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  1. We all love to improve our homes.  There are many ways to improve the look and feel of you home.  Everybody wants to feel comfortable in their home and proud of what they have achieved.  You can achieve your dream home bit by bit if finances are tight.

    The bathroom can be easily renovated by a lick of paint and a few new accessories.  Of course, if you want to replace the whole bathroom then this is a much bigger job but can also be done on a budget if needed.

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    A lot of families spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the home.  Whether that would be for cooking, dining, partying or socialising.  The kitchen has many functions.   Since we spend a lot of our time here it is important that we feel comfortable in this room.  The look and function of it can make all the difference.  If you are a regular cook you may want all the mod cons installed.

    Just as feeling comfortable inside your home is important it is just as important to feel proud of how your home looks from the outside.  If the exterior of your home is looking a little dilapidated, then there are a number of ways to spruce it up and give it a more luxurious look.

    UPVC is a modern material used to give buildings a contemporary look and create strong windows and doors. If you haven’t switched to uPVC yet you should definitely replace your windows with UPVC if  you want to modernise your home. Discounted windows can be found in various places to improve your home.

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    Some cheap ways to spruce up your home are as follows

    Sew yourself some cushions to match your décor.  Material can be bought cheaply from various places including charity shops.

    Upcycle furniture to breath a new lease of life into them.  Shabby chic means updating your old furniture and it will make them look new again.

    Paint a mural in your children’s bedroom or any room you choose.  This will change the whole look of the room by doing this and children love it.

    Make a new headboard for your bed.  This could be from old books if you are an avid reader or even from pallets, there are lots of tutorials online of how to do this.

    Paint your kitchen cupboards.  This will change the look of your whole kitchen.  Easily done as long as you prepare the cupboards before you start painting.

    Make an herb garden for your kitchen.  This is practical and looks great in your kitchen too.

    Use apple crates for shelves.  Just paint them whatever colour you wish and stack them up.  These are a great alternative to an otherwise boring bookcase.

    Paint a wall or an area with chalk paint.  This is great if you have children as they can draw on this area and then it can be just wiped away.

    Plants are a great way to add character and updates a space instantly.

  2. Creating the Perfect Zone for Relaxing with a Book

    Nothing beats the joy of curling up on the sofa with a good book. However, our busy lives often prevent this from happening; then when we finally get a moment to chill with a novel, something comes along to interrupt us.

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    With that in mind, here’s how to create the ideal environment for enjoying that book, minus any distractions.

    Creating optimum reading conditions

    • ·       Switch off the phone (and everything else). Plenty of studies have proved how unproductive smart phones can make you. Switch off the mobile, or at least leave it in another room. This ensures that you don’t keep checking it when you’re meant to be immersed in your story. You may also want to turn off other distractions too, like the television, radio or any other contraption that produces a noise.

     

    • ·       Develop a habit. Set aside some time each day to read, and make it sacrosanct. This is officially your time to enjoy yourself with a book, and no-one is allowed to disturb it! If needs be, hang a sign on the door – just make sure you’re not interrupted.

     

    • ·       Get inspiration from others. It’s so much easier to get lost in a book when it’s a good one. Ask for recommendations from friends, or search on sites like Goodreads to find out which novels are worth investing time in. To get the most from your reading time, you want a book that engrosses you completely.

     

    • ·       Get the lighting right. Create the right ambiance for diving into a book. Softer lighting is generally more relaxing, but make sure it’s not too dim, as you don’t want to strain your eyes. A table lamp usually provides the perfect level of lighting – not too bright, but bright enough to read clearly.

     

    • ·       Make it an indulgence. Surround yourself with little treats while you’re relaxing with a story. Some snacks make the experience that much more special (these can be sugary or healthy, depending on your taste) and a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate also helps to make it feel like an event. Alternatively, read your book in a deep, bubble-filled bath.

     

    • ·       Create a mood. If you can make the room feel more decadent, then go for it. Spray some of your favourite fragrance around the room, or light a scented candle (Copycat Fragrances is a good place to look for inspiration). Switch on the gas fire if it’s cold. Wrap yourself up in a woollen throw and snuggle yourself into the cushions. In short, make it as comforting and warm an environment as possible.

     

    • ·       Choose the right time. With reading, timing is everything. There’s no point reaching for a book when the kids have just got home from school, for example. The house will be filled with noise, which isn’t the best thing when you’re trying to engage with a novel. Neither is really late at night, when you’re ready for bed; you’ll probably only manage a page or two before nodding off.