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Maker’s Monday: Gam Gamz Handcrafted

It’s Monday! The day of the week I usually hate, but not now, with the start of House Fenway’s Maker’s Monday. I have something to look forward to at the start of every week. Each Monday is “Maker’s Monday”. I feature a small business and/or artist, their wares and a little bit about them.

Since starting House Fenway 2 years ago, it has always been a fun experience meeting other makers and enjoying their creations. The time and talent that goes into each products made by a small business or artist far out ways anything you could purchase from a big box retailer. This week’s maker is no exception.

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This Week’s Feature:

Hettie is the owner of Gam Gamz Handcrafted and is a master seamstress. Decorative pillow covers to infinity scarves, this girl definitely knows how to sew! Gam Gamz Handcrafted carries a wide range of fabric styles to match just about any decor and is always sourcing new prints to keep up with current trends. Hettie’s speciality, pillow covers, are the perfect inexpensive way to transform a room within minutes. And who doesn’t love that?

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I have several of Gam Gamz Handcrafted pillow covers throughout my house, but my new buffalo-check cover is by far my favorite. It’s neutral without just being boring “Plain Jane” and can easily be incorporated with seasonal decor from Halloween to Christmas.

From now until Sunday September 30, 2018 use exclusive promo code MAKER18 and receive 15% off your purchase at Gam Gamz Handcrafted.

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Love shopping small? Check out another one of my Maker’s Monday shops;
The Vintage Nest

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Vintage-Inspired Fern Necklace from The Vintage Nest

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3 Simple Alternatives To A Minimalist Interior

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For the past decade, magazines and TV shows have been telling us about the joys of a minimalist interior. White walls, high gloss kitchen units, minimal clutter, and simple furniture have been the trends of choice. Only with the emergence of a more creative set of designers and a frustration with the lack of artistic license in a minimalist environment, have people become more enamored with more colorful, exciting and unique designs. Magazines are now showing off more vibrant ideas on their covers and showcasing younger interior designers with their more forward thinking creations. If you fancy stepping away from the sleek and monotone to a more cheerful and homely atmosphere, take a look at these three simple alternatives to a minimalist interior.

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Walls

Forget white walls or even a touch of magnolia. It’s time to be bolder with your palette. If you fancy introducing more color in a subtle way, play around with duck egg blues, pastel hued greens or even a teal wall or two. If you’re more willing to experiment with a broader range of colors, consider mixing palettes and hues. A dark damson feature wall with lighter surrounding walls can create a focal point and break up the sea of white.

Artwork can also add touches of flair within a space and allows you to express your personality. If you love graffiti art, pick up a couple of Banksy prints. For traditional art lovers, why not head to your local gallery, purchase an original watercolor and support the local artisan trade. For a more realist approach to your artwork, you might wish to think about the photography prints for sale online. A spectacular landscape, some wildlife shots or street photography could be perfect for your interior.

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Furniture

While minimalist furniture has been the order of the day, people are now looking to source vintage furniture to create a mix of modern and old for their interior design. G-Plan, Ercol, and Meredew made stunning and affordable mid-century teak tables, chairs and sideboards. With people looking back fondly on the swinging sixties, people are keen to bring a touch of retro to their designs.

Coupled with drapery and fabrics, the wooden or teak inspired furniture can come alive with more texture, colors and a tactile nature. Hygge has been a Danish concept that has suddenly gained traction within the design world as families are more interested in function over form. Interior design lovers want comfort, cosiness, and a homely feel more than something that simply looks stunning but is virtually unusable. Banish the chaise lounge that never gets used and swap it for a fashionable leather recliner that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Playing around with your interior design can be a daunting prospect, but it should also be enjoyable. With our busy lifestyles, we want a humble abode that is welcoming and comfortable; minimalism doesn’t always deliver this. Banish the white walls and clinical look to welcome a more vibrant and exciting interior design.

 

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5 Things You Should Never Do When Decorating A Spare Room

Are you constantly telling yourself that you’re going to do something with your spare room instead of just using it to store all of your junk in? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Spare rooms around the globe end up wasted which is a real shame because you could be doing something so much better with that space. If you take the time to clear out all of the clutter that you’ve got in there and convert the room into something else, you’ll have a lot more space in the rest of the house and you’ll actually be able to enjoy using that room. But you’ve got to be careful when you’re converting a spare room because there are a lot of mistakes that you can make. If you get it wrong, the room will be just as useless as it was before. If you’re thinking about doing something more interesting with the spare room, make sure you don’t make these mistakes.

Using It For The Wrong Thing

Before you start doing any work, you need to decide what the room is going to be used for. So many people get it wrong and choose a function that just doesn’t suit the room. For example, if you have a fairly small box room and you try to turn it into another bedroom, you’ll fill all of the space with the bed and the room will be incredibly cramped. Equally, if you take a large room and make it into an office space, you’re not going to make great use of all of that space. That’s why you’ve got to be careful when you’re working out what to do with that spare room.  Consider the space and think about how you can get the best use out of it. By letting the space in the room guide you, you can be sure that you find the right use for it.

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Not Matching It With The Rest Of The House

Now that you’ve decided what you’re going to do with the room, you can start coming up with a design. You might have an idea in mind but before you get carried away, think about how the room will fit with the rest of the house. You need to match the decor in the spare room to the rest of the house, otherwise, it’ll look out of place. That doesn’t mean you have to use the exact same decor that you’ve got in other rooms, but you need to find a color scheme that accents it well.

Trying To Do Too Much Yourself

When you’re making home renovations, DIY is a great way to save money. But you do have to be careful because there are some things that you should never do yourself. For example, if you’re going to start messing around with the radiators or any other plumbing, you need professionals like ABC Plumbing Services to do the work for you. If you try to do it yourself and you haven’t really got a clue what you’re doing, you’ll end up with a flooded spare room instead of the great new space you were hoping for. The same goes for anything to do with the electrics. You’re going to end up hurting yourself if you start poking around in plug sockets. There are plenty of things that you can do yourself, mainly the cosmetic stuff. Any wallpapering or painting etc. is fine to do on your own as long as you take your time and plan properly. But anything more complex is always a risk so you need to get some professionals to do it for you.

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A Short Lived Design

When you’re trying to pick a color scheme for the new room, consider the longevity of the design. If you’re decorating in the fall, you might decide that you want to use lots of nice oranges and browns. That’ll look great for a while but it might not fit well when the winter comes. When you’re designing the room, it’s important that you don’t let yourself be swayed by seasonal styles that won’t look good all year around. Try to pick something fairly neutral that isn’t going to fall out of style a couple of months down the line. You should also try to avoid using any new design trends. While everybody might think that those styles are here to stay, they usually fall out of fashion pretty quickly. Instead of a stylish spare room, you’ll end up with dated decor that you’ll end up having to change again.

Measuring Badly

When you’ve landed on a final design for the new spare room, you’re ready to start work. But if you rush into things and just start throwing wallpaper onto the walls, you’ll end up with a shoddy job that looks terrible. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they’re starting a new renovation is measuring badly. If you don’t get your measurements right, you’ll cause yourself all sorts of problems down the line. When it comes to buying materials, you can easily end up not ordering enough because your measurements are wrong. Getting halfway through a wall before realizing you’ve run out of paint and having to go out and get more can easily ruin the finish. Equally, you might overestimate your measurements and end up wasting a load of money on materials that you can’t use again in the future.

When you’re measuring things out, always make sure that you’re taking your time and measuring everything twice. You might save yourself 5 minutes now by rushing it, but you’ll waste hours and loads of money further down the line when you make a mistake. Measuring right is particularly important when you’re cutting things. If you get it wrong you’ll have to go out and buy more materials.

Converting a spare room is a great way to get more use out of the space in your home but if you make these mistakes, you’ll end up with a room that’s more useless than it was before.

 

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How to Decorate your Home for Autumn

Autumn is just around the corner so now it is more important than ever to get the house in order. Autumn is a wonderful time and all of the leaves will soon turn nice and golden, before falling from the tree onto the cold and hard ground. It’s safe to say that autumn is one of the best times for you to spruce up the home but at the end of the day, so many people fail to do it every single year. So if you want to get your home ready for autumn then you can find out whatever you need to know right here.

Orange is Your Friend

When you think of autumn colors, what really sticks out is the various shades of orange. Consider using deep and dark accent colors. These rustic colors will really create a wonderful feeling of warmth and it will also give you a good level of comfort as well. You will even find that it makes your home feel much more inviting and this is a great way for you to get everything looking great.

Warmth

Autumn is the time for log fires and snuggling up on the sofa. This is a fantastic way for you to combat those wet, miserable Mondays. One of the best ways for you to make your home feel way warmer without having to decorate is to invest in a space heater. They are super practical and they are also very easy to carry around the home as well. you can even invest in a log burner as well. When you do have a log burner you can install it into your wall and nothing can quite compare to this.

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Accessorize

Your autumn wardrobe is all about accessorising. You have to think about coats, scarves, gloves, hats and more. Your homes cosiness will be boosted with the right accessories and the best way for you to do this would be for you to add some soft textures. A lot of people are so against mismatching fabrics and even accessories that they really don’t open up the full potential of their home. Consider opting for things such as fleeces, heavy cottons or even knitted items as well. This will add layer after layer of cosy comfort and it can work wonders for the cosiness level of your home. You may even want to opt for a knitted ottoman as well, or even invest in a throw for your sofa. When you add a few cushions you will soon see how this can make all the difference and you will also see that you can add so much personality to your home as well.

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It’s All About Layers

If you think that there is a rule of one rug per room then there are a few rules that you need to follow.  There is no such thing as too many rugs or even carpets. If you want you can overlap lots of rugs and you can even add a cosy Moroccan vibe as well. The main thing that you have to remember here is that you don’t want to trip over them when you walk into the room, so try and space them out appropriately and don’t put them right outside doorways.

Lighting

Another way to make your home cosier would be for you to add more lighting. A great way for you to capitalise on making your home look as cosy as possible would be for you to have some dot lamps around the room. You also need to try and grab an end table and even find a way to install a shelf or two as well. When you can do this you can easily install way more lighting and this is a fantastic way for you to make the most out of the light that you have in your home.

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Never Ignore the Bathroom

The bathroom is easily one of the major rooms that you should focus on. It helps to have a rug that is right next to your bath and this will help to stop your feet from touching the cold, tiled floor. If you want to maximise the feel of the room then it also helps to have some scented candles as well. Vanity lamps are ideal and you can also have some floating shelves installed. When you do this, you can then really get more light into the room and you can also brighten it up as well. When you are choosing your scented candles, try and make sure that you are choosing ones that are nice and spicy. Toasty scents are also great because they can really make your home feel warm, so do keep that in mind when the time does come for you to get started.

The Windows

Sure, it’s cold outside but you really don’t want your windows to make your home feel cold as well. Invest in some vinyl windows or even try and have some nice flowers in the windows. This is a fantastic way for you to really make your home feel more cosy and you can even decorate to your heart’s content as well. When you look at your curtains, try and make sure that they are nice and thick and also make sure that they are able to lock in heat as well. Curtains that are able to do this often have more than one layer. So when the night gets late and there is frost outside, you can shut the curtains and feel instantly warmer. The best thing about this is that it can also save on your energy bills as well, and this is a fantastic way for you to really make the most out of the bills that you pay.

Of course, if you want to really make your home feel cosy then these top tips will help. You would be surprised at how easy it is for you to really turn things around and when you put the work in, you can seriously get your home ready for the colder months.

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Love & Hot Chocolate Printable

It’s the Christmas season and what better way to celebrate than to give! I created a FREE printable to share with you featuring one of my favorite quotes from Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz. “All you need is love, but a little hot chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Isn’t that the truth?

This season is full of family, love and food (even a mug of decedent hot chocolate). What better way to feel like a kid again at Christmas than to sit down with a mug of hot chocolate topped with EXTRA marshmallows!

So print, decor and enjoy! My gift to you, this wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas! ~M


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