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Updating Your Home? Check Out These Top Trends

Updating Your Home? Check Out These Top Trends

Are you feeling the need for a home update? We all get a little bored of our interiors from time to time and the summer is the perfect season to give your home a little refresh. It’s super important to enjoy the space you live in. An inspiring home environment is vital, especially if you work from home!

You need to be able to enjoy the space you live in, and keep it fresh. A few simple adjustments and accessories can go a long way. You should enjoy creating the space you spend your time in, so it’s worth the TLC. So why not check out these top trends to help give your home a stylish and contemporary new look! Apologies to your credit card in advance.

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Velvet Additions

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    Velvet is definitely *the* texture of the moment. It may appear a little daunting at first but there are plenty of ways in which you can work this trend into your current home. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a velvet sofa, instead, why not add a pair of velvet cushions to your existing sofa to give it a little update? Or you could meet the trend halfway and opt for a velvet statement chair. Either way, it’s definitely a style worth incorporating into your interior!

    Falling Ivy

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      Move over succulents and cacti, it’s all about the ivy now. Dot around in various locations including window shelves and shelves, and let it elegantly fall. It adds a beautiful touch to your home, plus, indoor plants are said to enhance your mood and have a calming effect. Time to stock up on ivy! It definitely looks best against a crisp white wall, perfect interior design.

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      Unusual Wall Hooks

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        Quirky wall hooks are a total must-have! Not only do they offer a great storage solution for bags, hats and scarves, they offer a little quirkiness to your walls. Plus you’ll find your hallway becomes a lot less messy! These circular ones look great and offer a minimalist vibe. Keep your clutter at bay, whilst remaining truly stylish.

        Subway Style Tiles

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          I just love these subway style tiles. Subway tiles adds a classic utilitarian feel to any area. They’re also very easy to do yourself! It’s a great little DIY project, so clear a couple of days to get your hands dirty. All you need it dark grey grout and a de-grouter and you can get started! I love the simple, clean aesthetic look and they can be the upgrade your bathroom or kitchen needs, plus it’s super cheap so why not give it a go? The style of this bathroom is just perfect with these white tiles. Did you know that subway tiles got their names from the ceramic tiles used in the early twentieth century on the New York City subway stations walls.

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          Slogan Cushions

          Say it all with a cushion! Slogan cushions are all over Pinterest right now, they add a quirky, humorous touch to your interiors and they won’t break the bank. H&M are a great destination for budget cushion covers that say it all! Dress up your sofa or statement chair with a few different style of cushions for a homely, yet contemporary feel.

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            There are so many benefits to keeping your home fresh and updated. It can enhance your mood and create an inspirational area to thrive in. Just a few simple changes here and there can really make a difference, and it doesn’t have to cost the world either! Take some time off to get down to a little DIY. You never know, you might just surprise yourself.

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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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