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African Corner: African Floor Lamps

African Corner: African Floor Lamps

Hey guys!  Welcome to another exciting episode of our weekly series #African corner!  This week, we would be going into the world of light in our post titled African Corner: African Floor Lamps.  Are you just hopping on the train? I dare say you hopped unto the right train! On DeccorhubNg #AfricanCorner, we are unapologetically rooting for the African vibes. We are #TeamAfrica, and we are not just team Africa by word of mouth, we are team Africa in our homes, living rooms and kitchens all the way! So if you are rooting for this team, you are definitely in the right place.

Last week we had an amazing time exploring ways in which we can infuse the African theme in our bedrooms in our post titled African Bedroom Decor, you can catch up on the post in case you missed it. It was an exciting episode! Who would have imagined bed sheets made from the popular Ankara fabric! This week however, we would be treating ourselves to a visual feast and less talking as we bring to you some of the finest and innovative incorporation of African prints, sculptures and carvings into floor lamps. Enjoy!

 

ANKARA LAMPS

African Corner: African Floor Lamps
Ankara floor lamp

How cute are these Ankara floor lamps ??

African Corner: African Floor Lamps.
Ankara floor lamp

 

We also managed to get our fingers on these lovely sculpted floor lamps! They are absolutely amazing for office spaces or the study room!

African Corner: African Floor Lamps.
Sculpted floor lamps

 

This next floor lamp reminds us so much of one of the best animations so far; The Lion King!

African Corner: African Floor Lamps.
Sculpted floor lamp

Alright guys, that is all we can take today on the African corner series. Today we didn’t say much , but then you know what they say about a picture speaking a thousand words? Exactly! And we even had more than a picture, so there’s really a lot to take in from today’s post titled African Corner: African Floor Lamps.

Have you been following the series from the on-set? Have you taken on any African themed designing or remodelling project? Please let us know by sending us a picture. Did you enjoy today’s post and would like to add a thing or two? Let us know in the comment section below, we always love to hear from you! Don’t forget to catch up with the next episode of the African Corner next Thursday. Bye guys!

Do you have a coffee maker for your employees?

“…half of the working class persons in Lagos that had probably planned to attack this beautiful Monday with a high spirit of vibrancy and pro-activeness suffered a huge let down this morning, as the eternal blue sky wept beyond consoling” This is no excerpt from any newspaper guys! This is the unholy reality we had to grapple with earlier today on a second Monday of the Ember months. I was particularly drenched to my boxer shorts and had resigned to being less productive for the rest of the day until my Boss surprised me with a steaming cup of black coffee. (God bless her soul) I’d like to admit that the cup of coffee inspired today’s post about why every workplace should have a tea/coffee maker.

Coffee maker

 

The Encounter

I will spare you the long stories about what the history of coffee and tea, but here’s what I’ll tell you: Put yourself in my place- You woke up on a bright Monday morning, bursting with fresh ideas that can drive productivity and boost sales of that new product. You leave the house in your starched shirt and shiny Oxford. You are caught up in traffic and spend the time in the bus meditating on your ideas. Just as you are about to arrive at your stop, it starts to rain. You say your little prayers to God to stop the rain, but instead of stopping, the downpour increases. The bus arrives at your stop and you alight from the bus. Seconds in the rain and you can literally feel the starch, lotion and body spray washing off you. You try to find a shade, but it’s all occupied and you decide to keep walking in the rain. Luckily, you find a next bus. The rain continues. Again, you hope and pray the rain stops just as you are about to drop, but it doesn’t. You alight from the bus and spend seconds waiting before you cross. Several cars speed-by, splashing a generous amount of colored water on you. You eventually cross and stroll towards the office. It’s still raining and all you can think about is getting warm and cosy. You eventually get to the office, leaving a generous drag of liquid after you. You try to get yourself dry; flapping and mopping your drooling self. Eventually, you settle in your cubicle, teeth clattering and fingers shaking. You can literally feel the cold clutching at your insides. But you tell yourself you a stronger than the cold. You try to bury yourself in the days work.  You turn on your work-pc. You want to document your ideas, but nothing is coming. Nothing will probably come. The ideas were smart; they stayed in the cosy of the bus…

The Solution

The rain isn’t an excuse for not being productive, but can nature be cheated? Your body needs to return to a default mode as soon as possible. You need to come up with new ideas. Your boss walks, dry and cosy, notices you and some of your colleagues looking like Titanic survivors. Your boss knows the best of you would not be put into the day’s activities. That is bad for the company. Your boss knows just what to do, but feels a slight nudge for not putting it in place as an office appliance. Your boss surfs the internet for the best e-commerce site for home appliances. Decorhubng.com comes up. Your boss orders a coffee and tea maker for the office. In fifteen minutes, the delivery arrives. Your boss personally brews a steaming cup for you and your colleagues. Your boss says to you all: You gave me your TIME; the most thoughtful gift of all, now I’m giving you a cup of coffee and more… You all chuckle. You take long sips of coffee. The color returns to your morbid face, more importantly; fresh ideas loomed…

A coffee maker in an office

 

The benefit

-A coffee maker in the workplace means your employees can t maintain a perfect body temperature during the cold season or after spending a long time in the air conditioning system

-Keep your workers alert.

-Having a Coffee makers means your employees will be having coffee breaks, and this can improve productivity

-Installing a coffee maker in your workplace can reduce pain for employees working the desk.

At Decorhubng.com  , we have the perfect range of coffee and tea makers that will cater for your employee needs and help you set them in the right working condition. Inspired by this post? Then take a step further by getting your employees a coffee/tea maker here.

WHY YOU NEED A VACUUM CLEANER

Hi guys, today I’ll be giving us some quick tips on why vacuum cleaners do a better job and why we should get one as soon as we possibly can. So grab your wallet and read on, because I’m sure you will be shopping for your own vacuum cleaner when you are done reading this post. Lol

Sweeping…sigh, really guys, this has got to be one of the most tiring house chore that has you on a constant repeat, especially if you have those little bundle of joys that litter the rugs, carpets, tiles every single time. But here’s the good news guys, I started using vacuum cleaners to care for my floors and you really would not believe how so convenient that has been. What exactly am I on about? Find out below.

Vacuum Cleaners Save Time and Energy:

Cleaning with vacuum cleaner is not only hygiene but also it more secure than cleaning manually using broom. Vacuum cleaners capable to clean within tens of minutes whereas manually cleaning takes approximately hours. With vacuum cleaners, you can achieve the purpose of thorough cleaning within the shortest time possible. They are fast and easy to use. Additionally, you only need less effort and energy to handle vacuum cleaners.

Easy to use:

Installing, usage of vacuum cleaners is quite easy. Just plug into electricity socket and let move on the floor, anywhere you want to clean.

Removes allergen from breathing air:

Vacuum cleaners are equipped with HEPA or other type of filters which blocks, removes air borne disease causing germs, bacteria and viruses present in your home.

Clean your home even when you are away:

The robotic vacuum cleaners will clean your home, even when you are not at home. Thanks to their advanced features that can make them work robotically.

There are also some downsides to owning vacuum cleaners, you should consider these factors before heading on to shop for your vacuum cleaner.

Heavy to lift:

Vacuum cleaners are bulky, cumbersome machine that often hard to move around the home. Moreover, in case of upright vacuum cleaner it almost impossible to move up and down stairs. Vacuum cleaners have been manufactured in a fairly large size, although not heavy. Moving and storing of this device will require a big place.

Running electricity bill:

Depending on the model, vacuum cleaners  uses hundreds to thousands watts of electricity. Absolutely, if you are using vacuum cleaners, your electricity bill starts running a bit on the high side.

You can shop with us for our affordable range of vacuum cleaners here

Home Decor Ideas for EID

Home Decor Ideas for EID

EID is upon us once again! Today’s post is all about Home Decor Ideas for EID that would be the most cost effective for you, yet fun and unique. You can trust that these ideas won’t break the bank. Please read along:

Letter Balloons– This trend started some 2 years back with birthday celebrations ushering it into the Nigerian social media scene, followed by anniversaries of any sort and even up to baby and bridal showers. The letter balloons come in different colors and you can make your pick as you see fit. To make the most of this balloon as a decoration, I would recommend that you fill it with helium to give it the propensity to float around the house. It is something that the kids could also play with after the celebrations are over.

Home Decor Ideas for EID
EID Letter Balloons

Paper cut out star and moon- This one very cost effective way to have fun with yours kids while decorating at the same time. Thank goodness cardboard and paper are very affordable. Hurry down to the store closest to you and get yourself some! You could also buy glitter pen alongside the cardboard and fill up the cut out shapes. Afterwards, hang them up with strings and voila! You have your shiny moon and stars.

Light up the room with lots of candles- A room filled with candles, especially scented candles, will never go out of fashion. Thankfully, we at DecorhubNG have a plethora of finely scented candles up for sale. A sweet scenting EID is just one click away.

Home Decor Ideas for EID
Candles in a jar

Home Decor Ideas for EID

Add a touch of flowers– If you are having a dinner for EID, get yourself some beautiful flowers and put them in an equally beautiful vase. This will then be put at the center of the dinner table. Getting flowers in Nigeria aren’t as far fetched as many make it seem. It could be a neighbor that those beautiful flowers you’ve had your eyes on. Just walk up to them and politely ask them if you could cut some. I’m pretty sure they would oblige.

Home Decor Ideas for EID
Pink peonies and foxgloves

Paper lanterns- Paper lanterns are equally affordable and can be found in large departmental stores. Agreed that searching for this might warrant you driving all the way out but they are so worth it. Plus they add a certain touch that I seem to be lacking the right word for. At the end of the day, they are worth your drive and money.

Home Decor Ideas for EID

There you go! Pocket friendly Home Decor Ideas for EID.

Wishing you a beautiful EID celebration in advance.

KEEP YOUR KITCHEN IN ORDER THIS EID

KEEP YOUR KITCHEN IN ORDER THIS EID

The Eid kabir celebration is fast upon us and I’m sure a lot of our Muslim brothers and sisters are looking forward to spend an amazing time with their family and friends…I should be including in that list as well o, because I’ll be at your doorstep for my meat lol! Now, having all of these amazing people over means there would be a lot of cooking to be done in the kitchen, and trust me, if  not properly  handled your kitchen  can turn out to be a major disaster .  Bear in mind that a beautiful kitchen is a warm welcome to any food that comes out of it, so we definitely do not want our guest turning down food that hours of preparation have been invested in. So how do you keep your kitchen in the right condition with the influx of people and activities that will be taking place in it? Find out in our post titled: KEEP YOUR KITCHEN IN ORDER THIS EID.

Clean as you cook

The first and most important way to go about maintaining a clean and less congested kitchen during this Eid is to clean as you cook. The easiest way to clean up is while cooking not after; this will reduce the time spent in the kitchen. If you wait till after cooking and possibly eating, you will be too tired to clean up, dirty plates are kept until the next day and by then they would have allowed pests/insects to find their way into your kitchen – they always do if there are food items lingering.  Now some of you may raise an eyebrow about what I am about to say next, but hey, when you ask nicely, you can get people to do almost anything. Setting the “Eat up, wash up” rule during the EID festivities will go a long way in giving you the needed breathing space in your kitchen.

Kitchen

 Clear counter-tops:

Another way to go about a kitchen with less drama during the EID season is to keep a clear counter top. Most kitchens have counter tops so busy that it is hard for the kitchen to look clean even when it is not dirty. It is so easy to dump so many things on the kitchen counter-top; groceries, blender, pots, basket of onions, dishes etc. The only items that should be on the kitchen counter tops are items that are used daily or needed from time to time since it’s a festive season. i.e. kitchen towels, dishes, and mugs-keep it simple. Keep the counter top clutter free and you will enjoy how airy your kitchen will become.

A clear kitchen counter-top

Organize storage

When I say keep a clear counter-top, I have not asked you to dump all the items you took off the counter top to a corner of your kitchen or on the refrigerator top. To be able to clear your counter-top you need to have somewhere assigned to keep all of the stuff, so find a way to really re-organise your kitchen prior to the week of EID or days before the celebration. Pinterest and YouTube are platforms that can help you find inspiration on organising every space in your house. Set up easy ways for your foodstuff to be stored and invest in storage containers, canisters and baskets to store both perishable and non-perishable items that you will need for the big celebration. This will definitely help you keep your kitchen in order during EID.

Well organised kitchen cabinet

Set rules:

This is by far the most vital and sensitive piece of information on how to keep your kitchen in order this EID. You don’t want to come off too strong or be totally annoying  to your family/friends/visitors, I mean, they are all there because they love you and want to spend the special season with you. However, truth is, if they truly love you, they will not leave your kitchen in a mess and have you do all the cleaning up.  Setting kitchen rules will help minimize the mess and reduce the workload in the kitchen. Everyone should clear their plates after eating, and place neatly in the kitchen sink even if they will not be washing immediately. This will reduce the sight of dirty plates, pots and pans littered all over the kitchen. These rules will need to be re-enforced till it becomes a habit for the family.

Set rules

Well well, there you have it guys. Follow these tips and you sure won’t find I difficult to Keep your kitchen in order this EID. We wish our Muslim friends and families a happy celebration in advance. Did you find this post really helpful? Let us know in our comment section below

7 Tips for Maintaining Fridges, Freezers and Water Dispensers

Hello! Today’s post is on 7 Tips for Maintaining Fridges, Freezers and Water Dispensers. I know a lot of people who have quality fridges/freezers but go on to pass blames on the manufacturers on selling them sub-standard products when they in fact, were their own undoing. Maintenance is key! If/When you have a good thing and you do not take care of it, it will die with time. So please take this post very serious, it could save you a whole lot of money and resources.

For Water Dispensers:

  • Unplug the water cooler from the wall when not in use. This is a safety precaution that must be taken for all electrical appliances for a longer life span and for your own safety as well.
  • Clean the water dispenser once a month. This can be done by mixing a solution of water and vinegar. Remove the bottle from the dispenser, pour the vinegar and water solution directly onto the dispenser and drain it through the taps. Alternatively, you can also use a wet sponge to clean the inner surface of the water cooler with the cleaning solution. Rinse out traces of the cleaning solution by using clean and portable water. It is also important that the drip tray (which is usually just below the dispenser taps) must be scrubbed properly.

7 Tips for Maintaining Fridges, Freezers and Water Dispensers

 

For Fridges and Freezers:

  • Separate Your Appliances. For fridges and freezers, this is about the most important piece of the puzzle. Perhaps you keep wondering why your freezer takes a really long time to cool? This is the reason! The heat generated from other appliances like washing machines and gas cookers can get your fridge and/or freezer to work harder. This means that your appliance will take longer to work, resulting in higher electric bills and lower life span. Think about it. So the best bet is to keep it far away from any heat generating appliance.
  • Inspect and Clean the Gaskets. Gaskets are those rubber seals around the edges of the fridge/freezer door. It is important that it is inspected at least once a month. Check for cracks, wipe it down with a clean soapy rag and afterwards, coat the gaskets in Vaseline. The Vaseline helps it in remaining rubbery, soft and prevents cracks.
  • Don’t Put Hot Leftovers in the Fridge. Most people would be surprised to see this here. Putting hot leftovers in a fridge or freezer increases the inner temperature of the appliance and causes it to over work.
  • Vacuum the Condenser Coils. This is pretty easy and doesn’t take up much of your time. Just get a vacuum, turn off your appliance and begin vacuuming. This takes out all the dust from the fridge/freezer. Dust that accumulates over time weakens the condenser and hinders performance levels of the appliance.
  • Defrost Freezer from Time to Time. Its usually written on the manual. Hygienically, this prevents the build up of decayed food particles hiding under the layers of frost. Also, the interior must be cleaned periodically. Whenever there is a spill, wipe it up.

Now that you know these 7 Tips for Maintaining Fridges, Freezers and Water Dispensers, we hope you benefit from it. To get top quality fridges and freezers, shop on www.decorhubng.com

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