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Making Your Home Warm And Cosy This Winter

This time of year, we’re all spending a lot of time at home. Outside the weather is unpleasant, with a lot of rain showers that you don’t really want to get caught in, along with biting winds and the occasional flurry of snow. 

It’s important, then, to be comfortable and happy in your home – and one way of doing that is to make sure that you’re warm and cosy. Here are some tips on how to achieve that…

Making Your Home Warm And Cosy This Winter | UK Lifestyle Blog

Fix Any Draught

One absolutely crucial way to make sure that your home is warm throughout the winter is to fix any draughty corners of your house. Not only will that lower the cost of your energy bill, but it’ll help to secure your home against any intruders. Make sure that your doors and windows are fitted tight; if you’re still cold, hold up a lit candle in the direction that the draught is coming from, and see if it flickers. If so, you need to get your toolbox out again.

Install More Insulation

Houses can lose a huge amount of their heat through their roofs – just like we all lose a lot of our body heat through our heads! So it’s time to make sure that your house is wearing a warm thick metaphorical hat, by ensuring that there’s plenty of insulation lining your attic. If you find that isn’t the case, you can get insulation wadding from good hardware stores. You can also wrap it around pipes to prevent them from freezing during the cold weather.

Make Your Living Room Comfortable

Most of us spend a significant portion of our winter times huddled under blankets in our living rooms and becoming intimately acquainted with the contents of Netflix. If this sounds like you, it’s time to make your living room into even more of a cosy haven. Use warm colours in there – go for red and orange pillows and curtains. If it’s time for a new couch, you could even go for a red Chesterfield sofa for some real timeless elegance and style. 

Get Cosy In Bed

If your bed isn’t quite warm enough and your partner’s icy toes aren’t doing anything to heat you up, then it’s time to go for some new bedding. Make sure that you get a duvet with a higher tog rating – this will be thicker and will keep you warmer at night. You could also get a thinner duvet to put over your normal one. This will have the added bonus of being easier to change when summer comes, and trapping warm air between the layers of covers.

Revamp Your Bathroom

When you get caught in the rain or snow, the best way to get warm when you get home is with a long hot shower. If your water pressure is poor or the water doesn’t stay hot for long enough, it’s time to call in a plumber. If it’s okay, light a relaxing scented candle – lavender will help you sleep better that evening – and drift away on a fragrant, humid cloud of warmth.

2018-01-08T03:33:36+00:00 December 22, 2016|Home Decor|

Harmless Small Shopping Habit or Big Financial Problem?

“Shopping is my cardio,” Sex and The City’s Carrie Bradshaw once stated, and a thousand women watching nodded with recognition.

Harmless Small Shopping Habit or Big Financial Problem? | UK Lifestyle Blog

While the benefits to your fitness from traipsing around stores might be debatable, one thing isn’t: shopping makes your heart race. It’s the excitement of a new line of clothes; the frisson is energy when you find the last pair of this season’s must-have shoes; the delight when a courier delivers the fruits of your latest online spending spree. Some people might not “get it”, but for others, shopping is a therapy and a constant delight. Which is a problem.

Sorry, it all got a bit dark in here, didn’t it?

In essence, of course, shopping isn’t a problem. Just because you have a consumer habit doesn’t mean you are completely lacking in ethics or care for anything else that goes on in the world. It just means you like clothes, and shoes, and makeup and… well, anything. Materialistic is only a bad thing if you dismiss anything else as important; there’s nothing wrong with a little self-indulgence by itself.

The problem comes when, in your thirst for that same thrill, you find yourself getting into debt. It tends to happen with a gateway purchase. Some beloved item you have to have in your wardrobe – but you’re a week from payday and would have to use credit. So you do, because it’s a golden opportunity.

Then there’s another golden opportunity. Then another. Then you have a bad day at work and need to cheer yourself up, so you go and find a golden opportunity you didn’t even know you needed.
If you’re not careful, you soon find yourself in debt – all because of your love of shopping. The kind, loving pet you so adored has just turned around and bitten you.
So what do you do about it?

Put Yourself On A Shopping Detox

Banning yourself from shopping isn’t going to work, and not just because there are some things (like groceries) that you have to buy. The moment you ban yourself, you’ll just want it more.

Instead, go on a shopping detox. Restrict your purchases to a few per month and only ever paid for with cash.

Sell What You Don’t Need

And by “what you don’t need”, I mean things you really don’t need. Do not get yourself into a trap of this kind of thinking:
“I have two things I could sell. Those Christian Louboutins have only worn once and adore so much, or the laptop I need for work.

“Good You: “I have to sell the Louboutins. They’re going for a good price online, and I can live without them.

“Bad You: “No! They are one-of-a-kind (ish), and if I part with them, I will regret it. I’d be better off to sell my laptop. I can use my phone for most things.”

Be realistic: the shoes and clothes have to be the first things to go. Use the money you raise to pay down debts.

Get Rid of Store Cards

They have horrific interest rates and tempt you to diversify your spending, meaning you don’t notice the full amount you owe. Try and get everything onto a single card, so you can’t ever remain in blissful ignorance about the total figure. Good luck!

2018-05-10T21:43:11+00:00 December 21, 2016|Archive, Fashion|

5 Design Tips To Make The Most Of A Small Bedroom

A small bedroom can be quite cosy. But it can also be frustrating at times. Limited space can make it hard to negotiate around your room, and leave you feeling cramped. Limited space also means limited storage, which means cutting down on your belongings, or having to store them elsewhere. Fortunately, there are ways of getting around a small bedroom by introducing design features that will not only offer more storage, but also make your room feel bigger.

5 Design Tips To Make The Most Of A Small Bedroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

Maximise Storage Space Under Your Bed

Choose bedroom furniture wisely. Many beds will come with storage underneath – with some the top mattress layer folds up revealing space underneath, whilst other versions have drawers in. Beds raised on legs still have space underneath, but it’s likely to look messier shoving things here as they’re not hidden securely in a compartment. Any clutter in your bedroom can be eliminated by storing it here (e.g. spare clothes, hairdryers, extra make-up, books)

Mirror your room

Mirrors create the illusion of more room. They also reflect light from windows, letting more sunlight in (if you only have a tiny window, putting a mirror opposite it could help brighten the room up). You can put them anywhere – from a cupboard door to a wall.

Vertical storage

Increase your floor space by using vertical storage, extending all the way from the floor up to the ceiling. Having a storage column in the corner of your room could equate to the same amount of storage as a chest of drawers. Many of us are so preoccupied with floor space that we forget about the space around our heads.

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Take minimalist approach to your wardrobe

Some brave folk have scrapped their wardrobes in favour of a minimalist clothes rail approach. Even if you don’t want to go to this extreme, giving your clothes a cull now and again is a great way of cutting down on wardrobe space. Be brutal and get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn for a year, or are simply hanging onto for distant sentimental value. Clear enough room and you may be able to downsize your wardrobe (after the bed, wardrobes are the items that take up the most amount of room after all).

Adopt shelves instead of cabinets

Bedside cabinets are useful for placing phones, alarm clocks, glasses of water and other emergency bedside items. But it’s the surface that’s got the most purpose to most of us, not the actual cabinet. Why not try adopting a shelf instead of cabinet? This will create more floor space and make your room look and feel bigger.

Shelves are also a great way adding extra storage to other parts of your bedroom. They can be placed over beds (high enough that you don’t bump your head on them, of course) and put above chests of drawers. Compared to cabinets they’re also a lot cheaper and make an easy DIY project too.

2018-01-08T03:33:36+00:00 December 16, 2016|Home Decor|
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