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5 Ways to Add Fashion and Flair to Your Bathroom Vanity

5 Ways to Add Fashion and Flair to Your Bathroom Vanity

A bathroom vanity, whether in a powder room or master bathroom, provides a unique opportunity to show a little personality. From sleek, modern bathrooms to spaces that are traditional and tailored, adding fashion and flair helps bring bathroom spaces to life and create a warm and cozy ambiance. Here are our top five ways to add a little luxe to the lavatory.

1. Accent Wall

     

    If your bathroom boasts a mostly neutral design with a white vanity, consider adding an accent wall behind your vanity and mirror setup to create visual interest. Oftentimes bathrooms that are mostly white or another clean color look too one-dimensional, creating a flat or antiseptic design. Go glam with mirrored tiles or more spa-like with glass mosaic tiles in shades of blue and green.

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    An accent wall featuring a fun tile display or bright paint color adds extra dimension and flair, anchoring the bathroom’s overall design. Another of our favorite ways to create a subtle accent wall is with beadboard. It’s a great choice for a cottage- or beach-inspired bathroom, where larger planks give a cozy yet natural look.

    2. Displayed Storage

       

      Oftentimes, bathroom storage does its best to conceal all of the things that make a bathroom a bathroom. Instead of stuffing your bath towels in a closet or pushing tissue paper under the sink, opt for a beautiful storage system that showcases your bathroom necessities in style. We love using textured baskets to display bath towels spa-style, or a pretty wire basket to toss toilet paper in when not in use. The same goes for soap and toothbrush holders. Instead of throwing your essentials in a plastic cup or tucking them in a drawer, display them with matching holders that coordinate with your faucet and hardware or with accent colors found in the bathroom.

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      3. Hardware Happy

         

        Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to instantly add fashion and flair to your vanity? Swap out the hardware! It may seem like a small detail, but it can make a big impression. Adding jewelry-inspired hardware to your vanity makes it look more like furniture than a bathroom sink. We love the way antique pulls look on a modern vanity, as well as geometric rings on a vintage dresser-style vanity. For a child’s bath, add a touch of playfulness with bright colors or fun shapes.

        4. Fresh Flowers

           
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          Keeping fresh flowers in the home is a must. Move your favorite blooms to the bathroom vanity for a much-needed organic element. Put them in a pretty vase and display them on a tray to add height and freshness to a powder bathroom, or disperse them throughout a larger master bathroom suite. Flowers in the bathroom help create a cozy, homey feeling. They look best when matching the style of your space, like white tulips in a monochromatic space and full red roses in a traditionally styled master bath.

          5. Framed Mirrors

             

            Adding a framed mirror to your bathroom space takes any bathroom from boring to beautiful in the blink of an eye. Add a textured frame, like wrapped rope or antiqued wood, around a modern mirror for warmth, or opt for a bright gold or silver frame for glamour. For a spa-themed space, use recycled glass tiles in sage, green, gray and chocolate to frame the mirror. Better yet, hang the mirror from a leather strap or rope for a touch of personalization and visual interest.

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            Other accessories that add flair to bathroom spaces include fun yet functional towel bars, beautiful rugs and bath mats, framed art and floating shelves for added storage. What are some of your favorite ways to add personality to your bathroom?

            Featured photo credit: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab via kerriekelly.com

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            Last Updated on October 20, 2020

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

            Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

            More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

            Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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