New Year, New Home

We all consider setting New Years resolutions and goals for ourselves, whether it's to keep up an exercise regime or spending more time with family and friends, but neglect to think about the place we come back to everyday; our homes. Turning the home we live in, into a comfortable, multi-functional and relaxing space, should be high on our list of priorities. You don't need to redecorate your house to change it's appearance!

Cut the clutter

It's easy to let the clutter get on top of you. Lack of time and the January blues can make it feel like a mountainous post-Christmas task, that we'd rather not have to face. With a little bit of thought and organisation, it doesn't have to be quite so daunting. The easiest place to start is thinking about what items you don't use and if they're in good condition, donate them to your local charity shop. This is a great task to get children involved in and can help streamline their toys and books, all while going to a very worthy cause. Be ruthless and if you don't love it or use it, get rid of it. Recycle anything you can. Carrying out a regular purge of unwanted household bits on a monthly basis will feel remarkably cleansing!

Rethink your storage and room uses

Start by spending some time in each room, consider the room's original use, and what you actually use the room for. The dining room or dining area of a kitchen is mostly used for eating meals in, but as we all know, this is a multi-functional area of the house! The kitchen table is often the 'go to' place for using a laptop or finishing off the days work, but a small writing bureau in the dining room would keep these in a designated space, and the clutter out of sight. If you have children, the dining table will generally be used for homework and play, or hobbies such as crafting. Do these take up room on your table all year round? Is there a better way to store them? You might be lucky enough to have space for an antique sideboard to store these items out of sight, but still within easy reach. Or if space is an issue, you can consider vintage boxes or small cupboards. 

Antique dining tables

Make sure your dining table meets your family needs

Antique sideboards for sale

Choose an antique sideboard to hide away items

Change your home accessories

Your home is your sanctuary, so it goes without saying that we want to be surrounded by things that make us feel good. It's much more than the functional bedroom furniture we sleep on and coffee tables we use each day. It's the lighting we use to brighten up the darkest evenings when we've shut the world outside, and the mirrors and pictures we place on our walls. Create a home environment that reflects your personality by using a mix of styles and eras. Using retro and vintage homewares, blending old with new creates an interesting and personal home that will never be boring! Visit our vintage homewares selection for some great ideas for your interiors.

Think Spring

Moving out of Winter and into Spring means we can embrace fresher, brighter tones within our homes. Throughout the colder months, it's natural to crave warmth and doing that through autumnal colours creates a cosy, homely feel.  Spring colours are often vibrant and feel-good, with shades of purple, greens, blues. For some inspiration and, check out the Spring 2018 Pantone Top 12 Color Palette. Although Pantone here were predicting the trend for 2018 Spring fashion, imagine these colours use as accent pieces like cushions, candles and blankets. As the weather improves, it's time to take down your heavy winter curtains, get them freshly laundered and replace them with a lighter, bright window treatment. Throw open your windows and let in some fresh air for a few minutes every day, no matter how cold it is!

Pantone Blooming Dahlia

PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia

Pantone Arcadia

PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia

PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue

PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue

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January 24, 2018 — Benita Ellis-Kelly

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