Think you can’t pull off a home upgrade? Think again!

Decorating or extending a home doesn’t come cheap. Often, it can be a difficult task to pull off. While you may desperately need the extended space, or to upgrade the look of your property which is started to feel aged and drab, you might have issues pulling off the upgrade effectively. For that reason, you may become demotivated on your first try, feeling that the upgrade cost is simply not worth the effort currently. We’d argue that you should always feel free to do whatever you’d like with your home space. This is the grounding point of your life, and often requires the most maintenance to help us feel complete and relaxed. You’re an important person, so why shouldn’t you feel happy in your home space?

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We’d like to suggest a whole host of very useful tips you can use to pull off the home upgrade of your dreams.

Know What You Want

When you’re trying to redecorate or extend on a budget, you need to have a surgically accurate understanding of what you want. You need to know down to the penny how much it will cost you, and how much wiggle room your endeavor has from a financial perspective. If extending the property, be sure to gauge the materials needed, or hire a specialist to come and give you an exact quote. While this can be an upfront investment, it’s often worth it to gain the perfect measurements and blueprinting costs so you know where you stand, and you know what you can achieve.

Knowing what you want may help you start looking in avenues where you can save more money, as opposed to trying to find what you want as you browse. Don’t be afraid to draw up plenty of plans and mood boards to help identify what theme you really want to go for. Not only will doing this help you achieve a really good idea of what costs you can expect, but the design of the place will come together in a more harmonic and orchestrated way.

Loans

Of course, sometimes you cannot limit your creative ambition. After all, why should it be limited? Your home is your space, and it should mean to you exactly what you want it to mean. Refinance home loans, and you may find that you have a sizeable cash injection to help you afford what you want now, while paying the investment back in a more manageable way for you. This is by far the most popular method people take when extending their properties, as it allows for a timely and cost-effective extension, especially when attempting to take advantage of the current housing values in your area. Be sure to go with a firm which has clear loan terms and a great support network, and you’ll be sure to have made the right decision.

Walls

Walls are the largest yet least-noticed feature of your property. They are so fundamental to the decoration of a property that we often drown them out and ignore how they are decorated. If you feel as though your property is a little dull or could really use upgrading, make sure your walls aren’t bland first. Repainting to a more tepid, relaxing colour, hanging blown up photograph frames of you and your family, or painting family murals or beautiful designs could help make a room feel completely new. Not only that, but a can of paint costs almost nothing in the grand scope of home redecoration.

Make sure that the walls in your property aren’t adhering to some long-forgotten era either. Properties built in past decades could be committing some horrible home decor sins which make your current property feel and look completely dated. Textured wallpaper is an example, as are retro and highly patterned wallpaper. Modern wall chic is all about smooth and plain tones, something which relaxes you and helps you feel rooted in the space. Try and opt for a light cream or even a light stone grey. This can truly help bring a room together and make the atmosphere one of quiet reflection.

Flooring

Following the same logic as the walls, bad, stained or damaged carpets can all contribute to making your room look messy. You can have the best discipline when it comes to tidying your space, but if the carpet looks bad, the room will surely look unclean. If you’ve identified that this is a problem, the fix need not be overly expensive.

Stained carpets can often be treated with functioning carpet cleaners. If the carpet is old, be sure to go for a stronger variety of product which can really penetrate the fibres of the fabric and lift the dirt well. This might take a few attempts, but it can be much cheaper than replacing the entire floor of carpet. However, replacing carpet isn’t that expensive either from a relative standpoint, so this could be worth looking into.

If you have your long term costs in mind, then purchasing and installing laminate flooring can really help a property shine. Not only is this much harder to damage, but stains are so easy to clean you won’t feel worried about spilling that red wine glass. While this can be the priciest option, it can last for years, and as long as you varnish when required, the flooring is sure to look new for a long, long time.

Online Help

Online help is so numerous these days that neglecting to use it can be a major disadvantage. There are many websites and home YouTube channels which give you insight into making your own decorations, or making a limited number of decorations work well in your property. You can take this free information and trim your home the way you feel most works for you within these parameters. This can be much better than hiring an interior designer or fretting about how you’re going to fill those new rooms to your extension.

With these tips, you’re sure to experience a better and more satisfactory home upgrade.

Reason to boast as the host with the most

For a lot of people, one of the most stressful parts of life is hosting other people in their home. Unlike when you’re a child, having people to visit will often mean giving the place a clean, along with getting out the fancier items you own. Of course, though, the secret to being a good host isn’t in simply impressing people. Along with this, there are loads of other factors at play, and this post is going to be exploring some of them. With this in mind, most people will find it a lot easier to be the host with the most.

Host With The Most

The Host Mentality: To begin, it’s time to think about the mentality you have as a host. When greeting people in your home, they should feel welcome and comfortable to act as themselves. Along with this, they shouldn’t feel like there are strict rules in place, as this will make things feel far too formal. When choosing the best way to act in this area, simply considering how you’d like to be treated is a great way to start. For some extra help, though, the internet has loads of resources to give you some advice.

The Little Things: Once you have an idea of how you’ll act in mind, you can start to think about the little things you use during your guest’s stay. Carafes can add style to your dinner table setting and an open fire will make a place feel more homely. A lot of people will ignore the small touches which make their place whole. But, in reality, these are the things people are likely to notice the most. So, it can be worth making sure that you choose the best ones when being are over to visit.

Choice & Variety: Nothing will make someone feel more uncomfortable than having to eat food they don’t like. Unfortunately, this can be hard to predict, and most people will be reluctant to tell you if something is wrong with what you’ve prepared. Thankfully, getting around this doesn’t have to take too much effort, though. By providing some different options to your guests before they arrive, you will greatly increase the likelihood that they will enjoy something.

Keeping Them Entertained: Finally, it’s time to think about the entertainment you use while you’re hosting, and how to can impact people’s feelings regarding their stay with you. Watching television is a very bad way to connect with people, as it forces you to stop talking and concentrate on something different. Board games, on the other hand, are great, as they give you the chance to have some very intimate fun. Of course, though, like food, you have to make sure that people have some options here, or they might get bored.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to make your next hosting experience the best one yet. A lot of people will ignore this sort of area, choosing to simply go with through motions when they have people to stay. Giving people the best experience will take some effort, though, and you’ll need to get started long in advance.

9 Wedding items that should be on your check lists….

Weddings are one of the biggest purchases that you are ever likely to invest in during the course of your life. Ideally, you’ll have just the one of these, so it’s fairly traditional to want to go all out and have the most amazing, unforgettable day. As with anything, some items for your big day will be available to you based on your budget. Things like ice sculptures in the shape of swans and champagne fountains may be a little out of your reach if you’re on a tighter budget. When you plan your wedding, you need to work out the things that you want for your big day according to the final budget that you have available.

Planning a wedding can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner on hand to remind you about your save the dates and wedding invitations. You don’t want to fall at the final hurdle and realise on the morning of your wedding day that you’ve forgotten a crucial detail. Even the smallest wedding detail can feel like a big deal when it’s been forgotten about. The stress, excitement and sheer tension of getting ready for a wedding is enough to make any bride forget something rather important. So, we’ve put together a list of things you must have on your wedding day that you must not forget!

Car ribbon

You’ve likely spent money on a set of beautiful cars to transport your wedding party from the church to the reception venue. You’ve also got the car to take the bride to the church with her bridal party and a car for the groom and his groomsmen. The chances are that you may have to provide your own wedding car ribbon. The company that you use may be happy to provide this, but it’s not something you should rely on. Check out the local stationers and check with your car company whether ribbon is provided before you spend!

Cash

Okay, you may be the bride, but your groom is wearing a suit with inside pockets in the jacket. You may not have opted for a cash bar, and you may not even need to spend any money on your wedding day. However, having a small purse of cash ready as a just in case is a smart idea!

Point person

Your maid of honour or best man may already have this covered, but if you haven’t properly allocated someone to hold onto phone numbers for the caterers, the band, the reception venue etc, then you need to get that done. Having someone to coordinate for you if you haven’t hired a proper wedding planner is a smart idea; delegating to someone else saves your stress on the big day itself.

Supplier meals

You’ve paid a lot of money for a photographer and likely a videographer too, so it makes sense that you should inform your caterer that you would like them to have a meal with you all. It doesn’t sound like something anyone should forget, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t add on the extra, believing that the suppliers should be taking care of themselves. It may not be in their contract with you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer and be a little polite with it.

Spare shoes/outfit

One of the worst things to cope with is blisters from new shoes. Not only do they rub on your feet, but they make you feel like you cannot physically walk. Those bridal shoes you picked for your ceremony are beautiful, but are so, not practical for dancing. Bring a white string bag such as this one and add some dolly shoes or flats that are suitable for dancing the night away. If your dress is a large meringue or corseted, you may find yourself quite uncomfortable as the day goes on. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a second dress for the evening if you want to dance more freely.

Sewing box

When you’re getting ready for your wedding, you have plenty of chances to visit a tailor and get your dress sized and ready for the day. This doesn’t mean you won’t run into problems on the day, though. Having a small travel sewing box with you on the day is going to be a life saver if you or your bridal party have a dress emergency and need pinning. Safety pins are a must in your sewing box, so don’t forget to add those.

Makeup touch-up bag

Hopefully, your makeup artist has done an amazing job with a face of makeup to last you all day long. Just in case, have a small pouch with the best makeup you have to touch up your face during the day. This is especially handy if the speeches have made you cry happy tears, or if you find you’ve smeared your lipstick on your champagne glass.

Signage

A lot of your guests may be driving to your wedding venue from the church, especially if your budget hasn’t stretched to include transport from the church. Get your groom to head out along the route from the church to the reception venue armed with signage to tack to trees and lampposts along the way so that your guests don’t get lost. This is especially important if you have remembered to put in a map with your wedding invites.

Bar décor

Whether you have an open bar or not, it’s likely going to get visited a lot throughout the day. Make it look beautiful and decorate it along with the venue room the night before the wedding. It’ll look inviting and your venue will be pleased with the money spent.

Your wedding day needs to go off with as little stress as possible, don’t let yourself get out of control by forgetting the must-haves that your day will benefit from. By taking your time and getting a word of advice from your bridal party, you can have a day to remember.

Dinning room inspiration with Fishpools

As the colder nights are setting in an our gatherings with friends will become more about sitting down to dinner instead of in the garden, I have been thinking about what I would like from a dinning room. As you all know we are not in our forever home, but I do have big dreams for what it will be like.

Dinning Room Inspiration with Fishpools

We are planning to live in the in the country, I would really like something with a farm house feel. Solid wood, seating 8 people, cushioned chairs, so you have something comfy to sit at, also love a great looking sideboard and I currently have a vintage french dresser that was my Granny’s that I will keep, but having a matching sideboard would be lovely.

Fishpools got in touch and challenged me to put together a dinning room wish list. As my head is normally full of ideas for our future home, I thought I can do this easily. I do, however have an issue with make a decision, I think things over for hours and then change my mind and normally change it back again. With this challenge it was no different. So after hours of looking at the gorgeous dinning room items at Fishpools I came up with my wish list.

The dinning table

This beautiful grey washed oak and soft grey Chateau 6-8 seater extending dinning table. Just look at those beautiful legs. It would look perfect in my dinning room.

The chairs

Although with the Chateau range there a a couple of different chair options these are the ones that stood out to me the most. Soft grey Chateau fabric chairs, although I do worry about the mess the children will make on them. I love them and I think they will get the table off perfectly.

The sideboard

This lovely large soft grey Chateau sideboard, with a beautiful vase on top and a mirror hanging over the top will give me that much needed storage space for the nice cutlery and serving plates to live.

Little extras

The mirror to hang above the beautiful sideboard would be as large as possible to fit almost the same size as the side board, to reflect lots of light and make the space look bigger. I really like this Trafalgar gold mirror.

I imagine having a beautiful light hanging over the middle of the table, something that is a statement that hangs fairly low. Something like this Ray Tripple Antique bass one, I think would just set off that vintage feel that I really love.

So what do you think about my picks from Fishpools for my dream dinning room?