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A touch of luxury

I’m still in the process of decorating my home and I’m looking as the multitude of ways to improve living spaces. There are so many ways in which you can improve your home to suit your needs or the aesthetic you want. As I have written about before HERE one of the ways I like to create a nice open feel to a room is by letting in more light. All throughout all the seasons of the year the outdoors is a beautiful thing to behold so being able to enjoy it whilst in the comfort of your home across an entire wall of a room is just stunning. Bifold doors enable to you to be able to do just that. it makes a wall of windows, bringing the outside in.

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Even when the bi fold doors are shut they make a beautiful wall of glass. They are very classy and allow for so much light to flood into a room. The doors obviously open as much or as little as you want to but when fully open it brings the outside in having such a large open space and is just stunning. It creates almost an entire wall of the outdoors pouring in. A beautiful addition to any room and definitely a focal point of your home interior.

Spending a lot of my time indoors I would really love to have a large window/wall of glass as I love light and airy rooms and in the spring my windows are constantly open. The smell and sounds out the outdoors really adds to the ambiance of a room and I think its just beautiful.

There are a number of places online where you can compare bifold door prices and find a set that will best suit your home. The website boasts that “Our bifold doors come in several configurations to suit any design and installation for your home. These bifold door configurations can also be open in, open out, stack from the left or the right, open in the centre, end or in between.” and “Our bifold doors are made from aluminiun aluminium and glide effortlessly back to reveal a large unobstructed opening, merging the home and garden and letting the light flood in. They can create a lighter, airier living space in which you can enjoy the garden, whatever the weather.”

bf1 The slim profile means you have maximum visibility to the outside when the doors are open yet they are completely weather proof so the outside stays outside when the doors are shut. Even though they provide great access they are very secure and are widely used in commercial and domestic environments. Also bifold doors require a lo t less maintenance than you might think, all they need is regular cleaning with a detergent which is a lot more simple than cleaning multi-pane glass windows and doors.

I personally love the luxury aspect of these types of doors, they really do look gorgeous and add a touch of glamour to any home.

Keeping your home warm this winter.

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There’s nothing worse than a cold home. Where just putting your leg out of bed in the morning is unbearable, and you simply don’t want to get out of the shower. A cold home can lead to coughs and colds, as well as issues with damp and condensation which can lead to the growth of black mould and further respiratory problems. It’s also uncomfortable. You don’t want to be sitting at home, cold and unable to relax, on top of health issues, this can lead to stress and depression.

 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your only option is having your heating on full blast all winter long. This can cost a fortune, and if your home isn’t properly cared for and insulated, you may find all the heat is lost anyway. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your home is warm and you do not have to run around your living room to warm up first thing in the morning.

 

Underlay

 

Underlay is something few people consider when it comes to keeping their home warm. They see it as an unnecessary addition that simply adds comfort to the floors. But, it’s much more than this, great underlay can not only add comfort, it can also stop heat escaping and protect your flooring.

 

Another mistake people make is assuming that laminate flooring is colder than carpet. With the right underlay, this doesn’t have to be the case. The best laminate underlay can ensure that your floor is warm and well protected as well as stylish and trendy.

 

Heating

 

Obviously, your heating warms your home. But, is it working at its best? Your boiler works very hard every year, so don’t just expect it to be at its best all of the time. Have it serviced every year, upgrade to smart systems and check your radiators for damage.

 

If you notice that your radiators aren’t warm all the way through, the first thing to do is bleed them. Look online for advice on how to do this; it’s an easy job that you can do yourself without spending money on an engineer.

 

Insulation

 

If your heating is working well, and your house still isn’t warm, it’s probably not retaining its heat. Most of your home’s heat is lost through the roof, windows, walls and floor. If you’ve already got underlay, look at the other areas. Window seals deteriorate over time, so you may be able to fix these without replacing the windows themselves.

 

Loft and cavity wall insulation can make a huge difference, but installing it depends on your home. Wall insulation isn’t always possible so check first. If your loft is accessible by a fixed staircase, and not just a ladder, you could be eligible for a loft insulation grant, so that’s another thing that is worth checking.

 

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It’s amazing how much difference atmosphere can make to the warmth of your home. Look at a room with lots of white space and minimal designs, and you may feel cold. On the other hand, a room full of warm colours, soft furnishings and accessories can make you feel warm and cosy.

Decluttering Doesn’t Have To Mean Saying Goodbye

Most of us have heard about the benefits of clearing clutter in our homes. Books like ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo have bought decluttering into the mainstream. That, and the fact that we’re all jumping on the minimalist wagon. Less is more, and if you want a clear mind, you better have a clean home.

But, it’s possible these methods aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Namely, they focus on giving up the things you love. Call us crazy, but that doesn’t seem like a sure way to a better life. In fact, it seems just the opposite.

That said, the reasoning behind these points is hard to argue with. Too much clutter can get you down. We’ve all walked into a messy room or two and walked straight back out again. We are clean creatures, and we all hate the chaotic feeling of a mess. That’s true whether we admit, or even realise it.

But, instead of focusing on what you can take away from your home, it’s worth considering how to keep the space clear, without getting rid of anything. That way, you achieve the same impact, without having to suffer. For proof it’s possible, we’re going to look at a few of the ways to clear clutter by finding new places for everything you need.

Your television

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In modern homes, television is the focal point of the living room. Though bulkier than in their younger days, most television sets can take up a decent amount of space. Television units are often cumbersome, and we lose a shocking amount of floor space to them. And, lost floor space usually increases feelings of claustrophobia and clutter. That said, if you use your cabinet for storage, this may be the best of two evils.

But, if like most of us your unit is for television wires and box sets only, then it’s time to reconsider. This unit is invading your living room, and it isn’t even serving any practical purpose. So, do away with it. Then, consider investing in a wall bracket on which to display your television. This way, you can keep it as the focal point in your room, while not losing any floor space to the cause. You’d be amazed what a difference this can make.

Your fireplace

Your fireplace is another thing which likely takes up a fair amount of room. If you have an authentic fire, there isn’t much you can do about this. The chances are that the feature is an integral part of your structure. Not to mention that you wouldn’t want to do away with something as stunning as that. But, if you use a gas fireplace instead, you may be wasting much more space than necessary. Old designs were bulky and invasive. The chances are that your fire is either a box design or comes out reasonably far from the wall.

 

Do away with this issue by investing in one of the inbuilt gas log fires offered by companies like Illusion Fires. These options involve building a fireplace into your wall. Thus, you can free up the floor space that would have been used by a freestanding option. Again, the difference will be much more substantial than you might expect. Plus, this way, you’ll have a sleek and stylish design which is about as far from clutter as it’s possible to get.

Your accessories

Many of us enjoy an accessory or two in the home. These are, after all, how we add character and make our mark. But, they’re also the main culprit when it comes to clutter. If you get carried away here, the situation can soon get out of control. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get rid of pieces you love. It just means you have to find better places to keep them.

House plants are a prime example. While big business at the moment, a large vase can also take up too much floor space. A few of these in one room, and you’ll soon find yourself struggling for space. For one, it’s worth placing these around the house, instead of having them all in one room. It’s also worth putting them above the floor if you can, to reduce the space wasted. You may have realised that there’s a theme here. High up is usually better. So, think about placing your plants on a shelf, or table instead.

Ornaments are another thing worth considering. Again, opt for high up storage solutions. You can put in new shelving units for the purpose if you need. As they’re above floor level, this shouldn’t make any real difference to the feel of the room. Within reason, of course.

The other clutter

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Big stuff aside, there’s usually plenty of other clutter on the floor, including shoes and slippers. The good news is, the high up theory works here, too. Instead of kicking them off and leaving them behind the sofa, why not incorporate a hanging shoe rack on the back of your door? This is a neat way to store something which could otherwise become clutter. It also ensures your floor is as clear and clutter free as possible. Out of sight really can mean out of mind.

And, let’s not forget that many of us clutter our floors in the name of style. Rugs are a prime example of this. Though they look nice, they can make a room appear drastically smaller. So, think twice before leaving a rug in the middle of your floor. Instead, why not find another use for it, which doesn’t compromise your space? Some rugs make fantastic wall hangings, for example. Or, you may just need to reconsider the room in which you display them. A rug in the landing can lead into the larger part of your home, so won’t look so much like clutter. But, a rug in the living room won’t have the same positive impact. Rearrange to make this work for you.

 

 

My moving experience

Some of you will know, but a lot of you won’t know that I have very recently moved house and city. I am London born and raised so starting over somewhere completely new was a big step and it all sort of came about in a very spur of the moment kind of way.

My sister and I had a conversation about finding a house together and she suggested that we leave London I had briefly lived in the Midlands before so I was willing to give it a think and we started looking… Fast forward about 8 weeks and we now live in Birmingham yay!

What I want to talk a little about now though, is the process in between…

The whole process started out with us at home in London trying to figure out which part of Birmingham we wanted to live in, asking friends about good areas and trying to figure out what our budget was. The first choice we had to make once we decided on where and how much, was whether we were going to go through an agent or go direct to a private landlord. There was a ton of agents offering great homes and because we were travelling up from London to do the viewings it made more sense to use an agent so we could see more houses in each visit up there.

We made a total of 3 trips to Birmingham to look at houses, the first house we wanted was one we found in the first trip but unfortunately the landlord didn’t want any pets in the property and I have little chihuhua mix so that one was a no go. The second house we decided we wanted and are actually now living in is a house we found that was above our budget and a lot further out than we wanted but it turned out to be perfect.

From viewing the house to move in day was approx 3 weeks while we went through the referencing process etc the referencing agent used was HomeLet they made the process really easy and kept great correspondence with us so we always knew what was going on and how far along we were with the process. They provide insurance for tenants as well as for landlords and carry out all referencing for the agents. They really are an ‘all your needs under one roof’ type of company and it makes the moving process easier and takes a lot of stress out of finding insurance and constantly chasing agents for status updates on the referencing application.HomeLet_campaign_infographicNow I’m looking forward to the best part… decorating!

I love buying things for the home and making the house reflect your personality. Soon on the blog I will be doing more home and decor posts and I can’t wait!