Home & Decor Archive

The presence of toxins in the air due to the high percentage of pollution caused mainly by our modern way of life certainly takes its toll on our health. The proof of this is the rising number of allergies, that affects both children and grown-ups alike, particularly in developed countries to which of course Australia is not immune either. According to one of the reports of the ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy), in 2007 4.1 million Australians (which equals to 19.6% of the population) were dealing with at least one allergic disease and the number has been on the rise ever since, with an estimation of 26.1% of the population being affected by 2050 (I know, it’s rather alarming). While we can

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When it comes to decorative screens, many professional interior designers say that these furniture items are truly underestimated. People tend to overlook the beauty and usefulness of these room dividers which is why they are rarely considered as a smart investment. In order to help you realize what a tasteful decorative screen can do for your home, my team and I have prepared a list of three interesting tips for using these furniture pieces. Tip #1: Break Up a Huge Room We all know that open floor plans are extremely popular interior design solutions these days. However, open concept living spaces can start to feel a bit cold and empty after a while which is exactly when decorative screens can step in to save the

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Sitting for long hours at work can be hazardous to your health. A great solution for that is alternating standing and sitting when in the office. Also, while seated, make sure you keep good posture and everything you can to ensure the least strain on your spine. Although office works chairs are designed to help avoid back problems, there are other things that only you can do to promote a good posture and provide less stress to your lower back. Here are few tips that will help you harmonize your work station and your office chair. Check your posture: With your hands rested on the desk and the arms parallel to your spine, try sitting as close as possible to your desk. Your elbows and

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Upgrading a home’s exterior lighting scheme is a quite inexpensive way to amp up the curb appeal and give visitors kind of a preview of what’s on the inside. Plus, since the weather in Australia is enviously good for the better part of the year, outdoor entertaining is possible pretty much year-round. Although you may not have thought about it, but one of the most essential parts of outdoor night entertaining, wherever you may live, is proper lighting. From sconces and lanterns, to string and can pendants, here are some of the most effective forms of exterior lighting. Lanterns It all begins at the front door and just like with most architecturally appealing elements, proportion is key when placing exterior lighting fixtures as well.

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Ah, home sweet home. No matter how much of a wanderlust mood we’re in, resorting to escapism and seeing new sights, there’s always that one place we long to go back to. As much as the reason for the need to embark on journeys lies in having busy lifestyles that are mainly sedentary, it also has to do with needing a change of scenery other than seeing that same old same old at home. In this case, how does one create such interior comfort that will make it difficult to grow tired of? The answer is simple – instead of a one dimensional (and rather monotonous) home décor, add variation by layers of texture. Mind you, there’s a fine line between aesthetics and clutter. Creating

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A home is not a home without windows. They are the eyes of it, letting us see through the outside world from our safe havens and giving us all the light we need. However, unless you live in a scarcely inhabited area with no soul around you, you can’t make it without the use of blinds. Blinds will keep you away from the eyes of nosy neighbours and passers-by as well as give you the chance to control the amount of light you want through the windows and protect your furnishing from overexposure to direct sunlight or the persistent sun-rays in your eyes in the morning. There are all kinds of styles when it comes to blinds, as much as there are homes, so all

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Whether it is a special celebration or just a fun get-together, hosting a barbecue party is always a great idea to get your friends together, hang out and make memories. With today’s busy lifestyle most people often don’t have the time to hang out which makes their social life practically non-existent. For that reason, throwing a small barbecue party in your backyard is just the right way to relax and reconnect with your loved ones. While decorating your space and creating a fun and relaxing ambience is quite important, the food is the most important element in the whole organization. While finding delicious recipes, tips for sauces and new grilling methods are all an essential part of throwing a memorable barbecue party, choosing a quality

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As the home is our protection from the outside world, we expect to be protected from the prying eyes of neighbours as much as from the weather conditions and we can’t do this without giving our windows the treatment they deserve. The design of blinds has undergone many alterations since their first appearance, and it is fascinating to think ancient people were the ones who actually invented them and spread their use. Ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese alike used them, the differences were that Egyptians used reeds, whereas the Chinese used bamboo and they later on spread them to Europe through the Mediterranean which brought to their evolution into Venetian blinds. The reason blinds are useful, apart from serving for keeping the home privacy, is

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In the attempt to make my newly bought home the perfect combination of modern and vintage with a certain dose of class in it, I turned to the vast palette of Eames reproduction furniture. The Eames furniture pieces are so perfectly designed with clean and sleek lines that can easily fit in any interior design scheme. Plus, the amazing replicas offered by various retailers can be found in many colours, which gives numerous possibilities for combining colours and thus, styles. I personally, love the Eames Reproduction furniture. I am particularly fond of it because of the perfect blend of vintage charm and elegance that allows for any piece of this line to be included in every room design. The line of chairs for a dining

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Choosing the right curtains and blinds for your space might seem easy until you actually have to choose. The right blinds or curtains can really make or break the whole look of your space so whether you want curtains, or blinds, or both, it is crucial you know how to choose the right ones. Below we will go over all you need to know about choosing window coverings for your space. If you are unsure of where to find window coverings you can easily search, browse, and buy online curtains and blinds where you will find a great variety. If you want to know in depth on how to make sure you choose the right window covering, keep reading. Curtains Colour & Fabric – It

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