Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Living Room Design

For many people, the living room in the most important part of their home. It is a place where you can go to relax and unwind, escape from the stresses of modern life and spend time with the people who you care most about. When it comes to living room design, there are a few basic do’s and don’t which can help you to create a space that really enhances the room as a whole. Whether you are looking to completely redesign your living room or just give it a bit of sprucing up, here are a few of the basics that will hopefully give you a helping hand.

Do Create a Focal Point

A great living room should have a great focal point - a place where the eye is naturally drawn that allows all the other items to work around it. This may be something natural like a big fireplace or window with a great view or alternatively, it may be something that you have specifically designed to be the focal point like a particularly striking piece of art. The focal point should face the entrance to the room so it captures people’s attention straight away.

Don’t Start By Choosing the Paint Colour

When people come to creating a living room, many think that they have to start by choosing the paint colour and making everything else work around this. But the truth is that paint is affordable and you can always change your mind if you aren’t completely happy. Instead, you should go for the larger furniture and decorative items and then choose the paint colour that best fits in with what you have chosen.

Do Consider What is Underfoot

Many people go for hardwood flooring in their living rooms, but remember that carpeting is always an option as well. Check for Carpet One flooring stores which provide a wide range of options. If you are going for the hardwood floor option, you should also make sure that you don’t choose an area rug which is too small as this is a common mistake that people make. And also ensure that you choose one so that the furniture fits on comfortably - or at least just the front legs.

Don’t Push All the Furniture Up Against Walls

You may be tempted to push your furniture up against the walls in order to create a larger space in the middle of the room, but this also means that people will be seated very far away from each other so you have not created an ideal social setting. Instead, you should position furniture within a reasonable distance of each other and try to place it so people can easily interact regardless of where they are sitting in the room.

Do Have a Mix of Lighting Sources

Within your living room, you want to be able to alter the lighting depending on the mood. When you have a number of guests over, you will probably want plenty of light so everyone can clearly see each other, but when you are sitting back and watching a movie, you will want the lighting to be more intimate. So, you can go for a combination of overhead, ambient and task lighting so you can easily alter the mood. Position lamps in strategic places where the light doesn’t reach.

Don’t Use Too Many Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a great addition to the living room space, but you don’t want to use too many of them or they can become a nuisance as you have to throw them off the couch every time you want to sit down. So, when it comes to choosing them, go for ones that enhance the look of the furniture and allow you to put your own personal stamp on the living room. Carefully chosen throw pillows can have a big impact on the space.

Do Choose the Big Items Carefully

In your living room, the big ticket item is likely to be your sofa so make sure you take the time to invest in one that is high quality and will provide you with years of good service. The minimum length of time that you are looking for on a sofa of average quality is 10 years and you should even be looking for upwards of 25 years. It is also worth investing in more durable items such as coffee tables as these will last you for a good deal of time as well.

Friday, 14 July 2017

How to Create the Ultimate Doggy Diet

In general, owning a dog is straightforward, which is one of the reasons you chose one. But, deciding what they are going to eat doesn’t fall into this category. On the whole, their diet is a complicated and intricate process that lots of dedicated dog owners don’t get right to this day. Unfortunately, this is bad for the pooch’s health and well-being. Because you only want the best for your dog, maintaining their health is something you want to promote. Thankfully, you can as long as you follow the tips underneath.

Include Raw Meats

Apart from humans, almost every carnivorous animal on the planet eats raw meat. After all, it isn’t like a lion can fillet a gazelle and put it in the pan for five minutes. Sadly, this fact is lost when it comes to dogs as they are domesticated. As a result, some owners will cook meat before putting it in the bowl. Although real meat dog treats are important, so is the fact that they are raw. That way, the dog gets as much protein and nutrients from the meal as possible. Also, the toughness is great for their teeth and acts as a natural preserver.

Mix It Up

Thanks to good PR, pet food companies convince owners that tin food is the way to go. The result is that the majority of people open tins of dog food every day. Some never waiver from it, and that isn’t good for the animal. Quite simply, tinned food only has so many nutrients. If a dog only eats from a tin, the odds are high that it won’t get all the ingredients its body needs. By mixing up the diet, from fresh meats and vegetables to food in tins, there is less chance of your pooch having a food deficiency.

Ration Meals

Some dogs are as big as houses [metaphorically] because their owners feed them all of the time. Although it seems harmless, it is having an adverse effect under the hood. Carrying extra weight makes it harder for the heart to pump blood around the body, and the rest of the vital organs suffer, too. As such, it’s essential to dish out regular size portions. If you are someone that likes to provide snacks, you should err on the side of small as they are extra calories.

Tailor The Diet

Finally, the ultimate diet for your dog isn’t one you can pull off the internet. Every pet is different, and it’s vital that you understand this when making their meals. Otherwise, it is easy to feed them things which they don’t need, yet which you think it necessary. The trick is to tailor the diet to your dog and no one else’s. That way, it should get everything it needs to live a happy and healthy life. If you are not sure, it is possible to find more details on the Web. And, yes – everyone sees the irony in that statement!

Hopefully, this advice will ensure your dog’s diet is the best around.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Resident Cat Meets New Puppy: A Painfree Introduction

So, you are about to take your puppy to its new home. It is usually a time of exploring and getting to know each other, but introducing a puppy into a home that’s already ruled by a cat makes it an entirely different situation.

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The first couple of weeks could turn into a living nightmare for your pets unless you know what you’re doing - in case you don’t, make use of these tips to help you a bit along the way.


The beginning of this nature-defying cohabitation is all about separating the dog and cat from each other. It might mean that you keep your puppy on a leash or in a dog crate for some time; it is, after all, the cat that is the weaker one between the two of them.

The first couple of weeks should allow them to get used to each other through sounds and smells, without interacting too much. They should be separated so that they won’t be able to touch but still being aware that the other one is present - placing a blanket or a toy with your dog’s scent in the room your cat is kept, is a clever way to plant the first seeds of introduction.

After a while, switch rooms and allow enough time for them to feel safe and comfortable in the other’s area. This should go on for some time. Extend the period if it makes you feel more comfortable, and keep in mind that the only way you can prevent disaster between the two is to take your time and not to rush it.

Leash and Crate

When bringing your puppy home, make it a controlled experience from the beginning and keep him on a leash even as you walk into the living room for the first time. It sends a clear signal to the cat of the house and shows both of them that this isn’t a place where the dog can go crazy - this is a safe and controlled environment.

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You shouldn’t keep your poor puppy in a crate the whole time, of course, but make sure you’re able to control him while the cat is around. Keeping the dog outside in a restricted area in the garden is a good idea, just remember to have treatment for flea and tick for dogs at hand - especially in the summer.

When your dog is able to be face-to-face with your cat but separated by a barrier, without barking or acting out, they are ready to be formally introduced. Reward any calm behavior with treats and discourage any unwanted behavior; if you have positioned yourself as the pack leader from the beginning, your dog will follow your signals.

Many pets live together in harmony. You might have seen them snuggle up together or simply pass each other by without even flicking an ear, and thought that dogs and cats must be the perfect companions. You’d be fooled to believe this harmony happens on its own; behind it lays weeks, or even months, of preparation and a patient owner’s persistent training.

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