Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The tricks we just used to buy our first home!

House hacks, shabby chic girly pastel bedroom
Ahh home. I've been wanting to create this post for a while, since August 2017 when we managed to purchase our first home. Here I detail the exact tricks we used for purchasing a property in the UK. Out of interest, taking a look at how much it is worth since we bought it, it's risen in value by around £200 in only a year! If you want to know the tool I used for this go to SunLife and use their calculator here. It is lovely having the security of a home, means that you have that much value to your name and potential money for the future. I wanted to put together a little guide I wished I'd had when navigating the whole house hunting process, exactly what we did to purchase ours - and what no one told me...

With the deposit and mortgage!

 This is what we did for our deposit... Our deposit was pretty huge. As much as we saved and saved, we still needed about ten times the amount we had. What we did, something that is becoming more
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

How to make your outside space more appealing*

*this is a collaborative and guest post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
When it comes to our garden, it’s likely not to see much use as the months get colder or the days get rainier. Here are some ways to make your garden super appealing, to make it easier and nicer to pop outside every now and then to enjoy your outdoor space, come every season...

Invest In Outdoor Furniture - one reason why someone might not spend much time in their garden could be that there’s no outdoors furniture to kick back and relax on. As far as outdoor spaces go, investing in some outdoor furniture might be just what you need to encourage you to make the most of it. Look at getting some chairs and sofas that are suitable for outdoor use. There’s plenty that comes with cushions that you can pack away inside of the furniture itself. A lot of this furniture is also made out of durable material that won’t rust and is easy to wipe down. If there’s somewhere to sit then, it’s much more appealing to take your guests outdoors.

Think about shelter - on rainy days having a sheltered outside area can be bliss, you can go and sit outside with a hot drink and listen to the rain pattering overhead. It's so soothing, relaxing and and a cosy way to spend your free time, especially if you get a lot of rain in your area!

Light Up The Space - all that darkness and no wonder you want to stay inside where it’s nicely warm and lit up. Sure it might be colder outside, but there are ways to light up the space. Think about getting a fire pit to put in the middle of your seating area. This provides lots of warmth and natural light when lit. For more permanent lighting, think about adding fairly lights to the trees and tall shrubs. You can also get solar powered lighting that you can fix into the ground and light up from the sunlight that they collect throughout the day. 

Plant Some More - if gardening might not be your strong suit, worry no more! Hedgeplants Heijnen has plenty of hedging that you can get to shape your garden if it hasn’t got much shape or structure about it already or if the existing plants have died and need replacing. Taking care of plants can take so little time, there’s plenty of them that don’t require much attention at all. Simply replant any dead ones and let nature do its thing in keeping them alive. Just be sure to keep an eye on them whenever you have spells where you’ve not had rainfall in a while. 

Feed the birds - hanging up some birdfeeders outside and around your home can mean your garden, balcony or outdoor space can become host to a whole colourful flock of friendly birds. You might spot different colours at different times of year, it's so satisfying to watch them.

Keep On Top Of The Mowing - when the grass in your garden gets too long, it can become messy, and it’ll look as if you’ve not paid much attention to it recently. So try to keep on top of the mowing where possible, even when it’s cold. Try to find a relatively dry day where you can mow the grass and keep it short. The more often you do this, the better and think of it like your own hair. That needs grooming and maintaining every so often, it’s the same for your grass. 
Sunday, 21 October 2018

Twelve princessy things you can do

In your pyjamas! As weird as it sounds, honestly there are so many little rituals that I love doing and give me princessy vibes. It means I have some control over my life even though I cannot
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Free girly and shabby chic fall wallpapers

Free girly, feminine, shabby chic and blush pink fall phone wallpapers
 I am forever alternating the wallpapers on my phone, laptop, I can never just decide on one haha. I feel so excited for Halloween, I'm like a little kid. I have been looking out for autumnal wallpapers since
Friday, 12 October 2018

Purchasing a home, is it really worth it?*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
It is hard to afford your own home. Especially in today's times where the property is very expensive and more so in areas like London and in and around the Lake District, where the scenery is nicest. Here are some thoughts, cons and pros of purchasing a home and getting on the housing ladder... 
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

What I bought, a blog beauty and candle haul

Beauty blog fashion and autumn candle haul, what I bought
I went in to Boots to pick up my favourite foundation and there was a 3 for 2 offer across all makeup. I picked up these two Essie shades I've been wanting to try for so long, Mademoiselle and Muchi Muchi. I didn't realise how beautiful sheer nail shades were. I layer about two coats on. Mademoiselle is so delicate with a vintage feel about it and I l.o.v.e Muchi Muchi, it's the perfect strawberry milk hue.
Beauty blog fashion and autumn candle haul, what I bought
They last for ages without chipping too, usually when I apply the gel polishes I get chips within a day or so but I was really surprised by these, I really want to collect the other sheer shades like Ballet 
Sunday, 7 October 2018

Girly shabby chic new room makeover

Girly shabby chic room makeover and mori girl room ideas
 For a while now I've been working on giving my room a little face lift, I replaced my raspberry walls with whiter, brighter cosy ice cream hues and pastels. I also added a few little candle holders and lanterns for extra cosiness come winter and had a lot of fun choosing prints from my wishlist here...
Girly shabby chic room makeover and mori girl room ideas
I chose 'Dogue' along with some cute nursery designs because I am about five, I have a darling 'O' for Oscar, a swirly bee print, a bear with rosy cheeks and a 'hippity hoppity' bunny print. I also moved my
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Simple ways to create a calm and relaxing home*

*This is a collaborative and guest post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
After a stressful and difficult day at work, your home should be the place you return to in order to rest, relax, and calm your frazzled mind. It should evoke feelings of happiness and joy, love and contentment, and a sense of zen-like peace. Here's how to make your home feel like home...

#1: Find your go-to place - For some people, it will be the living room. For others, it will be the conservatory. And for many of us, it will be the bedroom. These are just a few of the places that are commonly used for rest and relaxation purposes. Think about your downtime - what do you love to do? Head to your go-to place; that area of your home where you can retreat to each day. And in that area, bring in those things that are guaranteed to boost your mood and soothe your mind and body. In your bedroom, you might set up an area with a dressing table. Here, you can pamper yourself with your favourite beauty products, perhaps experimenting with make-ups or soothing your tired skin with your creams and lotions.

In your living room, you might want to focus on entertainment. Sitting back on your sofa while listening to music provided by Alexa, or watching your favourite shows on Netflix, you will be able to transport your mind away from the stresses of the day. And if the sun is warm but the air is still a little too chilly to sit outside, the conservatory might be your place of choice. Here you can sit with your favourite book or magazine while looking at the beauty of your garden once in a while. A lit candle and a plate of delicious biscuits might compliment your relaxation time too.

#2: Focus on your garden - If you're lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it for relaxation purposes. So, you might bring in patio builders to give you an all-weather space so you can enjoy your garden all year round. With an outdoor heater at the ready in cooler weather, or with the state-of-the-art heat-resistant tech featured in the link on really hot days, you could spend time on your patio for hours in your downtime. To prettify the garden have a browse through these design ideas and consider how they might fit into your outdoor area. Even small changes can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the space, listening to the trickle of a water fountain will make a whole space feel more beautiful and calming.

#3: Find a place to engage with your hobbies - There are all kinds of calming hobbies you can try out at home. You might achieve a state of zen-like peace while pottering around your garden. If cooking gives you a sense of calm and happiness, then you might spend some of your free time in the kitchen pursuing your (hopefully) delicious hobby. And if you love nothing more than a good book, then you might want to set up a special little nook in your bedroom or living room. If you have a spare room in your home, you could convert it into an area for your hobbies too. This might be somewhere in your house, but if you have a garage or a summer house, you might use these areas as well. An art studio? A music room? A craft zone? Think about the hobbies that enable you to relax, and transform your available spaces into something fit for purpose. 

#4: De-clutter your home - You are hardly likely to find a place of tranquility if your home is littered with clutter. From messy closets to floors piled high with items without a home, you might feel stressed when entering certain rooms. If there are outfits in your closets that you no longer wear, consider giving some of them to a friend. Channel your inner Marie Kondo! And if you have items that you just can't bear to let go of, try some extra storage furniture to give them a home of their own to nestle in. You will then be able to engage with your hobbies without having something distracting you in the corner of your eye. Oh, and you will be less prone to bumping into and stepping on things too, meaning you won't suffer any painful breaks in your tranquility. 

#5: Mix and match your colours - There are some colours that are conducive to a relaxing mind. From blues to velvets, take a look at these peaceful paint colours for some examples, and consider how they would look in your home. After deciding on the colours you enjoy, use a colour wheel to guide you into making the right choices for the rest of your home decor, from rugs for the floor to throws for your sofa. With the right colour and design combinations, you should then feel a deeper sense of relaxation when stepping into individual rooms.

To give you some inspiration, take a look at these calming bedroom designs. If getting to sleep has ever been a problem for you, it might be that you finally manage to get some shut-eye by giving this area of your home a few extra touches of colour to relax you. 

#6: Get on top of any repair jobs - It can be hard to relax in your living room if there are cool drafts filtering in through your doors and windows or your sleep is disrupted due to the drip drip drip of a leaky tap. Other nuisance issues can include creaky floorboards, damp walls, and boiler noises. To create a calm and relaxing home, and to eliminate these problems, either bring in a professional for those jobs that you can't handle or have a go at a few DIY fixes that you should be able to manage yourself. You will then be able to read your book without a cold shiver running down your spine, and you will be able to settle in to a peaceful night's sleep or telly watching!

#7: Bring in more natural light - The more natural light you have coming into your home, the better. It can improve your mood, give you cause to relax, and shine a light on the efforts that you have already made to create a relaxing home environment. Try cutting back any bushes or trees outside that might be blocking your light. Replace heavy curtains with something made of lighter material, and pull them right back during the day to let the sunlight in. Incorporate reflective surfaces into your home, so the light can double in each room. Here are some other ideas that are so helpful for bringing more natural light into your home. 

Imagine having the opportunity to come home to a calm and relaxing environment! Then stop imagining it, and get to work on transforming your home, so you actually have the opportunity to do so!! We hope our suggestions were useful to you but continue your research online, as you are bound to find plenty more ideas to give you a home that is suitable for relaxation purposes!