Make Your Home Look Elegant

Make Your Home Look Elegant

Creating an expensive-looking home can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if you are on a budget. But it turns out that it could be much simpler than you imagine. Little changes here and there can make your home look luxe. And, for our purposes, that’s good enough. Check out these quick tactics and transform your living arrangements to make your home look elegant. 

Make Your Home Look Elegant: Declutter and Embrace Simplicity

What do you notice about practically every high-end, super-luxury home? They’re all clutter-free. They only contain the essential elements needed to complete the room, and that’s it. There are no toys on the floor or piles of clothing scattered around the room. Just tidy-looking seating, a rug, perhaps a floor lamp, some wall art and that’s about it!

Upcycle Old Furniture

Buying luxury furniture from new is notoriously expensive. You’re often paying thousands of pounds for designer wares. But taking a tatty old piece of furniture and restoring it to new is surprisingly inexpensive and something you can do at home.

All you really need is for the frame of the chair to be in good condition. Once you have that, it’s just a matter of replacing the outer fabric (and the padding if necessary). And here, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Any seat-worthy material will suffice. 

Make Your Home Look Elegant: Accessorise With Clocks

You don’t have to buy the most expensive clocks in the world to benefit from clocks. Just simple, elegant timepieces in your home will make a massive difference. Clocks aren’t just there to tell the time – although that helps. They’re also there to offer decoration and make your interiors look more attractive. Beautiful clocks can be a joy to behold. 

Use Hardwood

Carpets feel great underfoot, but luxury homes usually lay the ground floor with hardwood and then add things like rugs on top of that. 

Hardwood provides a wonderful return on investment. It’s durable and doesn’t require the same level of care and attention as other floor coverings. This way, you can live your life more freely without endlessly worrying about muddy shoes – great news if you have a family. 

Make Your Home Look Elegant: Recess Your Lighting

Traditionally, light sources sit in the open, visible from vantage points throughout your interiors. But if you want to create an elegant, classy space, then recessing it can make a massive difference. Put it on top of kitchen cabinets or behind shrouds in your living rooms, dining rooms and bathrooms. 

Upgrade Your Hardware

High-quality hardware isn’t expensive. And yet, the vast majority of people choose not to use it in their homes. That’s a missed opportunity. 

Today, you can get basins, faucets and counters with designer features, but for practically the same price as their mass-produced brethren. You don’t need to go out and spend a fortune on granite worktops. 

Improve Your Window Treatments

Lastly, you might want to improve your window treatments – one of the most budget-friendly ways to enhance your interiors.

Make Your Home Look Elegant

These are all great tips if you want to make your home look elegant. Where possible, try to use natural-looking materials, such as cotton, silk and linen. And ensure the colour scheme matches the rest of the room.  Do you have any top tips for interior design to share?

13 Spring Sewing Projects

spring craft projects

Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to get your closet up to speed with some spring sewing projects. When sewing something new and exciting ourselves, we often look for the latest fashion trends for spring sewing inspiration and ideas. But keeping up with current fashion can be quite tricky sometimes.

Here’s the good news. I have here a list of 13 easy spring sewing projects that’ll help you impress your most fashionable friends. My youngest sister Lauren is an absolute whizz at things like this. She’s my go-to girl if I ever need anything stitching. I might give a few of these a go myself though as they seem easy enough (I know where she is if I need help unstitching myself from material or fixing a sewing machine)

  1. Simple Reversible Bag

Love carrying a reversible bag? Then you’ll love this reversible bag tutorial. You’ll notice it’s simple and easy to make. All you need is pick your favourite fabrics and get ready. Who says a girl can never have too many bags? 

  1. 3D Triangle Pillows

Want a fun little pillow for your kids? Simply follow this simple triangle pillow tutorial.

As you’ll notice, making these funny looking pillows is really easy, all you have to do is gather your favourite fabric scraps and start stitching few of them together. A very easy one.

  1. Picnic Bowl Covers

This potluck bowl cover tutorial is a weekend project. Once completed, go outside in style this coming spring for the first outdoor parties and picnics of the year (if the weather agrees).

  1. Button-Up Window Shade

Make this easy to sew window shade quickly, and lift up the window shade into two heights to allow different shades of light into your room.

You only need buttons, twill tape, raw linen… and French ticking.

  1. Oilcloth Lunch Bag

Have an unused oilcloth cover on your kitchen table? Then follow this oilcloth lunch bag tutorial to transport your children’s lunches (or your own) in a leak-proof style.

  1. Knee Pad

Thinning, weeding and planting require a great deal of effort, and your knees often get hurt the most. But, with this attractively neat and stylish knee pad tutorial, you can prevent your knees from getting injured.

You’ll notice that the pad in this easy to follow tutorial is made from a sturdy and water-resistant acrylic, with a wide range of colours.

  1. Outdoor Pillows

Don’t just throw away those cheap-looking vinyl kitchen cloths. Why? Because they can be used for purposes other than just picnics – to make excellent materials for outdoor pillows that are super easy to clean.

  1. Handkerchief Valance

This tailored men’s handkerchiefs will turn more heads than just looking great in your pockets. If you have a set of vintage or new hankies, follow this easy handkerchief valance tutorial… to turn them into the most stylish valance.

  1. Raffia Window Curtain

Stitch a series of tufted raffia bow ties on a curtain with matching thread, and add freshness and sunniness to your windows, almost overnight! I might do something like this in my dining room.

Here’s how to create a raffia window curtain.

  1. Ruffled Coin Pouch

This spring, make yourself fall in love in head over heels with a cutesy ruffle coin pouch.

Creating this coin pouch is easy, too: All you need is little ruffle here and there… and everything will start to come together.

Here’s how you can create a pouch with a zipper.

  1. Chiffon Maxi Skirt

Last year, I realized that the chiffon maxi trend was starting to become really popular. This year, however, I’m sure it’s going to pick up a full momentum.

Maxis make excellent sewing project for spring and the summer.

They’re simple to make and comfortable to wear! You’ll find them in double maxi designs, either worn as a skirt or a dress. Here’s a simple chiffon maxi skirt tutorial to help you stand out from the pack.

  1. Simple Skirt

Do you know what’s popular on the spring runway these days? It’s the sweaters paired with circle skirts.

Recreating this look is quite fun and easy, too. Simply follow this simple skirt sewing project. You’ll realise you’ll only need some fabrics, some elastic bands to go around your waist, and thread.

Once it is sewn, pair it with your sweater and a pair of flats to look really, really ‘cool’ this spring.

  1. Day Date Dress

Do you want midi skirts that’ll turn heads without making you look “too granny”? Good.

Here’s a simple tutorial to make a day date dress.

Pay attention to how you wear it, though. To grab the attention of the most stylish friends, you can, for example, pair this easy midi skirt with heels, and accessorize the look properly!

Do you have any spring sewing projects planned? I could probably manage a few of these and the reversible bag is top of my list to try.