Monthly Archives: May 2013

Get Your Home Summer Ready

The temperature is finally starting to rise and many of us are now thinking about getting our outside and inside spaces ready for summer.

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The onslaught of the warmer months means barbeques, summer drinks parties and impromptu get-togethers that can go on until the chilly early hours – the point at which everyone abandons their deck chairs ready to carry on the party indoors! This is why spending as much love and attention sprucing up your indoor space is just as important as tending to your garden furniture and plants.

There are a multitude of quick, easy and relatively low cost ideas that will help drag your home from warm and cozy rooms, to fresh, cool and inviting spaces from which you can escape the hot summer sun.

Here are six of our top tips for doing just this:

Soft Furnishings

Replace heavy curtains with a lighter material to create a fresh, light feeling, and change cushion cover from dark, heavy cushions to floral prints in pale, neutral shades.

The key colours for this summer are: dusky blue, greyed jade and linen, as well as the brighter hues of emerald and African violet.

It’s important to keep a sense of balance with your soft furnishings and combining soft neutrals with vivid exuberant colours will help you achieve a perfectly balanced scheme.

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New Kitchen

A dark, dull and outdated kitchen will make even the prettiest of homes appear dull and dated. Investing in a new kitchen for summer is a bit commitment, but one I promise you will not regret. There are a huge range of bright and modern kitchens that work well all year round. Click here and be inspired.

Windows

They say your windows are the eyes of your house (and as we all know, eyes are the windows to the soul) so it makes sense that your windows should be kept clean and sparkly at all times – particularly during the summer months when the sun will highlight every single smudge and fingerprint.

Instead of forking out for expensive (and usually ineffective) commercial window cleaning sprays, try adding neat white vinegar to a spray bottle, spraying liberally over your windows and then buffing dry with a clean rag – quick, easy and effective.

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Lower Your Bills With Ductless Air

When you’re looking to renovate your home, it’s likely that you’ll be on the look out for exciting and innovative gadgets to help your home stand out from the rest.
But aside from sourcing a top of the range fridge or purchasing a chic new couch set, there are a few gadgets that could help greatly with the functionality of your home, as well as greatly help you to save money – such as a ductless air conditioning unit.

With the hot summer months now just weeks away, switching your old traditional unit to a ductless one could help to keep you cool, save space in your home and reduce running costs all in one go – as this great infographic from Florida Diamond Contractors highlights:

Ductless Air Conditioning

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My Love Of Easy Easy Easy

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Moen, Incorporated for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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My home decor style is simple, classic with a bit of a modern twist and of course easy to use, clean and take care of items. The room that reflects this most in my home is the kitchen, where I always try to make my life as easy as possible as I love to cook, but hate to clean! That is why I would love to the Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet from Moen in my kitchen!

 photo SpotResistregjpg_zps01cfd3d1.jpgWhat I love most about this faucet is not that it’s spot resistant or that it’s also finger print resistant, but that it has a wonderfully high arch pull-down that makes it easy to keep my kitchen clean because I can put so much under it! I could also keep my car cleaner and my floors cleaner and I’m sure a number of other things cleaner as I would be able to put a bucket in my sink and fill it! No I do not have a huge wash basin, though I would love one!

Not only does the design of the faucet work well with my existing kitchen decor it’s just a nice piece to look at. Really who wouldn’t want this in there home? Okay, I’m sure someone won’t, but we won’t worry about them.

Want to get one of your own? You can buy the at Lowe’s (one of my favorite home improvement stores!)

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