Pagazzi Blog

  • PAGAZZI Launches Web Exclusive Wall Art Range

    At PAGAZZI, we like to make sure that we offer our customers the best of the best in terms of product range and affordability in exclusive wall art choices.  Well, keeping that in mind, we took a visit to our mirror & wall art supplier based in Ayrshire, Scotland and worked alongside them to create an web exclusive and totally unique mirror & exclusive wall art range.  Each piece in this range has it's own personality as they are hand finished, which ensures that no two items are ever the same.

    We did our research and had a look at the current market to make sure that we were going to produce wall art pieces that would fit into your home and also reflect your personality.  It became clear that items that bring a smile to your face each and every time you looked at them was important!  We feature classic but exclusive wall art themes in the new range that may take you back to a time or place with good memories.  We can organise this exclusive wall art into 4 categories: Old Hollywood Glamour, Famous City Scenes, Moments in Time and Hand Painted Art.

    Exclusive Range of Mirrors & Art at PAGAZZI!Just like an episode of 'How It's Made' our buyers spent a few hours walking through the studio to get an understanding of the processes involved in creating all of these gorgeous one-off exclusive wall art pieces.  After the prints have gone through a hand framing process they are taken to a separate part of the studio to be finished with the poured liquid glass artwork and Swarovski crystals that add extra sparkle to each and every piece.

    Hand Finishing In Action!
    Liquid Glass Hand Finishing In Action!

    These are then packed in specially made & sourced packaging to ensure that they travel well and arrive with you in perfect condition.

    Keep checking back to our Blog for more posts which will go into the detail of each of the four different types of wall art work - it might help making your decision on which one will take pride of place in your home!

  • Guest Post: Getting Young People Back into DIY

    How many young people does it take to hang a picture? No-one knows as nowadays it is a rare and unseen occurrence.  According to a study commissioned by the home insurance division at Halifax, more than half of the young people surveyed admit to having few or no DIY skills.

    In recent years young people have turned to professionals to undertake the simplest of home maintenance task as they simply do not possess the skills or indeed the confidence to do them themselves. While this is a good thing for those in the building, kitchen fitting, carpentry and associated trades it is not good for the finances of those paying out when they need not do. This don’t do-it-yourself culture spells out a worrying decline overall in the self sufficiency of our younger generations.

    Instead of calling parents, friends or professionals to help with basic DIY tasks, the younger generation in the UK would benefit from building on their own skill set and confidence so that they can undertake these home maintenance jobs themselves.

    Learning the basics

    Part of the reason that people are proving reluctant to pick up their tools (if indeed they own any), and get moving on a home task if that they simply do not know or understand the basic principles of carpentry, electronics and other key DIY areas having never been taught them.

    Local authorities offer a wide range of basic DIY, workshops and similar courses which can fun and run for only a few hours a week at a local school or college. While there may be a charge for this course it is unlikely to be extortionate and a wise investment when the cost of hiring outside help for basic DIY jobs is taken under consideration.

    Investing in a few basic tools

    For those who are keen to take on more DIY around the home it would be wise to invest in a basic tool kit. For basic DIY you need basic tools and a starter kit with varying amounts of tools in can be relatively inexpensive and handy to have around. Procrastination sets in very easily and can be fuelled by thoughts such as “I haven’t got a hammer”. Having a basic took kit eliminates the excuse and means that the previously reluctant DIY-ers have no reason to not simply get on with the job in hand.

    What do I think?

    I believe that motivation is a key factor when it comes to the current generation of younger adults being reluctant to undertake DIY around the home. Some might call it laziness. Whichever it is, I believe that a renewed  interest in DIY and honing home skills should start at school and college. Teaching the basic skills and showing older children that they can be more self-sufficient and can make something from scratch which they can be proud of is the way forward.

    For those young people who have left school and are now in their homes and paying out for professionals to do simple tasks, I believe a national campaign to encourage them to attend evening classes or utilise online tutorials could be the more suitable and effective way of putting the tools and the motivation to do DIY back in the hands of those that need it.

    Tom Hanner is a former plumber turned writer and loves a good home DIY project. He also helps run DIY courses with Courses Plus. Follow Tom on Twitter!

  • Guest Post: Things to Consider When Setting Up a Home Office

    “Work from Home” is the latest buzz word in the corporate world. Whether you are working for a big company, running a business or freelancing from home you need a work space. This work space is called the Home Office. This office can be located in the corner of your home, in a single room or in an out house. Wherever it is located, the person working there should get the feel of an office and be able to complete the work without disturbances. Hence setting up a home office assumes great importance.

    Where and how your home office is to be set up depends on your personal choice and the space you have available. If you are living in a small flat, it might become difficult to assign a separate room to function as an office. In that case, you can set up a small office beside your bedroom window. Purchase an office desk with a keyboard rack, attached storage and filing cabinets. The space below the staircase, a corner of the dining area, attics etc are other areas where home office can be set up.  

    If your home is spacious, then a separate room can be assigned as home office. This is particularly required in the case of professions where direct interaction with clients is mandatory like architects, lawyers etc.  In such case a detailed planning of the home office is required.

    Wall color

    It is said that wall colors have a direct impact on the way one work. If the job is creative in nature then it is better to opt for bright colored wall and neutral colored or white furniture. On the other hand, if the job involves analytical skill like that of an accountant, lawyer etc it is best to go in for neutral colored walls and furniture.

    Blinds

    For office set up the general trend is to go for vertical blinds so that the office space does not get too hot or bright. The blinds selected should be such that it does not allow direct sunlight to fall on the room but at the same time it allows daylight in.

    Furniture

    This is the most important aspect of home office setting. The basic furniture required is an office desk with an ergonomically designed chair, storage rack and filing cabinet. The selection of this furniture depends on the number of people working, the volume of work, tools and equipments used in the office etc. If the task involves lot of reference work, then extra storage is required for storing books and other periodicals. In such cases, apart from drawers, overhead storage racks can be used. The books that are referred to quite often should be stored in drawers and others can be stored in overhead racks. The same is the case with filing cabinets as well where a separate cabinet needs to be installed if the drawer facility is not enough.

    Accessories

    Home office might become boring if it has only a computer, books and files. Hence proper accessorising gains significance. Accessories in the form of lighting, artificial plants etc can add a special charm to the office.

    One of the main reasons why people opt to work from home is because of family commitments. If you have a baby to take care, then your home office set up should have provision for that as well.

    Keep these tips in mind and you can transform a simple room into a home office in which you would cherish working all your lifetime.

    Thanks Susan!

    Our guest post for today has been written by Susan Johns, a freelance content writer specialising in home/interior décor. With over 5 years experience in the field of furniture and home decor, she has written numerous articles and blogs in this area. You can visit her blog at mydecoreview.blogspot.co.uk.

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