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2014 Design Trend Update by Di Vapor

Here at Di Vapor we try our very best to keep on eye with what’s on trend, without focusing purely on the bathroom space. Knowing what styles people look for around the home can often reflect certain trends that can appear in bathroom design.

The growing popularity for glass shower enclosures generated the introduction of two new cabinets, The Verona & The Venice, meeting the need of glass construction throughout with modern design. Glass as a material keeps natural light as a priority, keeping rooms bright and welcoming. The need to keep our living spaces open and alight is reflected on a few trends that have taken hold this year.

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LIGHTING

Having a well lit living space is something we all consider when it comes to home design, but sometimes we can often miss even the most basic principles. An ongoing trend that has fast tracked it’s way to the top is the need for professional lighting consultants. Experts with years of experience can take the space that you’re working with and maximise your lighting options, taking full advantage of the natural light available within the room.  They can also advise on which light systems would suit your space best, whilst considering the best possible energy efficient option.

MATERIALS

Recent figures have shown that a rising demand in the use of manmade materials throughout the home has drastically impacted the number of options available to work with. In addition, manmade materials are often customisable, making them work well within your requirements at very little cost. New resin technology allows any base material to be wrapped in a 3mm thick liquid cement that sets silky smooth, remaining cool to the touch whilst visually maintaining warm natural stone tones.

Kerlite is another manmade material wonder offering heatproof & acid proof properties whilst maintaining a high level of tensile strength. This non pourous material makes it a superbly versatile option for a surface top or splashback. Furthermore, the manufacturing process allows for a number of different shapes and sizes – No design is too extreme.

GLAZING & GLASS

We’ve seen it used in modern housing developments, replacing walls and supports for maximum light coverage – Using large glazed glass panels has quickly becoming a key trend for both the kitchen and bathroom. Large bi-folding glass doors to a kitchen allow for plenty of natural light to pour in, whilst offering an attractive entrance to a garden space.  Using glass as a divider within a room such as the bathroom helps to divide the floor space without interrupting the flow of natural light. The rising use of glass as a feature over the last decade has quickly  become a staple trend, set to continue strong throughout 2014.

COLOUR SPLASH

Current colour trends demonstrate the desire for natural colour tones pairs with blue & grey as supporting base colours. Accent pieces are back offering the more daring designer a chance to be loud without being too harsh.  A splash of lime green or ruby red can quickly raise the mood of a room, whilst also offering a unique way to highlight small features.  For a flawless tried-and-tested way of introducing colour,  combine light neutral colours with a bright colour offering.

 

 

Easy steps to a Healthy Heart

Many people believe that in order to maintain a healthy heart, you’ll need to take on board high levels of exercise or even purchase endless medicines & diet books. The fact of the matter is, you can maintain a healthy heart by making simple lifestyle changes that can have a lasting long term effect. Several research studies have already shown the healing benefits of having a positive attitude whilst enjoying life at every possible opportunity. This can be as simple as partaking in your favourite physical activity or relaxing with family & friends.

We only get the gift of life once, so we may as well take full advantage of it!

The following tips are simple changes that anyone can make, whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle and not spending a great deal:

Enjoy every minute of life

Many studies have shown how individuals who laugh more have lives filled with lots of activity, greatly reducing the risk of falling victim to any heart conditions. As we age, the day will come when we decide to “fly the nest,” leave our parents’ homes and sign our very own mortgage agreements. Adult responsibilities such as these tend to result in the fun & games coming to a sudden stop, one that you must be prepared for. Try to maintain your inner child by having some “childlike” fun in your everyday lives – It’ll help your health and wellbeing, whilst maintaining a healthy heart.

Don’t underestimate the power of relaxation

As we get older and our lives begin to progress through the natural stages of “getting older,” it can be very easy to forget about relaxation. Life quickly begins to gather uncontrollable pace as more needs doing, time is spent with different people doing different things, and sometimes stress levels can grow at an alarming pace. Stress increases the risk of heart disease – something that nobody needs. As the world revolves around you at a seemingly blinding speed, a speed that you can’t control, forgetting about yourself is easily done. Try to dedicate a time in the day to get away from it all in order to relax your mind. Whether its yoga, reading your favourite book, or going for a wander around the block, just be sure to give yourself time to gather and rearrange your thoughts.

Perhaps a glass of red?

Recent studies by the British Heart foundation (http://www.bhf.org.uk) have demonstrated how people who choose to drink a glass of wine with their evening meal could drastically lower their chance of heart disease risk by at least 30 per cent. There’s some truth in believing that a small amount of alcohol enjoyed each day with food or as a way to relax, may be better than practising abstinence. Of course drinking alcohol in this way is a lot better than drinking excessive amounts. Red wine in particular is associated with helping to maintain a strong and healthy heart.

Make your very own home spa haven

Knowing that spending time relaxed as opposed to being stressed can almost halve heart disease risk, so why not create your own relaxation haven in the comfort of your own home? Ensure there’s plenty of natural light, perhaps some soothing music topped with a large abundance of fresh flowers. These are just a handful of possible ideas that may work for you, but if you’re lucky enough to have a larger budget you could look into installing a personal sauna or steam room. Be sure to have a dedicated quiet space in your home to ensure you have a place to think without distraction.

Settle your soul

Believing in yourself can drastically help to keep you mentally grounded, whilst effortlessly helping to maintain a clear focus on what matters. Many studies have shown that people who utilise positive words such as “hope” and “joy” tend to outlive pessimistic counterparts by almost a decade. Why not try to embrace all the good things in your life, rather than focusing on the negatives – Without stating the obvious, being a state of happiness is better for your mental state than one of anger.

Enjoy others and party!

Our state of mind is far healthier when in the company of family and friends that we know and love. Don’t be one that makes excuses by not having enough time for others by surrounding yourself with family and friends. By helping yourself to be in a healthy mental state, your body will feel relaxed so your heart doesn’t have any extra strain.

You’ll do wonders for your state of mind and wellbeing, without even making an effort.

 

 

How our bodies repair themselves

The Human Body is wonderful thing, handling the majority of every day functions as we go about our daily lives. Think about it – Our bodies require oxygen, which is handled by our lungs without us even sparring a thought to do so. As you read this article, you’re not thinking “I must breathe in, now I must breathe out” or “I must now pump blood to my left arm.”

The same can be said for a whole host of things, including the repair of our bodies cells. So how often do our body parts renew themselves? Check out the following shortlist provided by the folks at the Healthy Hideout to find out:

A few days

  • Intestine – The intestine is one of the hardest working repair specialists, renewing all cells every two to three days.
  • Taste Buds – Ever taken a sip of coffee a little too quickly? Then you’ll know what burnt tongue feels like. The average human has over 10,000 taste buds on the tongue which renew themselves every 10 – 14 days. Just think of all the food you consume in this time – this is certainly a good thing!

A few months

  • Red Blood Cells – The average woman contains 4,600,000 red blood cells per cubic millimetre. It can take up to three months to replace each and every one.
  • The Liver – Livers have a cell lifespan of around 5 months, before the renewing process must take place.

A few years

  • Hair – You may get it cut every 6 weeks, but on average it can take between 3 -6 years before you can brandish a completely new head of hair.
  • The Skeleton – One of the more amazing facts; The human skeleton renews itself completely every 10 years.
  • Heart Muscles – Important to keep these muscles in tip top shape! Heart muscle cells can take approximately 20 years to completely renew themselves.

Never

  • Cells that cannot repair – It’s unfortunate for many, but old age can take it’s toll on the eyes and brain. Both of these sets of cells cannot repair themselves.

Incredible “carpet” brick laying machine

Brick roads have been around for centuries, as they were easily repairable when damaged and could tolerate excessive amounts of water due to natural drainage amongst the cracks. They looked great too!

Newer adaptations of brick roads allow water to be infused through the cracks back into the ground again, but due to the labour intensity involved tarmac remains the most common surfacing material. Tarmac is not only more cost effective, is saves a lot of time and can be laid quickly and efficiently.

Laying out the red carpet - Tiger Stone style!

Laying out the red carpet - Tiger Stone style!

This may start to change thanks to a clever new machine known only as “Tiger Stone” introduced by Netherlands based construction company. The device works to create a flawless, sustainable brick surface, seemingly magical, but all thanks to taking clever advantage of gravity. An angled plain is loaded with bricks by the operator.

As the machine inches forward over a sand based layer, the hopper allows the Tiger Stone to lay out 400 meters of road a day, with a potential width of 6 meters. Impressive Stuff!

Workers ensure the "brick carpet" looks it's best!

Workers ensure the "brick carpet" looks it's best!