The sheer amount of different appliances which you can now buy for your home may be a little overwhelming at times. However, with our handy list of the top 5 must-have appliances, you will have a good idea of exactly what it is you should have for a well-run and comfortable home.
The washing machine is a good place to start this article as it reminds us just how certain appliances have become things that we take for granted. Few people in our society wash by hand these days; and if you cannot afford to use a laundrette or dry-cleaner on a regular basis, then a household washing machine is your only real option.
Drying clothes the traditional way – over a washing line – can be a little bit of hassle as it takes a while and is entirely dependant on the weather. With an energy eficient electric tumble dryer, however, you will be able to get drying your laundry done quickly and efficiently – no matter what the weather may be outside.
When it is cold, we can make do by wrapping up in blankets and woolly clothes. During hot weather, however, we have fewer options, and a few ice cubes in our soft drinks will only go so far. The only sure-fire option when it comes to staying cool at home during the hot months is air conditioning. A good quality AC unit will help you to carry on your daily life during warm weather. Once you have installed air conditioning, you will find that it is easier to relax, to concentrate, and to go about your day-to-day life no matter how hot the outside temperature.
There are countless appliances that are designed to help us in the kitchen – enough, in fact, to fill an entire article themselves – but one of the most useful and straightforward is the microwave oven. With this appliance, you will be able to cook your food in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. It is a vital time-saving alternative to traditional ovens and other cooking appliances, which can take up a good portion of your day while cooking. Make no mistake, if you value the time saved by a quickly-cooked meal, then a microwave oven will be a must-buy piece of kitchen equipment.
Finally, we come to an appliance which plays a vital role in keeping our homes as tidy as possible: the humble vacuum cleaner. These days vacuum cleaners come in a wide range of different sizes to suit different houses, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs. After all, the only alternate is cleaning by hand – and that is something which we can all live without!
So, we hope you enjoyed our list of the top 5 must-have appliances. Which of them is missing from your household equipment?
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 August, 2014
Skull lovers now you can find it even as a tea infuser.
The story of buddhist master Wonhyo drinking water from a skull was the motive for the ‘skull tea infuser’ by Lee Jinyoung from i-clue design. According to the story, as the religious figure was traveling to china, he and his companions were forced to take shelter due to harsh weather conditions. Later that night, he was overcome with extreme thirst and drank water from a chalice he had stumbled upon in the cave. Upon waking up the next morning, the men realized that they had been residing in ancient tomb among corpses of the dead. This led the monk to deduce that he had used a skull as a cup to quench himself. Wonhyo became amazed at the idea that he had actually found the drink to be refreshing and arrived at the epiphany that the human mind is capable of transforming our perception of reality.
This product reflects the desire to feel Wonhyo’s significant meaning of life by applying the parable to the design of a playful creation. made in korea out of 100% food safe silicone, the flexible material features a continuous seam that wraps around the head at the height of the mouth,this allows the two pieces to be securely linked and easily detached as tea is placed into the interior cavity. Multiple perforations have been cut out of the mandible, eye sockets, and front and parietal bones to flow herbs, leaves, and aromas throughout the glass of water. Out of the top, a string connects to a circular surface that acts as a counterweight and mechanism to guide the release of the chemicals. once users are done, this component simultaneously acts as a base to prevent liquids from spilling on tabletops. (via)
All images courtesy of Lee Jinyoung.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 August, 2014
Frame was inspired by picture frames. The basic rectangular design forms a graphical chair with its versatility contributing to a creative and inspirational atmosphere. You can sit in the middle like on a stool or straddle it and use one of its sides as a backrest. In contrast to normal seating furniture, Frame has both sides and a top that encloses the user and screens off the surroundings and creates a feeling of its own space. You can find more information at Materia.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 1 August, 2014
Yet another great design found on Kickstarter This adorable wall clock is suspended by a straw strap hung from a fixed wall peg. The character’s mustache corresponds to the hour indicators, bestowing a decorative and narrative personality onto an object which is usually merely functional. Silva will be available in different colors.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 July, 2014
Europe isn’t traditionally thought of as the cheapest place to travel, but there are ways to significantly cut down costs and enjoy all it has to offer without breaking the bank. Follow these tips and you have a good chance of exploring some truly amazing places on a shoestring.
Book a last minute package
If looking for a package deal, then booking later is the cheapest way to go about it. Last minute holidays 2014 are becoming enormously popular among travellers who want to visit grandiose European destinations without spending a lot. Tour operators become desperate to shift those empty rooms and plane seats the nearer the time for departure, otherwise they lose money. This is great if you’re happy to try just anywhere in Europe without being too specific.
Use the Megabus
The Megabus is one of the best ways to get around the UK with tickets around a pound. You can also get to Paris, Amsterdam, or Brussels from London. They also run trains to selected destinations in the UK. For best deals, book a month in advance. Even if you miss the best deals, the prices are still very reasonable.
Some flights can be staggeringly cheap, and very often around the £20 to £30 mark, sometimes less with budget airlines. Cut costs by keeping within the baggage allowance. Travel light and your money can stretch a long way. For the best deals, book a month or more in advance. Remember, always check the small print to make sure you know the luggage allowance and any other stipulations to avoid unwanted fees.
If you’re looking to travel long distances via train, a rail pass is vital to cut those hefty fares. You could save hundreds by using a rail pass. As always, shop around for the best deal.
For travelling long distances across the continent, Eurolines is a good option and works out cheaper than train travel. Eurolines can offer travel usually at half the price of the same destination by train. It’s not always as comfortable, but you’re saving money, and if you’ve got some means of occupying yourself throughout the journey, the hours will roll by.
So travelling around Europe with all its magnificent architecture, its baroque palaces and distinguished plazas, doesn’t have to cost the earth. In most cases booking in advance is going to save your hard earned cash. In the case of packages, the later the better. In either case be flexible and you’re sure to see some truly world-class attractions in Europe without breaking the bank.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 29 April, 2014
Sometimes I found and instantly fall in love with the concept, packaging and design. This Cake In A Can from The Food Ministry made in Britain but ship everywhere… what a charming birthday treat! How awesome would it be to serve these at a party?! You can buy them here!
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 18 April, 2014
We love finding new designs that are in their first stages. This cool project is getting some attention on the crowd funding site Kick Starter. Pluk, a cool suspended fruit basket designed by Danish design studio, FACO.
If you like it you can get this project funded and help them to move to the manufacturing stage.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 27 March, 2014