Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Go Green With Eco Friendly Products

One of the latest home decorating and improvement trends "going green", means using products and appliances that save energy, use less water or other natural resources and have less of a negative impact on the environment.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use about one fourth of the energy incandescent bulbs use to produce the same amount of light. They come in many shapes and sizes and can save homeowners a substantial amount of money on energy costs when used throughout the home. They do, however, contain small amounts of mercury, so care should be used handling and installing them and especially when disposing of them. Recycling is usually the best option.

If you’re looking for energy saving home appliances, look for the ones that display the Energy Star logo. Energy Star is a collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helping people save money and protect the environment through the use of energy efficient products and practices. Appliances that display the Energy Star logo meet the strict energy efficient requirements of these two agencies. You can now buy entire homes that have the Energy Star seal.

Another way to "go green" in the home is through the use of textiles and fabrics made of bamboo fiber instead of cotton. Cotton requires large amounts of pesticides to maintain and grow, while bamboo is naturally irrigated. Bamboo produces a unique anti-bacteria and bacteriostasis bio agent called "bamboo kun". This enables textiles made of bamboo to be naturally anti-bacterial and deodorizing. Bamboo requires less dye than cotton while producing more vivid colors. Bamboo yarn is extremely soft, often compared to cashmere.

The environmental benefits of growing bamboo are many. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. Some species can grow as fast as 1 meter per day! The many different species of bamboo are very versatile, making bamboo extremely adaptable to different growing environments. Bamboo uses high amounts of carbon dioxide, a common greenhouse gas, and produces high amounts of oxygen. This easily renewable resource is abundantly available in rural areas that are economically challenged . Use of bamboo products helps improve the economies and preserves the cultures and lifestyles of these rural communities. Another big environmental advantage is the fact that bamboo is a natural cellulose fiber, making it 100% biodegradable, needing only microorganisms and sunlight to return to the Earth, pollution free.

HomeTreasureCove is proud to announce the addition of 100% bamboo fiber bath towels from Pure Fiber to our line of bath products. These luxurious, soft bath towels are naturally hypo-allergenic and odor resistant. Available in 8 different colors, they make a great addition to any bathroom decor. Do something good for yourself while doing something good for the environment!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Decorating With Collectibles

One of the most popular hobbies today is the hobby of collecting. Collecting is usually a very personal endeavor, ranging from stamps to automobiles and just about everything in between. For those new to collecting, there are numerous magazines on the subject such as Collectors News and Antiques & Collectibles. There might also be a local club or group one can join to share experiences and knowledge on their particular collections. Online forums and chats are another great way to communicate with like minded collectors from different regions.
When decorating with collectibles, there are many options to chose from. First to consider is the size of the collection. This could range from a few select items that could fit on the fireplace mantle, to a collection so large that it would require an entire room to display it all. Try to keep it focused, whether it’s a collection from a certain artist, a certain era, a certain theme, a certain brand, etc. Otherwise, the collection may be confused with a bunch of unorganized clutter. If you have more than one collection, display them in different rooms.
Caring for your collectibles is as important as how you display them. In fact, to avoid dust and dirt, many collectors use frames and display cases with protective glass. Items such as collector plates should never be put in the dishwasher. Porcelain and glass collectibles should be hand washed using warm water and a mild soap. Hand painted items should be kept out of direct sunlight and should be handled as little as possible to avoid being damaged..
Its always a good idea to keep detailed accurate records when starting a collection, including the purchase date, where you bought it and price. Photos or video are recommended as well. This is important information for prospective buyers as well as insurance appraisers. Also be sure to keep all written material, certificates, receipts, care and handling instructions, etc. This is vital information for replacement or resale of valuable collections.
To see some examples of classic American collectibles, visit . Here you can find collectible items from Coca-Cola, John Deere, My Little Kitchen Fairies, Jim Shore Heartwood Creek, and other classic American decor.