A fast guest bedroom makeover

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If you’re anything like most people, the chances are that your guest bedroom is used mostly as a junk room. It’s only when Aunt Ginny announces that she’s coming to spend the week that you realise just how ropey the room is and that it needs a makeover before your guest arrives. Should you find yourself in that situation don’t worry, because by using the tips below you’ll be able to quickly transform your spare room into a hotel grade bedroom for your long lost relative to enjoy.

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Clear the room

The first step is to clear the room. Strangely, this task will take the most time, so make sure that you put aside at least a day to get it done. Often, it’s better to do this task at least a week before you plan to start decorating to give yourself a bit of extra time should you need it.

Equip yourself with a roll of bin bags, boxes and a way to label each one. This will stop you from accidentally sending your good bedding sets to the tip because you picked up the wrong bin bag. Be ruthless, throw away what you don’t want, give away what you can and store what you still need in the garage, loft or basement.

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Clean the room

Next, give everything a good clean. Doing so will let you see whether you really do need to do any actual decorating.

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Refresh the paintwork

If cleaning the room does reveal issues, take a minimalist approach to resolving the issues. For example, only touch up the marks rather than repainting the entire run of skirting or a whole wall.

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Use wall stickers instead of wallpaper

Should you decide that re-touching the paintwork is not going to be adequate, consider buying some wall stickers instead of repainting the entire room. They come in a huge range of designs, and don’t cost much. Best of all, they can be put up in under an hour. Provided you buy the right kind, you can easily peel them off once you’ve finished with them.

They’re not expensive, especially if you pick them up in the sales. Often, you can find discount vouchers for wall decals on coupon websites.

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Update the bedding

There’s no sense buying a brand new set of bedding for a single bed that only gets used once or twice a year. A better and less expensive approach is to buy a nice throw or bedspread instead. This will quickly give the bed a fresh new look.

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Add some rugs

If the floor looks shoddy, consider using some rugs rather than going to all of the expense and hassle of laying new flooring. They don’t cost much, and are usually the quickest and easiest option. Just be careful not to create a trip hazard.

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Put in a new light bulb

Sometimes, even after you have done all of this, the room can still appear to be a bit dark and dingy. Usually, you can resolve this by taking the light fixture down, giving it a thorough clean and putting in a brighter bulb. Also, try tying back the curtains so that more natural light can enter the room.

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Designer Desire: Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams designs | H is for Home

Earlier this week, we featured a book-filled sitting room that contained a Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System. Today, we’re featuring it’s designer, Dieter Rams.

Born in 1932 in Germany, Dieter Rams is considered the king of industrial design. Yes, he has designed his fair share of furniture, but it is his everyday electric and electronic items for which he is best known. He  makes the mundane and practical, beautiful and desirable. Alarm clocks, men’s electric shavers, calculators, radios and heaters have all received the Rams treatment.

He designed for Braun for many years; his products are pared back, unfussy and, most of all, thoroughly usable.

Portrait of Dieter Rams with some of his many designs

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Price Points: Artificial Christmas trees

Artificial Christmas trees

Well, it’s December so we’re now officially allowed to talk about Christmas. It’s time to think about advent calendars, putting up decorations and getting the Christmas tree. Don’t get me wrong, I love real pine trees at Christmas but artificial Christmas trees also have their merits.

I love the scent that you get from a pine tree; however, artificial trees don’t drop their needles. If you have a real tree, you’ll still be vacuuming them out of the carpet in April!). We tried, on more than one occasion, to buy a live tree with root-ball intact so that we can reuse it year after year.  The longest we’ve managed is 3 Christmases – we ever so slowly murdered the poor thing!

Don’t try and hide the fact that it’s artificial – embrace the fake tree by choosing one that’s hot pink, white, or – like the one pictured above – ombre. We love our metallic copper-coloured one, it really shines in the firelight… and once 12th Night has passed, we can store it away in the loft until the following year.

Saying that, some of the artificial trees available today are good imposters. Both the little tabletop one from NOTHS and the 12ft giant could have you fooled – especially once their covered (tastefully, of course 😉 ) in lights & decorations.

  1. Mini artificial Christmas tree by Marquis & Dawe: £16, Notonthehighstreet
  2. 6ft ombre-effect tree: £100, Next
  3. 11¾ft green Louise fir luxury premium PE Christmas tree: £699.99, Christmas Trees and Lights

It’s a frame up!

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Do you have an endless collection of photos that you’ve taken on your phone? Perhaps you’ve posted a few of them to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or even Instagram. But how many of them have you actually had printed up and put into a frame?

'Metallic Glow' photo frames from Now Frame It

Now Frame It have made it a snip to turn your virtual snaps into physical mementos. With two shakes of a rabbit’s tail – well, it’s almost that quick & easy… With a mere 5 clicks of your mouse or taps on your screen, you can have lovely framed images delivered direct to your door!

Gallery wall of photos in square white frames from Now Frame It

Choose from your holiday snaps, wedding photos, school portraits or any image you like. They would also make a great Christmas or birthday present for your nearest & dearest.

Row of portrait and landscape photos framed in 'Colour Bloc' frames from Now Frame It

Visit the Now Frame It website to see their lovely range and then pop back here and tell us which frame(s) you’d choose and what photos/pictures you’d have framed. You could win a £50 voucher to spend on their website.

For us, we’d pick a few frames from the ‘Metallic Glow’ range – both the square and rectangular versions. We’d make a mosaic of photographs of Fudge (he’s very photogenic, you know!)

Now Frame It £50 voucher

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Get their look: Book-filled sitting room

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You just want to stroll across this book-filled sitting room, make a bee-line for the shelves and start browsing through the titles. Seeing the selection of books people have on their shelves can tell you so much about them. You’ll very quickly be able to tell if you have any interests in common.

Our sitting room shelves are full of non-fiction – cookery books; books on art, architecture and design; interspersed with bits of colourful vintage pottery and enamelware.

  1. Vitsoe 606 universal shelving system
  2. Karina armchair
  3. 70cm Extra large oversize grey fabric drum lampshade
  4. ‘Gedy’ round bevelled mirror
  5. Mustard velvet cotton pillow cover
  6. Fired Earth ‘Platinum Pale’ matt emulsion

Get their look: Book-filled sitting room | H is for Home

How to introduce a taste of the exotic to your home

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Who doesn’t love travelling, seeing the world and learning about other cultures and customs? When you’ve arrived back home you may want to incorporate your exotic experiences into your home décor. Here are a few of our tips for doing just that.

Have faraway dreams

You may have returned home, back to your everyday lives, but you can always go to sleep and dream about your past adventures. Envelop yourself in beautiful, bohemian bedding like this duvet set pictured below from Vaulia.

Exotic duvet set available from Vaulia

Turn your bathroom into a tropical rainforest

The bathroom is where you go to wash away the stresses of the day and recharge your batteries. Fill the space with lush, architectural plants. Many exotic, tropical plants will thrive in a warm, damp bathroom environment – even where there’s little sunlight. Try growing ferns, orchids and small bamboos to create your own tropical rainforest.

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Wall to wall paradise

Wallpaper is a great way of updating the feel of a room. Bold, bright, sumptuous prints incorporating exotic birds, flowers, plants – and in this case – palm trees introduce an equatorial ambiance.

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Map the world

We all have a wish list of places we’d like to visit before we die. Hang a large world map on your wall and stick pins into the countries & cities where you want to holiday. You could also attach snaps, postcards, ticket stubs and the like to the places you’ve already been as a reminder of past good times. We love the idea of this DIY project below where a string of fairy lights has been used to illuminate spots on a map where the maker has been.

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Art

This massive mural of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Lady from the Orient’ creates a striking, eastern vibe. Such a stunning addition needs plenty of space around it in order to appreciate it to full effect. Keep furnishings in muted colours and accessories to a minimum.

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Display souvenirs from your travels

When you’ve visited exciting and far-flung destinations, a way of of keeping the memories of your trip alive is to bring back souvenirs. Anything from vernacular furniture items to unique trinkets & handicrafts, beach-combed finds to pieces of locally-made jewellery. Blow up, print, frame and display your favourite holiday photos. Having them in out plain sight feeds your wanderlust – you’ll be planning that next journey in no time!

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