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Renovating a bathroom can be fun but is also a daunting task. There are too many options that you’ll find that will make you feel confused and overwhelmed. Picking the right materials for your bathroom will solely depend on what sort of bathroom you want to have. Whether it is an edgy one, or perhaps you are aiming for a traditional look, the key to a successful renovation is planning. Listed below are a few things that you need to consider when picking the right materials for your bathroom.

Flooring

One of the most important things you need to consider when renovating your bathroom is choosing what type of flooring you will install. If you aim for safe flooring, you have to think about the durability of the tiles you pick. Moisture and slip resistance are also important factors when choosing what tiles to install. Your options can be vinyl, cork, natural stone, or ceramic tiles.

Bathtub

The tub is the highlight of every bathroom, and choosing the best one is an important decision to make. For a safe and easy-to-install tub, go for a walk in bath. This is ideal, especially if you have an elderly person at home. They are designed to prevent anyone from falling or slipping. But if you are not into getting this kind of tub, you can always go for a traditional one. Choose the one that will fit your desired look for your bathroom.

Cabinets

Cabinets play an important role in the bathroom. They keep the room clutter-free and organised. You can find cabinets in different styles, but you have to careful and do not let the looks deceive you. Always look for cabinets that are not only durable but will also withstand the test of time. Cabinets made of solid wood and plywood are good options.

Vanity

No matter what type of vanity you wish to have, it’s important that you know your space. If you have a bigger space, then a built-in vanity might be your best option. However, if your bathroom space is limited, then a freestanding vanity will be good. Your vanity will define the look of your bathroom, so be sure to choose one that will suit your style. Also, consider picking a vanity that is easy to clean.

When choosing the products for your bathroom, always go for something that can withstand the condition of the room. Another factor that you have to consider when purchasing materials is your finances. You have to set a realistic budget that you can spend for the renovation. Check all your options first before making a decision. Once you finalise your budget, stay on track and do your best not to overspend. Whether you aim for a modern or a minimalist bathroom, keep in mind that it should always look clean and organised.

Choose the right materials that will not only make your bathroom look chic but also keep it organised at all times.

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With 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, bringing your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. Categories such as Interior Space and Exhibition Design; Architecture, Building and Structure Design; Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design; Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design; Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design; Landscape Planning and Garden Design and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

The A’ Design Award & Competition has ended for another year. Entries have been judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members. The prize? The trophy, of course, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more. Yes finally the winners have been announced.  Can you imagine the scale of this competition?  2094 Winners from 108 countries in 104 different design disciplines.

Here are some of my favourite winners for 2020 from the following categories: Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design; Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award: Architecture, Building and Structure Design; Lighting Products and Projects.

I think what I liked the most about these entries was the interesting use of natural materials and the almost organic lines of most. You can see all the winners here.

Once again an emphasis on organic, sinuous lines as well as an exploration of mass and voids, positive and negative space, monumental and intimate spaces.

From organic lines (and organic principles) to brutal and monolithic there is so much to explore in this year’s winners.

I love the exploration of what is light, the shape of light and changing direction of beams. As for the play on an hour glass to time a light … what fun!

A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories. Every year projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Award. While realized projects find opportunities to get published, reach new markets and meet a wide range of buyers for their existing products, the organization also helps the creative minds and startups to meet with the business people to realize their product ideas. Early Registrations to A’ Design Award are now open, enter your works for fame, prestige and international publicity. To register for next year’s competition you can do so here.

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with A’ Design Award and Competition.

Fine Art America

Posted on Tue, 27 Apr 2021 by KiM

One of my weaknesses when it comes to decorating my home is wall art. I love the power of art and have so much of it scattered throughout my home. This includes a small gallery wall in my living room of still life florals, a random assortment of a gallery wall in my dining room, and another random themed but similar toned grouping in my bedroom. And then plenty of other pieces scattered throughout. I’m always stoked to learn of new art sources, and Fine Art America is a new one to me. Lucky for me the network at my day job went down today for almost 2 hours and I spent the entire time scouring this amazing art source checking out all they have to offer (I could have easily spent 2 days!). They are one of the world’s largest art marketplaces that helps over 500K independent artists sell their art online. And what they have is everything you could possibly want, from the styles and themes to what format they are available in.

By everything I mean posters, canvas prints, framed prints (you choose your orientation, print size, frame, mat colour and width, and paper!), art prints, metal prints (printed on 1/16″ thick aluminum), acrylic prints (a favourite of mine to get really bold colours to pop, printed directly onto the back of a 1/4″ thick sheet of clear acrylic), wood prints (printed directly onto a sheet of 3/4″ thick maple wood using archival inks designed to last for 75 years without fading or loss of color) and tapestries (lightweight microfiber with hemmed edges available in three sizes).

Here is one where I chose framed print, and selected a mat and frame. I love that the site shows you how the art will look with each selection made.

I think tapestries are often overlooked when shopping for art. They are so versatile. Hang it on the wall as art, get some clips and a rod and use it as a curtain, throw it over an unsightly table etc. etc. Floral tapestries are my favourite.

One of the really cool features of Fine Art America is their curated art collection section. Hand picked by their staff, it is a quick and easy way to create an instant gallery wall! Whether by room, style, colour, famous artist etc. you can find anything you could ever want to create a gallery. Here are some that caught my eye…

And because I founds so many fantastic art prints, here are a few more that I fell in love with…

How to make your roof last longer

Posted on Mon, 22 Mar 2021 by Guest

You need a solid roof to complete your house. If your roof is damaged or leaking, it can make your house uninhabitable. This is why you should put special emphasis on taking care of your roof. If you do not take care of it early on, you will end up paying a lot of money should the damage be fixed.

Although financing options like Alpine Credits make it easier to renovate your home, by properly maintaining your roof, you can avoid the cost to a great extent. Before we get to the tips to prolong your roof’s life, let’s understand the benefits a well-maintained roof offers you:

●    A More Enhanced Curb Appeal

Your roof is one of the first things that one sees when they are right in front of your house. So, even a tiny defect there can be noticeable. Maintaining your roof will ensure that your house continues to look appealing and stand out from the other houses in the lane. Regularly maintaining your roof will keep a high value of your home.

●     It Adds To The Comfort Of Your House

A well-maintained roof ensures that the house gets adequate ventilation and insulation. This will add to the level of comfort inside the house. When doing your roof, you have to consider the attic space too, as they play a significant role in maintaining the longevity of the roof. When the ventilation in your attic is proper, it will help in keeping your roof ventilated and healthy.

●     It Reinforces Your Roof’s Weather Resistance

When you maintain a healthy roof, you work to reinforce its resilience. Your roof continues to bear the natural wear and tear. Even when it is not raining, your roof has to bear extreme sunlight. Therefore, maintaining your roof properly will allow you to address the problems in a timely manner, making sure they do not get worse. This makes the roof more resilient to wear and tear.

●     It Will Be Cost Saving

When you properly maintain the roof today, you can avoid the high costs of repair that you will end up doing in the future. With regular maintenance of the roof, you do not encounter any problems. This will also allow you to deal with issues at an early stage. Even small leaks can become a serious problem quickly and can turn out to be highly expensive to repair.

A Guide To Make Your Roof Last Longer

You do not always have to spend a lot of money to keep your roof well maintained. Regular cleaning and dusting regularly can also go a long way in maintaining the longevity of the roof. Here are some ways you can keep a well-maintained roof for a long time.

●    Regular Inspection

You must regularly inspect your roof to check if something is damaged or needs your attention. Additionally, before and after winter, you need to do a thorough checkup. Often during this time, your roof is left with some cracks and breaks. Start your inspection at the ceiling and go around the roof. Check for rust on metallic surfaces on your roof and make sure that flashing is working properly. The general examination will allow you to identify the repair and damage in a timely manner. This way, you can treat the issue before it gets worse.

●     Properly Insulate The Attics And Cathedral Ceilings

Properly insulating ceilings of attics and cathedral can help in avoiding ice dams. This can result in expensive leaks, especially in the areas where your roofing planes are connecting with each other. When the top layer of the snow melts on the roofs, it flows down.

However, if the recessed lighting in the cathedral ceiling is not insulated adequately, the heat melts the ice and snow from beneath. The moisture can get collected into the nail holes and significantly damage the decking of the roof. To prevent this issue, a self-adhesive membrane is installed to protect certain areas of the roof against water and ice.

●     Remove The Collected Leaves

If you are living in a tropical region, you have to tread the extra miles to take care of your roof. During the fall season, trees shed a lot of leaves, thereby clogging your roof entirely. Even if you install a gutter guard, this issue can continue to cause a problem. This is why you should remove the leaves on a daily basis.

Although it can be a tedious task, the results can be rewarding. You can simply use a leaf flower as it will get the job done without having to put too much effort. Once you have removed the leaves, mulch them in the garden so that the wind does not blow them back to the top.

●    Take Out The Blistering Shingles

Shingles on the roof may get blistered either due to trapped moisture or an inadequately ventilated roof. Blistered shingles may not concern people who keep granules. However, if you notice blisters, it is recommended to replace them before they pop. And. when the shingles are exposed to the UV rays, they will lose more granules. When you are replacing the shingles, consider the weather. This is because when it is extremely cold, the shingles are likely to get cracked, whereas, during intense summer, the sealants may become challenging to break. Moreover, do not power-wash the shingles as the concentrated spray can loosen their granules. This will cause damages that are not covered by the warranty. Instead, use a leaf blower or broom to remove the dirt and moss.

Final Thoughts

You do not want to be faced with a situation where you have to put an entirely new roof over the house. With time, the roof is likely to experience some damage and repair; however, there are ways you can increase the life of your roof. When it comes to maintenance of your roof, be proactive. If you see small issues, take some time to fix them before they turn into something huge. Lastly, with the above tips, you will certainly be able to prolong the life of your roof.

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This post was contributed by a guest writer

Last call for entries for the A’ Design Award and Competition. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. You can nominate your design here. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals.

From the Good Industrial Design Award to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) With the competition highlighting, advertising & advocating good design, taking part will provide recognition, publicity and international peer review. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

Are you inspired? Excited? Believe you’ve got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? You can register for the A’ Design Award and Competition 2020 – 2021 here. But you better be quick. The deadline for submission is on February 28. Results will be announced April 15 and you will find full coverage of the results here on Desire to Inspire. We can’t wait!

In the meantime here are some inspiring past winners …

House On Pipes Weekend Getaway by Nagendra R and Raghunandan G

Studio Atelier11 Office by Hyunmo Park

Shared Yard Yard by Tianqi Guan

Chinese Quadrangle Hotel by Zhang ZhaoYong

Montecarmelo Townhouses Family Housing by Joaquin Millan Villamuelas

Private Villa Juge Accommodation by Maiko Minami

Heart By Tree Villa House by Summer Chang Hin Cheong

Ryad Private Garden by Fernando Pozuelo

Nine Court Mansion Residential Landscape by Shenzhen IN Lab Design and Consultancy

Farmers Den Office by The Grid Architects

Black Star Vessel by Klaus Kirchner

Coral Teapot by Swee Tuan Pang

Gray & Gold Interior Design by Sergei Savateev

Soulful Residential House by Lu Sha

Master Suite Country House by Cibelle Costa

Apartment Pipa Residential Apartment by Giuliano Marchiorato

Taisi Personal Residence by Shao-Fong Wang

A Touch of Monet Residential Apartment by Li Zhang

Shenwu Jinmao Palac Exemplary Apartment by Joy Chou

Straightforward Journey Residential Apartment by Yi-Yun Chang

Don’t forget to nominate your designs for award consideration hereSubmission deadline is 28 February 2021.

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with A’ Design Award and Competition