by admin on August 26, 2011 0
Finding a waterproofing contractor is a difficult process. Toronto waterproofing requires not only understanding how water flows around a home, but having a good knowledge of waterproofing the foundation. This is a task best left to experienced professionals. This has given rise to some irresponsible contractors you should avoid like the plague.
Making sure the contractor has all the licenses is a good start. Find out if they belong to any professional trade organizations. These organizations generally serve professional contractors. If the contractor belongs to such an organization he is able to provide a better level of service. These entrepreneurs also have access to the latest developments in their field of expertise.
Ask friends and colleagues who had to deal with the waterproof service to find several good candidates. Read full post…
by Sofia Lanigan on 0
After spending a week in NYC for the New York International Gift Fair showing the COZY collection to press and buyers, I’ve decided I could definitely live in New York…my problem is that I think I could definitely live in New York leading a very glitzy life.
During the week after being on our feet all day, we had dinners at Locanda Verde, drinks at the Carlyle Hotel’s Bemelman Bar, dinner at Balthzar and were whisked around in a gorgeous Mercedes AMG 65 by my sister’s driver KL (for some reason on the fourth day we were there and when my sister arrived to town, KL the driver, switched from driving us around in a normal Toyota van to this oh so fancy car (he says there are only 7 of them in the city))! It was quite a nice…we were so exhausted after working all day…it was a much needed treat to be spoiled just a bit.
So all of this whisking made me think…I could live in New York if I lived “a certain way”. Hence this post…with a $25 million dollar Park Avenue penthouse apartment.
Not quite clear how big this apartment is all I know is that it is listed by Sotheby’s International Realty for $25 million! 25 MILLION DOLLARS??? Oh my my my.
5 bedrooms, 5 baths in a prewar Park Avenue building with views of Manhattan from all sides. Here’s how Sotheby’s describes this listing:
“A dramatic marble gallery leads to a large living room with fireplace, a dining room with bar/butler’s pantry, a fully equipped media room, full bath & office/guestroom. Access Read full post…
by William Lundie on 0
Most people dont think to decorate their garage doors, but if you have particularly dull garage fronts, its certainly a possibility.
The folks over at Style Your Garage sell a variety of photo murals, designed to appear real enough that passersby will look twice, trying to figure out if thats whats really in your garage!
They offer landscapes, animals, and all sorts of vehicles (perhaps youd like the appearance of a jet in your garage rather than a boring old car) as well as rooms (such as a vast wine cellar).
Attached by Velcro, the non-permanent billboards take 30-60 minutes to install and come in a number of sizes. Theyre supposed to work on any material of garage door.
Prices run from $139 to $400 or so.
by William Lundie on 0
This modern house gallery was designed not only as “home” to an art enthusiast with a penchant for the finer things in life, but also to house his prized art collection in style. Designed by the Brazil architecture firm of Humberto Hermeto, this contemporary luxury home begs to be explored – gallery, and beyond. The irregular site (with a dramatic vertical rise of 10 meters from front to back) defines the slope house plan, which features a striking staircase leading up the hillside to the home. Inside, five spacious suites, the gallery, and indoor and outdoor living rooms are distributed across three levels, accommodating the different functions of the home. The lower level is occupied by the art gallery – partially below grade, thus reducing the temperature as required to maintain the masterpieces in good condition. To take Read full post…
by Alexander Catt on August 25, 2011 0
Perennials: Evaluate the gardens with an eye for improvements. There is still time to fill in bare or lackluster areas with fall mums, sedum or Japanese anemone. Bulb orders should be in the mail, but there is still time to purchase a variety of bulbs from your local nursery. Cut back ragged looking perennials and those that have mildew or that the slugs have disfigured. Begin dividing phlox and day lilies. Continue weeding to prevent seed formation.
Flowers: Collect and save seeds for next years garden. Cleome and nigella bear seeds in capsules that are ready to harvest when the capsules turn brown and begin to split. Dry the capsules in a brown paper bag, label and keep in a cool dry place until next spring. Pull up spent annuals and add them to the compost pile.
Vegetables and fruits: Continue harvesting cucumber, eggplant and peppers as they ripen.
by Sofia Lanigan on 0
Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, it is probably time to start thinking about something that will be romantic, meaningful and surprising for your sweetheart without draining what you’ve managed to save up since the last holiday season.
ATGStores.com’s partner manufacturer, Canvas to Art, has a quick and easy solution. Canvas to Art can use your favorite photo and turn it into a photo quick and inexpensively. There are a variety of size and style options available for the actual painting, so once you have picked that you can upload your photo and receive your canvas art in days!
What is the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever received?
by Alexander Catt on August 24, 2011 0
It seems to spring up overnight: Powdery mildew.
The splotchy white and gray dust covers the leaves and stems of many of the most popular plants. Woody perennials like lilacs, roses, azaleas, serviceberry and buckeye are especially susceptible. So are flowering fruit trees like cherry and crabapple, along with squash, cucumbers and herbaceous perennials such as chrysanthemums, phlox, dahlias and zinnias.
While rarely fatal, powdery mildew is very unsightly and can stress and weaken plants. If enough leaf surface is covered with the mold, photosynthesis is inhibited and the leaves will fall off prematurely. For food crops like grapes and beets, this may reduce their flavor and nutritional value. Infected blossoms may not open or develop fruit at all.
There are many species of powdery mildew, and each is highly specific about what it attacks.