Thursday, July 11, 2019

What the Future Holds: Getting the Latest Trend in Home Decor

As we mark the half-year calendar, some cannot help wonder about what will be the next big thing for next year. You might think its bit too early, but trendsetters know exactly what to rave for. With each New Year come new interior design trends, so you can upgrade your home with the right vibe with ease. In the previous years, we saw some metallic accents, brass, bare lightning and decorative tiles. 

Interior designers are quite happy with how homeowners take this new trend, and it seems that it won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Experts see new decorating patterns and ideas along with timeless and elegant designs. 2020 may bring in some fresh takes on classic designs and take stylish accents into a new level. Here are some of the trends to watch out for. 

Nature Invasion 


With the environmentalist rallying for a greener earth, it’s no wonder that nature invades most stylish homes. Indoor plants do well for our body, as these can remove toxins and unwanted air pollutants circulating our home. This applies to home interior design as well like copper, concrete, granite and the likes. As living spaces become smaller and expensive as the year passes, adding fresh and natural materials will add serene ambiance to tiny spaces. 

Incorporating Textures and Patterns 


We saw a lot of pattern over the past few years, and it will not be different in the coming years. Instead, interior designers will play around a lot with incorporating textures and patterns to the otherwise boring plain wall. Textures and patterns will spice up any room or house for that matter, it’s just a matter of mixing and matching. Interior designers will find a way to bring in textures, playful proportions, and contrasting colors to refresh the look of your home. 

Finding a Spot for Room Accents 


As pattern make their way in your home, finding the perfect spot for accents amplifies the greatness for this trendy décor. Designers are rooting for metal accents as well like rose gold, copper, and other metals with different kinds of finishes. Earthly hues like red, orange and other earthly tones are seen to stay to decorate more homes for the year 2020. 

One cannot go wrong with black & white décor 


Time and again, homeowners will not go wrong to any black and white home décor. The contrast of this timeless classic provides a great balance for any room. Another great thing with black and white is their versatility of mixing it with other bold textures and patterns. No wonder this classic can never go out of style. 

Artisanal Designs 


As you may have in countless magazines and blogs, it’s great to invest in artisanal designs and other work of art. Not only it’s a conversational starter, it can be a focal point in our home as it adds a very personal touch in your home. May it be a favorite book; portrait, paintings or wood art artisanal pieces that are hand-crafted will add value to your home. It also adds a very comforting and inviting feel for everyone to enjoy. For a very personal touch, check out our unique wood carving art here. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Best Tips for First-Time Boaters

Thinking about getting a boat? Chances are you are among the many who loves the great vast ocean and boating. As its starting to get warmer again, summer has officially begun. It’s that time of the year to unlatch your boat and search for the best fishing spot in town. Before you cast your line you need to launch your boat. That pretty easy to say when you are already an experienced boater, but it’s different for first-time boaters. 

Modern day technology can make any first-time boaters life easier, as tips and practical advice comes as easy as a touch of a button. One can find tips from buying, boat handling, equipping, to maintaining boats. But behold, even with this gift, it’s hard to discern the truths from hearsay; and that exactly where the problem lies for first-time boaters. There are way too many tips to comprehend at once. 

While most boating magazines and blogs post practical tips, it’s still a lot to read. We understand the struggle, so we come up and summarize some of the simplest yet most practical boating tips out there. Here they are: 



Always check the weather 


Every boater, even experience ones, check the weather on a daily basis, because of climate change, Mother Nature makes it harder for anyone to know her temper. That being said, don’t be afraid to cancel or change your plans. A simple rain pour can drastically change into a dangerous thunderstorm in under a minute, and it’s always safe to stay ashore when the weatherman advice you to do so. Ask any boaters and they will all agree how open waters are very dangerous to traverse. Also, it would really help if you know the times of high and low tides before you head out. These include waterways, ocean inlet, and tributaries, to avoid any grounding during low tides in certain areas, especially unmarked areas. 

Always bring your life essentials 


No one leaves their house without their cellphones and wallets, so why should you? Even if your boat is built with the state of the art telecommunication devices, always bring your fully charged cell phones, keys, and wallet in a waterproof bag. You’ll never know what will happen next or when your boat is going to lose power and it’s easier to contact emergency hotlines in a cell phone. No matter how busy you make sure another person knows where you are going. 

Dress to impress 


No, it doesn’t only apply for dates, but for boaters as well. Always overdress as you can always take your clothes off when it gets too hot. But it’s difficult to find additional clothing when the weather gets too chilly and you got stuck out of nowhere. Depending on where you are heading, always apply tons of sunscreen, you would want to ruin a great adventure by getting a bad sunburn. 

Go Slow! 


Not everything that runs fast is good, here in the open waters, slow is good. Go slow particularly when docking. Sailings slow even if there are no geographical landmarks are key to keeping everyone safe. 

Make sure to have fun. You are going boating and that means you are going to a great adventure ahead of you. Don’t forget to bring lots of snacks and water.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Ancient Art of Wood Carving

We live in a place filled with billions of trees, and because of its availability, wood are an easy source for material for artisans. For centuries nature doesn’t disappoint us for its countless purposes, from food to housing, even provided with something that makes our imagination run free. Wood Carving and Wood Art are considered as an ancient and contemporary art form. Wood has been used to create functional objects and magnificent sculpture.

Our ancestors built their first home and some of the structures and even the first civilization out of wood. Because of the organic nature of wood, early civilization had managed to artistically explore its many characteristics, despite not having any modern-day tool and types of machinery.


Artists had always been fascinated by the extensive array of wood, and to date, it continues as one of the vital element of architecture. Wood is used almost in infinite ways from building houses and boasts to creating great accents in infrastructure, ornamental items, and even unique artisan art pieces. Some of the great wood pieces from various historical eras are still displayed in museums scattered in a different part of the world. Even in its simplest and most organic form, would never fail to amaze people. 

Wood carving is considered as one of the most ancient arts in the entire human history. Experts say it began since the first men of a pre-historical era as a fundamental woodwork method. Wood art designs on the other hand first started during the time when people began building homes and other infrastructures as household items and beautiful decorative designs. 

Because of its versatility, wood is a favorite among artisans. Wood as a very light material that can take any very fine detail to shape and it’s easier to work with than stone. As fascinating as it looks, wood art isn’t easy to make, it involves a number of methods and tools on top of a very imaginative mind. Turning raw pieces of wood is a process on its own. Traditional wood carvers use knives, chisel, hammers, and gouges. Then they need to refine it as smooth as possible using sanding, painting techniques that need years to master. 

Next time you see any wood art, take time to marvel at its beauty. Appreciate the time the artisans have dedicated to making such intricate design. Check some of our creative and unique wood art here.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Things that Set Savannah Apart from other Cities

Established in 1733, Savannah stands as the oldest city in Georgia. As the capital city of Chatham County, this town was one of the key ports in the American Revolution and during the Civil War. Today, Savannah is considered as a tourist epicenter attracting millions of visitors each year. Cobblestone streets lined with great restaurants and shops topped with legendary parks and graveyards are some of the top destinations in Savannah. 

What set Savannah apart from other cities are their notable historic buildings. The city even offers specific tours about this architectural marvel as well as the important history behind it all. Some of the historic buildings include Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in the country), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one the first public museums in South), and of course the Georgia Historical Society (the oldest operating historical society in the South). 



Most tourists prefer having a guide to tour them around this historical city as it can be overwhelming knowing these historical locations. The city offers different tour packages; research is the key to get the best package especially if traveling in groups. 

The city is also the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. It’s mandatory for any first time visitor to go in this unique house museum and learn more about Low’s principle in life and how the Girl Scouts came to be. 

Another great tourist spot in Savannah is Forsyth Park. Founded back to the 1840s, it expands up to 30 acres of the pure goodness of grounds; perfect for a Frisbee game, running, or just walking in its beautiful garden. The park has an iconic water fountain built at the center and considered as a grand landmark in Savannah. Built in 1858, the fountain is said to be modeled after the grand fountain in Paris’s Place de la Concorde. It saw some of the most amazing concerts and events during the course of its history being one of the largest parks in the South. 

What could be more perfect ending a great Savannah adventure than to admire the view from the River Street? It can be very nostalgic seeing the cobblestone street, yet marvelous to behold the modern shops and restaurants; enjoy a good taste of different culinary delicacy and other interesting finds in this part of town. 



Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Visit to the Charming Portland

Ranking as the most populous city in Oregon, Portland houses an estimated 2.4 million people. With that kind of residence, it’s hard for any city to keep them active and entertain for years. Good thing Portland is packed with different things to do from amazing neighborhoods to live in to gastronomy enticing world to explore in. One can just easily devote a week’s time sampling great culinary cuisine or unique breweries without visiting the place twice. Looking for something even more adventurous? Plan a weekend getaway as some of the most amazing sceneries are just in arm’s reach right in Portland’s backyard. But there are places that never ran out of charm to any tourist visiting Portland, here are some of them: 


The famous Coin that decided the city’s name 


As spectacular Portland can be, its name was simply decided by a coin toss. Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove, two of the city’s founders couldn’t agree on how to name the land. To settle it in a ‘peaceful’ manner, they decided to flip a coin and whoever won would get to name it after their hometown. Pettrygrove won, and as a native of Portland, Maine he named it as thus. Had Lovejoy won Portland would be called Boston. Tourists can even see the very same copper penny from that famous coin toss at the Oregon Historical Museum located in downtown Portland. Built in 1898, the museum also houses some 85,000 artifacts and a trip to the city’s history is always worthwhile. 

The Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry 


Started with at least 400 volunteers back in the good old days, The Oregon Museum of Science And Industry opened its doors in 1958. Today, it draws more than a million visitors each year and is incredibly popular for kids and adults alike. The museum had the first ever planetarium in the Northwest and visitors are still amazed in its 20-minute educational show. 

The Pittock Mansion 


Another popular tourist site in Portland is the Pittock Mansion, and its hard not to believe why. Located about 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s a has one of the amazing view of the city as well as a great spot for bird watching. Henry Pittock and his wife built their mansion furnished with 46 rooms, plenty of sitting rooms and expanded about 46 acres of land. The City of Oregon now owned this beautiful mansion and opened it to the public in 1965. Portland expects at least 80,00 people visitors each year to see this breathtaking mansion. 

Portland has a lot to offer to every tourist in all walks of life, you canot simply ran out of things to do in this city.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Perfect Spots in Outer Banks

Stretching for 200 miles along the North Carolina’s coast, Outer Banks is a claimed major tourist’s destination known worldwide. Covering most of the state’s coastline it separates Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, and Currituck Sound from the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches in Outer Banks are out of this world, it draws hundreds of thousands of people each year and the tourism industry are in indeed in full bloom no matter what season it is. 

From the pristine white beaches to a number of shipwrecks hiding in the treacherous seas, there are tons of things to do in Outer Banks and one can never go bored while exploring this amazing place. Named as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Outer Banks hides some of the well-known ships that sailed the world. Tourists often stop at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village just miles off the United States Coast Guard facility. 



One can also thank the Wright brothers to the discovery of Outer Banks. Their first flight using the very first airplane prototype took place at the Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk on December 19, 1903. To commemorate one of the most monumental endeavors in the human race, Outer Banks founded the Wright Brothers National Monument alongside with the First Flight Airport. 

While most people like to go on a relaxing vacation, contemplating along the shores and just listening to the waves, there are those who seek adrenaline pumping activities. There a number of secluded and quiet beaches in Outer Banks but it takes time to find the perfect spot for horseback riding, hang gliding and other fun water activities – Outer Banks will not fall short of expectations

Wright Brothers National Memorial 


Most travelers who enjoy flying can only thank Wright Brothers for the ‘shortened’ travel time. Back in the days, if one would want to see the other side of the continent they literally need to cross the ocean. But with the invention of the Wright Brothers during the 1900s, the first successful human flight was recorded in Kill Devil Hills in Outer Banks. Visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial is one way to give thanks to these brave men. You can never miss this place as they built a 60-foot monument that resembles an airplane tail gives you a big hint. 

Outer Banks Beaches 


Stretching for 100 miles, Outer Banks beaches are not only breathtaking but are known to be family friendly and uber clean. The beach rests along the barrier islands that lined the eastern coast of North Carolina. Each beach has its own distinct vibe that is sure to delight any kind of travelers, from couples seeking the refuge of the busy life, adrenaline junkies who love adventures, to families with little kids in tow, Outer Banks Beaches has it all. As Memorial Day and Labor Day can get really hectic, all Outer Banks beaches have designated well-trained lifeguards on duty to ensure safety for everyone. 

Roanoke Island Festival Park 


Roanoke Island Festival Park is another place worth seeing, especially if you have kids and want to teach them a lesson about history and life before technology came in. This park takes you back in time during the 1500s where your family can interact with actors in costume. They have a docu-drama an Elizabeth II ship replica. It’s a very informative tour that lets your whole family learn about American history and early civilization. 



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Things to do while Visiting Ocean City

Located in Maryland, Ocean City or often called as the Town of Ocean City is the second most populated municipality in Maryland. Every year, up to 8 million tourists visit the town because of its pristine beaches, waterparks, and its Boardwalk. Ocean City is indeed a very popular beach town on the East Coast filled with different sorts of entertainment for the whole family. The Boardwalk alone boasts of three-mile pure goodness; lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels. 

As there are lots of things to do while visiting Ocean City, it’s easy to get confused about where to start amid the excitement. Here are some of the best things to do in Ocean City. 

It’s best to start your adventure at Ocean City Boardwalk, or officially known as Atlantic Avenue. First opened in 1902, it ranks as one of the best boardwalks in the US. Lined with luxury shops, great restaurants, luxury hotels and museums, Ocean City Boardwalk gives you a glimpse of the exuberant life locals are living for decades. 


One great thing about visiting the Boardwalk is you can enjoy sightseeing while learning more about the culture and history of the town. Most of the businesses found in the Boardwalk had been serving people for centuries. 

One landmark that is sure worth the visit is the 100-year old oak carved by the Inlet Indian sculpture of the Assateague Indian located alongside the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum and the United States Coast Guard Tower. You might want to see the oldest fixtures in town the Trimper's Carousel, as it’s the perfect way to cap your tour. 

The best thing in life is free, and you can enjoy it in Ocean City in a day out in the beach at Ocean City Beach. Stretching for about 10 miles, these family-friendly beaches are famous for their fun recreational activities. Local also flock these beaches for a fun-filled day of surfing, swimming, sunbathing, and kayaking. Avid boaters also love Ocean City waters, as they find it more relaxing and pretty easy to reel in their day’s catch. 

Then there’s Jolly Roger Amusement Park, a combination of parks, amusement rides, waterslides, and family-friendly games. The park has a petting zoo, racing carts, mini golf, and lots of rides and other attractions. The Jolly Roger Amusement Park caters to all from toddlers to thrill seeker teenagers, this amusement park has it all. 

One thing you may notice in Ocean City is how these cute Candy Kitchens swarm the place. It’s a great place to go if you have a sweet tooth, as they offer all sorts of candy goodness. From taffies, chocolates, gummies, pretzels, and fudge, you can bet Candy Kitchen makes them fresh and oh so delightful. 

Dating back since 1937, Candy Kitchen is known for its salt water taffy, mouthwatering chocolates, and delicious fudge. Don’t forget to stop at Fractured Prune Donuts, it’s also a good snack to carry around whether you are going to the beach or just lounge around the pier. They’ve been making freshly bakes donuts since 1976, and that may speak for itself.