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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.




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View a selection of new build family homes and you’d be hard pushed to find a design that doesn’t include at least one open planned room, unless you’re looking at really large properties. Walk around some small to medium-sized homes marketed at new or growing families and you’ll likely be presented with one or more open plan living spaces. In fact, you may even find that as many as three rooms have been rolled into one in the name of embracing ‘family friendly’ living space. A recent survey by one homebuilder Countryside claims that open plan living is very much in demand with 65% of buyers looking for an open plan living, kitchen and dining area because they are ‘family friendly’.


Let’s be honest, there’s a fairly obvious reason why developers have embraced open plan living. Missing out a wall here and there allows for a lot better flow of light and air and can make smaller spaces look larger. And of course, you save a few bricks and time on building too. But is it all about creating an illusion of space and saving a few quid or are there real advantages to opening up your home? Let’s look at the pros and the cons to see if open plan living could be a fit for your family…

The pros

You won’t miss a thing

An open plan space is perfect for sharing with the whole family and especially good for keeping a close eye on cruising toddlers! Whether they’re reaching for things they shouldn’t or taking a peaceful nap, it’s easier to watch over them to ensure nothing is amiss. Plus, with bigger areas to explore, there’s more room for toys and less likelihood of bumping into things. And, if you have guests over for entertaining, you’ll have a bigger space to dine or party in too.

There’s more space for furniture

When your rooms are on the compact side, squeezing in a sensible furniture layout can become problematic. This means family friendly furniture such as a proper dining table is often sacrificed in order to conserve floor space. With an open plan living-dining room or a kitchen-diner, much smaller homes can accommodate furniture favourites such as table to share family meals around or a larger sofa to snuggle up on to watch movies together.

It’s easier to decorate

If you’re an interiors enthusiast you’ll know the struggle of seamlessly linking your décor as you step from room to room. With open plan living it’s much easier to create a logical flow with colours, prints and textures that work together. There are larger walls and floors that allow you to experiment with different techniques more easily and can make things like wallpapering and laying flooring or carpets easier. Plus, with fewer rooms to decorate, you may even find you save a few pounds on the overall finish.

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The cons

Noise and smells travel

It’s not just special moments and a larger space you share with open plan living spaces. In fact, depending on the layout on the activities of different individuals, you can end up sharing some pretty annoying things too. The potent smell of the nappy bin might waft through you’re communal chill out area or if you’re ground floor is entirely open plan, the scent of last night’s tea might hang in the air while you’re watching TV. That could be enough to put fish permanently off the menu in some households! Then of course, there’s the noise. If cooking in the kitchen is usually your quiet haven, you can forget having a peaceful five minutes if the kids are playing in the same space. Likewise, if someone’s trying to do some homework in your dining area it will be hard to persuade the rest of the house that the TV should remain switched off for the duration.

Privacy is a precious commodity

As kids get older, open plan living starts to throw up more issues. Along with needing a quiet spot to work in, you or they might want to spend some time alone without heading up to your own bedroom. You might need to factor in younger children playing with toys whilst older children try and chat with friends. It’s also common to could contend with everyone playing on multiple devices like mobiles and tablets all in the same space, which can result in lots of annoying beeping. Having some separate spaces to retreat to can be beneficial for all the family and makes it easier to accommodate each other’s moods, hobbies and interests.

Temperature regulation is tricky

Hands up who turns the radiators off in some rooms but keeps other areas extra cosy because everybody in the family seems to have their own personal temperature preference? Not only do larger areas take more heating but it’s also harder to keep separate warm and cool spaces if you need to with open plan areas. For example, if you’re cooking up a storm in your kitchen diner on a hot day, you might find that the temperature in your dining room becomes too close for comfort. This can be especially the case in well-insulated modern homes.

Can you compromise?

If you’re on board with the benefits of open plan living but less enthused about the drawbacks, there are a few things you can do. Broken plan living – described here by Houzz – is a modern update on open plan living that factors in a family’s need to socialise or spend time separately. Cleverly placed furniture can provide quiet nooks and corners or if you’re planning a move or some renovations, inserting mezzanine floors is one way to instil privacy, though it won’t necessarily help contain unwanted spreading of sounds or containment of heat. An easier (and more cost effective) solution is to consider fitting doors that can be opened and closed as required. These indoor bi-folds by Vufold feature larger floor to ceiling glass panes so that you still have the advantage of free flow of light but can close the door on unwanted interruptions if you’re in need of a bit of peace and quiet.


What do you think of open plan living spaces? Do you find them useful for family life or do they throw up lots of problems with practicalities in your household? Do you have any other hacks to share that allow you the best of both worlds?


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A kitchen makeover can be the perfect way to impress guests, add value to your property or simply make you feel cosier in your own home. Certain kitchen design trends have become tacky or outdated over the years. Getting rid of these and opting for a few modern and classic touches could help to make your humble abode feel like the home of a millionaire. Here are just a few remodelling tips worth considering.


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Top up your counter top


Replacing an old countertop could help to transform your home. Laminated wood and ceramic are good neutral choices for adding sophistication. However, if you really want to up the elegance, you should try a stone countertop – either marble or granite. These can be expensive materials. That said, you don’t always have to opt for the real thing. There are plenty of faux-granite plastics out there that can serve the same aesthetic purpose, as well as other stone materials such as concrete. There are also spray-on granite paints that can make a plastic countertop look convincingly like it’s made of stone.


Upgrade old appliances


Your old appliances could be taking away from the luxurious feel of your kitchen. Replacing the white goods isn’t cheap, but in some cases you could save money in the long run. Many newer models are more energy-efficient, particularly those with an Energy Star rating as found at Not only that, but you could get more functions out of newer appliances. For example, a new washing machine may be able to give you a greater variety of cycles to choose from for different types of laundry. There are also smart options such as smart kettles that you can turn on and off with your phone – useful if you want to turn the kettle on whilst still in bed so that you’re ready to pour your brew by the time you come down.


Most appliances will last for fifteen years. Generally you should try to get at least five years out of an appliance, providing it hasn’t broken within that time. Whilst having new appliances will make your home fresh, you don’t want to wasting unnecessary money constantly buying new machinery.


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Freshen up your taps


Modern taps are very different to the taps of twenty years ago, as you can see at sites such as Pull-down taps are a popular option that could allow you to better reach all the corners of your sink, as well as helping to thoroughly rinse out pots and pans. An even more ultramodern trend is boiling water taps. These can instantly fill up a mug or a pan with boiling hot water with the flick of a switch (these taps do come with a safety feature to stop kids getting their hands on them).


Fix up flawed flooring


Linoleum is no longer the rage in households. Old and tired lino can particularly bring down the appearance of a home. Instead consider options such as laminate wood or ceramic tiles. Both approaches needn’t involve pulling up floorboards – a cheap and easy solution could be click-fit flooring. This simply sits over your pre-existing floor and is measured and slotted together. If you’re opting for ceramic tiles, be aware of going to gaudy with the colour choice. Chessboard patterns and controversial colours could devalue your home if you ever plan to sell it.


Let there be light


A luxurious kitchen needs to feel bright. The solution to this could be to add in more artificial light. Spot lighting can help to brighten up dull corners of the room. A cheaper option meanwhile could be track lighting, which involves fitting a track on the ceiling and positioning lights on it pointing in different directions to brighten up all the corners of the kitchen. Try to suit your lighting’s intensity to the tone of the kitchen. Ceramic whites and chrome steels may be better complemented with cool lighting, whilst warm lighting may help to brighten up wooden surfaces.


There are also ways to let in more natural light. Reflective surfaces such as chrome steel countertops or mirrored cabinets may help to reflect more sunlight into the room. If you’re using woods you could opt for lighter types such as beech and oak rather than the likes of mahogany and sapele (although these latter choices can help bring a sense of sophistication to an older property). Painting cabinets with a glossy white could also help to brighten the place up.


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While the modern and contemporary decors of home living design are starting to slow down, another Ye Olde English design is making waves. Periodic dramas that depict the wonderful British countryside and the humble surroundings of the fair and yearning Black Country as more popular than ever before. People have realised that certain styles are purely for pleasing the fashion masters down the road and perhaps getting a nod of approval from the in laws. The real design for a splendid, warm and hearty home, should be natural, stocky, thick and full of character. There’s nothing quite like a thatched cottage home, with exterior and interior design philosophies incorporating the wilderness together with a sense of humble living. But, where to start and what first to accomplish?


Entering the home


When you enter a home, it should feel like one. There should be as much usage of space as only needed. When you enter your home, the first thing that should strike you is the quality of the flooring. Be using aged and dried yew tree flooring; the floorboards can be interlocked together and still remain rigid. Cheaper but equally as attractive hardwoods are viable, although, their sheen isn’t as deep and dense as a good quality wood. You should also make use of candles, encased in a glass bulb, but able to be taken off. The handles that prop up the candle can be polished brass or perhaps a glimmering steel.



Stature and boldness


The bedrooms and the living room is where the family will spend most of their time. Redesign your ceiling and get rid of the plain post-modern plaster artwork which generically features in most homes built a decade ago. Why not go back even further by using oak in a living room, with dried oak timber for the beams. The wood is strong because all the moisture that causes bending under pressure has been evaporated naturally. The beams would lay over the top of the walls, supporting the ceiling structure. A great sight to behold, and sure to impress visitors and guests.


Natural warmth


Every thatched cottage in the countryside has a fireplace, and your home should be no exception. You could install a fireplace to give the room a natural way of warming, as well as provide heat for the entire home. This is a great addition to your living room if you have a chimney running through one of the walls. The design should be an authentic, charcoal black, pure cast iron frame, with a hardened clay brick interior to insulate and stoke the fire.


Basic is beautiful


The kitchen of the traditional thatched cottage is pure for working and cooking. So, do away with the lavish designs, and adapt a less is more approach to the decor. The cabinet can change to a pure white frame, with a large opaque sheet of glass covering the door. The cabinet is taller, with a vertical, inwardly carved design like stripes, and usually in a sky blue or a darker, natural wood brown.


The traditional English countryside cottage has a great persona attached to it that has traveled the world. Basic, warm, cosy and very minimalistic, it’s very easy to fall in love with this decor and design approach.







Starting a new project is a big task. If you’re going to be doing some room restructuring or putting in some new lights and windows, you need to use your head effectively to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Projects hang on a knife edge, they can very quickly turn sour if you don’t get everything right on the first try. This sounds unrealistically hard to do, but if you prepare properly and take all of the necessary steps, it won’t be! Keep on reading if you want to know how to ease the burden of big projects.



Can You Really Do It Yourself?

This is one of the biggest questions that you have to ask yourself, and is often the most difficult because you have to put away your pride when you ask yourself this. If your project involves a lot of technical work like messing around with wiring and piping, you have to ask yourself if you really have the skills to do it. Most people won’t even think about this and they’ll blunder into a project without having thought about whether or not they can do it, which can lead to some very disastrous eventualities! There is a very good reason why plumbers and electricians have to be well trained, and that would be because it’s a very hard job to do right. If you know that you don’t have the skills to get a job done, which there is no shame in admitting, it’s best for you to hire a tradesman to come out to your house and do whatever job needs to be done! This keeps you out of danger of hurting yourself especially with live wiring, and prevents any mistakes that could ruin your home!



Is There An Alternative Option?

Oftentimes, people will just think “I want to change this room” and use the first idea which comes to their head and set off with that. This idea tends to be completely changing everything in the room, which isn’t always the best plan of action! You need to sit down and really think about what you want to do with your rooms to formulate a coherent plan so that everything has continuity and actually makes sense. Don’t just do something because you can do it, do something because you want to do it! It can serve to hire an interior designer, these professionals are able to listen to what you want done in your home and suggest the best option for it, perfect for those of us who don’t quite know the best way forward, which is most of us!



How Long Will It Take?

The timescale in which you do your project matters a lot too. It will determine how much you have to pay your workers, and how long it is until you’re finished and get to look at the end result! What you must keep in mind about large scale projects is that they are very disruptive to everyone in the household, which can be especially upsetting if you have toddlers and babies.

For us adults, it’s just plain annoying having all of those drills and banging noises occurring all of the time, you just cannot wait to get your house back. For this reason, it’s good to be able to see how long everything is taking by documenting it all in an excel document, you can record how far through the job you are and how much money you owe the contractors, a much better alternative than paper!


How Much Will It Cost?


Possibly the largest determining factor in how much you’re going to do to your house is how much it is going to cost. Money makes the world go round, and this is not an exception. You have to decide how much money you’re going to be able to spend on a project before you start, otherwise you could find yourself doing one of two things; You could end up planning a huge project and having to take out a huge amount of money from different lenders to fuel your project. This is something you want to avoid, even though you’ll have your dream home you’re going to be in a lot of debt which is something everyone needs to avoid in order to be financially stable. To remedy this you can get debt consolidation personal loans that help you put all of the payments in one place, but we want to avoid this. The other thing that can happen is that you can get halfway through your project and have to stop doing it because you cannot afford to complete it, leaving you with a half finished house that is not going to be nice to live in! In order to avoid this, all you need to do is plan accordingly. It can be difficult to plan everything on paper, so it’s good to get project planner apps for your phone that tell you how much of your budget you have got to play with, what you’ve already done and what you’ve got left to do! Getting one of these apps can really help you avoid any kind of financial disaster, perfect for those of us who find ourselves getting carried away too easily!