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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Protect Your Window Treatments From Your Cats With These Tips

by Scott Gordon

Adorning your windows with curtains, blinds and other window treatments is something that you do to maintain some privacy in your home. However, if you have cats, it can be a challenge to keep your window treatments free from clawmarks and hair. The tips below offer you some suggestions you can use to protect window treatments from your cats.

Start with the Right Fabric

The first thing you need to do in order to protect your window treatments from the cats in your home is to ensure that you've chosen fabric that won't attract their hair. Make a choice to seek out fabrics such as cotton chintz, silk and polyester, which can be better for a home with pets.

After you've chosen a fabric that won't attract cat hair, it's a good idea to make sure that the fabric you've chosen isn't an open weave fabric like linen. Cat claws can make these kinds of fabrics look tattered and worn. Instead, stick with closed weave materials such as polyester.

Avoid Drawstrings and Curtain Ties

If you have a cat, you know that they find strings to be a source of entertainment. The drawstrings and cords of your blinds and the curtain ties you use may invite your cats to play with them, which could result in damage to the window treatments. Not only that, but they could be at risk for getting tangled up or choke attempting to swallow the plastic pull on your blinds.

To prevent problems, you might opt not to use curtain ties and then take steps to hide drawstrings and blind cords. You might also choose to use window treatments that have no such cords, such as Roman shades.

Move Furniture Away from the Window Treatments

With their claws, your cats can climb any curtains you have hung. To avoid this, make every effort to move your furniture away from your window treatments so there isn't a temptation to jump off the couch and onto the curtains, for example. Make sure that shelves, bookcases, side tables and other furniture are at a considerable distance from your windows so that your cats are less likely to bother the treatments that adorn them.

With the ideas laid out above, you can take some steps to protect your window treatments from the attention of the kitties in your home. Talk to local retailers like F & R Interiors for more suggestions about window treatments that might be suitable for your situation.

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