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I have to admit to getting back in to the swing of decorating and spending a little more time making our house a home.  Have you noticed that farmhouse designs have made a huge comeback?  I love embracing this style as it is cosy but at the same time very chic.  I decided to check out some of the inspired furniture below.  Why not let me know what you think?



Rustic Wood Wall Decor

Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!


If you want to get that rustic farmhouse look, this beautiful rustic wood wall hanging is just perfect.  I love the fact it is framed and would be ideal in your kitchen or hall.  You can purchase a few of these with different messages to add an even greater impact.


Rustic Shelves

Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!


Need a super easy way to bring a bit of rustic charm to your home quickly?  This rustic wood wall mounted cabinet is just the thing for you.  While this is already distressed you could strip to down and give it another look depending on your decor for a different barn look.


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Rustic Mirror

Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!


This stunning wooden rustic mirror is the perfect accessory to any hallway to bring some rustic country decor to your home.  The ideal way to add some more reflective light in to your home too!


Rustic Farmhouse Light

Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!

I really adore this farmhouse country style rustic light fitting.  It’s a perfect addition to any room in the house.  Don’t just take my word for it though.  Head over now to see for yourself!



Rustic Farmhouse Country Kitchen Table

Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!


No home would be complete without a rustic country farmhouse kitchen table!  This is an amazing table and would look gorgeous in any home.


Rustic Wreath

Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!

It doesn’t have to be Christmas to put up a wreath!  This stunning rustic tulip wreath is ideal for spring time.  You can place on your door or you can hang in your hall.  Wherever it goes it will certainly turn heads.


I hope the ideas above will help you achieve your farmhouse inspired home.  Adding these elements to your home will certainly transform them in to your own little country retreat.




Want to get that rustic farmhouse style decor? These ideas will have you decorating now!



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Life – especially for women in the 1950’s was very different to what we can expect by today’s standards.  In those days, a lot of women married young, they stayed at home to raise children and to keep the house clean.  It was a time when men were considered to be the head of the household, the breadwinner, the one who went out to work.


Even if women did want to go to work, they would be employed in what was known as ‘women’s jobs’.  These would be secretaries, typists or nurses.  With societal pressures there was an economic incentive to keep the woman in a marriage and at home – even if it was an unhappy marriage!  Indeed, it was unusual in the 1950’s for women to go to university – especially those from working class areas.  Moreover, schools often prepared girls for being a wife and a mother by providing lessons in cookery, household management, sewing and darning.


I wanted to see what the differences were in terms of household appliances, food, clothes and being a housewife then and now after reading a beautiful story about a couple who just recently got rid of appliances they purchased in 1950!  Let me know what you think.


Household Appliances

In the 1950’s there was no central heating system.  Coal fires would heat the rooms downstairs while the upstairs would be heated by an electric fire.  There was no double glazing either so in winter it was common place for ice to form on the windows!  Keeping a bed warm was easy with a hot water bottle.


Fridges were starting to become more accessible to households to store food, but there were no freezers and no supermarkets!  People shopped in local stores with most people buying items to use straight away.


Many homes had a vacuum cleaner and a cooker.  Vacuums were often heavy bulky items that often gave you a bad back!  Probably bought on Hire Purchase.  Entertainment wasn’t 100+ channels but a radio (known as a wireless).  Although TVs started to become popular, although these would have been rented rather than owned.  Of course in black and white too!


1950s housewife

Image credit: Getty 1950′ housewife




Shopping for groceries was often completed each day and required visiting several shops such as the butcher and the greengrocer.  Often items were behind the counter so there was often no browsing either.




Clothes were mostly handmade with a heavy reliance on knitted items.  Recycling and mending was a big thing, reusing clothes or sewing to ensure longevity.  However, I love the silhouettes of the clothes from the 1950s.  There were beautiful swing dresses or pencil dresses.  There wasn’t a size zero in sight!


1950s clothes


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The House Wife

Women and men have more choice today as to whether they stay at home to look after children.  However in the 1950s there was little choice for women.  They were strongly encouraged to stay at home to be a wife and mother.  Doing housework and looking after children were considered as women’s work.  Indeed women were expected to clean the house and have dinner ready for her husband coming home from work!


1950s household

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For me there are several huge differences between the 1950s and today.  One is the options available to women – although there is still a way to go!  The second is the gadgets and appliances.  To be honest I could not live without my Vax Blade 32V Cordless Vacuum Cleaner! It seems that without these housework – no matter who does it – would have taken all day.  Even simple cleaning jobs would take forever.   Like cleaning an oven!  These days I use Oven Pride with no scrubbing involved.  In 1950 I would have needed to scrub for hours!


So while I do love all things vintage, reading some of the differences between then and now, I can honestly say that I would prefer my gadgets and all those helping hands that make life so much easier to keep the house clean and tidy without having to spend hours doing it.


What do you think?  What household item could you not live without?



Read all about the differences between the household of today versus the 1950s household. Covering household appliances, clothing and food. Plus win a Vax Vacuum Cleaner!



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There’s No Need To Freeze This Winter

The winter days just get colder and colder as they go on, but there’s no need to have yourself freeze in your own home, there are many ways to keep yourself warm without the extra costs! Although not all housing can, the coziest is an in-house fire. Having a fire in your home can mean that you won’t be paying much for heating. While stocking the fire will have little to no cost, It does come with a little extra effort while finding wood to burn.


Cutting your costs

Obviously, not all homes are built the same. Naturally, some buildings will be easier to keep warm than others, however, a common issue for a lot of old houses in the winter is weatherproofing. If your house has cold drafts, then the costs and efforts of heating your house could be going to waste! So putting out some extra money on repairs and having those drafts sealed would actually be saving you money in the future, especially if you have no plan on leaving anytime soon.


Heating your home




While many homes operate on gas heating, another alternative is oil heating. Oil heating is stored in a tank at your home, which is supplied regularly through delivery rather than being set up on an automatic feed, like gas heating. The main advantage of oil heating is the efficiency, however, it does run with a risk. It could be that you are running low on your oil and you need to have some more delivered, but you may run out before your next delivery comes in. These situations don’t happen when you’re running with gas heating, but there are services that can ensure you’re refueled quickly. One service to look for is Tonbridge Fuels because no one wants to be without heating in the winter, as you’d certainly freeze. It’s best to make sure that you can securely keep your home warm without the risk of running dry, or faults in the services.


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Many choose to run with gas heating because of the convenience and control that comes with it. However, if you’re going to have it freshly installed, you may be looking at a large price tag. There’s a lot of work that goes into getting yourself hooked up to a gas main, and at the same time having a boiler installed is fairly expensive. While it is expensive, you don’t run the risk of running low on gas, as you don’t need to have it delivered. Resupply is as simple as a top-up fee with many local chains.


For some, looking after multiple properties can be a handful and in which case you want to make sure that there’s as little maintenance as possible. If you have people renting one of your properties, you really don’t want inconveniences like heating and electricity running out, because as the landlord they are likely your responsibilities. Luckily, a lot of services offer a scheme that will automatically deliver oil to you when you need it, meaning that you don’t have to worry about your tenants feeling unwelcome or irritated. While it’s convenient to have your oil topped up automatically, the prices can fluctuate through the seasons, so it may be best to invest in extra amounts early and cut the need to worry about costs/oil supply in the future.





Buying a home is expensive which is why people are deciding on renovating their homes instead.  However, if you do plan to move soon or want to add some value to your current property with a view to moving, below are 5 quick tips to add value to your home.



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 but also to potential buyers.  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.  Even if you are not planning to sell anytime soon, it still gives you a nice place to relax.


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New Windows

If there is one thing in your home that can often cost a lot, it’s replacing windows.  There are many ways of cutting the costs like going to a place that offers discount windows.  Your priority should be the most cost-effective way of getting the windows you need. It is best to get the windows you can afford especially if you are going to be staying for a bit in the house.  It will also save on your heating costs too.



Make Your Home Open-Plan

One of the main things that people are looking for these days in a home is one that offers a more open plan feel.  This is more appealing to buyers but is also a great benefit if you are staying in your home.  You can start to knock down walls but for a more cheaper way of doing this try hanging up more mirrors!


My tips on how to get more light in to a dark room

Bring in More Natural Light

Homes with more a natural and airy feel can certainly make all the difference.  A way of doing this is to install bi-fold doors and roof lanterns.  Have a look click here to view the range available.  Bigger windows and doors can really make all the difference especially when they blur the line between the indoors and outdoors.


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Utilise Your Attic

You don’t need to go through the process of a conversion.  You can still put up some storage units in your attic to show potential buyers what an attic room could look like.  This will certainly add value to your home.


What other ideas do you have for adding value to your home?  I’d love to hear them.









Even if you are strict with the housekeeping chores and you always make sure to take proper care of your home on a daily basis, chances are that you, just like many people, have missed a few places in your home that require a clean. These often overlooked spots can actually collect a lot of dust and germs and this is why you should pay more attention to them during your next cleaning session.

cleaning your home

Here are the places which you most certainly shouldn’t miss during the house cleaning.


On top

Places which are hard to reach are often neglected by people during the housekeeping chores. Just because they are not easy to reach this doesn’t mean that dust doesn’t cover them as well. Make sure to clean the dust off the top of shelves and appliances. Remember when you are doing the dusting start from the higher places and gradually move downwards so that you can make the cleaning faster and more efficient.




Just because you don’t see the dirt under the bed or under the appliance, that doesn’t mean that there is not a mess underneath that needs to be taken care of. If you clean properly around your appliance this can spare you any future expenses on repairing appliances.





If only you knew how many germs there are between the keys on your keyboard. This is one of the items you should never neglect while you do the weekly house cleaning, advises Tidy Cleaning Services. Grab a q-tip and clean between the buttons and this way you will protect your fingers from the thousands of bacteria which are usually sitting in the crevices between the keys.




Light switches and doorknobs


Most people easily forget that light switches and doorknobs are things on which you put your hands a few times a day. This means that all of the germs you have been carrying with you since the last time you washed your hands are now on the door knob or the light switch. This is why you should wipe them regularly using a disinfectant.




Even if you use waste bags, there is still a chance of a mess. And sometimes the bad smell can become quite unbearable. This is why you should wash your bins on the inside and the outside more often, using a warm water and a dish soap. This way you will avoid the germs which can otherwise swarm the bins.


The washing machine


Can you believe that this appliance actually needs a regular cleaning? Most people are thinking that their washing machine is a relatively clean appliance since it is used for cleaning dirty clothes but they couldn’t be more wrong. If you are guilty of also neglecting your washing machine when you do the house cleaning chores, it is time to fix your mistake. Make sure to wipe the outside and the inside of the appliance and really concentrate on the door seal since a lot of germs find it to be a suitable place for them.


The cleaning supplies


Again, just because you use them to clean your house, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be taken care of. Those items are easily forgotten when people do their regular cleaning, however, the good look of your home depends on your them. The better the condition of your cleaning supplies is, the greater results you will get when you do your regular housekeeping chores. So make sure that all of the sponges, brushes and other cleaning tools are always clean.


I know that these places are often overlooked and it seems like they don’t require that much attention. However, those little places can cause a big mess in your house if you don’t include them in your list with places to clean. This is why I recommend you to add them to your regular cleaning routine and enjoy a home which will always be truly sparkling clean.



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