This Diwali, flaunt your individualistic style

This Diwali, flaunt your individualistic style to make your home your haven. Team IAnD speaks to select design doyens to tell you how…

Are you deluged with ideas for the festive season; but most seem far-fetched or a little cumbersome to accomplish?! Well, here is a handy round-up of absolutely do-able stuff that will complement your personal aesthetics as well as your pocket!

 

Team IAnD sought the counsel of five designers, who’ve always exhibited an unrestrained style in all they do. Here are their expert inputs for you:

Shabnam Gupta of The Orangelane (known for turning quirk to flamboyance) says: A great way to enhance your abode this festive season is to start with the entryway. Adorning your door with some antique lamp or fun lampshade will instantly brighten up your space. Placing potted ferns, flowers and potpourri can also make a difference; or just adorn a pretty vase complementing it with aromatic candles.

Speaking of candles, designers Raseel Gujral of Casa Pop (known for her uninhibited décor style) and Prashant Chauhan of Zero9 (known for his classic sensitivity in stylising spaces) also recommend the inclusion of lots of candles around the home; some creatively carved to add intrigue and a touch of glamour!

Looking around your home, says Shabnam, rearrange the furniture, if you can. This itself will bring about a sea-change. Dig into stuff packed away and consider hanging the old kilim on the wall – simple; yet totally dramatic – this will add an inviting appeal to your living room or even bedroom.

Or if rearranging is not the option for you, says Nina Puri of Sanjay Puri Architects (known for her chic, understated balance in interiors), try draping an old dupatta or stole on one end of the sofa or even the bed; gives the room a new appeal. You can also throw in some colourful covers on your cushions and add to their numbers to create an inviting warmth in the interior; or even add in lots of indoor plants, pipes in Prashant Chauhan.

Accessorising is an all-important part of your décor and especially with the festive fervour, designer Priyanka P of PS Design (known for her remarkable touch of glamour to everyday settings), suggests that you go seasonal by taking a large urli and filling it with water and marigolds or even rose petals. Placed at the entrance, this is the warmest welcome you could essay for your guests. Also, she continues, try framing an old picture – maybe from your travels – in a large format, and use it add to a dramatic effect to the room.

Group accessories in an eclectic way, suggests Nina Puri; they can be combined to effect a narrative and create a pocket of interest in your décor.

Above all, preserve your individuality, when you are exploring latest trends and picking new designs to decorate your interiors, advises Raseel Gujral. Opt to uplift the mood of your interiors by making the space more lived in and young, rather than overstatedly decorated with too many loud pieces. Add life and vigour to your space with casually strewn cushions, creatively carved candles, decorative pieces drenched in pastels and bright colours and a lot of florals, she continues.  This Diwali, flaunt your individualistic style

Identify designs that allow you to channel your energy towards happiness. The simplicity of a breathable space is also often the pathway to establish peace in your home décor. Avoid adding too much noise to open spaces by incorporating too many elements to it. Choose to accentuate the minimalist taste with standout sculptures, intricately designed chandeliers and trunks, elegant jewellery boxes, glass crafts and lamps, concludes Raseel.

Our special thank-you to designer Nina Puri for having tailored this bespoke idea – exclusively for you – the readers of India Art n Design (dot) com.

Here’s the simply beautiful DIY that can uplift and add a spark to any décor: Take some differently sized glasses – any glasses – and turn them upside down. Below the glasses, feel free to add some bits of coloured paper, rose petals, confetti, coloured baubles…Now place your T-lights on

It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

London may be the UK’s economic epicentre by some distance, but it is far from the only part of the country with an ever-pressing requirement for the right restaurant and Bar Furniture and related refurbishment and fit out services.
While it may be easy for some of our competitors to concentrate all of their energies in the capital, that is not our own philosophy here at Design & Contracts – and it is reflected in everything that we have done to date, and everything that we continue to do for businesses like yours.

It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

Why we aren’t just another London-centric furniture supplier

As trusted providers of furniture for all manner of establishments, we will always be proud of the many high-profile projects in London that we have successfully managed. However, we are not a London furniture supplier, and are instead very much a UK one.

Our own headquarters, after all, are in Ascot, Berkshire, and we recognise the critical role that bars, restaurants, cafes and similar businesses outside the capital make to the broader British economy, culture and public life.

This is reflected in the breadth of non-London organisations to which we have provided our bespoke services. They include the likes of the Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU), to which we supplied various colourful furniture to modernise the appearance of the entire premises, as well as Azuza in Bristol, which benefited from the supply of such items as PN Framed Tub Chairs, Nico 2 Seat Sofas and DC-0145 side chairs.

The Children’s Unit and Spinal Unit at Salisbury Hospital have also taken advantage of our services, the latter being graced by bespoke Dado modular seating from our Jive range and special height Tonda tables with Zebrano Kuadra chairs.

Across the UK, in fact – from the Real Eating Cafe in Witney to the Brasserie Rhone Restaurant in Old Woking – there are many non-London businesses that have placed their trust in Design & Contracts when in need of restaurant, cafe, office, nightclub or bar furniture or related services and expertise.

Contact us now to become one of our valued clients

When you wish for your business to play its part in Britain’s continuing great economic success story, there’s no need to look further than Design & Contract Furniture.

Enquire now to learn more about the contract furniture and other services that we can provide to help ensure that your bar, restaurant, cafe or similar firm enjoys a bright future – wherever it may be based in the UK. It’s Worth Remembering That We Provide Truly National Service

Unique Collection Omega Watches

Unique Collection Omega Watches

Omega, one of the world’s leading watchmakers has found a number of new watches. These watches have been designed to keep in touch with the changes taking place in the fashion world. The Omega Speedmaster watches that are part of this category have been skillfully designed to fit the expectations of people who follow fashion with deep interests.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 212.30.41.20.03.001 is associated with many exciting features that make it the best choice for youngsters who love watches that can be worn with any type of clothing.

Unique Collection Omega Watches

The watch has a 41 mm box size and comes with a date display feature. It has a blue bezel and has been made using sapphire crystal glass that protects it from scratches. This watch has a stainless steel strap and waterproof up to 300 meters. It has automatic movement and is equipped with round steel box. This watch has a 3 year warranty.

The Omega Seamaster232.32.42.21.01.001 is one of the latest series of Omega watches to be launched on the market. The watch comes with features like chronograph and date display. It has an orange bezel and has a rope made of high quality rubber. This watch has a waterproof capacity of up to 600 meters which makes it the right choice for people looking for a watch that can be used while swimming in the pool.

Made from top quality sapphire crystal glass, watches are safe from scratches and have a long life. It comes with a case made of steel and has black buttons. It has automatic gestures and is available with a 3 year warranty.

Omega De Ville 424.53.40.21.03.002 comes with a number of interesting features such as power reserve, analog, automatic, chronograph and date display. The watch has a case size of 39.5 mm and has a rose-colored bezel. This watch has a waterproof capacity of up to 30 meters and has quartz movement.

This watch comes with a blue dial and has a round steel box. The optimal level of comfort for the wearer is offered by a leather strap. The presence of sapphire crystal glass protects the watch from all types of scratches. The watch has a blue and round dial that measures 39.5 mm. It has 2 years warranty and can be worn with both formal and casual wear. Therefore, it can be used in the office and also for casual events.

About Prime:

India’s largest retail retail brand Prime has over 25 years of experience in retailing. It deals with watch brands like Omega, Tissot, TAG Heuer, Longines and more. They pay special attention to Omega watches because of their worldwide reputation, and also have the most watches in the country. The brand has showrooms located in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai and Jaipur. Users always want to buy watches from their stores because of their innovative spending and also because of their unimaginable bid on every purchase. The last thing to mention is their after-sales service. They handle this section beautifully so the buyer does not experience any difficulties. Unique Collection Omega Watches

5 Great Reasons To Purchase Frosted Window Films

5 Great Reasons To Purchase Frosted Window Films

Frosted window films have long been a popular investment for all manner of settings, on account of their winning combination of versatility, durability and aesthetic appeal.
What are some of the best reasons to buy them for your own premises?

5 Great Reasons To Purchase Frosted Window Films

1 They enable a more peaceful working environment

Window frosting helps to provide a sense of calm that may otherwise not be the case in an especially busy work setting, by blocking out the hubbub and distractions of the outside world.

2 They give your workers greater privacy

When you apply frosted window films to your workplace’s internal glass walls, windows and doors, your employees will benefit from the greater privacy that will enable them to feel more comfortable in getting on with their work.

However, your staff’s privacy can also be enhanced by frosted films fitted to your external windows if, for example, your building is close to another building from which it is possible to peer into your office.

3 They enhance your building’s appearance Frosted window films can play a key role in ensuring that your workplace looks at its best from both the inside and outside, wooing potential and visiting clients as well as providing your employees with a pleasanter backdrop on which to work.

The right choice of window frosting film, well-fitted, will lend your building a much more sophisticated, elegant and timeless look than blinds or drapes can offer.

4 They make your office safer and more secure The natural effect that frosted window films have of obscuring what can be seen inside your office will prevent any temptation for burglars.

5 They allow in natural light in a non-harmful way It’s well-known just how important it is for humans to be exposed to natural light on a regular basis, but harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays can create a risk to health, as well as damage your workplace’s furnishings and fittings.

Our frosted window films here at Stockfilms give you greater lighting control, allowing natural light to flood into your premises while blocking UV rays.

Peruse the selection of acclaimed frosted window films available at Stockfilms right now, and we are sure that you will be amazed by their incredible assortment of potential applications. Then, call our team – on 020 8441 0449 – for a competitive quote.

Types of Lumber: The Basics

Types of Lumber: The Basics

Are you looking to start up a woodworking hobby? Perhaps you’re doing some investigating before you start planning to build your own home. Here’s an overview of the different types of lumber out there from E.L. Morse Lumber to get you started on the right track.

Softwood and Hardwood Types of Lumber: The Basics

Different types of trees produce different softness or hardness in the lumber made from them. Coniferous trees, ones with needles like pines, firs, and spruces, usually have softer wood. They’re soft enough to splinter and break from a person’s bare hands, and have to be specially treated over time. It’s interesting that these rough-on-the-outside trees produce softwood lumber, while trees like maple and mahogany produce more stiff, resilient hardwood lumber. Hardwood trees take longer to grow, which is one of the reasons why the wood is so much more expensive.

Classifications of Lumber Types of Lumber: The Basics

All it takes is a glance out your backdoor to see that trees don’t all look the same, even when they’re the same type of tree. So it is with lumber. Not all pine trees will produce the same kind of lumber, which is why they are classified for different uses depending on their characteristics.

Yard Lumber

Yard lumber is one use of softwood, and it’s used in regular construction projects. Depending on the quality, yard lumber comes in different grades: common and select. There’s a no. 3 common, a no. 2 common, and a no. 1 common, 1 being the highest quality grade of common lumber. This highest grade will have a few small, tight knots in it. No. 2 has larger knots and works well in paneling or making shelves. No. 3 has the biggest knots, and does better in fencing or making crates. Select yard lumber has very few to no knots in it at all. The fewer defects in the wood, the higher the select yard lumber grade.

Structural Lumber

Then you have structural lumber. This type of lumber is what a standard 2×4 or 4×4 is made of. It’s typically tested to see how well it will stand up to stress, and different stress grades are used for different purposes. Structural lumber is a diverse material that can be used in a wide variety of accent areas throughout a building. Light framing and structural light framing are done with this type of lumber. Structural joists and planks, as well as beams and stringers, are made up of this lumber type as well. Then you have studs, posts and timbers, and appearance framing at the very end of it all to give it a polished look.

Shop Factory Lumber

Then there’s shop factory lumber, the type of wood that isn’t meant for building large structures. This is the kind of lumber you’re looking for to build doors, pencils, ladders, or any other hodgepodge items that require wood to be manufactured.

The kind of lumber you use is directly in correlation with the kind of work you’re doing. If you’re looking for a bid on your next project, it’s a good idea to get a quote from a lumber company such as E.L. Morse Lumber to get an idea of your costs

How to pick the right dishwasher

How to pick the right dishwasher

Modern dishwashers offer a great variety of features and options, so there is a lot of information to consider before buying one. Here’s what you need to think of before you buy a dishwasher.
1. Energy use. Choose a dishwasher with Energy Star Rating. Compare the yellow tag of your favorite choices and see which one will save you money in the long haul. The average dishwasher lasts for at least a decade, and energy prices are only going to go up.

 

How to pick the right dishwasher
2. Cleaning. Not all dishwashers do their job equally well. If you don’t pre-rinse yourself, look for a model that has “rinse only” cycle. If you don’t scrape off the bones, pits, and other food particles, you’ll end up running the dish cycle more than once trying to remove leftover food. Also try to get a dishwasher that has at least two cleaning arms. The arm is used for spraying water to clean the dishes. Make sure each rack has its own cleaning arm.

3. Noise. A dishwasher’ s noise level is a huge selling point nowadays when kitchens are a part of a great room . In cases like this, the amount of noise your dishwasher make can be a real problem. Many people choose Bosch dishwashers for their quietness. Other super-quiet models come from KitchenAid and Fisher & Paykel.

4. Features. Today, more appliances than ever are touting the ability to connect to the World Wide Web and other devices, allowing consumers to fill their household with interconnected appliances that can be controlled remotely, send vital information to a phone or tablet, and perform automated functions. You might want to take a look at GE dishwashers that monitor dishwasher cycle time and status using wi-fi technology, lock and unlock controls, and determine if your rinse agent is low. How to pick the right dishwasher

5. Programmable cleaning cycles. You really only need the normal, rinse only, energy saver, and time delay’s cycles. Normal cycle will wash your dishes without using huge amounts of water and heat, saving you money on your utility bill. Rinse only cycle will scrap off food particles if you don’t want to do this on your own. Energy saver usually lets dishes air-dry instead of using the heat elements. The time-delay function helps when you want to load up the dishwasher after dinner.