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Build your dream home; in your mind. Put together the ultimate dream home. Take a journey to discover what your style is and help you when it is time to go shopping in the real world. Through researching and playing with ideas, you can narrow down those features and styles you love. Online searches, Pinterest and magazines are all great places to hunt for new things to put into your dream home. One way to start this adventure, begin with one room and design it top to bottom. You can put the ideas in a journal, up on a bulletin board, or even create a digital file on your computer. The important part is to find things you like and do not be afraid to have several options for the same space pictured.
Kitchen the Gathering Spot of the Home
Somehow everyone ends up in the kitchen when you have a gathering. Such a popular place is a great room to start your dream building exercise. While bells and whistles are fun and you may be tempted to start with the in-wall wine rack, you will want to start with the basic floor plan first. The layout and function may not be flashy but will be essential for your long-term enjoyment of the kitchen space. Deciding how much storage space you might need and what kind of pantry you would like will help you design a workable room. Also remember the work triangle when you plan out placing the refrigerator, sink, oven, and cooktop. Kitchens in an open floor plan are part of the greater gathering and eating areas without walls to separate the spaces. Tying the design of your kitchen in with these other spaces will create a cohesive look.
The Master’s Space
When you reach the end of your long day, a tranquil space is a bonus and necessity. This room can help you keep your mind and body from holding onto the daily stress. Planning your master bedroom and bathroom spaces will enable you to custom plan your de-stressing routine. Color palettes and lighting make this room relaxing and inviting. Choosing items like large soaking tubs or double-head steam showers will get you dreaming of a retreat oasis. Remember, there are no rules when you are designing for yourself. A dream house design has no budget so, go for it and create what makes your heart sing.
Find an open house in your area and find two or three things you can include in your dream home design.
Personal development goals require practical efforts to achieve. While it may seem as if these activities are insignificant, they quickly add up to just what you need to grow. Take the time to practice these few tips that are sure to strengthen your stand on the personal growth front.
Start with a New Hobby
An excellent way to up your game in the personal development front is to learn something new at every chance you get. Go out of your comfort zone and find up a new hobby. Try something demanding that will compel you to go beyond your comfort zone. Any hobby that stretches you further to your breaking point will do just fine. Keep learning!
Endeavor to Read Every Day
Learning is the key to personal growth. And not just education but continuous learning. As you eat daily to grow, you should read daily to develop too. The more books you read, the denser your knowledge bank. Get good books aimed at growth and be sure to read every day.
Face Your Fears
Fear is like a roadblock that keeps you from crossing to the other side. It represents things you have never tried or things you gave up trying to accomplish. Either way, it prevents you from climbing to the next level of your growth. It is time to face your fears. Pick up those things you thought you could never do. Try again at the things that proved extremely difficult the last time. Make a list of your fears and check the boxes as you overcome them.
Explore with a New Language
Personal growth requires active efforts to learn something new. Remember to keep searching for something new to learn. You could try learning a new language. It is both entertaining and educative. Make sure you take every chance as they come. Don’t stop learning. Don’t stop growing.
Get a Workout Plan
Getting in shape boosts your confidence, which has a significant pull on your personal growth. It doesn't have to be a daily routine. A weekly routine will do just fine as long as you get things going. Improving your health removes the mental block that stops you from growing. Give it a try!
Self-growth is a decision you have to make at some point in life. It has never been an easy task for anyone. Yet, it is a task that is worth taking on. You should consider these tips as you set out on your journey toward self-growth. You will be happy you did.
When selecting an area rug, several factors will go into determining the size, shape, material, and even the thickness you want. Just like buying a home, it is all about location, location, location. Ask yourself these questions:
- Where will you use the rug?
- How much traffic does that room get?
- Must it hold up to wet shoes and outdoor debris?
- Will there be food in the room?
- Are pets likely to sleep on the rug?
- Will your children play on the rug?
- Do you like to sit or lie down on the rug?
If your rug is in a formal living room, a hand-tufted silk or wool rug might work, but if the carpet graces your family room, where the kids and pets will play on it, nylon or viscose are more durable fabrics. Also, some family members might find the wool in a rug scratchy on bare legs and arms.
High traffic areas such as an entry or hallway, or a busy family room might benefit from sisal or jute if no one wants to sit on them. Moreover, either sisal or jute under a table where crumbs can filter between the spaces in the weave is probably not useful.
Size and shape
In the case of rugs, size matters and bigger is better. If a rug is too small, it chops up your design. The perfect size can pull everything together into a cozy space. When sizing up your carpet needs, consider the room’s orientation. If the room is a rectangle, but you want your sitting area to be a square with a walkway behind the sofa, opt for a square rug. In breakfast nooks, use a round or octagonal rug under a round or octagonal table. Use square under a pub table too. If your dinette is oblong or oval, a rectangular rug is best.
- In the dining room, choose a rug size with at least two or three feet beyond each side of the table to allow for pulling out chairs. Most formal dining tables need a rug that is eight feet wide or wider to accommodate the larger chairs.
- In your living room, leave at least a one-foot space between the edge of the rug and the walls. Your carpet should be large enough that at least the front feet of your main furniture pieces can rest on the rug.
Pile or thickness
When determining the thickness or pile, consider whether a piece of furniture will fit entirely on the rug or be partially off it. If the pile leaves the front feet higher than the back, seating might feel awkward.
If you need help deciding which rug will best fit in your new home, talk to a design specialist at a local carpet store.
Sticking To Your Goals
Each new year brings with it new beginnings. Some ambitious goals and priorities are set. Some people make their resolutions to lose weight; others make decisions to follow their dreams. As the year advances and as we approach the next month, those goals and resolutions become less tangible and become allusive. There are some ways that you can allow yourself to take baby steps in achieving your goals and succeeding.
First things first, find out the “Why” of your goal. What is motivating you to do what you are doing? If the goal is to lose weight, define the underlying reason. Is it to become healthier, is there a trip coming up, summer body? Will this goal affect your life for the better? How will it affect your relationships? When you understand the ultimate reason for your goal, it will help keep you on track in those moments of weakness.
Set A Schedule
Setting a schedule can also help you visualize achieving your goal. Some daily planners are inexpensive and helpful to use in your day-to-day life. If you prefer to have your planner handy at all times, utilize the calendar on your phone. There is something about seeing your goal and reminding yourself of what you are trying to achieve.
If you are someone that needs others to cheer them on, tell a friend or someone that you can be accountable to. Having a person that you can talk to during the process and that can cheer you on is beneficial in achieving a goal. Disappointing others is always a motivating factor when someone wants to change their lives for the better.
Track Your Progress
When setting yourself up for success, make sure to track your progress. Seeing progress is also a motivating factor to push you further onto your achieving your goal. If a goal is to get out of debt, watching that balance begin to decrease will encourage you to stay on track. Remember that small steps will lead to great success.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Lastly, do not be hard on yourself. Change is not simple and does not happen overnight. Its consistency, dedication, and discipline that ultimately leads to the biggest win. Having a positive attitude can lead you to a more significant outcome. Provide yourself with words of affirmation and forgiving yourself in times of weakness.
A famous quote says when you fail to plan; you plan to fail. Having a game plan in achieving your goals is essential. Take your time and enjoy the process.