Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy Chinese New Year!

My lovelies, wishing you and your family a very Happy Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Chai!

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May your new year shines brightly with new beginnings, all your wishes be fulfilled and many blessings!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

New Innovations For Your Home In 2020!

This post is provided by James Fitzpatrick.

Every year, new amazing innovations come out that are making the home cooler, more efficient, and a more amazing oasis than ever before. The year 2020 only promises to break out even more innovations for the home that will help connect it to the world and make it super efficient for you and your family. For the past decade, more and more technology has been used in every part of the house, from different types of mattresses to controlling lights and thermostats all from a touch of a button on your phone. 

Below is a list of the top innovations coming out in 2020 that will make our homes more comfortable and easier to live in than ever before.

Making your kitchen smarter

The most important appliance in your entire kitchen is the refrigerator. You use the refrigerator more than any other appliance throughout the day. You get your meals and snacks out of it, get ice for your beverages, get your drinks, store food that will spoil, etc. This year, refrigerators are going to be filled with more technology than ever. They will come with features that will tell your family what the meal schedule is for the week and read your recipes out loud as you cook so you do not have to pause and look down as you cook. You will be able to write your grocery list down on the refrigerator which will then sync it with your phone so you can access it anywhere you go. A smart refrigerator will come with transparent touchscreens so you can see what you have in there without even having to open the door and can alert you when you have food that is about to go bad. This innovation will make life ten times easier and can be controlled in real-time with the straight-forward technology it offers.

Monitor your sleep and temperature

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and your mood. You can achieve a better night's sleep by getting a smart mattress. There are some smart mattresses that will monitor what your sleep patterns are, allow you to control what the temperature of your mattress is, and can even wake you up when you need to get up every morning. It utilizes an aromatherapy alarm clock that senses when you are in the lightest part of your sleep cycle. The aroma that comes out of this smart alarm clock is a scent that is designed to give you energy and wake you up so you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. Smartening up your bedroom is not only a way to make your life easier, but it also improves your overall health and your mood as well.

Make your bathroom smart as well

Smart bathrooms are just starting to make their way into the market and are expected to become more mainstream in the year 2020. However, a smart bathroom will take your bathroom experience to the next level and make it more like a spa than just another room in your home. You will have a digital assistant in there which will start your bath water for you. It will emit aromatherapy to calm you and will release brain waves that can be controlled from your smartphone. This will help you relax and sink into your experience so that you are completely calm when you come out and ready to unwind from the day.

Turn on your lights and your TV

New innovations for 2020 will show that using a smart assistant that is connected to your phone will allow you to turn on the lights, the radio, or TV, even when you are not home. Turn on the lights when you are on a trip so no one knows you are gone. Get the thermostat set just right so you come home to the most comfortable home after a long day.

Using some new innovations in your home in 2020 can make your home not only more comfortable and more fun to be in, but it will make it more efficient as well. Consider bringing this new technology into your home and see how much more functional your home becomes as a result.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Updates To Add For A Refreshed Home!

This post is provided by James Fitzpatrick.

Redecorating and adding a decorative flair to your home is sometimes not more than a simple weekend project. If you are tired of your boring kitchen or dated bathroom, there are some quick weekend projects that even the most novice of DIY level can perform.

1. Paint
2. Add new hardware
3. Replace textiles and window treatments

First Things First

The first thing you should do when you plan to renovate or redesign is to start with a clean and blank slate. Empty the room you will be working in of all its current decorative pieces. Cover any furniture that must stay so that it remains protected. Once space is emptied, it is time to perform a deep clean. Wipe all surfaces. Mop and dust, if necessary.

Refresh With A New Coat Of Paint

Even if you absolutely love the current color of paint in your space, you could give the room a fresh coat. Sun can naturally fade the paint and the lighting can also cause discoloration on ceiling paint. Give your ceiling a fresh coat of white ceiling paint and paint the walls to refresh the space. If you are unsure of what color you like for the room, get a few sample squares from your local paint supplier and let your creativity flow. A completely new color will make the entire room feel new and fresh.

Cabinets Will Look New With New Hardware

Dated cabinets do not always need to be replaced or painted. A good cleaning with some wood specialty cleaning cream will refresh the wood. Polish accordingly to bring out a marvelous shine. Once the cabinets have been cleaned and shined, you can then go ahead and add new hardware. If you are adding an interior barn door in your kitchen area, you can decide on a barn door hardware kit to make the door a real showpiece. 

If you are sticking with the same color and have internal hinges, you will not need to replace the hinges. Focus on door pulls and knobs as well as drawer knobs. Hardware can completely change the way a kitchen and bathroom look.

Hardware is not just limited to kitchens, bathrooms, and their cabinetry. Doors can often look completely refreshed throughout the house when they have new hinges and handles. Closet doors, bedroom doors, and doors leading to the garage or basement will all benefit from a facelift. Barn doors are also all the trend right now and these are fabulous for creating space-saving solutions. In areas of the home where swing doors are not practical, a barn door will create a division and privacy barrier that is necessary. Old pocket doors can get stuck easily when the wood swells. Barn doors move easily on a rolling track and serve as both functional and statement pieces.

Out With The Drab And In With The Fab

Get rid of those dated textiles. Over time, the sun will naturally bleach your curtains. Kitchen curtains that are dated can be updated with shutters and blinds. Rugs or shower curtains in bathrooms can also become boring and dated. Both solutions can be found online or in big box stores and are easily switched out in an hour or less. The same is true for all the other rooms in your home. You can easily change the way a living room looks by adding a new rug, throw blanket, curtains, and decorative pillows. A bedroom can feel like a completely new room when new bedding is displayed.

When you decide to redecorate your home and update it a bit, make sure you allow yourself ample time. Set a block of time to focus on your project at hand and add a bit of extra time just in case you spend more time cleaning or prepping. Acquire all of your hardware, textiles, and paints in advance. Once you begin replacing dated pieces, you may find yourself compelled to continue on throughout the rest of your house and begin focusing on external elements as well. 

You can also replace the front doorknob and add decorative hinges and pieces to your garage door to create a rustic barn door appearance that will flow into your home design as well. When the job is done, you will sit back and feel refreshed in the new atmosphere within your home.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

My fabulous readers and friends, thanks for your support throughout the year. I hope 2019 has been a great year for you. May the new year continues to bring you happiness, peace and prosperity. Let's toast to yesterday's achievements and tomorrow's bright future! Happy new year and let's make the most of 2020! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Sponsors- Thank you!

Today, I would like to take a moment to thank my sponsors, Latest Bedding and Pure Parima and for supporting my blog.

Latest Bedding: Offering the latest, high quality bedding and home decor at the best prices.

Pure Parima: Offers sheet sets made from long-staple Giza cotton that has been certified as 100% Egyptian by the Cotton Egypt Association. With a smooth sateen weave and exceptional breathability, the sheets and pillowcases in the Yalda collection is beneficial for hot sleepers.

Remember to stop by and check them out when you get a chance. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Inside CB2 Exec's stylish, edgy and eclectic holiday home!

This gorgeous 100-year-old home in the Chicago suburbs belongs to Ryan Turf, the president of furniture and decor brand CB2 that he shares with his wife, Jessica, the principal of Jessica Turf Design and their three children. What really draws them to this home is the floor-to-ceiling windows, a large fireplace in the living room and the plaster molding. Both in the business and passionate about designs, they eventually decided on a palette of black and white for their home. The results? An abode with high contrast colors with a modern, edgy and eclectic flair. Let's check it out, shall we?

Photo credit: David A. Land

How chic and stylish is this house? I love how they soften the high contrast space with lots of warm textiles and a variety of textures. Hints of colors add pizzazz and life to the rooms. Simple seasonal garlands, wreath and greeneries instantly conjures warmth and an air of festivity during the holiday season. Fresh, striking and inspirational, what's not to love about this stunning holiday home? Don't forget to check out the rest of the house here!

My lovelies, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year! Have a warm and wondrous holiday season!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Personal Training Business From Home - A Potentially Lucrative Enterprise!

This post is provided by Super Groups.

Beautiful people are everywhere, but especially on TV. We, as a society, are bombarded with images of beautiful, in shape people. Advertisers utilize beautiful people to sell their products because they know such a strategy is very practical. 

Fitness itself is indeed a very lucrative business because it feeds off of our obsession with physical perfection. Although it generally depends on the personality, most people care about how they look. Therefore, they actively engage in some sort of exercise, whether it is strength training, aerobics, or a combination of the two. Unfortunately, some people may struggle with their weight and may need the assistance of a personal trainer. It is not always easy to get in shape without professional assistance because losing weight is actually quite complicated. A professional guidance of a personal trainer may come in handy.

Being a personal trainer is a useful profession because of a simple economic principle, namely that there is always a demand for such a provider. There are always people who need the guidance of a personal trainer. Designing the right eating and training protocol is often one of the services that can be provided by a personal trainer.

Personal training can also be a lucrative business even when conducted from home. Even if there is a start up cost to buy the necessary gym equipment for a home gym, in the long run, there is a lot of money to be made. Most gym memberships are quite costly. A better alternative is choosing to come to a personal trainer who works out of a home gym. Although some gyms may offer free personal training, their personal trainers are amateurish at best. Even though a home gym may be more expensive than a beginner gym that also comes with free personal training, a home gym personal trainer ensures that there is less, if any, gym intimidation. This may be very useful to a beginner who is just starting a fitness journey.

One advice to a home gym personal trainer is to buy a sufficient array of fitness equipment, hopefully at a bargain price. Without the right combination of fitness equipment, making money from personal training will be a challenge. However, a decent array of dumbbells, a few mats and a few jump ropes should be enough for a decent workout. A skilled personal trainer can design a good fitness program with a limited amount of equipment.

It is important that a personal trainer working from home purchases a liability insurance. This liability insurance is a good protection against client unintended injury. Liability insurance is defined as a compensation to the client by an outside company just in case an injury occurs. One company that sells such an insurance is Insure Fitness Group. This company sells insurance at reduced rates. On their website, they offer insurance rates starting as low as $15.49 per month. Insure Fitness Group, located at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, specifically caters to fitness professionals who do not work out of a commercial gym. Just like a medical professional who is trained to be a specialist in their field, a personal trainer working from home is in need of liability insurance.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sponsors- Thank you!

Today, I would like to take a moment to thank my existing sponsor, Pure Parima for supporting my blog. I would also like to use this opportunity to introduce you my newest sponsor, Latest Bedding

Latest Bedding: Offering the latest, high quality bedding and home decor at the best prices.

Pure Parima: Offers sheet sets made from long-staple Giza cotton that has been certified as 100% Egyptian by the Cotton Egypt Association. With a smooth sateen weave and exceptional breathability, the sheets and pillowcases in the Yalda collection is beneficial for hot sleepers.

Don't forget to stop by and check them out when you get a chance. Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo credit: Sasha Bikoff

Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy! Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from our house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness and may the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year!

How To Maximize Space In Your Home!

This post is provided by James Fitzpatrick.

Having enough space in our home is something we all strive to have in our lives. Living in a cramped space, especially when you have growing families, can make daily life a real hassle. You do not want to be stepping on or over each other to get where you need to be in your home. There is something you can do to maximize even the smallest living space. With just a little research and creativity, you can give your home the space you need without too much effort.

This article is designed to help you manage your home space and even give you a chance to gain more space in your home with a little renovating and decluttering of your home. If you or someone you know desperately needs help to maximize the space in their home, continue to read on for the best way to maximize your living arrangements.

Bypass Sliding Doors

One incredible way to save and maximize space is to install bypass sliding door hardware and put in sliding doors in your home. These doors allow for less room to be used than a traditional door uses up. These doors are great ideas for those that live in apartments and need more space. You will not have a door that has to open and take up valuable space.

A Clawfoot Bathtub

This may sound a little old-school, but changing out your bathtub with an antique type bathtub, a clawfoot bathtub, can save you a ton of room. These bathtubs not only look cool and can give any home a retro look, but it has benefits, too. Clawfoot bathtubs can:

-Save several feet of the bathroom space in your home.

-Allow for a larger sink that will offer more space for your toiletries and styling products.

-Become an integral piece in your home that will get people talking.

This bathtub is great for those with cramped bathrooms, a good bathtub for those who need to stretch out and relax, or for families with two or more kids. It also gives your space a trendy, minimalist look.

Kitchen Spice Rack

If your kitchen lacks space, you can free up a bit of space with a spice rack organizer. This allows you to install a small shelf big enough for all the spices you own and place it on your wall. This, in turn, saves you counter space which can be used for prep cooking, needed appliances, and more. This gives those who are in the kitchen most of the time the space they need to cook and make it easier to clean.

Corner Shelves

If you find yourself lacking space in your living room due to too much stuff and little room to walk around, you can try corner shelves. These shelves help by:

-Taking knick-knacks, gaming consoles, movies, etc., and organizing them on a small, space-saving shelf.

- Allows you more space to walk around your home.

This is a great idea for small apartments or even a small one- to two-bedroom home, saving you space and sprucing up your decor.

Kitchen Window

Lastly, a great way to add space is by taking out a bit of a wall that divides the living room from the kitchen area for a kitchen window. This window creates an area for you to place decorative items, be able to look out from the kitchen while you are cooking and speak to your family, keep a closer eye on your children, and add some space to your kitchen area. This is an idea for smaller homes or apartments.

There are many wonderful space-saving ideas that anyone can try. These are the top picks by those who have used these tricks for their own homes or have found these to be popular ideas by talking to interior professionals. Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain space and lose stress from an overcrowded home. Give these a try today and see how these five space-saving ideas help you. You will be glad you took the time to save space in your home and make your home a little less cramped.