Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bring your office to life

When organising your office, whether it be at home or a single desk within the company office, personal touches will help to bring your workspace to life.

We spend a lot of time at our desks so ensuring they reflect your own personality can help to boost your motivation and feel more comfortable and at home wherever your work make take you.

There are many steps you can take to personalise your workspace and express your own style while sticking to the office dress code, these can include:

Sit in style
The best part of your day will normally involve sitting at your desk, your seat should therefore be suited to your individual needs.

Your chair should be comfortable and built for a purpose, each aspect should help to ensure that your posture is not in anyway compromised with the height and back adjusted to your individual stature.

Your office chair is not just a means of comfort during work. It can also be a way to express your style and personality in the office. If you’re in need of a new office chair, Furniture At Work has a variety of ranges to suit every style.

Customise your desk to suit you
When it comes to your desk space, organisation is key, storage cabinets and folders are essential to keeping your paperwork in order and out of sight.

How organised you are can ultimately affect the type of desk you need. For those who prefer to work in ‘organised chaos’ may benefit from a larger space to spread out paperwork and stationary, while a more organised worker may prefer a smaller surface space but built in desks to prioritise and put away their work.

Don’t be afraid to bring your own style to your desk and decorate with your favourite photographs and your must have-work accessories.

Bring the outdoors to you
We spend the majority of our working day sat indoors, why not bring the outdoors to your desk in the form of a desk plant.
Indoor plants are said to have a variety of benefits to office life including increasing productivity, reducing stress and evening helping to clean the air and improving health.

Have you recently redecorated your home office or bought some new additions to your desk in the office? Share your story and join the conversation using the hashtag #MyChair.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Eight Top Storage Solutions for Small Homes

Mary Mathis is here guest hosting today to share some ideas on storage solutions for small homes. Check out these great ideas!

These days the square footage for homes is soaring high. The only solution to adjusting in a small space is the smart storage solutions for your home. These solutions will work like magic and hide-away all the unwanted stuff. No wizardry is needed to do these changes. But, yes you will require the help of a furniture technician or a handyman to do certain changes and rearrangements in  your existing furniture.

Given below are 8 smart storage solutions that can easily be adapted in your homes and small spaces. They are:

Storage Ideas

Shelf Partition


If you live in a studio apartment then you would actually know the meaning of space crunch. Life in studio apartment can be a mess but if you find cool and inventive ways to save space for storage then your life becomes easy. You can stack crates or even buy open shelf wardrobes for neat storage solutions.

Wall-Mounted Seats
You can always install a floating bench or seats along one side of the wall. These can be kept flat when not in use. This type of seating will not clutter your floor space. It will look innovative and will blend in perfectly with your surroundings. You can use plywood according to your budget.   

Hanging Bike Rack
Have a bike and do not know where to store? Well, the best way to store your bike when not in use is to hang it on the wall. Yes! You heard it right bikes can be hung on the wall with the help of a rack. You can easily get these racks online. Some of them are fancy and come with a pulley system. While the others are more basic with vinyl coating C-hooks attached on the joist.  

Raised Platform
If you have a tall ceiling then you can also think about adding raised platform to the room. This platform will come off as great help because you will be able to store all kinds of things up there without anyone noticing it. You can use it for storing extra beds, luggage, winter coats etc.

Floor Cabinets


Floor cabinets are a popular addition to any living room and offer great help as a storage solution. Wall cabinets and floor cabinets are different. But offer same functionality. You can easily store in linen, table cloths, bed covers and sheets, crockery and so much more.

Fold-Down Desk
People have busy lives these days and most of us bring our work home too! Work desk is a mandatory addition to any house for proper scheduling of your work files, laptop/PC etc. but if you own a small room then installing a desk can seem like a dream! Well not any more, you can always affix a table on one side of the wall so that it can be folded down when not in use. It will save space and make more room for movement.  

Peg Board Wall
Peg board walls are quite an in thing these days. They look extraordinary in ant part of the home. You can rearrange the shelves as and how you want it. The peg board and shelves provide in extra adjustable storage and add cheer too.  

Banquet Seating
This is storage cum dining solution for your home. You can build a bench in any corner of your kitchen. This can be a legitimate dining area if you make a set of cushioned stools along with it. When you create the bench opening from the top you will actually maximize the storage area on the wall.   

In the end, if you wish to keep your house neat and clean it is best to opt for storage solutions and smart furniture these days.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Garden Design and Landscaping Services

Zac Ferry is hosting today and sharing about some Garden Design. This is a great topic for anyone laying a new garden. Thanks for the tips and advice Zac.

Everything You Need to Know About Garden Design and Landscaping Services

Do you wish you had a place to relax, sit, entertain or let your children play? If you want a garden design that is more colorful, varied or maintenance friendly then Garden landscaping is the ideal way to craft an attractive space to grow plants that give you a beautiful environment and you can get services to design a practical layout that allows you to use your garden how you want. Gardening is a hobby that has been around for many years and is enjoyed by many people. Not only does gardening make the place look exceptionally beautiful and charming but also, it provides the family with some important consumable goods. You can get professional garden design and landscaping services for your garden.

You can use garden design and landscaping services to make the best use of the garden space you have, add utilities to it that you desire and also make the best themed garden.

What are Garden Design and Landscaping Services?

There are many services that garden design and landscaping services provide. These are listed below:

  • Fencing: If you need a divider between the garden area and concrete driveway area, fence is needed, and landscaping services take care of that.

  • Laying Turf: Once you have decided the area where you need to grow a garden, you will have to lay grass there. If it is a concrete area and you are looking for a more permanent fix for the problem, then laying turf is the best option for you. This can either be artificial or real.

  • Planting: Starting off is the hardest part. Maintaining a garden can be tedious but making one from the scratch needs knowledge that garden design and landscaping services possess and can do the task effectively with ease. You can let them know what exactly your requirements are. Including the plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, shrubs, trees and they would try to cover as much as possible in the space you have.

  • Deckling installation and repair: A lazy Sunday afternoon calls for a day in the garden but if you wish to do that then you need a space where you can relax with your family. In a house, deckling gives you exactly that. And professionals can make this deckling for you and in case you have one that needs repairs, you can contact them for that too.

  • Shed: A shed in the garden is the place in which you keep all your gardening material. And any self-respecting gardener needs a lot of them. So, a shed is imminent and hence people actually get a shed installed or repaired if need be by the garden design and landscaping services.

When it comes to gardening, there are many things to consider. Making a garden from the scratch, renovating it or changing it into a landscape is a huge task and no man army can do. So, choose a garden design and landscaping services while you live your life. This would give you the chance to actually have the control you need on the garden but at the same time, will not compromise the work that you need to do in your life. And by the end of the day, professional workers can be very efficient with their tasks, taking the least of your time and making the best of what they have got.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What Are The Various Benefits Of Installing Concrete Pier Caps?

 Jack Louis is on the blog today to share about Concrete Pier Caps. This is a new idea for Happily Ever Rushed. 

Have you ever listened about letterbox which has been stolen by the wind or by high-frequency storms?  That is why these days people made letter box with concrete material which is highly durable, and wind can't blow it away.  In the same way, concrete wall caps Shield your properties wall from storms and high-frequency waves of winds.

These days concrete pier caps have become necessary in the structure of the home as well as these have become really very popular in making a home look beautiful.  The concrete pier caps can be installed on the walls, parapets and roof. They are available in square and rectangular shapes, and they can protect your property as well as walls from water leakages. Mostly, concrete pier caps are made with gray concrete and they are available in different colors.

What are Concrete Pier Caps?

Pier caps are nothing but the natural stones that are placed on the topmost platform of the brickwork to renovate the roof and to make it look more appealing to visitors. Pier caps make your home structure look elegant.   These caps will add value to your property and make outer design elegant and classy one. Apart from that, these caps can also prevent water leakages and during monsoon, these pier caps can drain the water from your roof. Even people can also design their walls with these concrete pier caps and they look very attractive.

What are the Benefits of Installing Concrete Pier Caps?

No matter whether you want to renovate your home, or you are making a new home, there are various benefits of installing pier caps at your home or in any building.

  1. Office Security and Shield to Your Property

If the brickwork of the property is exposed to weather, then the harsh condition of the weather can damage the brickwork of your property but if it is covered with the Pier Caps then these Pier caps can easily protect your walls and roof from adverse weatehr conditions.

On the other hand, you can secure your roof by installing these concrete pie caps and your roof will get saved from the outer harsh environmental conditions. While at the time passes it can get lose its capacity to save the property from adverse weather conditions and then you need to replace it with another one. Even you can also repair your concrete pier caps at less cost.

  1. Enhance the Looks of the Property

Pier caps are used to enhance the look of the property. Concrete pier caps come in various shapes thus you should you should choose the best one which suits your property as well as which matches the pattern of your home.

  1. Adds Value To Your Property

If you want to sell your property, then this is a great idea to design your roof with some concrete pier caps because these caps will increase your property value.  Concrete Pier caps are durable as well thus you don’t need to replace them recurrent times.

  1. Select from The Number of Available Options

Concrete pier caps come in various shapes and sizes. You can choose the perfect one for a large number of available options which suits you.    
Types of Concrete Pier Caps Available In The Market:

There is two main type of pier caps are available in the market mainly.

1. Flat on the bottom
2. Sleeved over

You should always choose the one which fits your property. While you should always go with the one which is made up of the high-quality material and which is highly durable. In this regard, you can search some concrete pier caps designers online and choose the best for your home.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The importance of packing up your kitchen before a move

The kitchen contains the most fragile items you have in your home. From easily bendable and malleable silverware, cookware that can chip, and china as well as other dishes that can shatter on impact. Items in the kitchen present the most tedious and time consuming portion of packing by far, with the bedroom coming in at a close second. You also must consider that most moving companies will be tossing your boxes around without much care.

When should you pack things from the kitchen?
Let’s face it; the kitchen is likely the most used room in the house. Especially if you cook daily, everything in the kitchen gets used right up until moving day. This can create awkward timing for packing the kitchen, as you may be making meals right before, and even on, moving day. If you and your family are able, pack things from the kitchen roughly a week before moving day. Because of the way these items are going to be packed, you will want to spread out the time packing everything. Use only certain kitchen tools and cookware. Only keep as the dishes you need while packing the rest away. You do not want to spend the day before moving day packing everything in the kitchen.

How to pack things from the kitchen
As mentioned previously, nearly everything from the kitchen is fragile. Therefore, all of the “rules” regarding packing fragile things apply: wrap each individual piece, keep some semblance of padding in your boxes, seal the boxes tighter than normal with strong tape, and label the box accordingly. Draw an arrow to point which side of the box should be facing up when you do this as well.

A common question is this: Can I pack food? The answer is yes, so long as the food is not perishable. Packing canned or boxed goods can be done in a small-size moving carton. Packing already opened boxed goods, while possible, is not recommended as you would have to seal the box as you would any other container to prevent things from falling out. It is not worth the effort. Most food items are easily replaceable anyway.

If not packed properly, dishes can be shattered. Keep in mind that when you pack things into a moving truck, all the boxes in that truck will be bouncing around frequently. Because of this, it is extremely important to make sure dishes are packed properly. All dishes must be wrapped individually in wrapping paper. It is possible to wrap whole stacks of plates as long as there is paper in between. Place them on their edges in your box of choice. Do not stack plates flat, ever. Bowls and cups should also be wrapped accordingly, and placed upside down. Cookware should also follow the same protocol.

Appliances should be put in their own box. Like with everything else in the kitchen, place it in a box with a fair bit of paper surrounding it. Then label the box with the name of the appliance. This can also be done with electronics and other such belongings to stay organized.

Packing things in the kitchen during a move can be extremely time consuming. Further, it may not even be necessary. Do you really need those 20 plates you have been using for the last 25 years? Are they really that important? Most things in your kitchen can be replaced when you settle into your new home for cheap, and the things you currently use in your kitchen (especially food) can be donated. Consider this an option for the lazy if you want, but the option is available.

Author’s short bio:
North Dallas Moving and Storage (NDMS) is a moving company in DFW area. Since 1966, they have focused on providing superior service that has made them one of United Van Lines most respected moving companies in the Dallas area.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Easy Ways to Lux up Your Bedroom

Diana Smith is here today to share some easy ways to Lux up your Bedroom. I love when Diana is on the blog, she always has a fun and budget friendly way to redecorate. 

If you love your bedroom but often feel like it’s missing something, you might want to try these little tricks to add a touch of glamour to your space! You’ll spend only a few bucks but achieve great results. Let’s lux it up!
Don’t cheap out on throw pillows
If you’ve ever been in any Sydney 5-star hotel, you know that they take their pillows very seriously and for all the right reasons. There’s something very glamorous about beds overflowing with throw pillows! So, make sure to treat your bed with a few plush throws of different sizes and completely transform your space. Aim for pillows that are a bit on the overstuffed side—they always look more luxurious!

Declutter your nightstand
Most nightstands are a home to a bunch of items: books, smartphone chargers, hand creams, glasses, various tissues from your last cold and your eye drops. But, if you want your bedroom to look luxurious and elegant, you must remove that clutter. Hide it in your drawers and display a few pretty items on a tray.

Invest in a statement piece
Every well-designed room needs a wow element—think a unique bed frame, a gilded mirror or a glam velvet chair. These elements can serve as a centerpiece of the room and make it the focus of the space. However, don’t overdo it! One main focal point per room is all you need! This way, your piece will stand out and get all the attention it deserves.

Boost the lighting
If you still have those outdated boob lights in your bedroom, it’s really time to ditch them for something more modern and elegant. Trendsetters from Australia are all about statement pendant lights or big glam chandeliers that will provide you with ample lighting and a lot of interest. And the best part is that you don’t even have to spend a fortune on your new lighting—there are great pieces for less than $150! Just find an experienced electrician from Sydney to handle the complicated part of installing your new illumination and you’ll be set! Don’t handle electricity if you don’t have previous experience!

Let some sunshine in
There are only a few things in life better than waking up on a Sunday in a cozy bedroom filled with sunlight. So, make sure to let plenty of natural light inside. Open up your windows and curtains! Make sure to replace your old curtains with something very light and airy for that beach house feeling. However, if you’re a night owl and thrive in dark environments, invest in a heavy, silk curtain that will elegantly pool on the floor and make your bedroom cozy and shaded!

Give your hardware a new life
If you can only afford a few tiny changes to your bedroom, make sure to set aside some money for new hardware. Your pulls and handles might be small details, but they can do big things to your bedroom. Ditch your cheap and worn out hardware and replace it with something more glamorous like copper, crystal or even gemstones!

Green up the space
Probably the quickest way to add some style to your bedroom is to add some greenery. A simple snake plant or a peace lily can turn your bedroom from average to classy in the blink of an eye. You can go large and fill up that empty corner with a big potted fern or get an array of local Aussie plants and place them on your dresser. Hanging greenery like spider plants also looks very beautiful and adds great interest to your space. Additionally, plants will also clean out your air and freshen up your space with clean oxygen!

These luxurious updates will not break your bank, but they will definitely break that boring and cheap look of your bedroom. So, get on with redecorating and keep these tricks in mind!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Are you the kind of person who likes to get creative with just about anything? Do you crave creativity so much you could go the extra mile to gratify your cravings? Are you looking to take your imagination into the way you look by trying out some easy, yet amazing, nail art designs? You don’t need to read some textbooks as we bring you some easy nail art design tips for beginners like yourself.
Before we proceed, it’s quite pertinent that you understand that, like the food we consume, not everything is good for the body. You need to be careful so you’ll choose a type of nail polish without toxic substances that may be harmful to your skin.
Now that you’ve acquired for yourself the perfect, non-toxic types of nail polish, we can quickly move on to our central topic of discussion today - easy nail art designs.
  • Polka Dots
Dots are the easiest of all nail art designs. The primary thing is to create a contrast between the color of your dots and the base coat color. Depending on how inventive you are, you can place white dots on a base coat of black, or dot the rainbow colors on a base coat of white. Then the sizes of your dots depend solely on how you like them; big or small, they usually come out cute.
  • Florals
Painting small flowers on a base coat of your choice never fails. To get an outstanding result, create a single contrasting color of different colors for your flowers and begin your design. To perfect your work, give it a glistening look by applying a glossy transparent nail polish which would also protect your work of art.
  • Spirals
Spirals are one of the designs a beginner would like to try on. You necessarily don’t have to look up any spiral design online, just paint. The lines would end up swirly anyway. But note that your color combo goes a long way in how your spirals turn out. Try out a sunshine yellow base with pristine white spirals and dark blue base with candy red spirals. Thank us later.
  • Abstract
You would never know how good you are if you don’t try. There are a few easy-to-do cool shapes nail art ideas you can try your hands on. Using a light color as a base coat would bring out the beauty of painting different shapes on individual nail. Circles, triangles, hearts, and stars amongst others are lovely shapes that would sit pretty on your nail.
  • Sparkles
If you find it hard to paint sparkles, you can just cut out mini stickers of stars or find glow-in-the-dark shape stickers and stick them on a base coat. However, there are many nail paint lacquer available with glitters in them. All you have to do is get yourself a few bottles and enjoy nail art.

Apart from the listed ideas, you can also try some other easy ideas. You can achieve a lot as long as you do things the right way.

Inventive Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

  Jasmine Anderson is guest hosting the next couple of weeks. Her first article is inventive ways to throw parties for adults. I love this topic and it is not discussed enough. Enjoy!

We firmly believe that a great number of grown up people felt a sting of envy when looking at kids’ birthday parties. The kids seem to have it all – the cake, the toys, the fun games, and theme parties while adults seem to have cocktails and brunches. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Well, if you’ve got an inner child that’s been looking forward to your birthday party or you have a friend who does, we give you a list of ideas you could implement in order to throw a fantastic birthday party for adults.

Beach vibes

It doesn’t matter how old you are, beach is the place where everyone can have a good time. Whether you enjoy playing beach volley, surfing, swimming, or simply sunbathing while sipping cocktails, a beach is the place to be. So, why not organize a beach birthday party for all your friends and ensure that everyone has a good time?! Bring some reliable speakers and play music from your phone, or you can even hire a DJ. Everyone can show up in their bathing suits, beach kaftans, and baggy tees, eat sandwiches, make barbecue, and feel comfortable. If the party lasts for a long time, you can even make a bonfire and bake some marshmallows just like you did when you were little.

Hippie heaven

If you have the means, why not turn your backyard into a hippie heaven and throw a birthday party everyone will talk about for days, or even weeks? You can organize a Kombi Van Hire, serve colorful cocktails in cut out pineapples, play music from the ‘60s, and even ask everyone to show up wearing retro clothes. Set up a photo booth, put pixie lights on trees, arrange lazy bags and soft cushions all over your lawn, and after everyone’s got a few drinks pull out a game of Twister for the ultimate fun.

Picnic time

As we grow older, the responsibilities on our shoulders also increase. We have to take care of our family, cope up with the big pressures of office and also be a part of various social circles. Between all this, we tend to have less and less time to actually sit down and enjoy the company of our family. This birthday, make sure that along with you, all your friends are also able to spend some really good time with their family, by inviting them over for a nice winter picnic party. Put up huge umbrellas in your garden and arrange for a nice picnic basket for every family. Plan nice picnic games which allow families to participate together as one unit, and besides birthday wishes, you would also get a lot of heartfelt wishes for this amazing birthday party idea.

Gorgeous gothic

Being Goth isn’t just about loving all things black. It’s about the music, the architecture, the style, and the elegance that surrounds this subculture. If you’re a gothic lover or you’re throwing a Goth-themed party, you should think outside the black box. Yes, all things black are welcome: black lemonade with activated charcoal, black napkins and tablecloths, and little paper bats as d├ęcor, but feel free to add a bit of red or purple to the mix. Red velvet cake, red roses, sugar skulls, and plenty of candles will do the trick. Don’t forget to use black invitations decorated with silvery spider webs and blood-red flowers to set the mood.

Masquerade ball

Who says it has to be Halloween for people to pull out their costumes and dress up as someone else? Masquerade balls are mature but still incredibly exciting and fun party ideas for adults. Print out invitations with a nice font, use shiny luxurious paper, and encourage your friends to show up wearing their tuxedos and most elegant gowns. If you want to take the things to the next level, ensure there’s enough room for couples to dance together with their partners. Music and masks are the most important things here, and if you do it right, your guests will feel like they’re in Venice at the carnival.

From time to time it’s good to give yourself the chance to become a child again, and birthday parties are probably the best time to do so. Depending on what you and your friends like, you could always turn your birthday into a carnival, a scavenger hunt, or a costume party and allow everyone to have a great time while celebrating your birthday.