Decorating using drink coastersWritten by Joey Lewitin
When you design your homes décor, say something about your style, elegance, and class, by using decorative coasters. Coasters can be more then furniture barriers, they can speak about your attention to detail and care you put into your home.
Having coasters shows that you take pride in your furnishings, and that you care about details. The marks left behind by a glass are almost unnoticeable, but if piece they appear on is worth further scrutiny, they will be apparent. That coaster is a way of showing that your table is worth that extra attention paid to it.
Coasters come in such a wide variety that it should be easy to find one to fit your décor. They can be made of almost any material, in almost any shape. Classic coasters are made with quality, from high end materials such as wood or stone. Less expensive coasters can be made from paper or plastic, although wrong coaster can actually have a negative effect on your décor.
Remodeling Your KitchenWritten by Mark Donovan
Remodeling a kitchen is one of best investments a homeowner can make. For most homeowners it is most important room in house. It is used for cooking, eating, and gathering, and is typically a focal point in home. Consequently, though a great investment, a kitchen-remodeling project can be very disruptive to family. And length of disruption can take as long as two or three weeks.
The Planning Stage
Planning is absolutely essential in remodeling a kitchen. The homeowner should first identify main objectives of their future kitchen. They should next research latest products on market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. If kitchen is more than 5 years old, there are a lot of new products to choose from. For example, Silestone is quickly surpassing Granite and Corian, as premier countertop surface as it is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colors. For cabinets, trend appears to be towards lighter colors as they help appearance of lightening and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances, Stainless Steel look appears to be in. And for flooring, vinyl or wood is trend. Tile looks nice, however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped. In addition, if there is no radiant heating planned for floor, tile has tendency to feel cold on feet.
Sketch out some plans
After main objectives of future kitchen have been identified and homeowner has an idea on products for it, they should next sketch some plans. I would suggest developing two or three sketches, keeping in mind three important points. First, professional kitchen designers like to think of a triangle when starting a new design. The three points of triangle include Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your sketches consider this as it will ensure a good functional kitchen. Second, consider adequate walking areas and space for an eating area, such as a table or center island, with applicable space included for chairs. I would suggest that walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through at same time. The sketches should also include dimensions, as these will be needed when meeting with Kitchen Designer. Finally, consider where existing outlets and power for stove are, and assess if additional outlets will be needed or old outlets relocated.
Visiting Kitchen Design Center
Once sketches have been created, bring them to a Kitchen Design Center or Home Improvement store. A certified Kitchen Designer will then take sketches and goals and incorporate them into a formal set of plans. Once Kitchen Designer has formally generated plans, typically someone from Kitchen center will visit your home and take very precise measurements so that plans can be finalized. In fact, make sure that they do visit your home; otherwise unexpected costs and delays could occur when wrong size cabinets arrive on your doorstep.