Style And Substance: A Luxe Yet Sustainable Bedroom In 3 Simple Steps

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Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a lovely time ,I’m back after the festive period with a brand new post all about the bedroom and how to make it luxe yet sustainable at the same time

Luxe style while being eco friendly? I hear you say! yes It is very possible!

Who doesn't want to upgrade their sleeping quarters into a luxury haven, perfect for relaxing? Of course, doing so in an eco-conscious and sustainable way can be tricky. After all, those cheap accessories and duvet set may seem like a bargain but they could be doing the environment untold harm. Luckily, there's a way to achieve a balance between style and substance in this area, and it is as simple as following the steps below. Read on to find out more.

Step 1: LED lights

One way to upgrade your bedroom space is to consider the lighting that you have in there. Sadly, most people just stick with the main central light and perhaps a bedside lamp for reading at a push. However, such a setup doesn't quite smack of the luxury edge that we are going for here.

To that end, why not move or add additional lighting features into your bedroom? You may wish to try a chandelier style feature, as they can add drama to a larger space. Alternatively, why not try lengthening the cable and changing the shade on a central light, as even such a simple change can make all the difference. Of course when it comes to being eco-friendly be sure that you are picking fittings that can be used with LED bulbs. The reason is that they use less electricity, and last way longer than the regular kind. Therefore even the most luxurious setup will be guaranteed to be as eco-friendly as possible.


Step 2: Bedding

No bedroom would be complete without the right bedding, and luxurious linens are a must if you are aiming to create a high-end space. You will have noticed too that it's even possible to get some soft and comfortable duvet covers and sheets without spending a fortune. However, it's crucial to remember that many of the cheaper mass produced items are made in a very environmentally irresponsible way.

That is why it is crucial that you research suitable bedding types like those made from Tencel fabric before you make your choice. Now, you may well be asking yourself what is Tencel bedding, especially if you haven't heard of it before. Well, it's a fabric that is not only soft on the skin and holds its colour for a long time but one that is also being manufactured sustainably. This is something that means by using it in your redecoration, you will know your bedroom will be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.


Step 3: Preloved and vintage items

Next, when it comes to decorating your room, there is no better way to achieve a luxury finish than to use vintage and antique furniture. After all, baroque carved wooden pieces in oak or gilded practically ooze luxe and are some of my favourite style of vintage furniture. Of course, by using pre-loved pieces either in their original state or restored and upcycled, you are choosing a much more eco-friendly option as well. This is because no additional energy or resources are needed to make such pieces, and as an added bonus you are preventing them from ending up in a landfill as well. Double win!

How would you add some eco luxe to your bedroom?

~E xx




Important Questions To Ask Yourself When Designing Your Home

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Continuing on the theme of posts bout the home, whether you’re thinking of giving your home a simple home decor makeover or you want to go all out and design a brand new one, asking yourself relevant questions is an absolute must if you want to get it right first time round. Listed below are some of the most important questions you should ask yourself as you design your home. Take a look:

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Is My Family Situation Likely To Change In The Next Few Years?

The most important thing you need to consider is whether your family situation is likely to change in the next few years. If you plan on having children, that will completely change the layout and design. However, if you already have children and they could move out, then that’s a whole different story altogether. Consider how your family may change so you can create a home that will suit all of your needs perfectly.


How Will We Most Use The Home?

Think about how you most use your home. If you like to cook with your family and eating is a big part of your bonding time, then you might want to create a kitchen that reflects this. Whether you love gardening, having film nights, playing games, etc, you will want to plan for your home to reflect these elements so that you can do what you love.


How Do We Want To Use Our Home?

Perhaps there are ways you want to use the home but haven’t been able to because it’s just not suitable. Maybe you want to plant fresh vegetables in your garden but you can't, because you haven’t got much of a garden or a suitable patch. You can plan for this in your new home design. Designing and making over your home is the perfect opportunity for you to use your home exactly as you have always wanted.


What Can We Do Ourselves And What Should We Bring In The Professionals To Do?

There are likely some things you can do yourself to your home design, for example, wallpapering, painting, and other simple tasks. However, when it comes to that bespoke kitchen design and installing important elements, you’re going to need the professionals on board. Doing some DIY on some of your projects can save you a lot of money, but make sure you’re confident in your abilities first.


What Style Inspiration Helps Serve As A Guide?

Style inspiration can serve as a guide to both you and any designers you’re working with. Creating a style board can help you to stay focused on the design you really want.


What Don’t You Like About Your Home Currently?

Making a list of the things that you don’t currently like about your home and what you can do to change those things or make them better is a good idea.


How Much Time And Energy Are You Willing To Invest In Designing And Maintaining Your Home?

It is a good idea to estimate and think about the time and energy you’re willing to put into designing, creating, and maintaining your dream home! You should also have a clear idea of what budget you have to work with.





Almond Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

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It’s been a while since I have written a recipe post and with Christmas just around the corner, the temperature dropping further still I thought it was time I did some baking. There’s no better way to get a sense of hygge or lagom than some good old fashioned baking! It fills the home with warmth and not forgetting the gorgeous aroma of baked goods that makes you feel so good inside.

It took a few tweaks to this recipe to make it work how I wanted it to but I think I finally nailed the ingredients and measurements. If you do try out this recipe do stop by and let me know how it went for you.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup Quinoa flour (or gluten free oat flour)

  • 3 /4 cup Almond flour

  • 2 tbsp Coconut palm sugar

  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup

  • 2 tbsp melted Coconut oil

  • 1 tbsp ground Cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp ground Nutmeg

  • 1 tsp Almond extract


METHOD

  • In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix

  • Add the liquid ingredients and mix until you have a dough consistency

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade

  • Roll out the cookie dough on a floured surface

  • cut out your cookies using your desired cookie cutter shape (I used festive reindeer ones)

  • Place your cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper

  • Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and set aside to cool

  • Enjoy your cookies with a lovely warm drink like a festive mulled wine or cider!

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Merry Christmas!


~E xx



Three Simple Ways to Add a Bit More Comfort & Luxury to Your Home Life

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When you think of home, hopefully you think of peace, comfort, and a little bit of luxury too. After all, life can be full of ups and downs, and moments of stress, tension, and hardship. Insofar as possible, our homes should be an oasis that shelters us from these storms.

If your home isn’t the kind of place where you can relax, unwind, and plan for the future with a positive mindset, then something’s got to change.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be too hard or complicated to introduce a bit more comfort and luxury to your home life. In fact, here are three simple and straightforward tips to get you started;

Get some cosy towels and loungewear

Have you ever noticed just how good you feel when you get out of a hot bath and wrap yourself up in hotel quality bath towels? Or when you put some high-quality loungewear that’s so soft you can barely believe it?

It’s a simple concept, but true, that things that come into direct contact with our skin can have a pretty dramatic impact on our overall wellbeing. In fact, one of the primary ways in which people frequently define “comfort” is in terms of the physical comfort that comes from such things as enjoying soft, pre-heated towels. So buy yourself some high-quality towels and clothes, and enjoy the sensation of just feeling like you’ve wrapped in warm clouds.

Invest in a slow cooker so that a delicious dinner is always waiting for you when you get home from work

If you live alone, or if you and your partner both work, it’s likely that you frequently have to deal with the unpleasant experience of arriving home from work, tired and starving, only to then have to rally the willpower and patience to spend a while preparing dinner. In fact, impatience with this state of affairs is a major reason why so many people indulge excessively in processed snacks and ready meals — they can be prepared in minutes in the microwave, or eaten straight from the wrapper, when you find yourself hungry and unwilling to wait before eating.

A slow cooker is an excellent way of solving this problem and adding a bit of luxury to your life, simultaneously. With a slow cooker, you can set up a meal to begin cooking before you go to work, leave it cooking throughout the day, and arrive home to a delicious, beautifully prepared meal.

Sign up to an audiobook service, so that you can hear uplifting stories while you cook, relax, and perform chores

It is likely that not too many people enjoy dealing with domestic chores, yet they are an unfortunate feature of everyday life.

You can, however, make these chores significantly less irritating — and in some cases even downright fun — by signing up to an audiobook service such as Audible, so that you can listen to great stories, or be exposed to interesting ideas or debates, while cleaning up the home.

Hopefully these tips help bring a little comfort and even a touch of luxury to your home life, what tips do you incorporate into your home to give a sense of comfort?

~E xx

Upgrading Your Home In A Few Steps

Following on from my home centred posts, I’ve decided to write about how to upgrade your home when the time for it arises. Home upgrades can come in all shapes and sizes. That’s part of what makes the process of upgrading and improving your home so daunting. However, the process of upgrading your home will be a lot less scary to you if the steps are planned out and you know how you want to approach it all. Read on now to find out which steps to take when you feel it’s time to upgrade your home.

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Identify the Main Problems

First of all, you should be clear about where you feel the main problems in your home lie. Do you not like how the rooms are laid out? Are you lacking space? Do you need another bedroom? There are so many potential problems in the home and only you can know what yours are because you’re the one who lives there. So be sure to identify them before deciding what to work on.

Secure the Money

Making upgrades to your home is not cheap, and you need to make sure that you have the money in place before you start work. There are options like secured loans online if you don’t have the money in your account to cover these upgrades. Just make sure you plan it out carefully and ensure you have the money in place before you start making big changes to your home.

Decide on the Right Upgrades

Now you can decide for sure what you want to do and how you’re going to tackle these home upgrades. Make sure that the things you want to do are going to either add real value to your home or significantly improve how you use the home from day to day. Those are the two things that tend to matter most to homeowners when they’re making changes.

Hire the Right Help

Hiring the right people to help you with these home upgrades is vital too. If you don’t do this, you will end up trying to take it all on by yourself and that will be risky. Many people think they know what they’re doing and believe they have the right skills, but when it comes down to it, they find that this is simply not true. So find people with skills and experience who you can trust.

Work Out How You’re Going to Live Around the Mess

Living around a messy situation in your home is not always easy, and things are almost certainly going to be messy if big home improvements are being carried out. You might have to change your routines somewhat. You might even want to stay somewhere else for a short while if it’s going to be very loud and messy in your home until the work is done.

When the time comes to upgrade your home and take it to a whole new level, it’s pretty exciting. It’s something that you want to make the most of and feel the benefits of for years to come. That’s why it would be good to approach it logically and follow the clear steps outlined above.

What steps would you take in upgrading your own home?



~E xx





Upgrading Your Family-Friendly Living Room

Having kids involves a lot of worthy sacrifices, one of which is often your home interiors. Unless you want to spend your life removing stains and dealing with scratches, then light coloured sofas and plush furniture are usually out. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a stylish, cosy living space, you just need to make a few changes so that the whole family can enjoy it together. Get some ideas for upgrading your family-friendly living room below.


Focus on creating space

As a family, your living room is the space where you will enjoy most of your time together, so it’s important that the room feels spacious and airy. There are several styling tricks you can use to make your living room look and feel bigger, including decorating with mirrors and using lighter colours to help the natural light to flood around the room. Your living room should be a clutter-free zone, so make sure everything has its place and that the kids have a box where they can put their toys away after they’re finished with them.

Make it easier to keep clean

A clean home takes work, but you can make it easier on yourself by making your living room easier to clean in the first place. Choose flooring that is easy to maintain like from Carpet One and avoid light colours if possible - pets, children and a cream carpet don’t mix! Greys and darker neutrals make fantastic flooring options that are easy to keep clean, or you can opt for a wooden or laminate floor instead. Furniture that is wipe-clean, and easy to dust will be a lot easier to maintain, giving your living room a Pinterest-worthy finish at all times.

Add warmth and cosiness

Your living room should be a place for the family to get together, to gather around the fireplace or watch TV together. A cosy living room features plenty of textiles, such as scatter cushions and throws, rugs and home accessories to create a warm and homely feeling. When the temperatures dip, a pair of heavy curtains will help keep the draught out, but will also help add that additional feeling of warmth. Changing your curtains and switching up your accessories is an affordable way to transform your living room without having to invest in brand new furniture or redecorating the walls.

Don’t completely sacrifice luxury

While you might want to think twice about investing in stylish, light furniture - that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a touch of luxury to your home. Think about the fabrics you choose and perhaps opt for darker colours that will be more forgiving to clumsy hands, and some lavish lighting that’s out of reach from curious fingers can also keep the luxury element in your living room. Find a compromise that allows you to enjoy the finer things while also accommodating the whole family - you’ll find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest and other online sources.

By upgrading your family-friendly living room, you can create a space that everyone can enjoy and look forward to coming home to. How will you transform your living room? Start looking for ideas today and enjoy creating a beautiful new living space for your home.