Home Is Where The Heart Is: Five Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting

“The greatest investment and greatest fair deal and enterprise is family, cozy homes. A cozy home is based on cozy people. Cozy people are not brought and imported; they are made from the time of birth to the time of infinity.” -Harbhajan Singh Yogi

 

Home is where the heart is.

This is a familiar adage that sagely proclaims that our homes should be a form of sanctuary—a haven if you might, where we are called not only to rest our bones and weary bodies but somewhere we can feel safe and comfortable. Our homes should not only be structures made of bricks and stones but that place where every single one of us can look forward to going after a long and tiring day. As it is, the best memories are forged in a home that cultivates a cozy and inviting atmosphere—one that beckons visitors to come in, have guests linger for a little while longer and make family members never want to leave. Indeed, a place such as this would give you the fondest memories and a relaxed lifestyle.

However, how does one create an inviting home? How do you ensure you can cloak it with an inviting aura that entices people to stay? Whether you have a condo in Manila or a flat elsewhere, here are some of the creative ways you can create that inviting atmosphere:

1.) Let your front door and entryway set the inviting tone

An excellent way to establish an atmosphere that beguiles is to set the tone first. In doing so, you will not only be making a good first impression, but you would create enough interest for your guests to discover more about your home. Elevate your curb appeal and never underestimate the inviting power of a front door and entryway. Install a welcome mat and a few potted plants by your front door. Furthermore, you should make sure that this area is clean and devoid of any clutter.

2.) Use color and other design tricks to pull eyes through your space

In designing an inviting space, consider your guests’ perspectives. With this in mind, you should pay close attention to utilizing a creative design at the farthest point of view. An excellent example of this is to install a painting on the far wall just across from your front door. Emphasize this design piece by adding more fun art and lighting beside it. This design aspect alone will intrigue your guests and would pull them through your home all the while inviting them to explore your space.

3.) Have as many leafy, long, trailing and green plants

Incorporate natural elements into your home and make it seem eco-friendlier by strategically placing green, long and trailing plants all over the place. Potted plants not only make your home seem a natural, but they also enliven the space by bringing life to it. Additionally, the abundance of plants promotes a relaxing and calming ambiance that would be ideal for individuals looking to have a little relaxing space after a long and busy day.

4.) Personalize at least one furniture piece

One way to make your home more inviting and a lot more unique is to have at least one personalized furniture piece. This furniture piece can be anything—from a reupholstered furniture designed in a fun fabric or artwork you made yourself—let this be the distinctive feature of your home that sets it apart from the others (and keep it from looking like the inside of a catalog). Furthermore, personalized furniture pieces or design pieces make for excellent conversation starters as well.

5.) Have good smell linger in your home

One great way to make a significant impact on your guests is not only to stimulate their visual senses but their olfactory sense as well. Rid your house of any bad smell and have a signature scent you can have lingering in your home. If you want to take the natural route, place a vase full of fragrant flowers and it will do the trick. Alternatively, you can use potpourri as well. If you have a sensitive nose and are adverse to fragrances, then at the very least make sure your home does not have any bad smells lingering about.

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Furniture 101: When to Splurge or Save on Furniture

 

 

Furniture must have a personality as well to be beautiful. – Rose Tarlow

It is said that a house is merely a shell without its furniture. In fact, nothing can be more drab and dull that a house devoid of its customary fittings and furnishings. This is why people would actually dedicate time and effort to finding the best types of fixtures their home should have. And because of this, furnishing styles have become incredibly diverse.

Styles emerged such as modern, minimalist, traditional, art deco and the like–all to cater every type of homeowner there is. However, as enthusiastic as we may be in committing ourselves to shopping for house furniture, we should never let that very same enthusiasm cloud our judgment when it comes to choosing the best bargain and deals.

Of course, this is not to say that you should always negotiate with the pricing as there is some furniture that you could actually splurge on. The key is to know which of this furniture you should splurge money on or strike a bargain with or perhaps get at a lower price. So that regardless of whether you are finishing up your condo Philippines interior design or your residential homes, you would be conducting your furniture shopping wisely.

WHEN TO SAVE

If a particular furniture is seasonal

Some of us, Filipinos, are known for being festive when it comes to house decorations–Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, you name it. But think about it, these seasonal items only see the light of day about once a year when the holiday occurs. Seeing as this is the case, the wisest course would be to skimp on splurging on those lavish yet pricey decorations. Go for the thriftier options when it comes to these decorations.

If the item is not a necessity

This needs no further elaboration, but to illustrate what need means in this context think of your budget and see how far it would stretch. Suppose it is kind of tight, and yet you saw that beautiful antique vase that would make the perfect decoration for your living room. The thing is, as pretty as it may be, this item is not a necessity, and it is certainly not worth compromising your budget over.

If the item is not an accent piece

Accent pieces are items that are of pivotal use for your everyday living. Non-accent pieces are their designated complementary furniture that serves a secondary purpose which is to enhance how the accent pieces look. These pieces would include side tables, storage bins and the like and more often than not, they rarely become a room’s main feature, so it is best to save on these and splurge on the primary ones such as sofas, dining tables, etc.

WHEN TO SPLURGE

If it affects your productivity

Furniture items that would make you more productive is a sound investment. It is definitely better to have a good night’s sleep on a good mattress after a day’s long work, so you could definitely splurge on a premium mattress. In the same vein, if it is how you earn your living (such as writing freelancer), it would be best if you splurged on furniture that would enhance your capability in doing your work such as a computer with a good processor and air conditioning to help you stay focused.

If the item has more than one purpose

This one is relatively straightforward. When you splurge on items that have a dual purpose, it is essentially getting two or three for the price of one which is necessarily practical as living spaces have no become rather smaller and yet pricier. So, the more functionality the furniture piece has, the better as you may be splurging a lot more when it comes to cash, but you are definitely saving up on space.

When it comes to furniture shopping, come up with a realistic budget before heading out to the home depot. Think of the things that you will truly need and take note how much time you would be spending at home to enjoy these items (a TV set wired to cable is hardly practical when you are never home to enjoy it). From there, use this as a guide to tick some items off the list on which ones you should save on and splurge on.

Maximizing Space: How to Make your Small Office Space Look Bigger

We all do know that office spaces are important. The office is where we usually do our work efficiently and productively. However, even if you have an office space in your own condo or if you are working in a condo office for rent in Makati, if you feel that your room is not that spacious and welcoming, then the productively of your work will be compromised. Of course, if you are doing business, a compromised work is a no-no.

In times when you don’t feel like working at all, think of the things that might be the cause of it. Perhaps, you just don’t like the ambiance of your office space or the things inside the office are all messy which makes it harder for you to focus and think of a better idea. And mind, you don’t want to experience that kind of thing.

There are a lot of ways you can make your small office space look bigger than you think it is. Well, if you are curious and want to know more about it, then below are some tips on how you can achieve your desired office space.

Multipurpose everything

When it comes to the things that you want to keep, there are a lot of ways you can make a neat and clean arrangement. Of course, if you think that a particular compartment in your office is still empty and is available for other things, then you can use it. You just have to make sure that you arrange the things correctly on the empty spaces.

Moreover, you can use your walls or any other spaces where it can still be of use as storages on your other office stuff. For example, if you are planning to decorate something on your walls, you can place a book or any magazines in it. With that, it saves more spaces than before.

Flexible and moveable

When arranging office things, you have to remember that not every arrangement that you have will be permanent. Your arrangements will depend on every situation that you have. If you want to change your arrangement into a particular arrangement, then you can easily pull that off since your arrangements before are flexible and movable.

This also gives you an advantage whenever you want to decorate or renovate your office. You can decide to whatever theme decorations for your office without any worries about on how you are going to move office things.

Essential elements

One of the many things that you should not forget to consider and do is the key elements that need to be included in your office. Of course, you should not forget the lighting and ventilation of the office. Without such, it is impossible for the employees to work efficiently and productively. Moreover, if you include the essential elements such as the clock, cabinets, and other things that are useful for the office can help the productively of an employee.

Moreover, for you have a good outcome; why not consider the suggestions of your employees. With this kind of method, they might give you a beautiful and exciting idea to include in the office. And of course, when you have proper elements found in the office, you can work efficiently.

Divisions

If you are planning to put some divisions in your office, you have to make sure that the measurements are correct. When you do, there will be no spaces that will not go to waste. You need to think about the measurements of a particular cubicle or division for you to know where and how much space you need to have to have a distinct work area.

Moreover, if you think that putting up a division is not that important, then you better think twice or thrice before deciding to have one. Since divisions can sometimes eat spaces in your office.

Well, the renovation of your office will be depending on how are going to make it look like what you want it to be. If you want to make it bigger, then you have to think of the things that can help in achieving such desires for your office.