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1. Pick the paint color that last. I get calls all the time from homeowners who want to pick a paint color before they move in. I get the logic. Why not arrive to walls with a fresh coat of paint? Of course you can do it this way, but in my opinion it’s not ideal.

There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one. You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.

2. Give your furniture some breathing room. Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces, and your room will look better than if it’s stuffed to the gills with flea market finds. The high-backed chairs shown here, for example, stand out because they don’t have to fight for attention.

3. Hang artwork at the right height. Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. (The average human eye level is 57 inches.) And you should do the same.

In a room like this, where the ceilings soar, there might be a tendency to hang the art higher. But remember: It needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale.

If you’re not sure, take a picture. It’s remarkable how much a photo can reveal. Print it out or use Photoshop or an app to draw on the photo. This can give you a sense of whether a larger or smaller piece of art is needed or a tall plant might be best to fill a vacant spot.

4. Know how to arrange furniture on a rug. There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug.

All on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders.

All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.

Front on: Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while lending a feeling of openness.

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How to choose a good budget Espresso Machine

With the recent addition of newer models in the world of espresso makers, almost everyone is stacking their favorite machine at home due to the price drop, and if you are thinking of too, then you’ll need to find one which suits your needs. It may seem awfully simple, but in reality, buying an espresso machine can be quite tiresome, and there are a lot of things to remember and look at so that you won’t end up wasting your money. You should thank God sites like bisuzs coffee do most of the work for you.

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This brief but comprehensive guide will list all the choices and factors that you’ll need to assess and choose that will carve your way to the espresso machine that will both be according to your liking and will be used a lot according to your needs! So, without any further ado, let’s start! I’ll add some sub headings so that you won’t have trouble finding the factor you need.

  1. Budget:

This will be the factor that has the utmost importance in your choice, as the more money you will spend, the equally better machine you will get. That is the general concept, and will always be the same. Espresso machines come in different tiers, ranging from budget to commercial ones, but we are focusing on the cheapest one, as the title suggests. Your range should be between $100-$300, as it is the highest in the tier we are in.

  1. Usability:

The next thing is how often you are going to use the machine. Note that this will always affect your budget, so choose carefully. If you have a large family and everyone drinks coffee, you’ll need to get an espresso machine that can chunk out 5-10 cups, but if it is the opposite, and you are a lone individual who just takes coffee twice or thrice a week, then you can get a small, compact machine, it’ll also save your money more!

  1. Type of coffee:

The last and most important thing is what you are going to use your newly bought machine for. If you really think, most people only want a machine so that they can drink coffee, but for lovers and baristas, there is more than just that. You’ll need a burr grinder if you want to brew your coffee from natural beans, or if you want to try something different everything, you should get a nespresso machine. The possibilities are endless, so choose carefully!

If you ask about my opinion, you should get an Italian machine, as they advanced with lower prices than the rest. If you want to get more opinions, then you should check out communities like CoffeeGeek.com, Home-Barista.com, etc, as they are extremely helpful.

Espresso Machine Reviews

Nespresso A+C40-US-TI-NE Inissia Espresso Maker:

This Nespresso machine is great in both performance and price, but some people may rage when they find out it is a discontinued model. None the less, it comes with an Aeroccino Milk Frother, which itself is sold separately for $229, talk about value! It works with the supply of capsules, so be sure to spend some money to get them time by time. There are also programmable buttons for more settings, so all in all, a great espresso maker.

De’Longhi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker:

This espresso maker is the most expensive one, but given the price, you can expect the performance to be great as well! It can use both grounded coffee and pods, and can make more than 10 cups of espresso in one go, thanks to its 44 oz. water tank. The best espresso maker in this value!

How to Pick Stainless Steel Cookware

When you go to buy anything at all, you will need to have some standards that will guide your selection process to make sure that you are getting the best of everything. The same applies to these stainless steel cookware that you will need to complete your kitchen set that is supposed to be at the top of its game. Find more information on cookwithtina.com.

Here, we have prepared this short guide that will help you get the best of what you are looking for and in that way, you will have made something of your cookware and also avid skipping the most important parts in the selection process that are meant to give you exactly what you need. Without wasting any more time, let’s get on with the things that really matter and know what you are supposed to be doing when you are looking for the best.

Cookware Research

This is the first thing that I always recommend when you are trying to get the best out of stainless steel cookware. You will need to make sure that you have thoroughly researched what you need to get. That way, you will know exactly what the features and properties are before you purchase it. That will help you not get fleeced or convinced to buy the wrong kind. Research will enable you to have a command of what is good and what is not. That is the key to getting the best.

Brand Consideration

When you are going to buy anything, you will need to do some brand consideration because there are those brands that do the wrong thing when they make their stuff and there are those that we trust. Just like we all associate German cars with excellence, you need to know which one is the top company that makes what you need so that you make a safe choice that guarantees quality and a chance at obtaining what is going to serve you in the best ways possible.

Picking Them Out Yourself

I like online ordering because of all the time that it saves and everything but there are things that we just need to buy ourselves because that way we will have a good judgment of what they are. This means that we need to go out there and pick them out ourselves and in that way be able to have a good concept of what we really need.

Referrals

We all have friends who have bought these and their seem to be doing well, you can always ask what brand they got and where you can find the same and that way you will know for sure that what you are going to buy will work.

Just cause we’re on the stainless steel cookware subject, I found a really useful video on how to clean your stainless steel cookware. I’ll link it at the bottom.

Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

kitchenRemodeling your kitchen is a great DIY project that has the added benefit of increasing the value of your home. The kitchen tends to be a focal point in the home. It is where meals are cooked, the kids do homework and dinner parties congregate. It’s the room you may pass through each day to get to the garage or back yard. The kitchen is also the room that benefits most from an update.

Whether you do it all yourself or hire a designer to help you, there are a number of major and minor elements to consider. An effective design is never as simple as changing the wallpaper or adding a fresh coat of paint and we’re here to help!

This site is dedicated to providing information and options to assist you in your kitchen remodeling adventure. It might seem overwhelming at first, but if you break the project down into elements you’ll find that it’s easy and fun.

Tips and ideas about everything from kitchen cabinets and countertops to islands and exhaust hoods, we know what a joy remodeling your kitchen can be. Even if you haven’t decided to remodel your kitchen just yet, explore our site and let us show you what options are available.

Personal Experience With A Top Toaster

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A couple of months back, I decided my family definitely needed a toaster upgrade. Apparently! Every morning, we struggled with time because we were all in a rush, wanted our toast but our toaster then only had two slots available. When the “Ting!” goes off, everyone screams, “That’s mine!” What a dilemma! Aside from that, I noticed that the slots of my toaster were narrow and the thicker slices of bread would be so much harder to get in. That was it! I needed a four slice toaster with wider openings. Immediately!

So, I checked out the toasters and was in awe. How awesome were some of them!
There were so many to choose from the top bread toasters in 2016 and, honestly, a lot many of them looked great. I didn’t know where to start and how to pick. I felt like a kid in a candy store. However, I ended up picking the one that I felt fit what I needed and would look best in my kitchen; and so, I decided on what the sales clerk said was one of the top KitchenAid toasters available. Of course, its nice look and design appealed to me as well and the countdown timer wasn’t bad and when I began using it, it did not disappoint. The old one I had was the white, regular push-down, twist the knob kind of toaster. I thought this looked really good and hoped then that it functioned even better.

Today, I am really happy with my decision and love the new toaster. It works really well for me and my family and makes sure we all get our toasts warm and fresh in the morning. After a few days of using it, I even realized it had a keep warm, defrost and reheat button. I really thought only microwaves could do that and we all know not to put our toasts in there.

The Kitchen Samurai-Made in Germany!

You need a knife! (are you looking at my face right now? sticking up the Dwayne Jackson eyebrow? Trying to drop a rhyme again on everything)… Anyone who loves their kitchen put your hands up now. Ok thank you. Now, everyone has their own story of how they met and fell in love with their knives right? And this is mine.

I took it upon myself to find my partner, not in that way, but in the kitchen. My wife doesn’t know whether to hate me or stop eating? Yeah I’m that guy, I cook a lot. We actually sat down together on this and went searching on Google for the best rated kitchen knife set and found this website, Pcn Chef. The surprise on my face?! Well her face too!

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There are people who love their kitchens out there in the world. And did you know that kitchen knives have categories? And blade sizes? And compete on sharpness, stability, the feel in your hand, whether you’re right handed or left handed? So to cut the story shot I get a birthday gift from my wife a few months later and BAM! There comes my Messermeister Meridian Elite 9-Inch Chef Knife ( I do the dance, eh… eh… eh…).

The Messermeister Meridian Elite is a Japanese style kitchen made in, wait for it… Germany! Right?
This line is one of their best ones yet (What? Hell yeah, I went back and Googled it myself! How in the world I’m supposed to know that they could make Japanese kitchen knives in Germany? And do it so good… and she Googled for the 3rd best knife in Germany?) Oh yeah, I found out Wusthof and Henkel were bigger names there who also have their own lines of Japanese kitchen knives (at the same place – Solingen). I love my Meridian Elite because of the following reasons.

The Messermeister Meridian Elite has high versatility. You can use it to cut just about everything in kitchen.

The design used on the Meridian Elite is exquisite and flawless. The handle is hand polished to a fine finish and the blade is hand sharpened to 15% meaning you can slice and dice through everything in your kitchen. I have used mine to cut meat, curve out turkey, cut vegetables, mince, split chicken, chop, peel, and even used it once to fillet fish.

The blade has a sharp tip which come in handy when cutting into hard food stuff like melons where you have to stub from the top first and slide the knife down the sides. The handle just fits into your hands and you can have a tight firm grip for steady cuts. It really is a good choice and one of the best kitchen knives.

My Personal Experience with Wheat Grass Juicers

As you have likely experienced before, when buying a kitchen appliance there several different models and makes of an electronic available to choose. When it comes to buying wheatgrass juicers the situation is the same. Getting the best wheatgrass juicer is important since consuming wheat grass has several benefits well known all over the world. The health benefits are accrued to the nutrients contained which are very volatile especially enzymes.

I find that using a standard blender for your wheatgrass makes enzymes to oxidize because of friction between the wheatgrass and the high speed turning blades; where all the power from the wheat grass is taken away. Moreover, I find that standard wheat grass juicers are not made to blend high fiber content thus may clog the juicer. In addition, the blade’s high speed is prone to wear and tear and subjected to early breakdown. Therefore, juicer reviews are helpful in getting a quality wheatgrass juicer, you can look at this website Euro Juices.

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Prior to purchasing I considered my budget since the cost of juicers range significantly with some costing as little as $50 and others up to $500. Just like most kitchen appliances you get the quality for what you pay for. However, it does not imply that the most costly at the store is the always the best.

I also wondered whether I would buy a manual juicer or an electrical power. I find that a manual juicer is ideal if the machine will be used precisely for wheatgrass. An electrical power offers the biggest flexibility where you can blend other leafy greens such as carrots, apples and spinaches. (More: http://www.wikihow.com/Juice-Wheatgrass)

The whole essence of the getting one of the wheatgrass juicers is to get a machine which prevent destruction of vital enzymes or nutrients by not overheating. However, today I find fun in wheatgrass juicing thanks to the wheatgrass juicer.

My cheap sewing machine has made me learn and perfect sewing over the years

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I have been sewing for years now. I sew during my pastime, and sew anything that fancies me. Sometimes i sew quilts, other times I make dresses for my grandchildren or skirts for myself. I have also tried stitching shirts for my husband, but normally hem his trousers. I do not like the fancy new machines with various functions that will hardly be used by me. I like cheap sewing machines since I prefer stitching old style where I use my hands more. (Check out this link)

The machine I have also does embroidery work and makes quilts. It has a large warp that lets thick fabrics go in with ease. This is essential when stitching quilts. It also has an attached extended platform that allows me to stitch straight without drawing in additional bundles of cloth to start stitching a new batch. In fact, the machine can easily pass off as an expensive model with its features. It is considered the best among cheap sewing machines by many, and is rated very high by users. It is portable, and I move it easily around from one corner of the room to the other.

My husband has been encouraging me for quite some time to take sewing classes for people interested in learning the art. Some of my friends come over during the afternoons anyway to see how I work. They have also said that this is a brilliant idea, that they are willing to join my class. I have decided to use the basement as my classroom since it can accommodate close to 15 persons with ease. I am expecting beginners to join my class, so there is really no point in training them with the fancy new machines. This weekend I am going to shift my old machine to the basement, and start my sewing class early next month. I will encourage them to go for cheap sewing machines to let them be more innovative and learn the art of sewing sooner rather than relying on programmed options to do the work for them.

How I Rented a Virtual Office in Kuala Lumpur

Many people love the story of a successful start up. The news about a business that has managed to survive its initial years acts as an inspiration. However, few actually know the story behind the business’ success. Many aspiring entrepreneurs often ask how my custom business website design company became so successful within a span of a few months. Here’s my story.

Two years ago, I was fresh out of college and searching for a job. Luckily, I managed to get one at a leading design company. The job was great but a few month into employment, I felt that I had to achieve more. The entrepreneurial spirit within me was quite disturbed and I knew I had to quit my job and start a business. But, which business?

The only business I had in mind involved designing websites. I loved coding and enjoyed the feeling that came after I helped a client launch a website. Besides coding, I had learned a thing or two about internet marketing and SEO.
The web design business in the US was not at its best. Thousands of companies competed for a continuously dwindling market. Most of the designers survived by getting design contracts from overseas businesses and designers. I knew that I had to find a market abroad. The question was, where.
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While still at my job, I decided to do some research about some of the best places to start a company and operate a business. Kuala Lumpur was one of the leading cities. It was also experiencing an increase in the number of new businesses being started there. I had my niche market. The new businesses would most likely want websites to promote their products and services online. I also reckoned that already existing businesses in Kuala Lumpur would also want websites to promote their products and services to these new businesses.

I set up my website and did a bit of SEO to get it ranked high in search engines. The queries started coming in daily. However, I lost a lot of business when many possible clients realized they couldn’t meet me or my business representative in person to discuss their site ideas. I didn’t plan on relocating to Malaysia nor did I intend to give up on my dream. To ensure that I lost no more clients I rented a virtual office in Kuala Lumpur. It ensured that potential clients had a place to meet with one of my business’ representatives for project briefings. The plan went well. It allowed me to quit my job a month later to fully concentrate on my growing business. Within months my business was voted the leading web design company dealing with Kuala Lumpur start ups.

If you’re looking for a virtual office in any city, head over to this site.

A little help from a portable vacuum cleaner

vacMy portable vacuum cleaner saves me from small dirt everyday here at home. Anyone who has children knows that after meals and snacks always rolls meal on the floor, and even we adults also make dirt.

I remember when my grandfather passing the witch on the carpet to get the crumbs. I thought it was boring as a child through because I had not my own home, no notion about it, but now I understand well.

The C already know how to use the vacuum and when caught already want to leave going alone. Great !

In kindergarten they had C mop, vacuum cleaner and these things from home, and she liked to play. So I guess she thinks it’s a joke, but I leave it clear that it messed have to clean as here at home is not who arrange everything every day.

I had a little old and simple portable vacuum for many years, and the poor man was already powerless. Last year I bought this and really recommend it. The price is affordable, cleaner and is powerful, discreet and small even.