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Abbeygate Lighting’s Range of Garden Zone Outdoor Lighting Set to Inspire Garden Lovers

For garden lovers and landscapers alike, showing off the garden to the best effect with efficient and quality lighting has become a regular feature within a garden plan. Garden lighting is an essential element which will enhance the best “room” in your house. The warmth and beauty that this home lighting can create will only be appreciated if the scheme is designed correctly. However, finding the right lighting solution has, until now, been problematic.

Garden Zone aims to eliminate this by offering a wide and versatile selection of high quality, flower beds, trees, pathways or decking.

Garden Zone is a brand of landscape and garden lighting, which will fulfil all the needs of the gardening enthusiast, landscape designer or contract specialist. Having developed a product range designed with quality and light performance as the first priority, this collection of fittings offers the broadest and arguably the best quality selection available.

Sarah Gooch, Director of Abbeygate Lighting Online Ltd, says, “Whether you have a small courtyard or a large garden, outdoor lights can be used to maximise the real “living room” of your home. Your garden can come to life, whether lighting trees and shrubs, using path lighting, pond lighting or deck lights.”

Time spent planning your lighting scheme will enhance your garden’s best features. Concentrate on the most attractive features, such as a specific plant or water feature, don’t just light everything in sight. Knowing how the trees and shrubs are going to mature is essential when considering whether to illuminate or not.

Sarah points out “Think practically – light up steps and paths for safe access and combine with security lights. Avoid positioning lights so that they shine onto a neighbour’s window.”

The majority of fittings within the Garden Zone range use LED lamps. Typically the single 1 x 1.6W give out 120 lumens of light (equivalent to a 15W incandescent bulb) and the 3 x 1W units give out 240 lumens (equivalent to 30W incandescent or 20W halogen bulb). However, normal lamps have a very wide beam so the light is much less intense. LED on the other hand is a much better projector so is much more intense over a lesser area, which is ideal for lighting in the garden.

Using the excellent low voltage plug & go system allows a large number of fittings to be connected together over a distance of up to 50 metres. Furthermore, all the fittings within the plug & go series use high power LED light sources, which have very good light output properties alongside exceptionally low energy consumption. There is a complementary range of 240V energy efficient models in matching designs as well as range accessories to ensure the widest possible choice.

At, a wide and varied range of contemporary and traditional lighting can be found – wall lighting, ceiling lights, crystal chandeliers, bathroom lighting and outdoor lighting, as well as departments dedicated to ceiling fans, table lamps and floor lamps.

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Home and Garden Consumers Now Have a ‘Fitting Room’ for Trying On Products with this Free Website

Visual Applications, Inc., a developer of visualization software applications for the home improvement and landscape industry, recently launched, an interactive community for home and garden enthusiasts and businesses alike.

Home and Garden Consumers Now Have a 'Fitting Room' for Trying On Products with this Free Website

Termed the Home and Garden Hub, Showoff brings products straight to the homes of interested customers where visitors can shop for ideas, products and services from the comforts of home and receive support from experts in the home industry.

Consumers “try on” products using the Visualizer, a free online tool that allows users to upload their own photographs to visualize any home improvement project in minutes including landscape, remodeling and interior design projects.

Showoff provides a place for contractors, manufacturers, dealers and designers to showcase their products and services for users to browse in places like the Product Showcase and Portfolio Gallery. Landscape and remodeling contractors, designers, and other industry professionals can get in front of a captive audience by uploading photos of their own work into the Portfolio Gallery for customers to peruse.

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Tu Bloom Designs Livens Up The Gift Lounge At This Year’s 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

On January 31, 2010, the world will watch the 52nd Annual GRAMMY ® Awards. For the three days leading up to Music’s Biggest Night ®, Mr. Tu of Tu Bloom designs will be the featured floral designer at the official backstage Gift Lounge. Distinctive Assets felt he was the right designer to beautify this year’s Lounge with an elegant grand entrance piece along with vibrant table pieces. Tu Bloom will also be providing GRAMMY presenters and performers a gift card so that they too can experience the power of an enchanting garden.

Since he was 8 years old, Mr. Tu, president and owner of Tu Bloom Designs, has been captivated by the life inside of a garden. He has a natural talent for envisioning a magnificent design and bringing it to life by catering it to the gardens owners’ lifestyle. He brings colors and textures together that simply take your breath away.

Tu Bloom Designs Livens Up The Gift Lounge At This Year's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Tu Bloom, founded in 1998, has grown to be a nationally known garden design corporation. Servicing Chicago , Los Angeles , New York and Miami , Tu Bloom can enrich anyone’s home, garden or landscape. They offer their service all year round for every season because a lively rich garden should never die. You can contact Tu Bloom for your beatification needs at

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on January 31, 2010, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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Popular Interior Design Blog ‘Homes Suite Homes’ Provides Inspiration For 2010

With the turn of the New Year comes the chance to give your much loved humble abode a fresh new look. The year 2010 is set to see Homes Suite Homes blog continue to supply the best advice and inspiration tips and trick to its loyal audience, making their journey towards creating their perfect home more exciting and adventurous.

Due to the current economic and environmental climate restrictions, more and more homeowners will be taking on the task of simple home projects to save money and improve their current space. Equally, others are sprucing up in preparation for placing their home on the market.

Regardless of the purpose, a fresh coat of paint remains one of the most economical ways to accomplish all three. No matter what paint color is used, homeowners continue to strive for comfortable, tranquil home environments.

The minimalist look is always a great look and it does not require a lot of effort in order to get it just right. We all like the idea of spending money on extravagant items now and again, and with the abundance of online home decor blogs there is a huge amount of style inspiration and design tips to be had. With all of these ideas at our finger tips, there are numerous ways in which we can add a touch of style to our homes with minimal effort.

Black walls for example strike many people as somewhat Gothic and dark slightly cold even, nevertheless innovative British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was a fan of this look for 2010. He likes setting off the darkness of walls with crisp white woodwork and the occasional wild-card accent such as a selection of token sofas. You can heighten entrance hall ways and living rooms with semi-gloss black walls, a chalk-white vaulted ceiling, doors, and baseboards. Colour is definitely still an option, but keep it to a few token pieces For example, a deep red sofa would look great within the black and white living room setting. If you are dealing with smaller spaces remember that deep, dramatic colours don’t always make a little room look minuscule. Actually, dark walls can either make an interior seem larger by diminishing its boundaries or give it a sense of cosiness, and if you are lucky sometimes both.

Many are unsure about how to decorate their living room, but it is easy to get ideas f r o m magazines, websites and blogs such as Homes Suite Homes can also help you decide. Put together a scrap book, as this will help you plan your overall desired look. Being bold will be essential. If there is a lack of creativity it is worth trying to make the biggest piece of furniture the focal point of the room and keep everything else simple. If you are looking for value for money, put good effort into comparing prices but try not to forget that quality is important too. Accessories can make a huge impact, good and bad! For a smaller room, try the minimalise approach otherwise you can end up with the ‘cluttered’ look!

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Builder Superstore launches a new underfloor heating product to help your tile floors feel luxuriously warm

The first thing to consider when tiling the floor of any room in a home is to pick the right size of tiling to fit in well with the overall size of the room itself. Of course, tiling comes in all shapes and sizes and this is something that isimperative to get right before you proceed with the tiling of a room. Generally speaking, tiling can be found in sizes varying from 1” up to sizes of around 2 feet so, it’s safe to say, you should be able to find a variety of tiling to suit; whether it is the bathroom, living room or kitchen floor that they are tiling. It goes without saying that they don’t want their choice of tiling to overwhelm the room completely which it is always a good idea to do research and speak to tiling experts beforehand who will be well versed in finding the right sort of tiling for all manner of rooms within the home.

Heat From the Floor Up

The installation of green technology doesn’t need to be restricted to just renewable energy. High efficiency systems such as underfloor heating require significantly less energy to heat a space than traditional methods. Scandinavian building techniques have used both wet and dry systems for many years and the UK needs to catch up as they are missing a trick! Combining low energy input and intelligent distribution of warmth is what makes energy work longer for less. When powered by a renewable energy source it achieves tip top energy efficiency for the household and the environment. Customers can potentially heat their home for years to come for little or no on-cost. Builder Superstore provide underfloor heating systems for domestic purposes currently however there are wet systems coming online in the near future. Current systems work on both wooden and concrete sub-floors and can be installed under any tiles.

Tiling – The Importance of Matching Décor

Few things can derail the style of tiling more than it being a mis-match with the décor that is chosen for the room. The décor of a room should be one of the first considerations when it comes to tiling a room. For example, if a room has a decadent feel, then tiling that complements this is necessary. Similarly, if a room is striving for a minimalist feel, there would be little benefit from installing highly intricate tiling that may well look out of place in a room that is designed with simplicity in mind. Tiling is all about complementing the features of a room and it is simple to find a variety of tiling that will more than meet customers’ needs.

Tiling – How to Maintain Tiling

Tiling is a fairly simple material to maintain and ceramic tiling is invariably the easiest sort to keep looking ship-shape. Tiling can be made to keep its clean and shiny surface for many years with the simplest of cleaning regimes and, in order to create the best visual impact, it is very important to keep tiling looking spick and span. That’s why we at Builder Superstore bring you the best tile maintenance products with our ultra grout and adhesive range.

Looking for Paving or Tiling? Speak to Builder Superstore

Builder Superstore is an online building supplies site that helps builders to get the supplies they want at great prices. With next-day delivery to most of the UK, a wide range of tiles, paving, grout, adhesive and sealant, Builder Superstore can supply all of your tiling and paving needs. Offering secure payment facilities so the choice of tiles and paving ordered from Builder Superstore are done so with complete peace of mind. Browse the site, call us on 08000192 405 or email

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The NSRA Pointed Out That Adding Granite In A Home Does Not Make Any Significant Difference In Radon Levels In The Residence

With all the news about dangerous levels of radon being emitted by some granite materials, why would a stone restoration professional install one in his home?

Due to the recent issue of granite producing high levels of radon emissions, Josveek Huligar, of The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance, ( considered a plan to test for himself the effects and the results of radon emitting granite surface.

The over all feeling of the stone industry is that this marketing campaign against natural stone needs to be settled once and for all. Huligar will test his home for radon and radiation before the hot granite was install. Once the granite was installed, the home will be tested again; All testing will be done as described by the EPA. Mr. Huligar adds,”Some people that invested major amounts of money in granite counter tops found themselves ripping out the natural stone fueled by the fear of death lurking in their countertops. As of today, there is no proof that natural stone can kill you unless it falls on you.”

The members of the Natural Stone Restoration Alliance (NSRA) released its own research information that not only looked at the past and present studies, but also focused on the marketing strategy that was being used by the manufacturers that were responsible for perpetuating the scare. In the paper the NSRA pointed out that adding granite in a home does not make any significant difference in radon levels in the residence; and for this Mr. Huligar is will to but his fate in the hands of the NSRA research group, seen that they are asking the rest of the public to do the same.

The first task was to find one of these alleged radiated slabs. Mr.Tim Scarlata of Atlantic Granite & Marble ( a fabricator located in Rochester NY. Searched the country for a slab of granite that was considered “hot”. Mr.Scarlata was able to locate a slab that was emitting higher than normal readings and condsider dangerous acording to the sinence that all of this started over in the first place. Atlantic Granite & Marble supply not only found the slab but is willing to fabricate and install the counter top, all on video for the public to view.

The NSRA plan was testing granite for radon as well as working with independent studies to come to a true conclusion of this issue. The plan ultimately became a bit more extensive. Along with a collaborative effort of AirChek ( – The Radon Information Center a leader in Radon testing and mitigation and Atlantic Granite & Marble, an event was in the making.

Not only is the granite going to be installed in a residence that was tested before hand for radon emissions and after the installation, the process will be on a webcam for the public to monitor. The webcam can monitored at (

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Natural stone paving is ideal for outdoors use

Exterior flooring is as much about quantity as it is about quality. Often procuring and specifying for outdoor jobs means a large budget and making sure the supplier has stock of the right stone and getting it on site at the right time.

Natural stone paving are ideal for use outdoors and are low maintenance. Limestone, travertine , granite and slate paving are all excellent choices. Builder Superstore carries stock of stone paving to suit contemporary garden plans and all with next day delivery and high stock holding. Also the same day sample despatch gives specifiers and customers the chance to make a quick decision.

Currently Builder Superstore are offering trade customers an EXTRA 10% OFF when a trade account * is opened. Simply apply for an account when placing an order to receive the 10% CASH BACK.

Drawing inspiration from extensive travelling can offer excellent outdoor spaces to add value and space. This is the stone courtyard of the Esbaluard Museu d’art modern in Palma.

Sealant for exterior paving is especially important in cooking areas to prevent the natural materials from staining heavily. Builder Superstore supply tile sealant and treatment to protect and complete the look. The natural stone flooring can be teamed with a perimeter of limestone chippings that reflect light to make installing quicker and cheaper.

Black or white marble is very recherché. (See our natural stone tile section). Monotones are very contemporary and make a striking change from stone shades.

Raise the outdoor room slightly higher than the rest of the garden to prevent it looking like a patio. Include a feature design such as a natural stone octagonal or sun circle as a focal point.

Builder Superstore offer interior floor tiles and exterior paving at trade prices with next day timed delivery and bulk discounts.

Paving materials and flooring tiles in vast quantities – Next Day Delivery & Pallet Discounts! Also trade customers can get an EXTRA 10% OFF when a trade account* is opened. Simply apply for an account when placing an order to receive the 10% CASH BACK.

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