5 QUICK TIPS TO BRING YOUR HOME BACK TO LIFE

Buying a home is so expensive these days which is why many of us are deciding to renovate instead or buy an old house and fix it up over time.  I wanted to share with you some tips that can help you bring your home back to life with a few simple changes.  As you all know I love vintage and I like to mix the old with the new.  So hopefully you will find some of my tips helpful.

 

 

Paint the House

A quick and easy way to add value to your home is to redecorate.  A home that looks fresh and inviting is more appealing to live in.  There are so many bargains to be had in DIY stores now and the array of paint on offer is fantastic.  While you are painting, make sure it includes the outside too and add some greenery like plants to add a splash of colour and fragrance to the entrance to your home.  I just love buying plants no matter what time of year they always cheer my front door up! Or even opt for a fake wreath, wreaths are no longer just for Christmas!

 

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Upcycle your furniture

If there is one thing in your home that can often cost a lot, it’s new furniture.  I have to admit that I love going round charity shops, auctions, Ebay and Gumtree looking for older pieces of furniture.  My reason is quite simple, the older pieces of furniture are of a higher standard of quality that flat pack.  They were built to last.  So many of these pieces are being sold that you could buy a unique high quality French dresser for next to nothing.

Even if you find a piece that hasn’t been loved, you can show it some tenderness and care yourself by getting a French polisher to restore it to its full glory.  You really don’t have to look far either, if you check out https://majoroakpolishing.com/  to see how old furniture can be brought back to life with French Polishing or other furniture restoration.  I am passionate about saving old pieces from landfill so I would encourage you to seek these out and save them and the planet!

 

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Make Your Home Open-Plan

I’m not suggesting you start knocking down walls!  You could opt to use the trick of mirrors to open up spaces and shine some light in rooms to make they more homey and feel more open plan.  A very cheap trick indeed!

 

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Change your accessories

It can be expensive changing the total scheme of a room so why not opt for changing your accessories instead.  Buying new cushion covers, a new rug, a new lamp shade can make all the difference to a room and change it from summer to autumn.  Don’t you just love all those autumnal colours?

 

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These are just a few of my ideas.  What other ideas do you have for bringing your home back to life?  I’d love to hear them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WAYS TO ADD A TOUCH OF CHARACTER TO YOUR BATHROOM

 

If you were to walk into your living room, kitchen, dining room and bedroom, you would probably get a warm, fuzzy feeling you know that homely feeling where you can sit down and relax and know you have given your all to making the rooms feel and look the way you want.

You have probably spent ages deciding on the right kitchen, the right sofa or the write table and chairs.  When it comes to bathrooms our inspiration often runs out at this point.  I know that is what happened to me recently.

After spending so much time choosing a kitchen and getting walls knocked down I couldn’t face the bathroom.  That is until now!  I’ve decided to take head on and get our bathroom completed.

The main problem we have is space.  Our bathroom is relatively small so I need the fixtures and fittings to fit within that space and to have storage.  I’m so fed up with wasted space in the bathroom.

 

 

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I want to share with you some tips on how to transform your bathroom and add some storage space as well as the right fixtures and fittings.

 

 

Do Away With The Conventional Bath

There is no rule saying you need to stick to the same old same old.  I recently came across some fantastic roll top baths at fantastic prices at Victoria Plum.  I am so wanting to have a bath that I can be proud off, that I can sit and soak in for hours after a hard day at work.  I know we have limited space but I was hoping to put a free standing bath in and utilize the area around it more effectively.

 

Storage Solutions

You’ll be gobsmacked by how much you can stuff under a sink!  I am so wanting to get a vanity unit.  They are so practical, otherwise the space under the sink would be useless.  I can remember they used to do those awful rails under sinks but now, just look how gorgeous vanity units are.

 

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Add a splash of colour

There are certain things that every bathroom needs to have – bath, towel rails, faucets and tiles – but these things don’t need to be boring. Add a splash of colour to your bathroom with a selection of colourful tiles.  You can put them on the walls, on the floor or both.  I’ve come across some lovely vintage looking tiles recently that will really make our bathroom unique.  

 

Candles and greenery are essential

If there is one thing every bathroom needs it is candles and some greenery.  No matter what your favourite candle is make sure you position some in the bathroom.  Ferns are also great for your bathroom as they like humid conditions.  In fact when I get fed up with the bathroom I often add some plants and some new towels to give it a fresh feel.

I do hope you have found these tips helpful to add a touch of character to your bathroom.  I really can’t wait to get stuck in.  The bathroom is just as important as the kitchen.  For right now but also if you every decide to move home.

 

 

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MODERN FITTED WARDROBE IDEAS TO STYLE YOUR BEDROOM

I admit that my clothes are mostly stuffed in a badly built wardrobe!  This post is about modern fitted wardrobes to style your bedroom.  Modern fitted wardrobes can not only be convenient, they can also make a statement. Increase storage space of your home even in those awkward spaces by transforming them into custom fitted wardrobes that blend in with decor or stand out in decorative contrast. There are many styles to select from and one will be just right to meet your storage space needs.

 

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Modern Hinged Door Wardrobes

Store any items that you want to hide in your custom fitted wardrobes that swing open on modern hinges. Easy to open and close, the modern hinged doors flow from floor to ceiling for a seamless, sleek look.

The modern hinged doors can be matt, high gloss, leather and wood effect, glass or mirrored to meet your interior preferences.

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Fitted Wardrobes For Unusual spaces

Many homes have that oddly shaped nook or corner that no one knows how to decorate or use. Those oddly shaped spaces might be perfect for installing a fitted wardrobe.

The fitted wardrobe will be built to fit the space and to your specifications. The unused space can become one of the most used spaces in your home to store luggage, out-of-season clothing, linens, children’s toys or a host of other items that are not used on a daily basis.

 

Bespoke Attic Wardrobe

Attics are always filled with odd angles, low overhead spaces and spaces that are difficult to access. A fitted wardrobe will meet your storage needs in a most attractive manner.

Have it custom built to your own design to hide the odd angles, low overhead and other trouble spots in your home’s attic. Previously unused space will be transformed into an attractive storage area that can hold everything from clothing to antiques.

 

I hope these ideas help you with your storage solutions in your bedroom and you can have a wonderfully organised wardrobe for years to come.

 

 

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IMPROVING YOUR HOME?   SOME MISTAKES TO AVOID

I love improving our home but it can lead to so much disruption.  Indeed our last renovation had me making sandwiches in the garage!  Although the disruption was worth it even though every single room was full of dust an dirt!  

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For those who want to do the work yourself the project can be – to put it mildly – messy. Messy in more ways than just the debris that is the inevitable side effect of any major work you do on your home. There is also a potential risk of being exposed to unsavory things in the home such as asbestos fibres which can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer. Of course you can prevent, and one such way includes wearing a mask with adequate ventilation.  The lovely people at Slater Gordon have developed an infographic detailing all the potential risks of home improvements.  I’d highly recommend checking them out.

 

 

Do you know what you are doing?

 

So you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve browsed a few forums, and now you think you have got the perfect idea of the changes you want to make. You half-listen to the advice of the people that you have hired to do the work, but your mind is working overtime on plans and ideas for what you want to happen.

 

Overconfidence is never a good thing, and it’s even worse when you are trying to manage a renovation or remodelling project. Take the advice of experts and always try and rein in your impulses, difficult as it might be.

 

Speed Over Substance

 

In your keenness to get the job done, return to your normal lifestyle with your improved home… it’s tempting just to go rushing in. Rather than taking the time to properly plot, budget, and then carry through the work, you just have the idea and go barrelling in.

 

This is particularly dangerous if your project involves anything that is potentially dangerous – and there’s a whole host of things in a house that are potentially dangerous. Even something as simple as drilling new picture holes in the walls could be disastrous if you hit a stud or – worse – an electrical cable or water pipe. It can and does happen, and almost always the reason behind it is that someone has gone too quickly into their project.

 

Take your time. There’s no point rushing, resulting in a substandard job that’s just going to need to be done again in a few years time.

 

Running Out Of Money

 

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If it’s your first time putting together the budget for any kind of work on your home, then you’re probably going to massively underestimate what everything costs. Make sure that you have the funds in place before you begin, otherwise work could grind to a halt while you scramble around for the cash to finish things off. Make sure you include a contingency fund in your budgeting, too – if you don’t use it, great, but if you do need it, you’ll be incredibly glad it’s there!

 

Good luck – may it be the first of many successful home improvements!

 

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DECORATING HACKS TO GET THAT VINTAGE LOOK

So you want to get that vintage look?  If you are like me, you have a desire to add that touch of glamour in your day to day life especially in your home, then you will love some of the little decorating ideas below.

 

I continue to strive for that vintage charm and elegance at home to reflect my passion for all things vintage.

 

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Why Vintage?

 

For me vintage means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.

 

For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved, it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having its own history, quite often I won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times.

 

Vintage also means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

 

If you want to create some vintage charm in your home you can do it a step at a time, it doesn’t have to be a full makeover, take your time to look at items and designs that you like also remember you can give a vintage piece a make-over too!  Whatever the item it can then become unique to you and your style.

 

I would recommend first of all to start small.  Instead of heading to a charity shop or looking online to purchase why not visit your parents or grandparents to see if they have anything they are looking rid of?  It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of furniture, picture frames, knickknacks can add so much and can be a focal point.

 

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Adding Advertising Memorabilia to get that Vintage Look

Why not consider adding some advertising memorabilia to your kitchen or using old tea caddy’s for your plants?

I would highly recommend you visit your local charity shops, look on Gumtree or visit car boot sales which have sprung up all around the place.  Visiting these first off would be preferable to heading to your local antique shop as the prices there may put you off!

Just because some of your items are from different time periods, don’t be put off, I suggest you make a feature of putting them together, staging these beside each other in 3’s will show them off to their full potential.

 

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Mixing Old with New to Get that Vintage Look

It is sometimes difficult to add vintage items to furniture that is new.  I recommend mixing the old with the new whenever you can.  For example using different chairs for your dining table by bringing in two or three vintage ones, this can make a stuffy dining room more relaxed and casual.  You can also add some vintage cushions to a new sofa.

 

Adding a Splash of Colour to Get that Vintage Look

What can be a little daunting at first is colour!  We are used to seeing modern clean lines and neutral colours today in our homes – I can still remember those television programmes telling me to ditch the colour and go neutral!  Be brave and be bold by adding some colour with the array of vintage items – especially those from the 50s with their pastel shades or the 70’s and their love for all things orange! If you already have furniture but it doesn’t match then why not consider painting it?  There are now such an array of paint out there that doesn’t require any sanding – that is such a bonus.

 

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So, start slowly and take it from there, one small change at a time.  I hope that this has inspired you and you will take the plunge in to adding some vintage glamour to your home, whatever you decide to do remember your home reflects you so just go for it and don’t be afraid.

 

 

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