Bathroom interior – an inseparable for a complete home feeling

Bathroom accessories have become a luxury with elegant selections of designer items. The things are of gone days when most of the people were concentrating on home decoration and bathrooms were getting very little attention. Only the necessitates was being installed. But this is not the truth with the younger generation. They are paying special attention for decorating bathrooms in luxurious style. And to make your small or big washrooms different, the first thing you should go for is the designer and beautiful bathtubs. There are various colours and designs available in the market as well as online. Out of all, the freestanding soaking bathtubs fit perfect. These are comfortable and designed according to body’s shape for a great bathing experience.

Some important things should be considered before buying bathtubs-

Size of your bathroom

First, you need to measure your space and then decide the size and designs which suit accordingly. Most of the manufacturers are providing customized solutions as per your requirement. So if you have the space constraint, then you can ask them to make accordingly.

Cost

Budget is the most important factor while going for interior decoration. Decide your comfortability for costing and then only proceed further.

Material Used

It’s the another important thing needs to be considered. For any bathroom, accessory comfort and hygiene matter a lot. While purchasing bathtub, choose the material which is safe and hygienic. Acrylic, Porcelain etc. are some hygienically proved materials ideal for bathtubs

Specifications of freestanding bathtubs which compliment all the above conditions-

White tubs are made up of world class acrylic sheets

Well insured hygienic condition due to hygienic acrylic sheets

Depth which can soak full body

Anti-bacterial quality

Easy installation

Colour consistency, no painting

Designed for the bath of 1to2 persons

easy cleaning and sanitizing

Creativity and innovation create the magic

Whether you are remodelling your washroom or planning to decorate the new one, your creativity can create the magic by adding just a few innovations of your mind. Try to avoid the common accessories, you can look for new designs and concepts in the market and believe it, they are not expensive at all. Only the selection matters. Among the limitless choice of fixtures, you just go with your creative eye and select the best. Choose the designs of free standing soaking bathtubs which compliment your dream home.

It’s always advisable to go with a branded company. They have the team of professional and are able to help you for your each and every requirement. Their knowledge, skills, and experience are enough to add the luxurious pleasure. If you have aimed to design your bathroom space in a majestic way, then do not compromise with the brand. Finally, this is the place where you refresh yourself for the day and spending some quality time with yourself. You can rely upon aquaticacausa.com which offers all the fittings as per customers demand and requirement.

Purchase and Shipping

Once you place the order, the shipping will be free with all the precautions to avoid any damage.  With some most reliable delivery partners, the product delivery is quite smooth. They offer 30 days return policy.

3 Tips to Prep Your Garden for Winter Right Now

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The air outside is getting nippy, the leaves are changing, and though there’s still time to enjoy the warmer temperatures of fall, we all know that “Game of Thrones” adage to be true: Winter is coming. If you have a garden or even just a yard, it’s time to start thinking about how best to prepare your plants for winter. Much of how to care for your greenery during the fallow, cold months depends on the climate you live in, but here are a few general tips that all gardeners should heed to make the seasonal transition:

1. Prune to protect

Fall is time to think about protecting your garden—and one of the best ways to do that is to do a thorough pruning of the existing plants.

“You want to get rid of anything diseased or insect-infested, because those can, over winter, infect your other plants,” says Melinda Myers, a gardening expert and the host of the “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. So uproot those annuals and trim the perennials back to the ground. Find out the proper way to dispose of these things depending on your municipality, too—in most places, yard waste has a special disposal process.

If you’re dealing with more of a lawn than a garden situation, the trick is to keep mowing your grass. Why? It will increase its winter hardiness so you have a more lush lawn come spring.

2. Plant a few new things, too

Fall is actually a wonderful time to think about planting, and for looking at some of the seasonal plant sales for inspiration.

“The air is cooler but the soil is still warm,” notes Myers. “For Northerners, that warm soil promotes root growth, while the cooler air is less stressful for plants. We tend to think of bulbs this time of year, but it’s also a great time to put in shrubs and even perennials. For warmer climates, you may be transitioning from summer crops to fall ones.”

If you enjoy watching the wildlife in your yard, planting a few ornamental grasses, trees, or shrubs with berries, or perennials—anything that has seedpods and could provide food for birds—will increase the diversity of wildlife on the property.

3. Keep plants warm

If you have vegetables or herbs and want to continue reaping the benefits, Myers suggests protecting them through the first hard freeze. You can do this a couple of ways: First, bring in cuttings from nonhardy plants before the first frost, root them, and grow them in a sunny window. Second, cover up the plants in the ground outdoors.

“Sheets work great,” Myers says. “You can cover them up late afternoons or evenings to trap the heat. But my favorite solution is using floating row covers, which trap heat but allow in light, air, and water. You can cover them and leave them on until the snow falls. I threw them on shallots, radishes, and spinach, and harvested greens that spring. And I’m in Wisconsin! It was great.”

Who knows? With a few of these simple steps, you could be eating salad fresh from your garden again by April.

3 Sneaky Ways to Make a Small Home Office Look Huge

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The plight of the way-too-small home office: a space that needs to be functional often doubling as a guest room and the holding pen for all the random stuff you couldn’t find a home for elsewhere. And did we mention these rooms are often tiny? You spend many of your waking hours in this wee, cramped place. So, how can you figuratively supersize one of the hardest-working and smallest rooms in your home?

1. Pick the right-sized furniture

One of the worst home office gaffes? Furniture that simply doesn’t fit! Just because you want a large work surface (who doesn’t?), it doesn’t mean you want to overwhelm your space with a massive CEO-style desk, says Allison Petty, an interior designer with Homepolish, a national design firm based in New York City.

Start with the right-sized desk, and orbit other furnishings around it. There isn’t a formula for size; the more compact you can go, the better. The small-home mecca otherwise known as Ikea (cue the trumpeting angels) offers countless affordable desk options. Take measurements of your room before you shop, and don’t forget to account for other furniture that needs to go in the tight space. And maybe factor in a bit of walking space, too.

Find a desk that has ample storage and just enough surface space for your computer, Petty suggests. If you primarily use a laptop, you can get away with a small laptop deskfor tight spaces. For bigger devices, consider a storage-rich desk (Petty loves this onefrom Crate & Barrel) that’s both stylish and sturdy.

Treble White Desk

Treble White Desk

When it comes to your chair, you want comfort but you don’t need the gargantuan seat on wheels that you’d see in an office building. Pro tip: Go for a stationary chair with style, Petty says. “I use standard dining chairs because they’re smaller than most office chairs, but they have high backs so you don’t have to worry about being down too low,” says Petty, who recommends West Elm’s Saddle Dining Chair and the Dane Armchair. “Dining chairs are a lot more attractive than office chairs, and they just blend in better.”

2. Find a place for everything

On websites, floating, open shelves look amazing. Know why? Because they’re styled for photos, not living. They probably hold about half the stuff you really need. Your pile of crumpled and mismatched paper? It’s not nearly as eye-pleasing as the perfectly stacked piles you see in design books.

Here’s a good way to leverage wall space: Use it to hang file holders. You’ll find plenty of options at The Container Store or any office supply retailer. Every item should have a dedicated place that’s not your work surface or the floor, Petty says.

If you can squeeze another piece of furniture in your room, Petty suggests a closed cabinet. A stylish armoire could be a nice touch. Use bins to store your office wares inside. Purchase cord organizers and tuck away that laptop when you’re offline to make everything look seamless.

If you must leave things out, then do it in style with finds from online shops such as Poppin.com, says Petty.

3. Have fun with decor

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Scoop Table Lamp- Copper

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make your work ambiance more Zen is through color.

You can paint, but a hued wallpaper looks great, too. The key, productivity-wise: You want a design that’s inspiring but not distracting, says Petty.

While overhead lighting is the best lighting for task-orientated work, a desk lamp can add a great decorative detail, says Petty. Don’t opt for one that looks too utilitarian. With practically no effort, you can find options that are stylish, attractive, and affordable (the trifecta!), like this one in copper.

One thing to skip: rugs. “Chairs are harder to move on rugs and placing them under a desk ends up cutting the rug off awkwardly,” says Petty.

Things That Go Bump in the Night (No, It’s Not a Ghost … Probably)

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You’re just about to drift off to sleep, when suddenly there’s that strange thumping again. Your mind goes wild with the possibilities. Could it be wind? An animal trapped in the walls? Or perhaps a ghost?

Instead of hiding in the hall closet or bringing in an exorcist, you could try looking for more rational causes for those creaks, bangs, and thumps. But beware: You’ll want to investigate, pronto.

That’s because sometimes strange noises are simply nothing more than a house’s old bones creaking. But other times they’re a warning to prevent something really terrifying from happening—like a backed-up sewer line—or worse.

Here’s a look at what you need to know in order to understand what you’re hearing—and how you might be able to quiet your house without having to call in the pros.

Gurgling from the toilet

No, this is probably not the waking noises of a commode demon. Instead it could be one of two things, says Lev Moskovich, a plumber with SERVIZ in Sherman Oaks, CA:

1: A common cause is a worn-out toilet fill valve (the part of the toilet that controls refilling the tank after each flush).

2: More ominously, tree roots might have grown into the sewer pipes and a couple of baby wipes or sanitary items you accidentally flushed might have snagged on the roots, partly blocking the sewer line. That gurgling sound could be the plumbing equivalent of a ticking time bomb because you-know-what might be getting ready to hit the fan when that blocked pipe bursts.

“A professional might have to snake out the line or use a camera to inspect in this instance,” Moskovich says.

Silence the sound: Before calling in a plumber, Moskovich suggests a trip to your local home improvement center for a new gasket.

“Replacing a gasket is usually quick and easy and can take as little as 10 minutes,” Moskovich says.

Swapping out the old fill valve for a new one hasn’t silence the gurgling? OK, bite the bullet. Call a plumber.

Knocking or banging inside the walls

Yikes! Did you guys see any of the “Paranormal Activity” flicks? Or “Poltergeist”? This could be one seriously pissed-off spirit, or even a family of ’em.

Or, if the sound typically occurs when you turn your water faucets on and off, it’s more likely you’ve got a pressure hammer. It’s caused when air pressure builds up in your water pipes, causing them to vibrate when the pressure is released, says J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman in the Detroit area.

“If the pipe wasn’t mounted properly, or it has loosened over the years, that could also cause it to bang against the stud in your wall,” Sassano says. “However, water pressure is usually the primary cause.”

Vibrating pipes can cause the connections to come loose. And if that happens, water will leak inside the walls, ruining drywall and becoming a breeding ground for mold.

Silence the sound: “A water hammer arrester is a fairly inexpensive fix found at a hardware store,” Sassano says. “It helps prevent banging pipes, especially where pipes are exposed, such as at a washing machine.”

However, if the noisy pipes are inside walls, call in a pro to evaluate and diagnose the issue.

Hissing in the bathroom

Toilets are notoriously finicky. It’s not unusual for even a newly installed fixture to need some tweaking to quiet the hiss caused by a leaking flapper. The flapper—the connection point between the tank and the bowl—holds water in the tank, preventing it from entering the bowl until you flush.

“A leaky flapper causes the fill valve to turn on slightly, refilling the tank due to water loss,” Sassano says.

Silence the sound: Flushing the toilet is the first step to quiet the hiss. After the toilet bowl has completely refilled postflush, stand over the toilet to see if any water continues to enter the bowl, Sassano says. If so, the length of the flapper chain may need to be adjusted so it sits flush on the valve seat.

A more colorful approach to diagnosis? Flush the toilet, and once the bowl is completely refilled, add a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If any color starts to seep into the bowl, it’s time to replace your flapper, Sassano says.

Radiator pops and clicks

Expanding metal can sometimes sound like hissing and groaning. This happens because some loop systems that circulate hot water get air bubbles in them and need to be “bled” just like car brakes do, says James Walker, vice president of Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning.

Silence the sound: You can buy or make decorative boxes for radiators to cut down on the sound.

“But they may also reduce the amount of heat given off of the” radiator, Walker says.

You can try a radiator key or flat-head screwdriver (depending on the system’s valve) and slowly turn counterclockwise until water starts to drip out. That can release any trapped air and water bubbles and quiet the clunky radiator.

Bottom line: In nearly all instances, ignoring a strange house noise is never a good idea. Doing so can often lead to the need for a bigger, more costly repair at some point down the line, Sassano says. Plus, it could cost you a few precious nights of sleep, too.

Halloween Pranksters Trash Your Home? Here’s How to Clean It Up

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Halloween is fun and all, but then there’s the aftermath. Even if you dole out treats, hooligans may plaster your home in eggs, or shower your car in shaving cream, or trim your trees with toilet paper. In fact, around this time of year certain towns ban the sale of eggs to minors in an attempt to keep these high jinks to a minimum, although we’re dubious that makes much difference.

If you’re one of those unlucky homeowners faced with a horrifying post-Halloween cleanup job, read these tips first. Broken down by type of ammo—egg, shaving cream, and TP—these tips from pro cleaners will save you time, energy, and further damage to your property so your home is no worse for wear, at least until next year.

Eggs

Whether they’re splattered on your home or your car, eggs are bad news because they can corrode paint.

“It’s crucial to clean eggs as soon as possible,” says Mary Findley, a veteran cleaning expert and owner of GoClean.com. If the goo has hardened, you’ll want to soften it first by covering it with a sopping wet hot cloth that’s been dipped in a 50-50 mix of water and distilled grain-based white vinegar. Let that set 10 to 15 minutes, Findley says, then gently wipe it off. If there are any egg shells, delicately pick them off first, or else they might scratch the paint.

If you do find, alas, that the egg has damaged or discolored your paint, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck.

“Before going to the expense of repainting your car, grab what’s called an oxidation remover at an automotive supply store,” says Findley. “This is a polishing compound designed to remove scratches that can also restore the color somewhat. When using it, always wipe from left to right and never in circles, or else you will now have swirl marks on top of the scratches.”

For damaged paint on homes, apply a primer over the area, then repaint.

Shaving cream

That luscious foam may be kind to your skin, but it’s a killer on paint, so this is another mess you’ll want to clean quickly. If you catch the cream when it’s still wet, a pressure washer can blast it off. But if it’s dry, “don’t scrape it away, since you may damage the paint,” says Hannah Caner, an editor at Who Knew? Tips. “Instead, use a wet rag to dampen the shaving cream until it softens, and then wash the area with dish soap.”

Toilet paper

“If you wake up the morning after Halloween to find that your house has been toilet-papered, check the weather report,” says Caner. “If it’s a dry day, wait until the dew has evaporated before you start cleaning, since the TP will be less likely to shred into pieces.” If it’s rainy and damp, on the other hand, you should start as soon as possible to keep the shredding from getting worse.

To gather the paper without damaging your trees, use a rake or broom to gently comb over the branches; a leaf blower can also help you clear twigs without damaging them. “Or try taping a lint roller to a broom handle so the paper sticks to the sticky tape of the lint roller,” says Findley.

There are also ways to curb your odds of a post-Halloween cleanup completely. “Turn on your porch lights and keep them on all night on Halloween,” suggests Findley. After all, Halloween pranksters prefer to do their dirty work in the dark.

7 Ways to Conserve Energy and Save Money This Winter

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With the temperatures dropping, you may be worried about a soon-to-come snowy commute or potential holiday season stress. No matter what is on your mind, before you know it, your winter energy bills will be pouring in. For many of us, these are higher than what we got in the summertime, throwing your monthly budget out of whack and even possibly putting you into debt.

Some of your energy use may be hard or even impossible to curb, but there are plenty of things you can do now to prepare your home for the cold weather. Your wallet will certainly thank you. Check out these tips to help you conserve energy and save money during the cold weather this year.

1. Consider an audit

Before you make any changes, it is good to know where you stand. You can hire professionals or speak with your local energy company about getting an energy audit to evaluate your space for efficiency. Your home can be tested for energy loss, and a report can be generated highlighting any issues in your home. Some companies offer an audit for free.

2. Insulate & assess

The biggest way to cut back this winter is keeping outside air out and inside air in. Look for gaps and cracks in your foundation, windowpanes, and door frames. You can also look for places to add insulation, from the attic to the pipes.

3. Tune the heating system

Energy costs are often closely related to your heating system. If you have inefficiencies with your furnace, the price can jump even higher. Every fall, it can be a good idea to change or clean your heating filters and check on them once a month while the system is being used heavily.

4. Stock up in fall

Don’t wait until the snow starts to buy what you need. Restock your winter essentials such as salt, ice melt, shovels, and blowers now so you are more prepared—and you’ll likely get a better price. It can also be a good idea to clean your gutters and leave mowed (instead of raked) leaves on the grass so that the small pieces can decompose and nourish your lawn through the coming season.

5. Seek & seal leaks

Apply stripping or caulk around windows and doors to prevent cold air from seeping into your home. You can even put insulation film on your windows to further warm your home. Lastly, make sure the damper on your fireplace chimney is closed when you’re not using it.

6. Program your thermostat

A smart thermostat allows you to set lower temperatures at certain days and times. You can leave it warm for the morning and when you get home from work, while letting it drop while you’re out of the house. You can also try setting the temperature slightly lower and instead put on a sweater. You can even add layers through indoor decorating—pillows, rugs, mats, and blankets can add both warmth and aesthetic value.

7. Check the lights

The less you take advantage of (free!) sunshine, the more electricity you will need to use. There is no time like the present to buy some CFL and LED lights for your home. Also take advantage of the sunlight when it is there by keeping shades and curtains open during the day, especially on the south side of your home. Then close them when the sun goes down to keep the heat in.

5 Kitchen Design Trends That Buyers Hate

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Serious home chefs, or just house-proud owners, might consider the kitchen their showstopper room—the one that will stop potential buyers dead in their tracks. And that’s why they add all the upgrades, accoutrements, and trendy new finishes they can possibly find. To some extent, they’re absolutely right—a great kitchen can make a buyer fall deeply in love.

An inherent danger of taking a deep dive into modern design is accepting the harsh fact that today’s trends may be tomorrow’s “Oh, God, remember that?” fads such as fake brick or hideaway appliances. With the average kitchen remodel pushing $20,000, designing without foresight can be a costly and embarrassing mistake.

Some trends such as subway tile and granite countertops have a long tail: Designers expect they’ll be in style for the foreseeable future, so you’re safe giving them a starring role in your makeover.

Others are doomed to fade hard and fast. Such as…

Mixed metals

Combining bronze and copper in the kitchen might give the room an “eclectic” look, but in a few years, chances are good it will just look confused. Same goes for stainless steel and gold, or nickel and brass.

“Anybody who mixes metals besides Rolex is an idiot, and maybe Rolex is an idiot, too,” says Chicago kitchen designer Scott Dresner of Dresner Design. “Some people think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s just not. I think it’s appalling.”

He should know: Dresner has designed more than 7,000 kitchens, and his airy Chicago renovation won K+BB’s 2014 Kitchen of the Year Design Award.

Still want the look? Try mixing in different metals with replaceable hardware such as drawer pulls and towel rings, so you can easily ditch them if you put your home on the market.

DIY concrete countertops

Making your own concrete countertops is all the rage on Pinterest, but kitchen designers think the trend is already passé.

“The DIY concrete countertops have become a nightmare,” says Yarmouth, ME, designer Jeanne Rapone. “Every call I’ve had about those counters  is all about people calling me wanting them ripped out of the house they just bought. They hate the concrete.”

Because countertops are the kitchen’s primary focal point, it’s important to ensure their longevity. Picking a trendy material will—at best—annoy the hell out of you in a few years. In a decade, it might make your home impossible to sell. Better to spend a bit more on a surface you’ll love for a long time.

Open shelving

There’s a time and a place for open shelving—a few simple marble-and-steel slabs can look stunning. But swapping all of your cabinetry for open shelving is a soon-to-be-outdated fad.

“Open shelving is a thing that could be done very elegantly or very cheaply,” says Dresner. Simply pulling off the cabinet doors to mimic the effect is a surefire path to an unattractive, dust-collecting kitchen. If you’re interested in the look, a designer can help you combine minimalism, style, and functionality.

Rapone believes open shelving was a “complete economic response to the 2008 recession,” when homeowners wanted to redesign their kitchen but lacked the budget for extensive cabinetry upgrades. Under financial strain, “they’re willing to do stuff like open shelving in the kitchen, which saves a lot of money. It came out of good intentions, but now people say, ‘No, Jeanne, I’m tired of dusting shelves. I’ll pay for the doors now.’”

Reclaimed wood

Another recession response that’s fast approaching (or already surpassing) its sell-by date, reclaimed wood can look either superb or terrible, depending on its application.

As an accent, it’s perfect: “I love reclaimed wood. I love the idea of reusing something,” Dresner says. “Reclaimed wood on your island top could be gorgeous.” But what happens when you go beyond accents? “If you’re using it to make cabinets, I think it’sgarbage. It looks horrible, and it’s not the right way to use that type of wood.”

So if you’re itching to integrate repurposed wood into your kitchen style, focus on horizontal surfaces, where it has a tabletop effect.

“We see people going a little overboard with the reclaimed look,” Rapone says. “A reclaimed wood island countertop will last a lifetime, but reclaimed cabinetry with barn doors and a real rustic look—that’s a trend that will be way out of style soon.”

Industrial style

Unless you’re living in a loft, skip the stainless-steel countertops, exposed Edison bulbs, and aluminum shelving.

“The industrial look is making its way out,” Rapone says. If you want the effect without the commitment, she recommends finding an industrial-looking lamp that can be easily swapped out when the trend passes its prime.

“In five years—when everyone’s, like, ‘Wow, remember when we did that in 2014?’—you can take it down and replace it with something else,” she says. “That way, you’re not changing out $30,000 in cabinetry.”

But whatever you do, Dresner strongly recommends avoiding the exposed-lightbulb look.

“There are so many cool lights at Restoration Hardware that have that industrial feel, versus something that looks like it should be in the basement of an old building hanging from a block,” he says.