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Preparing For Spring

Preparing For Spring

Spring is finally here! the clocks have now gone forward an hour and the nights are staying lighter for longer. Are you ready to start packing away your winter blankets and start getting ready for the lovely much-needed warmer sunny day’s? we most certainly are!

I hate the winter months, the day’s are long, cold, dark and miserable. There is nothing worse than waking up and it still being dark out, cold, frosty and very uninviting. They are certainly months we definately don’t mind waving a goodbye to.

Are you ready for the warmer sunny day’s? we most certainly can’t wait. No more winter wear cluttering up the hall. No more winter blankets or hot water bottles for added warmth. But hello sunshine, picnic blankets and outdoor fun!

Preparing For Spring

Refreshing Our Home For Spring

We are going to be busy over the next few weeks welcoming in spring by getting our home into warmer-weather shape by have a seasonal spring refresh. We will be doing this by de-cluttering common areas, tidying cupboards, packing away winter and welcoming spring.

Spring Cleaning Ideas

I guess it’s not called “spring cleaning” for nothing. Now is a great time to have a good sort out at home and prepare yourselves for the summer months. Are you spring ready?

  • Washing blankets, big heavy quilts, winter jumpers and winter coats. Getting them all washed dried and put away until next winter and swapping them for lighter spring wear.
  • Having a wardrobe tidy/sort out. We all end up adding to our winter wear over the cold months don’t we? our weight has even changed since last summer. Now would be a good time to have a good sort out of our wardrobe to see what fits and doesn’t. Perhaps bag up a few items to donate to a charity. Not forgetting that shoe pile as they easily mount up too!
  • Tidy cupboards. Is your home like ours and has what we call a “clutter cupboard”? – OMG this cupboard drives me crazy. It is a cupboard where we store all our cleaning products, such as our hoover, steam cleaner etc. It is always a mess as everything just gets chucked in it. This is a cupboard in desperate need of tidying and re-organising.
  • Clutter zones. Another massive hate of mine are clutter zones. I think every house has them, whether it be a shelving unit, sofa or table. We have two areas in our house that tends to get cluttered and is currently in desperate need of sorting.
Preparing For Spring
  • Kitchen cupboards. Need I say anymore? where do all the lids to food storage containers disapear to? please don’t say it is just our cupboards that end up with odd lids and food storage containers that are no longer of any use? time to match lids to containers or dispose. As for the food cupboard it is time to check the date on food lables as things tend to get pushed back and before we know it food ends up out of date before we have used them.
  • Surfaces. Time to clear all surfaces, remove any clutter that has accumulated over the winter months. This is when I enjoy to have a little change around. Add in splashes of colour to brighten our home up a little.
  • Bathroom/Toilet. Time to dig out that steam cleaner I think and hope all the attatchments are there. A job I hate but it is deep clean time for the bathroom.

Adding splashes of colour

Once everywhere is all nice and clean, also winter and clutter free it is nice to start brightening up our home by making it more bright, cheerful and welcoming. This can be done in many way’s. Here are a few ideas to help brighten up your home.

Preparing For Spring
  • Cushion covers – A simple quick change in style or colour of cushion covers can make all the difference to a room. It helps instantly to give a room the look you are working to acheieve.
  • Plants – A perfect way to brighten shelves, corners and tables. They instantly add colour to rooms and plain, boring dark corners.
  • Rugs – An instant way to add a splash of colour to tired looking flooring. Not only add colour but you could also add a pattern too if you wish. A rug can brighten up and transform any room instantly.
Preparing For Spring
  • Bedding – Fancy freshening up your bedroom and giving it a little makeover? Had the same coloured bedding for a while now? how about a change? add a splash of colour to your bedding it will help brighten up your bedroom.
  • Pictures – Having a change about with photo’s displayed or artwork can help change a feel to a room. A little re-position or update can make all the difference.
  • Table cloths – A nice new table cloth and a new centrepiece can help add a nice feel to a room. A table in a room can be a main focus point and looks lovely when nicely displayed.
  • Mirror – Mirrors can be a perfect way to help brighten up dark shelves and walls. They are a perfect way to make small rooms feel bigger, and also a perfect way to add light to dark rooms.
  • Ornaments – Had the same ornaments out on display for a while? fancy a change around. Changing a few odd items that are on display can make all the difference to a room. Either a little re-position or change completley depends on the look you are hoping to acheieve.
  • Curtains – Do they go with the look/colour scheme you are hoping to achieve? if they do then a quick freshen up is all they will probably need. Or you could add a different look by changing the tie-backs and/or the curtain pole. If they don’t fit with your new room update then shop around for a new set of curtains completely. It will help to instanlty give your room a new look.
Preparing For Spring
  • Lamps – I do love lamps in rooms, they make perfect mood lighting. They can also help to set a style in a room too. There are so many different lamps to chose from and they can help fill a gap on a table, shelf or even a corner in a room.
  • Upcycle – Have a tired looking piece of furniture that is too good to dispose of? then don’t – upcycle it! there are so many brilliant ideas you can find online these day’s, why dispose of good furniture when you don’t have to.

A few small changes to your home can make all the difference. It doesn’t have to prove too costly either!

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7 Reasons To Hire Professional Movers

7 reasons to hire professionals

A lot of people in the USA relocate for many reasons. They might want to move closer to their elder parents, the apartment is too small, their home is too expensive, they have found a new job and want to get closer to work, and a lot more.

Moving can be considered as life-changing especially in the US. You will have to be accustomed to the new neighbourhood. You have to find the nearest grocery shop, the nearest park, and try to navigate the new city that you are in. If you are not familiar with the neighbourhood, you might even get lost while you are in the process of moving house.

Moving house can also be difficult. You have to pack and transport everything. You need to inform your work about the new address, you have to find the perfect date when moving will be most convenient for you. For these reasons, you might consider hiring a professional mover or getting the entire job done yourself. You can know more about movers in this link here.

     Reasons Why You Should Hire Professional Movers

Getting the help of professional movers in the US can result in a stress-free and seamless moving experience. You might do some researches first on why you should hire movers. However, you might find conflicting ideas on the internet and they can confuse you even more. To simplify things, it will really depend on you on whether you should hire movers or not. However, you have to consider these things before doing everything yourself.

1. Get Peace of Mind

Sometimes, just planning the move can leave you feeling stressful and drained. You haven’t even packed the boxes but you are already overwhelmed with the tasks that you needed to do. On top of that, you have to figure out the best routes on your state in order to avoid traffic and accidents. For more information about traffic routes, you can visit the website of the Federal Highway Administration here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/. Professional movers can help you pack, carry, and deliver the furniture in an organised manner. Accidents can also be avoided since movers are already accustomed to lifting heavy weights. They know the best way to navigate the roads in the US. They have trucks that can protect your belongings during snowstorms or rains. This is why many people tend to be at peace when they know that professionals are handling their precious valuables.

2. Reliable

Unlike friends and families who have the tendency to cancel last minute plans, movers definitely shop upon the time and date of relocation. Even if one mover is not available, moving companies in USA generally find a replacement that has the same training and experience as the other one. They are the most reliable option that you can find in order to avoid delays and injuries. Note that not all of your friends and family members move things frequently from one state to another. They might do some scratches on your sofa if they are not careful and there’s no way that you can charge them for a replacement.

3. Smooth and Fast

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This is one of the main reasons why people hire professional movers. The service is often fast and quick. This is especially true if you are able to find a company that is very familiar with the state where you are moving. Expect them to pack your things without too much chitchat. They are friendly but they also value your time so you can expect a prompt service that can simplify the relocation process in no time. Another bonus is that movers can squeeze your appliances through a narrow staircase because they are already trained for it.

4. Efficient

Movers have the build and experience to handle heavy objects. Bulky items do not have to undergo any unnecessary damages when you are relocating them. The furniture needs to be transferred into trucks and has to be carried out and lifted to the new home. If you are doing these all alone, you won’t likely be finished in a week. Professional movers are here to help you efficiently move everything without damages and accidents in the process.

5. Accountable

Your things are listed, packed, and labeled when it comes to moving companies. You can rest easy that everything will arrive in your new home completely and intact. If there are unavoidable accidents, the company can reimburse you with the full amount of the damaged items. Because professional movers are highly trained and experienced, they already know the right ways of moving your things without risking any damage on them. If you have too many valuables and precious items, then you should not consider moving things on your own.

6. No Lifting Involved

Heavy lifting can cause back strain and injuries. You might have worked all week on your job so don’t need unnecessary stress and tiredness caused by lifting heavy equipment and furniture. Some people do not have the build and the training to transport things properly. When hiring professional movers, you can just supervise them while they do the heavy bulk of work for you. You can even grab a cup of coffee after giving instructions to them.

7. Safe Moving

When it is your first time moving, choosing the right boxes can be challenging. If you don’t have the right items where you can wrap your lamps and porcelains, you might find them broken and splintered when you arrive at your new home. This is not the case with professional movers. They are able to provide you with secure wrappers and boxes that are made for moving items. They can also have plenty of space in their trucks for big pieces of furniture.

If you want to know the best movers in the US, you can do some research. You can call a company that can refer you to the most efficient movers in your area. Save yourself the hassle and get to know your new neighbourhood sooner by hiring a moving company today.  

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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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Home, Lifestyle, Renovation: top tips

Home renovation made easy: the tips you need to know

Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Home renovation made easy: the tips you need to know

Not everyone loves the idea of renovating their home, home renovation certainly be a daunting and overwhelming task to take on. A renovation project could be simply overhauling your current home.Perhaps it has needed some improvement for some time. Bathrooms need replacing, kitchens need upgrading, and there is always that option of extension. However, you may specifically look to purchase a renovation project, maybe always having the dream of creating your own home or renovating properties as a new career prospect. No matter which way you decide to take on the task, it will never be a simple project, and it certainly needs a lot of planning and preparation. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the tips you should know before you embark on such a project. I hope they offer you some reassurance that you can complete the renovation and create a wonderful home either to live in or sell on.

Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Make sure you are completely up to speed with your budget and financials

One of the first things anyone should do when undertaking such a huge project is working out your budget and know exactly where you are to the penny with your financial situation. Whether you already have the property or even need to factor in the purchase costs, it’s important to ensure that you don’t overstretch yourself right in the middle of the works. A budget is handy to have where you allocate money to different tasks, but one of the best things you can do is have a contingency plan to ensure that you have emergency funds when you need them. You can’t always predict if a job won’t go the way you want, or materials you need will cost more than your expected. These things will happen, so plan and prepare for them within in your budget.

Have a plan of exactly what tasks you wish to take on

It’s also important to ensure that you have a plan of exactly what jobs you want to do within the project. This might be specifically living rooms only, or maybe looking at adding purpose to spaces in the home that don’t get used such as a cellars or loft areas. Having a plan will enable you to start the process of your budget, and also factor in a timescale for completion. This is especially important if you plan to live there, or will still be in the home while renovation works are being completed.

 Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Design the ideal home and seek guidance from the experts

It’s always advisable to have some sort of design plan, be it a floor plan or even drawn up plans. If you don’t have the expertise in this department, seeking guidance from an expert like an architect could be helpful. This is also important if you plan to extend or change the layout of the property in any way.

Obtain any planning permissions or licenses you may need to complete the work

Changing the layout or extending may require you to obtain planning permission from your local authorities. Before any work begins, make sure that you get any necessary permissions in place. You may also need certain licenses for listed building or even to dispose of any waste. Things like skips are required to have licenses if they are on the road these days.

Research where to get building materials and who to use for certain jobs

Sometimes the big costs can be incurred for the building materials you use and the cost of labour. This is why it is so important to ensure that you do plenty of research and gain a comparison in costs before you make any purchases. Things like timber and wood can be one of the biggest outlays you have, so it’s important to check out a range of companies like George Hill Timber. Sometimes going to websites or businesses that specifically trade in certain areas means that you not only get a good price but the expertise and knowledge you need.

 Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Are there other ways to add value to the property

It’s important to establish if there are any ways you can add some value to the property itself. A great place to start would be to add square footage or rooms like converting a loft into another bedroom, or a cellar into another living space. Do you have a garden you can utilise and build on? Then maybe adding an extension to create a larger kitchen, or even adding bedrooms or other rooms onto the side of the property could be a great place to start.

The finishing touches will always bring everything together

Finally, the finishing touches will always piece everything together. This is good flooring choices and paint colours. Adding the right tiles or even considering things like feature walls. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration when it comes to home decor and finishing off your homes look.

I hope these tips help you if you are about to embark on a renovation project.

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Luxury Kitchen Design

Luxury kitchen design

Kitchen Design

Many people believe that having a luxury kitchen design is out of their budget, but it doesn’t need to be expensive; with the right planning and execution you too can create a luxury space that the whole family can enjoy while adding value to your home in the process.

The kitchen design team at Mayfair Granite have put together their top considerations for planning and designing the perfect kitchen:

Luxury kitchen design

Kitchen Layout:

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, a place where great food is prepared, a space for entertaining friends and family and somewhere to relax in at the end of a hard day, so creating a space that is both functional and comfortable is key.

The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular layouts for kitchens because of its adaptability, and when combined with an island can create a great space for entertaining. An island bench can create a dramatic focal point in the room whilst providing extra storage space and a social hub for the whole family to gather round.

Luxury kitchen design

An L-shaped kitchen design is a great option for open plan kitchens where the room opens out into a dining room or living room; it also maximise’s the floor space for families and couples to cook together without getting into each other’s way.

If space is an issue, try opting for a U-shaped kitchen design; this type of design can maximise the cabinet and work top space in the room without compromising on design or style. U-shaped kitchen designs usually feature integrated appliances which are great for keeping a uniform style, but standalone appliances can be used to provide a stand out feature or touch of colour to the design.

Material Choice:

With a vast array of exciting and exotic materials to choose from when designing a kitchen, it can be a bit daunting when planning the perfect space. The classic combination of natural stone and traditional timber cabinetry is still seen as the pinnacle of luxury by many, but with the advances in technology pushing the boundaries of design there is now a range of metallic materials to choose from including brass, copper and zinc to provide that extra wow factor.

For work tops, Mayfair Granite recommends traditional materials such as granite, quartz and marble, which provide a durable and low maintenance option that will last a lifetime. These materials can be cut into an array of shapes and sizes providing a perfect fit in any room.

Luxury kitchen design

Cabinetry is the most important investment in any kitchen design, so choosing the right materials is key to creating a kitchen that will stand the test of time. Luxury kitchen cabinets often feature high quality woods such as cherry, mahogany or walnut which are stained with rich, dark colours to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain. However, specialty painted and glazed finishes can also make for a luxurious kitchen.

Appliances can make or break a kitchen so it is important that these are taken into consideration at the same time as the rest of the design. Choose products that match the style you are going for and always shop around for the best prices.

Lighting:

Lighting is also an important consideration for creating the right balance of ambience and function in the kitchen. Natural light makes the space look bigger and brings the outside in, but having large windows and doors isn’t suitable for every kitchen. However, if the kitchen lacks natural light there are lots of options out there.

Pendant lights can add that wow factor to the kitchen and can create a relaxing ambience, whereas under cabinet lighting is perfect for food preparation in low light situations. For something a bit different, LED light strips are a good choice for creating dynamic lighting effects in the kitchen.

Luxury kitchen design

Creating the perfect kitchen is all about planning, putting together a luxury kitchen design will really help, if done right you’ll have a functional and comfortable space that will last for many years and can also add thousands to the value of your home.

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Our dream bathroom

our dream bathroom

Our dream bathroom

If you could choose to re-vamp any room in your house what room would it be? We chose our bathroom, well it was about five years ago now, we wanted to create our dream bathroom but ended up making some huge mistakes along the way that we now live to regret massively.

It wasn’t a small job, in fact it involved knocking a wall down and making our bathroom bigger so we could create the bathroom we wanted. Our bathroom went from a small room with a bath and little cupboard space to a much bigger room with walk in shower with much more cupboard space.

Creating our dream bathroom was not easy and we made lots of mistakes creating this room. We chose black porcelain tiles for the floor, this is one of our top regrets. The flooring is horrible to keep clean and buffed, don’t get me wrong it looks lovely when buffed but it’s just not a practical tile to have in a family bathroom that’s highly used and totally the wrong Colour (for our house anyway).

Another huge regret we have is getting rid of our bath, we all love a shower but we also enjoy a nice soak in the bath too, that luxury unfortunately has well and truly gone now.

our dream bathroom

The changes we would love to make in our bathroom would be to create more storage space, the vanity units at Bella Bathrooms look very stylish and more practical.

 

We have three favourites, what one would you pick?

 

our dream bathroom

 

We would definitely LOVE to change our flooring to something more practical and also put a nice bath back in place with an overhead shower so we can have the choice to shower or bath after a long day.

When creating our dream bathroom the first time round I think we went into creating it rather hastily and didn’t think it through fully and give it the time and careful planning we perhaps should have. We have learned from our mistakes and this time we will not get carried away in the excitement of it all and take the time to think about what we are truly needing and what is more practical for our family bathroom.

What would be the one room you’d love to give a re-vamp?

 

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