It’s so hard to know what the house of your dreams might be as there’s just so many
different designs out there. Not only that, there’s so many new house listings that come on each month that will grab your attention and show you that the home you have might not be the home of your dreams. But that isn’t the case, if you work with what you have you can turn your home into absolutely anything you want it to be. Besides, the hassle of moving is just too much for some people, so a little renovation here, or a switch up there, and you can transform your home into something completely different. It has always been hard to keep a home modern and new because there’s always something new being designed that will catch your eye. But as long as you try and keep everything fresh, and have an update every few years, there’s no reason why you can’t create the home of your dreams. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, here’s a few ideas that we have in mind that we know you’re going to love.
Modern is the look that most people like to go for, but it isn’t the only one we’re going to talk about today. To get that modern look you’re going to need to do a bit of renovating, but if you take it one room at a time and find ways to make the whole ordeal cheaper, it shouldn’t hurt your pocket too much. So, the first renovation idea we’re going to give you is for a room that isn’t usually put first, your bedroom. The bedroom is always put to the bottom of the pile because it is the last room that any guests in your house are going to see. But it’s the room that you spend the most time in, and the room that you can find the most comfort in at the end of the day. One benefit to the bedroom is you can usually do it all yourself to save time and money. So, to gut it out means getting rid of nearly everything in the room. Hire yourself an environmentally-responsible rubbish removal company that will remove anything you take out of the room for you. Then all you need is that modern design to put back in it. If you’ve always had carpet, have you ever considered getting laminate flooring instead? It looks so much more modern, and is actually so much easier to maintain. It would cost just as much as carpet to replace, so you won’t be losing out too much. Worrying about spilling a drink and staining the carpet is going to be a thing of the past. As for the bedframe, something ultra modern would be to have one where the TV is installed at the end of the bed. It brings it closer to you, makes the whole experience of being in bed ten times comfier, and most of them are electronic so you can hide it away when you don’t need it. Some nice oak furniture for a bedside table or chest of draws will also look perfect against the laminate flooring. It’s up to you what colour scheme you go for, for the bedroom you might prefer to go for something that’s a little darker and more relaxing. Mink or grey is so in right now. It isn’t too dark that the room begins to look like a cave, but it isn’t the bright light of a white wall that isn’t as relaxing.
One of the best design trends at the minute that’s alternative is the Hygge look. Ever since the Hygge interior design trend stormed into the world, it has remained a firm favourite for people all over the world. It is something that can be used in every room in the house, but we’re going to tell you how to achieve it in the living room. The living room for a lot of people is the main room in the house. It’s perfect for relaxing at the end of a hard day with either friends or family. So if you want to achieve Hygge, you’re going to have to think simplistic and natural. Again, laminate flooring would be perfect, but a grey carpet would also look fine. Laminate is just easy to clean! Material sofas are going to look better than leather as well for Hygge. A nice lighter coloured sofa, perhaps a risky cream one, would be perfect. A fur throw to put over the top will complete the look for the sofa. In the center of the room you could have a nice oak carved coffee table. We’re not talking about the standard ones you can get from your local home store, we’re talking about the hand crafted and carved ones that look like they’ve come straight from the tree. It gives the room a more earthy and natural feel, and is so alternative to the usual coffee tables. A nice fur rug going underneath it, and a simple oak shelving or smaller coffee table in the room will complete that Hygge look. Keep the walls white and bright and you’re onto a winner.
Bright & Fresh
We’ve spoke about how the walls of the living room should be nice and white, but the kitchen is another area that should follow this rule too. In the heat of the Aussie weather, the kitchen can easily become so hot from the power of the sun. Keeping the walls white reflects the sun and helps to keep it bright and airy. Once you’ve got the walls perfect, it’s important to give them a fresh coat each year. A year is a long time for finger marks, stains, and just the general fading of the wall to happen. Having a fresh coat of paint can literally transform a room more than you would ever think it could, and it doesn’t take long or cost much either!
People don’t usually consider the garden as something that can be luxurious. The dining room or the living room within the home usually take center place for that. But before you know it we’re going to have the sun shining down on us, and the garden should become a place for you to go and relax, have fun, and socialise with your friends and family. But you don’t want a sub par garden to be doing all of this in, you want something that’s luxurious, something that you can show off to the people that come round. Plus, transforming your garden into a luxurious outdoor living area really isn’t as hard as doing it in the home. It’s so much less hassle, your normal living isn’t disturbed, and it’s much cheaper than any renovation you’d ever do inside the home. So, if you know you want a taste of luxury, here’s a few ideas that can help transform your garden into just that.
Create The Space
The space is the first thing that you’re going to need to think of. If you have a lovely big garden, it doesn’t mean you already have the space to fill it with luxury. We’re talking about sort of sectioning your garden so you have a nice big area away from the grass for you and your guests to relax on. There are so many outdoor living design trends that we’re loving this year, but one of the best ones we’re seeing is taking a more natural approach to an area that you might create. Whenever anyone thinks of a decking area, which is the best thing you can actually put in your garden, people often think of the dark or light brown painted decking. Whilst these are really nice, why not think of going natural. Plenty of companies are offering this now. It just means that the timber that is used is sanded down completely, and glossed to give it a shine and protection rather than being painted. It does look just as good as the painted options, and lasts just as long. So, as we’ve said, decking is probably one of the best ways in which you can make space, but don’t let it overpower your garden. All you need is a nicely sized area that you can fit a table with some chairs, and perhaps even a BBQ. The other option for you to choose is patio, which can look just as good as decking. With both, we advise that you build in some sort of veranda to give you the space from the shade and the heat that you’re going to need. It also helps to keep the furniture dry should the weather inevitable turn bad at some point.
Add The Luxury
Now it’s time for the good bits, the luxurious additions that we know you’re going to love. Now, we’ve spoke about having a decking area to house some furniture, but we’re not talking about your standard table and chairs, we’re talking about something fancy that is going to be the perfect mix of comfort and class. It all depends on what you’re going for. If you’re going for a table and chairs idea, then one good idea is a picnic bench sort of design. Companies are now selling the most luxurious wooden tables that are glossed to perfection, but the benches are a little different to your average park bench. They’re built in with cushions to make sure your time in the garden is as comfortable as possible. It just puts a little twist on the standard table and chairs that we know you and your guests are going to love. Finally, we think the ultimate statement of luxury is some sort of built in pool or hot tub idea. The pool is going to be great for those hot summer days where you really need to cool down, plus your children will love it too. There are so many landscape ideas that will turn your garden and pool area into a rocky themed paradise. Or there is the option of having a little outhouse that will store a hot tub if you don’t want to take up too much of the grass space. A wooden outhouse would protect you from the rain when you are in the hot tub, and it actually looks really good if your garden is big enough. Plus, it also means you can spend those colder winter months relaxing outside!
Don’t Forget Aesthetics
Often the most important part of a garden for a lot of people, the aesthetics of it all define the luxury of it. If you want to create more of a relaxed and chilled out luxury vibe, then trees as well as plants are essential. For a beach theme, you could put a nice palm tree or two at the bottom of the garden. Space them far enough apart and you could put a nice swinging hammock in between. To look up and see the blue skies creeping in through and the palm trees swaying in the breeze along with your hammock… you can’t tell us that doesn’t sound like luxury! Other options include beautiful blossom trees that will offer you the shade you desperately need. As for plants, the brighter and more colourful you go, the better your garden is going to look. All you need to do is take a trip down to your local home and garden store and pick out some of the most beautiful ones.
Don’t Forget The Relaxation Corner
We’ve already mentioned a few little bits that will see you relaxing the day away, but now we’re going to talk about the perfect sunbathing area. You don’t need to do much, and having this on the grass will do just fine. All you need is top of the range sun loungers that offer comfort, a bit of shade if needed, and stability. Have one with a cupholder next to you so you can spend the days lapping up the sun with a ice cold beer, or glass of wine, sat next to you.
Australia is such a vast country. Taking more than four hours in a plane to get from one side to the other. People tend to have Australia on their bucket list, but this is a huge error on their part. Not because you shouldn’t ever go, of course you should, it is because it is so big you can never see all of it on just the one vacation. You need to be specific with your areas. Doing this may mean that you add popular locations on the list such as Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. But I wanted to shed some light on Western Australia and highlight some of the gems worth a visit there. I hope it inspires you to consider Western Australia as place to visit.
Perth is actually the capital of Western australia, so no visit would be complete without checking out the city first. The city itself sits where the Swan River meets the South-West coast, making it a real diverse town and lots to explore. This is why car rental in Perth is a must to make sure you get the most out of the area. Sandy beaches line the suburbs, and the huge Botanic Gardens on the riverside is a must offering fantastic views. For all those history buffs out there or people who enjoy sightseeing then there is also the Western Australia Museum to explore.
Broome is a beach resort town in Western Australia and is situated in the Kimberley region. It has an Indian Ocean coastline, and one of the major attractions happens to be 22 km long cable beach. Which offers a fantastic and dramatic backdrop in the evening especially when exploring via a camel. For other people who enjoy a little history lesson or two, at Gantheaume point there can be dinosaur tracks found imprinted on to the red rocks during the low tides. There is also local pearl farms if you wanted to explore a different side to this area.
Freemantle is a port city in Western Australia and is most well-known for its maritime history. There are also other areas this point of interest is known for such as Victorian architecture and there are even still some points of interest noting back to the British Penal Colony. This port town certainly has a real laid back vibe about it, and it should definitely be a stop off point for when exploring Western Australia in more detail.
Finally, our last suggestion is the smaller coastal town of Exmouth situated in the North-West cape of Western Australia. It is a gateway to many different attractions including the Ningaloo Marine Parks with its amazing coral reefs and migratory whale sharks. There are sheer cliff drops, a protective surround natural area where kangaroos roam and rocky gorges. It certainly is picturesque and definitely worth a visit.
I hope that this has inspired you to consider some of the major spots and attarctions Western australia has to offer.
It might not feel like it right now, but summer is not that far away, and the sooner you get yourself ready for the summer, the more you’ll enjoy it. Many people want to get their body in slightly better shape before the summer beach season starts, and if that applies to you too, you need to move fast. It’s not just about looks either; there are ways in which you need to prepare your body for the demands of summer too.
Start Exfoliating Your Skin
Skin exfoliation is really important during the summer and it’s even more beneficial if you start this regime ahead of the summer’s arrival. There’s really no reason not to, and by doing so, you’ll prepare your skin for the harsher conditions that it’ll face when the heat and humidity rise. You’ll avoid that dryness and damage that heat can cause.
Get Into the Habits That You’ll Need During Summer
There are some things that you might neglect during the winter months but have to start doing once more as the summer approaches. Invest in things like hot wax and make sure you do the kind of things no one really enjoys doing. That way, you’ll be used to it by the time summer gets here and you want to be spending more time wearing fewer clothes.
Decide How You’re Going to Protect Your Skin
There are lots of different ways of protecting your skin during summer and this is something you should start thinking about as soon as possible. Research the different products that block UV rays and decide which of them is best for you this summer. Lots of people don’t realise how many options are on the market now and what the difference between them is.
Dance to Receive a Full Body Workout and Get in Shape
If you’re worried about your beach body and how you’ll look when the bikini season begins, dancing is the best way to get in shape. For a start, it’s fun and enjoyable so there’ll be less temptation to give up. And you’ll also receive a full body workout if you take this route. There’s much more activity involved in a simple bit of dancing than many people realise.
As the Weather Improves, Moisturise More
Another thing you can do to improve the condition and health of your skin ahead of the summer is moisturise. This is one of those things that anyone can do when they get out of the shower and if you do, your skin will thank you for it later. Your skin needs moisture more than ever when the heat begins to rise, so get ready for that right away.
Summer is coming at you faster than you think, so make sure that your body and your lifestyle is ready for it. If you don’t make sure that you’re prepared, you will be caught out and you’ll be unable to enjoy your summer to the fullest. So what are you waiting for? Start preparing yourself now.
A wedding day is something most of us girls dream about from a very young age. We know what we want, who we want, and where we want it to be. Things change from the fairytale wedding we dream of as children, but the main principles remain the same for pretty much all of us. You will hopefully only have one wedding day in your lifetime, so making it as special and as magical as possible should always be on your agenda. It is your one day to feel truly like a princess, to have all the attention on you and your partner, so why wouldn’t you want to go all out for it? To help you envision your wedding day a little more clearly, we’ve got some perfect wedding day ideas for you.
Preparing for a wedding takes months, maybe even years for some reason. From the minute you have that question popped to you, you should start planning your wedding, right down to even the most finest of details. First, we need to talk about the dress and how you should prepare for that, because a lot of people get this really wrong. If you’ve booked your wedding date for a year in advance, there is no point purchasing the dress any time soon. You can have a couple of viewings to get a feel of what dress you’d like, but you shouldn’t buy the dress until around three months before. The simple reason being you may change your mind, find something better, or gain or lose weight. The weight side is what people seem to get, especially when it is a few weeks before the wedding. As girls, we either stress eat, or can’t eat at all, and the last thing you want is to get to your wedding day and nothing fits. So, make sure you try the dress on a week beforehand so any last minute alterations can be made. Don’t binge eat, and don’t starve yourself, try and maintain a nice weight. You also need to try and prepare your partner. Males are the absolute worst for leaving things until last minute. Be sure that he’s got his own suit sorted, as well as his groomsmen.
Each girl has a different idea of what they’d like the venue to be like. Some might vision it to be the traditional church wedding, others might think the idea of a beach wedding is amazing. Whatever you are thinking of, it is best to get it booked in sooner rather than later. They book up so far in advance, you don’t want to have any disappointment. A function venue is the best place to to hold your wedding after party. It gives you plenty of space to fit in all the guests you might have invited. Speaking of guests, there’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about who to invite. For one, you need to think of any feuds that might be happening. Some friends, or even family might not get along as well as you would like them to. So if you’re inviting them, make sure you sit them far enough apart to avoid any drama. You also want to consider the dietary requirements of your guests. You don’t want to leave people hungry because you didn’t ask questions when sending out the invites. A lot of caterers will usually ask for any specific dietary requirements to be stated before they begin to do a meal plan.
The day is going to be one of the most exciting and nerve wracking times of your life. There will be so many thoughts going through your head. The main will be worrying that the day is going to go right, it is almost unavoidable to think like this. But the main thing that you need to try and do is enjoy the day. Everyone is going to be turning up to celebrate you. You’re going to be the shining star, so the happier and more relaxed you are, the easier the day will flow. Enjoy the time with your bridesmaids beforehand. Have your makeup done, you hair done, anything that is going to help put you in that relaxing mood. Don’t be afraid to have a cheeky glass of champagne or two to calm your nerves. Make sure you have a good photographer on hand as well. It’s nice to look back on the day and remember the good times you shared through photographs.