1 May 2018

2018 Books - April

I read 10 books this month.

If a book makes it to this list on my blog, you can assume I enjoyed and would recommend it (unless otherwise noted) - if I'm not enjoying a book, I stop reading it and move onto the next one. Life's too short and there are too many great books in the world to waste time reading ones that I don't enjoy! (Contains affiliate links.)   

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5) by Lee Child

 Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6) by Lee Child

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24 April 2018

Create a More Appealing Kitchen Space

If your kitchen is dated, dingy, or if you are simply tired of looking at the same flooring and cabinets, you might be ready for some upgrades. Whether you have plenty to spend, or want to keep the cost down, there are a few simple things you can do, to spruce up any space, and recreate that dated kitchen you are tired of looking of.

New laminate flooring is a great option. You can find it in so many different finishes, colours, textures, and sizes, for the perfect look and feel. If you want something that looks like natural hardwoods, you can find it. Prefer something a bit more colourful, there’s a variety you can find. If you want larger tiles, or something extremely complex in design, there are many different design choices and elements you can choose from with your new flooring.

Repurpose your old cabinets. You can do this in many ways. Do a DIY project by removing the center panel, and replace the wood with glass. Replace the knobs for something shiny you’d only find in magazines. Refinish them, paint them, or stain them. Regardless of the decision you make when it comes to upgrading the cabinets, the options are truly endless. Depending on the overall look and appeal you are going for, you can choose from various projects.

Paint the space. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room, including your kitchen. Consider a new colour or simply go with the same colour, and liven up the space with a brighter finish or a stain finish. Add a new ceiling fan and light fixture to the room as well. There are many ornate lights, distinct blade shapes you can choose from, or a simple fan to help bring together the entire space, can make a great deal of difference in a room which needs some updating throughout it.

You can always upgrade to LED lighting as well. This will brighten up the room, and greatly reduce the cost of utilities each month in your home, which is always welcome by homeowners. And, new appliances are a simple fix, although this might be for those who have a bit more to spend when upgrading the space.

 No matter which approach you take, there are several ways you can remodel/revamp a dated kitchen to recreate something new and fresh you are going to love. These are a few simple solutions any homeowner can incorporate, regardless of their budget, which will really give the space an entirely new look and feel each time they walk into it.

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12 April 2018

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Inviting All Year Long

Outside of work, your home is probably the place where you spend most of your time. With that in mind, it should help you feel at ease and cater to guests. With a bit of effort, you can make your house a lovely place to spend time regardless of the season or number of people in your household.

Evaluate the Layout

Many people spend time looking for furniture, textiles, and decorations that add personality to their homes but stop short of thinking about the arrangement of everything in the room. Start with your living room layout, especially since that’s the area where you’ll probably interact with most guests.

Simple things like pulling the furniture slightly away from the wall to promote the flow of natural light around the room and arranging lounge furniture near conversation pieces to encourage curiosity and make people want to linger can make significant improvements.

Don’t forget to check out the bedrooms and bathrooms, too. If you often trip over furniture while using those rooms or find them overly cramped, experiment with moving things around to make the room more appropriate for how you live.

Organize Your Home With Storage Solutions

Do you notice it’s consistently difficult to find necessary items and find yourself feeling frustrated because your abode always looks cluttered even when you take care to keep it tidy? If so, it’s time to investigate home storage options.

Clear containers make it easy to see what’s inside at a glance, and you may want to use a color-coded system for even faster identification. If you’re planning to buy new furniture soon, consider choices with built-in storage compartments. You might find a TV stand with handy drawers for remotes and power cords or select a new bed with drawers integrated into the base.

Don’t Overlook Regular Maintenance

Maybe you only call service professionals if something’s obviously and urgently wrong with an appliance in your home. However, that approach often leads to costly emergency calls and substantial bills, and it could even be dangerous.

For starters, get in touch with a company to schedule an appointment for your heating and cooling system. Besides keeping your home comfortable as the temperatures vary outside, HVAC maintenance can keep your home safe by preventing issues such as leaks, as well as complications that may increase fire risks.

Regarding other kinds of maintenance that contributes to overall comfort, think about getting your carpet cleaned regularly, especially if you’re a pet owner or there are people in your household with allergies or asthma.

Decorate With Pillows and Throws

To capitalize on a low-budget, effective way to brighten up your home, use pillows and throws to create a stylish atmosphere while adding softness. You can find a gigantic variety of colors and patterns, and then change them out to celebrate holidays or merely match your mood. Be sure to scatter them around a room and keep them visible, letting people know they’re welcome to use the accessories.

As you can see from these tips, increasing the year-round appeal and comfort level of your home isn’t hard. Even better, you can get started today.


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3 April 2018

The Bathroom Project: How to Design a Relaxing Space

The bathroom, for most people, is treated as their private sanctuary. It is a place where they can relax. It will free you away from stress. To do this, keep in mind the tips that will be mentioned in the rest of this post. By doing these, you can transform the bathroom into a five-star spa that offers a relaxing retreat.

Make a Tub the Centerpiece 
Bathrooms and the bathtubs they feature have been popular because of their ease of installation and ability to add a hint of luxury in any bathroom. It will also make the space more relaxing, making you feel like you are in a high-end spa. To make it even more relaxing, add petals when you are taking a shower. Decorate the bathroom with candles with an aroma that can ease your weary mind.

Get Rid of Clutter 
If you want the bathroom to be more relaxing, minimalism is a design philosophy that you need to embrace. Get rid of all the things that are unnecessary. Focus on the essentials. Install cabinets and organizers. In the bathroom countertop, it will be good to have nothing but freestanding sinks, such as those from Badeloft. The bathroom will be more relaxing if it is clutter-free.

Be Surrounded by Softness 
As suggested in one article from Apartment Therapy, it will also be good to be surrounded by softness when you are in the bathroom. From the moment that you step in, have a soft bath mat where you will lay your feet. It will also be good to have plush slippers. Even your towels, they will be more relaxing if they are as soft as cotton.

Upgrade your Lighting 
A simple tweak in lighting can do a lot if you want to make the bathroom more relaxing. According to Forbes, it will help to have accent lighting, such as recessed directional lights. A dimmer will also be excellent. Avoid using lights that are too bright as they can also generate heat that can make the bathroom uncomfortable.

Add Plants 
We are not talking about flowers in a vase, but actual plants. This will work best only if you have a generous amount of space that is available. There are plants that are not only decorative, but they can also help in getting rid of impurities and contaminants in the air. They will help to make the bathroom fresher. Some of the best examples of these plants include spider plant, bamboo, dracaena, and orchids.

Highlight Sense of Smell 
Adding a relaxing scent in the bathroom is another sure-fire way to make it a relaxing place. Aromatherapy can be effective in providing relief from anxiety and stress. Lavender, jasmine, and bergamot are some of the best scents that you can incorporate into your bathroom. More than essential oils, you can also use candles and potpourris.

Follow the things that have been mentioned above and it will be easier to make the bathroom a haven of relaxation. You might not even want to leave your bathroom when you keep those things in mind.

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1 April 2018

2018 Books - March

I read 7 books this month.

If a book makes it to this list on my blog, you can assume I enjoyed and would recommend it (unless otherwise noted) - if I'm not enjoying a book, I stop reading it and move onto the next one. Life's too short and there are too many great books in the world to waste time reading ones that I don't enjoy! (Contains affiliate links.)   

Juliet by Anne Fortier

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr by Anthony William

Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal by Anthony William

Home Fires: The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War by Julie Summers

A Darkness Absolute (Rockton 2) by Kelley Armstrong

Still Life by Joy Fielding


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