Motivational Decorations for Your Home: Part 2

Continued from Motivational Decorations for Your Home: Part 1

Statues and sculptures

There are bound to be some people who motivate you a lot. Some people may actually get the sculpture or the statue of the person who inspires them most, and put them in the hallway to serve as a daily reminder for that boost before going off for work.

Statues and sculptures may appeal to some of people especially if you see the significant emotional appeal to you personally. However, for motivational purposes, it will be good to find sculptures that are more positive, such as that of a successful icon, rather than getting one which might show a sorrowful face. Remember that you are putting it at your home, so it should be motivating you to give you more positive and vibrant energy throughout your property instead of pulling down your morale.


Many people say that a picture tells a thousand words. But again, different people may interpret a same picture differently.

Take, for example, a lovely painted picture of a huge sailboat in the middle of sea. Some people may interpret it as a motivational idea of adventure, standing against the rough seas and to go against the current, sailing smoothly according to the movements of the wind. However, another person may interpret it as a rough spot, a very demotivating mood set by the atmosphere of the dark blue sea. It can have two totally different feel altogether, and depending on the type of person you are, you should try to get an inspirational piece that will strike your happiness chord right away instead of allowing room for too much interpretations.


About a decade ago, there was the craze about using crystals in real estate for fengshui purposes. There are hundreds of natural crystals from around the world, and in the world of fengshui, crystals are supposed to draw positive energy together and project it to its surrounding to give us better control of our lives, towards the direction of goodness and prosperity which most of us are always seeking for.

The most common types of crystals for the home are amethyst and quartz. These stones may come in very large pieces, and amethyst is especially profound with the mini crystal hill that it is always found in.  The purple stone is supposed to bring the energy of calmness and patience to an aggressive person, while the yellow quartz is supposed to help draw in prosperity to the owner.


The last popular item especially in Chinese homes is scrolls. There are usually some lovely calligraphic writings on them, sometimes it can be a single word that serves as a reminder to the person, or sometimes it can be a poem of some sort. The interpretations can be universal, or it can also be personal to you, but it does not matter, as long as it has a strong appeal to motivate you.


Angela Wong, content writer for few local companies and cover the topics like Malaysia property investment, home decor, serviced offices and virtual offices.

Motivational Decorations for Your Home: Part 1

Our home is the place where we spend significant amount of time in, and the mood which we set for the home influences our motivation levels without us realising about it. Our home should be decorated in a way which inspires us to be energetic and enthusiastic about a new day. Decorating your home can also be a boost to your home’s value when preparing to offer the property for sale. Have you intentionally decorated your home this way?

There are many ways which people design their homes for that extra “energy” boost. Some people call it fengshui, while others may be using simple logic instead. Let us look at the different motivational decorations for our homes and its influence on real estate.


The easiest and probably most basic motivational or mood developer item that you can use at home is colour. Your walls, ceilings and furniture colours ideally should be in matching colours with each other to enable a calming effect to you when you get home from a hectic day at work.

Many interior designers and architects stick to a few basic earth tone colours, matching with white, and simple designs for that modern style in their work. There is the use of basic simple lines, and there is not much floral pattern in the present design works despite the return of floral wallpapers. However, motivational colours are not just for the sake of building designs.

Some people may intentionally get red colour furniture to boost their enthusiasm and the ‘fire’ within them. They need such colours to jump start their day, probably because they need to be in the position of leadership. Some people may use yellow instead of red, and they get their inner fiery started up early in the day just to make themselves more powerful at work. Some others may choose cool colours around the property such as blue or green, and these colours effectively cool down their bad tempers, making their start of the day with a lot more patience. White is also a common colour, and it helps to clear a person’s thoughts for better decision making.

Stay tuned for Motivational Decorations for Your Home: Part 2

The Many Kinds of Wood Flooring for the Home


Definitely, today’s avant-garde decoration and design, seals its style, and elegance with the installation of the beautiful and desired, wood flooring at home, or at office. A traditional and modern design can always be complemented with the fineness, and luxury of exotic wooden floors, giving the sophisticated finish to any part of the house. Through fine styles and colors, having wood floors will surely give that extra special flair that is much intended for today’s trends.

There are three types of wood flooring with which the flooring companies are currently working. The solid construction type is of completely solid material. The engineered type, built in several layers to give more stability and strength when installed. The epic type, made out of recycled wood particles, and the acrylic impregnated type, which has been mixed with acrylic for an incredible durability and luster, becoming today’s favorite for high traffic areas, such as restaurants, offices, and shops. Within these wood floor types there are various styles and colors to choose from at the moment of deciding where you want to set foot.

Type 1: Solid construction type of wood can also be used to install as pool side deck.


Type 2: The engineered type built in several layers to give more stability and strength when installed

Type 3: Acrylic impregnated type, which has been mixed with acrylic for an incredible durability and luster, becoming today’s favorite for high traffic area such as restaurant.

Traditional styles of elegant parquet flooring, plank, or strip wood floors, are still a lucky ticket when highlighting your floors. With the various kinds of floors there are to choose from, the unique hardwood flooring, the acclaimed bamboo flooring, or a favorite oak wood floor, no matter the choice, is always a win with any of them.

Timber flooring retains its timeless beauty and popularity. Any space lined with these beautiful wood floors, will bear a unique impression of refinement and fairness. Whether you are choosing ash, cherry, yellow pine, maple, walnut, birch, you name it, the flooring company will present you their best, and wide wood flooring selection available, to satisfy, and exceed customer expectations. Read more details in choosing wood flooring and other types of flooring for the home.

Always take into account several points when choosing a wood floor. The space and decoration must be in accordance with the style and type of flooring you choose to install. The budget is always something to be planned in advance, to guarantee the best work installed for your wood floor selection. Make sure you use a professional flooring company such as Hengwood Sdn Bhd.

The natural charm proper to the wood floors in your home will have a solid foundation of lasting appeal with compelling looks to enjoy for many years to come. Step forward with the extraordinary elegance and durability of having wood floors at home, or office. Live the experience of owning the most beautiful floors, and rest on the reliability of one flooring company that works to make your ultimate dream come true. 

Watch the great flooring ideas in this video and learn the types of wooden flooring that may suit to your home decoration.

How to Start a Flooring Company

Many people often ask about how they should go about starting a flooring company. I always respond by saying that they should make sure that they know what they are doing first. I wouldn’t recommend going out and starting a flooring company without at least having a few years of experience working for someone else. This will help you understand everything you need to know about installing floors. Remember, not only do you need to be able to know how to install floors to own a flooring company, but you need to be able to teach other people how to install floors as well. This is harder than it sounds, and you really have to have a good grasp about how to install floors in order to be able to teach someone else how to do it. Next, you need to register your company. I would recommend forming an LLC or another type of corporation in to protect your personal assets in case you are sued.

Below are several common types of hardwood flooring:

Asia Hardwood including Burmese Ironwood, Indonesia Teak and Rosewood

Rosewood Flooring


North America / Europe Hardwood including White Oak, Hard Maple and Cherry

Cherry Hardwood Flooring


South America includes South American Golden Teak

Golden Teak Hardwood Flooring


Australia Hardwood includes Tasmanian Oak

Tasmanian Oak Hardwood Flooring

How to buy overseas Property

There are many people who would love to purchase as property overseas. Especially places they love visiting like Italy or Paris. They consider buying a property in these areas as a holiday home. This way they conveniently have somewhere to stay without having to stay in an expensive hotel. They could rent out the place while they are not occupying it in order to pay for the costs.

There is one person who chose to purchase a place in Italy with a group of her friends. She wants to know what the costs is when it comes to taxes and the disadvantages of purchasing a home with friends would be. She found a place in Bagnone. The price of the property she wants to purchase with her friends will cost about $133,000. The only problem is that it needs renovation. She can actually get advice online. There are specific websites she can refer to for help.

It is required of her to add 15 percent at least to cover the costs in purchasing the property. Since she plan to make money on the property, then it is required of her and her friends to figure out the share each of them will be getting by annual tax returns that will be done in Australia. There is no income tax requirement in Italy, but there is a tax treaty in Australia. She will be able to claim similar deductions like owning a property in Australia. This will also include interests and other expenses when it comes to borrowing a property.

You need to keep in mind that you will not get money from renovating the place, but you will get money when it comes to repairs and maintenance to the property. For example, if there is minor repair needed for the wall, then you can get from that. You can not get money if you decide to replace the whole wall.

The second thing you need to know is that you can only get deduction for the time the place is available for tenants. So if you and your friends decide to rent the property for 12 weeks, you can still claim pro rate expenses for the rest of the 40 weeks. That is if the property is advertised and available at the time is the only way for that to be possible.

When it comes to shared property it is a good idea to make sure everything is taken care of legally to avoid to any complications or problems. You want to make sure that your friendship will not jeopardize during this process. There is an international lawyer name Michael Bula in Melbourne that insists on shareholder agreement. It will explain the value share and exit strategy. This is when a member either dies or divorces or they wish to involve another shareholder. This way it can avoid any conflicts that might come across between the shareholders that are involved.

This basically what you need to expect when it deals with buying overseas property. There are things you have to consider, especially when it comes to sharing a property with some other people and the profit that you will be able to get from it when it comes to renting the place. Browse around this site to learn the Most Common Property Investment Mistakes.


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How to Find a Property in Johor, Malaysia

Lately, there have been a lot of property development projects taking place in Johor, Malaysia. Many of us are also looking at the potentials of working and living in this state, but there are also a lot of stories about how the property prices soared due to investment from those who works in Singapore but resides in Johor. However, there is no need to worry because there are still a lot of properties available in Johor, both for sale and for rent which you can see from the listings in the HomeGuru property portal.

When you search for a property for sale or for rent using HomeGuru, a Malaysia property portal, you will be able to get an idea how the property looks like because the listings includes photographs of the properties. There will also be information such as the type of property, the area, and the contact information of the agent or seller, together with the asking price of the property, build-up area and also price per square feet of the property. It then becomes an easy comparison for you as a buyer, to see how you evaluate the value of the property which you are looking for.

HomeGuru’s Malaysia properties listing in Johor can be searched by areas, price and other search criteria which will meet your needs. The HomeGuru search option allows you to narrow down your search where you can define the number of bedrooms of your new, prospective home. The search option is very convenient and easy to use, so there is no need for you to waste time analysing the search results and refining your list.

Once you have found all the information that you may need from the database, you may then proceed to call the agents. Sometimes, it may be one agent who may have several properties to show you, and you can easily arrange for the same agent to bring you for house viewing for a few hours or a full day. Keep up at it, until you find the property that you want.

How else can you take advantage of HomeGuru in your search for property in Johor? If you are at a loss over the numerous selection of homes within the area of your search, you may wish to look for the advice of some area experts. You may then go to the “Find Agent” section, where you can search for an Area Specialist who will be able to advise you on the details of the area you are looking for. Do you have a question about the average price of the property in your area? Is it affected by flood or traffic jam? Are there any schools nearby? What are the facilities available in the area?

All these questions can be forwarded to the area experts and they will be able to answer them for you as much as their knowledge can help. If you are looking for luxury properties, you may even seek the assistance of luxury specialists who specialise in the sale and rent of luxurious apartments, condos and homes. They will be able to advice you on the types of facilities and which will suit your luxury home needs.

You can also find listings of new homes available in Johor in the HomeGuru website. There is no discrimination of the development projects, so you may choose the property and projects without having to worry about too much advertising gigs from advertisements. It will only give some direct information such as the developer, description about the property, photographs and other relevant information about the project. Updates by the developer are also available as it is important to help the buyer with his buying decision.

HomeGuru is highly recommended as a source to look for properties in Johor. Whether you are looking for a property for sale or for rent in Johor, you will be able to get some insight about the area and the properties price average for that wise purchasing decision. Learn some tips in finding an apartment for rent here.