How to Design a Country House Style Bathroom

After a long day at a stressful job, it is comforting to come home and sink into a bubbly bath. Nowadays, bathrooms have taken on the role of a domestic spa, a zone as functional as it is relaxing. The bath was once considered a practical item at best, but now it has a much more glamorous use, and is a setting where you can relax and chill out, unwind from the stress, your cranky boss and irresponsible colleagues.

Throughout the years, there has been an increase in the number of bathrooms designed in a rustic, cottage feel. Here we give you some ideas how to accomplish this flea-market feel and a rough-hewn theme.

Repurposed items

Like the name says, by using items the original function of which was not meant for the bathroom, you can achieve a rustic look. Here you can use elements like a trough as a tub, add a metal sink to accompany it, and voila – you have a stylish, fully-functionating bath. You can make a sink using the same method, only a smaller trough. It can be put on a wooden cupboard, that way you can mix materials and colors, making it a little more cottagey. Feel free to hang some pictures. This way, it will feel more like a room, and less like a sterile white enclosure. Also, vintage mirrors can be quite handy. The more the merrier.

Another great idea is to dress windows with valances. They could also be used instead of the doors on the cabinets.

Antique details

The absence of built-in cabinetry has an Old World charm. For storing towels, soaps, razors, shampoos, conditioners, make-up, cleaning supplies and so on, an armoire can come in handy. It is both practical and stylish.

Bold colors

A nautical style is very effective, for example, you can use dark blue for the walls while the curtains and fixtures remain white. Painting the wall in a dark color will provide a fabulous contrast, and you might not want to experiment with dark walls in the other rooms.

Lux details

Just because a bathroom has a vintage look, it doesn’t mean it should be made of old, used materials. Rustic patterns combine nicely in a luxury country-cottage bathroom. Posh marble combined with wood-clad ceilings provides a wonderful setting for a deep soaking bath. To add another layer of opulence, use a collection of mirrors, craftily placed all over the room. Another lux feature you can add is a freestanding claw-foot bath.

Simply striking

A simple white bathroom can acquire a new cool if you just add a few details in a different color. For instance, a mirror can be carved in a curvaceous way, accentuated by red farmhouse pendants which will give a fresh vibe to the whole room. Tiles could be laid in any pattern you like, basket-wave, cyprus, interlocked, kaleidoscope, and so on. The tiles will provide a great backdrop for your furniture.

Modern country bathrooms

If you think a country look is all about flower wallpapers, you are mistaken. The most important part of a bathroom – the bathtub can have a modern style, while the white tiles around it make the tub really stand out, especially if it is surrounded by more vintage features, like an exposed-brick wall. Purchasing bathtubs today is much more enjoyable, when you have such a wide field to choose from. Just make sure you do your research properly. You can easily find a tub that will perfectly go with you desired decor.

Basically, you can furnish the whole bathroom as if it was a regular room: use different colors, various materials, pictures, patterns. Make it a stress-free zone, you deserve it!

Salon Styling & Services and Why They Make Financial Sense

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If you’re considering on whether to go to a salon or its large chain counterparts, you might wonder if there’s any comparison between them. However, once you get to a high end salon, you’ll certainly have the answer: The differences are noticeable and significant, and the level of service you receive can give more value to the money you spend.

Superior Customer Service

Generally, the customer service experience at a quality salon is far superior compared to one you get from a standard chain facility. Being treated as a valued client instead of just another customer in a large crowd is the norm for these salons. In an upscale setting, the focus is most likely on client retention, which means providing quality work and treating clients well. At a big chain salon, the focus is on the quantity of clients, and it’s for this reason that customers may suffer a lack of quality service. With this, it’s apparent that the former focuses in getting a good reputation while the latter only cares about immediate profit.

The Time Factor

Your time is certainly valuable, so you want to attend to more important matters as soon as possible. Although getting in and out of a chain salon quickly might seem more efficient, you may need to return sooner than you wish. This is more noticeable when the service quality is mediocre, since you will need to schedule return appointments to fix an errant cut or an unsatisfactory coloring job, wasting more time in the process.

Conversely, the professionals at a high end salon will typically value your time without compromising quality. Even while waiting, you may be treated to ambient music and appealing refreshments to pass the time. As mentioned before, the quality of service is apt to be superior to that of a chain facility, so you won’t need to return as often. In an era when time often determines the loss or gain of money for many people, this degree of efficiency is invaluable.

More Services Available

Another cost-effective benefit of going to an upscale facility is the variety of services available. Many large chains provide basic services, such as cuts, coloring and quick styling, with a few providing some nail services. A quality salon is more likely to offer a broader range of luxury services, like waxing, facials, and massage in addition to hair and nail care. Going to a single salon for multiple services in one day could save you a considerable amount of time and cash as compared to scheduling various services at several different places. Feeling relaxed and attractive is sometimes a multidimensional effort, and the convenience of achieving such a state in a single place is priceless.

When you invest a bit more in high quality services, you will ultimately save time and money.  As such, considering the advantages of switching to an upscale salon is important, and the best course of action is to schedule an appointment. You’ll see the apparent difference of the level of service in one visit.

Finding Your Personal Style

I think that we can all agree we are unique individuals. Not one of us is or ever will be the same. We have different thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and beliefs. So why on earth would we want to look the same? Finding your own personal style might take some time, but the important thing is you try. If you don’t try, you’ll go with the flow and copy everybody else for the rest of your life. Boring! Here are some tips to help you:

Make a Collage of Things You Love

If you’re not sure what your personal style could be, make a collage of styles, items, and patterns that you love. You should start to see a bit of a pattern forming, and be able to gauge your style better. If you’re feeling arty, you could do this with magazines and a piece of card. However, Pinterest makes the whole process much easier and you can make multiple collages fairly simply. Maybe you’ll find that you love the ‘grunge’ look, or you have a penchant for vintage clothing.

Find Style Inspiration

I love reading fashion blogs as they are a great source of style inspiration. I check back every time one of my favourite bloggers does a new post and see what they’re wearing. People who know exactly what they’re personal style is know where they take inspiration from. For example, you might hear somebody describe their personal style as a mix between Rita Ora and Keira Knightley. A strange mix I know, but it could work!

Don’t Try to be Anyone Else

Although you should find inspiration, don’t try to be anybody else. You should never copy outfits to the letter. Always put your own spin on a look and let your personality shine through. Many people forget who they are, especially when they become a mum. Experiment with your style and remember who you are.

Test Out a Variety of Styles and See How You Feel Comfortable

You might feel most comfortable in a sweater from Aran Sweaters Direct – Irish clothing perfect for lounging around. However, you might be more comfortable in a skirt and boots. Test out a variety of styles that appeal to you and note how you feel most comfortable. To look good in an outfit, you must feel comfortable in it.

Don’t Buy for the Sake of it

If you need something to wear but can’t find anything you like, don’t buy for the sake of it. Anything that you don’t love to bits will not show off your personality. Avoid buying for the sake of it and instead find new ways to style old things.



Ask How People Would Describe You

What words would people use to describe you? Better yet, what words would you use to describe yourself? Vibrant, cute, and crazy? Wear clothes to reflect that!

If you use this guide, it shouldn’t take you very long to work out what your personal style is. Have fun with it and enjoy discovering yourself!

How to Make Sure You Don’t Start Dressing too ‘Mumsy’

A big worry that many mums have is dressing too ‘mumsy’ once they have their kids. What many women need to realise, is that dressing mumsy doesn’t need to come with the job of being a mum – you can be as stylish as ever, even with a baby. Take a look at these tips and you’ll never have to worry about looking too mumsy:

Don’t Forget Who You Are

Wear clothes that you feel are ‘you’. You shouldn’t lose who you are just because you’ve had a child, so make sure you’re wearing the clothes you really like. Don’t let yourself get into a slump and dress sloppily in clothes just for comfort.

Avoid Wearing Clothes That Are All One Color

Do you have one main color in your wardrobe? Usually, mumsy types have a lot of black and grey. While black and grey can look nice sometimes, you want to avoid dressing in it too much. Add a pop of color to create interest, and even a pattern if you dare!

Don’t Forget to Accessorise

Accessorising can be seen as a lot of hard work by moms, so often they avoid it all together. Don’t fall into this trap! Accessorizing an outfit can make or break it, so make sure you give it what it needs to enhance it. Alexander Wang bags might seem like a splurge, but they’ll last ages and go with everything. Make sure you also add scarves, necklaces, rings, and hair accessories to make a big difference to your look.

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Avoid Wearing Baggy Clothes All Over

A lot of moms opt for baggy jumpers and bottoms just for comfort. This is fine in the house, but never when you plan on leaving the house! Wearing something oversized is OK for fashion purposes, but you must balance it out with something more fitted. Baggy clothes will make you look a lot bigger than you are, and you don’t want that. If you’re worried about your shape after being pregnant, wear shapewear under your outfits.

Choose Stylish Shoes

The first thing many people look at when it comes to outfits is shoes. Choose a stylish pair of shoes and you can’t go far wrong. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can’t buy comfortable shoes that look stylish, because you can! Make the effort to research the shoes that are ‘in’ and treat yourself to a pair.

Practice Layering

Layering will keep you cosy and warm without making you look frumpy. Practice it to get it right so you don’t end up looking like a homeless person. You can layer shirts, cardigans, scarves, belts, skirts, leggings, and more.

Add a Small Amount of Make Up

Finally, add a small amount of make up to finish off your look and keep you looking polished. A small amount of tinted moisturiser, mascara, and lipgloss should make the world of difference!

These tips shouldn’t take up too much of your time, so you have no excuse for looking mumsy when you go out!

5 Easy Steps to Managing Your Christmas Plans

Christmas can be a busy, yet exciting time of year. Like many mothers, you may feel a little waylaid with all of the things that you have to do. Dinners, wrapping and sending cards means that you may be doing more than what you planned this Christmas. It can be tough to find the time to tackle everything.

Stop. Breathe. Relax. You don’t have to have a busy Christmas that makes you feel like you are losing your mind. With Christmas a little over a month away, now is the time to take a step back and organize your Christmas in a more thorough way.

Here is your five-step plan to assist you with your Christmas endeavors. It doesn’t have to be a stressful time!

Step 1: Organize Your Cards and Postage

We all love to send Christmas cards to our nearest and dearest. But, the quest in the post office can be something of an ordeal. Now is the time to write and prepare your Christmas cards. Make sure that you take advantage of online postage. You can purchase postage sitting in your desk chair, so you don’t even have to leave the house. Simply go online and purchase postage via an online vendor. Easy peasy!

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Step 2: Prepare and Plan Your Christmas Dinner in Advance

If you are cooking for all of the family this year, you may feel overwhelmed. After all, feeding a whole tribe of family and friends can be tough. It’s time organize your dinner in a more definite way. So, create a menu of what you would like to serve people. Keep it simple if you have over ten guests in attendance. You can be a little more creative if you have a small gathering. The key is to make a detailed list of starters, main courses and desserts. You can even get platters to help you. Why not get a small selection of different puddings? Keep it simple and plan in advance. Buy in advance and freeze what you can. That way, you don’t have to spend time buying and planning dinners.

Step 3: Wrap Little and Often

With an overwhelming amount of kid’s presents, you don’t want to spend your Christmas Eve wrapping everything. Make sure that you set aside one hour per night to dedicate to wrapping. Focus on one family or person and make sure that their gifts are wrapped. Stick to batches if it makes it easier. The key is little and often. You’ll be done in no time.


Step 4: Take Advantage of Babysitters Over the Festive Period

Everyone wants to spend time with the kids over Christmas. If you are panicking how you are going to play Santa this year enlist the help of family and friends to undertake babysitting duties. They will be more than happy to help.

Step 5: Take a Look at Your Plans and Organize Them Effectively

Okay, there is a wealth of events happening over Christmas. Now is not the time to panic. The key is to look at when you have something planned or what you want to attend and write it all down. Use an app or a planner from your smartphone. Keep kid’s dates and your events separate. This is the key to your success this winter. Plan like a military operation! It’s the only way to keep your cool at Christmas.

Four Great Kitchen Trends of 2014, and Possibly 2015

Four Great Kitchen Trends of 2014, and Possibly 2015It’s always a great idea to consider upgrading your kitchen. It adds value to your home and makes you feel comfortable and organized in your own home. Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in any house. It’s a gathering place; the place where families come together. For this reason and many others, it’s important to keep your kitchen trendy. Here are some of the most popular kitchen trends of 2014 which will probably continue to be stylish in 2015.

White and Black

In the past, wood cabinets were all the rage. Lately, however, the colour scheme has shifted favourably over to a black and white palate. White cabinets and black countertops are the most popular, although some people choose to go all white with their kitchen design. Even the black-and-white checkered floor pattern that was all the rage in the ‘50s is making a comeback. This colour scheme is timeless and trendy, and if you choose to follow this trend, it is unlikely that your kitchen will go out of style for many years.

Islands with Storage

Islands are fantastic additions to a kitchen because they provide valuable counter space. In the past, however, they were not utilized to their full potential and had only a few places for storage underneath the countertop. Modern islands can give a great amount of storage space. You can hang pots and pans underneath, or go with enclosed cabinets. You can design modern islands to store almost anything, and this storage bonus is being incorporated into many kitchen designs in 2014.

In-Kitchen Dining

It is becoming more and more popular for people to dine in the kitchen itself. It’s casual and intimate at the same time, and provides a nice separation from formal dining areas. The island is often used as the space where people gather to eat; simply adding barstools provides a sophisticated and sleek way to eat in the kitchen. Another great option is to add a small table to a long kitchen. It makes the dining experience feel more formal while still being casual. Depending on your family’s style, in-kitchen dining is a great way to bring everyone together for meal times and beyond.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel appliances have been all the rage for quite some time, but this metallic finish is starting to be incorporated into other areas of the kitchen. A stainless steel backsplash is both modern and practical, as it is much easier to clean than traditional backsplashes. Stainless steel is also being incorporated into cabinet hardware, lighting, and dining accessories. This look is as modern as it gets, and it’s sure to continue to be utilized in the kitchen outside of appliances in the years to come.

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Top design tips for your bathroom


Gone are the days when people did not consider the bathroom an important area of the house. We spend a significant amount of time in the space every day and a beautiful bathroom can give new life to the entire home. These days, interior designers give special attention to bathrooms and industry experts will tell you that there are several things you can do increase the comfort and beauty of the room. Among other things, shower fittings play an essential role in the practicality and design of bathrooms.

Colour coordination

The right combination of colours is an important aspect of getting bathroom décor in sync. Nice combinations give a rejuvenated look to bathrooms and create a pleasing aura. Often, people prefer to match the colour of walls with the tiles. From a safety point of view, selecting the right tiles is very important. Avoid using slippery tiles at all costs as they can lead to accidents and injuries.

Shower design

A stylish shower will set your bathroom apart from others and give it a wonderfully attractive look. You can browse designs online from the comfort of your home before deciding to buy one. It’s a good idea to check all available options before making a final decision.

Easy shower fittings eliminate additional maintenance expenditures. This is great as no one wants to spend a huge amount of money on unnecessary repairs. Thanks to their easy installation and minimal maintenance, Mira shower fittings have made quite a name for themselves. If you want to experience the quality for yourself, you can browse Mira shower fittings for an attractive and affordable range of products.

Wet areas of bathroom require special care which means choosing the right shower is very important. It is highly recommended to do your research and ensure you invest in a shower that makes bathing a fun exercise rather than a chore.

The fitting process

There are various options to choose from when it comes to shower fittings. If you do your research, you should be able to find one which is not only attractive but also practical, easy to use and relatively inexpensive. The fitting procedure is very easy and does not take much time. When choosing a contractor, make sure they are very experienced as this can make or break to look and efficiency of your bathroom.

Another thing to keep in mind when designing a bathroom is the need for ample natural light and sufficient ventilation. This is important as without them, the bathroom will feel cramped and confined.

Before investing money in your bathroom, it is important to conduct some research and choose the right fittings. Designing a bathroom is an art in itself and requires a high level of skill and expertise. Therefore, it is advisable that you hire an experienced and talented designer who will not only give a remarkable look to your bathroom, but is also capable of redesigning your entire house. This will achieve consistency and flow throughout your home.


Ways to Design and Remodel Our Office Eco Friendly


Offices have long been a place where resources are wasted. Now the tide had finally shifted and the need to be more cautious with the environment came into focus on all levels of human endeavor.

However, contrary to popular belief, going green in the office doesn’t have to bring an increase in expenses. On the contrary, in most cases saving the planet also means saving money. With that in mind, here are some simple tips on how to be kinder to the environment from the comfort of your quiet, relaxing home office.

Is it quite necessary?

Obviously, the only thing more environmentally friendly than a green remodeling is no remodeling. With that in mind, consider the scope of changes you deem necessary and reevaluate your decisions before you set about remodeling your home office.

The upside is that you are working from your own home, and thus you are the only one deciding what can be implemented, and how, compared to corporate offices, where the situation would obviously be different.

Let the Sunshine In

Lighting is one of the major costs of any office. Keep that in mind when you start considering the layout of your new home office. Abundance of natural light will not only make your offices look more elegant and spacious. It will also save you a lot of money in the long run and it will have a great impact on overall productivity. Like most organisms on this planet, we naturally thrive under the sun and there is no getting away from it.

Go Solar

Solar power technology had come a long way since its beginnings. Today it is possible for almost everyone to find a suitable way of harnessing the power of the sun in one way or another, as there are companies that tailor the existing systems to client’s needs and limitations. Be sure to check out your options before making any further plans.

Use recycled materials

Days when recycled paper looking like moist newspapers someone sat on was the only recycled material around are long gone. There are now beautiful, durable and interesting recycled materials available for just about any purpose, primarily reclaimed lumber and recycled glass. The first makes for a beautiful, vintage-feel material now modeled in sleek, modern pieces that will add character to the space, while the latter is perfect for counter-tops.


Check out the percentage of post-consumer materials used in the production of the furniture you’re considering. There are companies that offer furniture with high percentage of recycled materialsthat is also designed to be recycled at the end of its usage, so make sure you look at what they have to offer before turning to other options, and they would be more than happy to help you with an office fit out to best serve your needs. If you’re bent on using wood, stick to renewable species like bamboo, cork on plantation trees. Hard wood that grows slowly like teak or oak will greatly increase your eco impact.

Literally Go Green

There is not much to say in favor of having plants that is not already known, but it is important you plan a space for them beforehand.

Insulate Properly

About forty percent any business consumes goes to heating and cooling. Good insulation will cut down those costs to a minimum and make the place itself much quieter and more comfortable. Make sure your insulation is green.

Use the Tech

Office occupancy sensors are a great and a relatively inexpensive way to further reduce your electricity bill and, consequently, your carbon footprint. There are many more systems that can help you save money, be kinder to the planet and that will make your office life more comfortable, such as electrostatic air cleansers, dehumidifiers and many more great gismos that are both practical and improve working conditions.

This is by no means a complete list, but only excerpt meant to show you some the possibilities of eco-friendly office practices. However, attitude is the most important factor in changing one’s habits toward a more eco-friendly existence in any aspect of life. Don’t just implement a couple of changes and call it a job well done. Be active and always look for new ways to reduce your impact on the environment, as that is the only way to make the change permanent.


A Guide to Setting Up an Impressive Guest Room

If you’ve got a spare room in your home, and you’re thinking of setting up a guest room; look no further than this post. This post will guide you through setting up an impressive guest room, so you can wow your guests time and time again with your wonderful style and hosting skills. Let’s take a look at the kinds of things that’ll make your guests feel at home:


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Go Neutral

A neutral coloured room will please any guest you have stay over in your guest bedroom. Different colours can actually alter the mood of a room, so bear that in mind when decorating it. For example, red can sometimes signify anger, while blue can give a feeling of calmness. There’s nothing to say that you can’t paint the room bright pink, but if one of your husband’s friends stay over they might not have the best time relaxing. You’re making a safe bet when you choose creams, whites, beiges, and browns.

Try Different Textures and Styles

To make the room look a bit more interesting, you can try mixing different styles of furniture and textures. Textures in any room give a feel of luxury, especially if they make you want to stroke them as you see them. Different styles of furniture give a nice homely feel, rather than making everything match.

Reading Material

It’s nice to leave your guests some kind of reading material to enjoy. You could leave out a few of your favourite books, or even some magazines. You could perhaps even have a bookshelf filled with all of your favourite books, doubling the room up as a library.

Drinks and Snacks

If you want some bonus hosting points from your guest, you could have a stocked up mini fridge in the room. Things like fruit, water, and nuts would make sure your guest is always hydrated and full.

Games Consoles

Why not double up the guest room as a games room and have an Xbox or Playstation in there, along with a big TV?


Plants give any area a bit of life, so even if you choose fake plants because they’re less maintenance, your guest is sure to love the look they give the room. Whether you go for a big leafy plant or a small flowery plant, the room will look lovely.


A few pieces of cool art arranged on the wall will give the room a unique feel. You could go for one big interesting piece, or perhaps group pieces of different sizes together. You can even create a kind of ‘headboard’ using art on the wall behind the bed!

Sleeping Arrangements

Sofa beds are great because they can be a comfy sofa one minute and a cosy bed the next. Your guest can choose whether they’d like to curl up on the sofa and read a good book, or relax in bed watching the TV with their complimentary fruit and water.

Follow the tips on this list to create your very own impressive guest room that just about any guest will love!


Tips and Ideas: Buying The Perfect Gift For Him

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Shopping for a perfect gift for him is undeniably tough. There are several reasons why it is hard to know what a man really want. They don’t usually give us a clue, or they would prefer to buy the things that they want on their own. Thus, many wives and girlfriends are having a hard time deciding about what to buy for their man.

In order to help many women in the world, here are some tips and ideas that you can take note if you want to give him the perfect gift that he will truly like.

Know Him Better

You might think that you truly know your man. Yet why is it hard to find the right gift for him? Maybe you need to know him even better. You have to pay attention on what he does and he talks about lately. It may be about sports or any activity that he is into. Although there are some guys who are much more vocal about their wants, some are just about you knowing how to read between the lines.

Support His Hobbies

You know how important and special it is for a man to know that his girl supports him with hobbies? And they obviously love to receive gifts that they can use for the activities that they truly like doing. Giving them something that they can use and will enhance their hobbies even more such as slip-resistant shoes is a plus. You just have to know more or to do some research about that hobby and be observant about what’s lacking on his equipment.

Men Love Gadgets

For men, technology really rules. So if you have enough budget to spend, buying some latest gadget that you think suits him would be great. Whether it’s the latest Smartphone or gaming gadget, your man will surely love it. A man of any age will never say no to a high tech gadget.

Something for His Stomach

The all-time favorite saying that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach absolutely works. If you have ample time to spend, cooking his favourite dish is a great idea. You need to cook something that you don’t eat often but you know that he craves for.

Make it Personal

For those who don’t have enough budget to spend, using some effort and time would be great. Make a more personal gift. If you’re artistic enough, you might want to buy a plain and a simple shirt, and then put some personalized art and designs that describes his personality and style. There are many suggestions online that you can consider.

Buying him a perfect gift should not be that hard as long as you have the time, the willingness and the love of making him happy.

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