Having a pet at home has become a big part of life for many people; whether you live in a small apartment in big city like Hong Kong, or you live out in the countryside with lots of space to move around, it is nice to keep a good company like a lovely pet at home.
Either way, I'm pretty sure most of pet owners face the same inevitable challenge - hairy hair. May your beloved pet be a dog, a cat, or a rabbit, they always leave behind a lot of hair like the most dominant trace of their adorable existence. Wherever they sit on, usually your couch, bed, or carpet, the area becomes a mini fur-land.
As much as you love your pets, you probably do not have the same passion for their hair. The frustration is real, and we should face the challenge and find ways to tackle it!
There are several things you can do to keep pets' hair away. Being an owner, you'd sometimes find it extraordinary how much hair a pet drops per day. While it's almost impossible to avoid their hair, you want to still take some precautions and keep their hair impact at its minimum.
First step in 'hair management' - prevention, prevention, prevention! Grooming your pet frequently is definitely a good way to keep their hair at bay, and vacuuming is also essential to get rid of hair at home and on furniture. Below is a list of items you can use to groom or remove/prevent hair:
Rubber gloves: this is probably one of the more popular ways to deal with pet hair on furniture and/or fabric. You simply put a pair of rubber gloves on and rub on the furniture in one direction, and watch the fur ball grow! This method is so effective that about 98% of hair can be picked up on first wipe!
Some people want a more direct way, and it can be from the every beginning: choosing your furniture! Essentially, leather surfaces don't attract hair much, but if you're a vegetarian, an environmentalist, or simply someone who does not find leather furniture appealing, this may not be a solution for you.
Fabric is nice, and comes with a lot of varieties, but there are things you should keep in mind if you have a pet at home.
Material/ fabric such as velvet and corduroy attract hair like crazy, you should notice how amazingly a velvet lint-roller works, and you'd want to turn away from these fabrics if you don't want your home turned into a hairy disaster.
Silk and satan are the opposite of hair attraction but because of their delicate nature, they are not great to be around pets whose nail and teeth are sharp. Synthetic material such as spandex and nylon also repel hair but because they are prone to static cling, it's hard to remove hair from these materials if there's any.
Fabrics that don't attract much hair, and do not go crazy on static are denim and wool/ acrylic. That being said, when you want to put a cover on your couch, you may go for a denim or a knitted one. Or if you're wearing jeans that day, you can be somewhat sure sharing your bed or sofa with your pet isn't going to turn into a mess later.
There is no absolute best way to solve the messy pet hair situation, but if you know these tricks, they will make your life so much easier!
裝修第一步 - 油牆。挑選顏色的大前提當然是自己或家人喜歡的顏色。但除了喜歡以外，其實還有一些細節令家居變得好看之餘，也能給我們視覺特效！顏色雖然是2D，但它有足夠能力使圍繞家居的立體空間產生變化。
The first thing most people do after moving into a new home is to pick a paint color for the walls. Reasonably enough, most people go for a color they or their family members like. But aside from your favourite color, there are other considerations we should factor in. Color is a magical thing that can play trick on our eyes and give us amazing optical illusions. Remember: being practical is as important as looking good.
In this blog entry, I have included a few essential and simple rules for choosing the right color. Once you learn the tricks, you can easily turn your apartment into your dream home!
Before we talk about mixing and matching, let's first get to know the three basic elements of colors, which are: value, hue and saturation.
明度 － 這是用來形容顏色的光暗程度。假設你將一個帶有灰色的濾鏡放在某個顏色之上，顏色會隨之變暗。不同程度的灰色影響顏色的明暗程度，這就是顏色的明度。明度的重要性在於它能有效地為空間製做視覺效果；換言之，在挑選顏色的同時，要懂得選擇合適的明度，這樣才能令空間看起來更寬躺、更舒適。
V A L U E - it can be understood as the lightness or darkness of a color. Imagine placing a greyscale (a range of white, grey and black) filter on top of a color, the lightness of the color changes depending on the intensity of the grey placed on it.
Choosing the correct color value can help create spatial illusions, that's why it is important to correctly match your furniture and paint.
色相 － 最簡單地，色相可以理解為「顏色」。什麼顏色併在一起好看，如何將兩種或以上顏色放在一起來營造和諧感覺，應該是大家最常考慮到的問題。顏色互相輝映，就是「互補色」。比如說，在一間牆面是深藍色的房間，放進一些橙色的傢俱或佈置品，可以令房間的藍色變得突出，因為橙色和藍色是對方的「互補色」，它們是很合適的一組配搭。以下圖表列出了一些其他顏色的互補色，給大家參考一下：
H U E - it refers to a 'pure color', one that has not been added white or black to it. Basically, choosing the right hue, or color for your home is an essential part of decorating.
When choosing a hue, you want to consider the amount and importance of the hue. You also want to learn how colors compliment each other. For a room that is painted blue, you'd want to add a bit of its complimentary color, orange, to make the blue stand out.
Here's a list of colors that compliment each other:
飽和度 － 顧名思義，這代表顏色的濃烈程度。濃烈的顏色用得其所，可以為事務添上生氣，不過有些情況下，太濃烈的顏色會為我們帶來壓逼感，所以必須小心挑選。
S A T U R A T I O N - it is the intensity or purity of a color is known as saturation. While hue stands for a color, saturation is the intensity of a hue. High saturation on a Christmas card might make the recipient feel cheery, but it might not work as well on a wall.
Colours play trick with our minds, and can do wonders to our interiors. Colors give us various feelings, some make the space looks bigger and the ceiling higher, some achieves the exact opposite. From wall paint to furniture, it is important to choose the right colors in order to visually enlarge our space, especially in Hong Kong where it is known for tiny apartments.
For a small space, it is wise to apply colors that give a 'receding' feeling. Such feeling can be achieved by a color high in value, low in saturation and is a cold color. You'd want to avoid warm colors that are rich in value and saturation, such as red and yellow. These colors look as bright and hot as the sun, making us feel suffocated and squeezy. Besides wall colors, the same goes for choosing curtains and artwork to be hanged on the walls.
Comparing the two photos below, which wall seems closer to you?
Another typical housing problem in Hong Kong is the low ceilings in many apartments. Luckily this can also be solved by playing with the right choice of color. When we choose our flooring, it is important that we understand the magic dark colors give us. Dark colors, such as dark brown, not only is it a popular choice used in many apartments in Hong Kong, it is also a color that gives off a ‘falling’ feeling. Dark colors are able to shift our focal point downward to create an illusion of a bigger space.
Now that we’ve learned a bit about choosing the overall main colors for our homes, we will talk about the secondary focus which is choosing furniture next time! For now, maybe we can start paying some attention on all the colorful objects around us, and thinking about how they make us feel!
Typhoon keeps coming to Hong Kong, the best protection is probably to stay in. To a lot of people it is definitely a bummer - not only does the strong wind destruct normal order of life (deepest condolences to everyone in Macau), this typhoon also happens on a Sunday, forcing a lot of people to abandon any weekend (outdoor) plans they had.
On this typhoon Sunday, I want to talk about this Shanghai illustrator who is good at many things.
Inside this traditional Shanghainese lane house is the home to local artist Xiaolonghua. His artist name, directly translated to 'Little Dragon Flower', is a homonym of the word 'Xiao Long Bao' in the Shanghainese dialect.
Quite heavily influenced by Japanese comics, Xiaolonghua's illustrations are meticulous, mysterious and full of meanings. He uses minimal colors that are mostly subtle in saturation, for his drawings. Here's one of his artwork:
Looks great, doesn't it? The whole thing is so vibrant even though there are only a few low-key colors. And having it hung on a wall painted in this turquoise blue/green, they compliment each other in a very stylish way.
However, what I want to talk about isn't just his drawings, but his ability to expand his skills from one dimension into another - not only does Xiaolonghua excel as a skilful painter, he is also a highly crafty sculptor who turns his own 2D drawings into 3D forms. Let's see this:
Yep, the same drawing you just saw, is now transformed into a sculpture. More colors but still subtle, rich in details.
Xiaolonghua's studio often seems busy and/or chaotic, but there's order in everything. He collects found objects to sculpt his work, and the outcomes are always amusing. Below is a sculpture of himself, made with only found objects.
In his small studio, Xiaolonghua uses every inch of the space wisely so that he can include his favorite posters, books, music, and artwork within the confine of this little attic. Much like most people in Hong Kong today, space is scarce and we are all finding our ways to maximize the capacity of our homes. Choosing/ using the right furniture is one main key, and hats off to Xiaolonghua for building some of his own tables and chairs, apart from the ones he's gotten from relatives and antique markets.
Sometimes we tend to be restricted by our surroundings, so it is important to always remind ourselves to 'think outside the box'. From creative actions of turning a flat object into 3-dimensional, to challenging the space and environment around us, we should never be too lazy to expand our ideas and minds - much like our new collection's title, Stretch Your Mind, it can be good for you!
If you've been paying attention to your inbox, you might have noticed the latest email from ziinlife, introducing our latest furniture collection, titled Stretch Your Mind.
A total of six pieces in this collection, Stretch Your Mind focuses on the play of the flexibility of a furniture. The collection also explores different possibilities a piece of furniture can stretch into. A piece from Stretch Your Mind that especially caught my eyes is the Moving Wardrobe, like its name suggests, it is a wardrobe that moves!
Moving Wardrobe can be seen as a wardrobe, a suitcase (that carries the wardrobe around) and a coffee table. Why does it catch my attention? It probably comes down to my innate love for traveling and moving around.
Let me admit it - I can't sit still. Traveling has always been a passion for me, so when I saw Moving Wardrobe for the first time, without knowing what it really is beyond its name, I was immediately impressed. A moving wardrobe? I must be dreaming! So of course, to feed my curiosity, I went on to read its description --
As years go by, your surroundings may change; but Moving Wardrobe will be with you through thick and thin, forever and ever.
Seriously, can a furniture be more romantic than this? LOL in a world of uncertainties I sure need a wardrobe that stays with me "through thick and thin" more than anything else! As (half) a joke I told my colleague at ziinlife that if/ when someone proposes to me, one of the gifts he gotta bring for the "過大禮" ceremony has to be a Moving Wardrobe, no exception! Haha - we had a good laugh of course, but to be fair, everyone loves a good story behind a gift or anything that we own, so for a story like Moving Wardrobe, I just can't resist.
Will I be traveling with Moving Wardrobe? I can't say for sure. But is it a piece that stays in my mind and makes me giggle? It definitely is! Although I might not be traveling with Moving Wardrobe, it definitely went on my wish list of what I should include in my home sweet home.
If you want to see the rest of the furniture in Stretch Your Mind, be sure to go here.
It's always a challenge to clean a sofa that doesn't come with removable cover, especially when it is inevitable to get our beloved fabric sofa dirty. I can only imagine if you've got kids and pets, the scenario is even more inevitable.
Fabric sofas, especially ones with the kind of up-scale materials that we love, are just so to resist! The soft texture and vibrant colors that only fabric is able to deliver...is why we insist on purchasing fabric sofas despite the challenge of cleaning.
But worry no more! I'm about to tell you a few tricks to clean a fabric sofa.
I'm using light-colored cushion in this test to make the result more obvious.
Test 1: CLEAN
As the result shows, a completely dry cushion after cleaning, still shows an obvious stain, especially tabasco, which is a highly penetrable, hard to remove condiment. I'm feeling a little upset now...
I totally got the unsettling feeling of using a fabric sofa that comes with no special protection!
My recommendation: Simple Green and 3M. Besides tabasco, they work pretty well on removing stains.
Test 2: PROTECT (Recommended)
Spray any of these 3 protectors on the surface until it's moist. Best to spray two layers and allow 2-3 hours for it to air dry. Once it's dry, the surface looks and feels exactly the same as before.
Let's have a look at how fun water looks in this test:
Protector forms a water-proof layer on fabric's surface to keep water away. However if water does seep in the fabric, just quickly wipe the surface with a tissue paper and it'll be fine!
Test of some usual colored substances: Red wine, tea, coffee, coke, milk, soy sauce, ketchup, and tabasco.
We left these substances for over 5 minutes on the fabric surface, and then wiped them off with a tissue👇
Almost all the substances have been easily removed, except for tabasco, which leaves still a little bit of stain after the cleanse.
We tried to remove the tabasco stain again, although it is not as clean as before it was contaminated, but compared to the surface that had no protector applied, it's still cleaner.
A few suggestions for you:
So here are my two cents! If you have better ways of cleaning a fabric sofa, do share with us! Until then, try to keep your sofa as spotless as you can :)
Freunde von Freunde (a.k.a. fvf) is a blog I often visit; the German title translates directly to "Friends of Friends", it is an online community that brings together friends who share a collective interests in art, design, urban living and food.
Although its originated in Berlin, Germany, the blog covers creatives from all over the world; it has a huge international database of information that covers topics from creative events to dinner parties, artists' homes to a shop's opening.
Entries of this blog is often inspiring and stimulating, especially for people my age, whose desire for a cozy lifestyle grow steadily and strongly. My favorite bit of fvf has got to be the part where they write about artists' homes. Every home carries an atmosphere unique to the artist's style. Be it the home of a fashion designer, an illustrator, a sculptor, an art director, we get to learn about each artist's unique way of decorating their homes. Each blog entry also brings us closer to the neighborhood the artist lives in, it's almost like a travel blog except it's more in depth and personal.
Working at a modern furniture company that focuses on original design and good quality, I am often amazed by the harmony and coherence each artist managed to bring to their homes. The arrangement of furniture, decor on the walls, and even the smallest home appliances are placed in a space where everything looks good and at peace together.
Everyone who lives in a city, especially a dense one like Hong Kong, is aware of our space being an ultimate luxury. How to maximize the limited space that we manage to own is a deeply complicated matter, yet inevitable. On a weekly (if not daily) basis I dream about a spacious home with cool decors and furniture and nice art on my wall; I got the furniture part covered by filling my home with most of ziinlife's furniture (not to mention I am also surrounded by the furniture at work), now I just gotta find myself a bigger apartment......on the day I win Mark 6 maybe, hahaha.
Our Musician Cabinet has been featured in this article on South China Morning Post and we're thrilled!
Not only is it one of our favorite items in terms of design and appearance, it is also very practical as a storage solutions! If you're looking to tidy up your apartments (hide everything!), Musician Cabinet could be a wonderful choice for you.
It's been a while!
The reason we haven't been updating this blog is because of two major reasons:
1. we're preparing the launch of a new furniture collection and;
2. we've just opened a brand new showroom/cafe/loft/library/creative hub (all in one yes!) in Shanghai!
Located near Fudan University in Shanghai, ziinlife Life Store opened on a sunny day last month. We named it 'Life Store/ 生活館' because it's a whole building that's everything you need to enjoy life! A space over 500 sqm, ziinlife Life Store consists of a coffee shop, a loft and a library that provides you with an ultimate relaxing atmosphere with constant sunlight pouring in. And of course, it is a space decorated with all of our best furniture pieces to bring you the most comfortable experience.
Collaborated with renowned Moon Coffee in Shanghai, ziinlife Life Store's coffee is curated and prepared for you by the best barristers in town. Just look at the design of our cups and you can get a glimpse of ziinlife's aesthetic in everything we do.
Also a collaboration, dessert is served by Jouer (French meaning 'to play') from Hong Kong. The mastermind behind Jouer, Anna, is a renowned pâtissier who has spent years studying the best of dessert-making in Paris.
When you walk in, visitors are instantly greeted by this pink tunnel that's supposed to look like an elephant; it is inspired by ziinlife's No More Macaron Sofa (tribute to 2016's Pantone color of the year - serenity).
A coffee area that is bright and spacious, ziin cafe serves you the best coffee and dessert prepared by our good friends and partners Moon Coffee (Shanghai) and Jouer Atelier (Hong Kong). The coffee counter is designed in a way that customers are invited to interact with our barristers; we want everyone (even the introverts!) to just relax and be friends :)
Located on 2nd and 3rd floor of ziinlife Life Store, the most iconic pieces of ziinlife furniture are exhibited here. More than just a regular showroom, we want visitors to feel like they are visiting an art exhibition.
A mini loft on the top floor of the Life Store, various styles of interior is simulated here using ziinlife's furniture. It acts as a showcase of different possibilities ziinlife brings to your household. As season changes, the display also gets a new look!
Another very important component of our showroom is the platform we created to showcase good designs and brands we enjoy. Including Offgrid, Atelier Errance and Jiu Kou Shan, we aim to gradually curate more interesting brands into our collections.
The concept of the library derives from our love for books. From art & design to architecture and lifestyle, you can easily find yourself indulged in endless reading and daydreaming!
Like its title suggests, it is a corner specially built for meditating. Simply grab a couch, relax, sit back and let your minds wander! Once in a while, it's nice to indulge yourself in nothing but solitude.
Let's check out some more photos from the opening:
A celebration of good design, good books and good coffee, what more can you ask for?
I am often impressed by Plato's Symposium, where he talks about the origin of a soulmate, the fact that every human being is condemned by Zeus to be born incomplete; our lives basically is a search mission to look for the other half of us that is missing since the day we were born - that is, if we care about being complete.
Despite the seemingly cruel nature of a condemnation, Plato talks about it in the most endearing way:
“And so, when a person meets the half that is his very own, whatever his orientation...then something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don't want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.”
The idea of 'other half' is rather romantic; it makes incompletion sound so much better, to think that we are all on this lifelong mission to be 'whole'.
Not my intention to sound cheesy, but the thought of Plato's theory actually brought my mind to a piece of furniture we have at ziinlife - the 1/2 Coffee Table. Complimented by each other, 1/2 Coffee Table is a very good example of good 'team work'. As a set of two tables that fit perfectly together as a whole, they can also be separated and act on its own existence. Sometimes they want to be together, sometimes they don't. No matter the arrangement, they always seem content with themselves and with each other. Come to think of it, isn't it the kind of human relationship we always hope for?
Something to mull over on a rainy day.....☔️
我並沒有任何刻意宣傳的意思，但柏拉圖的學說的而且確令我想起ziinlife的1/2 Coffee Table。像互相恭維著對方一樣，1/2 Coffee Table是一個很好的演繹去表現出協同的意識。由於它們都與另一半完美合身，因此無論是分開還是組合使用都十分方便。有時候它們會形影不離，有時又會想暫且分離。但無論安排如何，它們都是一體的。細思一下，這種關係不就是我們人類最渴望的嗎？
I have a habit of, what my friends would call, "reading nonsense" on the Internet before I fall asleep. In my defense though, some 'nonsense' can be pretty educational, such as these fun facts I've read about Easter. One particular fact that amused me the most is that 76% of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunny first, while only 5% go for the feet. For me though, I've always had a difficult time consuming a chocolate bunny because it's just soooo cute!
I don't have any big plan for Easter weekend but all of us at ziinlife will just chill in our Kwun Tong showroom so if you're in town, feel free to pay us a visit and perhaps I can share more of my Easter fun facts with you :)
Last but not least, I want to bring to your attention our latest 'jetso'! From now until April 17, we will offer FREE Premium Service upon any purchase of ziinlife products! Premium Service means free delivery and free installation, a very attractive deal no?
HINT: Bulky furniture means higher delivery and installation cost, but now with our special promotion, I'm sure you know what to do ;) Don't miss out, and have a Happy Easter!
PS. If you happen to eat a chocolate bunny, do let us know if you consume it head first or feet first ;)
小貼士：龐大的傢俬所需要的運費和安裝費會更高，但基於我們的特別復活節推薦優惠，你們應該比我更清楚怎樣才能得到最多的“著數“ ;) 不要錯過這個少有的機會！祝大家復活節快樂！
P.S. 如果你真的有機會吃賓尼兔朱古力，記得告訴我們你會先吃他們的上半身裹是下半身 :P