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Four Furniture Pieces to Brighten your Office

Four Furniture Pieces to Brighten your Office

Many companies try to be thrifty when they furnish their offices. However, there are good reasons to invest in quality furniture when you have the chance. Having nice furniture makes your office more inviting to guests and brightens your mood.

Internationally-renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid said that luxury furniture is becoming more popular than ever. Many designers are using architectural principles to make their furniture more pristine.  “There is a lot of fluidity nowadays between furniture and architecture,” she told The Telegraph. “One of the most exciting things about furniture design is that the production process between idea and result is so much quicker than in the past. Our avant-garde designs inspire new technologies, techniques, and materials. Those, in turn, inspire us to push the design envelope ever further.” Recent market data from leading players in the luxury furniture industry support her claims. The global market for luxury furniture was estimated to be over $21 billion in 2014. It has been growing steadily since.

Here are some great furniture pieces you may want to include in your office. Before you begin purchasing them, it’s important to make sure that you take the dimensions of your home and know how to set it up. We recommend reading this infographic which provides some great tips.

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Burnt-black Wood Tables

You may never have thought of burnt black wooden furniture as being very pleasing to look at. However, some people are willing to pay top dollar for it.

The Telegraph ran a story about the future of luxury furniture. They mentioned that a number of well-known designers were using burnt black wood to craft elegant tables. These artists include Jae Hyo Lee, Jim Partridge, Liz Walmsley, and Michael Fairfax.

You can find pictures of a number of burnt-black wood tables and other furniture on Pinterest. They can give you inspiration for furniture pieces to add to your office or home.

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Mahogany Desks

Mahogany desks are very popular in many offices. They tend to be more expensive than other types of wood, but you can find wildwood mahogany veneer desks for as little as $245.

Why should you buy a mahogany desk? Here are some key benefits to consider:

  • It has a straight grain, so it’s easy to finish.
  • It has a beautiful reddish tint which means it has pleasing aesthetics without requiring any paint or stains.
  • It is highly durable and can last for years.

Although mahogany desks are luxury items, you can usually buy them for reasonable prices.

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Curvaceous Chairs

Freyja Sewell began exploring with a new style of curvy chairs. They may be too feminine for some businesses, but blend perfectly into others. If you own a fashion design business or other company that caters to women with affluent tastes, you may want to invest in one of these.

Sewell has also designed a number of more innovative pieces, including a cocoon-styled sofa and pentagonal shaped, curvy chairs that offer great back support and a wide range of motion. Her curvy-styled chairs are a fascinating design that you won’t find from most other luxury designers.

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    Alder Bookcases

    Alder wasn’t always used for luxury furniture. It was once used by low-income families that couldn’t afford maple. However, milling technology has allowed manufacturers to use alder in new ways, so it’s frequently used to make luxury bookcases.

    There are a number of reasons alder is such a popular material for bookcases. It has a nice rustic tone, which can complement almost any office. It looks very similar to cherry wood, but doesn’t darken with age. While it’s still a luxury material, it’s also about half the price of Birchwood, so it’s ideal for businesses that want to add a luxury touch without overspending.

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    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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