With space for housing becoming quite a problem in towns and cities, the infill method of extending out is very popular now. It needs a really good interior designer to look at a space and be able to envisage it as a new kitchen or bathoom. I know of a young couple who live in a suburb of London. They struggled like mad to get that first property and had to pay half a million for a very narrow, dark house that had been created out of the partitioning of two others. They now have a baby and needed to build out themselves – into the only bit of space available. Velux roof lights have made such a difference – they have a large bifold patio door out from the kitchen and the bathroom now resides in what was the store room. Again additional ceiling mounted windows was the only means of getting any light in. Fantastic space – is has just been sold for another few hundred thousand.
The neat and very smart furnishing themes of the 190s are back with a bang. I was looking at a couple of very high end inerior design and decor magazines last week and to my absolute delight, they were featuring the beautiful little dining set we still use that my mother was given second hand in 1965. It still has the little blue labels underneath each piece to show it’s makers mark, date and piece number. We have looked after it over the years and it has given us immense pleasure. It’s even nicer now when younger, hip city professionals amongst our relatives come round for a meal and covet my dining suite big time! I’m so glad that when we were having to empty the bungalow when mother had to move to a care home, we each had a choice of what to take – I named the dining set and it has been my total pleasure to own.
When we were clearing out an aged aunt’s furniture and effects from her little bungalow, it didn’t seem such a bad job – we all thought it would take half an hour if we all mucked in. My word that was a gross mis calculation of time over effort! I can’t imagine where all the glassware, cooking pans and stuff came from originally, but we packed box load after box load into our cars for redistribution around various relatives and charity shops. The very basic cabinets in her kitchen seemed absolutely tiny in comparison with the massive ones we enjoy today – how things have advanced from the 1980s when that bungalow was considered the latest in luxury living. When we come to sell it, the new folk will immediately rip out everything and replace with hi end glossy gorgeousness. Oh and the bathroom will need a complete gut and rebuild – it makes me shudder now!
I must say that having a large and cumbersome leather four seater sofa in the main sitting room, and its little sister, a two seater, in the family room, it is easy to be a bit careless with food and drink. The arms on the smaller sofa seem to jump at me sometimes – and my cuppa often spills down the sides. But unlike with a beautiful floral or tweed number, it doesn’t get wrecked. I leap out of the seat and fetch my leather cleaner spray and a clean cloth. A couple of sprays and wipes and bob’s your uncle as they say.
That is not the way forward with some furniture though and if I had one of those divine danish light ash wooden table and chair sets, then obviously I would be taking much greater care of them. No banging around with the vacuum cleaner for a start – more damage is sustained that way than with coffee I feel!
I’ve never been a pet lover of the type that lets pets sit on chairs or my bed. In fact I’m not that keen on anyone else going near my bed, animal or human. It’s funny how we get used to having our own private, personal space. I have waivered over the years and at last I am happy in my own house with my own choice of furniture and fabrics. The walls are the same throughout because when I last had the place decorated, the chap was over for a holiday from his own home and only had two weeks in which to do my work. He did carry out the total redecoration of the downstairs. I gave great assistance by emptying and moving various peices of furniture and cleaning around the walls etc. before he began. And any visiting dogs just have to stay put in the parlour – after my gargantuan decorating, they’re not welcome!
Oh how I laughed to myself the other day when returning from a birthday weekend with family. They’d asked me to sit in to take delivery of a pet food delivery whilst they went pet training. As we were already going out the next day, I accepted the chance to sleepover at their fabulous country pile. The light there just seems bigger, shinier – cleaner! They have a lovely big kitchen but now want a studio to design it properly for best ergonomic use. They also have a beautifully designed and themed lounge, with a big tv that I thought made all nature programmes come more alive than on my scruffy little set. Well when I returned home – to my delight there was a bigger tv installed in my sitting room – with a huge red ribbon & bow attached. My recent hosts had fixed the delivery plot to get me out of the house ! Such delight.
Fire safety is a big deal for most home owners and business owners. Whether you are taking precautions such as installing up to date smoke and fire detectors, or you are having specialised equipment installed inside your building, there are lots of ways to keep our property safe from fire and smoke.
One such was is through installing special smoke vents. These are well known about in industrial buildings, however it seems fewer people know what they are or understand how they work within commercial and residential property. A smoke vent is essentially a vent or shaft which directs smoke away from rooms and windows, and out through either a roof or wall. They work to prevent a build up of smoke in the event of a fire, and help to ensure people inside the building are safer to escape without inhaling lots of smoke.
If you want to find out more about smoke vents, the products available, or purchase a smoke vent, we recommend you reach out to an expert company. This smoke vent website is a good start, based in the UK and currently one of the most proficient in this field.
I have had the joy of helping a young couple move to their ‘forever’ home. This does seem a bit unlikely as they are both in their late 20s/early 30s but they found the whole business of selling their first house very stressful and have decided that they’ve already found the perfect spot to live out their very much longer retirement period. I suspect they will go house hunting again in a couple of years. When they’ve done everything they can to the current beauty and have got exceedingly bored. Gettig this house right has been wonderful fun though. They saw it when it was an empty shell – a conversion of a victorian building. They’ve agreed all the way along – perhaps differing only on a few small points. The decor is indeed magnificent and because the chap is a very good organiser and fixer, he has done a fantastic job getting their deals into place.
Decorating is a fun task, where you can really add your own stamp to your home. There are different colour families to choose from, and each adds a different feel to a room. A good way to try out different colour types is to use tester pots of your favourite paint colours, which are often available at your local DIY shop. Tester pots allow you to try different colours and formulations in different areas of your room to see how it looks in different lights.
For a relaxing feel, cool toned colours in light shades are a good choice. These include green, blue, pastel colours and light finishes. A satin or silk finish helps to bounce light around and make a room feel more spacious, especially in a light colour. Cream is a popular choice, but it can be a little bit boring if other colours are not added.
To make a room feel luxurious and warm, darker shades in warm tones like yellows, reds, pinks and purples can make a cosy feel. Matt finish or velvet finish can be a luxurious and stylish choice, making walls look perfect. Be sure to smooth over any dents or cracks in walls before painting with matt finish paint though!
The home can easily be a bit bland if you do not have decorative touches to really add your own mark. There are lots of ways to add a personal touch to your home, from adding ornaments, to painting walls the colour you truly love.
When it comes to living areas, a good way to make a house look like a home is add comfy items like cushions, throws, blankets and candles. These add a warm and inviting atmosphere to your room, making it much nicer to spend time in. Another great way is having luxurious curtains in a rich material like velvet, or silks. These can add a lux look which also involves a second texture.
Bedrooms are easy to make your own, again, with curtains, matching bedding and thick rugs or carpets. A furry rug is a comfy touch, and sweet photos of the family add a nice personal look.
The bathroom can have some expensive looking products like fancy bath foam, soaps and fragrance sticks. These keep the air smelling nice as well as looking attractive.