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Electric Fireplace To Get You Through Those Cold Winter Months September 30, 2010

If you happen to live in an area where you certainly get your fair share of  the winter season, there may not be a better piece of furniture than an electric fireplace that brings both warmth and elegance to a living space.  Electric fireplaces vary in size, style, heat output and price.  However, some basic electric fireplaces that offer a reasonable amount of heat with just the right amount of style can be found for under a couple hundred dollars.

Electric Fireplace

Warmth and Elegance

Choosing what design to purchase will be your toughest decision.  However, it is pretty easy to get a halfway decent idea of what could work and what wouldn’t.  If the room is small and basic in design you don’t want to get an over the top electric fireplace that would overpower the other items in the room.  The model shown above might fit nicely.  However, if your room is large and very modern then perhaps something a little more unique that becomes the centerpiece of the room would be okay.  The model shown below is something that would fit specifically with the other decor in the room.

Modern, Centerpiece

Unique Modern Look

Regardless of which unit you choose, you should be sure to check the energy consumption and the heat output of the model.  While electric fireplaces are cleaner than conventional fire places, you don’t want to run your electric bill through the roof.  So you should consider something that isn’t overkill for your application so if you do want/need to use it a lot you don’t wind up going broke.  Before buying an electric fireplace, determine the size of the room you want to place it, the number of windows, how well the room is insulated and how many doors/entryways there are leading into the room and run them by a specialist where you are purchasing the unit.  Their expert advice can help you determine what type of heat output would be required to adequately warm your desired room.


A Good Ceiling Fan Makes For One Cool Room June 24, 2010

The summer season can be a blistering one especially without any sort of air conditioning to protect you from the summer heat. Centralized air and air conditioners do serve their purposes of keeping any home cool and comfortable but it’s important for a house (even one that has AC) to have a ceiling fan. Not just any ceiling fan mind you, but one that keeps everyone the right temperature and also fits into the aesthetics of the room. It’s true that many would never consider ceiling fans to be an important piece of furniture but when it comes to air conditioning and having the right look for a room, the right ceiling fan makes as much of a difference as any couch, table, or any other piece of furniture.

When considering a ceiling fan it’s important to take into account three things: style, airflow, and installation. When it comes to style, ask yourself what kind of room am I putting this fan in? If it’s a living room or den then going above and beyond with an expensive fan (one with a nice wood finish or a state of the art steel one) may stick out too much. However, if you’re putting one in a nice room, chances are you want it to look as nice as the room you’re putting it in.

Airflow is obviously important or you wouldn’t even be getting a fan to begin with. A slower less airflow type of fan is more for climates in which it gets warm but not hot. If you live someplace that is scorching hot you’ll want to think about a fan that pumps out air at a rapid speed.

Finally, installation is important to think about when buying a fan. If you get a fan that’s too difficult to install you might have to find someone who can put it together for you (which at times can be very hard to find), so get one that you can put together on your own so that you can get your fan up and running.

Ceiling fans may seem like nothing more than just cheaper air conditioners but the right one can make for one cool room.


New Survey Shows That Millions Of Americans Dispose Furniture April 28, 2010

The furniture industry inevitably stays busy because there is always a demand for new furniture.  Whether individuals are moving to a new home, or merely replacing old furniture, getting new furniture is something that will inevitably happen to most people.  Additionally, as people get more creative, the more elaborate or trendy the furniture needs to be.  Fresh, unique designs always seem to be needed. Unfortunately, we may be a little too liberal using the “out with the old, in with the new” mentality because we usually don’t think twice about throwing old furniture away and what happens to it down the line.  This is especially true when we move and leave our used furniture behind.

When we replace our old furniture, we have direct control over what happens to it.  If there is room, perhaps we find a place for the furniture with the most sentimental value.  More than likely, we toss it to the curb. At least then, we know we’re throwing it out and consciously made the decision to do so.  With the pro-efficiency movement gaining momentum, we can hopefully see a change in that trend with more people aware of the consequences and opting to find homes or recycling centers for their older furniture.

However, when we move, we’ll often leave some furniture behind that we, “didn’t have time to take out”, “figured the new home owners could find a purpose for”, or “couldn’t bring ourselves to throw out, but didn’t know what to do with it”.  Our mentality in each scenario is, “out of sight, out of mind”.  What most people don’t consider is that new home owners also want new furniture, not used furniture from previous tenants.  They also are not attached to it and are much quicker to find a place for it on the curb instead of a place for it in another home.  Therefore, when we move, old furniture overwhelmingly tends to wind up in landfills, some of which was in perfectly working condition, just not appealing to the former owners.

Statistics say that about 40 million Americans move each year and a new survey shows that one-fourth of them will leave behind a big piece of furniture like a couch or bed. This means that over 10 million people will leave behind a piece of furniture rather than try to sell it to a friend, neighbor, or over the Internet. This also means that millions of people would rather leave it in the garbage rather than attempt to recycle it. Some studies have shown that the amount of furniture left in the trash and in landfills equals the amount of 12 Empire State Buildings. That’s a lot especially during these pro-environmental times, and even more when taking into account the many ways to pass along furniture.

It is understood that what was comfortable and fashionable 10 years ago might not have a place in your home now.  Times change and replacing it becomes a priority.  However, hardly anyone considers that their old furniture might be perfect for someone else or that the pieces can be recycled for other purposes.  So we are finding that millions of people are just discarding their old furniture. We all need to be more conscious about what we do with our old furniture so that it doesn’t keep stock piling our landfills.  Then, buying new furniture can truly be fun and exciting.


Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano Opens Big Week For Furniture April 14, 2010

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano may not sound like a familiar festival to most, but if you are a lover of furniture and furniture design then this is a big week for you. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano (the international furniture fair of Milan), the biggest furniture and décor trade fair in the world, opens this week in Milan and brings with it new state of the art designs for interior design and everything furniture. Manufacturers and designers from all around the world come to the festival to see the latest designs, concepts, and applications in furniture and to also showcase the concepts they have been working on or have in store. For many, the festival stands as the primary place for what’s new and upcoming in the world of furniture design and fashion and is the one stop for anyone who wants to stay on top in what’s new for furniture.

The event (which is usually falls in April) opens up in metropolitan Milan and includes up 2,500 different companies, along with hundreds of furniture designers. Started in 1961, the festival was originally conceived as a place that would show off only Italian furniture, but since then the festival has grown to a global scale. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano brings in over 270,000 people from over 150 countries worldwide. So this festival may go unnoticed, but for the many in the furniture design world it’s nothing less than their Olympics.


Great Find on Ebay! September 11, 2009

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Ebay is a wonderful place to find old items.  The saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” couldn’t be proved to be more true than it is with the results of ebay.  Everyday someone picks up a unique item that someone else was trying to get rid of.  Many times it’s an item of sentimental value, other times it’s the perfect item for a do it yourself fix-it job.  Sometimes it’s a completely useless item that someone thinks is cool.  Often it’s exactly the item that someone was looking for.  My experience on ebay has always been the later of all of those.  I usually find exactly what I’m looking for.

When I was in college I frequently moved from one apartment to another.  I loved living in new places.  As roommates came and went, we’d have to downsize or upgrade apartment space.  We were constantly reinventing our space.  I personally was always looking for new furniture to add to my bedroom.  This was the only space that I could define the way I wanted to.  Unfortunately, I never wanted to part with any of my old furniture to make room for new furniture.  So, I’d wind up moving furniture around within the room until everything fit perfectly.

I had my first adventure with Ebay when I was looking for a new bed.  I had been using a futon that eventually fell apart after getting moved so many times.  It was pretty uncomfortable anyway so I was happy to be looking for a new bed.  I started my search.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted so I started brainstorming ideas.  When I was younger, I remember going to my cousins house.  I remember being thrilled that there was a water bed in the guest room.  I didn’t have one, so whenever I went there I was so excited to have the opportunity to sleep on one.  It was more like a playground for me since all I wanted to do was jump on one corner to make waves in it.  I didn’t consider the consequences of hundreds of gallons of water going all over the floor if I had broken it.  That would change as I got older.

Anyway, I was starting to think about the water bed I always wanted, and figured, if I could get one cheap, that would be my next bed.  I visited ebay, and found tons of waterbeds.  However, I literally found one 10 minutes from my apartment.  Best of all, it was pick up only so I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of bids on it.  The opening bid started at $24.99.  I thought this was absolutely perfect.  I placed my bid and waited anxiously for the auction to end.  I logged on in the last hour to make sure nobody outbid me in the closing seconds.  3, 2….1…… mine!  I got a queen size water bed for $24.99 ready for pick up just 10 minutes from my house.  I literally gave the woman $25 when I got there and left with a queen size water bed.

I have to admit, this thing was everything I had expected it to be.  It was comfortable, fun and heavy.  I also got the worst backaches from sleeping on it.  But, it made me feel like a kid again sleeping in it.  It’s funny cause whenever we had friends over, they’d all disappear when it got late and I’d finally make it back to my room to find like 6 people passed out in it.  Apparently I’m not the only one who found it comfortable.  It was like those Serta mattresses.  You lay down on it and immediately pass out.  The hardest part was getting out of it the next morning.

I was absolutely amazed at how simple the design was.  I literally could build a water bed frame in about 2 hours after seeing how this one was put together.  I always thought they were much more complex in order to support all of the weight of the water.  In realty, it is very easy to build a frame that can support all that weight.

I eventually got rid of the water bed when I moved into a smaller apartment.  I am happy that I got to experience the joy of it for 2 years and that if I ever want one again, I can probably get one brand new for very cheap by knowing how to build the frame myself.  All I’d have to do is make sure I get a water/air combination that is more comfortable for my back.