Innovative Fireplace

Need a place to make you warm during winter but no Chimney? No need to worry.

Because we’re living in 21st century wherein technology is continuously upgrading. Having an Indoor Portable Fireplace is not a surprise. It’s just amazing that people minds never cease to stop and they used it to create something useful.

This inovative fireplace is called “Bioethanol fireplaces”. These fireplaces is easy to use, and they don’t require a lot of maintenance because it doesn’t produce ashes and definitely no smoke!

There are a lot of Bioethanol fireplace designs to choose from. You may choose a free standing indoor fireplace, or a wall mount fireplace or something that can be put on the table and can be used outdoors.

Here are some models of standing indoor fireplace. These fireplace doesn’t require a lot of installationa nd building works. And, you can move it from room to another room.

Models from Ecosmart Fire.

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Models from the Bio Flame

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These are some Outdoor fireplace designs from Ecosmart Fire.

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These are wall mount fireplace designs from the Bio Flame.

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Want to see other designs?  Click on the blue link and visit their website.

Though, these fireplace produces some heat. Always read the guidelines and safety precautions when planning to install it in you home. Keep in Mind – Safety First!

 

 

 

2016 Housing Market

Forbes have released an article informing that Housing market will remain alive and kicking in 2016.

Existing Home Sales rise to 0.4% from previous month. This transcribes to a 11% increase compared to last year. Existing home sales becomes the second strongest month since year 2007.

National Association of Realtors releases a data about the existing single family homes regional sales by price. sales-1200x532.pngAs per Forbes,  This data indicates that most of the market has witnessed significant gains since last year – except for the cheapest priced homes (sub $100,000) which amount to about 16% of all existing sales. 

case-shiller-1200x921.pngS&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices showed improvement in home values by over 5% at year end of 2015 compared to year 2014.

 

Spotting a LandLord Fraud

Though Landlords are respectable and decent. There are still those who violates the rental law and commit fraudulent acts.

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To spot a LandLord Fraud, Trulia have enumerated 7 ways.

Source: Rental Laws: 7 ways to Spot Landlord Fraud

  1. They won’t let you tour a place – If a Landlord wouldn’t want you to tour the place inspite of showing him your interest, there may be something fishy about it. By this time, you should have doubted the place actual look. If that would be the case, you better look for another apartment.
  2. There’s no rental application – NOT filling up a rental application may be convenient in some ways and will make the process a lot easier. But, no rental application may also means no formal contract because there are no “signed” agreement. Don;t be mislead by easy processing. It is better to abide by the rules of renting,
  3. The ask for insane upfront fees – If you’re not sure of how much si the upfront fees, It is better to ask a specialist about it. And, make sure to ask for a receipt when paying fees.
  4. They insist on Cash – Monthly Cash payment may not be convenient on your part as a renter. This means you’ll have to pay the Landlord directly hand-on-hand. Might as well suggest to issue a check.  This will also help you track your monthly payments.
  5. There’s no paper trail — and not because everything happens electronically – Let’s just make this simple – “Everything must be put on writing”. This will help you in law proceedings. No paper trail may result to lack of evidence. 
  6. The appartment isn’t up to code – Be aware of the standard apartment features. IF there are some features that is missing or is not working, call the attention of the Landlord. If in case, after several notices, the Landlord still ignores you. Go get a lawyer.
  7. Security Deposit Drama –  For every repairs and cleaning done, ask for receipts. If the Landlord claims that he’s the one doing the repairs, then asked for a detailed explanation of repairs and have it estimated in local vendors. Don’t be fooled by an excessive charges. It is your hard earned money and you would like to have detailed information on how it is being spent.

The Cozy Room

We would always want to lie down on a soft bed to have a good rest. Or read some books while lying comfortably. Or maybe, just want to have an alone time and relax for some time.

Our Bedroom sometimes reflects our personality. It sometimes shows what our hobbies are. It is also a place wherein we keep our secrets and sometimes, this is the place in the house where we run when we want to cry or whenever we are upset.

We would always like our room to look based on what we desire. For example, a teenage rockstar would have a poster of their favorite band on their wall and dark colored bed sheets with a guitar or drumset beside their bed.Album-Covers-Decorated-Bedroom.jpgphoto from rilane.com

A teenage sweetheart will be having light colored bed sheets with light colored wallpaper based on their preferences, a gorgeous makeup dresser, a matching closet and study table and a lot of soft pillows.kids-room-pink-bedroom-ideas-with-bedroom-furniture-ideas-with-wooden-flooring-and-fur-rug-with-pink-bedroom-vanity-design-and-pink-chest-of-drawer-design-with-small-computer-taphoto from foter.com

For infant rooms, we will be having a cozy crib with a crib hanging toy. A preferable color is blue  for baby boys and pinks for baby girls. We also like to put some dolls inside the baby rooms.

A master’s bedroom will be having dim-lighting, a casual white covered sheets, a wall mounted LED TV, lampshade on top of the side table and a casual white or dirty white wall color. A fireplace is required for those places wherein they experience winter and snow. While for others living in a tropical place, they have a balcony instead. For others, they put ceiling fans instead of chandeliers.

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Other rooms were based on the theme they want to have. Some room reflects their favorite cartoon character or their favorite movie. For instance, a Hello Kitty themed Bedroom or Princess-like themed Bedroom

Or a Frozen themed Bedroom

For kids and Big Boys, A Car themed Bedroom is the most common designs of their rooms

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Bedroom designs depend on each and everyone’s unique personality. May it be a kid or a kid at heart. Whatever your room looks like, it is your place for relaxation, a place for serenity. a place to call your own. Disregard those negative comments about your bedroom. As long as this place makes who you are and gives you a peace of mind, All negative aura has no place inside your room. Just always keep your room clean. You don’t want bedbugs or any type of insects ruined your sleeping time.

For some bedroom ideas, provided you some links for your convenience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom Ideas

Whether you have small bathroom space or a spacious one, there are a lot of ideas you can do with your bathroom to make it a desirable one.

For Small Bathroom, use some classic sink to give your bathroom a big look as it will not use a lot of space. Put a right size mirror attached to the wall with toiletries storage. Have a mirror-like door for your shower and will also serve as a divider between the shower room and the toilet. You can use a bathroom mat on floors to add a style on your bathroom. For white bathrooms, you can use dark colored floor mats or a printed colored mats to give an aesthetic look.  An advantage of having a small bathroom is you can use an expensive material for your sinks, tiles, and storages as they don’t require a huge amount of space.

For some small bathroom ideas, click here.

If you have a spacious bathroom then you have a various option in designing your bathroom. This may also cost you a lot of money as the amount of materials to be used is being considered. You may choose different bathroom themes as you desire.

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If you’re looking for some bathroom ideas, here are some good reads

 

Living in Los Angeles

Plan of moving to Los Angeles? Here are some helpful tips in living in one of the largest cities in the world.

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Source: 29 Tips for living in L.A

  1. It’s okay to be Rejected – There’s always a tough competition when applying for a job or getting a rent in an apartment. But, don’t lose hope. Los Angeles is a big city and you’ll definitely have a job and a place to live as long as you pursue it.
  2. Learn the City Layout – If it’s your first time in L.A, go grab a map of city layout or ask a friend and let him guide you in your first week at LA. Or, if your car has a GPS on It, better use those to look for another way to the city in order to avoid traffic.
  3. Avoid Driving around 4 pm – 7 pm. – If you’ll be out from office around those times, better yet stop by a coffee shop or have some window shopping around those times. If you are living two blocks from your office, I advised you to just walk home
  4. Groupon or Goldstar – Want to dine in with some fine restaurants? Go grab your phone and purchase a deal in Groupon. This will help you save money and enjoying a meal in a fine restaurant. For events, Use Goldstar to have some discounts in purchasing tickets for L.A events
  5. Parking Tickets – Park your car in the designated place only and don’t EVER forget to feed the parking meter. You don’t want your car to be taken away and pay a certain fee because you missed the parking sign or didn’t feed the parking meter.
  6. Runyon Canyon – Want to be a paparazzi for a day? Have a healthy living and go into Runyon Canyon and dream that you’ll bump into a famous actress or worst, to your ex-girlfriend Husband. Better yet, just set your goal and live a healthy one by doing some hiking once in a while.
  7. Business Casual – Attending an Interview? Learn to wear a smart business casual attire. Not too Formal and not to casual. Just bring an enough amount of confidence and never ever forget your brain. There are a lot of “out-of-the-blue” questions in interviews, so you must be attentive and ready to answer all of the questions that will be thrown to you.
  8. Take a Class – There is never “too old” in learning. So whatever age you are in, go enroll in some classes like acting, photography, graphics designs, singing, and dancing. Meet some new friends and spend your idle hours with something useful.
  9. In and Out – Go proclaim yourself as an official Angelino by purchasing the best burger in the City.
  10. DMV – As much as possible, don’t get into this way. Learn to course your way out of DMV.
  11. Exercise – Get yourself physically fit. There a lot of Fitness center around the city. Or maybe, you could do some running during your off hours.
  12. Ask for Advice – Never be afraid to ask for some advice when meeting new people while exploring the wondrous of Los Angeles
  13. Don’t worry so much – Far away from your hometown? It’s just normal to experience some heartbreak and loneliness. Don’t get too depressed. Just think clear and set your mind to your purpose onto Why are you in Los Angeles.
  14. Get Some Sleep – Refill your energy by having an enough sleep. Adequate sleep gives you enough energy to face another new morning.
  15. I live in the Valley – This pertains to San Fernando Valley. You’ll see much cheaper apartments here compared to other cities. And, this has a hotter temperature than in the west side of the country.
  16. Be resourceful, Learn how to get out of the Jams. – Traffic everywhere. Learn to navigate around the city and avoid those jam-packed streets
  17. Leverage what you’re good at first – Couldn’t get your dream job? Better yet, use some of your skill first and earn some money for daily living. Eventually, if you have enough resources, you might get the job you always dreamed about.
  18. Stay around positive people – Positive outlook in life give you a better path and a better way of living. Don’t dwell on those people who have negative attitudes.
  19. Live in a Safe Area – Don’t disregard your safety and the safety of your family. Live in a place with a nice neighborhood. But, Don’t be too complacent. Nowadays, crimes happen everywhere, so always think fo your family safety and educate your children about the troubles in the world so that they may be aware and be mindful of their safety.
  20. Go Get A Job – Money just doesn’t grow on a tree. They are earned.
  21. Go to Farmer’s Market – Craving for fresh fruits? Visit the Farmer’s Market and choose the fresh fruits you desire
  22. Venice Drum Circle – See these hippies playing music in Venice Beach
  23. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles – Try this weird combination. They quite remarkable
  24. Get away from L.A – Have a chillax moment and relaxation by getting out of the noisy city
  25. Credit – Don’t spend too much. Spend something that you can afford. Don’t get into bad credit history. If budget is too tight, Get a second job or have some sidelines.
  26. 99 Cents Only Stores – Best place to save Money
  27. Get A GPS – There are many phone application that will help you get around the city
  28. Don’t buy from IKEA – if budget is too tight, don’t buy furniture in Ikea. Look for some used items in Craiglist or Ikea Items on Sale at Craiglist
  29. Stop reading, watching, or listening to interviews of successful people in LA and get your hands dirty – You know what it Means!
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For other guides in Los Angeles. Here are some websites and articles that can help you out more: