House & Home

Quick and Simple Ideas for Making Over Your Home’s Exterior

If you’re bored with your home, but can’t afford extensive renovations at the moment, then why not give the outside of your house a quick makeover.  You can achieve striking results on even the tightest of budgets, as long as you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself.  Check out these easy and inexpensive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

1. Repaint Your Front Door:

Add a little pizzazz to your home with a bold, brightly coloured front door.  Red and blue are both eye-catching but inoffensive colours, and if you’re feeling brave you could always try something a little more off-the-wall such as yellow.  Consider matching the door to your roller blinds for extra style points. If you have a period home, don’t ruin the look by using bright colours.  Just clean and re-varnish your original doors to brighten things up without tainting the period look.

2. Re-pave your garden:

Replace those boring concrete paving slabs with natural stone, slate, or brick.  If your budget can stretch to it, build a small patio for you and your family to enjoy this summer.

3. Accentuate the Details:

Even the smallest of modern homes can be made to look amazing with a good paint job.  Use bold, contrasting colours to draw the eye to the window sashes, eaves, moldings, trim and other structural details.

4. Take Care of Your Windows:

What can people see when they walk past your home?  If it’s dusty nets or boring old curtains, consider replacing them with brightly coloured, pleasing roller blinds.  It’s a small touch, but it will make your home look well cared for, and increase the curb appeal.

5. Brighten Things Up With Flowers:

Even if you live in a big city and don’t have a proper garden, you can use hanging pots and window boxes to brighten things up.  If you don’t have green fingers, choose easy-to-care-for annuals for your first attempt at maintaining your city garden.

6. Plant Some Vines:

Planting vines is a good way to cover up unsightly parts of your home.  Invest in a trellis so that the vines don’t damage the wall while they’re growing.

7. Tidy Your Garden:

If you do have a garden, mow the lawn, tidy up the borders, and trim any trees or bushes that are getting out of control.  Many homeowners find that investing a weekend into making their garden look gorgeous can completely change the way the house looks from the outside.

If you have a bigger budget, other ways to brighten up your home include investing in a new front porch or conservatory, or getting an extension built.  These options are far more expensive than just replacing your roller blinds or painting your front door, but they’re still cheaper than moving house, and will likely increase the value of your home too.

If you are planning on making changes to your house for a quick sale with a view to increasing its value, then you should always consult with an estate agent first.

Our Pet Dog Loves Bitter Gourd!

I’ve been meaning to share this for some time 🙂

Below is a short clip of our pet, Smoothy and guess what, she’s eating? Vegetables! And not just any vegetable, her favorite one is nothing less than the bitter gourd! That’s bitter gourd or ampalaya as we call it in our language 🙂

May this video make you smile today! And also remind us all to go ahead and eat our own share of vegetables. Let’s be healthy this year and always!

Our dog Smoothy loves Ampalaya/Bitter Gourd 🙂 #pets #dogs

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Tips on Facing the Challenge of DIY Projects

There are some amazing DIY projects that you can find uploaded on YouTube and even posted on Facebook. My personal thought is that it looks so simple but when I try them they seem sooo hard 🙂

Eyeglasses Beside Pink Yarn on Pink Bed Blanket

Anyways, I have had my own share of DIY projects at home and would be posting them soon. My husband is good with this and some of his projects have included making cabinets and shelves at home 🙂

Are you always thinking of doing a project yourself and yet have not even started it? Or perhaps, you’ve already began but you have no energy now to finish it. Well, here are three simple tips that might help you move forward with your project.

  1. Enlist your family or friends in the project. Nothing beats the fun of doing a project together. It helps you get motivated to do it and to actually finish it. And it can be a lot of fun, too. You will get tired and even dirty as you do the project but you can factor in the fun and bonding moment that you get to share with them.
  2. Start with simple projects first. Choose the basic and simple ones first. This means less work for you and finishing it soon will bolster your confidence to go for a more complicated or difficult project next time. Make it easy on yourself first especially if you haven’t done projects like this for some time or if it is your first time.
  3. Make sure you have all the materials you need. Make sure that you have all the materials you need before you begin. You see, if a material or tool is missing, you will end up looking for it or going to the store for it and it might cut the momentum you’re already enjoying as you work on the project. So gather them all — whether it be a needle, hammer, cloth or even cables and kits check it out at GuitarCenter.

Finishing a project can bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment for you and for your “workmates” once it is done. Work on that project now, keeping these tips in mind.