So with the weather getting warmer and the sun shining brightly through the windows, I was thinking of a few ways to add a little summer splash to my home. After a bit of research, I came across these 10 lovely ways to brighten up your home.
check it out…
1. Change up your cushion covers to something with a pop of colour to add to your sofa!
2. Get yourself some colourful and bright floral bedding to add a summer vibe to your bedroom.
3. Of course I would find this one would be my fave… add lots of plants around your home to clean the air and add a sense of wellbeing.
4. Find the brightest books from your bookshelf and stack them up to create an easy pop of colour.
5. Put flowers all around your house. Use vases, jars, bottles…anything you can get your hands on, really.
6. FLOWERS FLOWERS FLOWERS! Nothing says Summer more than flowers, right?
7. If you really can not be bothered to change your wallpaper, why not add a pop of print to your furniture instead?
8. Get your hands on some colourful crockery and display it!
9. Get your hands on some summery smelling scented candles. Even if the weather isn’t consistently sunny outside…
10. Last but not least! Why not add some colourful tape to those unsightly cables. A super creative and clever way to turn something ugly into something rather appealing to the eye!
Thats all folks!
BBC home design share a few great tips on colour scheming your home – which again is something that will really influence the whole summer theme if you are switching up the colour scheme!
Please let us know your thoughts and ideas on how to add summer vibes to your home.
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.
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
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 🙂
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!
It 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.
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!
This 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.
This 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:
I 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!
So last week, I woke up one morning thinking about how I can improve my eating habits into something a little more healthy and sustainable so I can lead a more healthier lifestyle.
Now, i have to first rant a little about faddy quick fix diets that quite often involve living off shakes and “meal replacement products/bars”. Lets be honest, nobody on this earth is going to want to sustain a lifestyle of eating bars and drinking shakes as their everyday meal, especially when you’re attending social events or meeting up with friends for food etc… 9/10 You are going to fail and you are going to binge eat and end up gaining back twice as much weight as you did before! Trust me, I’ve tried them all and been there done that so to speak…
To me, healthy eating is all about eating less of the bad stuff and replacing and tweaking your overall diet plan by adding in some healthy bits. A healthy lifestyle does not need to be overwhelming of any sort, in fact, the most sustainable way to do it is to make small, gradual changes. Im not going to expect too much of myself too soon as I know this is a marathon – a lifetime one, not a sprint!
Here are the simple changes I am going to adopt this week:
*Select brown bread instead of white bread – this is easy for me as I LOVE brown bread*
*Use mustard instead of mayo on my sandwiches*
*Eat the white meat of cooked chicken instead of dark meat*
*Bake, grill or boil my food instead of frying*
*Switch from full-fat cheese to reduced fat cheese*
*Reduce portion size*
*Replace fries with a garnished side salad*
*Snack on fruit and veg instead of chocolate and crisps*
*Drink plenty of water*
As you can see, I’m not completely cutting food out. I am replacing them with healthier alternatives that will be better for my general health.
So, here goes! I will let you know next week if I’ve completely ate my words and buried my head in the sand at the nearest McDonalds…
With the Queen grinning like a cheshire cat and fans of the royals getting all excited over the birth of the new Royal baby, I thought it would be a fitting post to have a look at some Royal interior themes this week.
I first want to start with a very big congratulations to William and Kate, according to BBC news “The Duke of Cambridge weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg)” here is the magical moment they left the hospital.
It got me wondering what type of princess bedroom would the The Duke of Cambridge be going home to?
Would it be the traditional royal treatment with a canopied four poster perhaps?
Kids’ bedroom ideas: go BIG, or go home I say. Decorating a kids’ room doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on style and design. In fact, it opens up a whole new world of exciting design possibilities, without limitations. It’s the perfect excuse to be as over the top, brave or magical as you want. Take a look at these fantastic and royally over the top princess rooms….
My Daughter Polly is a princess lover and I have always found some fantastic princess styled furniture from a bunch of online stores that sell Disney Princess products.
For those of you looking for a more grand and royal approached theme, you can find some fantastic royal-styled furniture from some interesting Vintage stores and old antique places on the high-street. You may even be surprised by what you will find from second-hand/charity stores!
Thats all folks! If you have any queries or would like to share your thoughts on royal themed interior and express your excitement about the arrival of the Royal Baby then get in touch.
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. I 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.
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