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KITCHEN DESIGN

DIAMONDS & ENGAGEMENT

21ST CENTURY WORKPLACES

with Marc Silcock

with Karl Schwantes

with Kelly Maniatis

NEW-YEAR NATURALS

IS YOUR RING AN INVESTMENT?

GET MORE FOR LESS

THERE HAS BEEN a worldwide shift towards going “natural” in beauty products and food, and even home design. But using natural products in home design and interior styling is not totally new – it’s a trend that comes back into fashion, time after time. Earthy, natural textures such as timber, granite, marble and metals seem to work their way back into interior styling, and will certainly continue to do so in 2017. In particular, natural stone is a product that always looks stylish. Whether used in a modern or traditional kitchen or bathroom, it always exudes timeless elegance. For anyone looking for a style that won’t go out of fashion, our advice is to incorporate natural products somewhere in your project, whether that be a marble splashback or earthy timber accents. Designer Kitchens is celebrating 27 years of business in 2017. A long-standing West End business, we are also celebrating one year at our Newstead showroom!

AN ENGAGEMENT RING is one of the few life purchases that is rarely sold or traded. As a result, we don’t often think of it as being an investment piece. But it’s time for us to change that thinking. Certain engagement rings are proving to be excellent investments that will become valuable heirlooms for the future generations. The last five years have seen Argyle pink diamonds increase in value by (on average) 25 per cent every year. And while you may have once assumed you needed a substantial sum to purchase one, you can own an Argyle pink diamond engagement ring from $5000. Whether the pink diamond is in the centre, in a surrounding halo or in the band of your engagement ring, incorporating pink diamonds is a great way to personalise your ring and make it totally unique. But be sure to come in and see the range soon; the Argyle pink diamond mine is set to run out sometime between 2018 and 2020.

A HUGE MYTH in workplaces is that working more hours will help you achieve more. In fact, over-working can actually lead to you being less productive.  This year, my resolution is to help people understand how to be productive and successful at work, as it is the biggest return on investment for you. Here are my productivity tips: • Focus on what you want to achieve every day to create a positive mindset and momentum.  • Reset and start again. The reality is, our brains can only pay attention for 45 minutes at a time. Allow yourself to take breaks throughout the day to stay engaged.   • Being happy results in increased work productivity. Happy people get more done as their positive energy can translate to activity. • Figure out your energy flow rather than setting yourself a strict task list. Focus your energy on what’s important. • Do a meeting audit and, wherever possible, opt out of time-wasting meetings that you really don’t need to attend.

DESIGNER KITCHENS WEST END & NEWSTEAD P 3844 1500 DESIGNERKITCHENS.COM.AU

XENNOX DIAMONDS LEVEL 2, 141 QUEEN STREET MALL, BRISBANE P 3210 6288 XENNOXDIAMONDS.COM.AU

LEFT FIELD CO. HELLO@LEFTFIELDCO.COM.AU LEFTFIELDCO.COM.AU

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STYLE | January 2017