Showing posts with label Home Decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home Decor. Show all posts

Monday, 25 January 2021

Making Your Own Bedroom

If your home’s décor is still the same as the day you moved in, you may be keen to make your house truly you own. By adding colour and style you’ll be able to finally personalise your pad. And no where is this more important than in your bedroom. A space that should feel like it’s yours. So how do you make your bedroom your own?
If you’re like me, you’ll probably want to create your own dressing area. Most of us don’t have the space for a separate dressing room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use part of the bedroom for this instead. You might need to reconfigure your existing bedroom furniture first. And you’ll need to create it in a corner or area where there’s plenty of light, so you can see to apply your make-up and so on. Your dressing area could feature a dressing table, clothes and shoe racks, and perhaps an occasional chair or full-length mirror too. Try to tie it all together with a colour scheme or style.

Why not get yourself a designer bed for elegant nights in? If a new bed isn’t within your budget, you can restyle your existing bed to give it that designer look. Making a bed look stylish isn’t as difficult as you might think. If you have a detachable headboard, you could upgrade this for something more on trend. The rest is down to how you dress the bed. Layering up the covers is the secret to making it look the part. And plenty of extra pillows and cushions.

Going dark and moody with your décor can add a grown-up and sophisticated vibe to your bedroom. There’s a growing trend towards painting bedrooms in matt black, dark blues and dark greens. If you like a colour but think the bedroom will be too dark, try painting a single accent wall instead.

The only downside to painting dark colours is getting a decent finish with your paint. Brush and roller marks can show up, so you might prefer to hire a decorator. If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty (and who does), have a look to see what the painter and decorators day rates are like in your area. 

And lastly, no bedroom will feel personal without something on the walls. Bare walls don’t feel very homely or stylish. Choose a set of pictures that reflects your tastes and hang them together in a grid formation for extra impact.

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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Storm Glass - Does it really predict the weather?

As Brits, a lot of our talk is about the weather, it is just who we are. Conversations naturally flow with asking "What's the weather like where you are" and "Blimey it is cold" often keeping us entertained without even knowing about it. I am possibly more obsessed than most with the weather because I suffer with headaches which are called Barometric Headaches, they occur after a drop in barometric pressure. The headaches, which can turn into a migraine often come with additional symptoms, including: nausea and vomiting. increased sensitivity to light. So, I am always aware 
Storm Glass - Does it really predict the weather?
I was sent a Storm Glass by Kikkerland, oddly something I had always looked at in stores such as Waterstones because they fascinate me, the first one I ever bought was broken in its box, so it never got used.  The Storm Glass is said to have helped Charles Darwin predict the weather and whilst the original inventor is unknown, but it was re-invented promoted by  Admiral Robert Fitzroy who was the Captain of Darwin's HMS Beagle, in an effort to predict the weather and save the life of sailors who had to tackle the rough seas. Such a glass is now often referred to as Fitzroy's Storm Glass.

Chemistry at school was not one of my strong subjects, I got by with a dual award B in my exams and that was the last time I even looked at compositions and anything related to such a subject. However, a Storm Glass is described as being a cylinder which is filled with a mixture of water, ethanol, potassium nitrate, ammonium chloride, and camphor (no sign of the magnesium ribbon I used to set on fire for fun in the lab). Fitzroy believed that the formation and dissolution of crystals and particles in the mixture reflected temperature and pressure and therefore, in its own way predicted the weather.

This Storm Glass comes sat on a base of beech wood, with a hole perfectly shaped for the cylindrical piece of glass to sit in, easy to put together, we have ours on the book shelf and without thinking about it, we both check it numerous times a day and make comment. 

So how does it predict the weather? 

Inside the Storm Glass are some crystals which more around into formations to help you work out what the weather will be like and it is scarily accurate:
  • If the liquid remains clear - the weather will be fair
  • If the liquid becomes Murky - rain is coming
  • If the crystals have formed at the top of the glass - Thunderstorms are coming
  • If the crystals are large and flaky - It will be a cloudy day
  • If the crystals are joined together in a thread - It will be windy
I find it absolutely fascinating to watch as the crystals within the sealed glass chamber cluster or disperse with changes in air pressure or temperature and it has come some way to help understand my headaches, though of course there is no cure, other than a dark room and an eye mask.
Storm Glass - Does it really predict the weather?
I think this is a really lovely, if some what quirky as a gift and this Storm Glass can be found for around £19.99 on Amazon* and they do come in all shapes and sizes too.

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Sunday, 15 November 2020

Wall Art, Posters and Framed Prints - For the Home

(AD) Having just decorated a third of our house, we are still in the midst of adding some finishing touches, trying to combine hanging framed prints and our wall art between working from home, zoom meetings, ensuring the cats get some attention and trying to find time to relax is quite time consuming, especially as we still want to decorate the kitchen this year as it looks a little tired and dated - the bedroom can wait!
Wall Art, Posters and Framed Prints
When it comes to wall art, thankfully the mister and I both have similar tastes , whilst we would both love to own some original pieces by Dali, it is not a position we are likely to ever be in, so we tend to stick to the more abstract wall art pieces and he has even taken up painting himself, so around the house we plan to display some of those pieces.

On our walls before we decorated in the lounge we had just two pieces of art featured, both of which I have shared on my Instagram many time.  As the decorating started to take place, we need to find new homes for them - one is more abstract than the other, but we bought them with money we had been given as a Wedding Present many years ago and I really want to see both of them hanged somewhere.

We have both always wanted a feature wall of sorts, but instead of using paint or wallpaper, we wanted to use art and with the lounge set up we have, realistically, because it is a short L-Shape, we only have one wall that we could use, which wouldn't be too much of a distraction of the cats. Before we move onto the lounge, we decided to deal with the hallway first. In there are family photos and prints we have taken and collected over the years and have never quite known what to do with them.  So, I bought a whole lot of black frames so there is some continuity and then having laid it all out on the floor, we have hand drawn a plan as to what it might look like and so we can change them round before we hang them on the wall.

I'm clearly no expert at all of this home decor stuff, I have watched others do theirs, read websites on how to create feature walls and pretty much have done my own thing, once it is all done and dusted - the task of Lockdown 2.0, I will share it with you.  But I know some of you are pretty good at this kind of stuff, so if you have tips, find a way to message me, direct me, what goes where or can I just be a bit alfresco about it and do what I want?

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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Decorating my home on a budget

Renovating your home isn’t an easy job, despite the numerous house makeover programmes over watched - Homes Under The Hammer and my favourite Property Brothers with Jonathan and Drew Scott, nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be.  However, everything we have done and have achieved we have paid for and that makes me feel quite proud.
Decorating my home on a budget
Since November last year we have renovated the bathroom which was part paid by our insurance because there was a leak coming through from the upstairs flat into ours and not only did it cause a whole host of mess and holes everywhere, the solid wooden flooring all lifted and it was just horrendous.

Since then we have gone on to redecorate the hallway, partly because of the water leak, with that came a new front door, again because of the water leak and then fixed flooring, painted walls and now a photo wall - finally finding somewhere for the family photos that we have to go. 

Now the lounge, a Lockdown project is almost finished. I say almost because the new flooring has gone down, the painting is done but a few touch ups are needed, bookcase is finished, new rug, new clock, new lamp, new heater cover and artwork almost all up on the walls. New sofas have finally been ordered and once they are here, in situ and hopefully as comfy as they look - yes they were a blind purchase, everything will finally come together.
Decorating my home on a budget
As ever, you start with one thing and the list gets longer, things don’t match and need to be replaced and it is these “things” that add to your budget. We now need:
  • Three new light fittings - one for the hall and two for the lounge
  • A few floating shelves for more artwork to go on
  • A mirror 
  • New curtain poles
  • New light switches
  • New sofa cushions/throw
I’m sure anyone who has done any renovations will Have some sympathy with me and this entire subject.  The one thing I am glad about is that the glossing is complete and that won’t need to be done for a few years yet.

Just the kitchen and the bedroom to go and then everywhere has been updated - saving the two most awkward rooms till last.

Is there anything about home decorating that you enjoy?

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Friday, 28 August 2020

Home Renovations - The Lounge

We (the mister and I) have been saying we want to decorate the lounge for some time now and like moving house, it is a stressful job.  Having done the bathroom and the hallway, we are now pretty much finished decorating the lounge, leaving just the bedroom and the kitchen to do.
The lounge we have is almost L-shaped and being on a main road, having the windows open does naturally affect the paint on the walls giving it a dull dirty look. When we first moved in here, the previous owner helpfully painted every single wall a bright shade of yellow, so to tone it down with various undercoats and then a neutral shade of magnolia. Now, we have Dulux Perfectly Taupe in its place.

As with any sort of decorating, you start in one place and find a whole host of other problems that creep up.  The main one for us is the carpet, underneath we the underlay we have found laminate flooring, so it will need to come up because in some parts it has pretty much wasted away, so a carpet, two layers of underlay and some laminate to remove.  Now we are waiting a date for the new carpet to be installed in the next few weeks, which means I can't keep procrastinating instead of doing the glossing.

Hopefully by the end of next week we will have found a a new sofa and then got everything in place so life can go back to normal and we can enjoy our new living room.

Have you done any decorating and DIY over the last few months?

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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Home Renovations - The Hallway

I have enjoyed sharing some of my hopes and wants for renovating our home on my blog, admittedly the majority of my ideas stem from Pinterest where I can lose hours procrastinating over what I can do to my little sanctuary to make it even better.
Home Renovations - The Hallway
After renovating the bathroom due to a leak, which also spread to the hallway and damaged the ceiling, a wall and the floor, we had a choice to make. We either patched up the damage and hoped for the best, or we did an entire re-plaster, repaint, sort the floor out job and do it properly the first time so it would last longer.

So we opted to do everything properly the first time round. The walls are re-painted white so add as much light as we can, the engineered wood flooring has been sanded down and varnished, though I had hoped to change it, other issues became more of a priority like a new front door.  So by sanding and varnishing, we have managed to save the floor.  

That just left the walls, having re-plastered and then painted, we now had the option to create a feature wall with photos and other memories to display. So,  having ordered a whole lot of picture frames which are all the same but different sizes, we have just started to create it and I am pretty impressed with how it is taking shape and if you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen sneak peaks as to how it is shaping up.

All we have left to do now is gloss the skirting boards (does anyone actually like this job), get a new internal door mat and then decide on a shoe rack, something that isn't too wide/takes up too much space.

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Saturday, 16 May 2020

DIY during Lockdown!

At the start of the lockdown, I am sure I wasn't alone in creating a list of things to do around the house. Having had the bathroom renovated, it has been one huge tick off the list of things to do, but that list has definitely grown, possibly because I have spent hours of my time sitting in different rooms and as I work, notice the odd thing that needs fixing and changing, but again, without the ability to purchase most of what is needed or have someone come in to do the jobs we can't tackle, that list will have to keep on growing. So with a new bed needed, mine is currently held together with gaffer tape, a new wardrobe, a new sofa and a new light fitting in the lounge...that list will continue to grow.
DIY during Lockdown!
The first job on the list is to replace the hallway flooring, this would have been done when we decorated the hallway but it was deprioritised knowing workmen would be in and out to do the bathroom. We have decided on solid wood flooring and are in the process of ordering samples to see which would look best, the only light that we have comes via the glass panel in the door, so anything that is dark will make the hallway look much smaller. As well as the flooring we will also need to change our skirting boards because they are the wrong colour to match the flooring and one of them is slightly damaged from the water leak. 

Over the last few weeks, I have taken to reading websites which offers advice when it comes to changing your flooring, which we have only done with one room since we purchased our home over a decade ago! So some of those tips and advice include:

1. Samples - As with buying your wallpaper, samples are really important. Whether you are buying your flooring online or in-store, those pictures and the lighting will be different from what you have at home. When I bought the flooring for the bathroom, I must have ordered over 50 different tile samples as well as taking cuts from bathroom stores when I went to purchase other items and ultimately, we ended up choosing the type of flooring I said I didn't want - tiles in this case, because it looked the best So, it is worth looking to purchase from companies who offer samples, which most do and many offer them free of charge too.

2. Budget - As with any renovation, a budget is hugely important. When I did my budget for the bathroom, I was lucky enough to have a family friend work out what absolutely everything I wanted would cost to give me a baseline to work with and then from that point, I could remove the items/work that I really didn't need.

3. Flooring Type - The floor you choose might be absolutely stunning, but is it practical? We have two cats and one of them loves to scratch wood (a new internal door is on that growing list above) so the flooring we choose needs to be durable and practical because as well as the animals, the mister will also be dragging his fishing trolley and items along it too and the space under the stairs, is used for storage, so it needs to be able to cope with that, without becoming warped.

4. Underlay - This came as a bit of a learning curve for me because I assumed underlay was an issue for carpets, naive I know.  The underlay you have might be in need of replacing, it certainly was in our bathroom, in fact, it looked more like used cardboard boxes than proper underlay and that was a cost we hadn't factored into the renovation. I dread to think about what I am going to find under the kitchen tiles when the time comes to replace those!

5. Measuring - This is really important and definitely another learning curve for me. The M² measurement becomes important and can also affect your budget, so depending on how much flooring you need can change how much money you have to spend.  Again, I was lucky that someone else did my measurements and came with me to make the purchase, otherwise, I am sure there would have been a lot left over when doing it properly in the first place meant I have a few tiles left should I need them at a later stage.

So, whilst I haven't managed to tackle every single job on my DIY list so far under lockdown, I have cleared out cupboards, organised carrier bags, spring cleaned, changed lightbulbs and planted vegetables and flowers, I have at least made a list and ordered some flooring samples!  Have you managed to complete any DIY tasks?

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

4 things to invest in when moving into your first home

When it comes to decorating, are you someone who takes inspiration from design trends? Or perhaps you like to follow your own style instead? 
4 things to invest in when moving into your first home
Photo by Med Badr Chemmaoui on Unsplash

Either way, when you’re looking to spruce up your home, there are some key pieces that we think are crucial to invest in. 

A comfortable bed
It’s true what they say — you should always invest in your sheets and your shoes because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other. Your bed and mattress can have a significant impact on your health and well-being, which is why it’s vital that you choose high-quality options here.  Old, worn-out mattresses aren’t beneficial to anyone — they could be causing aches and pains and stopping you from having a good night’s sleep. Ensure that the next mattress you choose is perfect for you. After all, you will be spending 7-9 hours per day in it for many years to come!

Help to Move
When we moved into our first home, we needed a big vehicle, so we used a moving company who happened to come from man with a van Peterborough to ensure that we could move as many of the heavy items as we could, but using professional help.

No matter whether you are a fan of modern wall art, funky neon lights or abstract paintings, your choice of artwork could have a significant effect on your living space. From providing a pop of colour in neutral rooms to helping to create a focal point in your favourite space, there are many reasons to spend a bit of extra cash on some key decorative pieces for your home. However, we do know that decorating your home could get expensive, which is why it is important that you also consider all your different financial options before investing in these beautiful items. 

From feeling cosy in your bedroom to preparing your dinner in the kitchen, it’s important that you have the right lighting for each space in your house. Bright spotlights won’t help you to feel relaxed in your living room and dull lamps won’t brighten up a dark area on a rainy day, so when you’re out purchasing new items for your home, make sure you get the lighting right too. 

Sharp knives
If you’re known to throw fancy dinner parties or experiment with different recipes at home, sharp knives are essential to have in your kitchen. Not only will they help to make food preparation easier, they are also a lot safer too, as you know they won’t slip when you’re slicing your food. If you have them out on display, a funky set of knives can also add to your décor! 

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Moving = Stress!

I hate moving. Well I love it because it is about newness, putting a stamp on your own place and spending hours fawning over paint sample pots and Ikea catalogues, but I actually find it really really stressful, infact moving to the home we currently live in was more stressful than waiting for my degree results, organising a wedding in 6 weeks and being the foreman of a jury at a massive trial!  Once you begin there is just so much you need to think about.

At work, I found it really stressful moving one floor whilst we had some painting and decorating done, as well as a new carpet being laid and some new windows installed.  I was responsible for the whole lot, it sort of comes under my ever-growing work title, and again I know nothing about half of these things, it isn't something I have to deal with on a daily basis and it takes me totally out of my comfort zone, whilst being a bit of a learning curve.  Thankfully, I do have some friends who work in the legal sector who are always on hand to help out, advise and help me work through legal matters.

Finding the right legal services is so important, it doesn't matter where the come from, it could be as simple as choosing Cambridge Estate Agents whilst living in London, to using your friend who runs a firm at the end of the road. What matters is that it feels right to you.  There is so much to think about and most of it costs money, so getting it is right is really important.  When we moved we needed someone who specialised in leaseholds and freeholds and then came structural surveys and the never ending wait for your mortgage approval, even if you know it is going to happen, that dreaded wait is just so terrifying.

But none of this should be the case and having the right help could make it all go much more swimmingly and after all, this is an exciting time, a new start and a chance to get your inner Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen out!

Do you find moving stressful? Do you have any tips should I ever want to do it again?

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Beluah-home - one to look out for!

One thing I always remember from my childhood is my mums passion for knitting, show her any pattern and she can copy it in its entirety, just before Christmas she handed me a king-size blanket for my bed which she had knitted and created herself and I absolutely adore it. 

Knitting is once again fashionable, the number of people that I know who are learning, taking lessons or rediscovering their love of knitting is constantly growing and when you come across sites like Beulah-Home, I am almost tempted to pick up my knitting needles to see if I can remember how it is done, yes my mum also taught me to knit too.

Beulah-Home state that the are  

“geared to meet all our customer’s needs for fashionable knitted homewares for the living space and everything is made is Britain”. 

Just one look at the site and you can see for yourself that it is fashionable, contemporary and even traditional. The use of colour, textures, styles and patterns are one thing that jumps out to me and these are just a few of my favourite things


Beulah-Home has one desire and that is to meet every household’s needs.  Their product base is quite extensive and it includes luxury knitted cushions and throws, fashionable knitted pet blankets and stylish yet soft knitted kids’ blankets and cushions, something for everyone and something for everywhere and everything is 100% crafted by hand, so when you do buy something, you know that someone has put a lot of love, care and effort into making that particular item. 

Beulah-Home is definitely a new designer to watch out for and you can find more about them online via their homepage, Twitter  or Facebook.

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