The Latest Trends in Skincare and Health

Buzzwords and innovation are two of the things the beauty industry thrives on. In 2016, the term “antipollution” stole the show and out came a flurry of potions and lotions promising to guard against micro-sized, skin damaging particles. In the meantime, the interest for natural and organic beauty spiked up thanks to an increased inquisitiveness among women from different age brackets who want to know what exactly goes into these commercialized beauty products as they look for greener options. It is no wonder that Pantone’s colour for 2017 is called “greenery” and the shade is tangy yellow-green.

Skin technology, such as laser treatment, was also taking a giant leap in 2016. Panasonic has revealed a prototype of a “smart mirror”. It is able to diagnose skin problems and can even print out 3D slivers of colour-matched makeup to cover your imperfections. Google has filed for exclusive rights on outlining designs for pressure-sensing mats and electricity as well as colour recognition mirrors which could detect changes in organ health, blood pressure, and weight.

In terms of technology, this can be quite exciting. However, none of these are probably ever going to make it to your bathroom in the next few years. You may ask, which products will be filling our shelves and cabinets in 2017? Well, here is everything that you need to know in the upcoming year.

High tech masks

In 2016, one defining beauty product were facials masks. It didn’t matter which brand you used – the colourful L’Oreal Paris clays or the panda-faced sheets. Experts predict that their success on these face masks will continue in the following year.

Friendly bacteria

There have been a number of skincare launches this year and a few are probiotic-based. More research suggested that there are bacteria that are beneficial to the skin, and may provide injury prevention in our muscles and bones, including Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus. Since this type of skincare product has gained popularity, expect the genre to grow. Senior beauty researcher at trendstop.com Chrissy Hilton-Gee says, “Brands already have us rethinking traditional cleansing and skincare regimes and we expect this category to snowball in 2017 as product innovation continues”.

Super food skincare

Nowadays people are concerned about what they are putting on their bodies. It was only a matter of time before scientists in the beauty industry created products in our bathroom cabinets which are aligned with those in our kitchens. We should expect to see ingredients in our skincare products that include kale, moringa, and algae.

Plumping ingredients

The key ingredient in most skincare products is water. But next year, new products will fully focus on hydration. Chrissy Hilton-Gee, mentioned earlier, says “Products will utilize water-based ingredients and jelly textures to provide ultra-light, breathable finishes.” When your skin is hydrated, it looks firmer, plumper, and more radiant.

Face brushing

To gently exfoliate the skin, dry body brushing has long been championed. This also reduces the appearance of cellulite and boosts circulation. In Asia, the technique is commonly used in aged care to improve the texture of the face and improve the skin tone. Senior beauty editor at trend forecaster WGSN, Theresa Yee, predicts we’ll follow them. She says: “It gives you an incredible, fresh-faced glow. In Asia, they follow with facial soap rather than cleanser; I wouldn’t be surprised if the traditional bar makes a comeback here, too.”

Transformative textures

Asia will continue to influence global beauty trends. Like the term “K-Beauty” which is short for Korean-inspired beauty – this word has been around for a few years now. In the following year, new products will be released and they will focus on changing texture as you use them. There will be skincare merchandises that will surprise our senses after every use. “You can expect materials that build intrigue,” explains Hilton-Gee. “It’s not just about the product itself, but the whole experience.”

Cleansing Habits

Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist based in New York notes, “I also think the way we clean our skin will change a lot this next year. New research has shown that the pH of our skin is incredibly delicate, and harsh cleansers strip natural hydrators and barriers of the skin, flaring inflammatory conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea. The trend seems to be to clean smarter, not clean harsher. Products like Dove, Cetaphil, and Aveeno, will take centre stage again. Harsh scrubs and beaded cleansers are going to take a backseat. Facial cleansing tools like Foreo are going to be softer and gentler, and aggressive makeup-removing techniques are going to decline. All those crazy find-it-in-your-kitchen cleaning techniques on Pinterest? They’ll be replaced by more intelligent cleaning options that are pH balanced and less likely to disrupt the natural normal healthy flora we need on our skin.”

Great Skin Starts in the Gut

Another New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe says, “In 2017, probiotics will continue to be at the forefront of the beauty industry. I’m a huge advocate of probiotics and have conducted my own research in this area over the last few years, which has given me the opportunity to see their remarkable results firsthand. I even have a book coming out that will be highlighting the benefits of probiotics (both topical and ingestible) when it comes to skin. 

“Research has shown that the bacteria in your gut interact with your immune system, which leads to changes in your skin. Harmful bacteria in your gut can lead to inflammation—like redness, acne, and rosacea. I always tell my patients to incorporate foods and drinks that are rich in probiotics, like yoghurt, miso soup, sauerkraut, and kombucha. I also recommend taking a supplement. Using a topical probiotic is beneficial, as it offers a protective shield and triggers the production of natural moisturizers in the skin.”

The New Hyaluronic Acid are Retinoids

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant – a moisture-binding ingredient. It keeps the skin looking hydrated, plump, and young-looking. However, Dr. Rita Linkner foresees that retinols and retinoids will take its place as ingredients on rerise. She says, “I recommend starting a topical retinol to all my mid-twenty-something patients. Personally, that was when I started to notice fine lines around my eyes, which motivated me to start a topical regimen with a vitamin A cream as the focal point. Simply, it exfoliates the skin. This micro-peeling effect helps skin cells turn over faster and is the easiest way to treat fine wrinkles, acne, acne scars, and sun damage.”

 

Sports Memorabilia Decors for your Home

It is only natural to want to share your collection with friends and family. The easiest way to do this is by using your collection as a home decoration. Doing this is a lot easier than you think.

The first thing you have to do is make sure all the accessories you need for displaying the memorabilia are complete. The materials are essential in safeguarding your priceless collectables while making them look attractive at the same time. There are a lot of cases that look unique and appealing on their own. One of these cases was designed for a single, special baseball and it shows the ball sitting or resting in a golden glove. Other one of a kind display includes a case with your favorite team’s logo and another is in the shape of a home plate.

Special airtight cabinets can be used to display helmets, footballs, baseball bats, hockey pucks, and boxing gloves. Some cases are designed for shelf or desk display while others are made for mounting on the wall. There are also those that have a mirrored back or bottom with a wooden base and a removable glass top.

Advanced planning on your part is needed if you will be working with multiple cases. You’ll need to decide on what type of base you will use. If you already have some wood furniture in your house, this decision is quite simple. For example, if your home mostly has mahogany, then your display case ought to have a mahogany base. Other selections include walnut (depends on the product), cherry, natural, or black. The theme should be the same with cabinets and display frames as well.

Pictures that have been autographed should be framed and will make a great addition to any room using exhibition display services. Of course, pictures can be displayed anywhere in the house, but would look very attractive in home offices, living rooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and recreation rooms. Just like any other work of art, find the perfect place to hang it – any place where the photo along with the autograph can easily be seen. Make sure the room has adequate lighting and the furniture and other decorations in the room compliment the memorabilia.

Other places you can consider hanging a memorable picture is in a wide hallway, the foyer, over the fireplace, or above the sofa or bed. To make sure your autographed photo grabs attention, you can hang them on the wall in groups. If the photo is big, hang it with two smaller photos of the same athlete or have photo mints on both sides. Grouping a few photos of equal size is also a good idea. The same can be done to framed jerseys like basketball shirts or basketball shorts.

Any room can be decorated with your favorite player or team as the subject. Start with one collectable, like a tennis shoe, golf flag or autographed picture. Further build your collection with complimentary pieces or other accents. If you are paying homage to a team or an athlete, place posters, banners, bobble-heads, player collages, and action figures in the room as well. Find other items the team sells with their logo on it, like clocks, throw pillows, rugs, mugs, even wastebaskets.

Furthermore, you can use a famous venue as an inspiration in decorating a room. For instance, your recreation room can be filled with collectables or memorabilia from Wrigley Field. If you’re lucky enough, one very valuable piece could be an autographed seat from the field exhibited on a fire mantle along with a picture of the stadium hanging above. Sporting events can also be used as a theme, such as the World Series, Super Bowl, or March Madness, and maybe an award like the Football or Baseball Hall of Fame.

Another great place to share and highlight your memorabilia is in children’s rooms. If the child is still young, make sure the collectable is out of reach or stored in a display case. You can also paint the child’s room to match the colors of your favorite team. Your child can be the envy of all his peers. Your collectables can be accented with items such as a basketball or soccer handles on your child’s dresser. You, too, can display non-autographed basketball apparel and team pillows on the wall.

Showing your love for your collection and the team you support can be done by decorating your home with sports memorabilia. Most fans prefer to focus on a single room which they fill with their sports collection. NCAA home decorations are, not surprisingly, a popular decorating theme. It is also easy to find official Gators and Longhorns home decorations that are licensed by the NCAA.

It is extraordinary what a number of teams will put their logos on. For instance, Pats fans can obtain Patriots home gear that come with Pats beer mugs, a Patriots hammer, and even barbecue grill covers. Similarly, if you are a fan of the 49ers, you can get their gear for your home. They have their team logo on afghan blankets and gigantic wall decals of legendary athletes like Frank Gore and Joe Montana. The NHL has likewise gotten into the licensed home gear market. You can find several NHL office and home items to decorate the rooms in your house. Of course, all the major sporting leagues have governing bodies that have seen how much fans adore their team collectibles. You can purchase licensed NBA home gear, NFL home decorations, and baseball home gear.

When it’s about decorating your home with your favorite sports collectibles, the possibilities are endless. All you need is just a little thought and some creativity, and voila! Your sports collection can now be a part of your home décor. It is something that you, your family, and your visitors can look at and admire.

7 Tips for Creating Space

Properties are continually increasing in value while living spaces are diminishing, and rooms you could barely swing your arms in have become the standard.

With more people living in cities ‘micro-living’, it may play havoc with your head when it comes to designing your house the way that you want, whether that be designed for art studio or coastal home interiors. However, although you may reside in a box and have more things than you do actual space, do not despair. It is possible to use all of the space economically in a cramped house, while having no cluttered mess.

Below are a few easy layout tips to help you get that additional space.

Keep it in ratio

There is nothing worse than furnishings which look out of proportion such as your ideal couch (barely squeezing through front entrance), taking over the whole room. Or the unnecessarily long dining table which you continue to knock your thighs and hips on each and every time you walk past. Before you start purchasing, check the ideal scale, measure properly and consider how you wish to create the most of your limited space or consider getting advice from interior design professionals.

If your area is too compact to get a traditional dining table, attempt a round style table. And should the couch not fit nice and snug against the wall, then go and get a corner couch that wraps around the wall to boost your living area. The same is true for furniture that is too little, which looks miniature in a massive living room.

Use Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and are among the greatest strategies that you could implement to immediately make your small space feel airy and open, particularly if there is also a window. However, any reflective surface like stainless steel that might be in the kitchen, shiny surfaces and metallic fittings may also do just fine. A full-size mirror at the end of a darkened and narrow hallway consistently makes the room look brighter.

Float on

Furniture does not always need to be on the floor taking up precious floor space. Based on how stable your walls are, floating shelves, cabinets and storage components could be hung on the walls. The best floating components are the floating box shelves and cabinets that are sensible for storage but also seem appealing. Just do not forget to check what is behind the wall before you begin drilling holes anywhere. Keep an eye out for cables for instance and calculate correctly as you do not want to make the wall unsightly.

For tenants, make sure you first check your arrangement and if it is permitted or face the anger of your landlord.

In the nooks and corners

When you have some alcoves or recesses on your walls, then you may use these for shelves or some other decorative displays such as paintings for an art studio or beach style homewares for a coastal vibe. Built-in bookshelves offer you additional storage space with a chunky slice of furniture protruding into the space. Corners could be such a waste if not used correctly. Whether it be a sleeper couch, TV cupboard or shelf, these corner layouts need to fit neatly into the space and save you room.Out of sight

Multi-purpose storage, for example ottomans or blanket boxes, are a smart and useful means that allow you to hide clutter in addition to having comfortable chairs. You may acquire several sizes and styles that enhance your own rooms and they are an excellent way in which to store children’s toys to keep the clutter at bay. If you do not have room for a large cumbersome coffee table, a group of smaller or a few side tables are a good option as they can tuck in neatly to a corner or be readily moved around the house.

Keep it neutral for smaller rooms

I have found that among the most common reduced living space ideas is using neutral colours on the walls, flooring, ceiling and furniture upholstery. Tones like beige or cream extend the perceived space and have a tendency to lighten up a space by enhancing the existing light. You can always include some splashes of bold colour throughout you living space along with your décor. A big tiled rug, vibrant cushions, accessories or artwork adorned on walls can decorate neutral rooms, therefore it does not feel overly clinical and dull.

Off the rails

When it comes to house design, items on wall-mounted rails can be of use. You will have more counter space and it will appear less cluttered. People in this day and age have a tendency to do so in streamlined kitchens or baths where storage is limited however, you can utilize rails anywhere in the house. Installing racks on the rear of doors to hang clothes or accessories can also be a very smart and aesthetic method of creating more space in your home.

How to Start a Restaurant Business

If you thought of starting a restaurant establishment, it is about time you need to sit down and draw a plan on opening your very own business. We have put together a guide on how to successfully get started with your new business and to make sure you have all the ingredients you’ll need to gain that confidence in setting up your restaurant and have an injury prevention system setup for your business.

Although starting a restaurant is filled with excitement, it can also be time-consuming because it is one of the toughest businesses to launch. As a matter of fact, 60% of restaurants fail in its first year. Don’t let this information temper your passion. On the other hand, let this be a drive to make success a goal. Investing in some serious time and money is required to reach that level of achievement.

The reason why a lot of restaurants fail

Lack of planning is the main cause of a restaurant’s failure. Before creating a customer’s main course, you need to spend a lot of time discerning the detail of the restaurant. The planning stage will make or break your restaurant, from floor plans and kitchen appliances to what should be placed on the menu. We have interviewed a few owners to share their trade secrets to help you plan, manage, and fund your new restaurant. Lambrine Macejewski co-founded Cocina 214 which is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located around aged care facilities in Winter Park, Florida. In the Philadelphia region, Kim Strengari owns three thriving restaurants including Stella Blu. Omer Orian, Off the Waffle’s co-founder, has three locations – one in Portland and two in Eugene, Oregon. You will find their tips for success below.

Advice on successfully starting a restaurant

1. Have the right intentions
Kim Strengari says if you want to achieve being a restaurant owner, you need to love what you do. She knew being a restaurateur was the path for her, but she had to make ends meet when she opened her first restaurant and she did this by working at night, cleaning office buildings. She says: “I wanted the restaurant more than anything else in life, so the sacrifices were endless and I never minded making them.” Time and money need to be invested in order to be successful. You have to be positive that starting a restaurant is not just a business venture you hope to make money from, but a passion. Omer Orien says: “It’s harder than you can imagine,” says Omer Orien, “but people do it all the time. It’s not at all dreamy.” The first step to owning a restaurant is to figure out how you want your restaurant to look like. What furniture will you need to get to fit the theme? What will be your restaurant’s aesthetic? How will you arrange your restaurant’s interior? A British furniture company, Trent Furniture, has a great article to get a new restaurateur started. To plan the layout of their first location, Orien sat down with his co-founders and together they created a 3-D model. Eventually, they did most of the work themselves with efficient worker productivity to build the restaurant out. Orien says: “A lot of it has to do with figuring out what kind of environment you want to work in, what will make you feel the way you want to feel. It also doesn’t hurt to have people in your life who have an eye for design.”

2. Have a solid business plan in place
You can’t get business coaches to just scribble a business plan on a piece of paper for you. You need one that is detailed, charting the course of your success. You should start by keeping the business planning process simple with a Lean Plan. Treat your business plan like a living document which you need to regularly return to. It measures your progress and plans the growth of your restaurant. When it was time to grow and expand to a new location, that was when Orien says he really got serious about his business plan. Having a business plan helped him figure out what was feasible and how to progress. Your business plan should include the following: information on your target audience, a comprehensive look at your competitors, an outline of your marketing plan, market research, and a solid financial and budgeting projection. Look into templates that are particularly for restaurant planning or find a business planning software which walks you through the process. Don’t forget to keep an eye on industry trends while you think of how you want your restaurant to look like. Pay close attention to your marketing plan. A marketing plan is essential if you want to keep new customers coming in and out of your restaurant. Word of mouth can only bring in a few customers. Some ideas for marketing are:
·Offering discounts to first-time customers
·Participating in community events
·Giving out food samples
·Utilizing social media
·Joining the local business association

3. Location is everything
Location is of utmost importance if you have an eatery – whether you rent a space or build from scratch. You need a place that is easily accessible so it draws crowds and has the potential for growth. Of course, the place has to be within your budget. Looking for the right place will take time, but it’s better than getting the wrong place and not getting any profit. You can try joining any startup incubator spaces for restaurants to keep startup costs low. They might also come with mentorship opportunities. When “Off the Waffle” was ready to be launched by Orien, he only had $3,000 to start off the business. He says: “It sounds impossible, but we found a bunch of hacks to make it work. We found a house that was actually in a commercial zone, so we were able to live and work in the same place.” Now, all three locations of Orien’s restaurants are dedicated restaurant spaces but remember that even he started small. “Once you’re $300,000 into a buildout for your location, it’s not like a house that you can just sell. There’s not a lot of retained value,” he says. “You’re sort of stuck with it.” Test out a smaller scale version of the restaurant before taking a giant and expensive leap.

Picking the Right Sports Uniform Design

Organizing a new team is no easy feat. But organizing is just the beginning. You’ll have to sign up for the
season and you’ll definitely want your team members to look eye-catching and smart in their team
uniform.

Get a customized uniform that represents your team the best. S-Trend offers great DYO (do your own)
service that allows you to create your ideal team uniform.

There are a lot of options to choose from – basketball shirts, basketball shorts, singlets, polos, and outerwear like jackets and
pants. Having the team wear a uniform they are proud of will help them perform at their peak.
If you’re not sure where to start, check out our top tips for creating the best uniform for your team.

Type of apparel needed by the team

Are you after a complete sports uniform kit or just a jersey and a pair of shorts? S-Trend can provide you
with any type of sports apparel you need whether its touch football apparel, AFL apparel, or basketball apparel.

Choose the right colors

After selecting the type of sports apparel your team requires, it’s time to get on your creative side. To
represent your team’s identity, you need to decide on the team colors. Choose the colors wisely since
this is what represents your team’s identity. If you are undecided on the colors, research on the colors
the competing teams are using so you can stand out from the rest.

Select the right type of fabric

Team members can move freely on the field if the right type of fabric is used. Athletes need to be
comfortable in the clothes they wear. The sportswear manufactured at S-Trend is specifically created for
high performance and premium comfort. S-Trend’s fabrics are made to take things to the next level. The
following are a few of the fabrics offered:

·X Carbon – Made with visible bamboo charcoal particles for ultimate odour management and
ultimate moisture; constructed with non-carbon technology.

·Hytech silver – Integrates nano-silver fragments for top-quality anti-microbial management.

·Ultra dry – Devised from high filament yarn with long-lasting moisture management properties.

Design your logo

Aside from the colors, the logo identifies the team itself. It separates your team from the competitors
and showcases what the team is about. The logo should match the color scheme so fans can recognize
the team and its members when playing on the field.

Get the right size

To make sure every athlete in the team not only looks their best but feels their best while playing, get
each member’s measurements before ordering the uniform. This will ensure the uniforms are a perfect
fit. Key areas to measure are the back length, shoulder width, and chest width.

Have you ticked all the boxes in choosing the perfect sports club uniform? If the answer to that question
is a yes, then it’s time to place your order.

The 8 Best architectural Designs for Maximizing Home Layout

Essential design principles supports Design for Place so that it can assist you in taking advantage of passive design for a more energy- efficient and comfortable home.

The goal of each principle is to increase usability and livability for a range of people and circumstances. They control the design of the floor plans, the managing of the elevations and cross-sections and the specifications of materials, construction and transport type such as frannas.Design For Place provides you with a sensible display of how the principles can be applied during the progression of the design. Before embarking on designing a home, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with each principle so you can choose the right option for your needs.

Here’s a summary of the key principles that influenced the Design For Place designs. The web or your architect, designer or draftsperson may provide a host of good-practice design principle.

Think local—adjust designs to suit your needs

Design For Place is a resource for you to get ideas and appreciate the basic elements of a well-grounded design. Architect-designed, 7 star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) house designs are now accessible by the public through the Design for Place plans. You will need to familiarize and comply with local council and building policies and requirements when utilizing these designs. To integrate the climate and construction details that applies to your location, as well as the needs of your specific household and lifestyle, the sketches will need to be redrafted. There are a variety of case studies and examples to add to your perception of local design.

Face north—use appropriate orientation

In Australia, it is recommended for living areas to face north so that sunlight can come into the house during the day. This is essential in cold climates and it is a key way to reduce energy used for heating in winter. The need for mechanical heating during the colder hours overnight is reduced when sunlight is allowed to enter the house through glazed windows and doors heats the interior of the building during the day. A great way to further reduce mechanical heating needs is the use of internal thermal mass to help store the heat generated during the day. If you are re-designing rooms and are moving around timber beams make sure to take care of any which are structural in nature as it may just be more worthwhile considering other alternatives than a north facing house. Star ratings and variations outlines the exact orientation recommended for different climate zones.

Know where you live—respond to climate

The design of your house will be greatly impacted by the area where it is located.  This does not only apply to a home but to accommodation choices as well, such as waterfront accommodation or inland accommodation. The design requirements of buildings depend on their location across Australia. Take for instance, the design principles for a house in Darwin (tropical climate) will differ to those needed for a house in Canberra (cold climate). In order to avoid issues such as inappropriate heat loss or heat gain, insufficient cross-ventilation, or too much stored heat, it is important to ensure that designs pay attention to the relevant design principles for the specific climate zone. Star ratings and variations provides details on the proper qualifications for your climate zone with case studies and further background in Design for climate.

Let the light in—provide appropriate levels of natural light

Windows and doors can let in appropriate levels of natural light when a house has its living spaces facing north. The need for electric lights during daylight hours can be reduced or eliminated through effective ‘daylighting’. You can make the most of the potential benefits with careful placement and sizing of windows, the use of skylights and light tubes, as well as light-colored interior surfaces while steering clear of extra loads on heating and cooling. You may need to consider crane hire for a skylight for a home with two story’s, for example. For the glazing to receive the strongest sun, it is recommended to have the majority is designed to face north, with smaller amounts facing east and west. Southerly windows can allow light but not heat into your house in tropical climates.

Put on layers—provide appropriate levels of insulation

The unwanted transfer of hot or cold air from inside to outside and vice versa can be stopped by building insulation. It ensures that heat from mechanical heating or the sun is insulated inside the house during winter. And in summer, the cooling effect from air conditioning or thermal mass inside the house from escaping is prevented. Insulation is commonly placed underneath and around concrete slabs under roofs, in walls, and under suspended floors ceiling spaces. Insulation is essential for any climate, but it is particularly pertinent in colder climates where inadequate insulation allows heat to escape through ceilings, roofs, walls and floors.

Pull the shades down—provide appropriate levels of external sun-shading

Windows and doors should be shaded from the summer sun by eaves, pergolas, sun-hoods or external blinds.  90% of the heat from direct sunlight can be blocked by effective shading, thus reducing heat from north-facing glazing in summer. Shading items may be permanent or operable and should be placed correctly and programmed to respond to the sun’s height at different times of the year. As a basic rule, in order for the low-angle winter sun to enter the house, north-facing eaves should be narrow but wide enough to block the high-angle summer sun. The type and size of these devices will vary depending on your climate zone, location and budget.

Get some fresh air—provide appropriate levels of natural ventilation

Proper ventilation through a house or hotel is essential in all climate zones. Benefits from cooling breezes in summertime can be maximized by the house design, especially in warmer climates. The warm air that has accumulated in the building during the hot daytime hours can be flushed out by the cool evening breezes.  It is recommended to have openable windows on opposite sides of a room to allow breezes to pass through so that natural cross-ventilation to occur. While doors are locked, high operable windows are useful in allowing hot air to escape at night. Healthy indoor air quality can be achieved through good ventilation. Having the title of best hotel or best home is by taking these tips into account.

Make yourself comfortable—provide livable and functional rooms

It is important to consider the people who will live in the house you design. A habitable and well-planned house is adaptable to the changing needs of your household without then needing expensive alterations. Living areas should be large enough to give a sense of space and to allow for flexibility in furniture arrangement so you can live the way you want. This incorporates access to natural light and to outdoor living spaces when desired. A space should be adaptable enough to serve diverse needs over time, such as a bedroom, teenage retreat, or home office. By using laminated timber flooring as your foundation you can then feel confident in simply changing around furniture to suit what space you would like.

These qualities are provided by the Design For Place designs while still being energy efficient.

Tips for Tree Pruning 

What is tree pruning and what’s its use?

Tree pruning is a practice including the elimination of certain areas of the tree like branches, roots or buds to enhance the structural base, preserve health, improve aesthetic appeal, enhance value and decrease danger from falling branches.

Who’s capable of prune trees?

Pruning trees can be a dangerous and a challenging endeavour and require proper tools, occasionally cranes for hire and appropriate strategies to execute the task in the best way possible. Simple pruning, like cutting lower branches may be carried out by anyone however only a qualified arborist could perform the work suitably. This is only because pruning requires appropriate knowledge on processes, security practices and to understand the tree physiologies, in addition to working experience with different advanced tools and tree species.

Accredited Arborists also stick to the federal safety regulations and care about the security and health of their trees. Hiring professional arborists from tree cutting companies is also a cost-effective alternative, since they possess the knowledge and resources to not only effectively prune the trees but provide good tree maintenance advice.

General tree trimming hints

  • It’s always best to prune trees through a dormant season, but if you find any dead, decaying or dangling branches, prune immediately in spite of the season.
  • Be cautious about the size of the branch which is to be cut. When it is less than 5cm in diameter, then eliminating it’s fine. If the branch diameter is in between 5-10cm, then it needs to be taken out with a professional arborist.
  • Branches with weak, V-shaped and narrow angles just ought to be trimmed. Never get rid of the branches which have powerful, u-shaped angles.
  • Attempt pruning the branches when they’re young since it’s far simpler to handle young branches and the chance of leaving horrible scars is significantly reduced.
  • The branches shouldn’t be trimmed too near or too far apart from the collar and don’t leave a massive stub or eliminate the branch collar.
  • Some of these taller trees need more powerful tools and some of the largest cranes. These trees must be left for professional arborists.

Kinds of pruning methods

  • Crown Thinning — It’s a selective removal of branches to improve penetration of light and air movement across the face of a tree. This is done in order to maintain a tree’s structure and shape. Crown thinning ought to be performed by removal of branches from across the crown and render a dose that is balanced. No more than 30 percent of the foliage ought to be removed at one moment, it is important to prevent unnecessary tension and protect against excessive generation of epicormic sprouts.
  • Crown Raising/Lifting — This is the elimination of the branches in the base of the tree crown to offer clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, or to create a transparent stem for lumber production. This should be accomplished by elimination of branches to minimize stress to the tree. The tree crown shouldn’t be raised to 1/3rd of their general tree height. On young trees, temporary branches ought to be kept along the stem to promote tapering and protect trees from sunscald. These branches must be pruned every year to slow down the development.
  • Crown Reduction/Reshaping — This kind of pruning is most frequently used if a tree has become too big for its allowed space. The crown of this tree is made smaller by removing the foliage leading to a more natural appearance and minimize strain on the tree and can also be called drop crotch pruning. A fantastic reduction will render the tree with a solid framework of big branches, which affirms the branches and twigs effective at generating dense foliage in another season.
  • Crown Clean — This is the elimination of undesirable material at the crown of the tree and might incorporate a crown thinning. It features the elimination of climbing plants, foreign objects (older tree homes, shopping trolleys etc.) and parasitic plants in the area and by the top of their trees.
  • Pollarding— It’s a normal kind of pruning in which particular tree species have been pruned to Pollard heads in the dormant season. It’s repeatedly pruned to the exact same point developing a pollard knuckle. This technique may work for only specific species of trees. Your arborist ought to have the ability to advise you on this and clarify the management regime which will be needed later.

The above-mentioned strategies and techniques can help you in choosing appropriate maintenance and keep your trees with their aesthetic appeal.

Preparing and Decorating Your Home for a Dinner Party

Whether you are having a family dinner party, a backyard bbq or just with a few friends over for drinks, you wish to be confident to prepare your home to impress your visitors. Below are seven quick ways that you can prepare your house and make it prepared to host any gathering!

First Impressions

Your very first region to prime is the front entryway since that is the first thing people will see. You need to be sure your front entryway appears welcoming and clean. Clean windows on your door if you’ve got them, and be sure there isn’t any dirt or on the ground and a fresh doormat. Make sure that there’s enough space for shoes, and proper hanging space for coats, possibly in a hallway cupboard or rack. One thing that I like to do is have a Designated Purse Area, where anyone that has brought a handbag can securely store their belongings for the night.

Clean Windows

You do not need to go all out and clean every single window, but consider where guests will be looking and wash windows on the inside and the exterior. We do not often consider windows, but if they are covered in dirt or possess a lot of fingerprints, it impacts how tidy and beautiful that your area appears. A simple solution to brighten your home.

Bathroom and Amenities

There is no doubt your guests will use your toilet. To start, check your medicine cabinet, as your visitors may glance in and you’ll feel much better if you understand there is not anything personal for them to locate. Next up, be sure to have clean hands towels and tons of hand soap available. Should you reside in a more compact area with the toilet and shower in one room, you do not want people drying their hands on your bath towel, so put that away. You also should be confident you’ve got toilet paper readily available. You do not want anyone to need to hunt for it. Make sure you have a plunger, in case there are any toilet issues. Tissues, mints and hand wipes are optional extras that are nice to have around.

Cut the Clutter

Even if your property is in reasonably good shape, it is nonetheless a fantastic idea to go through and eliminate any extra clutter that is lying around. Less is more when you’ve got a room filled with folks, so place items in a temporary holding place and after the party’s over you can return items to their usual spot. You also wish to remember to eliminate anything which you may not want to be broken since at celebrations, people tend to be a bit awkward (or tipsy?), And the very last thing you’d want is something precious to be damaged or broken. Clearing clutter will also mean fall prevention and minimise the possibility of accidents. It is also essential to have clear walkways for any healthcare equipment that guests may have such as wheelchairs and mobility aids.

Table Layout

There are two sorts of parties; You will find the fancy formal celebrations in which you have formal china and dishware, and you will find casual parties in which you consume food from disposable tableware. Both have pros and cons, but for me, I prefer to search for more environmentally responsible choices. If you are opting for disposable dishware lay out your garbage, your recycling, and the compost bin to ensure everything is efficiently disposed of. If you are using formal dishware invest a few extra moments making sure it looks beautiful. Dip it into some hot vinegar and water and then give it a fantastic clean and wipe dry with a micro-fibre cloth. This is going to polish this up and eliminate anything which shouldn’t be there. You can set up a lovely table setting with napkins, cutlery a centre arrangement and other accessories. Make sure you leave space for the fresh food you have prepared. If you opted for catering for functions then it should not be a hassle to plate food quickly.

Ensure it Smell Great

The way that your house smells undoubtedly affects individuals whenever they walk into the doorway, and you are interested in being the host that has the home which makes people smile when they walk in. Thus, what do you do? Have some new flowers, light a candle, defuse some fragrant oils and clean up any smelly areas such as the laundry and kids rooms. If you have pets, then ensure you do some vacuuming in case guests have allergies and move your pet goods to a temporary location.

Prepare for Disaster

As you do not need to anticipate the worst, you definitely must get ready for it. Spills happen. When you are having guests over be sure you have a cleaning kit for any accidents somewhere readily accessible. Stain removers, washcloths and paper towels come in very handy for any unexpected situations.

Tips When Considering Custom Made Furniture

If you are thinking about getting custom-made furniture for your home, follow these tips by an expert craftsman to get the best results.

How can you find the perfect manufacturer?

It is very important to do your homework to not just locate a respectable manufacturer, but a person who will be the perfect match for your furniture piece you are thinking about. Crafters provide various styles, use various materials and have different design methods. Think about making an appointment in the manufacturer’s showroom or workshop to view furniture in various phases, view wood samples, and also see completed products. Look at who they work with when it comes to sourcing materials for your piece. If they work with tree cutting companies for example who recycle the trees once they are cut into furniture, than you know they are environmentally sustainable and may want to work with them over working with a company who simply wastes the trees.

What information should you take to your manufacturer?

Dimensions – the most significant information to have available and understanding the physical area you need to work with. You can bring together house plans or measure the area in your home for your own piece with masking tape.

Design – consider the design you need and what additional finishes and colours that you have in the area. Show photographs of your area to your manufacturer so that they can find a feeling of your own aesthetic.

Goal – think about what your piece is going to be utilized for: screen, storage, regular usage, is it moving in a moist area etc. This could aid with considerations in regards to layout, finishes, and materials utilized.

Timeframe – be apparent in your timings when conversing to your manufacturer to be sure you allow sufficient time for the piece to be made. Each manufacturer works to various timeframes and they will have the ability to let you know the lead time in the beginning.

A guide to pricing – is there a formula to understand what you may expect to pay for a piece? This varies from maker to maker. Pricing is dependent upon the bit of furniture, what fabric it is made out of, and the labour involved. As soon as you’ve supplied specifications to a manufacturer they could return to you with a comprehensive quotation.

How long can a custom made piece take to make?

It generally depends upon the manufacturer, the sort of bit, and wood availability. The lead time might be anywhere between 4 – 12 weeks, however that depends upon the part of furniture. By way of instance, if it is a bigger piece such as a custom made table or bed frame than the lead time will be more.

The very best thing about owning a custom made item in your property?

The choices are endless using custom made. You have to play a part in the design procedure and have it made for your specifications, design, dimensions, selection of wood. Custom is also an excellent alternative when you’ve got a particular layout in mind and cannot find what you’re searching for.  Especially if you are after a niche type of piece such as tree wood furniture, you may want to get a custom designed piece of this. You may want unique storage alternatives, an out-of-the-ordinary dining table height, length or shape, or maybe you be specific concerning the wood type, colour tone and finish you need. By picking custom-made you are also encouraging Australian manufacturers and tiny companies.

How do you obtain an inexpensive piece when you are on a budget?

It has never been easier to purchase a custom made piece of furniture. When comparing off sourcing, you are going to be amazed that it is less of a price difference than you may think. Be upfront with the amount you have available to pay. Very good manufacturers are going to have the ability to work together and provide a few thoughts based on your finances, or refer you to a different manufacturer who may be better satisfied.

Which are your favourite timbers to use?

We attempt to utilize Australian indigenous species since we’ve got so many fantastic varieties right in our backyard. A few of the timbers we utilize comprise Messmate, Blackbutt and Spotted Gum. In addition, we use reclaimed Hydrowood timbers which were dredged from the bottom of Lake Pieman in Tasmania that provide a unique but consistent colouring, such as Blackwood, Celery Top Pine, Tasmanian Oak and the prized Huon Pine.

Some “Dos and Cann’ts” when going to a manufacturer working on commission

DO – come ready with dimensions, ideas, along with the style/look that you want to attain.

DON’T – be close minded, and that means that you are able to be open to choices and hints from the manufacturer. They’re the specialists when it comes to wood and that which you have in your mind may not be the ideal selection for your space or piece.

Other hints

When purchasing a custom designed furniture piece and you are concerned about the finished colour or tone, constantly attempt to watch a sample with acrylic onto it. Do not make a determination based on a normal, unoiled parcel of wood. Request to see your furniture in the process of its make, until it is completed, rather than too late to change your thoughts. When the furniture piece is constructed and oil is applied, there is no going back.

Decorating Tips For Rental Properties

It is a frequent issue for most people: how do you add your personal touch to a rental property and attract tenants. Potential tenants are more likely to lease your property if it has a homely feel and some decor in place, at least for the inspection. Since it is a rental property and you may want to put the property for sale in a few years, there are limitations to what you can do. When potential tenants see your listing on online property sales and lease websites, the decor in the space will make a difference to their impressions. You might be unable to re-paint the walls, alter the carpeting or upgrade the kitchen. However, there are some basic methods to transform a space with no damage and on a budget.

Here are my top 10 tips:

1. Floors: tired looking carpeting or wood floorboards in the incorrect colour can look drab and off. Including runners and rugs are a simple way to add texture and colour to any room as well as covering and protecting the original floor. A fantastic look at this time is overlapping rugs of various dimensions, but using rugs of similar colour-scheme and fashion. This layered result is inviting and warm and quite practical for your tenant since you’re able to accommodate the shape and pattern to every area or house as needed rather than spending big money on an entirely new floor.

2. Walls: All of us know there are not enough hooks at a rental home, but thankfully there is a massive selection of stick-on hanging strips to let’s fill out the walls, without creating one gap. Hanging your favourite paintings increases the personalisation as well as adding some interest and a talking point to the room. Think about using many small/medium frames to fill a massive wall; they’re lighter to hang compared to one big piece, and you can swap them around once the mood suits.

3. Doors:
Never underestimate what you could do with a doorway. By hanging a tassel or beaded curtain, or some subtle decor to the door handle, you are adding a statement. If there are going to be children residing on the property, door decorating is a fun way to identify bedrooms and have fun without causing any damage.

4. Plants: I’m passionate about indoor plants and also have them anywhere. Exotic plants and succulents add ambience and freshen the atmosphere. Lush green leaves are soothing to your spirit, and also you may have year-long colour by using ornamental or vibrant pots. There has been a trend in terrariums and glass pots that look great in any home.

5. Art: Artworks do not just need to be about the wall. Placing frames or pieces on windows and shelves is a great idea, as well as miniature sculptures and figurines. Personal items add dimensional interest to the room and ass a personal touch, so bring out those photo frames and letters and create your little exhibition showcase to enjoy. Always have a safe art storage area for your precious items especially in a rental property with other housemates.

6. Storage: It is apparently a problem for virtually any residence, particularly a rental home, but rather than using built-in storage to the max, look at using decorative storage containers and baskets that could be exhibited and eventually become an accessory. To create a cheap statement, why don’t you wrapping an inexpensive container and lid in the background; you could fill it with your own personal things and make a masterpiece in precisely the same moment?

7. Mirrors: They may make a small space feel big, a narrow area seem broad, and they’re also ideal to bounce light around the darkest of rooms. Insert a brightly coloured or elaborate frame, and also, they come to be an art.

8. Lighting: You might not have the ability to change light fixtures, but you can add milder light to any space using lamps and portable lights. Another suggestion would be to put in a feature floor lamp, brightening a vacant corner using table lamps with ornamental foundations that continuously help establish the mood. Candles are also fabulous and create a soft romantic ambience.

9. Furniture: When leasing, you need to consider modular or smaller furniture pieces that can readily adapt to almost any room configuration. Another suggestion is if you can not add the colour you like into the walls, why do not repaint your furniture? That secondhand side table might just become your favourite brand new piece of furniture.

10. Kitchen: When it comes to decorating, the kitchen can be overlooked. Think about the easy effect of glowing fresh tea towels, a daring fruit bowl along with a funky coloured pot plant. Let your creativity free and get some colourful utensils and a bright tablecloth.