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Five Creative Ways to Use Your Armoire

Five Creative Ways to Use Your Armoire

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from homeowners is, “How do I add more storage to my space?” It seems that even with shelving, closets, cubbies, and cabinets, storage is always scarce, especially in homes that don’t come equipped with many stowing solutions. Enter armoires. Often seen as pieces meant more for their ornate design than added function, armoires have resurfaced as a prime storage space for houses that need extra hiding spots. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate these double-duty pieces in home decor.

1. Stow Linens

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    Hiding extra linens, blankets, and even articles of clothing is easily one of the best ways to use the space provided by your armoire without overstuffing its silhouette. Armoires typically have wider bodies that allow blankets and bedding to be neatly stacked instead of twisted and shoved to fit. While they are traditionally more vintage in style, some armoires very contemporary with stylish brushed metal handles and a sleek finish, perfect for transitional or modern spaces. To keep your linens fresh while in storage, make sure they are clean and dry and the armoire is placed in a cool, dark, and dry area of the house.

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    2. Use It as A Hutch

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      Whoever said armoires belong in the bedroom clearly never tried stowing their favorite dishware in one! If you have an armoire that speaks to your style, put it on display in the dining or living room to show off your favorite chinese dishware or collectibles. Not only does this offer a storage solution, but it also keeps your valuables out of harm’s way and lowers the risk of them breaking.

      Pro tip: Take the doors off of the hinges and stain the armoire with a new finish to create a unique hutch that allows you to store dishware that won’t fit in typical displays.

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      3. Substitute for A Closet

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        Especially helpful for vacation homes or guest bedrooms, armoires doubled as closets allow you to display clothing and linens beautifully while also providing functional storage. Store your smaller items like socks and accessories in baskets and stack sweaters and more fragile articles on the shelving or in drawers. Add visual interest to the doors by painting or staining them, or take them off altogether to show off your wardrobe.

        4. Add Storage in The Bathroom

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          If your bathroom is large enough for added shelving, then it’s large enough for a beautiful armoire. Using glass doors and updated hardware, turn your armoire into a super stylish medicine cabinet and linen closet combination used to store towels, toiletries, and bathroom must-haves effortlessly. For a modern update, paint your armoire bright white and use nickel hardware. Add some organization with white baskets and white shelving.

          5. Create A Study Spot

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            Many antique armoires come with whimsical features like extra cabinets and hidden compartments. Should yours come equipped with a fold-out bureau flap, use it to your advantage! Place it in a space you would use to study or do extra work on the weekends, and create a mini-office centered around your armoire. Flip down the fold-out to turn your armoire into a small secretary and storage combination. Stow your computer, a few files, and some writing utensils in the bottom half and dishware or valuables along the upper shelving.

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            Still at a loss as to how to use your armoire for storage? Try placing it in a recessed wall area to fill space and keep household items accessible and organized. Armoires also work well as added storage in a kitchen in need of another design element and storage. Don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch by applying removable wallpaper to the backing of the armoire for instant invigoration or a boldly painted hue to liven up the room. Walk through your home and peek at corners and wall space that could use extra storage or added visual interest. Instead of adding floating shelves or cubbies, opt for a beautiful armoire.

            Featured photo credit: http://www.homedepot.com via homedepot.com

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            Last Updated on October 14, 2019

            10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

            10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

            When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

            1. Stand More

            Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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            2. Gamify Your Life

            Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

            3. Eat Your Veggies

            Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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            4. Eat Protein

            This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

            5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

            Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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            6. Spice Up Your Meals

            Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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              7. Drink Caffeine

              No, drinking loads of coffee is not bad for you. The sugar and heavy cream you could be inclined to chase it down with might be though. Caffeine helps mobilize—that is, get rid of—adipose tissue, or fat. It also helps athletic performance, and some individuals report it to have appetite-curbing effects. If you’re very sensitive to stimulants, try not to have caffeine too close to bedtime though, as it can mess with your sleep.

              8. Plan Your Meals Around Exercise

              I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

              9. Do Intermittent Fasting

              It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

              10. Use Cold Exposure

              For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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