Jun 10, 2016

Simple Decoration Projects that Can Completely Transform Your Home

If your decor is starting to feel a little drab, there are several simple decor projects that can completely transform your space. Over time, it is easy to make a junk collection that you do not need and it can bog your space down unnecessarily.

The first and most budget friendly thing that you can do is de-clutter your space. Go from room to room and clear out any unneeded clutter. For the items that are beyond repair, get waste collection services to have somebody handle their rubbish disposal. Old clothing, furniture, and household items that are still usable can be donated to charities. Many will pay for the rubbish collection to be transported from your home to their collection centers. The act of clearing old unwanted items will allow space for the items that you really love to take center stage.

While de-cluttering, of course, you get all the items you need for the future décor. You can use practically anything. Use the imagination to draw up schemes and get all the ideas. The more imagination you apply, the more options you will have for the décor. Tap into every item and see whether it can be used as a decoration and, if yes, whether it can be used as the decoration you want. If not, well, the rubbish disposal is always an option.

Another simple decoration project that uses what you already have is to rearrange your furniture. Keep function in mind when trying to determine a new arrangement. Furniture can be set at angles to create better flow through a space. Old pieces can be given a new function that will continue to evolve with your style.

Once you have taken care of proper waste clearance and furniture arrangements, you can move on to injecting a new feeling into your decor. Look at recent color trends online or in decor publications that you admire. Browse designer portfolios or even simple DIY ideas – there are so many on the internet that you can surely get not just one or two ideas.

Is there a trendy pattern or color that you have been particularly drawn to recently? Change out the inexpensive soft goods such as curtains, towels or throw pillows. You can find affordable options that will enhance your newly reclaimed space. If you are ready to make a larger commitment, paint is also a good option. You can paint an accent color on a single wall or completely transform an entire room. Simply put your imagination and creativity to work and see what they can figure out for you.

Making a design is not hard, you just need to work for it.

May 27, 2016

Plan a Romantic Getaway to Tuscany

Anyone knows that if you want to take your relationship up a notch, plan a romantic trip. Not just any trip, a trip where you know romance is everywhere you look. If you’ve been meaning to get away or desire to spend extra time with your significant other, going to Italy would be top on my list. Not only is it super romantic (duh! lol), but it’s a great place to reconnect and make new memories. One place in Italy I’d love to visit in particular is Tuscany. With the rolling hills and happily ever after villas and castles, I'd love to go here with BK and explore the sites. In fact, here are a few activities and ideas that will make your stay in Tuscany extra romantic:

Stay in a castle or stunning villa

Honestly I’d be thrilled to either stay in a castle or villa while in Tuscany, or both if time allows! Both would no doubt be comfy and romantic, especially with all of the scenery surrounding the property! Tuscany villas would make it easy to experience Tuscany with your significant other because villas are private and relaxing. If you have a busy day touring the area I bet it would be delightful coming back to the villa to relax. And let's not forget about the cooking tours in Italy that you can be a part of! Enjoy your stay at a villa while soaking up the culture and eating and making delicious foods. 

The same goes for a castle. Castles are also very quiet and usually are tucked away in an area that’s remote and enchanting. Not only would it be fun to talk about the history behind the castle’s secret past with one another, but you could have fun roaming the castle (if allowed) like Beauty and the Beast. I would love nothing more than being with my love in a castle and then later laying out at the pool while enjoying romantic moments together!

Enjoying the enchanting streets

Of course there are so many quaint towns to discover in Tuscany that will lead you to romantic destinations. I'm talking scenic overviews, lovely churches, and hidden restaurants you may have never normally encountered. Spend your evenings catching up over some delicious pizza and enjoy each other’s company as the sun sets. I don’t know about you but having a vacation in Italy would be romantic and relaxing. Plus it would build my relationship with my love and strengthen our bond.

When you travel do you feel like romantic destinations make your love grow stronger?

May 25, 2016

Laser Age Spot Removal

Age spots are the body’s natural defense mechanism to sun exposure.  By developing these dark colored spots at the skin surface, our body is protecting itself from harmful and potentially cancer causing ultraviolet light.  A common sun spot (also known as a lentigine) is an aggregation of melanocytes or pigmented cells.  They can appear light or dark brown and are usually smaller than a coin.

Although sun spots may be meant to protect us from UV exposure, they can be unsightly.  Luckily, there are excellent options for removing them.  Laser treatments, IPL (photofacials), and liquid nitrogen can all be used for age spot removal.

At Celibre Medical, we prefer laser treatments for the removal of age spots, and in particular, we use q-switched lasers.  Q-switched lasers are designed to remove tattoos, birthmarks, freckles, flat moles and other dark spots or marks.  Because of the high power required to remove birthmarks and tattoos, this type of laser has an easy time of permanently removing sun damage and age spots.  Typically 1-3 visits are required and at our practice, we space these treatments one month apart.  There can be a minor recovery period after the treatment and we refer to this as “social” downtime”. One would not need to take time of work, but there may be darkening, crusting or even light scabbing of the spots that would discourage a patient from working or attending social events.

IPl (Intense Pulsed Light) is another light based option for improving sun damage.  Although not a laser, IPL can be effective in removing some forms of sun damage.  Like lasers, there may be some flaking or crusting after treatment that may result in several days of social downtime or recovery.
A more traditional method of treating age spots is liquid nitrogen.  Liquid nitrogen has been used for many years to remove sun spots and can be effective.  The drawback is that the process creates a significant injury to the skin which can result in deeper scabbing and hyperpigmentation that does not accompany laser treatments.

Guest Blogger Kevin DiCerbo is the Director of Celibre Medical. He has been working side by side with Dr. Harold J Kaplan since 2004 and has managed Celibre Medical since its inception. He is a certified medical laser safety office (CMLSO) and uses his knowledge of laser physics to help patients understand laser treatments. He has a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA.