How long has it been since you visited your farmhouse with friends and family and spent a nice weekend there? If you have to pause and remember, it’s time to plan a trip soon. But before you do that, let’s make sure your cosy little farmhouse is all decked up. Maybe the old decor of the house is now a bit outdated, and it’s time you did some renovation. Not sure how to go about it? Here are a few tips for you.
Get those throws and pillows
Let’s ask the important question here – what is the chief of a nice farmhouse? It’s comfort and relaxation, isn’t it? Having throw blankets and pillows on the sofa is a great way to make sure that you have a relaxing stay at your farmhouse. In fact, you can keep these pillows and throw accessories near the door or in a storage place so that you and your friends can easily grab them in case you want to chill outside in the patio or in the garden for a nice campfire night.
Armchairs, the more the merrier
There shouldn’t be a dearth of arm chairs in your farmhouse. One or two of those comfortable chairs isn’t going to be enough – you have to stack several of them. You can’t just enjoy a drink at the balcony sitting on your armchair all by yourself – you’re bound to be joined by others who would want to enjoy the view with you. If you’re a big group, you’re going to need a lot of chairs. In case there isn’t enough armchairs in your farmhouse, it’s advisable that you go for plastic armchairs which you can simply carry to the venue by stacking them up on the top of your car.
Dining furniture for the entire family
We don’t generally get to sit together for a family dinner these days because of erratic schedules. However, there’s hardly anything that makes bonding stronger than having meals together. To make the best of your time spent at the farmhouse, make sure the dining space is well taken care of. It doesn’t take much – just a nice and strong plastic furniture, and you’re set for a nice, hearty meal with your family and friends.
Jazz up the lighting
As the sun sets, your lovely farmhouse will need the right kind of lighting to set the mood. Cool, relaxing, not too bright, not too dark – the lighting should simply enhance the feeling of being in a nice farmhouse amidst the outskirts of the city. Standing lamps, table lamps, decorative and overhead lighting can all be used perfectly to create the desired atmosphere. Curling up with a book, having a good post-dinner chat with friends, or simply watching a movie together – good lighting is the key.
Your restaurant is only half as good as the food you offer. The rest of the charm depends on the ambiance, and the furniture determines a major chunk of that. If you’re a sound businessman, you’d focus on the least depreciation of your restaurant furniture. This is why maintenance of your furniture is of utmost importance. Now there are a few tricks to the trade. Learn them well, and maintaining the restaurant will get much easier than it seems.
Teach your employees the art of handling restaurant furniture
While the right cleaning process is very important for different kinds of furniture, your employees must be sensitized about the correct way to handle the furniture. This extends the longevity of the furniture by several years. First of all, your employees should know the right way to move around a chair and a table is to lift them and carry them from one place to another – never drag them across the floor. Dragging them not only ruins the legs of chairs and the tables but also damages the floor. In case you have hardwood flooring on your restaurant, make sure the chairs and tables are removed before cleaning the floor. This is advised because some of the products used for cleaning the floor may not be compatible with the material of the furniture, and might lead to clouding, staining or some other form of damage. It is also very important to make sure that you don’t use any cleaning product that is too abrasive on your furniture. Most importantly, the seating arrangement in your restaurant should be cleaned, vacuumed or wiped down at closing, and any damage or instability noticed in this process should be immediately informed to the management.
Caring is the key
While it’s very important to choose the right kind of furniture cleaner, it only forms just part restaurant furniture maintenance. It needs more attention to provide proper care of your restaurant furniture. When it comes to upholstery or fabric, it’s recommended that you follow the instructions provided by the manufactures to avoid any sort of damage. It’s also a good idea to spot test a cleaning product. You should spot test on an area that isn’t visible to the customer. It’s always advisable to stay away from using sharp tools or objects that could damage the furniture. Abrasive cleaning tools such as hard bristle brushes and sandpaper can be dangerous for wooden and metal furniture. However, the chances are less on plastic chairs and plastic tables. Do not use any sharp tools or objects that could cause damage to your chairs. Avoiding abrasive cleaning products is critical to protecting your furniture, especially wood and metal chairs. If you’re not sure what kind of cleaning products to go for, stick to soap and water to be on the safe side. Make sure you check the screws of the furniture once every month. If they get loose, tighten them immediately.
Here are a few tips on choosing the right kind of cleaning product depending on the kind of furniture you use:
Use a mixture of dish soap and warm water to clean your wooden restaurant furniture. Gently wipe the surface off and dry thoroughly when finished. It’s important to avoid citrus-based products as they can strip the finish. It’s also recommended that you use furniture polish every three months. Whatever product you’re using, don’t change the brand between cleanings as this may cause the wood to take a cloudy appearance. Dust the chairs regularly and wipe off the dust against the grain treating the chairs with paste wax every four months is also a great way to disguise minor damages and small scratches. In case there are spots or burns, use ammonia to get rid of them but do a quick spot test before that. To get rid of water rings, use steel wool and paste wax.
When it comes to metal furniture, it’s best to use non-abrasive household cleaning products or simply mild soap and water. All you have to do us spray the solution on the furniture and wipe dry with a cloth. However, you have to make sure that the cleaner doesn’t dry on the surface as it may damage the finish. Remove the dirt build-up with a soft-bristled brush.
For upholstery and fabric, you should use a vacuum attachment and a dry towel. Blot up spills with the towel and clean the dirt and dust off the surface with the vacuum.
Plastic furniture probably requires the least amount of products and techniques when it comes to maintaining restaurant furniture. Use non-abrasive household cleaning products or mild soap and water. Simply spray the solution on the plastic and wipe it dry.
That’s all you need to know about keeping your restaurant furniture squeaky clean.
Diwali is the time for homecoming. Coming back to home brightly lit with candles and lights, and a doorway adorned with rangoli, is a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? As you must have already done your bit to make your homeDiwali ready, here are some ways to make your home fun, welcoming and pretty much the best place to spend the festival of lights.
Get all set for a good game of cards!
Is your house the place where the entire neighbourhood comes to play the traditional game of teen patti every Diwali? A solid and exquisite plastic table is what you need to set the mood for the game. Spread a nice velvet sheet across the table to give the game a royal feel. You also want to take the game to the Italica coffee table set, which is designed for such merry gatherings.
The festive delicacies all around the house
We know hosting a Diwali party can be a task especially if you have a big party. There’s no tap on the number of guests coming in, and everyone is strewn all over the house. One group will be sitting in the drawing room, one will be at the table playing cards, and one will be outside bursting crackers and so on. Amidst all the merriment, the kitchen’s also constantly belting out snack after snack. Now you need to make sure these delicacies reach everyone in every corner of the house. Well there is only one way to do it gracefully, put them on wheels. A plastic kitchen trolley is going to make your job of hosting a party much easier but here’s an idea to make it even better. Why not decorate the trolley with beautiful fairy lights so that when the food arrives, it arrives in style.
A quiet Diwali?
A quiet Diwali is an oxymoron – the festival of lights is also a festival of cheerfulness, merriment and whether you like it or not, a lot of loud crackers. If you’re not very keen on bursting crackers yourself there’s something you can do to spend a dreamy Diwali. Just decorate your outdoor/garden/terrace or porch with the sublime light of diyas, sit back on a nice plastic sunlounger and look at the night sky get illuminated with beautiful fireworks from time to time. Isn’t that the most surreal way to spend Diwali?
To each his own
Diwali is a festival of happiness and light. Everybody has different ideas about the best kind of Diwali. Some like to spend a few days with friends and family. For them, a simple, peaceful Diwali is the ideal way. Others may love to make a huge celebration of the festival. If you’re hosting Diwali party in your society or your club, and are going to invite a lot of people to join in the fun, you may want to get some plastic chairs and tables to provide enough seating arrangements for the guests. Whatever may be your idea of a great Diwali, there are ways to make it special, and we wish you a very happy and special Diwali.
Today’s youth knows the cost of nature. They have been handed down a dying world by the baby boomers. While property rates are soaring high and even renting costs an arm and a rib, this generation needs to be careful about the choices it makes. A 16-year-old Swedish girl’s fierce speech about climate change has rattled the political world, and has inspired millions of common people all over the world. If we’re even a little bit inspired by the formidable Greta Thunberg, it’s time we kept nature first. We have no choice but to be responsible when doing the interiors. There are a lot of simple, eco-friendly ways of making your space look beautiful and homely. Let’s take a look at some ideas.
A plant will make a lot of difference
There’s nothing as pleasing to the eyes as plants indoors. It instantly brings the outside in, giving your room a fresh vibe. Well maintained, well trimmed plants in beautiful planters can get you a look that no expensive interior designing can. Fiddle leaf figs with their leathery leaves can instantly bring a tropical look to your house interiors. You want an earthier look to go with that? Use woven pots for your plants.
Lights and more lights
No, we don’t mean fill up your room with blinding neon lights – that’d be quite counterproductive in this case. Get as much natural light as possible in your house raise the vibe of the house. Expand the windows, use glass doors instead of solid ones, paint the walls with light colours and use lots of mirrors to reflect light. The more light there is in the room, the more beautiful and fresh it looks. When there’s daylight, why not make the best of it?
Ever thought of jute curtains and covers?
Jute is one of the most comfortable and relaxing materials for curtains, drapes and general covers for furniture. It blends naturally with the room colours, and they’re extremely durable too. Indigenous artists make beautifully patterned jute products that are very uncommon and easily set your interiors apart from the rest.
Plastic furniture is the way to go!
Yes, you heard it right. How long are we going to contribute to the rampant deforestation for wooden furniture? It’s time we left the trees alone. Switch to plastic chairs and plastic tables for a better home and a better world. Plastic furniture come in a wide range of colours and designs ready to add the perfect flavour to all kinds of interior themes.
Let the floors be of bamboo
Get that classic wooden look on your flooring without using wood. Bamboo is firm, sustainable and incredibly stylish. Not to mention it’s way cheaper than hardwood flooring. Sharp knives, high heels or tools cannot easily damage your bamboo flooring – it’s perfect for any room. When bamboo is harvested, only stalk is cut, while the roots remain planted in the soil, which makes it a sustainable resource.
These were just a few ideas on how you can design your interiors with keeping the environment in mind. There are plenty of other ways too. Let’s get creative.
It’s not usual for everyone to have a patio to call their own. If you are one of those proud and rare owners of a patio, it’d be a waste to not deck it up in the most luxurious manner. Are you worried about the cost? Don’t. You don’t need to spend big bucks when you have good ideas. There’s a lot that can be done to the outdoor space that requires minimum expenditure and maximum creativity. Let’s look at what we can do.
Light up the greens
You may or may not have a designer patio per se but a little bit of light can totally change the look of the space. If you have some greenery around the patio area, which could be anything starting from bushes to small trees, drape a string of fairy lights around it and let the evenings be magical. Use an extension cord to plug the lights from indoors if you don’t have a plug point outside. Small gatherings at your patio will look so much better at such a surreal setup with fairy lights glimmering like fireflies on the bushes.
How about a barbecue grill?
If Sunday afternoons are meant for a having a gala time with friends and family at the patio, why not do it with barbecue and drinks? A built-in barbecue grill is a good way to turn your patio into a permanent party spot. Lay a few plastic chairs and tables, crack open a few cold ones, crank up the music and have a good time with friends grilling chicken and making merry throughout the weekend.
Your own personal heaven to relax
While the patio can be a great place to party, it can also be a great place to unwind on your own. If you would rather choose to relax on your patio by yourself, enjoy a nice book or simply gaze at the stars, here’s the perfect idea for you – a sunlounger. A perfect plastic sunlounger, designed for comfort and aesthetics, gives your back the much needed rest after a long week. The Italica sunlounger not only feels good but looks good as well, which makes sure your patio is well complemented with this little addition.
A pool in the patio!
No we’re not talking about installing a Jacuzzi in your patio. We’re talking about inflatable pools that the whole family can enjoy. If you have a patio, why not enjoy the summers in the water without having to go to the beach. Picture this: You and your family are splashing water at each other in the pool, while sipping drinks and munching on your favourite snacks from a smart little plastic kitchen trolleyresting beside the pool. Quite the life, isn’t it?
Every night could be dine-out night with a patio that in hand. Just take out those plastic chairs and tables, lay a nice tablecloth and you’re ready to enjoy a lovely dinner with your family. Remember the fairy lights? They’re going to keep the area well lit for a perfect dinner and if it’s not too windy, you may also consider a candle-lit dinner!