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Beautiful floors using engineered wood

I really feel like 2019 is going to be our year. We just about in the right position to buy our forever home. It’s something I have spoken about a lot, I have big plans for our forever home. My head and my Pinterest is packed full of ideas, some clearly would be out of our budget and other are something I would like to work towards.

Forever home dreaming……

I am one of those crazy people who looks at kitchens, bathrooms and flooring without even having somewhere for it to go. Just dreaming about how it will all work together. My Hubby thinks I’m crazy but loves me for it!

Beautiful floors using engineered wood

In our first home, we had wooden style flooring put in throughout the living room and hall way, it also went down in our bedroom and we loved it. However, in the house we currently live in there is a cheap vinyl throughout the hall way, kitchen and family room, which we hate but haven’t bothered to get changed knowing that we won’t be there for too long. There is carpet throughout the rest of the house, and I love carpet but it has to be a high quality one.

In our forever home we would like to have wood flooring put in, throughout the downstairs, although maybe not the kitchen, but never say never. Not only do we have children but there is also two very naughty cocker spaniels living in our house.  With muddy children and wet dogs, solid real wood flooring wouldn’t be the best option and it does not fair too well with excess moisture.

It has got me thinking about engineered flooring, which looks just like real wood flooring, yet is designed to withstand moisture prone areas of the home. Engineered flooring is made with a plywood core, making each plank stable and yet gives flexibility too.

From personal experience with engineered flooring, it does not mark or dent as easily as solid wood flooring. I was always worried about wearing heals in my parents’ home with their solid wood floors because each step would mark the floor, I never had that issue with on my engineered floors. Thank goodness, every girl loves a pair of heels.

Engineered Oak Floors

I actually love the engineered oak floors, I love the traditional feel of oak flooring, it also has a grain to the surface so it feels and looks real. I think it would work perfectly well with the many ideas I have for our forever home. Reading about engineered flooring, if we did choose the engineered oak floor we could save at least 20% of the cost of solid flooring. It would also save a lot of worry from the children or the dogs damaging it.

One thing I also love about engineered flooring is you can find so many different shades, textures and finishes, so whatever you are looking for you will be able to find the perfect flooring for you. Parador Engineered wooden flooring, have various different styles, maple wood, beech wood, cherry wood, walnut not forgetting that you can get various different sized planks, brushed finished. It’s amazing what you can get by choosing the engineered flooring.

Oak Engineered oak wood flooring is a popular option for its traditional, timeless appeal. The signature close grain structure of oak breathes a life of its own making it a classic choice. Engineered oak floors are 20% cheaper than solid oak. Once your engineered wood floor is installed, you won’t be able to tell it apart from solid wood.

Do you think you would have engineered wooden floors in your home? I cannot wait to find our forever home and get started on the interior.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

A little bit of luxury with Hurn & Hurn

I love interior design, coming up with new ideas, matching different colours together, and having my own go to style. Which for my home, has a country/rustic/modern style running through it.  A couple of years ago my friend’s daughter painted me a beautiful water colour floral bouquet which I have framed and is currently in our family room. However, when we move to our forever home it is going to be my inspiration for our master bedroom.

A while ago we stayed in a beautiful boutique hotel that was the perfect mix of country checks vs quirky modern and I loved it. I’m always on the lookout for online retailers that offer everything I want, my love of the country side and my modern style. Hurn & Hurn are my home inspiration dream.

hurn & hurn

Ooh Hurn & Hurn how I love your style!

Hurn & Hurn have everything I have been lusting over for so long and one of those things is by a brand call Voyage Masion. Hello everything I love wrapped in one! The fabulous team at Hurn & Hurn have kindly sent me a foot stool and I couldn’t be happier.

I chose this Morning Chorus Monty Stool it really reminds me of my Mum and her love for wild flowers and garden birds. The quality of the product is fabulous and I have checked over each and very seem and stitch very carefully, when you are paying almost £80 for a little stool while one offer (RRP £100) it’s always worth checking. Safe to say it is perfect, made to such a high standard, the fabric feels fabulous, the wooden feet are all wonderful, no marks, no tiny little chips of missing wood on the edges. These are the little things I check for when buying something.

The fabric is beautiful, so pretty and although the colours are slightly pale or washed out as my Hubby would say. It is meant to be this way and is the perfect way to bring country style into our home.

It is perfect for the children to sit on to watch TV, but more importantly it is great for my feet to go on while I’m sat in the living room with a cup of tea, the log burner on and enjoying wonderful Christmas film. I love it! I couldn’t be happier with this item. It has really fitted into our home well.

I have to say that Hurn & Hurn have chosen the some of the most wonderful brands to stock, it is a testament to their vision and brand. I cannot wait to fill our forever home with more of their gorgeous products.

Thank you Hurn & Hurn for gifting me, my beautiful foot stool.

Entertaining this Christmas with DOMU

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love it, the decorations, buying beautiful gifts for people but most of all I love to socialise with family and friends. We have Christmas day at home, I cook a traditional Christmas dinner for the family, I drink a bit too much and eat too much, but I love it. It’s a real family day, full of love and laugher.

For the last few years we host a turkey curry night between Christmas and New Year, it’s always lots of fun. We have a few drinks and eat a lot of curry. One of my favourite things about the run up the Christmas is the Christmas drinks night we host at our house each year, at some point in December. We have quite a close group of friends we generally have the same people around each time we have a gathering.

Entertaining this Christmas with DOMU

This year I have decided on a Gin and Whiskey night, along with nibbles. I do love a gin, I have been sent a couple of fabulous items for my Christmas gift guides that I cannot wait to try. Cocktails are something I love, I like to make them and especially drink them.

Entertaining This Christmas with DOMU

To help me out with my Gin and Whiskey night, DOMU have sent me some beautiful copper items. A cocktail making kit, a cheese board and a cafeterias that will help the following morning with the sore head.

Cocktails

The Parisian cocktail making kit exudes glamor, it’s cooper in colour and comes with everything you could possibly need to make amazing cocktails, other than the liquids. The kit comes with a muddler, twisted bar spoon/fork, strainer, bottle pourers, double ended shot measurer not forgetting the cocktail shaker and arecipe guide. All packaged up in a lovely geometric patterned gift box.

Cheese lovers

The herringbone cheese board, is gorgeous. It comes complete with 3 specialised knives perfect for cutting all of your cheeses. The knives sit beautifully within the back of the board, to keep them safe, each one has its own little magnetic space so they are secure while not in use. The board is made from bamboo and comes with a hanging loop to allow for it to be stored hanging. I love the herringbone finish to this board, it looks really classy and I cannot wait to use it for my Christmas drinks night. Plus it arrived boxed in love geometric black and gold box.

Morning Coffee

The copper French press is another beautiful VonSuf product. It is the fashionable copper colour that is making it’s way into kitchens everywhere. It has a 1L capacity and makes the perfect coffee and apparently it can be used for tea as well, which is something I hadn’t even thought about until I read about it on the box. The press is easy to clean and I just love it. Another product that is beautifully packaged. It’s going to be perfect for the sore heads the morning after my Gin and Whiskey night.

The VonShef items, are all of fabulous quality, they not only look stylish they are also well made, high end products. As Christmas is coming these would make for perfect gifts, they are affordable, stunning and beautifully packaged.

Thank you VonShef for sending me out these beautiful items, I love them all.