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  • Liquid Screed For Flooring Design and Style

    Choosing Liquid Screed – Design And Style

    Liquid screed floors are trending these days. People are more into giving a modern and chic look with these floors rather than going for the traditional wood flooring. They may be a little expensive but they are long lasting, and there is no fear of damaging them.

    Other than being trendy, there are other benefits of flowing screed. It is easy to pour and allows quick dry. There are many companies that are working as liquid screed suppliers in the market. Most of them are suppliers to the big fish in the market who are offering the services of installing liquid flow screeds. There are other suppliers who provide floor screeds to home and businesses. Watching out the changing trends, the suppliers keep all of their options open. This way, when the trend changes, later on, they will not have to face any problems.

    Before you chose to work with a certain supplier you need to look for a few things. Such as:

    Market reputation – you must move as around the market and do your researches before you hire a screed supplier. Customer reviews as important but so are the market reviews.

    Credit reputation – most of the suppliers, work on credit. You have to make sure that they have a good credit reputation, or your money can be stuck, and there would be nothing you can do about it.

    Customer support – a good supplier, has proper channels to communicate with its customers. It is a customer’s right to ask about his order and the time of delivery. The supplier who cannot give you the right information at the right time then there is no use working with him. You will risk your work and time.

    Keeping promises – a supplier needs to be responsible enough to keep his promises. If a supplier promises you to deliver on a certain date, then he should deliver it on the given date. If he is unable to keep his promise, then he surely is risking his reputation and customer trust.

    Reliable – people who are in supply business keep on changing their products as per the customer demands and changing trends. Try to work with a supplier who has been dealing with screed for a long time. It will ensure that he is going nowhere and you can always call him up for assistance.

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  • Lessons From A Caerphilly Carpet Cleaning Company

    Carpet cleaning industry is flourishing day by day. It is because people prefer getting their houses carpeted so they can use the floors for sitting. Obviously, you cannot sit directly on the wooden floors, so carpets serve the purpose and increase the sitting capacity of the room. You can add floor cushions and bean bags, but carpets are always a priority; especially in homes where there are kids. Being the best flooring material, carpets needs regular cleaning. Caerphilly carpet cleaning company uses the following ways to clean the carpets.

    Water extraction method

    Professional carpet cleaning companies have water extractions units they are commonly known as steam cleaners. They wash the carpet by injecting a solution in the carpet and then pulling back the dirty solution into the machine. There is no hassle of dragging the hose around; their machines have clean water hookup.


    Dry extraction method

    There are machines that are based on the idea of dry extraction method. You have to spread a dry absorbent compound all over the carpet and then vacuum it with the cleaning machine. They work better than the steam cleaners and are ideal for the carpets that are made of sensitive material. Dry extraction method has no adverse effects on the carpet life. On the other hand, water extraction method can damage the carpet if used frequently.

    All of the carpets cleaning services use the cleaning mentioned above techniques. You have the liberty to chose nay one of them as per your budget and cleaning requirements. Make sure you hire a well-reputed company that has an experienced and well-maintained staff. Do your research and ask around people for their opinion. Customer reviews tell you the truth about the company and the quality of their performance. Try to get your carpets clean at least thrice a year, and if you have messy kids then even more than that. Some people prefer getting their own carpeting cleaning machines for household use. They save a lot of money and hassle of taking the carpet to the cleaner and then bringing it back. You can use the household machines for regular carpet cleaning.

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  • Design Week: Chicago Interior Design Experts Unleashed

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    Every year, the best and brightest in the design business get together in Chicago to put on one of the greatest design shows in the world.  ARoomSomehwere is there with the top 3 designers found at the event.

    1. Paula Calligary – Using inspiration drawn from modern and art deco styles, Paula has been well known for such pieces like her Fuzzy Chair with Grapes piece seen in the Louvre.  At the design expo she showcased her newest piece – ‘Design by Jacob’, an experimental political interior design piece meant to emulate the look of one of Mao’s old Chinese temples.
    2. Marshall Erb – Inspired by colonial design, Erb seemingly gets his inspiration from a multitude of factors including that of an era past.  Diving into antique pastel finishes in his portfolio at the expo, Erb managed to show off his lighter side and maintain prowess as he and his team of Chicago interior designers took the stage and stole limelight at the show.

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    1. Richard Dougan – Dougan Interiors has been a world famous name in interior decorating for a long time now, and everyone seems to think that there is no stopping the design giant.  He showed off his latest interior which contrasted bright blue tones with mute yellow upholstered furniture.  The end result was breathtaking.

    For more on Chicago Interior design expo watch this video from last years event.

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  • Laundry Room Basics – Hide That Heat Pump Dryer

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    It is difficult to overstate the case for quality furniture in a house, though some rooms are more utilitarian in nature and therefore need than others in this regard. A prime example of this is the laundry room, a rarely seen stop on most home tours, but still a part of the house that can be improved with the the purchase of proper furniture, in this case proper laundry room furniture. That certainly begs the question: what is laundry room furniture?

    Due to the aforementioned utilitarian nature of the laundry room cabinetry, the vast majority of furniture that can be accurately classified as as laundry room furniture have some functionality or serve some purpose related to the washing and drying of linens and clothes. There are cabinets, sorting baskets, laundry cradles and even fold out or removable ironing boards. Each piece of laundry room furniture is usually designed for a single yet important purpose, and it is important to at least know what should be located in, on or near any given piece of laundry room furniture in order to give the appearance of at least knowing how a well-run laundry room is supposed to work.

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    Cabinets are perhaps the easiest piece of laundry room furniture to buy as there are limits on physical size in most laundry rooms that will certainly whittle the selection down to a handful of options in any given store, but there is more to cabinets than meets the eye. We once saw a option to have a reclining massage chair in a laundry room which was an idea we loved!  Many prefer to use their laundry room as a storage site for all of their cleaning equipment, including their vacuums, brooms and mops. This may be due to the fact that laundry rooms are not often visited by those not planning on using them, and thus keeping less desirable yet commonly used tools in the laundry room makes sense. It is therefore important to select cabinets with large open spaces at the bottom, or modular shelving systems that will permit this. Another great thing to check out is this this Bosch dryer review if you are thinking about putting new appliances in your laundry room.  Store everything from brooms and dustpans here, but do not store chemicals of any kind in the bottom. If anything, chemicals belong on the top shelf as far from children and pets as possible, even if none reside within the house; one never knows who will be coming to dinner next week.

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    Shelves on top of the laundry machine(s) are also an important part of any laundry room furniture set. These shelves should be large and sturdy enough to hold sorting baskets which allow one to easily and effectively sort their loads. Laundry cradles and even hampers should be placed next to the washer, which should be on the far side of the laundry room from where the ironing board and iron are stored. This is double true for fold-out ironing boards.

    There are plenty of options to choose from in the realm of laundry room furniture, so consumers are advised to look long and hard before making purchases.

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  • Industrial Design : Importance and Technique

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    I have written often about the overwhelming importance of design in successfully differentiating and branding products. We all know examples of well-designed products that become standards. The Ferrari sports car, the Rolex watch, the Barbie Doll, a Krups toaster or the PEZ candy dispenser are obvious examples of packaging, or product design that become ubiquitous to consumers around the world. When the rare Ferrari Testarossa roars by on the highway, we instantly know that the ‘yellow prancing horse’ badge sits proudly and desirably on the world’s most exotically styled automobile.

    One of the most famous industrial designers of the 20th century was Raymond Loewy. Born in France, Mr. Loewy became the designer of choice for manufacturers of consumable and non-consumable consumer products, industrial transport and corporate logo’s as a result of the simple design cues that he often built his products around. Visitors to the Loewy shop often noted that there was a bowl of eggs prominently placed in his office. Eggs were a real creative prop for all of Loewy’s associates. They were not on hand to be deviled and eaten.

    Raymond Loewy felt that the egg was nature’s perfect shape. The egg is oval, circular, oblong, smooth, white, and a peculiar combination of strong and brittle. No other shape is so compelling. When viewed it is pleasing, when held it is comforting. He made every effort to utilize the splendid inherent design features of the egg in his industrial design work. The simplicity of the shape became identifiable in ‘Loewy product designs’.

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    A list of the famous products, packages and corporate logo’s that Loewy crafted during his long career is an amazing valediction of his creativity and range. The following is a list of a few of the works of Raymond Loewy:

    • Gestetner Mimeograph Machine       Pennsylvania Rail Road Locomotives
    • Schick Electric Razor                         IBM Key Punch
    • Coca Cola Bottle and Logo               Lucky Strike Cigarettes Logo
    • Leisurama Homes                             New York City Transit Train R40 Car
    • NASA Sky Lab Interior                      Exxon Logo
    • Shell Oil Logo                                   Studebaker Avanti & Commander Auto
    • Frigidaire                                          Panama Line Cruise Ship Interiors
    • Wahl Eversharp Fountain Pen          International Harvester Logo
    • Dorsett Catalina Pleasure Boat        Zippo Lighter
    • Sears Cold Spot Refrigerator            Huppmobile Auto’s
    • 1947 Filben Jukebox                         Greyhound Scenicruiser Bus

    This is an impressive list and many of these products are considered timeless and cutting edge to this day. Motor Trend and Car & Driver Magazine list the Studebaker Commander as among the most beautifully designed cars of the 1950’s. Loewy designed locomotives of the 1940’s are treated as classic art by railway buffs. In almost every one of these designs the styling cues taken from the egg are visible to even the most untrained eye. Industrial design students study Loewy crafted products just as art students study Rembrandt or Picasso.

    Companies and entrepreneurs that revere and diligently work for highly stylized designs are much more likely to succeed in both the short and long run. Consider Ralph Lauren’s Polo lines of clothing. The attention to detail, design, quality and manic maintenance of the brand as a lifestyle product has established Polo as a classic, decade after decade. Calvin Klein clothing enjoys a similar status based on the brands positioning as cutting edge, urban styling. The Benetton brand, on the other hand, was immensely successful in the 1980’s. However, the Company did not maintain its design creativity and has largely been in decline.

    Local designers have showed up in the strangest of places as well.  Two years ago, in Round Rock, Texas , a man names Norman Butler ended up showcasing a very famous home in the area that was known as the first industrial pipe designer showcase of the 21st century.  A plumber in Round Rock Texas, Norman ended up using what he had learned in his years of trade to help transform a colonial style house into a modern piece of art by using copper pipe to redesign the flow of an old space.  Further information was found at IDSA, the leading voice in modern industrial design.

    Of course today, the automobile industry is being roiled by production overcapacity issues, a global credit crisis and high fuel prices. In no industry is design as crucial as in the car business. And yet, it is almost impossible to differentiate one car from another on modern roads. The success of BMW’s Mini, the new Volkswagen Beetle, the Cadillac CTS, the Mazda Miata and the Buick Enclave are due almost entirely to their unique, sleek body styles. They are nowhere near the cheapest vehicles in their categories. They simply scream ‘cool, buy me’! Why do so many other car manufacturers not take note of the importance of differentiating, compelling design features when producing box-like, indifferent, cookie cutter travel conveyances totally lacking in special personality.

    Every aspect of a products design and presentation is crucial to creating a strong, lasting brand identity in the target consumers mind.  The logo must reflect the features, benefits and positioning that is unique to a product. The packaging must stand up to the competition and support the branding message being conveyed. The products logo, iconography, colors, printing fonts and package copy must be married to the container and the contents of the product itself. Well designed products seem natural, seamless. They draw the eye. They do not attack the senses.

    Raymond Loewy’s use of the egg as a favored creative prop is a clever device that can easily be copied. The egg would seem, as a basic foodstuff, not to offer much for industrial designers by way of providing inspiration. Nevertheless, Loewy had an eye for simple, elegant styling and saw unique art properties in the shape of the egg. These he utilized fully and created his own unique design style. The potential to replicate this use of naturally occurring or man-made design features is omnipresent. The successful new product will incorporate the best possible creative devices borrowed from wherever they can be harvested.

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  • Interior Design Presentation Tips

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    There are few myths about how to decorate that will make your home appear boring, blah, discombobulated, and uninviting. These myths have sprung from poorly edited do-it-yourself design shows, badly written design books, and simple misconceptions handed down through the generations.Dispelling some of these myths may help you create a more beautiful, dynamic interior for you and your family.

    Here are the 10 worst interior design trends of the decade

    1. Vessel Sinks (Raised Bowl Sinks) – A very stylish sink usually associated with luxury. They come in many styles and colors and are usually found in bathrooms that have a luxurious feel. However, because of their height, they tend to be inconvenient and uncomfortable, especially for children. Can be high maintenance if you are a person who splashes water often when using the sink. This is a design trend with hidden flaws. Great for guest bathrooms and vanity rooms but not so practical for high trafficked bathrooms.ugly_ass_room

    2. White Carpet – A flawed interior design trend for obvious reasons. White carpet needs lots of care and maintenance. White carpet can pick up stains from shoes that seem to be free of dirt. The stains are not so easy to clean either. Not a good idea in a home where there are kids or pets. This is a design trend that will continue to sell homes. If you decide to purchase white carpet, be prepared to treat it as if you are walking on egg shells.  These design tips taken directly from Sarah Williams blog post about design tips for Liberty Hill Texas Real Estate, and can be read about in further detail in her blog post about tips for selling your house quickly.

    3. High Inaccessible Spot Lights – These high spot lights are usually found in living room and kitchen areas with high ceilings. They have a beautiful look but they
    are very difficult to change when they burn out. You will either need to purchase a very large A-frame ladder or a long pole with a small suction cup at the end of it. Either way, you risk injury or breaking a light bulb every time one needs changing. A beautiful design overall but only when the lights are working. Poor_lighting

    4. High Inaccessible Interior Windows – Homes that have high foyer and living room ceilings usually have these windows. They have an excellent “wow” factor. People are drawn to large, high windows. However, they are very difficult to clean and they need to be done by professionals or by getting on a ladder and risking injury. The ledges also collect dust and are also difficult to clean. Nice look but hard to maintain.

    5. High Inaccessible Ceiling Fans – Just like the spot lights, the high ceiling fans in the home are excellent decorative pieces. A nice looking ceiling fan adds plenty to a home. However, they are difficult to clean as they collect lots of dust. They are also hard to maintain if they have light bulbs that need changing. You need the large A-frame ladder or a suction-cup-on-a-stick to keep your ceiling fan well-maintained

    6. Decorative Glass Wall Plates – This is an interior design trend that also sells homes. Many people use decorative wall plates in their kitchen, hallways and living room areas. They come in many decorative styles and they give homes an upscale feel. However, they are made of glass and if they happen to fall off the wall, there is a good chance they will break. Wall plates can be as cheap as $10 and as expensive as $300 each. It is very easy for a glass plate to fall of the wall. All it takes is an accident in a home with lots of traffic or a vibration from a heavy storm. It is not a good idea to keep a glass plate on any wall, especially if it is expensive or rare.

    7. Narrow Spiral Staircases – Many people add this to their home because it supposedly makes a statement. A decorative spiral staircase represents class and elegance. However, it is very uncomfortable to walk up and down a narrow spiral staircase. It is also a big inconvenience if you need to carry items up or down with you. It is also very unsafe for small children as they can put their legs in between the space in the steps. A wonderful design that can raise your property value but comes with inconveniences and safety issues.

    8. Flat Glass Electric Stoves – These stoves have a very sleek look and they add to the overall style of any kitchen. They are also easier to clean. However, you need to use special cookware suggested by the
    manufacturer on these kind of stoves. Using the wrong cookware can scratch and even break the glass. They are also more difficult to repair. For example, if a gas stove burner goes out, all you need to do is relight the burner. If your flat glass range element burns out, you need to replace the element which is a lot more difficult and time consuming than relighting a burner. So these types of stoves are good for looks but bad for aggressive cooks.

    9. Stainless Steel Counter tops – These counter tops are very expensive and very durable. They make a kitchen stand out especially if the kitchen has matching stainless steel ovens and refrigerator doors. However, a major downside to stainless steel countertops is scratching. After the scratching can come rust stains. You can prevent scratching by using cutting boards and non abrasive cleaning products. However, the reality is that it is still a kitchen and in a heavily used kitchen, scratching will occur, no matter how hard you try to prevent it.

    10. Expensive Decorative Floor Vents – There seems to be no need for this interior design trend. Floor vents are placed in the home for heat because heat rises and cool air stays low. However, they usually have to be around the edge of the home because they are holes in the ground and they can be an eyesore. They can also cause accidents and injuries if placed out in the open.

    These are just a few of the more common decorating myths spread throughout society. Once you realize one or more of these myths are what’s making your room look boring or uninviting, you can set it to rights. Don’t be afraid to paint with bold colors, or try new textures, or set aside a few accessories. It’s the only way to break through the myth and into the land of good design.