Showing posts from September, 2015

The A-Z of Interior Design - Z is for...

Z zzz! A restful night's sleep is vital for our health and well being.  With that in mind, I couldn't resist showing you the second most expensive bed in the world.  It actually floats in the air!  To stop it drifting away (as appealing as it sounds, this is not that practical) strong wires are attached to "anchor" the floating bed to the walls.  The floating is achieved with magnets which weigh 680 kg. And the price? You can float into the land of nod for a cool million pounds (UK sterling).   Designer, Janjaap Ruijssenaars took seven years to create the world's first floating bed. And so I skip to the eighth most expensive bed in the world (below)… the Monarch Vi-Spring Bed , which comes in at just over £32,000. This bed's focus is on comfort and boasts more than 3000 springs - a princess would find it hard to feel a pea under this super cushioned, high quality mattress, stitched and finished in Devon, with hand crafted fabrics. Vi-Spring want

The A-Z of Interior Design - Y is for...

Y in and Y ang are all about the synergy of opposing forces and the qualities of change and energy that exist in us and in our environment.  The ancient Chinese practices of acupuncture, martial arts, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine and Feng Shui seek to maintain and balance these forces and energy (ch'i).  For example, black, winter, or night represents yin and white, day or summer represents yang. Overall, the home is a yin environment - a place where we seek to relax, retreat, recover and restore our strength or energy.  By introducing soft lighting and carpets, music, plants and restful colours, luxurious, tactile fabrics and comforting art we are adding yin qualities.  In contrast, at work we add brighter lights, starker colours such as white, more practical accessories and furniture, harder surfaces, and images which are more focused on productivity - the yang qualities. Balancing yin and yang within the home can influence th