Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Choosing the Best Types of Flooring for Your Home

There many popular materials used for flooring and choosing the best one for your home will not only increase the beauty of your abode but will also save you money. There are ceramic tiles, bamboo, stone tiles, wood and linoleum. But before choosing a particular flooring material for your home, you should first consider your home d├ęcor, preferences and your lifestyle. Here are popular types of flooring you can check out.

Hardwood flooring 

Hardwood is considered as the best flooring material for home. It is durable and looks really great as long as it is properly maintained and cared for. It adds a touch of elegance and makes rooms look warmer and cozier. However, hardwood flooring is vulnerable to moisture damage, scratches and dents.

Laminate Flooring 

Though a bit difficult to install, this type of flooring looks good on any room because it gives a highly furnished appeal on your floor. Aside from being durable, laminate floorings are scratch, stain and water resistant.

Stone Flooring 

Stone flooring is often used in bars, restaurants and expensive homes. These types of flooring include the likes of granite, limestone, marble, travertine and slate. Limestone, sandstone and slate gives a natural look to a room while polished marble and granite can be very elegant. White stone is also a preferred flooring material because of its durability and it resistance against stain, crack, and water.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Fun and Practical Wedding Invitation Ideas

There comes a time in everyone's life when their friends all start getting engaged and married, as well as having children. This period can last a good few years, and I'm still in the middle of mine. I think it could be a while before it stops! I love attending weddings for friends and family, although having a little one does make it harder to go. Getting an invitation in the post is always exciting, partly just because we don't get much that isn't bills or junk mail! I like it even more when the invite is creative and something that I want to keep. If you want to impress your guests (and avoid chasing RSVPs), try some of my ideas for your invitations.

wedding invitation card
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Hint at Your Wedding Theme

Whenever I get a wedding invitation, it gets me excited for the big day itself. I like to imagine how my friends are going to plan everything and what it will all look like. The invitation can be an indicator of everything to come. You can use your invitations to start building on your wedding theme or colours. You might not have everything ironed out just yet. You probably need to send your invitations long before you've planned the whole wedding. But it's a good idea to come up with a starting point so you can begin to make everything coherent

Have Fun with the Wording

If you google for wedding invitations, a lot of people want to know about the wording. They wonder what the "proper" way of wording their invitations is. But you don't have to stick to any rules. You don't have to put your parents' names on them or stick to a formula. What is important is including all the essential information. Make sure you don't forget important dates, times and locations. Include any info about food, kids, and other matters. If you look for personalised wedding invitations, you can easily use whatever text you want.

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Make It More Than an Invite

Invitations are most fun when they can be used as something else. It's great if they look good pinned to the fridge, but you can do more with them. I love foldable invitations that can become something else. It's probably not going to become something practical, but it can be something decorative. Maybe it could fold into a flower or it could turn into a little coin tray. You could just have one that folds to stand up so everyone can place it somewhere prominent.

Make Replying Easy

Once you've sent out your invitations, you want to make sure you get replies. With everything you have to do, you don't wish to spend time chasing people up! Include several ways for people to get back to you. Getting replies in the post is a nice thought, but email and phone are quicker and easier. You could even let people reply by text, or using a wedding website. It might not be romantic, but it's practical.

Don't stress too much over your invitations. There's a lot more to do, so there's no use getting stressed before you've really started.