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How To Get The Most Out of your Furnace

Like all things, your furnace needs to be repaired and maintained at least once every two years. You do not want wait to be cold in the house and try to figure out where to turn for furnace repairs. Caring for your furnace before the winter season begins is paramount to having reliable heat from your furnace.

Failure to notice the first signs of a furnace problems can be a disaster. You might wait too long resulting in irreversible damage to your system. This can cost you a great deal if you have to replace something big.

Identifying whether it is the thermostat, igniter, distribution fan system, air ducts or wiring is the first step in repairing a damaged furnace. The system might not need a full revamp. Instead, replacing one key component that is faulty might be the solution.

How to know if you need furnace repairs:

The furnace begins making weird noises. Even a new furnace will have some sound coming out of it, but there is a huge difference between operating sounds and “bad sounds.” Distinguishing between the two can help you detect whether your furnace is in need of repair. Banging, scrapping, and whining sounds are indicators that you might have a faulty system.

The furnace does not provide the same heating temperatures it used to. When your furnace was new, all you had to do was turn the dial up a little and instantly you would feel the effects. Due to neglect, wear and tear, you now have to suffer very low temperature remittance from your radiator.

You might have to turn the dial all the way up to get half of the temperature you used to when the furnace was new. If this is the case, it might be time to ask where to turn for furnace repair.

Escalating cost of energy bills. A faulty system will have an impact on your energy bills. This impact will be negative. If you notice your bills slowly getting to unheard of proportions, there is definitely something wrong with the furnace heating system.

The Air filters may be blocked. There could be leakage or other such like damages that result in the loss of heat. This in turn gives you low temperature and mind-boggling energy bills.

You experience an inability to start the furnace fast or run it for long stretches of time. Wiring, clogging of ignition system will lead to the furnace being unable to perform over long stints of time. Your way out is to hire a professional furnace repair expert to tell you where the problem lies.

The furnace Light is not blue. A bright orange flame in your furnace characterizes carbon monoxide build up. This is dangerous. You should take immediate steps to repair the system. Carbon monoxide is harmful to your health.

The faster you repair the damaged part of the furnace the faster you stop further damage to the system. Procrastination, when it comes to furnace repair, is very bad. You need professional, fast responding services of furnace repair experts.

Professional furnace repair companies are where to turn for furnace repairs. Their services are easily available. They will ensure your furnace is congestion free and in tiptop condition.

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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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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.

INVITATION

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

DESIGN

This design for this party is feminine, luxurious, and a little vintage.  As always, use lots of candles and low lighting.
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  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.

FOOD

Simple, beautiful and comforting food is on the menu tonight.  Your house cocktail, wine or champagne should be sufficient for drinks tonight. 
FOOD
  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!

FAVOR

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!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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?

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

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Lewis & Wood

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Don’t you just love the romantic look? It’s perfect for a summer cottage or a small cozy bungalow.
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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.

COCKTAIL

COCKTAIL

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.

DINNER

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

DECORATIONS

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

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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

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.

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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.

Rules:
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!

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The Art Report: Art Basel

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?

PRIMARY POP ART

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.
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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.

INVITATIONS

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.

PARTY SNACKS

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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.

 

COCKTAIL

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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.

DECORATION

Decorations

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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It’s all about Wallpaper: animals!

Let’s have a look at some bold and beautiful wallpapers again. Animal prints on your wall, how about that? I’m so loving this look right here

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I’m sure I’m not the only one…

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Even small spaces look great with this fabulous wallpaper, don’t you think?
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This beauty is similar to the black and blue ones above. Find this and much more here.
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If you love zebra prints but in other colors, go here.
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Above we have a Neisha Crosland interpretation of zebra wallpaper.
Would you cover you walls with groovy wallpapers like these? I think I would!
An old favorite of mine is snake skin pattern, like this amazing black one here. Would you believe it’s wallpaper? Look here for more inspiration.
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Not convinced the snake skin imitation is your thing? How about this pink one is by Meg Mathews for Liberty. Pretty glamorous, right?
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Cheetah in black’n’white, try here.
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How about this one? I could easily see this classic Scalamandre wall art in kids’ rooms… But the green color is lovely! You do know this particular setting is from a famous restaurant in NYC?
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Have a wonderful day and next week we will ooh-aah about lovely country style walls.
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