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.


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Update your home with these 2019 trends

Pinterest is the app of the moment. If you spend any time on the app at all it leaves you lusting over interiors, dreaming about soft furnishings and always wanting to rearrange your home. Instagram is another platform that leaves you envious over other people’s home interiors, but 2019 is your year, this is the year to transform your home into the sanctuary you have always dreamed of.

Update your home with these 2019 trends

Dark tones

2019 is the year of creating drama. Bold, deep colours create a high contrast to fresh white walls and fresh light linen. Why not introduce dark cushions, artwork or curtains to your home to create that perfect ‘monochrome-esque’ effect. Layering neutral tones against dark is all the rage and paired together can really add that extra edge to a space.

I know what you are thinking… dark colours seem a little out there, and you are finding it hard to commit to adding moodier tones throughout your home. Black, navy and forest green are tones people are often reluctant to experiment with, however, after seeing photos of designs, it is evident that these colours create a warm and serene setting.

Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are a classic addition to any home, and a timeless trend, like a gift that just keeps giving. Will these green goodies ever go out of fashion? Greenery adds a pop of colour to your home and is a cheaper way of adding colour. Have you considered artificial plants? They are practically indistinguishable from the real thing, only they require a lot less maintenance with no wilting or cleaning required, perhaps just the occasional dust.


Why not go all out and add a touch of glamour to your home this year? Start with choosing some glitzy wall paint, as a subtle metallic bronze effect can complement any existing colour scheme. Accessories and furniture in rich metallic hues will feature heavily this year.  Antique furnishings teamed with pastel tones or glass and marble will add a lavish touch to your home and by adding decorative art deco furniture, you can really recreate that 1920’s glamour.

Update your home with these 2019 trends

Clashing Patterns

Daring I Know! Incorporating patterns into your decorating scheme can be intimidating. However, with a little extra knowledge you will be able to mix and layer patterns successfully like a pro. Pattern mixes of any kind, whether that be in fabrics, tiles or rugs, experiment by matching them, layering them, pairing them and clashing them. Patterns on patterns is a fresh way to add splashes of colour and personality to your home. English country manor meets a Parisian home, elegant 1920s living meets New York bachelor pad – clashing patterns allow your home to be whatever it wants to be!

Modular Storage

Modular storage isn’t as boring as it sounds. It is a playful, stylish and shape shifting way to add storage to your home whilst still looking pretty. RW Invest property specialists offer furniture packs with all their latest developments which include these nifty designs to maximise space. Perfect for students and young professionals who desire luxurious studio living arrangements.

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We love a country walk with the dogs on a Sunday afternoon, we don’t really do the hill walks like we have in previous years now we have the children. Plus we don’t always have the time to head over to the Peak District so much anymore. This year however is have spoken about getting out there a bit more. The UK is such a beautiful place and there are so many fabulous walks and trails we can do as a family with the dogs.

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We have lots of financial commitments this year, so finding places to go and enjoy that isn’t heavy on the bank balance, is priority. So picnics and nice long walks with the dogs it is, the children will be able to take their bikes sometimes depending on where we go. It will be great to increase our activity, get out and enjoy the beautiful UK.

Comfy walking boots from Simply Hike

I have therefore been looking at walking boots for us all. It’s a bit of a minefield as there are lots of great outdoor brands out there. However, I found a company called Simply Hike online, and they have an amazing collection of outdoor brands. I was drawn to them not just for their collection of walking books but also their collection of ski wear is brilliant. We went to Finland last year and have big plans for another trip next year.

Looking through Simply Hike’s collection I was drawn to the Meindl range. I have friends who have recommended Meindl so I thought I would give them a try. They has a history of producing high quality walking and hiking boots. Meindl pride themselves on being one of only a few footwear brands that hand make their boots. Which ensures the attention to detail is in all of their boots. Each of their styles are specially designed for walking and hiking enthusiasts in mind.

Meindl have a memory foam system for all of their boots to make sure they are the perfect fit just for you. As the boot is worn and the memory foam arms up it changes shape to match the shape of your foot. Say good bye to pinching, rubbing or pressure. It also ensures a high level of comfort for every step you take!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

Simply Hike also stock Meindl laces and wet proof spray, so should you ever need to replace your laces you can easily get them replaced.

I really like Meindk Womens Bhutan Lady MFS hiking boot, I really like the traditional style of these. I also really like The Meindl Mens Bhutan MFS hiking boot for my Hubby. The more traditional brown style is very us, they will be great to get us started out on our healthier and more active 2019.


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