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8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room

8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room

Have you taken a look around your living room lately? Is it fairly old and outdated looking? It’s time to bring your room from the stone age to modern times. Here are a few ideas to help modernize your living room.

Add More Windows

Most modern houses have several windows in the living room to allow natural light to pour in. Install several new windows in your living room to add more life to the room instead of making it feel old and stuffy. This also gives you a chance to update all the window treatments in the room. Not only does an increase in natural light make the room feel alive, it can also help cut back on energy costs thanks to not needing to turn on the lights or heat (if it’s winter) during the daytime.

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Install Floating Shelves

Modern rooms are all about streamlining everything, and sometimes that means things can come off the ground. Whether it’s a floating bookshelf or a floating bookcase, it’s fairly easy to make fixtures raised off of the ground. This not only frees the floor from any clutter, but it gives your home a unique look. If you decide to store artwork on the shelves, make sure it’s silver or white — any calm color should do, really.

Get New Furniture

One of the most expensive parts about updating the room is getting furniture to match. You’ll definitely have to either sell or toss everything out and find brand new furniture. Get a couch to optimize your home’s seating and a nice recliner so you can relax in your remodeled living room. You’ll want a coffee table to match, and because we’re going with a modern style, make sure it has a reflective surface with storage space underneath.

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In this instance, “new” could also mean new to you. Check out local wholesalers and yard sales to find gently used furniture for your room. New furniture can quickly add up, so buying used or at wholesale prices might be an ideal tactic when furnishing your living room.

Add Art

Have your walls been feeling a little bare lately? The solution is simple: add some art. There’s no art that can be recommended here because everyone has different artistic tastes. It could be a sculpture; it could be a couple of different pictures designed to complement one another; it could be three-panel art; or it could be a colorful design that you made yourself. Art adds a personal splash of design to whatever room you put it in.

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Hang a Clock

It’s been said that fashion goes out of style and eventually comes back around. Well, with the way technology is advancing, physical clocks kind of went out of style and were replaced by clocks on computers, watches, and cell phones. Things are coming full circle once again, and wall clocks are in style again. Grab a simple, minimalistic clock to add to your wall — preferably one that’s silent.

Place Mirrors on the Wall

Mirrors are a great idea for any space because they really open up the room. The more stylish, the better. It can be a conversation piece for those who visit. Mirrors are very easy to run across second-hand, so check local thrift shops and grab a large, stylish mirror for fairly cheap.

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Turn Your Living Room Into an Office

With so many people telecommuting these days, it only makes sense to have your office at home. If you install a few tiny shelves, or even a floating cabinet, you can add items that you need to it and a desk and chair underneath. This will give you your own workspace if you work from home or frequently telecommute. Thanks to the shelves or cabinet floating on the wall, it doesn’t take up much room, so you can add it to the corner of the room to use space efficiently.

Minimize the TV

So now that you’ve got the room all set up, what are you going to do with the TV? Send it to the corner of the room, if you can. It’ll stay out of the way of the design of your room, but it’s still in a very watchable location. If it’s a realistic option, mount it on the wall. That way, you’ll get it off of the floor entirely.

There are many things you can do to bring your living room out of the stone age, but these are just a few suggestions. Have you ever remodeled a room? If so, what did you do?

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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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