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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Wish List

With only two weeks to December, it is starting to feel like Christmas. It is an excited time for everyone and we are all getting a little bit Christmassy!
For me, Christmas means home, family and friends. It means relaxing, good food and having fun and getting cosy.
Defne and Derin can't wait to decorate the Chrismas tree. We have some decorations but I am hoping to add some more to our collection.
I have picked some of my favourite Christmas products and thought it would be fun to share them with you.

The Winter Woods Table Runner is from  Fishpools. I love Nordic products so just had to choose this one as it reflects everything about Christmas. Fishpools also stock lovely Christmas decorations,blankets and cushions.
The Advent Calendar of Tea is perfect for a tea-lover for friend or for yourself! It is available at Not On The High Street.
Lovely  snowflake clay decorations from Etsy, they look so elegant! I adore  the miniature bottles. They look so delicate! Available at Etsy. I rather prefer natural decorations to plastic ones so the beautiful natural wreat on Etsy caught my attention,too.
Moral Fibre Food's Christmas Hamper is perfect for foodies for a bit of a guilt-free indulgence.
I love lighting candles during this time of the year. Tiger Stores has lots of candles and  tea lights as well as brilliant stocking fillers for children.
Wishing you all a happy festive season!
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Bagsy me on the top bunk!

Children’s bedrooms are an enigma, they should be simple enough.
It is a room. It has a bed in it. The child sleeps in it. You sleep in yours.
Right? Wrong…
If a child has a bedroom they may perplexingly prefer to sleep in your bedroom, so how can you change this baffling habit? One of the tactics is to create a themed bedroom. If you have two children and space is tight the obvious choice is a bunk bed, a bunk bed to a child can represent a sunken galleon or spaceship and the variety of designs on offer can now engage them more than ever.

 If you have a boy then if you decide on a theme you could go through several stages, it could start with ‘Bob the Builder’ and then move into the recently re-launched ‘Thunderbirds’. Deciding to mirror brands or the latest programme can be risky as they suddenly decide they no longer like the programme or they have grown out of it. A good approach is to have strong themes such as space, underwater or a volcano, this can help ensure that they actually use the space in their room to its potential. A lot of houses seem smaller than they are as most time is spent in the front room and the kitchen, by making bedrooms more appealing you can ‘stretch’ the living space so you are not all on top of each other and getting on each other nerves.

 For a boy why not get the traditional image of the racetrack and use graphics to trail the track up the walls and even on the ceiling, this creates a 3D look. This idea will also stand the test of time as interest in racing should be re-invigorated by an interest in Formula 1. For girls move away from the stereotype pinks by using innovative lighting ideas and soft tones which (once again) lend itself to a look which will last longer than the beheaded Barbie and Sindy dolls that are now gathering dust in the loft.

 What if you have two children (even of opposing sex) who simply refuse to agree on a theme, what do you do then? Obviously to maximise room its best to look into a bunkbed, BedStar have a range of bunkbeds which can reduce the stress and gives some separation with your children. There are also ‘Triple Sleeper’ beds where the bottom bunk is for older children, which gives them more independence. Some beds have tables and mini office areas underneath them which also improves the versatility.

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Low Cost Decoration Ideas

Queens Park House : Eclectic style living room by Honeybee Interiors
Photo Credit:Honeybee Interiors/Homify
It is nearly Halloween and before you know it will be Christmas and New Year!  If you have been thinking about some redecoration around the home, now is the time to do it. It doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money in the run up to the holiday season! We have got some simple, frugal tips that will hopefully give you some inspiration.
  1. Mix and match patterns and colours: You don't need to shy away from bold colours or patterns. Mix and match them to reflect your style and it will instantly create an excitement in your room.
  2. If you love reading, create a reading corner or even a nook! A comfy armchair, a throw and a book table can cozy up your house and you will be happier,too!
  3. Create a display wall and showcase your favourite photos, prints, your children's artwork,plates or whatever you fancy. You might choose to only frame black and white photos or rectangle/circle frames or you might want to create an eclectic style.
  4. Jazz up your dining room with wallpapers. If you consider wallpapers belonged to the 1980s, think again! From shabby chic to modern, there are so many different prints to choose from!You don't have to use on all walls. Using it on just one wall, created a different atmosphere and brightens up the room. Again, it is important that it goes well with  your furniture and the general style you want to create in your room.
    Catherine Rose Pink Wallpaper : by Cabbages & Roses
    Photo Credit:Catherine Rose/Homify
  5. Look at your room, think about all the stuff, all the furniture that the room contains. Do you really need/ want them there? Experiment with some changes, take out the stuff/furniture  you don't want there any more. Create open spaces that will bring a more spacious feeling.
  6. Cluster candles of different sizes on a table! Not only will they bring a stylish element to your room, you will enjoy lighting candles during the winter months.
  7.  If your room is particularly small, use a mirror to give it a spacious feeling!
  8. You don't have to invest in designer furniture or accessories! Check out Ebay, free cycling, car boot sales and flea markets. You are bound to find interesting things for a much better price at these places. They might need some paint or polish but it gives you the chance to make it your own.
  9. Display bottles or vases on a window sill or an empty shelf. It will look interesting and create a place to look at and enjoy!
  10. Reupholstering chairs is a great way to save money, easy to do even if you are not a DIY person. 

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