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How to keep your home warm in Winter

Posted by Adrian
December 4th, 2017

How to keep your home warm in Winter

The Winter months are finally here, and as the cooler weather sets in, attention turns to the interior of the home. Where most visualise coming in from the cold, wet, miserable weather to a warm, cosy escape just like those within traditional Winter destinations that many people relate to when temperatures start to drop.

If you’re struggling to create your very own Winter escape, take a look at these interior ideas to ensure your home epitomises your ideal cosy retreat, in style.

Materials matter

If you’re looking to add texture and depth to your interiors then you may be missing a crucial material; wood. Known for its popularity within the North American Craftsman home, wood can be used to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

This versatile material can be used throughout the home in a variety of ways, more commonly in built-in furniture such as shelving, storage and bench seating. However, it can also be found in decorative pieces scattered around the home.

Fill up with blankets and rugs

Many Winter interior designs, be it local or further afield like the traditional Chalet in Switzerland or the Yurt in Mongolia, will include a plethora of blankets, cushions, and rugs. Not only do they offer a different design for your home they will help keep rooms feeling insulated as rugs will block off any draughts while blankets and cushions add layers giving a cosier effect.

You’ll need some decent bedding to keep you toasty at night, so invest in some from www.juliancharles.co.uk/bedding for a good night’s sleep.

Add a winter colour scheme

Moving away from the lighter colour palettes of summer, taking inspiration from the interior of the traditional Mongolian Yurt, your Winter shades should include deep reds, oranges and purples to give the impression of warmth and cosiness.

The ultimate winter appliance

Nothing says winter like coming home and cosying up next to a roaring fire and if you’re searching for the perfect Winter interior then adding a fire, whether it be wood burning or electric, will give you that homely, idyllic feel you’ve been looking for.

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Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

Posted by Adrian
October 27th, 2017

Arroworthy products

Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

I was recently sent a box of Arroworthy Decorating Products from Coleman Bros Ltd, I always like receiving surprise boxes in the post! I had been chosen from twitter to try out some of the Arroworthy products. Coleman Bros Ltd are launching these products at this years National Painting and Decorating show in Coventry and they wanted some feedback from professional decorators.

I was more than happy to try these new products, I like trying new products out. So here is my review.

My Review of Arroworthy Decorating Products

Three Arrowworthy roller sleeves
I was sent the following products,

  • ArroWorthy PolyMicro roller Sleeve
  • ArroWorthy Microfiber Roller Sleeve
  • ArroWorthy Glossdel Plus White Lintless Roller Sleeve
  • Arroworthy Barracuda Microfibre Jumbo 4″ Mini Roller & Frame Set
  • Arroworthy Barracuda 4″ Mini Roller Frame
  • Arroworthy Finultra 1.5″ Straight Cut Standard Handle
  • Arroworthy Barracuda 9″ Roller Frame

All the roller Sleeves performed well, with no shedding, they held a good amount of paint whilst leaving a smooth surface. They also cleaned out well. I used the Finultra brush on new wood, to prime and undercoat using a water based paints. It had good paint pick up due to its long filament and was stiff enough thus ideal for cutting in.

The Barracuda 9″ roller frame was a 1.75″ not a 1.5″, so UK standard not US so would fit my existing sleeves, it felt good and strong and has a cageless design, the bit I really liked was the metal spring which holds the roller sleeves on tight, so no slipping as you often get as the sleeves and frames get worn.
The Barracuda 4″ roller frame and sleeve has the exact same design, so a real plus.

Over all I was impressed with all of the products I tried from Arroworthy, so thanks to Coleman Bros Ltd for sending them to try, I shall certainly be using them and if over a long period of use they still hold up well I shall consider buying more Arroworthy products from Coleman Bros.

All images are copyright Adrian Rayfield. Click on images below for larger image.

Arrowworthy Barracuda 9 inch

Arroworthy Barracuda Microfibre Jumbo 4″ Mini Roller & Frame Set

Arroworthy Barracuda 4″ Mini Roller Frame

Arroworthy Finultra 1.5″ Straight Cut

Arroworthy Finultra 1.5″ Straight Cut

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Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have! – By Aligator Storage

Posted by Adrian
July 6th, 2017

Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have!

If you live in a little house but have a lot of stuff, you’re probably at that stage where you’re wondering what colour the carpet actually is and whether you’ll ever see it again. It’s a tricky situation when your possessions start taking over your home and things turn from cosy to claustrophobic.

But, if this is you – here are a few easy hacks so you can start clearing some floor space and feel at home again.

Finding extra storage

Having extra storage in your home is priceless, but it’s also extremely rare. Clever storage around boilers, baths, beds and other belongings is a great way to create more space but it won’t take you long to fill it. Have a sort through all of your clutter and create a pile of the items that you haven’t used in a while – would it be worth putting them into an external storage facility? It means you can go back to them in the future when you do have the space but for now they’ll be out of the way leaving your house more roomy and airy.

Shelves, shelves and more shelves

Shelves are underrated, they provide so much space and you can pile them as high as you like, yet most people are still living their lives shelf-less. With the vast choice of floating shelves, fancy shelf brackets and glass shelves, there’s really no reason why you should go without.

You can even position shelves above doors for those items you don’t use too often, but would look nice on display. You could also build shelves into the corners of your rooms to brighten things up as well as provide that much needed extra space.

Making the most of mirrors

Mirrors should be your go to item when it comes to decorating a small space. In a small bathroom, turning a whole wall into a mirror will do wonders for making it feel more spacious.

Other great places to create the optical illusion of space are down narrow corridors, or propped up against walls to elongate the ceiling. They’re also great on the front of wardrobes and in the alcoves below your shelving. When it comes to mirrors, bigger is always better.

Clever furniture

If you’re really short on space in your home you might want to consider investing in furniture that you can move around to create extra space. Fold out beds or desks and sideboards are great options when you’re feeling cramped. A carpenter will be able to help you install these secretive storage options. Equally, wall dividers that you can slide together for privacy and open up for a space are a great addition to a smaller home.

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