Small But Perfectly Formed: Making Limited Spaces Beautiful

The old saying goes “it’s not the size that counts, it’s what you do with it”, and we all know what that phrase is about… Interior decoration! While many of us fantasize about owning a vast mansion that’s elegantly furnished and bedecked with gorgeous thing, it’s important to love every inch of the space you’re in, from a five bedroom house in the hills to a petite studio apartment. Rising property prices are keeping more and more of us from having a significant space to call our own.

If your home is limited in size, then it’s important to make the most of the space you have. From making the most of a small kitchen to making a tiny garden in a windowbox, there are a great many gorgeous, space saving solutions to making your house or apartment feel spacious and luxurious.

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A place that’s just for you

Summer’s here and while it can be a beautiful time of the year it also means hot, sweaty bus and train rides, and hours spent in cramped offices with bad air conditioning. Your home should be a bright, breezy place to relax and unwind after this, so if your living space is dark, cramped and cluttered then it’s time to refresh your living room for summer.

You should be able to throw on some music while reading a book and sipping an iced caramel macchiato in blissful surroundings free of the oppression that can be caused by cluttered or overly busy living spaces.

Even if you have a very limited space, it may come as a surprise how easily you can create a feeling of spaciousness without needing more actual space.

Here are some easy ways in which you can do this:

  • Keep your walls bright and neutrally colored.
  • Keep your wall art bold but restrained. You should be able to see lots of blank wall.
  • Maximize your window-space by replacing heavy drapes with blinds of bifolds.
  • Lay out your furniture according to the room’s layout, matching the corners and agles for optimum free space.
  • Now’s the time to purge your home of clutter and remove anything you no longer need or want. You may need to be uncomfortably ruthless if you or your partner are natural hoarders. If you still have a chipped coffee mug from 1994 taking up valuable space in your cabinet, it needs to go!

Compartmentalize

You might think that open plan is the way to go, but dividing your space into separate ‘zones’ can really help you to maximise whatever space you have available to you. Each zone should be associated with a specific activity (e.g.. sleeping, eating, working, relaxing), which will give a feeling of separate “rooms”.

Marvelous mirrors

If you’re working with limited space then the strategic placement of mirrors is a must. Not only do they create an impression of depth, they also reflect light which will be extremely helpful in creating an airy, spacious feeling.

Nothing says ‘home’ like a houseplant

What better way to brighten up your home and make it feel more open than by opening it up to a little piece of nature? Houseplants breathe out oxygen; literally making the space airier. They also bring a wonderfully calm, serene presence into your home.

Great Deals for @SamsungUS Appliances at @BestBuy Sale Till 4/4/17 #bbyremodeling

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Receive from 5% to 30% savings off major appliances from @SamsungUS at Best Buy until 4/4. You can also receive an additional $100 gift card if two of your major appliances total at least $1,500 on a single receipt. Review the disclaimer before checking out. Upgrading and remodeling can be financially draining, but if you take the opportunity of buying through the Remodeling Sales Event of Best Buy, you can save a hefty sum.Dept4_Samsung_Transitional_Kitchen_NoExpIf you have been saving up for Samsung appliances and you know you are a little short, this may be the time to make your dream come true. For example, the French Door Refrigerator, sku 4278201, is an option that can save you more than $500! It has a FlexZone drawer with four different temp settings, a food showcase door that leaves guessing what’s in there without letting the cool air out and you can have your filtered drinking water without opening the door. It has an alarm if you accidentally leave the door open. It also has a child lock to prevent unwanted entry.4278201_I21dDo you love to cook? The Samsung Convection Range with sku 9542043 is self-cleaning. You can prepare multiple dishes all at the same time using up to five burners. The convection feature allows for baking and broiling with better results because the fan system distributes heat equally allowing for faster cooking times. With the storage drawer, you can keep the pots and pans using the drawer below. You can save $100 off this impressive range. If you take advantage of the Samsung Bundle & Save, you will receive an additional 10% discount for a select Samsung four-piece kitchen package which also ends 4/4.NX58J5600SGMake sure to check the disclaimer for this offer. There are other items you can check out as well. Start saving with your #bbyremodeling because this is only two of the many items that are on sale at Best Buy.

The Best Way to Disinfect Your Home is w/ SteamMachine Model 53

How can you do deep cleaning in your home without using chemicals? Use the SteamMachine Model 53 which you can get from homeright.com! It is lightweight and comes with different nozzles and other attachments for specific cleaning purposes. It uses steam to clean and it cleans so well that bacteria and germs die, like salmonella, e-coli and staph.

The dirtiest place in your home you may be thinking about is your toilet and kitchen. You can get that soap gunk out of your bathtub and bathroom glass door. Get that grime out of every nook and cranny on your tile floor and toilet seat. The dirt that hardens around your faucets and shower heads and around the walls and mirror are great target areas. Your kitchen sink, counter top and even your dirtiest oven that you hate to clean is easy with this serious dirt dissolver.Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 3.26.30 PMNo need to hire a regular window cleaner as this will be easy for you to do with this machine. Your outdoor areas can benefit too, like your patio. If you barbecue, no more problem cleaning the grill as it will just be a steam clean away. You can even remove wallpaper with it!  No chemicals, no germs, no bacteria.  To learn more about this awesome cleaning steam machine, check out HomeRight.com so you can have the truly clean house you deserve.

Be Alarmed By Your Home Security: How To Keep Your Family Safe

No matter where we go, we are bombarded with safety products, adverts and flyers: and for good reason. Safety covers pretty much every aspect of our lives and when we don’t pay attention to the world around us, we are no longer safe. When you find out that you are pregnant, you get that overwhelming feeling of needing to protect the tiny little life growing inside you. Every fibre of your being switches onto motherhood. It’s a primal urge to fight for your young and this is a feeling that every mother reading this will know doesn’t ever go away.

 

That protection stretches even further when the baby arrives. You secure them into prams, slings, cots, car seats, highchairs: all number of products aimed at keeping your children safe. You switch on the baby monitor and breathing mat (if you have it) aiming to prevent SIDS. Safety locks on the refrigerator, socket covers on the plugs, helmets when they ride their bikes. There are all these safety features that are part of childhood and part of parenthood that you simply wouldn’t be without.

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Safety for your children is second nature from the moment the stick goes positive, so it makes good sense to have the ultimate safety of yourself and your house. People don’t think about home security until it’s too late. The importance of home security is often overlooked due to an attitude that assumes that because a neighbourhood is quiet, safety is the prize. It’s not. Your own safety, the safety of your belongings and that of your family is in your own hands and if you choose naivety you could regret it later.

Insurance for life and for the home and contents is quite standard these days as is purchasing and setting up the correct house alarm. Finding which type of home security is right for you can be a little confusing, especially if you haven’t thought about it before. Reading up product testimonials on websites like alarm-reviews.net/vivint-reviews/ can help you to make a decision that can mean the difference between your house being covered in the event of a break in, and devastation if it happened.

One of the biggest things you can do to keep your family safe is to keep any holidays and any expensive household items off social media. It’s a big part of our lives and it’s also one of the most popular ways for thieves to see what we have on offer. The internet has a lot to answer for and even though you can find fantastic articles about home safety and the safety of our children, it’s like window shopping for burglars. Why give them the satisfaction?

Take time to make your home and yourself as safe as you would make the children you have. It’s time not wasted and this way, you can go on holiday in the secure knowledge that your home is still as protected as if you were in it.

Five Ways To Create A Perfect Bedroom For Your Son

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Go For Soothing Colours

Although your child’s bedroom is often a place where he’ll play and have a lot of fun, you also need to make sure that it’s an area where he can relax and get to sleep easily at night. It’s important that you paint it a soothing colour that will help him to chill out in the evenings. He might love red but it’s the colour of passion and anger – instead, go for pale blue or green, or any other soothing natural colour.

Add Natural Light

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Make sure that you open his blinds or curtains every morning to let natural sunlight pour into the room. Not only will this stop your son from getting a vitamin D deficiency – who wants to leave the house this time of year really? – but it’ll also help to warm up and light the room, thereby helping to lower your energy bills! Just make sure that the cord for the blinds can’t be reached by your son, because that’s a potentially very risky situation. You should also replace any regular light bulbs with LED ones. This is great for the environment, and they’ll be great for your bank account too as they use less energy and need to be replaced less often.

Ask Him What He Wants

Make sure that you keep communicating with your son and asking him exactly what he wants from his new room. Obviously you won’t be able to accommodate all his requests but some of them might be very manageable. One way to help kids grow up is to allow them to make their own decisions and to see that their opinions and words matter and that they can have an effect. Take him out with you to choose the paint colours

Make It Fun And Quirky

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You probably want to make it into the perfect space for your son, so why not splash out on some interesting, quirky items to go in there? Look for interestingly shaped rugs to go on the floor – just make sure they’re firmly secured so they don’t get tripped over! You could also check out Cuckooland’s collection of kids’ beds, which includes bunk beds shaped like buses and race car toddler beds. Just make sure you don’t end up buying one for yourself too – it might seem like a great idea to begin with, and they are incredibly cool, but bunk beds shaped like a space ship might not turn out to be very romantic for you and your spouse.

Add Different Sections

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Consider what exactly your son wants to use his bedroom for and decorate accordingly. Add a well-lit section where he can focus on his homework as well as a chill-out zone with a beanbag near his books. If he’s a fan of Lego or railways, make sure there’s plenty of floor space where he can indulge his favourite activities, and you could even add a seating area if he’s sociable and likes to invite his friends over. Remember that the best bedroom of all is one that you’ve personalised as much as you can.