Beach Essentials from Sand Cloud!!

Beach Essentials from Sand Cloud
We’re loving this new Wanderlust Beach Towel from Sand Cloud!! 
“This Tie-Dye towel will be the grooviest towel at any beach, festival, or park. This towel is the definition of “Peace, Love, and Good Vibes.” With its radical patterns you are totally ready to kick back and have a great time! Every Wanderlust Tie dye is hand made and one of a kind with the color!”

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Welcome: Escape to the Shore!

We welcome the story of Escape to the Shore!!

“My husband,Jim, and I have a passion for renovating and my preferred style is coastal style.  My husband loves beaches, too, but prefers more of a cabin feel – but that is a story for another day.  With our love of the beach, we love to bring the coastal feel into our home.

I can tell that I am far from unique with so many HGTV shows focusing on the coast or beach including:  Caribbean Life, Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Island Hunters, Island Life, Hawaii Life, Building Hawaii, Beach Flips, Amazing Water Homes, Big Beach Builds, Lakefront Bargain Hunt, The Hunt for Waterfront,  etc.  Even the most popular show, Fixer Upper, which doesn’t focus on the beach has done its fair share of coastal themed houses in and around Waco, TX.

What makes decorating in a coastal style more interesting is that, although we love the beach, we live in Kansas.  Yep, right in the middle of the United States – no beach in sight!  So decorating in a coastal style is not very easy here.  Most of my shopping is done online, and I find myself spending way more time than I should finding coastal, beach or nautical items for our house.  We work hard to make it have a ‘coastal feel’ without being kitschy.  We like to bring in the tones and colors of the beach with just a few true nautical pieces in each room to bring it together.  Our favorite being boats.  We find it is best to bring coastal items, rustic items, wood & metal items, as well as cottage items together for a more cohesive, eclectic look – similar to what is regularly featured on the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’.  We have a long way to go but are slowly getting there.

Since it has been so difficult to find good pieces, we figured others are probably facing the same problem.  That has led us to begin bringing beach, coastal, nautical and tropical items from various sites all together to make both our search, and searches of people like us, easier.  We have just started and so far only list Amazon products but intend to ramp up fairly quickly with products from other sites.  We launched in June 2016 and plan to grow the site daily with new products.  We hope people will subscribe to our mailing list so they are the first to know as new products are added.

For those that love to travel to the beach, we have also added information to help people learn about some of the beaches around the country.  Whether they are looking for family friendly beaches, romantic beaches or beaches full of adventure, we would like to help people find their perfect beach.  We will continue to add more information on beaches regularly to make this a tool that will be valuable to everyone.  And for those who either need clothes that are comfortable on the beach or just want that casual feeling at home, we are also adding clothes that are casual and comfortable, or for those lucky few who will go on cruises – cruise ready dresses!”

Escape to the Shore

While Escape to the Shore is a new coastal business, we here at Sally Lee love their story and idea of getting everyone the coastal goods they crave.  No matter where they live!

Go check out their website now! 

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Graham & Brown has the best selection of wallpaper to choose from, whether you want a damask for the living room, stripe patterns for the kitchen or a floral for the bedroom of your beach house.

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With a vast color palette spanning soft blush pinks and deep purples to dramatic black and subtle beiges, we are bound to have something perfect for your home. We also have a range of popular plain wallpapers to compliment many of our feature designs.

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New Beach Goodies from The Starfish Collection!

blue and green starfish
Hand painted Natural Starfish
natural dried sea fans
Natural Dried Sea Fans
starfish and capiz shell garland
Starfish & Capiz Seashell Garland

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Tips on Getting a New HVAC Unit Installed!

Tips on Getting a New HVAC Unit Installed

Getting a new HVAC unit installed is very expensive and complex for everyone involved. The choosing of your HVAC unit will require professional advice due to the amount of options available. You should get an estimate from each of the companies in your area to find out which one is the best fit. The following are a few tips that can help you get a new unit with ease.

The Right Contractors

Making sure you get the right contractors is the most important part of ensuring you get a quality Air Conditioning Installation in Edmond, OK. Be sure to check any prospective companies references and their standing with the Better Business Bureau. If you try to get the cheapest contractor, without verifying their legitimacy, you will probably get ripped off and end up paying more money in the long run.

Avoid Used

Many homeowners try to cut corners by purchasing a used HVAC unit, which can lead to a disaster. Generally, used HVAC units have no warranty and are usually defective in some way, so beware because if it sound too good to be true, it probably is. The price of a new unit is far more expensive than a used one, but the new one will come with a warranty and is guaranteed to work. If you are trying to save money, this is not the area you want to cut costs due to the long term repercussions it can bring.

Proper SIze

Getting the right size HVAC unit for your home is very important, so you should seek the advice of a professional HVAC technician before making your decision. If the unit is too small, it will run constantly while it tries to cool your home. This will result in very high energy bills, which is bad for your wallet and the environment. The overworking of the unit will also lead to the early demise of the HVAC system, which will result in you having to buy another new unit.

Energy Efficiency is Key

Another very important thing that you will have to think about when trying to get the right HVAC unit is the energy efficiency it will have. The last thing that a homeowner wants is to get a unit that will run their electric bill up due to a bad design. Most of the units out there have an EnergyStar rating that will lay out how efficient they are. By finding a unit that has a high EnergyStar rating, a person will be able to get the efficiency they are looking for.

Getting a Professional Opinion

Before seeking out a new HVAC unit, a homeowner will need to make sure that they get a second opinion regarding whether or not the unit in place needs to be changed out. If you avoid getting this type of second opinion, then you run the risk of spending money that is not needed. A professional will be able to inspect the unit and tell you what condition that it is in. The same professionals will be able to remove the unit and get the new one installed in a hurry.

Duct Cleaning

Another important thing that a homeowner will need to consider before getting a new unit installed is getting the ducts in the home cleaned. Over the years, the ductwork will collect a lot of dust and allergens, which will make it very hard for the air to get through. Rather than installing the new unit with this type of problem present, you will need to do all you can to fix it. The money that is spent on this type of maintenance will be worth it when you are able to give your unit the environment it needs to perform at peak efficiency. Be sure to speak with the professionals doing the cleaning to find out how often the ducts need to be cleaned.

If you are looking for a company to do your air conditioning install work, you should check with your local BBB. You may also want to get the advice of friends and family on who they use for their HVAC repairs. Be sure to verify all licenses and insurance are valid before you hire a company. Without the right information, you will not be able to get the right hire made. You will also need to take the time to look online to find out about the companies in your area. The more you are able to find out about these companies, the faster you can find the right one.

Having Insulation in Your Basement can be Beneficial!

How Getting Basement Insulation Can Be Beneficial

A home is a big responsibility. In order to keep a home in good condition, you will have to take the time to inspect it for repair issues on a regular basis. The basement that a home has will usually go unnoticed until the homeowner decides they want to fix it up. Getting avantagesd’isolation sous-sol can help to save a homeowner a lot of money and stress over the years. In order to get the right results from this insulation job, you will have to find the right professionals to help out. Here are some of the benefits that come along with having your basement insulated.

Reduce the Energy that You Use

For most homeowners, finding ways to cut monthly costs is important and something they are always looking for. By taking the time to have your basement insulated, you will be able to reduce the amount of energy you use. The more insulation that a home has, the less air will be able to escape. When the summer months roll around, you want to have all of the help you can to reduce the energy that you are using. With this investment, you will be able to save a lot of money in the long run.

It is Great Soundproofing

In some cases, a homeowner will want to turn their basement into a media room. When doing this, they will need to think about how to soundproof the room so it will not disturb other members of the household. By putting insulation in, you will be able to reduce the amount of noise that comes out of this room in a cost effective way. Be sure to talk with the professionals that are doing this work to find out what type of insulation they recommend for this job.

Increasing the Value of Your Home

Most homeowners fail to realize that finishing a basement is a great way to add value to their residence. When the time comes to sale a home, the homeowner will need to have all of their ducks in a row. Having a finished basement in a home is a great way to entice buyers and make a home more attractive. Getting insulation is a big part of finishing this part of a home. Rather than let this room turn into an eyesore, you can invest a little money and turn it into an appealing part of your residence.

Having a few different companies come out and bid on this job is the best way to find the best possible deal on the insulation work you need.