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Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics.

There is no doubt that Ho Chi Minh City is an appealing destination for tourists thanks to its impressive attractions and savory food. 

To meet the huge demand of travelers, this city also provide a wide range of accommodation. In this article, we would like to introduce to you the most luxurious hotels there.

Let’s see. 

The Reverie Saigon Hotel

Built in 2015, The Reverie Saigon is the first 6-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Designed with the European classic style and luxurious services, the Reverie Saigon ensures to bring guests the most wonderful moment when coming there.

Boasting the location on the top floor of the famous Times Square Building in District 1 with two facades facing Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Street, the room system is the comfortable space with the magnificent view of the city – the place where you can enjoy both the excitement and tranquility of Saigon. 

The hotel features 286 guest rooms ranging in size from 43 to 313 square meters and 89 full-service residential suites. The hotel offers a wide range of dining selections: Cafe Cardinal with the continental menu by day and distinctly French flavors by night, The Royal Pavilion with traditional Italian dishes, The [email protected] Square and The Deli. 

Take your rest at the Spa and the fitness center at The Reverie Saigon encompassing 1,200 square meters over two floors. The spa area includes ten private treatment rooms, separate men’s & women’s steam and sauna facilities, a beauty salon and a hair salon. 

Rex Saigon Hotel

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Situated on Nguyen Hue Street, the Rex Saigon is one of the best places to stay when taking Ho Chi Minh City Tour. The hotel’s architecture blends the classical beauty and elegance of The Orient which creates the unique features of the hotel. 

Rex Saigon provides 286 luxury rooms decorated in refined design. The room amenities include a minibar, climate control, individual safe, fridge, a work desk, wooden floor, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and bath sheets. 

The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor dining area. You can have a buffet breakfast at the restaurant. Dishes of Asian cuisine are served at the garden restaurant.

For the relaxing experience, guests can get to the spa lounge, steam room or sauna with steam bath and massage. There are a gym and a fitness center offered on the premises for those who want to work out. Other services include car rental, business center, laundry, airport shuttle, newspaper service and business services. All ensure guests a pleasant stay. 

Nikko Saigon Hotel

Officially opened in 2011, Nikko Saigon Hotel is one of the top-rated hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Covering a total area of 58,473 square meters, the hotel is a 23 story-building including 3 ground floors and 334 rooms. 

All rooms are spacious which are equipped with 42-inch screen TV, free internet access, walk-in shower room, hairdryer, minibar with coffee and tea maker and safety box. In terms of dining experience, the International Brasserie serves international and Japanese dishes, Ming Court restaurant with Chinese cuisine and The Lounge at the lobby. 

Those who stay from 21st floor to 23rd floor will receive special services at Nikko Club Lounge including free breakfast, afternoon tea, and snacks. The Banquet Hall and Conference area are available for a variety of occasions including a reception room up to 450 guests for buffet party (600 guests for the cocktail party), small meeting rooms and six conference rooms.

In addition to the office services, the hotel also has 14 offices for lease. Other services include a modern gym with the latest machines, an outdoor pool, and a wellness center – one of the largest health care areas in the city. 

Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon

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Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon is one of the most favorite hotels in Ho Chi Minh City opposite to Saigon River. The hotel features with 283 rooms and suites which can bring guests the comfortable and cozy atmosphere, the best view of the Saigon River. The elegant design which is harmonious with nature is the unparalleled feature of the hotel room. 

With 4 categories of room consisting of Deluxe City View, Deluxe River View, Executive Floor, and Suite, the amenities include 32-inch LCD TV, minibar, free wifi, marble bathroom, separate working and sitting area. Guests can enjoy dining experience at the restaurants, Bars & Lounge and Bakery. Atrium Cafe with the ultimate adventure for global food in breakfast, lunch and dinner, Crystal Jade Palace with the authentic Cantonese cuisine, Yoshino with delicate traditional Omakase set dinner, Italian Trattoria Oggi with the best American and Australian beef and premium wines. 

You can also sip the gorgeous drinks, mouthwatering ice creams, cocktail at the pool bar and Legend Lounge. Other services of the hotel are spa, fitness club, business center, transportation and currency exchange. 

No matter when you travel to Ho Chi Minh City, it always treats you well with the most comfortable stay. See more about places to see in Ho Chi Minh city, you can visit our website. Hope that our information is helpful for you.Have a nice trip!

No matter how much time we invest in decorating our home, if we don’t spice things up every now and then, we’ll end up living in an old-fashioned house and using outdated appliances. Even though some things will never go out of style, it’s always a good idea to spice up your current home décor with a few trendy and elegant pieces. Even though many people believe that it takes a fortune to spice up your home décor, that isn’t the case. For people looking for inspiration, we bring you seven innovative décor solutions for your home:

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors are the best – not only do they make a room look more spacious, but they also reflect light at the same time. Another great thing is that you can work with what you have: if you don’t have enough space for an oversized mirror, you can always take several smaller ones in interesting frames and hang them on the wall so that they form a ‘sculpture’. If, on the other hand, you need to lighten up a room, you can simply hang a mirror on the wall opposite a window and angle it so that it reflects sunlight.

Add color

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Even though white rooms with white walls look clean, they’re also boring. In order to spice up your home, you need to add more color. This doesn’t mean you have to paint the walls or kitchen cabinets, but adding colorful details is a great way to change the appearance of any room. Fresh flowers in colorful vases and colorful pots will look great on both the shelves and dining room tables, glittery throw pillows on the living room sofa look playful, and brightly colored frames will fit in well on your white walls.

Luxurious materials

Sometimes you don’t even have to buy a new piece in order to spice up your home’s look. Instead, you can try doing this by using luxury materials in every room. Start simply: replace old towels in your bathroom with the ones made of Egyptian or organic cotton and bamboo, use faux fur covers for your living room sofa, replace your old chandeliers and lamps with crystal ones, and buy luxurious and expensive bed sheets. Velvet or silk curtains will make the light in your living room look completely different and you won’t have to spend a fortune to get them either.

Statement pieces

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Sometimes it takes only a single thing to change the look of an entire room, and with extravagant and luxurious statement pieces, your home will look great. You can do this with tall statement lamps which you can place in the corner of your living room, a coffee table with hidden storage or space for a potted plant in the middle, or a replica of the original Barcelona set: a Barcelona daybed, ottoman, and a sofa. This will give your home an avant-garde look from the 1920s that many today find elegant.   

DIY heaven

An inexpensive way to brighten up a room is to make something with your own hands and put it up on the wall or on the shelf. You can start by buying a simple white canvas and using thumbtacks to ‘draw’ something on it. You can use silver or gold ones and even combine them to ‘paint’ a picture and give it more depth. Another thing you can do is paint the thumbtacks with nail polish after you finish and even glue glitters with a hot glue gun. You could also try hammering a few nails in the shape of a letter, heart, star, or anything else, and tying a string going from nail to nail to get a little work of art.

When you don’t change things in your home often, you end up with a familiar environment, but it’s also a bit boring. This doesn’t mean that you should redecorate and renovate every couple of months, but when you take time to change little things every now and then, you’ll get a home that always looks modern. The best thing is that you don’t even have to spend a lot of money in order to change the way your rooms look, all you have to do is be ready to get creative.

Recent gardening trends mostly concentrate on eco-friendliness and experimentation with technology and gardening philosophy, compared to past years where the color of flowers was the main concern. This is due to our rapidly-changing climate that poses a threat to human survival, especially if we keep on wasting resources. So, if you’re interested in becoming more sustainable, here are the most interesting landscaping trends to keep an eye on.

Water conservation

Water conservation has been a buzz subject in the landscaping industry for a few years now, but this season it will be on everyone’s lips. It’s actually more than a trend, but more of a guideline for new garden designers and outdoor architects that will completely change the way landscapes are created. The use of drought-resistant plants, smart irrigation systems and xeriscaping will soon become a norm in every garden.

Planning with climate change in mind

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The climate is getting more and more unpredictable and with it comes the need for more resilient landscaping that can survive these capricious weather patterns. For instance, extreme heat waves that often strike Australia, especially Sydney, can be destructive for many plants, but they can also ruin the garden’s functionality. However, planting greenery and building protective structures with weather in mind can allow people to use their outdoor spaces even during the most extreme conditions. Resilient plants that provide shade combined with pergolas with ceiling fans in the summer and patios with heaters in the winter will allow homeowners to push through the extreme temperatures. Consulting with professionals in landscaping who know the punishing climate of Australia can help many Sydneysiders get the garden of their dreams.

Implementation of tech

Technology is slowly making its way into every aspect of life, outdoor spaces and landscaping included. So, it’s not a surprise that many designers and architects opt for tech implementation in gardens that can help people get more personalized outdoor spaces that require very little care. Traditionally pieces of gardening equipment like lawn mowers and leaf blowers are getting replaced by battery-powered models that create no pollution and have a reduced noise level. Additionally, there are also robotic lawn mowers and smart sprinklers that reduce maintenance time and water waste.

Landscaping design is also getting a tech-up. The use of 3D modeling, mobile apps and drones can help designers create and present their innovative landscaping ideas to clients.

Upcycling

Using salvaged items in the garden design can do a lot of good, both for your space and for your environment. Upcycling helps keep the landfills empty and it enriches your garden with many interesting and “think outside of the box” design and décor solutions. For instance, using old gardening boots as planters or old beer barrels as ponds is a very eco-friendly way to add some interest to your landscaping.  

Sensory gardens

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Usually, most of the garden elements are there to impress your eyes only. However, new gardeners and garden owners want to interact with their gardens a bit more. For instance, you can install a giant chess set that will entertain your eyes and mind and keep you moving and touching the pieces. Another way you can awaken the sense of touch is with reflection pools. These small water features will not only provide you with a beautiful visual effect, but also allow you to touch and play with water for a multisensory experience.

Meditation and mindfulness

For many, the hustle and bustle of urban living are becoming unbearable and they are choosing to retreat to their gardens. That’s why mindfulness, meditation and Zen spaces are becoming more prominent in gardens. In order to achieve this sense of tranquility, people choose to utilize mirrors, privacy screens, interesting planting, water features for relaxing sounds and strategically placed seating to help with relaxation and garden immersion. Early birds even choose to place their seating facing east to have a clear sunrise view every morning.

Gardens like these will both improve human interaction with their outdoor spaces AND protect the environment that needs all the help it can get.

Our home should be a place where we feel fully relaxed and at peace. Unfortunately, not many of us have managed to achieve this and the main reason for this is the way our home is designed and organized. It’s common knowledge that even the tiniest details like the predominant colour of the interior design and different textures can influence our mood and emotions. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a list of several awesome ideas on how to turn your home into a true Zen paradise. Let’s take a look!

Declutter the space

If you don’t know where to start, decluttering your entire home may be the right way to go. This is crucial since no matter how nicely you decorate your apartment, if it’s messy and overcrowded, all your efforts will be in vain. So, instead of delaying this obligation any further, start by making a list of all the things that you haven’t used in the last couple of years and get rid of them. Once you’ve singled out only the items that you really need, try to come up with as many smart storage solutions as possible. For instance, you can install additional shelving where you can display your book collection, home accessories and family photos without occupying any floor space. Furthermore, there are so many different cool options that are worth exploring and our favourite would definitely be a coffee table with hidden storage space. Not only will this piece of furniture further contribute to the look of your interior design, but it will be extremely practical as well.

Choose an earthy colour palette

It’s common knowledge that colours have a strong impact on our mood and feelings. Therefore, if you are striving to create a peaceful atmosphere that will soothe your senses and help you get in touch with your inner self, earthy tones are definitely what you need. You can choose among numerous soft shades, such as beige, pink beige, white, light grey, etc. Feel free to experiment with different combinations until you achieve perfect harmony. Finally, in case you opt for a monochromatic design, you can always go a step further and introduce an accent colour as well. This may be done either by painting an accent wall in that shade or by incorporating some vivid accessories that will serve as an amazing focal point.

Keep the air clean and fresh

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Apart from ensuring that your home is visually amazing and that it looks super-chic and inviting, you must turn it into a healthy place to live in. In other words, you should do your best to increase the quality of indoor air and get rid of all the allergens that can cause various health issues. Here are several great ways to achieve this in no time. Furthermore, the same way colours influence our brain, different fragrances can also have a significant impact. So, once you’ve managed to keep the air clean, make your home smell great as well. You can either bring in fresh flowers or try out scented candles. All you need to do is discover which fragrance has a calming effect and lets you feel peaceful.

Let the light in

There is nothing worse than spending time in a poorly-lit house. Not only will this make us feel constantly drowsy, but it can provoke negative emotions and even increase the likelihood of depression. Therefore, if you really want to turn your home into a real Zen paradise, it’s high time you opened the curtains and let the sunshine in. You can even hire professionals to install huge glass panels in your living room. Even though this may seem like a large investment, considering the fact that it will reduce the amount of electricity you use and lower your energy bills, it is definitely worth it. On top of that, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a wonderful view while drinking your morning coffee.

Don’t let electronic devices disturb you

Nowadays, a life without Internet, TV and computers is hard to imagine since we have become too dependent on technology due to all the advantages it has to offer. However, we shouldn’t forget that these state-of-the-art gadgets have many downsides. While it’s great that you can reach your friends and colleagues whenever you need them, it’s not really that pleasant to have your phone constantly ringing when you want to have a few hours just for yourself. Therefore, it’s essential to remove all these electronic disturbances from your bathroom, bedroom and any other relaxation zones. This way, you’ll be able to fully focus on your feelings and preserve your inner peace. Lastly, feel free to discover fun ways to entertain yourself without using any electronic devices.

Don’t forget greenery

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Last but not least, nature has always had a healing effect on our mind and soul. It has been shown that even the photos of natural beauties have a similar effect, so there is no reason not to bring the outdoors in as soon as possible. You can start by decorating your living room with potted flowers or even building an indoor vertical garden that will sweep all your friends off their feet. Finally, opting for beautiful floral patterns can be a great way to further highlight the green quality of your design and strike that perfect balance of natural and artificial elements.

As you can see, there are so many ways how you can turn your average-looking home into a true oasis of peace and serenity. You just need to think outside the box, explore as many different options as possible, choose the right colour palette and bring the nature in. Finally, keep in mind that we are all different, so don’t be afraid to show off your individuality and come up with some innovative solutions.

Are you planning a home renovation in the near future, but can’t seem to find a style that fits your home? Don’t worry, there are so many different trends around the world for you to choose from. So, if you want to make your home more diverse and culturally woke, here’s a small (and very simple) guide through interior design trends across the continents.

Europe

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Europe has such a rich and diverse interior design scene with some trends dating back a few centuries. Here you have Mediterranean style, Tuscan, French, Italian, Victorian, Eastern European style and Scandinavian influences. That’s why it’s really hard to list a few distinctly European design trends. However, if you’re looking to decorate your home in Old World style, opt for rich and deep colors.  Large and comfy furniture are must and don’t shun away from ornamentation (especially when aiming for Victorian or Baroque style). On the other hand, we have Scandinavian style that favors light and soft colors. Northern winters can be very dark and gloomy so boost the light in the space using blond wood, simple furniture and go for generally decluttered spaces. These spaces seem to concentrate on functionality rather than ornamentation!

Africa

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One of the most exotic interior styles out there is African style. It’s characterized by originality, dynamic, energy and contrast. African interior design style is torn between “minimalism and simplicity and primitive brutality.” Africa-inspired interiors often contain a lot of ethnic elements, animal print accents and warm, earthy colors of the continent. Blue is almost never used in African style homes! Faux skins and furs of zebras, leopard and cheetahs achieve an amazing effect when used as accents. Africans have a deep respect for artisan items, so their homes are often filled with handmade wooden utensils, exotic masks and sculptures.

Asia

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There are two very different branches of Asian interior design: Far East (China and Japan) and South Asia (India). Chinese and Japanese homes have a strong presence of Zen culture characterized by clean lines, a minimalist feel and plenty of natural elements. This interior style favors neutral and natural colors in order to evoke the Feng Shui elements—fire, water, earth and air. Bold colors are also present, but in moderation. You can often see colorfully painted scenes, bold fabrics and painted ceramics in Far East homes. Another interior design style in Asia is Indian design and it stays distinct even after various European influences. It’s characterized by the use of rich and vibrant colors inspired by spices. Think earthy reds and yellows and deep purples. Indian homes (and especially temples) are often full of patterns and heavy wooden furniture, such as wooden tables, benches and curved sofas and chairs.  

North America

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When it comes to Classic American style, we can say it’s characterized by a comfortable and simple vibe and minimalist ornamentation. Think materials like stone and wood that create a very natural and cozy atmosphere. American homes often have an open concept kitchens to emphasize the feeling of comfort and homely warmth! The number-one choice of furniture in Classic American homes is large and cozy pieces with simple lines and patterns. However, North America of today is a true melting pot of cultures, races and religions which all influence the trends. That’s why it’s practically impossible to say what exactly is North American interior design.  

South America

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South America has a very inspiring interior design full of creative artistry and ethnic vibes. Even though it’s geographically very close to North America, these two continents have very different decor styles. Latin American style is very quirky when analyzed from the standpoint of the Western world and it’s full of color, textures and interesting patterns. However, it’s also often characterized by environmentally friendly features due to their strong respect of nature. The use (and reuse) of organic fabrics and natural elements like stone and brick is very prominent. Glass and tiles can also be seen in Latin American homes, especially in the form of murals that leave a big aesthetic impact.

Australia

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In spite of its small population, Australia of today is considered one of the leaders in the interior design industry thanks to its laid-back, open and timeless look. It has a very international feel accompanied with sophistication and an overall relaxing vibe. Just take a look at some of their chill beach houses and you’ll understand what it’s all about!

The interior design of every part of the world has something unique to it, so you’re bound to find something that fits your tastes, needs and preferences. Plus, you’ve probably learned something new about design that will inspire you and your home renovation.

When it comes to property there are a few things that people tend to notice right away.  The first obviously is location, but once they are inside, it’s all about the light, and the view. Some realtors will even time the viewing of a property for when the light looks best in the house. Realtors know that windows and what’s outside the windows can make a significant difference in how a buyer feels about the house.  If a house has great light, people tend to like it, if you can pair that with a great view, you can expect the price and the interest to go up. There are all sorts of windows out there, from small portholes to floor to ceiling varieties.  No matter what kind of windows a residence has, they play a huge role in the design and feel of your interior. Also depending on where you live for some rooms to be considered bedrooms they must contain a window.

Natural light is good for you

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You might not be a plant, but like plants, the sun helps you grow.  Natural light has been shown to have a whole host of benefits from improving mood and regulating sleep cycles, to more practical applications like being able to see without electric lighting.  Also some windows open, allowing you to let in some fresh air, and who doesn’t love that.

Bringing what’s outside your home in

When building a home or planning a reno, the placement of the windows, and to an even larger sense the rooms of the house will be thoughtfully considered in relation to the views available.  If you are lucky enough to have a view of the ocean or are high enough to see a panoramic cityscape chances are good that your windows and living space will be built around highlighting these features.  

Like handbags and shoes, windows should match the room

While not always the case, if you have the opportunity to choose your own windows, take your time and consider the room as well as the windows.  Think of a rustic cabin in the woods vs a converted warehouse apartment, both of these places feel different and look different, and most likely would be designed with different types of windows.  What’s most important is to try and choose a style that compliments the room as opposed to a style that clashes with it.

Things are looking up

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Skylights are a great option to lighten up a room and retain some privacy.  Bathrooms and showers can be dark because depending on the layout usually only one or two walls will have an option for a window.  The size and shape of the windows then have to be considered to bring in the light while not exposing you to the world while you take a shower.  The skylight solves all of these problems, allowing you to bring in lots of light where you want it without having to worry about scaring the neighbours.

When crystal clear is too clear

An often forgotten option when choosing windows is that they do not have to be clear.  In most cases, you want a window that is translucent, but not necessarily transparent. Opaque windows are often associated with renovations where a neighbour’s privacy must be preserved so council insists that your new second story bedroom doesn’t look directly into their bedroom.  However opaque windows can let in some nice light while also hiding some less than desirable features. For instance, a window that may look out into a stark brick wall, sometimes not seeing is better than seeing.

Clerestory, an unusual window

Clerestory windows are becoming a popular choice in modern constructions.  Generally placed high up near the ceiling of the room or the roof, they add an airy openness to rooms while also preserving wall space that could then be used by artworks or flat screen TVs.  Another benefit to these windows is creating the illusion of the ceiling floating on top of the room. Also can be used to maintain privacy while letting in the light.

Be practical about your choices

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Great big floor to ceiling windows sound and look great, but depending on what the room is used for may not be very practical.  The den and TV room are popular places for what are usually the biggest windows of the home. However, when watching TV reflections and light can make viewing difficult.  You may have chosen beautiful windows that look great, but depending on the layout and use of the room it may mean that watching TV or working on a computer is difficult without the use of shutters and blinds.  Or if the room is a bedroom you want to choose windows that both let in the light, but can be blocked when you want the room to be dark.

Mix it up

Windows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  While the quintessential window is usually square or rectangular, they don’t have to be.  Let your style help choose the windows, what do you like, let your creativity run wild. Alternatively, take cues from the property, perhaps your room has a unique shape and a triangular window would fit in just perfect, or maybe a circular one would work better.  Windows can provide a lot of visual interest while still highlighting the available views.

Consider your options

Once you have your windows picked you may want to consider some of the additional options.  Double glazing uses two pieces of glass to create your window and can help regulate the temperature of your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills.  Other options are for glass that can cut down on both the amount of light that gets through the windows (tinted) and the kind of light (UV) that comes through the windows.  UV light can damage fabrics and flooring over time as well as artwork on the wall, a UV blocking window can curtail some of that damage.

Windows as art

We often think of our walls as the place for artwork. But consider a ‘window wall’ as another visual center piece. A picture of a painting is the same all year round, while an expansive view of the garden, will change with the seasons. You can watch the birds flutter about while having your morning cup of coffee, or watch the kids playing out back while preparing dinner.  Reimagine your space with a big window to outside, it adds lots of light and often makes the room feel bigger.

Deciding on the right decor style for your home can be quite difficult. However, instead of choosing a single one, you may consider the combination of several styles and thus manage to strike that perfect balance and create an inviting atmosphere. For instance, you can fuse traditional and modern design elements by introducing different accessories, patterns and colours. In order to help you achieve this in no time, we’ve singled out a list of some amazing ideas and suggestions.

Give minimalism a try

Minimalism has gained in popularity immensely over the last couple of years and it doesn’t seem that this craze will fade away any time soon. So, if you want to create a truly modern home, going minimalistic is the right way. This style would also allow you to add traditional furniture pieces and accessories without making your home look overcrowded and messy. For instance, if you’ve opted for a modern red sofa, you can pair it with a vintage-looking coffee table or a unique Arts and Crafts rug and thus manage to introduce two opposite designs in one room without ending up with something incoherent and awkward.

A fresh coat of paint

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Your apartment may be full of different traditional rustic pieces that you simply adore and don’t want to get rid of. However, you can always try to freshen them up and add a more modern feel to their design. For example, by painting your old kitchen cupboards, you’ll get a chance to preserve their vintage quality and make them look more contemporary at the same time. You can go for those amazing Pantone shades that have been predicted to be the most popular this year. On top of that, feel free to experiment a bit and don’t hesitate to opt for bolder choices which will speak volumes about your great taste and ability to think outside the box.

Mix these styles in your bathroom

Your bathroom is the perfect place to achieve this special mixture of modern and traditional elements. You can start by installing brass faucets that will, together with an antique credenza or vanity cabinet, help you experience the spirit of a bygone era, making you feel as if you were taking a bath in one of the royal bathrooms. In addition to that, elegant mirrors have been shown to be a great choice as well, since these can really tie the whole room together and add that finishing touch to the place. Finally, think about incorporating a few traditional art pieces which will be a great contrast to a predominantly traditional design.

Make your traditional home more practical

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A traditional design can be quite fascinating; however, it hasn’t always been the most practical option. So, if you want to make it work, we advise you to go for more modern lighting options, textiles and storage space. For example, LEDs have proven to be extremely energy-efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars per year. Furthermore, they don’t emit excessive heat, and can cast a natural light that will further highlight the beauty of your home’s interior design. Moreover, investing in a quality storage solution is a prerequisite for living in a nice and neatly-organised home. After all, no matter how sophisticated and elegant its style is, if you don’t keep it decluttered and clean, everything will be in vain. Therefore, remember to make good use of vertical space by installing enough shelves in each room where you can keep all the items that you need daily, as well as your beautiful antique accessories. Additionally, your bedroom is a place which can get messy extremely fast, so we suggest installing a few extra drawers beneath your bed, where you can store all the linens and your summer/winter clothes.

You can choose your favourite

Finally, when we talk about mixing two styles, we don’t mean that you have to follow the fifty-fifty rule. Instead, you can choose your favourite decor option and then add a supporting one to it. For example, you can decorate 80% of the house in your main style and then the other 20% will be enough to break the monotony and contribute to a super-chic and cohesive look. In other words, going predominantly modern and then introducing a few vintage elements here and there is absolutely an amazing solution.

As you can see, achieving a perfect mixture of different styles doesn’t have to be hard at all. You just need to follow your own ideas and decorate your home so that you will feel pleasant and relaxed while spending time here. Lastly, remember that you’re the one in control and should always strive to express your personality and show off your creative side as well.

Environmental awareness has been on the rise in every single aspect of our lives, and interior design is no exception. Designers and homeowners alike have been embracing the eco-friendly trend and natural materials have been prevalent in interior design in the past few years. Besides being good for the environment, these materials are good for you and your family, as well. Add the warm and cozy feel they provide for any interior, as well as their highly versatile to the list of their benefits, as well. It’s no wonder why natural materials are a trend that is here to stay.

The style factor is high

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There is a reason why natural materials never really go out of fashion. They are amazing neutrals and give an instant feeling of luxury and style to any space. Wood, marble, clay, terracotta and even concrete all come in colors that will fit into virtually any color scheme you come up with and enhance it. Interior designers are embracing this new environmental consciousness, and green materials are popping up everywhere. Apart from the traditional, there are many new materials available, which look great and have enhanced characteristics. The best part is that natural materials look amazing whether you use just one, or decide to mix several. Because they are always trendy, they also tend to give the space a timeless elegance.

They’re a health-conscious option

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In an age when progress doesn’t always equal well-being, we are all taking efforts to do what we can for our health. Our efforts are mostly focused on diet and exercise. However, the materials we surround ourselves with can also have a huge impact on our health. Not so long ago, home building used to involve some pretty harmful practices, like using asbestos or lead. Those days are behind us now, but a lot of artificial materials are still potentially dangerous for our health. Natural materials are the best and safest option in this regard. And we’re not just talking about the lack of carcinogens either. Research has shown that natural materials have a beneficial effect on our mental health too.

They are sustainable

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Natural materials are inherently more eco-friendly than their artificial counterparts, according to Antonia from EscapeWaste.com. If you’re buying locally produced materials, or, even better repurposing reclaimed or recycled materials and pieces, you can be certain in your knowledge you’re doing what you can for the planet. Reclaimed or recycled materials are also budget-friendly. Oftentimes you can get amazing pieces or materials for a ridiculously low price. You just need to look in the right place and use your imagination to figure out how to repurpose your find. In most cases, you will get superior quality for a relatively low price.

They are long-lasting

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There is the reason why natural materials sometimes come at a higher price. Simply put, the quality of natural materials tends to be much better. Speaking in terms of quality, that usually translates into increased longevity. Even when, eventually (usually after many years) they do start to show some signs of wear and tear, they look much better than artificial materials. The worn look usually translates into an attractive patina which just makes the material look more attractive, instead of ragged. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should forgo proper care.

They vibe with every style

kitchen wood
Whatever your interior design style, there is a natural material that will look amazing when incorporated. You’re aiming for a sleek, modern look? Concrete and metal are your thing. Rustic is more your speed? Terracotta and wood are the way to go. You want to achieve a minimalist zen look? Embrace bamboo and canvas. Naturals are a beautiful accent too, and they are sure to breathe some life into your neutral color palette. And finally, they are always at least a little bit unique, giving your home some much-needed character, without being overwhelming. Add some much need greenery, and your home is sure to shine.

The natural materials trend is definitely ushering in a new era in home design. It’s showing that we can be more responsible as consumers, both in regard to the planet and our own health.

We all need some time off to relax from our modern, busy lifestyles and just focus on ourselves instead of thinking about all the things we need to do that day. Unfortunately, if you happen to live in one of the many concrete jungles, it can become quite difficult to find a place that lets you truly let go off all your worries and that doesn’t require a full tank of gas in order to reach it. So, why not bring such a place to you? Transforming your own home into an oasis of peace and tranquillity means that you’ll only need to walk through your front door in order to feel much better. Therefore, if you’d like to achieve tranquillity in your home, here are four ways in which you could do that.

Clean it up

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Now, this doesn’t mean it should be as clean as a hospital but if you want to create a calming environment, there shouldn’t be any dirty clothes on the floor or unpleasant smells distracting you from enjoying your time at home. Also, it’s normal to add new and interesting things to your home, especially if it’s a new home and you’re still settling in, but you need to be careful not to create clutter. Clutter can only make you anxious, so try to embrace minimalism and keep around only those things that you truly do need. On the other hand, if minimalism isn’t exactly your style, then simply try to keep your home clutter-free by giving away everything you no longer use or need and keeping everything you do stored in its place away from sight.

Keep it fresh

flower, home
You can’t relax in a home that is stuffy or just smells weird, so keep your air quality in check. Make sure your windows and blinds are easy to handle, and let in as much fresh air as you can during the day – if the weather allows it, of course. Also, keep your AC units clean and dust-free so they don’t blow dust and dirt into your home. Moreover, you can also buy a quality mold air purifier that will keep your home mould-free and your household air clean. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of plants in your home – besides improving the air quality, they can also make your home look more comfortable, peaceful, and visually appealing.

Embrace earthy colours

bedroom, earthy colours
Natural colours have a soothing effect on people, so paint your living room in softer tones, such as beige, white, or grey with accents in darker shades. Spice it up with textures and patterns to add a bit of personality to it, and use art to create a focal point that will make your room look both stylish and organised. That being said, if you have a favourite colour, don’t be afraid to focus on it regardless of which colour it is – there are amazing purple, dark blue, and even black living rooms that are just as calming as the naturally coloured ones. So, choose a colour that makes you feel good, and decorate your home with it.

Add some softness

calm, soft sofa
Although parquet, and similar wooden flooring, is always a safe choice because of its natural colour and low maintenance, it’s not exactly “comfortable”. If you can afford to dedicate some time to their maintenance, wool and fur carpets are a perfect choice for a soothing home. Just pay attention to their colour; try to match it to the rest of your room. Moreover, you can also add a couple of soft pillows and throws for the same reason – they can boost the visual appeal of your home, and they can add to the sense of peacefulness and comfort.
You don’t need to go far if you’re looking for a place where you can de-stress and relax after an exhausting day. All you need to do is decorate your home wisely – choose the colours that make you feel good, add some elements that are soft to the touch, introduce some greenery, and keep your home clutter-free. After these few touches, you will have your own personal resort where you will be able to relax whenever you want for as long as you want.

A long time ago I decided that I only wanted to sleep on the best. Bed sheets, pillow, mattresses – I finally bought into the idea that you spend a third of your life sleeping so you might as well do it in the best conditions possible. And then I found out there was a lot more to it than just making the decision. Just a quick read of a bed sheet guide will show you things are a bit more complicated than I assumed. But I got across it and managed to put together the best bedroom set up for me (and I started sleeping like and angel). But then I had a different problem. A first-world problem to be sure but a problem nonetheless. After shelling out so much for quality bed sheets, I didn’t really feel comfortable just getting rid of them when they started to wear through. So I got creative! Below are my tip 10 ways to re-use bed sheet when they’re no longer good for sleeping.

Picnic blankets

Why spend money on fancy picnic blankets when you basically have some already? Most bed sheets are perfect for the purpose, and all the better if they’re colourful or patterned. If the ground is a bit damp, all you need to do is fold the sheet over once or twice. Your family outing or romantic lunch is sorted without any extra hassle.

Pets

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Speaking of dogs, old bed sheets make excellent pet blankets. Put an old sheet in your cat or dog’s basket or favourite place to lie in the house for extra comfort. Alternatively, you can fashion a super simple dog toy by cutting a sheet into strips and then braiding these. If you don’t have pets, consider donating your old bed sheets to your local animal shelter, as they tend to need all the supplies they can get.

Cleaning

Old sheets can easily be a greener, cheaper alternative to disposable cleaning products. Use them in the garage or garden for your messy hands and shoes, turn them into rags for cleaning the floor or other surfaces, or use them to pat down your dog after an especially muddy or wet walk.

Plant protection

If you’re worried that your plants won’t withstand the chill, help them out by covering them with an old bed sheet. It will trap some of the warmth from the ground and keep out a light frost. This works especially well if you place a fitted sheet over a raised flower bed.

Kids’ forts

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Who doesn’t like building a fort? You can use old bed sheets to build a fort for an excellent time even in bad weather. Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, have a look at this bed for guide on how to make a simple, no-sew teepee for the kids. Old bed sheets… or a grand fortress?

Movie screen

What’s a better way to watch a film than on a big screen? If you want to create your own cinema-sized screen, all you need to do is hang up a sheet. This way you don’t need to worry about not having any white walls, and you can even fashion an outdoor cinema. Don’t have a projector? You can find fairly cheap second-hand ones online, or rent or borrow one from places in your area.

Shopping bag

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to refashion pillowcases into tote bags. You’ll be helping the environment, and you’ll avoid accumulating drawers full of plastic bags in your home. You’ll also save the money you would spend to buy one. And as an added bonus, you might just have the most stylish shopping bag in the store.

Clothes

pyjama bed
If you like sewing or want to learn, making old bed sheets into new clothes is a great project for you. It’s especially wonderful for beginners because you won’t be wasting any expensive material. Consider starting with something simple, like a loose summer dress or some pyjama pants, depending on what kind of bedsheets you have.

Packing material

Whether you’re moving, travelling, or storing your belongings, bubble wrap and butcher’s paper are useful, but they’re very wasteful and can be expensive. Instead, ensure the safety of your fragile objects by wrapping them up in old bed sheets. Not only are they reusable and very versatile, but they’re completely free! You can fold or crumple them to prevent things from rattling around, use them to wrap scratch-prone objects, and so much more.

Decoration

There are many cool things you can fashion out of old sheets, including crib mobiles, curtains, fabric-covered clothes hangers, embroidered wall decorations, quilts, and anything else you can think of. Stay busy, get crafty, and add some colour to your home. If this sounds like a good idea but you’re not sure you could do it, consider going to sewing or quilting classes, or just delve into the unlimited resource that is the internet.

Article by Jade Emily