Keeping Your Silver Antiques On Display In Your Home

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When you are passionate about something, such as collecting antique silver, you will want to have it on display so that you can always enjoy your collection. There are many ways that you can display your silver antiques, depending on what type of items they are, and how much space you have available. If silver antiques are a big part of your life, below are some tips to help you display them appropriately in your home that will show off your passion in a tasteful way.

Silver On The Mantle

If you have a mantlepiece in your home, you can use this to display some of the antique silver items that you have collected over the years. If you happen to have a pair of silver candlesticks, you can have these on your mantle which can also be handy if your power goes off as you always know where the candles are. Popular antique silver sets include silver photo frames, and these can also be displayed on your mantle with pictures of your family or loved ones. You can also have silver ornaments placed tastefully around your fireplace and mantle, making sure not to put anything directly in front of the fire.

A Cabinet Full Of Silver

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If you have cabinets in your home with glass doors, you can also use these to display your silver antiques, and there is a wide variety of vintage silverware for sale online that you can have in your cabinet. You can place your silver tea set, coffee pot, or serving dishes on display in your wooden cabinet and take them out to use when needed. Your display cabinet is another place that you can also display miscellaneous silver decor, and a significant benefit with them being in a cabinet is that they will require less dusting than if placed on your mantle or by your fire.

A Dressing Table Adorned With Silver

You can also display some of your silver items on your dressing table, which is the perfect location for an antique vanity mirror. You can also add a silver hairbrush and other personal grooming items and display these in your room. The beauty of this is that you can display beautiful antique silver items that still have a practical use, ensuring that you get the most out of your purchases. As well as grooming items, you can also add an antique silver photo frame to the dressing table and enjoy pictures of the people that you love while showing off your favourite collectables.

Displaying Silver On Your Sideboard

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If you have a large old house with a big kitchen, there is a chance you may have a sideboard, which is also an excellent place for you to display some of your silver antiques. You can have silver serving sets on display, silver coasters, silver jugs, or even silver plates. If you look hard enough there is somewhere in your home that is suitable to display your silver antiques, so you can enjoy them in your home and share them with those who come to visit.

Sarah x

Annual Home Maintenance Tasks Should Never Be Skipped

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Most of us are pretty good at keeping up with the day-to-day needs of our homes, and are good are remembering to have a good declutter when it’s time for a Spring clean. What are harder to remember are the annual tasks that only need doing once a year. Here are some of the tasks that should be done every year to keep your house in good condition. 

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1 – Check your exterior drainage. Does rainwater flow away from the house? Puddles shouldn’t stand around the home for more than a day. If water stays put or drains towards the house, there might be a problem. Check your gutters for broken pieces or parts that need cleaning. Water sitting on the lawn could be a sign that there is a problem with septic tanks.

2 – Clean out gutters. Gutters can get clogged with leaves, causing poor drainage. Have them cleaned so water can flow freely and drain as it should. 

3 – Clear and repair the deck or patio. Before the summer, have the deck or patio properly cleaned. This is often enough to get it looking good again, but you might find some repairs that need doing. Fix any loose slabs or rotten wood. The deck may need resealing to keep it in good condition. 

4 – Get the chimney cleaned. If you have one, it should be cleaned once a year to prevent soot from building up and causing it to smoke into the room. Some people think Spring is the best time for this task, whereas others say Fall. Either is fine. Just get it done. 

5 – Get your heating system ready for winter. As winter gets closer, make sure your system is ready to be used. Check for any gaps in windows and doors where heat could escape and get them blocked back up. Make sure that any heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture. Have your furnace serviced and inspected annually, or every other year. 

6 – Test your electricity. Be very careful when working with electricity. There are some things that you can do, but some things should only be done by a professional. You can spend some time checking that all your outlets work, but if you find any that don’t, don’t try and rewire them by yourself. Call an electrician. 

7 – Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows. Make sure they’re all working, not stiff, and repair any that aren’t. 

8 – Check handles and knobs. Go through the house checking handles and knobs on doors, cabinets, and furniture. If any have loose screws, tighten them up again. 

9 – Clear dead plants and shrubs from the house. In the Spring, look over the garden and find anything dead. Remove it, as plants can easily get into cracks and holes in the outside of the home, causing damage, leaks, and other problems. Dead plants near the house can also attract mice and other rodents looking for somewhere warm to live. Don’t offer them a route into your home.  

Sarah x

What To Include In Your Kitchen Makeover

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One of the busiest areas of our homes is the kitchen, and it gets a lot of foot traffic, and people spend a lot of time in this part of our homes. As such, you will want to make sure that you have a well-designed kitchen that matches all your requirements, which can help to turn your house into your dream home.

If you are looking to redesign your kitchen and give it a makeover, below are some tips to help you get started.

The Perfect Kitchen Counter

One of the first things that you notice when you walk into a kitchen is the cupboards and the countertops, and these can have a dramatic impact on the overall aesthetics. When choosing a counter for your kitchen, you will want to ensure that you select a material that not only looks great when it is installed, but it will still be looking excellent in five years. You will want to choose a hard-wearing material that is also easy to clean. Whether you are looking for concrete, marble, or timber benchtops Melbourne homes have, there aremany options available. With a search of the internet, you can find a quality supplier offering your perfect counter at a reasonable price.

An Island Paradise

It is becoming increasingly popular for people to add islands to their kitchen, if they have space available, and it goes a long way to creating an appealing design, as well as also being practical. You can also add some of your kitchen appliances to the island if you want. Many people opt to add cookers and hobs, sinks, and washing machines to their island.

Choosing Practical Materials

As well as making your kitchen look beautiful, you will also want to choose materials that are practical for the busiest room in your home. Your kitchen will take a lot of abuse over the years, so you will want to make it as easy as possible to keep it clean. Choosing materials that look fantastic and can be cleaned with ease will go a long way to help you fall in love with your new kitchen and may also encourage you to spend more time in this room.

Use Your Space Wisely


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Unless you are living in a massive mansion, you may have limited space in your kitchen, and as such, you will need to plan your kitchen carefully so that you can maximise the useable area. One way that you can do this without a lot of fuss is by using the services of a professional design company. You can let them know what features you are looking for in your new kitchen as well as your preference of materials. They can help design the perfect kitchen for you and help to add your unique stamp to it.

If you are planning to renovate your kitchen and turn it into a showcase area of your home, you can get plenty of inspiration online at websites such as Pinterest. Work out what you want and then consult with expert kitchen designers. You can soon be enjoying your dream kitchen and make it the envy of your neighbours.

Sarah x

How to Declutter Your Home & Adopt A Minimalist Style

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Over many months and years, it’s easy to accrue a lot of ‘stuff’ inside your home. Whether you have a thing for furniture, an eye for artwork or a simple inability to throw stuff away, your home can easily become overrun with bits and bobs that don’t really serve a purpose. Figuring out how you can declutter your home to achieve a blank slate needn’t be as difficult as you might think, as it needn’t be a huge project as you may initially imagine it to be. So, if you would like to find more about how you can adopt more of a minimalistic design and atmosphere inside your home, then read on to uncover some of the best top tips and tricks that you can make the most of today!

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Start Sorting 

Sorting through your stuff is the first place to start, as you need to identify which items can be sold, thrown away, or kept. Creating these three piles should help you to achieve a little organisation, and you can begin to get rid of the items that you no longer need. It’s easy to arrange same-day rubbish removal, so just make a pile of all of the stuff you would like to get rid of and call the professionals to ensure it’s disposed of correctly. If you’re able to find a large amount of furniture, decor and other appliances that can be sold, you can create a page on an auction website and post your prices. The keep pile should be the smallest out of all 3, and you must be very strict whenever you place something inside. Consider how often you use the item, how much you spent on it, and how much personal or emotional value it holds. 

Adopting Minimalism 

A minimalistic design maintains clean lines, little colour, and very few patterns or prints. It’s about keeping things basic and simple, with few distractions and no overpowering features that can make the space feel smaller and more claustrophobic. There’s so much information available that explains exactly how you can achieve a minimalist style inside your home, with inspirational design just a few clicks away. Each home will be different, so don’t try and aim for an unachievable goal of all white walls and floors if you have brickwork and wood. Just try your best to incorporate these features into your design plan, and utilise the shades as your chosen colour palette to abide by minimalist guidelines. 

Decluttering your home and replacing the chaos with a minimalist interior design style has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the top tips and tricks detailed above. Don’t be afraid to experiment to find the best unique look and feel for your property, as each home is different and requires its own personal touches to meet your expectations. Getting rid of lots of your stuff can be tough, but with the option of selling to make a profit, you can make the experience seem more whorthile. 

Sarah x

Limiting the Stress That Homeownership Can Bring

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It’s a great achievement, owning a home, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always a walk in the park. It can be stressful. Indeed, there are times when it feels like your house is causing you nothing but stress! However, while a house can bring stress into your life, it’s not as if you just need to accept it as a fact of life. There are things you can to limit the stress that you feel. In this blog, we’re going to look at four essential steps that’ll put you back in control.

 

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Learn the Basics of DIY

There are big problems that can cause you to feel stressed, such as, say, a burst pipe. When that happens, you’ll call out an expert to fix the problem for you. There are smaller issues that can cause stress, too, however. If your home has multiple small problems, to the point where the quality of the home has been compromised, then it’ll be understandable if you feel a little stressed. If you learn the basics of DIY, then you can handle the problems as and when they arise — you’ll feel better knowing that you can keep your home in tip-top condition.

Create a Schedule 

A dirty home will always cause us stress! They do say that our surroundings have a big impact on our state of mind, after all. If you’re in a dirty, unkempt home, then you’ll struggle to feel at your best. Our homes usually become a little dirty not by design, but because we’ve just been busy and it slipped our minds. One way to get around this is to create a cleaning schedule; it’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but will ensure you stay on top of the cleanliness.

When You’re Travelling

You might love your home when you’re there, but what about when you’re travelling? Knowing that we’re not there can cause us stress, and that’s the same as whether we’ve rented out our property to other people or it’s left empty. These days, there is plenty of tech that can help to give you peace of mind when you’re abroad. If you’re renting your property to others, then find out more about the service that Minut provides; it’ll allow you to know all the key details of what’s going on inside your property, even when you’re not there. If no-one is staying in your home, then make sure it’s fully secure by upgrading the front door, and perhaps consider investing in a video doorbell too. 

Limit the Costs 

If there’s one thing that can compromise the enjoyment of our homes, and make the stress levels rise, then it’s the expensive cost. It’s not cheap to own a home! However, there are things you can do that’ll keep the costs to a minimum. By making a concentrated effort to reduce expenses, you could find that you save around 20% or more on the cost of your home — and that can make a big difference. 

Sarah x