How to Spend Money on Improving Your Home the Sensible Way

If the time has come for you to improve your home and take it to that next level, you should start to think about what those improvements should be and how they should be approached. Many people simply rush in and then make big mistakes. It’s instead much wiser to spend money the sensible way and make sure that the home improvements you carry out really are the right ones. Here’s how you can do that.

Don’t Take on Too Much at Once

Taking on too much at once is the number one sin when it comes to carrying out home improvements. It can lead to half a dozen half-finished jobs and nothing much more to show for it. To make sure you get things done and follow them through to their conclusions, you should try to only take on one project at a time. It’ll be much more sustainable in the long-term.

Choose Upgrades That Add Value

When choosing which upgrades you should carry out in your home, you should focus on the ones that you really and truly believe will add some value to your home. If they don’t add that value, they aren’t worth your time or energy. You should think about what improves the home in an objective way, not just in your personal and subjective view of things.

If You’re Unsure, Hire Help

If you’re not sure of which route to take forward or how to carry out a particular home improvement task, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek help and get a professional to do some of the work for you. This is always the way it should be when you’re unsure of anything that might involve making mistakes that will impact your home. It’s not worth taking risks when it comes to the safety and integrity of your home.

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Read Reviews and Compare the Options

Carrying out home improvements should always involve comparing all the options and making sure you choosing the right one before pushing ahead. If you want a new water heater, for example, you should take time to find the best electric tankless water heater on the market. Read reviews and compare all the details so you know you’re choosing the right one.

Keep Functionality in Mind

The functionality of the home is something that you should always keep in mind because nothing matters more than the way you use the home and how you get the most out of it. If you can make the kinds of upgrades that make the home more functional, it’s definitely worth pushing forward with them. In the end, it’ll change how you use the home and allow you to get more out of it.

There are right ways and wrong ways to go about improving your home. If you take the wrong approach, not only will you end up throwing money away, but you won’t get the benefits of the home improvements that are truly right for you and your home. So keep in mind the points discussed here.

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The Essentials You Need To Achieve An Easy, Eclectic, On Trend Home

In my book, quirky is good and what better what to show off your slightly offbeat nature than to rock an eclectic look in your home?  You’ll be pleased to know that it’s way easier than you think to achieve this as well. Just keep reading for some advice on how.

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Do – rock a neutral base

One of the most straightforward ways to achieve an eclectic home that works is to always remember to use a natural base colour on the walls. Now, this is something that is super easy to do, doesn’t cost too much, and can make your rooms look fantastic, so why wouldn’t you?

Most folks go for a bright white, especially if they are trying to get smaller rooms to look airier. However, white is not the only neutral colour, in fact, you can achieve similar success with greys, and even off-grey-black if you are looking for something particularly dramatic. Something you can see working at https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/.

Of course one of the reasons that starting with a neutral colour works so well for this decorating style is that you can choose bold wallpapers for an accent wall, or fill the room with beautiful nick-nacks and still be sure that it won’t look crowded or over the top.

Don’t – spend all your money on the decor

One of the things that you have to remember to do when creating an eclectic style in your home is to keep an eye on the big picture. Now it can be very easy to get a carried away with the decor, especially if you have a creative eye. However for your home to be a success in the long term you will need to look after the basics as well.

What this means is putting a little money aside each month for essentials such as roof repairs or boiler maintenance. The latter being something that professionals like the ones at http://ecosafe.co/boiler-services-in-southampton/ can help you with. After all, it won’t matter how gorgeous your home looks if you have to sit in a freezing room with leaks flooding in come winter time!

 

Do – thrift your heart out

Next, and perhaps the most fun part of achieving an eclectic look in your home is the joy that you can have with thrifting! After all, if your home is genuinely eclectic, you don’t need to stick to one particular style or era. This gives you the freedom to shop wherever you’d like and buy things that might not traditionally be placed in the same space.

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Thrifting for vintage and kitsch can be fun!

Of course, the best and cheapest way of doing this is thrifting items from second-hand stores. Places where you can almost always grab a kitsch bargain that will give you life! Although, you can also grab some stellar buys from online car boot apps and auctions these days as well, an activity you can get some tips on at https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/.

Just remember to curate your collections where possible and display them in the most attractive way, something you can learn more about in this post, where you will see some great shadow boxes and shelf displays.

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The Landing: Baby Steps

Well it’s only taken 17 months but we’ve finally added something to the landing.

Or the hallway I should say. Last you saw the landing it looked like this. I’d painted it white and put a few frames up. And then it stayed like that. For a long time. I stated in my home decor plans for 2018 that I had some prints and frames standing by to put up and I finally got around to it this week. It also helped that Topher and I finally spent the Debenhams vouchers we got for our wedding and got this frame.* Big thanks for our photographer Nikki Cooper for sending us some actual prints along with our wedding photo filled USB stick. That really got our bums in gear as that prompted us to go and find a frame to put them in.

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So we finally have photos of ourselves in the house. Yay! I love the way this frame looks.

Then I finally got up some more prints we had as well as one of the wedding photographs that we loved but was in portrait so it wouldn’t fit in the main frame.

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I like how it’s growing but I feel like we definitely need a better balance of prints and photographs. I may also swap out the gold and silver frames for black and white ones. I like the idea of having nice bright prints that have a more muted frame. I just used those ones because I had them on hand. And they definitely don’t fit the prints they have inside them!

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We also received this awesome key holder from Topher’s auntie and uncle as a wedding present so I finally got that up too. How awesome does it look?

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I guess the next step is to get some more photos printed. We’ve got loads to choose from since next year it will be a decade that Topher and I have been together. Fingers crossed it won’t take 17 months this time!

Check out what the landing originally looked like when we moved in.

Are you slow to make changes like this too?

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March in Photos – Family, Friends and Food

Hello April and hello Spring.

I thought since I’ve been a bit MIA recently, especially with the “My Week” posts that I’d do a little catchup. I only posted six times during March and they were mainly travel posts so here are all the in between bits.

March in Photos - blue sky

Mental Health

It’s been all over the place this month. One minute I’m feeling fine and getting stuff done and the next I can’t get out of bed. The clocks changed which I’m hoping is going to improve my mood generally and those down points will get fewer and far between. I’ve been beating myself up less about not being active though so that’s a positive.

Friends & Family

We saw our friends a few times this month which was nice – a board game night at Claire and Steve’s, a birthday party for Topher’s mum and a leaving party for our other friends who are off to live in Japan for a year. Topher and I also babysat our friend’s 7 month old baby for a few hours which was a learning experience! Big respect to all the parents. The most I’d come into contact with a small human prior to this was holding one for about 30 seconds so it was interesting.

March in Photos - articulate

My parents came to stay with us too which saw the usual flurry of activity of food and doing bits around the house. Which brings me to…

Home

We have a new bed in the guest room. The king size one we had in there before was uncomfortable and was probably about as old as I am. I always felt bad for our guests having to sleep on it but now I don’t have to. My parents gave us their old guest room bed which is only a double so there is SO much more space in the room now. You can actually walk around the bed. Of course this meant new bedding was needed. This Mexican inspired rainbow cat bedding is from Asda a few months ago. How cute is it?! Sombrero kitties for the win.

March in Photos - new bed

March in Photos -rainbow bedding

We also finally replaced our old cat tree which has been on it’s last legs for a long time now. This new one is amazing. It’s from Amazon* and is super tall. Perfect for our big cats. I actually adapted it slightly by not putting on the hammocks as Pickles especially is far too big for them and they’ll just break! Plus it just means more uninterrupted climbing for them both.

March in Photos - cat tree

Car fun

And speaking of new things I got a new car. Well, new to me anyway. It’s an automatic and has a few more bells and whistles than my old car so I’m pretty excited about it. I’m going to be selling my Clio this month once it’s finished being fixed after it got rear ended in February so hopefully I can rest easy with car stuff for awhile. Now please can all the bad drivers stay away from my new car so I can drive in peace?

Films

Topher and I really need to get to the cinema more this month as we only went once during March. We saw Game Night which I really enjoyed. It’s been so long since I saw a comedy at the cinema where I was laughing out loud the whole way through. Definitely recommend.

Food

I didn’t cook anything new this month as I wasn’t up to it but we did go out for two meals. The first was Bem Brasil with my parents which was nice. I didn’t take any photos as a) I was too busy eating meat and b) who wants to look at pictures of slivers of meat on a plate? The second place we went was just Topher and I to Wasabi in Chinatown. We’ve been before but we were really craving Japanese food so we nipped in before the leaving party at the weekend.

I bloody love ramen.

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Easter came and went

Topher and I had only planned on having one egg each but we ended up with 2 each as his family got us some. Oh well, more chocolate for us. Now that that’s all over, I’m going to try and get back to my healthy eating. I’m not feeling particularly comfortable at the moment with my weight as it’s close to my heaviest so that’s gotta go. Back to the happy weight please.

March in Photos - easter

And finally, the cats

They’ve been their usual adorable selves. Pickles is being better at night as there was a point where he would keep us up for half of it. I put it down to the clocks changing. Luna has been extra cuddly recently – climbing on both our chests and attacking our faces with head bops – especially to Topher. She purrs super loud and is so intense it’s funny. Pickles has also found some toys to play with on his own which is great. Half of them were under the bed when we got the new one! We play with them both but it’s nice that they can amuse themselves too when we’re busy. Luna has always been fine with that but Pickles used to be extra work. So yay for that.

March in Photos - Pickles

As for April, I hope to get out to a car boot if it ever stops raining, get my decluttering on and get this blog back up to regular scheduling amongst other goals. Wish me luck!

How was your March?

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How to Bring the Outdoors Into Your Home

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Bringing the outside, into your home is a great interior design choice, and can have so many other positive effects on your life. There are loads of way you can take interior design inspiration from nature, and the great outdoors, and use it in your home. You can do this by introducing plants, using certain patterns or textures, or even Using actual pieces from the outdoors to create that effect.

There is loads of inspiration online, so whatever you style, or whatever you want to utilise, there will be loads of inspiration online for you to use. Read on to find out how you can use this to create great effects in your home, and bring the outdoors into your home. There are so many cases of this improving your home environment, and people feeling more positive and relaxed, just because of how they design their home. What have you got to lose? Considering your interior design choices can have such a positive effects on both you and your loved ones. Read on to find out how you can use the outdoors in your home, it is much easier than you think.

 

The Forest

The forest is an amazing place, and it is super easy and simple to bring this element of nature into your home. This can be done in lots of ways, the most simplest being using wood. This can be anything from wooden floorboards, to give a rustic look to your home, or even using wooden furniture can have the same effect. The older the wooden furniture, the better the look, but be careful how natural material deteriorate over time. Most modern products, like Corndell furniture are super durable and greta to have around the home, but keep this in mind when thinking about purchasing vintage pieces!

 

Plants

Plants are a great thing to have about the home, not only to create more oxygen for you to breath in, but can be useful. Why not consider keeping some potted herbs in the kitchen, which can also be a fresh and flavoursome addition to your cooking in the evening. Just keep them on your kitchen window sill, and water them occasionally, and you will have a great addition to your cooking. There are also loads of kind of plants which thrive specifically in the home, so whatever your preference there is a plant out there for you. If you want something low maintenance there are always cacti which will thrive when the heating on, and you can forget about watering the for a month or two. They can be a great addition to any desk, and hopefully will help your be productive when at it!

Whatever your current interior design style, bringing the outside inside is simple an easy thing to do. You can do anything from bringing wood, or natural textures into your home, or even introduce plants as well. Whatever kind of plants you want, whether colourful or low maintenance, there is plenty of choice out there for you.

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