Saturday, May 19, 2018

Moving into Your First Home – Tips and Tricks

 Diana Smith is here to share some fine ideas on moving into your First Home - check out these fun tips and tricks! 

Moving into your very first apartment is a huge step. It’s equal parts exciting and scary. This first foray into true independence can be overwhelming, and you might be terrified of missing something important or making a mistake. However, there’s no need to let fear or problems overshadow the joy of having your own place for the first time. Here are a few things you should pay attention to if you want the experience to be as stress-free as possible.

Don’t go overboard with purchases
Although you’re probably incredibly excited, and want to buy everything for your new home, down to the smallest details, it’s usually best to hold off on everything but the bare necessities. Once you’ve lived at your new home for a while, you will get a better feel for the space, its good and bad sides, and the vibe you want to achieve. By buying items over time, your apartment will truly start to reflect your tastes and your personality. With small apartments in particular, it’s crucial that you don’t overwhelm the space.

Plan out your budget
Before you set out on this adventure, you should sit down and take a long, hard look at your finances. Whether you are renting or buying, it’s a major expense. Non-Australian residents normally opt to rent because they are not eligible for grants or Stamp Duty exemptions. In Brisbane, for instance, a whopping third of the population rents. Once you’ve got the rent sorted, it’s time to decorate your new apartment. It’s easy to get carried away amid all the excitement. Instead of splurging on cute home accessories, take care of the basics first. Does the apartment need a fresh coat of paint perhaps? What about the lights and bathroom fixtures? An experienced electrician in Brisbane could help you check out the lights and electrical installations and make sure everything is safe and in working order.

Let your loved ones help you
Since getting your own place feels a lot like a huge declaration of independence, you might feel tempted to do it all on your own. However, it’s always good to let others help. Your parents or more experienced friends could give you invaluable advice when it comes to choosing your place, furnishing it, and coping with the responsibilities of living on your own. It’s always wise to take someone along when you’re going on viewings or have another pair of eyes look over your lease or contract. Friends can save you money by helping you move or even by doing some minor repairs.

Plan out your move
When it comes to the move itself, it helps to be as organized as possible. Sort all of your stuff into logical groups and label your boxes. Remember to get plenty of boxes before the day of the move because sometimes they are difficult to come by.This will make unpacking much simpler. Moves generally take quite a lot of time, so take that into account. If you’re hiring movers, take a day off and do it on a weekday. Movers are not as busy on weekdays, so that will take a lot of pressure off you to be fast. Once you arrive at your apartment, put the furniture and larger items in their place first – that will make unpacking the boxes much easier. Moving can be exhausting, but it’s best to get it over and done with the same day. A multi-day is definitely something you should avoid if possible.
Even though you might be stressed out about your budget and the move itself, you should at least try to relax and have fun. And don’t forget to celebrate your new beginning!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Advantages and Problems of Having Expert Backyard Granny Flats

Zac Ferry is here to share some different backyard Granny Flats.  Check out these great tips.

Expert backyard granny flats are the flats that are made in order to accommodate those who wish to live together a little distance away from their family. They were mainly made to provide accommodation to the elderly people of the family but now have become a part of many houses and used for various purposes.

Expert Can Be Used for Various Purpose That Are Listed Below:

  1. The original purpose of this small accommodation was to provide a private space of living for the older people of the house.
  2. Nowadays, it is also a good way to earn extra money by giving it on rent to the people who wish to have a small home in the particular area where this house is situated.
  3. It is also used by parents in order to provide their children with an accommodation to live which is very near to them.

The Types of Granny Flats
The expert backyard granny flats come in many shapes and sizes and can be broadly divided into two categories.

  1. An independent house that has all the facilities required by a person and a person living there would not have to rely on anyone else for any facility for taking care of them.
  2. The second category is a bit different. It is needed by the tenants of this house to rely on the main house or maybe outside. This is mainly due to the fact that the kitchen only contains minimal necessities and a full-fledged food cannot be made in it.

Problems That Are Faced While Adding A Granny Flat to The Property
A few difficulties that people can face when trying to add new experts are listed below.

  1. Law: There are certain laws that restrict the construction of a small house on a property. It can either be due to the Municipal Corporation or the rights of neighbors.
  2. The construction of the house itself can be very expensive. This is mainly because a house needs to be made from scratch and afterwards, utilities need to be added into the house to make it livable. This point has to be taken care off very carefully to safeguard oneself from any financial crisis.
  3. Another problem that can be faced, but only in the case of prefabricated homes is that they might not be allowed in the community.

How Do the Expert Backyard Granny Homes Benefit Us?
There are many advantages of these homes such as,

  1. These homes provides extra space for the elderly people where they can live together near their family and visit them whenever they wish to.
  2. As the person is living close to a family and a bigger house, the protection that one gets is a lot more. The security would never be an issue for someone who lives there.
  3. The tenants of each house can help other one in daily tasks such as lawn maintenance, childcare and many others. They can even share the amenities that they have.
  4. If the elders of the family are living in this house, then they can have a more social life as they are living close to their grandchildren. Older people need to have proper social contact to live happily and that is exactly what an expert backyard granny flat provides.
  5. Caring for elderly people is an issue and it helps deal with such a family issue.

Obviously, there are a few problems too that should be kept in mind while thinking about making a backyard granny flat. An arrangement should be made in the beginning about the money to ensure that there are no fights over monetary issues. Also, the people moving in might have to do compromising amendments to make it fit inside the house. But, even if these problems arise, a chance of living near family cannot be passed because of it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Top 7 Decor Tips for a Perfect Bathroom Selfie

Faith McGregor is here to share some ideas on the Perfect Bathroom Suite. Check out these fun ideas! 

If you find it hard to keep up with new selfie trends and techniques, you don’t have to! Nailing a good bathroom selfie is all you need to attract attention on Instagram or dazzle everyone with your new Facebook profile picture. However, a good bathroom selfie is a mix of the way you look and the way your bathroom looks. So, here are a few design tips that will make your bathroom a perfect selfie backdrop.

Pick the right colors

If you want your selfies to have a great background, you must pick the right color scheme for your bathroom. If you have a tiny bathroom, opt for neutral colors and glossy finishes that will add depth to your photos and create the illusion of extra space. However, accompanying that neutral palette with a few bright accent color pieces will add interest and break the monotony. If you really want to be trendy, check out Pantone’s latest Color of the Year and try to insert it into your color palette. These popular colors will not only add liveliness to the space (Pantone’s Ultra Violet is very vibrant and fun) but also make your bathroom super modern and chic!

Boost lighting

No matter how good you and your bathroom look in your selfie, there will be no one to notice it unless you boost your lighting. Quality LEDs will help you illuminate the space with bright and white lighting that will make all your photos look great. Try to position your fixtures in a way that will eliminate shadows and glare that can ruin your snaps. Your safest bets are mirror sconces and vanity strip lights. These will illuminate your face directly and bring all your best features into the light. Plus, LEDs are super energy-efficient, so you can spend hours searching for that perfect selfie without wasting money on electricity.

Add interesting prints

In order to add some interest to the space, you must boost prints! In the past few years, tropical motifs and floral/jungle prints have been ruling Instagram, so try to find a few of these pieces and place them in your bathroom. Cute pineapple accessories, flamingo wall decor or fern shower curtain will definitely look amazing and give your selfies a trendy little detail in the background.

Tile it up

Bold and interesting tiles have been quite trendy for some time, so give your boring tiles a little update. Retiling is an easy DIY project you can take on, and once you’re finished, you can celebrate with an amazing selfie! Black and white unique patterns are where it’s at, but interesting mosaic creations and accent tiles are also a great bathroom selfie backdrop.

Embrace industrial and minimalist style

The industrial and minimalist styles are two of the most prominent and Instagram-famous design styles, so it’s not a surprise that more and more people are rushing to implement them in their bathrooms. One easy way to boost minimalism is to invest in sleek and elegant bathroom vanities. Simple yet stylish floating vanities are perfect for interesting selfies, especially when combined with large mirrors and a few metallic d├ęcor elements. If industrial design is more your cup of tea, go with exposed bricks and steel pipes which will bring that unique New York aesthetic into your bathroom. Metro tiles are also a great way to boost the industrial feel and add a bit of simplicity to the space. But, no matter what style you like more, try to add your personal touch. This is what will make your selfies stand out from the sea of other boring bathroom selfies!

Go vintage

As you probably know, Instagram is full of cute, vintage photos and it looks like this trend is not going anywhere anytime soon. So, it might be a perfect time to catch this vintage bug and introduce a few antique and old-fashioned elements to your bathroom. Reclaimed tiles, antique medicine cabinets and elegant apothecary jars will create a magical and relaxing atmosphere and enrich your selfies with amazing details. Additionally, if your fixtures have seen better days, replace them with black matte or brass models. Even investing in a large, antique showerhead can add interest to your photos! All of these vintage elements will work together to create a cohesive and picture-perfect bathroom!

Chill out zone

In case you’ve been blessed with a large bathroom, don’t hesitate to dedicate one corner to relaxation. Add a chic chaise longue or a comfy armchair to the space and you’ll get some pretty unique bathroom selfies. Cozy seating will completely transform the vibe of the space and add glamour and luxury to your bathroom that will spark everyone’s interest and envy. Finish off your relaxing corner with a soft rug or even a fireplace to boost warmth and create a perfect backdrop for your winter bathroom selfies!

Once you transform your bathroom into a photo heaven, you’ll get selfies you only dreamed about! Your Instagram profile will simply explode! So, strike a pose and snap-snap-snap!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

An Insight into Stitchery Patterns

Alyssa Moylan is here to share some fun ideas on Stitchery Patterns. Check out these fun and useful hints.

Stitchery is artistic work on a fabric using thread and a needle. The word “Stitchery” might sound a little modern but the concept is way too traditional. Stitchery patterns include all types of thread and needle work - done on the background of a fabric. Generally, various types of stitchery are done through the same type of stitches, but on different kinds of fabric using varied threads.

Equipment Used for Stitchery Are as Follow:

  • Threads and yarns
  • Needles
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Frames

There are various methods which are used in stitchery patterns. These are usually easy. If a beginner wants to start doing stitching, he/she can begin with the easiest and safest method - that is transferring the design from paper to fabric.

The Types of Methods Are as Follows:

  1. Transferring designs from paper to fabric
  2. Beginning and end thread
  3. Stitches
  1. Embroidery
  2. Basic Stitches
  1. Chain Stitch
  2. Lunch Stitch
  3. Daisy Stitch
  4. Blanket Stitch
  5. Satin Stitch
  1. Couching

If you get familiarized with basic stitch patterns, you will come to know that those were just basic steps. You can elaborate your stitches even more. In the beginning, it might look difficult to tackle but as the saying goes, the more you practice the better you become. So, it just takes practice to achieve mastery in this art.

Here Are A Few Stitchery Patterns You Must Know to Move Forward with Your Work:

1. Running Stitch

This pattern is used for bordering the design and is a quicker way of stitching. Running stitch can be done in two ways. The first way is just similar to hand sewing where you have to pull the needle in and out of the fabric, making a pattern. The second way is the punch and poke method, where you literally poke the needle in and out of the fabric.

2. Backstitch

This pattern also creates a solid outer boundary and helps the outline to come out more beautifully. It starts with poking the needle inside the fabric and then doing one stitch forward. From behind, you need to space the needle out. The length will depend as per your wish. After that, pull the fabric up and bring back the needle through the previous stitches.

3. Split Stitch

Just like backstitch, it creates a solid line with a texture. This stitchery pattern is useful for text writing or outlining, but it can be also used to fill the designs done through other patterns. The first step is same as backstitch. Instead of stitching forward, you just have to create one single stitch. Note that the needle should be on the other side of the hoop. After that, bring the needle up from the center where you created a single stitch and stitch forward to the actual length you took before.

4. French Knots

This is the best stitchery pattern as it is the most decorative one. Through French knots, you can create funky designs and fun fillers. For this pattern, you have to use both your hands. The first step is poking the needle and flossing through the fabric and then wrapping the floss around the needle two times. After this step, hold the end of the floss and bring the needle down just beside the space where it came from. Do not leave the floss when you pull the needle through; else the stitch would not be up to mark. The size of this stitchery pattern can vary according to your wish.

These stitchery patterns comprise the totality of gorgeous hand embroidery. While you are stitching these patterns, it will make you feel much better. The patterns can be easily stitched with regular practice and a little care.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Training your puppy how to potty in an easiest way possible

There are many misconceptions regarding potty training. People who don’t have any experience with dogs think that this is a tedious process that is meant to keep your home clean. But there are other considerations as well.
You see, puppy potty training is done while your pet is young. It is one of the first things a dog will learn and as such, it is the cornerstone for your relationship. If you do this step properly, not only will you teach a pet how to do its thing outside but you will also teach it some basic commands, it will learn to obey you and it will be an important knowledge for all other types of trainings.
So, what are all the things you need to know? Keep reading to find out!

  • Make sure that a pet has nice basics

What do I mean by this? Well, if you’re getting your pup from a breeder, it is very important to find a breeder that is clean. This means that a dog will have a good basics going forward and it will be easier to teach it how to potty outside

  • Be prepared for accidents 

No matter how hard you try, accidents will occur. That is a given. The best you can do in such situations is keep your calm and teach your dog this is not ok. Perhaps the best way to deal with this is to cover your floor with blankets. At least this way you won’t be preoccupied with all the mess

  • Be consistent 

Puppies are very similar to small kids in a sense that they learn from experience. If you constantly change the message, dog will not understand what is asked from it. Make sure to be consistent and show your dog dissatisfaction when it potties inside of your home and satisfaction when it does the opposite

  • Never stop loving your dog

As previously mentioned, accidents will definitely occur. In these situations some people tend to react aggressively, punishing a dog in several ways. In extreme situations, some inconsiderate owners will even hit a dog which is always counterproductive. Dog can easily sense your emotions so there isn’t really a need to punish it. Instead, it is much better if you use positive stimulation. Next time your dog potties outside of the home, make sure to give it a treat and a gentle petting
  • Try not to excite your puppy

Puppies have hard time keeping it in due to small bladder. This is especially true when they get excited and cannot control themselves. This usually occurs when you start petting them. So, if it’s a morning and you still haven’t went out, make sure to avoid any stimulation

  • Go out ahead of time

If you wait for a dog to get an urge, it will be too late. Puppies react instinctively and will potty as soon as they have to. Best thing you can do in such a situation is to go outside ahead of time. Make sure your pet has somewhere to potty

  • Green space is the key 

Puppies prefer natural environment for pottying and tend to potty in the same spot. In fact, it is much better for them to go outside. If you have a park nearby, make sure to always take your dog there

  • Think about the diet 

Diet is perhaps the most important outside factor for pottying. It is something you can control and it always helps. Using one and the same food may seem boring for a puppy but it makes it easy to control as the dog will always react the same. Don’t give it human food as you never know how its stomach will react. Also, if a dog doesn’t eat the whole portion, make sure to remove it. Don’t allow your dog to eat anything outside of the common time


These tips are pretty straightforward and should be too much of a problem. No matter what, make sure to always have patience, show love to your dog and go day by day. Even if something bad occurs, don’t be discouraged as potty training is an important thing for building your relationship.

All You Need To Know About The Best Zaptrik Blinds

Zac Ferry is guest hosting today, he is sharing his thoughts on the best Zaptrik Blinds and how to use them! 

Your home is your world and you are proud of it. But, the responsibility of protecting your home also falls on your shoulders. You do not want your home to suffer any wear and tear from the harsh weather conditions. Your home will look fabulous and be protected too if you install blinds or shades. You will be happy to know that you can now get your hands on the best ziptrak blinds which come with some obvious benefits as opposed to the traditional rolling shades that have been used in the past. However, you should also be made aware of the fact that Ziptrak is among the leading suppliers of such protective blinds.

Important Details to Know
It will do you good to know that plenty of homeowners today are now switching to the best ziptrak blinds for their home. This is because, the ziptrak blinds have received amazing feedback from some of the most reputed companies. As a result of which they have risen in popularity and substituted for the regular roller shades in homes. They have also been in the industry for over three decades now and have widely been hailed as the company that churns out the most premium quality of zip system.

Why Is It the Better Option?
If you have a fair bit of idea about how the best ziptrak blinds work, it will help you understand why more and more people are switching to this zip system. One of the foremost things to mention in this regard is that these blinds are known for their high-quality material. They are effective in getting rid of any gaps that you fail to spot, which had always been a problem plaguing the roller shades of yesteryear. It also offers much higher durability. The system of no gaps also allows you to live in a more extended way wherein you can relax in your balcony or porch at any time without having to worry about weather-related limitations such as rain, the strong heat rays of the sun or incessant insects.

The Mechanism Employed
One of the most important things to know about the best ziptrak blinds is that they incorporate an end to end mechanism for the purpose of protection of each section of your home. This is to say, that the design put to use is effective in attaching the material used to make the blind to the spline tape that is present so as to make the system gapless.

How to Make the Best Use of Ziptrak Blinds at Home:
It is important that you acquaint yourself with how you must use these best ziptrak blinds so as to make certain that you are getting the best use out of it as you should. Some of the steps included have been discussed below:
  • If you had roller blades in your house, then you will have to replace the crank with a spring balance mechanism. This is done first to install successfully the ziptrak blinds.
  • Such a method does not leave behind rusty wires or hazardous cords.
  • You must wield the best ziptrak blinds to the front and back using the mesh material to avoid the formation of gaps that are usually difficult to make out.

Easy to Operate
The most impressive factor about the best ziptrak blinds is that it requires very little maintenance and provides ample comfort of use to anyone who installs ziptrak blinds in their home. These blinds come with its very own holding mechanism, so you can place it at whatever height you wish to, and rest assured that it can hold itself. Also, these blinds are also rather lightweight, so you can carry them easily.