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Edition 04

The perfect living room

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By Kelai WANJIRU

What do you see when you walk into a number of living rooms? Cluttered furniture all around the room, the must have leather seat, sofa sets lined up along the walls, white or cream walls, a wall unit in the living room, a brown carpet, the list is endless.

Of course you will not fail to spot the neatly arranged sets of different utensils in the wall unit, a television set to savour – and most certainly for the conservative types, embroidered fabric to cover the seats, table and the wall unit. The room is so “filled”, yet the enormous space in it isn’t representative of what it should really look like. Take away all this clutter and you will be surprised what you end up with.

I’m sure this scenario rings a bell. We are so used to this traditional way of laying our living rooms so much that it has ended up looking like a storehouse rather than an attractive homely aboard.

Extraordinary space

Well, the living room can be as common or as unique as possible. The question is, how do you make your living room an extraordinary space to die for?

Turn your living room from the conventional stereo type of the common Kenyan home into a unique and contemporary space that will be the talk of town. You can make your space so exclusive that it will be very hard for anyone to replicate your style.

The design of the living room is something one can do whether you are building or buying your home, renovating, or just changing the overall look of the home. With modern housing trends

today that has seen most people living in rented or leased homes, the design of the house is a luxury most people cannot afford. However, one can do a lot to personalise the living room as this is the one place where a home owner can express their taste and preferences.

If you are fortunate enough to be building or buying a house, you can get a builder who will let you have an input towards the interior design of the house. One can also work with interior designers who are better equipped to handle design. The size and shape of the living room is very important as it has to fit within the existing frame of the house.

 Vital room elements

Take into consideration the elements of the room.Do you want to have a fireplace? Do you want a small bar in the room? If yes, make sure all these are put in the design layout and placed at proper points of the room. You do not want a fireplace that takes all the space in the room or does not serve all who will be sitting in the room. Another very important consideration is the ceiling. When building, the ceiling is usually the one thing that is thought about last. There arevery many variations when putting up the ceiling and creative adjustments are possible. Make sure the ceiling is not too low that some people have to stoop, and do not make it too high that installing a bulb becomes a problem. The common ceiling type in most Kenyan homes is the soft board which comes with some décor. One can put up a wooden ceiling or any of a desired kind. Many home décor and building supply companies stock a wide variety of ceilings.

Getting right arrangement

Who said that the living room has to be full of furniture and that all of it has to be lined up along the wall? The living room is the one place where one can be as creative as possible. Personalise this space and show your taste. One does not need to have a leather seat and a flat screen TV along the wall. Think about what you like? Do you want a space that you can relax in at the end of the day? Do you want a neutral, rustic or urban feel in the home? Choose versatile furniture that’s easy to maintain and serves its purpose. The walls in your home do not have to be the same colour – white being the common in homes.

Your living room can have a different colour of paint from the rest of the rooms. Be bold and place wallpaper. Wallpaper is a fairly new concept in Kenyan homes, but it is a very creative and interesting wall décor that will change

the look of your walls affordably and make a big difference in the appearance of your living rooms. Keep your space well organized and neat by avoiding the all too common cluttered furniture.

Even if your living room is large, you do not have to place a seat or accessory just to make the room look filled. Space is very important and you should be able to walk around the room without hurting your toes or knees.

 Windows are the eyes

Another area to look at when looking to make over your living room or design, is the windows. Windows are the eyes  into your home and they are the first thing people notice when they walk in. Windows should be put up in strategic points of the room to allow light in. Avoid hanging heavy drapery in dull colours. When buying a home or looking to rent a house, look for houses that have large windows and also have a good view.

Opposite the window, place a large mirror that will reflect the window and the view. Mirrors and windows have a way of expanding spaces to make them look larger, so make use of the windows in your space. Avoid placing furniture and heavy objects around the windows as this blocks view and makes the room look over-stuffed. So, take a critical look at your living room, stretch out the space and make some décor and design changes. With a little bit of colour, re-arrangement of furniture here and there, your living room will be a sight to behold.

Edition 04

Make moving a pleasant experience

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By Jeniffer MBOGORI

The thought of moving is enough to bring strain to someone’s mind. Whether one is moving house or office, the process of organizing and facilitating a move is not an easy task and can be a strenuous one.

There are quite a number of things to consider when contemplating a move. Obviously, everyone remembers the important things like paying outstanding bills, redirecting mail and taking the last electricity meter readings, but the nitty-gritty in relocating is what matters.

Are you one of the people who wait until the last minute to look for the nearest lorry and help hands to move your home or office? Do you start worrying about packaging and you do not even know where to begin? Really, are you just totally confused about the whole moving process?

 Pleasant experience

This is where Armstrong Movers & Storage, a company incorporated in 2008, comes in. The company ensures that your move is a pleasant experience as it specializes in the relocation of household and office removals for the middle and upper class in the East African region.

The company is steadily plunging into the international freighting of goods which at the moment rests mostly with international firms.

According to the Managing Director, Mr. Joseph Ndichu, Armstrong Movers & Storage have created a niche service in the market by providing personalized and friendly services that are professional and surpass expectations of clients.

“Relocation should be well-planned,” quips Ndichu, while noting that Armstrong Movers carefully plan and execute your move from them first phone call to the final drop off. Armstrong Movers & Storage are known for their specialized packaging materials that are designed to absorb shock, protect delicate items and offer all round protection for each and every item one is moving from the home or office.

 Cost fundamentals

Prior to making a move, a major concern for every home owner or office occupier is always the costs one will incur when planning and executing the move. Well, there is no cause for worry because at Armstrong Movers & Storage, budgets are negotiable and cost is never a hindrance to the peace of mind when moving.

Before embarking on any task, the friendly staff will take time to enlighten clients on what is involved in the moving process. While walking a client through the process, the staff members will ensure they get acquainted with the locations involved in the moving process. After booking services in advance, time is allocated to the client, a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for your residential moving needs survey is undertaken, and only then is a quote created to match the job description.

A plus for clients moving out or into the country is the large warehouse facility located very close to the airport. Knowing very well the high cost of warehouse facilities at the airport and the limited durations of time for storage, it is a welcoming relief to note that you can store your items for as long as you like at the Armstrong warehouse located just a few metres from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

 Spacious facility

With the long traffic jams we are experiencing in the city, it is easy to miss a flight, so when this occurs (we hope it doesn’t happen), one can store luggage at the spacious facility. International travel can prove a challenge to anyone, thus we provide full-service global mobility management by arranging sea or air transportation, packing, and the preparation of shipping documents for our clients, thus ensuring smooth transition from one location to the other.

Armstrong Movers & Storage delivers total logistics solutions to our clients, combining an efficient fleet service along with supply chain management of all your transportation needs.

Our performance tracking provides ongoing system analysis for our customers, reducing overall costs and enhancing function throughout their enterprise. Armstrong is always on call and available to handle fluctuations in demand as well as emergency shipments, enabling you to operate at peak efficiency while delivering exceptional value and unparalleled service to your customers.

In addition to home and office relocation services, other services offered include international relocation, packing and crating services, moving supplies and equipment and data storage solutions.

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Edition 04

Breathe easy: Hotpoint introduces ultra-modern air con

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Hotpoint Appliances Ltd has newly introduced into the market, the TITAN range of air conditioners under its Room Air Conditioners division.

 The TITAN AC comes with a built-in AVS (Voltage Stabilizer) though that is just one of its numerous advantages, says Rabinder Kanani, one of Hotpoint’s Sales Managers. The TITAN comes with other premium advantages such as virus and allergy filters, powerful three way airflow, quiet operation, greater airflow swing action, modern design, faster cooling achieved by powerful compressor and a function for economical consumption of energy.

The firm’s Commercial Air Conditioners division equally introduced the LG MULTI V III commercial Air conditioner this year. “This inverter unit is your premium solution for all commercial air conditioning needs. MULTI V Inverter system offers one of the world’s largest capacity units, essential for high-rise buildings,” Ms Magon says. “We are proud to say the system will ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Multiple indoor units are connected to a single outdoor unit thereby creating an efficient system that offers outstanding energy saving of up to 35 per cent.”

Simple, easy installation, and connection to different types of indoor units, makes it easy to design and set up. With air conditioning, your environment is also assured of optimum conditions regardless of season or space with the ability of a single outdoor unit simultaneously handling heating and cooling via synchronous operation.

Products and solutions

Hotpoint provides a host of products and solutions for its customers. In the business area, there are residential and commercial products, air conditioning and heating products as well as accessories such as solar energy and LED lighting and solutions.

LG’s residential air conditioners have been leading the global industry since the year 2000 in terms of market share, trendsetting and performance. They are unique in that they offer both heating and cooling modes.

The products’ health-conscious features are one of the key distinctive elements. Hotpoint for instance, have the world’s first anti-dengue mosquito technology and the Dual Action Virus Protector, which kills 99.9 percent of H1N1 viruses in 24 hours of constant operation. Features like these are upgrading the firm’s consumers’ lives and helping them stay in healthier environment.

 The commercial horizon

LG air conditioners have been designed to achieve maximum energy savings. By sensing body heat, the Eco Eye sends out the optimized direct or indirect airflow, thereby making big savings in energy consumption. Also, the Inverter technology reduces energy use by up to 60 percent compared with non-inverter units.

The new flagship Multi V III, LG’s new VRF system, enables world’s highest energy efficiency. It is also the most compact-sized air conditioner in its class, occupying up to 30 percent less space than others drawn from competition. The firm’s – and the world’s – first continuous heating system can generate heating without interruption (on a contrary to conventional type with 7 to 8 minute’s interruption per an hour operation) which consequently results in energy efficiency.

 Good conditions

All of their grilles and diffusers are manufactured in our modern Sri Lankan factory and thanks to LG’s 34 years in the air movement sector and competitive pricing structure, the firm may be well placed to offer value and quality.

Hotpoint’s range of products create optimal living and working conditions by enabling their customers to control their environment including temperature, humidity and air quality to make them more comfortable. Their products are safe to operate and easy to manage. Hotpoint provides clients with reliable and cost effective solutions.

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Edition 04

General manager with a difference

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For Ghulam Samdani, the journey to become Ole Sereni Hotel’s general manager has evidently been one long but inspirational path of success.

From a humble background of a restaurant intern in 1994 for six months, Ghulam has kept his pulse in the hospitality industry and has since then served in four continents – Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

His first steps as a hotelier saw him rise through the ranks in Switzerlands four leading city hotels before proceeding to the US where he became an assistant restaurant manager at Wellesley Country Club for almost an year. Boylston Palace tapped him for a restaurant manager’s job and opportunity that gave him yet another step of becoming the director of food and beverage at Holiday Inn in the US.

Holder of a Hotel & Restaurant Managementdegree and masters in Organizational Behaviour at Johnson & Wales University in the US, Ghulam’s nudge to acquire more experience saw him polish and rise through various ranks in the hotel industry. Among them was being the event manager at Eagle Pond Lodge in USA for nearly three years before scooping a more challenging general manager’s job at Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Kerela, India. This awesome responsibility had Ghulam manage the entire food and beverage operations of domestic and international airport of “Trivandrum”, which is leased to the hotel owners.

Humbled, assertive and jovial, Ghulam who been at the helm of Ole Sereni Hotel since August 2010 is affirmative that besides the wonderful aesthetics that hotels should have it is service delivery in hotels that renders the business worthwhile results. He further notes that effective hotel management is the pillar that contributes to the most profitable business to the hotel and the economy as a whole.

In 2005, Ghulam initiated Foreign Internship Program with German based Hospitality Institutes.

His effort to initiate a corporate social responsibilty programme led him initiate a foundation branded SMILES, which offers a helping hand to the mentally and physically challenged persons. Numerous fundraising activities have been conducted since inception of the initiative in 2006.

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