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How To Choose The Right Style Of Window Treatment For Your Home

One of the most fun areas of home decorating is choosing what type of window treatments you are going to use. Not only do you have the choices of what style, fabrics, and colors but you also need to decide whether you will use matching or contrasting borders, fringe, cording, and other accents that will announce your individuality. The choice of window treatments tells a lot about a person's personality. My wife and I recently redesigned the window treatments in one of our homes and chose a tropical them complete with bamboo rods for the curtain holders and blinds that were made of bamboo slats for an island look. When we added some floral curtains and draped artificial flowers over the bamboo rods it really set the whole room up.

Many people don't realize how many different components go into creating great window treatments. In addition to the above you also have to choose your draperies and valances as well as what type of ties you are going to go with and with the valances you have to decide if you are going formal or casual as well as choosing the type of fabric and whether it will be flat, gathered, or pleated.

Next you will want to make a decision about blinds and shades. There is now a diverse selection of shades and blinds to choose from. This wasn't the case as little as 20 years ago but now you can walk into home improvement store and find an enormous selection, if you shop online you find an even larger selection. Here you will have to decide whether you are going to use shades made of fabric or the cellular variety. You will also have the options of bottom arched, pleated or flat, Roman and balloon styles. Keep in mind that the cellular shades will give you a much cleaner look.

If you opt to go with blinds as we have in all of our houses then you have many more choices. You can choose aluminum, vinyl, imitation wood, or real wood for your blinds and of course you also have a rainbow of colors to choose from. The great thing about using real wood is that you can match them to any color you need. They are also very adjustable as far as how much light you want to let in and you can open them with open windows to let breezes flow through and still maintain a degree of privacy.


4 Main Categories of Human Touch Massage Chairs

Human Touch massage chairs are right up at the top of the list in the massage chair world. They are a perfect example of what any other massage chair can aspire to be. It goes without saying that an actual human touch makes the best massage, but since Human Touch comes so close, the company picked an appropriate name. The technology and engineering that goes into their products is mighty close to replicating what a real human touch gives. Kudos to them. What I find fascinating is how people turn to modern technology for relief from muscle tension and other stresses that we all experience a a result of today's fast paced world. Technology that helps balance out the stresses caused by other technologies. Human Touch massage chairs come in different shapes and sizes, and each has its own unique contribution to make. There are four main categories of their massage chairs that I want to tell you about briefly.

First, the Casual line is lovingly referred to as the iJoy massage chair line. These chairs are cool and fashionable. They have a chic look to them and are perfect for any modern apartment, house, or office. Getting a chair to duplicate the feel of a massage takes a lot of technology and Human Touch puts many patented technologies into their massage chairs. The iJoy is packed with them.

The second category of Human Touch massage chairs is the Signature series. These are known for their sturdy and reliable construction and classic good looks. High grade leathers and beautiful hardwood accents make these pleasing to look at as well as comfortable to use. These chairs also have the ability for the user to customize their massage experience as well as using a variety of preprogrammed massage cycles. The Signature series also has a built in calf and foot massager. I can tell you from personal experience that this feature alone makes this chair worth every penny. I love the way this feature enhances the massage experience.

The third category of chairs is the Healthy Furniture line consisting of their Perfect Chairs. These come in a variety of top quality materials like micro suede and soft premium leather. Rather than actual massage chairs, these are primarily zero-gravity chairs that are designed to position the body in a neutral position to help counteract gravity's negative effects. The antigravity chair concept is one that has been around for a while, originally developed by NASA, but Human Touch excels at making theirs fashionable as well as comfortable.

Finally, the fourth category of Human Touch massage chair is the Elite line. These are the HT-1650 and the HT-7450 chairs. Both of these have Human Touch's patented technologies built in that include preprogrammed massage routines and customization options. They also give the user the option of having heat applied to their back.

Technology isn't a fix all, but when it comes to Human Touch massage chairs it comes pretty close. The way tensioners, rollers, kneaders, and massagers come to bear on our bodies is surprisingly similar to what an actual massage therapist would do. Light a few candles, set some nice meditative music on in the background, settle into your massage chair and enjoy the relaxation and stress relief that savvy massage aficionados have come to expect from Human Touch massage chairs.


How to Create a Family Game Room Out of Your Extra Bedroom

If you have an extra bedroom or a guest room that gets very little use, perhaps it is time to give it a total makeover. Why don't you turn that room into a wonderful game room that everyone will like, instead of wasting the space? Many times this can be accomplished on a minimal budget with hardly any effort. All you need is an unused bedroom, a few decorating materials, and plenty of games. Here are some nice simple tips for making that spare space into your very own family game room.

Inspecting Your Space

The first step towards creating a game room is carefully examining the room. If you already have furniture in the room, you will have to give some consideration as to what you will do with it. Sometimes you can still use the furniture and incorporate it as part of your family game room. However, some furniture pieces will probably have to be removed entirely, such as the bed itself. Sometimes you might just wish to put these items in storage so that you may have them available if you want them in the future. You might also donate these items to charity or perhaps sell them in a garage sale or on an internet auction site. When you have emptied the room, take a look at the floor and also the walls. If the room could use a new coat of paint, it can be easier to get the job done before you start adding new furniture to the room. Adding a colorful coat of paint can really help to transform an old bedroom into an enjoyable new game room.

Great Furniture Pieces for Game Rooms

Although the furniture pieces you include will obviously be somewhat based upon the kinds of games you plan to play, there are a few items that are always useful. A nice sturdy table and chair set, large enough for your entire family to sit at, is often an indispensable addition to the game room. Tables are usually a great thing to use for board games and card games. On the other hand, if you plan to play mostly video games in the room, then you might want to focus on a television set, an entertainment center, and comfortable seating pieces such as chairs, a small couch, or a loveseat. If there is hardwood or tile floor in the room, including an area rug can make sitting on the floor to play games a more comfortable experience.

Hints for Decorating the Game Room

You can have plenty of fun redecorating your family game room. Pictures of your family can make great art for your walls when you put them in wood picture frames. Or you might even hang old game boards made out of wood on your walls as a creative design. You may also find some wallpapers that have a theme perfect for a game room. You may even make a neat chair rail border around the walls of your game room using just some playing cards arranged end to end. All you need to have to attach them is some paste for wallpaper borders. You may also find some vintage boxes from board games, and also game directions and any other game-themed items to put in antique picture frames as wall artwork.

So use that extra bedroom you have as soon as you are able to. Begin converting it into a game room you will always love.


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