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Blinds or Shades – What to Go With?

Window treatment should be one of the first things you decide to decorate when you are designing a room, as it is an attention drawer from the moment you walk in. Window treatments can be a difficult thing to choose, as there are a huge amount of options between the two most dominant categories, shades and blinds.

You should first consider what it is you desire to achieve with a window treatment, this would simplify things for you. Are you looking for efficiency in energy? Would you like to privatize your room? Minimize obstruction of view while allowing adequate sunlight? Various types of shades or blinds will be able to get you what it is you desire for that particular room. It’s good to understand what it is you are dealing with before you make your decision.


There are vertical and horizontal slats that rotate accordingly to control things like air and sunlight that can enter a room. When you feel like having ample air enter your room and have a view of the outside, blinds can be completely pulled to the side (for vertical blinds) or up (for horizontal blinds), there are also cordless options out there. Blinds are made out of different materials, vinyl, aluminium, composite wood, faux wood and also green materials such as bamboo.


Wood blinds and faux wood blinds are the most popular out there. Lets have a look at some of the options

  • Vertical blinds- these blinds are easy to control light and privacy. Available in a large array of colours, usually fabric or vinyl, they are perfect for large windows or doors that lead to a patio.
  • Shutters- they resemble more of a piece of furniture than a blind or anything like that due to their solid nature. They usually have a control on the inside that allows for the shutter to rotate and allow light in.
  • Wood/faux wood blinds- they come stained or painted and in different types of wood such as maple, oak or bamboo. You can opt for faux wood which is cheaper than real wood, however real wood gives that warm feeling making it a more cozy option.
  • Mini-blinds- these blinds are very durable and come in thousands of colours. There horizontal and usually aluminium. They also come in vinyl slat which are very cheap.


Shades are made of woven woods or fabrics, and they don’t have louvers that rotate like blinds do to allow light in. Rather they open up from both ends, bottom or top to allow for light to come in or control the privacy.


There are various types available, and here are a few.

  • Bamboo/Woven wood shades- these are natural materials that ad a real touch of elegance and stylized. Though fragile than other types, they are very desired for their aesthetics.
  • Roller shades- they come in print and solid fabrics with a range of modern to traditional looks. Additions such as tassels can be added for a more stylized look. These are usually very popular in conjunction with solar screen fabrics.
  • Pleated shades- a piece of material and with options of unique fabrics, they come in standard or with no holes; so you can’t see through the fabric. They come available in a large variety of colours and textures.


Ultimately you have to see what kind of control you think each individual room would suit your desires , and then make your decision based on that. For example the two rooms on the second floor of your home would have similar lighting situations, so you could use the same treatment for both and then on the ground floor it may be different, but it looks ok because their is a uniformity to them. If your looking for the best blinds company Toronto has to offer, make sure to get a free consultation before you purchase at Toronto Blinds Pros.

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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Bus

Tour bus

Traveling as a group can be very difficult, to say the least. The logistics of moving as a group from one point to the intended destination(s) can be confusing and very complicated. You may opt to use different cars but that delineates the entire group into smaller groups, which is never ideal.

More often than not when faced with such difficulties, the best solution is hiring a bus. Buses provide ample space for the entire group, thus doing away with separation of group members. Additionally, while hiring buses, most companies offer a driver as part of the package. This ensures that group members can seat back and enjoy the trip unimpeded.

However, to experience the benefits of traveling as a group, it is important to consider various factors related to bus hiring. These factors include:


The Trip Dynamics Factors


Your trip dynamics are the factor associated with your particular trip. These are the various bits of the trip that influence the type and size of the bus that is most appropriate for your needs. Some of such considerations include:

#1. The Number Of Travellers

The size of the group will determine the size of the bus, which in turn determines the cost of hiring the bus. With this in mind, you should opt for a bus that caters for the needs of the group in terms of size while not going overboard on the size of the bus. The bigger the bus the more expensive it will be to hire. As such, opt for a bus size that suits you just right.

#2. The Number Of Days You Need The Bus

The number of days you spend the road also factors into the final cost of hiring the bus. More importantly, the number of days you spend on the road determines the comfort features that you require. If you anticipate spending a substantial amount time on the road, you might as well opt for a bus that is inherently comfortable to travel in.

#3. The Distance Of Travel

Closely related to the number of days you spend on the road is the distance of travel. Even if you will not spend a great deal of time on the road, but will travel a long distance, you need to ensure that the occupants are comfortable on the bus and not cramped in the bus.


Considerations Pertaining The Bus


#1. The Quality Of The Bus

Keeping in mind the various needs of the group and the prevailing and expected circumstance, you should consider the comfort level of the bus. Rental buses come with a wide array of comfort features such as luxurious seats, headrest displays, heating systems, and restroom. Choose a bus that meets all the expectations and the needs of the group.

#2. The Safety Features Of The Bus

Finally, the most important consideration to have in mind while hiring a bus is the safety of the bus itself. You should insist on being furnished with the maintenance details of a prospective bus. Furthermore, if possible, take a walk through of the bus and determine that the safety features as required by the state (and the comfort features) are in tip-top condition before hiring the bus.

7 Benefits of Green Roofs for Both the Public and Individuals

Green roofs have become a bit of a trend and it is not a bad thing. Green roofs have a lot of benefits for the public and individuals. Hotels, skyscrapers, and other buildings have all started creating green roofs. New buildings in some countries start their design with a green roof in mind. So, what exactly are the benefits of green roofs? Let’s have a look.

1. Aesthetics in public areas

Green roofs and urban greening, in general, helps to beautify cities and create better investment opportunities.

2. Improved stormwater management

Green roofs store rainwater and slow down the rate at which stormwater runoff occurs. It also regulates the temperature of the water that it stores. All of this takes some pressure of the stormwater system during peak flow periods.

3. Heat moderation

Plants on vertical and horizontal surfaces have the ability to help cool down a city through their natural evaporation cycles.

4. Better quality of air

Green roofs help to clear the air. They capture airborne pollutants and can also filter noxious gasses. They have the potential to decrease the amount of C02 in the atmosphere and as a result, reduce carbon footprints.

5. Job creation

Creating green roofs creates new job opportunities. Manufacturing, gardening, building, watering, maintenance, etc. are all things that create opportunities for jobs. They may even require the invention of new job titles.

6.Houses and hotels are more energy efficient

Because of the temperature regulating effects of a green roof, less energy will be used to control the room temperatures. A lot of heat gets lost through the roof in winter and a lot of heat is created by the roof in summer. A green roof will make these heat losses and gains less drastic.

7. Reduces noise

A green roof reduces the noise from outside. It is great for absorbing background noise and creating a quieter environment.

Clearly, green roofs are things that should be considered to help reduce our effects on the planet. Not only do they help the environment and reduce pollution and energy use, but they also allow for a better inside temperature and calmer home or hotel experience.

6 things To Do To Make Your Long-Term Hotel Stay Feel More Like Home

If you travel and stay in hotels often and for long periods of time, this post is for you. Whether it is for work or a temporary stay while waiting for a new house or home improvements to be completed, long hotel stays can become a drag quickly. To make your long-term stay at a hotel more bearable, try these suggestions.

Stick to your daily schedule. If you are on a business trip, try and still work in your daily run or exercise, keep your eating habits, and your downtime activities. Business trips can complicate things, but try and stick to a routine as much as you can. If your whole family is staying in the hotel, a schedule is extremely important. Bed times, homework times, etc. should be kept to create a sense of home.

Hand out chores. This is more for a whole family stay. Despite the daily room cleaning service and not having a kitchen to clean, there will still be chores to complete. Everyone should know the rules for keeping their space clean and not allowing glasses, mugs, etc. to just lay around everywhere. There should still be chores.

Research the services you will need. Before leaving to stay at the hotel, do some research to find out where all the services and amenities will be that you and your family will need. If you are going on a long-term business trip, you may want to know where the closest gym, hairdresser, or tailor can be found. For your family, you would find out about schools, parks, and music teachers.

Play music in your room. Play your favorite tunes to create ambiance and a sense of familiarity. Both you and your children will have favorites, so use music to make the hotel room feel more like home.

Don’t live out of your suitcase. If you are staying for longer than 2 or 3 days, unpack your suitcases. This will be less frustrating, will keep your clothes unwrinkled, and keep everything in its place.

Take your pet with you. Find out if your hotel allows pets and take your fur baby with you. Nothing says home like your pet’s friendly face or happy purrs.

These things should make your hotel room feel like home, no matter where you are.

6 Insider Tips to Help You Get Started With Your Landscaping Project

Landscaping can make a property look like a million dollars without costing that much. It is a must for hotels who want to offer relaxation and an escape for their guests. You can also landscape your home garden with a few simple steps. Landscaping offers many options and designs and you can decide which design gives the feel that you want for your guests or your home.

Professional landscapers gave us some inside tips and tricks.

You need a tarp. A tarp is multi-purpose and you will be grateful you have it. You can use it to remove debris like leaves and twigs. You can shovel soil on it to make removal easier. You can even use it to cover plants during transportation to protect them.

When to use weed fabric. Weed fabric is good for covering areas where you want to use pebbles or gravel as a walkway. The weed fabric will prevent the material to sink into the soil. Don’t use it in planted areas as the weeds will inevitably start growing on top anyway.

Create a natural edge around beds. Skip the plastic or metal edges and rather go for a natural edge. This reduces the amount of maintenance needed and it also looks very nice. It can help create the look and feel you want.

Use starter fertilizer when you start planting. Starter fertilizer is a good success policy. It contains all the things your plants need to grow well and it also feeds the surrounding soil. This helps to make the soil rich with everything the roots need.

Buy good quality gardening tools. The most high-end tools may not be the best for home gardening, but for professional landscaping, it should be considered. Aim to buy good quality tools at a good value. You want tools that will last for a few years and not just a few weeks.

Keep the leaves as mulch. Don’t take leaves to the landfill. Rather use them as a light fertilizer for grass and vegetable patches. They are good for making mulch.

This is the start of your landscaping adventure. Make sure you know what you want the design to look like and which flower and plants you want where. Planning is essential for landscaping success.