Saturday, February 25, 2017

Inspiring Front Door Décor Ideas

Diana Smith is back on the blog today to share some really great ideas on jazzing up your front door. Check out these great tips from Diana! Thanks again for the great article and I look forward to having you guest host again.

Many people enjoy decorating their home, but often forget their front door. Doors are a great way to attract attention and bring in some personal expression when it comes to exterior decoration. They represent you and your household members, and people can learn much about you from a nice front door decoration. Here are some ideas to get you inspired to upgrade your door.
Letter monogram décor
Pay homage to your family name and members by hanging monogram letters on your door. They can be purchased in a craft store or for a more personal look, you can make your own out of cardboard or hardboard. Decorate the letters with whatever you have at home. You can use fabric, glass pieces, sea shells, flowers or moss. You can make one big letter that will represent your whole family, or make one for each family member.

Chalkboards are in 
This is a very functional door décor piece and looks amazing, too. You can purchase a blackboard that is already framed, or you can paint a piece of board or a tray with chalkboard paint. This idea is great because you can change the writing for a daily new look. Write welcome notes, inspiring quotes or your house number. If you are good at drawing, you can draw your family members, or if you have kids, let them draw something. They’ll love playing with it. You can also write little notes like “Back in 10 minutes” or write a joke that will brighten everyone’s day.
Flower baskets for every season
Flower door baskets are slowly replacing traditional wreaths and people are doing all sorts of creative things with them. Baskets look great filled with freshly picked flowers and other floral elements. You can use flowers from your garden, or get some fresh from the market. Artificial flowers are cheaper and more practical, but also a little harder to manipulate and get a realistic look. Whatever you choose, it will look innovative and unique.

Good ol’ wreaths
Wreaths are a classic way to decorate your front door, but they will not go out of fashion any time soon. Welcome spring into your house with some floral wreaths that will make you forget about long and cold winter days. You can make different wreaths for different holidays, like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or Easter, or simply give homage to a new season. They are very practical, because they can be made from almost anything you have in your house. You can crochet a wreath from wool or make one from local greenery that grows in your surroundings.

Decorative knobs and knockers
You can upgrade your doors with some classic and elegant knobs made of copper, iron or even glass, or spice things up with some quirky and elegant knockers. If you don’t know how to install new knobs or knockers, call a locksmith from Ryde who will quickly get the job done and save you some trouble. New knobs and knockers may seem like a small change, but they make a world of difference.

Door dream catchers
This is quickly becoming a trendy way to decorate front doors. You can use feathers, flowers, yarn and other things that you have in the house and that represent you and your household. There are some very innovative takes on dream catchers, like the ones made from vintage bicycle tire rims, doilies or various fabrics and ribbons.

Decorating your front door doesn’t have to require much time or extraordinary skills, just some ingenuity and a good eye. There are some traditional décor ideas, like wreaths, on which you can put a personal twist or some more unconventional ones for those who like to think outside the box. Have fun with it and impress anyone who knocks on your door. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Benefits of having Acoustic ceilings installed

Lauren is giving us tips today on the benefits of having an Acoustic ceiling installed. If you are doing home improvement and this is something you are looking forward to then take a look at these great tips.

The knowledge of the science behind sound and the significance of acoustics have been vastly unrecognised disciplines within countless industries that could benefit from its uses. Property developers, designers and architects are frequently considering more options when it comes to considering controlling and enhancing the acoustics of an environment and the significant effects the use of acoustic ceilings can have.

In today's modern workplace the importance of attaining a good sound insulation system is becoming more of a concern. One option is to install an Acoustic ceiling in the office or home. These types of ceiling systems are specially structured ceiling systems designed with the ultimate purpose of controlling sound. They are uniquely constructed to enhance sound quality. Whilst there may be numerous ways to control the acoustics of a given environment, one of the most modest and functional options is to use an acoustic ceiling system.

The study furthermore found that the acoustics within an environment may have had additional effects on staff turnover, the quality of the care of patients, as well as medical errors that may occur. Although this may be just one instance of the way in which the acoustics of a location can significantly have an impact on yourself and those around you, there is much more evidence to propose a strong connection between acoustics and psychosocial well-being.

Benefits of Acoustic ceilings:

There are many ways in the market through which you can sound proof your home. But the idea behind having the change of your ceiling is that the solution which you implement should be cost effective and do have long term effects. Some of the key benefits of the acoustic ceilings have been listed below:

  • They reduce the noise levels that penetrate through various floors of the home and offices.
  • They do reduce the echo and acts as absorption of the high track sounds.
  • They are quite humid and fire resistant in nature and do maintain the quality of various sounds in the respective rooms.
  • The Acoustic ceilings applications are best in the home, residences and in the institution, they cater to the auditoriums, board rooms etc. and in office meeting rooms too they have their significance.
  • A room with excellent sound absorption promotes a refreshing environment. Large enclosed offices often want to manage how sound travels and is heard.
  • Acoustic ceilings can help by acting as a cushion or enhancer for the transference of sound. In reducing noise levels, they can easily adapt the nature of sound within a space, for example refining speech fluency in classrooms, privacy in offices and overall enhanced sound quality for any work space.
  • Acoustic ceilings combine two important factors within their construction. Sound absorption helps to decrease not only generic sound levels in a space, but also specific sound frequencies that make it challenging to hear clearly and concisely. These ceiling systems are beneficial in reducing sound levels by simply absorbing sound and adjusting office space reverberations. Alternatively, sound insulation concentrates on protecting the in-house office users against any undesirable external noise.

In other words, you can say if you are looking forward for an abode that have peace or a workstation that is known for its concentration levels. Then you are at the right place for the Acoustic ceilings. Do opt for them through professional contractors and have them in your residence or in your work station in no time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What Are The Major Responsibilities Of Electrical Contractors?

Amelie is on the blog today and is following up on a great post by Olivia. When you are in need of an electrician. Here are the best choices for your issues. Thanks Amelie and Olivia for your great tips.

Electricity is one of the most important things in the functioning of modern technologies and comfortable life. There is hardly any person who can ignore its value. It is used in various fields for various applications. There is no need for you to go further as the benefits of electrical devices can be easily felt in your home. From your simple electric fan to washing machine, everywhere you need to use an electrical system. When you are dependent so much on these things, you will be in big trouble if the unit stops functioning efficiently or cost-effectively. This is when you must call reliable electrical contractors.

Important features of electrical contractors:

An electrical contractor is actually a person who can perform various types of construction work which may include installation, maintenance, repair and design of electrical systems. Many people think that both electrical contractors and electricians are the same. An electrician can be regarded as an individual tradesman while a contractor cannot be considered so. The latter is usually experienced with providing repairing and servicing for wiring, electrical appliances and so on, on a wider range.

Major responsibilities of electrical contractors:

The main job of professional electrical contractors is to install, repair and replace electrical wires, fixtures and related components. Usually, they acquire their skills with the help of proper educational course. In order to perform various electrical works, they need to have such education. These qualities will provide you assurance that the job will be done right away. They will not require much time, money and effort to give you effective and prompt solutions that will work for longer period of time.

The following comprehensive list includes some major roles and responsibilities of electrical contractors to give you a fair idea about their capabilities.

  • These are responsible to deliver high quality services for various electrical systems which may include switches, breaker boxes and wiring.
  • They are ready to perform their functions in many settings. Their quality of performance will not alter even if you have complicated problems.
  • They serve all types of clients - residential, industrial and commercial. The working conditions will never be a factor to determine their efficiency.
  • They prefer focusing on individual customer at single time. Though they have the skills to handle more than one project, they show their sincerity in every work.
  • Sometimes, they engage themselves in administrative work and customer service. They are also excellent in scheduling appointments, accomplishing regulatory requirements and contacting customers.
  • They include a vast range of maintenance work such as repairing complex gadgets, inspecting electrical parts and replacing worn equipment.      

Popular services of electrical contractors:

You cannot deny the significance of hiring electrical contractors. They do a brilliant job when you give them any responsibility. They offer a comprehensive range of service. The most vital ones are 24 hour emergency service, commercial maintenance, installation of additional light and power points, LED Down lights, safety switch and surge protectors, full house rewiring and many other repair and replacement works. A few more areas where these contractors work are

  • Luminaries
  • LED fittings
  • LED garden light
  • Octagonal poles
  • Tubular pole
  • High-mast lighting poles
  • LED street light
  • DWC pipe
  • Hydraulic ladder
Different types of electrical contractors:

The certified electrical contractors are absolutely responsible for maintaining, constructing, planning and installing electrical systems. They are updated with advanced tools and technology. They have practiced this trade for several years and this can be reflected through their work. Based on their work, they can be found in various types such as –

  • Interior electrical contractors
  • Line contactors
  • Integrated building system contractors.

So make sure to take help from efficient electrical contractors for your next project.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cardboard Packaging Boxes: Convenient and Environmental Friendly Packaging Solution!

Jack Louis is here today to share some ideas on Cardboard packaging and how it affects worldwide activity. Are you moving or do you do alot of shipping? If so, take a look at this. Great tips on a topic that needs more coverage.
Packaging and transportation of goods is a worldwide activity. Since the time when man began transportation of goods from one place to another they have been in constant search of good packaging solutions. A good packaging solution is the one which not only keeps the goods safe and secured, but are easily available, easy to handle and do not pose any potential threat to the environment. Keeping all these factors in mind, cardboard packaging boxes have come up as a wonderful packaging solution. They have been successfully used for packaging and transportation of goods for a really long time.
Cardboard packaging boxes are simple boxes that are made by arranging the cardboard one over the other in the form of a box. There are many qualities in this kind of packaging which makes it the first choice of manufacturers and exporters all over the world. Some of these qualities have been discussed here.

  • Cardboard packaging boxes acts as an insulator to the goods kept in the boxes. These boxes provide protection to fragile items such as computers, glass items or any other such products. If you have to transport fragile products to long distance then cardboard boxes stuffed with foam will be a perfect packaging solution for you. First motive of packaging is protection of the goods and that motive is fulfilled by the cardboard boxes.
  • Costing of cardboard packaging boxes is quite cheap when compared to other packaging solutions available in the market. These boxes are usually made out of recycled material which is cheaply and readily available in the market. Apart from that when you buy these boxes made of cardboard in wholesale then you get an added discount over already cheap cost of the box. So this kind of boxes does not have major impact on overall cost of the product.
  • Another very important benefit of using cardboard boxes for packaging is that the boxes can be sealed quite easily. Depending on the product and the distance of journey there are a numbers of ways by which you can seal the cardboard boxes. You can stick the ends together using broad cello tape. You can even wrap the entire box and seal it with metal wires. The point is that you will not need to fuss about sealing the boxes and keeping your goods protected. You will be able to do it easily.
  • Another benefit of the cardboard box packaging is that it is difficult to tear and chances of goods getting spoiled on the way is less. Cardboards are thick and they cannot be torn easily. Unless and until someone tries to tamper the boxes intentionally, there is less chance the boxes will get damaged on its own due to handling during the transportation. They are thick, robust and durable, making it perfect for long distance transportation.
  • Use of cardboard is not limited to thick and heavy boxes. But you can also use it in the form of flexible packaging material. You can wrap it around the goods in order to provide cushion to them at the time of transportation. Multipurpose use of the packaging makes it the first choice of manufacturers and exporters across the globe.
  • One of the most important benefits of cardboard boxes is that it is an environmental friendly packaging material and do not pose any potential danger to the environment. It is made out of recyclable material. Once used you can give the boxes for recycling in order to create new boxes from the old ones. This not only saves resources but it also saves the environment with negligible packaging wastage.

All-Rounder Electricians For your home

Olivia is here today as a guest to share about Electricians in the home and the best type to choose. When it comes to home issues Electric is probably the most concerning. Check out some of these great ideas. 
Thanks Olivia.

All-rounder Electricians For Your Home
Admit it or not, electricians are quite indispensible for the services required to keep your house in order. In fact I will go as far as to say that he performs one of the most important jobs in technical maintenance because dealing with electricity is no child’s play. You will not find instructions about wiring in DIY manuals and even if you do, chances are that you might get an electric shock due to wrong wiring or wearing incorrect clothing to fix the wiring.
An electrician is not just a regular handyman but an essential helper for your house.  He has been trained over a period of time in the fundamentals of electrical engineering as well as extensive exposure to industry conditions where regular solutions may not work and specialized approaches need to be taken. He’s certified and qualified enough to take on any job that you may need done around the house regarding electrical equipment, and if you have a growing family, I strongly recommend you get in touch with reputable local electricians with experience to check your house for any loose connections. A life is more precious than the odd dollars he will charge to address your issues. They check for deterioration of the wiring and connections, and bring them up to the current specifications and standards as well.
Electricians are always up to date with the latest advancements in their field of trade, and if you happen to buy a relatively new piece of electrical instrument or gadget, chances are high that the electrician knows it inside out and can fix it in case it malfunctions.
Checklist for electricians:
A lot of us take things for granted, especially when it comes to gadgets, expecting them to function flawlessly. This cannot be further from the truth as reports show that the electrical and electronic repair industry is witnessing a giant upswing. Responsible electricians will always cross these off their checklist one after the other. Rewiring reasons include;
  1. Bathrooms switch connections which may have come in contact with water.
  2. Skirting socket connection checks.
  3. Checking for any green residue upon the wiring.
  4. Cotton covered wiring (a strict no-no).
  5. Black rubber cables, indicating overheating.
  6. Round pin socket varieties.
Fuse boxes:
An electrician will always ensure that your fuse box is up to date; this enhances the safety of all the components connected to it. Different devices like RCD’s, RCBO’s and MCB’s are available for upgrading.
Installation of lights:
Electricians are very savvy when it comes to installing lights in your house. Not only will they do it in an aesthetic manner, but also ensure that there is energy savings through fittings. They advise you on what kind of luminescence work is best and you can be assured they are not saying this because of profit, only out of experience. Their reputation is far more important than a few measly dollars.
Security Systems:
Nowadays, a good security system is on the top of everybody’s Christmas list, and electricians take that pain to survey the grounds carefully before selecting vantage points to set up close circuit surveillance systems as well as alarms in vulnerable places. Before investing in the security equipment, have a talk with your electrician and hear out his suggestions, chances are you’ll tend to agree with him on most aspects. Not only will this save you a considerable amount of money, but it shows you trust your electrician and he will appreciate this and take his time in setting up the installation properly.

Do not attempt to work on electric units all by yourself; do engage the services of a professional electrician.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

How to Create an Eclectic Bathroom?

Today is a great day for tips on creating a design for your bathroom - Check out these great tips from Diana Smith on how to create an eclectic bathroom. Thanks Diana! 

Renovating and redecorating your bathroom could be a very difficult job, but only for those lacking imagination and creativity. For others, this is definitely one of the most enjoyable home decoration tasks and an opportunity to show off their originality. But, it shouldn’t all come down to laying out new tiles or repainting your existing bathtub – bathroom renovations include a number of other activities, especially if you want to make it more eclectic. How can you achieve that?

What is an Eclectic Bathroom?
When thinking about eclectic designs, most people know that they include a mixture of various styles and inspirations, all combined into one unique look. Designers who opt for such an approach to home décor usually take inspiration from a wide range of sources and try to combine influences of different styles and eras. Mixing modern and traditional, for example, is a sign of courage and only by being courageous will you come up with ideas that are unique, intriguing and inspiring.

Materials and Sources
Eclectic bathrooms are often characterized by a combination of different materials – unlike your ordinary bathroom, this one includes glass, tile, steel, marble, wood and even stone instead of just one of these. While they may seem too versatile to combine, you’ll be surprised with the results! Being bold and including unusual pieces will ultimately get you the eclectic effect you’re looking for.

Bathtubs and Showers
A bathtub is the centerpiece of your bathroom, and it is a focal point in every possible way. Therefore, it should be one-of-a-kind if you want it to capture the attention of your visitors. So it’s not only about taking a nice hot shower after a long day at the office, but about doing it in a nice tub. You can cover it with a fresh coat of paint – choose vivid and bold colours to make it more noticeable – or even get one of those freestanding bathtubs that are so popular right now. Alternatively, you can install a walk-in shower that will provide you with the same effect, but look additionally stylish.

Fix the Fixtures and Fittings
Not many people pay attention to bathroom fixtures and fittings – they’re just there and you can’t do much to make them stand out. Nevertheless, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because only a few people purchase innovative fixtures and fittings doesn’t mean you should miss this trend. So, instead of plain old white washbasins, toilet seats and bidets, you could pick more colourful models that will liven up your bathroom. The same goes for showerheads and other fixtures – they can be as extravagant as you wish, but an emergency plumber from Melbourne warns us that we have to make sure they’re installed properly.
Decorations, Decorations, Decorations!
No matter how cool your new bathtub looks or how amazing your freshly laid out tiles are, it’s no use if you don’t have adequate decorations. These are the things that are going to make your bathroom special and eclectic, so pay extra attention to these details. You don’t have to do too much – a nice picture frame with a suitable photo or a colourful soap dispenser will do. Finally, finish the job with a new shower curtain that will make you smile every time you see it.

Other Ideas

These are just some of the ideas for an eclectic bathroom, but don’t stop here: find a nice decorative wallpaper that will match your tiles, install a ceiling-mount showerhead above your bath or purchase new lights that will create a more romantic atmosphere. Just be creative and don’t hold back – and enjoy your new bathroom!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Importance of Rainwater

Importance of rain water

If you are a homeowner, you are probably burdened with bills. Unlike people who live in apartments, bills for houses can be rather high. This is why you should reduce spending whenever you can.
One amazing solution is installing rain water tanks and rain water collection system. Instead of paying for water, you can simply get it yourself.
Water systems are especially beneficial in regions with high water bills or scarce water supply.
On top of that, this is an ecological solution which simultaneously gives you some form of independence.
Rain Barrels

If you wish to go green, it is best to start with water barrels. They are the simplest and most common water collection method. Furthermore, you can easily obtain them. If you can’t purchase barrels in your vicinity, you can always make them yourself.
Have in mind that rain barrels should always be comprised of plastic. Do not try and tinker with different materials. This is the safest and most natural solution for collecting water. If you are concerned about durability, you can always get thicker containers.
You will also have to get lids. Barrels should be opened prior to bad weather and closed afterwards. This will prevent bugs from falling into them ensuring that you always have uncontaminated water.
I have seen articles where people suggest placing rain barrels below the roof so that the gutter water can pour into them. Do not do this! Collection of rain water is not only an economical solution; it is also a healthy solution. Make sure that the water is falling directly from the sky into the barrels. This will make it easier to filter for personal use later on.

Rainwater collection systems

After trying out water barrels, most people are quite satisfied and wish to take their water collection to the next level. So, they opt to install a rainwater collection system.
Unlike barrels (which can be positioned practically anywhere within your garden) tanks used for water collection system need to be installed bellow the ground. Here, rainwater is collected and stored for further use.
Rainwater collection systems use pumps and filter to direct water from tanks to your home. However, these systems aren’t something you should install by yourself. Make sure to call professionals which will install it for you. Minor mistakes can lead to a leak or unfiltered water making way to your home.


Water is breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you have rain tanks or barrels in your backyard, there is a good chance that mosquitoes will start breeding within them, sooner than later. As I mentioned, this is the main reason to get a water lid. However, you can also try some other solutions:
  • Having a goldfish in your tank (it will eat mosquito larvae
  • Adding some bleach or dish soap to the barrel
  • Using anti-mosquito products
  • Draining the barrel from time to time
If you use it for personal consumption, infested water can pose a real health hazard. Make sure to do everything in your power to prevent this from happening.

Uses for water

If you are careful enough, you can use this water for personal consumption. As a precautionary measure, I would still suggest that you use water filter to additionally purify it.
Besides drinking, you can use rain water for showering, for washing your car, for your garden etc.
Water barrels and water collection systems are especially great for families that grow vegetables. In this case, you can even collect the water that pours from the roof (it will hasten collection process). This way, you can significantly cut your costs.  

About the author: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at Forpumps – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.