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Practical Design Tips that Will Have You Mixing Decor

Once upon a time, there was a rule in the realm of interior design: once you had chosen a style in which to decorate your home, you had to stick to it. So, a modern home would have sleek simplicity throughout, while a French country abode would be frilly and colourful from top to bottom. It was easy to stick to, and it helped maintain flow and continuity from room to room to room.

However, today’s designers see things differently. Rather than sticking to a single style, they flawlessly incorporate elements from multiple styles into a single space. The final result is just as interesting to look at as it is cohesive. Even better, you can decorate your home to create the same result, without fear of creating a messy or mismatched design scheme. Here’s how to do it like the pros:

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Strike the Perfect Balance

In order to create a seamless blend of different styles, you have to make sure that it’s clear what you’re mixing. In other words, you shouldn’t buy a super modern sofa to pair with a rustic-style coffee table and a glam, glimmering area rug.

Instead, most style mixers suggest you choose two design styles and, from there, decide which one will be the dominant one and which will be the supporting style. In most cases, you’ll want to strike an 80/20 balance between your main style and contrasting style. So, if you bring together contemporary and country, mostly everything will have sleek, clean lines, but you’ll also have pops of bright, warm colour and florals, for example.

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Don’t Do Matchy-Matchy

Back in the day, matching furniture meant that it literally matched. The same pattern would bedeck the comforter of the bed, the shams, the curtains and the valance. You might have even had a fabric runner to protect your wood furniture that sported the same pattern, too. Nowadays, that look would be considered overkill. Today, it’s all about matching without matching, if you will.

In order to create a coordinating look that’s not completely matchy-matchy, look for colours or themes that draw your different styles together. For example, you can decorate your dresser with a bunch of different baubles and picture frames so long as they’re in a similar hue. Or, you can pair fabric patterns together that are different, but made up of the same colour family. This is an especially interesting look when you have a neutral-hued couch as a backdrop.

To that end, you can use neutrals to your advantage: sturdy and hand finished wood furniture, for example, it can bring just the right amount of rustic into a space and still match the rest of your decor, thanks to its natural, neutral hue. There will be no need to make sure your coffee table, end tables and buffet are a perfect stain and style match, either: so long as they coordinate without being clones, they’ll be a design statement and one that matches, at that.

Practical Design Tips that Will Have You Mixing Decor | UK Lifestyle Blog

Use the Differences as the Focal Point

As you begin to piece your room together, you’ll go through all of the design basics: you’ll likely start with a neutral backdrop before putting all of your furniture where it belongs. Then, you’ll probably place your accessories, pillows, rugs and fabrics for splashes of colour and style. Finally, you’ll wonder just what to do with the few pieces that come from your complimentary style: the room may even appear finished, but you still want to include your more surprising elements in the mix.

In that case, let your off-the-wall design choice become the focal point of the room. This won’t work if your coordinating-but-different items are small accessories or less-important pieces of furniture. They have to be eye-catching: an overhead light fixture, oversized piece of art or gorgeous hand-threaded rug are perfect examples. If they’re a different style from the rest of the room — while still coordinating with the colours of everything else, of course — then you have a ready-made, ready-to-go focal point.

Practical Design Tips that Will Have You Mixing Decor | UK Lifestyle Blog

Follow Your Instinct

When it comes to interior design, you may not feel as though you have what it takes to make a decision: you’re not a trained professional, after all. But, you do know what looks inherently good to you. You can tell when your room feels balanced, when it feels overdone or when it’s missing something. You can tweak and move things around until you find a look that suits you. And, you can use your instincts to guide you toward the perfectly balanced room you envision.

The best part of interior design is that, ultimately, the beauty is in the eye of the property holder. So, look at your design with a critical eye, but make sure it’s your own taste that’s helping you decide what’s great or what’s not working. In the end, you’re the one that’ll live in the spaces you create: if the balance of styles works for you, then it works, period.

2018-01-22T20:23:06+00:00 January 23, 2018|Home Decor|

3 Quirky Ways to Pop The Question This Valentines Day

If you’re thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day there can feel an element of ‘join the club’ in the sense that it is somewhat of a dating bandwagon, which is why you need to differentiate yourself and bring a more inventive twist to your proposal – something personal and tailored to the special person in your life.

This article will look at five ways to pop the question this Valentine’s Day, but before we get into that, it might be worth heading to somewhere like hatton garden jewellers in order to get some ring inspiration.  There are a variety of standards banded around about men needing to spend anything between two and three months salary on their engagement ring, but in reality, this loses the very essence of what a proposal is.  

A proposal is simply declaring to someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with them based on the alignment and significance of connection you share – it shouldn’t be predicated on buying a fancy ring, however, as a society we have been conditioned to place a great deal of emphasis on the quality and size of the diamond that accompanies the proposal.

3 Quirky Ways to Pop The Question This Valentines Day | UK Lifestyle Blog

😱➡️  HOORAY - WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!: The engagement post

Here are three quirky ways to consider popping the question this Valentine’s Day:

Pamper Evening

Go to somewhere like Lush and arrange a pamper evening where you have a nice bath together, wash your partner’s hair, gently pour jugs of warm water down her back and conclude the evening with a sensual massage where you save the left hand for last – and as you massage that hand, slip the ring on her finger, and gently pop the question in this wonderfully understated way.

Go To The Cinema

There’s substantial advice around the idea of not going to a cinema on your first date, and at first glance the concept of proposing in a movie theatre might seem a little flat – however, if your partner loves films or there’s something meaningful about a particular cinema – you can purchase a one-off advert at the start of the show and create a thirty-second video showing your journey so far; with the question either appearing on screen, or it could be simply whispered in their ear.

Kidnap Her

Okay, the title might be a little off – but the idea behind it is rock solid.  Explain to your partner that you’ve arranged a surprise and that you need to blindfold her before setting out in order to not ruin the surprise.  In doing so, you’re building anticipation… and once you arrive at your destination, let’s say a beautiful secluded beach such as Bedruthan Steps, walk her down to the magical spot (still blindfolded) have something wonderful set-ups such as a campfire, picnic, and tent with tons of blankets… get down on one knee and tell her she can finally remove the blindfold.

In summary, proposing isn’t just about buying a fancy ring and asking the question in an expensive restaurant – it should be personal and magical.  It should be inventive and tailored to her specific interests and the dynamic of your relationship; sometimes people overcompensate with physical gifts (such as a fancy diamond ring) when what women really want is to feel special, significant and cared about in an action-based way where their partner makes an effort to be creative.

2018-06-04T01:26:35+00:00 January 22, 2018|Weddings|

Banish These Hidden Hazards from Your Home

We all like to think that our homes are a safe haven; the one place where we can truly feel safe, secure and relaxed. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and there are numerous hidden hazards which could be causing us to get sick at any given moment.

Here are some of the most common hidden hazards, which if found in your home, you should take measures to get rid of as soon as possible:

Banish These Hidden Hazards from Your Home | UK Lifestyle Blog

E.coli and Salmonella

These bacteria are responsible for food poisoning, which means that they really do not have any place in the home – not unless you enjoy spending most of your time on the toilet/vomiting anyway – but they can commonly be found on kitchen countertops, in fridges and on the surface of common kitchen appliances.

The good news is it’s pretty easy to avoid/get rid of these nasties and maintain good health. Simply make sure that you wash your hands before handling food, that you chop raw meat and fish on a separate board from the one you use to prepare other foods, and that you thoroughly clean the kitchen regularly after use.


Asbestos was commonly used in the building of older home due to its fireproof qualities, which seemed to make it a safe, sensible, choice. Since then, it has been found that asbestos is pretty dangerous and it can cause serious lung conditions, including cancer.

If your home was purchased before 1980 and you haven’t already, it is probably a good idea to check the place for asbestos, and perhaps even have asbestos surveyors check it out if you think it might be present. Getting rid of this material should be a priority if you want to live in a healthy home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer; it has no smell or taste, which means that it can start entering your system and making you very sick without you noticing it, at least not for a while, Unfortunately, some people never do notice it, and they end up seriously ill or even dead as a result! That’s why you should have carbon monoxide detectors fitted in your home, and why you should have your boiler serviced at least once a year. That way, you can catch any leaks before they catch you. It simply is not worth the risk!


You might think that mould is unsightly, smelly and not something you want in your home, but if you haven’t taken immediate action to remove it once spotted, you could be putting your health at risk! Mould, especially the black variety can play havoc with existing conditions like asthma, and it can cause nasal, sinus and lung conditions in previously healthy individuals. It is something that should be dealt with very swiftly.

If you find any of these things in your home, or you think you could be doing anything to make them manifest, then it is time to take action. Your home should be safe, and it will be once these problems are dealt with.

2018-01-22T19:20:15+00:00 January 22, 2018|Home Decor, Post|
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