When you welcome guests into your home, you’re inviting them to explore your personality, as they take in the pictures on your walls, your window treatments and the size and type of your furniture. Don’t opt for drab. Celebrate your guests by decorating your home with furniture that showcases the best of you. Create rooms that invite you and your guests to relax, feel cared for, energized, calm and inspired.

Your feelings are excellent guideposts
Start by focusing on furniture colors and texture. Colors, textures and styles of the furniture in your home have a positive or negative influence on your mood and energy. There are psychological color charts and emotional color wheels that explain the impact that different colors have on people. For example, purple generally represents mysterious, romantic and luxurious feelings.

But, don’t limit yourself to charts and color wheels. Trust your instincts. You may feel differently when you’re around certain colors than other people do. For example, you might feel powerful and energized while sitting on a black, leather sofa or while reclining in a forest green indoor hammock. Stay open to combining and blending colors. A peach colored three-seat sofa might work well with a yellow or purple lounge chair.

A good way to discover which types, textures and colors of furniture best align with your personality is to visit interior design stores. Pick a day when you’re schedule isn’t jammed with a list of to-dos. Check out different color pallets. Interior design stores may have color pallets at the front or center of their shops.

Don’t be afraid to ask clerks to suggest different colors and furniture styles that may work well in your house. You could also let the clerk know more about your personality, so he can offer better furniture suggestions.

Test drive furniture before you bring it home
Sit on furniture. Lay across store beds. Pay attention to whether your feet hang off the edge of the mattress and how you feel while laying on your back and left and right sides on store beds. Is the sofa long enough to allow you to nap on a lazy weekend afternoon or does the end of the sofa create a nagging ache in your neck?

Back to that leather sofa – does it look great in the showroom but stick to the backs of your legs each time you stand after sitting on it for a few minutes? Also, consider how well accessories at your house complement furniture you’re thinking about purchasing.

Perhaps more importantly, consider how you feel while looking at and sitting on furniture. Some furniture may bring on a bout of nostalgia. Other furniture may find you feeling aggressive or even emotionally flat.

Pay attention to these cues. Unless you’re an international concert performer who’s in a different town three to four nights a week, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time at home. Choose furniture that works for you, furniture that puts your personality center stage.

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Tourism is big in New England. Even so, New England states offer much more than rich historical locations. Culture, enterprise, social and community traditions help to make New England a great place to live and raise a family. There is no other region of the United States that is older than New England. If you value and appreciate history, New England is a great place to call home.

Diverse Landscapes – Oceans, beaches,mountainous areas and flat lands make up New England. Looking for great beaches?There’s Cape Cod, Nantucket, Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard, to name a few. Quaint villages in areas like the Hull and Truro make for memorable, relaxing getaways. Of course, you could also purchase property in one of New England’s villages and regularly enjoy a quieter and calmer pace of living. But, that’snot all. Mountainous landscapes include Mount Washington, Mount Flume, Mount Liberty and Mount Mansfield.

Food – Although it’s famous for its breweries, New England offers savory food items. There’s hot clam chowder to warm you on cold afternoons. Cranberries, maple syrup, steamed clams, cheese and lobster are New England staples.

Waterways – Numerous lakes and rivers provide for great fishing. If you’re into fishing, board a boat and spend the afternoon relaxing while you travel down waterways like the Pow Pow River, Lake Attitash or the Kennebec River.

Sports – You don’t have to be an outdoors person to get into New England sports. If you love football, there’s the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots. Not a football fan? You and your family could attend Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, the Connecticut Sun or Boston Bruins’ games. You could also enjoy taking in one or more minor league athletic events.

Business – Major corporations, midsize companies and small businesses thrive in New England. If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, you could start a family business and potentially see a spike in sales if your business is located in a major business hub or if your business is located in a busy tourist spot. Cities like Boston, Hartford and Worcester are known for robust enterprise.

Education – Harvard University, Boston College, Yale University, Brown University, Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are located in New England. Secondary public schools offer robust curriculum to prepare students for admittance into one of the area colleges or universities.

Literature – Ralph Waldo Emerson, W. E.B. DuBois, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost were either born or lived in New England. Storyland in Glen, New Hampshire takes popular childhood stories like Cinderella and Mother Goose from the printed page to the stage, connecting children and adults to the celebrated stories even more.

Arts and Crafts – Several arts and crafts festivals are held throughout the region, many are free to enter. You can also enjoy street festivals and local seasonal arts and crafts shows. Come as an artist and showcase your talents.

Climate – Just as New England offers diverse landscape, it also offers diverse climate. All four seasons are experienced in the region.

National Landmarks – About 20% of America’s historical sites or national landmarks are in New England. The country’s first public park, oldest newspaper and largest producers of blueberries hail from New England. Among the area’s national landmarks are the Edward Bellamy House, Acadia National Park, Lebanon Green, John Adams’birthplace, W. E. B. DuBois’ childhood home, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home and House of the Seven Gables.

Running out of things to do in New England is hard, especially if you like to get out and visit new sites. Schools, worship, entertainment, sports, shopping and community enriching offerings help to educate, inspire and strengthen people of all ages and from a broad range of backgrounds. You don’t have to be an avid fan of an area professional sports team to become a proud New Englander.

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