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5 Things A Home Should Never Be Without

5 Things A Home Should Never Be Without

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Creating a home in your living space can be very challenging, but it’s something that every living space can achieve. There are things that make your property feel more homely, and there are things that are going to take away from that. It’s because of that that creating a welcoming environment can be very difficult, and living in that situation can be quite uncomfortable.

There are some things that a home should just never be without, and you should be actively working on ensuring your home feels a bit more complete.

Warmth

First of all, being warm in your home is highly important. There are a lot of things that go into creating a warm home, and while this is generally only a concern during the colder months of the year – now is the best time to get working on it. If you can create a warmer home before winter rolls around, then you can avoid that discomfort completely.

Head down to the carpet shop, have more insulation installed, and get your heating system inspected or replaced. Now is the time you should be acting on it before it gets cold! It’s not just comfort that you’re going to be gaining, but it will be much cheaper to keep your living space warm if you solve all of the warmth issues.

Natural Light

While it might not be your first thought, a lot of comforts rely on the lighting in your home. Natural light is something that we all need to help us feel positive, but it does more than just that. You don’t want to have to keep your lights switched on during the day, which is why you need to work on ways to get more natural lighting around the home. Having more reflective surfaces in your home like mirrors can help to spread this out.

Life 

If there’s one thing that benefits from having more natural light available to it, it’s house plants. If you’re going to keep plants in your home, then you’re going to need to make sure you’re getting enough light in there. If you manage to open up your rooms to plenty of natural light, then you can have as many house plants as you want – which are a great way to improve the feel and atmosphere inside your property.

Security

You should never have to feel unsafe when you’re at home, and with the right security, you won’t! A lot of these security installations you can invest in are often unused because just having them there means they’re doing their job. Having an alarm displayed on your home will act as a deterrent to any possible intruders, which means you can feel a lot safer knowing your home isn’t a target.

Effective storage

Your home is going to end up easily cluttered if you aren’t investing in any ways to store your belongings. Make use of wall space to install cupboards and shelves, and use up any spare floor space to keep clutter from building up all over the place.

Interior Design

How To Make A Feature Fireplace In You Living Space

How To Make A Feature Fireplace In You Living Space

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A fireplace in the living room is a popular decorating trend, but it doesn’t take much to make a feature of one. A feature fireplace is an indoor fire that is installed in a room and designed to be seen from the inside of your home. It is typically installed between two walls, which are usually made with glass or metal panels. The fire is lit on one side of the wall and the other side has an opening that allows people to see it from inside the room. If you want to create one yourself, here’s how to do it.

Why You Should Consider Making One

We have all seen the pictures of feature fireplaces. They are beautiful, but what’s the point of having one if you never get to use it? The answer is that it can be used for decoration purposes. It can be a great way to add some warmth and aesthetic value to your living room or bedroom. A feature fireplace can also be used as a focal point in your home decorating.

Choosing the Right Style & Design of Fire

A fireplace can be used to create a cozy and warm atmosphere or it can add the element of a dramatic flare. For this reason, choosing the right kind of fire for your living room is important. There are many different styles and designs to choose from, but it’s important to know what you want before buying one. You could go with an open fire if regulations allow it, a wood burner, an electric fire, or something more modern and sleek.

Designing Your Fireplace with the Right Surround

In order to create a warm, inviting atmosphere, you need to make sure that your fireplace surround is designed well, this includes the surround. You’ll want to make sure that you pick the right mantle to suit your fire design. This could be chunky wood shelving or even just a plastered wall if you want it to be modern and built in. Either way, you have to finish the space off and not just focus on the fire design itself – everything around it counts.

Finishing the Job by Dressing up the Wall

There are various ways that you can dress up your fireplace to give it a more personalized appearance. A feature wall is a great way to add some style and personality to your living room. It can be used as a focal point, or as a way to make the entire room seem larger. You can add a mirror above, shelving to either side and add decorative ornaments on the mantle to make it really look great.

Fire Installation Process and Tips

Many homeowners may not know how to have a fire installed in their living room. Before you start the installation process, make sure that you have everything that is needed for the installation, such as the fireplace/fireplace insert, chimney breast, gas line, permits and tools. However, you may want to ensure that this is done properly by an engineer or contractor. When purchasing your fire, it might be a great idea to inquire about these services.

DIY tips

Home Remodelling Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Home Remodelling Mistakes You Need To Avoid

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Setting up the perfect living space comes with so many decisions you need to make right. From your choice of furniture to the colour themes you opt for, every decision you take can help make or break your interior decor efforts. The wrong decisions will also end up costing you money. So, are you planning a home decor project? Do you want to create a living space you’ll love? Then you might want to avoid making these home decor mistakes. 

Not knowing where your ability ends

Today, the internet has countless sources offering various DIY tips and tutorials on sprucing your home. Although you may do a few home decor projects, you need to know where your ability ends and where you need professional assistance. For example, purchasing the right furniture, installing wallpaper, painting your walls are pretty easy to handle. But it is best to have experienced hands take care of bathroom installations, roof replacements, and so on. You may try to save costs by managing some projects on your own, but the results of your mistake could cost you more than the services of a professional.

Not giving yourself enough time to plan and budget

Any home renovation project requires enough time to plan before you hit the ground. Although an average renovation may take four to eight months, how much time you’ll need will depend on the nature of the project. But the last thing you want to do is rush into it on impulse because of a design you saw somewhere. First, ask yourself why you want to remodel or renovate. Next, you should find out how much it will cost you in detail. Giving yourself enough time to think through it will keep you from regret. 

Going cheap to save cost

There is always the temptation to cut costs as much as possible for any home remodelling project. Although you can go for cheaper artworks and decorative pieces to give a room a new look, it is not advisable to do the same for flooring types, rugs, furniture, etc. The cheaper your fittings and fixtures are, the shorter they’ll last. That means you’ll have to replace them sooner than you want, which will cost more money.

Trying to do too many things at the same time

If you’re planning on carrying out an extensive remodelling project, it is advisable to create a plan that allows you to complete one task at a time. For example, if you must renovate more than one room, go about it one room at a time. You might think that trying to remodel everything at once will reduce costs, but you’ll find it less expensive to go one room or space after the other. 

Ignoring your home’s natural style

No matter the design theme you opt for, you want to make sure that it blends with the design of your home while reflecting your personality. Find ways to incorporate your favourite design elements into your home’s natural style in a seamless manner. 

Lifestyle, Top tips

The essential guide to a stress-free home

The essential guide to a stress-free home

The essential guide to a stress-free home

Do you ever feel like your entire life is dedicated to keeping the house in good shape? Maybe it’s the tedious daily tasks of loading and unloading the dishwasher, or the less frequent but bigger tasks like decorating or renovating a room? Your home should be where you can kick back and relax – it should be your calm oasis in a hectic world, and it certainly shouldn’t take a majority of your time to keep it in ship-shape condition. The key here is working smart, not hard. Developing a routine which works for you, but also allowing technology, and other members of the family, to take some of the slack. If you’d like a stress-free home, keep on reading.

Develop your routine

A daily and weekly routine of tasks which are unavoidable is a great way to ensure everything gets done, without praying on your mind. Maybe the trash goes out on Mondays, you vacuum on Tuesdays, and dust on Wednesdays, and so on. Small tasks which are done every day should be done at the same time each day, such as loading or unloading the dishwasher, collecting the mail, or tidying the living spaces. This way, it becomes part of your day, requires little consideration, and you may also find that the tasks are far faster to carry out. Any sort of routine is healthy for everyone, but especially for people who are feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities.

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Keep lists

Some jobs don’t fit into daily routines, and these jobs can really start to play on your mind, if you let them. Writing them down into a list form, usually with a connected calendar, can be a great way to ensure they get done, but also to take away the associated anxiety. The list apps on smartphones such as Google Keep and iPhone’s are perfect for this, as you can keep the list with you at all times and add to it as you see fit, as well as syncing it with calendars and emails. This means that larger projects, such as cleaning the guttering or fixing the roof, is noted, but doesn’t play on your mind. Keeping a running list of important contacts for the home too. When the furnace breaks or the fence blows down, you’re not going to want to be shuffling through your emails and contacts to find the right guy to come in and fix it. Keeping all these contacts in the same place is essential for reacting in an emergency, and you’ll feel better knowing the list is there too.

De-clutter (and keep it that way)

Clutter does not create a stress-free home. As they say, a cluttered room means a cluttered mind. If you want to be able to kick back and relax in the space, you need to keep all of the mess hidden away. Not only does this create a more relaxing environment, but it also makes it easy to keep tidy in the long run, and makes it far easier to clean and keep dust-free. Great storage solutions can make this so much easier, and look great in the process. Once you’ve de-cluttered a room, make it part of your daily routine to de-clutter at the end of every day. If you go to bed with a tidy home, and wake up to a tidy home, you will find your stress levels will drop significantly.

The essential guide to a stress-free home

Let technology do the work for you

We are lucky to be alive in a booming technological time. Many of us have dishwashers, washer-dryers, and even ovens which clean themselves automatically. But there are plenty of reviews of smart home products designed to save you time online which you might not have even considered. For example, if you have pets and have to vacuum up pet hair every day, have you considered investing in a Roomba to free up that time, without compromising on the cleanliness and tidiness of your home? It might seem like a significant investment, but time is money, and if it helps to create a stress-free environment for you, it might well be worth it.

Delegate

Unless you live alone, there are other people that benefit from all of your hard work in maintaining the cleanliness and tidiness of your home. Do you think they could better pull their weight? Being able to delegate tasks to family members can really help to take some of the weight off your shoulders. Asking your kids to wash the dishes, take the trash out, or clean the fish tank gives you more free time, and teaches them valuable life skills as a bonus.

Your home shouldn’t be a stressful environment, so don’t let it!

Decorating, Interior Design

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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