Miami Green Homes


4 Ways You Can Upgrade Your Living Room, guest post by Karl Kennedy

Your living room gets a lot of use. It’s the place where everyone gathers and goes to relax. You want to have a space where family and friends are comfortable. You love spending time in your living room. The only downside, the room is in desperate need of an upgrade.

When the furniture is comfortably worn, and the artwork is noticeably sun-faded, it’s time to start thinking about an upgrade.

Furnishings

How a room is furnished says a lot about your tastes and personality. Do the furnishings in your living room reflect yours?

It might be a table that doesn’t fit your style or a couch that looks outdated. When you’re redoing the furnishings in the room, it doesn’t mean everything must go. Instead, there will be pieces you want to keep and others you don’t want to see again.

Replace an old couch or chair with a new piece. Don’t be afraid to go for bold colors or patterns. One statement piece will completely change the room. It can even be a coffee table. Consider a mix of antique and contemporary.

Lighting

It’s amazing what the right lighting can do for a room. It sets the mood, adds ambiance, and it’s practical. As necessary as lighting is, it can also be used as a form of art.

Art deco lamps are elegant, unique, and fun. They’re also functional. Put a floor lamp by a favorite reading chair or set one on a side table to complete a design. Lamps with carnival glass shades set off rainbows every time the sun hits it. There are also interesting industrial lamps with Edison light bulbs.

Track lighting is another option, and it’s dramatically improved. The tracks are hidden so all you get is a brightly lit room. Sometimes, all you need is to update the lights to give your living room a fresh, new look.

Window Treatments

Plastic blinds are in the past, and you have other options than the dated window treatments. Indoor plantation shutters are elegant and classic, along with wood or vinyl blinds. You can even have roll-up blinds installed.

It’s amazing what getting rid of heavy drapes and plastic blinds will do for a room. It brightens up the room, making it look new. It also makes it easier to control ambient lighting when you’re settling in to watch a movie on your laser projector.

Incorporate Art and Textiles

Changing a floor rug adds color, and it’s an easy way to start upgrading an old space. Bright, bold colors are in style. Consider blues and yellows, along with other brilliant hues.

Art is often the focal point of a room or a decorative arraignment. Unique crystal and glass globes, along with colored and patterned vases easily make the statement you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to go for a piece outside your comfort zone. It may be the one piece that pulls the whole room together.

Conclusion

You spend a lot of time in your living room, so shouldn’t you love the way it looks? It may only take replacing a lamp or adding a piece of art to update your space. Others may find that the furnishings need replacing or the window treatments. Whatever changes you make, it’s worth it when you have a space you’re comfortable in and proud to show off.

Karl Kennedy
Author of ProjectorTop.com



Green Art Store – digital downloads & prints

Green Art Store’s photography store – purchase framed prints and canvasses, or license stock images for editorial, commercial or advertising use.
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Time to Renovate or Time to Move On? Getting Your Home Ready for Your Small Business, guest post by Tina Martin of Ideaspired

Time to Renovate or Time to Move On? Getting Your Home Ready for Your Small Business

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Running a small business is often a very difficult job. As such, it’s very important that your space gives you the flexibility to get your work done and relax at the end of your day. If you aren’t getting the most out of your space, don’t despair; there are a few ways to make your home work for you and give your business room to continue to grow.

Renovate a less useful space

Most of us don’t have extra rooms that we can turn into a functional workspace. If you’re tight on space, consider renovating a space that wouldn’t be useful before, like an attic, basement, or garage. Instead of scrabbling for space, your business can flourish in a space that you designed just by making better use of the space at your disposal. Local contractors can help clarify your vision and make it a reality, like insulated and finished walls, new flooring for your office chair, and additional power outlets for your devices. And don’t forget eco-friendly features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability. For example, during renovation you could replace old windows and fixtures, or even install solar panels. Building up your dream office from scratch lets you orchestrate the flow of the space, as it is designed to serve you and your particular needs.

Design home office

Once you have space all to your own, it’s important to design that space in a way that is conducive to your work. Consider what would make your work easier to accomplish: wider tables, more computer monitors, shelves to get things off the floor, more efficient lighting. Painting the walls can change the feel of a room, a small and affordable change that makes a big effect. All of these details can add up to better headspace and workflows, an investment that well pays for itself. Spend time looking into the right furniture and tools for your space, and suddenly you won’t be able to wait to get to work. 

Time to move on

Sometimes, no matter what you do, there is no way to make your space work for you. If there is nothing to be done, it may be time to consider moving to a bigger or more conducive space. You deserve a place to work on your business in peace, and your business will only benefit from being given the extra space and attention. Buying a new home may sound stressful, but it is much, much better in the long run than trying to live in an untenable situation. There are plenty of resources to let you look at which homes are on the market. 

Now that you’ve made it official

Once you’re dedicated to changing your home and building up your workspace, it’s a good time to make sure your business is ready to go too. Consider starting an LLC, which comes with tax advantages and less paperwork along with liability for you. Even more, you can skip the lawyer fees entirely by filing yourself or using a formation service. Each state has different rules, so be sure to check your state before getting started.

No matter what kind of changes your space needs, there is a local professional ready to help make your office a reality. And, if you’re looking to make your space more sustainable, reach out to the experts at Sebastian Eilert Architecture.



Sebastian Eilert Architecture named along top 10 “Miami Architects” best

Honored to be among this select group of Miami’s finest 10 architects. Sebastian Eilert Architecture selected by Miami Architects.

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WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments | Science | AAAS

Simple design aims to let even overwhelmed physicians and hospitals participate
— Read on www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/who-launches-global-megatrial-four-most-promising-coronavirus-treatments



Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) live feed
March 9, 2020, 7:13 pm
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Live data updated every 10 minutes.

Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
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Architectural Diagrams: 10 Clever Storage Solutions for Tiny Apartments – Architizer Journal

Great article with some nice ideas for intelligent storage.

Architectural Diagrams: 10 Clever Storage Solutions for Tiny Apartments – Architizer Journal
— Read on architizer.com/blog/practice/details/architectural-diagrams-storage-solutions-for-tiny-apartments/



2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes To Yvonne Farrell And Shelley McNamara : NPR
March 4, 2020, 10:49 pm
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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara founded Grafton Architects in Dublin in 1978. The Pritzker Architecture Prize jury called the two Irish architects “beacons” in a male-dominated field.
— Read on www.npr.org/2020/03/03/811030441/in-a-first-architectures-most-prestigious-prize-is-awarded-to-two-women



A Vaccine Won’t Stop the New Coronavirus – The Atlantic
February 28, 2020, 11:44 pm
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…and a little more one the COVID-19 virus, with a lot more depth and research. Hopefully the last post on this topic from this site.

Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/02/covid-vaccine/607000/



2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms,Treatment, Prevention
February 27, 2020, 10:56 pm
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I found this article helpful in understanding the COVID virus a bit better amidst growing concern. As noted, the research is ongoing, so this is merely a snippet in time.

The 2019 novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus. Learn all about this type of coronavirus and how to prevent it.
— Read on www.healthline.com/health/coronavirus-covid-19