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Romancing the windows

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As flexibility continues to provide interior designers with creative ideas of window treatments, curtains are speedily paving way to uniquely designed blinds, writes Penninah KIMANI.

POPULARITY OF ROMAN BLINDS is steadily replacing curtains in a great way. They have provided interior designers with creative ideas on how to decorate the windows. They not only filter the glare but they also add pattern, texture and colour, and when creatively used, they can be a source of enviable interiors theme.

Owing to flexibility in decorating, Roman Blinds captures the warmth as well as desired appeal in rooms. The classic drapery effect is confined in the elegant lines of the blinds.

Initially the blinds were too formal and therefore deterred most home-users from making it a star-pick for window treatment. Today, they’re a status symbol. Its decorative aspects have given it a chance to spice-up the beauty of homes, offices as well as hotels.

Versatile materials

With the integration of technology, fabric manufacturers have been able to provide the market with exciting versatile blinds. They are flexible and can withstand harsh weather conditions. This aspect makes them very ideal for any room where natural daylight is very essential. In case of strong direct sunlight that is harmful to your furniture, the blinds can be pulled down in order to protect the furnishings from the harmful ultra violet rays.

Cost benefit

Roman Blinds compared to ordinary curtains turn out to be cheaper in terms of the initial cost and the maintenance cost. They come as a complete package, ready with their components and an installation guide which when followed would enable one to install the blind with ease alone. They require very little maintenance and do not call for frequent cleaning.

Roman Blinds come in a variety of colours and thickness. They range from sheer sunscreen, jute or linen, bamboo to blackout fabrics. Any of the material can be chosen to either harmonize or contrast with the existing materials in the interior furnishings.

Fittings

They can be used as a standalone window treatment fitted outside the window or fitted inside the window recess and combine with curtains and top treatments for a layered look. The Roman blinds have evolved and nowadays, they can be opened and closed using strings or remote control.

Alongside Roman blinds, there are Roller blinds, vertical blinds, Wood and Aluminum Venetian blinds, Panel blinds and Cellular blinds which grant spaces the same advantages that Roman Blinds offer.

At Marvel Lifestyle Ltd you will be able to get all these type of blinds which are customized to suit your needs. Equally available are technicians who can help install the blinds for free within Nairobi area.

Penninah is the marketing director at Marvel Lifestyle, located in Nairobi.

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Contemporary African Art

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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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Kivulini

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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.

 

For details contact:

3rd floor, Imperial court, Westlands Road, Nairobi
0727 752 244/020 744 593/5/ 0737 151 566
www.mykivulini.com

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Chummer revamps commercial division

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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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