What is Decor Rotation and Should You Do It?

Humans don’t really like change, but decor rotation is absolutely something we should do in our homes.

I’m a really fussy person, but when I do find the PERFECT thing, I won’t get bored of it. That perfect item could easily stay for 10+ years.

I know other people aren’t like that and change their mind every other day. No matter what sort of person you are, everyone should believe in decor rotation. Our homes can become so tired, dull and shabby looking unless you rotate your furniture and bring in new bits and pieces every now and then.

It can be hard when you become emotionally attached to something. If you’ve had a piece such as a sofa in your life for many years, you become attached to it. This is why we see so much clutter in modern homes, even though the properties might be new either in building quality and design or new for us as home buyers. We fill them with the same old stuff.

Every so often, it’s right to let go, even if the interior pieces you have given sentimental value to are working and functioning properly. Sometimes you have to admit to the contemporary styles and move with the times. What’s better is that you might find something that is more suited to your tastes.

 

Replacing the sofa

The living, beating heart and soul of the home is and always will be the living room. It’s where you go to relax and watch your favourite television shows. It’s also a place where you have meaningful talks with your guests, friends and family.

Older sofas tended to be curvy and only provide three seats. Modern, stylish sofas have a more domineering factor with their sharp straight lines. A modern sectional corner sofa made from leather would make a great addition to your home.

These sofas can easily seat around four to five, with the benefit of a couple of foot resting spaces. They are large and do require a lot of space in your lounge or living room. However, they are in fact incredibly light for their size. Materials such as oak and yew are used for the structure, and foam padding replaces cloth.

 

Minimalist kitchen dining

White kitchen with breakfast bar and oak bar stools

When it comes to decor rotation, one of the easiest points to start with is the kitchen area. Even if you have a dining area in the home, you’re more than likely to have a small table and some chairs in the kitchen as well.

Have a look at contemporary home furniture that can provide you with good sturdy tables, that don’t take up a lot of room, and chairs with the same ethos. Bar stools to your kitchen would make for great congregation areas, and spots where the children can have their breakfast. The strong yet spindly legs give height to the seats which themselves are curved for comfortable back support.

You can, of course, opt for fabric, tempered rubber or even leather seats if you wish. The various styles with similar approaches include japansk, ypster and leena. All have a great minimalist touch for maximum space.

 

A Re-Paint

Sometimes, it’s not just about your decor. A shabby paint job can make your home look dated. You should try and refresh your paint every 10 years or so. Even if you go for the same colour! A touch up will make a massive difference. Just double check you’ve got the right paint colour before you buy (unlike me with this classic paint disaster).

The decor in our homes can often act like a familiar aura. We can get attached and place emotions and sentimental beliefs on the interior designs, but always remember that moving with the times is healthy for your sense of fashion. Out with the old and in with the new, sometimes you just have to go for it.

 

 

 



 

 

3 Ways To Add Contemporary Styling Around The Home

Add contemporary styling to your home with these helpful tips!

When it comes to home decor, you’ll often find that you have a very distinct taste.

You’ll find yourself drawn to certain things for a reason. Sometimes, your home style will be very you. It’s something that your friends and family can instantly visualise when they picture what your home would look like.

This is generally something quite natural for a lot of people. But it’s not always the same for everyone. Because sometimes, you can be drawn to a style that’s completely different to your own sense of style or usual tastes. And when that style is contemporary, you may not necessarily know how to create the right look around your home.

When you’ve seen contemporary styling in homes elsewhere, and you’re desperate to go with the look, you’ve now come to the right place. I’m going to talk through the ways in which you can achieve the look in your own home.

 

Styling

One of the best ways to achieve a particular home style is with the styling itself.

When you want to create a certain look, you need to be able to work with the right pieces in the right way.

It’s not just enough to buy contemporary furniture and hope for the best. Because when it comes to contemporary interior design, it’s all about how you stage it. You need to make sure that you’re working with the right vision.

This is often going to be quite minimal and very fashion-forward. So really think about how you’re placing your furniture and slowly build up piece by piece.

 

Colour

Then, you’re going to want to turn to the colours that you’re using as well.

Of course, everyone is going to have their personal preference when it comes to colour schemes they want to use around the house and even in individual rooms. But using the right kind of colours will help you to add to your contemporary styling.

So be sure you browse through a range of contemporary colour palettes before you pick. Because it’s often about the colours that you choose to put together, and not the individual colours themselves.

 

Accessories

Next, it’s onto accessories.

Sometimes the styling isn’t in the bigger pieces alone. Two rooms can often look the same with identical pieces of furniture in.

But when you add in different accessories, they can take on personalities of their own. So whether it’s your kitchen or your living space, the bathroom or your bedroom, you’re going to want to choose your accessories wisely.

Abstract pieces and anything with an edge is always going to work quite well. You can often find that choosing a theme like Bohemia or art deco will help to bring your contemporary home styling to life too.

 

Just be sure to keep your contemporary vision in mind during the process. When you have a goal to work towards, you can often find that it’s much easier to make things happen and bring it all together.

7 House Installations for Winter

Home improvement can feel like a massive task.

You feel like there is always another job and each one is larger than the next. There are, however, smaller things that you can do that will help your house. They will help to keep it warmer, free from damp and in a generally better condition. These 7 house installations for winter will protect your home. 

 

Insulation

If you’re worried about the lack of insulation in your house, then consider getting a quote for more to be installed. You can get a professional in, but this can be a bit pricey. Instead, you might consider purchasing a roll of insulation from a DIY shop.

Remember you’ll need goggles and facemask when fitting it, but other than that adding the insulation isn’t a big job. Having more insulation in your house will help it to stay warm inside and stop the cold from getting in as easily. This might even save you money.

Other places to add extra layers of insulation include your hot water pipes and your boiler. This will keep your hot water warm for longer and mean that is available when you need it.

 

Double Glazing

If you don’t already, then you should consider getting double glazing. Me and Jay got lucky that our house was fitted with them just a few years before we bought it.

It makes a massive difference to how warm your house stays over the winter months and could save you on your heating bills. This will make your house a lot more energy efficient and means that you’ll have fewer expenses over the winter. If you do choose to get double glazing installed, consider whether you need to have the exterior of the house renovated, too.

Getting this done at the same time could help you to tick off multiple jobs at once. If you choose to get some weather-resistant fibreglass like the products provided by Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, then your house will be ready for whatever the winter throws at it.

 

Curtains

A great way to warm the house in winter is to open your curtains early in the morning. This lets in sunlight which will naturally help to warm your rooms.

However, it is just as important that you close them when it starts to get dark and the outside temperature begins to drop. This will help to lock in the heat you have generated throughout the day. If you don’t already, consider getting some extra thick curtains to hang in winter as these will do a better job of retaining heat than regular ones.

After months of having cellotaped curtains hanging, I’m going curtain/blind shopping this weekend! Our large living room window has a big radiator underneath it, meaning we can’t get full length curtains. We’ve decided to go for a fabric blind that pulls down, and having fake curtains hanging around the window that don’t close.

 

Cover Floorboards

If you have exposed floorboards, then you’ll be losing heat.

You don’t have to carpet your house, but a rug comes in handy. You’ll especially want to cover any floorboards in your sitting area and bedroom as you’ll likely spend the most time in these rooms.

You can buy a rug that matches the current design of the room. If you want to, you could get a different one for summer and winter that are of a different style and thickness. If you haven’t tried it yet and are still struggling to keep your house warm, then get a few rugs, and it will definitely help.

 

Install An Extractor Fan In The Kitchen

A lot of homeowners still use an open window as the main way of removing steam during cooking. This is not a good solution, especially in winter.

In winter you don’t want to let the cold in or the heat out, so you are less likely to open the window and let the steam from cooking escape. This means that added moisture sits in your house and can cause damp, mould and other unpleasant difficulties.

If you don’t have an extractor fan, then you should get one installed. It will suck up all of the moisture produced while cooking and you won’t need to open the window any longer. It sits just above the oven, and many even come with a light fitting to make cooking in the evening that much easier.

 

Replace Doors

All of the doors in your house will contribute to locking in heat in their own way.

Your front and back doors are the first line of defence for your house when it comes to the cold. If you feel like your exterior doors are doing a poor job of keeping the heat in and the cold out, then consider getting them replaced. It is a small change that could make a big difference.

Inside your house, your doors will help keep the warm air inside each specific room. For example, your bedroom door will help keep you warm at night. If you feel like these doors are not adequate then again replacing them could prove to make a big difference for how well heated your house remains throughout the winter months.

You might also want to replace your doors if you feel like a change or they are starting to look old and tatty.

 

Fix or Replace Your Roof

If you’ve noticed cracked tiles or feel like you are losing heat through your roof, then it could be a sign you need it fixing or replacing entirely.

If you have confirmed that there is an issue, then your best bet is it hire a professional to take a look. They will be able to assess what the damages are, give you a quote and let you know in detail what improvements need to be completed.

You could take a shot at fixing and replacing tiles yourself, but the last thing you want to do it cause more damage and for it to cost you more in the long run. If you do decide to take a stab at fixing your roof, make sure there is someone around to hold the ladder and that you are safe on the roof.

The same principle will apply to any shingles or other kinds of roofing you have. Any cracks or breaks in the can cause leaks, damp and other major issues for your house. Something you don’t want any time of year but are especially bad in winter.

 

Why You Should Host a Hotel Wedding

Wondering whether you should host a hotel wedding? This advice should help you decide!

There was once a time where people were only allowed to marry in churches. But in this day and age, people want to express their love in other places. This makes sense if you’re not religious, or fancy something more relaxed. You can host a hotel wedding, and there are a number of reasons why you should consider this option. 

I attended a hotel wedding only last weekend, and it was lovely. There was more time for chatting, no travel between the church and the venue, and a smoother day. It’s also much cheaper. I know that I’m forking out around £1000 for a church. That includes the venue cost, the organ and the bells. If you get married in a hotel, you pay one price for the venue.

So what are the benefits to having a hotel wedding?

Friends and family can stay

First and foremost, hosting your wedding at a hotel will allow your friends and family to book a room. This will allow any guests that live out of town to come to your wedding without having to worry about a long journey home.

Not only that, it gives your guests a chance to experience your day with you in a much more magical way. They’ll have the feel for the location as much as you and your partner do. It also allows them to be able to spend more time with you. If you’re all staying in the hotel, then nobody has to worry about travelling home.

It also means adults with children can put them to bed, and come back down to finish the party. Older guests such as grandparents will also get a chance to have a nap in the afternoon if they feel they need one.

 

Hotels often offer a wedding package

Due to the fact that hotel weddings are becoming more and more popular, hotels will offer wedding packages. This often includes setting up the room you’ll marry in, helping do up your reception room, and will also help with any other little details that you’d like to include with your big day. They will also be on hand for the service for all of the guests that are coming to the reception.

Hotels will have designated wedding co-ordinators which you don’t pay extra for. These people will be running around behind the scenes to make sure the day runs perfectly.

 

They make for amazing wedding photos

Having the best possible backdrop for your wedding pictures is close to the top of any wedding planner’s list. Luckily, hotels are usually surrounded by gorgeous grounds and well-kept gardens for you to have your wedding photos taken.

If you’re looking for some really gorgeous photos, consider a wedding venue in Worcestershire because you will be sure to have some breathtaking photos because of the incredible scenery around, and the plush green surroundings that Worcestershire has to offer.

 

Open all hours service

Another reason you should host a hotel wedding is that the service you receive is there twenty four hours a day. This includes the bar within the hotel. It will stay open for as long as you and your guests need it to be, then when you’re ready you can retire to your room. The service doesn’t stop there either. If you need anything, staff are on hand to cater to your every need.

 

Breakfast the next day

I don’t know about anyone else but hangover cure = full English breakfast the next day. Hotels normally have fabulous breakfasts as they’re used to doing it every day. The breakfast will be included in the price of the guests’ rooms and won’t cost you any extra. It’s a chance to see all your guests the next morning too.

As you can see, there are many wonderful reasons to host a hotel wedding, so if you’re wondering where you’re going to have yours, consider looking at some hotels as a possibility and be amazing by what they can offer.

Give Your Home’s Exterior Some Extra Attention

Wondering how to dress up your home’s exterior?

When it comes to dressing up your home, you may find yourself focusing more on the interior than anything else. If that’s the case, then you’re not alone, because it’s something that many of us do. But you need to focus on your home’s exterior just as much.

After all, we tend to spend more time inside the home, looking at the interiors, and less looking at the outside of the home. But it is actually what people first see when they look at your home. Curb appeal is so important!

So if you want to make sure that visitors are going to be impressed, and that your neighbours can get home envy too, then you’re definitely going to want to focus on giving your exterior a little extra attention.

 

Spice Up The Door

First of all, you’re going to want to start with the door. This is often an area that you can have a lot of fun with.

If you live in an area where many of the houses look the same, giving your door a little TLC can be a great way to ensure that your home stands out. You might want to think about getting a new door put in, or even just paint the one that you have.

But don’t just stop there. Definitely consider the ways that you can make it shine. With door accessories, plants, and even lights, you will be able to dress up the home’s exterior in a simple way.

 

 

Do The Same To The Windows

While you’re there, you’re also going to want to think about doing something similar to your windows too. Because if you have a super sexy doorway, you need to make sure that your windows aren’t left out.

Think about upgrading to double glazing if you don’t have it already, and even change the colours. Sometimes, all you will need to do is paint the frames that you have, but sometimes choosing to replace them altogether can really jazz things up.

 

Dress The Driveway

Then it’s on to your driveway. Because this is another area that you should give some serious TLC. Even if you only have the smallest of spaces to work with, you can really show things off with a bit of decor. Give your driveway a good clean, and then add in anything from trees to lights to line it with. Then, it will be really shown off in its best light.

 

 

Work With Water

But it’s not just the front that you should be thinking about. You also need to do something with the back too.

A great way to make sure your back garden stands out, is to work with a bit of water. Whether that’s a water feature, a hot tub, or a pool, think about how you can make the space sing with whatever you choose to put in.

 

Add Something Just For Yourself

And finally, you should think about putting your own little space in too. Whether that’s a rose garden, or a little reading nook, definitely think about working with space that you are really going to enjoy and want to spend a lot of time in.