Sunday, 12 October 2014

Interior Design Hobbies: Know your Wallpaper

Wallpapers come in an overwhelmingly ample variety of colors, patterns, textures and designs. As an amateur re-designing your own home, it’s important to understand the differences between wallpaper types so you can make the best choice for your walls. A bad wallpaper can ruin the entire look of your room, making it look stuffy, cheap or out-of-place; not to mention, the wrong types may tear down after a few months. On the other hand, picking the right wallpaper can be the starting point to creating a beautiful room that will show good aesthetic design from the get-go. It’s time to learn our wallpaper types!

Vinyl wallpaper

Vinyl wallpapers are the most durable and easiest to clean of all types of wallpapers. They also happen to be fire-retardant, so they are a good option for a kitchen backdrop. There are four main types of vinyl wallpapers, each with their own characterizes: solid vinyl, paper backed vinyl, fabric backed vinyl and vinyl coated. Generally speaking, vinyl wallpapers are easier to handle and cut and the design is printed on the plastic surface layer. Steamy rooms such as kitchens and bathroom and areas were heavy wear is expected are the perfect place for vinyl wallpaper.

Non-woven wallpaper

Non-woven wallpaper are the latest trend in decorating due to their affordable prices and high quality. They are made of a blend of natural and synthetic fibers, which makes them breathable and long-lasting. This in turn, eliminates vapor lock and avoids the growing of mold and mildew on the wallpaper, which makes them another great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, or regions that happen to be very humid. They are strong and tear-resistant, and most importantly for many clients, they are eco-friendly. Their increasing popularity has made them one of the top choices for wallpaper designers such as Graham & Brown wallpaper, one of the best known and respected designer brands.

Flocked wallpaper

Flocked wallpaper is one of the oldest types of wallpaper around, having been used many centuries back. They can be seen in regal and aristocratic homes of the 17th and 18th century,
and adorn many of their walls. Originally made to imitate textile wall coverings and velvet, it’s created by gluing a wool-based powder to fabric, which produces a luxurious, velvet-looking effect. Today’s flocked wallpaper is made through a technologically more advanced process which makes it more affordable. Its strength is in its durability [we can still see them in perfect shape after centuries have passed by!] and its ability to repel moths, which are naturally attracted to cloth. It’s available in both a soft texture that feels like velvet, and a harder texture that feels rugged. Its best used in formal areas that require a touch of regal luxury, like the dining room.

Foil wallpaper

Foil wallpaper is unique in that its colors are exactly what you would expect of them: beautiful golds, silvers, coppers and a rainbow of shiny, royal colors. This is done by applying a thin
sheet of metallic foil to the backing of the wallpaper. They are most popular as gorgeous patterns due to the foil’s effect against a solid color. It can also be available as single colors, textured finishes and pigmented by dyes. Because of their shine, they are often considered the most striking and unique of wallpapers, adding a look of dramatic luxury to any room. However, they can be hard to hang as they are extremely thin and wrinkle easily. They also need to be placed carefully around light switches and outlets as metal foil conducts electricity.

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies Ever Made

Arnold Schwarzenegger might well be one of the strangest men on the planet. He began his career as an internationally acclaimed bodybuilder back in the 1970s, but soon started starring in the leading roles of high budget Hollywood blockbusters. Throughout his acting life, Arnold featured in some of the best movies ever made, so it came as a shock to all of us when he decided to take a leap of faith and get involved with politics. What shocked people even more was when the good people of California decided to elect him as Governor. As the old saying goes “only in America,” right?

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I have to be honest here and admit that I started to care much less about this aging actor after that, as his new political role meant he became the man who had the last say on executions in that particular state. That means he had the power to veto any decision made by the courts. Throughout his entire term in office, he never did this once. That aside, he did make some fantastic films during the 1980s, the best of which we’re going to take another look at this morning.

The Terminator

Undoubtedly one of the best films of all time, The Terminator grossed more money at the box office than anything previously. Also, it is still recognised as a movie that broke the mould. Telling the story of Sarah Connor, and how she fought to protect her unborn son after finding out he would one day lead a revolution against unruly robots, this production still looks as fantastic today as it did upon its first release. The sequel is also considered to be one of Mr Schwarzenegger's best.


We learned from this movie that standard ammo is no use against vicious, venom spitting aliens from outer-space. While many Schwarzenegger films contain a lot of shooting and the use of weapons, this one requires him and the other actors to be a little more clever. It turns out; Predators have heat-seeking vision, and so keeping their body temperature low was the only way Arnie and his team could get close enough to beat them. In true Schwarzenegger fashion though, he successfully sends the mother-lickers back where they came from.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Travel Apps That Will Make A Journey Much More Bearable

Travelling can be a long, grueling, boring process - whether you’re booking a flight, or simply bored on a flight. But luckily these days, we have our smartphones and things like apps to keep us company! There are plenty of apps you can download to make journey much more bearable, and apps that can even help you to get the best deal! Let’s take a look:


Skyscanner is a free app, and definitely one of the best on the market. It’s a powerful, flexible app that will search for flights to help you get the best possible deal. Looking to book a cheap flight on the go? Download this app!

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If you’re ever in an unfamiliar place, you can easily find nearby points of interest, like restaurants, hotels, theatres, parking, and hospitals. It’s a fantastic app to have when you aren't sure where to go.

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This app is a free calorie counter, but it can definitely make travel more bearable. Ever wonder what’s in foreign food but can’t read the packets? MyFitnessPal can help you by simply scanning the barcode! You’ll get a much clearer picture of what you’re eating, ideal for the health conscious.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

Online Gambling Can Be A Fun Hobby If You Know These Rules

Gambling in all forms gets a lot of bad press lately. It shouldn’t though, because the games are great fun to play, and it is only irresponsible people who end up causing problems for themselves. The games and odds stay the same for everyone; it is only their misuse that causes people to frown on casinos.

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If, like me, you enjoy a flutter occasionally, there is nothing wrong with it. All you need to remember, like everything in life, is to do it in moderation following rules that you lay down to protect yourself.

I gamble a little and have great fun doing it. I am a parent, so online games are perfect for me when the children are in bed or at school. It must sound like I spend every waking moment online, but like most people, I only take a chance when I am bored. Here are some of the rules that I stick to, and they serve me well.

Understand The Game

It would be a foolish person indeed who wagered money on a game that they didn’t understand. Online casinos have tutorials and practice games where you can learn the rules before staking any real money on them, so there is no excuse for ignorance. Don’t try to learn too many games at once, just play a couple until you are confident enough to bet some money on them.

Never Gamble More Than You Can Afford

Overstretching finances is the biggest problem for people with no self control or those without a firm grip on their expenditure. Decide on a spending limit and stick to it. It must be non-negotiable in your mindset. Alternatively, buy a [prepaid credit card and use that for your online activities. There is a great review of the prepaid Mastercard on this website and many others online.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Guide To Becoming A Brilliant Collector

Collecting items of a certain nature is a hobby for many people. Some people choose to collect stamps, others choose coins, some people even collect dolls [Waylon Smithers from the Simpsons]! Some people think of collecting as a geeky hobby, but geeky is in fashion nowadays, right? Whatever you want to collect, you can easily become a brilliant collector with the advice in this post:

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Find Your Passion

What are you passionate about? If you want to be a great collector you need to find the items you feel most passionate about. You can try collecting a few different items if you like, to see how you feel about certain things. See what collections you feel most proud of and go from there! You might already know that you want to collect Eddie Stobart model trucks, for example. In that case, go ahead and start your collection!

Work Out Your Budget

It’s never a good idea to go spending all of your money on your new hobby without working out your budget first. Building up amazing collections takes time, so don’t expect to make it in a few days, weeks, or even months. Work out exactly how much you can comfortably afford to spend on your hobby per week/month, and include things like entering shows and protection insurance to make sure you don’t overspend.

Start Your Collection

Now you know your budget you can begin looking for items to go in your collection. Look on sites like Gumtree and eBay, in charity shops, vintage markets, and anywhere else you might find your item. You might even be able to find a specialist site online that sells the items you’re after!

Try to Include Rare/Highly Sought After Items

All great collections include at least a few rare and highly sought after items. You’ll need to keep an eye out for these - it could take you years to find them! You’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you do find one of these items though.

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