Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Organic Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

A Home Organic remedy for Allergies,Cold & Flu made with ORganic Lemon,Honey,Organic Onions,Organic Garlic, Organic Ginger & Green Apples, Cinnamon
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Note: As mentioned before on previous post in our " All Things Home Page" we from time to time take a well deserved break from  the interior/exterior home decor world and partake in other things that make a house a home. Hence keeping Spaces Made Perfect fresh and informative. 

The seasonal changes are here and we all know what that entails!  When most creatures in nature are asleep and taking a break from procreating per say, the viruses and bacteria seem to thrive creating havoc on many of us. 

Conversely, we all know that a strong immune system is the number one defense against these seasonal allergies attack. Nevertheless when the body lets one of these intruders in, it at times need some extra help from outside sources to eradicate the problem and keep them at bay. 

In this short post we will demonstrate how to make an Organic Home Remedy concoction for Seasonal Allergies, Colds and Flu symptoms. 
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The Story behind this Remedy: What encouraged us to share this recipe, was how well it worked and has continued to work for ourselves and our loved ones. It all began when my spouse woke up one morning with swollen tonsils, painful swallowing and some horrible looking white spots all over the sides of her mouth. Our first impression dwelled on the thought of the dreaded "strep throat" Aka: streptococcus. Any of our kids had been previously sick at the time and considering this affects mainly children and teens, we were even more puzzled. 

The wife recalled an old recipe that was given to her by an acquaintance at her hair salon a couple days prior to feeling ill. This remedy was  given to the mentioned acquaintance by her latin american grandmother of whom lived on the countryside hills. We decided to put this concoction to the test and to our blessed surprise, after just one night of ingesting a hot cup of this tea she woke up with absolutely NO white spots on her tonsils and her ability to swallow without much pain was improved by about 40%.  There you have it, a good enough reason for us to want to share this with our social media world.  
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Below are some of the ingredients and tools recommended to make this process quick and effortless: 

Note: Just like any and or most conventional forms of medicine(s) on the market, you may need to take this home made remedy for a couple days to ensure that the symptoms caused by the virus or bacteria is completely done away with. 

You want to go with Organic ingredients, because you will want use the skin of these ingredients in this recipe which will give the tea a greater punch, stockiness and added benefits.

1.  (1) Organic Onion
2.  (1) Organic Garlic
3.  (1) Organic green apple
4.  (2) Oz. of Organic Ginger root
5.  (1) Organic Lemon
6.  (2 tsp.) Cinnamon Powder
6.  (1) tsp. of sea salt: optional (salt act as an electrolyte making you feel hydrated
7.   Local raw honey if you have a sweet tooth (optional: for added sweetness)
8.   Chopping block, teapot or kettle
9.  16oz. of filtered water

(THESE INGREDIENTS SHOULD YIELD ABOUT 10oz. OF TEA.)

Remember: Because the skin of the organic ingredients will not have the pesticide residue as many conventional products we will use them (wash thoroughly, but keep skin) ! 

Now that we have all the ingredients on hand, why don't we watch this short video below on how it was all put together. 

Note: One detail we missed in the video, is that once the steeping process is done, you may want to remove all the stock from the liquid prior to storing your tea. This will reduce the bitterness of the final product.
We also recommend that you consume the end product within 3 days as means of preserving the integrity and effectiveness. 

~Our Hopes is that you feel Better~
 ~ENJOY~
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hardwood Flooring and Alternatives that could Save you Money

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Note: Below this post we have added a short video feed with a live look at the options mentioned below. 

Do you love the natural look and the visual warmth of wood flooring ? Let's view some alternatives before making that next big purchase ! 

Those of us familiar with hardwood, know how this natural flooring concept can truly add a whole other dimension and texture to your flooring. The truth is, when it comes to design and decor ideas, what was once considered old and antiquated is now emerging once again as the trend in " Home Design ". 

With that been said, if you are looking into renovating your flooring and you currently have well kept carpeting in the home that you may have inherited from your parents and or grandparents per say ! you may first want to take a good look at what may be hiding beneath

Many homeowners of whom have made decisions to renovate and or remodel their homes, have found pleasant hidden surprises of hardwood flooring lying beneath their dingy old carpets. Now that you have unveiled this current home trend treasure, you will have to look into refinishing and bringing it back to life. Nevertheless this is a topic for another post at another time. 

In this short post we will simply show you some of the hardwood flooring alternatives that could save you money and what you may expect to find when you visit your nearest local home improvement store. 

Note: When considering these alternatives and moisture and or water damage is a concern, you need to pay close attention to the overall structure and built of these options. Knowing this will be of great aid in making the best informed decision, hence saving you money in the long run. 


Below we will now introduce to you some styles that are commonly found


Example of laminate wood-look tile
Example of laminate wood-look tile joint
Above are some examples of some laminate options.Laminate is very durable and is a very affordable option to real wood. The pieces are digitally recreated to imitate the real wood grain images, therefore delivering a great alternative.

The Anatomy of the Flooring

Laminate options are more realistic and durable today as to when they first were introduced to the market. 
The top layer of each slab is coated with resin and aluminum oxide, both of which when cured properly deliver are very durable,strong and  scratch resistant surface. 

Laminate films are usually attached to a backboard, mainly particle board of 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 

Keep in Mind   

Laminates are engineered materials used to cover the particle board backing.
Particle boards may well indeed be very strong in structure when uncompromised, nevertheless extreme moisture may cause the board to swell and lose its integrity. 


Examples of hardwood tiles
Examples of hardwood tiles grain
Examples of hardwood tiles joint

Above are options for your good old hardwood flooring.Hardwood flooring are more aesthetically natural and or more organically appealing to the eye. As you can see here, the 1/2 inch planks are more fibrous than that of the former laminates mentioned prior. Think of a sheet of Plywood that you'll normally find at the home improvement store. 

These sheets are roughly 1/16 of an inch in thickness and are glued to each other creating the desired overall width of the planks.     

Two types of Hardwood seen today
  
Natural hardwood of distinct varieties have long been used and come from traditional solid species of trees such as oak,cherry,maple,walnut among other.

Most of the hardwood you see in today's markets are Engineered Hardwood.These type of options allow for more versatility, innovative colors and surface texture. Keeping this is mind, such process allow the consumer to worry less about moisture and severe temperature fluctuations in your space.   

Keep in Mind 

If you are placing your flooring in an area of possible moisture, dampness, or prone to these possibilities, you may want to steer clear and consider the alternative. 



Example of Vinyl wood-look tiles
Example of Vinyl wood-look tiles joint area

Above are some vinyl flooring options. Vinyl plank is a synthetic cousin of linoleum and is a great viable option if you are looking for a product that would resist moisture areas, not to mention cost effective. 
Luxury vinyl floors are durable and scratch resistant, installs easily and requires little maintenance. 

Because of its synthetic engineered materials, vinyl is versatile comes very close to having the feel and subtle texture of real hardwood flooring.

Keep in Mind

Great alternative for below-grade installations - basements, where dampness is usually common. Also a great for areas where over radiant heating systems which tend to dry out real wood, causing the boards to     
    

Example of wood-look porcelain tiles
Example of wood-look porcelain tiles grain and rings
Example of wood-look porcelain tiles backing

Above is another great viable option in ceramic wood look hardwood tiles. This closeup look, give you an idea of how well engineered these tiles are, demonstrating the wood grains and even the rings you will normally find in the natural wood.

Not all wood-like tiles are equal 

Graphical Repeat
Each wood-look tile has a picture printed on its surface. Hence, most tiles only carry a few printed variants which means after every fews tiles you will end up with a repeat of the previous pattern. 
This lack of variation will tend to diminish the natural and or organic look and feel of real wood knots,grains or rings in more detail. 
   
However, when considering this option and you truly are looking for an impacting organic effect, consider a high end option of the wood look tiles. A high end option will give you upwards of 100 variants in screens-faces and pictures,hence giving you a more effortless natural look and feel to the real thing.  

Wood-Look tiles-Ceramic Vs. Porcelain
If you are choosing to go with tiles, get acquainted with the variations in quality.To make a long story short as they say, porcelain wood-look tiles are quickly becoming the norm and most popular option out there. 

Tipping Points 
High level porcelain tiles have much higher breakage point, this makes it very desirable.
when dropping something on porcelain, it's not the porcelain you will need to worry about!
Porcelain is denser and much more impervious, which makes it better for high traffic areas and more resistant to fluid passing through it. This is sure to save you money in the long run, in the case there was to be one of those misfortunes in life with a water heater malfunction and or any water infiltration of some sort.   

Price per square foot is also quite less than that of your natural hardwood. This point alone is one of my personal favorites !  
    
Keep in Mind 
Please beware of companies that advertise tiles as porcelain when in actuality it is simply a white body ceramic. This is an unethical practice, but it happens quite often.

Note: One of the important things to know is that all porcelain is ceramic but not all ceramic is porcelain. Conversely, porcelain is ceramic with a low water absorption rate due to a much denser body. 

If this statement just opened up a whole new can of worms per say !  
We have placed a great article by BuildDirect [source:non-sponsored]that should give you a better insight on how are porcelain and ceramic tiles made    

Below we have placed a short video of our trip to the local home improvements store for a little up close and personal look at these wood-look tiles. Hope this will give you some insight as to what to expect when making the best choice for "YOUR" Space Made Perfect...

















  





Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How To: Ideas for Seasonal Garlands

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals
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The cool breeze is in the air and despite the seasonal cold and flu symptoms that come along with the seasonal changes, nature also begins to unfold its fall and winter beauty. 
Lets face it, whether you celebrate the holidays or not, if you are a fan of home decor, you can't ignore that with the changes in seasons a change in your home decor concept is also a well merited visual treat. 
In this tutorial we will show you a great idea on how to create a seasonal garland out of thrifty items you may already have stored in your basement or attic. 


Some of the materials we will use for this project are: 

1. Small Pliers 

2. Nylon thread 

3. Spool of rope (thin gauge)

4. Ornament hooks

5. Pine Cones

6. Spray paint (your colors of choice) glossy and flat. 

7. Crystals, glitter ( These can be omitted if you choose) 



Here you see a garland that was purchased years ago at an arts and craft store. We became a bit weary of the look after the years and decided to do away with it by using it for parts in what will become a seasonal garland fit for a winter interior decor in the sun filled  Sunshine State. 


The foliage and the cones were pruned from the original vine by using a small needle nose plier tool. 

A photograph of pine needles used in a seasonal garland

In the above photos we used the needle nose pliers to bend the wires at the end of the pine needles foliage and cones into hooks. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals

a) In this image you can see how we used the nylon thread and grouped three oyster shells forming small clusters. 

Note: Holes were drilled into the shells by means of a rotary tool. To see this please visit our How to re-purpose a Chandelier post. 

b) Each cluster was then linked together about 3-4 inches apart by using a thin gauge spool of rope. ( We will show you how this came together as we move along.)
Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland


The oyster shells were then given some luster by painting them with some gloss white and pearl mist spray paint from Rust-Oleum.

Considering that this is a winter decor idea, the shimmer of the Gloss paint will add to the glitter and glam of the finished product. 

Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland
Here is a look at the oyster shell clusters coming together as a garland. This strand is about 4 feet in length. You may still see some hints of the details that still shows that these are indeed natural shells. 
Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland

Oyster shells linked by a 4feet strand of thin gauge rope is left pending from a hook allowing it to air dry outdoors. 

Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland on a Contemporary Wall Fireplace mantle
Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland on a Contemporary Wall Fireplace mantle

Once dried the garland was then placed onto the mantle of a contemporary wall fireplace. 



In the above images you can see how ornament hooks were used to thread the holes of the crystals that we will use to embellish our oyster shell garland. 
Note: (crystals already come with the holes pre drilled). HURRAY! 

 

a) The Pine Cones used in this project were clipped from its original vine leaving enough of its original wiring.

b) Wire was bent with the needle nose pliers creating a hook. 

c) Ornament hooks were then attached to a few pine cones that needed a lengthier reach. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
A close look at the pine cones, crystal tear drop ornaments and oyster shells in perfect harmony. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

In the above images we left the pine cones in their natural form (natural color). The crystal charms were hung from the pine cones creating a delightful raindrop or frozen ice drop effect, if you will.  

As seen in the photos below, we added some greenery using the remnant of the pine needle foliage. 
Some left over-oversized oyster shells were also attached to the garland in a hanging fashion, as means of adding more impactful visual interest.  
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

Another close up look at the embellishments used to create the jewel filled glam look of this seasonal garland. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

We decided to experiment a bit with the cones and the pine needles and therefore decided to paint a few sections in flat white and Iced grey spray paint.
Added a few 3 inch crystal teardrops to sit side by side of the hanging shells. 
As you can see, the outcome was truly a treat. A winter wonderland effect. Won't you say !  

The tones were subtle and blended in very well with the rest of the interior decor. 
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops as the centerpiece of a contemporary wall fireplace
Another image with the interior lighting dimmed and a pair of tealight candles flanked on each side of the fireback .  

Here is the reason we added this additional Photo: You may have also noticed the blue hue coming from the cans of (alcohol gel fuel) on each side the white fireball which is centered in the fireplace. 

A Short Video on the finished project ! 
(Note: Background music was omitted as means of displaying the natural crackle of the Real Flame gel fuel cans)

Note: For your benefit we also added some of the sites (non-sponsored) we used to purchase some of the inexpensive supplies that were used in this project.


Ornamental Hooks, Spool of rope, Nylon thread:                                                                                    www.walmart.com
Pine needles and comes:                 www.Michaels.com 
Oversized Oyster Shells:                www.homegoods.com
Crystal Tear Drops:                        www.CrystalPrismWorld.com
 FireBalls                                          www.Moderustic.com




You may also view how this Contemporary Floating Fireplace was put together by viewing our previous post here
~ ENJOY~ !