September 2012 – Home Style from Marina Wooldridge Honeysuckle Interiors
With summer soon drawing to a close the arrival of September brings on a fresh new academic year.Our children are back to school and this means an entire shift in gear in family routines.The focus goes from the out side to the inside and as the nights draw in we spend more of our time inside our homes.
I know we’re only just into September but the truth is, Christmas comes around as fast as a lightening bolt every year. Now is the perfect time to get to grips with what need doing in your home to make sure you’re prepared for the months ahead.
Plan ahead - Use September to plan ahead if you are thinking about home improvements.If you are planning to call in the professionals remember the good ones are usually booked well in advance.Nothing is more disappointing than when you return from your holidays fired up with enthusiasm to start a project, only to find out your decorator’s diary is fully booked until January.
Revamp and decorate - Give furniture a new lease of life, perhaps an armchair could be transformed with a throw and cushions made from leftover fabric, or a table revived with some left over paint.For bigger DIY jobs, hire rather than buy expensive equipment that you’ll only use occasionally.
Give scruffy dated pine furniture an up to date vintage look by painting it creams and greys set off with soft shades of duck egg blue and greys on the walls and the effect will be stunning.
Eliminating draught is the first step to a warm comfortable home and windows and doors are the chief culprits when it comes to letting in cold air.If your budget won’t run to new double glazing make sure you have linings and interlinings in your curtains.If you have radiators under the window, then team your existing curtains with a thick Roman blind to cut out draughts.
Remember you don’t have to spend a fortune to transform your home be creative and make the most of what you already have.
Enrol on a part time course - With the start of a fresh new academic year and thanks to the range of part-time and adult evening courses, there’s something for every age and taste to sign up for.If you’ve ever fancied having a go at making your own soft furnishings why not sign up for one of Honeysuckle Interiors Saturday workshops. If you’ve made furnishings before they will be able to show you the tricks of the trade to make it easier. Honeysuckle welcomes novices and gives you the confidence to have a go yourself. For more details go to their website