Best Karastan Rugs for Your Home
December 9, 2013
IF you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of Karastan rugs and so I felt obliged to write a post about them. I’m going to show you some of the best models currently on the market. These rugs are great for any decorating scheme and can be used in a variety of ways. Most people generally place Karastan rugs in areas where they will be seen. They act as a perfect centerpiece and will compliment the overall design of your home.
In fact, people appreciate these rugs so much, that they will actually sometimes hang them on the wall as a display piece. This is ironic because in 1928, Karastan actually had 5 million people walk on their rug just to prove how easy it is to clean.
Artois Karastan rugs are great for homes with a traditional decor. These rugs can range from $199 to as much as $1,299. However, Artois models are well worth the investment because these rugs are American crafted and made with 2 ply nylon, which makes these rugs very study, but also gives them an amazing soft texture. The designs on these rugs are very unique and can compliment almost any decor with ease. One of my favorites is the picture to the left, which is from Plush Rugs a top supplier of Karastan rugs. Take a look at the complexity of the design and effective use of geometric shapes.
I’m also a big fan of the Bellingham Karastan rugs. Since I’m more of a traditional kind of guy, I truly appreciate these rugs and their lack of vibrant colors. Some people may prefer more explosive color in their rugs, but I’m one who appreciates beauty without the necessity for loud colors. Bellingham models only use brown, yellow, black, dark reds, and some very light blues. These are some of the most expensive rugs that Karastan offers, but they are well worth the investment. These rugs are crafted with premium New Zealand wool yarn and will stand the test of time.
These are only two of the many Karastan rugs you can choose from. I recommend you visit the manufacturers website is you’re looking to see what types of rugs are currently being offered. After that, you should then visit a site like Plush Rugs to purchase one of these items. This is simply because Karastan rugs are very expensive and you can actually get them at a discounted price from a third party vendor like PlushRugs.com. I hope this helped you learn a little bit more about these rugs and I wish you the best of luck in your buying decision!
Fast Growing Shade Trees
December 13, 2012
This is the first post of our gardening and landscaping segment. One of the best ways to beautify your landscape and garden is to plant fast growing shade trees. There are many different types of species to choose from and that’s what we are going to discuss today.
Why “Fast” Growing Shade Trees?
The reason why people prefer shade trees that are fast growing is because they don’t want to wait for the normal amount of time it takes to grow one of these trees. Some shade trees are considered slower growers and can take several years or more to reach their full potential. This is when the fast growing trees come into play. Below, I have highlighted some of the best ones.
1. Northern Red Oak – The Northern Red Oak is a true classic to North America and is fortunately one that isn’t endangered. In fact, this tree is growing in abundance. On average, Northern Red Oak’s reach heights of 50 feet and will develop a rather large crown, which you can rest, dine, or walk under. This large crown make Norther Red Oak a perfect shade tree and excellent addition to any landscape.
2. Silver Maple – Silver Maple, also known as Acer Saccharum, is an absolutely beautiful tree that showcases amazing leaves during both the fall and spring. This tree thrives in zones 4-9 and with partial or full sunlight. No need to worry about soil conditions because it adapts very well. Silver Maple’s can reach 20 feet in height or more, thus making it a perfect shade tree for your landscape.
3. Freeman Maple – Acer x freemanii, also known as the Freeman Maple, is another great fast growing shade tree. It is considered a “hybrid” maple that produces gorgeous reddish-orange color during the fall. On average, this tree can reach heights of 80 feet and 50 feet in width. Its massive size and wide crown make its one of the best options if you’re looking for shade trees.
These are only three of the many fast growing shade trees you can get. Natural shade from trees is one of the best options for staying cool during blazing summers and also perfect if you’re planning on growing certain plants that require shade. Thanks for reading!
Undercounter Ice Makers: What You Need to Know
October 2, 2012
If your family likes to put ice on drinks, then it’s necessary for you to own an ice maker. Its expected that when you buy a refrigerator, an ice cube rack always comes with it. But it may not be plenty enough since it can just make limited amount of ice. And also, it could use a lot of space if you stack the ice. Hence, you need to have your very own undercounter ice maker.
You must also make it a point as to what type of ice you want your ice maker to make before you buy one. For normal ice makers ,you can expect to get cloudy or opaque ice. However, you may pick the more sophisticated models that are designed to make crystal clear ice. This sort of ice maker removes air and other impurities in the water while it is still under the freezing process to make clear ice. If you would like come up with various shapes of ice then you could find such types of ice makers. Some of the shapes they could create are flakes, cubes, or nugget-shaped ice.
You should also consider the maximum ice production of the machine in a day. Families are recommended to use ice makers that can produce about 12 pounds of ice a day. However, it would be best to get an undercounter ice maker that produces up to 125 pounds of ice per day if you usually entertain guests. With a lot of models in the market that offer varying degree of storage capacity, it should not be difficult choosing one which could suit your needs perfectly.
There is a big distinction between ice makers in its cooling system. The more affordable options are those that have air cooling system. This system cools the machine by getting its inner air temperature lessened. It can actually enable you to save water nevertheless, it isn’t an area saver given that it requires extra space to prevent overheating a result of warmed air around it. Another option is the undercounter ice maker with a water cooling system, which uses less energy. It doesn’t warm up and it produces hardly any noise.
Undercounter ice makers are long lasting and economical. It is possible to install them conveniently and can look great no matter if you placed them to stand alone or built them in. Additionally, they’re user-friendly. Definitely, you won’t repent on purchasing an undercounter ice maker.
Floor Registers Review
July 28, 2012
Are you trying to find floor registers for your home? No worries, because over here at Be More Awards we love helping people with their home improvement. As we know, small costs such as buying floor registers can really add up, so we are going to highlight some that are not only cost-effective, but very visually appealing.
There are many different categories to choose from such as metal return air grilles, contemporary registers, victorian registers, baseboard registers, basic floor registers, flush mount registers, wood registers, wicker registers, rockwell registers and so many more. Let’s look at some of these in a little more depth.
Wicker Registers – Wicker registers are perfect for any home that is going for a more traditional appeal or decor. These covers have beautiful designs and will really stand out. You can find them in bronze, nickel, brass, and even polished brass. It’s usually best to find registers that will blend with your decor, so be smart about this.
Wood Registers – Like wicker, wood registers are excellent for homes that are trying to maintain a more traditional look and feel. Wood registers are very classy and are excellent for blending in with any decor. Some of the best ones are drop-in and flush mount wood registers. The good news is that the wood is generally cheaper than the more expensive metals. So keep this in mind.
There are many companies to choose from when it comes to floor registers, so just do your due-diligence. Ask A LOT of questions and also make sure that the companies customer service is solid. Registers for your floor are a long-term investment, so make sure you really research and try to find ones that are perfect for your homes decor and style. There are thousands of different makes and models to choose from, so you’ll be researching for a while. Good luck!
Visit Home Depot if you’re looking for more options for floor registers.
Guide to Finding Quality Video Production in Phoenix
May 27, 2012
If you’re like many other businesses in Phoenix, then you’re probably looking for quality video production. Quality videos essential for representing your business as professional and up with the times. So, how do you go about choosing a Phoenix video production company?
Step 1: Look for Referrals
There is no better way to find a high-quality video production company than contacting people who have already used such services. Contact your business colleagues or friends, and see if they have had any experience with companies in the area. If they recommend a certain company, then you’re probably going to end up with some stellar quality.
Step 2: Use Resources
If your referral routes comes up empty, you will probably need to take a more traditional route. Those who are more old-fashioned can hit up the Yellow pages. However, keep in the mind that most video production companies are marketing their business online now. This meansa that they are no longer paying for space in phone books or in traditional forms of advertising. I highly recommend you search google. Search for something simple like “Video production company in Phoenix”. You will then be presented with a substantial amount of results.
How do you go about weeding through all of the candidates? The best way to narrow down your list is to simply look at their site and introduction video. Of course, this video will be of their highest quality, but it may be enough for you to eliminate them.
Step 3: Tester Video
Once you have significantly narrowed down your list, the best thing to do is order an sample video. From here, you will easily be able to tell if this company is the right fit for you. Remember, you’re looking for a long-term partner, so this step is really important.
Follow these steps and you will no problem finding a quality video production company in Phoenix.
How to Throw a Slider
February 23, 2012
Are you interested in learning how to throw a slider? Well, you’re making an awesome decision because the slider is one of the best pitching grips in all of baseball and can absolutely dominate hitters when thrown correctly. Before you can start throwing this pitch, you need to understand a little more about it.
When a slider is thrown by a right handed pitcher, it slices away from the right handed hitter or into a left handed hitter. What makes this pitch so effective is that it looks identical to a fastball until it sharply breaks right before the plate. It is traditionally used as a strikeout pitch, but can also be used as a set-up pitch.
Many pitchers are not taught the correct way to throw the slider and often times end up hurting their arm. This pitch can be dangerous when thrown incorrectly. To ensure that you get the most bite and keep your arm safe, you must understand the grip and also the release. Unlike a curveball, a slider gets its movement because of the grip and not necessarily the wrist movement. To grip this pitch, you will simply place your fingers on the outer half of the ball going with the seams. Your thumb should be on the opposite side of the baseball.
To throw this pitch, you will throw just like your fastball, but the big difference is that you will place middle fingertip pressure. Placing pressure and gripping the outer half of the ball will force the baseball to slide and dive. This pitch is super effective because it is only about 5-6 mph slower than your fastball, but has very drastic movement. Some of the top MLB pitchers with amazing sliders include CC Sabathia, Randy Johnson, and Clayton Kershaw.
Throwing a great slider will take a lot of practice, but it is by far one of the most effective pitches in all of baseball. I highly recommend it. Just make sure you focus on developing the proper form to maintain proper arm health.
Executive Protection Los Angeles
December 14, 2011
Many of us business owners never take into consideration that there ARE people who do target those with money. Well, this is when executive protection comes in.
The reason why we are talking about executive protection in Los Angeles is because my uncle owns a business in the LA area.
His agency is hands-down one of THE best for protecting individuals, business owners, and even your assets.
What is Executive Protection?
Executive protection is also known as close personal protection or bodyguarding. It is simply the process of ensuring the safety of VIPs or anyone who may have an elevated personal risk due to their social status, association, or employment. There are many different reasons why someone would need this type of protection, but wealth and social status are among the most common.
It’s important that executive protection is not categorized in the same area of private security. This type of high-profile protection is specialized and requires individuals with extensive backgrounds. In general, those who are protecting executives or other important figures are former law enforcement officers or military. A skilled professional is a necessity during intense situations. Someone with an extensive background will have the knowledge and know what steps to take during hostile situations when a high-profile person may be in danger.
On the other hand, a traditional private security guard would have not the training necessary or the experience to react during a high pressure situation that may involved guns, weapons, or explosives.
So, if you’re someone who has accumlated a nice income or you’re someone who feels like you’re in danger, then you should definitely consider checking out some executive protection companies in Los Angeles. LA is known for having the best security professionals and many companies will actually assign a personal executive protection specialist that can travel around the US or worldwide.