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Overcoming Small Bathroom Dilemmas | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Roberta Madison, who works for GlassTileStore.com as Marketing Manager, and writes in the home construction, renovation and restoration industry. She loves exchanging and sharing ideas with others and believes there is always a way to make one’s abode more beautiful! I AGREE! Today’s fantastic blog post is about how to make the most of your small bathroom space – something many of us battle with… Thanks Roberta!

Don’t we all sometimes wish that we have one of those opulent bathrooms? You know the type; they are the breath taking bathrooms that get featured on lifestyle and interior decorating magazines. Demonstrating clever design, luxury, and space large enough to fit a whole soccer team; the bathrooms of the fabulously famous and wealthy seem unattainable for us ordinary folks.

What's Your Bathroom Dilemma?

What’s Your Bathroom Dilemma? | source Flickr

However, despair no more because there’s a quick recipe in achieving that grand, dream bathroom of yours – even with limited space.

Reduce clutter

Start by clearing out sinks and anything that obstructs the view. The trick to creating an illusion of space is to have a solid and uniformed look. This can be done by removing unnecessary elements such as unused bottles and other knick-knacks.

Reduce Clutter

Reduce Clutter | source Glass Tiles Store

Get rid of cabinets

This is in line with reducing clutter; you can’t remove the toilet, the shower, the sink, and/or the tub but you can free up prime floor and wall area by getting rid of bulky cabinets and moving them to where they won’t hinder movement or disrupt the line of view.

Remove Bathroom Cabinets

Remove Bathroom Cabinets | source Fortikur

Use a light color theme

If a major overhaul seems too costly, then get those paintbrushes ready. A paint job is always the most affordable and easiest way to revamp dull space. To open the bathroom, opt for light or neutral colors. White is usually the best choice as it reflects light, making the room appear larger.

Use a Light Colour Scheme

Use a Light Colour Scheme | source Glass Tile Store

Let the Light In

Remove the shutters and let the sunshine in. Cliché as this may sound but glorious beams of sunshine can definitely improve one’s mood. A bathroom washed with sunbeams is a fantastic way to greet the day.  If the bathroom has no access to natural light, then consider installing wall scones. Add large sized mirrors as well, as any reflective surface helps in cheering up dark and small spaces.

Let the Light In

Let the Light In | source Decor Pad

Think glass tiles

 If a single sheet is adorable enough, then imagine what several sheets can add to your bathroom? If you are aiming for a hint of indulgence, use glass tiles to accent walls. For a truly impressive look, subway glass tiles in the shower area complete the look of an inviting and welcoming bathroom. The wonderful thing about glass tiles is that you will be hitting two birds with one stone. They are great as decorative tools and can also serve a practical purpose as they can establish an atmosphere as they reflect and interact with the room’s available light.

Using Glass Tiles

Using Glass Tiles | source Subway Tiles

There you have it. You may not own a posh Beverly Hills mansion or have an Oscar statuette on your mantle but you can have a splendid, inviting bathroom. Thanks to strategically placed mirrors, smart choice of colours, and well-placed glass tiles – even a small bathroom can be worthy of a page on a lifestyle magazine.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me ontheggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing

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How to Choose Blinds that Look Good | GUEST POST

Danielle Mcann is a copywriter working with the Melbourne Blind Company. When Danielle’s not writing content she enjoys swimming, shopping and taking her Golden Retriever dogs for a walk 🙂 She has given us a great post on using blinds in your home – something that’s often overlooked when we’re checking out curtains and rods – why not use blinds? From kiddies bedrooms to bathrooms & dining rooms – this is the blind guide 🙂

Blinds are underrated. No beautiful room is complete without windows to connect it to the outside world, and let in natural light, the most beautiful kind of light there is. They can be a real home décor inspiration. The light that is let in or kept out is controlled by blinds or curtains. Curtains and blinds are also the perfect way to add a highlight, or tie the colour scheme together in a room. Here is a list of different kinds of blinds that can be used to different effects within your home.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds might not be the prettiest or most rustic-looking window shades, but they sure are effective at light filtering and heat controlling. They are usually aluminium, and can be matched with other sorts of blind.

Roller Blind

Roller Blind | source Pinterest

Romans

Cloth blind, controlled by a pulling system in which clean horizontal folds stack neatly on top of one another. Great for children’s rooms, and you can choose any colour that you want for the cloth covering.

Roman Blind

Roman Blind | source Melbourne Blind Company

Venetians

Venetians are an old favourite. They can be made from any coloured stained timber, and they still look modern, even when they’re vintage.

Venetian Blind

Venetian Blind | source Enrimur

Sunscreens

Sunscreens, or blackout blinds, are really useful in rooms that are prone to a lot of sun, especially if you want to keep cool in summer, they could save you a lot in air conditioning bills!

Sunscreen Blind

Sunscreen Blind | source Melbourne Blind Company

Shutters

Shutters go beautifully in the kitchen or bathroom, or a country house or a window that looks out onto a garden. They’re iconic of rural France and can be painted any colour. You can adjust them to let light in, or open them all the way.

Shutters

Shutters | source Hadley Designs

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing

The Importance of Stretching After Exercise | GUEST POST – healthline

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger* Valerie Johnston from Healthline.com. – With ambitions of one day running a marathon, this health & fitness writer in East Texas ensures she’s up to date with all the latest wellness news! Today’s post is on the importance of stretching – when to do it, when not to do it, and all the best (and secret) methods to recovery. Read on and be inspired!

Stretching is an extremely important part of any workout routine. However, what most people do not know is that it is actually more beneficial to stretch after exercising rather than before. Stretching beforehand can actually cause more damage than it prevents.

Stretch After Your Run

When Not to Stretch

Stretching before working out has been proven to lead to more injuries than if people did not stretch at all. This is because the purpose of stretching is to relax the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the body. When these parts of the body gets too relaxed, it can be very dangerous to perform high intensity activities.

This is because these muscles and tendons need to be tight and constricted in order to keep the rest of the body performing at a high level. If the bones and muscles are not being held tightly in place, they can easily be broken, fractured, or otherwise injured during exercise.

Stretching is part of Warming Down

Why After Is Better

Stretching after working out, however, is extremely beneficial and can help prevent injury. This is due to the fact that the muscles and everything else get very tight during intense physical exercise. After the tightening occurs, it needs to be released so that the muscles can recover and rebuild after being torn up from the work out.

Stretching can help relax the muscles as to not allow build up of lactic acid, the substance that causes cramping and pain in the muscles. By letting all of these acids escape and run out of the muscles, it helps people be much less sore the next day after a big work out and it allows their muscles to properly heal.

Stretching Increases Flexibility

How To Stretch

However, stretching does no good if it is not done correctly. In order to get the muscles to work at their full potential and recover at the fastest rate possible, people should follow the following guidelines. First, stretches should not be held for longer than six seconds at a time. Contrary to popular opinion, which says that stretching needs to be for extended lengths of time, a stretch should last exactly six seconds and then be released for six seconds and repeated a total of three times.

In addition, stretches should not be painful. Many people think that an effective stretch bends the body to the point where it actually begins to hurt. No pain, no gain is their philosophy. This is actually very dangerous, as over stretching can lead to chronic injuries and pain. A stretch should only go as far as the person can handle without pain. Otherwise, the stretch does more harm than help.

Stretches should also be done after each and every work out. If individuals decide to exercise and skip the stretching afterwards, it can cause a lot of pain, soreness, and likeliness for injury in the future. Sometimes it is tempting to skip the stretches after working out because one is very worn out and just wants to get home, but it is absolutely necessary for proper body function.

Always Be Aware of What is Comfortable for You

Chocolate Milk and Stretching

Something a lot of people also do not know about stretching is that, when combined with a glass of chocolate milk, it makes for the best muscle recovery possible. Chocolate milk, though often viewed as unhealthy or fattening, actually possesses all of the necessary elements to rebuild and recover muscles quickly and perfectly.  (an aside from me – this is perfect, I love chocolate steri stumpies after hard excercise, particularly a run. I find it works well as a recovery drink!)

When the muscles are worn down during exercise, they need plenty of protein, calcium, and other things to help them grow back and grow back stronger. If these muscles are not taken care of properly, they will not grow or recover. Stretching is just one way to ensure that the body is healthy and running at top performance levels.

Make Stretching a Healthy  Part of Your LIfe

Have you got any great fitness tips or things that have worked? Share as a comment below or tweet me @theggguide – have a super weekend!

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

South African Style | GUEST POST – arcadian home

My previous Guest Blogger* Joanna from Arcadian Home Blog is back with another fantastic feature for The Good Girls Guide! Arcadian Home is a premier shopping destination for all home decor products, like furniture, carpets, lighting, hardware & home accessories, and the blog is dedicated to design & home decoration. Visit them here, or check out her previous post on this blog here.

Hi, everyone. It’s Joanna here from Arcadian Home blog, a fantastic place to find lots of interior design inspiration for using decorative accessories and an array of light fixtures from fabulous mini pendant lighting to ornate wall sconces. I’m so happy to be guest posting on The Good Girls Guide. How did I get here with a blog post about South African style?

This little adventure began simply enough when I was doing some online research about country bathrooms. Up popped a “contemporary meets colonial” article on Elle Decor with a lovely eclectic bath. However, what really caught my attention was the wonderful backyard of the featured home. Read on to see how that image sent me on a mission to learn about beautiful South African architecture and interiors. Please enjoy!

South African Style

This home in Sonoma County, California not South Africa, is what started it all. The caption under this photo over at Elle Decor reads simply, “the rear facade, which was inspired by the Cape Dutch farmhouses of South Africa.” I love the look and was immediately off to discover all I could about this previously unexplored style.

South African Style

Then I discovered the website for Morrells Farmhouse in Johannesburg and knew I just had to learn more about South African style. This is what dining outdoors looks like at Morrells. I love the wonderfully appealing country table décor that includes rustic charger plates and elegant glass dome food covers.

South African Style

I’ve fallen for this beautiful great room. It’s apparently an example of what’s called Karoo farmhouse style. Kimberley writes about her love of the Karoo here.

South African Style

What a wonderful eclectic mix of old and new, rustic and contemporary! It’s time to learn more about this intriguing country and its interior styles.

South African Style

It seems adding a few fun contemporary touches to very traditional rooms has become a charming part of South African interior design.

South African Style

I’m totally captivated by the living room in South African furniture designer Haldane Martin’s home. The focal point of this space is one of Haldane’s lovely lighting designs—a modern pendant light covered in exquisite feathers.

South African Style

Near Cape Town, this open and airy coastal cottage offers a homey and inviting dining space with a fantastic sea view.

South African Style

Another Cape Town beauty dressed in white is right on the beach and feels as if it could sail away on a dream with its wonderful canvas canopied deck.

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Thanks for coming along on my tour around the homes that introduced me to South African style. I want to learn more, don’t you? Kimberley and Good Girl Guide can help, or stop by our blog for more home decor, lighting fixtures, and interior spaces!

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

Tips on Vintage Decorating | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Ella Andrews, who has a great flair for home decor and home maintenance. She is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration which feeds her interest in storage and home moving, and is currently discovering more stylish and sophisticated home decor ideas.

To achieve a vintage look in your home through decorating is not only relatively easy, but also quite fun. Every room can be transformed relatively inexpensively. However, you will need to invest quite a lot of imagination. Browse all sorts of flea markets, thrift stores, yard sale and also don’t forget taking a look in your grandmother’s attic. All of these can be sources for different types of objects, which could be used for decorating purposes.

Vintage House Decor

Decorating the living room

Cabbage roses as well as calico prints were quite popular during the 1930’s and 40’s. In case you don’t feel like papering the whole living room with cabbage roses, a similar effect can be achieved by upholstering just a couple of cushions or a chair in that design. During the 1930’s and 40’s a great hit were lace doilies, head vases and all sorts of knick knacks.

In case you have a fireplace in the living room, add a number of vintage fire andirons, bellows, hand wrought tools, etc. Hanging framed vintage photos on the mantlepiece is a nice touch, too.

Tips on Vintage Decorating

Decorating the bedroom

Each bedroom is in need of a dresser, correct? That’s why you can easily make this part of the bedroom’s interior a vintage one. It will without a doubt grant the room a really pleasant look. For instance, a plain old white dresser will fit right in. You can stick a couple of vintage postcards on the mirror. You can easily find such at any antique store and at a relatively low price. Remember, even small things can make a huge difference when it comes house maintenance and decoration.

What can also contribute to a nice vintage look is the bedding. The linens must be chosen wisely – quills, afghans, comforters. They can all help the bedroom ‘travel’ back in time. An antique cradle, complete with a doll from the same period, floral prints and family portraits on the wall are also options that are worth considering.

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Decorating the kitchen

This is, hands down, the most fun part of vintage decorating. However, if you prefer genuine vintage items, either buy off of eBay, or shop from antique stores. An old style school kitchen table and a hoosier cabinet will definitely take you back in the past. There are also a number of smaller items that can compliment the vintage look:  blue speckled enamelware, blue willow china, salt glazed pottery.

Also, blue or red as well as white enamel pots plus canister sets, too. And what would a vintage kitchen be without vintage kitchen ‘tools’ – salt and pepper shakers, egg beaters, vintage mixers, tin breadboxes, etc. The walls could be used for hanging all sorts of objects. Some of them can get used on a daily basis, while others will serve just for decoration – plates, aprons, old tin signs, etc. Frankly, the tin signs are appropriate for all rooms. They are quite easy to find and pretty attractive, the most popular ones being Route 66 and Coca Cola.

kitchen vintage

Decorating the bathroom

Even the bathroom can acquire a vintage look. You can do that by using a collection of mustache cups or a set of shaving mugs accompanied with brushes and a razor stop.

Vintage Decor in the Bathroom

Ella Andrews currently contributes articles around home storage and house moving, as well as decor.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

10 DIY Projects from Upcycled Wooden Pallets | Monday DIY Ideas

Today I’m introducing guest blogger* Carmen Brettel, who manages and writes for a student loan website helping students find funding for their studies in all different spheres. In her spare time she loves gardening and volunteering at animal shelters, and is sharing with The Good Girls Guide today a very cool DIY post!  Wooden pallets can be used indoors and outdoors in the garden, and are some of the most versatile items out there. From swings to bookshelves, pot holders to benches, check out these great 10 ideas of what you can do with wooden pallets:

Wooden pallets are most often used to transport construction materials, especially landscaping materials like sod, mulch and brick. They’re also used for transporting freight. They often end up piled next to dumpsters behind retail outlets and home improvement stores. However, with the increasing interest in repurposing goods that might otherwise have wound up in the trash, wooden pallets have now become the focus of many DIY projects for your home and garden!

With wooden pallets being so readily available, you can easily make yourself some stylish furniture for almost no money. Here are 10 awesome DIY projects you can make from upcycled wooden pallets to get your creative juices flowing:

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Pallet Swing| source 1001 Pallets

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Pallet Headboard | Source Home by Heidi

pallet3

Pallet Bookcase | source Ana White

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Pallet Floor | source 1001 pallets

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Pallet Bench | source Pinterest

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Pallet Garden | source Life on the Balcony

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Pallet Bookshelves | source Vi.Sualise.Us

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Pallet Room Divider | source If I weren’t so lazy

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Pallet Lounge Chair | Source 1001 Pallets

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Pallet House | source I Beam Design

There are dozens of projects that you can create out of recycled pallets, limited only by your imagination. You can source the pallets for free, then all you need is a little paint, some sandpaper, some hardware, and some man hours. When you’re done, you will have unique and inexpensive pieces of furniture that will show off your personality and sense of style.

Have you seen any other unique project ideas for upcycling pallets? Share them in the comments!

Carmen Brettel is a writer and manager for www.studentgrants.org

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

Destress Your Stress | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing guest blogger* Sara Coppola, a creative content writer who works in the clothing industry, such as Miinto in the UK.  Her post today focuses on how to eradicate stress in your life, with a focus on sleep, good health and exercise. As it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all trying to eradicate a few Festive Season bulges as well as learn how to be happy and healthy, it’s the perfect way to get you smiling. Enjoy!

Avoiding stress is a self-teaching attitude that can greatly improve our lifestyle. Life can be much better by just caring more about one own self and dedicate time to our bodies and mental needs.

With increasingly busier lives: work, house, kids, husbands, family, friends (and the list could go on and on) most of us find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed, a lethal combination that seems to negatively affect our mental and physical health! How to manage and overcome all this? I think in life, are the small things that make the difference and help us feeling better. Regardless of all the responsibilities we are put or we put ourselves in charge of, it is very important to love ourselves and make sure to give time and to take care of our own person.

Here are my personal suggestions to tackle daily stress; they are small footsteps that usually help me through the most intense and stressful weeks. Taking care of one own self helps feeling better and more rested resulting in a better mood and more energy.

Relax, Everything is Interconnected

Relax | source Robert Sawkins

Manage your Time

Unfortunately there are only a certain number of hours in a day, and most of the time it is not possible to accomplish everything. Balancing work and private life is probably one of the hardest things to do, but remember to take some time for yourself, to rest and enjoy life. If you can´t manage to rest during the week, make sure to leave space for some relax during the weekend, do not stuff up your agenda with social events; rediscover the pleasure of spending in bed an entire Sunday or just chilling around the house. Make room for something that is just for yourself!

Be Free in Yourself

Be Free in Yourself | source here

1.       You NEED to Sleep

A regular sleeping pattern is what regenerates hour energy level. Contrary to believes, if you don´t sleep for a week, your body will not “make up” for it if the next night you sleep more; in a way, the body does not “storage” sleep. You need to get a good 7-8 hour sleep every night!

Sleeping helps concentration and therefore outputs; it has a big impact on our mood and gives us energy to be happier and accomplish more things.

2.       Sleeping Environment

To achieve a better sleeping pattern, it is also of outmost importance to ditch all non-bedroom related things. Sleeping with your phone next to you or watching movies in bed keeps your body in “alert” mood, preventing from good sleep and real rest. Make sure your bedroom is solely the place where you sleep and not an extension of your living room or office. Lights and noise unconsciously awake your brain.

Peaceful Sleep

Peaceful Sleep | source here

3.       Exercises

Even small exercise can do you a great good. To stay healthy you don’t need to work out 7 days a week and become a ‘gym-aholic’. If you are more of a lethargic type (then I´ll feel in good company), easy things like: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, biking to work, getting off one metro stop before yours and just walking the remaining distance, can help you keep fit and feeling more energetic!

4.       Healthy Eating

Apparently exercising regularly contributes to your body health only for a 30 per cent. The remaining 70 per cent of effort lies in what you eat! So it would not make much sense to be a hard core gym-aholic if then you stuff yourself with chocolate and fried juicy food! A good diet is what matter most of all; I do not mean starvation or bird-size dishes, but simply remember to eat a bit of everything, natural non-process food and in “normal” dish-size. Most of all, if you are full, STOP eating! And if you are stressed, do not indulge, go take a walk, it would help you more than you can imagine!

Trail Run Your Heart Out

Trail Run Your Heart Out | source Mountain Girl Fitness

5.       Sun & Vitamins

Exposition to sun is very important for the human body. With the winter season at the doors and less daylight available, it is important to assume the right intake of Vitamin D that we would usually get from the sun. Vitamin D can be found in pills, but also in some types of food such as eggs, milk, grapes ‘skin, many type of fish (sword fish, tuna, smoked salmon), cereals, orange juice and many other

6.       Smile

Feeling tired and stressed has a huge impact on hour daily life and mood. The worse thing is that it triggers a negative chain of negativity and unhealthy feeling. Luckily, just smiling during our day and trying to have positive thoughts can greatly impact all this. Constructive optimistic thoughts can go a long way by themselves; in the end, one´s self-influence is the most powerful weapon we have on our own well-being.

Smile girl

Smile girl | source here

About the Author

Sara Coppola is a creative content writer within the fashion clothing industry and is now launching herself into freelance writing. When not writing Sara loves to travel, take pictures and keep up with the latest fashion trends.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.