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10 Must-Dos To Keep Your Home Safe

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A safe home is a happy home. You prevent your family members from getting sick. You minimize expenses hospital expenses and medical costs. In short, you have a well-managed home.

Besides decorations, amenities or facilities, your home must be safe. A perfect home looks into potential risks or home features that can result in accidents. Even if you have a child-friendly house in Vermosa estate in Cavite, you must still observe caution and create a safe home.

If you wish to live harmoniously, here are ten common safety tips to observe when keeping your home safe for all the members of your family.

1. Limit the use of pest control.

Pesticides can contaminate the air or the area where your child plays or your family frequently stays. According to Philip Landrigan, M.D., director of Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Children’s Environmental Health Center in New York City, pest control increases the risk of developing neurological problems and cancer in people. These chemical are designed to kill, so they endanger your health more than you can imagine.

Instead of using pest control, Landrigan suggests sealing the holes and cracks in floors and walls to prevent mice, cockroaches, and other insects from entering your house. Don’t forget the crevices in your doors and windows. He also advises maintaining a clean kitchen free of food particles. If you must use pesticides, use the smallest amount. Use gel-based products or baits instead of sprays.

2. Store chemicals in hard to reach places.

Pesticides aren’t the only chemicals you can find at home. You also have cleaning agents, medications, and other solutions that are poisonous when ingested. As much as possible, keep them away from your child’s prying hands.

Store them on the top shelf and other hard to reach places. Do the same with your vanity essentials. Children might play with your cosmetic items such as nail polish remover, perfume, bath oil, aftershave or mouthwash.

3. Set out fires by keeping candles and matches.

Separate candles and matches and keep them out of sight. Toddlers can accidentally light a match. Though their motor skills are underdeveloped, the friction can cause sparks that might start a fire.

At the same time, do not leave a lit candle in the open. Children might bump into it or topple over it which may cause house fires or burns to your child. Children can also chew on the wax and choke. If you wish to use candlelights, you may try LED candles that is almost the same as real ones.

4. Cover the fireplace.

Cover your fireplace when unused. Install heat resistant gates to cover the flames and protect your family while the fire is burning. It also protects them from falling or getting injuries from the sharp and stone hearth.

Meanwhile, artificial fireplaces can have small rocks that can be a choking hazard. Remove them to prevent any unwanted accidents. Also, keep fire-stocking tools out of reach.

5. Hang on the wall anything that might fall.

If you plan to hang photo frames, ensure they are of the places your child frequents. The frame might drop to the floor and shatter the glass in small pieces which might cut him. As much as possible, mount your frames on the wall or replace the ones on surfaces with plastic.

Do the same to your TV so children won’t reach it when they try to reach the stand. Be sure to mount it on the wall securely. You can also anchor your stand on the wall too. Use slip industrial-strength Velcro straps through air-vent holes connected to eye hooks screwed into the wall.

6. Conceal power outlets.

Children are at risk of electrocution when power strips and sockets are exposed. They could unplug a cord from the outlet or stick objects in the hole. To prevent children from shocks and electrocution, use a power-strip cover. You can also block outlets with a cover or hide them behind furniture.

7. Use tempered-glass tops.

Glass table edges are dangerous for kids especially those learning to walk. Clinical psychologist David Schwebel, Ph. D., says that toddlers can cut their forehead and eye area once they bump into the edges of a glass table. You can prevent accidents from happening by finding out the material used for your table. If you have a non-tempered tabletop, you must place the table in a room your child can’t enter. Replace it with a new tempered-glass top and with edge guards.

8. Prevent falls and suffocation by properly setting up the crib.

Prevent your child from falling by lowering the crib mattress once he or she can sit up. Lowering the crib makes it difficult for them to get out. Refrain from using drop-side cribs. Your child can fall if the drop-side breaks.

Your child is also at risk of suffocation. Do not place too many stuffed animals in the crib. Check the sides of the sides of the crib. If a can of soda can fit between the slats, then your child’s head, hand, and foot can get stuck in them.

9. Use window blinds and guards.

Children might play with the cords and get strangled. A child might loop his or her neck on a cord or long curtain. Thus, it’s best to have cordless window coverings.

It’s also a must to have window guards. Windows with a window seat or those that are low to the floor must install a guard. That way, the window is only open for 3 inches.

10. Choose the right toys.

Balloons are fun to play with and seem safe to be considered as their playthings. In reality, they must be kept away from children under 8 years old. Half of the reported choking deaths by toys are due to balloons. A child can put the remains of a popped balloon in the mouth. The material can drape itself over the entrance of the larynx and cover it like shrink-wrap.

Crayons are also choking hazards. They might not be toys, but they are one of the things given to children for them to use. Children’s small hands can snap a crayon into pieces. The colorful sticks can entice children to put the little pieces in their mouth. It’s best to supervise or guide them when they are using art supplies. Consider using big, round crayons instead of the standard small ones.

If your home is already a happy one, you can make it better by keeping it safe for your child. Check your home now. See if there are features you can improve to create a healthy and safe environment. Follow these steps to prevent fires, electrocution, suffocation, and falls.

 

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Aesthetic Homes: The Anatomy of a Perfect House

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“Successful homeownership is not just putting people into homes; it is also making sure people keep their homes.” –Michelle Collins

Home (noun): a place where one lives; an environment affording security and happiness; a valued place considered a refuge or place of origin.

What is your idea of a perfect home?

To some, it might mean tall ceilings and ornate interiors. For others, it connotes a sprawling modern mansion by the countryside with its heated pool and to a few; it is a place of refuge which they can call as their own. From all these, we can only make one assumption: the concept of a perfect home remains largely subjective. What an ideal home looks to you may not exactly suit the preferences and tastes of another and vice versa. However, while the perfect home remains as an idiosyncratic notion, certain home design elements are universally considered ideal insomuch that when combined, it would culminate in the creation of the perfect house.

The perfect home answers all of your needs, wants and more. It is functional, practical and aesthetically created to suit your taste. Furthermore, it provides you ease of convenience, and it pretty much operates like a dream. With all that considered, you might assume that a dream home would cost you an arm and a leg, but this is an erroneous association. Dream homes do not always equal hefty price tags. However, dream homes do require a degree of practicality and common sense to build accordingly. After all, the perfect house is not one that uses the most expensive materials, but instead, it is one that is made up with common sense features that would satisfy your needs regardless of wherever you live or what your home’s size may be. The perfect house can be anywhere and anything from a contemporary residential home to a Makati apartment for rent.

Furthermore, they add value to your home. Here are just some of the elements that when unified, would create the perfect home:

1.) Single Level

Single level homes are practical and convenient. Today, they have seen resurging popularity in the real estate market, and the demand for them is rather high. To what can we attribute this phenomenon? Well, single-level homes can be easily maintained insomuch that you do not have to devote entire weekends to clean and spruce it up. Everything is just within reach regardless of whether it is for painting, repairs or cleaning. Moreover, temperatures are easy to regulate owing to the lack of stairs which means temperature differences would be mitigated. Lastly, it is ideal for aging as the risk of falling down the stairs is essentially nonexistent.

2.) Nine-Foot Ceilings

You will be surprised how cramped spaces can look a lot bigger just by having tall ceilings. Nine-foot-tall ceilings, in particular, would make your interiors look so much more spacious than it really is without compelling you to increase square footage. Moreover, it gives your rooms that aesthetic feel which most standard 7 to 8-foot ceilings generally lack. Incidentally, 9-foot ceilings are in high demand which when added to your home, would then make it more marketable (and consequently, easier to sell). In this regard, while taller ceilings are generally considered a pricey remodel, it will be worth the investment as you can probably recoup more than what you spent when you sell your home in the future.

3.) Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces have seen a rise in popularity over the years as not only would it be an excellent avenue for relaxation, it is also healthy. Moreover, having an outdoor living space means you have an alternative to the otherwise stifling feel of your indoors. In this regard, small houses would very much benefit from outdoor living spaces as they would not be constrained to staying indoors should they be entertaining visitors and guests. Adding a patio or a deck to your home would also add to its desirability and marketability. So, if you wish to increase its potential resale value, you might want to look into installing an outdoor living space.

4.) Separate Master’s Bedroom

You can advocate the idea of being a happy-family in a shared space, but at the end of the day, you would surely want your private quarters to relax on your own. Having your place preserves your sanity and a few separate rooms in the home would afford everyone some peace and quiet.

5.) Great storage

Perfect homes are never wanting of storage space, and it seems like it has more than enough of it. Storage should be a priority when it comes to looking for an ideal place to live in, and your homes should allow you to maximize that capacity as well. However, this does not mean that you should go ahead and arbitrarily add storage space as after all; you might have tons of hidden storage space just lurking right underneath your nose. Utilize them well.

 

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5 Pieces of Furniture to Add in a Teen Condo Bedroom

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Teenagers of today are design-conscious and up-to-date with the latest trends. Whether its fashion, graphic design or interior decorating, they back up their knowledge through research. They may act as if they know everything there is to know, but they are living in childhood and adulthood. Some of them aren’t ready to give up their toys or collectibles from the past. As their parent or guardian, you can help them transform their bedroom into a polished and sophisticated sleeping quarter at Arbor Lanes.

Teen bedrooms must include features specific to their age without sacrificing design. It must be vibrant and full of energy. It must allow movement while providing an escape from the demands of the world. A functional bedroom must have the basics – bed, study desk, bookshelf, vanity, and storage units. Your teen’s bedroom becomes ten times better when it has a few pieces of furniture that would contribute to its look. You can add the five pieces of furniture below to improve the style of your teen’s room.

1. Armchair/Bean Bags/Couch

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Other than the chair for the desk, there must be additional places for sitting. Teenage years is the decade when friends and classmates come over to hang out. These children have limited cash and a strict curfew. Thus, they would instead crash in your child’s room or chill in the family room. When that happens, you’ll need an extra couch or couple of bean bags to keep your guests comfy.

If you want to add a pair of bean bags in your teen’s room, you must select a chair with removable and washable cover. The bean bag will last longer when you can throw its cover in the wash. Washing does a better job at cleaning than spot cleaning. You must also select a chair with the right filling. Polystyrene bead fill is light but breaks over time. It’s best to look for an eco-fill that is safe and non-carcinogenic. The bean bag must also be big enough to support the user and provide a comfortable seating position.

Beanbags are perfect in a laidback bedroom theme. Teens who wish to achieve a chic and elegant bedroom can opt for armchairs. Armchairs have different varieties and styles. There are curved armrests and boxy seating. It also uses various fabrics and patterns for upholstery. An armchair with a neutral cover is versatile but avoid using white if you want minimal upkeep. Armchairs and bean bags will work on small spaces and extensive floor areas with heavy pieces of furniture. If there’s extra space in the room, you can go for a couch. Sofa beds are great for slumber parties or group school work the teens need to rush.

2. Dresser

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When talking about dressers, it’s critical to know about design, quality, finish, and construction. Keep in mind you can customize its pulls and handles. Focus on the material, the number of its drawers and size as well as material. There are different types of wood used in making chests, and they differ in price points. High-quality dressers have a shiny finish, wood-on-wood glides, and center-rail support. Again, measure the width, height, and depth it will accommodate.

3. Full-length Mirror

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Since teens are conscious of their appearance, a full-length mirror can reassure if their outfit is up to par. The mirror provides a breath of fresh air into your space. It reflects light so small rooms will benefit from the extra shine and brightness. Shape, size, and style are the most important things to look into when buying a mirror.

The shape of the mirror can dictate the mood of the room and accentuate the features of the area. A long horizontal mirror emphasizes width while a tall vertical reflector accentuates height. Boxy shapes give a sense of order while rounded and curved frames soften the visual environment and add a whimsical look. A carved or ornate frame is best for traditional bedroom themes. Still, it is an excellent contrast to modern elements of design. Simple frames and those made of unusual materials suit casual bedroom while whimsical frames and distressed looks complement country and whimsical rooms.

4. Ottoman

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An ottoman is an understated piece of furniture. It is a padded upholstered seat. It resembles a bench without the arms. It can be square or round and used as stools or footrest. Homeowners often neglect the advantage of having one in the bedroom. A square-shaped ottoman enables you to extend the size of your coach. Meanwhile, round and rectangular ottomans are great coffee tables and centerpieces.

You can also purchase ottomans depending on their function. Cocktail and storage ottomans are elevating the room’s overall appearance.

5. Side Table

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If you are looking for pieces of furniture to fill the sides of your bed, you can add a pair of side tables. It’s crucial to think of the height of the item next to it. The table must be equal or below the furniture next to it. It creates a seamless visual flow and makes it easy to reach items on the table. Similar to armchairs, mirrors, and ottomans, side tables also come in several shapes and sizes. You can use your side table to contrast the existing furniture in the area to offset harsh lines, soft textures, or bold colors.

Some side tables have drawers and open shelves for extra storage. Having these features will depend on how you plan to use it.

Armchairs, bean bags, dresser, full-length mirror, ottomans, and side tables are few of the pieces of furniture to add in a teen condo bedroom. A teen’s bedroom is similar to a self-contained apartment. They don’t mind its size as long as it has everything they need. They have space to invite their friends over, finish their homework, and sleep. The right style, shape, size, and color will help reflect their personality and complete the design of their room.

 

The Joys of Being Alone: Becoming Financially Stable

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Financially stability is probably every Millenial’s dream. Born in a world of economic meltdowns, fiscal and monetary policy, these individuals often look forward to easing their worries regarding finances.

They start early – they look for jobs and side hustles, build empires and turn their passion into business ventures. Of course, the path to these isn’t easy. It can be a breeze when you know where to start.

To help you get started, here are some hacks to financial stability.

1. Build your emergency fund.

There’s no other solution during difficult times than to establish a sizeable amount of emergency funding. Each day unexpected events happen to each one. What’s worse, the outcomes are unpredictable. Some events result in greatness while others result in depression (not the illness).

These events not only happen to us. They also occur to people close to us – parents, siblings, and children. When these occur, you must be ready to buffer against the hardship. A sudden layoff, sickness, and death entail costs that can eat up your operating expenses. An emergency fund will help you sail through them.

If you’re a regular employee with a monthly salary, it helps to save six months’ worth of expenses. Entrepreneurs, people on commission and those without a fixed income must save a year’s worth for their expenditures.

2. Expand your income base.

It will take you awhile before you reach the ideal amount for an emergency fund if you have a meager paycheck. A minimum wage will only get you so far – utilities, food, other necessities, and the remaining for savings. You won’t have enough for investment which is crucial to make your money grow over time.

Thus, you must get creative and bust some move to gain some moolah. Some people get a side hustle on top of their 9-to-5 job. Others explore their passion until they start making something out of it. There are guides and tutorials on the Internet that can guide you and become your inspiration to grow your money.

3. Explore community services.

Privatization and exclusivity may be convenient and fancy, but it’s highly expensive. An Uber ride to work is double the amount of your daily train fare. Therefore, commuting is highly sustainable compared to other modes of transportation. Exploring the travel route from Trinoma to Vertis North saves you a couple of bills while doing good to the Earth.

The same goes for biking and walking. It doesn’t only decrease your expenses. It also minimizes your carbon footprint. Besides commuting, common areas like public parks, museums, and libraries are sources of culture and entertainment. Most of these establishments offer a small fee (often the entrance fee) to maintain their operation.

TL, DR: You can be part of something without spending a ton of money just because of exclusivity.

4. Set a partition on your utilities.

Scheduling bill payment twice a month between both paychecks is a life hack. It spreads out your money and extends your budget. To do this, include electricity and water bills in the first half of the month. The other half covers the remaining expenses such as cable, Internet and other payables.

You can throw in other expenses such as groceries and household expenses in the mix. You can do grocery shopping twice per cutoff. That way, you can easily track where the bulk of your money goes.

5. Use budgeting apps.

There’s an app for everything. There’s an application for budgeting for sure. Hence, use the power of technology to cultivate lasting financial habits. If budgeting and monay management isn’t your cup of tea, you can rely on apps to balance accounts and compute your expenses for you. All you have to do in input the complete details to arrive at an accurate computation of your payments and net income.

Maintaining a savings account and paying off a loan is easy when you don’t have obligations. Family members can add to the bulk of expenses without contributing to income. Thus, use these tips and hacks to maximize your earnings. Once you have enough, start growing your passive income. Being financially stable is based on a having a fixed passive income.

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5 Things at Home You Didn’t Know You Could Fix Yourself

“Often what’s wrong with some modernist houses – they’re kept vacuum-sealed all the way through. And then people wonder why they haven’t any atmosphere.” – John Stefanidis

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We all hate damages. Especially when your favorite thing is broken, we feel like we have already lost a very important thing in our life. Whether you like it or not, damages at home are inevitable. One of the reasons is probably because you consistently used that particular thing. It does not matter if you lived in a condo for rent in Bonifacio Global City or any condominiums in the Philippines, you will find damages at home.

But just because might notice some damages, that does not mean that it is going to be a big deal. There are a lot of damages where you can fix it yourself. You do not need to call a professional just to fix it for you. Keep in mind that some damages may be simple enough for you to mend it. To give you an idea, we list down some things you have at home where you can fix yourself.

1. Uneven shower stream

If you know that there is something wrong with the shower, then you should check behind the shower’s handle. There is a valve that is responsible for correctly mixing hot and cold water, and kept the pressure consistent. But before you do the fixing, make sure to shut off the water to the shower, then you can now remove the screws holding the handle through the use of plier and the trim plate on. After, install a replacement pressure to balance the cartridge.

2. Toilet bowl scratches

This is also one of the many things at home where you can fix it yourself. If there are any bowl scratches or anything that keeps the bowl from flushing, then you can clear it with a drain snake. Scrubbing the marks with kitchen scouring pad is also another thing you can use to fix the toilet.

3. Sluggish vent-hood suction

When you have poor suction in your kitchen sink, then you probably need to replace the motor. But before you start fixing, always remember to shut the power to the hood and remove any filters. You also need to pull out the fan blade and find the motor’s wiring harness. Unclip it and unscrew the motor from its blanket. And then attached the replacement motor and reconnected the harness before you install the fan blade again.

4. Dripping dishwasher

This is one thing that we hate whenever it is damaged. Keep in mind that constant use of the dishwasher, the thick rubber gasket along the edge of the tub can also become brittle. That is why, it is important for you to examine the gasket and gently pull it out and reseat it into the tub, and then run the dishwasher. However, if the dishwasher is still leaking, then you should get a replacement gasket and install it in the same way.

5. Slow dryer

It is a must for a dryer to have a proper airflow to finish a load of clothing. However, if your dryer is not working, then this might not a start to wash your clothes. To fix it, you need to remove the front panel and housing cover and unhook the door switch’s wires. Behind that is the blower wheel, remove it from the motor shaft with snap ring pliers. You then need to slide the new wheel in place and test that if it spins by hand. If it does, then you have to reassemble the dryer back to its form.

 

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Top 8 Best Things About Designing A Home

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When it comes to home design, it is not just about how it looks or how pleasing it is from the inside and out. Yes, the appearance is an important factor. But an exceptional home design involves the emotion of a person – on what they feel about having such design. Or on how they convey their personality through the design of their home. However, not all homeowners can grasp the importance of a good home design.

Perhaps, for as long as they have a place to stay, then they are cool with it. This may be acceptable, but not a good reason for not having a good design for your home. And it doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in Manila, having a pleasing home design is within your reach.

  1. Increase peace of mind

Aside from the convenience, you can also have peace of mind in such a way that you don’t have to worry about costly mistakes. Having a good home design would also be beneficial for those homeowners who leave each day, obsessively worrying if everything in their home is in order.

  1. Create a setting for living

Having a satisfying home design would also create a place that looks and feels liveable. It will give you the right ambiance for your home to make you feel comfortable and relax. However, just imagine a messy and lifeless home; you don’t want to live in such place. Right? Well, that would be most likely the scenario if you don’t care less about designing your home.

  1. Enjoyment of a well-designed home

Some people may not be able to realize the value of having a good home design. But when you do, you’d definitely enjoy living in such place. How much more when you personalize and optimize your home? Aside from giving your home a look you wanted, you can also experience having a good feeling and impression to it.

  1. Sets lot of limitation

Yes, designing your home may depend on the things you want to have. However, you also have to know that there are some limitations that you need to consider. Well, limitations such as making sure that the things would match perfectly with the other furniture at home, and other dos and don’ts when it comes to home decorations. But don’t look at the limitations the negative way, this is also one way to make sure you will have a good and satisfying outcome.

  1. Saves money and increase convenience

When you do home design properly, this will give you the freedom to save a lot of your time and money. Homeowners can also experience convenience while living at home. There’s no need to trip yourself from the corners due to the sharp edges and wrong arrangements.

  1. Keeps you and your family save

Before you start designing your home, you need to think about what to do to make sure that everything would be in order. Thinking about how to make the edges of the table or the chair safe to avoid any accidents, and considering the electrical cords that your children might be playing are the things you need to consider when planning for home design.

  1. Having an optimized functional space design

This is also one thing you need to consider when designing your home – having a functional space design. Obviously, you are not going to design your home without any plans on what to do with your room, right? Perhaps, you can have a room for entertainment where you and your family can bond. Well, make sure that there will be enough space for everyone to move around.

  1. The wow factor

As we all know not all homeowners, have a wow factor on their home. However, if you or your family and friends can say wow, then you have a good design on your home. There will always be a feeling of satisfaction from the entrance to every room of your home.

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Home Improvements: 5 Essential Decorator’s Toolkit

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You cannot decorate your home when you do not have the basic tools to use on the necessary improvements. Home decoration often need tools for you to get started. And for one to achieve the desired outcome, a homeowner should have a good toolkit – but of course, you do not need to buy a kit all at once lavishly. However, if you want to have a better result, it is best for you to invest in well-made items that will last a lifetime.

 
Yes, it may be understandable that most homeowners cannot have the right tools since they also have so many things to think of. But if you do not have the right tools, you may not achieve the result you have to have. Whether you live in Amaia Home or any other real estate in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to have the right tools. And if you are planning to do some renovations or decorations, homeowners need these things below:

Measuring tape

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One reason why the decorations are not properly installed is that it is not properly measured on where and what spot should you put the things you want to display. Perhaps, for some, “eyeballing” may be useful. However, that may not always be the case. You need to have a measuring tape for you to make sure to have the right measurement for each corner or space for you to have a better result.

Hammer

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Hammer is one of the most important tools you need to have at home. Of course, you do not want to make the work difficult for you, right? That is why you need to have a hammer included in your toolkit to make sure that you can use it anytime whenever you want to do some renovations at home. And if you are still planning to buy a hammer, you have to make sure that the handle of the hammer is comfy enough for you to use.

Drill or screwdriver

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Drill or screwdriver is necessary tools especially when you want to hang something on your wall. Of course, this would help you hold whatever things you want to display. Moreover, screws are great when you need to tighten up some things to make it more durable enough on the wall or any corner of your home.

Ladders

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If you think ladders are not necessary when it comes to home renovations, then you better think again. Of course, there will be times that you need the ladder especially when you need to reach for your ceiling. Ladders are also important when cleaning your ceiling. There are just cobwebs that are stubborn enough for you to get. That is why you need to have ladders to make sure that everything will be included in the cleaning.

Pliers

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Aside from the fact that pliers are one of the most essential tools you need to have at home, pliers are also good for cables and other things that you need to do. There are different kinds of pliers, for crosscutting electrical wire, you need to have the side-cutting electrician pliers. For reaching into electrical boxes to trim away the cable’s sheath and paper, you need to have the diagonal pliers. And for cutting old rusty nails, screws, staples and clips, you need the ironworker’s pliers for it. This only means you need to make sure that you know which pliers are best for you to make sure that you will have a better outcome of the decorations at home.

 
One way or another, you need to have your decorations kit ready all the time. Of course, this is to ensure that you will have something to use whenever you decide to fix or decorate something. In this way, it will be much easier and faster for you to make things done at home.

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Common Home Decorating Mistakes Most Homeowners are Still Doing

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Whether you realize it or not, home decorating can be challenging. And if you do not have any idea on what and what not to do, then chances are you’d make a costly mistake. It is understandable that most of us here are not professional enough in decorating our home. But if you are keen enough when it comes to home design, then you would definitely be mindful of the things you do in your home. Generally, it does not matter if you are living in Amaia Homes or any other real estate in the Philippines, having an impressive home is within your reach.

If you are one of those homeowners who want to have some new look on their home, then you better know the things that would give your home a better outcome. Hiring some interior decorator may be an advantage. But if you are on a tight budget, making sure that you are doing the right thing when it comes to home design is a must for you to do. And to give you some ideas, below are some things you should never do in home decorating.

Photo overload on surfaces

Admittedly, we tend to put our photos on display. But do you know that photos can also be one of the common decorating mistakes most homeowners are still doing? When you put or display too many picture frames on surfaces, it can look messy. And I’m sure you do not want to have a messy surface in your home, right? However, if you really want to display some pictures, why don’t you create a photo collage on your wall with matching frames. Of course, the photos does not just add beauty to your home, but it also saves a lot of spaces.

Cord messes

Cords on your appliances and other gadgets at home should not be taken lightly. Of course, it does not just distract a beautiful home, but it is also dangerous when it comes to accidents. As a homeowner, you should think about how you can use your cords without posing a risk to your home. Perhaps, you can label every cord in your home and unplug everything that you do not use. And most importantly, you should organize accordingly.

Out of place themes

Themes are a big factor when it comes to home designs. Of course, they add beauty and ambiance to our home. If you are a kind of person who wants minimalist in their home, then you can have such theme. However, you also have to be careful when choosing the right theme for your home. Just because you like that particular theme, that does not mean that it will also look good on your home. Well, why don’t you try adding home-related accent pieces rather than having your home with out of place themes?

Dated hardware

Whether you realize it or not, every single detail found in your home is important. Details such as your hardware on your furniture or even on your kitchen cabinets can make a big difference. If you think that installing new cabinet knobs are expensive, then you better think again. You can definitely find a piece of hardware that are stylish enough yet at an affordable price. You just have to make sure that you know where and what to buy for you to have a better outcome on the decorations of your home.

Too many pillows

It is understandable why we want to have many pillows at home. Of course, it’s fluffy, soft and it is definitely comfortable for us to use. However, do you know that having too many pillows at home is also not a good idea when decorating your home? When you have so many pillows at home, there will be a tendency that you can barely sit down. And I’m sure it is not going to be as comfortable as you want to.

If you want to include throw pillows in your living room or any other rooms you have at home, then try to limit accent pillows on a sofa to two or three. With that, it will be much easier for you to sit comfortably.

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AC Hacks: 5 Proven Ways to Save Energy

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Considering the fact that we are living in a millennial age where various kinds of pollution are present, living in an Eco-friendly home is the least we can do. Obviously, we do not want to put our lives at risks. Right? That means we have to be careful and keen enough when it comes to our lifestyle. Although a lot of us here are living a simple life in Amaia Homes or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to live in an Eco-friendly home.

But sad to say, not all of us here are able to grasp and understand the importance of an eco-friendly home. Perhaps, they do not know what and what not to do when it comes to living in such lifestyle. And if you are one of those people who do not have any idea, then you might want to consider these ideas below for you to have and live a healthy lifestyle. Here’s how:

1. Make sure your air conditioning and heating units are energy star models

It is undeniable that we use AC and heating units at home. But as a homeowner, you have to know that these appliances can eat up a lot of energy at home. That means, the more you use these things, the more you are contributing to the pollution. And if you care enough to have an eco-friendly home, then you have to make sure that your air conditioning and heating units are energy star models. With that, it will minimize the risk of adding a substance that causes the pollution.

2. Always keep windows and doors tightly shut when running the AC or heater

When it comes to saving energy at home, it is a must for you to shut the door tightly to prevent the air from going out. This is also one way to make the room cooler or warmer faster. Of course, if you also want to save some of your electricity bills, then make sure that you are not wasting the energy at home.

3. Use ceiling fans to cools a room instead of turning on the AC

This is one of the common things most homeowners should do. Instead of turning on the AC which can eat up a lot of energy at home, why don’t you just use the ceiling fan for it? With that, it doesn’t just give you the cooling air that you need, you are also saving a lot of energy and money out from it. Who would not want that, right?

4. Turning your AC or heater off entirely every time you leave your home

It is understandable why you want to turn on your AC even if you leave for a minute in your home since the weather might be too hot for you to handle. However, do you know that it is not advisable for you to leave your AC on while you are away? For obvious reasons, this might be the cause of a fire accident due to overheating, and this can definitely add to your expensive electricity bills. And I’m sure you definitely do not want to pay such bill, right? That is why you have to take precautions when it comes to using your appliances.

5. Turn off kitchen or bath exhaust fans as soon as possible

If you want to use your AC, then you have to make sure that you turn off the kitchen and bath exhaust fans as soon as possible. Of course, you do not want to waste your energy by letting cool air pass through the vents, right? That is why you have to make sure that you do not forget about turning them off.

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Top 6 Powder Room Ideas You Won’t Regret

There’s nothing more pampered than having a stylish powder room at home. Agree? Particularly for guests who just need a little retouch, a powder room would be a great spot for them. Generally, powder rooms have a simple space at home. It can be near the kitchen, living room or in the bathroom. But wherever the placement will be, it is still one of the spots most people usually used. And of course, you can definitely have your own powder room whether you are living in your 1br condo in Alabang.

A powder room can also be one of the attractions in your home. Especially when you have guests coming over, they definitely would appreciate if they could use a powder room to freshen up their selves. And if you have a stylish powder room, then you will not be hesitant to let your guests use it. However, if you are not proud of it, then you might want to refer to these powder room ideas and apply it to yours. Perhaps, this is one of the many ways you will love having such room in your home.

1. Tiled walls

Walls are the things your guest would first notice. That is why it is necessary for you to make the walls of your powder room neat and elegant enough. If you have a small powder room space, you can have a little tile that would also compliment with space. You might also consider mix matching the walls and your floor. If your floor is intact, then go for a tiled element on your walls. Vice-versa.

2. Fixtures

If you think that a mirror and a sink would be enough, then you better think again. There’s nothing more appealing than having stylish accessories in your powder room. It will not only add beauty to the place, but it will also make the room more functional. Perhaps, you can also include a lamp mounted on the wall and a picture frame below it. It is basically up to you on how you want to make it more attractive.

3. Storage

Having storage in your powder room is one of the things you should not forget to include. A small storage space will do, for as long as it will serve its purpose to whoever uses it. Or perhaps, you can store essentials such as hand sanitizer, hand towel, paper towel and other essentials that one can possibly use.

4. Vanity

There’s nothing wrong when you go for something that you dream of. Perhaps, you want to have a powder room based on your imagination, then you can definitely achieve such if you want to. However, you also have to be considerate about how others would feel when they use the room. Well, you can go for a cool live-edge counter especially for powder rooms placed in the bathroom.

5. Wallpaper

If you think that having simple tiles on the wall is so simple and plain, then you can also have and use wallpaper for it. Of course, you better choose a wallpaper that would complement with the fixtures. Wallpaper with patterns would be great when your powder room is large. However, if you have a small space, then you can go for whimsical wallpaper. With this, your powder room will still look elegant with the wallpapers on it.

6. Flooring

Generally, it is up to you if you want to use the same flooring with the rest of your rooms, or you can go for a more stylish one. And if you are planning to make it different from the rest, then don’t be afraid to mix and match your flooring with the fixtures and other features in the powder room. Just make sure that all the things you do and include will definitely match with one another.