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4 Fabulous Ceiling Fixtures to Instantly Boost Style

4 Fabulous Ceiling Fixtures to Instantly Boost Style

One of the best ways to update any home is through lighting. If your home was built in the last ten years, chances are that it has builder lighting throughout that is less than fashionable. If you’re looking for an instant facelift that doesn’t break the bank, we recommend looking at new lighting options. From flush mounts and chandeliers to thoughtful pendant light placement, refreshed lighting gives your home plenty of oomph. Below are four of our favorite styles to recommend to clients who are looking to spruce up their space.

1. Flush Mount

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    One of the simpler lighting choices, flush mounts are the ideal choice for something subtle yet stately. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits your home’s interior style. To make a bold statement, we like to use flush mounts featuring cut-outs and metallic details. This type of lighting looks best in transitional settings, as it doesn’t distract from the design. If you’re looking for more glamour, we suggest looking to semi-flush mounts that feature similar designs to chandeliers. Flush mounts with a little extra bling nod to luxuriousness without the intricacy of a cascading chandelier. That style’s brilliance and sophistication plays well with traditional or transitional homes. If you’re looking for something more masculine or industrial, flush mounts come in an array of options featuring matte bronze coloring in angular shapes and configurations. They look particularly beautiful in an office or living room with a dimmer setting.

    2. Chandeliers

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      For those of us looking to add some glitz and glamour to our everyday routine, a chandelier is the perfect solution. Gone are the days when a chandelier meant an overbearing light fixture imposing glassy and obtrusive light on everything around it. With innovative designs and updated technology, we’re seeing a flurry of new chandeliers with a contemporary take on lighting. These chandeliers anchor a space without stealing attention away from the thoughtful design of the room. Options like beaded chandeliers provide subtle light with intricate detailing, while a wood chandelier is perfect for a luxe cottage setting.

      3. Pendants

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        Pendant lighting has become a very popular choice for nearly every room in the house. Whether hung over a table or dotted above a kitchen island, pendant lighting is the perfect way to illuminate a kitchen. A large drum hung over a kitchen table provides ample light (and style) for a dinner party or just enough to finish working after dark. Hanging multiple pendants above a bar or island helps properly light the entire surface, which is necessary for food preparation and midnight snacking. Pendant lighting also looks beautiful as an anchor in an entry way or hallway, dramatizing the room around it. With different finishes, textures and scales available, you’d be hard-pressed to not find one you absolutely love.

        4. Unconventional Fixtures

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          Oftentimes, we reach for lighting fixtures that don’t necessarily fit in any of the boxes above. They borrow characteristics from flush mounts, chandeliers and pendants to create a new and innovative design that lights up an entire room. The unconventional features that always steal our attention feature geometric designs, interesting angles, bold metallic accents and gravity-defying configurations. From designs boasting straightforward bulbs dotted in a row or simple Edison bulbs dangling from an industrial chandelier-pendant hybrid, we love adding these interesting and creative lighting solutions to homes for instant style boosts. Because they are so attention-grabbing, this lighting style is best suited for rooms with neutral color palettes and subtly designed furnishings so the light fixture can be the sole focus.

          What are some of your favorite ways to create statement lighting with ceiling fixtures? 

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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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          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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