Thursday, 21 September 2017

Pour Innovation Into Your Home Renovation

We all want that perfect show-home that we see in pictures. That’s why it can be a little disheartening when you return home and you’re met with the sight of a humble household which is rough around the edges and a little worse for wear. Still, it doesn’t have to stay this way, and you don’t have to fork out a ridiculous amount of money to make your household look like the interior of a showhome. Here are some ideas which might just give you the necessary inspiration to pour a little innovation into your home renovation.

The kitchen

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. You most likely spend a big portion of your time in here when at home, whether you’re cooking or sitting down for a meal with your friends and family. Essentially, your entire home will suffer if this room suffers; the kitchen really holds the house together. And it doesn’t take much to ruin the overall kitchen aesthetic. That’s why it’s so important to focus on the small details when it comes to renovating this room. You might want to start by repainting the walls with a neutral color such as white. This is good advice for any room in your house, in fact, because it’ll not only make said room appear fresh but also brighten the space by reflecting natural light pouring in through the windows during the day.

You should also strive to create a good blend of contemporary furnishings and homely furnishings with substance; it’s important that you household looks nice but still feels like home. You could look into getting a glass dining table set to add some sleek modernity to the kitchen. Then you could look into getting something such as an oak coffee table for your TV to contrast the modernity of the room with a more traditional style of furnishing. It’s all about finding the balance which aligns with your preferences.

The lounge

Of course, the second heart to the home is the living area. After a long day at work or school, all anybody wants to do is collapse on their couch and lift the weight of the day off their shoulders. If your lounge doesn’t feel warm, inviting, and homely then it could be one of the main things which is affecting the cozy factor of your overall home. Sprucing up this room doesn’t have to be difficult, however.

It’s about cutting down on clutter, above all else. People want to feel as if they can stroll to the couch without having to navigate through a minefield of children’s toys, cushions, DVDs, and other things lying on the floor. You could put up additional shelving units if many of the things in the lounge don’t have a proper storage space. Of course, you could also add some swish features to encourage the family to use the room more; a pool table is always a great addition. The point is that the lounge shouldn’t be a room that people want to avoid.

All in all, the most important element of your home renovation has to be the comfort factor. The outside world might be out of your control, but you should feel as if you can relax in your own home. It’s about making aesthetic improvements such as replacing furnishings but also creating a cozy and inviting environment. You might want to insulate the walls to make the home warmer (and reduce energy bills) or perhaps even create a conservatory to add a little space and style to your house. At the end of the day, you know your own preferences. Trial different things until your house’s interior feels welcoming.

Travelling Light In Colder Weather

Travelling in the later year is something a lot of us tend to do. Prices of flights and holidays are down, hotels are cheaper to book as peak season has flown away, and the kids are back to school so there can even be less hazards involved. Yet it’s also colder, so we tend to pack more heavily. Here’s a few tips on how not to, and increase the size of your luggage for the items you really want to take away with you.


Dress and Pack in Layers

Because you’re going to need to keep your core warm, you need to pack some body hugging tops that are still thin enough to fit under an over shirt or some flannel. If you have a few Dickies polo shirts packed in your suitcase, you can look good and feel warm at the same time, which a lot of people tend to think of as mutually exclusive.

It would also be an idea to roll your clothing when you pack it. Keeping all outfits in pre arranged assortments and rolled up to stay neat and fit more in is perfect for layered pieces. Wear two layers on your torso, and then put on a fleece with a bigger jacket on top. This can be worn in the airport and on the plane, and the outer two layers can be taken off easily. It isn’t hard to carry when you’ll be wearing it the majority of the time.

Wear Breathable but Insulated Footwear

If you’re off to a colder place, you’re only really going to be needing one pair of shoes. There’s going to be less chance to change or need to customise your outfit for a night, and colder weather footwear is actually incredibly versatile. Boots always make good style choices, and have plenty of grip on the sole and warmth inside.

Thankfully, this kind of footwear is made to be more durable, as the designers often have hiking and trekking in mind. Take them off when you’re indoors to truly feel the benefit of them when you go back outside.

What to Keep in a Carry On

With colder weather, you’re going to need all the usual in your carry on if you’re flying, and a few extras. Usually a good scarf if you’re not already wearing one around your neck, or a hat for your ears.

If you’re off to a cold climate for a nice skiing holiday, or you’re travelling within a colder country or state, you can still pack lightly. Pack for roughly a week’s worth of clothes and that’ll be your bulk, as washing and drying these clothes can be done in a variety of ways if you’re staying any longer. In cold climates you don’t want to be bogged down by heavy bags, and your circulation is more important than ever.

So there you have it; just a few recommendations on what to pack for the cold. Being durable in our current climate is easy.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

How to Turn Your House into a Home

There is no place like home. That is why it’s so important to create a relaxing, stylish space that you’ll long to return to day after day. If you’ve recently moved into a new property, read our helpful tips on how to turn your house into a home. 

Show Your Personality with Paint

It’s easy to feel as though you’re living in someone else’s home when you first move into a house or apartment, and it can be quite daunting. You can therefore say goodbye to the past tenants by personalising the space with a splash of paint. A fresh coat in your favourite colour could be all you need to feel right at home in your new property. 

Expand Your Property 

Transform your property’s design by expanding your space. For instance, you could add a conservatory or extension. It’s a great way to transform the look and feel of your home, while allowing you to take control of its exterior. Put your own stamp on your property’s design, and if you’re thinking ‘I need to have more space’ then you needn’t have the worry, ‘is there a qualified builder near me?’ because you can just use Plentific. 

The Right Lighting 

Shine a light on your interior design with the right lighting. Create a warm and inviting space by layering your lighting to create an ambience, which will allow you to relax and unwind in your new home. For example, you can mix a ceiling light with a table lamp and/or wall lights to create a romantic atmosphere. 

It’s also possible to show off your style and personality through the lighting fixtures you choose. For instance, those who appreciate timeless elegance should incorporate a beautiful chandelier into their interior design. While those who adore quirky styles should incorporate an unusual table lamp into their space. 

Add Beautiful Artwork 

The artwork you choose will reflect your personality. You can therefore show off who you are through beautiful works of art, which will capture your guests’ attention. As you’ll love the artwork, you’ll enjoy admiring it each day, which will also help to create a stylish space. So, if you haven’t already done so, find and hang a stunning work of art that you’ll be happy to look at every day. 

Slowly Change the Interior Design 

Many homeowners make the big mistake of rushing in to change a property’s interior design, only to later regret their colour choice, feature wallpaper or textiles. We therefore recommend you live in the home for a little while before making any big changes. Live in the space as it is for a few months, bring home different coloured samples and identify the best interior design choices for your needs. In the meantime, you can personalise a space by filling the home with items you love, such as family photographs, professional awards, a book collection or keepsakes. 

Do you have any helpful tips on how to make a house a home? We would love to read your handy tips. Please feel free to leave a comment below.