Home Improvements I’m Dying to Make

Those of you that regularly read my blog will know we renovated our entire house exactly one year ago. Home improvements aren’t easy, but this house absolutely needed it.

Luckily, we came out the other side and absolutely adore our house (you can check out my home decor Instagram for plenty of updates on how the house looks now).

There are some home improvements that I am dying to make, but it might not be cost-effective to do so. We want to make a profit on our house, but the absolute maximum we’ll be able to sell it for is around £180k because of the location. Therefore, if we spend thousands on home improvements such as a log burner, a new garage, loft conversion, etc. we won’t make a decent profit.

Just to make myself feel…better?…I’ve listed some home improvements that I would love to make, though maybe on our next house, whenever that may be.

Log burner

As mentioned above, I would LOVE  a log burner. I mean look at these:


Home improvements include a log burner. White living room with black log burner and white fireplace surround

Photo from http://www.sarahgordonhome.co.uk



Log burner with exposed brick behind and black fire surround.

Photo credit: https://thevintagegoodlife.blogspot.co.uk/



Black log burner with exposed brick behind it against black walls.

Photo credit: http://blog.making-spaces.net/


…and is there anything better than the smell of burning wood?


Bifold Doors

I suggested to Jay that we get bifold doors here in our dining room:


Low hanging pendant lights over dining table


They would look incredible and we could open up the whole space in summer and sit outside (although maybe we couldn’t now, because we have an indoor cat who isn’t allowed out, ever). If I was to get some, it would be from a reputable company like direct bifold doors. It would just make the space feel bigger and airier, and would be an amazing selling point when we did come to move.


Downstairs bathroom

Unfortunately in our house, there is just no room for a downstairs toilet. Lots of people put theirs under the stairs, however our stairs are placed stupidly. They go up through the lounge and over the kitchen, meaning we’d have to knock into the kitchen to be able to fit one in.


Interiors blogger truths. Kitchen with wooden floor and black granite surfaces.

See where the stairs come into the kitchen in the top right corner.


There is no space anywhere else to fit a downstairs bathroom, and it would cut into our living space. So is it worth it? Probably not, but I still want one.


What home improvements would you add to your home if money wasn’t an issue?


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?






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Top Interior Design Trends 2017: Fabrics, Colours and Materials

Look no further for the Top Interior Design Trends 2017. This article will cover patterns, colours, textures, and designs that you need in your home this Autumn/Winter 2017.


There seems to be a clash of the colours at the moment. Bold and daring hues are in, but similarly, so are grey, white and soft pastels, so it seems at the minute anything goes. Rich jewel tones such as deep purple or emerald go hand in hand with softer pastels: the two will compliment each other splendidly.

Whether you prefer bold or muted, both colours are making themselves known. Earthy colours are on the horizon, so think terracotta, sand, cinnamon, olive green. These types of colours come from the huge influx of Scandinavian-inspired homes that are splashed all over blogs, Instagram, and Pinterest. More and more people are opting for minimalism and comfort in hygge.

In our panicked lives, we want our homes to be serene and calming which comes with warm neutral colours. It seems we want to return to the great outdoors within the comfort of our own home. These colours are enabling us to do that. When working from home, we want a peaceful home office that makes us feel productive.

More and more people are opting for dark, intense colours too. There are a lot of walls being painted navy blue or racing green, offset with white furniture and shelving to add light, and contrast the dark even more. Combine such colours with rich velvet sofas and warm metals such as copper and bronze, and we’re almost returning to the Edwardian era of interiors.

Copper jugs on a dining table

Outdoor living space with plants

Sofa on purple wall - interior design trends


Materials had to be In the Top Interior Design Trends 2017 list, but what kind of materials can we expect to be using in our homes?

Natural and raw materials are continuing to be a big hit, especially with the industrial/attic look. To achieve this, use plenty of reclaimed worn wood to give a rustic look, as well as dark metals including steel, bronze and copper. These always look incredible with a bare brick wall.

We’re saying farewell to glossy, high-shine finishes, and opting for the ‘pre-decoration’ look. If you’re brave enough, then use cement or plaster finishes on your walls. If you’re worried about the space looking bare, add some plants for a homey touch.

Something else that I’m seeing a lot of is velvet. Velvet in armchairs and sofas will make in appearance in our home-ware shops, maybe even some thick, warm velvet curtains. Velvet can look quite heavy, so make sure your room can hold it.

With Pantone announcing a rich green as their Colour of the Year 2017, we’ve seen an increase in earthy colours and green home accessories. But it hasn’t stopped with furniture, and plants are burdening everyone’s homes. But this is not a bad thing. I love plants, and they make our home healthier. Combine the plants with lots of natural wood for a basic return to nature.

Pair the theme of nature with bronze for a true outdoors and industrial feel. These stunning pineapple lamps from HomeSquare.com will truly stand out and be admired by many.

Pineapple lamps on table from Home Square

Design and Style

Just like with fashion trends, vintage is returning. In the near future, there will be a recreation of the 60s and 70s. Geometric patterns and loud clashing colours will be seen not just in furniture, but also in lighting and accessories.

But don’t be afraid to pair vintage with modern. This is a look that always works, especially if you add some timeless, classic accessories. The look need to be about adding your personal touch and design. With the number of new builds popping up, people are aspiring to make their house look and feel different to the other hundred on the block. The way to do this is go bold with your interior.

Patterned flooring and tiles has made a comeback in an incredible farmhouse-style way. The crazy patterns and colours are being paired with plain white, retro tiles, so these are huge Top Interior Design Trends 2017. See the picture below from Emily Henderson’s blog. She’s chosen these incredible blue, 60s-esque geometric tiles and put them with white tiles. She’s even completed the vintage/modern style with a sink vanity unit which she found at a flea market. She up-cycled it to create this stunning sink, and has finished the look with all gold, retro taps and it’s a classic example of how to combine vintage, modern and classic.


Top Interior Design Trends 2017 - 60s and 70s retro is back

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Top Interior Design Trends 2017 - tiles and white

Photo courtesy of stylebyemilyhenderson.com

Blue sofa with throw, cushions and a pile of books

Fabric and Patterns

60s and 70s is making a return in fabric as well as in specific materials, so we’re adding them to the Top Interior Design Trends 2017 list. Imagine large geometric furniture pieces, in luxury black and gold, as well as the daring colours of the 60s such as orange and yellow.

As briefly mentioned above too, velvet is making a sure reappearance. It is such a flexible material: casual but formal, elegant, and it adds cosiness and warmth to a room. But don’t stick with traditional jewel colours like Royal Blue and Emerald. Why not go for a light pink velvet armchair?

Wall coverings are slowly replacing paint. You’ll find them draped over walls in rooms that use a lot of deep reds and dark woods. This mysterious style comes from North African and Indian influences, and even the Middle East too. The patterns are normally intricate and beautiful, and can easily be hung to transform the look of your room.

With earthy themes that we’re seeing a lot of popularity with, we can expect jungle-themed wall paper, prints and art work to be introduced. Forget your bright yellows or oranges with this particular style. You’re looking for moody and dark. Add some plants around your home to really make you feel like you’ve brought the outside in.



Our Top Interior Design Trends 2017 include all sorts of characteristic styles and a huge variety of fabrics, colours and designs. This is the year of go bold or go home. Make the most of it.