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Protect Your Home Against Sun Damage

11 Mar

Sun Damage


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Low-E glass reduces the amount of light and heat that enters your home.

You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

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Solar shades block UV rays and preserve your view to the outside.

Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!

Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.


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Drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric at the window.

Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.

While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.

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Adding a Beautiful Wreath Will Round Out Your Decorating Style

4 Nov

Wreaths can last all year long; they’re not just for the holidays.Wreath3

Many of us think of wreaths as decorative elements only for the December holidays or for Thanksgiving, but the fact is that a decorative wreath – depending on its style – can add a beautiful touch to your home all year long.

Many wreaths are designed for holiday use in their colors and materials, including glimmery gold and silver accents and bright, shiny ornaments. Others incorporate non-holiday elements, such as

nuts, seeds, sea shells, pine cones, non-holiday themed greenery and more. Also for non-holiday use, think citrus leaves, flowers and fruit.

Wreaths are not just a visual design element. They can add a scrumptious aroma to your home too! For the holidays consider traditional fir and pine. For all year long, think bay leaves, sage, cinnamon, rosemary and chili peppers.

And wreaths can be hung just about everywhere, not just on a front door! This includes walls, windows, above fireplaces, even on a mirror in your powder room! Of course, hanging a wreath on the front door during the holidays is the perfect way to get your guests into the holiday spirit before they even come into your house!

Do you have an unusual space where you want to hang a wreath? Wreaths don’t have to be perfectly round.

Sometimes they’re oval, square or rectangular, and that shape can add a unique decorative element to your home.

Add a beautiful wreath to your home this season – for now and into the coming year.


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