Lighting our home with lights from the Socket Store

Recently the Socket Store spotted that we are renovating our forever home, and offered to supply us with some lighting. I couldn’t wait to start looking at what they had to offer and boy do they have a wide range to choose from.

Master Bedroom

To start with I was looking at ideas for just for the master bedroom, I wanted something a bit different. But that was as far as I had got thinking about lighting for this room. I begin by looking at the big round globe style lights, which I love, but just didn’t think they would quite work, plus they really were quite big. I then looked at the brass ones, the cooper ones, the wooden styles and then the glass. By the time I had been through all of the categories I had filled up my basket with a few different options.

I loved the globe, the dome shaped glass and then the bobbled glass . It was quite difficult for me to choose just one, plus at this stage the room is still having the wall paper stripped. In the end I choose the lovely bobbled glass one, Roisin Glass and polished chrome, I thought it was a bit different and will look amazing in our bedroom.

My daughter’s bedroom


As I was looking through everything the socket store has to offer I quickly found light fittings for my daughter’s bedroom. My 5 year old has asked for a pink bedroom, which honestly wasn’t quite the look I was hoping for. However, she is the one who will have to sleep in there. When I spotted the Gaia polished chrome and glass pendant, I know it was the one for her. It’s an iridescent star shaped light fitting, which I thought would be perfect for my unicorn lovely 5 year old.

My son’s bedroom

My son is almost 10 and we are going for a slightly more teenage room for him, greys, navy and a splash of mustard if I can sneak it in. I found a navy lamp shade and matching desk lamp, both will be look great in his grey bedroom. The Kealan soft matt dark blue pendant, is quite large, but I think it will add an extra feature to his room when in place. The Kealan range also comes a various different colours, I also liked the pale pink desk lamp for the daughters bedroom.

Not only does the Socket Store have a wide range of lighting options, they also have a collection of plug sockets, light switches, bathroom lights and some gorgeous outdoor lights. If I had an outdoor light I would have ordered a couple of those as well.

I cannot wait to show you all how these light fittings look when I have completed the bedrooms and show you all how it all comes together.

Thank you Socket Store for offering to send me lots of gorgeous light fittings for our forever home.

How a living room can command attention

The main room of any home is of course the living room. For a long time the kitchen was called the absolutely epicentre of any home and that’s why so much has been advanced in the way of kitchen design. However the living room is where the family gathers to relax and talk. It’s where you hang out with friends. You’re also going to often fall asleep in the living room after a long hard day. It’s pretty much the workhorse of any home because it’s so versatile. However it doesn’t have to settle for this role, it can be a room of precedence in your home. It can be elevated above the usual kick your shoes off and chill atmosphere. A living room can be made to command respect and be treated with a higher level of respect. This is great for when you have guests over and you want to impress them with your style.

living room can command attention

Sparkle across the room

In any living room, lighting is a complex subject. It’s a living room and not a garage, so you don’t need powerful lighting. However you also don’t want lighting that is too dim either. For those reasons nowadays LED bulbs are incredibly popular. However if you want to impress and be impressed in your living room, combine traditional style with modern technology. An LED chandelier that can sparkle light all across the room in an intricate design is a great choice. You can have the standard small teardrop bulb styles, or bead styles that are dangling from the structure. Drooping pendant LED chandeliers are also a great choice but you will need the ceiling space for it as they hang low.

A bullish burgundy boost

Of all the interior design options you have to inject some well needed power into your living room, a bold sofa is the most effective. For example, look at this leather sofa from Thomas Lloyd. The classic vintage Chesterfield style 3 seater is in a burgundy tone. This particular colour was and is incredibly popular in stately homes where this show of extravagance is the classic standard of interior design style. The arching armrests are one of the most recognisable in the world. The Chesterfield has for a very long time, been the standard bearer for commanding respect and attention to any living or lounge room. The stubby legs keep the leather well clear of the ground and the stretched and tort leather is impeccably lavish.

Less is actually more

The more space you have in your living room the larger the room will look. Many people want to cram their living room with all kinds of things, but this takes away from the room. No one will feel comfortable in a cramped room when they’re having tea or coffee. The more room to move around you have, the more attention to each single piece and item will receive.

Don’t smother your living room with extra things, less is more. However do invest in a prestigious style of sofa, one which has stood the test of time is preferable. Be creative with your lighting and consider a modern chandelier.

Making the home improvements that your home needs, what to consider

Many of us like the idea of making home improvements and turning a house into a home. Often we can move into a new place and find that it is decorated and designed to the previous owners taste, which may not necessarily suit you. This is when your mind can go into overdrive as you start to consider all of the changes that you want to make.

Making The Home Improvements

When it comes to your home, you can make any change that you wish. You can remodel the bathroom or the kitchen, you can change the wall colour or the use of a room, and you can even decide on where and how you want things to be displayed. But it can also feel overwhelming at first to make all of the changes that you want to make. So here are some of the things that you need to consider when making home improvements in your home.

Prioritise the jobs that you want to do

One of the first things you need to do is make a list of all the changes that you want to make and then you should be able to prioritise what you should do first. Sometimes this can be the most overwhelming bit, as you start to think about all of the changes, you then want to action everything all at once. But the problem with that is not having the budget to do it all, and the mess it can create. Sometimes is worth starting with one room, or one task and moving on from there.

Budget for different things

There is no denying that home improvements cost money, and lots of it, but different jobs and tasks will costs varying amounts, so this is when you need to budget for the individual jobs you want to do. Of course, things like a kitchen or bathroom remodel will cost more than painting a room in a different colour. Which is when you may want to look at alternative ways of raising the cash quicker and often homeowner loans are a good option to consider. Budgeting for each task will help you to stay accountable for saving money as well, as you begin to feel motivated about the things that you want to do.

Seek out inspiration online

Perhaps you aren’t too sure about the changes that you want to make, and so you may need to seek out some inspiration. This is when platforms like Instagram or Pinterest can be very helpful. There are so many visual idea son there, and for Pinterest, you may even be able to click through to tutorials and tips on how to create the look. This is useful if you want to avoid the home decor trends that we so much of.

Make features in different ways

Sometimes the home improvements are just jazzing up a space with a new wall colour and furniture, but you could also look at ways to make a feature. In a living room, for example, you may have one wall that catches your eye straight away. You could make a feature out of this by painting a contrasting colour, or adding pictures and prints to the wall to make it more personal. Other things you can do would be to make a feature out of the light fitting. If the room is big enough, something grand can be equally as eye catching as a feature wall. Lastly, replacing the flooring could also help you to transform the space.

Minimise your home

Minimalism is a new trend that people are wanting to embrace, and in your home is could really transform the way you live and the things that you have. It is all about having the things that you want, the things you need and the things you love. Anything else are just things that are not important to you and subsequently could be donated, recycled or even sold on. Minimalism is a great way to highlight the space your home has, and can make is manageable in terms of cleaning and tidying up if you do have a busy lifestyle.

Do you want to follow trends?

Finally, while you may get absorbed on Instagram home accounts, it is also worth noting that many of them are following home decor trends. You might want to think about whether or not this is something that you want to do? Of course, if you love the look then that is great, but if you think that you may want to change things in the future should a new colour be popular, it might not be worth the investment. Do what you love in your home and let it be an extension of your personality.

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to making home improvements.