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Make your laundry easier



The evolvement of kitchens and bathrooms have beckoned for more creative works that squarely border on comfort and nostalgic appeal as depicted by Winnie LAU pointing-out that this special areas are changing dynamics in the laundry-space.

REMODELERS AND HOME BUILDERS have over the last few years gotten serious about bathrooms and kitchens. They’ve risen to the challenge of creating award winning wet areas in residential and formal work areas. Kitchens and baths are certainly stealing the show. They’ve steadily evolved and have since become comfortable and appealing.

Mmh! As this continues to play out well I think we may have however forgotten the all important laundry room which many homeowners increasingly consider it to be a key part of the home. Quality has gained momentum.

This being one of the most functional rooms in the house; it requires care. Among the first and most important products you need in this space are a washer and dryer. There are still many important decisions that must go into selecting the laundry products and with the help of a trained interior designer they can assist you to create a space that’s completely your own.

Here are a few simple and practical ideas to help you make your laundry room a better and more inviting place.

1          The View

Put-up a full size window with a view; preferably into the back yard. This makes sense, as recent scientific evidence shows that light has an enormous impact on people’s moods.

2          Good Task Lighting

Forget darkness and clamminess. Good lighting is important! Ever try to match socks in poor light? Some people prefer incandescent lighting, to minimize glare, but the most important element is that the lighting be uniform throughout the work area.

3          Easy Access

No more hiding behind closed doors trying to keep everyone from discovering the “mess”. Laundry rooms need to move away from hiding the washer and dryer in the distant, dark depths of some other room. In fact, prospective homeowners often look for a home where the laundry is on the main level. A favorite location for a laundry room is either in or right off of the kitchen.

4          Easy Sorting System

Another useful design feature for a laundry room is the installation of sorting bins. Labeled baskets are a great way to sort laundry and it makes the work easier: “hand wash,” “permanent press,” “whites,” “cold wash,” and “colors,” among others. Laundry rooms become more functional if organized. Use clear jars for clothespins, sewing items, and detergent. Choose various heights to add interest.

5          Plenty of Folding Space

A good laundry room will also provide a wide, flat area for folding. A countertop surface in front of that full size window is ideal. The larger this folding area the better, and it should be away from the inevitable loose lint on top of the dryer.

6          Room to Hang

Plenty of hanging space is a must. With so many of today’s clothes requiring drip-drying, make sure the hanging rods are near the floor drain. Use plastic hangers as they don’t rust and they are not as inclined as wire hangers to get tangled.

7          The Comeback of Ironing

Finally, don’t neglect the ironing board. Ironing is making a comeback as the era of wash-and-wear gives way to the era of specialized fabrics and finishes. Many people like boards that fold-up into a panel on the wall. These fold-up units often have a light, an electrical outlet, and a space to keep the iron and supplies out of the way.

And Finally…. laundry rooms can be decorated in various styles. It being a low-traffic area, you can paint it in a vibrant color that draws you in or a soothing neutral color that calms you while you work. Consider adding murals and accessories to add interest and make the room more homely and welcoming…..Happy cleaning!!!

The writer is the head of interior design at Fab Unique Interiors, Nairobi.

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Contemporary African Art



This is a joint exhibition by two artists (Husband & Wife Oywecha and Ruth). Each showing Talent & Own Expressions.

In Ruth’s Art, she expresses her thoughts, dreams and emotions not forgetting other ideas from within and without. She tries to create by seeing everything as they are in constant effort. She has always tried to nourish her feelings and doing so by deriving materials from the world about us and assimilating the external world about us and assimilating the external world within herself and projecting them into mediums as her own creation. Her art has evolved significantly and in the process, she has become an accomplished and prolific artist.

In Oywecha’s painting color and his technique combine to express and or elicit powerful emotions. Some have linked his paintings with cubism, which is sought to depict an intellectual and abstract reality. His paintings have a tendency of pulling apart and examining conventions of existing models of expression, his own characteristics and unique style. Some term his work as geometrical due to its simplification.

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Rarely are middle-class homes built with a top of the level interiors-architectural approach and mix expansive space to allow the home occupant to style the space, but as writes Jeniffer MBOGORI, Kivulini Thika is a rare homely setting with stylish apartments.

The magnificent development of Kivulini Thika situated along the Thika Garissa Road that is only a few minutes drive from Thika’s-Central Business District set a remarkable standard for affordable residential units that’s emerging in Kenya of late.

The awesomely compelling homes spaciously built on a five acre prime land is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious addresses in Thika comprising 31 beautiful maisonettes and 96 stylish apartments.

All residences are characterized by light open spaces, high-quality finishing, and a design concept that few other developments can match.

Refined architectural thinking

With ample parking, stunning landscaping and onsite community shopping facilities Kivulini Thika oozes an ultimate statement of a lifestyle that combines the elements of top class living. Its refined architectural thinking thus offers a special connection to would be home-owner or tenant. Making the good use of Kivulini – a Swahili word that means at the shade -the unique dwelling place gives an impression of quality treat from this sound architecture and interior design works.

There’s no doubt the team behind the project actualized it and put functionality of every room at the forefront. This is certainly where one hardly feels like any other home-buyer or a new tenant in a new place but the inviting environment as well as the architectural works jogs the mind of the visitor to invest.

Large open Plans

While having the homely feel of the maisonettes with three large bedrooms, master en-suite, ample wardrobe space, a separate WC/Shower room, large open plan reception and a dining room with study area and fireplace one can’t help but feel the warmth of modernity that makes Kivulini Thika significantly differently.

The well ventilated spacious kitchen with a large store room adjacent an independent store and yard is so inviting as it is graced with an outdoor nyamachoma terrace and private garden.

Additional benefits to this stylish home is a well thought-out guest WC/cloak room, two dedicated car parking spots and a detached en-suite domestic servants quarter. A fascinating dedicated roof-top clothes-hanging open air space, built-in gas connection with secure external bottle cage depicts a thought process of an architect and interior designer who really had in mind about the functionality of each home.

Interiors at Kivulini Thika is all about going beyond expectations. While the elegance starts from the wow exterior landscape, the interiors speak of switched-on pomp of a lifestyle that is prided by many home seekers or home buyers.

Elegant flooring using high quality tiles, chic built-in wardrobes, quality ironmongery, stylish and practical kitchen cabinets, quality sanitary fittings including vanity basins with mixers/taps, WC and shower gives a tinge of the positives that each residence holds.


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Chummer revamps commercial division



One of the region’s leading fabricators of custom metal works has in recent months moved to strengthen its commercial business division in the wake of huge demand from property developers in the region for the firm’s high quality metal works.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

Ornamental Chummer Iron WorksChummer GardensIn recent months, the firm has stepped up its efforts to serve the wider commercial market in the region.

“The market is thirsty for quality and elegant design,” says the General Manager, Mr. Mudasir Gul. “Gone are the days when you would just fabricate metal and hope for a good day in the market.

We have since found our niche in the art of crafting ornamental metal.”

Given the volumes and quantities involved in this segment of the market, the firm has equally moved to transform is delivery capacity and mechanisms to ensure it can meet demand at any one given time from as many clients.

“It is not easy to deal with a market that is rapidly growing, more so if that market is the commercial segment,” Mr. Gul says. “For instance, to fabricate stair rails that would be fitted in a commercial development of a so many floors may require plenty of material and a faster delivery approach. These are the considerations we have been working upon to ensure we deliver successful as we have so far done.”

It also means having sufficient manpower, equipment and constant supply of electricity to ensure the work is done faster and without any interruptions. Chummer has ensured all these factors are in play, and the firm is believed to be setting a precedent that should be emulated by other players in the industry to ensure the market is served adequately.

Ornamental Chummer“As it is, we can only serve the market to a certain level, however efficient we are at what we do,” Mr. Gul says. “All of us in this segment of the market must wake up to the realities facing us so we keep up pace with the rapidly changing environment for both interiors and exteriors of any building projects in progress.”

The firm has in recent months excelled so well in residential property arena, and is said to be one of the leading suppliers of stair rails, ornamental lighting fixtures, gates, fences, balconies, window frames, metallic beds, tables and chairs as well as plexi glass. The firm has since launched a massive drive for its stainless steel and aluminium product range as well, which has attracted a huge demand from clients.

Chummer is said to be leading the quest to meet the demands of the entire East Africa region with these products, an objective that has placed the firm on a very strong course towards success.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

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