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For houses with limited space, they find it hard to decide putting up a staircase for it will sure eat a lot of space in the house. But another problem will arise, how will they reach the upper level of the house? Now, putting a staircase in your house is not a problem anymore. Here are some ways where you can minimize the space covered by staircase.

Having a hard time cleaning your mattress pee odors and stains? It will not be a problem anymore because of these simple steps. All you need are these things:

A roll of paper towels or rags Baking Soda Distilled White Vinegar Spray bottle (optional)

Here are the simple steps that you have to follow:

Spray the mattress with vinegar extremely. Vinegar is a very strong liquid that could take away the odor of the mattress. Soak the vinegar in the mattress using rags. Press the rags in the mattress for some time. Spread baking soda all over the mattress. For several hours, let the baking soda sit in the mattress. After, the baking soda will be seen coagulating as it soaks the odor of the vinegar in the mattress. Vacuum up baking soda in the mattress.

With that simple 4 steps, your mattress is now odor and stain free!

Nowadays, more people are thinking of putting up a swimming pool in their houses. Because of global warming, the need for feeling cool increases and with that, more people are considering pools inside their houses. This is a very great idea especially to those families who are fond of going to resorts or beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is a great time of the year, but, it is also less convenient for people because of too much hotness that it brings. People look for ways to make them feel better- they go to the beach, malls or they install air conditioner in their houses. But if you don’t have the money and have no choice but to stay at home, here are some tips about how you can design your homes that could lessen the hotness of summer. Keep your curtains closed. Aside from it can save up to 7 percent of your electric bill, it can also lower the temperature up to 20 degrees. Innovate the use of your electric fans

Aside from just letting your electric fans work, you can also improve the coolness of the air that it brings by filling a bowl with ice and positioning it in front of the electric fan. It will surely make you feel better. Must try! Change your sheets to cotton

Unlike other textiles that is good for insulation, cotton is a smarter move this summer for it stays cooler. Turn on your kitchen fans Exhaust fans pull the hot air that rises after you cook. Let the night air in

During summer months, the temperature lowers during nighttime. During this time, make sure that your windows and doors are open to give way for the cooler air. Just make sure that you’ll close the curtains in the morning before the hot air enters. Replace your incandescent bulbs Incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of their energy in emitting heat. Replacing them will make a difference in your home’s temperature and in your electric bill. CFLs are better to use and it save energy as well. Consider grilling

Barbecue grill

Using your ovens or stoves will make your house hotter. During summers and there is so much hotness in your house, the last thing you should do is make use of your oven and stove. Improve your houses, plant trees For improvements, you can insulate your window films and plant trees in front of your house. Less heat will reach your house if there are plants that will block ad absorb it. Those are simple ways to make you feel cooler despite of the sun’s extreme heat outside. Try doing some of these now and have a great summer.
A lot of people prefer simple flat white ceilings.  In case you wonder how to make your ceiling look better we’ve gathered a whole bunch of cool design ideas for you. With the right paint, fabric, or decorative plaster, the ceiling can become a with the right paint, fabric, or decorative plaster, the ceiling can make a striking statement.   22 unique ideas that do everything from bringing high ceilings down to size to making space feel brighter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Your Flowers Last Longer

Fed up of binning your bouquet after only a couple of days? Here’s how to keep your flowers blooming beautifully for longer. Besides emptying the little sachet of food that comes with the bunch into your vase, there is a surprising array of tips that can help your roses, daffodils or lilies look their best for longer.

Head florist at Appleyard London Lauren Probert, said: “”There is an old trick to keep your flowers looking gorgeous and fresh and you won’t quite believe it.

“As an alternative to flower food put a drop of vodka into your vase of flowers and add water, it’s a surefire way to make your flowers last longer as it keeps the bacteria at bay.”

Cut the stems

Tesco Head Florist Michelle Buck explains: “Cut your flower stems at a 45degree angle. This creates a larger surface area for the flowers to drink”

Hairspray

It sounds bonkers, but hairspray works on flowers the same way it does on your hairstyle to keep them looking fresh for longer. According to Serenata Flowers, you need to take the flowers out of the vase first, then spray the undersides of the petals and hang them upside to dry, before returning them to the vase.

TV ban

putting your flowers too close to the TV will harm them, as the heat given off from these and other electrical appliances will dehydrate them. Ideally, pop them in a cool place where they get plenty of light, but not direct sunlight, which will wilt them.

 

Feed them Sprite

It’s a bit of an urban myth, but clear fizzy drinks like Sprite and 7-Up can prolong the life of your flowers, according to US scientists. Susan Han, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s plant, soil and insect science department, recommends a three-to-one ratio of water to soda, but with a couple of drops of bleach to stop bacteria from growing.

Clean the vase

Bacteria is the biggest baddie when it comes to bouquets, so make sure you thoroughly clean out your vase before placing a new bunch in it.

 

Keep fruit away

Michelle says: “Keep fresh flowers away from ripening fruit, it gives off a gas called ethylene and will cause your flowers to lose their longevity.”

 

Pop a penny in

You’re bound to find one down the back of the sofa – so next time you get given a bunch of flowers, drop a penny in the vase – the copper is thought to stop bacteria from growing.

 

Bleach them

Sounds crazy, but Michelle explains: “Did you know that Gerberas are quite susceptible to bacteria. If you do not have suitable flower food you can use a tiny amount of household bleach in the water.”

Check out these slide shows of our favorite gardens around the world, from rooftop gardens to expansive estates. Whether you are starting your garden from scratch or just looking to bring new life to a portion of your property, these pictures will provide plenty of ideas and inspiration. You’ll find galleries full of flower gardens, edible landscapes, container designs, and incredible regional gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the right kind of brush for painting is important. If you’re going to paint your house with any kind of paint, it is much better using a synthetic kind of bristles of a brush. Because if you’re using a natural one, it will easily break or soften its bristles when it wet. Choose a polyester bristle is the best, because it is consistent even when it’s wet and it can maintain it shape as you use it. Good painting can also depend on the size of brush. For average room you can use 4” brush with a 1 ½ “ straight edge brush for sashes and and 2 “ brush for trim. There are many budget kind of brush but don’t skimp your brush because it will produce poor performance and it will manifest on its result. 

Make your bedroom your comfort zone with these beautiful bedroom ideas from different designers.

SILVERY GRAY

Designer Nina Farmer layered shades of gray with autumnal colors in a New England home’s master bedroom. The walls are now sheathed in Phillip Jeffries’s soothing silk-and-abaca wallpaper. The custom Roman shades are in a Holland & Sherry print. A Circa Lighting ceiling fixture casts a warm glow reminiscent of the golden leaves on the river birch trees that line the property.

STEPHEN KENT JOHNSON

 

TRAIN INSPIRED

In a boys’ room at a Lake Tahoe mountain home, curtain-shaded bunks in Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green are inspired by Pullman train cars, says designer Matt O’Dorisio.

KARYN R. MILLET

Cool and Crisp

Update the classic blue-and-white combo with a tangy orange. Dramatic pendant lights also free up storage space on the bedside tables.

Stacy Bass

COLORFUL PLAID

Both parents and kids can agree on this refined space. In a sophisticated Manhattan apartment, a rainbow-hued Italian Sputnik-style chandelier hangs in a boy’s bedroom and a trellis-print Phillip Jeffries grass cloth covers the walls.

CHRISTOPHER STURMAN

 

 

Contemporary Bedroom With Leather Bed

As seen on DIY Network’s original series “Rev Run’s Renovation,” this bedroom is decked out in earth tones thanks to rich gold paint colors and two-toned carpet. Tufting softens the look of a contemporary leather bed, while large artwork adds drama to the wall.

Traditional Pink & Blue Girl’s Bedroom

This lovely girls bedroom is a soothing space perfect for any little girl. Blue and pink pillows and bed linens compliment the light blue wall and blue and white patterned floor. A pink floral glass chandelier highlights the pink ceiling, providing a lovely contrast to the rest of the space. Oversized windows with simple lace curtains allow plenty of natural light. A yellow nightstand brings in a pop of color and serves as an excellent space for a unique sculptured figurine bed lamp.

From: J&J Design Group

Multicolored Transitional Girl’s Room With Horses

Any girl who loves horses will be over the moon for this delightful bedroom where horses gallop across the walls and a cheerful mix of pink, blue, green and yellow fill the space with personality.

 

Simon Brown

BEDROOM WITH DE GOURNAY WALLPAPER

In the main bedroom in Hannah Cecil Gurney’s London flat has hand-painted silk cushions and a Burmese lamp pick up on the green in the ‘Badminton’ wallpaper by de Gournay, the wallpaper company her father founded in 1986.

 

PALE GREEN PANELLED BEDROOM

The design of the bedrooms at Soho House’s High Road House in Chiswick is thoughtful rather than overt. The simple panelled rooms have no wardrobes, just Shaker-style pegs.

BAMBOOZLED

On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials.  The main bedroom, in a pavilion, has a bed from Soane. Green fabrics complete the room’s natural design while adding another colour to the simple scheme.

 

 

Re-facing your cabinets may be the best solution if you want to update them, but you want to save time and money.

Remove all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Prepare the surface of the cabinets. Sand down, remove the grease of the faces and sides of the cabinets, wipe to with cloth to remove dirt, and fill the holes with wood filler. Cover the stiles with wood veneer. Measure the cabinet surface, then, cut out pieces of veneer to cover the stiles (use a straightedge and a utility knife).  Cut the veneer into strips that are half an inch larger than each rail and stile.  . Apply a coat of contact cement to the back of each piece of veneer and to the cabinet surface. Let them dry for about 20 minutes before you put them in place. Slowly bring each piece of veneer into the stile and press it down firmly with wood block. This will strengthen the bond and remove air bubbles. Make sure you get the right position. Use a utility knife to trim excess veneer along the cabinet edge. Trim the outer edges, bottom and the top. Smooth the edges of the veneer using a mill file; moving in one direction from veneer toward the cut. Stain and coat the veneer with a sealant to make a complete facelift. Install new doors using a drill. Align the door in the cabinet and screw temporarily, adjust until it is positioned correctly then screw tightly.