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How to Make Your Yard Space More Zen

How to Make Your Yard Space More Zen

Would it be good if we somehow had the option to walk into a beautiful, wonderfully peaceful outdoor space, one that put is in a tranquil mood the moment we arrive? Well actually, we do have this option, and it’s not by visiting some expensive, exclusive Japanese garden…we can do it right on our own property. Not enough people make the most of their outdoor space. Though they require a little bit of work, they can be the most relaxing part of our property, if we get them right. Below, we take a look at a few ways that you can make your garden space that little bit extra zen.

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Clear Away

If it has been some time since you’ve done anything with your yard, then the first thing you’ll want to do is clear away anything that won’t inspire joy. This means old, rusted items, dead leaves, overgrown plants, and so on. Once they’ve all been removed, get to adding some beautiful plants and flowers — for the minimal amount of work, take a look at which plants are native to the area in which you live. One small tip is to choose as many different colours as possible. It’ll make the garden more beautiful. 

Home Comforts

There’s something to be said for spending time in wild environments. But for a true zen garden, you’ll want to make it feel like it’s been designed in your image, and is infused with your personality. To do this, look at adding little touches of your personality into your garden, especially in the area around your backdoor. The idea is to add those things that inspire joy in your heart, whatever they may be. It’ll work best if you’ve got some sort of cover, to protect from the rain. 

Extra Mile

It’s all good and well creating a space that’s relaxing, but if you live next to a main road or you’re surrounded by loud families, then there’s going to be an upper limit to how relaxed you can feel. If you lived far away from other people, then silence would be golden — but if you don’t, then you’ll want to have something that masks some of the sounds. One of the best ways to do this is to add a water feature, which is always relaxing. It offers a level of tranquillity that other features can’t. You’ll need to dedicate a space, and look at getting a submersible pond pump; Berkeley pumps will be a good option. An added touch will be adding some fish to the pond, and a bench next to it so you can enjoy your efforts to the max.

Private Spaces

Finally, remember to take some steps to make your garden more private. It’s hard to relax if you feel like you’re on display! Adding higher hedges and more plants around your yard will be a good start, as will adding a verandah for where you’re sitting. No-one’s probably looking, but you’ll feel better if you know they can’t. 

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The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

A house and a home are two very different things. A house describes the physical property itself – nothing more than a collection of carefully arranged bricks – but a home is much more than that, it represents your past, present and future.

Your home should embody safety, treasured memories and future happiness, but sometimes it can be a struggle to achieve the right feeling in your house, particularly when you’ve just moved in. However, there are a few things you can do to make your house feel more warm, personal and, of course, homely.

Put those precious moments on display

If a stranger was to walk into your home now, would your house look like it has been lived in or could they be walking into a hotel room? Your home should serve as a place to store all your proudest and more cherished moments and that means not having them tucked away in a dusty box in the attic.

Placing pictures of family and friends around the house is a great way of making your home feel more personal to you and they can also add to the appearance of your property. Photographs also make great conversation pieces when you have guests over and can be a great way of lifting your spirits if you’re feeling stressed or upset.

If you know anyone that’s just moved house, then a frame makes for a wonderful housewarming present as it encourages them to display the photo moments that mean the most to them.

Buy good quality furniture

Furnishing your home can be an expensive process. It seems like there are so many rooms to fill, there’s decorating to be finished and you’ve just had to pay all those administrative fees that accompany the house buying process. With all this going on, it can be tempting to cut corners here and there and buy cheaper, lower quality furniture.

The problem with this is that it often represents a false economy. Cheaper goods will usually need replacing sooner, which will leave you shelling out once more and having to deal with the hassle of moving sofas and beds in and out of the house. There’s nothing wrong with finding a bargain of course, but be wary of anything that seems too good to be true – it usually is.

Another problem with buying cheap furniture is that it can mean you have to compromise on your vision for your home’s interior. If you want your home to look a certain way, the furniture is a big part of that and so it’s worth spending a little more to create the look you’ve been dreaming of. There’s also the comfort factor to consider. If your sofa is stiff and unpleasant to sit on, then your house is never going to feel like a home no matter how long you live there.

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Iron-out the flaws

Another way of making a house feel like a home is to make sure that any unwanted quirks and problems are ironed out as soon as possible. If you have a door that has a mind of its own and keeps closing when it should stay open, then buy a few door stops. If you have a leaky tap that’s driving you mad, then tighten the fitting or give the plumber a call.

There always seems to be something that needs fixing in your home, but it’s important that you don’t let the little things niggle away at you. A draughty room here or a creaking floorboard there may not be much to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but collectively these issues can prevent you from enjoying your home to its fullest.

Make it open and inclusive

The exact setup of your home is entirely your decision, but if your property is a bit claustrophobic it won’t feel quite right, particularly if you have a family. Opting for an open and inclusive environment is the perfect way of making your home a child-friendly place. With the right lighting and room design, your home can provide the environment for work and play in equal measure.

An open-plan design is a great way for everyone in the home to spend time together whether it’s watching television, playing board games, or any other fun activity. You may also find that a more open layout simply creates more space, which is always appreciated.

In order to embrace your open-plan home, speak to a builder or structural engineer about which walls can be taken down to create larger living spaces. If you’re worried about an open-plan design taking something away from the coziness of your property, there are approaches you can take that aim to create the best of both worlds. Breakfast bars and mezzanine areas can be used to partition areas of rooms, for example, without cutting them off completely.

Light the way

The lighting in your home can play a very important role in creating the right atmosphere, so there’s a lot more to think about than what lampshade to purchase.

Having many different lights throughout a single room, for example, lets you manage the overall lighting more effectively and means that certain areas can be lit more brightly than others. Dimmer switches are also a great investment and work particularly well if you have young children and want to get them following a bedtime routine.

Also, don’t forget the importance of natural light. Try not to block windows that let in sunlight and if you have mirrors in your home, try to locate them so that they reflect the natural light around the living area. You may not realize it, but good lighting can have a significant impact on your mood and contribute to your appreciation of your home.

Create new memories

Although putting up photos of times gone by is a great way of decorating your house, it will only begin to truly feel like home when you’ve started creating new memories there. Open your home out to family and friends by having a barbecue, dinner party or hosting a birthday celebration and you’ll start to feel like you belong there.

Some people may feel as though there home is not “ready” in terms of its interior to have guests over, or maybe they think that their house is their own personal space and would rather meet friends at an external venue. That’s fine, but often the most happiness comes from sharing something that you’re passionate about with others – and this includes your home. Fill your house with chat and laughter and you’ll quickly learn to love having others over.

Get creative when it comes to storage

The amount of clutter that people accumulate over the years can be truly astounding. Whether it’s personal mementos or junk that you can’t bear to throw away, these items can get in the way if not dealt with properly. If you’ve got boxes or piles in the corners of your rooms then your house is not going to feel complete.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can get creative when it comes to home storage. Finding space where there seemingly is none can be challenge but it is definitely a rewarding one. Make the most of wall, floor, or even ceiling space to maximize your home’s storage capabilities. When everything is in its right place, you’ll start to feel more settled in your home.

Let everyone have their own space

Although you want your home to feel inclusive, it is important that everyone that you live with has a little section to call their own. This could be something small, like an armchair by the fire, or a larger area like an office or “man cave.” Whether you want to relax, or work on your own personal project, having your own space is an important part of sharing your home.

Don’t take your home too seriously

Despite all the tips mentioned above, the most important thing to remember about your home is to not take it too seriously. If you’re getting worked up about whether the carpet matches the wallpaper or whether your friends are going to like your décor then you’re never going to be able to relax. Your home is all about you and so if you want to have a traditional antique next to a 70s retro dining table then go for it! Don’t worry about whether it “works” or not. Make your house in your own image and you’ll quickly feel at home there.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new property or have been living somewhere for a while, turning a house into a home requires some work. The most important thing to remember is that loving your property is not about spending the most money or having impeccable style, it’s all about making your home feel right for you. When you achieve this, it’s a wonderful feeling and all your external stresses melt away as you come through the door. Displaying a personal touch in your house is definitely worth it, because there really is no place like home.

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What Are The Signs Of A Happy Home?

What Are The Signs Of A Happy Home?

You know the old saying – home is where the heart is. Of course, knowing how to make the home as happy as possible is something else altogether. No matter the size of your family, you need to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to make the home a happy and successful one. With that in mind, we are going to have a look at some of the major things that you can do to make you home happy for everyone in it. We will do that by looking at some of the clearest signs that a home is happy. Let’s take a look at what those might be now.

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Space & Light

Good homes tend to have a lot of open space, as this is something which psychologically really seems to benefit the family at large. If you don’t think you have enough space in your home, it might be a good idea to try rearranging the living areas to make that space. This could be a simple matter of making the furniture work in a more sensible manner. Alternatively, you could consider a complete overhaul in terms of style and design. By bringing in more natural and light colours, and opening up the space a little, the whole house will feel lighter, more spacious and therefore much more welcoming. The light levels play a hugely important role in this too – make sure that they are not too harsh or too sparse, as both of these can make a home much less comfortable.

Comfort

Speaking of being comfortable, that is something else that any good home needs. Happy homes are always going to be comfortable, as being comfortable is a hugely important part of being happy. If you feel that your home is not quite comfortable enough, the good news is that this is the kind of thing which is really easy to fix. It might even just be a matter of treating yourself and the family to new mattresses, for example. Alternatively, you might decide to update the furniture that it is in the communal living areas. If you do that, you should find that it makes a huge difference to how everyone feels in the home. Comfort is one of the central things that most people are looking for in their home, so make sure you are providing it for yourself and the rest of the family too.

Relaxed Atmosphere

This next one is something which is both much harder to pin down and much more essential than the others. Developing a relaxed atmosphere in the home is often a matter of ensuring that many different things are working well together. For example, once you have achieved the previous two – comfort, and space and light – you are probably most of the way there. However, you might also decide that it will be beneficial to ensure that there are certain house rules. Used properly, as long as they are not overly-strict, house rules are often all you need for a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Making Your House As Cozy As Possible

Making Your House As Cozy As Possible

You’ve bought your new house and you’re understandably delighted! Now it’s time to make it officially yours by putting your own special touch on it. How can you do that I hear you ask? Well let me tell you.

The walls and floors are the main aspects to first sort out when decorating your house. This is going to be what your rooms are known for the foreseeable future so it’s a big decision. Your new house is going to bring the nosey neighbours or friends and family around so make sure they all leave with a positive outlook. What colour are you wanting the walls? Will you be using wallpaper or paint? It’s a decision that you can’t take lightly and one that could haunt you if you get it wrong. With flooring, the possibilities are endless and again you need to discuss with your loved one about the best type of material for each room whether they be made from wooden slats, marble or carpets. Each one can provide a different homely feel and it depends what you feel most comfortable with. Think of the whole outlook on the house before making a judgement. Does a farmhouse mix with marble? A bungalow go with wooden slats?

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Once all this has been done, then you’re at the stage where you can pick and choose your own furniture. Again take into account the room and the function of this room when you are decorating it. Are you a kitchen stool type of family? How many sofas and armchairs should there be in the living room and what material should they be made out of? Are bunk beds suitable for the kids or have they grown out of that stage now and deserve separate rooms? Already, you can see the number and variety of questions you will have to ask yourself in the process of making your house a home.

The fact that you’re never happy with your home is a common one. There’s always something to do, something that you want to achieve. Whether it be trying to extend the garden or clearing out the garage. So how about a conservatory? Yes, it will be more money out of your pocket and who really wants the builders in 24/7 but think about the end results. As quick as a flash, you’ll be able to sit in your new room and look outside at the beautiful sunrise and sunset from a room that wholly accepts the summer sun. Not only will it make it more well lit but also more airy, two  important aspects of a well loved home. If you want to include a welcome extra of underfloor heating in that dream too, then why the hell not. It will be a blessing during those cold winter months but at Christmas time, remember not to leave chocolate presents on the floor as it could get messy. Eventful memories indeed for this young writer. But happy ones.

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