The entrance way to your home should be welcoming and warm; how you’d like guests to feel as soon as they step into your house. But so many of us neglect the entranceway and leave it as empty space. We love Your Home & Garden editor Shelley Ferguson’s tips on how to spice up your hall (and they won’t cost the earth.)
This is one of our pet peeves. There’s nothing worse than a beautifully presented living space, blighted by tangled leads and extension cords. There are plenty of cable solutions on the market (check out Bunnings or Warehouse for options) or simply hiding extension plugs behind a unit can be a welcome solution.
There are few things more stressful than a pile of unfiled papers, especially for the neat-freaks among us. Take control and get a filing system in place that keeps those pesky bills, correspondence and other paperwork, and your space will feel more zen.
Those in the know tell us that rugs that just ‘float’ in the middle of the room without touching any furniture, tend to look out of place and odd. Choose a rug positioning that either touches another item in the room, or is a runner like in a hallway, for a more ‘put together’ look.
Nothing screams student digs like one lonely lightbulb hanging from the ceiling. Mood lighting is all about design, so pick some lamps that create the right ambience for you.
Plants can instantly breathe life into your home. There are even theories that having them at home can help reduce your stress levels.
So granny gave you her antique figurines and you’re too guilty to throw them away, even though they’re so not you? Psychologists claim the act of hanging onto things like this can actually affect our mood – as every time we see them we remember we don’t really want them in the first place.
Used to knit but haven’t touched a needle in years? Bought a ukulele but never learnt to play? After a year or two, it’s time to admit that these hobbies probably aren’t going to be goers. Sell or donate your unused items, as it’ll just become a source of clutter going forward.