Thursday, 31 October 2019

Home renovations ~Laminate Floors



Home renovations are fun to do, but they can take lots of planning and research. Whether you are painting and decorating, selecting new furniture or deciding what type of flooring there are many factors you need to consider and these will help to determine your choice. 

When choosing flooring it is very important to compare the differences between carpets and wood flooring to help decide between the twoYou will need to weigh a lot of factors such as do you have children, pets and what form of durability do you need to make your choice. If you choose to have a wooden type of flooring there  are solid floors and laminate flooring,  both have their advantages and disadvantages. It is worth considering Laminate flooring which is a less expensive choice if you have a tight budget.                                                                                                       
What is Laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is constructed of high-density fiberboard and covered in a hyper-realistic decorative layer. It is hard wearing and very versatile. It comes in several colors and designs such as light, medium or dark. There are also many colors to choose from such as marble, mosaic and stone effects too. Many brands come with a water resistance and antimicrobial coating making the floors more suitable for everyday use.


What are the advantages of laminate flooring?
Laminate floors are hypoallergenic, they are easy to take care of. They can be vacuumed, swept, and mopped to keep fresh and dust free. They are relatively cheaper compared to solid hardwood floors and can be fitted easily as the panels are tongue and groove style and click together to create great results when laid on underlay. The floors look smart and stylish and can be fitted in any part of the house.


What were the disadvantages?
If the laminated floor is not treated correctly it can warp and scratch easily, so it’s important to choose a well-treated hard wearing design.

When deciding on the pattern of the laminate flooring, a lot of companies offer free samples so you can match the colour and style within the comfort of your home. Whichever colour or style you have in your home, you will find that the design options found in laminate flooring are enormous and there is lots of choice to suit all tastes.  
   
 All pictures are used with permission provided by flooring superstore
When deciding on the pattern of the laminate flooring, a lot of companies offer free samples so you can match the colour and style within the comfort of your home. Whichever colour or style you have in your home, you will find that the design options found in laminate flooring are enormous and there is lots of choice to suit all tastes.  
   
 All pictures are used with permission provided by flooring superstore

**Post is in collaboration with flooring superstore   

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Blog Props from Athens and Gran Canaria

As you know I love collecting food props and I have a lot in my collection such as these floral collections, brass plate  and Mexican props collection. Recently I have not written about my collection of blog props in a long time, this is not because I have not been collecting them, but because I have tried to curb my obsession as I am running out of storage space.

Those of you who have such an obsession will know that it's addictive and very hard to stop walking past a china or home ware store and not pop in.


Anyway, I do allow myself to prop hunt when I am on holiday and on my recent trips to Athens I bought two beautiful stoneware plates and found some great aged spoons in the local flea market and a pretty little single serve frying pan in the supermarket.


The plates and bowls are great for food photography as they have a dull finish and when clicking food photos there is no reflection or shine on them.


You can see how I have used the bowl and plate  in the photo shoots for my Carrot and Zucchini ribbon salad.


We also travel to Spain a lot as its only a short flight, booking through Villa Spain is a easy option. This time we went to Gran Canaries, I found some amazing hand painted plates at the local market. Made from terracotta, each plate is hand made and painted in vivid Canarian style and colours. Funny enough, I discovered a hook on the back of them so I was mistaken when buying them as food plates they are actually wall plates. I don't mind, I am happy to use them in food photos.




You can see how I have used these plates in my recent black corn salad blog post on my food blog.




I will definitely be looking for more props during my upcoming  visit to the Peloponnese Southern Greece this November.
Do you have an obsession for collecting things? How do you control it? Do share your ideas in the comments below.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Engineered Wood Flooring - A Flooring Option


We all have different choices in our home d├ęcor and one of the most important things we have to consider is the type of flooring we should consider.  Many of us have carpets, some have laminate floors, some have vinyl and there is also the option of wooden floors too. I love wooden floors especially as there is so much choice in styles, colours and finishes. They come in a range of prices to suit all budget can be affordable.



There are many choices in wooden flooring such as, vinyl, laminate, parquet, solid and engineered hardwood flooring. One popular choice is solid wood but it can be expensive, an alternate choice is engineered wood flooring as it is less costly than solid hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring has many advantages, it provides stability and resistance to variations in temperature and moisture.


It is well suited for installing underfloor heating and can be fitted either using tongue and groove or click lok fitting system. Engineered wood flooring is generally made from three layers.  A real hardwood top layer and two base layers of soft wood. The three-layer construction enables the flooring to become stable and durable. The top layer of floor can be of any choice of hardwood, colour and finish. It is possible to stain the wood, have a raw finish, hand scrapped, oiled, lacquered or distressed.

Engineered wood flooring offers great choice, variety and it can be more affordable but it can have its pros and cons like any product. I would highly recommend that you look into which type of which flooring best suites your household needs when deciding on the colour, style and floor type.

 All photos in this post are used with permission 365 flooring

**Collaborative post

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Incy Wincy Spider - Bostik Challenge September


As you all know I am part of the Bostik Bloggers member and the month of September I was sent a Bostik craft pack on the theme of Halloween. As always my niece Little M came over with her little Brother S  and we had lots of fun creating Halloween craft.
Little M was telling me that she has been teaching incy wincy spider to her little brother so we decided to make a spider to go with the rhyme.


Things you will need to make the spider:


1 Piece black A5 piece of funky foam
White chalk or silver pen
1 black pompom ball
2 eyes
2 black pipe cleaners
scissors
Bostik Blu Tack
Bostik Blu Stick

How to make the Incy Wincy Spider:

1. Using the white chalk draw a spiders web on the black funky foam and keep aside.


2. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and cut them in half. You should now have 4 pieces.
3. Place them together and twist them in the center. Spread the pipe cleaner to make the spiders legs.


4. Take the black pom pom and using the bostik blu stick it on to the center of the spiders leg to make spiders head.
5. Using the Bostik Blu stick,  stick on the eyes onto the pom pom on either side.


6 Take a small piece of Blu tak and stick it to the bottom of the spider.
7. Position the spider on the black foam spiders web and stick.



Little  M and Little S has lots of fun playing with the spiders we made.


Incy Wincy spider went up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So, Incy Wincy spider went up the water spout again
Incy Wincy spider went up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So, Incy Wincy spider went up the water spout again
Incy Wincy spider went up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So, Incy Wincy spider went up the water spout again....


This craft is suitable for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors and stapler. If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects 


Being part of the Bostik 2019 bloggers with Tots100 and Bostik, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.