Monday, June 30, 2014

My New Guest Room Project

We are building an extra room in the back of our house for my mom who comes to visit every 6 months and other guests who come every year. We’ve been having people sleep inside the house but we’ve turned our guest room into our much needed office. This new office space has made working from home so much enjoyable but we no longer have a spot to host our guests! In addition to that, we wanted to have a new room for when we have pest control services spray the house. This room will be like our little “get-away” from the usual. We’re making it very modern and elegant, buying everything new. Since the bathroom space will be small, we will have a shower enclosure…something I’ve always wanted.

All the planning of the new room has gotten me reflecting on our current room. The new room will be so much nicer that I have been considering making this room ours instead. The downside is that the new room is not attached to the main house and if someone was to try to break in we wouldn’t hear them. I have talked to my husband and we are considering getting a security system installed for our home. Although nothing is a guaranteed, this security system will give us a peace of mind. We are also getting a dog, and even though I feel it is a big responsibility to take care of a dog, it could really help us keep the house safer.

A month into the construction of the new room the workers have finished the bathroom and added the pretty shower enclosure I had been longing for. I’m excited to see how the rest of the room will turn out but I have not told my mom about it yet because I am still deciding whether I should keep this room for ourselves or our guests. I hope I make the right decision!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Fancy Massage Therapy Business

I have finally finished my Shiatsu massage therapy workshop and I am happy to announce that I am getting my own clinic! I found an ad on the newspaper classifieds about an old and poorly maintained building that they were selling for only $7,000! I thought, here’s my chance to be creative. So I took a loan out of my retirement account and bought the building. There are three halls, one which I will use as a lobby, the other one as the massage room, and the last one I am setting it up as a yoga studio with mirrors and hardwood floor. But the thing that makes me the most excited is my front herculite doors. They are so fancy!

I am actually getting all kinds of glass for my business. The lobby has a glass table top and glass shelves for holding small indoor plants (these are great at absorbing the negative energy that is released from our patients during their sessions and to keep the air clean). We are also getting decorative glass panels to divide the halls yet provide enough privacy. All the remodeling should be done within a month or so.

I never thought this opportunity would come to me this quickly. I always wanted to have my own fancy spa,
with relaxing music in the background, and provide a space for people to come and rejuvenate themselves. It is tough to live in the world nowadays; even kids now suffer from the stress-related problems only elderly would suffer from just 20 years ago. I am happy to be able to provide that space for others to come and get away from everything.

I’m hiring other therapists to come and work here as well so I can also get my own “me time”. I am holding on to the sticker sign that I will place on my new herculite doors until all the interior remodeling is done and the business is ready to open. Look at the picture on the right, doesn’t it look so welcoming?! The Fancy Massage Clinic ready to open in just 5 more weeks, be ready!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Stained Glass Partition

A few years ago, my brother’s adult daughter lost her job and had to move in with him for a while to make ends meet. My brother and his wife had plenty of space in their house, but they didn’t have a regular bedroom available for her.  My brother decided to convert the rarely-used formal dining room into a bedroom.  It was easy enough to build a temporary well with a door around the dining room.  There was just one problem: the kitchen had an access window cutout into the dining room.  Hanging curtains wouldn’t provide enough privacy and would clash with the kitchen design.  In order to solve the problem, my brother’s wife suggested stained glass.

At first I thought the idea was crazy.  To me, stained glass was old-fashioned and would make their house look like a church.  But then she started showing me some ideas she had found online and in magazines.  I was surprised to see that stained glass could build on a rustic, elegant or even modern aesthetic.   When my sister-in-law had settled on a design, they took it to a decorative glass professional.  He created the colored glass pane and they installed it as a window, so that when the daughter moved out, the kitchen could be connected to the dining room once more. 

My brother´s daughter was extremely happy and grateful for the privacy provided by the installation of the decorative window.  She ended up finding a new job and leaving the house after about six months, but the family still has the stained glass window, which they consider to be an outstanding home improvement.  They are always receiving compliments about how unique and colorful their kitchen looks.  And now, who knows?  I might even be inspired to add a touch of stained glass to my home.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Crack on my Shower Door

How’s this for a rude wake-up call – your alarm goes off and you head to the bathroom to start your daily routine. You’re about to walk into the shower and see that your beautiful, glass shower door has a crack no bigger than your pinky, yet to you it seems bigger than your hand.

Now you find yourself with a big issue at hand – whether to risk and open the tempered glass or shower in another bathroom.  Now I know this decision might come easy to most, but what happens if you do decide to open the glass shower door and all of a sudden everything collapses? The only good thing about this type of situation is that you might get a little something called “shower inspiration” – upgrade what you had into something fancier, more reliable and longer lasting.

For example, I was able to get a new shower door and at the moment, I can’t complain and I truly believe that I made a better decision this time around.  Yet for the other 2 bathrooms I've decided to go with frameless shower doors, just to give a bit of a more stylish look.  After all, wouldn't you want to impress your family and guests and receive compliments?

At the end of the day, all of you want is to jump into your beautiful shower and have a quiet moment – and you really can’t have that with cracked glass doors!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Make a Faux Window

If you want to make a room look bigger, there are a few things you can do. I chose to make a faux window using a wooden frame I got a local store. Then I went to a glass company to add mirror panes to fit the frame. While I had already seen this idea on the internet a couple of times I was afraid it wouldn’t work out as nicely as it did for other people but I decided to put all fears aside and went through with it!   
When my frame was ready and the mirrors had been added to it, I hung it on the wall. My living room did look a little bigger and it also helped with the lighting. Before I hung the faux window the room was very dark because it did not have enough windows and even though this was not an actual window it did brighten up the room. Don’t ask me how, but it did.

After a few days I decided I wanted to do something extra. I thought it would be great if I could paint on my faux window and make it even more decorative. I am not an expert at painting so I went for something simple: just a small tree and some flowers. I accept it doesn’t really look professional or anything but I like it. In addition, it’s something unique that nobody else has so I can say that I am truly happy with the results! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Best Shape for Your Glass Door Bathrooms

You probably may have noticed that some of the most elegant homes that are featured on TV or the movies have glass door bathrooms and some not only glass doors but are made of glass altogether. Whenever I watched one of those movies, I got the same feeling: ‘’I totally want one!’’ my feeling however, was accompanied by lingering doubt about the shape that I should adopt for my bathroom. I think the conventional square-shaped shower is just too common and hexagonal or cylindrical designs are just too architecturally complicated. In the interests of staying budget-friendly and trying to reach a middle ground between my imagination and unavoidable realism, I opted for a quadrangular shape which certainly gave me a lot more mobility inside the shower and looked very esthetically appealing.

People often say this and it may sound like cliché but whenever you like what you see you just want to be around it a little more. Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I didn’t shower as much before I went with a glass door bathroom but I definitely enjoy my showers more now! I enjoy looking at it while I brush my teeth and I do stare at it with a proud look on my face about my choice because of how good and elegant it looks.

I have often come across misperceptions about these doors or panels being too fragile which is not at all the case. Glass doors are more durable and thicker than regular glass which makes them stronger and more resistant. I have conservatively speaking fell at least twice while in the shower sometimes leaning towards the crystal by inertia and I have yet to see a dent on it. Elegance, functionality and durability are the trifecta of a good design concept, if you can manage to have it affordable, then you have hit the jackpot!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Custom Mirrors

A couple of months ago, Americans were remembering the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. At the time, I was in California and I remember the weather being pretty chilly, not cold, just chilly. I remember the networks must have run what seemed like endless strings of documentaries and movies of the late President and all I could think of besides the great tragedy was… man, what great hair this guy had!

I have read on fashion and style magazines that hairstyles are very cyclical and we are somehow regressing to retro trends so I figured, hey! I’ll cut my hair just like President Kennedy! I managed to do so, hardly coming close to the great thickness and unmatched aura of glamour there was to it. I still needed it perfectly kempt without overdoing it with hair products, so I went to the attic and brought this custom mirror my mom had. It somehow zoomed in on one side and made you slimmer with the other side (talk about your ultimate style tool)!

I realized that mirror helped me see a lot of things that were wrong with me such as plaque on my teeth, oily skin, abnormally thick eyebrows etc. It helped me notice a lot of flaws and when the optical illusion of the ‘’slim side’’ went away, I noticed I was on the edge of becoming overweight. I don’t like to talk about my appearance or discuss these things with my friends but I will anonymously post it here because well, I can help you with your personal appearance. I had a big size custom mirror installed on my closet door a couple of weeks ago so I could see myself in a kind of 360 degree angle, therefore helping me notice any issues with my attire; let’s say I missed a button or my shirt had a spot or wrinkle, just simple things that are not so simple once you have a big event coming up.

Appearances matter, people always say that you are judged by what’s on the inside but I have learned the hard way that’s hardly ever the case, so I do appreciate my custom mirrors for helping me improve my image by just fixing myself up every morning and leaving the house just a little better dressed, better combed and with my shoes a little shinier. It really doesn’t hurt and they are quite affordable!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Commercial Mirrors

We all know there are several types of mirrors and they can range in size, design, frame material and many other things. Mirrors we use at home are usually smaller than those used in commercial applications. Commercial mirrors, as a result, tend to be a big pricier since they are larger. So what are commercial mirrors? Commercial mirrors are mirrors that wouldn’t normally go in a home but rather in a business. The most common type is restroom mirrors which you can find in malls, restaurants, and pretty much any commercial location.

If you are looking for commercial mirrors you can’t just go to any store like you would if you were shopping for a small framed mirror for your home’s bathroom. Maybe you are looking for a commercial mirror for your gym or ballet studio or perhaps you own a restaurant or any other business and need a large mirror for the bathroom; either way, the solution is simple: you simply have to look for reputable glass and mirror companies, compare prices and products, and choose the one that best suits your needs. They will be able to provide you with any kind of mirror you want.

You can also request a custom-cut mirror to fit the wall where it will be placed.  If you are looking for a mirror for a gym or ballet studio you probably want a frameless mirror. However, if it’s meant to go in the bathroom of a classy restaurant or something similar then you probably want to get a nice framed mirror. You have plenty of options and you can choose what color you want the frame to be, too. All you need is the proper glass and mirror company and you will be able to get the perfect frameless or framed mirror for whatever application you need. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Glass Front Doors

The first thing people see when they go to a house is the front door. Therefore, you should try to make the front door look as nice as possible and try to differentiate it from others. Most people don’t take doors into consideration when it comes to remodeling or enhancing a house; but the truth is that the beauty of a house starts at the entrance.

Making your front door look great can be a really entertaining task. First, I recommend that you get a glass front door so that you can add certain designs to it. Also, most people go for the normal wood door at the front, which is quite boring. If you want your house to stand out from the crowd, you should do something different and a glass front door maybe exactly what you needed to accomplish that.

You can get a glass door with creative designs like this door that has flowers. Or maybe you are not too convinced about the idea of having your front door be entirely of glass. If that’s the case maybe you can get a wood door that has a little bit of glass but not too much that you feel vulnerable or exposed.

Glass front doors are great. The options of designs are as limitless as your imagination. Furthermore, you will always feel happy when you get home since you will get to see a beautiful entrance. And chances are you will be getting compliments on your door from all your friends and family! And you know we all want people to envy our house, so here’s your chance! All you need to do is contact a glass company and they can give you different ideas and you get to pick the one that you want for your front door. It’s quick and easy; no more waiting, get your glass front door now!  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Glass Shower Doors in Orlando

If you are thinking about remodeling your house but you’re not sure which area you would like to improve, my advice is that you pick the master bathroom! I think the rooms that most people pick to remodel are the bathroom and the kitchen. But I think the bathroom is a much better idea because you probably spend more time there than you do in the kitchen. In addition, the kitchen is just a room that you have to be in to cook, because you have to eat. But the bathroom can actually be a good experience, something that you enjoy and somewhere you can go and relax.

If you want to enhance your bathroom to enjoy the time you spend there or to add value to your home because you are looking to sell, you might want to consider getting a shower enclosure. Shower enclosures are a good investment. There some really nice glass shower doors in Orlando, all you have to do is look them up and pick the one you like best.

Glass shower doors in Orlando can vary a lot, which means that you’ll be able to find one that fits your expectations. I personally love frameless glass shower doors. But you can also find them framed. Shower doors bring along great advantages: they make your bathroom look more modern, you don’t have to be taking them down to wash them like you would with curtains, and they prevent splashes of water all over the bathroom!
You can also choose different styles of glass to use for your shower enclosure. I think clear glass gives a more stylish look but for someone who would like a little more privacy there is rain glass. Rain glass highly reduces transparency, so it’s a good idea for more reserved people.

Overall, I think shower enclosures are great. They truly transform a bathroom and make it look updated and modern. They might be a little pricey but it’s a good investment. It’s something that will last for several years and you deserve pampering yourself a little bit every once in a while. So don’t overthink it and get your glass shower doors in Orlando now! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wood Framed Mirrors

Imagine going into a bathroom in a mall, a restaurant, an office or any other public place. Probably you
imagined a bathroom with a common area, a few sinks, and several bathroom stalls. Usually those types of bathrooms have several sinks and above they have a big wall mirror, kind of like this. That is fine but it’s so mainstream. Years go by, and maybe it’s time for a change! Everywhere you go, all public bathrooms look the same.

If you own a business, especially if it’s something sophisticated like a classy restaurant, maybe you should mark the difference. Everything in a business matters, from the quality of the products and services to the design of the building, including the bathroom. Just like people don’t like to go to places with uncomfortable parking spaces, people wouldn’t like to go to a place where the bathroom is ugly.

A good idea is replacing the big common wall mirror by something with a more aesthetic aspect. Using small framed mirrors instead of a single big one is a good idea to make the bathroom look prettier and to not just get what’s standard. Differentiation is an important part of life, whether it’s for your business or for your home, it’s always nice to add something extra.

Just take a look at the two pictures. The first one definitely looks like the typical bathroom in all the malls and restaurants I have ever gone to. But the second picture is a lot nicer. If you think about it, it’s nothing fancy or elaborate but it’s just different. The wood framed mirrors are really simple but they look a lot better than a huge wall mirror. In addition, wall mirrors tend to be really expensive so these cute framed mirrors may even help you save a few bucks! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Window Tint

Everyone wants to have a nice house they can show off to family and friends. One of the features that makes houses more appealing is the use of big glass windows. If you see below, you really can’t see much of the houses, but they still look pretty amazing, don’t they?! And that is because big windows look fancy; they really embellish your house and they also make it look more spacious.

The downside is that if you live in a hot area and you have big windows all over your house the heat inside your home can really increase. Also, if you have the AC on but the sun is entering through your big windows, your energy bills are likely to increase as the AC will have a harder time trying to cool off your house. In addition, if your windows are right next to a living room it makes it really uncomfortable because you will be receiving all the glare.

Another concern is privacy. While most people would agree that it’s great being able to look out the window, especially if you have a nice view, they usually don’t feel comfortable with people from outside being able to look inside. And yes that’s an easy fix if you just get curtains but then that’s another responsibility. You’ll have to be taking care of the curtains, and every morning as you are on your way out you’ll need to remember to close the curtains so that strangers aren’t able to look inside.

But don’t sweat it! There is a solution. You can get window tint which will cut down on UV rays so you’ll be able to sit in your living room without being bothered by the sunlight. No more unbearable heat during summer days, either! Just take a look at the huge difference a little tint makes! You can contact a window or tint company and they will be able to add tint so neither you nor your energy bill suffer.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Custom Cut Glass Table Top

Maybe for a while now you’ve been dying to get a glass table top for your dining table or any other piece of furniture but you think you won’t be able to get one given the unique shape of your table. Well lucky for you there are professional glass and mirror companies that are able to custom-cut glass table tops to fit perfectly into your furniture. Make sure you get a company with a strong reputation because cheap work usually leads to cheap results. Custom-cutting glass is not a job for anyone and if you get someone who’s not experienced to do it he might mess up the measurements or not place it right. That’s especially true with a complex shape like the one in the picture.

Glass table tops provide extra style to your furniture. In addition, it helps protect them from scratches, nicks, and other damages. Maybe you want to get a glass table top because you hate having to be looking everywhere for the one coaster you have left (since all of the others simply disappeared!)  before being able to put your glass on the table. Or maybe you are that one person who is just tired of his/her guests coming over for dinner who simply refuse to put the glass on the coaster even though the coasters are right there on the table!

You shouldn’t have to stress about your children or guests messing up your wood. You should contact a glass company immediately so they can custom-cut a glass table top for any of your furniture so that you are finally able to put glasses wherever you want without having to worry about the consequences.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Glass Buildings

If you are wondering where this amazing, colorful glass building is located then the answer is Saint-Cloud France and it’s a Sports and Leisure Center. It is stained and lit with pixelated color. That building is only one example of the incredible glass structures that exist in our modern world. Another mind blowing glass structure is the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, which you can see in the picture below. 

There is no doubt that glass structures, even if they are not as sophisticated as these two, look a lot fancier, sophisticated, and modern. But that’s not the only reason why many buildings are now made of glass.

There are a few properties that make glass highly valued. For starters, it provides protection against heat or cold. Because of that, glass can save a lot of money when it comes to energy bills. Tempered or laminated glass makes glass difficult to break. Tempered glass is more impact-resistant than regular glass but when it does break, it does so into really tiny fragments to avoid deep cuts. Then, laminated glass is practically impossible to break. In case you didn’t know, the right type of glass can also be fire-resistant! What it does is that it stops or limits heat radiation for anything from 30 to 120 minutes.

Are you one of those persons (like myself) that are constantly worrying about bacteria and hygiene? I have good news for you! Antibacterial glass eliminates 99% of bacteria! Or if you are tired of your loud neighbors you can get acoustic insulation glass which highly reduces noise pollution in your home or office.

Certain glasses have incredible properties which can really increase the value of your home as well as your comfort. If you are interested in any of this, you can contact a professional glass company and let them help you out!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Emergency Glass Repair

I don’t know why but I happen to find houses with glass fronts simply irresistible! I think glass makes everything beautiful, clear, and super neat!  Or maybe it’s just because they are different from the boring houses with concrete walls. While glass is great, you should always try to hang cute curtains so that your privacy isn’t compromised. Glass is really pretty but a common concern is that all of your items in the house are exposed. If bad people happen to be passing by and they see a house with those huge glass windows they immediately think easy target.

It’s especially dangerous to have valuable items at sight because maybe someone was not particularly interested in breaking into your house, but they see that one thing they really want, maybe your computer or brand-new TV, and they start planning for the break-in! Just to be a little safer you might want to install an alarm system to scare everyone who tries to break in.

Besides burglars, glass can be a risky choice because it’s fragile and even though you can get laminated or toughened glass it’s still more likely to break than walls, you don’t say. So if something were to happen to those pretty glass windows you should get them repair ASAP! Whether the burglars broke your window to enter the house or it was an unfortunate accident when your kid was playing baseball with his friends, it’s not safe to have a broken window. That would allow easy access for more burglars. There are several glass companies that offer emergency glass repair so don't wait too long to contact someone, you shouldn’t worry about it because I’m sure you’ll be able to find a company that offers same day service. Maybe they won’t be able to repair it immediately but at least they can offer you board-up service. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tempered Glass Panels

Tempered glass, also known as toughened glass, is a kind of safety glass that has gone through chemical treatments in order to increase its strength. Given that tempered glass is a lot stronger than regular glass, it is more impact resistant. However, that is not the only quality that makes tempered glass safer. That type of glass is made in such way that if it were to break, the glass would crumble into a million tiny pieces making it almost harmless, or at least a lot less likely to cause deep cuts.

Given the safety of tempered glass, it is usually used in glass panels. Tempered glass panels can be used in many different places and environments. For instance, it can be used in commercial locations to separate one office from another. It can also be used in residential locations to decorate the house and separate rooms like the kitchen and living room without confining them to walls.

Tempered glass panels are a lot more decorative than plain walls and they can mark a separation between rooms but without dividing them completely. If you are going to use glass panels as a way to decorate your house and distinguish it from others, you can add certain designs to make them look more unique. Glass panels are great for you if you are looking to slightly divide two rooms but you still want to be able see what’s going on in the other room or if you want something different than what people usually have in their homes.

I think when it comes to interior designing, glass panels are a great way to enhance a house. A good idea of where you could use glass panels is between the kitchen and the dining room. And like I mentioned before you don’t have to be afraid of the glass breaking because it’s very resistant. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Glass Shelves

Over the years, people acquire more and more stuff and they run out of places to put them. I’ve noticed that many of my friends have boxes just lying around the house with stuff that didn’t fit in the furniture. If you don’t have any more furniture available to put all the ornaments people give you for your birthday or the thousands of stuff animals and action figures that belong to your children, a good way to stay organized and neat is to install glass shelves.

Glass shelves can serve many purposes, from placing ornaments and picture frames, to bath towels and you can even install them in the shower to put your shampoo, soap, and anything else you need. Usually you use something like what you see on the left picture for your bathroom shower but don’t you hate it how after a few months they’re all rusty!? Changing to small glass shelves would be an easy fix for that particular problem!

As if that wasn’t enough, glass shelves can simply be installed to the wall, which doesn’t really take much space like regular furniture. If you have a small house or are looking for furniture for a tiny room, you should consider getting glass shelves because they take less space from the room and they are also much easier to clean.

While you might agree with all the advantages that glass shelves provide, you may have certain concerns about using them because glass is very fragile and you run the risk of having any object fall on it and break it. Thus, we use tempered safety glass which makes it a lot more resistant and in the case the glass does break, tempered glass is made so that when it breaks it does so into such little pieces that they are practically harmless. So don’t hesitate and get your glass shelves now, I know I will! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Glass Shower Doors

Take a look at these two showers. There’s clearly a difference between them: the left picture shows a bathroom with the typical curtains and the right one shows a bathroom with neat shower doors. Such small detail can make a huge difference because you can’t deny the fact that the shower doors make the bathroom look a lot more modern. That reason alone should be enough for anyone to want to remodel their bathrooms. When you think of remodeling you imagine you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars and that it will take forever. But it doesn’t have to be that way, if you just make a small change like simply putting glass shower doors you will have made a small remodeling but the results will be great.

Some people might be hesitant to get glass shower doors because they are used to a little more privacy than shower curtains provide. Well, you can always lock the door, just kidding. If you want more privacy you can simply get satin etched glass and you will feel more comfortable because satin etched glass makes it non-transparent. 

Showerdoors are obviously more sophisticated but that’s not the only reason why they are a better option. Shower curtains tend to get dirty often and you have to be washing them, which is a bit difficult given how big and heavy they are. Shower doors are much easier to clean because for starters, you don’t have to move them to wash them. Another common mistake people make is thinking that shower doors are for bigger bathrooms or showers but not necessarily. If you have a tiny bathroom you simply get smaller shower doors. 

If you look online you’ll find so many blogs and articles of why you should change to shower doors because simply everyone loves them! Don’t get left behind and join the huge amounts of people who have thrown away their shower curtains to replace them with more stylish shower doors! To give you a little push, here’s a really good article about how to clean shower doors! Enjoy!

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