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Top tips for getting your house summer ready

Well the summer has arrived, yet the Sun doesn’t seem to know if it should be delighting us with it’s beauty or not. So hot one day you almost have to do nothing but eat ice-cream and drink a cold gin and tonic, then the next day you need to get your coat out.

We love the Summer, long light evenings, country walks, picnics, days at the beach, holidays and BBQ’s with friends. With the longer days it give you just that bit longer to do those little jobs that just never seem to get done during the darker days of the Winter.

When we moved to our current home, we had some changes to make the main one being new windows. The children’s bedrooms are in the roof space, so are freezing cold in the Winter and little saunas during the Summer. With no way of securing the windows on vents meaning the windows were even open or closed. With our bedroom downstairs it use to make me worry about the children at night with the windows open, so they would always be closed. New windows were essential. Choosing them very carefully to ensure they could be opened wide, have vents and also lockable. Now meeting the fire regulations and being security safe. So, this year having had the expense of the windows, we are just doing little bits around the house to get it ready for the summer. Although I have big plans for decorating, it will have to wait a while.

Top tips for getting the house summer ready

Getting Your Home Summer Ready

For those hot summer nights, change your duvet down to a lower tog. There are so many different ones available from 15 tog for those extra cosy winter nights down to 2.5 for the hot summer nights. We have summer duvet of 4.5 tog that we change over to at some point during May. I like to have a cover over me at night so this is perfect.

Getting Your Home Summer Ready

Fan’s in the bedrooms, in our house it’s a must. The children’s bedrooms get so hot that even though they only blow warm air around the room, it makes all the difference. I have got my eyes on a Dyson Cool Tower they are amazing, however with a price tag of £349 they are little bit over the budget.

Flies coming into the house is something that drives me crazy, buzzing around and annoying everyone. I do however love candles, so I find that using citronella candles helps to keep them away. A lot of people think to use them in the garden while having a BBQ to keep the wasps away, however they work wonders in the house as well.

Taking down your curtains and washing them, the warm summer days are perfect for this. Getting them all hung out on the line, fresh and cleaned ready to dry on a lovely day. Why not get the cushion and sofa covers washed and hung out as well.

The summer is the perfect time to get a few jobs outside completed. Painting the fences, making sure they are all secure, cleaning out the gutters, painting the garage door or even those beautiful wooden window frames. Lots of smaller things that just don’t get done during the winter.

Give the garden some love, tidy those flower beds, weed and feed the lawn, clean the decking and patio areas. Then enjoy the summer evenings with a BBQ, and cocktails and some friends.

During the summer we tend to leave the windows open we pop out, or we head off on a holiday without making sure we have home insurance that covers everything we need. Chill Insurance have some fantastic levels of home insurance cover, just make sure whatever your summer plans are you have your house insured.

 

*This is a collaborative post with Chill Insurance.*

 

Updates to immediately brighten up the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, as we’ve all been told so many times. It’s not wrong, either. It’s the room that a lot of us spend the most of our time in when we’re trying to get something done. It’s where we cook, eat, and sometimes even like to relax. So, when you’re not feeling in love with your kitchen anymore, it can make a big impact on how much you like your home. But how do you give it the kind of update that will get it feeling fresh and bright once more?

Think usefulness first

When it comes to a kitchen upgrade, the best way to make sure you’re actually spending your money wisely is thinking about the utility of it all. It might not be the most glamorous part of any room, but a new kitchen sink from places like this website can make the time you spend there a lot more productive and a lot easier. Think about your appliances and which are well past their usefulness. Otherwise, think of the surfaces of the kitchen, like the counter itself. If you want to update it, then think about going for surfaces like granite that are much more durable and easier to clean. That means a lot less time spent tidying and a lot more time relaxing.

Let the sun shine

How comfortable you feel in your kitchen is just as much down to the décor and the aesthetic of it as it is how useful the space is. Two big contributors to that feeling of comfort in the kitchen are the lighting and cleanliness. We’re not going to tell you how to clean your kitchen, but we will tell you that a darker kitchen is almost always going to look dirtier thanks to shadows and dingy corners constantly in view. Fitting inlaid lights in the kitchen can guarantee a more even distribution through the whole room, but natural light is best. Instead of thick, heavy curtains, think about using thinner, more open window treatments.

Give yourself room to breathe

The kitchen is a magnet for clutter. Your cupboards are going to fill up before you have time to notice and before long you will be dealing with surfaces that are crammed with unseemly mess. It all has a use so you can’t throw it out but you can just tell it doesn’t below. Look at these great space-saving tips to win your kitchen counters back. Use a magnetic strip instead of a knife block, for instance. Add more vertical storage with hanging baskets and spice racks. Put more hooks on the insight of cupboards to hang cups from so you get your storage space back. A clutter-free kitchen is a much more comfortable kitchen.

Updating the kitchen is well worth it. Not only is a room that needs a little more care and attention compared to the rest of the home, but it also drives up the home value. Definitely something all you long-term planners want to think about.

 

Make your home more guest-friendly with these design tips

If you’re someone that regularly invites guests over, then you’ve probably already made some adjustments to your home that focus on making it feel more welcome. Perhaps it’s extra storage space and coat hangers for visitors, maybe you’ve spiced up the guest bathroom to make it more inviting or maybe you’ve gone as far as to include some hotel-like extras in your guest room. Either way, making your home more inviting can easily be done with the right help.

Fix up any cracks and chips in your home

Whether it’s repainting the living room walls or stitching up a hole in the upholstery of your sofa, make sure you repair all the little bits in your home that need a bit of updating. It’s important to try and keep the quality of your home consistent all throughout, and starting with simple repairs and fixes is a good way to put the focus on detail.

Change your sofas

You don’t have to throw out your existing sofa, but if you want to make your home more inviting to guests then you’re going to need a larger area for your them to lounge in. You can get more armchairs, you can get a larger sofa that comes with an additional ottoman or you could open up the living room area to make it feel more spacious. One of the important design tips here is to try and keep a consistent colour scheme and theme across all of your seating arrangements. This is because you don’t want armchairs or sofas to look different or stand out, you want everything to have a similar colour palette so your guests don’t feel like an armchair or section of your seating arrangement is reserved or personalised.

Make better use of an open-plan kitchen

If your kitchen and living room are in the same room, then make use of it as a social area. Get some leather bar stools to encourage your guests to sit at your breakfast table and interact with you while you fix up some drinks or cook food for them. You don’t want them to stand around and get in your way while you cook and you don’t want to force them to stand up either.

Get rid of clutter in your home

Guests want to feel like they’re not intruding too much, so if you place lots of personalised items on the tables or fill the sofas with little decorations and extras, then it’ll be hard for them to find a place to sit down or put their things. Open up your home a little more by decluttering it as much as you can. You’ll find that the clearer your home is, the more inviting your home will be to your guests. No one wants to walk into a messy room either, which is something that could put off guests from visiting again in the near future. Clean your home bit by bit and you’ll find it’s fairly easy to keep it clear of clutter.