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Ideas to Transform a Dull Corner Into a Focal Point

08/26/2014   Decor   Leave a Comment

If you have a dull corner in your home that you find yourself looking at and wondering, “what can I do to make that better? Make it a focal point?”, look no further because we are here to help you out. Turning a boring, drab and dull corner into a focal point that will make your guests and you smile is not that hard nor is it that expensive. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest tips to brighten up any drab corner.

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Using a creative and different TV stand in a dull corner that is taken up by TV or a media unit is one of the best ways you can better the space. By making the area about more then just the Television or media center you will add a little pop to the area. While when you have the Television on it can be a focal point but when it is off, it is just another set unless you add a little pop of unique shape and color.

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TV stand/coffee table & media stand from Zespoke

Along the same lines as the TV unit is a media stand. Instead of just stacking DVD’s or CD’s any kind of media you have on their own, or in a dull shelf you can add a drop of color with a smooth shaped stand that has a colorful trim. This will make the area turn into a pretty focus with minimal effort.

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If the area is not only drab but dark you could try giving it some extra light. A lamp that is both brightening and unique in an area will give an instant focal and conversation piece to any formally boring corner. It is a simple fix and one that will help with the light in your room too.

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Miro lamp & bottle vases from the Olive Tree Company

If lighting is not your style and you prefer something more natural you can give vases with fresh or silk flowers a try. Flowers have long been a focal point in any room and there is no reason you can’t use them for your corner as well.


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Review: Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

07/01/2014   Beauty   4 Comments

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Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

Price: $22.00 USD for 10.1 fl oz

The Good:

  • Long lasting fragrance
  • All-day moisture for very dry skin
  • Great packaging for full body moisturizing
  • Vegan
  • Not tested on animals

The Bad:

  • Parabens
  • Strongly-perfumed to the sensitive

Ingredients:  Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Potassium Hydroxide, BHT, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben

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One of the most popular products from the Soap and Glory brand, The Righteous Body Butter is best described as a rich moisturizer with long-lasting perfume fragrance. The cream is great if you have dry skin and will not leave any type of residue. However, because it’s a body butter, it will take a while to completely sink in. A little goes a long way, making the product worth the price. If you’re still apprehensive, try their lotion version of the same formula!

The scent is described as Soap & Glory’s signature Pink Fragrance combined with fresh bergamot, mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, and amber with woody and warm vanilla notes. The smell is very signature to the Soap and Glory brand, walking the line between sweet and musk, and lasts for many hours before wearing off. This moisturizer can replace your perfume, but don’t attempt to mask it with one because the scent is just too strong. This can be a downside to the cream for those with sensitive noses.

The only other downside to this product is the amount of parabens in the ingredients, used to prolong the freshness.  Parabens are still very controversial in the ‘natural beauty’ world, so you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons here to decide if this product is worth it. I think it is!

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Be Friendly: Design Your Home with an Ecological Budget

06/23/2014   Decor, Minimalist   7 Comments

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There is a good chance that you will do a number of things in your home and community with the environment in mind. After all, you will want to protect the world and its atmosphere for yourself and generations yet to come.

Despite your efforts, there is probably more that you could do, especially during times of improvement and change. A common example is investing in an electric or hybrid car when it comes time to upgrade your motor.

Yet you could consider using these same principles inside your home when you want to reorganize or decorate. There are plenty of opportunities here to make ‘friendlier’ choices that are good to your pocket and the environment. If you are interested about what this would or could involve, read on to get a bit of green home inspiration.

Think energy efficiency

Saving money can be very rewarding, especially when it goes hand in hand with being more eco-aware. That is why you should assess your home for energy efficiency; luckily there are some beautiful ways to tackle any problems you may currently face. Leaky windows and doors are a common culprit, but these days there are so many designs available that it makes sense to spend the money on new panes and panels to save it in the long run.

If you are interested, there are less expensive ways to improve energy efficiency at home such as drought excluders but you may need to spend a bit of time looking for practical but stylish solutions.

Look to your feet

What flooring do you currently have in your home? Maybe it is carpet, or perhaps you have laminate laid down. Whatever it is, you might be looking for a change. There are some types of wood such as mahogany that are very precious and rare, and will not be ideal from an eco-friendly point of view. However using websites such as tedtodd.co.uk, it is possible to have the environment in the forefront of your mind by choosing reclaimed wood flooring such as oak and pine.

In terms of carpet, you could also look for rugs and mats that are made from recycled materials as this could also reduce your carbon footprint.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

The next theme to explore is the well-known phrase: ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. Minimalists will be keen to learn how they can ‘reduce’ more, so if this is you, you may want to think about ‘impact’ rather than physical items in your home. If you are a fan of plastic and manufactured items, do some research into the impact these productions have on the planet, as well as suitable alternatives. For those who can reuse, consider buying second hand to lower your reliance on factory made goods from new.

Of course there are many other ways to design on an eco-budget, and we would love to hear about the techniques you use in your own home. So please leave us a comment below!

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Kartell Release Their New “Precious” Collection

06/21/2014   Decor   Leave a Comment

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The 2014 Milan Design Week brought all sorts of different furniture together, with designs from across the world. Among the many new furniture designs, Kartell Furniture unveiled their “Precious” collection, which caught a lot of attention and continues to find itself in the furniture and fashion news. This flashy furniture drew a lot of eyes and promises to be one of the sets that has the most sales and style potential in the near future.

A Truly Precious Collection

The Precious Kartell series gets its name from the fact that Kartell wanted to highlight the elegant luxury and high value of the furniture. The pieces have an element of sophistication about them that manages to convey a sense of beauty without being too flashy. The furniture and accessories includes essentials such as chairs and tables as well as room dressing pieces such as lamps, drawers, and shelves. This enables somebody who is interested in this sleek new design to either choose a few pieces of the line to help complete their vision of an eclectic room or to fully immerse themselves in the Precious design, decorating an entire room or even an entire home with this new style of furniture.

Plastic gets its Day

Everything in the Precious Kartell collection has a metallic look to it. The furniture finishes come in colours such as gold, bronze, silver, copper, and gun metal gray. However, the actual material is not metal, but rather a high-quality plastic. This gives the furniture line the same sort of durability and strength that people associate with metal designs while keeping the costs more reasonable and making the furniture itself lighter and easier to move. Kartell has been working on mining the full possibilities that plastic offers as a furniture material, and thankfully technology has finally managed to catch up with the desires of the furniture fashion world.

Making a Room Precious

The Precious design brings a lot to a room. The furniture itself has a highly technological, almost futuristic feel to it. It also has a sense of sophistication and elegance. It can be added to a room that has sparse decorations, or it can be used to enhance other accessories already in an area. This furniture is especially great if you have some high quality lighting in the areas where it will be placed. Such lighting will highlight the sparkling quality of the metallic finish. Even though the items in this line-up are all made of plastic, they provide the same sort of energy and feel that metal does. At the same time, the more flexible plastic frame allows for a better sense of comfort than unyielding metal would. It has been a long time coming, but plastic is finally getting its chance to shine thanks to the Precious Kartell line. Providing everything that metal has to offer along with the sophistication, technological innovation, and overall ease of use that plastic has to offer, this is a unique line of furniture that has made major waves ever since its introduction in April.


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Home Renovations – An Opportunity to Get on the Property Ladder?

06/11/2014   Do It Yourself   Leave a Comment

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Ok, so very few of us are in the position to be taking our first step on the property ladder just yet…but for those who are securing bricks and mortar to call their own, chances are you may have settled for a property that is a little ‘undone’.

If you haven’t been able to afford the house of your dreams, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a first home which you adore. In fact, carrying out a renovation may be a more viable option than buying a house that’s bigger and better, instead allowing you the freedom and budget to re-build and re-decorate until your heart is content.

If you are considering buying a home that will need some renovation work, here’s a look at some of the things you will need to consider.

Restructuring

The most dramatic renovation you may end up looking at is the possibility to restructure a property and build a space that is unique, flexible and designed to suit your lifestyle. Maybe you will knock down a wall and create an open plan living space? Or perhaps add value to your building by dividing a larger space into two separate rooms? You could also transform a garage or basement into a home gym or guest room.

The beauty of renovating is that, budget and planning permission allowing, you can adapt your property to offer the customized function that a ready-to-go property could not. The easiest way to add an extra bedroom is, of course, to convert the loft.

Upgrading

You don’t need to completely restructure your property to give it a new lease of life. If you’ve opted for a home on the lower end of your budget, this frees up space to make luxurious upgrades. Prioritize features that you will use most. Treat yourself to a super-modern kitchen (which will also add value) or state of the art walk-in shower room.

Renovating the exterior of your new house can also help to ensure it feels like home and is an accurate reflection of your tastes. A professional paint job will instantly freshen up a tired fascia, while modern windows and doors will improve external aesthetics as well as improve energy efficiency. You can see more on what aluminium doors and windows can do here for example. Adding more natural lighting to your house through bigger windows, skylights and glass doors can increase the value of your home too.

Finishing Touches

If you’re completing a home renovation, you’ll be thinking about much more than photo frames and throw cushions when it comes to the finishing touches. Renovation involves completely transforming a property into something new, and the finishing touches are key to completing this. Finishing touches of a renovation will include flooring, light fixtures and fittings, wall coverings, door handles, cupboard/drawer handles, kitchen work surfaces and radiators.

The main thing to consider when renovating your property, is how to best spend the money you’ve got. Remember, you get what you pay for. For the highest finish, it’s always worth investing a professional team of architects and contractors who can bring your vision to life.

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