Update Your Living Room This Autumn

As we hit Autumn, and particularly as September starts to roll on (where, exactly is the month going?) we start to think more about getting our homes ready for Christmas. Now, but that, I don’t mean we start sticking the decorations up any time soon, but we do think about the final home improvements of the year, and those little touches that will have the house looking its best before it is descended on by hoards of relatives.

The most popular room to redecorate and modernise is the living room, which is why you see all those furniture shops who have those never ending sales promising sofas that can be delivered for Christmas. But a living room update doesn’t have to involve lots of new furniture, it can be as simple as adding some new lighting, accessories and candles to give your room a new feel.

Change your lighting

The lights you use in your living room affect the whole ambience of the setting. Crystal lighting, in the form of chandeliers, is particularly beautiful and adds a touch of luxury to any room by being a focal point – a real statement piece. if you feel your room is too small for an ostentatious piece, then a crystal table lamp is another very attractive option. You can find some great examples of both at Sherwood Lighting.

Diyas Evelyn Chrome/Crystal Table Lamp with white shade

Chiffon 3lt Fitting 3 Light

Candles

Candles can leave a room smelling fresh and fragrant, and can also help to define the season through their scent. Yankee Candles are well known for the enormous variety of scents they create, including scents specifically for Autumn and Christmas. Autumn varieties include Autumn Night, Autumn Glow and Fireside Treats, both names that evoke the idea of nights drawing in and being warm and cosy in front of the TV. With prices starting at just £1.99 for a votive with 15 hours burning time, these are an affordable way to update your room for the new season.

A few new accessories

Re-doing a room from top to bottom can be very expensive, but adding a few distinctive and attractive accessories can make a real difference to a room. A mirror for a chimney breast is a great way to make a room look different, and appear bigger. As a lover of all things Art Deco I would try to source original pieces, but this is becoming more difficult, House of Fraser currently have some great Art Deco dupes in their fabulous Biba range, which give more than a passing nod to the great trend of the 1920s and 30s.

Biba Clara Art Deco Shaped Mirror

Scatter cushions, rugs and vases filled with fresh flowers also add lovely touches to any living room and help you to stamp your personality on your space.

Are you planning to revamp a room this Autumn?

 

 

Creating a mini Wembley Stadium in your Garden

Ask any young football fan what their ultimate dream is, and, chances are they will mention scoring the winning goal in a World Cup final with the match held at Wembley Stadium. But although the chance of becoming a modern day Geoff Hurst is pretty slim, that doesn’t mean that all those budding Ronaldo’s and Messi’s should give up on their dreams altogether.

If you can’t get to Wembley, then maybe Wembley should come to you. Any garden has the capacity to become your very own Wembley Stadium, after all it only needs four sides and corners, and garden fences and walls already give the feeling of a stadium. These days, rather than using jumpers for goalposts, you can actually buy a pretty good set of goalposts, and maybe even two. The good news is that the latest range of pop up football goals are easy enough to erect by just one person in double quick time, and, because they are pop up, they are actually easy to move and transport around. Many sets will easily fit into a car boot, so they can be transported to the park, beach or any open play space. They can also be packed away and stored if you decide you want to use your garden space for a different purpose, taking up very little room in your garden shed or storage space. Once you want to use the goal again, the process is simple – no need for assembly or tools.

It is always a good idea to get your kids playing outside, rather than stuck in front of a games console, and pop up goals are a great way to encourage sport and exercise through actually playing football for real; rather than just playing it on Fifa 17. With goals coming in a range of sizes, these will work for children of all age ranges, and gardens of all sizes. The goals are also a great option for mini sports teams and junior football leagues as they are both transportable and affordable – if you practice on a park with no permanent goals, these are a reliable and practical idea.

If you are considering turning your garden into your very own Wembley Stadium, I can definitely recommend the Samba goals. We got a set of these for my son Joe’s last birthday. These are easy to erect yet have thick posts that are sturdy enough for those shots that hit the bar or post (my lad has won the crossbar challenge on more than one occasion and the goal is still standing.) If you are still unsure, Stadia Sports have a great phone or email service where you can put all your questions to an expert in order to ensure you get the right goals for your child, helping them to achieve their own sporting goals in the process.

With the football season just about to begin for thousands of junior football league teams, and now in full flow for the Premier League and EFL, now is the right time to invest in your own set of workable goals.

The Latest News in Vaping

As we move further and further away from traditional tobacco and cigarettes, and more and more smokers turn to vaping, it becomes inevitable that we will see new formulations, trends and products emerging, whether it be in terms of the Vapour E Cigarette itself, or in terms of the liquids that create the vapour. We have an insatiable need for new products, and vaping is no different from other pastimes or interests.

With vaping proving to be a much more affordable option for those who chose to smoke, and with a scent that does not leave clothes and houses smelling like an old ashtray, vaping is becoming the only option for many smokers. In addition, vaping has become an aid for those who want to give up smoking completely, but would struggle to do this by going completely cold turkey, with smokers using vapes as a healthier option as they cut down on cigarettes. There is also the fact that some offices and workspaces allow vaping inside, whilst traditional forms of smoking are banished to the cold outside and outdoor shelters. Smoking has led to an increased impetus in first aid training for employees as the dangers it can pose to worker’s health

Here are some of the latest trends and products available to those who vape.

Innokin Oceanus Kit

This sleek new device mainly stands out due to the power of its battery, which is a 20700 battery that is capable of delivering 110 watts of vaping power.

Described as easy to setup and use, the Innokin Oceanus kits carefully avoids leakage, and is available in classic monochrome shades of black and white, perfect for those who like clean lines to their vape kits.

Ice Cream Flavours

If your idea of heaven is a delicious ice cream, then the latest ice cream flavours from Drip Up are sure to tempt your tastebuds. Orange Push Up and Strawberry Sherbet are perfect for those who are hoping to make their summer linger just that little bit longer. Both are described as perfect all day vapes, and you can get them in packs of four 10ml bottles for less than £15.

Hangsen Genesis Kit

The perfect product for those who like their vape pens to be discreet, the Hangsen Genesis kit has been designed to fit perfectly into your pocket. This makes it a great product for those who travel light and don’t carry a bag (yes, I’m thinking of pretty much every man I know, none of whom seem to have heard of a man bag.) Another real plus point of this device is that the battery capacity is generous (1500 mAh), this should be sufficient for a days vaping, meaning you can leave the charger behind.

 

So there you have it. New flavours, new ways to vape and equipment and kits that are becoming both more practical in terms of battery life, and in terms of storage and care. With traditional smoking now at its lowest point since records began in 1974 (according to a Guardian survey earlier this year), it is going to be interesting to see how vaping continues to develop in 2018.