Treat it like a baby – Wood Furniture

Well maintained wood furniture lasts longer and looks attractive. The beauty of furniture care is that it helps you preserve an investment because it is an important purchase. Thus, proper care will assist in maintaining your furniture’s finish and ensure that it’s visually great year after year.

»Use a soft, clean cloth that won’t scratch the surface. Avoid scratchy materials or fabrics.
»Avoid soap and water. Water can penetrate the finish and raise the grain on wood, causing damage.
»Use a polish-moistened cloth to dust. If not done well, dust will scratch the furniture surface.
»Ensure you use same type of polish consistently. If not done well, your furniture will appear cloudy or sticky if polishes are interchanged.
» Always apply a fine furniture polish when dusting. Remember to change dusting cloths frequently since dirty ones may scratch your furniture surface.
»Spray your furniture surface evenly and wipe with a clean cloth to loosen the old polish. Spray polish on the cloth then dust.

»Don’t place  it directly under the window. If you have to, use sun screening drapes.
»Rotate accessories occasionally so they don’t remain in the same spot for a long period of time.
»Avoid creating marks on your furniture by placing a piece of cloth under accessories.
»Lift objects from the top surface rather than dragging them when moving them.
»Do not place them under direct sunlight.
»Dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. To remove accumulated dust, use a cloth that has been dampened in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
»Wipe spills with a dry cloth. Humidity causes wood to swell hence cracking the furniture.

Always use quality furniture polish to enhance the natural beauty of wood. Polish protects the wood by creating a barrier against spilled liquids and also remove dust and oil when properly removed.

Automatic opening and closing gates

Imagine your gates opening at a click of a button, you drive through and they automatically close behind you! It increases security whether at home or work place. If you have been a captive at your own gate with carjacking or hijacking then this should be more of a necessity than a luxury.

These electric gates ensure security of private premises and can be used for all sized properties. Most of these gates are sliding.

If space is an issue then a sliding gate would be ideal. These gates are also very popular in commercial environments. Electric gates, where automatic or not need motors to operate them.

The safety of these gates is an important consideration hence they should be well fitted for users to boost locking effectiveness. One can use key cards or security cards to open them. Sensors can also be incorporated. To avoid obstruction and swinging into the vehicles or someone’s hand. Speed bumps can placed before the gates to prevent reckless or irresponsible drivers driving too fast and damaging the gates. There are many features that can be added to ensure security as well as make them more convenient.

Following a theme for a home bar decor

A home bar is a perfect place to entertain friends and have conversations. A well made bar can also become a focal point in your home. Imagine your friends enjoying themselves in your home and having conversations while listening to music. Small heaven at home!

Following a theme is a great way to personalize and give it your very own touch. What are your hobbies? If you are a racecar fan, collect model cars and posters of your favourite cars. You can personalize your bar by getting the cover of bar stools in the color of your favourite car.

Blend your theme with the rest of the decor that you have. Whatever theme you choose,try to ensure that your bar follows the same theme as the rest of the house and of the same fashion as the furniture. Oak wood is really good for furniture.

Paint the bar area. Choose your favourite colours. If you are going for a youthful and funky look, a dull yellow or jungle green will create the perfect look. Dull red is also a good colour if you want a sophisticated look.

The next most important thing about bars is the lighting. The kind of lights you use can either give it a sophisticated look or a sports bar like look. Pick yellow lighting over white. For sports lighting place them preferably in the cabinets as it gives a moderate effect. Go for indirect lighting instead of direct to prevent any disturbance to the eye.

Add some seating to the bar. No bar is complete without bar stools. A good arrangement gives the bar a nice look. You can either get them fixed on the floor or place them next to the bar counter. Bar couches are also super comfortable and most home bar owners like them. Always shop around for couches or get your carpenter to custom make one to your liking.

Decorate your bar with accessories. Beer dispensers at the bar or souvenirs on the shelves are going to add a character to the decor. If you love photography you can fill the bar with your favourite photos and add also an ice bucket and shakers.

Add some fun to your bar by placing a TV screen in a strategic position. You can also add a dartboard to give it a nice look. Keep adding new things to your bar to give it that personal touch.

Susan Mukami’s Decorating Tips

Tip 1: If you move into a house with white walls and don’t want to paint,infuse your favorite colour into the room by buying loads of accessories and scattering them throughout,e.g. turn a white kitchen into a bright yellow one with the addition of yellow strainers, pots, pans, curtains, tea cloths and mugs. Oh, and don’t forget a vase of bright yellow flowers from your garden!

Tip 2: Co-ordinate your house. Be careful about items you buy; make sure you have a good plan beforehand of where you will put them.Think about the colours in each room of your home and only buy items that will or complement them.

Tip 3: You can use the locally available materials to decorate your,placing souvenirs on preferable area in the house.

Tip 4: For an instant change that won’t cost a penny that is good,change pictures on the walls and also move your furniture around.

Tip 5:
Changing your cushions can spark new life into your sofas. Buy new ones,make your own,or,if your fabric has lost its original colour then dye it a different one.

Tip 6: The toilet is the smallest area of the house but is most ignored. Add some visual interest ,eg, with simple magazine rack filled with decor and craft magazine,or a brightly coloured basket filled with hand towels or pretty soaps.

Measuring your windows for curtains or drapes

In order to ensure that your chosen window treatment is a success, take a complete set of measurements for each window. Use a good measuring tape and you can ask someone to assist you.

Use a step ladder to get higher measurements. Always double check the figures you took as your measurement. Round off the widths and length to the nearest whole number. This mostly applies in blinds or shears.

Curtains are normally placed under curtain boxes or on iron rods, poles that are attached to the wall with brackets. The owner of the house is encouraged to decide where to place the rods and the length they desire. Allow an inch or two for the rods so that your curtains have more room for design, and also get a suitable length for the curtains.