By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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There are many benefits to choosing ready made blinds. Home renovations can be expensive and take a long time, disrupting everything else in the process. Blinds are an excellent option and are economical, easy and can make a drastic difference for the entire look and feel of a room.

Ready made blinds are available in almost every colour and style imaginable and can either be the accent that finishes off a room or the base that you build the rest of your colour scheme around. Another benefit of blinds is the privacy and security that they provide. You can let in as much light as you want when in your home, or completely block out the outside world.

Ready made blinds are durable and require little or no maintenance. There is more hassle when taking curtains down to wash them and having to rehang them each time. Blinds can be easily wiped down or dusted and continue to look fabulous. They are also a great choice when you own a pet because you don’t have to worry about claws snagging or ruining them. You can decide how low you want them drawn and you dont have to worry that your cat will be climbing up them while you are out.

Blinds are often appreciated by those who do shift work or those who work long hours. The sun can be blocked out completely when you need some rest. This is difficult to do with drapes. On days you want, the sun blinds can be opened and you are able to have the bright sun shine through your window. When using curtains you often need to have two curtain rods for shears on bright days and heavy curtains when you want it dark. Curtains are more difficult to hang and to maintain. Blinds are something you put up and don’t have to worry about.

There are plenty of styles that can fit with any style of decorating around the house. They can be trendy or classic, simple or bold. There are infinite possibilities with ready made blinds today and because they are affordable and easy to get, you don’t have to break the bank or wait for months to have them custom made. You can change the entire look of your home by changing the blinds in a room anytime you want, or keep the same blinds for years and they never go out of style.

Curtains on the other hand can sometimes become dated and gain more wear and tear. Households with children may find blinds easier, safer and not have to worry about cleaning them each time finger printers or busy hands get a hold of them. Simply wash them while still in place. Ready made blinds are the perfect option for any home in every room and can make you feel like the room has been completely renovated just by choosing a look that suites your lifestyle and preference.

When looking for new furniture, you may find that the best deals are literally right before your eyes. Most furniture stores sell their display furniture at incredible prices- and being at the right place at the right time could mean slashing as much as 90% off the costs of your furniture. Display models are usually set up for customers to see, touch, and feel the furniture choices before them. These pieces can include furniture for the entire home, including sofas, beds, dressers, kitchen tables, and more. Often companies use displays for a few weeks to a few months, then sell it at reduced costs to make way for the new displays, passing on tremendous savings your way.

Keep in mind that because this furniture has already been put together and sit out, there may be small scratches, dents, or other slight damage, however, for those who don’t mind barely noticeable marks, the deals are undeniable. The damage, if any, is very minimal, and most of the time not something even seen without a search. A few dents and dings for hundreds to thousands of extra dollars…priceless.

In order to find out if a display model is for sale, or when it will become available for sale, all you need to do is ask a furniture sales associate. They will be glad to give this information, which will also give you a heads up as to when to be back to the store when it is being sold.

Think about whether you could pay for someone to fix or clean any problems with the display furniture. The best deals will be on furniture that has some kind of damage, but if you are receiving a significant discount, then you may find it will be worth your while to go for the more damaged article.

Speak with the owners of shops to let them know you are only in the market for a real bargain. Ask them when their display furniture will be up for grabs to contact you. Then they will be on the lookout for a bargain for you, and saves you going back time and again.

Buying display furniture is a smart move that anyone can make. No one will even know that it was a display model other than you and your family, and with such amazing prices for the pieces, you would be crazy not to take advantage of the offers.

Do you have any issues relating to estate law that need to be taken care of, but you don’t know who to turn to? Well, a reputable Fort Lauderdale trust lawyer should be who you should turn to in order to resolve any legal matters. Estate law is a very complicated a broad topic, therefore you need a lawyer that specializes in it rather than a lawyer that is a jack of all trades. Ideally the Fort Lauderdale estate lawyer that you pick will already have a wealth of experience dealing with exactly the kind of issue that you need taken care of.

Have a problem regarding a piece of property, but you are not sure whether an estate lawyer can actually help you? For any problems that you are having regarding to real estate you should contact a lawyer, even if you think they can’t be solved by a lawyer. A meeting with a good quality Fort Lauderdale estate lawyer can give you a new perspective on your problem, and the lawyer may even offer to use the law in a legitimate way to help you solve your problem no matter what it is. Read on for examples of what types of real estate issue a real estate lawyer can solve.

Who the house should belong to after a death in the family

Has there recently been a death in your family, and you strongly believe that you should inherit a piece of property, but it’s going to another member of the family? Even if there is a will that specifies that the real estate should go to another member of the family you can always contest it by using a trust lawyer. It may be that the will is invalid for various legal reasons, and if so a good quality lawyer will be able to prove it in court on your behalf.

Paperwork during any transactions

Are you thinking of buying or selling a piece of property? Then ideally you will have a lawyer to fill out all the paperwork on your behalf. This is advantageous because the lawyer may be able to decrease the cost of the transaction, and to reduce the time it takes for the transaction to finish. However, make sure that you trust the lawyer that you choose for such a job, because it is a big responsibility to fill out the paperwork for a piece of real estate correctly.

Ask your friends and family for recommendations

Chances are that one of your friends or family members knows of a good quality Fort Lauderdale trust lawyer that they would be more than happy to recommend. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways of getting in touch with a lawyer that is trustworthy. So to begin your search ask the people in your life that have recently moved home for their opinion of the estate lawyer they used during their move.

Sleep is essential for our body and mind to rejuvenate, recharge and refresh itself in order to be able to function normally everyday. A nightly eight hours sleep is recommended but some people make do with six and others may need a couple more in order to feel fully recharged. When you have trouble sleeping for more then a week, you may be experiencing a disorder known as insomnia, which can occur due to a variety of reasons.

Recognizing insomnia in its early stages and treating it as soon as possible is crucial in order for you to get back to you normal life and/or not develop other disorders from lack of sleep.

The Causes Of Insomnia

Stress is by far the number one reason of insomnia but definitely not the only one. You can experience stress from work, relationship problems, financial difficulties or an existing medical condition. You can experience insomnia as a side effect from administering different types of drugs for an existing medical condition as well.

Whatever the reason of your insomnia, if not treated it can further develop other disorders such as, anxiety and depression along with change in appetite, mood swings and fatigue. Lack of quality sleep can leave you feeling drowsy the whole day and unable to focus on any activity, which can lead to accidents if you are handling hazardous materials at work, driving and/or cooking.

Treating Insomnia With Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that concentrates on combining lifestyles with the placement of items and/or furniture in the house in order to induce harmony of the body and mind. Some easy to follow feng shui insomnia remedies are to change your house and especially bedroom ambiance in order to relax your mind through the power of sight.

It is a well known fact is that visual effects impacts our mind faster and feng shui insomnia remedies helps create those effect to relax your mind into a blissful nights sleep. Some of the changes required in the feng shui insomnia remedies are changing the wall colors or your bedroom to pastel, soothing types, using comfortable bed sheets, pillows and mattresses as well as ensuring that you dont have any other disturbances in the bedroom like television or music of any kind.

Other feng shui insomnia remedies may include adequate lighting in the bedroom and/or playing soothing sounds that will help induce sleep. The best part about feng shui insomnia remedies is that it works with your mind and body to gradually retrain it to relax, relieve stress and get back the natural sleeping time you need. Feng shui insomnia remedies do not have any side effects unlike the existing sleeping drugs that are habit forming and often leave you drowsy the next day.

If you want to add a new design layer to your lawn or garden you may consider adding a garden arbor. Arbors offer a fairly easy and distinct way to enhance your landscaping designs. There are a variety of designs and styles available; the most important thing is to choose one that fits the look and style of your current landscape designs.

What Is A Garden Arbor?

If you are not already familiar with this type of structure you may wonder what exactly it is. To put it simply an arbor is an archway. Traditionally they were made from real branches and leaves, but modern garden arbors are typically made from wood, metal or vinyl.

To keep with the traditional theme many of them are bordered with latticework or designed in a way where vines and flowers can be grown along them. But those who enjoy a cleaner look often prefer not to grow plants or vines along them.

More Than An Archway

While they mostly function as an archway garden arbors can have additional features, some for functionality and some simply for appearance. Some are made with a bench or a swing which allows you to sit and relax outside while soaking up the beauty of your yard. Some have planter boxes allowing you to create a lush or colorful area around them. Others have a gate and are used as an entryway into a specific area of a lawn or garden.

Where To Use Them

They are often used a as decorative type of entryway. They can be used to create an entry to a specific area of the yard, a garden or on a walkway to welcome visitors. They can also provide an attractive location for a backyard wedding.

Choosing A Design

The design you choose will vary depending on how you plan to use it and depending on the style of your existing home and yard. The shape of the arc is one specific feature that differentiates one garden arbor from another. They are either round like a typical archway, flat or pointed. The material you choose will also affect the style and feel. As mentioned they are available in wood, metal or vinyl; all of which are made to withstand the outdoor elements.

Garden arbors can provide a charming gate into a specific area of your yard or simply an attractive focal point to accentuate a flower garden or walkway. Choosing a kit will provide a relatively easy way for you to incorporate this charming addition to your yard.

Triple scented candles are a wonderful way to add an extra bit of fragrance to a room. Most candles give off a certain amount of fragrance, but at times that may not be enough. Some people prefer a more dominant fragrance. This is why candle-makers have begun making candles that have the capability to produce aromas which will stand out in a room, yet will still not overwhelm it.

A typical candle has about.5 of an ounce of fragrance added to each pound of wax. This produces the subtle scent that most are known for. However, when a person purchases a triple scented candle, the scents are much more intense. In the past, candle-makers would actually triple the amount of fragrance they used per pound of wax. So rather than.5 of an ounce, they would actually use 1.5 ounces of fragrance per pound. This is still true in many cases, but there are some makers who do not follow this rule. Rather, they use more concentrated fragrances and different waxes that are better at spreading the aromas through the room. Still, many find that they cannot choose just one favorite fragrance, but now one has the option of choosing three in a triple scented candle.

These types of candles have many applications. One may find that they prefer a triple scented candle in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom or in the nursery. They can be a great benefit in these rooms as they help to combat the odors that these rooms are known for. They can also be wonderful additions to rooms that are larger than normal. A large room may require several of the normal scented candles but can get by with fewer triple scented candles. Outdoors is another place these candles can be beneficial. When one is placing candles on the patio or other outdoor area, they may not be able to smell the candle’s fragrances well. With a triple scented type of candle, there is a better chance that the scent will reach a nearby person.

Candles can be a great addition to your home or anywhere you desire a little bit of warmth with sweet scents. In some cases though, it may be necessary to use candles with a stronger scent such as in a triple scented candle. This can be helpful in making certain that the wonderful fragrance you have selected can make it through the room.

Brazil property prices currently present an attractive investment opportunity for foreign investors due to a number of factors. With Brazils currency currently standing very weak against the British pound and the US dollar, investors are enjoying house price bargains that are very rarely seen in Brazil.

According to a number of currency experts the Brazil Real has weakened against the British pound and the US dollar by approximately 28% over the last 12 months (June 2011 June 2012). For instance, during the summer of 2011 foreign investors could get 1.56 Reals for each US dollar, however, in todays market, investors can expect to get two Reals per dollar.

Waseem Saddique comments: What this means in terms of house prices in Brazil is that a house that cost approximately 200,000 Reals back in 2011 would have cost $128,205 in US Dollars. In todays market the value would be around $100,000.

Based on these figures alone, the strength of the British pound compared to the Brazilian Real, means that for British investors looking to invest in Brazil property it is in fact even more affordable and therefore, a much more attractive proposition.

Although many would perceive a weakening currency to be a negative issue, from a positive perspective the declining value of the Brazilian Real means that Brazilian products are much better value for money, which has encouraged phenomenal growth across the Brazilian industry sector.

In turn, the growth of Brazilian industry increases the level of Tourism to Brazil, with tourists attracted to Brazil to buy up cheap products. What this means for the Brazilian Real Estate Market is that commercial property becomes attractive to investors.

With tourism comes the need for hotels and holiday homes and foreign investors are willing to snap up bargains on private and commercial properties and land plots in a bid to take advantage of Brazils lucrative real estate market.

In 2011 alone, Brazils Ministry of Tourism reported 5.4 million visitors to the country which is an increase of 5.3% from figures produced in 2010. On the back of this growth, a number of massive hotel chains have bought land and property across Brazil in order to cash in.

This level of investment has meant that Brazils construction industry and Housetech Development companies have also seen growth in the levels of work available to them.

JM Housing has always brought something new and unique in real estate industry. Another gem residential complex, “New Project”, has been launched by JM Housing that is being built at Noida Extension, Greater Noida West. The project site is surrounded by green belts & parks and offering the plushest living style. Making your real estate investment here would be the most fruitful thing to do. Greater Noida West is growing as one of the hottest destination for property in Noida. Many well-known builders are launching their projects due to the very good infrastructure and superior internal connectivity.

JM Housing New Project is offering a wide range of lavish apartments that are offered in the form of 2 and 3 bhk for sale. You will find flats at New Launch of JM Housing of varying sizes and coupled with exciting features making things most convenient. As a matter of fact, this residential property in Greater Noida is well versed with all sorts of modern facilities, which are as follows: Lift Maintenance Staff Park / Play Area Recreational Facilities Restrooms RO Water System Security Personnel Swimming Pool Visitor Parking

Such lavish apartments can be availed in varying sizes starting from 1150 sq. ft. to 1750 sq. ft. coupled with highly affordable prices that range between Rs. 34.44 lakhs and Rs. 52.41 lakhs. If you want to be the part of this ultimate property in Greater Noida, then you can come to us, uniconproperty.com. With the help of our zero brokerage services, you can easily avail attractive real estate deals and discounts that are crystal clear. Be it property selection, documentation or home loan assistance, we will help you out in every possible manner with best available solutions. Real estate deals with us will be crystal clear for you without including hidden charges.

JM housing is a forerunner real estate company which is committed to quality construction and innovative engineering. The company has made untiring efforts to surpass customer expectations and increasing the quality of lives and creating the homes that every person carves for. The company is among the most trusted real estate companies in the NCR and has succeeded in generating a long clientele of dedicated and satisfied customers. JM housing, with a perfect team of innovative and experienced minds, is marching in the direction to become pinnacle real estate Company in India with the motto to achieve highest customer satisfaction and providing quality housing options at affordable prices.

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Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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