• 31May

    In the architectural world, just as in the worlds of food, clothing, and design, as styles come together we have whats called fusion. In fusion, often disparate elements come together to create a cohesive union, and sometimes seemingly harmonious elements come together in a not so harmonious way. In terms of architecture, a truly interesting blend happened in the beginning of the 20th century, melding together the elements of Spanish Mission revival style with the hip sleekness of Art Deco.

    Art Deco buildings are known for their futuristic, sleek, dramatic, geometric flair. Cubes, zigzags, and futuristic chic came together to express the growing machine age in the United States. In the roaring twenties and early thirties, the jazzy Art Deco architecture was sweeping the nation. The Art Deco style found its inspiration from many different sources. The austere shapes and curves were taken from the Bauhaus School and the streamlined modern technology-looking design was melded with images of icons from the Far East, Greece, Rome, Africa, India, and Mayan and Aztec cultures. But above all these, Art Deco took inspiration from an architectural discovery in Egypt.

    In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, thrilled the world with their discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Egypt-chic soon swept the nation and influenced the design of clothes, jewelry, furniture and graphic design. And of course, architecture.

    Another style that was popping-up at the same time was the Spanish Mission Revival style, and in California, these two disparate styles found a way to come together in harmony as Hollywood actors were clamoring to get their homes built in the chic Spanish style. California isnt the only place to see the beautiful union of these two styles.
    Hawkes Bay has some tremendous Art Deco and Spanish Mission Walks. Hawkes Bay is located in Napier, New Zealand. Following a devastating earthquake in 1931, the whole commercial heart of Napier was destroyed, but the city was about to be reborn in the newest architectural style, and to become the hottest city. In Hawkes Bay, you get to see all the styles right next to each other: Spanish Classic, Spanish mission, and Art Deco, all side by side.

    There are also places in the United States that show this great mixture of styles and iconographies. Take for example a lovely Spanish Revival building in St. Louis, by the architect T.P. Barnett, son of George I. Barnett, another famous architect in St. Louis. The T.P. Barnett building is particularly interesting because it also has Art Deco influences, making it one of the most unique buildings in the Grand Center region of St. Louis. Certainly the next time youre in St. Louis, you need to visit this Spanish Revival building on Washington Avenue.

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  • 30May

    One of the most popular design choices available in modern home design is the creation of an outdoor room. An outdoor room is an extension of a home’s square footage through the addition of expanded living space on a patio, deck, or garden area. Real estate professionals agree that the creation of an outdoor room adds both the value and appeal to a home. As a result, the selection of quality garden furniture has never been more important. For homeowners wishing to create outdoor square footage and additional living space in the form of an outdoor room should take some time to consider the style options available when it comes to garden furniture.

    Outdoor furniture style selection is as diverse as indoor furniture. Whether you’re seeking something that’s traditional, rustic, country, or sleek, contemporary, and modern – there is a style of outdoor furniture suitable for your tastes. Some of the most popular choices include Rattan conservatory furniture, wicker garden furniture, wooden outdoor furniture, and even wrought iron. Depending on the look you’re going for, the type of material you select for your outdoor furniture will be vital to your design.

    Today’s Rattan garden furniture is popular for the contemporary design lover. Rattan furniture can be crafted to create sleek modern lines that are in keeping with today’s ever popular contemporary home design. Wood garden furniture can also be used to create a contemporary feel. Designers can create sleek modern lines in a material that also has a warm and inviting feel.

    For homeowners seeking to create an outdoor room that is more traditional, wicker furniture is both elegant and inviting because wicker can come in a variety of colors, and can even be painted to create any look. As of late, homeowners seem to enjoy a brightly colored wicker with a more neutral cushion. Wicker furniture is perfect for creating an outdoor space, because it’s light weight and can be moved easily. Nonetheless, wood also remains a popular choice in traditional design, and thanks to its workability, can be crafted to fit any design preference.

    Wrought iron furniture is ideal for large outdoor spaces that require regal aesthetic appeal. If the homeowner has wrought iron details in their existing home design, wrought iron outdoor furniture is perfect for expanding square footage and creating an appealing garden space. Wrought iron can be worked to impeccable detail and is durable and long-lasting.

    The truth of the matter is that selecting conservatory furniture is a matter of personal preference. Depending upon the homeowner’s specific style, design choices, comfort preferences, and personality in general, outdoor furniture can be customized to meet every need. Design and real estate experts agree that utilizing high quality garden furniture to enhance and outdoor space, thereby adding value and additional square footage to a home can increase value, can give homeowners more bang for their buck.

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  • 29May

    Placing farm property in a trust-owned limited liability company (LLC) is often a key component of protecting a family farm against estate tax laws, creditors, law suits, nursing homes and other risks so it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations. Specifically, the LLC holding your farm property must be owned by an irrevocable trust.

    If youre a farmer in Ohio, undoubtedly youve worked hard for the success of that farm and you want that hard work to benefit your family for many generations to come. Unfortunately, state and federal estate tax laws, debt obligations, nursing homes and other factors can put your farm at risk upon your death if proper succession planning is not in place.

    While proper succession planning consists of many parts, an important part is often to create an irrevocable trust to own the LLC holding your Ohio or Dayton real estate. A lawyer can help you with this by drawing up the necessary legal documents that form the irrevocable trust, designate the beneficiaries, and describe what is to happen to the property and LLC upon your death.
    Property in a Trust-Owned Limited Liability Company is Protected Against Most Debts and Lawsuits; Estate Taxes can be Minimized
    By placing your farm property in a trust-owned LLC, the property becomes owned by the LLC, which is a legal entity just like a corporation, rather than being owned by you. Since you dont own it any more, the property is protected from many forms of debt and lawsuits. The irrevocable trust that owns the LLC adds another layer of protection and ensures that the LLC and property it holds is passed on to your chosen beneficiaries.

    To more fully protect your Ohio or Dayton real estate, a lawyer with expertise in estate planning and business law can draft legal documents to create limited liability corporations, insurance trusts and other entities that work together to protect your farming business and personal assets for inheritance by your family.

    Farm property in a trust-owned LLC can also avoid estate taxes. Estate tax law usually takes effect when property transfers to the beneficiaries. However, the legal documents for your irrevocable trust can specify that your beneficiaries can make use of the property while ownership is retained by the irrevocable trust and the LLC. Since the property is never transferred to the beneficiaries, estate tax laws never come into play.

    Placing property in a trust-owned limited liability company is just one tool used to minimize estate taxes and other risks to your Ohio or Dayton real estate. A lawyer knowledgeable in succession planning and estate planning can show you additional ways to help you prepare a complete succession plan for your farm.

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  • 29May

    Lighting fixtures have come a long way in a short time. They come in a variety of styles, finishes and they use various types of bulbs. Oh yes, Edison would have been proud! When it comes to brightening a childs room with light however, there are some things to consider:

    Safety is key
    Bulbs vary in the amount of heat they give off and kids are curious. (Not a great combination!) Dont put a lighting fixture that gets hot, where tiny fingers can hurt themselves. Not only is this referring to direct contact but indirect contact as well. Think ball being thrown up in the air hitting a bare lit bulb. In most circumstances, the bulb will break and the glass will be a hazard. If it is a compact florescent bulb (CFL) dangerous mercury could seep through a childs skin as well.

    Consider light fixtures that are fully covered, have shades or have special guards that protect them from child play. There are many on the market that even will work well on a small budget.

    Reduce shadows and their effects
    Kids have active imaginations and, unlike your dining room or den, you will want to lessen the contrast in light and shadows in your childs room. To do this, use lighting with a wide angle of light and stay away from dark or opaque shades that only cast light upward or downward.

    Select lighting fixtures that are fun
    Fun doesnt mean expensive. Consider using a lamp base with classic lines but switching out the shade from year to year. Use your glue gun and creativity to add a unique touch. For girls consider feathers, ribbon, jewels and crystal. For boys, you might lean more toward texture and color: ribbon, buttons, rope, leather and denim. Since youve selected a lamp base that can grow with them throughout the years, your overall cost of simply modifying the shade every couple of years should be low.

    Dont forget the details
    Details are what make a room. For instance, consider using a fun finial on a bedside lamp or a decorative ceiling fan pull. If your child loves shoes (what girl doesnt) dont think twice about finding a chandelier that conveys that detail. And, if your outdoor fanatic cant simmer down when the topic of baseball is thrown around, consider a standing lamp that looks like a baseball bat! The options are truly endless and exciting!

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  • 28May

    A DIY Approach For Plumbing Work – Is It Right?

    Plumbing is one task where none of the homeowners should ever take a DIY approach as it’s a specialized job and so can only be performed by skilled and experienced professionals. When it comes to dealing with your plumbing task, you cannot really afford to hire the wrong professional. One small mistake and your boiling system will stop working.

    Important Aspects To Consider When Looking For A Plumber

    There are three most essential aspects to consider when you are looking for a professional for your plumbing project. The three essential aspects are: Reputation of the plumber, work-experience and customer service. One of the best ways to find a reliable plumbing contractor is always by word of mouth recommendations.

    If your neighbors had a good experienced with the plumber, you can also them to give the contact details of the plumber. When checking the reviews and recommendations, here are some of the following things to consider:-

    Licensed & Insured

    This is an important criterion which may vary from state to state, but you should always make sure that the professional you have chosen has the license of the particular state to do the task. If you fail to hire a licensed professional, you won’t be able to get the desired results. Always ask your plumber to show you the license proof before you hire them for the task. In case, they fail to show you the proof, move on.

    Client-Testimonials

    A reputed, established and experienced plumbing contractor has positive customer reviews published on the website or you may also check the forums to learn about their services. It’s advisable to get the contact details of the given references and check whether they are genuine or given by some of your plumber’s friend.

    Experience

    It really doesn’t matter how many boiling systems your plumbing contractor has repaired if you need them for bathroom installation. Most of the experienced plumbers can offer you with all the different services. If you have met a unique plumbing issue, it’s a good idea to look for a professional who have tackled it before.

    Exceptional Customer Service

    Remember, it’s not only the professional who should offer you with excellent service but it’s the entire company responsible to satisfied you by their services.

    Conclusion

    Choosing a reliable and trustworthy plumber takes time. Research all the different options before hiring the best professional. Having the right plumber to deal with the emergency is a must if you want to get peace of mind.

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