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By Hilda OTUGA

For most parents, the challenging part is finding a decorating idea for the kid’s room that will help in actualizing a customized transitional bedroom.

The truth is that it surely takes more than great ideas in styling up the little ones’ bedroom with design themes that will inspire them to keep their rooms neat consistently.

Decorating your child’s bedroom every two or three years can be expensive and time consuming. With a little décor planning tips for the kid’s bedroom, one can save money and time in this special room. Even if you are a do-it-yourself individual or you choose to use a decorator or designer to decorate your child’s room, you can save by asking them to follow a few simple guidelines.

Among the fundamentals in actualizing the kid’s bedroom is to try as much as possible to work within a friendly do-it-yourself budget or commission an interior designer who’ll actualize something that will compliment the kid’s desires, interests, lifestyle and needs. It is surely with this approach that one would be in a position to give a child a functional and appealing room he or she will love to keep clean.

 Factors to consider

In this regard, it is important to help in maximizing on the use of space by factoring in storage space, children’s room furniture that doubles as storage and grows with the child. For one, building children’s bedroom furniture can be easier if you think of simple shapes, like squares and rectangles.

Children like shapes and colours they can recognize. Indeed, achieving this is one among the many first steps of making the little ones happy. Using readily-available supplies and tools means the costs aren’t going to be outrageous, which will make your wallet happy as well. So let’s start with the basics: a place to sleep, a bench that can be a table when kids sit on the floor, bright pillows or cushions and plenty of room for toys. It almost makes you want to be a kid again yourself!

The way to do it

1. Go to your neighborhood carpenter shop and buy plywood, because they’ll also cut the ply-wood into the sizes you need, saving you a lot of work. Have them cut one sheet of standard plywood into a rectangle of 40 inches by 75 inches and make three length-wise cuts in the second sheet of plywood so you end up with four pieces of plywood which are each 12 inches by 96 inches. Save that odd L-shaped piece from the first sheet of plywood, too, because that’s going to be a long corner bench and sometime table for the bedroom.

2. Use a good saw and cut one of the 12 inchby 96 inch planks into 8 pieces which are one foot by one foot. Do the same for the other three planks. Use five of these pieces, the electric screwdriver and screws, and build a cube. Repeat this six more times for a total of seven cubes built from the second sheet of plywood.

3. Paint all the cubes in your child’s favorite colour, and also paint the three leftover one foot by one foot squares of plywood. When the paint has dried (usually this takes several hours), cover the rough edges of the plywood with the tape. Now line the finished cubes up in two rows of three cubes each. Space them evenly, and then fasten the 40 inch by 75 inch piece of plywood to the tops of each cube, being sure again to keep the A side of the plywood face up. Paint the top the same color as the cubes, and let it dry.

4. Put the child’s new bed frame in its place in the room, and put the mattress on top of the plywood sheet. Next screw the three leftover squares to the wall above the bed as a headboard.

5. Use the 2 by 4 cut into one-foot lengths, space 16 of them evenly along the

outside edges of the odd L-shaped piece of leftover plywood. You can easily ‘upholster’ this new long bench before sliding it to fit snugly against the bedroom wall, by either covering the old pillows with the bright fabric individually, or making a long tube and stuffing it with the shredded foam. If your children like to sit on the floor (what kids don’t?), they can move the pillows or cushion and have a long table to draw or color on.

6. Scour the store or attic if you have one, for old furniture that can be cut down for a child’s use! Sand the pieces, if needed, and paint them in your child’s second favourite colour. Cut an old bar stool’s legs down to make a much shorter stool for your child and an old coffee table would make a great pretend “tea table.”

7. Finish the room with your child’s favorite stuffed toys and other accessories which can now be stored under the bed in lots of child-sized cubes. And of course, there’s plenty of parking for all kinds of small cars and trucks under the bench, plus games and puzzle boxes too.

Edition 04

Make moving a pleasant experience



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



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



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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