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The Benefits Of Linen Bedding

Friday, 22 June 2018

Considered one of the oldest materials in the world, linen garments have always been valued for being exceptionally cool and fresh in hot weather. Excellent at regulating temperature, embracing the benefits of Linen as a textile choice in the bedroom can also have a positive impact on the quality of your sleep.

Made from the fibres of the Flax plant, this environmentally friendly fabric is a multifunctional bedding alternative that will keep you warm and cosy throughout the cold winter months whilst breathing cool during the hot summer nights ahead.

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As Pictured Above: The Cattelan Italia Adam Bed from Lime Modern Living

Although often more costly, Linen is considered 2-3 times stronger than cotton with hypoallergenic properties that won’t irritate your skin. Promoting a comfortable sleep, high street brands including Marks and Spencers and John Lewis offer affordable ranges that will last longer and get increasingly softer over time.

Neutral slate and powder pink tones are suggestive of Linen's organic roots, creatively style and layer your bed with a range of sensuous shades. French brand Communaute De Biens showcase an assortment of bedding in dark-coloured on-trend pastel hues, mix and match cushions and add a colourful flat sheet for when it gets extra hot in the summer.

Enjoy the novelty of this crumpled look, whilst adding character to your bedroom décor. Linen eliminates the added stress of having to iron your sheets leaving more time to enjoy more of your beloved sleep.

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Working From Home: The Ideal Office Chair

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

UK self-employment soared from 3.8 million in 2008 to 4.6 Million in 2015 according to the National Office of Statistics, signalling that a rising number of people are working from home without the benefits of a health and safety wellness plan at work.

Long hours spent at an uncomfortable desk can trigger back problems, neck pain, headaches and decreased productivity. Investing in the right seat for your home office will help you avoid the harmful health effects that arise from bad habits such as sitting on the sofa or working at kitchen counters.

  

As Pictured Above: The Calligaris Basil Office Chair from Lime

Derived from the Greek word ‘Work Science,’ ergonomics is essential when considering which chair will work best for you. Fulfilling key requirements, the Academy Office Chair from Calligaris features an ergonomic seat with a front edge which deliberately curves towards the floor.

A five-point base with height adjustability and controls that are easy to access will encourage your feet to sit correctly on the ground with the upper body aligned correctly to your desk. An incorporated 360-degree swivelling mechanism enhances ease of movement for your entire body, whilst preventing strain as you manoeuvre around the workspace.

Customise your seat finish to foster a positive colour scheme in your working environment. The Academy and Basil Office Chairs features an extensive collection of maintainable and easy to clean polypropylene or stylish leathers to add a touch of style to brighten your workload.

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Your Guide to Lighting

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lighting technology has improved dramatically over the past 10 years. Due to major inefficiency, many governments are phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs, banning both manufacturing and sales. Consumers must now opt for more energy efficient forms including Halogen, CFL (Compact Fluorescent) and LED (Light Emitting Diode).

An improved form of traditional incandescent lighting, Halogen bulbs are considered slightly more efficient therefore remain widely available for purchase, but a significant amount of the electricity used to power Halogen filament technology is converted to heat rather than light resulting in a lot of wasted energy.

As Pictured Above: The Buds Table Lamp from Foscarini

Simple and cheap to manufacture, a Halogen bulb has a typical lifespan of only 750-1000 hours; however, A CFL bulb is 67-80% more efficient at converting electricity into visible light by energising a combination of argon gas and mercury vapour with an electric current, creating UV light energy that is then converted to visible light when absorbed by the phosphor coating of the CFL bulb.

Although expensive to produce and necessary to dispose of properly due to non-eco-friendly chemicals, CFL bulbs can last up to 10,000 hours making it a cost-effective light source in terms of output and long-term savings.

LED technology is widely considered the most energy-efficient and economical light source by far, using roughly 90% less energy than a Halogen bulb. Despite the high initial cost, LED is unaffected by frequent operation and has a lifespan of at least 50,000 hours.

Executed by an electric current passing through a semiconductor, this can be easily controlled to offer a variety of LED colour temperatures ranging from a soft warm white to a crisp bright daylight, providing a highly energy efficient lighting solution for any room of the house.

 

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The Best Thing on Four Legs

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Accommodating extra family and friends around the dinner table at Christmas can be a perplexing task. Extending tables with hardwearing ceramic tops present the perfect balance of flexibility and durability when entertaining larger volumes of guests.

Merging ease of use with style, the Connubia Calligaris Eminence Table and Calligaris Omnia Table showcase modernised extension mechanisms in the form of a swift push-pull system with coordinating ceramic extensions. Available in a range of sizes and finishes, both designs allow the legs to follow the length of the table when extended; a convenient feature that maximises space and ensures that everyone is seated comfortably.

As Picture Above: The Calligaris Omnia Extendable Table

With finishes ranging from rustic stone to glamorous Golden Onyx marble, a ceramic table top will act as an impressive backdrop for festive inspired table displays whilst enriching commonplace interior settings. Pair with classic wood frames or sleek metal variations such as the Bontempi Casa Cruz Extendable Table where stylish angular legs give an architectural feel, strongly reinforced by a range of incredibly durable Super Ceramic tops.  

The unique combination of ceramic bonded to glass makes tables such as the Bontempi Casa Pascal Extendable Table and Calligaris Duca Ceramic Table ultra heat and scratch proof, with high resistance to chemical and oils. Designed to withstand everyday usage, deceptively smaller tables can be quickly transformed to host up to 12 people with delicious hot dishes served directly onto the tabletop straight from the oven. 

 

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