7 Ways To Give Your Dining Room A Luxurious Upgrade

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7 Ways To Give Your Dining Room A Luxurious Upgrade

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If you’ve got a dining room in your home, you will doubtless try to have your family eat there during all family meals. After all, it’s an excellent way for everyone to update each other on how their day has gone while eating their dinner, for instance.

However, you feel as though your dining room could do with an interior decor update as it has been a while since it last got decorated. This time, you’d like to give your dining room a more premium and luxurious feel.

What changes should you consider for your new-look dining room? If you’re stuck for ideas, take a look at the following inspirational options you can consider for your upgrade:

1. Invest In A Period Sideboard

Have you ever noticed that the best looking dining rooms in people’s homes always have a chic sideboard? They are an essential feature of any luxurious themed dining room, and you should get one for yours if you don’t already have one.

Sideboards come in various shapes, sizes and styles, but you should consider getting an authentic vintage example for their superior build quality and premium looks.

You’re likely to come across such examples on eBay, offline auction houses, and even Facebook Marketplace of all places!

2. Install Dimmable Lighting

If you’ve got a single standard light fitting in your dining room, another way to give your dining room a premium look is by installing some dimmable lighting.

The light fittings you get installed to facilitate such an upgrade will depend on your tastes and interior decor styling. For example, you may want some fitted wall lights, or you may prefer some contemporary LED dimmable downlights.

Whatever your choice, ensure that your light fittings and bulbs are compatible with wall dimmer switches. It’s worth having a qualified electrician to install dimmable lighting in your home.

3. Buy An Oak Table And Chairs Set

Do you have a regular table and chairs from a well-known Swedish manufacturer of flat-packed furniture? If so, now’s the time to sell or donate them and upgrade to a luxurious oak table and matching chair set.

The reason you should opt for oak is simple: it’s a premium wood that will stand the test of time.

You can purchase your new table and chairs from a High Street furniture retailer, or you may prefer to have a bespoke oak table and chairs set made exclusively for you as a one-off design.

4. Consider Buying A Vintage Rug

You’ve likely got carpet or wood flooring in your dining room, and it’s possible you may not have thought much about changing it. Perhaps you don’t want to upgrade your carpet or flooring, especially if it matches other downstairs rooms in your home.

Is there still a way to improve your dining room floor to help create an authentic premium look? In short, the answer is yes!

The easiest way to achieve that goal is by purchasing a vintage rug that’s big enough to fit underneath your table and chairs.

Why choose an accessory like a vintage rug? Such a choice will give your dining room a more luxurious look compared with new, modern alternatives.

5. Upgrade Your Place Settings

What have you got in mind for your dining room table’s place settings? If you’re a bit stuck for inspiration, how about some restaurant-quality tablecloths from Richard Haworth as a starting point?

Whichever brand you choose, premium tablecloths made from superior linen are perfect for creating the ultimate luxurious dining room look in your home.

There are other things you can do to upgrade your dining room’s look, such as investing in better cutlery and dinnerware – more on that in a moment!

6. Invest In Silver Cutlery

Do you just use standard stainless steel cutlery as you’d purchase at your local supermarket or High Street retailer? If so, consider retiring them and replacing them with some attractive silver cutlery instead!

Firstly, silver cutlery looks fantastic in any premium dining room setting. Secondly, silver naturally has antibacterial and disinfectant properties. Lastly, silver cutlery will make every meal feel special and the dining experience will seem like one in a Michelin star restaurant.

7. Purchase Some Luxury Dinnerware

Last but not least, it makes sense to upgrade your dinnerware at the same time as your cutlery. Presentation is key whenever you present a meal to anyone dining in your home – even if it’s just other householders.

There’s no point in upgrading everything in your dining room to be more luxurious if you’re only going to serve food on mismatched or even plastic plates!

Sarah x

Fun Weekend Trips for Kids: 7 Family-Friendly Ideas

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If you’re looking for a fun weekend trip to take your kids on, look no further! This blog will give you a list of seven family-friendly ideas that will keep everyone entertained. So whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or some indoor fun, we have something for everyone. 

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1) Take a hike! 

There are plenty of trails around that are perfect for young explorers. Make sure to pack some snacks and water, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Hiking is a great way to explore nature and get some exercise. Just be sure to pick an appropriate trail for your family’s skill level. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this list of easy hikes in the area.

Don’t forget to pack snacks and water, and sunscreen if you’re hiking in warm weather.

2) Visit a nearby city. 

Spend the day exploring all the sights and sounds a city has to offer! Take a walk around downtown, visit a museum or two, and grab lunch at the Bubble Tea Club. If you’re not sure where to go, check out this list of kid-friendly activities in cities across the country.

No matter which city you choose to visit, there are bound to be plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained.

3) Go to the beach. 

If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach, take advantage of it! Spend a day building sandcastles, swimming in the ocean, and picnicking on the shore. Just be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water.

The beach is a great place to relax and have fun with the whole family. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

4) Have a picnic. 

If you’re not near a beach, no problem! You can have a picnic anywhere. Pack a lunch and head to your local park for an afternoon of food and fun. Bring along a frisbee or ball to play catch with if you want to make it extra special.

A picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Just be sure to pack a great picnic basket filled with all your favourite foods.

5) Go camping. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, go camping! Pitch a tent in your backyard or head to a nearby campsite for the weekend. Don’t forget to bring along some s’mores ingredients for a fun treat around the campfire.

Camping is a great way to spend time with your family and bond with nature. Just be sure to pack all the essentials, like tents and sleeping bags. 

6) Have a movie night. 

Have a family movie night if you’re looking for a low-key weekend activity! Make some popcorn, cuddle up on the couch, and enjoy one of your favourite films together. You can even make it into a marathon and watch all your favourites back-to-back.

Movie nights are always enjoyable whether you watch one film or several in a row. Just be sure to have plenty of snacks on hand!

7) Play tourist for a day. 

If you live in a tourist destination, spend a day playing tourist! Visit all the local attractions that you usually take for granted. You might be surprised at how much fun you have.

Playing tourist for a day is a great way to see your hometown in a new light. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes if you’re doing a lot of walking!

In conclusion, there are plenty of fun weekend activities that the whole family can enjoy. Just get creative and think outside the box!

Sarah x

5 Useful Tips to Weatherproof Your Home During Summer

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Summer is almost here. But you might or might not be aware that you need to weatherproof your home when it’s hot, just as you do when the colder months bear down on you.

Cover the Doors and Windows

Shutters can be used for many different purposes. They can be used to control the amount of light that gets into a room. And they can also protect you from the weather, privacy, and security. When you install shutters, you can reduce the stress of cleaning your windows from heavy rain and hailstone. However, the best reason for plantation shutters is that you will be protected from missiles and glass when a window blows in. Imagine that a Summer hurricane propels a large branch or lawn chair toward your doors. This could be deadly without shutter protection.

Don’t Neglect Your Roof

The most dangerous thing that can happen to your home is a compromised roof. And nature loves to pelt homes with heavy wind and storms in Summer. Thanks to your roof, adverse weather doesn’t harm it too much. Nevertheless, years of neglect can cause extensive damage over time. Roof damage may result in leaks. When a roof leaks, different types of damage occur, including wood rot, mold, and electrical damage. A hole or crack will let cold air in and let your warm air out. You will pay substantially more for heating in the winter from draughts.

Weatherproof Your Home with Surge Protectors

Lightning storms are spectacular. Thunder and lightning fear many people, but they are a natural spectacle for most people, and storms never get old, no matter how many times you see them. However, it is possible that electricity could damage your home with Summer lightning. This is most likely to happen to electronics like computers and smart devices. Therefore, it is best to unplug what you can. Fridges, however, cannot be unplugged. The best protection against power spikes comes from surge protectors which you can get very cheap these days.

Check for Cracks in the Walls

If you have lived in your house for a reasonable amount of time, you may begin to feel a little chilly in some areas. That’s because cracks can form in the walls, allowing adverse weather to come inside. Draughts are one of the leading causes of a cold home. So, if it feels cold no matter what you do, it could be that you need to get a filling. Cracked walls cost you more on your heating bills and can pose an extreme health risk. Supporting walls, for example, can collapse. Or cracks might get so big they require a professional to fill them.

Get Up There and Clear the Gutters

Gutter problems can lead to a multitude of problems. As clogs and leaks worsen, the problems will spread throughout your home. The buildup of debris and leaves after a storm will prevent rainwater from draining correctly. You can further compromise the safety of your home by causing foundation and roof damage from a blocked gutter. The good news is that gutters are easy to clean. So check the weather, and before a storm, check that they are clear of debris, so drainage can occur. If any clogs are present, remove them after a storm when it is safe to do so.


Summer brings problems to your home. Summer storms can cause strong winds and lightning. You can protect your home with shutters and install surge protectors to avoid electrical issues.

Sarah x

Afraid of Getting a Pet? Here Are Some Considerations To Keep In Mind

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Getting a pet is something that can often transform your life in a positive way. However, it’s understandable if you might have some concerns about getting a pet. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the biggest considerations to keep in mind so that you can be fully prepared for what it means to have one in your home.

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Remember that pet ownership isn’t temporary

Owning a pet is something that will span anywhere from a few years to a lifetime. Dogs and cats can be pets that last anywhere up to 15 or more years, and even smaller pets can spend years of their life with you. There are many families that treat pets like objects which they own for just a couple of years because it’s a seasonal thing, and this is what leads many dogs, cats, and other pets to be abandoned.

Luckily, many of these pets are eventually adopted and will end up in loving homes with new families. However, many of these pets still go through the trauma of being abandoned and some of them will forever be changed. So try not to see a pet as just something that only lasts for a few years. Sometimes, they can be with you for an entire lifetime, and it’s best to prepare for future responsibilities.

Treating your pet to a good lifestyle

Many people believe that they can’t treat their pets to a good lifestyle because it’s either too expensive or too time-consuming. Sadly, this is true for the most part and having a pet means you should be doing everything you can to provide them with a comfortable life. Whether that means looking for luxury dog beds for sale, giving them healthy and nutritious food, or even just playing with them on a regular basis, it’s important to think about how you can better provide for your pet.

If you think that this is too much commitment then you may want to reconsider owning a pet. While it can be a lot of fun and will offer companionship, you need to think about the practicality of owning a pet and if you’re able to offer them a good lifestyle. Thankfully, this is usually true for larger pets such as cats and dogs, so there’s always the option of going for something that is less stressful to maintain such as fish.

Owning a pet can be expensive

If you’re thinking about owning a dog, a cat, or any other pet that requires quite a bit of maintenance and care, then you need to consider the expenses. Whether it’s buying food, veterinary fees, or even just paying for grooming, there are lots of different costs that you need to keep in mind and many of them aren’t exactly cheap.

If you currently aren’t in a good situation to pay for these expenses, then you may want to wait until you have more financial stability to get a pet. There are also less expensive pets to consider such as fish or even hamsters which don’t require as much investment.

Sarah x

Computer Security Is Everyone’s Concern – YOU Included

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Security services are more important than they ever have been; we are all surrounded by a lot of risks. For instance, everyone is at risk of a cyber attack, and this is just one of many forms of security breaches. From individuals who want to compromise an organization to people wanting to cause physical harm to others, there are many threats to different people and groups. Keeping that in mind, in this post we are going to take a look at some of the most popular security solutions required today. 

The Rise Of Cyber Security Services

There is only one place to begin, and this is with cyber security services, which are in high demand at present. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated by the day, and no one is immune to the threat of a cyber attack. From malware to a man in the middle attack, the threats are diverse. A lot of small business owners tend to think that it won’t happen to them, but hackers see small companies as a target for this very reason, as well as the fact that they don’t have the resources to invest in sophisticated security systems and personnel, so SMEs are increasingly targeted. As computer experts like Inside Tech will tell you, all businesses need to invest in cyber security training, especially when you consider the fact that a lot of attacks come from within because employees are not acting with the diligence they should be when using online services. However, security training courses are not enough, as you do need to have security software and strategies in place, and, therefore, you must invest in this area of your company to protect yourself. 

Pen testing is a popular service, which involves ethical hackers ‘hacking’ your account to discover where there are any vulnerabilities and weaknesses. They do this so that these vulnerabilities can be dealt with before a criminal hacker exploits them for real. Cyber security is something we all need to be aware of – even when you are using your personal computer at home to do a bit of shopping or surf the web.

Other Security Services For Businesses

There are many different security services that businesses of all sizes need to think about taking advantage of. One service that is exceptionally popular is security risk management, and this involves putting together strategies that are designed to ensure a business is in a position to handle any incidents that may come their way, which is vital in today’s ever-changing marketplace where there are many different risks. With a risk management strategy in place, companies can be responsive and adaptive to issues, ensuring that their brand, people and reputation are protected. This is something all companies need to concern themselves with, irrespective of their size or the industry they operate in. 

Aside from this, business intelligence solutions are highly sought after, and these involve providing the company with valuable insight, whether it’s about a potential partner or threats in a specific region. Due diligence checks are often carried out by security companies so that they can have all of the information they need before they sign an important contract. Nowadays, business is being conducted on an increasingly global scale, which is why international security services are required. If you are travelling to an unsafe or unfamiliar territory, it is worth using the services of a security company who can provide you with a thorough assessment of the risks while also providing the security personnel you need during your journey. 

Sarah x

The Relevance of Wholesale Boutique Clothing

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What is the purpose of purchasing from a wholesale clothing dealer like Dear-Lover instead of other sources? There are several benefits your retail business will receive by buying boutique items wholesale, including lower prices, easy inventory management, and more. Please keep reading to find out how Dear-Lover can help you manage your women’s clothing boutique with our high-quality products, including fashionable summer clothing, accessories, and lingerie.

Lower Prices

Purchasing your inventory from our wholesale website will enable you to find the lowest prices on the market. The significant discount comes from our clothes coming directly from the manufacturer, cutting all extra shipping costs and fees. In addition, we offer further discounts for our loyal customers, depending on how much you buy for your business needs.


When you purchase from our website, it’s easy to buy specific items in bulk. Buying in bulk offers price discounts that purchasing single products cannot match. In addition, shipping is cheaper when you order in size because your order will come in fewer packages, and you may be entitled to weight discounts.

Higher Quality

We purchase only high-quality fabrics, laces, and trims for all of our women’s clothing options from over 600 companies. Dear-lover ensures fine craftsmanship with each piece of clothing we offer, providing products that will last longer than other retail dealers. You can trust our products, as we have served over 15,000 other businesses worldwide to help grow their businesses.

When your clothing line is crafted from quality products, people will be willing to spend more. Our clothes will last longer than other options that are saturating the fashion market. Also, the resale value of our clothes will be higher than those of companies that use cheaper materials. Customers will pay higher prices if they know they’ll be able to get money back when they are done with clothing articles. Affordable clothing often ends up in landfills and doesn’t break down, hurting our planet.


More Choices

When you are looking to stock your women’s clothing boutique, you need to look at the latest fashion trends and the style you will sell. For example, you can choose which sizes, color, fabric, and style you’d like to trade in your shop. In addition, it’s essential to decide how you want to present your brand before you purchase from any wholesaler.

At Dear-Lover, we offer over 20,000 items that are organized for easy browsing. Our items are shown with complimentary articles that can also be purchased on our website, allowing you to mix and match your business’s perfect style. Also, check out our shoes and bags to pair with the latest outfits.

Easy to Purchase

Our website makes it easy to manage your business with just a few clicks. We offer quick deliveries, our products are always in stock, and we have friendly staff ready to help if you need it. So, whether you have a cute little local boutique, or prefer to run a popular online shop, let Dear-Lover help you with all your women’s clothing needs.

Sarah x