Present Trends in Dinnerware

In present times the trend is towards use of artistic dinnerware. Nowadays there are various shades, shapes, colors, designs and patterns to select from. Various types are of available such as classical, impressionistic, oriental and decorative to choose from.

Vibrant Patterns and Colors

The present trend is for selecting bright yellows, oranges, blues & gold metallic as these colors help to bring life and warmth into subdued backgrounds that our homes have. Some selections include ethnic prints such as African Motifs, patterns of Native American style and Asian batiks.

Blacks and Browns

Currently blacks and browns are in favor compared to whites. The demand is more for different shades of brown like coffee, dark chocolate and dusky ones. And these are contrasted with other colors such as blue, yellow& green to give the dinnerware a different look. Similarly black is also used and contrasted with whites as well as golden shades.

Eco Dinnerware

The trend to keep our environment clean has made many people adapt to using recycled tableware. These are made from recycled products and reflect different shades especially of green like olives and jades with different patterns which represent nature by use of leaves and other types of foliage.

Fancy Graphics

The popularity for unconventional and abstract graphics has gained popularity in recent times and helped to make the dining table more eye catching.

Irregular Shapes

Shapes other than round are more in use. Some shapes like squares, star and geometric patterns are gaining popularity moment. Dinner plates, soup bowls and dinnerware in such irregular shapes are making their way into hotels, restaurants and kitchens.

The Art of Negotiating Deals

Do we pass any single day without negotiating for something or the other, with someone or the other? No. Everyday we parley and bargain for things, big and small. Similarly, negotiating deals is almost an everyday affair for entrepreneurs too. The art of deal negotiation is a very old one and can be equally lucrative, if done properly. Contrary to common belief, far more is negotiable than entrepreneurs think; they just have to know how to do it and how not to. Mostly the ploy of the representative lawyers is to say that the deal presented is final, and to take it or leave it. However, this even after this it is possible to negotiate a deal further to suit one’s needs and demands.

Roger Fisher and William Ury in their book Getting to Yes define negotiation as a “back-and-forth communication designed to reach an agreement when you and the other side have some interests that are shared and others that are opposed.” It is but natural that in a deal negotiation, both parties would want to forward certain self-interests without compromising too much. Negotiating deals is not a process of quibbling over what each party wants or one where either side is a runaway winner. One cannot stubbornly stick to his ground without giving any breathing space to other players. Most likely such a deal will not come through, apart from the fact that it will be an unfair one even if it does.

A successful deal negotiation is one where both parties leave the table satisfied and believe that they have made the best of deal. In this, neither party wins or loses. Such deals are definitely possible to negotiate. Fisher and Ury focus on a method known as ‘principled negotiation’, a method developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project. ‘Principled negotiation’ asserts that the purpose of negotiations is “to decide issues on their merits rather than through a haggling process focused on what each side says it will and won’t do. It suggests that you look for mutual gains wherever possible, and that where your interests conflict, you should insist that the result be based on some fair standards independent of the will of either side.”

To this effect, the following points should be kept in mind while negotiating deals:

1. The people are separate from the problem.

2. Focus should be on interests, not positions.

3. Generating a variety of possibilities and options before deciding what to do is a good idea.

4. The result of negotiation should be based on some objective standard.

The idea is that neither side should be pushed on the defensive; both party would want to work with each other. During negotiations each side is sizing up the other. They will evaluate negotiating skills, intelligence and maturity demonstrated by each other. If the entrepreneur somehow gives an impression that shakes the confidence or trust of the investors, they will withdraw from the deal. Similarly, if the investors show arrogance, rigidity in seeing the entrepreneurs’ needs and points of view and deals with them in a high-handed manner, the entrepreneur will do well to opt out of the deal. The point is that if each side treats the other in which they would want to be treated, most likely each will be successful.

Christmas Gifts and Presents – Buying Your Wife Or Girlfriend Jewelry

The fact that men are generally not the best people to choose presents for their wives or girlfriends is long-standing and indisputable. However, when Christmas time comes around, it is more than sensible to at least go to the effort of trying to satisfy her jewelry needs. Though choosing the right jewelry is never the easiest task, as fashion plays a big role in the price and suitability of the jewelry. This article has been compiled with information on the most popular and fashionable women’s jewelry items this Christmas to help you find the perfect gift.

Although their popularity has not really diminished over the years, diamonds have become a popular purchase as Christmas presents this winter. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so it makes sense to utilize this concept and go for a sure-fire winner. However, before you rush out to buy the biggest diamond you can for your money, you need to do your homework. Diamonds come in all sorts of shapes, cuts, sizes and colors, which all dictate their value. One diamond could be a quarter the size of another, but if it is flawless, pink and well cut by a known diamond specialist, it can easily be double the price.

Bracelets have also been growing in popularity over the course of 2010, up to a point now where it seems that the more bracelets a girl wears, the better or more fashionable the look! At least as long as you buy bracelets that are thin and you do not go over the top that is. Another item that is hard to miss on the catwalk this winter is oversized rings. Although initially popularized in early 2010, large rings are certainly in this Christmas and would make a great, cheap gift for your wife or girlfriend.

Big is the buzz word for fashion accessories this autumn/winter as coupled with oversized rings, jumbo sized earring are also in. However, as most people who wear earrings know, big earrings can be quite uncomfortable over extended periods of time and for this reason, when you are looking for a gift for your wife or girlfriend, make sure that you do not get a pair that are too big, unless you are going for that extra quirky gift.

Bold but natural is the direction in which fashion jewelry is heading this season, so that means that natural, earthy colors are best, and materials like wood and stone work well too. Utilizing black, brown, beige or any other earthy tones with these materials creates a nostalgic impression that goes well with certain fashion styles, but not all.