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Archive for December, 2009

Happy Holidays!

May this season sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill. May the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a safe and happy holiday!

~From the FI Team

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Stay Warm

By Tina Howell

Winter has finally arrived Los Angeles last week. We had a week of rainy, windy, and cold days. With the interior temperature dropping in the night time, efficient heating and insulation is very important. There are several ways to stay warm while improving the use of energy. The solutions include: sealing gaps at doors, windows, and walls; scheduling energy audit with local energy companies; closing unused rooms; installing storm shutters, and energy efficient glass.

If you are seeking alternative ways to stay warm, you might also consider introducing colors to your living space for the winter season. To boost interior temperature physiologically, you could do any of the followings and add excitements to the short, grey winter days:

  • Placing paintings of warm colors on walls, including shades of red, orange, and purple could create a warmer and more festive atmosphere.
  • Placing aerial rugs could be a good temporary solution for tiles or wooden flooring.
  • Painting one or two walls of the room that has the lowest temperature and the least amount of light in a bright and warm color.
  • Adding decorative wall stickers could instantly add a new view to a room.

Home Comfort

By Tina Howell

I was reading up on design trends for 2010. A few hospitality industry magazines forecasted trends in hotel guestroom focusing on a blend of key elements: differentiation in aesthetic looks, environmental sustainability, and home like comfort in 2010. The challenge of the first two criterion were quite clear; however, achieving the home like comfort puzzled me. A question went up in my head- what differentiates a home from a hotel guestroom? I looked up Wikipedia, which suggested that the fundamental difference between a home and a hotel guestroom is the comfort level defined by mental or emotional belongingness.

Designers can re-create home like experience by focusing on detail execution and creating rooms that are scaled and functioned like a home. Designers should also pay close attention to the target demographics that the hotel is serving. For example, home comfort would be a top priority for business travelers. As a frame of reference, most people could relate to and appreciate a space that is built marginally nicer than their own homes. Designers also should also be aware that our daily activities are heavily relying on computer electronics. Providing multiple locations of universal converters in a hotel guestroom could provide travelers instant home like comfort.

What does home comfort mean to you?