Marlena Kitchen, October 21st , 2017. Cream kitchens are one of the most popular styles – with other colours such as ivory, off-white and buttermilk also popular choices. This colour lends itself to a number of decorating styles, from rustic to contemporary. A new kitchen is a huge investment, so it’s no surprise that so many of us opt for a shade that will stand the test of time. You might choose an ultra-modern glossy cream kitchen that combines streamlined cabinetry with the latest appliances, or perhaps use painted cream cupboards to transform a cottage kitchen that has low ceilings.
Marlena Bathroom, October 20th , 2017. Opt for a corner shower enclosure, if there’s no space for a bath, a shower enclosure will work perfectly. Corner designs take up very little room – the door on this shower slides around the frame, so it doesn’t need any more space than what you can see. Square versions can be designed in a similar way – just avoid swinging or pivot doors, which will need extra room.
Marlena Bedroom, October 20th , 2017. Between hunkering down in a nook in winter and swaying in a hammock during the summer, we can find a way to justify sleep wherever, whenever. But this week we have a real reason to celebrate slumber – Sleep Awareness Week. The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating its annual sleep appreciation week. Everything from breathing exercises to your diet and the time you eat your meals can have an impact on your resting state. Being sleep experts, we can confirm a wind-down before bed is helpful, and being interior design experts, we can confirm it’s all about bedroom feng shui.
Marlena Bedroom, October 20th , 2017. Careful planning and a dash of inspiration are all that’s needed to turn your bedroom into a dream sanctuary. A comfortable and alluring bedroom is all about combining form and function. Maximise storage for an uncluttered, serene look, focus on effective ambient lighting and cosy bedding and you won’t go far wrong. Here are our tips for creating the ideal scheme.
Marlena Bathroom, October 20th , 2017. The taps were replaced. ‘It’s amazing how much difference such a small change has made,’ say the owners. With regards to storage, the couple found a tall mirrored cabinet at Ikea, which fits behind the door and is great for keeping everything neatly tidied away. The mirrored front also reflects light from the window on the opposite wall, making the room feel really bright.
Marlena Bedroom, October 20th , 2017. Work the walls, take your cue from the Shakers and use peg rails for extra hanging space. Run lengths of pegs wall-to-wall and use them to hang everything from clothes and bedding to pictures. Paint in a pale shade to blend with walls and keep the look uncluttered.
Marlena Bedroom, October 20th , 2017. A functional bedside table, your nightstand should be a hard-working multitasker with space for everything you need to make the night go smoothly – think a good book, notepad and glass of water. And as many clocks as it takes to get you out of bed in the morning! Who wants to be jumping out of bed every five minutes because there isn’t space for everything you need?
Marlena Bathroom, October 21st , 2017. Be clever with tiles, when decorating a small bathroom, such as an en suite in a loft conversion, introduce a horizontal line around the width of the space, either with tiles or paint. This trick will visually widen the space, creating the illusion of a bigger room.
Marlena Kitchen, October 21st , 2017. If you’re a fan of contemporary design, sleek handleless kitchen units with modern kitchen worktops in Corian or steel may be up your street. If you’re running a busy family household, painted kitchen units with hardwearing laminate worktops might be a more practical choice. The great thing about painted units is you can easily repaint them for next to no money when they get marked and scuffed.
Marlena Bedroom, October 20th , 2017. There are many ways to make the most of that dead space under the stairs – playrooms, storage solutions or even shelving. But a proud pet owner in the states has blown all of the above out of the water with this: a fully functioning dog bedroom, complete with kennel-style entrance, hat rack and luxurious golden bed. We’ve seen some amazing dog houses in our time, but this one really takes the dog biscuit. Yes, we have reached peak pets, people.
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