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Sarah’s Guide To Buying Wood Furniture… With a Hint of Ethical Consumerism

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So this week I have been putting my little brainy cap on and been getting down with some hardcore internet research on buying wood furniture. I absolutely love wood furniture. It is without a doubt my favourite style but I was never really sure on the ethical sides of things and other important factors that buyers should really be considering when thinking about buying wood furniture.

Ethical consumerism is something everyone should be aware of and unfortunately they aren’t, slightly off topic but I also found this amazing video that just sums up Ethical Consumerism.

So back to the Wood…..Wood is perhaps the most common material used for furniture making and historically woods like rosewood and fruitwoods were very popular and are now highly sought after and collectable.

After a bit of research across the net I decided to create this little report to explain the popularity of vintage furniture in the current consumer marketplace!

Today the most common types of wood used in furniture are the less expensive ones such as Pine and Ash but the more expensive variations such as Mahogany, Oak and Walnut are as ever popular and a sign of good quality. These types of wood can either be found on their own or combined with cheaper woods in some furniture ranges.

As consumers become more ethically aware in the home this has also increased interest in how products are sourced, furniture is no different and it’s now possible to buy furniture, especially wood pieces, that are ethically sourced.reclaimedwoodd

Many companies have tapped into this desire for furniture which is respectful of the environment and embraces all things ethical. Their furniture is sourced in Indonesia and India and the company concentrates on supporting local furniture making businesses and therefore continuing the country’s tradition.

It is important to recognise the characteristics of wood furniture so you are aware of its value and also re-sale value. Simple things such as being able to identify types of grain and colour are useful.

Wood is more often than not treated as bare wood can be susceptible to contractions and changes.

There are several ways that wood can be treated but for use in furniture it’s likely to be either varnished lacquered or oil coated all which protect the wood from wear and tear and give it a unique appearance and texture.

It’s imperative that wood is cared for effectively and there are various products which can be used for this purpose. Waxes are the traditional treatment used for woods and are particularly useful when used on Mahogany. Before treating your furniture you should test its compatibility with the product and this can be done by trying it out on a hidden part of the furniture where it can’t be seen.
A wax product should only be used on furniture once a month to “feed it” and sustain its shine, more frequent usage will lead to build up and the furniture will take on a dull appearance.

Thats it guys! I hope this little report will help you guys when you are heading to the shops to grab yourself some new wood furniture!

 

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The Beginning To A Healthier Lifestyle

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So last week, I woke up one morning thinking about how I can improve my eating habits into something a little more healthy and sustainable so I can lead a more healthier lifestyle.

lemonsNow, i have to first rant a little about faddy quick fix diets that quite often involve living off shakes and “meal replacement products/bars”. Lets be honest, nobody on this earth is going to want to sustain a lifestyle of eating bars and drinking shakes as their everyday meal, especially when you’re attending social events or meeting up with friends for food etc… 9/10 You are going to fail and you are going to binge eat and end up gaining back twice as much weight as you did before! Trust me, I’ve tried them all and been there done that so to speak…

To me, healthy eating is all about eating less of the bad stuff and replacing and tweaking your overall diet plan by adding in some healthy bits. A healthy lifestyle does not need to be overwhelming of any sort, in fact, the most sustainable way to do it is to make small, gradual changes. Im not going to expect too much of myself too soon as I know this is a marathon – a lifetime one, not a sprint!

Here are the simple changes I am going to adopt this week:

*Select brown bread instead of white bread – this is easy for me as I LOVE brown bread*

*Use mustard instead of mayo on my sandwiches*streberries

*Eat the white meat of cooked chicken instead of dark meat*

*Bake, grill or boil my food instead of frying*

*Switch from full-fat cheese to reduced fat cheese*

*Reduce portion size*

*Replace fries with a garnished side salad*

*Snack on fruit and veg instead of chocolate and crisps*

*Drink plenty of water*

As you can see, I’m not completely cutting food out. I am replacing them with healthier alternatives that will be better for my general health.

So, here goes! I will let you know next week if I’ve completely ate my words and buried my head in the sand at the nearest McDonalds…

Sarah xox

 

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Welcome To “Hattrick Furniture” The Ultimate Home, Garden & Lifestyle Guide

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My name is Sarah Jayne, I am 38 year old mother of 2  living in Surrey and working in London. I’m a huge lover of interior design, gardening, lifestyle and all things artsy. london & SurreyI enjoy shopping and sharing my latest find or putting together new interior design ideas, so expect to find everything from reviews, hauls, favourites, wishlists and idea posts here on my blog.

My aim is to display all the wonderful ideas and images that inspire me about home garden and lifestyle. I want to inspire and share my vision and passion by featuring posts on houseplants, decor, cooking and DIY projects, so that I can help encourage readers to brighten their home and their lives with a touch of nature.

I’ve decided to set up this blog after finding myself reading the House and Garden book and blog thinking “I could do that”. I have always had a passion for creative lifestyle and so on a mild chilly evening in England, today I have created my account and am ready to share with the world my ideas and creations.House___Garden_mag

I’m always thinking of new and exciting posts to write about and I love sharing my thoughts with so many kindred spirits. I would like to take this time to thank my readers for your support and for the Good Luck wishes!

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