They say your wedding day is the happiest day in your life – it’s the day you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl, so it’s only logical that you’d want everything to be perfect – starting from the dress, and all the way to the decorations. But by the time you reach the decor box on your to-do list, you’ve already spent most of your budget on booking the perfect venue, your favourite band, the best caterers, and on other major elements of a wedding. Does this mean you’re short on reaching perfection? Read More
After years of hoarding everything under the sun, I think I’ve finally arrived at a point in my life where I appreciate minimalism. Today, I can proudly say that every item in this house is either functional or sparks pleasant emotions – otherwise, it goes in the trash (or the basement, in the best case scenario). And when it comes to childrens toys – the same principle applies as well.
At first, it was a challenge to learn how to say no. But after a while, you get used to that 10 second frown, especially when you remember saying no is for your kids’ own good. In fact, parenting experts say that too many toys tend to overwhelm children, which can later lead to short attention spans and even addiction to stuff. On the other hand, when there are fewer toys in the environment, toddlers can focus their attention better and use more creativity by thinking of alternative ways to play with them.
Without a doubt, learning to value quality over quantity early on, can lead to developing better habits in adult life. But the truth is, your children can’t be taught to appreciate minimalism, if you as a family don’t share the same beliefs as well and refrain from buying stuff excessively. Adopting a simplistic and orderly design scheme like Scandinavian can sure help a lot. Plus, I’ve also found that decorating my home in Scandinavian minimalism has helped me become better at choosing and organizing childrens toys.
Needless to say, I got Scandinavian designed toys for my kids too, after researching and finding out how to choose ones that are healthy and educational, that is. The great thing about Scandinavian toys is that they are meticulously crafted, which means you don’t have to worry about the toy breaking in small parts that can pose a chocking risk. Moreover, Scandinavian design toys are the perfect example of how healthy wooden toys can be for children, as they are free of BPA, VOCs and other toxic chemicals associated with plastic toys.
Besides being safe and made of healthy materials, in order for me to buy a toy it has to fulfil at least one of these three factors. First of all, social value – a board game or a doll house teaches children to play together. Second, versatility – toy blocks can be made into every imaginable thing. And last but not least, durability – a wooden train can will last for years and be passed down to younger siblings. It’s this selection process that helped me reduce clutter and ensure my precious angels get valuable playtime with quality toys.
Furnishing your dining room can seem like the easiest task in the world, until you’re actually faced with it. And the fact that there are more chair options than there are stars in the sky doesn’t make it any easier either. If you could only skip the ordeal of furnishing your dining room and just settled for eating at a local bistro, it would be all perfect, right? Sure, why not. Read More
If you don’t have a spacious yard, do not despair – you can always turn your balcony into a small yet lush oasis of greenery. Miniature, balcony gardens certainly have their own advantages – they look cosy and intimate, and are generally considered a lot easier to take care of as opposed to large-scale garden lots. Not to mention how they give an uplift to your apartment’s exterior, which you as an individual resident of a building might not have the power to considerably affect.
When starting your balcony’s garden, the sheer lack of space might seem daunting. However, nowadays there are many modern balcony planters designed to be attached to the balcony railing to save your precious floor space for furniture. But if you have a million-dollar view that you don’t want to obstruct in any way, you might want to consider a good mix of wall mounted planters and pots hanging from the ceiling.
Since potted plants do not get a constant supply of moisture like plants grown in yard soil do, it’s important to water them as often as necessary, or at least choose modern balcony planters that allow for self-watering. Self-watering planters have an integrated water tank at the bottom which allows the plant’s roots to draw water as needed, for weeks on end. They are an especially attractive choice for homeowners who travel a lot, or lack a green thumb, as the self-watering design is equally effective in preventing drying out and over-watering the plants.
But even self-watering planters won’t be of any help if you fail to choose your plants right. To ensure your balcony garden does not end up a failure, consider your hardiness zone as well as the unique microclimate of your outdoor space. Is your balcony perpetually shaded, or does it get light and how many hours of it? Is it sheltered or windy? Do the building materials affect how hot or cold the space gets? Taking time to evaluate your conditions and choose suitable plants can greatly enhance your gardening success.
And finally, you need to ensure that your plants get adequate drainage which might be a problem for container soil. To ensure the plants get all the drainage they need, choose pots made out of porous materials, such as terra cotta, which include drainage holes. A good potting mix will also help provide adequate drainage. Potting mix ingredients like perlite or vermiculite create pores in the soil which improves drainage. Moreover, compost potting mixes which include organic nutrients can help fertilize your small garden, additionally increasing your chances of success.
If you haven’t invested much effort in how your bed looks like, you are missing out on one great opportunity to create a relaxing bedroom ambiance with a personal touch. A good bedding set can be a total game changer when it comes to the look of your bedroom, as well as the quality of your sleep. And considering the fact that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, it totally makes sense to make our sleeping environment as healthy, comfy, and attractive as possible. So, don’t lose sleep over manchester anymore and pay attention to the following tips.
In this digital time, it’s strange that we are still so drawn to furniture pieces that were designed way back in the sixties. Even well into 2018, the mid-century style still has an enduring popularity. This can be based on many factors – ranging from the minimalist design, to the love for different materials and gentle organic curves in furniture. Or, it could be just a subtle nostalgia for the good old times.
Owning a house instead of an apartment might come with some extra cleaning and maintenance tasks, but when it comes to the great joy of having an outdoor space – I’d pick a house with a huge garden any time! Just think of the many opportunities outdoor spaces offer, one of which is being able to wine and dine there, surrounded by the vibrant colours and delightful scents of your garden. Of course, delighting in all of this wouldn’t be possible without having a gorgeous and functional outdoor dining set. Here are some helpful tips on how to choose yours.
Consider Weather-Friendly Materials
Like any buyer, you too will want to get durability and value for your money and save yourself from the trouble of having to renew your dining set every other year and spend additional money. Considering your outdoor dining set will be exposed to the outside elements 24/7, choosing the right material is of great importance. If you love the sophisticated charm of wood furnishings, consider teak which is a very popular choice for outdoor dining settings. Teak is rich with natural rubber and oils which form a layer of protection against pests, moisture, rot and sun damage. When it comes to dining sets made of metal, many opt for wrought iron which is a more attractive alternative to stainless steal, and also completely corrosion proof.
Size and Capacity
In order to get the most out of your outdoor space, the dining set needs to be the right size for it. If you own only a small deck or patio, consider getting a bistro style set which consists out of two chairs and a table. Additionally, you can add an ottoman or two if there’s enough space left. Always remember that there still needs to be ample room for people to freely move around the dining area. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to own an enormous yard, feel free to consider a full dining set for 6 or 8 people – perfect for Sunday lunches with the family and small dinner parties outdoors.
Looks Matter Too
Let’s be honest, style will ultimately have a big impact on your choice, which is a good thing. After all, you’re not limited to the grey tones of unfinished teak, or the dark shades of metal pieces. When it comes to outdoor dining settings, there’s always the ability to spruce them up with the addition of colour. Colourful finishes on furniture, or even bold splashes of colour on cushions and accent pieces can mean a great deal when it comes to creating a unique ambiance.
It doesn’t take much effort to transform a room with accessories – all you need is some free time, willingness, and a good source of inspiration. But when it comes to the bedroom, although you might have both – the time and the willingness, I bet that many of you struggle with finding inspiration, considering how this room strives towards serenity and is best left with minimal décor. This leaves you with very little ideas to work with, but if you put just enough thought into it, you might find that the solution is hiding right next to your pillow. What do I mean? Well, a unique and nicely decorated nightstand can be THE piece of furniture you need to freshen up your bedroom design. Read More
There’s been quite a stir in the interior décor trends, and it’s mostly to do with Scandinavian inspiration. It’s not difficult to see why considering they have a philosophy transformed into quality of living space, with the focus on comfort.
When you start inviting more of the Scandinavian interior design in your abode, you can consider yourself a fan of minimalism immediately. Yes, even if you’ve been a staunch believer that minimalism isn’t your thing, Scandinavian designs are sure to convince you otherwise. With me it happened with a contemporary nightstand, the indispensable item in terms of storage and style.
Nightstands are so underrated in the bedroom interior. Sure, the choice of mattress is important (duh, quality sleep!), but so is what’s right next to both of the bedsides. When I was at the beginning of becoming a Scandinavian interior style fan, I had the idea of a pure bedroom, the kind of sanctuary stripped of items I could so easily do without, and as you can imagine nightstands weren’t part of the ideal picture.
As bright as my bedroom looked, it still felt like something was missing, and it was; as soon as I came across the contemporary nightstand, and the numerous ideas on how to decorate and fill one up, I knew it was time to bring its charms in my sleep sanctuary.
Where there was one, there came two, and along with improving the aesthetics (they’re white and amplify the brightness), this addition gave the balance my room needed.
Whether you like nightstands or not, you must have them. They are versatile pieces that have plenty to offer in design, as you can find them in many styles, colours, and sizes. The option to add some decorating pieces of your own means you can also count on the nightstands being your pieces ideal for customising.
What the nightstands have helped me with is saving me from trips to the kitchen for a glass of water, allowing me to write down my thoughts, shopping list ideas, and inspirational quotes without forgetting them, and giving me the chance to create a habit of moisturising my face regularly every night.
There’s also plenty of room for table lamps, my favourite souvenirs from my recent trip around Europe (inspiring me for more travelling), books that help me relax and call it a day, magazines I like to inspire myself with for more interior changes, and of course the space for my electronics.
They key to a happy home might as well be well-chosen bedding, if you ask me. Just think about it – on average, we spend 8 hours a day in bed, which is a whopping 2 920 hours a year. And what do we wrap ourselves in when the nights get colder? A warm and soft doona, of course. And if you get cold easily, a doona might be the one piece of topper you can use throughout the whole year.
When it comes to contemporary style – there’s no clear-cut definition, especially when it’s so often being confused with modern. Modern style refers to a specific design movement that appeared in the 1920s, which doesn’t change and will remain such forever. On the other hand, contemporary design is ever-evolving to reflect the spirit of the current time. While modern style follows strict guidelines and tends to feel cold and formal, contemporary is fluid and allows a bit of rule-breaking – as long as it’s done minimally.
The defining characteristic of contemporary design is that it puts emphasis on simplicity and sophistication. Therefore, when it comes to contemporary furniture, smooth and clean lines are preferred. The pieces are usually made of hardwood and often gravitate towards a more natural look. To gain its natural appeal, contemporary furniture uses fabrics like cotton, wool, silk, and jute. There are no elaborate curves and no over-the-top decorations. Quite simply – here, less is more. Try not to over-clutter your space and only bring in pieces that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing.
Don’t forget that the way you place furniture pieces greatly affects whether the room will feel contemporary or not. In contemporary style, the negative space beneath and around the furniture is just as important as positive space. That’s the reason we so often see bulky contemporary furniture such as couches and chairs in rectangular shapes, placed in the middle of the room with plenty of empty space around them. While this also reflects the notion of less is more, it’s also meant to create an open space with more functionality and freedom of movement.
As for the colour palette, neutrals, black, and white are the main inspiration for the backdrop of contemporary interiors. This palette is often accented with bold colours used in statement pieces. Sometimes contemporary spaces have walls and windows painted in pastel, and when this is the case, neutrals (cream, taupe, brown, and white) are used everywhere else.
Again, the “less is more” mantra applies to all aspects of contemporary style, including décor. Avoid making eclectic groupings of various décor elements, and keep accessories simple – in minimal amount, but well chosen. In this paired down style, overscale artworks can shine beautifully, adding drama but without feeling too overwhelming on the streamlined contemporary furniture arrangement.
If you enjoy the present moment, and love interiors that are simple yet current and inviting, contemporary style might be just the right one for you. It’s a style that doesn’t have strict rules that require you to go out of your way. It’s so simple, that you can easily achieve it with the help of well chosen contemporary furniture that evokes balance and harmony.
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?