Get creative with these home and living summer ideas

It’s not long until the kids are back at school; we’re ready and excited for a new year and a new start. Naturally, it’s the perfect time for a little home improvement!

You might take this time to set up a fitness station at home, or even try your hand at creating fun artworks with acrylic pouring. Or perhaps you’re ready for a little DIY and keen to restyle your kitchen into a coastal farmhouse dream. 

 No matter what you have in mind, you can get ready for the year by restyling, refreshing and reorganising at home. Here are our fresh ideas and advice  to get you started!

Transform your kitchen and living into a coastal farmhouse dream

The coastal and farmhouse styles intersect perfectly. Think pale, unstained woods, white linen and natural tones. The epitome of coastal styling is a natural hardwood dining table with organic knots and grooves for a slightly ‘unfinished’ look. Coastal living is all about clean white decor and bright, airy spaces, which is why white linen couches are one of the best ways to achieve this look. 

White kitchen cabinets help to create a light and airy atmosphere throughout the home, and build a coastal farmhouse vibe. Get a suite of matching kitchen appliances. We’re loving the trend of chic, retro white goods with shiny, metal highlights. 

We’ve also seen designers start to use a lot of matte black or gold trims through the kitchen. We love this on kitchen hardware like cabinet and drawer handles, tapware and other kitchen accessories. 

Layer the foundations with coastal styling elements which includes anything from pieces of coral to driftwood sculptures, but there are few things that say ‘coastal’ quite like navy blue touches. Look for vases, throw rugs, and even artworks that contain this hue, especially if it is paired with white. 

How to create a fitness station for at-home workouts


A weight bench is a must for the classic bench press move, and this versatile piece of equipment can be used in a variety of exercises, such as core and cardio workouts.

A set of weights and dumbbells are essential for any home gym set up. These weights balance your barbell and can be built up as your strength improves. From a push press to weighted lunges, there are dozens of challenging exercises that you can do.

There is plenty of new, impressive cardio equipment on the market. Equipment that can also be used to build muscles by setting a resistance level. Cross trainers and rowing machines are the standard in any home gym. Why not try the latest technology, such as the newest Assault AirBike or a treadmill with a curved running deck?

Make your living spaces convenient, exciting and elegant with these smart home ideas

Smart lights have become very popular as they can immediately switch the ambience of any room and create a range of different moods through colour and dimming options. The best part is that you can control all lights individually from your smartphone app. 

A smart vacuum is an essential for smart home living. Simply set your smart vacuum to run once or twice per week, and empty the dust trap as needed. This clever machine will map your home, collecting dust and debris as it goes, drastically cutting down the time you spend sweeping and vacuuming.

A smart home video doorbell allows you to know exactly who is at the door. This nifty gadget is one of the handiest smart home products. You can even see who is at the door even if you’re not home, via your smartphone app. 

Acrylic Pouring is a fun and easy way to create your own abstract artwork for the home

Acrylic pouring is an easy painting technique that creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind abstract art. Fluid shapes are created on a canvas simply by pouring paint and allowing the medium to become an artwork naturally.

You will need: 

  • A canvas or board 
  • Acrylic paints
  • A pouring medium to mix the paints for a good pouring consistency
  • A drop sheet 
  • Plastic cups 
  • Paddlepop sticks to mix the paint
  • Gloves 

There are plenty of how-to’s and video tutorials online but there are no rules. Let your creativity run wild, pouring splotches, wide swathes, and small dots all over the canvas. You can also move the paint around by tilting the canvas. Have fun and create beautiful abstract paintings to hang in your home.

Refresh your bedroom with stylish new curtains and drapes

Natural tones are on trend for curtains and drapes, such as greens, browns and beiges. These hues are drawn from nature and refresh a bedroom alongside any colour scheme.

Sheer white curtains are light and airy and reminiscent of beachside holidays and dreamy resorts –where we’d rather be!

Wave fold curtains add a little something different to your home as they undulate alongside your windows. They add a contemporary chic style and a dynamic 3D look to your living spaces.

Pelmets are a classic French design, adding a box-like frame over the tops of curtains. Pelmets work best in larger, spacious rooms where the design won’t feel crowded.

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