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Lets Organize Your Kitchen Pantry Today

May 2, 2010

Organizing your kitchen pantry may not be at the to of your to do list, but an organized pantry can make your cooking, kitchen, and overall way of life much easier. A pantry is one of those places where items, food products, and all those extras get tossed inside with little disregard of where they land.  If you take some time to organize your pantry once a season, or at least once every six months, then you can help to use up food items before they expire, get new meal ideas based just on what you have on hand, and help to eliminate any wasteful over-purchasing of items that you already might have plenty of!

First, you must take everything out of your kitchen pantry.  Make sure that you have a clear kitchen counter or dining table that you can use to spread out all of your pantry goodies.  Now with everything out of your pantry, take some time to dust and wipe down the shelves.  Unfortunately, you might come across some spills that have accumulated over time that you might not have been aware of, but better to clean it up now than never.  This will give you a fresh and clean slate for organizing your pantry and may help to motivate you to keep your pantry clean from here on out.

Now take a long hard look at the items that you have taken out of your pantry.  Check the expiration date of everything and toss those items that have already expired.  You also want to check the expiration dates on your spices.  After about a year spices start to lose their flavor, so you might also have some old spices that would be worth tossing out to replace with new fresher spices.

When starting to place items back into your kitchen pantry, keep all of the items that you use on a frequent basis at eye level, this may include spices and baking goods.  This allows you to find what you need quickly and efficiently.  It will also help you to remember what you have on hand and what items might be running low.  Now you can collect items of a similar nature and keep those together.  For example, if you have a lot of canned soups, keep all of those together and don’t get them mixed up with other canned goods, like chicken broth.  Likewise, keep chicken broth, cream of soups, and other ingredients that you use to cook other meals together so that you always know what you have on hand.

When organizing food goodies, make sure to put those items that are expiring sooner at the front so that you remember to use them first.  Now when you buy new food items, you can place them behind others, this will help you to use what you have and reduce the risk of having perfectly good usable food items expire because you forgot about them.

Once you’ve organized the food items that you use frequently at eye level or in another comfortable area where you won’t miss them, you can organize those items that you don’t use frequently.  This may include paper goods, such as paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils, etc… These items can be stored on the top shelves of your pantry so that they won’t take up the prime real estate available at eye level.  Heavier items, such as bottled drinks or cans, should be stored at the lower shelves of your pantry so they are easily accessible and do not run the risk of injury that might occur if they are place too high from reach. Keeping your kitchen pantry clean and organized will help to save you time and money by being aware of what you have and can use for your family meals.

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Wooden TV Cabinet

May 1, 2010

If you’re looking for a perfect TV cabinet that is functional and sturdy at the same time, try wooden TV cabinets as this perfectly fit any modern living room and are stylish enough to complement the overall look of your living room.
TV cabinets made out of wood provide an uncluttered lustrous finish of luxury and elegance. The designs and finishes of wooden TV cabinets are outstanding in which excellent craftsmanship is very evident. These TV cabinets come in a variety of designs and sizes, and what’s good about wooden TV cabinets is that you can have bespoke ones to fit your home entertainment system.

TV cabinets made out of hardwood such as Oak, birch hardwood, and mango are good choices since these are durable material and are sure to last for a long time. Durability is important when choosing TV cabinet because electrical equipment such as TVs tend to be heavy so a stand that can provide full support is necessary.
Other woods used for TV cabinets include:

• Teak
• Mahogany
• Rosewood
• Cherry
• Sal
• Maple

Wooden TV cabinets are designed to accommodate TV of all sizes and offer additional compartments to have room for other electronic equipment such as DVD player and gaming console. Such compartments can also be a perfect place to put ornaments or picture frame while the shelves can house books or trophies.

The living room is an area of the house where you relax and accommodate guests. Therefore it is important to choose the perfect furniture such as TV cabinet in order to have an elegant looking and multi functional living room that the whole family can enjoy.

Are You Need A Desk Lamps

April 30, 2010

So, what’s so special about desk lamps,  after all, a lamp’s a lamp, right? Wrong. Just because it’s called a desk lamp, doesn’t mean it has to be used to illuminate your paperwork  although, of course, it will do so wonderfully. Lamps have a major role to play in the illumination of every home, and not just for lighting our way. Intelligently designed and placed lights can create just the right mood, illumine that special painting, and throw those less than beautiful pieces into shadow.

Desk lamps can be used to create all of the above effects. The modern desk lamp is normally fairly compact meaning they can be positioned just about anywhere in the home. Desk lamps are also the simplest to install just requiring you to plug them into the nearest electrical socket, and then move them to the desired position that you require the light.

Up to date desk lamps still feature design parts from those original desk lamp styles. They still all seem to feature the flexibility of the old style desk lamps it is just taken to another level to enable the light to be directed in an almost endless amount of directions.

Another feature that has developed over the years is the way you turn a desk lamp on and off, the old on/off switch in the cabling is still considered the classic way you can now buy desk lamps that are touch and sound sensitive.

For small children, a touch sensitive desk lamp within easy reach of the bed can chase away those night time ogres – little hands can reach out to tap the lamp base making it safe to come out from under the covers for air. For teenagers in the household that have neglected that school project until the last minute and let’s face it we have all done it a desk lamp is essential kit, keeping the work area illuminated and the tired eyes focused on the job in hand.

I don’t think there is a house out there that doesn’t have a desk lamp of some shape or form. They are extremely flexible allowing you to move them around the house easily. Desk lamps never seem to get put out for rubbish as there is always a use for that tatty old desk lamp in the garage or shed!

How To Decorating The Guest Room

April 29, 2010

You will find that when it comes to the decorating of your home that are going to be some specific rooms that you will need to do right away, because these rooms are going to be the same rooms that your guests will see. It is very important that your guest room is just as nice as the bedroom that you and your mate sleep in. When it comes to the guest room you will find that there are many things that you may want to incorporate into the home decor and there are some things that you will need to incorporate to allow the guest to feel comfortable.

Keep in mind that the only furniture that you really need in a guest room is the bed, a nightstand, and possibly something to put clothing in. That is really the only expensive items that you will need to consider. Other things that you will need to consider for the guest home is the decor of the room. You will want to make sure that the decor of the home is soothing and something calming. You will find that there is a lot that you can do to make your home look appealing.

Also, another part of the home decorating is the paint, the supplies, and the things like wallpaper. This can be very costly, however, if you look for supplies that you could install or hang yourself, then you will be able to keep the costs down. You will want to make sure that you think about the way your guests will feel in the home. There is a lot to be said for those who have the white walls and little splash of color in their guest room. You don’t know if your home decorating ideas for the guest room will go with all your guests, so you have to sort of find a medium between color and a white room. You just need to have a room that your friend or family member could lay down and relax.

The best way to decorate on a budget is to go to second hand furniture stores because you never know what beautiful furniture you are going to run into. You will find that there are some people who feel that second hand stores are gross and so one, however, it is a great way to find treasure.

Another way that you will want to decorate the guest room is to decorate in a generic way. You will want it to be calming and relaxing. You will want to go to the dollar store and pick up some candles, mirrors, and some aromatherapy items so that you can keep the room in a very come atmosphere.

How To Make A Guest Feel At Home In A Guest Room?

April 29, 2010

If you’ve finally saved enough to buy a home with a guest room, you might be wondering how to decorate it. There are a number of ways to make your guest feel at home even when they’re not. Many of the hotels and motels have been doing this sort of thing for years, and you can take some cues from them. Simply understand what the needs of your guest might be and be sure to keep those items handy so that they feel welcomed in your home.

1. The Bedroom

Most guest rooms should come with a television set and phone to make them appealing for long-term guests. If you aren’t expecting long-term guests, then a comfortable bed with plenty of pillows is still a must. For winter, make sure the room is sufficiently warm either by opening the vents or by having enough blankets on the bed. If they need more, you should show them where they are stored. For summer, there should be sufficient ventilation with fans or air conditioners to make sure they sleep well at night. The curtains or blinds in the room should be easy to close and allow enough light in when open to illuminate the space. Furniture can consist of an empty bureau, a bookcase, and a small workspace with a chair for writing, reading, or to use a laptop.

2. The Separate Bathroom

If your guest room comes with a separate bathroom be sure to stock it with the necessary toiletries. Have shaving cream, soaps, shampoos, and all manner of hygienic products available. If you can get these in travel sizes, all the better. There should be mirror space in the bathroom to help your guest dress and present him or herself. The guest bathroom should have more than one set of towels and the guest should be shown where they could get more.

3. Additional Items

Some people like to put a small refrigerator in the guest space for the guest’s own drinks and snacks. This is a nice touch but is not necessary. Trash cans should be available in both the bedroom and bathroom. They should be emptied out every so often for the guest. Don’t forget to have empty hangers and shelves available in the closets for your guest. They will need to hang some of their items up. Within the closet offer an ironing board and iron too.

Making a room feel homey is also about decorating in a casual and contemporary style. If you make a room too elegant, your more casual guests might feel intimidated. If you make it too country, some of your guests might privately find it hokey. Since tastes differ amongst people, a guest room should be functional and conservative in style while adding a few contemporary pieces of artwork or furniture for interest. Keep the colors to the neutral palette, which most people find appealing and you will come off as a very gracious and caring host.

Choose Home Office Furniture In Different Styles

April 27, 2010

Home office furniture has become increasing popular in the last few years. With companies out sourcing to freelancers and independent workers, the think line of difference between work life and home life has been blurred. People now prefer working from home which is much more relaxed than office environment.

They set up a separate office room in their home with dluxurious home office desk sets and work independently. But in order to make work from home effective it requires the same amenities we find in an actual office. Modular home office sets which includes computer desks, library walls, file cabinets and storage and not forgetting an . All these furniture are essential to give the feel of office within your home. Work can be carried effectively only when you are comfortable with the environment in which you work. It has to be comfortable and appealing to both you and your clients and other who visit’s it. In order to achieve this you need to choose the right kind of home office sets which offers you look, class and durability.

Furniture for home office is made of many designs, style and come in various materials. Wood is the best material as it is known for it durability and elegance. But again it depends on individual choice as to what kind of furniture does he wants to buy and if matches with the overall appearance of the room. Here are few tips on how to choose the right kind of office furniture for you home.

Size and space – based on the amount of space available in your room, you will be able to get a clear idea what size of office furniture will you be able to adjust with the room. Modern office set up is the best option for all types of rooms. They are multipurpose in nature, designed is such a way that it offers all basic facilities expected out of decent furniture used for home office.

Finishes and materials, wood material is the best for any kind of furniture for its own obvious reasons. Wooden furnishes goes well with all kind of interiors. Be it modular office sets or executive office sets, wooden furniture are best for all. They give the maximum durability and look more elegant with passage of time.

Features,  normally all you require for your little office is a computer desk, storage cabinets and office chairs. But as and when your business or works grows, you require many other types of equipment like home library walls, fax and print machines, telephones, etc which also demands for allotted furniture. Thus it is always safe to keep all the future considerations in mind and buy home office sets which can offer space for all office equipments.

Make An Antique Bookshelf For A Home Library

April 27, 2010

A home library can accumulate from years of purchasing books for different reasons or from a purposeful collection of classics, novels, favorite works from particular authors, or a love for antique books. Whatever the reason, having a healthy number of books is a reason to invest in a quality bookshelf. An antique bookshelf can make a nice addition to your home decor, while helping you keep your collection organized and well kept.

Antique bookshelves come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Each one has its own unique characteristics and special charm. They are beautiful pieces of handiwork in and of themselves, and adding your books can make them complete. If you are a book collector, or simply an avid reader, consider the number of books that you have, and what size bookshelf you need. If you take pride in your collection of books, one or two quality antique bookshelves are worth the investment.

Typically antique bookshelves are made from special woods like mahogany, oak, or walnut. Sometimes these bookshelves have revolving parts or adjustable shelves. A tall bookcase that has many shelves is ideal for an individual who is always adding to their collection. Another option is to have more than one antique bookshelf.

Antique bookshelves can be built into a wall or they can stand alone. Depending on the space available, one large bookcase might serve the purpose, or a few smaller ones throughout your space may work better. Do you want to have your shelves in one room, or in different rooms in your home?

Before you install an antique bookshelf in your home, choose its location carefully. Make sure that there will not be any obstructions, like opening doors that can destabilize the books. You should have a clear open space so that you don’t have to move other furniture to reach books on lower shelves. Make sure that you take measurements of the height of the room. It would be terrible if the bookshelf was too high for the ceiling. The width is also important, since the bookshelf should not be wider than the wall it will be against. Once your antique bookshelf is in place you can organize your books upon the shelves. You can sort them by size, subject, or alphabetically. Remember to dust the shelves regularly so the look and feel of the shelve remains fresh. Enjoy your books, and enjoy your shelf.

Make The Garden Style Into The Family Room

April 24, 2010

Making your family room a comfortable place for your family to gather is the goal of most room designs. One way to create such a room that works for everyone in the family is to center your decorating theme on the garden. You can use vintage or even new garden accessories to create a lovely space for you and your family to enjoy.

1. Functional Art

If you or someone in your family loves to garden, then this theme is a natural. It can be a great way to display a vintage tool collection whether it is smaller hand tools or larger farming accessories. You can create a stool from an old tractor seat, and there are any number of tractor parts that make attractive vases and accessories. There are many parts of big, old farm machinery that can be made into interesting displays either on a tabletop or on the wall. By displaying these collections, you will enjoy seeing them every day and they make an interesting statement as well.

2. Floral Accents

You can carry out your garden theme by adding flowers to your space. Whether it is with a fresh bouquet perched in a watering can or a picket fence planter holding pots of your favorite flowers, adding flowers to your family room can bring it to life. You may also decide that you family room would be the perfect place to plant a little, indoor flower garden for your whole family to enjoy. Another great way to bring flowers into your family room is by framing flower seed packets and displaying them on the wall in a grouping. Choose matching frames for the seed packets, and then arrange them on the wall in a large display. The packets are colorful and they make an eye-catching display.

3. Sundials and Weather vanes

Another great accessory that you can add to your room is a sundial. While the sun is not actually shining inside, a sundial makes the perfect little accent table. You can also display a weather vane as a coffee table centerpiece, and you can hang a garden trellis on your family room wall and tuck photos into it for a fun, photo board display. Then you can add a colorful welcome mat by the hearth, and your family room will be cozier than ever.

Mailboxes

Another great decorating element that you can use in your family room is a mailbox. You can mount a single one on the wall for keys and papers as they make their way in and out of the home, or you can mount several of them as cubbies to organize each member of the family. Either way you choose to use them, they make great organizers for the entire family, and they add a cute garden touch to the room.

Extra Seating

Another great addition to your family room is any garden element that can add extra seating to your room. For example, you can mount a garden swing in your family room ceiling, or you can add a cushion to an old oak barrel to make a footstool or extra seating. All of these elements help bring a little bit of the garden into your home.

Decorating your family room with a coastal cottage style

April 24, 2010

Coastal cottage decor is chic and comfort all rolled into one. Chippy paint furniture, whimsical beach themed designs and easy to care for fabrics make this a perfect choice for the family room.

Regardless of your current decor you can get the cottage style in your family room with a few simple changes, like new flooring, accessories and slipcovers for the furniture. When redecorating, especially if you have a tight budget, you want to think about inexpensive changes that make a big impact such as wall paint and decorative accessories.

What’s on your floor can add to the design theme, but if new floors aren’t in the budget for your family room then work with what you have by covering them with area rugs that have a cottage style or a sisal rug if you are going for a more contemporary feel. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford new floors, you might consider light stained wood and soften it up a bit with area rugs.

Decorative accessories are important to pulling your coastal cottage style design together. Concentrate on buying pillows, wall art and knick knacks, in colors that remind you of the coast – tans, whites and blues work well with this theme. You’ll be amazed at how easy and cheap it is, and what a huge difference these changes make! Be certain to include lots of sea shells in shallow bowls (you can even add in some beach sand!) as well as plants and you might even try certain chippy painted items like old newel posts or porch posts to add some punch to your family room. Additional touches like nautical themed pieces can add a unique touch. The most important change to consider when decorating your family room with a coastal cottage style décor interior design is your wall paint. For this style the room colors make a big difference – you should consider using soft muted tans and whites either in your wall color or your accessories. Try using a paint in light colors like white, light yellow and light blue on the walls, or use a simple beach themed stencil. If you want a New England look, go for wainscoting halfway up the walls.

It’s not critical that you have matching furniture but the family room should have a variety of pieces that are overstuffed and comfortable and sport fabrics that are easy to clean. Slipcovers go great with this informal cottage style. To really showcase this style, try pieces with chippy paint in white, light green or light blue. Lighting is critical in most rooms and the family room is no exception. To match your cottage style décor, you might want to look at light fixtures in terms of both style and type. While you will be going for a cottage design, you would want to take a look at installing overhead ceiling fans in a white finish or using nautical themed hanging lights or simple chandeliers. Try clear glass lamps filled with sea shells for the side tables but try to shy away from anything which is heavy or dark lighting. An important area that is frequently ignored when decorating your house is the wall space. Even the ugliest walls can be smashing by using decorative wall art and accessories.

Try applying watercolors of the seaside or floral prints in chippy white frames to your family room walls to enhance the comfy feeling of your cottage decorating style. Attaining a fabulous coastal cottage look in your family room can be as basic as just buying new decorative accessories or as involved as doing a total room remake. Either way, working on the details and coordinating your furniture and decorative accessories will help you coordinate a magnificent new cottage style decor look that will add comfort as well as style!

Choosing Computer Desks Of The Future-Stylish Computer Desks

April 23, 2010

Different shaped computer desks can be put in the home or office to fit where they can be most practical. When planning your home office you should plan it carefully, you will need the right equipment for your office and the correct office furniture to do your work on, this will help increase productivity. Many people who decide to work from home do not have a designated office area, they tend to work wear ever, but you need the right type of space and furniture to be completely productive.

A glass computer desk is basically a regular computer desk, with glass components and glass desk tops. It is popular among style conscious users, as most glass computer desk structures make use of traditional to modern designs. Fancy models even have frosted surfaces and customized designs, giving the glass computer desk an edge among other classic and traditional styles. A glass computer desk may have similar components as other regular computer desks, depending on the style and make of the structure. The basic designs have typical glass desk tops with keyboard trays and additional compartments. Although way more fragile than other forms of computer desks, a glass computer desk is still sought after by modern designers and users for its sophisticated appearance and style.

A glass computer desk may also come in basic table top designs, L- and U- shapes, as well as mobile and corner styles. It is often supported by metal or steel frames for better stability. A wood framed glass computer desk on the other hand, is less common.

A metal office desk is a sturdier form of computer desk, perfect for rugged use. Metal desks are often designed for utilitarian use, such as computer carts and even corner units. Unlike a glass computer desk, metal office desks are not as fragile, and are perfect for rugged working environments as well as for youth rooms and quarters. Metals are often used for sturdy computer desk framing, although all-metal desks are also available.