Open House Athens 2015: architectural guided tours II


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The industrial heritage consisting of the multitude of industrial infrastructure during the Industrial Revolution and the years after played a prominent role in contemporary culture and society development as a cultural object, which needs recognition, preservation and development.


Cork Flooring: A hypoallergic, resilient and renewable material


Cork is a renewable material and during the last years became an increasingly popular flooring product. Cork flooring is resilient, therefore provides a comfortable surface to walk upon or stand for many hours. Moreover, cork surface will return- or bounce back- to form after being weighted. If for example, a piece of furniture causes an impression on cork, the floor will be restored to its original form after the removal of the furniture. In general, cork is a soft and flexible material with resistance to several stresses, even to high heels. Other popular resilient materials are vinyl, linoleum and rubber.


Open House Athens 2015: architectural guided tours


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 photo credits: Ifigeneia Kotitsa

The previous weekend 15th-17th May 2015 buildings of great architectural interest opened their gates to the public in Athens. Thus, the public-not only residents of Athens but also visitors - was given a great opportunity of guided visits by volunteers in private and public buildings. Not only had they had the chance to realize the meaning and the value of architectural design, but also to find out more of Greek architecture. The city and its buildings appear different than in everyday routine.


Feng Shui & bedroom colors


Feng Shui is a practical and theoretical system alleging the inevitable influence of space over human lives. Certain choices in relation to architecture and interior design can promote healthy living, good mood and luck or completely opposite. As for the bedroom, the important thing is to create a relaxing and calming space than will help you and your mate sleep easily and deeply. It is also important the overall atmosphere of the bedroom to favor couple’s sexual life.

Which colors are considered suitable for the bedroom according to Feng Shui.

Skin colors: In general, natural and earth colors are considered by feng shui positive and favorable. Light, skin colors, such as white, beige and light brown are ideal for bedroom decoration where a relaxing atmosphere with little or no disturbance is the main concern. On the other hand, darker tones such as chocolate and brown are related to earth and soil and so they symbolize safety and stability. So if you have problems of self esteem of other fears try to use earth tones in large surfaces such as walls and flooring. These tones can make a room look like a safe refuge. Dark earth tones can also be used to accent some details. For example you can create a neutral beige background and opt for dark brown curtains of for a chocolate bed cover or for a dark brown carpet. Remember also that dark curtains offer extra sun protection which is important if you are a rather late waker.


Marble flooring


Marble is a natural material, a rock with crystalline or granular texture. Some marbles have strong veins of different colors and shapes spreading around the surface in a rather random way. The marble flooring is usually polished and this particular treatment makes the materials more luxurious, suitable for expensive and refine tastes. Marble is popular not only for indoor and outdoor floors but also for covering vertical surfaces, for making durable outdoor furniture and mane architecture elements. Generally, marble is considered an elegant and classic material, matching with many decorative styles. 

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Zara Home - Lookbook - Living room


Zara Home LookBook 2015

Explore a series of inspiration images, showcasing Zara Home products in living room settings. 

Click on each photo to shop the look.

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