History with Jimmy: Pre-Historic Art

Marcus Garvey once said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Once again, Jimmy Luvinzu enlightens us with great history that inspires hilarious designs and decor in our spaces today.

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10 Ways to use your Glass Jars

I recently attended the Sarit Centre’s Home and Gardens Fair and came across some really lovely glass jars from Odds and Ends. Mum and I have been up and about trying to get great kitchen decor for our up-country home and so everything that comes our way matters.

After consulting her, I managed to pick a set that has wooden lids (which look homely), and another set that contains 2 jars that are quite long and open. Now that we have a number of them, just how does one get to use them?

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5 Ways to Accessorize your Coffee Table

Choosing the perfect coffee table for your office or home is one thing, while accessorizing it is another. In this time and age, we are no longer only interested in the several options for the design but also about the elements on display. However, you can change it a million times, depending on your moods and the environment set-up. Here are five ideas to guide you, when accessorizing.





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Getting it Just White

They may call you unadventurous or too plain, but when it actually comes to going all white, it becomes a beautiful complication. First and foremost, this is a shade that most people won’t hack, especially if you are the ‘Don’t care type’.

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5 Simple Ways to add Luxury to your Space

Many a times we think that having a stylish lavish looking space is all about breaking the bank. You will be surprised at just how simple these tips can match up to your dream home or office.

Keep Everything Neat and Organized

A clean space will always look luxurious.This is one look you can achieve in your space without looking for any art directors or designers. It may seem easy, but the way in which you arrange stuff in your home goes a long way in achieving a creative and chic look. Do your best to minimize on clutter and use solid bins that will match your decor. Ensure you complete the heavy duty cleaning during your days off or weekends and normal dusting throughout the week.

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Know your Kitchen Back-splashes

Kitchen backsplashes may seem like an after-thought, but with a wide array of available designs, it may just become the kitchen’s focal point.

I once wrote this article for ‘Home and Living ‘ Magazine and thought it would be great sharing it on my blog.

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You will need a kitchen backsplash to protect your walls from splatters and spills, while cleaning your utensils or sink. For a long time, many home owners have considered adding the idea of backsplashes to their kitchens. However, there are various eye catching materials that may not be known to many. There are infinite options when it comes to creating a cool kitchen backsplash, which will definitely be different from home to home.

With their primary function, which is to protect the wall behind the sink against water damage from continuous splashing, backsplashes are more than functional. They come in all manner of styles, with keen aesthetics, adding a beautiful view for your kitchen.

When choosing a backsplash, it is important you consider the other materials in the room. They should go well with the counter tops and kitchen cabinets. Once you have chosen the materials for your kitchen backsplash, you will consider the style that best suits your kitchen. For example, expressive designs will go well in an understated, minimalist look. On the other hand, if your kitchen is designed with intricate features on cabinets and countertops, you will have a subtle design for your backsplash, so as to avoid visual overload.

Glass Mosaic backsplash

This is a popular type of backsplash you will find in homes. The good thing about glass is that it catches the light as they are transparent and easy to wipe clean. Compared to the ceramic tiles that are so difficult to produce, recycled glass backsplashes come in plenty, and thus are environmentally friendly. Another friendly factor is that they are less porous and thus will prevent the accumulation of stains, mould and mildew.

However, they can also be fairly durable, as they are prone to scratches. They are also more expensive as compared to ceramic tiles.

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Ceramic Tiled Backsplash

This is the least expensive option to go for, while choosing a backsplash. They are durable, cheap and easy to install, coming in an array of styles, colours and textures that will add a visual appeal and personality to your kitchen. It is also extremely easy to clean. You can even choose to go with bold designs, patterns and colours. They can also be of a mosaic type, a popular choice for those who love D-I-Ys. You could also go with the penny ceramic tile (they resemble pennies) to provide a vintage look for your kitchen and hence, a historical elegance.

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Wallpaper Backsplash

This may not have crossed your mind but you can have a kitchen backsplash made of wallpaper. However, it may not necessarily be fit for the sink area because it may get soaked in water. This one is placed behind the cooking area, where the oven seats. From this, you can choose the wallpaper that pleases your eye and place it for yourself. Remember to waterproof the paper with varnish to prevent grease and grime.

Subway Kitchen Backsplash

They have mainly found popularity in commercial kitchens and have slowly made their way into domestic homes. They are basically small to medium sized tiles that are rectangular in shape, which proves their versatility to be placed almost in any kitchen. They are classic and found in a diversity of kitchen styles.

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Stainless Steel Backsplash

If you are thinking of a long lasting plan for your backsplash, then stainless steel would be the way to go. It is also attractive and efficient, which makes it a great choice for almost any kitchen design. Depending on your taste, you will get them in different looks. From matte, traditional shiny, punched and even rippled. This sleek appearance will be welcome in any kitchen and they are of low maintenance. You can just clean easily with a disinfectant and dump rug.

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Natural Stone tiled backsplash

Natural stone tiles will add an impeccable unfinished look to your kitchen. All kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a range of colours and textures. These include slate-like matte finishes to much rougher, pebbled designs. They have a wide variety of colour and they can also be dyed, based on your needs.

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Copper backsplashes

If you want to add a royal theme to your kitchen, getting a copper backsplash would be the best idea. It offers a durable and visually interesting choice. Copper backsplashes also transform beautifully over time- as it is exposed to air and moisture, therefore providing a beautiful, natural worn-out look to the backsplash.

If you are looking to revamp your backsplash or install a new one all together, and your goal is to create a unique and edgy design for your kitchen, all these will provide you with great ideas that will inspire your kitchen’s new look. Just consider the elements of colour, texture and overall style of your kitchen, to give you a catchy and durable look.

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