Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A beginner’s guide to ‘glamping’

Who said spending the night outdoors had to be grimy and dark? For those who want to experience nature but are afraid to get dirty, why not try glamping?

Glamping is a word play between glamour and camping. It is a form of camping that features accommodation and activities that are luxurious as compared to traditional camping. It’s a different experience, as glampers become one without going back to basics. Glampers do not need to cramp themselves on a small sleeping bag, but they experience luxury outdoors.

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Where do people stay when they go glamping? Instead of setting up a tent themselves, they can settle for other accommodation options like a geodesic dome, an airstream caravan, or a tree house.

Glampsites are usually free-standing, or can be assembled and moved easily unlike a traditional accommodation. It may be situated outdoors, but it must come with comfort. Glampsites often have luxurious beds, bathrooms, and electricity. Different glampsites have different rates, depending on the features of the accommodation.

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Glampers, even if they enjoy luxury, can still do outdoor activities like hiking, white water rafting, and canoeing. There are many wonderful glamping sites in the United States, as well as in Europe and Africa. Glamping is for everyone who want to experience the glorious outdoors.

Hi there, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an avid backpacker and nature-lover. Learn more about glamping and other outdoor activities when you visit this Twitter page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Getting To Know Your Pet: Qualities And Temperaments Of Dachshunds

Dachshunds are the smallest in the hound family but the biggest in terms of determination and spirit. They are well known as wiener dogs because of their long body and tiny legs. If you're considering getting a dachshund pup, then here are some things you need to know:

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The good

Dachshunds are very loyal, clever, and brave to a fault. They have a whole lot of personality for animals with such a small and fragile body. They usually have strong personalities, which makes them good watchdogs. They will not take kindly to strangers and their bark will instantly alert you of suspicious people.

They are ideal for people living in apartments because of their compact bodies and they don't need much exercise so a yard is not a requirement. Grooming is easy for dachshunds, save for the long haired variety, who needs to be brushed frequently.

The bad

Their strong personalities often equate to stubbornness so you might experience a little difficulty in training dachshunds. Despite their tiny bodies, they can be very loud. They're not very friendly with other dogs and strangers and can be possessive and territorial.

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Because of their long bodies and tiny legs, their main setback is their health. They are very prone to back trouble like disk problems and paralysis.

Hello there! I'm Scott Jay Abraham and I love my dachshund, Shadow. Read more about our adventures from this blog

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Fast-Growing Trend Of Sustainable Interior Design

In what has become the norm in design schools, students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents. They will be presenting their plans to set the tone for how aesthetics and culture in designing will play out in the future. Most of them are consciously incorporating the drive for sustainability in their designs, whether the design objective is decoration, renovation, or detailing.
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There have been many factors for the increasing thrust for green living or sustainability, many of which have already been discussed in detail and widely accepted. With dwindling natural resources, sustainability is a trend more interior designers should embrace.

There are various ways to take the green approach other than just integrating energy-efficient lights and appliances, and water-saving bathroom fixtures.

One of which is to efficiently maximize the space available. In doing so, construction materials and other resources needed to execute the design can be minimized. Additionally, natural light and ventilation can be taken advantage of.

Another key style to practice sustainability is the use of locally-sourced furniture and products that are proven to be manufactured with socially responsible practices. Recommended as well is the reuse of reclaimed materials, including vintage décor. Even furniture, fixtures, carpets, and fabrics can be refurbished from recycled sources.
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Hi, Scott Jay Abraham here, an industrial interior designer of homes and offices. But other than that, I love travelling to spots not frequented by tourists and walking my beloved dog, Shadow. For more discussion on interior design and travels, you can visit this blog here.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Shiny Trend of Warm Metal in Interior Designing

Lately becoming more of a trend in interior design is the metal mania that swept 2015 off its feet. The use of warm, rich metal hues has moved the industry away from conventional metals, silver, steel, and aluminum. More interior and architectural designs are shifting to the palettes bronze, copper, and most especially, rose gold.

The use of these tones is experiencing a renaissance, as the colors provide an elegant and prestigious feel to homes, hotels, and even offices. Warm metal’s blend of natural elegance and beauty evokes feelings of comfort and amiability.

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Rose gold is quite differentiated from other shades of gold, and it complements a wide mix of earth tones. Copper, meanwhile, provides more of an edgy, industrial feel. Bronze or brass offers resplendence that makes it a quality choice for high-end interiors.

Another trend in interior designing that will see an uptick is bringing nature into the homes. From horticulture-inspired fabrics to living walls, natural materials are ideal for the simplistic yet luxurious designs most homeowners or architects are searching for.

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This is a perfect avenue for warm metals to sneak its way even more into the interiors as the hues complement wood, stone, or raw concrete materials well, and help bounce light around the room.

Hi there, Scott Jay Abraham here, and I spend most of my time designing home and office interiors. I also love travelling, where I pick up countless lessons along the way, which I can incorporate to the designs I make. For more discussions about my passions, follow this Twitter account.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mighty waters: Maneuvering through powerful rapids

White water rafting is a high-octane outdoor sport that is almost a constant entry to very adventure seeker’s bucket list. It has become the travel enthusiasts’ (like myself) dream to venture into the majestic outdoors by maneuvering through rough rapids amid wildlife. The following are some of the most majestic destinations that my fellow adventure junkies would wish to explore:

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Colorado River, Grand Canyon
Boasting 226 miles of winding ride through Utah and Arizona, this spot is close to perfection. The Colorado River area is known for its splendid view of the Grand Canyon and the thrilling experience its rapids offer. In addition, it has various hiking trails, drylands, ancient Indian ruins, and camping sites that are excellent for weekend getaways. 

Zambezi, Zimbabwe
This 15-mile river is home to Africa’s most invigorating white water rafting ride. A playing field for the expert rafters, the excitement runs from the enormous swells and stirring drops as well as the chance to get a close view of various wildlife such as hippopotamuses and crocodiles. 

Río Pacuaré, Costa Rica
This rafting spot provides diverse classes of rapids which cater to both beginners and experienced adventurers. Aside from this 18-mile journey, Costa Rica also offers breathtaking biodiversity hotspots and serene natural environment.

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Noce River, Italy
Offering turbulent waters for the more advanced rafters, this 17-mile ride is one of Europe’s most exhilarating white water rafting sites. Furthermore, a fresh perspective of the snow-capped mountains can be viewed from the relatively remote Val di Sole and the narrow gorges of Mostizzolo. 

Hi there! I'm Scott Jay Abraham. I travel the world to discover some of its hidden wonders. As an industrial interior designer, I also get inspiration for my designs from my adventures. See you on Twitter!