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02 20 2015

It’s all about lifestyle, space, and entertaining when it comes to home trends in 2015, with the spotlight firmly on making the home a haven from the busy world. If you’re looking to renovate, purchase or simply revamp, here is a breakdown of the home trends to expect in 2015.

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Indoor/Outdoor Living

Lifestyle is a key factor in the home of 2015, with much emphasis being placed on seamless indoor/outdoor living where life spills over from inside the home into functional outdoor spaces. In real terms, this translates into living rooms and dining areas that flow out to entertaining patios and outdoor dining spaces.

If you’re looking to embrace the look of 2015 but have the house of 1945, then renovation experts such as Additions Building Company can help you incorporate some modern style into your classic home; they specialise in patio additions, so click here for some inspiration.

Kitchen as Focal Point

The kitchen is the mission control of the modern home, overseeing everything from dining to the living area. The kitchen of 2015 takes up a central position in the home. Essentially, this is in recognition of our busy lifestyles, where important conversations, dining and entertaining may now take place at the kitchen bench. No longer is the kitchen out of sight and out of mind; it is firmly entrenched as the hub of the home.

Open Plan Areas

In line with the kitchen being the heart of the home, a huge trend of 2015 is going to be the open-plan configuration. Again, this reflects our busy modern lifestyles, where household chefs, diners and even TV watchers are unlikely to be thrilled at the prospect of being relegated to a separate room on their own. Open plan living is about facilitating family life where people communicate and relax within the same large space.

Co-Generational Design

More than ever, multiple generations of one family are residing under one roof, with elderly parents, kids in their 20s, and conventional families all sharing the same home. Trend-wise, this is reflected in separate guest wings, teenage retreats, and multiple bathrooms to ensure that everyone is comfortable within their own space. The family then comes together in the large open-plan living zones.

Environmentally Sustainable Building

With electricity prices rising and more focus on the environment, environmental sustainability is a current trend that will likely stay for a while. That means solar panels are the norm, along with rainwater tanks and environmental building principals, including window orientation and use of natural light and breeze. It all helps to keep costs and our environmental footprint at a minimum.

While trends come and go, the positive thing about them is they allow us to learn from previous building mistakes and work our homes more effectively around our lifestyle. And, with a little work, even homes of previous eras can be transformed into functioning homes of 2015. What trends are you expecting to stay, emerge, or disappear as this year progresses? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

01 26 2015

Not sleeping better? It could be that your room is not dark enough. Sometimes, just the flicker of light that comes in from your window can disrupt sleep. Yup, even when your eyes are closed, they can detect that small amount of light and keep you tossing and turning the whole night. That’s because light, even the ones coming from your alarm clock, the red little light from your television that indicates power off and the lighted screen of your smartphone or tablet can inhibit the secretion of melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone that helps you fall asleep. When your room is pitch dark, you’ll fall asleep fast and you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed in the morning.

So, how do you achieve an inky-dark room? Make sure all the gadgets are totally turned off when you hit the sack. Try to cover your alarm clock with a piece of cloth or turn it away from you to prevent the light from disturbing you. Lastly, switch to black bedroom curtains.

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The black out shades like the ones from ogotobuy can block light from outside pretty well. That annoying street lamp, the light from your neighbor’s garage or even the headlights from passing cars won’t disturb your good night’s rest.

11 22 2013

I got mom a couch cushion for her achy back. Ever since she gained more weight her back has become a problem. She’s trying to lose weight through walking but because of her age, she’s not losing them fast. She says she feels more comfortable now when she sits with the cushion. She can sit longer to watch her favorite show. She looks so comfortable in the couch that I had to get one for myself. I don’t have back problems but I’d also like to sit comfortably while reading a book.

05 25 2013

There are more ways than ever before to cover up tobacco smoke. In the past, it was almost impossible to disguise the smell of smoke. Almost no air freshener invented could completely mask it, and people who are non-smokers are extremely good at picking out a smoke smell. Luckily nowadays you can use things like Tasty Puff air freshener at Nirvana420.com to easily disguise the tell-tale smell if you are a smoker. These new air fresheners that have been invented to cover up tobacco smoke work a little differently.

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Instead of simply spraying the freshener into the air around you as you smoke, you put a few drops of it directly onto your tobacco. This will ensure that the smoke that comes out will not smell exactly like tobacco. Another advantage of drop air fresheners is that they will make your tobacco taste better, too. Air freshener drops for tobacco additionally come in lots of different flavors and scents. You can choose between apple, strawberry, melon, or even a fresh lemon scent. Your non-smoking friends and family won’t have nearly as much to complain about if you begin using drops on your tobacco if you choose to smoke around them.

01 23 2013

That beautiful, unique baby bedding you received at your shower is in place, but the only thing missing is your baby on it. Sound familiar? Even the most prepared parents might find that their new addition to the family is stubbornly resisting all overtures to initiate them into slumber. Thankfully, it’s not an uncommon issue with newborns, and – even better! – there are plenty of ways to create an environment that promotes sleep.

Set a Nighttime Schedule

Understand first of all that babies aren’t born with a sense of day or night, let alone the concept that nighttime is most definitely for sleeping. So it is up to you, the parent, to give your baby cues that will inform them that the time for ZZZs is nigh. It can be as simple as a bath, followed by a mini-massage with lotion, a feeding and then quiet time in the crib with a musical mobile and a snuggle with a teddy bear. Whatever works for your family, stay as consistent as possible to give your baby the opportunity to recognize and anticipate these nightly cues.

Keep It Cool

Many adults enjoy a slightly cooler room for sleeping at night – it just makes those warm blankets that much cozier. Babies are the same way. The optimal temperature range is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can emphasize the temperature difference by keeping the nursery slightly warmer during the day. Just be sure to monitor for too-hot or too-cold extremes.

Frequently Feed in the Evening

Beginning in the early evening – say, 5 p.m. or so – if you normally feed your baby during the day at three-hour stretches, then start feeding every two. This will load baby up and keep her stomach feeling fuller when she goes down to sleep at night, and that will hopefully mean she stays asleep for longer stretches of time.

Put Baby to Bed Awake

One of the greatest victories of parenting an infant is when he wakes up at night and is able to put himself back to sleep. You can promote this triumph of later infancy by putting your newborn to sleep drowsy but still awake, so that he has time to wakefully associate the crib location with sleep before actually succumbing to slumber (and perhaps appreciate the great room ideas you’ve used to decorate the crib?). It’s also a good way for baby to get practice fussing to himself a little bit before falling asleep on his own.