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Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Simple Steps to Implement Ergonomics in the Classroom

December 14, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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As a teacher, home-schooling parent or school administrator you are probably wondering what is it that you can do to create a classroom that is beneficial for students for their physical development and overall health. The educational process is not just for learning lessons, this process is essential for gaining healthy habits and social skills that are some of the most important survival skills any child can obtain. So to provide them with a better chance to learn their subjects but also socialize and be healthy while doing so, you need to implement ergonomics in the classroom. And in the next couple of paragraphs, we’re going to discuss exactly that.

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How to Pick the Perfect Lamp for Your Bedroom

August 27, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Lighting enhances the aesthetic appeal of any room and dictates the mood and ambience of your living space. Therefore, choosing a good home lighting design can define your interior, giving it a different feel and sense of style. With so many lamp styles available on the market today, it can be hard to pick the right one. The type and design of the lamp you choose can either make or break the entire atmosphere of the room, as each design is different and many models have multiple functions. 

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Beyond Storage & Seating: Add Interest with a Stylish Ottoman

December 16, 2020 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Ottomans are versatile pieces of furniture that can serve a variety of purposes from acting as extra seating, space-saving storage, a coffee table or simply for kicking your feet up and relaxing. They come in different colours, sizes and shapes, so there can be one for each room.

Anyway, don’t think of your ottoman as a functional addition only. Consider it as an accent piece that can provide a focal point to the room and a splash of colour and texture. Or in other words, it can add interest – something that most modern spaces lack. An ottoman can beautifully elevate your home, but only if it’s chosen and incorporated properly.

Choosing the Right Ottoman for Your Home

Whenever you have to choose a new element for your home, purchasing designer furniture can be a step that can improve your life. Designer furniture is more durable and has a timeless design that will never go out of style, so you probably won’t have to worry about replacing the pieces soon. However, before you decide what kind of ottoman will fit best in your space, you need to consider a couple of things.

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Colour

A well-chosen ottoman can add colour to a monotonous setting. Instead of bringing in a bold sofa or other bulky furniture pieces, an ottoman is perfect for adding a small accent of colour. For instance, if you have a living room decorated in all white, you can simply get a gorgeous blue ottoman bench, place it under a window and create a beautiful reading nook in a corner which will stand out and make the space more vibrant. A blue ottoman pairs especially well with a neutral surrounding where black or white dominates. Plus, the serenity of blue can make such an ottoman at a perfect addition for the bedroom.

On the other hand, if the room is dominated by bold colours such as red, orange or yellow, choosing an ottoman in a neutral and subdued hue such as a cream, grey or navy ottoman, will give it a more balanced look. The key to creating a beautiful and inviting interior is to match or contrast the ottoman with your current furniture.

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Material

When it comes to texture, ottomans can be made from different materials. Some ottomans are made from polypropylene and polyester, and thus have a smooth design. Others are made of more exquisite materials such as leather or velvet and have a shiny, dramatic look. If you want to make a unique statement, you can also find an ottoman made of denim, tweed or another type of fabric that isn’t commonly used for furniture. However, a simple wooden ottoman may also blend into your interior beautifully.

Functionality

The appeal of modern ottomans is that they are multifunctional. In many living rooms, the ottoman can be used as a centrepiece for placing books, magazines, drink trays and other decorative items – thus, essentially becoming a softened alternative to a traditional coffee table. It can be also used as additional seating to accompany a sofa or armchair for living room. If that’s the case, make sure to pick a matching design.

Ottomans can be used, inside and outside. If you’re looking for an outdoor ottoman, pick one made of weather-friendly wood such as teak or quick-drying fabric. When grouped in two’s or threes, ottomans can be perfect for entertaining large groups of people outside. Different shapes and geometric configurations make ottomans fun and visually appealing. Consider ottomans that form a circle when brought together.

Ottomans can also be children-friendly if you choose low-maintenance fabrics like denim or tweed and can be easily used for a flat surface for children to play on top while sitting on the floor. They are also game-friendly because larger ottomans can be used for playing board games with friends without disturbing the main dining table.

If you live in a tiny apartment, consider getting one with storage and a removable top to store small items, like toys, magazines, game controllers, pet toys or remote controls. There are ottomans that have casters or rollers beneath them so you can tuck them under the table and pull out when needed which makes them perfect for extra seating.

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Size

If you want everything to work in harmony, choose an ottoman that matches the scale of the rest of your furniture and space. If you are trying to conserve space, a small ottoman stool is a perfect solution. If you want, on the other hand, to create a dramatic accent for your living room and use the ottoman to define your space, you should consider choosing an ottoman bench.

If the idea of using ottomans is to prop up your feet and relax, the ottoman’s height should match the height of the sofa or armchair you’re pairing it with. If the ottoman is too high, your legs may be at an uncomfortable angle which can cause pain in the hips and back. To get the correct height for the ottoman, before purchasing it, measure the height of the sofa or armchair from the floor to the top its cushion. If, on the other hand, you have knee problems, propping your legs at the same height could be painful as your knees would lay straight. That is why it is best if you choose an ottoman that is 5cm lower, so your knees bend slightly.

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Steps to Creating a Scandi-Inspired Bedroom

June 19, 2019 — by Valeriya Vimon

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The main features of the Scandinavian style make this interior design perfect for your bedroom. It is light and airy, simple and clean. An ideal combo for a relaxing and peaceful space where you can get a good night’s sleep. Simply put, it is a pared-down style that minimizes clutter and maximizes simplicity and function. Here are a few ideas for inspiration.

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3 Steps to Finding the Reclining Bed of Your Dreams

June 3, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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In the past couple of years, the sales of reclining beds have grown dramatically. But still, when it’s time for a sleep upgrade, many people replace their mattresses. They remain unaware of the great difference in the quality of sleep that reclining beds can provide, mistakenly equating them with hospital beds. Luckily, thanks to all the technology infused into them, that’s quite far from the truth.

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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.