Unusual gifts

Unusual gifts – granite items

Ideas for unusual gifts

stone giftGranite is a beautiful rock with a set of unique qualities. It’s not only highly durable and resistant to multitude of damaging factors, it’s also simply beautiful. Just think of such granite properties as: resistance to harsh weather conditions, durability even if subjected to constant damaging influence of moist, humidity or heat and interesting colouring further emphasised with its inner grainy structure and internal veining. As such granite makes really great unusual things.

If you’re thinking of unusual gifts for your loved ones, friends, family or even business partners it’s a good idea to consider things made from granite. Due to its above mentioned properties granite makes truly unique things that definitely draw attention and make a stand. Unusual gifts made from granite are for example gifts related to practical usage such as chopping boards or pendrives and gifts which are more of a purely aesthetic nature such a s pieces of jewellery.

Granite pendrives, chopping boards or ice cubes

What’s interesting, unusual gifts from granite can look like real works of art. Think for example of pendrives with granite elements. Suddenly such a simple device that’s commonly used becomes something rare and exquisite. The same goes with such other business related gifts like for example pens, pencils, key rings and other things like that. Small granite element that’s artfully incorporated into these items can turn them into something truly unique.

Yet, unusual gifts don’t need to end there. There’s plenty of other granite gifts that find a lot of practical applications or are simply made to please our eyes. Think of granite chopping boards – highly practical since they can’t be splintered or damaged by heat and also aesthetic complements to your kitchen. Finally, let’s not forget about such granite elements as jewellery. Pendants, bracelets, necklaces, rings or earrings made with some granite elements can be truly amazing.

After all, they are really interesting and can draw attention. What’s more, such unusual gifts can release designer’s creative energy since granite comes in such unique colours and vibrant veining. It’s beauty can be further emphasized if the stone is enclosed in beautiful metal casing. Think of a pendant with exquisite pink granite stone enclosed in silver. Can you imagine the powerful effect such unusual gift can have? The same goes with other unusual gifts from jewellery such as rings, bracelets and many others. After all, there’s no limit to creative energy and imagination.

Farmhouse design

Farmhouse design – traditional kitchen

What’s farmhouse design

Farmhouse platesNowadays it’s extremely popular to have a modern design. Suddenly everything imaginable becomes modern – there are modern interiors, houses, architecture, layouts, kitchens, worktops and plenty of other things. What’s interesting, modern isn’t only related to architecture and design. Our whole lifestyles can be modern. Yet, what’s interesting, there’s still plenty of people who recognize the need for tradition. After all, tradition is our link to the past and as such it’s very important to remember and honour it the way it should be.

Hence, traditional interiors aren’t really obsolete and completely discarded. Modern people still appreciate it. There’s still a fashion to be old school and traditional. Farmhouse design is one of the greatest examples of this devotion to the past. Although contemporary farmhouse design differs from the traditional one a lot it’s still easily recognizable by the set of typical features. First of all, farmhouse design is named like that not without a reason. After all, this particular type of design comes from the styles used in old farmhouses.

farmhouseTypical elements of farmhouse style are for example, heavy furniture full of rough edges and raw surfaces, natural materials like wood or stone, warm colours and emphasis put on harsh practicality. As a result farmhouse design interiors can have two kinds of look. They can be either pretty rough and austere (when it’s practicality that dominates) or they can be warm and welcoming (when the focus is placed on natural materials and colours.) What’s interesting, contemporary farmhouse design is a little bit transformed, which means that it’s got a lot of new faces. What are they?

Is it really a good option?

Contemporary farmhouse design is therefore quite an interesting style. On the hand you can find there plenty of natural materials like wood, natural stone like granite and on the other hand it’s very often combined with modern interior elements like for example metallic elements, industrial materials like cement or brick wall and other things like that. Such combination of elements has plenty of interesting applications. Farmhouse design works especially good in case of kitchens. After all, kitchens  can benefit from heavy furniture made from natural materials. Think for example about heavy wooden table and set of chairs completed with interesting granite worktop and everything is immersed in white. Of course, there’s plenty of possible designs and kitchen is just one example of modern embodiment of farmhouse style.

Granite offcuts

Granite offcuts – what are they and how you can use them

What are granite offcuts

Granite is  natural rock that’s widely known and valued for its practical qualities such as high durability and resistance to multiplicity of harmful factors and for its aesthetic values like unique colouring. All these distinguishing features make granite perfect for various kinds of applications. Just think of variety of worktops, countertops, tiling, cladding, flooring and multiplicity of smaller granite elements such as decorative figurines or tombstones. Granite is perfect for all these applications because it looks good and can withstand severe conditions, both outside and inside.

Granite offcuts pricesWhat’s interesting, granite in order to be made into stunning kitchen worktop needs to undergo  a series of complicated processes. It starts with locating granite deposit site, mining, excavating or drilling the actual granite, cutting it into smaller blocks, cutting into slabs, polishing and sealing. These are just a few basic actions that need to be taken in order to turn a harsh natural rock into smooth, sleek and shiny granite worktop.

What’s interesting, during the final process of fitting and installing granite worktop original granite slabs are cut and formed in fully customised form. During this process some parts of granite aren’t necessary and they are cut off and discarded. These smaller pieces are commonly called granite offcuts and can be effectively used to make beautiful granite works. What can be done with granite offcuts and why are they such a deal?

What can you do with granite offcuts

Since granite offcuts are actually the leftovers of granite worktop fitting process they come at discounted prices. Very often granite offcuts prices are up to even 50% discount when compared to the regular granite price. The prices are so low because they are offcuts – which means that they are the leftover parts of the fitting process. As such their shapes and sizes are pretty irregular and various. Therefore, they can be difficult to use to create something new. All these things make granite offcuts so cheap and so attractive.

Most of the people won’t really know what to do with such offcuts. Yet, if you’re just a little bit interested in granite properties and possible applications and you have a knack for doing things you can be quite creative with granite offcuts and you can make a really beautiful things. Granite offcuts can serve as your inspiration and release your creative energy and ideas.

What are the possibilities when it comes to granite offcuts? For example, you can put the pieces together and make such things as splashbacks, hearths, coffee table tops and all kinds of smaller decorative things and elements. Granite offcuts because of their irregular sizes and shapes can be truly inspirational and functional.

Bright colures

Bright colures – kitchen furniture and worktops

Why bright colures

Modern home interior design tends to favour neutral colours. It results mainly from the fact that neutral colours are safe and agree with characteristic features of home design – these are minimalism, functionality and simplicity. What’s more, natural colours are also frequently associated with natural colours, with colours of nature. After all, there are mostly whites, blacks, browns and beiges – all these colours can be easily associated with elements of nature as well as with natural materials used for creating furniture and worktops such as wood, natural stones, granite or marble. Yet, the fact that such colours are by definition favoured by contemporary design doesn’t mean that bright colours are completely discarded. What’s interesting, bright colours have their own place as well.flower

Where can you easily find bright colours – think for example of single walls in your home, which are frequently brightly coloured in order to stand out from the otherwise neutral background, or consider smaller decorative elements that are bright for exactly the same purpose. Bright colours can be easily found in modern home interiors, as well as in the traditional ones. In fact, there’s no definite saying that bright colours are somehow banned from given styles and designs. If only they are chosen with great care and coordinate well with overall colour scheme, there’s really no problem at all.

What’s more, bright colours can be really great additions to your overall home décor. After all, thy are bright which means they are vivid, full of inner energy and live. They are energetic and have certain vibe that definitely draws attention of your guests and your family members. Simply imagine, juicy green pillow cushions set against white washed kitchen or think of azure blue picture frames against grey background of your living room walls. There’s simply no end of possibilities here – contrastive displays of colours can do wonders in a variety of interiors.

Bright worktops and cabinets

What’s more, bright colours can make great kitchen cabinets and worktops. Think of a clear line of smooth and highly polished kitchen cabinets – blue like midday sky. Of course, such brightly coloured cabinets won’t work well in a clumsy and cluttered kitchen where everything is out of place. If you’re counting on the great final effect be careful to have  proper background, the setting and stage is essential. The same goes with sunny yellow kitchen worktop – it needs perfect setting to shine fully. Simple advice is – never underestimate the background.

Kitchen navigation

Kitchen navigation – the power of movement

Why movement is important

Movement is life. It’s a basic and pretty simple statement, yet is has pretty complex implications. Let’s take a moment to actually consider what does it mean. Why movement is life? First of all, life is all about repetitive actions and cycles of moving and not moving. Imagine the never ending cycle of life – people wo are born and go on living (movement) and people who die and cease to exists (no movement). Take even simpler and more imaginative example of repetitive cycles of nature. There are seasons of the year that change and differ with regards to amount of movement involved. Finally, think of the very basics of your existence, of your body that depends on movement, is constructed on movement and is in its essence movement.

KitchenMovement is important and without our lives and the world itself won’t exist. Movement plays a huge role in variety of contexts and can be interestingly interpreted, yet lets not forget about practicalities. Movement around your house is the key to your everyday happiness. Home design is well aware of this therefore, spaces are designed in such a way as to improve your movement and  make it as efficient and smooth as possible. Think for example of kitchen navigation. Although, at first sight it may seem that kitchen navigation is a simple thing in practice it’s really not. Imagine all the obstacles that can hinder your way and make kitchen navigation slow and quite often pointless.

Comfortable kitchen navigation

Luckily, home design takes into account the power of movement in our lives, not only on the cosmic scale but as well as on the everyday one. In order to make kitchen navigation as efficient and smooth as possible modern designers think of two things. First of all, they design space in such a way as to make kitchen navigation easy. They carefully think of what actions can take place in your kitchen and create dedicated areas (like workspace, cleaning zone, dining area) that connect with each other smoothly, yet stay separated and are easily accessible. Secondly, they take into account your preferences and design kitchen space accordingly.

As a result, kitchen navigation is natural for you and while moving around you won’t encounter any obstacles. Transition from one area to another is super easy and you can move from place to place without a blink of an eye. Consequently, kitchen navigation makes your life much easier and time efficient. You can prepare food, cook dinner and clean much faster that in cluttered and messy kitchen that forgets about the inner power of movement. What’s more, your energy is saved and accumulated and not wasted on unnecessary walks there and back. Enjoy the movement.