Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Green Construction Materials


 -- Green Building Materials --

I received an interesting article (which you can read below) that speaks about the benefits of using stainless steel in construction... and this intrigued me enough to do a quick Internet search on the topic. According to The Stainless Steel Information Center ( www.ssina.com ) this material is one of the most environmentally friendly materials - is corrosion resistant and durable,  has high-recycled content and recapture rates, while providing long service life and reduce resource use. The site goes on to state: "Stainless steel is 100% recyclable into the same product with no reduction in quality. The metal’s high scrap value and recyclability ensures that it is diverted from landfills and recaptured for use in new stainless steel. A recent international study by the ISSF determined that about 92% of the stainless steel used in architecture, building and construction applications is recaptured and recycled at the end of service." It is considered as an LEED product with no adverse effects on the environment or the people in it, including those with chemical sensitivities.

I hope you enjoy the article below - submitted by Sachin:

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With changing trends, architects, developers and quantity surveyors are looking for balustrades and handrails that are the best quality as well as have attractive designs. There are numerous options available for constructing balustrades a great option is stainless steel. It is widely used in building different architectural designs because of its strength, appearance and high corrosion resistance. Stainless steel balustrades and handrails are widely used in the architecture for both the interiors as well as exteriors.
Stainless steel is considered as an important element in the alternative energy evolution and sustainable design. This so because the most environment friendly materials are those materials that are durable, corrosion resistant, have high recycled content, provides long service life and reduce resource use. It is very essential to select the correct grade of stainless steel for constructing the handrails, steel balustrades or staircases that will ensure cost effective solution. With all these features of stainless steel, it has become the first choice of the architects for constructing the balustrades and handrails for the commercial as well as residential buildings.
There are some steps that an architect follows, before installing balustrades and  handrails:
      The initial consultation
      Survey (if neccessary)
      Concept / draft plans
      Masterplan
      Technical design
      Manufacture
      Installation
Earlier stainless steel was made available to the contractors, architectures and designers in the mid 1920's. With the help of stainless steel, architects were able to create numerous and attractive designs that made an impact on the commercial as well as residential buildings. Stainless steel has been used in the construction of balustrades and handrails for more than 80 years. It has been widely used for construction because it can offer years of service without metal replacement or appearance deterioration. In order to maintain the life of the structure, stainless steel balustrades should be properly fabricated, selected and maintained.
Developers, architects and quality conveyors are selecting stainless steel for constructing the balustrades and the handrails because they are ensured that by using stainless steel, they will experience long term cost benefit and long life cycle offers numerous benefits of using any other material on their project. Stainless steel is also considered as one of the most environmentally friendly metals that are commonly used in the construction.
Handrails and balustrades are installed in balconies, stairs and many other places, to provide a firm support and ensure safety of the human life. So, it becomes essential to select the suitable construction material for balustrades and handrails. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Defining the Referral Corner for Readers


-- Special Note to our Readers :) --

I've been receiving a lot of emails as of late - asking about the Referral Corner, a regular posting (about once per week) published here on the blog where we celebrate mostly non-profit, and non-religious, organizations that are doing incredible work across the planet...

So in hopes of clearing up the confusion... I've decided to clarify (above) what the Referral Corner is about ... which is really a way of spreading the word about recommended resources that I think our audience here would be interested in learning of.

The last two postings can be found at:


and :



We are always looking for new resources and non-profits to share with our audience, so if you know of a fantastic organization - you are welcome to send the information our way and if it suits our audience here we'd be happy to help spread the word about their work.

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Newsletter & Radio Show !


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's episode features another Best of 2007 - Vol #9 - offering two wonderful experts, one from Texas (US) and the other from BC (Canada)... on the topic of Literacy. Learn about the importance of literacy organizations and some of the incredible opportunities they offer for their communities. Join us live at 10-11 AM Pacific and drop in the live chat room, if you are able. Or access the archived episode at your convenience later on.

Just click on this link below:




-- Newsletter --

YES ! it is time for another issue of the Brummet's Muse Newsletter. We took a bit of a hiatus for a couple of months allowing us to relocate to another community and set up the office here. The newsletter is due for release on Dec 1st... so if you haven't joined in the mailing list, you are welcome to do so via our site:  www.brummet.ca :)


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Monday, November 28, 2011

world of writing interview



 -- World of Writing Interview --

It is time for another World of Writing interview... this time we have children's author, Diane Robinson... a resident of Alberta, Canada. Her debut work is a children’s chapter book - Sir Princess Petra - being published by Tate Publishing in Oklahoma. Check it out at: tatepublishing.com



Q: How would a good friend describe you?

Diane: My friend would first say that I definitely think and live outside the box. That would explain my creative nature. Then she would say that I live happy and am a true friend.  That I care deeply about the world: the poor and starving people, the environment and the abuse of Mother Nature, and cruelty to animals. She would say the last part because I’m always hitting up my friends for a donation to my current cause.

Q: What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives? How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

Diane: My short-range and long-range goals have been the same for most of my life.  I have a strong need to make a difference in the world. I’ve been involved in several third-world-mission projects and on-going projects in India.  This kind of work has been a part of my life for over 25 years and probably always will be.  My objective is to make the world a better place and incorporate some goodness in my children’s books.  I plan to write and publish more books that are of a good moral value, to continue to inspire children, and to be an inspiration to others around me.

Q: How do you determine or evaluate success?

Diane: Success for me is of a personal nature. It’s not about a ton of money or becoming famous. It has more to do with knowing I’ve made a difference in someone’s life and the world in some good way. Whether it be the poor people I try to help, the numerous pets I adopt, the re-cycling projects I start up, or the children I write for, these things have already created my success.  And knowing that children will read my book and admire the characters who overcome their challenges by being good and strong—this is very rewarding and what I call success.

Q: What inspires you?

Diane: The forest, good books, meditation, music, children, riding my horses and being around my dogs, and creating art. I paint pictures, mostly huge canvases, and this is a very liberating way to get into the zone, the artistic zone, which then allows me to write. All of the above inspire me in different ways. Being around children inspires me to think like a child, and therefore write with the heart of a child. I teach art to children. Their minds are uninhibited by the problems of the world and children make great artists.

Q: What is your opinion of the world today?

Diane: The world is slowly losing its magic. The magic that should be getting stronger with all our intelligence , the magic of love and peace and compassion.  After all history has taught us of wars, cruel leaders, disrupting nature in consequential ways, the lessons haven’t been learned.  So many people are focused on money and greed and ruling the world that many more important issues are being ignored.  Issues such as our human impact on Mother Nature, and starving people in a world of riches and abundance.

Q: What is your contribution to society?

Diane: I sincerely hope I will have helped to make some lives better during my lifetime.  I have been to Central America on five separate dental missions to do free dentistry for the poor. For the past 15 years, I have been working with an organization that does projects in northern Indian. Projects such as starting up tea plantations, buying cows to start milk farms, building schools and sending kids to school. These projects help make a difference for the whole village where they’re implemented.  It is also my mission to inspire children, by teaching them art and writing my books.  I hope I bring some magic back into the world and I admire all who do.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Safety at Home, at Work, on the Road & more



-- Referral Corner --

Safety is huge - and we have to start here at home. What is your plan of action should something happen to your home? Do your family members know where to find you? Where will the family meet, should the home not be a safe place to be? Do you have a working fire alarm? How about a carbon monoxide detector? Do you have a first aid kit in the home and one in the car... and if applicable, in with your outdoor equipment (camping gear, skiing gear...)? These are just some of the basics for all of us to make sure we have in place.

I came across two really good sites that can help people prepare:

www.fiprecan.ca - find fact-sheets for parents, kids, schools and seniors on how to prevent common causes of fire

www.safety-council.org - offers information on how to make the home and office a safe place to be, but also offers road safety tips. 

Check these out - you won't be sorry that you took the time to do so!



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Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Power of Choice


-- Quote of the Day --



“We all make decisions in our life we wish we could reverse or attempt to do again. We all have endured hurtful actions from others. Today, and every day, we can make a conscious choice and decision to either let the pain from prior experiences continue to beat us down or we can rise up beyond the pain and move on to a happier life” 

~ Gary Spinell, It Was You All Along


-- Electric Cars --
Here’s something interesting – I read recently in the Japan for Sustainability Newsletter about an electric car used at the Tokyo Dome that is charged by peddling bicycles was used  to parade the baseball teams Most-Valuable-Player around the field during one of their events. The batteries were charged by 5 stationary bikes, pedaled by volunteers who took shifts in rotation during each inning, and in exchange the participants received free admission, free non-alcohol drinks, and some gift packages in exchange.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Alternative Eco-building Project



 -- Plastic Bottles - Another Useful Construction Material --

Have you seen plastic bottle houses before? 

Building with bottles as a construction and wall decoration material is not such a new idea - we’ve seen reports and articles over the last 2 dozen years in magazines and online where people have used glass and plastic bottles in their adobe and cob design houses in the US, and here in the Kootenays we have a small highway tourist stop – a house made entirely of glass bottles. I've also seen color bottles used in hallway walls and bathroom walls that allow light in the room without compromising privacy issues. 
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..However, when I read of a new project in Nigeria where they are utilizing plastic bottles to build economic homes I was really intrigued. Apparently the bottles are first filled with sand, capped, and melded together with mud and concrete to build 2 bedroom homes for people – costing less than $13,000 – I felt like celebrating when read about this project. 

The project started with a trial, one home was built, now they are planning on expanding a school to accommodate their growing needs. Fire proof, earthquake resistant, capable of a stable interior temperature of 18˚ C… the 2 bedroom home used over 14,000 bottles obtained from businesses and organizations, and also collected along the roadways. The school expansion project is expected to take 200,000 bottles – perfect for an area where recycling is not readily available.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2 Discussions You Don't Want to Miss !



-- Interview --

I had such a wonderful time appearing as a special guest on the Thin, Healthy, Happy podcast - managed by the host: Alicia Cramer - who asked some interesting questions and made the hour long discussion pass by as if it was only a few minutes! 

Please do drop in to hear the full discussion - on business plans, marketing plans, the world of writing and more! -  via the link below:



 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Yesterday's programing had us doing another World of Writing segment... one of the many genre-segments that appear on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show. Drop in to hear the latest installment and learn more about writing as a career via the link below:



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Monday, November 21, 2011

Energy


 -- Energy News --

Ever wonder how much of your energy dollars are spent in different areas of your home or office:

According to ForticeBC.com...
55.8 % of the energy costs in the average home goes to heating the house

21.5% goes to heating the water

16.3% goes to powering the computers, appliances, phantom lights and entertainment systems

6% goes to lighting

and...

4% goes to air conditioning

* Look for energy saving tips in our books, on our radio show, and in previous posts on this blog.


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Helfpul Resources


-- Referral Corner --

Its time for another bout of recommended resources for you to check out when you have time:

Material Resource Center ( Materialresourcecenter.org
This site offers links, info on resources for craft workshops, school art projects… involving reuse and repurpose of "waste" prior to sending to the recycling system. Learn how to save money and get creative in your life.

Community Action Network (www.can-online.org.uk):
This organization supports social enterprises and charities to scale up their businesses and maximize their social impact. Social enterprises reinvest profits back into the communities that they serve, creating a business solution to the problems they see.

British Trust of Conservation Volunteers (www.btcv.org.uk):
Operating now for 5 decades, offering a hands-on approach to conservation activities. Their aim is to create a more sustainable future by inspiring people and improving communities around the world by offering volunteers training, employment, and work-out opportunities.




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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Conscious Business


-- Celebrating Conscious Business --

I read some information recently about some very conscious business inovations, two companies highlighted today - who have collaborated to reduce waste.

Over the past two years, Tim Hortons has been working with Scotia Recycling Limited to collect cups at all 156 traditional Tim Hortons restaurants across Nova Scotia and deliver them to Hantsport-based paper product manufacturer CKF Inc. Initially cups were blended with other waste papers and made into a variety of paper products, helping divert Tim Hortons cups from municipal landfills across the province. Now, Tim Hortons and CKF have established a process that converts the cups into take-out trays used at Tim Hortons restaurants and other products, effectively closing the loop on the company's hot beverage cup recycling process in Nova Scotia. The Cup-to-Tray program has the capacity to recycle 100 per cent of Tim Hortons' annual Nova Scotia cup inventory… more than 650 of these Canadian restaurants in are now offering cup-recycling and composting programs.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Victory is in the Battle


-- Quote of the Day --


"You must leave your excuses at the door. They don't belong in the house! Whatever you go through in life—whether it is your fault or not—own it, and move on. The victory is in the battle and the reward is after the battle." 

~ Chikota Webb





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Thursday, November 17, 2011

plastics


-- Plastics --

 
In a an article published back in October via: Plastics News (www.plasticsnews.com), it was reported that Canada’s top five grocery chains have announced that they will require suppliers to shift to PET for clamshell thermoformed packaging in a move designed to simplify the product stream and increase recycling. 
 
Right now, there are 5.8 billion pounds of [thermoformed] packaging going into landfills in North America each year. Our goal is to facilitate the recycling of that material,” said Guy McGuffin, VP of sustainable packaging for Wal-Mart Canada.   
The idea is to move away from materials that are not easily recycled and into materials that are more easily recycled. If we work together, we believe we can recover that 5.8 billion pounds, which would be a fantastic result.”  

Pushing for PET and eliminating, as much as possible, “look-alike” plastics which complicate recovery (and discourage both municipal collectors and recyclers from taking clam-shell containers), the many large retailers that involved in this program say their initiative will open the “floodgates” for increased thermoformed PET collection and reuse.
 


 -- Conscious Living Event --

Nov 17

Learn how zero waste initiatives create jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities... how businesses can save money with several meeting being held on this day:

Location: 300 North Coast Higway - Civic Center Community Rooms (California, USA)


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Using Our Hearts


 -- Quote of the Day --

“It’s no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. – Well – what if I do? …Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.” 

~ Golda Meir

 
 -- Positive Eco-News --

Join us today for another Positive Eco-news segment of the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show... Today's episode offers laundry tips, resources and some inspiring quotes:

Live at 10 AM Pacific - 11 AM Pacific, and we'll have the live chat room open for that time frame as well... or access the archived episode later on at your convenience: 



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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Making a Difference


-- Quote of the Day -- 


We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” 

~ Marian Write Edelman



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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Freedom



-- Free of Limitations --


Today's post comes to via Petricia Verdes who sent us a couple of submissions for our blog on behalf of her client: 

Author Ilie Cioara was an enlightened mystic who lived in Eastern Europe that penned 16 books describing the experience of meditation and enlightenment. In particular, the book – Silence of the Mind – offers a unique message on meditation and enlightenment. Ilie believes that by practicing the silence of the mind, through an all-encompassing attention, we discover and fulfill our innermost potential of becoming one with the divine spark that lies dormant within us. Silence of the Mind is the first volume in a series of his books that will be published by OBooks (http://o-books.com). Find out more via the blog (http://thesilencebook.blogspot.com)

We hope you enjoy the following, by Ilie Cioara:
 
How can we free ourselves from the past and the future? It is all very simple! With a lucid, all-encompassing Attention, we will watch every reaction of the mind, without pursuing any purpose or goal. Everything we encounter in such a manner disappears; in the void which appears spontaneously, an unlimited energy is available at our fingertips and we are able to understand the absolute Reality through a direct experience.

In this state, we acquire a great sensitivity and everything that life brings forth in its natural flow is being regarded and appreciated with love and kindness.
Man is truly wise only when, detached from his selfish “self”, united with Infinity through non-action and an aware passiveness of the mind.

This mysterious encounter is accompanied by simplicity. Once the past has disappeared, we are integrated in the now and, with a clear and lucid mind, we watch everything that comes as constant freshness from one moment to another.

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Calm and Relaxed



To everything that comes from inside, as well as outside,

As turbulent reactions, as imaginary forms,

Just be relaxed – watch, listen – in a perfect way;

Neither past, nor future. With a lucid Attention, you encounter Truth.


There are no memory residues present in this meeting;

Psychological emptiness” is the gate to infinite Love.

The Calm comes about indirectly, not by wanting nor through imagination,

But by simply watching the turmoil of the limited “ego”.





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Friday, November 11, 2011

Gardeners, Contributing to the Community


-- Quote of the Day --


“…My biggest thing about communicating in the gardening world is to empower people. I think in this time in our country everybody seems just a little depressed and boxed in, and a little bit helpless - like they just don’t have any control. I think they find it surprising when they realize that they have control over things like their food. …When I was being raised you got food from the store… I never saw anybody gardening to supplement their meals or even saving seed. I love showing people that they can supplement their food source and feel a sense of control.  …When you can show neighbors that [composting] can be attractive, that there is no smell, and that you have this gorgeous soil… you can positively affect change that way. …Hosting a seed or seedling party is always fun, and when you host one of those it is just like a cookie swap, where everybody can walk past the tables picking out what they need. …There are a lot of people out there who don’t have the time or are not able to physically keep a garden, just knock on their door and ask if you can build and maintain a garden in their yard and then leave a basket of food on their doorstep everyday you are there.” 

Today's quote originates from the Sunday Gardening Episode featuring special guest: Chris McLaughlin – Sept 11.  Check out the full interview via the link below:


-- Conscious Living Events --

Nov 11th
STAO, 2011 - Science Wise Choices, Healthy Planet
Location: Doubletree International Plaza Hotel
Toronto, ON (Canada) 

Nov 11 - 12th
Forging a Sustainable future Conference
Location: Irwin Jacobs Hall - Qualcomm Corporate HEadquarters
#5775 Morehose Dr. - San Diego CA (USA)
Topics: renewable energy, self-sufficiency, renewable food locally, water issues (including rainwater and gray-water use). and composting. 

 



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Thursday, November 10, 2011

CFL Light Bulbs


-- The CFL Light Bulb Contraversy --


Burnt out compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs need to be recycled and there is now a program in British Columbia (Canada) called Light Recycle that keeps CFL’s out of the landfill, helping to ensure that they are properly recycled. Light Recycle accepts all residential use compact fluorescents and fluorescent tubes.

LED's are a better choice, since one bulb uses 90% less energy to produce the same lumens (as an incandescent bulb) - but are so very expensive that most of us will wait until the price comes down to a more reasonable number.  And while CFL's do use only 75% of the energy that incandescent bulbs do... they do contain a tiny amount of mercury and concerns arise when thoughts of a house fire, or broken bulbs... and inconsiderate disposal are considered. However it is also important to realize that these bulbs actually prevent much more mercury and other air pollution that coal-fired power plants produce. Locally, (Creston, BC - Canada) we have the joy of using hydro-power - not all areas are as lucky as we are.

Did you know that more mercury is released in the air due to coal burnt from the extra electricity it takes to power an incandescent light than is contained in a CFL bulb? Studies show (from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others) that if you closed all the doors and smashed a CFL bulb with a hammer it would have the same effect as eating a can of tuna, since fish absorb the mercury in air pollution from coal-fired power.

It is also important to note that a CFL amounts to less than 4 mg of mercury per bulb – about one-fifth that found in the average watch battery and less than 100th found in your typical amalgam dental filling, or in a child’s thermometer.

Concerns about breakage can be eliminated when we avoid standing lamps near areas that they might be knocked over – such as children's rooms, playrooms, recreation rooms, workbenches and near irreplaceable rugs and furniture – use LED’s in these areas instead.

If you do break one, open a window, leave the room for 15 minutes, and then brush up the waste - don’t vacuum it.

BC Hydro says that if the average household replaced all its incandescent bulbs with CFLs, it would save 830 kWh a year, which comes to around $60 - every single year. Replacing one incandescent bulb with a CFL will save $52 in electricity over the life of the bulb - which is about 5-8 years (depending on whether it is located in a high use area or not).
 
Locally, the Home Hardware Building center on NW Boulevard (in Creston BC) offers lightbulb collection. I’ve also seen places like Ace Hardware, IKEA, Home Depot and many others who offer similar programs… some manufacturers also offer take—back programs.

For more information on recycling CFL Light Bulbs check out the following resources:

 


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sustainable, Living Structures


-- Quote of the Day --

“…You don’t have to change the whole world with sustainability. You can start small and make as many changes as you can. For example you don’t have to become a vegetarian, but if we all just ate one meatless meal every week – we can make a difference.



 – Chuck Hall

Check out the full interview on Alternative Sustainable Buildings via the link below:



-- Living Bridge ? --

Check out this amazing, 4-5 min video:


... about a fig tree grown to create a sustainable living bridge that will live and grow for generations. Learn how amazing indigenous knowledge will benefit generations to come. Check out this interesting video (only about 5 min long) on this innovative idea, via the link above.



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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rain Water Collection & Green Moving & Packing


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today we're featuring another Best of 2007 episode - focusing on Green Moving alternatives and Rain Water Collection. Join us live @ 10-11 AM (pacific) and drop in the live chat room... or access the archived episode at  your convenience. Either way, live or archived, you can access the episode via the link below:


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Events You Don't Want to Miss

-- Conscious Living Events --

Nov 7 - 9

Canadian Waste Sector Symposium
Location: Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

The floor exhibit for the expo (below) is currently sold out with companies from Europe to Asia to North America showing their wares, and while exhibit space is now sold out you can still get in to see the action there. Watch local papers for more information as well as information on numerous events, lectures and symposiums that you may be able to catch throughout this week. 

Nov 9-10
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
Location: Montreal, Quebec (Canada)




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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Home Decor


* Today's article comes to us from Sachin - of WebProfits.com.au

 
--  What Your Home Says About Your Personality --

A person's personality can be shown by the way they decorate their home, through their choices of colour, design and even how secure their home is.

You might find it surprising but how we decorate our homes, what additions we make to them and how we look after them speaks volumes about our personalities and to the observant visitor your personality is completely on display. For example an extrovert is more likely to paint their walls with bright colours or use colourful wallpaper and a more cautious person would be the first to install security doors and security screens.

Colour

Your choice of colour within your home can quite accurately describe your personality. A more conservative person would be more likely to go for more neutral wall colours, such as beige or off-white, and if they do use a colour on their walls it is more likely to be something soft like duck egg blue or a pale green. A more creative person would sway more towards purples, blues, greens and even reds. Someone who is bold and extroverted would be brave about trying bright colours like yellow, red or pink on their walls or could try something strong like black, a dark blue or even use wallpaper with a busy pattern.

Design

The design of a person's home can also reflect their personality. A house with lots of small rooms, nooks and crannies is likely to prefer their own company and have a few select friends rather than associate with a big crowd. Someone who plans to have a home with a large entertainment area enjoys the company of lots of people and may not have really close friends but instead has a wide range of different companions.

Security

If your home is set up like a fortress you either have a good job and expensive belongings or you have feelings of insecurity. You might feel insecure in regards to your safety but it could also mean that you lack confidence within yourself or have feelings of inadequacy.

Garden

Someone with an elaborate garden not only has the time to spend tending it but is the type of person that enjoys spending time alone and can look to the future. They are generally patient, caring people with a nurturing nature.

Open Plan

Someone with an open plan home obviously enjoys their space and most likely has plans to fill their home with lots of friends and family through entertaining often. They like to spread out and don't like clutter. They are usually organized and plan most aspects of their lives to the finest detail.

Entertainment Area

By creating an area outside to entertain a person is anticipating having lots of parties and friends and family's over for barbecues and other occasions. Whether this happens or not often depends on the size of the barbecue. Usually, the more a person spends on their outdoor equipment the more often they like to show it off and use it. The outdoor entertainer is usually a fairly relaxed type of person that enjoys the outdoors and is friendly as well as easy going.

Pool and Gym

Someone who has the luxury of a pool or a gym is perhaps wealthy but usually is the type of person that works hard and plays hard and likes to keep fit in the process. What does your house say about you?
 

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