IT’S IN THE PLANNING
Senior Interior Designer Caroline Flannery with Dublin based Interior Design Consultancy Level Design Solutions states that whilst your salon should certainly be chic and stylish it must also function as a working space. You will need to consider the layout carefully in order to optimise all available space and to ensure an effortless flow of people throughout. It is pointless after all to invest in state of the art equipment or expensive lighting and finishes if your staff are constantly tripping over each other or your clients are uncomfortable. Since salons normally offers a wide range of services it is usual to break up the floor plan into a number of separate spaces for example you may require some private treatment rooms for waxing and massage in addition to a more open plan area for nails. Consider the following elements whilst outlining the layout of your salon. Reception/Waiting Area The reception desk should face the entrance. Try to keep the desk away from the waiting area to protect client’s privacy. Consider using flat LCD monitors for a more streamlined contemporary finish. The number of seats will depend on the size of the salon but it is obviously not productive to have too many people waiting to be seen. Display and market product in the reception/waiting area. You should also provide a closed space for coats/bags if possible. Manicure and Pedicure Areas These sections should be close to each other enabling the sharing of common storage compartments and for ease of access. Clients should not be expected to walk across the salon whilst in the process of having a treatment done. Wash basins should be within close reach. Treatment Rooms Separate compartments should be provided for each treatment to ensure complete privacy, ideally these rooms will be sound proofed and should be positioned close to a WC/Shower. Storage Storage is an important element of the planning stage as units can be incorporated into the wall for a more streamlined finish. A sense of cleanliness and order can be achieved by storing products in closed cabinets or hidden shelves. Ensure that the therapists have all the equipment and tools they need within reach. Plumbing and Electrical Consider how many basins and electrical points you will require and try to incorporate these into your layout design. Written by Caroline Flannery BA(hons) DipHE LEVEL DESIGN SOLUTIONS – Dublin 15, Ireland www.leveldesignsolutions.com
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Recommended Daily Allowance
There is no one single daily recommended allowance of iron for everyone at all stages of their lives. Because of this fact, many consumers may think that they should take the same amount of iron that they have always taken or take the same amount as a friend or relative. This may not be enough to suit their particular nutritional needs or it may be too much. Fortunately, there are many sources of dietary iron and no withdrawal symptoms to if a patient discovers that he or she is consuming too much iron.
America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes a chart breaking down the differences in the daily recommended dosage of iron:
*Males over 19: 8 milligrams
*Male vegetarians: 14 mg
*Females 19 – 50: 18 mg
*Female vegetarians: 32 mg
*Females over 50: 8 mg
*Pregnant women: 27 mg
*Nursing women: 10 mg
*Newborns to 6 months: 0.27 mg
*Babies 7 12 months: 11 mg
*Children 1 – 3 years: 7 mg
*Children 4 8: 10 mg
*Children 9 13: 8 mg
*Children 14 19: 10 mg
Over time, cabinets can go through regular wear and tear just like any part of your home. With that said, it is important to have both preventative and regular care and repair for cabinets in your household. Whether you have wooden kitchen cabinets, or an antique bedroom armoire, it is important to maintain the longevity of your cabinets and storage areas. Maintenance and repairs are crucial to the well being of your cabinets. Refurbishing the appearance is also key.
There are many different ways to restore and repair minor cabinet issues, some of which are very do-it-yourself. One of these includes cabinet re-facing, which is the process of replacing cabinet knobs, doors, and occasionally drawers. A new veneer can replace all of the visible parts easily. Re-facing cabinets is very economical, even for smaller budgets, saving about half the money you would spend on getting new cabinets. It is also a great way to prevent waste in a time when resources are scarce, as keeping cabinets that are in otherwise good condition can be beneficial. Small modifications for re-facing allow you to conserve resources. Also, since most cabinets contain formaldehyde, by keeping old cabinets, you are able to keep this chemical out of the landfill, thus helping the environment. Re-facing is great because there are a variety of finishes on the market to completely revamp the look of older cabinets. New molding and trim, as well as glass can be added for a completely new look. Cabinet re-facing is a great way to spend minimal money to attain a new look from an old set of cabinets.
A common sign of wear and tear in cabinets are problems with cabinet door edges. Sometimes the lines of the doors need to be evened out for both function and appearance. In order to do this, cabinet hinges can be removed easily with a screwdriver. After the cabinet is placed on a smooth surface to work on, a ruler or string can be used to measure a straight edge. Then, a sander can be used to sand off the excess unevenness of the cabinet edge. If the edge is missing, replacement wood can be glued on and sanded down to create the appearance of even doors. Putty can then be used to fill in any of the gaps or seams. Finally, the finished product can be varnished or repainted to look brand new.
Demand for energy continues to be a major topic around the world. Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or hydro power are increasingly being utilized to provide for that demand. Many States have even recently passed laws raising the minimum renewable usage cap that utility companies must implement into their overall supply. But … we still require escalating amounts of energy for agriculture, industry, and to heat our homes and offices. Emerging as a “bridge fuel” to clean energy and renewable resources, the power electronics industry is poised to span that gap with hardware solutions needed to build intelligent power systems.
The Obama administration plans to spend billions of dollars on power conservation and sustainable energy projects as part of a $787 billion stimulus package which is has focused on energy efficiency. Andrew Fanara, of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program has famously said. “Energy efficiency is the bridge fuel we must build on and must invest in” he stresses “Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, fastest way to act.”
In part, the administration’s strategy is to use improved energy efficiency as a method of buying time to invest in and explore emerging and clean energy options. With initiatives like the smart power grid gaining traction, the power electronics hardware that makes it all work and its new designs aimed at increasing energy efficiency will be at the core of the plan.
There are many certainties in life, like taxation and electricity bills for example. Another is that whenever you buy an electrical appliance you will always find a European Energy Label somewhere on it. This is because all European manufacturers and retailers must tell you about the energy efficiency of electrical appliances. Regardless of whether you’re buying a fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, oven or light bulb, the EU Energy Label will help you to make informed decisions about the purchase of energy-consuming appliances.
Put simply, the EU Energy Label is a labeling scheme that provides clear and easily recognizable information about the energy consumption and performance of a product. The label is a mandatory requirement and must be clearly displayed on white goods, light bulb packaging and cars when offered for sale or rent.
The main element of the label is an energy efficiency rating scale. This takes the form of a simple, brightly colored, index labeled from A to G. Each of these is a discrete ‘energy efficiency class’ with A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. With the advent of energy saving technologies, in July 2004 the energy efficiency rating category for A for refrigeration products was divided into 3 separate categories; A, A+ and A++.
Bar Height Patio Furniture – Today’s Chic Trend in Outdoor Living Spaces
If you want to be considered fashionable by your friends and neighbors, you’ll want to make sure you take a good look at today’s bar height patio furniture.
Bar Height Patio Furniture is Stylish
When considering bedroom design ideas, lighting is often the overlooked stepchild as the focus turns to linens, furniture and flooring. But remember that lighting sets the mood of the room, creating everything from romantic bedrooms to functional reading rooms. Always in keep in mind that lighting, good or bad, will influence the enjoyment of your new bedroom interior design.
Lighting location should play a role in your bedroom interior design plans. Make sure that you can turn your lights on and off from both the bedroom door, making leaving the room convenient, and from the bed. In addition, if you have a partner who goes to bed earlier than you, make sure you have a light that shines away from him or her so that he or she can sleep while you read or watch TV in bed. Also, consider the placement of light behind you to reduce the annoying effect of shadows.