How to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger!

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Many believe that the only way to open up a room is to extend outwards, but small areas can often be made to look more spacious through tricks of light and clever storage ideas. I recently wrote about potentially getting the builders in to expand our tiny space, however, this is still in discussion with the other half. So, for now, I will be sticking to creatively playing with space I already have! Here are a few notes-to-self-ideas that will also help others open their space up more without having to get the builders in.

Lighten Up to Brighten Up

Tiny rooms and dark colours simply do not work, they make little spaces look even smaller. Instead, sport more neutral, bright tones as these are always a safe bet when trying to give the illusion of more space. Lighter tones are timeless and super adaptable like creams, beiges or even shades from the grey colour palette that match beautifully with each other. With these neutral tones, paint the coving and walls the same colour. Not only does it make the room look more spacious, it will also give the impression of higher ceilings with walls and accents seamlessly blending in together adding to that roomy feel.

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Rooms can also be made to look more spacious through placing a mirror opposite a window. Not only do you get a lovely reflection of your view, but this very image will create an illusion of another window and flood your room with light.

Put Your Windows on Show

With small spaces, it is important to think outside the box and use what you have. Windows are a fantastic example of an existing focal point – it’s just a matter of how you display it. Whether you dress it up with fancy curtains or embellish the windowsill with ornaments, sprucing up a window can alter the feel of an area dramatically. Combine these budget-friendly design tips with our previous tip of strategically placing a mirror opposite a window to give your mini spaces the ultimate facelift!

If you are going for a full upgrade for your tiny space, you could update the focal point itself. Investing in some quality uPVC windows can really transform a room. A slimline window is a recent design with thinner frames that allows more natural light to flow into an area which is perfect for brightening a smaller place. Not only that, you can also change the colour and material of the frame to compliment your surroundings. This is more of a long-term investment, however totally worth it if you are looking to save money and conserve energy in the long run as well as refreshing your home.

Space Saving Storage Solutions

Even though de-cluttering is recommended with overcrowded rooms, sometimes it is a case of having too many things you actively use and simply not enough space to store it all. Through employing some clever storage tactics and beautiful display ideas, you will be able to keep all your belongings whilst creating a beautiful interior in no time.

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This makes for a brilliant opportunity to get creative with your possessions! I have seen some fantastic and unusual ideas online lately, with awesome Ikea hacks and cupboard organisation ideas to cater for all your items. That’s right – no de-cluttering here! These helpful ideas range from shelve dividers to nifty drawer storage to fit all your bits and pieces without throwing anything away.

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Another way to maximise space and save pennies, is by asking yourself: does this piece of furniture serve a dual purpose? These multitasking items can be as simple as using a or if you are handy with tools, create stair drawers for all your shoes! These ideas aim to build on what you already have which is a fab way to save money and conserve space. If you are needing some inspiration, be sure to check out Ann Le’s YouTube video for some amazing furniture hacks as she has some fabulous and useful creations!

There are endless ways to create more space, which does not include building expensive extensions, it’s simply a matter of getting creative with what you have! I will definitely be incorporating some of these design ideas whilst I wait for my other half to signing off the building work!

Classic Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

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Summer is all about getting out in the sunshine and enjoying the environment, so why not release a breath of fresh air into your home interiors as well? Every now and again, our dwelling needs a little love and care, whether that be lick of paint or a new pair of curtains. Sprucing up your house is not just a fun and engaging prospect; a good session of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ can be very calming and refreshing for the mind too. Without further ado, read on for three classic ways to spruce up your abode this Summer!

Minimalist & Modern

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Follow the advice of iconic designer William Morris and ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ All that Summer air clears the mind and what better time to have a look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes. Clearing the clutter that you no longer use will create more space and allow for features and accent furnishings to shine.

Remember that 2017 has seen minimalistic interiors boom, with many sticking to natural colours and textured finishes. This look often employs one colour in different shades to create depth and contrast within the space. I love browns and greys to give a nautical feel without the obvious bright blues and stripes, making this a very transitional look throughout the year.

Fabulous Focal Features

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You can create the perfect focal point whilst at the same time re-energising a room and creating conversation. You may even have a potential feature without realising! Windows and fireplaces are commonly overlooked, but accentuating these features with colours and embellishments is an affordable and easy way to develop a room’s unique style.

If you are not keen on feature walls and accent pieces, hanging art is a lovely means of bringing beauty and interest to any space. With the never-ending combinations of mediums and movements, you can find a piece that ties together your colour scheme whilst creating a wonderful centrepiece. Even better, if you don’t have time to browse local galleries, there are lots of places to buy art online whether you are looking to invest in an original painting or simply something bright to compliment what you have already.

Snug Staples

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If there’s anything that comes above style, it’s comfort and your house should not only be visually pleasing, but also a cosy place to socialise and relax after a long day. Essential furniture like beds, sofas and tables should be of long-lasting high quality. With summer here, there are plenty of summer sales to help you get your hands on some affordable yet chic furniture. Choosing new curtains for example, can give a whole room a face-lift and shelves no longer need to be boring. Box shelves and wall units are a very popular way of creating storage solutions that also act as an interesting focal point.

To sum up, your home should be a calming environment which reflects your favourite style and tastes. A healthy change to your habitat can make it an inspiring and motivating one to dwell within. Some view this as an added expense, however the quality of life, experience and added value you will gain from an interior refresh will have a positive effect on all aspects of your life.

 

A Home Improvement Project (It’s About Time)

Have you outgrown your space too? These sorts of things happen all the time and are often the fault of tiny little (new) family members. But, in our case we simply have too many things! Unfortunately, creating the illusion of space through use of natural light and brighter accessories might not cut the mustard this time. My other half and I have been heatedly discussing a potential renovation and getting builders in to help create new space. This would be a huge project but I am super excited already, especially because this project would give me a chance to enjoy a space that is actually mine without the unwanted intrusion of golf clubs or paperwork.

We’ve talked through plenty of ideas at great length so far, but here are the ones that seem most realistic:

A Garden Room

We began by looking for something that didn’t need planning permission and we’re thinking that the extra space we’ll get from a garden room might make this one a winner. As long we don’t breach the planning permission guidelines, we are good to go! I always think of them as glammed up sheds with electricity, creating perfect little areas for an outside office or relaxing room. As we’re in the middle of summer now, it could be an ideal DIY project as it isn’t necessarily something we need to get the builders in for! But with that said, I’m pretty hopeless at all things woodwork-y!

A Basement

What about digging downwards? We initially didn’t think of this as a viable option as we think there are far too many pipes and important things beneath our house that enjoy breaking when it’s cold outside without our help. However, if we’re looking at creating a more meaningful sized space, we’re thinking this might be the only option. We found a basement company in London that converts basements into amazing spaces like media rooms and cinemas so we’re definitely feeling inspired! We also found that basements are becoming increasingly popular because of the unlimited options that a basement gives! My husband loves screaming at the “bloody referee” on the telly and I can’t think of anything better than if this was to take place well below the ground (and out of earshot). In all serious, I would absolutely love to create a media space downstairs that we could invite family and friends to enjoy. It might be a costlier option, but I’ve read that the value a basement adds to the value of the property will pay off the cost of the conversion outright.

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A Conservatory

Back above ground now. A conservatory would be a brilliant way to let light in all year round and brighten up the home. I have seen some gorgeous conservatory additions to kitchens that have really transformed spaces. It doesn’t just have to be a kitchen, it could be a light and airy addition to our living room too. During the winter, I might be even more thankful as an east or west facing conservatory will catch the rising and setting sun –  trapping any heat. This would also be an ideal way to bring the outside in, minus the bugs and English weather.

An Open Plan Layout

In recent years, open plan layouts have become really popular. They involve merging kitchens dining rooms and even living rooms to create a more social space. I would love to be able to organise food in the kitchen and talk to my guests as they relax on the sofa during a dinner party. As we have a modestly sized property right now this would be an effective way to maximise small areas and make them look spacious.

I used to think upgrading to a bigger home or having a garden/loft extension was the only way to expand a home, but I’ve since discovered that there are many, many more ways to create a happy home for us to enjoy for years to come.

I’ll keep you all posted.

Three Ways To Reduce Stress When Selling Your House

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Whatever the reason for selling your home, there is no denying that it will be a stressful. Whether it’s troubles finding somewhere new, disputes over building control or sorting through your life contents – there will be lots of challenges to overcome! Although there’s no avoiding some stress, these three tips will help you avoid simple mistakes and make selling your property a little less tense.

Clean Thoroughly

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People like to think they have limitless imagination, yet when it comes to buying property we are all guilty of being a tad small minded. When a potential buyer walks into a home that is cluttered or worse dirty, they will be distracted from the permanent features that form the actual property. Your house should resemble a five-star hotel in cleanliness and neatness. Where necessary; bleach grout, change and make beds, clear away personal items and replace worn towels. An uncluttered house which looks and smells clean and fresh, will sell for more than the exact same house with less care.

Stage Beautifully

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As with cleaning, when it comes to furnishings relying on the ability of potential buyers to see past what is directly before them and visualise the possibilities, is a dangerous trap to fall into. Furniture that has seen better days or bare rooms with little to attract the eye cannot compare to a house that has been specifically dressed to sell. Using a home staging company, who can work with you to create a beautiful interior design package and then rent you the furniture, will do wonders when selling your home. It will be the difference between someone walking into the property and thinking maybe they could live there, to them feeling at instantly at home and longing to return.

Photograph Clearly

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In the age of the internet, selling a house just like any other product hinges greatly on beautiful imagery. The first impression most buyers are going to have of your property, is the images on your estate agent’s website.  If there are only thumbnail pictures with bad lighting, you will lose potential interest before anyone has even stepped through the door, no matter how beautiful your home. Instead, once your house is clean and staged, take steps to create high quality photography that showcases its best aspects. If you can afford a home photographer, they are certainly worth the investment. Otherwise follow this step-by-step guide to achieve near professional quality photos yourself.

Although selling a home will never be completely stress free, taking the time to photograph your house and make it beautiful and clean will allow visitors to envisage themselves living there. This imaginative jump is what will help potential buyers decide that your property is the one for them. What could reduce anxiety more when selling than a ton of offers and a quick sale?!

Five Emotions That Are Totally Normal When Moving

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I remember when we exchanged on what was soon going to be our new home, we were so excited! The house was (and still is) perfect with the right amount of space for the two of us. We could not wait to get into it! As the time came closer to moving in however, it started to feel like I was on a roller coaster. An emotional one. I experiencing so many different feelings – both good and bad. Mum did reassure me that it is natural to feel this way when jumping into the unknown, after all moving to a new house is a major event.

Excitement

Although, towards the end I was sad to be leaving – I was also excited that I was going to be taking on new adventures. I had new neighbours to get to know and new spaces to play with! My other half was definitely not impressed with my constant rambling about how I was going to design each room. It is like a fresh slate or a clean canvas – one you can decorate with whatever you want! Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration on storage solutions and DIY ideas! You will have ample opportunity to rip kitchens out and paint the walls to your heart’s desire.

Sadness

I remember handing our keys over to the Estate agents and being surprised by a wave of sadness that our old home officially no longer belonged to us anymore. Over time, it is a given that you will gain some sort of attachment, whether it be to the house, neighbours and even the smaller things like your garden! I know that we have some many great memories, from furniture shopping to our first dinner in our own space! Try not to think of the experience as moving on, think of it as moving forward to better things.

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Regret

Did we make the right decision? Have we moved to a better place? We did tons of research on our new local area, however I did keep questioning if this was the right thing to do. Moving is a lot of money and there are so many formalities to go through, you have to be completely sure when making a decision. Me and my other half fell in love straight away with our new home, the neighbourhood was lovely and it wasn’t all that far from central Brighton. We knew at the time it was right for us, and we still do! There will be strange feelings, but they will make you appreciate the experience more. All that you need to do is remember, you are going from somewhere you are comfortable to somewhere you don’t know anything about – it is normal to feel a little unsettled!

Stress

Like I said before, you are jumping into the unknown! It is natural to feel a little anxious. Not only that, with conveyancing solicitors, estate agents and banks to deal with there will undoubtedly be tension. Not to mention when the removal guys don’t turn up on time (I speak from experience), this can contribute to feelings of agitation. From speaking to lots of different people, it is evident that moving is stressful, no matter how many precautions you take! Saying that, try and reduce your cortisol levels by just taking a moment to breath and realise the bigger picture – which is that you will soon have a new place to make your very own!

If you are moving and feeling this whirlwind of  emotions – be reassured that this is normal! I was once in the exact same place but as soon as I stepped inside our new house, I was once again, absolutely in love!

Interior Design For Children’s Bedrooms

My sister and I both love interior design, but when it came to decorating my niece and nephew’s room this week, we were just going to take the generic route. As we were planning, we got to thinking; kids spend so much time in their rooms, shouldn’t their spaces get the same consideration as the rest of the house? Feeling a little sheepish we decided to approach their rooms like we would our own and focused on the following aspects:

Collecting meaningful pieces

It can be tempting to fully furnish a kid’s room all in one go, just to get it finished. We resisted this urge and started out sparse rather than cramming it full with complete sets of furniture. As with any other space, it’s worth waiting and buying high quality and beautiful pieces. These will be more meaningful and add character to a child’s environment. Although it will take a little more time, you will end up with a collection of items that will stand the test of time, as well as looking fabulous.

Maximise storage

There is a physical law that wherever children live, clutter will build up like there’s no tomorrow. The irresistible joy on their faces when they receive birthday and Christmas presents will mean an ever-growing toy collection. Not to mention them growing out of clothes and interests within months! When planning our scheme, we made sure to include lots and lots of storage solutions. Consider the following for inspiration:

  • Keep under-bed storage organised with pull-out drawers or boxes
  • Create a play-table from an old coffee table and add drawers for small toys
  • Attach crates to the walls for storage and keep them cute by wallpapering or painting the back ground
  • Make reading books a feature by placing them in open-front shelves and colour coordinating
  • Finally, Bunk beds for kids are a great way of saving space

Go neutral

If you imagine a generic child’s room it will most probably be bright with shades of pink, blue or yellow. The problem with these colour schemes, is that they are outgrown incredibly quickly. Additionally, lots of colours and patterns make a room feel smaller and more cluttered – not very relaxing. Choosing a neutral pallet will create a calm environment that feels spacious. We decided on mixing a colour palette of earthy greys teamed beautifully with and mood boosting warm yellow.

Children spend so much time playing, relaxing and sleeping in their rooms that it is so worth taking the time to plan their décor. Choosing meaningful pieces, picking a neutral palette and maximising storage will give your little one a relaxing and spacious environment with character for them to relax and be themselves in.

Do you have any tips about interior design for kids? If so, please leave a comment I’d love to hear them!

 

Happy Home Furnishings

Are you currently considering changing the decor in your home to change the way in which each room in your home looks? If so, there are numerous areas that you must focus on to make these changes possible. The first thing you are going to need to do before you even set about this task is to determine your spending budget. Will you be making all of these changes at once or will you be doing small changes over a prolonged period?

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Every good interior design incorporates the best pieces of furniture coupled with artistic lighting. The furniture and the lighting that you place in your home are factors which enhance its elegance, making it very appealing. Choosing a respected name in the interior design industry can ensure that you’ll only get those pieces that are worth every penny that you have to pay.

People planning to make great changes on their home lean toward the utilisation of Kartell furniture. They utilize new innovation alongside the masterful and inventive personalities of their originators. This blend of artisan components accomplishes incredible by-item which can keep going for the longest period. This organization is driving names with regards to plan and style. Global clients are their predictable clients as they are tricked by their exceptionally motivating and unique pieces.

Homeowners looking for modern design usually buy Kartell furniture online. Kartell is a well-reputed Italian designer; their expertise is the creation of the most advanced accessories for every home, environment furniture and modern lighting. Everyone must have their Kartell Masters Chair, which is carved from top quality of materials and turned into something very functional. The idea of their design is to come up with a piece which will be offer numerous uses. In whichever corner you place their pieces they will surely find some function as they are very ergonomic and solid. The finishing of each item is very refined and may come in a variety of colour to choose from. Because only the best materials are used for the creation of their product, every customer is assured that it can serve them even for a lifetime.

The overall interior design of a house can be enhanced by placing the best lighting effect. Lighting is very helpful if you would want to accentuate whatever price of furniture that you place in a room. Or simply, this can serve as the finishing of your interior decor. If what you are looking for is illumination pieces that stand out are just perfect for you. Their furnitures enhance lighting since they are quite soft so that it will not hider the lighting. This can give just enough warmth and very comfortable ambiance in a room. The designs from the collections of this company are one of a kind that you cannot help but adore them. Earthly designs and nature themes are their signature colours. The brown and bronze tones illumination can be strikingly perfect when they are placed outdoors.