Thinking Of Replacing The Old Rain Gutters?

If you are thinking about adding rain gutters to enhance the function of your roof, finding affordable installation could be tough. One look at the telephone book will have you overwhelmed. However, with the best company rain gutter prices and installation can be very affordable. Step one in buying gutters is to ask around. If your neighbors have gutters already, ask them what company installed them. They may offer you a good recommendation.

Finding a Good Gutter Service Company

Also go searching at different varieties of homes near you. This can give you an idea of precisely how you would like your rain gutter down spouts to look. This is important, because rain gutter down spouts are the most visible part of your gutters, which anyone can see while appearing at your own house. You will want them to look good on your house.

Of course, consulting with trustworthy sources like friends and family can help point you in the direction of a good gutter company. However, if this is not available, consumers may research review sites that might help them weight decisions between multiple companies. This is particularly helpful for potential customers who might not have the resources from friends and family readily available. After shopping around for the perfect gutter system, finding something that will fit your budget before storm season should be a relatively stress-free endeavor.

Once you have found a company that has a good reputation, call them for a quote. They should be able to come out within a week. The installation quote should include the cost of the gutters, labor, gutter filter, rain gutter down spouts, and the miscellaneous installation materials needed for the job. When possible, pick gutters that do not require additional maintenance, such as yearly painting. These type of gutters will be more expensive at first, but will help you save money in the long run.

Gutter Guards

Also, gutters which contain leaf and debris blockers will help you save money as well. These blockers will only allow water and ice to accumulate within the gutters, eliminating the chances of blockage and damage to the gutters during storms. A further cost for this will be incurred at installation, however it will also add to the length of life of your gutters.

If you think that the quote that you receive is a little high, then calling another local company or two might help. You will be able to match the prices and see which company will save you probably the most money. As well as, speaking to other Vancouver gutter installation companies might offer you ideas that you’ve not considered before. For example, if you want to know about conserving water, installing barrels which are fed by your rain gutter down spouts can catch rain. The next step is to water your grass or garden during dryer weeks from saved rain water.

A Few Plumbing Tips To Help Everything Work Better

How knowledgeable are you with plumbing? Are you currently looking to boost your plumbing system? Just how much experience do you have? If you simply can’t answer each of these questions to your satisfaction, keep reading.

If you have grout caught in your line, it’s most probably impossible to clean yourself. You can try to split up the grout and send it further down. This works better with plastic than metal pipes. This can be a tough problem, however, that very often requires professional intervention.

You can keep your bathtub pipes clear by pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drain once a month. Use one cup of each. Cover it with a plug or rag, as a chemical reaction is sure to happen in your pipes. After letting it sit for a few moments, clean out the pipes out develop a gallon of boiling water. Implementing this will likely void your pipes of hair accumulations and soap scum.

Rarely used valves can fuse together. Taking the time to wash these valves may prevent time and money in the future.

You need to snake your washer drain stack when it overflows, with a pipe snake. Usually, this pipe gets stuck with a clog of lint and washing machine debris.

Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you can collect all debris that can certainly clog the drain. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. Clean bathtub drain screens as frequently as needed.

If you are not having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water in it from waist high. If the fluids crash to a lower level again, then you should repeat the procedure.

Clean The Dryer Lint Trap

Clean the lint trap in your dryer. This could protect you from a tons of trouble, and it also can prevent fires. Also, check the lint trap to see if there are tell-tale signs that lint could also be leaking into your pipes through holes and tears.

Prevention is vital for avoiding costly repairs to your plumbing. Clogged drains are a major problem that always requires professional help. Clogs in drains could be caused by hair, and additional things. There are ways around this; you can use a drain cover or screen which is actually designed so as to keep a pipes and drain free of hair. You can easily remove the drain covers regularly; it’s harder to remove hair from drains once it’s fallen into them.

Heating and Air Conditioning

When it comes to your creature comforts, one of the most important things is that your air conditioning and heating unit is working at its best. These items can run for years without any real problems, but if they are not tuned up every year or two problems can arise.

Most homeowners prefer to schedule heating and air conditioning service annually, or at the very least every second year. Failing to do this will invite expensive repairs that are easily avoided with low cost maintenance.

How is your understanding level with regards to plumbing now? Do you feel you know discover the plumbing system in your home? Did you develop the skills you need to fix your recurring issues? Do you understand how to include and use items compatible with your system? Have you ever found out how the equipment works? Remember the following pointers to learn how to do plumbing yourself.

All you need to know about Professional Home Services

Professional home services have always been the best part if you want to live a luxurious life. Well, there are many benefits of choosing them, and it can save a lot of your time. Many people recommend using all these services according to their needs. If you're looking for one, then you’ve to read this article till the end.

It is apparent that you'll be happy if your home is always neat and clean and you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Hiring a home service can help you with all your hassles, and you'll find these services much helpful. When you're hiring a home service, then you’ve to set up a schedule for your team, and you'll never regret choosing them. As a whole, professional home services are the best way to keep your house neat and clean.

Home Cleaning Services

Professional Home cleaning services are the best services that fall into the category of professional home services. Mentioned below are the benefits of Professional Home Cleaning services  –

  • This can save you a lot of time as if you're a working woman and you don’t have much time to clean up your house before you get to work then home cleaning services can do that for you.
  • In case if you're unhealthy and you find it very difficult to clean your house, then these cleaning services can be beneficial. You’ll find it soothing when your home looks neat and clean.

Professional Plumbing Services

Well, if you’ve your own house, then you might be concerned about professional services associated with plumbing. Plumbing services are needed once in a year or so and hiring a professional plumbing service can be a better option that is available in the category of professional home services.

 If you're having issues related to any of the sanitary work in your home and even if there is any leakage in your bathroom, then these services are best chosen.

Services provided by Professional Plumbing Services

Well, Plumbers hired using professional home services provides these services mentioned below  

  • These services can save a lot of your time and money. These professionals are very fast at their work.
  • They use high-quality tools and equipment which help them do their job with accuracy, and as a result, you get what you wanted in just minutes.
  • These professionals can provide you quality services like these all are hired by professional home services. You need not worry about anything in there.

Things to know before choosing a House painting Services

Another most equipped and most famous professional home service is House painting. There are some things to keep in mind before choosing one.

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You’re Invited: Girls Night In

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You're Invited

Now the holidays are over and most of your time was spent with your family, it is time to reconnect with your friends over delicious food and delectable cocktails.  I am guessing that a good amount of you have thought about, if not resolved to cultivate and expand your relationships this year.  So, You’re Invited to a Girl’s Night In.


A handwritten note is most appropriate for this party.  Include the date, time, and a note as to why you are friends.


This design for this party is feminine, luxurious, and a little vintage.  As always, use lots of candles and low lighting.
  1. Peach Paper Lanterns $3.50 One or many, these create a festive party.
  2. Ranunculus (my favorite flower)
  3. Crochet Coaster from Etsy $15
  4. Depression Glass $11 Buy several pieces to incorporate into your china.


Simple, beautiful and comforting food is on the menu tonight.  Your house cocktail, wine or champagne should be sufficient for drinks tonight. 
  1. Roast Chicken – this recipe should be in everyone’s arsenal
  2. Lemon Rice 
  3. Frisee Salad with Cherries, Apples, & Walnuts 
  4. Ice Cream Sandwiches – favorite cookies, spread thawed favorite ice cream between two cookies & refreeze until you are ready to serve.  Yum!


A new addition this month – these favors are too perfect to pass up.  Homemade Seed Bombs like these from Mademoiselle Chaos or purchased are a reminder of you and your friendship when the flowers bloom in the spring.

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It’s all about Wallpaper: toile de jouy!

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My lovley friends, how are you? I’m feeling super good, Christmas is almost here, and my guy proposed to me last week! So, I’m in a romantic mood… Hence, I have not been able to get these lovely patterns off my mind this week!
Here is a few truly mouth watering examples of modern toile, by Manuel Cañovas. I love his use of colors! Do you know how this fabulous pattern originated?
Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 18th century, and is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as (for example) a couple having a picnic by a lake. Toiles also often consist of an arrangement of flowers.
A bit more unusual Toiles with red background, and also gold pattern on black. I’m such a fan! From here.
Chinese motifs are quite often seen on Toiles as well.
Here are two fabulous examples of a classic Toile on the left, and moder Toile on the right. Both wallpapers in beautiful blue purple color. Cañovas and Mimou.
Pierre Frey
How about this one then? It’s not a typical Toile but definitely tells a story, no? This one would be perfect for a globetrotter’s home. From here.
Have a lovely day! xo, Tiina from ELCE.

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It’s all about Wallpaper: plaids

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Hi my friends! I can’t believe it’s been one week since we looked at some amazing animal print wallpapers! But, it’s new week and more inspiration. It’s so close to Christmas, everyone is so busy with decorating, baking, shopping gifts and ofcourse, eating. How’s your Christmas project preceeding? I’ve done shopping, wrapping and decorating so far!

Today I’m loving plaids. I’m considering using light blue plaid wallpaper on our new kitchen wall. How do you feel about plaids?

Rutiga orsaker

This pretty one is from Cole&Son. Yeah, it’s really setup right!



Lewis & Wood


Don’t you just love the romantic look? It’s perfect for a summer cottage or a small cozy bungalow.
Wallpapers from Mulberry, Ralph Lauren and Sandberg. Have a great day and I wish you many wallpaper filled dreams!

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You’re Invited: Intimate Dinner for Two

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The holidays are busy and sometimes you just need a night to relax and reconnect with your significant other.



A classic cocktail, like a dirty martini is perfect for the night.  Try this recipe from All Recipes: 
In a mixing glass, combine 6oz quality vodka, 1 dash dry vermouth, 1oz olive brine and 4 olives. Pour into a glass over ice. Either drink on the rocks, or strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Continuing with the nostalgic theme of the night, try these easy updated classics.
              1. Stuffed Tomatoes – Appetizer
       2. Beef Wellington – Entree
3. Wedge Salad – Side
             4. Chocolate Souffle – Dessert


Since it’ll just be the two of you, keep things simple, but do use the best tableware you’ve got.


1. Autumn Dishware
2. Thistle & Dahlia Centerpiece
3. Alencon Lace Napkins
4. Use a lot of candlelight

Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
Harriet Van Horne


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The November Challenge: Trend Forecast 2011

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do a post and what YOU think are the most
important trends for 2011.

Look at what you think is in the future for the style genre you represent.


Your post should be about what you think are the most important trends for 2011. Make sure to use images and text makes it easy for the reader to interpret what you‘re forecasting.

We will pick out the top ten submissions and again, it’s up to YOU! You get to vote for your favorites, and the Top 3 will WIN get some pretty chic prizes. The three winners will ALSO be added to the blog roll called “Featured” until the end of February 2011.

1. You don’t have to be a member to enter the contest, it’s open to anyone
2. Link back to Design Refuge in your post
3. Remember to link up to the actual post and not your general blog address

The competition closes next Thursday at midnight.

Add your post by clicking on the inlinkz icon!

Table is here

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The Art Report: Art Basel

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It’s that time again for Art Basel, one of the country’s most awesome art shows held annually in Miami.
Art fanatics from all over the world come together to celebrate the festivities.
Oh how I wish I was going to be there with one of our fellow DR bloggers, Mariska.
What’s hot this year in the art world?


it’s currently all the rage in the scene.
Check out the works featured at NotAGallery, totally affordable versions of the wild works under $300.
I would buy these birchwood beauties up in a Miami minute.

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You’re Invited: Jackson Pollock Cocktail Party

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November is my birthday month and since Jackson Pollock and I were born in same small town in Wyoming, he became the inspiration for this month’s You’re Invited.  Just be sure your guests have a safe and sober ride home.


I created this invitation on Photoshop from Pollock’s Lavender, but if you don’t use Photoshop try Word or have postcards made at your local printer.



Since this party is scheduled for after dinner, food is less important, but it’s still nice to have something to nibble on while imbibing.

1. Splattered Pretzel Sticks – Melt 2 -3 types of chips (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter) slowly (and seperately) in microwave.  Once melted, dip pretzel sticks and let excess drip off.  Set aside to let dry.  When dry, drizzle contrasting mixture over top.
2. Veggie Plate – Transform a simple veggie plate by drizzling the condiments over the top.  Balsamic vinegar, mexican crema, aioli, basil puree, honey mustard and flavored oil are all good options.  Try drizzling a few complimentary condiments together such as balsamic and basil puree.  
3.  Confetti Cheese – Roll 1 goat cheese log in a mixture of 1/3 cup chopped red pepper, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/3 cup chopped parsely, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/4 cup minced green onion.  Serve with toast points or crackers.




Fill squeeze bottles with different fresh homemade syrup flavors: chocolate, vanilla simple syrup, grenadine, pumpkin, basil puree, choose your favorites and set out suggested drink recipes and let your guests be the artist.  Drizzle syrup in chilled martini glass and top with shaken recipe.



Let your inner Pollock out a few days before the party and get to work on a few canvases of your own.

  1. Use painters drop cloth with your own Pollock-esque splatter for a table cloth.
  2. Buy enamelware platters to serve the party snacks.  I found this one on ebay.
  3. Use blank canvases for DIY drip art like this one from The Drip Artist.
 “Someone said that life is a party.  You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished.” Elsa Maxwell

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