How To Use LED Lights to Adorn Your Home

Colourful LED strips are a great source of light, and they also contributing to an impressive ambiance. This has made them take the centre stage in the world of exquisite lighting ideas. The best thing about these strips is that the possibilities of incorporating them into homes, outdoors, offices, etc. are endless.

how-to-use-led-lights-to-adorn-your-homeIf done right, they can look cool and futuristic. Being thin and flexible, they can find a place even where the reach of traditional lighting sources had been impossible such as that under the panes and cabinets and in drawers, etc. The way they shed light on things and illuminate the space in a perfect manner, one thing can be made out that they are here to stay.

If you are imaginative enough, the ways in which you can put to use LED light strips are many. And those who are looking for ideas to start with, read on to find out some beautiful ways in which you can bring LED light strips to a home as a decorative feature that will last and will also go easy on your pocket.

how-to-use-led-lights-to-adorn-your-home-led-glass-balustradeLED glass balustrade: Your staircase need not be a run-of-the-mill feature of your home. Even if you get a fantastic staircase whose design oozes creativity, after a certain point of time, things will stop looking as fantastic as they used to. But, when your frameless glass balustrade will be powered with an LED lighting strip, there would be virtually nothing that can stop your staircase from looking as great as any other centrepiece in your home. Although this idea is increasingly becoming popular, using it for decorating your home with LED lighting strips is what you too should look up to. Just imagine in the dead of the night with no lighting feature on, how beautiful your staircase will look emitting a dim, coloured light.

LED coffee tables: You can add excitement to the corner of your room by installing LED light strips beneath the edge of your coffee table. You can use this table for your date nights when you want to have dinner in the dim illumination of something equivalent to candlelight.

how-to-use-led-lights-to-adorn-your-home-led-bed-lightsLED bed lights: For a goodnights sleep, darkness is really necessary to lull the sleeper to sleep, which is why it becomes imperative to turn off all lights before you prepare to sleep. But without any lighting, it would become really tough for you to cover even a short distance maybe from your bed to the washroom in case you are required to attend nature’s call. Having LED light strips underneath the bed along the border would be the best thoughtful solution to all your problems. Such light strips offer just enough visibility for you to do the movement in the darkness without hurting yourself.

LED vanity mirrors: There is something exquisite about LED vanity mirrors, which is why every modern home’s bathrooms are furnished with an array of these. It is not that you need to have any special or new vanity mirror for the purpose. All you need to do is get the strips installed around the mirror. And voila, you have given a new life to your bathroom.

There are more ideas that you can put to use like LED couches, shelves, refrigerators, kitchen cabinets and shelves, decks, drawers, etc., etc. Any which way, you will end up turning your space into a fancy, beautifully glowing place by bringing LED lighting strips into your home.

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Future proofing the nursery

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHomeAs you might remember way back in March I shared with you our big dilemma regarding which furniture we should pick for the toddlers’ room. After much deliberation we settled on the lovely BearHug toddler collection from HelloHome as seen on the Worlds Apart website.

I’ve already shared with you our views on the BearHug storage stack and My First Ready Bed and today I would like to introduce you to yet another piece from the BearHug collection – the BearHug Desk.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHomeThe desk, like every other piece from the BearHug collection, is designed around a bear theme. It’s made from sturdy MDF and it offers two built in storage pots. It looks wonderful and from the moment we put it together Leo just keep “playing” with it.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHome.The desk is suitable for 18 months+. As you know Leo is just over 12 months old but with a little assistance and the inevitable constant supervision he can already use it during his play time. He is tall enough to keep his little feet firmly on the floor whilst sitting at the desk but he struggles a little bit with getting in and out of the sitting position. I think he just needs a little bit more time to grow into his new desk.

Future proofing our nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHomeFuture proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug DeskFor now he is especially fascinated by the two storage pots. He keeps hiding things in them which seems to bring him a lot of joy.

The desk is very easy to put together and it really doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. A simply wipe down with a damp cloth will keep it nice and clean.

I think that the BearHug desk is the perfect addition for Leo on his journey through toddlerhood. In the months to come it will give him his own little space to play and discover the wonders of the world around him.

The Bear Hug desk can be purchased at Very, Amazon or Littlewoods and price starts from as little as £49. The desk itself looks beautiful but it is worth remembering that it is a part of a much larger collection of toddler furniture which together would create a child friendly and extremely cosy environment for your little one.

What do you think about our new desk?

Do you like it?

*I was provided with BearHug Desk free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Future proofing the nursery

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartWith the time flying by so quickly our nursery is now no longer fully functional. Baby has learnt how to crawl and he is wondering all over the house; to keep him still he needs entertainment and that means a lot of toys to keep him busy… and toys need storage space.

As it ended up we are lacking quite a bit in this department.

But not too worry… just when we were trying to figure out how to resolve this problem and what to buy Worlds Apart came to the rescue.

We were offered pieces for a review from new HelloHome collections:

HelloHome StarBright Toddler CollectionHelloHome BearHug Toddler CollectionBoth collections are truly beautiful, well designed and definitely child friendly, wouldn’t you agree?

We actually struggled with our choice; StarBright will go much better with the rest of the room colour wise, but BearHug is just so adorable that we simply couldn’t resist. Thinking about the future and what we would need to transform the nursery into a toddler room we chose BearHug… and thinking about the present and what we need right now we went for the BearHug storage stack.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartHelloHome BearHug storage stack comes flat packed and it takes literally just a few minutes to put it together. All you have to do is to attach a few screws to poles and you got your stack ready; really simple and totally foolproof, as they say, even I could do it.

HelloHome BearHug Storage StackThe stack itself looks beautiful; the pastel colours make them a suitable addition to any kids’ room and the bear faces just make them extra cute and friendly. We were wondering if the pink / red box will not look out of place too much in a boy’s room, but it doesn’t; it looks really great and it is adding that so much needed warmth into the room.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartFuture proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart.Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart...A very big plus of this stack is its weight or lack of. The stack is very light which makes it extremely portable and a breeze to move for cleaning. For now our BearHug storage stack has its place on the floor, box next to box, so Baby can reach and simply grab any toy he fancies at the time, but in the future when more toddler furniture’s will start to arrive in the room and floor space will become more of an issue, it will be stacked as it should or even placed on the shelves… as it ended up each box fits perfectly in our built-in unit; it almost like they were meant to be there from the beginning.

I know that in the future we will need even more storage to help keep all toys neatly in order but for this moment our BearHug storage stack is ideal and just what we need. I think it is a great starting piece for transforming a baby room into a toddler one. Next piece on the shopping list is the BearHug toy box; we just need Baby to start walking so he can reach into the box 🙂

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart. Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartWhat’s your storage idea to help keep all those toys tidy?

Do you like the look of our new BearHug storage stack?

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery

Creating a perfect nursery isn’t an easy task. Once you have picked your ideal theme, which is a huge task in itself, you are left with all the buying to do in order to create your perfect space. We settled on a marine theme room or so we like to call it 🙂

Home Decor – Our Marine Theme Nursery

We kept to a white, blue and red colour scheme for most items, we have very carefully picked pieces that create a lovely space, yet it became too sterile and not very child friendly 🙁 We were missing something… we were missing that something special to bring it all together and give it the finished look. Then along came Witty Doodle

Witty Doodle is an exciting and dynamic company, founded by two young mothers, looking to inspire their young babies with nursery art that is playful, creative, stimulating and fun.

Contrary to popular belief, they found in their research that soft pastels are not especially soothing, attractive or interesting to babies and toddlers, and therefore not suitable for developing growing minds. So they came up with the idea to create aesthetically pleasing products that would truly enhance their babies’ environment. With that innovative spark, Witty Doodle, stimulating art for babies and toddlers was born.

Witty Doodle offered us a nursery sticker for review. I have been offered wall stickers for review before but I always end up refusing politely. I am not quite sure why; it wasn’t because I didn’t like them necessarily or that I didn’t really have space for them… I am really unsure as to why, maybe I just didn’t get how good stickers can be… but then, once I had seen the Witty Doodle range of products, I just knew we should have them, I just knew that these Witty Doodle stickers where the missing piece for our nursery… They are like nothing else I’ve seen before – extremely bright with funky shapes and smiley faces.

We obviously picked an underwater sticker to go with the rest of the room, and what a good choice it did turn out to be.

Witty Doodle wall stickers are shipped in a secure tube; there is no chance of any damage in normal transit. The website states: estimated delivery time – up to 7 days, yet ours arrived within just 2 days. The stickers come in a form of a 1mx1m square piece.

Home Decor - Marine Theme Nursery

Features of Witty Doodle Nursery Wall Stickers (as stated on the website):

  • created in consultation with an expert in child development;
  • designed to be use in stages according to the growth and development of your baby;
  • attractive and visually stimulating for babies and toddlers;
  • designed to encourage your baby’s brain and overall social and emotional development;
  • fully removable and repositionable;
  • made from non-toxic material of the highest quality.

The quality of it is really outstanding!

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery with Witty Doodle

The square shape wasn’t ideal for us; so we cut it into smaller pieces in order to create our perfect layout. The sticker is a pleasure to work with. It sticks to the wall with ease; it can be removed without any damage to the wall and repositioned if needed. Its matt finish looks really amazing and reduces the glare most stickers suffer from due to the highly polished finish. The colours are bright and seem to be coming out of the wall. We are extremely happy with them and with our finished nursery! The Witty Doodle wall sticker, not surprisingly, has made a huge difference to the nursery and has finally given the room that super child friendly feeling that we worried was missing.

Witty Doodle wall stickers are priced at £55, which is more expensive than most stickers around but you also get more… You not only get a piece of decor, you get a tool which will help your child to develop, which will be stimulating and encouraging.

In addition to wall stickers, Witty Doodle also offers nursery canvases and nursery prints with the same bold designs, bright colours and smiley faces. And for older children you can download a selection of free printables.

Home Decor -Marine Theme Nursery with Witty Doodle

Will you be getting yours Witty Doodle?

Do you like the idea of bright, bold colours for a nursery?

Time for a change, time for entertainment

With New Year comes the obligatory New Year’s resolution.

I’ve made a few “promises” to myself and one of them is to entertain more (aka stop being a cave-dweller). I would like to have our friends over much more often, maybe throw a few more dinner parties and in general be more sociable. To achieve it, I need space. So the question becomes: What do I do?

Currently, we have a kitchen / dinner with a table set for four and a front room designed around our family entertainment – large sofa, space to play jumpy console games and to chillax in general. I think the front room will have to stay as it is simply because it is our family space and besides I don’t know how to tell Mark his front room is about to change. Now the dining room part of the downstairs area might just be the subject of a make-over.

My Dining Room

In order to entertain I will need space. If we have more than two people visit us be are quickly reminded of a major drawback to us entertaining. Sitting for hours on little wooden stools is not very comfortable, no matter how good the food, the company or even how many drinks you have had 😉 and there is no room to add full size chairs as the table just isn’t long enough, oh and it has very fat legs that don’t help.

So, what to do now?

The easiest solution would be to just buy a new set of slim chairs, but as our furniture’s quite old I am not able to find anything to match it nicely.

I like dark wood; solid wood, heavy furniture is very me but they make the space seems smaller and darker than it actually is. The more I think about it the more I feel I might be ready for a change.

I had a look around for some inspirations and I have a few ideas for my new dining room. I think I would still like to stick with the wood and keep the same rectangular shape of the table, but maybe this time we should get something lighter, with a more modern look…

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What do you think about my choices?

Would you attempt a make-over just to satisfy your need for fulfilling a New Year’s resolution?

Do you think I should just stick with my old furniture and maybe invest in some soft cushions to make long evenings by the table more comfortable?

I know this is a long list of questions but I am quite in the pickle and unsure what to do next.

* Post written in collaboration with Rodgers Of York