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4 things you should know about interior design

Unless you have a flair for home decor, it’s likely that you’re a novice when it comes to interior design. Whether you’re starting from scratch or you simply fancy a different look, getting to grips with giving your home a makeover might not be as tricky as you think. So, before you embark on your next property revamp, here are a few things you should take note of.

4 things you should know about interior design | UK Lifestyle Blog

Keep comfort in mind

Your home should be a relaxing and cosy retreat, so whether you’re styling up your bedroom or living room, it’s important to keep comfort in mind. The spaces in your home should be inviting and comfortable. To up the decadence levels in your home, you could add some soft furnishings. Whether you decide to dress your bed with luxury bed linen or arrange some plush cushions on your sofa, surrounding yourself with high-quality accessories can be an instant decor enhancer.

Incorporate your personality

Your home should be a true reflection of who you are. Instead of succumbing to the latest interior trends and crazes, you could simply use your own personality and interests as inspiration. Whether you’re a stickler for all things monochrome and modern or you’re more of a shabby chic kind of person, incorporating your own taste into your home decor is a great way to ensure your space is an accurate representation of you and your individual style.

Think about functionality

According to the advice I got from an interior designers in Chicago, before you get swept up in your next interior project, don’t forget to think about the functionality of each room. Make sure that you’re familiar with the size and shape of the space in question and give some thought as to what the area will be used for. For example, bathrooms have a very specific purpose, so you need to be careful of your interior design choices. However, you may be able to be more creative in a different area of your home, such as a study or guest bedroom.

Remember that less is more

When you’re in the mindset of revamping your home, it can be tempting to cram every room full of beautiful pieces of furniture, artwork, accessories and much more. However, you don’t want to overcrowd your space, so keep it simple and remember that less is more.
Bearing these simple tips in mind could help convert you into an interior design expert before you’ve even started.

 

2018-01-08T03:34:04+00:00 January 29, 2016|Home Decor|

African Safari: How To Prepare For A Trip Of A Lifetime

Africa is an amazing place that has a lot to offer, from secret islands to scorching hot deserts. But, by far the most popular and amazing experience is a safari. There is nothing better than cruising around in a Jeep watching the world’s wildlife in their natural habitat.

To be honest, it is an experience that is impossible to replicate. Still, before you go, you need to make preparations to ensure everything goes smoothly. After all, safaris are not a walk in the park (excuse the pun!).

African Safari: How To Prepare For A Trip Of A Lifetime | UK Lifestyle Blog

Secure Your Visa

There is no way you are going on a safari without getting a visa into the country first. Of course, that is easy when you know which country you are visiting, but it gets trickier when you start crossing borders. Lots of countries in Africa are close to one another, so it is easy to go from one country to the next. Hopefully, your tour guide should take care of your visa needs beforehand. But, if they don’t, stick to one area.

Pack Properly

Africa is hot, so you are going to need a lot of summer clothes regardless of the season. Still, the plains and the deserts also get very cold, and you will need to take warmer clothing too. If you are out on a safari at night, you can get very cold very quickly. And, when you are in a Jeep in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t many places to get warm! Also, don’t forget the suncream and the lotions that will stop you from burning.

Get Your Vaccinations

The continent of Africa is a place where specific diseases exist that doesn’t exist elsewhere. Or, diseases exist that are not common where you live. As a result, your body doesn’t have the antibodies it needs to fight the virus or the bacteria. Thanks to a couple of handy injections, you can build up your immune system before you land so that it won’t be too much of an issue. For more info on the subject, head to http://www.vaccineinformation.org. It is a great site that covers everything you need to know about vaccinations.

Plan Your Trip In Advance

Regardless of where you go on safari, there is so much to see and do that you need a plan. Without a good plan, you may miss something that you may never have the chance to see again. With the help of http://go.safaridrive.com, it is easy to plan your trip well in advance. This site has plenty of tips that cover the best safaris in Africa.

Stay Safe

Safety is paramount in Africa. There is no need to be afraid, but there are people that will take advantage of your situation in certain areas of the continent. The best way to stay safe in this regard is to avoid these areas. For example, Somalia is not a place you want to visit if you can avoid it at the moment. Also, you want to stay safe during the safari because there are lots of dangerous animals on the plains. Always listen to your guide and keep your hands and limbs in the car at all times.

Even if it looks safe, there may be an opportunist waiting for you to make a mistake.

2018-06-04T00:51:05+00:00 January 27, 2016|Travel|

How to make the perfect inner city garden

More and more people are choosing to move to cities nowadays for a myriad of reasons; from wanting a fresh start, to employment opportunities. However, there is one downfall that often comes to light whilst making a move to the inner city; a lack of gardens.

In the suburbs you’ll nearly always see the stereotypical stretch of green grass, dotted with plants and other features including ponds, seating areas, and sheds. If your property is a lot smaller, or if you’ve got a lot of properties situated in a small area of space (think several flats or apartments in a row), it’s very likely that your new home won’t deliver well in the garden department, if at all.

It can be off putting if you do enjoy spending time in the garden, or if gardening is a big hobby of yours. However, there are ways to work around having a seemingly-lacking garden, without having to pack up and move back home again. We’ve compiled some tips on how to grow an absolutely grand garden, even with the limits that living in a city may bring.

How to make the perfect inner city garden | UK Lifestyle Blog

Grow upwards, not outwards.

If you’ve only got a small area of garden to work with, it may feel like you can’t do much in terms of growing plants. In this case, think outside of the box and aim to grow things vertically instead of planting several things in rows.

You could do this by installing a trellis. A trellis is a wooden or metal framework used to support certain plants such as vines and ivy. Fix one of these onto your garden wall, or install it freestanding to massively increase the amount of space you have to work with.

Why not make use of any other walls or fences by bringing shelving into the mix? Shelving can offer the perfect place to display ornaments or decor, or for placing smaller plant pots on. All you have to do is ensure that it is installed correctly, and is able to take the weight of whatever you wish to place on it.

Lastly, one of the most traditional ways to show off plants other than planting them in the ground is a hanging basket. With hundreds of different designs and sizes available, all you need is a wall to fix it to.

Lacking in a lawn? Don’t fret

If you live in a city, you may dream of having metres and metres of lush, green lawn to do with as you see fit, but there are many alternatives that you may grow to love if your garden lacks a lawn for whatever reason.

It could be due to lack of space, property type (if you live in a block of flats, a lack of garden is understandable) landlord preferences (you could have a communal garden, but you obviously can be digging that up as you please), or simply for convenience reasons, but you’d be surprised at how many gardens come without the lawn we’re all used to seeing.

One option is to create a space to relax, eat, and socialise- all within your garden! This is ideal if you do have your own garden, just a lack of space for a proper lawn, or if a lawn is prohibited.

If you fancy something more relaxing for the summertime, all you’ll need is one or two sun loungers, and you’re good to go! A table and chairs set is ideal if there’s more of you occupying the property, if you would like the option to dine outdoors, or if you like to throw a good garden party now and again. Try mixing things up a bit by including beanbags, rugs, and other soft furnishings into the mix if your garden terrain allows it.  Add some potted plants, a large umbrella for shelter, and other bits and pieces of decor for a cosy leisure area that can be used whenever you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the house.

Artificial lawns are another option, if allowed. Synthetic lawns come with many benefits, including lack of maintenance (most artificial lawns only need a hose down and a brush now and again), lack of cost (after the initial purchase, you’ll save tons on water bills and general upkeep), and a lawn that stays green all year around, even in the worst of weather. Forever Green Lawns are one of the leading providers of artificial grass, and we’ve been doing so up and down the country for over a decade now.

Ultimately, planning the inner city garden of your dreams is going to take a lot of planning, shopping around, and perseverance, but it can be done!

2018-01-08T03:34:05+00:00 January 27, 2016|Home Decor|
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