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Last Updated on October 12, 2017

15 Wonderful Airbnb Homes That Will Inspire You to Live a Little Differently

15 Wonderful Airbnb Homes That Will Inspire You to Live a Little Differently

Vacations in a rented home always seem so restful, which isn’t strictly because it’s a vacation; a lot of it has to do with a sense of no responsibility. When you’re out of your own home, you aren’t surrounded by the constant reminders that you haven’t put the dishes away yet, or you need to dust the ceiling fans and do laundry. When you can focus more on resting and less on daily chores and responsibilities, you feel revitalized and more zen.

Change your home to change your perspective.

Just a small change can make a big difference at home. Finding inspiration through homes on AirBnb is a great place to start. Maybe you and a loved one just took an incredible trip and stayed in a tree house. Sure, it may not be possible to go home and turn your home into a tree, but you could still incorporate that airy feel. If you loved the greenery through the window, how about some house plants to bring the outdoors in? Find small things to add and feel free to make changes frequently. If it makes you feel like you’ve just transported yourself, then you’re doing it right!

When you can make those little detail changes in your home, it can boost that happiness you feel — just like when you travel. In fact, the change of scenery in general is a big part of why vacations are so rejuvenating.

Even the color tones at home can make you feel differently. For example, yellow shaded wall encourages a peaceful environment; green is a calming color that is nice to act as a transition from the outdoors; gray color boosts relaxation and serenity; and browns’ natural roots give it a relaxing touch.[1]

Now that you understand how you decorate your home, and the color of your home have a great effect on health and mood, how do you start to work on your home?

The list below is filled with homes in the States that will inspire you to live differently. Scroll through the photos on the site and notice the decorative choices the owners have made.

1. Secluded Intown Treehouse

This incredible home in Atlanta, Georgia provides Southern charm in an unbeatable location. While you’ll feel like you’re completely secluded, don’t worry, there’s still Wifi! Notice the clean, neutral tones and all the natural sunlight. Find out more about this home here:  Secluded Intown Treehouse

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    2. Malibu Dream Airstream

    Talk about galloping! This Airstream in Malibu, California offers visitors an unforgettable escape. Get all the calming blue you could ever wish for with views of the Pacific ocean and gorgeous starry nights with no light pollution. Find out more about this home here: Malibu Dream Airstream

      3. The Joshua Tree House

      With neutral lighting, clean, open spaces and no neighbors for miles, this beautiful home in Joshua Tree, California is sure to recharge your spiritual batteries. As if the home itself wasn’t beautiful enough, there’s even a hot tub on the property which is perfect for use at night when all you can see are starts. Find out more about this home here: The Joshua Tree House

        4. Off-Grid ithouse

        This home in Pioneertown, California brings the outside in. Whether you need seclusion or just want to take in the breathtaking surroundings. Find out more about this home here: Off-grid itHouse

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          5. Dreamy Tropical Tree House

          This lush treehouse in Hawaii features bright, clean color schemes and gorgeous views. Find out more about this home here: Dreamy Tropical Tree House

            6. Perfectly located Castro

            This beautiful space in San Francisco, California offers the perfect balance of warm and neutral tones. The art on the walls is especially great if you enjoy eccentric (and non-stressful) decor. Find out more about this home here: Perfectly located Castro

              7. A Pirate’s Life For Me – Houseboat

              This amazing houseboat in Charleston, South Carolina will let you live like a glamorous pirate. Wake up to natural light and have your morning coffee while watching dolphins play in front of you. Find out more about this home here: A Pirate’s Life For Me – Houseboat

                8. Tiny House in Seattle

                This adorable tiny home in Seattle, Washington was built by an architect and a graphic designer. An ideal getaway for a totally new view, this rental is minutes away from stores and restaurants, but you’ll feel totally at peace. Find out more about this home here: Tiny House in Seattle

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                  9. East Nashville Cozy & Cute Cottage

                  This space in Nashville, Tennessee has so much natural light, you may never need to flip a switch. The white walls provide a clean slate in each room, allowing you to truly focus on doing nothing but relaxing. Find out more about this home here: East Nashville Cozy & Cute Cottage

                    10. Sweetest Cottage in Venice Beach

                    With perfectly placed pops of cheery color, this adorable space in Los Angeles, California is sure to reset your happy button. Copy the look with neutral tones and splashes of color. Find out more about this home here: Sweetest Cottage in Venice Beach

                      11. Stylish Lincoln Park 2BR w/patio

                      The neutral tones in this Chicago, Illinois space are so soothing. The browns and tans make for a beautiful transition from outside. Find out more about this home here: Stylish Lincoln Park 2BR w/patio

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                        12. Private Apartment Hip Logan Square

                        This Chicago, Illinois home does a great job of incorporating house plants into the open, sunlit rooms. Copy their style for a modern, yet welcoming feel. Find out more about this home here: Private Apartment Hip Logan Square

                          13. Designer Flat in Chicago

                          This Chicago, Illinois flat incorporated a ton of grey hues to make for a really relaxing experience. Steal the style with minimal decor and clean, grey shades. Find out more about this home here: Designer Flat in Chicago

                            14. Great Space in Heart of Hawthorne

                            This home in Portland, Oregon is all clean colors, no clutter and an amazing outdoor space. Take inspiration from their color palette and decorating. Find out more about this home here: Great Space in Heart of Hawthorne

                              15. YURT: Mountain Farmstead, Hot Tub, Hiking Trails

                              This Stanardsville, Virginia Yurt is everything a glamper’s heart desires. It’s filled with warm tones, gorgeous furniture pieces and you can’t beat the view. Find out more about this home here: YURT: Mountain Farmstead, Hot Tub, Hiking Trails

                                So, after looking at so many wonderful AirBnB homes, have you got any inspirations on how to make some differences at home? What do you love? What could you incorporate into your own home?

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                                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                                Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                                But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                                Sight – Visual Stimulation

                                The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                                1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                                Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                                Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                                2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                                Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                                Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                                Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                                3. Take note of your environment.

                                Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                                By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                                Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                                What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                                4. Engage in conversation.

                                Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                                Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                                Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                                Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                                5. Listen to upbeat music.

                                Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                                Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                                Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                                If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                                6. Work your nose.

                                Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                                If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                                Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                                Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                                If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                                7. Have a good breakfast.

                                Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                                Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                                Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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                                8. Drink lots of water.

                                Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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                                9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                                Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                                Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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                                Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                                Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                                10. Splash cold water on your face.

                                Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                                This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                                5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                                11. Use acupressure.

                                Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                                Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                                12. Get moving.

                                Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                                And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                                You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                                Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                                Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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