Decorating your first home

Decorating your first home

Moving into your first home is liberating and incredibly exciting however, it can also be daunting due to the large amount of decisions you must make when it comes to decorating. Whether you have just moved into one of the new homes Midhurst or a more traditional Victorian property in Petworth, turning your house into a home always involves a large amount of decision making.

So, now that you have finally broken away from your parents’ apron strings and you have plucked up the courage – and the money to purchase your very first house, it’s time to begin turning it into a welcoming home.

Whilst moving into your first home is exciting, daunting and extremely exhilarating – it’s also really expensive. So, it’s important to remember that you can decorate your home as cheaply as you want to and here’s how:

Start with your bedroom

We are all guilty of spending more time in our bedroom than any other room in the house; it’s where we sleep after all! So, the bedroom should be the very first place you begin your decorating. Begin by purchasing some gorgeous new bedding – don’t skimp on the thread count; that really makes a difference!

Still have money in your pocket? Why not paint the walls? Try to ensure your paint complements your choice of bedding and any accessories you already have.

Don’t buy it all at once

You should live in the house before you start making any elaborate purchases. How you think you’re going to use the house and how you actually do are two very different things. For example, you may have set aside a hefty budget to renovate the bathroom; but after a couple of months of living in the house, you may decide that the money is better spent in the kitchen. Be careful with your money and think before you buy!

Tie everything together with colour

Don’t panic if all of your furniture doesn’t match – if you have a really old style couch but an IKEA coffee table. The best and most economical way to ensure everything works together is to tie it all together using a bit of colour. So, add some blue cushions to your sofa and blue coasters to your coffee table – sorted!

With these quick tips in mind, redecorating your first home can be fun and cheap!


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Shrewd Window Choices Can Transform Those Early Mornings

Over the years there has been a mammoth amount of research invested into sleep – and the exact amount that we really need. Whilst researching this article, we actually found that there is no magic number, but the general consensus is that if you sleep somewhere between seven and nine hours you’ll hit the spot and do your health no harm whatsoever.

Our research also showed that there is a need for us to drop into a “deep sleep” – where our body can fully rest and ultimately prepare us for the rigours of the next day. Achieving this is easier for some of us than it is for others, but something that unquestionably aids it is sleeping in a pitch dark environment. This is where window treatments enter the picture and more specifically, blinds.


If you do happen to lead a somewhat stressful life, investing in an appropriate set of blinds could very much be the best thing you ever do. Even if your lifestyle means that it’s just impossible to hit the pillow for nine hours, if you can at least improve the quality of your sleep there is every chance you will wake up feeling more refreshed than you ever did before.

Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to achieve this is one of the simplest, renowned and established products that have been available from blinds manufacturers. Blackout blinds do exactly as they say on the tin – they make your bedroom an absolute cave. No natural light is allowed to peak through the

window, and you’ve immediately improved the quality of your sleep. Additionally, this happens to be one of the most affordable types of blinds – presumably because of just how long they have been available on the market.

Developments in the blinds industry mean that there are a whole host of other ways in which you can improve the quality of your sleep though. While the blackout blinds could be a godsend for some, for others they might just make it impossible to wake up on a morning. Some people require a small amount of natural light to enter the room in the early hours, to gradually wake them up. It’s one of the reasons so many companies have started producing alarm clocks which mimic the natural morning sensations – as this is meant to be one of the easiest ways to kick us out of the “deep sleep” phase.

For those that do need a little help in the morning, any horizontal blinds which allow some form of light filtering can be the answer. The fact that you can alter the angle of the slats to allow the optimum amount of “waking up light” into the room in the morning is important, but there are products which allow you to go a step further.

For example, if you were to turn to a motorized and programmable blind, you could limit the amount of light in the evening, whilst allowing a small amount in the morning to wake you up. It’s another case which highlights the flexibility that blinds allow you when it comes to your sleep and shows just how important your window treatments are if you do want to feel fresher in the mornings.



Top 5 Cheap Ways to Get Out of the Dog House

We all tend to pull bone-headed moves once in a while. Some women might spend a bit too much money while they’re out at the mall, which makes most guys’ heads spin. And men, they tend to communicate poorly. Of course they love their wives, but they don’t always know how to show it. This often lands them in the dog house needing to come up with some sort of way to make it up to their wives.

They could always buy their wives an expensive gift, but after just a few arguments, this might cause some checks to bounce. Instead of breaking the bank, here are some cheap ways you can show your wife that you love them.

1) Buy Flowers – Women love flowers. The beauty, the scent, the feel; flowers just have it all. Oh, and did I mention that they are cheap? For less than $60 you could buy a huge bouquet AND have them delivered (flower delivery Adelaide)!

2) Clean the Entire House – Women get sick of cleaning up after you each and every day. If you want to show her how much you appreciate her efforts, clean up the house without being asked. And, most importantly, let her know how much you appreciate her.

3) Take Her Where She Wants to Go – At times, men can be a little selfish and refuse to do anything that their wives want to do. You know, things like horseback riding, dancing, or simply taking a walk downtown. Think about what she has been asking you to do for a while and offer to take her. Be sure to enjoy yourself as well (nobody likes a mopey partner).

4) Write Her Love Notes – This tip is incredibly effective and incredibly cheap! Buy a bunch of sticky notes for $2 and plaster them all over the house with kind words written on them. Who doesn’t like someone showing their love?

5) Take Her on a Picnic – There are few things that are more romantic than a quiet picnic in a beautiful area. If you can get your wife to join you, you’ll most likely be laughing and making up soon after the picnic begins.

Do you have some other inexpensive ways to apologize?