Top 10 Home Design Trends To Expect In 2017

By Mitchell Parker

Looking for some great ideas for your home? How about a voice-activated assistant that will give you a weather update while you pour coffee into a preheated mug from a warming drawer? Not your style? No worries — there’s something for everyone in this preview of 2017 design trends. We plowed into Houzz data, sifted through popular photos and articles, and talked to industry leaders for this look at 10 things we think you’ll be seeing more of in the home in 2017.

  1. Satin brass. Brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, cherished for their ability to bring shiny golden tones to a space without the high price tag. But more recently, designers like Elizabeth Lawson have been turning away from the reflective finish of polished brass and embracing satin or brushed brass, which is more muted and warm.

“I especially like a satin brass finish because it’s transitional and can complement a number of styles,” says Lawson, who used the finish in the kitchen shown here. “It also looks amazing against almost any color of the rainbow. I think we’ll continue to see rooms with satin brass for quite some time and also possibly mixed with other finishes for a more eclectic look.”

  1. Voice-activated assistants. There’s been a lot of talk about voice assistants in the home. It’s something Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the Consumer Electronics Show every year in Las Vegas (Jan. 5 to 8, 2017), says will be big in 2017.

Amazon’s Alexa, which is enabled in the Echo Dot shown on this side table, acts as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices. Google Home’s voice assistant launched about a month ago.

These devices work through activation phrases like “Alexa” or “OK Google.” The devices, placed throughout your home, are always listening in somewhat of a dormant state. Say the activation phrase, and the device fires up and awaits your command. Ask it to give you the weather or play a song from Spotify or dim your lights or power up the hot tub.

Early last year, Amazon opened its platform to third parties and has since added thousands of integrated features from smart home companies like Lutron, Crestron, Philips Hue, Wemo, Honeywell, Nest, Samsung Smart Home to other services from Uber, Domino’s, NPR and more.

Google Home just launched its voice-activated assistant about a month ago, and DuBravac says he expects the company to open the platform to third-party companies soon.

“What you’re seeing is continued maturing of the smart home ecosystem,” he says. “It’s still a very nascent technology. Maturing isn’t something that happens instantaneously, but over time.”

  1. Vanity conversions. If you’re having trouble finding the right premanufactured vanity for your home, try thinking outside the cabinet box. Many savvy homeowners are finding chests of drawers, old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more, and converting them into one-of-a-kind vanities.
  1. Hardworking kitchen storage walls. In search of more open space, many homeowners and designers are doing away with expanses of upper cabinets and pushing all that storage onto a single hardworking wall. This one-stop hub frees up the rest of the space to create a breezy look.
  2. White with off-white. There’s just something refreshing about a room bathed in white. But when done in one stark white tone, things can start to feel clinical. Balancing a white palette with creamy off-whites and natural linen hues creates a breathtaking look that can be rich with character.
  1. Greenery. Pantone’s verdant color of the year for 2017, Greenery, seems to be an instant hit for those looking for a revitalizing, back-to-nature hue that brings zest while still managing to work with warm wood tones.
  2. Splurging on laundry rooms. Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms get the big remodeling dollars, but many homeowners are seeing value in making every space look great. And laundry rooms in particular are seeing more love. Design tricks to bring in more light, smarter storage and better function resonate with homeowners who realize that since they spend a lot of time doing laundry, why not do it in a space that makes them feel good?

According to the 2016 Houzz & Home Report, people remodeling their laundry rooms of 150 square feet or more will spend an average of $2,700. Take away appliances, and that’s a sizable budget to splurge on tile and other details.

  1. Splurging on entryways. The entry, like a powder room, is a compact place where you can have fun with design without blowing a budget. Homeowners will spend on average $2,500 to make over their entryway or mudroom that’s 150 square feet or more ($1,400 for a space that’s less than 150 square feet), according to the 2016 Houzz & Home Report.

Sometimes all it takes is a small area to feature a fun piece of wallpaper, a statement mirror or a narrow table with a tray for shoes underneath. After all, first impressions matter.

  1. Outdoor-feeling indoor showers. An outdoor shower is highly desirable but not practical year-round in most areas of the country. To get around the weather dilemma, designers and homeowners are looking to intimate courtyards and strategic site placement to create bathrooms that connect deeply to the outdoors while still maintaining privacy.
  1. Counter-depth fridges. For small to modest-size kitchens, remodeling is often a game of inches. Counter-depth refrigerators sit flush with adjacent cabinetry and countertops, freeing up just a bit more space while creating a streamlined look.

How to Design a Fun and Cheerful Bedroom

Designer Melissa Warner Rothblum shares her wisdom for decor that children can grow up with—not out of.

Blue for boys and a set of superhero sheets. Pink for girls, plus a frilly dust ruffle. Such old-fashioned design parameters just won’t cut it for today’s youngsters—or their parents. “Clients are looking at kids’ rooms as an opportunity to do something whimsical and different that they may not wish to do elsewhere in the house,” explains designer Melissa Warner Rothblum of the Los Angeles– and Seattle-based firm Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design. “It’s a safe place to do something fun.” Fun with serious functionality, of course. “Aside from looking great, kids’ rooms have specific requirements when it comes to both visible and hidden storage, as well as an open, comfortable area for play,” says Warner Rothblum, mom to a 2-year-old herself. “Versatility in space planning is also important. For example, making sure there’s room for a desk, even if children are too little for homework now.” Ahead, Warner Rothblum shows how to create environments that are cool, not cutesy, and easily adaptable as kids grow from toddlers to teens.

Photo: Kimberly Gavin
While the rustic vibe suits a client’s Deer Valley, Utah, vacation home, the industrial feel of the bunk beds and sconces keeps it from veering hokey or juvenile. “I prefer not to do themes or tie decor to a child’s particular interest because that can get dated quite quickly,” Warner Rothblum says. With bold stripes on the textiles and locally sourced touches like the blue-legged bench, this room has a playful appeal that suits the family’s offspring, who range in age from 5 to 13. Light colors contrast against the deep blue walls—a smart paint choice to hide dirt.
Photo: Grey Crawford
Designing for sister-and-brother roomies can be especially tricky. Warner Rothblum kept things classic (and gender-neutral) with simple lines and pale, soothing colors in this Montecito, California, bedroom. At 180 square feet, it’s large enough for two (close quarters can breed bickering, as any parent will tell you), but horizontal stripes help ground the height of the 10-foot ceilings for a cozy feel. Jenny Lind–style beds boast trundles for sleepovers, and the vintage wool rug between them invites kids to sit on the floor and play.
Photo: David Fenton
Though designed for a girl now age 7, this lovely nook with a headboard upholstered in Quadrille fabric could easily see the San Francisco child through adolescence. “The secret is to go classic with the main elements—the bed, seating, etc.—and add personality with art and accessories that can be swapped out over time,” Warner Rothblum explains, noting that the cameo pillows depict the child at the time the room was done. At just 10 feet wide, the space presented a storage challenge that was admirably met with a bed/bookshelf built-in. Special items go on display while deep drawers keep messy stuff like art supplies out of view. The palette sticks to two brights plus white to avoid color overload when dolls, toys, and collections enter the mix.
Article written by Nina Malkin  and Posted July 18, 2017 on http://www.architecturaldigest.com

10 of the Most Beautiful Streets in the World

Not all streets are created equal. Take the colorful Caminito that anchors Buenos Aires’s La Boca neighborhood—not only does it provide visitors with a vibrant photo op, but it also serves as a reminder of how the neighborhood was built in the 19th century. Streets, however, don’t have to offer a history lesson or be rendered in Technicolor to be charming. Some are notable for their stunning natural features, such as the cherry blossom tunnel in Bonn, Germany, which makes an appearance for a few short weeks every spring. Here, AD surveys ten of the most beautiful streets in the world.

The multicolor homes that line the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, still reflect much of their late-19th-century history. When European immigrants arrived from the Italian city of Genoa, many of them became dockworkers, who, with little to no disposable income, built their homes with thin pieces of corrugated sheet metal from the docks, coated with leftover paint. When one color inevitably ran out, they would simply use another one. And thus a colorful neighborhood was born. Today, Caminito (shown) is brought to life by an artist’s re-creation of the old tenement dwellings that used to line La Boca’s streets.
 

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San Francisco’s Lombard Street has become one of the city’s most visited sites. Tourists often gather to watch as drivers make their way through the hairpin turns. Completed in 1922, the street was designed to slow cars down on its steep hill. Drivers are advised to proceed at 5 m.p.h.
Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The streets of Chefchaouen, a small city in northwest Morocco, are famous for their different shades of blue. Founded in 1471, the city was once used as a fortress for exiles from Spain. Over the centuries, many Jews moved to Chefchaouen, bringing with them the ancient belief that using blue dye would remind people of God’s power. For the most vivid experience, visitors should stroll down such streets as Al Hassan Onsar, Rue Outiwi, and the tight stairs leading up and down Rue Bin Souaki.
Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Located in Andalusia, Spain, Jerez de la Frontera is a city known for its exquisite wine. Here, a street in the historic center is shaded by grape leaves from vines grown along the surrounding walls.
Photo: Getty Images

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, the 1,000-year-old Old Town in Lijiang, China, is famous for its orderly canals and walkways. Walk along Qiyi Street Chongron Alley or Wuyi Street Wenzhi Alley for some of the more spectacular street views.
Photo: Getty Images

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For two to three weeks each spring, the magical tunnel created by the trees lining Cherry Blossom Avenue in Bonn, Germany, brings in tourists and photographers alike.
Photo: Getty Images

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Bregagh Road in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, is a birch-lined street designed in the 18th century. Nicknamed Dark Hedges, the road will be instantly recognizable to fans of the HBO show Game of Thrones.
Photo: Getty Images

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Paris’s Champs-Élysées could well be the most famous street in the world. Beautifully manicured trees line the 1.2-mile-long avenue, which stretches from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc d Triomphe (shown).
Photo: Getty Images

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Lined with boats and bicycles, Amsterdam’s many canals have drawn tourists through the ages. But the Brouwersgracht, located a little more than half a mile northwest of the central train station, just might be the most picturesque in the Dutch capital.
Photo: Getty Images

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Águeda’s Umbrella Sky Project began in 2011 as a part of the Portuguese city’s annual Ágitagueda Art Festival. Each summer, when temperatures soar, a handful of Águeda’s narrow streets feature canopies of colorful umbrellas that provide shade to the pedestrians below.
Article from Architectural Digest.

Shopping List for Just Moved Gift Boxes

Paper Items

_Paper Towels

_Paper Plates

_Kleenex

Plastic Items

_Plastic knives, forks and spoons

_Ziplock Bags (Big)

_Rubbermaid Bins

_Cleaning Gloves

_Plastic Cups

Utilities/Tools

_Light Bulbs

_Picture Hanging Kit

_Hammer/Screwdriver

_Duct Tape

Cleaning Supplies

_Gutter Cleaner

_Scrub Pads

_Dish Soap

_Laundry Detergent

_Hand Soap

_Handy Wipes (Lysol)

_Dishwasher Detergent

Snacks

_Snack Bars

_Bottled Water

Miscellaneous

_Furnace Sticker

_Label Sticker for Box

Bathroom

_Toothbrush

_Toothpaste

_Toilet Paper

Safety Tips

10 Tips for Fire Safety

1 – Crawl low under smoke to your exit

If you have to escape a fire through smoke, crawl low, keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor, where the air is cleaner.

2 – Plan your escape

Make a home escape plan and hold regular fire drills so everyone in your household knows what to do in an emergency. When escaping a fire, feel the cracks around doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If they are warm, try another escape route.

3 – Install smoke detectors

Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, inside and outside the bedrooms. Test them once a month, and replace your batteries twice a year.

4 – Be careful with smoking materials

Never smoke in bed or when you’re drowsy or have been drinking or taking medications.

5 – Use electrical safely

Replace damaged electrical cords and repair appliances the smell, smoke, or overheat.

6 – Cook Safely

Never leave cooking unattended, and keep cooking areas clean and uncluttered.

7 – Space heaters need space

Keep portable and space heaters at least three feet from anything that could possibly burn or ignite.

8 – Keep matches and lighters out of sight

Keep matches and lighters away from children. Store them up high in a locked cabinet.

9 – Have a home fire extinguisher available

Keep an ABC type of fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure that the unit is charged. Common places to keep an extinguisher are the kitchen, the garage, and the basement.

10 – Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire

If your clothing catches fire, STOP – DO NOT RUN. Drop to the ground. Roll over and over to smother the flames.

Bedroom fire Safety

Each year, fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans and injures approximately 25,000. Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 1,000 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as overloading extension cords or using portable space heaters too close to combustibles. Many other bedroom fires are caused by children who play with matches and lighters, careless smoking among adults, and arson.

Kids and Fire: A Bad Match

Children are one of the highest risk groups for deaths in residential fires. At home, children usually play with fire – lighters, matches and other ignitable – in bedrooms, in closets, and under beds. These are “secret” places where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily.

Children of all ages set over 100,000 fires annually. Over 30% of fires that kill children are set by children playing with fire.

Every year over 800 children nine years and younger die in home fires. Keep matches and lighters locked up and away from children. Check under beds and in closets for burnt matches, evidence your child may be playing with matches. Teach your child that fire is a tool, not a toy.

Appliances Need Special Attention

Bedrooms are the most common rooms in the home where electrical fires start. Electrical fires are a special concern during winter months which call for more indoor activities and increases in lighting, heating, and appliance use. Do not trap electric cords against walls where heat can build up.

Take extra care when using portable heaters. Keep bedding, clothes, curtains and other combustible items at least three feet away from space heaters. Only use lab-approved electric blankets and warmers. Check to make sure the cords are not frayed.

Tuck Yourself In For A Safe Sleep

Never smoke in bed. Replace mattresses made before the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.

Finally, having working smoke alarms dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. Place at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and in halls outside bedrooms. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.

Electrical Fire Safety

Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords.

THE PROBLEM

During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires, 485 deaths, and $868 million in property losses. Home electrical wiring causes twice as many fires as electrical appliances.

THE FACTS

December is the most dangerous month for electrical fires. Fire deaths are highest in winter months which call for more indoor activities and increase in lighting, heating, and appliance use. Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.

THE CAUSE

Electrical Wiring

Most electrical fires result from problems with “fixed wiring” such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Problems with cords and plugs, such as extension and appliance cords, also cause many home electrical fires.

In urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33% of residential electrical fires. Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to misuse of electric cords, such as overloading circuits, poor maintenance and running the cords under rugs or in high traffic areas.

Home Appliances

The home appliances most often involved in electrical fires are electric stoves and ovens, dryers, central heating units, televisions, radios and record players.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

•1. Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.

•2. Frayed wires can cause fires.

•3. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.

•4. Use electrical extension cords wisely and don’t overload them.

•5. Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.

•6. When buying electrical appliances look for products which meet the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.

•7. Don’t allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons and hair dryers.

•8. Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.

•9. If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.

•10. Never overload extension cords or wall sockets. Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker. Use safety closures to “child-proof” electrical outlets.

•11. Check your electrical tools regularly for signs of wear. If the cords are frayed or cracked, replace them. Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.

•12. Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.

Escape Planning

Smoke alarms can only warn of danger. You must then take action to escape. Unless you act quickly and effectively, the extra warning time provided by alarms could be wasted. More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and approximately 25,000 are injured. Deaths resulting from failed emergency escapes are particularly avoidable. The best way to assure that your family will do the correct things in an emergency is to have an escape plan and practice it. The important factors in a home fire evacuation plan are:

Immediately leave the home

When a fire occurs, do not waste any time saving property. Take the safest exit route, but if you must escape through smoke, remember to crawl low, under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. The smoke contains toxic gases which can disorient you or, at worst, overcome you. Call the fire department (Use 911 if available) from a neighbor’s home. Take the safest exit route, but if you must escape through smoke remember to crawl low under the smoke.

Know two ways out of each room

If the primary way out is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. This might be a window onto an adjacent roof or by using an escape ladder (tested and approved by a recognized testing laboratory). Practices escaping by both the primary and secondary routes to be sure those windows are not stuck and screens can be taken out quickly. Windows and doors with security bars need quick release devices to allow them to be opened quickly in an emergency. Practice escaping in the dark.

Never Open Doors That Are Hot To The Touch

When you come to a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and door frame to make sure that fire is not on the other side. If it feels hot, use your secondary escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it carefully. Brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. If heat and smoke come in, slam the door and make sure it is securely closed, then use your alternate escape route.

Have an arranged meeting place

If you all meet under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway or front sidewalk, you will know that everyone has gotten out safely and no one will be hurt looking for someone who is already safe. Designate one person to go to a neighbor’s home to phone the fire department.

Once out, STAY OUT! Never go back into a burning building for any reason. If someone is missing, tell the fire fighters. They are equipped to perform rescues safely.

Fireplace & Wood Burning Stove Safety

More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.

Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility …Fire Stops With You!

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

•1. Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.

•2. Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.

•3. Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces. Leave glass doors open while burning a fire.

•4. Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.

•5. Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.

•6. Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

Safely Burn Fuels

•1. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.

•2. Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup.

•3. Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.

•4. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.

•5. When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.

•6. Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.

•7. Soak hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container outside your home.

•8. Protect the Outside of Your Home

•9. Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.

•10. Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.

•11. Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.

•12. Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.

•13. Protect the Inside of Your Home

•14. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.

•15. Provide proper venting systems for all heating equipment.

•16. Extend all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.

Gasoline Safety

The following consumer advisory and safety guidelines are provided to help consumers avoid potential problems with refueling, storage and disposal of gasoline. This information was obtained from the American Petroleum Institute (API) web site. Please visit www.api.org for additional consumer guidelines on gasoline safety.

Refueling Advisory

The API is aware of a few unusual fire incidents involving self-service customers who were refueling their vehicles in cool or cold, dry weather conditions. These incidents may be related to static electricity buildup and discharge. One of many possible causes of static electricity build-up is reentering your vehicle during refueling, particularly in cool or cold and dry climate conditions. This can cause a buildup of static electricity similar to shuffling your feet on carpet when the air in your home is dry. If you return from your vehicle interior to remove the filling nozzle without discharging the static buildup, in rare circumstances, a brief flash fire could occur at the filling point if the static discharges and resulting spark ignites gasoline vapors around the fill spout.

Safety guidelines on vehicle refueling:

•1. Always turn your vehicle engine off while refueling.

•2. Do not get back into your vehicle during refueling — even when using the nozzle’s automatic hold open latch. If you must reenter your vehicle, discharge the static electricity buildup when you get out by touching the outside metal portion of your vehicle, away from the filling point, before attempting to remove the nozzle.

•3. To avoid gasoline spills, do not over fill or top off your vehicle fuel tank. The fuel dispenser will shut off automatically when the tank is full.

•4. Use only the hold-open latch provided on the gasoline pump. Never jam or force the hold-open latch open by using some other object such as the gas cap.

•5. When dispensing gasoline into a portable gasoline can, use only an approved container. Always place the container on the ground and keep the pump nozzle in contact with the container when refueling to avoid a static electricity ignition of fuel vapors. Containers should never be filled inside a vehicle, in the trunk, on the bed of a pickup truck, a flat bed or on the floor of a trailer.

•6. If a flash fire occurs during refueling, the consumer should leave the nozzle in the vehicle fill pipe and back away from the vehicle. Notify the station attendant at once so that all dispensing devices and pumps can be shut off with emergency controls. If the facility is unattended, use the emergency intercom to summon help and the emergency shutdown button to shut off the pump.

•7. Safety guidelines on filling containers:

•8. Keep gasoline away from ignition sources like heat, sparks, and flames.

•9. Do not smoke.

•10. Shut off the vehicle’s engine. Disable or turn off any auxiliary sources of ignition such as a camper or trailer heater, cooking units, or pilot lights.

•11. Only store gasoline in containers with approved labels as required by federal or state authorities.

•12. Never store gasoline in glass or unapproved containers.

•13. Portable containers must be placed on the ground, and the nozzle must stay in contact with the container when filling, to prevent buildup and discharge of static electricity. Do not fill a container in or on a vehicle, including in car trunks or truck beds.

•14. Fact Sheet

•15. Fill the container at a slow rate. This will decrease the chance of static ignition buildup and minimize incidents of spillage or splattering.

•16. Manually control the nozzle valve throughout the filling process.

•17. Keep your face away from the nozzle or container opening.

•18. Avoid prolonged breathing of gasoline vapors.

•19. Never siphon gasoline by mouth. Do not put gasoline in your mouth-gasoline can be harmful or fatal if swallowed. If someone swallows gasoline, do not induce vomiting. Contact a doctor immediately.

•20. Keep gasoline away from your eyes and skin, because it may cause irritation.

•21. Use gasoline only in open areas that get plenty of fresh air.

•22. Never use gasoline to wash your hands.

•23. Remove gasoline-soaked clothing immediately.

•24. Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion.

•25. Place cap tightly on the container after filling. Do not use containers that do not seal properly.

•26. If gasoline spills on the container, make sure that it has evaporated before placing container in your vehicle.

•27. Report spills to the attendant. Use gasoline as a motor fuel only. When transporting gasoline in a portable container make sure the container is secure from tipping and sliding, and never leaves in the direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.

•28. Storage: Store gasoline in an approved container or tank. Gasoline is a flammable liquid and should be stored at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, hot water heater, space heater or a furnace, and away for ignition sources. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition source.

•29. Gasoline disposal: Never dispose of gasoline by pouring it onto the ground or into a sewer, street drain, stream or other waterbed, or putting it into the trash. These actions are environmentally harmful and may result in a fire, explosion, or soil, surface or groundwater contamination. Fines and criminal penalties may be associated with improper disposal. Excess gasoline in good condition can be added to the fuel tank of a gasoline-powered car or truck. See manufacturer’s recommendations. (Don’t dispose of gasoline/oil mixtures for two-stroke cycle engines this way.) However, it is not easy to dispose of gasoline that has deteriorated.

Here are International Domain Names listed alphabetically

.ac – Ascension Island
.ad – Andorra
.ae – United Arab Emirates
.af – Afghanistan
.ag – Antigua and Barbuda
.ai – Anguilla
.al – Albania
.am – Armenia
.an – Netherlands Antilles
.ao – Angola
.aq – Antarctica
.ar – Argentina
.as – American Samoa
.at – Austria
.au – Australia
.aw – Aruba
.ax – Aland Islands
.az – Azerbaijan
.ba – Bosnia and Herzegovina
.bb – Barbados
.bd – Bangladesh
.be – Belgium
.bf – Burkina Faso
.bg – Bulgaria
.bh – Bahrain
.bi – Burundi
.bj – Benin
.bm – Bermuda
.bn – Brunei Darussalam
.bo – Bolivia
.br – Brazil
.bs – Bahamas
.bt – Bhutan
.bv – Bouvet Island
.bw – Botswana
.by – Belarus
.bz – Belize
.ca – Canada
.cc – Cocos (Keeling) Islands
.cd – Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
.cf – Central African Republic
.cg – Congo, Republic of
.ch – Switzerland
.ci – Cote d’Ivoire
.ck – Cook Islands
.cl – Chile
.cm – Cameroon
.cn – China
.co – Colombia
.cr – Costa Rica
.cu – Cuba
.cv – Cape Verde
.cx – Christmas Island
.cy – Cyprus
.cz – Czech Republic
.de – Germany
.dj – Djibouti
.dk – Denmark
.dm – Dominica
.do – Dominican Republic
.dz – Algeria
.ec – Ecuador
.ee – Estonia
.eg – Egypt
.eh – Western Sahara
.er – Eritrea
.es – Spain
.et – Ethiopia
.eu – European Union
.fi – Finland
.fj – Fiji
.fk – Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
.fm – Micronesia, Federated States of
.fo – Faroe Islands
.fr – France
.ga – Gabon
.gb – United Kingdom
.gd – Grenada
.ge – Georgia
.gf – French Guiana
.gg – Guernsey
.gh – Ghana
.gi – Gibraltar
.gl – Greenland
.gm – Gambia
.gn – Guinea
.gp – Guadeloupe
.gq – Equatorial Guinea
.gr – Greece
.gs – South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
.gt – Guatemala
.gu – Guam
.gw – Guinea-Bissau
.gy – Guyana
.hk – Hong Kong
.hm – Heard and McDonald Islands
.hn – Honduras
.hr – Croatia/Hrvatska
.ht – Haiti
.hu – Hungary
.id – Indonesia
.ie – Ireland
.il – Israel
.im – Isle of Man
.in – India
.io – British Indian Ocean Territory
.iq – Iraq
.ir – Iran, Islamic Republic of
.is – Iceland
.it – Italy
.je – Jersey
.jm – Jamaica
.jo – Jordan
.jp – Japan
.ke – Kenya
.kg – Kyrgyzstan
.kh – Cambodia
.ki – Kiribati
.km – Comoros
.kn – Saint Kitts and Nevis
.kp – Korea, Democratic People’s Republic
.kr – Korea, Republic of
.kw – Kuwait
.ky – Cayman Islands
.kz – Kazakhstan
.la – Lao People’s Democratic Republic
.lb – Lebanon
.lc – Saint Lucia
.li – Liechtenstein
.lk – Sri Lanka
.lr – Liberia
.ls – Lesotho
.lt – Lithuania
.lu – Luxembourg
.lv – Latvia
.ly – Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
.ma – Morocco
.mc – Monaco
.md – Moldova, Republic of
.me – Montenegro
.mg – Madagascar
.mh – Marshall Islands
.mk – Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
.ml – Mali
.mm – Myanmar
.mn – Mongolia
.mo – Macao
.mp – Northern Mariana Islands
.mq – Martinique
.mr – Mauritania
.ms – Montserrat
.mt – Malta
.mu – Mauritius
.mv – Maldives
.mw – Malawi
.mx – Mexico
.my – Malaysia
.mz – Mozambique
.na – Namibia
.nc – New Caledonia
.ne – Niger
.nf – Norfolk Island
.ng – Nigeria
.ni – Nicaragua
.nl – Netherlands
.no – Norway
.np – Nepal
.nr – Nauru
.nu – Niue
.nz – New Zealand
.om – Oman
.pa – Panama
.pe – Peru
.pf – French Polynesia
.pg – Papua New Guinea
.ph – Philippines
.pk – Pakistan
.pl – Poland
.pm – Saint Pierre and Miquelon
.pn – Pitcairn Island
.pr – Puerto Rico
.ps – Palestinian Territory, Occupied
.pt – Portugal
.pw – Palau
.py – Paraguay
.qa – Qatar
.re – Reunion Island
.ro – Romania
.rs – Serbia
.ru – Russian Federation
.rw – Rwanda
.sa – Saudi Arabia
.sb – Solomon Islands
.sc – Seychelles
.sd – Sudan
.se – Sweden
.sg – Singapore
.sh – Saint Helena
.si – Slovenia
.sj – Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
.sk – Slovak Republic
.sl – Sierra Leone
.sm – San Marino
.sn – Senegal
.so – Somalia
.sr – Suriname
.st – Sao Tome and Principe
.su – Soviet Union (being phased out)
.sv – El Salvador
.sy – Syrian Arab Republic
.sz – Swaziland
.tc – Turks and Caicos Islands
.td – Chad
.tf – French Southern Territories
.tg – Togo
.th – Thailand
.tj – Tajikistan
.tk – Tokelau
.tl – Timor-Leste
.tm – Turkmenistan
.tn – Tunisia
.to – Tonga
.tp – East Timor
.tr – Turkey
.tt – Trinidad and Tobago
.tv – Tuvalu
.tw – Taiwan
.tz – Tanzania
.ua – Ukraine
.ug – Uganda
.uk – United Kingdom
.um – United States Minor Outlying Islands
.us – United States
.uy – Uruguay
.uz – Uzbekistan
.va – Holy See (Vatican City State)
.vc – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
.ve – Venezuela
.vg – Virgin Islands, British
.vi – Virgin Islands, U.S.
.vn – Vietnam
.vu – Vanuatu
.wf – Wallis and Futuna Islands
.ws – Samoa
.ye – Yemen
.yt – Mayotte
.yu – Yugoslavia
.za – South Africa
.zm – Zambia
.zw – Zimbabwe

Habits of Successful People

1. Passion: Successful people have a genuine excitement about the things they need to accomplish and about life in general. They always have the end in mind when they set out to achieve goals. They visualize this end goal with such clarity and conviction that it is easy to always stay passionate and positive about their goals.

2. Good time management: All truly successful people have effective time management habits. They make every moment count and they do not accept distractions or interruptions. They are exceptional planners and always try to stay organized.

3. Focus: They are always focused on the big picture; on that big prize. Successful people have programmed themselves not to stress out over the small stuff. Their ultimate motivation is the happiness and satisfaction they will receive once they have reached their goal.

4. Don’t wait: Successful people consciously create their own success, while others often wait around hoping for success to find them. Successful people don’t wait around for that perfect opportunity, they get right to it and learn from their mistakes along the way.

5. Embrace every opportunity: Very often you find that successful people can right away see the potential opportunity in something. A successful person truly grabs every opportunity and runs with it. They are open and are very action- based individuals.

6. Constant learning: Successful people are life-long learners. They are constantly educating themselves and are concerned with self growth. Constantly learning and trying new things make successful people extremely adaptable and it is easy for them to embrace change or the unfamiliar.

7. No complaining: Successful people rarely complain. They always try to stay out of negative unproductive states. They don’t blame others, they always take full accountability for their actions. They face their challenges head on and figure out how they can learn from a particular experience.

8. Be proactive: This is one of the main habits of successful people. They don’t count on fate or luck to determine their destiny, they are proactive and not reactive. They are out there getting the job done, even when they don’t feel like it.

9. Keep on going: Successful people don’t understand what it means to quit. Yes they are fearful like everyone else but they don’t let their fear control them and inhibit them from achieving goals. They focus on what they need to do and always finish what they start.

10. Success breeds success: Successful people surround themselves with positive, proactive people. They understand that by aligning themselves with like minded individuals they are able to learn more and stay within positive circles which lead to more guaranteed success.

Think about following some of these common habits of successful people. Think about how your habits and how your mindset may be different. If you seriously and consciously adopt these habits you will soon find it easier for you to gain personal successes.