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Making a House Your Home

The purpose of each space in your house

When sprucing up your home, remember the purpose that each room serves. Focusing on your room's purpose will make your home cozier and meaningful. If you work on your living room, ask yourself:

  • Will the layout help me entertain my family and friends?
  • Will this sofa help me relax after a long day?

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Building a home with intention

  • If your house does not feel like a home, it is important to take a good look at how you've designed your house.
  • The environment that surrounds you can greatly affect your mood, energy, and growth. A study found that a serene landscape mural significantly decreased stress levels of employees in a high-stress workplace.
  • When you design your house with the intention of making it a place where you can grow and feel you belong, you can transform it into a home. In essence, a house is a physical living area, while a home is a space that lets you escape the noise of the outside world while nurturing your peace of mind.

The purpose of each space in your house

When sprucing up your home, remember the purpose that each room serves. Focusing on your room's purpose will make your home cozier and meaningful. If you work on your living room, ask yourself:

  • Will the layout help me entertain my family and friends?
  • Will this sofa help me relax after a long day?

The amount of light that enters your house

The amount of light in your home can promote your well-being by helping your body follow its natural circadian rhythm, making you more active and alert.

Design features like translucent curtains, light wood flooring, and matte surfaces to invite more sunshine into your home.

The impact of small details

Small design changes can make a huge impact in your life.

Keeping an eye out for details can transform your living space and make you more comfortable at home. For example, switch out old door knobs, fix up mouldings, or get a new interior door. Paint a dull door with a calming colour like lilac or teal.

Personal touches define our homes

While aesthetics and function are key elements of interior design, a home needs a few personal touches.

There is no better way to help you stay on course than seeing lovely reminders you hold dear, whether it's framed pictures in the hallway or displaying souvenirs.

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Modern design

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Get started with decorating your house

When planning to get started with decorating your house, there are a few things you should pay special attention to:

  • Choosing the style: one style applied to the entire house provides unity and harmony
  • Making sure there is a certain balance in regards to the visual weight within a room
  • Choosing focal points for each piece: it could be basically anything you want your visitors to pay most of their attention to
  • Choosing the right color palette can easily transform a small room into an appropriate-sized one
  • Choosing and mixing patterns provides a more interesting design.
The decorating process
  • Once you have some tips on decorating, the job is half done. However, you still have to pay attention to how you arrange the objects inside of a room.
  • Furthermore, artwork can prove extremely useful and enhancing the beauty of a piece when displayed properly.
  • Last but not least, the furniture has its major role here: choose carefully what is worth spending lots of money on and what is not.

Should you take into account the above-mentioned pieces of advice, you are bound to have one of the best decorated houses.

There is no single way to lead a minimalist life
There is no single way to lead a minimalist life

Minimalism is often seen as an all-white room containing few furniture pieces. There are no colors or patterns or decorative accents that don't serve some function. However, this is not true.

Minimalism can help you save money

Instead of trying to find ways to make more money, minimalists contemplate the opposite: They live with less.

Minimalists find that after going through simplifying their lives and their interiors, they feel more at peace and in charge of their surroundings.

Decluttering can be emotional

Getting started on the road to minimalism can be the hardest. Once you realise how much you own, it can be overwhelming and fill you with guilt about the money wasted.

After decluttering, you may encounter another emotional factor: When you live with just the things you really love, breaking something will feel way more dramatic.

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What Home Feels Like
What Home Feels Like

We often confuse the structural, physical entity that is the house as home. It may be the body of the home, and just like we relate to our body, the home relates to the house structure.

Home Is A Soul

Just as we are extremely lucky if we get one great love in our lives, we should consider ourselves lucky if we get a real home. The abstract concept of a home is almost supernatural, with the house being the architecture, providing shelter. Great architecture is like the external beauty of a person, which may or may not be corresponding to what the person really is from inside.

Nevertheless, the outside is what provides a lust, a longing to see what’s inside.

Architecture Is Fascinating

Architects are creators in the real sense. They can conceptualize and implement great design and arouse deep feelings just by the work they do.

Their work is a siren call for many, both romantic and high in status.

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The Philosophy of The Nordic Design
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Moving from Art Nouveau towards Art Deco

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It was made to compete against the Art Noveau movement. Social commentary pressed more on the arts, which paved the way for Art Deco - an industrially-driven design philosophy.

The Golden Age of Scandinavian Design
  • In the 1930s, artists, inspired by the concepts of Constructivism, Functionalism, and Surrealism, paved the way for Nordic design's iconic milestones.
  • In the 1950s, the Lunning Prize (an equivalent of Nobel Prize) hailed exemplary designers who have given valuable contributions to Nordic Design from 1951 to 1970.
  • In 1954, a traveling exhibition comprised of the region's best designs landed in the United States and Canada and influenced the American culture.
  • In Denmark, Danish design thrived during the 1940s to the 1960s and created its own flavor, abandoning grandeur ornamentation in pursuit of form and function.
  • After WWII, Danish design has become a democratic movement, where makers turn to mass-producing natural raw materials such as ceramics, wood, and leather.
  • While the popularity declined in the 1970s, it had an upturn a decade later.

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Crisis times and audits

Conducting a well managed audit, especially when dealing with a crisis, is of significant importance. It does not only enable you to get to know better your team, but it also helps you to reorganize the priorities and focus on what is urgent.

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Reconfiguring your space’s layout
  • Changing your rugs can make a room look vastly different.
  • Getting rid of a single piece of furniture can help open up your interior. Cut out items that aren't really necessary.
  • Find your best angle. If your furniture isn't quite fitting how you hoped it would, align it at an angle.
Natural light

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Add in the green

People who work in offices with leafy green plants concentrate better than those who work without greenery. Reconnecting workers with a natural environment results in fewer sick days. 

Adding some plants to the office will give your team both a brain and a mood boost.

Consider your company's needs

How do your teams work best? What are their physical and technological needs?

The seven attributes to consider when determining your optimal workspace: location, enclosure, exposure, technology, temporality, perspective, and size.

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Air quality

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Light levels

Natural light provides our bodies with vitamin D, which in turn promotes healthy bone growth, and has been found to actively contribute to our physical and cognitive productivity. Put simply, if the indoor environments we spend time in are poorly naturally lit, our productivity can suffer – particularly in the winter, when the daylight hours are shorter.

Visual Aesthetics

Longer distance views, away from computer screens or written documents reduce fatigue, headaches and the effects of eye strain in the long term. Views also have a positive impact on wellbeing, in part by providing a psychological connection with other groups of people while in a safe space.

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Solitude and Creativity
Solitude and Creativity

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Touch - a powerful form of communication

Digital tools are a weak substitute for a physical community. And screens don’t allow for touch, which is a powerful form of communication.

Physical contact, from friends, loved ones, even acquaintances and strangers, has the ability to lower cortisol levels and ease anxiety.

Work towards something larger

A great way to fight loneliness is to work toward a larger goal, one that is centered around teamwork and collaboration.

Focusing on a shared vision helps disrupt the lonely brain’s destructive loops, allowing us to let our guard down and reintegrate ourselves into the social fold.