Things To Consider When Installing Decking in Your Garden

Transforming your outdoor area might be the solution you require in order to enjoy your outdoor space more. In the UK, we don’t often see a lot of sunshine, so our time outside is limited anyway. So if you’re thinking of installing decking in your garden, here are some things to consider.

Things To Consider When Installing Decking

Have A Budget Available

First and foremost, you need a budget. Decking isn’t the cheapest thing to install in your home and depending on its size, the price may get more expensive the bigger you go. So it’s important to start off with some research and looking into what you can afford and what companies can offer in the way of spreading costs for the work done. Alternatively, you may have the DIY skills needed to do the job yourself, and that will end up making it much cheaper. Either way, you want to have a budget available to pay for it.

Mark Out Where You Want It

The next step is knowing where you want to put it. Depending on the size and shape of your garden, you need to figure out where the best place it can go in terms of its appearance of functionality. If you’re using the space as a place to set up for the sun, you want to pick a spot where the sun hits that part of the garden for the majority of the day. You also want to think about the view and what you want your decking to be looking out onto as the height will make a difference to what you can see. Maybe you’re lucky enough to be backed onto a beautiful landscape, and therefore there may be a certain part of the garden which is best for seeing this view.

These are all things you want to decide on before starting the work. The last thing you want is to have spent lots of money and time building it, to find that it’s in the wrong place and having to start all over again.

The Decking Materials

The materials you use for your decking is equally important to everything else, especially when it comes to weather conditions and the durability of different materials. Wood is usually a popular choice, and you can get plenty of it from Oakdale Fencing. But there are other alternatives to consider. There’s composite decking which is made from recycled materials like plastic and wood fibres. Aluminium is also another, as well as plastic. If you go for wood, the type of wood can vary depending on how weather-resistant or pressure-treated you want it. Of course, they all come with different price points, so it’s whatever suits your budget really.

Decking can add something different to your outdoor space, and it’s a great feature to have. So if you’re considering decking for your garden, make sure you research and plan it all out before spending your hard earned money! Once it’s built, you’ll likely find you spend more time out in your garden than you did before.


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?