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6 Ways To Upgrade Your Home

6 Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Are you ready to give your home a new look or makeover? A few simple changes can give your home a new feel and make it more welcoming for your family and guests. Here are a few easy ways to add flair and comfort to your home.

1. Add Recessed Lighting

Installing recessed lighting is one of the easiest ways to make your home appear modern and luxurious. It also allows you to illuminate your house in a minimalistic way without the usual clutter and cords associated with lamps and light bulbs.

Recessed lighting can also be used to focus on a particular area of the room such as painting, a work of art, or  the dining table. It can can also be utilized to give the impression of a larger space.

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2. Remodel Your Kitchen

The kitchen is an area where families tend to congregate and spend lots of time in. It’s easy to transform the entire look of your kitchen by refacing your cabinets and reinstalling cabinet handles. A paint job can also transform your kitchen from drab to fab.

Upgrading the faucet and lighting fixtures can also give your kitchen a fresh appearance.

Another way to make your kitchen look brand new is to upgrade appliances and ensuring they match in color.

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3. Pick The Right Rug

A beautiful rug can be the centerpice of your living room, adding warmth and style. The color and pattern of the rug should be cohesive with your living room’s color scheme, and furniture placement should be planned with the rug in mind.

Choose a simple single color rug if you have a busy living space with lots of patterns and colors. If you chose a busy or patterned rug you may want to pick it first and then pick your remaining accessories and furniture.

A rug’s texture is very important when it comes to accentuating your living space. Interior decorators recommend choosing a texture that will contrast with your existing furniture. For example, a fluffy rug wil look really great with a streamlined, sleek sofa.

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4. Fix Uneven Furniture

Rickety and wobbly furniture can be distracting and uncomfortable for guests, despite the fact that it’s not immediately visible to the eye. Although it can’t be seen, it definitely can be felt. The most common reason for wobbly furniture is uneven furniture legs or an uneven floor.

Place the piece of furniture on a completely flat surface in order to determine if it’s the furniture’s legs or the floor that’s responsible for the unevenness. If it’s still wobbly on a flat surface you’ll know the legs are the culprit.

One of the most effective ways of fixing wobbly furniture is by installing adjustable feet, which can be used to raise a single leg in order to match the others. Another option is placing a shim under the uneven leg.

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5. Paint The Walls

Painting the walls in a room can instantly give your living space (and mood) a boost. Softer colors can be used to create a calming space while bright colors energize. If you’re not sure what color to pick, start off by experimenting on an accent wall or small area first. Rugs and artwork can be used as inspiration when picking a color.

6. Install Crown Molding

One of the fastest ways to add value to your home is by installing crown molding. It can make your home feel more upscale and look well-constructed. Crown molding draws attention to the ceiling and draws the eye upward, giving the room a larger appearance. Crown molding looks best in traditional homes and can look out of place if you have an ultra-modern minimalistic home. If you’re using heavy molding or have curved walls it’s probably best to hire a professional.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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