The magic designer snatches up a few old cushions, whips up the rug, and hey presto, the whole house is a wonderful palace. Don't we all wish that our tired houses could be awoken with such hasty and invigorating fervour?
By following the simple steps below you can bring beauty into your house.
1. Declutter - This step sounds so exhausting, but believe me, it's worth it. Pick a room to start on, and attack it with a pair of rubber gloves and a bin bag. Poke into hidey holes you'd forgotten about, delve into cupboards you've been putting off forever, jump right in to the depths of all your clutter and let it go. Don't be afraid to chuck out items you don't need. Use 'time since last used' as your rule of thumb, if it's been three years since you last used it, chances are its rubbish.
2. Love your bedroom - When leaving the house for the day it's easy to just fling the duvet over the bed and open the blinds. Try to make your bedroom an inviting haven, a paradise to relax in after a hard day. Begin by buying a few lush cushions and a luxurious throw for your bed. Your pillows should be plump and enticing.
3. Introduce fresh flowers to your home - Don't wait for a special someone to buy you flowers, buy a few bunches and place in your living room, hallway and kitchen. Studies of the benefits of flowers have proven that the presence of them decreases depression, enriches memory and increases social contact. Place a few single stems from your bouquet around the house for an added touch.
4. Open your kitchen - The kitchen is the ideal place to sit and have a cosy chat with a neighbour or friend. Make your kitchen the perfect setting for coffee and unwinding. Bring your kitchen to life with smell. The smell of fresh coffee will envelope you when you walk into the kitchen.
5. Cozy Bathroom - Invest time in your bathroom. The bath should be the ultimate relaxation experience after a tough day at work. Place chunky, scented candles around the bathtub. Invest in fluffy, matching towels.
By following the steps above you should find your house is a more beautiful, relaxing place to be. Remember that your home should be a safe, warm place for you to rest and recuperate at the end of a day. Put on a CD, invite a friend over, and truly enjoy your own space.
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