How to create a new look for your home for the summer


The summer really is the perfect time to set about some home improvements. If you’re sick of your settees, weary of your wallpaper and generally feel like you need a change of scenery, you might benefit from following these simple suggestions.

Experiment with new colours
Given the array of enticing colours out there, it’s surprising – even a little disappointing – that so many homes are still awash with creams and beiges. Sure, there’s a place for understated elegance in homes, but all too often people play it safe when it comes to decorating their properties.

Now is your chance to experiment with different hues around your home. Bear in mind that you don’t have to coat your walls and cover your floors in bold colours. Instead, why not visit home furnishing specialists like Julian Charles to pick out eye-catching curtains, throws and cushions? It takes a matter of moments to position these products around your rooms, and they can completely transform the appearance of the spaces.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with brand new looks. Bear in mind that deep reds, rich purples, dazzling pinks and other striking hues are bang on trend this year. For the best results, make sure you’re consistent in your use of colours within each room, and don’t be tempted to overdo it. When it comes to accent colours, less can most definitely be more.

Breathe new life into old furnishings
A brand new sitting room suite could set you back a small fortune. However, you don’t have to replace your chairs and sofas to revamp the look of your lounge. A great way to breathe new life into these living room staples is to cover them with new and attractive throws. You can choose from a range of patterns, colours and materials, meaning you won’t struggle to find versions that perfectly match your style preferences.
Throws can also cover up a multitude of sins, from food and drink stains to pet damage. If you opt for high-quality versions that feel as good as they look, they will help you fall back in love with your lounge furniture.

Invest in some statement pieces
It’s also worth considering investing in a small number of statement pieces for your property. For example, perhaps some additional wall art could help to give your home a facelift. If you do a lot of entertaining, maybe a brand new dining table and chair set would make the perfect purchase. Products like this may not come cheap, but they can make a big impression.
By following simple design ideas like these, you should be able to whip your home into shape in no time.

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Fab Friday Faves

1 – Blooma Maury Solar Lantern £7 2 – Funko Pop! Vinyl Thor Figure £8.99 3 – Xbox One Lego Marvel Super Heroes £18.95 4 – Garnier Moisture Match £3.99

Blooma Maury Solar Lantern – I bought this to hang from the hanging basket hook I have on the front of the house as I am incapable of keeping plants alive! For the price it’s a fab product with glass sides and it’s LED light in the candle flickers to look quite realistic and it’s cute and cosy, I’ve just bought my mum 2 for her pergola in the garden.

Funko Pop! Vinyl Thor Figure – My newest obsession and in my defence I don’t really collect anything other than Harry Potter stuff, after seeing Avengers Age of Ultron I just had to start collecting the figures and started with Thor as he’s my fave. He brings my collection to a tiny 4 for now!! (Not including kids collection)

Lego Marvel Super Heroes – Originally this was bought for my son and us to play with him and although we do have little sessions on it with him, me and the hubby love playing it! It’s a huge games so I throughly recommend it – I’ve also gone old school and got Harry Potter Lego and started on that which little man enjoys too.

Garnier Moisture Match – I struggle with super dry skin and use serum, moisturiser and primer, although having to use so much so often means that although the more expensive moisturisers are fab they just don’t last long enough! I thought I would start trying the affordable options and on first pick I am loving this one, it’s quite thick and very moisturising, soaks in lovely and doesn’t affect my foundation which some can.

How to decorate a room that can grow with your child


It’s no surprise to the people that know me well that I like a spot of decorating! This time it was the turn for my little man. Since his sister moved downstairs to her own room I felt it was time to make it a boys base.

After painting all the wood and the ceiling I painted the main walls grey using a mix of 1/2 Crown City Break Satin and Crown Brilliant White Matt, then just the Crown Brilliant White above the picture rail. I painted the radiator with Johnsons Blue Matt that I had leftover from previous room paint.

I decided to go for Poster Frames rather than canvases so that we can change the posters as if/when he changes his likes. I tend to paint the walls and then dress the room with themed accessories than can easily be changed.

Beddiing we chose the Marvel comic and a dark grey fitted sheet and I have some blue blackout curtains still to fit as it will be easier from him than the blind he has currently.

Crown City Break Satin 2.5L £18.47 or 2 for £22 at B&Q

Crown Brilliant White Matt £14 or 2 for £25 at B&Q or if you have a Proper Job near £12 each or 2 for £22

Johnson’s paint can be found at Proper Job but I don’t think the blue is a current colour

Poster Easy Frames £10.99 at The Range

Minion poster £1.99 at B&M

Avengers & Comic poster £3.99 each at The Works or if you have a That’s Entertainment they are 3 for £5

Marvel Defenders Bedding £14 at B&Q or £10 at B&M

Blackout Curtains £24.99 at Argos 

If your planning to decorating your child’s room – have fun!