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Entryway Design Basics + Ideas for an Impressive Entrance to your Home (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1

Define the Space

A good entryway design is generally the one which is clearly defined and is not spilling into adjoining spaces. If you don’t have an entryway or don’t have a clear demarcation between the entryway and your room, a good idea is to understand the amount of space that can be allocated for it. Having a sense of the area you have, however small, it may be will help you plan the things that can be incorporated that space accordingly. Define the space by adding a rug or painting the walls (or using wallpaper).

Entryway area deofned by placing a rug and treating walls differently from the rest of the area

Entryway area defined by placing a rug and treating walls differently from the rest of the area.

Find some beautiful Rugs, Here.

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Entryway Design Basics + Ideas for an Impressive Entrance to your Home (Part 1)

An entryway makes the first impression when you enter the house and the last impression when you leave. The following are the basic design tips will ease the way you design and decorate your entryway to create a lasting impression.

Identity the Main function of Your Entryway

An entryway can serve one primary purpose or many purposes as per your need. Begin with an understanding of how you and your family use the entryway. Also, envision how you would like your entryway to be keeping in mind the needs of all the family members. Below are some of the functions that an entryway can serve.


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4 Tips for an Effective Kitchen Workflow

The way you design your kitchen layout determines how efficiently you can breeze through all the kitchen activities saving loads of time and energy. Have you ever analyzed your kitchen’s workflow? An efficient kitchen workflow will not just prove to be a time savior but can significantly enhance your cooking experience. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, the tips below can come handy and prove beneficial even if you make small tweaks to your kitchen to improve the workflow.

1.     Understanding the Major Activities with a Kitchen

There are mainly three main activities under which other sub-activities within the kitchen can be categorized into.

  • Preparation
    • Preparing and setting up food (cutting, mixing with or without using appliances)
    • Access to consumable  items required for cooking (Pantry- small or big)
    • Non-consumable items needed for preparation (Cutlery, dishes)
  • Washing/Cleaning
    • Washing food items before cooking (Vegetables etc.)
    • Washing Utensils after cooking (use of sink and/or dishwasher)
  • Cooking
    • Using a Cooktop
    • Cooking with other appliances (Microwave or oven etc.)

The ratio of space required by each activity also depends on your cooking style. For example, if you are into baking, you may need more worktop space for preparation than an elaborate cooking area.

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Five Things To Do to Headstart your New Year 2018 + Worksheet

For many of us, the New Year signifies new beginnings, new resolutions, new goals that we set for ourselves. Though one can start afresh at any time of the year in your life, having a fresh start  with a headstart when the calendar changes the year give a new high.

In the past, at the beginning of every year, my initial days and sometimes the whole month went into planning for the New Year. This eventually made me hard to catch up on the days lost. Not that it was impossible but just the feeling of not starting on the first day or week of the New Year did not feel right. I was hit by this realization last year that I should have started early or could have got a headstart on the New Year. So I made December my month of planning and head-starting my New Year with a bang. I did whatever I thought that I should have done earlier well before the New Year and this included not just my professional planning but also prepping me for personal growth.

The question remains that this being the last month of the year, what can you really do to feel accomplished this year and give your new year a much-required headstart. Well these are the things I did and will be doing this year end as well:


This is the most powerful thing you can do to clear out your mental and physical space before saying goodbye to this year. A cluttered space and a cluttered mind never function right.

  • At Home: Start with your personal areas like your wardrobe, nightstand further going on to your living areas and other parts of the house. A clean space will have fewer distractions thus helping you focus on the more important things like spending quality time with your family.

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Guide: Three Simple Ways to Uncluttered Looking Homes

Neat and clean looking homes are what we wish for every day. But in this fast pace life, it is difficult to take out time to deep clean the house or maintain the uncluttered look for long. So here are three simple, fast and efficient ways to uncluttered looking homes:

    1. Make your Bed:

The bed occupies the significant part of your bedroom, so why not start here. Making your bed first thing in the morning will give you instant gratification in less than five minutes. If that doesn’t motivates you then just imagine the sense of relaxation when coming back to a well-made bed in the evening after a long day’s work.

Related Post10 Ways to make your room look Bigger and Spacious

Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning

Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning

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Guide: Choosing Terracotta/Ceramic Pots verus Plastic Pots

Choosing the right pots to contain your plants is a difficult choice to make when there are endless options available in the market.  One needs to not only decide the type, form, and aesthetics of the container but also the material of the containers. The two widely used materials are terracotta/ clay (glazed and unglazed) and plastic polymers. You need to choose a container not only to suit the budget but also suit the plant’s requirements and your upkeep practices.

Terracotta and ceramic glazed pots have always been the traditional favorites and have been used for centuries now. But the in the current age, plastic pots taking over.  Both the materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the factors to consider while making a choice.


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How to calm an overactive creative mind?

Creative minds are very active all the time, which makes it difficult to concentrate on designated tasks. Random thoughts tend to populate the mind keeping it active and busy all the time. This often leads to difficulties in concentrating on assigned tasks. Many times there is a chain of thoughts that goes on in our minds. Whether it is some issue that concerns us or some sudden burst of ideas, an overactive mind drains us not just mentally but also physically. You may feel low on energy even though you do no physical work.

Signs that you have an overactive mind

  • You have a chain of thoughts always running in your mind, be it an issue or a streak of ideas or your plans.
  • You feel physically drained not by any significant physical activity but just by thinking about something.
  • You have difficulty in falling asleep at night because you have random thoughts crisscrossing your mind
  • You tend to overthink or over analyze situations some of which don’t even concern you or those which you can’t control.

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8 Indoor Plants to Improve Your Quality of Life (Part 2)

…Continued from Part 1

5.      English Ivy (Hedera helix):

It is one of the easiest to grow plants which can drastically improve the air quality of your room. It is known to absorb toxins in the air and reduce airborne molds, thus proving beneficial for those with respiratory allergies.
Care & Maintenance:
English Ivy is an evergreen climbing vine which has a tendency to spread as long as it has some support. It requires medium to bright light and can’t tolerate standing water.

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8 Indoor Plants to Improve Your Quality of Life (Part 1)

Ever wondered if the plants you placed indoors can be more than just for beautification? Yes, indoor plants can improve your quality of life in many ways. Here I’m listing the eight plants that can be grown indoors to give you beauty with many other benefits.

1. Lavender:

Lavender is an aromatic herb which purifies the air. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as slow down your heart rate. Lavender oil is extensively used, but why limit to just that when you can plant Lavender indoors and take its benefit all through the day and night. The lavender plant will make your place feeling fresh, relaxed and purified. It also repels insects.
Care & Maintenance:
Lavender grows well in hot and dry conditions, so make sure the pot has good drainage with slightly alkaline soil and is placed in a sunny location (ideally towards a south facing window). The best part is that you can propagate lavender from plant cuttings.

Related Post: Guide: Choosing Plants for Your Roof Terrace and Balcony

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Interior Design Ideas with Loft Beds

Keeping in tune with my previous post which gave ideas to utilize space under your staircase creatively and efficiently (Read it Here),  I now have interior design ideas with loft beds which can double up the space you have.

Loft beds can be especially useful if your are living in studio apartments or wish to have a dual use of same space. Loft beds can free up the ground plane giving you more flexibility of use.


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