Showing posts with label #lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #lifestyle. Show all posts

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

4 Tips To Prevent A Small Living Room From Feeling Cluttered

The living room is often the most-used room in the house. It’s where you bond as a family, sitting down to enjoy one another’s company after a long day separated by work and school. 
Even if you don’t have the biggest space available to you, it’s still a central and important focal point of your home.

While living rooms tend to be on the larger side when compared to the rest of the house, they might not always feel like they have all the space that you - and your family - need. 
One of the biggest reasons for this is that there is a tendency among most families to overstuff their living room, creating a cluttered look in what should be a calm and reasoned sanctuary from the world.


If that’s something you want to avoid, then look no further than these valuable tips to stop the clutter piling up…


#1 - Limit Decorative Touches

If you’ve only got a small space available to you, then it’s important that you don’t overfill the room with decorative touches and knick-knacks
Lovely as these pieces are, they can quickly result in the feeling that the room is closer than it actually is, crossing into the living space.

If you do want to have lots of nice decorative pieces, from the modern trends to timeless pieces like those you can discover when you visit this website and take a look at the delights on offer, then keep the decor on the walls. 
Space on shelves and bookcases can help create the illusion of space even where there is none, so don’t stock them too high with decorative goods.

#2 - Pull Furniture From The Walls

For an instant visual trick that makes your room look bigger, pull the furniture from the walls by an inch or so. This is particularly effective if you choose furniture that is not solid, but shows the space beneath it, creating a roomier effect. Definitely one to keep in mind the next time you’re furniture shopping.

#3 - Use Blinds, Not Curtains

Curtains can be wonderful at adding texture to a room, but also take up more space than you really want to be giving away in a small room.
Use blinds instead, which fit into the recess of the window and don’t intrude onto the interior of the room. This might sound like such a small change, but if you try it then you will be surprised just how big of a difference it can make.

#4 - Use Tricks With Paint

The idea of an accent or feature wall is nothing new in home design, but there’s a trick you can use that makes it even better. 
Paint the wall farthest from the door in a white, or very light colour. All of the other walls should be a shade or two - at the very least - darker. This helps to create a feeling of continued light spreading through the room and lasting onwards - making the space look far bigger and, as a result, far less cluttered.


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Sunday, 26 February 2017

That Hygge Feeling ....

'Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special'

I love everything to do with the Scandi lifestyle, as it just really appeals to me.

When we moved into the house we knew we really, really, really wanted to Hygge it up. 
Especially the lounge/snug.

This is the one room we only really use in the evenings, as we pretty much live in the kitchen during the day as that is our hub.

So once the boys are all in bed...minus Ru I get a bit candle happy and light as many as I can and pop on the salt lamp.

Even without the log burner on the room is instantly "Hygge".

Jon and I usually cuddle up under a blanket with a warm cup of hot chocolate and enjoy watching a film.

I would probably say the lounge is my most favourite room to chill out in, the no toys rule probably helps too!


Photalife

Thursday, 16 February 2017

City Break To Berlin: History, Museums, And Kindercafes!


If you’re considering a city break and want to take the kids, Berlin is less than a two-hour flight from Heathrow. This thriving and cosmopolitan city is full of galleries, museums, and parks, and is somewhere the whole family can relax and have fun.

Educational
The Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, and Berlin Wall will bring your children’s history classes to life and are the reason for the countless school trips to Berlin each year. The Brandenburg Gate has a rich history and was built between 1788 and 1791. It has witnessed many significant historical moments and has been the location for many famous political speeches. Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, it now represents a unified Germany.

The Holocaust Memorial or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe officially opened 60 years after the end of World War II. The site was designed by Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold and consists of 2,711 concrete slabs or ‘stelae’. The names of almost 3 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust are also listed near by.

On 9th November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell uniting the people of Germany. 
Part of the wall still stands today and remains a symbol of triumph over oppression. It’s possible to walk or cycle along the path where the wall stood. 
There are many guided tours to point out areas of significance.


Kindercafes
After taking in the various sites, it’s time to sit back and relax. Several kindercafes have popped up in recent years and have been created with families in mind. These hip cafes are popping up throughout the city and are popular in up and coming areas such as Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg.

Swimming
Though usually associated with art, music, and culture, Berlin also has a large number of swimming venues and lidos. During the summer months, families can enjoy swimming in various open air locations such as public pools and lakes. Then in the winter months when the open air pools close, you can still take advantage of several indoor pools. Popular venues include Wei├čer See, Haubentaucher, and Sommerbad Olympiastadion.

Museum Island
Many of the museums and galleries offer family-friendly exhibitions and activities. Museum Island is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. It is home to five of Berlin’s most important museums; Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. One ticket will allow access to all five.

The Pergamon Museum houses the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus. Each of these structures was constructed from the ruins found in ancient Turkey and the Middle East. While the Neues Museum is home to an Egyptian bust of Nefertiti.


Reichstag
The Reichstag is the home of the German parliament and provides an unrivalled view over the city. The roof is made entirely of glass and offers some of the best views. Though the dome is free to enter, it is necessary to book in advance. Audio tours are also available to talk you through your visit.


Berlin has everything when it comes to family-friendly breaks; education, history, sports, museums, galleries, art and even kindercafes.
It’s definitely worth adding to your itinerary if you’re planning a city break this year.