5 BATHROOM MAKEOVER IDEAS YOU WILL LOVE

Are you looking for some bathroom inspiration?  Considering a bathroom makeover?  I’ve gathered 5-bathroom makeover ideas that I think you will love.  From installing the most luxurious soaking tub to adding fluffy towels!  I hope you find some inspiration here, after all who doesn’t love a long soak in the bath after a hard day’s work?

 

It’s All About the Bath

 

I love a long soak in the tub, so having a large soaking tub is just ideal.  Go for the an indulgent one if you have the space and budget, after all a bath is the focal point to any bathroom.  There are so many options to choose from, this freestanding bath from Iflo is one of my favourites. However, there is a tub for any size bathroom, so check the range out and see what will fit with your size and budget.  You will never want to leave your bathroom with these statement style baths.

 

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Improve Your Showering

 

There are times when all I want to do is have a quick shower and head to bed or in the mornings it’s more convenient to shower than bath – unless you have the luxury of working from home that is!  In any case you can still have a luxurious showing experience.  There are some stunning shower heads out there that look sleek and glamourous.  There are even shower heads that are therapeutic too.  It’s also a good idea to think about shelving in the shower, you know somewhere to keep your soaps and shower gels.  The sky is the limit, it can be a shower of your dreams.

 

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Be Bold with Decorating

 

Decorating is the ideal opportunity to show off your own personal style.  If you don’t wish to go all out with the paint what about some eye-catching vibrant tile designs?  Shades of blue, which remind us of the sea are perfect for a bathroom and it so happens the colour for 2018 is indigo!  Which is why I have chosen these stunning tiles.  I fell in love with these at first sight.

 

 

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Create A Vanity Unit

 

Storage is always a problem in our household so opting for a vanity unit is the ideal solution!  The sky really is the limit from storage just below the one sink to opting for a double sink with full storage for all your difference bits and pieces that often get left lying around the bathroom!

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For Smaller Bathrooms

 

Modular furniture will help you make the most of a small bathroom and make it look light and spacious too.  If you opt for units on the walls and off the floor this trick will make your bathroom appear bigger and lighter.  You could also opt for slimline cabinets like those from the Trapini Range too if your bathroom is narrow and opt for a shower bath giving you a choice of bath and shower.

 

 

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Add Luxury with Final Additions

 

There are so many additional ways to make your bathroom feel and look luxurious.  From a stunning light feature that creates real ambience to luxurious towels.  However, before thinking about these make sure your bathroom is clutter free especially if you have a small bathroom.  Then you can begin adding your own personal touches to make the space the prettiest it can be.

 

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6 HOT HOME TRENDS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOW

Home trends change all of the time, and you certainly shouldn’t feel like you need to keep up with them. You’d end up constantly decorating, spending a fortune and never having the chance to just enjoy your home. But, if you are looking to make some changes anyway, it can be a good idea to look at the current hot trends for inspiration, while remembering to consider your taste. Don’t paint your room a colour you hate just because it’s trendy, especially when it probably won’t be next season.

 

If you are looking to make some changes this year, let these trends inspire you and give you some ideas. Then, start a Pinterest board to combine the hot trends with your ideas and find something that works for your home.

 

Natural Materials

 

Natural materials such as Oak Doors, large wooden dining tables, and statement ceiling beams are warming, trending and a great way of bringing the outdoors in. Natural materials are also long lasting and hard wearing. Perfect for a home with kids. Another fantastic advantage of natural materials is that they never really go out of style and they go with everything. You could easily change your wall colours or soft-furnishings without needing to replace key pieces.

 

Outdoors

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It’s not just natural materials that are trendy right now. Bringing nature inside, on the whole, is very in style. Indoor plants can look beautiful, open your rooms up and even improve your health or quality of sleep. Green’s and sky blue are also being used to give indoor areas an airy and natural outdoor feel.

 

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Mixed Metals

 

Copper and rose gold were massive in 2017, and stainless steel is always a favourite in bathrooms and kitchens where it looks clean and hygienic and is easy to clean. But, in 2018, there’s more. You’re no longer tied to one kind of metal. You can mix them up. A kitchen with stainless steel fittings and then copper or brass light fittings can look great. Metals can be cold and impersonal, mixing them adds texture, depth, and warmth to the room.

 

Patterned Flooring

 

Search “floor tiles” on Pinterest, and you’ll be met with a sea of colourful tiles and flooring. Monochrome is out, colour and pattern are in. Think of artistic William Morris prints or statement Moroccan designs. Mixing patterns is also very popular. Your tiles don’t have to match, just buy those that you like and put them all together.

 

If you decide to go for a patterned floor, stick to light and plain walls to highlight the floor and ensure the room doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

 

Velvet

 

In a case of home design copying fashion, velvet is currently very popular. A large velvet sofa can make a significant statement while also being incredibly comfortable. If you want a subtler texture, add velvet cushions and curtains instead of whole pieces.

 

Purple

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Green was the in colour of 2017. This year, it’s varying shades of purple. Light purple hues on the walls can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. Add deeper, darker tones to your soft furnishings and artwork to add depth and texture.

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CRAZY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 1950’S HOUSEHOLD & TODAY PLUS GIVEAWAY

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.

 

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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!

 

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Food

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.

 

 

Clothing

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!

 

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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!

 

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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?

 

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6 THINGS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM SUPER COZY

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.

 

 

Fireplace

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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?

 

Lighting

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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.

 

 

Sofa

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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

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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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Candles

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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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6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO GO TO B&M FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS DECOR

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!

 

Nutcrackers

 

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.

 

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