Shoe Storage – The Shoe Aficionado’s Friend

You may not be in Imelda Marcos's league (in the 1980's, the widow of former Philippine president Fernando Marco was infamous for, among other things, her collection of more than 3,000 shoes), but you're no slouch in the shoe department. You have shoes for everyday wear, for your dancing nights on the town, and for each of your athletic pursuits. Oh, and you just found a great shoe sale, so you'll be adding to your already more-than-adequate shoe supply. Maybe it's time to think about shoe storage.

Stacking your shoes on the closet floor or lining them up under your bed might work, but if you want to be able to find just the right shoe at a moment's notice, a more organized form of shoe storage can do the trick.

With so many types and style of shoe organizers on the market, the only trouble you will have with shoe storage is deciding which one to choose.

Here are a few of your options:

If you want to keep your shoes out where you and others can admire them, consider a standing, rotating, shoe tree to display your collection. You'll find spinning shoe trees in attractive finishes like metallic bronze, and the best come with racks that can be adjusted vertically. Look for a rack with a weighted bottom to keep the stand from tipping over.

If you want the ultimate protection for your shoes, take a look at canvas shoe drawers, where you can hide your shoes away from dust and potential scuffing. You can find shoe drawers either as free-standing or hanging units. With shoe drawers, you gain the added flexibility of being able to store other items, like scarves, socks, or belts.

If saving space is an issue, how about an over-the-door shoe rack? Over-the-door shoe racks come in several styles, everything from a bamboo rack for your flip-flops and sandals to racks with fashionable wood frames and chrome inserts.

With the proper shoe storage , you'll always have room for that perfect new pair!

Why the Color White Does not Work For Everyone

White is a staple in most women's wardrobes. But believe it or not, it does not work for everyone. In fact stark white does not work for most women!

Every woman has a unique natural movement that is expressed in her body language, physical features, and overall approach to life. We look our best when we wear colors that match our natural movement and expression.

Let's look at white through a vibrational / movement lens. Imagine a scale where one end of the scale represents no movement and the other end of the scale represents very high movement. Where would you place stark white on that scale?

Think about it, white is still, constant, plain and pure. White is color with nothing added. It would go on the no movement side of the scale. If you are the type of woman with a higher more dynamic or buoyant nature, white is going to appear as though it is sitting on top of your body rather than becoming a part of your whole expression of beauty. If you are a woman with a more subdued nature, white is way to stark and cold for your natural warmth and comforting style. Women with a more structured, stylized nature look best in stark white.

Here are some substitutes for white for women with different natural movement levels. Changing your pure, stark whites to these honoring substitutes will bring life and vitality to your natural beauty.

If your natural movement is more buoyant and spontaneous, you will look best in winter white. Your naturally sunny nature is honored by the warmth of winter white.

If your natural movement is more subdued and gentle, you will look best in eggshell white. Adding the grayed undertone supports your relaxed, calm approach to life.

If your natural movement is more swift and dynamic, you will look best in a shade of light tan that we call wheat. This golden tan color honors your rich and substantial approach to life.

Pure / stark white when worn by the wrong woman will add years and the illusion of added pounds to your appearance. So throw away the idea that white is a neutral that everyone can wear. It's just not true.

Giving up your white is not as hard as you think. Replacing it with your version of white to honor your true nature will take years off your appearance and pounds off your body. And with results like that who would not want to give up their stark whites!

Knowing your true nature and natural movement and matching your clothing to honor this natural expression will bring out your true beauty to a level that will even surprise yourself.

Antique Furniture: The Timeless Classic

When you do a search online for Antique Furniture, one of the first listings that pop up is a Wikipedia article stating just the general basics of how antique furniture is valued. These criteria include how the monetary value of a piece of antique furniture correlates to its age, rarity, and condition.

What exactly does this mean for a consumer looking to add antique decor to a house? The factors vary. While they are highly collectible, acquiring Antique Furniture began as a means to express one's status, and to this day is still an effective means to do so. Antique Furniture captures the essence of the height of style and luxury from the era the furniture originates. Purchasing a table from Leighton Hall for example, captures the grandeur of the old English estate, and can create a similar feeling of ageless rustic royalty in the room. Alternately, a purchase of antique EJ Victor furniture may create the appearance eighth century high class with its hand made craftsmanship.

These days, most furniture stores will offer to sell antiques right along their brand new factory-direct couches, tables, chairs and cabinets. In these situations, caveat emptor is the rule. Without you already happen to be a connoisseur of all things antique, or can bring one with you, it is recommended that you keep your eye open for a couple of things. If you want a real antique, see if you can find some sort of maker's mark. Once locating this, take note of a manufacture date. Take this information to a knowledgeable source to see if they have any more information for you concerning the piece of furniture you have your eye on. Something you can do on your own is to look for imperfections in the restoration of the article you are thinking about purchasing. Uneven finishes, mottle veneer, and other indicators that it was a rushed job are all signs that you should either move on, or expect to spend some extra money fixing it up.

Those looking specifically for Antique Furniture will have much better luck going to an actual antiques furniture store. Many of them have a passion for the business, and these individuals are knowledgeable about their work. Instead of going off site for information about an item of furniture you have in mind, sales staff often times have great insight into the items they sell. You also will be hard pressed to find a better selection of antique furniture than at a store that actually specializes in what you're looking for. At a good antique store you'll be able to find a wide assortment of price, style, and rarity while being met with excellent condition across the board.

Treadmill Deck Info: Treadmill Decks Materials and Warranty

Treadmill deck is the material that forms the hard surface on which you run. In other words it's the supportive surface. This article identifies the decking from the tread belt which is the belt that moves across the decking.

Important

Treadmill manufacturers do not provide a great deal of information about the actual construction materials of their decks. These days most treadmills, especially if priced above $ 1,000 are constructed with decently strong tread decks (usually medium density fibreboard with a duo phenolic coating – all discussed in detail below).

However, strength is not the be all and end all. If strength were most important, more treadmill manufacturers would use metal. Metal is used, but not extensively.

What are decking construction objectives?

Like I said above, if strength was the only objective, metal or steel decks would rule the day. But strength is not the only objective. Quality decking should:

  • Be strong
  • Be durable
  • Have some elasticity (ie slightly flexible, but not bouncy)
  • Minimize noise (ie muffle noise if possible)
  • Have a smooth surface to minimizeize tread belt friction

What materials are used?

Often you'll see reference to solid wood, medium density fibreboard (MDF), and metal as materials used for treadmill decks. For coating you'll usually read about phenolic coating. The article explains these different materials.

Materials

1. Medium density fibreboard (MDF)

MDF is created by breaking down wood into fibers (sawdust) and then forming the fibers into a solid treadmill deck with wax and resin. The usual thickness is 3/4 "to 1". You can read more about MDF here.

MDF is the predominant material used for treadmill decks.

2. Solid wood

The deck is made out of 3/4 "to 1" solid wood. The trouble with solid wood is it's hard to find a piece of wood that is perfect. MDF, although not perfect either, ensures a consistency that's hard to find with solid wood.

Particle board: Particle board is no the same as MDF. Particle board is not fiber-based. It's a solid wood composite product. The result is that particle board is much weaker than MDF. MDF is denser and stronger.

Avoid treadmills with decks using particle board. You'll be lucky to get a year out of it.

3. Metal

Metal decks are not nearly as durable as solid wood or MDF decks. It's heavier and does not create as "soft" of a surface as wood or MDF. Running on metal or steel simply is not as enjoyable as on solid wood or MDF.

What material do I recommend?

MDF deck that is duo or triple coated with phenolic resin coating.

The coating

Some treadmills are covered on both sides (duo-coating, sometimes also referred to as triple-coating), while lower-quality treadmills coat only 1 side of a treadmill deck. The better deck is coated on both sides which helps reduce warping. It's also better for reducing friction with the tread deck along the entire surface area on which the tread belt moves.

Best material used for coating:

Phenolic: This is the best coating material. You'll pay more for phenolic coating, but it's worth it.

What is phenolic resin coating?

Phenolic resin coating is a plastic resin. When a treadmill deck is covered with phenolic resin, wax the wood deck is unnecessary.

Can you build your own if your original deck breaks?

Yes, but it's not advisable unless you really know what you're doing. Simply slamming in a sheet of plywood or MDF is not going to do it. There's properly coating the deck and ensuring it securely attaches to the treadmill.

The last thing you want is your deck to break apart when running or walking.

This is why having a lifetime warranty on your treadmill deck is important. Decks often break or crack (especially with lower-priced treadmills).

Decking Considerations

Replacement frequency

The range in the number of hours of use treadmill decks are good for is astounding. Some lower-end treadmill decks are designed for 500 hours, while other warranty their decks for life. Naturally the intensity of use and weight of users will impact the duration of a treadmill deck.

Is it reversible?

Some treadmill manufacturers make reversible tread decks so that you can get more mileage out of them.

Is reversible good?

It depends. Some manufacturers make treadmill decks that are warrantied for a lifetime without having to reverse them. Others do not come with a lifetime warranty and can not be reversed. These may have the shortest lifespan. Then there are treadmills with reversible decks which in theory doubles the lifespan of the treadmill deck.

The warranty

Ideally, the treadmill you buy will have a lifetime warranty on the deck. This is indicative the manufacturer stands behind the deck and in the event the deck fails, you get a replacement.

Cushioning technology

Cushioning technology is pretty cool these days. Treadmill cushioning technology includes the amount of, type of, and quality of the treadmill cushioning.