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.

Five Luxury Features To Add To Your Property

When it comes to luxury, we all want and need a little bit of it in our lives, so how do we incorporate it into our homes? Here are five luxury features to add to your property, should you have the budget to do so!

Luxury Features To Add To Your Property

A Wine Refrigerator

If you fancy yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur then installing a wine refrigerator is a must. Some of you might want to go the whole hog and turn your basement into a wine cellar, but for starters, a refrigerator will do. Shop around as there’s a variety of sizes and brands and some might be better than others. You can also choose to have ones that stand alone or ones you can integrate into cabinets. Whatever takes your fancy really, check out these wine coolers on and see which one fits your aesthetic the most.

Walk-In Wardrobe

One of the many things we dream about having is a walk-in wardrobe. Who doesn’t want an entire room dedicated to their clothes, shoes and accessories? It’s the ultimate indulgence, and if you already have an empty room available that’s doing nothing but storing odds and ends, you might as well gut it out and make it into a dressing room. There are plenty of companies that can also make made to measure cabinets and vanity tables to suit your space.

Rainfall Shower

When it comes to the bathroom, having the luxuries of a rainfall shower can make a huge difference to your mood in the mornings. No one wants to have a shower head that merely sprinkles your head with water. You want one that completely drenches you in warm water from head to toe. Rainfall showers have become more popular in households due to a lot of hotels using them. It’s that little bit of luxury that you get from a hotel but in your own home.

Kitchen Island

When you next upgrade your kitchen, and if there’s space, a great luxury feature is a kitchen island. It’s an extra bit of space in your kitchen to prep your evening meals, to display fresh flowers and a place to serve your ‘help yourself’ breakfast on the weekend. It’s a great focal point for a kitchen, and it’s certainly worth adding in if the space caters for it.


Technology has fast become a strong feature in many households. From Alexa which answers all of your questions to products that help control just about anything within the home. The most enjoyable technology products are sound systems throughout your home that you control at the touch of a button. You can have the same music running throughout or control it by room. Technology also helps with the security of your home like CCTV that connects to your phone and shows you a live feed of your home while you are out of the house.

So now that you’ve noted down these five luxury features, which one are you going to do first?

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.