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Christmas Styling: Country Living

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Christmas Styling: Modern and Metallic

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Christmas Styling: Colourful, Bold & Fun!

 

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Get the Look:

Rockett St George – for bold and quirky decorations and

Christmas Styling: Scandinavian-inspired & Hygge

For a festive look that’s all about simplicity, light and stylish, go for a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas style. Decorate your home with white baubles, grey toned woods, fresh green foliage and light textures like faux furs and cosy knits.

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Get the look from:

The White Company – for knitted throws, faux fur cushions &

Cox and Cox – for wooden and white glass baubles, and white ceramic accessories

 

How to light your home this winter

As we say goodbye to the British summertime, we say hello to dark and gloomy mornings and evenings, which is why the right lighting at home is so crucial over the winter months, even if it just helps to improve our mood!

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To create a warm and cozy room take focus away from a key central pendant emitting light in the centre of the room. Introduce small pockets of light across the room at lower levels – think table lamps, draped festoon lighting, candles, lanterns and fairy lights, and use a mixture of pendant, floor and table lights in each room. To prevent shadowing, place floor lights in the corners of the room. As George Clark says “scattering pockets of light more evenly helps to create that warming, seasonal atmosphere” which is perfect for winter.

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Festoon lights provide lowlight perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere – simply drape in a dark corner over beams or from the ceiling, wrap over a mirror or create a feature on a plain wall.

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Experiment with textures

We all long for a cozy and relaxing space with a warm glow in the winter. However, crystal, glass and metal shades and exposed bulbs can give off a harsh light. Experiment with materials – changing the material of a lampshade can have a huge impact on the way light is cast around a room. Opt for a ceramic or fabric lamp shade, or open weave design, to create a softer feel to the room. Think knitted macrame style, bamboo or white ceramic.

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Choose larger lampshades to be suspended from the ceiling to create a wider projection of light and open weave lampshades to create soft indirect light.

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Fabric choices are also key: if a particular lamp is too bright, changing the material of the shade, its colour or shape can also have a massive impact on the way the light is cast around a room – it also means you don’t have to start from scratch and invest in a whole new light, simply replace the shade.

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Lampshades from Janie Knitted Textiles – prices on request

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Graypants cardboard shades are available in natural, grey or white – these statement shades with their interesting weaves and structure will create eye-catching lighting patterns! From £195.00

Use the right light bulbs

The right light bulbs can truly transform the feel of a room; too much yellow light in the winter will only emphasise the stark contrast to the weather outside and will kill any cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Replace old bulbs with LEDs, or invest in bulbs that come in a range of different colour temperatures – go for a warm white light with a touch of cooler light to avoid a strong yellow tinge. If you don’t have dimmer switches, go for a smoked glass or amber glass shade for the same effect.

Don’t forget your porch!

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As we mentioned in our last blog post, lighting our garden is just as important as battling the gloomy nights inside. For a warm welcoming way of returning home, light up the porch. Hang a glass lantern in the central of your entranceway, or have wall lights on a sensor to greet you and guests before they arrive to your door.

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Moore Lantern in Glass, Pooky – £170.00 – with it’s unusual geo shape of glass panels, expect lots of light and interesting shapes.

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Exterior Box Light, Holloways of Ludlow – from £299.00 – A more traditional style for lighting your porch, style one either side of your front door for most light and a stylish look.

 

Embrace winter – create light in your garden!

No doubt about it, winter is upon us – there’s even only a few days till the clocks go back! So for those of us working all week, that means leaving home for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. While we want to cosy up our interiors and light up those dark areas, we should consider what we miss about the outdoors during the dark winter months.

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We are all adding bi fold doors or conservatories to enjoy our gardens, so let’s make sure we enjoy the full potential of our gardens throughout the winter too. Look to install both practical lighting as well as creating lighting in your garden or courtyard, particularly where you have bi folds or large windows.

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Light an attractive wall, especially if it’s whitewashed brick or stone, as this will reflect light into your house and give an interest to those dark evenings at home. Show off your attractive plants, bringing the garden into your house.

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Floodlight projectors can provide practical lighting if placed near paths or buildings but also look effective if positioned in a row of plants or sporadically positioned in trees. If you have a water feature or a sculpture floodlight projectors can be particularly effective.

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Buried up-lighters in flower beds can wash light up to show architectural plants and trees as well as textured walls or external buildings.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at someone’s house and not being able to see the house number or name in the dark, or follow the way in paths and steps. Give your house a facelift with new lighting at the entrance, functional lighting to guide you but also makes the property look more attractive and welcoming. Re-create the entry of your property with the addition of wall lights or a hanging pendant or lantern. Recessed spots in steps, decking and paths can also create good vision as well as look attractive.

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Look out for our next blog where we look to cosy the interior of your the house for winter with task lighting as well as beautiful ideas for lighting.

All photos found on Pinterest

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2017’s Hot Garden Trends

As we’re spending more time in our outdoor spaces, whether it’s a large green expanse or a simple balcony, we’re wanting more comfort and cosiness – so make sure to expect a move towards styling your garden as you would your home; treat it as an extra room, an extension of your home, not a separate space.

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The line between indoor and outdoor is becoming increasingly blurred; the trend of bi-folding doors and wide sliding doors mean we can create one large open-plan space leading straight onto the garden.

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Think stylish seating that’s a mix of daybeds and comfy swing seats (not too dissimilar to what can be found in the living room), teamed with lighting that’s no longer functional but feature, and finished off with on-trend accessories and botanicals which would also sit perfectly inside!

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As the garden becomes more and more important, we want the same level of style, comfort and indulgence outside as we do inside! Forget upright chairs, the garden is now the perfect place to laze and lounge. As 2017 is all about ‘mindfulness’, there’s no better place to put it to practice than in the garden; choose seating that offers the ultimate comfort level, switch off from technology and curl up with a good book (or a glass of wine!) in the fresh air.

style-my-home-glamorous-garden-furnitureRestricted with space? Avoid filling space with big sofas and chairs with act as blocks in the space, instead choose chairs with exposed legs and delicate tables – this allows you to see through to the space behind, making the area feel welcoming. 

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If your outdoor space is slightly smaller, curate your furniture and accessories as you would a small room; go for mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel twice as big, team it with individual furniture pieces that have elegant legs, are neat and stylish and can be easily stacked.

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Perfect for the summer months, we love these string chairs inspired by 1950’s Acapulco chairs, from Cox & Cox. Ideal for both outdoor lounging in the sun, they also contemporary stylish twist to any interior, as seen in our latest Staging for Selling project.

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Lighting

Garden lighting is becoming cheaper and much more fun. With solar powered, rechargeable or battery powered lights, the style possibilities are endless; from uplighters and lanterns to festoons and fairy lights.

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Style uplighters in amongst large shapely plants for eye-catching shadows, drape festoon lights across dining areas creating a canopy effect, and hide lanterns around the edge of your garden to make the space feel larger than it is, or add a firepit to create a central entertainment hub for you and your guests.

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Accessories

Team traditional manicured flower beds with a mixture of pot-grown plants and botanical features. Go for a mixture of softer, romantic plants (such as the blousy-pink Tulipa) inspired by Scandi style, teamed with low-maintenance dwarf shrubs, and small statement gardens.

These small gardens take shape in terrariums which provide the perfect stylish tabletop decorations, in perfectly crafted window boxes and haute house-plants which can also take pride of place on the patio.

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All photos (unless otherwise stated) sourced on Pinterest

Best of Houzz 2017 Award Winner – Best of Service!

Earlier this year Style My Home won a ‘Best of Service’ 2017 Award on Houzz, the leading home renovation and design platform which has over 40 million active monthly users!


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The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Customer Service, Design and Photography. The Customer Service awards are determined by a number of factors, including the number and quality of client and contractor reviews received.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Style My Home,” said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. ‘Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

We’re thrilled at Style My Home to receive this recognition, and we would like to thank the Houzz community who voted for us, and everyone for leaving supportive reviews.

Find us on Houzz here!

 

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Introducing our ‘Staging for Selling’ service

Sell your house quickly + put yourself in a great position

Achieve the ceiling price for property on your street

Potential buyers will see your property’s best features shine!

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When selling a property, there will always be a risk of running into difficulties and delays. Estate agents might suggest reducing the asking price so you can enjoy a quick sale, which is not always guaranteed. Instead, invest in your home; show off your property to its full potential with home staging. First impressions are so important (on average, most property buyers have made their decision within 3 seconds of seeing your property) – it’s imperative that photographs of the interior are showcasing your home to it’s highest standard, to attract attention and make prospective buyer come to visit instead of dismissing due to a lack of interest or not realising the property’s full potential.

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Property buyers have high expectations; they’re searching for their dream home. If they fall in love with your property, they will make an offer. That’s why it is so important to showcase your home to it’s full potential – our Staging for Selling service provides you and your home the competitive edge against neighbouring properties also on the market, showing off it’s best features. Our Staging for Selling service enhances your property; we focus on what your home can offer and visually sell the lifestyle that the property promotes, whether it’s a cosy family home or a modern open-plan barn conversion.

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Staging for Selling is an investment, not a cost – our service has proven that it is more cost effective to invest in giving your home a refresh and facelift rather than give in to a drop reduction in asking price.

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Previous homeowners have met the ceiling price for property on their street using our Staging for Selling service, with costs starting from as little as 0.5% of the property value. Clients have achieved prices of up to £35k over the asking price after using our Staging for Selling service.

We offer a tailored service that includes:

  • A report to advise on recommendations and a plan of action
  • Complete staging from empty
  • Rental of all furniture and accessories where required
  • Redecorating and re-carpeting
  • Pre-sale staging for photographs
  • Styling of current furniture and accessories

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We will advise how much to invest, based on the condition of your property, property value and the current housing market. Our team will create a detailed property report, outlining our recommendations for improving your property to maximise on returns; whether it involved complete furnishing or re-styling.

Get in touch now for more information:

www.stylemyhome.com | caroline@stylemyhome.com | 01892 510070

Our Must-Have Christmas Styling Tips

There may be a little while till Christmas is here, but with our shops, adverts and even our weather all gearing up for the big day, it seems like there is no better time to start thinking about getting into the festive spirit. Decorating for Christmas can sometimes be a daunting and boring task, so we’ve put together a few creative and simple ways to deck your halls this holiday season!

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Showcase the most festive foods of the season throughout your home by styling in a range of glass vessels. Not only will you and your guests admire their beautiful colours, but the rich festive aromas will be sure to get everyone in the party spirit! They would also make a great gift, wrapped up in either a vintage glass jar or natural bag with a personalised tag.

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Live in a rented property, a flat with awkward stairs or just want something unique to style this Christmas? Deborah Bowness’ Tree For Life (Not Just For Christmas) wallpaper is made in England, using hand screen-printed silk with paper, meaning every Christmas tree is unique. Simply paste the wallpaper to a board and decorate with your best and brightest baubles using pins.

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A big part of the magic at Christmas time is the moody lighting and enchanting twinkly lighting; dark afternoons and evenings spent under the city’s lights searching for gifts for our loved ones, night-time walks under the moonlight and stars, and night-ins snuggled under a blanket with mulled wine and a festive candle. Don’t be afraid of going overboard; lighting is key at Christmas time. Style up a mixture of fairy lights throughout your home; hidden amongst the pines of the Christmas tree, draping across banisters or styled in shapely jars. For a Scandi-inspired look, hang delicately patterned stars over your dining table – team with simple white candles and pared back dinnerware for a simple, yet effective, festive look.

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Add hints of Christmas throughout the home in the form of smaller accessories; adding a fun festive cushion or throw, they don’t all have to be in the classic holiday colours of red, green and gold – winter textures like white faux fur create a cosy atmosphere that reflects the season.

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Invest in pieces that you know you will cherish year after year; think delicate glass baubles, or beautifully decorated stockings, like Anthropologie’s selection, which will be loved by every family member.

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Go green! Fill every room with fresh foliage; it leaves a beautiful smell and creates a natural and relaxing festive vibe that other decorations may not achieve. For a colourful centrepiece on the dining table, place branches of holly inside a vase and decorate with bright and colourful baubles. Decorate presents with sprigs of holly, pine or cinnamon sticks. Suspend a simple wire hoop from the ceiling in front of your windows, and decorate with eucalyptus for a subtle wreath that can work throughout the season. Go for a statement on your front door and double up with two wreaths – we always love seeing Johnny’s Little Sister’s new creations every season.

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Get the look

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Star pendant lampshades: IKEA | Ultimate beaded star: The White Company | Joy cushion: Marks & Spencer | Egg nog tin candle: Anthropologie | House Ornament Garland: Amara | Little London glass decorations: Not on the high street | Cire Trudon scented candles: Amara | Small Metal Candlestick: H&M | Autumn Wreath: Johnny’s Little Sister | Cloche LED feature lights: Next | Cocktail glass, champagne flute & shot glasses from Ostravia collection: John Lewis | Mini stars wrapping paper: Cox & Cox

Support local this Christmas! If you’re visiting Tunbridge Wells, make sure you pop into Hattons Lifestyle and Deli located in the Pantiles for a well-earned Cappuccino and peruse of their wide range of handpicked gifts; which include unique Christmas crackers, hampers filled with treats from Hattons themselves, and a range of local tipple.

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If you’re looking for festive flowers with beautiful attention to detail with a hint of vintage-style, take a look at Johnny’s Little Sister, based in Sevenoaks. With a wide range of high-profile clients under her belt, owner Bella creates bouquets, wreaths and garlands which you will definitely want to showcase in your home this winter! We especially love the wide mix of fruits and fragrances on the Mixed Fruit Christmas Wreath.

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