Electric Fireplace Heater for Your Home or Office

No matter whether winter has already set in, or it is still several months away, there is never really a wrong time to be looking at having an electric heater fireplace installed in your home or office; but why would you want to get one in the first place? Also, you may be asking yourself what an electric fireplace heater is, and which you should choose, so let’s have a look at those points below, shall we?

To start with, it’s probably best to establish what an electric fireplace heater is, as this is going to make it a lot easier to recognize why getting one is going to be so beneficial. Here it is: an electric fireplace with heater is simply a large heater – that uses electricity – which takes the place of your open fire. Rather obvious, really, wasn’t it? There is a tad more to it, though.

There is a little bit of work involved in actually installing one, but it’s something that most people will be capable of doing. You are going to have to remove the grate that is already in place – if it’s a gas one they may be best, possibly even a legal requirement, that you call in a professional to make sure the gas is correctly disconnected, and capped – then you insert the electric fireplace. If the heater is much smaller than the opening it’s going into, a surround may be needed, which will then have to be sealed up so that the wind doesn’t whistle through the gaps from the chimney above. There is a lot of detail on the different options available when selecting an electric fireplace. See this detailed post.

Why should you even think about getting an electric fireplace heater?

The first things that most people are going to think of are the economic benefits, and the time that they are going to save by having one; but safety should also be factored into this, too. True, you are going to be able to save money by not having to buy and stockpile wood. Also, not having to chop it, or move it from the shed to your fireplace is going to save you time, too.

However, just think of the fact that you won’t have to worry about gas fires (potentially) leaking carbon monoxide into your home or office, and you can see why safety is a big draw for people who are thinking about upgrading to an electric fireplace heater.

Which heater should you choose for your home or office?

Clearly your budget is going to play a big part in your decision, but that shouldn’t be the only thing that you take into consideration. If this is a major concern then Space Heater Pro is a great site for covering all the space heater options including costs.

You have to think about the style of the room that the electric fireplace heater is going into, and pick accordingly. You should also think about the type of building that you have, and whether an ultra modern design is going to be the right ‘fit’ for a period building, etc.

Just picture it for a moment; winter is causing the temperatures to plummet, going outside for wood is an option, but an extremely cold one, and if you aren’t connected to a gas mains supply, you are going to have to make what you have last. You may not feel totally safe about leaving an old gas fire on overnight, and wood fires are seldom still a light when you need them most in the morning; so what do you do? Easy, an electric fireplace is going to solve all of those problems, and, if you light the look and feel of an open flame, then you can get a heater that will give you that look and feel; not to bad for a fairly simple home or office ‘renovation’, is it?

French Interior Design for Today

French Interior Design

There’s something romantic about French interior design. It reminds you of an era of nostalgic extravagance and exquisite glamor.

The elements embrace the unforgettable age of royalties, when kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, and sires and ladies of the court, smoothly glided within grand ballrooms with elaborately adorned ceilings, gilded wall panels of gold and expensive wood and tall engulfing arc windows.

We cannot let go of such a hauntingly beautiful past, so we go to great lengths to hold on to what is long gone, to recapture the things that made it inescapable and merge them as part of the present world. The timelessness of the design retains its appeal, withstands modern influences that might ruin it and acknowledges the ones that enhance it.

Unlike French palatial villas during the 14th to the 16th century, contemporary homes are not as massive and grandiose in architecture. They do not inspire awe with their low ceilings and straight structural lines and edges. In order for these homes to maintain a semblance of the rich and fancy interiors of that period, the intricacy of the details should be modified.

They must be carefully transformed according to the mold of modern architecture albeit incompletely so as not to lose their distinct allure. For this to be possible, the overwhelming details should be broken down and applied moderately in the interiors. A Baroque ceiling with trompe l’oeil paintings within large coffers and multiple cornices on the edges is a bit too much for a house with an 8-foot high ceiling.

You can create an adaptation of it by putting egg-and-dart moldings in a smaller scale crisscross pattern onto the flat surface of the ceiling. Instead of a padded lambrequin with floral design to cover the window opening, you can use an attractive arc-shaped valance to hide the top edge of the drapery and the curtain rod.

Infusing an adequate dose of French design elements in new residential houses can enliven the steely and impersonal atmosphere of their modern interiors. Three of the most dominant periods of French interior design are Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic. They each have their own unique characteristics that can be applied in today’s modern interiors.

Simplifying exaggerated Baroque

The use of heavy wall paneling, classical architectural features such as arches and columns, and pompous and dark-colored furniture pieces characterize Baroque interiors. The design elements are generally perceived as massive and masculine. These overpowering features can be toned down in a modern interior. The use of columns with stylized designs should be minimal and bulky furniture pieces can be added, but the application of the design should stop there.

The rest of the interior should be light in structure. You can mix in clear glass partitions, and a neutral color palette should be integrated, so as to lessen the mass of the interior. The end-result will make the Baroque elements stand out therefore, creating an effective and appealing fusion of the old and the new.

If however, you are determined to have a strong dramatic period interior, then you can incorporate the design elements in the main indoor architecture such as the walls, floor and ceiling. You can have a shallow ceiling dome constructed with the dining area beneath it. An elaborate chandelier at the center can be an excellent focal point. Indulge yourself with rich dark oak paneling in natural finish for the walls and large marble slabs for the floors of your main salon or private library.

Distinctly Baroque sofas with detailed carvings and cabriole legs and matching coffee tables and console cabinets can be placed in the living room. The upholstery of the seating furniture pieces should make use of materials like damask, velvet and tapestry. The piping and trimmings of the time consisted of fringes, tassels and silver nail heads. Be comfortable with altering the details and materials of these furniture elements to adapt with the entire look of the interior.

Enhancing feminine Rococo

The emergence of the Rococo period left the heavy and masculine designs of the Baroque era and traded them with lighter and more feminine characteristics. The enormous rooms of the former period were replaced by smaller-size rooms thereby affecting the scale of all the other design elements. Femme arabesque patterns and delicately sinuous forms came forth. The color schemes favored light and earthy colors that exuded classic elegance.

Suddenly, everything became curved and rounded. You cannot see sharp edges in the furniture pieces and room corners were eliminated by semi-arc shapes. Perhaps this period retained its glory even to this day because the elements that define it are graceful and stylish.

Rococo furniture pieces are quite popular up to the present. Their contours embrace the feminine figure quite exquisitely. They provide comfort and luxury with their incredibly delicate form and voluptuous upholstery. The classy shape of their sofas and wing chairs with their floral-patterned seat cushion are staple accents in a posh living room of a large apartment and contemporary mansions have them in sets.

Their frames and cabriole legs are a feminine version of the Baroque ones with simpler carvings and flowing form. Dining tables were commonly round but simpler in design because they were almost completely covered by fabric. The free-standing cabinets and armoires of this period have genuine marble tops and bulging fronts called bombe which is again a tribute to the female form. They are valuable consoles for foyers and bedrooms, and as buffet cabinets for the elegant homes of the nouveau rich.

The Rococo period didn’t focus mainly on the French style. It also permitted the fusion of Oriental design in its interior structures such as the hand-painted wallpapers decorating the wall panels.

Furniture pieces adapted the designs of Chinese pagoda, ladders, mandarins and foliage in their chair backs and table stands. This development increased its global appeal. They are now reproduced by suppliers for hotels and restaurants all over the world.

The original ones are considered valuable antiques and are collected by art enthusiasts. A piece or two of these furniture pieces will work well with your French-inspired living room and they are awesome pieces to combine with any room with an eclectic theme.

Modernizing traditional Neoclassic

This particular period welcomed the revival of the classics. It introduced straight lines as an enhancement to the overly feminine forms of the Rococo period. Simplicity became apparent as a reaction to the detailed forms of the previous era. The columns and arches became dominant once again and extended their influence not only to the interior architecture but also in the furniture pieces.

The chair backs and legs manifested columnar designs and the curved cabriole legs were eliminated. Table and case furniture pieces had straight and rectangular wood or marble tops. Even the wall panels no longer used curved lines but became rather rectangular in their shapes. The ceilings were made simple by leaving them flat or hand-painted with clouds and azure skies.

Neoclassical designs initiated the adornments of walls with hung paintings, festoons, hunting paraphernalia, clocks, barometers, etc. The walls were painted light shades so they served as backgrounds for the wall ornaments.

These wall hangings are interesting details to be added to your living room. You can even personalize them by inserting your own pictures to the carved frames. They will merge the artistic creations of the past and unify them with the present.

Modifying the old to fit the new

The simple and inexpensive means to beautifying your home with the use of French design is to accessorize. A contemporary sofa with plain upholstery can be spiced up by throw pillows with floral patterns in coral pink and sunny yellow. You can add a curvilinear floor lamp and a modified bergere armchair with cabriole legs and damask upholstered seat to recreate the classy look of a Rococo-inspired living room.

A simplified version of plush over drapery with arabesque patterns and curvy swags in full-length windows is a delightful way to bring in a bit of romanticism to a simple dining room. Try looking around in antique shops and secondhand stores for oval-shaped mirrors with detailed carvings or wall decor of garlands and festoons to put at the top portion of your fireplace or your mini gallery.

A one-of-a-kind crystal chandelier in your foyer leading to the staircase is an interesting conversational piece for parties. Embrace the Neoclassic era with a sky mural in your den and install simple borders in your walls to make it seem like it has been detailed with paneling.

Starting A Sewing Business

Although this is predominantly a site about poems and creative writing, we occasionally intend to cover some topics that both interest us and think are useful for our readership to know about. In this instance we are covering a topic we know is close to the heart of all budding poets and writers; the ability to make money from home, leaving them both the time and the flexibility to write as well as earn a living. Read and enjoy.

Are you thinking about starting a sewing business from home, but how do you go about turning your skill into a successful business?

There is no point in ignoring one of the most basic steps – that is a business plan as you need to know where you are going, what to do if things go wrong and what your aims are.

The Entreupreneur SlipcoverIf you are working from home, the only extra finance you may need will be for a heavier duty sewing machine, perhaps one with all the ‘bells and whistles’. However, your existing machine should do to start with.

You will need insurance if you work outside or inside the home. Just think about the possible consequences if you spill paint down a wedding dress on th eve of the wedding! Liability insurance is not always that expensive, but could prove a lifesaver.

Contact your local government offices to check to see what licences you need to work from home. These may differ dependant on where you live. Make sure you always keep financial records of everything safe, and try and get in the habit of doing your accounts regularly so you don’t get a build up.

An important consideration is to set your pricing correctly. You need a realistic but competitive pricing structure that allows you some flexibility. Make it clear up front that this is a price for the work they have asked for and that if anything extra is done, you reserve the right to charge accordingly. People will try these things so be aware.

If you are starting a sewing business you need to consider your marketing plan. There is no need to pay out thousands of dollars to launch a home-based sewing business but you really should invest in some business cards to give out to everyone. Have some flyers printed and get them out locally so people know you are in business.

Although it may not get you a lot of work, an Internet presence these days is almost an essential to display your work. Most people know someone who is good at putting together at least a basic web page so just ask. However, word-of-mouth will be the most important way to get business so make sure you treat your clients properly and they will refer you and keep coming back.

Changing your hobby into a business and starting a sewing business from home is a good way to exploit your skill. Business may take a while to take off but hold on, word-of-mouth takes time to populate. Good luck!

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The Problems of Hard Water

Hardness generally refers to the sum of the calcium and magnesium ions in water expressed in milligram/liter of lime stone, CaCO3. These ions combine with ordinary soaps to form insoluble calcium-magnesium soaps which are ineffective for cleansing purposes. Very little cleaning occurs until these ions are present. Therefore, the soap is deactivated quantitatively and much more soap is required when hard waters are used for cleansing purposes.

Hard water also interferes with almost every cleaning task including laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when dry. Hard water may cause a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, etc. Hair washed in hard water may feel sticky and look dull. Water flow may be reduced by deposits in pipes.

Before looking at the occurrence of hard water, it is worth stating that despite these problems, the introduction of a water softener system can deal with many of the problems at source. There are many options available for such systems and we recommend you review the options on sites such at this one (watersoftenerauthority.com).

Occurrence of Hard Waters

eifelCalcium and Magnesium which are the main constitutive of hard water dissolved from limestone, dolomite, and other minerals when water comes in contact. Ground waters generally contain much greater concentrations of hardness than that found in surface waters. An example of hard water occurrence in nature can be seen in Figure 1 where a layer of 20-centimeter thick is formed in Eifel aqueduct in Germany during 180 years where calcium has precipitated gradually.

A portion of the ancient Roman Eifel aqueduct in Germany. In service for about 180 years, the aqueduct had deposits of scale up to 20 cm thick along the walls.

Problems of Water Hardness

  • Increased soap consumption in hard waters is probably the most disadvantage of hardness. Much of this disadvantage has been eliminated by the increased use of synthetic detergents, but where soaps are used the increased cost is significant.
  • Process waters containing hardness when used in textile, paper, canning, and other industries can cause considerable deterioration in product quality.
  • Boiler feed water containing hardness can cause scale buildup.

In boilers, the precipitation will damage and slows down the flow of heat into water, causing the heating efficiency and allows the metal boiler to overheat. The damage caused by calcium carbonate precipitate differs, for example, calcite or aragonite (magnesium ore).

  • Health considerations. The World Health Organization says that “there does not appear to be any convincing evidence that water hardness causes adverse health effects in humans” In fact, the United States National Research Council has found that hard water can actually serve as a dietary supplement for calcium and magnesium. Recommendations have been made for the maximum and minimum levels of calcium (40–80 ppm) and magnesium (20–30 ppm) in drinking water, and a total hardness expressed as the sum of the calcium and magnesium concentrations of 2–4 mmol/L. Hardness in water can clog skin pores
  • Hardness in water stain fabrics
  • Hardness in water can clog skin pores
  • Hardness toughen and discolor vegetables

Best Headphones for Exercising

On a completely different theme from discussing the problems of hard water we are pleased to provide you with our latest advances on headphone technology, responding the quality and durability to fit best for your fitness routine. After testing extensive models of headphones in all the different ways that exercise headphones should be tested, we found the Relays by Sol Republic headphones as the best for most people. And for those who want wireless, open-ear, or budget picks, we offer our recommendations as well.

The Relays by Sol Republic headphones

relaysThe Relays by Sol Republic headphones offer all plusses for your active times, good sound as well as comfy and staying put. These headphones have edged out all other models in a very hardboiled testing process.

The Sol Republic headphones are noise-free, light and pop straight into place on ears with no chafe and tug. They are resistant to strains, crumble, sweat and rain. They are tested by our listening panel of audio experts. They are your best choice to stand all abuse may a headphone face on your daily activities.

The Relays come with a fit-in-your-pocket small carrying case. Plus, No more freaking out if one of your ear tips disappears in an errant roll across the gym floor. You are provided with a 1-year warranty, and if you register your Relays on Sol Republic’s website after purchase, Sol will send you free replacement tips whenever you ask.

The Relays by Sol Republic headphones are of course are not the best models considering the price range and type. For utmost best sound that $100 can buy, you may want to try our non- exercise headphones, though they won’t take the brutal punishment that we dished out, read our piece here on non-exercise headphones.

Wireless exercise headphones

Jaybird Bluebud XWith Jaybird Bluebud X wireless headphones, you don’t have to keep your head stiff and straight to avoid snagging the cord on your body and popping the buds right out of your ears. You can enjoy your own posture and stride while wearing these Bluetooth headphones.

They have fantastic bass, are light, stay put without chafing, and have a lifetime sweat proof warranty.  They of course require charging for every 8 hours use, extra cost, and the tricky setup, but you will find them a tiny bit better than the Relays in terms of their sound balance.

Open-ear and budget exercise headphones

Koss FitclipsIf you’re on a budget, the Koss Fitclips  will do fine for you , though they don’t sound as great as the Relays. The Koss Fitclips go over your ears and cost about $16. you can spend a little more and get a microphone for taking phone calls on your runs, the $42 Skullcandy Chops are our pick.

You may need to have an intensified sense of awareness of the outside world while you run, bike, or exercise, we recommend you to purchase the inexpensive $20 Panasonic RP-HS34 headphones .

Wrap up

Our objective is your pleasure while listening to your favorite music, podcasts, or other media at your daily exercise, work and other activities. We will keep working hard to promote its technology for your convenience. Keep visiting our site to be updated and feed us back if you like.