At this time of year, there is one room that has become the heart of our home, our living room.  We spend a lot of time there as a family, especially at the end of the evening when it is dark outside, snow is on the ground and all you want to do is cuddle up on the sofa with a hot chocolate with marshmallows!


Our living room is a place for us to unwind therefore putting in some extra effort to make it a restful, warm place for the whole family to spend time together is worth the effort.  Check out these 6 things that will make your living room super cozy and let me know what you think.





The hearth is often seen as the heart of the home and no wonder, spending time around the fireplace is such a lovely thing to do this time of year.  I came across this beautiful 20th Century White Carrara Marble Fireplace from Westland London, and is just the thing to make your home super cozy. Can you imagine lighting a fire and sitting as a family around this stunning fireplace?




Having the right lighting in place can make such a difference to how cozy a room feels.  This stunning light is in the Regency style, made of brass and can be purchased from Westland London.  It would most certainly give the right amount of ambiance to making a room super cozy for you and your family to relax in the evening.





Photo credit: Laura Ashley


This timeless country elegant sofa will make your room feel super cozy this time of year.  We often curl up on the sofa and watch movies together when the wind outside is howling!  We love putting our feet up, snacking on some popcorn and watching Groundhog Day over and over again.



Soft Furnishings


Photo credit: Dunelm

A throw is a must to make your living room super cozy.  This one is so cute from Dunelm.  Knitted with pom poms I mean what more could you ask for.  It’s big enough for 2 people or more if you have some small people to keep nice and cozy.  Another idea is to layer up cushions to mix and match with the throw.  I have to admit to having a thing for cushions often needing two or three just for myself!


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Photo credit: The White Company

I have a thing for candles.  Candles in the living room, candles in the hall, candles in the bathroom!  They really do make any room feel super cozy.  Not just this time of year but any time.  I adore the Signature range from The White Company  The aroma is so inviting and has a warm and spicy scent of cinnamon and clove with a dash of fresh orange.  Just so balancing.


Hot Chocolate

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The finishing touch to make your room super cozy is to all sit down with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows!  A delight during winter but even more so at Christmas time.  Sitting down in the evening, discussing the adventures of the day all with a hot chocolate will relax you and help you as a family to engage at a time when family can take a back seat with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping.


So that is my 6 ways to make your living room super cozy.  What do you think?




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So Christmas is almost here and it’s that time of year when your home just needs a little bit of cheering up with decorations.  I know a lot of us love decorating our homes but at times the decor pieces can be expensive and are often not worth the money.  This is where B&M come in.  The lovely people at their head office sent me a voucher to see what I could purchase.  Below are my 6 reasons why you need to go to B&M for your Christmas decor now!


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Everything below I purchased and tested, all views are my own.  I would point out that I was extremely impressed with the quality of the items plus being budget friendly certainly helps too!  Why not make your home look amazing this Christmas with these wonderful decor ideas from B&M?


So check them out below and let me know what you think!


Christmas Baubles

To make your tree stand out these gold Christmas baubles are a must.  These are proper luxury with 20 in a pack and only £2.99.  A really stunning array of baubles indeed.



Christmas Star

I’ve a thing for stars!  In fact my star fairy lights have remained up in our hallway all year!  Let’s face it we can look up at the night sky and see stars all year round so you can keep your stars up too!  This star is full of gold glitter, it has a hanging hook and is huge and at £2.99 a steal!  I intend to stand this up on the hall table to compliment my star fairy lights and I might keep it up all year too!




I have admired these nutcrackers for a while now but never had the opportunity to purchase them.  B&M have a pack of three for only £5.99.  They are 38cm tall and you can purchase in these gold and silver ones like I did or opt for the more traditional ones which are red and blue.



Candle Jar

Christmas would not be Christmas without candles.  Indeed I use them all year round but come Christmas the scent changes to cinnamon and other lovely Christmas smells!  These candle jars are beautiful and make it easy to place a candle inside or you could opt to put in some sweets!  Really the decision is yours.  At £4.99 you could also buy more than one!


Christmas Wrapping Paper

I love gold and cream wrapping paper, there is something that screams luxury!  Well the wonderful B&M have an array of Christmas wrapping paper to suit all tastes.  I opted for this one which has a truly luxury feel and at £4.99 it will do for all my presents!


Dinner time

There is one thing that I never had and one thing that I always need on Christmas day – a gravy jug!  I found this cute one at B&M for only £1.99!  How great is that.  They also have beautiful plates to match.  I’m sorry I didn’t get them at the same time but sure that’s another trip to B&M to look forward to!


So there you have it.  My 6 reasons why you need to shop at B&M for your Christmas decor.  Whether you need Christmas tree decorations, wrapping paper, presents, Christmas decor or candle holders, there are plenty of budget friendly items in B&M. Who says you have to pay huge prices for cute, quality items?


Do you like B&M?  I’d love to know what you think.




For candle holders, candles, Christmas decor, Christmas baubles and all things Christmassy I show you 6 reasons why you should go to B&M for your Christmas decor.


Image credit:  B&M




So you would like to add more light to a dark room?  Did you know that how much natural light you get can really affect your mood?  Those wonderful rays of sunshine or looking up at the sky can have a positive impact upon you and of course vitamin D from the sun is a must.  Having a bright room will not only improve your mood, it will make you feel happier, more radiant and more positive.  Do you need help to add light to a dark room? Here are my 3 amazing ways to add more light in to those dark rooms.


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Adding more light to a dark room

The first step to getting more light in to your room is to determine where your problems lie.  Do your rooms need more natural light?  Do you have dark walls and dark floors?  Is your room cluttered and have dark foreboding furniture?  Are small windows an issue?


Paint Colours for Dark Rooms

Lighter paint colours will have an impact and add more light to a dark room.  With paint you can add warmth with light neutral colours.  You don’t need to paint the whole room in white or neutral tones, you can still have colour as long as it’s just a splash of colour.


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Mirrors to add light

A tried and tested trick to add more light to a dark room is to place a large mirror or two in your room.  Place it strategically so that it catches whatever natural light is coming in to your room.  Using more than one will increase the light dramatically and give the illusion of the room being lighter than it actually is.


My tips on how to get more light to dark rooms



Open up a dark room with Velux Roof windows

You can add more light to a dark room with Velux Roof Windows.  Light can often be absorbed and the culprits are wood, darkly painted walls or indeed the size of a room.  Another option to get more light in your room and at the same time add style and drama is to transform your room with a Velux Roof Window.   Bringing more daylight in to your room can open up more possibilities for you.  Increased natural light, wonderful fresh air drifting in to the room as well as adding a touch of freshness and newness to your room.  You also don’t need to worry about your current architecture as Roof Windows Veluxshop have an array of designs to choose from making this an ideal option for adding more natural light in to your otherwise dark room.


Top ways to add more light to dark rooms.



Soft furnishings for a dark room

Another tip to add light to a dark room is to consider soft furnishings.  Soft furnishings can help offset an otherwise dark room.  Add light coloured throws, bedding, or indeed pillows to your current furniture to ensure a more relaxing atmosphere.  White is so on trend at the moment, and could balance out any dark furniture in your room.


top tips for adding more light to dark rooms



So, what do you do to add more light to dark rooms?  I’d love to hear from you.





Need to add some light to a dark room? These top tips show you how from paint choice, soft furnishings to Velux Roof Windows. Head over to my blog to read more.


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These days we lead such busy lives that we rarely have time to spend in our bedrooms. Most of us simply fall into bed and switch off the lights after an exhausting day! That doesn’t mean you should leave the decor of your bedroom to become an afterthought. In fact, it is thought that a bedroom that is carefully planned and decorated could even aid good sleep. If you’re looking to add something extra to your bedroom, then try some of these beautiful ideas for a new look:



If you love the beauty and the scent of flowers and blooms, then add a vase or two to the bedroom. Lavender, in particular, can aid sleep. You can buy fresh lavender almost all year round these days. The colour is particularly attractive and can easily be incorporated into your theme or colour palette. Soft lavenders and powder pinks are ideal for this room.


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Don’t forget, you can also include floral wallpapers or bedding to your bedroom. Petite patterns like this have come back to popularity, so there are plenty in the stores to choose from. Some window blinds feature this type of pattern too. Prints or sketches of flowers in light pastels or pencil could become perfect wall art material for your bedroom as well.


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You can choose elegant metal bed frames that offer a more feminine and pretty look for the bedroom. An antique brass finish can be very attractive. Some Serene Furnishings beds have an elegant ivory finish for a softer look in the room. This can be ideal if your bedding is in ivory, or you have pale curtains in the room. It can also match any rugs that you might be using. Bedside cabinets can also be painted the same shade if you have a wooden cabinet to upcycle.


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Dressing tables are essential. If you continue the ivory or metal theme here, you will find you have plenty of choices. The table and the table-top mirrors should match. You can place a vase of flowers here, and the colour from them will be reflected in the mirror. Why not add a delicate lace or crochet topper? A couple of ornaments or trinkets will finish this off beautifully.



Stripping your floors bare and painting them can open up a lot of choices in the bedroom. You can use a thin lacquer or varnish to protect and highlight the grain of the wood. Or you can paint them ivory, duck egg blue, or a soft lavender colour. Add a couple of rugs for a soft finish. Why not paint the skirting boards in a feminine colour too? If you have floor-standing radiators, it might be worth painting these the same colour too.


Bedrooms can be elegant, feminine and beautiful. They can be painted and furnished in any colour you like to suit your mood or suit the season. Add a few pillows, cushions and a throw to the bed, and you’ll have a room you’ll love to use. Perhaps you’ll make it to bed a little earlier tonight?


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If you were to walk into your living room, kitchen, dining room and bedroom, you would probably get a warm, fuzzy feeling in your belly, which is because you have done all you can to make these rooms feel warm and cosy. You have embellished them and graced them with all sorts of decorative flourishes. You have done all you can to give them character. So why haven’t you done this to your bathroom? Don’t worry, we were expecting your mouth to fall open slightly as you scratch your head!


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It is odd though, right? After all, the bathroom is a place where we can end up relaxing for an hour without any distraction, which means it is more deserving of some character than every other room in your home. With that in mind, we have come up with some simple ideas to help you add a little style and character to your bathing space. Trust us, once you have made these amendments, your home will feel more whole than ever.



Do Away With The Conventional Bath Mat

There is no rule saying you need to step out of the tub or the shower and onto a conventional bath mat. It is just something we do without giving it any thought. If you really want to make an impact in your bathroom, however, we suggest you swap your mat for a vintage rug, something that will fill the giant space in the middle of your floor with a little more excitement and character – something Persian perhaps.


Sit Back And Relax

You’ll be gobsmacked by how dramatically a chair can change a bathroom, and that is without even touching on the practicalities of this addition. It could be an old wooden chair that stands out in all white bathroom. It could be an ottoman that adds a layer of luxe. It could be an old armchair in the corner that bursts with personality. Whatever fits your space and your wants.


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Things Don’t Need To Be Boring

There are certain things that every bathroom needs to have – bath, towel rails, faucets etc – but these things don’t need to be boring. They don’t just have to exist. In fact, we urge you to make these things into features. Get yourself a Salzburg Traditional Victorian towel rail from https://warmehaus.co.uk/. Upgrade your bathtub by getting a freestanding version, or painting your current one in bright colours. Instead of just having whatever faucet, invest in some brass ones, something that will give your taps a bit of character.


Wallflowers Not Needed

If there is one thing every bathroom needs it is a splash of nature, at least according to https://www.houzz.com. It could be that you add a bunch of fresh – or fake – flowers to the windowsill or stuff a few branches of eucalyptus into a big black and vase and push it into the corner of your room – it doesn’t matter so long as you do. These will bring a life to your room and add another level of serenity. Some will say this only works if you stay on top of them, but we think the rustic look works best of all.


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