Thursday, 21 September 2017

Top 5 Unique Room Design Trends in 2017

Thinking of redesigning or refreshing the decor of your room? Have you thought of incorporating the latest design trends? Trends come in and trends go out, but if you have a unique and interesting design trend in your home you’re always going to have a place your friends think is cool and your family will love to reside in. It needn’t be quirky or too avant-garde, but retain a clean and fresh living space that will serve you through all the ins and out of the year to come. 

Every year you see a new set of interior design trends that are visually exciting and extremely covetable. It can be difficult to stay on top of the latest design trends and overhaul your room each time a new set of trends is introduced. Our recommendation is to incorporate elements of each of the trends that you love in small ways to keep up to date and give your room a much needed revival without too much expense. 

This year is no different, and we are here to introduce the top 5 unique room design trends that you can incorporate into your homes. These trends are chic, stylish, and can be easily incorporated into a room without the need for a total overhaul. 

Top 5 Unique Room Design Trends in 2017

1. Tropical Prints 
This design trend has been inspired by the fashion runway. Catwalks such as Marc Jacobs and Prada featured tropic print this year. The trend easily migrated to the interior design world across a mix of colourful fabrics and bright wallpapers. 

This trend does require you to be bold with colours and print. You can bring a bit of the tropics into your room with leafy prints such as beautiful palm trees. An easy yet dramatic way to do it is by investing in a tropical print wallpaper. 

If you just want to incorporate this trend in a more subtle way, you could find a print and frame it to hang on your wall to inject a quick tropical touch. A pillow with the print on would be an even easier way to adopt this trend. 

2. Textures 
Add a mix of different textures into your room to create a quirky inviting look and feel. Mixing the different types of textures is what makes this really interesting. This is not just confined to fabrics, but can also be incorporated across furniture items and wallpaper. For instance, drape a wool throw over a leather sofa and see how that looks.

3. Marble and Brass Combination
When these two traditional materials combine, they’re an impressive duo in the world of design. This is a very Instagrammable 2017 design trend that would work well in anyone’s kitchen or bathroom. If  you invest in a marble and brass item, you’re bound to amp up the style and glamour quotient of the room you place it in. Make sure that you have high quality fixings such as balustrade components for any fixtures required. It is a combination that has been popular for a while but will continue to be so in 2017 as it just looks so great together.

4. Geometrics
Geometrics make a comeback in interior design this year. Geometrically patterned items add a bold and modern feel to any room. Luckily this is an easy trend to incorporate using prints and patterns. Think about getting a set of geometric pattern bed linen. It could definitely add a sleek and stylish element to your room’s decor. 

In terms of colours, monochrome always looks chic in this pattern.

5. Green

Goodbye blush pink, green is having its moment in 2017.

Yes, it’s just a colour, but it’s big in the world of interior design this year. Different shades of green from lime to sapphire work beautifully in any room decor. If you’re not keen on overhauling your entire colour palette, you can just start to incorporate splashes of green into your decor with rugs or cushions. 

Darker greens in richer fabrics such as velvet are really effective at creating that sumptuous and luxurious look we all desire. 

For more inspiration for your room decor, follow your favourite interior designers on social media and turn to Pinterest. 

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Leo's Bedroom Make Over

High Rise Bed

Over the Summer break I spent some time making some changes at home, one of those changes was Leo's bedroom. 13 Months ago we moved into our new home, and Leo had begged, pleaded and begged some more for a high rise bed complete with a desk. The one we found and decided to go for even had a built in wardrobe and bookshelf. 

I agreed to the purchase because I loved the overall storage solution that it provided, fast forward to Summer 2017, and Leo is starting to fall out of love of the idea of having a 'ladder bed'. To be honest I was getting to the point where I dreaded making Leo's bed as it often resulted in me banging my head on the ceiling. 

If you are considering a high rise bed for your child's bedroom, I would think about other options first because the novelty does soon wear off for both parent and child. I found that it made Leo's double sized room feel very small, this was due to the sheer height of the bed.

By this point Leo was floating the idea of a double bed and a memory foam mattress, and I couldn't help thinking that it would really open up his room, and although we would lose out on the storage, he would have a lot more floor space. So I put the bed up for sale, and eventually it sold. A young couple came out and dismantled the bed themselves, paid me a very good price for it (Leo had kept it in pristine condition), so I only lost out on about £50 in the long run. 

Space Theme Bedroom

The bed was gone and Leo's room looked like a whirlwind had blown on through. There were toys that Leo no longer played with that needed to be sold, books, clothes and games that needed new homes in his room. I had my work cut out for me, but first I had to cut down on all the clutter that we no longer needed. I asked Leo to decide which toys he wanted, and the ones he no longer played with he could sell and put the money towards something that he did want. 

I took the opportunity to go through Leo's wardrobe and take out all of the clothes that no longer fitted him, some we donated to charity and the nicer ones I put aside ready to go in the loft (you never if you might need them again in the future!?). 

Space Theme Bedroom

Space Theme Bedroom

I have been looking through the children's catalogues at different storage solutions that we can apply in Leo's room, so far we have settled for some plastic boxes that we can slide under the bed when the contents is not in use.

We found a lovely double bed that came in under budget, I kept it White so that we could keep all the furniture the same colour, and I even managed to pick up a bargain memory foam mattress for him. I managed to do everything that Leo had wanted without breaking the bank and even helped him to make a few ££ in the process. 

Leo used the money that he made from selling his old toys to purchase some new games for his Nintendo Switch, which of course consolidated space and got him some lovely treats that he wouldn't have other wise had. 

The double bed may be wider than the single high rise bed that was there before, but it has made the room feel so much bigger than before, and with the way the bed is now positioned, Leo has so much more floor space to play with his toys. 

The only thing I have left to do now is get my hands on a medium sized bookshelf. I would like it to almost sit behind Leo's bedroom door, I have been looking for a second hand one, but it appears they are like gold dust. All of Leo's books are currently at the foot of his bed, and I would love to get them all organised for him, which is my current mission. 

I am really pleased with how Leo's room has taken shape, it really is surprising how much difference swapping a few pieces of furniture around does to a room. 








Thursday, 7 September 2017

A Family Wedding

Family Wedding

It's not very often that we get to get our glad rags on, so when a big family occasion calls for it we all like to make an effort. A year ago, my younger brother got married and the entire family came together to celebrate. Big family events such as this have always been a song and dance, and I have some incredible memories growing up of parties and holidays that are as funny today as they were then. 

These family events included the entire family, great grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins, you name it. On one family holiday we decided that it would be such a fantastic idea to use our plastic spades to dig a deep hole on the beach front. So between us cousins that's exactly what we did. The hole was deep enough for one cousin to stand into it up to his waist, and somewhere along the way we decided what a brilliant idea it would be to fill the hole back in... With him in it. 

As we carried on throwing sand back in and patting it down firmly as we went, we noticed that the tide was starting to edge closer to where we were all positioned. Long story short? My cousin was stuck fast and his Mother had to borrow a full size shovel to dig him out before the tide came in. To this day everyone but my Aunt can see the funny side of this, and somehow that just makes the tale that little bit more hilarious whenever it comes up in conversation. 

As it happens this tale did come up at the wedding, and again it brought a smile and a giggle as we cast our minds back through time to be back on that beach front as the waves started crashing in (if only they had camera phones back then....). 

Family Wedding


The reality is that everyone has grown older over the years and decades that have followed that time on the beach front, children have become adults and have children of their own, the adults have grown older, and we are now at a time in our lives where the matriarchs of our family are reaching their later life. My Granddad is now in a care home living with Alzheimer's, and it is these memories that put a smile on his face when he isn't really sure of where he is or what he is doing. He doesn't remember the wedding day, but he does remember that day on the beach, the people who were there and the memories that have been cemented from that cheeky prank.

On the big day, the men and boys were kitted out in suits, my other half had spent a great amount of time trying to decide which suit he liked best on Suits Men, and the girls and ladies all sparkled in beautiful dresses. The memory might not be recalled by my Granddad, but we know that he was there and we have the reassurance that although his short term memories of more recent occurrences are not what they used to be, his long term memories are all there for him and for us.

If there is one thing that I have learned it's that you can never take too many photographs, and I am going to make it my mission to dig out all of our old family shots, as I think they will be sure to bring a smile to the whole family's faces.