Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Custom Cut Glass Tabletops

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
Most home owners know that furniture choices can be very trendy and styles can come and go.  One piece of furniture that has just never seemed to have lost its appeal, is a glass tabletop.  Glass table tops can come in all different shapes and sizes.  Bell Mirror & Glass can provide any type of custom cut glass that you are looking for.  We have expertise in custom glass cutting, beveling, mitering, polishing and tempering glass. 
Just like hanging a painting, adding a custom cut glass table is like adding a piece of art to your desired room.  It is and art that requires experience and dedication to provide a professional product that can bring and entire room together.  Your custom glass can  be cut using machinery and equipment that allows us to be precise in providing you with exactly what you are looking for.  A glass tabletop is not only beautiful but it is also very functional.  A glass tabletop can protect your table from spills, scratches, dents and damage, not mention it is easy to clean. 
Why should you choose Bell Mirror & Glass?  Our experts will create an exact template of your table and cut the glass with precision and accuracy.  Get your custom cut glass tabletop today and protect your table while still showing the beauty of the furniture. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to properly clean your Mirrors & Glass

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
Keeping your home clean can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task.  Day to day cleaning can be easier than letting the tasks pile up.  Tackling all of these tasks sometimes means using a lot of harsh cleaning products that can hurt the environment.  There is a solution, using green cleaning products like, vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda.  Here are some tips on how to use these unconventional cleaning products to your advantage:
  • Glass and Mirrors- Ammonia-based window cleaners can be harsh on the nose and your eyes, you can effectively clean your windows with 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with a half gallon of water. 
  • Vinyl-  Stains on vinyl recliners or tile flooring sometimes seem impossible to remove, straight lemon juice on a cloth can remove these stains.
  • Furniture Polishing- Furniture polish is usually made with petroleum distillates and solvents, which are hazardous and poisonous.  One safe and effective way to polish wood is to mix 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice and apply to your furniture using a soft cloth.
  • Metal Work- Most metal polishes contain ammonia and usual at least one type of acid among other dangerous ingredients.  Bring shine to tarnished copper or brass with a mixture of salt, vinegar and flour.
Cleaning products can be harsh and dangerous.  You can avoid using these products by substituting typical household products, that most people have lying around the house.  For a full list of green cleaning tips visit
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Designing Your Zen Bathroom

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
Our bathroom can be pretty important on the outcome of our day.  For most people this where our day begin or ends.  If you need a break from your busy life, you should consider transforming your bathroom into you personal refuge.  It will only take a few steps to create a Zen inspired design. 

The first thing you should do is make the floor plan flow smoothly, blending one area to the next.  Simple design is something that is hard to do well.  Zen design uses a lot of decorative architecture and other elements, so consider hiring an architect or interior designer to oversee the project.  Whether you decide to hire a coordinator or take on this project yourself, refer to these tips:
  1. Place your bathtub by a window, to experience nature while soaking.
  2. Make the bathroom interact with adjacent rooms.
  3. Toilet area should not be seen from the doorway.
  4. Place a piece of artwork within viewing area of toilet, let it be focal point from doorway.
  5. Sections should be distinct but not divided. 
  6. Combine simplicity, clean lines, fluidity, and functionality.
For more tips on creating your very own Zen bathroom refer to http://www.hgtv.com/bathrooms/designing-your-zen-bathroom/index.html

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

How To Decorate Small Spaces

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
Whether you are a college student or saving up for your dreams, you are going to live in a small space. Everyone has had that one bedroom apartment that somehow felt like an over-sized closet. Small apartments are warm and cozy and with some helpful suggestions on lighting and decorating, that one bedroom studio can feel like a family sized condo in no-time:

1) Choosing the lighting is very important; floor and table lamps take up too much space , plus that space on the desk can be used in other ways. So a wall sconce is your best bet for a stylish, modern and minimalistic look.

2) A table that multi-tasks as much as you do is key. You should definitely look into a C-shaped table that can fit around couches, chairs and beds. You should also try not to have too much furniture, just 3 or 4 pieces should get the job done.

3) “If you must have extra tables or chairs on hand, make sure you can stack them,” says Magee, Design Expert with Euro Style Lighting. The right stackable furniture can easily give your area a modern, updated look.

4) Storage ottomans are ideal in reducing the amount of space taken up by all of your things. You need to get clever when it comes to storage sometimes, in your closet and under the bed isn't always enough.

5) Oddly enough, smaller furniture does not make your space look bigger but it often has the opposite effect. Large furniture can easily widen up the space, even one oversized piece can open up your area. “Tall bookshelves and wall art draw the eye up and down, effectively stretching the room.
Oversized chairs can also give a small room a big presence,” Magee explains. She explains more stylish decisions you can make in
Even in a small space there is always room for style, as long as there is plenty of smart decisions. The smartest decision you can make when fulfilling your mirror and bathroom glass needs is contacting Bell Mirror and Glass at http://bellmirrorandglass.com

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What is glass and how is it made?

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
Glass is primarily composed of sand.  Not just any ordinary sand off the beach, but a high quality silica sand along with a mixture of other materials which is known as a batch.  Some of the other materials in one of these batches are salt cake, limestone, dolomite, feldspar, soda ash and powdered cullet.  After the mixture is made, place it into a good heat-resistant holder.  Usually the mixture is then melted in a gas-fired furnace until it is in liquid form.  Quartz sand without additives becomes glass around 2,300 degrees Celsius, or 4,172 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then the mixture is stirred to homogenize and remove bubbles.  Then the glass is shaped into its intended use.  There are many ways to shape the molten glass, like pouring it into a mold, blowing it through a large tube and even pouring into a bath of molten tin for support and blasting it with pressurized nitrogen.  After one of these methods is performed the glass is left to sit and cool.  The best glass makers can create any shape they want with this molten glass and can be extremely creative.

For more info and a detailed analysis please visit http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Glass.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Top 5 Decorating Myths Debunked

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
The rules of decorating are ever changing along with people and the times that we live in.  To stay current with people and fads, fashion and d├ęcor must change regularly.  This fact has led to the conclusion that there are no rules in decorating anymore.  This allows us to disprove old myths about interior decorating.  Here is a list of our top 5 busted myths. 
1.       Small rooms must be white, or a pale neutral color: While this is partially true, the size and scale of a room have less to do with the color and more with the size and placement of the furniture throughout the room.
2.       Small rooms must have small furniture:  if you have a small house or living space with the combination of tiny furniture it will only remind you how small your space is and make it feel like a dollhouse.  Where space is limited think quality over quantity, you want to think in terms of style and function.
3.       Don’t mix patterns and prints: there is no better way to add color texture and portions of your own personality to a room, then by combining various patterns together in one space.  To be successful in accomplishing this you want to stick to one color pallet and not mix many different pallets. 
4.       Stick to one focal point: we as humans are not one dimensional by any means, so why should our rooms be?  By giving each wall in the room its own focal point you are adding texture as well as your own sense of style.
5.       The most important piece of furniture is your couch: this really all depends on your home and your lifestyle.  If you are in your TV room then yes, the couch might be the most important piece of furniture.  But maybe the room is where you eat most of your meals, then the table might be the most important, overall the most important piece of furniture can only  be decided by the person utilizing the room.
Decorating your home has become less of a guided task and more of an expression of ourselves and our personalities.  The rules are changing and being broken, decorating is now an art of expression and you can determine your own rules.  For a full list of busted myths please visit http://freshome.com/2013/07/10/decorating-myths-debunked/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreshInspirationForYourHome+%28Freshome.com%29

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wichita Schools Approved $3 Million for Repairs

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213
Storms that hit the city of Wichita, Kansas caused massive amounts of damage to the local schools.  These storms that hit the city on May, 19th have already claimed $2 million in funding for repairs that the board already approved at its June 10th meeting.  School officials ensure the community that all but about $250,000 should be reimbursed by the district’s insurance.  These devastating storms accompanied with rain, hail and wind have damage more than 12 school sites, including major damage at Brooks Middle School.  It seems as though we are not quite out of the woods yet, after Wilbur Middle School recently sustained about $225,000 worth of repairs from a storm that occurred on June 27. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bradley Fair Plaza’s 4th of July Celebration

Bell Mirror & Glass, Inc.
1702 S. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS 67213

Are you going to the 4th of July at the Celebrate America Concert and Fireworks on Bradley Fair Plaza? This years guest includes smooth jazz artist Joseph Vincelli who specializes in improvisation. Vincelli will play as a firework spectacular flies over the Bradley Fair Lake.

Bradley Fair Plaza
200 N. Rock Rd. #160
Wichita KS 67206
(316) 630-9990

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

For more information please visit: http://www.bradleyfair.com/events.php

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