Tuscan Style Decorating For The KitchenWritten by Lee Dobbins
A Tuscan decorating theme can put some old world charm into your kitchen and make it a warm homey room to gather in. The Tuscan style incorporates warm earth tones along with natural materials and architectural accents to create a time worn look. Although look is of a centuries old kitchen you can achieve it without having to buy priceless antiques.
The colors mimic those of Tuscan landscape – rich golds, earthtones and even tones from sea mingle together for this look of old Italy. Buy some majolica pottery (either new or old) and use those colors to influence your wall and floor choices. Using natural materials like stone, slate, granite or terra cotta for your flooring and countertops will help complete look. Try some faux painting on your walls to give it look of antique plaster.
Think old world in your lighting and stay away from new or modern styles. Some nice antique looking wrought iron lights will be right in style. It’s OK to also have recessed lighting for your task lights, but choose your pendant lights or chandeliers carefully. Stay away from anything too shiny and stick with muted metals.
You can buy accessories like those you might find in a Tuscan kitchen brand new today, or you can scour antique shops to get real antiques. Look for old pottery bowls and pitchers as well as painted or antiqued wooden bowls. Majolica makes a nice addition to a Tuscan style kitchen and you can buy whole sets of this pottery new today and use it for everyday use. Use lots of decorative jars of oils with peppers and ropes of garlic, peppers and grape vines. Antique look signs with a wine motif can add to wall decor as can wallpaper murals in form of Italian frescos and niches. Soften it up with lots of greenery.
Planning An Out Of State MoveWritten by Lee Dobbins
There’s a lot more to moving to another state than there is to staying within same state. Expenses can vary greatly from state to state and even though your new salary is going to be much higher than your old, you could still end up at a loss due to higher living expenses.
When moving to another state, some of things you should do thorough research on school systems, salary, housing and like. Pay attention to tax structure in state you are relocating to - how much is income tax? Do they have a sales tax? What is property tax rate? All these things can have a major impact on your budget and should be carefully considered before relocating.
Once you have decided that your relocation is a good move for your family, you’ll need to plan details of getting from here to there. Do you have a house to sell? Then you need to consider whether you will sell it “by owner” or use a real estate professional. In order to sell your house fast and get best price, you might want to look at it with an unbiased eye to see what improvements should be made. Remember that curb appeal is very important as is impression potential buyer gets when he first walks in and look of kitchen and bathrooms.