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- Working From The Modern Home Office - part two
Honey, I'm Home!
A survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed that around half of all firms now offered at least some opportunity for employees to work from home even if only occasionally. The figure for full time home workers is estimated to be around 10% of the overall working population but this includes some self employed sectors so figures are only approximate. There is no doubt however that the number of people now working from home has risen massively in the past decade (see accompanying part one article) even though the debate still rages as to whether employees are more productive working freely at home, able to take care of ad hoc home duties or under the eyeball of the boss in the workplace.
- Working From The Modern Home Office - part one
Honey, I’m Home!
Around a third of all the journeys to work in the UK during the snowy weather seen at the start of February 2012 were badly affected by it. Schools closed and even the trains suffered in the bad weather so the option to work from home has potentially many benefits and that’s before the expected chaos two extremely busy weeks of sport will bring to the UK this July.
- Weather-Proof Your Home
The last couple of winters have been unusually harsh. We've had to contend with heavy snow, gale force winds, severe storms, and temperatures that are far colder than normal. This has caused trouble for a lot of home owners,
- External Oak Door Frames: Strength, Durability & Style
Oak Door Frames
The opportunity to redesign the welcome that your house gives to you and your guests doesn't stop with the choice of door. It's worth thinking about the frame the door sits in, poetically parallelled by this French proverb;
“a picture without the right frame is like a landscape without the sky” Continue reading
- Design Basics: Complete the Look with Lighting
So, you've spent most of your time off work re-decorating your home. You've laid new carpets, painted every ceiling, painstakingly re-tiled and re-wallpapered every room, and put together the perfect set of furniture that matches your shiny new solid oak doors. You want to enjoy your hard work, but something's not quite right. Things don't look quite as shiny or as glamorous as they did in the show room. What's missing? Most likely, the thing behind all your problems is lighting. Continue reading
- Nice work guys
Great to see the team working together.
Being a quick growing online retailer brings many challenges, we have had exceptional, sustained growth over the last 18 months and we have had to cope with a quickly changing retail landscape. New staff have been bought in and new systems have been created from scratch and often many times over until it seems that we have the perfect method of dealing with new challenges.
We have been away for the last 5 weeks and left the business in the hands of our staff, some old and some new, one even starting while we have been away. To say that I have been impressed would be an understatement as the comments from customers and the visual moral in the building is great to see. The team is hugely positive with good results to boot. Older members of staff are helping the newer ones and the newer ones are challenging some of the ways we do things and even pushing out newer and improved systems simply with a fresh pair of eyes.
So to all of our team thanks for your extra effort in January, it is impressive to see what a great atmosphere has grown and the smiles that are beaming.
If this is the start of 2012 then the following months should be really something for everyone to look forward to.
Thanks again from Nick and Claire
- Osmo Polyx Oils - It's Not How You Start It's How You Finish That Counts
What is it that you really appreciate in the virtues of good wood? What is it that you value or cherish in owning expensive solid oak doors as opposed to choosing cheaper alternatives? Maybe you wanted a certain style of door to accompany the style of your home. Yet, why solid oak? The truth is there are door suppliers that try to mimic the classic styles of oak doors in cheaper woods with correlating results. No, the real reason why real oak is chosen by the discerning home owner is because of the natural qualities the wood has over other alternatives.
These natural qualities are both cosmetic and structural, in fact it is the structural qualities that are the basis for its cosmetic appeal and to expose these qualities whilst protecting them from bumps and bangs you need a superior finish. There is no point spending wisely on the best doors only to neglect them with a finish that doesn't display the full beauty of the wood or fails to protect the wood sufficiently. Continue reading
- Design Basics: Using Colour in Your Home
The impact of colour on interior design is often under-estimated. Not only do some colours look nicer than others; some colours have an impact on your mood, and some colours can make a room seem larger, cosier, or more inviting. Learning how to use colours effectively in your interior design plans will help you to more easily achieve the look-and-feel you want for your home. Continue reading