Which Style of Chandelier Suits Your Lighting Needs?

When it comes to lighting effects, not all chandeliers are alike. Here is a run down of the different types of chandeliers and the type of light they are likely to cast over your dining room
table.

Late Victorian: The late Victorian style of chandelier lighting is very similar to the late seventies style of chandelier. This style consist of stacked circular glass blown globes that are stacked in brass wheels of usually eight and then four tiers. This type of chandelier casts a very soft pearly glow and look best in a dim wood paneled room. The more stark seventies versions with the pure white opaque glass look best hanging over a kitchen table and tend to cast a much brighter light.

Gas Electric: This style of chandelier consist of tulip shaped flutes and is usually made of heavy engraved glass. In Victorian times there would have been candles inside these frosted flutes
but now a days there is candle shaped light bulbs or regular light bulbs. This style of chandelier which is usually mounted on a metallic wheel, whether it be brass, iron or metal, are usually very bright and sometimes look better somewhere like a bathroom where you need lots of light and not necessarily in a dining room where something more subtle is required.

Arts and Crafts: You know you are looking at an Arts and Crafts style of chandelier if the glass shades are dangling downwards from the wheel rather than sitting like cups on the rim of the wheel. This is characterized by balanced mobiles that consist of two to four to six lampshades on a rustic looking metal frame that hangs from the ceiling.

Mission Style: If the chandelier has black iron limbs or wheels then it is probably mission style. Mission style chandeliers usually also have square shades made of streaked white or pearly opaque glass. This type of chandelier usually casts a dimmer light then most.

Wagon Wheel: This eclectic chandelier was a common sight in the suburbs in the seventies and basically consist of a wooden wheel that was topped with miniature lamps shades. It casts a
nice, yellowish dim light for a dining room.

Atomic Age: Also known as a fifties revival style, these are the chandeliers that look like metal starbursts from which shoot multicolored Christmas bulbs. This unique style never looks that dated as it looks both modern and antique at the same time and the light that it can cast is often pretty because of the different colored bulbs. It does however cast a dimmer light than most.

Art Deco Chandeliers – These are getting rarer and rarer and cast beautiful soft lights the colored round pendant drops and flower shaped flowered shades that are characteristic of the style. The glass on an art deco chandelier is often green or pink and it can also be frosted or streaked with color. …

Why You Should Use Stone Pavers In Your Bathroom

Apart from the fact that they look amazing, there are many practical reasons that you should incorporate stone pavers into your bathroom design. It does not matter whether you’re renovating your own private ensuite retreat or doing up the family bathroom, stone pavers can be a useful and aesthetically appealing addition.

Firstly, stone pavers are highly durable. They will be able to handle the general wear and tear that comes with a bathroom, especially a family one, and will not easily chip or break. Most stones also have natural salt and stain resistance, or can be sealed to do so; messy children (or partners) are no issue.

Stone pavers can be highly versatile, especially in a bathroom environment. They can be used as floors, walls, cladding – anything you want. Imagine stepping into a shower that is covered floor to ceiling in pavers so that you feel as if you’re in a stone cave or underneath a waterfall. Or think of yourself sliding into a spa bath that has been lined with smooth stone pavers in an array of natural looking textures and colors. These bathrooms look and sound fantastic and highly relaxing.

Not only do they look nice, stone pavers act as insulators without you having to do anything more than lay them. They heat up slowly during the day and release that heat at night, great for winter when you don’t want the kids walking around on cold bathroom floors. In summer, they also stay nice and cool during the day when your feet need a cool off.

If you have used pavers in other areas of your house, such as in the kitchen or living areas or even outside, you can continue the theme in your bathroom by using the same sort of stone. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and you will find that having a continuous theme to your pavers will make it an easy transition from room to room, area to area.

As well as all this, using pavers of stone in your bathroom can really add value to your home. They are fireproof, vermin-proof (meaning bugs and pests can’t get through them) and rot resistant, making your stone pavers a great selling point if you ever decide it’s time to move on.

But what stone pavers should I use in my bathroom? Pavers made of sandstone, once they have been tested for quality, are slip resistant and so make an ideal choice. Limestone and travertine pavers are also highly popular as they can be sealed and look really nice in the bathroom. Quartzite has low water absorption, making it suitable for wet areas, as does bluestone, which is also slip resistant. With the range of choices available, you’ll find pavers to suit every bathroom.…

Bathroom Stretching Ideas For People, Big Families and Small on Bathrooms

"It's weird," I thought. "We have ten people in two bathrooms at home. At the beach we often have 20 people using one bathroom. Why is it that half the number of bathrooms for double the user goes more smoothly? Pun intended of course.

Over the years I pondered this situation and saw over and again that it is true; one bathroom at the beach works even better than two at home. By implementing these bathroom-stretching ideas learned from the beach you can stretch your bathroom without adding on!

The most important principle is simply that at the beach bathroom usage is limited to things you can only do in a bathroom: personal hygiene, bathing, and using the toilet. At home we use the bathroom for so much more. We put on our makeup, style our hair, take our vitamins, do our nails, and many other things in the bathrooms that do not have to be done there. We also often common store things there like medicines in "medicine cabinets." In fact, many people even keep reading material by the toilet and call it the "library."

If you want to learn along with me from the beach, you could sum it up by saying, "Move it out." Here are 7 moving out ideas:

1. Store some regular Band-Aids in an easy access location. I have a small wooden basket with a leather handle that holds about a hundred Band-Aids (I have some Spiderman and plain ones there) and a tube of antibiotic salve hanging on the side of an iron shelf system near my kitchen. This keeps quick fixes the out of the bathroom and if they do need a sink and a paper towel they are nearby.

2. Keep over-the-counter and prescription medicines outside of the bathroom. Things for stomachaches, diarrhea, sore throats, eyes, and itches do not need to be kept in a bathroom. A bin or shelf near water is nice since many need to be taken with a sip of water.

3. Move out the other medicinal items like heating pads and thermometers too.

4. Set aside your hair care items to keep in a separate location. Try keeping your hot curlers, curling iron, and blow dryer along with a comb, brush, mirror, water bottle, and hair pretties (barrettes, clips, scrunchies, etc.) somewhere else. All you need nearby is a mirror and an electrical outlet.

5. Designate a "Fast Fixer Up Spot" near your departure door. Keep a hairbrush, comb, hair spray, and mirror near the door you tend to dash from. This is also nice to have when unexpected company comes calling and the bathroom is in use.

6. Make up does not have to be applied in a bathroom. Keep your beauty potions and toiletries somewhere with good natural light along with some wet wipes and a mirror.

7. If possible considering putting a wall and a door to separate the toilet and tub from the sinks. This greatly increases the bathroom's efficiency.

If …

Decorate Roll Up Shades to Add Beauty to Rooms

Homeowners often install roll up shades when they first move in because they're an easy, affordable way to cover windows. However, just because they're inexpensive and convenient does not mean that roll up shades have to be dull.

Since most roll up shades are made of vinyl or cloth, they can be easily decorated using fabric markers, acrylic craft paint, ribbons, stencils or fabric cut-outs. Most roll up shades are white or some light neutral such as ivory, cream or beige. Think of this kind of shade as a blank canvas for your creativity. Even if you've installed colored shades, there's still plenty of opportunity to turn that open space into a work of art.

When choosing paint, spend some time planning the look you want. Whatever colors you might choose, it's important to complement the room's décor – unless you've given your teen-ager free rein to decorate his or her roll up shades as desired. Then be ready for some glaring colors and outlandish effects. (You might even want to set some ground rules about potentially offensive designs before your start).

For decorating purposes, the shade should be unrolled and held down using some type of clean, heavy weights. Without you plan to work in abstract, it's a good idea to pencil in the design before using paint or markers. The choice of design is up to you, so do not be shy; let your imagination roam freely.

Stencils can be a big help if you're not good at drawing. You could try a plant motif for a living room, fish or seashells for the bathroom, or blocks and teddy bears for a baby's room. Children especially like the chance to choose stencils for the shades in their rooms.

Put a finishing touch on your decorated roll up shade by attaching ribbons or fabric to the edges using fabric glue on cloth or spray adhesive on vinyl. Once the design is dry, you can hang your new creation with pride. …

Is Your Pet Rat Sneezing? The Facts You Should Know

Being a “rattie parent” can be worrisome when your little ones are doing things like sneezing. My goal with this article is to take away your confusion, so that you’ll feel better and your rat will be okay.

Below are the things that can cause your rat to sneeze:



Mycoplasmia

This very common and incurable respiratory disease among rats may flare up throughout the rat’s life. Symptoms include sneezing, wheezing and, in advanced cases, gasping for air. Sores may sometimes develop on lung tissue, making it hard for the rat to breathe. While humans are capable of catching mycoplasmia from other humans, we cannot catch it from rats, and vice versa.

There’s good news though. As long as their immune system is not compromised, most rats with mycoplasmia can live long and active lives, despite the outward symptoms. The key is feeding them a vitamin-rich diet (especially vitamins A and E) and taking extra precautions to avoid exposing them to dust, smoke, drafts and bacteria.

If your pet rat gets “Myco flare-ups,” she may need to get treated with medication such as Vibramycin, the brand name Doxycycline or the generic brand, Baytril. These medicines will suppress symptoms and prevent the development of scarred lung tissue.



Pneumonia

The main difference between mycoplasmia and pneumonia is that the former produces symptoms of dry loud breathing that will come and go, while the latter manifests itself with a wet, congested, raspy wheeze and a runny nose. Porphyrin may be excreted from the rat’s nasal passage and fluid may collect in her lungs. Babies that are infected may not show any symptoms until a few months later.

Pneumonia is highly contagious to any other rat within sneezing distance, so you should immediate quarantine the afflicted rat until you can get him to a vet.

One treatment of pneumonia involves the drugs Baytril, Doxycycline, and a machine called a nebulizer. The drugs are administered in the form of a vapor several times a day.



Colds or Allergies

In the event that you need to take your little one to the veterinarian to have her treated for a respiratory ailment, you may decide to administer a tiny amount of over-the-counter cold or allergy medicine.

Also, if your vet approves of the idea, you may try to treat your rat on your own this way over the course of several days. However, you need to be careful about doing this as you don’t want to use something that may cause more harm than good. Also, if her condition should worsen, take her to a vet right away.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Use children’s liquid medicines, not adult formulas.
  • Administer the medicine as often as you would for a child; however, make them extremely tiny doses (0.10 cc. for an adult, and less than half that for a baby).
  • Use cough decongestant or expectorant medicine, not suppressant.
  • Avoid formulas containing alcohol.

How to minimize respiratory illnesses and symptoms, in general:

  • Keep the air moist. Counteract the drying

Are You Familiar With The Wide Variety Of Bathroom Sink Designs Available Today?

Are you planning to install a new sink in your bathroom?

Installing a new sink can help create a whole new look in your bathroom. But, before you make a purchase, it is a good idea to become familiar with the various bathroom sink designs that are available today. By doing so, you can be certain to select the design that best meets your needs as well as your style.

There are five basic bathroom sink designs to select from when remodeling your bathroom. These include:

Vanity Sinks

Vanity sinks are installed in cabinetry. The drop-in design fits into a hole that has been cut into the counter top, while the under-mount design is mounted under the counter. The under-mount design is most typically used with granite or marble counters, which have finished edges.

Pedestal sinks

Pedestal sinks rest on a pedestal, making them a good choice for smaller bathrooms. Since they are typically just one or two pieces, and are made from marble or porcelain, they can add a sophisticated look to a bathroom. They do not, however, provide storage space like vanity sinks do.

Vessel sinks

Vessel sinks rest on top of the counter, rather than being inserted into the sink. Although vessel sinks are typically round, a variety of different shapes and designs are available. Glass bathroom vessel sinks are popular, but this type of sink is also available in stone, metal and a variety of other materials. When installing a vessel sink, care must be taken to select faucets that are capable of reaching over the sink, while still keeping the handles easily accessible.

Console sinks

Console sinks are mounted on the counter top, but are connected to the wall in the back and are supported by two front legs. These sinks do not have a cabinet benefit them, which reduces the amount of storage available. At the same time, the open design helps make the bathroom appear larger, and the space can still be used for storage if necessary. Due to the delicate look of console sinks, they are best suited for bathrooms that are decorated with soft tones and light colors.

Wall mounted sinks

Wall mounted skins are mounted directly to the wall and, therefore, do not take up a great amount of floor space. This type of sink is typically found in public restrooms, but is sometimes found in homes as well.

By becoming familiar with the wide range of bathroom sink designs that are available today – from glass bathroom vessel sinks to marble pedestal bathroom sinks – you can better determine which ones are best suited to your individual needs and tastes. …

Keep That Bathroom Clean This Summer

Summer is almost here and that means high traffic through the house. The kids are in and out all day, having fun in the sun and causing TONS of dirt and mess. The most occupied room in a home over the summer is most definitely the bathroom. Between the sprinkler, pool, water balloon fights and mud sliding the kids and all the extra friends over the kids really over use the bathroom. Most moms complain that during the summer months its impossible to keep the bathroom clean. Every time they clean it another kid comes in, covered in dirt and sweat, and all that hard work is down the drain. So I figured this year us housewives should come to the battle prepared. I thought of a few ideas that would help you keep the bathroom slightly cleaner (every little bit helps).

-My first good idea is to make sure you have proper storage space in the bathroom. A big bathroom vanity, with plenty of drawers and cabinets can make a serious difference. If all the band aids, deodorant, antiseptic, bug spray, etc. have a place to go, that the kids can easily access, it takes away all the clutter. Make sure that the vanity in the bathroom the kids are using is a darker color (to hide small spots, till the next time you have the opportunity to Windex) and very easy to clean. Try more for a contemporary style vanity rather then something ornate and hard to keep up.

-If you do not have room in your bathroom for a large vanity try installing a medicine cabinet. It's not as practical for children as it's hard to reach but it will for sure help you stay organized and provides extra space to stay neater.

-Another idea I had is a BIG bathroom sink. I tried it this past summer and it worked marvels. This way the grubby children can soap up easily before dinner without getting the bubbles and dirt all over the place.

-Easy access towel rods are a must. Hang them low enough so that it's easy for your kids to reach and teach them that towels have to be re-hung after using. I can tell you from experience it takes time till it becomes natural but, after about 500 reminders they should remember.

Good luck and enjoy the summer! …

Adding Or Removing Thousands? – DIY Projects and the Value of a Home After DIY Home Improvement

Of course, nearly everyone as at some point tried DIY home improvement. But does it increase the potential selling value of a home after? According to interior designer Scott McAllister:

"Home improvements, their costs and their resultant profits are not a precise science. For this reason, it's hard to specifically quantify what works and what does not. For example, laminate flooring has an inferiority a popularity nosedive due to the market being flooded by so many photographic plastic options. "

McAllister continues with:

"Their cheapness has created a stigma – and even expensive options have become tarred with the same brush.

DIY projects that increase the value of a home

To raise the value of a house, you need to carry out DIY home improvement projects that will definitely withstand the test of time. For example, if you do have laminate flooring you can install vintage wooden doors.

To install wooden doors, you would need a screwdriver, a pair of thick gloves, 4-inch door-frame screws and a hammer. To remove the door from the frame, simply unscrew the hinges from the door frame.

Get that old door off

Once the hinges come off, slowly ease the door from frame itself, taking care not to damage the edges. You would want to of course, preserve the old door for use later on. Home values ​​go up when front doors are beautiful- so choose the replacement door properly.

Another interesting DIY home improvement project that can raise the value of your home is replacing worn out bathroom tiles. If the tiles are more than a decade old and you plan on selling within the next few months, now would be the opportune time to replace the tiles.

Replacing worn out tiles

The replacement of worn out bathroom tiles is a bit more difficult than the first project, Of course, the tiles in the bathroom can no longer be recovered completely intact, so make sure you can dispose of the broken tiles immediately afterwards.

Designer tiles can be put in place of the old ones. Designer tiles employ a variety of new colors and textures that will naturally emphasize the dimensions of the bathroom.

For this project you would need a few sacks for tile disposal, a large chisel or a crow bar and a mallet or an equivalent. If possible, work the tiles when they are wet as this reduces friction and lessens dust clouds during working. Drive the crowbar against the underside of the tiles and slowly work around the tiles.

Ease the tiles off the floor, making sure that none are left behind. Smooth white cement may be used to install the new designer tiles after the bathroom floor has been re-leased.

Justin Ray, an interior designer for the TV show How Not to Decorate warns people:

"A bad DIY project will always detract from the resale value. Anything that looks unprofessional, such as a badly-fitted kitchen or uneven plastering, will get buyers wondering." …

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. …

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 …