- Experiment with color. If you're always sticking to neutrals, then step outside the beige box by choosing accents in rich, saturated colors. Go bold with a major statement chair, or keep things simple with patterned throw pillows, bright blankets, a standout rug, or colorful artwork.
- Go green. Make an effort be to environmentally conscious when it comes to design choices. Opt for eco-friendly wallpaper, incorporate vintage pieces, and repurpose old furniture with new upholstery.
- Give walls a makeover. One of the easiest, quickest ways to update your space is to turn your attention to the walls. Spice up plain walls with a splash of paint, create an accent wall with contemporary wallpaper, or get creative with a gorgeous trim.
- Try some DIY. Always pinning creative design projects but never actually doing them? Follow through on the ideas that inspire you this year. Check out these 100 creative DIY projects to find an idea that suits your taste and experience.
- Have fun with the details. Changing things up can be as simple as new knobs on your dresser, so don't think you have to spend tons of time and money on a home makeover. Look into stylish curtain pulls, cool flatware, and unique vases for easy, eye-catching updates.
Who says New Year's resolutions are just for people? There are large entities — professional groups, corporations, even entire governments — that could do with a little improvement, and the fashion industry is no exception. Herein, a list of upgrades we'd like to see from the industry in 2013.
Today is Fat Tuesday, a time, it seems, to celebrate the excess. From alcohol-infused celebrations to indulgent feasts, Christians (and others) around the world take this last day to go all out before the pre-Easter season of Lent.
The gluttony of today will be gone tomorrow, however, since many will be fasting or otherwise giving up vices in honor of Lent. But even if you're not religious, Lent can be the perfect time to motivate or challenge your fitness routine or diet plans. The 40-day or so period is just enough time to notice the effects of a sacrifice or to form a habit, and being around three months into the year it can also act like a second chance for any resolution that's been forgotten from your New Year's list. And, much like New Year's resolutions, it can be comforting to know that other people are forgoing chocolate or vowing to run every day as well.
As a meat lover, I like to go vegetarian or pescetarian for Lent, but this year — after realizing that switching to decaf didn't make me any less addicted to coffee — there will be no more Starbucks runs for me! Instead, I'll be substituting that once a day au lait with water or green tea to stay hydrated, get some much-needed antioxidants, and hopefully form a new healthy habit by the end of it.
Readers, do you give something up (or make a resolution) for Lent? What's it going to be this year?
You can resolve to do many personal finance-related things, but if you're not sure what you're doing, it's going to be a tough resolution to follow. Have this one simple savvy goal for 2011, and that's learning more about managing your personal finances. One of the best ways to do that is read up on it. Here are some money book favorites for your consideration:
I've given you tips on how to stick to your New Year's resolutions, so remember to keep them in mind when you're trying to figure out what to resolve for 2011. There are so many areas to improve on, but try to narrow it down to one or two so you'll be able to dedicate more time and effort to them. How are you going to improve your money ways next year?
The end of December is always an exciting time, because of all the hope and new start a new year brings. It's funny how fast time passes — it feels like just yesterday I was asking you about what you're resolving for 2010. Many of you gave interesting (and savvy!) answers such as "Look for a new job and start my MBA!" or "Pay off the mortgage, get my ASCP certification, and stop the impulse purchases." Whether it be developing yourself professionally or getting better with money, how did you do on your 2010 resolutions?
So, how are you doing on your list of home resolutions? Have you been able to keep up with your list, or do you still need to tackle it? What have you been able to cross off your to-do list, and what things have been added? Tell me all about it in the comments!
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With the start of 2009 comes the chance to make another batch of New Year's resolutions (here's hoping you haven't already broken yours!). Every year, I find that a few of my resolutions are entertainment related, and this year is no exception. In 2009, I resolve to see all the Oscar-nominated movies before the Oscars, keep a list of all the books I read, and delete programs from my DVR if I haven't watched them within a month. What about you?
Resolutions are often made with the best intentions — and then promptly forgotten. This year, I'm going to try very hard to stick to my eco-oriented New Year's resolutions. Starting off, I'm going to try to keep a better attitude about living green. I won't complain when we keep the heat down, but I'll instead try to cheerfully don a sweater and a pair of slippers. After all, turning down the thermostat saves you green, as well as helping out the environment.
Other resolutions include finally buying rain barrels for the house, expanding my garden, and remembering to use carbon offsets for my plane travel.
What are your green resolutions for 2009?