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Brighten Up Your Living Room With These Useful Lighting Tips

Brighten Up Your Living Room With These Useful Lighting Tips

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Lighting is one of the most important aspects to having a nice home. Whether you’re looking to renovate to boost the chance of a sale or are just wanting to improve your living space for you and your family, there are plenty of things you can do. Our living rooms are frequented the most by us and guests, so getting the balance between bright and comforting light is essential. Read on for our top tips to find what could work for your room. Assess Your Natural Light During the daytime, your windows should be doing a lot of the work with lighting your living room. Think about any furniture that’s blocking too much sunlight and take note of any areas that are overtly shady. First, try to increase the natural light flow into the room using brighter wall colors and even mirrors. If your li...
Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) and how to avoid it

Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) and how to avoid it

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Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in the making of some types of plastics. It was invented in 1891 by chemists in a laboratory. In the 1940's and 50's BPA began to be a component of many everyday items, such as water coolers, baby bottles, plastic dishes, bicycle helmets, even some tooth fillings. Eventually, BPA use became so wide spread that it can now be found lining almost every canned food in the US. Some cash register receipts even contain BPA. The History and Dangers of BPA In the 1930's scientists realized that BPA had estrogenic properties, and it was actually used as an artificial estrogen medically for a while. So, rumors of potential toxicity should come as a surprise to no one. After all, it was used medicinally before it found its way into everyday items. ...
How to control aphids in garden without pesticides

How to control aphids in garden without pesticides

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Controlling aphids in the garden, without the use of pesticides or powders and chemical sprays that kill the insect but leave unhealthy chemical residue behind, has gardeners jumping on the "green" bandwagon. What are Aphids Aphids are small pear-shaped insects that come in a variety of colors, with green and black being the most common. Aphids attach themselves to the area of the plant where new growth appears. They reproduce quickly and are voracious feeders. Aphids suck liquid from the plant, dehydrating it and eventually destroying it. Their waste is a sticky shiny residue called honey dew. Ants in the garden are attracted to the honey dew and will actually take aphids as pets. Once they have the aphids securely settled in their ant colony, the ants cut new growth from nea...
Proven steps to buying a house

Proven steps to buying a house

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Getting ready to purchase a new home is exciting, but also stressful and nerve-wracking. Many people simply don't know where to begin or how to proceed through the steps of buying a home. Using a house hunting checklist like the one below can make the process easier. How to Buy a House Step #1: Get a Realtor It's possible to buy a home without a real estate agent, but average people without experience in real estate or legal fields will need the assistance of a good realtor. A real estate agent can get appointments to see homes, help buyers make offers and negotiate house prices, and communicate with the seller. Particularly if a person is buying a home on a tight schedule while on a house hunting trip, a real estate agent comes in handy. Buying a New Home Step #2: See Houses It...
Bathroom cleaning tips and ideas

Bathroom cleaning tips and ideas

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Keeping a clean home is no easy task and bathrooms are one area that require plenty of attention. Clean bathrooms are not just aesthetically pleasing but also hygienic. Here are some simple cleaning tips and ideas for homeowners to spruce up the bathroom by getting rid of dust, clutter and dirt. Bathroom Cleaning Products and Supplies Before starting on sprucing up the bathrooms, do stock the cleaning caddy with the right bathroom cleaning products and supplies. Here is a list of items that may be needed during a bathroom cleanup. Step-ladder Dust mop (preferably with a long handle), broom, mop Cleaning cloths or rags, sponges and brushes Small bucket with handle Disposable gloves Cleaning sprays – choose from natural cleaners or commercial ones Trash can liners Dusti...
Most popular homes of 20s captures architecture

Most popular homes of 20s captures architecture

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Based on a popular catalog of house plans for primarily smaller to mid-size homes, The Most Popular Homes of the Twenties includes a variety of looks from southwestern style to Dutch Colonial Revival. Daniel D. Reiff Supplies New Introduction Originally published in 1925 as The Most Popular Homes in America by American Builder, Daniel D. Reiff has written a new introduction and added supplementary drawings of period homes to the book. Reiff explains the advent of catalogs from which prospective homeowners could order their plans, materials, or other necessities with the most famous being the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog homes. The purpose of this particular book was not to sell homes but rather to encourage readers to build homes using the enclosed plans. With each dr...