The Pros and Cons of Open-Plan Living

Open-plan living is the perfect way to combine a kitchen, with other rooms and the garden to create one large multi-functional and light-filled space. Lately open-plan living has become a popular option when redesigning and configuring a new kitchen design. There are a great number of advantages, including increasing the value to your home.

The pros and cons of open plan living

Did you know that research conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents revealed that opening up space, and kitchen renovations are within the top four home improvements that will increase value to a property?

In last year’s UK Houzz Report, which is based on survey results from the Houzz community, 54% of homeowners were making their kitchens more open to other rooms, with 35% knocking down walls and opening up space completely.

In a recent Houzz poll, which asked, “Yay or Nay to Open-plan Kitchens?”, the result was overwhelmingly in favour of the idea, with 840 voting “yay” to 230 voting “nay”.

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Should You Bring More of the Outdoors Inside?

If your home is feeling a little bland and drab, it’s up to you to make big changes. The best way to combat that issue is to bring the outdoors inside your home. It will give your home a more natural and airy kind of feeling, and you won’t be stuck in that drab rut that you previously were stuck in. There’s something refreshing about having a more natural feel to your home, so explore the options if you never have before. Read on to get some ideas you could use.

Should You Bring More of the Outdoors Inside

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Use Flooring That’s Completely Natural

There are lots of flooring options that contain no unnatural materials, and these are the options you should be looking at if you want to make your home more natural and green. It’s better for the environment if you choose this option, and it will benefit your home too. There’s something about natural flooring, whether it’s hardwood or bamboo, that makes it really appealing.

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Interior Design Trends for 2018

Are you thinking about what the interior design trends for 2018 are? With Spring on the horizon, (she says when we are in the middle of The Beast from the East!) it’s time to think about those spring cleaning jobs. Like sprucing up the house and planning in time to redo those areas that need attention. You may be thinking of replacing your kitchen or flooring, or even redoing the bathroom. Browsing the web for creative inspiration is a good place to start.

Interior Design Trends 2018

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Lots of luxurious textures, and bright tones are big this coming year. Including glittery golds, ice-cream pastel shades and zingy colour pop colours.

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Fabric vs Faux Leather for your Living Room

When choosing your living room furniture have you thought about going with faux leather instead of the normal fabrics? Since moving into our new house last Summer I’m still debating on fabrics for the sofas. Plus I’m sure my husband would love a recliner to kick back and relax in.

In fact my mum is currently looking at reclining chairs for my elderly father. She only told me this yesterday as he needs a comfortable chair to sit in to ease his aches and pains. So I mentioned to her about Fenetic Wellbeing, who I’m working with on this post to highlight the pros of faux leather recliners. While browsing through reclining chairs with her online it seems that when it comes to style, practicality and durability faux leather seems to be a number one choice.

Fabric vs faux leather reclining chairs

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Tips on how to get your home ready for Christmas

How are you getting your home ready for Christmas?

Don’t deny it — you want an Instagrammable home for Christmas — and we do, too. This time of year proves to be the perfect opportunity to show off your perfectly decorated home to all of your followers, and create the ultimate Christmassy feed that will look aesthetically pleasing on your profile at the same time. But for those with a home that’s just not up to scratch this Christmas, we’ve teamed up with Oldrids & Downtown, provider of bedroom furniture, to give you a guide on how you can change your interior design and make it more magical for the festive season!

How to make your home ready for Christmas

The living room

This is arguably the most important room in the home when it comes to Christmas time. In here, you will be propping up your Christmas tree and flooding your sofa with seasonal cushions and throws. But there are some top tips and tricks you need to know to make your home more visually pleasing for the festive season.

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Arty Apple Personalised Wall Art Review & Giveaway

We left all of baby girls wall stickers on her old bedroom wall in our old house as they were too hard to get off without damaging the paintwork. So this is the perfect opportunity to have a hunt around for some new artwork and prints for her bedroom walls, and we have been very lucky in that Arty Apple came along and offered up a review of a product on her site we knew exactly what to choose – personalised wall art.

Girls Nursery Owl Print from Arty Apple

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