Monthly Archives: February 2012

Make the Most of your Living Space

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It’s probably a sad indictment on modern life that most people have the TV as the focal point in their living room, but there can be no getting away from the fact that it is the most practical arrangement to have the sofa facing the TV.

Sometimes, though, the difficulty is when you also have a fireplace in the room. For many homes, this has always been the traditional focal point of a living room.

There are different ways around this problem. Many modern homes have a flat screen TV mounted on the wall above or to one side of the fireplace. Some fireplace manufacturers also offer the installation of TVs to fit above the fire, but they mount the TV inside the wall so it doesn’t stand out obtrusively above the fireplace.

Or you can do away with the fireplace altogether and have a TV that has a plasma fire display as a kind of screensaver. This makes a lot of sense, because if you’ve got guests round for the evening, you don’t usually have the TV on, so the plasma fire screen will provide a focal point.

You might want to rearrange how your furniture is placed in the room. For example, placing the coffee table in front of the TV or fireplace makes common sense as it is a logical place for people to put their snacks or drinks.

However, if you have young children they will often enjoy playing in front of the fire or TV – so it may be better to have a large rug there and to put the coffee table to the side of the room – perhaps next to the sofa.

How you arrange your living room furniture depends on what shape sofa you have. If you have recliner sofas, you’ll need to have them positioned further from the walls than many other sofa shapes – to allow them to be fully reclined. You’ll also have to make sure there is enough space in front of the recliner so that people can walk around it without tripping over the footrests!

A corner sofa on the other hand, can give you more space in the living room as you can push them right into the corner of a room, providing that there are no radiators or plug sockets that you’re going to block off access to. This gives more room for a coffee table in front of the sofa. Be careful not to position the table too close to the sofa though – as otherwise you will restrict access to the sofa.

If you’re thinking about rearranging your living room furniture to give the room a more cohesive feel, you may be best going to a sofas sale and starting from scratch with a new sofa and chairs combination. And don’t forget – looking around showrooms will also give you some great inspiration for how to arrange your living room furniture. Good luck!

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Keep your Energy Bills Down

There are many ways that you can keep your energy bills in check. Insulation, drapery and energy efficient lighting are a few of the really well known ways. Also getting windows with double glazing is a really great way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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If you live in the UK and you are looking for new windows you may want to take a look at All Double Glazing a company that offers double glazed windows. What I love most about the website and the company is that they do not shy away from providing you information. There are many articles on the website about their windows. One explains what double glazing is. Here in the US we call them double paned windows. Really all it is is two panes of glass in one window.

Here is an excerpt from one article:

So what is Double Glazing and how does it improve the quality of inner environment of a building?

Double Glazing is simply a glazing process in which a window is formed by using two panes of glass with a space between the panes. The space between the two panes is of variable thickness, usually several millimetres. The trapped air between the panes acts as an effective layer of insulation. The double layer of sealed glass is manufactured to a required size and before the unit is sealed a drying agent is added to ensure that no moisture is present. In order to remain effective it is important to ensure that no moisture is present and that it is airtight. Following manufacture of the sealed unit the pane of double thick glass is added to a suitable frame chosen by the customer.

What I love about this information is that you now know exactly what you are getting. It helps you to make a very informed decision and with the ability to get up to four quotes for free you will have everything you need to get your home energy efficient and save yourself a lot of money on you heating and cooling bills.

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Western Design Trends

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have a friend of mine who loves western decor and she has now decided to decorate her new home in a western theme. She lives in Colorado so it’s actually fitting and would work well in that area. She of course asked my opinion about a few things going into her home. So far I love what she has chosen and I have added some suggestions as well.

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One thing I thought she would love is having Leather Beds in her home. She has a great twin wood bed that fits her theme, but I told her for her master bedroom she wants something softer and a brown leather bed would be perfect. I also suggested she check out some yard sales and thrift stores to find great western decor without having to spend a lot of money. They have after all just bought a new house and they need to watch what they spend.

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I also suggested since they have a ranch home to bring the western theme outside a little with fences, cactus and more. I know your thinking cactus in Colorado? It’s there and if we can grow Texas cactus in Michigan she can have it in Colorado, I know this because I have lived in Colorado, Texas and Michigan!

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What about you do you love the look of the wild west? How would you decorate your home?

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Clipix and Your Next Design Project

Are you looking for a new way to find and store great interior decorating ideas online? Well, with clipix you can do more then just store those ideas, you can share them or not share them. You can collaborate your decor findings with others easily and you don't have to worry about people seeing your project if you don't want them to!

Clipix is a site that allows you to clip pictures easily online. You can decide who sees your clip boards making it easy to clip ideas for your home, gifts and more. That way you can keep the surprise a surprise. What I love a lot about clipix is that you can create a clipboard right from the website your clipping! You don't have to log into Clipix and create the board first. You can also share your clips easily via Facebook and twitter.

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I used Clipix to check out some new home decor ideas. Here is my board so far. Yes there is not much there yet, but It has such potential to grow into a great board with wonderful ideas. I also like that with a simple screenshot I can share my new finds with you!

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Good Home Style Smells Good

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