Jan 29, 2010

Your Sofa Reflects Your Personality

Sofa has different meaning for every one. There is one that assumes sofa as a piece of art work. There is one that uses sofa as center of his/her activities at home. But there is also one that uses sofa only to watch TV.

When you choose a sofa; of course, you will choose one that suits with your preference and personal style. That’s why sofa can reflect your personality.

Watch out for these types of sofa:
  • Clean and look-never-touched sofa. The owner is a tidy, discipline, well-organized person. She/he will never eat and drink on the sofa.

  • Sofa with traditional colorful fabrics which covers the part of it. The owner could be an artist or whoever, and the traditional fabrics reflecting a person who love cultural things.

  • Sofa with hard-to-clean stains. It’s the real sofa! The owner is an adventurer. The sofa is often used as a sleeping place by friends. Though is often used; this sofa isn’t comfortable enough to seat on.

  • Expensive and art-work sofa. If you go to the owner’s house; don’t you try to sit on it. The owner buy the sofa for its shape, he/she doesn’t buy the sofa’s function.

  • Sofa with the hollow in the middle. The owner is a game fan. Cables and remote control might scatter on the sofa. You may also find food crumbs there. But one thing for sure, you can relax and lift up your feet on the sofa.
Don’t be angry if you don’t agree with this analysis, hehehe. The sofa is yours; it’s all up to you…

Rewrite source: Reader’s Digest

Jan 22, 2010

Make Your Home a Child Friendly Home (3)

Here are more you-should-do lists to protect your child at your own home. Happy reading…


  • Keep anti-slip bath mats on the floor and in the bath tub to prevent falls.
  • Store medications and cosmetics in locked containers out of children’s reach.
  • Keep hair dryers and other electric appliances unplugged and out of children’s reach. Make sure each has a ground fault circuit interrupter (it does if its plug has two buttons labeled "set" and "reset").
  • To prevent drowning, always supervise young children in the bathroom. Pay extra attention when they’re in the tub. Never leave a child alone in water. And drain the sink or tub when finished.
  • Keep your hot water heater at 120°F or lower to prevent scalding. Be aware that a child’s skin is more sensitive to heat than an adult’s, and can burn more easily.
  • Use toilet seat locks to prevent toddlers from drowning.
  • Use doorknob covers on bathroom doors. These require you to squeeze them to open the door, which is hard for young children.
Your Child’s Bedroom.

  • Keep diaper changing supplies within reach of the changing table. Never leave your baby unattended on the changing table. And use the safety strap if the table has one.
  • Keep cords for drapery and blinds out of reach of children. Your child could strangle on them.
  • Make sure a toy box does not have a heavy lid that could trap your child. Install a safety hinge that holds the lid open, or remove the lid.
  • Keep the bed away from windows.
  • Use bunk beds only for older kids.
Try these tips to keep your child’s crib safe:

  • Remove toys, pillows, and stuffed animals. Also remove bumper pads and loose blankets. All of these items could be used as steps for climbing out of the crib. They could also cause a suffocation hazard.
  • Make sure the crib slats are no more than 2 inches apart. Wider slats can trap a baby’s head.
  • Check the crib for small parts that a child could choke on.
Family Room.

  • Keep furniture edges and corners covered to prevent injuries.
  • Secure large TVs and other heavy furniture with a wall strap. This keeps them from falling over. Use a TV stand that is the correct size to hold your TV.
  • Place a barrier around fireplaces and other heat sources.
  • Keep cords for drapes and blinds out of children’s reach.
  • Try to keep electrical cords out of children’s reach. Make sure none are frayed.
  • Keep furniture away from windows. This prevents children from climbing up on the furniture and falling out of the window.
  • Keep all houseplants out of reach of children.
  • Avoid tables with glass surface.
  • Remove loose rugs or secure them to the floor.

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Pictures sources: practicalsurfaceware.com; nursery-kids-child-room.blogspot.com; buybuybaby.com

Jan 19, 2010

Favorite Indoor Plants (2)

Those are another indoor plants that you can choose to decorate your home.

Jan 13, 2010

Favorite Indoor Plants

Indoor or house plants can add color and beauty to your home, but sometimes they can be hard to grow. No need to worry; I’ll mention here 15 indoor plants that easy to grow and only needs low maintenance. These 15 favorite indoor plants of GardenWeb member are compiled by Michele Miao. I’ll divide this topic into three posts.

source : home.ivillage.com

Jan 10, 2010

Turquoise: the Hot Color for Home Décor in 2010

The Pantone Color Institute has announced recently that the top color for 2010 is turquoise. Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained that turquoise is chosen because it reminds us of calm Caribbean waters and gives a sense healing. It also extremely versatile and pairs easily with both dark and light colors.

You can brighten your home with this beautiful color by adding a few products in turquoise into your home. In this post, I’ll share several products that might inspire you…

If you are interested to buy these products or you want to see other products, you can visit here.
rewrite source : home.ivillage.com

Jan 9, 2010

Make Your Home a Child Friendly Home (2)

As I mentioned in my last post about this topic, having a child friendly home is very important because you, as parents, must protect your children from any dangerous things that can harm them. In this post I’ll mention other general tips for you:

11. Make rooms free of small toys, plastic bags, balloons, and other items that could pose a choking hazard.
12. Use window stops so windows don’t open more than 4 inches. Also, open windows from the top.
13. Use door closer on every door and cupboard in your house.
14. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including in the basement and outside all sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries once a month or when the alarm chirps. Don’t disable smoke alarms, even for a short time.

15. Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas. Be aware that carbon monoxide is a gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste; and it can be deadly. It can be emitted when heating and cooking equipment are not working properly. Test carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Consider buying a combination smoke alarm / carbon monoxide detector.
16. For your younger children:

  • Do not use a baby walker with wheels. This kind of walker can be dangerous, especially near stairs.

  • Guard stairs at the top with hardware-mounted gates. If possible, install the gates at both the top and bottom of the stairs. Don’t clutter stairs with tripping hazards.

Kitchen can be the most dangerous area for your child. Here are things that you should do to have a child friendly kitchen:

  • Keep knives, scissors, and other sharp utensils out of children’s reach.

  • Cook on back burners whenever possible. Keep handles of pots and pans turned toward the back of the stove.

  • Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure all adults in the home know how to use it.

  • Carefully store all toxic household products such as cleaning supplies, medications, and vitamins. Keep them in their original containers. And lock them in a cabinet out of reach of children.

  • If your child uses a highchair, always strap him or her in.

  • Avoid using tablecloths. Your child’s small hands can grab the tablecloths and pull dishes and other items onto your child’s small head.
In my next post, I’ll mention things you should do to have a child friendly bathroom, child’s bedroom and family room. See you…

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Pictures sources: kitchen-safety-blog.blogspot.com, priceinspector.co.uk

Jan 5, 2010

Have a Better Kitchen Storage! (2)

This post is the continuance. In the previous post, I’ve mentioned about manage your pantry and kitchen storage cabinet. Here are other tips for you to have a better kitchen storage:

3. Manage your cooking utensils. 
Since these items are frequently used, you can place them outside near the stove. You can display them on the wall or place them in an appealing container. Cooking utensils become an important element of your kitchen’s design interior. You can use the colorful appearance of cooking utensils to beautify your kitchen.

You may not intend to place all your cooking utensils outside. If you want to place some of cooking utensils into the utensil drawer, to avoid clutter, you can make it tidy and organized by creating order with a drawer divider and organizer.

4. Manage your tableware. 

You can usually place the dishes in your kitchen storage. Using dish drawers with moveable holders will keep your dishes firmly in place. It can also be shifted around to fit the exact dimensions of your plates. If you want to display your beautiful tableware, you can place them in a transparent cabinet. Organize your tableware in the cabinet by placing the same item in one spot.

5. Manage your kitchen appliances. 

Before organizing your kitchen appliances, you must decide first what appliances that you need to keep on display and to keep stored away. Any electrical appliances such as blenders or juicers that are only used once in a while can be stored up high or out of the kitchen altogether. It will give more surface space in your kitchen.

The aim of better storage in your kitchen is you can move around your kitchen well and comfortably, and can find items that you’re looking for in a moment. Have you already interested to try it?

Jan 1, 2010

Make Your Home a Child Friendly Home

Dear parents, of course, you want your home to be a safe place for your child. But have you known that accidents at home often happen to children that normally move very actively? Independent Research Institute of USA, in 2008, records that there are 15,000 accidents cases that children experienced at their own home. A house becomes the second place where accidents happen after roads and vehicles.

The cause of accident at home is arranging and choosing furniture and room design that less pay attention to child safety factor. Whereas, children move and play everywhere, so that they are in high risk to get an accident, like struck down by television, stick in cables, get a shock from electricity, or bump into sharp and pointed angles of furniture. Don’t worry, with a little care, many incidents can be prevented.

Be prepared for emergencies. Keep a list of emergency information near every phone in the house. This should include your address and emergency phone numbers in your local area. Also, consider learning basic first aid and CPR. Keep also the availability of first aid supplies.

To make your home child friendly, there are general tips for you (I’ll divide these tips in several posts):

1. Look for safety hazards in your home from your child’s view point. Get down on your hand and knees and look around. Think about what looks dangerous to your child.

2. Put the wall plug far from your child reach, ex: on high position or covered by furniture. If you by force put the wall plug at low position, you should choose closed and secured wall plug. Use plug protectors on all unused electrical outlets. Keep electrical appliances unplugged when not in use.(image source:Habitatter.com)
3. Keep at a distance all electricity equipments from water source like washtub or bathtub cranes.

4. Put away electricity cables. If it isn’t put inside the wall, protect it with cable sealer.

5. Make a child playing area far from the kitchen. Keep all matches and lighters out of children’s reach.

6. Use floor-tile special for bath room to protect children from falling. The tile surface is coarser than regular tile and it isn’t slippery when wet.

7. Choose anti-slip floor-tile or covering the floor with covering matter, especially on places that your child use to play. The sharp angles of tile like at terrace; can be anticipated by installing step nosing.

8. Let the bathroom door open when your child has a bath. Some children are like playing with keys, so that they can get locked at the bath room.

9. Don’t fill too much water in bath tub or bucket. There are many cases that children got drowned while having a bath. Always accompany children below 3 years old every time at the bath room. Don’t forget to empty buckets when not in use and turn them over. Even one inch of water can pose a drowning risk for small children.

10. Use a sturdy strap to secure large TVs and other furniture to the wall. This can prevent the items from falling on small child.
There are still other tips that we should know. As I said before, I will divide this topic into several posts. It’s very important to have a child friendly home!

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Have a Better Kitchen Storage!

Do you still need more time to find something in your kitchen? If you say yes, you should reorganize your kitchen! In this post I’ll mention how to do it; and I’ll write this topic in two posts. Happy reading…

Due to the busy life, most people want to have a tidy and uncluttered kitchen. An organized kitchen will facilitate the owner to work more efficiently in the kitchen and they don’t have to waste times in looking for things anymore. To organize your kitchen, the main problem that usually occurs is lack of storage.

Here are several tips for better storage in your kitchen:
1. Manage your pantry.

Having a neat and organized pantry in your kitchen is very necessary due to a quick turnover of food and it will also ease you to know your food stock. You really need a pantry to organize your food. Before reorganizing your food stuffs, empty your pantry first.

  • Organize the food by categories such as snacks, oils, pastas, cereals, etc.

  • Pay attention to the expiration date of each item.

  • Use first in first out inventory method in your pantry: put at the back the newer items and move forward the older items.

  • Store your tallest products like cereal and crackers on the tallest shelf.

  • Put the foods you use most in the front.

  • If the tallest shelf is also the top shelf, change storing these foods becomes horizontally on a lower shelf so that your child can take it easily.

  • Don’t forget to place the food labels facing the front.

  • It’s better to watch your food stock by making a daily inventory journal or just simply writing the food stock on a kitchen board.

  • 2. Manage your kitchen storage cabinet.

    • The items you use frequently should be located above the kitchen counter or below bench height to avoid bending and stretching every time you reach the items.

    • The things you use least often should be located at the very highest and lowest points in the cabinet.

    • Bigger and weightier items should be located in lower cabinets also. Those items you use only once in a while can be stored outside the kitchen altogether.

    • Use the current trend cabinets with fully-extending drawers to ease you look at your whole storage, wide-opening hinges, slam-proof drawers, under-cabinet lighting strips to brighten bench top and also lights that turn on automatically when a cabinet door is opened.

    • You don’t need to buy a new cabinet; you can just simply add each item mentioned above to modify your present cabinet.

    • Kitchen storage is not only cabinets; you can use hooks, racks, containers, drawer dividers and more. You can get these items in less cost and can install them easily into your present kitchen.

    • To maximize your cabinet’s storage, you should think storing items vertically by installing wall racks or vertical slots within your cabinet.
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