Problem: you want a bigger television set but your custom media center is too small. Solution: get it widened by a professional - and improve its looks at the same time.
Built-in media centers are a great focal point for a polished centerpiece for your family room but if technology changes and you’ve got your eye on a bigger television then you’re stuck – or are you? You can get a woodworker to make a few adjustments and it will be even better than before.
Here’s what had to be changed:
Center box that holds the tv and upper speaker
Moulding along top had to be redone.
Fix the split in the middle from widening it
Add interest around the fireplace as there was new unfinished space to the left and right
Here’s what was done:
New box was made for tv as large as space would allow between two doorways to rooms left and right, new plugs and plates installed behind tv.
Left and right electronic units were moved as far as possible.
New moulding was added along the top and an architectural accent key was added to the top moulding to cover the split.
Granite was considered for the fireplace surround but instead burl from old matching doors was reworked to bring the whole look together.
Hooked electronics back up, put on 3D glasses, flipped on the gas fireplace and – media center makeover – better than new!
Talented woodworking by Bradd Mizell of Mizell Woodworking & Millwork in Rockville, Maryland ( fine furniture, custom cabinetry, mouldings, restoration). You can reach him at 301-770-5560.
The new Swarovski crystal lighting product designs are fascinating. They are so fresh and imaginative that they actually do compel you to look at room design in a whole new “light”.
Traditionally, most people have an empty room, they decorate it, then they purchase lighting to go with the finished room. What if you worked the opposite way: you started the whole design process with lighting? The Swarovski lines force you to think out of the box. Not only is their lighting like jewelry or stars on the walls and ceilings, it plays with the light through the use of the famous Swarovski faceted crystals like a whole new artform.
Imagine tiny lights in the pattern of a constellation that you could hang in a bedroom
Imagine a row of sconces that threw prisms of light in colorful patterns on the hallway walls
Imagine faceted pendant lights that looked more like diamonds in the sky than lighting
Imagine a dining room with pleasing lighting accents all around that catch the eye with ethereal atmosphere
Imagine pinpoints of light overhead in the master bathroom that you can change color to suit your mood in your shower
It’s all available now at Dulles Electric‘s new showroom in Sterling, VA. Their crystal lighting gallery is the LARGEST in the entire country. Discuss your ideas with their experienced lighting designers – you won’t believe what is possible with the new creative lighting concepts from Swarovski – and Dulles Electric of Sterling Virginia.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Ayoub N&H Carpet & Rugs will be your one-stop shop for any of your flooring needs. Ayoub N&H Carpet and Rugs is respected for their knowledge and experience, and proven record of great customer service. Their family-run business services the Maryland, Washington DC & Northern Virginia area.
Originally started as a carpet and rug cleaning company, Ayoub N&H has since expanded at their location in Kensington, MD to offer a wide range of flooring services, including:
In-Home Carpet Cleaning
Repair of Carpeting & Rugs, including reweaving of fine rugs
In-Plant Rug Cleaning
In-Home Upholstery Cleaning (including leather)
In-Plant Drapery & Cushion Cleaning
Carpet and Rug Sales at their Retail Store
Hardwood Sales & Refinishing
Custom Design carpet services
Today, Ayoub N&H has over 4,000 square feet of warehouse space, and a 2,000 square foot showroom in Kensington, Maryland. The Ayoub Rug & Carpet Gallery displays hundreds of rugs – both contemporary and traditional designs. You will also find hundreds of different styles of wall-to-wall carpet samples. Their selection ranges from natural fiber carpets such as wool, sisal, and cotton, to the newest in synthetic options from names like Shaw, Mohawk, and Couristan. Ayoub N&H now also carries some “Green” synthetic carpets, which are either made from recycled material, or can be recycled into new material.
Ayoub N&H also offers custom design options for area rugs, carpet, and runners installed on steps. With hundreds of styles available, you’re sure to find a carpet that fits your needs.
If the Kensington, MD showroom is not convenient to you, Ayoub N&H has several area rug drop-off locations throughout the area at neighborhood drycleaners in MD, No.VA, DC. Dropping off and picking up nearby yourself saves you their travel fee.
Visit their website today and schedule your next cleaning or consult with the experts on residential and commercial flooring choices – Ayoub N&H Carpet & Rugs – a name you’ve heard again and again from satisfied customers.
Feeling creative this season? Evergreen decorations have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. They have been used for centuries to represent everlasting life and hope for the return of spring. Take a walk around your own yard to see if there are some good candidates for decorative holiday greenery: Southern Magnolia, Holly, Junipers, Cedars, Firs, Spruce, Mountain Laurel, Pine, Cryptomeria, Yew, Boxwood, Pyracantha, Leyland Cypress, Arborvitae and Nandina (many more!) may all be pruned to provide Christmas greenery. There are a few points to remember when collecting these decorative materials:
1. Remember that you are pruning and in the wrong season. Remove the branch or stem at its base where it intersects another branch or stem. Prune with an eye toward thinning the entire plant towards your goal shape for better air and light circulation in the growing season.
2. When you bring your collection inside, re-cut the ends of each stem or branch and then split them either with a knife or by smashing with a hammer just before plunging them into warm water. The greenery needs to remain in warm water for 8-24 hours. Allow to dry and then spray all foliage with “Wilt-Pruf.” Do not use antitranspirants on juniper berries, cedar or blue spruce. The product can damage the wax coating that gives these plants. Keep completed wreaths, garlands and arrangements in a cool location until use. Display fresh greenery and fruits out of the sun and away from heat.
3. Poisonous berries are found on holly plants, yews, mistletoe, ivy plants, Jerusalem cherry, bittersweet and crown of thorns. The pearly white berries of mistletoe are particularly toxic. Keep all these plants out of the reach of children and curious pets.
Plan to replace greenery and fruits throughout the holiday season if they become less than fresh. Never keep dried out greens near a lit fireplace.
Decorating with Greens
Many different types of decorations can be made with fresh greenery. Some traditional types are garlands, swags, tabletops, kissing balls, and wreaths. A number of different types of forms can be stuffed with sprigs or branches to create topiaries. Kissing balls are a safer alternative to the usual mistletoe sprig (beware of mistletoe berries).
How to Make a Holiday Kissing Ball
Holiday kissing balls are often made of short sprigs of boxwood or other greenery and hung as an alternative to the traditional mistletoe sprig.
The easiest way to construct a kissing ball is to use a round potato for the base. The moisture in the potato will help keep the cut greenery fresh. Soak greenery to be used in water overnight. Insert evenly sized sprigs of the selected green into the potato until it is completely covered. If you have difficulty inserting the sprigs, make a starter hole for each with a metal skewer. Make the evergreen sprays form an even, well-rounded ball. After the ball is completed, decorate it with ribbons, berries, mistletoe or whatever else you wish. You can find a huge selection of mini-decorations at craft stores and garden centers’ Holiday Shops. Fasten a long piece of wire to the ball so it can be hung from a chandelier, doorway, or window.
How to Make Mini Christmas Trees or Topiaries
These are so beautiful you’ll want to make several at once – kids love to decorate them with child-size ornaments. Save 2 for your own display and give the rest away as spectacular hostess gifts.
Foam forms are available at craft stores. Prepare boxwood as described above and take sprigs of it or smaller leaf evergreens and push into the form until covered. Once it looks like a miniature christmas tree or the form you choose is fully covered decorate with ribbons, bows, mini-bulbs and ornaments, even strings of mini-lights you can get at local craft and garden centers. Keep in a shallow dish or festive pot (bonsai pots from garden centers are a good choice) and water once a day to keep the form moist.
…or take the busy Washingtonian route: just go to your local Garden Center for huge selections of already prepared greenery. Regardless of where it comes from, greenery crowns your house with nature’s simple reminder that you are uniquely blessed and there is always hope and renewal in the new year. Have a great holiday season – from WHW.