There’s no doubt that we’ve spend more time at home in 2020 than ever before. But for many of us, the thought of a winter lockdown fills us with dread. The UK weather makes time outside less attractive, forcing us to spend even more time in the same surroundings: our home. Even if it’s a place we love, there will be times we feel overwhelmed by the lack of opportunity to get out and about.
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It’s been a strange year so far. We’ve had to adapt our lives to new ways of living and interacting. Keeping the kids entertained has been one of the biggest challenges since they’ve been off school, but one of the benefits we do seem to have is the glorious weather that has stayed with us throughout. Let’s utilise the sunshine and the time we have to enjoy our gardens and our little people, so throw open the french doors and extend the playroom into the garden!
Have you ever watched a film and thought to yourself “Wow! What an incredible place that would be to visit!”… we definitely have. Filming locations don’t just happen by chance, though. Despite being given fictitious names, a film or TV show has to be set somewhere, and not all are produced in giant studios either. Often, when a film or TV show is in pre-production, a location scout (we can only dream of having such a job) is tasked with finding the perfect spot to set the scene.
For big budget blockbusters, this can usually be anywhere in the world and some films can have multiple filming locations. Sometimes those locations can become just as iconic as the film or TV show it’s a part of, too.
Being the curious creatures we are, we wanted to explore some of these iconic film locations, but doing so in real life would cost a pretty penny… so we went on a virtual tour instead! But that’s not all, we’re a door company, so it seems only right to include some iconic doors, too.
Fancy a whimsical wander through Wonderland? Or what about an intergalactic mosey on down to Mos Eisley? Why not take a step through our Magical Mystery Doors and be transported to some real-life movie locations? To begin your tour, click the link below. Beware, though… there’s no telling where you might end up!
It’s well documented that household plastics are a huge threat to our environment. According to Earthday.org, It’s estimated that world plastic production stands at around 340 million metric tonnes, with half of annual plastic production destined for single-use products.
Just to add a little more perspective to that, it’s estimated that one million plastic bottles are sold per minute and 4 trillion plastic bags are produced annually – 100 billion of which are thrown away in the US alone. It’s a pretty eye-opening thought, isn’t it?
Though small, single-use plastics are a very large and very real issue. Devastating habitats, killing wildlife and some recent studies have even discovered microplastics in drinking water.
The production of plastic seems relentless, and while alternatives are being produced and households and businesses take a more environmentally friendly approach to their own plastic waste, it doesn’t detract from the fact that a lot of damage has already been done.
In this post, we wanted to highlight just how severe the problem has become and just how widespread the issue of single-use plastics and plastic pollution is in general. It’s a frightening fact that it really does seem that nowhere is safe from harm.
If you’re just about to embark on your first houseplant buying expedition, there’s a good chance you’re not really sure which ones you’d like to buy. Do you go for something colourful and delicate? Or what about something robust and imposing?
Whatever you choose, it needs to be looked after. But some houseplants are way more high-maintenance than others. There’s nothing worse (there probably is) when you’re a new plant parent, than coming home to find your beautiful new addition all shrivelled and brown. Whether that’s because it didn’t quite like the fact you sat it by a draughty door, or you forgot to water it for a day or two…
So what’s the answer? Treat yourself to some super easy-going houseplants, of course! Houseplants that are really easy to care for don’t need to be boring either. There are loads of funky houseplants out there to choose from, but knowing which is right for you can be tricky, especially when you’re not quite sure what it is you’re doing.
So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite houseplants for beginners… they all have “superpowers”! All of the plants we’ve chosen are low-maintenance, stylish and above all, they’ll totally dazzle you with their brilliance, too!
If like us you’d love your very own house elf, there’s actually a good chance that you might already have one.
For centuries, the presence of house spirits and mythical creatures that live in the home have played a prominent role in folklore around the world, with many cultures embracing the age old tales and superstitions that are passed down through the generations.
Some are known to be positive, while others… not so much.
If you’re in France, you might be privileged enough to share your home with a Matagot, a mythical creature that takes the form of a cat or sometimes a fox, rat or dog. Matagots are said to bring good fortune… but only if you treat them well!
On the other hand, if you’re in England, you might be unfortunate enough to live with a Boggart (or Bogeyman as they’re affectionately known) – said to be the manifestation of all your fears, the Boggart is fond of mischief and wrong-doing; rattling doors, moving your things and they may even go a step further by stealing your children!
So, which mythical creatures do you share your home with? Check out the funky illustrations we’ve created below and let us know if any of them seem familiar…
Like us, you probably have fond childhood memories of playing Pooh Sticks in the sunshine with your friends, or dodging cars while you play Kerby. And if you’re of a certain age, there’s a good chance you remember the delights of Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt too.
The mid 1980’s were a turning point when it came to how kids spent their free time. 8-bit games consoles such as the NES from Nintendo and the original Master System from Sega revolutionised game play forever.
Recently, there has been an influx of nostalgic reboots of these classic games consoles, allowing a generation to relive their childhood by revisiting some of their long-forgotten but much cherished retro video games.
With that in mind, we thought to ourselves… why not combine the traditional with the not-so-traditional? So, we’ve taken some traditional childhood pastimes such as conkers, musical chairs and tag, then “redesigned” them as 8-bit video games… because who said a jump rope and pat-a-cake couldn’t be super cool, right?
Have you ever stumbled upon a derelict building and though about how much of an eye sore it is? What about that dilapidated old park bench that could do with being replaced?
If you’re into urban exploring, finding beauty in something that you’d ordinarily find grotesque can be a magical thing, and looking deeper into what these spaces offer can open up a whole new world, especially from a design perspective.
When decorating, it’s common to work out a colour scheme before you start. With that in mind, we’ve decided to take those unloved buildings and spaces, and draw inspiration to create a stunning set of 10 unique colour palettes. In addition to this, each colour palette comes with its own set of Hex codes, perfect for those designers looking to get creative and delve into the world of rust, overgrown structures and exposed brickwork on a more granular level.
So, if you’re looking for some design inspiration, check out our colour palettes inspired by abandoned places below. You never know, urbexing might just become your new favourite pastime too!
Smart technology such as the Amazon Alexa and Philips Hue are fast becoming a staple part of many homes, providing a convenient and often novel way of doing day-to-day things that would otherwise be more complex.
Say you fancy turning the heating up just a little so it’s nice and cosy when you return home, the Nest Learning Thermostat will allow you to do that remotely via your mobile phone. Or, if you’re planning on having a relaxing night in, you feel like getting funky with some chilled out tunes and subtle mood lighting… then Google Home has you covered.
Now imagine you could take these incredible inventions one step further. What if they got smarter? Like, really smart… Not only could they make your day-to-day life that little bit easier, but what if they could sense when you needed them? What if they could go and fetch your slippers for you so you don’t have to rely on the dog?
So we got to thinking… Technologically speaking, who or what is the most reliable of all? Why, it’s the giant, sentient robots of Cybertron of course. The Transformers as they’re lovingly known are noble, compassionate and chivalrous – those Autobots certainly know how to look after us human folk (forgetting the Decepticons, obviously). Add to that their ability to shapeshift and we’ve got a force to be reckoned with.
We then got creative. We wanted to see what a smart technology/Transformers mash-up might look like and we’ve got to say… We’re quite impressed.
Ever wondered how the price of pizza differs around the world? We’ve put together a graphic looking at how many slices of pizza you’d get for $1 in a variety of countries around the globe. We’ve compared the average prices for a large Margherita to keep things fair and consistent. The graphic also includes information about any unique or interesting pizzas you can get in the region because as well as price differences, some of the toppings were very intriguing.