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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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