The year of the horse is almost upon us! Chinese New Year celebrations begin on January 31, 2014; have you started preparing your home and office for the new year? If not, here are some tips to get you started.
First, get down and dirty.
It’s time to get rid of all that clutter! The horse is a minimalist, so first order of business is to get everything clean and organized. Get rid it of all the junk that you’ve accumulated.
Sweep away all the dust and dirt with this household staple, the walis tambo.
Choose appropriate colours and accents for each room.
Consider the colors purple, orange and red for your living room. Green and gray colors will work well for the kitchen; additionally, introduce the wood element into your kitchen through live plants and simple framed art or photographs. In the bedroom, go for off-white and soft pastels or white with accents of brown, beige, gold, or silver. Decorate the bathroom with elements of blues and whites, with accents of black, wood, natural fibers and stone. Enlarge this space further and make it even more bright and cheerful through the use of mirrors. Meanwhile, earth tones like terracotta, gold and yellow are recommended for the dining room, and furnish it with wooden furniture.
For the living room (clockwise from top left): the Lotus Candleholder is a great table topper; accessorise your window with these Wind Chi or hang them by your door; decorate your living room with the red version of the Shell Torotot Decor.
For the kitchen (clockwise from the top): protect your counters by placing hot dishes to cool on top of this abaca placemat with green accent; never lose track of time (and never overcook your dishes!) with a wall round clock; another great way to protect your counters is to use this buntal raffia fiber combi in green.
For the bedroom (clockwise from top left): illuminate your room with this gorgeous gold link pendant chandelier, this brown tall vase (set of 3) or brown vase (set of 3) can be perfect accent pieces in one corner of your bedroom.
For the bathroom (clockwise from top left): add a touch of zen with this incense holder made of serpentinite rock from Zambales; introduce soft lighting for when you want to relax while having a bath with this two tone candleholder also made of serpentinite rock from Zambales; decorate one corner of your bathroom (or your bathroom counter, if there’s enough space) with these stonecast candleholders (set of 2); give your bathroom an illusion of space with this mirror made of mahogany frame and glass or this mirror with inlay design; prettify your tissue with this wooden tissue holder.
For the dining room (clockwise from top left): add this driftwood with glass vase as your dining table centerpiece; top your sideboard with this monsanto wooden lantern; serve rice or other dishes with this lovely wooden pinya; gather round this calvin round dining table at every meal; turn off the lights and use a tea light candle inside this oris tea light for a romantic dinner for two; dress up your meals with this coco placemat.
Get enough clean fresh air.
Open your windows regularly to allow the air to circulate. Keep fresh flowers around the house to help clear the air. Alternatively, use an air purifier to ensure that the air in your home is always full of oxygen.
Ozein Air, with its 4-stage air purifying system, is a great addition to your home. It effectively removes 99.99% of airborne contaminants such as dust, pollen, smoke, mold, pet dander, and dioxin. It also kills any virus and bacteria that pass through its system.
Choose rounded corners for your furniture.
As experts advise against sharp corners in your furniture, choose those with rounded corners instead. Avoid arranging furniture in an L-shaped position.
(Left to right): Grab this rounded stool made of weaved abaca as the perfect accent to any room of your house. This beautiful stool is made of wrought iron, but made in such a way that it makes you think of bamboo; this can be a perfect addition for the living room.