Luxury Living: One Effective Change Per Room

Home is always going to be important, but a touch of luxury can just make everything that little more special.

Of course, “luxury” inevitably tends to mean “expensive”, and many of us just don’t have the room in our personal budget for luxurious home decor and design.

Or at least, we don’t have the budget to make an entire room luxurious. If this is the case for you, then it might be worth considering small, luxurious improvements: one change for each room.

If you’re curious about how this could work for you, then here are a few suggestions to get your thoughts whirring.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Living Room

It’s tempting to think that luxury for the living room should involve technology. Few of us would turn down the chance for a bigger, smarter television. Tech changes can be incredibly expensive, and they are also transitory. Your high-tech TV will be usurped by newer models in a matter of months.

If you want to go for luxury living in the living room, then look to your lighting. Good lighting is essential for living rooms. It helps to create an ambience, especially during the long nights of winter.

Opt for a floor lamp with an opulent shade, or install a stunning fixture as a ceiling light. These simple touches will improve the look and feel of the entire room.

 

 

One Luxury Item For… The Kitchen

Unlike the living room, the kitchen is a great place to experiment with tech that can make life easier. Kitchen tech tends to be more affordable, so you won’t have to go into the red to bring a touch of luxury to this space.

The top pick for the kitchen is a gadget that makes life easier, and that you know you’re going to use.

It’s tempting to opt for a juicer or NutriBullet, but these have a tendency to sit unused for months at a time.

Instead, why not treat yourself to a pressure cooker? That might not sound luxurious, but pressure cookers are all the rage at the moment due to their multi functionality and plenty of recipes have sprung up as a result. The higher-end options will look surprisingly stylish on your kitchen counter.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Bedroom

The perfect bedroom should be a sanctuary, somewhere you can retreat to at the end of every day. It’s an area ripe for a touch of luxury. A bedroom should also be comfortable, which is why investing in high quality bedding, good pillows, and luxury duvets should be at the top of your shopping list.

If you ensure that your bedding is soft, comfortable, and hard-wearing, then it’s a decision you won’t regret. Not only will you be able to sleep surrounded by comfort, but you’ll also improve the overall aesthetic of the room when the bed is made. Bedding is definitely the best choice if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury living to your beloved bedroom.

 

Luxury living doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. With the above, you can give yourself a taste of the high life, without having to dip into your savings to do it!

 


 

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Tools to Home Make DIY Easier

For a lot of people, DIY isn’t a passion which fills them with joy and satisfaction, but you can make DIY easier.

Instead, this sort of work is done out of necessity, as you want to save money around your home. But it isn’t always easy.

In a lot of cases, barriers will be presented to you, and you won’t have a way to overcome them. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best tools out there to make DIY easier.

 

  • Cutting

 

One of the hardest jobs a novice DIYer will have to undertake is cutting. Unlike paper or other thin materials, wood and metal aren’t a simple matter of using scissors. Instead, you will need a saw, but you have to choose the right one.

For most jobs, a mitre saw will be enough to make all of the cuts you need. Along with this, you should also consider the idea of a cheap circular saw to help you out, too.

 

  • Measuring

 

Before you can make a cut, it’s always good to make sure that you’ve measured it twice. However, with all the modern tools on the market, you don’t really need to go to this effort.

Laser measuring tools have become very reliable over the last few years and make DIY easier. Offering unparalleled accuracy, this sort of tool is perfect for anyone who struggles to measure the right lines.

 

  • Joining

 

Once you’ve measured and made the cuts of the material you need, it’s time to start putting things together. For wood, one of the best ways to do this is using a nail gun. This sort of tool is perfectly safe if you use it correctly. You have to be careful, though. This sort of tool can often damage softer woods. Along with this, nails aren’t always the most attractive option, anyway.

To solve this issue, glue is here to save the day, and you have loads of examples to choose from. Spray adhesives have come a long way over the last few years, with a lot of companies offering options which can dry within minutes, giving you years of strong hold. We put brackets on our mantelpiece to hold our oak beam, but then glued the beam to the wall. Worked perfectly and saved using any nails to mount it!

This sort of material won’t always be appropriate for the job you’re doing. So, it’s always worth doing some research to make sure you’re getting the right glue for your project.

 

  • Painting

 

Finally, it’s time to think about one of the biggest jobs a DIYer will ever have to do; painting.

In a lot of cases, this work will take up a huge amount of your project time, and can be very hard to get right. To help you with this, there are loads of modern paint systems out there which take this work out of your hands. They dispense the paint for you at an even rate; it’s never been easier to give your walls a perfect coat.

 

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start taking on some bigger projects, while also making them a lot easier for yourself. A lot of people will be daunted by a job they think they can’t do. Make DIY easier by finding some kind of tool to help you, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

 



Tips for Understanding Home Textiles

Styling out your interiors can be a lot of fun, but you also need to know what you’re doing which is why understanding home textiles is so important.

When you start to go to town with your interiors, you quickly realise that things aren’t quite working well together. And that’s the part that can drive you round the bend. But it doesn’t have to.

You should experiment, but also learn from your mistakes when styling your interiors. Especially when it comes to your textiles. Sometimes you feel like everything will work together. I know I’ve done that a few times in my own house renovation. But it doesn’t always work, and it’s about learning how to mix patterns and textures.

Here are some tips for understanding home textiles that I have learnt whilst designing my house.

 

Colour Coordinate

Colour is often the main base of your designs and is what can bring a room together but also tear it apart again. If the colours don’t work, nothing else will either.

Work with a colour scheme that you really love, so that you know you’re going to be able to pull out certain colours and be happy with them, rather than hate them. When you have a set palette to work with, you know that any textile you buy within that set group of colours is going to work. It’s this idea of working with a collection that makes the buying process so much easier. Because anything you buy is going to match.

If you’re unsure of what contrasting colours go together, you can find a colour wheel online. Colours opposite each other in the wheel go really well together, such as yellow and light purple, or light pink and blue. This may sound odd, but they just works.

 

Main Event Or Side Show

Another key rule? All or nothing. When you’re looking for the right soft furnishings, it’s easy for things to get a bit chaotic. Obviously you want to avoid this.

I think one of the easiest ways to think of your textiles is as main events, or supporting acts. If you want your textiles, such as cushions and curtains, to stand out, then pair them with understated furniture. If you have statement furniture, keep your textiles basic.

However, don’t think that it always has to be this way. If you know what you’re doing, feel free to mix a bold coloured sofa with patterned cushions. Just be careful.

Focus On Quality

Textiles can look a little bit cheap and that will really bring down the look of a room. So, instead of focusing on cost, focus on quality. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money, but you should think about choosing a quality that will add to your interiors and not bring them down.

Understanding home textiles in this way will add an edge to your interiors that looks expensive, not cheap.

 

Find The Perfect Fit

You should really focus on finding textiles and soft furnishings that fit specifically to your space. From fabulous made to measure curtains to custom-made rugs, it pays to find the perfect fit. Not only will your chosen purchase be unique, it will also be perfect for the space it was made for.

 

Mix & Match

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit with the designs. Use different textures and prints in different rooms. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the same sorts of styles across your entire house. Because when you mix things up, you definitely feel like you’re working with different looks.

 

Understanding home textiles can be a bit baffling if you don’t know where to start. But figure out the basics like colour, and it makes all your decisions much easier.

 

 

Household Essentials We Still Haven’t Bought

We bought our house in January 2017, have been living there 4 months, and there are still so many household essentials we haven’t bought yet that we desperately need.

A couple of weeks ago, we finally started buying some home accessories. It was a great start and now we actually have a living room light!

However, there’re still a lot of household essentials we need. All of these things are driving me mad. They’re all little objects that help a lot in daily life, hence why they’re called household essentials. Here’s what we need to buy.

 

Blinds and curtains

When we bought the house, we had vertical blinds everywhere. They weren’t to my taste, but they worked and they blocked the neighbours’ vision into the house.

My biggest regret is watching Jay get annoyed with the venetian blinds when we took them down to paint, and seeing him throw them into the skip outside. I didn’t even try to stop him, and that was the biggest mistake we could have made.

Our window in our living room is wider than standard, so we’d need to pay for tailor-made. The blinds we had were perfectly good and useful! Now we have a pair of old curtains masking taped to the window frame until we can afford proper blinds and curtains (probably after the wedding).

Household essentials includes curtains and blinds

You can just see in this picture the curtains that are taped up.

I’d love some aluminium blinds for the kitchen and landing from somewhere like Ambition Blinds, and a Roman blind on the large living room window with floor-length curtains too. We’ll get there one day!

 

Wall lights

Our landing still has wires hanging out the wall where our wall lights need to go. I’ve even found some that I like but still haven’t got around to buying them.

Once we do have them, however, we won’t be able to use them. Why? Because we don’t have ANY blinds or curtains in our house (as explained above) and all the neighbours will see us doing the naked run to the bathroom in the mornings. Not ideal.

Stumbling upstairs once we’ve set the alarm isn’t ideal, so we do need to buy some ASAP, especially now it’ll be getting dark at 4pm.

 

Garlic crusher

A small and cheap household essential that I could probably buy tomorrow. But I haven’t got round to it yet and every time I chop garlic by hand I curse myself and wish that I would just buy one. But still, I don’t.

I also don’t want to buy a cheap one just because I need one. I want a nice heavy duty one that will last a long time and is easy to clean.

 

Utensil Holder

I love our kitchen draining board. I know it’s an odd thing to love, but it’s built into the granite and just looks smooth and clean. We bought a stainless steel drying rack for the draining board, but we still don’t have a utensil holder.

I’d like it so we can stand the cutlery upright while it dries. At the minute, they end up in a puddle of water, not drying. Again, a minor household essential, but still important.

 

I feel like I need to invest in all these basic household essentials before I go mad. They’ll make my life so much easier!

Important Home Maintenance Checks You Need to Make

When it comes to home maintenance checks, you need to keep a careful eye on aspects of your home that could deteriorate over time. 

These home maintenance checks includes maintenance of machinery and household appliances. It also includes checking structure, windows and doors, or the central heating system. If you don’t care for these things, they may break or become unsafe, resulting in a large bill.

Luckily, there are checks that you can do regularly to prevent large bills and unnecessary problems. Here is how you can keep an eye on neglected areas of your home.

 

Windows and doors

Important home maintenance checks include checking your windows for gaps or cracks.

Once or twice a year, take the time to thoroughly inspect your windows and doors. Check for any draughts and cracks that could potentially lead to breakages and replacement before their time is up.

There are steps that you can take to reinforce your windows and doors to make them last as long as possible. This may also save you on your heating bills.

You can get draught excluders for the bottoms of your doors and to surround your windows. You can also get reinforcing screens to cover your windows which will prevent you from having to replace them earlier than needed.

 

Heating

It’s a wise idea to have your boiler checked regularly to avoid being landed with a large bill if it breaks down. Doing this will allow small repairs to be able to be made. You might have to pay for small service checks, but this saves one large cost later on.

Companies like http://ecosafe.co/ offer boiler replacement, service and guarantee so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Another reason to have your boiler regularly serviced is to ensure that you’re not paying too much for your heating bills. If you know that your boiler is working as it should then you will find the bill will decrease too.

Home radiator and fireplace

 

Water and electricals

It’s a well known fact that water and electricity don’t mix well. Make sure that you don’t have any leaking pipes or open wiring to keep yourself safe. Also make sure you don’t have large repair bills.

If you know someone that’s got plenty of DIY knowledge, get them to come to your home and take a look at all of your pipes and electricity. They will make that they are intact and not in need of repair. Get any repairs done as soon as possible to make sure that you’re not putting yourself in danger.

 

Remember that if you find repairs that need doing while doing your home maintenance checks, and you’re not trained to undertake the work, then get a professional in to make sure the job is done to home regulation.

 

Taking these three steps will ensure that your home is up to scratch. You’ll keep yourself safe, your bank account happy, and you’ll learn to love your home.