There are many needs and desires that you have to juggle with and prioritise when viewing houses. Should you follow the fluttering sensations of the heart or the rational and logical processes of the brain? We went though the full range of emotions when we recently moved house and it can all be very overwhelming. But the most essential advice is to buy a house carefully because you aren't just purchasing bricks and mortar, you are buying a framework for your life.
It has become common in recent years to see high-profile fashion designers turn their stylish eyes to furniture and home décor. For the fashion-conscious, the opportunity to incorporate their favourite designers into the rest of their interior design is a great way to enjoy a more aligned lifestyle. Indeed, it is no longer unusual to see collaborations between high-end fashion designer and homeware brands – with so called ‘designer décor’ commanding mind-boggling prices.
But, of course, it’s not just luxury manufacturers; there’s a growing trend for furnishing homes in the same sorts of designs and materials that you might wear out, with businesses offering everything from chairs made in custom fabrics to pop-art themed wardrobes, and much more.
Here we take a look at how the worlds of furniture and fashion have merged, and examine some of the amazing ways that homeowners are decorating their properties.
I have teamed up with White's Oats to bring you some scrummy recipes over the next couple of weeks beginning with the ultimate crowd pleaser - chocolate cupcakes! Perfect for Afternoon Tea with Mum, after school snacks for the kids or a moment for yourself with a cuppa.
Home is a special place but those of us with families will know that a tidy living space can be tricky to maintain when you have a lot of stuff and small people added to the mix. But this doesn’t have to the case. With a little focus a mess-free property may be easier to achieve than you expect. I'll explain how in four easy tips.
We all like to live in a nice home. The only problem is that keeping it looking good can cost a lot of money, especially if you have to call in a professional to get the job done. Fortunately, some of the jobs you would have had to pay a tradesperson to do are now relatively easy enough to have a go at yourself.
The availability of modern building materials and new tools has made what were complex skilled tasks super easy. Here are just a few examples.
When you’re working at home, it goes without saying that you need a motivational, inspiring space that helps you get stuff done. Working at the kitchen table surrounded by pots, pans, kids’ homework and a multitude of other things that aren’t work related isn’t going to give you the energy and drive you need - I speak from experience after working this way nearly broke my spirit until I decided something had to change.
So whether you’ve cleared out a corner in your living room or you have a small room to call your office, here are a few ideas on how to make it the chicest place going.
As a busy working Mum I can pretty safely say there are two things which my life revolves around (alongside the demands of the 2 kids) - the cleaning and laundry. I only have to blink and there is toothpaste smeared over the bathroom tiles and I think someone is secretly living in the loft and filling up all the washing baskets daily. It is simply never ending.
Enter ACE. Now you will no doubt has some laundry and cleaning products stashed under the sink and you probably think they do a decent job. Read my review below and you'll think again... plus there is a chance to win some ACE goodies for yourself at the end of the post!
Before the kids I would regularly treat myself to some beautiful blooms from my local florist to create a stunning design for my home but these days it is hard to find the time visit a proper florist, so my flower arranging tends to stop at plonking a sub standard bunch from the supermarket into a vase. I was lucky enough to receive an early Christmas present earlier this month from flower subscription box FlowerBe who use their 20 years experience in artisan floristry to curate exquisite selections of seasonal flowers delivered to your door each both for your to arrange. Oh the joy!
Humans and fire have a relationship going back beyond most people’s comprehension. This love affair has not always been a good one, fire has lifted the human race out of early foraging, but it has also killed millions and been largely taken for granted somewhere in between. But in saying all that having a real fire in our homes is something most people seem to desire. Whether it’s a visit to a friends house who has a fire blazing on a cold winters day, perhaps a holiday cottage stay or just an innate wish to have a fire the drive is there for a lot of people.
However, it is not as simple as just “getting a fire” and this is often what stops people going through with it. Surrey Fireplace experts Wakefords in Woking said “the popularity of fires and burners just goes up and up but with it come the pitfalls of getting the wrong fire and many other issues.” Costs, where to put it, chimneys, types of fires, surrounds and wood storage are all factors that need to be considered so here are some top tips on how to choose a fire and what the reality of having one is like.
Having recently moved we are on the hunt for a new kitchen, after all I spend most of my time in that room of the house, but with a new kitchen usually comes a huge price tag. Here are my top tips on how you can give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank.
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