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London Design Fair, part 2: my favourite exhibitors

The London Design Fair was amazing, the exhibitors very much consisted of modern, eclectic designs, but often using traditional methods of manufacture, which makes for an interesting talking point within your home.  Continue reading “London Design Fair, part 2: my favourite exhibitors”

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London Design Fair; sustainable British companies

If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen that last weekend I was up at the London Design Fair with my “official” job at Newlife Paints. We were part of a stand share organised by Blue Patch which is a not for profit organisation which offers a Sustainable marketplace for UK design, ethical fashion, eco-furniture, green gifts, organic & fair trade food.  Continue reading “London Design Fair; sustainable British companies”

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Want to Renovate? Here’s How to Inspire Yourself

Whether you want to change your flooring or renovate your living room, there is probably one major setback that is preventing you from going through with those changes: inspiration. With a lack of ideas, it doesn’t matter how much time, effort or money you’re willing to put into it. You need ideas if you want to create something fantastic, and there’s only one way to get those ideas swimming in your brain: inspire yourself.

To help get those creative juices flowing, here are a couple of tips on how you can gather some ideas for your next home renovation project.

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Browse the Internet

There are some fantastic places on the internet to gather inspiration. For starters, you can look at Pinterest.com and search pretty much anything. For instance, simply type in “bathroom ideas” and you’ll get plenty of unique hits for bathroom design ideas. If you want to renovate your garage by turning it into a useful room, then simply type in “garage renovation” and you’ll be presented with hundreds, if not thousands of unique ideas that you can use.

Pinterest also allows you to save images into your own collection. This collection can be private or you can open it to be viewed by other people. Think of this as your personal digital scrapbook of sorts. You can collect all the ideas that you think are great, then compile them into a single album which you can reference when you finally start drawing up plans or writing down notes for what you want. +

In addition, you could also browse websites that actually sell items such as Drench.co.uk, a place that specialises in bathroom furniture such as wall hung toilets, taps and heating. There are plenty of fantastic photographs that depict the item in an example, and you can use these sample images for inspiration. Even better, you could also use these sample images by saving them to your Pinterest album and reference them later.

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Visit Events and Open Houses

Using the internet is fantastic for building up inspiration and ideas, but if you prefer to get up-close and personal with your ideas, then try to find open house events and other similar locations to inspire you. You’ll be able to take pictures and get a better sense of scale compared to just looking at pictures on the internet, and you’ll also get to see how light affects different types of decor arrangements, which is essential if you want to make use of lighting for your inspired renovation.

Although using the internet is recommended, nothing beats seeing unique decor arrangements up-close. Whichever method you pick, make sure you spend some time absorbing all of the information and writing down (or taking pictures) of the elements that you like and mix them into unique designs of your own. Just remember that there’s no problem with copying something you see (unless you plan to sell it, of course) so even if you don’t consider yourself very creative, you can still make your renovations look superb.

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Flawless Flooring Choices For Each Room In The House

The world of decorating can often come with too much choice. It’s true. When you decide to redo a room, you’re faced with so many different decisions to cover off everything from the ceiling fixtures to the door handles. And it can often feel a bit draining. So sometimes, it can be in your best interest to consider the vast range of options you have, in order to work on narrowing them down. You’ll certainly find this helpful when it comes to flooring choices. If you’re looking to redo a few rooms in your home, getting to know your flooring options can help you to pick the perfect option for each room.


First of all, there’s always the beautiful option of hardwood. This is a classic. Hardwood flooring always gives off a luxury look to whichever room you add it into. But, you often want to ensure that it’s not going to get scratched and lose its stunning look. So the ideal room to work with hardwood flooring is it your living space or even your entryway. It’s also a durable choice that should still keep its beautiful finish and stand the test of time.


If you’re not keen on investing a lot of money in your flooring choices, but you still want a stunning wood effect, choose laminate. By considering arrange of options such as the one’s Factory Direct Flooring offer, you should find a finish that can work with the design you’re pulling together. Laminate is durable, easy to maintain, and wipeable, making it great for your dining area or high-traffic hallways. It could even be a great choice for children’s playrooms.


Then we have the classic option of carpet. Carpet isn’t always something you want to have downstairs. It can get dirty quite easily, and you’ll often find that hard flooring is easier to maintain in the living space areas. But when it comes to the bedrooms, carpet is ideal. Not only can it keep them warm, but it gives off a cozier feel too. Take a look at these bedroom carpet ideas to help you get some inspiration on how to style the flooring choice well for this look.


When it comes to vinyl, you have a lot of options to choose from here. You could work with sheets or tiles or even opt for a more luxury vinyl finish. Looks wise, you can go for a stone finish or natural wood looks. This flooring choice is also a durable option, and if you’re working with tiles, you may even find them relatively easy to install yourself. In terms of the idea room, vinyl is great for your kitchen for this reason.


Then, lastly, you’ve also got a tile choice to work with. This can often seem an odd flooring choice for many rooms. However, the room that they’re ideal for is the bathroom. In your bathroom, there’s nothing quite like a full tiled look from wall to floor. So if you want to work with something clean and simple, tile should be something that you look into in your cloakrooms.

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The Secrets To Moving House On A Budget

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Moving house can be pretty expensive (not to mention stressful) at the best of times, especially if you have a busy household. Spending more than you wanted to because you haven’t properly planned or budgeted your move is the last thing that you want, and could potentially ruin the exciting moving experience for not only you but your children too. There are several different ways to go about saving money when you move, but here a just a few to get you started.

Stick To Your Budget

This may seem like a rather simple and obvious step, but it isn’t always. You could plan how much you are going to spend on a new house, new furniture, and moving as much as you like, but there is always a risk that something will pop up that needs to be paid for. Then you go over your budget and end up feeling bad for doing so. To avoid this, the best way is to budget in for an emergency, and then if there isn’t one, you have some extra money saved for a nice weekend away, once you’ve settled in, of course. Adding an extra 20% or so on to your budget for an emergency is a sensible amount, but then you must ensure that you don’t spend any more than that.

Shop Around And Book Early

The cheapest way to go about booking your moving vans is to shop around and book as early as possible, as this will get you the best rates. There are many websites, like shiply, which will offer you a free quote on moving all of your belongings, which is a great help, and makes you choosing your moving company a million times easier.

Sell Non-Essentials

Moving house is expensive enough without having things that you don’t really need or use moved however many miles away to your new home. It will require more trips back and forth or more vans, and is an expense you simply don’t need. Instead, have a proper clear out of anything you don’t need or haven’t used in a while, and try selling it on Facebook or eBay so that you have some extra pocket money for a rainy day.

Pay For Packing

The thought of shelling your money for someone to come to your home and pack your things, rather than you simply doing it yourself, may seem counterproductive, especially as you are trying to move on a budget, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run. Packing companies will include all packing materials in their price, so you won’t have to fork out money on boxes and bubble wrap. As well as this, you are safe in the knowledge that these people are professionals, who know how to safely and securely pack your belongings, and are insured if the worst happens and something happens to break at their hands.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to avoid overspending when moving house, meaning that the only thing you have to feel stressed about now is how to accomplish your kid’s extravagant ideas for their bedroom decor.

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Your Family Kitchen: Repair or Replace

The kitchen is the centre of the family home for a lot of people. It’s where you cook, put the kettle on, stand around and chat, and often sit down to eat too. The kitchen can also be a main selling point if you’re putting your home up for sale. Kitchens are often repaired, replaced and remodelled to keep them up to date. Deciding whether it’s time to replace yours or if you can just give it a facelift is a challenge you might come to face.

What’s Your Budget?

How much money you want to spend is one of the big questions to ask yourself when making this decision. Generally, making a few repairs and giving your kitchen a makeover will cost less. However, if a lot of work needs to be done to make it presentable, a brand new kitchen is sometimes more cost-effective.

How Much Can You Repair or Makeover?

There are limits to what you can fix and update. Some things might be too far gone for you to rescue, so replacing them could be the better choice. You should assess what you can makeover and your options for updating everything.

Brand New Appliances?

The appliances in your kitchen take up a lot of space, and they also form a big part of the overall look of the room. When you think about whether to replace them, you need to consider both their style and their functionality. If they look tired and don’t work so well anymore, replacing them could be the best choice.

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Five Ways You Can Improve Your Dining Room For The Family

Eating as a family used to be part of the daily routine. Everyone used to sit down together at the end of the day, eat a hearty and nutritious meal and discuss their days and views. Of course, some families may still keep up with this tradition, but it seems more and more that children eat earlier than parents due to circumstances with work routines, or even eating in front of the T.V for a quick midweek meal or takeaway. However, weekends tend to be a great opportunity to reignite this family tradition and having the ideal perfect dining area to do it is a great way to encourage it. So I thought I would share with you five ways you could improve your dining room. Image source

Decorate it

Decorating any room is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a real impact and change how a room looks and feels. A dining room is primarily a place to gather with family and even friends to socialise, so the decorating needs to coincide with the purpose of the room. Calming colours tend to be a good choice for dining rooms, and a light pastel colour pallette could be a great way to reinvent the room. Dining rooms can be one of the smallest reception rooms you have in your home, so a brighter wall could make it feel larger in size. 

Add some new furniture

Adding some new pieces of furniture can be another way to make a dining room feel new and improved. Perhaps you didn’t have a big enough table to seat the whole family, so investing in something like a glass dining table set could be worthwhile. You could also think about other elements of a room such as a welsh dresser or sideboard housing all of your plates and glass collections. 

Make it a versatile space that can be used

Sometimes in smaller homes, a dining room is a place that needs a dual-purpose. You may want to eat in there and enjoy time with family and friends, but your children may need the table to do their homework. You may need to use the space to work from home or even be able to relax in there if the other rooms are being used. Think about how you can add versatility to the space to make the room more user-friendly. 

Create the right atmosphere

A dining room is primarily a family space, so create that atmosphere by displaying pictures of the family on the walls or window sills. Other things to consider would be the lighting, you could have a dimmer switch for the main light so the right ambiance and lighting can be offered in the evening. 

Let some light and air into the room

Finally, the dining room may be a space that you use during the day, so a great tip is to let as much natural light into the room as possible. Get rid of blinds or at least have them open. Even open up the windows to let some fresh air into the room. Simple things like this can dramatically change how a room looks and feels. 

I hope these tips help you to improve your dining room. 

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