Mar 23, 2010

Eco Friendly Fashion- Norm of the Day

Much has been already said about eco friendly fashion and almost all of us know that the chemicals used for processing traditional fabrics are harmful to health. This awareness has given birth to the trend of using eco friendly fabrics for not only garments but also for other textile products including home furnishings, bags, kids clothing, towels, rugs, carpets and many other such things. Fabrics manufcturers too have understood this concept. Therefore, those who want to be eco friendly and wish to wear only eco friendly fashion need not worry about finding environmental friendly garments and accessories. There are lots of them but what one needs to know is the difference between the natural fabrics and eco friendly fabrics (sometimes taken equivalent of each other). Not all natural fabrics are eco friendly. Why? Read Eco-Friendly Fabrics: A Brief Account to know this and also to get introduced to some real eco friendly fabrics.

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Feb 8, 2010

Sofa Trend 2010

Furniture trends can not be complete without knowing the sofa trends. Why? Because, first and foremost furniture that one can think of buying for a new home or for remodeling home is none other than the good old sofa. Sofa is the heart of any living room but now it is not confined to living room alone. There are sofas for bedroom and kitchen too! However, the focus will always remain on living room sofas. For the present day living room modern sofa, the trends 2010 have been compiled to help all those readers who love to decorate and renovate their homes.

Modern Sofa Design Trends- Modern sofa or the contemporary sofa is all about looking good and feeling comfortable- both at the same time. It has straight lines. Minimalistic designs are the norm of the day. Modern sofas are bulky and comfy with a perfect match of upholstery material, color, and design. What more, it keeps utility in consideration too but in this attempt never compromises with its beauty. So, the modern sofa will have ample storage, can be folded at times or have other useful features but in such a way that enhances the look and comfort of the sofa.

Sofa Color Trends-  Color range in which the contemporary sofa will be mostly available is essentially neutral. Simple and stylish neutral colors have become the essence of a modern home. However, bold and bright colors have not been neglected altogether. Although bright colors do not find place in the modern sofas, they are introduced in forms of throw cushions or in form of other accessories. If you can afford to change your sofa color every couple of years, you might like to go with modern day color trend that indicates towards neutral colors like cream, taupe, coffee, camel, white or black.

Sofa Upholstery Trends- Mixing and matching of fabrics- that is the hottest trend in modern sofa design. A sofa that combines a leather and fabric upholstery design will be liked by the present day home decorators. However, all leather or all fabric sofas will not be altogether out of the scene, they will be creatively matched with accessories. For example, matching or contrasting throw cushions and throw rugs will be used to produce interest in the sofa having upholstery only in one material.

Green Sofa- Not the color green sofa but the eco-friendly sofa will be the hottest trend in sofa furniture. People will prefer to buy reclaimed and recycled wooden sofa and will avoid buying sofa that is made from endangered woods. Sofa made from bamboo and other eco-friendly woods like rubber wood will get popular.

Excited to know more about modern sofas? Check out some interesting types of wooden sofa!

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Dec 28, 2009

Tips on Wood Care : How to care for your Wood Furniture?


Wood care is of the cardinal concern for each one of us, as all of us uses one of other kind of wood in the form of furniture, wood flooring, cabinets, cupboards et al. If you care for your wood then it will last long and will remain in the same form in which you have purchased it. Although caring for wood is not difficult but you will have to keep in mind certain things to care for your wood furniture. Read the below given tips on wood care for long life of wood furniture.


  1. Life of the wood can be increased by polishing it as this wont let the wood to dry too quickly. Wood furniture care must include polishing it at least once in a year either with spray polish, liquid polish or semi solid polish.
  2. For polishing the wood use soft and white cloth and polish in the direction of the grains of the wood.
  3. Wood polish having silicone or alcohol should be avoided. Spray polishes or aerosols are easiest to use but they contain silicone so must be avoided.
  4. Then there are liquid wood polishes are available in emulsion polishes and oil type polishes. waxes, oils and organic solvents are the emulsion polishes whereas paraffin, lemon oil and mineral, linseed oil and walnut oil are the oil type polishes. Lemon oil is considered as the best polish for wood.
  5. Third category of wood polish include semi solid polishes or paste Waxes. These are least harmful to the wood than the other two categories. But do not apply wax very frequently as a thick coat of wax above the surface of the wood will be created leading to its unattractive appearance. Although using wax polish is hard but always go for the semi solid wax polish for your wood furniture, cabinets and floor as it is the safest and does not cause any damage to your wood.
  6. Mix lemon oil in three parts of olive oil. Use this mixture as a wood furniture polish at home.
  7. Use scratch powder to cover the scratches on wood furniture. To apply this take a white soft cloth, apply powder on it and gently rub it on the surface of wood.
  8. To remove candle wax from your dining room furniture or any other wood let the wax get hardened after cooling. Now apply ice on it. Take plastic spatula to scrap the wax off.
  9. To get rid of water spot from the wooden table or furniture let it dry and then apply mayonnaise with soft white cloth. Rub it on the water mark and you will be surprised to see the watermark gone. Better to use wooden coaster under glass to avoid water marks.
  10. Never place wood furniture directly under the sun as this will cause the excess and quick   dryness.
  11. While keeping hot dishes on your dining table use tablecloth or table mats.

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