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Biggest Interior Design Trends of 2018


With a new year fast approaching, everybody is excited to see what trends the upcoming seasons will bring and what styles will be the most popular. These trends are set by designers and the public alike, and this year is no different, with a mixture of exclusive and homemade, both making the cut into the biggest interior design trends in 2018.

So, what will our living rooms look like, how practical will our kitchens be and what color paints should you be buying for the bathroom walls?

Colours of the year

Leave bright colours in 2017 and make way for a new trend that will focus on elegance rather than fun. Dark, musky undertones and colors that will instantly make you feel glamorous are definitely a great way to elevate the look of your home. But be careful with how you incorporate them because if you go overboard, you risk making your room dark and gloomy. Combine it with some light accents and details to balance out the decor.

Another trend that has been gaining more and more in popularity is pure, Scandinavian white. This shade is usually used on walls with textured accents. It can also be introduced through modern furniture, even though painted pieces will have to take a step back this season. You can combine this two-color trend and paint two walls of your room in a muted color, like a forest dusky green, and the other two in white. This contrast will create an open space feel while at the same time keep the elegance of the muted colors. Combine it with the other big hit of the year:

Brass

A blast from the past, coming back into the spotlight – super shiny brass now can be combined with any interior element you can imagine. From the classic bedside lamps and overhead fixtures, all the way to entire pieces of furniture, brass is making a fantastic comeback. The color goes so well with so many different shades and styles that it can be added to any room, without being overwhelming like silver. And if you want to start brassing up your own home, the first place you should start looking for these items is your local thrift stores, since people massively purged their homes from brass items when they stopped being fashionable. Don’t be afraid to go big and get a full brass bedside table, implement it the room as a theme or just keep it simple with the details.

Recycled materials

The idea of eco-homes, self-sustaining housing options and other eco-friendly options has become quite important lately, but this year recycled materials have taken the spotlight as the main stylistic choices. Decorating a wall with panels of reclaimed wood, or creating furniture from scraps are just some of the ways you can include recycled materials into your home. Think about each thing you bought and then throw it away shortly after getting it. Is there a way to reuse it, could someone else make something new out of it? And if it is completely destroyed, what is the proper way to dispose of it. Thinking green will not only make your home more eco-friendly, but it will also make your furniture more stylish and natural.

Make it cozy

The words of the year are cozy and comfortable, with a lot of people going back to the comfortable days of fine, plush fabrics to cover all of their furniture and make their home warmer. Get on the bandwagon and stock up on decorative pillows, comfortable floor rugs and warm blankets. Small details like those will make you and your guests feel a lot more comfortable and welcome. Be careful: cozy and comfortable is not the same as overcrowded, and having too many comfy things might have an undesired effect.

Remember that trends and styles are not something that you should be strictly sticking to, and they are there to serve as inspiration for you to create something unique. Make your home a reflection of your personal style and let it send a message you want. Get creative and use what you have to remake your home into your favorite style, without having to start over from scratch!

Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home decor and latest DIY Projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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7 Habits of Women with Great Skin


You have probably heard people say that someone “just has good skin”, but the truth is that behind that seemingly perfect, smooth skin is a stable, well-balanced skin routine and self-care, without which, no matter how good your genetics, you wouldn’t be able to have good skin. So, let’s see what are the seven most important steps to having a flawless skin routine.

1. Cleanse

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The most important part of any skin routine is to first get rid of any impurities that have collected in your pores and on the surface of your skin during the day or while you were sleeping. Use a gentle cleanser like the Clarins cleansing milk to remove impurities without being too hard on your gentle skin.

2. Choose your cosmetics carefully

We live in the day and age when most of the things we use every day are filled with all sorts of chemicals. But for certain things, like the food we eat or the products we apply to our skin, we want to make extra sure that they’re as natural as possible, to give us the best results. Organic, all natural brands like Tammy Fender are great options and they will give you the best results, while also not hurting our planet.

3. Get enough sleep

Many of us lead active, non-stop lifestyles, and are often left having to compensate for that fact, like taking supplements because we don’t have time to eat or putting concealer on the bags under our eyes because we didn’t get enough sleep. But the truth is, there is no product in the world that can do for us all the things that a full night’s sleep can do. It will not only replenish our energy, but give our skin time to recover and rest.

4. Apply sun protection

Everyone likes to put on a tan, but if you’re not careful, you can seriously damage your skin just by being in the sun. Let’s break it down: the vitamin that you get from the sun is great – not just for your skin, but for your whole body. However, the sun is not what it used to be, and the rays are now more harmful than ever. This is why it’s extremely important to use a product with the high SPF, every single day. Use a primer like Nars multi-protect, or apply sunscreen during your makeup routine.

5. Hydrate

For glowing skin, it is crucial to be well hydrated, inside and out. Hydrated skin has more elasticity, fewer wrinkles and its own special glow. There are two main things you should do: First, drink a lot of water. The 8 cups per day are just a minimum, so make sure you carry a water bottle around with you and drink whenever you feel thirsty. Secondly, you should always be using a good hydration cream. Products like The Body Shop’s Nourishing night cream are great to put on before you go to bed, while lighter options like Estee Lauder’s Daywear is the perfect thing to apply in the morning before putting on makeup.

6. Regular treatments

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Having a daily routine is important, but sometimes our skin requires extra care. Consider making it a part of your monthly or quarterly routine to go to a professional cosmetician for a treatment of your choice that will improve your skin and give it a boost. But for a more regular schedule, getting a good scrub like the Cosmedix Purity Detox scrub will allow you to exfoliate your skin more frequently. Make sure you don’t do it more than every third day, because you risk taking off too much of the top layer, and always follow the instructions on the product.

7. Healthy habits

It’s no secret that beauty comes from within, and the same goes for health. If you practice healthy habits, eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and exercise regularly, your skin will show the glow and radiance of health. Avoid eating oily and greasy food, since it can clog your pores; and avoid dehydration to keep your skin glowing.

Of course, some skin types are prone to acne and other blemishes, but as long as you are doing everything in your power to have healthy, happy skin, you can show it off to the world and be proud of it.

Amy Mia Goldsmith

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Amy is a regular contributor to Highstylife.com and elegantluxelife.com

And has also contributed to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com polishedpolyglot.com and glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

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How to be a healthy woman


“The first wealth is health”:

Living a healthy lifestyle should be a top priority for all women. And sustainable health can be achieved through simple steps. The infographic below helps illustrate the issues women should be most aware of when trying to get and stay healthy. These include understanding the differences between men and women, staying active, keeping a clean diet, and practicing mindfulness.

Create fantastic healthy days with the info below.

Enjoy!”

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How to build your network when you’re feeling alone


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Wanting some spiritual direction?

Lately I have become a penchant for solitude, quietude and practicing a lot of mindfulness. There are a lot of books out there on learning how to use your quiet time to reflect on what is more important in life. For example, taking the time out to read a novel or the bible when no one is around, and its just you in the room. I have really been into podcasts lately, and also will post a favourites post in the future of what I take my time to listen to!

“How to pursue your dreams when no-one is around you”

When you feel like you are alone and have no one to share your life-long goals and dreams with and feel like nobody cares, the first thing you actually need to do is to spend time with yourself before you can create a group of friends or network support.

So, how do we go about this?

Let me share with you my tips on when I have my own quiet time and take the time to renew, and rejuvenate my lifestyle.

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Creating Characters


Hello everyone.

Before we dive into the next topic in the Writing 101 series, there is a housekeeping issues I’d like to address. I have decided that I will publish writing posts not once but twice a week. You heard correct. That is twice not once a week. These days are Monday and Friday. I am going to try my best to get one done and published on Friday which will begin this new routine. Now for this evening’s topic.

Characters

Every book (whether good or bad) has characters. It is not a book or a story with a cast of main characters and secondary characters.

As the title suggests, main characters are the ones that drive the story.

For example, Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings drive the story. The same goes for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

What should an author’s characters look like? Most characters are shaped from the author’s experiences. They are a form of who the author knows and of herself.

Developing characters that are based on yourself is totally okay too. Many authors before us have done this. I have two examples of this.

The first comes from one of my favorite childhood authors: Madeleine L’Engle. She wrote the famous Wrinkle in Time series and the Vicky Austen series.

When asked if she was like her heroines, she responded that she was both Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time and Vicky Austen.

My second example is J.K. Rowling. Rowling based the character of Hermonine a bookish young red head on herself.

Now, how does one go about forming a character? Well, it is safe to say that it is good to start perhaps with a name. Then from there start describe the person. Does she or he have blue eyes? Brown? Hazel? What hair color do they have? Where do they live?

But characters are more than just how they look. You need to make them three dimensional.

What does that mean? It means you must make your characters as real as possible. Readers must feel as if they characters they are reading about are real. Like someone they have known all their lives. Otherwise they won’t care about the story.

A while back I came across a wonderful worksheet for writing characters. A worksheet that goes beyond just giving your character a name, eye color, and hair color but it goes deeper to help you flesh them out.

Character Chart

I hope you find this chart helpful. Please let me know how forming your characters goes in the comments below. I’d love to hear how it goes! I am also filling out this chart for my characters in my new story.

Comment below and I will share how it is going for me as well. Stay tuned for the next installment which will be coming out on Friday. Until then, happy writing!

This is part of the Writing Series, Writing 101 with Gabrielle Emmons. The first post was “How to start a novel”.

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams


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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction considers first and second books from Australian authors, with the aim of recognising exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

Over the past year, the judges have read their way through over 70 Australian titles and were impressed by the number of edgy voices who didn’t shy away from starkly original concepts. The task of filtering the terrific longlist down to a shortlist of just six books was difficult, but in the end they considered the following books to be their top picks… Continue reading “The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams”

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FREE ONLINE COURSE – Genealogy – Researching your family tree course – Week 1


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In Week 1, our focus is on the nature and importance of documentary evidence.

We’ll start by considering the importance of finding and using actual sources to fill in your family tree and explore the differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources.

You will begin to understand why the government, church and other organisations created documents in the first place and how knowing this can help you get more out of what you discover. We’ll cover the varying amounts of information that different types of documents can provide. From there, we’ll consider what transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and find out how providers of online databases actually go about creating these.

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GENEALOGY COURSE: RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY TREE with UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE


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Welcome to the course – OVERVIEW

Welcome to ‘Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree’

a six-week online course being run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.

Tahitia McCabe, Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde, will be leading us through the six weeks. Graham Holton, Principal Tutor in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde will also be teaching on the course.

If you use social media you can follow them on Twitter @FLgenealogy and use the hashtag #FLgenealogy to follow the conversations.

They would also be grateful if you could complete the pre-course survey to help them  understand more about who’s taking the course and what they can do to improve it.

In Week 6, they provide a downloadable list of the linked resources (websites, blogs, etc.) mentioned on the entire course.

Throughout the course we will be following the development of a beginning family history researcher called Chris. Future Learn open the course a week at a time to enable them to reflect on the progress she has made and also to give you time to digest the material. We also don’t want to spoil research discoveries made in Chris’ story by giving too much away too soon.

However, here is a week by week overview of what will be covered on the course:

Week 1 Analysing Documents

We will start our course by considering the different types of records that genealogists use, major issues that impact on what they contain and how much a researcher can rely on the information within them. We also provide a short guide on how to begin research for the complete beginner. After completing this week, you should begin to be familiar with:

  • The importance of basing your research on documented data rather than hearsay.
  • The differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources and why knowing this can help your research process.
  • The importance of knowing who made the documents you are using, why and how they were created and why this can be useful to know.
  • What transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and how they are created.

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Week 2 Effective Searching Techniques

You begin to think about how to define what you are actually searching for and we’ll introduce some key ways to think laterally about searching for your family information. Topics to be covered are:

  • How to create a research plan and what an effective search looks like.
  • Different ways to approach research: FAN/cluster techniques and mind mapping
  • Getting to grips with spelling and name change issues
  • What primary source databases are and how get the best out of searching them, including wildcards.

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Week 3 Using Major Source Types

We’ll introduce the main source types used by genealogists including civil, church, census and military records. While some country specific sources will be detailed, primarily we’ll give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them in your research. We will also ‘visit’ a local archive and explore what they (and other archives) have to offer. A review of major international and some more local and specialised databases will be shared and we’ll consider how to evaluate databases.

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Week 4 Genealogical Proof and DNA Testing

Genealogists need to be sure they have found the ‘right’ person and we will cover some of the techniques used to decide on the best match. Also important is how to know when you’ve done enough research to come to a reasonable decision on a match. We’ll also introduce the use of DNA testing in genealogical research. Topics to be covered are:

  • The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • How to establish proof
  • How to evaluate evidence
  • An introduction to genetic genealogy with some case studies on using it to break down brick walls.

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Week 5 Putting your Research into Context

Week 5 sees the focus shift to sources that put the flesh on the bones of the family skeleton. It’s the historical and social context coming from using secondary and other sources that bring an ancestor to life. This week explores the sources that help genealogists provide this context; considers their quality and how to find them. Topics to be covered are:

  • Useful types of secondary sources: local histories, ‘regular’ books on history, historical magazines, film, etc.
  • Other sources of context: newspapers, maps, images
  • How to assess the quality of these types of sources
  • Finding these sources; useful online databases.

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Week 6 Documenting and Communicating your Research Results and Sources

Week 6 introduces the main types of tools used by genealogists to store, track and analyse data along with an overview as to why such tools are useful. Paper based resources, genealogical software of various types and online tools will all be explored. We will explore what types of reports and charts are commonly used, different approaches to writing a family history and some specialist tools. Ways to protect your physical records and digital data will also be explored.

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Genealogists need to provide evidence that the statements and assertions they make are based on documents and other types of resources so the use of referencing in genealogical reports and charts will be explained and we’ll discuss various systems of genealogical referencing.

We’re very happy to welcome all of you and hope that exciting discussions are generated throughout the course. Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn Code of Conduct and are respectful of your fellow learners and don’t disclose anything information of a private or confidential nature.

Get extra benefits, upgrade your course on FUTURE LEARN

When you complete this course on FUTURE LEARN you get a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation: To help you demonstrate your learning they will send you a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation when you become eligible. Find out more

 

Note: I have basically copied and pasted the overview notes from the Future Learn website, so that you can learn a course just by clicking on my blog. I will be posting this weekly so that we can learn together, and you are welcome to write your notes in the comments section. I haven’t planned in advance so, if there are tests, or multiple questions, I may not be able to upload or create one on this blog. I may do it manually, and I will do my best to make it engaging, and educational as possible. I will be posting weekly at the same time I do the course myself. Feel free to open conversations about topics or the course in general in the comments section below.

 

 

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Organize Your Laundry Room With Laundry Cupboards


In order to add beauty and storage to your laundry room, the best thing is to incorporate laundry cupboards and cabinets. With the time, the need of laundry cupboards are increasing, as to dump the unused laundry there is a need of space. Besides, houses these days are made with tight space.

Therefore, to tackle the space crunch opting for laundry cupboards are the best solution.

In addition to that, with the help of these storing cabinets it is easier to organize the laundry room in a systematic way. This enables you to keep your home neat and clean.

What are The Multiple Utilities of A Laundry Cupboard?

#1 Good Value for Money

Well, in order to keep your laundry and intact the cupboards must be up to the mark. As when your clothes are in its place these will be enough space to perform other household tasks. You can comfortably work in the spacious area. The cupboards facilitate to arrange clothes in an arranged way. Thus, buying and installing a laundry cupboard is a great idea. Nevertheless, depending upon your budget and other requirements decide on which cupboard you want to buy. There are many types of laundry cupboards available in the market for various storage purpose of clothes such as used, unused, dry, wet, etc.

#2 Different Styles, Pattern and Design

Those who need storage space, the laundry cupboards proves handy in solving the storage problem. These cupboards are available in different patterns, styles, and designs that individuals can use the best one, that too with maximum storage capacity requirements. Additionally, with this, the clothes are done perfectly and they are not scattered all over the place. People choose the cabinet that goes well with the décor of their house, as well. Therefore, you can choose the best design or the pattern of the laundry cupboard and cabinets that meets your requirements. The best part is that, you can also get customized designs and patterns for the laundry cupboards depending on the size and preference.

#3 Adjustable and Expandable

Out of many features, people mostly go for the ones that come with the adjustable and expandable feature. This is the biggest advantage and feature of the laundry cupboards. In addition to that, it is of a great use in a big families or families with kids, where there are several dirty clothes or unused clothes. Even when guests are at your home, you can easily change or adjust the shelves as per the storage requirement. Moreover, you can dismantle them when you want to keep them back in its original shape. These are meticulously designed with precision. Besides, these are light in weight also, although, it mostly depends on the material of the cupboard.

#4 Various Types of Laundry Cupboards

In addition to the functionality and meticulous design, they come in various types such as foldable, wall mounted, hanging, under or above washer and dryer, floor to ceiling, floor cabinets, counter cabinets, and different other types. Therefore, according to your need and requirements or whichever suits best to your laundry room area and space, you can buy and install the cupboard.

Apart from that, you can also opt for custom laundry cupboards according to your laundry room, but that all depends on your budget. Overall, to maintain and organize your laundry room in a systematic way, it is important for you to install the best laundry cupboard for the storage and shelving. This enables you to organize your clothes and keep your laundry in a perfect way. Thus, consider these things so as to decide why it is important to have laundry cupboards.

 

Author Bio: 

 

My name is Zoe Sewell. I am a professional writer to share my blogs and ideas about Home Improvement, Business, Lifestyle and Automotive that will be informative for readers who loves to gain knowledge. View the social networks of the website at Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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7 Ways to find your purpose in life


I recently bought a new magazine…… and I am IN LOVE with it…… I am basically copying from the book, but this is practical, and a huge guidance for you if you want to find purpose in everything that you do. Whether you’re a full-time working mum, single entrepreneur, starting your own small business, or creating ideas for a future business, or even if you want to find out anything about yourself when applying your own qualities to life itself.

Below you will find the link:

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“Empowering Women to become the BEST version of themselves.”

By supporting small business owners, entrepreneurial women, Shar Moore is the CEO and founder of the magazine.

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