Duvet Covers – Why They Keep Gaining in Popularity

duvet covers - why they keep gaining in popularity

duvet covers - why they keep gaining in popularity

Duvet covers have been around for a long time, but most Americans were not aware of them until relatively recently. Through the twentieth century their general acceptance and popularity has gone from obscure to a level where even many husbands know what they are. The development of the duvet will provide a little background to the advantages that duvet covers will bring to your decorating arsenal.

The duvet story begins a few centuries ago with down comforters in Europe and silk comforters in Asia. Both comforters required a significant amount of time to make, which gave them value. Also, both types are excellent insulators, but neither one was happy being washed in the local stream nor are they happy in a modern washer.

The value of the comforter, along with the fact that it is difficult to clean, lead to the “invention” of the duvet cover. Similar to the concept of a pillowcase, the duvet cover protected the down or silk comforter from body oils and all the other elements that might soil it.

From this practical and utilitarian beginning in a European peasant hut, the duvet cover has developed to include being the center of a modern bedroom decor. It still protects, but it has also become a fashion item that is easily changed and stored. The original comforters and covers were plain and drab, but eventually the cover’s decorative possibilities were realized.

Also, with the passage of time comforters began to be made of materials that are more easily cleaned, leading to comforters that are decorative in themselves, not necessarily requiring a duvet cover.

One last step in reaching the duvet covers used today took place when the first homemaker became tired of her decorative comforter and realized that she could cover it with a duvet cover to produce a fresh new bedroom look. Blankets and quilts can also be used as duvet inserts, so whether one of these preceded the decorative comforter as a duvet insert is not really known.

This development has resulted in the duvet cover of today being as much, if not more, of a fashion statement than just a protective covering. The overall duvet, insert and cover, have many advantages over alternate forms of bed covers. Some of the advantages that have boosted the popularity of duvet covers include:

  • The more expensive types of duvet inserts, down and silk comforters, are excellent insulators, making the combination of insert and cover very thin and light weight for the amount of insulation and warmth they provide. Other types of inserts that are now available, though not equal to down and silk comforters, still provide very good bed cover qualities.
  • For the person who likes to decorate and make dynamic change, these covers are an exciting tool. If you have three or four covers, you can change covers and the room’s appearance every few months. If you use decorative pillows you can enhance the bedroom’s appearance even more. Choose your cover and pillow colors so that the pillows can be used with more than one duvet.
  • Duvet inserts and covers present less of a storage problem than other types of bed covers. In general two inserts are adequate for any bed. One for the colder months and one for the warmer months, with an empty duvet cover (no insert) being used during the hottest months. So, for most of the year when one duvet insert is in use, you have one bulky (but not as bulky as many other coverings) duvet inserts to store. Add to this all but one of your duvet covers – three in the closet, along with one on the bed would give you four to alternate between. Each of the covers takes up as much space as two folded flat sheets. This compares favorably with the storage space required for a total of four changes with other types of bed covers, such as three bedspreads, quilts or decorative comforters.
  • When compared to the same quality in other types of bedding, the equivalent number of decor changes is less expensive when duvet inserts and covers are used.
  • Duvet covers are made for use without a top sheet. Therefore, they save the cost of top sheets and bed making becomes faster and easier.
  • When you purchase a high quality down or silk comforter to use as your duvet insert, the product will last for many years, and each of those years can realize a utility savings associated with a lower thermostat setting.
  • Duvet covers can be used to give new life to your old decorative comforters, blankets and quilts.

Although duvet inserts and covers have been around for a long time, their popularity in the US has lagged behind their popularity in other countries until relatively recently. Their popularity in America is now growing as people realize their many advantages over other types of bedding. If you have not yet experienced these advantages for yourself, you are encouraged to try one soon.

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Upsala-Ekeby – The Rise and Fall of a Company

upsala-ekeby - the rise and fall of a company

upsala-ekeby - the rise and fall of a company

Upsala-Ekeby AB was a ceramic and glass company founded in 1886. At the outset, the main focus was the manufacture of brick and tiles for making those gorgeous tiled stoves you find in older houses and apartments all over Sweden. The first few years, they made 500 stoves/year, but in the early 1900s, production was up to 30,000 stoves a year.

In 1887, in an an effort to expand their product line, a potter was hired for making plates, vases and ash trays. This turned out to be a good idea, and production grew in all areas. Over the next few decades, Upsala-Ekeby participated in many large expositions, and acquired several other companies. By 1917, they employed around 300 people.

In the 1920s, central heating was becoming more and more common, and demand for the tiled stoves was steadily declining. By the 1930s, people were starting to look for stylish everyday objects – they wanted both function and form in their homes. The decision was made to focus on wall tiles and craft art, and Gefle porcelain factory was acquired. Two designers were also hired: Anna-Lisa Thomson and Sven Erik Skawonius (Skawonius was later appointed art director for the entire group of companies).

In the 1940s, Upsala-Ekeby made their last tiled stove, and two more designers were hired: Ingrid Atterberg and Mari Simmulson, who both created gorgeous, mod, graphic pieces like vases, bowls and wall plaques.

The 1950s were Upsala-Ekeby’s grandest period. More potters and artists were hired, their export business grew in leaps and bounds, and craft art became very popular.

In the 60s, several more companies were acquired (among them the famous Rorstrand, Reijmyre, and Kosta Boda). But at this point, cheap, mass-produced products had started to flood the market. The artists started to leave, and new hires only stayed for short periods. Fewer craft art items were being produced, giving way to more standardized products in order to be able to compete in the market.

In the 70s, Upsala-Ekeby started selling off and closing companies. By 1973, production of all craft art ceased, and in 1978, the company closed their doors for good. What happened? Some speculate that when the demand for their products was at its greatest, the company was not able to deliver top quality on time. Others think that the acquisition of other companies may have been too broad and fast. Whatever the reason, they left behind a large amount of gorgeous mid-century pottery that looks as good today as it did back then.

Today, Upsala-Ekeby products are sought after collectors’ items. Many of Skawonius’ works, as well as other Upsala-Ekeby products, can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. There are a number of blogs, websites and even an entire antique shop in Sweden which only focuses on Upsala-Ekeby products.

If you want to know if that old heirloom or flea market find is an Upsala-Ekeby design, just look on the bottom – you should either see the words Upsala-Ekeby, or a stamp with the letters UE, a serial number and the initials of the designer.

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Ideas For Wedding Anniversary Gifts

ideas for wedding anniversary gifts

ideas for wedding anniversary gifts

Only the very best wedding anniversary gifts can be found here. And you will see a better selection of potential presents online than you can find anywhere else. In addition to the convenience of shopping on the web, you will find more gifts for wedding anniversaries than you could possibly imagine. I know you will love the great selection available for you when you browse around for the perfect wedding and wedding anniversary presents.

There are several kinds of wedding anniversary gifts to choose from which are somewhat “classified” by the length of the marriage, as well as your familiarity or kind of relationship you have with the couple. In other words, as a very close fiend you will likely purchase something more meaningful, more personal, and more expensive than if you know the couple well (but not THAT well).

Most importantly, if you are the husband or wife, your anniversary gift to your significant other must be very meaningful, or at least that should be the goal. Guessing that yours (as a couple) is a happy marriage, you will certainly want to express the extent of your love for your partner in the best possible way that you can.

For example:

· Newlyweds:

Even if the couple is celebrating their first or second year of marriage, they may still be considered, in a sense, newlyweds. After all, they have just begun the rest of their lives together.

In such a case you may decide to buy more typical kinds of wedding anniversary gifts such as jewelry, flowers, a fancy gourmet dinner etc. These are great ideas for the husband or wife to purchase as gifts for their anniversary. Show your new spouse that you can reaffirm and reassure him or her of the dedication and the promises you made on your wedding day–reaffirm the love you already have.

· Golden anniversaries:

When you and your spouse celebrate your golden wedding anniversary, it is certainly a time to be cherished. The above is true for any wedding anniversary gifts that are for a couple whose marriage has lasted for many years. Especially in our current situation in America, where fifty percent of couples divorce, your wedding anniversary gifts should show your admiration for making the relationship, the love, and the friendship last and last.

By the same token, if you are celebrating a golden wedding anniversary, by buying a wedding anniversary gift for someone you know such as friend or family members, you want any wedding anniversary gifts to be appropriate for the occasion. Think of wedding anniversary gifts that would be especially significant to them as a couple; think of wedding anniversary gifts that symbolize their love for each other, even after fifty years of marriage. What a immense and beautiful feeling that must be.

· Wedding anniversary gifts for troubled couples:

For a spouse, this may be a tough gift to choose if you are going through a rough patch in your marriage. However, especially at this delicate and crucial time between you and your spouse . . . wedding anniversary gifts are not something to take lightly. Remember your wedding anniversary above all else–to forget or to not acknowledge could be a huge mistake. And try to purchase a gift that will not be misinterpreted in any way–whether raising your spouse’s hopes too high, or making them feel less important to you than they really are.

Whether you know that you want things to work out between you and your spouse, or even if you are not quite sure what you want. At least let him or her (but especially her) know that you were thinking of him or her on the anniversary of your union.

Women take gifts much more seriously than men most of the time, and for the husband, you do not want to accidentally give her something that does not express your true feelings.

I believe that wedding anniversary gifts are an essential part of any wedding anniversary, but you have to look for the wedding anniversary gifts that are just right for your spouse, and that express how you feel. You should get him or her the very best anniversary present and remind them of the way you both felt on your wedding day. These kinds of wedding anniversary gifts will have an impact that will last and last–with my sincerest hope–“as long as you both shall live.”

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10 Tips for Hosting an Elegant Denim and Diamonds Party With Pizzazz

10 tips for hosting an elegant denim and diamonds party with pizzazz

10 tips for hosting an elegant denim and diamonds party with pizzazz

Staying at home in lieu of going on an exciting vacation doesn’t need to be boring. Gather your friends and family and get creative for various ways to entertain in your home. The latest hot party idea is an elegant Denim and Diamonds party. What exactly is a Denim and Diamonds Party? Use your imagination to get as elegant or country as you’d like, but a Denim and Diamonds party is an upscale event with great food, drink and entertainment. Guests are asked to wear casual attire such as denim jeans, but are encouraged to ‘dress it up’ by accessorizing with diamond-like sparkle (aka rhinestones!). Venues can include your home, backyard or rented elegant country estates for grand affairs or fundraisers.

Tip 1: Use What You Already Have on Hand

When you host an at-home Denim and Diamonds party, you need to get creative. There’s no sense in going out and buying a lot of items that you will never use again. Look around your home, basement and garage to see what you can reinvent or repurpose for your party needs. Outdoor tables can become indoor furniture with an inexpensive floor length fabric covering to meet your theme. Spend wisely on a few key items you need to pack a lot of punch for your dollar. Check out discount stores and clearance sections at more upscale stores to secure particular finds. Vases for table settings can be mix and match as can table and drink ware.

Tip 2: Choose Your Theme Colors

With a Denim and Diamonds Party – blue, white and anything that sparkles is a must-have! Integrate your colors into your table coverings and decorations. Check out craft super-stores to add sparkle to your table or buffet. Choose inexpensive glass stones, rhinestones or crystals and toss amongst your table settings to catch and reflect light from your table top candles. Colors for a denim and diamonds party can extend to your decorations, invitations, centerpieces and party favors as well.

Tip 3: Plan Ahead

Manage you time carefully and don’t put off shopping or decorating until the day before your party. Decide on your décor and estimate food and seating requirements at least a week or more ahead of time. If you need to engage a party rental service for tables, chairs or other food service items, plan this at least 2 weeks ahead and make your reservations with the rental company. Prepare as many food items as possible in advance – this will reduce your stress level and help you enjoy your own Denim and Diamonds party! Planning on grilling outdoors? Grill items ahead of time and keep in your oven on ‘warm’ so items can be ready when your hungry guests arrive.

Tip 4: No Time for Sit Down Dinner? Think Buffet!

Let’s face it, sit down dinners are nice when you are inviting only 3-4 close friends over for an intimate gathering. Hosting a party for 20+ requires fast, easy service of a buffet style setup. Presentation can be fun for a buffet. Create elevated levels by placing pots upside down beneath your table covering to create a staggered look for your culinary offerings. This is practical too and allows your guests to more easily reach for items around a crowded buffet table. Use baskets lined with denim-like towels for your biscuits/breads. Disperse country-themed sparkling items such as inexpensive crystals among your serving platters for extra pizzazz!

Tip 5: Candlelight and Fresh Flowers Are a Must

Whether you are hosting your party indoors or outdoors, candles add a special flair and ambiance. If outdoors, add floating candles to your pool. Cluster candles of varying height, colors and widths on your tables and walkways to create ambient lighting for your guests to enjoy. Citronella candles are available in a host of colors and styles to provide functional and beautiful purpose for keeping bugs at bay and guest comfortable.

Fresh flowers are a treat no matter what the occasion. But there is no need to splurge as fresh arrangements can get costly. Roll up your sleeves and check out your garden… Black Eyed Susans, Daylillies, Sweet Peas, and Butterfly Bushes and evergreen branches, offer inexpensive but fragrant bouquets. Place a glass in a cowboy boot and arrange your cut flowers for a true Denim and Diamonds centerpiece! Supplement smaller arrangements in smaller conversation areas with a few store-bought white roses.

Tip 6: Bring the Indoors – Outside or the Outdoors – Inside

You’ll want to pamper your guests even while outdoors. Add comfortable throw pillows to your patio chairs and pair you indoor dining room chairs with your outdoor country furniture. Crystal pitchers, silver platters and other metal (pewter) bowls make for an elegant presentation for beverages and appetizers. Need a little outdoors… inside? Add various evergreen branches to your arrangements or consider using outdoor decorative lighting such as string lights indoors to complement your Denim and Diamonds Party theme.

Tip 7: Make It Personal

It’s your party so add your own personal flair! Email is a convenient communication tool but a Denim and Diamonds Party calls for a more elegant strategy. Handwritten, themed invitations fit the bill for what to send to your guests. Your guests will be excited when they receive your Denim and Diamonds inspired invitation (invites shaped like denim Levi’s pocket complete with red tag and all?). Add some ‘bling’ to get the ‘diamonds’ theme going by using crystals and add-ons available in scrapbooking supply stores and craft super stores.

Tip 8: Keep It Cool

Backyard Denim and Diamond parties can get hot in the summer and cold in the spring or fall. Secure small fans with misters and camoflauge behind shrubbery and plants in your backyard. Use portable propane powered table top heaters and provide piles of blankets (western printed please!) to keep your guests comfortable for hours.

Tip 9: Always Have a Plan B

Always have a contingency plan because Mother Nature can be unpredictable despite your best plans for your Denim and Diamonds event. Keep your supplies well stocked for you last minute needs and plan ahead for what you will do if you need to move the party indoors due to inclement weather. Outdoor seating may be moved indoors and accented with throw pillows. Remember – these are your friends and they’ll have fun despite the weather!

Tip 10: Ask for Help if You Need It

Don’t be afraid to hire a party planner to consult with you on your plans prior to your party. If you can’t afford the planning – hire them to advise you on ideas, tips and decorating to help you organize and make it happen on your own. Keep it Simple! Hearty appetizers, classy cocktails and knock out decorations will make for a fun, stress free time for your elegant Denim and Diamonds party event!

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The Outdoor Furniture Edition

the outdoor furniture edition

the outdoor furniture edition

The weather seems to have taken a turn for the better over the last week or so with spring and summer finally on the horizon! It is at this time of the year that we begin to pull our garden furniture out from storage, baffled by how it has managed to fall into ruin in just a year! Now that the sun is shining and temperatures are rising, it is the perfect time to start thinking about updating our garden furniture.

No matter how large or small your outdoor space is, it is inevitable that you will be looking for somewhere to sit comfortably this summer. Benches are an ideal way to create a focal point within your garden, adding a particularly dramatic look when placed under a tree or in front of your beautiful flower bed. There are a number of different styles available, with romantic metalwork and classic wooden structures all possible options. The ensuing months are about enjoying the outdoors and making the most of nature, so what better way to enjoy the sun than by grabbing a good book and reclining on your perfectly positioned bench!

Garden furniture is not commonly associated with being the most comfortable seating in the world, due to the need for durability, however there are many ways to style your garden bench in order to improve this. Outdoor cushions and blankets will help add to the aesthetics but also make for a more pleasant and relaxing experience altogether!

The development of waterproof textile designs has led to a great increase in the number of different styles and shapes available on the market. It is normal to stick to safer choices when accessorising pieces of furniture, with solid and neutral colours proving to be popular picks! However I want to assure you that being creative and quirky is not at all a bad thing. In fact, it is a celebrated trend to try and incorporate a variety of different patterns and colours to create an eye-catching and alternative look. It is also a great way to bring a bit of your personality to the fore. Another helpful tip, if you are unsure of what route to take, is to use a mixture of neutral and solid coloured cushions alongside a few patterned scatter pillows of your choice. This is a more traditional approach and will also make any chair/bench/swing look like it is straight out of an interior design magazine.

Most garden pieces are built to last but with the British weather often proving unpredictable it may also be a wise move to invest in a tarpaulin cover, or something similar, to help protect your furniture during the harsher months of the year. This will get rid of the need to store your outdoor chairs, benches, tables etc. indoors during autumn and winter.

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Custom Boxes Give Your Packaging a Little Style With Custom Boxes

custom boxes give your packaging a little style with custom boxes

custom boxes give your packaging a little style with custom boxes

We are all familiar with that person who refuses to throw away package boxes because it is ‘just too beautiful to throw away.’ They lovingly caress the box gushing about how sleek and lavish it looks.

Well, you want your packaging to evoke a similar emotion. The customer must fall in love with the product before they even open it. There are lots of custom packaging companies that can give that and more. From simple merchandise bags to high-end fabric bags and gourmet creations that exude sophistication and style. Custom boxes ensure your products arrive in style.

While many use the word ‘box’ to describe custom packaging, it is by no means only restricted to a box. There are many options for the typical ‘box.’ Customizing packaging usually involves picking up a shape unique to your brand, adding a design or logo. Some brands even go as far as adding a name for their exclusive clients.

There are three printing methods normally used printing custom packaging

• Flexographic Printing: This works like a really big rubber stamp- a printing plate with your packaging’s design acts a huge ink pad that picks up ink and then stamps it onto your box. It is the cheaper of the two options

• Digital Printing: Digital printing is usually used for smaller sized orders. It is similar to the laser jet printer you use at home. It mixes the inks and then directly applies color and the design onto the custom box

• Litho Label Printing: Derived from lithography, it provides a much cleaner, greater resolution printing. Here the printing happens onto a paper sheet, treated, cut, and then attached to the box with an adhesive.

Custom boxes come in various sizes including but not limited to;

• 5-13/16″ X 5-3/4″ X 1-15/16″ – ideal for jewelry and other small items

• 7″ X 7-1/8″ X 2-1/4″ a great size for pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals and packaging for shipping

• 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 2-3/4″ – a very popular size for subscription boxes of all types

• 12-1/4″ X 9-1/4″ X 4″ – our new large capacity lock front, ideal for shipping anything from full size snack foods to pet toys.

Custom boxes are made from different kinds of materials including Eco-friendly and renewable resources; if that sort of thing matters to you. Most suppliers are happy to add trimmings such as crinkle-cut fillers, tissue paper, ribbons, bow and much more to complete the whole look.

Have an uncommon design? Have no fear. There are companies that are always on the lookout for unique designs to add to their ever-growing collection of cutting die and stock mailer inventory. You just have to spend a little more time looking for them.

If you have a cause you care about, there a lot of room on a custom box to highlight that cause. Customers love brands with a conscience. Only add a little message on what you stand for to side or top. It could be a story, poem or paragraph; it doesn’t matter, as long as it passes on your message.

So, go forth; get an impressive custom box to give your product an upper edge.

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Dining Table and Chairs Set

dining table and chairs set

dining table and chairs set

Formal dining rooms, kitchen dinettes, breakfast nooks. Your dining needs and the space allocated to them are vastly different from that of your friends and neighbors. Whether you have a starter apartment, a spacious mansion – or, like most of us, something in between – your dining table and chair set is critical to setting the tone and functionality of your home.

For many of us growing up, our family dining table was the center of the household and was used for not just dining, but homework, game night, as a buffet table, or working on crafts. These days it is common to have multiple tables for these activities, but, if your space is limited, the dining table may serve even more purposes. If this is your first time shopping for a dining table and chair set, think about how it will be used when choosing the right set for your house.

Space is not just the final frontier, it’s the #1 consideration in planning for a dining table and chair set. The common rule of thumb is that dining tables are roughly 30 inches tall, and chair seats need to be roughly 20 inches from the floor to allow enough lap space. A seat width of approximately 22 inches is a comfortable size for most people. Designers like to allow at least 40 inches around your table and chairs to maneuver around other furniture, but perhaps your dining table and chair set will sit snugly in your space. A perfect solution to this would be a table with extensions or drop leafs, which are great for accommodating large and small gatherings. Remember that smaller tables look great when placed against a wall with a nice framed piece of art on the wall above.

Naturally, the composition of your dining room and its furnishings will dictate how elaborate your dining table and chair set can be. Do you prefer arts & crafts or mission decor? Country, rustic or traditional? Maybe your room has a mix of motifs and you want a simpler style for a smooth visual transition.

Counter-height dining room table sets are becoming a very popular choice. Whether you choose a traditional, classic dining set or bistro-style dining room table, counter-height table sets seem to have an inherent ability to put guests at ease.

There’s a reason wood is the most popular choice of material for a dining table and chair set; its naturally beautiful nuances and wide variety of options make wood a classic and durable choice. Glass table tops are easy to clean and dress up or down, and nothing beats the beauty of the reflecting light of a candle on a glass table to set the mood. Stone and marble are attractive and functional choices as table tops for transitional designs and very popular with home chefs.

About seating- There’s no sense in spending four hours making a gourmet meal if the seating at your dining table isn’t comfortable. If you have the luxury of space, choose dining chairs with arms if you want your guests to get cozy after a meal and share conversation long into the night. Armless chairs are great for seating more people or if your space is limited, dining benches, which are increasing in popularity as shoppers go for a more casual dining experience and when families need to accommodate small children who like to move around a lot. Cushions go a long way to creating a mood and adding comfort to your seating arrangement. Color and pattern options online are almost endless and come in a variety of materials that are easy to clean.

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Gazebo Canopy or Real Gazebo: What’s the Difference?

what's the difference?

 what's the difference?

Gazebo and gazebo canopy are often referred to as the same thing but in reality, are very different structures. They both provide shade and protection from the elements but their size, strength and construction are very different. Let’s compare these two to see some of the differences.

A gazebo canopy is very similar to a shade canopy or garden canopy. These are all simple structures with four metal posts for legs and fabric canopy tops. They are very versatile and portable due to their lightweight design and simple construction. Some of the fancier ones have more complex legs and valances which give them a gazebo type look which may account for some of the confusion.

These canopies are perfect for backyards, parks or other outdoor functions that require lots of time in the sun. Their portable shade is a welcome relief. They come in many different styles and colors to match any backyard or patio decor. They are usually quick to setup and take down which makes them perfect for parties, bar-b-ques, picnics or wherever you need portable shade.

Some varieties are referred to as pop up gazebos as the fabric top is already attached to the poles allowing for quick and easy setup. Other designs can be semi-permanently mounted and left up for the whole summer. You’ll need to be careful here as high winds and other violent weather can easily rip or tear the canopy top. Replacing a canopy top is fairly common and many stores carry the gazebo replacement covers.

Real gazebos are usually larger and more sturdy. They are most often permanent structures and can be found in parks and other public gathering areas as well as backyards. They are usually made of wood or vinyl and built to withstand the weather. They are often mounted on cement pads to insure a solid and level anchor to the ground.

Gazebos come in many different shapes although the octagon and oval are the most common. They can also be built small for residential backyards or very large for outdoor public parks or as a centerpiece in a town square.

They are enclosed by waist high railings but always open for plenty of fresh air. They can be screened if for bug protection if that’s a problem in your area. Real gazebos will often have a cupola on the top which adds to their attractive design and gives them that distinctive gazebo look.

You can see that a gazebo is quite different from a gazebo canopy. Both structures provide shade and can enhance your backyard although a real gazebo will cost more and require a more permanent place to be erected. A gazebo canopy, on the other hand, is very versatile and great for trips the park, beach or perhaps a booth at the local art fair. Either way, the word gazebo brings to mind a stylish and attractive structure that is sure to enhance any backyard or landscaping project.

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Steamer Deck Chair Plans – Things to Consider in Building Your Own Deck Chair

steamer deck chair plans - things to consider in building your own deck chair

steamer deck chair plans - things to consider in building your own deck chair

Steamer deck chair plans makes the best blueprint to follow when you’re planning to build an outdoor furniture. Steamer deck chairs are simply one of those furniture which you can easily build if you have ample planning on your part.

These kind of loungers makes a good fixture in your yard, patio or poolside as it adds to the relaxing ambiance of the place. There’s something definitely calming and relaxing when you see a good lounger in the outdoor landscape of your home.

Just like any other woodworking projects, it is imperative that you go all through the different aspects of the project so all details will be covered and construction can run smoothly. Some things to consider for this project are:

Budget and Materials

Though it’s definitely less costly to build your own steamer deck chair, you still need to shell out some cash for the project. The number of deck chairs you’re going to use will also determine how much you can possibly spend on a project.

Though if you are a complete beginner in woodworking, I strongly suggest that you start with one first. Then, when you have a feel of how things are done, you can go from there and build other chairs of this kind.

As for the materials, you need to choose what type of wood you will be using to build chairs of this type. One of the most common we see in the market these days are teak. And honestly, I’m not that surprised as teak are both beautiful and durable.


Steamer deck chair comes in a variety of sizes and designs. You need to decide beforehand on the size and design of the lounger you are going to build yourself. Keep in mind for this your personal preference as well as the needs of your family.

Steamer Deck Chair Plans

Construction is so much easier when you have the help of quality steamer deck chair plans. Not only will you have a helpful guide in the preparation ad planning stage of the project, you also have something to guide you so the construction can run smoothly.

I personally prefer plans with step by step instruction as this will prevent you from making so much mistakes causing you to spend on materials more than you have to. Elaborate illustration will definitely help as well. This will supplement the instruction in the event that you’re struggling with its clarity.

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Dental Office Design – What’s In A Countertop?

dental office design - what's in a countertop?

dental office design - what's in a countertop?

When working on your dental office design one of the details that needs attention is the type of countertops to use in various applications. There are countertops throughout a dental office design and, while the various countertops may coordinate, they certainly do not have to be made of the same materials. There are various considerations that go into the selection of the countertop material to use, such as location, client visibility, moisture levels, and price.

In wet areas, such as a lab or sterilization room, I typically recommend using a solid surface material such as Corian®, as laminates can often have seams that do not handle a lot of moisture well. In these same rooms, however, if there isn’t really going to be a lot of moisture a plastic laminate will work just fine and save on cost.

In staff lounges I typically recommend plastic laminates as these rooms rarely get visited by patients and one can save on the cost of a solid surface material. Not that I’m suggesting the staff is less important, but I believe that to get the greatest return on investment one should spend design dollars where patients can see the difference.

Now, if there is the possibility for extreme heat exposure to the countertop, I only recommend granite. Of all of the countertop material choices granite is the most indestructible and the most heat resistant. One can put an extremely hot pan or iron directly on the countertop and never have an issue. The same cannot be said of any other material.

In public spaces, such as the client bath, operatories, and especially the front counter, I recommend stepping up to something other than a plastic laminate. Solid surfaces, whether they be a Corian® type material, concrete, quartz, or a natural stone, all give the impression of quality that plastic laminates just aren’t able to do. So, to best communicate solidity and quality in your dental practice it is important to spend the additional dollars on a countertop made from one of these other materials. The old saying goes, “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” To cement in the minds of your patients and prospective patients the quality of your practice you want the front reception counter to make a good impression.

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