Making Your Home and Garden Beautiful

How to Sew Roman Curtains to Protect Your Home’s Interior from the Winter Sun

Posted by on September 20, 2016

During summer, you may not have to worry about the sun’s rays shining directly into your home’s windows. But as the December 21st winter solstice nears with the arrival of fall and winter, the sun will sit slightly lower in the sky each afternoon, allowing it to shine into any windows of your home without window treatments. Also, the more northern the latitude of your home on the earth, the lower the sun will sit in the sky at midday and the more able it will be to shine directly into your home’s windows. To...

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Tips For Addressing Fall And Winter Landscaping Needs

Posted by on August 15, 2016

Summer’s warm, sunny days are beginning to fade into cooler, crisper mornings. Before the fall season settles in, it’s time to start preparing your yard for the cold weather that’s coming. Because landscaping and property maintenance aren’t as demanding in the fall and winter, they’re easy to overlook. However, there are some things that your yard can benefit from as the fall weather sneaks in. Address Seasonal Plants Your seasonal plants that flourish all summer long will begin to die off through the fall...

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3 Essential Aspects To Consider When Converting Your Bathtub Into A Custom Walk-In Shower

Posted by on August 9, 2016

If you are looking to remodel your bathroom by converting your standard tub into a custom walk-in shower, you probably know of the advantages, such as personal safety and easy access. However, there are certain aspects you need to consider apart from the basics and final cost. Consider the construction time from start to finish, choosing between full-cut vs. tub-cut step, and additional features to incorporate into the project. The following 3 factors should be pondered carefully: 1. Downtime During Construction Consider that you may have...

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How To Prepare And Pack Your Comic Book Collection During A Move

Posted by on August 5, 2016

Moving can be extremely stressful, especially if you have a number of priceless items that you want to move from one house to another. While most items can be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in boxes for your movers to take care of, some belongings might require a different packing approach. This is true of comic books. If you have a comic book collection that is worth a lot to your monetarily or emotionally, then follow the tips below to pack up the books safely. Gather Your Materials Before you can start packing up your comics, you will...

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Why Is My Gas Hot Water Heater Not Producing Enough Hot Water?

Posted by on August 1, 2016

It can be very frustrating when you expect a hot shower and wind up with a cold one. If your hot water heater is not producing enough water, this may be a situation you find yourself in. Learning why this happens can help you fix the problem so that you once again can take a steaming hot shower when you desire. Here are a few causes for this problem. You’re Unrealistic With the Expectations of Your Hot Water Heater One of the top reasons why your hot water heater isn’t producing enough hot water is because you are unrealistic with...

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5 Tips For Maximizing Sunlight When Using Stationary Drapes

Posted by on July 29, 2016

Stationary drapes are decorative drapes that are added to a window when there is no need to adjust the lighting or privacy of a room. As the name implies, stationary drapes are meant to stay in one place as opposed to open and close on a daily basis. They are often paired with roller shades or Venetian blinds, which serve the practical function of limiting privacy and light at appropriate times of the day. If you want to add stationary drapes to your home, it is important to choose hanging methods that will maximize the light that enters a...

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AC Not Working? What You Should Know About The Condenser Coil And Compressor

Posted by on July 25, 2016

If your air conditioner stops operating, you may clean the evaporator coil and change the air filter in the indoor unit to fix the issue. But if these steps don’t work, you might want to look outdoors for the problem. Your outdoor unit is the main component for your air conditioning system. It consists of a host of parts that keep the system operational, including the condenser coil and compressor. The condenser coil and compressor can both fail if heat can’t eject from the system. Here are more things to know about the condenser...

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How To Break The Top 5 Rules In Contemporary Design And Still Look Contemporary

Posted by on July 19, 2016

Unlike modern design, contemporary design does not have as many rules to follow. It is based on the idea that functionality and simplicity should be the core of your design. Additionally, contemporary design relies on clean, smooth lines and a neutral color base. All of this leads to some common rules that many people follow when they design contemporary homes, such as avoiding unnecessary frills and superfluous pieces of furniture. However, in contemporary design, there is always a moment when it is appropriate to break the rules. Below are...

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Steam-Convection Oven

Posted by on July 19, 2016

Many high-end appliance companies, such as Thermador appliances, are now offering residential models of steam-convection combination ovens. Cooking with steam has many benefits over regular baking, including greater efficiency, more versatility, and healthier dishes. However, to get the most out of your combination oven, you may need to adjust some cooking and cleaning habits that you currently hold. Below are five ways that you can get the most out of your combination oven.  Reduce the Amount of Fats and Oils You Use  Steam cooking...

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5 Home Office Changes You Should Make If You Are Pregnant

Posted by on July 12, 2016

If you are pregnant and work in an office, there are several changes you should make to your office space to reduce pain and complications. If you occasionally work from home, you may find that you spend more days in your home office as your pregnancy progresses. For that reason, it is important to make sure that your home office can support your work style while you are pregnant. Below are some changes you should consider making to your home office for a more comfortable pregnancy.  Invest In a Footstool  As your pregnancy...

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