Ariel Vanity Series – Cambridge

Cambridge Sku# A037S and Sku#A043S

Having to make a furniture purchase online can be a daunting idea. After all, how does one purchase something from thin air – from just a small picture on a computer screen? It’s difficult enough as is just ‘guessing’ if something will fit dimension-wise, much less to imagine it will manifest perfectly at the doorstep one week later. In our ‘ask about the vanity’ series, we hope to answer some customer questions before purchase point – so as to help our visitors to better grasp what it is they are buying, when physically seeing the item is not an option. We’ve broken the Ariel Vanity Series – Cambridge into a list of the most common of Q & A’s. Let’s review: Sku# A037S, A043S, A061D and A073D.

Is the vanity top sealed? The top of the vanity is not sealed.

What is the shape of the sink? The A037S and A043S have a choice of left and right offset oval sinks. They come in espresso, grey or a white finish.

Is the back splash attached to the counter top in set? The back splash is attached to the counter top in set.

Do the sinks come pre-mounted to the counter top? Yes, the sinks on the vanity set are pre-mounted.

How many faucets holes does the vanity top have? The vanity top comes with 3 faucet holes.

Can the middle hole handle a single faucet? Yes, a faucet can be placed in the center of the sink.

What type of metal is the hardware on the vanity? The hardware on the vanity set has a satin nickel finish.

Does the plumbing for the sinks come up through the floor or through wall on this vanity? This vanity has the plumbing come up through the floor.

Does this vanity set include the drain assembly? The drain assembly is sold separately.

Is the top marble flush with the side of the cabinet without overhang so it could be placed flush against a wall on each side? No, the counter top has a 1″ overhang on the sides.

Cambridge Series Sku#A061D and Sku# A073D

Can the vanity be purchased without the mirror? Yes

What is the distance between the holes that are pre-drilled for the handles? 5 inches

What is the distance between the center holes? The distance between the center hole is 8”

For the A061D-ESP – what is the height of the vanity without the counter-top? 33 1/2” without and 35” with

For the A037S-R-GRY – what is the width of the drawers for this unit? 9.8” wide.

How is the mirror to be hung? I see some rather custom brackets on the back. Do I need to hang from all 3 across the top and 3 across the bottom? Is there special hardware to attach to the wall or just use nails? Is there a template to measure the holes?   The mirror should be mounted using the wall-mounting hardware included with the mirror. If you are unable to locate the hardware, you can purchase wall screws and anchors from a local hardware store or call the manufacturer. All 6 holes should be used to mount the mirror for increased stability.

How is the marble top to be attached to the vanity? Does it just rest on it or it is to be silicone down or something? The marble top will need to be secured to the vanity top by using silicone. Ariel recommends Liquid Nail for stone counter tops.

The Cambridge Series from Ariel Bath is the perfect choice for those looking for a modern bathroom vanity. The Cambridge is available in single or double sink models with under-mount, ceramic sinks installed. These elegantly constructed units, with matching framed mirrors, are topped with Carrara white marble counter tops and equipped with satin nickel finish hardware.

Features include: Two doors with soft-closing hinges, Five drawers with soft-closing sliders, Carrara white marble counter top w/matching back splash design. All marble tops are finished by hand, pre-drilled for all 8” widespread faucets, and double-sealed for scratch-resistance and long-term durability, c UPC-certified round under mount sink. Click to view Cambridge Ariel Vanities.

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A Look at Cavaliere Range Hoods

If you’re in need of a range hood, Cavaliere produces a beautiful line of them. Here are some tips, stemming from customer queries that we’ve received, regarding Cavaliere features and installation procedures. Sometimes buying online can present purchase problems via information misunderstandings. Knowing what kind of unit you need, and getting the correct dimensions and installation facts prior to purchase – can save a lot of hassle in the long run.


Range hoods are usually defined by their type, such as wall mounted hoods, island hoods and under cabinet hoods. Wall mounts are range hoods that are installed against a wall. Since many older homes still have ovens that are positioned against a wall, either wall hoods or under cabinet hoods are usually needed. Under cabinet hoods fit directly beneath a hanging wall cabinet. Often ceiling cabinets are placed over a stove, in which case, the hood would fit directly under the cabinet, just over the stove top. In this case, width measurements are important. Island hoods are those that suspend from the ceiling, and hang just above a stove top that is positioned in the center of a kitchen. Let’s take a look at the Cavaliere range hoods:

Can the range hood be installed on a vaulted ceiling? This is something you will need to speak with your contractor about if they are able to do this type of install for you. The range hood comes with a telescopic chimney up to a 9 ft ceiling. You will need to purchase a chimney extension, but again you will need to speak with your contractor first if this type of installation will work for you. It is not recommended.

I want to install the range hood below the minimum height requirement. Can I do this? It is not recommended from the factory, but you can still do this. Please ask your contractor on the steps. You will need to cut the chimney.

My ceiling is only 7 ft and 7 inches; can I install this range hood if I mount it a little above the maximum mounting requirement? All Cavaliere range hoods require a minimum ceiling height of 8 ft. You have to have at least an 8 ft ceiling to install their hoods. If your ceiling is under 8 ft you will need to ask your contractor if he is able to cut the hood for you and make a proper installation that will work for you.


Does the unit come with a built in damper? If not what kind should I buy? The unit does not come with a damper, but the manufacturer has flappers you can purchase that will fit.   You can purchase an external damper from a local source.

Are the range hoods brushed or polished stainless steel?   Brushed stainless steel.

Is there an option for an external blower? Cavaliere hoods already have the blower installed inside the hood.

Does Cavaliere sell a trim kit to go around the upper chimney, like crown molding? No they do not.

How do I get a chimney extension for my Cavaliere range hood? You will need to know how high your ceiling height is. If it is above 9 ft, then you will need a chimney extension.   Cavaliere has chimney extensions that are for a 10 ft, 11 ft and 12 ft ceiling. Please note: the sizes of the chimney extension refer to the ceiling height; the chimney extension itself is not 10,11,12 ft, etc.

What gauge is the stainless steel? 19 gauge.

What type of stainless steel? 201

Are the lights white or yellow? The lights have a yellow tint to them.

What is the aluminum duct size? The aluminum duct is 6 inches for the 218 series and 8 inches for the AP238 series

What about the noise? On the highest fan setting, it’s about as loud as a running refrigerator.


Do they fit all cook tops? Cavaliere range hoods are equipped for all residential cook tops and ranges. The range hoods 6 speed levels will give you the option to control the settings airflow.

What is the difference between single chamber motor and dual squirrel cage? A dual chamber has two separate squirrel cage fan blades that will take air individually. The single squirrel cage fan blade uses one large blade only.

What is the difference between stainless steel baffle filters and aluminum? Stainless steel baffle filters are more durable in the long run and easier to clean. Aluminum will need to be changed out every 3-6 months depending on how much you cook.

Is there a re-circulation feature on under cabinets? Cavaliere under cabinets do not have a re-circulation option. All under cabinets must be vented outside.

What is the light bulb replacement? The model is a GU10 35 watt. If you get a GU10 LED bulb, you would lose out on the option of dimming the lights.

Can an under cabinet be vented out from the back? No, all under cabinets vent out from the top. Only the model UC200 can vent out from the back. It is only 280 cfm.

What is the distance from the stove to the hood for installation? Please refer to the installation pdf. It will show the maximum and minimum mounting distances one can install the hood at for the most efficiency.

Can the unit be sold without the vents on the upper chimney? No, the unit cannot be sold without the vents on the upper chimney. Some units have the option for a re-circulation kit. (sold separately)

Cavalier is a specialist in complete stainless steel range hood collections, incorporating the latest technologies with superior components, making them a leader in the industry. Cavaliere focuses on the design and development of every product utilizing a unique understanding of the kitchen environment, ergonomics, aesthetics and integration within the home or workplace. View all Cavaliere products.

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Tips for Using Uplight and Downlight Fixtures

When considering a large scale room change – whether it is a compete re-paint, a furniture overhaul or even knocking down a wall to co-join two adjacent rooms; most people have a pretty clear idea in their heads about how they want their final room to look. So a lot of focus is placed on shelving, room function, paint colors and furniture styling. Perhaps a feng shui expert is even called in for a consultation. But in prepping a room for its ultimate function and look, most people place the idea of ‘room lighting’ at the bottom of the ‘to do or to get list’. Why?


Good light is imperative for making a painting look great on a wall. It is important for when one is preparing food in a kitchen. It is much preferred by those who apply makeup each morning in the bath area. It is necessary when one needs to enter the darkened basement to check the furnace or hot water heater. Correct lighting can help to create a dynamic room effect. Poor lighting will dull and darken an environment, and can cause an otherwise wonderfully decorated room to appear – dreary.

By thinking ahead on what parts of a room need to be lit for functionality sake, but also where any supporting light should be, it will make a huge difference in how the room ultimately appears. Here are a few tips for using uplight and downlight fixtures:


Lighting Areas with Glossy Finishes

Many people nowadays, prefer doing everything themselves. For DYIers, there can be great thrill in taking full ownership of manifesting one’s inner creativity by designing a room’s features from start to finish. But there’s often more to interior decorating than meets the eye. For instance, if several of your table or fixture surfaces are highly reflective; such as chrome, glass or glossy granites; then extremely bright LED down lighting may cause harsh glare spots that are exceptionally hard on the eyes. When working with glossy surfaces, by employing uplighting, especially when bounced off a bright white ceiling; the light will be diffused sufficiently enough to allow room brightness – sans harsh surface glare.


Properly Lighting Ultra-Dark Environments

Perhaps one’s personal taste lies in the area of rich, dark wood grains and deep maroon velvety surfaces, reflective of old world décor. A preference then might be for a grandly styled center hanging chandelier over an impeccably decorated dining table. Quite often, those who prefer the darker spectrum of home décor also tend to prefer subtle lighting as well. In this case, using a downlight chandelier might cause too much light to shower directly over a guest’s head. Crystal glasses, chrome serving ware and silverware can cause a cacophony of reflective glare. Uplight chandeliers with brighter bulbs, and a dimmer will enable a room to not only be well lit when needed, but will also allow for a certain subtle ambience, when dimmer light for dinner guests is preferred.


Lighting the Bath Mirror Area

Bathroom vanity fixtures are generally installed pointing down for good reason – to illuminate a face in the mirror. But that doesn’t mean that every bath area must have downward facing vanity lights. Most people point the mirrored lights down because pointing bright spots at the ceiling does nothing to create any sense of additional ambience. But sometimes, when installed correctly, an uplight fixture can bounce the light off the ceiling to help to diffuse a mirrored area in general, causing a lovely supportive lighting effect. And sometimes, straight down lighting pointed directly in front of one’s face in the mirror can also cast shadows that are not only non-flattering, but also hinder full facial visibility when needed. In this case, pointing an uplight wall sconce, on the wall closest to the down lit mirror can help minimize or entirely eliminate the shadow effect. While there is no hard and fast rule to lighting any room, the important thing is to figure out how to position the lighting for the appropriate room tasks. Sometimes all that is required is a little experimentation prior to installation.

Changing bulb values (temperature and wattage) can make a huge difference when the lighting appears too bright or harsh. Uplight vanities can be quite flattering, however, if not bright enough – one might consider using CFL’s or LED’s. But in a bath area where the lights are switched on and off fairly often by many family members, incandescents in the long run, are the most cost efficient bulbs to use, as CFL’s are less suited for short on/off bursts.

In summary: if you want a room with overall great lighting, ambient lighting, task lighting or with dimming ability, then you must plan for it – just like when measuring out the appropriate space size before buying the new bed, or choosing complimentary color combinations, before you purchase the paint. A little bit of forethought in the planning stages will net success and help to prevent common and costly mistakes reflective of beginner DYIer efforts.

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Finding the Right Fan Online

When it comes to the idea of buying or replacing a few ceiling fans, most people think it is as simple as picking out a style they like in-store or online and just purchasing it….period. Sometimes it is that easy. You just buy the fan and have someone else install it. But a growing number of homeowners and DYIers, who have been squeezed financially for every last dollar they own, are opting to do the work themselves. That includes the total demolition of rooms, the full renovation of rooms, the decoration of rooms, and so forth. Sometimes in the process of revamping an entire room, ideas and measurements and dreams become confused. And the eyes can’t always judge correctly what an exact dimension or measurement truly needs to be, in order for an installation of some sorts to work.


Furthermore, most homeowners are being forced to purchase their products online, as brick and mortar stores are folding and closing left and right. Just recently it was announced that Walmart, JC Penny, Macy’s and Sears were closing hundreds of stores. When it comes to purchasing fans online – suddenly the world becomes complicated. Most manufacturers sell their fans online in pieces. Why? Because consumers can now pick out their motors, blades, light kits and remotes at the click of a link, and thus, e-stores have managed to magnify the shopping experience to a whole new level of confusion. Consumers are given a wide array of choices online – yet sans the friendly in-store sales person to guide them, and without an ability to be able to ‘physically see’ and inspect the items they plan to purchase.

Is your ceiling sloped? What angle ratio does a sloped down rod allow for? Do you want a wet location fan? Do you need the hand remote or the wall unit? Would you like an additional light kit attachment? How many down rods come with the unit? Does it come with blades or are they sold separately? Must the fan be hardwired in? What does the canopy look like? Is the fan motor one speed or three speed? Is it reversible speed?  Is the light kit dimmable? What finishes does the fan come in? What are the replaceable parts? What’s the warranty? What are the glass shade choices on the light kits?

A lot of times, the ‘online details’ regarding all these questions are NOT provided by the manufacturers, nor the stores selling the products. And that’s because people are magically supposed to know what they want when they’re shopping – just by looking at the provided one or two web pictures of the ‘whole product’. A large majority of people never even think to ask half of the questions we’ve just listed. And quite often, customers will see the same picture listed for several different finishes and are then left to wade through the product details to make sure that what they’re looking at – is exactly what they’re expecting to get – because the description says black finish but the picture shows chrome. Yes, these days, finding the right fan online can suddenly become a nightmare project. What’s a human to do?

One could simply sit quietly for a moment with a notepad in hand…or cellphone for that matter, and make notes to oneself from within the room space one desires to put the fan. It would be ideal to list the things you think you want before you begin the online shopping process. Here are a few tips to start you off…


Do you want your fan to hang incognito or be a decorative room feature?
What are the dimensions of your room? How high is your ceiling?
Will your fan need to give off light? You’ll need one that can host a light kit.
Go for a high quality quality fan. Cheap fans wobble and don’t circulate air well.
Don’t know what a quality fan brand is? Review them at:
A fan should be elevated at least 8′ – 9′ from the ground.
Do you want a wall remote control? Some remotes are sold separately.
Find out how many down rods come with the fan and which sizes they are.
If you plan to add a light kit – make sure the circuit can handle both the fan and the light.
If your ceiling is sloped, make sure the canopy is designed specifically for sloped ceilings.
Be sure to look at the size of the fan blades. The full diameter is then usually (x2).
If the fan is hung high up in a double story room, get a remote and extra down rods.
If you are hanging it on a porch or patio, you’ll want a ‘wet rated’ fan.

Returns are no fun for anyone; not the customer returning it, nor the e-store selling it, nor the manufacturer receiving an item back. Doing a little pre-thought before rushing out to purchase online can save you lots of hassle in the long run. Most e-stores have ‘chat’ and provide a customer service phone number. Use those features. Sometimes one phone call or quick ‘chat in’ can nip any future purchase issues in the bud – by getting you all the information you need – before the point of purchase!

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Master Bedroom Must-Have’s

According to the real estate industry, kitchens and bathrooms are considered the most valuable rooms in a home. However, a bedroom should be also be considered one of the best rooms in the house simply due to the fact that it is the one room where your human body regenerates itself each night; so that it can function in life every day. It’s funny how we can value eating and other human functions, and not place our sleep rooms at the same priority level. The truth is, no one would function in life without sleep. Therefore, creating the space where your body rests should automatically be a top area of focus, even if not valued in real estate terms. Here are some special tips when considering master bedroom must-haves.

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Start with the Right Wall Color for YOU:

A bedroom needs to be the most calmly decorated room in the house. Typically, there should be one main, neutral theme color chosen, with a variable of two accent colors and no more. The neutrality of a wall color enables you to change out décor items seasonally, without color conflict issues. But if you absolutely have a favorite color that completely calms you and makes you feel good all the time, and it’s not a neutral color, this is okay too.  It would still be a good choice because it is a color you naturally and innately resonate with. Try painting with an eco friendly, non-toxic paint- as it’s much safer for your resting, breathing, and absorbing body.

What Touches Body Must be Sacred!

Add organic blanket and pillow patterns that whisper to your soul, and ‘feel’ good to the touch.  Those symbolic characters that influenced and comforted you as a child will work on your adult being as well. Simply change out those icons to a more mature version of them. A stuffed elephant can now be an elegant elephant statue. A love of flowers can be transformed into a beautiful floral accent blanket, lampshade or into a vase of real flowers. If you are a nature king or queen – anything made of organic materials will appeal to you. Those décor items that speak to your own divine essence need to be around you as you sleep.

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It’s important to not only choose a mattress that embraces and supports your body, but to make sure that the bed also fits the room it sits in. Sometimes, a king size bed may seem really grand and appealing, but it will only aggravate you if you are constantly stubbing a toe on a post because the bed size is too big for the room, leaving you no maneuver room in the mornings. Use a smaller size bed to create a larger and more spacious room environment. Feeling constantly cramped or cornered in your own room, can cause a body to automatically experience ‘unconscious ‘stress, which fosters its own odd effects.

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Limit Your Clothes to 1 Closet
The absolute truth is that none of us need a huge wardrobe to exist smartly or fashionably in this world. Your entire wardrobe should fit into one closet, and if you can actually store a dresser in your closet – leaving only the bed and an end table or two in the room – this arrangement would be ideal. When you have fewer clothes to wash, there is less to hang and less to ‘put away’ each week. Clear your closets of only what you regularly wear. When you purchase something new, give something away. Most people don’t think of their closets when they think about creating their sanctuary, but keeping a closet clean will also help you feel more in control of your life…and that’s relaxing in and of itself.

Pets Nurture Automatically

Pets who adorn you with love and affection the moment you step through the door should be allowed passage to your dream space. If you can’t share your bed with a beloved feline or canine, the next step is to get them a bed of their own, and train them to use it. That way they can be close to you – in a way that doesn’t disturb your need to commandeer the whole bed!

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Lighting Makes or Breaks a Room

Most people don’t think about lighting, but how and where you light a room can make all the difference between creating a cozy retreat or a harsh one.  Where will the lighting be placed? Will you use a chandelier? Do you desire wall sconces or table lamps? Do you want dimmable lighting? Do you want cool or warm lighting? Would you like an overhead fan, with a light kit? Do you need a wall switch or do you prefer to use remote controls? These things should be thought out in advance, so that when one does make a fixture purchase, especially if it is an online purchase, one can inquire as to specific features that a chosen product may possess – before making that purchase….to avoid return hassles.

A bedroom should be one’s most coveted sanctuary. Adding a few creature comforts to this room need not be an expensive venture. Sometimes just a few well placed, cherished items can not only bring great comfort on an emotional level, but they can also reflect a life well lived.

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Unique Ways to Display Books

Despite the internet movement to all things digital, we understand that it’s hard to part with some of those favorite old books and cd’s that have become an intrinsic part of one’s lifetime memories – especially when some date back to childhood days. Sometimes, outdated items are just that; little reminders of the things that have deeply touched us during the course of our lives. The question then becomes – how do we keep them in environmental sight for emotional comfort’s sake when we are now socially encouraged to dump all unnecessary stuff and – simplify?

A few keepsakes are to be cherished because that’s exactly what they are – little personal treasures! When dealing with small household rooms, one of the MOST important things to keep in mind when desiring to feature them as part of the decor; is to find unique ways to display books. If you have a small bookshelf and a lot of books, it doesn’t mean that you need to jam the shelves, so to speak. In fact, doing just the opposite will help keep you personally organized. Using fewer items on the shelves will also help to keep your smaller room from appearing junk-filled.


1.    Select just a small group of just your favorite books. Place small groupings of books on random shelves, either by subject matter or by size. Allow some to stand and some to remain horizontally stacked. If you group the books by their size, have differing sizes stacked on varying shelves. Consider storing the remainder of your books in a ‘concealing cabinet’. Every month or so, switch out the shelf books with a new group of the stored books, and you’ll have an instant change of decor without having to completely redecorate. Occasionally switching out your books enables you to reconnect with those things which are stored away.

2.    Randomly, angle a horizontal stack of books in one corner of a shelf, so that the ends of each book touch the back wall and a side wall. Then move them out an inch or so from both walls. This angled effect is unusual and helps to create more exciting visuals, because not all books have been stacked to the standard rectangle area.


3.    Place a see through and colorful glass vase or globe next to a set of stacked books to create a bright pop of color. The clear colored glass allows the human eye to see through the ‘space’ of the rectangle shelf area, creating a ‘sense’ of more shelf room than there really is. The glass globe or vase should be of a complimentary accent color. Let’s say your room walls are a light gray and your favorite colors are teal and orange. Complimenting the room with an area rug, pillows or lampshade with these colors in mind, can be enhanced by colored glass on a shelf – in a similar tone or color. This will help to bring the room together.

4.    Place the heaviest books you have on a bottom shelf to help balance the room. Only stack a few at a time.

5.    Try leaning just a few favorite books in small sections of a bookshelf.


6.    Books do not always have to be the predominant item on a shelf! Sometimes, using a stack of books as an accessory to a larger item – such as a side or coffee table, trunk or jewelry box, helps to balance out other display items.

7.    Books do not always have to be stacked on a conventional book shelf. Try stacking them in furniture not originally designed to be a bookshelf!

8.    Sometimes two rooms coexist with one another where there is not enough room for a full wall. In apartments for instance, often a dining area is combined with a living area. To help create more privacy for each area, try implementing a see-through bookshelf, using the books and items stored on the shelf as a visually beautiful room divider.

All of the images above reflect simplicity in room design, but also allow for memorable keepsakes to be displayed and that is after all – what a home is all about!

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De-Clutter Tips for Incognito Hoarders

No one who hoards lots of things wants to admit that they’re actually hoarding. The term ‘collector’ seems a favored label, as collecting ‘specific types of things’ tends to  boost hoarding to an acceptable, almost noble hobby activity. Regardless of what it might be officially termed, when there’s too much stuff in a house – there’s simply too much stuff! Most hoarders and collectors have an emotional attachment to their goods. We all need emotional connections in this world – no matter how we foster those connections. However, too much collecting can ultimately hamper the human experience and cause additional life stress. Here are a few de-clutter tips for those who may in fact, be incognito hoarders….(those who may never admit it, but are… guilty, guilty, guilty)!


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Let’s take a common hoarding spot – the bedroom. Here’s one really original way of clearing it!

1.    Grab a handful of large black (30 gal.) garbage bags, a fat black marker and one roll of 2″ masking tape. (At least 7 black bags – one for each wall and 3 for the closet).

2.    Stand in the center of the room and face one wall. Open one black bag and pull off of the shelves, dressers and window sills on that wall you’re facing – anything and everything you are not using every single day (or at least once a month) and place it in the bag. It matters not if different kinds of things get jumbled up in the bag. Just do it.

3. As you tie up the first bag, secure a masking tape sized label on the bag and write generically, what you tossed in the bag. (This is for later reference if you need to find something fast). You don’t have to label everything that goes in the bag – just certain things that you think you might want to find later.

4.    For anything strewn about – if you are still using it, throw it on the bed. You’ll sort that later. Do the black bag collection step for all four walls, and that includes items that are at your feet or strewn about the floor.

5.    After you finish each wall, twisty tie the black bag, label each bag, and then set all four bags in one corner of the room, labels facing outward so you can see them.

6.    Next, address your closet. Use one black bag for unused shoes, belts and scarves. Use one bag for hanging clothes (Maybe two). Use the third bag for the top closet shelf. Put those three to four labeled bags in a separate corner. Toss into the bags, anything you have not touched in 2 months.

7.    Now, for the items on the bed – put them away where they belong.

8.    Try to live in your bedroom with just the things you have left over – for one whole month. Mark a calendar on the wall, for each of the 30 days if you must. See how you ‘feel’ living on less. The good news is that you didn’t throw anything away yet, so anything is retrievable and relatively easy to find (via the labels).


One clean bedroom naturally begets an automatic sense of peace and calm…

For those who have real difficulty in letting go of anything – the black bags are a visual reminder that NOTHING was thrown away and that everything they own is still right beside them in the same room. In time, SOME individuals may just find that they personally feel calmer; more centered and actually may even like being more organized. With less clothes to wear and shoes to sift through, there’s less physical labor in maintaining those items; less laundry, less time spent on straightening up, etc.  Living in a cleaner room allows one to re-think how they want their personal space to reflect their personality as it exists in the NOW.

After all, one’s own bedroom is often the only personal sanctuary there is against the world sometimes. Shouldn’t it feel safe and cozy and supportive? When people feel safe, they feel calmer and more relaxed, and even more mentally sane. One might become suddenly inspired and consider painting the room in a whole new color. It would be easy to do so, as items are now protected in the black bags, which can easily be moved around the room, while one paints. Maybe it inspires one to purchase a new bedspread in a bold new color. Or it might be fun to purchase or upgrade a piece of ‘cool furniture’, (like a storage chest that will last many years to come).


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If after a month, one finds themselves feeling so good that they can actually let their packed things go – they can surprise their favorite friends with a fun and exciting ‘treasure trash bag’. Who knows…maybe a few of them could even start a new give-a-way trend. This technique can be applied to any room in the house. It also works really well for those who are just a little messy-minded too. Though these tips may not address the more extreme hoarders, who actually may need professional intervention – it can certainly help those who recognize that they they may actually be hoarders in the making…incognito or not.

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Vacation Home – Smart Updates

A long summer season can induce even the laziest couch potato to rise to the occasion of setting a bare foot to grass. There’s just something about nature that draws us to it like moths to light. So it makes sense to look about the yard with a scrutinizing eye as one lazily strolls across it, making note of the small things that could stand a little ‘brushing up’ or possibly even, full replacement. The same holds true for vacation homes. A few ‘smart updates’ can aesthetically carry a summer season, a long way. Here are a few vacation home smart update ideas:


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Start Outside In
Warm weather climates can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Spruce up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Update all outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs and landscape lighting. Replace worn out fixtures with marine grade ones that come with extra powder coating (PI67 Grading) or are made of rust free polyester materials. They are specifically designed to help offset damage done by water, wind and salt. Because they are, they tend to last longer as well.

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Address the Lawn Furniture
Relatively small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a small backyard into an outdoor paradise. Consider a new lounge and seating area, upgrading the grill, and adding a few decorative garden ornaments. It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace worn out garden furniture. Be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.


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Revamp Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a clean and sterile environment for food preparation is essential. It is also one of the most used rooms in the house, thus, its appliances, and even the kitchen sink can take a beating over time. Upgrade the most used items in the home with high quality products. Stainless steel is popular due to the durability of the material, its easy-to-clean surfaces, and its ability to match and enhance any exiting appliances finishes in white or black. Kitchens are the best investments and usually get somewhere from 80% to 90% of their value back. That means that if you put $30k into your kitchen, it will value out at $23k to $28k worth.

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Same Rule Applies to Bathrooms
Update the main bath fixtures for the obvious reasons – usage. Toilet, sink and tub basins and especially faucets should be considered. Make sure everything is sealed properly with caulk, including where the tub meet the floor, since water tends to splash from the shower, regardless if a shower curtain is used. Make sure all faucets are clean and new. Replacing all fixtures and appliances will add instant value and curb appeal in your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come, and will enable you the option to rent out your vacation home without worry; because you will have taken good care to prepare the fixtures that people will use the most.

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Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things
Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms along with a few new lamps. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo receivers, and even the outdated toaster or microwave. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the walls look good, just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Lots of minor changes can magically transform any room and aren’t all that hard or costly to do!

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Anchor your home furniture to prevent injuries

On June 27, 2016 Ikea decided to recall approximately 29 million of dangerous dressers!  They reported that there were at least three deaths of children with one of their dresser series and they strongly urged to “Please take them out of the room”.


While we all know Ikea to be a well-known brand that offers inexpensive furniture, cheap isn’t always the best.  Not only for quality, but also for safety.

Prevent furniture tip over injuries and deaths!  The safest way is to anchor them into the walls for safety.  Anchoring furniture that could tip over is fairly easy and proven to save lives.  The fix is relatively inexpensive and well worth every penny if you have little ones that love to climb and don’t realize the dangers.    Losing a child is devastating to any parent and family and being able to prevent it at any cost is well worth it!  You can purchase Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps here at Babies R Us for $4.99.


When anchoring your furniture, be sure to:

  1. Use two restraints for each piece of furniture, anchoring them on either side.
  2. Make sure to install them into solid wood and into the wall studs.
  3. Ensure the restraints are tight and check them regularly


At, our talented team scans thru products and puts them thru a rigorous screening to see if it meets our standards as we take the safety of each product sold at very serious.  Check out our Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and Bedroom Furniture for brand names and great prices.



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Fix Fixture Trip Ups – Part II

In Part I of Fix Fixture Trip Ups, we spoke about how the e-commerce order process works, in general. Here are some  tips on finding the replacement parts you need, when your fixture’s shade has been accidentally broken, or when those special bulbs that came with the fixture have blown out – and they’re not ‘normal’ bulbs. Things occasionally happen to fixtures despite the fact that they might hang high on the wall or way over your head. Maybe that ladder you carted down the staircase just clipped the foyer chandelier, or the kid’s smurf ball knocked the glass shade off the wall fixture. Accident’s happen. In some cases, you can order a replacement part for the item. Having a little bit of education on how to order the parts, goes a long way in terms of reducing the stress of searching the internet endlessly to replace something that’s been broken.


Here’s when you’ll likely find success in replacing your item:

  • If your fixture is less than three years old.
  • If you know the fixture’s brand name and sku#.
  • If you know the actual part sku# as well.
  • If you contact the exact same store that sold it to you.
  • If the replacement item is a shade, diffuser, post or back plate.

Here’s when it might be more difficult:

  • If the fixture is older than five years.
  • If the fixture is a fan motor or motor part.
  • If the fixture is a crystal piece, hinge piece, finial or remote control.
  • If you got it at a flea market and were hoping to find a part to make it a complete fixture.



Attempting to mix and match manufacturer brands to fix one singular product is a no-no!


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We know how it goes. You need a piece or part that’s broken off and you can’t remember the brand of the fixture you own. (Because you weren’t organized and didn’t ‘white envelope‘ the invoice details initially when you first received the product!) So you go online looking for a part that ‘looks like’ what you think you need and you order it from some random e-commerce store. Then when it arrives you find out it won’t fit your fixture at all. You’re stuck having to either keep it or pay shipping back, and worse, possibly pay re-stock fees. Even worse than that – you didn’t pay attention to online store policy which told you that accessories or parts are non-refundable.


For every fixture you purchase, dedicate a white envelope to holding all fixture purchase invoices and packing slips in it and then file it in your office or store it in a kitchen drawer. Any time you need a fixture replacement part, not only can you call up exactly where you purchased the item from, you can call that store and tell them exactly what you bought. Their phone number will be listed on the invoice. They can then help you to get exactly the part that you need, because from your invoice, you will be able to provide them the exact sku# number of the product you own. Because you are calling the same e-store you purchased the original fixture from – you will have an ongoing account that both you and the store can refer to, for any future purchases.

It just makes common sense to keep all online purchases for the same product together. Don’t forget to write the bulb socket type and bulb type on the envelope as well. If you’re used to shopping Amazon via your cell phone – simply make an email e-file for every store you purchased from! E-Z!




It’s a Sisyphean task. We’ve all done it. In a panic to fix a problem, we rush to get something done as quickly as possible, by any means possible, so that we can fix the danged thing and be done with it! But THAT approach never works and ordering a wrong part, simply adds even MORE stress to the situation when it arrives, and you find the ‘part’ doesn’t fit the ‘whole’. Patience brings clarity and oftentimes you can get what you need done quicker by working the problem slowly and smartly.

Let’s say you remember your broken fixture’s brand name, but don’t know the sku#; so you go onto every e-store you can find trying to see if their customer reps can figure out what part it is that you need. That’s a little like finding a needle in a haystack. Customer reps are, in reality, dealing with hundreds of calls a day and thousands of online products that they themselves never even see. Most items these days ship direct from the manufacturers. So for most e-commerce stores, there’s no physical warehouse to go to ‘look and see’ what might be on the shelf. If you know the brand name – call the Brand Name by phone and ASK. All brand names have a phone number and customer service dept. ASK what the part number is and if it is in stock. THEN you can go to any e-store and search by the part’s sku#.

Most e-stores are not in the business of selling pieces and parts. Why? Because $5.00 – $8.00 parts are completely unprofitable, period. And since most fixtures come from overseas now-a-days,  most fixtures come over whole. Overseas shipping can take 30 days from port to port, not including customs inspections and unloading and transport to manufacturer warehouse time, etc. Whether landscape lighting, a pendant or chandelier….every product and sell-able part has a model or sku# associated with it.

Though most customer reps might attempt to get you a part that you need, that means that they have to contact the manufacturer themselves, to get a part’s sku#, based on a fixture photo or vague description you have given them. It’s nearly almost impossible to do it that way – and it takes a lot of back and forth between the e-store, you and the manufacturer to figure out what you need – all because you didn’t put your invoices in that little white envelope to begin with…or were too lazy to simply call the manufacturer yourself in the first place. Are we beginning to see how a lack of understanding of e-commerce protocol can complicate things across the board?

Sometimes, using common sense really does work.


Find the original fixture’s sku# and brand name. Call the manufacturer customer service dept. and ask if they sell the part you need. Ask what the part’s sku number is. Ask if it is in stock. Ask them to guide you to an authorized e-store who sells it. And when you’re done finally purchasing your part, place all the information into that little white envelope for future reference! You might make it easier on yourself the next time you need a part or a bulb!

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