Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Lekki Conservation Centre

I visited the Lekki Conservation Centre with a group of friends last Sunday.  It was a nice experience getting lost in the middle of nowhere.

The Lekki Conservation Centre, is a conservation initiative to protect wildlife. It is located in Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city and is  quietly nestled in the face of sprawling urban development.
The objective of the centre is the promotion of environmental protection and the prevention of  poaching by surrounding communities.  It also serves as a tourist centre for local and international visitors.
Contrary to popular belief, Africans don't live in trees, only monkeys and baboons do :-)
The Lekki Conservation Centre was officially opened in 1990 by the Duke of Edinburgh
The Centre has a variety of fauna and flora, and it is also said crocodiles and alligators once lurked in its swamps, though we didn't see any.
 Coming up next: Asian Style Interior Decor

Monday, 21 October 2013

Interiors from Great the Gatsby Movie

If you haven't seen the Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, you should watch it....after reading my post on the interiors.  I actually stumbled on this  and thought I should share it anyways.

The movie was set in the early 1920's just before the great depression caused by the Wall Street crash of 1929. This was an era of glitz, glam and luxury and the birth of the nouveau riche in US society. The movie ste showed a great appreciation of art deco and would have been any interior designer's delight.

In the houses the old and new styles meet together forming an amazing combination of heavy, richly decorated tables and chairs with ornaments in pewter, striped big armchairs and ornamented carpets, large rooms full of heavy furniture with little free space  further learnt credence to an impression of comfort and luxury.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Choosing Wall Paper

I have been on a short hiatus for a couple of weeks caused by lack of inspiration, but I am back :-) and will be talking about wall coverings, starting with wall paper.

Wall paper is a creative wall finishing which can add colour to any room.  It can also make a room look busy or outrightly hideous if it clashes with the other colours in the room.
Wallpaper types range from paper, vinyl, textile to fleece, fiberglass and liquid.

The choice of wall paper types should depend on the room it is being used for.  A hallway for example is a relatively high traffc are of a house, so is a reception, therefore vinyl or duplex paper wallpaper would be a good choice. In a living room fleece or textile wallpaper would be more ideal since it is washable and more durable. Also a kitchen would be better suited for vinyl wallpaper. So also children’s rooms and bedrooms would fare better with a choice of paper or textile.

If you are on a tight budget, thin wallpaper would be better suited to your pocket however thick wallpaper will save you the trouble (and cost) of having to screed the walls before applying. Also thick textured wallpaper looks pretty and hides the irregularities of the walls.

The choice of wall paper, like colour of paint can easily influence the mood of a room, hence you need to be proceed with caution. For instance, vibrant colours will excite most but can also irritate some, while pastels induce a sense of tranquility.
For rooms that have an ample flow of natural light, choose cool colours such as blue, gray, silver, pink, deep dark burgundy, purple, violet, blue, terra cotta and such. If there is not enough of light, then go with warm, soft and bright shades of orange, light green, gold, green, milk, beige, peach, coffee, apricot, and cream colours.

Fine patterns are better suited for small-sized rooms, and larger patterns for spacious and large rooms. The vertical bar visually lifts the wall but it will also narrow it; the horizontal bar will expand the walls, but make the ceiling  look lower. To increase the depth of the room you can install dark wallpaper with an active pattern on the far wall, with a much lighter colour on the other walls.

Make your wall paper stand out by not choosing the same colour as your furniture. If you plan to introduce photos, pictures and plants, use solid, light, smooth wallpaper with a barely noticeable pattern or ornament.

To calculate the number of rolls you need for a certain area, subtract area of windows and doors and add a small reserve just in case. Carefully follow the instructions on wallpaper installation, recommendations on exposure time and glue.