2017 New House | My Dream Home & Life Update

I promised an update on what's been happening before New Year and here it is, it's been a hard one to write but with the negatives comes positives. Last year my husband and I separated and as you can imagine it's been tough. I won't go into the ins and outs because it's still pending and I would prefer to keep some privacy with it but it was a case of growing apart and nothing sinister. Fast-forward and things have started to move for me, I am finally going to be moving house at the end of the month, but unlike last year, this time I am starting with nothing.

It's been a frantic panic, to say the least, and I’ve been trying to figure out what's important and what I should be spending my money on first while the budget is fixed so low but, I find it makes me dream about my ideal decor more and more. What's a girl to do? 

Dream more of course! So, here is my ultimate winter to Spring 2017 home décor wish list.

Colour Palette: I wanted to go for a warm and homely colour palette this time around but I don't want it to look too dark and dismal. My resolve was to go for a neutral wall and flooring choice but to use a variety of textures and warmer colours with the accessory choices. At the moment I love the look of warm yellow tones, rich reds and neutrals like black or creams but never had the courage to really try these out, well, things change folks and this lady is going to brave it. Not all of these colours at the same time of course as they will be spread about a whole house. The colour palette will also be broken up with suede's, check prints and woven materials. 

Windows: From past experience, it's far easier to spend on window treatments as quickly as possible to ensure you get a good sleep and save money on keeping your home warm. For years I've always made sure we had blackout blinds so that my sons slept well and in this new house, this will be no different. My sons are older now so I considered opting for a neutral tone but, little boys don't really care for neutrals so I will most probably opt for a red roller blind like the 4572 Flash Red colour tone (pictured in this post's header) which I feel, is a great colour for growing boys and adults. Rooflinds have a great selection of VELUX blinds and they even have Disney ones which are so adorable but, unfortunately, my little monsters have long outgrown the Disney channel and wouldn't be grateful for a Minnie Mouse blind. 

Furnishings: Before I would opt for pieces that were more modern but now I really crave sturdy pieces of furniture in raw wood styles that are made to last and as they get old, scratched and battered, they look even better! Great shapes and storage are important to me and I currently also love chairs that work as a focal point. The Sherlock check armchair from Next above is absolutely amazing and would be perfect for what I am aiming for.

Cabinets: If you move to a house that has a nightmare kitchen or wardrobes, but don't have the funds to replace or rip them out and start again. Why not consider purchasing cabinets or cabinet faces to replace the ones you hate? You can check out some options from Reviews Bee. And you know, you may surprise yourself and love your newly upgraded cabinets far better than shelling out a ton of cash. 

Accessories: This is where I get excited. It's so easy to change your decor with these simple accessories and this season I am opting for sunny yellows, white, black and blues. While I am working with a pre-decided colour palette I will also be looking at textures! I mean look at that cushion, the textures coupled with some rougher checks, some soft downy blankets and the gloss of the hello sign above is pretty amazing. This will also ensure the overall look doesn't look 'flat' and gives a little personality to the rooms. I'll be adding these pieces slowly from our moving date to spring to really turn our house into a home. 

Is anyone else moving house soon?

Keeping What's Yours, Yours

Think of the amount of items and objects you’ve gladly accumulated in your lifespan. The treasures, the valuables, the heirlooms. They may be worth quite a bit! Now, think of all the tech in your household - the laptops, the 4K HDR UHD curved TV set, the PS4 Pro with an attached Sony PlayStation VR, the iPad and iPhone.

We’re getting quite a bit of value here, aren’t we? If you think that, and we know it - so does a criminal who will look to take it off of your hands.

The most valuable items in your household will not be bolted down. You can’t bolt down a Playstation or a laptop, and they can hit over one thousand dollars of value which can easily fit under both arms. The portable goods in your home are worth a hell of a lot and can be taken without hassle.

That’s not fair - they are yours. Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter. Criminals exist for a number of reasons - desperation, the thrill of the crime or even a product of our times and environment, the fact remains, though, that the items they want, are rightfully yours. Let us try to keep it that way.

Now, criminals will have the know-how and experience that will allow them to instantly assess the worth lurking inside a property. What your job here is, is to keep your property off their map. If it’s deemed an attraction, that will invite a closer eye. A closer eye means that they will assess the risk of breaking-in and if the risk is lower than the reward? Well, you’ll be out of pocket, and your home will have been broken into.

How do you keep it off the map, though? Maintain your property. Criminals will look for properties that show off any sign of negligence. If there’s items that are broken, an untidy lawn or explicitly unlocked doors, this will warrant an inspection from the prying eyes of a criminal. If you don’t want to be a target, show clear care for your property.

You don’t have to spend a great deal to deter criminals, but you might want an alarm system that will scare them off. Even if you can’t afford the luxury of a security system, then you can use security signs to deter burglars. These are the same signs and stickers given to owners of alarm systems, so you can at least have the same deterrent.

Finally, lock your door. It’s so simple, because if you don't then someone might try to break in. Don’t make that mistake because it could end up with you losing a lot - all for the sake of a simple twist of a lock.

Make your property a risk for any criminal who chooses to assess it and you’ll likely find that it will be ignored. Don’t advertise the value in your home and keep what is yours, yours.

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