Ways to Purchase the Wrong Bathroom Vanity

The bathroom vanity is the sink-cabinet-mirror combination. It’s the showpiece of your bathroom. Here are ten things to avoid when choosing a vanity…you might be surprised.

You are redoing your bathroom and there are a zillion details. After getting lost in the practicalities, you stop for break. Something catches your attention. You take a careful look at the new mirror you’ve just installed. You notice that you’re looking straight at…your chin. You wonder if they delivered the wrong size. Then you remember that you were sitting in a chair at the showroom when you decided that this was your dream come true. Why didn’t you think to check if you could use it as well standing up? Choosing the Floor Model’s Sizing.

Many, maybe most people choose style and design without considering height. Height is often a more important element of the vanity for daily use. The common 30 inch size bathroom counter is just not optimum for people over 63 inches tall. However, vanity size is not at all standard. Some floor models are even lower than the usual 30 inches which might be ignored in the quest for the perfect design. Such a decision means you may end up having to bend down to wash your hands. This is only poor planning and completely avoidable. Just remember that the height of the sinks, mirrors and cabinets should be customized to their users, according to their actual size. Not that they have to be custom made. Customized only means chosen to fit the bathroom at a user friendly height. If it takes going to 6 stores to browse, do it. Drive the salespeople crazy with your questions. If what you want is not there, ask to see more. If you can’t find a vanity according to your proportions, don’t give up. Even kitchen cabinets might provide workable alternatives if bathroom cabinet selection is limited. And don’t be afraid to improvise. For instance, if you are a tall family and the style you love only comes in 33-inch size, create simple inexpensive solutions, such as installing 2 or 3 inch glass bricks under the cabinets to add height. One designer suggests wiring in fluorescent lighting behind the glass bricks for an extra special finish. The same lesson can be applied to shower doors, spigots, towel racks, tubs, etc… Decide if you need taller, shorter, wider, or longer. Remember also that two heights are better than one if you have the space to accommodate users of different proportions. Buying For Looks Not Function. You’re a guest at a friend’s house in the Pocono’s for the weekend. You’re in the bathroom and you need a towel. You check to see if a fresh towel is in the cabinet and… Oh no! The cabinet handle comes off in your hand! The cabinet door didn’t open because it’s not there. It’s an imitation cabinet just for show, hiding the plumbing. While standing there holding the handle in your hand along with some of the veneer board it was screwed into, you look at the stylish row of drawer handles. Maybe one opens all or maybe none open at all. You’re afraid to guess. Isn’t there some kind of truth-in-labeling rule that applies even in the bathroom? This type of cabinet is an economy choice and is often used in industrial settings such as hotels and office buildings. Its dubious charm has become passe;. However, the style is still frequently seen in trade journals and must have a market somewhere. If you are going to the expense and bother to replace your bathroom sinks and cabinets, choose a vanity that has storage space, not just a plumbing camouflage. If you really don’t want cabinets, put in a pedestal sink or a wall hung sink. The general rule is don’t try to fake it. It could be embarrassing. Settling For Less. Maybe you want a stone counter over your vanity instead of the traditional laminate finish but you don’t have the extra money for stone? Install it yourself using the best local home improvement store to take you through the steps. They love to help, so use their expertise. This way you will get the counter you want at a price you can afford. There is always a creative solution to most bathroom design problems. Don’t settle for less. Forgetting to Customize to Floor Plan.

The Lazy Way To Organize Your Corner Cabinets

The corner cupboard is simultaneously a brilliant stroke of storage genius and a black hole of non-perishable goods. The corner cabinet ensures no bit of your precious kitchen storage space is wasted; yet there is a minor flaw in the design. How many times have you innocently pushed a few food products just a bit further towards the back, just out of arms reach, until they are to be seen no more? No one is quite sure what they have in that dark, back corner of the cabinet, unless, of course, they use a flashlight or send in a search party!

Happily enough, there are cabinet organizing products available that can solve the lost canned-goods problem. I call it the lazy way to organize your corner cabinets and you’ve probably guessed by now that I’m referring to the popular Lazy Susan solution. Whether you have a clear idea of what you need or you just know that you want your stuff in order, it’s worth your while to check out clever Lazy Susan options.

Half-Moon Lazy Susan
Try a half-moon blind corner Lazy Susan to organize a blind corner cabinet. These double-shelf systems fit almost any size cabinet. Available in many different finishes, you can find the style to match your cabinet. With many fine details, such as thick edges that keep items from falling off, these shelves are designed to bring you more storage space.

Colorism – A Silent Bias in the World of Diversity

Colorism, what is it? The word “diversity” when used in the workplace conjures up many meanings, often determined by where in the world you are. In the United States and especially in the southern states most people immediately think- race. In some parts of the US and within most other countries, people will think- race and gender. Within organizations that have launched diversity and inclusion initiatives the meaning of “diversity” broadens to include LGBTQ, age, abilities and many of the other differences among us that when respected creates a healthy and productive diversity of thought. Rarely, however do people think of colorism as an aspect of diversity and bias.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Although the word ‘color’ is included as one of the many factors protected against discrimination, my work nationally and internationally continually surfaces an unconscious bias related to skin color regardless of ethnicity. In the US, until the 60s and 70s, the darker an African American person’s complexion the less likely that person would reach a high status in the workplace; the lighter the complexion and straighter the hair the more likely teachers Black and White would favor that child. Although thankfully this bias is fading as it relates to job advancement, research still indicates that little girls prefer to have fair skin and believe dark skin is bad and/or ugly. In the 80s and still present today, various media depict lighter skin tones as more attractive, and darker skin tone scary or dangerous.

My global work reveals the same bias. Often I am told, we just need to focus on gender equity because race is not an issue here, our culture is open and accepting. I am told, we are all French, or English, or Mexican no race or ethnic bias exists here. Yet, when I observe the community at large and the workplaces in particular, bias regarding tone of skin is evident. The lighter the skin the higher the position held. Immigrants and their descendants in countries around the world with darker skin hold the less prestigious jobs. Globally, skin lightening creams are sold and used even when the people, usually women, using them know of the potential health dangers.

Energy Efficiency Audit In New Orleans

Rising energy costs and growing concerns about climate change has made homeowners to look for cost-effective ways of saving money on their household bills. Building energy efficient homes and improving energy efficiency in our homes can increase their value. Even smallest changes can yield the biggest results. A number of homeowners have started educating themselves on how to make their home more and more energy efficient.
The first step in making your home energy efficient is by conducting energy efficiency audit. Home energy audits are easy to carry out and useful in identify areas for home improvement. In this the focus is on areas of lowest energy efficiency, such as un-insulated lofts, single glazed windows, open fireplaces and energy ‘eating’ appliances and improving your home’s air tightness.
Assigning home energy audit to a certified energy advisor such as Eco Star Foam is a necessary to ensure that the most cost-effective improvements are undertaken. Basic areas which energy auditor from Eco star foam will test in your home are:
Blower-Door testing.
Weatherization Programs.
Thermal Imaging Video of Home.
Duct-Blasting Test.
Furnace Flute Testing.
Moisture Reading.
Eco Star Foams energy auditors after completion of audit provide you with a full written report of the auditors findings and solutions to increase your homes energy efficiency. Energy audit has its own benefits and some of the most prominent of them being:
Make your home more comfortable and at the same time using less energy.
Prevent wear and tear on your heating and A/C equipments.
Lowering your energy bill.
Reducing airborne contaminants.
Immense help in saving energy.
North Americans people are increasingly looking at ways to improve the energy-efficiency of their homes as making substantial improvements in energy efficiency. This will save house owners money in the long run. Eco star foam provides services in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi and other regions.

Features of Karmin G3 Salon Pro Black Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Utilized for professional and home applications, the new innovative Karmin G3 Salon Pro Black Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron comes with a myriad of high-end features such as 100% solid ceramic plate with tourmaline crystals; negative ions and infrared heat for silky, shiny hair; Ion field technology to seal in natural oils, Micro-porous technology that locks in moisture and so on. They are integrated with various other features such as variable temperature settings for all hair types; minimum temperature 80C; tangle-free 3 meter 360 swivel cord; maximum temperature 200C (410F) etc.

Unlike other flat irons, the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Black Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron offers the best result expected without damaging your hair. It can be used to accomplish different hair styles in addition to curling, straightening, flipping etc. The Unparalleled Infrared heat technology of this product offers deep and long lasting straightness. It also boasts of a Micro Chip Temperature Control Infrared Heat and Flash Quick Heating that styles your hair quickly without any hair damages.

Since they are manufactured with 100% solid ceramic plates that are infused with tourmaline crystals, the flat irons are capable of emitting plenty of far infrared rays and negative ions which help in locking in hair’s natural color and moisture while eliminating frizz. As they are incorporated with ion field and micro-porous technologies, they do not damage your hair like other flat irons.

Tips Before Hiring an Interior Design Company in Singapore

Even though anyone can effectively design the interior of their home, an interior design company can add an extra level of depth to a home that the average person just can’t do. Certain colors may clash just a little or there might be furniture that could be just slightly improved to add more functionality to a living space. If you’re thinking about investing in an interior design company in Singapore or in your local community, here are some tips to consider before signing on the dotted line:

Ask for referrals: Why jump into hiring an interior designer blindly? Even if you’re hiring friends or family, it is smart to ask around for referrals of their previous work. If you can, try to get pictures of the final product that was designed as well. This can help you understand what your project may look like in the end, any problems you may encounter during the process, and if the company is reliable.

Evaluate cost vs. value: If you are doing a remodeling project, how much is it really going to cost you to achieve that perfect look? When you do achieve that look, will it add any extra value to your home beyond aesthetics? Money is at a premium for many people these days and a $10,000 living room interior design project that adds little to no increased value to a home doesn’t make sense for a lot of people now. In other words, take the time to consider if you’re going to get your money back on your investment.

Most Popular Fixes To Increase Home Comfort And Energy Efficiency

Keeping your home comfort levels high while maintaining an efficient home does not have to be difficult. In fact, there are several small things you can do around your home with very little money that will increase your comfort levels while decreasing your bills.

Insulate Electrical Outlets and Switches

A lot of energy is lost through drafty switches and sockets. You can purchase small kits at any big box retailer or home improvement store that will allow you to insulate all of your switches and outlets. Depending on the size of your home, you can typically do this for under $50.