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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Why You Should Buy Love Spoons

LOVERS HAVE given each other wooden love tokens since ancient times. In Wales these were often in the form of wooden cawl (soup) spoons. Young men in rural areas carved them to give to women as a prelude to courtship: they were illiterate, so the spoons were their love letters. The designs were often copied from the pewter and silver spoons used by the gentry. When a woman accepted a lovespoon, she would hang it over the mantelpiece for all to see.3670659260_7dba79b422_b

During the 17th century, Welsh lovespoons became more elaborate, incorporating initials, dates and symbols. The handle was developed at the expense of the bowl to make more room for the carver to show off his skills and demonstrate the depth of his desire. Some spoons had two bowls, meaning “we two are one”. Common symbols included a heart representing love; a wheel promising “I will work for you”; a key for “my house is yours”; or an anchor meaning “I want to stay”. Celtic designs, with their unbroken, stylised lines carved in relief representing eternal love, or souls entwined for eternity, appear frequently.

These antique lovespoons are rarely sold on the open market, but sometimes can be found at auction. Mark Stephen of Sotheby’s says about 30 to 40 spoons a year come up for auction across the country, and cost from £400 to £3,000.

Alternatively, you can buy one-off, hand-crafted contemporary spoons from places like welshlovespoon.com. Lovespoon making is undergoing something of a revival, with makers like Arthur Llewellin Thomas, and Peter and Lynnette Coupland, designing and carving spoons to commission (from £40 to £600). When you buy a handmade lovespoon, make sure it is the genuine article by looking at the shape. It should be curved in profile like a metal spoon and is usually carved on the back. Batch-produced souvenir lovespoons are flat-backed to enable machines to cut them out before they are finished by hand. Castle Crafts in Cardiff and the Lovespoon Gallery in Mumbles sell these spoons (starting at pounds 3) as well as commissioned spoons.

Visit the Museum of Welsh Life in St Fagan’s, just outside Cardiff, if you want to check out one of the best collections of antique lovespoons. It includes the oldest known lovespoon, which is dated 1667. No bigger than a modern dessert spoon, it has a hollowed-out handle with six free- floating carved wooden balls and has developed a rich mellow patina through 300 years of handling.

In Welsh folklore, the balls symbolise the number of children the suitor hopes for. So if you receive a copy of this spoon on Valentine’s Day (pounds 120, from the museum shop), you know where his spooning might end.

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Devastatingly Dashing Dining Room Designs

Dining rooms seem to be the one room in the house that goes in and out of fashion. When I was young, having a separate dining room was something special. Now the open plan dining area seems

Contemporary Classic Open Concept Design of Kitchen, Dining Room

to be the fashion. I suppose it means that you can move the furniture around with much more ease. It is more difficult to change a dining room into a living room for example. The dining room basically consists of a dining table and a quantity of chairs. Depending on the space available, a buffet, dresser or some sort of serving table is often included.

Some people love to have an area rug under the table to define the dining space, this works well when you have an open plan dining space, others love the in fashion at present elaborate chandelier at the center of the table or others more subtle pendant lighting. Living rooms get a lot of attention, but a dining room that suits your style and fits your needs can make each day a bit richer. If you shop with sites like furnitureformodernliving.co.uk you can have amazing style ideas. So why not give yours a little extra love? If you haven’t been using your dining room, it could be that setting it up properly will inspire you to dine there more often. And if sit-down dinners don’t match up with your lifestyle, there are plenty of ways to design your room around another passion so that it will see daily use. Consider how many people you need to seat for dinner every day and how many would you like to be able to squeeze in occasionally. If you need to adjust to different-size crowds frequently, it’s important to look for furniture that can stand up to the task. Think of dining tables with extension leaves, and benches that can tuck against the wall until needed.

If you serve a big crowd only once or twice a year, you might prefer to go with a smaller table for everyday use — just pull out a few folding card tables for holiday gatherings as needed. A formal dining room that gets little use could be reimagined to combine features of a spacious home office, library or craft centre. On the other hand, maybe you want to entertain more — in that case, try adding a well-stocked bar cart or a buffet, adjustable lighting and comfy seats. Let yourself daydream about how you would love to use your dining space, then write down five specific things you would need to make it a reality. You can have a dining room used for special dinner parties that still manages to feel relaxed and casual … or a fancy room the whole family uses constantly.

If you have your heart set on a formal dining room but don’t want to constantly be worried about damage, don’t despair. You can hang a fancy chandelier, put wallpaper above the chair rail and hang artwork, and none will be within reach of little ones or furry friends. With symmetrically arranged lamps and chandeliers, a grid of artwork and a set of Chinese Chippendale chairs, this room is a wonderful example of how to work formal details into a liveable space.

Make a few concessions to practicality with a table that won’t show every scratch and fabrics that can stand up to a little abuse — washable natural fibres, stain-resistant fabrics and outdoor fabrics would all hold up exceptionally well.

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

How Much You’ll Spend On Your Car

 

When you buy a car, you constantly look out for the tricks from the dealers or the private sellers and it’s the one situation that you don’t want to be taken for a ride. Pun intended. Dealerships and private owners practise a type of sleight of hand which is not always intentional but for the savvy car buyer, is picked up easily. Everyone understands that buying a car costs an arm and a leg but no one wants to buy a car with lots of hidden costs and spend hundreds or thousands more than intended in finance charges, fees and hidden mechanical issues.1

Before you go ahead and buy a car online with someone like crownhonda.co.uk, you need to make sure you have the finance or cost of a car ready, plus a little bit more. If your chosen car costs you four thousand, have six thousand in the bank. This means that if you have interest charges, hidden insurance deposits or hidden running costs you have back up. A lot of experts suggest getting your finances in order before you go ahead and purchase as this way, you can be covered. Buying a car can be a difficult task, especially if you’re not all that great as negotiating a great deal. Fees for a new car tend to vary depending on whether you’re buying a new or used car and you can be saddled with a fair few fees up front.

Ensuring you have savings ready to cover fees that may pop up is a smart thing to do. There may be other add ons and extras when it comes to buying a car so getting the right insurances, extended warranties and any anti theft devices for your car will be important. Where you can, never buy an extended warranty on a new car where possible. Wait to see how the car operates. If you’ve been sold a lemon, it’s best to know about it before you go right ahead and splurge money on warranties you won’t need. Take time to research what you are hoping to purchase before randomly going ahead and impulse buying the first car you see. If you don’t research the history of the car then you only have yourself to blame when things go wrong.

Getting a history of the car means that you can see how many owners the car itself has had and you can get a good gauge on how the car will fare. A history report will also offer clues that may indicate whether the odometer on the car has been jimmied and rolled back. If you don’t properly look into the history of a car, you could end being sold a vehicle that doesn’t run properly, that requires a lot of repairs and maintenance and a lot of the time, a vehicle that has been cut and shut. If you’re not familiar with the term, it is when two damaged cars have been sliced in half and then welded back together. It’s an awful term but it does happen and this is why research is so key.

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Your Modern Living Room

10441785716_3825debc69_oToday’s living rooms in moderately priced homes are not the giant rooms you find in the much older homes. To be kind to the designers who tried to maximize square footage, we can call them ‘intimate’ settings. If you feel less kindly, you can call them small.

Modern living rooms differ to the traditional and ornate in that they are usually simple in their approach and often minimalist with strong accent on colour and simple form. This simple room is basically black and white with an accent on the Arne Jacobsen egg chair in a soft yellow. It works well as the decoration is subtle in a small space. Imagine if the room used bright or dark colours. It would close up immediately, yet even in this small space its interesting and feels large. Before you purchase new furniture for your living room there are several facts you have to determine. First, how is your living room going to be used? Is it a formal room where guests will visit for a short time but you will not be serving refreshments? Is it a great room that is multi-functional? Do you plan to use your living room as the name implies – as a room to live in? This means you will use it for family gatherings, entertaining guests, watching television, etc. It is a room that will be well-used.

Now that you have defined its purpose there are two other considerations: space and budget. In listing how much furniture you need in your living room, you must make the distinction between want and need. You can want a $5,000 leather sofa but you need a place where three people can sit. Sometimes individuals are wealthy enough where they can combine the two. Most individuals and families are not in those financial latitudes. The basic furniture to begin a standard living room is a sofa, one chair, one coffee table, one end table and one lamp. This gives you seating for four. The end table with the lamp and the coffee table give your guests a place to set their drinks or cups plus you can set snacks on the longer table. You can add to this grouping as you see fit. Depending on space, many individuals feel they need more furniture in their living rooms. The logical additions would be another chair and a second end table and lamp. This gives you comfortable seating for five. There are several free software programs on the Internet where you can put in the dimensions of your living room and add furniture to see how it will look in different arrangements

Perhaps you have a great room that serves all purposes. In your household you have two adults and three children. You will be watching television in this room and the children will be using it to play games. This is where the floor plan will really help because you will need more furniture in your living room. You may opt for comfortable recliners for the adults. To keep clutter at a minimum you may consider an armoire for the television. There are also wall units that house the television, DVD player and music components in the middle with space-saving book cases on either end. It depends on your available space and how much money you have to spend. If you like the idea of the wall unit, there are plenty of retail stores as well as on-line sites that sell them for a lesser amount if you put them together yourself. Once you have your main pieces of garden and outdoor rattan furniture selected and in place you can begin to add accessories or other items if needed. The one thing you do want to avoid is too much furniture. This will make the room appear smaller and give you and your family a feeling of claustrophobia. You want your living room to be inviting and comfortable. If you have sufficient furniture and there are bare spaces, you can add greenery or potted plants where they can get good light. Old trunks make ideal places to store toys, magazines, board games and other things that may make the room seem cluttered. It can also serve as a table top for children to play on or a bench should you need additional seating. The same goes for ottomans. There are many styles and colours in ottomans that double and triple as storage spaces as well as extra seating.

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

New Car Finance Advice For Buyers

1The options between buying outright or buying on finance are also weighed out by the considerations for insurance and running costs. After a house, a car is the most expensive and important purchase you would buy. Due to this, it’s very important to make sure you get yourself the best deal on your car finance options. It’s never a simple decision, buying a car. There are a lot of factors involved from what model to get, what make, what engine size, what transmission and whether you want it to be red, blue or polka dot pink. There are a lot of decisions involved but possibly the biggest decision you can make when it comes to your new car is how you plan to pay for it. In periods where interest rates are very low, it’s likely that any savings amounts you have in the bank won’t be earning you all that much interest. If you have enough savings to cover the costs of a new car, you shouldn’t wait to use them if you’re not earning interest anyway.

When you buy Dealer of Honda NSX 2017, you will always have the option to pay outright or pay in finance and this is across the board for all car purchases. Sometimes savings aren’t a possibility to dip into for the full amount for a car, but using some savings for a sizeable deposit is a smart idea as you can finance the rest for a relatively small amount of money. Another option for financing your new or used car is a personal loan. Obviously you need to think about this one as any money you borrow will go on your credit file and will affect further borrowing in the future if you do not keep up the payments on the loan. Make sure this isn’t secured against your home though, as if you for whatever reason run into financial difficulty you could lose your home. Not worth it over a car. You could choose to go for a HP agreement, which is a hire purchase agreement. It’s a form of buying a car on finance and is paid in monthly instalments, where payments are spread for up to a period of five years.

Usually a 10% deposit is required for hire purchase agreements and this is where savings can come into play if you have them! If not, gather a 10% deposit before you go to the show room and you can be ready and waiting for buying your car. One of the only cons of a hire purchase agreement is technically you do not own the car until you have made the final payment. If you don’t keep up with the repayments, you could also lose the car and all the money you’ve paid towards it.

Ultimately, buying a car is a very personal purchase and so is the method you choose to finance it. Obviously the best thing to do is buy outright where you can, but if you can’t, there’s lots of options out there!

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Your Modern Living Room

Vintage classic elegant living room with grey velvet sofa

Today’s living rooms in moderately priced homes are not the giant rooms you find in the much older homes. To be kind to the designers who tried to maximize square footage, we can call them ‘intimate’ settings. If you feel less kindly, you can call them small.

Modern living rooms differ to the traditional and ornate in that they are usually simple in their approach and often minimalist with strong accent on colour and simple form. This simple room is basically black and white with an accent on the Arne Jacobsen egg chair in a soft yellow. It works well as the decoration is subtle in a small space. Imagine if the room used bright or dark colours. It would close up immediately, yet even in this small space its interesting and feels large. Before you purchase new furniture for your living room there are several facts you have to determine. First, how is your living room going to be used? Is it a formal room where guests will visit for a short time but you will not be serving refreshments? Is it a great room that is multi-functional? Do you plan to use your living room as the name implies – as a room to live in? This means you will use it for family gatherings, entertaining guests, watching television, etc. It is a room that will be well-used.

Now that you have defined its purpose there are two other considerations: space and budget. In listing how much furniture you need in your living room, you must make the distinction between want and need. You can want a $5,000 leather sofa but you need a place where three people can sit. Sometimes individuals are wealthy enough where they can combine the two. Most individuals and families are not in those financial latitudes. The basic furniture to begin a standard living room is a sofa, one chair, one coffee table, one end table and one lamp. This gives you seating for four. The end table with the lamp and the coffee table give your guests a place to set their drinks or cups plus you can set snacks on the longer table. You can add to this grouping as you see fit. Depending on space, many individuals feel they need more furniture in their living rooms. The logical additions would be another chair and a second end table and lamp. This gives you comfortable seating for five. There are several free software programs on the Internet where you can put in the dimensions of your living room and add furniture to see how it will look in different arrangements

Perhaps you have a great room that serves all purposes. In your household you have two adults and three children. You will be watching television in this room and the children will be using it to play games. This is where the floor plan will really help because you will need more furniture in your living room. You may opt for comfortable recliners for the adults. To keep clutter at a minimum you may consider an armoire for the television. There are also wall units that house the television, DVD player and music components in the middle with space-saving book cases on either end. It depends on your available space and how much money you have to spend. If you like the idea of the wall unit, there are plenty of retail stores as well as on-line sites that sell them for a lesser amount if you put them together yourself. Once you have your main pieces of garden rattan furniture selected and in place you can begin to add accessories or other items if needed. The one thing you do want to avoid is too much furniture. This will make the room appear smaller and give you and your family a feeling of claustrophobia. You want your living room to be inviting and comfortable. If you have sufficient furniture and there are bare spaces, you can add greenery or potted plants where they can get good light. Old trunks make ideal places to store toys, magazines, board games and other things that may make the room seem cluttered. It can also serve as a table top for children to play on or a bench should you need additional seating. The same goes for ottomans. There are many styles and colours in ottomans that double and triple as storage space

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