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3 NEW DOOR LINES TO CONSIDER

Article written and submitted by ETO Doors.

Construction will always have the classic doors: flush doors, three panels, one-lites, but every so often, manufacturers release new lines to keep up with the changing designs within architecture and interior design. Here are three companies shaking things up in the door market this year:

1. SIMPSON DOORS – THE ARTIST COLLECTION. Simpson has entered the modern door business with their new collection revealed only a few months ago. The line is complete with solid and lite (window) doors which come in a variety of sizes. The line was designed by James L. Cutler, founding partner of Cutler Anderson Architects will be offered by Simpson for a limited time. As with most wood doors, the customer will finish and stain the doors to their liking, but should follow Simpson or hire a trusted carpenter to complete your doors.

2. PLASTPRO STEEL DOORS- Plastpro has introduced a line of steel doors that come complete with a five-year warranty. Each of the doors within the Plastpro line comes with an automatic 20 minute fire rating, as well as having Energy Star rating, thus qualifying for the U.S. government tax credit program. The doors come with the signature Plastpro composite BTHP frame. And while not new, Plastpro continues to be a leader in the fiberglass door manufacturing.

3. THERMA-TRU DOORS – Canvas Collection in 6’8 and 8’0 sizes. The Canvas Collection was made to replicate the look and sound of wood doors. The Canvas Collection was named by Consumer Digest a Best Buy for fiberglass entry doors, and the increased size availability only increases the usability of this door. In addition, the Canvas Collection is Energy Star rated and likely qualifies for the U.S. government tax credit options for door and window replacement.

When selecting a door remember to pick a material that will work with your climate. Most doors require a covering or awning and shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight. Each manufacturer will have specific instructions on the care and cleaning of the doors, so be sure to consult the instructions found with your door for future reference. For more doors, hardware, and other door accessories, go to www.etodoors.com.


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A Rattan Dining Room can be Casual or Formal

Many people are finding they like the look of a rattan dining room. You can arrange it so that it will suit the occasion, whether you need something casual or something formal. You can choose between a dark wood color or a light wood color. They come with a wide range of cushion materials and designs. A glass top on the table can add a bit of elegance. If you are going for a more casual feel, add in whimsical decorations or accessories reminiscent of a tiki bar.

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Rattan also makes very nice sunroom furniture. With light, bright colored cushions and live plants around the room it will be a true sunny room. It will become a great place for entertaining or a quiet family evening together. Make sure you keep it a non-television room. A sound system would be fine; something for a bit of background music while entertaining. It very well might become mom’s favorite room in the house. A game table in part of the room would bring more use to it from the kids.

If you are thinking about new patio furniture, resin wicker furniture is a good choice. It is not affected by the weather like other outdoor furniture can be. You can use it with or without cushions and it easily cleans up. It will add a touch of class to your patio, but not be so stuffy no one will want to sit out there. Pick your color and enjoy a nice glass of iced teas.

Fake Grass Makes for a Green Thumb

Submitted by Amazing Interior Design Ideas

Some people have green thumbs.  They have the ability to take a dying plant and bring it back to life.  They know exactly when to prune their rose bushes, and when to plant the seeds for next spring.  Their gardens and lawns are always beautiful.  And then there is the person who destroys all the plants that they buy, and cant even keep their grass green.  For all those people there is a solution: artificial grass.

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So you might never be able to have a quaint English garden, or a hodge podge of different types of flowers, you may never have a perfect garden, but now, you can have a perfect lawn.  By buying fake grass, you guarantee yourself a beautiful, healthy looking green lawn 365 days of the year.  And this yard comes with zero maintenance.  Once the fake lawn grass is installed, all you have to do is enjoy it.  It’s the perfect solution for the busy workingwoman who has no time to take care of a yard.  Or a few young college roommates who want a nice looking yard, but are simply too busy studying or hanging out with friends to accomplish it.  Or it’s simply for the person who has no green thumb whatsoever.  No matter who you are, getting an artificial lawn is a smart choice.  You have a beautiful lawn, for not a lot of money that requires no kind of maintenance, and looks and feels beautiful everyday of the year.