Helping With Home Interior Design

Posted by Héctor H. Zorrilla On 8.31.2008 3 comments

There is nothing wrong with wanting to do it yourself in with home interior design. However, you need to realize that there is help out there for you to take advantage of and use in order to get the best look possible for your home.

Interior Design Ideas - 05:36 min.

There are many different options and styles that you may be considering when it comes to home interior design. Some of these options could be from various time period s or themes as well as influenced by current European trends. All of these things can help you to decide what it is that you are going to do when you finally get to go and figure out what it is that you will be doing to improve the look of your home.

Outside Sources

You can consider many different outside sources for help in your quest to find the look that best suits your home and personality. One of these options is to look at some of the different design magazines and see exactly what it is that they did to these homes in order to supposedly beautify them. There are also DVD’s that are available to use that will go over step by step how you will go about trying to accomplish a task as well as what will work best to give the room the look that you will want. There are also books as well as television shows that will provide insight and education into what it is that you can do to help to improve the look of your home and to give it the theme that you want.

Take A Class

Then there is always the option of taking a class on home interior design that will give you some background on the topic and allow you to better understand what you will be doing and how you should go about to do it. Pay attention and ask questions if you do decide to take a class on interior design.

A san option that I am sure you do not want o think about you can always call in a professional that will be able to assist you in the designing and improving of your home. Look at all of your different options that you have available to you an pick one and use it. Pick a style and then run with it turning your house around with some of the aids that are listed.

About the Author: Adam Peters is an online entrepreneur and writes for .A website with tips on contemporary decoration and contemporary furniture.

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Instructions To Build A Windmill With 9 Parts

Posted by Héctor H. Zorrilla On 8.30.2008 0 comments

Want to build your own windmill and generate your own power? You're in for some good news because building your own windmill is easier and cheaper than you might have thought. You just need a few basic parts, which you can find for about $200, and a couple days to put the windmill together.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Windmill - 03:16 min.

Did you know that you can run your entire household off the power generated by a single windmill? Imagine being able to run your televisions, computers, and refrigerator off the power created by your windmill. It could save you hundreds of dollars a month.

There are other benefits to generating energy with your own windmill than just saving money. Generating your own energy decreases the burden on your local power company, and lessens the impact on the environment. If only a small percentage of the population did this, it would have such a beneficial impact on the environment.

To build your own windmill, there are several parts you'll need, including a set of good instructions to build a windmill. This is very important. If you are not experienced, and you try to put it together without instructions to build a windmill, you can severely hurt yourself.

Here are the parts you will need:

1. Instructions to build a windmill

2. DC Power Motor

3. Body Assembly

4. Tail Assembly

5. Blades To Collect The Wind Energy

6. Hub To Connect The Propeller To The Motor

7. Tower

8. Battery Bank

9. Nuts And Bolts

You can find most of these parts at your local hardware store. Another great source is eBay, and you can find many of these parts there for a cheap price.

With regards to instructions to build a windmill, there are several books available. I compared them against my criteria:

1. Easy to understand

2. Affordability

3. Immediate availability

In my search, I found several book. But only a few of them had instructions to build a windmill that met my criteria. My favorite set of instructions to build a windmill was Earth4Energy. Earth4Energy is straightforward and well written. Earth4Energy even included pictures with the instructions to help you properly assemble your windmill.

If you want to build your own windmill, and you are looking for a great set of instructions to build a windmill, I recommend checking out Earth4Energy. And if you decide to purchase Earth4Energy through my website, you will get 2 additional books full of money-saving tips for free. You can get more info on your 2 free gifts and read my full review of Earth4Energy by clicking on the link in the "about the author" box below.

About the Author: Stan Metcalf. Stan loves to build things, save money, and help the environment. If you want to build your own windmill, Stan recommends the Earth4Energy guidebook. It is straightforward and easy to follow. Click here to read Stan's review of Earth4Energy and learn how you can get 2 free gifts from Stan.

House in Sarasota - for sale

Posted by Héctor H. Zorrilla On 8.29.2008 0 comments

This 2008 Award winning Parade of Homes Furnished Builders model. Available for purchase and priced right at $630,000.

Offered for sale as a model leaseback, or purchase for immediate occupancy.

Sarasota Model Home - 04:18 min.

This model home comes complete with Designer furnishing package.

Amish wood-crafters have diligently kept alive timeless designs like the trestle dining room table. Today, thanks to their efforts modern homeowners may still acquire high-end dining room table creations with heirloom quality. The trestle table is most likely the oldest type of American dining table if not the oldest table design in the world. The predecessor to the trestle table, later fully evolving into the modern trestle versions, was often called the table board and frame. A long narrow plank of wood rested on a frame of several trestles, or horizontal beams. These bridges of wood or horses were pegged and braced to the table top. The legs were designed to be easily dismantled for storage or moving and were very practical for traveling as the world was expanding.

The trestle table plans of old took into account that they may not be used in permanent locations and designed them so they could be placed in wagons or on ships or even used by the military in the field. Shakespeare made mention of these portable trestle tables in Romeo and Juliet when he wrote "More lights, ye knaves, and turn the tables up." The importance of the trestle table in American history is evidenced at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC where a portrait of one is held in their collection, showing one of America's earliest known examples as a piece of art. The early trestle tables were practical in construction and easy to store and transport; making it the perfect occasional table.

The trestle style as a dining table allowed those seated to not have the inconvenience of the more usual four fixed legs at each corner and much like the pedestal dinner table allows more seating comfortably. As far back as the Middle Ages the dormant table was actually an early piece of permanent dining furniture. The dormant table was usually covered with a carpet or runner and as it implied was a stationery and dormant trestle dining room table. Monasteries in the Medieval times had a refectory, or a room for congregate group dining. A very long trestle table was popular in these rooms and commonly became known as refectory tables. In the late Middle Ages the refectory trestle table became the table preferred for banquets and feasts held in castles or high estates.

Just as the Amish create handmade wooden trestle tables these too were handcrafted from solid woods for the royalty and noblemen that requisitioned them. Trestle designs range from plain, almost utilitarian to very ornate and regal. Slab-side, melon-turn and sawbuck are all popular styles of trestle designs. The slab-sided trestle is just that. Slabs of wood, possibly cut in an ornate design or shape, placed vertically and holding up the ends between the trestles. Melon-turned was the more spherical and usually highly ornate globular post ends, a predecessor to the later pedestal styles.

The sawbuck style can also be quite utilitarian to highly ornate and is widely used in Americana style dining room furniture. The sawbuck is an X-shaped support system, gaining its name from the sawbuck device used for holding rough wood. This style was popular in Gothic works but usually is known in early New England tables that were both functional and rustic. Another American version came from the Delaware Valley of greater Philadelphia where the German-Swedish influence made them highly decorative. Today the trestle table is available from picnic style outdoor furniture to handcrafted Amish dining room tables. Trestle tables created by the Amish in the well known and well loved traditional Americana style, Shaker or Arts and Crafts Mission design are available for your personal collection.

The Mission style trestle, like the trestles of the Middle Ages, may be braced together with a stretcher beam and a keyed tenon going through the center of each trestle. Like the early Mediterranean and the European trestle dining room tables the Amish create their trestle dining room tables out of native woods like high quality red oak, quarter-sawn white oak, cherry, maple, walnut and even hickory. Modern Amish trestle dining room tables are so versatile that they are ideally suited for seating in a wide range of styles from solid wood benches to more formal dining room chairs like the Windsor or the Mission slat backs.

About the Author: Jason Cheney. The Amish are masters of reproducing classic designs that are truly functional and beautiful. Made from solid wood and hand crafted to exacting tolerances Amish furniture is built last for many generations. To see the wide variety of designs made by the Amish from country classics to some very modern and contemporary designs visit

Home security

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Web Connected Spy Phone 007 with built in recorder, record every calls, listen-in from the web.
* Phone-007 looks and works like an ordinary phone. but it records every calls made on it, without let the user know
* Phone-007 also records embient sounds around the phone, such as conversation near the phone, funny noise in the bed room.
* As the owner of the phone, You can listen-in every details of calls from any other phones
* All the recordings are securily stored on phone-007's network, It is free to playback at any time.
* Spy phone 007 can be used in catching cheating spouse, parental control, employee monitoring, long distance baby monitoring

Phone-007 is a very special phone. Whenever someone talks on this phone the call is recorded. With Phone-007's service, you as the phone's owner can then get notify SMS or call whenever phone 007 starts recording. By answering the notify call or call the Phone-007 service number, you can listen in at anytime from anywhere. Phone-007 can also detect and record ambient sounds, such as mobile conversation in the room, dog barks, baby cry or any other funny noise around. Owner of the phone can listen to all the recorded calls by logging into the Phone-007 website, which also providing free downloading for all of the recorded clips. With Phone-007 you can: * Record all the calls made on the phone 007 * Detect and record valuable ambient sounds around phone 007 * Get alerts to let you know by e-mail, when calls are being made on the phone * Listen in live on calls in progress, or turn on the speakerphone mic to listen-in on the room from any landline or cell phone around the world * Play back all the recorded phone conversation and ambient sounds online * Review the phone number, time, date and duration of all calls made on the Even more *Phone-007 needs to be connected with internet. It is plug & play, and no further configuration are needed. *Phone-007 is also a stand alone IP phone, with one year unlimited usage service plan included. *User can make unlimited local & international calls to the following countries with phone-007. *Detail country list: USA(48 states only) USA-Mobile (48 states only) Singapore Singapore-mobile Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Australia Australia-Canberra Australia-Shared Cost Australia-Sydney Belgium Canada Canada-Mobile China China-Mobile Denmark France Germany Hongkong Hongkong-Mobile Ireland Italy Netherlands New Zealand Norway Spain Spain-Barcelona Spain-Madrid Sweden Sweden-Stockhlom Taiwan United kingdom
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Staging Your Home for a Quicker Sale

Posted by Héctor H. Zorrilla On 8.28.2008 0 comments

(NewsUSA) - Foreclosures and high maintenance costs mean that new homes go up for sale faster than you can say "down market." And what is great for buyers -; more homes to choose from -; means that sellers need to distinguish their properties from the rest of the crowd.

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Home staging, or temporarily redesigning a home to appeal to buyers, can give homeowners an edge in an overcrowded market. Staged homes look bigger, newer and warmer. They invite buyers to see themselves living in the home.

Staging projects include inexpensive tasks, from rearranging furniture, to renting contemporary living room sets. Here are some tips for staging homes:

- Declutter. When buyers see overcrowded book shelves and wrinkled towels, they focus more on the dingy details than the architecture. But staging means more than a through cleaning -; sellers should also remove personal items, like family photographs. Buyers should picture their families living in the home, not yours.

- Make things look new. A little paint can go a long way. Light colors make rooms look larger and brighter, so use them to make your home appear spacious. Wooden floors and cabinetry make big impressions, so make sure that they shine. If any wood looks dry or dirty, apply an orange oil for a quick restoration job. Touch of Oranges Wood Cleaner and Restorer ( hides small scratches and removes build-up, fingerprints and grease from cabinetry, wood floors and fixtures.

Hard water stains on glass shower doors and windows look unattractive, so remove them with a specialized product like Bring It On Cleaner (, which uses oxygen bleach to clean minerals from glass and tile. People can obtain information about Bring It On Cleaner and Touch of Oranges Wood Cleaner by calling 800-867-2643.

- Add small details. In the kitchen, bowls filled with fresh fruit create an attractive, colorful eyepiece. Place vases filled with fresh flowers in the bedrooms and dining room. Put candles in the bathroom. Small touches make homes feel more inviting.

American houses - video clips

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This is a video clip about american typical houses in the U.S.A - 02:25 min.

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Five Essentials for Energy Savings

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(NewsUSA) - With fuel costs on the rise, many consumers are wondering what they can do to help save on energy bills at home. Making your home more energy-efficient can be surprisingly quick, easy and cost-effective.

Energy Saving Tips - 01:46 min.

Next time you're out running errands, keep these five items on your list of things to buy, and you could start seeing the savings in no time:

- Window insulation kit. Properly sealing drafty windows not only increases the comfort of your home, but may also significantly decrease your energy bills. Insulating windows is an inexpensive and effective way to keep warm air in and cold air out. Choose a product that can easily fit a variety of window sizes, such as the Roll-On Window Kit by Duck Brand, which requires no measuring and minimal cutting and is practically invisible.

- Programmable thermostat. A pre-programmed device allows you to control the temperature of your home year-round. According to Energy Star, homeowners can save around $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.

- Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Switch out incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, which use at least 75 percent less energy. You can find CFLs that last up to 10,000 hours -; about 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs. Try the n:vision line, which includes soft white, bright white and daylight energy-efficient bulbs, so you can find just the right light for any room in your house.

- Insulation. Inadequate insulation in your home may allow cool air to escape in the summer and warm air to be lost in the winter, potentially overworking your heating and cooling systems. Add insulation in the attic, crawl spaces, ceilings and exterior walls to help save energy, reduce your operating costs and keep your home comfortable.

- Furnace filters. Replacing or cleaning furnace filters once a month during the winter will help your heating system operate more efficiently and can keep harmful bacteria, mold, viruses and pollen out of the air. Furnace filters are available in multi-packs, so you can always have one on-hand. You could also consider installing a permanent furnace filter, which is washable and cuts down on waste by eliminating the need for throwaway fiberglass screens.

For a minimal investment, you could see hundreds of dollars in energy savings throughout the year. One trip to the store and a few minutes at home are all it takes to make small changes that really add up.

Hollyhock House - Frank Lloyd Wright

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This is the first Frank Lloyd Wright house in Los Angeles, 1921. Hollyhock House. Built between 1919 and 1921 for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, is the Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles.

Hollyhock House
Frank Lloyd Wright house
Hollyhock House. Its namesake is abstracted and geometricized in much of the house’s design, including exterior walls and interior furniture.

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Barnsdall Art Park, 4808 Hollywood Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Dangers of Asbestos

Posted by Héctor H. Zorrilla On 8.27.2008 0 comments

Asbestos is the common name for a group of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals that can separate into thin but strong and durable fibers. The principal forms of asbestos include chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. These minerals that have been used in commercial products such as insulation. Asbestos, unfortunately, has been discovered to be a known carcinogen and inhalation of asbestos may result in the development of lung cancer or mesothelioma.

Asbestos - 05:13 min.

When inhaled, the asbestos fibers settle deep in the lungs, causing scars. Asbestos has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. There are three types of asbestos: chrysotile (which is white or greenish in color), crocidolite (which is blue in color), and amosite (which is a gray-green color). These minerals are made up of fibrous bundles which makes asbestos very strong. Pound for pound, asbestos is stronger than steel. It has been used not just for decades but for centuries, and has been used for a variety of purposes and in many different applications.

It became very popular over the years because of its cost effectiveness, its versatility, and its remarkable fire and heat resistant properties. Asbestos is still used in transportation in brake linings on airplanes, large trucks, and tractors. It is mined just like any other mineral. Asbestos removal is an expensive and serious undertaking. Improper removal methods can create more of a risk than existed before removal. Asbestos removal is a primary concern in public buildings, such as schools, and in buildings that are going to be demolished. Removal is a very costly operation which must be conducted by highly specialized contractors and workers.

Hasty elimination of asbestos insulation considerably increases the probability that controls will not be adequately enforced, thus allowing excessive airborne asbestos dust and presenting a high risk not only for the workers, but for building occupants as well. With the many health risks associated with asbestos, it is best left to a professional for removal. Exposure to asbestos is associated with several serious health problems. Exposure to the asbestos dust can lead to asbestosis which is a disabling and ultimately fatal scarring of the lungs, and mesothelioma, a rapidly fatal and painful cancer of the lining of the chest, abdomen or heart. It is also known to cause cancer of the colon, vocal chords, rectum and kidneys. Lung cancer is the most common ailment associated with asbestos and it takes 15 to 20 years to develop cancer after exposure.

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About mailboxes

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Mailboxixchange (pronounced Mailbox Exchange) is dedicated to bringing the widest selection of residential mailboxes and commercial mailboxes to the Internet.

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Whether you are an individual homeowner or represent a 400 unit residential building, we can provide you with the product depth, knowledge, low prices and customer service needed to find a fully customized mailbox solution

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From Old To New: Modern Furniture Will Surely Matched

Posted by Héctor H. Zorrilla On 8.26.2008 0 comments

Style and fashion and changing almost every month, that is why a lot of people are doing their own style and fashion just to make some changes on usual things. Clothing is the number one type of trend that people usually preparing for. The way they look with the dress that they have is really a big thing for them. Of course every one wants to look presentable and attractive.

Designer Furniture Collections - 01:42 min.

But with our home, there are also styles and fashion that are made to fit in the modern age that we have now. If clothing does change every month, interior design is not that often to make some changes. But for most people who always want new things in their place, they are usually the one who sets some fashion and usually seen on magazine and TV.

Most of this style and fashion that we usually see on TV are just being recycled and revive from the past years and decades. It is just improving the style of the past and does some a little change to make it modern and fit in the trend today. For homes there is lot of innovation that usually came from the past years. The raw materials are old but improve to make it modern.

Modern furniture is just one of the things that we usually see on our home. Most of this furniture is renovated from the past. They do some make over to match the taste of most people today. But if you really want to go with the trend and you don´t have enough money to buy those expensive accessories on your home, you don´t need to worry because you can always be creative and resourceful enough to fit in the trend and fashion.

It doesn´t really need to spend too much making your home look elegant and fashionable. All you have to do is to recycle some things that you already have and do some make over on it. But with the furniture, if you really want to have an elegant look on your home, you must need to have modern furniture and the rest would be recycled materials that you have in your storage.

You don´t need to worry if those old designs will not fit the modern furniture because this modern furniture is easy to make a match. And it is better to do it on your own way so it may have a personal touch and will surely fit your personality in the design that you will make. Modern furniture can be matched to any kind of design that you want to put on your home. It is just a matter of creativity and it will surely give you the look that you want.

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Old houses in Sarasota - Florida

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Sarasota in Tampa Bay is a nice place with great architecture. In this pics some old houses: Bungalow (1920), two-story Dutch Colonial and Midget house. From Flickr

More information: Sarasota School of Architecture

Types of Door Levers

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If you are looking to update the look of your home without making large changes, choosing some new door levers may be the perfect solution. Door levers are made to complement any home decor with a wide variety of styles to choose from and even some transitional styles to work with your changing decor.
What to consider when choosing door levers for your home:

Door Levers - 00:53 min.

When you decide to purchase new door levers for your home, it is important to consider your current decor and if you are planning on doing any redecorating in the near future. For those who will be making changes to their home, a more transitional styled lever would probably be best. This door lever is one that can go with a variety of decor, so when you make changes to your home the lever will still complement the look. If you are undecided about how you want to redecorate your home a transitional door lever that has a very basic design is the perfect way to make updates without creating an unbalanced look. If you tend to lean towards modern decor then try a very sleek option with minimalist detailing. This type of design will go with many contemporary styles. Traditional, classic and antique designs are also available to complement those styles as well.

Another thing to consider when choosing a door lever, dummy lever, or passage lever is the construction. Quality materials are essential for a long-lasting piece and will make a big difference in the look of the door lever for years after it is purchased. Also consider keeping the look of your home consistent

When choosing the right door lever you need to consider making if blend with your home as a whole. By only buying levers based on the look of the individual rooms of your home you risk creating an unbalanced arrangement of pieces and can lose the continuity. When purchasing door hardware it is best to keep it similar, or the same as the other hardware with the home. This will create a distinct look and the home arrangement will pull together nicely.

When purchasing door levers for your home there are several aspects to consider before buying. From the style of your current home arrangement, to your ideas for a redecoration project, decor is the key to deciding which door handle would work best. Another is the quality of the materials in the door lever and making sure it will blend well with the rest of your home environment.

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About houses & architecture

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New blog is about you and your house. Architecture & house design.

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A lot of information about houses, homes, design, styles, indoor design, construction, decoration and more.

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