Hosting the perfect Christmas and New Year party

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The festive season is upon us. It’s that time of the year when you invite your friends and family over to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

If you have moved into a new house or renovated recently, here are a few tips on hosting a party that becomes a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

Tree of Life

The first step will be to establish a Christmas theme for your party. Begin by setting up the Christmas tree in the living room. An artistically decorated Christmas tree adds life to the room instantly.

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If your living room furniture is arranged to focus on a statement piece like a coffee table or the entertainment unit with the television, rearrange the furniture to put the focus on the Christmas tree, to make it a topic of conversation.

Set the Tune

With the focus now on the Christmas tree, the entertainment unit can be used for its primary purpose. Equip your music system with the latest music to turn it into a DJ station.

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Your musically inclined guests can take command of the station and keep the music going till the party ends.

The Playground

Your young guests will need entertainment of their own. Set up a kid’s table with books and toys to keep them occupied.

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The older children would prefer a television and music system which can be set up in one of the bedrooms.

What’s your Poison?

To cater to your older guests, set up a self-serve cocktail bar at your bar unit, which can be stationed in the living room or the dining room.

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Stock up on the alcoholic beverages and offer your guests the chance to mix their own drinks.

Dinner is Served

Use the table in your dining room as a buffet table where your guests can serve themselves. Clear up space in the dining room for walking space by moving the chairs to other parts of the house.

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Use the console units as additional tables to hold appetizers and soups.

Kitchen Conversations

And finally, open up your kitchen to your guests where more food can be placed and served. For food that will continue to be prepared as the party goes on, keep your ovens and stoves accessible and ready to be used.

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An open kitchen offers more space for socialising outside of the living and dining rooms.

 Find out more about console units, entertainment units and modular kitchens from Atom Interiors. Give us a call.

 

 

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Is your house ready for the holiday season?

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Once again, it’s that time of the year when you get ready to open your house up to friends and family, entertaining, throwing parties and celebrating the festive season. From dinners to stay overs, your house should be ready to host your loved ones.

Let’s take a look at how you can prepare your home for the holiday season.

Liven up the living room

Since the living room will be the space where most of your guests will spend their time, bring in more furniture for extra seating.  Avoid large furniture though as they can take up a lot of space. Go for smaller, ergonomic pieces of furniture that can make the living room appear larger and spacious and add to the aesthetic appeal of the living room.

Plan the layout of your living room to create walkways and open spaces around your furniture so your guests can sit and move around easily. Keep the number of tables in the living room to a minimum as they can block walkways and the open spaces.

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Invest in a good entertainment unit since it plays an important role during the holiday season. If you have children staying over, make sure the entertainment unit is well equipped with a good television, gaming systems like the Playstation and Xbox, a sound system and a collection of the latest movies and music.

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If you’re planning to host dinner parties, a bar unit can be quite useful in the storage and preparation of alcoholic beverages. Bar units add a touch of class to your parties and let you and your guests prepare drinks and cocktails and have conversations around them.

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Freshen up the bedroom

If you have guests staying over, prepare the guest bedroom for an enjoyable stay. Bring in fresh pillows and bed sheets to give a welcoming touch to the bedroom. Add a personal touch by keeping a small selection of books based on your guests’ tastes.  Also, add an alarm clock, a night lamp and toiletries.

In addition to the bed, chairs can be placed in the bedroom for your guests to spend their day in.

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For more storage, wardrobe units can serve as a place for your guests’ clothes. Maximise the storage space in the guest bedroom by using lofts for keeping luggage and drawers under the bed where your guests can store their belongings.

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Stock up the kitchen

Prepare for the holiday season with a well-stocked kitchen. If you’re having family staying over, organize the ingredients and utensils in your kitchen to make it easier for them to help with the cooking or even cook something for themselves when you’re not around.

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For the extra food and supplies, add storage space with kitchen cabinets and drawers.

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If you like to entertain your guests in the kitchen, especially children, convert your kitchen island into a seating space with extra stools and chairs. Create a child and pet friendly atmosphere in the kitchen by keeping the utensils and appliances in their allocated places.

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Get your house ready for the holiday season with bar units, entertainment units, wardrobe units and themed kitchens from Atom Interiors. Give us a call.

 

Atom Design Files: Defining the Perfect Wardrobe

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What should you look for when buying or designing a wardrobe for your home?

There are three features that define a wardrobe: Functionality, Aesthetics and Workmanship. The perfect wardrobe performs its primary function of storage, enhances the beauty of your home and has a long, maintenance-free life.

Let’s take a look at how the three features work together in the Ebony range of wardrobes from Atom Interiors.

The Interior

The interiors of the wardrobe should be designed to maximize storage space.

Using drawers, you can organize your clothes more efficiently. And drawer dividers can be used to arrange different kinds of clothing by type, colour, etc.

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A rack, either pull-down or pull-out, can be used to organize your trousers, saving space and improving accessibility.

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An efficiently designed wardrobe can also be used to keep your shoes, eliminating the need for a separate shoe rack. With pull-out drawers, you get more space to store the footwear.

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 The Exterior

Along with the primary function of storage, the wardrobe also contributes to the decor of the home. It quite frequently takes centre stage as the signature piece of the room.

For an aesthetic look, try a two-tone finish for the doors and body of the wardrobe.

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To add a splash of colour to your room, go for a colour block design for your wardrobe.

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Workmanship

In addition to the two features, the workmanship determines the longevity of the wardrobe. The handles and hinges have to be of impeccable quality to ensure a user-friendly design.

Handles, in particular, can enhance the aesthetic appeal of the wardrobe. Ornate designs can be distracting, so choose a simple, minimal design for the handle. On the other hand, recessed handles are unobtrusive by fitting into the design of the door.

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The workmanship of a wardrobe can also be seen in the finish. The doors and body of the wardrobe can be made from MDF panels with a laminate finish. The range of finishes includes glossy, matte and textured options.

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To ensure a long life for your wardrobe, the skirting of the wardrobe is essential. Often ignored, the bottom of the wardrobe is exposed to damage by wear and tear and stains. A good skirting, preferably in aluminium, helps the wardrobe last longer with almost zero maintenance.

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Ebony wardrobes can be customized to your preferences with a harmony of these three qualities by focussing on its value for worth, resilience and dependability.

Try the Ebony range of wardrobes. Give us a call.