Kids Wall Decor – Kids Wall Decor Ideas For Fun

A kid’s wall decor is amongst the many clever ways to quickly transform a kids bedroom into a lovely interior masterpiece that your kids will love. Kids wall decor will work with two easy methods. It is up to you which one to choose.The first method is to use a theme based visual presentation using wallpapers or hand painted walls. When I say theme-based, there are many ways to choose from. A kid will love a cartoon-based theme, with animal characters behaving like humans. You can take support from a story and paint that story on the wall.Another method is to use a portion of wall as a way to express creativity for the kid himself. This can be done in the form of a blackboard and chalk or even whiteboard. The whiteboard can be fixed at the bottom of the wall so that the kid can easily draw on the board.A combination of these two can help the child to express his creativity. This also helps to prevent the kid from writing on the wall with paint. Wall hangings in the form of scale models of animals, cars, superheroes, act as great filler materials.There are more themes you can consider for kids wall decor ideas. Themes that include starts, plants, space, cars, natural beauties in cartoon form or in human forms work best. For example baby elephants, dinosaurs, tortoises, rabbits acting like humans will help the kid to learn new information about animals.The bottom line using a kid’s wall decor is to make it simple for your kid to educate about what’s really happening in the real world and express accordingly. A wall space in his room is the best place to carry out such activities.Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya.

Bi-Fold Doors, Interior Design and Unusual Spaces

British houses are quirky. They come in all different shapes, sizes and layouts, from the small back-to-back terraced mill cottage in industrial Lancashire, to the spacious Victorian builds of our urban towns and cities; from the modern townhouse to the open-plan studio to the residential park residence.And each one is a castle – many owner-occupiers make a habit out of improving their habitat, both with their time and their money. The plethora of television makeover programmes in recent years means home-owners are keenly aware of how to best use the space their living quarters offer.Most homes have an unusual cubby-hole, glory hole, a hallway that seems to end suddenly and without purpose, or a box room. When you were first introduced to your potential new home by the estate agent, you might even have enthusiastically pointed and said, “something can be done with that space”.It might be that a particularly small room could be made to feel less cramped “somehow”, or there is the prospect of installing a second loo in that difficult space under the stairs.Each choice you make can be the difference between a DIY success and waste of money – after all, home improvements should be practical, attractive and fit your budget.With these criteria in mind, it’s worth considering the make-over project from every angle.For example, a project to redecorate a box room might begin with a splash of paint and some online shopping for items that make the most of the floor-and-wall space, might be turned on its head as you check out if, actually, that wall right there can be moved to steal 12 inches of the room next door.If space is a major issue, is the door in the right place, can it be moved, re-hung to open outwards or should it be replaced with a bi-fold version?The substitution should ideally be of a style sympathetic to the others and the age of your home – it might be possible to match a look close enough to the existing ones, meaning aesthetics don’t have to suffer for maximum practicality.Bifold doors come in two halves and are hinged so the parts can fold in on themselves. Thinking outside the box, the more innovative home decorators will recognise they offer an opportunity for more than just small spaces – two bi-folds could be used to span an archway between rooms, or multi-fold designs that could be used to fill, hide or contain any unusual space a house might have.

Travel and Tour Tips for Business and Leisure Visitors to China

China is a large country at a size of 9,596,960 sq km. China was only partially open to the world from 1980 onwards and has been a communist country for many decades. Although there is much progress in the travel industry and infrastructure of China, there remain areas that need to be improved before it can match the level that most tourist would require.However, much of the fun remain that it is different from the rest of the world. China will be the host nation for the Olympics in Year 2008. Travel facilities and infrastructure will be improving quickly as we approach Year 2008.China is rich in culture and history. Visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing, sip Chinese tea in Xiamen, dance with ethnic tribes in Yunnan, check out 19th Century European buildings in Qingdao – there are just so much to do and see in China!Below are some travel tips to make your travel in China easier:Entry VisaChina require entry visa from most countries. Apply at the Chinese consulate or through your travel agent before travelling to China.ClimateExtremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north. Be prepared with the right seasonal clothing.Foreign ExchangeThe unit of currency is known as Renmembi(RMB) or Yuan. Get some Chinese Yuan in your local country before travelling. When in China, exchange foreign currency for local currency in the banks or at the hotel. Banks tend to give slightly better rates than hotels. Take note that some banks close for a noon siesta between 12-2pm.Payment facilitiesMost better class hotels and shopping centres take Credit Card or Travellers cheques. Smaller hotels and shops take cash only. Once out of the bigger cities, credit card and ATM cards tend to be almost impossible to utilize. Cash is still king in Chinese business and trade.Counterfeit notes are common in China. Check carefully before accepting change, especially if it consists mostly 100RMB notes. You can feel a texture difference where counterfeit notes is concerned.Understanding of EnglishMost civil servants, custom officials, police, hotel staff and men in the street do not speak English or at best a smattering of English.Most signboards and notices will carry both English and Chinese. However, be aware that some translations can be so notorious that one can hardly understand what was it’s original Chinese intention.Do not expect hotels or shops to understand English. Only the very big hotels will have staff that will understand English.Most young people can understand basic English if you speak slowly.Social SecurityChina is generally a safe country. However, hang on tight to your wallet especially in crowded, popular tourist sites in tourist cities such as Beijing and Xian.These tourist cities also has a lot of touts in the streets touting tourist from currency exchange to jewelleries to female companionships. Avoid at all cost!Domestic TravelBus, train, ferries and domestic flights are quite well developed. Avoid the crowd at the stations and book your tickets through the hotel tour desk or the nearest tour agent. Prices are likely to be competitive and tickets will be delivered to your hotel room. Again, avoid ticket touts who approach you in the streets.Local buses are cheap (US$0.10 or YS$0.20) and you may want to try out. Taxis are convenient and are available at all hours. Starting fares differ from each city and may be as cheap as US$0.70 in Weihai and US$1.50 in Shenzhen.Avoid travel in China during peak holiday seasons or book tickets well ahead.Local HotelsThere is a good choice of hotels in China ranging from one star to the most luxurious 6 stars. Most of the time, the rooms are safe and clean and in my opinion, cheap does not mean bad.There are many websites selling China hotel rooms on the internet. You can also check out the travel counters which are available in most train, bus stations as well as airport.Book ahead if travelling in peak seasons.Peak Tourist SeasonsChinese New Year: Date varies but generally late January or early February.May Day: First two weeks of MayChina National Day: Middle two weeks of OctoberAvoid travelling during these period. Book rooms and travel modes way early if need to travel. Believe me, the crowds during these period of time will be scary. What do you expect when the entire Chinese nation of 8 billion people are on holiday as well!Chinese FoodLocal food is absolutely fabulous. Try as much Chinese food as your wallet or stomach can afford. Restaurants are available everywhere and open to late hours. Most restaurants will have a menu that include photographs of the various dishes. Better yet, simply point at the food that your next door table is having, especially if it looks delicious!However, avoid street side stalls and drinking directly from the taps if you have delicate stomach.TelecommunicationsMobile phone coverage in China is good in most locations. Global auto-roaming within China is not a problem.InternetThere are cyber-cafes everywhere in China, especially in tourist areas. Most are patronised by young people playing online games but you still can check your Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail. Access may be a bit slow for international websites.You will need to show your passport as China has tight regulations at Internet Cyber Cafes.Toilet facilitiesOne of the worst experience many has with China is the atrocious toilet facilities. Things has improved very much but it may still be a good idea to empty your stomach or bladder at every opportunity in a hotel, restaurant or departmental store. Public toilets and toilets in small shops can be a nose hazard!* Useful China travel tips *Try to get a English speaking tour guide at every opportunity you can. China has a rich and wonderful history and culture and without a guide, somehow, the flavour and significance of most tour sites can be lost.*Sneaky tip: Hang around a group that has a English speaking guide if you cannot afford one!Always ask for a receipt from a taxi driver so that you can complain if you have been cheated or for tracing purposes if you happen to leave your camera behind in the taxi.Try to take the namecard for each hotel that you are staying at as these cards will have a Chinese address and the map of your hotel location. This is useful if you need to seek assistance to find your way back as the English version or pronunciation of a hotel or a street name may be quite different from the Chinese version.After a tiring day, check out Chinese foot reflexology or Chinese TuiNa (Chinese massage). Wonderful for the body after a hard day and very cheap to boot. Simply look out for shop signs that shows two feet! They are everywhere.Make friends with the Chinese whenever you can. They love to meet foreigners and will make good tour guides. Just buy a small present as a small token of appreciation.