February 15, 2008
Moving home to shared accommodation is alot different to moving into a property of your own or in with a partner as it is very unlikely that you will know the person that you are going to be moving in with.
There are many moving tips for a conventional home move but for those of us who want to share, there a few more fundamental rules that you must follow:
1) Ensure that you respect each others privacy and stick to the house rules. It is important that you both understand some ground rules such as the division of household chores and rules about people sleeping over, this is so you avoid any unpleasantness later on in your tenancy.
2) When you move into a shared property, you will have to limit the number of possessions that you take with you. Your roommates will not want to feel as though they are being swamped into your life. This has to be a home for you and your house mates, so keep your private belongings to a minimal and keep the majority of your possessions in your bedroom.
3) When your home move involves sharing with someone else, it is important that you stick to your end of the deal and regularly tidy the house. Cleaning activities can include dusting the sofas, washing the dishes, vacuuming the hallway, etc. The easiest way to make sure that chores are completed is to draw up a rota of cleaning tasks and highlight who is responsible for each weekly chore. Also, make sure that you and your house mates are happy with tasks that have been delegated.
4) When you move into a shared property, you have to respect and consider your roommates before doing anything which could compromise his or her safety or trust. The same also applies to living room furniture, for you and your house mates to live in a clean and safe environment; respect important assets of the household otherwise arguments about who will be chipping in to replace expensive furniture that is damaged.
If you follow these simple moving tips then you and your landlord should rub along quite nicely together
February 8, 2008
If your home needs a little updating, here are a few ideas that could give your home that much needed facelift!
1. Leather Sofas:
As most people know, a leather sofa can bring that look of elegance into your living room. With a wide range of leather furniture to select from in your local high street stores, any style can match a look. With leather being a very contemporary look, it can modernize and transform the look of your living room for as much as £400. By looking after your sofa well by using recommended cleaning products, your leather sofa could last you a lifetime
2. Lick of paint:
Going for bright colours in your living room can help bring that that extra bit of life back into your house. When you have decided on a perfect colour for your living room, you will also be inspired to purchase new ornaments and furniture to help bring your living room up to date. Getting inspiration from the vast amount of home designs programs we have, you often see how designers transform a house on the brink of demolition to a fresh, new and modern pad without the need of heavy workloads or builders! So remember you do not need to spend a fortune on updating your home, choosing the right paint can add life and most importantly value to your property. Before under going a paint job, remember to cover up or move your sofas to another area of your house to avoid the disappointment of getting drips of paint forever marking your expensive furniture!
This is the most important step that most people need to bear in mind when they are looking to update their property. Some people (or even people you know) do not know how to let the past go! To start off the mission of de-cluttering your home, take time out by exploring every room in your house going through cupboards and drawers making a list of any old junk that you come across. Also make note of those items you think will be useful in other rooms and keep and eye out for the junk you may have thrown in the corner of the room; telling yourself that you will deal with it in the near future, but never got round to throwing it away! Another idea is to throw out those items you do not intend to fix or wear and any old clothing or ornaments you come across donate to charity!
If you have a carpet that may have lost its colour over the years or if you have a visible stain that you just cannot remove with the best stain removers on the market, make that all important decision and throw that old carpet out! Also, if you notice that you have wooden flooring under your carpet, tear the carpet out, and get to work making that wooden floor stand out. Rent a Sander and sand down the wooden floor and wax to give it a smooth finish. To maintain the finish, sweep and vacuum the floor on a regular basis; if you want, place rugs and mats to prevent dirt, grit and sand from easily appearing
Lighting can make a huge difference of the way your living room looks. If you find that your living room may be a dull or dark in setting, buy a few more stylish lamps that will add character to your living room at the same time. Or alternatively, changing the brightness of your bulb could also work. e.g. Going from 60 to 120 watts.
6. Re-arranging Your Furniture:
Re-arranging your furniture can also make a difference in the way your home looks and most importanly the way you feel about your home. Try moving your furniture to spots that your guests will notice, for example moving your sofas around the fire place or bring items from other rooms which are better suited for the living room. Use as much items as you can to characterize your living room and always remember to leave some open space as a room always needs room to breath! It will feel like moving home all over again!
December 27, 2007
A brand new leather sofa should come with a well detailed instruction manual on how to clean your leather sofa. It is very important that you refer to the manufacturer’s advice and key points before you start cleaning. It is also best to do a test run like at the back of your leather sofa, to test for colorfastness. If you are still unsure, contact the sofa manufacturer or a professional cleaning company.
General sofa cleaning:
To maintain your leather sofa, use a good quality soap, such as Dove. Use the soap on a soft dish cloth and wipe the sofa to remove dirt. Be careful not to soak the leather too much, and do not rinse after washing, as this will totally ruin your sofa. Gently dabbing with a soft dry cloth allows the moisturizing soap to condition the leather. For best results try and polish the sofa to get that brand new look.
Feed your leather:
Use an over the counter good leather conditioner which you can find in most furniture stores or supermarkets. To get the best results, rub the conditioner in a circular motion, covering the entire surface. Rub the conditioner in thoroughly and let it settle for about 10/15 minutes, then buff the sofa with a soft cloth to bring a shine to the sofa’s surface.
Cleaning Products: liquids:
Some water-based liquids will stain your leather sofa. For this problem, simply dab up as much of the liquid as possible. Be careful not to rub it as you will risk spreading the spillage to other areas of the sofa; therefore creating a much bigger job for yourself. Keep keep dabbing your sofa until the cloth comes back completely dry and then let the leather air dry.
If you have a butter or grease stain on your..lets assume ‘new’ leather sofa, do not use water to clean it! Dab the spill until the cloth comes back dry. After you have done this, allow the stain to settle over a day or two before going back to it. The oil will settle in the leather and will not be very noticeable. If the stain is still visible, try using a leather sofa cleaner which you can at any supermarket or sofa store.
Pen Ink stains:
If you have children…you will be no stranger to seeing pen ink all over your furniture…..A good way of removing ink stains from your leather sofa is to dip some cotton wool or even a cotton bud in some alcohol or vinegar and then rub it over the stained spot, then dry the area with a blow dryer or a fan. If the stain is still visible after the drying, you may want to try using some really cheap acetone-free nail polish remover, rub a small amount over the ink stain with a soft cloth. The stain should disappear instantly.
To keep your leather sofa in tip tip top condition, any leather cleaning should generally be followed by a quick application of quality leather conditioning cream; which again you can buy from any supermarket or sofa store
December 20, 2007
There’s something special about a big leather armchair. They scream opulence and style, and never seem to go out of fashion. Leather sofas have had a great resurgence of late, and the past couple of years has seen a flood of large chunky, square armchairs hit the furniture market in luxurious warm colours. It’s a clear step away from the bright, cool 60’s mod inspired leather sofas which have been making their mark since the 90s.
What colour leather armchair would you chose?
Depending on your home, choose the colour of your armchair accordingly. Modern homes look great with black, brighter red shades and white leather, whist more traditional or ‘country’ style homes suit the rich warm colours like browns, warm cherry reds and dark greens.
What style armchair would you chose?
The chunky square style armchairs may not go with everyone’s décor, but no doubt there is a different one to suit your home. The great thing about leather furniture is they really last. Leather is extremely durable and can take a lot of abuse from children and pets. Stains are less likely as you can wipe spills off immediately, and they look great with age.
If you’re looking for something lovely to curl up and read a book on this winter I’d thoroughly recommend one of the following brown leather armchairs.
Left: Carmen Leather Armchair @ SofaSofa £199
Right: Hector Leather Chair @ John Lewis £795
December 19, 2007
Forget moving house because you’ve found the house of your dreams in an area you love – thousands of people are moving home so their children can go to a better school!
The decision to move home is quite a big one – there are many factors to consider including areas, costs, the proximity of the house to your workplace, home design and then finding a house you love.
The most common reason for changing address is the need for more space. However, 70,000 people are moving home so as their children can receive a better standard of education. They look for properties which fall within the catchment area of their ideal schools.
Many parents are desperate to secure their children a place at a good school and are even prepared to take on a higher mortgage for the privilege.
Many deliberately move house to be near a better school and are bitterly disappointed when they are told that their children have not been accepted. This has lead to appeals and complaints from exasperated family members.
One family made the decision to move from a beautiful three bedroom Victorian house in the north of London to a smaller house in a catchment area simply because the local primary school had a 35% target level in Key Stage 2 assessment tests.
A house move for educational reasons can be a costly process – especially once you get a couple of removal quotes – but on the upside, good schools have a reputation for being situated in a good neighbourhood with a lower crime rate and a cleaner environment.
December 10, 2007
Now that we are in the era of modern living, there seems to be a steady influx of futuristic and shall I say “different” looking household and living room furniture that is starting to appear on the market, which are affordable to some and not so affordable to others. More of us are now starting to turn our places of sanctuary into something you more or less see in a Ikea or the Littlewoods catoulouge, which to some can get people thinking ‘that must cost a few bob’ to do. Though some of us often day dream of designing our next home looking very sheek and modelesque, the most important question that may come to a few of our minds is ‘How much is creating a contemporary home going to cost me?’.
There are many different means to styling your home such as rural, urban, expensive, cheap, contemporary or retro at prices that do not aim to dig a deep hole in your bank balance. All you need to do is ‘Shop Smart‘, in my opinion (and I hope most of you agree!) means shopping around for those all furniture sales which will add those desired effects that you are looking for in your home. Shopping at car boot sales, charity shops, clearance furniture sales and online furniture sites can leave you with you jaw wide open as you will realize that you do not have to give in to those extortionate prices you often see at those up-market furniture stores.
Take the Ideal Home Show for example, these are exhibitions that will give you a few ideas on how to style your home and also shows you the diverse range of furniture that you can buy to help you on your way to achieving your goal of completely re-designing your home. Even taking notes at these exhibitions can get you thinking that your the new up and coming interior designer ready to grace our TV screens!
Watching leading lifestyle shows such as House Doctor, Front of House, How To Rescue a House or Colin and Justin’s Home Show can open your mind to various design ideas which in turn could lead to that sought after ‘warped into the future’ effect! So instead of spending nearly over £100 on a futuristic looking lamp or £50 on a set of blinds, shop around and keep your eyes peeled for those low priced furniture deals that could turn your home into a new, young and vibrant pad.
November 30, 2007
Now that we are fast approaching 2008, we will be bombarded with new lifestyle shows informing us about what our homes “should” look like and personalities such as Ann Maurice and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen demonstrating how we can transform our homes of the 20th century into the new modern and futuristic look with new design living room furniture and new decorating techniques, like the examples we normally see displaying in popular home stores such as Ikea and Habitat.
As we are now in the era of design and modernization, the home and furniture blog will give you some ideas of how to transcend your home into a unique and modern place of sanctuary using furniture that is affordable! Going modern is a big step for some, a few people like to keep it ‘simple’, which is good, only if you know how to keep it stylish at the same time! Come to think of it, I think most people can agree with me when I say theres nothing more appalling than entering a house that looks so……un-inviting!
Below are examples of furniture such as sofas and tables that could improve the look of your home, without having to call in Bill and Big Terry from a building company to demolish parts of your home:
When a few of you look at this you may think, “hmm, I think that’s a bit too modern for me,” or “that sofa wont go with my wallpaper.” But the notion is to update the look of your home and keeping it simple, instead of coming home to the past!
October 31, 2007
Is your room in need of a breath of fresh air? Here’s some ideas on putting some life back in – without buying a new coffee table, bed, sofa … or spending a whole weekend doing it!
Bring some outdoors, in!
A bunch of fresh flowers or a small plant on your coffee table instantly adds a bit of life into a room – just stick with the real stuff!
Mirrors add light and depth to a room. Different frames and sizes means you can spend as little as a few pound or up to hundreds on decorating with mirrors.
These are cheap to buy or easy to make if you have the inclination. A couple of cushions thrown on a sofa can change the whole feel of a room and introduce new colours, textures and style.
New covers (couch/cushions/chairs)
If you have a loose cover sofa, cushions or chairs have removable covers, replacing these can be a cheap way to change the colour theme of a room.
It can help just to get rid of the clutter. Buying a magazine rack, CD/DVD holders and storage boxes is a great way to get rid of the chaos. Ikea is great for this kind of stuff.
October 5, 2007
As the saying goes, there’s two things you can’t avoid – debt and taxes. But what about moving home? It’s pretty much inevitable at some stage you have to move and it’s certainly a stressful event. It’s always seems so easy and exciting but once you get down to the packing you always realise how incredibly unprepared you are and wonder how you managed to accumulate so much stuff! Here’s a few tips that might make moving that little bit easier:
Before you start:
Preparation is key! It may seem like an obvious tip, but no matter how little or big your house is that you have, you still never really know where to start. Make a list of exactly what you need to do from booking a removal van, to finding cardboard boxes to sorting through your clothes and taking some to a charity store. This way you can see clearly what you have to do, and then can figure out what will take the longest and prioritise. Ask yourself – do I really need that old leather sofa and chipped bookcase? What do you really want to take to your new home?
During your move:
Make sure you leave yourself with enough time to organise everything and don’t leave everything until the last minute. Start by packing things you aren’t going to need to use. Clearly mark all your boxes just in case you need to find something you packed, and to also make it easier when you unpack at your new home. Moving house is the perfect time to de-clutter your house and get rid of things you no longer need. If you’re really prepared you could take your belongings to a car boot sale and try to come out on top.
After you move:
Many people get so caught up in the moving process they forget that after you leave your house, your mail doesn’t magically know how to find you. Remember to redirect your mail and inform people of your change of address or you could miss out on anything from birthday presents to phone bills! Although it would be nice to lose a few bills along the way, you don’t want to end up with overdue fees from a wayward bill you haven’t paid.