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Interior Design 2016: Find About Fresh New Trends

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Interior Design 2016: Find About Fresh New Trends

In order to stay in a good mood and to be productive, we need to change our environment from time to time. If you haven’t changed your home style in a while, this could be the best time to do it, because the latest trends of 2016 are simply to die for. The combination of different styles, mixture of materials and cozy rooms are a new trend, so let’s see the must-haves for every room in your house.

1. Kitchen: it’s all about workhorse islands.

At one point it was popular to have bars in the kitchen, and almost every home had one. However, new bars are workhorse islands. They require a spacious kitchen, or one that is a bit bigger, so it isn’t an obstacle to move around your kitchen and cook. As they are supposed to make cooking easier by providing enough space to prepare ingredients, they are a necessity for big families.

The mixture of raw materials, tiles of warm colors and wooden French country workhorse islands with concrete counter tops will make you spend the whole day just sitting in your kitchen. Ditch boring grey colors, especially if your kitchen is open to the dining room. You want to make people feel comfortable, and not like they are in an office.

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2. Dining room: formal dining rooms are in again.

Dining rooms are usually used for weekend lunches and dinners, holidays and reunions. As we lead busy lives and rarely have time to eat with our family during work days, weekends are time to bond and find out what’s been happening during the week.

So, create the dining room that will reflect your family’s taste, but give it a formal touch, as you want to provide your family with the best atmosphere during holidays. Moreover, if you are hosting formal cocktail parties, then make sure people don’t feel overdressed at your home.

Formal dining rooms are thankfully again in, so don’t turn your dining room into an office, as it was a trend until recently. Just add some vintage chairs and table, and don’t forget to let some light in your dining room.

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3. Living room: tech-free and cozy

Living rooms are the place where you can spend some quality time with your family and friends. However, with different tech trends came PS4, Xbox One, huge TVs, sound systems and other things that only isolate you from the people you love.

It’s perfect to watch some film on a quality TV screen with your friends or family, or play a multiplayer game on PS4 or Xbox One, but as they are pretty addictive, we forget to talk to each other even when we are in the room together. Because of that, the new trend of tech free and cozy living rooms, where we can unplug and kick back, is something we have all been waiting for.

Rest after a busy day spent in front of your computer, and enjoy your silent and comfy living room. After some time spent in a tech-free living room, you’ll notice how you actually bond with your family, so don’t forget to stop scrolling your news feed and leave your phone alone in this new living room.

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4. Bedroom: headboards

When we were teenagers, we wanted to have trendy and colorful headboards, and they were usually full of different pictures and quotes. But, they are trendy again, and any style can be upgraded with this simple addition.

If you like simple bedrooms, without many items and colors, headboard can make your bedroom cozier and more comfortable. Let’s say, for example your bedroom is white with some wooden wardrobe and some flowers. If you add wooden headboard, it will take the style of your bedroom to a whole new level.

If you are creative and want to save some money, there are many DIY headboard ideas to choose from. Look for different headboards, and find the right one for you or just search for an idea, so you could make it by yourself.

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5. Bathroom: statement mirror

No more boring bathrooms and no more medicine cabinets that take up too much space. We are all happy to know that statement mirrors are a new trend, as this means a variety of mirrors in different styles, shapes and colors. If you like wooden materials, then make sure you take a look at wood-framed statement mirrors.

On the other hand, if you would like to add some vintage touch to your bathroom, then look for vintage statement mirrors with ornate gems. There are many beauties, which will make your bathroom look stylish and beautiful. Just remember that the bathroom should be a place of relaxation, where all of your worries disappear, so don’t use anything with aggressive colors.

These great interior design trends of 2016 have brought back items and styles that promise to bring us closer with our family and allow us to relax. Owing to the great comeback of formal dining rooms and cozy furniture, we are provided with a lot of different items to choose from and different ideas to upgrade our homes. I hope you have a great time coming up with remodeling ideas based n these guidelines.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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