How do you choose flooring for your home? When you move in do you put up with what is already there or ring the changes?

Here are some of my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of flooring.

Carpet

I am not a fan of carpet to be honest. Of course growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, all the main rooms had carpet and of the wild pattern variety at that. So I can still get very nostalgic when I see that type of carpet but overall I don’t think carpet is a great option particularly for families with children or pets. Carpets gather dirt and are easily damaged beyond repair in seconds. I have always expressed surprise at how many mums of babies and toddlers have cream carpets. That’s an accident waiting to happen however beautiful it looks when it is first put down.

Wood floors

Wood flooring can be difficult to get down so maybe not the perfect choice for someone who wants to do it themselves. However they are durable and easy to keep clean. I really like the look of wood floors and have a beautiful one in my dining room. I think they do give that refined feel perfect to go with my sparkly chandelier.

Laminate flooring

If you want that wood type look but are not expert at laying it, laminate flooring is a great option with prefinished lengths that snap together.

It is fairly hard-wearing too and relatively easy to claim although can show wear over time.

Ceramic tile flooring

Again, this is not particularly easy to install unless you know what you are doing.

I have lots of tiled floors in my home including in the sun room, the kitchen and the lounge. I love them as a quick sweep and steam clean keeps them so hygienic. You can always jazz them up with rugs if you want a bit of extra colour but I don’t bother as again rugs get grubby so easily.

So for me give me tiles or wooden floors for preference with laminate as runner-up and keep me away from carpets and rugs.

Of course, we all have our own circumstances and tastes so I would love to know how you choose flooring for your home.

 

 

 

 

 

Winnettes

Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of JML who are the people who come up with clever gadgets to make our busy lives that little bit easier and at affordable prices too. They kindly sent me a Hurricane Spin Scrubber to try out. Now there is a name to conjure with. It is just what you need to make bathroom cleaning quicker and less of a chore. It costs £39.99 but let me tell you it is so worth it!

Hurricane Spin Scrubber

The trouble with bathrooms is you have to reach up high and down low to clean them properly which is a pain. There are always tricky corners and areas that are hard to get to partly because usually our bathrooms are small rooms but have a lot of big things like baths in them.

With three interchangeable heads, spinning at an incredible 300rpm, and an extension pole that means you can reach every corner of your bathroom without bending or stretching, Hurricane Spin Scrubber will blast through grime and dirt.

I rarely find housework fun but it has to be done and apparently every day of my life. The gadget is so easy to put together according to my husband who will play with a gadget whilst showing absolutely no interest in the harder housework tasks most of the time. The Hurricane Spin Scrubber gives you a cleaning brush or rather three on a long slim pole. This is great as it does not take up much room at all when not in use.

I actually really enjoy using the Hurricane Spin Scrubber and it makes such a difference getting into trickier areas and speeding up the whole process. If it had a radio in it that played “I want to break free”, it would be absolutely perfect but I bop around as I use it anyway.

Family Fever

The intimate space that is your bedroom should be the place where you feel most comfortable and that is a real reflection of you as an individual. Taking the time and effort to make it so is both life affirming and comforting and so well worth it. Here are some tips that can help you revamp your bedroom and achieve a fresh look for the Spring.

Spring Cleaning

Achieving a fresh look all starts with a little Spring cleaning. Take the opportunity to go through your wardrobe and store or get rid of any clothes that will be surplus to requirements once the Spring ushers in some warmer weather. Next, go about decluttering the rest of the room and giving it a thorough deep clean – there’s nothing like starting with a blank canvas.

Once this has been achieved, it is time to start thinking about a fresh lick of paint and your Spring colour palette.

Spring Colour Palette

Grey and white has always been a stylish and popular colour combination, however add to this a splash of pastel pink and you have something that is light, fresh, sophisticated and beautiful. The trick with this particular combination of colours is to use the pastel pink sparingly. Overuse can leave the space looking a little garish and overwhelming – subtle hints are all that is required.

Window Dressing

Having achieved a fresh new colour palette for the bedroom, it is now time to embellish the look and dressing the windows is a good place to start. For a wonderful choice of curtains try Direct Blinds, who have a broad range of products to suit this look and have a reputation for quality and value.

Bedclothes and Soft Furnishings

Next indulge yourself by investing in some new bedclothes that are in keeping with the colour palette you have used to paint the room. Choose Egyptian cotton for the ultimate luxury and don’t be afraid to mix it up a little when it comes to pillow cases – this will help give the room some extra dynamics.

As far as soft furnishings go and if your budget will stretch, a new rug and possible some cushions will add vibrancy to the space and, of course, more comfort.

To complete the revamp, choose some candles and something to make the room smell wonderful, some tiger lilies perhaps as these will also match the colour palette. Then you are all set to spend your first night in your new look bedroom.

Lucy At Home

A living room flooded by natural daylight feels warm and the shadows cast by the sun make for a sense of drama that artificial light simply can’t replicate. Using a combination of lamps after dark, however, as opposed to the main ceiling light in the room, can make for a relaxing stage for the evenings proceedings. Here are some tips for how to create the perfect mood lighting for your living room.

 

Dimmer Switches

 

If the main light in the living room is to be used to create a relaxing mood, then it needs to be used in combination with a dimmer switch. Turn the dimmer switch down low and you will achieve a wash of low light, but this can lack the dynamics that can be achieved by introducing more light from some stylish lamps that are placed strategically around the space.

 

Floor Lamps

 

With a wide range of sizes and styles to choose from, floor lamps make for a great way in which to light a living space and provide a sense of warmth and comfort. Generally speaking, floor lamps are positioned behind or to the side of any seating that may be in the space – the corner of a room is the perfect spot.

 

The choice of shade used on the lamp and the bulb wattage will dictate the volume and strength of the light that it gives off and this is worth bearing in mind, particularly if the lamp is to close to a reading chair.

 

For a contemporary look consider brass or copper floor lamps, but for a more traditional approach perhaps a wooden lamp with a shade made from fabric is a better choice.

Table Lamps

 

Table lamps can also play an important role in getting the ambiance for a living room just right. Popular choices include lamps with ceramic bases and also lamps with adjustable arms, so that you can get the angle of the light coming from them positioned more easily.

 

In terms of where to put them, a table lamp can be placed on top of a set of drawers, on shelves or, of course a table – the higher the lamp is positioned the more light you will get from it.

 

The time we spend in our living rooms is special, it is a time for relaxing and sharing moments with our loved ones and creating the perfect mood with lighting will enhance this time all the more – with the right floor and table lamps you will be able to create the right mood in style.

Fewer people than ever before choose to remain in the place that they were born and raised. The reasons for this are wide ranging, but can be broadly described as health, wealth and happiness. Here we investigate some of the happiest places to live in the UK and consider why people choose to live there.

Royal Leamington Spa

A recent survey put the town of Royal Leamington Spa at the top of the happiest places to live in the UK list. The Warwickshire town is said to offer a strong sense of belonging and friendly neighbours, but it is also picturesque and has some stunning architecture.

Locations in London did not fare so well in the survey, but Richmond upon Thames did make it into the top ten and is noted for its green spaces and luxurious riverside residential properties.

Harrogate

Further north in Yorkshire lies another spa town that is regularly placed high on lists of the happiest places to live in the UK – Harrogate. Located just to the east of the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate is the archetypal residency for those with a love of the town and country lifestyle.

This five bedroomed country house, listed with Strutt and Parker embodies the dream life that many are seeking and that can be found in this vibrant location.

Poole, Dorset

For those who prefer to live in a costal area, Poole in Dorset is high on the list when it comes to happiness. With glorious sandy beaches and a natural harbour, Poole has great transport links, very good schools and Dorset’s north, east and west is surrounded by countryside.

This luxury apartment is a great example of how Poole now has both modern and period residential properties which reflects the progress the area has made over recent years.

 

Across the Borders

Moving across the borders, Dumfries was crowned happiest place to live in Scotland and the culture there is said to be progressive and warm. Meanwhile, in Wales, Llandrindod Wells came out on top and its central location puts residents in close striking distance to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Snowdonia and many of the country’s costal hotspots.

Despite uncertainties over the Brexit divorce from Europe, the survey highlights the diversity and wealth of residential areas there are from which to choose. The UK is a place where whether happiness is rural peace, the hustle and bustle of a large city or costal exhilaration you can have it.

 

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