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Tips to Give Your Home a Refresh in the New Year 0

A new year often brings about change and inspiration. One of the best ways you can implement this in order to improve your 2019, is to give your home a bit of a refresh.

There are a variety of ways to freshen up your living space and bring something different to your home.

If 2019 is the year of ‘New Year, New Home’, keep on reading.

Upgrade your Storage

So many of us are guilty of leaving our belongings out and about. Investing in some good quality storage can make a big difference to the atmosphere of your home. Even if it’s just a space to put the items you would usually have scattered around.

Bookcases are great for displaying ornaments, magazines and newspapers, similarly, ottomans and cupboards are an ideal way to stash undesirable or unused items out of site.

If you’re a tad tight on space in your home, rather than adding more units, think about switching some of your current pieces for those slightly more useful, or invest in some hidden storage accessories to keep even the smallest of spaces tidy.

If you’re in the market for upgrading your storage this New Year, take a look at our range of storage pieces – you'll be sure to find the perfect piece for your home.

Convenience First

If there’s items you find yourself reaching for on a daily basis, ensure the layout of your items work with this.

Not only will this look different, but you can organise things like your cupboards or wardrobe to have the frequently used items at the most accessible places.

This will make a huge difference not only to refreshing your home but will most likely result in an easier start to your morning when everything you need is in arm’s reach!

Spring Clean

What more do we need to say? A spring clean has become something of a new year’s tradition for many, sprucing up your home with the intent to follow this for the rest of the year.

Whether you stick to it or not, a ‘spring clean’ can be great for refreshing your home. You may discover belongings you haven’t seen in a while, and there’s no better feeling than the accomplishment that follows a clean room – tidy house, tidy mind!

Florals and Greenery

There’s nothing fresher than nature. Add some of this to your home by decorating with flowers, you’ll soon notice their pleasant scent filling your home.

Green is a colour known to symbolize freshness, fertility, growth and harmony. Balance your home and bring only good emotions by dotting some green plants around your house.

You’ll be able to find some form of greenery to freshen up your space no matter how much room you can dedicate to this purpose. A potted cacti for your desk or a larger corner plant - there will be something that’s perfect for you and your home.

Change up your Colour Scheme

This is a simple and relatively cheap way of refreshing your home for the new year.

Whether you have accent cushions and curtains, or a theme within your artwork, changing the colour scheme for these can really change the look of your house from season to season.

The great thing about colour schemes, especially if you have a neutral base to your rooms, is that they can be changed again and again, always adding a fresh feel to your living space.

Liven Up Your Walls

The same goes for a feature wall  – it is a fairly easy job to change this up when you feel like it.

You could even let the colour of this form the basis of your general colour scheme and is certain to add a new element to your sanctuary.

Allow Yourself the Little Things

Even a small spruce up like changing your sheets can help your home feel fresher for the year ahead.

If your budget doesn’t allow huge spending, there are plenty of retailers who sell affordable bedding.

Small changes like this really can make a huge difference.

Whatever room you’re looking to freshen up in 2019, we can help. To browse our range of furniture, with plenty of storage options to suit you, visit our website today.

  • Bernard Ewin

Top Interior Trends for 2019 0

As seasons change, so do the trends. Beautiful and achievable interior design has become a possibility for everyone thanks to Pinterest and the introduction of ‘hygge’ – the Swedish way of comfort.

But how will you decorate your home to achieve a timeless, yet modern feel? The top trends for 2019 with regards to home décor are both new and fresh but hold the ability to impress time and time again. Which will you choose to implement in your home?

Jewel Tones

Jewel tones have the ability to make any room feel rich and sophisticated. Amethyst, sapphire, emerald alike, these colours are striking and make a big impact on any room.

We recommend you try an accent wall to avoid overpowering or on the other hand, balance your use of jewel tones with neutrals to soften their boldness.

Jewel tones furniture is great for creating a focal point within a room and can be accented with other jewel tone accessories to really create that luxurious and plush feeling.

Florals and Bold Prints

Bold prints and florals are certainly the way to make a statement in 2019. Florals are a beautiful way to bring the garden inside and can be exceptionally delicate and balanced when combined with the right accent furniture.

Print wise, whether you’re choosing stripes and geometrics, tropical leaves or fruity motifs, there’s always a way to make bold patterns work in every room.

If you prefer more of a simplistic style, choose one bold piece and let the eye be drawn to this. For a more eccentric and themed room, combine your patterns to complement one another and provide a sense of chaotic balance in your home.

Sustainability

As we become more and more aware of how we impact our environment, sustainable interior decoration methods have risen in popularity.

Choosing lighter walls and designs is recommended, as the amount of light reflected will be higher, saving money on illuminating your home. The same principle applies with carpets and rugs – these act as another thermal layer to reduce the need for heating in the colder months.

Choosing materials and surfaces wisely can also help with the environmental elements of home décor. Many people avoid synthetic materials, but these can actually prove more sustainable in terms of their life expectancy – they last longer.

Light Wood

Light wood veneers are still on trend for 2019. Remaining a classic due to its compatibility with a range of colours and materials, oak and pine style wood finishes can add a classy and uniform touch to any room.

To browse our selection of light wood furniture and furnishings, visit the shop section of our websiteor come and see us in store.

Comfort Remains Key

Ottomans to put your feet up, and abundance of pillows to bury yourself in – 2019 is the year for comfort.

This isn’t so much a trend but a lifestyle – your home is your place to relax, so make sure it’s equipped for this!

Art Deco Detailing

Famous for hard angles, symmetry and metallics, lavish and wealthy art deco designs are back! Period pieces are well sought after – the art movement spanned decades so it’s easy to see why it is considered so timeless.

Striking colours mixed with clean lines and lacquered furniture are your go-to’s when attempting to emulate the luxury of this period.

Living Coral:

Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year was names as Living Coral 16-1546. Try a feature wall, accent pillows or focus furniture using this colour to stay on trend all year round.

The colour pairs well with neutrals and greens and blues (for a real under-the-sea feel).

To browse our range of furniture to use in your 2019 trendy home renovation, browse our shop today.

  • Bernard Ewin

How winter can affect your sleep and ways to combat this 0

Winter – we all know we can get a bit down and gloomy as the nights draw in and the weather gets colder.

But what if you find the weather affecting your sleep? Many people find themselves feeling far more sluggish in the winter months, but fear not – you’re not alone if this is you.

What can affect my sleep during winter?

One of the prime reasons as to why tiredness is so rife in the cold is because of the shorter days. The amount of daylight we’re exposed to is much more limited than the rest of the year, which can impact the body’s natural cycles.

Light affects the pituitary gland which secretes melatonin, the chemical that regulates the body’s sleep cycle.

Lack of light can prompt the body to produce more of this chemical, making us feel tired and sluggish sooner and more easily. Sometimes, this can even transform into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) categorized by depressive episodes that take place during seasonal change.

The excess consumption of alcohol and caffeine that can creep in around the Christmas period can also be a contributor in your digestion and therefore quality of sleep.

Both of these products are natural stimulants, and coupled with digestion keeping you awake it is no wonder people are often up until the early hours.

Stress over holiday arrangements or your bank balance after Christmas shopping can play a part in how well you sleep through winter too.

Because of this, it is so crucial to allow your body the right amount of rest and minimise the things that are affecting your sleep as much as you can.

How can I combat this?

There are a few things you can do to try and set your body clock back to normal and get a good nights rest.

  • Let in the light – opening your curtains as soon as you wake up allows for the maximum amount of light exposure. Whether it’s dark when you wake up and your curtains are readily open for when the sun finally rises, or whether it’s light when you wake, and you see this straight away, any increase in sunlight will inhibit melatonin production and give you the best chance at a normal day and therefore a good night.
  • Exercise – make sure to tire your body out! Cardio is great for increasing your heart rate, muscle building is known for improving sleep patterns and yoga is an incredible stress buster. Trying your hardest to include any other form of exercise into your daily routine will enable you to see immense differences in your sleeping patterns.
  • Relax – there’s no direct way to combat stress if this is the factor keeping you awake. It is, however, possible to try to get some more ‘me-time’ into your day to properly think over your priorities and how you can complete them to put your mind at ease and allow you to sleep soundly.
  • Eat right – being overweight or underweight can have a direct influence on your energy levels. Eating a healthy diet can put your body at balance and restore your sleep cycle. There’s so many treats on offer at this time of year it’s hard to resist. Sugary food spikes your energy but only momentarily, leaving you feeling sluggish again soon after. Include fruit and veg into your meals , and make the most of the winter comforts like roasted vegetables to provide a warming meal that will please your stomach.
  • Vitamin D – ensure you have plenty of Vitamin D in your diet, as research has shown low levels of this can impact your sleep.

A good night’s sleep is vital for us to function at a normal level. Although winter can be harsh, you now know some of the ways to help yourself doze off in the chilly season and can reset your body clock.

  • Bernard Ewin

Tips for Preventing Nightmares so You can get a Good Night Sleep 0

October - thanks to Halloween it’s the month where we are all a little more prone to a nightmare or two. Fear not, there are things that you can do to prevent a bad dream and get a good night’s sleep.

With Halloween just around the corner, this blog post could not have come at a better time; whether it’s your children having a restless sleep or yourself, these tips will work for you all.

Avoid Certain Foods

Avoid foods that you know cause you indigestion; this may cause you to stir in your sleep meaning you’ll be more susceptible to having a nightmare.

Common foods to avoid before sleep are any cheese, large amounts of dairy and spicy foods. But, there may be something more specific to you that you need to watch out for before bed.

So, the old wives tales of cheese giving you nightmares may actually have some truth in them after all!

You want to avoid anything that could interrupt your sleep like caffeine and sugar as well. Yes, we’re afraid that means that the Halloween treats will have to go away at night, if not you could be in for a trick.

Turn the Scary Movies Off

It may seem obvious, but scary movies, books or even conversations can disrupt your sleep and give you a few frightful dreams.

If you insist on watching a horror film or reading a ghost story before bed, take a few moments to reprogram your brain before sleeping by thinking of your happy place or happy thoughts. This will help to prevent those pesky dreams.

If you can, we would recommend avoiding this genre completely in the evenings, but we know that this may be especially hard as Halloween is approaching.

Spray Away the Monsters

Your brain reacts to smells heavily in your sleep, that means that if you’re smelling something you don’t like or that your brain doesn’t associate with soothing you could be in for a scare or two.

To combat this, you can use lavender pillow spray; this is available in all local pharmacies or health shops – you can even make your own!

Not only will the lavender help you drift off to sleep, but it will also help you to stay asleep with no stirs or monsters disturbing you.

If it’s your children having the nightmares, you could call the spray your “monster repellent” – this way they’ll be more than happy to have their pillows dowsed in the soothing scent.

Stick to your Routine

It may be tempting to stay up late as the nights draw in and the season gets spookier, but sticking to your routine and heading to bed earlier will stop those bad dreams from haunting your sleep.

If you don’t already have a good night routine in place now may be the time to start one. Who knows - your sleep may get dramatically better and all of those pesky bad dreams will stop.

Getting yourself into a good routine will mean that your body will know it’s time to sleep and overall getting up in the mornings will be a whole lot easier!

So, whether you’re trying to stop having bad dreams or you want to keep the ghosts and ghouls at bay, get into a good bedtime routine.

  • Bernard Ewin

Spice Up Your Home Interior for Autumn 2018 0

There are so many opportunities to transform your home throughout the year and the transition from Summer to Autumn is the perfect time to get the ball rolling.

There are some simple ways you can add a little bit of Autumn into your home, here’s how you can spice up your interior.

Midnight Blues will Warm Your Home

Midnight Blue is a huge trend this season, but if you don’t want to paint your walls this deep blue colour there are small things you can add - we don’t blame you, this is an awfully big commitment to a ‘trend’ colour.

So, how can you incorporate this colour in a slightly more understated way? Add in some cosy accessories like pillows, throws and soft bedding. This can inject the cosy tones into your home as well as adding warmth to a room.

Keep Warm with Blankets

Blankets can make any room look warm and cosy as well as being just what you need on a cold day at home.

Whether they’re knitted or fluffy blankets, you can never have too many in a room, especially in your bedroom or living room!

However, if you don’t want your blankets lying around the place or maybe you have too many to put on your sofa or bed, a blanket box is perfect for this.

Blanket boxes come in all shapes and sizes and you can definitely find one perfect for your room from our large range.

Ensure Your Room Glows with Candles

Candles are a great way to warm up those dark, Autumn evenings and a great way to fill your house with amazing musky scents.

There are so many scented and unscented candles on the market, you’ll be sure to find one for every room.

Curl Up with a Book

Autumn is the perfect time to get stuck into a good book and with all of the cold nights drawing in, you’ll need space for all of the great books.

A bookshelf is a great way to store and display your books and it is so easy to grab your favourite book for a cosy night in.

You can find the bookshelf which will fit in your room the best from our whole range of bookshelves, available here.

  • Bernard Ewin