Interior Design

The fairytale of Danish lighting design – Louis Poulsen

The story of the Danish lighting design brand Louis Poulsen is a true business venture fairytale, complete with small beginnings, big stars and pioneer spirit.

Starting at the end, Louis Poulsen lamps have been a cornerstone of design lighting, since Poul Henningsen began creating lamps for Louis Poulsen in 1924. Before then, Louis Poulsen has taken over his uncle’s business in 1908, beginning the journey of one of the 2000th century’s most successful lighting businesses.

PH lamps are still a trademark

The world-famous lamp designer Poul Henningsen has always played a big part in the success of the Louis Poulsen brand. With his signature lamps, perhaps the most famous being his Pendel lamp, Poul Henningsen made sure to put himself and Louis Poulsen on the world map of lighting design.

To this day, more than five decades after Poul Henningen’s death, PH lamps are still a trademark of the Louis Poulsen brand. Since then, the brand has taken in more exciting and skilled artwork from creme de la creme of lighting design.

A brand with a history

Since the company was founded in 1874, the scope has changed quite a bit. When Louis Poulsen’s uncle was still at the helm, the company changed from initially importing wine, to selling tools and electrical supplies and only when Louis took over the company, did the focus on lighting begin, with the collaboration of Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen.

A company with more than 140 years of experience could be viewed as being solely traditional and probably a bit set in its ways. But the continuous success of the Louis Poulsen brand attests to the contrary, showing the world that Louis Poulsen lamps are still modern and versatile in their designs – and that the classics never go out of fashion.

Lamps for all purposes

If you are interested, click here to learn more about Louis Poulsen. Here you will also find a vast collection of the most loved Louis Poulsen lamps, all in original quality and design. Louis Poulsen lamps come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find the lamp that suits your needs, whether you are looking for a lamp to hang over the dining room table, a bright and cozy reading lamp or a functional and stylish lamp for your office desk. Louis Poulsen still has it all.

aCarpet, Tile or Wood: A Flooring Guide

So you’re moving to a new house. This will be exciting. You have a lot to do and plan for. One of the main things you need is good flooring in your home. The search for the perfect flooring can be daunting. There are numerous options to choose from and there are a number of factors to consider. Durability and cost are the main concerns of homeowners when looking for flooring materials before they move.

There is a lot to do to have your home ready, and the flooring is just part of it. Make sure that when the time is right, you contact movers who can get the job done right and save you money along the way. Consider Allied Van Lines for your moving needs. Then when your new home is ready to move in, all your belongings will be there too. That will make it feel like you are really home.

2018 flooring trends

2018 is an exciting year for any homeowner who is looking to have a glamorous, durable and less expensive floor in their homes. The ever-growing size of tiles is interesting. Currently, you can get tiles with a size of 24×48 inches. In addition, concrete looks have found more fans this year than ever. While the wood look is still intact, tile planks are getting longer. Inkjet technology is working wonders as many realistic looks, durability, as well as maintenance benefits are concerned.

The flooring for your home is very important. That could be the reason why there are a lot of emerging trends in this sector. We have broken down the latest flooring trends into the top 5 flooring trends in 2018 below.

  • Blonde flooring

Blonde is just in and it gives your room a bigger look and it also works with any décor.

  • Wood-look flooring

As much as wood-look flooring didn’t begin in 2018, it has been a hot trend for years. Specifically, vinyl, laminate, as well as ceramic tile. This is a favorite for homeowners.

  • Waterproof flooring

When you think of waterproof flooring, tiles will no longer be the only option that comes to your mind. If you’re a busy homeowner, waterproof vinyl, laminate, as well as carpet, won’t disappoint you.

  • Textured flooring

It mimics classic hardwood and it works on floors in laminate, wood and many more.

  • Eco-friendly flooring

In 2018, people are concerned about the origin of their floor materials. Homeowners are going for recyclable, natural, renewable and home-grown materials.

Flooring materials and costs

It is prudent to compare materials and their costs between different vendors before making a decision of what materials and where to buy. While costs might be a good starting point, let it not be your only buying guide. Remember, you are investing in your home, a place where you will probably spend the rest of your life. With that in mind, the following are some materials and their estimated costs that might be helpful.

  • Vinyl tiles

This is the most pocket-friendly flooring materials in the market. With about $1-4 per square foot, you will have your flooring materials.

  • Laminate flooring

You can get a square foot laminate flooring material for $1 to $6. It is very cost effective.

  • Linoleum floors

With about $2 to $3, you can get a square foot long material. The cost will also depend on colors as well as design schemes.

  • Hardwood floors

Depending on the width as well as the quality of the boards, they cost around $5 to $15 dollars per square foot.

  • Vinyl sheet

It costs around $1 to $5 per square foot.

You pay for what you get

It is important to note that the prices above are exclusive of installation costs. In addition, there are quite a number of types of flooring materials out there. The more you invest in your flooring materials and even installation, the more you are likely to get durable, quality materials.

Carpeting vs. wood floors

Wood floors are usually associated with style, elegance, richness, as well as old fashion touch. It has many pros that overshadow some of its cons. It is easy to clean and amazingly durable. They don’t go out of fashion or style.

On the other hand, carpets are known for warmth. They are soft and comfortable to walk on or sit on. They are ‘friendly’ to kids. It is also less noisy as compared to its counterpart, wood floors.

What really sets the two types of flooring apart is the ease to clean. While it is very easy to clean a wooden floor, carpeted floors take a lot of work.

Build a floor that doesn’t squeak

The structural framing of floors is a good starting point to build a squeak-free floor. Framing will go a long way to ensure your floor doesn’t squeak and prevent cracking, gapping or even bulging that is associated with carpet floors.

Before you embark on a journey to build the floor, plan ahead. Work out the details in advance. This will enable you to build a superior floor. There is a lot that goes into building such a floor, and if you are a person who pays attention to detail, you will get it right.

4 Décor Ideas for Exposed Plumbing Pipes

Few things are as satisfying as decorating a new home. Even today’s millennials, who are known for their thrift, are spending money on home décor, according to one 2017 survey. However, home décor is not without its challenging, especially when it comes to hiding common household eyesores, such as exposed plumbing pipes. Since these cannot be moved or put behind a wall without some major renovation, another option is to get creative with a few easy design tips for hiding them or blending them into your home’s unique décor plan.

 

1.      Faux Wood Pipe Covers

 

Using repurposed wood is a popular current design trend, and you can treat your exposed plumbing pipes to match with faux pipe covers. These adhesive strips wrap around almost any size pipe and give them the appearance of wood without the expense of constructing real wooden pipe covers. These covers can be found at home improvement or large craft stores.

 

2.      Sink Skirts

 

Hiding exposed pipes in your bathroom can be accomplished in a few different ways, but if you are on a tight decorating budget, consider sink skirts instead of cabinetry. Not only is this cheaper than having cabinets installed, you can choose from a huge variety of colors and fabric to match almost any décor. Vintage sink skirts are a fine choice if you are trying to achieve that rustic, charming feel for your powder room.

 

While sink skirts are relatively simple to create and install, you may want to take your time with choosing a fabric. Consider those that are simple to clean yet rugged enough to last, such as a thick cotton or cotton canvas. While you might have to replace a skirt eventually, you are likely to get a lot of use out of it when it is made of a long-lasting material.

 

3.      Chrome Paint

 

If you yearn for the vintage look of copper piping, you need look no further than your local paint supply store. Painting your exposed pipes with chrome shades of copper, silver or even gold can enhance your décor and make them part of the aesthetic. Copper pipes can brighten up small spaces like your bathroom or a kitchenette. Before you begin, you may want to consult plumbing repair services to ensure your current pipes are safe to paint and that they are in good working order.

 

4.      Invest in Climbing Plants

 

Indoor plants can enhance your décor and beautify almost any space, but climbing plants and vines make an especially useful choice if you are trying to conceal exposed plumbing pipes. Ivy, jasmine, and purple heart plants are all climbing or creeping plants that can be grown and kept indoors. If you have pets, ask your local gardening shop which of these are safe to keep around curious cats or young dogs.

 

One other factor to consider when buying a climbing plant is how much sunlight it will need to grow properly. Think about where your pipes are in relation to your home’s windows and take photos to show your local nursery experts so they can help you make the best possible choice.

 

Your home’s exposed plumbing pipes can throw off your home’s décor aesthetic. However, with a little creative thinking and some inexpensive materials, you can make them fit right in.

 

DIY and Other Simple Ways To Save On Home Decoration

As each year goes on, so does everything we see and feel around us. The temperature changes, colors change with the seasons, and so do the decorations in our homes. As even more time passes, our styles sometimes transform to reflect how we are growing as individuals, and that means your home decorating style will continually evolve.

Home decoration is a lot of fun but it can be costly if you try to pay for everything. Why not check out some tips that will get your costs down on decorating your home, from second hand shopping to DIY, to bargain hunting.

Pick a Theme and Avoid Overbuying

Whether it’s one room or your entire home, picking a theme can help bring everything together. But what do you want your decorations to say? Deciding a theme ahead of time can save you from overbuying decorations and then feeling forced to piece them altogether later.

Start with the Unseen

Sometimes an adjustment to the unseen elements of a room can be enough to redecorate and give the room a different feel. Have you ever seen a bed that you didn’t want to lay in? Even the most beautiful quilt can look drab on a flat bed.

In the name of decorating, add some warmth to the room with a mattress topper. This will not only make the bed more comfortable for your guests, it will make the bed the focal point of the room. Add some decorative pillows or colorful knick-knacks to compliment the bed set to bring the whole room together with an inviting feel.

You can even add an oil diffuser or scented candle to add an inviting smell to the room. Scents like lavender, cinnamon, and vanilla are said to boost happiness and feelings of well-being. That scent may be the thing that is missing and save you the money of redecorating the whole room.

Hunt for a Bargain and Inspiration

You know the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That concept belongs to decorating just as much as it does anywhere else.

Venture out to your local charity shops and rummage sales to find “new to you” items to decorate your home. Someone else may be redecorating and offering your new centerpiece at a great price.

Reuse Decorations and Ideas from Other Holidays

If you have some single color decorations, considering using them to decorate for other holidays. You can even use décor ideas from other holidays and adjust them to fit what is coming up. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Reuse individual colors from Christmas to decorate for Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day instead of buying new candles if they didn’t burn down all the way.
  • Try adding colored glass rocks found at a craft store or online to the bottom of the vessel of your floating candles to add more dimension. Complementary colors to your candles can make it a unique centerpiece all year long.
  • Spray paint pinecones and pebbles pastel colors to transform their fall magic to spring sensations, or bright colors for a summery feel.

Do It Yourself and Save

With a combination of unused household items and a few craft supplies, you might just make something you love more than anything you could have purchased. Pinterest has an endless amount of inspiration if you need some.

  • Use old bottles to make a one of a kind vase. Remove any labels then decorate it using spray paint, glitter, or anything else you can think of. Place some wildflowers in the bottle then display the piece on a side table or outside your front door.
  • Collect large fall leaves and tie them together with string to make your own garland. Spray paint some leaves metallic colors to reflect light and make it more eye-catching.
  • Make a personalized wreath from old t-shirts. Cut the t-shirts into strips and tie them around a Styrofoam ring until it’s covered. You can add other decorations like photos, flowers, and buttons once you’ve finished tying on all the pieces.

With these tips, you can save up and splurge on the next piece that really entices you. Then use these tips again to accent it in your home. Redecorating doesn’t always have to be out with the old and in with the new. It can be as easy as turning in the old into the new.

How To Turn Your City Apartment Terrace into A Country House Garden

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Living in the city sometimes takes its toll and you would love a countryside getaway. Well even if you only have a terrace or a balcony you can still bring the country feel to your outside space. Here are a few ways to help you enjoy your own slice of the country in the city by investing in some simple things.

Outdoor furniture

Whether it is just a small chair, waterproof beanbag or a porch swing. There are plenty of options in a shapes and sizes no matter the size of your space. Outdoor furniture can give you that break you need to spend some time outside even when you live in a city. Whether you want to Whether you want to spend a day in the sunshine or pop outside for a quick coffee in the morning, it’s lovely to have somewhere to sit outside.

Potted plants

You may not have room for a planted garden but you can make a place greener by adding some pots. Potted herbs are a great place to start, adding both some greenery and a useful addition to your cooking. You can also add small plants to window boxes or boxes on your balcony to add colour and fun. Don’t worry if you are busy, they don’t take too much time to tend to. Just some water and pruning once in a while will keep them pretty.

Trellises

Growing climbing plants on trellises makes your garden or terrace feel bigger and more intimate at the same time. You don’t even have to grow plants on them, but plants like ivy make them a little more special. They grow and climb over along the wood making their very own design. They also provide some privacy or block out any unsightly views. Giving you your own little sanctuary to enjoy. You might even feel like you are in your own countryside garden.

Bird feeders

You might not get to see much wildlife in the city but we need to look after those who share our space. A bird feeder or bird box are great ways to bring the local wildlife to you and to look after the birds in your area. Just a small bird feeder is all you need to get started and the seed to fill them is pretty inexpensive too. Hang it outside and you’ll be surprised how many bird friends you’ll attract. Very relaxing to watch too.

Scented plants

Not only can you change what you see on your balcony or terrace but you can also inspire other senses. By planting bedding or potted scented plants, you can make your space an even more pleasant place to relax. Plants such as lavender are quite hardy and will give you that scent of a countryside garden. They are also great for bees and butterflies helping the natural environment. So you will improve your own wellbeing and that of your surroundings too.

Do you have an outdoor space you want to transform into a countryside like retreat? These ideas will get you on your way to making your balcony or terrace a place you will love to spend time. A place to relax, destress and enjoy the fresh air. Makeover your alfresco area and reap the rewards for years to come.