A Quick Guide to Purchasing Dining Room Furniture and Living Room Furniture

Decorating a new room, changing its style, updating the look or wanting a different feel is relatively easy with new furniture. While not necessarily practical for all, it may be the answer for new homeowners wanting to make a house their home. Likewise, for those who have lived in their homes for a long time who are looking for a change, new furniture may be the answer for them as well. Not only can new furniture change the personality of a room instantly, but it can also change its functionality. This can all be achieved while giving homeowners the most bang for their buck.

Beginning the Process

Buying furniture is a process like any other. A homeowner should start by determining which area is to be furnished, in what style it will be decorated and his or her budget. The space to be furnished and the quality and value of the furniture should be of primary importance. Whilst many furniture options are available to homeowners, simply because something is more expensive that does not make it a better piece of furniture. Likewise, because a piece of furniture is less expensive does not mean its quality is poor. To make a solid, well-educated decision, all that is needed is a little research and some patience on the part of the homeowner.


When purchasing dining room furniture and living room furniture, homeowners typically want pieces that are functional, durable, practical, comfortable, maintenance free and cost-effective. A dining set or a coffee table may be a good place to start. From there, the rest of the room can be furnished.

Homeowners need to decide on the type of table they want, e.g., metal, wood, rattan, etc. For a dining room table or a coffee table, wood is a good material to use. Pine and mahogany are valid options, however oak is most likely to be the best wood to choose. Oak meets all the desired criteria as stated above. It is strong, scratch resistant and functional.

While oak may be more expensive initially, over the long run it will be well worth the investment. Oak furniture is relatively maintenance free and will last a lifetime if proper care is taken of it. Dry dusting on a weekly basis is usually all that oak furniture requires. While water can be used to remove stains, it must be thoroughly dried to ensure no marks are left. Homeowners can also use furniture polish on their furniture, however once this process is started it will need to maintained and cleaned on a regular basis.

Oak Furniture

Oak furniture can be found in almost any style to meet anyone’s taste. While many people think of oak furniture to be either country-looking or Amish-looking, which is simply not the case anymore. You can still purchase oak in these types of styles but many other styles are available too. Some styles include, but are not limited to, contemporary, mission, and traditional. In addition, within each collection, there are more choices and selections which will more clearly define a homeowners personality and lifestyle. For example, homeowners will need to decide whether they want high back chairs, chairs with arms, a large round table, a small table or even a folding table. Also, adding pillows, quilts, seat cushions, etc. in other materials can add to a persons desired look. Oak furniture can be stained to a colour of preference or coated in polyurethane for a glossy look, giving each piece a unique and more individualised appearance. Lastly, homeowners can also purchase furniture that mixes materials such as a table with an oak top and cast iron legs. These are a few of many, many options available to have an individualised, personalised style room.

Furniture Construction

When buying oak furniture, whether it be dining room furniture, dining sets, or living room furniture, homeowners want to make sure the piece is well-constructed. Pieces should fit together well. It should not have any indentations or scratches. Quality oak furniture will be smooth in texture and have a uniform appearance. With oak furniture, it is important that the buyer is able to see the grains of the wood.

Whilst the options are many, oak furniture is a starting point for homeowners. If homeowners keep their priorities in focus, they will make an excellent purchase.

Add Grace to Your Home With Fabulous French Windows and Doors

Improving your home decor has become quite convenient now as people have a number of different things that can help them with the same. They can choose stylish flooring or option for elegant door frames and window frames also which can certainly enhance their home decor and add grace to it. The French style windows and the French door are one of the most popular styles of door frames which are popularly used at homes.

The French style frames are generally used for open spaces and functions as window and as door as well. The French style doors are especially used for balcony and as garden doors. The French window is used at the landing place in the staircase and looks elegant. Apart from elegance, another reason that encourages people to choose the French frame is that it keeps your home well ventilated. They allow the light to enter in your home and make it look bright and aired.

Different kinds of frames are used for the French doors and windows. Earlier only aluminum frames were available for these windows but now the UPVC frames are available which has allowed us to experiment with the French windows that we use at our home. UPVC window with different finish and colors are available that can grace your home decor and can make it look elegant.

People are now considering UPVC frames for doors and also for windows because it is more durable as compared to the wooden door frames or aluminum ones. The UPVC frames are basically vinyl frames that are affordable, easy to maintain and are environment friendly as well. Manufacturing door frames from this material requires little energy and then thus helps in conserving the natural resources.

The vinyl frames that are used for French windows and for other kinds of windows are considered to be highly durable as well. They can be customized according to your requirement and are available in different sizes as well. The best part about the vinyl French window is that it does not fade easily and therefore you do not have to worry about spending fortune on its maintenance. You can also forget about paint jobs and maintain their beauty by cleaning them regularly. Extreme sun does not damage the color and therefore the vinyl French door is apt for places that face strong sun.

If you reside at an area that is prone to high rainfalls then you can choose water resistant French doors. Such doors can allow you to maintain the elegance of your home without worrying about water seepage or any such issue. You can seal your home with the UPVC frames and can enjoy the weather without getting wet. Similarly, wind resistant customized doors and windows are also offered by some companies and this allows you to keep off the frames from rattling.

Apart from French style windows, casement windows, bay windows and other styles are also available in UPVC window. You can choose the style that matches your requirement and enhance the decor by experimenting with the frames.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips – How to Clean Your Entire Bathroom in Minutes With Microfiber

Wondering how to properly clean your bathroom with microfiber and without chemical cleansers? These instructions will tell you how to do it with a single cloth! This is Green Cleaning at its simplest.

Before you start, try to get rid of any stray hairs. You can use your microfiber cloth dry to rally them up and then brush the cloth out into the garbage. You don’t have to do this, but I hate dealing with hair when I’m cleaning – especially if it’s wet and stuck to my cloth.

Start with the Dusting

* Using the microfiber cloth DRY, dust anything that needs it (eg., lights, sconces, knick-knacks, etc.)

* Shake or brush the cloth off well into the toilet or garbage

* If you have a microfiber Dusting Mitt, obviously you can use it instead. Use the Dusting Mitt DRY.

Move on to Mirrors and Windows

* Clean the mirror first. I like to spray or splash a small amount of water onto the mirror and then just wipe it clean with the microfiber Cloth.

* For dirtier mirrors, dampen one side of the microfiber cloth, clean the mirror with the damp side and then wipe with a dry side. The drier the cloth, the less streaks on the mirror.

* If you have a Window Cloth, use it instead of the microfiber cloth. For a streak-free shine, clean dirty surface first with a moist microfiber Cloth, then polish with the Window Cloth. On less dirty surfaces, simply spray water on the surface and polish with the dry Window Cloth.

* Clean your windows the same way as you just cleaned the mirror. TIP: If you have a screen on your window, you can dust it with either a dry microfiber Cloth or a microfiber Dusting Mitt. The Dusting Mitt is a little more plush and will get into the wee screen holes.

Countertops and Sinks

* Dampen the entire microfiber cloth and fold it in half and then in half again (to get 8 cleaning sides)

* Remove everything from the top of the counter, wiping them clean as you do so.

* Then wipe down the entire countertop, sink, faucet and fixtures. I usually use the cloth quite damp to begin with and then wring it out and wipe everything as dry as possible.

* If used flat (not balled up) a microfiber cloth will pick up all the dirt and bacteria in and around your sink. By wringing it out well and giving everything a final “drying” wipe, you’ll soak up most of the excess water where bacteria likes to grow.

* Continue down the front and sides of the cabinet, including the cabinet knobs.

Remember, you can stop and rinse the cloth out at any time. If it gets especially dirty, use a small amount of dish soap to clean it.

Tub and Shower

The beauty of cleaning without chemicals is that you can do it any time you’re in the tub or shower. Wipe everything down with a wet microfiber cloth just before you get out and your tub/shower is clean and ready for the next person.

* Starting at the wall furthest away from the shower head/faucet, wipe down the entire wall from top to bottom. If the wall is wet, you may want to wring the cloth out occasionally as it doesn’t work as well if it is too full of water.

* Continue making your way around the tub, paying special attention to the grout. Microfiber works very well on grout.

* As you get closer and closer to the faucet and bottom of the walls, you might notice that the cloth will drag more – letting you know where there is more soap scum or mineral build-up.

* Microfiber cloths works wonderfully on glass shower doors. If there is substantial soap scum build up, it may take several cleanings with the cloth to get rid of it and you may want to invest in a bottle of the Descaler. For streak-free glass doors, follow the instructions for mirror and window cleaning above.

* Remember to wipe out the soap dish/shelf. Change cleaning sides or give the cloth a good rinse after cleaning the soap dish before continuing.

* Wring the cloth out really well one more time, and go over the faucets and chrome.

* Re-fold the cloth and using a fresh surface clean the tub, starting with the part furthest from the faucet. As with the walls, you will have no trouble identifying where there is more build-up, and when it is clean, just by how easily the cloth moves across the surface.

* It’s not necessary, but I usually give the cloth another good wringing out quickly wipe any moisture off the walls and tub.

Cleaning the Floor

If your bathroom is small or you just want to spot clean it, rinse the microfiber cloth out after cleaning the tub, wring it out well, and clean the floor. This works well for all flooring type, and if it’s well wrung out there will be next to no moisture, residue or streaks left behind.

Toilet Cleaning

After cleaning the floor, rinse your microfiber cloth out well with hot water and a little dish soap.

TIP: Pour a large bowl of water into the toilet. This will force most of the water out of the toilet bowl, and make it easier to clean it thoroughly.

* Starting with a clean side of the cloth, wipe the top and sides of the water tank. Then, clean the top and bottom of the toilet seat, and up the sides of the toilet bowl. Lastly, the rim and interior of the toilet bowl. Don’t forget under the rim too!

* The Norwex Enviro (microfiber) Cloth has a silver agent woven into it that kills bacteria, but remember, it takes 3-4 hours for the silver agent in the Enviro Cloth to kill the bacteria. I recommend rinsing it out well with dish soap and waiting a few hours before using the cloth after cleaning your toilet. If your microfiber cloth is not Norwex, it doesn’t have the silver agent and will not kill bacteria.