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BUILD DUBAI BREAKFAST

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Last week we starting off Tuesday by hosting the inspiring group of Build Dubai members for a delicious Scandinavian breakfast and presentation in our showroom!

Keeping in line with our heritage and culture, we served a Scandinavian breakfast created by Smørrebrød – including the famous open-faced sandwiches and fresh smoothies.

The breakfast also included three inspirational talks and lots of mingling and networking. Overall a really successful event, and we look forward to hosting more of them in the future!

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF WOODEN FLOORING

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This is a guest blogpost by Caroline Modig on how to care for your wooden flooring and get that timeless finish!

Anyone can vouch for the fact that hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful design investments that can be made. Its timelessness not only reflects the owner’s impeccable sense of style but also adds character to the space. The colour of the wood, the richness of grain and the exclusivity of it all makes it an alluring flooring option. While classing up the look of a room, wooden flooring can be easily cleaned and a little extra love and care will keep them looking new for a long time to come! So, to keep your wooden flooring protected at all times, especially from damages long-term wear and tear, you must:

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• Vacuum lightly or sweep your floor daily with a soft-bristled broom to prevent build-up of dirt, dust and other particles that may scratch the wood’s surface. You can even use a dry microfiber mop to remove the grime that accumulates between the floorboards.

• Try to limit the exposure to direct sunlight by using protective window coverings/blinds to ensure your wooden flooring ages evenly. You can also try and rearrange your furniture periodically to avoid uneven ageing.

• Ensure you get the floors cleaned by a professional or by using a specialised hardwood floor cleaner. The frequency of this activity depends on the kind of traffic and wear and tear the floor goes through. You can even supplement that by adding a maintenance coat every few years or go old school by using the sand and refinish method whenever necessary.

• Prevent moisture damage using a dehumidifier. Moisture damage is common in wooden flooring, but that doesn’t mean damage due to liquid spills (which you must ensure gets cleaned up immediately), but rather damage due to the climatic moisture changes.

In addition to the regular maintenance tips mentioned above, keep the following guidelines in mind to ensure your wood floors look timeless!

• Avoid using use vinyl or tile cleaning products on hardwood flooring.

• Do not use a wet-mop or steam mop to clean wooden flooring as the water can dull the finish and damage the wood.

• Use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from being tracked in and scratching the floor.

• If your wooden floor starts looking dull, try buffing instead of waxing it with acrylic waxes to avoid the flooring from becoming slippery.

• Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.

• Be selective about the footwear used on wooden flooring. Shoes such as high heels and sports cleats can scratch the surface of the wood and even leave dents on the surface. Pro Tip – Do not wear slippers or footwear while cleaning your flooring as the dirt particles can get trapped under your footwear causing additional scratches.

• Consider investing in an area rug! It prevents wear and tear as well as scratches and scuff marks in high traffic areas. You can choose the area rug to accent the look you want to achieve depending on the style and finish of the wood you’ve chosen.

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Pro Tip – The material of the rug can also impact the qualities of the wood, so choose a rug made from natural fibers to avoid damage due to contact of synthetic materials. There are a variety of hand-woven designs to choose from. You can even opt for a luxurious cowhide rug which is both natural and hypoallergenic making it a perfect addition to your natural wood flooring. Take a look at some beautiful floor-rug pairings and get inspired!

• Colour Contrast – Pick a rug that is a complete contrast to the flooring, this will make the rug the focal point of the room will pulling attention to your beautiful hardwood flooring.

• Match the floor – You can even match the rug to your flooring for a beautiful design accent that adds to the overall appeal of the room, while ensuring the floors remain the focal point of the room.

• Tie it in with the upholstery – Match the rug to your upholstery instead of your flooring and add a unique touch to the place while tying in the rug with the desired look.

• Secondary colours – Many hardwood floors have multiple colours in through their grain, you can choose to match the rug with the secondary colour to create a beautiful blend of textures and colours.

Author Bio:

Caroline Modig works at Art Hide and oversees their marketing and promotional efforts. Her passion for interior design and the knowledge she gained over the years allows her to find time from her busy schedule to write informative blogs about interior trends, popular styling tips and everything related. When she isn’t working or writing, you can find her relaxing to some contemporary jazz while solving puzzles.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Happy New Year! We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store! For us, 2016 was a special year with our 10th anniversary as Nordic Homeworx- a fraction of Kährs’ impressive 160-year history- but a milestone for us nonetheless! We thank you all for your continued support, for without you it wouldn’t be possible to be where we are today.

We look forward to continuing bringing and celebrating Swedish quality, heritage, craftsmanship and design in Dubai, the UAE and the Middle East for many more years to come!

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BEST NINE OF 2016

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Can’t believe it’s the last day of 2016! Here is a compilation of our top 9 Instagram posts this year. What an eventful one it’s been! Thank you all for your likes, comments and support!

Note: our showroom will be closed from 3 pm today as well as the whole day tomorrow, January 1st, 2017.

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BARE ESSENTIALS

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This classic apartment in Stockholm, Sweden has a perfect minimalist and elegant look with its glass partition/herringbone oak wood floor combination.

We are still loving the glass partitions! They are the perfect solution for defining spaces yet keeping an airy and bright feeling throughout the interiors.

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AIRY STUDIO APARTMENT

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This 29 sqm studio apartment in central Gothenburg is perfectly designed to maximise the use of space and define different areas within the miniature home. With a generous ceiling height, the owner has decorated vertically, creating storage space along the high walls and leaving the space feeling uncluttered and airy despite its small size.

Having a silvery-white wood floor, like our 3-strip Kährs Oak Limestone, and maintaining a monochrome and light decor and wall colours further enhances a sense of airiness and creates a calm atmosphere. We also love the genius build of the loft bed and the clear distinction of the kitchenette with the dark grey colour.

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HELLO DECEMBER

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❄️ Hello December ❄️
We are proud to present our Floor Of The Month: the elegant Kährs Oak Lava! Now offered with a special 20% discount until the end of this year. Available in stock in Dubai.

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

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We are delighted to announce the winner of our Dream Nordic competition on Pinterest: Amber Peters! 🎉 Amber’s board was seleced as the winner by interior design experts Marie Laurent and Sneha Divias.

We will be announcing more competitions soon – stay tuned on our social media!

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HARPER’S BAZAAR INTERIORS AWARDS

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Please nominate us for a Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Award! Nominations close soon so make sure to visit www.harpersbazaararabia.com/interiors/awards/nominees and vote our brand Kährs of Sweden as the “Most Innovative Brand” 2016!

Kährs of Sweden is the oldest wood floor manufacturer in the world still in operation, with a history that dates back to 1857. It is also the most innovative, with a history of wood floor inventions and innovations that span decades. They include the world’s first patented multi-layer wood floor in 1941; the world’s first water-based lacquer system in 1984, and the first ISO 14001 environmental management certification in 1997. Kährs also has the most stable wood flooring construction, the strongest glue-less locking system as well as a wood-sourcing ethos focusing on creating a sustainable future for the growth of forests.

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#DREAMNORDIC

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Pin & Win! From October 9 – November 6, 2016 we invite your to create your dream living room with Kährs wood flooring on Pinterest and stand the chance to win Dhs 1,500 to spend at Mall of the Emirates!

All you have to do is re-pin one of our four new Chevron-patterned floors by Kährs Chevron Collection from our Dream Nordic: Reinventing the Classics moodboard on Pinterest, and invite us to collaborate on your very own “Dream Nordic” moodboard. Click here for the full instructions to participate in the competition.

So who are the judges?

The judges for the competition are Dubai-based interior experts Marie Laurent (Marie Laurent Architecture) and Sneha Divias (S2 Interiors). These two judges will have a look through your moodboards at the end of the competition and select their favourite one as the deserving winner of the grand prize.

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Marie Laurent, a French interior architect, founded Marie Laurent Architecture – an architectural practice based in Dubai. Marie graduated from the American University in Dubai. She has spent more than 14 years in the U.A.E. and remains a board member of the Architecture and design program for the American University in Dubai.

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Sneha Divias, an architect and interior designer born and raised in Portugal, is the Design Director at S2 Interiors. Sneha holds a Master Degree in Architecture from the Lusiada University of Porto. With a detail oriented perspective as an architect, Sneha is able to integrate the branding and business objectives that her clients have into design solutions that provide unique experiences.

Happy pinning! We look forward to seeing your “Dream Nordic” moodboards.