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Seven Trends to Try at Home This Fall

As designers, editors, and homeowners descended on New York’s Pier 94 for the Architectural Digest Design Show last week, AD‘s market team was on the lookout for the best trends. With myriad exhibitors across multiple categories, the fair had no shortage of inspiration. But once the dust settles, what will last? Below, our market editors share the seven trends they think we’ll be seeing more of this year.

 

Abstract Art–Inspired Pattern

Abstract Art–Inspired Pattern

Taking art off the canvas and onto the floor and walls, abstract accents add modern and playful pops of color to any room. Clockwise from top left: wallpaper by Wallpaper Projects, Aldrin rug by Woven Concepts, Tarmack rug by Inigo Elizalde Rugs, Of Quartz It Is wallpaper by Flavor Paper, and Zepher wallpaper by Flat Vernacular.
Gilded Accents

Gilded Accents

We can’t take our eyes off these gorgeous gilded and golden accents sure to elevate any interior space. Clockwise from top left: stacking candle holders by Fort Standard, wall treatments by Atelier Premiere, side table by A Space, and drinks table by Erickson Aesthetics.
Brightly Colored Kitchen and Bath

Brightly Colored Kitchen and Bath

With spring in the air, everyone is thinking color. We saw this trend most surprisingly in the kitchen and bath categories, with everything from stoves to vanities in kicky hues. Clockwise from top left: Hestan Outdoor Deluxe Grill with Side Burner, SMEG Portofino Range (coming in September), Majestic Techno Collection range in Emerald by ILVE, Dual Electric Double Self Clean Oven by Bertazzoni, and Amora vanity in navy by Ronbow.
Cutout Details

Cutout Details

See-through circles and graphic cutouts add instant appeal and a touch of whimsy to larger furniture pieces and smaller tabletop accessories alike. Clockwise from right: Bower’s wool and walnut Ring Chair, hand-carved Bangle table from Tucker Robbins, rainbow-colored Lattice Geo placemats by Echo, and Vermont Modern’s Bloom pendants by Hubbardton Forge.
Green

Green

Martyn Lawrence Bullard summed it up when asked for his favorite trend right now: green! From the kitchen and bath to the den and dining room, the sophisticated and saturated hue has found its way into all areas of home decor. Clockwise from right: Artistic Tile’s Triangulum in malachite glass and brass, Pyramids marble side table by Erickson Aesthetics, Bastet stool by Ped Woodworking, and Matthew Ward’s playful ceramics.
Organic Shapes

Organic Shapes

This spring it’s all about movement! Fluid lines and abstract forms created some of the most dynamic works at the show. Clockwise from top: Patrick Weder’s Honeycomb light sculpture, Snaka Waka Cameroon carvings from Tucker Robbins, Marco Guglielmino’s electric light design, Table No. 5 by J.M. Syzmanskifeaturing iron powder and magnets, and Tubular Group 01 by Ara Levon Thorose.
Light, Natural Wood

Light, Natural Wood

Chic, bright, and airy, light-colored wood provides stability without weighing down a room, and it’s more modern than its heavier counterpart. Clockwise from top left: counterweight light by Fort Standard, Una chair by Estudio Persona, RB bench by Woodsport, stool in Montgomery Ash by Crump & Kwash,chair by Wren and Cooper.
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20 things every twenty-something should have in their home

Mostly copper, marble and velvet

1. Pineapple accessories

2. Tiny cactuses/plants/succulents… in a variety of different pots. Bonus if they hang.

3. A fluffy geometric rug

4. A framed quote… (preferably in copper)

 

5. A marble table… preferably with geometric legs, placed strategically on a neutral geometric rug.

6. Copper everything… usually in the form of but not limited to: frames, lamps, mirrors, pots, vases and candle holders.

7. Lots of pointless throw cushions… well, the LOOK good, but they will prevent you from being able to sit down properly.

8. A statement velvet chair… because PRETTY.

9. A photo wall… made up of prints and posters (and probably a framed quote).

10. An Instagrammable desk set-up… even if you don’t work from home.

11. Funky bathroom tiles… essential for ‘from where I stand’ grams.

12. Geometric lights with exposed bulbs… in white, black or copper only.

13. Coffee table books… preferably Chanel or Vogue.

14. A random flamingo… can be in the form of a lamp, cushion, salt and pepper shakers or just a pointless ornament.

15. This palm tree from Ikea… bonus points if you put it in a wicker basket.

16. A lightbox…

17. Palm print/cactus cushions… (or chairs, or lamp shades, or bedding).

18. A statement mirror…

19. A large floor lamp…

20. A star lamp/wall light…

Source: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/worklife/a9168199/twenty-something-interior-home-inspiration/

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Phraya Nakhon Cave

An Amazing Temple Inside A Hidden Cave Near Hua Hin

The magnificent Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks of Thailand but only a few travellers get a chance to take a picture of it. The reason is simple: this gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach cave and only a handful of dedicated visitors will do the effort to visit it. Those who do are rewarded with a stunning vision that looks like it’s straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.

Phraya Nakhon Cave is located in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, a 45 minutes drive south of Hua Hin. First step to reach the cave is to drive to the small village of Bang Pu located by the beach, and from there decide if you’d rather rent a boat to take you around the cape to Laem Sala beach, or walk a 30 minutes trek above the hill leading to the same Laem Sala beach. Since the boat ride only costs 150 to 200 baht per person and considering that you still will have to climb 430 m of uneven and steep steps we recommend you save your energy and take this short ride to the cave. You can also combine a boat trip to the cave with Monkey Island, ask at the pier.

Once you’ve reached the beach you’ll notice a large rustic restaurant you’ll be more than happy to use on your way back. You will need to pay a National Park fee of 200 baht and a guide might be assigned to you as apparently you can’t go there without one, and don’t be surprised if your guide is a tiny 9 year old girl. From the bottom of the stairs it’s a serious climb, so unless you are fit and used to stair climbing go slowly and take your time: 430 meters seem to be a piece of cake on flat land but when climbing uneven slippery steps, it proves to be a complete different story.

Close to the top the path progressively eases then starts going down into the first cave. Don’t go imagining a dark scary pit; the sunlight cascades generously from the open ceiling of the first cave. This first cave looks beautiful with a natural stone bridge called ‘hell bridge’, but nothing prepares you to the surreal beauty of the second cave, the one you really came to see.

A short wooden path connects the two caves and finally it is there: since 1890, the Kuha Kharuehat pavilion stands gloriously in a ray of sunlight falling from a circular hole in the cave ceiling. If you are lucky to be the only visitor, the unusual silence adds to the majesty of the site… This pavilion stands on a hill surrounded by trees and vegetation. The pavilion was built at the end of the 19th century for the visit of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V). Later, King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) and the present King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) also visited the cave.

Once you have taken enough photos and your legs start to feel less shaky, it is time to go back. Walking down is less tiring in some way but beware of the slippery stones! Stop at the restaurant for some well needed refreshements or food. Note: We saw a very skinny dog in the cave, so if you read this, bring him a little something from your breakfast. We gave some money to the guides so they can buy some fried rice for the poor dog. Note also that the light is at it’s best before 11 am!

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Why Thailand Is The Ultimate Digital Nomad Destination

It begins a with a daydream, usually on a Monday morning, sitting at the office. The light at the end of the tunnel is the blinding glare of a computer screen, a digital clock ticking down the hours until you can go home, sleep and begin the cycle again on Tuesday.

The daydream begins the same way as it always does: the weekend is over and the gritty instant coffee is seasoned with the tears of realization that Friday is far, far away. Unopened emails continue to load, each bold subject line a sharp jab. You close your eyes, take a deep breath and dream of a world without cubicles, no more clocking in for work and no micro managing. This is a dream that may seem out of reach, but it’s not as uncommon as one would think.

Meet the digital nomad. This Individual quit their day job in search of freedom and adventure. They stuck it to the man and traded job security to pursue freelance opportunities or start an online business. They work when they want, from wherever they want, fueled by the desire to experience the world not as a short vacay, but as a way of life. I’m not gonna lie, life as a digital nomad is hard work that takes patience and perseverance. Long hours, unpredictable earnings and business risks that don’t always pan out are all part of the game. There are also location factors to consider, such as cost of living, personal preferences and most importantly: internet reliability.

Thailand tops the charts as a favorite destination for digital nomads, and it’s a no-brainer as to why. Not only is it a country of incredible beauty with a fascinating culture and friendly people, but Thailand offers digital nomads affordable living and plentiful work resources that can help beginners find roots in a foreign country while making the transition to working independently.

Thailand has something for everyone

Would you like to post up on a picturesque tropical beach with a cold Leo in hand or work in a quaint cafe with strong, local coffee and a mountain view that isn’t a screensaver? Nomad List ranks Bangkok as a top city for digital nomads, focusing on factors such as climate, affordability, internet speed and city size. The capital city is famous for its extravagant temples and bustling markets, but as a major international hub, offers all the modern comforts of home. With Suvarnabhumi Airport at the heart of the city, cheap domestic flights through airlines such as, Lion Air, Nok Air and AirAsia make quick weekend getaways a breeze. If you’re craving salt and sand, head to Phuket in the Andaman Sea or Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. For mountain trekking and delicious Isan cooking, head to Chiang Mai; another travel favorite with a blossoming digital nomad community.

Fast internet and coworking space in Thailand

Finding a place to settle with fast, reliable internet can be one of the biggest challenges for a digital nomad, especially in developing countries. Southeast Asia is coveted by travelers and expats alike, but Thailand is one of the few countries in the region that boasts satisfactory internet above 10 MBps and caters to digital nomads with quality coworking spaces. All you need is a monthly membership and your laptop to access a coworking space in Bangkok. The Work Loft, a full-serviced office in Bangkok, not only ensures stable internet, but offers amenities such as private meeting rooms and a cafe. Other popular options include Punspace in Chiang Mai and Stash in Phuket. Look for coworking spaces that offer free trials for newbies. I took advantage of the free 14-day trial from The Work Loft and didn’t pay a thing for working space while in Bangkok.

Affordable living and comfort

Coming from a western country, the cost of living in Thailand is quite affordable, especially if you’re just starting out and on a strict budget. As the second largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai offers a subtle mix of hip, urban style and creative innovation while retaining that slow-paced living that a hectic metropolis, such as Bangkok, may lack. Nimmanhaemin is a prominent area, with stylish boutiques, lush gardens and artsy cafes dotting the streets. It’s possible to find a modern, fully furnished studio apartment starting around $300 a month. Gorge yourself on fresh, authentic Thai curries and noodle dishes for less than $5 a pop and feed your caffeine kick with strong local beans brewed straight from the mountain farms of the North for under a $1. Renting a scooter for no more than $8 a day is the way to explore all Chiang Mai has to offer. You don’t need an international driver’s license to rent, but it’s something to consider since police will pull drivers over to check, and will fine those without a license.

Thailand is perfect for meeting other digital nomads

Perhaps you’re making the leap to living the digital nomad lifestyle all by your lonesome. It can be daunting to bunker down in a new country where you don’t know anyone and english is not widely spoken. Don’t fret- Thailand is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, also favored by expats. Every month, events and workshops are held in Bangkok and Chiang Mai for digital nomads to meet and network. Western restaurants and bars are plentiful, making it easy to connect with other foreigners and english speakers. Chiang Mai has a meet upevery Saturday morning for anyone to join in a challenging hike up Doi Suthep mountain. Don’t forget those coworking spaces I mentioned, where you can befriend other folks that can relate to the travel/work lifestyle.

Thailand visa requirements

And, we come to everyone’s favorite topic of travel: visas. Though the visa requirements are constantly changing and it’s important to stay abreast of new developments and procedures, Thailand is still a fairly lenient country when it comes to staying long or short term, with various visa options to choose from. Apply for an education visa to study the Thai language and become bilingual while pursuing your online business. A self-defense visa allows you to work with a professional and learn vital techniques for protection or if you aren’t sure how long you’ll stay and prefer a month-to-month visa, there’s always the good ol’ border run for a tourist visa. But, beware: border runs are getting increasingly strict, especially with foreigners who have overstayed or have done multiple back-to-back border runs over a long period of time.

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FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN PRANBURI/HUA HIN AND PATTAYA SCHEDULED TO BEGIN SOON

Pranburi is growing by leaps and bounds.  Recently we’ve gotten some new boutique restaurants (check out Payu Restaurant – no website yet) and also a hip little café that serves imported craft beers!  Many other business are opening up to serve the hi-so bangkok crowd and meet the needs of the many westerners moving to this beautiful area, just 25 minutes south of Hua Hin.

Now it looks like we are getting our own Ferry terminal in Pranburi.  The trip is estimated to take 90 minutes from Pranburi to Pattaya (instead of the 4-4.5 hours it normally takes by car).   Tickets prices are 1000 THB per person.  Transporting your car will cost 3,000 THB.

For more information, please visit ThaiVisa.com to read the article: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/921782-its-all-aboard-for-the-pattaya-to-pranburi-sea-ferry/

Safe travels everyone!