• What Are The Various Activities In The Kitchen

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    November 25, 2015 /  Kitchen

    The core of the home is the kitchen. The “work triangle” was the focal point of traditional kitchen design which situated appliances, storage and the sink in close proximity to all activities around food preparation. The assumption was one person was cooking. Double work triangles now exist as multiple cooks work in the kitchen. Further, more non-cooking activities are being done in the kitchen – helping the kids with homework, watching TV or catching up with a friend on the phone or the computer. Kitchen design has altered to tackle these activities.

    Kitchens actually play a key role during parties as people gravitate to the kitchen even when you don’t plan for it. So why not decorate the kitchen and do it so you can easily move decorations off the counter tops when it’s time to bake those cookies.

    Traditional Food-Oriented Activities

    An inventory of all the stuff stored in the kitchen will reveal the following:

    * Consumable storage – for all food items – canned goods, boxes of cereal, baking ingredients, soda and other bottled drinks.

    * Non-consumable storage – for glasses, dishes, silverware, plastic containers to store food in, disposables like napkins and paper towels and cookbooks.

    * Food preparation area – where food is prepared and where mixing bowls, utensils, spices and other cooking ingredients are stocked.

    * Cooking space – includes the range and oven along with the microwave, all pots and pans, baking sheets, etc.

    * Cleaning area – where cleaning up is done after cooking, baking or eating. It includes cleaning supplies and hopefully a recycling
    center that is easy to access.

    * Informal eating area – common in today’s kitchen, a place where several people or even the entire family can have lunch or an after school snack.

    Other Activities in the Kitchen

    To accommodate other pursuits in the kitchen, space has been added as homes become larger:

    * Home office -for meal planning, paying the bills, keeping the family’s master calendar and controlling the home’s security system and other smart technologies.

    * Homework center – where parents can monitor and help with homework while working in the kitchen before children move to other rooms.

    * Laundry area – moved closer to the bedrooms in newer homes but still included in the kitchen or an adjacent room so laundry can be done simultaneously.

    * Hobby center – i.e. drawing, sewing or scrap booking.

    * Communications center – for telephone and the computer/internet to look up recipes, a phone number or sports schedule.

    * Entertainment center – electronics and other gadgets like video games for family fun, a small refrigerator for cold drinks

  • Essential Gardening Supplies to Start an Indoor Garden

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    November 25, 2015 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    If you are considering starting a small garden in your apartment, opt for beautiful glass terrariums. Miniature terrariums look great in limited spaces and add another dimension to your home decor. To start your own terrarium you will need to choose the right garden planters, a wholesome potting mix and some essential gardening supplies to help it flourish. Follow these easy tips to help kick-start your indoor garden.

    Depending on the local climatic conditions, you can determine if you want humidity-loving plants or ones that thrive in drier conditions. Create ideal growing conditions for your plants by choosing the right garden planters. Glass planters that come with a lid are ideal for creating humid conditions for moisture-loving plants. Top-open vessels, on the other hand, are great for creating drier conditions. You can transform old glass aquariums and glass vases into beautiful terrariums for your indoor garden. If these vessels are not at hand, you will also find glass vessels that have been designed specially to be used as terrariums online.

    Potting soil is one of the essential gardening supplies you need to stock up on while starting an indoor garden. Potting mixes that have been formulated for the indoor plants you have chosen for your terrarium would be ideal. All-purpose potting mixes also work well with most plants.

    To make sure that your terrarium always remains well-drained, create layers before you add your potting mix and plant. A layer of sand or pebbles at the bottom will help with drainage. Follow this with a layer of activated charcoal. This is especially helpful for closed glass garden planters as it keeps the air inside fresh. Use a thin layer of sphagnum moss to separate the potting mix from the charcoal to help with proper drainage and also keep the soil in place. Decorate the terrarium after you have decided on the positions of the plants. Place a few rounded pebbles around the plants to add to the overall look of your indoor terrarium.

    If this is the first time you are trying your hand at indoor gardening, make sure you are stocked with essential gardening supplies that include tools like pruning shears, trowels and a mister. A good pair of gardening gloves and an apron are also accessories you can consider when you begin gardening.

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  • November 25, 2015 /  Bathroom

    With bathrooms becoming an increasingly prominent part of home dcor, owners are taking greater interest in remodelling them to suit the rest of the house. Thanks to the demand that is soaring a degree northward every day, plenty of options have been set afloat in the market. Good renovators are no longer rare when planning for bathroom installations Leeds. The market today is populated with bathroom fabricators working with trendy fitments and quality manpower to transform your washroom into your favourite space. Offering plumbing repairs Leeds alongside, these providers work with professionals with experience and acumen to deliver quality services that meet the expectations of their customers.

    A thing noticeable about the bathroom installations Leeds providers is their distinct work process. They do not just cater to your requirement, but help you determine your requirements to a large extent. Your bathroom is not just a place where you wash yourself off, but its a place of indulgence where you relax and rewind after a long day. Hence, it should reflect your persona to some extent. The plumbing repairs Leeds companies have huge experience in designing and redesigning bathrooms. Hence, they are fully familiar with the look and feel a bathroom should exude in keeping with the dcor of the house.

    The professionals that run these bathroom installations Leeds companies have the kind of training needed to get everything inch-perfect. Their work specialties include everything from installation to repair, aesthetic to functional enhancements and everything else that comes within the purview of bathrooms. All you need is to verify the quality of service of the providers in order to get the job done with maximum accuracy. What sets a plumbing repairs Leeds company apart from another of its kind is their imagination in sketching out designs that will compliment the ambience and decoration of your home.

    After perusing through their portfolio, youll have an extensive idea about the kind of work the providers have done in the past. You can either gather ideas from those works or envision a bathroom design for your home, or you can ask them to suggest something. The bathroom installations Leeds companies take a face to face appointment with the seekers to drop by and check the dcor of your home and the condition of your existing bathroom. Based on that, they make recommendations for aesthetic and functional improvements. The companies know perfectly well how to make maximum use of space and which fitment works best in a particular setting.

    Before hiring a provider, make sure that you have checked the customer reviews of the providers. Make it a point to check through their finished works before appointing them to revamp your bathroom. You can also hire these providers to fix any kind of plumbing problems you are facing lately. Judge a provider by the kind of design they have crafted in the past and the kind of feedback they have received from their clients.

  • Necessary Points To consider When Choosing An Outdoor Oven.

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    November 24, 2015 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    This summers must have garden accessories are sure to be outdoor ovens and wood burning pizza ovens. It is amazing that no matter how hard we try this taste which dates far back, just cannot be re-created. With time people have forgotten what it takes to cook properly with a outdoor oven or wood burning stove and what they should or could expect from it. We have all too accustomed to the convenience of microwaves and fan assisted ovens and neglect these ancient but delicious cooking methods.

    although pre-heating times may be more than that of a conventional oven, once at temperature these outdoor ovens can often deliver piping hot food just as quick as their modern counterparts. Rather than waiting for hours for your modern oven to cook them. The extreme temperatures that wood burning pizza ovens and outdoor ovens can reach is largely the reason for this. Of course cooking times will and do depend heavily on how efficient the design of the outdoor oven or wood burning pizza oven is. There are various designs which are available to you from various suppliers. Temperatures in excess of 600 degrees can be reached with many wood burning pizza ovens and outdoor ovens.

    While building a DIY outdoor oven or wood burning pizza oven is a possibility it is not advised to do this due to the extreme temperatures that they will have to withstand. Instead, make sure you buy your outdoor oven or wood burning pizza oven from a reputable supplier, this will ensure that your friends and family are safe.

    If ever decide to move, your wood burning pizza oven or outdoor oven could act as a very useful selling point, although it is not likely to increase your property value. However, not everyone shares this view, some may view an outdoor oven as an inconvenience or a waste of space. Of course if you get the same use as most people do from their outdoor oven or wood burning pizza oven, then the investment in time and money will repay itself many times over in both enjoyment and the great taste of foods that have been cooked in the great outdoors.

    Choosing the right wood burning pizza oven or outdoor oven is not the only choice you have to make which of course a specialist outdoor oven supplier will help you with but selecting the right place to site your new outdoor oven or wood burning pizza oven is for safety reasons critical. I must finish by reiterating the safety of all as wood burning pizza ovens and outdoor ovens can produce temperatures we could not even start to comprehend.

  • Solar keyboard charges laptop battery in both natural and indoor light

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    November 23, 2015 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    This week marked an amazing fusion of solar and computer technological advancements as two companies announced the release of solar-powered keyboards.

    The two products, however, are very different. Logitech announced on Monday the release of its K750 wireless solar keyboard that charges up inside or out in natural or ambient light.

    AU Optronics on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its fully-integrated solar laptop keyboard.

    “The two products are different ideas and applications,” Katie Chen, AUO corporate communications representative from Taiwan, wrote in an e-mail interview. “The AUO solution combines touch panel and solar module, with much larger surface area to absorb sunlight. People can carry the solar notebook anywhere they like, at anytime.”

    The AUO keyboard does look like a solar sheet with the outline of a keyboard imprinted on it, according to reports.

    While it will perform best in sunlight, the AUO keyboard, like Logitechs, will charge up in ambient light indoors as well, according to reports.

    One advantage the AUO keyboard boasts over Logitechs, however, is its ability to charge the laptop computer.

    “The solar power is the backup battery to replace a part of power,” Chen writes. “But in the future, the charging efficiency will increase depending on different solar cell materials.”

    This innovation could be the first in an evolutionary chain leading to a fully solar-powered laptop, Chen suggests.

    AUO has partnered with SunPower, the largest manufacturer of traditional photovoltaic solar panels in the United States.

    The companies announced last month that they had achieved high efficiency in the solar cells produced at their newest plant, nearly 23 percent.

    AUO produces computers, televisions and solar panels. This is one of the first integrations of the companys efforts to hit the commercial market.

    “AUO pursues green energy and carbon reduction as a green-service provider,” Chen writes. “The company is already working as a vertical integrator in the PV industry for solar energy solutions. Therefore, we keep a bright eye on designing and creating innovative green products.”

    The solar-powered keyboard and laptop are not yet available on the consumer market, but will be displayed at the FPD International in Chiba, Japan next week.

  • November 23, 2015 /  Fengshui

    If you have feng shui training, then you know how important it is to put these principles into practice in your home and work spaces. If you haven’t had any classes or training in feng shui but would still like to fill your home with the applied principles of it, then feng shui consultations are probably right up your alley. The great thing about feng shui consulting (as opposed to going out and taking classes on your own) is that it provides you with personalized information, direct from a professional.

    Rather than learning the principles and then attempting to apply them, amateur-style, to your own home, an experienced professional can take a look at your living and working spaces and tell you how to optimize them for energy flow. They can also give you pointers on improving other aspects of your life that can be manipulated with feng shui. Does your family fight a lot in the living room? Do you have trouble focusing when working at your desk? Both of these are things that can be improved through the use of feng shui.

    You can create warmth in the kitchen, romance in the bedroom, and creative, focused productivity in the office, when you room is optimized for those very things. Of course, it is up to you, as the resident of the space, to maintain these spaces in a way that continues to be supportive of this energy and function. One way to stay on top of things is to do what is sometimes known as maintenance cleaning. All this means is that you clean up as you go along, rather than waiting to do it all in one big swoop. That doesn’t mean you have to clean your house every day (who has time for that?), but it does mean cleaning up after you use or dirty any given space. In the bathroom, for example, wiping down the fixtures and counter after using the sink will keep everything spot-free and shiny. It will also make your bathroom a more welcoming place each time you walk in. That way, when it comes time for the weekend cleaning, you’ll have much less to do and won’t feel overwhelmed with how much there is to clean up.

    Sometimes, bringing feng shui into a space can help the inhabitants respect the space and its meaning on a deeper level. If you do have feng shui consulting, be sure to share what you’ve learned with the entire family. Even if they don’t all believe fully in the art, they will hopefully respect your intentions regarding their home, and they will certainly appreciate how wonderful the whole house looks and feels!

  • November 22, 2015 /  Bathroom

    When many of us decide to renovate our bathrooms we tend to think about the fittings that we should be buying. While that is a necessity we can give new life to our bathrooms in another way. This is by using bathroom rugs. Now there are many people who would probably say that using bathroom rugs is impractical and in many cases not necessary as you can gain a great look with carefully selected bathroom accessories and fittings that are more in keeping with you.

    Now the use of bathroom rugs is definitely impractical if you have in your family people who regard the bathroom as a swimming pool or a lake. For these people bathroom rugs are just one more surface to stand on. So unless you are willing to have lots of different bathroom rugs or you don’t mind keeping them out to dry on a constant basis you should think about placing your bathroom rug some place different (perhaps outside of the bathroom).

    All of this talk about wet bathroom rugs should not be a deterrent as we can employ various methods to make sure that the lake area (place to take a bath and dry off) is kept separate from the rest of the bathroom. This means that you will be able to keep your bathroom rugs and the rest of the bathroom dcor in great shape. So having solved the problem of where you are having a wet area and a dry area you can turn your mind to the type of bathroom rug that you want.

    Since many people like for all areas of their homes to reflect their personalities you can extend this decorating trait to your bathroom as well. For those individuals who are not sure about the type or color that you should buy for bathroom rugs, you may want to see how your existing bathroom fittings look. For instance do they seem to be Victorian in look, or country style rustic? You may even have an English garden type of bathroom.

    Once you have found the main style and theme of your bathroom you can then imagine the color that will best suit not only your personality but the bathroom itself. This way you can combine functionality with beauty. There are many different bathroom rugs that you can see about buying and many of these will seamlessly blend into your bathroom.

    The end result of keeping a stunning yet very practical looking bathroom rug in your bathroom is a very inviting place for you to bathe. So say goodbye to the boring and functional only bathroom rugs of the past, and let your decorative abilities loose even in the bathroom with the different styles and trends of bathroom rugs.

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