Top 5 reasons to use felt rug pad

Rug protection
The first and foremost function and benefit of any rug pad is to extend the life of an area carpet or rug. Rugs are placed in rooms to give it a warmer and a more welcoming appearance. The use of furniture or walking over the rugs results in premature wear and pointless harm to the carpet/rug.  Thus, rug pads are used to avoid any such stress or pressure caused by these variables and can be used properly while maintaining its original look and condition.
Protection to the Floor
Usually rugs that are used on floors experience pressure, so using a rug pad protects them from bearing any such pressures. For instance, wearing high heels are known for pushing through the rug and denting the floor, thus, a rug pad if used resists such penetration. Similarly heavy furniture that is placed on the carpet or rug can also push through it and dent the floor. This is precisely why felt rug pads are recommended to be used as they are thick enough to manage such pressures.
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Providing Comfort
Felt rug pads have many varieties in terms of thicknesses and densities; each providing comfort to its own level. However, using a thick one under a carpet or rug makes it more enjoyable while playing or sitting on it.
Noise Reduction
Customers living mostly in apartments prefer heavy felt rug pads as they offer noise reduction. It basically absorbs the load that may create noise from the floor. While choosing a felt rug pad, one must select one that provides the highest protection against noise (a 40-ounce dense rug pad is usually recommended). However, if you choose any thin pads that are non-slip, no guarantee for any good quality for noise reduction is given.
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Providing Insulation
During winter season cold floors give an uncomfortable feeling and the room demands more warmth. Thus, the right rug pad can help in insulating and to keep the room warm. These felt rug pads have extraordinary thermal materials that keep the floors warm. But a thinner one does not have the ability to effectively do so. The thicker the felt rug pad or the greater its density in other words, the greater is the insulation. The most recommended felt rug pad is a 40-ounce dense pad that provides insulation more than any other and can be used even in extreme cold climates.
Thus, if one intends to buy a new area rug, then they need to ensure they select the right felt rug pad for it too. However, if there is already a rug which is without a rug pad, then it is better to get the right felt rug pad. This little investment can result in extended safety, condition and protection of your rug.

Why Buy Teak Wood Bath Mats

Why Buy Teak Wood Bath Mats?

Teak is a kind of dark hardwood found in Southeast Asia. It is used in many products including bath mats. Teak has special oils and silica that makes it water and moisture resistant. It is also easy for craftsman to manipulate the wood despite being hard. Teak has also become a popular choice in making floorings, furniture and even in infrastructure building.

transitional-bathroom-accessories This is also one of the reasons why customers prefer buying teak wood bathroom mats. It has gained popularity among buyers who want to replace old bathroom mats. Homeowners who want to remodel their bathrooms with a more natural appeal also choose teak bathroom mats.

Teak has a classic appeal that makes it fit in any environment regardless of interior. It also has a classy and elegant look that would match mostly anywhere. Spa owners also choose teak wood bathroom mats as it creates a more organic atmosphere. Aside from beautification, there are also other reasons that make it an advantage to choose teak wood bathroom mats.

Teak is mold and mildew resistant. This makes it less prone to growing fungi and spreading bacteria into other places in the house. You don’t have to worry about termites munching into your teak wood bath mats because the wood is also resistant to pests. This hardwood also does not rot easily and does not need to be varnished. However, some homeowners choose to apply oils to enhance the color of the bathroom mat. Anyway, it would still look awesome without having to apply any enhancement.

The qualities mentioned above makes teak bath mats to last longer than ordinary mats made of rubber, cloth or plastic. However, you also have to take note that teak bathroom mats are more expensive than the ordinary ones. Nevertheless, it is worth your money as you don’t have to replace mats frequently every time they wear out.

TWU-PTM-3214F-01There are two styles of teak bathroom mats that are commonly available in the market. This includes the grate style and the slat style mats. Grate style mats have intersecting wood sections thus creating a grated appearance. The gaps in between allow the water to run off to avoid building up molds. On the other hand, the slat style has spaces in between the slats while other types are laid across two base pieces. Roll up bathroom mats are also available for easy storage. This is a good choice especially for those who have limited spaces.

Craftsmen enjoy using teak as it is easy to manipulate despite being a hardwood. This makes it possible for multiple designs to be done including a maze type style. This also shows that there are possibilities of creating more artistic designs by using teak.

Teak wood is very unique making it a good choice for those who want to invest their money for long time use. It is resistant to water, does not yield to mold and moisture, pests resistant and durable even when placed in areas often exposed to water. That is why before buying your bath mats, scout for those made from teak wood where various designs are also available to meet your needs and budget.

How To Decorate A Fireplace Mantel For Fall

How To Decorate A Fireplace Mantel For Fall
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As the weather begins to cool and your family gathers around the living room fireplace, create a beautiful autumn mantel design to welcome the changing of the seasons. Richly colored leaves, inviting fall scents and classic harvest pumpkins make this mantel design as fun as it is stylish.
Leaves
One of the classic icons of fall, leaves make the perfect, living room fireplace, mantel decoration. While it may be tempting to simply grab a handful of brightly colored fallen leaves from outside, natural leaves often crumble and can leave a mess around your home. Opt for fake, craft leaves available at craft, retail and home improvement stores. Ways to use leaves on your mantel

Scatter single, loose leaves down your mantel, made to look like they gently fell from a tree. Be sure to mix up the colors (if they are multi-colored) and arrange them in slightly different positions to appear natural.

Place large leaves under candleholders, small clocks, vases or other small accessories on your mantel.
If leaves are not loose, and attached to faux branches, gather the branches together like a flower arrangement and place in a clear glass or autumn colored vase to place on one end of the mantel.

Be careful not to set leaves too close to the fireplace opening, as fabric may catch on fire, and plastic can easily melt in high heat.

Pumpkins
Another fall standard for decorations is the pumpkin. This gourd is easily styled to fit any home theme, from casual kid-friendly, to formal or Cape Cod nautical. Selecting the correct size of pumpkin, along with color, shape and finish ensures your fall decorated fireplace mantel blends perfectly into your home. While you can use real pumpkins, after more than a week, they can become soft and lose their shape. Try decorating with plastic, fabric or glass pumpkins to have a mantel design that will last year after year. Ways to decorate your mantel with pumpkins:
Very small, orange pumpkins are the most common form used for household decoration.
Place one small, orange pumpkin next to a candle or clock.
Place a line of small orange pumpkins down the line of your mantel.

To include your children in the process of decorating the mantel, let them paint faces on the pumpkins, or paint the whole pumpkin in yellow, brown, green or gold autumn colors.
Taller, thinner pumpkins make great end pieces for each side of the mantle.
Painting your pumpkins white, or finding certain varieties of pumpkins that naturally occur in white, allows them to easily blend in with modern or nautical themed home styles.

Candles
Candles always make a beautiful addition to any mantel, and fall is a great time to use scented and colored candles to enhance the decorative theme. Finding scents that match the season, and are enjoyed by you and your family is a crucial first step in decorating your autumn mantel, as you don’t want to fill your home with a smell that would bother anyone. Try buying small, tea light or votive sized candles in some autumn scents to check which ones you prefer before buying larger sizes. Ways to decorate your fall mantel with candles:
Pick candles in colors like brown, tan, gold, orange and dark green.Autumn-Harvest-candles-25265125-720-540
Some of the best autumn scents include pumpkin, wood scents, mulled cider and a variety of brand specific fall themed blends.
Use darker colored, rustic looking candleholders and lanterns for an autumn harvest theme.
Tall, thin candlesticks work well in formal living rooms, while thicker, tall candles offer a stylish and dramatic look.
Small tea lights or votives can be slipped inside glass or ceramic pumpkin decorations to mimic the look of jack-o-lanterns.

Living Room Flooring Ideas For Every Style

Living Room Flooring Ideas For Every Style

Your living room is probably the most used room in your house after the kitchen. The style you create in this main room sets the tone for the rest of your home.
Your floors are a major component of your decorating theme, and depending on your choice of material and color, can be understated and secondary to other aspects of the room, or bold and striking, demanding attention from all who enter.

Unlike the kitchen and bathroom, where concerns of moisture damage or cooking mishaps limit the suitable choices, your living room can be styled with whatever flooring material most suits your decor, your family needs and your budget.


Carpet

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For comfort, classic style and endless choices in color and design, you can’t beat carpet. Carpet has many good qualities, including:

-Comfortable underfoot
-Insulates against cold and heat
-Muffles sound
-Nonslip, safe surface
-Wide price range, can be inexpensive
-Huge choice of colors and designs

But there are negatives to carpet also, including:

-Stains easily
-Difficult to keep clean, frequent cleaning can be expensive
-Holds onto allergens such as dust, pollen, mites, dander

Carpet works with any decorating theme, although it best complements traditional, contemporary, retro or shabby chic decor.


Hardwood


Another classic choice, hardwood provides a natural, warm beauty that adds to the value of your home. There are many patterns available in thin strips, thicker planks, or parquet designs. Wood tones range from the lightest maple to the darkest mahogany, and every shade in between.
Hardwood is an excellent choice for the living room, with pros such as:
Adds value to your home
Easily cleaned
Good choice for those who have allergies
Durable
Scratches can be sanded out
There are cons to hardwood however, including:
Expensive to install
Can scratch or damage
Susceptible to water damage
Needs occasional refinishing
Can be noisy when walked on
Hard and slippery surface
Hardwood flooring complements every style of decorating, particularly country, Cape Cod, traditional, Victorian and Asian-themed.

Painted Door DIY

THE TALE OF AN A-DOOR-ABLE PAINTED DOOR

I painted my front door a few months back. I chose a color that is bright, bold, and totally gave the occasional passer-by a sneak peek as to what the decor was all about inside. Well apparently bright, bold, beautiful doors are starting to run in the family.
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My older sister (who recently got married) moved into her home about two years ago. The doors were this hunter green color, which was actually really unique and totally worked well for their home. However, the paint was chipping and these doors had seen better days.
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…. and this is what you get! A bright, bold, and gorgeous new door color that totally breathes a breath of fresh, sassy air into their a-door-able home. I mean, talk about an All-American front door color. It definitely gets the stamp of approval from these two DIY Rookies.

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Backdoor beforeBut the fun part of this a-door-able makeover is that it doesn’t end at the front door. My sister’s house has doors on doors on doors… and every single one of ‘em underwent time in the Valspar Reserve beauty shop.IMG_1127

Each door is more gorgeous than the next! I just love how the red POPS next to the grey siding.

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But my favorite transformation of this painted door series is probably this one. Can you spot the differences?

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A bright door AND a fresh new fence…. yes, please! Like how clean and amazing does this tiny white fence look next to the red?

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More doors?! I think this is the last one.. last but certainly not least! Wow, I may be a little biased since this is my big sis’ house, but this traditional red is totaling stealing my heart. Bright, bold, and G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!
The color is Valspar Reserve’s Exterior Semi-gloss Radiant Red (1009-3). This product is amazing because it’s Primer + Paint in one. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about priming the door, waiting for it to dry and then painting it (again). It’s one stop shopping, which is a total MONEY & TIME saver. And the exterior paint is supposed to have much better protection to the sunlight and harsh outdoor elements than other exterior paints = less paint in the future!

Plus, Valspar’s website is filled with so many resources to help you pick the perfect paint color for your space. I mean seriously, you may be shopping for paint for days (ask my sister, she’ll tell you first hand). The color wheels are hypnotizing in a magical way that makes you want to paint your whole house and maybe even your neighbors too.

I love that they picked radiant red because this red really does follow my front door rule of: picking a color that gives the passerby a hint of what they’d find in your home. My sister’s house definitely uses hints of red to accent, so an accented red door seems to fit into the mix flawlessly. Maybe I’ll work on sneaking in to get you guys some pics of this adorable home. Give it time, I know I can win her over.

Overall, this a-door-able makeover was a success! And geez, if I’m gushing about their DOORS this much, I can’t imagine how excited I’ll be for their first born