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4 Ways To Kill An Ecommerce Business
There are common mistakes repeated a million times daily in every industry, including the ecommerce industry. It doesn't matter whether the ecommerce business is selling on Ebay, teaching others how to succeed, an SEO management firm, or a corporate advertising agency with more than 100 employees, everyone falls victim to these mistakes from time to time. The important thing is to learn how to recognize these mistakes in their `many forms' and learn how to weed them out before they cost...

Managing An Ecommerce Business
Many ecommerce business owners have a hard time understanding trends. An ecommerce business runs on the same cycles as a brick-and-mortar business. The dot com industry learned that ten years ago. They believed they could ride the wave forever, then everything crashed. This left many people wondering what happened. The fact is, nothing happened. The ecommerce business community worked like all markets do. Tracking a business's cycle is easy. All the business owner needs to understand is a few...

Creating An Energy Efficient Home
Improving the value of your home goes deeper than decorating ideas. Many homeowners believe that installing new floors, faucets, and repainting will increase the value of their homes. However, they overlook the big picture. As governments are forced to improve emissions and environmental waste, municipalities are forcing new home builders to build environmentally friendly homes. In fact, in England, many municipalities will soon force all homeowners to replace their old, fuel wasting,...

Home Improvements And Decorating Tips From Japan
Home decorating the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry-room all start with the appliances. However, with so many new, energy efficient, and ecologically friendly products coming out in the near future, one wonders if they shouldn't take a look at some of the new designs and decorate and design these rooms to accommodate the new appliances. Americans crave the security of round-the-clock comforts. They want convenience at a fingertip, just in case they are needed. The most ever-present example of...

Reducing Water Consumption In The Home
Most people cannot tell you what the most valuable commodity on earth is. When asked, many people mention precious minerals, jewels, land, and other tangible products. Very few people come up with the right answer, water. Two-thirds of the planet's surface is covered with water. Salt water comprises 97% of the world's water. Fresh water only accounts for 3% of fresh water. Unfortunately, most is locked in the polar icecaps or remains inaccessible, deep underground. Only 1% of the...

Take The Fear Out Of Wallpaper
Blank walls are a source of frustration for most do-it-yourself home decorators. Blank walls say `you are lacking as a decorator,' and haunt us for years. The adventurous home decorators may experiment with texturing stucco, a stucco and sand and paste, grass paper, and stenciling. Most home decorators feel they are limited two alternatives, paint or wallpaper. New technology is making wallpapers simpler to hang and remove, and easier to paint. Easy-hang wallcoverings, called non-wovens,...

What Is Old Is New Again
One of the most dramatic and social aspects of home design is the ability to bring the past to life in our home environments. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. Families want to recreate the good memories from their childhood. Homeowners want to recreate a sophistication and elegance that creates an aura of wealth and prestige, and others lack creativity and artistic talent so they use template design themes in their home. Enter any new house on the Parade of Homes tour and...

Ceiling Treatments
Many of today's larger homes have wide expanses of white and off white ceilings that overwhelm the room and destroy the decorating style. This is most apparent in homes with ten-foot ceilings, and cathedral ceilings. Most home decorators are unable to see beyond the smooth white or stucco decorated ceiling. While stucco decorations are popular, and can be quite artistic when done properly by a professional, their only aesthetic aspect is the relief. For hundreds of years, decorating did...

Decorating With Wrought Iron
Wrought iron has a beautiful, almost ethereal, element that transcends home décor styles and environments, time and tradition. Today’s manufacturers have listened to public demand, hired artists, and created furniture and accents that lets homeowners seamlessly weave wrought iron through any home, any color scheme, and any price range. Unlike other design products, like glass, wrought iron is not the privilege of the wealthy. The average homeowner does not need to resort to a cheap...

Using Lighting To Create The Perfect Room
Many home design magazines have perfect rooms that express the best of today’s home trends and designs. People spend hundreds of dollars on home decorating magazines piecing together a collage that will transform their home into a showplace. After spending ten to fifty thousand dollars, most homeowners give up and settle for second best. This is unfortunate, because with a few designer tricks, any home can be turned into a showplace. The first trick to creating a magazine quality room in...

Decorating Homes With Glass
Decorating with glass does not need to be expensive or cliché. Today’s decorative glass goes far beyond colored glass bottles, mirrors, and walls made from glass blocks. At one time glass was considered as cold and static. Today’s decorators have learned how to blend glass with color and light to create mood and bring life to a room. A new glass, UltraGlas, can be shaped into textured sheets and panels with raised designs. It is used in everything from tabletops and windows to mirrors...

Decorating With Artistic Quilts
Quilts are a truly unique American creation. Quilts were born from ingenuity and creativity. The first quilts were blankets created from scraps of worn out clothing. The quilt grew over time as women worked to add a touch of beauty to their homes. Once machine made fabric became more common place and less valuable, it was purchased for the sole purpose of making quilts. Generations of American women from around the world brought their creativity, cultures, artistic expressions, and...

Unique Uses For Tile
Traditionally, tile has been used in bathrooms and kitchens. Different tiles are used for backsplashes, counters, tub enclosures and floors. However, tile is now coming into its own. Home decorators are learning how to use tile to create a finished look on everything from ceilings to tables. The basic belief is, ‘if there is a seam, tile can cover it.’ Ceiling tiles often have an unfinished or rough look. While many homeowners are using tiles to fix ceilings in basements and old homes, they...

Creating The Functional Den
Successful home decorating is a balance between a room’s visual appeal and its function. Next to the kitchen and laundry room, the den is the most functional room in the house. Homeowners use the den for everything from a home office to a family room. The first thing the homeowner needs to ask is not how they should decorate their den, but how the room is to be used. Start by sitting down with a piece of paper. On one side write what you want. On the other side, write what you need. When the...

5 Summer Decorating Tips For Any Home
In the past people decorated their home and it remained static for years, until it was time to repaint and buy more linen. Now, homeowners are leaving behind the old ideas of home decorating and creating different styles for different times of the year. It is now possible to give a home a one week face lift every season, without breaking the budget. Summer decorating adds freshness to a home. It brightens the colors and opens the rooms up to light and color. The best thing about a face lift...

Advice For Buying Kids Rugs
Most home decorators are unaware of the differences between kid’s rugs and carpet made for the rest of the home. Choosing a versatile, resistant rug for a children’s room will extend the life of the rug and the child’s enjoyment. The first thing home decorators need to consider is pile length and backing. While a long pile and deep padding is perfect for a living room or den, the children’s rug should have a lower pile, and simple backing. Experts recommend a pile 1/3 of an inch or less....

Understanding The Benefits Of Feng Shui
Many homeowners are toying with the idea of decorating their home in the Feng Shui style. They have basic misconceptions of the true Feng Shui style based on companies that were selling books, or a particular service. The reality of Feng Shui is that is was used in all homes, poor and rich. Home decorators do not need to hire someone to create a true Feng Shui room. The first step to bringing the benefits of Feng Shui to your home is to understand exactly what it is. Feng means "wind," and...

How To Update Your Home For 2007
This year is one of the most exciting years the home decorating industry has seen in a long time. Wall papers are inspired by hand painted silk, and embroidered silk, Chinese wallpaper panels. While buying the silk panels in 2007’s colors will cost about $7 000 USD. Many companies are rushing to create affordable wallpapers that mimic the lovely Chinese pastels and bold colored focal points in deep plumbs and rich browns. Many of this year’s designs are muted. The upcoming Olympics have...

Feng Shui: Energizing The Home
One often overlooked aspect of Feng Shui is how intangible, invisible, energy can effect a home’s environment and the occupant’s emotional state and health. While the whole concept of this may appear to be ‘hog wash’ or ‘superstitious mumbo-jumbo’, then you need to read this article and learn how to use an ancient art to improve the look and feel of your home, without breaking your budget. Energy can take invisible forms. It works with the invisible energy in a home and can vary depending...

Decorating With Light
Decorating with light is difficult. Light reflects and refracts in different rooms. It behaves differently in a room of wood and glass than it does in a room with fabrics and artwork. This is why a chandelier that looks absolutely perfect in a friend’s house, or in the bosses house, looses its effect in your home. This is also a problem faced by people who move into a new home. The new homeowners viewed the home and fell in love with it. The central chandelier set of the entrance and...

How To Incorporate New Trends Into Your Home
Another year has gone. The industry trade shows are over, and the home improvement shows are starting. Every new year introduces new design trends, and 2007 is no different. This year has truly introduces some innovative ideas that combine Oriental and retro styles, effervescent colors, and patterns that are guaranteed to create a strong emotional impact on anyone who enters the room. Forget buying a $5 000 chair to impress your boss. This year’s theme is about renewing the ‘hearth and home’...

Bring A Room To Life With Texture
The elegance and sophistication of the past was achieved by blending textures and fabrics. The home decorating industry strayed away from this as homeowners demanded furniture and decorating ideas that would last for years. Today’s home decorators are not limited by stereotypes. They do not limit their creativity and design ideas by trends or styles. Instead, they incorporate a little of everything into a room that evolves into an expression of their lifestyle and personality. This has...

It's Easy To Warm Up To Concrete Fireplace Surrounds
If you are lucky enough to have a home with a fireplace you know how it quickly becomes the welcoming gathering place for the family on chilly evenings. But don't take your old fireplace for granted. There are some wonderful new ideas that can make a stunning change to any fireplace. Or sure you can change the mantel or add a decorative fireplace screen, but let me tell you about some changes that can have a real visual impact on your home. If you don't have a fireplace or you are planning...

How To Become The World's Smartest Carpet Buyer
There are two ways a you can get a carpet buying education: 1. After you have made your purchase. 2. Before you make your purchase. Your first choice is to just walk into a carpet store, look at a few samples and make your purchase. Then the carpet is installed in your home and you soon find out whether or not you made a mistake. Your second choice is to learn something about carpet before you buy. Then you will be a smart shopper and much more likely to buy the perfect carpet that...

Bonsai Brings Out The Artist In You
Bonsai trees are created from standard types of tress. Many believe they are some special dwarf species and that's just not true. The small size of the tree is the result of careful pruning of the branches and the roots. Growing and creating bonsai is a wonderful hobby. It takes up little space, is not demanding upon your time, is a creative outlet and can empower you with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Many different trees are good subjects for bonsai, but maple is one of the...

A Quick Guide To Setting Your Dining Room Table
After you have invested in beautiful dining room furniture the next step is to understand exactly how to correctly set the table with dishes, glasses and flatware. Here's a quick guide to a formal table arrangement: A. Start by placing a plate in front of each chair. To the left and closest to the plate, position the dinner fork. To the left of the dinner fork goes the salad fork. B. Closest to the right side of the plate is the dinner knife. To the right of the dinner knife is the soup...

Egyptian Cotton Blankets For Deluxe Slumber
Cotton blankets are great if you have the best ones made. The "best" often means Egyptian Cotton. Of course you love both comfort and natural fabrics and that's when fine cotton blankets should be your first choice. Just knowing that you are under these wonderful blankets every night will bring the peaceful and luxurious comfort you need to sleep soundly and wake refreshed. Egyptian cotton blankets are tops in cotton comfort. Made with a high thread count, Egyptian cotton blankets are...

Kids Love Puppies And New Bedroom Furniture
Don't fool yourself. Kids are affected by their surroundings. High on that list is their bedroom. Children have a special feeling about their bedroom. It's theirs! It's their safe harbor. It's where they feel especially warm, safe and comfortable. Parents should take special care in selecting and furnishing that special room When it comes time to decorate a child's bedroom, mommy often heads to the local department or furniture store. She makes her selection from the merchandise on the...

Stairlifts For Riders Of Above Average Weight
A stairlift is an affordable device that is used to give people with limited mobility access to the second floor of a home. Some stairlifts have platforms forwheelchairs, but most are mechanical chairs with footrests that glide along a track mounted on the wall side of a staircase. Since few people can afford to have an elevator installed in their home the stair lift is a perfect answer for those who are no longer able to navigate stairs. Most chairlifts are designed for a person weighing...

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