Monday, April 29, 2013

Cottage VS Skyscraper

Introducing the opponents:

Before this match begins, let me introduce you to our opponents. At one side we have the world’s largest building. It is taller than a mountain, wider than a river, made of steel! Undefeated champion from the moment it entered the scene. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you “The Skyscraper”, whereas at other side we have a veteran fighter, present from the beginning of this discipline. Small in size with the natural build but full of spirit and ready for the comeback. One and only, “The Cottage”. Some might say ”it’s an unfair fight”. Some might say “it’s like David VS Goliath”. But let’s not make any presumptions. Can the champion be defeated? I don’t know that. But what I can tell you is that it’s going to be a hell of a fight!

Round 1. The battle of opposite:
And the match has begun! What we can see is that our opponents have completely different styles. While The Skyscraper is attacking with its colossal structure and modern design, its glass and steel facade is using every sun ray to throw glittering strokes around. It is sticking trough the city ropes so no spectator can miss it. Cottage, on the other hand, has an opposite approach. Blending into the area, making itself unnoticeable until you come really close. And then it hits you so it turns your head around. From that moment you are under its pace. It is a slow pace full of elegance and grace, but once you are caught into it, it’s hard to get out of its embrace.

Round 2. Soul and temper:
Like its appearance, Skyscraper’s inner side is all about attack. Big shiny halls, panorama elevators, and, again, metal and glass. Open space with a million dollar view. If you can pay for it, you can have it. But its soul has a dark and deep fear of being alone. Once it is left without its spectators, it is gone, and some new and younger gladiators take over. Cottage’s spirit is something else. It is very intimate. It can stand alone taking the punches from the wind, rain and snow without showing the pain. But don’t think of it as unsocial. If the company is right, it can be the greatest host, and it never counts the guests. Natural and rugged fabrics used on sofas and beds, fireplace made of unpolished stone and tons of details hanging around the place possesses a healing influence on others. Its wooden structure makes it much more resistant to all sorts of impact, even to fire. And it can never disappear. It always rises up, taking some new form but using the same old and sustainable materials.

The verdict:
This is obviously going to be a never ending fight. Judges have stepped down and left the verdict to the audience. Many of them are cheering for The Skyscraper, but Cottage will always have its own fans. People will never stop believing in the everlasting soul and temperamental spirit of The Cottage. And even though The Skyscraper’s body is all steel, many believe that its chin is made of glass. So it’s just a matter of time when that chin is going to be broken into million pieces, and the throne will rightfully be given back to The Cottage. And that day is coming sooner than you think.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ten Oriental Design Ideas for Your Master Bedroom

If there’s one trend when it comes to interior design that has never gone out of fashion is it of course the Oriental theme – one that’s just as popular today as it’s ever been. In fact, the bonus for those looking to create an Oriental these days is the way in which the world has never been smaller or its treasures more accessible, meaning that the kind of decorative touches and adornments that were priceless rarities in years gone by are now incredibly simple to get hold of.
Take the following ten examples of wonderfully decorative touches to help transform a master bedroom in a single stroke:
  1. Paper Lanterns – The quintessential Oriental touch that cannot fail to bring any room to life, paper lanterns are as practical and affordable as they are effective. Traditionally displayed in various colours at times of celebration, there are infinite shapes, colours and designs on the market today that can be picked up for next to nothing.

  2. Mosaics – A stunning, creative mosaic made with broken Brick Tiles is something of a DIY project that’s well within the capabilities of pretty much anyone. This is one of the few instances where a lack of skill can actually work in your favour as the more rustic and haphazard the mosaic, the more authentic it often looks.
  3. Bamboo Blinds – One of the best things about the bamboo blind is the way in which it will blend in seamlessly with literally any existing interior design trend while adding that subtle Oriental touch you’re looking for. And again, they couldn’t be more affordable or practical.
  4. Painting Scrolls – Chosen and hung with care in the right place, an Oriental scroll painting has the potential to transform an otherwise plain wall into an incredible feature to be proud of.
  5. Statues – Be it the classic Buddha statue or really anything else from Oriental reaches of the world, there’s nothing that can bring a room to life and create talking points quite like stunning statues and icons.
  6. Shoji Room Dividers – Probably the most practical on the list, a shoji room divider has the potential to create an incredible Oriental feel while adding a practical divide to room and in no way imposing on any space available. Depending on the material chosen, they can also be extremely bright and breathe new life into the room.
  7. Mini Zen Garden – These are the small tabletop gardens which in the true traditions of Oriental simplicity sport nothing more than an area of sand with various rocks, pebbles and sometimes small statues.
  8. Futon Bed – Another incredibly effective touch is to replace a traditional bedstead with an Oriental inspire futon style bedframe – one that’s much lower to the ground
  9. Bonsai – A classic if ever there was one, there’s little that screams Oriental charm more than a handful of stunningly crafted bonsai trees around the bedroom.
  10. Simplistic – Last but not least, it’s sometimes easy to overlook how an Oriental feel can be achieved simply by going as minimal as possible and doing away with all clutter, instead favouring warm tones and block colours.
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