4 Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

Our hair can go through a lot in a lifetime. Perhaps you’ve dyed it too many times or you suffer from frizz in humidity. During the colder months, hair tends to become dry and the wind can cause damage to the ends. If you’re sick of trying to manage your damaged hair, you may be thinking about going out and buying an expensive treatment. But, can you really afford to spend that much money on something that may not work? Why not test out these home remedies instead? You may have everything you need in your kitchen cupboards!

 

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Avocado Treatment

Avocado is a soft fruit, rich in the vitamins and nutrients needed for skin and hair repair. All you need is one avocado and one egg. Remove the outer layer of the avocado and throw away the pip. Mash up the remains and add one egg. Mix thoroughly until you’re left with a with a soft and gooey consistency. Apply to wet hair and leave in for 20 minutes. Once the time is up, wash your hair as you normally would. Your locks should feel softer and thicker after a few treatments.

Olive Oil

Most people have olive oil sitting in their cupboards, and if you do too, it could save you a fortune on expensive hair treatments. Take half a cup of olive oil and massage it through your hair, being careful to apply plenty to the roots and tips. Cover your hair in plastic and wrap a towel around your head. This is to keep the heat in and allow the oil to work through your hair. Leave on for 45 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Shampoo and condition your hair once the oil is removed.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mask

If you suffer from common hair fall problems, like dandruff, this could be the ideal treatment for you. You’ll need one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of olive oil and you’ll need to separate three egg whites. Mix together thoroughly and apply to your hair evenly. Cover your hair in plastic (use a shower cap if you have one) and wait for 30 minutes. Rinse off and shampoo. After a few treatments you should see the bounce return to your hair.

 

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Tea Treatment

Did you know that tea can bring your hair’s shine back, as well as sooth your common cold ailments? Brew a cup of tea as you normally would, let it cool and then apply after using shampoo in the shower. However, be wary. Tea can also enhance the color of your hair, so make sure you’re using the right one for your color. For example, blondes may get a better shine from a chamomile tea, while brunettes are safer to use black tea. Do not add milk or sweeteners to tea you use on your hair.

Don’t go spending half your weekly income on a hair treatment just because a beautiful celebrity endorses it. You’ve more than likely already got everything you need for shiny, smooth locks at home.

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Creating The Perfect Space To Practice Your Craft

Do you consider yourself a crafty person? A bit of an artist? Then you need somewhere to practice your craft. There’s no two ways about it! Having a dedicated space to practice your craft helps to get you into the ‘zone’ when creating. If you’re surrounded by distracting things or sat in an uninspiring room, your craft may suffer.

Fear not! The tips here will help you to create the perfect space to practice your craft, so you can stay focused and enjoy it a whole lot more. Read on to find out more!

Choose A Quiet Space

The first thing you need to do is choose a quiet space. The good news? You don’t need a dedicated room. That’s an option, but not necessary. Don’t make excuses! You could set it in the corner using a corner desk if you have to. Then you’ll have your very own ‘craft corner’. You may not be able to completely block out distractions, but you can wear earphones.

You could even turn a large cupboard into your craft space. The space doesn’t have to be big at all. If you do have a dedicated room, you can afford to have lots of fun and get really creative!

Make Sure It Shows Off Your Personality

Now, when decorating your room you need to make sure you show off your personality. Rooms like this will actually make you feel like getting creative. Make sure you use colors and patterns that you love, and include art, inspiring quotes, images, and plants too. All of these things will create an amazing room you feel great creating in.

 

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Have Appropriate And Comfortable Furniture

You are going to need some appropriate and comfortable furniture in your craft space. You need to think about the crafts you do and the furniture that’s suitable. For instance, solid wood sewing cabinets handcrafted by Amish craftsmen can make the perfect addition for a multitude of crafts.

If you’re a writer, you may only need a small surface to practice your craft. If you make things like pottery and jewelry from scratch, you’ll need a slightly bigger item of furniture.

Keep Everything You Need Close By

Having everything you need close by is important. What you do will depend on whether this is a little or a lot. Having great storage options can help here. If you’re short on space, make sure you choose a desk with plenty of drawers. You can also use vertical storage options to make the most of your floor space.

Get Organized

Organization is the key to a great craft room. Using chalkboards and paint you can make your craft room look quirky while keeping everything in order. Plain old labels work too, of course. Label all of your boxes to minimize the time you have to rummage!

Natural & Task Lighting

The lighting in your craft room is very important. Natural light is best for day time, as it’ll help you to feel energized and awake. Task lighting for when it’s dark outside is also important. You don’t want to strain your eyes trying to put your piece together.

What will you use your craft room to create?

3 DIY Hacks All Women Should Learn


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As James Brown once sang, this is a man’s world. Though we’re inching our way to gender equality, we’re still in the midst of an unsettling gender pay gap and women everywhere are subject to a gamut of gender stereotypes. When it comes to DIY many women are a little skittish, which is a shame since women (especially Mums) often find themselves confronted with quotidian household disasters every bit as much as their male counterparts. Some women may make a bee-line to the phone to call Dad, little realising that the task at hand requires nothing more than a dab of elbow grease and  a little knowhow.

While there are undoubtedly some jobs left to the professionals (electrical problems in particular should be left to the likes of MMK electricians) most DIY hacks are far easier than a lot of women realise. So when faced with these 3 common household scenarios, there’s no reason not to grab your tool belt and proudly subvert some gender stereotypes. 

Sealing windows

Did you ever walk past your all-singing-all-dancing double glazed windows ands feel a draft? That’s because the silicone based sealant around them can perish over time, leaking heat out of the home despite the energy efficiency of the glass. Thankfully, repairing these is fairly easy and you can achieve a really professional finish that looks neat and keeps heat inside where it belongs. Here’s how you do it:

  • Scrape off the existing silicone with a stiff scraper.
  • Use a solvent and some kitchen roll to remove any remaining traces.
  • Line the window’s circumference with masking tape leaving a gap of around 5mm to ensure a nice neat line.
  • Using a mastic gun, seal around the window’s edge, smoothing the silicone down with a wet finger.

This works just as well for baths and sinks where the sealant can get discoloured and yucky over time. Just be sure to fill the bath while resealing.

Changing a door handle 

Changing a door handle is easier than you’d think. The hardest part is removing the old one. This is best from inside the room with the door closed. Locate and remove the two screws (usually one on either side of the handle). If you can’t see them they may be hidden by the handle plate. If this is the case, pry the plate off with a flat-bladed screwdriver. Once you’ve removed the screws with a long Phillips head screwdriver, it should be easy to remove the handle, open the door and pull the handle out from the other side.

 

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Fixing a leaky tap

The constant drip-drip-drip of a leaky tap can be distracting and irritating. Many people (men and women) get skittish around plumbing and suffer in silence not wishing to exacerbate the problem with their meddling. Still, while there are some plumbing repairs that you should never attempt fixing a leaky tap is fairly straightforward. The most common cause of a leaky tap is a worn or damaged washer. Simply turn off the water supply, plug the sink or bath and switch the tap to the ‘on’ position. To remove the tap’s ‘headgear’, undo the headgear nut with a spanner and prise it off. Then simply prise off the washer with a screwdriver and replace it with a fresh one. Ta-da! Your tap will now flow freely and the annoying leak is now just a memory.

Easier than you thought, right? With a few simple and inexpensive tools and a little knowhow, mastering DIY is one big step toward gender equality.

 

Turn Your Backyard into a Winter Wonderland

When winter starts to creep in, you might feel sad that you have to say goodbye to your backyard. It’s hard to make the most of it when there’s no sun, and if you grow anything out there, you need to start protecting things from the cold weather. But just because it won’t be hot and sunny anymore, it doesn’t mean you have to stop using your yard. If you love being outdoors, you can keep using it and enjoy it as much as possible. There are lots of changes you can make, especially to your deck or patio, so that you can sit outside in the winter.

Deck or Patio Cover

Before you do anything else, think about how you can create a cover to sit under in your backyard. You could do this in a few different ways. There’s the possibility of extending the roof of your house at the back or perhaps putting up an awning. Another option is to have a gazebo cover, parasol, or something else you can move up and down. With a cover over your deck or patio, you can stop too much heat from escaping. So if you’re sitting using a heater or enjoying a fire, you can keep everyone warmer. It can also keep you dry if it starts to rain or snow.

Outdoor Heaters

When the weather is cold, it’s pretty hard to stay warm when you’re sitting still. So if you want to sit outdoors, you’ll need something that’s going to help generate some heat. One possible option is to use moveable outdoor heaters, so that you can put them where you want and store them when you’re not using them. More permanent heaters are available too and can make a great feature for your garden. You could have standing heaters or perhaps ones that you mount onto a wall. It’s important to remember that you’ll need energy for these heaters to run so think about the practicality of that.

 

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A Fireplace or Fire Pit

Another option to keep warm is to have a fireplace or a fire pit. These are convenient, eco-friendly, super warm, and they can look great too. Anytime you want to sit outside and keep warm, you just need to light a fire, and you can keep it burning for hours. Plus, you can’t toast marshmallows on an electric heater. A fire pit creates a fantastic focal point for gathering around with friends or family, and you could cook with it if you wanted to. If you get a free standing one, you can easily move it when you’re not using it.

Comfortable Furniture

Once you have a fire (or a heater) to sit around, you need somewhere to sit. You might have outdoor furniture for the summer, but it’s not necessarily good for winter too. Perhaps you will choose to make your existing furniture cozier by adding blankets, cushions, and throws. You can make sure everything in more comfortable and plush to help everyone stay warm.  Or you might buy some new furniture just for winter. However, remember to think about the practicality of any furniture and accessories you use. Ideally, you can take any textile items inside or store them somewhere so that they stay dry.

A Hot Tub

Sitting in a tub of water outside might not be at the top of your list during the winter. But if it’s a hot tub, you can stay warm and have lots of fun. A permanent hot tub in your backyard can be used all year, but it also takes up a lot of room. If you want to save space, you could consider an inflatable hot tub instead. Relaxed Wellbeing has some top recommendations for inflatable spas. However, you should be careful having an inflatable hot tub outdoors in winter. Some say not to use them below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fairly cold, but there are many places where temperatures drop lower. Hot tubs can create great parties, but only if they can work.

 

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A Sauna

If staying warm in a hot tub doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider building a sauna instead. In some colder countries, like Sweden and Finland, practically everyone has a sauna in their home. If you want a sauna in your backyard, you don’t have to have that much space. You only need to build a small cabin with a heater and space to sit. Some saunas are heated with a wood burning stove, which is easy to install. Others require gas or electricity lines, which complicates things a little. Before you invest in a sauna, do your research into style, size, and what sort of heater to use.

Lots of Light

Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of light if you want to use your backyard as the days get shorter. Don’t just concentrate on your deck or patio, but light up the rest of your yard too. You might have a tree you want to string some lights through, or perhaps a path that you want to highlight with a row of lanterns. For convenient outdoor lighting, try using solar-powered lights. They will allow you to have lighting without wiring everything in. You can also use natural light from candles, torches, and lanterns. You might also want to have some lights that are wired in, though.

Set Up a Tent

For family fun, pitching a tent in the winter can be great. If you feel like your lawn gets neglected, some camping with plenty of warm sleeping bags and blankets is a good idea. You could even consider setting up a large teepee or yurt, which is fantastic if you want to have a larger space to enjoy. Some of them are even big enough to have beds inside, or perhaps to set up a cozy dining space.

You don’t have to stop using your backyard in the winter. There are plenty of ways you can make it a fun winter space and enjoy it even through the coldest months.

How to Add a Burst of Summer to Your Home

Now that summer is well and truly here, you will want your home to reflect the new season. During the wintertime, it is all about home comforts and making sure things are cosy and inviting. The summer months are a time when you can make things feel lighter and brighter, blurring the line between the indoors and the outdoors. Adding a burst of summer to your home doesn’t have to be too difficult, but it is always a pleasure to come back to a home that reflects the current season. So, here are a few things you can do to give your house more of a summertime vibe.

 

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Remove the Traces of Winter

 

If there are any traces of winter still lingering around in your home, now is the time to store them away somewhere so you can replace them with accessories that give off more of a summery vibe. Some examples of things that definitely give off a sense of winter include thick rugs, big blankets, candles and heaters. Once you remove these last traces of winter from your home, you will really be able to enjoy the summer a lot more!

 

Bring Some Life Indoors

 

There is nothing like some fresh flowers for making your home appear like it is bursting with life, so why not choose some roses, lilies, magnolias or any other favourites you have? Another option is to select some new houseplants. Having some flowers and plants in your home has been proven to boost your mood so you should certainly consider getting some to brighten up the summer months.

 

Freshen Up Your Airflow

 

Of course, opening up doors and windows is the best way to get some fresh air flowing into your home, but you can also try a few things with the artificial airflow that you have going on. If you have a ceiling fan, turn it to go counter-clockwise which will push the air downwards and create a stronger draught. If you have an air conditioner, you may want to replace the filter so that you can avoid any malfunctions. And if you use artificial air fresheners, try choosing one that gives off a fresh and fragrant summer scent.

 

Invite More Natural Light Indoors

 

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First of all, to bring in more natural light you can make sure that your windows are sparkling clean both inside and out so that you can get an unobstructed view to the outdoors. If you are struggling to tackle some of the outdoor windows, you could use an equal parts water-vinegar solution and a squeegee. You could also replace your heavy winter drapes with some lighter window treatments. Choose some thin blinds instead in some lighter colours that welcome in the summer sun.

 

Give Your Front Door a Lick of Paint

 

You may not feel like tackling any major DIY jobs when the weather is warmer, but a simple job that you can do to make the world of difference is to give your front door a lick of paint. This way, you have a nice welcome to set the mood every time you get back home. Start by sanding it down so you have a smooth surface to start from and then a couple of coats should do the trick. Complete the job with a shiny new house number and doormat.

 

Stock Up On Summer Essentials

 

There is nothing like stocking up on a few summer essentials to give you that warm feeling. Ironically, one of the first things that you should get is some ice cold popsicles! This way, you will always have a refreshing treat lined up when the temperatures start soaring. While you are looking in your freezer, it is a great time to give it a defrost and clear out anything that is leftover in there that you don’t want anymore. Other common items that you will need for summer include sunblock and insect repellant.

 

Sort Out Your Garden Area

 

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If you are lucky enough to have a garden area, you should make sure that everything looks as good as it possibly can. If you have a patio or decking area, you can take it on with some warm, soapy water, a scrubbing brush and a hose. Once you have a nice clean area to base yourself, you can arrange your furniture in a social way that encourages conversation. Some potted plants, candles, pillows, and outdoor lighting can really set the mood when the sun goes down. You can also invest in some sort of outdoor heaters in case things start to get a little chilly.

 

Restyle Your Kitchen Shelves

 

One of the best ways that you can get your home summer-ready is by getting rid of that sense of clutter. There are all kinds of creative storage options out there, but one of the best ones is giving your kitchen shelves a restyle. Work out which are the kitchen items you never use (there are bound to be a few) and get them stored away in a different location. When you give yourself that extra breathing space, it gives you the feeling of being in a vacation home.

 

Display Some Fresh Fruit in a Bowl

 

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Fresh fruit is a wonderful summery snack, and it also looks very appealing when you display it in a bowl. Choose a few different kinds that give your table a multicoloured feel, but don’t forget to actually eat it rather than just looking at it! If you get yourself some fresh oranges, a glass pitcher and a juicer, you can start off the day right with a nice refreshing glass of juice.

 

Change Your Furniture Accessories

 

Even if you don’t want to change your furniture altogether, you can still bring in some different items like rugs, cushions and blankets. Try to choose some light and airy colours rather than the deeper ones that are popular during the winter. Just this simple change can really make a big difference in giving off more of a summery vibe in your home.       

Say Chic! Elegant Party Touches For Your Special Occasion


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When you’ve got a special occasion coming up, you can start to get super excited about all of the plans. Whether it’s a big birthday, anniversary, or milestone celebration, a party should always be in order. But, this can’t be any old party – oh no. It has to be a hit! So, you’re going to want to make sure that your party stands out. To do that, you should focus on a few elegant touches that can take your celebratory occasion from cool and casual to classic and chic in no time at all. And to do that, here’s what you need to set everything off in style.

 

Hire A Planner

 

Sometimes, it’s nice to plan a party yourself. But, you have to admit, it can be a completely stressful occasion. So, you might want to think about hiring an event planner. If you’re busy with work, it can be a lifesaver. Then, you don’t have to worry about decorations or music choices, because your planner can handle it all. And if you’re hoping for a theme that wows, your expert will have you covered.

 

Hire A Stunning Location

 

This is definitely something that your party planner will cover off for you, but you’re going to need to approve everything. They’re going to give you options, but you still have to make a killer choice. If you want to wow with your special occasion, you’re going to need the stunning location to do it from. Whether that’s a classic castle style hotel, or a sweet little barn in the middle of nowhere, just make sure it has an air of elegance, and you’re good to go.

 

Go All Out With Refreshments

 

As everything starts to come together, you’re going to want to make sure that some of the most notable parts are on point. And we all know what means we have to cover off the refreshments first. You might want to think about creating your own cocktail menu, but that’s not all. With a custom drinks design like Wine Design produces, you can personalize your wine bottles to really add an elegant touch. Then, your planner should be able to pull out all out all of the stops with a caterer too, meaning your food will be a sure fire hit all night long.

 

Get Creative With Gift Bags

 

If you want your guests to be super impressed, why not think about handing out gift bags and party favors too? With cute options to choose from that suit your elegant theme and venue, you’ll be making sure that your memorable occasion lives on forever, in your mind and in your guests’.

 

Pamper Yourself Pretty

 

Finally, you may want to think about your pre-party pampering prep on the run up to your special occasion. Every girl wants to look ultra glam when it’s their day, so you may want to work on your glowing skin, shiny hair, and even bright eyes too. Pamper away, get your nails done, and book a hair stylist for the day of the party. Then, you’ll feel just as elegant as your special occasion is going to be.

 

 

What To Look For When Hiring Professionals For Your Wedding


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When it comes to organising a wedding, some people will stick with friends and relatives. But there are some jobs that these friends and family can’t do. Unless you personally know a registrar, you’ll need one to legally get married. Then there’s the added benefits that come with a hiring a professional. They won’t get too drunk and forget to take photos for half the night, neither will they play an inappropriate DJ setlist in the evening.

 

That said, you shouldn’t just hire any old professional to work at your wedding. Research is important in order to get right individual for you. Here are some of main factors to consider when looking for wedding professionals.

 

Cost

 

Expensive rates don’t always entail the best service. It’s worth always collecting multiple quotes from different registrars, photographers, DJs and florists.

 

There are lots of cost-saving techniques. Getting married in winter will often get you less expensive rates as this is when there are fewer weddings, and so those in the wedding trade will compete against one another with deals in order to get business. Bundle deals can be another way of saving money, giving you multiple services at once.

 

Be aware of those that try and sell you extras. Do you really need flowers on every table, or will a large flower feature somewhere central do? Is champagne necessary on the exit to the ceremony, or can you wait until the meal and reception? A breakdown of all the costs can often be useful, so that you know exactly what you’re paying for.

 

Of course, if cost is your main concern, hiring friends and family to do certain jobs may be more sensible. Just be aware that you may not get the desired quality that you’re after.

 

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Reputation

 

Checking someone’s reputation is very important. Anyone can pass themselves off as a photographer or DJ, so check that they’re somewhat established (a good quality website and social media are good things to look for). Reading reviews can also help you to find someone that’s good quality. There are plenty of review sites online. Don’t disregard word of mouth too – reviews and testimonials online can be faked, but if you’re hearing it straight from a previous client’s mouth, you know that they’re worth considering.

 

Experience

 

Someone’s experience can also count for a lot. A catering service that have been cooking food for weddings for ten years may be better equipped than a brand new company. Relevant wedding experience is also important. Just because a DJ has been playing clubs for several years doesn’t mean that they’ll also be able to transfer their talents to a wedding setting, where the audience is different and children may have to be catered for. Many people in the wedding trade will keep a portfolio of their work, either as a photo booklet or online. Always ask to see this so that you get idea of the past clients they’ve worked with.

Top Tips To Turn Your Home From Shabby to Chic


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The general maintenance of our homes can be a real upkeep. The little cracks in the walls, broken cabinets, scuffed skirting boards and old window sills are all details that can creep up on us. Keeping our homes looking in tip top condition can sometimes feel like a second job and can feel overwhelming when we look around and see that there’s so much to do.

 

Well fret no longer. Today we are pleased to share with you some super simple tricks on how to fix those little details, get stuck into a little DIY and transform your home from shabby to chic in no time at all.

 

Start With Paintwork

 

Old and tired paintwork can make all the difference to the look and feel of your home. So giving your home a well deserved lick of paint is one of the best things you can do if you feel like your home is looking a little bit sorry for itself. Put some thought into the different colours you think would best reflect the style of your home, and the mood of each room that you want to achieve, before you even think of picking up a paintbrush.

 

Neutral walls are usually the most popular colours as they create a great background canvass for us then to be able to add colour in other more interchangeable decorative areas of our home. But there are endless variations of white, cream and eggshell so put a little research into the different colour options that you prefer. Painting one wall in a room in a really bold colour is an interesting idea to add a bit of personality and style to your living spaces. A deep red wall in a living room, a duck egg blue bathroom wall or a dusky pink wall in your bedroom could add a whole new dynamic to your living spaces and make them feel much more interesting and unique.

 

Skirting Boards

 

Skirting boards are a really important area of our homes to keep an eye on. It’s easy for them to look old and become loose and as they are an important frame to our rooms, keeping them in good condition is essential in maintaining an attractive home. If you have any marks on your skirting boards it’s high time to give them a new coat of paint. Covering the top and bottom of the boards with masking tape will make sure you don’t paint outside your skirting boards, onto the walls and the floors.

 

If you have any loose skirting boards or any that have fallen off it’s time to get them secured down once and for all. There are special wood seal glues that are designed purely for DIY jobs such as this and make the task at hand really easy and quick. Investing in a glue gun to make the job even easier is a good idea so look online at companies like Glue Guns Direct to see what models are available for the job you need doing.

 

Reinvent Old Furniture

 

Look around your home and look at any old, dark furniture that perhaps is pulling down the overall decor of your home. You’d be surprised at how many weird and wonderful ways there are of taking your old furniture and decorating them so that they look modern, fresh and bring an entirely different look to your home.

 

An old chest of drawers can be bought back to life by painting the drawers different colours. By painting each drawer a different colour you will add vibrancy and energy to a boring and basic chest of drawers. Sorry looking bedside tables can be instantly transformed into Parisian chic by whitewashing them so that they look like they’ve been picked up in a trendy French flea market.

 

Old dining room tables can be sanded down and painted rich mahogany wood and then varnished over for extra shine. Neglected corner tables can be transformed by painting just the surface or just the legs in a colour that would compliment the overall colour scheme of that room. Tired looking bathroom cabinets can be given a pretty look by painting just the frame and the sides a tranquil, calming colour or even in nautical stripes if you’re feeling particularly creative.

 

The process of transforming the old furniture in your home is really fun and is a really cheap, well actually practically free, way of breathing new life into your home and adding special touches here and there that will make a big difference.

 

Reupholstering

 

Reupholstering furniture is another really cost-effective way of transforming your furniture without having to start from scratch and go and buy new. Our sofas naturally age over time so it’s natural to look at them after a few years and feel that they are dragging down the look and feel of our living rooms. However reupholstering furniture is a much cheaper solution to buying new and offer fantastic creativity when choosing the colours, textiles and patterns you feel will best suit the overall style of your living room. Research online different sofas that you like and you feel would fit well into your home and then go to your local upholstery company and talk them through your ideas and see what they can do.

 

It’s All In The Detail

 

The rest is really up to you. No one knows what needs doing around your home better than you, and we all tend to have some rooms that needs a little more TLC than others. Kitchens can always benefit from tip top organisation. Deep rolling kitchen drawers always help keep our kitchens organised and clutter free. Cute spice, oil and vinegars racks keep the items we need close at hand, within arms reach, but as an attractive feature rather than scattered around, untidily on our kitchen surfaces.

 

Bathrooms are rooms that should feel calming and tranquil and can always benefit from new rugs, curtains and towels every couple of years. Due to the humidity in this room, the textiles in this room tend to age much quicker than in any other room.

 

Bedrooms and living rooms are all about ambience and looking inviting and cosy. With the above in mind and some little touches like pretty candles, low-lit lamps, chic mirrors and attractive rugs your home can look chic and sophisticated in no time at all.

Blanket Scarf Style


Oh man, it has been a hot minute since I have shared an Outfit Inspiration!

Yes, this is a simple, easy to throw together outfit, but the best part about this outfit is the blanket scarf.

It is from Jo-Ann Fabrics and is the easiest DIY ever! At the beginning of the season they came out with some great plaid prints in a variety of fabrics. Some were a classic, thicker, flannel like fabric, but this one was a lighter weight fabric.

I loved the colors as well as the weight of the fabric, this piece goes with many outfits in my closet.

I simply took it, and one other plaid fabric, to the cutting counter and asked if they could cut a square pieces for me. Once at home, if needed, I gently touched up and frayed/uneven parts on the edges. No sewing involved! 

I love it and have worn it often! Let me know if you try this yourself.

Outfit Inspiration:

Black Sweater – Target

Blanket Scarf – Jo-Ann Fabrics

Boot Cut Jeans – Old Navy

Red Flats – Target

Personalized Phone Case^ – Pink Sugar Crystals

Happy Shopping!
^A Leopard Print Lindsay Supporter!

Easy Halloween Decor


Halloween is so close and I am so excited! Yes, I realize it is still September, but Starbucks has already release the PSL and the first day of fall is only a few days away, don’t judge me. 

I popped into Target the other day and frolicked happily through their display. I am rather impressed with myself, I only bought six items. Success! 

(This has nothing to do with the fact that I have already purchased items from Michael’s Crafts and JoAnns. We’ll just pretend that didn’t happen.)

Anyway, last year I shared my Floating Witch Hats, this year  I came up with two really easy “DIY” decor pieces that anyone can do. Yes, I mean that, you could have two bottles of wine and still manage to get these done.

Be sure to remove the tags from all your fun purchases. (I’m looking at you, Mom.)

First Piece – 


Items needed:

Bird Cage – Target

(You don’t need to get all fancy, the one in the link will do.)

Crow Skeleton – Target 

(NOT a real one, that’s just weird. Also, NOT a live one, you don’t want that mess in your house.)

Now, take the crow (you can give it a name if you want to, I’ll call mine Herbert), open the cage, put him (or her if you have given it a girl’s name) in it, close the cage.

Yep, that easy. 


Look how happy he is, he loves it!

Second Piece – 


Items Needed:

Small Cloche – Target

(Be sure to get the one from the Halloween section, it has a cute bat on top. Plus it is made of plastic, so if you are doing this while full of wine, it’s unlikely you’ll break it.)

Purple Bat Lights  – Target

Orange Pumpkin Lights – Target

(These items are in the  $1-$3-$5 section in store only. If you go, don’t drink or text and drive, thanks.)

AA Batteries – 2 per each light set. 

(Yes, Target carries them too.)


Gently unwind lights from inset in box, and put the batteries in, turn lights on and look at how pretty they are.

Gently place lights in the top of the cloche, spreading them around as evenly as you can. 

Place the bottom of the cloche on, be sure to leave the battery packs out. Flip back over and voila! 


It might take a few tries to move the lights around to how you like them.

These are perfect placed on a mantel or side table!


Woohoo! You did it! Now go make yourself some Halloween Munch to celebrate!