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12) Layer your lighting

There are four types of lighting in interior design – General Lighting, Directional Lighting, Reflected Lighting and Uplighters & Downlighters. A lighting system is used for creating mood, enabling tasks to be carried out and to enhance the effects of the interior design of the room.

To use these lighting types effectively, first define what you want to make as focal points, so you can allow for directional lighting to highlight these areas and then look at the space and the amount of general lighting required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was bored the other evening so decided to make some quick brownies..just to kill time! i used a recipe that said these were the best cocoa brownies. so i did some changes to the recipe and was quite pleased with the result! my first brownies made from scratch! For some quick brownies, this is a good start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the recipe for all you desert freaks..like me! 🙂

10 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups white sugar

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (i used vanilla flavored essence)

2 cold large eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup walnut (my addition)

So to start with, first sift the flour and cocoa powder and keep it aside. In a heat proof bowl, mix the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and butter. Set this bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water. stir from time to time until butter is melted. The mixture should be smooth and a bit ‘shiny’ but just hot enough for you to put your finger in it and remove it quickly. Remove it from the skillet of water and set it aside until it is just warm.

Next, stir in the vanilla extract, one egg at a time and stir it vigorously with a wooden spoon. The batter should be thick, smooth and shiny. Now add the flour and beat it well till the flour is mixed well. Now add the additions (walnuts, choc chips etc). Thats it!

Now spoon it in a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 mins or maybe a bit more depending on the oven temp. Ideal temp is between 150-160 deg.

Don’t forget to comment if you liked it and how I can make it more yummier! 🙂

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9) Small Room? Big furniture

In one of my previous blogs, I had mentioned going for dark colors to make a small room seem bigger. One more tip for a small room is buying bigger scale furniture. Small furniture in a small room will just make the room look more smaller.

In a bedroom, try a high bed with a tall headboard. It will make the room grow. Use more of the wall space than the floor space. Opt for wall hung night stands to maximize the floor footprint around your bed.