Inexpensive Ways to Add Vintage Charm to Your Kitchen

Inexpensive Ways to Add Vintage Charm to Your Kitchen

If you are bored with the look of your plain white kitchen and are looking for subtle ways to make your cooking space a bit more colourful, you are in the right place. Adding some refreshing touches of retro style to your kitchen is an easy and interesting way to add more interest to it and a new feel to your space. Retro kitchens have fun colours, unique vintage pieces and add a personality to the heart of your home. However, to incorporate this style you don’t have to remodel your entire kitchen. There are plenty of simple and inexpensive ways to achieve the look. Here a few ideas to help you get inspired. (more…)

Make Moving Simpler – Everything You Need to Know About Moving Blankets

Make Moving Simpler – Everything You Need to Know About Moving Blankets

One of the most important things you need to do when moving is to protect your furniture from any scratches that may occur during transport. While smaller furniture pieces can be packed in boxes or wrapped with bubble wrap, the bigger ones need to be protected with something more durable, like felt moving blankets, in order to preserve their initial quality.

Felt is a fabric created from natural fibres, like wool, compressed and matted – usually pressed together by using heat. It is an incredibly resilient material as it can be compressed and released thousands of times without any deformity. However, felt can also be needled with the help of a machine, and the end result is a softer but less dense type of felt that is mainly used for crafts and cushioning. It cuts with a clean edge and it does not fray or ravel. Furthermore, felt has superior thermal insulating properties and can be made water-repellent. This fabric is also flame retardant and self-extinguishing.

moving blankets types

Wool felt blankets are pretty durable, but depending on their use, other synthetic fibres, like polyester or acrylic, can be added to improve their durability. Since wool felt is a natural insulator, extremely resilient to wear and tear, and a moisture-absorbent type of fabric – it is great for home furnishing and for furniture moving. Hence, felt for furniture is durable, easy to cut and work with, allowing you to wrap even the biggest type of furniture piece in it to move it easier. Available in a wide range of colours and thicknesses, this inexpensive and reusable item can also protect your valuables from scratches or any other type of damage that may occur during the process of moving.

furniture blanket

Furthermore, felt for furniture is the ideal choice to protect your items from excessive exposure to dust, rain, snow, sun or any other impact while being transported. Whether moving on your own or hiring a professional moving company for the purpose, properly protecting your precious pieces of furniture beforehand is a sure way to avoid the need for having it professionally cleaned afterward (unless, of course, that was your initial plan), which really is an unnecessary cost. Instead of doing it the old way by using cotton sheets, use felt as this environment-friendly type of material is the ideal choice for a stress-free and scratch-free moving.

Self Watering Planter Box – Help Your Plants Develop to Their Full Potential

Self Watering Planter Box – Help Your Plants Develop to Their Full Potential

Container gardening is a sword with two edges – it can be both beneficial and detrimental to a plant. On the pro side – you can easily control the surrounding soil environment, but on the negative side – the plant’s roots can become either too wet or too dry – depending on your watering habits. For that very reason, self-watering planting boxes are the ideal alternative way to keep your plants alive and thriving.

The art of gardening has been transformed in the past couple of years, all thanks to the improvements in gardening equipment and the cool invention in the form of self-watering planter boxes which have become a very popular choice among the avid gardener. But why are these cool planters such a beneficial addition to your garden? (more…)

How to Plan a Hot Date in a Hot Tub at Home

How to Plan a Hot Date in a Hot Tub at Home

Hot tubs have always been associated with relaxation, but also with romance. Whether you are looking to impress your new partner or looking to spice things up in your long-standing relationship, hot tub romantic date nights are always a one-of-a-kind experience. It is the perfect way to unwind while being able to cuddle and do all the hot tub do’s and don’ts (chuckles). The warm water and lack of clothes will surely help you to get in the mood for romance in your 2 person spa, but there are also some other things that could help you turn your date night from warm to hot.

Hot Tub Beautification Process

Although hot tubs are beautiful on their own, adding a little bit of ‘magic’ will surely make it look more appealing. Rose petals, for instance, are the ideal way to give your 2 person spa a more romantic look. This type of date night simply wouldn’t be the same without cupid’s favourite flower, so I suggest you stop by the closest flower market and get some roses. You can place several flowers in a vase next to your hot tub and place the rest in the water or in a bowl by the spa.

Chocolate, Champagne and Passion

No romantic date is complete without champagne, but you can make your hot tub experience even more amorous with some sweet treats and chocolate. Milk chocolate with hazelnuts, caramel or oreo – you can’t go wrong with any of these, but if you really want to impress your other half, melt some milk chocolate in a bowl and prepare some sweet and ripe strawberries to dip in it.

Set the Mood with Lighting & Music

Lighting is also an important part of making the best of any romantic date. Except for hanging some lights, you can also place some candles and dimly lit lanterns to decorate the area around the tub and make it more pleasant. Once done, create a romantic playlist based on the mood you want to set (more dynamic or softer) and you are all done. Here’s a suggestion of a playlist that can instantly put you in the mood.

Seducing Scents

The power of essential oils is known since ancient times. In fact, it is considered that the sense of smell is closely linked to experiencing sexual arousal. You can add several drops of some essential oil directly into your hot tub or use an aromatherapy diffuser. Ylang-ylang is considered a natural aphrodisiac, so I’d suggest you go for that one.

These are just some of the many things you can do to light the spark and keep the fire burning. Enjoy!

Summer Fun: Get Your Bar Outdoors

Summer Fun: Get Your Bar Outdoors

Though we like to think of the well-being trends of today as something more advanced, truth is people have been doing so for years, just differently. Back in the days people thought of a drink to be the solution for everything.

Want to relax? Pour yourself a drink. Want to celebrate with loved ones? Gather over a drink. Treating a cold? Get a drink! Of course, everything that’s exaggerated can be harmful, and that goes for drinks too, but as long as it’s mindful then it’s beneficial. The lesson you can take from this? Creating a home bar, and what better place for it than the outdoors! (more…)

Home Interior: Art as the Means to Decorate

Home Interior: Art as the Means to Decorate

Nowadays, we’re guilty of thinking highly of ourselves, and when I say we I mean most of the population on the planet, part of this century. Can we really avoid it? This has to do with the fact we have gone to great lengths thanks to technology, so we find we are the best in innovations, the best in art and the best in decorating our interiors for that matter.

Truth be told, using artworks, as is the case with sculptures and paintings for instance, has been the means of decorating homes’ interiors for centuries, so much so, the art we see in museums today dating some centuries back was part of people’s décors. This goes to show we’ve always had a thing for beauty it’s ingrained in our being. (more…)