Window treatments help block ultraviolet rays
Window treatmentshelp block ultraviolet rays
We know that we should always be protecting our skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. But protecting our home furnishings, too? Yes. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause floors, upholstery, drapes, wood furniture and artwork to fade. But protective window coverings and shadings can block up to 99 percent of UV rays.
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions has created various products that help to prevent harmful sun exposure to furnishings. Luminette Privacy Sheers, ($1,144 for one 72-inch by 84-inch patio door), filter light and block roughly 60 percent of the UV rays when open. They feature rotating fabric vanes and attached sheer fabric, and are available with an optional remote-controlled rotating system for an additional $418.
Other products include the Silhouette window shadings with fabric vanes suspended between sheer fabric panels, and the Duette honeycomb shades with "Easy-View Arch" system, well-suited for arched windows and French doors.
For information, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or call (800) 937-STYLE.
To charm your guests,follow this book's tips
There's a certain thrill in having guests stay over. And, of course, there's a great deal of pressure at the prospect. How can one create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, just like at those bed and breakfast inns?
The book "Charming Guest Rooms: Decorating Secrets From Country Inns" (Sterling Publishing, 2003, $27.95) has some great tips.
Here are a few ideas:
UPlace a reading lamp and clock on a table by the guest's bed.
UMake sure that extra towels are accessible.
UPut out scented candles and matches.
USet the table with cloth napkins, fine dishes and glassware.
ULeave restaurant recommendations and nearby attraction brochures set out, if the guest will be home alone.
For more tips, check out the book, which is available in bookstores and at Amazon.com.
Need an odd-sized bulb?Web site offers just that
You know the dilemma: An odd and unusual light bulb blows out, and you're off on your quest, playing Lieutenant Columbo at home stores. ("Do you know where I might find this minitwist fluorescent light bulb?")
Search no longer. The recently-launched Web site www.topbulb.com has an inventory of more than 5,000 different light bulbs at the click of a mouse. You'll find bulbs for your aquarium, holiday lights, the swimming pool, household appliances, flashlights, floodlights and more.
Not sure of the bulb? There's a "Visual Bulb ID" section on the site that allows users to click on a bulb that most closely resembles what they need. There's also the option of searching all products by brand name, bulb type, descriptive word or ordering code. And if you're still puzzled, you can e-mail, fax or phone in your questions for personalized help.
Visit www.topbulb.com on the Web or call (800) TOP-BULB.
Jeep and wheelbarrows?Aim Group produces line
You think Jeep and you think World War II and four-wheel drive.
DaimlerChrysler thinks Jeep and comes up with wheelbarrow.
The Aim Group is producing a Jeep line of wheelbarrows and wheelbarrow parts.
The 5-cubic-foot homeowner poly model features powder-coated round tubular steel handles with rubber grips, a 16-inch 2-ply tube tire, and patent-pending Jeep bushings. With a high sloping tub, the weight of the load is almost entirely centered over the wheel. Its cost is $49.95.
The 15-inch guaranteed Flat-Free tire can be used on all Jeep wheelbarrows and fits all wheelbarrows with standard 5/8-inch axles. Its cost is $39.95.
For more information, visit www.jeepwheelbarrows.com on the Web.