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Home Office Space - Work in Beauty

Home offices or study cabinetry has been popular for a number of years. It allows the business executive a space to meet deadlines, or children to do homework or projects.
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To make a home office area aesthetically pleasing it would be suggested to keep it simple and to avoid to many open bookshelves where items can look untidy, When using open bookshelves, keep it simple, add decorative items to break monotony.
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The best way to avoid clutter would be to have an organised space that is de-cluttered as regularly as possible.
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At Weizter we will help plan your home office space that will not only be aesthetically pleasing but functional as well.
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JUL
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Ways you are accidentally damaging your kitchen counter tops

The most important work surface in the home, the kitchen countertop is built to accommodate food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains, and more. But despite their durability, countertops can suffer from costly damage whether they're made of laminate, marble, granite, or any other material. Here are ways people unintentionally damage their countertops, with tips on how to keep yours in tip-top shape for years to come.

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1. Many hard surfaces crack under pressure. Placing heavy objects near unsupported edges or joints can cause cracks, ruptures, and fractures. You had better think twice before purchasing that extra-heavy microwave or standing on the countertop to reach a high shelf!

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2. Heavy duty cleaning products containing bleach or ammonia can cause stone and granite countertops to lose their luster. To prevent them from fading, stick with soap and hot water for daily cleanups.

3. Check the manufacturer's recommendations before you put toaster ovens, slow cookers, and other heat-generating appliances on your countertop, because temperature changes can cause some materials to crack. Rather place a trivet or cutting board between the appliance and the counter.

4. Because marble countertops are made of calcium carbonate, which is chemically a base, they're especially sensitive to anything acidic. One simple splash of vinegar, wine, lemon juice, or tomato sauce will cause dull spots, known as etches, on the surface. If you spill anything acidic on your marble countertop, clean it up right away with water, then neutralize the stain by sprinkling baking soda onto it.

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5. Pools of water, especially hard tap water, can cause stains and white crusty buildup if left on the kitchen counter. After wiping up the spilled water, be sure to completely dry the countertop with a towel to prevent future problems.

6. Chopping, slicing, and dicing directly on the kitchen countertop is not good. Fine scratches can disrupt the waterproof sealant on most countertops, making them more susceptible to damage down the road.

7. Splitting or peeling edges are common problems on laminate countertops. Reduce the stress on your counters by never leaning on the edges.

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8. Placing a hot pot directly on a countertop can cause discoloration or cracking. Use trivets or pot holders as a barrier, or risk creating a burn mark you’ll forever regret.

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9. Everyone wants a sunny kitchen, but direct sunlight can cause laminate countertops to fade. Sunlight can also fade some sealants used on granite and wood countertops. Pull down a shade during peak daylight hours to minimize long-term damage.

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10. Do not always prepare food in the same spot. Over time, that section of the counter will suffer from scratches, etches, and other signs of wear and tear. Try migrating to different parts of the counter regularly.

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JUL
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Contemporary Melamine Kitchens

Contemporary style kitchens are popular due to the simplicity.  Bold solid melamine finishes work well with achieving a streamline design that does not distract the eye.  Melamine is also a great option when doing a stylish kitchen on a budget.

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Melamine works well with a contemporary design as the product comes in a flat finish and is finished off with either a 0.4mm,1mm or 2mm PVC edging.  When done correctly the glue line is neat and tidy and you can barely notice it.

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Melamines are available through various suppliers and at Weizter we are able to offer several Brand names.

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Choose Weizter today to make your kitchen a beautiful space in which you can enjoy making meals for the family, friends or business associates.

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JUN
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Luxury Walk in Closets

Walk in closets are becoming a high priority in all parts of the world. Keeping it simple would be the number 1 rule when designing your walk in closet space. While an open walk in closet is always popular, it can look untidy when your closet has multiple colour schemes and is not bound by a uniformal look.

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In many of the online pictures you see, you will notice that the closet has been staged with uniformal clothing that sticks to a specific theme or colour choice.

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By adding a sliding door in front of your walk in closet space you create a neat looking space without comprimising on style.

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Choose Weizter today for a high end Walk in closet space that your friends will envy you for.

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Taking care of your kitchen herb garden during the winter

1. Herbs need humidity

Kitchen herbs prefer a humidity level of 30 to 45 percent. Unfortunately, during the winter months, the humidity level in heated homes tends to only be 10 to 20 percent. To combat low humidity, frequently mist the herbs. Or turn on a humidifier to increase cut through dry air.

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2. Move them into sunny spots

From summer to winter, the angle of the sun changes, so you need to move your herbs near a different window for the season. You can also wash the window glass, inside and out, to help let in more light. Don’t forget to rotate the herbs every so often to make sure they receive light evenly on all sides.

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3. Do not give too much water

Considering their growth rate is significantly slower during the winter, herbs do not require as much water. Check the soil by putting your finger about one inch into the soil. If it feels dry, the plant needs a good soaking. Be sure to use lukewarm water!

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4. No food needed

Due to very little growth, giving or changing fertilizer is not needed during the winter months. It’s best to withhold food until next spring, when the days are much longer and the sun is stronger. Resume weekly feedings closer to spring to give your plants a boost.

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5.  Check the temperature

During the daytime, most herb gardens prefer a temperature between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, and at night time about 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can be damaging, so it’s best to keep your herbs away from cold windows, or sources of heat, such as stoves, fireplaces, and radiators.

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There are a lot of aspects around your kitchens herb garden, new trends are popping up every day, one of them is by usining your freshly grown herbs as decor points in your kitchen to give it a bit of that natural flair that has gone missing over the years.

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Taking care of your kitchen herb garden

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1. Using the right growing soil.

Indoor herbs have a better shot at healthy growth if you plant them in a sterile growing soil. Choose a “potting mix” or “growing mix” that has the word “sterile” on the label. This type of growing medium contains a germ-free mixture of lightweight ingredients, such as peat moss, vermiculite, and shredded pine bark, which resist compaction so roots can develop easily. Avoid using soil from your garden that can become dense and compact, and also contains bacteria and/or tiny insects that could kill your kitchen herbs.

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2. Startig seeds can go further.

If you purchase young plants from a garden center, you’ll be harvesting in no time—but once those plants “go to seed” they’ll quit producing herbs. So for kitchen herb gardens that last, buy seed packets, from which you can grow multiple plants. A single young plant runs R40 to R60 while a packet of seeds can provide you with 20 plants, or more, for about R20. Most herbs will be ready to harvest in two to three months from the time the seeds sprout.

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3. Keep soil moist until sprouts appear.

Kitchen herb seeds are quick to develop but they require a consistent level of moisture until they sprout. Fill your pot with damp growing medium. Place two to five seeds on top of the medium, and then lightly sprinkle dry soil on top—just a dusting will do. Cover the entire pot with plastic wrap and put it in a dark location until the seeds sprout. Then, remove the plastic and set the pot on the windowsill.

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4. Start new seeds often.

The average herb plant will reach maturity and go to seed in about four months, after which it will no longer produce fresh herbs. By about every two months, the new plants will be producing vigorous growth by the time the existing ones are declining, and you’ll always have a fresh supply of herbs.

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5. Don't use too much fertilizer.

You can feed your kitchen herbs with a vegetable fertilizer every two or three months, but dilute the solution to one-third the recommended strength. Indoor herbs do well with a small amount of fertilizer, while too much can cause rapid growth that reduces the flavor of the herbs.

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 6. Harvest often.

Harvesting leaves from the tops of herb stems will encourage the plant to grow more. Just be sure to snip carefully. Remove no more than 1/3 of a stem when you’re ready to add the herb to your food. Cutting too much can damage the plant and cause it to stop growing.

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7. Water spray your herbs.

Spraying your herbs once a week is usually sufficient. Most herbs prefer slightly damp, but not soggy, conditions. Give plants enough water so that a little excess runs into the drainage saucer below. An hour after watering, dump out the saucer to ensure that the roots aren’t sitting in water. If the soil dries out very quickly, which can happen if the herb is growing rapidly and its roots are absorbing more moisture than normal, water every three to five days. 

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Please visit again next week for some more pointers on your kitchen herb garden.

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JUN
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Monochromatic Kitchens

Monochromatic kitchens have become popular as they are simple, contemporary and timeless.

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Monochromatic colour schemes originate from a single base hue and extended using shades, tones and tints. Monochromatic kitchen colour schemes provide a strong sense of visual consistency and can help support communication objectives through the use of connotative colour. The relative absence of hue contrast can be offset by variations in tone and the addition of texture.

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According to science the true monochromatic images can be strictly created only of shades of one colour fading to black. While the word monochromatic factually means a singular colour, it actually means that the colour will be developed in a few ways to create a liveable space. Neutral colour schemes can also be monochromatic, with variations of a neutral colour.

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The most attractive and enjoyable way to complete your colour scheme is with texture and print. Texture adds interest to the room through the uneven surface that varies how light hits the surface. A texture can appear light and dark, even when created with the same colour. Fabric Bar stools or a wooded chandelier will add depth and assist in giving added detail to any kitchen using the monochromatic colour scheme. 

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Neutrals make the best monochromatic schemes. Consider a neutral monochromatic colour scheme for your kitchen to create a space that will be timeless and not overstated. 

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How to start your kitchen herb garden

If you appreciate having an abundance of flavor and tastes on hand at all times—and saving more money in the long run—keep reading. This guide will help you grow successful well established kitchen herb gardens that brim with strong, healthy plants. Take your culinary accomplishments to the next level, and your family and friends will thank you!

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How to start your garden:

1. A sunny spot to help them grow.

Herbs love the sun; they tend to grow tall and straggly without it, producing limp stems instead of healthy compact buds. To successfully grow herbs indoors, choose spaces that receives a minimum of four to six hours of direct sunlight per day. For even growth, turn your herb pots around every day or two to ensure that all sides receive an equal amount of direct sunlight.

Additionaly you can buy or build grow kits were there are no sunlight available.

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While some containers add a touch of style to a kitchen’s décor, herbs—like all pot plants—need good drainage. The pots you choose should have drain holes in the bottoms. You may see photos of herbs tucked into pretty little cups and glasses, but without drain holes, the plants are at risk of developing fungal diseases would most likely kill them.

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3. Grow herbs you need!

The best herbs for you are the ones you actually love to use—especially considering how you’ll need to harvest the herbs frequently anyway for the health of the plants. If you enjoy Italian or Mediterranean fare, start with basil, oregano, parsley, and mint in your kitchen herb garden. Other famous herbs that home chefs frequently reach for include chives, thyme, cilantro, and rosemary.

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4. Save space with dwarf varieties.

Think small when choosing herbs for kitchen gardens, where space is often limited. Dwarf varieties allow you to have all the herbs you want without taking up much room.

These petite plants also make it easier to invoke another space-saving principle: the use of vertical space. Consider stacking your short potted plants vertically—on shelves, tiers, or wall hooks—up along a well-lit backsplash or wall in the kitchen.

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Kitchen herb gardens

If you enjoy cooking, you know how a garden of fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add a bright zest to your creations. A handful of Italian basil, some tomatoes, olive oil and mozzarella can make a delicious and fast summertime meal, so why not create your own kitchen herb garden so that fresh ideas and herbs are at the ready all year-round? Harvesting herbs from your own garden will enhance your home and all your meals.

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The use of fresh herbs can mean the difference between decent food and truly vibrant, delicious cuisine. But purchasing such herbs at the shop can get pricey, especially if you only need a sprig or two. Plus, it’s a lot more convenient to have the likes of fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, and so much more right at your disposal, whenever you get the urge to whip something up.

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A good kitchen garden starts with a sunny – and convenient – spot in the kitchen; say, near a window and acess to water points. If cutting herbs means a long traipse to the backyard garden, you’ll not be as likely to use herbs from there as opposed to from one that is located inside.

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Supplemental lighting can let you nurture a kitchen herb garden even if you don’t have an adequately sunny spot. Grow  kits are available from garden centers or online retailers for between R800 to R1500, depending on size. And if you’re DIY-handy, you can build lighting using dimensional lumber to construct a frame and standard fluorescent bulbs and fixtures. Whatever you rig up, remember: You’ll need to position your plants within a few inches of the fluorescent bulbs for the best results.

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