When deciding to refurnish your house, there are a lot of different things to think about. New furniture, artwork, paint, or even materials such as granite or stone veneer are all possibilities to consider. There are a lot of trends heating up right now in interior design, so there should be no shortage of ideas for refurnishing on the internet. Any good search will turn up dozens of ideas for inspiration from re-upholstering existing furniture to applying brick veneer faux as an accent wall in a living room or bed room.

However, if you do not know where to begin, an internet search like that one can be very overwhelming. Here are a few of the hottest trends to get you started thinking about your home’s design and furnishings.

1. Accent walls. stone panelsThese are found all over the house these days, from living room to bed room to kitchen. An accent wall can be painted a certain color to add depth to a room, or it might be made of a certain material such as stone siding to add a rustic, natural look to a room. Accent walls might consist of artwork or none at all, depending on the material and the color. They should be designed carefully, with the amount of space in mind, as they can have the unfortunate effect of making a room look smaller by accident if it is not done well or with the right materials. Consult with a professional vendor such as Gen Stone if you are planning on using any stone siding or veneer faux in particular. Paint colors are easily enough painted over, but stone siding is much more difficult to fix if not done correctly.

2. Granite counter tops. Kitchens are loving granite counter tops these days, but be deliberate about your choice of color if you go this route. Granite lasts a long time and can raise the value of your home, but if it is a color that only you are going to like, you might have a hard time getting that higher price when it comes time to sell. A nice neutral such as grey or beige will go a long way towards making any potential buyer more comfortable with the kitchen.

3. Do not forget the exterior of your home! It is just as important as the interior when it comes to keeping the value of the neighborhood high, including the re sell value of your home. Stone siding outside as an accent, landscaping, and planting flowers can all bring a nice touch to your home’s exterior and help keep the value high.

Many of these tips and trends can be done by someone with the right tools and materials in a weekend. This author does not recommend installing your own granite counter tops, but with the right set of instructions and materials, even stone siding can be installed at home by just about anyone who puts their mind to it. If you have a free weekend and want to try something new with your home, consider one of the above ideas.


No matter how careful we are, there are moments when the precious LED screen of our TV becomes scratched. Your first instinct would likely be to call repair services to have it looked at. But if the LED display just experienced a minor scratch then a little do-it-yourself may be preferable and less expensive. Here are four ways in which you can remove that scratch from the LED panel of your TV.

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1. Alcohol

You read that right. By alcohol though we mean the one found in the medicine cabinet and not the liquor cabinet. What you do is mix a solution of 50% isoprophyl alcohol and 50% distilled water. Once you have that, get a micro fiber cloth and dip it into the solution. Gently rub the cloth in the area of the LED screen that has the scratch. If done correctly, the scratch should slowly disappear.

2. Petroleum Jelly

We are familiar with how petroleum jelly can help cure burns. It has, however, another use which is to remove scratches from the LED display. One example of a petroleum jelly product would be Vaseline. Using a micro fiber cloth, get a small amount of petroleum jelly and wipe it on the scratch. Then, gently wipe away any excess jelly from the screen. The only problem with this method is that petroleum jelly wears off over time, thus there may be a need to re-apply it.

3. Eraser

A simple white eraser can also do the trick. You can buy these from your nearest bookstore or art store. You can also utilize used white erasers, however make sure that it is clean and does not have any marks from a pencil or pen. Otherwise the marks will just transfer damaging your LED screen. What you need to do is gently rub the eraser on the scratch area. If you rub it too hard, some of the eraser’s coating may transfer to the screen. After a while you should see that the scratch will be barely noticeable

4. Scratch Kit

If you are not sure about using the first three methods listed, then your best option would be to buy a scratch kit. There are a number of brands available that you can use. These scratch kits have different prices so just decide which one you want. However, you must choose the one that suits to your needs. For example, while there are also LED screens for personal computers, repair kits for them may not work as well as those for TV. There are cases when you use the wrong one and it would just make the display screen worse.

Always keep in mind that these are just some sound advice if you prefer to try and remove the scratch yourself. If you are not sure even with a repair kit, then it is best to call the nearest repair shop and have them look at it. Whatever decision you make, the most important thing is that the scratch on your LED screen is removed.