A bedroom is not just a room, it is much more! We spend more than a third of our life in the bedroom. Recently, homeowners had to invest an incredible amount of money in decorating their bedrooms. The furniture takes much of investment because it is made of precious woods such as mahogany, walnut, etc. But what about people who can not break the budget, but want to create a perfect bedroom? Well, veneers are the best choice in this case. Read all...
Gardening means hard work, and you should be careful to protect your trees and to make them thrive. Often gardeners are not sure if they need to mulch around trees for best health and growth. Though the amount used varies with the age of the tree, it’s very useful to cover the soil around your plants and deciduous trees with natural mulch. What are the benefits of mulching? When the bases of trees are covered with mulch, it controls soil temperature...
Installing great home lighting can be an easy way to show off your home. The living room can be changed in seconds – by making use of the varied lighting you are able to produce different looks in this one space. Obviously you should try to use natural light which you have in your rooms and using mirrors, installed opposite windows, it is possible to increase the effect of natural lighting. In the places where you need to use artificial lighting,...
HOUSTON — Mattress Firm, the nation’s largest chain of sleep shops, is in talks to acquire fellow Top 100 retailer Sleep Train, according to a story in today’s New York Post.
The Post story said the deal, which would combine two of the four largest bedding specialty chains, would be an all-stock transaction worth about $200 million.
Publicly traded Mattress Firm has more than 1,200 company-owned and franchised locations. The company had sales of $904.7 million for the nine months ended Oct. 29 and is projecting revenues of more than $1.2 billion for the fiscal year that ends Jan. 28.
Mattress Firm, which was ranked No. 6 on Furniture/Today’s most recent Top 100 list, has been expanding rapidly the past two years through acquisitions and new store openings.
Privately held Sleep Train, No. 19 on the most recent Top 100 rankings, is the largest mattress retailer in the western U.S. wNo Comments »
Kitchen ranges are becoming fancier and more impressive with every generation. The days of wood-burning stoves that had to be stoked and fed early in the morning are long gone, and consumers can not choose incredibly energy efficient models that are safer and pull less energy. When buying new stoves, consumers should look at the features along with other options to find the one thats right for them.
There was a time when all cooktops worked with wood, but that heat source gave way to gas and electricity. Homeowners can now choose between gas, electric and even induction. Gas options are known for reaching higher temperatures, you don?t have to wait for them to heat up and they turn off just as fast. They cook more evenly, and some people wont cook on anything but gas.No Comments »
How can you add the aesthetic appeal, tasteful opulence and class to the interior design of your place? What is the most elegant way to bring warmth in your home? What fascinating decorative element combines traditional beauty and functionality? It is a stone fireplace!
When we think about fireplaces, the first association that comes to mind is stone or brick. These solid and impressive structures last for a long time. Stone has been the most popular material for use in various home furnishing and decorations since antiquity. It reflects light, suits for different living areas and can work with any design idea. The best feature of a stone fireplace is its versatility. Simply put, it can be adapted to any environment whether it is located inside or outside the house. Read all post…No Comments »
Hello friends! Ive been thinking a lot about spring, have you? I think its because winter hasnt really come yet here in northern Germany its been consistently in the 50s all season so far so we definitely did not have a white Christmas. I must confess though, that being pregnant and walking everywhere as we do this has been a true blessing for me. Today the sky is clear and blue, temps are in the low 50s, and all I can think about is that my baby will soon be born, we move this Thursday, my mother will be flying in this Spring, my next book with Leslie Shewring will be published all about decorating at home with fresh flowers and that I have an entirely new apartment to decorate and share with all of you, including the babys room.
There is so much to be excited about plus my birthday is in March and its always nice to have a birthday even though getting older isnt really what we all crave, it is nice to say that another year of life has passed and that many more are ahead and to ask the question, Whats next?.
So yes, I have spring and all the things that it brings on my mind today.No Comments »
From the makers of Plumen 001 an alternative to the 60W incandescent light bulb comes the Plumen 002 a designer light bulb that is created especially for places that require dim brightness and warmer tones like bars coffee shops or even the living room.
Like the first version Plumen 002 is a low energy bulb and use less power than regular light bulbs. The Plumen 002 is an alternative to the 30W incandescent bulb and requires less than 25% of the energy to power the latter.
The Plumen 002 is designed to create a cozy atmosphere and because of its contemporary sculpted and defined form adds a somewhat artistic feel to everyday spaces.
The company is currently raising funds for the Plumen 002 on Kickstarter.No Comments »
I may have mentioned recently that I’m in the process of getting ready to replace my bathroom floor, which is currently a mix of aging vinyl flooring and carpeting. The vinyl floor actually isn’t in bad shape, although the dark pattern makes the bathroom feel positively cave-like in the winter, but the carpeting is completely disgusting, and it’s long past time to go. Since I’m a renter, I’m working with my landlords on the project, and we had an interesting conversation about the best material to replace the floor with.
I’d love tile, of course, or possibly slate or natural fieldstone. The upkeep is higher, but these materials look nicer, and they hold up longer.No Comments »