking experience when they say their "I dos", they prefer to have the ceremony in the afternoon between 4pm to 5pm whichever is closer to sunset. The collision between day and night adds more spices to the event.

Personalize you vows before saying it to your partner. Embrace the moment with love to make it more sincere. When you face your partner before saying "I do", look closely to your partner's eyes and let your genuine feelings of lifetime commitment speaks. Hold hands together with sincerity that your vows will be fulfilled even during the height of tides. …