5 Dangerous Household Chemicals

two silver framed mirros in master bathroom

For parents who work all day or anyone with a long list of responsibilities, the job of keeping the house clean can seem like a real pain. All too often, we compensate for our lack of time or energy for house chores by using cleaning products that “power through” tough jobs while minimizing the amount of scrubbing you have to do. Unfortunately, the fumes from these products can also power through our lungs or harm our health if we are not very careful with them. Read More

How to Fix/Prevent Black Spots on a Mirror

close up of desilvering mirror

Whether you buy framed mirrors online or pick up an antique mirror from a vintage store, black spots on the mirror’s corner or edges are bound to occur thanks to “mirror rot” or desilvering (you may have seen us cover the topic before on an earlier post). Silver nitrate is the responsible component for transforming plain glass to mirrors, and it’s safeguarded from damage with a copper-sulfate protective coating. Paint sealants also provide extra protection for the mirror’s back. But when these protective coatings are exposed to various elements, including air, moisture and cleaning solutions, dark spots appear or “desilvers.” Desilvering occurs thanks to the oxidation of the silver nitrate and copper sulfate, which is caused by the condensed moisture from splashes of water and other elements on the edge of the mirror. While these black spots are repairable, mirror restoration or “resilvering” requires professional help. It can be problematic because professional restoration services can be pricey and can involve the use of chemicals that are toxic to you and your environment. The good news is you can take preventative and eco-friendly restorative measures to keep mirror black spots at bay.  Read More

5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

framed picture gallery wall in apartment

Home decor is one of the best ways to express yourself while also creating a comfortable place you can call your own. However, it’s not a talent that comes easily to most people, so it’s only natural to need help every now and then. Many decorators have incorporated a new trend called a “gallery wall,” an eye-catching arrangement of artwork and decor that’s meant to function as a statement piece for the home. While the gallery wall is one of the most stunning decorating trends, it’s not easy to master. Thankfully, here are some tips to make the task almost foolproof.  Read More