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Modern homes are not well-known for being spacious

Modern homes are not well-known for being spacious – unless you have a few million dollars to splash out on a grand property and if you do, you would probably be engaging an interior designer to save you the hassles.

The recent explosion of condominiums and small residences had many people scrambling to own properties. With tiny bedrooms, cloakrooms and lounges merging into kitchens, space is at a premium in the majority of affordable properties.  So it is important to make the most of what space you have and feel good at the same time.

Use these furniture-arranging techniques to make your home feel bigger.

PLAN YOUR LAYOUT

You must first plan your layout according to size of your space. To save you time, effort and energy, think about where your furniture will go before you start with the heavy lifting.  Then consider the function of the room – how will it be used and by how many people.  This will help you to prioritise your furniture.

When planning a social area, chairs should be no more than 2 meters apart to help conversations to flow.

FOCUS YOUR ROOM

Determine a focal point of the room, such as a fireplace, large window or TV. Arrange furniture around this feature to give the room structure. If you plan to watch TV in the room, the ideal distance between the TV set and the seating is three times the size of the screen. So, if you have a 40-inch set, your chair or sofa should be120inches or about 3 meters away.

PRIORITISE LARGE PIECES

Think where the biggest piece of furniture (such as beds and sofas) will fit into the room and then plan around these.

In bedrooms, allow at least 60 cm between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 90 cm between the bed and a swinging door.

THINK ABOUT LAYOUT

A symmetrical layout will give rooms a formal feel, whereas asymmetrical arrangements will give a more causal feeling. This is particularly relevant for dining rooms.   In dining rooms, always leave at least 1.2 meters between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture.

Or if traffic doesn’t pass behind the chairs or one side of the table, .90 meter should be enough.

HOW TO KEEP TRAFFIC MOVING

Think where traffic will flow. This is especially important in a room with two doors. Keep paths clear of obstacles and direct traffic around seating – not through it.  Leave between 1meter and 1.2 meters of width for major traffic routes.

ITS ALL ABOUT COMFORT

Make sure coffee tables and lamps are all within reach of sitting areas. Coffee tables should be around 50 cm from a sofa to provide leg room.

CREATING SPACE

Position furniture about 7cm from the wall, as it creates the illusion a wall is further away than it really is.  Add stripes to elongate a room.  Try a striped rug or sofa, and for best results, make sure lines align lengthways with the room.

REFLECTING THE ROOM

To give the impression of extending the room, use the width of mirrors – face it lengthways for optimal effect. Opt for glass tables and Lucite chairs to give the room an airy feel. Hang artwork and photos lower than usual will give the impression of a taller ceiling.

Experiment with angles for a smooth line around the room. Instead of having one light source from overhead lighting, use lamps and arrange them around the room.

This is due to eyes being drawn to different corners or a room as light fills more dark spaces.

OPEN THE ROOM

Keep furniture from blocking the windows and the room entrances. Before stepping through the door, the room will already look bigger.  When it comes to arranging a room, trial and error is part of the process – but knowing a few tips and tricks might just help you get your room looking spacious and functional a lot quicker.

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Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets

BEACH GADGETS

BEACH GADGETS

Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets that make your life easier and more enjoyable.

Worry-Free Jamming
ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

This durable waterproof case for smart phones also doubles as a speaker. Not to mention, has pockets to store credit cards, license, etc. The ECOXPRO is a useful gadget to jam out to on the beach OR float next to you in the water while protecting your phone from the elements.

Sand-free Dream
CGear Sand-Free Tote

This is every person’s dream at the beach…
Are you ready for it?
A sand-free bag for the beach! Are you tired of having sand everywhere or worried about it ruin your phone, in the lunch you brought, getting all over your car, or in your house? Also, it is durable with extra-strength straps for cans of soda or beer *wink* and an ocean-themed pattern which is aesthetically pleasing.


Well isn’t this S’well

S’well Textiles Collection Water Bottle

Stay hydrated, look cool, and help others all in one water bottle by S’well. S’well water bottles have absolutely beautiful hand-painted pastel marble designs AND the best part is when you buy a S’well bottle, some of the proceeds go to helping provide clean water and sanitation to communities in-need in Africa. Also, if it couldn’t get any better, a S’well bottle keeps a beverage cold for up to 24 hours.

Pimped out Goggles
Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

This high-tech dive mask has an HD camcorder to shoot wide-angle footage in high definition with audio, can capture still images, continuous shots, and waterproof 130 ft under. Take the plunge with the liquid image model 305 Series HD 720P.

Battery Low?!
WakaWaka Charger

Do you get anxiety when your phone battery gets low? The WakaWaka charger is compact and light to solar charge your phone to full charge in two hours. The key is to make sure the WakaWaka Charger soaks in sun rays to solar panel or charge with a USB before going out. It also comes with a beacon light for emergencies. But the best part is that for every WakaWaka Charger you buy, another is sent to a family in-need in the Philippines.

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Vacay Reads

What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for

What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for vacation reads for the beach, mountains, or wherever you may journey. There are different themes for all: whether you are in a light-hearted chick flick mood, an intense on-the-edge of your seat thriller, a child-told fantasy book, or an emotional book about internal struggles of living in this chaotic world. Read on to find out which book grabs your attention the most for a great holiday read.

The Rumor
By Elin Hilderbrand
Are you looking for a laid-back beach read? If chick flicks are your guilty pleasure movies, then try The Rumor a book about two best friends, Madeline and Grace who go on double dates for the summer drinking cocktails at sunset, but a rumor arises and changes everything. The rumor snow balls and the question is… will their friendship ever be the same?


Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Girl on the Train is a psycho thriller that will make you question the lives of others.
Rachel has recently gone through a loss and one way she copes is seeing the happiness in a suburban house that she passes on her morning commute. She only has about a minute to glance at the loving family before her train moves on but she is content.
Something drastically changes when Rachel witnesses something in that small moment of time and wonders if she should tell the police what she saw. From then on she is immersed and may be hindering rather than helping.
Girl on the Train is a thriller you won’t want to put down.


Room
By Emma Donoghue
Room is a place of love and comfort for Jack, but for his ma, it’s prison; a place she has been trapped for seven years by Old Nick. With Ma’s strong urge for Jack to live a better life, she concocts a plan to escape. But did Ma think about what happens after they do escape and what other world is out there?
Room is a brilliant book of fear, resilience, and bond. Did we mention, the book is told from the perspective of five year old Jack.


Where are you Bernadette
By Maria Semple
Bernadette is bold, blunt, and outspoken. She’s a revolutionary architect and mother/best friend to fifteen year old Bee.
They live in Seattle and the people and atmosphere has become too much for Bernadette and overtime has developed agoraphobia. However, Bernadette had promised Bee a trip to Antarctica if she received an “A” on her report card and as a matter of fact, Bee did, but Bernadette has disappeared.
Bee goes on a search for her mom and has to face the world head on.

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DID YOU KNOW?

There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists?

There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists? Not all singers are songwriters, but Sia is an extraordinarily talented singer AND songwriter who is known for her incredible voice and mysteriously hidden face has written top hits for other artists. Be surprised and check out the list of songs below Sia has written from vulnerable lyrics to vocally challenging and catchy choruses.

Top Songs Sia Wrote:

“Expertease (Ready, Set, Go)” by Jennifer Lopez

“Opportunity” by Quvenzhané Wallis

“Diamonds” by Rihanna

“Making the Most of the Night” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Chasing Shadows” by Shakira

“Get Over U” by Neon Hitch

“Blank Page” by Christina Aguilera

“Brightest Morning Star” by Britney Spears

“My Heart Is Open” by Maroon 5 featuring Gwen Stefani

“Double Rainbow” by Katy Perry

“Kiss Me Once” by Kylie Minogue

“Battlefield” by Lea Michele

“Boy Problems” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Perfume” by Britney Spears

“Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé


More Songs Written by Sia:

– “Godzillionaire” by Brooke Candy

– “Guitars and Microphones” by Kate Pierson

– “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte

– “Pop Rock” by Brooke Candy

– “Matrix” by Kate Pierson

– “Acid Rain” by Alexis Jordan

– “Any Day Now” by Cheyenne Jackson

– “I Will Get Over You” by Prischilla Ahn

– “These Hands I Hold” by Bo Bruce

– “Gentlemen” by Jessica Sanchez

– “Crush Me With Your Love” by Kate Pierson

– “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera

– “God Made You Beautiful” by Beyoncé

– “She’s Pretty, She Lies” by Cheyenne Jackson

– “Freeze You Out” by Marina Kaye

– “Rise Up” by Beyoncé

– “Knock You Out” by Bingo Players

– “Don’t Look at Me” by Cheyenne Jackson

– “Kill, F—k, Marry” by Nikki Williams

– “Rock Bottom” by Marco Mengoni

– “Unite” by Jessie J

– “Bottoms Up” by Kate Pierson

– “Stronger Than Ever” by Christina Aguilera

– “You’re Mine” by Lea Michele

– “Opulence” by Brooke Candy

– “Mister Sister” by Kate Pierson

– “Break the Walls” by Fitz and the Tantrums

– “Strange Birds” by Birdy

– “Radioactive” by Rita Ora

– “Round Your Little Finger” by Katharine McPhee

– “Tears Fall” by Jacquie Lee

– “Breathe” by Jessie J

– “Firecracker” by Cheryl

– “You Don’t Know” by Will Young

– “The Game” by Kelly Rowland

– “You Lost Me” by Christina Aguilera

– “Bring Your Arms” by Kate Pierson

– “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo

– “All I Need” by Christina Aguilera

– “Green Card” by Oh Land

– “Standing on the Sun” by Beyoncé

– “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson

– “Loved Me Back to Life” by Celine Dion

– “Utopia” by Belinda

– “Time Wave Zero” by Kate Pierson

– “Flashlight” by Jessie J

– “Cannonball” by Lea Michele

– “Who Am I?” Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis

– “I Am” by Christina Aguilera

– “If You Say So” by Lea Michele

– “Let Your Tears Fall” by Kelly Clarkson

– “I Am Me” by Willow

– “The City’s Yours” by Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis

– “Try Everything” by Shakira

– “Passenger” by Britney Spears

– “Pulls You Under” by Kate Pierson

– “Sexercise” by Kylie Minogue

– “Throw Down the Roses” by Kate Pierson

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