Why Stylish Designer Radiators Will Easily Transform Your Home

Why Stylish Designer Radiators Will Easily Transform Your Home 

Looking to give your home a makeover that oozes sophistication?  The décor of your home usually decides the aesthetic appeal and overall atmosphere for your home.  Nowadays, radiators have become a design feature in their own right and are now a prominent factor when you’re considering a new interior style.  This is one of the main reasons why designer radiators are such a hit.   

 This stylish option is now available in a fantastic assortment of designs, which helps to make sure there is one to suit all types of interior needs, just ready and waiting to be connected to your central heating system.  If you’re tired if plain old panel radiators, then there is a wealth of attractive alternatives to choose from. We’ve picked some of our favourite designer radiators to help you pick something a little more stylish for your living space in 2019. 

Choosing the perfect designer radiator 

Most people decide to use radiators in their heating system.  This means they will make up an integral part of your house’s interior, but the standard white radiator design won’t offer any additional flair to a room.  Fortunately, contemporary radiators have a fantastic aesthetic appeal and most have been carefully designed to offer maximum impact.  These stylish offerings easily complement modern décor and suit most living habits. 

Most radiator suppliers understand the need for customisation and many offer a personalised colour matching service.  One of the easiest ways to add vibrancy to any room is through the addition of a bold accent shade.  By incorporating your designer radiator into your colour scheme, you will ensure that your radiator blends seamlessly with your walls.  Alternatively, you can create a pop of interest by opting for a bold and contrasting colour option.  Some of the latest designer radiator trends also feature intricate patterns that look more artwork. 

 

Shape also matters when it comes to your designer radiator 

As well as carefully selecting the colour of your new designer radiator, it’s also worth taking the radiator’s shape into consideration.  A classic flat panel radiator will offer a seamless finish along your wall, whereas a radiator with individual piping will draw attention, creating a focal point within the room.  Some of the latest designs utilise copper detailing to create modern, twisting designs.  Looped designs are becoming increasingly more popular in bathrooms, and it’s easy to see why. 

Curved radiators can provide a chic update 

If you’re looking for an updated look, a radiator design with bars can help create interest.  These squared off tubes can create sophisticated edges and help to make a big statement.  If you’re more of a minimalist, you can easily create a delicate look by using narrow bars for your radiator system. 

Space-saving radiator tricks  

If you’re working with limited space, a vertical radiator can often work best.  This design option will take up wall height rather than length.  This makes it a popular choice in kitchens and small, awkwardly shaped rooms where space is at a premium.  If you’re looking to make a real statement, why not opt for a radiator with an integrated mirror? This option will offer coveted multi-use functionality for the modern home.  

The Best Subscription Boxes for Men

If you’re currently thinking of the perfect gift for the man in your life, then this post is the perfect place to start.  If you’re on the hunt for the perfect subscription for an upcoming birthday or for Father’s Day, we’ve got you covered.  With boxes ranging from £14 to £40 a month, you’ll easily find the ideal gift here. 

Looking to Treat Your Feet? London Sock Company has the answer! 

 Is 2019 the year you look good from head to toe?  One of the easiest ways to make good on your New Year’s resolution is to upgrade your sock game!  Sock subscription boxes are the perfect way to inject patter, colour and quirk to your wardrobe.   

 If you’re looking to add comfort to your sock drawer, you’re bound to love London Sock Company’s Sock Club subscription.  This is a fantastic modern gift to suit the modern man in your life.  Get ready to enjoy stylish sock choices every day!  One of the best features of this subscription box is the fun ‘Surprise Me’ option, where a new style will be chosen for you based on trends and seasonal colours.  You can easily log in, pause or cancel your subscription, at any point. 

Even better…this subscription is now available outside of the UK! Simply hit the ‘Shipping Outside the UK’ option and find the plan that best suits your sock needs.   

Prices start at £30 for 3 months. 

For the Cocktail Connoisseur 

We can all agree that serving a delicious cocktail adds a touch of class and sophistication to any dinner party.  Why not elevate a drink at home with something a little more special?  For most of us, we never have the right liqueurs or spirits to make the tasty tipple we want. This problem is easily solved with the Cocktail Man.  

With this subscription service, all the ingredients you need to make a cocktail for you and three others will be delivered directly to your door. Plus, the box handily fits through the letterbox. 

Prices start from £17 per month. 

Is Firebox’s Mystery Box the Perfect Gift? 

We can all agree that there aren’t many surprises left in the world these days. Except this box. Firebox have created the perfect subscription for both the bored and the brave.  We won’t spoil the surprise here, but we’re happy to report it is very good indeed! 

Price is set at £34.99 a month.  

Sample the Perfect Fragrance with Sniph 

Many of us dread buying a new bottle of cologne if all you have done is politely sniffed the sample in a shop.  This is where Sniph are here to help!  For just £14 a month, this brand will ship miniature versions of fragrances to you each month, which you can then buy if you really love one.  The Sniph subscription is a great way to regularly change up your scent.  

Prices start from £14 a month. 

Get Ready to Enjoy the Perfect Fresh Pasta 

We can all agree that fresh pasta is truly food of the Gods.  Both nutritious and delicious, this stylish and sophisticated subscription box from Pasta Evangelists is a great foodie gift!  This company deliver delectable fresh pasta, sauce and accompanying garnishes straight to your door.  Plus, the handy recipe cards take you through the simple steps for assembling your top-notch Italian treat. 

Prices start from £13.90 a week. 

We Can See Why People Favour Flavourly 

With a light box, mixed box and dark box of 10 carefully curated beers from small-batch breweries, this subscription is the perfect wat to upgrade the drink options in your home.  Just think, your supply of Stella can be switched up for something far more flavoursome! 

Prices start from £25 a month.  

The advantages of Travelling Solo

Holidays are always going to be a fantastic experience wherever you’re heading to, but especially when you’re travelling in a group, it can be hard to please all of the people all of the time, so to speak.

So if you’ve ever found yourself frustrated when on hols with your friends about having to cater to the tastes of so many people, have you ever considered the advantages of travelling solo? Get inspired to suit yourself and book your next trip.

The destination is going to be totally up to you, so whether you want to visit a favourite place you’ve previously visited, or somewhere new, the choice really is yours. When it comes to organising a group, often the destination can prove the first point of contention, especially with varying budgets. When you travel alone, those problems completely disappear.

Your accommodation is also another thing that can be that little bit more simple you when travelling solo. For instance if you love budget yet friendly B&Bs but your friends prefer more luxurious accommodation, you don’t have to worry about meeting in some middle ground which isn’t quite satisfactory. You can also more easily switch it up – like a couple of days at an Air BnB and a couple at a hotel.

And happily enough when you do decide to travel alone, your time is your own too. Everyone has of course got different interests, and while museums could be up your street, others could prefer hitting the shops. When you only have to please yourself though, you don’t need a schedule, just a list of things you’d like to do. It really is as simple as that.

And probably one of the biggest bonuses of enjoying a holiday on your own, is the fact that you can go when you want. There’s no pesky matching up of holiday dates and booking flights at the same time so you can get seats together.

If you’re a bit adventurous, love exploring new places, and meeting new people, then travelling solo could be the perfect holiday experience that you’ve been looking for, so get your trip for one booked!

Key Home Décor Trends to Watch for 2019

Key Home Décor Trends to Watch for 2019

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the top décor trends I am currently loving, along with the trends to look out for to help stay ahead of the rest of the home décor crowd in 2019.

I’m sure you’ll agree that there really is no escaping trends. Whether you’re the kind of person to live by them or feel completely unaffected, from popular paint options to fun, retro furniture choices, everything designed for your home is usually influenced by a wider trend.  I thought it would be useful to take you through some of the most popular trends in home décor.

Retro Fusion

This trend is all about nostalgia and looks to celebrate, as well as reimagine classic Mid-Century interiors and designs from bygone eras.  This trend has aptly been dubbed ‘Retro Fusion’ by people more qualified in design than me. If you’re a fan of the colour palette of the 70’s or the elegant scalloped shapes of the 50’s, then this trend will definitely appeal to you!

For this trend, the key colours to look out for are Tan, a deep, vivid Green and Mustard.  You should also think about exploring tactile materials like velvet and buff leather.

If you like the sound of this trend and want to incorporate it in your next décor refresh, I definitely recommend checking out high street hero Next.  This brand is really mixing things up this season and offers a fantastic assortment of retro furniture pieces in a variety of richer jewel tones. I really like the idea of mixing deep greys with luxurious and opulent blues.

Nordic Retreat

With this latest home décor trend, the simplistic Scandi style we all know, and love is updated with new hints of texture and pattern.  These new nuances help to create this popular understated look that makes a big impact in any home. Plus, if you’re a fan of effortlessly stylish décor, this paired-back look is perfect for you!

This season get ready for more drama with overlapping textures that help to give the look real depth.  This will help to create a warm and inviting space where you can easily relax and switch off from the outside world.  In 2019, this look is created with simple, understated patterns such as canvas whites and natural buff colours. If you’re still finding it a little difficult to picture this trend, just think of sheepskin, wool and wicker.

Are you ready for Refined Glamour?

If you’re not a fan of sheen, you’ll be happy to hear that the ‘new glam’ in 2019 is far more sophisticated. Think marble, pewter and velvet, all mixed together to create opulent decorative detailing.

With this new trend even metallics are more muted, which easily adds to the overall sophistication levels of any room in your home.  A micro-trend within this winder trend that you should definitely keep an eye on is fringing. Get ready for a fringe explosion – from mirrors to lampshades – throughout your home!

Are you ready to jump on the Marie Kondo bandwagon?

I admit: when it comes to my TV viewing proclivities, I am definitely a follower of the masses (I’m looking at you Riverdale).  I have always enjoyed jumping on the bandwagon for the latest fad, so it will likely come as no surprise that I found my self binge-watching Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in just one day!

Just in case you have been living under a rock, Marie Kondo has made a name for herself as the ‘decluttering’ expert whose mantra in life revolves around ‘sparking joy’ as she helps families to get organised.  Each of the episodes is just 30 minutes long, land showcases Kondo eaving miracles in her wake. In most episodes, marital strains are resolved, tears are shed, and enormous bags of stuff are carted off to the nearest charity shop.

What is the ‘KonMarie’ Method?

Before I delve any deeper into my love for Marie Kondo, I’ll go over what the method is (just in case you’re not familiar with it).  The main goal of this method is to create a house that acts as an oasis and retreat, a place where items easily spark joy in your life. A major part of this method is ensuring you can see all of your joy-filled items without needing to dig through drawers/baskets/buckets.  This way, you are far more likely to use all the items you already have and not buy any duplicates. This method will help to save time, money and ultimately stress!

What Makes this Method Different?

With this special method, you can easily organise and declutter your home by category, instead of sorting your home by room. The idea for using this method is to make you far more aware of how many items in that category you currently have all over your home.

The Six Rules of the ‘KonMarie’ Method

  1. Commit to tidying up your home. Be aware that this will likely take time to complete but be willing to stick to the KonMarie method.
  2. Picture your ideal lifestyle, including your dream space to live in as well as how you want to live. This can be presented in a vision board.
  3. Finish decluttering first.  It’s important to finish the decluttering stage before purchasing any new storage items.
  4. Tidy based on category, not location.  Gathering all the items in your home that fit into the same category such as shoes or books will make it easier for you to decide what items to keep and what items to say goodbye to.
  5. Follow the correct order.  Within her method, Kondo has a special category-sorting plan that you must follow.  This plan helps to gradually hone your ability to identify which items spark joy in your life. This is the correct order:
  •      Clothes
  •      Books
  •      Papers
  •      Komono or miscellaneous items
  •      Sentimental Items
  1. Ask yourself if the item sparks joy. The final rule in the ‘KonMarie’ method is likely the most important. You must hold each item in your hands and ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”  If it does, then you can keep it.

One of the most important things to remember with the ‘KonMarie’ method is that her decluttering method is a mindset and a change in lifestyle.  With this new lifestyle, you will learn about the value of your possessions and which items bring you true joy in life.

Sparking Joy – The Most Powerful Part

In today’s world the energy and environment in our homes is extremely important. Your home should be your sanctuary and should play a crucial role in helping to create your ideal life. One of things I love about this lifestyle is that it stops you from buying things that you know won’t bring you joy.

Getting Active During Your Holidays

 

Without a doubt, holidays are a way to kick back and relax, and most of us like to overindulge a little on delicious food, and take advantage of the fact that we get to do absolutely nothing we don’t want to. Holidays can also be the perfect time though to get a bit active in a new place.

If you find lounging about in the sun can get a bit tedious after a day or two, then why not follow these useful tips to get a bit active during your hols.

If you’re staying in a seaside resort, then the easiest way is going to be by trying out the water sports that are going to be available. From kayaking, to stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, banana boats and more, in warmer climates these fun activities don’t require so much equipment (wetsuits for example!), and are often much cheaper to try out too.

Guided hiking tours can also be a fantastic way to get moving when you’re away on your break, and will let you see a little more of the natural beauty of the area that you’re staying. With a guide you don’t have to worry about the route, and there are usually different trails to suit all kinds of ages and fitness levels, so do look into them by asking at your hotel and tour provider.

Another thing you can do is hire a bike during your stay. Many European countries and island destinations boast great cycling infrastructure, meaning that you can make the most of being outdoors and exploring the local area. And undoubtedly it’s a pretty relaxing yet healthy way of getting around!

If you’re planning on getting or staying a bit active when you’re on your holidays, then it’s important to make sure you’re prepared too with the right clothing and equipment. A sturdy pair of trainers with good ankle support is a particular important addition to your suitcase, and are going to be useful for long days of site-seeing too.

A good quality and secure swimsuit is another good thing to take – especially with more adventurous water sports, you don’t want to run the risk of losing anything in the water! So too baggy swim shorts and too skimpy bikinis are going to be out!

Why not take advantage of the better weather during your summer holidays to get out there and get active – it’s the perfect way to really maximise your holiday enjoyment.