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10 Ways to Transform a Tiny Home Into a Spacious Retreat

Ever wanted a bit more space in your home? Maybe not enough space to add an entire room and perhaps not bad enough that you’d want to knock down a wall, but maybe you’re looking for a couple of ways to get a bit more space out of your rooms to make it feel a little more spacious. It sounds like a tall order, but as you’ll find in these 10 handy tips, it’s actually pretty easy to squeeze out a little more space from your rooms.

1. Think floor space

We usually perceive “space” as having more floor space to put things and move around. Because of this, you’ll want to try and lift as many things off the ground as possible such as removing any floor clutter and tucking away furniture when possible.

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2. Use floating when possible

Floating furniture takes up less visual space and ultimately makes a room feel more spacious. From a floating steps staircase to floating shelves, there are plenty of options to get creative.

3. Don’t clutter too much

Having lots of space and storage doesn’t mean you need to use it. Keep some shelves empty to give the illusion that your room is more spacious than it really is.

4. Use your walls

Think vertical when possible. Use more wall shelves as opposed to free-standing ones, get rid of large paintings on the wall if they’re taking up space and in general avoid anything freestanding when possible.

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5. Multifunctional is the way to go

Any furniture that you have in your home should be multifunctional whenever possible. For instance, you could use an ottoman as a seat, footstool and even for storage. Similarly, You could have a tiered coffee table that can be tucked into itself for more functionality and space.

6. Let the light in

Keep the windows clear to let in as much light as possible. This will bounce off reflective surfaces and brighten up your room to make it feel more spacious.

7. Don’t think too small

A few large pieces of furniture is ultimately better than lots of small pieces. This is because they’re easier to move around and they’re visually cleaner which means it gives an illusion of a more spacious room.

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8. User lighter colours

Light colours are a great way to make rooms feel a little more spacious. Avoid dark colours when possible and think of natural tones such as a light beige staircase in wood, green potted plants on shelves and light browns.

9. Use the ceilings

If you have tall ceilings then they’re the perfect place to add a few useful things. This can include a ceiling fan so you can get rid of your standing fan when it comes to summer, or hanging potted plants in certain areas of the room to avoid using floor planters.

10. Add reflective surfaces

Whether it’s a large wall mirror or metal shelving and furniture pieces, adding more reflective surfaces is a fantastic way to bounce light around the room to make it brighter and feel more spacious.

2019-03-26T16:40:28+00:00 March 26, 2019|Home Decor|

Home Edit: We’re giving our home a lil TLC 💞

In September it’ll be FIVE YEARS since I agreed to buy my little home off a new build plan. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone; it feels like only yesterday I was wearing a hardhat on a building site trying to imagine what my kitchen would look like. As we look forward towards the future, we’ve talked about letting go of our beautiful home and upgrading to something bigger to accommodate our future goals and aspirations.

The thought of ever leaving this 2 bedroom house breaks my heart because I worked SO hard to purchase and furnish it on my own when I was 23. Scanning the market, we have an idea on what type of property our next move might be. We’re not going anywhere soon… so until then, we’ve decided to make some tweaks to the house so we can squeeze a couple more years out of it so that when we eventually do move we’ll have a bigger budget. This, coupled with the fact, I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet.

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Lounge

I spend the majority of my time in the lounge when I’m at home – it’s my favourite room in the house. Last year we shuffled the furniture around which made the room feel bigger, and it feels much more social when we have guests over. I’m really glad we did it because the rooms so much better this way.

We’ve recently inherited a bigger television and cleared out the cupboard under the stairs (such a relief!). We’ve moved our large grey DFS armchair back to the bedroom and replaced it with a gigantic fur beanbag.

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It’s the comfiest thing in the world, not to mention the room weirdly feels BIGGER having it in here. Hanging behind it on the wall is a stunning Moroccan rug that I picked up in Marrakech on my hen do last month.

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Kitchen

Our house isn’t big but we’re lucky that we’ve got a decent size kitchen that opens onto decking with stairs into a garden, giving the illusion of space. The illusion of space isn’t much good in reality though…

We can comfortably get a dining table and chairs in our kitchen and there’s enough room for us to both cook in there, but it was limiting. We couldn’t put in a dishwasher because there wasn’t enough under-counter space.

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We stuck a condenser tumble dryer in the corner of the room, plumbed our washing machine in under the sink and cleaned our dishes by hand – not the end of the world.

Someone then gave us the idea to convert our downstairs bathroom into a utility room, freeing up space in our kitchen for a dishwasher and space where the tumble dryer was stuck in the corner of the room behind the dining table. Considering we don’t even use our downstairs bathroom, this seemed like a genius idea.

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The rug is a new addition, too! I picked this beauty up when I went to Jordan in December with my best friend (another blog post I NEED to write). It’s handmade by the local Jordanians near Petra. 

We picked up a cheap dishwasher, called a plumber, and a couple of hundred quid later we had a utility room, one less bathroom to clean and a lot more space! The best bit was, we don’t have to spend our evening scrubbing dishes. I can’t believe we didn’t think of this before.

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It’s so much better being able to keep our laundry basket, bin and other cleaning products tucked away in a cupboard. We managed to keep our sink in there, too which is good for when we need to empty the water tank from the tumble dryer. It’s not particularly beautiful but it makes life way easier.

Bathroom

We’ve lost one of our toilets but honestly, we never used it! It was so small and we have a family bathroom upstairs, so we always used that one anyway. One less room to buy flowers for, too…

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There’s only so much you can do when decorating a bathroom, especially when you just like everything to be white, like me! We bought a new bin, some fancy new soaps and got a bath caddy. But the most exciting thing is actually very sad… We finally got our heated towel rail fitted and I’m so happy.

We bought it literally two years ago and never got around to having it plumbed in. TA-DA! 👇

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When the plumber came over to sort out the utility room, we got him to pop the radiator in too. It looks so much nicer than before and it’s a much better use of space. Goodbye towels hanging on the landing.

Overall, it doesn’t look much different in the bathroom because I try and keep it clear from bottles etc. We do have some new scales that sync up to your phone and track your weight, which is pretty cool!

Bedroom

We’ve made some small changes to the bedroom but nothing major. Our bedroom has a large G-Plan sideboard at the end of the room opposite the bed with 2 matching bedside tables. I love midcentury furniture and would probably decorate the entire house with it if I could afford to. Watch this space… 👀

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I’d been on the hunt for some artwork to go above the bed for a little while. We don’t have a headboard and I didn’t really want one. Instead, I wanted a statement piece. That exactly what I found when I came across this beach oil painting print. I couldn’t resist it, and it looks so beautiful with our bamboo lampshade.

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The print has a hint of pink in and we’ve got a lovely new (to us) vintage pink ottoman, which compliments our pink and grey contrast bedcovers nicely. The DFS chair being in the bedroom works really nicely with the grey already in the room, too. Happy accidents and all that.

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Midcentury teak and bamboo probably don’t go together but I’m totally in love with how it looks – even S is impressed with the pink. We’re currently working on the office and I’m so excited to share it with you xxx

2019-03-16T00:54:01+00:00 March 17, 2019|Home Decor|

How to Safely Get Parcels Home When on Holiday or Travelling

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve just got home from Marrakech. I went over there with 11 of my nearest and dearest to celebrate my hen (blog post coming VERY soon!). I love everything about Morocco and I couldn’t wait to get back there with my friends and family and show them why I’m infatuated with this place. If you’ve been, you’ll know one of the great things about this place is the souks. Markets overflowing with gorgeous homewares and handmade leather goods.

Of course, we filled our bags with rugs, slippers and trinkets, then tried to shove them in our suitcases to get them back to the UK. Checking luggage is expensive, and if you’re buying a large rug, even a large suitcase won’t save you. We’re going to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for our honeymoon and we don’t want to be stuck in that situation again, so we’ve looked into some options for shipping goods home.

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Six years ago when moving back from Australia I sent a large parcel back to the UK. I can’t remember exactly how much I spent, but it was a couple hundred bucks! I was kicking myself for going through to the Australian postal service, instead of looking at options online. Alas! I won’t make the same mistake twice… Here are some tips for if you’re thinking of doing the same.

Perfect Packaging

Parcels get home safely when they’re packaged properly. Particularly if you’re transporting fragile and expensive items, it can be a good idea to wrap them up in polystyrene and plastic wrappings before they’re encased in their boxes. This bolsters their protection against things like knocks and bumps during transit and ensures the item remains intact.

Why put up with the risk? Ensure that there’s the best packaging possible with your items, and your parcel should make it home just fine. By going the extra mile here, you ensure that nothing goes wrong – it’s really that simple!

Tracking Technologies

Of course, even with the best packaging, parcels can be lost or misplaced. This can cause a lot of anxiety and fretfulness, especially when the arrival of the package was highly anticipated and important. Therefore, there needs to be a way of ensuring your parcel gets home not just safely but gets there at all!

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Is there any need to put yourself through all that stress and worry? Consequently, companies like Parcel2Go can help here; their parcel tracking services mean that you can keep tabs on your order wherever it may be. You’ll thereby remove the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ that come with transit complications, and always have immediate access to the status of your delivery.

Neighbour Negotiations

Even when a parcel does make it home, if there’s no one to look after it, worry can set in again all the same. It’s unattended if you’re living alone, or it could be that it’s so big it won’t fit through the letterbox and there’s no one there to receive it. What can you do here?

Well, for all the bells and whistles technology affords, not many devices can beat a trusting neighbour. If you’re concerned that your parcel won’t make it home, perhaps ask your neighbour to receive it on your behalf. It’s the next best thing! This way, you know your package is in good, caring hands, which may just give you some comfort.

2019-03-15T17:41:59+00:00 March 15, 2019|Travel|
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