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Lighthouse Themed Decor

If you love the romanticism of a lighthouse, you might want to use a lighthouse theme to decorate part of your home. With many lighthouse-themed items available, you can turn a bedroom, den, or bathroom into your own shoreline. Of course, pictures are always handy but you can find even more unique items such as jewelry boxes and miniature models.

Using several different types of lighthouse items, you will create a full experience rather than just a single focal point on a picture. Using a three-dimensional lighthouse plaque can had depth and texture to an otherwise bland wall. Even the coloring of the items can be useful. Instead of choosing the traditional red and white, you choose a color that blends in with colors of your choice.

You can add even more creativity by including items related to lighthouses. If you are decorating a bathroom, the soap dish could be in the shape of a rowboat. Lotion dispensers can also reflect theme as well as toothbrush holders and other items. Instead of a traditional picture, you can mount a piece of stained glass decorated with the lighthouse theme as if it were a picture.

Other rooms can also incorporate the theme. The bedroom can make use of bedding with the lighthouse and shoreline theme. A beautiful clock with a picture or a sculpture can accent the wall. Many shoreline items such as shells, boats, and nets could also serve as accents in the bedroom. One shelf I have seen is enclosed in the shape or a rowboat standing on end. With this cute shelf, you can set lighthouse shaped candles and other trinkets out to help carry the theme. A fishing net would fit the theme as it is draped above the bed.

If you want to share your passion over lighthouses with your guests, the living room can display unique lighthouse decor. You can place items that you have collected on the occasional tables in the room. A large sofa painting could balance the room with a beautiful shoreline scene. You don’t have to limit yourself to the traditional decorations, either. A lighthouse-shaped floor lamp would be a great addition. You could even find an old wooden pilot’s wheel and place glass in the center to create a unique coffee table.

Your lighthouse decor does not have to stay inside. Of course, the paintings won’t hold up, but you can add lighthouse yard decorations to your flower garden or walkway. Birdhouses and fountains in the shape of lighthouses will bring your theme outside for all to see. You could create a potted plant garden in an old rowboat or recreate a rocky shoreline with a rock garden. Whichever form of lighthouse decor you choose, you can find many items to help you share your love of lighthouses with others.

Location and prices of flats for rent in Chennai

Rents of flats are not very high in Chennai, but before taking a flat in lease check some points.  If the distance of office, schools, hospitals, airport etc. from your apartment will be long then it will be a trouble for you because it will take a lot of time for travelling and at the same time you will be tired at the end of the day. But if the distances are short then you will be able to live a good lifestyle and spend a fabulous time with your family. So before taking a flat for rent in Chennai check whether all facilities are available there or not and whether those features are matching with your requirements or not.

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On the other hand before giving your flat as lease to anyone you should take a few steps. First one is to verify all the information given by the person who wants to take your flat in rent and to take his identity proof and inform to the local police station that you are appointing him as a tenant in your flat. There are also some legal issues which you should complete before giving flat for rent in Chennai. And check the legal documents and agreement before signing on that, because if there is any kind of mistake in the agreement paper, it might cause trouble later.

Different types of apartments are available in Chennai with various additional features. Buying an apartment or flat is basically one kind of investment. So before buying you should list your requirements and you should select such an apartment which satisfies the most of your criteria. Various type of  apartments for sale in Chennai  are present like 2BHK flat, 3BHK flat etc. and features available in an apartment are like parking area, car port, sports zone, swimming pool, park, play ground for kids, club house, banquet for party etc.

Price of a flat basically depends on three issues. First one is the area of the flat. Second matter is the location of the apartment. If apartment is situated in proper town and the place is valuable enough then the rate of each square foot of a flat will increase and in whole the price of the flat will be high. Last one is facilities available in an apartment. More the features, more the price will be. So you will get variety in prices of apartments for sale in Chennai. Another advantage is you can book an apartment which is for sale in Chennai.

How to Create a Comfortable Entertainment Space in Your Home

No one who’s ever been a fan of home theatres – or theatres in general – can argue with the idea that one’d be better off without it if the cinema can’t even offer cinema-quality seating. From eclectic apartment arrangements to a luxurious and rather dramatic home theater imitating Parisian opera interiors, your home theater will be a special retreat, given it’s been planned for comfort too.

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While the packages offered at quality stores such as Home Cinema Center are quite convenient for a newbie, everyone ideally should have an idea of what the seating comfort with respect to their home theater seating should be.

Material

Having the seat’s material as per the design scheme set up in the surrounding environment is important, but the comfort level it provides, particularly for long periods, is even more so. High-quality leather makes for a solid investment, but then there are different cuts and grades allowing for different texture and feel, not to say the aging process of your theatre seating that the material is available in.

Full grain, top grain, and bonded leather are some terms you may come across when shopping for your theatre seating. To put it simply, the full grain hide has all the natural markings (leather’s never perfect) to show it’s a genuine piece and not affected much by processed, whereas the top grain is the outermost section that is strong and durable. Bonded leather, which is the latest addition, is more than 80% synthetic leather, and therefore, despite the grain look, lacks the same quality or the ability to get better with age as real leather.

Other alternatives include faux-leather and fabric upholstery.

Ergonomics and Amenities

This depends more or less on how you want to configure the space, that is, whether you are inclined towards the traditional or whether you prefer the trends for an updated and modern home theater seating.

For the former, you may get the classic flip-up actual cinema seats. For the latter (available more easily from the plethora of both brick-and-mortar shops or via e-commerce sites such as Home Cinema Center), you may opt for anything from plush rows of seats to single chairs.

More often than not, these come with built-in cooled and lighted cup holders, buttkickers, large storage compartments, and drop-down backs for a makeshift side table, often even featuring electronic adjustability, heat, and massage at the touch of a button! Any guesses why your child or the guests you had invited over don’t want to leave their seats? Stretch, slouch, eat, and enjoy – with the flexible designs, the seating is not only space-efficient and handsome, but also comfortable.

To plan the entertainment space in your home well, check the dimensions to see whether they allow for aisles of free movement too. Also, by getting a variety of entertainment seating options in terms of softness and firmness for everything from theater seats to recliners and love seats or couches, movable or mounted, you ensure everyone’ll have a seat comfortable for them.

Whole house on show

Objects from the Whole House Reuse project go on display (+VIDEO).

In September 2013, volunteers and a professional salvage crew painstakingly dismantled a Christchurch house at 19 Admirals Way that had been red-stickered for demolition. Each piece, removed by hand, was cleaned up and catalogued in order to represent the vast quantity of materials that comprise a home. Then came the design stage, in which artists and makers were invited to transform the materials into new objects.

This collection of objects will form an exhibition to run at Canterbury Museum. Visitors to the exhibit will see the work of master carver Brian Flintoff, as well as fine jewellery, furniture and toys, and many more works by some of the country’s finest designers and craftspeople. In August, around 200 art and objects will then be auctioned for charity.

“By taking one whole house and fully deconstructing it we could show firstly the huge scale of the materials and the volume of reusable material that was just inside one fairly standard house. And if we did that, we could then also engage a whole lot of thinking around those materials and what they were and their provenance and get creative minds thinking about those materials as valuable resources.” – Juliet Arnott, project founder and director of Rekindle, which facilitated the project.

From June 5– August 23, a final exhibition of the Whole House Reuse Project will be on display at the Canterbury Museum.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

Whole House Reuse exhibition. Photograph by Guy Frederick.

How to Mix a Dining Table & Chairs

How to Make a Dresser Into a Buffet
Whether you have an heirloom dining table, four Louis XIV chairs you found at a flea market or just want to create a conversation piece from your ecclectic dining room, there are ways to group mismatched pieces to create an attractive dining set. With a few guidelines and a little creativity, you can put together a dining table and chairs that will be the highlight of your home.

Instructions

  1. Measure the table and chairs. The chairs must comfortably slide under the table and have enough clearance for a seated guest’s legs. Check the width as well as the height, particularly for tables with corner legs that the chairs must fit between.
  2. Match one element to your décor. If you have a modern home and an ornate Georgian dining table, choose cloth or leather covered contemporary chairs to tie the designs together. Dress up a shaker table with solid wood Queen Anne chairs to suit your formal décor.
  3. Unify the set by color. Buy a variety of chairs or a different style table, all in cherry wood. Try a sleek black lacquer modern table with mismatched wooden chairs that have all been painted white or bright red for a fun modern look. Pair a formal table with cherry and oak inlays with a mix of cherry and oak chairs.
  4. Choose the same or similar eras. Wood tones are hard to match, particularly if you have an old table and are buying new chairs. Pair a walnut Victorian table with mahogany Victorian chairs, and the matching styles will unify the set. Eras that overlap, like Georgian and Queen Anne, will also produce compatible pieces.
  5. Balance the mismatched elements. Place the two leather armchairs at the head and foot of the table and the wood chairs along the sides. If you have two low-backed chairs and six high-backed, place the low chairs across from each other at the center of the table. Not balancing mismatched items can give the room a feeling of chaos.
  6. Buy pieces of the same scale. A heavy wood table requires heavy wood chairs. A large, ornate heirloom table will look silly with thin modern metal chairs but can work with tall, straight arts and crafts chairs for a more contemporary feel.
  7. Match the upholstery. Choose chairs of varying styles, but cover the seats in matching fabric to unify the set. Select complementary drapery to further unify the space.