Monday, May 31, 2010

Feng Shui Decorating

The idea of feng shui decoration is valuing life and ensuring that all environments are harmonized with objects linked to life, nothing in the death or destruction. Therefore, we should not display weapons or objects such as guns, knives, swords or anything that many people like to have to look at and that is very harmful because it attracts the house destruction and death.

The feng shui tips are an Eastern philosophy that unites a theological concept with different instruments of the decoration and construction. The purpose of this correspondence is to respect the power of an environment and orient it towards a specific purpose: to live in harmony.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bedroom Furniture Sets for Decorating Bedroom

A bedroom set is a group of furniture usually comprised of a bed, nightstand, and wardrobe. But now trend is changed and people have started to include chest of drawers, dressing table and a set of chairs to bedroom sets to enhance bedroom beauty. While shopping for bedroom sets, starts with bed that is the centerpiece of bedroom sets. Choice of bed depends upon your own tastes of how you want to organize your bedroom. Nightstands are pieces of bedroom set placed on each side of bed to put a lamp, glass of water, some book close to bed or to store some useful accessories. Bedroom set consist wardrobes to provide common place for storing clothes. Sometimes a mirror is fixed outside the wardrobe door to make it more attractive and useful while dressing up. It would be better option to include chest of drawers as a piece of bedroom sets. Drawer chests are a piece of bedroom set having stack of drawers one on the top of another.

Bedroom sets are pieces of furniture that once purchased become a long lasting asset for a home. So you must look for quality structure. There are many styles and types of bedroom sets available in various furniture stores. You can choose Alaska bedroom sets, Atlantis dark bedroom sets, Corona bedroom sets, Century bedroom sets, Glasgow bedroom sets, Hamilton walnut sets, Sunshine bedroom sets, Tampica natural bedroom sets, Woodgrain bedroom sets and many more from online furniture store. These bedroom sets have good characteristics and are available in colors that can match your interiors very easily.

Alaska bedroom furniture sets

Alaska bedroom range comprises Alaska mirrors, nightstand, bedsteads and drawer chests. All the furniture pieces in a bedroom set are designed to harmonize with each other. Alaska is a bedroom collection designed to suit the contemporary or classic home. Bedroom sets are furnished with contrasting solid American character oak. The oak tops have a matt oiled finish, creating a natural surface that is both durable and stylish. A final coating seals in the oiled finish mitigates the need for any future maintenance.

Atlantis dark bedroom sets

Atlantis range offers lasting appeal in any bedroom setting. Atlantis dark bedroom range is having bedroom sets with beds, nightstands, mirrors, headboards and drawer chests. It covers all the demands of customers in terms of designs and color schemes. The dark finish of the solid wood frames and oak veneered panels gives the Atlantis range a rich and bold look that is perfect for modern design tastes.

Century bedroom sets

Century bedroom range bedroom sets include beds, drawer chests, wardrobes and Nightstands. The Century range brings a breath of fresh air to any bedroom. Also the white bedroom sets look the most elegant in a room. All furniture pieces are prepared with floor guards to prevent scratching on floor.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Underground Car Park Inaugurated in Armenian Capital

Construction in Liberty Square began several months after security forces had dispersed the tent camp of the Armenian opposition protesting the outcome of the disputed 2008 presidential election. The opposition has insisted all along that the decision was aimed at preventing its members from staging more rallies at the square, which had turned into a popular place for political gatherings. The accusations have been denied by the government. City authorities now hope the new facility will take the burden off the nearby streets where traffic is often complicated because of the accumulation of parked cars.

The new three-storey car park can provide room for up to 500 cars at a time and has been built as part of an urban development investment project presented by the Italian Renco S.p.A company and the Yerevan municipality.

Attending the inauguration of the car park on Monday were Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, Yerevan Mayor Gagik Beglarian, other officials.

After the opening ceremony President Sarkisian toured the parking facility and the square. He said the car park built by the Italian contractor should set a standard for other such projects in the future.

“I think that there will be no cars parked in the nearby streets anymore and driving will become very convenient. I think a very good job has been done,” said the president.

Yerevan Mayor Beglarian also said he hoped the new car park would at least partly solve the parking problems in the city center. He said the fact that Yerevan today has 'such a beautiful structure' proves wrong the oppositionists who would accuse the government of closing the square for political reasons.

The Armenian opposition, meanwhile, said they are likely to seek to stage their next rally in re-opened Liberty Square.

"Liberty Square is the cradle of Armenian democracy, because all democratic achievements [in Armenia] began from there, and I think we should stage our next public rally in Liberty Square," Levon Zurabian, a senior member of the opposition Armenian National Congress, told RFE/RL.

The car park under Liberty Square, meanwhile, will be opened for use on Tuesday, but the parking fee yet needs to be specified.

Yerevan’s mayor said the project cost a little more than 4 billion drams (about $10.5 million) and that the facility would be the property of the municipality.

“As for the parking fee, it will be between 100 and 500 drams (about $0.25-$1.3). The final car park charges are yet to be decided, but there will be per hour, per month and per year fee options,” said Beglarian, adding that similar car parks will also be built beneath two other squares in central Yerevan.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Danger of Public Swimming Pools

As the hot summer days are drawing faster again, there are many people who prefer to go the swimming pool and have their time of relaxation there. But, the customers should take some precautions about the dangers related to swimming especially when it comes to using the public swimming pools.

There are some reports by the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) that swimming pools that are being used by the public are not safe. They said that the bacteria in these places are high and could be risky to one’s health. As the CDC went around for some investigations, they have reported that 1 in 8 public swimming pools hold violations on the health and safety code. Some of these pools are too dirty that could threaten the public health, while others had other problems like missing safety equipments. According to the CDC, kiddie pools have the most disinfection problems where they found some bits of fecal matters.

In 120,000 public swimming pools that the CDC investigated, 12% of these public swimming pools are for immediate closure due to some serious violations. The public swimming pools that they have investigated came from public park, hotels and also motels.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Find The Look You're Going For In Living Room Decor

If you need living room décor there are dozens of items that will work perfectly for your living room. Whether you want an elegant look, a more modern style or if you are going with some sort of motif, there are many kinds of living room décor to choose from.

Whether you are redecorating or just buying a bit of new living room décor for your living room there are many items out there to choose from. If you think your living room needs a new look, try accentuating your living room with the most popular new accessories. New living room furniture can also transform living room décor. So you will be able to create a beautiful living room, or add a beautiful touch to your already beautiful kitchen.

Living room carpet:

The carpet in your living room is very important for the overall look of your living room. The carpet can be a certain color that you will try to match when putting together the rest of your living room décor, or it can be put in (usually using a plain, neutral color) to fit with the rest of your new living room décor. Once you have designed the perfect living room, you will be glad you did. You will have a living room that is pleasing to the eye, and that reflects your personal style.

Window curtains:

Window curtains can make all the difference in the world. They can truly become the main focal point of the living room. When selecting your living room décor make sure you get the best window curtains for a luxurious look, or just to add a touch of simple elegance.

Depending on the size and style of your living room windows, the window curtains in your living room can really attract your attention. With the perfect window curtains as part of your living room décor that are pleasing to the eye can be the most impressive aspect of your living room décor. From luxurious to more cozy living room décor, the window curtains you want should be a good match with the rest of the living room décor. If you are uncertain when choosing your living room curtains, you may want to consult a professional.


The color green and the fresh oxygen in the living room, and the ambiance that plants can provide has a certain distinct taste about it.

Hanging plants are one of the most popular items of living room décor. Plants and flowers are beautiful additions to any living room.

Along with hanging plants, potted plants and even little herbal gardens can make great living room décor!


Chances you have a mantel in your living room already, especially if you own a fireplace.

It is practically expected that there be something displayed on a top of a mantel. There is even a name for it: mantelpiece. In addition to the mantelpiece you choose, there are usually more mantelpieces expected. Some mantels get pretty crowded, for that matter.

If you do not have a mantel they are fairly easy to install in your living room, and are available in many different sizes.

Sofa and chairs:

The other of the two primary essentials of living room décor are completely are your sofa and chairs. You want to have sofa and chair sets that are pleasing to the eye and that tie into the overall look of the living room, and are really a part of your living room décor overall. Sofas and chairs are a very important part of your living room, almost as much essential in function as they are in appearance. There are many beautiful sets of sofas and chairs out there that will work for your living room.

Coffee table:

The same basic concept of living room décor applies to your coffee table as well, the coffee table can easily become the focal point of the room. If you do not have a great coffee table now, you can always find a nice table spread for it.

Otherwise, in addition to blending your sofas and chairs together to obtain the look you are going for, the coffee table can be a very impressive piece of you living room décor.


If you have anything you do in your living room, whether for entertainment or for other purposes, you will need at least one shelf on which to store the items that you keep and use in your living room. Your shelves must also be pleasing to the eye, and fit in well as part of your living room décor.


Living room accessories are sometimes the final touches, and sometimes are living room essentials you will discover, and that come in very beautiful designs. These are items like candles, statues, coasters, plants, mantelpieces and much, much more.

Entertainment centers:

It is unusual to see a living room nowadays without one. And they come in sets or individual pieces for your living room décor entertainment needs

The kinds of living room décor available on the market today seem virtually endless. However, you can narrow your search pretty easily based on your space, your needs, the look you are going for, your personal style and how much money you have to spend on living room décor.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gardening - exterior design

Spring cleaning isn't just for shoe closets and windows. Most people's backyards and gardens could use a good decluttering, too. The same basic design principles that lead to striking interiors make for beautiful gardens.

Montreal garden designer Allan Becker says the style and proportion of so-called "hard objects," including ornaments, furniture and containers, need to fit the mood and scale of the garden. Pergolas, fountains and sculptures add architectural dimension to flower beds. They serve as visual exclamation points, or act as buffers. A birdbath, for instance, is a perfect element for filling the empty visual space between flowers and fence.

But, like too many tchochkes in the living room, they can stifle a garden's style and spirit when overused. In their zeal to beautify their gardens, many gardeners make the mistake of overstuffing. In her list of garden no-nos, Margaret Roach, a former editor at Martha Stewart magazine, includes gnomes, wishing wells and lions, "especially in plastic." Her garden blog, awayto, also discourages white plastic furniture, red-dyed mulch and gravel or decorative lava rock.

Becker, who writes his own blog (allanbecker-garden, says decorating a garden is a matter of personal taste. Some people think garden gnomes are cute. Others like "found art" - recycled objects such as old kettles or kiddy wagons - tucked in among their nasturtiums.

But Becker says too much stuff just ends up looking like junk.

"You shouldn't have too much out there," he says. "Before you buy any ornamental object for the garden, study its style and spirit." Joe Swift, the British garden designer and author, says the crispest, most stylish gardens stick to a restrained palette. They rely on simple geometry and carefully edited plant selections and materials. The number of colours in the flowers and the decor are kept to a minimum to avoid looking "fussy." "A common mistake is to try to make the most of the space by cramming it with 'features' such as pots and water fountains," Swift writes in his book Joe's Urban Garden Handbook (Quadrille, 2008).

Be "ruthless and picky" about garden decoration, he warns. Don't haul things out from the attic or the garage and plunk them into the garden. Don't make impulsive purchases.

Here are a few design basics for planning, or rethinking, the "hardware" in the garden: n Don't use more than one ornamental object as a focal point in each garden area. That means a single birdbath in a flower bed, or a sculpture. But not both. Two identical objects, such as flower-planted urns, flanking a path or entrance, would also work.

* Choose a style and stick to it. A rustic garden can handle recycled objects, says Becker, but a manicured garden can't. Neither can a minimalist garden.

* Limit the colour palette. Choose containers and ornaments in tones that blend with the surroundings, including the house's brick, paving stones and windows, shutters and doors.

Keep paint and stain colours for decks and railings within this palette, too. Swift says too many colours will always look messy.

He recommends avoiding white furniture altogether. Swift says pure white in the garden is "extremely demanding" and rarely compliments other structures or plantings. Off-whites and creams, though, help to bring in light.

Black, on the other hand, can look wonderfully dramatic as a backdrop. But it needs plenty of green foliage to balance it out.

* Place ornaments off centre. To create visual interest, keep things asymmetrical.

Half the secret of positioning a feature, says London garden designer John Bookes, is juxtaposing it with other objects, such as a tree, a bench or even the view of the neighbour's garden.

"Traditionally, a feature, usually a statue, was placed right in the middle of the garden," Brookes writes in Small Garden (Dorling Kindersley, 2006). "But few outside spaces today have the kind of symmetry that calls for this type of classical positioning.

"Placing a feature to one side of an area is one way of lending movement to a layout, however small." n Get the size right. In general, Brookes says the larger the object the better it will do the job of providing a focal point within the garden.

Becker says front-garden containers are often too small for the proportions of the house's façade. They should be big enough to be seen from the street.

Smaller pots work best in a series. Run a line of them down the side of a staircase. But make sure that it's an odd number.

"Even if you have six stairs, you should only have three or five pots," Becker suggests.

Balance height and width, too. A tall urn requires tall plants.

* Camouflage. Use temporary screening, such as rolls or panels of willow, hazel or bamboo, to block off unsightly views or divert the eye from "major negatives" like the neighbour's peeling garage wall. It's inexpensive and easy to install.

* Jazz things up. Swift says most gardens look a little tired between seasons. A splash of colour or texture in the form of a strategically placed flower pot or a grouping of concrete balls, for example, can temporarily inject energy in trouble spots until things grow in.

* Repeat yourself. Repetition and simplicity in the choice of materials and plants create a powerful and tranquil mood, Swift says. Suspend a row of three lanterns from the balcony. Or hang five birdhouses from a tree.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Decorating ideas for your historic home

Historic homes have a special appeal, yet interior design of these properties isn’t always straightforward. How do you furnish the home in keeping with the time period?

Today, I’m pleased to share tips from both interior designers and homeowners on how to arrange a historic property in keeping with the era of the home.

Decorating historic homes requires a special approach, but it needn’t be too staid. “If you take a historic home too seriously, it can feel like a museum,” says Jill Valeri, president of The Welcome Home.

“Homes are meant for daily living and the wear and tear that comes with it. Above all, they need to be comfortable and functional while reflecting the personality of the people who live there.”

Use the historically accurate color schemes from the time period. Several paint manufacturers such as California Paints and Benjamin Moore offer historically accurate period palettes.

Don’t be afraid to mix together furniture of different styles.“I like to respect the architecture while using a mixture of practical new upholstered pieces and good quality antique reproductions and mix in the occasional modern piece, such as a side chair or accent table,” says Valeri.

Avoid clutter. This detracts from the architectural elements of the home. “Keep in mind that for all but a few rare cases, historic homes were originally furnished in a sparse and functional manner,” says Pablo Solomon, who owns a historic 1856 ranch north of Austin, Texas.

Embrace your home’s idiosyncrasies. “Learn about the original architect and architectural style so you can better understand all the design quirks, such as unusually shaped spaces and angled walls,” says Cecilie Starin, a featured designer at the SF Decorator Showcase. “This knowledge will give an appreciation for that time period and potentially spark ideas on how to best use a space.”
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Colorful Home Decorating Ideas

When you're ready for a change, you can have a new home without changing your address. How? With paint. Homeowners looking to change up their decor have found that color trends in home design are deeply rooted in both "then" and "now.

The idea of decorating using colors that reflect the new and the old takes shape by showcasing classic, calming neutrals with a few energizing standout colors, such as bright pinks and yellows.

The Colors of "Then"--For those looking to incorporate a more classic feel into their homes, neutrals such as deep gray-brown, muted and warm beiges and asphalt gray-blue are choices that work together to create environments that are calm and organic.

Together, they allow for a merging of modern and rustic styles. Creamy whites, serene sea foam blue-green, pale butter and deep bronze-golds with metallic finishes provide a similar feeling, but can create a more refined and romantic space.

The Colors of "Now"--Homeowners interested in giving their spaces a more dramatic pop can join the trend toward incorporating bright, vibrant colors into the home. Profound pinks and rusty oranges can be found playing against off-whites and stony grays to create a space that is sensual, eclectic and worldly. Playful yellows in combination with pure white and sleek black pack a punch and are great for the home decorator who isn't afraid to make a bold statement.

"Frivolous choices are a thing of the past," says Dee Schlotter, paint color expert at The Voice of Color, PPG Pittsburgh Paints. "Today's color trends have staying power. You renew instead of buying new. You choose sustainable colors with an environmental and economic awareness that's becoming second nature for us all."

Whether you want to stick with the classic colors of then, the current colors of now or create your own style, you'll want a high-quality paint brand that offers a variety of color choices. For example, PPG Pittsburgh Paints has nearly 2,000 colors, unique color palettes and yearly color trends.
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