Indoor Water Fountains, Negative Ions, And You

frederik   October 23, 2016   Comments Off on Indoor Water Fountains, Negative Ions, And You

Interior water features are quickly increasing in popularity in North America. Today, an impressive array of beautiful models of indoor water fountains are showing up in homes throughout the country. However, appearances are not the sole reason for the recent interior fountain popularity. Indoor fountains are also gaining interest for their mood-changing qualities. Interior fountains as a treatment for depression? It might not be as far fetched as it sounds. Indoor fountains give off airborne particles called negative ions. As you might recall from high school chemistry class, a negative ion is a molecule that has dropped one or more electrons, and consequently has a negative charge. For water fountains the negative ions are airborne water molecules created by the turbulence in an indoor fountain. The negative ions can have some very positive effects. Negative ions, due to their electrical charge, adhere to harmful particles in the environment, eliminating air-borne pollutants such as dust and smoke particles. Furthermore many scientists now believe that negative ions, like those generated by an indoor water fountain, may also have a strong effect on mood. A scientific study at Columbia University confirmed that inhaling negative ions, like those created by indoor fountains, can increase the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter tied to feelings. Individuals with clinical depression produce abnormally very low levels of serotonin. Because of this, most antidepressant medications counteract the disorder by increasing serotonin levels. You can easily imagine serotonin as “joy juice”; the more you have, the happier you are. Additional research is necessary, but ion therapy may provide an alternate therapy for depression, by raising serotonin levels without the hazardous side effects associated with most anti-depressant prescription drugs. As with all preliminary research findings, this one has its limitations. It is unclear what size of an indoor fountain would be… Read more »

Real Estate in Harrison AR as an Investment

frederik   October 22, 2016   Comments Off on Real Estate in Harrison AR as an Investment

To quote Edgar Allen Poe -It was the worst of times, It was the best of Times-. The worst of times is painfully apparent. An economic downturn fueled by the housing crisis has resulted in historically low interest rates and declines in home values. Even has been drastically affected by economic downturn. However this has made it the best of times as far as real estate income competing with Certificate of Deposits or other fixed rate investments. As you see, currently all over the country home values are lower cause of economic crisis around the world and also media reports done some damage too. But in the long term it’ll again continue to rise up at least same level it was. And it’ll result an appreciation of 5 to 6% profit on investment on real estate in a calendar year. Thus, it is now the crucial time to get a real estate property. The old rule of thumb for residential investing was to search for property that would rent for one per cent of the purchase price per month. In other words, a home purchased for $70,000 would need to rent for $700 per month. Rarely do these numbers come together these days. However, with interest rates so low, that formula can be modified and still achieve a healthy return on investment. For instance a house purchased for $65,000 rented for $550 per month would give a gross return of 10%. Allowing for maintenance, taxes, and insurance one should still be able to achieve a 7% net return. There are also tax advantages to consider and should you decide to leverage (use some borrowed money) results could be even better. There is no guarantee of course and management is required. Harp and Associates does have a property management service if… Read more »

Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets – A Look at Bamboo Cabinets

frederik   October 21, 2016   Comments Off on Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets – A Look at Bamboo Cabinets

Selecting wood based products is harder these days since we want to find products made from sustainable produced raw materials. What can bamboo do to fulfill these needs? Can it really work for your kitchen decorating needs? One of the main things we have to consider when choosing a wood species for any wood product is how it looks in our home. While making responsible choices for the environment is attractive, it loses some of its appeal if the final result is no the look we had hoped for. But bamboo can come through with the look that your to create the aesthetic appeal you are looking for. Bamboo is grown in many areas of the world, but like any harvested products some growers are more concerned with using a sustainable process, while others are just in it for a fast buck. Some areas like Costa Rica have a fairly good record for sustainability in the overall process of growing and cutting of bamboo. Bamboo can usually be cut when it is about five or six years old. It is a member of the grass family, so it will grow back quickly. Bamboo wood products are quite hard, harder than many conventionally used hardwoods like oak. After it’s finished it has good dimensional stability as well, so the smooth functioning of your cabinet doors and drawers will not degrade over time. Bamboo is so hard that its nickname is green steel. As you may expect, many retailers for bamboo products have locations in California. But this is not just a west coast idea, and as their popularity increases it is easier to find retailers in other major cities like Chicago and New York. There are a number of companies that will fashion custom bamboo cabinets for your home. In addition… Read more »

Modern Furniture New Trends- Enjoy Latest Trends Of Embellishment

frederik   October 19, 2016   Comments Off on Modern Furniture New Trends- Enjoy Latest Trends Of Embellishment

New style and fashion happens to be the major need of the new age. People believe in change and that is the reason why you need to keep pace with this innovative and modern furniture new trends. Decorate your office and home with the contemporary pieces of furniture. Contemporary furniture is highly popular for adding the sparkle in the bed room, living room, kitchen, study room, bath room or garden. Gone are those days when furniture was designed with the main intention to make them long lasting and durable. Today, modern furniture new trends relate to style, innovative and functionality as well. Therefore, with modern furniture came a fresh new change which stands unique in every respect. Every piece of furniture conveys uniqueness and exclusivity. The latest contemporary furniture trends show the use of newer materials like plastics, steel, plywood and so on to create new, innovative designs. The furniture industry has experienced a huge change. With the modern furniture trends, there came trendy looks as well as flexibility. Todays contemporary pieces of furniture can easily fit at any office and house. They can be used to raise the beauty of your office and house with different designs, shapes and colors and allure the eye of the friends, relatives and guests at the same time. In fact the growing interest of people in modern furniture and stylish designs and easy of use has encouraged the artisans to take this creative challenge. The valor and imaginative mind of the European artisans is evident all over the world. Also, the African and Asian designs are slowly gaining popularity. In this respect, the German Art and the Japanese designs needs to be mentioned. Japanese designs especially with its use of solid color, simple look and use of contrasting material occupies a major half… Read more »