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If you ask me what is my most comfortable place; my only answer is the bedroom. It is the place where take shelter after the end of a hectic day and start the next day with new resolutions. We dream sweet dreams, sleep a restful sleep and we hug and enjoy the most intimate moments with our partners here. In fact, if you think deeply you will find that we spend one third, if not more, of our life span in the bedroom.

A bedroom can never be ignored; this is the focal point of your home. Other than showing the status and style, a cozy and comfortable bedroom lets one to lead a happy life. But, in reality, we find people spending huge amount in bedroom decoration and still having disorganized bedrooms. Mind, your bedroom is the most private place for you and should be styled based on your choices and preferences.

Common bedroom styles

When it comes to upgrading a bedroom, most of the people go after the theme for deciding the most suitable style. The following bedroom styles will help you to turn your bedroom into a happy oasis.

  • Traditional: This involves symmetrical arrangements of classic furniture including bed and other bedroom accessories. You can also think of including heavy wood work or stone for imparting a traditional atmosphere.
  • Vintage: For this type you have to adorn your bedroom with antique furniture and elegant embellishments. Best, research on a particular period and decorate accordingly.
  • Contemporary: You should fill your bedroom with the latest trend of bed and furniture for a contemporary feeling. Have elegant but simple colors. Metallic structured bed, furniture and accessories complement this style.
  • Minimalist: This style is great for apartment living. It includes geometric patterned furniture; leaves lot of room for moving around and have subdued color for creating the minimalist effect.
  • Cottage: This style evokes a countryside feeling and can best be decorated by combining the old and new style for a mesmerizing effect.

Mind, all of these styles are equally good for making the most comfortable bedroom. The present day situation also does not allow everyone to have a very spacious bedroom and many people have to be confined in small bedrooms. No matter what is the size of your bedroom or what style you are maintaining, the following essentials are sure to turn your bedroom into a heavenly retreat

1. Change Color

Changing color of your bedroom should be your first priority for upgrading it. Whatever color you might choose, it should be compatible with the style of your bedroom and must also fit your personality.

2. Bed is the centerpiece

Whatever bedroom you may have starting from the most simple to royal, your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom. While the basic requirement is to be cozy and comfortable for a restful sleep, you can also adorn your bedroom with many types of beds from the simple to the most ornate style. One simple idea is to have a floating bed. Hang your bed to the ceiling with strong ropes and load with matching accessories for a heavenly bed a few inches above the floor.

3. The furniture furnishes

The mood of your bedroom depends on the furniture you keep there. While your furniture should complement your bedroom style, it is always better to have mix-and-match decoration. In case replacement of the old furniture is not possible, paint the old ones or simply rearrange those for an elevated look.

4. Include decorative storage

Your bedroom is your private space. Whether you are organized or not, you have to keep many things stored and for this storage is vital bedroom furniture. A matching storage in the bedroom will liven up the room besides keeping everything organized.

5. Create a focal point

Nothing is more effective than a classic artwork or nature photography for making your blank wall a focal point in the room. You can think of anything that goes well with your theme and style of the bedroom.

6. Have floating shelves

Floating shelves are great for contemporary and minimalist type of bedroom. These small shelves are fixed to the wall and add to the dimension of the bedroom. Enhance the ambiance of your bedroom with small decorative pieces on the shelves.

7. Mind curtain & carpet

Your curtain and carpet should complement the style of your bedroom. Choose a curtain that will make your bedroom look brighter. You should select a carpet that goes well with your theme. A matching carpet will surely make your bedroom more pleasant.

8. Illumination is the key

When upgrading a bedroom, illumination plays a very important role. Use ambient lighting or task lighting or accent lighting for adding dimension to your bedroom. In case your bedroom style calls for equal illumination throughout, you should try ambient or general lighting. When you require reading a book you should opt for task lighting and use accent lighting for highlighting any object like a portrait or any zone of your bedroom. Having string lights will also transform your bedroom to a romantic paradise.

9. Stay close to nature

Bringing in a natural element is sure to transform your bedroom into a heavenly retreat. A live plant in your bedroom is the ideal option, but if you cannot spare time for maintenance; the other option is to decorate with artificial orchids, decorative trees or any other fake flower arrangements. Whatever may be the style or size of your bedroom, including a natural element will make it elegantly romantic.

10. Remove clutter

Your bedroom should always be kept neat and clean. Removing clutter from your bedroom will help you to have a peaceful surrounding for doing the most important task: sleeping. Getting rid of what is not required and organizing things is sure to lift up the ambiance.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

Perhaps every corporate giant will agree that time is money. The last thing that an employee or a boss would like is to scratch his head in an endlessly long boring meeting. As we deem the importance of professional meetings towards the growth of the company, there are a few ways to make the meetings interesting and productive.

An ambient atmosphere is the starting key

Before starting the meeting, one should take care of the conference hall where the meeting is scheduled to take place. The company may put buy some floral arrangements or some silk orchids to add to the hall to make the atmosphere soothing. Also, room freshener can be added make the atmosphere serene. 

Invite only the important personnel

When organizing a professional meeting, one should take care that only the related personnel to the project are invited. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos calls this the ‘two pizza’ rule. To develop a strong project towards the development of the company, the meeting should have only the relevant personnel who can be fed by just two pizzas. Owing to the success of Amazon, we can be sure about the effectiveness of this formula. 

Take care of the starting time

For every successful business venture, time management is the key. Special care should be taken that the meeting starts to bang on time. The attendees should be informed in advance about the starting time of the meeting and instructed to be present at the designated time. If your company is aiming for the sky, you cannot afford to lose any minute. 

Have an agenda

Every time a meeting is scheduled, be sure of the agenda. Employees and bosses hardly like beating around the bushes in an ongoing meeting. Be sure of the aim that your company is trying to achieve and the steps those are desirable for the purpose. The invited personnel should be informed clearly about the agenda of the meeting. This can save a considerable amount of time and make the meeting clear and crisp.

Prior homework is important

Before attending a meeting, be sure to work a little on the agenda of the meeting. This will help you to start right from the point in the meeting. You can also gather the attention of your colleagues in a better way by doing some prior work. If all the persons in the meeting follow this idea, the duration of the meeting can be substantially reduced without compromising with the agenda.

Be ready to part with your seat

 One of the most tried and tested ways of gathering attention is to stand and speak. By saying this, we do not mean that your staffs need to stand all the time or jump in the room to gain attention. It has often been observed that when a person stands and speaks, the audience is more attentive to his/her opinions. So, going by this, take the effort to stand up when your turn comes. Occasionally you can take the effort to take a walk around the room while presenting your ideas and opinions.

More interaction and less technology

Interaction is a great way to reach a great conclusion. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of the leading e-commerce giant Amazon has stressed the importance of verbal interaction in the board room in place of the conventional boring powerpoint presentations. Also, one should shy away from bringing laptops and cell phones to the board room. One of the common observations that one sees in the board room is people working on their laptops or tablets, while the meeting goes on. This disrupts the progress of the meeting and delays the conclusion, making the meeting boring and never ending.

Meetings are not for decisions

One of the major reasons towards the success of Google is that the company does not keep meetings just for taking decisions. Larry Page highlights the fact that meetings are for discussion, innovation, and development. If there is anything in the company that requires urgent attention of the executives to reach a consensus, the meeting should be called immediately to sort out the problem. Every company should understand that decisions cannot be just left pending for a meeting.

Change the conventional boardroom

Though it is well understood that board room and conference hall are the best places to keep a meeting, sometime a change of place will do good to your staffs and your company. If the meeting considers having just two or three relevant personnel, the ideal choice of venue can be a nice restaurant or lounge or perhaps the company garden. The ambiance of these places enhanced by the floral arrangements and some serene music will give a refreshing feel and help you concentrate on your topic. 

Care for some refreshments

Well, everybody will agree that working empty stomach is just not possible. Take care to keep some snacks or juice as refreshments in your meetings. This becomes especially important in the case of long meetings. Though the duration of the meetings should be tried to keep small; one cannot avoid the extreme case where the discussions may go for some lengthy duration. Some snacks on the table will give the executives some peace.

Some entertainment is healthy

Stocks, market share, profit and loss, production, investment, etc are perhaps the favorite words of corporate gurus. However, one will agree to the point that these words tend to become boring as the meeting progresses. So, it is advised to have some healthy entertainment like cracking jokes, laughter etc in the boardroom to ease off the tensions. 

Concluding the meeting

Taking care to finish the meeting is also an important step towards making the meeting healthy and productive. Fix the duration of the meeting, which should be preferably small and try to adhere to the duration. With the presence of only the important peoples and the agenda in place, the meeting can be effectively concluded in the desired time, without compromising the productivity.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

Are you getting married in a few weeks? You must be very much busy with all the plannings. Your excitement level must also be very high as every girl has a lot of dreams and aspirations related to their wedding. However, there is something else also going through your mind, like settling yourself in a new atmosphere, a new family, how are you going to manage all that? What all responsibilities you will have to take and what challenges your new life will bring in? 

How will you go ahead with accepting your new responsibilities?

A family starts once you and your partner get connected through marriage and start to live in the same house. Your lookout should always be about the well-being of your family members. For this, you must be prepared mentally as for how you are going to begin your new life and how beautiful you can make it for both of you, by managing it tactfully. 

Though the term ‘home management’ is short and crisp it is very vast and requires you to look after many things. Hence, it is always encouraged to get some handy tips from your parents and friends and apply them to lead a near perfect life.

Before getting married, what would-be brides should learn all tips concerning home management?

Whether you are a homemaker or a working woman for developing a good relationship with your husband and in-laws, home management contributes the most. Find below 15 home management tips, which are necessary to be learned before you get married and start your new life:-

1. Make a proper routine.

Having a proper routine made by dividing all the work, time wise and having convenience in accomplishing to do every household task in the least possible time is probably the most important home management skill. 

2. On a day-to-day basis plans the meals.

There’s a famous saying ‘away to a man's heart is through his stomach,' this statement holds entirely true as making food or arranging them for your husband, kids, and other family members and winning their heart is complete bliss. Preparing the favorite menu of your loved ones and enjoying that on the dinner table with all the family members is the best portrayal home management. 

3. Organize every corner of your house.

From the living room to the kitchen, dining hall, master bedroom, guest bedrooms and even the bathrooms, every corner of your house needs your attention. Organize everything and win everybody’s, heart, 

4. Decorate your house

The indoor landscapes of your new house have to be decorated appropriately for making it appealing for every visitor. If you place silk flowers arrangements at the center table of your living room, install some fake cactus in your kitchen decor, or get some fake moss on your open terrace you will be flooded with compliments for sure.

5. Invest in some utility furniture.

Make out more space in your house, by buying space saving the furniture. These type of furniture will not only add to the beauty of your internal landscapes but also will be able to hold up many things inside them for creating more floor space.

6. Selecting beautiful upholstery

The curtains and the covering of furniture like chairs or sofas with fabric can be made very attractive by choosing appropriate colors and prints which will compliment your walls. This will give your home a new look.

7. House cleaning

By using smart appliances like a vacuum cleaner, smart mops, and dusters, you can clean the floors, walls, furniture and even the various decor items. Like cleaning artificial flower arrangements becomes very easy with small and handy dusters. 

8. Manage the finances of the household

A smart wife would always make a budget at the beginning of every month. The monthly budget will help in spending the money in an organized way on various categories so that you can even take out a share of savings from the allotted money.

9. Set vacation goals 

Every family member of your new family would want to take a break from the daily chores. To help them achieve that, you should plan long vacations as well as small trips. This will turn out to be refreshing and improve the household environment.

10. Important paper organization

By making a folder having several pockets can help you in organizing the important piece of papers in your family. Whether it the health insurance papers, the citizenship card, pan card details and even bank papers should be kept safely and neatly for many reasons. The most important reason being able to get your insurance claims by showing the papers.

11. Organizing the utility bills.

Whether it your payment for internet connection, cable tv or gas bills, you must create another folder for keeping them, so that you skip none of the payments.

12. Look after the health of your family members. 

Your new family members might have some medical history, know about them and keep all the necessary medicines. Also, keep the first aid box and other important emergency medicines in the house for instant protection.

13. Keep your house safe from fire

Fire extinguishers and other fire fighting agents should always be present in the household, for avoiding any fire breakout situation.

14. Buy insurance for avoiding unnecessary hazards

During any health emergencies, burglary, fire break out or natural calamities like earthquake or cyclone, buying insurance for having protection against them will help you in saving your house.

15. Create servicing contracts with maintenance companies.

For managing each and every household appliances, like a refrigerator, air-conditioner, computers, kitchen chimneys or even microwave ovens you can make a contract of annual maintenance with the concerned companies for their proper functioning.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

aloe plantBiologically speaking, Aloe vera is a perennial xerophyte plant, growing commonly in temperate and tropical regions. Its succulent and fleshy nature account to 96% water content in its leaves. Aloe Vera leaves appear green-grey in color, fleshy and have serrated margins. The thorns along the margins of the leaves are a natural defense mechanism against animals from feeding on them. Around the world, there are over 200 species of widely dispersed. Each species is a peculiar type!
Aloe Vera is of tremendous commercial value. Numerous dietary supplements, beauty products, and medicines are obtained from it. Domestically, is present in many homes not only for their ornamental characteristic but also for their immense medicinal properties. Here is a list of various benefits of aloe vera.

1. Aloe vera And Its Nutrients

Aloe Vera is known as “Plant of Immortality.” It has a right amount of nutrients. Let’s have a look at what are the nutrients that are offered by Aloe.

  • 96% of aloe vera is composed of water.
  • Vitamins like A, C, E, Folic Acid, Choline and B complex
  • Minerals
  • It provides 20 different types amino acids that are required by the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
  • Hormones like gibberellins, auxins
  • Various enzymes
  • Anthroquinones

2. Aloe vera And Skin

In today’s world, taking care of one’s skin is commercialized through beauty salons and alien beauty products. However, how many of us know that a simple application of aloe vera gel can do wonders to our skins. The antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera contribute immensely to a healthy and glowing skin. Following are the effects of application on the skin-

  • It has a moisturizing effect on the skin.
  • Aloe Vera is proven to increase the collagen formation and elasticity of the skin. Thus, it enhances the elasticity of the skin
  • It helps in rendering a healthy and supple look to the skin.
  • It reduces tans and sunburns.
  • It can lighten the dark spots, blemishes.
  • It can slow down the aging of the skin and prevents wrinkles.
  • It prevents the occurrence of acne.
  • The water content in can hydrate the skin and thus improves the moisture content of skin.
  • It provides a cooling effect on skin post-shaving.

3. Aloe Vera And Burns

It is said to promote healing of burns of first and second degree. The polysaccharides in aloe enhance new cell growth and thus promote wound healing. The topical application of aloe on the affected part stimulates the production of new collagen fibers. This topical application can also provide soothing and moisturizing effects to the burns-affected area.

4. Aloe Vera And Infections

The benefits of aloe vera are evident from the ancient period due to its exceptional healing properties. In Ayurveda, is commonly used to treat infections like genital herpes, psoriasis, insect bites, itchy skin and other skin diseases. The presence of polyphenol compounds in aloe vera provides it with an antibacterial nature. Polyphenols help in reducing the growth of bacteria and thereby prevents the occurrence of other infections and inflammations.

5. Aloe vera And Dental Health

Oral hygiene is said to be an essential factor in our day-to-day life. Taking care of our dental health becomes an overwhelming task. The contribution of aloe to oral health is distinct. Aloe Vera juice reduces dental plaques. Its antimicrobial property helps in destroying microorganisms like bacteria, fungi in the oral cavity post-meal. Researchers prove that juice is better at maintaining the oral hygiene when compared to the commercial mouthwash - Chlorhexidine. Tooth decay and common gum problems like periodontitis can be prevented by the regular usage of toothpaste or mouth wash.

6. Aloe vera And Hair

Apart from the medicinal properties, the cosmetic properties of aloe are also familiar among us. It consists of proteins that are essential for the formation of keratin which is a primary protein of hair. The proteolytic enzymes in it enhance healthy hair growth and treat the dead skin on the scalp. It acts as a great conditioner for hair and gives it a smooth and bouncy appearance. Aloe Vera can be used to treat dandruff, itchy scalp, hair fall and frequent hair breakages. The antimicrobial property of aloe helps in treating fungal infections of the scalp. It removes the accumulation of dead cells on the scalp and thus promotes healthy scalp and hair growth. Another significant benefit of is that it maintains the standard PH of the scalp (5.5-acidic) which gets altered by the alkaline commercial shampoos.

7. Aloe vera And Digestion

Aloe Vera consists of two parts – “the gel” and “the latex.” The gel is the translucent jelly-like substance produced by the inner cells, whereas, the latex is a yellowish liquid found beneath the skin of aloe. The latex has a bitter taste. The aloin enzyme present in latex has a laxative property which promotes digestion and regular bowel movements. Consumption of aloe once in a week can prevent constipation. However, over-consumption of aloin has toxic effects in our body. The anthraquinones in aloe promote contraction of the intestinal muscles for the passing out of stools. Thus it is widely accepted in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

8. Aloe vera And Inflammation

The antioxidants in neutralize the free radicals in the blood stream which is the primary cause of inflammation. Hormones like “gibberellins and auxins” have an anti-inflammatory effect on our body. It can reduce erythema (redness) formed due to exposure to radiation therapy.

9. Aloe vera And Diabetes

Aloe Vera is an ancient medicine for diabetes. It is proven to reduce the blood glucose levels. Oral consumption of gels in diabetic patients can help them maintain their blood sugar levels. Precaution has to be taken that the sugar levels do not fall below the normal. Being a traditional medicine increases the sensitivity of insulin and thereby, reduces the blood sugar levels

10. Aloe vera And Its Other Effects On Body

Aloe Vera can improve one’s immunity by promoting the production of nitric oxide and cytokines. It is said to have the potential to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. Anticancer property of aloe which says that it reduces the size of the tumor cells is still under scientific research and is yet to be proved.

Complications Of Aloe Vera

Oral intake of aloe vera can upset stomach in small children. It can cause muscle cramps, diarrhea, and abdominal pains. Too much intake of aloe latex can cause gastrointestinal discomforts, and much higher doses can become lethal. Diabetic patients must be careful while having aloe gel. It can potentially lower the blood glucose levels. Prolonged over usage of aloe vera can ultimately result in liver disorders.

Commercial Benefits Of Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is of enormous commercial value. There is a huge market out there, functioning based on it. Some of the typical products manufactured out of aloe are -

  • Face Wash
  • Shampoos
  • Aloe Vera juices
  • Beverages
  • Skin lotions
  • Ointment
  • Facial tissues
  • Soaps
  • Sunscreens
  • It is a component of some desserts and yogurts.
  • Biofuels from seeds, etc.

Aloe Vera – An Ornamental Plant

Aloe Vera can not only provide you with countless medicinal and commercial uses, but also it can serve as an ornamental plant. The potted indoor plant gives a chic look to your surroundings. One can also use artificial succulents, faux cacti, and artificial aloe vera plants to give your surrounding a similar look.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

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