Monday, 23 October 2017

House Designs | The Priorities Of A Modern Homeowner

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Home is where the heart is, and yours should place that you fall in love with every single day. Unfortunately, very few homeowners successfully make the most of their properties. In most situations, it boils down to having their priorities out of sync.

We all want the big TV or extravagant hot tub. However, it’s far more important to focus on the things we need rather than the items we desire. So what are the most crucial goals to shoot for? Let’s find out.

Comfort

First and foremost, your home should feel comfortable. Furniture choices play a huge role in getting this aspect right. Luxury needn’t cost an arm and a leg, especially with this leather Chesterfield sofa sale. Likewise, you can often find beds at very affordable prices if you are prepared to search the market. If anything, though, these are the items where you should pay for quality.

Aside from the furniture, you should focus on insulation and elements that influence the human needs. Meanwhile, it’s important to prioritise repair work over the addition of tech gadgets and luxury items. Get those fundamental features in place, and a happier environment is assured.


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Security

Regardless of the internal comforts, you’ll never feel entirely happy until your home is adequately protected. When considering home protection, it’s only natural to think primarily about CCTV and modern alarm systems. Considering the relatively small level of investment, they should be certain inclusions on your ‘to do’ list. Especially now that the days are getting shorter!

In reality, though, the dangers lurking inside the home are a greater threat. Knowing how to spot signs of damp, leaks, and other damage can save a lot of money and a lot of hassle. Above all else, it provides you with peace of mind.

Storage

Getting a property isn’t easy in the current economic climate, and most people settle for less space than they’d ideally like. Therefore, the only way to fight back against the threat of clutter is to make sure every area is used well.

This could mean adding a cupboard under the stairs. It may require fixing hooks behind the doors or maybe choosing furniture that can be retracted when not in use. Either way, creating more space for living will benefit the whole family. If this also encourages you to sell unwanted items rather than hoard them, that’s another noteworthy bonus.

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Value

Property prices are extortionate. Rather than cry about it, though, the best response is to ensure that all future jobs take value into account. Loft extensions are more accessible than ever, as are conservatories and building garden decks. Those jobs can actively benefit your life while increasing the property price. This is something all homeowners can appreciate.

Green living can be another fantastic way to aid the pocket as well as your lifestyle. Energy-saving toilets, thicker windows, and solar panels are all worthy investments. As a result, the appeal of the property, as well as your enjoyment, is sure to shoot through the roof.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Where Should You Spurge When It Comes To Home Decor?

There’s always a level of excitement in the air when it comes to redesigning your home. Whether you’ve recently moved and you’re looking to give the space a spruce and take it more towards your own tastes, or your own home is in need of a little interiors refresh, you may be itching to get started. But no matter how big or small your home is, you’re going to need to work with a budget. And when you are working with a budget, you need to be able to work out what you’re going to splurge on, so you know what areas to cut back in. So let’s take a look at some of the areas you could consider splurging on across your home decor.
Kitchen
First up, there’s always the kitchen to think about. Some people will be happy to splurge on the entire space. However, it’s important to recognise that you can actually work with a budget kitchen project and it can still turn out incredible impressive. If you want to be able to splurge on brand name designer appliances for your kitchen, this is often a great way to compromise so you can get what you want on budget. And as the kitchen is often seen as the heart of the home, you should never feel bad about splurging in this area.
Dining Table
Now, let’s move on to your dining people. If you’re happy to keep your old beat up dining table, then go ahead. But at the same time, if you want to splurge on an incredibly stunning handmade design, do not feel guilty about it. This is the place where you will enjoy meals with your family for years to come, so it’s completely understandable if you want to out all out with your dining table choice.
Sofa
Then, you’ve got your sofa to think about. Like your dining table, this is a crucial part of your family life. So, you’re going to want to go ahead and splurge on your sofa is that’s what you really want. You need it to not only work in the space, but be comfortable to sit on too. So, opting to go for an expensive design that does both - and that will last years, is a great choice to go with.
Bed
And, of course, who isn’t going to want to splash out on an incredibly comfortable bed? If you want to have a good night's sleep, then search for the perfect designer bed brand, such as Hypnos Beds, that’s going to make that happen. If you want to sleep well, make sure you choose a standout mattress too, as that’s often the part that counts!
Bathroom
And finally, you’ve also got your bathroom to think about. Because when you lead a busy lifestyle, and you’ve had a hectic day, if you want to get into a stunning bathtub at the end of the day and relax, you should definitely be able to do that. So go all out if this is an area of the house that you always tend to get a lot of use out of.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Ravensburger Funny Bunny game review

Now the Weather is taking a more wintry turn, it is time to find ways to entertain the kids when the wind and rain keeps us indoors, because as much as we love getting out and about wet and cold kids are no fun to be around!

One thing the kids love is playing board games, which is great for us as we get quality family time without the distraction of TV or games consoles. It is so easy to sit back and allow the kids endless screen time when there is no way of getting out so adding some board games to the afternoon plans helps break it up.

We have recently been sent Funny Bunny from Ravensburger to try out, we have had a really hectic couple of days with family celebrations and visitors so today has been a quiet chill out day, catching up on jobs, and just having some quiet family time. We ended having a games afternoon and played some of our favourite games including the new 'Funny Bunny' game we were sent.



The aim of the game is to get one of your rabbits up the hill to claim the carrot before any of your opponents, sounds easy? well there are pit falls along the way! a sneaky mole to push you over the side and back to the start, the swinging gate to knock you back a few places, a raised draw bridge to stop you in your tracks and worse of all, the rabbit holes that you will disappear into!



To play the game each player starts with four rabbits, and the game starts with the youngest player going first, players turn a card over from the pack and if it shows a rabbit with a stone(s) then you move forward onto the hill and advance the number of places shown by stones (1, 2 or 3), if the card shows a carrot then the player turns the carrot at the centre one click, this will activate one or more pitfalls so watch your step! players take it in turns to turn a card and advance up the hill being knocked back places or even back to the start, even worse disappearing out of the game completely if the carrot turns and opens up a rabbit hole beneath you. you then have to start again with your next rabbit. The player who successfully gets one of their four rabbits to the top first is the winner.

We really enjoyed this game, it was easy for our youngest (5) to follow and take part in and she really enjoyed it, especially if she turned the carrot and caused one of our rabbits to disappear into the rabbit hole! It was easy to set up and put away so the was no chance of the kids losing interest before the game is set up.