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Chinese New Year with Orange Tree

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Placing a pair of Mandarin orange or kumquat trees in your doorway during Chinese New Year might just bring good fortune.

New Year trees are decorated trees similar to Christmas trees that are displayed to specifically celebrate the New Year. They should not be confused with the practice of leaving up a Christmas tree until after New Year’s Day.

During Chinese New Year, tangerines and oranges are displayed as decorations. Sometimes, small trees are for this. Calamondin orange trees are traditionally given as gifts around Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year with Orange Tree

Chinese Word for “Wealth”
Sent as good-luck tokens for a fruitful and abundant year. The word orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth” which is where the tradition stems from.

Mandarin Orange or Kumquat Trees
Why placing a pair of Mandarin orange or kumquat trees in your doorway during Chinese New Year might just bring good fortune. The reason is related to wealth and overall good fortune, but you knew I was going to say that. I looked forward to the arrival of the big Mandarin orange trees in the weeks prior to Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Decorations
Chinese do most of the decoration for the Spring Festival on New Year’s Eve, although people begin to decorate their houses around 10 days before. Almost all decorations involved the color red and lucky images. 2020 is a year of the Rat, so rat decorations will appear.

Kumquat Trees — a Wish for Wealth and Good Luck
In Cantonese, the kumquat is called gam gat sue. The word gam (金) is the Cantonese word for ‘gold’, and the word gat sounds like the Cantonese word for ‘good luck’.

Blooming Flowers — Wishes for a Prosperous New Year
Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, marks the beginning of spring. It is not uncommon to decorate houses with blooming flowers, which symbolize the coming of spring and wishes for a prosperous new year.

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Jelly Mould

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You can cook your jelly with peace of mind with its non-flammable feature. A Jelly Mould is a product for shaping savoury or sweet gelatin or aspic dishes in.

Once set and turned out of the mould, the jelly is meant to retain the shape of the mould. Jelly Moulds can be made glass, metal or silicone. Older ones were made of pewter, tin or copper.

This plastic jelly mould would be great for parties. High quality jelly mould. Stand out from the crowd with a personalised jelly mould.

Jelly Mould

These jelly moulds are ultra-special, as each one is made to order allowing you to have literally any name under the sun. The Personalised Jelly Mould is completely reusable.

Great for Home Baking
Jelly moulds are ideal for making Individual Jelly Portions and can be used for other cold desserts. Easy to Use. Great for home baking. The jelly moulds are fridge and freezer safe but hand washing is recommended.

One of the Oldest Kitchenware
The mould is one of oldest and best loved kitchenware products, trusted by cooks all over the world. Mould has a rich history of manufacturing kitchen, home and utility wares and today many of iconic products are still made by small teams of skilled people.

Practical and Decorative
Some brands continue to strive to develop invaluable kitchen materials for beauty and efficiency. Every product from these ranges is beautifully made to be both practical and decorative for every kitchen of the homes.

MOULDS & SHAPING KITS
Flexible moulds for oven and freezer use, moulds for chocolate and food-shaping, hsping kits to create macaroni, sphaghetti or sugar!

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Quality Ceramics

Product name:
Ceramic Mug Mat Colored

Stylish Design
Aesthetic look
Quality Ceramics

Product information
Gray Ceramic Mug

Multicolored porcelain mug
Dishwasher safe
Suitable for food contact

Product description
Dishwasher safe

Suitable for food contact
Do not use in microwave oven

Do not use in freezer
Product dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 10 cm

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Lasko 20″ Cyclone Fan with Remote

Lasko 20" Cyclone Fan with Remote

Highlights
Laskos Cyclone Fan with Remote is an ideal choice for home or office that converts easily from wall to floor use Features full air direction with a control pivot feature that provides the perfect circulation for any area.
Dimensions (Overall): 23.19 inches (H) x 21.75 inches (W) x 5.0 inches (D)
Finish: Smooth

Specifications
Weight: 10.7 pounds. Includes: Remote Control
Features: Air Circulation, Programmable Timer
Assembly Details: No assembly required. Number of Fan Speeds: 3
Sustainability Certifications: No certifications. Assembled Blade Diameter: 20.0 inches

Description
Laskos Cyclone Fan with Remote is an ideal choice for home or office that converts easily from wall to floor use Features full air direction with a control pivot feature that provides the perfect circulation for any area.
Material: Plastic
Power Source: Corded Electric

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Clever Small Space Design Tricks

Fitting everything you need into a small space can be a true matter. Not only is it difficult to fit all your essentials, but it’s even harder to find a place where your style stands out from the rest.

While these reasons can make it challenging to find the right pieces of décor to place in the room, they’re also why decorating a smaller space can be oh so fun.

Here are a few clever small space design tricks that highlight your style will enhancing the room’s overall aesthetic.Having lighting is essential to any home, regardless of its size. If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of windows, then you want to take full advantage of it.

Clever Small Space Design Tricks

Having lighting is essential to any home, regardless of its size. If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of windows.

To do just that you want to uncover as much of your windows as possible. Rather than cover them with dark curtains consider having them with shades or light airy ones instead.

Don’t Forget to Play with Scales

You want to have as many different scales in a room as you possibly can. Doing so creates a contrasting approach that makes the room feel as expansible as humanly possible.

Large Furniture

Do not be afraid of having a large furniture piece as part of your décor. Large pieces in smaller rooms does not mean the room will appear smaller, it’s quite the opposite.

Float Around

Having these large pieces work great when you want to work with scales. There’s a huge difference in having a well-curated space and working with a cluttered room. For every large piece you have, you want to balance it out with a smaller one.

Large Patterned Rug

If you aren’t fond of having a large rug, consider a textured rug for a similar display.

Smart Lighting

Why have wall lights only when you can have a display of both. If you find a chandelier you like, display it along with your wall mounts for a brighter showcase.

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Charmin Forever Roll Supersizes The Toilet Paper So You Only Run Out Every Month Or So

Running out of toilet paper after a particularly messy round in the bathroom throne isn’t exactly a disastrous event.

It is, however, deeply annoying. Sure, you can finally give in and install a bidet in there, but if you really prefer wiping instead of washing, maybe the Charmin Forever Roll will make for a much better option.

Yes, it’s just like regular toilet paper

Charmin Forever Roll Supersizes The Toilet Paper So You Only Run Out Every Month Or So

Except, instead of coming with 200 sheets or less like regular teepee, the darn thing comes in supersized rolls, allowing you to have the equivalent of several rolls of toilet paper on your bathroom dispenser at any one time, ensuring you have toilet paper on tap for a much longer period than before.

The Charmin Forever Roll is an oversized toilet paper roll available in two sizes: single user (8.7 inches in diameter) and multi-user (12 inches in diameter), with the former holding 850 sheets and the latter getting 1700 sheets. The sheets are two-ply, too, which give them their unusually large sizes, allowing you to use a single roll for up to several months at a time. Yes, you’ll probably still run out of toilet paper at some point (because you’ll always forget to buy a new batch), but now, it can happen once every month or so instead of every other week like it currently does.

Because of the bigger-than-normal size, the rolls cannot be mounted on the toilet paper holder you currently have in the bathroom, requiring you to use custom mounts designed specifically for these rolls. The outfit currently offers three types of holders: a floor stand, a wall mount with 3M self-adhesive backing, and a screw-in wall mount that ships with two screws and an Allen wrench. The floor stand is a free standing mount that measures 21 inches tall, while both variations of the wall mount protrude 5.1 inches from the wall. All the mounts are made from brushed stainless steel, so they should fit the aesthetic of most any bathroom, whether you live in a crappy apartment in the city or a nice house in the suburbs.

 

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Upgrade Your Hammock and Your Views

Upgrade your hammock (and your views) with this stunning look.

Between, are you ready to welcome this look into your home?

Indoor/Outdoor use

Slung fabric and head pillow are great for relaxing

Minimal assembly required – hardware included

Light weight and sturdy

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Biggest Budget Questions

Renovation experts on how to budget for the most sought-after upgrades.

Note: All figures given are estimates that can vary widely based on region and the condition of a space.

Qustion: I’d love to add a folding glass wall to the back of my house. Do I need to win the lottery first?

The biggest expenses will come from any structural work that needs to be done to create the opening for the folding glass wall. Call an experienced contractor for an estimate and brace yourself! This number will depend on the structural realities of your house. You should be able to have a 10-foot-wide glass wall installed. You don’t need to win the lottery.

Question: My hardwood floors are looking the worse for wear. Is it better to replace or refinish them?

Start by taking a close look at your floors — or better yet, call a trusted floor refinisher to help you evaluate what you have. If you’re lucky enough to have solid wood planks that are at least a quarter-inch thick with no visible warping or water damage, you can probably have your floor sanded. (You can also refinish some engineered hardwoods for the same price if there’s enough veneer to work with.) However, some results, like turning dark stained floors into pale oiled floors, might be out of the question. Depending on the look you’re after, you might have to replace your floors altogether with new solid or engineered hardwood.

Question: It’s time to repaint my 200-square-foot home. What will it cost to have it painted?

The two costs involved here are paint and labor. A good paint job involves sanding, priming, prepping walls, sanding between coats and at least two coats of paint. Most professional painters will do testers and allow for a variety of sheen levels.

Question: The doors in our new-build are so flimsy. What’s the cost of upgrading them?

It sounds like you’ve got 36-by-80-inch hollow-core doors, each from a big-box store. If your doors are lightweight, your hardware likely is, too.

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Which Flooring is Best

There are many types of flooring that could make a significant difference in the appearance and finishing of your project.

Good looking floor could enhance the value of the home and could possibly attract your guests/customers, however, not all builders know how to choose and install the right flooring.

Let’s read about the most popular flooring types used by home builders and learn how to choose the right flooring type.

Ceramic Flooring
Ceramic tiles with unglazed finish are the best alternative for outdoor flooring because of the possibility of standing water. Some of the most popular finishes are available in matte, embossed, glazed and textured ones for anti-slip.

Hardwood Flooring
One of the favorites types of flooring. Hardwood flooring presents a combination of beauty and durability that would rarely have a flooring material. Hardwood flooring comes in Maple, Pecan, Beech, Cherry, Oak, Pine, Birch, Walnut, Hickory and more. This type of flooring provides a long-lasting product, wear resistant surface that could be refinished if necessary.

Granite Flooring
Granite tiles are attractive, durable and versatile, and come in many colors and styles. They are ideal for decorating in a rustic-themed room, and are resistant to stains and moisture. Granite tiles are perfect for foyers and throughout your home.

Bamboo Flooring
One of the latest additions of flooring types, the bamboo flooring could be a greener solution when compared to traditional flooring materials. Bamboo flooring is durable, elegant and comes in a variety of colors usually ranging from honey brown to light tan. It provides a strong, clean surface, but could darken over time or when exposed to sunlight.