Lifestyle

Lifestyle – the best office furniture #BestOfficeFurniture *

December 14, 2016
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Whether you work at home or in an office, it’s important to pick the most appropriate furniture for each situation in order to create an environment that is comfortable and appealing. If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I’ve been redecorating and putting together my little studio in my house. For me, colour and light are important, as well as making the most of the available storage for all the artwork pieces as well as materials yet to be used. It also needs to be comfortable and inviting, as well as easy to tidy up and maintain.

For anyone looking to improve an office space, taking comfort into consideration is also extremely important, as most people spend the majority of their days at work. This will not only will improve general wellbeing but will also help prevent sickness and promote productivity.

To achieve these objectives, finding the perfect chair or the ideal boardroom table from Furniture at Work that suit one’s budget will make all the difference.

An office chair that’s ergonomic and appropriate for the type of work is the key piece on every workstation. A good chair will prevent back pain and tiredness and as such, it’s best to invest as much as you can in it.

To read a few interesting facts on office chairs, click to read the E-book “The Most Important Piece of Furniture in Your Office” after the jump.

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Art – Satanic Flea Market – Xmas Edition

December 13, 2016
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Recently I participated in my first market ever, with my artwork. I recently started spending more time creating art as a therapy and found that I was starting to run out of room for all the pieces. As I had good feedback from friends and Instagram followers, I applied to participate in the Satanic Flea Market back in October. I was very happy to find that I ended up being accepted and would have a small stall at the Xmas market.

I had a great time – friends came over to visit, chatted with a few people, had great feedback on my pieces and met some incredible artists. And of course, sold a couple of pieces.

I didn’t take my camera with me as I had enough materials to carry but I took a few pictures with my phone. Not the best but it’s good enough to have an idea and celebrate my very first market!

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As you can see, I had a few reworked pages on display. Sometimes people think these are digitally made but they are handpainted using Posca markers. I am planning on eventually making prints, though. Also, the frames have been hand glittered by me. I found it to be quite a soothing activity.

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A picture of my first customer and the piece she bought. It was actually one of my favourite items. Also, some pictures of a few people who stopped by my table. I learned afterwards that the girl with pink hair is actually Girli, a British pop artist. She was super nice and put my sticker on her skateboard straight away. The bottom right photo is the world’s youngest Psychic TV fan – a 7 year old cutie who was wearing one of the best battle jackets I saw on the day.

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I was also very lucky and some of my pieces caught the eye of a few Instagram followers, who were kind enough to buy the pieces pictured above. They all went to the US, so there is a little bit of me on the other side of the ocean now!

I really enjoyed the experience, even though I didn’t sell too much. I have learned that in this sort of market it is also good to have a few cheaper items such as patches and badges as a lot of people look for inexpensive items to give away as gifts. I had a lot of fun and this was the most important result I needed.

 

Lifestyle

Lifestyle – the best office ever #OfficeSenses *

December 13, 2016
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Most people spend the majority of their lives at work and for that reason, it is important to work in an environment that is designed with staff wellbeing in mind. This is important as it not only benefits staff’s general and mental health but will also be good for employers – a healthy and comfortable employee will experience lower levels of stress and as such, become more motivated and productive. In a fast paced city it is important to provide workspaces that are pleasant so to have an office fit out in London (a particularly fast and stressful city, I should know) there are a few things and ideas that can be taken into consideration. To have a look at an infographic with a few How To suggestions on how the office design affects a worker’s wellbeing, click through the jump!

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LIFESTYLE – DIY mishaps and how to avoid them *

December 12, 2016
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According to a top A&E doctor quoted in the Guardian, the home is a minefield for accidents, that eventually end up at the Accidents & Emergencies department of UK hospitals. One of the problems is when homeowners try to save a few pounds (which is fair enough), but do so without proper planning and taking all the necessary precautions.

This reminds me of an episode that happened recently in our home: my housemate and I headed to IKEA to get shelves for our respective rooms. We were so happy as this would help sort out all the junk we both have in our rooms. Living in London a lot of times involve living in a houseshare and we have to keep all our belongings in our own rooms… which can be a tough exercise in organisational skills, especially if on top of clothes and shoes (of which I have a few) one also has a pile of books and art materials. So, we bought our shelves and even got ourselves a little drill and a box of screws, planning on doing a bit of DIY over the next few days. All was set and intentions were great but we didn’t manage to finish the job. Why? We didn’t think it through properly – the drill head included with the IKEA drill was too thin for the girth of screws the shelves required. Not only that, when I tried drilling (I know how to use power tools), after a few centimetres, the drill was hitting stone. The little drill was no match for the stone walls… We ended up abandoning the project and asking the handyman to come in and do the job… Fortunately, no one got hurt, and for now, we have a few holes drilled in the wall, which I am sure is something the landlord will not appreciate. Next time, better planning will be necessary.

So, we bought our shelves and even got ourselves a little drill and a box of screws, planning on doing a bit of DIY over the next few days. All was set and intentions were great but we didn’t manage to finish the job. Why? We didn’t think it through properly – the drill head included with the IKEA drill was too thin for the girth of screws the shelves required. Not only that, when I tried drilling (I know how to use power tools), after a few centimetres, the drill was hitting stone. The little drill was no match for the stone walls… We ended up abandoning the project and asking the handyman to come in and do the job… Fortunately, no one got hurt, and for now, we have a few holes drilled in the wall, which I am sure is something the landlord will not appreciate. Next time, better planning will be necessary.

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Another very common situation is problems with asbestos – particularly in lofts. Asbestos is used as insulation in many homes and too frequently, homeowners forget that it is poisonous. I remember in one of the houses I lived in, how bits of asbestos would fall out of the trap door in the ceiling, every time we moved stuff in the loft upstairs. Definitely not an ideal situation! Asbestos is a problem even for construction professionals, who can have serious health problems in unsafe work environments, ending up seeking mesothelioma compensation from their employers. I believe this is probably one of those jobs that should be better left to the pros, to avoid asbestos-related illnesses.

These are only two episodes that happened to me in recent years. Unfortunately, there can be many other potential activities that can cause serious injury. For more details on this, check out the infography after the jump.

PS: How do you like my illustration? I am enjoying reworking magazine pages a bit too much!

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