Exterior Design Trends For 2017

Think of all the time, money, and effort you have spent creating a beautiful indoor space within your home. Interior design is a passion of mine, and of course it is important that you love the place where you live! However, more often than not, a home’s outdoor space finds itself a little neglected. However, now is the time to update your garden and create a space that you can be proud of! Here are some of this year’s hottest exterior design trends to keep your eye on!

Bringing the Indoors Outside

Using the same layout of your living room in your back garden is an excellent way to elevate the space and make it a haven for you and your family. Gone are the days of hard, metal, or wooden garden benches, and in are the more comfortable and modern outdoor sofas, transforming your garden into and extension of your home.


Colour is one of the most evocative aspects of any setting. The palette of a particular place has the ability to impact the mood and actual experience of the people within that setting. This year’s colour trends are nothing to scoff at when deciding what will match your new and improved outdoor garden. Island getaways and lush countryside’s are the colours of the season. The vibrancy of the colours is everything your back yard needs to thrive in this summer.

Bohemian or Minimalist?

It’s difficult deciding between two opposing styles, especially when both are so absolutely chic. Bohemian and minimalist are both trends that 2017 gleans. If you are a millennial that has a keen interest in travel, interesting and unique textiles and doesn’t discriminate against any colours, Bohemian, in all it’s flowy, breezy beauty, is for you. On the other hand, if you are more modern and chic, I would go with minimalism. It is a sleek, clean, and ultimately very comfortable style.

Eco Friendly and Sustainable

Sustainability is definitely an important aspect to consider within the home and garden. As society progresses, it is necessary to look out for the future. In 2017, it is popular to make sure your garden has native plants and is built with sustainable materials like rammed earth, and recycled materials instead of concrete additives.

Small Details

A little bit goes a long way when it comes to the details of a garden. The cushions you choose for your sofa, and your decorative baskets lining the porch say everything about the space you want to create. It is important to spend some time thinking about what you want to say. Some popular trends include outdoor fires, and floral pillow prints.

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How to Create the Ultimate Seaside Themed Bedroom for your Child

There are so many options out there when it comes to decorating children’s rooms, it can be hard to know which route to go down. Sometimes the best way to create a bedroom that stands out amongst all the pink princess decor and football wallpaper is to choose a specific theme, and if your little one loves going to the beach, why not bring that element into their everyday life? If you want to know how to transform their room into a seaside themed sanctuary, then take a look at these easy tips!

Start with the walls

Making the walls look as summery as possible is a good first step in this makeover. For this, you have the choice of either painting the walls in a dreamy blue shade and getting creative with some DIY clouds, or take the simpler route and find a blue sky patterned wallpaper. Another idea is to find a patterned wallpaper with imagery of starfish or simple nautical patterns to set the tone of the room.

Create some sea and sand

The most distinctive part of a seaside theme is the sea and sand itself, and there’s lots of ways you can bring this into your child’s bedroom. If the room features wooden flooring, consider painting it with blue and yellow shades. Or if you’re looking for an easier (and less permanent!) solution, look for blue rugs and choose the one that you feel best represents the sea.

Find nautical bedding

Beach balls, anchors and sea creatures all make for great patterns when choosing the right bedding for a seaside room. Alternatively, if you can’t get your hands on any bed sets in this style, simply using bedding in blue or yellow shades will also fit the beachy feel. Also consider materials when looking for the right bedding, such as a blue throw with a silky finish for a perfect ocean feel.

Add the final touches

Now that you have the majority of the room sorted, add your finishing touches with some seaside accessories. A simple yellow light shade that mimics the sun can really bring the theme together, as can details like treasure chests and nautical patterned bean bag chairs. If you want to add some DIY magic to the space, there are lots of beach themed crafts you can try out with the help of some old household bits and bobs!

Do you have any other ideas on how to create a beachy children’s bedroom? Let me know in the comments below!

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We’re Moving Home – Third Time Lucky?

We’ve sold our house… again! Our house has been up for sale for what seems like forever now. We originally sold it straight away, within a couple of days of it going on the market. Unfortunately the buyer withdrew and it has been up for sale ever since. Until recently, when we sold it again last month. We had an offer accepted on a lovely house and were super excited, until our buyer pulled out. Thankfully no less than a week later we received another offer and were able to offer on the lovely three bedroom house again.

We can’t help but worry about office space in the new property, we currently have a converted attic which is used as an office. We don’t have that luxury in the new property and would eventually like to use bedroom number three for an eventual baby number two. We are thinking about possibly converting the attic in the new property, making a man cave for Spencer. We’ve been looking for modern staircases UK based have found a fantastic Italian design staircase manufacturer who sells modern designed spiral stairs in various dimensions and materials. The designs are lovely and I really like the fact that you can buy staircases online. Of course I am now swooning over a (completely not even in the slightest bit baby friendly) spiral staircase for my new home.

I’ll have an alcove office in the dining room, I have plans to get some funky wallpaper for my little corner of the room and make it all pretty and nice. It makes more sense for me to be downstairs than in the attic. It is a nuisance when I need to check things quickly and all my notebooks are up in the office, on the days that I have no childcare venturing into the attic to quickly check something can be a nuisance and usually result in Aria crying from the baby gate because the space saver stairs are simply too dangerous for her.

The issue is Spencer (typically!). Spencer occasionally works from home, plus he needs somewhere to play his computer games. He can’t share my alcove office space, for one he will ruin how pretty it is going to look and for two I use Mac, he uses Windows. Neither of us are willing to change that. He has decided that the third bedroom is his office, but this is only a temporary fix. At some point there will be a baby number two who will need that room.

I’m trying not to think too far ahead and get too excited, but it is hard not to. The new house is almost perfect for us, and when we’ve made it our own it will be perfect. Things seem to be progressing well so far. My viewing candle ran out on the day that the couple who are buying our house came to view it – that has to be a sign?! I’ve lit this candle at every viewing that we’ve had, we receive a lot of compliments about how nice the house smells and I’ve joked that we must buy the candle as a gift for our buyer. No word of a lie, the candle ran out following our current buyers viewing. This is really happening, isn’t it?

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The Toddler’s Dream Garden

As mentioned in my bid to get fit, the sun has well and truly got it’s hat on and it’s making me all proactive. My to-do list has suddenly gone through the roof as a little bit of sunshine makes me want to take on the world. I’ve got plans to paint, de-clutter and organise, but most importantly I need to create the toddler’s dream garden, a safe haven for Aria to run around and play in.

We’ve been putting off work on our house for so long as the house as been on the market so we didn’t necessarily want to spend time and money on it. Now that the sale of our house has fallen through for the second time I think it’s time we gave in and gave this house some TLC. If we’re stuck here for a while we may as well enjoy it after all. It’s time to stop moaning and instead buy some tools and get working, I could even get Aria involved, how cool we should look in this fab children’s bib and brace!? I love that Engelbert Strauss stocks such a wide range of things from DIY tools to protective clothing meaning that we could just order everything from there and be done with it all.

So, what would my dream toddler garden contain? First off it needs to be pinterest friendly, because, well, why wouldn’t it? Within my, I mean Aria’s, perfect pinterest garden there would be a perfect pastel playhouse, a mud kitchen, a toadstool seating area and rubber flooring.

Ideally we wouldn’t want to spend too much money as hopefully we will sell our house at some point. My current thoughts are to buy a plain, cheap playhouse, similar to this, and decorate it ourselves, that way we can make it exactly how we want it and it will be one of a kind. With regard to the mud kitchen I have visions of us creating a beautiful master piece using the pallets that are sitting in our garden doing nothing, but in reality it would probably be a disaster so maybe I should buy one similar to Kelly‘s from My Mud Kitchen. I don’t mind splashing out on the toadstools as they can quite easily come with us when we move, and I am absolutely in love with this beautiful set from The Range.

Have I missed anything from my dream toddler garden do you think? What do you think your toddler would like to see included in their dream garden?

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The Dream Family Home

Is it just me who constantly finds themselves dreaming about their perfect family home? I often find myself on RightMove searching for houses that I can’t afford. One of my favourite ways to waste time is to search price high to low and browse through the beautiful homes that will never be mine.

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What do I class as the dream home? My dream home is large and set in several acres of land. It has a huge kitchen which obviously has an island in the middle. There is an informal dining table in the kitchen and also a separate, formal dining area. There is a games room full of the greatest and latest toys, most of which are made from wood or tucked away in stylish storage.

The living room is comfy with big bay windows and a beautifully presented log burner. There will of course be ample space in the living room for a gigantic real Christmas tree. The entrance and hallway will be spacious, with eye catching Victorian tiles lining the floor and plenty of room to store the pushchair, shoes and coats.

There will be French doors leading to the patio and veranda area, much like these beauties from 123v, there will be fairy lights twinkling away under the veranda, where quite possibly a hot tub sits. The veranda would mean that we could still use the outdoor hot tub in the rain and snow without worrying too much about battling the elements. Beyond the veranda there will be a stunning, scenic garden complete with outdoor swimming pool of course.

Back inside, we will have sweeping stairs leading upstairs to reveal a minimum of three bedrooms, all with ensuite. The master bedroom would be large enough to fit a dressing table and a small sofa. All bedrooms would come complete with high quality fitted wardrobes.

I will have an office somewhere, I’m not quite sure where, I do like my current office in the converted attic so I may well go down that route again. Obviously this house will be a lot bigger meaning that I can have a huge desk and massive windows which allow the light to come flooding in. The view will be stunning and really quite inspirational.

For now, and likely forever, this is all a dream, but it is so good to dream – even if it is from my two bedroom terraced house.

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