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Teenagers can be notoriously difficult when it comes to interior design. They don’t want fluffy teddies and animal wall stickers anymore and they’re not quite ready to go for more sensible and reserved adult decor. The aim is to find a middle ground, which offers your teen a cool hangout, which is also suitable for studying and getting a good night’s sleep. These five simple refurbishment tips will help you to create the perfect space for your teenager this spring.

1. Think about colours

Children’s rooms tend to be neutral or bright. With teenage rooms, it’s often best to add splashes of colour. The easiest way to add colour is through window treatments or why not even try blinds such as these ones from VELUX. I cannot recommend their black out blinds in primary colours enough for an ever growing child *ahem* teenager. Choose your teen’s favourite shades and add accents with lamps, cushions, and rugs. For a modern touch, go for a printed wallpaper on one wall. Zig-zags and stripes are popular patterns. If you’re not blessed with artistic flair, you could also invest in a wall sticker.

2. Get some ideas

With a blank canvas, it can be tough to envisage what your room will look like with certain design elements. This is where research comes in handy. Flick through some interior design magazines and search online for images and inspiration. Once you have seen some pictures you like, you can start thinking about how they would work in your home. Share your thoughts with your teen and encourage them to do their own research and give you some do’s and don’ts.

3. Create a functional space

A teenage bedroom is not just used for sleep. Teenagers like to hang out with their friends in their room and they may also need space to work, watch television or play computer games. A sofa bed is an excellent way to provide seating during the day and a spare bed if friends want to stay over. If you’re tight on space, you could invest in a workstation with a bed over the desk. Box shelves are an ideal way to provide storage for books and files. They also look modern and funky.

4. Show some personality

Interior design is a fantastic way to express your personality. Take the opportunity to show off your teen’s hobbies, interests and individual style in their bedroom. Personalise the space with photographs or canvases and show off their interests. You could pay homage to a passion for music or sports, with band posters or sports memorabilia, for example. Keep accents subtle for a more mature look and choose your teenager’s bedding carefully. Go for colours and prints that complement the rest of the room.

5. Store items discreetly

Storage can be an issue in smaller bedrooms, so search online and look around interior shops for clever storage solutions. It’s always best to hide clutter, so invest in some discreet boxes and drawers. Innovative ways of creating more storage space include using:
  • Drawers under the bed
  • Vintage looking chests and trunks
  • Fold-down shelving units.
  • Chalkboard paint on closet doors
  • Pinboards
If your teenager’s bedroom is in need of an image overhaul, follow these simple steps to achieve design perfection. Get your teen on board, share some ideas and enjoy the decorating process together.

Incredible Upgrades For The Garden Of Leisure

The sun is shining, and we’re all facing the hard work of reclaiming the garden from the long winter. Fencing needs painting, lawns need mowing, and flower beds need weeding. It’s a lot of work. Of course, when it’s done you can sit back and enjoy the view, the sun, and the relaxing outdoor space you’ve created. Why not add a few upgrades to make this summer in your back garden better than ever?

Lighting is really important if you want to enjoy your back garden after the sun has gone down. More and more of us are choosing to use our outdoor spaces for entertaining, especially when the weather is warmer. Of course, after June, the days become shorter and shorter as dusk arrives that little bit earlier each day. A few carefully positioned solar-powered LED lights could be just the thing. They'll keep your patio and seating area beautifully illuminated.

Seating is really important, and there are plenty of choices. You could pick a quaint arbor to enjoy a little shade and a beautiful floral view. Maybe you have a pleasant decked area? Why not add a couple of rattan sofas and a dining table? You can invite friends and family over for an evening meal and relax on wonderfully comfortable garden furniture. For the ultimate upgrade, add an outdoor dining gazebo with a patio heater.

If you’re lucky enough to own a good sized garden, chances are you have a number of leisure activities you like to do here. Have you thought about hot tubs for the garden? Many of these are comfortable enough to be used all year round if you have a semi-covered area. For those of you that are a little shy, why not add a wall of trellis with some climbing plants for extra privacy and shade?


Zen gardens are wonderful for promoting calm, peace, and relaxation. There are many activities you can enjoy doing in the garden to boost your mental balance and focus. Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation are particularly enjoyable in the fresh air. Add a beautiful view from your decked area, and you could have the perfect place for relaxation in your own backyard. Water features also provide a visual and audible focus for your mind to enjoy. Waterfalls, cascading trickles, and ponds all offer a wonderful addition to your garden.

Perhaps the most elaborate upgrade for many homeowners is the addition of a swimming pool. This can help promote more activity and exercise in your life. It can also be a great way of staying cool through the heat of summer. Safety is essential, though. Make sure you can add a fully gated perimeter with a locked gate to avoid your pets and children from getting in. Smaller wildlife can also be protected from hazards with the right covers and mesh netting in place.

Now is the perfect time to put into action all those garden upgrades you’ve been considering. Some could even increase the value and saleability of your home. What are you waiting for? Have a great summer!


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No it's Not A Nightmare, It's Your Home

Have you ever found a problem with your home that you wished was just a bad dream? But rather than waking up from the nightmare, the problem lingers like a bad smell around your property. The type of issues we’re talking about here can be catastrophic. They can leave you with thousands in costs for repairs, health hazards and even a depreciation of your property’s value. But what type of trouble are we talking about here? And, how on earth can you fix it before things get worse? Don’t worry, you’ll find the solutions to the worst home nightmares, right here.


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You’ve Sprung A Leak

There two types of damp in the home. There’s the damp that you’ll find near the windows. That’s nothing you need to worry about. It’s probably just due to poor insulation with cold air meeting warm air, causing condensation. Open the windows more or get a humidifier and the issue will fix itself. This site Home Depot.com offers a great range of fantastic humidifiers for your home to solve this issue.

Then, there’s the other type of damp. This could be a large, gaping shadow, looming across the ceiling above your bed. It just looks like a stain, but when you touch it, the paint is soaked. You probably have no idea where this came from, but it’s either a leaking pipe or a hole in the roof. You should get your roof inspected immediately. Even if you dry up the damp patch, if that hole is still there, it won’t be fixed. You have to tackle the issue at its roots and you need to do it before things get any worse.

A Damp ceiling can actually weaken the structure and collapse, so it’s best to fix this issue as soon as possible.

In Walls And Floors, They Creep

Some insects we expect and even accept in the home. Spiders are one example, and they are actually quite useful, cleaning up some of the more annoying bugs that bite.

Then, there are the infestations. You might think your home will never be the scene of insect infestation, but don’t be so sure. It doesn’t take that much to attract the bugs. Remember those damp walls? According to Termite Control Plans.com, termites love a little damp. You’ll soon find an entire section of your house is crawling with them. Meanwhile, ants will invade if they find any crumbs on the floor.

That’s why your first step to deal with insects should be to clean the house up. However, if you’ve already attracted them, you might need a pro exterminator.

Trouble With Foundations

Finally, if you’re getting your home evaluated, problems with the foundations is one of the worst pieces of feedback you can get. It’s going to lead to a very expensive repair and will crush your home value. There are a few signs that you should watch out for. The trouble with the home structure and the foundations usually cause the doors to stick and the floors to buckle. If you start to see any signs of this, you should get your home inspected immediately. You might just be able to fix the problem before you're faced with a large repair bill. Or at the very least get ahead of the issue. You can arrange a foundation inspection on a site like Inspect WNC.com.

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The Secret To The Perfect Bath? The Perfect Environment




When the world is getting a bit much, is there anything more reassuring than a long, hot soak in the bath? It seems to have a magical ability to make everything feel just that little bit better. Worries fade away as muscles relax and the ten thousand thoughts a second slowly leave your mind. Getting the bath right is essential - too hot, and you can end up feeling lightheaded and uncomfortable; too cold, and you want to get out before you’ve even had a chance to convalesce. If the room is too noisy, too bright, or the bath is uncomfortable, relaxation can be hard won. All the little things have to add up to make the perfect bath experience.


The bath itself

If your bath is too short, too narrow, too shallow, or just a bit old and grotty, it isn’t entirely conducive to rest and relaxation. Keeping the bath clean and grime-free is essential, especially around the grouting - if you feel like you’re getting dirty just by being there, relaxation isn’t going to be easy.

Lighting

A bright bathroom isn’t relaxing. Bright unnatural light can keep your brain whirring for far longer than you want - that’s why we sleep in the dark after all. A few pillar candles are perfect for setting the scene in the bathroom, but all the flickering flames can give some people a headache. It’s worth having an electric light, preferably with a dimmer of some description, to keep a more constant level of light, and use candles for scent and coziness. A few large, unscented, white pillar candles can offer lovely soft lighting - too many scented candles can create conflicting smells which can be quite overwhelming, so try to keep to one scent, and preferably one which also works well alongside your bath products too.

Sound

When you can hear the kids screaming downstairs, the traffic from the road, or your hubby’s computer game, your brain’s probably going to struggle to switch off. Some people just enjoy a noise generator, which is basically white noise, to block out background noise while they’re trying to bathe. Others prefer music - a relaxing Spotify playlist filled with your favourite chill out tunes could be perfect. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are an amazing addition to a bathroom for any bath-lover, and you eliminate the risk of running into any electricity and water-based problems.




Water

Getting the bath the perfect temperature is essential, not only for comfort but safety. Too hot, and you can end up feeling quite unwell, and too cold, and you just won’t want to stay in there. The optimal temperature is a couple of degrees above body temperature, and the quicker you can fill the bath, the more control you have over the temperature. Good quality bath taps, such as those from Tap Warehouse, are essential for filling the bath efficiently, but also for creating a bathroom which looks like a room in which you want to spend your time relaxing. If you find your bath is filling slowly, and cooling down before you even get a chance to hop in, check your home’s water pressure, and consider swapping the taps for a newer model.

Comfort

It’s impossible to relax and let your mind wander when you’re uncomfortable. A bath pillow might be one of the greatest inventions, especially if your bath isn’t the perfect shape for you. The support on your neck can be essential to avoid that awkward cricked neck, and allow you to get as comfy as possible. A little bath shelf is also amazing, especially if you’re partial to the bathtime glass of wine, and it makes a great stand for a good book if you’re trying to avoid getting the pages wet. Don’t overlook the temperature of the room, as well as the temperature of the bath - your entire body won’t be completely submerged, so a cold bathroom can be particularly uncomfortable. The bathroom should be at least room temperature, if not a couple of degrees higher, to be perfect. And a fluffy towel kept on the radiator for the duration of your relaxing bath is the perfect cosy post-bath treat.

Scents

Everyone has their preferred scents for different occasions, but there are some scents which are just perfect for relaxing baths. Generally, sweeter and more floral scents are great for relaxation, whereas fruity, lighter floral scents, and citrusy scents are perfect for getting you energised in the morning. Look out for coconut, lavender, and chamomile scents for a bath that will get you right in the mood for a great night’s sleep.


Once you’ve perfected the art of the bath, you’ll never look back!


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