How to Make Your House Smell Good

February 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Everyone wants to have a house that smells good and is enjoyable to come in to. There are many obvious reasons why a house that smells good is important, but this is especially true if you are trying to sell a home. A prospective buyer can actually be turned off from buying your home if there is a foul smell. One of the first points to look at when selling a home is odor control.

Here you will find ways to make your house smell good whether you are selling your home, having a get together or just wanting your house to smell good on a daily basis.

 

  1. Empty the trashcans daily or more often if necessary. Food and other disposables can cause odors to linger in your home. By getting these odors out of your house you can improve your home’s air quality drastically. Utilize your garbage disposal, if you have one, to get rid of foods. If not, be sure to take the trash out after food has been dumped inside.
  2. Clean fabrics throughout your home, such as curtains, carpet and upholstery, thoroughly. Unpleasant odors can linger in fabrics and create a persistent smell in your home. By washing and cleaning these regularly per the manufacturers’ instructions, you can easily prevent and eliminate odors.
  3. Create air flow through your home daily by opening windows and doors and letting fresh air in. Open several windows to help create a cross-draft and force the old air out. Make sure to do this daily to keep the air in your home from becoming stale.
  4. Clean up after your pets often. Kitty litter boxes should be scooped out daily and changed at least once a week. Inspect your home for areas that your pet may have soiled and clean them up immediately to remove the odor and prevent repeat occurrences.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda over carpet and upholstery and allow it to sit for several hours or overnight if possible. Baking soda draws odors out of fabrics easily and absorbs them. Vacuum the baking soda away to remove it.

 

While building a house

December 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Building you dream house? It always tricky, because there are hundreds of things that can go wrong. But we can take care of little thing and make the dream come true. If you are planning to make a new house, here are some tips and precautions you must take

Some general instructions for building a house

  • Prefer simple shapes of your house rather that complicated form of shape.
  • The most common mistake that people make while making a hallway is that they keep their hallway too narrow so that in future they have problem shifting and moving their furniture which sometimes scraps the walls and the doors of the house.


Instructions for some specific places:

  • Entrance
    • The entrance must be constructed in such a way that it provides protection the house as well as must be spacious as the guests are welcomed from here which should not seem crowded.
    • Entrance should also guard the house against natural predators such as excessive rains, harsh sunlight and strong winds.
  • Living Room
    • The living room should probably face the lawn.
    • Living room must be near to the main entrance.
    • Using more windows or glass doors gives an appealing view to your house.
  • Kitchen
    • The working platform in the kitchen should be sufficiently wide and must be free from obstructions.
    • There must be a good space and electricity points for keeping your electric appliances like dishwasher, chimney, oven etc.
    • The kitchen should have adequate ventilation and sunlight and should be preferred besides the dining room.
  • Bedroom
    • The bathroom must be having adequate space  In order to keep your Elmira and Chester at the sides of your room.
    • Attached bathroom with bedroom is more convenient.
    • Bedroom should be far from entrance in order to maintain privacy and security.
  • Bathroom
    • Bath fittings of high quality should be preferred which can withstand prolonged regular use.
    • There should be adequate lightning and ventilation in the bathroom.
    • The floor of the bathroom should be preferred of marble whereas the walls must be tiled.

How to Prepare DIY Party Lights

November 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Impress your guests with these colorful and beautiful balloon lights! They are incredibly simple to make too:

Materials needed: balloons, glue, water, colored yarn.

Instructions: Blow up balloon, dip yarn in watered down glue, wrap around balloon. Wait to dry completely, and pop balloon.

Vaastu Shastra

October 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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As experienced builders over 20 years, we have seen so many varying trends in the tastes and preferences of our clientele. But interestingly, one thing has remained ever constant amongst them, regardless of differences between them, of age, gender and religion, And that is the ideal of Vaastu Shastra. When we design their home, they insist on us following its principles to the dot, and we are more than happy to comply, being veterans of this science.home-elevation-thumb

Vaastu is an ancient Indian science that helps us develop better homes and offices. Some mistake it to be a religion, but its most definitely not! It’s actually a connection between man and his environment. The key five elements in the nature that surround us are Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Space. Our earth is the only planet we know that have all this elements in perfect harmony. Vaastu helps us understand this harmony, thereby supporting us in creating a perfect world of our own, be it home or office.

Vaastu is the science of directions that works along with these 5 elements called “Panchabootas”. It is the quest to find the perfect balance between man and nature! Vaastu is a well calculated science that plays around with these elements. Each element attracts a special quality from the universe; and there is nothing mystic about this! It’s very important that residential and commercial buildings are constructed based on this science, else it is possible to face problems due to imbalance and lack of harmony amongst the elements. Sometime small errors in the configuration of a building can create disharmony in the vibration of panchbootas, which could end in unpleasant results like inexplicable illness or even losses in wealth.

Irrespective of size, shape, colour or chemical/ physical composition, everything in the world has Pachabootas as their origin. Everything has peculiar vibration levels that evades the intelligence of an individual. These vibrations are calculated in Vaastu, which makes it a science that can help to reduce the problems faced by people spending time in their homes and offices.

If the science is applied in the correct manner, Vaastu brings abundant benefits and prosperity to the building.  By bringing Vaastu into your life, you are balancing yourself with nature and living in harmony with the powers of universe.

 

8 ways to Incorporate Butterflies into Your Home Decor

August 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Vinyl Record Butterflies
Make butterflies for your wall by heating vinyl records in the oven and thencutting them – fashion into a butterfly shape and let cool. vinyl

Cute Cloche

Use paper butterflies and a glass dome to recreate an expensive home decor piece.Cute Cloche
Pretty Mobile

You can use up your fabric scraps for this mobile, which would look great in a baby’s room or on an outdoor porch.mobile

Paper Wreath

This wreath was made with a common and surprising material: paper bags.paper

 

Table Linens

Print clip art butterflies onto iron-on transfer paper, then decorate table linens for your next party.table

 

Wall Art

Make the “canvas” with scrap wood or a pallet – the rest is just paper and wire.Wall Art

 

Specimen Art

Use paper butterflies to substitute for the real thing – attach them to a frame using craft glue.butterflies-after-close
Flutter Pillow

Add felt butterflies to pillows with simple sewing – or use fabric glue for a no-sew option.Flutter Pillow

 

Colour yourhome

August 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Colours have magically power to change your moods. Have you wondered why some people happier in their home and some are not. The walls of their home have a lot to do with their emotions. Some of us make the err of colouring our home in colour that brings rage to us. FegShui and Vastu are two sciences that help us in these situations. So the question is what colour we use! Let’s see what colours suit your rooms.Attractive young adult couple painting interior wall of house.

Here we are giving the list of colours along with the things colour attract. You will be able to choose colours for your room as per your preference of emotions you want in each room. These colours are categorised with the element on earth they represent.

FIRE (Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Strong Yellow)- For Passion and energy.

FengShui Fire Element in your home will attract a supporting energy in all your career efforts and will help you achieve recognition. Thus recommend in your home office. This element should be used in a balance.

EARTH (Light Yellow Beige and various Earthy/Sand Colours) -For Nourishment and Stability.

Earth Element in your home will help bring stability, nourishment and protection for all your relationships.Fengshui considers this as a strong and harmonious element.

METAL (Grey and white)-For Clarity and Preciseness

These colours bring the qualities of sharpness, efficiency, precision and clarity in you;these colours help you to live a light and clear life.

WATER ( Blue and Black)- For ease freshness and abundance

This Element brings a refreshing energy of calm, ease, purity and freshness. Water is also the ancient symbol of abundance,it’s considered as a cure and if used in right ways it is said to attract money.

WOOD( Brown and Green)– For health and Vitality

This is the healing element. These colours bring health and growth to your life. Green is said to be colour of money in our world and ancient fengshui folks believed that it attract wealth and prosperity.

Vaastu Tips For Interiors

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Interior Decoration

  • Bright colours should not be used in the house. Cold and light colours should be used for painting the house.
  • Paintings or photographs depicting war, sad faces, birds like owl, crow, pigeon, erotic pictures etc. should not be used for decoration in the house.
  • Vastu provides some guidelines for interior decoration of the house. Comprehension of zones is important while doing interior of home. Zones are divided into two categories like negative and positive zones. Vastu clarifies to keep positive zones light as compared to negative zones. Heavy furniture and objects should be placed in negative zones whereas light furniture can be placed in positive zones. Negative zones or heavy directions are the South, West and Southwest. Positive zones or light directions are the North, East and Northeast.

Here are given some tips for interior decoration of the house according to Vaastu.

Furniture

  • Sofa set should be placed in south and west portion of the room. The person sitting on sofa should face north or east directions.

Vaastu Interior

  • Bed should be kept in southwest direction of the bedroom leaving southwest corner.
  • Almirah having valuables or jewellery should be kept in southwest of the room leaving southwest corner. It should be opened towards the North.
  • Dining table can be placed in north-west of the kitchen, living room or dining room.
  • Study table should be placed in the North or East of the room.
  • Aquarium in the North, East or North-east is good as it has water. The North, East and North-east are directions of water.

Paintings and Statues

Scenary

  • Paintings of natural scenes like sunrise, water fall etc. are suggested by Vastu. The paintings depicting scenes of war, violence should be avoided.
  • The statue of God should be avoided in bedroom. The statues of Lord Ganesha are used as decorative pieces popularly. Place the statue of God in prayer room.
  • Avoid keeping heavy statue in North-east of the room and house.

Electrical Appliances

  • Electrical appliances should also be kept in right directions.
  • Heating appliances like gas, ovens, microwave should be kept in southeast directions.
  • Geyser should also be installed in south-east of bathroom.
  • Cooler, A.C and Fridge should be placed in northwest of the room. T.V can be placed in the North, East or Southeast of the room. Avoid electrical appliances in north-east of the room.

Curtains

Curtains

Prefer curtains of light color for bedroom. Avoid red and black color curtains in bedroom. The curtains of dark color can be used in living room.

Mirror

Mirrors

Vaastu recommends placing mirror on north and east wall of the room. Avoid mirror in study room and opposite to bed in bedroom.

Indoor Plants

Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are very popular in home decoration. Avoid cactus and thorny plants in the house. Avoid big plants in north-east of the house.

Paint Colors

The paint of light color is good as per Vastu. Prefer light blue, green, pink and cream color for rooms. Avoid red and black color in the house.

Flooring

Flooring

Mosaic, Ceramic Tile and Marble are good choice for flooring. Avoid white marble in rooms. This is considered auspicious for Pooja room and Temples.

Ceiling

Flat ceiling is good for residential purposes. The ceiling of a room should not be elevated.

Lighting

Lighting should be bright in the house because dim light is not favorable for the residents of the house.

Tips To Reduce Heat Inside Your Home In Summer

April 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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1. Use windows and window coverings to your advantage. If you’re not home during the day, close all windows, curtains, and blinds to keep your house cool for as long as possible.

If you’re home during the day and don’t want all the windows covered, cover them when needed. Remember that south-facing windows get a lot of sun. East-facing windows get sun in the morning and west-facing ones get the hotter and stronger sun in the afternoon and evening. Dark-colored curtains, roman shades, and even dime-store roller shades can be very effective. “Roller shades can block up to 80% of solar heat,” Muffett says. If the air cools down enough in the evening, open the windows to promote as much air circulation as possible.

2. Don’t add to the heat inside. Use appliances such as irons, washers, and dryers at night or early morning — or eliminate the dryer altogether and use a clothesline instead. (Not running your appliances between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. also helps avoid brownouts.“A big source of heat is your stove,” Pope says. “So if you can, cook outdoors or microwave meals.” Microwaves use two-thirds less energy than stoves. Another option is using a toaster oven for baking. Because toaster ovens are so much smaller, they don’t warm up a kitchen like a conventional oven. Turn off computers and other appliances when not in use.

You can also unplug these appliances when not in use to ensure you reduce your electric bill as well, because the small amount of power these pull while plugged in can add up on your bill over time.

3. Consider changing your bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs are heat generators, so many experts suggest switching them for energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs or halogen infrareds.

Fluorescent “corkscrew” bulbs contain mercury, so consider the safety risks before putting them in children’s bedrooms, playrooms, or other places where they may be likely to break.

4. Use fans. When it cools down outside, place inexpensive portable fans in front of open windows to bring the cool air inside. And consider installing a ceiling fan if you don’t already have one. Attic fans also circulate cool air from outside through the house. Use ceiling or room fans even if you have an air conditioner. You can then set your thermostat higher because the air movement from the fan will help the room feel cooler.

5. Keep your refrigerator well stocked. Refrigerators that are full of food don’t warm up as quickly when the door is opened, so they require less energy to stay cool.

Useful Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Home

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Simple modifications to your daily routine may help you keep germs that cause infections, like cold & flu and allergens at bay. By doing these simple things you can make your environment healthier and safer for yourself and your family.

Living Areas:

  • Keeping your house clean and free from excess dust, molds and bacteria.
  • Use a disinfectant to clean commonly touched surfaces, like the telephone and doorknobs.
  • If you have pets, consider keeping them outside if possible; animal dander and saliva are allergens for many people. Otherwise, do not allow pets in the bedroom and be sure to bathe pets often.
  • Vacuum twice a week.
  • Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mold-killing solutions.
  • Don’t allow smoking in your house.

Kitchen:

  • Clean your kitchen sink and counters with antibacterial solutions after each use. Bacteria left from meats and vegetables can flourish and get on your hands, utensils or other foods you are preparing.
  • Do not use the same utensils for uncooked food without washing them first.
  • Wash utensils with warm water and soap after each use, especially when preparing meat.

Laundry:

  • Air out damp clothes and shoes (in the house) before storing.
  • Remove laundry from the washing machine promptly; don’t leave wet clothes in the washer.
  • Wash your bedding once a week in hot water.

Creative Tips For Kids’ Room

April 7th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Kids Room is a place to sleep, to play, read comics, spend quality time with friends, It is a place to do whatever they feel like for example listening to music, giving voice to their imaginative and artistic tendencies and carrying out their fantasies. Hence, Kids Room Décor is quite different from an adult’s room.

Here are some of the useful and excellent tips for you to check out:

  • You can choose a theme for the decoration of your kid’s room. It can also be decided keeping in the mind the girl kid and the boy kid.
  • Light is an important factor for Kid’s Room hence, nightlight or a study lamp for doing homework and soothing light for relaxing is a must.
  • You should always ask the child to help out while choosing the color or style for their room. Try to match it with their likes and dislikes also.
  • And even the fabrics, linen accessories and collectible should also be of their choice. However, you must be very careful while keeping the things in a kid’s room. See to it there are no sharp edges, medicines in their room and that all the other things are child-safe.
  • Kids require a lot of storage space so more and more shelves and racks, plastic and transparent containers, baskets and closets are preferable to make space for keeping their clothes, drop their socks, books, shoes, playthings and other accessories.
  • You should always opt for a single fabric for pillows, lampshades, bed ruffles and quilts for a harmonious look. And the prints for the fabric can be floral, related to animals, fairies, angels, or other geometrical shapes for the kids.
  • Always go for short curtains and draperies as because long curtains and draperies may trip a child. You may also add artistic valances made by children to encourage them to keep their room look beautiful and have a feeling of accomplishment.

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Villa project in Trivandrum









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