Posts Tagged ‘beautiful home’

Choosing a fireplace Screen

This is a guest post by, Cynthia Taylor-Beacham

Cynthia is a freelance writer, blogger, e-book writer; she also edits and proofreads documents and novels.

The focal point of any fireplace can be beautiful stained-glass fireplace screen; with the fire flickering through the elegant screen it will create an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility.


You can make your room look more beautiful with the perfect fireplace screen that just fits into your home décor. A stain glass fireplace screen is made up of several pieces of stained glass or decorative glass to make a complete panel. The choice of designs and colors are many and varied, from a flowery vista to a holiday theme.


The complete screen can consists of more than one panel hinged together, such as a three panel or a four panel screen. Each panel is encased in steel or iron and is then connected with adjustable hinges to make up the whole.


One thing you have to decide on when choosing a fireplace screen, do you want it to be just decorative or functional as well.  It is important to choose the screen its exact purpose you wish to use it. Placing a fireplace screen that is designed to be only decorative it will not be able to withstand the heat from the fireplace. Many of the fireplace screens that are decorative you will find are also handcrafted with the specific purpose of being only decorative.  So read the labels or ask the vendor whether the screen can be usable in front of a fire.


Before you purchase your screen it is a good idea to measure your fireplace, using a tape measure, measure both height and width of the hearth area, that is, the fireplace opening.  When you have the measurement of the fireplace opening then you need to add on an additional twelve inches to the width and five inches to the height, these measurements should be sufficient to cover the fireplace opening. Beautiful stained-glass fireplace screen will give you years of pleasure if well looked after.

Organizing Your Garage

The season is coming to an end and fall is near, this is a great time to get the garage organized. I don’t know about you, but my car has sat curbside or in the driveway all summer. My garage isn’t too cluttered but it needs some work. Come summer the kids are in and out all day riding bikes and skateboards. When the kids are done the bikes and skateboards end up sitting on the garage floor like that of a rug would in my living room. What to do now? It is time for me to get organized.

Come time for fall I store away the summer tools and toys and organize what the new season brings, other toys and tools! Some quick additions to your garage can keep you sane and make things easier for you. Install some hooks and racks to hang up bikes and those garden tools. The tools you don’t need so much store higher or in less accusable places. You will need your rake so place that on a hook that is easy to get to.

Just as hooks and racks are important to organize your garage, cabinets and storage totes are a great addition as well. If in your budget, building cabinets to store away summer toys, summer clothing, and chemicals or other like items is a great idea. To make things safe you can add locks to cabinet doors to keep the kids away from dangerous things. If the budget doesn’t permit installing cabinets, plastic totes will do. For items you know you will not need until spring or summer, place these items in the banisters of your garage. For items you need nearby, place them in totes that are easily accessible and label them accordingly.

Is there more room available then you need in your garage after organizing? A home office or an extra room may be built in your garage. Hiring a professional to do the dirty work is ideal if adding new additions to your home. Do your research if you will be looking into such a project.

Organizing your garage will benefit you in so many ways. Less stress in finding items, less stress in looking at less clutter, and an organized garage is a healthier option due to less dust in regards to allergies and less danger because chemicals or dangerous tools are out of the children’s way. You may even have room to add to your garage afterwards. I’m getting started this coming weekend. What ways can you get more organized?

Fixing the Outside of your Home

Curb appeal is always something spoken of when it comes to purchasing a home or even when it comes to visiting a home. Curb appeal is something you want when selling your home or when your welcome visitors. How do you know if you have curb appeal? If you need curb appeal, how do you get it?

Looking at your home each day makes you more oblivious to the eye sores or the real beauty your home front really possesses. Walk across the street and take some pictures of the outside of your home to get a good look at what needs to be fixed up and to get an idea of what is working for your home. If you are still lost during this exercise, pull out some pictures of well landscaped homes to get a better idea of what you’re aiming for.

Now that you see that you need to make some changes to give your yard the look you want. What steps do you need to take to make your yard beautiful giving you the curb appeal you desire?

Some simple things you can do:

Fresh paint – Paint the whole house if needed, but you may need to only update the trim to accent your home
Update windows – Are your windows outdated? Maybe you only need better window shading options.

c. Landscaping – This may be as simple as a quick trim to your bushes and some weed pulling, but you may need to do more. Planting flowers or a tree may be ideal.
d. The door and entry way – Is your entry way clean and clear of debris? Do you need a new door, or would a simple new coat of paint do?

These are simple steps to get you headed in the right direction. Giving your home the curb appeal you desire will help you sell your home for a better price if that is what your goal is. If you aren’t selling your home, having curb appeal will set the mood for you and your guest when walking up to your welcoming door.

Choosing the right flowers for your garden

When choosing the right flowers for your garden it is a good idea to look at the color, height, blooming season, and placement of the flowers in making your decision. It’s a good idea to not chose too many flowers of the same color, size, or type as well as it would be a good idea to not choose enough flowers of the same color, size and type. Your flower garden should be one that you could maintain with ease, and one that is of balance.

Many choose perennial, annual flowers, mum plants, shade plants, and climbing plants. Mum and shade plants can handle different soil types, if you don’t have tons of time on your hands or the budget to adjust the pH of your soil then these would be a good choice for your flower garden.

In regards to placement, many factors play a part in your flower garden. Will you need flowers that grow better in shade or flowers that thrive in the sun? Are you placing your flowers in a circular flower bed or along a wall? For example, in a circular flower bed it may work best for a taller flower to be placed in the middle to flow onward upon the shorter flowers. Your flower garden may, also, look best if you place your flowers by color to create a colorful pattern that is visually stimulating from all angles versus just planting a bunch of flowers in the circular flower bed just to look a mess.

Another factor of great importance is a flowers blooming season. If all of your flowers bloom in spring, then you have a pretty bare garden during other seasons. Planning your flower garden according to the flowers blooming season while considering the other key factors listed, will create a beautiful flower garden year round.