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Some people are great athletes, some are great musicians, and some are just very attractive you cannot take your eyes off them when they are on a screen. Humanity has witnessed a leap in all fields ranging from sewing to the manufacturing of rockets. Other fields in the middle have also seen vast development without drawing the attention of people the way rocket building did.
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One of these fields is interior designing; people might wonder when interior designing emerged as a profession. In fact some may wonder when it emerged as a mere concept. Interior designing evolved gradually as a result of the development of human societies, which in turn was an inevitable result of the outstanding industrial leap that took the world to a whole new level of living, creating new concepts for the well being of people. The industrialization of almost everything drove people to think in a more functional way of how to use the spaces in their homes and how would they like to see the place in which they live, eat and receive guests. As a result, some few persons had the suitable mentality and figured out just the right way to do things around homes.
Elsie De Wolfe was one of the very first females, or rather more accurately, humans to do interior designing as a profession. One thing you ought to know about Elsie is that she refused to settle for the old-fashioned Victorian style and rebelled against it. Her way of decorating was by all means different as she relied on light designs and fresh colors, which was in contrast to the Victorian style that preserved a sense of heaviness somehow.
Thousands of talented people followed Elsie De Wolfe and are praised all over the world for their outstanding decorating talents. Below, we will talk briefly about 10 of their finest, along with some of their most important works…
Philippe Starck (http://www.starck.com) Starck is a French designer who has become known and praised in many parts of the world since the beginning of the 1980s. His designing concept is mainly based on the idea of creating more using less, which adds a sense of simplicity to his elegant, beautiful designs.
In 1982, Starck was assigned to design the interior of the back then French president Francois Mitterrand. A slight proof of just how good this man is.
So basically, what we can learn from Philippe is that elegance can be simple, cheap yet very tasteful.
Mario Buatta (https://www.facebook.com/princeofchintz) Mario is an American designer who has done some work for some of America’s most famous celebrities like Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters and Henry Ford II. He studied architecture at Cooper Union and attended Parsons School of design n Europe.
Buatta’s approach to designing strives to create the maximum degree of comfort using a well balanced mixture between contemporary elements and old fashioned ones. This can sound a bit complicated but not to this man, take a look at Buatta’s designs to see how can such a collision result into the perfect amount of comfort.
Karim Rashid (http://karimrashid.com/) This man’s interior designs will absolutely make you hold your breath and stare for a while, and admire with fascination the purity of the sensual curves that are mixed with freshening bright colors.
Rashid is an Egyptian industrial designer who was born in Cairo in 1960. Rashid received a Bachelor in industrial design in 1982 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is mostly specialized in designing luxury goods and brand identities.
Karim’s influence comes from his ability to include a sense of organic touch in his works, mixing it with fabulous variations of sensual bright curves. Check out Karim’s website to see for yourself.
Mariette Himes Gomez (http://www.gomezassociates.com) Gomez is a very influential designer known for her eye comforting, relaxing designs that are firm and disciplined at the same time. She is highly capable of merging high class elements with simplicity needed for comfort. Check out Gomez’s official website for further visual knowledge.
Timothy Corrigan (http://www.timothy-corrigan.com)Corrigan is an American designer who was named among the AD’s world’s top designers and architects. His works are famous for including antiques into most of its projects, with more or less a reasonable portion of contemporary elements. His works can be found in European and Middle Eastern royal houses.
Patricia Urquiola (http://www.patriciaurquiola.com) Patricia is a Spanish designer. She was born in Spain, studied in Madrid before graduating from Italy in 1989. Her works are mainly based on the notion of mental comfort, which you will get to feel when you check out the W hotels on Vieques islands, Puerto Rico.
Victoria Hagan (http://www.victoriahagan.com)Victoria Hagan is an American designer known mainly for the sense of proportion in her works. Architectural Digest describes her style in a brief way as “Crisply elegant and cheerfully modern”.
Hagan founded her own firm in Manhattan in 1991. She describes her own work as a balanced, well blended mixture of comfort, function and scale. Check out the official website of Hagan to find out more about how to mix those 3 elements.
Federico Delrosso (http://www.federicodelrosso.com) Delrosso is an Italian architect mainly. However, this man was too fond of his buildings that he decided he wanted to design their interiors himself. And so Federico became one of the most interesting interior designers in the world.
His style of designing is known for the unexpected patterns of materials. Delrosso would put concrete, wood, glass and iron in one bit of the house if he wanted to.
Brad Ford (http://www.bradfordid.com)
Brad Ford is a designer from Arkansas whose style also is a reasonable mixture of elegance, sophistication and straight forwardness. Brad owns his own firm in New York since 1998, check out his creative ideas for interior designing.
Samuel Botero (http://www.botero.com)
Decorating your kid’s bedroom can be a beautiful experience, and it introduces new facts to parents about their little children. Many designers say that when a mom goes to them with her daughter, she would think the girl likes pink; and the girl would surprisingly say blue. This process allows children to express themselves freely.
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There are a few things you have to take care of. You should never spend too much money on trends, no matter how hard your kid begs. You can easily find a happy medium by accessorizing. Interior designer, Ann Fox shares a secret of putting toddlers from cribs straight to queen sized beds, because of how fast kids grow, plus they can keep it for quite a long time.
When you make the decision of re-decorating, make your child write a list with every little thing they want, when they are done make them choose the most important three items and start step by step. We gathered very important tips to help you decorate better and draw a smile on your kid’s face.
- If your child has passion for art, let him express that! Add a giant chalkboard on a wall and get chalks of all colors. This way your child will always have a space area for art, and maybe he will come up with something really surprising; just give your Picasso a chance. Get some shapes off the internet and tell them to try drawing them; this is a great drawing exercise.
- Many parents complain about how untidy and unorganized their kids are, however, parents neglect the fact why kids are that way. It is probably because everything around them is a lot taller than their own height. The floor is a much more convenient place from them. What you have to do to eliminate the untidiness is to make everything their height. If they can easily reach the closet, the benches, the desk or the coat rack, they will be more organized.
- Some parents have a problem with putting their kids in bed. We have a smart idea. Most craft stores now sell an additive to paint that makes it glow in the darkness. Try to draw some stars and a moon on the ceiling, or maybe choose something that interests your child. If your kid is old enough, you can let them use the paint as they want. This will give them a reason to turn the lights off.
- Little kids love collecting things, maybe postcards or even pictures. It is a bit boring to keep their collections hidden in drawers. Kids love to admire their work. There are a couple of good ideas, you can either hang them by threads from the ceiling or clip them to a long string on the wall. That way your kid gets the chance to have a visual reminder of how great he is.
- Removable wallpaper is becoming much less pricey than it originally was, and the patterns and styles are vastly growing. If you have a kid that has a thing for art, or maybe just likes his stuff personalized, you can buy some wallpaper and leave the little angel do the rest. Let your kid decide, this is good parenting as well as it teaches the kids responsibility of their own choices. Think of it as a wall tattoo, or a mess that you do not have to fix.
- Art is not just drawing; it can be painting or even poetry. Kids love to display their work. To give them such an opportunity, purchase a magnetic board; it is really cheap. The display area will allow your child to be proud and to show off the good talents! Make sure when you have family or friends around the house to show them what a great child you have. This act incredibly raises their self esteem
- Traditional growth charts are everywhere, some kids see them on television way too much, and it is a bit cliche. You can beat the odds by doing something unique, buy some non-toxic paint and instead of putting a mark of the height; put their handprint! This way you not only get to watch them grow taller, but bigger as well. You can be even more original by putting a footprint too.
- You might think lighting is only important for your room, think again! If you are not ready to lose the sudden sense of comfort that mysteriously arises the moment you put your kids in bed, then you need to carefully choose two lighting systems for their bedrooms. The second lighting should be like the reading one; this slowly puts the kids into a sleepy mood. Kids are hyper and active, even if they had just woken up! So this light can be a great help for them to find the bathroom at night, instead of turning on the normal lights and suddenly gain energy!
- If you are painting furniture, maybe a closet or a dresser let your kid help. Your kid will definitely grow and you will need to buy new furniture, so let them be creative. They should choose the color and the pattern. They can polka-dot all over with their little fingers. A signature makes them feel on top of the world, they can write, or put a handprint!
- Leave a corner of the room for free style art. Get some peel and stick cork from your local crafts shop, help them use baby scissors to cut their favorite shapes. You can get some DIY cartoon shapes and help them draw, cut and stick their favorite cartoon characters. Let them peel and stick the cork in the free style art corner; it is not messy and is easily removed.
Finally, please consult your child in everything so that they grow up knowing what responsibility means. If they ever go off board, teach them to compromise. Decorating their rooms is a great way of parenting.
Your house is your kingdom, make it shine with beauty. Nothing beats having a good time with your family and enjoying a clean house together, it makes them appreciate you as well.
Cleaning is never on our favorite to-do list, it is always a hard, tiring and energy-consuming process. It might sound like a huge duty, but you can easily learn how to make the best of a bad situation.
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There are no magical tricks that will get the job done in a blink of an eye, but we gathered the most functional home cleaning tips and tricks that could be a great deal of help.
1. Baking Soda is Your Best Friend.
You never want to run out of baking soda. It has uncountable usages around your house.
- It can help you easily remove hard water from the water boiler.
- You were too tired to do the dishes last night and now you have hard food stuck to your pans? No problem! Add a bit of baking soda and warm water and leave them overnight. Scrape the pans easily in the morning.
- Baking soda works like magic for scrubbing the toilet, ditch the expensive cleaning detergents and use it.
- Use it to clean the sink and the hard water in the shower head or the bathtub.
- Baking soda is a natural teeth whitener for those who are in love with caffeinated drinks, or smokers.
- Add a pinch of it to your hair conditioner, and enjoy hair full of volume, shine and squeaky clean.
- Are you allergic to deodorants? Even if not, skip the harsh chemicals and pat some baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor.
- Additional tips
- To freshen up your rugs you can sprinkle them with baking soda, leave it for an hour, vacuum and voila!
- To eliminate bad odor from a pet’s litter box, sprinkle a bit of baking soda.
2. Vinegar is Your Second Best Friend
Some remedies claim that baking soda combined with vinegar work amazingly. However, chemically when both are put together they neutralize each other and become ineffective. Both are best used individually.
- Use vinegar to clean PC, whether it is a keyboard or a mouse; a cup of vinegar dilated in an equal amount of water will clean all the dirt.
- Your jewelry is a bit dull? Vinegar can easily add shine if you soak your jewelry in it for 15 minutes and then pat them dry.
- You can fix a clogged drain by bringing vinegar to a boil and pouring it.
3. Always have Cornstarch in Your kitchen
No, this is not for food; it is a great cleaner with so many purposes.
- Oil stains are a bit too stubborn, all you need it to sprinkle cornstarch, let it sit for a while and hand wash.
- If one of the family members have sweaty feet, you will all probably be disgusted by the smell. A bit of cornstarch in their sneakers will absorb the entire stink and leave them fresh.
- Cornstarch has almost the same ability of cleaning a rug as baking soda, just in case you run out of either.
4. White as Salt
- Salt with lemon or tartar cream (preferably) is an easy remedy for cleaning rust.To brighten the colors of an old rug or colored curtains, wash them in salt water; the results will surprise you.
- To fill cracks or holes in walls, use equal amounts of salt and cornstarch and enough water to form a paste. Fill and let the paste dry.
- If you forgot to put a coaster under your cup of tea, you will probably end up having water rings; not pretty. Make a paste using salt and vegetable oil and gently scrub until the water ring vanishes.
- For tough greasy pans, you can sprinkle salt and let it sit for a while and then easily wash the grease off.
5. Lemon is not Just for Lemonade
- Lemon works wonders as a sanitizer, for example, use it for your garbage disposal. Pour a gallon of hot water mixed with lemon juice.
- You can use it to clean and remove odors from a microwave. Simply, out one cup of water and one cup of lemon juice and bring to boil. Let it sit for another 10 minutes. Clean food particles, if any, with a piece of cloth.
- If your cutting board is stained, pour some lemon juice and leave it over night. This process does not only remove the stain but also kills bacteria.
6. Onions, You Read it Right. Onions
- Onions are used to easily scrub grills and make them shine.
- When you have paint odor that is irritating, you can simply slice up a couple of onions and leave them in a bowl and they will surly absorb the stink.
- Bug sprays usually have annoying smells; you can trade that for a spray of a mashed onion and water. This works great to repel bugs.
7. Coca-Cola is not Just a Drink
It might be harmful for your insides, but it sure is useful around the house.
- Forget all about rust, coca cola is a quick fix for it. Pour a can and let it do its magic.
- Marker stains are as tough as oil stains, but coca cola can make things a lot easier.
- If you have been out for quite a long time and your clothes stink a bit, you can add a can of coca cola to the laundry to help break down the bad odor.
- Coca cola helps remove gum, from hair or fabrics. Just pour a little and it will come out easy.