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Sports Den

Designing a Den for the sports crazy man

All men need a place where he can be with himself or hang out with his friends. In modern times, you cannot have a cave like Batman has; a spare bedroom is good enough to start. How do you do this for the sports crazy man? Here are five tips.

Big screen: You are watching the game in your den because you cannot make it to the stadium. So you will want to watch it on a big screen. A projector allows you to beam a big picture and get the feel of the arena. You will probably want to have the projector connected to your home theatre.

Good Sound: While your home theatre and big screen combo has to accommodate a small crowd, you don’t want to sacrifice anything in the way of sound quality. With most sports channels transmitting in HD and with 5.1 surround sound, you would want a 5.1 surround sound system to get a real feel of the game.

Adding a bar in the den
Adding a bar in the den

Seating: Unlike regular seats at the cinema, you will want to put plush seating in your den, and amble numbers, so that you and your friends can relax and watch.

Bar: Aha, this is a must have for many men. A built-in bar will ensure that you do not have to keep on going to the other room every now and then, to replenish your drinks and snacks.

Sound Proof: It is quite likely that you and your friends are going to be noisy during a game. You are well advised to have sound insulation material like glass wool in-between your wall layers. Moreover, a sound absorbing fabric layer on the wall is recommended.

uncluttered house

Are you a clutter collector?

I run out of space to keep things, oh-so-often, at home. I see this with others also. Yet our family size is only 4. Why does this happen? Because somehow, we human beings, seem to have developed this amazing capacity to become clutter collectors. Why is it so difficult to get rid of clutter? How do we do it?
I like to get rid of things:
1. That don’t work
2. That annoy me
3. That I am keeping only because someone gave it
4. That make me feel good because I took a stupid decision of getting it by paying tons of money in the first place!
5. Like freebies.

A cluttered room
A cluttered room

So I like to ask myself these questions:
1. Do I really love this?
2. How does this item make my life better or easier?
3. Have I used it in the past year?
4. Will I really ever use this again?

If you get severe separation pangs, do a test. Put the things in a box and wait for a year. If you haven’t used them in a year, you don’t need it!

I hope you find these tips helpful.

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White is the new black

A black dress in a party is said to cover all manners of sins. Today in interior design, white enjoys a similar stature. White is the new black; it makes spaces appear larger and brighter. So says my clients. Moreover it represents simplicity and renewal.
White 3Adding white is not such a difficult task as it seems. One can try these two simple methods to bring in the crisp look to an existing room:
Accessorize with new curtains: Replace your dark curtains with white, airy ones that instantly open up the space and make the space look larger. Similarly, if it is a workplace, install white blinds and see the how the space looks bigger and brighter.White 2
White walls: Make your walls white, and see how big the space looks. You can even intersperse white with mirrors to make the space bigger if it is narrow. Do not think in paint alone as there are wallpapers to consider also.