How to Care for your Home

Sometimes we can get so bogged down with how our home looks, but sometimes you forget that you have to care for your home too.

And I know, I’m an interiors blog, but a home needs to be practical and liveable in too.

We often take for granted that we can be welcomed by a warm home (because you’ve already put the heating on using your next). When things go wrong, we can feel isolated, stressed and uncomfortable in a place that’s ours. Nobody wants to be caught short, so make sure you’ve got the basics covered to keep your house ticking along smoothly.

 

Do Up Your Drainage

The buildup of debris in your drains and pipes can cause unsightly problems you certainly don’t want to come across. This build up will be worst in Autumn when all the leaves are falling. So arrange to get your drainpipes cleaned out around November in time for the winter.

If you have struggled to keep on top of your clear outs, find a company that can unblock and clean drains and pipes. Their specialists can safely dispose of the blockages that are clogging them up and you can then avoid potential disasters. Build-ups inside your drain can cause pungent and unpleasant smells and it can stop your water running smoothly. Avoid a drainage disaster and seek help from experts as soon as you can.

A warm bath or shower is something we all need in winter, so don’t risk losing out on those!

 

Care and Clean To Avoid Calamities

We are all guilty of giving our homes a quick once-over with the vacuum cleaner and a half-hearted swish of the duster. When was the last time you deep cleaned every room in your home?

You might not realise that your haphazard housework could be affecting your health. Mould, grime and dirt can build up in inconspicuous places in your homes and you wouldn’t even know about it. Mould and damp can be very damaging to you and your family’s health, so make sure you inspect walls and ceilings for any signs of this.

The next time you get a chance, turn your home upside down and finish off those cleaning jobs you’ve always pushed to the back of your mind. Move the sofa and bed to hoover underneath those, hoover behind the TV and clean all the cupboards in the kitchen (including the inside).

 

Freshen your Decor

 

Chairs with throws and a balcony

Have you ever just stopped noticing things? The things you see every day stop being seen and just become a part of the background. But have you ever actually spent time looking at the things you own? Are there loose threads all over your cushions, or holes where the lining starts? How chipped is the paint on your walls? Time passes so quickly, that suddenly you might have had your sofa for ten years.

 

There are obviously temporary measures you can take like getting your carpet professionally cleaned rather than replacing it. But sometimes everything just needs redoing. Spend time choosing new paint colours and it’ll change the look of a room as well as help to tidy up the paint. This kind of care for your home helps the look of it as well as just the hygiene problems.

 

Care for your home by following these small pieces of advice. You can avoid daily disasters by keeping the little things in check. Your house should be a place of peace and stability where you can switch off your brain and recuperate after a hard day’s work. A couple of small projects will take your home from unpredictable to unstoppable so strive to make your home clean, clear and coursing like clockwork! If you get these things covered you might even sell your home faster if you’re looking to move into a new abode in the near future.

 

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How to Make your Hallway Appear Bigger and Lighter

Need some advice on how to make your hallway appear bigger, or add some natural light? This is the article you need.

Our hallway is probably the most important area of our home, but it seems to be the room that gets left to suit itself. So how to make your hallway appear bigger without undergoing any major renovations?

“It’s the first space to greet you each time you walk through the door, and it’s also the first glimpse guests get of your home,” houzz.co.uk editor Victoria Harrison tells the Express.

Hallways can be a difficult space to organise, but think about their main purpose. What is a hallway supposed to do?

Well, it’s the place that welcomes us in after a long day at work. It’s a place to store our coats and boots, and a place to take them off as we come in. This is how a hallway can become messy, cluttered and, let’s be honest, a bit of a dumping ground. It can be so easy to close a door and forget about the mess in there.

Your hallway should be a reflection of the rest of your house. What can your guest expect from the rest of the house, based on the hallway?

This guide is for those who get a bit stuck in a rut with their hallway. It answers queries such as how to make your hallway appear bigger and lighter and how to make it more inviting.

 

Style a Small Hallway

Keep it neutral

It’s best to keep a small hallway light with neutral colours. Any small room won’t normally take a bold colour unless there’s a large window to balance out the light. If you love colour, it can be introduced through artwork, flowers, decorative ornaments or rugs. Neutral never means boring.

See this hallway: it has white walls, but the unit, pictures and rug by the front door really help to make the space feel cosy. It doesn’t feel bare.

 

how to make your wall appear bigger

 

The hallway is probably the most walked-through area of the house, so a hardwearing, eggshell paint is a great option as it is easy to remove any scuffs from people always coming and going.

High mirror shine

This tip is also good for a dark hallway, as mirrors reflect light. But more importantly, mirrors amplify the space around you. You could add a large statement mirror for major impact. It also means us ladies’ can check our appearance right before we leave (we’re all guilty of it).

Turn your coats and shoes into accessories

If your hallway is small, avoid chunky cabinets and shoe storage with doors and large handles. These will make the space feel smaller. Instead, choose shelving. The openness of it means the unit will look smaller than it actually is, especially if you can see the wall through the back of the shelving unit.

See this unit from Garden Trading. The unit doesn’t look too bulky. You’ll just have to try and keep your shoes tidy all the time!

 

Add hooks above instead of shelving to hang your coats and scarves on.

Invest in a runner

Runners are an amazingly cheap way of making your hallway appear bigger. They draw your eye right down the length of the room, making it feel longer. This also works up the stairs too. Putting one up the stairs will almost feel as though your hallway has doubled in size. Suddenly, the hallway includes the stairs.

Though this picture doesn’t use a runner, your eye is drawn down to the back wall of the hallway because of the lights. If you look at where the back wall meets the floor, it’s actually a relatively small hallway.

 

You could use this idea on a more minor, less psychedelic scale by adding small LED spotlights along your floor.

Add some beautiful botanicals

Botanical prints and plants are everywhere in people’s homes this season. If you have a windowsill or ledge in your hallway, add a plant to it. Think about whether you want one that trails down a piece of furniture, or a taller plant to add height to the room.

 

Style a Dark Hallway

So you’re thinking how to make your hallway appear bigger? The amount of light that is let in can make a big difference. A dark room will always look smaller. Hallways are dark because there is a wall separating all the rooms off. If you live in a semi-detached, it might also mean that there is no window there either. This can make the hallway a very dark and dingy space. So here are some simple tips to help you lighten your hallway, thereby making it seem larger.

Consider a new front door

Front doors can be pricey, but if your current door has one small stained glass window, it might be worth investing in something that lets more light in. One that’s all glass will look ultra modern, and will make your hallway feel much bigger.

Paint your balustrade white

If your current balustrade is a mid- or dark wood, it might be worth painting it white for a much lighter, airier feel. It will also soften the look of the stairs to make your hallway feel larger.

…or go all glass

An all-glass balustrade can look stunning. The light will flow straight through it so you’ll think you haven’t even got stairs. The slats in this staircase give the appearance of a wall, whilst still letting lots of light up the stairs.

Borrow light from somewhere else

Hallways often have no windows, and a wall with lots of doors. It might be a good idea to buy some new glass doors, or doors with glass panels. This means if your living room gets flooded with light for most of the day, the glass will let some of this through to the hallway.

how to make your hallway appear bigger using light from other rooms

So there’s your guide on how to make your hallway appear bigger. I hope it can help someone transform their space.

Do you have any hints or tips you’d add to the list?

 

Sources:

http://www.idealhome.co.uk/hallway/hallway-ideas/small-hallway-ideas-176110

http://www.homedit.com/easy-ways-make-hallways-look-bigger-brighter/

https://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/70790166/list/10-ideas-for-tackling-a-dark-hallway?irs=US

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How to avoid house renovation disasters

Our house renovation did not always go to plan, so here are some tips on how to avoid house renovation disasters. Hopefully, I can help a few people out, and they can avoid making the same mistakes that we did.

Making a stud wall

We ‘found’ an old doorway that had clearly been boarded up a few years ago. Our house must have originally had a hallway, and this would have been the door that ran from the back of the hall into the kitchen. It had been boarded up with chipboard which couldn’t be plastered over.

This set us back a couple of weeks as Jay had to make a stud wall himself, which he had never done before. It would have been fluke to get it right first time, so it had to come down and be built again. Luckily, Jay had learnt from his mistake and got it perfect the second time, using the right tools

The floor had to be levelled twice

With a house, know that nothing is going to be straight. Literally, none of our walls are straight, and our floors weren’t level enough for the wooden flooring in the kitchen. It also didn’t help that cement had been used to glue the tiles to the floor.

When Jay was lifting them up, a huge metre-wide chunk of concrete came up with the tiles. This had to be filled in with concrete, and then the floor was properly levelled.

But even after one ‘go’ of levelling it wasn’t level, so we had to do it again.

avoid house renovation disasters for mess

Photo by Nolan Issac on Unsplash

Some of the plastering had to be redone

Thanks to our wonky walls, the plastering was done twice to try and level them out. Some walls were fine to be left, but our chimney breast was visibly out of line. It was re-plastered to bring it straight with the other side.

This doesn’t sound like a big job, but it meant we had to wait another week for it to dry before we could emulsion the walls.

Some of our skirting didn’t even touch parts of the wall, because it was so out of line, so we had to fill this in afterwards with caulk.

The radiators went on before the skirting board

This is a logistics problem that no one thought through. It wasn’t too much of a problem. It just meant me and Jay were on our hands and knees with a laser level. We had to get the skirting cut straight and then nailed on correctly.

Top tip to avoid house renovation disasters: try and paint the skirting before it goes on the walls. If you have a workbench, balance the skirting on it and prime and gloss it. It might take a couple of days, but when the skirting is on the wall, it’s difficult to paint it accurately whilst crawling on the floor. I did get some on the freshly-painted walls (ssh, don’t tell Jay).

Always leave a toilet in when renovating the bathroom

Even if you have to plumb it in again at the end of every day, it’s crucial that you leave the toilet in. I had to use my neighbours’ for around 8 weeks. Luckily, we weren’t living there full time, and Jay often used my flower beds instead (thanks).

Photo by Paco S on Unsplash

Keep every single receipt

The amount of money we have probably wasted because we wanted to take something back, that we didn’t use, is probably ridiculous.

Luckily, places such as Wickes have a six-month return policy, so you still have time to find that receipt even four months later.

If you’re lazy, it’s best to stockpile things that need to go back, so you can do it in one trip.

I hope these tips on how to avoid house renovation disasters helps you somewhat! Really think about the order of things logically to avoid making things more difficult for yourself. You wouldn’t put the flooring in and then paint the ceiling!

Any other tips you’d add? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

The Bathroom Reveal: Before and After

A few days ago, we had the Living Room reveal, but now we have the bathroom reveal!

The bathroom was one of the biggest jobs. We weren’t actually planning on changing it  right away. But a leaking soil pipe, and the need to get access to the wiring under the floorboards, meant the whole thing had to come out. But finally here is the bathroom reveal:

Before

The family who lived here previously seemed to like this pine cladding that was everywhere. It was up the stairs, in the lounge, and clearly in the bathroom.

The bathroom reveal - before

Of course, it could have been hiding any sort of problems, but lucky for us, there was no leak (apart from the pesky soil pipe) and no hidden horrors.

We have kept the layout very much the same. The toilet, sink and bath all remain in the same place, as does the radiator (to the right of the camera).

We haven’t kept ANYTHING from this room. Not even the toilet roll holder or the lights.

After

The bathroom reveal - after

 

 

 

 

 

We opted for creams and browns to keep a warm feel to it. These photos were taken a few months ago, so we’ve since put an extractor fan where that wire is hanging out of the wall.

I’m looking for some trailing ivy that can hang down the windowsill and really brighten up the room.

I adore our sink. It was so expensive but so worth it. I love the shape of it, and how much storage there is on the inside. The door has soft close too which is a luxury.

We’ve left a bit of space at the end of the bath for a product holder (a nice one!) like this one from The White Company

I also love that our bath is double-ended, again a bit of a luxury: I preferred the style and the look of them. I also adore our waterfall taps which finish off the whole thing.

It still looks a bit bare, but eventually we’ll fill it up with towel rails and bathrobes. It’ll feel much more home-y.

So there you have it, our bathroom reveal.

Look out for the kitchen/diner reveal, coming soon!

We’ve Moved In!

The day has finally come, and we’ve moved in to our new house.

I’m sharing some pictures with you, even though it’s still very messy, and we still have a LOT of sorting out to do because WE’VE MOVED IN. I can’t believe how instantly at home me and Jay felt: I thought it would be weird, and wouldn’t feel like our house, but we settled in so quickly.

I suppose that’s because we’ve been doing work on it for six months. Being here every day for that amount of time has obviously got us used to the place.

Our first night here was on Saturday. I don’t think either of us slept particularly well on a new mattress, and in a new place. The water tank makes an unusual ticking noise (and it’s in our bedroom) and the road is quite noisy in the mornings. I’ve always lived in a cul-de-sac, so I’m not used to the sound of cars whizzing by in the morning.

We have scrubbed the whole place, I’ve been hoovering every day, and we always have a number of visitors every afternoon. They’re all excited to see it after all the work and money we’ve put in.

So, onto the pictures!

This is right by the front door. As you come in, the stairs are in front of you, and the sideboard is to the right.

living room with sofa and lighting

This is the lounge. The front door is behind the sofa, as is the sideboard above.

You go through the lounge into the kitchen diner. The whole of downstairs is open plan, with only an archway separating the dining room and living room.

moved in to our house

As you might have guessed, by the green carpet, we haven’t touched the two big bedrooms upstairs. And the bed/bedding is going ASAP too.

The small bedroom is being turned into my office. It currently has the same floor as the kitchen, but no wallpaper/paint.

 

It still needs a lot of work. The next job is to dig a trench for drainage that means we can put a washing machine in the garage. We’d also like to tackle the outside of the house before we start on the bedrooms.

At the moment we can only get one car on the drive because of the plants. It would be good to flatten the whole thing, and then get two cars on. At least we’re moved in though!