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Broken Plan Living
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Broken-plan living is all about the clever use of a space. Distinct areas are created by using different floor finishes, split-levels and semi-permanent partitions, such as screens, bookcases and TV units. This gives you the spacious feel that open-plan living provides, but also accommodates a feeling of separation, so that you can have your own space away from each other. Broken-plan living gives you the freedom to create as much or as little division between different areas as you like.
The benefits for Broken-plan living are that it offers increased privacy throughout the house. By using shelving, storage, and partitioning options you can still keep the open layout of the room. Different storage options are available to hide the clutter and it makes identifying each room easy with the help of dividers and half walls.
As pictured above: Bontempi's Lexington Bookcase and the Demetra Bookcase by Porada.
Mezzanines are a great way of creating extra room in homes, they can also act as a visual division between areas that serve different purposes. Glass balustrades can keep the spaces linked and allow light to reach the upper floor. Low partition walls, and other structural elements, such as columns or steps, divide a space without cutting areas off from one another. Even making a doorway wider between a kitchen and dining room, will unify the spaces.
Using a selection of materials is another way to create partitions within your home. It can be a simple change, such as painting walls in different colours, or laying different types of flooring to create boundaries in open areas.
In our forever changing world, flexibility is key and Broken-plan living gives you just that.
Saturday, 9 November 2019
It has been proven incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into our environment, can reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates, whilst increasing productivity, creativity and well-being.
With Biophilia (meaning love of nature) very much in vogue, we can focus on our elemental attraction to nature and natural processes by bringing them into our homes.
This can be done simply by encouraging a connection with energising forms of natural light. Make sure your curtains don’t block light. Incorporate pitch roof windows or sun-tubes into spaces and fit glass into doors – especially those that connect to exterior spaces.
As pictured above: The Circles Shelving Unit by Calligaris and the Porada's Jenny Coffee Table
The Calligaris Circle Shelving Unit is ideal for placing your indoor green leafy plants of which many, such as, evergreens, moth orchids and ferns, will even remove toxins. Make use of features that will lead the eye to exterior spaces and fill the mind with nature. An indoor water feature can bring tranquillity.
Use natural materials, products and textures, such as wooden wall panels or natural floor surfaces. The Porada Jenny Coffee Table with added decorative carved birds are a playful addition bringing the garden into the home.
And in the evenings, create warm, cosy spaces for relaxing and restoring your energy. Nature-inspired focal points such as David Harber's Fire Table look stunning while bringing the outdoor in. Think open fires, spaces with big armchairs, blankets and throws, side tables with soft low-level lighting and gentle, calming fragrances from scented candles.
With all of this in mind, you’ll soon reap the benefits that Biophilia has to offer.
Be Guest Ready for Christmas
Friday, 1 November 2019
The guest bedroom is easily the first place to become a dumping ground in your home. But with Christmas around the corner and guests and family due to arrive at any moment, it’s time to make sure you’re ready for their arrival.
A comfy bed such as the Isle Bed by Lime Label is an essential ingredient to a good night’s sleep, and never underestimate the transformation bedlinen can have. Crisp bedding, plump pillows, cosy blankets and knitted throws will instantly bring some warmth and cosines to the scheme. Piglet in Bed offer a variety of bedtime bundles for a luxurious look.
Lighting is another important factor. Make sure that your guests have bedside lamps, if your guests are not in a familiar room, trying to find a light switch in the middle of the night can be a difficult task. The Sunset Table Lamp by Cattelan Italia is a stylish design that emits a warm glow creating a relaxing ambience.
As pictured above: The Isle Bed by Lime Label and the Indoor Climb Ladder by Cane-line, both available at Lime Modern Living
Create some space for your guests’ clothes too. You could either clear out clutter in the wardrobe, hang hooks on the back of the door or invest in a ladder-style bedside table such as the Indoor Climb Ladder by Cane-line, providing room from your guests to casually hang any essential items.
Don’t feel as if you have to completely overhaul the space either, the little touches make all the difference. Scatter fresh winter blooms in glass vases, pop a reed diffuser with a seasonal scent on the windowsill, and leave out essential toiletries and bedside reading material to help your guests unwind and feel at home. Leaving towels neatly folded at the end of the bed is a thoughtful touch too. You could even hang twinkling lights or display baubles in a decorative bowl for a festive finish.
The Best Autumnul Walks in the UK
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Autumn has arrived and the British countryside is alive with a palette of vivid colours waiting to be explored with picturesque views of stunning landscapes. From bracing walks on rugged heathlands to more gentle strolls through golden woodland wonderlands, we have rounded up our favourite UK walks to enjoy this autumn.
Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire – a National Trust favourite - is an impressive sight, especially when surrounded by a sea of red, orange and gold foliage. Explore the boundary of the estate and take in breath-taking views of the Abbey – you may even be lucky enough to spot some deer along the way.
As pictured above: The Kingston Lacy Trail in Dorset
For that Instagram-must-have shot, explore the Kingston Lacy walking trail in Dorset. This 3.8-mile walk takes you along the stunning Beech Avenue, where an unforgettable tree canopy is a spectacular sight of russet tones in the autumn months.
Designed with autumn in mind, Speke Hall in Liverpool is a picturesque trail through landscaped gardens and along the sandy Mersey coastline, where yellow and gold tones play a prominent role. This is one for all the family as the kids will enjoy getting lost in the maze too.
For those who live in or are visiting Wales, head to the lower slopes of Snowdon and the Nant Gwynant Valley in Gwynedd. You’ll find a beautiful canopy of red and orange oak leaves and get the chance to ascend the famous Watkin Path.
During the autumnal months, Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey comes to life with colour too. This historical 2.5-mile trail takes you through woodlands and charming villages with houses that have remained largely untouched for hundreds of years.
With the promise of bright blue skies and spectacular scenery, it’s time to dust off those walking boots, head out into the crisp fresh air and make the most of the great outdoors before winter is upon us.