Tuesday, April 07, 2020

8 Ways To Bring Nature Into Your Space

In the interior design world, the colour green induces calmness, relaxation, freshness and elevates one's mood levels making them happy. Being humans, we have a bond with nature which is innate. The great outdoors are breathtaking that we want to bring them inside even if it means to add a bed of pebbles in our gardens or a terrarium to set the mind at ease after a hectic day. Here are a few tips if you wish to carry nature straight into your home.

1. Indoor Plants
There’s no better way to bring the outdoors in than with indoor plants. Get some easy maintenance plants like Split Leaf Philodendrons, Peace Lilies, Snake Plants, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Asparagus Fern, Cacti, Aloe Vera. Plants like rubber trees are easy to grow and maintain and get as tall as eight feet, adding significant style to your space. You don't need lots of shelf or floor space to start an indoor garden. Coffee tables, side tables, and room corners are all great places for putting plants. An important aspect to consider: Make sure your indoor plants have good drainage by providing them with a pot that has a hole in the bottom.

2. Deck the Balcony and Windows
If you have plenty of space on your balcony, you can introduce plants like Areca Palm, English Ivy, Dracaena, Spider Plant, Weeping Fig. The kind of plant you want to grow also depends on the amount of light the space gets. Plants that require low light are Philodendron, Devil’s Ivy, Dracaena and Peace Lily. Also, if you don't have huge terrace or balcony it is totally fine. All you need is a little space right inside your home for these beautiful and useful plants.
When it comes to windows, you can add small herbs and flower pots on your windowsill. Keep the windows open so that the fresh air keeps your room ventilated proficiently. It is also important that your plants receive an adequate amount of natural light. The perfect indoor/outdoor fusion comes to life with floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors and retractable doors that allow for a seamless fresh air living experience.

3. Grow Your Own Herb Garden
Growing your own fruits and vegetables in your kitchen is a great way to get fresh herbs for easy cooking. Plant low-maintenance herbs like lemongrass, cherry tomatoes, coriander, fennel, onion chives, mint, and parsley in a pot. A sunny windowsill is all you need for a mini herb garden in the kitchen or dining room. Before planting herbs, take into account what herbs you will need to most in cooking your daily meals or new recipes.

4. Hanging Plants
Hanging planters become a statement piece on their own. Think of these floating air purifiers as another chic way to add texture and height to a room. If you want a more permanent option, a wall-mounted planter is also a great use of wasted space and can easily be incorporated into wall art and decor.

5. Terrarium Plants, Cacti and Succulents
Terrarium are just like an aquarium for plants, but without water. The see-through glass container is instead filled with soil, small rocks and plants. These quirky pieces can be kept on centre tables, on a console table, sideboard, on the kitchen counter and so on. Caring for cacti is much easier than other houseplants. You can add the cacti on your home office table, dining table, study table or even on centre tables. Using cacti and succulents enhance the aesthetic value of a space.

6. Introduce Vertical Garden
Imagine a wall filled with lush creepers or money plants. Don't you think the wall will display an excellent art by nature? You can craft your own living wall by hanging up a variety of ceramic pots filled with your favourite plants. Whether you select moss, succulents, or herbs, it’s a fresh take on bringing greenery under your roof, and turning your living room into a refreshing paradise.

7. Use Colour Inspired By Nature
If you're not so keen on getting indoor plants, you can still bring the outdoors in by using outdoor inspired colours like earthly tones for soil, green tones for nature, blue tones for sky and yellow for the sun. Try adding murals, wallpapers, soft furnishings like a bedspread or curtains, fabric prints, throw pillows, bamboo plants, bonsai, cane swing chair and so on to enliven a room with a touch of nature.

Fabric Prints

8. Natural Elements
From dining to flooring, choose materials that have a natural look, like wooden flooring, wooden or marble dining table and chairs. All these materials are reminiscent of nature. And of course, there are brands that use Eco-friendly materials, opt for those.

We hope that these 8 creative ways to bring the outdoors in inspires you to accentuate your home with lots of greenery. Nature is a miracle in itself. There are a lot of psychological and physiological benefits of using plants indoors. All you have to do is take a leap of faith and decide for yourself. After all, nature has only good things for us. 

Monday, April 06, 2020

How To Create A Well-Designed Office Space At Home

With the novel virus pandemic, our world is changing before our eyes and many of us are now confined to working from home to stay safe as a community and country. Those who were already working from home have probably aced the home office environment routine and are doing just fine, while most of us who are new to this are taking baby steps to fit into the home-office zone. With this new regime, we may sometimes feel exhausted, bone tired, groggy, distracted, and feel anxious about the insecurities of being unproductive. To rule out all these, we have solutions on how to design your home office space and be successful.

1.  Choose Your Designated Work Space
Among other things, first and foremost, the biggest decision you will have to make is designating a place to work. If you're planning to sit at a kitchen or breakfast counter or maybe even in the living room, make sure that there is less traffic of people walking around, less human contact, less noise and less distraction, because the last thing you want is to be interfered every 5 minutes. This might require you to change the room or re-arrange a space so that your work environment is conducive to productivity. So choose a place that is less likely to hinder your work and this will make you mentally prepared for work when you enter it.

2. Choosing The Right Furniture For Work
When you sit for work, the chair and the table you choose will play a predominant role in your work environment. Don't just go for looks, but choose wisely based on your comfort level. Anything you opt, make sure it is ergonomic, functional, comfortable, supports your lumbar region, not too slouchy, but cosy enough to keep you relaxed. The tables usually have a certain height, but when it comes to the chair, pick something that allows you to adjust the height. This means your legs shouldn't be hanging when you're sitting on a chair, but instead should be resting on the floor. The table height shouldn't disturb your elbow posture or resting your arms on the desk. Hence, choosing the right furniture will determine the work efficiency.

Ask yourself: Are you comfortable?

3. Prioritise Good Lighting
Lighting can also be determined much earlier when you choose to plan the place to work. If you've chosen a space next to the window, then natural light will illuminate your space and the cool breeze will induce productivity. If you don't have the luxury of finding a place right next to the window, make sure to illuminate your space with a light fixture or a bulb. Lighting has a major impact on productivity, especially for those whose work requires staring at a laptop or computer. You can also opt for LED lighting, because it creates clean, comfortable light without glare and is energy-efficient. Therefore, lighting is the key because it determines several aspects like mood, energy, focus and productivity.

4. Add Personality To Your Space
It’s no secret that productivity is increased when your mind is happy. So make space for terrarium, vases, books, candles and pieces of art to elevate your mood levels. Add things that cater to your taste or makes you feel inspired. Since we can't step outdoors, bring the outdoors in with desk plants or floor plants. Research has shown that exposure to nature and greenery increases a person's mood, happiness and productivity while reducing stress. Bringing in the greens is a great way to add a breath of fresh air to your workspace and create some visual variety when your eyes need a break from the screen. Apart from a nice table lamp, pen stand, calendar and clock, add posters, sticky notes, photo frames, craft and such things that define your personality.

5. De-Clutter
Keep only the necessary things on your table, the rest can be transported to your bookshelf or chest of drawers where you can skim through them effortlessly. Those files, extra books, piles of paper lying around your desk are probably not important for the day, shift them to a place where you can access them easily. Starting your work day with a cluttered table can psychologically increase stress, sap energy, and lower productivity. It may make you feel like there's so much to do, but so less time. So keep your table and work space tidy, minimal, and clutter-free.

Some Handy Work From Home Tips:

1. Get a pair of noise cancellation headphones or air pods.
2. Learn to write e-mails well.
3. Keep moving.
4. Have a routine/schedule/to do list.
5. Drink water and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
6. Get fresh air once in a while.
7. Get glasses that block out blue light from your screens.
8. Take meaningful breaks.
9. Be positive.
10. Start a new hobby or embrace something you like doing.

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Friday, April 03, 2020

10 Home Office Tables That Make Your Working More Comfortable

With the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19, most of the companies have resurrected the earlier not-so-popular concept of 'working from home' keeping in mind the safety of the employees. Working from home may have sounded cool just a few weeks back, but now it has churned into a anxiety factor because of the long confinement or isolation indoors. This brings us to the question - how can we make our home-office environment less stressful and more comforting. While working from home requires a lot of discipline, a schedule and focus, here are 10 Home-Office Tables that are ergonomic, multi-functional, aesthetically pleasing, versatile and elevate your comfort level for a productive work experience.

1. Phantom
Designed by architect Mauro Lipparini, Phantom displays meticulous attention to detail. The line of the desk is centred around the combination of different materials and finishes including wood, lacquer, marble and glass. The Phantom has drawers for storage. Available in a range of finishes.


2. Omega

Designed by architects Tapinassi and Manzoni, the Omega desk fits perfectly in both day and night areas, combining beauty and great functionality. The simplicity of the design is one of the strengths of the project. The top is elegantly supported by a metal frame that gives it an elegant contemporary look. The Omega desk has a metal frame painted in coffee colour with textured effect. The top is available in different colours and finishes.


3. Pop-AdapTable

Highly versatile, that the name of this table is self-explanatory. Inspired by the popular camping folding tables, Pop is designed as an example of simplicity, perfection and lightness. The clever combination of lines and angles formed by its legs creates an original design that allows raising the table in a quick and simple way. In simple words, the pop table can convert from a centre table to a dining or office desk and vice-versa.

Pop AdapTable

4. Matera

If you have a lot of space at home, then Matera is the right table for you with a classic yet contemporary twist. Embossed with Rim Surfaced Oak and Grain Surfaced finish. Available in 4 sizes.


5. Sedona
Seen in white high gloss, Sedona is definitely a 'yes' for those who are more concerned about the looks. Available in 4 sizes with an option of return or bridge desk. The table comes with sockets to plug in your laptop or lamp for charging.


6. Biblio
Smart working is quietly shaping the future and having the right desk at home is paramount! This home-office desk is made from coated tubular metal and has leather upholstered panels. Endowed with a drawer under the top and cable outlet. With its elegant panelling in regenerated leather, Biblio will help you to recreate your own cosy office in the comfort of your own home. Featuring a sleek metal frame and wooden table top with a handy drawer, this desk is indisputably perfect for anyone who needs a work niche at home.


7. Layers

The Layers desk combines colour and shape for a contemporary and relaxed approach to the home office. The various elements, which seem to be suspended and are combined in a visually striking asymmetric assembly, providing Layers with a strong three-dimensional look. Lightweight, slender, elegant: Layers features a coated square-section metal tube frame and veneered wood top. It has three distinguishing features: top, raised shelf and drawer that provide this desk with a strong character by playing with contrasting finishes and colours. The raised shelf and drawer are fixed to the top in an asymmetric way by means of the metal frame. The alternation of wood and colours provides Layers with the right character to furnish the home office area.


8. Match

A wooden desk characterised by a touch of colour and rounded shapes. An ideal solution for anyone who needs a small office space at home: it is characterised by soft shapes, slightly curved sides, rounded corners and bevelled edges. The natural character of the wood is livened up by the contrasting finishes and colours of the central drawer and the raised shelf that also add a strong character. Match is the ideal solution for home office spaces.


9. Itaca

For those who love classic style, this table should definitely be their first preference. Precision, memories of old times spent writing letters and studying ancient books; this is Itaca, a writing desk with an ancient soul, decorated with accurately manufactured drawers with classy and elegant handles.

Itaca by Tonin Casa

10. Nipper

Designed by Plurimo Design, Nipper is the ideal combination of metal and wood: the latter's warmth characterises both the legs and the top, but its presence is interrupted by a metal part - an extremely light and contemporary line that gives this writing desk a touch of elegance and novelty. The marriage of practicality and beauty. Available with a mirror option that can be inserted in the table.


Honourable mentions:

Logos is another home office or study table designed by Andrea Lucatello that captures a sleek designed table with minimalist modern looks. It combines a metal, fresh and modern structure, with a wooden top and a leather insert - which are more classic and elegant. Also, if you're a person who prefers sitting on the couch or sofa than over office-home table, then we have something for you as well.


Sole & Luna
by Fama is an upholstered table with lifting top and storage box that can be customised to match sofas or armchairs from our fabric collection.

Sole&Luna - table with storage

Klee and Luke are two different tables that can be integrated to fit onto your sofa in the middle or at the side, wherever you want while working on your sofa.

Klee Table 

Luke placed as a side table 

Luke Table 

Also, if you're looking for a high back or low back chair to match your home office table, you will surely find one at this link: Chair collection