Attic Ventilation – Ensuring Enough Attic Air Circulation

Your home has a number of critical areas that need all the attention they could get. The attic for instance, plays an important role in ensuring that your roof lasts as intended. Proper air circulation of the attic is essential in keeping that the roof remains structurally sound over the years. You can determine whether there is adequate ventilation in the attic or if it is lacking. If you happen to notice some sort of musky smell in the attic, it is often not caused by the items being stored, but because of insufficient airflow. Fans are commonly used to resolve this problem. However, do roof ventilation fans work? Let’s find out.

How can I know that there’s enough air circulation in my attic?

Your attic, like most areas of your home, requires proper air circulation. There different ways on how to achieve enough airflow in this particular area. A homeowner can buy ventilation solutions in the market of apply different techniques to ensure there is sufficient air flowing through the attic.

What are my options?

Should you find signs of poor ventilation in your attic, you should consult professionals immediately. The sooner you find and fix the problem, the better it is for your home. There are a number of solutions available, but there is no single solution for everything. The homeowner or the professional paid to fix the problem must assess what type of solution would work best and for the long-term. Here’s a number of solutions for your home:

1. Ridge vent – this type of solution is, as its name suggests, a vent installed along the ridge line of your house. Before this type of vent is installed, roof decking is cut to allow air to flow through. It is highly essential that no other areas of the home block air from coming in or out.

2. Soffit vents – every roofing system needs to have air entry and exit points to keep it cool and dry. The soffit vents also work in conjunction with ridge vents and let air pass right through. However, in areas where the roofline meets the attic floor, insulation baffles must be put in place to prevent airflow from being restricted.

3. Attic fans – this solution is quite better as it does not rely on natural wind to ventilate the attic. Fans can be installed on the roofing system which sucks the air out when needed. Some newer models incorporate a thermostat which automatically turns on the fans to keep a stable temperature in the attic. Solar powered fans are also available, which would be beneficial since this would mean the fans can be self-sufficient. However, the costs associated with this solution raises a couple of questions. So, do attic ventilation fans work at all? The answer is yes.

As it is commonly known, fans dedicated to ventilate can easily introduce air or push air out of a home with ease. Unlike natural, free-flowing systems, these fans work at a much more efficient pace. There’s also the option for users to control the temperature within certain areas to prevent moisture buildup and other problems caused by stale air.

The Window of Reflection of Your Workplace

IMPORTANCE OF FURNITURE AESTHETICS

It has been very rightly said and justified that the first impression is the last. It holds true for almost any setting and environment in the world; none so more than a professional office and a workplace environment. The appearance and the aesthetics that are put on display by the office furniture plays a pivotal role in shifting the mindset of every client, guest or employee who walks in through the door expecting favorable results in return. The entirety of the beliefs and the values on which your company stands is heavily dependent on the tone and mood that is set in the minds of every person walking through the door and towards you in order to retain your services.

RECEPTION AREA- THE MOST VITAL OF PLACES

Now that we have understood the importance of the style, beauty, and d├ęcor offered by furniture in a professional outlook, let us take it a step further. Question! What is the first place with which every potential customer walking through your doors comes in contact with? The Reception Area- the place representing the face value of the entire beliefs and grounds on which your company stands; which is why it is wise to never take the presentation of your reception area lightly. It is your reception area that will be the source of the first impression that you have to offer, based on which every client and customer makes up their mind within a matter of split seconds.

BUYING THE RIGHT RECEPTION DESK

Furnishing your reception area with desks and chairs is much more than simply choosing one from of a list with limited choices. There are a lot of things and factors to consider before you can finally decide and land upon the best there is in order to represent your beliefs, tradition, and creativity in a classy and catchy manner. And so, let us try and discuss some of these factors as well as possible-

Before buying a desk, you should be aware of the type of people (your clientele basically) that frequent your office premises. Every office/firm/organization has a specific type and group of people who are their target customers. And because every profession makes people look at things in a specific manner, it is imperative that you understand those finer details which your clients can possibly look for before handing over their business to you.

The constituents and build of your reception desk should be eye-catching as well as classy at the same time. The build materials used in it and the fanciness it spreads in the lobby area are major factors affecting the overall ambiance of the area. As such, a reception desk that has curves to flaunt along with a free-flowing design strike an immediate sense of sophistication.

Apart from curvaceous designs, the perfect addition to the reception area is a desk completely/partially constructed out of glass very simply because they resonate and exhibit a sense of the purest feelings of elegance and virtue, and figuratively act as the mirror for the type and quality of the work that you do.

Laid Back Vintage Luxury

Laid Back Vintage Luxury, a stunning beachfront home designed with open living spaces so everyone feel accessible and connected. Big cusped windows accented with old Indian arches showcase the spectacular ocean views. Casually understated laid back interiors perfect for entertaining or just a lazy secluded afternoon reading your favorite book to the music of nature.

A cozy lived in feel brought together by vintage woods and architectural pieces that tell stories of their past owners. Old Haveli doors and arches have soft worn textures and patinas giving a warm elegance to the decor.

An open living room and kitchen area with extra-wide sliding carved barn doors that leads to the patio. The barn doors are created from carved Indian panels of Buddha, Krishna, Ganesha in subtle colors, when closed they are beautiful pieces of art. When opened, the doors almost double the living space. Laid back and slower paced soothing energies fill the room.

Casual waterfront entertaining with close friends is the main thought of laid back vintage interiors. The living room features a long triple arch veranda that showcases the ocean views, a custom old door iron nailed coffee table where the family plays cards and watches movies. Sun-bleached, old reclaimed doors on the wall act as masterpieces of architectural art giving an old world ambiance.

The upstairs features two master suites, each with balconies and incredible ocean views. Each of the five bedrooms is inspired by various cultures such that every guest feels they have their own personal retreat.

Old textured woods that burst with colors and carvings, from the credenza under the TV in the living room to the “manjoosh” in the kitchen. An old beautiful bleached Haveli door textured naturally by blowing sand is the king headboard that grabs your attention as you walk past the arched doorway. The soft breeze rustles the sari curtains bringing in the romance of a bohemian rhapsody.

When designing the laundry space, Indian inspired whitewashed laundry cabinets complete the vintage look. Old reclaimed wood is used everywhere, from the study table to the bookshelves in the library. Made from antique door frames, they even have the house number inscribed on them.

A huge antique door frame wall mirror in the bathroom gives a grand statement. A lush carved rustic sideboard has been converted into a double vanity with copper sinks. Enjoy the warm woods and soft earthy feels of vintage reclaimed woods. Nurturing and earthing woods give beautiful energies to the living space and the house becomes a home.

Best Trees for Indoors

Trees are great things to have in your yard. They clean the air, they give shade and privacy, they are great for climbing and they are beautiful to look at as well. While many trees are just too big to think about growing inside, there are many trees that make wonderful accents to the inside of your home. Here’s just a few:

If you are a fan of the Victorian Era you may have seen pictures or seen movies of the time with parlour palms sprucing up the, well, parlour. The adapt well to low light and humidity and they are on the list of NASA’s 50 Plants That Clean the Air. And face it, they’re breezy and fancy and who wouldn’t want one in their living room in a large ceramic pot?

If you want a touch of Christmas in your home year round, what about a Norfolk Pine? They are essentially baby Christmas trees that love bright light and moist soil. At Christmas time you can decorate them with little bows or fairy lights, but they make a great addition to any room year round.

If you like big bold statements you’ll want a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in your living room. These trees have large sculptured leaves that give the air of the tropics without being weepy or wispy. These trees love light but don’t like drafts so keep them away from windows and doors and you’re good to go.

The Ficus is perhaps the most popular indoor tree there is, heck, they even make a fake version that you just dust once in a while and forget about. The real version is actually a weeping fig tree if you want to get technical, and they come in different textures and heights so they’re perfect for any room, any where.

Love the tropics but live where there seems to be perpetual winter? Then what about adding a Majesty Palm to your home? They are fan shaped and have that tropical feel to them and best of all they are slow growing if they aren’t getting strong sunlight. Throw on the heat, watch the palm tree and pretend you’re on the beach, even if it is January and there is a blizzard waging outside.

If you like more of a desert type tree then the Yucca is for you. They have thick woody stems and pointy leaves that come in a variety of blue to blue green colours and have yellow, cream or white tones to them too.

The Step-By-Step Procedure of Upholstery

There are important steps to follow when upholstering an old couch. The steps should be followed so that the end product looks amazing and is comfortable to sit on. Having the correct tools, materials and fabrics is also a vital part in the upholstering procedure.

All the old fabric has to be removed. The old fabric might be weak and brittle from the years of wear. There might also be discoloration that won’t match your stunning furniture. The old fabric will also have to be used at a later stage of the upholstering process.
On average, there would be about 1000 staples removed from a three seat couch. It might be a time consuming task but must be done for a neat finish. You cannot staple over existing staples.
The frame is then thoroughly checked for any damages. In many instances, the material can be repaired but some cases, the frame would have to be replaced completely. Correct polymers and glues would be required to repair wood or metal frames.
Springs and webbing will also have to be checked. Springs can lose shape over long periods of time and webbing could be sinking if heavy weights have been placed on the couch. Sometimes, the upholsterer won’t have to replace these items if the shapes have been maintained.
Foam is then attached to the entire skeleton or frame by highly skilled upholsterers. This foam gives the couch a spongy shape for comfort and aesthetics. This foam needs to fit exactly how the previous foam used to, ensuring that the couch the client had before is the same but reupholstered.
Dacron is then placed over the foam to enhance the contours and shape of the cushioning in the couch. Dacron also enhances the comfort quality of the couches.
At this stage, once the upholsterer is happy with the shape of the contours, the fabric will get cut out using the old fabric that was removed as templates.
Once all the panels of fabric have been cut out, they will be sewn together using special upholstery cotton. The sewn together panels can now be fitted and stapled in place on the frame and foam.
Spin bond is then attached to the underside of the furniture to hide the inside of the framework. It is important to ensure a flawless upholstered couch.
The legs can now be screwed into position. Removing them beforehand will make the fabric-fitting easier and it results in a professional product.
Depending on what material the couch is made from will depend if it needs to be treated with Scotch Guard.

The item is then wrapped and ready to be delivered to the owner.

Chakra Design for Our Homes

Chakras are vortexes of energies in the subtle body.The etheric body is the very first layer in our aura and is closest to the energy system of our body. Healthy chakras keep our mind, body and spirit living in harmony. A closed chakra caused by energy blockage, be it emotional or spiritual will create disharmony, causing the chakras to go into excess or lack there-off. This induces a state of lethargy and disorientation and eventually leads to physical illnesses.

Let’s Chakra balance and design our home!!

We connect with the universe through our astral body and the chakras that energize us in a reciprocity that envelops us as a whole. Our home is an extension of our energy so a happy house is a happy you!! Lets integrate the chakras in our home in a way that we understand and connect.

The Root or Base Chakra is associated with stability and survival and governs the Kitchen, Toilet. The kitchen is where we sustain ourselves so a clean, bright and cheerful atmosphere keeps the chakra happy. An antique Indian sideboard or manjoosh carved in old wood works splendidly as an island where family gives you company while cooking their favorite meals. Grounding woods and earthy colors of vintage carved barn doors for the pantry, the tree of life nourishes us. Decorate with fresh fruits and flowers, sustaining the source.This chakra is also where any energy is eliminated from our body, so the toilet should not have any leaks or issues as that drains energy. The old door console made from antique doors and studded with iron and brass converted into a bathroom cabinet gives the earthing element. Decorate with broad leaf plants and distressed wood planters.

The Sacral Chakra is connected to the center of creativity, and could be your extra room where you paint or write blogs. Orange, burnt reds, russet beaded sari tapestry hanging from an old carved distressed wood mantle give the aura of creative energy. Accent with sheer sari curtains and toss pillows and feel the creative juices flow.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is our personal will, social connections and governs our emotions and discipline. The family room and laundry room are connected to this chakra. Do you feel happy and connected sitting in your family room or isolated? A stunning vintage ochre yellow intricately carved cabinet or a distressed wood yellow coffee table will bring in new energy. My friend decorated her laundry room beautifully with an antique Indian armoire using it to store the laundry and cleaning supplies, a practical and beautiful statement!

The Heart Chakra represents love and compassion and I immediately connect it to green plants that are scattered all over my house. The bedroom is the zone for the heart chakra and the seat of divine love. A beautiful antique door makes a magnificent headboard, the door panels hung on either side giving the eclectic touch. Beautiful carved consoles make unique nightstands and the bedding is soft and lovely pashmina woven coverlets giving the plush and luxurious feel.

A clear hallway keeps the energy flowing from each room to the other and the Throat Chakra governs communication. Clean hallways and your work station or computer areas connect to this chakra. We connect to the world via the internet, yet the electromagnetic charge around us is disturbing to our energy field. Earthing old door study tables take away this charge and balance us so we may vocalize in a happy and concise medium. Blue carved hall tables and vintage armoires in turquoise also energize this chakra.

The Ajna or Third Eye Chakra is the master chakra that balances all the other chakras yet is open only when all the others are balanced. Wisdom and intuition and connected to the source the Ajna chakra is your sacred space or your meditation room where you connect with your inner self. Abundance in all aspects of life is governed by this chakra and violet is the colors that resonates with it. Yantras and divine sculptures of Shiva, Ganesha and Durga raise the vibrations of this space.

The crown chakra is our link to the universe, the thousand petalled lotus that surrounds us with its love. The entry door in the ancient times would be carved with beautiful motifs of lotus and divine symbols attracting the cosmic energies towards our home and welcoming all that is good.

Designing with furniture and architectural elements of ancient times gives meaning to our collections and energizes us with its beautiful vibrations.

Old Fashioned Vintage Furniture and Interiors

Old fashioned and elegant vintage interiors welcome subtle hues of calming colors like white, blues and pink. Soft patinas, aged furniture and architecture, rustic woods and stone, natural fabrics are classically used in this style.

Romantic and soft, flowing lines of old veranda arches, hand carved by artisans many years ago with tools that were passed on in generations, the elegant warm hues of carved wood armoires, lovingly refinished furniture, vintage interiors inherit the legacy of the old world style, each piece tells a story and carries ancient energies.

Simple and graceful at the same time the worn, cracked, distressed wood sideboard consoles give the ambiance of a comfortable lived-in look, creating interiors that are peaceful relaxed with a hint of nostalgia.

Modern rustic coffee tables made from reclaimed antique doors strike the chord with their character and give the elegant simplicity of classic old world charm. They bring with them a harmony of space and earthing design.

Furniture in Vintage style is loaded with history, worn textures, rough patinas with several colors seeping through, along with the burnished brass and rusted iron rivets that give added strength to the wood give each piece a unique character.

The teak armoire wardrobe in distressed peach, bedside tables with cladded brass elephants and a massive old door dining table are accented by long sari curtains, gracefully draped, bright turquoise or subdued ivory gold depending on your walls.

Complement your Interior with decorative pillows made from recycled tribal tapestries and vintage carpets. Wall decorating with the tree of life carved wood panels in dark tones add a focal point to the design. Black and white photographs in vintage frames and paintings in the elegant wooden jharokha carved frames give the personal touch.

The vintage jewelry boxes studded with brass and a long hope chest trunk at the end of your bed with a lovely crystal chandelier create the special atmosphere in your bedroom. A large floor mirror in a massive antique door carved frame will refresh the room. The essence of vintage style is the appeal of the bygone years, which reflects the culture and diversity of the past. Vintage interior style is simply elegant, beautiful and warm, combining antiques and rustic woods with the imperfect sense of proportion. Luxurious yet understated, the romantic carved bed with a canopy in sheers and a dresser with inlaid shells filled with figurines and perfume bottles is a statement in old fashioned luxury.

Turn Your Home Into a High-Tech Hotel Room

Every once in a while, especially during vacations, families, and friends would check in at a fancy resort or hotel. Ideally, these luxury hotel rooms would be able to fascinate you with all their high-tech gadgets, widescreen televisions, automated doors and more. Any hotel that provides this service would often be costly. Why spend a lot to go to fancy hotel rooms when you can bring that experience to your very own home? There are many ways to turn homes into high-tech hotel-like rooms and those with the budget can start by getting these items:

Smart TV’s

Smart TV’s are not uncommon in the market. In fact, visiting the nearest electronics store will display their latest smart TV’s available. Aesthetically, a large smart TV would be the ideal option to make your homes look like a luxury hotel. Almost the options across different brands are similar so you have the freedom to choose which suits you best. Some allow you to browse through the net through voice activations. Others will detect specific hand gestures to operate commands.These smart TV’s will only get better as the years pass by.

Digital Keys

Hotels either have the usual physical keys for their locks or card keys that you can swipe. However, these can be a hassle especially in the case where they get misplaced. Fancier hotels, on the other hand, use digital keys that can be accessed usually through phones. There are two ways this can work. The first is similar to the concept of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Instead of actually having the card, an app of the phone can imitate that concept so you would not need the actual card. The second way would be through Bluetooth. There are high-tech locks that will automatically open once they detect your phone’s Bluetooth ID nearby so you can just walk right in without doing much.

Voice-Activated Rooms

So once you get into your home without touching anything, the next thing you might want to do is to turn on the lights still without touching anything. How? Voice activation. It is popular in the movies and fancy hotels. With just a short speech command, anything with that is voice-enabled will do its job. It is the step towards making Jarvis, artificial intelligence (AI) assistant of Tony Stark in popular comic book and movie, Iron Man. Wynn Las Vegas just recently integrated about 5,000 of their rooms with Echo, a voice-controlled speaker, allowing guests to easily communicate with the front desk or turn appliances on by simply telling it to do so.

Automation

In line with the voice-activated rooms, automation enabled by robots or AI, just like Echo, will further provide efficiency for anyone in the room. Automation is usually defined as something that turns on and off by itself. However, it goes beyond. Automation really is about technology allowing itself to be engaged only when needed to. To an extent, getting your room automated can even save a lot of money on the electricity bills.

Wireless Charging

Having a lot of wires tangled up in the room would be tedious to untangle. It can even break and cause you to buy new ones. With wireless charging, you save up space from not needing wires and you don’t always have to be near the sockets anymore. Some tables and desks in hotels have built-in chargers that when phones are nearby, they automatically charge.

Projector TV’s inside the Bathroom

This is perfect for anyone who likes taking their time when doing their business or just enjoy taking a bath. Make that an even better experience by having TV’s projected in your very own bathroom. A cheap trick would be through the use of mirrors on the ceilings. Match this with your Smart TV and you virtually do anything with it, play music with Spotify, watch YouTube videos, browse the internet, and more as if you have never left the living room.

Versatile Bathroom Walls

More on to the bathrooms, it can even be further upgraded, even down to the walls. Usually, bathrooms anywhere would be divided by glass walls that are translucent or can be covered by blinds. With chrome-enabled bathroom walls, you would not need any of those. With a push of a button, the bathroom wall can either be made translucent, transparent or just plain matte. This way the bathroom looks even more spacious when the walls are made transparent.

Bold Haute Bohemian Interiors

Modern haute bohemians are world travelers, artists, writers, antique collectors, garden lovers. Living in highrise condominiums in New York, San Francisco, Paris, the urban classic contrasts with medieval castle doors, jewel tone cabinets and earthing brass cladded furniture. A new style of boho chic, channeling your inner free spirit, with luxurious resplendent and opulent interiors yet being grounded and earth conscious.

Antique Indian Furniture designs are full of an earthy vibrancy, a tumultuous love story of pattern and texture with the sandy whitewashed cabinets, Jaipur blue consoles, deep green rustic door cabinets. Each room starts with a stillness of subdued, soft base that allows the vibrancy of design elements to emerge.The structured decor is neutral and the accessories or furnitures are bold and exotic.

A beautiful old Haveli door make a phenomenal headboard, with a long chest at the end of the bed to store blankets and pillows. The bay window is framed with an antique arch that reminds you of old palaces in India with their cusped windows. Soft pashmina blankets and colorful toss pillows complete the design. An Old door long sideboard chest is used as a media console and gives added storage. Connecting to the roots and an infusion of culture and history makes you stand apart from the crowd. Mixing styles and being globally inspired, keep the color tones in a similar category so as to stay uniformly chaotic.

Traditional classic design with a bohemian flair yet polished and purposeful, haute bohemian interiors are a class apart. Curated antique sculptures with the energies of ancient spiritual wisdom bring the essence of the world traveller with sophisticated and purposeful design.

Always envision the space as a whole, the furniture and accessories should fall in rhythmic tones of abandoned joy. Bold embellished handmade colorful tapestries from Kutch, the tribal nomadic tribes in India, a visual treat of embroidered threads woven in love. Subtle hues and mirrors that reflect the twinkling lights give the room a romantic feel.

A tall arched cusped architectural verandah frames the window looking out to the garden, the carved detail of flowers, paisleys and lotus aligning the energies of the room to your personality, the boldness of your exuberant spirit is nourished. Love in traditional design and the bohemian spirit that makes you happy and grounded to Mother Earth. The brass medallions, iron nails take care of the electromagnetic charge so that you can nourish your free spirit.

Owning Leather Furniture

When you own leather furniture, you have something in common with early man, whose furniture employed animal skins. Our ancestors used hides as a by-product of using the meat and other parts of the animal since the hide was available and it had kept the animal warm and comfortable. But, those who buy leather furniture today think of themselves as sophisticated man. Leather furniture is expensive, and it sends this message: “Yeah, I have money.” Because of the expense and because such furniture has a unique look, feel, and character, folks who buy it tend to keep it – forever.

If you buy it, and keep it, you will want to understand and know how to maintain it. Owning leather furniture and placing it in a room of your home means that all who visit your home will put their eyes on it. Wherever you put it, it becomes the centerpiece of the room. Its appearance will haunt the viewer’s opinion of you and how you keep your house. If someone who knows leather sees your furniture, they will discern the quality of what you have identified as the show piece in a room. The finest leather sends a fragrance to the nose, is soft to the touch, and if it is new, it does not sag or have cracks in it.

Tanning processes have improved to make modern leather furniture more resilient. But, if you own older, good quality leather furniture, the appearance of cracks in it is expected and acceptable, because they are like weathered creases and scars on the face of a person who has lived a long and interesting life. Hint: Don’t try to convince someone who knows leather that your new furniture with cracks is like a weathered interesting old person.

Visitors want to sit on your leather furniture. They may ask for permission. They might wait until you are out of the room, then do it in secret. They might do it because it is an available place to sit in the room when folks have taken the other seats. The wise leather furniture owner sizes up his or her visitor as soon as he or she enters the room. Does the visitor have anything sharp on their clothing that might cut the leather? Is the visitor’s clothing stained? Does the visitor have food or a drink in hand? If the answer to those questions is “No,” many owners will invite their visitor to sit so they can observe them. It is best to have club soda or some recommended cleaning solution handy to get at any staining material (like wine) as soon as possible, if needed.