Freshen up your home for summer!

Freshen up your home for summer!

The warm weather has started and summer is upon us, so why not give your home a refresh for the upcoming summer months!

Brighten up

Adding bright colours to your home will instantly put you into a summery mood. Swap your current cushions and home accessories for something more colourful. Hanging up vibrant art work will help to brighten up your home, as will using floral and leafy patterns. Make your home even brighter by strategically placing mirrors around your home, which creates the illusion of a more open space.

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Bring the outside inside

A great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Greenery in your home not only looks nice, it helps to improve your wellbeing. Read our previous blog for loads of indoor garden tips. If you don’t fancy having real plants indoors, opt for fake ones or decorate with floral patterned accessories.

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Garden makeover

Summer is the perfect time to get out in your garden or balcony. If you haven’t grown your garden already, you can buy potted plants and flowers to scatter around your garden or hang off your balcony. If you have grass areas, now is the time to make sure they are neat and mowed, as you’ll be wanting to sit outside more in the warm weather! Create a relaxing outdoor space with seating, and hang up fairy lights to create the perfect mood for evenings outside.

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Defrost and a clear-out your freezer ready for more delicious summer treats. Stock up on summer necessities including sunscreen and after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Be ready for spontaneous days out by keeping picnic blankets, beach towels and sports equipment/games in your storage cupboards. Summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

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Top summer 2017 decor trends

Bright green was named the colour of 2017, and its the perfect colour for summer! Butterfly prints are also a big thing this summer, so get in on the trend by purchasing some butterfly print accessories for your home. Along with butterflies, any kind of tropical prints are a must have this season. Don’t be afraid to mix clashing prints either, its one of the top looks of the year! Rose gold was the big thing of last year, but this year its all about bronze.

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And when you’ve done all this hard work, why not treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party in your newly refreshed home!

Decorating on a budget!

Decorating on a budget!

Decorating your home is one of those tasks that often gets left behind and forgotten due to other priorities demanding your attention, and money! But it IS possible to decorate your home on a budget, just read our list of tips!Decor4

You don’t have to buy all the most expensive decorations; look through second-hand shops, vintage stores and independent boutiques for cheaper and unique items. High street budget stores have also started to do much more stylish and better quality home decor, such as Primark, Wilko and Home Bargains. You can also find new furniture cheap at scrapyards and give them a makeover, or even auction houses.

If you’re just wanting to give your home an upgrade, there’s no need to be buying big, expensive pieces of furniture. Update your home with accessories such as cushions, throws and rugs which are much cheaper. And if you’re furniture is in a good condition but you’re just a little bored of it, give it a revamp with some paint or new upholsteryDecor5! Upcycling old items and repurposing furniture is a great way to make use of something old to decorate your home.

Some decorating can even be done for free! Take a look at what you already have and see if anything can be changed around; simply rearranging things in a room can give it a new lease of life! Also try going through all your old stuff, you never know what you might find in the depths of your storage that can be brought back out. And instead of keeping your belongings hidden behind cupboards, have them out on display as decorations; you could do this with mugs, books or pretty perfume bottles.

Decor3Getting creative can also be a great way to decorate your home on a budget. Instead of buying pictures or artwork to hang up, cut eye-catching pictures out of magazines and put them up using colour Washi tape (a great idea for not leaving marks in a rental home). Personal touches in your home are the best kind; print a load of photos of family and friends and create a collage with them. Use your imagination and pretty much anything can be turned into decor; used jam jars, cereal boxes, wooden crates, the list is endless! Try using nature as well; we’re not saying go steal flowers from someones garden, but pick up things such as shells from the beach, fallen leaves and branches, flowers, acorns and pine cones, which can make great decorations for your home.

If you do have a bit of money to spend, there are budget-friendly items you can buy to decorate your home. Mirrors create dimension in your home as well as acting as a decoration and making your space look even bigger. Big, patterned wall canvases are a great affordable way to brighten up your walls, especially living in a rented home. Try switching out your lamp shade Decor2covers to something a little brighter, and hang up strings of fairy lights for a warmer, more romantic feel. Buying potted plants for your home is also a great idea as they are cheap, add life to your home, and are even good for your health as they purify the air and make us feel happier!

Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Crafts and upcycling are those trends you always want to try, but seem far too difficult, and you’re sure you’d end up with a paper mache mess or missing a finger. Well we have some super simple upcycling ideas to ease you into the world of crafts and DIY, all you need is a little imagination. Want to get the kids involved in crafting? We also have some fun Easter craft ideas as well- something for all ages!

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Mason-Jar-Topiary-TreesDIY-Glitter-Mason-Jar-TutorialDream-JarDecorate used mason jars- transform them into holders for pens or makeup brushes, pop in a candle, grow indoor plants, or use at as a dreamTin can upcycle jar.

Repurpose old tin cans- by punch htin can lanternoles into them (be careful!) in patterns, then pop in a candle or fairy lights to create cute DIY lanterns.

melted bead sun catchersMelted bead sun catchers- simply layer small colourful, plastic beads into cake pans, melt in the oven for 20 minutes, let them cool then flip out, drill a hole at the top and tie up with string! So easy yet so pretty.organize-with-cereal-boxes.jpg11

Reuse cereal boxes- decorate with patterned wrapping paper and turn them into magazine and mail holders, makeup and stationary organisers, and even drawwhisk-candle-holderers to hold jewellery!

Whisk candle holder- all you have to do is pop in a candle and hang upsidedown! So simple. You could always add a bit of paint to make it more colourful

Put old books to good use- cabook cardsn’t bear to throw books away? Use the pagbook candleses to make unique decorations, homemade cards, candle holders, and transform book covers as a cover for your tablet.Map-Rosette

Do the same with old maps- turMap-Photo-Framen into decorations, cover bowls and candle holders, or even create your own unique photos and wall art.

Don’t throw away worn out furniture- or be put off buying second-hand, everything canUpcycled ladder be spruced up with a little TLC. A great idea is to decorate an old step ladder and use as shelves!

WaBulb vasent a quirky way to display flowers? – turn an old light bulb into an unusual vase; different and free!

Read our next post for fun kids Easter crafts…