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The Art of Space Enhancement

Enter the wonderful world of pendant lights, where artistic illumination becomes the focal point of imaginative designs. The enigmatic touch of these lighting solutions transforms ethereal lighting styles into bedside wonders…writes Janavi Javeri

As urban dwellings shrink in size, every inch of space has become ever more valuable. And what space deserves more attention than the sanctuary of our bedrooms? The quest for a harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics often leads us to explore innovative alternatives to traditional table lamps. Enter the realm of wall and pendant lights, where intelligent design and artistic expression converge to create a truly refined and captivating ambiance. In the pursuit of enhancing bedside aesthetics, here are the hidden advantages of wall and pendant lights over traditional table lamps.

Practicality Meets Aesthetics:

By donning the walls with sleek and tasteful lighting fixtures, bedside tables are unburdened from the confinement of table lamps. This liberates additional surface area, allowing for essential bedside items like books, alarm clocks, or personal mementos to be effortlessly showcased. Wall lights with adjustable arms ensure the perfect blend of functionality and charm, providing adjustable task lighting without needing a dedicated table.

Space Sculpting with Pendant Lights:

Enter the wonderful world of pendant lights, where artistic illumination becomes the focal point of imaginative designs. The enigmatic touch of these lighting solutions transforms ethereal lighting styles into bedside wonders. Incorporating pendant lights above nightstands or hanging them gracefully from the ceiling brings a sense of whimsy and sophistication to every quiet corner. The pendant light’s soft, diffused glow blankets the room, setting a tranquil atmosphere while eliminating the need for space-consuming table lamps.

Aesthetic Flourishes:

Wall and pendant lights accentuate the overall aesthetic of a bedroom. It is an opportunity to embrace and declutter bedside surfaces, creating a clean and minimalist look. The strategic placement of these fixtures ensures that the room appears more extensive and open, suggesting an air of tranquil luxury. The versatility of these lighting solutions offers an enticing array of designs that seamlessly blend into various interior themes, ensuring that personal taste and style are never compromised.

Versatility Redefined:

Wall and pendant lights transcend the boundaries of traditional lighting fixtures, with their flexibility extending far beyond the confines of the bedside table. These luminaires can be strategically positioned to create a sense of balance and harmony in the room, elevating its overall atmosphere. Furthermore, their versatility makes them ideal for smaller spaces, where every square inch must be utilized intelligently. Wall and pendant lights transform even the most tiny bedrooms into inviting sanctuaries by spreading a warm and inviting glow throughout the room.

As we step back from the world of optimized bedside spaces illuminated by the mesmerizing allure of wall and pendant lights, one truth becomes abundantly clear: they represent the pinnacle of intelligent design and refined aesthetics. Through their ability to save space, offer intimate illumination, elevate aesthetics, and redefine versatility, these ingenious lighting alternatives have carved a niche in interior design.

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Greenify Your Living Spaces

A bedroom is a sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation, and plants can enhance this calming atmosphere. Consider a Snake Plant or a Lavender plant…reports Asian Lite News

 In the bustling chaos of modern life, finding a moment of tranquility and connection with nature is a precious escape. That’s where the concept of ‘green corners’ comes in-a little oasis in every room that breathes life and serenity into your home. Whether you’re a seasoned plant enthusiast or just looking to introduce some greenery. Niraj Johri, Founder and CEO at Casa Decor shares some tips on how to create a green corner in every room.

Welcome Guests with a Green Entryway

The entryway is the first impression your home makes on visitors. Adding a touch of green here not only sets a welcoming tone but also purifies the air as guests step inside. Consider placing a hardy plant like a Snake Plant (Sansevieria) or a Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) near the entrance. These resilient plants thrive in a variety of lighting conditions and are excellent air purifiers.

Switch Artificial Greens with Natural Flora in your Living Room

The living room is often the heart of the home, and it deserves a lively, green touch. Opt for larger, statement plants like a Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) or a Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica). These not only add a refreshing element but also create an appealing focal point in the room. Explore modern planters and plant stands to match your living room’s aesthetic. These modern planters come in a variety of designer shapes, ensuring they can be displayed anywhere, while plant stands help ensure your plants get the proper light.

Keep Your Bedroom Fresh with Plants

A bedroom is a sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation, and plants can enhance this calming atmosphere. Consider a Snake Plant or a Lavender plant. The Snake Plant purifies the air, while Lavender’s fragrance promotes relaxation and sleep. Placing these on bedside tables or hanging macrame planters can add a soothing touch.

Grow Herbs in the Kitchen

What’s better than having fresh herbs at your fingertips in your kitchen? Herbs like basil, rosemary, or mint thrive in indoor environments. You can grow them in small pots on the windowsill or create a vertical herb garden on a sunny wall. Enjoy the convenience of using fresh herbs while cooking, and relish the delightful aroma they bring to your kitchen.

Succulents in the Bathroom

Bathrooms often have limited natural light, making them perfect for low-light, low-maintenance plants like succulents. These charming little plants add a touch of green without demanding too much attention. Aloe vera and Snake Plant varieties work well in bathrooms. Consider using wall floor planters or hanging pots to save precious counter space.

Essentials for Nurturing Your Green Oasis

Garden Watering Cans

To keep your green corner thriving, don’t forget the importance of proper hydration. A garden watering can is an essential tool for nurturing your plants. It allows you to water your plants gently and precisely, avoiding overwatering or creating a mess.

Plant Stands

Plant stands are an excellent addition to any room, providing a platform for your plants to bask in the sunlight. They come in a variety of styles, from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional. Use them to lift your plants to the right height, ensuring they receive the proper light. In addition to their functional benefits, plant stands can be a decorative element themselves, adding a touch of elegance to your home.

Wall Planters

If you’re dealing with limited floor space, wall planters are a smart choice. They allow you to create a vertical garden that adds a stunning visual element to your home. Hang them in your living room, kitchen, or even your bathroom to maximise your green corner without sacrificing precious floor space.

In conclusion, creating a green corner in every room is a delightful way to connect with nature, purify your air, and enhance your home’s ambiance. From welcoming guests with greenery in the entryway to creating a lush living room, refreshing your bedroom, growing herbs in the kitchen, and adding succulents to the bathroom, there are numerous opportunities to bring the outdoors in. With these tips and tools, you can transform your home into a thriving, green sanctuary.

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Resignations hit Twitter, Musk closes offices

Several employees also bid farewell to Twitter in the company’s internal messaging platform Slack…reports Asian Lite News

In yet another mayhem at Twitter, hundreds of employees have resigned ahead of the deadline given to them by Elon Musk to either agree to his “extremely hardcore” way of work or quit the company.

Several employees took to Twitter to announce their resignations ahead of the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline (US time) to meet Musk’s new work criteria.

Twitter had around 3,000 employees left after the massive layoffs when Musk sacked about half of its workforce after taking over the company.

“And just like that, after 12 years, I have left Twitter. I have nothing but love for all my fellow tweeps, past and present. A thousand faces and a thousand scenes are flashing through my mind right now – I love you Twitter and I’ll forever bleed blue,” posted Satanjeev Banerjee from San Francisco.

Several employees also bid farewell to Twitter in the company’s internal messaging platform Slack.

“After the deadline hit, hundreds of employees quickly started posting farewell messages and saluting emojis in Twitter’s Slack, announcing that they had said no to Musk’s ultimatum,” reports The Verge.

“I have worked here at Twitter for over 11 years. Back in July, I was the 27th most tenured employee at the company. Now I’m the 15th,” posted one employee in Twitter’s Slack.

“I’m not pressing the (yes) button. My watch ends with Twitter 1.0. I do not wish to be part of Twitter 2.0,” another posted.

Musk, in his memo to employees, had written that “going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore”.

“Guess I just said goodbye to the ghost of my dream job forever?. Tweeps, you are world-class,” posted another employee who resigned.

Zoe Schiffer, Managing Editor at Platformer, tweeted that “Twitter has alerted employees that effective immediately, all office buildings are temporarily closed and badge access is suspended. No details given as to why”.

“We’re hearing this is because Elon Musk and his team are terrified employees are going to sabotage the company. Also, they’re still trying to figure out which Twitter workers they need to cut access for,” she tweeted.

Schiffer said that Twitter offices will reopen on November 21.

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A change from routine work life

Writing, designing, creative visualising and ideating aren’t functions that can be dictated to work for 12-hour stretches…writes Puja Gupta.

Work life has entirely changed after pandemic and India Inc has joined the global chatter on the four-day workweek. A recent announcement about the much-talked-about new labour code suggests that organisations may be allowed to offer the option to employees. However, the ministry keeps the 48-hour cap on the workweek “sacrosanct”.

Much before the pandemic, remote work and flexible work policies became a part of our lives, companies around the world had begun litmus testing a three-day weekend for employees.

Zahara Kanchwalla, co-founder & COO, Rite Knowledge Lab, lists down a few things to consider if you’re giving the four-day workweek a thought for your workforce:

More hours in exchange for extra off

One of the primary arguments in favour of the four-day workweek is that the extra time off leads to better productivity at work. However, look closely and you find that it’s only when a four-day workweek is accompanied by reduced weekly work hours that the concept bears fruit.

Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand-based company, the first to grab headlines for testing the four-day workweek in 2018, asked its employees to work 30 hours a week and paid them for 37.5 hours. Similarly, Spain experimented with the four-day workweek in response to the pandemic, asking workers to clock in 32 hours a week. Finland’s Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, has floated the ambitious idea of 6-hour 4-day work weeks.

In effect, the employee continues to work between 8 to 10 hours on working days and enjoys an extra day off from work. However, in India, the weekly work hours remain 48. Adding the option for an extra day off by stretching out the other four days of work is counter-productive at best and threatens employee well-being at worst. One must consider that it’s adding almost 50 per cent to the average 8-hour workday. It’s a drastic shift for employees to switch into.

Longer hours means less focus

The brain is known to concentrate for 2-hour stretches with 15 to 30-minute intervals in between. Employee focus is usually at its peak at the beginning of the shift with concentration levels gradually dipping as the hours pass. By the 8th or 9th hour of the workday, workers are fatigued and unlikely to be at their productive-best for the additional hours they now have to clock in. It also raises the likelihood of mistakes, errors and accidents.

Just like one can’t make up for sleep lost in the week by sleeping for 48 full hours, the additional day off may hardly matter when one works a 12-hour shift for four consecutive days. Add to that an average of three hours of commute to and from work, makes it a total of 15 hours a day that the employee is out of their home for work.

Creativity can’t be clocked

In a digital agency where a majority of the roles are of a creative nature, twelve-hour workdays are impractical. Sure, pulling a caffeine-fuelled all-nighter a day before an important pitch may get those creative juices flowing but that’s just the pressure of the deadline in action on a creative brain.

Writing, designing, creative visualising and ideating aren’t functions that can be dictated to work for 12-hour stretches. Besides, one can only focus on the same project for so long before mental fatigue and the infamous creative block sets in.

To be able to look at the same problem afresh, taking breaks at regular intervals throughout the day is a crucial part of the thinking and ideating process. It cannot be crammed into four days and switched off for the other three.

Always connected

Beyond the creative functions of a digital agency, the nature of the business itself is interdependent on many external factors and stakeholders. As a digital agency, by default one has to be connected to what’s happening in real-time and be of service to clients. Twelve hour-long shifts can be demanding on those in customer-facing roles too, with the possibility for poor judgements and reactions graver in the final hours of the shift.

In addition, like the rest of the services industry, in these hyper-connected times, one is also expected to be available to clients at all times. A company may put a rotational system in place but that means a further restructuring of the workforce. Work from home inspired many organisations to finally embrace flexible work policies. If your company already allows its workforce to tailor their work schedules around their personal lives, a four-day workweek may not add further value.

A long break is priceless

Having said that, a long break away from work is indeed priceless. Employees have long grumbled about the two-day weekend passing by in a blink. On the flip side, a four-day workweek could prove as motivation for the long weekend. Knowing that the workweek is now shorter may encourage employees to complete tasks faster. The promise of three full days to oneself may inspire employees to focus fully while at work.

Besides, a three-day weekend allows one to plan longer holidays out of the city. It may also open up opportunities for employees to engage in long-forgotten hobbies, sign for an upskilling program or take up gigs on the side!

Long weekend or mid-week break

While some companies may make Thursday the new Friday by giving employees a three-day weekend. Some may place the extra day right in the middle of the workweek, on a Wednesday, for employees to return afresh to face the latter half of the week. Companies that want to stay available to their clients and customers through the week will put their employees on a rotation system.

As long as the length of the workday remains the same, the four-day workweek seems to bear sweet fruits. So, you may think announcing a three-day weekend may position you as an attractive employer but giving an extra day off by adding lost hours to rest of the workdays may just end up being like repackaging the same thing in a new gift wrapper. Make sure you take into account all aspects of the decision. Ultimately, if your workers are tired, it’s your product and business that will suffer.

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