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Travertine Tiles In Your Bathroom

  • Posted on January 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

Are you building a home or does your bathroom need a make over? You might consider using travertine in your bathroom. This sedimentary rock is found in ground and surface waters. Travertine is naturally gorgeous with a variety of patterns and colors. It works very well in bathrooms, kitchens, floors, fireplace mantels and backsplashes. Since it is a durable stone it has become extremely popular for bathrooms.

Travertine is a porous stone so some believe that it is not appropriate for the bathroom. However, this is not really true. Think about it. It essentially comes from the water. If you do use travertine in the bathroom you should consider a tumbled or hone finish. It looks great and can stand up to spills.

With a travertine shower, you should have the tile properly sealed with the correct sealer for the job. Since travertine is porous, it can take in water, which a sealer will prevent. To be certain that the tile is installed properly and that sealer is correctly applied, it would be best to have it done by a professional.

Travertine is a great tile to worth with because it is versatile. There are plenty of colors, vein patterns and finishes to create any kind of travertine bathroom that you can envision. Are you thinking of a lighter shade? You can do that as well as dark, in the middle, reddish/rust or several other color schemes. They great thing about this tile is that it can have an elegant and rich feel or if done properly it can also feel very relaxed. Many people decide to use travertine through out the entire bathroom but you could match it up with other types of stones if you desire.

A travertine bathroom will also be easy to maintain. It will not show soap scum or water spotting as other tiles might, making it a great choice for the bathroom for that reason alone. You can easily wipe it down when needed and be assured that your tile will always have that beautiful, vibrant look that it had when first installed.

Turning your ho hum, ordinary bathroom into a travertine bathroom that has pizazz will definitely increase the value of your home. It is a gorgeous stone and is durable enough to last for decades.

Decorating Your Home With Dried Flower Arrangements

  • Posted on January 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

The interiors of a home reflect your personality. The choice of colours and lighting needs to be carefully chosen. Though cosmetic effect is necessary, a house needs to look like a home. It is normal to present a bouquet when you meet someone but dried flowers seems to have longer life and can be included as a house warming present. Petals, grass, flowers, buds and also nuts can be used as decoration. This is certainly an unique way of adding style to your interiors. It must be remembered that when dried flowers are used, the arrangement needs creativity and the illumination on the same should be just right.

Oshibana or the Japanase art of pressed flowers is the oldest form. Dried flowers are of multi purpose value as the same can also be availed for medicinal use. Adorning the house with dried flowers can be traced in the Victorian times. The flowers can be used as a centerpiece. One could also place a bouquet of dried flowers over the shoe rack or the end table. If one has a corner table in the farthermost corner of the house, dried petals of rose or lily along with gleaming marbles or white stones will just bring about more life in the room.

If one is having a party in the balcony or a typical BBQ party then the arrangement of a lotus or mahogany dried petals seems to charm the entrance of the house. Elegant styling of furniture with Victorian hints and upholstery can be nostalgic with a mixture of assorted items in a potpourri. Dried flowers arrangement is all about unleashing creativity. The fragrance emanating from the potpourri is the result of preservation of the aromatic oils which lasts for months. Use a potpourri of maize, birch pine or sponge mushroom has benefits. Mixing the dried flowers is a careful, yet personal choice. The contrast colours of flower arrangement might just pep the walls and the leaves in pressed form can be scattered casually in a basket.

There is a certain forest-woody feeling, when one is able to use the dried flower arrangement near the fireplace. An ethnic urn close by and also a lantern with a candle illumination will add a mystery appeal. For a perfect candlelight dinner at home, purchase a few bright candles in yellow, orange and reds and place an assortment of leaves and pine needles.

Vibrant foliage can be collected with the annual flowers like Dahlia and oregano. Perennial varieties include Daisy and Flax. Again over stocking the place with too many flowers and contrasting colours will be confusing the style element. The need here is minimalism and a touch of creativity. Use it in the corners of a section, the entrance or near the fountain. Flowers at the mantelpiece or near the bookshelf in single stalks seem a good idea.