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How to Choose a Rocking Chair

Do you sometimes find yourself wishing that your favorite TV chair can also be a rocking chair? Is there a new baby in the family that you wish you can sing to sleep in your arms while sitting comfortably yourself? Does your idea of unwinding after a long day's work include reading a book by the fire in the winter or just contemplating the outside scenery in the summer? American fondness for rocking chairs If you answer yes to any one of these questions, then you are not alone. A growing number of Americans either own a rocking chair which has become a member of the family or think of buying one. Rocking chairs began to appear in the late 1700s when someone ingeniously thought of adding skates or rockers to the bottoms of adult furniture, similar to a child's rocking cradle or rocking horse. Since then, owning a rocking chair has become a distinctly American preoccupation, with most Americans, including some of America's famous presidents, showing great fondness for their rocking chairs - whether the...

 


Hydrotherapy in Hot Baths May Relieve Stress

(NewsUSA) – As you get older, you depend on the simple things in life to help relieve stress — the arms of a loved one, the comfort of your mattress, shower pressure and possibly a few too many Dove chocolates. But did you know your bathtub can be a source of much needed therapeutic benefits? Hot baths offer many relaxing health advantages — they’re a natural detox because they increase your core temperature, dilate blood vessels, improve circulation and clear lymph nodes to stimulate the immune system. Since most Americans are also magnesium deficient, according to the National Academy of Sciences, adding magnesium-rich Epsom salt to a bath has further benefits: it reduces inflammation, improves insulin absorption, relieves stress, helps nerve function and plenty more. In fact, some bathtubs are actually designed with different forms of therapy to target specific diseases and illnesses. For instance, the walk-in tub from the Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co. combines chromotherapy, aromat...

 


Clearing the Clutter In Your Bedroom

While you may only use it a few hours a day – and most of those hours you’re sleeping - nothing feels better or more restful than going to bed at night in a clean and clutter-free bedroom. If you’re like most people, though, you avoid this area because most of your decluttering would have to take place in the morning – for example, making the bed and putting clothes away. Who has time for that? But it is possible to spend just 15 minutes giving it a quick decluttering when you get home from work or are done running errands for the day. Start by making the bed. If you think you can change out the sheets in less than 5 minutes (because you are just that good), then go ahead. Otherwise, put the comforter or bedspread on, fluff up those pillows and be done with it. Next you’ll want to tackle clothes. Do you have them tossed around all over? The dirty ones need to go into the hamper. If the hamper stays in sight, make sure it has a lid. If the hamper is in the close...

 


Tips for Creating a Sustainable, Stylish, High-Performing Bathroom

(NewsUSA) – Pioneering new product solutions can transform any bathroom from a water-and-money-waster to a water-and-cash-saver without sacrificing style or performance. Think that your bathroom doesn’t offer a significant potential for cash savings? Think again. Let’s do a little math with the help of the Water Savings Calculator (www.americanstandard-us.com/water-efficiency/) created by American Standard. Using an average residential cost of $6.06 per 1,000 gallons of water per year, consider this: * Install new 1.28-gallon-per-flush (gpf) high-efficiency toilets to replace older (pre-1990) 3.5 gpf toilets currently in your home. With the average toilet being flushed 12 times per day, replacing two older toilets saves $118 and 19,447 gallons of water per year. * Replace three 2.2-gallon-per-minute (gpm) faucets with 0.5 gpm WaterSense-labeled faucets and use them the same 40 minutes per day. The result: Save $451 and 74,460 gallons per year. * Swap out two 3.0 gpm showerheads for new...

 


ShoppingnYard Sales for Your Next Piece of Treasures

Buying furniture pieces at yard sales offers many options, but you must look closely to know what you're getting. Are you interested in trying your hand at some creative furniture painting? If you don't already have an old piece of furniture to practice on, shopping yard sales is the best way to come up with a piece. If you are buying the yard sale furniture for the sake of practicing your creative idea, buy away! If you are looking for a particular piece to use, take time to look the furniture over to make sure you are getting a solid piece at a good deal. For instance, if you want to buy a small dresser for a guest room and want to give it a country look, your first concern should be the stability of the furniture. You can give almost any style the look you want, as long as the furniture is sturdy and in good condition. Look to see if any of the wood is buckling or if the piece has any deep scratches that can't be sanded out. If you want it to have an old look, the scratches might not matter so much to ...

 


Choosing a Sofa that Will Stand the Test of Time

A living room sofa is likely to outlive a lot of things - from the family car and microwave to the kids' trendy hairstyles. Most people keep a sofa from six to 15 years before buying something new. In a recent survey by Furniture/Today, a leading trade publication, more than half of consumers in the market for a new sofa were replacing one that was 10 years old or more. If you are one of those consumers - or soon will be - here are some tips on how to choose your next sofa wisely. According to Paula Hoyas, vice president of upholstery merchandising for La-Z-Boy, it is important to pay careful attention to the quality elements that give a piece its lasting power. Read the fine print Before you buy, be sure to read the fine print in the warranty. Note what is included and how long the company guarantees the product. For instance, La-Z-Boy offers a 10-year limited warranty on the cushions of all pieces within its Inspired Living collection. The duration of this warranty reflects the collection's quality ...

 


Accessorize Your Bathroom on a Budget

(NewsUSA) – Decorating a bathroom on a budget is a lot like updating a wardrobe on a budget. Work with what you have, and use accessories to update and add the “wow” factor. In the bathroom, accessorizing can even include bathroom sink faucets. “With a pre-assembled drain assembly such as Speed Connect, a new faucet is easier to add than a new coat of paint,” says Gray Uhl, design director for American Standard. “Even better, top performing lifetime finishes and drip-free, solid brass faucets start as low as $100.” Trend No. 1: Warmer Finishes. Special finishes in warmer tones such as satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and blackened bronze are currently popular in hardware and faucets, coordinating well with creams and browns in linens and wall décor. “Matte black finish is the proverbial height of fashion for faucets and accessories right now,” says Leslie Clagett on her blog, kbculture.blogspot.com. Trend No. 2: American Minimalism. “Styles such...

 


How to Clean Any Room in 15 Mintues

Is there anything worse than a dirty bathroom? Towels on the floor, toothpaste in the sink, and a frightening looking toilet can make you not even want to open the door, let alone use your bathroom. But with a little forethought and planning, you can make this one of the easiest rooms to keep clean. Ready? Go! Your first task is to squirt a little toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet. We’ll come back to this in a bit, but for now just add the cleaner and close the lid. Next are the towels (and clothes). Having a place to hang them is a must. (If you don’t, put this on your list of tasks to do when you have more than 15 minutes.) If towels are soiled and really shouldn’t be displayed, toss them into the hamper. If the hamper is located in the bathroom, make sure it has a lid. If there is no lid, then move the hamper to another location – perhaps a walk-in closet. And, since you’re putting the towels away, why not put out some fresh ones…something that will be appr...

 




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