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How to refresh your home for summer

Winter has finally gone and most of the summer months are still stretching ahead. It is almost hard to believe! As the days are at their longest and brightest and the sun thaws-up everyone, the memories of being cooped-up at home, cold and miserable are long forgotten.

We’ve swapped soup for margaritas and blankets for beach towels. Besides planning holidays, this is also the perfect time to refresh and rethink of your home. Since your home is longer the reclusive cave you needed it to be during winter, now is a good time to throw out things you don’t need and introduce a pop of colour and energise your living space. Here are a few simple touches than can make your living environment more pleasant and cheerful.

Try a new rug

If you want to bring a bit of the lovely summer atmosphere and a splash of colour into your house without making any semi-permanent changes (like painting), a new rug is always a great starting point.

Stylish and elegant, rugs add warmth and personality to your home. The selection of patterns, colours and textiles is vast. You only have to look at some of these hand knotted rugs at Bazaar Velvet to realise that choosing a rug is as much a matter of taste as personality.

But if these guys are a bit out of your price range, you can easily pick up a cheerful rug from your local homeware store.

How to refresh your home for summer | UK Lifestyle Blog

Add some scatter cushions

Once you find the right rug for your home and taste, you might as well match them with other small yet important details. For instance, a few summery striped pillows make an old sofa look fresh again.

Look for colours that are already in your home and accentuate them by repeating them in your cushions.

Many retailers sell cushion covers without the filling so you can simply dress your existing cushions up in new summery attire – without cluttering your home with unused cushions.

Reflect on your space

It’s an old trick – adding a mirror to a space will make it feel twice as large. But if well positioned, a mirror will also fill your room with light as well as catch the beautiful summer sunlight outside.

You could go to your decor shop to pick one up. But if you’re feeling a bit thrifty, why not scour a few antique and vintage markets to find a used mirror. They tend to have beautiful, aged frames and often a slightly worn mirror, where the silvering begins to peel back, can add a wonderful rustic charm to a space.

If you aren’t a natural at picking up good vintage finds, you can get the look by shopping at online stores such as The Other Duckling. I’ve recently picked up these stunning vintage style shot glasses that offer a touch of class with a unique twist.

How to refresh your home for summer | UK Lifestyle Blog

Take the plunge and paint

Painting can seem a bit daunting. But it’s less permanent than you think (you can easily paint over the wall again!) and it makes a dramatic difference to your space.

Instead of painting a whole room, choose a feature wall to cheer up–less effort and more effect! You don’t have to go for a solid colour either. There are tonnes of other ideas, like masking stripes or patterns and painting in those.

And why not make is a social affair and ask a friend to come and help you?[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

2018-01-08T03:34:44+00:00 August 30, 2014|Home Decor|

Keeping fit the easy way

Keeping fit can be testing at the best of times especially for those juggling work, family and the general everyday demands that life brings. Add into the mix the cost of gym membership per month and travel times and it’s easy to see why more and more people are looking at alternatives that can be used in the home or outdoors.  Here are some top tips for burning those calories, without burning a hole in your pocket!

Invest in a gaming console

Wii games like Grand Slam Tennis are a great option for keeping yourself and the family in shape. Not only will they provide hours of entertainment for yourself and the little ones, its fun the whole family can take part in.

Fitness DVDs

Ok so maybe not the full on insanity workout that seems to have taken over lately, but a more gentle approach like Yoga or Aerobics will provide ample chance to burn off those excess pounds. Try Sleek Technique free 15 minute class online here.

Keeping fit the easy way | UK Lifestyle Blog

Apps

There are literally hundreds of apps on the market for home fitness, many targeted towards those who are working out in tight spaces. Perfect for those 20-30 minute high powered sessions that aim to get the heart rate pumping in a short burst of time. Prime mover and Jefit are two of the more popular ones, and with apps costing below £2 they are a no brainer for those on a budget.

YouTube

This is one that gets overlooked far too frequently, with bodyweight videos and anything else you could probably wish to get involved in the internet has a whole host of options when it comes to keeping fit. The beauty of this one is that it’s absolutely free!

Running


Something as simple as pulling on those running shoes is a great option for those wanting to increase the cardiovascular health. This is the only option on the list which requires nothing else other than willpower. If you consider yourself really out of shape it’s important not to set unrealistic expectations.

Build yourself up with a short jog around the blocks, gradually increasing your distance and speed over time. Setting achievable goals means you’re more likely to stick to your fitness plan in the long run.

So there it is my top 5 tips for keeping in shape at home or outdoors, combine one or all of these activities with a weekly healthy eating plan and you’ll be reaping the benefits in no time, summer sun – here we come!

2018-01-08T03:34:44+00:00 August 26, 2014|Health|

10 tips for whiter teeth at home

A smile can bright up a dark room….only if you can flaunt your pearly whites. And according to a study, having whiter teeth makes you look more successful, more employable, more attractive and even five years younger. Here are eight simple tips for whiter teeth.

Maintain good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene not only keeps your mouth healthy but also helps keep your teeth white. Plaque that sticks on and between your teeth can harbour bacteria can cause discolouration of your pearly whites. Brush at least twice a day. And don’t forget to floss once or twice a day preferably after dinner.

Switch to a whitening toothpaste

There are a variety of whitening toothpastes available in the market. These products contain silica or micro-crystals that have abrasive properties and help scrub away stains from your teeth making them appear whiter.

10 tips for whiter teeth at home | UK Lifestyle Blog

Use an electric or ultrasonic toothbrush

Electric and ultrasonic toothbrushes claim to regain the original white colour of your teeth without bleaching! By removing stains from food, coffee, etc., they restore the teeth to their natural colour. They also contain no chemicals or bleach to damage the enamel. These brushes also provide deep cleaning.

Watch your diet

Foods you eat may show their tell-signs on your teeth. Stay away from tooth-staining foods and drinks like red wine, colas, dark juices/curries, black tea, coffee, etc. And if you do have them make it a habit to drink water after that.

Drink with a straw

Doing away with most of the beverages is easier said than done. Even if you can’t avoid drinking them you surely can avoid them contacting your teeth by sipping from a straw!

10 tips for whiter teeth at home | UK Lifestyle Blog

Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables

The abrasive quality of crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, carrots, etc. can help clean stains from your teeth. And surely an apple a day can help keep tooth stains at bay! Apple is a fibrous, crunchy fruit with natural cleansing and astringent properties. Go ahead and munch some, especially after you have your meal.

Increase your intake of dairy products

Dairy products like cheese and yoghurt contain minerals like calcium and phosphorus that can not only keep your teeth sparkling but also keep them free from cavities by remineralisation of tooth enamel.

Visit your dentist regularly

Whatever tips you choose to follow it is of utmost importance to visit your local Newington dentist regularly. Along with the routine check-up your dentist can remove stubborn tooth stains with scaling and other tooth whitening procedures.

2018-01-08T03:34:44+00:00 August 16, 2014|Beauty|
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