Planning and landscaping a garden is fun and adds so much enjoyment and beauty to your home. While we usually think of landscaping as planning the placement of our flowers and plants, choosing our flowers and plants and then getting everything planted, another part of planning your garden should be considering what kind of garden furniture may be included in the landscaping of your garden.

What better way to enjoy your garden than to provide seating in various areas of your garden. Garden benches can be strategically placed to provide seating in the most beautiful areas of your garden. Place a garden bench in a sunny area for enjoying your garden in the Winter, Spring and Autumn. For enjoyment during the Summer, choose a nice shady place. This will maximize the seating for year-round enjoyment of your garden. There are many styles of benches that you can purchase; wave benches, backless benches, market benches, quarter-round benches and arbor benches. Quarter-round benches make perfect seating when placed at the base of a tree. If your garden has very little shade, an arbor bench will provide some shade and seating, as well as a place for vining plants to wind their way upward.

Another way to enjoy your garden is placing swings throughout your garden. A garden swing or Pergola swing would be an excellent addition to your garden. Swings provide comfortable seating and a wonderful place to laze away the time on a beautiful day. A porch swing can also provide seating for enjoying your garden. Porch swings and garden swings have a long history of bringing family and friends together. Don’t forget to include them in your landscaping plans.

Another nice way to enjoy your garden is to provide an area for garden dining with family and friends using wood outdoor tables, chairs and market tables. Outdoor wood tables, chairs and market tables come in a variety of sizes and styles and are excellent for garden dining. Many wood outdoor tables and chairs will also fold for easy storage if you prefer to put them away when not in use. If your garden does not have much shade, most wood outdoor tables come with an option for an umbrella hole. A colorful umbrella will add shade and additional beauty to your garden.

When you purchase your wood garden furniture, you want to get furniture made from wood that is durable, long lasting, weather resistant and rot resistant. Western Red Cedar and Java Plantation Indonesian Teak are two of the most popular woods that meet all the criteria for garden furniture. Not only are both these woods weather resistant, rot resistant, insect resistant, and long lasting, they are almost maintenance free. All of this in a wood that is also beautiful and elegant, making Western Red Cedar and Indonesian Teak outdoor furniture most desirable for the garden.…

Bathrooms are one area of the house that offer solace and comfort, which means they deserve a lot of attention when it comes to bathroom remodeling. A little planning will ensure the remodeled bathroom will suit the décor of your home and offer you a comfortable retreat. The key to creating a bathroom you love is combining creativity, style and logic. Looking at pictures of other people’s bathroom remodeling projects will give you ideas of how you can remodel your bathroom to make it more inviting and reflect your personality.

In order to achieve the bathroom remodeling effect you desire, you need to plan appropriately. You should decide on the theme or style that you want for the bathroom. Once you have chosen the basic design you can really customize the effects by purchasing the right accessories or fittings for the bathroom. In order to save money you may choose to use some of your old fittings, it’s certainly not required to purchase all new fittings if you can get by with your old ones. Part of the fun of your bathroom remodeling project is finding a way to get the project finished within the allotted budget, so have fun with it! Craigslist can be a great way to get beautiful household items at rock bottom prices.

One common misconception amongst people is that a small bathroom cannot be remodeled, or that there really isn’t much you can do if there is very little space to work with. On the contrary, you can easily give your bathroom a brand new look irrespective of how small it might be. You should get rid of any storage area in the bathroom since this adds to the bulky appearance of the bathroom. You should consider light colored tiles so that it makes the bathroom look bigger. If you do want to go in for darker shades of flooring and paint, you can strategically place mirrors to give the effect of a larger space. Be as innovative as possible and consider investing in modern accessories that help save space.

You will have to make a decision on whether you are going to attempt the bathroom remodeling project yourself or if you plan to hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor to ensure that the job is done correctly the first time. Using a good professional contractor can make the whole project a snap and save you lots of stress. Should you decide to use a professional for the job, your next step will be to hire a bathroom contractor who can give a shape to your creative ideas. One of the best ways to find the right contractor would be to get recommendations from your friends or family.

In Toronto, the preferred bathroom remodeling contractors are Mario and Rob from http://www.KitchenBathroomBasement.ca.…

How does this idea of “sex begins in the kitchen” work? We know it doesn’t mean getting creative with the utensils and appliances, but what does a woman mean when she says romance begins elsewhere than the bedroom?

These may be difficult things for men to really understand, but that shouldn’t stop us trying. A husband with potential is the desire of just about every woman’s heart.

Ideally, on the other hand, the wife who is the desire of a man’s heart doesn’t require him to change, but supports him as he tries.

So the picture we are developing is of a husband who is committed to learning and becoming better, with a wife who is committed to extending grace, never requiring change. Those two things in tension give the marriage a substance of mutual submission.

The husband submits himself to God, and to his wife, in learning to serve her. The wife submits herself to God, and to her husband, by allowing him to grow without forcing matters.

Both are required to submit. Marriage is about mutual submission.

But let’s get back onto the subject of sex – and its imminence emerging from the kitchen.

THE KITCHEN AS AN ALLEGORY OF LOVE

Love can begin in the kitchen or in the laundry or out in the yard, simply through the act of service; the husband plies his skill and uses his humble strength to work diligently.

It may be an old-fashioned value, but women love working men; not necessarily blue-collar men, but the willingness of a man to lead his family in cheerfully doing the tasks of the home.

Tasks like ironing, washing up, cooking, vacuuming, etc, may once have been the domain of the woman. But now no more. The issue is more about the willingness of the husband to pitch in. His heart is to help.

A woman knows she’s loved when her husband seeks to please her because he loves her. This is an act of faith for the husband, because when he does nice things for his wife she is romanced. He must be genuine, committed, sincere.

The husband never does these nice things for his wife for his personal gain. He must do them sacrificially. Wives can smell a fraud from a mile off.

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Wives desire a sincere, thinking husband, who is willing to sacrifice himself in doing tasks around the home, and being actively involved in his family. When a husband acts with such integrity his sexual relationship with his wife will usually have more mutual joy and satisfaction about it.

© 2013 S. J. Wickham.

Acknowledgement: to my wife, Sarah.…

When it comes to choosing a bathroom vanity top you want to choose a material that is resistant to water, toothpaste, makeup, acetone based liquids, and of course soap. Most of the new bathroom vanity tops are made out of the following materials: Tempered Glass, Solid Porcelain, and Cultured Marble.

It is very important that you pick a bathroom vanity top that will match your personal needs. To help you decide which of these options is right for you, we have put together a summary guide of the pros and cons for each countertop material.

1. Tempered Glass

Pros: In either clear or frosted finish tempered glass offers a unique, sleek and modern look that will set your bathroom vanity apart. It is one of the easiest surfaces to clean and has very good tolerance to heat, it won’t burn or melt if you ever forget to turn off that curling iron! Tempered glass is also a non-porous surface which means bacteria and germs have no place to grow making it very hygienic and stain resistant. Another advantage of tempered glass is that you don’t have to worry about matching it with your toilet or tub color, since it is a different material, any color fixtures (white or bone) will match. Lastly, to add more drama to your bathroom remodeling project install surface light underneath the tempered glass top.

Cons: Even though tempered glass has been heat treated to increase its strength, it can scratch or chip depending on how is handled. Also, if not cleaned properly it can show finger prints and water spots (especially clear glass).

2. Solid Porcelain

Pros: Porcelain offers a contemporary look and matches beautifully with other fixtures in the bathroom. It has an extra smooth surface that prevents debris from sticking. It requires very little upkeep to make it look clean and shiny all the time. It is also very strong, doesn’t chip easily, and wont melt if exposed to high temperatures.

Cons: It can crack or chip depending on the abuse.

3. Cultured Marble

Pros: Made from the mix of natural marble chips and acrylic resin, cultured marble offers the classic and shiny look of natural marble and granite without the expensive price tag. This strong surface is very durable, stain resistant and requires minimum maintenance.

Cons: Heavy falling objects and extreme heat (not too much of a threat in bathrooms) can cause this surface to chip, scratch or melt.…

Tiffany style hanging lamps are a beautiful and unique accessory that can be added to most decors. This brightly colored, whimsical style has stood the test of time. Hanging lamps have become a mainstay because they are versatile. You can use them in situations where you could not use a floor standing or table top lap. However, the question that many people have when working with Tiffany style lamps that hang are a matter of what the height requirements may be.

You have probably seen Tiffany style hanging lamps in your favorite restaurant. This is because the lampshade itself makes for a more relaxing, calming effect owed to the semi-translucence of the multicolored glass. They are also quite easy to tie into most any sort of décor, and fit well with many different themes. Making use of one in your home is also easy, and can add a touch of flair and creativity to the look of your room.

Hanging lamps are suspended from the center of an area. For instance, if you are installing a lamp that hangs over a kitchen island, it would be located on the ceiling, centered by the measurements of the island's table top, below. Determining the right height for hanging lamps is fairly easy, as well. Each hanging lamp should be hung roughly 28-34 inches above the surface beneath it, when suspending above a table, counter, or island. From the base of the lampshade to the table, ensure that the distance is in that measurement.

That is simply a rule of thumb, though. Other factors which may influence how high to hang a lamp will depend on the size of the lamp versus the size of the table. Working with square tables, it is easy to center the lamp, measure the distance and hang your lamp appropriately. However with things like a rectangular table where you would need more than one lamp, or a smaller table- you might consider hanging the lamp a little lower. This creates a more calming effect, but only when the brightness of the bulb is not overbearing. For dining tables, lamps can be placed higher, but not so high as to create an awkward effect on the space.

With Tiffany style hanging lamps , sometimes it's best to take a step back. Have someone with you hold the lamp at the various heights you are considering. Move across the room as though you are just entering it and pay attention to which height looks best for your space. That perception will enable you to hang the lamp at a distance that looks best for the room and its furnishings. If you do not feel that you have a good idea about how high to hang the lamp, yourself, have that other person be the one that enters the room to look at the different heights. Although there are general guidelines to Tiffany style hanging lamps, this is usually the best way to determine height. …

Overview

The Windy 37 Grand Mistral is a truly versatile sports cruiser with a social cockpit area and optional hard top. Windy boats are a product of traditional Norwegian craftsmanship, enhanced with the aid of modern technology. Their sea-keeping ability is legendary thanks to an aggressive deep-v hull design that offers improved performance, greater strength and reduced noise throughout the vessel. The yacht sleeps 4-6 people in a separate master double cabin forward and a guest aft cabin that can be made up as two twins or one huge double berth. It’s no surprise that second-hand models are much sought after.

Who and what was this boat designed for

The Windy 37 is a planing hull sports cruiser with an optional hard top for all-weather use. It offers a stable, well-balanced ride in all conditions and is a great boat for people looking for a classic family cruiser built by craftsmen.

What commentators say about this sports cruiser

Motor Boats Monthly described the Grand Mistral as “Britain’s best driver’s boat.”

She was one of the first performance boats to be launched with the option of the hard top roof.

The 37 Grand Mistral is a genuine Windy classic whose refined and timeless design, solid craftsmanship and excellent sea-keeping abilities make her a popular quality family cruiser.

Model variations

If you’re thinking of buying a used Windy 37 Grand Mistral, you can choose from a range of variations.

  • The Windy 37 Grand Mistral takes its roots from models such as the Draco 3400 Zircon, which evolved via the 36 Mistral into the 37 Grand Mistral in 1997.
  • The model did not fundamentally change from launch until the end of production in 2011.
  • There were a number of updates on the interior woodwork and many purchasers will choose a particular model year depending on their favourite. Windy introduced the light oak interior finish as standard in 2008/2009 with the option of high-gloss.
  • The 37 was traditionally sold with the Volvo KAD 44 or KAD 300 engines. These were replaced with the new D-series range in 2006, which includes the D4-260 or 300 options.
  • The dashboard arrangement was updated in line with the engines to offer ergonomic placement of the new engine instrumentation and chartplotters.
  • Later boats were available with the option of an anti-glare dashboard finish that could be specified in a choice of colours to match the boat’s upholstery and other fittings.
  • The first boats came with gas before Windy decided to fit diesel-fired ceramic hobs as standard until 2006, when the gas system was re-introduced, with an oven fitted as standard in the galley.

Specification

  • Length overall: 36ft 7in (11.14m)
  • Beam: 11ft 6in (3.5m)
  • Height including cradle: 10ft 11in (3.34m)
  • Dry weight (approximate): 7.165 tons (6.500kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 175 gallons/211 US gallons (800 litres)
  • Water capacity: 42 gallons/50 US gallons (190 litres)

What’s great about the Windy 37 Grand Mistral

  • Available with an open cockpit or optional hard top.
  • Social u-shaped cockpit design, which can be converted to a sun-pad.

If you smell gas in your home…then you just might have a problem. You likely have a gas leak. I’m not referring to gasoline here but I’ll suggest (with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek) that if you smell gasoline inside the living space of your home, then you might want to consider parking your car outside or in the garage. Seriously, though, the smell of gas inside your home is no laughing matter.

Gas is used as a fuel to operate many different systems in modern homes. Gas is most often used by systems that heat the home such as furnaces and boilers. Gas-fired waters heaters are very common. It can be used as a fuel for cooking such as with ranges or cook-tops, for fireplaces to provide heat or for decoration, and for other uses e.g. clothes dryers. It is, after all, an efficient fuel and is readily available in some form in most geographical locations. Two types of gas are in common residential use…natural gas and Liquefied Propane (LP) gas. Each has its own properties and each is unique in various ways. Let’s examine the two different types of gas.

Natural gas is a carbon-based fossil fuel that is typically piped directly into a home by a public utility operator. It is lighter than air which means that, if it leaks, it will readily dissipate into the atmosphere.

LP gas is also a carbon-based fossil fuel. It has more available energy per unit measure than does natural gas and it is readily able to turn to a liquid state. LP gas is heavier is approximately 1.5 times heavier than air…which means that, if it should leak, it sinks to the floor or grade level and will collect in low areas (more on that later).

It is worthy of note that, in their natural states (conditions), both natural gas and LP gas are virtually odorless. To enable people being able to readily detect gas leakage (using their nose), processors of both products add a chemical called Methyl Mercaptan to the gas mixture. Methyl Mercaptan has been described as smelling like something akin to rotten cabbage or rotten eggs. Listen up…this is important! If you smell rotten cabbage, and you’re pretty sure you don’t have any rotten cabbage lying around, then that odor should cause an instantaneous alarm to go off inside your head. If you suspect that there’s a gas leak inside your home, there are some things you need to do…and quickly. There are also a few things not to do.

Things NOT To Do:

• Panic…you’re well-being depends on you keeping a clear head and systematically doing what you need to do in a timely manner. If you freak out as soon as you smell gas, you won’t be thinking clearly

• Light a match or cigarette lighter…this may seem like a no-brainer but, well, it has happened and the results weren’t pretty

• Do not operate any electric devices to include light switches, appliances, …

Would you say your overall design style is sleek and chic? Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather that an overly adorned and accessorized space? If you’d like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.

1. Cabinetry

  • When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture.
  • To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece. Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet – which will cast a warm glow to the floor below.
  • Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area.
  • Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2. Fixtures

  • Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design. If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends – a free- standing bathtub.
  • They are available in all shapes and sizes and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3. Surfaces and Materials

  • Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look. Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style.
  • Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material. Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling. It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space.
  • Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style.
  • Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash. Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application. If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it’s shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe. Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4. Luxurious Shower

  • Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays. If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well. These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design. Don’t forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system.
  • Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space. This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall

Shower enclosures now come in a vast array of styles and sizes. The shower enclosure has become the focal point for most bathrooms. This is due in part to the time saved by taking a shower over having a bath, but also because consumers have become mindful of the water saving benefits fitting a shower enclosure can have, over a traditional bath tub.

How do you choose the right shower enclosure for you? Well, size and shape are two of the most important factors to consider. If you intend to be showering every day rather than taking a bath then you will soon get fed up of say a small 760 x 760 square shower enclosure. This size has its uses in confined spaces, but if you can stretch to an enclosure of at least 800 x 800 or 900 x 900 then you will have far more space for movement. This is very important as generally most people will keep a new shower enclosure for around 10 years – that’s 3,650 showers taken if you shower every day. The average shower time is 10 minutes, so you will spend approximately 25 entire days of your life in that shower enclosure over its lifetime – so it’s best not to get something too small!

If the shower is going into a corner situation, then there are various options:

Square Enclosures

Square enclosures can have one fixed side known as the side panel, and one opening side called the shower door. The shower door can be pivoting, bi-folding, sliding and even opening inwards in its design. Square shower enclosures are the most straight forward design and usually the cheapest to buy. Popular sizes are between 760 x 760mm up to 1000 x 1000mm

Rectangular Enclosures

Very similar to the square enclosure, these also comprise two sides and a choice of opening door mechanism. However, the allow a greater choice of sizes from 900 x 800mm up to 1800 x 900mm and virtually all sizes in between.

Quadrant Enclosures

Quadrants have become very popular due to the stylish curved looks and generous showering space. There are equal quadrants i.e. 800 x 800mm, 900 x 900mm, and also offset quadrants with popular sizes from 900 x 800mm to 1200 x 900mm. Offset quadrants allow more room than an equal quadrant with one side longer than the other. Quadrant shower enclosures can have either sliding doors or pivoting out doors.

Walk In Showers

Walk in shower enclosures are becoming ever more popular as a bath replacement. They are usually between 1200mm and 1700mm in length and around 800mm in depth. The walk in shower gives a large showering area, and does away with the need for a shower door by having a permanent opening or gap between the front and side glass panels. Walk In showers are very stylish and luxurious looking. However, bear in mind that with a permanent opening it can let heat out if your bathroom is not kept very warm!…

Getting married is probably the most important event in your life so you want to make sure that everything goes right on your big day. Preparations for the wedding can be so exhausting and even confusing sometimes especially if you don’t know where to start and what task to do first.

Take a hold of yourself and breathe slowly. Remember that you can’t do all these things at once thus start on the very basic. Decide first on what kind of a wedding you want to have, an indoor or outdoor wedding. When you are able to decide what kind of wedding you want to have then all things will just follow.

There are advantages and disadvantages in having indoor or outdoor wedding that you have to consider before your decide. Of course nothing can beat having a garden wedding or or poolside wedding but then again the weather might not be agreeable to you on the very day of the ceremony so that an indoor wedding is better

If you decide on having an outdoor wedding, check out the place where you want to hold your ceremony to see if you really like the location and if you feel your guests will be comfortable. Check if they have any contingency plans if the weather won’t allow outdoor wedding on the day of your wedding. But if you live in a place where it’s sunny and warmth all the time then outdoor wedding is perfect for you but if you have a rainy climate all throughout the year then indoor wedding is the only option for you.

Outdoor weddings are really beautiful but the weather is the key factor to consider so if you want to be stress free and want your wedding to go on with no problem then having it indoors would be the best option.…