Archive | May 2016

Unique Bookshelf Ideas For Book Lovers

download (10)Metal bookmark:

Attach a vertical strip of metal to the wall where you can simply read the book and flip it upside down on the bookmark where you stopped reading so that it will be easy to continue later on. You can paint these metal strips in beautiful colours and print designs on them to make it look interesting and beautiful.

Hallowed TV bookcase:

Got a old vintage television set at home? You can now turn that into a hallowed bookshelf where it will be compact to store your recent or all time favourite collection in it. This will also give a new look to the old boring TV.

Ladder bookshelf:

Attach the ladder horizontally to the wall and you can simply arrange the books to the rungs of the ladder and make it look like a bookshelf that will look beautiful. This lovely d├ęcor idea is very simple to implement as all you need is just an old wooden ladder and your awesome collection of books and magazines.

There is another ladder bookshelf idea where you can simply make use of step ladders that is made to stand parallel to each other and place wooden planks well balanced between the two and you can attract arranging the books on the planks where it will look like a mini library that is very easy to implement and will look unique and interesting too.

Leather harness bookshelf:

Just simply hang two leather belts of different sizes to the metal clamp and you can balance the book to the leather rings and they will stand safe and well balanced. This will be suitable for placing very few books where you can use it for day-to-day reading purpose.

Roped shelves:

This is also one of the simple ideas where you can simply pierce holes into the wooden planks and connect them with ropes with knots between them and place books on the shelves and they will form a beautiful wooden hanging bookshelf.

Wooden pallet bookshelf:

Attach wooden pallets to the walls and make these rustic wooden things turn into something creative and useful. You can make use of them to place books or photo frames or combination of both and it will look good, also it is one of the cost-effective ways to place the books.

This entry was posted on May 28, 2016 and tagged .

Amazing Uses Of Bamboo

download (11)With a vast increasing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our planet’s survival especially for cleaning the air and our environment from all the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo instead of hardwood, you can make a difference. Read on, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.

Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the demand of wood doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees wouldn’t either. To give the earth a bit of a break, start using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or go digital to save paper. However, I will not tell you to stop braaiing, because it’s what we do!

Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?

Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it has been cut and can be harvested every year thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to mature.

Here are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo instead of trees;

Functional Uses of Bamboo

Domestic and home uses

Kitchenware and utensils

Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo

Makes beautiful hardwood flooring

Used in various cosmetic products and deodorants

Office use

Bamboo provides high quality pulp used for making paper

Pen, USB casings and various other stationary items are made from bamboo

Medicinal healing

Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating ulcers and wounds

Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations

The roots and leaves are used for treating venereal diseases

Used as an abortifacient for kidney diseases

Used to treat infantile epilepsy

Building material

Building materials used in construction

Used to reinforce roads and bridges

Used as eco-friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding

Bamboo stems are used to make fences, roofs and roof tiles

Food preservative

Used in food as a natural food preservative because the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.

Clothing and accessories

Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a long-lasting antibacterial quality and is therefore used to make clothing as well as rugs.

Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewellery

Tools and equipment

Bamboo is used in making weapons as well as handicrafts

The stems of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets

Crafting musical instruments

Farming

Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing up heavy metals from the ground

The roots holds the soil together and draws the water closer to the surface which can benefit other nearby plants

Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides

Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help support banana trees

This entry was posted on May 23, 2016 and tagged , .

DIY Interior Colours Made Easy

download (13)Interior walls have a unique purpose in either brightening the environment or it can give you a warm feeling of comfort. In choosing the right colours it is important to know the different variation of colour tones such as your analogous from monochromatic shades, complementing undertones that go well in your living rooms, bedrooms and other areas. A few great ideas for those who can’t quite afford to hire a professional, why not seek out interior designing schools and request for their students? They will be eager to assist with some fresh new ideas and usually come with a fraction of the cost or even offer to help for free on their uni project.

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the thousands of colour options available when shopping for paint and always seek the expert advice of your friendly colour consultants and sales people.

When setting up your space what do you consider as the easiest option when cleaning up and tidying up after a project? Do you use a bucket of soap and water or do you chuck everything in the bin? By the use of the right cleaning agent, you will prolong your brush life span so that it is not an additional cost on your next DIY and how can you save money when buying your resources? Colour mixing is a great way to cut cost as combining two shades can give you a completely different feel for your next room. If you have three areas you want to work with then it will be much more cost effective to get creative and combine the two remaining paint!

Once you start learning about colours and how to identify their variations, how to avoid common problems and equip yourself with correct gear and tools, it will be easier to do it every year when redecorating and you only need to learn these steps in the beginning and as you become more in tune with your colour preference you will be able to show off your skills at dinner talks. A few themes that are popular today are your sleek and minimalist look, bohemian styles and many others depending on your personal touch. So enjoy painting and I hope your walls will reflect the best in you by the end of your new project.

This entry was posted on May 12, 2016 and tagged .

DIY Hanging Vase

download (9)This DIY project is the culmination of 3 very random happenings:

1) One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2016 was to find ways to incorporate more plants in our home. We love the sense of peace and purpose our plants bring to our home and we simply wanted to diversify our jungalow.

2) I came across Artisan Wall Mount hanging vases while browsing the Pottery Barn website and really liked the concept (just not the price $69-$119).

3) We can never resist the dollar section at Michaels and *somehow* ended up with 4 adorable glass test tubes for $1.50 a piece. If you have tubes around in your home (think spice tubes) that you aren’t using, this could be the perfect way to upcycle them)

A few visits to the garage later and we had the perfect design for a hanging vase we had pictured in our mind. The finished product involves 4 hanging glass tubes that, while certainly smaller than the Pottery Barn Wall-Mount Vase, are far more economical ($15 compared to $69) and just as dazzling visually. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to incorporate more foliage without cramping your space with pots, this is the perfect solution for you!

Supplies:

Glass Tubes

Scrap Wood

Copper Tube Straps

Screws

Hanging Kit or Command Hanging Solution

Tools

Drill

Hammer

Note: We did not list the dimensions of the tubes or the tube straps because that will depend entirely on what you find and decide to use. If you have your tubes just take them to Home Depot and you will be able to find the straps that fit them very easily. Also, you are not limited to scrap wood for the base; we just wanted to use what we have. If you’re looking for something less rustic, Michaels has a lot of nice wood pieces that could work. All in all, if you play your cards right, this DIY is very inexpensive and so easy to put together.

Directions

1. Once you have all your pieces, all you will need to do is drill two holes (corresponding to the holes in the tube straps) into your base. Make sure that your base is thick enough to withstand the length of the screws.

2. If you are choosing to hang these on your wall the old fashion way, go ahead and nail your hanger to the back of the base.

3. Once complete, drill the tube straps halfway into the base so that the straps are loose enough to adjust.

4. Slip your tube through the tube strap until it is positioned the way you like (we aligned our tubes so that the tube strap was the halfway mark). Once you are happy with the positioning of the tube, tighten the screws until the tube is secure (do this gently so as to not crack the tube).

5. Mount your completed vase to the wall and decorate with real or artificial flowers, grasses, or air plants.

Now kick back and enjoy the little pieces of nature bringing your space to life