Create The Style You Love In Your Own Home

Running a busy household can sometimes make you forget that it is also a place you want to show off. Your home can be the place where your creativity can shine through. It’s not just about being clean and tidy. Style has an important part to play as well. You don’t need to be an interior designer to think like one. Just a little time to consider the look of your home is all you need. You can create a style that all the family will love in your home:

The living room is probably the room that guests will spend the most time in. You and your family may also spend more time in here than other rooms in your house. This is the perfect room to add plenty of your own personality to. You can choose any one of thousands of colors that could form your palette. Then you can bring that color out on your accent wall, your drapes and your soft furnishings. Complete the look you want with a contemporary light fitting or radiator. Even the style of the couch could make a statement about your home.

The kitchen is another room where style matters. Your cupboards may be contemporary in style. Or maybe you prefer a shaker style kitchen? The appliances you select could also follow the theme you’re looking for. Kitchen worktops or countertops offer the biggest surface for you to color. As a simple addition to create a stylish kitchen, this will be the star of the kitchen. Add floor and wall tiles in the same or a contrasting color to create a fantastic look. Strong and bold, or sweet and light?

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Although it’s unlikely anyone but your family will see the bedrooms, each room should have its own style and personality. Picking colors you love is a big part of decorating a bedroom. You can always pick that color up in your drapes, rugs and bedspreads too. Your choice of furniture will play a big part in how your room looks. You might choose contemporary, high-gloss pieces. Or maybe a traditional pine collection of drawers and cabinets is more your style?

The flooring in each room will also go a long way to helping you define your style. Hardwood floors can look so elegant and elaborate. Carpets look softer and more inviting for a comfortable home. Then there is tiling and polished concrete. Flooring obviously goes far beyond being practical. A stylish floor can be further enhanced with your choice of rugs and standing furniture. Practical cabinets, stands, or even tall vases can help create the perfect look for each room.

Lighting is really important when you’re trying to create your own unique style. Natural light in the day can be directed to different areas of the room with blinds. Standard lamps, up lighters, spots and table lamps can help create focus in the room in the evenings. Light can be soft or harsh. Each will create a different effect that will help you style your room elegantly. Finally, the fittings themselves can help bring chic or fun into the room.





The Problems Your Home Faces In The Heat

Your home is the one place you should be able to relax in. The place that makes you feel safe, secure and happy. But what happens when things start to go wrong in your hie? Especially in the summer heat. This is where your home can face some big problems. But relax, I’m here to pre-warn you what risk your home is at in the summer heat and how you can prevent it. Leaving you to enjoy your home once again.

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Overheating in your living spaces

Your home can be at real risk of overheating during the summer. It’s like no matter what you do your living spaces feel hotter inside than it does to be outside. But this is where taking precautionary measures can make things better once again. Leaving your home to feel cool and a place to relax in, instead of overheating. First, consider making the most of the cooler mornings and evenings. This is where getting the windows open and allowing cool air to circulate your home. The next best tip would be to then shut blinds and curtains. This stops the sun from shining through the window and heating up your room. This is great for bedrooms and living spaces. Having air conditioning on all the time can be costly, so try and find alternative solutions.

Creepy critter infestations

Just like you want your home to be a safe haven for you, so do those creepy critters. In the summer your home is more likely to be infested with insects like spiders and ants. They seek refuge in the cooler house. However, this can be rather annoying and also make you feel uncomfortable. So if you spot any signs of an infestation, especially from the likes of ants, then get some preventative measure in place. If you can consider traps, some people have recommended carpenter ant baits which could help. Or alternatively if you want to think of more natural methods, try lemon juice and vinegar. Apparently they dislike the smell and taste. The last thing you want is them getting into the kitchen and near food, so try and nip those infestations in the bud before they get out of hand. However, if you are struggling there are professionals that can exterminate the nests and stop the infestation at it’s source.

Air conditioning breaking down

The last thing you want in the heat is the air conditioning breaking down. But that is what could happen. So try and avoid this by making sure your air conditioning unit is regularly serviced. This is where you could be pre warned of any parts looking like they are about to break, or whether you have any problems. A great way to keep track of services and appointments is to have a plan in place. Many energy providers offer appliance cover or insurances that you can take out. They can be a god send especially if something does break down. They normally have a call out service that rectifies the problem straight away.

I hope this has prewarned you of some of the problems your home could face in the summer heat.





The Best Ways To Deal With Chronic Stress

We all feel the burden of stress from time to time- it could be pressures from work, school or family life. Often it will resolve itself when the source of worry is no longer a problem (for example, when exams are over) but for some people, stress can be a long term problem. This could be a result of a very stressful life or job, or due to an undiagnosed mental health problem. Stress is a serious issue and should never be taken lightly, if you’re currently dealing with it here are a few things to try.

Connect With People

As the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. A good support network can ease your troubles and help you see things from a different perspective. Talking things through with the people you’re close to in your life can help you find solutions to the things you were worrying about (or make you realise that your worries aren’t as bad as you thought). Rather than bottling up your feelings, it’s healthy to talk about and express them. If you need to have a vent or a cry then go ahead, you’re bound to feel much better afterwards.

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Practice Meditation and Mindful Thinking

This is the act of paying attention to the present moment. Focus on your thoughts and feelings in the here and now. It’s so easy to become blind to the world around us, especially in the case of stress where you end up living inside your own head. You can end up spending more time worrying about things instead of paying attention to what’s right in front of you. When you are paying attention to the present moment, you’re not stressing about the past or feeling anxious about the future. You can simply appreciate where you are right now, and know that you’re ok. It’s a good way to bring things back in check when stress starts to spiral out of control. Take some deep breaths, focus on your breathing, pay attention to the present moment and nothing else.

Start a Stress Journal

Allowing yourself a set amount of time each day to worry and stress about your problems can actually be very beneficial. Take a pen and paper and write down everything that is currently causing your stress. From there you can begin to work out solutions, or you might even find that just the act of writing things out is cathartic. Once you’re done with your stress journal, put it away until the next day and try to clear your mind of all stressful thoughts until the next time you open it. It’s a good way to train your mind, as the famous quote by Buddha goes- ‘rule your mind or it will rule you.’ It means you’re not mindlessly stressing throughout the day, and can get on with things with a much clearer head.

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Exercise

Exercise can reduce some of the intensity from your emotions that you feel when you’re stressed. You might feel like exercise is the complete opposite if what you want to do when you’re stressed out, but if you push through you’ll begin to enjoy it and finally will begin to rely on it. Not only is exercise great news for your mental health, but your physical health will also improve no end, you’ll generally feel better in all capacities Exercise reduces levels of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol, while stimulating the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain which act as the body’s natural painkillers. These are responsible for that ‘runner’s high’ feeling that people report from exercise, and can boost your mood and attitude. Even a gentle half hour walk can clear the mind and reduce stress, so you could take it slow and still reap the benefits.

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Try Taking a Supplement

There are a number of essential oils and natural supplements that can be effective in relaxation and boosting mood. However, one that’s particularly interesting is called Phosphatidylserine. Research has indicated that it may be a useful tool for balancing mood and cutting stress. This is because it balances levels of cortisol, which as we’ve mentioned is the body’s stress hormone. And so taking dietary capsules which include the chemical, such as Phosphatidyl Serine capsules, can help you to maintain these stress hormones and keep your mood happy and stable.

Visit Your GP
If you feel as though your stress has become too much to cope with on your own, it’s highly advisable to visit a doctor. Chronic stress can cause a whole host of health conditions from heart attack to diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease. So addressing the problem early is beneficial for your health, don’t just brush it off or feel like you’re ‘just being silly’ as stress is a severe problem. You may have been stressed for so long that you don’t even notice it much anymore, and instead just have a constant feeling of dread or unease. This is very damaging to your body, so speak to a professional you can guide you to the help you need.





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