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From Run-Down To Ravishing: How To Make Your Renovation Project A Success

From Run-Down To Ravishing: How To Make Your Renovation Project A Success

There are some incredible old properties on the market but sadly, some of them have seen better days, but this doesn’t mean that they no longer serve a purpose. A growing number of adventurous investors and creative buyers are looking for a project. When you’re buying a house, it’s not always pristine showhomes that catch your eye. With a renovation project, there’s potential to create the home of your dreams. If you’re hoping to turn a run-down wreck into a ravishing retreat, here are some tips:

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Plan carefully

Renovation work is often time-consuming, and it requires careful planning. Before you buy a house, you’ll need to know how much the build will cost, how much value you could add, and whether it’s viable to do what you want to do. It’s wise to consult with planning officers, architects, and building firms. It’s not enough to have a vision and a rough budget in mind. You need proper plans in place to make sure that you’re making the right decision. Investing in older properties can be incredibly lucrative, but it can also end up draining your resources. It’s essential that you select 

Don’t shirk on expert help

It may seem relatively straightforward to come up with design ideas, especially if you’re blessed with creative talents. However, there’s an awful lot of work that goes into rebuilding and restoring a house. You’ll need to make sure that your plans satisfy building regulations, and seek planning permission for any structural changes you want to make, or extensions you wish to add. Calling in expert help may be costly, but it could save you significant sums in the long-run. If you get it wrong, you’ll end up paying experienced professionals to sort out a mess, which could have been prevented in the first place. You can help out with the odd job on-site, but you need people with the relevant expertise on board. Roofing jobs, for example, may look simple enough. But there’s a lot of skill that goes into fixing loose tiles, fitting a polycarbonate sheet or tending to leaks. Other jobs you might want to call the professionals out for include clearing a blocked drain, other plumbing work and electrical jobs.

Some people sail through the process of restoring an old house without any major hiccups, but it’s always a good idea to make contingency plans. You may encounter problems that have implications for the timeframe and budget. If you’ve set aside some money, and you have somewhere to stay while work is underway, this will save you stress and hassle if you do hit 

Be original

If you’re renovating a house, seize the opportunity to inject your style and personality, and be original. It can be tough to see past the decor and style in a brand new home. But with a project, you have free reign to celebrate your taste and design your ideal home. Look online and flick through some magazines for inspiration and ideas.

If you’ve bought an old home in need of some TLC, there’s probably a lot of work to do. This is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Plan ahead, work with experts, and always have contingency plans in place, just in case. Once you’ve got the major jobs sorted, start thinking about the interior, and be original with your ideas. This is your chance to create the home of your dreams!

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Unique and Chic Ways to Crank Your Home Up a Notch

Unique and Chic Ways to Crank Your Home Up a Notch

With summer well and truly underway you are starting to arrange more and more social gatherings in your home. As the sun starts to shine and the evenings become longer, there is nothing quite like hosting for a group of your favourite people. As the hostess, you always want to make sure your home is impeccably presented from top to toe. Perhaps you are hoping to transform your home from organised chaos to calm or you simply want to introduce a touch of class to your décor. There are so many unique and chic ways to crank your home up a notch and get people talking about your amazing abode. Consider some of the innovative ideas below and you will soon be able to get started with your terrific home touch ups.

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New Windows and Doors

It is very easy to forget about the windows and doors in your home; they serve their purpose, but you never really see them as a key design feature. You could take your home to the next level by introducing a whole range of new chic styles with a reputable siding company. Replace your worn and cracked windows with fabulous frosted glass or try a more modern style for your front door. Once you have made these changes you will be impressed with the sophisticated appearance of your home.

Magic Minimalism

The trend of minimalism isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Clearing away your unnecessary clutter and embracing the space you have around your home is a very simple and effective way to uplift the vibe in your home. Try to be a little bit ruthless when you are disposing of the excess junk in your home. This is the only way that you will be able to declutter the space and make the most out of the magic minimalism method.

Cool Color Palettes

There is something quite exciting about changing up the color scheme of your home. Switching from dark tones to lighter shades during the summer can complement the warmer weather and make your home feel more welcoming. Opt for neutral tones such as beige, cream or light pastels; these colors can act as a blank canvas so you can experiment with accessories as much as you like. A cream wall always looks fabulous with a brightly colored couch or patterned chair, so find your interior style and go as bold as you like!

Fabulous Soft Furnishings

Adding sophisticated soft furnishings to your home couldn’t be easier, from quirky cushions to patterned rugs. This is where you can really inject your own personal style into your dreamy dwelling and find the pieces that suit the vibe of your home. You don’t have to spend a fortune on soft furnishings to really make an impact. A couple of complimentary cushions on your sofa and a pair of matching curtains are bound to do the trick in making your home even more eye-catching.

Gorgeous Garden Additions

When you’re updating your home for the summer, you can’t forget about your outdoor space too. There are so many benefits to having decking installed in your garden, as it can be used in a multitude of ways. Decking is the perfect spot to keep your garden furniture for those much anticipated summer barbecues. Choose a timeless, wooden style that will never go out of date and you will have a beautiful addition to your backyard. Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color to your back garden too, from perfect peonies to colorful chrysanthemums, flowers can truly transform your back garden from bland to brilliant.

You have always been a house proud person who wants to make the most of your space. When you adopt some of these unique and chic ideas, your house will be quickly transformed from tired to terrific in a flash. Use your creative flair to find your own personal touches and uplift your home for a sensational summer. Whether you’re hosting a summer soiree in your backyard or you’re planning an intimate dinner party, there are so many ways to get your home ready for a bunch of glorious guests. Remember to work with the space that you have and make the most of each unique area of your home. From wonderful windows to a glorious garden, you can be sure that your humble abode is dazzling and dreamy for the upcoming heat wave.

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Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

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A comfortable home is not something that’s simply nice to have. It’s something necessary to have. We all live relatively busy lives, we must earn our keep and we all have to put work into sustaining and creating beautiful memories with our families. You might add pets and hobbies to that list of personal obligations. At the end of the day, we are usually utterly and thoroughly spent. This is where the gentle embrace of our home should come and hug us from behind, allowing us to relax and fade into comfort. This allows us to stay sane day after day, but more than that, to feel protected, to feel actualized, as evidenced by the Maslow hierarchy of needs.

 

Is your home as comfortable as you deserve it to be? It might not be that obvious if it is. In order to take care of this circumstance, you might consider the following:

 

The Bedroom

 

The bedroom is the hub of comfort in your home. If it isn’t, it should be. The living room might be the place we can merrily discuss the day and share silly laughter with our families, but we all know then when we’re at our most tired and vulnerable, the bedroom is always there to nurse us back to refreshment. It’s unfortunate that many people neglect to decorate or prioritize this room from the beginning. Doing so can lend even more comfort to this room, and helping you relax, recharge and be close to your partner.

 

When was the last time you purchased new lighting for the room? Perhaps small LED strips under the bed will help you to gain that healthy and interesting glow. Maybe some gentle fairy lights placed around your bedhead in order to give the room some of that magical appeal will do the trick. Maybe its time to renew the carpet to be both comfortable and look beautiful. Ridding yourself of the wine stains or scuffs that can occur over years of use, can refresh your spirits. A bed that’s timeless can often give you real pause for comfort and thought, helping you rest in a long-term fixture you can feel identified with. The bedroom is one of the most excellent sleeping partners you can be in possession of, so be sure the room gently nurses the message of comfort to you, so you can rest easy.

 

The Living Room Sofa

 

The living room sofa is often something many people get wrong. This is the place you’ll relax and joke with your family, perhaps watching television on a Friday night or having your child proudly show you their new video game. But comfort is all in the sofa. A hugely, soft cushioned material isn’t always the best choice for real comfort, as there’s a difference between comfortable and comfortably supported. It might be that you’re opting for space with an L shaped sofa  or perhaps durability with leather that could support you more appropriately.

 

With these simple additions, your home is sure to take comfort into the stratosphere.

 

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How to Use Carpet & Rugs in Your Home for a Stylish Look

By Guest Blogger, Steph C.

How to Use Carpet & Rugs in Your Home for a Stylish Look

Are you looking for a way to transform your house into a warm, welcoming place with a touch of elegance? All you need is carpet and some rugs. What follows next is a combination of basic design skills and creativity which we all have. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Determine which areas will require rugs and which ones will need carpet

It is the very common practice to use a carpet to cover wide areas such as the floor of the sitting room and a rug on smaller areas such as in place of a doormat. You can also place rugs under the furniture provided they are large enough, or even right beside your bed. DO NOT use a brightly colored rug at the door since it will easily get dirty thus becoming unattractive.

  • Choose carpets and rugs that best suit your place

There is a wide variety of Carpets and rugs in the market that you can choose from. You might end up with a carpet that makes the environment of your house looking like that of an office, which is something that you want to avoid. Therefore before choosing one you’ve got to consider a few things such as how it blends in with the internal surrounding of your house and the material it is made of, among other things. If you have no clue about how to choose a perfect rug or carpet for you place you can always seek an internal designer’s advice.

  • Design and creativity

This is a very important part that you can’t afford to ignore .It is what will bring out the uniqueness of your house when compared to other people’s houses. A small piece of advice, go with what you like and not what is considered normal. I prefer a combination of carpets having different patterns with rugs of different shapes. If you choose to go for a hand-woven carpet or rug make sure that it is finely woven to ensure durability. If you want to layer carpets of different patterns then do so using those of the same hues. For door rugs it is best to use a rough textured rug for the door mat and a soft textured one for the bedside rug. Fur and cotton wool provide soft textured rugs while sisal and nylon provide rough ones.

  • Use an amp

Besides providing a good music experience, an amp on top of rug can create such classy scenery. It also provides a high quality audio playback system for your home library. The good thing about these is that they come in a wide variety with different features which means, what you need is what you get. You can try out the CUBE lite amplifier to mention but a few.

Finally, to bring out that stylish look in your house you just have to be simple and open to trying new things. Do not overdo it.

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This guest post is from Steph Clarke who is part of the content & community outreach team at LandofRugs.com. Steph is obsessed with interior design trends and how new technology influences design.

Happy and Homely: Make Your Abode Amazing

Happy and Homely: Make Your Abode Amazing

There comes a time in our lives where our home needs a little tender loving care. There are drawers full of junk and your sofas are getting slightly tattered and torn. Nobody wants to have a disorganized house, especially when you are due to have family or friends around to visit. You worked so hard to buy your home that you need to remember to take care of it when it needs that extra attention. You can make some tiny tweaks to your rooms and belongings to make your house feel homey again. Choose the areas that need the most attention first and you will soon have all the problem areas fixed in a flash.

Luscious Lounging

Your sofas bear the brunt of most of your home activities; they are there for you and your friends to sit on each and every day. Whether you’re sat tapping away on your laptop or you’re eating dinner on your knee, they can become tired and uncomfortable pretty quickly. Check out Altson’s sofas and update your seating arrangements from ancient to astounding. You will soon be able to lounge around in luxury again.

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Clean and Clear

When was the last time you had a good old clear out inside your cupboards, closets and drawers? It is often said that a cluttered home makes for a messy mind, so in order to get back on track you need to start throwing away all that old junk. Try not to be too sentimental about objects you don’t really need to keep. If you haven’t used it in the past six months then it probably deserves to be thrown in the trash or to be sold online. You could make some money whilst you’re spring cleaning too if you do find some old bits and bobs that other people might be interested in. It is always worth having a regular deep clean in order to keep your house fresh and decluttered.

Outside Overhaul

Our gardens and outside areas often get a little neglected in the winter time. The weather can be chilly and you simply don’t want to go out there, but before you know it spring will appear and you’re left with a topsy-turvy outdoor space. Think about having an outdoor clear out before it gets too late to salvage. You might want to plant some new flowers or buy some new garden furniture whilst it’s on sale. There are a variety of different plant species which actually thrive during the colder seasons, so see if any of these could brighten up your backyard. There are many beautiful things you can do with your garden, even in the winter months. No matter how cold and dark it gets don’t forget to give it some attention!

Give your home the mini makeover it deserves and you won’t feel so overwhelmed by the bits and bobs that have built up over time. Enjoy your new comfortable seating and thrive in your newly refreshed backyard. It will soon feel like brand new again.

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How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

 

If you’re just expecting or already have kids who are starting to venture into the living room on their own, it might be the right time to give your space a little kid-friendly makeover. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole aesthetics. Only a few barely visible changes will be enough to have a both beautiful and kid-friendly living room.

Washable paint

If you’re raising future painters that are still discovering their ideal canvas, don’t be surprised when you come home to a new wall design. However, if you invest in washable paint instead of your traditional one, you will be able to clean up the mess with mild soap and a damp cloth. There are even some flat matte paints that allow you to touch-up the pain without any visible brush marks. However, if your kids are really persistent with surprising you with wall murals, you can opt for chalkboard paint. Paint one wall and let your kids safely express their artistic tendencies.

Kid-friendly flooring

Kids are not very careful when eating, drinking and carrying stuff, and a lot of things will end up on your floor. So, make sure to invest in flooring that is washable, such as tile, wood or laminate. If you want to let your kids play on the floor, then you need something much softer. Luckily, there are carpets made of seagrass or jute that are durable and low-maintenance. You can also opt for small area rugs which you can toss into the washing machine every once in a while.

Durable materials

If you want your furniture to have a long and happy life, make sure your pieces come in durable and easy-to-maintain materials. There are many stain-resistant fabrics on the markets today, so you’ll definitely find something you love. Leather is also a great furniture option. For instance, lounges made of leather can be easily wiped with a wet cloth every time an accident happens. Also, keep in mind that the darker colors can take more beating than the lighter ones.

Ample storage

If you want your living room to be tidy without too much work, you have to have enough storage to put away your kids’ toys when they aren’t in use. Most people opt for decorative baskets because they are cheap, portable and very practical. However, you can also go for something more stylish and permanent like double-duty furniture with built-in storage. Benches and window seats usually come with hidden storage below the seat. There are also coffee tables and ottomans that can fit some of your kids’ trinkets and create an uncluttered and stylish look.

Create a cozy corner

If you want to keep most of your living room reserved for adults, then creating a cozy corner is a must. Simply designate one corner in your living space and fill it with fluffy pillows and lazy bags that are perfect for afternoon naps and reading seasons.

Make it fun

No matter the interior style and the atmosphere in your living space, it should really be the place where every member of the family feels comfortable and happy. So, make sure to decorate the space with at least some kid-friendly accessories. For instance, putting up the kids’ artwork on the walls next to your “grown-up” art is a great way to start. Make sure not to use too many fragile decorative pieces, and opt for nature elements (pinecones, seashells, driftwood), wooden figurines and bowls, and a lot of kid-friendly books. Hanging family photographs is another way to decorate your living space with beautiful and personal items.

As you can see, a kid-friendly living room doesn’t have to look like a kindergarten. With just a little bit of planning, it can be a stylish, functional and cozy space every member of your family will love.

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Creating A Personal Style For Your Home

Creating A Personal Style For Your Home

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Forget the notion of keeping up with your neighbors. It doesn’t matter what size tv they have in their living room, or how great their new garden furniture looks. You don’t need to copy or better them with some misguided feelings about competition. Your home should reflect who you are with your personal preferences. Whether it is the place you enjoy coming back to at the end of each working day, or if you are at home full time, it should be your haven of happiness and pleasure.

So, if you would like to make your home unique and personal to you, here are a few ideas to stir your imagination.

On the outside


No matter what the size of your garden, populate it with items that suit you. If you are into all things fantasy, purchase sculptures and statues to fashion your garden into a landscape J.R.R. Tolkien would have been proud to call his own.

Who cares if every house in the street is painted in the same shades of white? If you have a favorite color, hire a painting company to make your house stand out from the rest.

Interior décor

Again, use whatever color you fancy to paint the inside of your home. Bathrooms are traditionally painted blue, for example, but you can go with whatever color of the spectrum you fancy. Provided you do not intend to sell your house anytime soon, feel free to mix and match colors and decor in every room of your house.

Works of art can add character to any room. Whether you prefer landscape paintings or something abstract, there will be something available for your taste and budget. You may consider yourself an artist, so add your own creations to your home. If you are a keen photographer, blow up your work to poster size and frame them to add to your walls. One room of the house could be a personal gallery displaying your work, perfect for showing off to any visitors.

Personal collections

Many people enjoy collecting things, including models of vintage cars, vast DVD collections, and classic works of literature. Whatever you enjoy, display them in your home. Any valuable items should always be kept in a glass cabinet to avoid accidents, but anything else can be displayed on shelving. Of course, your items will still hold personal value to you, even if they are not of monetary worth, so you may still wish to add a ‘Do Not Touch’ sign to keep away sticky fingers.

Creating a personal space

You may share your home with family or friends, so you may not be entitled to furnish every room in the house to your liking. If this is true, try and create a space in a suitable room that is all about you. For example, if you enjoy reading, set up a bookcase and comfortable chair for your relaxation time. If you do have more control over the house, have a designated room for your hobbies, such as a movie room with a projector and large screen.

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