Living in the 21st century, it’s impossible not to get stressed on a daily basis. In this aspect, it’s not an exaggeration to say stress has become the synonym of modern life. Stress at home, stress at the working place, stress over finances, stress over food… when is it time to get a bit of relaxation?
In this modern day, it’s no surprise that majority of working people feel all stiff, overworked and in a desperate need of relaxation. And since we’re always stressed out from our hectic lifestyles, putting some time aside to relax can do wonders to our physical and mental health. What better way to do so than by indulging in all the perks that spas offer?
Of course, going to a spa centre is not something most of us can afford to do on a regular basis, either due to the lack of money or lack of time. That’s the reason why so many people invest and buy spas so that they can have this small piece of paradise in the comfort of their homes rather than sharing it with strangers.
Besides the obvious health reasons, many people also buy spas in order to increase their home’s value. Having a luxurious soaker in your bathroom is a sure way to capture that 5-star hotel ambiance in your very own home. And don’t worry, buying a spa doesn’t always have to be extremely expensive as smaller spas consequently are less expensive. Plus, home spas do not need all the complex and high-cost installation like hotel ones do. Think about your budget and needs and choose the type accordingly.
As for their shapes and models, the sky is the limit; choose whatever you like and whatever fits your space best – be it a rectangular, square, round or an oval one. Of course, spas also come with various features and additional elements, so take your time and think about what kind of experience you want. For instance, if you plan to use the spa mostly for health and recuperation reasons, pay close attention to the type and number of jets it has. On the other hand, if you’d like to enjoy the full entertainment experience, there are also many spas that come with a surround sound system, light effects, and even a TV.
Another decision you will need to make is whether to go for a freestanding or a built-in spa. Freestanding spas can be placed in any spot in your home, such as the bathroom, the balcony, as well as on the deck – as long as the surface can support its weight. Making your spa look visually appealing can be sometimes tricky because the pump will be visible from the outside. On the other hand, built-in spas are much more aesthetically appealing because the heater and the pump are hidden in the surround that supports the spa. The downsides of this spa is that requires more space and it is a lot more complex and costly to install.
Bottom line is, whatever type of spa you choose, it’s important to have it cleaned and maintained regularly so that you can enjoy its soothing hydrotherapy benefits for many years to come.
Okay, so it’s safe to say the world has been under a spell thanks to Scandinavian culture and design trends. Unlike other trends, this one proves to be timeless, taking into account it’s been around for some time now, and the more we see and know of it, the more we like it.
At the end of a long, stressful day, it can be such a relief when you get to retreat into the bedroom and slide into the comfort of your bed. Face washed, teeth brushed, sheets clean and fresh – what better way to end the day? Well, if you ask me, this simple pleasure can be even further enhanced with the help of a special kind of pillow, namely the wedge pillow.
Open-floor spaces are popular for plenty of reasons. By opening up the space and eliminating any visual barriers in the form of walls, an otherwise small apartment can appear much larger than it actually is. Besides, it’s very convenient for entertaining guests because you can still socialize with them while you’re refiling drinks or cooking in the kitchen. And if you have children, or want some in the near future, this kind of living space can allow you to have an eye on them while you’re doing some other business around your home.
But furnishing and decorating an open-plan home can sometimes seem a bit intimidating. If you’re searching for the right way to conquer this type of living space, perhaps you should start first by dividing it. Decorative room dividers are usually the perfect solution to subtly define functional spaces and add a bit of privacy, all that without disturbing the open character of the home. Here are some of the ways you can use these wonderful multi-purpose décor additions.
Create Separate Zones
In an open-floor plan creating a sense of separation can be difficult to do since you do not have much space to work with. However, with the help of decorative room dividers you can achieve a smooth illusion of multiple rooms blending within a single one. Using room dividers is much cheaper, easier and aesthetically attractive than putting up a drywall. For instance, you can separate your kitchen and dining area by putting up a divider between it and the lounging space. This also works well for defining a bedroom or a workspace. The nice thing about decorative room dividers is that they are portable, which means you have the flexibility to arrange the space however you like.
Everyone needs a moment of privacy within his own home, especially after a long, stressful day at work. And since there are no walls you can hide yourself behind, the lack of privacy can be a large issue for everyone sharing an open-floor plan with other people. But decorative room divides can function as an alternative wall, whenever you want to seclude yourself from the rest of the world. Simply by putting up a room divider around an armchair you can create an instant relaxation spot where you can read without anyone disturbing you. Moreover, a room divider can also function as an alternative dressing room preserving your privacy while getting dressed. Convenience at its finest!
Use a Partition as a Stylish Room Addition
Open-floor plans work best for people with a heavy dose of imagination who can make the most out of their living space. And room dividers give you plenty of creative freedom to stylishly transform any area. For instance, you can use a room partition to display stunning art, or even pictures of you and your family, on both of its sides. You can change your art composition with ease whenever you want to or when you acquire a new piece. Moreover, the room divider itself can serve as a bold decorative accent, whether standing in the middle of the room or behind a sofa. The various materials and designs of room dividers offer limitless decorating possibilities, it is up to you to find the one that sparks your creativity.
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
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!
Every year, thousands of Australians receive compensation for injuries they’ve sustained while on the job. That can be very costly for the business, not just in terms of paying out large amounts of money for compensation, but manpower and productivity can also be affected. For this reason, every business should try to minimise the risks of injury as much as possible, and in the case of office workers, that means utilising the correct working desk environment, especially the chair.
When in doubt how to furnish or redecorate your living room, a good start is to turn to the masters. And who can boast with a long history of home design and improvements if not the Scandinavians? Perhaps the fact that the Northern climate keeps these people locked inside is the reason why their homes are the pinnacles of interior design. And since us Aussies are fans of the outdoors, we’d certainly benefit to learn how to achieve the Scandinavian balance indoors and freshen up our living room.
So many styles to try out, so little time… I don’t agree with people who just come up with the excuse of not having the budget to bring the breeze of style change at home and do a bit of makeover. You don’t have to buy everything on the market representing a certain style to liven up your living space. A little change goes a long way because you break away the monotony that’s bound to happen every so often. I’ve had my share of playing with different interior décor styles and I’ve come to notice they all came to be out of practicality.
Let’s take the style I’ve adopted not so long ago: the coastal style. I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind to everyone is a home next to the coast, with a beach right by the doorstep – dreamy, I know. It’s what caught my attention in the first place, since I love the beauty of summer and beaches (then again, who doesn’t). It didn’t start out as a style but rather came out of practicality to people who lived along the coastlines and dealt with sand and salt from the sea destroying their furniture so the solution they came up with resulted as a new style.
Great thing about it is even if you don’t exactly live anywhere near the coastline, you can still implement it and bring the charms of the ocean and warm sandy beaches right in your nest with coastal furniture.
What I love about this style is its essence is making it seem like it’s summer year round. It helps create a sense of openness, warmth and brightness altogether due to the soothing colours with shades of white, blue, brown, grey and green, be it from the bits and pieces of coastal furniture, or texture elements such as curtains and rugs as well as the accessories. I don’t have to tell you how effective yoga is in this kind of surrounding as I soak up all the serenity in a single glance whenever I do my asanas.
As Albert Camus, French philosopher and author, once said: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” It won’t be long until we say bye to summer, but my preferred season won’t be over for me as I get to see it every day whenever I’m spending time home, surrounded by my coastal décor. If you haven’t given this style a try yet, now is as good a time as any to do so. Trust me, it’s not one you’d grow tired of seeing!
As much as we want to play interior designers oftentimes, there is a reason why this is an academic discipline: because there are rules and theory to be learned before you can practice it. However, some people can’t help it, and the desire to design and decorate their home is bigger than the satisfaction of hiring a professional. And while this is a choice, it doesn’t mean that some of us won’t be good at it. Having a clear idea of how you want your rooms to look like is a good starting point. Avoiding a few common mistakes that literally make designers cringe of disgust is another boosting step you can take to pull out a great interior designing move on your own.
Choosing the wrong sofas + decorating them the wrong way
When I say ‘wrong’ I don’t mean that the sofa does not follow the latest trends; we all have different tastes and preferences and there’s simply no discussion about it. However, if your sofa isn’t long enough or deep enough to accommodate you for an afternoon nap, you’ve made a mistake. Look for modern sofas that are long or have an additional piece which can be attached to one end to provide more length. Also, the sofa needs to be deep instead of shallow, as shallow sofas often look like they belong in a dentist’s waiting room. Most modern sofas today are made with the basic comfort in mind, along with a dose of designer creativity in the looks. Another important thing to have in mind is decorating the sofas. The worst way to do this is by stuffing them with too much pillows. Too much pillows may be a good choice for the bedroom, but not for the living room. Sofas are rather small seating options and limiting the seating space even more is just absurd.
Hanging art work at eye level height
You can’t just place a large art piece on the wall on eye level height. There’s too little space between the colour scheme used on the painting and the colours dominating the sofas and the rest of the room décor. And when these two colour booms meets, you’d have a mess that will cause you a headache every time you enter that room. Art pieces should be hanged at about 1.5 metres above the floor, so they’re pleasant to look at for both you and your guests.
Accessories: small rooms, big rooms
Not taking the size of the room in consideration when you’re choosing decorations is a beginner’s mistake. It’s a rule of thumb that spacious rooms can tolerate a bigger number of accessories, while smaller rooms need as little as possible. That being said, be very careful with decorative elements for your rooms and choose them according to the room’s style and of course, the size.
No matter how much we love our homes, there’s always room for some improvement style-wise. Just as much as trends change, your style can change. I recently underwent such an experience when all of a sudden I grew tired of my dining room interior. Since I love entertaining guests at home, I love organising family gatherings and formal dinner parties every now and then, so the dining room is the part of my home that gets as many visits as the living room does which is why the décor is more than important. Though my guests come over for hearty delicious meals and entertaining conversations, I like giving them food for the eyes as well through the use of wall ornaments which I like to match in colour with tablecloths and create a certain contrast with the napkins.
Despite this colour play, I still felt like something was missing even though I also used the sideboard as a decorating spot for some candles and flower arrangements. As much as I had the mindset of a minimalist and preferred keeping a rather open space dining area, I felt that it was actually the sideboard that could get replaced. After looking through dining cabinets in shops and catalogues, I had a revealing moment followed by an idea: Why not use a cabinet instead of the sideboard?
Overcoming my minimalist urge to dispose of the sideboard altogether, I found its purpose in the hall (now it serves as the perfect spot for keys) and made way for a cabinet. Cabinets are supposed to be both functional and stylish, so I had to look beyond just storage space and think of the design as well. A design mismatch could result in making the cabinet seem out of place and even create visual clutter so always be careful when choosing.
Having seen a variety of dining cabinets, and spending hours of indecisiveness, I was able to make the purchase. Once I brought the charm of the cabinet in my home, it seems that my style and habits also shifted. I realised I was no longer the staunch minimalist. Though I didn’t go overboard with the decorating, I also didn’t go back to the usual “less is more” rule. Using my mother’s beautiful china as a base décor detail, I tried to steer away from the full china look and broke the pattern with an intricate candle stand, vintage cookbook and display teacups and platters.
I feared I’d get a crammed outcome, but luckily, I still had plenty of space left which I used during dinner parties for storing all the goods, such as cakes and drinks, and kept them at hand without also cramming the table. You can imagine the faces of my family and friends when they saw this drastic change, partly because of being amazed by my decorating skills and the other part because of not being the minimalist they thought I was. After getting all the positive feedback, I now try and create a different look whenever I get the chance to change the dynamic of every party by adding various colour papers inside the cabinet. I haven’t made up my mind yet for painting all of it in either black or white, but it’s a possibility. Cabinets are still very much a trend, all it takes is finding the right ways to decorate them.