A Slice Of A Modern Paradise In Your House

Modernising is such a vague and often pretentious way of describing the act of improving something. At least, the attempt at improving something because modernising by definition means bringing something up to the present day. Present day standards are not always the best, so be careful how you go about doing such a thing.

Modernising the home is often seen in this light because hey, being contemporary automatically means you’re living in a better property right? Well, paradise is what you make it. Someone’s paradise might not be another person’s. Making a slice of paradise in your home should be approached in this manner, something that you would love. Not following trends, listening to your own indulgences and taking care to be authentic is the best way to evolve your house. Interior design is such a competitive world of ideas however, so choosing a certain kind of style for each room, the house overall or the garden will take much thought.

living room

You need a lounge

Unlike the living room, which is used for the majority of the activities you do in the home, the lounge is purely for relaxation. It will not allow any exceptions, it’s a very traditional space which has been designed for taking your mind off the stresses and worries of life. Start off with adding a classic Chaise lounge chair. This swept back chair is often described as the ‘psychiatrist chair’ because it’s used in many counselling and therapist clinics. You can easily see why, you can lean back on it, lie down on it and sit normal upright on it. The materials from which these chairs are made from are usually high-end. You’re looking at excellent leather that is rich in colour, has a quality finish and is quite heavy to withstand a long term of use.

Equally as important is the Ottoman. Ottomans are usually only seen in more classic homes because they aren’t cheap but they fill a void in your luxury desires. Easily one of the more obvious furniture types, it’s for resting your feet. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton, or high quality leather an Ottoman is a sturdy footrest which is essential to any lounge room. The modern variants are very varied. They can come in the usual four-legged style, a one block form, a central support leg or even a bubble shaped fabric style.

A little cutoff point

If you’re going to have a place of paradise in your home that is going to shut you off from the rest of the world, you have to cut yourself off from the rest of the house too. The home is part and parcel of the world, so it has to allow guests in and out, the kids will be running up and down the stairs and the sound of food being prepared and made is not very relaxing. So, instead you should pay to have a conservatory or garden house built. A conservatory can be more or less something that is partly attached to the house but with a door to close yourself off. However a garden house is an all-out project which is truly an opportunity to separate your paradise from everyday life.

If you can’t currently afford this kind of project, consider the UK’s leading direct lender for Guarantor loans which allows you to peg your plan onto another person. You can borrow up to £10,000 and have your friend or relative elect to be the guarantor. You will be the first point of paying the loan back, however if you cannot make the payments required in a timely fashion, the guarantor then picks up the bills. Essentially, the creditor has a double-backed security of two people instead of one. That makes this type of loan very easy to receive. Even if you have bad credit you’ll be accepted. Using this money you can now make your garden house. But what kind of style will it be? The Scandinavian style is incredibly popular because it’s simple, bright and doesn’t cost very much. The garden house takes on the form of a traditional guest house but it’s quite obviously in your own back garden. If you have a large garden or property space at the rear of your house you can move the location of the garden house further away from the house. This creates a nice little sanctuary of stillness and quiet from the rest of the house.

Relaxing on the patio

 For most people, the patio is unused space. It’s a hard surface area of the garden that is like a blank canvas born to be empty forever. Well, if you plan on making a paradise in your home it’s time to shrug off that mentality. The patio is very flexible, you can have fireplaces, furniture and grills all in the same space. Consider these kinds of skyline Rattan chairs which act like a half egg-shape protecting you from the elements but allowing your full view of the garden. The chairs are actually incorporated into the design, so the natural backrest is the egg-shape structure itself. Exotic leather is used, so the seats are supple and mouldable to your shape and size. 

Who says a paradise has to be bright and only enjoyed during the day? You can make the patio a place you come after a long night to relax and be among the stars. A fireplace would be an excellent addition to your garden. There’s nothing quite like a real fire burning and giving your it’s generous heat. The flick and dance of the flame is very relaxing to watch as well. Stone fireplaces are better than purely metal designs because there’s less noise from the expanding metal as the fire grows bigger and hotter.

A paradise in your own home is not a far fetched idea. It all depends on whether you have the funds to make yourself a garden house or conservatory. Both are rooms that are outside of the normal house and offer their own unique space to relax and unwind. However the patio is much the same in that it’s outside of the house and in the garden. 


Have you thought about carpet tiles?

Have you thought about carpet tiles for your home or business? I have to say it’s not something I have really thought about for my home, however I have seen them in many places.

carpet tiles in hotel lobby
Image: Carpet Tile Wholesale

Carpet squares are actually a really cheap alternative to having carpets. They come in a large range of colours and patterns. It’s also easy to lay, I think I could do it.

It only takes a few steps to get transform your space with carpet tiles.

  • prepare the floor, make sure it’s clean, smooth and level. It’s got to be dry.
  • Find the centre of your space and mark it out.
  • start laying your first carpet tiles along the line.
  • place your tiles along the line and then adjust where needed before:-
  • starting back in the middle and using spray adhesive to stick them down. Make sure you just spray either the floor or the tile.
  • lay the tiles from the middle out then cut the out tiles if needed to make sure they all fit perfectly.

So you don’t have to be an expert DIY’er to have fabulous carpet tiles.


*This is a collaborative post.*

3 Ways To Brighten Up Your Home’s Exterior

It’s what’s inside that counts… At least that’s what people always say. When we’re considering how we decorate our homes we inevitably turn our attention to the interior. After all, we all deserve to come home to a place that makes us feel happy, safe and… well… at home after a long and hard day’s work or a long and hard night’s play. The way we decorate not only helps us to feel relaxed, secure and happy, it also reaffirms and reasserts our personalities, defining ourselves through the colours, textures, shades, fabrics and materials with which we surround ourselves. We wear our memories on the wall and our tastes on our proverbial sleeves. Our home is a physical embodiment of our taste and personality, and this not only helps us relax at home, it also helps our guests get to know us a little better.

pink London town house

That said, in our zeal to create the perfect interiors, we mustn’t neglect the exterior. Giving the outside some TLC too helps to not just increase your home’s kerb appeal but makes the simple act of coming home or walking past your property that little bit more magical…

Rethink your driveway

Most properties’ exteriors are taken up by a sizeable driveway. This draws the eye of passers by and when it’s in a state of disrepair with weeds poking out from between paving slabs it can look like a crooked and blackened tooth in an otherwise flawless smile. 

Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can breathe new life into your driveway and lend it a sense of personality. You can scatter it with stunning rose coloured Kelkay Gravel, use resin bonded stone or perhaps even patterned imprinted concrete. You can decorate with a vast range of colours and textures and even create pictures and patterns in your driveway. There are a wide range of potential solutions which are as unique and beautiful as your home. 

Say it with flowers

Nothing brightens up a space or fills it with more beauty and cheer than flowers. And there are so many ways in which you can use them to brighten up your exterior. You can hang them from baskets on either side of your doorway or stand them in planters. You can bed them down in a window box or simply hang them in a wreath on your front door. With every season comes a new opportunity to revivify your exterior and bring bold new colours and shapes to the outside of your home. 

Of course, if you aren’t that keen on the idea of changing or tending to the flowers, artificial ones can give you the very same effect with none of the need for maintenance. 

The colour of welcome

Finally, never underestimate how eloquently your front door is speaking to passers by. A rudimentary understanding of colour psychology will tell you the kind of impression that your front door maybe making on passers by, guess and even you without your even knowing it. The most welcoming and inviting colours include yellow, turquoise, sky blue, lime greens and rich plummy purples. 

Of course, whichever colour you chose, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way towards brightening up your home’s exterior.