Easy Bathroom CurtainsWritten by Jennifer Shircel
I’ve always had a hard time decorating my bathrooms. You want them to look more “cute” instead of fancy, after all, it is a bathroom not a bedroom! I wanted to have some type of window treatment over windows, but ones I usually picked out were more decorative and elegant and didn’t serve as a good shade for those looking in!
Those plain old roller shades were perfect for keeping peepers out, but they were ugly! So plain and not colorful at all. Well, not anymore!
Now all you need is a roller shade for your windows. Buy some paint, stamps, sponges, beads, ribbons or anything else you’d like and decorate roller shade itself. Whether your bathroom is decorated with seashells, fish, ducks or flowers, you can create a roller shade to match perfectly. You can sponge paint shade with colors that match your bathroom, or you could stamp on images of fish, flowers or ducks that coincide with your current décor.
Choosing A Countertop That Is Right For YouWritten by Lee Dobbins
Choosing a kitchen counter material can be an overwhelming task in midst of a huge kitchen makeover. Before you select a material, try to decide what look you are going for. Scour magazines and take a trip to your local home improvement center to get an idea how each type of material will effect overall style of kitchen.
Some materials for kitchen counter tops include:
Laminate - The least expensive and comes in a huge range of colors. You have to be careful not to cut or put anything hot on surface, but it is easy to clean. It is not as durable as stone or Corian and doesn’t look as nice either!
Tiles - Tiles can range in price from very inexpensive to very expensive depending on your choice. In my opinion they make terrible counter tops because food and such tends to get caught in grout lines. Even worse, if you use light colored grout it gets dirty very quickly and must be scrubbed all time. Tiles can crack and chip easily.
Corian - A very durable counter that is seamless and has look of granite. It comes in a myriad of colors and can scratch, but these can be sanded and repaired. Unlike stone, it will melt so no hot pots on counter top. More expensive than laminate but a bit less than stone.
Granite - This material is a long time favorite and one of most expensive. It is extremely durable and virtually scratch free and heat proof. It is porous, though so you will have to wipe up any spills quickly and be careful about what chemicals you put on it. These days, granite comes in a range shades in gray - black - green and even dark blue colors. Granite must be sealed every year, but otherwise is quite easy to clean and care for.