Seven lessons traveling can teach you

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Traveling can teach you a lot about life without judgment. It enriches a soul gently, and everything just happens naturally. Once a person steps out to see the world, they meet different people, get acquainted with unique cultures, and taste uncharted cuisines.

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Without a doubt, traveling can teach you heaps about valuing the little things in life. Traveling opens the eyes of an individual to the ordinary things in life done by extraordinary people. Some things may seem undervalued at first but will prove to have much significance when looked at using fresh senses. Perspective is another lesson traveling teaches its disciples. It’s important to the knowledge as to which things should be sideline and which ones should be taken care of. Traveling opens new opportunities for individuals to get to know themselves and their paths better.

Learning and appreciating other cultures isn’t a lesson one can learn from school. Experiencing different cultures isn’t the same as reading about them on textbooks. Traveling lets you experience lifestyles that are opposite from what you know. Sometimes, to travel means to unplug from social media or any kind of toxic practice we’ve gotten used to. It is important to reconnect with yourself and to distance your life from what you see online.

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Traveling teaches you how it is to live in the moment. Yes, having your eyes set on the future is important, but never lose sight of what’s in front of you. And finally, traveling sets your feet on the truth that there is still no place like home. Seeing the world and all its beauty is an amazing experience, but home brings comfort and joy.

Hi! Scott Jay Abraham here, industrial interior designer from San Francisco, California. In my free time, I travel to strange but ruggedly handsome places with my favorite buddy, Shadow, a Dachshund. Subscribe to my blog for more updates.

Fan favorite interior design trends this year

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2018 has been one of the most fruitful years in interior design this decade. Several themes have become trends that designers have followed. Many of the more popular designs were inspired by socially relevant issues such as the protection of the environment, the overall progress and solidarity of the community, and man’s search for inner peace. So, it’s not a surprise that this year, home interiors prioritized comfort and sustainability.

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Let’s take a look at some of the trends.

Earth colors and tones

Homes don’t get more environmental than having Earth color and tones. Representing nature, the combinations of green, brown, white, blue, dark red, and soft orange, to name a few, have dominated the year’s interior design. To supplement these colors, interior designers have added gold, copper, bronze, and yes, a few shades of gray to warm everything up. However, to avoid being too grounded, we also have violet, which is thcolor of the year.

 

Coziness, convenience, and comfort

With more residents and homeowners requesting the addition of reading nooks, room dividers, and other minimalist home features, smaller living spaces have never looked so cozy, convenient, and comfortable, not to mention large. This year, interior designers have taken the leap forward in adding corners in homes that bring out one’s inner peace, corners where people can simply relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Hi! I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an industrial interior designer from San Francisco, California. In my free time, I travel to strange but ruggedly handsome places with my favorite buddy, Shadow, a Dachshund. For more updates, follow me on Twitter.

A quick look at New York in books

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Innumerable books have been set in New York, and there vary widely in themes, genres, authors, and writers’ nationalities. Writers have long been drawn to the Big Apple, from Edit Wharton’s “gilded age” to the Harlem Renaissance and the more laidback Beat poets.

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For starters, who would forget F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” (1925)? There are so many unforgettable references to New York, including this beautiful passage, as quoted by The Guardian: “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” It’s the American Dream bathed in fancy colors, money, drugs, and the city’s architecture.

Then there’s Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence” (1921), a peek into 19th-century high society ensconced in Manhattan. How about “Seize the Day” (1956) by Saul Bellow? It’s the middle-aged, struggling character Tommy Wilhelm envisioning the city as a universal gathering of people “of every age, of every genus, possessors of every human secret, antique and future.”

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Contemporary novels like Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit from the Goon Squad” (2010) take an intimate look at New York of the colorful, often confusing present, and even the distant future, in its many faces and packages. Other relatively recent books set in the much-written-about city include Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” (2013), Jonathan Lethem’s “Chronic City” (2009), and Joan Didion’s poignant “The Year of Magical Thinking” (2005).

It could be a showcase of New York’s glitz and glamour (and hidden secrets) or a critique of its unabashed consumerism and wealth. But books will always have New York in mind, the same way that New York will always be the inspiration that constantly presents itself to the writer.

Scott Jay Abraham is an industrial interior designer, avid traveler, blogger, and a huge fan ofthe Golden State Warriors. For more reads like this, visit this page.

 

A few more things every investor needs to know about mixed-use properties

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A mixed-use property is defined as a structure that serves two or more purposes, usually at commercial and residential capacities. The rise in the popularity of mixed-use properties is directly tied to the rapid urbanization in many countries where real estate developers, investors, engineers, and architects look to maximize the space and create an area that caters to most of the people living and working there.

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In the first half of the 20th century, people would have been confused at the existence of a mixed-use property. But today, these kinds of buildings can be found everywhere. Tourists and businessmen can visit a city and find themselves in a condotel, which is a hotel that also doubles as a condominium complex. Some condominiums even have retail stores, and even malls in their lower floors, for easy access for the residents who live in the upper part of the building.

There are a number of benefits for people who want to invest in mixed-use properties. First off, developing mixed-use properties is a quick way to create a commercial hub since having residential units in buildings assures the area of high foot traffic. In other words, an area with mixed-use properties has a higher chance of becoming commercially successful in a lesser amount of time compared to areas where residential and commercial properties are separate.

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However, while mixed-use properties cost less with regard to its operating budget and infrastructure, and allows its residents to save up on commuting and gas money, there are some disadvantages. The common issues people have with mixed-use properties vary from lack of parking spaces to the diversity of the tenants, which makes building management work doubly hard.

Hi! I’m Scott Jay Abraham, and I’m an interior designer and huge NBA fan. Follow me on Twitter for more NBA updates.

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.

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?”

Hi I’m Scott Jay Abraham. I’m an interior industrial designer. I like to travel to odd places and take photographs. I enjoy walking my dog Shadow. Visit my page to learn more about me.

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.