Buy the art that you love, then boost its impact with decor
This large painting of a boy picking his nose is pretty outrageous. The chair below it is pretty outrageous too, with the wild contemporary print on a traditional chair style. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your art and decor. It doesn’t need to be serious all the time.
What ways have you found to enhance the art in your home?
You know you are important and lovable right?
Somehow we are caught up in the world about caring for others that you forget to care for yourself too.
Today as the world celebrates compassion and kindness. We also wanted to do our part and give you something:) So take what you need from us…
Thank you. We are grateful of you over these years.
Feeling down in the dumps? Sometimes we don’t have the time to spend a day at the spa or invite friends and family over to de-stress and cheer us up, so we’ve compiled a list of quick tricks to give you a no-prescription-required burst of bliss in a jiffy. Here are 10 instant ways to boost your mood:
Instant mood booster 1: Soak in a warm bath or have a mug of warm tea.
Who doesn’t love a good soak in the bath? A study by Yale University revealed that relaxing amongst the bubbles does more than simply relax and refresh our bodies. In fact, a warm bath or shower can act as an effective substitute for social interaction when we’re feeling lonely. The researchers from Yale University questioned 51 students about their everyday routines and their emotions, which revealed that those who regularly soaked in a warm bath and had hot drinks felt happier than those who had quick showers and very few hot drinks. If you need a quick pick-me-up, have a soak in the bath. If you need an even quicker pick-me-up, simply make yourself a warm drink for an instantly better mood.
Instant mood booster 2: Boost your brain’s happy chemicals with snacks
Sometimes when we’re feeling down, a good serving of mood-boosting nutrients is all we need. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh carried out a study in which they took blood tests from 106 healthy adults and measured their happiness. The study revealed that those with higher levels of omega 3 in their blood were 49 to 58 per cent happier than those with lower omega 3 levels. Chocolate is an excellent mood booster too. The high levels of serotonin, alongside many other ‘happy chemicals’, promote feelings of contentment. “A square of chocolate a day keeps the sadness away” – that’s our new motto.
Instant mood booster 3: Calming scents
A great way to instantly boost your mood when you have little time is to keep an essential oil close-by. When you’re feeling down essential oils can make you feel more positive, calmer and less anxious. Researchers in Austria tested volunteers’ moods before and after they inhaled calming scents such as lavender and oranges and noticed a significant rise in their moods after inhaling the oils. The participants reported that they felt less anxious and more upbeat compared to before. If you’re having a deadline-packed day at work, or you’re feeling a little jittery about something else, simply putting a few drops of essential oil on a tissue or use a reed diffuser to disperse your favourite scent through the room and make you feel a whole lot better instantly.
Instant mood booster 4: Smile, even if it’s the last thing you feel like
It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re down, and smiling when you feel like screaming can feel unnatural, but just try it. Experts suggest that how we act physically can affect how we feel emotionally. Psychologists at the University of Cardiff recently discovered that those who have an inability to frown because of botox injections feel much happier than those whose muscles allow them to frown. It appears that our emotions aren’t restricted to our brain, as acting happy will make our brain feel happy too. As well as this, smiling means that people will subsequently want to talk to you more, leading to you making more friends and being a generally happier person. Go on, crack a smile and see how it makes you feel. Alternatively, go the whole hog and go in for some laughter therapy.
Instant mood booster 5: Watch a funny clip
The internet is packed with funny video footage of everything from dancing cats to bad audition tapes and even dogs on skateboards. When you’re feeling stressed and down, taking five minutes out to watch a funny video will help you to relax, take your day less seriously, and release some natural feel-good chemicals at the same time. Indeed, laughter releases endorphins that relieve anxiety and make you feel upbeat. Experts suggest that laughter also leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 40 minutes afterwards too, so it really is a great way to perk up your day. A good dose of the giggles is infectious and makes you even happier when you’re with others, so get some friends or colleagues together and watch a funny clip.
Of course, all this can be done on our sofa. In case you need a more comfortable sofa or is thinking of upholstery to renew the mood in your home. You can contact us at centrepiece furnishing. Text Vince for an appt @ 90305057. info(AT)centrepiece.com.sg
Usually an expensive sofa is in use from 5 to 8 years under normal use and treatment for it. (But of course if 2,000 people sat on the couch for a year, even if it is expensive, sofa quickly loses its previous form). On average, for a family of 5 people this sofa will serve about 5 years. Then sofa’s quality will be deteriorating, although it is still possible to sit and lie on it for about eight years (if you are Lucky). But experience shows that people do not like disharmony at their home especially if you can buy something beautiful and new. Thus they go back to the store for a new sofa : )
Inexpensive sofas serve from 1 to 4 years, not more, as this type of sofas is not designed for long use. Usually, the inexpensive quality sofas are designed for occasional use, such as in a home office room or in the country house. Of course, lonely people buying a sofa do not use it in a way that it can be frayed during a year.
Leather household goods have become somewhat of a staple for many — and even many of those people who opt for healthier, more plant-based eating still purchase leather goods, such as couches, ottomans, and the like from time to time.
While those who have fully embraced the vegan lifestyle typically cut these materials from their households altogether, it’s not always easy or practical to throw away all your current leather goods and start from scratch. But whether you already steer clear of leather or not, you can make choices going forward to stay away from this material in your home good choices. Here are some reasons why you should do just that:
1. It’s Bad for Animals
This is perhaps the most obvious reason you should avoid leather in your home materials, but it needs to be repeated. If you’ve recently started eating more plant-based and are beginning to better wrap your mind around the horrors of factory farming for animals, leather production is no picnic, either. When you choose leather home goods, you are choosing to sit on the skin of a dead animal. When you really think about it, that’s sort of weird, right? Why choose to scalp sentient beings when there are so many alternatives out there, anyway?
2. It’s Bad for the Earth
Leather processing is a complicated process, involving tanning, dyeing, finishing, and more. Involved in all of these steps is a slew of chemicals — most of which are terrible for the environment. Think polymers, resins, dyes, spewing back into the environment in the name of a shiny couch. What? As Peta explains, even the “green” leather is not-so-good: ”Although some leathermakers deceptively tout their products as ‘eco-friendly,’ turning skin into leather also requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals, including mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and various oils, dyes, and finishes, some of them cyanide-based. Most leather produced in the U.S. is chrome-tanned; all wastes containing chromium are considered hazardous by the EPA.” And can you imagine the health impact for workers in the leather field? Yikes!
3. It’s Bad for Your Health
Now that we’ve covered just some of the toxins used in the process of making leather for furniture and other goods, we can take this a step further and consider the health impact of leather home goods sitting in your home. These things are with you in your home day and night. If its couches, you’re sitting on them constantly, allowing your skin to touch this material made from the skin of animals and then processed with countless earth-harming chemicals until it’s soft and supple to the touch. This texture comes with a price — your health. Leather furniture can off-gas for years, as explained by Chemically Injured: “Offgassing is the evaporation of volatile chemicals in non-metallic materials at normal atmospheric pressure. This means that building materials can release chemicals into the air through evaporation. This evaporation can continue for years after the products are initially installed which means you continue to breathe these chemicals as you work, sleep and relax in your home or office.” Do you really need that constant exposure to leather toxins? Didn’t think so.
The good news here is that there are plenty of alternatives to leather for your home. The obvious choices include couches upholstered with cotton, corduroy, or linen. Many microfiber blends will work, too — just make sure they don’t include animal byproducts.
Opt for fiber-based materials, and you’ll be saving animals, the earth, and your health. If you own leather home goods right now but can’t afford to trash it immediately, that is okay, too. Consider a sofa cover until you can find an alternative, or consider expediting your new furniture hunt or garage sales. Another idea is to consider building your own animal-free futon couch with a wood frame and DIY materials like a futon cushion and cotton futon cover. But whatever you do, don’t buy new leather furniture and home goods, for the sake of all of the parties mentioned above.
Contact or text Vince @90305057 for an appointment. http://www.centrepiece.com.sg
We know the extra work and effort that we consistently put in matters. We are customers too. So we want to give you more values for your dollar, this is our way of saying thank you. In turn, we know you care and have the kindest way to express your kindness towards us. We appreciate it!
I think it is not very clear, but these are some kind words of thanks from you.
Thank you for sharing this with us!
Contact: Vince 90305057 for apt or email sales(AT)centrepiece.com.sg
This morning we met this person who we will name as “Alice” at her place at Chween Chian road. She is American. She was recommended by our customers to custom make a sofa. As usual, we brought some fabrics sample to her place for her selection. After some time of viewing Alice retorted with a sense of conceit that it is not her fault for not liking the fabrics that we painstakingly carry there and demanded that we go again with more fabrics. But we didn’t say anything.
Surely, one cannot expect us to bring everything. So we would prefer that customers would view and select their fabrics at our workshop. This makes better sense as the full range of materials and fabrics will be in our office. Thus we invited her to come to our office to view the fabrics. But she said that we are too far away, and she insisted that we should carry other fabrics to her.
However, what comes next was a shock! She said that it is her right to demand that we bring whatever she wants to her as it is the service staff DUTY to SERVE! And with some haughtiness she opened the door to show us out in a condescending manner!
Despite that, we sincerely believe that she is an exception and people are generally kind and nice.
Nevertheless, to move forward. Please visit our office for the full selction of materials and fabrics. If you need us to visit your home. We would love to do so. However, we do have a consultation fees for on-site visit at SGD $45, redeemable if confirmation of order is within 30 days from our first visit.
Of course, to our many wonderful loyal customers and friends who have been with us for so many years. In contrast to Alice, we truly appreciate the kindness of our current customers. You guys are truly what make us want to do better for you. Thank you.
Speak to us Vince 90305057 or email sales(AT)centrepiece.com.sg or Justin(AT)centrepiece.com.sg
P/S: nevertheless, Alice has contacted us to apologise for her insensitivity and is our customers now. updated 23 March 2014.