Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Going Bananas For Bamboo

Bamboo is everywhere these days, whether its products made from bamboo or decor that displays bamboo. There are hundreds of different species of this fast growing, tropical plant. Not only is bamboo appreciated by many for its beauty and visual appeal, bamboo is also a valuable material for creating home decor and even textiles because of how sustainable it is. Bamboo is known as an eco-friendly material because some species can grow as fast as 1 meter per day! It is also extremely adaptable to different climates, so bamboo can be easily grown in different eco systems. Many economically challenged people living in rural areas of developing countries have been able to sustain themselves by growing and harvesting bamboo. This versatile plant turns high amounts of carbon dioxide into oxygen and needs less water than plants like cotton. Bamboo is also naturally resistant to most insects, enabling growers to avoid using pesticides.
Bamboo fiber textiles have other advantages over cotton textiles. Bamboo fiber is naturally anti-microbial, making it odor resistant. Bamboo fiber is so soft, it is often compared to cashmere. Because it is a natural, cellulose fiber, bamboo yarn is 100% biodegradable, needing only microorganisms and sunlight to break down back into the earth. Bamboo's naturally occurring resistance to odors makes it a popular choice for textiles such as bath towels, robes and sheets.
In honor of my favorite house plant, (I have two bamboo plants cleaning the air around my desk) I am featuring some of the many bamboo home decor items available at HomeTreasureCove. Some of these products simply display this beautiful green plant while others are made out of this wonderful, renewable resource. So please enjoy the rest of this post as we "Do some Boo!"

Much of the world's native bamboo comes from the tropical and mountainous regions of Asia, so bamboo is a common design element in Asian decor. Here are some examples of bamboo designs found on these imported pieces from China.
16x36 Rosewood Jade Decorated Wall Hanging-Bamboo







Oval Green Bamboo Hanging Paper Lantern


Bamboo Designs Towels



8-Piece Artistic Tea Sets- Panda Tea Set- Bamboo is what t hese beautiful and endangered bears feed on in their natural environment in China. These hand crafted decor products imported from China are actually made from bamboo. As you can see, bamboo is a versatile material that looks beautiful in so many different ways.

11x14 Bamboo Wood Wall Hangings


14 Inch Round Bamboo Wood Collage Plaque
Bamboo of Peace & Comfort Fan







Bamboo Coasters Set

Traditional Bamboo Tea Serving Tray





Pot Style Bamboo Rattan Weaved Hanging Lamp

Bamboo Boxed Desk Lamp






Bamboo Woven Hexagonial Side Table
As I mentioned earlier, bamboo fiber textiles have become an in-demand, popular household furnishing. Bamboo surpasses cotton for producing luxurious, soft, odor resistant bath towels, kitchen towels, robes and bed linens.
Bamboo Bath Towel Set

Bamboo Kitchen Towel








Pure Collection Bamboo Bathrobe




Bamboo Bed Sheets






Bamboo Duvet Covers


Bamboo is also an excellent choice for the kitchen cutting board. These Old Mountain Bamboo Cutting Boards have been specially treated, making the bamboo wood harder than maple and beech. This means less nicks and cuts in the surface of the board where bacteria tends to grow.








If you have other helpful information about the benefits of bamboo, please feel to leave a comment about it.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Asian Decor

It's no wonder why Asian decor is so popular here in America. Especially Oriental style Asian decor and art from places such as China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. These countries are rich with culture, beautiful natural scenery and distinctive architecture. Its a perfect way to add an exotic, colorful touch to your home. With thousands of years worth of history and culture, Chinese art and decor has a widespread appeal. It seems to fill the room with positive, peaceful energy.These striking 11 x 14 Bamboo Wood Wall Hangings are made with delicate bamboo wood shavings set in an attractive black matte picture frame. They come in six different designs depicting the natural beauty found in China.



Next are these exquisite Chinese Porcelain Dolls. Each doll is hand painted with amazing detail. The beautiful costumes each doll is wearing makes them an impressive collectible item. Its hard to pick a favorite out of these five gorgeous dolls.





A great way to protect these beautiful, delicate Chinese Porcelain Dolls is by putting them in an attractive Doll Case, perfect for displaying these collectible dolls.


Monday, May 17, 2010

CSN Store Review

Last June, I did a great giveaway with my sponsor, CSN Stores. They have over 200 online stores with great products for home decorating, including stylish bathroom vanities, bedroom furniture, wall clocks, mirrors and much, much more. My winner last year was Michelle Underwood and she chose the Monkey Table Lamp with Twig Shade. You can read about my 2009 CNS Store Tropical Lamp Givaway here.

This year, I will be doing a review of a CSN Store product myself. I am excited to do the review, as the product I chose is something unusual and very unique. So check back in a few weeks to see the results!

In the meantime, if you would like to browse through a list of all the different stores CSN has online, visit http://www.csnstores.com/ourstores.asp.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Summer Quilt Sale & Quilt Care


With summer approaching, the time to store your heavy winter comforter is here. Lightweight quilts are a great choice for bedding during the warm months. If your quilt has been stored and needs a wash to freshen it up, follow these tips for cleaning and caring for all of your quilts. And don't miss the coupon code at the end of this post to get an extra 10% off on my adult Country Quilts.

Washing

To wash a quilt by hand, fill up the tub with warm water and add a gentle, non-abrasive detergent. Wash the quilt using slow, gentle kneading motions. Be careful of any stitching, ribbon or fringe that may tear easily. Never use a brush or abrasive scrubbing tool that can harm the fabric. To rinse, drain the tub and refill with fresh water, and gently work the detergent out, then roll it to squeeze out the excess water. If the tag says you can machine wash, make sure to use the gentle cycle with a mild detergent and never use bleach. Dry cleaning is generally not recommended for quilts.

Drying

The safest way to dry a quilt is to lay it flat. You can use a fan to help it dry faster. Do not hang a quilt over a clothes line, or in direct sunlight. The weight of the quilt, especially when wet can cause the threading to break where it touches the line.

Storing

If you need to fold the quilt to store it, make sure you fold it differently each time to avoid the creases becoming permanent. Wrapping an old sheet around it will help protect it and keep it clean.

Ok, on to the good stuff. If you need a new quilt for the master bedroom or guest room, I have some great new quilt patterns to share. And to get an additional 10% off my already
marked down prices, enter coupon code QLT10 during checkout.

Savannah Quilt Set with 7 Pieces

Classic country blue and yellow had pieced quilt pattern with a frame of floral bouquets. This set is a great price because of the extras that are included such as shams, a bed skirt and 3 bonus pillows, all in different shapes and sizes. Available in queen and king sizes.






Trousseau Quilt Color: Sage

This beautiful quilt is one of our lowest priced items! It has been prewashed to give it that natural worn look. A delicate sage color and feminine scalloped edges make this an excellent replacement bed cover. Shams are sold separately.












Vintage Lure Quilt

This retro looking quilt has a classic patchwork quilt pattern. Prewashing gives it a natural, worn look. If you're into the vintage look, this quilt is a great choice.

Purple Landscape Quilt Set with 7 Pieces

This is a stunning quilt with an intricate geometric design and delicate floral prints. With its lavender and green colors, it brings to mind colorful lilac bushes in full bloom or a field full of radiant purple flowers. This set includes shams, bedskirt and three bonus pillows. Available in queen and king.




Americana Stars Quilt

This traditional looking quilt has a classic country star pattern in light green and tan that really stands out against the dark blue background. The standard sham is sold separately