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Timber Flooring vs Engineered Timber Flooring

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I am currently in the process of deciding on the type of flooring to have in our new home once it is built.
After having had a timber floor in our current home I was determined that this was the best option this time arouns, hard wearing, looks good e.t.c. but the dilemma started when I decided to go for a dark chocolate coloured timber and lets just say I am now completely undecided which way to go so I need some help from anyone out there that has used engineered timber flooring.
Solid timber floors are just what they sound like, solid timber boards with a variety of finish options from satin to high shine. These are typically more expensive than pre finished or engineered floors and have the option of being able to be sanded and re-finished a number of times over the life of the floor.
Engineered flooring is a usually timber fascia board of a thinner thickness attached to a manufactured interlocking board. You will have to excuse my descriptions here, flooring expert I am definitely not, but the idea of the engineered flooring is quicker install, no mess and less chance of warping, the downside apparently is that you do not have the option of multiple sanding and re-finishes.
So here is my dilemma. Apart form the obvious cost difference (solid timber being more expensive) the solid timber needs to be sanded and then stained to the desired colour, which will take days and be quite messy also. Engineered flooring on the other hand is cheaper and quicker to install and has the desired colour without staining. So I am looking for some guidance here, who out there has used the engineered flooring and how did you find it? how does it compare with the solid timber products? I am looking at a few of the  engineered options and am seriously tempted, so any ideas to help me out with this decision would be much appreciated?

Madge x

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Slow Cooked Bolgnaise Ragu

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slow cooked beef ragout

Ingredients 
1 tbs olive oil
1kg gravy beef, excess fat trimmed
175g pkt short-cut bacon rashers, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
800g can diced Italian tomatoes
250ml (1 cup) chicken stock
125ml (1/2 cup) red wine
2 dried bay leaves
600g fresh lasagne sheets, cut lengthways into 2.5cm-wide strips
Shaved parmesan, to serve

  • Method
  1. Step 1Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook half the beef for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a flameproof casserole dish. Repeat with remaining beef.
  2. Step 2Heat the remaining oil in the pan over medium heat. Cook bacon, celery, carrot, onion and garlic, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add to the casserole dish.
  3. Step 3Add tomato, stock, wine and bay leaves to the dish. Season with salt and pepper. Cover. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until the beef is tender.
  4. Step 4Use tongs to remove the beef from the dish. Shred the beef and return to the dish.
  5. Step 5Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Drain.
  6. Step 6Add pasta to the dish. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Divide among serving bowls. Top with parmesan.

Recipe from taste.com.au

Bedroom Interior Design

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I sometimes think that bedrooms are a bit of an after thought in most homes with us concentrating mainly on our living areas.
It got me searching (and dreaming) of what I would like my perfect bedroom to look like. Do you prefer a light and airy space? or maybe something more moodier and dark.

There is definitely no shortage of inspiration in some of these gorgeous bedroom designs.

 

Traditional Bedroom by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Chalet


White Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients 

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
4 cups reduced fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla whipped topping, for garnish
Mint leaf, for garnish

 
Directions
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine white chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir continuously until white chocolate chips have completely melted. Stir in the reduced fat milk, and vanilla extract. Stir occasionally until heated through. Pour into mugs and top with a dollop of vanilla whipped topping and garnish with mint leaf.

 

Recipe: Paula Deen

Pallet Furniture

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A couple of days ago I stumbled on a picture on facebook of a pallet outdoor setting and decided to look for more pallet furniture inspiration.

What a great recycling idea and they make the most amazing looking rustic furniture out of something that you can pick up on the side of the road.
Check out some of these amazing ideas, and so easy to do! the coffee tables are my favourite, I’m seriously thinking tackling one like the white one pictured below, what’s your favourite?

Pallet outdoor bench

Pallet outdoor bench

Pallet bed

Pallet bed

pallet coffee table

pallet coffee table

White pallet coffee tables

White pallet coffee tables

Green pallet coffee table

Green pallet coffee table

Pallet outdoor setting

Pallet outdoor setting

Outdoor pallet seating and coffee table

Outdoor pallet seating and coffee table

Whitewashed pallet coffee table

Whitewashed pallet dining table

Known sources: capetwon.olx.co.za we were unable to find sources for some pics, if one of these are your images please contact us and we will  be happy to credit the source 😉

Kids Bedroom Decorating Ideas

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We have for what seems like forever been planning a new home and it recently occurred to me that I hadn’t given much thought to the small ones bedroom so I came across these inspiring pics for anyone that was after ideas for a kids bedroom.

O.k. some are are probably over the top cost wise as far as built in bunks (but still nice to dream) but a lot of them are simple enough ideas put together quite cleverly such as painted cube storage secured to the wall, lets face it cubes are everywhere these days but this is something a bit different. There is also a pic of a chalkboard wall that is quite brilliant.

So what’s your preference? D.I.Y. or built in’s?


 

Decorating with colour

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Choosing the right colour scheme is what scares people the most about decorating their interior spaces but it really shouldn’t be something to be frightened of.
I must admit that despite being an artist in a former life with a very good sense of colour I still find it difficult to sometimes stray from the neutral colour palette I favour but when I do the results have so much more impact.

Decorating a space in terms of colour is as easy as 60-30-10. You’ll notice that the rooms you like the most are almost always divided into percentages of 60-30-10. Below is an example of this colour percentage.

When decorating a particular room, divide the colours into percentages:
60% of a dominant colour
30% of a secondary colour
10% of an accent colour

Translated to a room setting, it typically means:
60% of the room’s colour is the walls
30% of the room’s colour is the upholstery
10% of the room’s colour is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement.

Colour can be the biggest mood lifter there is so dont be afraid of a touch of colour.

Eclectic Living Room by Jamestown Furniture and Accessories Barbara Schaver @ Furnitureland South

Eclectic Living Room by Charlotte Interior Designers & Decorators Lucy and Company

Eclectic Living Room by San Juan Capistrano Closet & Home Storage Designers Tara Bussema

Sources: Houzz, HGTV