Monthly Archives: August 2014

Looking For A Boys Bedroom Theme?

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While doing your girls’ bedroom you can be very sure of her continued involvement in the process of redecorating her room, but you may feel a bit apprehensive of his involvement while doing it for your boy. But you need not have any such fears, as he’ll be more than enthusiastic and it could need a bit of toning down. Boys tend to be more adventurous by nature and you have to demonstrate a different level of creativity to give their ideas a more practical shape. But in their case too you need to know their favorite colors, celebrities, bands, animals,designs and hobbies and things that generally excite roomThe first thing that naturally comes to mind while doing any redecorating project is the color scheme of the room. Don’t be surprised if the boy chooses one of the wildest colors. It needs your intervention to help him choose a more appropriate but exciting color. You may check if having wallpapers on the walls would suit your budget, because you get amazing variety of these, especially made for young boys with themes that they love. Paint is an economical option and you may just paint one of the walls in his favorite color and the rest of the walls could have complementary neutral color. Do include his favorite posters or better still, have them framed for putting on the wall to get a more stylish room. It always helps to have some all time favorite posters of boys.

If you are hard pressed for space consider the possibility of having a loft bed. It helps saving space. Underneath the loft bed you generally have a desk allowing a better utilization of limited available space. Headboards may be given a more personalized look by including images of his favorites. Let the room have a sporty look. Add some sporting equipment like baseball or hockey sticks. You must be aware how thrilled the boys are by the mere mention of their sports. They would surely welcome such additions in their room at any time.

loft bedWhat I always recommend to people who ask me about the furniture is – go for wooden furniture. When it comes to style, that’s where you have to make a decision on your own, we all have different tastes and prefer different things. But if you ask me what kind of furniture is best for any room in your home, I will say you should choose wooden furniture any time you can.

There are many ways to include the models and pictures of the favorite sport of your boy. To keep alive his excitement you may throw pillows shaped like footballs or baseballs. Or consider having rugs incorporating some sporting equipment or even bedspreads with depictions of his favorite team. These are all interesting ideas for boys’ room as they are more inclined to sports and for good reason. Your boy may be in art and craft. Look for a suitable spot in the room to include and display some of his creations. It may be a good idea to have some hanging shelves for that propose. In any case shelves are needed in his room to take care of his collectibles like the medals and trophies he may win in his favorite sport and the books he may love to read.

Why Flowers Brighten Your Day

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Many people desire lives that are full of tranquillity and free of stress. An intuitive look into flowers and the significant role they play in people’s daily lives is called for. People tend to feel less depressed, have less anxiety, worries and feel much more considerate towards others when flowers are available in their homes.

This is according to a behavioural research study that was conducted by Nancy Etcoff, PHD, of Harvard medical school and Massachusetts General Hospital. According to her, flowers make people happy when they receive them. Spending a few days at home with flowers has an effect on a number of your feelings.

Rebecca Cole, the author of “Flower power” pointed out that the Harvard research proves that if you live in areas that lift your spirits, you can live a happier and healthier life. Fresh flowers are actually the perfect accessory for you everyday budget. They add style, colour and fragrance in your life.

They even increase compassion and energy necessary to face each day. Mood-boosting effects were recorded when the study participants placed fresh flowers in common areas in the home like the dining room, kitchen and family room.

floristHaving flowers in your home can have a very positive impact on your mood even at your work place. According to the study, people from environments that are full of flowers feel happier and have more energy and enthusiasm at work, unlike those from dull homes.

People who live with flowers report very few episodes of anxiety and feelings of depression. Flowers therefore can be said to have a positive impact on your wellbeing. You will simply feel less negative after being next to flowers even just for a few days.

Flowers tend to boost morning moods. Those who participated in the research at Harvard confirmed that they feel a little bit negative in the early hours of the day but become happier and even more energetic after looking at the flowers first thing when they wake up in the morning.

You will be interested to note that the small bouquet of flowers that you place in strategic positions will greatly impact you mood for the day.

For a brighter day, you need to consider looking at the blooms first thing in the morning. These flowers should therefore be placed in the rooms that you frequent every morning. By starting your day more positively and less anxious, you are likely to pass on such feelings to others in what Nancy calls mood contagion. Given that the kitchen is where families gather early in the morning, a better morning mood will definitely make an enormous difference.

Flowers also tend to promote innovation and new ideas. There is no doubt that in today’s economy; businesses need to find a way to gain competitive advantage over others to remain relevant. One of the key competitive advantage strategies is a happy and productive workforce.

Nature, according to recent scientific study done at Texas A & M University holds the key to success in business. The research demonstrated that workers’ ability to generate ideas, perform creatively and show problem solving skills improve to a very great deal in work places that include flowers.

Flowers also increase social interaction and happiness according to a research done at Rutgers. Those who received flowers from friends demonstrated increased happiness and social interaction. When you receive surprise gifts like flowers, you are likely to express much delight and show an improved social behaviour. This is irrespective of your gender or ethnicity.

In older people, flowers reduce depression making them happier. They refresh their recent memory. This is very important since the older you become, the more vulnerable you become to memory loss. They also tend to broaden their social contacts. The happier you are, the longer you live and the healthier you become. You become more open to any changes in life. A dose of nature can do wonders to your wellbeing as you grow old.

To get the best effect from flowers, place them in areas that experience high traffic in your home like on your kitchen table. A visit to the florists will definitely give you a wide variety of flowers to choose from. Ensure that the flowers you place in the vases are fresh and appealing to the eye. The florists may give ideas on how to arrange them for optimum effect.

The Importance of Gutters for Your Nashville Home

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You have probably seen them when driving down the street without really noticing them. Gutters in Nashville homes are often equipped with a good gutter system and for a very good reason, they are actually important to the ease of maintenance of your home.

What Gutters Do

Gutters are nothing more than troughs that are attached to your home or business or outbuilding that catches the rainwater that runs off the roof and then slopes to channel and carry the rainwater away from your siding, windows, and doors safely to the ground.

Without gutters, rain water can drip on your siding and down your windows and doors where eventually it will do damage to those parts of your house and that damage can result in costly repairs to your home. All things considered a gutter system is relatively inexpensive to install and maintain and could actually save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs.

Installing a Gutter System

Installing a gutter system in your Nashville home or anywhere else for that matter may not be quite as simple as it seems. The Pitch of the roof, cutouts, and even the type of roof covering you have can all affect the selection of rain gutters for your homes. This is why it makes sense to hire or at least consult a licensed contractor who is experienced in installing gutters in Nashville. A contractor can tell you what system will work best for your hOme, and will even do the installation for you at a reasonable cost.

Maintaining Your Gutter

It is important that once your gutter is installed to maintain it. The first step in maintaining your gutter is clean out any leaves and debris that happens to get inside the trough. This should be done at least twice a year in order to keep any fallen debris from clogging the gutter or the downspout causing the water to back up and overflow and run down seeping into your siding doors and windows which can result in damage. If you are not comfortable using a ladder then it is best to hires someone for the job to ensure you safety. Once you have removed all the loose debris that flush out your gutter with a hose to remove any remaining dirt.

While cleaning out the gutters reattach the gutter in any place it may have come loose by using aluminum straps and look for any signs of rust or wear. Small holes in your gutter can usually be repaired with coat or two of sealant, but larger holes or a lot of them might indicate it time to get a new gutter system. The good news is if you buy a quality gutter in Nashville, and maintain it properly, that gutters system can last you for between 20 and 40 years, barring any severe storms or other disasters that rip the gutter from your roof.

Gutters may not be the most costly investment you make in your Nashville home, but they may well be one of the smartest.