A Penthouse or a Private Mansion; which of these two Luxuries would you Prefer as your Home?

Private Penthouse

Recently this topic came up between some friends and I while we discussed ambitions, goals and talked about our plans to take over the world, or in reality, our plans to become very successful and achieve enough so that we could be in a position of living a life where money, or financial matters no longer presented an obstacle or would come in the way from us acquiring, experiencing, tasting or owning anything we wanted in life. So with this in mind, if we could own any kind of home we wanted then we asked ourselves if we would be living in a Penthouse property or would we prefer to instead be living in a normal, ground level home that was of course luxurious in itself; for example it would likely be a mansion type of house.

Private Mansion

For me this choice between Penthouse and Mansion presented a topic that needed to be given a good amount of time, and thinking to weigh up the numerous differences and what would be the advantages and disadvantages of living in each of the two luxury styled homes. I would certainly be very happy in either of them, but given the choice, I would need to think carefully and come to my decision by ensuring I have ticked off the boxes that personally fitted in with my lifestyle and my own habits. This is what counts, over the aesthetics and the materialistic, vanity value. In my opinion the person choosing needs to be thinking about what they like in life – they like gardening, do they enjoy sitting out and hearing the normal daily sounds of birds singing, traffic, neighbors talking, lawns being mowed and on and on. Or does the person in question like to be more private in their daily life? Do they get a buzz from views and amazing sunsets, do they enjoy heights, are they are more modern kind of person, or do they value the lifestyles of past years? For me after considering these types of things and a whole load more questions that I noted down, I finally came to the decision that it would be without a doubt, a Penthouse that I would choose as my home – I have always wanted to live in a stunning Penthouse and it is my mission to be able to afford one before I reach the ripe old/young age of 40. I know I can do this and perhaps I will be reaching this life-goal a few years prior to my mark!

What kind of home would you like to live in and why? We always like to hear from our readers and get inspiration from learning more about what you like, don’t like and what lifestyles you tend to live, or perhaps what type of lifestyle you dream about living and will make those dreams become reality!


How to Start Living in a Loft and Best Decorate it

Loft Decorations

Loft apartments are more and more usual with every passing day. They are part of our urban, normal life and it’s frequent to find people who live in a wonderful loft with all they need, if that person is not you. In this article we will give you tips on how to tart living and how to decorate your own loft.

The first step is dividing the space to arrange the organization of your loft. You have to decide what space is going to be for sleeping, what space for living area and what space for dining. When working on it, take into account that the best position for the living area is an illuminated place with views so spot the windows and choose your living area.

Loft Decor

Now that we have decided the layout we have to divide and defined each area. The best way to do it is with furniture to make borders of each “room”. Also, you can set your bed in a higher place to separate it from the rest of the loft.

And we have come to the decoration part, the one we like. First, we have to choose a style for our loft. Most of them tend to have a contemporary look, with smooth lines and sleek surfaces. Add a touch of modern look by combining natural materials like wood or stone with artificial fabrics like glass or steel. The kitchen of a loft asks for trendy elements such as granite counter tops or black appliances.

It’s time to choose the color palette that is going to decorate your loft. A usual way to decorate a loft is with neutral colors combining beige, taupe and white. A loft will keep the same colors palette over all the room.

When furnishing the loft, the predominately material is wood but adding metal chairs for the dining areas. A great idea for the furniture is to put it on wheels, in that way, you will be able to move them wherever you want. Take into account that is this room with reduced space, you have to make the most of it, so choose pieces of furniture that will help as storage.

The last touch goes to the floor, where hardwood and cement goes great with a beautiful carpet in the same color tone as the rest of the loft. Now you just have to add a trendy and nice sofa that goes with the style of your home and you are ready to start living in a loft.

Make Time & Pay Attention When Renovating Your Home Bathroom – Be Sure To Invest In Only The Best Units At The Right Prices.


Whether you are currently renovating a bathroom at home, soon to be facing the home bathroom renovation challenge or not expecting to renovate the bathroom any time soon, you will at some point inevitably be faced with this daunting and expensive task of re-fitting or renovating your bathroom or one of your bathrooms (depends how successful you become & how large your property is) within your proud home. So with this in mind, it is important that you take heed of my words of wisdom having had many experiences, both good and bad ones, involving bathroom renovations. If you are not already aware, renovating the bathroom can frequently be the most or one of the most expensive renovation jobs required throughout an entire home, so you need to come prepared with deep pockets, a big wallet or flexible plastic that will bend without breaking your bank. It is important to mention at this point, and to emphasize that this is an important point to take note of as well – that you certainly should not consider looking around for some basement bargain, discounted low quality bathroom furniture, vanity units or wash basins as you need to remember that each of the fittings within your wash-room will be experiencing consistent, heavy usage – especially if there are more than one or two of you that will be planning to share the respective bathroom in question. If you make the mistake of thinking that it is a good idea to try and save yourself a chunk of money when comparing different units of different build quality, made from different woods and other materials, then you must think again and check yourself before you wreck yourself and wreak havoc in your bathroom, only to end up having to suffer in facing another bathroom renovation after roughly a year, give or take 6 or so months.

Bathroom Unit

Due to bathroom units & furniture coming with relatively high prices and costing an arm and a leg, sometimes more, it is easy to fall into the trap mentioned above and buying cheap. So many homeowners go through this painful experience, especially because you will find that you can actually very easily save yourself in excess of a hundred pounds just on a simple bathroom vanity & basin unit. If you then consider the additional money you can save on the toilet, bath and shower units, laundry basket, towel rail, wall hung mirror & or bathroom wall hung cabinet – with or without a mirror attached to its front (depending if you have already chosen to have a separate wall fitting mirror or not), it starts to become excessively tempting to ignore all the advice that will have been given to you from friends, family and even neighbors and go ahead to eventually learn from your own mistakes.

There is a reason why good quality bathroom furniture, bathroom vanities and the variety of elegant ceramic & stone bathroom basins that you can find in the UK market come priced highly at the points they are set at, and this is simply because they are worth it. The high-end bathroom suppliers and retail shops in the UK will only sell top-quality, hand crafted bathroom fittings and furnishings, made from durable woods like Oak and Teak combined with expensive, sometimes relatively rare hard-wearing stones like Marble, Travertine, Quartz, Granite and Onyx to their valued & loyal customers. The reason for this attention to stock and sell only the best, is because they have some passion and dedication to their trade and they feel like they have a duty to ensure their customers are getting their money’s worth when buying furniture units that come at a relatively high cost. A good example of one of these UK bathroom retailers can be seen when visiting the https://www.bathroomsandmorestore.co.uk/ family owned and operated website and online shop. They are certainly a well-established bathroom furniture supplier in the UK, having been around for over 10 years. The family team have grown over the years and have expanded from being a company that specializes in high quality, well-made bathroom furniture to now also offering quality, made to last furniture for the entire home – you should be able to find something for each and every room of your home displayed within their online shop. Much of what you see when browsing the Bathrooms and More Store website is actually hand-made, expertly crafted furniture and many of the units are made up from pieces of reclaimed wood that is aged for 50 + years in certain home furniture ranges. All of the units you see within the website have been hand-picked by the owners and they make sure to carefully inspect each and every unit to see that they all meet the high standards that they have kept throughout their time in business and that their customers have learned to expect from them. The furniture you buy from the Bathrooms and More Store website is furniture that should last a life-time if it is cared for the right way and due to many of the units being hand-made items, you are buying truly unique, one of a kind furniture when buying from these experts – so in my opinion, the pricing is totally fair and the furniture is well worth the investment.

Choosing The Bathroom Wash Basin To Complete Your Perfect Bathroom Vanity Unit

cleaning basin

If things were not already complicated enough with regards to planning and choosing each unit and fitting to include in your new bathroom, just to add another spanner into the works, there is a vast array of bathroom wash basins within the UK market to choose between. Don’t think that choosing the bathroom vanity unit and deciding upon which type of stone or wood it will be topped with is enough; you also have the benefit or detriment (depending on how you view this) of choosing the specific basin or basins to fit onto the top of the unit, as well as the style of tap or taps & plug/s you will be using.

cleaning basin

There are so many different types of bathroom vanity basins to choose between, so you may get a little stuck in making your final decision. First of all you need to decide what you want your bathroom basin or basins (if you have purchased a double vanity unit) to be made of – will you choose ceramic or a type of stone, like marble, travertine, quartz or onyx? Or perhaps you have a taste for the glass style bathroom basins? You also should be considering the colour you want your basin – if ceramic then you can choose between white and black, the same goes for quartz, if you prefer marble then there are shades of grey, cream and white, with Onyx you also get a nice honey/golden option and the list goes on. Finally you will need to choose the size and shape of the basins you want to fit onto your unit/s – of course this is also going to be dictated somewhat by the size of the vanity units, but still there are so many different styles to choose from; round, oval, square, rectangle and more.

After finding the ideal vanity basins to suit your vanity unit and bathroom, you next need to consider the tap and plug set/s you will be fitting to the vanity unit and basins – again you have a vast amount of styles and sizes to choose between; will you have a hot and cold tap or a mixer tap, where will the tap/s be fitted, what will they be made from? There are many more questions you will need to answer, but persevere and you will get there in the end.

Have you Got A Trunk Within Your Home Furniture Collection?

trunk furniture

If you have not got a trunk as part of your home furniture collection then I can only ask, why not? Surely everybody should have at least one shouldn’t they? Surely! The reason I am so adamant about this and that there should be a trunk of some-sort in all households is because of the fact that they are such an efficient furniture unit; they can offer so much storage space, they can fit in well with so many styles and designs and they can also double up as a type of table, or side-table. They also remind me of fond childhood memories as they are where all my toys would be stored as I am pretty certain is the case with many other people of my generation – everyone used to have a toy trunk didn’t they? Or perhaps I was just especially fortunate that my parents where kind enough to let me have one, let alone buy me enough toys to fit inside it and make good use of the space provided.
When I have been furniture shopping myself recently, I have come across many different styles and designs of storage trunks (they no-longer are called toy trunks), and some are stunning. You may think I am going over the top by describing a trunk as being stunning, as it is at the end of the day just a square or rectangular item of furniture – so really, how stunning can it get? I have to stand by my description though as some of the furniture designers have really gone above and beyond and crafted storage trunks that are quite astonishing. You will have to do your own research and you will see what I am raving on about. The trunks in today’s market all cost a lot more than the ones of my childhood, but they are certainly worth it, as they look great, provide ample storage space and make do as a great counter top to be used as a coffee-table, side-table, foot-rest and whatever else your imagination can think of – they are simply great!

Somewhere To Store & Display The Proud CD/DVD Collection

Somewhere To Store & Display The Proud CD/DVD Collection

CD’s and DVD’s might be becoming a format of the past, but I am sure that like me there is a lot of you out there that has taken pride in collecting a selection of your favourite movies and music albums and compilations. I have search the far corners of the globe, or rather the internet to source and purchase all the classics and fresh new flics and hits that bring back fond memories for me, and will continue to bring joy to my life for years to come. So in the same light, I am confident that those of you that have taken much time and put in years of effort to put together your perfect, personal collection of entertainment, also want to ensure that you have a suitably proud place in your home to store and/or display the entire collection. You need somewhere or something that will protect all CD’s and DvD yet at the same time allow for suitably easy access. Also the chosen location for the collection needs to have some style and class to it so as to match the style and character within the collection itself. There needs to be a good sized area of storage space, but the type of space that will provide visibility to the items stored within it – like a bookshelf type of storage, so you can find the CD or DVD you are looking for at any certain time, efficiently and without having to disturb whole sections of other items in your collection.

Somewhere To Store & Display The Proud CD/DVD Collection

There are of course lots of options for CD & DVD storage units within the furniture stores you will find in your local shopping centres as well as the numerous online furniture stores, so you should be able to find what you are looking for. Just remember to not go for the cheapest options even if they may look ok on the surface, check out the craftsmanship and make sure that what you are investing in will last, and after all – you want to respect the collection that you are storing within the unit – so you should settle for anything less than quality. I would suggest some kind of unit that comes with open door glass cabinets as it adds another layer of class and protection to the unit and the collection. You can also find CD & DVD storage units that have their own lighting system within them, making the searching for specific items that little bit more efficient and also giving the unit a bit more character. The unit should in my opinion be made of some solid hard wood, like Oak and the wood should be treated with a lacquer before use, just to give it that little bit more life and staying power.

Stylish Coffee Tables That Will Add Some Class To Your Living Room

Stylish Coffee Tables That Will Add Some Class To Your Living Room

There are many new styles of furniture coming to the market all the time, and in recent times we have seen more cleanly sharp, contemporary modern styled furniture ranges becoming more and more popular with the UK homeowner. Some of the new units are really innovative and abstract in look and shape, and very clever in the way they can offer storage and space saving solutions.

Investing in the right modern, abstract furniture units can really add style and character to your home and when placed in the right location they can really bring the rest of the room together, adding another level of class to the room, making the entire living space more of an interesting part of your property, leaving a lasting impression on anyone you have visiting.

Stylish Coffee Tables That Will Add Some Class To Your Living Room

One home furniture unit in particular that we have seen an abundance of new fantastic styles added to the wide variety already available within the UK furniture market is the Coffee Table. There are many impressive, futuristic styles of living room coffee tables that offer lots of surface space on multiple levels as well as interesting, innovative storage spaces. Some of these new contemporary coffee tables also come with intelligent lighting systems and are made from new materials that before would not have been found being used within home furniture ranges.

A nice coffee table can really bring a living room to life and help to complete the room, bringing the rest of the furniture together and offering essential space for placing all kinds of decorative items. You will also need a good surface for placing any glasses, plates TV remotes and perhaps console systems. Lots of people tend to go for the glass surface coffee tables, but if you must remember that those glass coffee tables are difficult to keep looking clean and tidy, so perhaps you will prefer something different available with the newer materials being used.

Finding Home Furniture for your Children’s Room

Finding Home Furniture for your Children’s Room

Renovating or designing a room that is suitable for your little ones can be, or is very different than any other room at home. For starters, the furniture needs to be especially made for smaller people for it to be suitable for your child/children, however there needs to be consideration given towards the speed of growth that we all experience in our early life years; you want to avoid buying furniture that will be outgrown by the end of the year. If you have already had the challenge of furnishing a room for your children or perhaps someone else’s, then you will also be aware of the different types of furniture that are great for fitting in a child’s room, but just wound not be suited for other rooms; not only is this true because of the size of the units, but also because of its uses. For example, every child wants a toy box, or toy trunk, which can also double up as a place to store away their towels and excess blankets. Another child suited item of furniture would be a wall hung shelving unit, with hanging pegs. These units are great for storing a variety of cuddly toys, bears and dolls, also the top of the unit is somewhere that can be used to display any trophies your children may have been awarded with, and then the hanging pegs are ideal for hanging your little  ones coats and jackets.

Finding Home Furniture for your Children’s Room

When it comes to the sleeping arrangements, you need to decide between fitting a cot, or alternatively purchasing a small child sized single bed. However, for me I am not sure that the child sized bed is a good investment as the children you buy the bed for will probably grow out of that bed within 2 – 3 years, so for me, I would go for a single adult sized bed. Unless of course you have many other children in your home that the bed could be passed down to after the elder one grows out of it. Other smaller furniture units would include a children sized wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed side table and a child’s play-table. If you fit all of these mentioned units within the room for your children, then I am sure they will be happy and have all they need for their possessions and playtime.


How to Take Care of Your Garden

How to Take Care of Your Garden

Do you have a beautiful garden at your home that you want to preserve as much as possible? If so, you may want to continue reading this article to keep your garden safe and sound. A garden is all about care, and you cannot have a garden without having the perseverance and consistent care. Not just that, your garden requires you to have extensive knowledge concerning management in all sorts of things such as the sun, water, nutrients, and soils. Leaving a plant exposed to the sun for too long could result in your plant suffering irreversible damage. Too much or too little water could also result in the plant dying out. To cut a long story short, your garden requires consistent care and attention and a certain level of knowledge and understanding of what each plant or flower wants and needs to thrive and grow to it full potential.

How to Take Care of Your Garden

Many people do not appreciate just how much time and effort should go into growing and maintaining a beautiful, healthy looking garden, they have the confused idea that all that you need to do is plant the plant and water it. It is why many plants mysteriously die out, and the owner does not know what causes it. For example mulching the soil when planting your chosen plants, flowers and vegetables is an important process that most people are totally unaware of. Mulching your soil will conserve moisture and nutrients and help improve the health and quality of the items you plant.

Watering the garden frequently is also an essential activity that should be done at least twice a week, however different plants require differing amounts of water. So you need to do your research and learn about how much water you should be giving to each species of plant and flower in your garden and ensure you are providing the optimum amounts. Be careful not to flood your garden with too much water as this could also be fatal for your plants and flowers, as they can drown is submerged in too much water.

Fertilizers can also be used and applied when necessary; they can be used when your plants are suffering from certain bugs or from being malnutrition. Be careful to know what you are doing when fertilizing though as using the wrong kind or too much of a certain mixture can be very harmful to your garden and everything within it.

Invest In Storage Furniture & Maintain A Relaxing Feeling At Home

Invest In Storage Furniture & Maintain A Relaxing Feeling At Home

It can be very easy to fill your room or entire home with unnecessary clutter, and it can also happen surprisingly fast. No matter how big your property is, there is always a chance of cluttering up the space if you do not pay attention to what you are doing day to day and taking some time to consistently clear up after yourself, or perhaps others you live with, or invite over for afternoon tea. Many people actually almost have a type of mental disorder where they find it very difficult to let go of any possessions, no matter how insignificant the item might be, the owner just cannot face throwing out, and so will always find a place for it somewhere, even if that somewhere  is stuffed behind some other clutter in a spot where they will never find it again, or at least not come across it for a very long time. To avoid such situations of living in a cluttered home, you will need to invest in some storage furniture, which will be the perfect, easily manageable solution, You will be able to find all kinds of storage furniture solutions if you spend a bit of time searching online; many different styles, shapes and sizes.

Invest In Storage Furniture & Maintain A Relaxing Feeling At Home

My advice would be to invest in storage solutions that are of a high standard, made well and will add more quality to your home. There are many hard-wood storage furniture units that will look great in any room & offer a lot of space for clearing away lots of the clutter. Take care to ensure the items you are considering to buy are well made though, and only buy the furniture units that are made to last. Stay away from cheap storage solutions that will be an eye sore sitting in the corner of your room. They will just cramp your style and frustrate you perhaps nearly as much as the clutter. So although those types of storage solutions will save you a great deal of money, it is not worth your happiness.

Something that I always go for when searching for storage solutions is a wooden or metal made storage trunk. The trunks provide a huge amount of space and can look fantastic, adding character and style to your home.