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13 Ways To Use Plants To Make Your Home Look LOVELY

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As you all know how crazy I am about gardening and using plants to make my home look super pretty… well ive decided this week to write a post about all the different ways how you can spice up your home with a few plants here and there. You will be surprised at what a different a few plants can really make to your home.

Check out these 13 beautiful homes that have used plants to make their home look LOVELY

1. Before we get started lets take a look at this plant chart…

2.You can choose specific plants that have the magical powers of purifying the air! – perfect for those stuffy humid days in the summer!

3. Why not try painting your plant pots to make them look even more pretty!

4. Put together your foliage together to make a stylish statement in your home that can not be ignored!

5. Mix things up by displaying LARGE and small together to create this funky look.

6. Why not use old food tins and vintage tea cups to give your room and plants a retro look

7. Transform your bathroom into a greenhouse spa sanctuary by overpowering it with lots of green plants! – BEAUT

8. Find old jars and reuse them by filling them up with stones and soil!!! The stones are perfect and essential for water drainage when there are no holes at the bottom of the pot!.

9. Show everyone that you mean business and make a statement with a huge plant!

10. Get yourself a draping plant that hangs over your shelves for a really sultry and beautiful look! This is definitely my fave! looks absolutely perfect over white shelves and white walls!

11. Grow your very own herbs and be sure to hang them in pots at your window to ensure they get plenty of sunlight.

12. If you’re into crafts why not create your own hanging plant jar to really quirk things up when showcasing your plants to your neighbours!

13. For the craziest of crazy – like me – why not try this fab DIY project that allows you make plant pots from… dinosaur toys! Just wait till you see how cool it looks first…

Haha I told you that you would love it!

Let me know your ideas and where you love to put your plants in your house!
Who says you need to own a garden to have a garden….

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Sarah’s Guide To Buying Wood Furniture… With a Hint of Ethical Consumerism

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So this week I have been putting my little brainy cap on and been getting down with some hardcore internet research on buying wood furniture. I absolutely love wood furniture. It is without a doubt my favourite style but I was never really sure on the ethical sides of things and other important factors that buyers should really be considering when thinking about buying wood furniture.

Ethical consumerism is something everyone should be aware of and unfortunately they aren’t, slightly off topic but I also found this amazing video that just sums up Ethical Consumerism.

So back to the Wood…..Wood is perhaps the most common material used for furniture making and historically woods like rosewood and fruitwoods were very popular and are now highly sought after and collectable.

After a bit of research across the net I decided to create this little report to explain the popularity of vintage furniture in the current consumer marketplace!

Today the most common types of wood used in furniture are the less expensive ones such as Pine and Ash but the more expensive variations such as Mahogany, Oak and Walnut are as ever popular and a sign of good quality. These types of wood can either be found on their own or combined with cheaper woods in some furniture ranges.

As consumers become more ethically aware in the home this has also increased interest in how products are sourced, furniture is no different and it’s now possible to buy furniture, especially wood pieces, that are ethically sourced.reclaimedwoodd

Many companies have tapped into this desire for furniture which is respectful of the environment and embraces all things ethical. Their furniture is sourced in Indonesia and India and the company concentrates on supporting local furniture making businesses and therefore continuing the country’s tradition.

It is important to recognise the characteristics of wood furniture so you are aware of its value and also re-sale value. Simple things such as being able to identify types of grain and colour are useful.

Wood is more often than not treated as bare wood can be susceptible to contractions and changes.

There are several ways that wood can be treated but for use in furniture it’s likely to be either varnished lacquered or oil coated all which protect the wood from wear and tear and give it a unique appearance and texture.

It’s imperative that wood is cared for effectively and there are various products which can be used for this purpose. Waxes are the traditional treatment used for woods and are particularly useful when used on Mahogany. Before treating your furniture you should test its compatibility with the product and this can be done by trying it out on a hidden part of the furniture where it can’t be seen.
A wax product should only be used on furniture once a month to “feed it” and sustain its shine, more frequent usage will lead to build up and the furniture will take on a dull appearance.

Thats it guys! I hope this little report will help you guys when you are heading to the shops to grab yourself some new wood furniture!

 

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How to turn your home into a magical haven using fairy lights

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Using fairy lights to turn your home into a magical haven

So this week I’ve been obsessing over fairy lights! They are a cheap way into making your home look beautifully magical whilst adding in a real girlie twist.

Check out these 13 fantastic tips on how you can turn your dream home into something really magical.lights

 

1. Place your fairy lights over floaty fabric to create the illusion of sleeping under the stars. – magicall!

2. Lighten up your beauty table and watch your face really light up!

3. Why not add a little something to your plain and boring shelves

4. Make a statement and turn your mirror into something magical

5. Put your fairy lights into a jar to create lamps with a twist!

6. String em up to create a little something on your outdoor space!

7. Why not place your snaps on a wire of pretty fairy lights…

8. Wrap fairy lights around your bed frame to create the ultimate magical fortress

9. Why not frame your main wall to draw attention and focus…

10. My all time fave – create stunning words using fairy lights by pinning them on the wall!

11. Hang in some fairy lights through your drapes!

12. Add some light to your shelving display

13. Go mad and extra creative and weave your fairy lights all over your room

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Be sure to snap and share all of your creative ideas with fairy lights! I would love to see them all!

Although guys please please please be careful if you do have pets! I was reading this scary post the other week about a dog who almost died eating christmas fairy lights! You can read that on the BBC here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-20767669

Just keep that in mind if you’re planning on going fairy light crazy! – You could still use them as long as you pin them up high on the wall or have them made into lanterns in a jar 🙂

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Going Crazy For My Brand New Roller Garage Doors

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Hi guys, just a quick post I wanted to share with you the latest addition to the house….  I’ve just got myself a swanky new garage door 🙂

So the next time your passing by my house I’m hoping our latest home improvement will grab your attention , it was installed just yesterday.  Have you guessed what my new pride and joy is? Yes, it is the new electric roller garage doors that look amazing and makes my home much more appealing!

New Hormann Roller Garage DoorsIt was not entirely my decision, as my husband and I talked and discussed about getting new garage doors. This happened when the old roller garage door completely fell off its tracks. We came to the same conclusion that the garage door was old anyway, and maybe the ball bearings, the moving parts, or the rust finally had its way and put the metal door out of alignment. It was our very first garage door and have been faithfully serving us until then. We called a local company www.doormaticgaragedoors.co.uk for an estimate, and when they came up with the cost, it seemed that it would be better to just install a new one. And we couldn’t be happier with this decision.

Not just the garage doors, but the whole house was in need of a facelift. Me and my husband also discussed our home’s future, and thought it was a good idea to start renovations here and there, when we could. We thought that when the time comes that we need to sell our home, it would be appealing right off the bat by enhancing the curb appeal. You know, maintaining an excellent outdoor landscape, keeping the house looking presentable with a fresh coat of paint, and don’t forget- the garage door is an important facet and facade of the house, so it has to be upgraded as well. The timing was right on target; the old roller garage doors fell and it was high time for a new one.

We tried shopping around for new garage doors, and came up with two types- sectional garage doors, and the newer roller garage door. I remember how during that time, my husband and I came into opposition, as he presented his side and said that sectional garage doors was definitely the way forward. I checked out the various features and benefits of the sectional garage doors versus the electric roller garage doors, and my own garage for coming up with the decision. We had a car that would fit, yes, but what if we chose to upgrade our car’s size as well? I included it in the discussion, and finally he agreed with me that roller garage doors are the best option to allow a little more head room should we fancy a bigger car.New Hormann Roller Garage Doors inside

So when that was all settled and the go signal was given, we took a look around town and shopped and browsed around for a good company that could install us a roller garage doors UK area. In the end we used Doormatic the same company we called to help repair the original. We called them for a chat and a quote on installing a new door, and they agreed quickly and went on to provide a very competitive estimate. I was also very impressed at their range of roller garage doors and they even provided some benefits that we have not thought about. They even gave me a list about it, which I will share some here:

Benefits of a Roller Garage Door

-A rubber seal on the bottom will keep out nature’s elements, dust, stray leaves, mice and other rodents from entering your house through the garage.

-Great for driveways with limited space due to its vertical operation.

-No outward swing, and when installed correctly, provides an excellent security.

In the end we went with a Rollmatic from a brand called Hornman, check out the video below

We were impressed by Doormatic’s level of industry knowledge about roller garage doors right at the start. When they showed us their fantastic range of electric roller garage doors, we were blown out of the water. There were so many choices and different variations that it can look customized and will provide a premium look for our home. We were not disappointed- they provided a top-notch bespoke service from start to finish, were very professional and friendly, and needed little to no supervision during the installation. We gazed in awe for about 15 minutes at the new roller garage door when it was finished. I certainly could not be any happier with Doormatic for making our simple garage door dream come true!

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Obsessed with paved walkways!

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pavingThis week I have been getting myself a little over excited with paved walkways, especially with the ones on driveways and patios! I feel that paved walkways really enhance your lifestyle and add distinction to your outdoor environment.
They are pretty much guaranteed for life and are a fantastic solution for lasting beauty! I just love how paved walkways have a huge selection of colours, styles and textures – the possibilities are endless!
Take a look at these stunning designs that really caught my eye this week.
paved walkways1This one in particular really stood out to me because of the adding seating wall and outdoor grill enclosure. It really makes the outdoor living space a gem for relaxing with your family and friends.
The Social Butterfly Layout

Im in LOVE with this! Look how beautifully the paved driveway compliments the brick work and colour scheme
Take a lot at these stunning paved driveways:

paved walkwaysI personally think your buildings brickwork and your paved walkway should compliment each other. As you can see from the three images above, they all commit to a colour scheme. The first one is mixture of pinks beiges browns and whites, the second one adopts a modern and monochrome feel with its simplistic colour scheme and the third one has a real cosy and traditional look.
Which style do you prefer?

Let us know your thoughts on paved walkways!
Sarah ox

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Welcome To “Hattrick Furniture” The Ultimate Home, Garden & Lifestyle Guide

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My name is Sarah Jayne, I am 38 year old mother of 2  living in Surrey and working in London. I’m a huge lover of interior design, gardening, lifestyle and all things artsy. london & SurreyI enjoy shopping and sharing my latest find or putting together new interior design ideas, so expect to find everything from reviews, hauls, favourites, wishlists and idea posts here on my blog.

My aim is to display all the wonderful ideas and images that inspire me about home garden and lifestyle. I want to inspire and share my vision and passion by featuring posts on houseplants, decor, cooking and DIY projects, so that I can help encourage readers to brighten their home and their lives with a touch of nature.

I’ve decided to set up this blog after finding myself reading the House and Garden book and blog thinking “I could do that”. I have always had a passion for creative lifestyle and so on a mild chilly evening in England, today I have created my account and am ready to share with the world my ideas and creations.House___Garden_mag

I’m always thinking of new and exciting posts to write about and I love sharing my thoughts with so many kindred spirits. I would like to take this time to thank my readers for your support and for the Good Luck wishes!

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