CEO of Accor Hotels On Competing in the Hospitality Industry

AccorHotels CEO Discussion : What It Takes to Succeed in the Competitive Hospitality Industry

Sébastien detailed his thoughts about the importance of being able to anticipate change in an increasingly competitive hospitality industry

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During the second day of the SAHIC South America event Thursday in Buenos Aires, AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin detailed his thoughts about the importance of being able to anticipate change in an increasingly competitive hospitality industry and about what he sees for the future of the business.

Bazin, one of the most prominent figures in global hospitality, has headed Accor since 2013, guiding a company with more than 4,000 properties in nearly 100 countries spread throughout the planet. Under his leadership, Accor is one of the largest hotel operators on the planet. In a wide-spanning conversation rich with ideas and valuable insights, Bazin shared his thoughts with Stephanie Ricca, editor-in-chief of HotelNewsNow.

“In today’s world, either you change or you will be change,” Bazin said.

Throughout his years as leader of Accor, Bazin has placed a heavy focus creating a company that stands out and is first to move on new ideas, thinking with an eye towards being successful in the future. He described this as key to thriving in the hotel industry, which has been growing at a steady 4 to 5 percent clip in recent decades, which is great but also challenging because it draws so much competition to the space.

A major challenge facing large-scale hotel brands such as Accor in the modern industry is upstart concepts like AirBnB, a sharing economy web platform with a vast and increasingly number of listings across the globe. Bazin emphasized that AirBnB is not the enemy, but rather a company that provides valuable insight because they have understood something about consumers that traditional hospitality stakeholders have not.

Bazin said that the hotel industry needs to learn from AirBnB as well as from the customers themselves. The modern hotel guest does not want to be seen as a number, they want to be a unique individual and their hotel experiences should reflect this desire. On the whole, price is a less important element than it once was, with customers that are now willing to pay more if it means being transformed by experiences they want to remember, learn from and share with others.

When asked about what he sees as the future of the business, Bazin said that the hotel industry must prepare for the advent of artificial intelligence, describing a scenario in which computers make organic suggestions to would-be guests. He also said evolving online payment methods is something for brands to monitor.

In terms of Accor’s immediate future, Bazin said the company has about 100 hotels in its project pipelines, 99 percent of which are not in the United States and 85 percent of which are not in Europe. Accor’s focus is instead on developing markets such as India, APAC and LATAM.

“Anybody that is driven by size makes a mistake,” Bazin said. “I prefer to be driven by local market share.”

In terms of Argentina, the host country for this event, Bazin praised it as a hospitality destination for having a rich history and wonderful cities, but said the macroeconomy is a problem because land and labor are expensive while the price per room remains low. Another challenge facing the country in terms of attracting tourists is that it has a need for more visiting flights and airlines.

Overall, his advice for people who aspire to join the hospitality industry is change and learn, not staying with the same company for 20 years as people were once likely to do.

The following projects by AccorHotels are currently underway in Latin America:

Sofitel So La Habana

The hotel will be located on the corner of the Malecón and Paseo del Prado [READ MORE…]

Fairmont Costa Canuva

The new Fairmont Costa Canuva will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, ‘COSTA CANUVA’, on the Riviera Nayarit [READ MORE…]

Mercure Itajaí

The Mercure hotel is part of the “Absolute Hotel & Business” development in Itajai [READ MORE…]

More information about AccorHotels can be found onTOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

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New Home Owners Outspend Existing Non-Moving Owners

New Home Buyers Invest in Home Projects

WASHINGTON, DC — A new consumer spending

Analysis has revealed that, in their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend an average of more than $10,000 on new appliances, furnishings and home improvement projects – 2.6 times as much in a typical year as homeowners who do not move. The analysis, released last month by the National
Association of Home Builders, is based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Consumer Expenditure Survey,” which helped quantify the money spent to make improvements as new owners personalize their homes. The findings are significant in that they reinforce the commonly held belief that first-year new- and existing-home buyers represent a key client cohort – and prospect base – for residential remodelers, including kitchen and bath designers. Of equal significance is the impact that home buying has on renovation, as well as on the overall U.S. economy (see related graphic, below). “While construction jobs are the most obvious impact

of new homes on the economy, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t stop there,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “It’s the architects, heating technicians, lumber suppliers and the mom-and-pop owners at the local furniture or appliance store who are helping these buyers make their house a home.” According to the Washington, DC-based NAHB, during the first two years after closing, a typical buyer of a newly built single-family home tends to spend on average $4,500 more than a similar non-moving homeowner. Likewise, a buyer of an existing single-family detached home tends to spend over $4,000 more than a similar non-moving home

owner, including close to $3,700 during the first year. Buyers of existing homes spend $4,085 on property alterations and repairs, compared to $3,729 spent by new-home buyers and $2,232 spent by non-moving owners, the NAHB said. They also outspend new-home buyers on kitchen and bathroom additions or renovations, and purchasing and installing items such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical and security systems, paneling, flooring, siding, windows and doors, the association added.

In contrast, average spending of new-home buyers on most of these items is negligible, suggesting that new-home buyers rarely spend on these items during the first year after moving. However, when it comes to outside additions and alterations, including a new driveway, walk or fence, newhome buyers significantly outspend existing-home buyers and non-moving owners. At the same time, non-moving owners outspend home buyers on most replacements, as well as on repairs of doors, windows and skylights. Other conclusions of the NAHB analysis were that:

• The most expensive appliances in the budget of existing-home
buyers are refrigerators/home freezers,
followed by clothes washers/dryers, televisions,
computer hardware/systems and lawnmowers.
New and existing home buyers spend even more
on furnishings than appliances. During the first
year after buying a home, new home buyers spend
$3,778 on furnishings, outspending old home buyers
by 70% and non-moving owners by 530%.

• Over the two years after a move, the “typical” buyer of an
existing home tends to increase their spending on remodeling,
furnishings and appliances by more than $4,100,
compared to otherwise identical homeowners who do
not move. Remodeling projects account for half of this
extra spending and mostly occur during the first year
after closing on the house. Only the additional spending
on furnishings tends to persist beyond the first year.

• There are significant demographic differences between
home buyers and non-moving owners. Home
buyers tend to be larger households with children
– and on average wealthier, better educated and concentrated
in urban areas. “Any of these factors could
potentially contribute to higher spending on appliances,
furnishings and remodeling,” the NAHB said.

• The purchase of either a new or existing home does
not have a significant effect on spending on entertainment,
apparel, transportation and restaurant meals.

Source : Kitchen & Bath Design News September 2017 Issue

How to Unclog a Drain, Shower or Toilet

Unclog Your Drains : DIY Repair. Shower Drains & Toilet – Homemade Cleaner Recipe

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While it may seem like a small deal, a clogged drain is a household emergency requiring prompt attention. Why? Because if left unchecked, continued use can lead to a flood.

Luckily, there are multiple ways of dealing with clogs before they become a problem, ranging from chemicals you can buy at the store to homemade remedies.

Unclog Toilet Drain, Shower Drain or Pipe

Regardless of the method you choose, here’s how to unclog a drain, toilet, shower drain or a sink.

Additionally we will explain in detail how to make your own homemade natural drain cleaner with a simple recipe using ingredients you already have at home.

There are two basic routes when you’re looking for how to unclog a drain: by using chemicals, or by using a homemade drain cleaner.

When used in the right way, chemical drain cleaners are effective in unclogging drains. These cleaners can come in a solid form, or as a liquid form as alkaline or acidic solutions. An alkaline-based chemical drain opener contains sodium or potassium hydroxide. These types of drain openers are useful for unclogging drains blocked with grease or hair. Acidic chemical drain openers contain sulfuric acid and are effective in dissolving blockages in water pipes.

These chemical drain openers react with water to release gasses which may be hazardous to human health. Inhaling such gasses may leave you at the risk of skin burn, visual loss, and respiratory problems. Some people have reported burning sensations after using chemical drain cleaners.

Make sure you read and follow all instructions before using a chemical drain cleaner.

Before you commit to chemicals, however, check out these easier (and safer) ways to remove clogs.

Different Ways Of Unclogging A Drain

Ways To Unclog A Drain

  • Boiling water
  • Plunger
  • Drain Snake
  • Homemade Drain Cleaner

There are different types of clogs — some are worse than others — so what you’re going to want to do is figure out a way that works for you. Generally speaking, you’re looking at four different ways of unclogging a drain: you can boil water, you can use a plunger, you can snake it, or you can make your own drain cleaner. Let’s take a look at each of these.

How To Unclog A Drain Or Sink With Boiling Water

The first option for clearing a drain is by using boiling water to open it. As long as the drain is relatively minor, this method should work. First, when your drain is slow, make sure that there isn’t any water in the pipe. Next, boil a pot of water and (carefully) pour directly into the drain to flush it. It should only take one, maybe two flushes to remove the blockage. Any more than that and the clog might require a different method.

Unclog A Drain With A Plunger

Next up we have a plunger. This useful tool has been clearing clogged drains for years. Nowadays you can buy small cup plungers, which are easy to use and relatively inexpensive. To use it, place the plunger over the clogged drain and plunge as hard as you can.

One thing to note.

Unlike with the technique with the boiling water, this time you DO want there to be water in the drain. The plunger is designed to pressurize the water and force it through the pipe, thereby clearing the clog. If there’s no water, then you’re just pushing air, and the clog will persist.

How To Unclog A Drain With A Drain Snake

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When boiling water and plungers don’t work, try using a drain auger (also called a drain snake). You’ll find drain snakes in most hardware stores. Some drain snakes are manual and some are electric.

One advantage of using a drain snake is you get to reach blockages deep within the pipes.

How To Snake A Drain

  • Put the end of the snake into the drain and twist the handle.
  • Push the drain snake and find the blockage.
  • Twist the snake until you the blockage frees.
  • Verify that the blockage is gone by running water.

To use a drain auger/drain snake, start by putting the rear end of the drain snake into the drain hole and twisting the handle. Next, you’ll want to push the drain snake further until you feel the blockage.

Once located, turn the drain snake around until you feel the blockage free. You’ll be able to tell whether or not the drain is clear by running water for several minutes.

If part of the blockage is still in place, the water will continue to drain slowly.

Unclog A Drain With A Homemade Natural Drain Cleaner

Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe

  • 2 cups or vinegar
  • ½ cup of baking soda.
  • Start by pouring a pot of boiling water into the drain.
  • Pour the baking soda into the drain and let sit.
  • Finish with 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup hot water.
  • Close/plug the drain and let sit for at least 20 minutes.
  • Flush with another pot of boiling water.

Store-bought cleaners contain dangerous chemicals and if you’d prefer to avoid using a chemical-based based drain opener, consider making your own homemade, natural drain cleaner from baking soda and vinegar.

Start by pouring boiling water down your drain (that might be enough to clear it, but if not, keep reading).

Pour the baking soda into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes, then pour the vinegar in with a cup of hot (not boiling) water.

You’ll want to plug the drain at this point because there’s going to be a chemical reaction that you don’t want overflowing. Let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes and then flush the drain with another pot of hot to finish the job.

Ta-da! Your drain is clear.

Quick And Easy Ways To Unclog A Toilet

Are you battling with a clogged toilet? Here’s how you can unclog your toilet with ease.

  • Depending on the nature of the substance that caused the toilet block, you can use an enzyme waste dissolver to get rid of the blockage. An enzyme waste dissolver only works on organic waste products. After pouring the stated amount in the toilet bowl, wait for a few hours or overnight so the mixture can take effect.
  • A home remedy for a clogged drain made from baking soda and vinegar can also be used to unclog the toilet. Simply pour the mixture into the bowl and let it sit for a few hours before flushing.
  • Drain snakes can be used to unclog a toilet following the same procedure used in unclogging a  drain. If you do not have access to a drain snake, try using a wire coat hanger.
  • Plungers are the perfect tool for clearing your clogged toilet. Put on protective gloves and coveralls before using a plunger. Opt for a more durable plunger and use it the same way you would when clearing the drain.
  • Only use chemical drain openers as a measure of last resort. Be careful when using this product and do not use a plunger right after to prevent toxic substances from getting in contact with your skin or eyes.
  • wet/dry waterproof vacuum can be placed in the toilet bowl to remove the blockage.

How To Unclog Shower Drain Or A Bathtub

If you’re looking for a safe and easy way to unclog your shower or tub drain without causing damage to the pipes, try some of these tips:

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  • Remove the drain stopper with a screwdriver and check for the cause of the blockage.
  • Use a plastic glove and flashlight to see and remove hair strands or other minimal particles causing the blockage.
  • Screw on the drain stopper and use a plunger to clear the drain one final time.

All these methods are useful in unclogging drains, sinks, shower drains, and toilet drains. Rather than trying to figure out how to unclog a shower drain after the fact, however, it may save you time and effort to take steps to prevent drains from getting clogged in the first place. How?

How To Keep Your Drain Clog-Free

  • Avoid tossing garbage and items like hair, rice, gums, stickers, tampons, condoms, toys and other items into the kitchen or toilet drain.
  • Occasionally lift off drain stoppers and clean debris laying in the shower drain. This will reduce the chance of having a clogged drain in the future.
  • Always dispose all hair in the garbage bin and ensure to comb hair only after a shower. This will reduce the amount of hair that gets trapped in the shower drain.
  • Sink strainers were meant for a reason. Use them. Before tossing that dish into the sink, strain the large bits away.
  • Enzymes should often be used to clear organic waste that might cause a blockage.

Live Clog-Free And Prosper

If you have pipes, sooner or later you’re going to have a clog. Luckily, having a clog doesn’t necessarily mean you have an emergency. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be able to handle whatever comes your way, be it a small clog or a major one.

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Keeping Your Kitchen’s Stainless Steel Spotless

Stainless steel is a beautiful finish, but to keep it looking its best, especially if you have a family of little ones, can be a big job. Here are a few quick cleaning tips to help you keep your stainless steel gleaming.
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Complete The Look: Accessorizing Your Bathroom With The Smallest Details

How do you want your bathroom to feel? Do you want to be able to go into your bathroom and feel totally relaxed and at peace? Do you want to see things that inspire you to get your day going right? Well, If your answers to those questions were yes, yes and hell YES…keep reading.

People love creating themes for their home. Some have a theme for each room in their home and others have one central theme throughout their entire home. The golden rule of themes is that everything must go along with the theme.  If everything in your home has a classic country sort of feel, having an ocean theme in your bathroom may seem out of place. Second, there’s the concept of the feel you want to create with the bathroom. For kids, you may choose a fun, cartoon theme; for those who are looking for a relaxing atmosphere, a place where it’s possible to fully unwind at the end of a long day, peaceful colors like those in a spa would be ideal.

Similarly, the types of colors that you’re like – along with the overall brightness of your bathroom – can determine whether you look for brightly colored accessories or those that are muted in color. Finally, there’s your personality or the personality of the person who will be using the bathroom the most.

In general, there are four styles that are commonly used when accessorizing the bathroom – classy, muted, bright and fun. But wait, there should be one more here…Inspiring. What about creating a space that will inspire you every morning to go out and tackle the obstacles in your way?

In a classy bathroom, you may find yourself choosing bath accessories in muted colors, perhaps with a subtle floral tone. Toilet seat covers, towels, bath mats as wall as bath accessories for the counter – a soap dish or soap pump, a toothbrush holder and such – can all be coordinated with the shower curtain. You may start with a shower curtain that is a neutral color like beige with a rose colored embellishment and matches the other bath accessories to the rose shade.

If instead, you were trying to create a muted look in your bathroom, you’re likely to choose soft tones as well, but rather than a floral look, you may choose slightly more modern bath accessories like those that you might find at a spa retreat. Muted shades of green or blue, natural colors that resemble stone or clay are all good base colors for your bathroom. Consider a solid color shower curtain or one that is patchwork – squares of complementary colors. Choose a matching bath rug, bath towels, a toilet seat to match and simple chrome plated bath accessories.

Alternately, if bright, modern colors appeal to you, you’ll find that bright, single colored shower curtains, window dressings, bath towels and shower mats can create a crisp, modern look. From using a number of different bright, solid colors in your bathroom to choosing the same pieces that feature bright colors in geometric patters or simple stripes, you’ll find that you are able to bring the look of your bathroom together, to create a bright theme even if the items don’t necessarily match.

Using blocks of color can be fun, but for some it’s just not fun enough. Whether you’re accessorizing the bathroom for kids or just for those who are young at heart, sometimes you just feel playful. You may make the choice to use a bright, aquarium theme for your bathroom – tropical fish on the shower curtain, bright towels with a wave-like geometric pattern, a fish shaped bath mat or even an acrylic toilet seat designed to look like a fish bowl (complete with colorful fish). You might choose dolphins, or even cartoon characters as the central theme for your bathroom.

For example, someone who still carries a fondness for Betty Boop may decide to use the character as a theme for his or her bathroom. A Betty Boop shower curtain and bath accessories set with a toothbrush holder, a trash can and a soap dish could be used with red or black towels and a red or black bath mat and toilet seat.

But wait, there should be one more here…Inspiring. What about creating a space that will inspire you every morning to go out and tackle the obstacles in your way? Accessories that inspire you can be cabinet accessories with your company’s logo, Your favorite sports team, or even an acronym for a saying that you live by. Anything can inspire you!

Of course, these aren’t the only styles for a bathroom; whatever your interests are, whatever inspires you, that’s going to be the foundation for decorating your bathroom. Whether you choose colorful flowers, solid colors, muted tones or something altogether different – a clean, modern look using all white for example – it’s the small details that bring it all together. Choosing bath towels that don’t quite fit in with your chosen color scheme, combining an aquarium theme toilet seat with a bamboo shower curtain: these things simply don’t create a cohesive look.

Fortunately, it’s easy to find bath accessories that will allow you to bring the whole look together – that is, once you decide what kind of look and feel you are looking to create. If you are looking for Beautiful accessories for your bathroom you can check out tons of cool interior design blog online and get a feel of what you might like. If you need help getting the inspiration going, check out some of our products that will be sure to get your imagination pumping. Click Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Easy Steps To Change Your Shower Head

“How To: Change a Shower Head

You don’t need to keep showering under an outdated, cruddy shower head. Replacing it is easy—just follow this guide and go with the flow.

By Amy Lynch

How To Change A Shower Head

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An old and corroded shower head not only looks unattractive to shower underneath, but the outdated model can be costing you more on your monthly water bill. For a quick fix, replace the shower head with an energy-efficient low-flow model. This newer option doesn’t mean low pressure either, it just uses less water per minute, which saves resources in the long run. Follow these steps to learn how to change a shower head and install a new fixed-mount or handheld shower head with ease.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
– Rag or hand towel
– Slip-joint pliers
– Adjustable wrench
– Teflon tape
– Shower head (new)

STEP 1
Remove the old shower head. First, try turning it counterclockwise a few times to see if you can remove it by hand; if it won’t budge, grab the towel and tools for assistance. Wrap a cloth around the shower arm—the pipe that connects the shower head to the wall—to protect it from damage as you grip onto it with slip-joint pliers. Then, clamp the adjustable wrench around the head’s base and twist it off counterclockwise until it’s removed from the arm.

How To Change A Shower Head

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STEP 2
As there’s likely some rust, scale, and other debris left behind from your old shower head, use the rag to clean inside and outside the arm. Not only will that clear a path for better pressure and cleaner shower water, but it will also make the installation process of your new shower head much easier.

STEP 3
Find the series of linear grooves, also called threads, at the end of the shower arm, and apply two or three passes of Teflon tape over them in a clockwise direction. Press the tape firmly into the threads with your fingers with each wrap-around so that you can start to see them through the tape. This specialty plumbing tape acts as a seal: When you twist on a new shower head, it ensures a snug fit and prevents water flow from leaking where the hardware screws together.

Keep the tape handy, since you might need it again when you check for leaks at the end of the installation.

STEP 4
Now, it’s time to install your replacement head.

• If you’re installing a fixed-mount model, you should be able to screw it on by hand. Just place the new head on the shower arm and twist it clockwise until it’s securely in place. Be sure to follow any special instructions from the manufacturer.

• If you’re installing a simple hand-held model, screw the mount from the new shower head kit to the end of the arm clockwise, then connect the end of the shower hose to the mount. As always, check to see if the manufacturer has additional instructions.

STEP 5
Before you wash your hands of this job, check for any leaks that could lead to wasted spray and high water bills. After installing the new shower head, take a step back and turn the water on for a few moments. If you see any streams of water coming from the wrong parts of the hardware, turn off the water once more so that you can disassemble the head and secure it with more Teflon tape. Then, tightly re-secure it to the arm.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 until your shower head is leak-free.

Keep It MovingTo ensure that your new hardware works properly and water flows freely in the long run, clean your shower head at first signs of clogs or lower water pressure in order to keep scaly buildup at bay. You can either use a cleaner or unscrew the head and put it in the dishwasher. Whatever maintenance approach you choose, just make sure to regularly clean it so you have a refreshing shower for years to come.”

Source :  Bob Villa.com

EUREKA! Removing Water Stains From Your Ceiling.

One of our biggest pet peeves at home! Now an easy DIY solution is available.

Water Stain On Ceiling

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“Q: I recently noticed some water stains on the ceiling of my living room. I’m not sure where they came from, but the ceiling feels dry to the touch now. What’s the best way to cover them up? And since the stains are dry, can I assume that whatever caused them is no longer a threat to my home?

A: A water stain on the ceiling is usually a by-product of a roof, heating appliance, or plumbing leak that seeped through the ceiling and evaporated—leaving you with an unsightly patch of dried, discolored mineral deposits. A word of caution: If you cover up a water stain without addressing the leak that caused it, you run the risk of additional staining on the ceiling, not to mention more serious structural or electrical damage. That’s why it’s so important to find and repair the cause of the water stain as soon as possible, even if it is no longer wet. Follow the tips below to pinpoint and repair the cause of the stains, then clean, prime, and paint over the water stains to restore the blemish-free finish of your ceiling.

Identify and repair the root cause. Your first priority when dealing with a water stain should be to find the source of the leak (or in rarer cases, the flood) that caused it—the roof, the upstairs radiator, and the upstairs bathroom are good places to check.

• If the roof is to blamefind and repair and repair crumbling shingles, compromised flashing (the weatherproofing material installed on the roof), or weakened seals around roof vents, all of which can give way to leaks. If you cannot patch the leak in the roof, you may need to replace it.

• If it looks to be a leaky radiator, search out and fix the radiator body, valve, pipe, or bleed point (where cold air escapes from the radiator).

• If coming from the upstairs bathroomreplace old caulking that may be letting moisture seep in and encouraging leaks. Also, repair overflowing toilets and unclog clogged sinks or shower drains that could flood the bathroom floor with water.

Make the necessary repairs, or get the help of a professional roofer, HVAC professional, or plumber as needed, and you should be able to prevent future leaks—and water stains—on the ceiling.

Clean the stain with bleach. Now that you’ve dealt with the underlying problem, you’re ready to tackle the stain itself—starting with a thorough cleaning. Cleaning the stained area of the ceiling with a mild homemade bleach solvent (one cup of bleach and three cups of warm water) will fade the stain and remove any lingering mildew, grease, dirt, or dust that can prevent primer and paint from adhering to the ceiling.

Water Stain On Ceiling

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Start by setting a drop cloth on the floor below the ceiling stain and propping up a ladder to reach it. Donning protective gloves and goggles, climb up the ladder and wipe down the stain with a clean sponge saturated in the bleach solution. Rinse the bleach solution off the ceiling with water from a spray bottle, then wipe the damp area dry with a clean cloth. Once the ceiling is completely dry, cover the ceiling trim with painter’s tape to protect it from primer and paint.

Apply a base coat of stain-blocking primer. At this stage, it can be tempting to slap a coat of paint directly over the water stain and call it a day. However, interior latex paints—which are commonly applied to ceilings—are a poor choice for a base coat over a water stain because they’re water-soluble. When a water stain comes into contact with latex paint, the stain dissolves into the wet paint layer as the paint dries, causing the discolored mineral contents of the stain to show through the paint to the ceiling surface once again.

Your best option for a base coat to cover water stains on the ceiling is an oil-based, mold-resistant, stain-blocking primer (such as Kilz Oil-Based Stain-Blocking Primer) in a shade closely matching that of the existing ceiling. Oil-based stain-blocking primers are water-insoluble, therefore, water stains cannot bleed through. Unlike latex paint, these stain-blocking primers also contain a high volume of binders (polymers that bind paint pigments), so that the primer can effectively adhere to the surface over the long run.

Primer (and paint) application depends on your style of ceiling. If you have a smooth ceiling, roll the primer over the water stains using a paint roller with an extension and a ⅜-inch nap roller cover, then let the primer dry for two hours or as instructed by the primer packaging. If you have a textured ceiling, opt instead for a thicker nap roller cover (¾ -inch to 1-¼ -inch nap) or spray on the primer using a can of stain-blocking primer (such as Zinsser Cover Stain Primer).

Cover the primer with ceiling paint. The primed area of the ceiling will usually be a few shades lighter or darker than the rest of the ceiling, which can draw the eye to the stained area. Painting over the primed area will help color-match it with the rest of the ceiling for a professional-quality cover-up. Whether you have a smooth or textured ceiling, you can use either a latex (water-based) or an alkyd (oil-based) ceiling paint over the oil-based primer—though latex options dry faster and produce fewer fumes from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than oil-based counterparts. Make sure to purchase ceiling-specific paint, which is usually thicker than traditional paint and comes in a non-reflective finish that helps hide small blemishes. Choose a paint that matches the color of your ceiling for a uniform look, then apply it over the primed area with a roller (choose a ⅜-inch nap cover for a smooth ceiling, or a ¾ -inch to 1-¼ -inch nap for a textured ceiling). Let the first coat of paint dry for up to four hours or as instructed by the packaging, then apply a second coat for more even coverage. After the second coat dries, the ceiling should look as though there were never any water stains.”

 

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Prevent Mold From Invading Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the wettest rooms in your home, and therefore is one of the rooms where mold is most likely to grow. The fact that heat and moisture are frequently generated in your bathroom helps to stimulate mold growth as these factors provide great conditions for mold to grow and flourish. Preventing mold in your bathroom is vital in maintaining the health of you and your family. In addition, if neglected, bathroom mold is likely to spread internally through walls, ceilings, and floors, leading to an extremely expensive removal costs. One of the key factors for bathroom mold prevention is frequent inspections to prevent water damage that can lead to mold growth. The first step in mold prevention is keeping your bathroom dry and well ventilated. You can use a humidity meter to check humidity levels before and after showers. Make sure you keep humidity levels below forty to forty-five percent. If you allow adequate air circulation, your bathroom humidity levels should drop below 45 percent within 5-10 minutes from the minute you finish showering.

Shower and Bathtub Maintenance

Keep your bathtub, floors, walls, and ceilings, clean and dry at all times. To prevent mold, be sure to fully open the bathtub curtain after using the bathtub to allow equal and complete drying.

Ventilation

Allowing good air flow and air circulation are key steps in keeping low humidity levels in your bathroom. One of the most basic techniques to allow great airflow in your bathroom is to open the windows and doors right after taking a shower. This allows air to free flow and remove excess moisture from the room. If you don’t currently have an exhaust fan installed yet, do so right away. This is a great tool for bathroom ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan while taking a bath or shower and leave it working for 5-10 more minutes after finishing using the bathroom to allow the bathroom to dry completely. Confirm that your fan exhausts outdoors directly.

Day to Day Maintenance

Day to day maintenance is important to prevent water damage and mold in your bathroom as well. It will also aid in detecting problems before they become large-scale disasters. Drains must be kept in good shape. Allow the bathtub to drain completely and by removing all debris and using drain openers from time to time. Create hard surfaces on your bathroom walls using semi-gloss paint. It is harder for mold to grow on these type of surfaces.

 

 

 

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Tips On Artful Living

Artful living is defined as “The imperfect, intentional pursuit of creativity and beauty in every aspect of life.”

 

Artful Living can encompass materials, texture, color, and form of everyday items with which we surround ourselves. We should all take every opportunity to enjoy life’s pleasures by enriching our daily experience with beauty and creativity. Here are a few straight to the point tips on living an artful life.

 

Have Your Special Signature Piece

Take an everyday item and make it your special signature piece. A unique expression reflective of you!

 

Uplift and Enrich Yourself in Small Details

It isn’t what you possess but how you make the most of it by presenting and arranging it. Consciously design your life as an antidote to the pervasive stress of the 21st century. Choose the details of your surroundings to uplift and enrich your life.

Be Environmentally Friendly

You can create new and awesome things fashioned from salvaged, recycled, reused or renewable materials. You might think that this does not sound sexy but you can have beauty and be kind to the planet at the same time. Many people are embracing the trend of upcycling clothes and jewelry.

 

Be a Pebble in the Pond

As the ripples spread out from one small pebble dropped into a pond, you can give others the gift of Artful Living by simply embodying it yourself. Others will perceive and enjoy your increased sense of vivaciousness as you unselfconsciously go about living your life artfully. Just think of how good you feel when someone compliments you on your good taste and style. You can also artfully maintain the details of your work environment. Always seek to enhance your own life and the lives of others in positive ways!

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Remodeling Ideas For Your Bathroom

Instead of paying an arm and a leg for a bathroom that someone else has designed for you why not try remodelling your bathroom yourself? Designing your bathroom really isn’t as difficult as it might sound. Also, it just might save you a quite a bit of money. Wouldn’t it be a satisfying feeling to know that it was you that designed your bathroom? You might even get calls from friends to do their’s next!

Measure and draw your bathroom to scale

The first thing you should do is measure and draw out your existing bathroom on a sheet of squared paper. You must be as accurate as you can because every inch will count. Depending on what you want to get in your new bathroom and how much space you have to play with measuring is key in getting the most out of your space. For example, you might be thinking that you want to add a bath to your bathroom, if this is the case then great, but make sure that all your measurements are accurate. If you are thinking about getting a bath, but have no idea what to get then why not take a look at these testimonial for baths here.

Measure the distance between opposite walls on both sides of the room in case the room is wider at one end than the other. Measure floor to ceiling and the position and size of windows including the depth of the window. Also measure the size, position, and shape of any irregularities in the room such as pipework. (account for everything so that you won’t have any unwanted surprises. These unwanted surprises can cost you tons of time and money.)

Draw a floor plan of your bathroom from above and a plan of each wall. When you’ve finished you will have 5 drawings and a set of measurements. Make sure that you take these and a tape measure with you wherever you go because you will need to use them often…very often!

Forget about bathroom showrooms and magazines for now

Magazines and showrooms are trying to sell you something and they will naturally go out of their way to show things in the most appealing way, which may not always be the most practical or realistic way for you. You will be using these resources of course but leave them until you have a better idea of what it is you want in your new bathroom design.

Make use of a digital camera

Take a digital camera with you whenever you’re in bathroom design mode and use it to make a visual record everything you come across. Note down what each image is about and file it away carefully on your computer for later. This is an excellent design technique and most people don’t do it. (Of course, if you have a cellphone with a camera on it that will also do. Just make sure you upload to the cloud in order to easily access your files on your computer later.)

Visit your friends

Most people are happy to talk about their bathroom especially to a friend and especially if they have recently remodeled their bathroom. Make a point of visiting all of your friends and start to build a folder full of ideas based on what they have done in their bathrooms. (if you don’t have any friends that have remodeled their bathroom, then go on design blogs and forums to ask others who have.)

Ask as many questions that you can think of to find out what their ideas were, how their ideas changed, what they like about their bathroom and just as important, what do they dislike about the bathroom. Make good notes that you will understand when you read them later.

Most people will either have remodeled their bathroom in the last few years or know of someone who has. If your friend knows of someone with a new bathroom ask them if they can arrange for you to go and see it. The more you see the better.

Look at some houses for sale.

Real estate agents in your area will arrange for you to go and view properties for sale and if you tell them that you are looking for a great bathroom they will try and find them for you.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this because you have no intention of buying a new property then I suggest that you try and get over it. It’s a great way to get ideas for your own bathroom and who knows what might happen when you start looking. You wouldn’t be the first to do this kind of research and end up buying a new property so don’t feel bad about doing it.

Buy some magazines

By now you should be feeling confident about what it is you are looking for. Now is the time to find a few good magazines on remodeling and home improvement to crystallize your ideas.

Visit showrooms

Now that you know what it is that you are looking for it’s time to visit the showrooms in your area to see what is available and match your ideas to items that you can buy. Make notes and take lots of pictures with your digital camera or cell phone of everything interesting that you find.

Pick up brochures on home improvement and bathroom remodeling

Always pick up as many brochures as you can find when touring the showrooms. Circle the items that you are interested in and make sure you write down prices and thoughts that you have at the time.

Research the Internet

Last but not least, make full use of the Internet to find product specifications, contractors, and ideas on websites all over. Bathroom renovations can be expensive so shop around and do your research properly! If you want to hire a company to do it instead of you, make sure you hire someone reputable!

Have fun remodeling your bathroom.

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Tips To Design Your Dream Bathroom

Whether you’re building designing an entirely new bathroom or remodeling and existing one, Designer Drains has got you covered when it comes to tips for your bathroom renovation. Here are some cool new ideas to get your bathrooms in tip-top shape.

First, list the items you absolutely need in your bathroom. This list includes, of course, the toilet and the sink. If it’s a full bathroom, you’ll need to decide on a bath and shower or a shower stall. Your choice all depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Next, choose the items you would like to include in your dream bathroom. Often people want a cabinet under the sink, though if you have a small space you might prefer a pedestal. Plan on a mirror over the sink, with or without a medicine chest. Lighting is important. A fan can be helpful for keeping moisture out. You’ll probably want a space for shelves of some kind. You can use the storage space for towels, toiletries or other items as well.

If you’re struggling to visualise what your bathroom would look like with the different options that you’ve thought of there is an easy way for you to see if the items you are thinking about will go together or not, all you need to do is create a Mood Board. To do this you can find images of the furniture and fittings, colours and fabrics and place them all on the board too see if they go together, for example if you’re thinking of having an Oak Vanity Unit and Oak Shelves first search for the Oak Vanity Unit Online and then either find a picture of it in google images or find an online store that has a picture of it on their website, take a screenshot of your chosen vanity unit it will then be saved as an image on your computer, once it’s saved you can then print the image, after it’s printed cut out the vanity unit in the picture and place it on the mood board then do the same for the Oak Shelf Unit, continue to do this until you have every item you want in your new bathroom on your mood board.

You can remove items that you don’t want and add new ones that you do until you have exactly what you want to make your dream bathroom come to life displayed on your mood board. Not only has the mood board helped you decide what you want in your new bathroom but when hiring the professionals to renovate your bathroom you can show them your mood board and they will be able to see exactly what it is you want instead of trying to explain it to them.

At this point, you might want to consider asking a professional to help with the design but, If you feel you can do it on your own, here are some tips.

Measure your bathroom well. Choose items that you think you’d like in your bathroom and get the measurements. Some suggest drawing a plan to scale, but for those of us who are less visual, it can be helpful to cut paper to the actual size of the footprint of the item. Place these items in the bathroom, arranging them to where you think you would like them. This is a good way to see how well things fit. Don’t forget that you need space between things. You don’t want to clutter your bathroom with so many things that you don’t have any space to get around.

If everything fits well, there are a few more considerations. You might be limited by plumbing or electricity. Window placement makes a difference, too, unless you have no qualms about showering in from of a window.

If things don’t fit well, play with the design a bit (if space, electrical, and plumbing allow.) See if you can come up with more efficient use of space and still enjoy the design.

If you have a small bathroom and not a ton of space, you’ll have to decide what you can do without. For example, you can use a pedestal sink, which takes less space than a full cabinet. Conversely, you can use a cabinet but don’t include shelves. Some towels and toilet paper can be stored in the cabinet, with the excess supplies in a convenient storage area elsewhere in your house. It might also be helpful to make sure you have the best home energy quote, I hear Money Expert (https://www.moneyexpert.com/gas-electricity/) do some great price comparisons.

A little imagination and a lot of measuring can help your dream bathroom work for you. When you find a bathroom design that works, it’s time to put the pieces together. It’s a lot of work, but it can be worth it.

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DIY – 10 Modern Wall Mounted Plant Holders

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Here are 10 examples of modern and stylish wall mounted planters that will help you get your plants off the ground and onto your walls.


1. These minimalist matte grey and wood plant holders are the perfect way to add a geometric touch and some natural greenery to your interior.


Toro Plant Hanger designed by Heather Scott. Photography by Victoria May Harrison.

2. These unobtrusive, matte white, triangular plant holders mount onto the wall and create a cozy pocket for your plants to thrive in.


Pyramid Wall Planter from Muddy Heart Ceramic Studio.

3. These simple curved wood wall mounted planters sit flat against the wall but at the same time add dimension to any interior.


“The Lorenas” from Andy Vasquez Furniture

4. These matte grey, hexagonal, ceramic wall planters add texture to your walls and allow you to create a minimalist interior when you add flowers and plants to them.


Hexagonal Geometric Ceramic Wall Planter from Jack Laverick Ceramics

5. These white porcelain bowls hang from rope to create simple, contemporary planters that are large enough to plant a variety of herbs or smaller plants.


Spora porcelain hangers from Light and Ladder.

6. Add a minimalist touch to your interior and brighten it up with a few small plants potted in these wood and black metal mini wall planters, that are hung with a single hook.


Modern Hanging Wall Planter Maple from PROPAGATION

7. These wall planters allow you have hanging plants wherever you want them simply by attaching them to a wood pole mounted to the wall.


Hanging wall planter from Loop Design Studio

8. Made from folded sheet metal, these white origami-inspired wall planters create the perfect home for a small succulent garden, a large air plant, or even an orchid.


Origami Wall Planters from Verde Veil

9. These floating wood wall planters take up little space on your walls, add a natural warmth to your interior, and are just the right size for planting a collection of small cacti.


Plant Pods designed by Domenic Fiorello

10. This modular wall planter system can be used inside or out and allows you to create a garden of whatever size you want, and adds a geometric touch wherever you hang it.


Garden Module designed by Luisa + Lilian Parrado

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Matte Black Accents Add Sophistication To This Grey And White Bathroom | CONTEMPORIST

Photography by Martina Gemmola

GIA renovations, an Australian firm specializing in renovations, has created a modern grey and white bathroom with black accents that proves you don’t always need a lot of color in an interior.

Photography by Martina Gemmola

The grey and white double vanity provides ample space for two people to get ready in the mornings, and the grey wall tiles match those on the floor and compliment the hexagon tiles on the wall surrounding the window.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

Matte black accents, like the hardware, towel bars, soap dispenser, and toothbrush holders add a sophistication to the bathroom while the touches of blue in the towels and green in the plant add a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

In the shower, a matte black rainfall shower head and a hand held shower head share the wall with tiled built-in shelf.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

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Keep Your Shower Drain Clog Free

There are a vast variety of options when it comes to clearing your clogged shower drains. Chemical cleaners, organic cleaners, plumbing snakes, plungers and more. But being preventative will save you a lot of trouble and ultimately save you tons of big bucks. Being preventative means trying to prevent the clogs from even happening. Be sure to take notice of everything that you rinse down your drain. After doing lots of research, we highly recommend keeping a contact number for a local emergency plumber to hand such as onetorontoplumbing.com as you never know when you are going to need them!!

What’s that smell?

When you don’t take good care of your drains, the first consequence is often a foul smell. Although a foul smell is usually associated with kitchen drains, it’s not uncommon to find offensive smells lingering from your shower drains.

After the smell, the clogs gradually appear, causing drains to simply work slowly at first, followed by a complete closure of the drain system. If you neglect to heed the warning of a slow drain clog, permanent damage can occur. Drains aren’t built to last forever, but basic care can extend the life of your drains by decades. It’s not easy to access the pipes underneath a shower so you will need to contact a plumber for professional help, here is a link to a fantastic plumber https://www.fixitrightplumbing.com.au/plumber-somerville/ they can fix an clogged shower drain in no time at a very affordable rate.

Get yourself a hair catcher

Being careful about what goes down the drain is the most important aspect of preventative drain maintenance. Doing something as simple as this can mean you don’t have to call a plumber. However, if you haven’t taken this preventative step then you could easily call up someone like inland plumbing to help you out if needs be. In bathtubs and showers, the biggest problem is usually hair. By using a hair catcher (a wire mesh filter that can be placed over or under the drain) you can minimize the risk of an clogs. Cleaning out the hair catcher only takes a couple of seconds after every shower. You can watch how to install one here on this Youtube video.

Clean that sucker out

Gently cleaning the inside of a drain about twice a year helps to prevent the buildup of biofilm, hairballs and other clog-causing gunk. You can use white vinegar to clean your drain. White vinegar is mildly acidic but powerful enough to dissolve most of the particles forming in your drains. Pour two cups of vinegar down the drain, wait about ten to fifteen minutes, then flush the drain with hot water. If you still come up with a clog after these preventative measures then it’s time to call in the experts. Don’t forget — you can always count on your licensed local plumbers.

Remember, Designer Drains and it’s employees are not licensed plumbers, we are just giving you DIY advice to use for your own benefits. If you have any pressing plumbing questions please consult a licensed plumber.

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These 10 Rooftop Decks Are A Good Time Waiting To Happen.

Getting someone like this deck builder sunshine coast to turn the rooftop of your home or apartment into an outdoor sanctuary is a great way to make use of space that would otherwise be wasted and create a special place that takes advantage of the views or weather in the area in which you live. You may want to hire a garden care specialist to maintain your outdoor area, you might want to look into North Carolina Trugreen locations and see their other service areas.

Whether you’re looking for a new roof for your home or you’re more interested in commercial roofing, to inspire your own rooftop transformation, here are 10 examples of rooftop decks that are always ready for outdoor entertaining.


1. The wood rooftop deck located off the master bedroom in this modern house, has a lounge area surrounding a standalone fireplace, while plants that soften the hard edge where the deck meets the wall.


hu mn lab,+inc designed this modern house in Los Angeles, California. Photography by DNA photography.


2. This rooftop deck has has everything for perfecting outdoor entertaining, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, plenty of plants, a lounge area surrounding a fireplace, a built-in hammock, various levels of seating and hidden lighting.


dSPACE designed this rooftop deck for a building in Chicago. Photography by Tony Soluri.


3. The rooftop of this New York warehouse turned residence has a lush garden filled with flowers and a cozy lounge area that provides an escape from the hustle of city living.


Andrew Franz Architect redesigned this New York warehouse into a contemporary home. Photography by Albert Vecerka/Esto.

4. This rooftop entertaining area has all the essentials for hosting a party including ample lounge seating, an outdoor kitchen and dining table located under a pergola, and soft mood lighting.


dSPACE Studio designed this rooftop space. Photography by Evan Thomas.

5. Glass panels surrounding this large rooftop deck filled with daybeds, to ensure that the views are never interrupted and that the sea breeze never gets in the way of rooftop sunbathing.


Studio Metrocubo designed this house in Croatia. Photography by Jan Stojkovic.

6. The sunken lounge space on the roof of this beachside villa has built-in couches that warp around the sides, and a water feature and green roof surround the area.


MIA Design Studio designed the rooftop of this modern villa in Vietnam. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

7. This rooftop combines a built-in fireplace, plant-covered walls, wood flooring, and comfortable outdoor furniture, to create a quiet escape from busy London life.


Inspiration from a home that was for sale in London.

8. The roof of this family home has been turned into a rooftop garden with multiple levels to provide ample space to entertain and relax.


Vo Trong Nghia Architects and ICADA designed this modern house in Vietnam. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

9. This modern wood rooftop deck features hidden lighting, built-in bench seating, and a spa that’s surrounded by plants to provide some privacy.


ANA arquitectura designed this rooftop oasis in the Dominican Republic. Photography by Jesus Rodriguez.

10. This partially covered rooftop deck takes advantage of the city views and is large enough to entertain a group of friends or family.


Keen Architecture designed this rooftop entertaining area on a home in Perth, Australia. Photography by Dion Robeson.

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To inspire your own modern rooftop deck transformation, here are 10 examples of rooftop spaces that are always ready for outdoor entertaining.

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