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What’s The Perfect Style Choice For Your Home?

Just about everyone wants their home to have some personality. After all, your home is a reflection of yourself, and the last thing you want is for that reflection to end up being bland, plain, and uninteresting! The problem that a lot of people have is that they simply don’t know what’s the best way to give their home the personality that it needs. This uncertainty is usually what leads people to make many of the more generic and boring design and decor designs that cause so many homes to look so similar to each other. Few things are more deflating than a home that just looks like a showroom.

There are a few different factors that are going to influence the way that your home looks, the most important of which is, of course, your personality. The last thing you want is a home that doesn’t properly represent who you are as a person. But one of the other crucial factors when deciding the design of your home is the property itself. You want decor that’s going to fit with the age and style of the building itself.

With those things in mind, here are some of the most popular home design ideas that you can try out and figure out which works best for you.

Bohemian

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When you think bohemian, you should throw out the rule book. The whole idea of bohemian design is to reflect a carefree lifestyle. Steer away from hard, clean lines. Bohemian design is filled with soft edges and vibrant patterns. Things that might otherwise clash are perfect in this kind of setting. Moroccan and eastern flavors are perfect when choosing decor. Feel free to fill your home with rugs, pillow, vintage furniture. Comfort should be at the forefront of your mind when you’re creating a bohemian style for your home.

Rustic

It’s time to get natural. If you’re the kind of person, who aches to be a little closer to nature, then a rustic design might just be perfect for your home. It’s time to throw away any ideas that you have about symmetry and order. A rustic home should almost seem as though it grew up naturally from the ground. Natural wood and subtle earth tones are key to creating this kind of atmosphere. You should be able to imagine reading Walden while warming yourself on some woodcall logs burning in the fireplace. Don’t be afraid to embrace a little bit of disorder from time to time when creating a rustic home; there’s nothing natural about neatness after all!

Industrial

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The operative word here is “minimalism.” Industrial decor is defined by a sense of utility and function over form and decoration. Now, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be a beautiful aesthetic for your home, far from it! The key is to take that raw, urban feeling that the name implies and really lean into. Exposed brickwork and natural flooring are classic industrial design ideas. Large hanging lamps and a great deal of natural light are also crucial to giving a sense of light and life to your home. Don’t be afraid to throw in some splashes of color here and there by putting some vibrant art on the walls. This kind of style works best in loft spaces and apartments, but there’s nothing to say that you can’t create a fantastic industrial style in your home no matter where you live.

Ultra Modern

Precision is the name of the game here! There should be a strong emphasis on crisp, clean lines and a sense of symmetry throughout. The modern design aesthetic should feel as though you could almost have pulled it straight from science-fiction. Lots of glass throughout the house and a sense of simplicity and elegance are perfect for creating this kind of style. Think of modern design sensibilities as the polar opposite of rustic design. Modern homes should be totally free of clutter, and everything should be in its right place.

Traditional

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This kind of style is heavily rooted in European design sensibilities, with an emphasis on ornate furnishings and rich color palettes. A great deal of dark, varnished wood furniture works perfectly with this kind of design, and there should be a sense of history throughout your home. You want to maintain a neatness and lack of clutter, but the decor itself should be filled with ornate designs, curved lines and a sense of depth.

Mid-century

Now here is a style that puts all of its emphasis on function over form. In the mid-century “Bauhaus” style of design, the idea is that the beauty of something comes from how well it works. A chair is beautiful when it’s stripped down to it’s simplest elements. Because of this, mid-century styles tend to incorporate a great deal of minimalism with an emphasis on bold, statement-making designs. Things like monochromatic decorations that stand out against plain walls and floors give a sense of life and energy to even the simplest room. Look back at the way that homes were decorated in the Fifties in order to give yourself the best possible idea of the kinds of ideas that you should be trying to borrow if you want to bring this kind of aesthetic into your home.

One incredibly important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel limited to any single style. You can’t be summed up in a single idea and neither should your home. Mix and match styles, figure out what works for you. Perhaps you want a modern home that intersects with traditional design elements? Or maybe you want to give your rustic home a splash of color and excitement with some bohemian rugs and pillows? Things like this are completely fine because, after all, it is your home and the only person who gets to decide how it looks is you. Just don’t be afraid to experiment a little. That way you’ll be able to create a style for your home that is completely and utterly unique.

Guys! Gifts That Girls Actually Want!

So you think you’re the king of romance, do you? What with all your flowers, and chocolates, and drugstore perfumes? Well, I hate to break it to you buddy, but these are pretty outdated gifts to be giving. Especially if you are trying to impress your lady friend. Instead, try something like the items below.

On Trend Jewellery

Well, they do say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend!  But when getting jewellery for your better half, you need to think carefully about it. What is her style? What does she already wear? As there is nothing worse than getting a gift that has had no thought put into it whatsoever!

Consider whether she is a cute, kitsch sort of girl? Then some bright acrylic jewellery like the items available from Tatty Devine might be a good bet.  

Or if she is a little edgy. Like she wears skinny black jeans and a leather jacket, then it might be wiser to go for something right on trend. Such as the ear cuffs, you can get from sites like this handmade pearl jewellery store.

Something Green

So a dozen red roses are kind of romantic once a year, but it shouldn’t be your go-to gift for all occasions. All that is doing is showing that you don’t really know what to get as a gift.

However, that is not to say that flowers and plants are out the window entirely. Instead, why not get something funky for her apartment? Like a geometric terrarium filled with succulents? Or even a long, elegant orchid? These are rare and unique enough to give as a gift, and almost indestructible! Just in case she’s not that green fingered!

A Romantic Day Out

But if you are looking for major brownie points, then you should consider organizing a special day out as a gift for your loved one. Why not take them somewhere that they have always wanted to go to? Like a big city, or to see a certain play or production?

To make it even more special, book a meal in a romantic location too. Think candlelight, wine, the whole deal! No girl can resist being made to feel like the most special person the world.

Something For The Nerd In Your Life

Now, so far all of the gifts have had some traditional romantic overtones. But romance doesn’t always have to be all hearts and flowers. In fact, it can be super romantic to be aware of what your other half is into, and give them something to do with that.

For example, if your girl is on the nerdy side, then what about an awesome computer game or a Lego set? Or even a comic book, could be just the thing to show that you care about her and are aware of her interests.

To make it easy she probably talk about the things she wants too. So just take the time to actually listen, and you can guarantee that you will get your gift giving right!

Not A Fitness Fanatic But Still Want To Get In Shape? Give These Ideas A Try!

The truth is that we’re not all fitness fanatics and we’re not all built to love working out. No matter how much we try, there are some of us that just can’t learn to love the gym, and that’s perfectly fine. However, just because you’re not a fan of working out, that doesn’t mean that you can become a couch potato and stop putting in any effort to stay in shape – you’ll come to regret it if you do. So although you might not love the gym or working out, you need to find a way to keep yourself healthy, the question is how can you go about doing that?

Hire a personal trainer

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A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that personal trainers are for people who love to workout and enjoy heading to the gym. However, that’s not the case – yes, personal trainers are for gym addicts, but they are also for those of us that hate working out. You see, personal trainers are able to put you through your paces in a fun and unique way – it doesn’t have to be in the gym, it can be anywhere. So for anyone who’s not a keen gym goer, a personal trainer who can help you to workout at home, in your garden, or at your local pool, for instance, could be the answer. Personal trainers are especially useful when it comes to motivation as they are great motivators.

Sign up to a fun run

There’s nothing better when it comes to motivation than signing up for an event because this forces you to get out there and be active. If you’ve signed up to an event and got sponsors for it, you can’t not stay on track with your workouts, which is why putting your name down for an event is such a good idea. Instead of signing up for anything too strenuous like a half marathon, why not sign up to a fun run? These types of events are a lot less formal, and more fun and are made for people who aren’t in peak physical shape, so even if you’re not as fit as you would like to be, you could take part. From color powder races to inflatable obstacle runs, there are plenty of fun runs to choose from, it’s just a case of choosing the one that’s best for you.

Tone with pilates or yoga

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Did you know that both Pilates and yoga are great for toning up? If you’re someone who’s not keen on fast-paced activities, then taking up meditation-based exercise could be the answer. A lot of people don’t realise it, but both Pilates and yoga are able to help you improve flexibility and strength, helping you to get into better physical shape. As well as regular yoga and pilates, there’s also fitness yoga and pilates that are faster-paced versions made to help you get into shape more quickly, so these could also be worth trying.

Take a dance class

Are you someone who loves to dance and move about? Yes – then how about taking up a dance class? Believe it or not, dancing can be just as good for you as going to the gym or heading out for a jog. So if you’re someone who enjoys dancing, whether that’s ballroom dancing, tap dancing, or salsa dancing it doesn’t matter, take up a dance class or two. Honestly, dancing can be just as good for you as going for a run or taking a spinning class, as long as you are willing to work hard and do it regularly. A lot of people don’t realise just how good for you dancing is – it’s incredibly beneficial for weight loss, toning up, and increasing fitness, as well as for improving flexibility and physical strength.

Try an extreme sport

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A simple way to make working out more fun is to try an extreme sport. You may not be a fan of normal sports but what about extreme sports? The thing about extreme sports is that because they’re not seen as being the norm, the idea of taking part in them is more interesting and exciting, making them a good option for anyone who’s not keen on normal workouts. From white water rafting and BMX biking to rock climbing, there are plenty of extreme sports to choose from, it’s just a case of finding one that you’re happy to do, and that will also help to boost your fitness and keep you in shape.

There you have it, a guide to getting into shape when you’re someone who’s not keen on working out or taking part in sports.

Getting Your Garden Prepped For Summer

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Don’t wait until summer to sort out your garden. Taking action now will allow you to spend your summer garden time relaxing and soaking up the rays. Here are a few preparations worth doing now.

Spring clean your garden

Over the winter months, lack of sunlight and weather damage will have taken its toll. Most of us also tend to neglect are gardens during these cold months, letting them become overgrown. Before summer arrives, dedicate a day to a spring clean. Clear debris, eliminate weeds and mow the lawn back to a manageable length.  You may want to add some fertiliser here and there to prevent patchy grass and get weather-beaten plants back to full form. If you live in area that gets the heat, now might be the time to install water butts to keep your grass hydrated.

Create a social area

If you haven’t already got a decking area or patio, now may be the perfect time to get one installed. These can make a great social area of your garden for putting deck chairs and tables, great for eating al fresco on a summer evening or inviting friends round for a garden party.

Searching online, you’ll find many companies that can provide ideas for beautiful patios. Alternatively, if you’re a dab hand at DIY, you can build a patio area yourself. Also consider features such as a fire pit that can be incorporated into a patio and provide warmth in the evenings.

When it comes to decking, this is a much easier job to do by oneself, although you may still want to save the hassle and hire a professional. Decking areas can be raised to give a veranda feel. Just make sure in all cases that you seek planning permission first.

Buy a new barbeque

Barbeque prices shoot up in summer when the demand is high. Buy early and you could save yourself a few quid. Expensive electric barbeques and wood burners in particular are great purchases in winter/spring, where you may even save a couple hundred pounds. If you’re also needing new barbeque tools, this is also prime time to buy.

Take prevention methods against pests

Slugs and snails may have had a free chance to roam during the winter, but it’s now time to defend your turf. There are a number of insecticides available online, although you may prefer to use natural methods of fighting off these pests. Beer traps, crushed egg shells and coffee are just some of the naturally proven deterrents gardeners use.

Whilst you’re tackling these pests you should also take measures against other critters. Wasps can build nests in sheds and attics and lay wait there over the winter, only to come out in the summer months. Check that you haven’t got any nests hanging about that could disrupt your summer evenings later on in the year. Also make sure to fix up holes in the fence where the foxes might be making an easy entrance.

NEW Teatime Treat: Tetley Indulgence Teas

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I love tea.

I love treats.

Thanks to Tetley’s NEW teatime treat indulgence teas, i now get the best of both worlds YIPPEE!

Not only that, the treats that they have blended with their Kenyan black tea, will make your mouth water. The range of tempting flavours include;

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  • Chocolate Mint – this black tea with the mix of dark chocolate and mint makes this tea ideal for after dinner (or breakfast… or lunch… or whenever the excuse arises to indulge).
  • Cookies and Cream – a black tea that is full of biscuit flavour. You can feel like you have been naughty with the biscuits when really you haven’t!
  • Spiced Apple – the sweet spiced apple flavour is ideal to have after a cold a breezy school run, it really warms you up and feel all cosy inside.
  • Gingerbread – the warming ginger biscuit taste of this black tea reminds me of visiting my Nan’s after school for a cuppa, a ginger biscuit and a chat. So comforting.

Each Tetley flavour blend is made with the finest Kenyan black tea. Each cup can be enjoyed with or without milk. I actually prefer this tea without milk and i am normally a milk and sugar kinda girl, making this tea a lot healthier and less calorific for me. At only 2 calories per 225ml serving i can indulge without it upsetting my healthy diet.

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So any time i have that treat craving (which if i am honest, is quite often!) i make myself a cup of Tetley Indulgence tea and that craving soon goes away.

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The NEW Tetley Indulgence Flavour Blends are available from March 2017 at Asda (rrp £1.99 for 20 bags).

So which one will you try first?

I was sent a sample box of each flavour to try. This review is my own honest opinion.

Just Moved In: What Now?

 

Moving home is often cited as one of the most stressful events in your life. It’s not difficult to see why. First, you have to prepare your current home for sale, and that’s often no easy feat. After de-cluttering, making minor (or major) repairs, decorating, etc. you then have to worry about all those viewings. And when you finally get a buyer, there’s always the worry they’ll pull out at the last minute.

Then there’s finding your new dream home to plan, the removal company to book and the endless packing. When it finally comes to moving day, many people breathe a sigh of relief. But it doesn’t stop there. Now that you’re in, there is a whole new checklist to put in place.

Write A List

Write a list before you move. This will include everything below and anything else you’ll need to do when you move. Make sure you keep this with you so that it doesn’t get lost among the packing cartons. Working from a list is so much easier, and it gives you the peace of mind that nothing has been forgotten.

Unpack The Essentials

Anyone who still has packed boxes somewhere in their home when they moved over six months ago will tell you that unpacking is a long process. Unpack the essentials first. Each member of the family should have an overnight bag holding essential items such as a change of clothes, toiletries, medication, phones, etc. Coffee and tea making accessories, toilet rolls, soap, phone chargers, and towels are also essential items, so don’t bury these when you pack.

 

Make Provisions For Pets

Moving is not just stressful for humans; it’s stressful for pets too. Make provisions for them in advance. Try to allocate a room where they can stay for the duration of the move. Ensure they have their own beds, toys, and access to their food and water.

Inspect Your New Home

Walk around your new home from room to room and check everywhere meticulously. Check for any signs of damage or causes for concern. Don’t forget to inspect the exterior.

Security

It’s important to secure your home when you first move in. Change all the locks and ensure only family members have keys. Look at robust alarm systems and find a system to suit your needs. Not only will this alert you if an intruder attempts to enter, but it will also deter potential burglars.

Make an escape plan in case of fire or another emergency and ensure all family members are aware of it. Establish a meeting place at a distance from your home, should the worst happen. Put smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in place.

Set Up Your Utilities

Take metre readings as soon as you move in. Phone utility companies with the reading and ensure your gas, electricity, and water are all set up. Make sure you’re aware of where the fuse box and water stop tap are located. You won’t want to be searching for those during an emergency.

Connect Appliances

Connect any major appliances you have such as the washing machine, dishwasher, cooker, fridge, and freezer. Your fridge will need to sit for at least three hours before you plug it in.
Moving is a stressful time. Take away some of the uncertainty and anxiety by making a moving-in list ahead of moving day. This will assist a smooth transition and ensure the only thing you feel when the movers leave is excitement.

5 House Moving Tips You’ll Love

Getting those keys to your new house is exciting. When you purchase your very first house, those keys represent the next step you’re about to take in life. Before you take that step, you must pack up one house and move everything you own to another – no easy feat! You’ll remember the big things such as the furniture and the clothes boxes, but what about the little things? There are a lot of jobs that need taking care of when you are moving into your new house and with this list of must-do’s for moving in day, you can be as prepared as possible for the next step.

  1. Preparation is key. When you are moving into a new house, you need to clean it first before you move all your things into it. It may be a brand-new house, but it still may have been sitting empty for some time. If it’s not quite brand new, you’ll have noticed that cleaners have been in before you. Still, getting your Marigolds and bucket ready and going in to give it a scrub to your standards is important. Don’t forget things like the inside of the cupboards as well as the toilet. You want to move your stuff into a clean house, not one that’s going to engulf you in dust!
  2. While on that subject, check the garden. If you are fortunate to have one, gardens are an exciting feature for your house but if it’s overgrown, covered in old rubbish blown in by the wind or even a little overrun by resident pests, you need to get that cleared before you get the moving van outside. Calling in the professionals for wasp nest removal and hiring a gardener to give it the once over will save you time, meaning you can concentrate on your packing that you need to get done.
  3. Always pack an essentials box. A box purely with the kettle, toaster and some immediately available tea and coffee is always necessary for your new home. Include washing liquid and a sponge for the sink and add lightbulbs to fit the second you get through the door. Pre-book a grocery shop to arrive the same day you do so your cupboards and fridges are full while you unpack.
  4. While you’re busy packing, you’ll hopefully be labelling your boxes and using coloured stickers to show the movers which room each of the boxes should be in. This will mean that the boxes can go straight into the correct rooms as you move them in and you don’t get left with a lounge full of floor to ceiling boxes!
  5. On the big day, after the moving vans have gone, EAT! You will have spent time being busy with packing and organising. Before you get to the next stage of unpacking, get some fuel and fluids in and enjoy the satisfaction of the first meal in your new house. It’s always more exciting to order in rather than cook, so enjoy a floor picnic first, then unpack.

With these tips, moving day can be an exciting part of your new home rather than a stressful one!