How furniture can help save space

Home design techniques will never become an out dated owing to the size of most households. Most households are small in size as compared to the amount of stuff that comes in. In such a situation, lack of proper organization of households can lead to clutter. The size of most households, if not well organized, cannot accommodate most of the basic stuffs that people bring in. In most cases, amount of stuffs coming in exceeds the amount of the same going out.

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Simple Summer Ideas And Inspiration For The Home

I love to change up my decoration to match the seasons, and create an entirely new feel in my home. In winter, I want to feel warm and cosy, but in summer i wish to let the light in and enjoy the weather!

As you may know, I’m currently working on my nature house project. Although we’re not all the way there yet, it got me thinking about ways I can make my home feel inviting for the season.

Summer Patterns

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I can’t get enough of nature, so of course I’d include patterns that make me think of wildlife and beautiful plants. Of course, you can have too much of a good thing. I’d use simple patterns with details such as leaves or butterflies in small areas of the house. A wall decal with a floral pattern would look fantastic on a feature wall.

I’d also use summer patterns on other areas, such as for a decorative table runner in the dining room. Small things like these I can switch and change with the season.

I’d also change the art displayed in my home too. I suggest picking bright, abstract floral paintings. The colour would instantly give the room a lift!

Decorative Bouquets

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Flowers immediately remind me of summer. There are so many fantastic varieties that you don’t get a chance to see when it’s cooler. I enjoy having the opportunity bring nature indoors and to decorate my rooms with flowers. If you’re not green-fingered, try ordering flowers from a site like SerenataFlowers.com. If you order fresh flowers, you can spend more time thinking about the vases you can use!

I often switch flower vases depending on the season. You could even redecorate them depending on the weather or even your mood! Vases are easy to decorate and paint. You could glue things to them such as shells to make them remind you of the beach. I’d even try an ombre effect on white vases so that I get to use some bright colours.

For outdoor plant pots, I’d decorate them with abstract patterned materials by using mod podge. Mod podge helps you to seal materials so that you can use beautiful fabrics outside. This way, you can cover your boring terracotta plant pots with colours and patterns that make you think of summer.

Centerpieces

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Centrepieces can turn your table into a work of art. It’s possible to make your centrepiece so that it’s unique to your home. I’d use a mixture of dried flowers, fresh flowers, candles, painted branches, shells and beads to create something spectacular.

Remember, if you do plan on making a centrepiece for your table, don’t let it get too big. I know it’s easy to get carried away but you don’t want to overpower your room. If you have a large room and a large table you can dare to big. If not, you may just end up making a room feel crowded.

Outdoor Furniture

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I think this is one of the most exciting parts of summer. Knowing that you’ll be spending lots of time in the garden. There are so many options to choose from for gorgeous outdoor furniture. There’s no excuse just to have a couple of plastic chairs!

For summer, I love the idea of being able to sit under a canopy on a beautiful wicker chair. I’d decorate it with cushions made from the summer patterns I mentioned earlier.

A hammock is also a good idea for creating spaces in the garden for summer lounging. If you don’t have anywhere you can tie your hammock to, you can opt for a free-standing one for the same effect.

The idea of making garden furniture from logs also appeals to me. You can create one-of-a-kind pieces of garden furniture quite easily. Stubs of tree trunks can make seats and logs can make tables, chairs and more. Let your imagination run wild.

Outdoor Lighting

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Lighting is important in summer as you spend so much time outdoors. There are almost too many options for summer outdoor lighting! Instead of buying lights, I’d like to have a go at making my decorative lighting. There are two simple options that I love for a candlelit garden.

The first is to paint clean, tin cans (the kind you get food in can work for this) in bright, bold colours. Next I’d use a drill to pierce holes in a pattern around the can. Then all I have to do is add my tea lights and place them around the garden! The candle light will shine through the holes creating a magic summer evening feel.

The other idea is to use mason jars. If you buy anything that comes in a mason jar, save it as they are so useful for many crafts. I’d decorate my mason jars with lace, ribbon and perhaps even glitter spray paint. Like the tin can idea, the mason jars will create an exciting effect. It all depends on the material or colours you use to decorate the outside.

I think both of these ideas are perfect for summer garden parties. You can make them in a jiffy with minimal effort so they are ideal for busy people.

For electrical lighting, I like the idea of decorating strings of fairy lights with different sized shells. It’s also a good excuse to spend a day at the beach so you can collect interesting shells.

Summer Scents

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When I think of decorating for summer, I’m often inspired by the scents and smells of the seasons. For an added layer of summer, decor, I’d use floral fragrances or scents that remind me of the sea. This way, when you get home, all your sense are full of summer scents, making it hard not to be happy!

You could add summer scents to your home by using candles, essential oils or potpourri. I might even try to make a summer fragrance with different essential oils. My home would smell incredible.

There are many more ideas out there that I’m sure will inspire my decorating efforts this summer. If you have any interesting ideas I’ve not thought of, please leave a comment and let me know.

 

Rural escapes in the French wilderness

As the largest country in Western Europe, as well as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, you couldn’t possibly hope to explore all that France has to offer in a single trip. While we’ve all heard of Paris, Nice, Marseille, Strasbourg, Cannes, and Bordeaux, as well as other familiar and popular holiday hotspots, exploring rural areas away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and crowded tourist areas often makes for a much more exciting holiday.

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Best adrenaline days out

The monotony of one’s daily life makes Jack and Jill dull boys and girls. The mind is cluttered with daily complexities and it can leave you feeling numb. It’s time to step out of the box and give your body and mind the tonic of an adrenaline rush. A ‘rush’ will clear up the mind like nothing else. For a few days it will get you focused on the basics and life will seem much simpler, till the potential monotony returns. The added advantage of burning calories and learning a new skill are a nice bonus. So what are some of the activities suitable for an adrenaline day out?

A day at the racetrack

The thrill of speed is something everyone has experienced. A day spent at the racetrack driving performance cars at high speed, around a track designed for racing, is sure to get the adrenaline flowing. Most tracks will have packages to match different levels of driving skills. Thruxton in Hampshire and Silverstone in Northampton are two well-known tracks that offer the choice of driving your car around the circuit or packages for different high performance sports cars like the Porsche 911.

Racing safety has always been a driving force across the governing bodies of the sport. Max Mosley as president of FIA the governing body for F-1 racing was instrumental in getting Euro Encap legislated in 1997. The legislation ensured that car manufacturers ensured that the vehicles conformed to stringent crash norms. According to the EU commission in 2000, “Euro NCAP is the single most important mechanism for improving vehicle safety”. You can read stories about Max here.

Wakeboarding

Wakeboard is a water sport where one rides a board on the water’s surface while being towed by a mechanical device or a motorboat. Most parks that offer this sport have packages tailored for the beginner. The thrill one gets from skimming the water and sometimes falling while doing so is something one will remember for a while. BWSW is the governing body for this sport and it certifies various facilities for meeting safety norms. This is something to think about while looking at possible venues.

Hang Gliding

Disclaimer; this is not an activity for those with a fear of heights. For the rest this is a sure shot route to an adrenaline rush like never before. For those who get hooked this is often the first step to taking flight in gliders and planes. There is something about looking at things from a bird’s eye perspective. The countryside offers many avenues where this sport is offered. Actual flights are in tandem with the instructor until you earn your first solo flight. BHPA (British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association) has a wide network of affiliated clubs and registered schools across the country.

The idea is to get out, have some fun, and get a shot of adrenaline to the head. Chances are it is an experience you will enjoy and cherish. If it leads to developing a new hobby, so much the better.

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