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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?

 

Real Mum Reviews

 

Making your house a home

Does anything beat the feeling of coming home at the end of a long day? After a busy day at work or rushing around ticking things off the to-do list, that feeling of sitting down in your own home offers instant relaxation and peace. Of course, not everyone feels this way particularly if you live somewhere temporary or haven’t had the time to make it your own. It’s possible to make any place feel like home, even if it’s only for a short while. Read these great tips to transform living space into a home.

Make sure the space is right for you

It can be difficult to create the sense of a relaxing, cosy home when you dislike the property you’re living in. Noisy neighbours, limited lighting, and poor layout can all make it difficult to feel happy in your home. If the space you live in doesn’t feel right, it might be time to consider a change. Browse different houses or flat for sale to see what else is out there and if you’re renting, do a thorough search to see if you can enjoy a better property for your money. Don’t feel like you have to settle for somewhere if it isn’t right for you.

Create a colour theme

Creating a colour theme in your home is an easy way to inject some personality and eliminate that cold, neutral feeling. Consider updating your living room walls with paint of wallpaper, or if you are renting you can experiment with wall art and other décor ideas. Invest in some cushions, throws and some small home accessories in your chosen colour to give your home a boost and help you to feel more at home in your surroundings.

Go Hygge

Hygge is a Danish concept which embraces all things related to feeling cosy and comforted. It doesn’t take much to create the feeling of hygge in your home, and it’s perfect for the long winter nights – which can drag out when you’re stuck in a place that doesn’t make you feel warm. Get some throws and cosy blankets, a good pair of slippers and dim the lights for easy hygge vibes that will help you to feel more relaxed in your home. Whether you unwind with a glass of wine and your favourite TV show or a cup of tea and a good book, surround yourself with cosy things and enjoy that great feeling when you come home at the end of a tough day.

Listen to music

Listening to music is a great way to add a bit of life into your home, especially if you live on your own. Invest in a stylish radio that will also make a lovely décor feature or some portable speakers to take with you around the house. Create some special playlists that you can play for when you want to relax, feel energised, and have fun. There are many health benefits of listening to music that can be calming and restorative, and ideal for creating a more welcoming atmosphere in your home. While the sound of silence can sometimes be welcoming, it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of background noise now and then.

Bring in plants or flowers

You’d be surprised at what adding some plants or flowers can do to transform your living space into somewhere homelier. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to maintain them then consider getting some artificial plants instead that will create the same effect, with no work involved! Take a look at suggestions for low maintenance houseplants and flowers that you don’t have to worry about taking care of to look lovely in your home. Buy some beautiful pots to put them in and you’ll have a lovely interior feature that will make your home feel warmer.

Play with lighting

The right sort of lighting can make a difference to your home and make it feel warmer and inviting. Bright ceiling lights can make you feel like you’re still outdoors or in the office, and aren’t always good for your eyes. Think about the sort of lighting that you like and bring it into your home. Investing in some floor and table lamps, some fairy lights or even some on-trend lanterns will change the lighting scheme of your home and make it feel much more like your own. Lighting some candles while you relax in the bath or sofa is another great way to adapt your lighting and give your home some ambience.

Set a fragrance scheme

If you’re looking to make your house or flat feel more like a home, then consider using fragrance to do so. Fragrances can evoke many different memories, and if there are smells that you particularly enjoy to help you feel relaxed and happy – you should bring them into your home. Scented candles, diffusers or oils can all help you give your home that much needed burst of fragrance, and you can adapt the smells depending on the time of year. Cool cotton and fruit scents are perfect for summer while warming spices are perfect for winter.

Declutter

If you’ve recently moved or even just have a lot of stuff, you might feel like your home looks cluttered and messy. If your home is full of clutter, it may not be the most appealing place to be which is why it can feel like your house isn’t your home. After all, who wants to stay in a messy room when you could be somewhere else? Taking steps to declutter your home will have benefits for house as well as your mind. Having too many unnecessary items around you could make you feel anxious or stressed, so having a sort out now and then is no bad thing. Investing in some more storage items could be another way to help your home feel less cluttered too, and you can find some affordable solutions in places like Ikea and Argos if you’re on a budget.

Show off your personality

A home is a place where you can be yourself, so why not fill it with things that represent you? No matter what your interests are, fill your home with bits of your personality to make the space more appealing to you and your tastes. Even simple ideas like putting photos up of friends or family can make your space feel more familiar. Bringing in some of the things that you like – be it fashion or sport or a particular film or TV series is a lovely way to feel more at ease in your surroundings and gives visitors a bit more of an insight into who you are as well.

Make some memories

If you’re feeling a lack of connection to your living space, perhaps it’s because you haven’t made any real memories yet? Think about when you were a child – you probably have some great memories that you associate with your childhood home of birthdays, Christmas and so on. A key way to making your house feel homely is to make memories there. Cook with your partner or kids, host a gathering for friends and family and make the most out of your space to help you feel happier living there.

Transforming your house or apartment into a home is something you can do no matter where you live or what your budget is. Whether you live alone or with others, it only takes a few simple changes to create a homelier feeling that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable, wherever you hang your hat.