Day: January 2, 2019

Twelve Design Tips For Small Spaces

1) DESIGN WITH INTENTION
A cluttered, haphazard space plan will pronounce just how small a space really is. Take stock of the larger pieces you love and place them in focal areas, allowing them to claim the attention they deserve. Do not be afraid of pieces with character – exploit them.

2) MIRRORS OPEN AN AREA UP
The reflection of a room at different angles helps draw attention to items in the room which might otherwise go undetected. The reflection from mirrored surfaces also gives the illusion of a more spacious interior. Hint: place big mirrors opposite one another to enlarge a small space.

3) LIGHT IS YOUR FRIEND
Using many small sources of light adds a dramatic flair and will accentuate a room's depth. Light makes everything brighter which makes everything feel larger. Try to use at least three sources of light in a room to balance the light through the space. Keep the lighting warm & inviting.

4) CREATE PERSPECTIVE
In seeing one room from another you create a more entertaining and engaging space. Use of lateral accents such as stripes on a wall not only bringing the rooms together but also accentuate the volume of the room. Keep colors and transitions harmonious so that the areas flow together seamlessly.

5) DOORS ARE BARRIERS
Replacing them with light flowing curtains is an alternative. This not only creates interest, but it will allow you to insert a splash of color or personality. Dare to let your creativity shine through.

6) EVERY PIECE COUNTS
In a small space every item will be noticed and every item needs to function well. Consider a buffet that also acts as a room divider or an ottoman that serves as your cocktail table. Each piece should be carefully selected with function in mind.

7) FURNITURE WITH "READ THROUGH"
A ladder back or slat back chair versus a fully upholstered back allows light through, creating a room with a more open feeling. The same idea applies to Lucite or glass, which provide an unobstructed view and can open up the whole room.

8) CREATE YOUR OWN "VIEW"
Consider using a niche if you can not put in a window. A niche allows you to display art or a sculpture and can be perceived as a "view" and a point of interest. An architectural niche provides an empty frame beginning to be filled with your own "view".

9) ATTENTION TO DETAIL MAKES UP FOR LACK OF KITCHEN SPACE
Good design solutions may lie hidden in the architectural details & materials used in a kitchen. Glass or high-glazed ceramic tiles bounce light and will add color & pattern. Stainless steel appliances, glass cabinet door fronts & decorative hardware are excellent choices to create a lovely, detailed composition.

10) BIG ART CAN BE YOUR FRIEND
A misconception is that a small space can only use small art. This is simply not true! Oversized art can open up a room and help to create another "view", even if there …

Celebrities and Their Houses in the Cotswolds

Many celebrities have found the quiet charm of the Cotswolds alluring and have moved there to get away from it all. Now, tour operators are cashing in on this, providing bus tours that allow interested fans to see where these stars live and, sometimes, get a glimpse of the stars themselves.

Who Lives in the Cotswolds?

Many famous British stars have chosen to find a home in the Cotswolds instead of in the hustle and bustle of London. Most of these make this choice because they want to live somewhere stress-free, yet with close access to the city.

Kate Winslet, the star of Titanic, is one such person who has chosen this life. She and her husband live in Church Westcote in an 8-bedroom restored manor house. While the village is proud to have her there, do not expect to see her as she does not come into town much.

Kate Moss is another celeb who has found her peace in the Cotswolds open arms. In 2004, she purchased a $ 2 million Grade II farmhouse in a small Oxfordshire village. She loves to eat at The Swan in Southrop and at Jaflong Tandoori, an Indian restaurant in Lechlade.

Other celebrities who have found their peaceful homes in this area include Elizabeth Hurley, Stella McCartney, and even Prince Charles. And Winston Churchill was buried at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where he grew up.

How to See Celebrities

There are many different bus tours that will show you the homes of celebrities in the Cotswolds or you can use the internet to plan your own route. Of the guided tours, the Jillywood Experience is one of the most popular. Named after English author Jilly Cooper, whose home is one of the ones viewed on the tour, this is the quintessential celebrity spotting tour in the Cotswold area.

This tour leaves out of Gloucester and takes interested parties on a 70 mile jaunt through the countryside. Tour participants receive hints as to who each celebrity is when the coach passes a famous person's house, so you'll get to do more than just looking out the window. In fact, many people find that they enjoy the tour more than they think they will.

Whether you tour along or on a bus, remember to respect the privacy of the people whose homes you have come to see. While it's exciting to see a celebrity walking around in a small town, respect their privacy if you do happen upon them. Remember that the celebrities have their homes in the Cotswolds, which means they expect a little privacy and respect for their families, and they are people just like everyone else. …

Who Is The Fearless Ahok? (Part 2)

After working for seven months as a member of city council, Ahok got a lot of support from his people in Belitung. The people encouraged him to join as a candidate in East Belitung Regent election in 2005. Ahok maintained his campaign way, which was by serving the people. He also gave his personal mobile phone number to the people, the same number he used to communicate with his family. In this way he was able to understand and experience the situation and the necessities of the people. With his uncommon campaign way at that time, which was without political money, he became a Regent of East Belitung 2005-2010 with 37.13 percent of the votes.

Having experience as an entrepreneur and also a legislator who understood the financial system and the bureaucratic culture, in a short time as a Regent he was able to carry out free health care, free education up to high school level, and improved the public services. As a Regent, he was known as an anti-bribe person among political opponents, entrepreneurs, and the poor people. He cut the development cost involving contractors up to twenty percent. Therefore, he had much money to improve the people’s welfare.

The people throughout Bangka Belitung heard about Ahok’s work so that they wanted Ahok to be a Governor of Bangka Belitung province in 2007. Unfortunately, he could not win the election. He failed to become the Governor because of the data manipulation during the counting process. In 2009, Ahok became a candidate from Golkar party in legislative election. After struggling for a “hot” seat in the House of Representatives, finally Ahok became one of its members.

While in the House, he worked on the commission II. Friends and foes knew him as a simple person, talkative, and easily accessible by the public. He created a new standard for other members of the House of Representatives in anti-corruption, transparency and professionalism. He was a pioneer in the House in reporting working activities such as the process of discussing law and various working visits. All reports could be accessed through his website. His expert staffs did not only provide the data or the materials for making a law, but also actively collected information about the people needs. He also struggled for improving the recruitment system of regional heads. He wanted to prevent corruption in the election and also gave the opportunity for idealistic individuals to be the regional heads.…

How to Create Your Own Decorative Wall Mirrors

The look of our home reflects our personality. This is one of the reasons why homeowners take the time to beautify their homes. One of the most effective ways to enhance the rooms in our homes is by adding decorative wall mirrors.

You may be able to find various kinds of decorative wall mirrors on the different home improvement and hardware stores. Designs may vary from antique to modern, from embellished to minimalist. Since decorative wall mirrors can be very expensive, it is a good idea to make one on your own. You can decorate the one you already have with these ideas.

  1. You can try painting the frame of your mirror. This is an inexpensive way to add a touch-up to an old mirror. You can pick a color that will complete the look of the room or create artsy designs with the play of different patterns. This is quite easy since no sanding and primer is required. Be sure to tape the sides of the mirror that you do not want to be painted.
  2. Adorn your mirror with textured items like seashells. You can pick items that would match with the theme of your room. A rustic room for example would look great with cedar chips. Attach the items on the frame with the use of glue.
  3. Use tassels to give it a soft look. Purchase tassels that would look good with other furniture. You can stick the tassels around the frame with hot glue.
  4. Self-adhesive stones will make a lame frame look beautiful. You may opt to decorate only the corners or you may even place them on the center of the mirror.
  5. Make your own tailed-mosaic mirror. Try mixing different shapes and sizes of mosaic tiles. You can buy mosaic tiles from home improvement stores or you can simply use pieces of broken ceramics. You can attach the mosaic tiles with the use of strong glue.

Multi-Purpose Woodworking System for Home-Improvement Can Save Thousand

The Shopsmith Mark V is an incredible machine; it has the five most needed woodworking tools in one compact system. A Table Saw, a Lathe, a Drill Press, a Disc Sander and a Horizontal Drilling Machine. If you are planning costly home-improvements and would like to save money by doing it yourself I would highly recommend this unique and versatile tool.

I have used it to make many home-improvements over the years including custom kitchen cabinets and decorative molding. I have also used it to build a 200 square foot deck with beautiful spindles and railing that I turned on the Lathe. I bought my Shopsmith in 1995 and it has never let me down, I have made furniture and even a complete dining room set and not to mention many other pieces of furniture for my bedroom including a low-boy dresser and sofa table. Take a look at a couple of my projects below.

Another thing that I love about my Shopsmith is that it only takes up about as much space as a bicycle in my garage. If I wanted to do the same operations on my Shopsmith with other stand-alone tools I would need my own two car garage to accommodate them. The tool is made in the United States and is of top quality, mine is already 12 years old and still is solid as a rock, I've only had it once to clean some sawdust and oil it. I have deal with their customer service several times when buying accessories for my machine (which there are thousands available) and they are very pleasant and helpful, they will even call you after you purchase one of them and walk you through how to un-pack and assemble it which only takes about 10 minutes.

Once again I would highly suggest that you at least take a look at this machine if you are interested in saving money on home-improvements.

You can see the Shopsmith Tool in action here at their website by requesting a DVD

My recently finished low-boy and sofa table made on the Shopsmith …