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LIFESTYLE: TOP TIPS FOR ADDING VALUE TO YOUR HOME

f you are looking to add value to your home, then there are a whole host of things that you could do. From a complete renovation to just updating a room, there are plenty of options for you, depending on your budget. You don’t need to have to plan to sell your home anytime soon, but knowing that you have more value in your home can make such a difference; your home is an investment after all. 

There are certain projects that will not only be able to boost the kerb appeal of the home, which can seal the deal when you’re showing potential buyers. But they don’t need to cost a lot of money, even if they can help to make you some money. The work of builders is a lot that you will be paying for, so make sure that you choose people to do the work that you are really happy with. Then it can all make a difference to the value and quality of your home.


Put Structural Issues Right

One of the best ways to add value to your home is to sort out any of the structural problems that come from wear and tear in the home. There can be issues like subsidence, and these kinds of things can really lower the value of the home. Plus, it doesn’t make sense to overhaul so much of the inside of the home, if the outside, or structural issues, aren’t dealt with first. Put your mindset in that of a prospective buyer; will they want a brand new kitchen if there is subsidence or issues with the basement, for example? 

New Heating System

If you are thinking about adding some value to your home, then one simple things that you can do is to look at what you already have; your heating system. There are many homes that don’t even central heating, so if you have an older home like that, then that can be the first thing to do. You could have a system that needs updating; either way, it will make a big difference and help to add value to your home. A new central heating system can also help to make the home more energy efficient.

Convert Your Loft

A loft conversion can cost quite a bit of money, depending on the size of the loft space. But when you think about adding value to the home, then it is likely to be something that is a good investment because you can add in a brand new room. You will need to make space for a new staircase, though, too. But a loft conversion can add so much value to the home, and definitely make its money back. Make sure enough natural light can be brought in too, as that can make a real difference to the overall look and feel of the room. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to adding value, but there are plenty of different things that you can do if you’re prepared to invest in it.


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LIFESTYLE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ACHIEVING A VINTAGE INTERIOR


Vintage is the on trend buzzword when it comes to interiors. All things mid century, tile topped, Danish and retro are sought after; the more original, the better. It can be tough to create a desirable vintage look as you run the risk of your living room looking more like a junk shop rather than a high end interior. The vintage look is best harnessed when it is mixed with more modern touches. Take a look at how can create a high end look by using an eclectic mix of interior techniques and decor.

Features

The ideal way to use vintage pieces is to make them the focal point of any room. Because they are one of a kind pieces and aren’t from generic flat pack style furniture stores, you can enjoy having a one off Danish tile topped coffee table in the centre of your living room. Alternatively, you might spy a retro 1960s G Plan sofa for your snug. Or perhaps you’d rather make a feature out of your fireplace. If you are fortunate enough to live in a Victorian or Georgian humble abode, the chances are that you have a glorious old fireplace. Consider making this a feature of your living room and refurbishing it. Victorian cast iron fireplaces are as vintage as it gets with tiled surrounds and stunning hearths.

If you want a feature fireplace but haven’t got one of your own, head to a reclamation yard and install one into your dwelling. This will give your home the vintage feature that you crave.

Furniture

The furniture you buy for your home doesn’t have to be expensive. If you want a vintage look, but cannot go all out authentic, head to a furniture clearance sale and scour the bargains. You could find many modern pieces made out of solid wood that pay homage to the mid century era of utility furniture and angular lines. Tables and chairs can be curvy and post modern like the sputnik 1960s orbs, or they may be more rustic and shabby chic like those now found in farmhouse kitchens all over the country. If you fancy a spot of upcycling or distressing, buy cheap online and then get the chalk paint out for experimenting.

Walls

You might be tempted to redecorate to help your new vintage pieces fit into a more suitable interior. You can make your walls more vintage than the furniture that it houses. Consider whipping up a feature wall of geometric wallpaper full of mustard yellows and burnt oranges in recognition of the cool patterns of the 1960s. Some shops will still stock the original patterns albeit on more resilient paper. If you have the money, you might fancy checking out the designer wallpaper. The flock and damask varieties are on trend at the moment. Pair your wallpaper with stark white walls and they will pop.

Designing a vintage interior for your home needn’t be difficult. Follow this guide and you could achieve the perfect mid century look.

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[AD GIFTED] HOW I STYLED MY NEW PINK FEMME LUXE JUMPER!




So i'm actually in love with my new jumper from Femme Luxe, it's so cosy and warm and so super cute. 

They have so many cute jumpers to choose from!

I've worn it like 2 or 3 times since I got it a few days ago! I wore it to work with my black skinny jeans and boots. I got so many compliments. Then I wore it yesterday for a stroll around the park with Amelia with my black polka dot skirt from Primark. It looks lovely tucked in with my boots! 

It's a lovely thick quality and super soft. I love the detailing on the shoulders, it breaks it up a little and actually makes it more flattering. The sleeves are nice and long too making it super cosy. 

This jumper also comes in White and Rust so if the pink isn't for you then check the other colours out! 



LIFESTYLE: IS IT EXPENSIVE TO MAKE YOUR HOME ECO-FRIENDLY?

Everyone is keen to get in on the sustainable act. You might have heard the buzz words of ethically aware, environmentally sound and green. But, how can you make your home fit this newfound perfect sustainable persona? Surely, the paint that you choose, the lighting that you pick and the flooring that you plump for isn’t going to make that much of a difference to the survival of the planet? However, if everyone decided to take baby steps towards being more environmentally aware, oak trees will grow from tiny acorns. Take a look at how making your home eco-friendly needn’t break the bank.


Lighting

If you have powerful strip lighting or old school incandescent bulbs lighting up your rooms, it’s time to think again. Yes, the latest energy saving bulbs are more expensive to buy, but they can last twenty times longer than their older equivalents. They don’t use as much electricity, and the hue that they cascade around your rooms is more pleasant to the eye. You could even opt for vintage style Edison classics. You no longer have to squint as you wsitch on your strip lighting, and you can experiment with the joys of subtle LED lighting. Add dimmers to your lighting and you could use even less power to provide light to your living spaces.

Energy Self Sufficiency

Have you ever walked past your neighbours houses to see mini wind turbines and solar panels on the rooftops and wondered what on Earth your fellow residents were thinking? Heading to one of the many local solar companies in your area to investigate producing your own electricity might not be as daft as it sounds. Fitting solar panels to your roof may be expensive initially. However, the running costs of your home may be cut to zero. If you produce more energy than you actually need, you can sell this back to the utility company. In effect, you can begin to make money through your solar panels. The same goes for any wind turbine that you choose to install. Don’t think of the mammoth ones seen by the sides of motorways. Yours will be a discrete tiny turbine generating just enough energy for your own home.


Water

Water is a commodity that we all take for granted. However, with climate change becoming more evident, we are suffering from longer hotter summers resulting in a diminished water supply. This means you need to make an effort to cut your water usage. Take shorter showers rather than baths. Only boil a kettle with as much water as you need. And try to limit your laundry to full loads throughout the week. These tiny steps will help preserve water, while also saving you money. If you’re on a water meter, you will want to cut your water usage for the benefit of your purse strings.

Forget about spending your hard earned cash on the latest granite quartz worktop, and instead, consider making your home more environmentally friendly and fit for the twenty first century.

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[AD: GIFTED] FASHION: FEMME LUXE GREY LOUNGEWEAR



It's getting bloody cold out there which means it's time for some good loungewear sets! How cute is this set from Femme Luxe?! It's so soft and comfy. It's just perfect for this time of year. The amazing thing about loungewear is that you can easily dress it up or down. 

As you can see i'm just chilling at home this evening reading my book but I could pop on some heels and a chunky necklace and i'm good to go.

I love the grey marl colour, it's gorgeous and so easy to wear but they do have loads of colours and styles so there is something for everyone. 

The material is thin but warm and cosy, not to thick! It's really soft and just lovely quality. I'm really happy with it. I think i'm gonna have a little browse at some of the other styles they have to offer. 

Femme Luxe have loads of Co-ords to choose from so check them out!





INTERIORS: THE ULTIMATE QUICK MAKEOVER FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM

If you look at your living room and feel depressed by it, you are not going to want to spend much time in there. It can be a horrible thought that the place where you should feel the most relaxed is making you feel down. However, it is very often the case that the more in need of a makeover our homes become, the less time we want to spend in them. 


Having to fix your living room up can be an overwhelming prospect. You may worry about the expense or possibly the time involved is the problem. However, worrying about a problem will not make it go away, and you could probably do the job in a short space of time for less money than you would imagine. 


Create A Feature Wall


If you want to make your room look more attractive, you should look at creating a feature wall. This will immediately make the room seem more dynamic. 


Choose the wall that you would like to be the feature wall. Usually, if you have a fireplace or chimney breast, the wall with these on will work best. If you don’t have either of those things, you could choose the wall opposite your window, or whichever wall your sofas face. 


There are a couple of ways that you can create your feature wall. Firstly, you could choose to paint it in a bold and impacting color that is in contrast to the rest of the room. Make sure the color scheme goes together well, though. You may choose to use some vinyl wall stickers to create a slogan or simple image directly onto the wall. 


The other option is to find some exciting wallpaper and use that to highlight the feature wall. 


Paint The Room White


White is a great color to paint a room. It looks clean and crisp. It reflects all of the light that comes into the room, and it makes it all appear much brighter. White will also help to make the room look bigger. Having that sense of space can make the room feel like a happier place in which to spend a lot of time. 


White is not a very forgiving color to paint your home, and if you have young children, and if you get mucky handprints or crayon drawings on your wall, you may need to either add to the coat from time-to-time or choose a different color. 


Declutter


Often, one of the things that get us down the most in our house is the clutter that we accumulate. You may not want to get rid of it, but having it hanging around can trigger us to feel unhappy. 


Go through all of the items that are in your living room. Sort them into three piles. One to keep there, one to put away in a cupboard or drawer in another room, and the other to donate, sell or throw away. You will find that there is much less that you really want actually to keep. Pretty soon, you will have a much neater, happier home. 


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[GIFTED] PERSONALISED DISK NECKLACE


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How beautiful is my new necklace? I just had to share it with you guys as I love it so much!!

It's this gorgeous Rose Gold tone, and you can fully personalise it so you can make it super special and personal.

It comes in a lovely gift box so would make a lovely present for someone, you can even have it gift wrapped so it's ready to go!

Sassy bloom gifts have loads of different necklaces so check them out as there is something for everyone. They have some fab gifts for bridesmaids, friends, mum's and a lot of them you can personalise to make it super special and thoughtful.

The Rose Gold disk necklace is only £20 which I think is really reasonable, it's such a nice size. Not to big or small. The chain is a good length and the engraving is lovely. It comes in Silver too, if your not a fan of the Rose Gold.

If you are after some lovely gift ideas be sure to browse the Sassy Bloom Gifts website as they have some really lovely gifts to choose from and they are all very reasonably priced. They have some great delivery options too if you need something fast!