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4 Tips to an Eco-friendly Home

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With many people becoming aware of the effects of global warming, many homeowners are thinking of converting their houses into eco-friendly homes, from organic laundry detergents to solar-powered houses. The good news is, there are other ways to redecorate your home using recycled and environment friendly materials. Here are some tricks to do it:

  1. Antique or Pre-owned Furniture

By using existing furniture you can buy from an antique shop, you can help discourage manufacturers from building new pieces. Or perhaps, you know someone who wants to get rid of a sofa or bed which you can get for free.

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  1. Green Materials

Renewable materials are accessible and available, not to mention, abundant. If you want to convert your house into a green home, make use of these materials in your furnishings. These are cork, bamboo and straw. Not only can they be quickly harvested, in about 10 years, bamboos, for example, can be grown at home so long as you have the space.

  1. Multi-purpose Furniture

Another perfect choice is to remove the clutter in your living room by buying furniture that has multiple uses and can be transformed into different pieces. By only paying for one sofa that can turn into a bed or table, you can have extra space and more importantly, save on your expenses.

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  1. Vinyl Wall Décor

Make your home cooler in summer and warmer in the winter months by using vinyl or old fabric as a decoration for your wall. Perhaps you have a printed fabric that looks oriental you can use to cover a part of your wall that has crack or chipped paint. All you need is a little creativity and some imagination to create the ambience you want without having to spend.

There are numerous ways to have an eco-friendly home without having to remodel your house completely. Let these tips help you get started.

How to Arrange a Small Bedroom?

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Whether you want it to be darkly cozy or alive with bright colors, decors can greatly help in designing a small bedroom. Plus, you don’t need to spend that much as there are practical ways to get the bedroom you’ve always wanted. How?

Use Smart Storage

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With limited space, every inch can be turned into storage. Yes, you can maximize the area under the bed with the usual beddings stashed, but there are other nooks in your bedroom which can be transformed into storage too. Some ideas include:

  • Replace your bedside table with a chest to double as a drawer too.
  • Hang your books in the wall or some boxes with your favorite stuff.
  • An ottoman or a lounge chair can also serve as extra bedding when placed at the foot of the bed.
  • The bed will take up most of your room’s area so redefining it with added blocks on the bed frame can host a set of luggage under.

Make the Right Choice of Bed

Even if your dream nest is to have the biggest bed possible, doing so will only cramp space. Keep it open instead such as getting an iron bed with a footboard and headboard that’s see-through. You can also opt for a storage bed for an open feel while saving on space.

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Decorate Properly

Of course, a small bedroom would do way better if decorated properly. If you want your personality to shine through, put up your favorite artwork. Simple framed photos will do as well with a color palette that complements the whole room. You can also go for unique lighting and table lamps. Make a bold statement by using an interesting headboard such as those with curvy or tall designs. As a personal space, keep in mind to decorate it with what makes you relaxed and happy the most.

Rio 2016 and beyond: 4 architecturally beautiful Olympic stadiums

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From the extravaganza of the opening ceremonies to the patriotic designs of team uniforms, art is an integral part of the Olympic spectacle. And the most obvious artistic element is the architecture of the stadiums.

But hosting the Games and creating the necessary infrastructure is no mean feat. Olympic villages, multiple event stadiums, walkways, parking – the construction work involved is massive, and can sometimes detract from the creative design at the heart of the project.

With so much media exposure on building failures, the artistic integrity and architectural worth of completed Olympic parks is far too often overlooked. The Rio 2016 Games were no exception to this – proposed as a model of sustainability, debates on the success of its green endeavours are ongoing.

The reality is that from a design perspective the Rio park had a lot to offer. Starting with this most recent offering, we’ve highlighted four of the most architecturally beautiful Olympic stadiums.

Barra Olympic Park, Rio, 2016

In terms of artistic merit, the most striking feature of the Barra Olympic Park in Rio is the snaking pathway inspired by the natural lines of Copacabana beach.

Barra Olympic Park, Rio, 2016
Barra Olympic Park, Rio, 2016

When it comes to the stadiums and buildings, most were designed with sustainability in mind and are due to be dismantled following the end of the Games. The handball arena is the standout green architectural element – sections will go on to form key structural components of four state schools, making this an example of recycling at a massive level.

Olympiastadion, Munich, 1972

Outdoor mezzanines are a common feature of many sporting stadiums, blending inside with outside and providing extra seating. But Munich’s sprawling Olympiastadion takes this idea one step further.

Olympiastadion, Munich, 1972
Olympiastadion, Munich, 1972

Designed to embrace its surroundings, the tent-like canopy of acrylic glass drapes over the arena and fades into the landscape. The overall look is organic and simple, but the technique behind this unique roofing method was ground-breaking at the time.

National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, 2008

Like a set from a science fiction film, the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing is a perfect mix of the modern and magical when it’s illuminated. The exterior is intricately constructed from thousands of ETFE pieces of varying sizes, creating a scale-like pattern reminiscent of bubbly water.

National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, 2008
National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, 2008

A unique blend of aesthetics and function, the geometrical effect might be visually stunning but the environmentally friendly material used also increased the energy efficiency of the building.

Montreal Olympic Park, Canada, 1976

The stadium in the Montreal Olympic Park may be best known for running behind on completion – incurring massive costs in the process – but it’s also a stunningly designed monument.

Montreal Olympic Park, Canada, 1976
Montreal Olympic Park, Canada, 1976

Embracing organic lines and a natural shape, its most dominant feature is the inclined Montreal tower which offers panoramic views from the top. It’s a true feat of engineering, and still attracts plenty of visitors 40 years later.

Do you agree with our list of the most architecturally beautiful Olympic stadiums? Leave a comment and let us know.

Most Original and Creative Beer Bottles

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1. Mockingbird Lager Beer

Mockingbird Lager Beer
Mockingbird Lager Beer

Samantha Willey, is an illustrator and graphic designer who works as an Art Director and created these great designs for Mockingbird Lager beer, resulting in these beer bottles maintained to the last detail and making them collector’s items.

2. Hacienda beer

Hacienda beer
Hacienda beer

La Hacienda brewery was born in 2007 and was one of the first microbreweries in Mexico. They make their own beer and have three styles thanks to its German brewmaster in 2012 standardized production with these designs : Catrina (type Red Ale) , Jaguar (type Pale Ale) and Hidalgo ( Stout light type) .

3. Heineken beer

Heineken beer
Heineken beer

The Dutch brand presents the new collection 2013, with a pack of 4 limited edition bottles. This edition is inspired by stories of the past, present and future, and show all the way Heineken has come.

In addition you can customize the bottles to celebrate special occasions in an original way and you can choose your favorite designs through their website at Your Heineken.

4. Mug Beer

This unique design created by Ivan Maximov beers, a Russian student, created this packaging and the brand has been redesigned for a soccer bar chain, Mug Pub, which is located in Moscow and produces its own beer.

Mug Beers
Mug Beers

It is a new concept to bring beer. The vessels have the size of traditional pints and are completely reusable if you ever want to get a little more.

5. Howling Monkey Beer

Howling Monkey Beer
Howling Monkey Beer

Translated as Howler Monkey it defined as a Black & Tan beer, which is made with a perfect blend of Porter beer and lager. Besides being a great beer it has a really original design, created by Turner Duckworth who was in charge of the design of this fun package.

5 Cool Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Warehouse Space

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A warehouse is built to house large numbers of products, that much is obvious, but during particularly slow sales periods or when your firm spots a bargain and bulk buys items at a discount, finding enough space on the warehouse floor has the potential to become a real pain point.

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Typically, there are three reasons for space shortages occurring in your warehouse, including having large amounts of the right stock, having too much of the wrong stock and utilising your existing floor space poorly. As a result, it’s important to strike the right balance in order to move the firm forward.

But what happens when you run out of space altogether and moving to a new, larger and sexier warehouse simply isn’t an option? Well, aside from trying to get rid of your current merchandise, take a look at our five simple steps to maximising space in the warehouse …

Mezzanine Flooring

Normally installed by mezzanine floor specialists, this type of product is often used in warehouses, distribution centres, manufacturing plants and airports, allowing for better use of space and helping firms to save money and boost profits. Typically freestanding, the system is installed between two permanent stories and constructed from steel, fibreglass and aluminium.

Temporary Storage

When your warehouse is overflowing with merchandise, it can often pay to invest in temporary storage solutions to house your goods. However, this option can often be costly, but may be the only option if your inventory is high for a reason (seasonal demand, for example) and the expected profit is more than enough to cover your costs.

Tunnel Rack

By using the space over your warehouse cross aisles, you can create more storage space with back-to-back racks, which should boost capacity by five to 10 per cent. If you’re utilising this method, though, be careful to add in pallet decking or netting to prevent items falling overboard and injuring unsuspecting employees below.

Sort Out Your Existing Inventory

If you have an abundance of stock, one of the best ways to improve warehouse space is to manage your existing inventory properly. This means having access to real-time information about all products, with a warehouse management system (WMS) an integral part of allowing you to maintain inventory and drill into all associated data.

Learn To Improve

Although the changes above will help free up space in your warehouse, over time the same problems can creep back managed badly. Additionally, it’s important to realise that concerns over space can overtake other issues like the health and safety of your employees and warehouse efficiency, which are also extremely important in ensuring the long term success of the company.

Why do shiny objects attract our attention?

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From a glossy latest mobile technology to a dazzling diamond, the solitaire attraction we feel for smooth and shiny objects according to a new study, has always the same evolutionary roots. Our basic need for water. Can nowadays we subconsciously associate the shiny objects with the image of opulence and luxury, but in reality according to American and Belgian scientists, our tendency to choose is based on our natural desire for the liquid element. Researchers from the University of Houston in USA and University of Ghent, Belgium, took the idea for their study of an earlier, had been involved in children aged up to 12 months. As was seen, babies tend to mouthed only and not glossy matte objects and lick manner which referred to the manner in which the animals drink water from a pond.

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Shiny objects

In order to see what happens, experts decided to conduct six different experiments. In the first phase was to see whether the choice of a shiny object was a natural reaction and not social reasons. In this context, adult use flyers in matte and glossy quality to choose. In children granted again booklets released by Santa Claus. In both cases the volunteers, young and old, chose the glossy quality. Experts believe that the choice of the children had more weight because of their youth, as they could have knowledge and experiences that may be clouded the end result.

In the next phase, the researchers blindfolded 46 volunteers and then in half gave a piece of matte paper and the other half a piece of glossy paper and asked them to comment on the quality. Despite the fact that they could not see it, the volunteers kept glossy paper rushed to characterize high quality and impressive.

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Shiny objects

In the same experiment, experts called for more of the blind participants indicate a landscape imagined it could be shown on the paper were holding. Those who held the glossy paper tended to describe landscapes with water, suggesting a link between quality and glossy liquid element.

This study indicates that our preference for shiny objects, could be well rooted in human existence, says researcher Vanessa Patrick of the University of Houston. It is really impressive that despite our evolution as a species, we feel the same attraction towards objects that awaken our basic needs, which in this case is our need for water, she concludes. The findings of scientists, will be published in the journal, Journal of Consumer Psychology.

By Nicole P.

New Swedish Watches Are Out of This World, Literally

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When you think about a watch of particularly high quality, what characteristics first spring to mind? What about water resistance? Precision? Or shock resistance perhaps? All this is true, but…

Swedish watchmaker Halda are now looking to raise the bar, creating something that we think is the closest you can get to being from a Bond movie, without actually being in a Bond movie!

Does Halda ring a bell? Not just a one trick pony, Halda has been manufacturing the Taximeter found in London cabs for decades, providing a super stable platform for millions of journeys in the world of mini-cabbing. Not yet impressed? Halda can also be held responsible for developing gear boxes for some of the world’s most famous high performance cars, including a portfolio of work for Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Maserati, to name but a few.

Not a bad CV so far then.

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Swedish Watch

Riding on a wave of success, Halda decided to take things to the next level. The challenge was simple, to create a watch capable of operating under extreme environments. In this case, as a fully functioning space watch.

No, we’re being serious.

To tackle the challenge of having a watch suitable for both everyday use here on earth, with the ability to withstand some of the most extreme conditions known to man, Halda came up with a robust and easily interchangeable modular design.

This design incorporates both a mechanical interface for use on earth, with a futuristic digital module suitable for working in a zero gravity environment.

Halda's Futuristic watches
Halda’s Futuristic watches

Not just bells and whistles, Halda are serious about proving the capabilities of their Space Discovery watch. So much so, that every individual function of the watch has been designed and tested with NASA, this includes the on board G-Force sensors to the automatic light sensor that adjusts the backlight of the watch, depending on current atmospheric conditions. The watch was granted certification by astronauts after extensive testing in space.

The Space Discovery’s extreme capabilities are owed in part to the material which houses the watch itself. Tecamex is a material originally developed for military and space use, and is fully certified by NASA. In fact, it is the very first time this unique and ultra-resistant material has been used outside of the space programme.

Although you might not be likely to be a planning a space holiday anytime soon, it’s nice to know that it’s an option.

Don’t laugh, Virgin Galactic are already taking reservations for trips into space at $250,000 a pop! Not exactly a bargain in 2014, so we’ll probably give it a miss.

Halda Watches went on to create the equally impressive Halda Race Module which was built with the help of race engineers and tested by Formula 1 drivers. Halda combine the very latest modern technology with stunning design and functionality to create truly unbelievable timepieces. If you are looking for a watch with a difference, that looks incredibly stylish and offers precision timekeeping, then look no further than Halda watches.

One more thing…

James Bond called, he wants his watch back!

Tips and Tricks of Bringing a Tiny Home Interior to Life

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Living in a tiny home can be a cool decision if you want to downsize and save on utility bills and contribute to the environment. In fact, different sizes and designs can be found online and those who have tried investing in one are happy about it. However, decorating and designing the interior can be quite challenging especially if you want to avoid clutter.

Here are some tips on how to prep up your tiny home:

  1. Keep storage space in mind. 

A great way to save on space and avoid clutter is to create storage spaces in the house. A bed can double as storage for shoes by having drawers under the bed. You can also keep clothes you will not be wearing for the season and still have enough space for other stuff. Some do-it-yourself home owners opt to build their beds higher and use the lower portion to hang their clothes. Built-in cabinets are perfect to organize your things and keep a minimalist design.

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  1. Mount your television on the wall. 

Thanks to technology, televisions are not bulky anymore. Create a sleek living room with a wall-mounted, wide-screen TV. If you have handyman skills, doing it yourself will be a breeze. But you can also ask the experts from the electronics store to install it for a price. The lesser the clutter, the bigger your space will be.

  1. Recycle, repurpose, upcycle.

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A practical and environment friendly way to decorate your home is to use things you already own. Plastic bottles and tires can be used as planters, an old bicycle gear can be repurposed to a lamp and an old bathtub can be a sofa. Not only can you save in sprucing up your tiny house, you also help the environment.

Tiny home ideas are aplenty and there are many ways to make the most of small spaces. Choosing the right colors and using mirrors can also create an illusion of a larger space and by making use of these tips and checking out designs on the internet, you can soon have an awesome and cool tiny home.

A guide to buying sexy lingerie for the first time

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Sooner or later, everybody wants to try something a little bit daring. Perhaps it’s a surprise for that special someone or perhaps it’s just about feeling desirable. Whatever the reason, shopping for sexy lingerie often makes people nervous at first, but there’s no need to jump in at the deep end. Internet shopping means it’s possible to make purchases discreetly and try out a number of styles to find out what really works.

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Using the Internet, it’s possible to explore the different kinds of lingerie available without having to do so in public. Traditional catalogs can also be used for this. Most mail order companies are very discreet about packaging so the delivery company will have no idea what their parcels contain. For those who really prefer to shop in person, lingerie stores tend to have well trained staff that understand the awkwardness involved and will help to ensure it all goes smoothly.

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First time shopping

Styles to try

There are many different styles of lingerie to try and it’s possible to find something to suit any body type. Newcomers may want to start out with bra and panty sets, perhaps adding stockings for a little extra glamour, or ease into simple satin slips or teddies. For a more dramatic look, a bustier or corset can enhance the cleavage. Simple camisoles can look stunning on toned bodies while a babydoll gown can enhance a good set of curves.

Although some catalogs may only feature size 6 models, it’s easy to find plus size sexy lingerie and chemises either in specialist stores or simply by asking in the standard ones. Lots of larger women like to look good in lingerie and designers are producing some striking styles especially for them.

Things to consider

The first thing people pay attention to with lingerie is its visual impact, but it’s also important to consider how it’s made. Many types of lingerie come under a lot of strain when worn so they need to have strong seams and sturdy fastenings. Fabric under strain will last longer if it has a bit of elasticity. In loose garments and trims, delicate fabrics are often prized, but they shouldn’t be so delicate that they risk tearing. Lace trimming should not be scratchy and boning should be securely held in place so there’s no risk of it poking out.

If buying corsetry, it’s important to consider the mechanics of getting in and out of it. Will assistance be needed? Will it be possible to lace it up at the front and then turn it round before tightening it? Some lingerie stores offer to fit corsets so they’re just right for individual shoppers. This ensures that they not only look their best but also give proper support where it’s needed.

Lingerie always looks at its best when worn with confidence. It may take a while to achieve this, but wearing something sexy gives many shy women a real confidence boot. It can bring out a side of them that they didn’t know was there.