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Three Uncommon Suggestions For Improving Your Wellbeing


You hear a lot of tips and suggestions on how best to boost your overall sense of wellbeing these days, and that isn’t too surprising. Although our modern lives are chock-full of luxuries which would have been difficult to even imagine for people living in the recent past, surveys keep reporting that many of us are chronically stressed and dissatisfied in life more, in fact, than we’ve been in decades.

There’s just something about the pace of life these days or certain aspects of the cultures we inhabit or the technologies we use that seems to contribute significantly to stress. Often tips on how to boost your wellbeing will focus on things like being compassionate to yourself. That’s certainly important, but it may not be the whole picture.

Here are a few other less-commonly-heard factors in boosting your wellbeing;

Imbalance is possible in any domain of life

It’s important to take pride in your appearance and to do what you can to enjoy a baseline level of comfort and relaxation in your everyday routine. This doesn’t even have to be too complicated. Buy moisturizer and apply it each evening, have some comfortable pyjamas to settle into in the evening, and you’re on the right track. Keep in mind that imbalance is possible in any area of life, and will always negatively impact your wellbeing. It’s certainly bad to keep your nose to the grindstone too much and never catch a break, but it’s also deadening to the soul to just lounge around and watch TV during all of your free hours. Strive for balance in every area of your life. When you find it, it should feel just right.

If you feel helpless and down, working on developing your discipline, structure and purpose could be key

Feelings of helplessness and fatalism may well be caused, or at least, reinforced, by the fact that you take too much of an undisciplined, unstructured, or unaccountable approach towards your life. In order to actually achieve your dreams — whatever they may be — or even just feel capable and on top of things in your day-to-day life, it’s important to have a certain degree of self-discipline developed. Part of this goes back to the point on balance. You can be too rigid, definitely. But you can also be too unstructured.

Facing up to your own dark side can be important in helping you to move towards a more light-filled life

In recent times, a fair number of people have been rediscovering an old idea in psychology — which is that we all have truly dark and horrible capabilities and tendencies inside us that we try to hide from our conscious awareness. Books like “Dark Side of the Light Chasers” hint at the idea that people who try excessively hard to only ever acknowledge the light within themselves, can be setting themselves up for serious problems, temper problems, and even violent and destructive outbursts, down the line.

Facing up to your own dark side and acknowledging it’s there but not letting it rule you can be very important in coming to terms with yourself, and in taking a healthy path through life. Keeping that side in the shadows on the other hand, can really eat away at your wellbeing.

Home Improvement Hacks To Incorporate Right Now


Modern homeowners are spoilt for choice these days when it comes to improving their properties and making their homes better. There are a lot of issues you need to keep in mind when you assess how to approach your home. You have a lot of things you need to keep in mind, and there are plenty of hacks that you can use to make the home better.

There are a lot of reasons people might have for home improvement work, and often this can be for the purpose of adding value to the home and making it more of an investment. There are loads of different ideas you have to keep in mind that are going to help you to improve your home and change the way it comes across to people. These hacks will allow you to make the most of the property, as well as adding value in the process.


The biggest Twat of making a difference when renovating your home is to make sure you modernise it. There are a lot of things that can make a difference to the property, but updating it will no doubt have the biggest impact. This means you need to make sure you change the decor, as well as looking at places like Tap Warehouse to get all the latest fixtures and fittings. There are a lot of ways of doing this, and choosing a hardwood interior is going to be one of the best.

Make the Garden Shine

There are not many parts of your property that can have a greater impact on the future than your garden. This is really important to get right because it can have such a massive effect on the way the home is perceived, and the visual aesthetic as well. Come up with ideas that are going to allow you to improve and enhance the garden as best you can. Make it as neat, tidy, and presentable as possible, and do what you can to boost your outside space.

Budget Properly

Budgeting for your home improvements is so important because the costs can mount up if you are not careful. The best approach to take is to sit down and work out the costs of making changes as best you can. There are so many different things that you will need to pay for, but, if you can budget effectively for the future, you will be well-placed when trying to fund changes and improvements in your home.

Go Green

There are a lot of things that you need to know about when it comes to improving your property. Going green is one of the best approaches to take if you want to improve the home and make it better. This is an excellent way of making the home more efficient, as well as helping the environment and making your property more appealing at the same time.

There are a lot of things you need to make sure you sort out as much as you can. If you are sensible about it, you can really make the most of these changes. This is going to help you improve the home and increase the value of the property as a result. You need to make sure you are sensible about the changes you make, as well as looking at what can have the best long-term effects.

How to Achieve a Light & Minimalist Home Aesthetic

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A lot of people want their homes to feel lighter and more open, but it’s not always easy to work out how to make that happen. With more and more people turning to minimalism, it’s worth thinking about how you can get this right and achieve that coveted minimalist aesthetic. It is all about letting in the light and not letting your material possessions get in the way of things. If you’re ready to make some changes to your home and push things in a positive direction, you’re in the right place. I’ll walk you through all of the changes, big and small, that you can implement in your home to make it lighter, more attractive and more minimalist than it is right now. Read on below to find out more;

Declutter First

The very first thing you should do is take the time to properly and completely declutter your home. This will allow you to get rid of any of the things in your home space that you really don’t need and don’t want anymore. You can’t really achieve a minimalist aesthetic in your home if it’s full of clutter. So do what you can to get rid of the things that you don’t feel add anything to the space. It’s a big task and getting rid of things you’ve had for a long time can be tough, but it’ll be worth it.

Rethink the Window Dressings

One thing that will have a big impact on how light your home feels is what you have on your windows. If you have a lot of window dressings that are bulky, thick and generally over the top, you will find that they block light from entering the room through the window, even when the curtains are not closed. You should consider a switch to blinds or thinner window dressings in order to help as much light as possible flow into the home via the windows.

Choose a Simple and Unified Colour Scheme

Having a colour scheme that’s simple and unified makes a huge difference. Of course, if you’re trying to make the space feel lighter, you’ll need to choose light colours for the colour scheme. A lot of people looking for that minimalist feel simply choose white as the main colour and then choose one or two other colours for the highlights and accents in the room. These provide that pop of color that are even more effective due to the otherwise white surroundings.

Install Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are great for homes that need that extra light. So if you want to break down the barriers between your indoor and outdoor spaces, this is the solution you’ve been looking for. There are plenty of types of sliding doors out there that you can browse and explore. They all share common features though; they offer a lot of glass through which light can pass into the home and they’re great for connecting your home to the garden. Install them or rent a place that has some as soon as you get the chance to.

Be Critical of Your Furniture Choices

If you have a lot of furniture items in your home already, you might want to think about streamlining and only retaining the ones that really add something to your home and that you love. Being critical of your furniture choices and getting rid of items that don’t fit into the new aesthetic you’re trying to achieve is essential. When you’re looking to take a minimalist approach, you can’t really afford to keep hold of everything because it is simply not realistic to.

Emphasize Clean Lines and Surfaces

One of the things that’s important to both clean lines and plenty of reflected light is clean lines. They emphasize your space and make rooms feel more open. You should do what you can to make sure you’re able to keep surfaces tidy and organized. You don’t want every surface in your home to be filled with items and possessions that are not really adding anything to the space at all. Place a big focus on clean lines and clean surfaces if you possibly can.


Don’t Fear Empty Spaces

Anyone who really wants to embrace a minimalist approach to their home has to come to the realization that there is nothing to fear in empty spaces. If you’re going to get this right, you need to make the most of emptiness and not give in to the temptation to fill it. Sometimes, you just need to let those empty spaces exist and enjoy what they bring to the home. Not everything has to be used as a space to display your possessions.

Use Simple Objects to Devastating Effect

When you do use possessions and objects in your home, you should use them to a devastating effect! A large part of this is about using them sparingly so that the things you do choose to display have more of an impact and are more noticeable. Think about the color, meaning and size of objects and how they relate to the space in which you’re placing them. All of these things matter when you’re looking to perfect a minimalist home design.

Discard Any Duplicates You Might Have

One final thing you can do is get rid of anything that you feel does the same thing as another item you possess. Discarding duplicates is not necessarily just about getting rid of items that are exactly the same as each other. It’s also about getting rid of things that fulfill the same role. If you have one item acting as a focal point in a room, do you really need another one that’s kind of doing the same thing?

When you put these ideas into practice, you will create a minimalist, stylish and light home that you enjoy spending time in. It doesn’t take too much effort to get this right, and you don’t even have to get it all done in one go. Instead, you can implement these ideas over time and work towards the outcome you’re looking for.

~E xx

Dealing With The Winter Blues

The festive period is well and truly behind us and all of a sudden it’s back to reality. The weather is still bleak and cold at least here in the UK it is! My mind turns to ways that you can deal with the post festive slump also known as the January blues. We all need some encouragement at this time of year whether that is to stick to resolutions or goals or just to get through each day during winter. Below are some suggestions that just might make the season that much more bearable;

  • Dust off those hobbies: you know those hobbies that you had and probably dropped?! Now is the time to pick them back up again, not only will it keep you busy, it is good for mental health and will give you a sense of achievement.

  • Read books: Yes getting stuck into a good book that you enjoy can give you new lease of life. Perhaps pick a comedy or a light hearted subject or maybe something that you wish to learn more about.

  • Socialise with friends: Although the introvert like me thrives in their own company without a problem, at this time of year it’s still nice to socialise with close friends and family. It may be a bit of a mission to meet up physically due to weather constraints this doesn’t mean you can’t make use of modern technology to communicate with loved ones. Pick up that phone, email, FaceTime or even make use of social media to keep in touch you’ll feel a lot better for it.

  • Get cosy: It definitely is time to get your hygge or lagom on, light those non-toxic candles or put on a diffuser, snuggle under some huge fluffy blankets. Baking is also a great way to get cosy as it fills your home with a desirable aroma and you get to eat some healthy and tasty treats when it’s done too.

  • Watch a movie / Listen to music: There’s nothing quite like watching an uplifting movie or listening to some of your fave music to get you in a good mood.

  • Make plans: Sometimes making plans for the future is a good way to lift your spirits whether it’s a lovely sun kissed holiday away or along term goal of yours that you want to achieve, making plans and taking steps towards the end result is always a satisfying thing.

    what are some ways you deal with post Christmas and New Years and winter blues?

~E xx

A Look At The Most Popular Living Room Designs

No one can deny it - some interior design themes are just more loved than others, and if you’re someone who’s looking to revamp the theme of their living room for the new year, you are probably going to want to know what they are.

Whether you want to jump in on the bandwagon because you’re looking to dress your living space up, or you want to avoid any hint of what is most widely used out there in terms of interior design, this post is here to help you out. Don’t worry, you won’t have to sit through reams and reams of what people love the most about what their living room looks like , here are just a couple of the most popular design choices out there;

The Minimalist Look

Minimalism has been popular ever since the 60s, and it’s something a lot of people swear by these days to make sure your life is uncluttered and free as a bird. But it’s a style that takes a lot of crafting and careful planning to get into, thus it might just be a little more stressful to implement than you want in your new living room design.

But with simple block colours, you can create a great backdrop for situating any kind of furniture up against, especially some simple pieces like leather sofas and beanbag arm chairs. It can be a comfy yet spacious area to relax in, and gives you a nice sense of personal space you can fill up and have complete control over.

Sprinkling Some Oak In


Oak furniture and some accompanying wood panelling is an age old style design that a lot people swear by, seeing as it helps to keep your house cool in summer and warm during the winter. Not to mention the abundance of oak living room furniture there is out there! It’s a very accessible design anyone can get interested in.

Although too much wood can make the room seem a lot smaller and quite cluttered, also if you’re a fan of the contemporary, this isn’t the style for you. The coffee table would look good made of sheer oak with a nice varnish, but anything more than that and you’ll just overwhelm the space you live in.

The Trip Back in Time

If you are someone who always likes ducking in and out of vintage shops and retro stores, then perhaps a living room layout that reflects the values and styles of a time gone by is one for you. The Victorian era and the 1950s seem to be the most popular periods that people try to recreate, just without all of the dangerous materials present in both! You can even have a different era design for every room you walk into - 70s in the bedroom, 90s in the kitchen etc.

There’s quite a few popular designs out there, just make sure you’re picking and mixing together the ones you love the best.

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


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