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Cozy, Not Cramped: How To Make Small Space Feel Bigger

 

 

No matter how big our homes may be, they never quite seem big enough. Unfortunately, if you have a particularly small house, then this probably means that you wish it were a lot larger. Unless you plan to build extra rooms or extensions onto your property, there is no way to add any additional physical space, but that doesn’t mean that you should have to settle for a cramped and uncomfortable home. In fact, there are lots of ways you can make the most of your space and make it seem much bigger than it is. With that in mind, here are four clever tips for you to try.

Clear Away The Clutter

Cluttered spaces always look small and cramped, so your first step should be clearing out any unnecessary junk and moving it elsewhere. This might mean throwing it away, putting it into storage, or selling it on to someone else. You should also consider switching out some of your furniture for multipurpose alternatives, like an ottoman that can be used as a seat, table, and storage. This will instantly make the space feel roomier and means that you’ll have less to clean.

Design The Lighting Carefully

Lighting can truly make or break a room, so it’s vital that you get your design right. Instead of relying on a single overhead light, you should add multiple light sources throughout each of your rooms, including table lamps, floor lamps, wall lights, fairy lights, and candles. This allows you to light up the entire room, which will naturally make it appear larger. It also means that you can change your lighting depending on the time of day or situation.

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Switch Up The Windows

Natural light is and will always be the most important light source, so you need to make sure that you boost the natural light in your home as much as you can. You can do this by switching to light and airy fabrics for your window treatments. You might even consider replacement windows if your current ones fail to bring in enough sunlight. Dirt and grime on your windows can distract the eye and keep light from coming in, so you should clean the glass inside and out regularly.

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Opt For Cool Colors

White reflects light back into a space, making it appear much brighter and larger than darker colors do. For this reason, you should incorporate as much white into your home as you can. Of course, an entirely white property might look a little odd, so you can mix things up a little by adding cool tones like light greens and blues. Try to keep your window treatments the same color as your walls, as this gives the illusion that your rooms go even further.

Your home may be small, but that doesn’t mean that it should be cramped too. Instead of settling for an uncomfortable and unwelcoming space, you need to make a change. With the tips above, you should have no trouble turning your tiny home into a cozy paradise.

 

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Redecorating On A Budget

Every home needs a bit of revitalisation now and again. You see the same surroundings day after day, and so no matter how much you loved those floral curtains or that round dark wood coffee table when you first bought them, after time it is only natural that you grow tired of what you see. However, there is only one problem… we don’t all have endless pits of money. Most people don’t have the cash spare to turn their house upside down and completely change its image. But the good news is; you don’t have to. With the following tips, you can redecorate your home without breaking the bank…

Cushion crazy

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Replacing your sofa represents a large investment. However, by simply changing your cushions you can give your sofa an entirely new appearance. There are so many designs available nowadays. You can play around with different patterns, various textures and an array of colors. Don’t go for anything too matchy-matchy. Instead, buy a mixed selection to create your own unique style. A great place to start is Linens Direct. They have a wealth of diverse cushions for you to choose from.

Grab a paintbrush

You wouldn’t believe how much difference a lick of paint can make! It alters the entire mood and feel of a room. Swap your pastel shade for a bold and bright colour – it will give you an instant pick me up. Or, trade in that dark tone for a lighter shade – your space will feel refreshed and relaxed. Why not go for an accent wall? You will save even more money if you only have ¼ of the room to paint! Yet, the effect is still as big because you are creating a focal point which is really going to pop out and bring the room to life.

Recover and renew your current furniture

If you can’t afford new furniture, why not recover what you already had? Are you sick of that dull and boring brown armchair in the corner of the room? If so, why not buy a fun and funky fabric and recover it yourself? Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will end up with a unique piece which nobody else has. This is ideal for someone who likes to embark on a bit of DIY and let their creative side shine. Don’t only think about what you can see, but all of the senses, from how you feel in the room to your sense of smell. If you have been meaning to call for an AC repair for months now, do this before spending money on your sofas. You will never be comfortable in the room if the temperature is not right. Deal with all the small fixes first!

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Buy some new wall art

Last but not least, wall art can completely transform a space, but you need to think big if you want it to have a large impact on the overall vibe of the room. Thus, you can either purchase a large picture or you can opt to have loads of little ones together. The choice is of course yours. In fact, you don’t even have to go for a picture or a photograph. Wall letters i.e. the use of typography and wall stencils are really fashionable at the moment as well. All you need to do is search around on the internet and you will see that there are some really fantastic pieces available at unbelievable prices.

 

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Maker’s Monday: Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

It’s Maker’s Monday time, my favorite day of the week! Monday’s on House Fenway I get the oppurtunity to share another maker’s wonderful shop, amazing talent and product. As the weeks go on I have come to the realization of how important it is to shop small, support local and help empower others to do the same. Buying from a small business helps support someone else’s dream. The product you receive is unique. Your purchase has been created with such incredible thought and passion —something you rarely if ever receive from a “Big Box” store purchase. So with that thought (as I jump down from my soap box), I want to introduce to you this week’s amazing maker, Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

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Meet Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

When Fall arrives it’s candle burning season in our house! Who doesn’t like the smell of fresh baked Coffee Crumb Cake or Hot Apple Cider in the house? (even better, without having to turn on the oven, dirty the kitchen or wash a dish!) Candles for Dandelion Wishes do just that — make your house smell amazing. Their small batch candles and wax melts are 100% soy-based, which means they burn clean and contain no toxins or  pollutants. These hand-poured candles and melts are offered in a wide range scents, here are some of the my seasonal favorites…

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Coffee Crumb Cake: Rich coffee and sweet strudel make us reminisce about easy Sunday morning breakfast cake. So yummy!
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Lemon Sugar Cookie: Zesty lemon with a hint of sweet vanilla. Smells like Grandma’s making a fresh batch of lemon sugar cookies!
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Sweater Weather: A strong warm scent that fills your space with notes of cinnamon, buttercream. vanilla, and a tiny hint of brown sugar. A perfect cold weather scent to make your space feel warm and cozy!
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Woodwork & Plaid: A masculine scent with fresh notes of Frasier Fir and lemon. Delish!

Special Offer from Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Want to try a candle (or 10) from Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.? Tonight only (10/15/18) from 6-9 pm PDT they are having a flash sale. 15% off your order…NO CODE NEEDED!

 

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

 

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Make Your Bedroom the Coziest Room in Your Home

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Your bedroom should be the coziest space you have in your home. It should be your haven that is exactly as you want it. A place where you can do away with convention and be perfectly at ease. Some of the suggestions would make your grandmothers hair stand on end, but it is more vital that your bedroom is your space where you can be the real you.

Fewer Sheets

Sets of bedclothes usually have a top sheet included. This can be a nuisance. They never stay in the right place with your other bed linen, and can get very uncomfortable, so do away with them. You won’t miss them and in fact, will have a better nights sleep without it.

Choose The Right Window Dressing

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Regardless of if you have a small window because your bedroom is in the attic, or a large window that opens onto a terrace, the window dressing can affect the whole atmosphere of your room. The choice is enormous from blinds at Carpet One to drapes that are flimsy or heavy. Pick the window dressing that you think best suits your room.

Lighting

Lighting is very important. Traditional lights and lamps can be boring, so why not try something totally different. Fairy lights look good and add a warm glow to the room. If you need something brighter to read by, have a statement light at the side of your bed.

Replace The Comforter With Throws

Big, chunky throws can be much more comfortable to curl up in than a traditional comforter, and they take less looking after.  You can have 2 or 3 on your bed, and then there are no arguments when your partner curls himself or herself up in one, there will still be plenty left to keep you warm too. There will not be so much bed making either if you use throws. There is no rule that says you must make your bed each day, and with throws that really is the case because as the name suggests you just throw them on and it does not matter how they land.

Headboards

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Just a bed frame against the wall can make your interior feel cold. Invest in a headboard to make it cozier, or even make one yourself.  They do not have to be fixed to the bed or the wall as they can be totally free standing.

Add A Canopy

Placing your bed in a recess will make it feel cozier, but if that is not possible consider adding a canopy. That enclosed perception can go a long way towards you feeling snug and warm.

Use Cozy Colors

Bright colors will not encourage rest and sleep and will have the opposite effect, Use cozy colors that will enhance a relaxing mood, such as beiges, greys and even white.  Autumn shades are good for this purpose too.

Your bedroom should be the place where you go to relax, and not just for sleep. Make it a room that is great to be in for you, and your partner, as no one else matters in this particular space.

 

 

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Your Guide To Budgeting When You Have Big Dreams

If you have big dreams, budgeting might not sound like something you’re really keen on doing. Of course you want to live a lovely, luxurious lifestyle, but without budgeting you’ll usually be unable to make it there. People with an unhealthy money mindset often end up spending with no thought to the future, only focusing on their short term satisfaction and enjoyment. This might not seem so bad when you’re young, but the earlier you start to get out of these habits and replace them with smarter habits, the more comfortable and financially stable you’ll be as you age. Here, we’re going to talk about how you should be budgeting if you have big dreams. Take a look and see what you can do today!

1. Figure Out What Matters Most To You

First of all, you need to figure out what matters most to you. If you’re not a millionaire you’re going to need to know what’s most important so you can allocate money to those things accordingly. For example, do you like to go on trips with your family? If you do, then you might want to cut back on things like meals out and other things that are a drain on your finances.

Write a list of your top priorities so you can continue living a life you enjoy while taking care of your finances.

2. Start Being Grateful For What You Have

Usually, the urge to spend comes from thinking that you haven’t got enough already. Whether it’s more clothes, a new gadget, or something else, really look at what you already have. You already have everything you need, and purchases like this will only bring short term happiness. When you can be content with what you have and where you are now, you’ll feel so much better.

3. Know How And When To Save Money

Knowing how and when to save money will help you to make smarter buying decisions. For example, if you’re looking at buying something, could you buy it second hand? Alternatively, is there a way you can save money, such as using a discount code or a cashback site? Don’t shop without doing your research or considering your other options! Sure, it’s nice to have new stuff, but it can be far more satisfying to find a bargain.

4. Have A Plan In Place For Emergencies

You never know what’s just around the corner, so having a plan in place for emergencies will protect you and give you peace of mind. You can look at credit cards for bad credit no deposit if you really need one, but you should only ever consider using it if you have a genuine emergency on your hands. You should do your best to save up an emergency fund so you don’t have to use credit. Consider every eventuality, including losing your job and taking a pay cut. Having at least 6 months of living expenses in the bank is usually a good idea.

5. Set Your Goals in Stone And Come Up With A Plan

Having financial goals will help you to come up with a plan and work towards your dreams. Set your goals in stone by taking the time to think about them and write them down. How much money do you want to have? What sort of lifestyle would you like to live? How do you think you will achieve this? Keep your goals somewhere you will see them every day so that they are fresh in your mind.

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6. Avoid Impulse Buying

Impulse spending, as we previously mentioned, is pretty bad for your budget. Even the small purchases can add up, such as that fancy coffee that you insist on having. Instead, why not make your own coffee and buy a reusable cup? This can help you to save a lot over the course of a week/month. Every small purchase adds up, so be mindful with your spending.

7. Invest In Things That Truly Enrich Your Life

Investing in things that will truly enrich your life is never a waste of money. For instance, investing in yourself could give you the confidence to start a side hustle and start making more money, or it could help you to land a better job. Investing in things you know you’ll enjoy at home for a long time to come can also be nice and improve your lifestyle, such as a barbecue to host garden gatherings with friends.

8. Reassess And Improve Your Money Mindset

You can attempt to make as many changes to do with your budget as you like, but if you’re not actually changing the way you think, it’s unlikely to do much for you. You need to reassess and improve your money mindset if things are truly going to get better. Here are some pointers:

  • How do you feel about money currently? How do you feel this is affecting your ability to earn and your want to spend?
  • How did your parents feel about money?
  • What limiting beliefs do you have surrounding money?

There are all kinds of free resources that can help you to improve your money mindset!

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9. Have Money Meetings

Having money meetings with your family, or even just with yourself. Take this time to look at your budget and assess recent spending, as well as making sure you’re on track for the goals you set earlier on. Don’t get complacent!

10. Speak To Somebody Who Can Advise You

If you don’t know where to start, get some help from somebody who can advise you. A financial advisor, an accountant, or even somebody you know who is good with money.

11. Find Ways To Start Building True Wealth

Building true wealth is the key to achieving your dreams in the long run. For example, making small investments now can really pay off later. Also, having multiple income streams is the smartest way to make cash, as eventually, you’ll run out of time to swap for money like in a regular 9-5 job!