Nesting: How To Make Your Home Cosy For Winter

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When the weather turns cold, who doesn’t get that nesting feeling? We all want to huddle up in a warm home, after a long day at work – with a generous glass of wine – and look forward to Christmas. Here’s how to make sure that you get a head-start on making your house feel like a home, this festive season.

Make Your Own Draught Excluder

You don’t even need to be able to use a sewing machine to make your very own draught excluder at home. It’s incredibly simple, and it means that you can select whichever design you like best, based on which fabric is at the haberdashery. Take a look here for the full instructions. A draught excluder not only makes your home look cosier, but it also actively keeps the warmth in, and reduces bill costs.

Cover Exposed Floors With Rugs

Even if you like how your exposed floors look, they are cold to the touch, and will make a room seem less welcoming. A few rugs here and there can still show off your flooring, while keeping your feet toasty.

FIRE

If you have a fireplace, make the most of it. Otherwise, set up a number of candles around your home, to provide soft light and a warm, soothing ambience.

Line Your Curtains

Not only does lining your curtains make them appear thicker and plusher, but it also helps to keep the heat in. If you struggle with the temperature around your home, doubling up on fabric really helps.

Good Smells

Your home should be a positive, sensory experience. Good smells are a part of this picture. This includes warming scents, such as cinnamon candles, but it can also be regular baking within the home, filling the house with the smell of fresh bread.

Blankets, Throws, And Pillows

Make your home more inviting, by creating a nest for your family and guests. Lay out pillows and throws, so everyone can snuggle up on the sofas or chairs. Throws and pillows can also add different textures to a room, generally increasing how cosy it appears.

Crafts

Invest in a range of knitting needles or crochet hooks, and a bag full of yarn; it’s time to get crafty! With a little practice, you will soon be making anything from scarves to blankets, to tea cosies. It’s really therapeutic, and you can make simple patterns, while watching the TV.

Pimp Your Bath

Your bath is a winter haven. Make sure that it’s decked out with a range of decadent products. Hang up fluffy towels on towel warmers and treat yourself to some post-dip creams too, to soothe dry, winter skin. Always make sure that your bathroom is heated, as a priority. Other rooms are not as important, except maybe the main living space! No-one wants to get their kit off in a freezing room.

How do you like to make your home feel cosier over the festive period? Let us know in the comments below.

Interior Design Tips For Your Home

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If you’re looking to spruce up your home, a few, small modifications can make a huge impact. In order to get your home looking beautifully welcoming and cosy (especially ready for winter), here are some interior design tips that will make a world of difference.

Small Rooms, Light Colours

When you’re looking at which rooms to paint, and with which colour scheme, be sure to keep any small rooms in soft, light shades. Painting them in dark colours will immediately make your rooms appear smaller than they already are. Introduce a light, spacious feeling by lifting the colour scheme.

Mirrors

Another great method of introducing space and light is by hanging mirrors around the house. The mirrors reflect the light from within your house around your room, and the image within the mirror creates the illusion of extra space. Give it a try.

Mixture Of Textures

Tell a story throughout your home. Combine a mixture of textures, objects, antiques, and modern decorations to create a house that has personality. Don’t worry about keeping everything within the same spectrum. A mixture of different things works well.

Storage

One of the greatest assets that your home can have is fantastic storage. Storage is what is going to nicely declutter your home, making it feel more open and clean. Introducing plenty of storage solutions will make your life much easier. Find prime, out of the way spots to organise your stuff.

Greenery

Wherever you can, fill your home with plants. This will really bring life to tired rooms and instantly give your home a bit of a natural facelift. They will also clear the air, pumping out oxygen and removing pollutants.

Kitchen Pots

Install a rack from your kitchen ceiling, so you can hang up pots and pans with ease. This will make extra space in your cupboards for other things. It also looks fairly elegant, as well as being practical. It’s surprisingly easy to DIY this, and it makes for a great feature in your home.

Painted Bookcases

If your room needs a special pop of colour, in order to brighten it up, painting your bookcase is a quick win. A coat of paint anywhere unexpected almost always has a novel and charming effect in your home. Bookcases are also great because you don’t have a massive surface area to cover.

Plush Rugs

Rugs are an ideal way to add new textures and warmth to a room. They work best on hard surface, such as laminate wood, to soften the unforgiving floor, but they can work pretty much anywhere. Especially in the cooler months, you’ll want something warmer to put your feet on. You can choose a pattern, colour, and texture that will suit your home, but there’s nothing quite like a plush pile rug to sink your toes into.

What are your favourite ways to spruce up a home? Let us know in the comments what you do to make your house more visually impressive.

10 Super Simple Home Decor Tricks

Follow these super simple home decor tricks to give your home a bit of an interior design flair – without having to fork out for the designer. Most will agree that it’s the little things that make the difference. All of the small, elegant touches will add up to create a design that truly reflects who you are.

Take a look at this link for building supplies to help you get started.

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  • If you’re on a budget, scour the supermarkets for bedding – you can get some fab sheets for a really good price. To elevate them, and to make everything look a little more “done”, make your own cushions. It sounds complicated, but you can buy cheap cushions from most home furnishing stores, and then buy fabric for as little as a pound a metre.
  • Paint the back of open shelving units to make the items on display pop – plus, this shows that you’re really thinking about the design. Just don’t paint the wall white. Boring.
  • Be imaginative. Sometimes we get a bit stuck in a style rut, but if you mix and match accessories and use items for purposes that are completely different to their intended use – for example, teacups as planters or martini glasses as ice cream bowls – you can quickly create a cool and quirky look.
  • Dark furniture works best on pale floors and pale furniture on dark floors. Sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people get this wrong.
  • If you’re popping a rug under the bed for a bit of colour and texture, make sure that it sticks out by at least 18 inches on all sides – anything less and it’ll look very stingy.
  • Don’t get rid of old family heirlooms and bits and pieces your mum used to keep on her dressing table, for example. Give them their own home on a contemporary dresser, or mix and match your old pieces with brand new. Something from the 1980s doesn’t have to be kitsch and tacky – just make sure that you team it with cool contemporary items or antique pieces to offset the kitsch!
  • Keep a couple of tins of high gloss paint spray in the cupboard for when you feel like having a change of scenery. You can use it to re-do your kitchen cupboards, your wooden chairs, your dining table, photo frames – basically anything made of wood. High gloss white will work well in virtually any environment, plus, if you get any scuffs or scratches you can simply paint over them.
  • Don’t use a rug and full carpeting. It’s a little bit like wearing socks and sandals together.

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DIY Tips: Budget Design Ideas

Budgets are getting tighter, but just because you’re penny-pinching doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on style. When it comes to revamping your home, you can make a huge difference without splashing the cash, so take a look at these budget design ideas to help you make a style statement in your home without breaking the bank. To help you get started, look at this link for painting supplies.

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Look Local

Not only can you pick up a bargain by buying furniture, accessories and goods like carpets and curtains from local retailers and craftsmen, but also from looking at local selling groups and online free listing sites. Social networks are actually a great way to find fantastic pieces on a budget and most of the time, sellers will be happy to deliver the goods for a very reasonable price. Don’t forget to check out auction sites, too – just search for goods within 10-20 miles of your postcode to keep delivery costs down.

Accent Accessories

Accents are one of the easiest ways to give your home a makeover, especially if you’re on a budget. Supermarkets often sell some surprisingly stylish pieces and there are also a number of discount home retailers that sell some brilliant accent accessories for a fraction of the price that you’d pay from a traditional furniture retailer. Look for vases, throws, rugs, cushion covers and things like lampshades and pendant shades and you can totally transform a room for less than £20 if you buy carefully.

Neutrals

The easiest room to update on a budget is a room that has neutral furniture and carpets. You might love the colour red, for example, but if you buy a big red sofa it’ll be a nightmare updating the room in the future, especially if you want to completely change the colour scheme. You’d be better off choosing a squishy brown leather sofa or a soft cream suede suite and then updating it with red cushions and throws. Or, you could paint the wall red. In future, if you want to change the look of the room, just re-paint and switch up the accessories.

Function over Fashion

Although interior design trends come and go every year – and although it can be tempting to invest in statement pieces like patchwork sofas or mirrored furniture, it’s usually best to focus your budget on functional pieces that will last for years to come, like chunky wooden furniture, soft cotton or leather sofas and black-lined heavy curtains and drapes. If you want to update your home with fashionable pieces, use accessories to get the look rather than large pieces of furniture.

Multi-Use Pieces

Get the most out of every piece of furniture by looking for multi-use pieces – two for the price of one, if you like! Things like beds with built-in storage in the base, coffee tables with storage drawers and sofas that can fold out into a bed are all brilliant examples of multi-use pieces.

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DIY Tips: Planning Tips for a Toddler’s Bedroom

Learn how to plan and design your little one’s bedroom so that you can maximise space whilst also creating the perfect haven for your little prince or princess. Read on for our top tips and take a look at these links for wallpaper and painting supplies to help you get started.

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Choosing Your Scheme

 

Many of us get stuck in the “shall we paint it blue, pink or white?” frame of mind when we’re decorating our little one’s bedroom. But you have to remember that the most important thing – when they’re really little, anyway – is having a comfortable space for you and baby to snuggle up in. When you’re planning and choosing your scheme, remember that it should be as neutral as possible. You don’t want to throw away any gifts that your baby might receive that don’t perfectly “fit” with the colour scheme – so keep it neutral and keep it cosy.

Try to Plan Ahead

Although that super cute little toddler bed might seem like the perfect investment, in two or three years, they’ll have completely grown out of it – making it a fairly expensive bed. Instead, look for an adjustable bed that can be altered as your little one gets bigger. The same goes for the rest of the furniture in the room too. Try to choose multi-functional pieces, such as a chest of drawers cum changing table. That way, you can invest in pieces that will last for years. Wooden or painted wood furniture is best, simply because it’s timeless and will grow with them as their personality and tastes develop.

Make Them Think That Everything is Their Idea

Toddlers, especially around the age of 3 or 4, have a tendency to change their minds as often as they change their socks. If they’re insisting upon a certain theme or style, interpret it – but interpret it loosely. If your little boy wants a space and alien theme, accommodate with some tasteful wall stickers (easily removed!) or use a stencil to paint the design on. If he changes his mind, simply remove the sticker or paint over.

You Can Never Have Enough Storage

Let’s face it, with children, toddlers and babies, you can never have enough storage. Whatever their age, there’s always stuff and a lot of it – nappies and babygrows when they’re little and clothes, toys and teddies as they grow a little bit older. Insert storage space wherever you can – underneath the bed is always a good idea. Storage shelving units are always a good idea, too – stick little labels onto drawers so that your little one knows exactly what goes where. Make a game of tidying up, too, if you like – to “encourage” them to put their stuff away! No spare space in your little one’s room? Try to find at least one space in the house, such as under the stair cupboard, to store their bits and pieces.

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