Interior Renovation: The Kitchen Design

The kitchen is perhaps the most important space in your house, the hub of family activity. For many people, it is not only a place for food storage and food preparation, but also the room for eating, for sitting down as a family and talking. It’s often where kids do their homework, where adults share a relaxing glass of wine after dinner, and where the family pets are constantly being shooed away from the counters. Regardless of your family dynamics, it’s quite likely you all spend a large part of every day in the kitchen, cooking, cleaning, putting away shopping, and interacting with each other.

With that in mind, it’s essential that the space you have works efficiently. So many different jobs are undertaken in the kitchen that storage spaces and work spaces are crucial. Even simple tasks, like making a sandwich, become mammoth assignments if you cannot find the butter or nobody remembers to put the chopping board back where it belongs.

Careful redesign can make this space work seamlessly, meaning that anything you’re trying to do becomes easy and straightforward, saving you time and frustration in your busy schedules. These design were created by the expertise of a Melbourne kitchen designer – assisting with the overall functionality of the kitchen without sacrificing on aesthetic, letting you neatly store your pans, recipe books, spices, seasoning, ingredients, and even your kid’s backpack which always gets left on the kitchen table.

Image Credit: Just Better Kitchens and Bathroom Renovations Melbourne 

Many kitchens are poorly designed and don’t allow for the sort of open plan layout many people want; a lack of sideboard space can lead to a pile-up of clutter, which will frustrate your attempts to cook or clean. It’s also important to consider how many more gadgets are found in kitchens today; kettles, toasters, and microwaves have been standard for a while, but these have been added to by blenders, juicers, soda siphons, coffee makers, bread machines, and so many other things. While these are great for making our lives easier, storing them certainly doesn’t, so rethinking your kitchen layout to incorporate these devices while maintaining a clutter-free space will seriously improve your kitchen.

As well as practicalities, we will help you consider aesthetic. Whether you want to go for a farmyard kitchen look, complete with warm copper accents and wooden counters, or you would prefer a sleek, contemporary design, we have lots of different options. We will help you think through practicalities such as good lighting and easy-to-clean flooring, while making sure you get the perfect look.

Our online portfolio could help to inspire your ideas, and our staff can talk through your needs to design the best layout which will make your kitchen really work for you. By optimising the space for you and your family, you will make all those little tasks which you undertake there – from helping with homework to filling out bills and paperwork which hasn’t quite found its way to your office – that much easier and pleasanter. Cooking will be a breeze with your key ingredients and tools at hand, and you will have a space which is a pleasure to walk into and work in.

Designer lighting tips for an amazing living space

In our daily lives we need proper illumination at night. Light is the medium that creates events and it also throws up some very unforgettable memories. Everyone loves to spend a sunny day on the beach and we also love to propose marriage by candlelight. Light also influences our mood, which is why it makes sense to do everything in our power to choose the best designer lighting solutions.

Setting the mood

There are many options available to us when we want to buy a designer or feature lights for the kitchen, bedroom or even bathroom. We can use designer lighting to enhance our lives and to improve our homes. The right lighting also helps to strengthen as well as highlight the structure of an interior or home. The right kind of lighting also sets the mood and adds warmth to a home or room.

 

Designer lighting can make your home look very distinctive. The nice thing about choosing designer lighting is that it is stylish and it allows you to make a real statement. You can choose between modern and classic and the right designer lighting solutions will make your home look much more attractive.

 

Things to consider

When choosing designer lighting there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. First of all, you have to check the amount of natural light that enters a room. Next, you need to decide which areas within your room require lighting. After that, you need to think about the different types of lighting. There are several options available including ceiling fixtures to provide overhead illumination. A floor lamp is another option as too is a table lamp.

 

Complement an existing theme

Choosing the right style is the most exciting part about choosing designer lighting. If your interiors have a particular theme then you should choose designer lighting that complements that theme. On the other hand, you may want to try a traditional theme or even a classic one.

Industrial Look Pendant Lighting

When choosing industrial pendant lights keep in mind that it goes well with most types of furniture and is a good choice when you are unsure about what to use to light up your room. Industrial lights are also very nice as too are rustic lights. They can each create a particular mood and hence are quite a popular option.

 

The good news is that there are virtually unlimited options available to those who want to use feature lighting. Whether you want to buy an industrial light or you want to use wall lights or even pendant lights, there are an endless number of options available to you. The right amount of illumination can and will have a very positive effect on your home.

 

The bottom line is that choosing designer lighting helps to give your interior design a look of sophistication. All that you need to be concerned about is choosing items that work well with the theme of a room as well as lighting requirements. When it comes to choosing designer lighting you can buy your lights from a designer store or you can go online and buy your items from a designer’s website.

Smart furniture arrangement for the office space

It goes without saying that furniture in any interior space is essential. You can choose from an assortment of items regarding places and ways to buy, prices, manufacturers and quality. Whether you’re working from an office or home, it is important for you to feel comfortable in your work-space. A comfortable office increases efficiency and productivity and here are a few tips on how to manipulate your ergonomically designed office furniture so as to achieve maximum efficiency.

Pay attention to the furniture
To be completely comfortable at the office, a proper desk and chair are essentials. There are several things to consider before purchasing these pieces of furniture such as, an ideal chair should have armrests that are low enough for your shoulders to stay relaxed, for your elbow to bend at a ninety degree angle and for your feet to lie firm and flat on the floor. The desk should be of a suitable height.

Appreciate the light
Ideally, a work space should have lots of windows for natural lighting. This is because the sun has been proven to boost your mood which in turn will make you more productive. However, since that is not always possible, you should get adequate artificial lighting in your office to facilitate writing, reading and other activities.

Regulate temperatures

If the temperature in the office is too cold, it affects your productivity, if it’s too hot, it affects your concentration. You need to be able to manipulate the temperature in your space in spite of the temperature outside. A HVAC system comes in handy during such instances and makes part of your office furnishings.

Decorate your space
It is not easy to determine how the ideal office interior should look like. Some people believe that it should be somewhere between a home and an office while others think it should be efficient and functional. Whatever your preference is, an inspirational poster will boost your mood and productivity. Get a cork board where you can display both decorative and practical elements. Pick a rug that cheers up the room. Combine the functionality of the workspace with the coziness of home.

Stay organized
A disorganized workspace can obstruct you from working efficiently and productively. Include on your desk only the elements that you really need to make sure that they are easy to reach. While decorative items bring your office to life, do not clutter your workspace with them. Instead, display them on the wall in front of your desk where they can be seen.

Robert Money Award

The Robert Money Memorial Lecture is intended to commemorate the contribution to Freemasonry in general and to Royal Arch Masonry in particular by the late Robert Money, OBE a Past First Grand Principal of the Chapter, Past Grand Master of the Mark and Past Deputy Grand Master of the Craft.

Each year an award is offered for the best lecture of 2,000 words maximum on any topic pertaining to Royal Arch Masonry suitable for presentation, in any medium chosen by the presenter, to an audience of Royal Arch Masons. A trophy is awarded to the winner and the winning lecture is generally published in the Freemasonry Victoria Magazine. The winning lecture may be presented at a Grand Chapter Quarterly Convocation subject to recommendation by the judging panel.

Boards and Committees

The principal board of Supreme Grand Chapter is called the Supreme Committee (formerly known as the Board of General Purposes) and all other Committees report to it.

Membership of the Supreme Committee consists of:

  • The First Grand Principal (also known as Grand Zerubbabel)
  • The Deputy First Grand Principal (aka Deputy Grand Zerubbabel)
  • The Immediate Past First Grand Principal (aka Past Grand Zerubbabel)
  • The Second Grand Principal (aka Grand Haggai)
  • The Third Grand Principal (aka Grand Jeshua)
  • The Grand Treasurer
  • The Grand Registrar
  • The President of the Supreme Committee (Chairman)
  • The Grand Scribe Ezra (Secretary)
  • Three elected members from Chapters meeting in the Metropolitan area
  • Three elected members from Chapters meeting in the Country area
  • One member appointed by the First Grand Principal

The other Committees are:

  • The Finance & Administration Committee
  • The Development Committee
  • The Judiciary Committee

The Appeals Committee

Inspectors of Workings

Each Holy Royal Arch Chapter has an Inspector of Workings appointed to assist them in their ceremonial endeavours. The Inspector is usually a Past Grand Officer with some experience on how a Royal Arch Chapter should properly perform its ceremonies and conduct its Festive Board.

Inspectors of Workings are expected to attend at least two meetings of their allocated HRA Chapter and to submit a report on the Chapter’s performance to the Grand Inspector of Workings via the Grand Scribe Ezra. This enables the Grand Inspector of Workings to marshall any assistance necessary for Chapters which may be struggling with any aspects of their work.

Newly appointed Inspectors of Workings are presented with a Certificate at the first Grand Chapter Quarterly Convocation following their initial appointment. This is to emphasise the importance placed on their role by the Most Eminent First Grand Principal.

Grand Lecturer

The Grand Lecturer or one of his Panel members is available to speak at HRA Chapter meetings on a number of topics and the aim is to inform and entertain.

A number of lectures have been placed on this website and made available to members only. Members are invited to use these lectures and research materials for their own Masonic development and for presentation in their own HRA Chapter.

The Grand Lecturer welcomes contributions and suggestions for lectures from Holy Royal Arch Masons.

It is a requirement that Holy Royal Arch Chapters making official visitations to Craft Lodges use only an accredited speaker and these are made available through the Grand Lecturer who can be contacted via the Grand Scribe Ezra.

Grand Choir

The Grand Choir performs at Quarterlies and other important Grand Chapter events. Companions with a talent for singing in a choir are invited to contact the Grand Scribe Ezra. They will be made most welcome.

Grand Musicians

Organists and Heralds contribute an important part to the beauty and interest of our ceremonies.

Companions with a talent for playing the organ or the trumpet are invited to contact the Grand Organist via the Grand Scribe Ezra.   They will be made most welcome.

Past Senior Grand Officers

There have been a large number of Senior Grand Officers who have served Supreme Grand Chapter since 1889.

Download Table of Grand Principals and Scribes Ezra since Inauguration

Download Table of Executive Officers Since Inauguration

Download Table of Conferred Past Grand Zerubbabels