31 March 2014

Design Blog : Hang Out Redefined

Erik Nyberg and Gustav Ström designed this floating hammock with a wave-shaped sun shield that offers protection from harmful rays, and maintains high style and comfort. The WAVE is engineered to stand solidly on a single point, making it appear to be floating, but the stainless steel is more than strong enough to support two adults. The semi-transparent canopy fabric is engineered to block 86% of the sun’s rays. That's impressive! 
WAVE by Erik Nyberg and Gustav Ström
Hammocks have come a long way since pre-Columbian natives in South America wove together sheets from the bark of a Hamack tree and strung them up between two poles. Hammocks today are stylishly designed, scientifically engineered and, much more comfortable than lying on bark ever was.

This bohemian hammock was designed by Ieva Laurina, a Latvian designer living in Netherlands. I love its languid almost sculptural design, and the movement of its free flowing form.

The Flex Hammock by Adam Cornish
Made of plywood and rubber, supported by steel cables, it operates like a human spinal column, maximized for comfort and stability.  The Flex Hammock, designed by Adam Cornish for Box and Dice of Sydney was a runner-up for the 2009 Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, a generous legacy of the late Colin Rigg (1895–1982), a former Secretary of the National Gallery of Victoria Felton Bequests’ Committee. This award is arguably the most prestigious offered to a contemporary designer in Australia
The next best thing to mother's arms

100% organic hammock for newborns by Hushamok. The soothing motion provided by the modern swing relaxes little ones naturally. The Hushamok Baby Hammock is an early development product designed for newborn sleep up to approximately 6 months or a maximum weight of 22 pounds. For best results Hushamok recommends using the product from birth. 
Luxe Leather by Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola’s luxurious leather hammock would fit in beautifully with my living room furniture.
Siesta by Emanuele Magini
French designer Emanuele Magini's casual outdoor bench hammock called Siesta was exhibited at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile 2011 in Milan. The Siesta is a cute hammock that keeps pays homage to iconic design of an outdoor park bench.
The WHITE Installation
Architecture students at the California Polytechnic State University filled a 416 square-foot gallery space with this massive hammock made from recycled plastic.  The WHITE project was realized collaboratively by 20 students at the California Polytechnic State University, who fabricated and installed it in just five days. The woven installation is a solution to providing students and faculty a setting to not only read about our projects, but also to enjoy the space,” the group said. Just like a good hammock should! 

Which is your favorite hammock from today's design blog? Where do you like to hang out? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook

24 March 2014

Spring Cleaning Feng Shui Style

9 Simple Feng Shui Spring Cleaning Tips
1. The Attitude is Gratitude. Be grateful. Gratitude is the best and fastest way to achieve your goals. It’s important to note the good in any situation. Observing a grateful outlook helps you move forward towards dreams and goals.   

2. Adopt an open door policy. Keep the “ming tang” clear of belongings and leave a generous (6’) clearance on both the outside and the inside to ensure that the energy can flow freely to benefit all of the occupants. 
3. Improve the chi/energy of your home with regular thorough cleaning. It helps to raise the vibration, allowing you to more easily achieve your goals.  
4. Give it away. Donate unused items to the charity of your choice. Your home should reflect who you are and what you want. By clearing unused clutter you will be improving the energy in your home, plus you’ll be donating to a good cause. 
5.  Let the sunshine in. Make sure your home is bright, airy, and well ventilated. Open windows and let natural light in to raise the energy level throughout your home.
French doors wide open Earth Day 2012
6. If you’re stuck, feeling cluttered, and don’t know where to begin, start by emptying just one drawer. It only takes one step forward to fuel the energy and give you momentum to continue streamlining your home of excess items.
7. Go with the flow. A well placed and clean water feature such as a fountain, pool, pond, etc. can give positive effect for money, relationships and health. Add or upgrade a water feature in your home, a Feng Shui expert can be of assistance to make sure it is well placed for most benefit. 
8. Go Green. A thoughtfully landscaped home ensures that your home is being supported from the outside, make sure you have thick landscaping, retaining wall or wood fencing all the way around your property. This will ensure that the energy stays on your property and will help you achieve your goals with money, relationships and health.
Lush summer landscape on Planet Joy 
9.  Keep family pictures out of the bedroom to add spice to your love life! The bedroom should be your respite from the work-a-day world, used only for rest and intimacy put the non-essentials and photos in the family room.

Share your tips, tricks and the results from your spring cleaning in the comment below or join the conversation on Facebook

10 March 2014

Don't Break the Bank

Unless You are Winning at Monte Carlo
You don't have to break the bank to look your best. While there are certain items worth the investment (outerwear, boots), you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a chic wardrobe. If you follow these simple strategies, it’s within your power to create the look and style of a high-end wardrobe on a budget. The trick is to know which items to buy for less — and how to wear them.
Try out these style ideas. Comment with your favorite style tips! 
Mix High and Low
When you mix high-end items with less expensive finds, the pricier pieces set the tone and elevate the entire outfit. Your thrifted skirt will go up a notch when paired with a luxe cashmere sweater. Remember, most thrift store clothes are used, so inspect them well. Make sure the zippers work. Check for missing buttons or ripped seams. Hold the clothing in a well lit area and be certain there are no stains. You are the quality control agent, do a thorough job!

When in Doubt, Buy Black
Black makes everything look a little more refined. Not to mention it offers maximum versatility, and your fashion accessories will literally pop on a classic black and white outfit. Did you know that you can refresh your favorite (faded) black cotton items with black dye?  

Less is More
Opt for as few embellishments as possible and don't depend on trends. Instead, focus your on basic classic pieces, they won’t go out of style as quickly as the latest fashion fads. Understated sophistication is the way to go, regardless of price. 
Natural Fibers
Whenever possible buy staples made from natural fibers like cotton, linen and silk, they’re breathable and feel nice on the body. Acrylic and other synthetics will try to masquerade as luxe, but they tend to pill quickly or pull out of shape.

Tinker Tailor . . . 
Sometimes it pays to buy the lower-priced item and then invest the extra money to have it tailored. The right fit always reflects well on you, no matter the item’s price. It's worth it to have pants hemmed or taken in at the waist.

DIY touches add class
As with most things in life, it’s the little things that count. Your clothes are no exception. Maybe a jacket was inexpensive, but replacing the buttons with more refined notions or swapping the inexpensive attached belt for a real quality leather one will definitely elevate your outfit. 
Buy Handmade Accessories
Cheap accessories are often easy to spot. But handmade fashion accessories are in another league altogether. Why is handmade desirable? Because not only are you getting a quality accessory, you’re practically guaranteed to be the only person wearing it. Plus when you buy handmade you are supporting a creative person.