Month: April 2011

Top 15 Space Saving Tips

One is always short of space, especially with smaller homes or rooms. Furniture, colors and fabrics can all be tweaked to help create extra space and also a sense of space. The first step would be to remove clutter and unnecessary things from home and then use basic ideas to make small spaces work. Here are some great easy to execute tips that will help you create space where you thought there was none. 1. Use folding furniture. Sofa-cum bed, tables that fold into the walls or can be expanded when required. 2. Look for space saving furniture designs like coffee table storages that roll under the sofa when not in use. 3. Add shelves above doorways. 4. Book shelves below the window sills give you that extra space. 5. Use ottomans or chests with storage as coffee tables. 6. Utilize deep set windows with an extra glass shelf across it. 7. Keep window treatments simple. 8. Avoid bold or vibrant prints for upholstery, choose solids and soft textures. 9. Use soft hues and go mono chromatic. 10. Use corners with corner displays or book shelves. 11. Add shelves from top to bottom where possible. 12. Build storage space under window sills. 13. Use flat bottom baskets for extra storage. They can be used for stacking magazines too. 14. Create an open plan layout with minimum obstructions. Do away...

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Wedding Gown Trends for 2011

This year’s wedding gown trends have plenty of options and then some more for the lucky Brides to be. There is something to suit every taste and fancy. Go trendy, classical, vintage, modern, long, short, minimalist, voluminous, bling, over the top embellishments, no embellishments…..the list is endless. The designers have showcases a wide variety of trends and designs this year for the wedding gowns, making it easier for each bride to find a wedding gown that is very in and at the same time satisfies her desires. The fabrics of choice are chiffon, light taffeta, tulle, organza and the all time favorite lace. All fabrics that give that light and dreamy look to the wedding gown and make it seem as if the bride just floated down the aisle. Leading wedding gown designers have chosen varying lengths this season, right from well above the knee (yet super elegant) to trailing gowns that make one feel like a princess. Voluminous bell shaped gowns were as popular as the modern straight clean line gowns along with everything in between. Another major trend that came through this year was floral. Designers had incorporated fabric flowers of all possible sizes right from dainty roses to huge cabbage roses. The gowns sported single flowers to floral bodices and even entire gowns made to look like a huge flower. A leading designer had showcased a...

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Luxury Foods Around the World – Part II

Here are a few more of these exorbitant luxury foods that are to die for. These are truly expensive but connoisseurs claim worth all that you spend on them. Foie gras is second only to caviar when it comes to the delicacies offered by the European cuisine. It is sourced from the liver of geese, foie gras d’Oie, or Foie gras de Canard from ducks. It is not the natural liver of the aquatic birds but is specially obtained. The bird is force fed, grains through a tube that is passed through its throat. This is known as gravage, and it is claimed that it does not hurt the bird. The liver expands considerably and develops the texture of butter. It is a coveted delicacy but banned in many American cities like Chicago. Vanilla Beans, yes you read it right. We are not talking about the vanilla essence or the commercially available vanilla extract that can be found in every kitchen, we are talking about the real thing here. The pure extract is honey colored and has almost 35% alcohol to it, but even that does no justice to the vanilla beans. The vanilla bean that is bought from stores goes through a month long journey from being a vanilla pod to the lovely bean. Store in sugar till you need it and when you do slit open and...

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Maxi Dresses & Skirts: Go To Great Lengths For Fashion – Trend Alert!

You may have to go to great lengths to look stylish this season. Top retailers Dots, eDressme.com, OneStopPlus.com, and AVENUE offer a variety of maxi skirts and dresses for every size and shape. Available in creative prints and minimalist colors, the versatile maxi trend is a wardrobe essential for fashion-oriented women. It’s time to renew your love affair with full-length silhouettes. Dots Fast-fashion retailer Dots offers fun and flirty pieces at affordable prices. OneStopPlus.com Plus-sized web mall, OneStopPlus.com, offers quality style options for the everyday full-figured woman. eDressMe.com Look chic with these fashion forward dresses from eDressme.com. AVENUE With over 400 stores and online at avenue.com, AVENUE, the nation’s leading specialty retailer, provides stylish, high-quality fashion for curvy women in sizes 14-32. For more ideas, check out Fab Looks for Less on...

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