The Intriguing Match of Interior Design and the Silver Screen

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Have any of you been awed by the sight of the throne room in the television series Game of Thrones? Or what about the dark, chilling, claustrophobia-causing spaces in the Alien movie franchise? Every movie or TV show has a different feel, and it is up to the set designers to contribute to this. But set designers aren’t picked up from the streets. They have to be masters of their craft. A lot of them have backgrounds rooted in architecture and interior design.

 

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Designers can change an empty sound stage into the most futuristic bridge of a space ship that people have ever seen. They can transform an ordinary garden into the court of royalty. With simply the addition of certain colors, an ordinary apartment can be turned into the den of a serial killer.

Let’s take a look at the ultra-popular TV sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld. Ever notice how homey the interiors of their places looked? For Friends, Monica’s apartment seemed warm even in the coldest nights. Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment was simple and relatable enough for every struggling viewer.

On a much larger scale, the sets of the The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter truly captured the essence of another world inhabited by creatures people only dreamed of.

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A huge part of why we believe all of this is the set design, and the space in which all the characters inhabit.

Scott Jay Abraham here. I’m an industrial designer from San Francisco, California, who loves traveling. I also love walking my dog Shadow. Follow me on Twitter for more of my adventures.

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Satisfy that wanderlust: How travel benefits mental health

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In case you’re feeling stuck, burning out, or getting caught up in the stresses of daily life, there’s always travel as an option. It’s recommended to take a vacation and have a much needed change of scenery, but what does packing your bags and getting on the road actually do to your mental well-being? Here are some points to consider, according to Psych Central.

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It enhances creativity

Creativity has been linked to neuroplasticity, or how the brain is being wired, so it means your brain is influenced by experiences and environments you’re in. One way to boost your creative juices is to immerse yourself somewhere new, engage with the local culture, and embrace the varying ways to live.

It affects your personality

Since travel gets you out of your comfort zone, it entails adapting to the change, which then fortifies the “openness” of your personality. This makes you less emotionally reactive to changes that strike every day and enhances emotional stability. It doesn’t hurt that meeting new people can make you more agreeable!

It relieves stress

Travel is the great escape, providing the novelty and change you crave in the form of new sights, sounds, and sensibilities. Freed up from the usual commitments and relationships, you can reset your body and mind when you get away.

It boosts happiness – even before you go

It’s not only during and after a trip that travel makes you happy. In a study, the mere anticipation of going on a holiday can boost your mood.

It strengthens relationships

Traveling with your other half can improve your relationship, which in turn can affect your own mental wellness positively.

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Scott Jay Abraham is a industrial interior designer, fearsome traveler, blogger, and a diehard Golden State Warriors fan. Follow him on Twitterfor more updates.

Some Interesting Matchups Between Todays Warriors and the Great 95-96 Bulls

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The Dubs this season have been exemplary. They’ve only lost once in the last 30 games, and are now on the verge of history. Their current post-season record is 15-0. With a win in their next game, they get to sweep the Cavs, win their 2nd NBA title in 3 years, and do what no other team has done before – go perfect in the playoffs. They have been the most dominant team of this season, and perhaps the past two decades. To find anothe

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r team just as dynamic and capable of a blitzkrieg as the Warriors, you’d have to go all the way back to 1995 when a legendary team led by the greatest player in history beat any team at will.

So how do today’s Warriors match up against these 95-96 Bulls? Let’s take a look at some intriguing points.

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Who’ll guard Kevin Durant – Pippen or Rodman? How will the guard matchups turn out, with the Splash Brothers on one side, and Michael Jordan and Ron Harper on the other side? Which sixth man will have a greater impact on the game – Kukoc or Iggy? Which team’s bench is deeper?

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Decorating Tips To Make Your Old Home Feel New

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Interior design isn’t just about creating a home design by following the latest trends. It’s about what you really love and what suits your home. This is especially true if you have an older home.

Here’s what you can do to touch-up your old home and bring out its best features.

Celebrate stained glass

If you’re lucky have beautiful stained glass windows, paint your walls white to let them act as art and color.

Use in-window shade

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One characteristic of older homes that’s really unique is its vintage trim. In-window shades, as opposed to hanging drapes, are an excellent way to leave vintage window trim exposed.

Use drapery to conceal awkward windows

Older homes often have unusual window placings. A full wall of drapery is a perfect solution for this. It subtly cleans up the look of the room without blocking the light altogether.

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Combine vintage and trendy designs

Using vintage set pieces in a living room, combined with a large flat screen TV, a computer and a plush sofa is a good combination that will give your home a unique character.

Hi there, my name’s Scott Jay Abraham. I’m an industrial interior designer from San Francisco, California. If you like more tips about interior design, visit my blog.

Apology Bow: What Dogs Are Actually Trying To Say

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If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve already seen it: the face a dog makes when it knows it did something that will upset you. Big eyes, bowed head. We recognize it as a dog being guilty, and it is the cutest thing in the world!

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But there is actually a scientific explanation to this behavior. According to a study by Nathan H. Lents, a molecular biologist with the City of University of New York, they have inherited the trait from their wolf relatives.

Wolves are social creatures needing the approval of its peers to feel accepted. When a playful wolf bites too hard, it will be spurned by the pack for bad behavior, and in order to return and be accepted again, the wolf must approach with an apology bow.

Dogs will do the same thing after it felt it is being punished. Lents wrote, “As social animals, they crave harmonious integration in the group and neglect or isolation is painful for them.”

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A dog will do its apologetic bow regardless of whether it disobeyed or not, as long as it feels it is being punished. So the gesture is more of an apology rather than showing a feeling of guilt. Lents summarizes it as a dog’s way of saying, “Can we be friends again?”

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Interior Design Trends Of 2017

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2017 will be a year filled with bright, cheery colors, happy motifs, and some. Here are the top interior design trends that will rule 2017.

Bright Green : Green is named the “2017 Pantone Color of the Year.” Thus, expect to see this color in home décor and fashion. Green represents refreshment and revitalization.

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Mixed Patterns : First seen at New York Fashion Week in fall 2016, this design will find its place in home décor this year. Mixed patterns resemble a complex mood. So if you like sophistication, go for this design.

Navy Blue : Accenting your room with this hue is the way to go. It will be the new black this 2017. Navy blue is easy to pair with any color scheme.

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DIY replaced by Artisan-made décor : For years, home designers have opted in DIY décors pulled from Pinterest and Instagram. But this year, we’ll see a return to artisanal décor. We’ll see materials made from glass, clay, porcelain and wood, things that require a high level of skill to accomplish.

Scott Jay Abraham here. I’m an industrial designer from San Francisco, California, who loves traveling. I also love walking my dog Shadow. Follow me on Twitter for more of my adventures.

Must Love Dogs: San Francisco Spots Ideal For Dog Walking

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San Francisco is probably one of the best cities to walk dogs, and while that may seem biased coming from someone who lives there, the number of dog owners the city attracts supports that notion. And even if there are numerous places you could not call “dog-friendly,” here are some spots that your canine friend would love strolling in:

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Fort Funston
Regarded by many as the best dog park not just in San Francisco but in the entire world, there are various sceneries here that both you and your dog would enjoy – from the sand dunes and beach where pets can run around with each other to the miles of beautiful trails that overlook the bay.
Fort Funston was previously a harbor defense installation and is a protected area within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Having a stroll there would not just be enjoyable, but is educational, too.

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Bernal Heights Park
One of the most well-regarded dog-friendly parks, this verdant hilltop located on the cliffs above Mission neighborhood is visited even by non-residents for its great trails and the chance to see a panoramic view of the city.

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The park itself is a large open hill, paved by dirt and rock and consisting of different trails where you can walk your dog. It is considered one of the most family-friendly dog-walking spots in the city because the Randall Museum, located on the south side, is a good place where the kids can enjoy for free.

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A splash of this: How colors in the workplace influence productivity

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Many factors affect employee productivity. Business executives are taught how to be better engaged with their workers along with other leadership qualities. There are also internal considerations to note. Yet there are external choices to decide on. One of these is the color scheme of the workplace. Financial studies show that properly utilizing colors at the office drastically impacts how employees relate to each other and work. Some generalizations are described below:

Greens and blues: These cool tones make employees feel calm and relaxed. Some medical surveys even found that the color blue can help lower heart rates and decrease blood pressure. Green, on the other hand, is easy on the eyes and reduces eyestrain. This is why blackboards in classrooms are typically painted green. This elementary device can be applied at the professional level. It must be noted that jewel tones and dark blue can evoke feelings of sadness.

Yellows and oranges: These hues energize employees. Orange makes individuals enthusiastic while yellow is welcoming and helps stimulate memories. These colors, however, should be used sparingly in the workplace since orange stimulates appetite and yellow can evoke feelings of anger or frustration when overdone.

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Reds: The bright shade increases brain wave activities and heart rates. As such, it should be used as an accent color because it can overstimulate employees. Red is a particularly suggested color for areas where employees work late at night.

Neutrals: White, light gray, or cream can help tone down brighter colors. These colors do not evoke any emotion and are good base colors. Brown can evoke warm feelings but can make a room look dark.

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It is best to speak with an interior designer to ascertain the correct shadings and placement for a specific area.

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A Hot Dog: How To Take Care Of a Dachshund

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Taking care of dogs (or any pet for that matter) is a huge commitment. So for kids who want to adopt or buy a dog, you need to be ready for the responsibility it entails. Dachshunds, in particular, require slightly different caring from other dogs. Here’s a few tips on taking car of your pet:

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Dog-proof your house

When you decide to get a dog, the first order of business is to adjust your home for the little bugger. Be sure wires are safely plugged or hidden and there aren’t any choking hazards left of the floor. It’s also important to get all your doggy essentials beforehand like food bowl, pet bed, and stock up on quality dog food.

Carry them up the stairs (when you can)

This is a breed specific requirement. Because of the Dachshunds’ body structure, they are prone to back injuries like disk problems. When you can, carry them up the stairs so they won’t have any back problems as they grow old.

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Watch their weight

Despite how cute fat and fluffy dogs are, obese dogs aren’t exactly healthy and can cause many health risks. This is especially true for this particular breed. Becoming overweight can cause unwanted back issues so it’s good to watch their diet and also to walk and play with them often.

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Some Of The Most Interesting Roadside Attractions In California

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All races of people have chosen to migrate to America, the land of opportunity, but somehow most of them have found their way to the proud state of California. With this, California is gifted with a diverse culture that can be appreciated from its variety of roadside attractions.

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In a small town in Cabazon, in California, there is a place which takes you far back in time to the Jurassic period. This roadside attraction is called Cabazon Dinosaurs. Off Interstate 10 in California, it’s hard not to notice Dinny the brontosaurus, which is actually a concrete building weighing 150 tons, along with another towering Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture named Mr. Rex. Inside Dinny is a gift store and a museum.

In Mojave County, there is Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch. Elmer Long’s father passed away and left him with a whole collection of bottles. Not knowing what to do with them, Elmer decided to build his first bottle tree. It became such a big hit among travellers that today he now has 200 of them. It’s a choice stop for taking pictures with some of the most beautiful art installations in the state.

Many have also taken an interest in Bubblegum Alley located in San Luis Obispo. This is largely due to its extraordinary artistry which tourists themselves can contribute to. This place is a literal alley which is known for the used bits of bubble gum that are left on it by those who pass by, creating a colorful display that runs along a 21-meter stretch. Needless to say, there is a stall here that sells bubblegum which invites tourists to join in on the fun.

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