Take A Seat - Our Top 5 Stackable Chairs
Friday, 17 January 2020
Have you ever thrown a dinner party and not had enough chairs to cater for your guests? Cue the mismatched look while you hunt around your home for suitable options. Stackable chairs are practical and space-saving, making them the perfect solutions. So take a seat and get comfy, here are our top five favourite designs.
Pictured above: The Basil, the Liberty and the Skin, all by Calligaris at Lime Modern Living
The Basil by Calligaris
First of our favourite stackable designs is the Basil by Calligaris. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, this classic model has been given a contemporary twist and can be selected in a variety of colours for a playful, modern look. If you opt for the polypropylene finish, it can also be used outside, making it multifunctional and space-saving.
The Liberty by Calligaris
The Liberty is another Calligaris design that is stackable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use due to its polypropylene finish. It can be selected in a subtle, neutral tone or comes in an array of vibrant colours for an eclectic look.
The Skin by Calligaris
Playful, simple and versatile - the Skin is another stylish option with a modern appeal. Again, it is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use and comes in a durable polypropylene finish that can endure being moved from room to room, making it practical for use when entertaining.
Pictured above: The Tai and the Malik, both by Bontempi Casa at Lime Modern Living
The Tai by Bontempi Casa
If you’re looking for a stylish design for a contemporary dining room, then look no further than Bontempi Casa’s Tai Chair. The understated curved back is complemented with metal legs for a sleek contrast.
The Malik by Bontempi Casa
Stylish and timeless with a sleek straight back, the Malik chair by Bontempi Casa can be vertically stacked, so it will not take up an extra floor space when stacked away, leaving you with plenty of storage space for other items instead. The chair comes fully upholstered in a range of fabric and leather finishes.
Top Tips For Working From Home
Monday, 13 January 2020
Working from home brings many advantages - from setting your own schedule, saving time and commuting costs, to a better work-life balance. However, being successful in a home office is often related to the environment you are working in, so it’s important to create a space that promotes productivity.
First of all, make a list of your needs - desk, computer, printer, phone, additional filing space and so on. Now you know how much space you need, it’s time to designate an area in your home that will cater to this. Ideally, choose a place that is quiet where you won’t be interrupted - this is particularly important if you flat-share or have children.
Pictured above: Bontempi Casa’s Vanity Ceramic Desk and the Saint Tropez Office Chair by Calligaris, both available at Lime Modern Living
Next, it’s important to consider storage. Often a home office is relegated to the spare room, so it can instantly start to feel cramped when you start adding a desk and chair. Wall shelves and desks with built-in filing systems are good solutions to help you save on space. The main objective is to create an organised area where you can function efficiently. Bontempi Casa’s Vanity Ceramic Desk or Cattelan Italia’s Wolf Desk are good solutions if you want to make sure your spare room still looks like a living space. They both feature a slimline desktop and can be transformed into a dressing table if you’ve got guests to stay.
If you’re on the phone a lot, it can be worth installing a dedicated phone line to avoid any interruptions. This will also allow you to keep track of any additional costs you may be spending and help separate your professional life from your personal one.
Another important consideration is a comfortable chair. Dragging a chair from the dining room may seem like a simple cost-saving solution in the short term, but will this be supportive for your back all day? It’s worth investing in a good quality design to ensure maximum comfort. The Igloo Soft Office Chair and the Saint Tropez by Calligaris are both practical and stylish options.
Finally - establish office hours and hang a clock on the wall. Working from home comes with many benefits, but there are some drawbacks too. It’s important to differentiate between work time and personal time, so set a typical schedule and try to stick to it. This should help you stay focused while maintaining a good work-life balance.
How To Get Your Home Sale-Ready
Wednesday, 8 January 2020
New year, new home? Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task, but there's no need to feel overwhelmed; just a few little changes can make all the difference.
First impressions count and to your potential buyer, this starts from the photographs, so make sure your house is looking in tip top condition before the estate agent’s photographer comes over. Move clutter, tidy up wires and plug sockets and remove family photographs if you don’t want them to appear online.
Next, consider your property’s ‘Kerb Appeal’. The outside is just as important as the inside and many a potential buyer can be put off by an overgrown garden, so spend an afternoon in the garden giving it some TLC. Mow the lawn, remove weeds, refresh your hanging baskets and plant some flowers in areas that look bare or unloved. And don’t forget the front gate and door, too - a few touch ups to any scratches or chipped paint will give an instant refresh.
As pictured above: Petworth in West Sussex was voted one of the Best Places to Live in the UK in 2019 owing to its picturesque Kerb Appeal
Take some time to declutter using the Marie Kondo technique. Pack up anything that you don’t use on a daily basis and move it into the loft or garage. Have a good rummage through any children’s toys too and take anything they’ve outgrown to the local charity shop. You’ll be saving yourself time when you have to pack up the entire house anyway and it will make each space feel larger and less cramped. It can also help to move small kitchen appliances into cupboards too - the worktops will appear more spacious.
Spend a few hours getting round to those little jobs that have been on your to-do list for a while now. From replacing spotlights to refreshing the grout in the bathroom, this will make your home much more buyer friendly and easy to sell - potential buyers don’t want to think about purchasing new lightbulbs and touching up paint on top of everything else. If you don’t have the time, contact a local handy-person instead. Checkatrade will help you find reputable tradespeople in your local area.
Finally - give your house a thorough clean. If cleaning isn’t one of your favourite things, contact a reputable cleaning company and request a deep one-off clean to save you doing the hard work. They’ll tackle things such as ovens, shower doors and underneath the sofas too, which can make a huge difference. And if you have a dog, it can be a good idea for them to be out of the house during viewings.
If all else fails, don’t forget the old tricks - from the smell of freshly-brewed coffee or baking bread, to bright flowers placed strategically near the entrance - the first thing they see or smell when they walk through the door can really make an impact.
Ochre and Plaster
Thursday, 2 January 2020
An easy route to a calm living space is to surround ourselves with neutral tones, a mixture of greys and whites filled with texture and a pop of green in the form of a plant or two. But a fresh year can call for a fresh look, and a simple way to build on an existing neutral palette is to add warm pastels like Ochre and Plaster.
Ochre instantly evokes a cosy and intimate feel, making it a perfect choice for any space where you want to make guests feel at home. Not by any means a new colour, this most ancient of organic pigments was used widely in prehistoric art, notably in Palaeolithic murals found in the painted caves of France’s Vézère Valley.
Pictured above: Paleolithic paintings, Vézère Valley, France and Vela Chair by Calligaris
Combine this cosy, earthy tone with neutrals to create that so-wished-for serene space. Add the yellow-pink hues of plaster, and the two complement each other perfectly. Mix with darker greys to add depth or white to add light into your space.
An example of the latter is the colour scheme featured in the Calligaris Vela Chair room setting. Featuring the Vela in Matt pale pink, the Hole Rug and an optic white Balance Table. The subtle zesty highlights of ochre on the rug, combined with the vases and artwork, add a refreshing tone to the space. This compliments the pink chairs perfectly and the white table adds light to the room, keeping it welcoming.
For a more bold option perhaps add the Sits Karin Sofa in Mustard Bellis with the Calligaris Flag Throw as an accent.
As we move on from Christmas, a time filled with bright reds, greens and golds, it’s nice to create a warm yet tranquil space to come home to.