The Beauty of Large Wall Clocks

It seems like every time I walk into a really nice home I am sooner or later confronted by one of the hot new trends in  interior   design : large wall clocks. They are everywhere! And there’s a good reason why: they add a real magnificence to any home in which they appear. I am seriously becoming a big fan of this take on the typical smaller or medium-sized version. Go big, that’s what I say.

The first thing you need to consider if you want to emulate this design trend is if you even have the room to do it. You really only need one thing: a big empty space on a wall. That is all you will need. (And a little cash.) If you are very stylistically inclined then you might be able to kind of wedge a large wall clock in next to some other things on the wall such as photographs or paintings, or even light switches and TV’s. But most people will probably prefer to play it a bit safer and have some space on either side of the clock.

Most people agree that large wall clocks should be classified as being at least two feet wide. This alone is quite big, approximately a third the height of a human. But you may even want a larger one than this. If so, I applaud you. Just make sure you have the wall space and do your measurements before you make the purchase. A lot of us aren’t exactly intuitive when it comes to making visual approximations on measurements. (By the way, two feet equals about 0.60 meters.)

No one can really deny the magnificence of these items. They are a great way to really do something with a big wall. Rare is the person who can make an empty wall look good without doing anything to it. You really ought to make use of this space to show something off. Large wall clocks are a new and modern way to do this. Also, no one will ever forget what time it is! It sort of has the effect of diminishing the consciousness of time in a paradoxical way. It parodies time and our obsession with it. But beyond this it tells everyone who walks into your home that you do things in a big way and you are not afraid to take chances. This is an impression that I think most of us would like to make on our guests and visitors. (It also tells people you are a bit wealthy.)

So that is my little spiel about large wall clocks and how I have become a big fan of them. I suppose not everyone will echo my thoughts, but I just think they are great. The other side of things is that if you take this plunge you will probably want to (at least over time) re-emphasize everything else that is within vision of the clock. It would be a mistake to have your house be overshadowed by one single item.

Home Decor – Family With Dogs

We were finally ready for a dog in our home. We researched different breeds to match our lifestyle. We both wanted a big dog with a gentle disposition, and, as we looked through the pictures of the different breeds, one caught our attention. Bernese Mountain Dogs are beautiful, big and sweet-natured. This was what our new “baby” was to be! After meeting with the breeder, and a bit of a wait, we brought home our little fella, Dante.

We were very happy to have a vinyl kitchen floor during potty training. Although he was quick to learn, he was after all a puppy. Vinyl floors are durable and very easy to keep clean. This was also a blessing because Dante had no idea how to wipe his feet during the rainy summer days.

We also learned that baby gates were not just for human babies. Because the rest of the house had mostly carpeting, we felt a gate was just what was needed. This saved on a lot of extra carpet cleaning, which is not my favorite chore.

For the first several months I wondered why everyone talked so much about this breed shedding so much. I hadn’t noticed much at all. Well, as our cute little fluff ball grew, and he gained about ten pounds a month, I began to notice a little change in that situation. Little by little there began to be little fluffy tumbleweeds in the corners of his domain. Soon the little fluffy fur balls were requiring daily broom attention. Eventually it became obvious that a vacuum was the only way to keep those floating clouds of fur from outrunning my broom. First I tried a little cleaning upright vacuum. Just charge it up and go! Only I found that I could empty the canister several times before I was done and the charge was gone before the fur was.

Well, if that little upright was not working out for me, I decided to move on to my old faithful canister vacuum that had disposable bags and an electric cord. It was great! There was no recharging mid-job, the bag could hold all the fur that puppy of ours could shed. I still had to make use of it daily, but it worked like a charm. Dante didn’t mind the noise, and didn’t chew the cord. He didn’t even seem to wonder where his fur was going. I didn’t mind his shedding since I had figured out an effective remedy for the flying fur. Somewhere in the back of my mind I may have thought “What was it they said about going through a vacuum every year or two?”

Contemporary Coffee Tables Add Style and Flair

Whether you’re looking for a place to rest your feet after a long day at work or a stylish piece of furniture to add some sophistication and a modern flair to your living room, contemporary coffee tables can deliver. From wood to metal to glass, and every shape and size you can imagine, there’s a contemporary coffee table that’s just right for your home.

We all remember the clunky, oversized coffee tables that resided in our parent’s or grandparent’s homes. Heck, some of you still have one. These impossibly heavy pieces had drawers everywhere, stuffed with odds and ends ranging from playing cards to three-year-old TV Guides, and everything in between. In fact, the weight of these old tables probably had more to do with all the junk they housed than the actual piece itself. Modern coffee tables couldn’t be more different. These new pieces are light and airy, with open spaces and sleek designs that could sometimes pass for a work of art. Better find someplace else to store your junk.

Wood is still a key component in many contemporary coffee table designs. It ages well and is easy to clean and maintain. The finishes you find nowadays do differ from those in past, however. Dark, rich espressos and clean, pale natural finishes have replaced the mahogany and cherry finishes for the most part. While standard rectangle and square designs are still commonplace, some inventive and quirky styles have emerged lately. Asymmetrical shapes and interchangeable sectional pieces, to name a few, are available for those trend setters out there.

Glass table tops became popular in the 80’s and have remained a staple material for modern designers as well. Glass tops allow the base to be accentuated and in may cases to become the focal point of the table. Like wood tables, glass coffee tables can be found in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, they still haven’t invented a glass that doesn’t show dust and fingerprints, so these works of art need to be cleaned every couple of days.

4 Popular Flooring Options for Homeowners to Consider

Before starting a flooring project, it is usually helpful to learn about the different types and their benefits. There are a number of options to consider, including carpets, ceramic hardwood, and vinyl. Each option comes with its unique costs, so it’s up to the homeowner to choose the ideal type that fits into their budget and meets their interests. Some people may also consider having different floors for each room in their house.

1. Carpets

Carpeting is warm and soft and helps in soundproofing a room. It is an ideal option for bedrooms and other places with little foot traffic. The advantage of carpets is that they are easy to install and can adapt to uneven areas and old subfloors. They are also easier to match to the existing layout and theme of a home. The only problem is that they tend to build up dirt and dust, but they still make an ideal option for people who prefer a touch of comfort within their spaces.

2. Vinyl

Vinyl is another popular choice, and it is much more affordable than other options. With proper maintenance, it can last up to 10 to 20 years. Some people prefer vinyl because of its noise-cancelling property, and it can be installed in the laundry room or bathroom to add warmth. This flooring option also comes in a variety of styles, offering homeowners unlimited options for designing a personalized space that reflects their style.

3. Ceramic

This floor type is both inexpensive and waterproof, and this is why it makes a practical choice for bathrooms and kitchens. It is also an ideal fit for dining rooms as it can withstand accidents and spills. Ceramic tiles come in different textures, colors, styles, and shapes to allow for limitless  interior   designing . Some options, such as mosaic tiles, come in plastic mesh sheets to allow for an easy installation. It is advisable to choose the right texture for different rooms, as some options are very slippery for rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom.

4. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring never goes out of style, and it is a popular choice because of its durability and low maintenance. A homeowner has the option to install engineered planks or real wood strips depending on their budget. Engineered planks are usually moisture-resistant and boast exceptional stain and finish. These planks are ideal for the kitchen because they have a layer of plywood underneath real wood to withstand temperature changes and humidity. Hardwood is perfect for any room and comes in different sizes, finishes, and stains to meet different decor needs.

These are the top popular flooring options, but there are also other available choices such as laminate, concrete, linoleum, and other subtypes. A homeowner’s choice depends on their budget and the style they envision. Some people may opt for a choice that will attract potential homebuyers should they consider a home sale in the future. Whatever a person’s choice, it is wise to work with a professional contractor to ensure the whole project is executed professionally.

Garden Design Simplified

The sports ad says “Just Do It”. That is exactly the attitude you need to succeed at garden designing. Remember, these ideas or designs you come up with are not set in stone. You can always move plants around your gardens and, as your ideas and taste change, your gardens can grow with you.

There are some simple elements of garden design to keep in mind. When you are designing your garden you are doing so with ‘living art’. Think as creatively as you can. Maybe you are inspired by a garden you have seen on a garden tour (great idea, by the way) or in a magazine or two. Don’t be afraid to borrow.

Remember you are free to try whatever suits your taste. There are no limitations to your own creativity. You answer to the critic within. Have no anxiety about comparison nor fear of failure. To be sure, to be good at gardening requires learning certain skills, but when all is said and done a garden’s beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Just go for it and let your gardens be the expression of you.

Garden design and its principles used may be called by different names. Still, there are three basic concepts when combined together that will bring about good garden design. Please remember, however, and at the risk of repetition, in the final analysis, your gardens’ design is up to you and should reflect your own personality and flare.

Order, balance and proportion are the basic elements of the garden.

Order is created through symmetry through the technique of repeating plants or colors. Bold or bright additions bring balance as well as adding some texture. Texture is a very important ingredient. Gardens come to life with different textures or as the French say “Viva la difference.” The contrast of adjacent textures can be very exciting.

Think of all your different plants and how they flow together. Think of how bringing them together, through unity and harmony, creates comfort and peace.

When all of the parts of your garden are flowing together, it is captivating and the viewers’ spirit is caught up in the beauty.

By using a limited color pattern, repetition of plants and a clear focal point will create this environment. I’m sure you’ve noticed how theme gardens are very soothing: all one color, or how butterfly gardens can keep you flowing in the visual unity.

Having a focal point is a big benefit for every garden. With no focal point, the eye starts to this way and that without every getting a sense of a main feature. This, of course, will not create the harmony you desire. You also will not any curb appeal and the economic benefits derived from that. Beginning gardeners seem bent on picking the same flowers or foliage over and over again. You can seen them, flat after flat, at box stores and groceries. Aside from color, they really don’t offer much in the way visual interest. Planting an architectural, bold leafed plant, can instantly restore this visual interest and shatter the monotony of likeness.

Last, but not least, we come to color in your gardens. Experimenting with your favorite colors is a good way to see what works best for you. The best advice I know of, and one hard to heed, is to start out with two or three colors and their various shades and keep the artist’s palette limited. New colors can be added as you go as you see what is working or not. This way, you keep the living painting flowing in the harmony you wish to create. You will then have a peaceful retreat that you have created and that you can share that intimate part of you reflected in your garden.