14 August 2017

Amazing Decoration Ideas For Tiny Houses

The tiny house movement has gone through a boom in the past five years, mainly due to the significantly smaller cost of living. What makes them all the more tempting is the fact that all of them have the decorative flare of the person or people residing in it. If you are reading this, chances are you’re either planning or already have a tiny house of your own, and all that is missing is to turn it into a home. But smaller spaces demand a whole different approach to interior design, which is why we decided to create a short, but effective list of the most amazing decoration ideas. 

Stay practical

Since tiny homes are usually considered to be all spaces under 60m², you should be well aware that your use of space will have to be maximized. Consider using shelves that go up the entire height of a wall, for example. Or turn a niche under the staircase into a small office. Needless to say, clutter should be reduced to a minimum, and only the most sentimental or interior-complementing items should be found in your tiny house. Bottom line, the confinements of space will force you to think in the most creative ways possible, so seize the opportunity and get those gray cells to work!

Use of color

The use of color is monumental for a successful tiny house décor. The careful choice of color can impact how you and others perceive not just the interior, but your lifestyle as well. The use of wood in combination with white, green, yellow, and gentle blues can really open up the space and make it seem larger. Avoid colors darker than, for example, mahogany, as they tend to shut off any concept of open space and will require significantly more light to brighten it up. When it comes to details, color code the house based on your furniture and surrounding decorations, as the color’s true influence is seen when it ties the whole room together.

Illusory furniture

When it comes to furniture – stick to small, thin and tall. There’s no place for that bulky rustic dining table, nor should the centerpiece of your tiny living room be that single armchair that takes up half the space. Foldable guest chairs, threaded carpets and cushions are your best friends. Low tables, desks and low-hanging pantries will also create the illusion of bigger space. Just because you are going small, doesn’t mean you are going for cramped and stifling. Less formal furniture will also create a greater sense of comfort and allow people to relax much quicker.

Outdoor focus

Another useful thing to keep in mind is the outdoor décor. The interior should in no way be the sole focus of your creativity, because what you take away from there, you can compensate for on the outside. If you have a small porch outside, decorate it with fairy lights, and potted plants. And as experts in strata painting Sydney advise, take good care of how you paint the exterior as well. Choose the color based on the interior, but also think about your surroundings, as you have chosen a somewhat nomadic life.


When it comes to lighting, given how you’ve gone more eco-friendly with a tiny house, kick it up a notch and reduce your carbon footprint even more by choosing LED lights, for example. They also give way for more imaginative ideas – you can embed them into the ceiling to create the illusion of a starry sky, or introduce fairy lights into your dining room space for added romanticism. Keeping the voltage low will lessen the “blinding” effect during nighttime, as you have far less square meters to actually illuminate.

In summary

The most creative ideas come from restrictions, as farfetched as it may sound. With tiny homes, you may feel overwhelmed by the limitations of space, material and resources. However, this is where you can thrive, keeping in mind that you have to be practical, thinking about usefulness of all individual items, and how to make all elements in the room have a certain “flow” that engulf the entire house. It sounds difficult, but if you try our advice, you might be convinced otherwise.

08 August 2017

Ways to Transition Your Denim Shorts Towards The Cooler Months

Summer may be over soon but don't just keep those nice short dungarees or denims right away because you can still enjoy them for few more weeks during the cold months. Transition your denim shorts towards the cooler months after summer by wearing them with any of these accessories to keep your gams warm.

These are few of the inspiration you can pick up when you want to stretch the use of your denim shorts for few more weeks after summer is over.

Wear it with leggings

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Wear it with tights

(Photo credit: http://www.gurl.com/2016/01/16/style-tips-on-how-to-wear-shorts-in-winter-outfit-ideas/)

Wear it with high knee socks

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Wear it with knee length boots

(Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/558094578797016550/ from http://aelida.com/fashion/how-to-look-good-in-boots-and-shorts)

03 August 2017

Conforming to a Pattern – Yay or Nay?

The society and its norms shape our attitudes, beliefs and even lives to some extent. While some individuals manage to find a balance between sociocultural expectations and their individual preferences, others either exhibit an extreme level of conformism or refuse to accept the standardised and expected norms altogether. Nonetheless, human desire to be accepted and acknowledged often leaves some individuals with a lot of pressure to fit into the social, cultural and civilizational patterns, which inevitably affects their lives.

Expected and established patterns

Whether you live in a collectivist environment where the well-being of a group is the primary goal or in a more individualist-oriented society where your personal needs are put above everything else, there are always certain expectations and patterns that have been formed over the course of history. These patterns have been repeated over and over again until they’ve become the established ways of living in a certain society. You might be expected to be a mother or father, become a doctor because everyone else in your family is, graduate with flying colours or get married at a certain age. Perhaps someone else has planned your whole life for you, leading you to believe that this is exactly how everything should unfold. On the other hand, you might have built certain patterns and expectations for yourself, comparing yourself to others and considering what they think of you. Either way, there are always some factors and expectations shaping our lives consciously or subconsciously while we desperately try to fit in, but somehow keep failing.

Inability to fit in

While some see the rejection of the established patterns as a form of rebellion, others consider them to be the desired lifestyle. It’s undeniable that both attitudes in their extreme can have negative effects on a person’s life. The former can lead to alienation and detachment from society, while the latter can cause dissatisfaction with your own life.

Individuals who build their lives according to someone else’s expectations and always try to see themselves the way others see them, often experience constant dissatisfaction with their own achievements, lifestyles and themselves as persons, which may lead to depression and anxiety. What they fail to realise is that “the truth is that the way other people see us isn’t about us — it’s about them and their own struggles, insecurities, and limitations. You don’t have to allow their judgment to become your truth”, as Daniell Koepke once said.

Breaking out of patterns

Whether you have your own negative patterns you keep repeating or you can’t fit into the ones considered to be “right”, you should stop tailoring your life according to a certain mould. Instead, you should make certain changes and start living a life that fits you as a person. In addition, if someone close to you is going through this situation, take the advice from Sue Fitzmaurice and: “don’t tell someone to get over it. Help them get through it.”

Breaking out from the patterns that govern your life requires time and effort, but once you do, you’ll be much happier and satisfied with yourself because you’ll be living the life perfect for you. Start by making small and positive changes, such as switching to a healthy diet, working out, taking up a new hobby, etc. Don’t let yourself get dragged into the vicious circle of negative thinking, but try to stay positive as much as possible. Furthermore, you should stop comparing yourself to others and don’t let anyone tell you how you should live your life. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should alienate yourself from your friends and family.

On the contrary, seek advice and help from the people you trust. If you feel that you cannot cope on your own, you should consider opting for counselling services during which you can discover yourself and your needs, face your problems, strengthen your self-esteem and create a balance between your body and mind. And, no matter how difficult the entire process might be, remember the words of Dalai Lama: “there are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly, live”.

Whether you’re aware of the patterns you live by or you’ve subconsciously adopted them, you shouldn’t let them dictate your life. Once you break out of them, you’ll be free to live your life not burdened by someone else’s expectations.

*** This is a guest post and written by Isabel William, the blogger behind Body and Mind Balance Blog, and www.ripped.me***

02 August 2017

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01 August 2017

Ways in which the weather can cause damage to your home

If you are curled up in front of the TV when a rainstorm is wreaking havoc outside, your first thought is probably not about protecting your home. But, maybe it should be. Extreme weather conditions can cause significant damage to a property; so it's worth taking action to protect your home against them.
Interestingly, it's not just rain that can cause problems. Even strong sunlight can be an issue. Just like you need to protect your body against the rays; you also need to look after your home. Let's examine how different weather conditions can damage your property, and what you can do to prevent damage from happening.

Weather conditions that can cause damage

The most obvious weather condition that we tend to think of, when it comes to property damage, is wind. It does not have to be tornado force, even just a strong wind can blow branches down, and against your home, causing damage to paint work and guttering.
We mentioned heavy rain earlier. Although a rainstorm might not cause any damage initially, it's possible for rainwater to leak into your home through gaps and cracks. This can result in problems with damp.
Hailstones only have to be a moderate size to be able to make dents in guttering, and chip paint work. After a hailstorm, your home could end up looking a little worse for wear.
Hours of blistering sunshine often lead to the fading of paint work. Paint can also crack in the heat. The exterior can go from looking pristine to shabby, in a relatively short space of time.

How to protect your home against the weather

One of the most important steps you can take, to prevent damage to your property, is to fill in gaps and cracks in the exterior walls. This stops rain water from gaining easy access, and stops you from having to deal with a, potentially costly, damp problem.
When it comes to sunlight, it's not just the exterior of your home that is at risk. Sunlight pouring through the windows can cause carpets and furniture to fade. Remember to use curtains or blinds on the windows of your home, and you can stop this from happening.
Cladding your property protects the exterior walls against damage from hailstones and flying debris. It also protects against the effects of sunlight. Any type of cladding helps, but UPVC cladding is especially durable, and easy to maintain. Experts such as Peter Bracey can help you find the right type of cladding for your property.
Weather can be a destructive force, and damage to your property can result. The damage can be something as minor as a dent in the paint work, to something more extreme, such as part of the roof blowing off, during a storm. You should do all that you can to protect your home; hopefully our tips will help you on the way to doing so.