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The secrets of a successful home office transformation

The secrets of a successful home office transformation

The secrets of a successful home office transformation

The priorities of a modern family have evolved massively over the last 20 years or so, and technology is at the heart of it all. Computers are now an omnipresent feature, and most households could benefit from having an office space. Whether it’s to help mum and dad work from home or allow children to complete studies in peace doesn’t matter. Creating a suitable environment for those activities is essential.

Deciding that you need a home office space is one thing, but actively turning that vision into a reality is another altogether. Pay attention to these realities, and you won’t go far wrong.

1. Comfort Is King

When building an office space, you’ll naturally think about designing a space that allows you to work on a computer with ease. Before worrying about this, though, you must ensure that the room is livable.

The most obvious candidates for office transformations are guest rooms, lofts, and garages. These areas have probably gone unloved, so think about energy efficiency and the general atmosphere. Skip those factors, and the following gestures will seem almost redundant.

When it comes to furniture, ensure that your office chair is comfortable too. Ultimately, the home office space should be designed to encourage extended periods of work. If you don’t feel comfortable, however, that simply cannot happen.

2. Personal Touches Make The Difference

There’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from other offices that you’ve seen. However, a commercial business office space serves a slightly alternative function from a home one. Moreover, the design needs are far different too.

This is still a part of the home, and decorating the walls with sports memorabilia and family photos can aid the happy vibes. Meanwhile, if you are using this area for business matters, interactions with other people are likely to take place via the internet. Putting a screen on the wall can provide a video conferencing space. From a practical standpoint, this can be telling.

Above all else, the organisation should be considered to be a major priority. Even when a lot of your paperwork can be kept online, creating ample storage space is key. This is likely to be one of the smaller rooms in the property, and letting it become overcrowded and untidy will harm your relationship with it badly. Use shelves and vertical storage to avoid eating up the floor space, and you should be just fine.

3. It Will Take Time (& Money)

As with any worthwhile home upgrade projects, patience and planning are vital. Rushing straight in will lead you to overlook key elements. And it will inevitably reduce the impact of the transformation.

The decision between using an expert or taking the DIY option will largely be dependent on your skills and the severity of the project. Either way, capital will be required. This type of project is a very suitable reason for getting unsecured home improvement loans. After all, the money you invest will be rewarded with increased property value.

More importantly, though, getting the job right saves the hassle of future tasks. Aside from upgrading your tech facilities every few years, the home office could serve you for decades. This can only be great news for all the family.

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Interior Design, Kitchen

Don’t get burned by your kitchen!

Don’t Get Burned By Your Kitchen!

Don’t get burned by your kitchen!

If there is one room in the house that needs to be perfect, it is the kitchen. When you think about it, the kitchen is the place you spend the most time. Apart from cooking, it is also a place to socialise and relax, which makes it a multipurpose area. The sad thing is that most people’s kitchens are the bane of their life for a variety of reasons. If you are one of these people, it is time to crack out the home improvement manual and start the process. But, before you jump the gun, there are a few pitfalls to avoid.

The Triangle

Unlike the Bermuda triangle, you won’t get lost in your kitchen. But, you might find that the room doesn’t have the same functionality without it. Simply put, the triangle refers to the position of the oven, sink and refrigerator. As the names suggest, all three need to be in close quarters so that the room is as functional as it is beautiful. So, if the plans have anything in the way of the three, you might want to reconsider. An island, for instance, is a big obstacle. Always keep the path clear and the three main features in close contact.

Ignoring Practicality

There is no doubt that the kitchen should have a wow factor, and every interior designer would agree. But, it shouldn’t come at the expense of functionality within the room. Otherwise, the kitchen will be all style and no substance, and substance is probably the most important feature of any kitchen. So, the trick is to think before you buy. Will the designer dining table fit all the family? Are the chairs comfy? Is there enough room to cook and walk around? All of these are questions that you need to answer.

Lack Of Storage

It doesn’t matter how big your kitchen is because you will always need storage. Why? It’s because they house lots of different utensils and cutlery, and they are bulky. Even if they are sleek, like knives and forks, they are plentiful. Bearing this in mind, it’s a good time to get creative. The oven, for example, is a perfect place to put a frying pan as it is deep. Of course, the cabinets are always on hand for glasses and pots and pans. Plus, shelves and hooks are low-tech solutions with storage capacity that take up little room.

Designing For Others

Quite possibly the biggest error you can make is designing a kitchen for other people. That can sound stupid, yet it happens all the time as homeowners sacrifice what they want for what they think they should have. At the end of the day, it is your kitchen and you should design it how you please. So, forget about the neighbours and leave them to their own kitchens. Instead, write down what you find appealing and try and implement that throughout the renovation.

There is no point designing a kitchen for other people when they are not going to use it. Anyway, they aren’t paying, so they don’t get a say!

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Interior Design, Top tips

Cutting down costs with energy-efficient Interior design

Cutting down costs with energy efficient Interior design

Cutting down costs with energy-efficient Interior design

Gas and electricity prices are notoriously on the rise. With living costs skyrocketing and the living wage failing to keep up with the demand, it’s high time that we all start to cut the amount of wastage in our homes. You’d be so surprised at the amount of money that is frittered away through sheer waste. What’s most shocking? It’s entirely preventable! So, here are a few ways to cut down the costs with energy-efficient interior design.

Cutting down costs with energy efficient Interior design

Windows

The two main areas of a home that lose energy are the windows and the roof. So let’s start with the first. Windows need to be made of glass. There isn’t any alternative, suitable material. But sadly, glass doesn’t tend to have the best insulating properties. But not to worry, there’s a fix to everything. Make sure that your home has double glazing. This helps to create a vacuum of sorts between the two individual panes, containing heat within your home more effectively. It’s a relatively quick process and fitting won’t take all too long. For extra measure, you could make use of a specialist window coating.

Roofing

Cutting down costs with energy efficient Interior design

Onto the second largest site of energy loss: the roof: about 25% of a home’s energy will be wasted if its roof is uninsulated.  We all know that heat rises, so it is logical that you need a well-insulated roof to keep everything contained. There are a couple of ways to go about this. If you have a pitched or sloped roof, good news! This is the easiest type to work with. You can opt for a warm loft or cold loft. A warm loft has insulation lining the inside of the roof, allowing heat from your home to rise and fill the loft space. A cold loft has insulation lining the top ceiling of the building, meaning heat is contained to the home, but not the loft space. A second area to focus on is the roofing on any extensions or conservatories that you may have added to your home. Check out http://www.guardianwarmroof.co.uk/ for a quote from the most reliable and high-quality manufacturers and installers of the Guardian Conservatory Roof.

Color Scheme

Who would have thought that the colour of your walls could have an effect on energy conservation in your home? Well, it can! Lighter shades, like cream, beige and mushroom reflect energy, slightly preventing loss. It’s a small feature but it’s worth a try, right?

Cutting down costs with energy efficient Interior design

Lighting

This seems a simple one, but so many of us still fail to make use of energy-efficient light bulbs. These last up to ten times as long as standard incandescent bulbs and are more durable (they are less prone to break from knocks and bumps). Though they are initially more expensive to purchase, they save enough on the electricity bill to cover the cost and more. LED light bulbs only use 2-17 watts of electricity, which is between one-third and one-thirtieth of the energy used by most common incandescent bulbs!

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Interior Design

Family Bathroom

family bathroom

Family Bathroom

As some of you may be aware, we moved house back in November. Since then we have been busy, one of our first jobs was to create the perfect family bathroom. We have been extremely busy giving our new house some much-needed TLC that it desperately needed.

All rooms in our new house needed work doing in one way or another (we are slowly working our way through). When you move to a new house this is to be expected. The one room we desperately wanted was our bathroom. We had a family vote on what room to start first and the bathroom won.

The previous people who lived here was disabled and was unable to look after the house and the upkeep/DIY jobs. Being disabled also meant a disabled bathroom – this would have been perfect for them but was not suitable or needed for us. The style of the bathroom was just not us.

Take a look

 

Prior to this video being taken there was also a pull down seat in the shower. We had already removed this to give us more room in the shower as we did not need it.

The bathroom as you can see is only small but we planned to make full use of any space we could. In our old house that too was only a small bathroom and we created a perfect family stylish bathroom. We took the bath out at our old house and put a walk-in shower in place – we soon regretted that as we missed being able to have a bath.

As you can see from above there was hardly any storage space, infact storage space was minimal. A family bathroom to us means storage space is a MUST. I hate having our wash products out on display, I like them stored away when not in use.

family bathroom

The boxed out area was removed and made smaller, allowing room for a bath to go in place and pipe work for the new position of the new radiator.

family bathroom

family bathroom

Measurements was then done to re position the pipework.

How we created our family bathroom

We set out by measuring our bathroom and then took a look online to see what sort of bathroom we would like. We firstly chose our colour, then our design. We then looked at the measurements of our chosen design to see what we could make fit and work best with the bathroom space we have.

We wanted maximum storage and a nice light fresh look. We found this set…..What do you think?

new bathroom

This is the Ardenno bathroom set from B&Q in white gloss. We found the measurements with this set fitted perfectly in the small space and gave us the storage space wanted along with the light coloured fresh look we was looking for.

The wall tile we chose was Haver sand. We liked the detail within the tile and the tile isn’t too dark, we thought it would pair together nicely with the bathroom suite.

family bathroom

family bathroom
The bath is a Cooke & Lewis Conway steel bath.

family bathroom

The floor tile we chose was Nordico vintage beige we wanted to pair the tile colours together as closely as we could. This tile gives a nice wooden flooring effect but infact its porcelain with a vintage design and is a stunning tile.

family bathroom

We wanted a bathroom that had plenty of storage space so that it didn’t become a dumping ground of clutter. We put the time and effort in to the measuring, planning and design of our family bathroom, checking those measurements and colour schemes twice as you can’t be too careful.

Just because we have a small bathroom it didn’t mean we had to compromise on style too just because of its size. Any size bathroom can be beautiful no matter how small.

With the bathroom being a small room we didn’t want to over clutter the room, we wanted to keep it simple with soft natural shades. We are going to add splashes of colour within the furnishing of the room, we are yet to get a blind and new towels etc.

So here is our new and improved family bathroom

Our new and finished bathroom 😍 looking much better 😊 much more our style 😊

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What do you think?

As we said above the soft furnishings are yet to be added but we now have a more usable and welcoming family bathroom that we done by ourselves and love.

We moved where the position of where the radiator was, it was taking up space next to the sink so this was removed and it freed up valuable space. The whole bathroom was emptied, re-styled and re-positioned.

Ian is a fully qualified electrician and one of his hates is mini trunking. As you can see from the video of the old bathroom it has mini trunking. All cables are now safely behind the wall. We have also tried to hide as many pipes as possible we think it looks much tidier.

From this

family bathroom

To this

Family Bathroom

Family Bathroom

We now have storage space

Family Bathroom

A much more family friendly bathroom that is more us and our style. We all got stuck in and helped and that makes our bathroom even more special. We try our best to do as much of our own jobs around the house as we can. Making our home full of very special memories that are made with love.

Our next project is to now tackle the garden

Home, Interior Design, Top tips

The benefits of LED lighting in a busy family home

The Benefits of LED Lighting in a Busy Family Home

The benefits of LED lighting in a busy family home

By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about LED lighting. It saves money, it’s good for the environment and it is available in a variety of styles. If you have a busy family home, LED lighting could be a great investment for you. Here is everything that you need to know about the different benefits of LED lighting:

Choice of Styles

When LED lighting first came to the mass market, it was only available in cool-toned bulbs that could make a home look bright and harsh. However, the technology has moved on a lot since then, and LED lighting is availability in a variety of styles and colours. You can get soft, yellow lighting that works well for mood lighting, and bright white lighting which looks great in a bathroom. You can buy LED lighting in a range of styles from pendant lighting to recessed lights for the kitchen and decking area.

Money-saving

One of the biggest benefits to installing LED lighting in a family home is the money that it saves. There is an upfront cost to LED lighting – the bulbs generally cost a bit more than the standard halogen bulbs – but in most cases, you’ll make the cost back in savings on your electricity bill. The best way to experiment with the impact of LED lighting in your family home is to put them in the room that you use the most – be it the kitchen, living room or bathroom, and see if there is a change in your electricity bill.
Although the upfront cost may seem off-putting, it’s important to remember that LED bulbs have a lifespan of over 10,000 hours, compared to 1000 hours for halogen bulbs. This means that you’ll barely ever need to replace them, making them more of an investment than a reoccurring cost.

Reduces carbon footprint

Another upside of switching to LED lighting is the environmental impact. 95% of the energy used in LED bulbs is converted into light and only 5% wasted as heat – the opposite is true in fluorescent bulbs. You also need less LED lights than standard lights, as they focus light in one direction to give a brighter light, unlike halogen bulbs.

Safety

One reason to install LED lighting in a family home is all about safety. As the bulbs do not generate as much heat, they are not as hot to the touch in the event that a child should accidentally touch one. They are also less likely to shatter and break.

Customisable

LED lighting works well in a family home because it is highly customisable. You can connect the lights to a dimmer switch, allowing the lighting level to match the atmosphere. You can have the lights in the kitchen bright for mealtimes and darker for when the kids go to bed and you are enjoying a glass of wine.
You can also connect your LED bulbs to a range of smart home systems, which allow you to control the lights when you’re outside of the house via an app on your phone. This also adds to the saving on your electricity bill, should you forget to turn the bathroom light off when you leave the house.
Would you consider installing LED lighting in your home?

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Interior Design

Light and shade – exposing the beauty of your Interiors

Light And Shade - Exposing The Beauty Of Your Interiors

Light and shade – exposing the beauty of your Interiors

When you work hard to create a stylish interior, you want to show it off. You’ve selected elegant fabrics, vibrant colours, and a design layout that works perfectly. But there is just one more detail that requires your attention. The right lighting will bring your design to life, and create the right ambience to enjoy it. So what are the best choices for lighting your rooms at home?

Natural light will always create a beautiful effect across the room. To maximise this quality of light, choose window dressings that can be fully and partly opened. Venetian blinds are ideal for changing the quality of natural light as it deflects the sun’s rays. This can create shade and shadows across the walls, the furniture, and the floor. This will bring out all the different colour properties of the fabrics and wall paint in the room.

Light And Shade - Exposing The Beauty Of Your Interiors

As the sun starts to go down, it’s time to put some lights on. When it’s hot out there, you might be tempted to leave many of the lights off, but led bulbs don’t heat up as some energy saver bulbs can. They also tend to have a more natural quality about the light. Of course, you can always buy warmer temperature bulbs for that cosy, homely feel. As LEDs draw less power than other types of bulb, you might be tempted to use more of them.

Use lamps and wall lights to highlight your wall art and furniture. Either position the furniture to catch the light, or position the lamps to illuminate those areas. You can also highlight any accent wall in the same way. And if colour is important to you, choose led bulbs that are colour changing to create just the right effect you’re looking for.

Did you know that you can buy fire effect panels, complete with LED colour border lights? These are ideal for homes that don’t have a real fireplace. And if you are feeling chilly, they can also provide the warmth you’re looking for. Warm lights on a cooler evening can be comforting. Fairy lights can be perfect along a mantle, tucked in a glass container, or framing pictures on the wall. You can even find battery-powered candles that appear to flicker. All of these lighting ideas can contribute to creating the right ambience for your room.

Light And Shade - Exposing The Beauty Of Your Interiors

Hidden led lights can create a stylish glow around or behind your furniture. Some people add a false wall to create a large panel that can then be lit by a strip of lights from behind. Pick any colour you like. They can be used under each stair, along your kick-boards or skirting boards, and even around the back of the TV. Each can create a difficult effect. It might look futuristic, or simply help illuminate those darker areas of the home.

Working with lighting in your home can create wonderful effects that enhance your style and design. Don’t forget that shading can also help alter the quality and tone of your colours. Love your home with light day and night.

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Interior Design, Lifestyle

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

When you love your home, playing around with your decor can be a lot of fun. Not only do you want to create your dream home, but you can often want to make your home right for your family and their needs. So, not only do you want to make it feel cozy and homely, you want it to be functional too. Although many interior themes can be harsh and unwelcoming, there is one that is always perfect for family life – traditional. And when you want to create a traditional decor that will make your family’s life better, you’re going to want to focus on a few key interior features to make it happen.

Wood

The first feature that can always be found in traditional decor is wood. Wood is the main material often used for most things, like flooring, wall cladding and, of course, furniture. If you really want to give a traditional, warm and cozy feel to the decor, you’re going to want to make sure you go for wood when it comes to the majority of your material choices.

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

A Library

Next up, let’s look at a room choice. A library, regardless of how big or small it may be, is always a key feature to a classic house. It’s always a great room to have in your home if you want to be able to relax somewhere serene, or have a cozy corner of the house to read in! You can even make a library style feature wall in your hallway or living space instead of dedicating it to an entire room. Either way, using old books to fill the space is a very traditional decor feature.

Period Furniture

The next thing to think about for your decor is the type of furniture that you buy. If you’re going with anything modern, it may make your decor look a little disjointed. Instead, you’re going to want to go with period furniture. Things like antiques, handcrafted furniture, and a Chesterfield sofa are the exact kind of pieces to consider. Color wise, you’re going to want to coordinate with warm, slightly dark shades that add a cozy vibe to your home.

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Entertaining Space

In terms of your layout, you’re going to want to make sure that you have an entertainment space to utilize. Traditional homes are all about family and friends. Social occasions and celebrations should always fill your home, so you need a space to host them in. And when you’re looking to entertain, what could be better than a home bar? Whether it’s the in the corner of your kitchen, outside, or even given its own room, a bar area can often be a very classic feature to add to your decor.

Artwork

When it comes to the finishing touches, be sure to add a lot of artwork into each room. Whether this is paintings or family pictures, you’ll find that wall hangings not only add a personal feel to each room, but they make your home feel much more traditional.

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Interior Design, Kitchen

Rethink your kitchen for a smoother family life

Rethink your kitchen for a smoother family life

Rethink your kitchen for a smoother family life

One of the key areas of the home is your kitchen; it’s where you cook for the family and often where you all sit down together and learn about what’s been happening in everybody’s day. Therefore, it’s an important room to consider when it comes to how it functions for you and a growing family. The interior space of your cooking environment should have some quality time and thought put into it, so that it can be a pleasurable area to enter, cook and eat your meals. The following are some ideas to consider if you feel that your kitchen is letting you down.

Is It Comfortable?

If your kitchen provides both an area for cooking and to eat your meals; you’ll want to ensure that the space is a comfortable one to sit down have enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in. Consider changing the size of the table, so that it can accommodate the whole family, or, if it’s too big for the space and people feel claustrophobic, then think about investing in a smaller surface. The seating around your dinner table should be a joy to sit on; so think about adding chair cushions and backrests, and people will be more inclined to remain and chat after mealtimes (as you’re cleaning up any dishes).

The lighting in your kitchen is also crucial. You’ll want all preparation areas to be well-lit so that you can see what you’re chopping (which hopefully won’t be your finger), or cooking on the hob. However, the lighting over the dining area doesn’t necessarily have to be as bright, as people enjoy a relaxed atmosphere when it comes to eating. Consider investing in a dimmer, so that light levels can be adjusted accordingly, and the kitchen table can be a multi-functional area, for eating, playing games, and finishing homework (that should have been done the night before).

Is It Functional?

If your kitchen is tired and is just not working for you as you want it to; it might be time for a little renovation project or an update to some key areas. Big investments, like ovens and fridges will be worth it in the long run, and there are always the January sales to grab yourself a bargain; it’s worth researching into what is the best on the market for your family life before you head to the shops.

A dripping tap will drive anyone mad, and an old, tired looking sink is a depressing place to wash the veg. Therefore, it’s worth checking out what’s available online and investing in a new one; get some inspiration and have a look here: https://www.tapwarehouse.com/category/undermount-kitchen-sinks if you’re considering an update.

The Little Things

Adding your family’s style and personality to your kitchen is another way to create a warm environment, where everyone will want to hang out. Display your kid’s artwork, put family photos up on the wall, and add any sentimental ornaments to shelves and surfaces. This will ensure that your kitchen is packed with personality. For more ideas on what to display in your kitchen space, take a look here: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=kitchen%20display%20ideas&rs=typed&term_meta[]=kitchen%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=display%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=ideas%7Ctyped.

Lastly, don’t forget that keeping it clean and tidy is the best route to an attractive environment; this is where you get to put a rota on the fridge and make sure the kids are doing their share of the housework (hooray).

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Interior Design, Kitchen

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Normally, we like to stay as relaxed as possible in our home. However, there are obviously going to be moments where stress levels can get high. More often than not, this happens in the kitchen. You’re trying to make food for your family, but little things can disrupt you and prevent this from happening. So, you get stressed, which is never a nice thing.

Luckily, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks that can help you transform your kitchen into a safe haven that doesn’t stress you out. Check them out down below:

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Use An Electric Oven

Gas ovens are a huge cause of stress for everyone. With a gas oven/cooker, you have to go through the ordeal of trying to switch the heat on all the time. In theory, it’s as simple as just switching the gas on and pressing a button to set it alight. However, with some gas appliances, it can take a good few tries before there’s a flame. As well as this, gas ovens take longer to heat up, which leave you waiting for longer while you’re cooking. Again, this can be a big source of stress. So, what you should do is switch to an electric oven and wave goodbye to these problems. Electric ones turn on easily and heat up a lot quicker. Not to mention they look better and are more modern too.

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Create More Space On The Counter top

The number one reason we get stressed in the kitchen is due to a lack of space. If you have no room to work, it can lead to you piling things up and creating loads of mess. So, you want to try and clear your counter tops to leave as much space as possible. To do this, you should organise everything in your kitchen and put things in cabinets to ensure nothing is left lying about. But, you can also play around with the design of your kitchen too. Create more space on the counter top by changing to a compact kitchen sink. It may not seem like a big difference, but you will reduce the sink size, which makes room for more work space on the counter tops.

3 top tips to help you reduce stress In the kitchen

Colour Code Your Knives & Chopping Boards

Another source of kitchen stress revolves around your chopping boards and food hygiene. We all know you should cut meat on one board and use another one for vegetables, etc. Likewise, we should try and use a separate knife for meat, thanks to cross-contamination and food hygiene worries. So, if you’re in the kitchen making dinner, and you have the same type of chopping board for everything, it’s difficult to remember which one you used for meat and which one you used for bread, etc. To get around this problem and add some extra colour to your kitchen, you can colour code your knives and chopping boards. Have a red chopping board for meat, a green one for veg, and then stick colours on the corresponding knives. Now, you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination, and can cook in peace.

Use these tips to banish stress from the kitchen and they’ll also help improve the look and feel of the place too!

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Interior Design

Renovating your bathroom in style

Renovating Your Bathroom In Style

Renovating your bathroom in style

When you are in the mood for a change around the home, a renovation is often one of the first things to think of. But knowing what room to do can be tricky. A popular one, however, is the bathroom, no least because it can be one of the least expensive rooms to renovate, and yet it is one which will affect everyone pretty positively. If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom, then you will want to ensure that you get every stage of the process right. With that in mind, we have put together this short post on ensuring you renovate your bathroom fast, in style and on budget. Let’s have a look.

Renovating Your Bathroom In Style

Timing

First of all, you need to be absolutely confident that now is a good time to actually renovate your bathroom. If it is not, then you might actually cause everyone in your home a lot of hassle and worry. Ideally, you will want a decent stretch of time in which you are not likely to experience either any major disruptions or any particular other projects which could get in the way. You will also want to know that you can devote the necessary time and energy to getting the project done in good time, especially if you are doing it yourself, or doing parts of it yourself. Provided that you find a good stretch of time, it is much more likely that you will see the results you really want to see.

Cost

It goes without saying that a renovation will cost you, but that doesn’t mean that the cost has to be particularly high. Especially if you know how to keep costs down, you might be surprised at just how cheaply you can actually carry out any renovation. Figuring out your new bathroom cost can be tricky, but you will be glad in the long run that you worked it out. When you do sit down to work it out, you should try to be as detailed as possible, otherwise there is little point in doing it at all. Try to take into account everything that you will need to source, as well as any labour you will need to pay for and you will be able to plan it out much more effectively. Saving money here will be much appreciated when you come to the end of the project.

Renovating Your Bathroom In Style

Design

The actual design of the new bathroom is probably the most important part of all for you. If you are keen on having a completely new design, then you will probably find that you need to look around at many different places for some inspiration. Otherwise, you might know exactly what you want – in which case you have it lucky. If that is so, you can just get started with exactly what you want to happen. But even then, it is worth noting that you should do everything you can to get the plans down on paper as well as possible.

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Bedroom design, Interior Design

Bedroom inspiration

Bedroom inspiration

Bedroom inspiration

We are now getting closer to finally being able to give our bedroom the much-needed makeover that it is desperately needing. We are currently looking for bedroom inspiration. Since moving in our house back in November every other room has taken priority over our bedroom. We haven’t done much to our bedroom as yet apart from take off the horrid wallpaper, leaving ourselves with bare walls – walls that are an awful dark blue.

We have been searching the internet for inspiration. Our bedroom we have now is much smaller to what we previously had. We previously had fitted wardrobes and sadly no longer have space for this.

Planning ahead

Wardrobes

Playing about with our bedroom plans and having those all important discussions, we have been hunting about for over bed storage with a corner wardrobe – this will give us added storage by using the space above our bed and also by making full use of the bedside table space too!

something like this..

Bedroom inspiration

Photo credit – Choice furniture superstore

Lighting

We will be wanting lighting fitted in the underneath of the overbed storage. We will want these working via a switch or pull-cord that can be easily reached from bed. We will also be adding down lights to the ceiling that can work via a dimmer switch for mood lighting.

Drawer space

We hope to be able to fit a draw unit inside our wardrobes. By doing this we will save ourselves some floor space and this will also help to make our room feel that bit bigger. We also have draw space under our bed.

Bed

We recently purchased a new bed before moving house so our bed will just need to be looked after and treated to some new bedding to blend with our newly chosen colour scheme. One thing we didn’t do with our old bed and that was protect it with a mattress protector. We have been looking at mattress protectors from Yorkshire Linen

Bedroom inspirationPhoto credit – Yorkshire Linen

Whilst browsing their site this stunning Kylie Minogue set caught my eye, how stunning is this set. You can’t beat the feeling of sinking into bed that has soft and comfortable linen. 

bedroom inspirationPhoto credit – Yorkshire Linen

Added extras

Our TV will be mounted on the wall, we have chosen a blackout blind and curtains from Dunelm. As Ian works shifts he finds it hard to sleep during the daytime following a night shift due to the daylight. We went on the hunt for a blackout blind and found this Laura Natural blackout roller blind…..

Photo credit – Dunelm

There is nothing worse than broken sleep, especially if you have work the next day so getting your bedroom right to your ideal comfort is important. We plan to decorate our room a neutral colour and then add splashes of colour within our soft furnishings, such as a rug, cushions, bed spreads etc.

Our carpet will be a nice neutral colour that will work well with any colour that we plan to use in our bedroom.

Our plans are slowly coming together and we are so looking forward to finally having our style put into our bedroom.

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Why you should change the decor style of your study or dining room

Why You Should Change The Decor Style Of Your Study Or Dining Room

Why you should change the decor style of your study or dining room

A dining room is perhaps the only true multi-functional space in the home. It’s where your family eats, entertains guests, where the kids do their homework and where you do your taxes. When designing your dining room or kitchen you’ve got to carefully think about the space you have available in the room and space you’re willing to take up with the decor. Sometimes you may have to compromise on the style of your furnishings in order to make the room more practical.

The study is a refuge in the home. Away from the kids, your partner, all the outside distractions; it’s a place where you can have peace of mind, and it’s specifically designed as a place of work. Whether you have dedicated space for working at home, or it’s an area where you do your hobby, the room is seen as an extra bonus by default; it’s not something that comes with most homes and it’s generally quite uncommon.

Why You Should Change The Decor Style Of Your Study Or Dining Room

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Practical family, or bourgeois sophistication?

The theme of the room is dependent on your budget, e.g. you’re most likely going to be unable to afford luxury decor. If you want the timeless family eating area kind of room, the decor is going to be subtle and neutral. Wood is never out of style and remains charming throughout all seasons. New England Oak Furniture has that kind of classic feel, they’re finely designed in an upright manner to support proper posture. The dining table should be sturdy as kids lean, sit and stand on it. A beautiful non-stick varnish sheen prevents stains and spills from forming.

If you’re going for a more contemporary look, metal framed chairs with either leather, wicker or fabric seats and back supports would be your best style option. These kinds of chairs are something you would have if you plan on entertaining guests at a dinner party. Wood is clunky, heavy and built more to last, than express an artistic choice. For a voguish table style, a round glass table would undoubtedly play the part of the centerpiece in the dining room. A glass table is like a whirlpool in the middle of a room, and it draws the life of the party in toward it.

Why You Should Change The Decor Style Of Your Study Or Dining Room

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A symbolic study office

There’s pretty much only one sensible way to choose the decor of a, go professional and grandiose. A large, mahogany office desk is not only practical but a symbol of class and power. It’s a reddish-brown timber, a tropical tree in America; it’s a very sought after material for its strength and sheen; due to the abundant natural oils in the wood.

A high-quality bold-colored brocket office chair is usually made out of a very tough but flexible expensive leather. It’s comfortable enough to sleep in, but the design of the arch is straight, so its helps to fend off drowsiness. The Chesterfield dates back to just after the Georgian Era in England, when the Victorian Era of grandness and an imposing nature of decor was coming into fashion.

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From dusk till dawn: Bedroom of your dreams

From dusk till dawn: Bedroom of your dreams

From dusk till dawn: Bedroom of your dreams

Think back to when you first moved into your home and that priority list you made. At the top were the grand ideas you had for the kitchen, and how you were going to create the perfect living room to entertain guests and make your kids bedrooms exactly the way they wanted them. Then, right at the bottom of that list, was your bedroom.

Why this always seems to be the case is anyone’s guess. It’s probably to do with funds, time and the fact it isn’t a common space; that’s why most decorating jobs tend to get put off and put off. However, we have summer rolling in thick and fast and, well, a new season has a way of uplifting us and filling us with energy; so why not focus all that on finally getting the bedroom of your dreams.

Come on, it’s your bedroom. It’s the place you go to get a good night’s sleep and the first thing you see when your eyes first crack open. Basically, it all starts and ends here, so give it that uplift you deserve.

From dusk till dawn: Bedroom of your dreams

The Bed

This is it, the pièce de résistance. It is going to be the most prominent feature to look at and the one piece of furniture to ensure tomorrow is even more amazing than today was. It’s where you go for sweet dreams and sweeter starts. So start with what’s important to your taste and build from there. It could be a snazzy headboard, nice soft Egyptian linens, a duvet you could get lost in, or hidden space under the bed to put your odds and ends.

The Drapes

When we imagine a bedroom of our dreams, we tend to imagine miles and miles of fabric adding to the whole dimension, and rightly so. Yes, we’re talking about having gorgeous curtains that dance between pretty and practical, in which you can save a bob by getting online curtain fabrics (the Internet is amazing sometimes!). But don’t stop with the curtains, because curtains alone don’t scream and shout, not like a bed surrounded by drapes. That’s the kind of thing a honeymoon suite is made of. That’s the thing dreams are made of.

From dusk till dawn: Bedroom of your dreams

The Chair

Your bedroom is more than just a room made for sleeping; it is your personal space, your room to escape to, which is why you need to add a cozy chair or sofa to a corner. It could be an ottoman or a Chesterfield or a hanging chair, or anything that takes your fancy. It is your space to curl up and read a book, or sip on your frothy hot chocolate or collect your thoughts. That’s what you want a dream room to be about, enjoying the little things.

The Glamour

Dreams tend to lean toward the unattainable, the luxurious and the glamour; so why not add a little splash of something wow, and a little dash of something special. It could be a chandelier above your bed or a dressing table lined with flower and perfumes. It could be throws and pillows, fairy lights and mirror decorations. Luxury is subjective, so whatever makes you feel a little more special is what you should get. Don’t worry about the expense either, there are always ways to save a bit, it’s just about hunting for a bargain.

From dusk till dawn: Bedroom of your dreams

The Fireplace

A lot of old houses would have had fireplaces in every room. It was just what they did back then when the world was freezing and double-glazing was as mythical as unicorns. However, there is very little that oozes luxury like having an exposed fireplace in your bedroom. It just adds to the dimension. It brings in a focal point that wasn’t there before. Of course, you don’t need to expose an ornate fireplace in order to realize this dream because electric fireplaces are becoming less and less expensive. Oh, and did we mention the remote. Oh yeah, you could lay in bed and turn on the flames with just a flick of a switch. Hello, dream bedroom.

The Little Things

Life is all about the little things and your bedroom should be no different (stop it!). That’s where adding something like a bunch of fresh flowers once a week can really make a bedroom pop. Something bright and wonderfully smelly, that’s what you want. Or why not add a little tea set to your room. Not only will this look beautiful sat on your freshly made bed each day, it will encourage you to use your room to relax in. Cuppa in one hand, book in the other, no noise or distractions around you. Bliss. That is another word for luxury.

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Sweet dreams are made of seams

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Seams

Sweet dreams are made of seams

Do you have trouble getting a good night sleep? This is perhaps more common than most people realise. A lot of individuals go to bed far too stressed through the week. Due to this, rather than quickly closing their eyes, they lie in bed staring at the ceiling, wishing with all their heart that they could sleep. Of course, the hours roll past the clock, and eventually, there’s very little time to sleep anyway.

This can have a tremendous effect on stress in work life, family life and even how much enjoyment you feel in daily activities. Due to a lack of sleep, you will constantly be feeling exhausted. As such, you won’t have the energy to do tasks you need to complete or participate in activities that you enjoy. So a good night sleep is certainly important. But how exactly does one achieve it?

Well, there are plenty of thoughts about how one should tire themselves before bed or relieve stress before they hit the hay. But actually, your best bet would be to make sure you have the perfect bedroom, suitable for a good snooze. There are a few traits to look at here.

Feels Perfect

Sweet dreams are made of seams

The first step is to make sure that you have the right mattress and bed for you. Not everyone feels comfortable on the same type of mattress. For instance, some people need good back support when they’re lying down. If you think this sounds like you, you’ll need a harder mattress than most with only a slight amount of give. Other individuals love to feel like they are being swallowed and cushioned by the mattress. As such, they prefer a memory foam mattress. If you want the best of both worlds, you can opt for half and a half. In this case, the top half of the mattress is memory foam, and the bottom is solid.

Of course, it’s not just the mattress that you need to think about. Every single part of the bed should be chosen to match your desires and needs. You can have a look at different bed designs from producers such as John Ryan by Design. You’ll find plenty of options here, and we’re sure at least one will suit the need for your bedroom.

Don’t Let The Light Shine

Sweet dreams are made of seams

One of the biggest reasons for people not getting their sleep is light pollution. It’s possible that the reason for your lack of sleep is due to the fact that light is shining in through the window. This is quite common for homes in the city where there is often street lights outside the window, not to mention cars passing by.

The answer is to invest in blackout blinds. If you get the electronic variety, you can even make them come down without getting out of bed. Some are completely automatic and can be set to rise at a certain point in the morning. As such, you can completely control your sleeping pattern, making sure you get the number of hours you need.

Soothing Features

Sweet dreams are made of seams

There are certain features that you can get for your bedroom that might help you get to sleep sooner rather than later. For instance, you can think about getting fairy lights for the ceiling. These can be inserted into a false ceiling and twinkle at a slow rate. Some people do find the movement of the lights serene, and it helps them drift to sleep quickly. Others, on the other hand, find them distracting, so it does depend on your general mindset.

Another possibility would be to think about a speaker system in your room. Using this, you can play soothing music at a low volume. Make sure you use a timed plug so that the music switches off at a certain time. Otherwise, it is likely that at some point through the night it will wake you up.

Extra Comfort

Sweet dreams are made of seams

Just like the mattress, you need to pick the duvet that is right for you too. Some people get far too hot through the night. If that sounds familiar, you might want to try a lighter, thinner duvet. This will give you enough cover without the sweltering temperatures you usually have to endure.

Lastly, make sure you are picking the right pillow. Like the mattress it’s about how hard, firm or soft it is. You should test out a few pillows before choosing the one that is perfect for you.

If you take all of this advice on board, you’ll soon find that perfect bedrooms are what sweet dreams are made of.

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Multiple Use Of Living Space

Multiple use of living space

Multiple Use Of Living Space

Organising your space in an efficient way that still makes your home feel like a home can be a really tough challenge. For some we don’t have the luxury of lots of space to have a games room or an office so making multiple use of living space is all that is on offer to us.

We have recently been looking at what space we do have and making it work to our needs the best way we can. We have found that we may only have small rooms to work with but by some planning and measuring we are currently making it work to full potential.

We have been purchasing items that can be easily folded away when not in use and even looking at furniture that has multiple uses to make life easier and be a great space-saver. We may have a small house but that doesn’t mean we can’t have the space we need for the areas that we are wanting does it?

Nothing makes a home feel smaller – and claustrophobic than lots of clutter, so we have been busy building/creating built-in storage space for belongings to reduce this. We have also been creating more space by de-cluttering and having a good sort out of things no longer in use and either passing to family members or handing in to our local charity shop. By doing this we have maximised our available space, giving us much more room to work with.

Now we have de-cluttered our home we have freed up some space to create a home office in our main bedroom, this however overlooks our garden, which at the moment does not look all that pretty but with spring soon upon us we will have to get planning for some garden ideas to help make our view from the office much more nicer. At the moment it is horribly over-grown and has been very much neglected due to not having the time needed to spend out there at the moment.

We have lived in our house for 13 years now and now the kid’s are older and we are in a much better position we are really enjoying putting our stamp within our home, together as a family, making it unique and multifunctional to meet all our needs.

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