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Top 10 Apartments in the World

Many people aspire to the apartment life; it brings up images of high flying professionals and creative people living in the city. There’s something very unique about living in an apartment, it’s your own space, and you can deck it out in unique furniture, designer wallpaper, and one of a kind accessories. If you live in a city, the apartment could be your escape from the hustle and bustle, or it could be your party pad, where you entertain guests and host incredible get-togethers. Whatever you want to use your apartment for, you may need some inspiration. Here’s our top 10:

  1. 1.     A Belgian Dwelling

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This apartment in Antwerp, Belgium is in the neoclassical style. It’s a unique apartment because it is a ‘Gallery Home’, that means they work with galleries to get a new set of unique furniture every now and then. They furniture that they use may be a designer piece, a concept piece, or even one of a kind. It must be exciting to live with all that wonderful and expensive furniture, but the catch is their home is sometimes open to the public.

  1. 2.      Belle Isle, Miami

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Belle Isle is a development near Miami on an artificial island. The residents on the island enjoy a tropical island style setting and a lot of luxury apartments in a secluded spot! It’s perfect if you’re looking to live the celebrity lifestyle.

  1. 3.     Lukas Kordik’s Apartment

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Lukas Kordik’s apartment uses pops of colour in a quite industrial themed design to provide points of interest in his unique apartment.

  1. 4.     Paris Apartment

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Who would have thought using so much black in an apartment could make it look so effortlessly chic? If you have quite a bright apartment, try using black paint to duplicate this look.

  1. 5.     Girly Apartment

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If you want a girly but very glamorous apartment, you might want to stick to a neutral colour scheme like the one shown above, then just add sweet details in pink, and decadent accessories like chandeliers and fashion table books.

  1. 6.     Warehouse Chic

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Sometimes the most decadent apartments have a harsh contrast between bare, crumbling walls and luxurious furniture. This style looks especially good if you live in an old apartment with lots of history like the one shown in the photo.

  1. 7.     Parisian Modern

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This apartment may be located in the heart of Paris, but it doesn’t follow the usual conventions of Parisian style, instead it clashes bold strips of yellow with slate grey and industrial style furniture.

  1. 8.     Eclectic New York Apartment

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This pretty DIY apartment was created by 2 New Yorkers on a budget; they use a lot of vintage and antique furniture, and restore it using bright paints. Their apartment also contains lots of interesting features which give it a lot of personality.

  1. 9.     Apartment with Balcony

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If you’re looking for an apartment but you don’t want to miss out on the outdoor space that comes with a home, then you’ll love this apartment. It has a decked balcony with metal shelving for potted plants and lots of cosy seating spaces to relax in.

  1. 10.  Rita Konig’s Apartment

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This apartment was styled by Holly Becker, it’s the perfect mix of organised clutter and bright open spaces; there are lots of things to look at, but the accessories aren’t overbearing – perfect if you’re the creative type.

This guest post was contributed by, serviced apartments in Liverpool.


Should You Go Abroad For Your Wedding?

When planning your wedding, the first thing to decide apart from your budget is where will the venue be? We hear about celebrities going to extravagant places all over the world and this can be appealing, so when it comes down to it, should you decide to get married abroad or in the UK? Well, the first benefit of going abroad would be the weather, it can be a lot more predictable that in the UK and if you want to get married outdoors then this might be the perfect option. You will also have a different culture and feel to your wedding if you go abroad, weddings in Greece for example are traditionally much louder and the families are very heavily involved with the planning. If you want a unique flavour for your wedding, then heading abroad is ideal.

However, the UK is still the chosen destination for the majority of us and for good reason. Firstly, from an accessibility perspective, getting guests to drive from one side of the country to another is much easier than asking them to fly across oceans. It is also a lot cheaper and unless you can afford to fly all of your wedding party out to meet you, you may find it easier to ask a large number of people to stay relatively local. Traditionally, the couple get married in the town the bride was brought up in, so families may decide that keeping it local is the most appropriate way to celebrate such a special occasion. Planning a wedding in a different country can also be very challenging, especially when considering that people are usually at work throughout the week and the different timezones. For those who want to check out the venue, speak to the minister etc. this might be simpler to do in the UK rather than over the phone or having to fly out once or twice.

So where are some of the top spots to get married in the UK? Well, weddings in Cheshire are the first to mention, one of the most romantic setting in the UK due to the vast countryside and rolling hills. If you want a wedding by the beach then Bournemouth could be the ideal spot for photos by the sea and a more relaxed Summer vibe.

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The 8 Cycling Commandments

I am constantly seeing people on bicycles cycling in and out of traffic, up and off the pavement and complete disregard for traffic signals. In light of this, I have listed below the legal aspects of owning a pushbike. It is not a legal requirement to wear a helmet but I think it is an absolute necessity considering the drivers of this day and age so will make it an unofficial commandment. If you’re looking for a new bike, helmet, or accessories check out Global Bike. If not, then keep reading.

1. Night Time Cycling

Whilst riding at night you must have a red illuminated light on the back and a white illuminated light at the front of your cycle. Your bike must also have a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors, (white front reflectors are not a legal requirement but are a good idea). Although flashing lights are allowed I think it’s a bit of common sense to keep your lights on a steady beam, do you really want to be distracting someone driving towards you in a metal cage?
Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24.

2. Cycle Tracks

Cycle tracks are there to keep you safe from the traffic, they can be found either on the road, level with the pavement, or completely separate from both. Cyclists and pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space (unsegregated). When you use a segregated track, you MUST stick to the side for cyclists, because the pedestrian side remains a pavement. Take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room. Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.
Law HA 1835 sect 72

3. Though Shall Not Cycle On Pavements

This one is clear and concise. You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.
Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129

4. Cycle Sense

◦ Give ‘dubbies’ unless your cycle has been built or adapted to do so.
◦ hold onto a moving van or car
◦ ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner
◦ ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine.
Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991

5. Traffic Signs

It is a legal requirement to obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 10(1)

6. Traffic Lights

You MUST NOT cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red. Some junctions have an advanced stop line to enable you to wait and position yourself ahead of other traffic. Seriously how stupid can you be? Tearing out through a red light into crossing traffic.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10 & 36(1)

7. Cycle Crossings

Cycle-only crossings (not the Toucan Crossings). Cycle tracks on opposite sides of the road may be linked by signaled crossings. You may ride across but you MUST NOT cross until the green cycle symbol is showing.
Law TSRGD regs 33(2) & 36(1)

8. Cycle Brakes

You MUST ensure your brakes are efficient and at night, use lit front and rear lights and have a red rear reflector.
Laws PCUR regs 6 & 10 & RVLR reg 18

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