Amazing Accessories Your Home Needs Right Now

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If you are looking for ways to improve your home decor then there are many ways you can do this. You may have just moved into your new home and want to put your own stamp. You might have also lived there for some time and just want to update. If this is the case then we have the perfect list of accessories your home is in need of. 

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Cuddle Chair

The first on this awesome list of accessories is a cuddle chair. This is a wide, comfy swivel seat that is big enough for two people to enjoy. This is where the name cuddle seat comes from. If you do have one of these then you will need to have plenty of space available in your living room. Find the best supplier by reading reviews online, alternatively go and try some of these super luxurious seats out for yourself. You will certainly come home with one when you find the one you want. You might even be able to get a cuddle chair that matches your existing furniture. This will ensure that it doesn’t stand out and look odd when placed in the room. 

Dining Set 

If your home has a dining room then you might want to have a beautiful dining set for when you have dinner or when you have guests around. You always need a room that you can show off to your guests and a dining room is a perfect choice. You could invest in a gorgeous wooden or even marble dining table. The perfect partners to accompany your table are knocker chairs. These are big comfy chairs with a knocker handle on the back of them. They go well together and will make your dining room look like the best room in your home.

Rugs

If you have hardwood floors throughout your home then you might have noticed it gets pretty cold in your home, especially during the winter months. In order to avoid your home turning into a giant icicle, you could invest in some heavy-duty rugs to place around. This will not only keep the heat in but also make a room look comfy and inviting. If you are a fan of sitting on the floor to watch television or sorting the washing for example then having a rug will make it all the more comfier for you. You can even get rugs in all sorts of colors to make sure they match your walls and furniture. 

Mirrors

Another accessory that is a must in your home is mirrors. These are not always for vanity purposes believe it or not. If you have a particularly small room in your home, a strategically placed mirror can make that room look bigger. The ideal place for the mirror is opposite the door, this is because the door looks out into another room, this then reflects on the mirror making it seem like the room is enormous. You can even get pretty mirrors these days, with lights and crystals if that is your type of thing. Make sure you shop around for the best deal and never pay over the odds for a mirror.

Sarah x

How To Guide On Moving Out & Selling Up

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Have you been in talks and discussed the possibility of selling your current home and moving out. This may be due to a growing family or relocation for work purposes. There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to moving house, it is thought to be one of the most stressful events in your adult life. It can be even more difficult if you are moving with children. The guide below will give you lots of advice on how to make your move possible and how to get your home ready to sell. 

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New House

One of the very first things you should do when you decide to sell your current property is look for another one to move into. You may decide to rent for a little bit or buy another property straight away. You may already know what area you want to move to, so it is just a case of finding the right property for your needs.

There are several different types of property available for you to move into, these include apartments and houses. If you want to move into an apartment and you are in no rush to move then you should take a look at off the plan apartments. These are apartments that haven’t been built yet and you are just going off what they look like on paper. 

When you have sorted out where you are moving to and you are ready to get your current home sorted for a sale then there are several things to do. 

Clear The Junk

The first step in prepping your home for the market is to declutter and open up the space you have available. You should do this so when potential buyers come round they can see what space they have to play with. You are after all only selling the house, not your belongings in it. If potential buyers are not able to envision their own personal items within the property then they won’t want to put an offer in. 

To effectively declutter you should go to each room and sort your belongings into four piles. These consist of the items you want to keep, throw away, donate, and sell. It is always a good idea to have a yard or garage sale when you move out. This gives other people a chance to buy your items and for you to make some money. 

Deep, Thorough Clean

Finally, you should make sure that your home is in pristine condition for when you take photos for the listing. If you have all your belongings lying around and mess everywhere then the photos won’t do your home any justice. 

Make sure you clean every room and get into all the corners where dust and debris are notorious for collecting. If you have carpets then you should hoover these and if you can, shampoo them. This will get the ground in dirt up and your carpets as good as new. If you have hardwood flooring then you should sweep this, mop it, and then steam it to ensure all the dust and allergens have gone.

Sarah x

Home improvement projects to consider in spring

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If you’re looking for some affordable home improvement projects to tackle this spring, popcorn ceiling removal, flooring installation, kitchen and bathroom remodeling are all great options.

Popcorn ceilings were once a popular design element, but they’ve since fallen out of favor. If your home has popcorn ceilings, removing them can give your rooms a fresh, updated look. popcorn ceiling removal is also a relatively inexpensive project, making it a great option for budget-conscious homeowners. Popcorn ceiling removal is a relatively straightforward process that can be completed in just a few days. You’ll need to rent a popcorn ceiling removal machine, which is available at most hardware stores, and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the popcorn ceilings are gone, you’ll be amazed at how much brighter and more open your home feels.

Another option is to hire a local contractor to do it for you. They should always charge reasonable prices. If you live in a big city like Toronto, you can always trust Patch Dudes stucco ceiling removal process.

Another great home improvement project to consider this spring is flooring installation. If your floors are looking worn or dated, installing new flooring can give your whole home a facelift. There are many different types of flooring to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that fits your style and budget.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a more substantial home improvement project, kitchen remodeling is a great option. Kitchen remodels can be expensive, but they also have the potential to dramatically increase the value of your home. If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, a kitchen remodel is definitely worth considering.

If you’re looking to add value to your home, a bathroom remodel is always a good investment. Whether you’re doing a complete overhaul or just making some minor updates, this is one project that is sure to pay off. A bathroom remodel can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the scope of the project. Before you start planning, it’s important to set a realistic budget for your project. This will help you narrow down your options and make sure you don’t overspend.

Sarah x

The Best Questions to Ask When Shopping for a House

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When shopping around for a property, it can be hard to say no when you see one you fall in love with. But, unfortunately, there’s not much you can learn from looking at just the outside of a home. Even after a tour of the inside of the property, it can be difficult to get a clear reading on whether a home is perfect for you or not.

These are the best questions to ask when shopping for a home and why it’s important to ask them.

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What to Ask the Seller

Sellers can be a little cagey when talking about their selling properties. They want to sell it for as much as possible as quickly as possible, but it can be hard to buy a property without knowing a few things. Ask them about any flooding or fire damage that might have happened, ask if they like their neighbors, and ask if they feel safe walking the neighborhood at night.

Although these can seem obvious, or even like basic questions, they’ll tell you a lot about the property, the neighborhood, and why they’re giving up this awesome home. 

What to Ask Your Realtor

Your realtor is a professional whose job is to know everything about the property if you have questions, so you must get answers to your questions from them. For example, you should ask what steps to buy a house are the most expensive, what the property values in the area have looked like, and what you can do in a place like where the house is.

These will help you plan for a future where you may have to sell the home, will give you a chance to know what to expect in the buying process, and may allow you to better understand what life might be like if you live there.

What to Ask Yourself

The most important questions when buying a home are the questions you ask yourself. These are things like ‘how much can I afford and live comfortably’ so that you don’t buy a home that stretches you too thin, ‘how much space do I need now, and how much will I need in five to ten years?’ and of course: ‘would I be happy living here?’.  

These questions will have different answers depending on the homes you see, or the month you decide to start shopping, so don’t be afraid to change your answers down the line. Check-in with yourself occasionally and ensure this purchase is still something that excites you. If you’re buying the home with a romantic partner, ask them the same questions to gauge how they feel about it.

You Deserve the Property of Your Dreams

Whether this is the first home you’ll ever purchase, or it’s one of a long string of investment properties, be honest with your answers, and don’t be afraid to ask others these questions. They’ll all help you realize whether each property is going to be the one that’s worth it or if it’s just a home that you like the idea of.

Sarah x

5 Things That Bring Humidity Into Your Home This Winter

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Humidity increases dramatically during the winter months. The latest weather events have done nothing to improve the situation. Indeed, Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin have not only brought violent winds to the UK. Many regions have recorded high water levels, leading to flooded roads and stagnant puddles of rainwater in residential areas. 

But even if the storms didn’t affect your home, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned about high humidity levels. Many British homes struggle with mould growth, often in the bathroom or underneath the windows. But mould spores are only one of the many issues your household could face with excess humidity levels. Indeed, high moisture in the air can make it tough to heat your property, leading to high energy bills. Besides, moisture can affect your appliances, considerably reducing their lifespan and, therefore, driving your costs high. Yet, if you are going to win the battle about humidity inside your home, you need to figure out where it comes from. 

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Make roof maintenance a priority

Your roof is the ultimate protective shield against the elements. When it rains outside, the last thing you want is for the rain to find a way to infiltrate your property. That’s where roof maintenance can make a huge difference. Indeed, it’s a good idea to plan an annual check appointment to review the state of your roof and roof tiles. It’s much easier to damage a broken tile than to dry your under-roof area once the water found a passage through!

As part of roof checks, you need to schedule winter gutter maintenance to clear your gutter from debris and other obstacles that could clog it. A clogged gutter can’t evacuate rainwater safely, leading to wet patches on the external walls in the places where the gutter overflooded. These patches weaken the wall structure and create a porous path for water in the long term. 

Stove cooking

Britons prefer to cook in winter, favouring comfort recipes such as stew, homemade soups, and other one-pot wonders. Cooking on the stove in winter presents many advantages: Firstly, it helps increase the temperature inside your home, saving on heating costs. Secondly, homemade recipes bring warmth and comfort, keeping you warm too!

However, if you enjoy cooking, you want a reliable stove installed in your kitchen. Stovepipes and vents are essential to control temperature and prevent high humidity levels. Indeed, your stove vent must be able to capture steam as you cook. Failure to direct the steam outside your home will increase humidity levels. 

Hot baths

Can anything beat the comfort of a soothing hot bath after a long and tiring day? Taking a hot bath is more than an indulgence. It has many health and beauty advantages you can’t afford to neglect! Accordingly to psychologists, baths can reduce feelings of depression. After a hectic day, it’s the best thing to relax before sleep. Besides, a warm bath also boosts melatonin production, the sleeping hormones, which means you can enjoy a good night’s sleep! 

However, a hot bath increases moisture in the air. So, if you enjoy lounging in the water, you may want to ventilate your bathroom when you’re done. Bathroom ventilation systems tend to be used with showers, but most people forget to ventilate after a bath. Remember to ventilate thoroughly to ensure your home doesn’t take a bath at the same time!  

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Lack of natural ventilation

We’ve just mentioned ventilation at home. Bathrooms and kitchen should have their own ventilation systems as these areas are more likely to increase moisture levels. However, the human body creates moisture through breathing all the time. Can you dramatically change the air composition inside your home? Chances are your family can create enough humidity during the winter months.

Why does it happen? People tend to keep their windows shut in winter to prevent cold air from coming in. Unfortunately, you need to frequently renew the air inside your home to bring moisture levels down. Additionally, fresh air is easier to heat and circulate faster through your home. 

Decorative and soothing candles

Who doesn’t love cute candles in winter? Winter candles are a decoration must! They set the mood inside the lounge and the bedroom, creating a soothing source of light. For many people, the presence of candles gives the perception that the temperature is higher than it is, which is why they’re a favourite winter accessory. However, candles can also increase the humidity levels inside your home. Not all candles are made the same. Candles containing paraffin produce water vapour, which automatically increases the presence of moisture. Ideally, you want to use organic candles as they have a lower impact on humidity. 

Winter is a humid season in the UK, combining rain and snow. It makes no doubt the presence of puddles or snow around your property will affect humidity levels. However, maintenance and smart decisions can also help control moisture inside your home this winter.

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Homeware

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Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Homeware

Seekology – Perfect Chaos candle

£28 for a larger 280g candle

Hand poured luxury candles, made with natural essential oils and delivered with a sustainable sensibility. All their candles are gift boxed using kraft, recycled/ recyclable materials. This uplifting scent is evocative of a warm summer’s day. The trio of essential oils is the perfect blend to help destress, reduce anxiety and increase energy levels.

This is a really beautiful scent and I love the simplicity of the label.

Betsy Benn – Paint Chip Colour Swatch Wall Planner

£30

A colour filled wall planner to track your days and plan your life in a bright and beautiful style.

This amazing colour swatch wall planner / calendar is printed on four individual sheets of paper – and you can choose the size you want from either A3 or A2. Each sheet displays three months of the year, so Jan-Mar, Apr-June, July-Sept, Oct-Dec. So you can either display one sheet at a time or all four for the whole year, depending on your preference or available wall space.

This will look amazing up on the way ready for next years planning.

Cutch Company – Cutch Edition No 25 Siberian Spruce, Fir Needle, and Oak Moss 200g Scented Candle

£25

A unique blend of Siberian spruce and evergreen fir needles fall onto a forest floor of oak moss, cedar, and sandalwood. A mere whisper of a bergamot breeze blows an airy freshness to the hearty notes of balsam, cashmere, and Tonka bean. Light to create the aroma reminiscent of a freshly cut Christmas tree and relax and enjoy the season.

Top Note: Bergamot

Heart Notes: Cashmere, Tonka Bean, Fir Needle, and Balsam

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Oak Moss and Cedarwood

A really lovely festive scent in a Christmas green jar this is perfect.

Asda Photo – Bordered Collage Custom Colour

£22

I am always impressed by the quality of Asda canvases and had this one made of our cats when they were kittens. We have a lot of things from Asda around the house as they are so easy to create online and are always priced reasonably.

Asda Photo – Personalised Full Photo China Mug

£10

The delicate porcelain mug is a personal and unique gift for yourself or a loved one. Your image is centrally placed covering a wide area for maximum personalisation, allowing you to make the most of a favourite image, or message via text.

Why not create a really unique and fun gift for someone special? Pair this mug with our personalised coasters to make a really unique and fun gift for someone special!

Outlandish Creations – Sweet lips mug

£30

London Ceramics Co create personalised teapots, cups and mugs. You can pick from any of their designs to personalise with whatever colours or text you want or you can contact them to have something special designed. They also have a company called Outlandish Creations which create slightly ruder more verbal designs.

I love how many different designs they have to pick from and how you can pretty much create anything you like. The quality of the printing is amazing and it is so professional. I love how clear the text is and also how bold the colour of the flowers are.

Twoodle Co – Deck The Halls candle and scented ornament gift set

£40

They have paired their Deck The Halls Scented Ornament withthe 25 hour candle, presented in a luxury kraft brown gift box. The Hemp Wax Deck The Halls Scented Candle is made with a blend of Pine, Peppermint, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Clove, Cedarwood essential oils and unique British hemp wax. Hemp Wax burns 2-3 times longer than soy. The small votive candles are lovingly handmade in their London Shoreditch store.

Essential Oils: Pine, Peppermint, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Clove, Cedarwood.

Scent feeling: a nostalgic feeling of the festivities to come.

Scent description: The welcoming warmth of pine. The crisp peppermint of candy canes, sweet citrusy dried tangerine, along with carefully tied pouches of spice, adorn the branches of your Christmas Tree. This is what Christmas means to so many of us and will bring back your favourite memories of Yuletide.

I love the scent of this and the ornament is so cute and such a different idea.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x