Sunday, September 10, 2017

5 Tips for Decorating on a Budget

5 Tips for Decorating on a Budget

If you are passionate about interior design but lack the money to do something spectacular, then you will need to be creative and be able to think outside the box to realise your grand vision. We all like to have a cohesive decorative scheme in our home, but when we don’t the reason why this is the case is sometimes down to a lack of money.

However, we can all reach our end goal with persistent and patience and we you don’t need to break the bank in the process either. In this article we have rounded up the top 5 tips for decorating your home on a budget.

1. Set a budget

Before you do anything ensure you set a realistic budget for your interior design project and stick to it. When it comes to doing a big decorating job most people often buy the first thing that catches their eye. This is bad idea. Instead, only purchase the items that you have budgeted for. Ask yourself what are the pieces that will really bring your room to life. How many of these can you realistically afford? Do you want a grand clock to frame your home or will a smaller chic item do as an alternative?

2. Have patience shopping for deals

If you don’t to spent large amounts of money on expensive items for your interior design project then you are going to have to learn to bargain hunt like a pro. It’s important that you bide your time and hold out for items that help realise your overall vision and not jump at the first thing that seems like a good deal. The worst feeling in the world is buying something that you really and truly do not love. Once you have found that winning item you will soon realise it was well worth waiting for.

3. Play around with arrangements

Artwork and objects can be arranged to keep a fresh, unique setting, much like ingredients in a recipe. Start by taking a main focal piece and then arrange more ordinary and inexpensive items around that piece. This one simple trick is one easy way for you to stretch your budget further.

One of the most impactful things you can do with your interior design is take some old china plates and arrange them in a random fashion on your wall. Doing so will bring a sophisticated and classy look to any home.

4. Use what you’ve already got

Why shop around for the best of the best when you are likely to have some hidden gems stowed away somewhere in your very own home? You might just surprise yourself with what you find by simply raiding the cupboards or rummaging through old junk in your attic space.

If you have a kids room that needs updating then why not dig out some old baby toys that you may have hidden in storage and get the use of them by creating an arrangement you’ve never put together before.

5. Do it yourself
Perhaps the best way to truly express your artistic vision through interior design is through DIY. We don’t mean large scale DIY like replacing work tops or knocking down walls – we mean small scale do-it-yourself art and, pillows, throws and general trinkets and accessories.

Grab some old wood and experiment with painting styles by creating a high impact sign. Or why not source an old frame and canvas and embrace your inner artist. The results might surprise you and if you are feeling stretched or low the feeling can be very therapeutic.

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Changi Airport :  A Perpetual Innovation

Changi Airport : A Perpetual Innovation

I was at Changi Airport recently wearing my travel blogger hat to review it from a traveler’s perspective. However, the business innovation student in me could not be kept away. As I wandered across the three active terminals of Changi Airport at Singapore, I was impressed by the way they plan for future. Let’s look at some of the key numbers of Changi Airport:

At the time of writing Changi has 3 active terminals, terminal T1 that opened in 1981, T2 that came up in 1990 and terminal T3 that opened in 2008. They can handle 66 million passengers annually between the three terminals. It is connected to 320 cities in 80 countries.

• Designing the Airport with an assumption that travelers spend a lot of time at the airport.

• Designing the facilities keeping in mind the airlines that use the Changi Airport as a hub.

• Designing the services for passengers who spend substantial time.

• Keeping the interest of all stakeholders and all kinds of passengers in mind.

• Each terminal is designed on a theme highlighting the emphasis on design – T1 is based on tropical city, T2 has lots of gardens and T3 has a unique ceiling design that lets the light in but keeps the heat out.

• Efficiency is built-in in the processes – It takes you less than a minute to go through the immigration, the baggage arrives as soon as you arrive on the belt.

• There are so many activities available for the passengers apart from the regular shopping and eating options that most airports offer. Red my detailed post on Changi Airport – What to eat, buy, see & experience.

• Terminal T1 was re-built in 2012 and a budget terminal has been demolished to give way to T4.

• All the business class flights, cheap flights and even last minute flights are available with a lot of care and conveniences.

One would think that this capacity and this quality should be good enough for a city state like Singapore, but I went through the future plans of Changi’s expansion and here is a glimpse of what they are aiming for in future

• Terminal T4 will open in 2017 with a capacity to handle 16 Million passengers. It would use technology to enable passengers to not just self-check in but to also self-tag the baggage and drop the baggage at designated points.

• Jewel Changi Airport – an iconic multiple purpose complexes will open in 2018 designed by Safdie architects who also designed another icon of Singapore – Marina Bay Sands. It would house world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Jewel Changi Airport will have 5 floors above the ground and 5 below the grounds.

• Terminal T5 is expected to open in 2020.

• Changi has been winning the ‘Best Airport Award’ – more than 500 such awards and 27 times consecutively by Business Traveller. It seems they do not want to let go of these tags to anyone else.

Singapore has always been a shy and happy-go-lucky city with smiles all around. The people in Singapore are always welcoming and warm with their greetings. When such country handles international relations in the airports, you can be assured to think that they are going to be amazing even in their services at the airports and the flights. So just relax and plan a perfectly cheesy trip to Singapore. Known for their skills on body developments like Spas and treatments, they will surely make the best of your day whilst you are there. Imagine how much pleasing the place could be where the Airport itself is so ultra-modern. So just stop thinking much about the budget as you have the availability of cheap flights these days. Start booking and start voyaging through the clouds. Adios!

Friday, September 8, 2017

6 top tips for when buying a used car

6 top tips for when buying a used car

As the price of used cars go up and up, many of us are turning to buying used cars as a way to keep costs down. Buying a used car can save you huge amounts of money. However, it’s important to be aware of a few things that might just cost money to fix in the long run. In this article we list the 6 top things to look out for when buying a used car, from the overall efficiency of the vehicle, right through to the condition of the engine.

1. Familiarise yourself with the vehicle history

It’s important to get the vehicle history or logbook of any vehicle that you are buying. This will outline the entire history of the vehicle. Things to look out for include whether the vehicle has been stolen or has an outstanding loan against it. Most importantly it will tell you if the vehicle has been serviced or not.

2. Do your research

One of the golden rules of buying a new car is to research it as much as possible. You should go online first to check the marketplace for prices on cars from different commercial and private retailers. Don’t forget to contact garages directly to compare the specifications of certain vehicles and to compare price.

3. Know your budget

Set your budget at a price that you can comfortably afford. Before you set out to obtain quotes keep in mind that your budget might need to include maintenance and running costs. Remember to get a few quotes and not just settle on one.

4. Ask lots of questions

A common mistake made by people when buying used cars is the fact that they do not gather all the information to need to make an informed purchasing decision. Many buyers do not have the full picture or a clear understanding of the history of the vehicle. This is probably the single biggest mistake a buyer of a second hand vehicle will make. It is wise to make sure that you have no doubts in your mind about your potential purchase. If you do, then you should get these resolved as soon as possible with the seller.

5. Do a thorough inspection

The only way you can know that a thorough inspection has been carried out on a vehicle is if you have asked a qualified mechanic to do it. An experienced mechanic is the best person to identify small details like the condition of the seatbelts and tyres, through to any signs of rust or decay.

6. Have a test drive

Never purchase a used car unless you know how it runs. It would be a mistake to give over your hard earned cash for a car that you have not even tested. Some of the important things to check when out on the road are gear changes (are they comfortable?) and the steering wheel (does it move smoothly or is there some resistance?).

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