Simple Ways To Vamp Up Your Living Room

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One of the greatest joys of homeownership is the fact that you are able to decorate your home and make it look and feel exactly how you want. Being able to put a personal stamp on your living space is always great and breathes life into an otherwise empty canvas. 

Today we want to talk about the living room – the heating heart of the home – and some of the ways you can make it pop this year. Challenge yourself to revamp and add some extra touches to your living room and reap the benefits of a fresh, open space. 

A fresh feature wall 

A simple way to spruce up any room of the house without spending a ton of money is to create a feature wall to show some colour. Choosing a colour or a patterned wallpaper for one wall of your home is a good way to bring some life into the room and add a feature without spending money on paint or paper for a whole room which can often be costly. Usually a feature wall will go on the wall of the room where the TV or fireplace is, to really bring out the spirit of a space. 

A painted ceiling 

Sometimes the biggest challenge of changing your living room is trying to make a small space look larger. If you have a fairly small living room it can be difficult to find ways to make the space look inviting, but there are some clever ways to bring the illusion of size to the room. One such example of this is to paint the ceiling a bright colour and leave walls plain. The reason you want to do this is to bring attention upwards when people enter the room and create the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is. This is a clever trick and can really make a difference to your home this year. 

A sofa with legs 

Another brilliant way to bring some life to a room when you have a smaller space is to have a sofa that has legs. The sofa is arguably one of the most important features of a living room and one with legs will bring a touch of class and modern feel to the space. By having a sofa with legs you’ll be able to see underneath and this creates more space in the room. You can also choose a brightly coloured sofa which will be a fun addition to the room. 

A new TV

The TV is the heart of a living room and most of us sit down in the evenings in front of the TV to enjoy some relaxation time with our families. If you really want to upgrade your living room this year it might be a good idea for you to buy a brand new TV to hang on the wall. Mounting your TV is always a good idea because it brings the height of the screen higher and will also allow you to save floor space and use it for something else. 

A stunning light fixture 

Lighting is a key element to the design of every room and it is important to invest in good lighting to set your room up just right. If you currently have an old fashioned brass or gold light fitting on the ceiling the best thing you can do to change the feeling of the room is upgrade it to something new. A simple sleek chrome piece can look amazing, or maybe even some spaced out LED spotlights can make a difference. Choose a light fitting that works with the overall design of the room and it will make a positive impact on the space. 

Some greenery 

Bringing the outdoors in is always a brilliant way to soften the colour palette of the living room and bring some texture to the room. You can use a deliver plant service to bring some fun and unique houseplants into your living room that you may not have even heard of. It is important always to consider greenery for your interior design because it adds depth and can really tie a room together. Plus, green goes with absolutely everything so this is a huge plus! 

Some colourful artwork 

If you have a large wall space that is blank and in need of some love, one brilliant thing for you to do today is hang a piece of art. Artwork from stunning paintings to photographs can tie a room together and help you really show off the theme of your design. For example if you have a simple colour palette of white, green and pink – you may find a stunning floral piece that really sets this off and brings it all together. Artwork can also be fun; and a movie poster or TV show piece can be a great way to bring out the geek in you and bring some personality to the room. 

Vertical shelving 

One of the simple ways to make a difference in your living room this winter is to use vertical shelving to save space on the floor. If you are looking for a change to the dynamic of your room this year; consider swapping your regular shelving for vertical storage that also creates a lovely feature in the room. You can store things such as books, candles, DVDs and ornaments on these shelves and bring some more colour and texture to your room. 

A creative corner 

If you are creative and you love to paint, read, write or anything else – creating a small creative corner of your room is a great idea. For example you could consider creating a book nook in the corner of the room with a big cosy chair, blankets and a bookshelf. You could have a desk with painting supplies and other items, or you could make absolutely anything you like. Bringing some of your hobbies into the living room can be a good way to make a difference to the design and enjoy a more fun multipurpose living room.  

Sarah x

Organii

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Organii is a brand that I am a massive fan of anyway, I have tried so many of their products before abs always been really impressed so was excited to try their two newest products.

All Organii products are free from SLS, Parabens, Phthaltes, Silicone, Mineral Oils and have not been tested on animals and are vegan.

Hand gel

The hand gel contains alcohol to kill bacteria, as well as aloe vera and tea tree for added benefits. Aloe vera is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and is excellent at hydrating and moisturising the skin, which makes this a very appropriate ingredient in hand sanitiser as often using too much can dry out your hands.

Benefits of this hand gel:

  • Helps kill germs
  • Effective cleanser
  • Doesn’t dry your hands out
  • Moisturising and hydrating ingredients
  • Quickly Absorbs without feeling sticky
  • A little goes a long way
  • Handbag size
  • Natural Ingredients

Surface spray

I think this is great to keep in your handbag or pocket to carry around with you as we are all using hand gels for our hands but surfaces can often be neglected. If you are using a door that other people have touched without clean hands then a spray like this is ideal to use before touching the door handle! It is also perfect fo using on the handles of shopping trolleys.

The natural formula of this surface cleaner includes alcohol and organic tea tree oil and is tough on killing germs. Tea Tree Essential Oil has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

Benefits of the surface spray:

  • Helps Kill Germs
  • On-the-go cleaning
  • Small size

Do you carry around a surface spray as well as hand gel?

Sarah x

Freedom Chocolate

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Freedom Chocolate hand crafts luxury artisan chocolate that happens to be Vegan & Multi Allergy Friendly, Our ingredients are ethically sourced and we use eco friendly packaging.

The Independent included them in their Best Vegan Bars in January!

Christmas Indulgence Box

£17.95

This box contains 8 x 30g bars

2 each of Gingerbread, Peppermint Mocha, Mulled Wine Spice and Cranberry & Orange.

They are individually wrapped so could be given as a whole of split up to give to a few different people as gifts or to keep a couple for yourself!

It’s nice to be able to get luxurious chocolate that is vegan and allergy friendly as it can often be hard to find different flavours and types of chocolate if you have a dairy allergy as free from products are usually just dark chocolate with no flavour.

I really like the simple packaging of these and how they show they are vegan and free from on the bottom as well as clearly showing the flavour.

Usually vegan chocolate tastes slightly different to what I regularly eat but I was so impressed with these, you wouldn’t even know they were free from or vegan as they just taste like really nice posh chocolate!

The range of flavours in the Christmas box is unique and I am surprised how much ai enjoyed the mulled wine one! They also do lots of other regular flavours which you can buy in mini or full sized bars but being November these are ideal for Christmas as it’s soon creeping up on us!

My favourite had to be the peppermint mocha as I love anything minty and think this sums up Christmas really well. I also really enjoyed the cranberry and orange and really want to try their mylk orange one as well.

The box would be great to treat a loved one to whether they are vegan or not and you could get it shipped straight to them as we are all limiting who we see next month in the UK due to covid lockdown. It’s great that you can buy treat boxes like this and send to someone without having to leave the house!

What type of chocolate reminds you of Christmas?

Sarah x

WooWoo

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WooWoo is a British health, self care and pleasure brand made by women for women. Their range of natural, paraben free products have quietly been gathering cult status and a loyal fan club of beauty fans across the UK.

Tame it! Hair removal

Their hair removal cream is specifically designed to be gentle to use in your intimate area and is so easy to quick to use in the bath or shower. It leaves your skin smooth and soft as well as being hair free and doesn’t irritate at all!

Saddle sore! Soothing balm

This balm is great to apply after shaving to help protect the area. It’s easy to use and helps to soothe any sore areas after shaving. It keeps the skin moisturised and creates a barrier to protect it.

Cranberry wipes

These effectively do the same job as an intimate wash but are a lot easier to use on the go! These are great to pop in your bag and use as needed. I think something like this is great to use when you are on your period and want to freshen up down there. You can also get the wipes in chamomile and aloe vera scent.

You have to be careful what products you use on intimate areas so it’s important you only use things specifically designs for that area of the body.

Have you heard of this brand?

Sarah x

Five Things To Do To Challenge Yourself

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We are here to live our lives as well as we can, but often, we slip into a rut of boredom and worry. It’s perfectly normal to have dips in life: after all, it cannot be exciting all the time! The thing is, there are days where you will want to challenge yourself and go a little further to feel like you are living life to the fullest. The challenges we give ourselves make us feel more confident, more alive, because we have achieved something that we set out to do.

If we allow our anxiety to immobilize us and let us down, it’s very easy to decide that we are not worthy of achieving any of the challenges to which we set. Ships are safe when they are in the docks, but that’s not where ships were supposed to be, are they? So, don’t allow your ship to be still when you should be riding oceans and exploring. You can challenge yourself and let go of the insecurities that you feel at long last. Below, we have five things that you could do to challenge yourself at last!

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1 – Create Something New. We can build and make and our creative process is there to help us to feel as if we’ve achieved something. Creating something new can help you to feel like you are worthy of life. It can be anything from creating a brand new cake to creating a plan to live your life by – creativity is a must if you want to feel good!

2 – Push Your Boundaries. One of life’s biggest challenges is in pushing the boundaries of what you are comfortable to do. If you haven’t ever done the 3-peaks challenge, schedule yourself onto the next available one. If you haven’t ever sailed on a ship before, book a mini cruise or a ferry across waters. Pushing your boundaries can help you to achieve so much more than you would ever do in life!

3 – Listen Intently. It’s so hard to listen to people without giving them your advice. You want to help and solve problems, but sometimes people just need an ear to be able to vent. Sometimes, unsolicited advice can feel like judgement and you want to avoid judging your friends.

4 – Say No Without Guilt. You cannot pour from an empty cup, and that means that you should say no to those who don’t bring you joy. Saying no shouldn’t make you feel guilty and it should instead make you feel empowered.

5 – Do Something New. It doesn’t matter what it is, you need to do something new. It can be as small as trying prawns when you’ve always turned your nose up at seafood. It can be something as big as selling your house and travelling across the world. No matter what, you need to do something new to challenge yourself to face the unknown. By taking the time to challenge yourself, you can finally start to bloom into the person you want to be.

Sarah x