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From Boring To Beautiful: 18 Ways To Jazz Up Your Home’s Exterior

From Boring To Beautiful: 18 Ways To Jazz Up Your Home’s Exterior

Whether you are looking to sell your house or just want to make it look more fresh and modern, you will no doubt turn your attention to the interior. After all; that’s where you and your family will spend most of your time in the house, right?

The thing is, some folks forget about the need to make their home’s exteriors look great as well. If your interior looks like a palace but the outside is more of an eyesore, it’s time you invested some energy (and money) in jazzing it up. The trouble is, where should you begin, and what changes or additions should you make?

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Whatever you do, it should serve two purposes. First of all, it must make your home’s exterior look better than its current state now. And, second, it should add some value to your property. With those two points in mind, here are 18 ways that you can easily jazz up your home’s exterior and make it more beautiful and valuable:

  1. Give your front door a lick of paint

It doesn’t matter whether you have a door made of solid oak or uPVC plastic. If it looks old and weathered, and the color is several shades lighter than what it used to be, it’s time to paint it. The good news is that it’s easy to get paint for all kinds of door types – even plastic!

  1. Upgrade your windows

One of the best ways of improving your home’s exterior looks and its value is by upgrading the windows. It’s important to live in a home where you feel safe and warm, and strong, sturdy glass and frames will help you achieve that goal. Window replacement is possible for all types include sash and uPVC. Just make sure you choose some windows that match the style of your house.

  1. Make your house numbers more stylish

Do you live in a house where people seldom find it easy to locate your abode? Perhaps you’ve got a confusing road layout, or it may even be an unmarked road? If that’s the case, you will want to make it as easy as possible for visitors to find your house.

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One way to do that is by adding some large, stylish house numbers to your property. They are perfect for when you’re waiting for deliveries, and the truck driver can’t see where your house is!

  1. Have your driveway resurfaced

Is your current driveway a mess of broken concrete and weeds? Perhaps all you’ve got for a driveway is a pile of gravel or dirt on the ground? As you can imagine, having a level and surfaced drive makes any home more desirable to future homebuyers. Plus, it makes life easier for anyone living at or visiting your house. You can have your driveway surfaced with asphalt, concrete, or brick pavers.

  1. Let there be light

Don’t you just hate it when you get home at night and have to fumble around looking for the right door key? A lack of illumination can be a real pain in the behind, but you can easily solve that problem by installing some lighting! You can have an electrician install some powered outdoor security lights. Or, you could opt for solar or battery-powered ones, if you prefer.

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  1. Fit a stylish door knocker

You might have a doorbell that you expect people to use. But, what would happen if you have a visitor and your doorbell wasn’t working? A good failsafe to have for backup purposes is a door knocker! Of course, you don’t have to opt for a standard tradesman’s brass knocker; there are a plethora of stylish options out there!

  1. Decorate your front entrance with some plants

It’s important to make your home inviting for any guests, friends, or family members that you are expecting to visit. You can start that experience by adding some stylish plants by the entrance to your front door. Some people may choose to have ornaments, but plants look more inviting. Plus, they make good landmarks if you have a visitor that can’t find your house for whatever reason!

  1. Add some slate tiles to the front entrance

If you have a porch by your front door, make it look more modern and fresh with some slate tiles! They are available in a range of different sizes, colors, and textures. Choose ones that complement the design of your house, and you’ll instantly add value and pizazz to your property.

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  1. Revamp your exterior walls

If you have exposed bricks on your outside walls, the chances are high that the weather will have made them look lackluster. You should spend some time cleaning the walls with a pressure washer. Once dried, make a note of any areas with broken or missing mortar between the bricks. You can then fill those areas in with fresh matching mortar. Finally, seal bricks and mortar with a protective transparent paint.

  1. Stain your wood fence panels and garage door

The thing about wood is that while it’s a versatile construction material, it’s also prone to rot over time. With that thought in mind, you should take the time to stain your wood fence panels and garage door. Doing so will give them a layer of protection and make them look fresh and attractive. You can get the stain in a variety of colors and tones, so there will be something to suit your home’s exterior appearance and complement it well.

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  1. Add a pergola and climbing vines to your garage door surround

The garage door isn’t a particularly interesting aspect of your home’s exterior to look at. But, you could make it a feature rather than a boring part of your house with a couple of simple additions! All you need to do is install a pergola on top of the surround and grow some climbing vines around it. Once the vines have grown, it will make your garage and driveway feel more “homely”!

  1. Hide exposed foundations with faux panels

Sure, you could take the time to paint over your exposed house foundations. But, what if you would rather hide them out of sight? An attractive way to do so is by installing some faux panels. They are easy to fit, cheap to buy, and can get cut to any size for your needs. There are many styles and patterns available to purchase, and they will enhance the look of your home’s exterior.

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  1. Camouflage your air conditioning unit

Does your house have air conditioning? If so, you might be unhappy about the unsightly outdoor unit having to be in full view of people walking outside of your home. Don’t worry because there is an easy solution to this problem: simply camouflage it! You can do so with plants or an attractive slatted wood surround.

  1. Improve the appearance of your mailbox

Do you have a curbside mailbox at your house? And is it looking a little worse for wear? Well, you don’t need to spend money buying a new one when you can just renovate your existing one! All you need to do is give it a good clean and apply some weatherproof paint to protect it from the elements. If the mailbox is perched on a wooden pole, be sure to stain it, so it has extra protection.

  1. Buy a welcome mat for your front door

Perhaps one of the cheapest, quickest, and easiest ways to brighten up your home’s exterior is with a new welcome mat! Some people purchase personalized ones, while others opt for “cheap and cheerful” ones that you can get from any local hardware store.

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  1. Pressure wash your home’s exterior

You will have no doubt spent some time pressure washing your walls as per tip #9. But, did you know that you can enhance other exterior items by giving them a good clean too? You can use your pressure washer on wooden decking, asphalt and brick driveways, windows, and even your garbage cans! Believe it or not, exterior cleaning is the one thing that many homeowners forget to do!

  1. Tackle the weeds

One annoying thing that attacks virtually all houses is when weed grows through cracks in concrete flooring or brick pavers. Fortunately, it’s a situation you can easily fix by applying liquid weed killer. After a few days, you can remove the weeds with a suitable gardening tool or even your pressure washer. Weeds make any home’s exterior look unkempt and unattractive; they simply must go!

  1. Create some flower beds around your trees

Last, but not least, if you’ve got some trees growing in your garden and front lawn, consider decorating them with some flower beds! They will add some well-contained color and character, and will give people the impression that you have a well-maintained house. The latter is especially important if you’re trying to sell your home!

Thanks for reading today’s article. See you soon!

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Is It Time Your Home Got A Face Lift?

Is It Time Your Home Got A Face Lift?

The appearance of a home is critical. According to estate agents, a home with a grubby exterior can fetch up to 10 percent less when it goes to market, all because of the bad impression it creates. That said, doing up your home is expensive. Not everybody has $10,000 to spend on sprucing things up.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big difference. Here are some ways to give your home a fresh appearance without paying through the nose.

Update Your Walls

Painting on exterior walls can give a house character, but as painting contractors know all too well, paint can also reflect the age of your home. Whitewash houses painted after the second world war are looking a little worse for wear these days.

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The great thing about painting is that it has the ability to cover up all manner of evils, including scrapes, scuffs, and bird droppings. Different shades of exterior paint will have dramatically different effects on the way that your house appears from the outside, so don’t be afraid to play around with colors. Depending on where you live, you could choose blue, lilac or even green.

When choosing paint, opt for low-VOC, since this is the least expensive and the most eco-friendly.

Polish The Roof

Roofs get a bad rap. They’re directly exposed to the elements, and over time, they can end up looking rather worse for wear. The bad news is that you probably won’t be able to take care of the roof yourself, thanks to the risk of falling and hurting yourself. But the good news is that giving it a good polish usually costs less than $300 – well worth it if you’re looking to sell your home.

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While you’re having work done up there, take the chance to fix other issues that might affect the selling price of your home. These include things like covering up holes, applying anti-rust solutions and so on. Once you’ve had the roof cleaned, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes to the appearance of your house. Suddenly it looks nearly new again!

Take The Front Door For An MOT

The front door of your home is the first thing that guests see when they come knocking. As a result, it’s important that it is looking its best. There’s no need to spend a fortune and buy a whole new door. Instead, you can easily repair the one you’ve got already, especially if it is made of wood. Look out for things like loose doorknobs and cracks on the surface.

To take things to the next level, you could add things like a brass door knocker or a new doorbell with a great ring. Repairing a door will set you back between $50 and $100.

Cut Back Those Weeds

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Nobody wants to be greeted with overgrown weeds in their front garden. It’s a good idea, therefore, to cut back on ugly weeds wherever possible, as well as trim the hedges, rake away any dead leaves and cut the grass.

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Cheap and Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Floor Space

Cheap and Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Floor Space

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Floors. It’s no doubt they’re one of the most important features of your house. Not only in a practical sense, but in a decorative sense.  Yet, floors can often be forgotten when restyling or redecorating. Of course, some may choose their perfect flooring when they renovate but even then there is more that can be done to ensure your floors become the highlight of your house. Maybe you have excess space, or maybe you’re looking for something to make your house more homey. Have a look at some of the cheap and easy ways spruce up your floor space to get some inspiration.

Vase

Everyone loves flowers, so why not add a vase to a free space to add a little bit of brightness to your day.  The larger the vase, the better as it will highlight the surrounding area. For this reason, ensure you place it in an area that is not overcrowded with furniture or objects to get the best out of your flooring. For longevity, you may want to purchase artificial flowers. Or you may prefer the smell of fresh flowers. It’s up to you to be creative and choose the style that suits you best.

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Rugs

When it comes to redecorating our floor space, rugs and mats are one of the first things many think of. A feature rug can make a house feel like home, warm and safe. A shaggy rug on your flooring can warm us up in winter just as quickly as we can put it away to cool us down in the summer. Rugs can be swapped and changed to ensure you are never restricted to just the one style. If matched to the style of a room, it can add an element to your house that may be lacking otherwise.

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Decorated Floorboards

This is a new trend, and quite a controversial one. Done right it can be a huge success, done wrong may result in an even bigger urge to redecorate your floor space. Painting your bamboo flooring, whether it be like in the featured photo, or maybe a bright pattern can be quite a daunting idea for most people. But if you’ve got a bit of the creative flair in you, patterned or decorative floorboards can add a lot of individuality to your home. Worried about your artistic skills? You could always make it a collaborative experience

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with some friends, or even hire an artist to make your dreams come alive.

Wine Racks

Wine Racks are not only a way to show off your wine knowledge, but can also double as a decorative feature. If you’re not a big wine drinker, buy some old milk bottles and fill them up with decorative shells, beads or other pretties to make them more colourful and stand out in your home. If you’ve got kids you can substitute with glass jars and use them as stationary holders and create a mess (and stress) free craft space.

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Regardless of what you envision with your own flooring, remember to be creative and reflect your own personality with your choices to achieve the best results. If you couldn’t find any inspiration here, remember decluttering can help bring out the most important features of your home, and will accentuate your flooring further.

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5 Ways To Keep Yourself Healthy

5 Ways To Keep Yourself Healthy

When you’re a child, adulthood seemed like a fairy tale land that was far away. You didn’t have to think about your sugar or fat intake. You didn’t have to think about going for a run at 6am three times a week. You certainly didn’t worry whether you were eating too much, because all the running around you did at school was burning it all off for you!

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However, a part of adulthood is taking care of your health. You become very aware of your own body as you grow up, something that children are blissfully ignorant toward. Living a healthier life doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, it just takes some effort on your part. There are many ways of living a healthier lifestyle, and we’ve listed five ways you can do just that.

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Act like water is the only drink left on earth, and it’s all you’ll drink. Our bodies are made up of 90% water. We are basically cucumbers with feelings. Without water, we will shrivel up and dry out – not a good look. Water doesn’t just keep your brain hydrated, either. Your skin will look amazing the more water you drink, you’ll have more energy and your digestive system will be thanking you for it, too. Enjoy other drinks, but in moderation.

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Eat real food. Physically, all food is real, but if a slice of bread is as nutritionally equal to a slice of cardboard, would you still eat it? Probably not. You should be eating a balanced diet with mainly fruits, vegetables and whole grains for fiber. If your food has too many ingredients in it that aren’t of other foods, steer clear of it.

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Have the right healthcare plan. You’re an adult, you’ve probably already researched the best Medicare supplemental insurance plans. If you’ve done this and chosen one, you have covered your health properly so that should you ever need professional medical care, you have a back-up to help pay for it. Getting the best medical care is crucial to your future and you should ensure you sort this as early as possible.

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Sleep is not a punishment. As a child, a nap felt like the end of the world and being sent to bed was a punishment. As an adult, sleep is a golden gift from the Gods of ZZZ. Your body needs time to recharge in the same way it needs food to fuel it and water to hydrate it. If your job or your social life are preventing you from a minimum of seven hours sleep a night, change it. You need to be a whole, healthy human and sleep can help you get there.

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Exercise isn’t torture, we promise. Keeping your body moving will keep you from getting too stiff, too sick and too sore to actually move. Find something that makes you feel fantastic and grab hold of it. Making exercise fun is crucial in keeping motivated, so join a class if you need to. Listen to your body and pay attention to what you need to keep your heart healthy.

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The Unexpected Shock of Divorce: How to Cope

The Unexpected Shock of Divorce: How to Cope

Divorce is one of the most stressful things you can experience in life. But the fact remains that that divorce rates continue to rise, as they have been doing for quite some time now. It’s not the kind of thing that you can prepare for, and it can arrive in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. But finding ways that help you cope with the whole process is really important. There are negative ways and positive ways to go through a divorce.

No One Expects Divorce, But it Happens

Most people get married and expect to live happily ever after. This is what’s in their mind, but how the reality plays out is rarely the same. I don’t want to be unromantic here because many marriages do work out happily and the two people stay together for the rest of their lives. But for many people, it falls apart much sooner than that. And they didn’t expect that, just as you probably didn’t expect to be getting divorced.

It’s important to realise that these things happen, though. Sometimes, people just drift apart, and they just become incompatible, even if they used to be compatible. There is often little sense in persevering with a marriage that’s dead because it probably won’t come back to life anytime soon. It’s not necessarily even anyone’s fault; it just happens.

Remain Practical, Even When Emotions Run High

Emotions do often get the better of people when they’re going through divorce proceedings. There is often a desire to get the better deal and take revenge on the other person. This might seem rational at the time, but in reality is mostly childish stupidity. And divorces are much easier to cope with when both people act like reasonable adults and work to make things as pleasant and easy as possible.

This means you probably shouldn’t try to go through the process without hiring a lawyer. Many people think that this will actually help they to avoid conflict. In fact, the opposite is true. Most of the time, divorce lawyers can balance out personal conflicts and keep things strictly factual and logical. They are not weighed down by the emotions you two both feel.

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Move on and Experience New Things as Quickly as You Can

If you want to cope well with divorce, once the proceedings are over with and you no longer want to be associated with your former partner, you should just move on. If you spend too long dwelling on what happened and what went wrong, it will just weigh you down and make your life a misery. No one wants to go through that.

You should try to change your life and do the things that you have never done before. This can provide you with a sense of freedom that you never had before. You can meet new people, try new things and spend money on stuff your ex would never have wanted you to spend money on. This period of moving on and breaking free is one of the most important.

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6 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Exterior Paint Palette

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

6 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Exterior Paint Palette

 

image-4-2Choosing the exterior paint palette has never been an easy task. Unlike the interior that is supposed to be modeled entirely according to your liking, your house’s exterior is out there, exposed to everyone’s judgment. The wrong hues can affect the look of the entire street. But, that’s only a part of the problem. You need to think about the style and durability of your exterior paint, and any wrong step can cost you a small fortune when you realize that you’ve made a mistake. Let’s make sure that this doesn’t happen.

Consider the look of your neighborhood

Some cities like Cinque Terre, Cape Town, Trinidad and Bristol are inherently vivid and colorful. Adding to that diversity will only make them appear livelier. However, if you are living in a more traditional city or neighborhood, going for a garnish hue of green will make passers-by literally go green. That doesn’t mean that your entire neighborhood should follow the uniform, by-the-numbers color pattern. But, if you are surrounded with gentle browns and grays, going full cyan wouldn’t make too much sense, would it?

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Think about permanent materials and installations

When choosing the right exterior paint palette, consider the hues and nuances of the permanent exterior elements, such as roof, brick or stone foundation, patio, tiles, stonework, pathways or some other permanent accents. Put them all on the paper, try to find the lowest common denominator and work your way up from there. Are they cool or warm? Earthy or neutral? If you end up stuck, know that the colors that belong to the opposite ends of the color spectrum (for instance, red brick foundation and gray/blue exterior paint) make just as good combination.

Take style and era of the house into the equation

Can you imagine a Victorian house painted in stark orange and pale mint green? It looks jarring, right? Well, you are not the only one who thinks that. As a matter of fact, some neighborhoods, cities, and states even have different regulations prescribing the recommended colors for historic buildings. If you own an older house, it would be a good idea to do a little research and find what colors were popular when the house was built and it’s preferable to stick to those.

Use bold accents

Of course, if you don’t feel obliged to paint your house in accordance with your neighbors’ tastes or even a historical context, you shouldn’t be afraid to follow your own instincts. However, if you intend to use unusual, bold, and eye-catching colors it would be wise to limit them to accents like the front door, window trims, and fascia, and paint the rest of the house in some neutral color. This way, you will have much more room to experiment with the accents in the future.

Start with samples

image-1-4Some colors may look great on the paper, but that’s not always the case when you paint it on the wall. That is why you should start small. Paint a small portion of the wall, leave it to dry and see how it behaves throughout the day. Something that looks nice in the morning may not look as good in the evening. Painting a couple of different colors at the same time will give you even a better perspective.

Don’t forget durability

By painting a house, you are giving a new look to your most valuable possession. How about using this opportunity to make your most valuable possession a bit more durable? With the right choice of protective paints, coatings, and primers you will make your investment more worthwhile as you won’t have to repaint it as frequently.

Follow these few tips and you won’t have any problems painting your house in the right colors. Exterior painting is not that cheap, and you won’t be doing it every year. So, be careful, the mistakes you make will haunt you for many years to follow.

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Saving The Planet One House At A Time

Saving The Planet One House At A Time

Green living is becoming more and more popular, as it can help the planet, and save you money at the same time. Sometimes it might seem like anything you do isn’t going to make a difference anyway, because everybody else is still living an irresponsible lifestyle. That’s not the attitude to have, every small change makes a difference. There are plenty of things that you can do around your own home to reduce energy wastage and save a bit of extra cash. If you want to make your home more environmentally friendly, here are a few tips.

Insulation

One of the main reasons that we use so much energy to warm our homes is because they are losing massive amounts of heat all of the time. There are some quick fixes to this problem, like putting draught excluders under all of the doors. If this doesn’t quite cut it, then you might need to look at the insulation in your house. Calling in a roofer to properly insulate your house could save you thousands in energy bills over the coming years. Having the walls insulated might be a bit more troublesome, but if you have the time and the money, it is worth having done.

Solar Panels

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Getting solar panels might seem like an expensive outlay, but a lot of companies offer a payback service that could extend as far as ten years. You will be making your own energy from day one, making your energy bills almost nothing. In fact, you can actually make money by selling any surplus energy that you create during the summer months. All of this extra money can be used to pay off the cost of installing the solar panels in the first place, and your house will be run on entirely clean energy.

Update Heating

Even if you make an effort to insulate the house, and add some solar panels to the roof, an outdated heating system will keep your bills high. It is a big initial expense, but replacing the boiler with a newer, more efficient one, will save you lots of money. It also reduces the risk of dangerous gases like Carbon Monoxide being released and harming you and your family.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’ve all heard this one before, but most people think that it’s just about the rubbish you produce. Almost everybody recycles the rubbish that they can, but there is so many other ways that you can reuse things around the home. Instead of throwing things away, see if there is anything that you can use them for first. Old clothes can easily be turned into toys for your pets if you have any, and old tin cans can be made into flowerpots, for example.

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There are plenty of companies out there that are selling furniture made from reclaimed wood, so if you don’t fancy making your own, you can still help the planet by buying them. Another good place to get furniture is from second-hand shops, it might need a bit of restoring but this is a fun project that will give you some lovely furniture for a fraction of the price of buying new.

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Picture Perfect: Designing A More Instagrammable Home 

Picture Perfect: Designing A More Instagrammable Home

When it comes to creating a beautiful home, a lot of us turn to Instagram for inspiration. On there we see stunning photo after photo of other people’s picture perfect homes, so it’s no wonder we feel a little jealous at times. Do you wish that your home was an Instagram-worthy space? Don’t worry; you’re not alone – a lot more people than you think feel this way about their homes.

Now, the good news is that making your home more Instagrammable is fairly simple, it’s just as case of smartening it up (inside and out) and working out what the best angles are to snap shots from. For a more Instagrammable home that you can be proud of, here’s what you need to do:

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Make maintenance and repairs a priority

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that maintenance isn’t important when it comes to creating a picture perfect home because it is crucial. Both inside and out, it’s important to deal with any maintenance issues right away, firstly to prevent further damage from occurring and secondly to ensure that your property always looks its best.

One area that far too many of us neglect is our roofs, whether you need hail damage repair or are in need of a whole new roof, it’s a cost that’s worth paying for, especially if you want your home to look the part. Believe it or not, the roof of your property plays a big part in its curb appeal and how Instagrammable it is. Other important areas include the interior and exterior paintwork, the garden, and the general smartness of the property. Not sure what needs fixing? Then have a home inspection performed.

The floor matters

When it comes to snapping a shot of a room in your home, including the floor can help to create a more eye-catching image. This means that the flooring in your home matters, and so, if you aren’t keen on the flooring that you have, or it’s old and grubby, it’s a good idea to replace it. Or, at least, invest in some new rugs to brighten the space up.

If you are thinking of replacing the flooring in your home and want something that’s eye-catching and Instagrammable, it’s a good idea to take your time picking the perfect flooring type. Whether you opt for plain marble flooring or patterned Spanish-inspired tiles, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you choose flooring that matches your home’s design style and is well fitted.

Minimalism is key, as is a focal point

When you look at all the most Instagrammable homes, the one thing that they have in common is the fact that they are designed in a minimalist way. So, if possible, it’s a good idea to make your home a more minimalist space – aka somewhere that is clutter free. The key to a clutter-free home is having plenty of smart storage space and being organised about how you store things. For storage solution ideas, have a browse online – there’s plenty of ways you can incorporate lots of storage into your home without impacting the look of the space.

As well as a minimalist space, it’s also important that each room has a focal point. This could be a beautiful fireplace, a unique piece of artwork, an eye-catching coffee table – it doesn’t matter what, just as long as it’s eye-catching.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about designing a more Instagrammable home.

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5 Reasons Why Getting Fit Will Improve Your Relationship

By Guest Blogger Cathy W.

5 Reasons Why Getting Fit Will Improve Your Relationship

qtq80-B48bBiGetting fit is not all about getting thinner. In fact, solely focusing on weight loss usually leads to feelings of self deprivation rather than self-improvement. Well-being enhances all areas of life, including relationships. Read on for some great reasons to get moving and get in good condition.

Increased Confidence

Getting in shape and renewing health often leads to a better body image and a boost in confidence levels. Setting and reaching new fitness highs also leads to an increase in courage and determination, and these attributes can’t help but spill over into personal and social dimensions. Hardihood and having much to look forward to bide well for not only physical well-being but also for having the spirit and tenacity to love people hard and well.

Increased Anticipation

Getting fit leads to always having something to look forward to. Being physically active does not have to be expensive or involve a gym membership. Especially when partnering with a loved one, there are many ways to generate new excitement by brainstorming new ways to exercise and spend time together. It can also provide a great reason to get out and explore either the home turf or new travel areas. These experiences forge new memories and bonds, contributing to greater family harmony. Choosing new healthy recipes to make together can also provide something satisfying to look forward to.

Increased Sleep Quantity and Quality

Lack of sleep and poor sleep can lead to daytime dysfunction and negativity. It isn’t always easy to break bad habits and it’s not easy to catch up on lost sleep. Getting active can greatly remedy this situation. Even a regular routine of ten minutes or more of aerobic exercise has a direct impact on sleep quantity and quality. Getting fit also often lessens sicknesses and aches and pains that can interfere with sound sleep patterns.

Increased Happiness Levels

Stress is an all too familiar aspect of life. Exercise helps to combat stress with the release of endorphins and also a chance to free the mind of distractions and even to work through ongoing issues. Having a balanced life usually leads to improved productivity and the ability to handle new situations and to troubleshoot in a calm and creative manner. Getting fit often involves getting a focused outlook on life as well, and this can be increased further by incorporating outdoor exercise and getting some sunshine and fresh air as part of the experience.

Increased Longevity

The longer life goes on and the mind and body are kept in optimal condition, the longer relationships can exist. Instead of an activity to tolerate or see as time lost, exercise can be seen as a way of regaining time.

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Enlarge your horizons and health by getting fit or getting more fit. There are really no drawbacks and it is a great way to see improvements in all areas of life. Take steps to improve your health and get ready to experience relationship amplifications as well. Active parents give healthy examples to their children and active spouses offer their significant others a stronger, more exciting version of themselves. Getting fit often leads to pursuing healthier food choices and experiencing the mental and physical wellness that expands life boundaries and possibilities. There are so many ways to adapt the fitness lifestyle to suit your schedule and personality that there is nothing stopping you for getting out there and making strides toward your best self today!

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Personalize Your Property: Making a House Feel Like Home

Personalize Your Property: Making a House Feel Like Home

Most of us have an idea in our head about what our homes ‘should’ look like. We browse Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs and view perfectly styled homes, many of which look very similar because they all follow the same trends. While using these images for inspiration can be useful, don’t forget that ultimately our homes are personal to us. They should be decorated to our own personal tastes. This is how a house really feels like a home, and it allows us to feel happy and inspired by our surroundings. If your property is currently a little boring, here’s how you can spice it up and add personality.

Add Texture

Bringing in different textures to the room makes it look interesting and exciting. You can do this in a variety of different ways. A selection of decorative cushions in different fabrics and soft throws draped over furniture works well. Rugs are a great way of adding texture to wooden floors, and flowing curtains over the top of blinds can look homely and finish the window area off nicely. Don’t be afraid to mix materials either. A wooden dining table for example can look incredible paired up with some industrial looking metal chairs. A mirrored dressing table or gloss wood desk could look cool with a transparent acrylic ghost chair. Have a think about different textures that would work well together for a surprisingly awesome finish.

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Add Colour

Another way to add interest and personality to a room is with color. If you’re a fan of neutrals, this can be a scary concept, but it doesn’t have to be. You could add a little color with a cushion or two, a piece of art, some faux flowers or a couple of lampshades. One or two splashes of color against a plain backdrop can look really effective. Choose an accent shade that works well with the rest of your décor. Some typical color combinations are gray/blush pink, black/white, black/red, navy/yellow and cream/duck egg. When you’re planning out your color scheme, you could take a look online for color combinations that look great together and look at rooms which have been decorated in a similar way.

Think About Wall Décor

Bare walls can make a room feel stark and uninviting, even if the rest of the décor is styled nicely. You could display a piece of art you really love or lots of different smaller pieces in the form of a gallery wall. You could hang a mirror, a clock or put up a shelf to display some decorative items. You don’t want it to look too fussy or cluttered, but a few key pieces can really help to tie the room together and make your home more interesting and personal. Another way to add interest to the walls is to use statement wallpaper and create a feature wall. In living rooms, this is often the wall which has the fireplace on it. In bedrooms, it’s the wall behind the bed. It can help ‘break up’ a bland, blank canvas, and balances nicely when the other three walls are plain. People can be a little dubious about statement walls, but you don’t have to pick really bold and ‘out there’ wallpaper. If bright and bold isn’t your kind of thing, go with a neutral in a subtle design. It will still bring interest but without needing to venture too far out of your comfort zone

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Think About Lighting

Lighting in the home should never be an afterthought. As well as being practical (for seeing at night!) it also allows you to tailor the ambiance in the home and set the mood for whatever you’re doing. Whether you’re eating, watching tv, doing a craft or just socializing, you’ll want different kinds of light for each task. A couple of different lamps around the room with different bulb brightness will allow you to adjust the light as you need. Alternatively, you could consider ‘smart bulbs’- you can adjust the brightness of these through an app on your phone so are handy to have. Your overhead lighting is just as important. You could go with a ceiling fan such as https://www.mylightingsource.com/store/categories/1480/Casablanca-Fans. These can be useful for keeping your home cool in summer and look stylish too. Alternatively, you could choose a design that fits with the theme of the rest of your room. For example, a glittering chandelier would work well with a vintage or glamorous theme. Something with metal and exposed bulbs would look very cool and industrial. Spend some time working out what would look best in the room based on the size, style, and materials.

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Have Fun With Furniture

Furniture is a big investment, it’s certainly not something you want to be replacing every other year and so when you buy you want to get it right. For this reason, choosing fairly classic pieces is the answer. This is because they won’t go out of style and will work with various décor changes over the years. However, there are still ways you can have fun with furniture. For example, you could invest in a classic sofa, but team it up with a bold accent chair. This would be a lot cheaper to buy and also replace in a few years if you fancy a change. You could go with a fun color or pattern, and use cushions in similar colors on the sofa to tie them together. You could invest in a solid dining table but buy stylish on trend chairs to go with it. Again these could be replaced in future for less money than buying everything again. You could even find a cheap, solid piece of furniture such as a sideboard or chest of drawers from a junk shop and upcycle it. It costs hardly anything to do, but you get an interesting and unique piece of furniture to decorate your home with.

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