Astute Lighting has detailed a few of the lesser-known
reasons as to why making the switch the switch from traditional lighting to LED
bulbs is beneficial to both private and professional property owners.
While some see the staircase
as a relatively practical object in the home, it can in fact be a statement
feature, which offers eye catching detail for your visitors. While a staircase
is vital in any two storey home, it is more than just a practical element and
sometimes the more aesthetic the better. Bespoke staircases offer a unique
element for your home, making it ultimately personal and perfect to suit your
There are numerous benefits
of bespoke staircases and although they might be slightly more expensive than
the average, manufactured stairwell it could be ultimately worth it. Done
properly, getting a bespoke staircase will allow you to choose the design that
is perfect for you, with the help of a professional.
There are a number of
different designs you can choose for your staircase, depending on the room you
have available. Spiral staircases are extremely popular and are great for homes
due to the lack of space they take up and their airy feel. By talking to a specialist,
they will be able to come up with the unique and practical designs that will
perfectly fit your home and your style.
There are different elements
that can be included in a bespoke staircase and while they are extremely
personal, you can make sure they also suit your practical needs. Having a
custom designed staircase can allow you to work it into your home, making it as
grand or demure as you would like.
There are endless materials
for your staircase, which makes it even easier to customise to your exact desires.
While some materials, such as wood, can make a room look smaller, having glass
panelling can open up your environment, making your home look larger than it
It is important that your staircase fits in with
the overall appearance of your home and a modern staircase may look out of
place in an old style country home. Similarly, a timber staircase may look odd
in an ultra modern house. Designing your own bespoke staircase will allow you
to create the perfect look for your home, depending on its style and your
For some, the traditional
wedding just doesn’t cut it and they want something that is completely unique,
totally ‘out there’ and extremely personal. From the wedding venue to the food
you choose, your wedding should be planned to the finest detail and
organisation is particularly important. Both the bride and groom should be
involved in the process, meeting the desires of both and reaching compromises.
Going against the grain is sure to make your wedding stand out from the rest
and there are some great ways you can make yours different.
At most weddings there is an
overriding theme. While this is usually a colour scheme that is kept to, matching
everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers, this could be taken
further and the theme could be a mutual interest or a country that the bride
and groom have visited together. This is both romantic and very personal.
The extent of the theme can
range from the mode of transportation to the table arrangements or invitations
you send. Everyone needs save the date cards and it could be a good idea to
give your guests a glimpse of what they are to expect. Having a theme does
involve a lot of planning, in order to make sure everything is perfect, down to
the finest detail. However, it is worth it if you want a personal wedding that
everyone will associate with you and your partner.
While the traditional venue
for a wedding is the church or courtroom, this may not be adhered to and
another popular option is a hotel, which caters for weddings. It is important
that you decide whether you would like to walk down an aisle and what music you
would like to have played. Decide whether you want confetti and if you do, you
could place some on every chair for your guests to throw at the end of the
When choosing your wedding
breakfast and the evening reception, there are some unconventional ideas that
will be memorable and don’t have to be expensive. You could choose to have the
food from your favourite country and this would work well if it followed the
theme you chose. For example, if you had an Indian themed wedding, you could
have Indian cuisine to complement this. Decide when you would like to have your
speeches, before or after the meal, so everything is properly organised.
For the evening reception,
you may choose to have something lighter as everyone will be busy dancing and
having fun. A chip van is a popular option and is a fun way to get everybody up.
Having a chip van doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have greasy chips and
there are converted vans that cater for all sorts of different food. On the
other hand, you could have bite size portions of different foods handed out as
canapés, as this causes little mess and is a unique alternative to the simple
Weddings are often a family
affair and if young children are going to be there it could be a good idea to
provide some entertainment. Consider having a children’s table and hiring a
magician or buy small, entertaining toys, which will provide some fun during
the wedding breakfast. While most people have a DJ and a dance floor you could
be slightly different and hire a karaoke set. These are a lot of fun and offer
laughs for the whole night. Most bride and grooms have a first dance and if
this is the case you will want to choose the song in advance and may even wish
When it comes to the cake, some
aren’t fans of the traditional fruitcake, making it unappealing. You could
substitute this for a victoria sponge or simple chocolate cake, however there
are some interesting designs available for different wedding cakes. Macaroon
pyramids offer an unconventional, fun and colourful addition to any table,
while cupcakes are an inexpensive and much loved alternative. However, you have
to keep in mind the traditional cutting of the wedding cake and if you want to
do this, you must have a cake that is easy to cut.
Remember, with the correct
planning and organisation your wedding will be both perfect and memorable. Look
online and in wedding magazines for ideas on important aspects such as wedding
invitations and of course, the dress.
Dressing for a first date is a daunting prospect at the best
of times, but doing so when your date is from a different religion and cultural
background may make it even more taxing. It is important to project yourself in
the image that you aspire to but also remain true to yourself. This is
particularly prudent if you belong to a religion that has strict laws regarding
attire such as the Muslim faith.
Choosing your attire based upon what you believe the other
person will want to see may seem like a savvy idea to begin with but it may be
a perilous road to start down. Sooner or later you will have to reveal your
true colours to your date and they may not appreciate being kept in the dark.
Your date may see it slightly disrespectful should you decide to impose
yourself as somebody else during the first date or early dates.
It is important to find an outfit that demonstrate a certain
self-respect and a respect for your date.
One of the most instantly noticeable things about Muslim
women living in the Western world is their attire. The prevalent modesty is
often striking in a culture that openly applauds the ‘less is more’ mantra. It
is important for Muslim women to stay true to their faith, Islamic clothing and
ideals. Compromising personal and religious standards only serves to cheat the
woman in question and her date.
Carefully planned outfits can interest the date and maintain
the modesty of traditional Islamic fashion. One technique would be to abide by
the Muslim standards of dress but using westernised items of clothing. For
instance, a Hijab can be easily replaced by a stylish and fetching scarf.
Similarly a highly fashionable maxi dress can be used as a modest, comfortable
and attractive Muslim dress.
It is important to always remember that your date will be
just as nervous and anxious to please as you are, if not more. Therefore, it is
wise to use every opportunity to bond, even over clothing. Items of clothing
that are rare in your date’s culture may make them feel slightly alienated and
insecure. If you do decide to wear traditional Muslim clothing, ask your date
how they feel about it and if they have any questions. This may seem like it
would start an awkward conversation but once they understand your core beliefs
and reasons for following the Muslim clothing standards, they will respect your
honesty and dedication.
Attire is often considered to be a reflection of the wearer
and their personality, if your personality is shaped heavily by your faith,
then it may behove you to express that in dress.
In the end, successful dating is dependent upon mutual
respect and complete honesty. It is vital that you respect both yourself and
your date and are honest with both parties as well.
Contrary to common thought,
an expansive and lighter room go hand in hand and without one, it is difficult
to create the other. A spacious room automatically looks brighter, while a lack
of organisation can lead to a dull and uninteresting environment. No matter
which room you are redecorating, creating space should be at the top of your
to-do list in order to create a stress free environment. Here we give you the
most common ways of creating storage space that will allow you to have a sense
of space and brightness in the home.
When you are redesigning your
room, try to create a room plan. This is a simple organisation method that will
allow you to plan for any extra storage space that could turn out to be useful
to you, letting you choose from different designs that complement your room the
most. Without having a room plan, the process of redecorating can be doubled
unnecessarily and you could end up spending more money than you need to.
Storage units are by far the
most conventional and probably one of the most practical ways of storing your
belongings. High gloss furniture not only creates a more spacious room but the
reflective qualities mean the light in the room is enhanced. The styles and
colours available mean the furniture is extremely versatile and can be used in
almost every room. The furniture also has a lot of practical qualities and is
very low maintenance, making it a good choice for both aesthetic and practical
In order to create a room
that is bright and airy, there are a few tips you can follow which will ensure
you make the most out of the light you have available. You must make the most
of any natural light you have available, without blocking any windows in your
room. Try to keep the windowsills clear, as clutter can block the sunlight from
shining through the window, making the room look smaller and more cramped than
it really is. A common way of increasing the light in the room is by painting
any windowsills white as the bright colour enhances the light in the room.
Strategically placing a
mirror opposite the windows will allow the sunlight to bounce off the mirror,
reflecting in the room and therefore doubling the light quantity. By choosing
the colour scheme of your room wisely, you can create the illusion of increased
light. Instead of going for dark colours such as red, brown or deep purple,
choose lighter colours such as cream and gold or light shades of green and blue.
Research different colour schemes before you make a final decision to ensure
you have the best one to suit your needs and the room you are decorating.
As a butcher, your tools are
probably one of your most prized possessions and without them you would not be
able to carry out the tasks needed in order to complete your job. Therefore,
when you start out, it is important to invest in quality butcher’s equipment
that will last a long time and have a high durability. Buying poor quality
knives will be more of a hindrance than a help and in the long term could in
fact cost you more money.
Quality equipment doesn’t
have to cost a fortune but it is likely to be more expensive than if you buy
purely for the low price. If you do decide to go for the cheaper alternative,
remember the cost may be consequent of the quality you are getting. As your
profession, the tools will mostly likely be used every day and they need to
have the ability to carry out any task you desire.
Before you buy your
instruments, make sure you have done some research and read reviews about
different brands for quality equipment. Although the price may be high, it
doesn’t necessarily mean they are worth the investment, so ensure you are aware
of their value. When buying a butcher knife, don’t be afraid to try it out. It
is important that the knife feels comfortable to hold and won’t cause any
strain if you use it for long periods of time. The weight of the knife should
also be considered. Both light and heavy knives have different advantages, but
a heavy one may be difficult in terms of precision and speed. Make sure the
material of the blade won’t rust. Non stainless steel gives a good edge and
will stay sharp for a considerably long time.
Once you have made the
important investment, it is essential that you care for the knives in the
correct way. They should be stored in a suitable environment to avoid damp or
bacteria growth. The recommended location is a knife block as it keeps it
protected and avoids rusting. It is recommended that butchers knives aren’t put
through the dishwasher as it can weaken the blade and may even speed up the
process of rusting. When drying it use a smooth cloth to prevent nicks forming
and the blade being scratched. Following these few steps will keep your blade
in condition, prolonging its life and therefore making it a worthwhile investment
that will last for years.
changing a light bulb could be one of the most mundane and irritating household
jobs that we have to endure. With only 1,000 hours life expectancy,
incandescent bulbs are fast becoming an unpopular choice when it comes to
lighting the home. Compare the life of an incandescent bulb, with their
impressive 10,000 hours lifetime; LED light bulbs are becoming extremely
popular as their initial cost price is decreasing, making the maddening job less
of a hassle.
halogens and compact fluorescent lights seem to be becoming a figure of the
past and more homeowners are making the smart move to light emitting diodes.
They give out a brighter light and have found to be a lot safer than the
alternatives available, as they don’t give out as much heat. LED’s have been
criticised in the past for being too dim and terrible quality, however, after
modifications it seems the majority of people only have good things to say
about them. Although they have quite a high initial cost of £25, six times more
than halogen bulbs, the fact people will have made that money back within 15
months seems like an attractive idea.
of people are focusing a lot of energy on saving money and making their home
more energy efficient. The rising electricity prices means steps are being
taken to keep the bills as low as possible in order to avoid paying increased
amounts for their energy. LED lights are practically guaranteed to be
a step in the right direction in keeping costs low, especially when they have
such a low running cost. The inefficiency of other light bulbs is emphasised
when they are compared to the LED alternatives and advocates of the bulbs are fast
It has been founded
that the bulbs can save the bill payer hundreds of pounds, therefore making
financial sense to invest in them. Using 40 LED’s for 3 hours a day would cost
just £23 a year compared to the £287 it would cost when halogen bulbs are used.
The savings that can be made are extremely obvious and it seems more people and
councils across the country are seeing the benefits are changing to LEDS. The
new models have a better light, including the colour temperature, making it the
perfect light bulb in the home.
of £250 could go a long way towards paying for a long luxury weekend away.
Whether it be decadent sophistication for a romantic break or a fun trip for
the full family; the implementation of LED lighting could fund the trip or at
least the lion’s share.
Additionally, the greater energy efficiency of the LED bulb means that it is far more environmentally friendly
than many of its more traditional brethren. The ‘green factor’ of the LED
reduces carbon emissions and could work towards prolonging the natural beauty
of the countryside. This could increase the number of years you have taking
your loved ones on enjoyable weekends away.