Friday, January 15, 2010

Sparkling Clean Tub

Do you have one of these in your bathroom???

This is not my tub by the way...However, I do have a corner style jetted tub in my master bath. I thought it would be so great to have such a luxurious spa-like retreat only steps away. A place where I could fill up my glorious tub with hot water and lavished bath salts. My stress would drain from my mind and life would be peachy. WRONG, WRONG AND WRONG AGAIN!!! If you have one of these monsters, I bet you know why I have such a dislike for this thing. Every time I fill my monster up with water and turn the jets on, particles of blackish-brown gunk come rushing into my crystal clear bath water! Yes this thing is haven for all things gross and nasty...a regular bacteria farm! You see, if you do not use your tub on a regular basis (like at least two to three times a week...hello water bill$$$) the stale water that is left in the jet hoses from the previous bath starts to grow nice, slimy bacteria! This can make you very sick! Let's think about this for a moment. We get in a hot bath. Dead skin cells, bacteria from our skin and dirt are all deposited into the bath water. Once the water is drained, some of this nasty water stays in the jets because there is no way to expel it. I have even tried to turn the jets on after the bath water is drained to get this excess water out of the jets. This only causes damage to the pump and a mess to clean up. Which brings me to the point of this post....How to keep the monster clean? I did a little research and found this receipt.

  1. Fill the tub with HOT water three inches above the jet.

  2. Turn off the air induction valve.(this keeps the fumes from the bleach from knocking you off your feet)

  3. Pour 1/4 cup of powdered dish detergent in the water

  4. Pour 1/2 cup of household bleach in the water

  5. Run the jets for 10-15mins on high pressure.(please note you need to ventilate the bathroom during this process...Trust Me!)

  6. Drain the tub and refill with clean COLD water (three inches above the jets)

  7. Run the jets 10 mins as a rinse.

  8. Drain Tub and wipe down with a cloth.

Do this about twice a month to keep your monster sparkly clean and avoid the bacteria confetti.

Talk to you soon!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Inspiration...Where to find it

What inspires us when we decorate our homes? When posed this question, most of us think...magazines, books, television, blogs or even the latest trends. Sometimes we overlook the obvious places for inspiration (I've done it). We've all been told to pick something small and start from there...a vase, a rug, a work of art, a beautiful accent fabric, etc. But what about nature? Take a look at these pictures and tell me what you think.
Picture 1

A beautiful autumn day.

Better Homes and Gardens
The bright wall and sofa color are similar to the glowing orange leaves in the picture above. The pale blue sky is mimicked in the ottoman and throw pillows. The dark wood tones of the tree trunks are seen in the trim and furniture. The fireplace surround mirrors the color of the asphalt road, and lastly the green that accents the room can be seen in the surrounding trees and grass.
Picture 2

A field full of golden yellow sunflowers.

Better Homes and Gardens

The luscious green of the sunflower leaves is duplicated in the wall color, table cloth and upholstered dining chairs. The rich chocolate brown of the flower centers can be seen in the wood flooring, dining table and chairs, as well as the oil rubbed bronze light fixture and drapery rod. Finally the brilliant golden yellow of the sunflower pedals is picked up in the drapes and the tableware.

Picture 3
Your gonna hate me for this one but...A glorious, sugary, sandy white shoreline!

Coastal Living
Sorry but it had to be done! The beach is very inspiring when it come to design. I know most of us are freezing our burlap off right now. But at least we can dream of warm summer sun!
Now back to the beach picture. That creamy white on the wall and slipcovers duplicate the sandy beach. The grey and taupe of the fabric and accent furnishing mimic the colors seen in the rocky shoreline, the wet sand and the trunks of the palm trees. Last the pops of turquoise in the throw pillows and accent pieces are pulled from the shimmering blue/green water.
Well there you have it. What do you think? Is is possible to design a room from nature?