Has it been a while since you tried something new at home or have your interiors looked the same since you moved in? Life can get hectic, and sometimes, it can be difficult to find the time and summon up the motivation to try and break out of a style rut. The good news is that the arrival of autumn is a great excuse to try out some new styles and inject some energy and life into your home. If you’re keen to make your home more Instagram-worthy or you’re desperate for a revamp, here are some simple tricks to try. Autumn is the season of gorgeous colours and textures after all!

Experiment with colour
Changing the colour scheme in your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to breathe new life into your interiors. With a pot of paint, a brush and some carefully selected accessories, you can create a completely different aesthetic without spending a fortune or giving up every bit of spare time you have. This autumn, natural and neutral shades, monochrome and bold tones like emerald green and teal are leading the way in the style stakes. Monochrome is really versatile, and it works for almost every room while jewel shades are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. Teal is a great colour for bedrooms and kitchens. If you have small rooms, use colour to accessorise and keep the walls light to open up the space. If (like me) you don't own your own place then don't despair! Why not ask your landlord if he minds you painting or using wallpaper, as long as your return it to it's original state when you eventually leave?! The answer might just surprise you!


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Take inspiration from others
If you’re not creative or you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your makeover, take inspiration from others. Browse sites like Instagram and Pinterest and take a look at designers like sashadebretton.com.au. It’s also really useful to flick through some interior magazines and also to watch interior design programmes. You may come across trends or themes you like, or you might find specific accessories, prints or colourways you’d like to use. It’s useful to screenshot images or save pictures you like. This will enable you to put together a rough template that will work in your home and get an idea of how the different accents and touches you like will look together.

Introduce new textures
Autumn is a perfect time of year to play around with materials and introduce new textures. With temperatures falling, it’s time to swap linen and cotton for faux fur, satin, velvet and wool. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and use soft furnishings to channel a theme or colourway. Lay out a rug, and pile woollen cushions and fur throws on your bed to create a cosy log-cabin style boudoir or use velvet curtains and a satin bedspread to channel an opulent luxury hotel vibe. If you’re new to accessorising, you should find pages like this https://www.pinterest.co.uk/explore/soft-furnishings/?lp=true really helpful.


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Is your home stuck in a style rut? Are you keen to reinvigorate and revive your interiors? If so, it is possible to achieve amazing results without breaking the bank or dedicating hours to the cause. Experiment with colour and texture and look around for ideas and inspiration. Wishing you a cosy autumn in your gorgeous new living room!

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When it comes to gorgeous home decor, there are so many different styles that you could think of working within your home. Sometimes, it’s easy to find the styles that you want to decorate with, based on your own personal taste. But when you’ve got a range of different tastes, you may find it hard to find the perfect balance. This can especially be the case when you love all things vintage, but you have a modern home. But, it’s completely possible to be able to create a stunning vintage look in a modern property and add a luxury touch if you’d like. Check out this collab post for tips as to getting that beautiful vintage look in your home.

Choose A Vintage Color Scheme

The first thing that you’ll find to help you here will be working with the right color scheme. Sometimes, it’s nice to choose something neutral and let your furniture and styling add the vintage touches, but when you want to create a vintage look from the start, working with classic and retro color palettes can definitely help you here. So take a look at the options that you have available to you, and see if there are any colour combinations that you like.

Work With Antiques

Next, you should definitely think about the way that you can work antiques and vintage pieces into your decor. For a lot of people, this is the best way that they’re able to balance the two looks that they want. So to do this, you’re going to want to start shopping for antiques. You may even find that you can get old and broken pieces to fix up. Upcycling is huge right now! Then with clock repairs by a qualified clockmaker or an antique refurbisher, the pieces will be as good as new. And you can slot them into your overall decor.

Restore Your Furniture

You could also think about the furniture you need to create the right look, and how this is going to play into the design too. If you already have some old pieces, you should definitely think about how you can spruce these up to fit with the new decor. And when you’re looking to create a vintage-modern look, restored furniture works perfectly.

Work With Prints & Artwork

Then there’s also artwork to think about. Because when you’re looking to create a vintage vibe in your home, you should definitely think about the way in which vintage prints and artwork can play into that. With old photographs or retro colored prints, you can often bring an entire look together by how you place them in each room.

Choose Your Decorative Pieces Carefully

And finally, you’re going to want to finish off the space with the right decorative touches. And when you’re looking to create a stunning vintage look in a modern space, you need to make every piece count. Whether you’re looking to create something with a French vintage vibe, or a retro deco look, you should be looking for the right pieces that are going to add to the look. And to do this, you have to be selective and not overcrowd your space, or crate a mixed look.

I absolutely adore vintage decor and I think some of these tips are fantastic for getting the look you want at an achievable price. Hope you find them helpful!

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If you’re enthusiastic about being kind to the environment, the thought of planning a big wedding that’s eco-friendly may seem like an impossible mission. After all, big events aren’t exactly known for their environmentally friendly trends. However, planning a wedding while keeping the planet in mind doesn’t have to be as hard as it initially may seem. Take a look at how you can get it done.

Let’s Talk Dresses
All that money, all that material, and it’s often just for one day…or is it? Sustainable wedding dresses have never been more popular, and top wedding dress designers are starting to recognize the increase in the amount of environmentally friendly weddings. So, although you could be paying the same price, it is possible to get your hands on a sustainable dress. If not, why not go for a second hand vintage gown and dye it after the wedding so you can wear it again?

An Outdoor Wedding
When you have a wedding indoors, your party is contributing to energy usage, like lights, heat and the usage of electric to prepare a meal. Having an outdoor wedding lowers the amount of energy used. Even if you want twinkle lights wrapped around trees, you can use solar powered lights instead of electricity. It’s a beautiful natural setting, but one of the down sides is the risk of potential bad weather. However, if you get wedding insurance from wedinsure you won’t have to worry about postponing the wedding and losing money if the worst should happen.

Invites
Who says an invitation has to be on paper? If you’re looking for an alternative way to invite all your family and friends, why not send an email or add them to a group on social media? You could even create your very own wedding website, that tells your guests details about your wedding day and funny anecdotes about you and your partner. It saves spending a huge amount on fancy paper invites!

Transport
When it comes to weddings, there’s nothing that harms the environment more than classic wedding cars emissions. Consider staying at your venue the night before the wedding instead of being driven there on the day. Have a venue that’s central to all your guests so they don’t have to travel too far, or arrange combined transport so there aren’t as many vehicles on the road.

Decorations
There are lots of ways you can decorate your wedding without harming the environment. At Tradesy, you can find an array of recycled wedding decorations in excellent condition. When it comes to flowers, go for seasonal picks that are easy to find in this country. Alternatively, why not pick your own wild flowers and create your own bouquets and decorations? It’s eco-friendly and great way to get the wedding party to bond.

The Meal
You may not be able to avoid using electricity for your meal, but veggie options often take less energy to cook. Using recyclable utensils, cutlery and cups will also help your goal of saving the planet.
A wedding is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience for the bride and groom, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on your beliefs to achieve it.

For any eco-warrior brides out there I hope you find these tips helpful! Your wedding day is a very important day but trying to reduce it's impact on the environment can make it even more special.

If I mention the Greek island of Zante I’m pretty sure I’ve got a good idea of what springs into your mind. I was the same before I started researching venues for our wedding. Zante is famous for being a party island; a place where school leavers go to get pissed and do whatever school leavers do (I wouldn’t know as I never went on one of those raucous holidays)! Zante tends to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons, drunk Brit-kids spilling out of bars, quadbike accidents and General bad behaviour. However, this beautiful Ionian island deserves a lot more recognition than it gets credit for. The partying is pretty much exclusively contained within the town of Laganas in the south of the island, and the rest of Zante is largely unspoilt mountains, rural areas and stunning hidden beaches. There are a few main towns where you will find the regular tourist traps, but if you step outside the hotel-land and explore the island, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Last time we were in Zante it was for our wedding (!) so when we returned this year we made it our mission to see more of this beautiful island and find out all of it’s secrets. Here are my top picks for a different kind of holiday on this paradise island.

Rent a motorboat and find your own turtles in Keri

Zante is all about the turtles. It’s famous for it and the popular beaches and harbours are packed full of ‘guaranteed turtle spotting trips’. You probably will see a turtle on one of these excursions however, they are generally large boats full of tourists so you are unlikely to get anywhere near the turtle, let alone get a photo of it. It’s much better, and not much more expensive, to take a short drive to the quiet southern harbour of Keri where you can rent a small motorboat of about 100 euroes. No experience needed, not even a driving licence! Apart from being an amazing experience and great fun, your chances of seeing a turtle are pretty high at the right time of year.  Once the boat is hired you can take it for a spin to the beautiful Keri caves and across to the famous ‘turtle island’ where the turtles lay their eggs (these are all roped off to make sure they are kept safe). For the best chance of seeing these amazing creatures we recommend heading to the opposite side of the bay to the caves, close to the Harmony Hotel and sticking close to the coastline (it’s deep so no worries about the boat!) just cruising up and down on the lookout! We saw about 5 turtles in this area and there was literally no one else there! We jumped in and snorkelled with the turtles without worrying about crowding or upsetting them with too many people. It was a truly magical experience.

 

Dine with the most stunning view in Kampi

The town of Kampi is set in the West of the island and is somewhat off the beaten track, but it’s famous for having several clifftop restaurants with the most incredible views! They get booked up in advance for evenings as the sunset there is apparently gorgeous, however we stopped there for lunch – kind of by accident during a drive! We ate at one of the clifftop venues and even in the daytime the view of the rugged coastline and the crystal clear blue water was absolutely incredible. The restaurants all serve traditional Greek dishes and are set up with stunning shaded outdoor areas to enjoy the view whilst tucking in!

 

See the famous ‘Shipwreck beach’ before the crowds

The incredible image of the rusty shell of a shipwreck washed up on the white sand is probably familiar one. In fact, Navagio or shipwreck beach is repeatedly included in roundups of the most picturesque beaches in the world! It’s definitely worth seeing, but going on a tour boat can lead to disappointment when you can’t get a picture without thousands of people crawling all over the place! I’m not exaggerating when I say that hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists pour on and off this beach all day. As it’s only accessible by boat, the first large tour comes in at about 9.30am – so to get the place to yourself you need to beat it! We were up at 7.30am and drove north for an hour to a small harbour called Porto Vromi where we hired a private boat to take us to the beach before everyone else! It does cost a bit more but as there was four of us the cost of 4 tickets on a tour boat would have been nearly as much as the fee for the private boat. It was so much fun because the boat went super fast and to get there when there was only a handful of people on the beach was simply amazing! The boat hire is also for 3 hours so after an hour of so at the beach our driver took us to some other beautiful swimming and to some of Zante’s famous ‘blue caves’. For a slightly higher cost it was more than worth it.

Eat traditional at hidden restaurants

One of the best things about holidaying in Greece is the delicious food! The authentic local meat, fish and vegetable dishes are simple and yummy, the more home cooked the better. Like anywhere, eating on the main tourist drags will likely result in disappointing meals which are neither authentic nor fresh. My main advice would be to check TripAdvisor and do not be afraid to stray a long way off the beaten track for an incredible meal! There are a lot of tavernas in Greece which are literally almost set up in someones back garden! A few evenings we ended up driving along rickety roads, following dubious directions to find a tiny authentic taverna! Eating at these types of restaurants not only guarantees awesome food, but are also much more reasonable too. I can particularly recommend Votsalo in Keri and Peppermint in Argassi.

Watch the sunset from a beach bed at Porto Roxa

Being perfectly situated on the West Coast means that Porto Roxa sees the most beautiful sunset, it’s famous for it. We new this tiny beach had a nice beach bar and a lovely setting to watch the sunset so we set off there (about an hours drive from Keri) in the mid afternoon. We were delighted and pleasantly surprised to find a gorgeous hippy beach bar serving yummy cocktails and allowing guests to relax on swinging mattresses rather than sunbeds! It may sound odd, but kicking back on a double bed with a mojito to watch the sun go down was incredibly relaxing. There are the traditional sunbeds too for those who want them, but the hanging beds were something different that I’ve never come across before! And the sunset was just….wow. Worth a visit.

Zakynthos will always hold a special place in my heart, but I truly believe it is an amazing holiday destination for couples, families, and has something for everyone! I hope if you decide to make the trip to this idyllic Ionion island that you find these top picks helpful! Have fun in paradise!

 

 

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Weddings are such an exciting event! As a previous bride I absolutely adore other people's weddings. It’s one big celebration of love and devotion and if you’re an invited guest and get to be a part of that, well, you better get your hankies ready for the sobfest that awaits. Attending a wedding as a guest is a privilege and you get the chance to spoil the lucky couple with a gift of your choice. Most couples say that they don’t need a gift on their wedding day, as your presence is enough, but everyone knows that turning up to a celebration empty handed is a big no-no.

The thing is, this is the modern world! Roll the times back fifty years or so and a wedding was the bridge between living with parents and living with a new spouse. This meant that most gifts were housewares and pretty trinkets to display for the couple in their very first home. That is a rarity these days, with most couples living together long before engagement rings are given and wedding vows are exchanged, which means that a couple generally has it all before getting hitched. I know I'm our case we already had everything for our house, so we found compiling a gift list tricky!
 
So, the dilemma left to you as the wedding guest is what on earth you could buy for a couple that seems to already have it all? Here are five unique gifts that you won’t necessarily find on a registry, nor would anyone else have thought of it!
 

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Kitchen Gift
Okay, so the happy couple may be living in pre-marital bliss, but that doesn’t mean they have everything they need for their kitchen. Everyone loves a gadget! Check out the wedding gifts on Cuckooland.com and see the genius that is this Smart Bacon Express The Bacon Toaster. No more frying pans or grills, but the perfect toaster for those lazy Sunday morning bacon sandwiches. Fun kitchen gadgets are always a loved gift!
 

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Travel Gift
Forget the honeymoon, if your wedding couple are ones who love to trek and travel across the world, why not go for one of these travel gifts? Add in a ‘where have you been’ scratch map and you have the perfect, personal gift for the couple who love to conquer the world together. I personally would adore this gift.


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Land Gift
This is an totally unique idea! We’re not talking a patch on the local allotment for the newlyweds, but why not give them the amusing gift of a small piece of unclaimed land? They can therefore be claimed Lord and Lady of the land you give them, which should raise a smile or two!


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Honeymoon Gift
Wedding gifts that are personalised are those that go down well with newlyweds, as they get a keepsake from their day. These personalised Mr & Mrs passport covers are an exceptional gift that they will love to use on their honeymoon together. Pair it with a polaroid camera for snaps of a vintage feel. Honeymoons are almost as exciting the wedding day itself so any gift for the honeymoon will go down very well.


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Romantic Gift
I love this idea! Notebooks like this that encourage a newlywed couple to write a line about their life together each day for the first year of marriage is a wonderful keepsake, and a way to look back at how their first year of marriage went in the years to come.

With this gift ideas you will never run dry for inspiration for the wedding season – no last minute panic! Enjoy all the weddings!

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