Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Get the blues to make the grade - Nottingham Evening Post

Get the blues to make the grade - Nottingham Evening Post

A S thousands of students across Notts hide away in bedrooms to revise for GCSEs, A levels and degrees, fitted bedroom furniture specialist Betta Living ( has published new research which shows that providing the right kind of learning environment is just as essential to success as a good diet and solid revision timetable.

Betta Living designer, Jamie Dean, says: "More than 90 per cent of students revise in their bedrooms.

"Our research shows simple ways you can update rooms to help students perform better during stressful exam times and create conditions conducive for study and relaxation."

Betta Living's top tips for creating 'Brain Boosting Bedrooms' include:

1. Choose green and blue in the bedroom.

According to psychotherapist and author Angela Wright, gentle shades of green and blue help concentration, memory and emotional tranquillity. She says: "Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently it is serene and mentally calming."

Expert author Martin Mak adds: "Green is said to counteract headaches, disturbances of vision and loss of concentration and gentle shades of blue and green are therefore thought to relieve stress and improve concentration levels."

2. De-clutter and opt for minimalist furniture.

Feng Shui experts believe clutter creates low, stagnant and confusing energy that constantly drains energy from you.

The basic principals of Feng Shui say that we are influenced by things, events and people closest to us. So clear the clutter in your bedroom to give the mind space to take in the essential information needed for cramming. Take out all the items that create visual clutter and do not really belong in the bedroom. This includes the TV, phone, any exercise equipment, bulky furniture and storage units.

3. Use black-out blinds. Essential to aid sleep.

Teens need at least eight-and-a-half hours of uninterrupted sleep to leave their bodies and minds rejuvenated for the next day, say the Sleep Foundation. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn't have time to complete all of the phases needed for muscle repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite. Then we wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities.

4. Ensure rooms are bright during study time. Mirrored furniture is great for reflecting light for maximum illumination.

Sunlight lifts the mood and improves energy levels, helping you to feel more focused and motivated. Light directly influences our emotions because it reaches the brain through the eyes, and is transmitted to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is connected to almost every other part of the brain, and is involved with the regulation of hormones involved in motivation and reward. As a consequence, light has an effect on our basic drives and biological functions.

5. Open windows and have a stream of fresh air coming in to the room.

A steady supply of fresh air is very important. Fresh air provides you with a steady supply of oxygen which is needed by your brain and every single cell of your body. If you stay in a closed in area for a long period of time, you will end up breathing in the same air and the oxygen content will go down continually as you breathe out carbon dioxide. Breathing this stale air will not supply your body with enough oxygen to keep your cells fuelled and functioning properly.


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