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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lifestyle | Design your bathroom to fulfil its potential

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At the moment I am obsessed with looking for houses and imagining how I would renovate them. Sometimes my visions are full of kitsch accessories and bright colours and others are minimal, marble and whites.

Although I may not have a specific style in mind, and my décor preferences change like the wind, I do have some firm ideas. I’ve rented for over 10 years and have made notes on simple design faux pas that have really ruined the functionality of a space.

Wooden blinds

My main bugbear with bathrooms is lack of natural light, which I think is essential for things like plucking your eyebrows and other bathroom beauty rituals.
I have had bathrooms with no windows, some with tiny high up windows, but mostly they are right by the bath or shower. This isn’t always an issue, currently my bathroom is upstairs, I can have a bath without the roller blind down and still have privacy. However if I was to shower, my poor neighbour would be in danger of getting an eyeful.
The roller blinds are so clunky and they get covered in watermarks and all sorts, more importantly, all natural light is blocked out.
In my dream bathroom, I would choose wooden blinds, they are easy to wipe clean, so no staining. They can be open and closed without obstructing anything, unlike shutters and can preserve privacy while letting natural light in.

Bathroom Storage

When you share a bathroom with several other people, products and other bathroom necessities quickly mount up and clutter your bathroom, leaving it looking messy and in a small space, quite claustrophobic.
I believe, as with all storage options, bathroom storage is key. If you have the luxury of space, then built in cupboards and shelving is a fantastic way of storing towels, products and other bathroom bits.
If, on the other hand you do not have a lot of space, then it’s time to think about how to add it. Having a bathroom cabinet above the sink is not exactly breaking news, but is a great way place to hide products. But could you add addition shelves to the unit? Or maybe use baskets for more organised storage.
If the space under and around your sink isn’t big enough for a cabinet, think about under sink rail storage.

Extractor Fans

There is nothing that will ruin a bathroom faster than having no extractor fan – this is a fast track to a mold and mildew problem. In the last few years I have had extractor fans, but only ones that work when you turn on the light, the best ones to buy are those that automatically start when they detect moisture.

Heated Towel Rails

Heated towel rails are a no brainer really, keeps the bathroom warm in the winter, dries your towels and makes them snuggly when you get out of the shower. The most important thing is placement. Do not put it next to the toilet. It’s not fun to be half asleep and burn yourself on it!


Although I love natural lighting, it’s obviously not always possible. I find in a bathroom the biggest mistake made is often just putting one ceiling light in the bathroom. Yes this brightens up the room, but often leaves dark corners and lighting that you can’t apply make-up under, unless you are going for ‘tango-ed chic’.

What are your bathroom design bugbears?

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wedding | 5 things to think about when planning a wedding abroad

No I'm not getting married again, but I am my sisters maid of honour. This comes with a lot of
responsibility,mainly reassuring my sister and pointing out little things that I have learnt from planning my own wedding abroad. I think there are several big things to think if you want to get married in another country.


I wasn't planning to have a church wedding and had my wedding in a private villa, so knew that I had to get officially married in the UK and have a blessing in Spain.
The law varies from country to country, for example it is quite difficult for non Spanish residents to get legally married in Spain.


When you are planning weddings in your own area, you have a knowledge of suppliers and can go off recommendations from people you know. When you are planning abroad it's a bit harder. Yes you can google and find reviews, but it's hard to gauge a person via email, or see envision what the venue will look like from pictures.


My sister has found all these little bits and bobs to decorate her venue with but getting them delivered to Spain is hard. We are lucky to have a lot of friend out there that we can ship things and store with them until the wedding to add a personal touch to the venue.


What is the climate like where you plan to get married? I didn't even occur to me to think about the weight of my dress or the fabric to make sure I don't over heat. Not to mention transporting it. Always put it in hand luggage, can you imagine an airline losing your wedding dress? Fold it carefully and to get any creases out steam it by turning the shower on and hanging your dress in the bathroom with the door closed.


Yes, your destination maybe sunny 95% of the time, but it might not be in your wedding day - have a contingency. Can you move the wedding inside if it starts to rain? Alternatively, is it too warm to have a ceremony outside, with everyone suited and booted when it is scorching hot- have a think, is it worth having the ceremony inside or later on in the day when the sun isn't so strong.

Where would your dream wedding be?

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Lifestyle | 2017 Living Room Switch It Up

2017 is a big year for us, as well as, my youngest sisters 18th Birthday WEEK (yes, week), my middle sister's wedding and Joe's 30th, we are moving house. We are going to be moving later on this year. It's our time to start a fresh and while I am a bit sad to be leaving our current home but excited about the new space and how we will decorate it. We will be doing a lot of redecorating and our current furniture just doesn't fit the space or our planned new decor.

At the moment we are thinking light grey walls and white floorboards, I know, such a blogger cliché! We want to try and keep it cosy, but not cluttered, which means storage is a must. Having a coffee table with deep drawers in it is so beneficial, they would be perfect for storing giant blankets, books or DVDs.

This sofa is the sort of style that I like, maybe not quite so boxy, I like the Chesterfield style back, teamed with this luxurious looking bottle green velvet cushion. This is a particularly odd choice for me, I was forever put off bottle green by my horrendous school uniform. However, greens and greys work so well together and can be swapped out for different shades for the summer months.

Another change will be accessories and fittings, I am usually quite anti-gold. I don't wear gold, I'm much more of a silver or rose gold person, but I am really drawn to this geometric style pendant light. I've also taken a step away from black, choosing the white version of these marble book ends, I love that you can order different heights within the set.

As an homage to my Iranian roots, I've chosen this map of Persia and Afghanistan, I think it will make a lovely focal point in the lounge, and add a touch of colour.

Have your tastes changed as you have got older? What are your current decor do's?

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