3 LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT FROM BLOGGING

 

It is coming up to a year since I started blogging so I have decided to dedicate this post to the three most important lessons for me this year…

 

Nothing is set in stone

Before starting to blog I read a lot of “how to” blog posts.  From this I concluded that sometimes I can know and read far too much!  One of the first lessons that comes to mind is being flexible.  I started my blog off with all good intentions but I now understand that life gets in the way and while I would love to write 5 new blog posts per week, it’s not realistic for me.  My current schedule is realistic for me and I’m very happy with it.  Although if there are times I don’t stick to it I’m not too hard on myself.

 

Continue to be inspired

I still find time to read other blogs.  I find them truly inspirational.  When I think I’m getting too hung up on my own schedule,  I take time to relax and read other blogs.  There are some days when I’m a little fed up with my blog, taking the time to read other’s posts is a fantastic way to feel inspired again.

 

Be open to learn something new

I am a 40+ blogger.  To be honest, I had thought I was too old to start this blogging malarkey!  Not so.  I love learning new things and blogging has taught me so much.  I am fascinated with bloggers, I’m interested in what they are up to, what they are creating, what they are sharing.  I also love bloggers who share their top tips on various topic.  I always learn from them and appreciate the time they have taken to share with me.  You too can learn something new by continuing to read other blogs and you can also teach others.

 

 

What have you learnt from blogging?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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AFFORDABLE HOME UPDATES PERFECT FOR SUMMER

When the weather starts to get warmer, we all think about dusting the cobwebs off of our homes and getting them ready to enjoy summer. Even if you’ve completed your spring clean and you feel ready for heaps of summer fun, you might be interested in sprucing up your home for summer. But, if you’re put off by what you’re assuming it could all cost, fear not, these summer home updates are absolutely affordable.

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You might be thinking about Cashfloat loans or cutting back on your spending in order to enjoy a fun and action-packed summer, but that’s not your only option. You can make a difference to your home in time for the warm weather in very affordable ways. Whether you want to focus on getting your outdoor space up to scratch or giving your interior a lighter look, here are a few budget-friendly options to consider.

 

Clean Decking

 

If you have an outdoor decking area, one of the first things you can do to totally transform the look of your home is to work on cleaning it up. Whether it just needs a good scrub or even a jetwash, you could make a world of difference to the look of your outside space by getting this done. Then, you might also think about giving it a lick of paint to spruce it up on even change the colour. Either way, caring your decking could really change the look of your garden.

 

An Ice Cream Maker

 

Less of a sprucing option but an update to your kitchen, all the same, could be the addition of an ice cream maker. If you’re always looking for new things to do with your kids and your entire family loves ice cream, it could be a fun purchase for you all to enjoy. Whether you experiment with new flavours or create options for all of your summer events, an ice cream maker could save you on buying a ton of ice cream and fill your days with fun this summer.

 

A Dedicated Playroom

 

If you don’t already have a dedicated room for your kids, now could be the time to think about making one. With the summer holidays in mind, a playroom could be the perfect room for your little ones to play in. Whether it’s a room to house all of their toys and games, or a room for chilling out for your older kids, it could save you a lot of mess around the house and provide them with a place to play.

 

Brighter Accents

 

Interior design wise, you might be looking for ways to brighten up your living space. Your decor in your living room, kitchen, bathroom or other communal spaces can easily be updated ready for summer by changing a few of your accent colours. Orange, yellow, and green are just some of the colours that can add a summer vibe to your home. You might even find that using fresh flowers to jazz up your interiors works a treat too.

 

Outdoor Dining

 

When it comes to summer, we all love to eat outside. There’s just something about getting the barbecue going and enjoy everything from salads to hearty pasta dishes out in the garden. If you’ve not got your dining room ready, you’re going to want to take a look at a little inspiration and start shopping around. There are some great deals on outdoor dining table sets at this time of year, and you can often use good discount codes to get them. You might even find that you can pick up the perfect set second hand, or even spruce up an old set that you’ve had stored away for years.

 

Garden Toys

 

Just like the playroom idea, now is a great time to think of entertainment solutions for your kids in the warmer months. Whether you have a dedicated play area outside for your kids or not, you could work on getting your garden toys together in time for the summer. The first thing you could do here is clean off the things you already own; then it’s time to bargain hunt. Charity shops, Gumtree and eBay, are all great places to find toys for kids, especially for the summer. You might even find that you’ve created a really great outdoor play area fit to host your child’s summer birthday party too.

 

A Fire Pit

 

Getting your outside space ready for summer is always a fun process, and that definitely includes finding new ways to make it feel like home. If you feel as if your outdoor space lacks a little atmosphere, you might want to look into getting a fire pit. You can find lots of different kinds of outdoor heating solutions, including chimeneas, that might even work too. The trick here is to consider the heating costs as well as the price of the item itself. Then, look out for summer sale days to make sure you’re getting your fire pit for the best price.

 

Baking Equipment

 

If you’re a fan of baking, you probably look forwards to the summer months the most. Not only is baking in summer a lot of fun, but you also have some of the freshest, lightest recipes of the year to play around with. If you’ve not got the right equipment, now is the time to head to your local supermarket and stock up on ingredients and things like mixers, bowls and measuring jugs. This upgrade could also go a long way. You may find yourself in a position to bake for summer events and enjoy it in the process.

 

Garden Seating Area

 

You’ve already thought about your outdoor dining area and the options you have when it comes to creating an atmosphere, but what about ways to relax? Outdoor seating areas can be put to great use during the summer. Whether you want to create a cosy sofa space or add in a reading bench, it’s time to think of the most relaxing ways to enjoy your garden. From sun loungers to picnic tables, you can find a lot of affordable seating options to suit your budget.

 

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HOSTING THE ULTIMATE, BUDGET-FRIENDLY GARDEN PARTY

 

Even though Christmas feels like last week, the lighter mornings, still nights and the (slightly) milder weather reminds us that summer is fast approaching. Summer is a time of happiness for many because it allows us to make the most of the great outdoors – is it even summer without a cook out on the patio or a boozy food-filled garden soiree with all our favourite people? On the few days we might actually get some sun, making the most of it is essential, and if you have an outdoor space you want to get some use out of this summer, then what better way to celebrate the sunshine than a garden party? Of course, with parties and hosting, comes expense, but celebrating the great weather (and your partner’s barbecuing skills) doesn’t have to break the bank – here are a few ideas to keep the cost down and fun level to a maximum.

 

Write a shopping list

Shopping lists aren’t just for the old, boring and super-organised. They are a great way of keeping down cost because you can head to the store and buy everything you have on the list. If you don’t have a clue what you’re supposed to be getting and just look for inspiration down every aisle, it is almost guaranteed you won’t need 50% of the things you end up buying. Garden parties often attract hungry guests and buffet type finger foods are perfect for people to just help themselves. If you don’t have time to create a jaw-dropping spread, why not go for something everyone loves? Think hotdogs with bowls full of different toppings and a basket for the buns – guests can build their own according to preference and you can keep the cost down without seeming cheap.

 

Get DIY Savvy

A bit of garden DIY never hurt anyone, and you would be surprised at how well you can decorate and furnish your garden without forking out a lot of money on fancy furniture. The basics required are a table and chairs when entertaining guests but this doesn’t mean you need to buy any. If you really are a dab hand at DIY then you can fashion your own out of old pieces of wood (upcycling is all the rage now) but if, like most, you wouldn’t have the first clue how to use a saw, then there are plenty of old things that will suffice as seating! Think huge old tyres with cushions, old wooden crates or even hay bales! Oh and need somewhere to chill the beers? Fill an old barrel or wheelbarrow with ice. There are a huge amount of possibilities that will not only save you money but will also look great.

 

Have a punch up

Buying booze is almost definitely the priciest thing about hosting a party. Whilst there is always the option of sticking ‘BYOB’ on the bottom of the invite, it’s always nice to provide your guests with a little something to get the party started. Rather than buying endless cans, spirits and mixers, why not make up a few fruit punch bowls and stick them on the table with some plastic cups? Firstly, everyone loves a fruity drink in the summer, secondly these can be done cheaply and don’t have to be super alcoholic and thirdly, the range of flavours and types you can make are literally endless – so if you want to impress why not get creating!

 

Stick on some outdoor lighting

It might be an obvious one, but garden lighting is a must if your guests are planning to stay after dark (and let me tell you, they are). A lot of money can be spent on alternative decorations when something as simple as lighting creates the perfect mood and atmosphere as well as being a great security measure the rest of the time. There are some fabulous outdoor LED light designs that you can choose from designed and created specifically for use outside. Whether you have decking that you want to illuminate or even want to go that extra mile and install some colour changers, there are a lot of possibilities that will save you fortunes in the long run. LED Lighting is great value for money due to using a very little amount of energy and literally staying on for a lifetime. So if you are planning on entertaining in your garden a lot – bin those halogens – your bank will thank you!

 

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SOURCING YOUR STROKE OF GENIUS

 

A lot of people love the idea of making their home into a unique and creative space, with beautiful decoration and homely design. Having your home reflect your personality is important. And, most people want this from their living areas. But, unfortunately, not a lot of people succeed in this.

 

Through lack of inspiration, it’s easy to give up on this sort of goal. With the right drive, though; you can make a difference in no time. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the best sources of inspiration you have. Now, you just have to start your searching.

 

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Social media has changed the modern world. Over the last decade or so, it’s become possible for people to connect and share their lives with people all over the world. And, this can be used as a brilliant resource. Different websites are good for different things, though. Unfortunately, something like Facebook isn’t that great to use for design inspiration. Instead, you should be using sites like Instagram and Tumblr.

 

Instagram is an image sharing site which lets you search for images by tag. And, Tumblr is a basic blogging site, allowing you to search for design posts through a variety of methods. Both of these sites are jam-packed with some great and creative ideas. Users are usually happy to tell you where they go something; if you ask. So, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

This next option won’t be able to be done from the sofa. Instead, you’ll need to do some traveling. In most places, you will find shows dedicated to interior design. These sorts of trade shows are great because they give you a chance to see full-room displays. And, the companies selling the goods are always there.

 

This means that you can get your modern rugs from the same place you get your chic tables and chairs. Getting items like this from the same sort of place is a great way to make sure they match one another. You will see them together. And, it’s usually free to get into places like this. So, you don’t have to worry about it costing you anything.

 

Lastly, it’s time to talk about an old school method to get inspired. In the past, the only inspiration people would get in this regard would be from the places they visit. And, this can still be the case. When you go to people’s homes, you can keep your eyes peeled for ideas you like. The same can be applied to businesses. Of course, you won’t want to copy your friend’s. But, this is still a great way to give you ideas. It will help you to find the right item for you; even if it isn’t the same as the one they have. And, it will help you to get an idea of what’s popular.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of where you can start finding inspiration for your interior design. A lot of people give up on this area of their home when they realise that it isn’t so easy. But, you can make it easy for yourself. You just have to know where to look.

 

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME A PINTEREST-WORTHY MASTERPIECE

When you think about choosing a home, then it is a pretty big deal. You are going to be investing a lot of money into a home that is going to be yours to keep. While that might seem like quite a daunting prospect, I think the best thing about it all can be that you get to put your stamp on it and make it just as you want it. I am moving out for the first time this month, and I couldn’t be more excited. Getting to create a space of my on is going to be mega exciting.

 

Whether you are buying or renting, then it is important to think about the money that you’ll be spending on making the space your own. Obviously, when you are renting, there will more than likely be some limitations to what you are allowed to do. But if you are a homeowner, then you could look at something like home improvement loans, to help you get the house just as you want it. You might not have budgeted for home improvements when it came to getting a mortgage. Then you could add a bedroom, converted the loft or basement spaces, or even add something funky like an orangery. You just want it to be in your style and to your taste.

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I have been scouring Pinterest of late, because, why not? But also for some inspiration for my new place. Here are some of the things I have collected that will help you to get a Pinterest-worthy living space in no time at all.

 

Declutter. And Then Declutter Some More

 

You don’t have to be after the minimalist look to do a big decluttering of your belongings. It can help any space to look fresh, clear, and clean. Think about the things in your room, especially the things that are on display. If you’re not Ryan Gosling levels in love with it, then it needs to go. The same goes for things that have not been touched in several months. If you’re not sentimental about it, then bin it, sell it or give it away.

 

Same Goes For Your Wardrobe

 

It is time to get ruthless. You need to think about what there is space for in your wardrobe and what there is not space for in your wardrobe. I like to apply the same rule as things in the home; if it hasn’t been touched in around a year, then does it need to be in there? If you don’t have an enclosed wardrobe space or dressing room (the dream), then a good way to make things look better than they are, is to get all of the same hangers. If all of your clothes are on wooden hangers, then it makes it look more organised, uniform, and stylish. An easy win really.

 

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Go For a Feature Wall

 

A feature wall is a great way to decorate. It can mean that three out of four walls can be pretty plain and simple. So it can be a no-brainer when it comes to decorating. It might be that you choose to do it in a bright or statement colour. It might be that you choose to use different textures on it, like hanging a rug on the wall, for instance. I quite like the idea of a photo or wall art all, full of different frames, photographs, and prints. They just look like a great way to update the vibe of the room that you’re in.

 

All About Lighting

 

How well-lit a room is can make such a difference to the overall look and feel of the room. I personally love it to be bright and colourful, and like the room to sparkle. Using lights at different heights is a great way to achieve that look too. Think floor lamps, as well as spotlights and desk lamps, and you can create as much or as little light as you’d like. Lighting just makes a room look so much more cosy and inviting (which is totally Pinterest goals, right)?

 

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Don’t Forget About Flooring

The walls and furniture can often take center stage in the home decor stakes. But it is important not to forget about the flooring. If you have wooden floors, then getting something like a rug can really brighten up the space and change the look of the room. You can have pretty neutral walls if you’ve got a statement rug. Imagine three white walls, with one feature grey wall. Then a white, grey, and yellow chevron rug for the floor. It would look so good and require very little effort on your part.

 

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