Modern Victorian Home Decor

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Modern Victorian Home Decor? It Can Be Done!


There are so many things to love about Victorian home decor. It can feel ridiculously lavish and cosy. However, at times it can look a little outdated. This is why more and more people are opting for the modern Victorian style of decorating their home. This allows for more of a modern appeal while keeping the Victorian coziness intact. Let’s take a look at how you can achieve this look with your home!

Add Modern Minimalist Style to Your Home


Add some Minimilistic Style to Your Home with These Ideas
Minimalist style is very popular in the world of home decor right now, so maybe it’s time for you to try it out too. If you haven’t tried anything like this before, you should start small by adding a little minimalist style to your home. The ideas that you’ll find below offer ideal places to start, so read on now.

Happy's New Garden Part 2

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So this year I knew I wanted to landscape the garden, so I bought tools especially for the job...Yes I had been overdosing on gardening programs and I had a few tools to get on my list...So armed with a spade, a fork and an edge cutter [all bought from the Boot fairs that we go too] I decided to get cracking! I marked a line out with some string all the way to the bottom of the garden and rather than do it like they say...I thought I would improvise and stick old knives intermittently down the garden twisting the string around each knife so it was taught! Haha! I thought...there’s the right way...and the bodged Happy way!

Fun Design Details For Your Period Property


If you’re lucky enough to live in a pre-war abode; your house is likely to be full of period character and charm, not to mention some high ceilings (unless you’re in a beautiful cottage; mind your head). If you love your interior design; you’ll probably be decorating to enhance and reflect your environment and the era your home was built. However, it’s often the little details that people can forget, and these can make all the difference. The following are some areas of your period property to consider and advice to help put the design details in for a considered and inviting space.

How to Run a Low-Effort Household

Less is More: How to Run a Low-Effort Household

Do you feel like you put a lot of effort into running your home only to find that you have little time leftover for anything else? It’s a feeling that lots of people have, but you don't have to just accept that that’s the way things are. Here are some of the ways in which you can do less and achieve more when it comes to running your household in a more low-effort way. At the end of it all, you will be left with more time to do the things you love and care about.

The Lazy Gardener

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The Lazy Gardener: Low-Effort Tips That Aren't Back Breaking

We all love a beautiful garden, but that doesn’t mean we are all ready to roll up our sleeves. Some of you will hate the idea of spending the summer turning over soil and watering plants. Let’s face it - gardening is a lot of work. But, what if someone who will remain nameless told you that you could have your cake and eat it. Would you be interested? Good, because it is possible to cultivate an awesome garden even if you are a lazy gardener. All you have to do is get creative and think outside of the box. Because being creative involves being active, you might find it difficult, which is why this post is worth a read!

Happy's New Garden Part 1

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Last year not much happened in our garden really...I new that I wanted to landscape it eventually, but Freddy was still in his bed in the Living Room and the work on the lift and the wet room wasn't going to start until January 2017.

Happy Blog Posts are Back!


Hello peeps...sorry I have not been sharing my life on my blog for a while, but I have been extremely busy and didn't seem to get the time to fit everything in!...lately though, I have been getting into a better routine, I knew that once my Mum moved round the corner to me I would have less time...but I also knew that after a while we would get into a routine that works for everyone and I could start sharing my life on here again...I just hope you, my readers, still want to read what I have to say!

How To Bring Wildlife Into Your Garden


How To Bring Beautiful Floral Displays And Wildlife Into Your Garden

Adding a splash of colour is one of the most attractive techniques to breath new creativity into your garden and liven up your home in the process. Vibrant tones give the impression of brightness and tap into the energy of mother nature to express the jovial voice of spring and summer. The sun rebounds of your garden with a sublime attitude escorting shy neutrals away from the mundane spectrum and out into the wild, loud and proud.

How To Feel Great: Life Hacks For When You're Just Not Feeling Your Best


We’ve all experienced it.

It catches us unawares in the moments where we least expect it. That nagging sensation that everything’s just not okay. It manifests in different ways for different people. Some people feel tired, sluggish and struggle to get motivated, others become irritable and lash out at the ones they love. Whenever and however it presents itself, we all feel now and then that we’re not at all ourselves. Often we’ve been too busy caught up in the day-to-day of our busy lives that we’ve hardly stopped to notice it, but it’s there.

How to pretty up your Garden

 


If you’re looking at your garden thinking about how you could do a lot more with it to pretty it up a little, but aren’t sure where to start - here are some simple ideas that can make a big difference.


Remove the weeds


Weeds can be incredibly annoying because you can remove them as much as you like, but they will eventually return with a vengeance. They have the ability to make a whole garden look messy, so make sure you keep on top of them. Pull them out from the roots and/or cover them in boiling water. They will eventually shrivel up and die, without harming the area like certain weed killers can do.

Make Your Garden Magical This Summer


Designing and owning a magical home space is often something we as parents dream of, but it’s much harder to implement in reality. This almost goes without saying. We can imagine the Disney princesses of fame having to maintain the golden gardens they usually achieve at the end of their tales, and the fantasy usually falls.

Prepare For Your Children's Summer Campout!

 

Prepare Your Garden for Your Children's Summer Campout!

It’s official - this summer is going to be better than ever. At least that’s what the forecasts are saying. No matter what you hope to do with this time, there has never been a summer with more inherent beauty (and intense heat!) than this one. Making the most of it is important.


An A to Zzz for Getting a Good Night's Sleep


 From A to Zzz: Everything You Need To Know About Getting a Good Night's Sleep
We spend more than a third of our entire lives asleep. For something so necessary and so time-consuming, you’d think the average person would know a whole lot more about a good night’s kip than they seem to. Sleep is a vital indicator of health and wellbeing. So, to live a healthy and happy lifestyle it is almost essential that we understand sleep, know our own sleep cycles and habits and do everything in our power to make sure that we and the people we love have sufficient and good quality sleep. Here’s everything you could wish to know on the topic!

Create a Low-Maintenance Garden!


When people think of perfect gardens, they often think of astonishingly beautiful and elaborate gardens. While these are the gardens that really catch the eye and inspire the imagination, there is a big problem: they’re the kind of garden that needs tending to on an almost daily basis!

Super Simple Office Cut Backs


Where there are highs in our businesses there will also inevitably be some lows, from time to time. No business is immune from a few dry spells here and there and when those times crop up it’s essential that we know exactly what to do. There are many ways to make simple cut backs, either when going through times of financial difficulty or whether just looking to tighten things up a little. Here are our top ways of doing just that.

How You Can Own A Home!


If you want to make a really good decision for your future - or the future of your family - start seriously thinking about buying your own home. This might be a home that becomes the base for your family, or it might be something you rent out to give your family another source of finance through rental income and investing.

Can Your Home Be Beautifully Minimalist?


A lot of people really like the idea of going minimalist with their household. Of course, you may not be too familiar with minimalism! Put simply, it’s creating a home that isn’t loaded with unnecessary stuff. It also tends to feature pretty smooth and simple design. It helps people bring a sense of calm to their home. A lot of people are attracted to a more minimalist approach to their home, but they also think that it’s quite a lot of work. After all, it’s not quite as simple as stripping away everything you don’t want!



So here’s a quick guide that will help you get started. If you’re interested in bringing minimalism to your home, this is a must-read.

Melted Crayon Art

We all have fond memories of drawing all sorts of pictures with wax crayons, but these days we’re a bit old for playing with them aren’t we? You’re never too old to create something amazing out of crayons, but there are better ways to do it than just drawing. Melted wax crayon art is easy and cheap to make, and it makes for great decoration. Follow these simple steps and you can make your own at home.

How To Protect Your Home From a Break-In


There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day to find that your home has been broken into. It is more than just the things that end up being taken, it is the sense of intrusion that someone has been inside the home that you have worked so hard to make your own. Though there are no total surefire ways that you can protect your home from a break-in, there are a few things that you can do to improve your overall home security. Here are just a few of them that can hopefully give you added peace of mind.

3 Handy Tricks For The Lazy Gardener

The UK is bursting with people who want a “no work” garden. Even if you love looking out on a beautiful garden, there are probably times where you just wish it would tend to itself! If your busy schedule doesn’t allow much time to get into the garden and work on sprucing it up, there are fortunately some handy tricks you can use make it easier for yourself. Here are three to try out…

8 Inspirational Stories Of A Happy Garden


I am really into gardening lately and what with the Chelsea Flower Show currently on at the moment I thought I would share with you once again some inspirational stories to achieve a Happy Garden...

Once upon a time, there was a sunny patch of land attached to a cosy little home. It wasn’t the sunniest place on the planet; it wasn’t the biggest place either. But it was the happiest garden you’d ever seen. Why so?

Outdoor Dining Spaces

SOURCE Outdoor Dining Spaces... That'll Make The Neighbours Drool

Now that summer is nearly upon us, the time has come to start thinking seriously about how to put our gardens to good use. Spring is coming to an end, so most of the gardening is now done. All that’s left is to figure out a way to enjoy it all...If you love eating alfresco, you’ll love this post. We’re going to look at some outdoor dining space ideas that’ll make the neighbours drool.

Garden Your Way To Summer

Garden Your Way To Summer: A Guide To Update Your Garden Quickly
We can all be a little guilty of letting time escape us and being so full of routine and daily life, that we can forget to enjoy some of the simpler things life has to offer. Getting outside and enjoying the garden is one of those simple things. But while we all dream of the summer vibes and party ideas we can’t wait to organise, it will only be good if we have a garden or outdoor area to enjoy them in. Which is why I thought i would share with you a quick guide to help you speed up the process and help you get your garden ready for summer.

Get your Home Summer Ready

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The home can sometimes feel quite dreary as Winter ends and Summer approaches. You may feel like you need to spruce it up, make it brighter throughout and ensure it looks ready for garden relaxation and hot days in your home. There are all kinds of things you can do to stay in sync with Summer.

Banish the Bathroom Blues

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Did you know that doing your bathroom up will increase the overall value of your property by around 4%? Even if the cost and effort of improving your bathroom have been putting you off; that increase in property value should make you see things differently!


And you should also pleased to hear that revamping your bathroom shouldn’t take too much. In fact, there are some jobs that don’t take all that long that can really help you ditch your bathroom blues.

Garden Glamour: Designing A Nostalgic Vibe

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Garden Glamour: Designing A Space With A Nostalgic Vibe

Do you feel like you were born at the wrong time? Perhaps you are a gal who wishes she still lived in the swinging sixties or flower power seventies? Personally I love the style of the 1940’s and 50’s...everything about those era’s has a divine gorgeousness to me!

So if this is the case with you too, the chances are, that your home, already has a wonderfully nostalgic vibe to it! but what about your garden? We take a lot of time and make a lot of effort to create homes that reflect our personalities and tastes, but what about our gardens?
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Fresh Summer Party Ideas

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Prepare for Summer With These Fresh Party Ideas

Summer is on its way and with it comes a scorching hot sun and an excuse to get outside more. Parties are one of the most enjoyable ways to spend the summer. They can last from morning till night and with the blazing sun and a fresh breeze blowing, there’s nothing more enjoyable than hanging around with your friends and family in the great outdoors.
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Vintage Caravan Pictures for Inspiration


Even though I no longer own a Vintage Caravan, I still love to look at them at every opportunity! Pinterest is a good source to find interesting pictures and also typing the subject into Google brings up some pretty amazing pictures too...But just lately, I have been looking at my own! And Boy! Have I taken some!

Homes That Flourish In The Summer

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Sunny Side Up : Homes That Flourish in The Summer
The days are getting longer, air is getting warmer and some of us unlucky folk are dealing with all the allergies the bright seasons bring around. But besides that, Summer should be a time that we all look forward to and live to the fullest. Your home can play a huge role in that. Don’t let Summer dominate you by making things too hot and too stuffy. These are the changes you can make that welcome the Summer and invites it to create the happiest home you’ve enjoyed all year.

Get Your Vegetable Patch Off To A Great Start!

Starting your own vegetable patch is a great way to get more out of your garden, and save a lot of money in the process. That £5 tomato plant you bring home can easily provide you with several kilograms over the course of a growing season. Aside from that, the flavour and texture of the veg you’ll grow in your own garden can have a massive edge on anything you’ll buy in the shops. If you’re interested in starting your own vegetable garden from scratch, here’s some handy idea’s to help you set a great foundation to work with.

Cool Shade Gardens For Happy Healthy Summers


Summer is the perfect time to catch up with family and friends but with the hotter weather comes a responsibility to keep your loved ones safe, particularly children.


Children can burn easily after just a few minutes of sun exposure, but it is not always easy to keep them covered up when they want to be out in the garden enjoying everything the summer has to offer from sticky ice lollies to splashing water fights.

The Ultimate Guide to Bedroom Opulence

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Do you struggle to know what to do in your bedroom? You know what you like when you go to stay in a friend’s beautiful guest room, or you come home from a boutique hotel, but transferring that into your bedroom seems impossible. You would need an interior designer and a cleaner to make your room look as good as that! Well, that isn’t true. It can be hard to see through the current layout of your bedroom, especially if like many of us you have been neglecting it, but every single bedroom has the potential to be beautiful. So we are going to give you the ultimate guide to creating bedroom opulence.

Choosing The Perfect Garden Room

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Gardens are fantastic in spring, aren’t they? Who doesn’t love being able to sit outside with a good book while listening to the birds sing, getting your hand's dirty planting rose bushes and trimming back the sprawling buddleia from the garden path. Having said that, when the sun starts to go down wouldn’t it be nice to have an outdoor room to retire to instead of having to go back indoors?

The Ideal Family Garden

Something that every family can get behind is the idea that the garden is one of the most important parts of the house. In many cases, this is where families meet to relax and enjoy some quality time together - and when it gets to the warmer months, it can be particularly enjoyable to have a decent garden space to enjoy together.

Have You Chosen The Right Furniture For Your Home?

One of the biggest decisions that you need to make when you are designing your home’s interior is what furniture to go for. Choosing furniture is both central to the overall look of your home, and notoriously quite difficult to get right. However, as long as you bear some basic things in mind, you should probably find that it is easier than you might have though. In this article, we are going to look into this in more detail, by taking a look at some of the basic elements of furniture which you should consider when choosing the ideal pieces for your home. Get this right, and your interior will see some dramatically positive changes in no time.

Relax and Recuperate

 Transform Your Home into a Calming Haven

Does your home make you feel happy and relaxed? If not, something needs to change! If you don’t have a place where you can unwind each day, life can quickly catch up with you. Here are some of the ways you can create a calming haven at home.
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A relaxing bedroom is crucial for a good night’s sleep. Being surrounded by mess and chaos isn’t good when you’re trying to wind down. Find good storage where you can house your possessions, this makes them easy to access but means they’re not cluttering up the space. Update your bedding, and make an effort to make the bed every day. Psychologists have found that bed makers tend to be happier and more successful in their lives, so it’s a practice worth getting on board with! Painting the room in calming colours can help too. If you’ve gone with bold red, oranges, bright pink or other vivid shades, it’s worth scaling it back. White, light grey, cream or a light pastel shade will be far more soothing.

What is your Number 1 Priority?



Make Home Security Your Number One Priority!
It's hardly going to be much of a shock to say that you probably care about your home quite a lot. I mean, who doesn't?! Your home is your sanctuary from the outside world. It's the place where you spend time with your family, make memories, and should feel safer than just about anywhere else in the world, which is what makes it so utterly horrible when something happens to disrupt that safety.

How To Get Your Garden Summer Ready

Our gardens are one of the most neglected spaces in our home. We don’t often tend to think of them as a space as such - more of a backup for when the summer months hit and we need to get outside to cool ourselves down, bask in the warmth and give the kids somewhere to run around. However, we need to be giving them a bit more attention - it’s only what they deserve.

A HAPPY HOUSE MOVE AND LIFT UPDATE

I thought it was about time that I update you all on what has been happening around here...we have finally arrived at the other end of the tunnel...all the work as been done on the house to make it Freddy friendly and we have also designed the living room to carry it forward for 2017...

Ok so we have argued alot about what we should have, as I still love kitschy chic, but Freddy wanted a more grown up look kinda like what we had here but with a bit more grey added! but we have had to compromise...we agreed that we would keep our favourite ornaments and get rid of the really kitschy ones (I have added a few back though! shhhh don't let him know ;))

Don’t Forget the Kitchen Sink This Spring

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The days are getting longer, and the sun is starting to rear its head a bit more often. Spring is on the horizon and moods are starting to lighten. Now is the perfect time to clean up and remodel our homes, and one room that should not be neglected in 2017 is the kitchen. The heart of many homes, the kitchen is the one room where you can guarantee a good time, whether that be eating great food, enjoying a family get together or throwing a party for a special occasion. So, it is important that your kitchen space looks great, feels welcoming and functions well.