Thursday, 28 April 2016

How To Build A Stylish Wardrobe From Scratch

Many people are curious about finding out how they can build a new wardrobe as well as how they can develop a personal style. A good number consider all these a daunting task. There are very many reasons as to why a new wardrobe is needed. Some of the reasons are weight loss mostly after birth, weight gain or just a change in appearance among others.

With the love and evolving of fashion, it is not a sin to change your wardrobe once in a while. It is wise to consider one's budget and an individual style before building a wardrobe. Lack of doing this will lead to many mistakes in the future. Change of the wardrobe is something that you will need to live with so a lot of practice is required. Shopping skills are also a plus.

Here are the steps you need to follow when building a wardrobe:

1. Evaluate your lifestyle-
You need to find out several things about yourself.
• What kind of environment do you live in, Is it professional or at home?
• Do you still go to work stay-at-home or retired?
• Where do you live? Could be in the city, suburbs among other places
• Is the place you reside in warm, cold, hot or windy?
• How do you spend your free time? What activities do you engage in?
• Do you dress up every so often?
• What size of a wardrobe do you want, is it small or huge? It is important to note these questions down as you are going shopping. Make sure you answer them sincerely since they will help you make better decisions while shopping. At the end of the day, you will shop for items that you will have fun and contention while wearing.

2. Do a thorough cleaning to your closet-
There is no meaning in staying with something that you do not wear forever. It is, therefore, important to throw away everything that does not interest you. There are those things that you really value and somewhat you never used them, a good piece is advice is to sell them on eBay. This will enable you to get some good cash to help you carry on with building your new wardrobe. For those clothes that you don’t need and can’t sell donate them to charity and give friends and family.

3. What are your core pieces?-
These are those clothes that build the base of your wardrobe. They are the pieces you can’t live without. It is, therefore, wise to list them down. This will help you to make a better judgement as you go shopping. They also are the most expensive part of your wardrobe so it is proper to prepare yourself financially. Depending on what your core pieces are tried and build your closet around that but make sure you have as much fun as possible. Also, make sure you incorporate various colours and different prices.

4. Budget-
This is the most important part of the whole idea. You must work with what you have at hand do not buy items with money that has not been budgeted. Be sure to cut cost as much as you can this is because the lesser the budget the more selective and cautious you are while buying.

5. Pinterest account-
These are the best tools and the most helpful if you want to stay on the current fashion trends. Go ahead and create your style sheets but do not think of the benefits you will acquire. Take this as a platform to find out what kind of fashion moves you. Finding out what suits you is exercise so you have to be patient and have fun while at it. Don’t get stuck with one style, try to be a good researcher and have fun with the styles until you get one that fits your personal style. Take a look at amazon collections.

6. History-
Never forgets about your past try as much as possible to think of the old styles and why they did not fit you. There is something about those clothes that you really liked. Use that information and try to relate to it every time you buy something new.

7. Try it on-
There is a high possibility that you will be misled if you buy clothes without fitting. It is, therefore, wise to fit clothes so that with time you will identify what you like. You should also look at the labels so that with time you will be able to tell your style and size without much struggle.

8. Selfies-
Photos are a great way to tell how you really look. They help you make your own judgments without relying on what others see or what the mirror tells you. Take a friend with you while you are shopping and ask them to take snaps of you with your new clothes on. If you go shopping on your own then take selfies. This way you will make a better verdict and the best thing is that you can save the image for later.

9. Choose a stylish friend-
Everyone has that friend who they admire how they dress. Approach that friend and ask to take them for a cup of coffee. Then go ahead and kindly enquire about their style. Be upfront with them on your wardrobe building and ask for tips. Ask them to take you with them for shopping .Make sure that you derive as much information as you possibly can.

10. Forget the style rules-

This is simple as long as the outfit you choose to wear makes you happy and fits you well then go ahead and have it. Do not let what people think about various styles deter you from having fun wearing what pleases you.

11. Widow shop-

Yes you heard it right, it is very important to go shopping without enough money. By doing this you avoid impulsive buying. This helps you take into consideration all the things you remember after the window shopping. You will also save money and your wardrobe will be full of clothes you should wear.

12. Professional assistance-

In this day and age there are professionals in every sector of our daily lives. So what should hinder you from seeking the help of a closet organizer? I don’t think there is, in fact, an expert will identify your problems and help you find their solutions. You will also have someone to give you a genuine opinion of how you look.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Top 8 Kitchen Trends in 2016

Are you up for keeping with the latest kitchen trends for the year 2016? Whether you're looking to upgrade a few essential kitchen details or have decided on a complete overhaul, these trends will give you novel designs and ideas to choose from. Take a quick look at the 8 hottest and most trending kitchen designs in Singapore:

1. The Addition of Work, Docking and Charging Stations In Kitchens
It has been estimated that around 30% of all kitchen designs in 2015 have some kind of work station or home office station built into them. The space shared in modern style kitchens incorporate elements such as charging stations for laptop computers and smart phones, and docking stations for setting up a small home office. This trend follows the rise of technology, and the fact that more and more people are using them, even in the kitchen. Isn't it annoying when your tablet or laptop powers down as you are relying on it to complete a dish? A full outlet isn't a pretty sight, so smart designers have added unobtrusive outlets that pop out when you need a quick charge.

2. Outdoor Kitchens
The time for indoor kitchens dominating the landscape is over. Move over, as outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more the trend for people living in Singapore. This 2016 kitchen design is more than just for weekend barbecuing; instead of portable stoves and grills, you get installed kitchens and complementing seats out in the sun. Experts say that the kitchen is perhaps the most sociable room in the house, as all year-round home events make use of this space to cook or as venues for social gatherings. Once the kitchen goes outdoors, homeowners and their relatives can take advantage of the beauty of nature, and its reputation will only be strengthened.

3. Wood Is In, Genuine or Not
One of the best materials, whether for your kitchen floor, for your cabinets or countertops will always be wood. 2016 will see the resurgence and dominance of wood in kitchens far and wide. In fact, more and more people are preferring wood more than any other material for kitchen flooring; hardwood floors in particular. Whitewashed flooring works great with almost any color palette combination, while brown and grey hardwood floors can compensate for a kitchen's lack of color theme. Other materials such as porcelain and ceramic can be used in conjunction to create a truly unique kitchen (more on this later). What is it about wood that makes it the all-time favorite material that never goes out of style? It could be the undeniable charm it provides, the look and the atmosphere it creates, or maybe its durability and natural beauty to make a property feel truly like home.

4. Minimalistic-Type Kitchens
Bare-bones is the new look of 2016. Gone are the days that a kitchen is stacked up high with pots and pans, knives, kitchen appliances and a hundred other minor kitchen ornaments and tools. Minimalism design has affected kitchen space and provides a clean look that is appealing to many. There's less things to get distracted by. Less embellishments, and homeowners will get to see how their countertops look maybe for the first time in a long while. Simple accents dominate the kitchen space and landscape, making way for more pronounced features such as backsplashes and lighting. If you're having a hard time thinking about minimalism, then think this: simple, clean and utilitarian is the 2016 trend.

5. More Storage Than Ever
A house might have more storage space in kitchens than any other room in the house. It makes perfect sense when you think about it- more storage means you can put all those pots, pans, china, glassware and coffeemaker somewhere people won't see. Innovation in kitchen technology have produced conveniences such as tall pantry designs and rollout spaces are welcome and an excellent addition in any kitchen. Hidden chutes where you can put in recyclable and non-recyclable waste as you cook, pullouts that you can use to store your spice in, charging drawers and docks for your electronic gadgets, and much more. Decluttering and minimalism is the current trend, and having tuck-in storage spaces help you achieve that look without throwing away all your kitchen elements.

6. Dark and Light Themes, Varying Countertops and Shelves
While its often true that a kitchen is designed with primary whites and greys, bold kitchen trends showcasing different color blends are starting to emerge. Cabinet colors can take on two or more synergistic tones, with the emphasis on the contemporary. The same style holds true for countertops. Earthy wood countertops are becoming more and more commonplace, with granite-made and quartz-made ones following closely behind. Combinations of wood, stone and stainless steel, set in a minimalistic kitchen style open up a slew of choices for homeowners. Shaker cabinets add to the undeniable charm of wood and overall minimalistic style. Open shelving has also recently gained new light in 2016- you can see the contents 24/7. Goods stored in open shelves save the homeowner time as they won't need to rummage around endlessly for that salt shaker, though it isn't really recommended for those who want safety more than anything else.

7. Wet Bars And Coffee Makers Are Now Built In
Coffee and liquor have become staples in any home, so modern designs and trends take those elements in and seamlessly add them as built-in components. Espresso and coffee stations have left countertops and aren't portable anymore- you just pull them out, and proceed to make a steaming mug of coffee with it. Wet bars and wine refrigerators have become standard as well for many kitchens, which people can pull out and make some drinks after a day's hard work.

8. Pets Can Have Their Own Space
Finally, as pets are becoming more and more present in many homes, it is only natural to include feeding stations where your feline or canine companions can see you. Pullout feeding bins, cat or dog food storage, crates and even built-in beds are great to have. This trend clears up clutter and any potential mess as you might step on traditional feeding bowls while cooking food.

Friday, 27 November 2015

What Is The Best Kitchen Cabinet Material?

Improving the overall look of your kitchen makes a huge impact in the entire home, being the heart itself where various activities take place from cooking and preparing meals to hosting gatherings. The kitchen cabinet is one of the main highlights that is able to give any Singapore home a distinctive appearance. There are seemingly endless options to choose from, ranging from budget savvy types to high-end upscale prices. Here are some of the most durable and high-quality materials that include hardwood, softwood, metal, eco-friendly, and more. Each material has its own functions you should learn to help you find the right cabinet that will meet your needs.

The most common cabinet material, but never fails to give off a traditional, rustic, and classy effect in any kitchen. This material is further classified into different types:

Derived from a broadleaved tree which is quite strong and holds a distinguished beauty.

Red Oak - A type of hardwood which is tough, flexible, and durable, yet affordable. The surface is made up of a grainy pattern which is predominant in conventional kitchen cabinets. It arrives in a myriad of styles and finishes, therefore allowing you to customize its appearance, have it semi-custom made or opt for stock cabinets.

Hard Maple Wood- Another type which arrives in a soft and light color that contains a pattern of exquisite, fine grains that display uniformity. This kind of hardwood is extremely durable, but a bit more costly than red oak which is typically dressed using a natural or clear finish for a brighter ambiance and contemporary style.

Ash Wood - Highly resembles oak when it comes to durability and strength, but is lighter in color and a more discerning shape. The straight grain the material holds produces a modern effect, especially when coated with a clear or natural finish, making it ideal for custom-made cabinets.

Birch Wood - A fine grain wood, like maple, but relatively darker and is less expensive, but exhibits stellar qualities of durability and versatility. When stained, it can acquire the look of maple or cherry at less the cost. However, the downside of birch is that it can develop uneven coloring which explains why it is cheaper than most other woods available in today's market.

Cherry Wood - Very tough hardwood designed to endure the roughest kitchen scenarios as it is able to withstand marring and knocking over. Instantly gives off a formal appeal when laden in a classic style, or elicit a modern look if you wish. It has a smooth surface that is comprised of fine grains in comes reddish brown color, which can be stained if you prefer and would usually get darker over time. The rich and dark finish produces a desirable timeless charm. For a more exotic and unique appearance, opt for Mahogany, Bamboo, Sapele, or Anaglade.

Derived from a conifer like pine, fir, or spruce. This material is common in kitchen cabinets too, wherein the most reliable type of softwood is pine, though it can dent faster than hardwood. It basically has a pale yellow shade but can be stained, or incorporated with knots to highlight a classic look.

A thin but strong wooden board that is made up of 2 or more layers that are glued and pressed together. The direction of the grain appears alternating, and is usually sold in sheets of 4 x 8 feet.

Eco Cabinet Veneers
Thinly sliced wooden sheets which are basically applied to the core panel of furniture. It radiates the warmth and astounding beauty of natural wood since it presents consistency in both grain and color.

High-pressure treated laminate cabinets are highly durable, but significantly heavier compared to wood. The low-pressure treated types are otherwise lighter, but are not that tough in terms of impact resistance. Wrap technology infused in these types eliminate the possibility of de-lamination, peeling, or cracking. Laminate exhibits resistance to UV light, aging, moisture, staining, and is not susceptible to heat damage.

A material which is created from the application of heat along with pressure for the purpose of bonding a thin PVC layer to an MDF component, whereby the process results to a smooth surface utilized for coating panels, edges, and faces. It can be used to cover plywood or particleboard for replicating the look of natural wood while detailing more closely compared to laminate.

Compound Cabinetry
A great alternative for wood which is durable, less prone to discoloration and acquiring an uneven tone, and easy to maintain. This material is highly flexible in terms of styling, shades and tones, and attractive designs.

Metal or Stainless Steel
A more expensive option compared to wood, but is easier to maintain where cleaning won't be a tedious task. It is highly durable too, and resistant to rust, such as aluminum which is regarded as the best metal for kitchen cabinets. This material gives off a modern look to any kitchen and bestows it with style and elegance. Metal or steel tends to glisten amidst kitchen lights with its naturally glossy surface. Opening the cabinets can be easily done with its lightweight properties, even when the material is enhanced by tough alloys that deliver its sturdy and long-lasting quality. Aluminum is non toxic and waterproof which ensures safety of the foods you store in it.

When choosing the best kitchen cabinet material for your HDB, there are many things to consider to come up with the ambiance you wish to have. The size of your kitchen is taken into account, the color of the cabinet, its style, price, and what exactly you will be placing in it. Maintenance is also an important factor to make kitchen life easier for you. Most importantly, the best kitchen cabinet material must be acquired to enjoy its long-term benefits and help you save money in the future. It's possible to get the perfect cabinet for your home while sticking to your budget, and to come up with a wise decision, it would be a good idea to consult a credible and trustworthy kitchen cabinet installation company.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

6 Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If you are bored with the old look of your kitchen cabinet and you want to get a new look from it, then painting the kitchen cabinet would be a good idea for you. But it is also necessary that you do this painting work in wiser manner so you can get the best result from it. To assist you more in this work, I am sharing 6 tips for painting Kitchen Cabinets and with these tips you can easily pain your kitchen cabinet in a perfect manner.

Do the preparation: Before painting your kitchen cabinet you need to do some preparation. In this preparation first you need to make sure that the room in which you are doing the painting work is well ventilated so fumes can go out after painting is completed. Also, you will need to remove all the hardware’s from your kitchen cabinet before doing the paint work. So, remove all the hardware such as knob, handle and other similar material from your kitchen cabinet.

Do the cleaning work: Once you do the preparation work for your kitchen cabinet painting, then you need to do the cleaning work. In this cleaning work first do the cleaning of your kitchen cabinet with the help of liquid detergent or some good quality cleaning agent. After using cleaning agent, clean the cabinet with a damp cloth so you can remove the cleaning solution from it. After this use some good quality grit sand paper and get a dull finish using this sand paper.

Apply primer: Before painting on any surface it is always a good idea to apply some oil based primer on the surface so you can get long lasting paint from it. So, find good quality oil based primer and then apply it on the front kitchen cabinet door, and then apply it on the back of the door using a brush and roller. After this apply the primer on rest of the kitchen cabinet and let it dry by itself. Once primer is dried, then take the sand paper sand the kitchen cabinet lightly to get fine finish and remove all the dust using a dry cloth.

Prepare the paint: To paint your kitchen cabinet using oil based paint, first you need to prepare the paint for this. For doing this, you can simply add thinner in the paint and then you can do the painting once you get right consistency on paint. But when you add thinner, then either follow the guidelines suggested by your paint company, or add thinner slowly in your paint. Once you get right consistency for the paint, then you can go ahead for next step that is painting.

Do the painting: After you are done with primer work, then you need to do the painting of your kitchen cabinet. In this process of painting, first you need to paint first coat of the paint on your kitchen cabinet. You can do this painting work just like you painted or applied primer on your kitchen cabinet. Once you apply first coat of your painting, then let it dry and after it is dried completely give it a fine finish using a grit sand paper. After this remove all the dust with a damp cloth and apply another coat of paint on it and let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Give the finishing touch: Once you are done with all the other things, then you just need to give the finishing touch to your kitchen cabinet. In this finishing touch first you can rub off all the bubbles using sand paper. But when you do this, then do it lightly so you do not sand off your newly painted kitchen cabinet. After this you just need to add all the knobs, handles and other things in your kitchen and you can use the kitchen for your use.

If you feel that your kitchen cabinet still smells bad due to paint or thinner, then you can leave it for another 24 hour to 48 hour in a ventilated room before using it again. And in this time all the bad smell will go away and you will get a newly painted kitchen cabinet that will be ready for your use.