How To Make Your Living Room Look More Homely

Monday, 26 January 2015

You've decorated the walls, put up curtains, sorted out your light fittings and arranged all of your living room furniture. But your room still looks cold and bare? That's where home accessories come in! In order to turn a house into a home and give your rooms some personality, it's definitely the smaller things that make all the difference (even a house that's immaculately decorated can look stark and unfinished without the right accessories) If you feel as though your space is lacking in character, try adding some of these homely touches.

Adding the right cushions and soft furnishings to your seating area can add so much to a room, and make it look so much more cosy. It's the perfect excuse to bring in colour and texture, and can be used to tie in your sofa with the rest of your decor. For example we have a brown leather sofa that looks a bit bland on its own, but just by adding a soft throw blanket over the back and two cream cushions to each end it completely transforms it, and makes it tie in with the rest of my living room which is all quite light and bright.

For me a rug is one of the most important home decor pieces, and even if you're not bothered about smaller accessories or hanging things on the walls its well worth investing in a rug. They bring together large spaces which will automatically make it look warmer and more homely. I like plain shaggy rugs the best and have them in just about every room (aside from the kitchen and bathroom...that would be weird). If your room looks a bit cold and bare try adding a rug you'd be amazed at the difference.

Adding some greenery to a room is an obvious one, not only do they look nice but having plants in a room is even said to boost mood and happiness. I have small plants dotted about all throughout the house but recently invested in a bigger 'Yucca' type tree plant, and as soon as I put it down I knew it was the exact thing the room had been lacking. Now I just have to remember to water it and keep it alive!

As with real plants they look pretty but require no maintenance whatsoever- bonus. Ready made arrangements in vases can be expensive and limit your options, if you can't quite find what you're looking for simply buy the vase and artificial flower stems separately. Not only do you have much more control over how the finished thing looks, but can change up the flowers to suit the season if you felt like it.

Even if everything else in the room is perfect, with bare walls it's probably not going to look completely finished. I'm not a fan of cluttered walls and having too many things up and go for a select few things in each room instead: a statement mirror, a clock, a canvas print and a couple of framed photos.

Finally it's adding the smaller decorative pieces that can make a house feel like your home. Candles, candle holders, decorative ornaments and things you've picked out that reflect your taste and personality. When you first move out it's things like this that take time to build up, and is likely to eventually be a mixture of things you've picked up from a variety of places.

How do you make your house look more homely?

5000 Follower International Giveaway!

 Hi everyone! Last night Beautiful Solutions hit 5000 followers and it's fair to say I'm completely astounded and overwhelmed- it's absolutely crazy to me! Thank you so much to everyone who has chosen to follow me and all of your support, whether you're a regular commenter or if you just click on my blog every now and again thank you. I decided a little giveaway was in order, and so I'm giving you the chance to win a Mac lipstick, eyeshadow or paint pot in a colour of your choice. I know Mac giveaways have been done to death, but lets face it who wouldn't want a shiny new Mac product in their life?

The giveaway will run for one month and is open internationally. Good luck!

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My Favourite Lip Prepping Combo

Friday, 23 January 2015

Lipstick and dry lips- ughh, not a good combination. Have you ever applied your lipstick, looked in the mirror and thought 'nope, that's not happening today'? Despite regularly applying bucket loads of lip balm this used to happen to me all the time, especially during winter when dry skin in general is an ongoing battle. I've given up on some of my lipsticks for months on end before where the shade acccentuates dryness, and seeing as most of my favourites are light pinks and nudes (which are notorious for showing up flaws and imperfections) it's even more of a problem. But since I've been using sugar lip scrubs this hasn't been an issue at all, and they're something I couldn't be without now. They're able to gently remove dry patches on lips, so you're not simply whacking a load of lip balm over dead skin (eeek, gross).

The lip scrub I'm currently using is this one by Zaza and Cruz, if you've ever used Lush's 'Bubblegum' scrub you'll know the drill as this is very similar. A fruity smelling sugar mixture bound together with oils that help to moisturise the lips as you scrub. Personally I could live without the pink colouring in things like this as it does get around your mouth slightly as you use it, but it doesn't stain and easily comes off with a tissue once you're finished. Unlike Lush, Zaza and Cruz suggests wiping off the excess rather than licking it off- but I've always wiped it off anyway, I don't know about you but I don't like the idea of eating raw sugar that contains bits of dead skin.

After I've used the scrub I follow up with a Nivea lip butter which are my all time favourite balms. They're not greasy, absorb well and unlike most lip balms (which only seem to taste nice) I find these actually make a difference to the condition of my lips. I've photographed the Caramel Cream one here, but all of the flavour variations smell gorgeous and I honestly can't decide which one I like best. Once the lip butter has absorbed I'm left with a perfectly blank canvas and I'm able to wear any shade of lipstick that I fancy, and don't have to constantly skip over my favourite lighter colours!

What products do you use to prep your lips for lipstick?

Beauty Pearls of Wisdom: Tips and Advice from Bloggers!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

When it comes to beauty tips and tricks, us beauty bloggers are full of them. After years of watching Youtube videos, reading blogs and experimenting ourselves with products, it's fair to say we have a pretty good idea about what works (and what doesn't, I know I'm not the only one with a long list of past beauty disasters!) In order to share our knowledge, Absolute Pearls have set up an ingenious little section on their website called 'Beauty Pearls of Wisdom' where along with other bloggers I've shared some of my favourite beauty tips and tricks; there are a range of tips covering makeup, skincare, haircare as well as other beauty related topics. You can check out Pearls of Wisdom here, I'd love to know what you think!

Pets Pyjamas Wishlist

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Image Map All products from Pets Pyjamas

Pets Pyjamas, have you ever heard of a cuter name for a website? This place is like a huge one stop shop for pets; not only do they sell just about everything you could possibly need but have handy links for things like pet groomers, dog walkers and even pet friendly hotels. I own two dogs and they really are like furry little children to me, and so you can only imagine my excitement at finding such a cute website. I especially like their 'social petwork' (adorable) where you can share photos of your pets and meet other owners, and the fact that you can search products by dog breed to find things that are perfectly suited to your pet. I've previously bought all of my dog accessories between Pets at Home, eBay and local pet shops, and so having everything all on one site is much handier. My two dogs are called Romeo and Bowser, Romeo is a seven year old terrier cross and Bowser is a rottweiler cross bullmastiff. They're both very different personalities and like different treats, and so again having such a huge selection on the site is ideal as it means being able to buy everything I need in one go. Here's my current wishlist of some of the things I'd love to buy from Pets Pyjamas!

Bowser is very toy orientated and extremely playful, he needs a lot of mental stimulation and won't go a day without his toys (if they're all put away and he can't get to them, he'll steal a pair of socks or a teatowel and start throwing that around instead). For such a big dog you'd think that his toys wouldn't last for two minutes, but rather than rip them up he likes to carry them about in his mouth and get you to chase him with them. He seems to absolutely love soft teddy bear toys and they last him ages, in fact they only have to be thrown away because they get washed half to death in the washing machine after a while. I know he'd love the 'Doris the Donkey' toy, it's a suitable size for bigger dogs and unlike regular soft toys the material is made of a dog friendly fabric that can withstand play.

This is something that would be perfect for both of my dogs, Romeo much prefers a bone or a biscuit to a toy, but the exception of that is things like tennis balls that he can chase. This has a hollow centre which you can fill with their favourite treats (which really gets their brain working and keeps them occupied for ages) and can also be used as a regular ball. The irregular shape creates an erratic bounce pattern which will get them running around and burn off plenty of energy. The latex rubber material is virtually indestructable too.

I usually buy the dogs tags on eBay, but they're rarely good quality and either break after a while or become so scuffed that you can no longer easily read the details on them. As a pet owner it's your legal obligation to make sure your dog has a name tag on, and so it's probably best to invest in quality so you're not having to replace them all the time. Not only does this look cute but it comes with a durable coating, and plenty of space on the back for engraving details.

Since getting our car back in October we haven't taken the dogs out in it as much as we'd like, and the only reason for that is because I don't feel that it's safe for them when they're not secured in. We've been on short journeys with one dog at a time when I've been able to hold them in the back, but really need to invest in proper dog travel harnesses. That way we'll be able to go on longer journeys (I'd love to take them to the seaside) and can also take both dogs at the same time when they're securely strapped in the back. This RAC one is fully adjustable, lightweight and can be used with any seatbelt as well as a regular walking harness.

 Finding good quality leather dog collars is difficult. There's been a number of times I've ordered 'genuine leather' collars on eBay, just for them to arrive and be clearly be made of a flimsy man made material. A good collar is essential for peace of mind, I cant think of anything worse than it breaking right by a road or something terrible. But this natural leather collar looks very well made, it was in one of the recommended products when I searched 'rottweiler' on the site so it's obviously suitable for big and strong breeds. £20 is a reasonable price, plus they're made to order so you know you're getting a fit thats perfect for your dog.

Have you heard of Pets Pyjamas?
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