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!


french polishing



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.








Pinterest-worthy Bespoke Furniture Ideas for your New Home


Getting a new property can be an exciting time. You may feel as though there is so much to look forward to and nothing can quite compare to this feeling. One of the most important questions you think of before making the decision whether to buy a property or not is the storage space or the potential of getting the fitted wardrobes. Especially if like me, you have your winter clothes, your summer clothes and your in-between season clothes!  Below I’ve pulled together some Pinterest-worthy bespoke furniture ideas for your new home.  Let’s get started.



Fitted Reception Wardrobe

Sometimes, shelving units just don’t quite cut it. After all, sometimes you just don’t want to have everything on-show and you also don’t want to have boxes on top of boxes either. Fitted reception wardrobes can really help you out with this, and you’d be surprised at how easy it is for you to really get the best result out of your installation. You can have your wardrobe in any colour, any style and this ultimately means that it’s super easy to match in with your existing living room.  This bespoke furniture idea is certainly worth considering.


Bespoke Library

There’s just something so romantic about having a bespoke library. You can easily arrange your books in any order you want and you can even customise the height of each shelf as well. This means that the taller books won’t look cramped and the smaller books will look like they always have a place they can call home.  This is certainly a Pinterest-worthy bespoke furniture idea that I need next in my home as our books are just sitting in piles everywhere!


Fitted Home Office

For all those bloggers out there or for anyone who works from home.  It’s just so frustrating it can be to sit at a small table that is just so uncomfortable, with post-stick notes dotted everywhere because you don’t have any organised space. How about a fitted home office?  Have bespoke furniture ideas for every room in your home can make such a difference.  Having a fitted home office is a must have for all those who work from home.  When you have a fitted home office, you can have shelves specifically sized for A4 paper, presentation folders, your printing equipment and so much more. This will make the whole thing super easy and it’s a great way for you to really make the most out of your space.


Whatever style your home is, bespoke furniture ideas and custom made fitted storage could be a solution for your storage needs. Having the new wardrobe does not mean it has to be modern, you can also get a bespoke traditional closet, made-to-measure bookshelf or even set of drawers for the loft room.


What’s on your list for your next project?  Let me know below.



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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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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.



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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