Update your window treatments to add a different feel to your home. You can choose from more than a dozen treatments, styles and designs. While shopping for window treatments, focus on color, texture and size. Thickness and material are two other important features to focus on when choosing window treatments. Important points and styles to consider include:

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As a starting point, consider the number of windows that you have at your house. Also,ask yourself a few questions. For example – Do you want to leave any of the windows uncovered or decorated with only a top hem? How many single panes do you need to get treatments for? Walk through every room at your house. Your kitchen may have short, double pane windows, while your bathroom may have a short, single pane window.

Fabric and rods

Fabric that window treatments are made in vary, ranging from silk to cotton, lace, linen and polyester. Heavier fabric adds extra insulation to your house. On the flip side, heavier fabric blocks out natural light. After you choose the fabric that you want, it’s time to measure your windows.

Measure the length and width of your windows before you buy window treatments. You want enough material to cover a single or double pane, depending on the type of windows you have. Before you measure your windows, decide if you want to mount a rod outside or inside the window frame.

To mount your rod outside the window frame, take measurements horizontally from the top edge of the window. To mount the rod on the inside of the window frame, measure the actual window. Also, measure the length of windows.

Regarding getting the treatments that you want, you could buy two single pane treatments and use them on a double pane window. Just make sure that the top border fits both rods, as some double pane windows are designed to fit one long window rod instead of two short rods.

Blinds

Cord blinds are traditional window treatments that make it a cinch to invite natural light into your home. A downside of installing cord blinds is that the cords could get tangled or become a safety hazard if young children play with them. Cordless blinds lower this danger. Just know that there are cords in cordless blinds.They stream through the blinds instead of hanging off a side of the blinds.

Shades

There are wood, bamboo, Roman, roller, cellular and metal window shades. Too add personality to shades, you could get custom designs on the shades. Darker shades can reduce outside noise at your house. To truly soundproof your home,consider installing soundproof windows. If you like a natural look, you could install bamboo or natural wood shades. It’s a great way to get an island look and feel.

Shutters

Panels on shutters are thicker than panels found on traditional shades. Shutters work well with cottages and beachfront homes. A drawback with shutters is that they may bang during high winds or storms.

Headers to top off window treatments spotlight your design choices. There is so much that you can do with window treatments. You could even change window treatments in one to two rooms of your house every several years. It could give you the sense that you’re living in an upgraded space.

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Mint In The Garden

imagesWhen the majority of people think of the word “mint” they think of a breath mint or Christmas candy cane. Others may think of the scent of mouthwash or foot crème, not fluffy, cool-scented green plants to sweeten the air and grace the garden.

The Mint Family

If you are new to gardening, you will want to meet the mint family (Labiatae). The family is wide and far-reaching as mint is a relative of thyme, marjoram, lemon balm, lavender, rosemary, horehound, sages, hyssop and a host of other similar herbaceous plants. There are more than 200 different varieties of mint from sweet and savory pineapple mint to peppermint, spearmint, orange, and even chocolate. Perhaps the best known of the mints are peppermint and spearmint, both popular flavoring and scent ingredients a wide range of products. Enjoy researching and seeking out unique varieties of mint that appeal to you.

For centuries, mint has been used to bless, purge and clear the air of devils, demons and odors. Mint was and remains, an important aromatic: bunches of mint tied and hanging upside down in a doorway is said to prevent evil spirits from entering the home. Mint has a history of use in the preparation of fragrant, healing baths. Mint also has astringent properties and helps fight skin infections when applied to a scrape or sore on the skin. Crushed mint leaves, rubbed on the skin wards off insect pests including virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Gardeners are developing new hybrids all the time. Many varieties of mint exhibit colorful flowers, variegated leaves, and a sweet, pungent scent. Flower colors range from pale shades of pink to blue, lavender and white. Leaves may be a deep, dark green, a dappled variegation of lime green and white, and every combination in between. On a visit to a local landscape nursery, you will likely find varieties that range from miniature or diminutive size of a few inches tall to robust and sturdy plants that reach a height of several feet at maturity.

Mint grows best in fertile, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage, preferring a full-sun location. Go online and research mint or talk to your local county extension agent to find out which varieties of mint grow best in your United States Hardiness Zone. Most mint plants do best in USDA zones 3 through 6. However, several varieties will withstand the coldest winters, and others manage to survive through drought and heat.

Most varieties of mint, if provide optimum growing conditions, grow and spread aggressively, crowding out other less aggressive plants and weeds. This characteristic makes many varieties of mint an ideal cover crop to hold the soil on an eroding slope or to fill in under shrubs or trees. Mint is often planted in apple orchards as a companion planting to repel invasive insects that could damage the apple crop. In the home garden mint is often used as an edging where its grow can be controlled or in the rock or herb garden as a signature planting cultivated for culinary use and to attract birds, bees and butterflies to the garden.

It is a fun hobby to grow several different varieties of mint in colorful pots and container where the growth can be controlled, and you have a close at hand supply of fresh mint for the kitchen, bar, and bath.

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