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How to prepare your home for Christmas

When the winter holidays come around, it does not mean that it is only time for presents and festive decorations, it is about spreading the Christmas spirit too. Decorating your home is one way to spread the cheer and make sure that everyone is ready for the holiday cheer.

In order prepare for Christmas, it is important that you first decide what kind of decoration you want so that you do not mix all sorts of things together. Moreover, sometimes it is better to opt for less decoration as too much can drown out what you were going for originally.

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The first thing to do…

First things first, you will have to clean your home before putting on any decoration as it is vital that you have a clean home and that whoever visits you will notice the festive decoration and not the mess that might be in your home.

Setting up the fairy lights

Everybody loves to put up the Christmas lights, but be careful with how you put them on as it can greatly improve the overall design or if done badly, it will ruin the whole thing. Remember to use only proper and functioning lights as they can cause fires.

Hang up some homemade decoration

Putting up Christmas decoration is not the same without some homemade sweets, and no decoration is complete without a gingerbread house. Not only does it look great, but it will smell great and it will really add Christmas charm to your home.

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Bake fresh cookies

If you want your home to smell like Christmas around the clock, then make fresh batches of cookies that you and your family can enjoy at the end of the day. It will make your home smell nice, and it will be a great decoration, and it tastes great too.

Put on some Christmas music

If you have no chance of listening to carolers, then the next best thing you can do is put on some carolling music that can play in the playground, it will really set the mood and everyone will feel the Christmas spirit.

Create a warm atmosphere

One way to really enjoy the Christmas evenings next to a warm fire with your family is to use shaggy rugs in your living room; not only will it look great, but it will make your room feel even warmer and welcoming.

We’ve recently decorated our lounge to give it a cosy vibe, and I wish we’d done it sooner! We’ve got a lovely big armchair that we’ve moved from the bedroom downstairs, so we have plenty of space for when people come over at Christmas, and we’ve invested in a log burner.

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Every living room should have a make-over before the festive season because so much time is spent in the lounge entertaining friends and family over the Christmas holiday. Nobody likes being stuck on the floor when they’re visiting, and you shouldn’t have to give up your seat when people come over either.

To celebrate decorating my lounge, and since it’s the run-up to Christmas, I’ve teamed up with Tub Chairs to promote their competition to win a stunning Neyland Sky Wingback Chair. The competition is open to UK residents, and you can find it hereI just wish I had more room in my living room to put this next to our fire…

Get festive with your family

It is not hard to set up Christmas decoration, but it is about tradition and doing it as a team with your family; it should be something that you and your family can enjoy greatly. Spreading the spirit is important and when guests see your decorations they should get a feeling of warmth and joy.

However, in order to properly decorate your home, you will need to make sure that you clean your house and that you de-clutter so that nothing gets in the way. Moreover, always make sure that when using electrical decorations you make sure that they are safe for use.

2018-01-08T03:32:56+00:00 November 10, 2017|Home Decor|

The Dreaded Home Project We All Have To Do Sooner or Later

You’ve tackled the kitchen, spruced the living room and your bedroom has become the sanctuary you always dreamed it would be. These projects, while tough, were super rewarding: they made your house look and feel the way you envisioned. You spend time there, and you enjoy every minute of it because it reflects who you are.

But not every room in your house will be so easy to overhaul — and you have probably been putting this one off for quite some time. It’s not necessarily living space, but it’s one you regularly see. It might even make you cringe to look at the disorganization, the dim lighting and the dark grey walls that give it even more of a dungeon-y vibe.

If you haven’t guessed already, the most dreaded home project of all is the one where you store your Christmas decorations, leave your muddy shoes and, of course, park your car: it’s your garage. But, sooner or later, all of those piled-up boxes and disorganized tools will get to you and you’ll have to overhaul the place. The following five tips will make that task easier — and make the space so much less of an eyesore than it is now: 

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1. Take Stock of Your Belongings – and Sort Them

The first step in your garage-cleaning process will have to be an inventory of all that’s stored there. This is especially true if your garage has become the go-to ditching point for all of your brown cardboard boxes full of no-one-knows-what.

Once you know what’s out there, you’ll want to sort through everything. There are likely things you can throw away, items you no longer use but are donation-ready and things that are best stored somewhere beyond the garage. What you’ll be left with are items you use and items that can be properly stored in the garage.

2. Clean the Floor

With everything cleared out of the garage, your next step in the garage-cleaning process should be scouring the floor. This can, of course, become a pretty time-consuming task, depending on the amount of oil and grease that your cars have left behind.

After sweeping up dirt and debris, use a specialty cleaner to break down and wash away the grease that’s built up. You’ll also need to pick up a heavier-duty floor cleaner than the one you use inside of your house to use after you remove stains. Once that’s done, rinse it away with a hose and let the floor air-dry.  

3. Figure Out What Will Happen, Where

What do you use your garage for? Parking and storage? Woodworking and tinkering? Laundry? Shoe storage? Think about what you need the space to do for you, and figure out which activity will happen where. This will help you design storage that works for you and all of the tasks you’ll carry out from the comfort of your garage.

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4. Rely on Vertical Space

Now that your floors are clean, you can move things back into the garage. First, though, you should consider installing some new reorganization structures that take advantage of the vertical space in your garage.

Take, for example, the tools you have kept in a disorganized box or pile for the past several years. Installing a pegboard onto your garage wall is an easy way to visually organize your tools so you can easily find the hammer, or the wrench, or the level… whatever it is you need will be easy for you to grab.

Your vertical storage can also include shelves on which you store boxes, wall-hung bicycle racks, holders for all of your extra-large gardening tools… the possibilities for vertical organization are nearly endless.  

5. Label Everything Once It’s Re-Stored

Now that your organizational system(s) is/are in place, there’s one last step before putting everything away: labeling every single box, container and holder so that you always know what goes where.

Labeling makes it easy for you to find your Christmas decorations, winter boots or water shoes without digging through a handful of boxes that all look identical. Having a label also helps you put things away properly after using them since each item’s home will be easy to find. This is especially useful for smaller items like nails, screws, bolts, etc.: rather than having a mismatched container to dig through and find the item you need, you can keep them separate for extra efficiency.

Once everything’s labeled, you’ll find it’s easier to keep things organised and put them away when you’re done. With homes clearly marked, you won’t have any excuse not to put the shovel back in its holder, the hammer back on its peg and the extra nails back into their drawer.

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Finally, It’s Functional

With a weekend spent emptying, cleaning and reorganising your garage, it’ll no longer be hanging over your to-do list. Instead, you’ll have a functional work and storage space that you might even enjoy looking at now that it’s clean and de-cluttered. And, with that, you’ll have sorted out the most dreaded home makeover of all — and, if you maintain your work, you’ll never have to helm such an overhaul again.

2018-06-04T01:12:02+00:00 November 9, 2017|Home Decor|

Elegant Ways to Transition Your Home from Summer to Fall

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When the seasons change, so do our tastes. The tropical brightness of summer fades into a warmth and beauty that could only mean it’s fall. As such, you want to update your home’s interior to reflect what’s happening in nature. The only problem is that there’s a fine line between kitschy fall décor and the elegant design you seek.

To make your space’s transition easier, the following are four ideas for how to do make your home feel fall-ready with just as much finesse as Mother Nature herself. To make your space’s transition easier, the following are four ideas for how to do make your home feel fall-ready with just as much finesse as Mother Nature herself.

We’ve recently rejigged our living room to give a cosier vibe – here’s the big reveal!

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Hang Curtains and Warm Up Sofas

In summer, you want to open your blinds, pull your windows up and let the sunshine and breeze in. The vibe is completely different in fall, though, when you’ll want a home that’s warmer and cosy as the weather gets cooler and rainier. One of the best ways to warm a space up amid dropping temperatures is by blocking heat from leaving through your windowpanes. A thick set of curtains will do the job just fine. Plus, hanging curtains adds an instant finish and elegance to your windows and walls. Be sure to choose a thick fabric and deep colour to make it even more so.

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Once that’s finished, you can focus on making your sofas feel plusher, too. There’s nothing better in fall than cosying up in front of the fire and watching a movie with your loved ones. You won’t want to do it without super thick and soft blankets at arm’s reach, so be sure to toss a few faux fur or knit throws onto your sofa and chairs so warming up is easy. You can add more throw pillows too — bonus points for fall colours — to tie the curtains, throws and other fabric elements together.

Light Aromatic Candles

A candlelit dinner is perhaps the most quintessential date-night activity. That’s because candles set a scene that’s equal parts romantic and fancy, and your home can have the same feel with a few candles of its own.

You don’t have to start and end with tabletop tapers, either. You can fill your fireplace with pillar candles for a low, flickering glow. Or, pick up a handful of glass jar candles and place them in the rooms where you spend the most time: the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom, etc. Light them when you’re in the room and voila, you’ll have instant fall elegance.

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Candles can be festive, too, depending on the colours and scents you choose. The colours of fall are the same as the ones you see in trees’ changing leaves: orange, gold and maroon are some of the most common. From there, look for scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, apple and pear to make your home smell even more seasonal.

Curate Curb Appeal

Your home’s elegance can and should extend to its exterior. Fall is a great time to tackle your front yard to-do list because it’s not as blisteringly hot as it is in summer. As such, take an opportunity to repaint your front door and shutters, replace your mailbox and manicure the edges of your garden beds.

Another often-neglected chore is the maintenance and cosmetic upkeep of your garage door. If it’s road facing, your garage door is a huge part of your home’s curb appeal. Still, you might not have ever considered cleaning or completely updating your garage door to revamp the look of your property. Not only will it help enhance your curb appeal and give it an instant lift, but it’ll also add value to your home if you ever sell it down the line — in other words, it’s a win-win.

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Draw Inspiration from the Outdoors

You want your home to feel more like fall — why not draw inspiration from the season itself? Not every piece of fall-inspired décor has to be overly festive, either: simple, natural accents can tell the refined story you envision for your design scheme.

Start by heading outside and collecting elements that remind you of fall. Leaves, sticks, pinecones, acorns — all can be used in your home’s design scheme. For example, you can create a fall centrepiece for a dinner party or Thanksgiving feast by spray-painting leaves and pinecones gold. Place candles at the table’s centre before scattering your painted pieces of nature around. With that, you have a beautiful, classy fall table.

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You can make more everyday décor elements, too. Filling a vase with fall branches is a simple, rustic accessory for your living or dining room. You can also fill different-sized glass jars with pinecones, acorns and other fall classics, like apples or mini pumpkins.

With these four steps alone, you’ll give your home a complete fall makeover. It’ll have the dignified vibe you envision and the warmth and cosiness you need — in other words, you’ll be ready for this season and perhaps even the colder one coming in a few months’ time.

2018-01-08T03:32:56+00:00 November 6, 2017|Home Decor|
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