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.
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.
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.