by Alexander Catt on June 11, 2013 0
WHEN IT comes to staying safe in the garden, it’s all about preventing injuries in the first place. You don’t want to waste time recovering from a sore back because you couldn’t resist moving that heavy pot by yourself, or a twisted ankle from stretching beyond your center of gravity to prune just one more limb. Especially this time of year, when we’re scrambling to keep up, and all we want to do is accomplish one task and then the next.
Which is a big part of the problem, isn’t it? We’re so eager to get the beans into the ground and the seedlings watered that we don’t notice how tired we are. Gardening is not a competitive sport. There’s no prize at the end for those who finish first. There’s never any “finishing” with gardening anyway, so you may as well slow down and savor the experience.
Garden tools are like pots and pans, kitchen knives and utensils.
by Alexander Catt on June 5, 2013 0
Here’s the latest decor forecast for the little ones’ rooms, from our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door.
Happy New Year! Besides recovering from the holiday
madness festivities, the beginning of each year usually means I’ll be interviewed by several Web sites, blogs and magazines about my predictions for nursery trends of the New Year.
I wanted to share some of those predictions with you, so you’re among those in the know.
Plaid – like this bedding from Bratt Decor – will be popular in 2011 nursery decor.
We’ve already seen plaid regain popularity in fashion during the fall of 2010, and this year I believe we’re going to see it more frequently in home decor.
by Alexander Catt on June 1, 2013 0
This is a work of students from the Rhode Island School of Designs Department who has been presenting a furniture and products that emphasize the special qualities by using materials that are not familiar applications. This is a new design by designer Jennifer Tran called Flow Chair, which has been exhibited at the ICFF. Flow chair is made from 3forms Varia Ecoresin, consisting of at least 40% post-industrial recycled materials. Flow chairs designed by using a plastic heating technique, each developed into a dynamic and functional.
by Alexander Catt on May 30, 2013 0
Italys Sorrento coast is a verdant landscape of valleys, mountains and terraced cliff-tops, leading straight to the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Its no surprise that a coastline which sparked ancient legends of sirens and sea-creatures should play host to some inspiring accommodation. For those looking for a unique experience with a little luxury thrown in, here are a few of the best boutique hotels for Sorrento holidays in the sun.
Home to just seven rooms and tucked away in quiet SantAgnello, the Villa dei dArmiento exudes an intimate feel, while only a short distance from Sorrento centre. Each of the suites is furnished individually, but all reference the lush vegetation and floral colours of the peninsula, with added touches like Murano glass chandeliers. Breakfast on the terrace in the shade of palm trees, peruse the library or cool off in the outdoor pool.
by Alexander Catt on May 25, 2013 0
The LFI 2013 trade show floor covered a record 233,850 net square feet and spotlighted 538 exhibitors, including 91 first-time exhibiting companies and 90 manufacturers headquartered outside the US.
With 26,026 professional attendees registered, the LFI 2013 attendance broke all previous records. Its attendee population included representatives from 79 countries.
To the attendees, the LFI 2013 provided a global stage for innovation across the great spectrum of solutions from a diverse mix of world-renowned exhibitors that displayed the technologies and designs that will define the future.
The LFI 2013 trade show added two new product categories like solar power and software; the debut of the Exterior & Roadway Lighting Pavilion; and the expansion into Hall F of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Focusing on products and innovations specific to environmental lighting, the new Exterior & Roadway Lighting Pavilion and new conference track helped to advance the LFI 2013 performance.
Hall F illuminated the future of new lighting technologies by featuring a well-known lineup of exhibitors.
by Alexander Catt on May 15, 2013 0
THE LANDSCAPE at the Tam family’s home in Medina was uninspiring. “It was really dull, pretty much a pathway to and from the house,” says Lucille Tam. The two flat levels of lawn didn’t even draw the kids outside to play.
The couple dreamed of a garden alive with birds, a landscape to connect the family to nature as well as complement their house. They liked the idea of adding a little wildness to the suburban scene of manicured lawns. Simon Tam, who travels to Paris for his work, is also intrigued by European garden formality. Yet they also hoped for a garden they could maintain themselves.
The Tams hired landscape architect David Pfeiffer to turn their yard into a nature sanctuary as well as a place for their two young girls to play. They also wanted space for dining and asked Pfeiffer to work with what they had. To lend scale to the house, he kept many of the large trees on the property.
by Alexander Catt on May 4, 2013 0
Oak Furniture, such as Oak Furniture from the Furniture Market, is very popular for home furnishings and because of its longevity it offers fantastic value for money for those who invest. Although oak furniture is often known for its simplicity; it can also help bring contrast to a room lacking the wow factor and a stunning focal point, especially in the bedroom. Such is attained through a range of bespoke and equally stunning finishes such as oiled, waxed and lacquer oak finish.
Throughout the design world, oak wood is widely regarded as one of the best materials for bedroom furniture mainly because of its ability to provide an elegant and sturdy design at the same time. Such allows you to have everything you need to gain your dream bedroom, since it offers luxurious looks as well as the best in giving you an appearance of elegance.