Redecorating on a budget

A few months back, my two girls decided that they didn’t want to share a bedroom anymore. Having shared since they were tiny, it was time for a change. This meant that I’d lose my office, which needed a complete overhaul ready to become a bedroom. We were on a budget for decorating. I didn’t have loads of time but couldn’t afford to pay someone to do it for us. Of course, as soon as I got started I realised it was a much bigger job than anticipated. How we saved money Preparing the walls and skirting boards ended up…

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Making full use of a garden [AD]

We’re slowly doing our house up bit by bit and when the spring comes, I want to do the garden as well. The problem with our garden at the moment is that we don’t make best use of the space. The area at the back of the house used to be on a steep hill, so my dad and husband decked it about five years ago. Now, it’s a nice large, smooth area where the children can play, ride their bikes and have the trampoline. Since then though, we haven’t done much more. Fencing the front garden when I bought…

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Choosing wallpaper for a child’s bedroom

Years ago when the girls were little, we made the decision to put them in the same bedroom so I could have the spare room as my office. At the time I needed it. Working from home with children as young as they were, I had to have a dedicated space. As time passed, the girls learned to love sharing. They’d play together, chat as they were falling asleep and enjoy each other’s company. There was one problem though. Libby doesn’t need as much sleep as Lia. This came to a head a few days ago when Lia asked if…

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Basic Rules of a House with Healthy Energy

The psychological cleanliness of our home ensures that the place where we live gives us and our families strength and energy. This means that all the inhabitants of our home hurry to come back as soon as possible, wherever they are. Each home has its own energy, its own mood, its own smells. All these elements are assembled from many small components. Of course, households themselves and their mutual relations play an important role in building a good atmosphere in the house too. Feng Shui science teaches you to create positive energy in your home by harmoniously locating every object.…

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Finding time to redecorate

For years, finances prevented us from redecorating. Living hand to mouth, every last penny went on food, the children’s activities or travel. I told myself that when we could afford to redecorate, I’d make the time. The children’s room first, then the rest of the house. Now, I’m rapidly running out of excuses. We’re finally in a position to do some work on the house, and I’m wondering where on earth I thought I’d find the extra time. So, I’ve come up with a few tweaks I can make to my daily schedule so I can at least find an…

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