How to save big on furnishing your home

You bought or rented a new home or apartment, have the keys in hand, smile ear to ear, and then you realize, you have way less of the essentials you need for your new place. Can opener…nope, toilet paper roll holder…nope, hand towels…..nope.

Moving into a new place is wildly expensive, so why not save a few green backs where you can? Groupon, the famous deal-a-day pioneer has entered the arena of online coupons, and they’re killing it. They have leveraged many of their partners from the deal-a-day realm and converted them to provide exclusive free coupons to the Groupon website visitors.

One such retailer who has some awesome coupons on the site is Bed Bath and Beyond. You can save on all your home related goods, and big time as well. Check them out today!

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Tips for Making Your Home Accessible

Making Your Home Accessible

Whether you or your love ones need a little extra help getting around the house or maybe you are ensuring the next tenant in your home can get around easily, here are some tips for making your home accessible to for those who need special accommodations.

Be Mindful of Steps
Most of us never think about steps (unless there are more than a dozen!) but for those in wheelchairs or with difficulty walking, stairs can be a major headache. If you are interested in making your home accessible, start with the steps. For access form the outside you should have at least one doorway with zero stairs and the entrance that continue to have stairs should have a sturdy hand rail. Inside a installing a stairlift can help put off moving home for someone who needs access to the bedrooms but has difficulty going up stairs. So keep in mind steps when ensuring your home is accessible to everyone.

Making Your Home Accessible
Think Wide
Wide doorways are very helpful for those in wheelchairs, those with other mobility assisting devices, and those with strollers. Wide doorways with plenty of room on both sides will help make sure entrances are accessible for all. Removing door0frames is an easy way to broaden entrance ways without a complete remodel, also consider removing unnecessary doors, such as those to kitchen, living room, and porches. When you must have doors, make sure you doorknobs are low enough that those sitting in wheelchairs could reach them.

Kitchens & Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most used rooms in the house, modifying these rooms is essential for making your home accessible. Kitchen appliances should be low enough that they can be used while sitting, this includes sinks, microwaves, and freezers (newer vertical doors are a great ideas for refrigerators.) Roll out storage is also a must, as reaching to the back of cupboards may be difficult for some. You will also want to make sure your kitchen is plenty large enough to accommodate for wheelchair moving around. There are plenty of options to make sure you bathroom is accessible. A shower with a seat is essential for a variety of different mobility needs. You also want to ensure you bathroom has plenty of railings and a low enough toilet seat. Railings will make it easier for bathroom users to get into the shower and on to the toilet. There are a variety of specific options you can use to accommodate user’s unique
needs. There are increasing amount of high-tech solutions to make your kitchen and bathroom accessible as well.

Making your home accessible is important for a variety of reasons. Whether you want to increase resale value of your home, help out a love one, or just make sure everyone feels welcome in your home; we hope our tips on making your home accessible help in efforts. While it can be a lot of work there are some small and inexpensive things you can do to make your house welcome to nearly anyone who comes to visit.

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Twelve of the Most Beautiful Flowers in the World

Beautiful flowers such as the Columbine can be found in abundance in the alpine meadows of Colorado's Rocky Mountains ... photo by CC user mypubliclands on Flickr

Photo by CC user mypubliclands on Flickr

There are maybe only a handful of people in the world that do not appreciate the most beautiful flowers in the world. The colours, the smell, the shape or the many other beautiful features from these flowers are something you do not want to miss out on.

No two people would pick the same 12 flowers if they were asked which were their favourite. We do not even believe that florists at www.reidsflorists.co.uk would be able to agree.

My Own Personal Beautiful Flowers List is as Follows…

  1. One of the most beautiful flowers in my book is the Colorado Columbine, a native flower to the Rocky Mountains. This beautiful and rare mountain flower that grows at an altitude of over 14.000 feet, has delicate purple petals combined with white outer petals and a yellow stamen. It is an absolute vision of beauty.

 

  1. Canna is another flower that many people do not know of. The beautiful flower has extremely bright colours and unique patterns on the petals. It is visually amazing every time you see it and it always brings a smile to my face.

 

  1. Some people love this flower and some just do not see the beauty, but the Black Petunia with its velvet looking petals and deep black appearance with a yellow stamen is a special sight. It is a flower that is extremely rare and has been developed in recent years by horticulturists.

 

  1. Parrot Beak is a special flower, not only because it looks like a parrot’s beak, but also the beautiful colours of orange, red and black all mixed in to give the picture of a flower that is both unique and astonishing in appearance.

 

  1. Jade Wine is a flower that cannot be found outside the Philippines. It is rare and you will not find it in many colours. The petals range from mint green to blue green, but the claw like shape of the petals and hanging in truss of up to 3 metres.

 

  1. The Dahlia is another flower that has to be on my list. It is a flower that not catches your eye with its colour but also with its size. It can grow to over 30 centimeters and sprout many petals in an integrate pattern, that will intrigue and attract many admirers.

 

  1. The small delicate Cherry Blossom that is seen in spring is amazing. The flowers are delicate in colour and range from white to a light pink. To experience a Cherry Blossom tree in spring and see the petals fall to the ground like snowflakes is a sight you must experience at least once in your life. Consider planting one in your backyard if you live in a warm enough climate.

 

  1. The Bleeding Heart… they look like the name suggests, a bleeding heart. It looks so delicate and in red, pink and white colours it is a beautiful small flower that you can see from April to June.

 

  1. The Tulip is also amongst the prettiest and most beautiful flowers to be found. It comes in many colours. They bloom in the springtime and can be found in many gardens around the world and grows wild as well. And they do make some of the most beautiful bouquets.

 

  1. With a name like Lily of the Valley you know you will set your eyes upon something of extreme beauty. A small and delicate flower that will bloom in spring. They are also known as “Lady’s tears” due to their beautiful bells.

 

  1. The Magnolia is a tree that only blossoms for a few days in spring. But it is a sight to behold. The flowers are so beautiful that they are worth a detour just for you to look upon this tree in bloom.

 

  1. The Rose is considered to be the most beautiful flower in the world. And with good reason. With its perfect petals this flower has crowned itself the queen of them all!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The above beautiful flowers all makes an astonishing entrance whether it be in nature, in your garden, or in a bouquet. A blooming flower always draws attention for a reason. Because who can fail to enjoy their beauty.

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Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

Nothing can make your Home Ready for Summer quite like Adirondack chairs ... photo by CC user LRMoore on pixabay

Photo by CC user LRMoore on pixabay

With summertime just around the corner, is your home ready for some great parties and summer fun?

Getting your residence ready for all that summer has to offer may seem like a great chore, but it is really easier than you might think.

From the backyard to the inside of house, starting early on your summertime plans for having the home ready to go is the key.

So, are you ready to turn up the heat on getting your home ready for summer?

Go Room to Room

In order to have your place all set to go this summer, focus on these areas:

  1. Outside furniture – Since many people love to entertain guests outdoors during the summer, your patio, backyard, back porch etc. should all get their rightful attention. When working out back, give your patio a good scrubbing, especially if it was exposed to wintertime weather. For those living in warmer climates over the winter, a good cleaning works too, especially since dirt and bugs can gather over the winter months. If you left furniture out during winter (chairs, carved teak bench, hammock, tables, grill etc.), clean them up and make sure they survived the colder weather;

  2. Lawn and shrubs – If you haven’t given the lawn and shrubs much attention since last fall be sure they look their best when you’re ready to entertain. In colder environments, the lawn typically goes brown over the winter, so it may need some reseeding come spring. As for shrubs, bushes and other similar greens, these are typically rather hardy, even during wintertime. You may need to clean them up a bit with a good trimming. As for planting, getting plants in the ground as soon as the weather breaks will help you have a colorful display come summertime

  3. Kitchen – What many consider to be the epicenter of their homes, the kitchen typically needs attention 365 days a year. If you’re going to be entertaining guests this summer, make sure the kitchen is as clean as can be. Many of your guests will be in and out of the kitchen several times during any party. With that being the case, you want it clean and allowing plenty of room for guests to set out any food or drinks that they bring for a party. Cleanliness is also important simply for the visual impact. If guests see a kitchen with dirt on the floors, cobwebs on the ceiling, nasty little creatures running around, their appetites will quickly diminish

  4. Living room – Although the focus of your summer event may be outdoors, some guests will eventually plant themselves in your living room at some point, especially if it is too hot for comfort outside. Make sure you don’t have a mess on the floor, chairs etc. If you have kids, be sure they (or if need be you) have cleaned up their toys and other possessions

  5. Bathroom – This is a definite part of the home that some guests will be visiting. As with the kitchen, make sure your bathroom or bathrooms are as clean as can be. A dirty/messy bathroom will turn off some guests from possibly wanting to come back to your residence for another get-together

  6. Driveway – If your backyard area is small, you may opt to have some or all of your guests use your driveway as the central gathering place. If your driveway is full of divots or other cracks, think about getting it sealed in advance of a summer party. You don’t want guests stubbing their toes, tripping over cracks (see more below) in the driveway etc. Also make sure there is enough room for everyone to comfortably park without upsetting the neighbors

  7. Avoiding mishaps – Finally, be as sure as possible that your home is free of any potential areas where a guest or guests could injury themselves. The last thing you want during a fun event at your home is a personal injury. Even though you’d like to think your home is free of such potential accidents, someone who is injured in at your residence may end up seeking financial damages, especially if they suffer a bad fall or other injury.
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Steps to Take Before Shopping for a Patio Furniture Sectional

Have you ever heard of buyer’s remorse? If you’ve ever felt guilty after making a purchase, then you’ve experienced it. It can be a terrible feeling especially when it’s justifiable. It is often felt by consumers following the purchase of what is considerably expensive. 22% of homeowners suffer from this guilt after purchasing their homes. Consumers purchasing other items, such as expensive handbags, furniture and other household items also experience it. It stems from the fear of having made a bad decision and spending too much money.

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If you’re planning to purchase a patio furniture sectional, you’re likely to suffer buyer’s remorse. However, with the right kind of planning, you can avoid this sense of guilt. The following are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re satisfied with your purchasing decision.

Begin by researching

Carrying out research is one of the most important steps when making a purchase. This step will help you make an informed decision. Consider the style you want and what you want to achieve with your outdoor furniture. If you want to create a small space for family, consider simple and cozy pieces.

Research styles, fabrics, materials and sizes. Find out what brands are available and which offers the best quality products.

Measure your space

You may have identified a style that you like, but it may not fit in the space available for your furniture. Measure the space available to determine the size of furniture you can purchase for the space. You’ll need to consult these measurements when making your purchase.

Create space

You can create more space for your furniture by clearing items from the space. This may give you even more room for the furniture you plan to purchase. You may be able to purchase a larger piece by simply ensuring that there is adequate space available.

Choose a color scheme

What’s your current décor? What look are you trying to achieve? Your furniture should complement the overall design of the space. Be careful to choose a color that will complement the décor. Keep in mind that the sectional you purchase will be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. If you like a sectional in a specific color, you may consider adapting the space to suit the color or pattern you’ve chosen.

Determine your budget

One of the main reasons people feel guilty after making a purchase is because they did feel that they’ve spent too much on an item. You can avoid this by setting a budget for your purchase. This will be your guide when searching for furniture. Although sectional furniture can be more expensive than traditional sofas, it provides more seating space than the traditional sofa. Taking the time to compare costs and styles from different suppliers will help you identify a good deal for your sectional.

Visualize

Visualize just how your purchase will make a great difference to your outdoor space before you make the purchase. Ensure your selected style will have the desired effect. If not, keep searching.

 

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10 Qualities of a Good Architect

Do you have what it takes to become an architect? This is one of the most common dream jobs for many people. Why not? It is a great, fulfilling, and respectable profession and the pay is very good too. However, this is not just for everyone. There are certain qualities that are required to become a good architect.

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We will discuss here some qualities that good architects usually possess. Discover if you have what it takes to become an architect and if you can indeed score one of the most prestigious architecture jobs in the market.

  1. Excellent sense of design – a good architect has great eye for design and details that they can easily translate ideas onto papers to present to the clients and builders. A good architect can create design just by listening and thinking of ideas.
  2. Good communication skills – they are good with communicating their ideas, thoughts, and plans. Architects deal with clients and builders so it is important for them to convey the message well and accurately.
  3. Great listening skills – and to have great communication skills they also need to be good listeners. They must be willing to listen to the ideas of the clients and other people around them. By listening carefully, they are able to come up with great design based on those ideas that was pitched to them.
  4. Strong drawing skills – a great architect must also have strong drawing or sketching skills to provide accurate plan and design. They should be able to draw by hand or using computer.
  5. Solid technical abilities – architecture can be very technical too so a great architect must have solid technical abilities to incorporate structural, mechanical, and electrical elements into their design for it to be functional and successful.
  6. Problem-solver – another quality of a good architect is the ability to solve problems quickly. They know immediately how to address the problem and come up with a possible solution. They are equipped with plans A-Z in case something wrong happens. Sometimes, they even sense the problem before it happens. That’s how good and prepared they are.
  7. Good collaborator – architects usually work with different people from other architects to engineers, builders, investors, and clients. They need to communicate well and collaborate well for the success of their project.
  8. A visionary – a good architect can visualize well the outcome of a project starting with the plan.
  9. Great passion in their works –the work of an architect is not simple. They embody their work and they have strong passion about coming up with great projects.
  10. Competitive – of course they are competitive as well. This is important to be able to stay in the game. Architecture is a very competitive field. This is not for those with weak heart and character.

Many people want to become an architect. It offers great pay but more than the financial side, it is the passion and love for your work that should matter all the time.

If you are dreaming to become an architect someday then be sure to hone your skills while you are still young.

So, do you think you have the skills and qualities to become a good architect?

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Bachelor Tips: How to Furnish an Apartment

Furnish an Apartment

Got your first place? Just got out a long-term relationship? Whatever the reason is, you are a man living on his own now and you should have an apartment that reflects your sophistication and style. Here are some tips for bachelor’s on how to furnish an apartment.

Ditch the Dorm Room Decorations
Unless you want every guest you bring over to know you peaked at age 19, get rid of your frat-house tier accessories. I’m talking specifically about your Bob Marley poster, “keep calm” poster,  any beer related posters, or pretty much any poster. If you have a unique poster sized print you really cherish, spend a few bucks and get it framed. If it isn’t worth getting framed it isn’t worth putting on your wall. Also make sure you limit the amount of sports memorabilia in your house, a subtle pint glass or single banner are enough to show your love for your favorite team. Some people may like cereal but you don’t see their rooms covered captain crunch jerseys. Most importantly, ditch the empty booze bottles, there is no need to show guests how many bottles of Fireball or tequila you have consumed, in fact as an adult you should be concealing your booze bottles not showing them off as trophies.

Invest in the Essentials
If you are on a budget, that is okay, embrace minimalism.  Instead of buying one of everything from Ikea, invest in quality essentials. For example a quality classic leather sofa that will last is a must. Also a nice table and chairs, it doesn’t have to break the bank but a nice dining room set can last a lifetime and will be the center of countless memories. Once you have a dining room set, a couch, the only thing remaining is a bed; again this is an item that is worth spending a bit extra on. Now you are set, you can eat, relax, and sleep in comfort and style. Once you have these you can pick up secondary items at your discretion, when you see the perfect piece for your apartment and you have the budget, pick it up. There is no rush.

One-of-a-Kind
Furnish an Apartment

You’re unique and your apartment should reflect this. While department store serve a useful purpose and place, you don’t want your place to look like it was put together over night. You want an authentic and personal style. Make sure you include furniture and artwork that is one of a kind. Look for something at an antique market, an art’s fair, the thrift store. Not only is this a great way to save money, it is also crucial in making your place feel like home and a great conversation starter.

I hope this tips on how to furnish an apartment will help you make your bachelor’s pad reflect success and not the stereotypical messy studio. If you plan right you can have a unique, stylish, modern apartment  on just about any budget.

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