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5 Tips for terrace gardening

Are you sick and tired of the dull look of your terrace? Do you desire to make your terrace a private sanctuary for relaxation after a hectic day? Well, terrace gardening is an option that may appeal to you. Terrace gardening gives you the exceptional opportunity to get closer to the nature and that too without much efforts. As you take care of your indoor plants, you also get the chance to rejuvenate yourself. In addition, terrace gardens also provide temperature control, habitat for wildlife, food and recreational opportunities.

1) Before starting, it is vital to till, weed and eliminate all sorts of pests. Assure that your roof is strong enough to handle the weight of the garden. Check whether there is an efficient drainage system or not and finally make sure that there are no sorts of water leaks.


Where and how lamp shade should be used

A lamp shade is nothing but a decorative covering used for lamps and bulbs and largely enhances the design and style of the room in which it is used. Though lamp shade is commonly seen as desktop lamps in bedrooms, living rooms, offices, etc, but they are also used to address the glass covering used for the ceiling lights. The main purpose of a lamp shade is to diffuse or redirect the light emitted by the bulb so that the maximum effectiveness is achieved, and the light does not hurt the eyes. Besides catering to the practical purpose, a lampshade is an exquisite decorative piece that increases the aesthetic value of the room.

Lamp shades are available in an array of designs, styles, sizes and materials. It is not necessary that a lamp shade has to be used on a lamp only. It can be attached to any type of lighting fixture.  A Traditional lamp shade is made out a cloth and is attached with the help of a wire frame. The cloth used for the lamp shade varies from hemp, cotton nylon and plastic. Extravagant fabrics such as silk are used for expensive lamp shades that impart a royal look.


Some dustbin ideas in and around your home

When it comes to interior decoration of a house, a lot of attention is paid to the furniture pieces, furnishings, color palette, etc and there is one item that is often neglected in nearly every single room – dust bin.

From a living room to the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and outside patio area, every area needs its own separate dust bin. In the earlier days, a typical container was used as a dustbin and hence hidden under the desk or the table. However, today dust bins are available in an array of designs, styles, sizes, and shapes and can easily be used as a vital part of your overall interior decorating scheme.

The type of the trash that goes into the dust bin assists in ascertaining the type of the dust bin that will be required. For instance, there is no use of placing a paper waster basket in the kitchen where peelings and food scraps constitute the trash. Similarly, if there is only paper waste in a dust bin then there is no use of having a lidded dust bin.


Make Use of Dead Space Under the Stairs

The dead space under the stairs can be used in a productive manner rather than being left as an unused space. If the place is properly used, it will not only cater to a need but shall add to the overall décor of the house. Here is a list of tips to discover the hidden potential of dead space and make it useful –

1) The dead space under the stairs can be used for creating stylish and practical storage solutions. Line the area with cedar panels and add few shelving spaces and hooks. You can use the space to store your winter season clothes. If the space is quite large, you may also introduce a linen cupboard at one side and use the other side for shoes, clothing, etc. It is also a great place where you can leave your broom, cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner.


Know about indoor fountain and its types

Indoor fountains are gaining popularity all across the globe as they add a lot of flare and style to a room. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, materials, textures, colors, and styles – ranging from sophisticated and rustic to the dramatic ones. Indoor fountains can be small or large, with or without lighting and shiny or quiet.

When it comes to the types of indoor fountains, they are usually broken down into three types – tabletop fountains, floor fountains and wall mounted fountains. Each of these categories offers several shapes and styles to choose from. It is very vital to decide on the purpose of the indoor fountain and where it is to be used before you select a type. Table top fountains are quite reasonable than the other types.  Although expensive and large, but wall mounted fountains and floor fountains are elaborate and can be used as the focal point of a room.

Let us know in details about each type –

a) Wall mounted fountains – Wall mounted fountains are the most popular type. They are generally rectangular in shape and can be vertical or horizontal depending upon your preference. They are very easy to install and can be mounted on any type of walls with the help of a bracket system. Most of the wall mounted fountains have a bottom and top panel made out of copper or steel. The bottom panel holds the pump and the water and the water re-circulates and falls again on the surface. The surface type is generally slate, marble, faux slate or mirrored surface. With so many options, you have the liberty to mix and match the surface type to achieve the desired look.


Things you should know about house security safe

With an increase in the crime rates, house security safes are gaining popularity as an essential item. By no means it is a luxury item, but is simply a smart investment to protect ones assets and valuables. You will have varied options at your disposal when buying a house security safe as they are available in a wide variety. Different types of safe proffer different types of protection. You may select a free standing safe, in-wall safe, floor safe, etc. The lock mechanisms also vary from a combination lock, to the electronic lock system or biometric system that can only be opened with a finger print. Before you make an investment in a house security safe, it is very vital to know and consider certain facts –

1) Firstly, you need to assess your needs. Try to ascertain the items that you are going to store in your safe as it will help you in the selection of the size and type of the safe. Analyze the level of protection needed.  For instance, fire protection is an essential feature if hard drives, CD- ROM, pen drive, cassettes, USB drives, etc, need to be stored. M oreover, a small size safe can only be used for storing jewelry, money and other valuables.


Where to place the fridge?

I know that each person is free to arrange the house according to their style and wish, but when you first move into a new home you do not have so much experience, so you make mistakes that would have been avoided if you got some tips from the ones around you. For example When I bought my first fridge I did not know where to put it in order to make sure it will work properly and will not get damaged easily.

So I asked around and I found out that it is not a good idea to place a fridge near the microwave oven or near the cooker, as it generates a lot of heat and this might damage its functioning. Actually i found out that the best thing to do is to make a triangle with each corner on one of the following : cooker, fridge and sink.


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