3 Ways To Modernize Your Bathroom in 2017

The bathroom is considered as the second most important room inside our homes next to the kitchen. It is almost impossible for us to last a day without going to the bathroom. To put it simply, it is where we usually start and finish each day. While the bathroom is considered as a judgment-free zone where we shouldn’t worry about how we look and where we can read books without a hurry, it is also considered as the ultimate judgment zone of every home. Urine-stained toilets, hair strands clogging the sink, or tiles covered in mold; everything about your bathroom will have a lasting impression on your guests.

For resorts, hotels, and other commercial establishments, having well-designed bathrooms is a positive step towards attracting more customers. Because of the elegance and sophistication that it adds, bathroom detailing is now considered as an essential element in high-class interior home designing. Regardless of how simple or sophisticated your home is, it is still important to update your bathroom once in awhile.  This place where people relax, think of new ideas, and be at peace in solitude, deserves a revamp too. Learn more about the three interesting ways on how you can modernize your bathroom in 2017.

A Bathroom Makeover by Bathroom Fitterin Manchester

  1. Refresh your bathroom with new shower doors and curtains.

If you are not on a tight budget, then consider having a new shower glass door installed. Otherwise, buy new shower curtains instead. For less than $300, you can purchase a sliding glass door with a standard aluminum frame. The simpler the glass door, the better. If possible choose shower doors with glass surface treatment which repels water more effectively and makes cleaning and stain removal easier.

Heritage and delicate pastels are seen as two of the most popular bathroom design trends in 2017. Floral patterns are great too. Complement the designs of the shower curtains, bath mat, and towels for a more elegant appeal.

A Bathroom Makeover by Kate La Vie

  1. Replace your fixed bathtub with a freestanding bath.

A built-in bathtub often makes a bathroom looked cramped and tight while a freestanding bath offers a more spacious look. It also gives your bathroom a more luxurious appeal similar to an expensive spa. With freestanding baths, there is a wider range of designs to choose from; rounded or oval, cast iron or copper materials, and much more. Considered as a centerpiece of an elegant bathroom, a freestanding bath effectively eliminates some tiling issues and demanding maintenance procedures.

A Bathroom Makeover by Pink Little Notebook

  1. Consider replacing new tiles or repainting your bathroom.

Replacing old and stained tiles with brand new natural or neutral-colored ones is probably the best way to modernize your bathroom. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, then you can buy second-hand vintage tiles instead. But never do the task yourself if you are not skilled enough to do the job. Fixing errors are actually more expensive than making sure that the tiles are properly installed in the first place.
Repainting is a much cheaper way to give your bathroom a new look. It is also easier to do and you can save up on labor by doing the job yourself. The only downside is that you may not be able to use your bathroom for a couple of days or so. Use a moisture resistant primer in order to prolong the life of the main coating. Apply a finishing gloss paint and let the paint dry completely.

Are you planning any changes to your bathroom this year?

Autumn Home Decorating Tips

As the autumn is in full swing and the winter months start to draw in, many people think about redesigning their homes to make them warmer and more cosy. The bright colours and pastels of spring and summer are no longer on trend, and warmer colours start to dominate more homes during the run up to Christmas. Along with that, now is the ideal time to start bringing in those warm and cosy accessories, a great excuse to go on a shopping spree for warm throws and plenty of soft cushions!

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Although repainting and decorating is more of a summer job, there’s no reason why you can’t get it done on an autumnal weekend, either. If you don’t want to open the windows to air out the smell of paint whilst it’s cold, sticking to re-wallpapering feature walls to include more autumnal colours and patterns can be a great alternative idea to this. Whilst during the summer people tend to decorate in bright and breezy colours to open rooms up and make them look larger, the colder months are the perfect time to decorate using darker colours to create a warmer, cosier atmosphere inside away from the cold.

Cushions and Blankets

Now is the season where nights out become cosy nights in, and movie nights with friends and family become your favourite activity to do on a cold evening or weekend. Stocking up on cushions and blankets makes for a cosier and more comfortable atmosphere in your home, creating the perfect little warm and comfortable haven from the cold weather outside. Throws can be used over sofas to create more warmth and cosiness, or even used as a blanket to wrap up warm in.

Autumn Scents

The autumn and winter season is the perfect time to introduce warm and spicy scents into your home. The floral, light scents that were so popular during the summer can now be replaced by scents that not only make your home smell great, but also warm you up and relax you at the same time. Whether you enjoy candles, burning incense or essential oil diffusers, opt for spicier, warmer scents such as ginger or cinnamon.

Set the Scene

Getting the right lighting in your home is important, especially as the nights become longer and darker during the winter months. With the sun setting at an earlier time each day, homeowners have to make sure that they have the perfect lighting in their home along with keeping their energy usage as low as possible. Low lights and lamps can be an excellent alternative to a main bright light, with spotlights over areas which are going to need more focus, such as over the hob in the kitchen. Not only does low lighting often create a cosier atmosphere, it can help you to relax and wind down before bed.

How are you decorating your home to make it more warm and cosy this year?

* This is a collaborative post.

Inspirational Designs from Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces

Inspirational Designs from Channel 4's Amazing SpacesSince its first episode aired in 2012, the ingenuity, creativity and passion shown in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces has inspired and influenced a variety of DIY-ers across the country to take on their own projects. From customised sheds that float on water to converted public toilets, each of these design projects showed how a creative eye, tenacious attitude and a bit of elbow grease can get you that amazing space.

Below you’ll find a few inspirational designs from the past series of Amazing Spaces:

Cormac Seekings’s Bothy

As a finalist in 2015’s Shed Of The Year, Cormac Seekings bothy was located in a picturesque (albeit wet and windy) Scottish forest. Appealing to our love of DIY and natural materials, this shed was built using nothing but raw material from the forest, including low grade timber, windblown oak, and a natural form of varnish for its finishing touch.

Laura Clarke’s Converted Underground Toilets

In the face of increasingly growing property prices, architect Laura Clarke made the choice to buya disused underground toilet in South London for a nominal fee and convert it into a habitable home.Appearing in the very first episode of Amazing Spaces, this converted public toilet retained the gated steps descending underground but after that you’d never recognise the place. Small but perfectly formed, the amazingly light home makes the most of its space featuring lounge, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Needless to say with its prime location, it has since been valued at over £200,000!

Tracy Caroline Lewis’s Owl House

Another build from 2015’s Shed Of The Year, the aesthetically pleasing and cosy Owl House overlooked coastal sand dunes and was made entirely from recycled materials – it even had a living grass roof just to make it even more eco-friendly. Cosy, with amazing vistas, and all ultra-green, this converted shed was picturesque and built for purpose.

Pete’s Star-Gazing Clifftop Retreat

Using nothing but reclaimed materials from the beach, Pete’s clifftop retreat overlooked the beautiful Norfolk coast. With a background in sculpting and using no plans or blueprints other than the ones in his head, the bohemian shed had two levels with the mezzanine upstairs having a retractable roof for star-gazing with his son.Not only that but the fixed wheels meant it was essentially classed as ‘a caravan’ so he didn’t need planning permission.

Emma And Ollie’s Mobile Cinema

Looking like a collision between a bus and a green house, this mobile cinema was originally built for the Ministry of Technology to show the latest manufacturing techniques to factories around the UK. Lovingly restored from decrepitude back to its 60s glory days, the bus was structurally sound but needed a lot of work and TLC on the essentials. These days it’s a full time business for the couple, featuring restored 1930s cinema seats together with modern projection and surround-sound to seat 24 people for maximum intimacy and uniqueness.

If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own custom build at the end of the garden, there are specialised companies such as York Timber Products who can provide a variety of made-to-order workshops, sheds, and garden offices unique to you.

*Image Courtesy of Liverpool Echo 

Homemade Coffee Scrub

Reduce food waste and make yourself the best scrub you had ever had… trust me, your body will thank you for it.

Reduce food waste and make yourself the best scrub you had ever had… trust me, your body will thank you for it.

The idea for the scrub came from my friend Kate. Some time ago I was blabbing away to her about my new shop bought scrub and she told me about her DIY version… The difference is Kate has oily skin, I have dry skin, so I took her recipe and messed around with the measurements and added a bit of coconut oil as a carrier to make it glide on to my skin more easily… the results are perfect and I absolutely love it!

Coffee is a great antioxidant and it has some wonderful anti-cellulite properties; recently it has been appearing in the ingredients list of more and more beauty products especially those designed to fight the so called “orange skin” effect. It will help tighten and tone the look of your skin as well as get rid of any dead cells.

Coconut oil has unbelievably good moisturising properties. The fact that it is solid when left alone is a big plus as it makes it quite easy to handle and yet as you gently scrub it will heat up and then become a liquid allowing you to moisturise your skin at the same time.

Himalayan salt is the purest and the healthiest of the sea salts out there. It works as a great detoxifier and it will help with removing toxins from the skin leaving it feeling refreshed and well energised.

Cinnamon has been used for years to treat various skin disorders like acne or eczema, it stimulates the blood vessels, has nourishing properties and it can help with many forms of skin irritation.

Therefor when all these ingredients are put together they create a truly powerful scrub which works like no other.

I have extremely dry skin and normally I have to be very careful as to what I use but I’ve been using this scrub for a while now, including on my face, and I have not experienced any side effects, nor any redness or discomfort of any kind. I can highly recommend this DIY wonder mixture!

Ingredients:

  • 50g coffee grounds
  • 1tbsp organic, raw coconut oil
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp coarse Himalayan salt

Method:

In a bowl mix the coffee (I used the old coffee from my coffee filter machine but if that doesn’t appeal you could always use some new coffee straight from the pack), cinnamon and salt, add coconut oil and try to combine. This process isn’t easy as your coconut oil is in a solid form but as you are mixing it will break into smaller chunks and with time it will form a sort of bread crumbs… once you get there you are done.

Move into an air tight container and use as needed.

This portion size should be enough for two full body treatments.

The scrub works wonderfully. The ingredients are beauty friendly and your skin will feel amazing, I am sure of it.

Mixology & Vaping – How to Make Your Own e-Juice

Mixology is a term used to describe the art of mixing cocktail drink recipes but what about e-juice? Vaping is extremely popular and more and more people take upon themselves to try and create their own flavours of e-liquids. Will the term mixology get a revamp one day soon?

Mixology & Vaping – How to Make Your Own e-Juice Mixology is a term used to describe the art of mixing cocktail drink recipes but what about e-juice? Vaping is extremely popular and more and more people take upon themselves to try and create their own flavours of e-liquids. Will the term mixology get a revamp one day soon?If you are a vaper then the thought of mixing your own juices has most likely already crossed your mind… they are cheaper, you can create exactly what you want and you can have some fun whilst doing it.

There are two ways of getting a bespoke juice:

You can make it from scratch by mixing nicotine concentrate, Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG) and some combination of flavour concentrates … it can be fun and it will sure give you a lot of satisfaction, it is a fairly easy but definitely not a quick process as the juice has to steep for a while before it can be used. Steeping is akin to the fine art of wine or cheese making in so far as allowing it to mature and the flavours to develop. Creating your own e-liquids requires a lot of patience and precision… a small mistake with measurements can really cost you dearly if for example you miscalculate the nicotine volumes, so only attempt it after a solid research and good preparation on your part.

You can mix existing juices to achieve a desired flavour combination. This is much easier way of getting your dream juice when compared to making it from scratch. Mixing existing juices is much safer, it doesn’t require so much preparations and it is ready to vape within minutes, not weeks!

So how do you mix existing e-juices?

Well, the process is pretty straight forward.

  1. Select the flavours you wish to mix together.
  2. Decide how much of each flavour will go to your new juice and decide how to measure it; doing it by ml seems to work well for us.
  3. Take a fresh, clean tank aka clearomizer and start adding the required amount of each flavour in.
  4. Screw the base back up.
  5. Shake well.
  6. Let it stand for a minute or two and you are ready to vape!

Easy isn’t it?

Mixing existing juices is a perfect way of getting rid of that flavour which isn’t all that good on its own. For example we have a few bottles of black coffee, well it sounded great when we were buying it but in reality none of us really enjoys it, but when mixed with cream and chocolate, it makes for a lovely vape.

There is no limit to flavour combinations you can create as the only limitation is your imagination but to get you started and to give you some ideas what might go well with what you might want to have a look at this easy guide how to make the most popular vaping cocktails created by VIP Electronic Cigarette.

Mixology & Vaping – How to Make Your Own e-Juice Mixology is a term used to describe the art of mixing cocktail drink recipes but what about e-juice? Vaping is extremely popular and more and more people take upon themselves to try and create their own flavours of e-liquids. Will the term mixology get a revamp one day soon?I am not a drinker myself but looking at this flavours I quite fancy an e-juice strawberry mojito to be honest 🙂

Have you ever considered mixing your own e-juices?

* This is a collaborative post.