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DIY: LOVE SEATS

 Do It Yourself Loveseat

Valentines day is around the corner and Born Furniture has an idea to make the day very special. Be productive and make something for you and your loved one. Loveseats have taken the world by storm and what better way to spend time with your loved one than cuddling up together on a seat made specially for you two. This DIY loveseat project is very simple and doesn’t need too many materials, however, it depends on what you want it to look like.

Notably, the colours used is determined by you. You can paint the chairs as you like and the cushions can be upholstered with the fabric of your choice. For this Do it yourself project we suggest a fabric that will illustrate the colours of love but still fits in with your living space.

What you need:

  • Old chairs like dining chairs (preferably with arms)
  • Upholstery fabric (the amount is determined by the size of your seat)
  • Batting (the amount is determined by the size of your seat)
  • Markers
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • High-density foam (the amount will be determined by the size of your seat, the thickness will be determined by your preferences)
  • Wood plank (size is determined by the size of your seat, we suggest a 20mm thickness)
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander with sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Serrated Knife
  • Staple Gun

What to do:

You have to start by removing the seats of the chairs. After the seats have been removed, remove the opposite arm of each chair so when the chairs are placed next to each other only the outside arms remain.  Now it is up to you to decide what finish you want, if you want to paint, varnish or stain it. Once you have decided you should start that process, use a sander on the surface and paint or stain your wood. You can skip this part if you like your chair just as it is. If you want to stain the chairs, apply wood block oil of your choice with a clean cloth and always rub in the direction of the wood grain.

 

While the oil or paint is penetrating the wood and drying, start working on your seat. Start by measuring one of the old seat cushions front to back and mark this on the wood plank. Furthermore, mark the seat depth on the wood by measuring across the back of the chair. An easy way to measure the seat on the wood is to place the old seat on the wood and trace the outside of the seat onto the wood. Remember to trace the two seats next to each other. Use a jigsaw to cut out the seat, you should cut out a rectangular shape to fill the gap between the chairs when they are placed next to each other. After you have cut the wood you must make sure that it fits on the two chairs.

 

Now that you have your bench wood place the wood on top of the high-density foam. Trace around the edge with your marker and cut the foam using your cutting tool. Use an adhesive to glue the foam tho the wood. Now for the fun part, spread out your fabric face-down and stack your foam covered seat bench on top. Fold the fabric over the foam and wood, stapling along the edges. If you use a fabric with a geometrical pattern focus on keeping the pattern straight. Once you are done trim the excess fabric.

 

To attach the cushion to your chairs, place the cushion upside-down on a table and position the chairs on top of the bench. Using a drill, drill pilot holes into the bench by going through the holes on the bottom of the chair and into the bench. Use screws to attach the new bench to the chairs, flip it over and you are done.

 

Put your cozy cushion upside-down on a table and position your chairs on top of the bench. Drill pilot holes into the bench by going through the holes on the bottom of the chairs and into the wood of the bench. Using the screws you saved from the old seats, attach the new bench to the chairs. Flip the whole thing over and you are done!

 

Now that you have completed this DIY loveseat project all that is left is to snuggle up with your loved one and enjoy the time together.
The Born team

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how to make your bedroom your sanctuary

How to make your bedroom your sanctuary

Your bedroom sanctuary

Your bedroom should be more than just a place to sleep. It should be your sanctuary, the place you go to at the end of the day to relax and unwind. Don’t you agree?

The first step to a peaceful room is to de-clutter. Keep the area around your bed organised and clean, and avoid unwanted distractions. Furthermore, one of the toughest things to do is to remove any and all digital devices from your room. However, this is a crucial part to create your bedroom sanctuary as these devices gives off a stream of sleep disturbing lights. Use old school alarm clock to wake you up and a good book.

Headboards are some of the latest trends for 2017. Upholstered headboards add layers of texture and it is the most comfortable type of sitting up in bed. Your bedroom sanctuary will be comfortable and stylish at the same time with one of these headboards.

Storage space can be a problem in your bedroom, a bench with a storage unit can be a stylish solution for you. Place a bench at the foot of your bed, it will help pull the room together and in addition, will provide an extra seat.

Furthermore, smaller pieces like throws can be used to create a cozy element of happiness to your bedroom. Likewise, a rug can also be used to add to the cozy ambience as it will be a comfortable spot for your feet to land when you climb of your bed.

Painting your walls with a soothing colour can help create your calming sanctuary. Restful hues in shades of light blues and greens, gray or white will be the perfect addition in your space for a good night’s rest.

Having your own sanctuary is essential and the perfect way to relax and spend some quality alone time. Share your bedroom sanctuary ideas with us.

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Love your space

Using your space properly

Creating the perfect living area that is comfortable yet stylish is not a difficult task. However, a living space that is perfectly laid out, comfortable, have enough storage space and is pleasing to the eye, now that sounds hard to accomplish. Luckily, we as Born Furniture is here to show you how easy it can be to use your space properly.

 

You have to find the right balance in your space, you have to consider the colour you use, the lighting and the design. Colour has everything to do with the ambiance in a room. Choosing the colour for a room is based on the mood you want and how well the light supports that illusion. Using light colours will open a room and create a sense of space and dark colours contract a space. Therefore, use colours that suit your space.

 

Furthermore, create harmony in your space by considering balance and proportion. Balance the elements in your space, for instance if you have large pieces of artwork on a wall, pair it with a floor lamp on the opposite wall. The proportion of your furniture also should be considered.

 

Whether you are planning your living space for a new home or just want to change things up a bit, you have to understand the scale of furniture and its relationship to the room. Understanding this can help you create a comfortable and functional space. We can also advise you on the size of your furniture when we help you choose the right pieces for your room

Keep in mind the proportions of your furniture you want it to coordinate with the proportions of the room. Bulky and overstuffed furniture are overwhelmingly comfortable, however if your space is small large furniture will let your space seem overcrowded. Likewise, if your space is large and you use small-scale furniture the furniture will fade in the room. Therefore, use furniture that will suite your space.

 

Frequently used in most households are sofas. Buy a good-quality sofa that is durable, comfortable and maintains its look. Using a sofa in your living space will vary due to your personal requirements. If you want two sofas and have a large space go for it, if you have a small space and want to use a sofa have a look at all your options. In a small space a sofa can seem quite overpowering as it takes most of your space, and it overs minimal seating. Therefore, use a sofa that fits your space. However, if you struggle to find a sofa suited for you consider love seats, they are lovely small pieces of furniture providing enough extra seating space. Another option is to use a Chaise or a window seat.

 

To provide extra seating in your space you can add occasional chairs to your space. Additionally, ottomans can also be used. A wonderful advantage of an ottoman is to multi-purpose use, the ottoman provides extra seating, can be used as a table and can be easily stored away once it is no longer needed. In addition it also carries aesthetic value that serves.

In most homes there is always a shortage of storage space. You can either choose to create more storage space or you can buy furniture with a multi purpose. Firstly, you can create more storage space by use the space between the tops of furniture and the ceiling with hanging or high-mounted elements, for example, space above the stove can be filled with kitchen cabinets for extra storage space. Furthermore, you can also build shelves in the open areas in your home or use the space under your staircase as storage units.

 

Secondly, there is a large variety of multi purpose furniture like a storage unit that can function as an ottoman or table. Another alternative is furniture that can be a sofa by day and a bed by night. 

 

Have some open spaces that you have no idea what to do with? You can fill the space by creating a personal space to relax. Place a comfortable chair in a corner that can be used as extra seating for guests or a reading corner for you to relax in. High-back chairs are perfect for corners, the height of the chairs fills open spaces effortlessly. Another possible solution is to use a table, the table can be used as a desk as well. This will give the space an elegant and calm ambience. As creators of empowering furniture, Born Furniture can manufacture any item according to your required measurements, so filling those empty spaces can be done effortlessly.

 

Have fun creating your perfect living space, contact us to let us help in the process.

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Out with the old and in with the new

Out with the old in with the new

The new year is an excellent time to change some aspects of your life. Focusing on a new approach to life can be beneficial to you. However, changing your life can be difficult if you are stuck in the same routine and habits. Allowing yourself to embrace your new approach to life will be difficult if you are in the same environment. Embracing the new chapter in your life means letting go and adjusting. There will be no point in renewing your life if your living space is just going to stay the same. Changing your home and office space can help with your renewed life.

Firstly, your home is the space you spend most of your time meaning you have to use this as a starting point. Start off by upgrading your furniture with something different like a wonderful Chesterfield sofa. The different style in your home can be a wonderful addition to your home, not just as a stylish piece of furniture but as a reminder of your new life approach. In addition, change the artwork in your space, a new piece will help embrace the new way of living. We at Born Furniture suggests a De Lende paired with your Chesterfield. One of De Lende’s fine-art photographs can take your room to the next level as a decor piece.

In addition, you can move around furniture in your home, for example, an old cabinet from your bedroom to your dining room. Alternatively, you can be bold and repurpose a room in your home create a home office or a guest room for the new opportunities in your life.

Your workspace should be an area to be creative and productive. With regards to your new way of life, you should transform your office to align with your renewed life. Hang pictures, mottos and images that symbolize what you want to accomplish. Furthermore, choose office furniture and accessories that portrait your renewed life approach. You should spend time equipping your working space better by creating a calming and protective atmosphere and allow your renewed life energy to flow in your space. Create this working space for yourself and you are sure to live your new approach to the fullest.

Change is good! And an “out with the old and in with the new” approach is an excellent way to life a renewed life.

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Black Forest trifle recipe

Black Forest trifle

A true Born Christmas is nothing without a delicious dessert. In South Africa, traditionally a trifle is made and something everyone looks forward too. This year we suggest you give it a bit of a twist like BBC Good Food did, a Black Forest trifle with enough chocolate for everyone. This scrumptious inspiration will be a delight for everyone and is sure to bring the festive cheer to your table.
 
 Ingredients
  • 500ml tub ready-made chilled custard – look for one with real vanilla seeds
  • 100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 400g chocolate brownies
  • 2 x 390g jars cherries in kirsch or similar
  • 300g tub double cream
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 25g icing sugar
  • grated chocolate, to decorate, and fresh cherries (optional)
Method
  1. Put the custard into a pan with the chocolate pieces. Gently heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted into the custard. Cover with cling film and cool.
  2. Arrange the brownies in the base of a trifle bowl. Drain the jars of cherries, reserving the liquid, and scatter over the brownies. Drizzle over 100ml reserved liquid. Spoon the cooled chocolate custard over and chill while you make the topping.
  3. Lightly whip the cream with the crème fraîche and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to serve, then pile on top of the trifle and decorate with grated chocolate and fresh cherries, if you like.

 

This delicious trifle is a must have at you Christmas dinner table. Shared with friends and family this festive season will be a lasting memory for years to come. What do you think of this delicious trifle?

Have a wonderful Christmas

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* The recipe and photo from the BBC Good Food website.

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Rainbow Cake Recipe

Rainbow Cake Recipe

Planning a Christmas dinner can be a hefty task, especially the dessert. Making something that everyone will enjoy might become daunting because everyone has their preferences. There is traditional foodies and then again you also want to spice things up a bit. We found our bold inspiration in the colours of the rainbow. A colourful delight this Christmas will be a Rainbow Cake. We found a scrumptuous recipe on BBC Good Food, it is sure to bring a bright and colorful delight to the table.

 

Ingredients

You’ll need 3 x these ingredients for six sponges

  • 125g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 225g plain flour
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium egg (very important to use the correct size)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • edible food colouring – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, plus optional pink (see below)

For the icing

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 x 250g tubs cream cheese or mascarpone
  • 350g icing sugar
Method
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.
  2. Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly half the mixture back into the mixing bowl. Pick 2 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour – the colour of the batter now will be very similar to the finished cake, so be brave! Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible – but try not to waste a drop of the batter – a rubber spatula will help you. Bake on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.
  3. Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool. Wash the tins and bowls thoroughly, and start again from step 1 – this time using another 2 colours. Unless you’re making the optional pink layer, repeat one more time to get 6 sponges, all of different colours. Leave them all to cool.
  4. To make the icing, very briefly beat the vanilla and cream cheese or mascarpone with an electric whisk until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and gently fold in with a spatula. Be careful – the more you work it, the runnier it will get, increasing the chance of splitting.
  5. Smear a little icing on your cake stand or plate – just a splodge to stick the first sponge. Start with the red, then spread with some icing right to the very edge. Repeat, sandwiching on top the orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple sponges. Spread the remaining icing thickly all over the sides and top of the cake.

 

This colourful dessert is a wonderful adision to your Christmas table and will defenitly be a highlight for the festivities. Share your endresult with us and inspire other families with your bold choise for a festive dessert.

Have a wonderful festive season

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Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookies

This Christmas Santa won’t be the only one enjoying some sugar cookies! A true delight for everyone in the family and it is so easy to make with the kids as a holiday event. We at Born found this recipe on the Food Network and the results are delightful. These sugar cookies will be the perfect snack to enjoy around the Christmas tree with friends and family, whilst enjoying a festive movie.

Let’s dig in:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 3cups flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to buttercream mixture until incorporated.
  4. Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  5. Cut out different shapes and bake at 200 degrees for 7- 10 minutes.
  6. Should be light in color with light browning on the edges.

This Sugar Cookie recipe is easy to make and is a guaranteed success. Share your end results with us on social media.

Have a wonderful festive season

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Coastal inspired homes

Coastal inspired homes

Summer is here and means vacation is around the corner. Some of us are lucky enough to have a holiday home at the sea, others are dreaming about it. No matter where you live you can get the coastal ambience in your space and we are here to help.

The main goal of beach house decorating is to give your space an airy, effortless style. There are some decor elements that embrace this way of living and brings a contemporary coastal style to your home all year round. Born Furniture has put together a few ideas for your coastal-inspired decor.

Firstly, the colours you use can affect the ambience of your space. A beautiful coastal colour palette includes different shades of blue, white, green, grey and neutrals. These hues echo the colours seen in nature and will create and effortless and breathable space.

Furthermore, embrace unique paradoxes and contrasting elements. Pair different patterns, textures and colours throughout your beach-inspired home to enhance this ambience. In addition, mix and match metallic decor pieces with white colours. For example a copper colour lamp with a white countertop. When the setting sun illuminates these metallic colours, your home will be able to touch the magic in the atmosphere.

Other comfortable decor pieces is, of course, throws and pillows. These decor elements contribute to creating a relazed and comfortable sensation making your space welcoming and inviting with a comfortable style.

Another theme of a coastal home is comfort and convenience. You should invest in furniture throughout the house that is comfortable for dining and living. Born Furniture has a collection of furniture that is comfortable, durable and timeless. We suggest a Timberlandia Classic Couch in a grey colour fabric paired with hues of ocean blue scatter cushion. Also, a Zinio Contemporary Chair in a light coral blue colour to create a serene relaxation ambience in your space.

Get started with your coastal home decor, contact us today for amazing deals and more inspiration.

 

 

 

 

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Creating the perfect Christmas dinner table

Creating the perfect Christmas dinner table

The food is ready, gifts are wrapped and the Christmas tree’s lights are sparkling. Everything is in place for a delightful Christmas, except for your table. Here are some ideas to bring the joy of Christmas to your dining table.

The traditional Christmas theme colours are green, red and white. You can use these colours to create the perfect combination. However, Born is having a rainbow inspired Christmas in light of the summer time.

Our perfect colourful Christmas dining table is as follows. Start with a white tablecloth, it creates a base to combine your colours effortlessly.  The place-mats can be colourful with a variety of designs. Your plates should also be a neutral colour like for example white, place a side plate on top of your plate to create depth on your table. The glassware can be the different hues you choose for your table or your normal crystal glasses, both will create an opulent image. In addition, the cutlery you use can be anything from stainless steel to rosegold metallics.

Notably, the centrepiece will be the focal point of your Christmas dining table, be creative with the different colours. Use a vase and place different colour Christmas ornaments inside to create a Christmas ambiance, or another alternative is a small Christmas tree with colourful decorations. Furthermore, you can can also use colourful candles or flowers for a natural effect.

In addition to bring more colour to your table, colourful napkins are a lovely solution. Use different patterns, textures or designs are wonderful for a colourful Christmas tree. Add a small surprise for each guest to the table, place a colourful candy cane or chocolate on each set of place. Notably, a tradition around a Christmas table is the Christmas crackers, place crackers with colourful designs at each seat. This brightens the mood around the table, perfect for the summer time.

Tell us what you think of our colourful Christmas dining table. How do you set your table for Christmas?

We wish you a wonderful festive season.

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