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Home Decorating – Leading the Simple Life

Are you thinking of living the simple life? Are you ready to get rid of all of your excess clutter and to have a clean, austere living space? Here are some interior decorating tips to have you well on your way to getting that simple living space that you are looking for.

Let us start with the kitchen

You cannot go wrong with stainless steel. Go for a stainless steel fridge and other appliances. Pick out a stainless steel countertop or backsplash. You can even go with stainless steel cabinets. Of course, you do not want everything to be made of stainless steel – that would be a bit of overkill. Choose just a few components, and try to keep everything else simple. Pick out clean, white cabinets with no extra detailing, for instance.

Color scheme

Just because you have decided to have a modern, clean-cut home, it does not mean that you cannot have any color. You can use a little color – “little” being the key word. Keep your walls a solid color of light grays, light beiges, whites, or maybe even a grayish blue or grayish yellow. Try to keep these colors muted. You can, however, pick out one bold painting to hang on your wall — maybe a painting of giant, bright orange poppies, for example, with no other paintings or pictures nearby. There is no reason to overcrowd your walls. Choose a painting that you love, because it is really going to stand out!

The floors

Stick to tiles, hardwood, bamboo, or even concrete if possible. A light colored carpet is also fine, but it does not give the cold, clean look that these other floors do.

The storage

Storage is key when you are living the simple life of decorating. There must be a place for everything and everything in its place. It must be possible to fully hide your TV and all wires and gadgets that go along with it. The same is true of stereos and other such equipment. Nothing will ruin the look that you are going for, quite like items that have strayed from their proper places. All clothes must be in the closet, toothbrushes in the cabinet, books in the book cases, pots in the cabinet, etc.

The removal

Get rid of any extra, unnecessary items that you have. You will be amazed at how great it feels to finally get rid of your college philosophy notes, old letters, old clothing, old presents, and other items that you no longer need (nor did you ever really need them…) The less “stuff” you have, the easier it will be for you to keep your stuff tidy and put away in your storage spaces.

The decorations

Keep the number of decorations that you have very limited. You only need one or two paintings on a wall, one item on a fireplace mantle, no items on the coffee table, etc.

The furniture

Pick out furniture with straight, clean lines. No fluffy couches, no floral patterns, no extra and unnecessary pillows. Few round tables. Leather couches are a great choice. Have as few pieces of furniture as possible.

You will love leading the clean and simple life. When you wipe your home free of clutter, it is like wiping your entire mind – your entire life – free of clutter, as well. Nothing can open up your room (or your life) and make it seem bigger, quite like following the aforementioned tips can.

Building a Minimalist Home Gym For Maximum Success

  1. Stick to free weights.

    Simple hand weights can be the most versatile, conforming and user friendly devices. Plus they are easy to store and you can change from one exercise to another in seconds. If general fitness is your goal I would keep the weight selection simple (20,30,40 pounds). Keep in mind that a single 20 pound weight can add 20 pounds of resistance and a pair can add 40 so a pair of weights is really 2 different weights. Other free weight options like Kettle bells, sandbags and even rocks can be used for many exercises with minimal space and cost.

    2. Forget the bench, just use an aerobics step.

    While a good weight bench is not a bad idea, you can accomplish plenty with a simple adjustable aerobics step. You can incline and decline the step, plus you can use it for jumping, stepping and skipping exercises for stamina or conditioning. It’s also easier to move around the room. Unless your back is not able to support itself I recommend you do all upright exercises standing or kneeling. Sitting in an upright position on an adjustable bench simply takes work away from the core.

    3. Use a door way chin bar

    A Simple doorway chin bar can be cheap, space saving and give you the ability to do chin ups, one of the best exercises on earth. It can also serve as an anchor for…

    4. Some Suspension straps.

    Suspension straps are relatively cheap, fast to use and very versatile. They can usually work well in a door jam but suspending them from that chin up bar will optimize their effectiveness.

    5. Look to do cardio outdoors or use 1-2 pieces of cardio at the most.

    In my opinion, no one has ever built a piece of cardio equipment that can compete with simply getting outside. Going for a walk, jogging on a beach, riding a real bike and hiking a mountain are all #1 options for any fitness goal in my book. If a piece of cardio equipment is idea for your needs I recommend no more than 1-2 pieces. Cardio can be the most costly equipment to buy, fix and use. Plus adding more cardio pieces for cross training may have limited benefits. The cheapest and most economical piece of cardio equipment is typically the upright exercise bike.

    6. Don’t forget the most essential component

    One of the most important aspects of any home gym is open space. With some space, you will have more exercise variety with those free weights as you can move freely around the room instead of being restricted to standing in one place. Plus you can use the space for stretching, kicking, doing yoga or just letting your little one roam around. It will also create a less stuffy and cramped space that may stifle the motivation to exercise.

Interior Design Ideas

Many people think that a beautiful home must be big and with lots of space to accommodate several rooms and different appliances, furniture, and fixtures. But little do they know that a luxury and elegant home need not be a mansion. If you want to live in a beautiful and stylish home, all you need is a little creativity and lots of interior design ideas.

Every interior space has unique qualities attached to it, just like a natural outdoor space like forest. You can see lots of textures in it and all these elements create a unique visual effect to give a corresponding effect on the human mind. That is why the interior design ideas that you choose should have textures to create wonders in interior design.

Some of the things that you can look into are wooden furniture, linen cloth, rubber or leather flooring or upholstery, wallpapers, plastic lampshades and other decorative items, and also steel furniture. All these can sure give your interior a new atmosphere and make it even more attractive and appealing. These are even very affordable and within your budget so you will not have to worry about throwing money away just to look cool. But if you have more money for interior design, you may as well consider building new rooms, move walls, or add another level to the structure.

The best place to start your search for interior design ideas is to go online and check various interior design websites. Here, you can find lots of creative ideas and items that you can even purchase online for convenience. But if you really wish to make the most out of your interior design project, you can consult an interior designer for interior design ideas that will best work for your home interior.

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