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creating the perfect guestroom

Creating the Perfect Guestroom

Guest rooms are an integral part of the home and are the perfect place to create a great impression on the friends and family who temporarily reside there. It’s important to keep the room looking its best at all times, after all, you can never be too prepared for unexpected guests! Decorating your guest room can be a lot of fun and presents you with the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents as an interior decorator of sorts. From curtains to color schemes and from beds to finishing touches, here are just a few tips for stunning guest room décor.

Color Scheme

Rule one, don’t go too bright! It’s important to keep color schemes as neutral as possible for a guest room, as the colors you choose for the room must create a calm and relaxing ambience to allow your guests to have the best night’s sleep possible. Opt for whites, creams or pastel shades as a backdrop for the room as these are the easiest shades to match the rest of the bedroom décor to.

Multi-Use Furniture

Although the guestroom should be a comfortable place to spend the night, it is likely that the room will not always be used to house your visitors and it is important that you enjoy the room when others are not. Why not turn the room into a second living room and pick some multi-purpose furniture such as a sofa bed to accommodate them, companies such as BedZRus have a fantastic selection of luxurious guest beds for you to choose from.

Home Away From Home

Ambience aside, it’s important to give the room a really homely feel, as this will help your guests to relax and feel more at home. You may not realise it, but it is often the small touches that help us to achieve this. As such, details such as photographs, luxury bedding and even a television set can be added to help give the room a more relaxed feel. Create a feature wall using framed family photographs and memories, or frame vintage posters to give the room a little character. Websites such as Pinterest can help to give you inspiration for guest rooms, no matter how big or small.

Provide Hotel Perks

We all love a night in a hotel, and one of the major perks of staying in a hotel for a night are the added extras – mini bar, shampoo, pillow mints, et al. For a thoughtful touch, why not provide your guests with those little bits and pieces they are likely to have forgotten. Make up a small basket of toiletries, sweets, drinks and anything else you can think of that will make them feel extra special! You can pick up small versions of premium products in the travel section of your local supermarket or cosmetics retailer.

Although the list of things to factor in when creating stunning guest accommodation are endless, these small changes can make a major difference! Remember to create a room you’d be happy to stay in, and overall, somewhere relaxing that reflects your character!

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Well, most of us are familiar with couponing and getting deals & freebies that can help us save on most things we buy online. This doesn’t mean hours and hours detective-like work since there are services devoted entirely to helping you find the beast deals and latest coupon codes. For example, instead of searching for the best deals on the manufacture’s or store’s websites, you can find at Discountrue within minutes. Still, we usually end up spending extravagantly on our household monthly expenses. So the best way I found to help you save money is to present you with this ‘simple yet extraordinary’ way to plan your budget and I sincerely hope that you stick to it to save those extra dollars.

The idea of planning a budget may not sound fun, but let me tell you, the benefits it will let you reap will surely add to your happiness in the long run.

STEP 1: Create a budget as soon as you can and make it as simple as possible. Keep on modifying it for six months to a whole year to meet the unexpected needs.

STEP 2: Make sure you plan for these:

Mortgage, insurance, utilities, phone & Internet bills, TV, food, travel expenses, household expenses, and your daily allowances.

STEP 3: Divide your expenses into two categories – fixed expenses and variable expenses. The former would include the recurring fixed amounts that you are liable to pay every month, such as your mortgage, any loans or car payments. The latter includes the expenses that vary every month. You can set aside certain amount of money according to the special events like birthdays or festivals that may come in a specific month.

STEP 4: An emergency fund is important too. You never know when you may be required to spend extra on medical or accidental conditions. So better set aside some money for medical, vet and car repair bills as well.

STEP 5: Maintain a grocery budget! Plan your recipes for the month in advance and shop according to that. Don’t get fooled by marketing and selling techniques and end up buying what you didn’t plan to. Always try as far as possible, to buy the items in your grocery list at best deal prices.

While practicing the budget, you’ll soon be able to analyze your shopping trends and you’ll start to learn how to get the most out of your shopping trips without spending excessive money. So good luck planning your budge. For more inspiration, just check out Discountrue I mentioned above. Always remember that the time spent creating a budget guarantees more savings, and therefore it is absolutely worth it.

It is important to plan a budget, but what’s more important is to follow it religiously!

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small bedroom space

If you find that you struggle to fit all your living necessities in your home, you are not alone – a study published last year by the University of Cambridge found that Britons have the most cramped homes in Europe. Bedrooms are especially tricky to maximise, particularly in shared houses, where communal areas cannot be used for extra storage. If you find yourself struggling for space in your bedroom, fear not: with a little creative thinking, you can save space and create storage, without cramping your style.

Sliding Doors

It can be easy to forget how much space a swinging door can take up in a room. If you are a homeowner (or have a very reasonable landlord), consider installing sliding doors. Retailers such as Barrier Components stock kits for creating pocket doors, which slide over the wall to open – perfect when space is a premium. You can leave the doors open to create the illusion of a bigger room, and easily close them for privacy, all while saving a few feet of space.

Floating Shelves

Mounting shelves to the wall is a fantastic way to create more storage in small rooms, and in bedrooms the functional possibilities are endless! Hang them above the headboard to keep spare bedding, next to the bed as a permanent bedside table, or high up on the wall in order to maximise your floor space. Some great examples of shelving can be found in this property.

Loft Beds

While it is common knowledge that bunk beds are a go-to space saver for children’s bedrooms, that doesn’t mean adults should dismiss the idea! In recent years the ‘loft bed’ has been increasingly featured in showhomes and design media as a bunk bed for adults, in order to maximise storage space in a room. Why not have a loft bed with an office underneath, or a wardrobe and dressing table?


If you are on a budget, you can start to create more space by working with what you already have. Think, ‘what else could this be used for?’ and multipurpose your existing furniture to use it more effectively. For example, you could multipurpose a chest of drawers as a dressing table for make up, fix a mirror or a coat hook to your door, or even fix drawers to a bedside table to double as a desk.

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Sometimes my ability to be a perfectionist clashes with my wallet. However, I’ve recently come to find that it doesn’t have to be expensive to beautifully organize your space.

Was one of your new year goals to organize your space? Here are a few of my finds for organizing on the cheap, but still making your space look chic.

  1. simplehuman Grocery Bag Dispenser: This plastic bag storage makes my life so much easier. Mine came with my house and having a place to not only store bags but easily retrieve them is key. Go green by reusing grocery bags for your pets or lining tiny bins!
  2. Copco Non-Skid Cabinet Turntable: I’ve had this lazy susan for years and I use it to place my spices onto. Rather than stacking them and knocking them over, I can quickly spin and get the spice I need. It’s also super affordable compared to other spice racks. Bonus tip: If you want a nice set of spice containers, collect empty glass containers of an existing spice that you like. (I use Trader Joe’s.) Then refill it with any spice for a more cohesive looking spice collection. Things look more pleasant when you store items in identical containers instead of having 20 spice containers that are all different styles.
  3. Oblong Poly Woven Basket: I’m slowly purchasing cheaper baskets such as this one for storage. A wooden basket is dressier than plastic and can still hold the same and sometimes be cheaper. I highly recommend using these for toilet roll storage. It hides them away, makes it accessible, and gives your bathroom a spa-like vibe.
  4. Mason Jars: You can buy these online for cheap, but if you only need a couple you should be able to find them at most dollar stores. These are my favorite way to store items. They’re adorable and clear, but provide your storage with that cohesive home-made look. You can also use them as cups, food storage, and a vase. Bonus tip: Purchase a set of smaller ones for dumping all of your batteries into and labeling the jar by battery size. This has saved me so much time when I need a new battery ASAP!
  5. Amber Glass Bottle: I featured these beauties in my post on my medicine cabinet and my post about jojoba oil. They work for storing liquids that are in an awkwardly sized container and keep a more cohesive look. I personally prefer the eyedropper to disperse the right amount of liquid onto a cotton swab. Also, I feel like items I’m storing for my skin long-term should be in glass, not plastic.
  6. Design Ideas Vinea Letter Holder: Letter holders are cheap and can be used to organize paper (obviously) but are also a great solution for storing make-up palettes.
  7. Smead Frequency Expanding Files: I use these to store all of my receipts. All you need is one per year, organized by month. Then throw those annoying slips of papers in and be done with them.
  8. InterDesign Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Bin: This beautiful little thing helps me organize my refrigerator. All of my condiments are stored so that I don’t have to stick my head in the refrigerator. These are also great for the freezer in a larger size, to throw in individual items. Bonus tip: You may also be able to find these at your local dollar store. Check there first!
  9. Chalkboard Labels: I’m a huge chalkboard fan. (You can ask my kitchen walls, which I’ve covered in chalkboard paint.) I buy these to label all of my clear pantry canisters. Not only do they make my pantry look cohesive, but you can easily erase the writing when you’re storing something else to re-label.
  10. Peg Boards: These are underrated and can be used for almost anything. Also, they’re so cheap! You can paint them and hang them on the wall. Buy the supporting hardware for a few more bucks and hang up almost anything.


I’d been contemplating how to solve the “empty” look in my living room. My decorating style is minimalist (big surprise) but it still looked too empty for my taste. I like a safe middle ground between simple and decorative.

I was performing my daily Pinterest browse when I stumbled upon a frame gallery board. Light bulb! That’s when I knew I wanted to add a gallery of frames above the TV.

Here’s how to organize your own frame gallery without making a million holes in your wall:

  • Decide on an arrangement. Search the web for common size arrangements, or use this guide if your stumped and want some frame arrangement ideas.
  • Get out some paper and cut (or tape together) the shapes for each frame you’ve chosen for your gallery.
  •  Begin taping your paper to the wall. The idea here is that this isn’t permanent. You’ll quickly figure out what works best for your space, without consequences for moving the paper around.
frame gallery 1
  • Once you have your arrangement, go ahead and purchase the frames. I was looking at these from Pottery Barn, but cheaped out and went with IKEA alternatives. Hey, I’m a girl on a budget… But if you have change to spare, Pottery Barn currently has their frames on sale online!
  • Measure the location of where you’ll need nails on the frame. Take that measurement and place it onto the paper hanging on your wall.
frame gallery 2
  • Hammer nails in place!
  • Remove the paper. Just rip it right off the wall, and the nail shouldn’t budge.
  • Hang your frames.
  • Don’t sweat over imperfections. Not every frame will be perfect and some space may vary. Imperfection adds character! Mine aren’t perfect, but I love the results.

Simple, isn’t it? I used to use the trial and error method. Let’s just say my last apartment needed some serious TLC when we moved.

Now comes the fun part — filling the frames with artwork!


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