Today, you wouldn’t exactly consider these wooden chairs with scrolls and contoured backs as modern, but when they first appeared they were light years ahead of their time. In fact, it was in the mid 1800s when German cabinetmaker-turned-chair-revolutionary, Michael Thonet, unveiled the silhouettes we’re so familiar with today – the bentwood chairs. It was the first time such a production method was used – heating wood to bend it into improbable chairs. The result was graceful, sculptural and surprisingly comfortable seating. Read More
Landscaping is a popular hobby, and when it’s done right, it can transform even the simplest of homes into a stunning eye-catch. The reason why landscaping is so popular is probably because: One, it’s incredibly therapeutic; And two, it’s a lot more affordable than hiring a professional landscaper to do the job for you. Having a good-looking yard is now more affordable than ever! If there are some defining aspects of a well maintained yard, those would be a neatly cut lawn and perfectly trimmed hedges. And nowadays, there’s no shortage of power tools to help you out with these important garden chores.
When your PC suddenly stops working, one of the first things that comes to most people’s mind is that it’s probably time to get some way overdue servicing done on it. But with so many options nowadays, especially in larger cities like Sydney and Melbourne, how do you make up your mind about where you want to take it? Do you go for the “family” computer shop or do you visit a well known Australian repair service chain?
Let’s just admit it, even if we don’t think we could ever be guilty of envy, we’ve all been guilty as charged when it comes to staring at how green the grass is in our neighbours’ yards. It’s nothing to worry about, yours can be green too, you just have to get to know your lawn well enough, and learn when and how to tend to its needs.
It’s needless to say you’re going to have to buy lawn mower that’s adequate for you. This is the sort of basic power tool that a home can’t do without, particularly if you have a rather big lawn waiting for you to cut it to perfection. The wide range of lawn mowers for sale, from steel, cordless, and ride on models, aren’t just designed to stand the test of time, but considerably cut down on your efforts and time as well.
Then again, you get bonus points if you buy lawn mower that’s one of the hybrid models, and serves as a mulcher also; you can take care of the yard debris and grass clippings full of nitrogen in no time, preparing your own natural soil nourishment product. Now then, when it comes to taking proper care of the lawn, you have to think of grass same as any other plant in your yard – it could do well with regular cuts, which in the case of the grass is past the growing points so it would become denser, and at the same time healthier.
To be able to get mowing right, it’s important to remember there are certain periods of the year when you can cut at a lower height, and when you should do exactly the opposite. The cooler months of the year are perfect for cutting off at a lower height, as opposed to the warm or hot days of spring and summer, when you have to avoid that. To make it simpler for you to remember, stick to cutting one third at the grass blades.
It doesn’t hurt getting to know more about the type of grass you have, and learn about its cutting requirements so you’d provide the proper thriving conditions, because they’re not all the same; what’s ideal for the bahia grass (up to 3 inches), isn’t ideal for the bent grass (up to 1 inch). Since not all lawn mowers are created equal, it’s advisable to read well into the manual of the one you purchase, practice first with a smaller patch of grass, and wear the adequate clothing so you’d avoid accidents.
If you’ve been wondering what your next home makeover focus should be, give the guest bedroom a go. We don’t often spend as much time on decorating this particular room as when decorating the living room, or our own bedroom for instance, and it’s high time this changed. It goes beyond using a compact sofa as the bed! You do want your house to be inviting, right?
I like the idea of being the perfect host, dazzling guests with my cooking and mixology (creating savoury cocktails) skills, and having the “mi casa es su casa” motto guide me through, I figured I could do with a nice guest bedroom makeover. It’s so easy nowadays to renovate your house homewares design shops can provide you with numerous options to choose from in just a few clicks. Besides, we have bountiful ideas to get inspiration from, like TV shows, magazines, and blogs.
Though at first I thought I had to splurge on this makeover, I realised it was about the choice of items themselves that has a say in making guests feel special in the house of the host, meaning there’s more to it than focusing only on pricier elements. This is why when wanting to make this room feel comfortable and warm, it’s important to start with the mattress. The last thing I want is for my guests to have a night of tossing and turning, waking up with terrible back pains and headaches.
I was able to find just the perfect mattress, ergopedic pocket spring, designed to firmly support the contours of the body and provide a night of quality sleep. Other house homewares items I picked for the task of coming up with a classy guest bedroom were comfortable Egyptian cotton bedding, microfibre pillow to match up the mattress comfort, and velvet quilt cover set. I increased the sense of comfort by piling up on the pillows and cushions in a variety of shapes, and warm pastel colours, which gave the room some more texture.
Having enough room for a desk on the one side, I opted to refurbish an old vanity table in pastel peach colour, that goes well with the curtains in the same tone, and added an elegant French provincial side table on the opposite bedside. The brass finished industrial lamps I’d chosen give the room a somewhat vintage look, setting up an intimate ambiance, and they nicely show off the intricate small paintings I’d hung around, with flower petals. The old framed mirror was the final touch, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Makes me want to be a guest in my own house!
Have you ever considered making Australia your country? Our Land Down Under has plenty to offer, and unlike the situations with global politics that have a rather negative impact on migration in certain countries worldwide, the USA being one of them, Australia is still very much in favour of making foreigners’ dreams come true.
Having high ratings when it comes to health, education, and economy, it’s not difficult to see why many have the Australian dream. While every country has its bureaucracy and specific laws to follow, to which applying for and acquiring a visa are not an exception, you can still find the way to handling it easier, more efficiently, and without having more money going down the drain – get the help of a migrant agent.
At first you may not think it necessary, because you can do it on your own, but that’s exactly where you’re wrong. An experienced, MARA certified, and skilled migrant agent knows all there is to know about the temporary skilled workers’ program, the latest 457 visa changes, and all the documentation necessary for a successful application.
That’s the catch exactly with getting ahead in this game with the help of an agent – while you may have a general knowledge on this specific visa, you may not know the 457 visa changes that involve its abolishing as of March 2018, to be replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa based on a decision made on 18 April this year, with the reforms implementation already in process.
The agent can further on explain you the visa requirements, i.e. the three stages, starting from the employer, and his/her obligation to have all documentation ready for showing the company is registered, and genuine, meeting prescribed training benchmarks, demonstrating you are committed to employing local labour, and are now also in search of skilled workers from overseas, so that he/she can apply and become a standard business sponsor (SBS).
This is followed by identifying the exact position the employer (SBS) wants to be filled by an overseas skilled worker, showing how the exact nominated person is skilled and experienced for the job, and meeting the same criteria as those for local employees, with the equal salary rate.
Once all this has been completed, then the skilled worker can apply for the visa, of course meeting the nomination rule (be nominated by a sponsor), the skill requirements (CV, degree), and registration of the occupation-to-be (licenses, references), and have the proof (certificates) of English language proficiency – that they speak a certain level of the language. The latter applies to foreigners from non-English speaking countries.
If this is your dream, don’t forget to check the list of Australia’s shortage skills, and the most in-demand jobs, and get the help of professionals for a simpler visa application process.
It’s only natural to want to excel at work; we all strive to be successful, it’s part of our very being, no matter whether you’re one of the workaholics or not. This is why we invest in high tech electronics, programmes, apps, try to find ways to learn more about our area of expertise through various information sources, and yet still somehow we end up not being as productive as we ought to be, or at least hope to be.
Having found myself in that exact sort of situation, I questioned myself on a daily basis whether I was getting enough sleep, eating the proper food, if I was having some health issues that were impeding my concentration and productivity. As it turned the office air was the culprit, and the rescue came in the form of cool air ventilation through heavy duty fans. Read More