Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Window Blinds

Popular Blinds

Changing the look of your home really is not that difficult and does not require any more effort than installing window blinds. This might not seem like a very big deal to you, but once you have window blinds installed you will realize the huge difference it makes in the feel of your home. This is because window blinds add a softness to your windows and you can control the amount of light that come in your home and the amount of privacy you need and want. Blinds really do have a lot of uses and come in a variety of styles and colors. Some of the most popular types of window blinds include Roman blinds, Venetian blinds, mini blinds, vertical blinds, and woven wood blinds.

There are a large selection of blinds that include Venetian blinds, mini blinds, Roman blinds, woven wood blinds, and vertical blinds. Each of these types of blinds offers a special function or design that will enhance your home's décor.

Venetian blinds are the typical horizontal blinds that can be raised or lowered depending on your need for light or privacy. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and fabrics depending on your budget and needs.

Mini blinds are simply miniature Venetian blinds that can be installed in the window frame to create a different look. These can be purchased in the same price ranges as Venetian blinds as well as the variety of colors.

Vertical blinds are frequently made of a fabric composite, or even plastic or wood, and hang vertically. Because of this, vertical blinds are generally used to screen patio doors and larger window areas.

The woven wood blinds are natural looking as well because they are made from wood, weed, and grass fibers. As a result, they are great for homes that use a lot of wood and natural fibers as well in the décor.

Another option is to have your window blinds custom made in the exact fabric and style you desire as well dyed to match color if you desire. Having your blinds custom made does cost more money, so you might consider asking for a quote before choosing this option.

If your home needs a little updating, or some softness, then do some research on the types of blinds that are available in your budget. Then, decide on the colors and styles that will best reflect the unique design of your home. Once you pick out this, you will be able to buy your blinds.

Installing blinds in your home will really make a difference that is visible and that you will really enjoy. The best thing to do is go online or to your local home store and find out what blinds are available in your budget and the ones that would look best in your home.

Go ahead and start shopping for blinds that will update the look of your home without changing it. You can do this bit of decorating for a small budget and will see major results in the look and feel of your home.

About The Author
Helen Fargo is the founder of Mally blinds Inc. where you can find excellent article and links on blinds. For more blinds resoucre visit

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Chill Out With A Quality Ceiling Fan

Are you craving some air flow in your house? Is the air conditioner running as hard as it can go but it still feels stuffy and hot in your house? Try installing a ceiling fan and see if it will give you some relief. Ceiling fans create air flow in a highly decorative way. They are many different varieties of ceiling fans these days. The choices can be overwhelming. How do you decide what kind of fan and what size you need?

You first need to measure the room where the ceiling fans home will be. Your room size dictates the fan blade size. The small the room, the smaller the blade you will need on the fan. The larger the room, the larger the fan blade you need. For optimum airflow, ceiling fans should be hung no higher than seven to eight feet from the floor. This measurement will dictate the kind of mount you will need to purchase for your fan. The blade pitch dictates how efficiently the fan blades move air. The steeper the pitch the more air the blades will move in your room.

Are you purchasing a fan primarily for air flow or is it going to be the focal point of your room as well? If you are just going for air flow you can choose any fan that blends with your room.

If you want the fan to blend with the room, you probably want to choose one of the ceiling fans that will blend in with your ceiling to avoid taking focus from your room. If you want a great focal point for your room, you are going to be excited when you go to the home improvement store and see the wonderful selection of ceiling fans that are available.

There are ceiling fans for every mood you want to create. They make ceiling fans that look like bamboo fans, shells and many, many other styles. The motor housing's are available in many different materials as well. They are available in brushed steel, white, brass, bronze, copper, wood grain and other finishes. The blades come in many different shapes, as well as materials such as a metal finish, faux wood, bamboo, fabrics and many paint colors.

If you live in location where you see three or four seasons a reversible fan may be right for you. In the summer your ceiling fans can be set to draw the warm air up away from you while in the winter you can reverse the fan blade direction to push the warm air that collects near the ceiling down to where you are.

Did you know that you can save money on your electric bill by using ceiling fans? It is an inexpensive way to save you approximately 10-15% on your electric bill each year. Ceiling fans range in price from around $100 to over $1000 depending upon the finish and style. Ceiling fans can be usually installed in just a few hours using the easy to follow instructions included with the fan or you can pay someone to install it for you. So give it a try and install ceiling fans all through your house!

About The Author
Mike Spencer has been involved with interior decorating for several years, having first got the bug when he designed and decorated his own house. He now offers his own home design tips and helpful advice. Find out more at his site Mike Spencer -

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Plant Hardiness Zones

When selecting plants for the landscape, is important to select plants that will grow in your climate. The United States has 10 of growing or climate zones. These zones range from the zone 1 in the extreme northern part of United States, to his own 10, which covers the southernmost part. Zone 1, is for the most hardiest of cold weather plants. Temperatures in zone 1 can reach 50 degrees below 0. Zone 10 on the other hand, is is a more tropical climate. Zone 10 plants only need to worry about cold temperatures of 30 to 40 degrees.

Your local nursery or garden center should have plants that are appropriate for your climate zone. however, if you are buying your seeds or plants over the Internet and, or through a catalog, you need to know which climate zone you live in. For example southern Florida, extreme southern Texas, and parts of California, are in Zone 10. the rest of Florida, parts of Louisiana, Texas, and much of California, or in zone 9. Zone 8 covers much of the Southeast from eastern Virginia through the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and much of Texas. Zone 7 covers an area a little farther north than Zone 8. states in June 7th include Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, in parts of Texas. Zones 5 and 6 cover much of the middle part of United States from the New England states through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and even much of the desert Southwest, including Nevada. Zone 4 is somewhat colder climates include states such as Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, northern New York State, the Wisconsin, South Dakota, states in the Rocky Mountains, in Montana. Zone 3 includes the cold states such as northern mean, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Zones 1and 2 are mostly found in Canada.

Average minimum temperatures for each zone

Zone 1: below minus 50 degrees

Zone to:-50 degrees to minus 40 degrees

Zone 3:-40 degrees to minus 30 degrees

Zone for:-30 degrees to -23 is

Zone 5-20 degrees to minus 10 degrees

Zone 6:-10 degrees to 0 degrees

Zone 7:0 degrees to 10 degrees

Zone 8:10 degrees to 20 degrees

Zone 9:20 degrees to 30 degrees

Zone 10:30 degrees to 40 degrees

Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to find a variety of plants that will thrive in your climate zone. And if you are in doubt, talk to your local garden center. The experts there should be able to steer you in the right direction.

About The Author
Dean Novosat is an avid gardener and landscaper. He has transformed many boring yards into beautiful landscapes. He has several websites including and

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