Thursday, April 15, 2021

How To Deter Burglars!

This post is provided by Luca Yates.

Nobody likes the idea of coming home to find that their house has been burgled but it happens all too often in Australia. How do you stay safe and make sure that you are not the next victim of this detestable crime? 

Do Not Make Their Job Easy

Make their job as difficult as you can for them by securing their points of entry. Burglars will usually try to enter your home through the doors and windows, so make sure that these are secure, even if you are only popping to the shop for five minutes. Fit Meshlock doors to your home and this will deter criminals. Meshlock doors are available from Westral and offer the strongest stainless steel doors in the country.  

A burglar knows that if it is going to take them a long time to break into your home then there is more risk of them being caught. This will deter them from trying and they will move on. 

Do Not Leave Valuables On Display

Do not leave items such as money or jewelry on display. It is easy to get comfortable in your home and leave valuables on a hall table or window sill by mistake, but it would not take long for a burglar to reach in through an open window and help themselves. Invest in a safe to lock away your valuables, even when you are in the house, and they will be a lot more secure.

A fancy car is a great status symbol but park it on the driveway and it sends a message to a potential burglar about your status too. If they know you are wealthy, they will think that you are more likely to keep valuables in the house too. If you have a garage, then make sure you always use it to park your car. That way you are not advertising your wealth to a criminal.

Social Media

Steer clear of advertising when you are out of the house by posting your whereabouts on social media. This can be like a red rag to a bull for a savvy burglar. Knowing where you are and how long you are likely to be away for can let them know how long they have to burgle your house. This is especially true if you have gone on holiday. Post pictures of your hotel or airplane and the burglar will know they have a week or two to clean your house out entirely. 

Deterrent Sticker

One novel but effective way of getting burglars to leave your home alone is to purchase a ‘beware of the dog’ sticker. You know you do not have a dog but no burglar is going to risk a tussle with a rottweiler to prove that you are bluffing. This is a sure-fire way to have the thief running for the hills.

Follow these anti burglar tips to make sure that you stay one step ahead of the criminals and do not become the next victim of their hateful crime. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Eco-Friendly Home Features To Consider In 2021!

This post is provided by Luca Yates.

It is 2021, and there is no longer any excuse as to why we cannot live more eco-friendly and considerate lifestyles. Even the smallest of adaptations to our lives can make a difference, be it eating less meat, installing solar panels, or having a compost bin in the garden. However, not many of us are aware of these changes and how impactful they can be. 

If you are a homeowner, there are many small changes you can make to your home so that you can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. These changes do not need to be expensive either, but if you have the finances to make larger adaptations, it can be a great return on your investment as it could power your home and lower your utility bills, for example.

Read on for a list of eco-friendly home features that could make your home modern, but also much more environmentally friendly. 

Invest In Products That Are Made From Recycled Materials

You may need to invest in and buy new furniture or products for your home. However, buying new products does not necessarily need to be considered wasteful. Nowadays, you can buy products made out of eco-friendly materials or materials that have been recycled, reducing the waste and labor needed to create the products.

One amazing way to bring in products made from recycled materials is through decking materials. You may wish to have a decking installed in your garden - and why not? It is a wonderful addition to a home! However, you may worry about your carbon footprint. Fortunately, companies such as Ecoscape offer beautiful composite decking panels that not only look sleek and clean, but are also made up from 55% reclaimed wood fibers and 45% recycled HDPE. By investing in products from companies like Ecoscape, you are getting the best of both worlds: a wonderful decking that can improve the value of your home and make you enjoy your garden more, but decking that also reduces your carbon footprint due to the eco-friendly nature of the materials.

Have A Compost Bin

There are various benefits of having a compost bin. Not only does it add nutrients to the soil and help plants grow and photosynthesis, but it can also help plants retain water and repel certain plant diseases due to the presence of specific microorganisms. However, other benefits include the compost being a viable place to recycle certain food waste, reducing the amount of rubbish that is in your home and being thrown in the bin, only to be taken to landfill. Although your food waste will decompose in the landfill, this still takes time and can cause landfills to expand in nature. Rather, you should be using the nutrients coming from the decomposing food for your own garden!

Furthermore, composting is free! Rather than spend money on fertilizers that are a) costly, but also b) only available in stores, a compost is easily accessible and also more environmentally friendly than the factory-made chemicals. Your plants will be a lot happier and thrive with an all-natural compost!

Install Double Or Triple-Glazed Windows

While you would expect most houses to have at least double glazing installed, this is not necessarily the case. Many homes still only have single glazing, and this can be wasteful. Single glazing can increase your property’s utility bills due to the heat loss you will experience. This means you may need to use more power keeping your home warm during the colder months, but this power will also be lost due to the lack of insulation your home has. 

Besides the benefits of energy cost savings and staying warmer during winter and cooler during summer, other benefits of double or triple-glazed windows include:

Less condensation (reducing the amount of moisture collecting on your window panes)

Less noise pollution (your home will be quieter, which can be wonderful for homes placed on busy main rounds or in cities)

Install Skylights

You may be wondering how skylights can be sustainable. Are not they simply windows in your ceiling? Well, skylights can offer sustainable improvements to your home because they provide a great source of natural light that can warm up your home when the sun is directly above your house. Ideally, you will want to place a skylight on the southern part of your home so that your house can be warmed up the most during the winter. Plus, you will want a skylight that is made with wood, fiberglass or vinyl window frames so that there is a reduction in draughts. When your home also becomes too warm, your skylight becomes a great way to cool down your home.

There are several ways you can make your home more eco-friendly. By making these little changes, you can make a world of difference, and although some may be expensive and considered an investment, you are likely to experience a reduction in energy bills, meaning you are also getting a return on your investment. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Latest Bedroom Design Trends To Consider In 2021!

This post is provided by Luca Yates.

Having spent the better part of 2020 in our homes, it is no wonder that DIY and home improvement is now more popular than ever.

Searches for DIY projects have risen by more than 1200% over recent months, so it is clear that homeowners are eager to upgrade their properties.

One room that we have all spent a lot of time in over the past 12 months is our bedrooms. From sleeping in them, to even working from bed, many individuals have found that their bedroom has become their sanctuary recently.

If you want to upgrade your boudoir in 2021, then here are some of the most popular bedroom design trends that you should consider using this year. 

Create A Bedroom Fit For A Queen

Forget minimalism: 2021’s bedroom trend de jour is a masterful regal room, complete with a statement bed and luxurious furnishings. Inspired by the need for comfort and popular culture trends for period dramas, such as Bridgerton and Downton Abbey, luxury and indulgence are the orders of the day. Consider choosing classic, timeless styles and statement pieces of furniture, such as a bold bed or a comfortable armchair, which can help you to turn any bedroom into a restful oasis.  

Incorporate Technology 

While old-fashion grandeur might be the order of the day, that does not mean that you can not include modern technological flourishes to make your life easier and more comfortable. Technology is changing the way we live, and it can be incorporated into your dream bedroom easily in 2021. For example, you could consider including an entertainment system to make bedtime more fun. Another approach is to include a TV in your bedroom or even your bed. Some homeowners might be thinking: Is A TV Bed The Ultimate Affordable Indulgence? The answer, as this article shows, is most definitely yes. A TV bed will give you the chance to watch your favorite shows and films from under the comfort of your covers. Consider incorporating tech into your bedroom this year to make it a great place to relax and unwind in after a long, hard day. 

Jump On The Rustic Trend

Rustic furnishings, with natural color schemes and materials such as wicker, wood and cotton, are a longstanding interior design trend that is not going anywhere. We first saw the rustic trend in homeware several years ago, but it remains popular thanks to our love of nature and the coziness that this style of interior design implies. So, if you are considering redecorating your bedroom this year, then you could consider incorporating rustic items and botanical prints to bring the beauty and glory of nature into your bedroom. 

Embolden The Room With A Statement Wall

While the furniture and furnishings in your bedroom can quickly and easily be changed, the flooring and wall colors require more time and effort. As such, you should try to choose neutral colors and traditional patterns that will stand the test of time. If you want to make your bedroom unique while still choosing neutral colors, then consider creating a statement wall. Learn how to create the perfect statement wall, so that you can create a beautiful and innovative bedroom that you will love for many years to come.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

How To Cut Costs With Free Boxes!

This post is provided by Laura Bell.

Free boxes are one of the most important ways people save on a move. Instead of buying expensive boxes from a moving company, the home owners or apartment dwellers start collecting free boxes wherever they can be found.

What Boxes To Look For

So, first of all, what are you looking for in a box? There are several criteria for good boxes which you can discover if you look in hardware stores or online, you can see that there are some definite qualities you should hope to find.

Thickness is the first goal. You do not want thin cardboard. Thicker is truly better for breakable items. This is the first layer of protection, and while it can not do the job alone, it is critical. This does not mean some thinner cardboard would not work for certain items, but overall, you should favor thicker cardboard whenever possible.

Compartmentalized boxes are a big seller. You can achieve this with shoeboxes inside of a larger box. However, if you can find boxes which were already compartmentalized for a product, then you will have excellent boxes for packing dishes and other breakables.

Last, but not least, you want boxes that look new. You do not want to move items in a box that has been wet. You can only determine this by looking for water stains. It may not be water, but you will know something got it wet, and now it may not be strong enough to contain your belongings on a move.

It is also important not to have a box with food stains. This attracts all kinds of pests and may also invite smells or mold. You never know how long your moving box will be used.  Sometimes it goes straight into a basement, attic or storage unit.  

How Many Boxes Do You Need

Next you have to figure out how many boxes you need. Almost everyone needs more boxes than they realize. That is why it is critical to pack everything you can early, determining that you will need more boxes.  

Heavy items, such as books, need to be packed in smaller boxes, or the load will be too heavy. Breakable items need to be packed in similarly sized boxes. So, you will want more of this size than anything else. If you are trying to count how many boxes you want, start with the idea of one box for every 14 books and one box for every 10 glasses. This should get you started toward a realistic count.

By the way, you will need more if your move is done by professionals or if it is a long distance move. Why? In these cases, it is less likely that you can use substitutes such as big trash bags for pillows and blankets. On the other hand, if you are moving slowly across town, you may be able to unpack boxes and take them back to be repacked. 

Where To Find Boxes

The best way to find free boxes is to go scouting. You will want to check out what is at the liquor store and grocery store. You should be able to ask the manager what happens to used boxes. They may be willing to call you when boxes are available. 

Some stores put out their boxes, hoping someone will pick them up. This may even reduce their recycling fees or trash fees. Be sure to keep all extra cardboard pieces you find. These can be used inside other boxes as extra protection for plates or framed pictures.  

The key is to start your search earlier enough to find the best boxes. In addition to the compartmentalized boxes you may find at liquor stores, there may be some large boxes at grocery stores that can be used for lightweight items. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Why Is Crawl Space Encapsulating A Great Investment?


This post is provided by M Zahid.

When you have a crawl space at your property, you may wonder how to go about keeping it in good condition. The crawl space of your home can cause huge issues around your property if it is not cared for. However, some people do not have the time, tools, or knowledge when it comes to looking after this part of the home. Well, one thing you can do is to turn to a crawl space specialist to learn more about protecting this part of your home.

One of the things that these experts can do is to look at crawl space encapsulation for the space under your home. This is a great way of protecting not only the space itself but also the rest of your home. It can also save you a lot of time, hassle, stress, and money in the future, as the space is far less likely to experience major issues that cause serious headaches for homeowners. In this article, we will look at why encapsulation is a great investment for homeowners.

Some Of The Reasons To Have This Work Completed

There are many reasons why you should get this work completed at your home. Some of the benefits you can look forward to are:

Reducing The Risk Of Serious Problems

One of the huge benefits that can come from encapsulating your crawl space is that it reduces the risk of serious problems occurring in your home. All sorts of issues can arise if you have problems in the space beneath your home, and this can have a big impact on the condition of your home, the health of those inside the property, and even your finances. By having the space encapsulated, you can protect the area, and this then means that your home also has a higher level of protection.

Better Living Conditions At Home

You will also benefit from better living conditions at home when you have this work carried out, and this means that you can relax more and enjoy a comfortable environment. By reducing the risk of problems such as mold, low air quality, dampness, and pests, encapsulation can help to maintain a comfortable and healthy home environment. So, you and your loved ones can enjoy spending time at home in a pleasant setting.

Avoiding Ongoing Costs

You can also avoid ongoing costs by having this work carried out, and this can have a huge positive impact on your finances. If you do not protect the crawl space, the many problems that can arise could end up costing a fortune to deal with and eliminate. You could be affected by everything from higher energy bills to paying for damage caused by pests and mold. However, protecting the space under the home will reduce the risk of these issues, which means huge savings in the long run.

These are some of the reasons why encapsulating your crawl space is a great investment for your home. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Decorating Your Backyard For A Marriage Proposal!

This post is provided by Lora Young.

Have you decided to pop the question to your special someone? Before you do, you have to make sure you have made the necessary preparations, such as shopping for the perfect engagement ring. Aside from choosing from a host of peach sapphire engagement rings, you also have to prepare the venue. The backyard is perfect, since it allows you to reconnect with nature. No matter where you choose to ask her hand in marriage, decorating it can increase the chances of getting the much-awaited “yes”. Here are some ideas to help you win her heart when proposing in your backyard:

Invest In String Lights

There is just something about string lights that can instantly liven up a space. Plus, there are tons of styles and designs that you can choose from. You can go for lacy white lanterns, or choose to have that vintage filament bulb light. Not only will it help create an elegant and romantic backyard setting, but they can also be reused as a permanent decoration in your home.

Keep It Romantic With Pictures

If you do not have enough budget for expensive decorations, you can always rely on your pictures together to document how far you have come in your relationship. You can print them and DIY a frame to hold them together. What is nice about this decorative piece is that you can reminisce how the two of you started as you plan on creating more memories in the future. 

Decorate By The Season

One of the key things you should do when decorating for your marriage proposal is to decorate depending on the season. Not only will it help you source the best items to spruce up your backyard, but you also use it as a mainstay in your backyard. For example, you might want to decorate with pinecones and string lights when proposing during the Christmas season. When proposing during spring or summer, you can go all in with flowers. 

Go DIY

Nothing beats surprising your loved one with a decoration that you did yourself. If you have a dull-looking backyard space, you can build a backdrop that you can decorate. Wood pallets are a great option if you want to save some money. You can search for some ideas on the lattice work that you can copy. 

Blankets And Lanterns Will Go A Long Way

The most romantic marriage proposals are often the simplest ones. In fact, you can decorate your backyard with pieces that you can find at home. For example, you can set up a teepee tent using a few wood planks and a blanket. You can even bring out some of your furniture. Throw in some pillows from your bedroom, and you will have a simple yet breathtaking set up. Do not forget to light up the space with some cute little paper lanterns for an added romantic vibe. 

Spell It Out

If you think that you are going to stumble on your words when you propose, you can go for a decoration that would speak for itself. Go out and spell out the word, “Will You Marry Me?” using the most creative letterings that you can think of. You can print out the words, or you can have custom letterings for it. If you have a strip light, you can use it as well. 

Use The Pergola

If you have a pergola at home, you can make this the focus of your marriage proposal decor. You can use this spot where all your ideas can come to life. You can get your string lights, and cover the posts with it. You can also use the photos you have framed and let it hang on the space along with some flowers. 

Backyard proposals are romantic enough to get you the answer that you have been longing for. You just have to carefully plan it out so your partner would not ruin the surprise. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Tips For Purchasing Furniture Online!

This post is provided by Jacqueline Diaz.

Shopping online has become the new thing nowadays. It may seem that there are some products you can easily buy and reorder using online sites, but some purchases may prove to be intimidating. Furniture can prove to be a big purchase for your home. And a shopping view that cannot be seen can be terrifying. So you have to take the initiative and surf the internet for options, designs, and brands. Like making an online purchase of anything, taking time to acquire the details is crucial. Here are some useful tips for purchasing furniture online.

Prepare Yourself

You should have in mind what you require before shopping. Below are some of the things you should have in mind in advance.

1. Budget Determination

Before shopping, it is advisable to check what amount of money you are comfortable spending. Also, it is important to save some money for assembly and shipping charges.

2. Take measurement twice

It is important to know your particulars, therefore to be on the safe side, it is advisable to take some measurements, write them down, and repeat the process twice. This enables you to choose pieces that will work for the space you have.

Look For The Style That Pleases You

When you are not certain about what style to go with, an option is to browse the internet for similar spaces to yours and check what looks, finishes, and styles they have used and if they interest you.

Costs Of Shipping

You can get information about the shipping policies of the stores on their About or FAQ pages. Review the policies thoroughly before making any purchase from that website. Online stores such as amart furniture store employ different companies like UPS and several others for shipping and offer handling and shipping rates that vary. Some stores charge high shipping costs or introduce a fee for handling to recover the low prices they sell their products for. It is advisable to purchase a piece of furniture after you have reviewed their handling and shipping costs first.

Choosing A Website That Deals With Furniture

The operation of the internet can be described as if it is a market place. Certainly, not all retailers from the internet are reliable and reputable. Purchasing furniture from popular websites that are secure can help you keep your financial information intact. This also minimizes the chances of a problem arising after the purchase is done. You should take your time and research several websites keeping in mind the furniture you want to purchase. This helps you get a deal that suits you.

Price Comparison

Most retailers operating on the internet sell items that other retailers also have. You can browse through these websites and compare the prices of the furniture you want to purchase. Write down the price of the furniture, shipping costs, and the probability of the store to charge for re-stocking and return shipping.

Purchasing furniture online saves you money and time, although you have to browse through stores like amart furniture store and several others to avoid scams. Also, browse through several stores for deals that suit you. It is advisable to use trustworthy sites, look for low prices and go for the method of shipping that you would not regret when it is time to do some upgrades in your future.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Happy Chinese New Year!

My lovelies, wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Chai!





May the year of the ox brings you good health, good luck and prosperity!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sponsor- Thank you!

Today, I would like to take a moment to thank my sponsor, Latest Bedding for supporting my blog.




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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Stylish Ideas To Refresh Your Bedroom!

This post is provided by Sarah.

Not sure what style to try next in your bedroom? Are you bored of beige and tired of gray? Well, there are plenty of different styles you could try that will add freshness, vibrancy or glamour to your bedroom. Here is a few ideas to add some zing to your décor.

Paint Your Walls In A Bold Color

With paint becoming more popular than wallpaper in modern bedrooms, smooth walls are a necessity to get a good finish. If your walls are bumpy, dotted with cracks or starting to crumble then you are not going to be able to get that beautiful finish with your wall paint.  

Replastering may fix the problem, but it is tricky job that is best left to the experts. The cost to plaster a room will depend on the size of the room and the demand for plastering services in your area. Once done though, you will see the difference immediately. Your paint finish will look smooth and stylish.

Freshen Up With White

Another trend that is growing with interiors fanatics is the white floor. Whether it is with sanded and painted floorboards or with tiles or vinyl, the white floor adds a fresh, bright feature to even the darkest bedroom. 

Why not go all out with a minimalist finish and add luxury white bed linen and sheer curtains? A white floor makes the ideal backdrop for Scandi styles, coastal themes or just a great setting for a large area rug.

Going For Gold

Gold is all the rage in bathroom makeovers, but why not add the same principal to your bedroom? Gold metal bed frames, gold framed pictures on the walls and gold light fittings are simple but chic ways of adding a touch of class.

Go for added glam by wallpapering a feature wall with an art deco pattern that incorporates gold. Or upcycle your bedside tables by spray painting them in gold.

Add Warm Textures

Adding texture to a bedroom is a different way to change the style of your bedroom. If you have brickwork or wooden beams you can expose, this is a fantastic way of adding texture. But you can also try hanging tapestries or crocheted decorations to the walls, or using tufted and fringed soft furnishings. 

Think about other decorative accessories such as natural woven baskets and dried flowers to add texture to the bedroom.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

 



Thanks for your support throughout the year! Let's bid 2020 goodbye and welcome 2021 with new hopes and dreams. May the coming year be the most fruitful year of our lives. Most importantly, stay safe and healthy! Happy new year, my lovelies!