## At Last - Barefoot Comfort All Year Long

Written by Faith Williams

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Speaking of cost, one of frequent questions is how much does it cost to run electric radiant mats. The answer varies, depending on length of time you have it on, size mats you have installed, and cost of electricity in your area. For example: a 1’x 40’ mat (15 watts per square foot) is set to turn on from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; usage rate from electric bill is 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Multiply square foot of mat by watts per square foot to figure total watts (40 x 15 = 600). Take total watts and divide by 1000 to determine total kilowatts (600/1000 = .60). Multiply total kilowatts by usage rate found on electric bill to figure how many cents per kilowatt hours (.60 x .08 = \$0.048 per hour). It is important to realize even though a system is set to be on for several hours, it is usually only utilizing power for first hour or so in order to initially heat to set temperature. The thermostat will then be switching itself on and off from time to time for short intervals in order to keep surface temperature consistent. Assuming it uses power for 2 hours during each time setting (1 hour for initial warm up and 1 hour of usage to keep heat consistent), in our example power would be in use for 4 hours. At rate of \$0.05 per hour, this adds only \$0.20 daily to your electric bill. Electric radiant heat offers maintenance free comfort all year long, in any kind of climate. For further information, visit http://www.radiantfloorwarming.com or contact John O’Brien at Radiant Floor Warming, 888-FLR-WARM (357-9276).

Faith Williams is Customer Service Department Manager for Radiant Floor Warming. Radiant Floor Warming offers safe, efficient electric radiant floor warming materials for tile, stone, carpet and laminate. Visit the website at http://www.radiantfloorwarming.com or call toll free 888-FLR-WARM (357-9276).

## "DECORATING YOUR ENTRANCE FOYER"

Written by Donna Jolean

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· In any foyer there is nothing more beautiful than using a fine gilt framed mirror.

· Change out your old lighting fixture and replace it with a new chandelier. This will improve rooms’ light and add charm.

· Give attention to hardware in room. The switch plate cover for instance should be attractive. This gives a sense of quality. Especially in foyer. If you can’t afford to replace your switch plate cover that’s okay, just make sure that it blends in. If walls are painted, paint it to match. If they are papered, well you get idea.

· If you are using a pricey rug in your entry. Do what I do. Protect it with a small washable throw rug. Covering spot most traveled on a daily basis. Then for special occasions stow throw rug in closet. Meanwhile, better rug will stay clean.

· No space for a rug? Paint an interesting design on floor. There are a wide variety of stencils that you can use if you do not consider yourself an artist. Be sure to use a sealer topcoat to ensure your painted design holds up to heavy traffic and will clean up easily.

· A plant stand made of wood; wicker or iron with a luscious green fern is a gracious look.

· Why not use foyer as a tiny art gallery? Designate an entry hall area or wall where you can hang paintings or pictures that are special to you.

· Hang a group of fine prints all framed same. The prints will stand out more, if color of frames contrast with wall color.

· A small chair may be all you need in your foyer, providing a place for a visitor to rest. It also serves as a temporary place for packages or anything you need to put down as you come through door.

· A narrow console table may be just ticket.

· A towering case clock is always great in a foyer.

· Garden Statuary isn’t just for garden. Bring it indoors! Be greeted by a life size statue. Depending on your budget you could select from concrete, resin, marble or bronze.

· Use an oversized urn with a sprawling palm tree.

· A 19th century Victorian Hall Tree in right home would be beautiful and functional. An antique store would be best place to look for a piece like this or better yet an auction or estate sale.

· Use a pair of corbels topped with marble or a pair of iron supports topped with glass for a shelf to hold a vase of flowers, keys and mail.

· Hang a tapestry on an iron rod and place a garden bench beneath. The tapestry will add softness and texture. The bench will not only be esthetically pleasing but functional as well, serving as a place for removing shoes or simply a resting place.

· If you have ample room in your foyer, using a chest or commode is an excellent choice. The top of chest gives you plenty of area to display your favorite lamp or a pair of candlestick lamps. You may also want to accessorize with a small collection of boxes or any other collection. I love idea of all extra storage space you gain when using a chest.

· I would also suggest a pair of occasional chairs to flank chest of drawers.

· I love to group, silver candlesticks on foyer a table.

· A large crystal compote placed on any foyer furniture piece looks fascinating. In Spring, fill it with fresh flowers…Summertime it can be filled with loads of seashells…Fall, potpourri with your favorite scent…Christmas, fill it with beautiful sparkling ornaments and in between seasons it will look dazzling all by itself.

I have more ideas I’ll share with you later! So have fun decorating your foyer!

©Donna Jolean 2005 January For more ideas and articles, please check Donna's site at http://www.classicdazzle.com

Donna is an independent interior designer and has written numerous articles on her work. Visit her website for more articles and information. http://classicdazzle.com/decorating

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