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3 Steps to Choosing a Stylish & Functional Occasional Chair

September 27, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Occasional chairs – the name says it all. Functional pieces of furniture you can use for all kinds of occasions. Whether as part of your reading nook, as a cosy spot to relax after a long and hard day, as an extra seat, or as the final piece that ties your living room together – there are unlimited ways you can put an occasional chair to good use. As this piece of furniture is equal parts functional and decorative, it makes it a fun thing to shop for, especially considering the unlimited designs of occasional chairs online and brick and mortar stores offer. While there are no limitations on what you can pick, an occasional chair is still an investment and you’d want to make sure you’ve made the right choice.

Pick a Complementing Design

Occasional chairs are also called accent chairs, which means that they should accent the existing look of the space and not disrupt it. With that being said, try to get inspired by your existing room design. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean matching the chair with the sofa. In fact, picking a chair in the same style but in another colour can be just the perfect element of surprise in the room. And with the wide range of occasional chairs online and local furniture stores sell, finding the right design for your space shouldn’t be a problem.

Consider the Materials

An occasional chair feels as good as the material it’s made of. For instance, soft and cushy upholstery, smooth leather or silky velvet feel really warm and inviting. On the other hand, materials like wood, metal or plastic have a colder feel to them. Although they are a bit rigid, these materials are a lot easier to keep clean – as you only need to occasionally wipe the dust from them. Chairs with upholstery, on the other hand, may be prone to stains and discolouration and need more maintenance.

Don’t Overlook Comfort

If you plan to genuinely use your chair rather than leave it sitting there collecting dust, make sure that it comes with all the features that promise comfort. For instance, thick upholstery with great cushioning will make you sink into the chair and release the stress from your body. But if plastic or wooden seats are more your thing, you can up the comfort with the help of some fluffy pillows or throw blankets. If you plan to use the chair as your reading nook, make sure that it has armrests that make reading more comfortable and enjoyable. And for the final touch of comfort, you can also add a matching ottoman to put your feet up.

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Bed and Breakfast – Steps to Create a Home Away from Home

July 13, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Picture this – a romantic room for two lovebirds in a historic home, the lustre of fine china, the feel of restored antiques and the sparkle of silver. The rich scents of home made cinnamon rolls, the refreshing smell of freshly brewed coffee and fire crackling in the hearth – a picture that comes to mind whenever you think about staying in a nice bed and breakfast. But what exactly is a bed and breakfast?

It’s kind of a hybrid between a private home and a luxury hotel, encompassing the best of both worlds. A bed and breakfast is usually a small facility that has between four and ten rooms. The owners of the place usually live on-site and interact with the guests just like they were invited and are not travellers with temporary room numbers. For the sake of making their stay that much more enjoyable, owners need to make sure that their B&B is equipped with nothing but the best products.

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The Step to Infusing Your Life with Meaning is Through the Scandinavian Lagom Trend

February 20, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Though when Scandinavian trends first started sweeping people off their feet worldwide, it seemed as though they were just trends that we wouldn’t expect to see around for more than a couple of years. However, years later, things look much different. Not only have Scandi trends proven to be timeless, but versatile as well which is what makes them so appealing. While we’ve enjoyed the hygge, and lykke, it’s time for lagom to stand out.

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Steps to Buying the Right Exercise Mat for Your New Hobby

February 15, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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If you’ve ever sat for a few minutes on a hardwood floor, you know how uncomfortable it can be. So why would you exercise that way, putting pressure on your knees and joints and risking getting a bad injury? Without a doubt, if you’re planning to even stretch out on the floor, you should get a proper exercise mat that will cushion your movements and provide a clean surface for you to lie on. However, not all exercise mats are the same; depending on what you choose you may either help or hurt your workout – and your body. Here are a few steps to ensure you’re buying a good mat that will give you proper support.

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Purchasing Designer Furniture: The Step to Improving Your Life

December 12, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Whether you realise it or not, your home, or rather what’s inside it, takes up a significant role in your life. This is particularly so with the furniture that’s part of your interior. It’s impossible to go a day without making use of some pieces of furniture.

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For instance, you come back from a tiring day at work, you want to relax on your sofa, or armchair as you read a newspaper, then go take a nap on your comfortable bed. When you feel like grabbing some snack, you go prepare meals on the kitchen counter, then eat at the dining room, using all sorts of utensils, and end up clearing out your mess storing items in ottomans, and wardrobes.

Now, showing you the reason for pointing out all of this is it’s more than important to consider investing in furniture of quality, simply because why would you want to buy something that would need replacement every few years; you need something that lasts a lifetime, and there’s plenty of choice of designer furniture Australia online stores can provide you with.

Though you may think it’s more of an investment to get designer pieces, it’s just an initial investment that actually pays off in the long run. If you want to be convinced by some example, think of the classic designer chairs that are still popular to this day after decades since they first appeared – it goes to show designer pieces can be iconic, as they have timeless beauty.

Then, there’s the point of view with the designers’ work. All the pieces of designer furniture Australia online stores and retailers have to offer are the result of designers’ inspiration, spending hours and hours of their lives dedicated to the creation of their pieces, choosing sturdy materials that would serve you for years to come with their functionality, and stylishness.

So, when you buy this sort of furniture, you also support designers, valuing their painstaking work. Designer furniture isn’t just a sight to see, but it’s also versatile, and depending on the pieces themselves, it can even sometimes be recycled and reused.

As opposed to this, with furniture copies that are attractive because of their pricetags, you may not always know how they were produced, the conditions they were manufactured in, and the materials they are made of may not always be the safest choice. It`s not surprising many laws have started appearing worldwide to protect designer furniture.

If you want to improve your life, and get something that’s not only beautiful, but also durable, and innovative, it’s worthy to consider making this investment.

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Dine with Style: Steps to Creating a Scandinavian Dining Room

December 6, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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To better understand the dining room, consider it as a blend between a kitchen and a living room. Or in other words, a room that needs to be functional, and at the same time cosy and inviting. And what better way to achieve this than with the help of Scandinavian style. Scandinavian interior style is the art of creating simple yet purposeful spaces that ooze with comfort and warmth. When well designed, a Scandi-inspired dining room can certainly be a charmer. Here are a few tips on how to create one of your own.

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The Art of Accessorising: 3 Steps to Decorate Your Home

September 27, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Changing our whereabouts is something we both enjoy and fear at the same time. The prospect of starting anew with a blank canvas that you yourself have the power to paint on is surely motivating. But on the other hand, having so much responsibility can be a tricky thing. What if you end up not liking what you’ve created? Or what if you’re like most of us, on a tight budget and don’t know what are the home décor accessories to invest in? To help you get started, here are a few steps you can take to tastefully decorate your place without having to spend a fortune.

Resist the Urge to Overcrowd

Excited to be moving in a new place, people will often completely accessorise it with one exhilarating shopping trip. However, it’s much better to live with your home a bit in order to better understand the space and get inspired from it. Shop for all the staple furniture first, and only than start to gradually decorate it. This will give you the chance to discover an interior theme. Even if you already have in mind the style you’d like to capture consider this – Every theme is beautiful on its own as long as it’s in the appropriate amounts. Recently, the Cape Cod theme is one very popular request. I bet you’ve already seen it least a couple of times so you know the basics. The usual blue and white nautical palette in small amounts captured on your pillows, artwork with sailor motifs and materials that capture the coastal vibe such as rattan will capture the effect without the room becoming a cliché.

Know Where to Save and Where to Spend

Consider the wear and tear aspect and don’t blow your money on toss pillows or décor that you will have to replace after a season or two. However, feel free to splurge on bigger-ticket home décor accessories such as a large area rug, or an original art piece. Investment pieces like that can be the little black dress of your interior design look, the foundation you will use to built on. Later, you can use affordable and replaceable items such as a throw blanket for your sofa, some candles as coffee table décor, and other charming home décor accessories to pull the look together.

Anchor the Room’s Design with a Focal Point

In every story, there are leading characters and supporting roles. And the same holds for your interior design story. Choose a few home decor accessories that will be impressive enough to capture the spotlight, while the rest of the décor should be toned down as to not overwhelm the space. For instance, a good dramatic point can be a bold art piece above the mantel in the living room, a large wall clock, an impressive antique vase, or perhaps a luscious Persian rug. Whatever piece you choose, note that it should be according to the tone of the room. A relaxed Hamptons style room can be reaffirmed by a décor piece such as an anchor or a frame made out of sea shells and rope, whereas a painting of a lavender field will look lovely in a charming French cottage style living room.

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3 Steps That Will Help You Get an Extra Room In a Studio Apartment

May 2, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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A studio apartment may not be the home you always dreamed of, but with the power of details and interior design you can definitely make the most of it and convert it into an astonishing place to be. What most people would agree on regarding small spaces, especially apartment studios, would be the fact that they don’t offer intimacy. However, there are many creative ways that can help you create more intimate areas.

And trust me, I know how you feel. I know you think of your home as a place where all hell breaks loose because it’s where you sleep, eat, get dressed, work, relax, cry and laugh, but by implementing a few of these simple, inexpensive and creative tricks you can create multiple living areas in your studio apartment.

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Make It Stylish With a Folding Screen

As graceful and functional as they are, room dividers carry the classic craftsmanship and have the ability to multiply space in the most stylish way possible. Whether you’re looking to divide your rooms for a more efficient use or you want to enhance privacy in your home, a folding screen is definitely the solution you’re looking for, especially if you live in a tiny place. They are really practical, so, as their name implies, if you decide you want that one-room space back in your life, you can just fold the folding screen and use it simply as an accent piece. They really are a “two in one” package.

Go Simple With Curtains

Go Simple With Curtains

Since they are simple and really easy to install, curtains can create a defined space in a snap. By using curtains as room dividers you will bring intimacy to a whole new level. This style of room divide is great for the space that changes on a daily basis, so you can easily open it up or close it with just a pull. Using curtains as room dividers is not just a practical, but also a really romantic way to divide a room especially if you go with sheer curtains that will drag on the floor. So nice!

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Let The Bookworm In You Stand Out

If you’re a bookworm like myself and you buy lots of new books every week even though you know you don’t have enough space for your very clothes and other utensils, you can use this as your advantage in interior design. Bookcases make for awesome room dividers that can serve you both as a space maker and a space saver! Of course, the style, the color and the size of the bookcase vary in countless of ways. For instance you can either combine two smaller bookcases or use one that’s big and wide enough to separate your bedroom from the living room for example.

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3 Steps to Infusing Your Living Room with French Provincial Charm

April 4, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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The world of interior design is oh so exciting. Picking a decorating style for your abode can be quite difficult as there are so many uniquely beautiful home décor styles. However, if you love rusticity, simplicity, and elegance all glued together, then French provincial look is what you should go after.

Despite what some of you might think, infusing your residence with French provincial charm doesn’t have to be too complicated. In this article, you’ll find out what three steps you ought to take to complete the French provincial living room puzzle.

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Pick the Right Furniture

The two basic principles of French provincial style are comfort and simple elegance. This means that a set of French provincial living room furniture should possess these qualities. This immensely popular home décor style mixes antique furniture pieces and decorative accessories with contemporary ones, so if you are an eclectic or a person who loves collecting and displaying old furnishings, French provincial style is ideal for you.

When shopping for French provincial living room furniture pieces, I advise you to look for elegant upholstered sofas, distressed wooden coffee tables, sleek sideboards, display cabinets, and bookcases. Aside from the material, the color of the furniture plays a significant role as well. French provincial living rooms ooze peacefulness and femininity thanks to the carefully chosen color palette. Soft hues such as white, cream, brown, taupe, ivory, grey, and other restrained colors should reign in your French provincial lounge room.

Don’t Forget the Other Furnishings

Once you’ve picked your French provincial living room furniture, you should begin your search for the other furnishings. Full-length draperies, comfy area rugs, luxurious chandeliers, rich wallpapers, stone fireplaces, trumeau mirrors, and quality silverwares are only some of the many items that deserve a place in a French provincial lounge room. When it comes to French provincial style, you should remember that the devil is in the details, which is why you must opt for furnishings that showcase ornate decorative detail.

Treat Patterns as Friends, Not Foes

It’s practically impossible to find a committed French provincial home without patterns. This home design style favors delicate provincial patterns such as toile, gingham, stripes, and last but not least florals. Since Provence (the birthplace of this timeless decorating style) is home to sunflowers, irises, and poppies, incorporating them into your French provincial lounge room is really smart. You can do this by purchasing floral wallpapers and/or floral throw pillows for your lounge room.

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How Reclining Chairs Can Benefit Your Body and Lend to Your Good Health

February 6, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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We have all been there, after a long working week sometimes all everyone needs is a full day of sleep and just being pinned to the sofa or chair wearing pyjamas. Doctors constantly keep warning of the potential harm that excessive sitting can have on a person’s health, but there are times when it is pretty much unavoidable (long day in the office, anyone?). From affecting your heart rate, blood pressure and gaining weight, to increased levels of blood sugar, sitting and lack of physical activity can cause a lot of damage. No wonder people who are out and about, in constant move or at least spending an hour or two less on sitting have better health. However, it is not all bad for the couch potatoes out there with one ingenious piece of furniture: the reclining chair.

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3 Steps to Making a Grand Entrance with a Hallway Table

August 11, 2016 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Regardless of whether we are aware of it or not, people form impressions about us based on our appearance and body language. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean they are greatly agreeable ones (no matter how much we’d like that), but luckily it’s something we can work on, like starting off with visiting the shop with clothes that most speak of us and can help us express our personality in the right manner or paying a trip to the hairdresser’s for a new hairdo. Since the connection with our homes is a rather deep one, everything about them is associated with who we are so in this aspect, people can get impressions about us based on our homes as much as on the clothing style we have.

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Along with the exterior appearance, just a step inside a home can be enough to give off a sense of the persona of the owner. They don’t call it the grand entry for nothing, thus when you decide to add a few changes to your interior, make sure they also include the hallway. It’s quite a common sight to see foyers with a pile of shoes, coats and umbrellas which could speak volumes of a person who prefers mess. Luckily, you don’t have to be a designer or hire one to be able to transform your home into a welcoming place. You can create big changes with the right piece of furniture and this is where hallway tables can help you. With so many different models available for sale, you will easily find the hallway table that matches your taste. Once you do, you can use it to have fun with your interior by choosing varieties of decorations. We’ve come up with three steps to inspire you and make the designing process all the more appealing.

Considering the table gets a rather focal point, it’s the object people would immediately notice upon crossing your doorstep. You can make the aesthetics give off a calm and modern vibe by choosing to use the beauty of symmetry as your base, making sure you opt for a sleek and sophisticated hallway table. Using nature as decoration always livens up the space, so picking some matching flowers and vases is highly recommended on the account that you place them aligned. If you go for asymmetry in the end, at least have in mind to create some balance with items in a variety of sizes rather than the same.

Style doesn’t have to compromise functionality; just because this table is used to make a styling point it doesn’t mean it can’t be used for storage (like the keys you so often misplace) and collecting mail. This is possible by finding the adequate decorative baskets. Don’t forget the space below the table as well, which could be the perfect spot for the basket of a pet or a little library.

The wall surrounding the table is another key transformational element that can be used for art, such as hanging paintings in different sizes, decorative plates, hanging plants, as well as mirrors. If your hallway is small, mirrors can visually broaden the space. Colour is also an ally that you can have in your favour by turning that wall as an accent one with vivid colours or vibrant wallpapers. The more colourful the wall, the less colour and items you will have to use with the table decoration.

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Smart Shopper Step-by-step Guide: How to buy the right Mattress (and never wake up with aches again)

July 19, 2016 — by Valeriya Vimon

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How is your sleeping? Do you sleep well all night long or you are waking up too often and feeling back pain in the morning? If you feel tired despite having slept for eight hours, maybe it is time to replace your old mattress with a new one. Choosing one from the wide array of options available is actually another matter. There are so many different types of mattresses, coming with different constructions, fillings and technologies, so selecting just one of all can be a little bit tricky, especially if you do not know anything about these pieces of furniture. So, before diving into the range of mattresses and make the purchase, read some of this important information that will help you make a more informed decision.

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Memory foam – This type of mattress was originally developed by NASA. It is designed to mould to the shape of the body which makes it extremely comfortable while offering you a peaceful and supportive night’s sleep. It is highly recommended for people with back problems because its surface leaves the spine in a perfect position, leaving its natural curves relaxed. Also, a memory foam mattress will keep your body at the perfect sleeping temperature during the night.

Latex – The features that perfectly describe this type of mattress are breathable, cool, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic. This mattress is usually made of natural latex which comes from the rubber tree. Mattresses made of latex are quite durable which makes them worthy the money. They are very supportive and a great choice for people who suffer from allergies.

Gel – These mattresses come with a unique support layer which makes them softer but extremely durable. They perfectly mould to your body shape and the gel ensures that the foam doesn’t get too cold or too hot. This is a great feature which makes gel mattresses temperature regulating ones. They’re the perfect choice for people who are looking for a medium firm or medium soft mattress.

Open spring – These mattresses have been produced for many years but they’re still very popular because of their reasonable price. Not just that they are a great value for the money but they also come in a range of different comfort levels, from softer to orthopedic grades. Open spring mattresses are a good choice for guest and spare bedrooms.

Pocket spring – This is a good choice of a mattress if you are sharing your bed with a partner. The springs that work separately provide cushioning and support to both you and your partner, preventing you from rolling together.

Another consideration to bear in mind is the level of firmness, thus you can choose between firm, medium or soft mattresses. As an unwritten rule, the heavier you are, the heavier should your mattress be in order to be able to balance the weight of your body and vice versa. Similarly, the lighter you are, the softer the mattress should be. When speaking of this, keep in mind that the firmness ratings differ from one manufacturer to another.

Before making your final choice, do your research. Go through the range of different mattress, check for different brands and visit the mattresses online and offline stores. One thing you should keep in mind when dealing with spring mattresses is that they may have a different name in different stores. This makes it harder for customers to compare prices and products from one store to another. Therefore, to spare yourself from stress and headaches, settle on a retailer you like. Narrow down your choices to two or three mattresses and chose the one with the best price and features for your needs.

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Create a Cozy Spot to Get Work Done With the Right Office Desk

July 15, 2016 — by Richard Dawson

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The most suitable office desk furniture for your workplace will be the one that makes you feel most comfortable and productive in. The right desk will make a difference in the way you see your job and your satisfaction from your work environment. Before you let yourself fall for a beautiful desk, it is important that you keep in mind the space you have available in your office, your budget and how frequent you will be using it. Here are a few steps for choosing the right office desk furniture that will help you create a comfortable work environment and be more efficient at work.

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Indoor Storage Bench: The Much Needed Extra Space + It Looks Great!

July 6, 2016 — by Richard Dawson

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Regardless of the size of your house or apartment, the space you have available IS limited and you should always use it as efficiently as possible if you want to achieve a balance between functionality and aesthetics. Versatile and multi-functional furniture is a growing trend in recent years since people want to have proper storage, bedding, sitting, and work space solutions without ending up with a home that look like an overcrowded warehouse.Indoor Storage Bench Seat

A perfect example for such furniture is the indoor storage bench seat. Storage benches have a distinctive compact and rectangular shape and with it you can keep all kinds of items such as shoes, blankets, toys, out of sight while providing comfortable seating.

Storage benches come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, materials, and may contain different features such as padded seats, armrests and backrests, different number and size of compartments, shelves, drawers, baskets and so on.

You know how convenient a bench in the park can be, when you have been running around all day and just want a moment to sit down and rest your feet. Well, an indoor storage bench seat is even more convenient. You can use it to add extra seating in the living room, in the bedroom for storing blankets, place it next to a window and stack it up with books for a great reading spot, in the entryway where u can sit and comfortably put your shoes on, and even combine it with a similar style dining table in the kitchen.

When choosing an indoor storage bench seat, make sure you consider the materials. The material is important not only because it determines the durability of the bench but it also needs to match the rest of your home décor, and of course, your personal preference. Choose between wood, metal, a combination of both, different finishes, and so on, to make sure your bench complements or even enhances your home space. Consider a lighter material such as wood if you want to move the bench around with ease.

Size is another thing you need to think through before choosing a bench. Take all the necessary measurements of the spot where you plan to place the bench. If you want to put it in the hallway, make sure it isn’t too wide so that it obstructs traffic. Check if it is high enough for you to sit comfortably at the dining table, and also consider how many extra seats you need, and what you plan on storing in it.