If there’s some certainty in the consumerist world of today, it’s that there’s no lack of interior décor trends and furnishing. However, not everything is about keeping up with the trends when it becomes clear the home’s ambiance has its effect on the quality of our lives.
Simply said, if you want to make the most of your home, surround yourself with an interior design that you want to live in, and work on enhancing the comfort. You can’t have too much comfort especially when it comes to the living room as the multi-purpose room it’s come to be, the one for relaxation, entertainment, meal time and work. (more…)
Let’s have a chat about bathrooms, or better yet, toilet paper; you might have heard this one before, the condition of a bathroom says a lot about a home and the people living in it. Though it implies hygiene mostly, I figured it refers to expenditures and green habits too in terms of toilet paper use.
As surprising as it might sound, there are many countries in the world, about 70-75% to be specific, refraining from using toilet paper and opting for alternatives like the good ol’ bidet, yet Australia isn’t one of them.
The presence of toilet paper in the bathroom dates back to 14th century China, thanks to an emperor who started the convenience, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that it turned into the rolled paper we have today. As for the softness we appreciate so much, it only appeared in the 20th century, when splinter-free paper beat splinter paper.
If you want to make a great deal, instead of cutting out the use of toilet paper altogether, choose recycled options and buy wholesale toilet paper. Besides finding a wide range of 1, 2 and 3 ply, you can expect to get great value for your money with premium softness toilet tissues.
Since on average we use up about 57 sheets a day, which brings us to 8 to 9 sheets of paper per toilet use, we can’t all be Sheryl Crow and use one square, no matter how green of a habit it might be.
However, as difficult as it might seem, it doesn’t mean we can’t make the shift for the better, and it all starts by buying wholesale toilet paper instead of individual. Next up would be to count the use of sheets of paper per use so as to be mindful about it; set a limit and try to stick to it every time.
This way, if a roll lasts you for 5 days, you could at least strive to make it 6 or even a week. Another way of taking it a step further in going green is by choosing to buy toilet paper that’s free from chemicals such as those present in the fragrances and dyes.
And the age-old dilemma, whether there’s a right or wrong way to use the paper on the holder, is actually more meaningful than it appears, with the over the top sheets winning under the top of the roll in making toilet paper use green. Case closed!
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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!