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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.

 

My love of stationery – National Stationery week 2017

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

Personalised Stationery

I love the idea of having personalised stationery, little thank you cards, labels of envelopes, stamps and not forgetting note books, always note books. I have recently found a company Logojoy that offer you a personalised logo creating experience, the perfect way to get your dream logo designed by you onto your stationery. I can’t wait to try this get my hands on my very own range of personalised stationery.

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

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