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How To Choose A Quality Area Rug

You are about to skip a year of Interior Design School and arm yourself with the designer know-how that will save time and stress, and teach you about picking the perfect Area Rug. Evaluating the suitability of an area rug to the needs of your household means assessing resilience, resistance to abrasion, resistance to soil and moisture, how easily it’s cleaned, and sustainability (Green Matters!).

Area Rug quality is determined by the fiber, yarn, construction, backing and surface characteristics. Area Rugs are made from everything from recycled soda bottles to silk, but almost all carpeting in the US is made from synthetic fibers, such as acrylic, polyester, and olefin – but wool is the recognized as the natural fiber of choice.

Wool is the standard of luxury and fiber choice long recognized by the carpet industry. Alternative area rug fibers are defined by how they compare to the standard of quality set forth by wool. Wool offers warmth, a beautiful matte finish, durability, and soil resistance. It accepts dye colors perfectly, and although it is a little more expensive than synthetic fibers, it is the resounding designer’s choice.

In New Zealand, sheep are shorn every nine to twelve months making 100% New Zealand wool a highly renewable material source prized for its whiteness, uniformity, soundness, and freedom from dark fibers and vegetable matter contamination. These qualities translate into Area Rugs that produce stunning aesthetic and performance characteristics. And when wool area rugs eventually wear out, the wool is completely biodegradable and returns to the earth as an essential plant nutrient.

Carpet backing is as important to your area rug as your roof is to your home; what you don’t see makes all the difference to how to you decorate with Area Rugs. The back, and glue that hold the backing combine to secure yarns to the area rug foundation, preventing scratching, buckling and shrinking. Many quality tufted carpets have a secondary backing, applied for extra strength. It may be jute, polypropylene, rubber latex or vinyl.

At MyHomeFaceLift.com went a step further in quality construction by choosing Chandra’s tufted designer series to reduce your only worries to which gorgeous design to choose! We selected Chandra for more than superior New Zealand Wool and stunning designs by Amy Butler, Emma Gardner and Thomaspaul. Chandra area rugs are made by pushing yarn through a primary backing, creating a “tuft”, as opposed to tying knots into the foundation. A latex glue then holds the tufts in place to provide a secondary foundation. A third cloth backing is put into place to protect the floor’s surface. Finally, the loops are sheared to create a pile, making these hand-tufted area rugs unique in resilience and magic underfoot!

Chandra Tiwari, the president and founder of Chandra Rugs has been a pioneer in the rug industry for over 20 years. Tiwari says his rugs are more than just a surface atop the floor – they’re a life style statement. See Chandra’s modern 100% New Zealand Wool designers’ series at MyHomeFacelift.com – we tend to agree! Stop by MyHomeFaceLift (see links in my bio) to take that first inspirational step in picking the perfect Area Rug!

By: KLatimer

Georgian Style Interior Design Tips

Walls were a very important part of the Georgian interior and much attention was paid to their treatment. Classically, the wall area would have been divided into three sections: the dado/wainscoting, incorporating the skirting/base board, dado panel and rail (which would be at a height of approximately 75 cm/2ft 6in); the field or mid-wall section; and the top section made up of frieze and cornice.

Early in the period these panels would most probably have been made of oak and finished with a simple wax polish. Later, with the introduction of softwoods, the paneling may have been painted, albeit in rather drab colors, or given a faux wood finish.

Hangings of precious textiles and tapestries were fashionable and fabric walling as we know it also popular (except in the dining room, where food smells might be trapped). Fabrics such as silk and wool damask were attached to walls above dado height by means of wooden battens and finished with a gilt fillet. Costly wallpapers (including flock types and patterns with oriental themes) in sheets rather than rolls were highly prized and most frequently attached to a canvas backing before being hung, thus enabling them to be removed when the owners departed.

Flooring

Exposed bare wooden planks or parquet, simply scrubbed and waxed (and, for coziness, topped with an oriental or area rug) are typical Georgian treatments. For an alternative covering, a painted and varnished floor cloth made of canvas might be incorporated into the scheme. For halls and the grander areas of a house, stone or marble flooring, possibly in a classical pattern, was considered most appropriate.

Furnishings

Close co-ordination between all the soft furnishings within a room would have been evident, each item echoing the material and style of others. Popular fabrics of the day were velvet, brocade, damask, silk, chintz and tapestry. Oriental themes influenced many of the fabrics and toile de jouy might well have depicted scenes from Chinese life. Embroidered textiles were also very popular.

Lighting And Accessories

The main source of light, apart from the fire, would have been candles. These were housed in candlesticks, candelabra, wall sconces and lanterns made of wood, glass, brass or silver. Many candlesticks were based on classical designs, while those for the candelabra were mainly rococo in feel. Mirrors in gilt frames featured strongly, as did lacquerwork screens, porcelain ware and fans from the Orient.

Paintings (often hung from a visible fabric bow) were a popular form of wall decoration and sometimes prints were applied directly on to the wall. Silhouettes and silverware were also favored. Items were usually displayed in a symmetrical pattern.

By: Michelle Spencer

Why Invest In Real Estate In Hyderabad?

Nowadays investing in real estate has become a popular trend, people see a big future in the real estate. Real estate dealing has also become a major source of much money for many people. All you have to do is find the right kind of property and invest in it and after a few years see the growth in investment.

Investing in real estate of Hyderabad:

Many people still have doubts about investing in real estate in Hyderabad, and the time is just right to invest in real estate. Hyderabad has gained a reputation for itself in the global market, and the city grows at a steady rate. Now is the right time to invest in property in Hyderabad, the growth in IT sector and business have prompted many people to move to Hyderabad. And the location and the beauty of the city have also influenced a lot of people to invest in property in Hyderabad. Here are some of the reasons as to why you should invest for property in Hyderabad.

• Development in IT industry, international airports, and new projects like IT parks; hardware parks, star hotels etc have influenced the life of Hyderabad. All these projects make Hyderabad the most happening place to invest in property.

• Many MNC have setup their Indian offices in Hyderabad, which in turn encourages more people to be employed in Hyderabad.

• The cost of living is pretty low in this city when compared to other metropolitan city.

• Government has many offices situated in the location.

• There are various types of real estate opportunity available for you in Hyderabad; there are lands, independent homes, apartments. There are more homes and lands for sale, and with more and more people looking to buy property in Hyderabad you won’t have a lot of time left.

• More and more people are interested in buying property not only in the main areas like Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills. But many of them are also interested in buying property in the outskirts of the city; we see a tremendous increase in the outskirts mainly because of the IT industry. So now you can find properties of great value on the outskirt cities like Nanakramguda, Manikonda, Gopanpall of Hyderabad.

• Wherever you buy property in Hyderabad, you can find all that you will need to live a comfortable life within five kilometers of your home. So when the city is growing at such a rate then it will make your investment worthwhile.

• Real Estate Investing in Hyderabad offers many rewards like steady cash flow, security, long-term wealth and other tax benefits. With the city growing in such a rate you will find that the property values are always going up.

• Now is the right time to invest in property in Hyderabad, and if you see the past trend of the growth of the city you will regret not purchasing property in Hyderabad. The growth of the city has also influenced many NRIs and foreigners to invest in real estate.

By: Henry Wills

10 Natural Home Remedies For Irregular Menstrual Periods

Irregular periods may be common in most women and are mostly due to the hormonal changes in the body. Most of the women experience a 28 day menstrual cycle on an average. However many have a cycle from anywhere between 21 days to 35 days. The cycle depends on the hormones and can become irregular causing continuous bleeding, a missed period or occurrence of two periods within one cycle.

Reasons – The reason for irregular menstrual periods is due to the hormones and the hormonal signals that get imbalanced. Usually the hormones estrogen and progesterone are required to produce a period and these are stored in the pituitary gland and the ovaries. To trigger menstrual periods, these parts send signals to each other but sometimes these signals get missed or crossed causing irregular menstrual periods. The reasons for creating the signals to mess up are as follows:

1. Pregnancy: This is usually the first thing to check for if you have missed a period. In pregnancy the body produces different levels of hormones which cause the period to end.

2. Diet: A poor diet of lack of nutrition can also be a reason for irregular menstrual periods. If the condition of bulimia or anorexia is present in a woman, she may have irregular periods or sometimes no periods at all.

3. Menarche: It can take a couple of years for a girl’s period to regularize after she has had her first period. This is a normal condition.

4. Stress: If a woman is stressed about some issue, it can reflect in her menstrual cycle causing it to be irregular. Anxiety, fatigue, worries and stress are causes of this condition.

5. Intense Exercises: Intense workouts and exercises can also disrupt the hormonal balance in a woman’s body resulting in irregular menstrual periods.

6. Birth Control Pills: Irregularity of periods is common in women who take birth control pills. The body has to adjust to the new levels of hormone being taken in the form of the pills.

7. Menopause: Irregular periods are often a sign of menopause which alters the levels of hormones in the body.

For many women, this irregularity is nothing serious and nothing to be worried about. Some home remedies can be followed to deal with these irregularities and help the periods to become regular.

Home Remedies: Some of the home remedies for irregular menstrual cycle are as under:

1. Carrot juice taken regularly will help treating a condition of irregular menses.

2. Include pumpkin seeds, drumsticks, papaya, bitter gourd and snake gourd in your diet.

3. Fennel seeds are also beneficial in this condition.

4. Grape juice can help in bringing the regularity back.

5. Dill is effective in stimulating the menstruation.

6. Asafetida is widely used for regularizing periods. It is an effective home remedy.

7. Take the ginger with honey every day.

8. Try to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

9. You must avoid eating spicy and fried food. Also avoid chocolates and pineapples to overcome this problem.

10. Gynecure capsule is a useful herbal remedy for treating irregular menstruation.

Follow these above home remedies to prevent the condition of irregular periods. Take adequate rest and maintain a stress free life to improve your menstrual cycles. Maintaining healthy choices in diet is also very important to cure irregular menstrual periods.

By: Peter Filinovich

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