Home Decor – Picking Paint Color Part I

One of the easiest ways to change the entire look of a room is to paint it or change the current paint color. Most people leave their walls white, because they have no idea what color they want to use in a room or which walls they should paint. There are so many different ways to apply paint to a room. You can paint this wall but not that one. Paint this wall a light color and that one a dark color. Paint all the walls dark and use white for the trim. Maybe you want to paint the ceiling. There are a lot of decisions to make. When it comes to paint you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do until you know what color(s) you want in a room. What walls or ceiling you paint depends entirely upon the mood you want for that room, and if you have a dark color or a light color.

The first thing to think about when picking a paint color is to choose what room you are going to start decorating. Starting with a smaller room is a good idea just in case you don’t like the results. If you don’t, you can always start over. Bathrooms are usually a good place to start because of their size. Applying new home decor to any room where you are changing the entire look, can get expensive if you choose a room that is too big. Focus on one of the smaller rooms in your home when just getting started.

The second thing to think about when picking paint color is to determine the mood you want to set for that room. What room are you planning to decorate? The bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. How do you want to feel when you walk into the room. Do you want a soothing and relaxing room to go to when you’re tired or stressed out? Do you want a bright and bold room with a lot of pizzazz What type of feeling do you want portrayed inside the room? If you already have decorations and don’t want to replace them, you will need to choose a color that compliments the current home decor. If you are planning to replace everything and can start over fresh, you can choose a color you like or one that portrays the mood you are looking for.…

House Cat Training – Litter Box Rules

In order to achieve successful house cat training you need to follow some specific rules relating the cat's litter box. Cats do have a tendency to use a litter box. But you do not want your cat soiling the house right?

First you must make sure that the litter box is made of a washable material. Plastic would be fine. The sides of the box should be low enough for your cat to enter and high enough to contain the litter.

OK now let's point out some basic litter box rules for a successful house cat training:

1. Keep the box in a quiet and safe place but do not hide it! Your cat should be able to find the litter box easily.

2. When you notice your cat using it's litter box give it some kind of reward afterwards. Keep winning the cat until you're sure it uses the litter box regularly.

3. Another effective house cat training method is to keep the litter box reliably clean. Do not over do it! Scoop the box daily and wash it weekly.

4. If your catch your cat accidentally soiling your house do not punish your pet. The punishment method will not work with cats. It will only make them afraid of you. Try to find out why your cat did not make use of the litter box and try to figure out a solution. House cat training is not always easy.

5. Try not to change the brand of the litter. Cats do not like changes and may respond by soiling the house.

6. Try not to use spotted litter as many cats hate that. They prefer their own odors inside and around the litter box.

If you follow the rules above and your cat is still soiling your house then maybe there's a medical problem affecting the animal's behavior. Maybe your cat is displaying some kind of aggression that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Try to clean the soiled area as good as you can to show the cat that that area should remain clean.

You can also consult a professional veterinarian or you can buy a house cat training book to get some answers on cat training. …

Kitchen Colors That Work For You

A kitchen can be a fun room to decorate. You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen so why not give it a little of your personality? Adding to your walls, counter-tops, floor and cabinets can make your kitchen an infinitely more enjoyable place to work. You can use a color scheme in your kitchen to really define the look and feel of your space, so go ahead and make it your own.

Modern Vibe – There is something a little wonderful about working in a kitchen that you love. You can create energy in your kitchen by bringing in colors like cobalt blue or a bright, sunny yellow. You may choose to saturate your appliances with color, or you may choose to leave them neutral, so that you can easily change your color scheme around them.

Warm and Wonderful – If you enjoy nothing more than entertaining in your kitchen, why not set it aglow with warm earth tones. This color palette creates an inviting and comfortable atmosphere throughout your space that is sure to make your guests feel right at home.

Laid Back – You can create a wonderful casual feel in your kitchen so that anyone who enters will enjoy the space. Green is a soothing color, and it will work well to create balance in your kitchen. It is also an organic color, so it works well when you combine it with an environment filled with food. Add some yellow accents and your kitchen will simply be delicious.

Industrial Lines – If you like a clean and clear space to work in, then you may prefer a more industrial vibe for your kitchen space. Stainless steel and white make a kitchen that exudes cleanliness, and it provides a great backdrop for any accessories or focal point that you want to display.

Romantic Response – If you would much rather cook your romantic dinner at home than go out to a restaurant, then this is the look for you. Use warm wood tones and dark colors to give your kitchen a rich and luxurious feel. As you light your candles to enjoy your romantic dinner the dark tones of the room will highlight the romance of the candle's glow.

As you are designing your perfect kitchen there are a few things that you want to keep in mind.

Continuity – Even when you are using color to create a strong mood in your kitchen, you will want to connect it to the rest of your home's decor to keep it feeling cohesive. One of the easiest ways to do this is to pull a color from an adjoining room and include it in your kitchen.

Coordinate – While counter-tops and flooring are pretty permanent fixtures in your home, you can use wall color to link your room to the rest of the house and to make it feel balanced. For example, if you have a granite counter-top, you can choose a color from the granite …

3 Tips On House Repairs

Many people are worried and get stressed out with the maintenance work that needs to be done inside the home. There are lots of things to be addressed and people get confused on where they should start from. They are unable to decide which section of the house requires more attention. Let us start with the plumbing section. If you are suspecting any water leakages or pipeline damages then a good option is to call plumbing experts or a plumbing contractor. They can be the best choice to fix all of your house water damages before the problem becomes worse. Try to contact them as soon as possible in order to start the first procedure of your house maintenance.

Beside this, there are other areas to cover. Here are some of the following much-needed repairs that you must consider before it gets worse.

Repairing the roof damages:

Often, many houses have the problem of roof leakage. This problem is quite common and creates a lot of nuisance especially after the heavy rain falls. If your house has the same problem then it is best to address this issue as soon as possible. If this problem is not addressed in time, it can damage the entire roof top and there is a possibility that the walls of your house will receive some cracks and fissures.

To avoid these weird consequences, it is better if you repair the roof tops urgently. You can do it on your own by purchasing the materials to plaster the damaged part of the roof. If you find the damage more serious, you can always call the labor experts to fix the problem. The leaked area should be plastered properly otherwise there is a chance that the leakage will occur again. Try to get good quality cement so that the damage does not come back again.

Repairing the wire section:

There are many instances when the main wire section of the house has some flaws inside. This can provoke a house fire if the wiring is not done properly. It is best to fix the problem urgently so you do not have any further complications. Just call the expert electrician, because he can give good advice on how to improve the wiring and update the wrongly placed wires. Once the wires are properly set, you can relax knowing the wiring is safe and it is not a fire hazard.

Repairing the walls:

Once you have fixed the main areas of your house, now you can look forward to repair the wall section. Walls are the borders of your house and they should be repaired in order to keep the good impression alive for the visitors.

Just inspect each wall for any cracks or fissures. If you find any such damage, use a thin plaster to cover the gaps or cracks. Once the plaster is dried, you can start repainting the walls. You can use this opportunity to change the wall color to update the look of the …

The Truth About Timeshare – How Will I Be Sold

You’ve waited your whole life to invest in a vacation property, so you deserve to have all of your questions answered. Real Property is just that; it is either land or improved with a single dwelling or multifamily unit (condos). A deed is recorded at the local courthouse and you pay real estate taxes and other holding costs each year. You have the sole right to use the premises and dispossess it (sell) at any time throughout the year. If you choose to derive some income from the property, then you can lease it or rent it on a vacation rental program. Under those circumstances you will loose the right to occupy at any time; however you still remain in control over the entire unit and can dispossess at will (so long as you are not violating any liens on the property, which include leases and management agreements).

Most people look for a vacation property in an area that they are familiar with and have visited often. Of course, because you are comfortable with the resort and you have a desire to continue returning again and again. So, once you make the decision to purchase a vacation home, you have done at least a small amount of research and are familiar with the price ranges. At most resorts that range would be $250,000 (condo unit) to millions (oceanfront or ski in luxury home). You find a realtor who is an expert in the resort area you love and on you go. That realtor will show you many fine properties in the price ranged that you agreed upon. He/she will be able to answer many questions about location, rental income, finance options, and carrying costs.

The first day is overwhelming, so you decide to wait and make another visit and leave instructions to email you as listings come on that meet your criteria. Mr./Ms. Agent happily oblige and keep you on their prospect list, which will alert the MLS to notify you any time there is an addition to inventory or any change that affects your criteria.

Well an overwhelming day needs one thing, a great meal at your favorite restaurant. You head to the restaurant and plop yourself on the bar stool and order up. You guest it, everyone beside you is a real estate expert, so you tune them out, just in time for the bartender to mention that he couldn’t help but overhear you and your spouses’ conversation about whether or not to purchase a home this trip. What do you know, but Mr. Bartender has a second job as a timeshare salesman (or as I like to refer to them, crime share). His information seems unbelievable; that you could own a vacation home in this lovely resort for 10%-30% less than the cost of the house. You make an appointment to meet up with him in the morning.

I can tell you that if your first action is to sit through a 2 hour sales pitch, you …

When to Contact and How an Interior Designer Works

During planning of a house an interior designer can guide the architect or the builder on where to place doors and windows, how can they use the maximum input of natural light, where to allocate storage spaces, avoiding demolition of walls, sizing walls, making desired openings, providing specific light points as per the lighting scheme by the designer and also early spotting of desired plumbing points for the exclusively designed bathrooms. This early involvement of interior decorator during planning will help in saving a lot of money which can be later used for re-modification after the completion of the building.

Clients usually feel that they must have a vivid vision of the problem before they consult a decorator, but this actually is not the fact. In a study conducted by an interior decoration agency in India among the designers and clients, most of the designers argued that they preferred to be involved with the project from the very beginning. As an interior decorator, I do agree with the point generally the interior decorators used to make regarding the early consultation of an interior decorator. So meet your designer immediately after you finalize the preliminary design proposal by the architect for your residential as well as buildings built for commercial purpose.

Finding a suitable interior decorator is the most important thing before assigning your interior designing job to anyone, you can realize from the list of qualified, certified and registered designers with the government approved design council in the country. In India, the institute which provides authentic information about interior designer in the country is the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID). You can browse through the list of interior decorators practising in the country and select a reputed designer from the list and visit their website or approach them to have a look at their successful projects in the similar category. Once you select the designer, discuss your requirements and budget for the interiors and finalize the agreement on the project’s time schedule and professional fees.

Before staring the designing process of your interior first of all the interior decorator have to conduct a series of talks with the customers basically to know the type of designing the person wants. This series of conversations with the client and designer eventually lead to a mutual agreement about the requirements and it will help to know the aspiration and desires of the client with regard to his interior design. About 90% of clients usually have a good idea of their needs and preferences, a professional interior designer must reeducate the client’s attitude about preferences.

The next step is the design of the interior to presented before the client as a soft copy or a hard copy. Designer has to present a proposal which might consists of sketches, 2-dimensional drawings of plan and coloured elevations along with a budget proposal. At the preliminary presentation the specific colours, furnishings, and details are not resolved yet, since the aim at that stage is to obtain …

Chic But Cheap Hotel Rooms in Paris

Paris is the capital of France situated on the River Seine at the heart of Ile-de-France region. It is one of the most popular cities in the world with about 45 million tourists visiting every year. Paris has nearly 1,500 hotels and 75,000 hotel rooms.

Hotels around Paris offer massive discounts with quality accommodations. People could choose from a wide selection of discounted rates where taxes are included in the price. The hotels also offer direct sales with great customer services.

Below are the hotels that offer discounted room rates in Paris.

2-Star Hotel: Astor Surenes Hotel

Astor Hotel is an internationally acclaimed 2 star hotel that offers quality accommodations for a cheap price. The very calm, warm and friendly atmosphere of the hotel makes it an ideal place for most tourists who are looking for cheaper rates. It is located at the center town opposite the town hall. Astor is just 5 minutes away by rail to the business center and close to the fortress of Mont Valerien.

It has 50 furnished and well equipped rooms with scenic views of the hotel’s surrounding landscape. All rooms feature a private telephone, cable TV and hair dryer.

This attractive hotel includes luggage storage, an elevator, parking areas and a 24-hour front desk. Services offered include Internet services with Wi-Fi LAN, meeting facilities with fax and photocopier as well as room services and laundry/dry cleaning facilities. Guests can bring their pets along. Nearby attractions are Parc des Landes, forest of Boulogne and the town center. The discounted price rate is 37 euros.

3-star Hotel: Hotel Murat

Hotel Murat is located at Porte de Saint-Cloud in the 16th district of Paris. It was built in 1850 with Parisian Haussman style architecture. The hotel is close to the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero and Champ Elysees. Nearby areas of interest are the Parc des Princes stadiums, Pierre de Coubertin and Porte de Versailles exhibition halls.

The whole hotel is designed with wood paneled walls, huge epic battle frescons and carved furniture. Guests can stay at the lobby’s lounge area and seating areas. There are 28 soundproof rooms with simple and twin rooms to choose from. All rooms have a private bathroom with bathtub. Rooms also have direct dial telephones, televisions with satellite channels, alarm clocks and a mini bar.

The hotel also has a friendly staff that accommodates any booking requests and other services. Checking-in and out are handled quickly at the reception desk. The hotel has a private bar that serves a variety of beverages and a buffet breakfast. The lounge is used for business purposes along with a fax and photocopying machine.

There are direct buses from the hotel to Faubourg St Honore, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Grands Boulevards and the Opera House. The hotel offers a weekend rate at 45 euros.

Four-star hotel: The Pergolese Hotel

The Pergolese is a boutique hotel designed with a warm and contemporary atmosphere. It is located near the Louvre Museum, Les Galeries Lafayette Department Store and Le …

Dining Tables – The Foundation For Your Dining Room

As the traditional place for eating and entertaining, the dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house. With this in mind, the dining table serves as the apex of this room, for without the dining table, how does one dine and entertain? Everyone will agree that great food and a great arrangement will make a great dining experience, but dining tables do more than just serve great dinners. Besides their inherent functionality, dining tables evoke a sense of warmth, comfort and togetherness; they also enhance the atmosphere of the home, with or without without meals. For these reasons, dining tables are extremely important and should there before be an investment: they are not something you simply purchase and plan to discard a few years down the road. When planning the dining room, choose a dining table that you will want at least ten years from now. Keeping this in mind will help you select the appropriate dining table for your needs and style.

Dining tables comes in all shapes, styles, colors and sizes. How many people will be housed at the table, now and in the future? What is the size of the dining room? What décor is your kitchen and dining room in? These are some of the questions to bear in mind when searching for and selecting your dining table. There are both light and dark woods to select from, just remember how the color of the wood will accent the décor already found in the room. Will you add a table cloth? What about the seats and seat cushions? All of these ideas should be considered when selecting your dining table.

Dining tables can include buffet style service accessories or even a hutch. If you regularly serve guests or just have a large family, the buffet style dining table may be ideal for you. It can also serve as an additional to the traditional dining table: if your dining room as the space, a buffet can be placed along the edge of one wall, decorated and set in the event extra service or seating space is needed. The hutch is similarly useful. It can store the dining items that are not used as often, but make them accessible and ready for use when the need arrives. The hutch can also house the more expensive and valuable pieces of dining ware, such as crystal or china. These are the items you might not want to leave out on the dining table, especially if your home has children or pets.

Whatever the style or use, the dining table is the foundation of the dining and entertaining experience. They are an asset to the home and the heart of any family gathering. Take care in choosing your dining table, for it will be there for years to take care of your needs. …

How to Choose a Wanneroo Plumber

If you’re having plumbing issues and need to hire an emergency plumber perth, it can be overwhelming trying to find out that you will be able to fully address your requirements efficiently, and within budget. With the amount of plumbers available out there with a simple click on your search engine, it can be easy to contact just any tradesman and hope for the best.

But in all actuality, it’s in your best interest to spend a little time familiarising yourself with what plumbing issue needs to be fixed, what the possible costs can be, and whether or not the plumbing company you are considering is reputable and known to provide quality service to their customers.

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How do plumbers structure pricing?

In general, plumbers structure pricing as according to the area standards. So in general, specific jobs have an average rate, and you may find some plumbers charge slightly less, the same price, or slightly above the asking rate. To this end, it will benefit you to ask around and get quotes from different plumbing companies to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.

How do I find a trustworthy and reputable plumber?

However, it’s important to note that it’s not just pricing that you should be concerned about. If you are calling a Wanneroo plumber because you have a plumbing emergency, or need assistance with any plumbing needs, it’s important to shop around, look at customer reviews, and check for satisfied customers.

This is where search engine reviews come in handy, as you’ll be able to see whether or not past customers were provided with high quality service and their issues were addressed appropriately. If you see that there are a high number of unhappy clients leaving reviews, even if a plumber’s pricing is cheap, it may be a good idea to choose a different plumbing company for peace of mind.

If you live in the northern suburbs, look for plumbers in Wanneroo area who also service surrounding suburbs. Not only will they have in-depth experience dealing with suburb-specific plumbing issues, but because they are based nearby, you won’t have to deal with long wait times to fix your plumbing problems, especially when it’s an emergency.

And lastly, while you are canvassing your options and calling different plumbing companies to check what services they offer and how much it may cost, make sure to take notice of their manner – are they professional and friendly on the phone? Do they seem like they are knowledgeable about your plumbing issues, and motivated to address it with their expertise? Knowing that the person you are talking to on the phone is not only well-experienced, but will also make the effort to communicate what needs to be done and ensure that you are well-informed during the process is also extremely important, as this will keep you up to date on what the issue is, what was done to fix it, and how to prevent it in …

Is an Interior Design Career Right For Me? – And Where Do I Start?

"How do I get into Interior Design?" There's no one-size-fits-all answer (thankfully!). Few careers require such a unique blend of artistic and technical skills, but Interior Design comes in enough flavors to suit diversity skill sets and personalities.

In General, the profession falls into two distinct categories: Interior Decorating and Interior Design. They are both completely viable avenues and there are many professionals with successful careers in each.

"Interior Decorating" : If you prefer residential interiors, and enjoy focusing on furnishings and decor rather than space planning and codes, there are many satisfying and profitable options to explore and Interior Decorating may be your perfect fit. Image is not Required, (but you need to be aware of the laws regulating the practice of ID in your state). Some great options: Decorating for individual home owners, home staging, interior re-design, working within a design / decorating firm or on your own, working for or with builders preparing model homes, or apartment / condo / townhome leasing companies to name a few.

So how do I get there ?? – As with anything, the key to your success will be your motivation and commitment! The more you are willing to put in the more you will achieve. The most straight forward way to start is to take classes at a university or community college, but if you are not in a position to go to school right now, there are still some very practical steps you can take. The Hardest Part is Just Getting Started – SO …… GET STARTED !!! There are many paths, but here's a suggested 6-step Action Plan to get you going:

  1. Self-Study – not an online degree (Avoid those completely for Interior Design), but rather to use the available free and low cost resources in a focused, disciplined, and intentional way in order to familiarize yourself with design concepts and to develop practical skills . These resources will not, of course, replace a university degree … but they will help you to explore real issues and topics which designers face on a daily basis (not the 'fluff' seen on TV and in magazines). Some of these skills can legitimately be included on a resume as you seek entry-level design jobs in order to set yourself apart. This is a great first step for those anxious to get started towards their dream, but who can not yet leave an existing job … or for an at-home parent to learn skills on your own schedule … Some examples of free study options are: learn 3d modeling and rendering with Google Sketch-up; learn AutoCad basics – get a starter book, even buy it used, then download a 30 day Acad trial; There are some well done free CEU opportunities aimed at Architects and Designers, but you do not have to be a professional to take them …
  2. Read – Read anything that catches your interest incorporating design. This can be library books, grocery store magazines, websites, etc … Fluff is