How to use fabrics in your home decor

Fabrics aren’t likely to play a big roll in your home decor choices at the moment, outside of perhaps how they are used in furniture. They are something you think about within the confines of your wardrobe, but rarely anywhere else. But you may be missing out – fabrics can play a significant role in the decor of any room in your house.

Below, we’ve listed just some of the ways fabrics can be worked into your home decor plans. Fabrics represent creative, imaginative decor options for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.

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Engagement party decoration ideas

While weddings are almost inescapably expensive, engagement parties can be a little less costly. As it is part of the preamble, as opposed to the wedding itself, you can afford to be a little less flash, and a little more personal.

If you are planning an engagement party at home, either for yourself (congratulations!) or someone else, you may feel a little under pressure to “wow”, especially if the proposal was ‘wowing’. When it comes to weddings, “wowing” usually comes at a price. But it doesn’t need to be. Nor does it need to be a cheap and tacky affair, no different from the halloween parties you also throw at your house.

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Decor-inspired heating devices

When it comes to fireplaces, it is very much the case of function first, and form second. Though interior heating has changed a lot in the past thousand years, most manufacturers are still mainly constrained to a certain look, not wanting to branch too far out of the norm for fear of alienation.

This can be a real stumbling block for designers. If fireplaces are so set in stone, then how can you spice things up while sticking within these boundaries? You’re going to need a heating device, so you are stuck with the fireplace and the central heating, right?

Not necessarily. Alternative heating devices that do champion aesthetics are available, and below you’ll find a compiled list of just some that you can get your hands on right now.

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Tips for decorating your first home

Moving out of your parent’s home and into your own property is a stressful , but exhilarating first step for most young people, it is usually the first taste of adulthood and the responsibility associated with this, that most people get.  When you finally find somewhere you want to rent or buy and after you have secured the property, you will likely to very eager to put your stamp on the place and redecorate to make it your own.  As this is the first property you will actually be decorating, you may not know where to start, alternatively you might be so full of ideas and enthusiasm that you jump in feet first and end up making some fatal decorating mistakes.  This post is designed to help to give you some ideas and some direction when it comes to decorating your first home.

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New halloween decorations

The start of October means one thing – Halloween related items are about to crop up everywhere. The last stop on the road towards Christmas sweeping in, the next few weeks are going to be awash with the same ghosts, zombies, skeletons and witches as it always is.

The rather set in stone Halloween fare means that creativity and originality can be hard to come buy for the would be festive decorator. Thankfully, we’re here to offer up some ideas that will hopefully make you stand out. And don’t worry – we haven’t gone overboard on budget either, so your bank account won’t RIP this October!

You can find more ideas on the web, like this one, which shows you how you can decorate your mirrors 🙂

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Wallpapering vs. painting your bathroom


Wallpapering is a novel idea at best for a bathroom. On the surface it seems like a foolish plan – putting a large amount of paper in a room that is perpetually damp, with a lot of running water, looks like a recipe for disaster. But recent advances in bathroom specific wallpaper combined with a more savvy approach to design, mean it is now a much more viable option.

So now the question of what colour to paint your bathroom has to be regressed slightly. It is now “Should I paint my bathroom, or should I wallpaper it?”. There are pros and cons on both sides of the argument, and we’ll be exploring both today.

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Pet Owners Tips for keeping your house clean

Pet Owners Tips for keeping your house clean

Muddy paw prints, fur coated furniture and clothes, litter boxes and unappealing smells are some of the many things we put up with for the love of our pets, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  As far-fetched as it sounds, it is possible for a pet owner to also have a clean and tidy house. Though this will involve a little extra work on your part, it isn’t a complicated process and will leave you with not only a clean home, but also a healthy living environment. Continue reading “Pet Owners Tips for keeping your house clean”

How to make your Uni room feel more spacious

Moving away to University or College can be full of little problems. Moving house, starting a new job, and meeting new people are three of the most stressful things you can do in life, and you’ll be doing them all simultaneously! There are plenty of little concerns that go along with these. We plan to take down one such concern today – cramped living quarters.

While not entirely true 100% of the time, campus accommodation can be very small. These buildings have to accommodate a lot of students, so space is at a premium. You may also find off campus accommodation isn’t much bigger, and in either case, your options for making the room bigger are limited. Continue reading “How to make your Uni room feel more spacious”

Creating a gender neutral baby room

When it comes to preparing for the addition of a new baby to your family, you will find that one of the biggest costs will be getting the nursery ready.  Preparing the nursery doesn’t simply mean re-decorating the room, the process involves buying new furniture and completely changing the room from whatever it was being used as before.  This can be quite costly, especially if you buy everything new and top of the range.  Arguably, the nursery does not need to be done straight away, for a while the baby can sleep in a Moses basket and in your room with you, so if you are finding the expense of having a baby a little too much, you can always wait until after your baby is born to create your nursery.

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Pros and Cons of Open Plan

Open plan designs are becoming more & more common as the years go by. The most popular, are open plan kitchens.

People see open plan houses as the modern way, breaking away from the structures of traditional houses. There certainly are a lot of things to desire about the design scheme, but there are disadvantages that come along with it to. The question is – which is right for you? Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Open Plan”

Wedding reception at home – decorating tips

There is nothing more intimate than having a wedding at your own house, not only do you already have wonderful memories there, but once your wedding day is over, your home is going to mean even more to you. The practicality of organising the event itself can be quite daunting though. It’s not simply a case of inviting everyone round and enjoying the day, it’s about inviting people into your life in a more tangible way. Therefore there are certain factors you need to take into account so that on the day you are not worried about what people will think of your house, instead you will know that they are walking into a wonderfully decorated wedding reception.

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How to use your holiday souvenirs

Coming back from a holiday, you may find that you accumulated more keepsakes than you had initially intended. While you’re out in the sun having a good time, you may be overwhelmed by a “Oh, let’s buy one of those and take it home!” sentiment. Upon your return home, you’re likely to think that maybe you didn’t need 5 different kinds of tea towel from the same resort.

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What to consider before moving to rental property

Moving to a rental property can be problematic for the would-be interior decorator. As you aren’t technically in your own space, you may feel restricted with what you can accomplish. So how do you marry these two ideas – the need to decorate and the need to be in rental property – together?

Luckily, you aren’t completely at a loss. Even if money and space are tight, there are some avenues to explore. Here are eight top tips that can hopefully shed some light on the decorating rental property conundrum.

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How to decorate your office

With more and more people choosing to work from home, decorating a home office is a bigger concern than ever. High speed, “always on” internet means working from home is a very viable option in a number of fields. Of course, there are also those who are self employed, who may operate out of their own home. So how do you best go about home office decor?

As it is a fairly new field, there isn’t a socially known set of guidelines. Decorating a kitchen or bathroom is pretty easy for most, as they’ve always grown up in a house which features both rooms. But if this is your first crack at decorating a home office, or you just want to freshen up your existing one, here are some tips.

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How to maintain you fireplace over summer

We’ve mentioned before on this blog that summer can lead to long periods of disuse for your fireplace. As it isn’t needed to heat your home anymore, it can easily go months without once being turned on. We’ve suggested that summer is the ideal time to buy a new fireplace, for a variety of reasons, but say you are happy with your current model. Is there anything else you can do for it over the summer months?

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