My Kitchen Project

November 17th, 2013

In an earlier post, I presented 5 kitchen designs. The designs were posted as I consider the best idea for my kitchen project. Yes, my bathroom is in order, modern and very convenient. That took a bit of time as I have to oversee every detail. The conservatory project is almost done and so I believe it’s time to move on to the kitchen. I am mulling over these types of kitchen:

1. Rustic Kitchen Theme

My idea of coziness and warmth is distinctly felt whenever I see a lot of timber in a certain area of a room. My kitchen would be a combination of wood, vintage appliances, a fireplace perhaps and a marble countertop for a touch of  contemporary design. It would most likely look the picture below.

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2. Cabinets

Storage is important in every household but how they are presented is equally vital.  I prefer wood of course with a rough hewn look to complement my rustic theme. But I am caught between polished, smooth finish to a distressed look. I wouldn’t want my kitchen to be seen as out of a log cabin design. It should be more rustic cum modern. What do you think of this cabinet? Is it too polished for my idea of a rustic theme?

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I also like open storage as the content could be part of the decor of the kitchen. Open shelves must definitely added. Look at the photo below, the colorful bottles add to the essence of the kitchen. And the wares displayed on the other photo is a sight to behold. The antique shelf would balance the marble countertop and a modern sink.

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3. Vintage Appliances

I would definitely put in appliances similar to these polished copper pots and pans plus this stove. Age-old, functional and definitely rustic.

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4. Fireplace

A fireplace for me not only adds to a relaxing ambiance but in the kitchen, it could be multi- functional as a stone oven or merely to add heat during the cold season. Much thought have been done as to whether I would add one as the maintenance could take much time. The function and need exceeds the disadvantage I suppose when I saw this design. With a few modification, it would be perfect for my kitchen.

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5. Modern metal sink

There’s nothing I would prefer than to have a convenient metal sink like the picture below.It looks clean and very convenient.kitchen-322719_640

 

That’s much about my kitchen design with a unique combination of old and new. Convenience and functionality are first and foremost in my standards but design and aesthetic are very essential as well. What do you think?

 

 

Get The London Look In Your Home

August 15th, 2014

Get The London Look In Your Home

We all have that dream for a luxurious and chic home, right? I know I do. When I think of classy, my mind would wander to Europe and then, well, what have you, I just end up imagining London!

London is the UK’s best and biggest city (its capital, if I must say so) and we all know, it is a global metropolis that is a leader in the arts, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, research and development, tourism and many more. It is the place to be!

Now, when you just aren’t able to behold London’s beauty with your own eyes – yet, then consider decorating your home to look and feel like you are there in London, being your elegant little self.

As I have mentioned, London is sophisticated and high level territory. But emulating it won’t be that difficult, trust me.

Go big but minimal. That is downright confusing but it also speaks volumes. I have noticed in London interior design that they play around with big pieces like couches and tables. Did you notice the blinds in London? But on the contrary, they go light on their choice of colors. They either use shades of white, brown, black or maybe even pastel. London is minimalism at its finest.

Flaunt your works of art. London is rich in culture and their art is a major way of life. Notice they have loads of churches, museums, art shows, galleries and the like? They value art as it is their way of expression. A London style home surely has pictures and paintings that line their walls. Therefore, you can put up some artworks and they do not necessarily have to be pricey, you know. Just be sure they reflect you, the owner of the residence.

Be open. And I do not only mean your living space but also your mind. Let’s tackle your home space first. It doesn’t automatically mean that you should own a large unit, but it implies that you must make use of whatever area you have. Choose only the furniture pieces that are needed and position them wisely that you will still have exposed part for breathing and balance. Next, opening up your intellect is a general rule that is essential for all, not just for London people, I believe. In the first place, you must have been open enough to change your interior into a London inspired home, right?

Strut like a London fashionista. Of course, of course. The queen or king of the humble London abode should dress and feel like a trendsetter. London is big in fashion, from runway models in the Fashion Week to even fashion enthusiasts on the streets. Don’t get left behind. Use your clothes to communicate and show your personality to the world.

Ah, London, London. You are full of possibilities and opportunities. But as they say, you make your own destiny in this world. So, say, you want a London home, stand up and get on it. Start the project of your dream quarters now!

Landscaping for Kids

May 4th, 2014

kids in the gardenIn this day and age, do you ever see kids running around and play around a garden or park? Most of these days kids are busy tapping on tablets and computer keyboards. Seldom do you see children running around playing in the park. Once they learn how to use gadgets, they will be seen less outside your home. Most of the time, you see them sitting and playing games on the computer or handheld gadgets. How do you encourage children to run and play outside?

Promote socialization. The benefits of activity like playing with other kids hone social skills of children.  They learn to interact and communicate effectively with others. Running, jumping and playing around your yard would be the safest way for kids to get their exercise and sufficient amount of vitamin D from the sunshine. However, if your outdoor space is not conducive for children, it may also discourage outdoor play and activities. If you are considering landscape for your outdoor space or garden, it is important that you consider the place as a relaxing area not just for you but your kids as well. There are quite a lot of advantages in landscaping your garden for the kids:

Encourage curiosity and experiential learning. One important consideration is to include plants that are safe for children. Children are naturally curious. This curiosity will pave the way for knowledge and learning through experience. They would want to go and around and explore their surroundings. Give yourself some peace of mind when choosing plants for your landscaping and gardening. Make sure that they are safe for kids whether they are going to crush it or play with it. Though children may always be supervised, they are quite fast and sneak out without you knowing and may try to smell if not taste any leaves of plants in your garden. It is best that you consult with your local landscapers on a list of plants that are safe for kids.

Learn to value the importance of a healthy environment. Though kids grow in a modern world, parents are responsible for teaching them the value of having a healthy environment. The healthy and safe landscape in your yard is one way of showing the role of plants in the cycle of life. This is better appreciated by kids, especially if you have a vegetable garden.

Increase opportunities for family bonding experience. You can ask any landscape gardeners west london about the benefits of having a landscape that is meant for kids and they will surely tell you that it brings together the family in simple ways. You can spend an afternoon reading your favorite book while kids play in a sandbox in your garden or edit a book you’ve been wanting to finish while they play with the swing. Integrating the right accessories and plants for landscaping, while ensuring safety standards will help you achieve a relaxing and safe-for-kids landscaped outdoor garden.

Increase value of your home for people with kids. When your kids grow and you may want to retire to a place you’ve been planning to go to, your landscaped garden that have been designed especially for kids will add value to your home, should you intend to sell it. If you are attracting families with young kids to be the next owner of your home, then landscaping is definitely a plus factor.

Landscaping Against Termites

April 17th, 2014

termiteWho wouldn’t be afraid of having termites at home? It could ruin everything that you build and hoped for. What’s scary about termites is that you don’t even know they are taking down a part of your house until it’s too late.  As such, your landscape gardeners in clapham should help and teach you the basics of termite prevention.

It is quite understandable to be excited when you foresee the attractive changes that you will see after some south london landscaping. However, you should also be aware of how you can protect your home with the possibility of termites with every landscape design or plans that you do. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

Awareness. Improve your knowledge on what makes your home the perfect target for termite. Cellulose is the main ingredient in plant matter. Since wood came from plants or trees, this means that they have cellulose – what termites need to survive. As such, there should be no plants that are too near your house. The plants or any shrub for that matter should be at least three to four feet away. If you find any dead trees, plants or rotting stumps, make sure to remove them right away. If you use firewood, designate a place where you will store them. Ideally, the storage should be 20 feet away from your home.

Contain Moisture. An environment with excessive moisture is conducive for termites to thrive. As such, leaking pipes, faucets and drainage should be repaired immediately. Check your roof and make sure that there is no stagnant water. Your lawn sprinklers should not be near the foundation. Water coming from the sprinklers should also be prevented from coming in contact with the house foundation. In addition, regularly clean gutters for leaks and proper drainage. If you like organic gardening and consider mulch as organic compost, make sure that it does not become a food source and termite breeding ground. Ask landscape experts on the best options for organic compost just to be sure.

Protect. If your home had been recently treated with termite control, advise your landscape designers and gardeners. It is also best to tell the landscape gardeners that you want a termite free garden and lawn. It would spell the difference in maintenance later on. If a new soil is needed for the landscaping project, advise that it should be treated against termite, too. If you are also looking at the possibility of planting a tree for landscaping purposes, make sure that it is planted at least 20 feet away from the house. As the tree grows its roots, it can serve as a pathway for termites to reach the foundation of the house. Wood furniture and accessories should also be checked against termites so as to protect not just your property but also the accessories for quality and duration of use.

Bait. If you are not sure about where the termites’ breeding ground is, you can use termite bait. Coordinate with termite specialists along with landscape designers. It is better to get rid of these pests first before considering a large scale landscape for your outdoor space.

UK Wedding Reception at Home Checklist

April 6th, 2014

wedding reception at homePlanning to get married in England? Are you looking into a possibility of a garden or beach wedding? Well, it is not possible in England. For couples to get married, it has to be in a place sanctioned by the church. Therefore, in England, planning a wedding involves choosing from a list of sanctioned churches or places to hold the wedding ceremony.  So if you are hoping for a home wedding, forget it. However, you can go right ahead and plan the wedding reception in your home.

Now, when you really want the reception to be held at your home, then there are a few things that you need to check. Here’s a list to help you in your planning:

Catering Services. It would be best to hire a catering service for the event. This way, you get to have all relatives available for the wedding reception program. No one would be too busy in the kitchen or attending to guests. In addition, catering services usually offer servers like waiters to serve the food.  Moreover, these people usually offer packages that include table and chairs for the event. This will also include decoration and setting buffet or service area. You will just have to go through on the food menu list that is included in the service package and you’re good to go. It would be wise to inquire about tents that could be of value should the weather do not cooperate.

Sound System. In order to make the program run smoothly, there is a need to hire for sound system services. They will take care of everything, from music to the equipment that will be used during the actual wedding reception program.  Both the catering services and the sound system people will need to check out your place on where they will set up. This should be pre-arranged weeks prior to the actual wedding date. If so desired, these people can have their equipment and tools to set up a day prior to the event.

Secure Necessary Permit. Because you are holding the wedding reception party in your place, there will be some issues with the neighbors. It is best to secure the required permit, especially if the party will go well through the night. You don’t want complaining neighbors the morning after your wedding.

Adequate Restrooms. Make sure that you have enough number of restrooms for your guests. If you think this may impede the progress of your wedding reception plans, then it would be best to hire portable bathrooms.

Catering Services. It would be best to hire a catering service for the event. This way, you get to have all relatives available for the wedding reception program. No one would be too busy in the kitchen or attending to guests. In addition, catering services usually offer servers like waiters to serve the food.  Moreover, these people usually offer packages that include table and chairs for the event. This will also include decoration and setting buffet or service area. You will just have to go through on the food menu list that is included in the service package and you’re good to go. It would be wise to inquire about tents that could be of value should the weather do not cooperate.

Photographers. You would also need to inform your wedding photographer northamptonshire with this plan of yours. They might assume that the wedding reception will be at a nearby place, such that their vehicle may not be ready in transporting their equipment to the wedding reception area. Moreover, when you hire Scott-Wood wedding photographer Northampton, they will need to check out your place so that they will know their way in getting the best photo shots for your wedding.

You would also need to inform your wedding photographer northamptonshire with this plan of yours. They might assume that the wedding reception will be at a nearby place, such that their vehicle may not be ready in transporting their equipment to the wedding reception area. Moreover, when you hire Scott-Wood wedding photographer Northampton, they will need to check out your place so that they will know their way in getting the best photo shots for your wedding.

How to achieve that modern bathroom look

August 5th, 2013

You’ve seen photographs of the bathrooms to dream about, I’m talking…

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So how does one achieve a beautiful bathroom design like that? Well my first piece of advice is to hire an interior designer, if that is out of your budget, why not try some of these tips:

Here’s a few things you should look at in your bathroom:

  • Walls – Tiles, Paint colour?
  • Decorative objects
  • Flooring – Style of tiles?
  • Bathroom blinds - Waterproof, match or contrast walls?
  • Toilet and sink designs
  • Bathtubs to match the toilet + sinks

You’ve also got to think about this collectively so everything matches up and looks like it is designed to be in the same room.

I’ve barely even started with my bathroom, here’s the sinks I’m thinking of buying:

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How cool do they look? Never seen anything like it before until I started researching online today.

Also I picked up these style shutters too:

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Beautiful aren’t they? Fairly expensive but they look great and are fully waterproof. Starting to get them in the rest of my house but they’re far too expensive to do all at once.

You have a lot of work ahead of you with designing a bathroom, as do I. Good luck to us both!

Living in your impractical home as you age

July 29th, 2013

I see so many new beautiful homes that anyone would love to live in, yet people of older ages tend to go for small bungalows. Why? It’s simple. Most people don’t decide they want to live in a small bungalow, just like most people don’t decide to live in a care home, they feel they need to in order to continue living comfortably.

Although they probably haven’t heard of a service called domiciliary care, or more commonly known as home care. Home care rutland gives you assistance when you need it, or a more regular home care where someone will live in your home and help you out as much as you need.

So if you have a home like this:

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You might be able to stay within your own home. Well, maybe the above picture is an exaggeration, I could imagine that would still be very complicated to use, even with assistance.

There are many types of home care services that can help you or your family member with their specific needs depending on what they need assistance with. Home care oundle can help you with anything from help getting up in the morning, to shopping. Or if you need help going to the toilet or getting changed, home care uppingham can definitely assist you.

What ever you or your family suffers from, whether it’s just old age, a home care agency can definitely help. Hopefully this will make our website a bit more bearable for you, even our older readers can improve their home and live in it. It’s not just for the young!

5 Funky Kitchen Designs You Should Consider

July 26th, 2013

Hey all, this is my first blog post here!

I wanted to kick it off with a cool list post about 7 kitchen designs I think look stunning, let me know what you think of them.

1. Black and White

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Black and white is a more 70s look but it’s recently come back as the fresh modern trend. Take a look at the photograph above plus many others available online for a clean modern kitchen design, probably not suitable for children.

2. Oak

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Oak is a timeless classic kitchen style. Personally I believe it looks much more family friendly and will look as great in 10 years time as it does now.

3. White

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Just white on it’s own is a very similar look to black and white, clean and modern. The only difference is, well it’s only white firstly, but that makes the room feel lighter. White is also much more difficult to clean, so think about that!

4. Green

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Surprisingly this is a bit of a trend at the moment, I’ve even tried it myself. Add a dash of green to the kitchen. Most popular with walls, but it can be seats as in the photograph above, appliances, or anything else.

5. Stone

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Ok, this one kind of relies on you having a stone house. But if you do, check out this photograph! It’s beautiful right?

Well that’s this list out of the way, hope you enjoyed the post!