It’s not uncommon to have different sets of bedding for different seasons. A heavy, thick comforter is good for the winter months, while a lighter quilt or bedspread is appropriate during the warm summer months. Here are some tips for cleaning and storing comforters and bedspreads.
Make sure you read the label first. Do not machine wash an item that says “dry clean only”. Commercial washing machines or very large machines designed to handle oversized loads are best for proper agitation and better aeration after the rinse cycle. This also helps to remove dust mites more effectively. Use a mild detergent and warm, not hot, water. Avoid pouring the soap directly on the fabric.
A commercial dryer or extra large capacity dryer is best again for aeration. Avoid over drying, dry on high for 30 minutes and then finish drying on a lower setting. Drying outside on a clothesline is a great way to air out your bedding. It is best to use multiple lines though, to help support the weight. Be careful to avoid direct sunlight which can fade colored fabric.
A great way to store bulky comforters and bedspreads is to use vacuum sealed storage bags. All the air is sucked out of the bag, making it much smaller. It also keeps dirt, dust mites, mold and bugs away from your bedding. When you need to use the bedding again, it will come out as fresh and clean as when you stored it.
To wash a quilt by hand, fill up the tub with warm water and add a gentle, non-abrasive detergent. Wash the quilt using slow, gentle kneading motions. Be careful of any stitching, ribbon or fringe that may tear easily. Never use a brush or abrasive scrubbing tool that can harm the fabric. To rinse, drain the tub and refill with fresh water, and gently work the detergent out, then roll it to squeeze out the excess water. If the tag says you can machine wash, make sure to use the gentle cycle with a mild detergent and never use bleach. Dry cleaning is generally not recommended for quilts.
The safest way to dry a quilt is to lay it flat. You can use a fan to help it dry faster. Do not hang a quilt over a clothes line, or in direct sunlight. The weight of the quilt, especially when wet can cause the threading to break where it touches the line.
If you need to fold the quilt to store it, make sure you fold it differently each time to avoid the creases becoming permanent. Wrapping an old sheet around it will help protect it and keep it clean.
One of the best choices for quality outdoor wood furniture is teak. Even untreated, this sturdy hardwood can survive years of the harshest weather conditions, with an average life span of 75 years. Teak is naturally resistant to water, warping and weather. Over time, it gracefully ages to a beautiful soft silver color. Or, if you prefer the “new” look, just apply teak oil to the wood once or twice a year.
Rattan is another good choice for quality outdoor and indoor furniture. All-weather rattan is the choice for outdoor furniture. Made from the very best synthetic fiber, all-weather rattan is maintenance free and can be left outside year round. The color runs through the fiber, so you never have to worry about it flaking or peeling. Natural rattan is a good choice for fine quality indoor furniture.
Some of the finest teak and rattan are grown in Indonesia. Our supplier of this quality outdoor furniture, Jewels of Java, works closely with Perum Perhutani, the state owned agency that oversees the conservation of the Indonesian teak forest. For every tree that is harvested, a new tree is planted. Only a limited number of trees can be harvested each year, with strict controls on their size and maturity. Jewels of Java is also helping to support the local Indonesian community by providing a positive and professional factory work environment for the highly skilled craftsmen that they employ.
Take a look at our selection of quality outdoor teak furniture. This outdoor furniture is built to last a lifetime, so paying a little more for high quality and craftsmanship the first time will actually save you money in the long run, instead of having to replace cheaper outdoor furniture that couldn’t hold up to Mother Nature.
Western decor reflects the rich history of the Old West, ranch style living and is also heavily influenced by Native American art and culture. It is the design scheme of choice for ranch style homes, log homes and cabins and the lodges of our National Parks. There are also different variations, such as Southwestern decor, which incorporates the warm earthy tones of the desert environment, with a lot of Mexican and Native American influences. In the Pacific Northwest, the decor reflects the cooler tones of the rainforests and the coastal lifestyle.
Rustic and western decor is more than just a design scheme. In many cases, it is a lifestyle as well. It reflects the passion one feels for the country, the history of their area, of their culture.
The appeal is also having furniture and decor that is handmade. We all love knowing we own something that is unique or one of a kind. Usually, more care is paid to the fine details.
Take a few minutes to browse through our selection of rustic furniture, rustic lighting and rustic decor. These beautiful products are handmade and you can request custom pieces, designed exactly the way you want them. Buy through us and save hundreds off the suggested retail price!
When decorating with collectibles, there are many options to chose from. First to consider is the size of the collection. This could range from a few select items that could fit on the fireplace mantle, to a collection so large that it would require an entire room to display it all. Try to keep it focused, whether it’s a collection from a certain artist, a certain era, a certain theme, a certain brand, etc. Otherwise, the collection may be confused with a bunch of unorganized clutter. If you have more than one collection, display them in different rooms.
Caring for your collectibles is as important as how you display them. In fact, to avoid dust and dirt, many collectors use frames and display cases with protective glass. Items such as collector plates should never be put in the dishwasher. Porcelain and glass collectibles should be hand washed using warm water and a mild soap. Hand painted items should be kept out of direct sunlight and should be handled as little as possible to avoid being damaged..
Its always a good idea to keep detailed accurate records when starting a collection, including the purchase date, where you bought it and price. Photos or video are recommended as well. This is important information for prospective buyers as well as insurance appraisers. Also be sure to keep all written material, certificates, receipts, care and handling instructions, etc. This is vital information for replacement or resale of valuable collections.
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The sun is usually the source of daytime lighting in our home. If you love lots of bright natural light during the day, this can easily be achieved by strategically placing large windows along one wall or installing skylights in the ceiling where you want extra light. In addition to extra light, windows and skylights allow the sun to warm our homes naturally using solar heat. While this can be an advantage during the winter months, you may need sufficient window coverings for the summer months that allow some light in but keep most of the heat out.
For artificial light, there are basically three types of lighting. These include general, task and accent.
General lighting consists of chandeliers, fan lights, ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and recessed downlights, providing adequate illumination for the room or area.
Task lighting can include lighted mirrors or vanities, desk lamps, floor lamps positioned near furniture for reading and track lighting in the kitchen for cooking and cleaning tasks.
Accent lighting can be achieved by unique table and desk lamps, floor lamps, torchiers, recessed lighting, candles, lanterns and landscape lighting. Different moods or atmospheres are created using dimmer switches and bulb types.
When planning how you want to light different areas of your home, consider each room individually. The lighting requirements will depend on factors such as what type of activity goes on, what style and atmosphere are you trying to create, what tasks need to be performed, where will people sit, and what objects in the room do you want to emphasize. Lighting plays an extremely important role in creating the overall mood of any room.
For more tips on how to light different rooms in your home, go to http://www.hometreasurecove.com/lighting and read the section on “Tips on lighting your home”.
Modern art glass comes in as many shapes, designs and colors as you can imagine. Some of the patterns and designs created during this complicated process of heating, cooling, cutting, rolling and blowing are absolutely breathtaking. It is fascinating to watch an expert glassblower transform ordinary looking glass into a true work of art.
Art glass can be stunning as a collection, or as an individual piece. It takes the form of sculptures, vases, candle holders, perfume bottles, bowls, plates, paperweights, ashtrays and more. Art glass also makes a great and unusual gift.
Browse through our collection of hand blown art glass at http://www.hometreasurecove.com/handblownartglass . These colorful, unique works of art will work with many different styles of decor and look great in any room. A word of caution though, collecting art glass can be addictive!
Decorating Your Home With Cultural Influences
As we move into the new millennium with more of a global conscience, some of the latest home decor trends include authentic cultural influences. It is now easier than ever to shop online for custom handmade home decor and furnishings made worldwide by local craftsmen and artisans. In addition to adding beautiful cultural diversity to one’s design scheme, it also helps support and preserve the heritage of the local artisan community, many of which are found in impoverished countries around the world.
Helping support talented local artisans in Southeast Asia, http://www.hometreasurecove.com/ offers handmade custom Asian textiles, including luxury Asian bedspreads, duvet covers, throws and decorative pillows. Beautiful hand carved rosewood furniture and other fine Asian decor from local craftsman in Southeast Asia are available on the site as well. These fine products are shipped directly from the warehouse in Southeast Asia where they are made, and there is no charge for shipping.
These Asian textiles and furniture can be found in places like the prestigious Kamalspa, http://www.kamalaspa.com/ a high end Ayurvedic Spa in San Francisco’s famous Union Square, and boutique hotels in Mexico such as The Melville Hotel http://www.themelville.com/, and Hotel Machado http://www.machadohotel.com/.
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