Archive | August, 2019

September Is Baby Safety Month

28 Aug

This blog will look a little different this week. We want everyone to be aware that September is Baby Safety Month. It is a good way to showcase our child safety products.

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The Basics

  • Ideally, the best time to babyproof is early in your pregnancy before you register so you can include needed safety items on your registry list.
  • The best way to babyproof? Get down on your hands and knees and think like a baby! This is a great activity for both mom and dad since males and females tend to look and inspect different aspects of the home and safety measures in general.
  • Take care of all the obvious hazards such as exposed electrical sockets and blind cords, but be on the lookout for those not-so-obvious items like empty dishwashers, hanging tablecloths that can be easily pulled down, and poisonous plants.
  • Babies at any age are curious and want to touch, feel, lick, smell, and listen to everything and anything they can get their little hands on. Your job is to make him or her part of your home as much as possible. After all, this new addition is not a temporary guest and should be able to safely explore every room in your home.
  • Consider child-proofing an ongoing process.  Monitor your child’s growth and development and always try to stay one step ahead. For example, don’t wait until your baby starts crawling to put up stairway gates. Install them in advance so the entire family gets used to them and baby doesn’t associate his new found milestone with barriers.
  • If you are preparing for baby #2 or #3, don’t underestimate your “seasoned” approach to babyproofing from the first time around. In fact, having an older sibling creates additional hazards you should be aware of like small parts from toys and your toddlers ability to open doors, potty lids, and cabinets now.
  • Safest Option – Keep in mind that new products meeting current safety standards are the safest option.
  • Second-Hand Products – It is recommended secondhand products should not be used for baby. However, if it is necessary to use older products, make sure all parts are available, the product is fully functional, not broken, and has not been recalled.
  • Register your products- Through product registration, parents can establish a direct line of communication with the manufacturer should a problem arise with a product purchased. This information is NOT used for marketing purposes.

Top Hidden Hazards- Play our hidden hazards game!

  • Magnets – Small magnets can be easily swallowed by children. Once inside the body, they can attract to each other and cause significant internal damage. Keep magnets out of your child’s reach. If you fear your child has swallowed magnets, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Loose Change- Change floating around in pockets or purses may wind up on tables around the house, where curious children may be attracted to the shiny coins and ingest them. A great way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to assign a tray or jar for loose change and keep it out of a child’s reach.
  • Tipovers – Tipovers are a leading cause of injury to children and the best way to avoid them is to make sure all furniture and televisions are secured to the wall.
  • Pot Handle Sticking Out from Stove – When cooking, it is best that pot handles turn inward instead of sticking out from the stove where little ones may reach up and grab the hot handle. In addition, if holding a child while cooking, remember to keep the handles out of the child’s reach.
  • Loose Rugs or Carpet -Area rugs or carpet that is not secured to the floor causes a tripping hazard for little ones who may already be unstable on their feet. Make sure that all corners are taped down and bumps are smoothed out.
  • Detergent Pods -It is estimated that thousands of children have been exposed to and injured by detergent pods. Easily mistaken by children as candy, these pods pose a risk to the eyes and, if ingested, to their lives. It is important to keep these items out of reach of children.
  • Hot Mugs -A relaxing cup of coffee or tea can quickly turn into an emergency if hot mugs are left unattended or are placed to near the edge of tables where little hands can grab them.
  • Cords- Cords can pose strangulation hazards to children, whether they are connected to blinds, home gym equipment or baby monitors. It’s important to keep cords tied up and out of reach of children. In addition, remember to keep cribs away from cords that the child may reach while inside the crib.
  • Button Batteries -Button batteries are flat, round batteries that resemble coins or buttons. They are found in common household items such as flashlights, remotes or flameless candles.
  • Recalled Products -Make sure you’re aware if a product you own has been recalled. In addition, check that any second-hand products you own have not been recalled. The best ways to ensure your products are safe is to fill out your product registration card as well as check for recalls at www.recalls.gov.

 

How to Choose and Use Products

  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • Use the basket underneath and don’t hang purses or shopping bags over the handles because it may cause the stroller to tip.
  • Choose a baby carrier or sling made of a durable, washable fabric with sturdy, adjustable straps.
  • Use a carrier or sling only when walking with your baby, never running or bicycling.
  • Choose a swing with strong posts, legs, and a wide stance to prevent tipping.
  • Never place your swing or bouncer on an elevated surface such as sofas, beds, tables or counter tops.
  • When choose a changing table, before leaving home, measure the length and width of the changing area available on the dresser and compare to the requirements for the add-on unit before purchasing. Check for attachment requirements.
  • When changing baby, always keep one hand on baby and use restraints.
  • It is vital the car seat/booster is appropriate for a child’s age, weight, and height.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for both the vehicle and the seat.
  • Choose a crib mattress that fits snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side.
  • Never place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall-mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Choose the right gate for your needs. Before leaving home, measure the opening size at the location the gate will be used.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Use waist and crotch strap every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Buy JPMA Certified products whenever possible for peace of mind that the product meets the strictest requirements in today’s marketplace.

Delux Drapery can help with safe window treatments for any nursery or toddler windows. Hunter Douglas has the best child safety mechanisms on the market. Come and see for yourself in our showroom at 2215 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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Decorating With Cream Colored Accents

21 Aug

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The Color Cream

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The color buttercream lets your accent colors shine.

Call this color what you like – buttercream, whipped honey, straw, pearl, or linen – it’s a flexible shade for home decorating that’s bright and sunny, creating warmth in a room.

Like other neutrals, buttercream lets accent colors shine and makes your artwork pop. But it’s warmer and more inviting than pure white or barely off-white. Buttercream has many subtle versions. True buttercream has a yellow undertone; other versions have touches of pink, grey or peach.

A Flexible, Relaxing Neutral

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This versatile neutral goes with both warm and cool colors, pastels and bold tones. It also pairs perfectly with black, white, gray and various tones of brown, especially dark wood furniture, flooring and cabinets.

Buttercream is a soft shade that makes you feel relaxed and serene, and it won’t go out of style. It shines in most any room of the house and can go casual or formal, traditional or contemporary. In a bedroom, home office or library, you can even go with a slightly deeper shade of cream to create a cozy feel.

Where to use Buttercream

Consider the color cream for:

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Cream colored accent pillows add warmth to gray and blue hues.


– Paint
– Carpeting and rugs
– Stone surfaces
– Upholstery fabrics and pillows
– Window fashions
– Cabinets and counter tops
– Bedding
– Table and bath linens

Add buttercream this season to your decorating plans. It’s a delicious color for heightening your home décor.

 

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Adding a Kitchen Island

14 Aug

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Enhance your Kitchen

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Kitchen islands often become the focal point of social gatherings.

We all know that the kitchen becomes the center of almost any fun gathering of family and friends and an island is at the center of that social experience!

An island (or peninsula) should add functionality and efficiency to your kitchen. At the same time, its look and size provides an anchor to your kitchen and often a dividing line between the kitchen itself and the living space around it.

Consider all purposes

When you plan your island, consider all purposes you want or need, including:

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Adding an island allows you to add another sink to your kitchen.


– A second sink, stove-top or oven
– A wine refrigerator
– Extra counter space
– Extra storage, which can be closed cabinets, open storage or both
– Extra seating for casual meals, kids’ homework or guests to hang out while you cook

Design Ideas

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Enhance your kitchen island with interesting bar stools and pendant lighting.

Think of these choices when designing your kitchen island:
– Use the same cabinet color and countertops as the rest of the kitchen or a contrasting color and style
– Add interesting bar stools and beautiful pendant lighting
– Create a shape that complements your floor plan and allows enough space to move around (and open dishwasher and oven doors completely)
– Add open shelving above your island to display your cookbooks or your most beautiful glasses and dishes
– Hang your pots and pans above the island

Add function to your kitchen with an island. It will become the focal point of your kitchen, and maybe even your home.

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Decorating with Stone

7 Aug

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An age-old material

From the earliest history of mankind, homes have been built using stone for walls and stone2floors. Stone adds texture, quality, weight and long-term value to the look of a home.

Stone choices are almost unlimited, and each comes in oh-so-many colors, textures and natural patterns. Choices include marble, granite, onyx, travertine, slate, sandstone, and limestone.

Most types of stone can be finished to be smooth and polished, rough and unpolished, or even fire-finished for a rustic look.

Where to add stone 


Because stone carries weight and is bold, it often becomes the focal point of a room, Stone3adding drama, substance and interest.

So many surfaces lend themselves to stone including:
– Fireplaces, surrounds and mantles
– Walls and floors
– Coffee tables and dining tables
– Counter tops and backsplashes
– Showers and tub surrounds
– Sinks

Work with an expert


Stone4It’s important to work with an expert to select the stone that looks perfect in your house and that works for the functions you need. Some types of stone are more durable than others or can be treated for heavy use.

Often, depending where you live, you can even go to a stone yard to select the stone to be used in your rooms.

Consider adding stone to your home – it can give your house a sense of nature and permanence.

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