Home Decorating Inverness
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Decorating Tip: Eco-friendly furnishing
Living green isn't just about driving a hybrid or eating organic. It's now expanded into how we decorate our homes. Retailers offer affordable green home-decorating products that once were only available from pricey specialty stores.
Paint: There are many affordable painting products on the market that do not contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including Dutch Boy’s new Refresh paint.
Furniture: FSC certified wood products are optimal when purchasing green furniture. The FSC certification means the wood in a product has been sustainably produced.
Rugs: Look for rugs made from natural fibres such as organically grown cotton, bamboo, jute and sisal. Avoid those manufactured with synthetic fibres such as nylon, polyester, rayon or other petroleum byproducts.
Curtains/Blinds: Opt for curtains and blinds that are made of non-toxic, environmentally sustainable, natural reeds, bamboos, grasses and other natural plant fibres.
How to Winterize home plumbing
That first chilly autumn morning is the perfect reminder that when winter arrives, it can be sudden. The experts at Roto-Rooter recommend taking these precautions to prevent plumbing problems:
- Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected during freezing temperatures, water in hoses will freeze and expand, causing connecting taps and pipes to freeze and break.
- Inspect outside taps. If dripping or leaking, make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before a freeze.
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around exposed pipes.
- Your water heater works harder during winter months. Drain sediment from the tank, which causes corrosion and reduces efficiency.
Did You Know …
To remove grease stains from clothing, mix one part salt with four parts alcohol. Rub into the stain before washing.
Home Improvements: Add warmth to your bathroom
There are many ways to warm up the bath and make it a healthy place you look forward to luxuriating in as the weather turns cool.
Add visual warmth: You can make the bathroom feel cozier by using warm colours like ruby and brick reds, ochre yellow and chocolate and khaki browns. Thick rugs and plush, velvety towels in colours to complement your palette envelop you and keep your feet off the tile floor.
Increase ventilation: The Panasonic WhisperWarm Ventilation Fan heats the bathroom and improves indoor air quality by exhausting the air and removing odours and contaminants. The fan comes with a light and a nightlight.
Add heated elements: This is a great way to keep towels toasty for when you step out of the shower. A bigger project is to add under-floor, or radiant, heating.
Anyone who keeps houseplants knows that indoor foliage can brighten a dull, dreary atmosphere and create a refuge from everyday stresses. Tips for choosing a plant for your office cubicle:
- Low-light (shade-loving) plants will do fine in most office settings, including the top of a cubicle in the centre of the floor, away from the windows.
- Estimate how much care you'll be able to devote to the plant. Some plants require more maintenance than others, and sometimes it can be difficult to find time in the workday to water or prune them.
- If you want to brighten a space, you'll probably want a flowering plant or one with colourful, variegated leaves. If you're looking to remove as much carbon dioxide -- or add as much oxygen -- as possible, you should look for a green plant with a lot of leaf area.
- Some plants (like many orchids and bonsai) have very specific light, humidity and temperature needs. If this is your first office plant, try something easier (like philodendron or pothos).
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