Is Your Garden Ready To Enjoy The Sun In? 0We might just get some good sun come too early July. And when we do, you will be aspiring to invest as a lot of it as is feasible in your garden. Whether you want to lounge in sunlight, play with your children, or amuse friends, your garden should be looking it is best. Follow our helpful tips and hints to make sure your garden is looking the business enterprise this summer.
Now it isn't the most attractive of jobs if you hate it or maybe don't possess time for this, get you to help. But, weeding, pruning and cutting your grass is an essential part of owning a garden and can encourage it to look its best when you come to invest time there.
What I like about planters, is the flexibleness. It's the capability to go it about and 'style' your garden, like everyone else, might use terrarium planters in your house. Blend and organise shades and textures, and levels, and group consequently. Sometimes you will have to hang on until you complete them with crops to observe how they compliment mutually.
Solar Powered Lighting
There are an incredible number of solar light products on the marketplace right now, all at different price details, so you haven't any excuses as it pertains to locating something exquisite for your space. The light will considerably change just how your garden appears and seems in the fading light and produce the perfect atmosphere for entertaining.
There's something so comforting and tranquil about adding a water fountain to your garden. They come in every sizes and shape, numerous being solar-powered now so no dependence on clunky wiring.
Well, this is crucial if you wish to amuse, and although you may just love your morning hours brew in sunlight. Choose something that suits your space and design of your garden.
We've described many various ways above that you'll deliver in the shade to your garden in an all natural way. Nevertheless, you may prefer to be a bit more manipulated in planning the way the colour will continue to work in the look. Choose two main colourings and a third accent shade and mix them into stuff like the planters, seats, accessories and light.
Therefore finally, accessories. As stated above, use lamps and more to include flair and personality to space. You don't need to do everything simultaneously, add a little bit each year, and you will quickly learn to view it all get-together!
- Lindsey Brown Burden
How To Utilize Unused Loft Space 0
If you’re lucky enough to possess a large attic space in your home, you may have thought about converting it into a more usable space. Over the last few years, many of us have preferred to stay put instead of moving due to the challenging economy, but as families grow we find we need more space. There are numerous large home improvement projects we can try to increase the size of our houses, but converting the loft tends to be the more popular choice. And often the simplest.
One of the most common ways to use the additional space is to create an extra bedroom. As the family grows, not having adequate bedroom space for kids places the highest demand on our homes, so converting this available space is the ideal solution. You will have to consider if you have adequate headroom when you renovate, and once you add in supports and flooring that space diminishes further. A bedroom needs proper storage of course, and sloping ceilings don’t tend to lend themselves to wardrobes so you may need to have the purpose built cupboards installed.
If you’re overrun by children’s toys and equipment in the rest of your home, or if your children are growing up and need somewhere to hang out with friends, then converting the area into a den or playroom is the perfect way to keep the disorder and noise tidily tucked away. If the kids’ bedrooms aren’t that spacious, and they want room for sleepovers, adding sofa beds and bean bags is an excellent solution, and your children will love their private resort.
More of us are working from home nowadays, I included! And if, like me, you don’t have a dedicated office but do have an untouched attic, think if it would make a good workspace for you. Perhaps you’ve longed to start your own business and needed space to work. The loft could be the solution
Spare Room and En-Suite
If your living space is full, but you still need space for guests and overnight visitors, again, converting the attic into an extra room or possibly a further bathroom could be the answer. You’ll need to consult the experts if you’re going to fit a bathroom. Putting in stairs will impact the space on the floor underneath, and while there are many ways to do it, you’ll need to find one that is practical and works for you and your family.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Adding A Touch Of Luxury To Your Home 0
While most of us would love to live in an expensive fancy home, there are very few of us that have the funds to do so. Well, there are plenty of little tips you can apply to make your house look more expensive – without emptying your pockets!
Swap out light fixtures
Replace that dull light fitting with something a bit more dramatic and immediately raise the characterization of the entire room. Consider auctions, eBay and thrift shops for a vintage fitting (make sure to have an electrician check the wiring) to save some money.
Neutrals For Your Large Pieces
Ever notice that houses decorated by designers use lots and lots of neutrals? While you can add colour with your accessories, keep the larger pieces like sofas in a neutral colours maximise it’s longevity, allowing it to fit comfortably into your design, no matter what your style is.
Line Your Curtains
While breezy, light curtains are excellent for summer, once the cooler weather sets in, having your curtains lined adds substance and luxury to inexpensive curtains. If you are handy with a sewing, you could easily do this yourself but if not, a friend may be able to help you out. There are also lots of ready made lined curtains on the market that can do the job just as perfectly!
High And Wide Curtains
Keeping on the subject of curtains, hanging them right up to the ceiling and slightly wider than the edges of the windows gives the illusion of larger windows, a higher ceiling and a loftier and a general feel of grandness. It’s a smart trick that’s easily done – just make sure your curtains reach all the way to the floor. Never buy curtains that don’t touch the floor – it will immediately cheapen your decor and destroy the illusion of height.
Changing out old, worn tile from your bathroom and kitchen doesn't need to be expensive. By using affordable metro tiles, you can instantly refresh the entire look and feel of a room.
Add Moulding to Walls
This works especially well in older properties, but you can also add height and interest to your walls even in newer properties by using wood trim to create a rich look.
Add Coving or Cornice to Your Ceilings
Adding those all important architectural features make a room stand out. Adding coving to the gap between walls and ceiling instantly trims out space and elevates the look of the room. Whether you choose the more expensive decorative cornice in plaster or simple and inexpensive polystyrene coving, there’s no doubting the feeling of luxury can be accomplished on any budget.
Display Fresh Flowers
There's no need to spend huge amounts of cash to add luxury to your home. A simple, inexpensive bouquet from the supermarket can be all you need to add sophistication. just split up the bouquet by stem type and create various small arrangements to dot around your home.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Making Your Home Look Finished 0
So if you’ve had the plasterer or tiler in and possibly the electrician too. You may have put down new flooring or hung fresh wallpaper. You’ve painted the walls, replaced the questionable radiator and the room finally look fabulous again, now that you’ve saved it from its shame before. You may have bought some new furniture or given fresh life to your older pieces. It feels good, right? It sure does.
The odd thing is, so many people just stop there. The walls and floors are done, the new furniture is in the room, but somehow, it lacks a bit of life. Even after all that work, you may want to hold off sharing your room on social media just yet. If you want a place to feel polished and look entirely complete, there are six essential finishing touches you might fancy adding to space to give it that truly completed feel.
You might think the only job an area rug has is preserving the floors from a busy area. But they also give an excuse for you to pull the colours and textures of a space together. They also help to segment spaces in an open plan area and grounds the pieces in a smaller room, making it all look more drawn together.
Lots of bare walls can make a room feel a little unappreciated. Whether you prefer to fill a large wall with a big piece or just have a few single statement pieces, don’t overlook the character that art can bring to your space. Always choose what you love first and pay attention to the colours and how they work in a spaced second. There are loads affordable options out there that there’s no need to postpone this important finishing touch.
Even the most simple cotton curtains will elevate a room and make it look more perfected. They will, of course, grant some privacy but even thinner unlined curtains will filter the light in space very nicely in summer and winter, heavier lined curtains can be a very energy-efficient way to keep a room warm. Always hang your curtains high and wide so that when the curtains are drawn back, the entire window is visible, providing as much light to flow into a room as possible. Make sure they drape all the way to the floor. Ending your curtains at a window sill will make your room look smaller while curtains that reach the floor will give the illusion of height and elevation.
If you have lots of surfaces in your home (think shelves, sideboards, accent tables, a fireplace mantle) that are left empty, your room will feel bare. While I don't recommend stuffing every available space with ‘stuff’ for the sake of it, having a few small groups of items in a display will help space feel like someone lives there. I’m not talking about tossing your clothing around a room or leaving mugs around but deliberate displays – a stack of books, a few table lamps, perhaps a candle. Creating these little display areas are a pleasant way of getting the finished look in a room.
While area rugs and curtains will make a room seem more elegant, you will want to add your personality to the room as well. Otherwise, it will look like a hotel room, lacking any real soul. You want a place to tell the story of you and to make it feel like home. An excellent way to do this is by showcasing your personality – whether that’s through personal photos, items picked up on your trips, treasures that have been passed down to you from family or friends.
With everything else in place, the last finishing touches any room benefits from is a house plant. They bring a natural touch to your space, bring the outdoors in and give a space some fresh air. Consider suspending plants from the ceiling, dotting smaller plants on shelves or surfaces. If you feel you have bad luck with plants, begin with smaller hardy varieties like snake plants or spider plants.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
How To Refresh Your Front Door 0It’s a part of our house that often gets overlooked and neglected, but the entrance to your living space sets the mood for the rest of your home. Besides, it gives the first impression to any potential buyers, so if you’re placing your house on the market, it’s the first part you want to refresh to get your potential buyers through the front door.
So what you can you do to guarantee your front door and more looks its best?
Sweep, Tidy and Declutter
Nothing looks worse than litter and leaves cluttering up the doorway so grab a broom use it in the area regularly to keep it looking nice and tidy. Wipe away all of the cobwebs, dust and dirt that tends to accumulate around the front door, but don’t ignore the pathway that leads there. Ensure you’ve weeded too so everywhere looks fresh.
Just adding some flower pots and plants to the front door area will instantly give it a lift, and help feel more welcoming and warm. No matter where you live, there will be room for one or two, and they make an immense amount of difference. Even if you have no area, you can always add a hanging basket.
Spruce up Boundaries
As well as adding plants and plant pots to the doorway, take a long look at your boundaries. Do you have overgrown bushes or shrubs? Is your fencing looking a little worn? If the answer is yes, then paint or replace to ensure your boundaries are looking their best.
Treat your front door a makeover and immediately transform the space. If you’re trying to sell, keep the colour neutral, otherwise, inject your personality into your choices.
Add a front door light at the very least, to ensure visitors to your house can find their way to the front door easily in the dark. There are lots of styles so find one to suit you, and install a sensor to pick up movement too.
Do Up Your Porch
If you’re lucky enough to own a porch area, make sure it’s neat and tidy and decluttered. If you use it to store shoes and coats, add some useful storage to keep everything under control.
Make sure you have clear door numbers so your visitors and postman can easily find you. There are numerous stylish ways you can do this from painted numbers, glassed etched and acrylics. Choose one that suits the style of your home and ensures it’s easy to read from the road.
It’s the last piece, but often one that’s missed. Doormats can become downtrodden, miserable and sometimes soggy, so replacing them regularly is an easy way to refresh the entrance to your home and a perfect way to welcome guests.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Making Your Garden Ready For The Summer 0
I'm sure if we cross our fingers and toes for long enough, we may just get some sun this summer. And if we do, you’ll be aspiring to spend as much of it as possible in the garden. Whether you like to lounge in the sun, play with your kids, or entertain friends, your garden will need to be looking it’s best. Follow our handy hints and tips to ensure your garden is looking the business this summer.
Now it’s not the most attractive of tasks, and if you hate it or just don’t have time for it, get someone to help. But, weeding, pruning and mowing your grass is a vital part of managing a garden and will encourage it to look its best when you come to spend time there.
What I love about planters, is the flexibility. It’s the ability to move it about and ‘style’ your garden, just like you might use terrarium planters in your home. Blend and coordinate colours and textures, and heights, and group accordingly. Sometimes you’ll need to wait until you fill them with plants to see how they compliment together.
Solar Powered Lighting
There are millions of solar light products on the market right now, all at different price points, so you have no excuses when it comes to finding something perfect for your space. Lighting will drastically change the way your garden looks and feels in the fading light and produce the perfect atmosphere for entertaining.
There’s something so relaxing and tranquil about adding a water feature to your garden. They come in all shapes and sizes, with many being solar-powered now so no need for clunky wiring.
Well, this is critical if you want to entertain, and even if you just love having your morning brew in the sun. Choose something that suits your space and style of your garden.
We’ve mentioned many different ways above that you will deliver in colour to your garden in a natural way. But you may like to be a little more controlled in planning how the colour will work in the design. Decide on two main colours and then a third accent colour and blend them into items like the planters, seating, accessories and lighting.
And so finally, accessorise. As mentioned above, use lighting and more to add flair and character to space. You don’t have to do it all at once, add a bit each year, and you’ll quickly start to see it all come together!
- Lindsey Brown Burden