Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Flooring that Fits Your Needs and Lifestyle

We all want our home to have the best interior designs and furnishings but sometimes it’s not very practical to spend a lot just to make it beautiful. Well this is the most common dilemma of homeowners who want to remodel and redecorate their homes without being so expensive or extravagant. Some people think that doing this would eat a lot of your financial budget but they will be glad to know that there are ways on how they can pursue with remodeling plans and be budget-wise as well. You just have to choose the right site to look for your specific needs so your home can be stylish yet affordable. 

Beautiful homes need not be so expensive if you know how to be a little creative in thinking of ways on how to get  beautiful tile flooring selection from a dependable store that can give what you need. The store should offer the right flooring options for your home depending on your lifestyle and financial capabilities. They should provide wide range of selection consisting of stylish patterns, colors, hues,sizes and the type that will cater to your family’s needs as each family has their own preferences and personal needs. 

To get the best of your remodeling plans get the help of the flooring experts in the store to give you insights on how you can remodel your home and help you choose the right flooring options for your kind of lifestyle. We all have our own preference and needs and it should be taken in consideration before buying your flooring to make sure that it fits not just your home but your family as well. Be it classic, elegant, stylish or just the ordinary flooring you want as long as it fits and suits your needs it will be the best flooring for you.


Saving Paper in Your Office

Offices up and down Britain are desperately trying to find new ways of becoming more eco-friendly. The amount of paper consumed by businesses in the UK and the rest of the world is extortionate. This is causing mass deforestation across the globe, which is cutting the amount of oxygen being put back into our environment as well as destroying the habitats of countless endangered species. The digital age has made it possible to use far less paper than yester year and here’s how to slash the amount of paper being wasted in your business:

Reduce, reuse and recycle

A business is nothing without its staff and educating them is important in reducing the amount of paper used around the office. Changing your mindset is important, so don’t just use paper unless it is necessary, like only printing a final copy and not drafts to read through when you can do your read through on the computer screen. The next option is reusing paper as much as possible by printing on both sides or using scrap paper for note taking which both ways can make a real difference over the course of a year. Lastly, putting recycling processes in place to make sure that you are doing more to put paper back into circulation once more.

Invoice and correspond via email

Everything we do nowadays in based online and without the internet many businesses would not be able to function. This makes cutting down on paper usage far simpler as there are alternative ways to correspond with customers on a daily basis. Instead of wasting paper all communications can be done via email or phone to stop so much paper being consumed in business. This can help cement links to customers who appreciate businesses trying to become more environmentally-friendly.

Send corporate e cards

A time when a lot of paper is consumed is around the festive season as businesses send out festive greeting cards to their clients to touch base and boost relationships. Many organizations see this as a huge opportunity to reach out to current and prospective customers and will not forfeit it for that reason. A more eco-friendly way to send out festive greetings and save on paper is to transfer the Christmas mail out to email. Corporate ecards enable you to email a personalized and interactive message to your client base in seconds without using tonnes of paper. Click here for ecards, if they seem like the ideal method for your business.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Planning for Next Family and Church Vacation

After the nice vacation of the whole church in the coolest place in the country we all want to plan again for next year’s activities. We do this kind of vacation every two years to save enough but now we’re thinking if we can do it again next year or next summer. The weather, the fresh environment, good food and nice sharing at the park has made our vacation fulfilling that we all want to go back and do it again next December. We’re planning to have more time on bible study and word sharing as the place is so perfect for that. If we can bring some musical instruments and accessories we plan on having small fellowship service. 

Now we’re listing all musical instruments and accessories we have at the church and maybe buy some replacement for the old ones. I would love to buy some Squier Bullet Stratocasters at Musicians Friend if I have enough funds but for now we’ll buy at our present suppliers where we can get discounts also. For some of the instruments that needs little repairs only we will only send them to our technician who always fixes the instruments for us. On first Sunday of the coming year we’ll plan our church activities as early as possible to be able to save enough for all of our incoming expenses.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Family Bonding Vacation

The family is so busy with the things we used in our recent vacation in Baguio. Since I still have to go to office the kids helped DH in arranging things and the laundry as well. They still missed the cold weather in Baguio and the food that we ate there like strawberry taho, strawberry ice cream, jam, peanut brittle, lengua de gato and a lot more. For the adults we greatly missed the freshness of the fruits and vegetables which we bought in the farm. The price is so low that you would want to take bunches of the crispy vegetables home but we didn’t bring any car so we passed the thought. 

One thing that we missed up there is the guitar and piano because when we rest at night we love to hear some of the sounds from my daughter’s instruments because it serves as a lullaby to us. It’s not the beautiful alfred basic piano at Musicians Friend but it has served us for several years already. It has also been an instrument for my daughter’s learning and we love it dearly. We should have brought at least one musical instrument for our night bonding but anyway we enjoyed our vacation fully even without it.


How to Do Makeover Designs on Your Home

This time of the year we had some makeover in the house particularly in our living room where we entertain our guests and visitors. After years of having the old sofa made by my father we finally decided to replace it with another wooden furniture because the old one needs to rest already for serving us for 3 decades. We love having classic wooden living room furniture because it coordinates with our home style. We’ve chosen dark wood with a black finish to blend well with safari print cushion and our light peach walling. We then installed a golden ensemble curtains to complete the elegant theme. 

My Mom is very happy with the result and she was actually impressed and surprised as well. She didn’t know that we’re looking for new furniture in the house although she knows that our old one needs replacement badly. Installing and replacing old furniture makes or breaks your home interiors as your choice of furniture can affect your whole home ambiance greatly. Wrong choice of colors and style can make your home look like out of style while a good choice can transform your home into an elegant and stylish one. You can use some creativity if you want or if you’re not the stylish homemaker you can consult a friend or the experts to help you with doing a makeover of your home interiors. 

Choosing a good outlet store like http://austinfurnitureinc.com/ can be a good step as you’ll have additional options what will suit your house best. If you choose among quality and beautiful products it will be easier for you to decorate your home interiors and furnishings. The staff of the store will even add creative ideas on how to supply your specific requirements and maybe add some more for a better home decors. All these things will add to your own ideas and finally give you good insights on how you will apply it to your home. Just plan before you buy for better and stylish home design.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Home Flooring Options for Warm and Safe Environment

These days the weather is becoming so cold and I really wish that there’s carpet either on my office or in my home because it’s warmer when your flooring has carpet on it. Actually it’s not only warm but it’s easier on the feet for toddlers who are learning to walk and for the seniors who always think that some flooring can be too tricky for them as most can make you slip. 

When you think of installing or replacing your home flooring you should consider some handy factors in deciding what flooring to choose. Aside from considering what kind suits your home best you should also reflect on the kind of family members you have. Their specific needs should be your utmost preferences like how can they cope and live with it. 

For homes with very small kids that walks and runs to and fro they should have a room with the kind of Tigressa carpets that can support them on their busy activities. As they’re prone and susceptible to all kinds of slipping, falling, tripping and most of the times tumbling they should have a soft and warm flooring to catch them when they fall and still be in good state of health. 

Well it’s different on some homes but carpets brings about more than the needs of small kids as they’re also stylish on homes and offers wide range of textures and designs for trendy home owners. Whatever your needs are it’s always better to think and plan before you buy.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

From Dressing Table to Wardrobe – Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Sanctuary

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s the place you most look forward to returning to at the end of a hard day and if you live with other people, it’s the one part of your home which is all about you. Your bedroom is an image of your personality and it’s the place where you feel most at peace, so it makes sense that you should put a lot of thought into your décor. 

Whilst it should be all about you, your bedroom should also be a calming place, which means you should try to stick to pale, soothing colours and keep make sure it’s not too cluttered. If you like bright colours, it’s a good idea to allocate one part of your room for bright decorations and try to keep the rest simple. You could even try separating your bed from the rest of the room with a curtain. This will allow you to make your room as bright and crazy as you want whilst still having a relaxing area to sleep in. 

Whilst many people think that a bed is the main piece of furniture you need to think about in your bedroom, many actually find that all furnishings need to have equal thought put into them. This is because unlike a living room or kitchen for example, bedroom furniture is very noticeable. There is not a lot to distract from it and since the room is primarily for sleeping, a lot of the furnishings we put in our bedrooms are there for decoration, whilst in other rooms things can be chosen due to practicality and don’t necessarily have to blend in with the rest of the furniture. 

In actual fact, your bed could be considered the least important part of your bedroom décor because it is covered by duvets and pillows which you can choose to compliment your room. Some of the more important pieces include your wardrobe, drawers and dressing table. These pieces have nothing to cover them so they should be chosen carefully. Obviously you should choose furniture which suits your personal style, but if you’re going for a calming theme, then you could try looking at shabby chic and French style furniture, as these styles are a perfect combination of elegance, luxury and homeliness. 

A dressing table is something which you can go all out on when it comes to luxury because it’s a part of your room where beauty is the main focus. There are lots of styles ranging from simple ones to elegantly decorated ones with intricate mirror detail. It’s a particularly important part of bedroom décor because it can be used as a place to display ornaments, photos and perfume bottles, so it will be naturally eye-catching to those who see it. 

Whatever kind of décor you choose for your bedroom, it’s important to make sure there is not too much clutter or too much going on because your bedroom is a room where you need to be able to relax.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Valuable Ideas on Home Flooring Improvement

This holiday season people are not only concerned with the festive celebration of Christmas and gift giving but also thinking of making an improvement in their homes. I guess it’s the coming of a new year that’s stirring their desire to make something new for the upcoming year like new interiors, decorations, furnishings, possibly new furniture or having a makeover on the home itself. 

When you want something exciting to look forward in the year to come you can start in your wall with a new painting or redesigning your ceiling with modern fans with beautiful lights or more decorative additions maybe. It all depends on how you can use your creativity to come up with bright new ideas. If you’re not that confident with your own sense of style you can consult with the experts to give you valuable advice. 

I myself consult my brother when I know I need better ideas than my own because he has various design ideas from his mind and from his beautiful line of residential projects. He has tried some techniques and style on his projects and he knows what suits best for certain style of homes. If the architectural design of the house demands a good harmony with the walls, ceilings and flooring it’s advisable that you choose not only designs but a good quality brand that you will be able to use for long period of time and still be beautiful to look upon. 

For concerns with flooring tips and options it’s easy to decide on high quality brands that will give you efficient service and good ambiance to home interiors. Using  Tigressa carpets will be a good choice for replacement of your old carpets or if you’re just starting up maybe a new installation of carpets in your home. There are stores that carry vast selection of carpets that you can buy in varied style and texture options at discounted rates specifically for budget-conscious consumers. 

Well carpet is really a good option especially if you badly need a home improvement in your house. You will not only be getting a home makeover but a good improvement on your house without killing your budget. Improving your home flooring is a good move towards turning your old looking room into a warm and stylish room that will be great for family bonding or whatever you want to do during weekends. Just consult professional carpet experts and you’re on your way to complementing your home with beautiful carpet flooring that will see you throughout the years.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Keeping Your Kitchen Clutter Free

I like my kitchen to be clean and free from clutters all the time but I know it’s not possible if you don’t have a good organizer to keep all the regular mess in it. As kitchen is the place where we keep, prepare and cook our foods it’s just natural that there are many items all over the place. I’m really hoping that I could have customized kitchen cabinets to organize my kitchen accessories and small items. 

I know that with organizer present in my own kitchen possibly with stainless steel drawer slides on the cabinets I could make my kitchen clutter free. It’s very important to me to keep it that way because I stay most of the times in this area as I love to cook food for my family. I hope that I can arrange it this coming summer when my kids are on school break and I have more time.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Home Spring Cleaning and Reminiscing Old Times

We’re having some spring cleaning in the house so it will be ready for the coming holidays and for our relatives who will visit my Mom while we’re in Baguio. It’s hard to allot my time on it since I have office works until noon of Saturdays but my daughters are big enough to help so we did it on team work. Anyway we had fun doing it because we got to see their old momentos of childhood days and pictures of happy occasions. 

My son love to go over my collections of old coins and stamps which I started getting when I’m in my primary school just the same age as him. I don’t have much jewelry but we found a nice necklace with a picture of my Mom on the locket which reminded us of how young looking she was even when she’s already a teacher in her mid-20s. She was wearing a pretty accessory just like Kendra Scott necklace but when I told her she can’t remember where it is located now. Oh well our cleaning turned out to be a reminiscing of the old good times and we didn’t felt tired at all after the job was done. Now we’re ready for our coming vacation on the holidays.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Keeping Your Plumbing System in Its Best Condition

Keeping your home at its best condition requires time and regular monitoring to ensure that everything is in good working condition. You also have to be sure that minor defects will be attended at the soonest possible time to prevent further damage and greater cost. We all know that minor repairs would cost lesser than repairing major trouble as well as full replacement. Some may say that it takes an expert to see defects but I would say that you can learn the basic trouble shooting by yourself if you’ll only be serious about home maintenance. If defects are only minor you can do it yourself and just contact your regular maintenance if defects are beyond your capabilities. 

It’s best to learn some DIY (Do-It-Yourself) tutorials on basic home keeping enough to see what’s beyond the normal condition and what’s to be repaired and replaced. If the trouble is about air-conditioning and heating you must call for the experts on that area because you’ll be assured that you’ll get the best service by professionals who knows the ins and outs of air-conditioning and heating. When it comes to fixing your plumbing system and fixtures you should be able to get a company who can give you not just the ordinary service you regularly have.

Belleville plumbing services offers quality service with their highly qualified technicians who know their crafts well. They provide not just their good service but deep concerns as well. They will ensure that you’ll get satisfaction from their services on your plumbing system whether it’s repair, replacement or maintenance. No worries on the cost as they will give the service quotation fee first before doing the job to make sure that you know and you agree with their rate giving you a preview of how much you will need for your requirement.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Little Creativity on Redecorating Your Interiors

Do you want a change of environment without leaving your home? Well sometimes we really feel bored with our old home décor that we want to move to other places or simply have a makeover. Since it’s not advisable to do an expensive home renovation or redecoration you can do it yourself by concentrating on the areas of your home that you can easily change or replace without renovating your entire house. You can start with the major areas of your home like walls and flooring because these two are the most noticeable part of our home thus doing some make over on these parts would make a lot of improvement on the look we want. 

If you want to start your flooring renovation and replacement you should visit a good source of flooring options where you can choose from a wide range of products that would fit your existing interiors. Kring's Interiors has a vast selection of carpet flooring in Lawrence KS and can help you with your planned replacement. Carpet flooring is a good choice when you want warmth and stylish flooring as it has variety of style, hues, colors and shades that would satisfy your need for something different. Whether you want a traditional, modern, conservative or high stylish design for your home you can get it there. 

You can say goodbye to your old, stained, tattered or boring flooring with a good choice of design and hues of carpet flooring. You also get to enjoy warm, stylish colors that would match your interiors and furnishings perfectly. No need to spend a lot on other areas because beautiful flooring can make a great change on the way your home looks. It can also give you the right and perfect ambiance you want with more choices of designs. No need to move places as you can have your dream interiors right there in your own home. You just have to be creative sometimes.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Importance of Having a Clean and Sanitized Environment

In our home maintenance we should make extra effort to devote some of our time to check for trouble regularly and do repairs if needed. It’s a lot better to see the small things that need our attention earlier than having to repair them when they’re at their worst situation. If you don’t know how to check for home areas that need repairs you can ask your maintenance man to teach you the basic so you will know when to ask him for his services. We should always remember that an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure so it’s vital that we get to see the trouble when they’re on their first stage. 

That’s one of the maintenance we have to regularly bear in our mind to enjoy the full function of our home. One other thing that is very important is maintaining the cleanliness of our home inside and out not just for our home’s sake but for our health as well. We should know that our health depends not just on what we eat or the kind of lifestyle we have but on how clean our environment is. Our bodies are susceptible to all kinds of pollution present in our environment inside and out. We may not always see the pollutants inside our home but it’s always present if we don’t take extra time to check and clean our homes. 

This is also applicable to office environment and other commercial areas where cleaning and maintaining a well-sanitized place is of utmost importance like hospitals and restaurants. Well on these kinds of establishment where the area is big and can’t be handled by a single individual you can get the services of a company with an expertise on commercial cleaning. These cleaning companies has the know-how, skills and techniques on proper cleaning, maintenance, disinfection, sanitation and all things related to cleaning process. I’ve learned this all when I saw this ‘visit our site for more information'. 

It’s good to know cleaning companies that offers high quality services with hospital-strength disinfectant but still follows an eco-friendly cleaning that will not harm our environment. EnviroShield® system gives you sanitary and odor-free cleaning without using harsh chemicals. They offer four convenient contracts for your needs. You can get them for daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cleaning services. If you’re living in Orlando, Daytona, Jacksonville, Palm Beach and Treasure Coast JAN-PRO® can provide you with valuable services such as floor refinishing, floor cleaning, janitorial cleaning, carpet cleaning, office cleaning and medical cleaning.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Beautiful Crate Furnitures

The beauty of your home relies not only on the exterior and interior designs but of your home furnishings too. You have to balance the size, color, hues, style and designs of your appliances and furniture with the color and designs of your walls, ceilings and flooring. It means a lot to have a theme where you can plan how you want your paintings and other interior decors combine with your purchased furniture. This is the reason why some resort and love customized ones because they can demand appropriate style and colors that would match perfectly with your home.

Organization is also important because you can deal with great amount of mess and clutters if you will not be smart enough to handle proper storage of your documents and other small things that are important but can be such a mess and pain in the eyes. Homemakers should know where to get smart solutions on this problem like storage solutions at Crate Designs which provides creative ideas on how you can store your precious things in the house. Your clutters can be organized according to how you prefer them to be and still be good enough to match the interior design of your homes.

Using the best creativity with crate materials they come up with lovely wooden furniture that promises a long period of usage. Its beautiful designs can very well match the existing decors of your home and add more appeal with handcraft style quality and comfort. Oftentimes we long for the old fashion appeal of the wooden furniture in spite of the tempting designs of the modern ones. The wooden furniture has a classic, conservative and elegant appeal of the old generation that brings you back to the sweet memories of the simplicity in the past generation. It’s also refreshing and comfortable to see and use it in our daily living.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Honing Your Skills and Talent

There’s always a beginning for something you love whether it’s personal, work or for the things that would enhance your skills and talent. Most of the best artists and musicians begin learning their crafts at a young age and worked their way to the top to fulfill their dreams. Some studied and perfected music and skills not for entering the world of celebrities but for their fulfillment and self satisfaction. 

Whatever the reason getting into music world is exciting and it doesn’t matter if you will start with musical instrument for beginners like student trombone kits or other starter kits because learning is always fun and interesting. It also adds up happiness in your home when you start strumming your guitar and playing your piano, try it yourself!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Value of Having Quality Garage Doors

A truly beautiful home has nice interior designs, good structural built and complete with amenities inside and out. This includes the area surrounding it like garden, veranda, backyard area and other outdoor things that complete the whole environment façade of the house. It should also be devoid of mess and clutter in order to look very inviting and organized. With these things in my mind I thought of many garage facilities I’ve seen and I can say that some really has neglected to organize this part of the house that protects their cars and other equipment. Some people don’t pay much attention on other parts of their house and just concentrates on the interiors. 

Our garage should be able to protect our cars from wear and tear of different weather and from other elements. Thus it should be dealt with attention on how to install doors that will not assure us of security but will harmonize with the designs of our homes as well. Since it’s often used also as our storage for our other equipment and tools it should be installed with a high quality garage doors that will be able to serve its purpose. 

To ensure that you’ll get the best installation service and high quality products you have to consult and visit the  leader in residential garage doors which can answer all your needs for residential and commercial garage doors. Be it automatic, custom made or any other type of garage doors you can be sure you’ll be able to choose among the wide selections of the highest quality garage doors for your home. They have a cadre of technicians that will give your required service at your desired time frame. They will assist you in every way they can from design and construction to installation and servicing.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quality Replacement Windows for Your Homes

When you own a house you should equip yourself with enough knowledge to monitor and inspect every part of your house for possible areas that need repair or replacement. Maintaining your home to its best possible condition is better and cheaper than having it repaired if major trouble, cracks or tear happened. When you have time and effort to check it regularly you will not spent a big amount on repairs because it will likely be a minor only considering that you have seen it early. I’ve known a lot who have spent high amount on areas that they have neglected for months or years. It takes a lot of replacement and major restoration if the trouble covers major trouble. 

This covers all major areas of the house especially your flooring, walls, ceiling, roofing, doors and windows. As these areas cover the major part of the house it also takes high finances if one of these broke down. Doing the maintenance and regular checkups is not that hard especially if you have consulted someone who knows about repairs and construction. You can take advice on trouble shooting and how to know if particular areas need repair and upon knowing you can hire professional experts to do the restoration for you. 

When it comes to windows which we sometimes think as long lasting part of our house you should be able to know the life span of the windows installed in your house so you will have an estimated projection when you will replace. Well it will depend on the quality of the product and service provided to you. If you need another installation or replacement for your windows you have to get a company like Energy Swing Windows Inc. to do the job for you. They design, manufacture and install customs windows such as sliding, casement, arch, bow, picture, double hung, bay and replacement windows. They handle all jobs related to window projects with high quality products and craftsmanship. They backed their window installation by a long-lasting warranty.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Flooring Options and Ideas

There are various ways on how we can keep up with the look and beauty of our homes and one of these is maintaining our floors and apply the best care possible. We should know how to handle and clean various types of floor especially the one installed in our home. It’s important that homeowners and their helpers should be equipped with basic knowledge on the proper care and maintenance needed for all types of flooring which has specific individual type of cleaning needed. Among the flooring that I’ve known and used for the past previous years I can say that carpet needs the most careful caring because its materials composed of delicate textile and stylish designs. 

I’m used to working with carpets as our flooring and I have observed that using it demands for extra time to monitor, clean and maintain. This kind of flooring is widely used on residential and commercial units for its warmth and stylish look. In fact most homes with small kids prefer using carpet because it prevents them from accidents brought about by slippage. Some kids are really playful and would run around the house without the fear of falling. With carpet flooring they can afford to play and run without slipping on wet floors or banging their heads on corners. It’s not only stylish but safe as well. 

For others who have different lifestyle and preferences they can always go for the classic tile flooring which is durable and presents a classy look. It’s easy to clean, maintain and can be used even on floors with high traffic movement. Tiles can be installed on other parts of the house and can also complement the design of the kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles. Some more flooring options are vinyl, hardwood and laminate which can be choose from depending on your specific requirements and needs. When you want to install a new one or replace existing flooring you can consult the professional experts for creative ideas on improving your home flooring. 

Now if your problem is the common high price of flooring you can try  discount flooring Mechanicsville for a variety of flooring suggestions and options you can choose from without over spending on your flooring. They’re able to sell their products in high quality but at a low price because they buy in bulk and pass the savings to consumers. If you’re near or living in Richmond area you can easily install or replace your flooring with their wide range of flooring products in various sizes, designs, colors and brands you love best.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sweet Dreams – Creating an Ideal Bedroom

One third of a person's life is spent asleep, so ensuring that the bedroom is a comfortable and relaxing environment is extremely important. When redecorating a house, the bedroom is often forgotten as it's not usually seen by visitors, making a good impression on guests is mistakenly prioritised over comfort. This is daft when it's considered that a lumpy mattress will cause more grief in the long run than a lumpy sofa.

The wrong atmosphere in the bedroom can literally cause sleepless nights, tailoring the most important room in the house so that it's a relaxing haven means that a good night's sleep will be easily aided, and a good night’s sleep means a good day's work. Keeping the bedroom as a separate room for sleep means that it needs to be decorated specifically for the task.

Removing as much technology from a room as possible will create a calmer environment than if there's a TV, Xbox and telephone all plugged in. Try to keep distractions such as these out so that the bedroom is just a place for rest. Rather than sitting in bed watching TV watch it downstairs and then, when you do go up to bed, your subconcious will know time for sleep is approaching and you'll automatically start relaxing long before climbing between the sheets.

Talking of the bedding go for natural fabrics. Cotton is a clear winner, although silk can offer another natural and soft option. Change sheets and bedding regularly, at least once a week, to ensure that lovely clean sheet feeling as often as possible. In winter, go one step further and slip an electric blanket under the bottom sheet and enjoy the delight of a pre-warmed bed.

Obviously though, choosing the best bed is the key factor. Select either a frame or divan style that's at the best height for getting in an out – a littler person doesn't want to be clambering to get in and out and a taller person won't appreciate hoisting themselves up and down. Don't forget that the mattress will affect the finished overall height too. In fact, the mattress is probably the most important thing to consider.

Selecting the firmness of a mattress is easier than ever with the range of spring or memory foam mattresses now available. A winning compromise for most people is a spring mattress with a memory foam topper. The mattress is not the item to cut corners on, visit a specialist dealer such as Cosy Mattress and ensure that the most important third of a person's life is spent in the best way possible: in comfort.


Redecorating Essex

Essex gets a bad press most of the time. Frequent portrayals of natives spray painted orange and zipped into impossibly tight miniskirts doesn't do this ancient county the justice it deserves. Home to Colchester and its amazing Roman ruins and one of the newest cities in the UK Chelmsford, this predominantly rural county has one of the highest demands for housing anywhere in England. 

Being a rural county it's best when redecorating to try and source as much as possible from as few places as possible. Roomes in Upminster is open seven days a week, and can cover essentials such as carpets and rugs, sofas and dining room tables. A well as being easily accessible to south Essex, Roomes is only a short drive under the Thames from Kent.

To avoid a caricature of brash Essex stereotypes, choose a classic or neutral colour palette. A warm oatmeal tone will complement gorgeous oak furniture and can be offset by warm, deep red tones. Selecting richer colours for décor and soft furnishings – such as lamps and scatter cushions – means that it's easy to change the theme of a room just by changing a few key decorations. This can save redecoration costs in the future if the basic colour scheme has good longevity.

Keeping a central wood theme (such as oak) throughout will unify the entire home. It's a trick exploited by many show homes and interior designers to make a house feels larger, as each room will flow into the next. When buying the key pieces for a home it's worth investing a little more money: a cheap sofa that falls apart after a year will only end up costing more in the long run that buying a better quality one to begin with. Sofas and dining tables are the two most common culprits of abuse in a family home. Ensuring sturdy ones are bought initially is a wise idea. 

Of course, if the inner Essex queen simply can't be reigned in go for durable leather options where possible. A leather recliner chair will be appreciated by any hardcore TV watcher and is also easy to keep clean, especially for any pet owners. Although if it's one of those teeny tiny chihuahuas make sure it doesn't get trapped underneath the foot rest! And finally, remember that although Essex might be a rural county it doesn't need to be rustic – keep modern and fresh and dress the house


Creating an Ergonomic En Suite


Most new builds on the market come with that all important desirable feature: an en suite. Incorporating an en suite into an older property is a relatively quick and simple way to add great value to the property by allowing it to compete on estate agent's pages against newer and more extravagant options. 

Older properties – unlike new builds – tend to benefit from having larger rooms and built in cupboards and wardrobes, so finding space to insert a small bathroom into the master bedroom is easier than it might first appear. Removing built in storage areas and reworking the floor plan can easily create a small corner for a shower, loo and sink.

In addition, the boom in popularity of en suites means that special space saving bathroom suites are now available. One option, which at first appears strange but is actually very practical, is to choose a toilet where the sink is located over the cistern. It's surprising how much space can be saved by not having a separate toilet and sink, although it could take a while to get used to the idea! 

Shower cubicles can often be cumbersome in their design if bought ready made, instead design one to fit an awkward space – such as a corner – and customise to suit.  Wall cladding is a brilliant way to make a small space appear larger by offering light reflecting floor to ceiling options. A polished white marble effect bathroom wall panel will throw light back into the room making it appear bigger. Offset by chrome fittings a small space will appear chic and more spacious than it really is.

If natural light isn't an option invest in a clever lighting system. Eradicate room shrinking shadows with spotlights and make the lighting versatile so that a less bright version is available for any late night visits where you don't want to wake your other half. Again, selecting a reflective option such as chrome or crystal will create the illusion of grandeur in what might have previously been a neglected walk in wardrobe. 

However, as amazing as a master en suite is when it does come to selling up make sure the main bathroom is just as impressive and well kept because it's the family bathroom that'll probably get the most use. Consider fixing both up at the same time and creating a matching theme for them both to create continuity throughout. Creating a lovely home environment while living there, and a brilliant sales angle when it's time to move on.


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