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We all need some time off to relax from our modern, busy lifestyles and just focus on ourselves instead of thinking about all the things we need to do that day. Unfortunately, if you happen to live in one of the many concrete jungles, it can become quite difficult to find a place that lets you truly let go off all your worries and that doesn’t require a full tank of gas in order to reach it. So, why not bring such a place to you? Transforming your own home into an oasis of peace and tranquillity means that you’ll only need to walk through your front door in order to feel much better. Therefore, if you’d like to achieve tranquillity in your home, here are four ways in which you could do that.

Clean it up

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Now, this doesn’t mean it should be as clean as a hospital but if you want to create a calming environment, there shouldn’t be any dirty clothes on the floor or unpleasant smells distracting you from enjoying your time at home. Also, it’s normal to add new and interesting things to your home, especially if it’s a new home and you’re still settling in, but you need to be careful not to create clutter. Clutter can only make you anxious, so try to embrace minimalism and keep around only those things that you truly do need. On the other hand, if minimalism isn’t exactly your style, then simply try to keep your home clutter-free by giving away everything you no longer use or need and keeping everything you do stored in its place away from sight.

Keep it fresh

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You can’t relax in a home that is stuffy or just smells weird, so keep your air quality in check. Make sure your windows and blinds are easy to handle, and let in as much fresh air as you can during the day – if the weather allows it, of course. Also, keep your AC units clean and dust-free so they don’t blow dust and dirt into your home. Moreover, you can also buy a quality mold air purifier that will keep your home mould-free and your household air clean. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of plants in your home – besides improving the air quality, they can also make your home look more comfortable, peaceful, and visually appealing.

Embrace earthy colours

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Natural colours have a soothing effect on people, so paint your living room in softer tones, such as beige, white, or grey with accents in darker shades. Spice it up with textures and patterns to add a bit of personality to it, and use art to create a focal point that will make your room look both stylish and organised. That being said, if you have a favourite colour, don’t be afraid to focus on it regardless of which colour it is – there are amazing purple, dark blue, and even black living rooms that are just as calming as the naturally coloured ones. So, choose a colour that makes you feel good, and decorate your home with it.

Add some softness

calm, soft sofa
Although parquet, and similar wooden flooring, is always a safe choice because of its natural colour and low maintenance, it’s not exactly “comfortable”. If you can afford to dedicate some time to their maintenance, wool and fur carpets are a perfect choice for a soothing home. Just pay attention to their colour; try to match it to the rest of your room. Moreover, you can also add a couple of soft pillows and throws for the same reason – they can boost the visual appeal of your home, and they can add to the sense of peacefulness and comfort.
You don’t need to go far if you’re looking for a place where you can de-stress and relax after an exhausting day. All you need to do is decorate your home wisely – choose the colours that make you feel good, add some elements that are soft to the touch, introduce some greenery, and keep your home clutter-free. After these few touches, you will have your own personal resort where you will be able to relax whenever you want for as long as you want.

You have moved into your new home, but because of all the moving finalizations, you don’t have time to plan your redecoration project and are unsure how and where to start. Luckily, there are now numerous design and decor trends that you can choose to incorporate into your home. However, keep in mind that not all of them can be a good addition to your home design, so you have to choose carefully. In order to help you, we have gathered our top points that you must have on your new home checklist. Let’s take a look and get inspired.

The laundry room

Every home needs a well-organized laundry room. Many movers know from experience how important it is to have a working washer and dryer above anything else during that initial period. On top of that, it’s important to stock it with necessary hampers, detergents, and all the essential products that you need for washing. Additionally, it’s good to keep your iron and ironing board here as well, so you can easily fetch them after pulling your clothes from the dryer. Lastly, other handy essentials you may need include a lint roller, boxes in which you can deposit items found in pockets and an extremely practical plastic laundry folder.

Bathroom prep

Equipping the bathroom with essentials should be the next item on your list. Start by incorporating some basics like shower curtains, trash can and toothbrush holders, so that your first guests don’t feel as though they are visiting a vacant apartment. Furthermore, if you want to truly dazzle your visitors, make sure to paint your bathroom with an eco-friendly acrylic colour that will look chic and prevent moisture from damaging the walls. If you have a small bathroom and want to make it more practical, make sure to opt for floating vanities and a big wall mirror to make the room feel more spacious. Finally, nothing makes the bathroom atmosphere more enjoyable than greenery, so make sure to place some potted flowers on higher shelves and add a touch of serenity.

Accessorizing

If your home is nothing but bare walls, a couch and a coffee table, you are doing something wrong. First things first, make sure to choose the right curtains to add a glamorous feel to space, and don’t forget to let as much sunshine in during the day as possible. Apart from that, you can include ambient lightings like standing lamps and classy pendant lights, and use them as focus lights for key parts of your rooms. What’s more, when it comes to creating a friendly atmosphere, nothing works better than a spacious lounge and comfy bean bags for those laidback movie nights or gatherings with your friends. Lastly, don’t hesitate to be creative when it comes to decor. After all, a nice interior design is essential for making your house a home.

A posh garden

Since all your guests will first see your home’s exterior, you have to make sure that their first impression is a good one. For this reason, we recommend that you start with mowing your lawn and hiring professionals to create breathtaking flower arrangements for the front and back of your house. Once you have covered this, you can go even further and opt for a pool to raise your house parties to a whole other level. Keep in mind, you can’t call a garden posh without fabulous stone sculptures, a path made out of pebbles and, of course, you should choose cosy and trendy patio furniture to bring comfort to your outdoor spaces. When it comes to outdoor furniture materials if you have awnings you can even consider wood, just make sure it’s long-lasting.

Setting the mood in the bedroom

Now that you are almost ready to present your new home, you just need some essentials for the bedroom. This season, passionate colours for accent walls and pastel nuances combine to create a unique décor trend that you simply must apply here. Additionally, if you want to feel like royalty, you need a beige woollen rug to complement your high-quality wood furniture like an oak commode or rosewood nightstands. Finally, don’t forget to set the right mood with dimmer lights for romantic evenings with your partner.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to check off every new house essential list. You just need to follow these simple steps, explore decor trends and not be afraid to make bold creative moves since it’s most important that you feel comfortable in your new home. Good luck with your project!

Decorating your live-in place to vibe the sentiment, history, culture and a period you feel most connected to is one of the best ways to approach your home design. If you’ve recently been to Morocco, you’ve probably fallen in love with every moment of it. The freedom of mind, letting go of perfection ideals, playing with everything surrounding you and enjoying the product of your experimentation is what Moroccan style is all about. Now, if you’ve decided to bring a little bit of Morocco into your home, read through the tips below to get the latest designer scoop on what works best for a Moroccan-inspired home:

Statement flamboyant colors and intricate detailing

 

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For the best Moroccan vibe, laying out earthly tones as a base for layers of textures, patterns and strong accents that come later is the perfect start. Forget all about balance, matching fabrics and colors when using Morocco as your inspo: this country’s style is about unintentional uniqueness, mixing potentially impossible design elements into a cohesive structure and staying true to your own sentiment. As Moroccan homes are all truly individual, you’ll almost never find two homes that are alike. Along with flamboyant colors, ceiling to floor intricate, alluring detailing is yet another Moroccan feature. Doors, the stairs, floors or cabinets – there’s no limit to where you can find this explosion of detailing and color.

Tiles that tell a story

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Nothing about Moroccan styles is about playing it safe, and a true testament to this charming carelessness is the fact both floors and walls are usually covered in tiles with intricate patterns and embellishments. Use an entire area of your home such as the kitchen, lounge or the dining room and build the look around it: dramatic tiles with interesting textures are the perfect way to start your Morocco adventure.

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Rugs with a personality

In Moroccan design, rugs aren’t only used for the floor but as statement wall décor, as well; the patterns are either dramatic or very subtle, and the colors are bold. Certain types of rugs, i.e. particular patterns have a cultural meaning and are used in various local celebrations like weddings and similar. Check out Moroccan history before you choose the patterns for your home.

Moroccan arches for Islamic inspiration

One of the most beautiful, breathtaking features of Moroccan interiors is definitely the Moroccan arch, also known as the horseshoe arch. Known as Moorish arches in some areas, are archetypal of Islamic architecture and are either lobed, rounded or pointed. Built this way, they are giving a very lavish touch to every typical Moroccan house. You could build a few in your home, as a true statement to your Moroccan enchantment.

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Ottomans and cushions

Predominantly an Islamic country, Morocco draws a lot of its cultural and architectural influence from Arabic countries. One of those, for sure, is the obsession with bold ottomans, small couch cushions and large floor cushions that are both decoration and the place to rest your feet. Choose fabrics with raised embroidery to stay on point.

Moroccan Riad as freedom

Interior courtyards, similar to Indian and Arabic yard concepts are an inevitable element in traditional Moroccan design. Although a traditional riad (riad arab. = garden) had a fountain as its centerpiece, modern riads are likely to have indoor ponds, play areas or swimming pools. As Morocco is a country largely inhabited by Muslims, a Riad is a great gathering spot for women, giving them freedom and privacy. If you’ve got enough space in your home, build a Riad for a true Morocco vibe.

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Build your Moroccan-inspired home to remind you of this beautiful, colorful culture with incredibly rich history and tradition. Include fragrances like nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron or other exotic spices as a finishing touch to link the mind to Moroccan bazaars the moment you walk in. Good luck designing!

The proportion of individuals and families renting properties instead of buying them is on the rise across the globe. This is good news for landlords who are planning on listing their homes for renting. However, just as modern home buyers, today’s renters are very demanding when it comes to property’s functionality and décor. So, if you are planning to rent your house, you should consider remodelling it to suits your future tenants’ needs and so you can ask for a higher rent, which is, in the long term, a very good investment. In this article, we’ll go through everything you need to know about remodelling your rental property.

First, check for issues

Regardless whether your house is five or twenty years old, you should still do a thorough examination of the house’s current condition. The first things to check are the ones that can backfire the most. Those are the foundation, electrical wiring and outlets, plumbing and water valves. Do this while the property is still empty, and if there is any need for repairs and replacements, do it before the other works start.

Establish a likely rent, and see where to make improvements

Avoid overspending. Not everything needs to be remodelled or upgraded. Try to establish the best assets of your property and how would you use them to get a good price, and see where you need to improve it to get an even better price. The usual selling-points are the kitchen and the bathroom, and these two already make substantial investments.

Kitchen makeover

Remodelling the kitchen can bring you the most thumbs up from potential renters, and it can be decisive when it comes to the height of the rent. While you should definitely install new kitchen elements if the old ones are dated, you should stick to a simple design and colour palette that can appeal to the average tenant. Since the most frequent renters are millennials which are demanding on trendiness, you should get informed about most popular appliances, and stick to energy-saving units.

Spruce up the bathroom

The bathroom is another room that can make or break the renting agreement. It is also a very expensive investment, but if your plumbing is in good shape, this will be much easier and more affordable. As with the kitchen, you should go with a neutral colour palette and a clean style. There are some ways to save on the bathroom renovation, such as getting lightly used or recycled fixtures, installing a sun tube instead of a window, using subway tile (much more affordable, and with the right décor, very chic), and limiting the tile to “water-sprinkling” areas, while painting the others with moisture-resistant paint.

Invest in floors and paint

If the house isn’t lived in for some time, it is highly likely that the floors and the walls aren’t looking very well. This is something that catches the eye of the potential tenants really fast, so it is a good place to invest.

  • Some affordable and durable options for flooring are wood laminate, bamboo and vinyl.
  • Paint should be bright and neutral so that the future tenants could decorate it according to their taste.

Subtle, but livable décor

Your tenants may decide to bring their own furniture and accessories, but it’s up to you to present them space as welcoming, and an empty house says everything but that. This includes some basic furniture, such as the living room sofa and coffee table, and details that will make the house inviting, such as greenery and fresh flowers.

Put the house on the market

Now that everything is done, it is time to get informed about the local tax laws and property rules. If everything is by the book, move on to setting a competitive price by comparing with the other rentals in the neighbourhood. Be realistic, don’t set the price too high. Expect that the tenants will be scouting around for better deals. Remember that being a landlord is a huge responsibility, so you have to screen tenants carefully because you need to be sure that they will treat your property responsibly and pay the rent on time. Once you find the tenant that you like, ask for a security deposit.

While it does bring a secure monthly income, being a landlord also brings many obligations, including adapting your home to the needs and desires of the people who are going to live there. Hopefully, these tips will help both you and the tenants have a mutually beneficial relationship.

When it comes to good gift giving, there’s three main types that are well received: visual, edible or an experience. That could be, flowers, chocolates and tickets to an event. However, if you’re looking to explore beyond the realms of ‘tried and tested’ – home décor gifts can be a great hit too.

With gift giving in general, the type of present that you’ll be giving is hugely dependent on the type of person who’ll be receiving it – and the aesthetic of their home; so, we made a few different categories.

Here are some ideas that are sure to be a hit!

Home Décor Gift Ideas:

The Classic Look

To achieve the classic look, your home décor gift should be described as timeless and effortlessly chic. If you’re not sure what makes something timeless or effortlessly chic, there’s a few things you look out for:

Firstly, is your item something that’s always been fashionable? Something that isn’t a fad and can be gifted at any time of year to any person – like a scented candle perhaps? That’s a timeless gift.

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Next, classic home décor gifts should have the ability to fit within almost any interior design theme – because they’re often neutral in design and aesthetic. Therefore, features to look out for are clean lines, neutral tones (like cream, black and grey); and classic materials like glass, metal or wood.

A great classic home décor gift idea would be a sleek hanging lantern, accompanied by a white scented candle.

 

The Unmissable Gift

Perhaps you like to make a statement or your friend loves things that are out of the ordinary? If you’re looking to have an impact then your home décor gift should be unmissable!

You’ll need to think BIG and think different; and this doesn’t mean expensive either.

If you’re looking to spend a little more on your unmissable gift, this contemporary human sculpture from InStyle-Décor will certainly hit the spot. It’s custom-made and will make a great addition to any wall.

 

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The Personal Home Décor Gift

If you’re looking for a home décor gift idea that’s a little more personal, perhaps it’s for a close friend, then our best advice is to make something; nothing shows through like researching and making a present!

There’s tonnes of tutorials out there, like these DIY shabby chic home accessories that are easy and inexpensive to make.

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The Stylish Gift

Are you buying a home décor gift for an interior design fiend with a carefully curated array of decorative items? Fear not, a stylish gift is easy to find!

For a gift that successfully stylish, it needs to be one part classic (neutral, timeless, tasteful) and one part quirky (not found in every home).

These three delicate hanging frames from Cox & Cox hit the nail on the head perfectly. You can either gift them as they are, or choose some of your favourite images to place inside to add a personal touch!

Why not go the extra mile and help them hang the frames too?

All stylish people drink wine right? This geometric wine rack is a delightfully stylish way to display wines.  

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The Fun Home Décor Gift

Last, but certainly not least, on this list is the fun home décor gift. This is perfect for a goofy friend, a young homeowner (like a child that’s recently moved out), or as a light-hearted and economical present.

A mini cinema light box is a fun gift that’s small, sweet and will make a great addition to any room!

Other Considerations

Each situation is different, and while we’d all love to gift a handmade ornate home décor piece to everyone – there’s a few variables that could limit this.

First and foremost, consider your budget; you don’t want to fall in love with an item that you can’t afford!

Next, what’s your timeline? If you only have a few days until your gift-giving event then ordering something that’s handmade might not be the best idea.

Lastly, don’t make it too good a gift or you’ll never want to give it away.

Happy gift giving guys!

 

 

More and more people are incorporating minimalist design into their homes. Some of the biggest reasons for this is because this design looks clean and it can greatly reduce stress in your home. When everything in the room is in its place, it satisfies that tiny OCD everyone has, and it takes away all the stress and creates a pleasing ambiance.

However, many people are afraid that making their home minimalistic will make it seem boring and plain. Ditch those fears because there is no way that will happen. Besides always looking nice, minimal tone also looks both calming and energizing, so here is how to achieve it.

Simple flooring

When it comes to flooring, you don’t have to opt for complex or ornate patterns and designs, because they are too heavy on our eyes. Instead, you can consider simple, solid-coloured flooring, such as cream or beige. When it comes to materials, it’s a good idea to go with ceramic tile or laminate flooring as long as it’s simple.
gentle colours

Subdue the Paint

The paint on your walls should spread a calming vibe and focus on not stressing the eyes at all. Consider earthy colours such as browns, tans and greens. You can also use solid colours, as long as they look simple and are soothing to your eyes. Another good and common choice is white, because it is the true colour of minimalism and can be combined with any colour of your choice that will serve as accent. Additionally, if you choose appliances with the same minimalist vibe you are covering both practicality and styling at the same time.
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Minimum furniture

To really embrace the minimalist look, your home needs to contain a minimal amount of furniture as well. You don’t want any bulky pieces disrupting the minimalist sleekness. Rather, you can choose furniture with smooth and clear surfaces which will greatly contribute to the pleasant visual and comfy atmosphere. For example, you can use only the essentials, such as a couch and maybe a love seat with a coffee table for your living room.

When it comes to the bedroom, it can be equipped with nothing more than a bed, a dresser and maybe just a side table, with a light attached to the wall so that there is no need for a night stand, for example. You can even go a step further and ditch your bulky bed frame.

Additionally, don’t forget about your bathroom. Even though it’s not the first thing your guests or yourself will see upon entering the house, it needs to match the rest of your house. Focus on clean and sleek lines when choosing bathroom equipment. You can easily rely on a round freestanding bath that will give you the necessary focal point, but won’t overwhelm the space. Also, match the sink with the bath and find a simple mirror to complete the look.

Clear surfaces

Tables as well as other flat surfaces should be clutter-free. This means avoiding placing a bunch of unnecessary decorations (or things such as magazines and books) on them. The minimalist design likes everything clean – from the kitchen through the living room all the way to bathroom. However, this doesn’t mean you are not allowed to place anything anywhere – that really IS boring. But make sure you focus on simple decorations such as a simple vase for the coffee table and a simple frame with a black and white photo you love. Remember, less is more, so try to reduce clutter and additional stuff – it may even be a great excuse to host a garage sale!
clear surfaces

Leave the wall alone

Past trends required plenty of paintings and wall art. However, minimalist design doesn’t recommend it, because “busy” walls can make the room look stuffed and overcrowded. This doesn’t mean that you have to leave them bare and plain. You can easily put up a piece or two, a simple mirror or wall lights for example, and attain the desired decor and still make the room’s design flow with minimalism. Another great option is choosing one wall for the accent wall and make it rich, while the rest of the walls can stay bare.

Plain treatments for windows

When it comes to window covering, you can leave the windows bare, if you wish. Minimalist design is all about letting the sun inside. However, if you still wish to preserve some privacy, you can look for some simple curtains in light solid colours and combine them with some darker blinds for a bit of contrast.

Focus on storage

Since minimalism is about cutting the clutter, it is important to have good storage. In other words, splurge on drawers, cabinets and shelves. Also, it’s a good idea to consider built in wardrobes, or some other custom built wardrobes that can resolve your troubles and keep your home clutter-free.
plenty of storage

Where is what

Knowing where things are is the key to embracing the minimalist design. Every group of things should have their place, and whenever you take anything from its place – always return it. Also, consider things that are related and place them close to each other – hello functionality! What is more, you can even organise your garage as well, and always know where is what. Don’t limit this design only on your interior.

As you can see, minimalism is really all about reducing the stress levels and keeping everything clean but stylish. Don’t be put off by the work it requires, because it all pays off. Achieving a minimalist look will bring a positive, practical and calming effect in your home.

Your work environment can greatly affect your overall motivation, productivity and creativity, so you need to choose a design that will keep you at the top of your game during the work hours. Whether you’re designing a home office, minute cubicle or a commercial office space, you should aim for a comfortable and stylish design that will make your office one of your favourite places.

Inspire with a view

View

Whether you’re decorating an office space for yourself or for your employees, you need to create an environment that will inspire great ideas and boost office efficiency. It’s needless to say that no one can draw inspiration from looking at their computers all the time. Thus, you should give your office space an inspiring view that will energise and stimulate both you and your employees. Of course, if you’re decorating your home office, arranging the furniture to face the window overlooking a lovely garden will be much more feasible. Decorating a commercial office or a cubicle is restrictive to some extent, so you need to think of some other ideas. For example, creating a living wall in an open, co-working space can provide all of the employees with a lovely, nature-inspired view. In a cubicle, you can surround yourself with your favourite artwork that can provide you with visual stimulation during your work hours.

Energise with colour

Colour

Dull, all-grey design can be quite de-motivating, so you should bring in a pop of colour to your workplace. In your home office, you can repaint a single wall in a vibrant hue, while in a commercial space, you can introduce colourful details every now and then to break the monotony. The key to using colour in the office successfully lies in implementing energising hues, such as red, yellow and orange, or soothing shades of blue and green that promote concentration and relaxation. Regardless of the type of office you work in, you can always introduce a dose of colourfulness that will stimulate your mind. However, make sure to use colours in moderation because using too much of them can be quite distracting.

Cosy up your home office

Cosy
Since working from home provides you with numerous opportunities to experiment with the design, you can create your own corner where you’ll truly enjoy working. Apart from the aforementioned ideas, you need to create an atmosphere of cosiness in your stylish home office so that you feel comfortable when working long hours. From cosy area rugs that will keep your feet warm and comfy cushions to support your back to an adjustable desk that will enable you to switch positions, implementing these simple ideas will boost your efficiency significantly.

Introduce boundaries to an open-concept office

Open Concept

While a great number of employees like the airiness of an open-concept office, such a design can be quite distracting at times. However, you can introduce certain boundaries to this type of office space while still preserving its openness. For example, you can group different teams separately in semi-enclosed areas by using stylish privacy screens. You will provide each team with enough privacy yet enable them to easily communicate with each other. Another possible solution is introducing echo-reducing panels that will reduce the noise pollution in the office. In addition, if you design a break room for socialising, employees will be less likely to spend time chatting at their desks.

Style up your cubicle

Cubicle

If the very thought of your boring cubicle makes you want to skip work, you should create a homier, more stylish look that will give it a unique, personalised appeal. Since cubicles are quite limited in space, you should eliminate clutter and keep your workplace organised. You can introduce a lovely shelf for your decorative details and personal items. As mentioned, the artwork is another important component that will keep you inspired throughout the day, so bring your favourite pieces and find a great place to display them.

By choosing design elements that inspire creativity, comfort and inspiration, you’ll be able to create an office that you won’t want to leave.

Tis the season to be jolly and decorate your home. But sometimes, we know you don’t just want to do the same as last year. Sometimes, it’s fun to try something different.

If you’re feeling the need to try a new trend, or begin a fresh family Christmas tradition for your home, we’ve got five of the latest decorative styles to hit the UK this 2017. Take a look and see if you see anything that could really give your home that extra Christmassy something you’ve been searching for!

“Christmas is a great time to add some sophistication to your home with the perfect Christmas decorative display,” said Pimlico estate agent, Andrew Reeves. “Or, if you want to be a little more playful, then you could go down that décor route, if you prefer. Pretty much anything goes, as long as it makes you happy and helps your Christmas a special one.”

A Peruvian twist

Add some Peruvian flair to your Christmas décor this year, with lots of animals and bright colours, pom poms and fun. It might be a little different from your typical colour co-ordinated tree and matching ornaments. But, there’s just something really fun about just choosing your favourite colours and animals to change up your usual Christmas theme.
peruvian decor

Light it up

Few of us are strangers to Christmas lights. But, how about adding some light in a slightly different way? Instead of the typical string lights with different shaped bulbs, you could opt to light up a favourite scene or corner with some hidden lighting. Illuminate favourite Christmas ornaments with some discreet lighting behind them. Light and shadow boxes are different options, too.

“Lights are always popular at Christmas, so add a new element to your lights display this year,” said Fulham estate agent, Lawsons & Daughters. “Illuminations are a traditional part of Christmas, but by presenting it in a different way, you’re sure to add some lovely touches to your home”.
decor and lights

Have a retro Christmas?

Christmas in the 70s and 80s was a shiny experience, full of tinsel. If there’s no such thing as too much tinsel for you, then you’ll be pleased to hear its making a big come back! Go tinsel crazy and drape that shiny stuff everywhere! Your nod to nostalgia will be fun for you and your family too!
retro christmas decor

Metallic magic

If you love the metallic trend that’s current interior design favourite, you’ll be pleased to hear tis ready to make an appearance at Christmas too. Metallic colours and Christmas decorations abound in 2017, so why not use it as an excuse to buy even more fabulous new decorative items? From different metallic shades for baubles, to some show stopping lighting options, you can have a very on trend Christmas with this theme.
metallic ornaments

Rustic and ribbons

For those of you who prefer something a little more rustic, there’s plenty out there for you, too. Dress your real Christmas tree up with lots of natural wooden ornaments in the shapes of hearts and stars. Then, top it all of with some bows made from gingham ribbon! It’s a lovely look that suits every kind of home regardless of the styling elsewhere.
wooden ornaments

“Whether decorating for Christmas is done with military precision or a dash of anything goes, it’s a time of year to be happy and enjoy your home,” said Proskips. “So, choose items and colours you love to ensure you love the finished Christmas decorative article, this year.”

Owning a pad that is attractive and masculine at the same time doesn’t have to mean 50 shades of brown, hunting trophies and a swordfish above the mantelpiece. Not everyone is Earnest Hemingway, though many of us wish we were.There’s no reason a guy can’t make his crib nice, stylish and female-friendly, and still keep some of raw manliness ripping through. Bear in mind that there’s nothing effeminate about decorating and matching colour and style. You don’t need to know fancy decorating words like “wainscot” or became a Feng Shui grand master. These six tips for men really work.

Try vintage

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Vintage-themed furniture pieces and decorative wallpapers can save you a lot of money and still look great. Any stylized period piece you buy is going to send the message that you know what you are doing. Scour the classifieds and garage sales for older desks, sofas, shelves, ottomans and dressers. Vintage pieces are simpler to buy, and will probably last longer than modern plywood.

Permanent furniture

The whole point of having a bachelor pad is having a space you where you can comfortably entertain guests. But if you’re still hanging onto folding picnic chairs and padded crates, chances are you won’t see many visitors. Still, having a real, permanent-looking furniture isn’t enough. Aside from the comfort and utility, think of the message that your furniture sends to the guests. Yet, a man’s crib doesn’t have to look like an Ikea catalogue. Mismatching is perfectly fine, even encouraged. As designer Suzanne Kazler once said, “a room should feel collected…not decorated.”

Framed wall art

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Although bare walls are the signature of a bachelor lifestyle, having some framed artwork shows that you’ve overcome the basic need of having a roofed shelter and a bed. Framed art is a proof that a guy has reached a final stage of development – now he cares how his place looks like and he’s ready to put some effort into it. Bachelor art doesn’t have to be expensive. Look for pieces that relate to you in some way but also upgrade the overall feel of the place.

Window treatment

You can tell a lot about a man by his window treatment. While you probably wouldn’t cry to your buddy how it was about time you changed your curtains, you must know that window treatments separate the men from the boys.

Having mini-blinds is one thing, but having real curtains shows that you have an eye for detail. After all, if your lady friend decides to stay over, she’ll be more comfortable if your windows are covered.

Books on shelves

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Real men read real books. Of course, it doesn’t mean you need a shelf-full of Russian classics and German philosophers. It’s okay to have some glitzy fiction, a few Baldaccis, Kings and a Jack Reacher or two, but it’s nice when you have some real literature to show off.

Of course, owning a bunch of grand titles means nothing unless you are able to converse on them. Check Amazon’s list of 80 books every man must read and pick something you’ll actually enjoy reading.

Solid home bar

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Although you may want to hide the good stuff, a well-stocked bar display is something every man must have. A bar cabinet or a cart is nice, but even a simple serving tray on the countertop will be enough. In many ways, a bar is a microcosm of a man’s overall situation and his tastes in life. You don’t need a bar-full of expensive liquor, just a few essentials that, like the bookshelf, hopefully show a bit of your personal preferences.

You don’t need to wait until you make six figures. Start with targeted upgrades like these listed here and you’ll soon realize that even with little time and investment you can do a lot to transform your college pad into a sophisticated bachelor’s apartment.

Getting the right amount of the right lighting for your home is really important for mood and function. But how much is the right amount and what is the ideal mix? Read on for some great suggestions to help you achieve a designer look for your home.

Natural lighting

Natural lighting is important for the way our brains function and can have a huge impact on mood and ability to sleep. It also simply looks fabulous! There’s nothing more lovely than letting in an abundance of natural light and of course, if there are beautiful windows AND a lovely view, then you’re laughing.

Natural lightning

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A couple of things about light streaming into our homes. Firstly, it can also bring the heat. You’ll need window treatments of one sort or another. If you’re after some inspo, check out this board.
Secondly, the sun (especially here in Australia) can be quite harsh. To soften its impact on your eyes – AND for increased privacy – consider adding sheers. They have a lovely way of filtering sunlight and are very effective in maintaining your privacy. They’re also super contemporary and add a softness to space. But, I digress. Back to lighting….

Task lighting

A room’s use will determine how much task lighting you’ll need. For example, you’ll need more strong, clear lighting for a kitchen or an office than a bedroom. And on the flip side, you’ll need more soft dimmable lighting in a bedroom than a kitchen. Although, you’ll need both in both.

Kitchen

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To state the obvious, task lighting needs to go in a work area in an unimpeded way, usually this is above and slightly in front of where a person will sit or stand. Warm white LED downlights are perfect for this, or track lighting that can be pointed to a specific spot.

Mood lighting

This is the fun stuff! Think beautiful pendants and lamps and cleverly placed LED strips. You will have by now seen stunning pendants via Pinterest or Instagram. Place them over dining tables, besides beds or vanities or in foyers or stairwells. Make them a feature and use dimmable or Edison globes to ensure soft lighting when you’re kicking back. Another ongoing trend is to have a series of them (usually three or four) over a kitchen island. Like rugs, they can help ‘zone’ spaces – especially in open plan rooms.

Mood lightning

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There’s an English designer, Abigail Ahearn, who suggest that each room should have at least eight sources of artificial light. Think about that for a moment. Eight! If you have downlights and a pendant, you still need six lamps to hit the quota. Of course, I love the idea and am dedicated to spreading the word, but five or six would probably suffice in most rooms!
Another great option for mood lighting are wall lights or sconces. Again these look fab on either side of a vanity or in hallways. They also look stunning over shelving and artworks.

Strip LED lighting can be used to enhance architectural detail to a great extent. Use it to outline stairs, hallways, cabinetry or to emphasise textured walls or ceilings.

Bathtub

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Once you start exploring the wonderful world of lighting, you’ll start to think about your own home. Will you stick with what you’ve got or start adding more to hit Abigail Ahern’s eight sources per room?

Monique Sartor is a Sydney based interior designer, blogger, and podcaster. You could say she’s somewhat obsessed with all things relating to interiors!! Monique is a guest writer for Houzz and loves providing her award-winning service to fabulous clients! For more visit www.sartorialinteriors.com.au