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6 Ways to Balance Style and Comfort in Your Home

6 Ways to Balance Style and Comfort in Your Home

After a long stressful day, your “home” is the sanctuary where you can unwind from the daily hectic routine of life. We all desire our senses to be aesthetically pleased in the best possible manner, especially when one is thinking of designing the place we live in.

Achieving a proper blend of an electrifying style and a relaxing environment can be a little bit challenging, even some of the most renowned interior design companies struggle with it. However, it will be an exaggerated notion to call it as an “impossible task to accomplish!”

Nowadays, in striving to achieve comfort,people start to compromise style for a cozier feel, unlike the more formal times of the past. “A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more, and their homes are reflecting that,” says New York City-based designer Young Huh. The question which normally arises is: “Can a sanctuary from external world stresses be only acquired at the cost of lucrative style?” However, we believe that with a few intelligent tips, a balance between both comfort and style can be successfully achieved for a home that echoes not only amenity, but also luxury.

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1. Required comfort should be irreplaceable

You would not really care how luxurious, modern, or cool a sofa, bed, or flooring looks unless you don’t find it relaxing and enjoyable to sit, sleep, or walk over it for a long time. While shopping for such items of your house, it is highly recommended to keep comfort on top of all your priorities. Today, there is a massive market of furniture and it is not a challenge to find ultra posh, yet snug and affordable furniture.

2. Design according to your aesthetic sense

Beauty and ugliness are two essential components of our lives. Everyone has their own taste, which itself is being judged subjectively and universally. It is of immense importance for anyone to attain the feel of contentment and pleasure after designing their living space.

What defines a perfectly interior designed room or house could merely be an act of filling out space with voguish decorations and furniture for you. Therefore, it will be sensible to invest your money on what you want and not what others want. At the end of the day, you are the one staying there and not others.

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3. Think before you plan to decorate

Sit in your bedroom, sitting area, washroom, and balcony one by one each day. Look around deliberately; take the feel of every corner, think of how you would want the space to be filled, which colors would give you tranquility, if you would like to keep a certain nook of your home looking spacious or would you rather prefer stuffing it with huge decors.

Plan it all, from lighting to colorful walls. You should be confident on how you would want the final picture in your mind to become a reality. Remember, even if you are hiring an interior decorator for designing your place, they will only be giving an image to your thoughts in a professional manner.

4. Keep tradition parallel to modernization

Although modernization is rendered as transition from traditional to a modern setup, during renovating or decorating your house for style and comfort, a blend of both modern and traditional style (termed as transitional styling) is considered as one of the secrets behind a warm, cozy, and well furbished home.

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To incorporate a touch of both, go for wooden interior with vintage yet trendy mixing elements and light tan matted color selections.

5. Nature, a health promoter and beauty enhancer

How can one forget to mention “nature” while discussing style and comfort together? We know nature plays a vital role in human health and well-being. Keeping ornamental plants in the home has a very soothing influence on the human mind and vision. Also, greenery in general brings positive energy, character, and beauty to any space.

Plants give a refreshing retro look and feel to the home. There is a wide variety of houseplants and thousands of ideas for displaying them in a grand manner. Visit any local nursery to bring in some alluring houseplants and consider cascading them like the string of pearls or as side-table chic pots. Do not worry if you don’t have a green thumb because many of the plants ask for almost no care at all.

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6. Soft fabric is a must

Sometimes you are going to spend the entire day in your lounge doing nothing but just sitting. Make sure you go for the right kind of mushy, flurry, soft, and comfy fabric for your sofa and cushions.

Having cotton slipcovers over the pillows, ottoman, and throws (rather than the thick structured leathery upholstery) will make you feel pampered like a baby, which we all become at one point or the other in our homes. Similarly, you can go for a very soft, stylish, and stripped rug on the floor. This will not only give a burst of grandeur to your room, but will also feel as if you are walking on the very clouds themselves.

Featured photo credit: tommerton2010 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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