Yellow is the color of sunshine – happiness, hope and energy. Study shows that yellow helps memory, boosts concentration, builds confidence and encourage communication. Yellow flowers given to someone mean congratulations, a friendship and cheerfulness. Have you ever wondered why taxis and road signs are yellow? Yellow in combination with black creates the easiest combination to read from the distance.

imagesYellow, especially mustard shade, overwhelmed in fashion as well as interior world. If you haven’t seen a mustard couch taking over Pinterest and real life, I would be very surprised. Even with so many benefits, too much yellow tends to be quite overwhelming for some people. Picking yellow kitchen furniture, yellow table and painting walls yellow would be a little bit too much for  some and me included, even thought I love yellow trend.

If you don’t want to go ‘all in’ with yellow, but want to add a character to your surroundings, my answer is always: ACCESSORIES*!

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Paintings are perfect to express your love to color. It can be very wallet friendly, as you need, few brushes and paints, canvas and some free time and creativity. Sky is the limit! From the other hand, if you are more of connoisseur than maker, that’s fine as well! You could find some prints of the famous pieces online or find a local artist and get inspired as well.

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Left: Gazette Du Bon Ton – No4 1914 La Matinée De Printemps Print, 50 x 40cm, Natural Ash Framed Canvas, £60 to £65; Right:Paul Gauguin – Haymaking 1889 Print, Stretched Canvas, £50 to £110, both John Lewis

 

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Yellow is the perfect color for kitchen and dining room. If there’s no need for purchasing new cutlery, which can be quite expensive, table runners and trays can be a cute touch of color (and wallet-friendly).

Washed Linen Table Runner, £29.99 at Zara Home

 

 

 

 

 
Doodler 3 Seater Large Sofa by Loaf at John Lewis, 1699

 

A good sofa is definitely a big investment for years, and even thought yellow velvet sofas are the latest biggest interior trend, I think it’s going to last much longer than two seasons. Colorful, bright and eye-catching furniture is a big and excellent interior statement.

Doodler 3 Seater Large Sofa by Loaf, £1699 at John Lewis

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If sofa is a little bit too much for you or your wallet, but you still want a touch of sunny yellow, seat pads are the perfect way to add it to your dining room. A big plus of these is that if you get bored after a time, you can replace it without struggling financially too much. Even cooler if you got reversible ones!

 

 John Lewis & Partners Cotton Velvet Seat Pad, Saffron, £25

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Vases, vases, vases! As in my Pink Edition, I could not stress enough, how much I love these and how useful (in many variations) vases are. Perfect gift, perfect fresh (or dried) flowers holder, piggy bank, table decoration by itself (or with flowers, fresh or dried), and many, many more. My extra tip is to look in antique or charity shops – you could find some unique vases (and more) for almost free!

Dartington Crystal Clematis Flower Bottle Vase, Amber, £40 at John Lewis

 

 

 

 

* It’s also a perfect late Christmas or last-minute birthday gift present for person who likes yellow.

Decorating your house can be overwhelming sometimes. Just like in fashion, interior design word has many trends that come and go and it’s really hard to keep up with all of them. Not to mention finding budget, that would cover all the assortment and work.

My best advise, when it comes to interior designing, would be: FOCUS ON DETAILS. Painting the walls every 6 months, because deep navy is not ‘in’ anymore, and now it’s all about bottle-green wouldn’t be the sign of wisdom. But adding some pillows, blankets or even paintings, if you are so into ‘the newest color of season’ is not a bad idea (and wallet friendly). It’s also a great idea for present!

This time I thought: PINK! When thinking about adding some color to your surroundings, nothing is better, than pink. Cool and pastel tones of pink, for those who likes more of ‘toned’ colors or don’t like distraction, crazy neony pinks for those, who from the other hand love a bit of craziness in their home.

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Candles are the perfect option as a present (and as a present for yourself). Who doesn’t love a good candle? Those with interesting packaging are a good first step to add some color to your bedroom, living room or working space. And when it’s burnt, it can be used as a make-up brushes holder.

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader scented candle,
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Throws, blankets, bedspreads, duvet covers and pillows are another simple and effective step to add some pink to your surroundings. And in my opinion there is never enough blankets you can have. Even the most boring and bleary couch  would look good with one of these amazing blankets on.

Anthropologie Janet Throw, £118 at John Lewis,

Designer's Guild Sunflower Throw, Multi

 

 

 

 

Designer’s Guild Sunflower Throw,£225 at John Lewis.

 

 

 

 

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If pink (or any other color you find pleasing) is ‘the one’, investing some money in a good piece of furniture seems like a good idea. One solid, contrasting piece like sofa or airmchair, makes a perfect statement for monochromic interiors.

John Lewis & Partners Meghan Fluted Back Velver Airmchair, £749.00 at John Lewis.

 

 

 

Vase is another perfect present, and my little obsession lately. Just like blankets, I find that there is no amount of vases that could be enough. It adds character to the interior and can be used in varieties – to hold beautiful flowers you get from some special men, as a table decoration during fancy dinner or even as a coin piggy bank (or notes, if it was ugly vase and you need a reason to break it).

Pols Potten Oily Folds Vase, Medium £58 at John Lewis.

2018 is nearly over, and my mind is ran over by lots of uncontrolled retrospections and feelings, luckily, most of them are positive. Even though some of my goals were barely ‘touched’, some shamefully forgot, I feel very accomplished, which made me very confused, as for sure you know someone who is doing very well, but is still dissatisfied. I started to question, what makes me different? Whan makes me feel so happy and acomplished? This brought me to the point, where I started to think about my perspective of the over-glorified ‘motivation’.

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I’m not a big fan of ‘motivation’ for many reasons. Mostly, because I don’t believe there is such a thing like motivation. In my opinion, motivation is just an excitement, when the ‘new’ appears on your journey – either it’s new career, new apartment, new resolutions, new habits.

And as most of us know, excitement (or motivation) is a feeling, which is not going to last forever. For example: you have decided to join the gym and work for the body of your dreams. First one/two months you feel ‘motivated’ to go there and give your best on treadmill every day. You see amazing results, but after that third week you feel lack of energy and your body doesn’t change that drastically, as it used to at first. Your ‘motivation’ disappears.

I believe in staying focused. The term itself is empowering – it’s all about you. Staying focus equals trusting yourself, your journey and your capabilities. You don’t rely on ‘motivation’ which, as you probably know already, comes and go really fast.

What are my top rules that help me to stay focused on my goals?

1. Be kind to yourself.

Usually when it comes to goals, it’s something new, or something restarted after a way to long gap. It’s a learning process. It’s not a school, you won’t get skills by learning it by heart, but by doing it in practice. You will make mistakes, that’s for sure. You will need to rethink, sometimes start from the beginning. You will need a break. If you feel very disappointed, frustrated or overwhelmed, make a list of your advantages, even as ridiculous like ‘I’m good at washing the dishes’ or ‘I make the best tea ever!’. You are the person that talks to you all the time. You wouldn’t want to spend time with someone who is really negative and way to heavy-handed towards you. Of course, self-assessment is very important, but make it constructive. Your journey is a process, which needs tons of patience and self-love. ♥

2. Focus on greater results.

Decide, what you want and describe it like a picture to your friend on the phone, focusing on every little detail. You can write it down, or lock the vision in your memory bank (aka brain), whatever works for you. Then don’t stop, untill you get it. You need to understand that during the time, your vision may get slightly in the different direction, or completely somewhere else, (your goals was to weight certain amount, but you realized that you feel great somewhere in the middle of weight loss or gain, or you wanted to move to bigger apartment, but staying at work till late night is not doing well to your relationship and you realize, that maybe you don’t need 4-bedroom house and 3 will do just enough for upcoming years) and that’s okay. As I mentioned, it’s your journey. Make sure that these changes are 100% team-working with your heart and mind.

3. Work every day towards your goals.

No matter where you are, how much you feel like not doing it, spend some time on your goals, even if it’s 15 minutes. Get creative! Even if it’s watching a tutorial or biography, writing few lines, mindstorming about next steps or content, taking a walk instead of bus, saying no to second drink, choosing fruit salad over ice-cream on vacation. Every little step towards your goal brings you closer. Not every day will be great and progressing, but marking the tiniest thing as done will make it count. As they say ‘A bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.’ – it this saying works for every aspect of your life.

What are your opinions about motivation? What keeps you going and working towards achieving your goals?