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Everyone has a unique taste. Some prefer to incorporate calm and soothing colours in the interior while others prefer vibrant. Designers are confident that a successful interior can be done in any colour as long as the right proportions and combinations are used. The easiest way to make the atmosphere vibrant and unique is to use contrasting colours located diametrically on the colour spectrum; for example, yellow and purple or red and blue. In order to achieve maximum effectiveness, the colours must be rich and deep. Light shades and halftones are suitable for the creation of a neutral ambience which can function as a compelling background for bright accents. Generally, warm colours tend to be favourable to optimistic and kind people who easily find a compromise and have a vivid imagination. Presumably, the “warmest” of the colours is orange. It brings an appealing look to the kitchen, children’s room, dining room, and office. However, it is not very suitable for areas dedicated to rest with their windows facing south as this will

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COLOURFUL HARMONY create an excessively bright premise. These areas can be hued with a peach color– a lighter version of orange. Calm and balanced people generally prefer green – it reminds one of trees, grass, and greenery in nature. It is the most natural of all colours, creating a peaceful atmosphere which has the ability to calm and pacify. However, it is important to consider the intensity of the shade: the darker the green, the lighter and contrasting its “pair” has to be. The combination of green and white is fresh and reminds one of grass peeking out from snow. In addition, brown effectively accompanies green as it creates harmony in the interior, making it stable and associable with nature. Green is appropriate for any room of the house; however, the shades must be taken into account. A dark or olive green are applicable shades for non-residential areas such as an office, lobby, or closet. Bright shades of green can be used in a section of the kitchen or children’s room, whereas the bedroom can make use of

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a salad or pistachio green, as well as the shade of green tea. White-blue interiors have practically become a classic. This combination reminds one of summer, a relaxing vacation at sea, and calm atmosphere. Incorporating blue in the interior is generally favoured by trustworthy individuals who prefer a stable and safe environment. A close relative of blue, purple, is chosen by individuals with a developed intuition who pay close attention to details. This is a difficult and unique colour which has the ability to create a wide range of moods in the interior. Purple’s best companion is white. In fact, the less dark shades there are, the lighter the atmosphere will seem. Purple is also well paired with pale shades of green, yellow, and pink. Purple-grey and purple-brown are quite rare combinations which would work well together only with the vital presence of a third neutral colour.

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Eternal Classic The world abides the laws of time which meticulously influence us and the appearance of objects all around us. Floor clocks can serve you for a long time and can serve as a wonderful addition to the traditional interior. Do not assume that floor clock mechanisms in the style popular near the end of the 19th century are currently out-dated. This is in fact an article of an antique nature; however, having this element in the home means possessing a priceless “keeper of the times and family values.” Not surprisingly, the floor clock is often handed from generation to generation.

PURE CLASSIC Classic antique floor clocks generally have a tall and narrow carcase made of natural dark wood. The tone of the wood can range from light brown to almost black. Traditionally, the clock mechanism was located a bit below the dial behind the door

versions of consoles, chairs, and of course, floor clocks. Thus, we have a wide range of options in stores that sell the floor clocks. For example, we can choose one with a metal frame resembling a streetlight or a figurative white carcase with a uniquely designed exterior. For this reason, floor clocks represent dedication to tradition and good taste. They are suitable companions to furniture in an extensive variety of interior designs.

and the entire construction was exquisitely decorated with carved elements, inlay, and gilding. There were also floor clocks with a showcase designated for a demonstrative family porcelain dinner set or silverware. The silhouette of the classic model of floor clocks resembles a city tower in the form of a parallelepiped but with a round top instead of pointy. Viewing the clock can be separated into three aspects: the base, showcase with the door, and the top with the dial. The floor clock is an integral component of the interior’s classical arrangement where it has always had a prominent spot amongst other furniture.

ADAPTED MODELS Adapted clock styles incorporate modern trends that designers choose for particular interiors. Hence, floor clocks resembling the classical model can be made of not only wood but also MDF or plywood. Furthermore, they can be painted in light or neutral tones as well as bright colours. All of this is done to guarantee a smooth integration of the clock in the modern interior.

MODERN FLOOR CLOCKS Today, an increasing amount of antique articles inspire designers to create modern

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MARSALA

– ITALIAN WINE OR A TRENDY COLOUR arrangement of colours it will not lose its lusciousness but rather the opposite – becoming even more interesting and unforgettable.

PROPORTIONALITY WITH COLOURS Marsala, analogous to the colour of wine, is a combination of burgundy-red and brown shades which create a warm and elegant chromaticity. Not surprisingly, marsala is suitable for all generations. MARSALA ACCENTS ON A WHITE-GREY BACKGROUND In the presence of achromatic tones (black, grey and white) all colours of the rainbow can flourish since a neutral background is one of best options that will enable the incorporation of difficult tones in the interior. Marsala is no exception; in fact, it outlines the fact that a white-black combination brings out the best qualities in colour. Incorporating marsala in parts of the interior such as sofas, armchairs, carpets, or table pieces will make the interior seasoned but in no way boring given that grey tones are also used, as well as plenty of white and outstanding black elements.

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Integrating natural or white-grey tones with a red-burgundy combination will become a strong decision for modern interiors of the kitchen, office, or vestibule.

FUSING NATURAL TONES WITH MARSALA The depth of the wine colour has its origins in nature where grape vines grow under the hot Sicilian sun, filing the air with a tart velvety aroma. Hence, harmony in the interior can be accomplished when a colour works well with natural hues of the Earth and vegetation. Marsala combined with cream, vanilla, beige, light and dark brown, terracotta, ocher, brown, grass green, and salad green creates an unforgettable impression of harmony and peace in any interior.

STYLISH COMBINATIONS OF MARSALA AND COLD TONES Given that marsala is a warm colour, note that in combination with a cold

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In interiors with cold tones used on facing surfaces, parts of furniture or decorative arrangements often require a softening of the general impression of stiffness and remoteness. In order to bring more warmth and comfort into a beautiful but reserved interior, designers suggest considering the use of warm and soft colours. With this tactic in mind, you can use an elegant shade of marsala wine in a small but necessary quantity to enhance the interior. For example, you can use this colour in decorative pillows for the sofa, the seat of kitchen chairs, or curtains.

SUBSTANTIAL USE OF THE APPLICABLE COLOUR This year, marsala is a highly applicable colour as it possesses the rare talent of being unobtrusive even in large quantities. Thus, walls painted in this colour will never bore the atmosphere. Furthermore, to create variety in the interior, a wide range of tones can be incorporated that create harmony in combination with marsala: terracotta and sand, cobalt and blue, green and white, brown and gray, and yellow.

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the better. Projects take time to plan and schedule, so you will ideally want to coordinate with the contractor minimum 3 months prior to their anticipated start date for the project.

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Always obtain 3 quotations for the project and ensure that the scope is “apples to apples”. Ensure that the contractor is licensed, insured, and carries W.S.I.B. coverage.

Respect them and their expertise. You have to trust that they know what they are doing, and don’t assume that your “Google” search could ever equate to, often, decades of real world training and experience.

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INSIDER TIPS on hiring contractors

For most homeowners, taking on a renovation project is a major financial, emotional and psychological investment. It can all go well or it can all turn into an exhausting nightmare that breaks the bank, and drains you emotionally. With over a decade of experience in hiring contractors for hundreds of projects, I will share with you some of my own personal “tips” to help steer you in the right direction.

Good contractors truly care about their clients and would only want to invest themselves with projects that are likely to yield a favourable outcome for all parties involved.

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• Are in the process of obtaining 5 or more quotations for the work.

Start with yourself and take a look in the mirror. Most homeowners think that when they talk to contractors for a potential project, they are interviewing the contractor. Even though this is true, remember that at the same time, the contractor is interviewing you as well. Good contractors are not sitting around waiting for your phone call, and most are booked weeks or even months in advance. This means that most good contractors can afford to be picky in choosing who they want to work with.

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Fund the project at a pace that is relative to work performed. In other words, no 50% deposits! For a list of qualified contractors in your area that are licensed, insured and abide by the Code of Conduct, visit www.Renomark.ca.

Entering into a contract is entering into a relationship, and who would want to enter into a bad relationship with all kinds of red lights going off? Typical red flags for most good contractors are homeowners who: • Are confrontational from the start (maybe they watched too many TV shows that depict contractors in a negative light. • Are unrealistic about their budget, schedule or other aspects of the work.

• Want upgrades but don’t want to pay for them. • Want to bypass by-laws, building codes, and other regulations. • Don’t truly listen.

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Timing is important. Contact the contractor when you are ready to move forward but still in the planning stage of the project. Typically, the sooner you call

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BUYING A CONDO

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I deal with selling condos at the foundation stage. Most of my clients are investors who purchase with the intention to sell the contract by the completion of the project or make the condo available for rent. These deals are significantly different from those made on the secondary market and those regarding the pre-construction of homes and “freehold” townhouses. Many of my clients – especially those purchasing for the first time – ask me the same questions. In this article, I will provide an answer for the most common and interesting questions. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY? AND HOW? Unlike the regular real estate market, the market of newly built projects is not subject to seasonal fluctuations; however, in periods of low activity, developers try to avoid starting new projects. Prices rise from project to project which is why options that work well in the secondary market (when buying in the fall will result in a lower price than buying in the summer of the same year) do not work well in the pre-construction market. Certainly the best option to buy is on VIP sales. There are several types of VIP sales. The best discounts and incentives occur on one-day VIP sales but they do not happen in all projects. Access to these sales is limited to a certain amount of Platinum brokers and even among these there are VIP agents who are able to be consistently successful in selling from project to project. As a result, they are given more trust from the developers and receive extra privileges. These are the so-called insiders: no more than 3-4 agents per project. Usually, these agents work with 5-10 projects per year and choose particular areas or developers to work with. Working with this kind of agent will help you purchase a unit under the best possible incentives.

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A considerable factor in determining where to buy an investment real estate is its location. Buying in an area with a developed infrastructure will leave you depending on a market price hike. If you buy in an area where infrastructural projects – office centres, parks, subways, malls, hospitals, universities, etc. - are planned to be built, then not only will the market experience a price appreciation but also the area, which in fact can surpass the market escalation. When choosing an area, it is important to know the major constructional projects that will occur in the next 5-7 years. This will enable you to make the right choice. WHAT TO BUY? There is no definite answer to this question. Everything depends on the particular project. In some projects, you can buy practically any unit whereas in others we recommend selectivity. This decision depends on the project’s location, prices, and other factors. Always consider the area. For example, it is not favourable to buy one bedroom apartments in projects located near universities because they bring minimal profits. It is a better choice to buy a two bedroom unit or studio instead. In the exclusive areas with high prices, however, it is best not to buy studio as they may not be in high demand. In areas with a vast amount of office buildings, the best option is a one bedroom unit or a one bedroom with a den. The floor of the unit depends on your plans. If you plan to resell the contract or give the unit up for rent for 1-2 years followed by reselling, then consider buying a unit on a high floor with a nice view. If you plan a long-term rent investment, lower floors would be quite suitable. Apartments on the lower floors are cheaper while the rent price is not much different which will give you even more profit. If looking at the statistics that show the amount of apartments in projects undergoing construction compared to the overall amount, we can see that the amount of 2-bedroom, 2-bedroom + den, and 3-bedroom apartments has significantly decreased in the past few years. On the other hand, the amount of 1-bedroom and 1-bedroom + den apartments has increased as they bring the most profit to the builder. Developers are forced to construct spe-

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cifically these units because in the past years, due to the sudden increase in town government fees, the income of developers has struck an all-time minimum. Considering this factor, in the next 3-7 years, we will experience a lack of large apartments. As a result, they will appreciate faster. SHOULD I BUY PARKING? If the apartment is in downtown, which, from the perspective of investment projects, is the location of the most profitable projects, then parking should be purchased only in buying a 2-bedroom units – or larger. Also, take into account whether or not you plan to sell the apartment in the near future. Generally, apartments up for rent come without parking as 90% of tenants do not need it. However, should such a need occur, the parking can always be rented separately. An exception is the projects that have a limited amount of parking spaces relative to the amount of apartments and as such, parking is in high demand. In such projects, the parking rent is expensive and there is no guarantee in vacant parking spaces. In this case, it is better to buy parking as in the future it can become the source of significant profit. In reality, there are not many of such projects as the developers are usually forced by the city development department to construct enough parking spaces which are often not sold out during pre-construction sales. WHEN IS IT BEST TO RESELL THE CONTRACT? The best time to resell the contract is between the times that you were handed the key (interim occupancy day) and the official closing. This time period is generally six months and is favourable due to the fact that you do not have to establish a mortgage and pay land transfer taxes. At the same time, the apartment is already built and you have the opportunity to show it to potential buyers.

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decorations; however, incorporating live or artificial flowers with large inflorescences, dry petals, stems and an original composition is very much applicable. Large vases create a celebratory atmosphere in the home and make it lively. Floor vases are a sharp reception of zoning. A large vase is able to fill up empty space without overfilling it which can be the case if you use numerous small objects of décor or furniture. Where can you place a large floor vase? Just about anywhere; in corners, niches, alcoves, fireplaces, and staircases. A large floor vase can be arranged with smaller vases of a similar complexion. In an interior, the vase plays a stylistic role, therefore, keep this in mind when choosing the right one. There is no limit when it comes to choosing a colour for the vase. This can be an accentual option or the same tone as the walls. In the latter scenario, the vase will add texture and depth to the wall wall, thereby highlighting its finish.

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Traditionally, large floor vases in the home are a symbol of richness and well-being. They decorate the interior of apartments, rural residences, designer stores, and hotels. Overall, they highlight the style of the interior.

it more interesting. It is a unique stylistic enhancement.

A vase inevitably attracts attention and outlines the status of the interior, making

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The concept of floor vases applies to vases taller than 40 cm made of ceramic, earthenware, porcelain, or metal. Making vases out of glass is easier and faster; they are cheaper but nonetheless have the ability to effectively enhance the interior. They can be seasonally filled with stones, pines, glass beads, and Christmas tree toys.

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If you have beautiful and expensive furniture and you like its colour, form, and material, consider choosing a vase whose tone corresponds to that of the furniture. In this case the vase will not monopolize the attention but will “work” in favour of recognition of the furniture. Contrasting vases is effective in the case of a two-coloured interior. This applies not only to the classical “brown-beige” combination, but to the whole variety of twocolour options. Vases can also be in different styles. Group them together or place them on different levels – this will avoid conflict in their positioning. Floor vases can also be used solo. In this case, they must be large, luscious and enhancing. Do not be afraid to create combinations of vases. It is effective to pair them up – same size but different colour or same style and colour but different size. In this case, it is a good idea to buy vases as a collection.

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BATHROOM FOR BODY AND SOUL Despite the fact that most bathrooms are small in size, they serve a vital function. In the morning, the person goes specifically there to start the day. The bathroom is where the person first gets a charge of energy and mood upon which the rest of the day often depends. What does he see? Boring walls, mirror, facilities, curtains, and a floor mat. This is an accurate description of how the bathroom of Margaret’s family originally looked like. Buying a 35 year old house with no capital renovations, change was a necessity. After changing the kitchen and floors, it was time to pay attention to the bathroom. Like always, when choosing the design, you want something that is in style and creates comfort. An advertisement booklet caught Margaret’s eye. She went on the given site and was overwhelmed by the vast variety of choices and ideas. Beauty! But how is it to be arranged and where? She put the idea on the bottom of the priority list. She spent a long time going through stores searching for the perfect idea. Everything seemed repetitive and unoriginal. Margaret thought the designs were attractive but lacking originality. In the end, she decided to call the company.

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The renovating process began with the designer taking pictures of the bathroom. In the new bathroom, the colours of the walls would be light and dark brown and green. There are no windows but there is a large wall that is asking for an accent. Due to the fact that the home owners do yoga and maintain a healthy lifestyle, the theme of nature and relaxation was chosen. The designer selected several pictures, drew sketches of vector projections, and applied these to the Photoshop program. It was decided to choose the picture with a large stone. Naturally, people are attracted to nature. Stones and water positively impact people. Furthermore, such a

design looks interesting and stylish. The designer chose corresponding waterproof wallpaper that was approved by the clients. Next, the company made a sample tile to see how it would look. In a week, these tiles were decorating the bathroom walls. It looked wonderful! This is how it looks like when people love their job and do it wholeheartedly.

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of bacteria. Cloth made of bamboo keeps this quality, even after technological treatment and laundry. Anti-allergic effect. Bamboo pillow fillings do not cause allergies which is especially important for people allergic to suffer from feathers and fluff. Furthermore, they do not irritate the skin. Thus, bamboo filling is highly recommended for children’s bedding. High hygroscopicity. Bamboo material easily absorbs and evaporates dampness. Its structure contains numerous micropores which is why a towel made from bamboo is a much better absorbent than a towel made from cotton. Clothes made of bamboo enable the person to practically avoid sweating. Colour stability. Material made of bamboo does not lose its colour when exposed to sunlight or even after visiting the laundry multiple times.

wrinkle upon exploitation. This material does not require to be ironed. Towels made from bamboo. Towels made of bamboo absorb much more water than towels made from cotton. The fact that bamboo possesses the antibacterial effect makes it the perfect material for children’s towels. Duvet with bamboo filling Bamboo duvets are very light which enables fulfilled rest. The material is porous so the individual does not sweat. It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When purchasing materials made of bamboo it is important to determine the percentage of composition. 100% bamboo thread is exceptionally soft and silky. With a mixture of cotton, it resembles the fabric that we are used to.

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Innovative Windows For Your Home to connect the inside of the home with the yard – the initiation of eliminating barriers between interior and exterior spaces. Fast forward to the present and we get windows that are able to mimic natural light; opening a whole new range of possibilities. Made by an Italian company called “CoeLux,” this new form of artificial light replicates the effect of sunlight which makes a light-filled window possible anywhere. As a designer, I understand that windows have a special role in the home. They are often the focal point of the room as they add light, enhance the view, and stimulate ventilation.

Throughout history, windows have always been a vital component of the interior that contribute to the aesthetic and functional qualities of the home.

I love working with clients to select windows that enhance curb appeal while improving room functionality and energy efficiency of the house as a whole. Some of the most interesting advances I have seen lately come from a

The primary change in the incorporation of windows occurred in the 1500s when the increasing availability of glass granted homes the opportunity to have more and larger windows. Subsequently, windows began to be made of small panes consolidated with bands of lead – hence the term “leaded.” More windows mean more light and thus, a greater emphasis on the décor of the interior. By the middle of the last century, manufacturing advancements enabled glass to be produced as large sheets thereby introducing the “picture window.” In the meantime, architects and designers commenced the use of sliding glass doors

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Canadian Woodbridge-based company called “Magic Window Innovations.” They manufacture high-quality reinforced vinyl windows that have an ample of clever features. Predominantly, the slim profile frames (approximately 50 per cent thinner than the offer of competitors) create a sleeker and cleaner demeanour that offers a larger view. Retractable screens that require activation only when the window is open ensure maximization of light entering the room as well as an unobstructed view. From a practical perspective, these models tilt inward thus making the task of wash-

ing windows easier as they can be washed from the inside of the home. Equally important, the stainless steel and aluminum reinforced frames do not warp, swell, crack, chip, rot, or corrode. Furthermore, all models exceed Energy Star requirements. They are also highly customizable in terms of size, finishes, colours and grills. To create a truly special space, I recommend employing a wall of windows; a design decision that can be easily brought to life since companies such as “Magic Windows” are keen on customizing any window to any size or shape. With a retractable screen that can stop at any point of the opening, the window offers extensive flexibility in design.

In spaces where the view lacks appeal or in which privacy is an issue, it makes sense to use translucent or opaque glass. I like to think of treatments as fashion for the windows and love to help clients find ways to update the look of a room by changing the color, style or installation of windows. My firm advises clients to think carefully and ask lots of questions before buying windows. If in doubt, ask a professional to help you ensure your windows are a perfect balance of form, function and fashion. By Aisan Ahmadi Photo Credit: Magic Windows Go to www.magicwindow.ca for information and demonstration videos

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THAT FAMILIAR LAMINATE Laminate flooring is the best for those who like experimenting with their home decor. Compared to parquet or hardwood, laminate needs no special installation skills. You can do it yourself if you install it over a cement floor that does not require any corrections. You can start laying laminate from any corner of the room. Laminate comes in a wide colour range and textures enabling any design solutions. Laminate can create a faux wood or stone, marble or tile effect.

from spike heels as much as a parquet floor. Nevertheless, moving furniture around can greatly damage this type of floor covering and nothing will eliminate the scratches. As a result, the damaged section would have to be replaced. Laminate does not get discoloured with age but it gets abraded. Maintaining laminate floors is easier than hardwood ones. All you need is a slightly wet cloth – make sure you have squeezed out as much water as possible to avoid swelling in the seams. In fact, the seams in a light-toned laminate floor may get clogged with dust and dirt which will greatly which will ruin the floor’s aesthetic qualities.

One of the advantages of laminate flooring is its practicality- it would not suffer

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Try to avoid walking barefoot on your laminate floors because it inadvertently shows footsteps. Another drawback is static that is inherent in laminate floors unless you purchase a more expensive laminate covering with antistatic coating. The higher the class of a laminate is, the higher its price. To evaluate the quality of the material you need to have an idea of its manufacturing process. Is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process? Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic appliqué layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. Laminate flooring is priced in direct relation of its class. Should you decide on laminate floor covering get the highest class possible – you will save money in the long run.

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for the bathroom A room will be comfortable and cozy if everything is planned out, especially the details. In a bathroom, the details that initially seem minor such as a towel bar, accessories for the sink, and clothes hangers must be in their right place.

The most important aspect is the fastening. Nothing can crush a good mood like a dangling shelf or insecurely fastened soap dish. Try to choose accessories with a firm wall mount: a soap dispenser, cup for toothbrushes, hooks. Placing these on the wall will not only allow them to contain their respective necessities but will also effectively conserve space and alleviate the cleaning process. The design of the hooks and hangers depends on the style of the bathroom. If the bathroom design incorporates bronze, gold, or silver, it makes sense to pick out accessories to match these materials. In small bathrooms it is best to place accessories on walls but in larger spaces, there is more opportunity for creativity. Towel holders. The options are endless; hooks, rings, bars, or a wall compartment. The choice depends on the size and style of the bathroom. For a smaller bathroom, wall

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attachments such as hooks or rings would be ideal. Another option is to attach towel bars to the sink cabinet. Note that this option is only convenient in the case that the cabinet is tall enough to allow you to avoid bending when reaching the towels. Soap dishes and dispensers. Some prefer to wash hands with the soap bar while others prefer a more modern method – liquid soap. In any case, the soap dish or dispenser needs to be conveniently placed, ideally beside the sink. For the soap bars, a soap dish may be installed on the sink. However, water getting into the dish is inevitable. This softens the bar and forces it into an inept condition. It is therefore much easier to use dispensers attached to a wall. Toothbrush and paste holders. These items have to correspond with other accessories in the bathroom; if the towel holder

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and soap dish are in a chrome style, then the toothbrush holder has to be the same. There are many options available for toothbrush holders; those attached to walls or stationary models with one or many openings for the brushes and paste. Choose the style that is most comfortable and suitable for you. Toilet paper holder. The most common option is a holder attached to a wall. It can be either vertical or horizontal. In choosing the proper holder, pay attention to how the roll will be placed on the holder; it has to be easily accessed There are models designed for two or three rolls, some containing lids. Other accessories. In a bathroom, there may be holders for napkins, small towels, or cups for mouthwashes. Before using these, think about whether they are necessary. Installing them is easy, but will they be regularly used?

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How to Clean the Laundry Machine Cleaning the surfaces Cleaning the machine’s surfaces is the easiest step in maintaining it in a clean condition. Even with the most delicate handling of the laundry process, not getting the machine dirty over time is practically impossible. In order to clean this, a cloth soaked in warm water should be enough. For a better effect, you can add dish soap.

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Cleaning the inner tub Sensing an unpleasant smell from the interior of the machine is a sign that it is time for cleaning the tub. In order to get rid of this smell, it is sufficient to fill the machine with hot water (this can be done by adjusting the machine’s cycle to hot water and turning it off as soon as the tub fills) after filling it with the substance that cleans laundry machine tubs. First, it is important to turn the cycle on for a short time in order to allow the cleaning substance to mix with the water. Followed by this, turn the cycle off and let it sit for an hour. This easy method will help remove dirt and mildew: the source of the unpleasant smell and if not taken care of, the breakdown of the machine.

Purchasing even the most expensive laundry machine will not guarantee you protection from sudden breakdown or clogging. To avoid this, the laundry machine should be periodically cleaned. In this article, we will tell you how to Constantly being on the Lookout properly rid the laundry machine Do not leave clothes in the machine for of froth, mildew, and dirt. a long time after they have been washed Why does the Laundry Machine require cleaning? Cleaning the laundry machine is essential in maintaining it in a good condition. The plastic or metal surfaces of the machine often collect dirt and mineral sediments. Unfortunately, the development of dirt often occurs in places that are difficult to reach which makes the task of proper cleaning challenging. Over time, this can be the reason of the machine’s breakdown and as such, an expensive repair process. For this reason, it is recommended that you clean your machine at least twice a month.

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as this damp and warm atmosphere is an ideal environment for the development of mildew. Due to this, the machine will have an unpleasant smell and will experience a decrease in productivity.

Ventilation Ventilation will allow the removal of dampness in the machine. This will prevent the development of unwanted smells and bacteria. Thanks to these simple suggestions, the laundry machine will serve you longer and will become a beloved helper in the household.

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ä ASPIRIN: dissolve two tablets in 100ml of hot water and apply this solution to clothes for three hours to remove deodorant stains ä BREAD: a slice of white bread will remove oily fingerprints from walls and wallpaper

ä HAIRSPRAY: will extend the life of an artwork, especially if it done in pastel

ä FLOSS: helps securely sow buttons, as well as fix umbrellas and backpacks

ä COLOURED PENCILS: colourful graffiti will help camouflage damage in wooden floors and furniture

ä REFRIGERATOR: place candles in the refrigerator immediately before use so that they burn longer ä KETCHUP: cleans silver jewellery, simply put the jewellery in the ketchup for several minutes and scrub with a brush

ä OLIVE OIL, which contains lemon juice or white wine vinegar with a 1:2 ratio to the oil, will help bring a shine to polished furniture or floor ä PEANUT BUTTER will help easily remove gum from hair, it is sufficient to rub it in the affected area

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