4 ways decorating can make you happier

For most people, their home is their haven. Somewhere they can relax when things get them down. At home, you can truly relax, be yourself and do what you want, when you want, right? Totally.

Looking after your home is really important. It is an investment in yourself and can have a huge impact on your general well-being. The way you decorate can be particularly important. It has a big impact on the feeling of each room. Let’s look at how to decorate in a way that creates a feel-good ambience that will help you to relax and recharge your batteries.

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4 Steps To A Party Ready Kitchen

A question in most of our minds: how do you design a kitchen that is fit for family living but can impress your guests at any party occasion? Naturally. Well, I love entertaining and having small get-togethers and everything always ends up in the kitchen! A kitchen is often the heart of a home, not just parties, as a place where all the family gather together. So, how can we achieve a family space by day and the perfect party venue by night?

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Tropical Interiors Inspiration for S/S17

My buddies over at Victoria Retail Park, you know, basically my favourite place to shop for homeware have been in touch with some awesome picks for S/S17 homeware trends! You’ll know I love tropical interiors from my last post all about interior design and I love all of the shops at Victoria Retail Park, I did a mini home haul when we moved into the flat we’re in now. You can check that out here if you fancy. Check out these amazing pieces from some of the 14 retailers that stock lifestyle and homeware. Victoria Retail Park is open 7 days a week, with most stores open until 8pm, which is great for after work shopping.

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How To Bring The Outside, Inside

Have you ever gone out and seen decor in a bar or restaurant that you’ve thought would suit your own home? Well, if you have, why stop one with just one piece of decor — why not give your home a revamp and renovation inspired by the interior you’ve seen.

Give your kitchen a revamp by giving it a bistro and restaurant-style makeover. You could start by giving your kitchen a black and white colour scheme. Turn your walls white and then bring in cabinets, counter tops, and titles that all provide black accents. You should also adorn your counter tops with marble surfaces, in order to give your bistro kitchen that all important ‘expensive’ look, even when it wasn’t necessarily that expensive to create. All of this, however, should sit on top of typical café flooring. You could pick from an array of styles, such as hardwood or white tiles. What instantly screams ‘bistro’, however, is black and white flooring. Do black and white squares not conjure up images of restaurants and kitchens in Paris to you? Well, you can step into Paris every time you step into your kitchen by following these tips.

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Interiors: 3 Ways To Incorporate Tropical Prints

Interiors are another passion of mine, amongst style, food, fitness and eating pizza. I love decorating a new room, finding bargain homeware and pinning to my heart’s content on Pinterest. You can find my interiors board here and find my current obsessions for all things to do with tropical prints and green! I’ve teamed up with Elite Blinds today to bring you some of my favourite ways to incorporate these two trends into your home with easy and affordable options.

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How To Move House In A Week

If you’ve kept up with me on Instagram recently you’ll probably know that we’ve upped and moved to a new home. This has been a bit of a whirlwind move because things move so quickly in the rental market we had to get in there as soon as we found a place that we liked in our perfect location. 

We sorted absolutely everything in just over a week. On a Friday we found out that we could move in the following Friday and we were completely unpacked by Saturday evening around 7pm. A lot of people that we’ve told have been surprised how quickly everything has got sorted but I think it’s simply being efficient. If people still have things in boxes after a week of moving into a new house I wonder what they’ve been doing? If decorating is involved, fair enough but if it’s a ready-to-move-in place, why waste time?

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New Home Haul: Part 1

I’ve called this the ‘Part 1’ haul on purpose because there’s absolutely zero point in calling it the only one because it almost definitely won’t be the last mini haul that I’ll be doing for our new flat.

At the weekend I headed to Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield, Nottingham and had a little browse. I didn’t realise that there were so many great shops for homeware haulin’ over there! There’s Next, B&M, TKMaxx, Argos, M&S Food, Boots and B&Q just to name a few places that are great for shopping for homeware and lifestyle. By lifestyle, I definitely mean crisps from M&S and makeup from Boots that I probably don’t need. But, if you’re in need of a shopping spree or a little retail therapy and don’t fancy attacking town then I’d head down to Victoria Retail Park if homeware is your thing.

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Transitional Bedroom Wish List

I know we’re only in August but soon it’ll be September and then all of our lovely-ish weather goes to pot and it’s hot-water bottle temperatures again! This being said I’ve been having a think about new duvet covers and adding some warmth back into our interiors.

I’m all kinds of obsessed with Orla Kiely, always have been! I just love her prints so much. Usually her style of interiors doesn’t fit in with our bedroom aesthetic which is always super monochrome. She normally uses loads of colour but I discovered this Orla Kiely Grey Tiny Stem Duvet Cover Set and I was 100% sold.

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How To Chill Out This Summer

The summer time can be a busy time for the old social life because it’s just so much nicer to get out and do things but it’s also important to find time to relax. I also find that I like to work out a lot more in the summer months because it’s lighter, brighter and obviously a lot warmer. But, this means I’m definitely a lot more interested in trying to chill out and rest up if I’ve been killing it in the gym when temperatures rise!

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