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6 Ideas For A Perfect Home Exterior Design

6 Ideas For A Perfect Home Exterior Design

No place compares to home. It’s our safe haven – the one place we always go to after the hassles of everyday life. It’s only natural that our home is everything we want it to be and more. While we have a certain intrapersonal connection and privacy with the interior, the exterior is just as important. There, we could better enjoy the gifts of nature like a breath of fresh air, rest our head in the cool weather or simply enjoy the fresh wind from all angles.

Beautiful home decorations are products of well-thought concepts. They tell a story, capturing an experience that the homeowner or designer seeks to relive, and create avenues for great moments.

While our individual tastes differ, there are certain elements to consider in creating beautiful home exterior designs that’ll make lasting impressions.

The following ideas will give your home exterior design a touch of perfection.

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1. Exterior colour balance

The exterior colour combination of your home can be likened to the act of making a first impression. It forms an opinion about your personality. Varieties of colours create different aesthetics and communicate different messages.

If you want to keep it simple, a monochromatic impression can give you just that. But if you want to make a huge statement, bold colours tick the box.

Playing with colours is a great idea. However, it’s important that you consider the general outlook of your neighbourhood – you don’t want your house to look totally out of place.

2. Control weeds

Nothing ruins your efforts to create a well decorated exterior as much as unwanted grasses springing up their heads around your building. The presence of weeds, all over the place, contradicts the whole essence of a beautiful home appearance, and takes you back to the scratch.

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Ever heard of the saying, “let sleeping weeds lie?” That’s very correct — only those in the top of soil stand a chance of growing further. It’s necessary that you implement weed control measures to destroy plants that are getting in the way of your design, so your home doesn’t look like an abandoned building with no iota of attraction.

3. Outdoor Art

What’s there not to love about outdoor art? It can give a unique identity to our home. If there’s anything you’d love to exhibit to the public at no cost, then this is your opportunity.

Outdoor art pieces can be showcased in a series of forms with a wide range of artistic materials. You could try out different designs from sitting objects to mounted frames until you “hit the spot.” It’s your home and your space – give people something beautiful to look at and talk about.

4. The front area

The front of your house is an open secret; everyone sees it. Having items like old furniture, damaged appliances and tools littered around takes away the aesthetics you seek to achieve, making it look a garage.

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As a golden rule, keep it simple and clear. A clustered front area can be too much to handle. You can make use of a few flower pots or feature containers, with beautiful flowers, to create just the right amount of appeal without making it too busy.

5. The front door

There’s something about the front door of a home that makes it difficult to ignore, regardless of how small it may be. After the eyes capture the whole building, the lenses zoom in on the door, by reflex.

A tastefully finished front door tells a pleasant story about the inside of your home as it reflects the beauty of what lies ahead. You could make that story complete by adding a touch of class to the entry area with architectural designs, and pots of flowers, standing on both sides like stewards, welcoming guests as they arrive.

6. Backyard garden

Do you have a large open space in your backyard? If yes, then setting up a garden can make your home even more beautiful.

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A well designed garden, appeals to our senses – the sweet fragrance of the flowers is refreshing, the breath-taking view creates long lasting mental pictures, and the sound made from birds and insects that perch on them is entertaining.

With its serene atmosphere, your garden might become your favourite spot in your house and your guests will be delighted to share in the relaxation experience.

Have you ever seen one of those homes with an exterior design that looks so perfect, and you wish it were yours? There’s a soothing feeling that comes with having an attractive home.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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