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Creative Ways To Buy Your First Home While Under 30

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Buying a home is a major life milestone, but increasingly it can feel beyond reach in 2021. Buying a home under the age of 30 can feel impossible, but you can do it. There are plenty of creative ways to buy a property at any age and with almost any budget.

It is crucial to consider whether you’re ready for the responsibility of a property. After all, the commitment goes beyond the initial cost of the property and includes maintenance and tying yourself to a particular area for the long term.

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Eye On Design: Interior Design Platform Modsy Reveals the Top Style Trends of 2020

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Casual Modern Dining Space (All Images Courtesy of Modsy)

A few weeks into Manhattan’s Covid lockdown it became clear that I would be working from home for the long haul, so I created a small budget to upgrade my home office with a few new items. A new task chair, a small colorful rug, and a set of strategically-measured storage cubes helped to create a pleasant and comfortable workplace within my apartment, while optimizing the functionality in the 50-square foot room. Now that our homes are often serving as offices, and even classrooms, you might also be looking for design ideas for the way we live right now. With that in mind, Modsy, an online interior design platform, has just released its 2021 Trend Report, which is brimming with quarantine-inspired interior design trends, emerging style predictions for next year, product sales comparison insights, and survey data from thousands of people across the U.S.

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Livingroom: Elegance Meets Modern Design

Let’s get inspired with a closer look at some of their findings!

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Impress New Clients: 5 Business Card Design Tips to Make Your Brand Memorable

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First impressions count for everything, and you only get one chance to nail it. As a business owner, one way to make a solid impression is with a well-designed, professional looking business card. A solid business card design will show people you are serious about your company and help build that first level of trust.

Do you know what goes into designing a business card? What works and what to avoid? Keep reading to learn the core principles behind business card designs.

1. Make the Most of the Space You Have
Business cards offer you a restricted amount of space within which you can work, but at the same time, that gives you a lot of room to get creative with the space that you have.

Make your business card stand out from the rest by cleverly using both positive and negative space in your design.

2. Add Some Texture for a Unique Design
Who says you can’t cut into your business card and give it a bit of texture. From embossed prints to depressions, you can get a lot more out of your business card designs if you think about more than just the flat surface of a sheet of card.

3. Make Your Own for a Truly Unique Result
When thinking about how to design a business card, why not step away from the traditional entirely and give it a go yourself?

You can take the available business card templates from Adobe Spark and build your own design from the ground up. Now that will be a business card that nobody else can lay claim to.

4. Make Your Business Card Functional
A small piece of card that fits in your wallet. Sounds boring, right?
Well, what if you gave your business card a function. What if you gave it a purpose or design that made it leap from the wallet to the desk. From picture frames to USB sticks and even a plant growing envelope, there is no limit to where your business card designs can go if you think outside the box.

5. Give Thought to the Material You Use
A business card is, by classic definition, made of card. But what type? There are many sorts of card to choose from, and in this modern world, a classic twist is always welcome.

Why not experiment with different materials, and then look to combine it with any of the tips given above to create a truly memorable business card that will have your business on everybody’s lips.

A Strong Business Card Design Can Make or Break a Business
Even in this modern, digital age, the power of a strong business card design is clear. You owe it to yourself and your company to spend the time and nail your design.

You are not alone in this stage of the journey. The principles of design across all spectrums can be used to help design a business card that is eye-catching, professional, and helps to build your brand in the image you have for it.

Check out some of our other blogs for more inspiration, and use them to design a business card that you and your business can be proud of.

4 Tips For Having Fun at Home

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Whether you are trying to scale back your expenses, simplify your lifestyle, or make the most of your property, it is likely that you are spending a lot of your time at home. This shouldn’t feel like a compromise. Instead, it should feel like a fabulous opportunity to try out new experiences, have fun with your loved ones, and embrace a positive mindset. If you are struggling to see the joys in spending your time at home, you will need to work your way through the following four tips. They will help you to get the most out of your living space and will save you from looking back in regret.

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Try Something New

The first tip is to experience something new, such as the joys of vaping. This is a fun, easy, and cost-effective way for you to spend some quality time at home. Even if you have never vaped before, it shouldn’t take you too long to find your feet. All you need to do is visit Mt Baker Vapor. This online store is the perfect place for you to purchase the vaping equipment you require. You will also have the chance to choose from a wide range of flavors that are sure to spice up your experience.

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Set Up a Home Cinema

The next tip is to set up a home cinema. Have no fear, this doesn’t have to involve a lengthy renovation project. In fact, you can switch up your living space in under an hour. First, you will need to tidy up your home, so that it is free from chaos and clutter. Then, you will need to organize your DVDs, so that they are easily accessible. Next, you will need to move around your seating, your lights, and your technology, so that you have the perfect view. Finally, you will need to plug in a speaker system, as this will ensure your audio is impeccable.

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Play Games in Your Backyard

Another great tip is to play games in your backyard. There are no age restrictions on having fun, so you can do this long after your kids have gone to bed. From Giant Chess to Capture the Flag, there are so many options for you to choose from. Why not write down all of the suggestions and place them in a bowl? Then, you can carry out a lucky dip to find out what your next activity is going to be. This will add an element of surprise to your time at home and will give you something to get excited about!

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Set Up a Craft Area

The final tip is to set up a craft area in your home. This is a brilliant way for you to take your hobbies to the next level. It could be that you enjoy baking, or it might be that you dabble in origami. Either way, it makes sense for your crafts to have a space of their own. Perhaps there is a spare bedroom that you could transform. Or, maybe you have a nook that is just big enough for a small desk, a fold-out table, or a storage unit.

How to Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen!

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Your Kitchen should be so much more than a place for chores and microwave meals: it should also be a retreat in your home that you go to for fun and relaxation.  If you feel guilty about leaving your kitchen in neglect, now is the time to turn things around. Start with re-thinking the space to generate positive energy. You can do this through a pro or by designing the kitchen yourself after you’ve learned enough tricks from interior design courses over the internet. There are plenty of exciting ways for you to engage with your kitchen space. Below are four suggestions to get you started!

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Love Cafe & Bar: Russian Home Cooking Comes to Kips Bay!

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Interior Photo Courtesy of Leigh Cort. All Food Photos by Anne Raso.

If you are a lover of Russian comfort food who thinks you have to hike it all the way out to Brighton Beach to taste Perogies and Chicken Kiev “like Grandma used to make,” then you will flip for Love Cafe and Bar, which recently opened in Manhattan’s up-and-coming Kips Bay neighborhood to astoundingly positive Yelp Reviews. And that says so much right there, because those Yelpers can be brutal.

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Mondrian Storage Bins

Mondrian Storage Bins
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Piet Mondrian-Inspired Storage Bins Spotted at The Container Store on 6th Avenue and 19th Street. Artsy!