Happy Friday! Get ready for the weekend!

Recently we have discovered this company and we cannot stop looking at the products they make. Usually people have no idea what can they give to each other for specific occasion. These beautiful boxes may be a good solution for this kind of problem. Totally bespoke gifts box depending on the occasion, personality and interests of the person you choose to surprise.

For instance:

The Thank You Box
What comes in the box
A L’OLIVIER Regional Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Aix en Provence A.O.C - 250ml
SAL de IBIZA finest natural Sea-Salt 125gr
MAST CHOCOLATE OLIVE OIL - 70gr : dark chocolate blended with cold pressed olive oil
L:A BRUKET mild soap with essential oil from Coriander and black pepper - 120gr
Fresh flowers or plant

Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!

Usually this finish is associated with cold industrialism or brutalism. But why not to add some friendly touch and a bit of colours to break the scheme a bit?

Luxurious modern is a new trend. We feel and see more and more that our beloved Scandinavian style is giving his place at the top of the popularity to something that could be described as Lavish Modern. Lavish Modern is still quite simple and modern, but with a touch of glamour there and here. 

Getting inspired by this autumn colour...

Futon, literally meaning a mattress or a blanket, is a Japanese bed popular all over the world for the comfort it provides. Japanese are famous for being meticulous; so, it should not come as a surprise that this invention of theirs is not as simple as it appears to be. When we think of a bed, we think of a piece of furniture that is used for sleeping and except for the design, we mostly are concerned about the sleep that our bed would provide. A Japanese Futon in the same regard, is a well thought invention the purpose of which is to provide a sound and peaceful sleep.

Components of a Futon:
Those of you who don’t know what a Futon is or how it looks, here’s an overview of a Japanese Futon or a traditional Futon mattress. Apparently, it is a low slung bed that might just also appear as a plain mattress lying on a floor. However, it is composed of different components. Traditionally, the Futon is supposed to be folded. According to the Japanese culture, the bed should never be left spread out during the day. So, if you are visiting Japan and you are to sleep on a Futon, you have to fold it before leaving the room. 

There are three Components of a Futon:

·     Shiki futon:  These are traditional Japanese mattresses. They are thin and usually range from 2-5 inches in thickness. A shiki futon is the reason why Japanese Futons provide an extremely comfortable sleep. Unlike foams and spring mattresses, shiki futons are organic i.e. they are made of 100% pure cotton. Many companies might add synthetic material to make its manufacture cheaper, but ideally authentic shiki futon must be made entirely out of cotton. In countries other than Japan, shiki futons are quite expensive and come wrapped in sheets with a variety of colors and materials.

·     Kakebuton: This is the comforter that is laid on top of the shikifuton. The material and thickness of kakbebuton may vary but typically it is made of hand pulled silk and is extremely thin and light weight. The silk Kakebuton is ideal for winters as it provides enough warmth without being heavy or bulky. No matter, which material a Kakebuton is made from, it is supposed to be light weight and thin.

·     Makura: It is a traditional Futon pillow that is completely different from the pillows we are accustomed to. It is typically made of buckwheat hull or beans. This means that is a hard pillow that might not appeal to many people. The idea behind this it to provide an appropriate elevation of the head and neck.

The laying and folding of Futon:
As said, the main difference in a futon and other beds is the difference of care routine. It is important to lay the futon out and fold it back. It is essential for all the components of Futon to be placed correctly otherwise it will not serve its purpose. To lay down a futon here’s what you need to do:

1.   Place the wooden frame (if you’re using one) to put the Shiki futon. Mostly, Japan is commonly in habit of using Tatami mats, a yoga like mat that is laid out before a futon. The height of the frame may vary, depending upon the use of futon as a bed or sofa bed.
2.   Next is the futon.
3.    A sheet is then placed on top of the shiki futon. This is called the futon cover which also ranges in colors and designs.
4.   The sheet must be like a pillow case i.e. the entire mattress must fit into it.
5.   Next place the kakebuton on top of the traditional Japanese futon
6.   At last, place the pillow and you are good to go!

Here’s how you will fold the Futon:
       1. First, fold the kakebuton. Fold into a half and then a quarter. But, remember to never touch the underside with the outer side; fold it in one direction.
             2. Now, fold the mattress, shiki futon, in the similar fashion as you’ll fold the comforter.
             3. Once you are done folding the mattress and the comforter, make a stack of it and place a pillow on top of it.
Many people have different opinions about Japanese futons: some find it most comforting while some find in uncomfortable. But, essentially when you get used to it and adjust with makura, a futon can be an ideal bed in for you 
Busy days and work and it is easy to get stressed! We looked into some tips on how to get rid of feeling of anxiety and stress.
1. Meditation
A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress.

2. Breathe Deeply

Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

 3. Laugh Out Loud
A good belly laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading the comics, or chatting with someone who makes you smile.

4. Crank Up the Tunes
Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece. You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes and singing at the top of your lungs!

5. Get MovingYou don’t have to run in order to get a runner’s high. All forms ofexercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. You can go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs. 
If you’re in need of a literal fresh slate in your life, a new bedroom might just do the trick! Going for utmost comfort is possible while keeping things pleasing to the eye. So if you’re running ideas on how to redesign your personal space, here are amazing and unique ideas to get you started. 

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Painting galore 
Who’s your favourite painter? Pick his or her masterpiece and use it as your focal point in picking your room’s colour scheme. For instance, if you’re going for Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, use different shades of blue and add accents of yellow. 

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One colour, different shades

If you can’t decide on a painting, pick your favourite colour instead. Work with just one colour and experiment with different shades. You can pick a white backdrop for your room and abundant splashes of your chosen colour. 

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Move to the attic
When you want to go for natural lighting, the highest point of the house may be the best option for you. You’ll get the privacy you need and if you push it, amazing skylights with a glorious view. For a warm and cozy theme, try a country or rustic design. To up the style, put a large painting on the wall or the floor. Simple but comfortable beddings work best to soften the room’s rugged design.
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Think Wes Anderson
Have you seen films The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom? You’ll notice the specific design of these visually appealing films by acclaimed director Wes Anderson. Despite the limited colour pallet, the beauty is achieved through visual symmetry. 

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Your dream vacation
What’s the country you wish to visit the most? Get inspiration from a place you’d like to visit. Whether you dream of a romantic Parisian honeymoon or a sunny trip to the Bahamas, you’ll never run out of things to fill your room with souvenirs from the country of your choice. 

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Trip to the beach
Case in point, how about a bright but laid back memory of a day at the beach? Get classy with a minimalist color scheme with bright white, cool ocean blue and warm sandy ochre. Relax with these neutral tones with bursts of blue to remind you of the soothing waters from your last unforgettable vacation. If you have the luxury of a great view of the the sea or a large body of water, install large windows and forget the curtains.

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Nautical with a twist
Who doesn’t love the nautical theme? It’s pretty easy to pull off because of the blues & creams and the striped design. You can switch it up by replacing the deep navy blue colour with orange. This is focusing on the rope aspect of the design, install hanging beds and of course--don’t forget the stripes! 

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Custom furniture
When you’re working with smaller spaces, you would want to get the right furniture to fit in your room. Customised furniture will do wonders for your space, being modified to fit exactly the way you want it to. What’s convenient and practical about these furniture is that you can get ones that serve more than just one purpose. 

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Booklover’s paradise
What do you do that makes you happy? Don’t look far and wide for unique designs when the best one is simply something you love. For example, if you’re a booklover, install shelves around your walls and stack books under your bed. Keep the backdrop a simple colour to bring out the colours of your books. 

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Article by Regina Due
Happy Friday to everyone!

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