Monday, 9 April 2018

Easy Ways to Increase the Elegance of Your Home


If you’ve always dreamed of having a high-end home, but the amount of work you think it will take, or the perceived cost of achieving your dream home have held you back from fully realising your vision, I have good news for you! It is possible to make fairly minor changes to your home and have it look much more elegant.

Sound too good to be true? Check out these simple ways of increasing the elegance of your home:

The Devil’s in the Details

Many of the most elegant homes aren't elegant because they’ve been lavishly decorated - they’re elegant because the owner has paid attention to detail. For example, they may have taken the time to add quality oak skirting board at floor level and sophisticated cornice at the place where the walls meet the ceiling. This makes any room look more finished and increases its elegance ten-fold with just a little extra time and money ploughed into the process.

The Proper Paint is Important

The colour of the paint you choose to cover your home with will have a huge impact on whether or not it appears elegant. The good news is that, whether you’re a fan of bright, bold colours or you prefer a softer, more muted palette, you can achieve an elegant look. The key is to actually go super dramatic or super understated - anything in between will be lacklustre by comparison. Good options when going bold are rich reds, greens and opulent purples or even very dramatic blacks. If understated if your think, then a rich cream is pretty much always an elegant choice, as is a muted white.

Pile on the Pillows

Another very easy change to make to your home, which will add comfort and elegance, is furnishing (almost) every room with more pillows. Big comfy pillows that are sheathed in pretty materials such as silk, satin, faux fur and even recycled saris, are a great way of adding colour and style, while also bringing more opulence to the room. You need to make sure that they’re big and overstuffed though, or they could end up looking really cheap and not being too comfortable either.

Long, Lined Curtains Add Luxury

When it comes to treating your windows, if it’s elegance you’re looking for, you simply must choose curtains that hang from the ceiling (or as far up as possible) to the ground - curtains that end halfway down the wall often look cheap. They should also be lined and heavy and made from a luxurious material like velvet. Then, providing they match your decor, they will bring the room together and add some warmth and sophistication.

High-Quality Hardware is Best

Switching out cheap door handles and knobs on your furniture for high-quality crystal, glass or silver ones, for example, is a very effective, but inexpensive way of improving the elegance of pretty much any room in your home.

Make as many of these small changes as you can, and your home will keep on getting more elegant. Then all you have to worry about is keeping it clean and tidy, so it stays that way.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Five Tricks To Make Your Bedroom Look More Luxurious

If you’ve ever stayed in a luxury hotel, with a glorious and comfortable bed, as well as fluffy robe and soft carpet, then it can be hard coming back home to sleeping in your own bed, if your own bed is anything but. But in reality, you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to recreate an expensive and luxurious looking bedroom of your own. You just need to know a few of the tips and tricks from interior designers to do it well, without having the five-star price tag.

So here are some tips and tricks to help you style and design your bedroom, so that you can enjoy a luxury room all year round.



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Layer Up With Pillows and Cushions

What do all luxury hotels have in common? The beds are piled high with pillows and cushions. So if you were only looking for one thing to change, then it would be an easy win to just start layering up with pillows. A considered and luxury bed is always going to be layered up precisely with accent pillows, as well as having your regular pillows for sleeping, of course. Going with an odd number like five or seven can look good too.


Change Your Lampshade


A quick way to upgrade the look that your room already has is with the lighting, and in particular, the lampshades in the room. Luxury rooms always have plenty of lighting, and won’t make a room like dim or dark. So go for a statement lampshade, particular for the centre of the room. A chandelier-style lamp can be an easy way to create a luxe-look too.


Invest in a New Bed

If your room is in need of a bit of an upgrade, then the bed is going to be one of the features that will really stand out in the room. So getting a new, modern, and luxury looking one, like the many stylish modern Italian beds that are out on the market, can be a good idea. The frames and styles of a new bed can give an instant update to the room, and make a really stylish and luxurious focal point in the room.


Add Artwork

No doubt you will have some artwork that is in your home that you have in place to be seen. Which is why artwork can get forgotten about in a bedroom and family photos or wedding photos are often used instead. But getting some striking artwork for the home can be a really good idea. When you don’t have art in the bedroom, then it can be letting the room down, especially if a luxury look is what you are going for.


Style Your Nightstand

No doubt you have at least one nightstand in the room to have a lamp and an alarm clock on perhaps. But styling it up, rather than just making in a place for junk, can be a good way to add an element of luxury to the room. Less is more when it comes to your nightstand.

Friday, 23 February 2018

How To Travel Right Now Without Saving

 

Whilst saving up may be the most effective and sensible way of funding travel, it’s not the only way. In fact, you don’t need lots of money to travel – whilst you do still need to put in some thorough planning, it’s possible to visit your dream destination on any budget. Here are some steps to travelling without saving.

Earn money as you travel

The simplest way to travel when you’re skint is to get a job as you travel. This could involve working in a bar, picking grapes in a vineyard or even teaching English. Such jobs could give you a real experience of not just seeing another country but living and working in it (some employers may even offer accommodation for free or a discounted price). Alternatively, you may be able to do work from a laptop and earn money on the go. This includes jobs like writing, web design and consultancy – whilst you may have to hunt for places with wifi to work from for a few hours, you might be able to use the rest of your time to travel and explore. Sites like
Web Work Travel have more information on such jobs.

Use smart borrowing methods

Even if you’re planning to work as you travel, you’ll likely need some money to fund your initial flight or train journey, as well as having some spending money to get you by. Taking out a personal loan from a site like
MoneyMe could be an option worth considering. Obviously, you don’t want your travels to get you into too much debt, so look for low interest options. You may be able to part-fund it on a low interest credit card – credit cards can also offer a level of security when travelling abroad.

Put your bills on hold

You don’t want to be struggling to pay bills back home as you travel. If you’re going away for a few months, consider whether its worth moving out so that you don’t have to pay rent/mortgage. You can use a self-storage company such as
Now Storage to store your belongings. Similarly, you may want to take your car off the road if you have one and stop insurance payments.


Take advantage of last minute deals

You don’t have to plan months ahead to find good deals either.
Last minute flights can be just as cheap as many airlines are eager to fill last minute seat. Similarly, hotels will offer last minute promotions to fill empty rooms.


Keep to a budget

A budget is still important, even if you’re not saving up, otherwise you’ll get into a lot of debt. Have a set amount that you’re willing to borrow and don’t spend more than this. If you’re taking a credit card, set yourself a limit to avoid getting carried away spending. If you’re working whilst travelling, make sure that your wage is enough to cover costs of living – ideally want to be able to travel around and see local sights in your free time and not just get by.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Surviving In The Working World

It doesn’t matter whether you started your first job last week, or years ago. Surviving in the working world is not the easiest thing to do. You’re hit with curveball after curveball. Because one of the things you realise pretty quick is that your working life, and normal life, soon become intertwined. Anything that affects you at home, seems to affect you at work, and vise versa. One thing we can all agree is that going into the working world just causes one big ball of stress. When you’re a young and naive teenager, a full time wage might seem like the best thing in the world. But as soon as bills and other monthly payments start coming into the equation, the stress of life begins. Even though it will seem to remain this way for a lot of your working life, it isn’t fair for it to. Luckily for you, we’ve got some tips that we know will help you survive in the working world, no matter how long you’ve been in it. If you’re intrigued, then read on to find out more.

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Stresses

It has now become pretty much impossible to meet someone who
isn’t stressed. Even if it isn’t about work, there’s always something to be stressed about. But granted, work is the main reason a lot of people feel like their heads are about to explode. There’s a few reasons for this, and a few ways that you can solve it. The first being the amount of hours that you work. It might seem all well and good putting in the extra hours to get money. But before you know it the pressure mounts and you’re up to your eyeballs in stress. There are easier ways out there to make money than to put in hours and hours at the office. Not only will it make the job you’re doing extra boring really quick, but it’ll also reduce your focus during your normal working hours. We can see why you would want to earn more money, but why not think about doing it from home. Find something you're passionate about, and set up a little something from home. It could be freelance writing, painting etc. All of them might not bring in the same amount of money as extra hours at your normal job would. But if you build up enough of a reputation, you could find yourself bringing in a nice bit of side income.

Another stress that we guarantee you’ll have to deal with at work is those caused by the people who are managing you. Unless you run your own business, you’re always going to feel the pressure from
someone above you. This can grind you down until you feel like the most worthless employee in the world. The important thing to remember about the people above you is that they have the power. Once they get a taste for that power, there’s nothing that will bring them down. This usually leads to arrogance and overstating of their power. But, you’re going to find people like this in pretty much every career you go into. There’s never going to be a job where absolutely everybody is lovely. Someone always have a stick stuck somewhere they don’t want it to be, and they take it out on the people below them. So you’ve got two options here. Either put up with it. Find a way to grit your teeth and smile at them like they’re your best friend. Or, you can take a stand. If you know you’re being treated unfairly, make it known. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to step up and voice their opinions, to let the person at question step down a peg or two.


A Life Outside Of Work

This is so so important if you ever want to survive for the amount of time you’re going to have to until retirement. A life outside of work isn’t hard to achieve. All you need to do is find a way to switch off as soon as your shift ends. Some people like to go out with friends for a drink, others like to take to sport and fitness as an outlet outside of work. Whatever you chose, it is important to have one. But at the same time, it is easy for things in your person life to spill into your work life, and when they do things can get rather stressful. When this does happen, you work should always accommodate, especially if it is something that is massively impacting your life. For example, one thing we’re all going to go through at one point or another is loss of a loved one. It is hard enough to focus on life when this happens, let alone work. Your work should give you bereavement leave to help you get over your loss. But as always, some companies choose to be restrictive, even over sensitive subjects such as this. Peninsulas employee bereavement leave guide will help to show you what you’re entitled to if you ever do go through something like this. Other stresses can get in the way, such as relationship troubles etc. Things like this your employers will not be lenient about. Try not to let personal issues such a relationship break up spill over into the workplace. We know how hard it will be, as the issue will always be on your mind, but if you make work an outlet and an escape, it might make things easier for you.


Workplace Issues

Just like with the overbearing manager,
workplace issues are going to be something you’ll encounter at one point or another. Just like in school, friendships form and cliques appear, especially if your office is bigger. Try not to get involved with any workplace gossip. As interesting as it might be, it might come back on you as well. Your aim should be to be friendly with everyone. Don’t get on people's bad side by sharing gossip you know you shouldn’t. It is easy to feel isolated at work if you keep annoying people.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Don’t Let Your Look Lack Style This Year!

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Typically, people dress to match how they feel and act, and it can say a lot about someone when you see their style. It’s great if you want what you wear to reflect who you are, but you should also make sure it looks good on you! There’s a good look for everyone out there, although it might take some time to find it, giving up is not the answer. Many fashion enthusiasts online share their opinions and thoughts on what’s best for different individuals. Whether you feel short and lacking features, or you’re tall and broad shoulders, you can guarantee that there’s a look that looks incredible on you! The reason many people struggle is because they try to stick to trends; which are made mostly for the general body type. There’s nothing wrong with that! But you might be shooting yourself in the foot psychologically because you just have to wonder why it looks so good on everyone else, and not you.


Shop around!

If you feel that you do not fit the trends of today, and stores don’t generally sell your kind of clothing, don’t hesitate to go to online stores! If you’re not a frequent online shopper, you’re sure to be missing out on plenty of great wardrobe options for you. Don’t be intimidated by the lack of physical appearances, because although you won’t be able to try on any clothes before you buy them, there are often size charts you can compare yourself to beforehand. Not only that, but a lot of sites have a returns policy, meaning if it doesn’t fit or suit you; you can just get your money back!

Online shopping isn’t just the best way to find new clothes; it’s also the best way to get great deals! You have a vast amount of online stores you can purchase from, whether it’s for clothes, accessories or makeup, you’re certain to find the best prices somewhere! Take CNC Shellac, for example, if you’re looking for expensive makeup, the chances are you can’t beat the prices an online store has to offer you!




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Experimenting

Like mentioned before, you should take the time to discover what’s right for you. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by a lack of good results; many people find it hard to find their look. If you don’t know where to look, it can be tedious, but it’s an important step to having your perfect and unique image. Another thing you should consider, trying things you don’t think will suit you. It’s easy to dismiss these items right from the first glance you see them, but you never know when it will work out! It doesn’t hurt to be daring, and it can help you find the best results.


Every year people are getting sick of how they look, and it can become boring for them to stick to the same style. At some point, everyone needs a makeover, an overhaul to change how they look completely. Whether it’s a new winter wardrobe, or changing your approach to the summer, change is always good!



Thursday, 25 January 2018

Make 2018 The Year You Become Fiscally


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Money is something that gives each of us a headache at some point in our lives. No matter how much or how little you earn, it’s very easy to make bad decisions with your finances that can ultimately back you into a tricky corner. However, minimum wage or not, being sensible with your earnings is all it takes to have a comfortable financial situation. You just need to learn how to manage your money effectively and secure a better future for yourself. Make 2018 the year you become fiscally responsible. Here are a couple of tips.

Manage your expenditures.
Obviously, you can’t foresee every expense that’s going to come your way in life. Unexpected accidents can lead to costly medical bills, and legal situations can lead to hefty court fees. However, in many aspects of life, we can control our spending. It’s up to you how you spend your money. Still, there are some unavoidable necessities that we need in life, such as food, electricity, rent money, and gas for the car. That’s why you need to make a budget so as to ensure you know how much disposable income you have after you’ve paid for those necessities out of your earnings. If you’re struggling to afford the essentials because of a temporary problem with your finances then you might want to look into
online personal loans as a solution to get you by until you’re back on your feet. Obviously, this is a solution for those who will be able to afford to pay back the loan afterward.

Of course, cutting down on luxuries is one thing, but you can also do a lot to free up your available income by reducing the cost of necessary expenditures too. This doesn’t mean that you need to compromise by giving up the food, utilities, or other essentials you need. It simply means that you need to be smarter about the way in which you pay for such things. For example, you could save money when it comes to your car by learning to
maintain and repair it by yourself. You could save money on groceries by growing vegetables in your own back garden. You could save money on utility bills by insulating your house so as to better conserve the energy you’re using. There are so many ways to save money that you might be missing.

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Start saving money regularly.
Of course, the best way to be fiscally responsible is to avoid the urge to spend all of your disposable earnings. Instead, you should
set aside a small chunk of your income on a regular basis. In fact, every time you get your paycheck, you should instantly put some of it aside into your savings account. You could set up a standing order to automatically transfer a certain percentage of your monthly or weekly earnings straight to your savings account. That way, you’re never tempted to spend the money that you should really be saving. Ensure a better future by giving yourself a financial safety

Rustic Rooms: One Addition To Achieve The Look

The “rustic” look is a popular interior design theme, and one that never shows signs of going out of style. There is something that cannot be denied about the quaint, homely charms of rustic living-- it’s a style that transports you back to a simpler time, and helps you feel connected with nature even when you’re just sitting indoors and avoiding the rain.

Achieving the full rustic look, however, can be expensive, time-consuming, and… a little too much. If you go too far with this design idea, the interior of your home can begin to resemble a log cabin, and your usual tech and accessories will begin to look rather out of place. For example…

Rustic gone rogue.

Rustic is a look that is best applied gently, with small touches rather than an overwhelming theme that dominates the entire space.

If you want to capture the rustic look, then here are a few ideas for one addition you can make to each room. These single additions allow you to capture the spirit of the rustic look, without crossing the line from “quaint” into “overwhelming”.

THE BEDROOM: Wood furniture choice

The trend for modern bedroom furniture leans towards plain colours; white, black, grey-- and there’s no sign of that changing anytime soon. However, by choosing the rustic look you’re already sidestepping what’s “on trend” and going for a look that is timeless and classic, so you can afford to opt for furniture with a bit more to it.

If you’re aiming for rustic, then there’s one wood that rises above them all: pine. Pine is the quintessential rustic wood, and by choosing to use it for your bedroom furniture, you’ll have captured the country-cottage aesthetic in one fell swoop.

LIVING ROOM: Fireplace or wood-burning stove

There’s simply no other choice for the living room; if you want to achieve a rustic look in this area, then you’re going to want to create an old-fashioned hearth. The best way of achieving this is with a fireplace, which you can accessorise with a basket full of homegrown
British firewood, a poker set, and even a mirror to help reflect the light the fire produces.

If a full-blown real fire isn’t an option, consider a wood-burning stove. Wood-burning stoves don’t require a huge, built-in chimney breast, so they’re a great choice if you don’t want to make radical adaptations to your property.

KITCHEN: Copper pans from the ceiling

The kitchen is the heart of the rustic home, and one that popularised the look in the first place. While there’s no doubt that large unpainted wood tables and huge Aga ranges are attractive, there’s also no doubt that few people have the
kitchen space to accommodate such large additions.

Instead, choose to hang
copper pans from the ceiling to achieve a rustic feel without going full-on mountain cottage. Not only do these pans look good, but this is also useful, as it frees space in your cupboards. There’s a great guide to installing a pan rack in this video, so if you like the idea, you might want to give it a try:

Have fun turning your home into a rustic wonderland!