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5 of the Luxuries Homeowners Most Want

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When all of your basic needs are covered by your home, you start to think about the other things that can add value to your life. And the luxuries that can improve your house don’t only have to be the preserve of the wealthy. Of course, a bigger budget makes a difference, but there is no reason why you can’t aim to recreate similar features in your own home. So, let’s look in more detail at a few of the luxuries that homeowners most desire.

Open Floor Plans

Nowadays, modern homeowners see rooms as an inhibition of their creative ideas and tend to favour open floor plans. So, rather than having a clear sense of division between the different rooms, people tend to want their spaces to be multifunctional. Perhaps you could look into taking down some walls or simply widening up your doorways to open up the space in your house.

The Latest Technology

As technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, homeowners are looking for the ways that they can make their lives that little bit easier. There are so many features which can be controlled using your smartphone that it makes sense that you will want to utilise them. Of course, there are plenty of expensive options out there, but companies like Google and Amazon are competing to make voice-controlled systems increasingly smart and sophisticated.

Outdoor Living

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Next up, for the times when the sun is shining, people want to take advantage of outdoor living options. Outdoor kitchens are steadily becoming more popular as people install items like a built-in gas grill, a small fridge, and luxurious patio seating. But one of the favoured options still remains an outdoor swimming pool. If you are lucky enough to have one already, you may want to look into pool renovations. But there are also plenty of smaller and more affordable bathing options.

Game or Theatre Rooms

Most people would love a room of the house which is purely geared towards entertainment, and both game and theatre rooms fit the bill nicely. All you need is a spare room of the house, and then you can invest in a projector or TV, a games console, some comfortable seating, and whatever else you need to enjoy the space.

Spa Bathroom

Finally, nothing says luxury living more than a spa. And while not many people can afford to put one in their homes, you can make your bathroom more spa-like with things like walk-in showers, underfloor heating, and towel warmers.

Everyone wants different things from their homes, but these are just a few of the common desires that people are after. For many people, a home is always a work in progress and you always have the opportunity to add new features to your property to make it that little bit more appealing and luxurious for you and your entire family.

Killer Ways To Relieve Stress At Home In Five Minutes

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The kids need to get to school on time, you have to run a thousand errands, and there just isn’t enough time in the day. Are you feeling stressed? Quite simply, you should be because life isn’t easy, especially when other people need your attention. The thing is because there aren’t enough hours in a day, it feels as if there is no time to relax. Even a Netflix binge at the end of a tough 24-hour is out of the question.

So, those things that other do to relieve stress aren’t going to be on your to-do list. Well, exercising or going for a massage might make the top ten, but you won’t tick them off anytime soon. No, what you need is to eradicate tension without leaving the confines of your home. Yep, it is the dream, and yes, it is possible.

Here are the six ways to make it happen. For a bonus, the following should work in five minutes or less.

Cook A Meal

As stressful as it sounds, preparing food is very relaxing once the heavy lifting is out of the way. In fact, lots of people find chopping onions and sautéing vegetables pretty cathartic. The trick is to turn up the volume on the radio, pour a glass of vino, and take your time. Yes, the dish has to be on the table when the kids get home from school, but you can leave it to simmer for hours if need be. Actually, slow cooking a piece of meat in a gravy sauce is as delicious as it is relaxing. All you have to do is use up the leftovers and throw them in a pan with some stock. Then, turn the heat down low and check on it every couple of hours to make sure. Voila! Does that sound like a tense day in the kitchen?

Grab A Quick Burst Of Energy

Sometimes, waiting for a meal to cook is too long. After all, a factor in the build-up of stress is a lack of energy. When the muscles and the brain don’t have enough fuel, cortisol begins to form. Once these levels reach a certain limit, it can feel as if your head is about to explode. Thankfully, some foods are readymade and contain the nutrients the vital organs need to work efficiently. You’re going to love this – chocolate is a prime example. Yep, the brown stuff you only like to eat sparingly is a nerve calmer. According to reports, it regulates the metabolism as well as the stress hormone we have previously mentioned. Always go for dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa for health reasons.

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Drink Tea

But not just any old rubbish. No, only the best will do for those of you who need to calm down within the next 300 minutes. There is a reason the poms drink it like it’s going out of fashion! That motivation is called L-Theanine, a chemical which does something remarkable. Studies prove this element helps to relieve anger and reduce the possibility of mood swings. So, instead of going purple with rage, you can go green with relaxation instead. Sure, it’s not the colour of stress relief – what is? – but L-Theanine is found in green tea and herbal remedies. Therefore, a cup of this emerald coloured goodness should make you feel at ease instantly. If you use a teabag, leave it in the mug so that the chemicals continue to absorb into the water. Herbal drinkers should pour out the bits before taking a sip.

Play An Instrument

Letting your fingers tickle the ivories or strum a set of guitar strings is incredibly relaxing. As soon as the tones begin to sound from the instrument, the mind drifts off into another world. Plus, experienced players can jam on autopilot so there is no need to concentrate. All you have to do is let the equipment do the work and follow the notes on a musical journey. If that’s too pretentious, just let your hands do as they please and see it where it takes you! For the people who are saying “but I can’t play”, you can learn. Guitar lessons are very affordable these days, as are most musical lessons, and the instructor will come to your home. Remember the immortal words of fake Jim Morrison in Wayne’s World 2: “Book them, and they will come.”

Go Outside

Okay, so you may not be inside all of the time, but you’ll still be on the property! Wandering out into the garden is a great way to gain perspective for many reasons. Firstly, staying inside all day can encourage negative thoughts because you’re cooped up and feel suffocated. So, getting some fresh air feels like a form of relief. Secondly, stress usually builds up when the brain harbours negative thoughts. Going out into the Great Outdoors helps to reverse the process as there is a lot of natural light. Without light, it’s easy to feel down in the dumps and depressed.

Work Out

There’s no need to hit the gym to release tension when you can do it from the comfort of your bedroom. In truth, you can do it from any room in the house as long as there is plenty of space. Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to flog your body to feel the benefit. Often, the best form of exercise is the low-intensity form because it targets excess fat. Running, for example, as opposed to walking, burns carbs. If you don’t know where to begin, there are plenty of home workout routines online. Or, you can build up a sweat by scaling the stairs throughout the day. Anyone that wants a less active method should consider meditation. By sitting down and focusing on nothing in particular, you can forget about the rigours of life. Yoga is an excellent way to mix both exercise and meditation.

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What do you think? Are you willing to give them a try?

Alternative Ways To Run Your Home

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Running a home is no easy mission. Running a home with children involved is a whole new ballgame to tackle. One thing that it most definitely is is expensive. The more your brood grows, the more you seem to be spending your money as fast at it comes into your bank. So by now you should be looking for alternative ways to run your home. Ways that are going to make things so much easier for you in terms of both time and money. If you’re struggling for ideas, here are our favourite ways that you can alternatively run your home.

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Heating

Air con and heating are the two most draining bills that your home will face. With children involved it only gets more expensive. But there are alternative methods that you can use that might save you a bit of money. For example, you can now get electric heating for your fireplaces. Fireplaces burn a lot of gas if they’re gas powered, but electricity takes away a lot of the money issues. It hardly uses anything to power, and they really do look amazing. There are some modern designs that can so easily transform your living room. Plus, if the whole family is having a family night in the living room, you can spare a bit of money on heating for the rest of the house whilst you’re all cuddled up in front of your new fire. As for air con, it’s a necessary evil that most of us are stuck with. The summers are just so hot that it would be near enough inhumane without it. The best thing you can do is try to let a fresh breeze flow through as much as possible during the day. Only use the air con during the hottest parts of the day to keep your family cool. If you have all the windows open and a fan blowing, you should create enough airflow to keep it cool for the rest of the day.

Electricity

Electricity and families don’t seem to mix. It’s purely down to the fact younger children don’t understand the concept of how much electricity costs. The best alternative method you can use to try and cut back a little is using a smart meter. It helps you to monitor closely exactly what is being used in terms of both electricity and water. You could use it as a little education tool for your children as well. Show them that the higher the number goes, the more money mommy and daddy would have to pay each month. Teaching them how to save on electricity from a young age is also useful. Things such as keeping lights switched off during the day, as well as keeping plugs off rather than electronics on standby

Shopping

The best way to save on your shopping is simply to https://www.thebalance.com/is-shopping-online-really-cheaper-939778. A lot of people prefer to prowl the supermarkets, but the best deals can always be found online. You’ll find yourself saving big dollars by the end of the month if you look into alternative shopping methods.

The Home Of Your Dreams

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It’s so hard to know what the house of your dreams might be as there’s just so many
different designs out there. Not only that, there’s so many new house listings that come on each month that will grab your attention and show you that the home you have might not be the home of your dreams. But that isn’t the case, if you work with what you have you can turn your home into absolutely anything you want it to be. Besides, the hassle of moving is just too much for some people, so a little renovation here, or a switch up there, and you can transform your home into something completely different. It has always been hard to keep a home modern and new because there’s always something new being designed that will catch your eye. But as long as you try and keep everything fresh, and have an update every few years, there’s no reason why you can’t create the home of your dreams. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, here’s a few ideas that we have in mind that we know you’re going to love.

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Think Modern

Modern is the look that most people like to go for, but it isn’t the only one we’re going to talk about today. To get that modern look you’re going to need to do a bit of renovating, but if you take it one room at a time and find ways to make the whole ordeal cheaper, it shouldn’t hurt your pocket too much. So, the first renovation idea we’re going to give you is for a room that isn’t usually put first, your bedroom. The bedroom is always put to the bottom of the pile because it is the last room that any guests in your house are going to see. But it’s the room that you spend the most time in, and the room that you can find the most comfort in at the end of the day. One benefit to the bedroom is you can usually do it all yourself to save time and money. So, to gut it out means getting rid of nearly everything in the room. Hire yourself an environmentally-responsible rubbish removal company that will remove anything you take out of the room for you. Then all you need is that modern design to put back in it. If you’ve always had carpet, have you ever considered getting laminate flooring instead? It looks so much more modern, and is actually so much easier to maintain. It would cost just as much as carpet to replace, so you won’t be losing out too much. Worrying about spilling a drink and staining the carpet is going to be a thing of the past. As for the bedframe, something ultra modern would be to have one where the TV is installed at the end of the bed. It brings it closer to you, makes the whole experience of being in bed ten times comfier, and most of them are electronic so you can hide it away when you don’t need it. Some nice oak furniture for a bedside table or chest of draws will also look perfect against the laminate flooring. It’s up to you what colour scheme you go for, for the bedroom you might prefer to go for something that’s a little darker and more relaxing. Mink or grey is so in right now. It isn’t too dark that the room begins to look like a cave, but it isn’t the bright light of a white wall that isn’t as relaxing.

Think Alternative

One of the best design trends at the minute that’s alternative is the Hygge look. Ever since the Hygge interior design trend stormed into the world, it has remained a firm favourite for people all over the world. It is something that can be used in every room in the house, but we’re going to tell you how to achieve it in the living room. The living room for a lot of people is the main room in the house. It’s perfect for relaxing at the end of a hard day with either friends or family. So if you want to achieve Hygge, you’re going to have to think simplistic and natural. Again, laminate flooring would be perfect, but a grey carpet would also look fine. Laminate is just easy to clean! Material sofas are going to look better than leather as well for Hygge. A nice lighter coloured sofa, perhaps a risky cream one, would be perfect. A fur throw to put over the top will complete the look for the sofa. In the center of the room you could have a nice oak carved coffee table. We’re not talking about the standard ones you can get from your local home store, we’re talking about the hand crafted and carved ones that look like they’ve come straight from the tree. It gives the room a more earthy and natural feel, and is so alternative to the usual coffee tables. A nice fur rug going underneath it, and a simple oak shelving or smaller coffee table in the room will complete that Hygge look. Keep the walls white and bright and you’re onto a winner.

Bright & Fresh

We’ve spoke about how the walls of the living room should be nice and white, but the kitchen is another area that should follow this rule too. In the heat of the Aussie weather, the kitchen can easily become so hot from the power of the sun. Keeping the walls white reflects the sun and helps to keep it bright and airy. Once you’ve got the walls perfect, it’s important to give them a fresh coat each year. A year is a long time for finger marks, stains, and just the general fading of the wall to happen. Having a fresh coat of paint can literally transform a room more than you would ever think it could, and it doesn’t take long or cost much either!

The Power Of Organizing Your Home Space Effectively

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The power of organizing your home space effectively is not something to be sniffed at. It has a wide array of practical uses and developments, and for solid reasons. It’s important to understand why, however. This article will not be a primer on Feng Shui or associated ideas, but a nuts and bolts guide to help you ascertain how the implements in your home space affect how you view certain rooms, and ultimately how happy you are in them.

Certain rooms have different requirements, which is why we’re going to split them all and describe them piece by piece in an ideal form. Of course, some of the advice here will not be possible depending on the layout and size of your home space, but some of the advice will potentially help you double the space and give you the new, fresh home filled with vitality you have been looking for.

Kitchen

Let’s start with the most important room of the home. People often say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is largely due to the fact it sustains your entire family and brings everyone together for food. Some of you might be lucky enough to have a separate dining area and kitchen. This advice should span people with and without that.

To begin with, you need to ensure that your kitchen is well ventilated. This allows for any cooking smells and smoke to dissipate quickly and not linger, penetrating the walls or fabrics. A great dispersal fan can be installed to help you achieve this. If not, a window which allows itself to be opened above the installation of your sink installation can work wonders also. Also, it’s worth allowing for a great degree of walking space. Consider how much kitchen top surface area you truly need, and try to design around that. Your refrigerator is also something that needs assessing. Too large and underused, and it could be imposing on your space as well as draining your energy bill. You might find yourself in possession of one of these if you move into a home that previously kept more family members than yourself.

Consider the noise of a kitchen also. Microwaves, kettles, ovens and all of those implements can be quite noisy when heated, as can the buzz of a refrigerator attempting to keep its cooling factor. You might find that these implements are better spaced apart, which also affords a healthier distribution of power outlet, preventing sparks or the power being tripped. It also is worthwhile to ensure that no water is in any way close to any plug sockets, and that them meeting is very unlikely. Also, ensure that the decors of your kitchen is something worthwhile. Try celebrating your family here, by putting up family art, pictures of your most cherished moments, and organizing the table in ways that allow all members to converse at dinner time. This helps everyone feel part of the narrative of the family, and generally makes for a more pleasant atmosphere.

Bedroom

The bedroom is the place we retire to every night, share our most intimate moments and generally recharge our batteries for another day of work and love. It pays to get this right. First of all, your bed is the main fixture here, not the television or computer you might have there. Be sure to make it front and centre, taking up the most space, ideally with the headboard against a wall and room on either side. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to place this in a corner if you need to.

Next, consider how the light enters the room. You hardly want to be rudely awoken each morning with a blinding light from the sunrise, or the draught blowing in and make the hairs of your neck stand up on end. For this reason, having a greater degree of control around your window fitting is advisable, such as installing custom window shutters from the get-go. Also, consider how the light plays in your room. A nice bedside lamp that only lights your side of the bed can be great if you enjoy reading and your partner enjoys sleeping above all else. Assess the color palette also. While dark colors might seem the most conducive to sleeping well, it can be better to opt for light variants of darker colors, such as a shade of blue.

Be sure to have positive artwork of variety here also. It might be putting up a painting you truly enjoy and that inspires you, or a little positive message that helps you get in the right mindset every morning. Also, this isn’t a home decors tip, but a nice pair of slippers can warm your feet in the morning and make getting out of bed for work that little bit easier.

Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most private areas of the home, but that doesn’t mean it deserves any less consideration. Usually, this space is just you and the room, meaning that you’ll notice any imperfections with great accuracy than you might have thought previously. This is important to get right, because grooming yourself in the morning is better carried when you enjoy the organization of the room you’re in. First of all, make sure none of your many medical and grooming implements are simply haphazardly placed around the sink area. Categorize them based on family members, and shelter them in a cupboard or a shelf. You might also choose to place a waterproof carpet down to help water dry and stop the slip hazard of your room.

A nice tiled pattern can signify uniformity, pattern and regularity, perfect attitudes to keep when making yourself look professional in the morning. Also, don’t be afraid of artwork. A nice message to ponder can be wonderful when it’s just you and the room. Also, be sure to clean this room efficiently. A dirty bathroom is the quickest way to letting organization slip in all other areas of your home also. Two or three times a week should be enough depending on how many family members you have.

With these organizational tips, your home is sure to be in stellar condition, wooing family members and friends alike.

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