Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How To Ideas for Clay Pottery & Planters

A clay pot and or planter refinished with metallic colors and used in interior decor
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If you have ever taken a look at the conventional clay pot/planters sold at your favorite home improvement store and or nursery, your first impression may well be,NOT impressed at all. These may tend to look cheap, bland and unimpressive. 

Nevertheless,I challenge you to take a closer look!   

Many of us may not even consider it, but clay pots besides being made of an organic matter, it is very versatile and easy to work with in different projects. Careful though, they are easy to crack/break.  

Some interesting facts about Clay Pots are

a) They adapt to the environment very well.

b) Pottery forms an intricate part in many cultures around the world,but originated in ancient egypt. 

c) There are different types of clay and each are distinct in their organic compositions and how they are used. Within these are Kaolin or (porcelain), Fire, Stone and Earthenware Clay which is the most common type found.

d) They can be used in the yard for planting your favorite greenery or in the kitchen for slow cooking your favorite food. 

Note: Clay cooking pots usually undergo a glazing process prior to being used for this purpose. Make sure your purchase is suitable for this cause.

In this tutorial we will look at an up close idea on using clay pottery in ways other than for planting.

Here is a photo of a medium clay pot you may or may not be familiar with. These are very much inexpensive when considering the price you pay for a generously sized pot. For the project in this post we used medium small clay pots, keeping in mind they will be used as centerpiece decor items. 

Metallic RustOleum spray paint cans.
Above are a series of RustOleum metallic spray paint we used for this project. We can't stress enough how important it is to stick with the same brand of paint. Whichever brand that may be for you, go with that for all your color choices. 

A perfect example on how reflective these paints are,is demonstrated perfectly in the first image of this post below the title, where the reflection of the glass candle holder is seen clearly on the painted surface of the clay pot.     

A clay pot and or planter refinished with metallic colors, embellished with a Oyster shell Clustered ball and used in interior decor as a centerpiece
A clay pot and or planter refinished with metallic colors, embellished with a Oyster shell Clustered ball and used in interior decor as a centerpiece

In the above images you can see how the different tones of the metallic paints of steel(as the main background color,rose pink and pearl mist (as undertoned hues) gave the final outcome of the pot and shells a subtle and distinct gorgeous sparkling effect.

Important: Because the clay material used to make these pots or planters is of an organic matter, it can be very porous, therefore you do not want to skip the base coat layer of paint prior to applying your metallic colors.    

a.We also applied some steel metallic layer of spray paint to the oyster shell ball which we nestled into the clay planter.
(More on these shell cluster balls in a future post.) 

b.A couple large reflective tri colored glass beads were placed between the oyster shells giving it the "Gem pearl in a shell" look if you will. 

A clay pot and or planter refinished with metallic colors, embellished with a Oyster shell Clustered ball and used in interior decor as a centerpiece
In the above image we painted another clay pot and oyster shell clustered ball with a metallic chrome spray paint as our main background color, and added some hints of pearl mist and Sea Mist blue hues used as undertones, gives this planter and oyster shells cluster a reflective mirrored like look which we loved for this outdoor theme.

A clay pot and or planter refinished with metallic colors and used in interior decor

Another look at the outcome of this project which sits on a chrome oriental cylinder  side table that anchors the seating area of this outdoor space.  

Conclusion: Rethink, Repurpose,Reuse. There are always ways to use simple items around your home to add a fresh new look to any space. When it comes to Decor, you don't always have to run to the nearest brick and mortar store for that next new item. 
Choose a theme that goes with your interiors scheme and don't be afraid to mix it up a little. Who knows,with some ingenuity you may even come up with your "very own" next conversational piece of decor item.       


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. 
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.  
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


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~
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hardwood Flooring and Alternatives that could Save you Money

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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...