Wood shutters, plastic shutters, metal shutters, and there are many other different kinds of shutters out there. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others. The most popular of the shutters are wood shutters. Wood offers the look that people are always wanting and the price is great as well.

Plastic shutters are often a miss with people looking for shutters. They are often the cheapest in price, but if that is what your main concern is then they are not a bad option. However, with plastic shutters they can look a bit more fake than a wooden shutter. They are often also a bit more bulky looking and just give off the “cheap” and “inexpensive” look. They are not a bad option, but they are not the best option.

Another material that people look for shutters in is metal. They are obvious strong and can withhold a lot of punishment from the natural weather. Metal lasts a long time but it can also ding easily. Metal shutters are usually the ones that get the most dents and imperfections as time wears on them faster. Some dents can be unnoticeable, but a large enough dent can really cause the whole shutter to lose it’s appeal and even cause it to function improperly.

The most popular of materials for shutters is wood. Wood is sturdy and cost effective. The look of wood, either left as is or stained or painted, makes any window look complete. Other shutters can do that as well, but many people think that wood shutters look the most natural. Dings and dents won’t really effect the wood, like it does metal. Any imperfection with wood just makes the wood appear more appealing and weathered. Wood is also cheap, not as cheap as plastic, but cheap enough that it would be worth getting.

No matter what you decide, the options are endless. You can find many materials that can be made into shutters and many of them will fit your needs and your wants. Get the look you want to complete your house no matter what material is used!… Read More


Kids say all kinds of things and do all kinds of things, but one thing I would never expect them to do is to break shutters. I guess it’s been so long since I was a kid that I forgot just how destructive kids can be. When I was younger, I was playing baseball with some of my friends and I sent the ball flying through a window when I made a home run. With my kids, I had to call an irvine shutters company because they were playing football and broke the shutters.

I’ve often warned the kids about playing with balls too close to the house, but they don’t always listen.… Read More


Music is one of the most expressive form of art and using this expression inside the house is without a doubt, ingenious. Music wall art allows home owners to revitalize their living spaces with a colorful mixture of notes, musical instruments and a jazzy ambience. This type of interior home concept is widely used by people who loves music. Music wall art allows them to convey their passion with music to anyone who visits their home.

With the innovation in music wall decor, even if you’re not truly a music artist you will surely appreciate this kind of art in one of its particular genre because of the various music wall art designs available today. With its diverse collection of glass, wood and metal, you can easily find high-quality music wall decor to accentuate the overall design of your home. You can also revitalize a certain area of the house (kid’s room or music room) with music note art or jazz wall art which are two of the most popular concepts of musical home design. These furnishings offer elegance and style and can contribute to the principal design of any house.

You can also choose the jazz wall art concept with some musical instruments to use as decorating accents in the room, the living area or even in the patio. You can save more if you have your own musical gadgets to use for display. If the room is large enough, you can also place a piano in the corner either as an additional feature or as an actual instrument for your friends and guests when hanging out in the music room. However, if you don’t have available instruments you can check out thrift, resale or pawn shops to find guitars, saxophones, or other musical instruments at good prices.

Music note art are also used to complement the overall theme of the room or any area in the house designed with a musical concept. Music note art are often made of metal and are individually hanged on the wall over the staff figure. You can further compliment the design by painting a line or two of your favorite song with your favorite colored paint.

You can make your own wall decor and home accent is wish to add your own personal touch with your design. You can also opt to buy high quality music wall art from local interior decor shops or from websites that offer online catalogs for you to choose from.… Read More


Ventless fireplaces, regardless if they are gel or electric, really can lighten up a room.A? Take that any way you want.A? They bring new life to an otherwise old decor that’s been done for years.

But, sometimes people have trouble figuring out how to decorate them.A? You can, of course, simply put the fireplace in the room and rely on it solely to freshen up the place.A? But, we all have a need to go a step further than that and here are a few ideas.

The first thing I would do is put a flat screen television on the top of it.A? It’s a trend now.A? But more than that, it’s a great place to put the flat screen television.A? It attracts attention to that area of the room and it creates a wonderful ambiance that goes beyond just having a fireplace in the room.

But, I would only put a flat screen television on the top of a ventless fireplace if you are going to put any television on top.A? You want it to have its own stand and be able to have a barrier of air between the television and the fireplace.A? Also, you’ll want to place the fireplace in the corner.A? Flat against the wall is a great look too, but in the corner creates a stylistic approach that stands out more than any other arrangement.

So if you don’t have a flat screen television and the purchase of one is not in your future, then there are other options for the top of the fireplace.A? If you place the ventless fireplace flat against the wall, a mirror would look great attached to the wall above.A? Also, unique paintings look great there as well.

Certain types of paintings will complete a wonderful look.A? Landscapes of any sort like mountains, fields or beaches create a peaceful mood.A? Abstracts can bring out character if they are the right kind of abstracts.

But, you can’t just decorate the top of the fireplace and forget about it.A? The sides should get some love too.A? One idea that really works great is the addition of plants to either side.A? Tall plants actually add life to the entire side of the fireplace, but short plants even up the balance.A? It’s up to you what you want to do as far as plants are concerned.

Another idea is to put an actual fireplace tool set on the side.A? I know you don’t need it.A? But, they look great sitting beside the fireplace.A? If you are purchasing crackling gel fuel so that the ventless fireplace sounds like a traditional wood burning fireplace, complete the picture with a tool kit.A? In fact, you can go even further with a wood holder and a handful of small logs.

The ventless fireplace is the economical alternative to the traditional wood burning fireplace and there are plenty of ways to dress it up in any room around your home.A? Using your imagination and creativity, you’ll be … Read More


Buying a house is one of the biggest investment decisions you will make, so it’s really important that you make an informed decision. Failure to do so could be disastrous on many counts, financially, emotionally and (because all these things are connected) for your health and well-being!

That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Imagine what would happen if you fell in love with a cute little cottage on the bank of a beautiful river, bought it, and then discovered it was downstream from a poorly run manufacturing plant that was spewing toxins into the river, or a neglected hydroelectric facility (dam!) that was on the verge of collapsing! Either of these scenarios could certainly affect your health, couldn’t they?a

These are extreme situations that most people could manage to avoid, but they serve to illustrate the fact that a poor real estate purchase could have dire consequences, so it pays to do whatever you can to make sure you are buying the right house for you and your family.

Right now you are enticed by very low mortgage rates, home buying incentive programs and (depending on where you are) a plethora of housing choices, making home ownership possible for many. It might be the right time for you to buy, if you have some money for a down payment, a reasonably secure income and the desire for your own place.

First time buyers should consider enlisting the help of a buyers agent, someone who can guide you through the process of choosing and purchasing a house that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Make a list of features that you require, and those that you would like but aren’t absolutely necessary. Think about things like:

  • Proximity to work (or to transit that you can take to work);
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms you need;
  • Whether you are okay with a two-story home or require a stair-free house, and
  • Access to recreational facilities and shopping

Make another list of ‘deal-breakers’, things that are unacceptable for your family. Being right on a main thoroughfare might be one, especially if you have young children or Houdini-like pets who like to escape and explore the neighborhood. Maybe you don’t want to live right next door to a popular nightclub that features live music every weekend (but then again, maybe you do). The main point is that you need to establish your own parameters to find the right property for you and those who share your life.

An experienced realtor will be able to show you current MLS listings as well as new listings, perhaps before they have been exposed to the general public. He (or she) might also know of properties where the owners have let the listing lapse but are still interested in selling to the right buyer (maybe you!). Your agent can also warn you of impending changes in the neighborhoods you might be interested in or situations that you are unaware of that could affect … Read More