I happen to be someone who gets excited about the advances in modern furniture and the technology that is starting to become part and parcel of the modern home. I am a particular fan of anything that assists a comfortable living, and take time out of my day to explore what modern, technologically advanced beds, sofas or chairs might have recently been launched into the furniture retail market. If I do come across anything that sparks an interest and crosses certain ‘comfort’ boxes, I will quickly take my chance to go out and test such items, with the premise being to purchase said units or items of furniture should they live up to the reviews I would have just been digesting. You might consider this habit of mine something of a retail therapy type of activity, and I will certainly admit that it does bring joy and happiness to my days, as well as many other emotions while investigating, reading, traveling to buy the items and then getting home, ready to find the perfect location for the new furniture, and eventually enjoying that first moment of taking my seat or laying down to trial the newly fitted unit of furniture for the first time in my residential space. So I would actually agree that it is totally therapeutic, and why not if it makes me happy then surely it is a good thing, so long as I can afford it right? Am I right or am I right?
However, with all this being said about the modern units of furniture, and the new innovative ways of improving the feeling of comfort during the experience or using those furnishings, I have to say and be clear that there is one certain item of furniture that comes from our past, having been around for many, many years, that I find almost impossible to beat. When it comes to one seater chairs (not sofas), I firmly believe that the rocking chair is the epitome of comfortable living room seating. Of course there are good quality rocking chairs and bad quality chairs, so some of you who may have experienced the later may not agree with me, but I am fairly confident that the readers who have had the pleasure of enjoying some quality time rocking back and forth while reading the favourite literature, will be in agreement with me, in that you simply cannot beat it when it comes to comfort with any other one-seater type chair. I would like to even put this to the test and challenge any one of you who are reading this article to please reach out to us and send us in your vote for most comfortable one seater chair, if you think it beats the rocking chair and you have some valid reasons, then I would love to hear of them. In all honesty I would actually be happy if any of you can prove me wrong, because then it would mean that I get the opportunity to enjoy another great experience, in sourcing and journeying out to try, test and perhaps purchase a new item of furniture for my home.
Plants are the best decoration one can have in their home, they add color, a good aroma and breathe life in general into a home. Different plants fit in with different styles and they are very useful for filling gaps in our living room or any other room that needs some fillers come to think of it. In this article we will be introducing you to some indoor plants that look wonderful at home, while also being the plants that are most suited to the environments we have inside our properties.
This plant is a fighter that will resist and make life in any place no matter how much lack of sun it has. There are several types of them in several sizes, choose your favorite and décor your living room with this wonder. Water them and wait for the soil to dry up, it doesn’t matter if you forget to water it sometimes because they can hold up well without water for a number of days.
Rhipsalis is one of these plants whose leaves fall & hang over the pot’s edge, providing a look like as if there is a green rain inside you home. You have to keep them up high though, to allow for the plants long leaves to hang down. This plant’s soil needs to have time to dry up between watering, so be careful you are keeping it healthy without drowning it.
This type of plant is really thankful if you take care of it. It grows rapidly and nicely to end up with beautiful sparkly, thick, green colours, with its leaves forming a canvas, in which we can see how the nature, once more, has showed off. It goes perfect on top of any bed table or small table. There are Prayer plants in multiple sizes and green colours. These plants need regular water and wet soil.
Norfolk Island Pine
This beauty will give the feeling of an endless Christmas in the middle of a fiord forest. Norfolk Island Pine is a tropical plant with soft needles, medium sized and beautifully shaped, typical of a forest pine. This plant goes perfect with a wooden home to complete the “house in the middle of the forest” style. It only needs water when the soil gets dry.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
This half plant half tree is a large type of plant that, if you have a spacious living room, will look incredibly beautiful in it. Fiddle Leaf Fig has huge leaves that decor every place they are in. And the thin trunk below the huge leaves makes it weird but extremely cute. The fiddle leaf fig needs only little water and is easily over watered, be careful.
If you like reading and like myself you have accumulated a vast amount of books over your life-span, then you might also be facing a similar issue as I am, in that my collection of books is looking rather abysmal and a little embarrassing, all because of me never investing in a proper home for them. I tend to move my collection of books around too much and since it has grown to quite a substantial size, I can rarely ever find good spaces to stack the total collection all together, which results in me having to split the collection of books up and stack them neatly all around the house, where I can find suitable space to stack books really. Having the books scattered around the entire property means I sometime spend long periods of time looking for certain books that I think I have lost, not finding certain titles when I want them and not being able to keep any kind of logical order to my collection. Also it leaves them open to be borrowed and misplaced by anyone else living or passing through the property without me knowing at all. To put the cherry on the cake, so to speak, the end result of all of this moving around and unsuitable storage locations has left the most of my collection in quite a tired state. There are so many folds, too many tears, some with pages falling out, others with front pages having been entirely torn off. There are very, very few that are still with their outer protection pages intact and in a state of being almost as good as new. There is a simple solution to this conundrum though and one that I should have sorted out many years ago, and this is to go out and find a nice, good quality, well-made bookcase to invest in and use to provide a home to my entire library of books.
A good quality, solid made bookcase will also bring some taste and a touch of class to one’s home so it is certainly a worthy way to spend a sum of money. You should take pride in your home after all and also pride in the features within your home, which is perhaps something I had been neglecting but not anymore. Choosing a bookcase that suits your home, and your living room can then provide quite a fun challenge, because as you will soon find out, there are many different styles of Bookcases to choose from. For example, you can go with one that has glass cabinet doors or without, choose a tall one or a short lengthy one, some bookcases have a cabinet for other storage as the bottom unit, with the bookcase only making up the top half of the unit, and then also there are the type of units that can be used to split a room and are actually without a backing – they can be accessed from either side – they are usually referred to as being an ‘Open Bookcase’ and this is the style that I actually like.
So, if you have a large collection of books and are struggling to find a good location to keep them, then don’t waste any more time like I have and go and invest in a nice, stylish bookcase now and make sure your books live a longer life than many of mine have.
Within the previous post we discussed the details of fitting a bathroom with an old styled or antique vanity unit. We talked about the challenges, the pros the cons and variety of options that one might be faced with if searching the UK bathroom furniture market for such an item. So in keeping with the same line of discussion but bringing it slightly up to date, I thought I would discuss planning, searching and choosing a more modern day, more popular style of bathroom vanity unit and basin combination to fit into a bathroom. The reason why I wanted to talk about these more modern, but still not ultra-modern bathroom vanity and basin units, is because I think it is important to bring the idea to everyone’s attention that sometimes you needn’t go through the whole process of an entire bathroom re-design or entire bathroom renovation just because you are tired of the look and feel of your current bathroom; sometimes the right new bathroom vanity unit and vanity basin combination can be enough to really bring a bathroom back to life and add the spark that was missing before. This can perhaps save a lot of you a lot of time and money, which would certainly be a very good thing so this is why I wanted to make some noise about it.
I know the feeling very well when you are fed up with the design and character of a certain room of your home and for some reason I have always especially found that I get tired of bathrooms faster than any other room – perhaps because they wear and get old faster than most rooms. However, the last time I was feeling this way about a certain bathroom at home and was about to go ahead with stripping it out and starting again, I happened to come across a stylish, solid oak vanity unit that had a golden onyx top and a black quartz basin sitting on top of that. The unit was not a double vanity unit, but also was not a small compact unit, it was somewhere in-between, so it offered quite a large amount of space either side of the basin for placing various items you will usually keep near your sink. The golden onyx top came with a backlight fitted underneath, which was the perfect finishing touch to the perfect bathroom unit. When turning on the backlight under the golden onyx topped vanity unit, the light would make the top glow with a nice and warm golden honey shade of light. The black quartz basin was the perfect contrast to the golden honey onyx too, and lastly there was a chromed mixer tap that looks fantastic. So I ended up investing in this bathroom vanity and basin unit and replaced my current one with this new one and that was all I needed to do to add the life back into my bathroom that was required to make me happy with it again.
So, don’t be so fast to head straight into an expensive bathroom renovation when you also might be able to save yourself a great deal of hard earned money and precious time by finding the right bathroom vanity unit for you.
If your home is one that is styled in a more old fashioned, antiqued design then you will probably be quite picky about each and every unit that your decide to purchase to add to your collection of home furniture and home fittings. This is not a bad thing of course and it is actually quite admirable and in fact a good thing, as it will certainly mean that your home is one that has a lot of character and also will most likely be quite unique in design and comfort.
Finding the right units for the bathroom can be quite a challenge in the older styled homes as they are not so much in demand as the more common or modern bathroom units and fittings and also they can be quite pricey and in many cases not worth the price tags that have been given to them. So you need to take time and give good attention to finding the items that are made well and have also aged well since the time they were first put together and fitted into the prior owner’s home.
A more popular unit that can be a little less tricky to find when considering antiqued bathroom furniture is the bathroom vanity and basin units; you can find some really stunning, old and well-made bathroom vanity units in the UK furniture market and they will sometimes come with a basin or you will also be able to find a nice old styled vanity basin to complete the unit if it does not already come with one (or two if you a buying a larger vanity unit). The right vanity and basin bathroom unit can really complete ones bathroom and add a lot of character to it. Most units will also provide a good volume of storage space too, making them an efficient use of space and helping you to keep your bathroom uncluttered and clean. Some units will be wall-fitting units and others will be self-standing, if choosing the later of these options then you should ensure the feet of the unit at still solid and able to bear a weight that will come from the basin and heavy usage.
There are many antique and old furniture styled websites you can browse and also many high street stores in the UK. You should also go and search the numerous summer furniture flea markets that can provide some real gems. Happy hunting, hopefully you will find just the item you are looking for that will complete the perfect bathroom with lots of character and an antique style.
Hopefully you will all know what I mean by having a thatched roof, although there may be some of you from the younger generations that are sat there scratching their heads in confusion – if this is the case then you can always go and ask Google as you will certainly find your answer there. Anyway, roof thatching was a thing more popular in the past and nowadays is only really found among housing and property located in the countryside. Very rarely will you now find homes with thatched roofs in the inner-big cities. It is a shame really because they do tend to look much nicer than your common slated roof and they bring lots more character to a home.
Many people have the wrong idea that homes with Thatched roofs are more susceptible to suffering from water leaks or more prone to catching on fire in the case of there being some sort of electrical or other type of fire related error – but this is really not the truth and a properly fitted and thatched roof will have been treated with protective layers to make them both water resistant and fire retardant. Another miss informed thought about thatched roofs is that they will need fixing and re-working too frequently and so they are an inefficient way of protecting your home from the outdoors. However this is also just misguided information, because in actual fact, a thatched roof, if done properly by a skilled professional, should last the homeowner a good 50-70 years before requiring any replacements. The roof ridge however would likely need attention and perhaps replacing every 8 – 10 years.
Thatching a roof is a skill that really needs to be kept alive as it is part of the UK character and as mentioned before, it looks so nice if done right. Also it is environmentally friendly as it is totally made up from dried vegetation – like straw, water reed, sedge, rushes, heather palm fronds and more. Fortunately there are still a good number of skilled thatcher’s working in the UK, but will their young ones take on the family tradition? Only time will tell! I hope so.
There are various techniques and handy tricks and tips for helping in revitalizing furniture units or home fittings. It is certainly worth spending a little time to have a go at making some small changes to your home units before making the final decision to get rid of them in one way or another. It is very costly to go out and start buying yourself new furniture units and other fittings you might need after getting rid of the old, so you need to do what you can to really limit the amount of furniture that you are going to need to replace. There are ways to bring old, worn looking furniture units and countertops back to life, giving them a more modernized look or finding ways to cover over and support any cracked, torn or worn surfaces and fittings. Have a read of some of our suggestions below that will hopefully help you come up with ideas for how you will work on certain units and pieces that previously you had written off for being bound for the rubbish dump.
1.) Rubbing Mayonnaise into aged, dated & stained wooden furniture units; really applying it to any wooden surface on any unit and leaving for roughly an hour then wiping back off to get rid of the excess mayonnaise and avoid filling your room with a vinegary smell. The end result will be a table surface that had once been looking dry and covered in stains from various spillages and water marks, to eventually looking fresh and solid and without any stains, or very faint stains, depending on the type of stain in the first place. So, for example, by using Mayonnaise you will have cleaned up a coffee tables surface to give it an almost new look and feel, so negating the need to throw it away.
2.) For any countertops that are looking so used and abused that they have reached the end of their life, you actually have one more way to extend its stay in your home. Try skim coating the laminate worktops with the thin layer of concrete which is purposefully developed for this specific type of use. You will hopefully end up with new looking worktops and not have to spend a large amount replacing them.
3.) A fun way to add some life back into chairs, sofas, stool and cabinets (actually anything that might have some legs on it) is by adding some different colours to them, or even being a little more creative and adding some coloured patterns to the legs. You will be surprised by how much of a difference it can make to certain items and entire rooms by just changing up the colours of the legs.
There are of course many other ways you can try that will also help to refresh and refurbish old looking units and fittings, so be sure to do your research online before chucking anything out.
I am sure that many of your will be familiar with Grandfather clocks and as I did you may have once had one in your home, perhaps during growing up and living with your parents. Grandfather clocks used to be common place in many homes across the UK and they came in many different sizes and of differing qualities. Some Grandfather clocks would cost you a small fortune, while others would have been affordable more even the most working class families. Although they certainly are aesthetically pleasant on the eye and were once a unit found in most homes in the UK, they almost disappeared entirely over the past few generations and where in the past there would have been a Grandfather clock, now there would be a wall hung clock face, most of the time in a rather cheap and tacky plastic frame. The only Grandfather clocks that remained in people’s homes where the antiques from many years ago, which meant that many would no longer keep the time or function to any degree, and also they would cost a fortune to anyone wanting to buy one to place in their new home.
Many people do now want these stylish home furniture items from the past, perhaps because they just look wonderful, or maybe to remind them of past years and more peaceful, stress free years of their lives, when they were just young soles living in their parents homes and doing pretty much whatever came to mind. So since the demand for Grandfather Clocks slowly crept back into the UK, the supply too has started to grow, to accommodate the consistently growing demand. If you now search online for modern Grandfather Clocks, you will be pleasantly surprised by the numerous online website shops that are stocking and selling a variety of fantastic looking clocks, again ranging in price and size. Some will be made to very closely & accurately resemble the Clocks from old England. However there are other Grandfather Clocks that have a new contemporary look and feel to them, while also maintaining all the style, character & class the Clocks from the past had in abundance. So if you want to buy a Grandfather Clock of your own, then I wish you some happy shopping as you will find that you are spoilt for choice; just be careful not to buy two or more.
I am sure you will have heard someone, probably an elder, make the statement that the furniture selling in the shops these days is cheap and tacky in comparison to what was being sold a few generations ago; the furniture that was being made before the introduction of the large factories and the machinery that took over what would have once been made by hand. The point that they will have been trying to make is for the most part an accurate one, and one that most people will logically be in agreement with. Like with so many things, furniture that was being made by hand and at small family owned companies was made by someone who had a passion for what they were doing. The time and care that will have been applied to crafting each of the units of a collection being sold at one of those small family owned furniture stores of the past is what would set those old units of furniture far apart from the modern machine made units of today.
There are many units of the past that I would really love to see more of in today’s furniture market in the UK as I do have a taste for the older styled furniture designs rather than the many new styles and designs that are making up much of what is being stocked and sold across the majority of furniture websites, as well as the high-street home furniture stores. There is now a real demand for contemporary, modern and industrial themed furniture ranges, with sharp, clean edging and synthetic colours. I have to admit though, that even though I have a more mature taste when it comes to furniture, I still am often coming across new, innovative seating and table designs that are very interesting and attractive. However, even when I am presented with a aesthetically beautifully designed living room/coffee table from one of the modern furniture collections, I never end up buying any of it, because it just would look so out of place when I come to trying to fit it in back at my place, which is totally furnished with a collection of hand-made hardwood units, that all share the characteristics of furniture being made pre-industrial revolution.
Two units from the past that I am especially fond of, that I have noticed creeping back into fashion which is great, are four-poster beds and home bars. The four-poster bed is a unit most of you are likely familiar with, but the home bars, in case you are wondering, also make for the perfect place to store your collection of spirits and liquors as most bars will come with a built in drinks cabinet. Have a look around for these two types of furniture units now if you are interested, and I am confident you will like what you see. Perhaps you will like these ideas so much, that you will soon be the proud owner of your own home-bar and elegant, classy, four poster bed.
Skateboards can be a lot of fun if you know what you are doing. It is quite a challenge to be able to perform on a skateboard and the enthusiasts have to spend many hours and years mastering certain skills and tricks. So many people go out and buy themselves skateboards with the dream of becoming a master of the sport, yet they soon lose interest and after not too long the skateboard gets neglected and is forgotten about, ending up as clutter in one’s garage or loft, or some other alternative storage solution. If you are one of these people as I am and you have a skateboard or two hidden away somewhere in your home or garden then you might like the idea of making use of it again, but this time re-purposing your skateboard to be in the style of some kind of home decoration or furnishing. Of course you can come up with your own ideas for this and perhaps you already have, and have been using the skateboard for something else around your home. If you have not already come up with this fun idea and your skateboard still remains in the dark depths of some storage space, then you should have a read of the below suggestions that we have come up with and maybe they will help to spark some ideas for you to work on with yours.
The first idea for how to re-use your skateboard is to remove the wheels and use the plank as the platform for a swing. This could be an indoor or an outdoor swing, depending on your available space and suitable hanging locations; if you have not got any trees in your garden, then you will not be able to hang a swing. Anyway, to make this idea a reality you just need to drill four holes into the skateboard, 2 at each end for threading some thick ropes through. Once you have drilled the holes, you then need to get yourself a thick rope of some sort that is durable and quite lengthy. You will need a rope for either end of the skateboard. After threading the ropes through the skateboard holes you next need to find somewhere to hang it, just be careful if choosing to hang the skateboard inside that you use a ceiling that can bare the weight, or first of all attached a bracket to the ceiling to help with the pressure the swinging will be putting on it.
Another use for your skateboard is as a top surface of a stool, small seat. You will need to have some knowledge and skills in carpentry to do a good job with this, however it is not going to be the most complicated piece of furniture, so you should be able to get the job done with even very beginner carpentry skills. You will need to find or make something to use as the leg/s of your stool and then come up with a way of attaching the legs to the skateboard plank so that the end result is a stool that is solid and able to withstand quite a substantial volume of weight.
Our last idea for you to consider is using the skateboard as a bicycle storage rack, perhaps near the front of your home. You would need to screw the skateboard plank into the wall and attach a couple of metal or wooden legs to it to help hold the bicycle in place. When finished you will have a convenient place to store your bike, it will also look very trendy and original.