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2020: The year of positive energy in my home

It is going to be remembered for a whole host of different things and as we all know, most of these are hardly going to be positive.

For me, I’m trying to put a different spin on 2020. I’m trying to bring as much positivity into the year as possible and considering how much time I’m spending within these four walls; my home is receiving the lion’s share of my creativity.

First and foremost, I’m not the type of person who has really bought into Feng Shui in the past. I believe in positive energy, but it has to be on my terms. This might go against the so-called science, but there have been a lot of tips and tricks I have implemented which have just brought a bit of lightness to mine and my family’s life.

For example, let’s start with the natural sunlight. Apparently, there is a bit of science behind this first point, as natural light can stimulate the production of Vitamin D (which, in turn, creates better moods).

I’ve changed my approach to interior design somewhat and now place every emphasis possible on natural light. This isn’t just about using window dressings stereotypically either, although this does help no-end. It has also been about placing mirrors on walls opposite mirrors, or even cleaning windows a little more regularly. It has all helped to bring much more lightness into our home and ultimately, make it a happier place.

The natural light hasn’t just helped people though, it has stimulated the growth of other things in my home. For example, I’ve now started to place a lot more attention on flowers. They just add a fresh vibe to our living space and bring a little bit of color in these times of need.

Avas Flowers have helped me endlessly with this, mainly through the official Avas Flowers Instagram page which has provided more inspiration than you would imagine. I’ve been lucky enough to stumble across a couple of Avas Flowers coupons pages, and I’ll proudly admit that I have been leaving Avas Flowers reviews on any platform that will have me! I don’t have to go out to the store, everything is delivered safely to me.

Some of the positive energy transformations have been a little more permanent, as well. For example, I’ve recently started decorating for the first time in the last ten years. It’s meant that the once fashionable, but now dull and drab tones are gone and in their place are fresh, spring tones that have done wonders for everyone’s mood. It’s like old, heavy memories have been banished.

In truth, my positive energy journey has only just begun, but I’m loving the results. Hopefully, when the current situation ends, I will continue these tactics and perhaps add more to my arsenal. I will keep you updated on my progress.

 

How Can You Make Your Home Renovations Easier?

Renovating your home can be difficult, whether you are contemplating decorating your rooms yourself or are trying to communicate your vision to contractors. However, it is possible to make home renovations easier and achieve a successful and beautiful final product. If you are planning to start the home projects that you have been putting off for years, here are some top tips for making your home renovations easier this summer.

Hire a Professional

Rather than struggle through months of DIY, you should consider making your home renovations go smoothly by hiring a professional. Professional home decorators can ensure that your renovations are conducted correctly, that there will be no issues with your installations in the future, and that you will be able to achieve your dream home without learning heaps of DIY technique. If you are looking for a home decorating professional, Home on Call can provide you with the expertise that you need, whenever you need it.

Devise a Thorough Home Renovation Plan

The first step to ensuring that your home renovations go successfully is to devise a succinct and thorough home renovation plan that will help ensure that you make progress and stick to your budget over the lifetime of the project. Planning can ensure that you are able to obtain the materials and skills that you need, while also enabling you to carry out your tasks in the right order. Small, achievable goals add up to big changes!

Tackle Your Renovations in Sections

However, home renovations can seem daunting if you intend to carry them all out at once. Rather than tackling all of the rooms in your home at the same time, you should consider renovating your home in manageable sections, starting with the rooms that you use the most. This will enable you to reduce the disruption to your lifestyle and will make your home renovations seem more achievable than if you are struggling to know where to start.

Organize Your Home Before You Decorate

One of the biggest disruptions that can occur when you are decorating your home is obstructive furniture and possessions. To avoid spending your days painting or sanding floors around large obstacles, you should consider organizing your home before you decorate. This will ensure that you are able to clear the appropriate space that you need to complete your project, while also protecting your furniture from damage, such as stray paint or falling objects. You should also consider covering your furniture with a dustsheet to prevent you from worrying about staining your treasured furniture during the completion of your renovation projects.

Know What You’re Doing

The most important action that you should take to make your home renovations easier, though, is to know what you are doing. If you are conducting DIY decorations, you should research the latest tips on DIY techniques to ensure that your project is able to go smoothly and that you do not end up creating larger issues within your home.

Now you’re armed with these tips for making your home renovations easier, get cracking, and enjoy a freshened-up home for the summer!

 

Home Organising 101: Cost-effective Solutions That Cater to Your Needs

Frustration can set in when your home starts to become unorganised with clutter around every corner. Instead of getting frustrated about what the cost may be to purchase organisation items, try out the cost-effective ways first. Some beneficial ways to organise your home at a very low price or for free you can rent furniture, build shelves, use mason jars or crates, clean out your pantry, and make use of your closet space.

Renting Furniture

Instead of purchasing furniture outright such as entertainment centres or dressers, try using valuable services such as Renta Centre to help with the cost. Although you will pay around the same amount once your payments are complete, you will be given the luxury of only having low weekly payments to add to your budget rather than coming up with a large amount to buy it.

Shelves

The best thing you can do for yourself when searching for cost-effective ways to organise your home is to build shelves. There are hundreds of DIY projects online that offer you unique and cute ways to add a little style to your home along with the organisation. By creating more shelf space in your home, you will be able to move items from your floor and countertops while redecorating at the same time.

Mason Jar Storage

Using mason jars to store your smaller items that are laying around or crowding up your drawer space is very simple, cost-effective, and a great way to add a unique touch to your home. To make this task into a small DIY project, you can even create cute labels online to place on the jars for organisation purposes.

Crates

Crates can be used for many things when it comes to the organisation, whether they are used to store items under your bed or installed on your walls for shelving. By placing them outwards on your wall, you are basically given a little cubby space with a whole lot of personality to go along with it. The great thing about using these, is they are also very easy to stack in the closet or garage to keep the organisation the top priority.

Make Use of Closets

Instead of just cramming your belongings into your closet, try making use of the space and purchasing more coat hangers and wall hooks for you to hang your belts or even your necklaces. For floor storage, you can easily use crates or purchase a cheap shoe rack in order to free up some space from your shoes crowding up the floor.

Pantry Ideas

Pantries tend to become overcrowded after just a few months of moving into a new place. To maintain organisation while saving yourself some money you can use magnetic spice racks, mason jars, shelves for your canned goods, and plastic containers to store all your dry goods like flour, sugar, or cereal. To keep everything to perfect at all times, be sure to label all of your storage items.

No homeowner wants to walk into their home and see nothing but a large mess and clutter. So why not take the time to use effective costive strategies to start organising all aspects of your house? Some great ways to start your road to success and declutter your home is by renting furniture, using mason jars and crates, organising your pantry, making use of your closet space, and building shelves. Just by doing these few things, you will start to notice a huge difference in the way your house looks and the way you feel when you walk through the front door.

Aluminum Ladders and Beyond, Basic DIY Materials Every Home Needs

Unless you plan on doing plenty of DIY work on your home then you probably haven’t lost much sleep over which tools or pieces of equipment that you’ll need to buy. Unfortunately however, regardless of how dependent you may be on bringing the pros in to get a job done, there are always going to be times whereby you will need to get your DIY cap on and complete a couple of jobs in the home. This is why it make sense for you to grab a few tools and pieces of kit which are always going to come in handy, and here are the bare essentials that you’ll need.

Aluminum Ladder

An aluminum ladder most definitely falls into the category of bare essential for any homeowner and there are a million and one uses which you’ll find for this. Whether clearing a gutter, painting a ceiling, gaining access to the loft or hanging up some birthday or Christmas decorations, there is always a reason to use that ladder. Don’t risk climbing on chairs or any other piece of furniture, grab yourself a quality aluminum ladder and you’ll find out just how essential it can be.

Screwdriver Set

A small screwdriver set with a mixture of flathead and Phillips screwdriver heads is a very smart choice to make and it is something which will come in handy far more than you realize. Whether you are looking to tighten up some furniture or fix a leaky tap, this purchase will be one which you will find yourself using time and time again, and you will be very thankful that you took the decision to buy one.

Hammer

Hammers can be used for a wide variety of purposes and having one in the home just makes a lot of sense. You could be hanging pictures or trying to change the shape of something with a good whack, and you will always find a need for this tool in your home. A hammer is low cost, small and easy to store and most importantly incredibly useful, which is exactly why every home should come complete with a hammer.

Alan Keys

Most homes fall into 2 categories when it comes to Alan Keys, there are those which have an absolute abundance of keys owing to the fact that every flat pack piece of furniture comes with a set, and then there are those homes which never have them, when they most need them. If you fall into the latter category then you should most certainly look to get your hands on a set of Alan keys because there is always a need for them. More and more items have screws which require these keys and tightening up furniture or fixing installations is always easier when you have a set to hand.

You may not be a DIY type of person but having these simple essentials in your home will most certainly help you out in your hour of need, so be sure that your home is armed with them.

 

Farm Land for Sale – Tips on Investing in Real Estate

When I was looking at some farm land for sale some time ago (I had the idea of retiring to the country when the time comes), I was so surprised at how low the prices were for some of the ranches available that I decided to buy two, to see if I would be able to make any money back on my investment. My history of investment centered largely around stocks and shares so this was an altogether new venture for me. It didn’t take long for me to decide that this was indeed where my investments should have been going, and here is why I believe that you too can profit greatly from investing in real estate.

Stability

In comparison to the stock market the stability of the real estate market is absolutely incredible and very rarely volatile. This means that you can invest with a great deal more confidence in real estate than you would do in stocks and shares. Equally you can feel safe in the knowledge that even if the prices of properties were to dip, it is a very resilient market and one which is likely to bounce back in no time at all.

An Actual Asset

The property that you buy is the investment, it is not money on a screen nor is it a fictional investment, but rather a set of bricks, mortar and land that is yours, and nobody can take that away from you. The worst thing that could ever happen here would be that the property is destroyed by fire or the elements but smart home owners insurance will cover you for the full value of the property. The fact that you have a tangible asset makes it a far more worthwhile investment than stocks, shares or anything else.

Constant Increase

History has shown that eventually, every property price will increase and as long as you have patience with the market, so will yours. The appreciation on real estate is something which you can always count on and if you are flexible and make smart moves, you can really make the most out of this appreciation.

Diversify

Any accountant worth their salt will tell you that you must diversify your portfolio in order to minimize your risks and your exposure, and real estate can make up a very important part of a diverse portfolio. This investment can serve as a safe part of your portfolio and allow you to take calculated risks elsewhere.

Options

When you own a property you have multiple options which you can use to make money, you could focus solely on renting out the properties for regular cash flow and to reduce the debt on the property, you could also look for short term rental until the price of the property increases. Finally you could even look to flip the property which means getting a place for bargain basement prices, giving the property a makeover, and then selling it quickly for a small profit.

Regular Household Maintenance Tasks To Keep Your Home In Good Shape

If you and your family are comfortable in your current home, it makes sense that you’d want to work hard to keep the comfort going. Regular home maintenance will help extend the lifespan of your property and give you a chance to pass the property on to the next generation.

If you’re looking for things to do to keep you busy during your forced “staycation,” home maintenance could be what saves your sanity. Take a look at some regular household maintenance tasks to keep your home in good shape, so you and your family can live in it for many years to come.

Check on the status of your air filters

The air filters in your home are vital to maintaining the function of your heating and air conditioning unit. You should replace the intake filters inside your home once a month to keep from placing unnecessary lag on your HVAC unit.

Dirty filters place strain on the unit. The filters are simple to change, so it shouldn’t be a troublesome task to complete. Just make certain you have a filter that fits your unit properly.

Tend to the outside of your home

There are things on the outside of your home that will make a huge impact on the inside of your home if you don’t tend to them properly. For instance, you’ll want to check for cracks in the concrete foundation of your home.

Keep garden bedding like mulch from being right up against your home, as it provides a comfortable spot for termites to breed. You’ll bridge the gap for an invasion by lining your foundation with mulch.

Check for air and water leaks

While everything is closed up tight, inspect the inside of your home for air and water leakage. Water is one of your home’s worst enemies, and it’s crucial to catch drips before they turn to something more.

The same goes for air leakage in your home. Your energy bills will be much higher when your home isn’t properly sealed. Check around windows and doors to make sure the seals are still keeping the outside from coming inside.

Get the chimney professionally cleaned

If your home has a fireplace, it’s wise to clean the chimney at least once per year. You don’t want buildup in your chimney, as it is a heightened fire risk to your home.

Have professionals come and clean the chimney at least once a year to make certain it’s prepared to keep you and your family warm throughout the cold months.

Thoroughly clean grouting in bathrooms

Maintaining the grout in your bathrooms will help it last longer too. A simple scrub from time to time will keep mold and mildew from making a home in your showers and tubs.

 

How to Update Your Family Room

Everyone wants their home to be a special place, but when you are raising a family, you need your family room to be relaxing and functional but able to withstand the chaos of children, but should that mean it can’t be stylish too?

The answer is no. You do not have to sacrifice your interiors style for the sake of practicalities. You want your den to be comfortable enough for the kids to relax in but polished enough, so adults enjoy spending time in it too. With these tricks and tips, you can have the best of both worlds without breaking the bank. It just needs you to think outside of the box.

Statement furniture

Just because it’s the room where the kids hang out, doesn’t mean you can’t have a statement piece of furniture that makes your heart sing. An upholstered ottoman or a new sofa in a fabric that you love can make all the difference, especially in a neutral themed room. There are some great offers online, so check out this Wayfair promo code – it can make the unaffordable suddenly oh-so affordable!

Accent Wall

Painting and decorating a whole room can be costly, but a single wall? It’s much more affordable. Add a splash of color and an area of interest to reenergize a room. Don’t be afraid about using a bold color – this is your opportunity to let your personality shine – just make sure that you have soft furnishings that can coordinate and balance the room.

If you want to add texture, explore different wallpapers. Contemporary wallpapers can give you a designer look without the expensive price tag.

Soft furnishings

There is no more natural way to update a room that adding some new soft furnishings. A new rug, curtains, and throw pillows can transform a room from drab to fab, but remember, don’t go overboard; sometimes less is more.

You have two options: to add complementary colors to your interior scheme or go for a contrast. A mood board is a useful implement to help you decide on the colors that will best suit your room. Remember, sometimes less is more!

Wall art

The images you display on the wall of your den can change its vibe dramatically. For a fun atmosphere, hang graphic prints in vibrant, bold colors. For a more traditional family feel, display family framed photographs but give them a modern twist by creating a multi-frame gallery. This is such a low-cost way to make a significant impact.

Thrift stores always have a selection of framed pictures that you can pick up for a bargain price. However, it’s not the image that you are after – it’s the frame. Frames can be expensive, so if you spot a bargain in the store, buy it – you can put your own picture in!

Your family room is, after the kitchen, the heart of the home. It’s a space where, as a family, you can relax together, and with these tips, you’ll be doing it in style.

 

6 Decorating Tips for Maximising the Space in a Small Bedroom

 

bed with comforter set beside table lamps on nightstands

Not everyone has the luxury of having a spacious bedroom. But, it doesn’t mean you cannot maximise comfort and style if your bedroom is small. These days, there are many smart ways you can design and decorate a room to make it look bigger and less cluttered. Let us discuss some of these ideas so that you can decide which you can incorporate for your next redecoration project.

Focus on a simple floor layout

The layout of a small bedroom need not be complicated. Interior designers suggest placing the bed in the middle so that you have room on either side to move around. You might think that pushing the bed against a wall creates more space, but it only disrupts the natural flow of the room. The layout should also accommodate key pieces of furniture, such as a bedside table, a chair, and your wardrobe. Adding more than these basic pieces will only make the room look more cluttered.

Opt for a fitted wardrobe

Another excellent way to maximise space is by opting for a fitted wardrobe instead of a freestanding closet. Built in wardrobes come in a range of sizes and designs. The construction of a fitted closet makes use of any awkward space in your room, such as a corner with a sloping ceiling. Moreover, you get to choose how much hanging space you need versus drawers and shelves. A built-in wardrobe is highly customisable depending on your storage requirements.

Bring in plenty of natural light

A consistent source of natural light will make a small room look airier and less claustrophobic. If there is no way to bring in natural light, you can experiment with light fixtures such as recessed bulbs and alcove fittings that will look cleaner and sleeker. A small pendant light or sconce will be perfect for corner lighting as well. You can also add mirrors to reflect light and create an illusion of a bigger space.

Remove clutter

The last thing you want in a small room is clutter. Take stock of every furnishing and accessory in your room and consider removing what you don’t need. Keep only the essentials and maintain a simple décor all throughout.

Create the illusion that your room is bigger

There are tricks you can try, which are effective in creating an illusion of a bigger space. For instance, you can hang drapes close to the ceiling and choose prints or colours that blend with the wall. Too much colour contrast will make the room look too busy and distracting.

Consider using multi-purpose furniture

A popular and trendy way to decorate small spaces is using multi-purpose furniture. For example, a bed with extra storage space underneath can help get rid of unnecessary clutter. A bed that folds into the wall, or a daybed that can also be perfect for daytime lounging are some options you can consider. Hanging shelves for your books and other knick-knacks can also free up floor space, which can make moving around much more comfortable. The key here is to minimise clutter while at the same time maximising the function of each carefully chosen furnishing item.

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How to Plan for a Successful Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in any home, second only to a kitchen. Other rooms like bedrooms or living rooms can easily be changed around and redecorated as you feel fit. But bathrooms and kitchens? Those require high-budget renovations to completely transform, which is why you need to be careful when designing and planning your bathroom renovation.

For some, this might just mean updating to modern fixtures. For others, it will need to be more strategic. If your knee hurts now and you have the first hint of arthritis, then you don’t want a step-in tub. You want a wet room so that you can easily enjoy spa-like facilities throughout your life.

Your bathroom needs to look great and function perfectly, so follow this guide to help you plan.

Save Ideas over Time

First things first, you need inspiration! Go through home design magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media pages and blogs to find and collect inspiration. At the start, don’t worry about choosing designs that look similar. Go wild! Collect and store all the ideas you want either digitally or in a scrapbook.

As time goes on you should see a pattern in the designs you choose, and be able to pick out the elements you really want in your bathroom. Mix and match and come up with the perfect design.

Prioritize Need Over Aesthetic

Before you get your heart entirely set on what you have saved, you will also want to research the functional options that bathrooms can offer. Those with poor mobility, for example, will want to add either a wet room or a walk-in tub instead of more traditional options. Those in wheelchairs will also need the entrance widened and accessibility features added. Prioritize these types of needs, and then choose the design options that work with them.

Create a Custom Bathroom Design with Professionals

Having all the ideas in the world and a rough sketch of what you want is great, but you will always want to have a professional like Beautiful Bathrooms of Letchworth to take your vision and create a workable plan. They are experts in knowing what can and cannot work, and more importantly, how to make it work with your space. Only once a professional helps finalize your design can you finally say you have your dream bathroom.

Budgeting and Financing

By designing your bathroom with a specialist, you will have a workable design and a cost estimation. Save the down deposit if they offer financing, or find a short-term loan option that works best for you. You wouldn’t want to pay for a renovation and then run out of all your savings, so make sure you have a buffer to live comfortably on.

Bathrooms need more care and attention than many give them credit for. They are so much more than a place for a toilet, shower, and sink. They are places you can go to relax and unwind. They are private spaces that you deserve to be comfortable in. As one of the most-used rooms in your home, they deserve to be properly planned and budgeted for, so follow these steps and see your dream bathroom come to life.

 

Tips For Making Your House A Home Over The Holidays

The holidays reserve time for us to spend with family and friends. When you take the time away from the stressors of work and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you get a chance to see why you put yourself through it all.

One of the best parts about the holiday season is coming home to a warm and cozy space. Making your house a home over the holidays will grant one of the most important gifts of all; togetherness.

Live foliage will “spruce” up your home

It’s never too early to start thinking about next Christmas, and a live Christmas tree is one of the best ways to get your home ready for the holidays. There’s more than one type of live Christmas tree from which to choose, and your decision doesn’t always have to be traditional.

Mistletoe and other vine foliage are also great for adding joy and decoration to a space. Your whole household will be able to feel the difference in the air when you liven the spot with foliage.

Smells have a powerful effect

The scents you choose to fill the air in your home make a big difference when the holidays roll around. Everyone has smells they associate with the comfort of Christmas.

Cookies, warm pie, crisp pine, and a well-cooked ham make a house feel like a home during the holidays. If you’re not big on baking, find quality candle scents to fill the room.

Wash all the linens and throws

If you’re expecting company for the holidays, it’s time to do some laundry. Wash all the bedding and linens you’ll need for everyone to sleep comfortably, and give the couch throws a good cleansing.

There’s nothing more comfortable than to snuggle your face into a blanket or pillow that smells like clean laundry. Cleaning the linens will also make your company sleep soundly knowing that their bed is fresh.

Get organized for the chaos

One of the most important parts of preparing your home for the holidays is organization. Get your home organized before a long list of family and friends come trailing through your space.

The peace of knowing that everything is in order will help you focus more on the little moments created when everyone comes together. The extra effort you expend before everyone arrives will pay off with priceless memories of the holidays.

Dust off the decorations

Decorating is fundamental. No matter the holiday you’re celebrating, you have the task of dressing up your home. Christmas is the best time to go overboard with the decorations. You don’t have to worry much about turning people off with an awesome lighting spectacle.

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