The Pros and Cons of a Picture Window

By on May 6, 2013


Many homeowners fail to recognize the importance of windows when they are building their house. Yes, they make sure that each room of the house has natural light coming in through the windows. However, they don’t really give due consideration to the style of the windows. For them, everything’s fine as long as there are windows all around the house.

The fact is there are a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing windows for your home. Some of the factors worth considering are price, aesthetics, surrounding architecture, surrounding landscape, and most importantly, the weather conditions in your area.

Price plays an important role because obviously, it would affect the size of the window. Bay windows cost more than traditional single-hung windows. Nevertheless, these are aesthetically pleasing. If you live right smack in the city like New York for instance, it’s pointless to choose windows that give you an unobstructed view of your surroundings. Why is that? Well, chances are all you’re going to see are building, high-rises, and rooftops.

picture window
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Of course, if you live somewhere far from the hustle and bustle of the city, then picture windows would be a good idea for your home. A picture window is typically large and is usually fixed. Unlike conventional windows, this one doesn’t have glazing bars. If it does, the glazing bars are placed along the edges of the window. Effectively, a picture window looks like a large transparent wall. It is aptly named since its purpose is to provide you with a clear, unobstructed view of the area surrounding your home. In effect, a picture window is like a picture frame for the view outside your house. Most homeowners install picture windows in their homes to highlight a particular view outside like their landscaped garden. For houses near the beach, a picture window offers a perfect view of the clear waters and shoreline.

Aside from its aesthetic benefits, a picture window illuminates your home with natural light from the sun (or the moon, for that matter). One thing you need to know about picture windows, though, is that these are mostly inoperable. That means you cannot leave the windows open.

If you plan to install a picture window in your home, choose the type that is energy efficient. There are models of picture windows that have high solar gain glazing, which is perfect for areas where the climate is generally cold, and there are models with low solar gain glazing that is just right for warmer climates.

The only downside to having a picture window in your home is the lack of privacy. Even if it offers a picturesque view of the outside and brings in the maximum amount of light into your home, you would still want to preserve your sense of privacy. Fortunately, this is something that blinds can remedy. You can mount vertical blinds outside the window frame that you can shut when you need privacy or draw back when you want natural light to seep in. You can even place a valance in a color that complements the theme of the room.

picture windows are great for reading nooks too

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Do-it-yourself earring holder

By on March 31, 2011

DIY earring holder for (fishhook)

Here is a list of what you will need, if you are just pulling out old stuff from the closet.

For fishhook earrings:

Washed pair of old pantyhose
Shoebox lid or shoebox or a box that is medium-thick (thick enough to be steady when you put it to stand)
Some sort of weight  (optional – found a glossy stone that, I think, belonged to my son, lol)

How to:

This is the simplest way since I will just be using this at home.

1. Skip this step when you’re using a shoebox lid.  I wrapped the glossy stone with papers and put them in the box. Cut a piece of carton that will fit the box but not exactly cover the top. Put the carton on top of  the mess (stone and papers), allow some space from the carton and the box’s mouth by pushing the carton in a bit.

2. Slide the box into the pantyhose, make allowances on both sides.  Cut the legs off.

3. Fit the fabric nicely by stretching but be careful so they don’t run.

4. Stretch both ends (the part that you cut off and the open part). Tie up these two ends in a knot. Don’t fret because this is just for home use so no one will check what the back of your holder looks like. 😀

5. Hang up your fishhook earrings.

For earrings with lock.:

If you want a much better looking holder, buy your materials from the hardware store. Thrifty me still found stuff around the house.

Window screen mesh or Aida cloth (used for cross stitching) – can only be used on wooden frames
or washed old pantyhose
Picture frame (I got lots without the glass)
Needle nosed pliers
Strong glue or staplers
Cardboard/piece of carton
Fabric (optional)

If you buy picture frames that are made of wood make sure that they’ve been sand. You can paint the frame too. Since I used a metal frame, I left it as is. Besides I am doing this the simplest way.

1. If using old frames remove the deadly points first. (Use pliers to yank off nails and other metal stuff except for one if you want to hang the holder later on.) If you want to paint the frame, take extra care like putting newspaper on your work area, wiping off dripping paint etc.

2. Take the backing board off the frame. Make a frame out of the backing board by cutting the inside leaving at least a few mm on each side (see below photo, notice the black thin thingie by the metal frame). If your frame doesn’t have a backing board, you can use any cardboard. Make sure to cut it a tad smaller than the frame so it will fit at the back.

3. Measure screen mesh or aida cloth and cut with a bit of allowance. If you are using old stockings like I did, slide the backing frame inside the pantyhose and cut off the legs. Glue the edges at the back of the backing frame. Glue or staple this ensemble onto your frame.
If you use screen mesh or aida cloth, glue or staple carefully on the wooden frame making sure that creases are straightened out. Cut off the excess screen mesh or aida cloth for a neater finish.

I covered the back edges with another board cut into a frame.


DIY earring holder (lock earrings)

You can also use picture frames for fishhook earrings should you decide to cover the back of your holder with a fabric. They look neat too when hanged!

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Ikea revisited

By on January 4, 2011

I’m not one who is into doing resolutions or dividing the year that has gone from the year that is coming. Simply put, I don’t celebrate New Year. If you’re familiar with my gripes you’d know that I don’t want to do anything related to pagan rituals. New year is a Roman celebration dedicated to their two-faced god, Janus. Yes, from whom the name of the first month of the year was taken. All that being explained though, I can’t help but look back at how I started this blog…inspired to share the truth to all willing readers. It was a solemn blog back then and I would love to have it that way…perhaps soon.

For now, regular programming resumes and it means stuff I see around, things my kids do and other stories at home or around the city….

So I and 2 other friends visited Ikea last week…I wrote partly about this on my kitchen blog for more specifically the food we had. We went to accompany ate M who recently transferred to her new unit. She was looking for a complete bedroom set and we tagged along.

Ikea offers mattresses of different sizes, softness and thickness. Ate M was looking for a firm mattress that would help relieve her backache that she has been complaining about. What would be best but to try the mattresses on display if you’re really comfortable. Her smile says she likes this one than the plush mattress she first tried.

Well, there is simply no one cure for back pains since there is no one cause for them. The perfect mattress that serves up blissful relief for one person may do absolutely nothing for another person. Worse, it may compound matters or mask a serious medical condition with temporary relief. So it is always a good thing to consult a physician when one feels something different….then we told ate M to buy this mattress after she had her consultation.

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By on January 1, 2011

Mirage: something illusory, unobtainable.

I’ve lived the cliche “a picture paints a thousand words.” I love photography but it cannot be discounted that writing is and will always be my first love.

Here you’ll find the real stories behind my photos.

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