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Chloe Taylor

Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics.

Architecture and commercial construction have evolved over the years, and they are still changing. Each year brings some new materials, layouts, and designs that serve to fulfill our needs better. So, if you want to learn more about what’s new in the field, or if you could use some inspiration for your own space, here are a few architectural trends that are popular this year.

Combining the indoors with the outdoors

Open-plan living has become very popular in the last few years, and it continues to be so this year as well. Blending indoors with the outdoors can be done in many different ways, and it provides you with numerous possibilities – if done right. It’s usually achieved by using large walls that can be folded away, which leaves only the roof above. Of course, this does require a bit more advanced engineering, but the results are more often than not very stunning. Also, by using materials that are similar, for both the exterior and the interior, you can create a seamlessly connected space that would allow people to enjoy their environment to the fullest. As for the practical application, this trend is mostly used for restaurants and buildings that do operate both indoors and outdoors.

Displaying your brand identity

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A great way to show the world who you are is to use your brand colors when decorating your workplace. Of course, that only works if the colors in question are not too bright or vibrant. If they are, you can still incorporate them through some smaller details, but there are other ways to customize your workplace too. For example, if you own a retail store, you can display your logo throughout it, or you can use some creative wall mural to showcase your business message or brand motto somewhere where it can be seen from the entrance. This aspect of retail space architecture and design would provide your employees with a boost of motivation the moment they enter, and your customers would see what you’re all about right away.

Sustainability 

Eco-conscious spaces are becoming more popular – and more important – than ever before. Moreover, the pollution of nature is very visible in the field of construction too; all the waste is not always properly disposed of. Considering the rising importance of preserving the nature, those who can make the whole process more eco-friendly are also more likely to advance in the industry. The same goes for actual buildings – there are many ways to make any building green, from using sustainable materials to installing water-saving fixtures. Everything that uses energy needs to be more efficient, and even the positioning of the building matters. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say that this is a trend that is likely to stick around for a long time.

More flexible workspaces 

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Another trend that is continuing from the previous year is the flexible workspace. It’s not a secret that your environment can affect your productivity, which is why people are starting to care more and more about their offices. For example, the open-plan workspace has gained popularity some years ago, but research has shown that it alone is not always the best idea. Not everybody is an extrovert who likes to be surrounded by other people at all times – some people do prefer working in the privacy of their own office. So, the new trend includes giving employees the option to choose the environment that suits them best by building different work zones. Some of the zones would be perfect for team activities, some would be all about computers and other technological advancements, while some would be best for those who need peace and quiet.

Organic workspaces

Since people are becoming aware of the importance of nature, working while surrounded by it is getting more desirable every year. Such an environment has also shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as boost creativity and productivity. This is especially noticeable in urban centers where leaving your home is not enough to experience actual nature. Some ways of incorporating this biophillic design into your office include installing bigger windows so you can get more natural light, adding indoor foliage and water fixtures, and even planting trees in the reception areas.

These are just some of the trends that are likely to flourish this year. The field of architecture is constantly changing though, so we are yet to see which designs are here to stay and which will continue being adjusted to the needs of employees and customers.

You’ve probably noticed this topic popping up a lot recently, and for a good reason. With all the consequences of global warming that we’re already experiencing, reducing our negative influence on nature is more important than ever before. Of course, there are many ways to do it – some simple, some a bit more demanding, but the best place to start is at your own home. With that in mind, here are a few ways to make your home more energy efficient.

Insulate your home

For starters, you want to make sure your home is well insulated. Otherwise, you’d be letting out a lot of heat through the walls and windows during winter, and it would take a lot more energy to keep it cool during summer. In other words, your utility bills would be much higher than necessary due to using more energy to keep your home’s temperature at a comfortable level. There are many different insulating techniques, some of which you can even do on your own, like putting up thicker curtains during winter. Also, if you have an attic and/or basement, don’t forget to insulate them as well, as a lot of warm and cool air can escape through the roof and floor.

Install quality windows and doors

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A lot of heat and cool air can escape through windows and doors, especially if they are older types, as some of them are not very energy efficient. This is why you should invest in better quality ones. For example, you can find good double glazed windows, and be sure that no air, hot or cool, would escape through them. The same goes for doors. Even though wood is the most typical material for doors due to its price, convenience, and cozy appearance, it’s a very poor insulator. There are many better options on the market, so do your research before you choose. Finally, you can always do some weatherstripping and tinting of your windows as well.  

Choose better lighting

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Most of the typical light bulbs that you see are incandescent, which means that they emit light because they are hot. This also means that while using them, you are inevitably heating up your room, which is probably the last thing you want to do in summer. It’s one of the reasons why, even though they are fairly cheap, they actually cost you a lot more in the long run. With that in mind, you should consider switching to either LED lights of fluorescent lights. They cost a bit more initially, but they last a lot longer, and they don’t emit any heat, so it’s a small investment that would pay off in time.

Replace old appliances

If you want to make your home more energy efficient, you should also consider replacing your old kitchen appliances. Look for those with the Energy Star logo on them, as they are made to use a lot less energy than the standard appliances. Also, just like the above-mentioned lighting, these appliances do cost a bit more, but again, they would pay off in the long run through your utility bills. You can find lists of essential energy efficient products for your home online. 

Think about solar panels

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If you want to go the extra mile, you can harness the sun and create your own electricity by installing solar panels. It can greatly reduce your bills, and it can come in handy in case of a power outage. You can install them on your rooftop, or you can install the whole system in a sunny area of your backyard. They aren’t that difficult to maintain, but they do require regular maintenance if you want them to last longer. All in all, they aren’t for everybody, but if you’re determined in your preservation of nature, solar panels are something to consider.

Install a smart meter

Installing smart meters is a great way to track your energy usage. They are easy to install and use, and they can give you a good idea of how much energy you’re using and how you can cut on that use. Also, since a smart meter would send the readings directly to your energy supplier, there would be no need for any manual meter readings. Also, your supplier would know exactly how much you need to pay instead of sending you estimated bills. Finally, it would also be easier for you to change your energy supplier for whatever reason. All in all, it would allow you much more control over your energy usage.

If you care about the environment, you should do whatever you can to preserve it. One thing you definitely can do is make your home more sustainable. There are many ways to do so, both affordable and costly (but worth every penny). Therefore, think about the listed suggestions, opt for those that suit you the most, and you’re bound to feel much better about the difference that you’re making.

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No matter with how much love, devotion and enthusiasm you decorated your home the first time around, chances are that you’ll grow a bit tired of the design as time passes. Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. Since people are visual beings, it’s logical that we like to spend time in a visually stimulating environment, and if your home featured the same design since you’ve moved in, it probably became just a bit too familiar. That’s precisely why some interior design pros advise against fully decorating every room top-to-bottom at once, but rather encourage you to allow the design to grow alongside your personal growth.

However, if you’ve reached a point where redecorating seems like the only option left, here are some nifty tricks to consider. Keep in mind that, in order to fall back in love with your interior, you don’t have to spend a ton of money or go for a large-scale home improvement projects that really won’t add value to your home . Rather, it’s enough to make some small but very effective changes that will completely turn a room’s design around.

The hallway

Hallways are the most commonly neglected areas of a home when the design is concerned, which is a big mistake since a hallway is the first area of your home anyone who enters will be presented with. Therefore, inspect your hallway and see if there’s anything you can do to it to boost its visual appeal. For example, replace your old coat hanger with a funky new alternative and DIY a fun key holder. Next, get a tall wicker basket to act as an umbrella holder. Finally, create a gallery wall by framing and hanging some of your family photos, but choose the frames carefully and make sure they go well together.

The kitchen

The easiest way you can update the look of your kitchen is by simply repainting your cabinet doors and replacing all the handles with a fresh alternative. Additionally, if you want to make an even bigger change, create a new backsplash and introduce a new area rug. Just make sure that the new color you’ve chosen for your cabinets works well with the overall color scheme you have in your kitchen to avoid creating an environment that just looks too random.

The bathroom

In the bathroom, you won’t believe just how much a new shower curtain can transform the look of the entire space. You can also replace hardware fixtures and bathroom accessories for more modern alternatives. Browse some online retailers to find the right fit and give your old bathroom a modern twist on a budget. Additionally, you can even consider adding a couple of plants to your bathroom but make sure that they can thrive in such an environment.

The bedroom

Master bedrooms also generally tend to be somewhat neglected when the design is concerned because some people don’t see the point in beautifying a space that’s used primarily for sleeping. However, that is a huge mistake as a well-put-together bedroom design can work wonders for your sleep quality. So, first, take care of your window treatments. Choose the ones that allow you to completely darken up the room when necessary – afternoon naps – but still let plenty of natural light through when pushed aside. Layered curtains and drapes work best in this scenario. Next, add a luxurious throw blanket on top of your bed to make it visually cozier. Finally, add a soft, fluffy area rug that will be just a few inches bigger than your bed underneath it to both accentuate and section off that area and make it a focal point of the room.

The living room

We’ve purposefully left this area of the home for last because it’s arguably the most versatile one. The number of easy touch-ups you can do in your living room is so big that we are only going to list the most effective ones. First of all, create an accent wall. This can be literally any wall in your living room. If you have a fireplace, turn that area into an accent wall by creating an exposed faux brick wall and hanging an impactful piece of wall art just above the fireplace. Alternatively, you can choose to accentuate the wall behind your sofa by opting to paint it in a bold hue or cover it with an elaborate, textured wallpaper. Next, aside from the statement wall, you can choose to completely change up your decor items, which will give the room a whole new vibe. Also, think about replacing your rugs, throw pillow cases and other textured elements of the room’s design, or even reupholstering your furniture entirely.

As you can see, there are numerous ways you can give your home a facelift without having to spend a lot of money. Besides, these small changes really do make the biggest impact, as they shift the vibe of the room very slightly in a chosen direction, instead of turning it into a completely new, unfamiliar space.

Electrical systems are complex and potentially dangerous, which is reason enough to let an experienced and knowledgeable electrician do the work instead of you. Although homeowners are never advised to try to DIY repairs, Australians know that amateur repairs are even illegal. The law here is much tougher than in other countries, and under the Electrical Safety Act of 2002, unlicensed electrical work includes”the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing, or replacing of electrical equipment.” Apart from dizzying fines, rest assured that your home insurance provider won’t have much sympathy for your heroic DIY buzz work. Let’s look into a few situations when an electrician’s expertise can save the day.

Early malfunction signs

To an amateur, diagnosing an electrical problem might appear complicated and abstract. Still, there are several early warning signs that can tell you something’s wrong. For example, the smell of burning plastic at a power outlet, appliance or a switchboard. The second level of emergency is discoloration of any outlet cable or appliance. Situations like these might be so urgent that you can’t wait for the electrician to arrive. As soon as you notice signs like these, turn off the electricity in your home by flipping down the three main circuit breakers on your switchboard. This is something every member of the household should know how to do. Ideally, you should know which breaker shuts down what, but in an emergency, there’s no time for taking chances.

Hazards of DIY repairs

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According to Fire & Rescue NSW report, in 2014 there were 150 home fires and five deaths, with electrical malfunctions being the top cause, after unattended cooking. In the short period between 2002 and 2004, about 1,500 people in Australia were hospitalized for electrical injuries, with 162 electrical-related deaths between 2001 and 2004. Although these figures may seem low when compared to other household dangers, they are not to be ignored. Apart from immediate physical injury, any kind of amateur repair attempt can result in serious property damage. AT the very least, an inexpert intervention can damage the appliance or the electrical fixture you are trying to repair. However, there is always a risk of fire, with damages that definitely outweigh the expenses of a professional electrician you should have called in the first place.

Skills that keep electricians in business

Aside from understanding electric currents, voltage, power ratings, etc., a professional electrician understands the mechanical aspects of the components they need to install. Pinpointing the problem in the shortest time frame largely depends on the electrician’s understanding of how the system operates. In many situations, complex components need to be taken apart in order to access the problematic area. Finally, an electrician should understand and apply various electrical codes and laws by which they’re regulated. Some projects you had in mind will require permission from city planning offices. When a home inspector comes by, they need to make sure that everything your licenced Sydney electrician has done meets all the code requirements and regulations of the trade.

Knowledge you can’t buy

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Experienced electricians can perform a wide range of electrical jobs. Apart from being familiar with all sorts of electrical components and their function, they possess a vast knowledge of electrical currents, their properties and side effects, such as electromagnetic and thermal. By knowing how electrical circuits interact with one another, and how they need to be grounded properly, an electrician can ensure that your whole system functions seamlessly. Anyone can purchase a new part or cable, and even learn how to replace a broken one, but only licenced electricians can see “the big picture” and can guarantee the safety of their work.

After all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed, unless you are a commercial licensed electrician yourself, better leave everything to professionals. Apart from changing the light bulb and manipulating circuit breakers in an emergency, anything above isn’t worth risking injury, property damage and voided insurance policy. Your best course of action would be to learn how to recognize a problem early on and contact an emergency electrician who operates in your neighbourhood.

One of the most important principles of interior design says that every room should have a focal point. Usually, it’s the most obvious feature of the room, like a huge fireplace or big windows. However, you don’t always have such a feature. In those cases, you need to create focal points on your own. So, in order to help you do just that, here are a couple of ideas that might inspire you.

Think about the placement

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The positioning of your focal point is more important than you might think. After all, it’s meant to draw the eye towards it. However, this does not mean that you have to necessarily put it in the center. Of course, you can, if the object in question is a coffee table, carpet, or a chandelier. Still, it’s not the only option, since you should take into consideration your entire room. Therefore, if you want to emphasize a certain wall, like the one above your bed in the bedroom, you can turn it into a focal point by using artwork or a nice headboard. Or, if there’s an empty corner, you can transform it into your new reading nook and turn it into a focal point as well.

Display your collection

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If you like collecting interesting items, you can create a perfect focal point by displaying them. For example, you can organize your figurines on a small table in the corner of your living room or hallway. This way, they could serve as great conversation starters as well, since they would be noticed quickly. Or, you can display your collection of teacups in your kitchen cabinet that has glass doors. So, when your guests enter the kitchen, they will have something to focus on. Books can also serve as great focal points, especially in your study room. In short, no matter what it is that you collect, there is always a way to showcase it.

Consider your rugs

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This might sound surprising at first, but your rugs can be amazing focal points. Firstly, rugs with interesting textures and patterns can be very eye-catching, especially if you leave most of the area uncovered. Secondly, if you choose a bolder color and decorate the rest of the room in a bit subtler fashion, you would make the rug stand out even more. Finally, you can always layer your rugs. This would not only transform them into nice focal points, but it would also add a sense of warmth to the room.

Spice it up

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Sometimes, the focal point is not hard to find but not easy to emphasize. For example, your bed is the expected focal point of your bedroom, but it’s not enough to just have a bed. If you want it to be an actually good focal point, you need to spice it up a bit. Therefore, you should consider getting some beautiful bedding that’ll fit the style of the room. This way, your bed will draw attention not just because of its size but because of its stylish appearance as well.

Use the fixtures

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If you want to create a focal point in a room without any specific details, like your bathroom, you can make use of the fixtures. For example, your bathtub or shower can be a good focal point. In order to turn it into one, though, you need to decorate it properly; buy an interesting shower curtain, use candles in the corners of your bathtub, or add some hanging storage options nearby – they can make your entire bathroom look more stylish and unique.

Play with shapes

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Unusual shapes can serve as great focal points because they are often very surprising. This includes furniture, of course, but also artwork and mirrors. So, you can create a nice focal point with a coffee table that has an unusual curve. Or, you can get mirrors in different shapes and place them opposite your windows. This would also make your room appear larger, which makes this kind of focal point perfect for smaller homes.

Every home needs to have focal points in order to be considered truly modern. After all, there’s a good reason why focal points are an important part of the interior design – they make your home look better. They are the first thing that your visitors will notice, and you know what they say about first impressions. Luckily, even a few small changes can make a difference. So, consider the listed tips, apply them to your home, and rest assured that it will look better than ever before.

Private accommodation is highly popular among families because it provides them with privacy, functionality and freedom. Furthermore, private rentals offer a feeling of comfort that can make children feel as if they were home, which can be extremely helpful when they find themselves in a completely new environment. If you want to become a kid-friendly Airbnb host, you should design a healthy and safe property with plenty of children- and family-friendly amenities.

A healthy environment

When it comes to the interior of your rental, safety is one of the most important factors that families will consider. Therefore, you should take some time to child-proof your property against hazards, such as exposed wires, electrical sockets, toxic cleaning products and sharp objects. Placing a safety fence on top of the stairs is another precaution for small children. You should also make sure to eliminate trip-hazards, such as slippery mats and rugs and long cords. Finally, make sure to install safety locks on toilets and cabinets that should remain out of kids’ reach.

An enjoyable outdoor space

A beautiful, cosy outdoor area will charm any family with children. Since they’re on vacation, they’ll probably spend a lot of time outside, so you should provide them with a comfortable seating area and plenty of shade. If you have enough space, you can even design a small playground for children by adding a sandbox or at least a swing. While designing an outdoor lounge area or dining spot, you should pay attention to possible hazards, such as rusty nails or dangerous tools. In addition, make sure that your rental property has a fence so that parents can let their children play outside freely.

Parking access

A great number of families decide to go on their holidays by car if possible. If not, it’s highly likely that they’ll rent a car while there. Thus, you should provide them with a great parking spot nearby. Whether it’s a garage or an empty spot in front of your property, this will provide your guests with the convenience that they’ll greatly appreciate.

Cosy bedrooms for kids and parents

After exploring the city or playing the entire day, both parents and children will appreciate comfortable beds. If possible, you should design separate bedrooms for parents and children so that they could all have a good night’s sleep. You should pay special attention to beds and make sure that they all have plenty of cosy pillows and soft blankets. You can go with a comfortable ensemble bed design with additional storage compartments where you can place clean sheets and additional pillows or blankets. Installing subtle lighting and removing tech devices from your rental’s bedrooms will help you create a cosy, sleep-inducing environment for your guest families.

Entertainment opportunities

Although families will spend their holidays exploring a new city or going to the beach, you should still provide them with plenty of entertainment opportunities at home. You should buy several family-friendly board games that both children and parents will enjoy. Since children love cartoons, you should subscribe to kid-friendly cable channels. Providing children with a play area is another great way to keep them interested and engaged while there. You can set up a kids’ corner in the living room with toys, colouring book, kids’ books, crafts supplies and others. Of course, this should all be neatly organised in lovely chests, baskets and shelves.

The kitchen: functional and fully equipped

The kitchen is another important area for families with children. This amenity will enable your guests to prepare healthy meals for their little ones and enjoy family dinners together. In addition, families prefer cooking homemade meals to dining in restaurants since it’s more affordable. Therefore, you should make sure that the kitchen in your rental has a practical design with a lot of storage and appliances that function properly. Moreover, you should stock up your kitchen with some non-perishable supplies and treats for children. Parents will truly appreciate this gesture.

Parent-friendly perks

When designing a kid-friendly Airbnb rental, you shouldn’t forget about parents and their needs. Although kid-friendly amenities will be the crucial factor they’ll consider, they’ll still appreciate a host who thought about them, as well. You should consider adding a touch of luxury to your rental property through subtle details, such as elegant décor, luxe lighting fixtures and a spa-like bathroom. You can also provide parents with a bar, introduce books and movies they’ll enjoy, or even go big and add a hot tub in your backyard.

Additional amenities

There are more than a few simple amenities that can make a world of difference for families with children. For instance, you can include a tour guide for your area and outline places that children will love. Providing your guests with bikes can also be a nice benefit that they’ll truly appreciate. You can also suggest nearby restaurants and stores that offer discounts. Finally, don’t forget that some simple additions, such as a washing machine or plenty of storage, can make a family’s life much easier.

In just a few simple steps, you can design a kid-friendly Airbnb rental that both children and parents will love.

Patios are the most stylish parts of a garden, but for them to remain stylish, you need to give them a makeover from time to time. Without taking care of the patio covers, cleaning out the leaves and dirt left over from rainy weather and reviving the furniture, your patio won’t stay as beautiful for long. It’s also a good idea to replace some ruined pieces with new furniture and reorganize your patio space. Here are some ideas what you can invest in.

A wood pergola

Pergolas are not only marvelous design pieces, but are a necessary protection from the sun, as well. You can make your DIY pergola or you can hire a professional to do it for you. It takes less time to build a pergola than to renovate your whole patio, even though you get the same effect. Adding this wooden detail can completely change the look of your patio and make it feel more comfortable for both you and your visitors. Pergolas are useful for rainy days, as well. You just need to add a decent cover.

Bathe in luxury

In order to completely spoil yourself, there is nothing better to do than installing a luxury spa in your garden. Built-in spas are made with soothing jets positioned to target acupressure points and relieve tired muscles and designed to take into consideration the human form. A spa with a range size to fit 2-4 people might be just about the right size for your patio zone without you having to rearrange too much. Coming home from work and jumping straight into a luxury therapeutic bath might be just the thing you need for stress relief.  

Nooks and hammocks

If you are a fan of easy and cheap DIY comfort, then nooks or hammocks are just what you need. For the simplest solution, you will need only two standing points and a long net. For something more convenient, you can find hanging chairs that can carry up to two persons, but in this case, you will need a ceiling standing point. There are self-standing single person hanging chairs, as well. Reading nooks should be efficiently located in one patio corner that has the most light. Including a hammock in this same corner can make it the most picturesque place of your home.

Gravel and stone

Although most patios are typically paved, think about investing into a flagstone patio floor. Building a flagstone patio can be as fun as putting puzzle pieces together. If you have already defined the shape of your patio and dug it at least 5 inches deep, think about covering the soil with landscape fabric so that weed can’t grow between the stone. After mixing gravel with sand for a smooth foundation, place the stones as close to one another as possible. Cover it all with sand to make the foundation even, and after cleaning you will have a fresh looking easy-made patio floor.

Vintage details

Some rusty old tables, chairs, pots or other patio details can look rather stylish if you redesign them just a bit. Take one weekend in the garage to transform your broken armchair from unusable junk to a vintage must-have hand-made accessory. Also, hardscape elements like arbors or trellises can be found at flea markets and garage sales for a small amount of money, and can make amazing changes to your patio design. Details like colorful flowers in rusty recolored pots or just in simple old and torn up rubber boots are an adorable and creative way to make new use of things you would otherwise throw away.

Putting new life to your patio can simply be done by shining some new light within. Spreading some lovely lighting through the patio will give a beautiful romantic vibe to any evening. Coloring the light bulbs with colorful transparent paint can also have an interesting effect. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be creative in order to make the most enjoyable patio for your home.

As the place where you spend most of your time, your home should feature a healthy, soothing design. This is your safe haven where you should be able to forget about everyday worries and simply enjoy yourself in an atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity. By creating such an ambience in your home, you’ll be able to invite peacefulness into your everyday life, too. So, when designing your home, you should do it with mindfulness.

Design every room mindfully

Being mindful when designing your home entails implementing carefully picked elements that will support the purpose of each room. Every item you introduce and every design choice you make can affect the general atmosphere in your space. You should aim for a balanced, harmonious look in your home that will fill it with positivity, relaxation and tranquillity. Thus, when furnishing and decorating each room, keep its purpose in mind and try to design it accordingly.

Get clutter under control

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A cluttered home can be overwhelming, making you feel cramped and stifled in your own space. In addition, since clutter collects dust, it can create a stale atmosphere in your home. Decluttering your home, on the other hand, can help you create an open, airy vibe that exudes freshness. You should declutter room by room, getting rid of broken items, unnecessary objects and excessive decorations. Keep your space clutter-free by having a place for each item in your home. In addition, avoid hiding clutter behind closed doors – everything should be clutter-free, from your closet to the kitchen counters.   

Welcome a soothing colour scheme

The psychology of colours can help you create a true atmosphere of peacefulness and serenity in your home. Since different colours can affect your state of mind and evoke certain emotions in you, you should pick those that will help you relax and relieve stress. Soft, muted tones and neutral shades are the perfect choice for a cosy bedroom, tranquil bathroom and warm living room. More vibrant colours can be used for visual interest and energy every now and then, especially in the kitchen, living room or your home office.  

Create an airy atmosphere

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Aside from removing clutter, there are other ways to create an airy, more open atmosphere in your living space. You have to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and ensure that your home has great airflow that will keep humidity at an appropriate level. This will make your home feel fresh and prevent mould from growing and filling your space with a stale smell.
However, you need to install proper systems to create such an atmosphere and make sure that your home has great air quality. In Australia, for example, indoor air pollution is among the top five risks to public health. Therefore, homeowners use both split and ducted air conditioning in Sydney and other parts of the country to ensure better airflow in their homes. After installing an effective AC unit in your home, you also need to have it serviced and maintained properly. Air filters should be changed every three months because they can become covered in dust and mould which are then released into your indoor air.

Clean regularly

Cleaning can be a dreary task, but it’s an essential one for a healthy and happy home. It’s advisable that you clean your home thoroughly at least once a week to create a fresh atmosphere. Dusting, mopping, scrubbing and washing your linens will help you get rid of allergens and toxins. Mattresses and carpets should be professionally cleaned for the best effect. In addition, keep in mind that regular cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals, so make sure to switch to healthy, green alternatives.

Introduce nature into every room

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Indoor plants are not only natural air purifiers that will cleanse your indoor air but also beautiful embellishments that will make your space more enjoyable and comfortable. Houseplants can help you relieve stress and fill your space with a soothing natural vibe. They will also bring an energising splash of green into your space, complementing your home décor perfectly.  What’s even better is the fact that you can introduce them into every room in your home, including the bathroom. There are numerous species that thrive in the bathroom environment, so you can use them to turn your bathroom into a home spa.

Let natural light inside

Natural light will make your space more open and beautiful while also having a positive impact on your mood and health. You should let sunlight permeate your space by removing dark heavy drapes and using light, gauzy ones. Removing any outside obstacles can also help you maximise the amount of natural light in your living space. There are some other tricks that will help you achieve this, including using mirrors and glossy finishes in your home.

A healthy, tranquil home is the one filled with positivity, soothing colours, fresh air and natural embellishments, and these simple tips can help you create such an ambience in your sanctuary.

Right after Halloween, and practically right before Christmas, Thanksgiving is many people’s favorite holiday. It’s the time of the year where people get together with their families to celebrate and appreciate the blessing of the harvest and the year that’s almost behind them.
This time of the year is also well-known for crisp weather, out-of-this-world feasts people prepare for their families and amazing fall decor. That being said, we present you a few Thanksgiving table decor ideas that are sure to wow your guests this Thanksgiving.

Tree bark and moss

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This Thanksgiving create a beautiful centerpiece with a tree bark and some fresh moss. Simply get an interesting-looking piece of tree bark covered in moss, or gently harvest the moss off of another tree. Arrange it in the center of your table by scattering the moss on the piece of tree bark and adding a few branches of so-called Winter King or Cotoneaster, as well as some pretty dry leaves, to give the decoration some dimension and texture. You can even add a couple of Birch bark candles to literally light up the atmosphere. Allow Nature to help you out with this year’s table centerpiece and enjoy it in its full glory.

A new twist on Cornucopia

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For this assembly, you’ll need a big pumpkin, some dry corn on the cob, a big natural wood coaster, chestnuts and walnuts, dry leaves and a small, potted Chrysanthemums. First, carve out the pumpkin and remove the insides. Next, place a potted Mum inside and place the pumpkin on a big, natural wood coaster you’ve previously covered with dry leaves. Finally, arrange corn, walnuts and chestnuts around the pumpkin and enjoy your new stunning, natural centerpiece that will look equally beautiful from all sides.

An element of surprise

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Now, when talking about Thanksgiving decorations, we all automatically envision lots of browns, oranges, reds and yellows. However, you can put a new twist on the color theme by going for a coastal Thanksgiving design. Sounds confusing? Well, instead of the above-mentioned colors, go for blues, grays, whites and beige. Place a burlap table runner at the center of the table, following the longer side. Next, in the middle of the table arrange small white pumpkins, acorns, dry olive tree branches, tiny starfish and various other shells according to your liking. Top it all off by using light blue plates covered with striped, blue and white table napkins and placing a tiny white pumpkin in the middle of every plate.

Simple, yet effective

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Finally, the simplest decor sometimes works best. This year, instead of overcrowding your table with both the decor and various meals, let the meals themselves act as decor and help them out just a bit. First, get a plaid tablecloth in the typical autumn hues. Next, arrange simple white plates and table napkins on top of it. Place a few thick white candles on natural wood coasters throughout the tabletop before you bring the food out. Finally, carefully arrange every meal on a separate – preferably a bit decorative – serving plate and decorate it further with various aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Not only will this setting look amazing, but it will smell amazing as well.

As you can see, this year for Thanksgiving you can let your imagination run wild and surprise your guests by creating an unconventional – but still very beautiful – centerpiece everyone is sure to remember for many years to come.

Besides, there are no rules regarding what you can and can’t do when festive decorations are concerned, and even if there were, remember that some rules are meant to be broken. So, you do you, because, at the end of the day, expressing your own personal taste is the best way to create a breathtaking decor.

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If you live in an old house and you want to make it safer or simply a bit more modern, you should consider replacing your electrical wiring. Of course, the amount of work you can do depends on many factors, like the accessibility of the walls and attic, the amount of demolition you’re willing to do, and your budget. However, once you finish this project, you’re bound to feel much more comfortable in your home. So, here are five tips that should help you rewire your home.

Do the inventory

Your new electrical system needs to match your needs, which is why you should do an inventory of all the appliances that you plan on using in the house. You should also think about the largest appliances on that list and meeting their demands. This way, your appliances are more likely to run properly and safely. Knowing these details should help you plan the rest of the rewiring process too.

Consult a professional

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Even the smallest mistake in rewiring could lead to a costly disaster later. This is why it’s extremely important to work with a licensed electrician no matter how much you think you know about rewiring. Additionally, there are standards and necessary permits for everything, from the number of outlets you can have to the kind of wire you can use. For this reason, as well, it’s best to have somebody experienced around who can advise you about the materials and planning in general.

Consider the walls

When it comes to rewiring, it’s very important to decide how much you’re willing to “demolish” your walls in order to replace the old wiring. If you’ve just bought your house, it might be easier to make a few new holes for the cables. However, if you’re living in it at the moment and can’t afford to disturb your lifestyle too much, your options might be a bit limited. You might have to leave the walls intact and replace only the wiring in the attic, so make sure to keep that in mind while planning the process.

Drill new holes

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Sometimes, drilling new holes becomes necessary if you cannot reuse the ones you already have. And sometimes, old wiring cannot fit the needs of modern appliances considering all the technology that has become a part of our daily lives. However, when you start drilling new holes, you need to be careful not to damage any already existing wiring or plumbing. This is extremely important, since it’s one of those things that would cost you a lot if you made a mistake. Measure the location of your new hole carefully, and drill a smaller hole first to ensure that you’re not near any wiring. As for the convenience, place the new holes in a way that would reduce the need for any extension cords.

Replace your service equipment

Besides replacing all the wiring in your home, you should also consider replacing your main electrical panel and any other subpanels that you might have. This is important in case you want to add more circuits. It also might be a good idea if your old panel is in bad shape in general, or if it contains fuses instead of circuit breakers. After all, the main panel is the heart of all the wiring, so if you want the system to work the best it possibly could, it should be upgraded as well. Otherwise, the whole system could be limited and more prone to damage.

Rewiring an old house can be difficult, since it’s a job that requires a lot of careful planning, knowledge, and experience. So, in order to avoid any future issues, consult a professional, plan things ahead, think about the structure of your house, and your home should be as good as new in no time.