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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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Flooring For Allergies Isn't As Easy As It Looks

by Luke Patterson

If you or a loved one suffer from allergies, there may be a lot of conflicting information out there on what's best for you. Some may harp on the evils of carpet for holding in dust and pet dander while others scream about hardwood safety.

As you think about your next flooring design, do a little personal research to find out what you can deal with in terms of health and design by considering a few first-hand experiences from other allergy sufferers:

Why Is Carpet An Allergy Problem?

Carpets have long been a point of contention when it comes to decor for allergy sufferers. In theory, carpet is bad because it can hold in dust, dirt, pollen, hair, animal dander and many other types of allergens that make allergy sufferers feel terrible.

It's true that carpet can hold in a lot of these problems, but with the right cleaning equipment you can reduce the effect. Choosing a carpet over hardwood flooring simply means that you'll need a vacuum cleaner to get deep down in to the fibers.

Living with allergies can be a traumatic experience and may cause many allergy sufferers to overreact. Before closing off the idea of carpet because of what you think your allergic reaction may be, visit an allergist and try living with a person who has carpet and a similar lifestyle.

You may find that the problem isn't as severe as you thought, and that your normal cleaning habits are good enough to keep your allergic reactions at bay. As allergies can change, worsen, get better or disappear completely over time, you owe it to yourself to find out what you can deal with.

Is Hardwood Really Better?

One of the benefits of hardwood flooring is that you don't have much material for dust and other debris to settle. Unfortunately, this doesn't get rid of every allergy problem. 

Allergens can still settle on the surface of the floor, which can clump up in random areas or collect on edges and corners. If you're not keeping up with weekly cleaning, every step through your hardwood floored rooms can kick up dust and lead to a sneezing fit.

The key point is cleanup, with an emphasis on how long and thoroughly you clean. If you're already planning on keeping a healthy cleaning routine, don't limit yourself to any flooring type. Contact a flooring expert to decide on different hardwood, carpet, tile and other flooring types that fit your interests.

To learn more, contact a company like National Carpet Mill Outlet with any questions you have.