As you all know, interior design is something I quite enjoy obsessing over. I think that we should all have some fun and make our houses look as amazing as can be. Not only does this make them more fashionable and luxurious, it usually means they’re better to live in too! There’s lots of interior design advice out there, but I find a lot of it tends to be relating to lovely, huge houses and apartments. If, like me, you live in a city like London it’s likely that you live in a home with a slightly smaller square footage! Therefore it’s important to make your small space feel bigger, airy and as bright as possible.

 

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These tips revolve around making every room in your house feel a lot bigger, without doing any rigorous building work. You don’t need to knock down your walls, but you will have to use them very cleverly. You see, your walls play a huge role in how a room looks and feels. Sometimes they can almost close in on a room and make it a lot smaller and darker than it might be. But, when you play your cards right, you can use your walls to open up every room and make it feel more spacious.

How? Well, I’m glad you asked as I have two simple and easy tips right here:

Fit Things Against Your Walls
An easy way to make a room feel more spacious is by ensuring a lot of the furniture goes up against the walls, this way everything seems more streamlined and takes up less space. The key is ensuring you use furniture that actually looks good against the wall and won’t stick out like a sore thumb. As you can see here www.thelongeststay.com/designer-furniture/cabinets-sideboards/designer-sideboards, there are plenty of side boards you can get your hands on that are tailor-made to go up against your walls. The benefit of furniture like this is that you don’t clog up space in the middle of the room. It’s a great alternative to having, say, a coffee table in the middle of your living room. You’ve got something to rest books on and other small ornaments, but a simple change in placement makes the room appear much bigger.

Use Mirrors To Give The Illusion Of Space
This is an old favourite. Mirrors have long been a great way to give the illusion of a spacious room. They’re perhaps most effective in the bathroom as you can hang huge mirrors on your walls and make even the tiniest bathroom look spacious. You’ll notice here https://www.homify.co.uk/rooms/bathroom that almost all the bathroom designs do just that. It can be incredibly effective as a lot of people don’t have large bathrooms. The bigger the mirror, the greater the effect will be. Also, you could use smaller mirrors in other rooms to help create the same spacious effect. I like to have mirrored wardrobe doors on my wardrobes to help my bedroom appear bigger and brighter.

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You might think these two tips will hardly make a difference, but you need to see it to believe it. Swap out certain pieces of furniture for items that fit nicely against your wall to free up space in the centre of your rooms. Try and use mirrors in areas of your home where they’ll look good such as the bathroom or hallways to give the illusion of space in confined areas and also brighten the room by reflecting the light. By paying attention to your walls, you can have a far more spacious home without having to extend it or do any meaningful renovations. Walls are really versatile in terms of design and used correctly can be a real space saver.

**This post was written in collaboration with homeware and furniture brands**

 

Want your home to have the wow factor? Maybe you want to impress guests, or perhaps you just want a stunning, opulent space to enjoy in your own time. Most of us would love to live in a huge mansion, kitted out with the most beautiful decor if we had the choice, but that’s not to say you can’t have a lovely home if you’re not a millionaire. You can bring a touch of luxury to any space, and if you go about it in the right way, you’ll spend far less than you might think. Even if you live in a small city apartment like me, it is possible to get the home you love without it costing the earth. Here are some ideas to consider:


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Shop Sales
One of the best ways to snag great quality items at discounted prices is wait until sales are being run. End of line furniture is often massively reduced meaning you can save hundreds if you buy at the right time. This chesterfield leather sofa sale for example has up to thirty percent off which can mean over £500 savings on some pieces. If you know you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture, don’t just run out and buy the first thing that catches your eye. Follow your favourite furniture shops on social media, so you’ll be the first to hear about any sales, and keep an eye out for discounts. This allows you to fill your home with beautiful things but spending a fraction of what they originally cost.


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Scour Second Hand Finds
Furniture tends to be sturdily built, and a lot of pieces can last many lifetimes especially those made from solid wood. But people of course replace them far sooner than this. For this reason, it means you can often get hold of fantastic second hand pieces for next to nothing. Sure, some might need updating with a coat of paint and some new handles, but up-cycling can be good fun! Charity shops and car boot fairs are amazing for finding furniture and household decor gems. You might even get lucky and find someone selling designer or high-end furniture that’s nearly new for reduced costs; perhaps due to moving house and no longer having the space, or just because they fancied a change. Either way, it’s far cheaper than buying new. Plus recycling like this is good for the environment, and you get a beautiful piece for your home without breaking the bank.


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Mix and Match High and Low End
You can still achieve a luxurious looking home without spending a fortune on every item. You could buy an expensive sofa and accessorise with inexpensive cushions and rugs- that way they could be replaced easily later down the line if you want to switch up your room. You could buy an expensive dining table but with inexpensive, on- trend chairs. You could save on your bed frame but invest in a great mattress and beautiful bedding. There is literally so much choice on the high street in terms of home accessories, decor and bedding. Don’t be afraid to search places like Etsy and eBay for unique yet inexpensive items. You will find that sometimes you can find pieces that look like they cost far more than they did if you search carefully. Price is not always a reflection of good quality.


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How would you go about adding a touch of luxury to your home without breaking the bank?

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Hey lovelies! I don't know about you but my home is my sanctuary, particularly my bedroom! For me, it has to be a place where I can relax and forget about the day. Bedrooms are supposed to be relaxing sanctuaries where one goes to rest and revitalize oneself, and there are few things more relaxing than nature, so why not combine the two to create a bedroom that is truly a sanctuary for you?

Here are some natural bedroom ideas that will help you relax and regain balance:

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Natural Colours

If you do nothing else, taking out the overwhelming colours from your bedroom and replacing them with the colours, you’ll find in nature, like browns, greens, tans, rich reds and warm greys will have an instant calming effect that will help you wind down at the end of a busy day.

 

Natural Fabrics

Natural fabrics like cotton and bamboo not only look closer to nature than their man-made fabrics, but they also feel a lot more natural too. This is especially important when you’re choosing bed sheets because they will be in contact with your skin for at least 8 hours every night. However, you should also look at purchasing a mattress which has been made from natural materials. Vi-spring beds, for example, are stuffed with horsehair and wool, and that makes them a lot more comfortable. Combined with a natural wood or bamboo bed frame, they will give you a naturally comfy place to rest your head.

 

Plants and Flowers

What could be more natural than plants and flowers? Bringing some greenery into the bedroom will not only calm you down and put you at ease but if you choose the right plants, they will also filter the air, so that you aren’t breathing in so many pollutants. Having plants in my bedroom is one of my favourite ways to feel truly surrounded by nature – even in London!

As well as bringing live plants and flowers into the bedroom, choosing fabrics, bedding and wallpapers which feature botanical motifs is a  great way to get the natural look indoors.

 

Wool Rugs

Everyone hates that moment when they step onto a stone cold floor in the morning. It’s a real shock to the system, but it’s one that’s easily avoided by investing in a couple of natural rugs and placing them on either side of the bed.

 

Face the Window

If privacy isn’t an issue and you have a nice view, moving your bed so that it faces the window is the best way to bring nature into your bedroom. Waking up seeing the sun rising or the birds in the trees will give you a real boost, as will gazing at the stars as you drift off into slumber.

 

Natural Accessories

No bedroom is complete without a few choice accessories to add interest, but instead of heading to Ikea and picking up a few manmade pieces, why not head to the beach and collect rocks and shells instead? Arrange them on your dressing table for a taste of the beach in your bedroom.

If you can’t get to the beach, start collecting sticks, acorns and moss, which when delicately arranged and wrapped with fairy lights can make a unique centrepiece for the dressing table that will immediately trigger your relaxation response.


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Once you’ve brought nature to the bedroom, I think you’ll notice that you feel a whole lot calmer at home. I hope you find these tips useful!

How do you make your bedroom a relaxing sanctuary?

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Good morning! I hope you are having a great week so far. If you’re week is not going so great then not to worry! Today I’m going to share with you my favourite hobby right now for relaxing and getting a bit of “me time”; mindfulness colouring. “Colouring for Grown Ups” burst onto the scene early last year and became the latest gift-giving craze. I would hazard a guess that the vast majority of these books are currently tucked up safely in a drawer or under a pile of papers somewhere. After all – who has time for colouring in alongside work, blogging, family, friends, exercise, hobbies, reading and everything else that we are trying to fit into our lives?!

If this is you I would urge you to dig out said book and start colouring in! Trust me. It’s such a good way to de-stress and unwind after the working day. I generally do a short burst of about fifteen minutes every day when I get in to help me to switch off my work head and get ready to enjoy my evening.  It’s also great because it doesn’t take much concentration and you can really let yourself get lost in it. I even find it takes less “brain power” than curling up with a book.

And the range of colouring books you can get on the market is insane! There are literally stacks of stunningly designs; my examples below are from the Under the Sea version but I’ve seen ones with Woodlands, Fairytale and Seasonal themes. For my designs I choose to keep them quite intricate and use a mixture of colouring pencil, fine liner pens and thin felt tips – but that’s the beauty of it; it’s yours so you can make it however you want. So get creative! I honestly believe that a bit of creativity every day is seriously good for us. Drawing isn’t for everyone but literally anyone can colour in (and you’re not in school anymore so you don’t even have to stay in the lines if you don’t want to!)

Here are some examples of my colouring. To see Waterstone’s range of colouring books for Grown Ups click here.

What’s your opinion of adult colouring? What’s your favourite activity for relaxing?

I love updating my home interior now and again and I am 100% on board with this metallic trend right now! I love it. There is no such thing as too much metallic for me! I particularly like the copper and gold accents.  I am not really in a position to overhaul all my furniture at the moment, and also it’s mainly white and neutral so it goes with any soft furnishings I decide to throw at it! Here are some of the metallic homeware pieces I’ve been lusting over lately and just might have to purchase in 2017:

Brushed Copper Lined Lamp – £45 from QUIRK @ notonthehighstreet

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 Mixed Metallic Wine Glass Set – £32 from Oliver Bonas

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Antique Mantle Clock – £6 from Matalan

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Gold Honeycomb Vase – £28 from Oliver Bonas

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Copper Foil Poster – £13.50 from Sarah & Bendrix @ notonthehighstreet

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Glass Terranium – £15 from Home Essentials

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Copper Lantern – £12 from Wilko

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Grey & Copper Storage Trunk – £40 from Habitat

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‘Nottingham’ Copper Floor Lamp – £195 from Habitat

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What do you think of my choices? Can you see any of them in your living room? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Until next time,

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