Upgrading The Aesthetic Of Your Home Benefits You More Than You Think

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We all love our homes. But how often do we adapt them to suit our current tastes? We might find ourselves to be the type of person who often changes what we want and what we enjoy quite often, meaning that a large investment in a complete redecoration can seem financially unfeasible compared to how often you feel accustomed to changing it. Not only that, but the effort we must go to for a complete makeover can be a demotivating factor in itself.

Upgrading the aesthetic of your home benefits you more than you think however. This is worthy of examination, especially if you haven’t taken the plunge for some time. Not only does redecorating help you feel fresh and new in your home, but an updated space helps lend you fresh perspective on your living environment and as such your living tastes. We are connected with our environment more than we realise from day-to-day, so it’s important to treat it with the same respect we do our bodies. Not only can upgrading a room help you gain a new lease on life, but it may help you feel more motivated to upgrade the other variables in your living situation to more profoundly suit you.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

New Colours

You’d be surprised at how different a room can look with a new fresh paint, or new furniture set all themed around a select look. It may help the light play in the room in a much more attractive way, to such an extent that the room seems bigger. Even in the depths of winter where you hope to stay cosy and warm, light colours can help a room flourish. Not only this, but colours have proven to provoke emotions when we’re exposed to them, meaning spending plenty of time in a drab and dark environment can make you feel the same way. Consider a new lick of paint, it might just work the wonders you crave.

 

Start Small

No one ever said that redecorating a room should be undertaken all at once. The beauty of home decoration is that it can proceed at your own pace, the pace you are most comfortable with. Starting small such as purchasing a white gloss extending dining table, a new leather sofa, or a large mirror to help double the size of your room from a perspective standpoint can all be large and worthwhile additions that don’t break the bank to begin with. Implementing these new features can help you think along the lines of future improvement. You never know, one item may help click into place the aesthetic you were unsure about going for in the first instance. It’s always worth a try.

 

Sell Unnecessary Items

Everyone has plenty of junk around the house, and just like mental cobwebs, these can become stifling and oppressive. Never be afraid to throw out or sell old items to fund your new redecoration. Doing so can help you shed years of fatigue from your home and mind. See, not all decoration is simple home improvement. Cleaning yourself out this way can help you ‘reset,’ much like a spring clean does. You’ll also be growing a handy reserve of funding that gives you the opportunity to upgrade further.

 

With these tips, you’re sure to experience a resurgence in your home life and general energy.

This is a collaborative post.

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Manchester Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival 2017

It’s that time of year again! Topher and I had a great time at the Ideal Home Show last year so when I was offered a free ticket to go again this year I said yes straight away. Since Topher works during the week at a school now, I brought along Emma.

Eat & Drink Festival - chair

There was an eat and drink section of the show last year but now they’ve gone all out and given it an official festival right alongside the home show. Being a foodie, this was definitely the bit I was looking forward to the most!

Eat & Drink Festival - entrance

There were so many amazing stalls and we had such a good time trying samples and storing away cards for a later date. I may have also purchased some flavoured tequila! It was too much to resist. Otherwise I was very well behaved with my purse. I do have a honeymoon to save for after all.

Eat & Drink Festival - decor

It wasn’t too hard to find the rum…

Eat & Drink Festival - rum ship

Eat & Drink Festival - macaron

How cool is this little drinks van? I wish we could have had something like this for our wedding!

Eat & Drink Festival - prosecco van

Eat & Drink Festival - fudge

How awesome is this fudge? So pretty!

Eat & Drink Festival - fudge closeup

And this Pimm’s teapot was amazing. I wish I had one of these in my garden.

eat & drink festival - pimms teapot

There was loads going on from workshops, to live demonstrations and we walked away with so many ideas.

Eat & Drink Festival - stage

Eat & Drink Festival - stalls

Then it was over to the Ideal Home Show section.

Eat & Drink Festival - ideal home show

My favourite bit definitely had to be the little room set ups they had. I don’t even have kids but I want this room below. The wallpaper is gorgeous.

Eat & Drink Festival - kids room

This room really makes me happy but I now want to go on holiday!

Eat & Drink Festival - dining room

I really like the wallpaper in both the room above and below though I don’t think I’d use it in such a large room. I have an idea to use it in our downstairs bathroom to give it a bit of personality. At the moment it just looks like more of a store cupboard than a guest bath.

Eat & Drink Festival - living room

Eat & Drink Festival - giant table and chairs

We had a great day and will definitely be back next year – especially for the Eat & Drink festival. 

Thanks to the Ideal Home Show for my ticket!

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Winner of Tickets to Manchester’s Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival

And the winner is…

Lorraine Kirk! 

Well done! Check your inbox for an email from me 🙂

As for everyone else, thank you so much for entering. If you were unlucky this time, take yourselves to the tickets page of the Ideal Home Show’s website as tickets only cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free. It’s an event not to be missed.

I know I’ll be going!

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My Living Room – The Before Shot

As you know, I’m currently decorating my living room. Exciting times! So here are some photos of what it looked like before.

Living Room - main view

As you can see I have kind of started already with the bit of paint on the wall and the ripping of the wallpaper but apart from that, this was how the room looked.

There were 3 main things about the room we didn’t like.

The Light

As I mentioned in my living room inspiration post, the light fixture we currently have is terrible. It barely gives off any light so the room always feels a bit dingy and yellow.

The Floor

As much as I like carpet, with 2 cats and having long hair, it was always a nightmare to clean. So we’ve got in wood flooring! It’s already down and I love it so much.

The furniture/decor

For a room that we spend most of our time in, I’ve always felt very bleh about it. Everything was functional but I just didn’t like it. The sofa set is around 15 years old and has served its purpose for us. We can’t wait to get a corner sofa set and we’ve already picked it out.

Living room - wallpaper

As for the rest of the furniture, being renters and now first time homeowners, none of it matches. Plus, it all attracts clutter like the plague. Topher and I aren’t the tidiest of people and this furniture is not helping! So we’re getting rid of the dresser entirely and getting a TV unit that has a little more storage.

Eventually I also want to sort out the cupboard under the stairs so that there’s room for things like our bags that as you can see, we just dump in a pile behind the door at the moment. And we’re also looking to replace the cat tree as it is dying a slow death. Besides, Pickles especially needs something were he can stretch to scratch if that makes any sense.

living room - dresser

So at the moment the floor and the walls are done, it’s just all the furniture we need to sort out now. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to show the finished room by the end of the month!

Check out the rest of our makeovers around the house:

Snippets of Home

Our Guest Room Quote Wall

The Landing: The After Shot

My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

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My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

It’s finally finished!

I am completely in love with my newly decorated office. Check out the before shot. What a difference right? With some new furniture and a fresh coat of paint, it feels like a completely different space.

office reveal complete

My first job was to cover up the previous shoddy paint job and get some colour on the walls. The colour, “Nordic Sky” turned out to be a little darker than I would of liked but overall I’m happy with the end result. My favourite part of the walls is of course the polka dot statement wall. I’ve been wanting one for years and now I’ve finally got one!

office reveal corner desk

As for the desk, I’ve been after a corner desk for awhile and this one bought on a whim from Amazon* turned out to be absolutely perfect for both the space and my needs. As you can see, it fits everything from my laptop, monitor and printer, right down to all my little bits and bobs I like to have at arms reach.

office reveal desk closeup

The hang and peg kit was a present at Christmas from Emma and I was so happy to finally get it up. Unfortunately I ran out of pegs so will have to get some more as I want to fill in the gaps. But for now it looks great.

office reveal photos

office reveal printer

Apart from the desk, the main feature of the room is the Ikea bookcase I waited weeks for. It was definitely worth the wait!

office reveal bookcase view

I’m so happy to be able to finally display all my knick naks including vintage cameras that used to belong to my grandad. I finally got to put up a jewellery holder I’ve had for 2 years and never used. At last!

office reveal bookcase top

Everything has a place now.

I’ve successfully decluttered the room to fit in only the essentials and things that have sentimental value. My mind feels so clear now that I know where everything is.

office reveal bookcase

And Luna likes it too!

office reveal luna

So what do you think? And how would you decorate your dream workspace?

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