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10 Great Budget Home Decor Ideas for the Summer

10 Great Budget Home Decor Ideas for the Summer

Redecorating the house is one of those great little life joys. Sure, it can be time consuming, physically challenging and mentally exhausting at times, but it doesn’t have to be too expensive. The best part of it is that all your hard work really pays off in a big way after everything is done.

Summer is the perfect time to make some big changes to your interior and freshen up your home, and if you have a little bit of creativity, it’s possible to do some very nice things with limited resources.

1. Use plenty of fresh flowers

Fresh flowers in home

    Summer is all about the celebration of life. The focus should be on vibrant colors and floral arrangements. Think about giving your home a green touch by adding lots of fresh flowers.

    Vertical gardens are a neat idea if you have the know-how and the time, but there are also plenty of simple ideas that can look great.

    2. Shop around for colorful trinkets

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    Decorative trinkets

      Interesting and engaging home decorations don’t have to be overly expensive. You can hit the flea markets, yard sales, Etsy or local stores, and look for cute and original little decorations. Even random small trinkets can come in handy, as you can combine them and create some unique pieces.

      3. Get some wallpaper with natural prints

      Floral print wallpaper

        A paint job is a good low-cost way to liven up your interior. However, it can take some skill to really go crazy with different patterns and designs, and you can get much quicker results using wallpaper.

        Wallpaper is making a comeback, and there are a lot of appealing natural prints that you can use in combination with flowers and light colors.

        4. Hang motivational quotes on the wall

        Motivational poster

          Everyone needs a bit of a pick-me-up from time to time, and the walls of a home can always use some added flair, so why not kill two birds with one stone and put up a few motivational posters?

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          A cool image and some plain text with a nice frame can make a big difference in terms of atmosphere. You can use these for any room of the house, and it’s easy to switch the quotes every month to focus on specific topics like love, motivation and hope.

          5. Design your own decorative pillow cases

          DIY decorative pillow

            Custom pillow designs are an excellent finishing touch for any home design project – no one else will have the same pillows, and you can make them fit in very well with the rest of the décor and the general theme you were going for. There is a wide range of pillowcase projects you can try, everything from simple and elegant beginner stuff to some elaborate creations.

            6. Put up lighter see-through curtains

            White dining room

              You need to let in some light and brighten up the home. Light see-through curtains will allow plenty of natural light to get through, but they will also add an air of elegance, and they’ll keep the mosquitos out as well.

              7. Go for a romantic feel with homemade scented candles

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              DIY candles

                Candles have several great benefits – they provide lighting that is perfect for romance or kicking back and doing some musing with a glass of wine. They save you some money on electricity, and scented ones can really help calm you down.

                Making your own candles won’t take up much of your time, and you can go wild with the different colors and aromas.

                8. Spice up your glassware

                Classy glassware

                  Most households end up accumulating quite a few glassware items over the years. Bottles, mason jars, and vine glasses can all be used in creative ways around the house, but you can also just spent a few hours adding a few decorative touches to them.

                  9. Create an exotic centerpiece for your kitchen table

                  Centerpiece

                    Using some cheap glass items like candlesticks and bowls, and a few crafting materials, you can create a beautiful faux mercury glass vase. Spend some time on choosing the right floral bouquet to compliment your living room or dining room area, and you will have a breathtaking centerpiece for a very reasonable price.

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                    10. Set up an outdoor dining area

                    Outdoor dining area

                      While bringing the garden into your home is a good idea, you’ll have tons of fun if you create a small outdoor dining area.

                      You can set up different seating arrangements in your garden, or just have a private little area where you can relax, read a book and have breakfast. It’s always good to spend some more time out in the fresh air, and this small modification will give you an excellent excuse to do just that.

                      With these simple and creative home décor projects, you’ll be able to really liven things up for the summer, without burning a big hole through your wallet. Try out different things, and don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with some unique ideas.

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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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