Monday, 19 December 2011

A Feng Time to Shui the Bedroom Furniture

Fenging Fun with Oak Bedroom Furniture

Your bedroom should be a place of rest and relaxation and that is why you are going to want to make sure that the furniture in this room has been chosen well. Obviously the main focal point of any bedroom is going to be the bed, but it is also nice to have other fabulous furniture that will make you want to spend time in this room. A lot of people these days will go for wooden furniture and oak furniture is hugely popular. So what kind of furniture would look great in your bedroom?

When it comes to the bed, you can choose to have a wooden bed frame as this will look fantastic with the other furniture that you choose. However, there are many other types of bed frame that you can choose such as faux leather, metal or faux suede for example.

An oak chest of drawers is a beautiful choice in any bedroom. This will give you a place to put clothes and other items as well as a place for storage on top if you wish.

Oak wardrobes will really complete the look and will give a warm, homely feel to your bedroom.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Feng Shui Tip: The Benefits of Natural Oak in Your Home

You don't need to rearrange the furniture in your home to get a good vibe. Using natural woods, such as oak or pine can help turn your home into a calm and relaxing environment.

Unvarnished, natural wood matches any decor. For example, an oak sideboard will look great in a classic or modern setting and will stand the test of time. Oak furniture especially creates a great canvas to work with. Oak comes in many different neutral shades and when decorating your home provides a perfect backdrop for coloured candles, and decorations.

Natural oak, pine and ash are usually cut from sustainable sources. This means that when you add wood furniture to your house you know you are being environmentally friendly as the trees are regrown. This is in contrast to more modern furniture materials, such as MDF - which is often finished with a plastic veneer.

Easy to care for
Once properly polished, oak and other wood furniture will last for years with the minimum of care. Once a year it is advised to feed your wood furniture with a wood polish to ensure that the wood doesn't dry out. The advantage of natural wood furniture over modern alternatives is that even the deepest scratches can be polished out.

Feng Shui The Expensive Cost of Bathrooms

Even if buying cheap bathroom suites, remodelling your bathroom can be an expensive business. Here are some low cost tips to feng shui away the cost of a new bathroom to a minimum.

Shop online
If you have measured your bathroom and know exactly what kind of bathroom suite you require, then shopping online can save you a fortune. Many online bathroom stores are cheaper than their traditional counterparts and bathrooms are often heavily discountied. Cheap bathroom suites can often be found when manufacturers have end of line or clearance sales.

If you do not know what sort of bathroom suite you are looking for then shopping online can give you ideas. You may even pick up a bargain whilst you are shopping!

DIY bathroom
Installing a new bathroom suite isn't as difficult as it seems. Unless you want a custom bathroom or have a difficult space to fill then you may not need a plumber. You can also save money by buying a cheap bathroom suite yourself and then asking your local plumber to do the final installation. This method is often cheaper than buying a bathroom suite from a store and using their fitting service.

Finish the decor yourself
When remodelling your bathroom, once you have installed the main fixtures, such as the bath, toilet, shower and sink you can save money by doing the finishing touches yourself. Tiling is easy to do on a small bathroom and may not need to cover a big area. Adding those extra accessories, such as shower curtains or doors, toilet seats etc. is not as hard as it seems.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Lighting the Feng Shui Path - Flow Chi' Through Your French Wooden Doors

Do you love remodelling and decorating your home? Thinking of letting the light in with a skylight? Think again! Why not consider a beautiful set of wooden french doors to flood your bedroom with glorious morning light instead? An amazing feature to help spread good chi’ throughout the home! Doors in the home act as energy valves much akin to the blood gateways thoruogh the veins of the human body. Doors can block or stifle chi', or oversely release it allowing it to flow through you're home invigorating every facet.

These lovely style of doors originate from the later French Renaissance era and are famous for their multi-window design. French doors are conveniently fit for both interior as well as exterior doorways.

Working with a limited amount of space in your rooms? Doors of this style work wonders to open up a small space and provide a beautiful partition at the same time enhancing your sense of well being and allowing energy to woosh through every gaping opening. Adding a gorgeous set of wooden french doors to the inside or outside of your home is a relatively affordable way to increase the value of your house and add to its aesthetic appeal as well.

Don't forget about all the natural light that they will let in, reducing your overall energy use and offering an efficient passageway for the sun's light. Absorb that chi’ from the cosmos and smile with bliss.

Feeling Feng Shui - Underfloor Heating Zen

There is nothing worse than stepping out from a hot morning shower onto an icy cold bathroom floor that rudely ends your morning relaxation.

You know exactly the feeling I refer to. It's that moment that your warm, wet foot touches that freezing bathroom tile and knocks the wind right out of you!

Ever considered underfloor heating to solve this unpleasant daily fact of life? This type of heating is ideal for bathroom spaces and is relatively simple to install yourself or have professionally installed by a contractor in no time at all.

Sounds great, right? So about how much are we looking at total for underfloor heating cost? Depending on the size of your bathroom or other area, the typical range is somewhere between £10,000-£12,000 including installation.

Not only is this one efficient method of heating your home and its cold surfaces, but it also adds a valuable asset to your home and increases its worth if you decide to sell in the future.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Be the Envy of Your Friends with One of the Solid Oak Kitchens

There is nothing quite like genuine solid wood to provide an air of quality and comfort to any home. Whether you live in a modern property or a listed building solid oak kitchens will give you the country look that everyone with envy. You can choose warm, polished oak or if you want a lighter look plain oak that has simply been sealed and where you can see the true beauty of the wood. You will get solid oak kitchen units much more cheaply if you decide to install it yourself. You may need the help of professionals when it comes to things like dismantling and putting in a gas cooker and anything to do with gas or electricity. Nowadays equipment and wiring have to be installed or at least checked by a person who is Corgi registered. If you don’t have a Corgi certificate for your installations then you could be breaking the law.

Most people love the idea of solid oak kitchens and visualise a large, homely space with plenty of copper bottomed saucepans suspended from the ceiling or hung on the walls. When it comes to splash backs and work tops, granite looks great in light oak kitchens but if you prefer dark oak then you may want to think about contrasting work tops and splash backs. Why not get one of the solid oak kitchens installed and be the envy of all your friends.

e-Decking Ideas - Make use of unusable garden slopes and inclines

e-Decking Ideas - Think about how you can really make use of that wasted space resulting from eroded banks and poor landscape foundations that cause ugly slopes and drainage in the back garden. You need to feng shui that uphill garden and put a paper bag on the head of that tarnished garden space. It's easy! Top Garden Feng Shui Tip: Make use of unusable slopes and inclines in the back garden with a clever use of decking materials!

Decking is a great way to spruce up your garden and to provide a separate space for al fresco dining. If you are lucky enough to have a fair sized back garden then you might welcome some decking ideas that will make it uniquely your own. Not all gardens are flat or square and some of them have a steep incline, which generally means that area of the garden is wasted. Some quick and easy decking ideas will mean that the space you thought was a lost cause could actually be a great spot to start with. If you do plan on having a deck in a sloping area then it’s a good idea to consult a professional to find out what is needed. You may need information on building codes and planning restrictions. Decking doesn’t usually need permission but councils differ on this so it’s always a good idea to check before you buy any materials.

If you have a garden that is fairly regular in size and shape then you might want to put some decking at one end. A lot of people now have water features in their gardens and often put these close to the decking area from where they get a good view of the rest of the garden. If you have French windows then you may want to consider having your decking right outside rather than up the other end of the garden. If your garden is quite small then you could build a triangular shaped deck in one corner rather than something that stretched the whole of your garden. It’s worth taking a look online to find some more decking ideas for your home.

Tiffany Lights | Art Nouveau | Art Deco | The influence of Louis Comfort Tiffany

There are fashions in lighting just as there are fashions or fads with most other things. The kind of lighting that you have in your home can either add to or spoil the interior of your home. For a number of years Tiffany lights have been extremely popular, largely because of trends towards Art Nouveau and Art Deco styling. Tiffany, was actually Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American who designed windows, glass mosaics, jewellery and lamps. By the turn of the nineteenth century, Tiffany had made a name for himself among elite New York socialites as a designer of merit. The artist was commissioned to undertake some work in the White House he installed new designs in several of the rooms and redecorated and painted them. Part of his design plan for the Whitehouse was to use brightly patterned glass shades for gas lamps, and these shades became known as Tiffany lights.

In 1885 Tiffany had become sufficiently wealthy to start his own glass making company and by 1902 the firm was known as the Tiffany studios. The designer built a further studio in 1893, eventually named the Tiffany glass furnaces. Tiffany used brightly coloured, opalescent glass to give the appearance of stained glass, and the first Tiffany lights date back to 1895 – the beginning of the Art Nouveau movement and enjoyed further popularity in the Art Deco period.