The rustic look is one of the classic design statements which can make your home stand out, and it is surprisingly easy to do. With just a little bit of decoration, a few pieces of Log furniture and some subtle design features, you can create this rustic look in your home. Once you understand the basic principles of the rustic look, you can find many fantastic ways to create a rustic style for your home.

Go for wood

One of the most important elements of any rustic home design is wooden furniture. No home would look rustic if it didn’t have strong rustic log furniture, including pieces which look as though they have been weathered or well loved before being placed in your home. If you can find an old dining table or a similar conversation piece, then this could form the basis of your rustic design and will help you to carry the theme onto other parts of your home.

Rummage through antique shops

The key to a rustic theme is to have aged pieces of furniture and decoration. When you are creating a rustic design, old stuff is the best. You can transform older pieces of furniture into useful items for your home, and ensure that you get the great rustic feel you are looking for. Antiques shops and junk shops are the best places to look for this type of furniture, because you can often find unusual and unique items that could not be made to order. You can also try to refinish antique furniture, making it smoother or rougher or darker or lighter, depending upon the needs for your home.

Go with colour

The true rustic feel is based upon the use of natural items, and this can mean that your rustic home can feel rather too brown for your tastes. In order to combat the overwhelming darkness of log furniture and wooden decorations, you need to think about adding colour. Even a small flash of colour in a dark room can really pop out, so you should think about making these items into focus points. Whether you are installing a gold- framed photograph holder, or just using yellow or blue pillows, the eye should be drawn to this feature.

Add fabric

When you are designing your rustic home, you may find that you get a little bit carried away with wooden furniture everywhere. However, the key to a true rustic design is to mix your log furniture with fabrics to soften the tone. Fabrics can also be very useful in transforming what would be an older piece of furniture into something brand-new. Go for understated colours and shades in order to really achieve a rustic look.

Be united

While the rustic style may seem random and disorganised, if you want to have a rustic design to your home, then you need to create a unifying theme which rings all these disparate elements together into something which is unique but internally coherent.

We can all agree that air conditioning units have come a long way from what they were when they were first introduced. Air conditioning units have come on leaps and bounds from those horrendously big boxy units that would sit in our windows and boy are we happy to finally say that! So, in homage to our favourite technical units and their utter greatness through the sweltering summers and Antarctic winters, we decided to create an article that shows off some of the best looking air conditioning units on the market to get rid of those awful images of clunky boxy eyesores.

DAIKIN EmuraDaikin air conditioning unit

Let’s kick things off with an air conditioning unit that is exactly what every household needs right now! The Daikin Emura proves that sleek and intelligent design is extremely important in the world of air conditioners in the 21st century however, they can’t just look the part. Daikin’s newest innovation delivers superior energy efficiency in climate control to reduce energy waste. It ensures the indoor environment is always pure and clean and its air to air heat pumps extract 80% of their output energy by transferring heat from the recycled air around us.

With the highest possible energy label of A*** and whisper quiet sound levels, there is no denying that Daikin have really outdone themselves with this air conditioning unit that not only looks great on the outside but is even better on the inside.

Mitsubishi air conditioning unit

MITSUBISHI Kirigamine Zen

We are big fans of Mitsubishi’s air conditioning units as they are one of the very few providers out there who are able to hit the nail right on the head with their cooling systems. Their newest innovation to the world of air conditioners has had us giddy with excitement. Designed especially to complement modern architecture and interior, Mitsubishi’s latest air conditioning system aims to bring natural harmony to homes. Taking a minimalistic approach, this elegant air conditioning system will blend right in with all other technological items within your home.

This air conditioning unit is available in three sleek colours – black, white and silver. Each unit comes in a shimmering matt finish to create a tranquil environment and with its air filtering technology clean and fresh air is always guaranteed.

Panasonic Etherea

Panasonic air conditioning unitThe all new Panasonic Etherea is truly a work of air conditioning art. With its stunning and sleek design you wouldn’t even notice that there is an air conditioning unit in the room! Not only is this air conditioning unit great on the eye but, beneath its technological surface there are some amazing and innovative features that make it a must have air conditioning unit for 2016.

This innovative air conditioning unit showcases the latest technology of Panasonic’s Eco Clean Life Innovation with sensors to reduce energy waste and anti-allergy Nanoe-G that is tested by the UK Allergy Association for a cleaner living environment

Would you like to know some top easy-to-master decorating tips that can make any room of your house to look better? If you answered 'yes', then you came at the right place.

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The following are some of the key decorating points that even a newbie, in the design world, would have an easy time understanding.

Pick your paint colour last

Don’t make a mistake that countless homeowners make – picking a paint colour even before moving in to a new residence. Most of the time I find myself answering calls to new homeowners who want their new house to have the same colour as their old one. I get it. Why not get the new home freshly painted with my favourite paint before moving in? Of course you can opt do it that way, however from my point of view it isn’t ideal.

Out there, there are more than a thousand paint colours with various shades, tones and tints. And all these colours looks slightly different from house to house. Why? The light sources vary from place to place meaning that what is pleasing at your current residence may not be the same in your new one. If you want that colour that suitably complements your rug, artwork, upholstery and so on, then pick the colour only after all your stuff in actually arranged inside your house.

Give your furniture some space

Always resist the urge to overcrowd a room as gracious living means having enough space to manoeuvre with ease. Isn’t that great news to those with tight budgets? It isn’t a must that you fill up all your space with furniture. The main idea here is you spend more budget on fewer though better-quality house pieces, and your room will get a fantastic look unlike when try to stuff every kind of piece available in the market. Even if you have a few high-backed oak chairs, they will stand out as nothing else is there to capture it.

Resist being too theme-y

An example: many people request the Cape Cod look and that a lone make it very common, popular and lack individuality. You simply know everything about its hallmarks including some sailboat paintings, white and blue nautical palette and bead board. Without drawing the obvious clichés, you can make your room to have a coastal vibe using artwork, palette and other materials.

Consider sight lines

Make sure that your focal point is clear and free from room to room so that you can feel like you are being drawn equally by them. Unsurprisingly, that is why the ideal spot for your focal point is the place directly across from your room’s entrance. For example, if you surround your artwork with a seating arrangement, you will be drawing the viewers’ attention into the room as the sight line will be clear.

Vary the scale

Remember that what looks nice in your store might seem like an elephant in your room when you take it home. On the other hand, it may be too small to be of any importance. Thus, always vary proportion and scale. You may have a large space that would be not fit one item properly and you may be required fill it up with two or more items, for example, sand dollars piece and sunburst mirror frame piece.

 

Stones have stories.

 

Side view of PA Bluestone standing up on pallets.

Irregular shapes of natural cleft Pennsylvania Bluestone standing up on pallets. (Credit: Buddingco)

These natural stones in our masonry yard (above) are known in general as flagstone or specifically as bluestone. Pennsylvania or PA Bluestone is quarried in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Catskills of New York state, and areas in northern New Jersey. The standups (because they are standing up on pallets) are irregularly-shaped pieces with natural cleft surfaces. That is, the tops are somewhat uneven rather than uniformly smooth, resulting from excavated rock that naturally breaks and splits along its seams. These splits create slabs of flat stone aka flags (or flagstone) used for paving.

Large slab of PA Bluestone.

Muliti-color PA Bluestone (Credit: BuddingCo)

As its name suggests, PA Bluestone comes in bluish hues. Other colors are gray, green, brown, tan, lilac, rust, and full color. Like snowflakes no one stone is like any other. According to the Pennsylvania Bluestone Association this material originated 360,000,000 years ago when seas covered the land leaving sand behind. Thus, the term sandstone–bluestone’s main ingredient. Over time residual water deposits of clay and minerals variegated the rock.

A large slab (left) exemplifies the variance in full color PA Bluestone. Zooming in microscopically (below) heightens the rippling effect of natural clef texture and exposes multiple tints from iron ore rust and more. Isn’t Mother Nature’s palette absolutely fabulous? Who knew that many paths we have walked and terraces we have trod upon consisted of such exquisiteness.

Close up of full color PA Bluestone.

Zooming in on details of full color PA Bluestone (Credit: BuddingCo).

Exploring further, I ran across a collection of historic photos from the Pennsylvania Geological Society Library. This image (below) taken in 1922 reveals a sandstone quarry in Pike County. See how the layers of bluestone built up over time? I wonder who else besides the boy (lower right) has seen this spectacular sight? Such are this week’s masonry musings.

Old picture of Sandstone Quarry located in Pike County Pennsylvania in 1922.

Sandstone Quarry, Pike County, Pennsylvania (Credit: Ralph W. Stone, 1922, Public Domain, PA Geological Survey)

We sell concrete in many different sizes such as by bag and pallet. Bagged concrete typically weighs 90 LBS. It is mixed in wheelbarrows in a 3:2:1 ratio (three parts aggregate, 2 parts sand, 1 part cement). This photo is from a hot summer July day in 2013 when a customer ordered an entire truckload to create a pool foundation. 

NMD 80 is a powerful acid-based cleaner capable of removing the strongest concrete grime and dirt from tools.  Make sure to use a degreaser like pavercleen to neutralize this product.

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NMD 80 acid cleaner

We visited the World of Concrete in Las Vegas this year. Here are a few clips from the show.