Improving your home is all about the details

There’s nothing quite like being able to turn a house into a home. Taking a space and crafting it into a place where you can feel totally at ease and escape from the world for a little while. That being said, for a lot of people, doing this can often be a bit of a challenge. The truth is that creating a home that feels natural and comfortable can often be a lot more of a challenge that you might expect. The reason for this is because improving your home often comes down less to the broad strokes (wall colour, room layout, etc.) and more to the little details. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can embrace those little details to get the most out of your home.

Focus on your other senses

When most people think about their home, their main concern is the way that it looks. This is obviously pretty understandable since sight is the sense that you’re going to be using the most when designing the interior of your home. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s the only sense that matters. Have you ever walked into someone’s home and been hit with a faintly unpleasant smell? If you have, you know it often doesn’t matter how clean the house looks, it’s impossible to feel comfortable. Taking the time to make your home smell nice can make a huge difference. Companies like AromaTech have a wide range of diffusers which allow you to choose the perfect scent for the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Even if you don’t notice the smell after awhile, it will have a strong unconscious impact on the way you feel. Plus it makes walking through the door each day that much more pleasant.

Get comfy

There’s nothing worse than being unable to get comfortable, especially in your own home. All of the best homes have plenty of things that can help you get extremely comfortable. Whether it’s blankets, cushions, or anything else, without them your home could end up looking like an IKEA showroom with no real sense of personality or luxury. Sure, you don’t need to crowd the whole place up with endless pillows and cushions, but a few here and there can help to make your home a much more pleasant place to be.

Make it personal

Speaking of IKEA showrooms, there’s nothing worse than a home that doesn’t feel lived in. Sure, everything looks nice, and it’s all neat and tidy, but it’s got no spark or soul. If you want to take your house from a showroom to a genuine home, then you’ve got to inject some personality into it. Find some artworks that you really love and hang them on the wall. Fill your home with pictures of your family. Collect souvenirs of your life and display them everywhere. The more of yourself you can put into your home, the more comfortable you’re going to be.

These kinds of things might seem insignificant but the truth is that, small as they may be, they really can have a significant impact on the way that your home feels on a day to day level.

Your home style this Winter

The one thing that is positive about winter isn’t that it is cold, it’s that the décor for keeping your home warm isn’t always the prettiest! Chunky draught excluders, bulky radiator covers and heavy, thick curtains are usually some of the additions you’ll see around a home getting ready for the colder weather. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way at all!

Sitting in front of a fireplace with cosy socks on and a mug of marshmallow-laden hot chocolate is a lovely image, but behind the scenes is a steep energy bill and some of the least stylish equipment possible for keeping the home warm. With a few adjustments and some clever design ideas, you can keep your home stylish for the colder season and keep your energy bill low!

Insulation is a big factor when it comes to keeping the home warm and almost a quarter of the heat in your home escapes through the roof! Thin windows, hidden cracks low or high where you can’t see them and a roof with missing tiles that is not insulated are all the reasons for a home that is chillier than the norm. You don’t have to worry though, as there are ways around these issues. You can buy carpet like this, which is thin but perfect for loft insulation. You can also follow tutorials like this so your draught excluders fit the season. Unleash a little creativity and you can stay toasty and stylish.

Draughty windows are a big deal in a cold house, and here you will find some really stylish fabrics to make your curtains look gorgeous while keeping those draughts out. Thicker curtains to keep the heat out need to be floor length if possible, or at least to the bottom of the window ledge. Leave them open during the sunnier days – even though it’s cool out – as the natural light and heat will do your home some good.

Dressing your floors is so important. Parquet, laminate and wooden flooring may look stylish through the year, but those floors tend to get pretty chilly in the early morning and late evening in winter. Use hall runners and wool rugs in the main rooms to keep those toes a lot less frozen and give the home a little more heat. Sheepskin is so in right now, so rugs like this are perfect for the cold months.

You may not have a fireplace in your home but that doesn’t mean you have to be without a fire. Fake fireplaces such as these are a fab way to add some heat, style and a focal point to the living room. Plus, you get to sit and stare into the flames while you sip that cocoa and storms rage outside! However if you don’t have the space for a fireplace what about a designer radiator? Something a little bit different to the normal white ones you see in most houses.

You don’t have to be behind the times with your décor. With a little tweak here and there, you can have a winter that works your personal style while keeping you warm!

Halloween Chic…

It’s that time of year again, where the trees are starting to change colour as the Summer rolls into Autumn. The children will be heading out to collect the conkers and choose their halloween outfits.

Each year we carve pumpkins, not always with brilliant results, but the children have so much fun doing it. We don’t really go all out with decorating the house, this year however I thought I would have a look at ways to add a bit of the halloween spirit to our house but in a chic style.

Pumpkins

Now no home is complete without some kind of pumpkin for Halloween. Forget about the triangular eyes, nose and scary mouth style pumpkins. I am thinking, painted, whites, golds with some glitter, ribbons or even wrapped in fabrics. Or non-curved just little collections of the tiny little squashes that come in variety of shapes and colours, green, orange and white. They can be at the front door to welcome those trick or treaters, added to the centre of tables, in fire places on dressers. Anywhere you can make a bit of space to add some halloween chic.

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Halloween wreath

Now you know I’m a sucker for a door wreath, I love them all year round. So why not find a lovely door wreath, a ring of tiny pumpkins, or autumnal florals. You could even make something out of fallen leaves.

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Halloween Table

I love a great looking table, all set nicely ready for a family meal or having guests round for dinner. I cannot wait to be able to have our dinning set up beautifully for longer periods of time instead of just when it’s a special occasion. Filling the table centre full of beautiful pumpkins, flowers and little candles during the Autumn but as our table is also for the children’s crafts and for homework it never happens.

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Shabby chic halloween

Shabby chic Halloween seems to be becoming more popular, as I spend hours on Pinterest these beautiful pink pumpkins keep making their way onto my feed. I’m not sure they are for everyone but I love them and think they are so pretty, so I thought I would share with you a few ideas.

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Do you style you home for Halloween? What do you think so these ideas?

 

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