Battery Backup Solutions
Reducing Electricity Bills with Battery Back Up Solutions

Households across the US would not be able to function without a steady or consistent supply of electricity for their many devices inside the home. American homes are full of appliances and running electrical operations, like never before.

Homeowners rely on all sorts of systems to run the home, stay entertained and make their life easier. This means an increasing demand for energy. The main problem here is that while energy use increases, so do the cost.

Electricity bills continue to rise for many homes, businesses and other consumers. Some struggle to pay their power bills and need an alternative solution. A battery power back-up could be the answer to the problem.…

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Tools for Hardwood Furniture
15 Essential Hand Tools Used for Building Hardwood Furniture

Woodworking is a popular activity especially among those who love designing and creating wood based items and pieces. Woodworking includes cabinet and furniture making, woodcarving and carpentry.

Although many people talk about woodworking as a fun and easy activity, the truth is that one’s success at working wood depends on several factors. First, the beauty, strength, and overall quality of a furniture piece depend largely on the type of wood used.

Woodworkers use two main types of wood. Softwoods are derived from evergreen coniferous trees and are relatively more affordable. They include cedar, fir, pine, and redwood among others. On the other hand, hardwoods are gotten from broad-leaved trees and are considered harder than softwoods. However, these trees also take longer to grow and are therefore more expensive.…

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Appeal Of Solar Powered Off-Grid Living
The Appeal Of Solar Powered Off-Grid Living

 Eco-Friendly Side Of Swedish Interiors

My interest in Swedish design and their ethos when it comes to interior design is evident to see across this site – if I am not gushing over a new design idea that I can bring into my own home, I am exploring new ways of making the most of the materials used.

A recent look at the more eco-friendly side of Swedish interiors and the needs for better insulation and energy efficiency made me question the use of solar panels and the prospect of going completely off the grid.

Off-grid living is a massive step, and while it is little beyond my personal comfort zone, I can appreciate why some people say goodbye to expensive, annoying energy companies altogether and start generating their own solar panels and battery backup generators for power when the sun goes down.

Why go off-grid?

There is something quite …

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Swedish Room Design
The Most Important Aspects Of Modern Swedish Room Design

The Scandinavian style is one that has endured with steady popularity because of a timeless quality and simple aesthetic appeal. However, this natural, minimalist approach is more appealing than ever these days.

There are many young professionals and couples out to declutter their homes. Some want to turn away from modern materialist approaches to something more simplistic. It is all about finding the perfect balance. No one wants to get rid of everything and start over, but a minimalist approach does offer some clarity and peace of mind.

Less is more with a Swedish design or most Scandinavian options for that matter. There is a minimalist feel to the use of furniture, furnishings, personal effects, and color. Everything within the room has a purpose, and each element is carefully considered to suit the space.

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Hardwood Floor Cleaning
8 Ways For Hardwood Floor Cleaning

Most of the people have been asking about the best ways to clean their hardwood floors without damaging it. It is not an easy task since most of the people are not aware of the procedure and the right detergent to apply.

The key issue is to clean the floor entirely and not to use a detergent that can damage it. Besides, some contracted cleaners do not provide all the procedures for hardwood floor cleaning. It is advisable to get the proceedings from them and also the recommended cleaning detergents.…

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Buying A Mattress Online
The Joys And Revelations Of Buying Mattresses Online

Why Buying Mattresses Online Is Beneficial

Buying things online has almost become second nature these days. We will buy everything and anything online if we feel that we can get a real bargain and a more convenient shopping experience. There are some areas where I draw the line, though.

I buy the majority of my products, tools and photographic materials from online stores, but I still prefer the experience of shopping in a real clothes store to try out the brand’s idea of size before I buy – and I don’t trust online grocery stores to pick the best fruit and vegs.

Until recently, buying mattresses online would have been on the same the list. That was until I did a little research on the matter and my eyes were opened to the potential products and services that were out there.

I found a lot of tips and advice on …

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Clean Hardwood Floors with Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
The Top 5 Robotic Vacuum Cleaners For Hardwood Floors

Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners For Floors

If you have read my article on the hassles and dangers that come with the cleaning and maintenance of a hardwood floor, you will have no doubt come to the same conclusion I did about finding the best products – the easier to use and the more efficient, the better.

If we have to spend an hour on our knees dry mopping stains with exact solutions, the every day sweeping and hoovering should be a simple as possible. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of 5 of the best robotic vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors. These little friends are designed to take the strain for an efficient clean.

#1: iRobot Roomba 770irobot-roomba-770

The top model in this list of the best robotic vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors is expensive but impressive.The Roomba 770 has a simple round design with a …

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Latest interior Design Swedish Furniture
Some Key Places To Buy The Best Swedish Furniture

Swedish And Scandinavian Stores For Furniture

Some of us like to take old pieces of furniture and upcycle that to give them a Scandinavian twist and others like to take inspiration from Swedish shapes to create bespoke pieces of furniture.To create a whole new living room suite, and others like to bring in furniture from top Swedish and Scandinavian stores to add the most authentic touch.

If you are more into the design side of interior design than the practical side of making things, you will want to know some of the best places to buy your Swedish furniture.Here I will look at some of the key features of a living room or dining area and where to buy them.


Swedish Table DesignWhether you want a small side table to go next to your sofa to rest a book or drink on, or a larger dining table that is a bigger …

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Swedish Styles by various designer
10 Of The Best Designers From Scandinavia

Scandinavian Interior Design

There are some key ideas seen across Swedish and Scandinavian interior design blogs that are seen as timeless, iconic aspects that all newcomers should aspire to use. The most important for me are the use of clean lines, light spaces and a balance of the homely and practical.

As modern design trends develop across Scandinavia, interesting quirks and ideas come through from Sweden, Denmark and Norway that help to inspire those of us that want something a little different. The following 10 brands embrace Swedish furniture styles and take them in some very interesting directions.


Scandinavia String design

One of the main aims with Swedish interior design is to bring a sense of functionality and clean lines to a living space,while remaining homely and inviting.Furniture should be simple and attractive, but still practical.

One example that jumps to mind here is the String shelf system – a must-have in …

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Tools For Building Hardwood
An Introduction To Woodworking Planes

Planes To Cut And Shape Wood

In a previous article here, I spoke about some of the most useful electronic power tools and related aids that are a must for newcomers that are starting out with furniture creation.While I stand by that list as a great starting point with some accessible tools, I appreciate that the actual craftsmanship of a bespoke piece of hardwood furniture requires a different touch with manual tools.

In that article I highlighted some robust saws and belt sanders to cut and shape wood, today I want to look at some of the more old-fashioned woodworking tools – the planes. If you want an excellent surface and shape, and to add to that authentic feel, the following planes can be of great use.

Woodworking Bench Planes:

Woodworking Bench Planes

Typically, you will want to use a long plane to work on the edge and to create a flat surface.The …

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Stylish Swedish Room Design
Great New Trends In Swedish Room Designs

Modern Interior Design Inspiration

The best modern interior design takes inspiration from different cultures and twists the ideas into something new and intriguing.

When it comes to adding a Scandinavian touch to the home, this means more than just adding wooden slats to a wall to create a spa-feel.. or a minimalistic electric log fireplace to make it feel rustic.

The following are ideas I have seen that I love – from some of the more distinct, timeless touches that I have used myself, to weirder ideas that I hadn’t considered.

Copper Globe Lights Or Big Paper Lanterns?Copper Lights Swedish Room Designs

Bright, reflective metalwork has been a part of Scandinavian room designs for a while, and copper globe lights are the modern way of bringing this style and warmth to a living room.

It is a popular metal used in a new way that will not go out of fashion paired with …

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Dos And Donts Of Cleaning Your Beautiful Hardwood Floor
The Dos and Donts Of Cleaning Your Beautiful Hardwood Floor

Cleaning Options For Wooden Surface

In some of my blog posts about interior design, you will have seen that I have an apparent love of the hardwood floor. To me, no other option offers the same sense of style and comfort as a perfectly laid, wooden surface with a beautiful grain. Admittedly, it is easy to get caught up in romantic notions of those timeless, beautiful options and to forget about the practical aspects.

A hardwood floor doesn’t require the same amount of vigorous vacuuming as a thick carpet, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be cleaned and kept looking good. So how should we go about cleaning them? In this guide, I will take you through some of the best tips I know that are sure to keep your floors looking their best.

What are the different cleaning options to consider when cleaning hardwood floors?Cleaning Options For Hardwood Floor

There …

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Nordic/Swedish Room Designs Idea
10 Ways To Bring Scandinavian Interior Design To Your Home

Swedish-Inspired Design Ideas

Getting a few Swedish-inspired design ideas is great when you want to freshen up a piece of furniture, change a color palette or rethink flooring options, but how do you completely transform a room or a whole home. I have compiled the following tips for the more ambitious – those with new homes to renovate or new builds on the horizon.

#1: Elegant linesElegant lines

This is the first thing to remember when trying to bring the Swedish approach to interior design to our homes.

No matter what era you want to focus on – from the more stylish Gustavian looks to modern pieces of the 20th century,they all share a common theme – clean lines and symmetry. Keep it clean.

#2: Color

Color Idea

When browsing through blogs and photos, it is easy to assume that a Swedish-style room has to be white and gray with no room for …

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Bringing Gustavian Style Into Swedish Furniture Styles
Bringing Gustavian Style To A Modern Home

The History Of Gustavian Furniture

Swedish furniture comes in all shapes and sizes – and by that, I don’t mean the different widths and heights of the panels of cheap wood in an IKEA flat-pack bookcase.Design trends have evolved over the centuries in Sweden, and while many first-time home-makers may look for the simple lines and adaptability of more modern creations, more adventurous DIY enthusiasts may prefer to take inspiration from the Gustavian style of the 18th century.

Who was Gustav?King Gustav

Like of the best design periods, this era is named after the ruling monarch of the time. King Gustav ascended to the throne in Sweden in 1772 and brought his tastes to the furnishings of his palace with the aim of creating the “Paris of the north”.

At first, Gustavian furniture showcased a precise blend of French and Greco-Roman ideas, but it soon evolved to become a very stylish, …

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Tools Hardwood Furniture
10 Helpful Tools For Newcomers To Furniture Making

Furniture Making Tools

Across this site, I have talked a lot about different styles of furniture and how Swedish design ideas can be brought into a home through interior design and some bespoke DIY projects. Getting the ideas on paper is a great start, but I haven’t forgotten about the practical nature of it all. To make these pieces yourself, you need a range of helpful tools.

The following list is series of 10 tools that I feel are worth considering when starting out. There are different saws, portable items like drills and nailers and other helpful aids to take the stress out of hardwood furniture building.

1: Cordless Drill

Cordless Drill

Portable has to be the way to go with many of the best woodworking tools. Yes, I appreciate that you can get morepower and a more consistent performance with many of the high, corded options, but they just aren’t always …

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Swedish Cabin Design
Discovering Swedish Design Through The Swedish Cabin

Swedish Design And Architecture

When we talk about Swedish design and architecture, it is easy to focus on the modern trends towards materials and lighting and the way that they can be incorporated into a new build.Then there are the formal styles of the Gustavian area and the way that these little details can be brought into a more rustic family home. What we don’t always talk about its the old, colonial style of Swedish design.

The Lower Swedish Cabin is a prime example of Swedish craftsmanship, design and practical use of space in a 17th-century building.It is a must-see attraction to any historian or architecture student, and the best part of all is that this preserved, the stunning building is right in the heart of colonial North America – not Scandinavia.

How Did This Swedish House Come To Be In Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania?Living Off grid

In the 1600s, North America was …

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