How to Make the Most of Small Space

Decorating is something we all like to do. But the trouble may arise when there’s some small space that has to be dealt with. Luckily, today there are many tricks you can use to make a small space seem larger. Not only this, but squeezing in as much usable space as possible can also be a great way to add some life into a small space. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll have to renovate the whole room as sometimes even the smallest changes will be enough. So, if you decide to take on this project, make sure you keep on reading.

image 2Get the Most of Your Furniture

When dealing with a small space, it’s important to get the most of every single feature in the room. This is especially the case with furniture, which takes up a lot of space. The best way to make some extra space is to get multifunctional furniture. For example, you can always get a dining table that can serve as a desk as well. Also, if you’re looking for a sofa, make sure you choose one that can double and serve as a guest bed. You can also get a nice-looking ottoman that can also be used as a chair.

Hang Something on Your Walls

In such a small space, it’s important to use every empty spot. This means that you can’t leave your walls completely empty. First of all, this can be a great opportunity to get some extra storage space. You can easily hang a shelf or a cabinet on your wall and use it to store your books, clothes or CDs. Not just that but, you can also think about getting a coat hanger for your wall. Having one will help you use the free space on your wall and save some in your closet. If there any empty spots left, you can always hang a painting.

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If there’s not a lot of free space left, you can always use some tricks to make the whole room look bigger. One of the best ways to do this is to hang a mirror on your wall. There’s nothing better for a small space than mirror, as these are known to extend small spaces visually. Another great way to do this is to get some curtains. Just make sure the ones you choose go all the way from the ceiling to the floor. Also, bear in mind that clutter is always going to make a room feel smaller. Therefore, make sure you keep your small space neat and orderly.

image 4Establish Separate Zones

If you want to get the most out of your small space, it’s always a good idea to try to establish separate zones. These zones should be established according to the different activities you plan to do in that room. First of all, you should find the right spot for every activity. If you plan to put a desk in your small space, you should always put it somewhere close to a window. If you want to add a dining table to the room as well, make sure you choose a spot that can fit at least 2 chairs. It’s also a good idea to choose one color for each zone in order to make them look like separate rooms.

Replace the Doors

Another thing that can take up too much space in a small room are the doors. Standard doors are never a good option for small-sized rooms. It’s a much better idea to get bi fold doors which won’t take too much space while they’re opened. They will let in a lot of natural light which is great for small spaces. You should always aim at using natural light instead of artificial light. Another great thing about these doors is that you can have them custom made. So no matter what size of your room is, you can have these doors installed.

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Make sure you follow all of these tips, keep your room tidy, and your small space is guaranteed to look great. Let your creativity flow and keep searching for new ways to get the most of your small space.

Caribbean Food Week 2016

13076605_862125690564264_3735694774763388673_nGrace foods established caribbean food week in 2012. This year from 22nd August to 29th August at Windrush Square in Brixton, London you can find a mouth watering caribbean celebration of food, thanks to Grace foods!

I received a food hamper from Grace foods to help celebrate it. I thought that this was the perfect opportunity for me to understand more about my caribbean culture. Grace foods is the authentic taste of the Caribbean, they have a diverse and authentic range of products. In my hamper I received a selection of goodies which I used to create Salt fish pancakes with a choice of jerk bbq or hot pepper sauce starter, and a chicken soup for the main meal.

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SALT FISH PANCAKES

Method: Soak the salt fish from the night before in salt water, then the next day boil it once, drain the water and flake the fish into small pieces, in a bowl put two teaspoons of all purpose seasoning. In a seperate bowl make a butter milk pancake mix mix the two together adding black pepper.IMG_7765

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of salt fish
  • 2 teaspoons of all purpose seasoning
  • 100g plain floue
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 table spoon of caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 290ml of buttermilk
  • 25g of butter

 

 

CHICKEN SOUP

Method:Boil the water add chopped onions chopped spring onions, one bay leaf chicken pieces and bring to the boil. once boiling reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes then add one  packet of grace cock soup. Add some potatoes and keep on fire until cooked through. If using pressure cooker put all ingredients in together and cook for 20 minutes on fire.IMG_7777

Ingredients:

  •  2 packets of chicken
  • 8 potatoes
  • Enough water to cover the top of the chicken
  • chopped onions
  • one bay leaf
  • one packet of cock seasoning

 

On the side beans and peas, ackee and callaloo.

 

If you could have your own caribbean street party what would you eat?

Top 2016 tattoo trends

Tattooing has been practiced for thousands of years. While the first traces of tattoos were found on mummies, millenniums later we have the chance to come across tattooed people every day. Both men and women, teenagers and adults, choose to have their body or a certain part of their body marked with at least one tattoo. Trends vary from year to year, but it is certain that tattoos will not go out of style any time soon.

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In the previous years, microscopic tattoo designs were the leading trend in the world of body inking. Various celebrities opted for precisely this tattoo design to express their beliefs or emotions. Since this trend is taking over the world, it will definitely be widespread in the years to come, as well as in the 2016. A certain inscription or an image is the choice of many people when it comes to the tattoo design. Therefore, minimalistic tattoos are an excellent choice, especially if they cannot stand the pain of tattooing. Small tattoos don’t take too much time as opposed to larger ones. Dates, initials, a single sentence quote or a small flower can all be considered minimalistic tattoos.

Single line tattoos

Single line tattoo is a tattoo trend that is closely connected to microscopic tattoos. Indeed, we can say it is a subtype of minimalistic tattoos. The tattoos made of one continuous line became widespread. As it has the same charm as the minimalistic trend, single line tattoo aims to be a dominant tattoo trend in 2016.

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2015 was both the year of vibrant colour designs and black-and-grey tattoos. Hyper-vibrant tattoos often appear as tremendously real, making the image look alive, when the artist creates it accurately. Even though colourful tattoos might look too showy to some people, they actually tend to be highly elegant, just as black-and-grey do, and are still going to be popular in 2016.

Cubism tattoos

It’s quite a surprise to see the painting style created by Pablo Picasso transferring from painting canvas to the human body. Another trend that will rule the 2016 – Cubism – was flawlessly adapted by tattoo artists in order to produce the fascinating artwork on the skin of many cubism fans. Artists usually use the blocks of colour in order to shape the astonishing imageries of flowers and animals.

image 20Mixed style tattoos

Whenever two different styles blend, the magic is produced. The same goes for mixing the classic techniques of traditional tattooing with photo-realistic ones. By creating mixed style, the artist is given the opportunity to entirely express themselves while respecting the wishes of a customer. Considering that the modern times call for extravagant and eccentric designs, this style will, without a question, be trending in the 2016.

Optical illusion tattoos

Tattoos that play tricks on your mind are the most interesting ones. Optical illusion tattoos remarkably trick the eye into thinking that the image on the body is moving, or that it has three-dimensional depth. When you look at a tattoo and you have the feeling as if the image is emerging out of the skin, that is when you know a true professional and a rare artist had the opportunity to turn an image into a magical design.

The use of shapes, patterns, realism, fonts, and movement to create an expressive modern art twist to tattoos is what characterizes trash polka tattoo style. This style only uses red and black ink and is expressed as a collage on the skin.

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Tattoos are definitely taking over the world, and everyone is equally delighted by the trends that the new age is bringing to them. The artists are, by far, more imaginative than ever, and we can only hope for even more incredible designs.

How to Grow a Perfect Green Garden on a Budget

The ‘green’ in ‘green gardening’ isn’t about the plants’ color, it is about designating those which are environmentally conscious. The trend of green gardening has been growing over the course of the past decade and many eco-friendly techniques have been adopted by gardeners throughout the world. Green gardening, much like every other ‘green’ movement, has our planet’s health in mind, so growing a green garden is extremely beneficial to the environment. We have outlined some green gardening ideas for you.

main_pondGo Chemical-Free

Many gardeners consider growing a chemical-free garden a fool’s errand and a backward way of thinking. However, growing strong, healthy plants, without utilizing substances that are poisonous to the environment, is not only possible, but is growing into a trend.

The best way to tackle chemical-free gardening is taking matters into your own hands – literally. A real gardener isn’t squeamish about getting their hands dirty – if this is the case, then consider the whole gardening idea; if you don’t want to use your own hands for gardening, well, then it might not be for you.

Using your own hands, however, isn’t the end of the story. Try as you might, you won’t be able to grow a chemical-free garden without strong plants. Growing strong plants starts in the soil – if you stuff it with organic matter and compost early in your garden’s life, chances are that your plants will grow strong and, therefore, healthy. Strong plants are better than pesticide and, furthermore, with strong plants you are likely to keep the good insects alive!

Seeds

Choosing the right seeds and seedlings is extremely important – going with the expensive ones will provide an easier way of growing your garden. However, many of the expensive seeds and seedlings are treated with neonicotinoids, which kill bees – some of your greatest gardening allies!

Buying seeds and seedlings from a nursery you trust is a much better (and greener) choice. As JNS skip bins experts advise, give pollinated or heirloom seeds a go.

Choose Tools Wisely

Going with energy efficient tools is of utmost importance, when it comes to green gardening. No matter how much you’ve struggled to keep your garden green, this will all be in vein, unless you use eco-friendly tools. Think electric lawn mower, instead of ones powered by gas. Electric tools are, as a rule of thumb, green gardening’s greatest allies.

Hand driven tools, however, are a different story. Even though electric tools are quite green, they still spend energy – using hand-driven tools is the way to go. In addition to paying a tribute to the environment, the whole experience of using hand-driven tools is more rewarding.

Think Compatible Plants

Commonly known as companion planting, finding certain plants that work well with each other is a great way to grow a strong, green garden.

You can find a useful list of companion plants here, to get you going. By growing compatible plants, you reduce the risks of pests and diseases in a completely natural way. To top it off, your vegetables grown in this way will taste sweeter and you’ll get more wiggle room to grow more plants in this way.

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Reuse

Gardening can be done without spending a lot of money, while staying completely green. You can save up a whole bunch if you choose to reuse items from your home and yard.

Use worn out clothes for cleaning and piles of swept leaves for composting. Old newspapers can be used as biodegradable pots.

Growing and maintaining an eco-friendly garden can be quite a rewarding experience. You do not have to set aside huge parts of your budget, but it will require some dedication and effort. In the very beginning, it might take up more of your time, than with a non-eco-friendly garden, but in the long run, your strong plants will borderline learn how to fend for themselves, if you will.

The Best Birthday Gifts for Your Bestie

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It’s that time of the year again. Your best friend’s birthday is nearing and you still have no idea what to get her this year. A lot of people go out of their way to make their bestie feel special on her birthday and try to outdo themselves every year. But there is no need to spend a lot of money. When buying a gift for your best friend it is the thought that counts not the price tag. That is why we made a list of the best birthday gifts you can get her. These won’t break the bank but you will surely make for some beautiful memories.

Flowers

You cannot go wrong with flowers. They are a classic and probably the best gift for any girl. However, since it’s your best friend`s birthday you need to get more creative than just buying a bouquet. If you don’t know already, find out what her favorite flowers are, buy a bunch of them and fill every corner of her house with them. You will definitely put a smile on her make her feel special on this beautiful occasion.

Weekend Trip

This one is a bit more expensive than the rest of the gifts on our list, but it is sure to make a lifetime memory for your friend. Rent a lake or a beach house and invite your whole squad to spend a weekend relaxing and toasting to your bestie`s birthday. Memorable and fun nights are guaranteed, just don’t bring your boyfriends because this is the one weekend of the year when the birthday girl gets to hog the limelight.

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Personalized chocolate

Any edible gift is a good choice, but customized chocolate gifts are an even better one. There is no cuter or more special gift than their favorite chocolate with their name on it. You can write whatever you want, perhaps some inside jokes. You can even make it in a specific shape. Almost all bakeries provide this service, but if you prefer, you can order it online and save some time.

Subscription Gift

Get your best friend a gift every month for a whole year with a subscription box. This is a fun way to surprise her every month with her favorite makeup products, exotic foods, magazines or even clothes. They are fun to look forward to and are pretty affordable. Nowadays a lot of companies offer these kinds of subscriptions and they literally cater to everyone`s taste.

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Jewelry box

Every girl needs a jewelry box and what better occasion to get one than on your birthday. There are a lot of options, different types and designs so you are sure to find one that is perfect for your best friend. You can choose the color and material and even add a personal touch, for example by carving her name on it. If the company selling them does not provide that service already, take it to a professional wood carver. She can keep it in her bedroom and it will last her a lifetime.

That ends our list. We hope this article gave you a few ideas for your next birthday gift and that your bestie will enjoy them. Remember to put some thought into them and add a personal touch to the present because nobody knows your best friend better than you do and you are sure to make a long lasting memory.

Must Know Style Hacks

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This summer i know I’ve been very busy with social events and I’m sure you all have been too. With a tight and busy schedule there is no room for wardrobe malfunctions. In this post I will be talking about the many ways you can avoid problems and stay stylish.

 

imageStyle hacks can be as typically as getting out tough stains or something as simple as keeping cool or warm in unexpected temperatures. If you work in an office and find it hard to keep warm then pants are the way to go women’s pants are also all the rage check out betabrands pants from casual to dressy they have every fit shape and style.

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How to get more privacy in your backyard

People who live in temperate climates tend to consider their yard an extension of their home where they can lounge and eat as a part of everyday life. As for people who live in colder areas, moving to their yards after a long winter is like going to a real vacation. Still, no matter where you live, you don’t want all of your neighbors and people who pass by to be able to see you relaxing in your yard. Luckily, there are some things you can do in order to make your yard more private. Here are some of them.

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Property-line plantings can sometimes be real life savers. Good thing about them is that they’re going to provide you with a year-long screening and that there are no restrictions limiting their height. In tight spaces, like side yards, columnar evergreens such as arborvitae or Italian cypress can be perfect for separating adjoining yards and blocking sight into your yard. If you decide to plant some privacy plantings, make sure you create a trench that is more than 2 feet wide and more than 2 feet deep. You should water your privacy plantings plentifully and frequently during the first year.

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Newly installed pools and playgrounds will require some fast solutions when it comes to privacy. In this situation, there’s no better choice than a standard fence. Installing a 2m solid-board fence is one of the quickest ways to add year-round screening to your yard. Not only that, but it’s also a great solution for tight spaces, since fences like this have relatively small footprints. If you decide to install a standard fence, make sure you check out the local rules regarding fence heights as well as any other restrictions. Board fences come in many different styles and colors, which means you’ll surely be able to find something that will match your house.

image 8Masonry Walls

Similarly to fences, masonry walls can do wonders for your yard. A masonry wall made out of stone or stucco that is more than 6 feet high is simply a great choice. Still, they may look a bit less oppressive when there are windows cut into it. Such openings can always be decorated by ornamental ironwork. If you want to save some money while decorating your yard, you can check out garage sales for any old ironwork that can be incorporated into your masonry walls. When it comes to color, it’s up to you to choose a color that will go great with the rest of your home.

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Any small outdoor areas such as patios, outdoor kitchens and private decks are much easier to screen that the entire yard. So, if you want one of these parts of your yard completely screened, it’s a great idea to install some panels and shade sails. Panels will prevent the rest of your neighborhood from taking a look at these parts of your yard while shade sails will prevent people from neighboring buildings from looking in at your yard from above. Not only that, but shade sails will also protect you from the sun. If you like spending time outside during the rainy days, you can always get waterproof shade sails.

Container Gardens

If your yard isn’t too big, you can also screen it with a container garden. Even though these might be difficult to look after, they will make your yard look fabulous. You can use it to screen some small areas of your yard as well. Ideally, pots should be raised on casters which can be moved easily when it’s time to make some repairs or throw a party. Of course, make sure you pick some pots that will fit with the rest of your home. There are some great classy pots you can check out. When it comes to plants, you can always combine showy annuals with some ornamental grasses.

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All of these things are great solutions if you’re looking to prevent others from taking a look into your yard. If there’s still a lot of noise that makes it difficult for you to relax, consider installing a small fountain to mask it.