Oct 6, 2015

French Provincial Decorating 101

Whenever you think about the French countryside and the Provence, a picture of lavender fields and bright sunshine comes into your mind. While there are many other elements that add to its beauty, traditional French Country style casts off an elegant, rustic old-world look that is warm and welcoming.

Bright black and dull grays tend to punctuate and contrast other bright colors used. Rusted metal furniture and lighting fixtures are just what you need to create graceful French chateaux look. Here are a few ways how you can capture the suave French provincial display in all your interiors:

Natural Materials

Unlike the trendy and cosmopolitan lifestyle of Paris, southern France is known for its country-like aura. This necessitates the need to use natural materials to create the perfect French provincial look. Pained plaster or rough stained walls, delicately carved wood, hefty beaming ceilings and walls and rush-woven chair seats make up for the ideal countryside look and feel. Add natural stone floors with cotton or woolen rugs to give your home the perfect finishing touch.

Neutral Palette

While neutral palette looks plain and boring in modern homes, it does bring an air of calm in your dwelling. Add accents of other colors. Use high-quality matte finishes. To capture the essence of France, use beige color for interior walls (especially your living room).

Stone Fireplace

No real French Country home is considered complete if it does not have a stone fireplace. Use a heavy beam at the top of the opening to serve as a mantle. Stone or ceramic tiles should form the border of the fireplace. The hearth can either be brick, clay or herbs. To complete the fireplace, you need to buy copper pots and iron accessory pieces. Hang them on the sidewall and your French fireplace is complete!

Dining Tables

For the French countryside, simplicity is beauty. This means that you need not invest in really expensive dinner tables. A large, rectangular or round dining table with dull-wax or low-sheen finish will suffice. Carved and curved details grace your dining. Similarly, the chairs need to be either ladderback or must have vertical slats, with rush seatings.


The beautiful colors of lavender fields make up for the captivating French countryside look. Use traditional fabrics that combine well with stripes, checks and basic plaids. Traditional provincial prints are often a combination of primary colors, in varying shades of bright orange, greens and lavenders.


Some of the most common traditional country motifs and products include sunflowers, lavenders, beetles, olives, grapes and roosters. The designs should be arranged at regular intervals and bordered by a wide panel of all motifs in different scales. This design is typical for all textile products, such as curtain panels and tablecloths.


Another important traditional design in the French countryside involves the theme of farm animals and Chinese patterns. Toile refers to white, cream or yellow grounds with large motifs offered in single contrasting colors, such as red, blue, black or green, with a depiction of courting scenes from the 18th century. Most of the toile patterns are printed on cotton or linen. Adding these to your home will complete your French display.

Complement all of the above display features with lots of flowers and pots, and you have officially brought home the French countryside beauty!

Tips offered by JC @ChristopheLiving.

Sep 17, 2015

Everything You Need to Know about Pet Health

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares some important health facts every pet owner need to know.

Although it sounds great to always provide what’s best for your adorable pets, sometimes, it isn’t always attainable, especially that when it comes to their health, things can get a bit confusing. Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. Even in your own little way, it is possible to make them happy and healthy. You can always start by knowing these pet health facts:

1. Regular Pet Health Consultation is a Must.

Just like humans, animals also suffer from complications, such as toothache, arthritis, and even congenital problems. And, the best way to avoid any of these is to consult the veterinarian every year.

During an examination, a vet should check on the weight and nutrition of your fluffy pal. He should also provide essential vaccinations, dental check-ups, as well as parasite control.

2. Spaying is a Procedure that Must be Performed at an Early Age.

In the United States alone, there are about 8 to 10 million pets that end up in shelters. While some of them are lost, others are completely homeless.

In order to reduce the number, it is advised that owners must neuter their pets. It is a process that should be performed at an early age, if possible, as early as six to eight weeks.

Spaying doesn’t just reduce the population of lost and homeless pets; it can also benefit the pet. According to studies, it even reduces the risk of certain cancers.

3. Pets Must Keep a Healthy Weight.

Same as to humans, pet obesity comes with health risks, such as arthritis, cancer, and diabetes. 

In many countries, dogs and cats are obese. This is because some pet owners feed them with almost anything at any time of the day. Technically, pets need fewer calories in their body, which means, they need a balanced and nutritious diet. However, to be sure, you can always talk to your vet. He can give feeding suggestions based on the lifestyle of your pet.

4. Pets Need a Happy Environment.

To boost the health and welfare of your feline and canine friends, a happy environment is required. Professionals say that pets also need mental stimulation, which means owners must always give time to walk their pooches.

Also, this may suggest more playing time and exercise. Not only will it prevent them from getting bored, it will also help keep their muscles toned.

5. Pets Must Not Take People Medication.

Medications intended for humans must never be given to pets. It may only lead to death. Human drugs may lead to seizures, kidney damage, or cardiac arrest in your pets.

In the event that your pet accidentally consumed your medication, it is advised that you bring them to the vet immediately.

For many, pets are considered members of the family, more like children. With that being said, they deserve the best possible kind of life an owner can provide to avoid losing them. Though it wouldn’t be that easy to provide them with everything at first, with these facts, you can surely make a difference.

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter.

Sep 7, 2015

intelliGLASS Screen Protector Review for my iPhone

I was given the IntelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector for my iPhone 5S to review and I am loving it! The old screen protector on my phone was wearing off since I've had my iPhone for almost a year now. I got my past screen protector at a mall and there was some sticky residue left over after I took the screen protector off that I didn't really care for.

The new screen protector was easy to apply and doesn't have any air bubbles. Check out more reasons below why I'm loving this screen protector below:

They really put a lot of thought into the packaging. The graphics and the way everything is packaged looks amazing. Plus, everything the company advertises outside of the packing is true. In the past I've paid $20 or more for a so-called amazing screen protector. I'm left with a screen protector that's hard to apply, doesn't really seem that clear to me, and doesn't stay on my phone. 

intellGlASS's product was super easy to apply, so far is staying on my iPhone exceptionally well, and I can actually see my iPhone's screen without a glare. Plus, it's thick which makes me feel like if I were to "scratch" my screen the screen protector would do its job. 

Let's talk about how the screen protector came: 
You open up the screen protector case and it's extremely well put together. The application kit is to the left which includes a card to help you apply the glass and an alcohol pad to clean your phone before application. There's also a soft cloth that you can use to wipe off your phone after you use the alcohol wipe. 

On the right side there's the screen protector with instructions. I appreciated that the instructions were short and sweet, making it super easy for me to apply the screen protector to my iPhone. 

Once I put the screen protector on my phone, once again it was easy to apply. I didn't even have to take it off to reapply due to air bubbles. Since it's a thicker screen protector it goes on quickly and easily, as long as you align it right away. 

I'm glad I tried this screen protector; my iPhone looks great! Thanks for intelliGLASS for the opportunity to apply this screen protector!

**I was provided with the screen protector in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own.**