Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Renovate To Accumulate! Make Money From Your Home

We’ve all had a go at doing a little bit of renovation to our homes, from putting up some geometric print wallpaper to create a feature wall to laying some reclaimed oak floorboards in the living room. The sporadic patches of renovation that we do allow our homes to tick over, refreshing them now and then to hold our interest without thinking of the financial investment that we are making.

Your home is the single largest financial investment you ever make in your life. Surely, it would pay to reap the most lucrative return that you can. The simplest way to do this is to create a stunning interior design that you will relish living in, while at the same time creating the perfect space that will seduce any potential buyers should you come to sell your property. Getting the renovation right is the tricky part. Anyone can knock down a wall and extend a kitchen, but that is not a fail-safe way of increasing the value of your home. Take a look at these sure fire ways that will help you renovate to accumulate.

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Think Big

If you are eager for your renovation project to push the ceiling price of houses on your road through the roof, then you’ll need to consider a whole home upgrade. There’s no point creating the most wonderful and aesthetically pleasing open plan kitchen with granite worktops, reclaimed slate flooring and bi-fold doors opening up onto a well-manicured garden if your living room still looks like it could grace the cover of a 1970s magazine. You need to think about creating the dream home, not the dream bedroom, kitchen or garage. Your property in its entirety needs to be upgraded to exude the lifestyle you want to create.

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Call In The Pros

If you are after the most on trend designers, the most highly skilled tradespeople, and a stunning finish, it pays to call in the professionals to aid you in your quest for your dream home. You only have to glance at the results of the renovations by Million Dollar Makeovers to see just how sophisticated and bespoke their design projects can be. An interior designer will take your project from your vision through to completion, taking the stress off you as you trust them to deliver your dream home to your desired budget and timescale. They will work with you add the maximum value to your property while providing you with the ideal home from which you can enrich your lifestyle.

Go For Quality

If the main aim of your renovation is to maximise value, it pays to go for quality fixtures and fittings. Opt for quality taps and lighting. Don’t select the cheaper wooden laminate flooring which has no grain and looks like a beige stained plastic and instead invest in some solid wood floorboards. They will last longer and help you to create the high calibre look you are after.

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Renovating your home can be a minefield. You often don’t know what look to go for, you don’t have an eye for design, and the mammoth task seems daunting. Just remember to hold onto the vision you have for your home and see it through. By creating a whole new look for your home, you can renovate to accumulate.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Peace at last...bedding from Rooi

For many of us Parents that moment we fall into bed at night is the biggest Ahhhhh moment of the day. I count down the hours from when I get out of my bed until I can get back in it!
Before the little darlings came along the long lie ins that could last all day on a Sunday were totally taken for granted, then boom they stopped and were replaced by early morning wake up calls of screams fro milk, comfort, nappy changes and that is if you managed to get any sleep to be woken from.

Our days are now so full of work, school, afterschool clubs, playdates, and all of these include a lot of noise, tears and tantrums! It can be really difficult when you do not have a minute to just process and think about things let alone catch a minute to chill out, so when you finally get to climb into bed it is heaven...silence...(fingers crossed)..and breathe.



So the one thing I really do pay more attention to now is my bedding, I want to make the most of my few hours in bed...catching up on sleep...so I go for a bit of comfort and luxury with my bedding, you cannot beat the feeling of climbing between fresh baby soft cotton sheets.

When I was contacted by Rooi to ask if I would review the bedding range, it was a definite yes, the only difficult part was choosing from the range.  So what makes the perfect bedding for you?

I think the most important thing to get right for a good night sleep is your Duvet and pillows, and it really is a personal choice and preference, not one suits all so having the choice to find the right one is so important.



Many people nowadays need to consider extra storage so the ideal solution is under bed storage, or a divan with drawer storage, the only problem is the bases can become unsightly with dust and marks from shoes etc after a while, so the perfect solution to this is to fit a valance sheet, again Rooi offer a great range to choose from to suit all styles and colour schemes.



The Duvet cover or bedding set is where we can really show off our personality, fitting in with the room d├ęcor and allowing us to create the perfect place to unwind and relax at the end of the day. Rooi offer a wide range of designs, colours, sizes right up to an emperor size so really do cater for all, the bedding has a really soft feel and it feels really good quality, a touch of luxury for your bedroom.



To finish a bed with style, is really easy simply add a stylish throw and some cushions and you have transformed a simple piece of furniture into a stylish place to finish off your day, and one you would not mind being on show.





For all your bedding needs head over and take a look at Rooi's great range, there is most certainly something to suit everybodies tastes and needs, having used their bedding now myself I can vouch it is really good quality and feels comfortable and soft, I can tell it is going to last too, unlike other sets that can go thin and bobbly after regular washing. The only thing is it makes it harder to get out if it of a morning!

Friday, 18 August 2017

 Spectacular Kids Birthday Celebrations Without The Hassle

Making your little one's special day truly amazing is often a high priority for mums. However, adding the time, effort and cost of a special birthday celebration together can often make them seem out of reach. Luckily, there are some easy ways to have a great time without it being too much of a hassle to organise. Read on to find out what they are.

Keeping the effort to a minimum

First of all, if you think that kid's birthday celebrations have to be all running around serving jelly and ice cream, and playing pass the parcel in your own home, then you're wrong. In fact, these days many busy parents are opting to celebrate their kid’s birthdays in a different way.  One such way is to host a party at an outside venue like a restaurant or play centre. The benefits of doing it this way are that you will usually have someone that coordinates the party for you on the day. Meaning you have much less to organise and worry about. Also, entertainment is included as part of the day, so you don't have to come up with novel party games and provide all of the supplies to make these work. Meaning there is way less effort to put in than if you are running a traditional party at home. Although doing thing this way can be expensive.

However, if you decide that effort trumps cost you can usually find the funds for such a celebration by either cutting back on the household budget or getting a loan. Luckily there are plenty of unsecured loans for people with poor credit out there. So no matter what your financial situation it should always be possible to give your kids the special day that they deserve.

Also, some other parents eschew the idea of a party altogether because of the hassle it can cause to organise and instead go for a treat day out at somewhere like a theme park instead. Either just as a family or inviting one or two of the child's best friends.


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These treat days can work well for a birthday celebration as there are no worries about food, games or party bags. Also, the kids get to do something a bit more special like visiting a theme park to make some great memories.

Keeping the cost low

A major hassle with kids birthday parties is often the cost of these things. Even small get together with a little bit of food, a cake, gifts, party bags, games and a few decorations can actually end up costing quite a bit, when you add it all up.  To combat this one way to keep the cost as low as possible is to put the work in and make things yourself. This can include the food, the cake, and the decorations, leaving you with just the gifts to pay full price for.  


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Of course, this does mean that you have to put in more effort. So you have to balance which of the two factors will cause you more hassle spending your time or your money.