SOLVINDEN – No Cords or Plugs Floor Lamps by IKEA

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Those cute apple and pear lamps with no cords or plugs are made by Ikea. Helps you save energy and reduce your environmental impact because it is powered by a solar panel that converts sunlight into electricity.
Includes 1 rechargeable battery (AA 1.2V) that stores energy from the sun. The battery can be replaced and last about 2 years.
Position the solar panel for maximum exposure to sunlight.
Recharging time is 9-12 hours in sunlight, but over 12 hours on a cloudy day.
When the battery is fully charged, the product will give full light for approx. 12 hours – so cool!

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Feng Shui by Pun Yin

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To celebrate the Chinese new year (year of the sheep) we invited Feng Shui master Pun Yin to talk to ChicTip about authentic Feng Shui

1. What make a good feng shui house?
There are many criteria to consider a home good Feng Shui. The most important thing is sunlight, it should be able to penetrate into the home to release the (mental, emotional & energetic) stress of the occupant(s). The sunny spot should be in the gathering place like the family/living room area as well as the master bedroom.

The home should be decorated with the Five Elements representations through colors, themes & material that the energy flow of the home & the occupants calls for.

Dreamy Double-Sink Bathroom Vanities

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One of the most simple ways to update any bathroom is to install a new vanity. Many times the old ones need to be ripped out, but the installation process for a new vanity can be both quick and economical as a package deal. Many luxury bathroom and kitchen design home stores offer a plethora of designs, models and varieties. Double-sink styles are hands-down the most ideal, especially for master bathrooms. Most of these outlets offer both showrooms and easy online shopping, such as Decor Planet.

The true beauty of installing a new vanity is that it’s offered in a pretty, one-stop-shop package. Choose from vanity cabinets, marble countertops, porcelain sink styles, mirrors and faucet design to round out your sophisticated selection. Whether your personal preference is clean-lined classic or more contemporary, these luxe double-sink vanity additions are a perfect match for your modern home interiors.

Art and Feng Shui by Dana Claudat

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We invited Dana Claudat from “the Tao of Dana” to talk to ChicTip about art and feng shui.

Tell us about yourself
I’m a lifestyle lover, a feng shui expert, an art fiend, a dog mom, a Buddhist and a writer. In no particular order!

How art and Feng Shui go together?
Art is expression, no matter what medium it takes. Art is a portal to the divine at times, something that at its best can articulate emotions we lack words to express.
In my approach to feng shui, space mirrors life in powerful and personally stylish ways. In a sense, if you change your space, you open the door to more easily change your life since with each space adjustment you change that mirror to look like more of the life- and the you- that you want.
I find that art is often the only perfect-for-a-space way to add energy that nothing else can.

What kind of art you’ll recommend for a client to display in his home for good energy?
Art is so personal. I can look at a painting and see a whole universe and you may look at it and see a few blocks of color. I always direct people to search out art that they feel, first and foremost. If you can’t feel art, it isn’t doing to do much for the energy of your home no matter how beautiful it is!

Does it have to be expensive art or can it be prints or DIY?
DIY is often the best for certain people who need to explore the depths of their own personal expressiveness. Its a huge risk to display your own work, even in your own home. That said, its also immensely rewarding.
I don’t quantify the merit of art by its cost- though I do love curating big collections.

What kind of art do you like and do you have it in your house?
I like things that are hard to find and signature of an era. 70’s artifacts. And gifts that were made for me. I collect signed art books. I also have a few paintings I made on my walls, but I’m ready to make new ones soon- I’ve outgrown them!

Call for Entries to A’ Design Award & Competition

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Show the world your talent and applied by February 28 for the Design Award & Competition, you’ll get prestige, publicity and international recognition and of course the A design Prize for the winners.

A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading international annual juried competition for design. The A’ Design Accolades are organized in a wide range of creative fields to highlight the very best designers from all countries in all disciplines. Entries to the competition are peer-reviewed and anonymously judged by an influential jury panel of experienced academics, prominent press members and established professionals.

The “A’ Design Prize” is a coveted and comprehensive winners’ kit for awarded designs. “A’ Design Prize” includes but not limited to: international design excellence certificate in metal frame, invitation to the exclusive gala-night in Italy, online + offline exhibition of awarded projects, A2 poster of awarded projects, hardcover printed best projects’ yearbook publication, special 3d printed metal award trophy in luxury black box, project translation to 20+ languages in order to truly reach international audiences, an exclusive interview with the winner, press release preparation and distribution, license to use “A’ Design Award Winner Logo” in your communication, promotion of awarded works to thousands of other publications, media appearances through our press partners, inclusion in World Design Rankings as well as access to further marketing and PR tools.

The A’ Design Award & Competition has been established to promote and recognize the best design works in all countries and in all creative disciplines.

Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Design Award. Entries are accepted annually till February 28th and results are announced every year on April 15. Designers worldwide are called to take part in the accolades by entering their best works, projects and products. Entries are accepted as long as they were designed in the last 10 years.