Create a Perfect space in your loft

Many people have loft conversions on their properties these days, whether it be to create extra bedrooms for an extended family, an home office, an extra upstairs bathroom, even a space for a truculent teenager to exist in without having to see and mix with any other human beings. But if I was to transfer my loft into a living space, then I would love to create a dream haven, just for me.

Creating a Living Space

We have a rather large loft space that would be perfect for transformation, and what I would most like to make in the eaves of my house would be a personal dressing room, complete with space for all my clothes and shoes. It would need a fair few wardrobes, a glamorous dressing table (I’m thinking of the one my Sindy doll had in the 1980s) and a chaise longue. This would be a girls only space (Pete and Joe totally banned) and it would be made light and airy with a skylight in the roof, with a roof blind for those days when the sun is a little too blinding. (Not that many in the UK I know, but you have to think of all eventualities.)

Stuart Jones Ltd Athens Chaise Longue £619.99 click to visit Wayfair

Storage

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I would choose my wardrobes carefully and they would each have different uses. I would have one for casual/daywear and one for evening/formal wear – I may even have one just for dresses. The room would have a vintage feel, using retro style hat boxes for storing scarves, belts, maybe even a hat or two. I would also invest in some stylish storage from Homes Direct 365. They have French style storage boxes that resemble old style luggage trunks and storage trunks that you could find in granny’s attic, which is exactly the style of aesthetic I would be looking for. I particularly love the four drawer luggage trunk, which you can almost see sitting on a station somewhere many years ago, and the Bergman Set Of 3 Storage Trunks which look like they have stored many treasures over the years.

I love that the cases from Homes Direct 365 are often hand crafted, which makes them both practical, as well as beautiful and luxurious. The vintage style is perfect for a bedroom space as both a piece of furniture and as storage, and I love that these will help keep your space looking tidy and elegant, but also look elegant in themselves.

For additional storage that could slide either inside a wardrobe space, or under a day bed, I would head to Bed Bath & Beyond which is another great destination when it comes to storage that goes beyond the mere useful and practical. My favourite colour at the moment is pink, so a hot pink Jumbo Rhino trunk would be a definite first choice, I love the colour and the leather handles and the fact that it is also durable. There is also a smaller cube version which would be a great match and would work for jewellery or cosmetics. The organizer trays would also be very useful to make your drawers really earn their keep and add some sort of system to them.

Dressing tables and a Wardrobe

The dressing table would have fabulous glass jars and Art Deco style jewellery boxes, along with vintage knick knacks I have picked up over the years, like vintage Chanel bottles and original Biba make-up.

Stackers Glass Jewellery Boxes from £22-£30 Click to visit John Lewis

 Linea DAMASK GLASS STORAGE JAR £10 click to visit House of Fraser

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Set of 4 Red Hat Boxes with Cream Lining, Gold Cord and Old French Adverts to the front. 23cm, 28cm, 30cm and 35cm £49.95 Click to visit Amazon

Rather than modern, fitted wardrobes I would scour charity and antique shops for solid wood wardrobes, especially those you find with internal drawers and mirrors. I love the 1950s mirrors that hang from a chain. I wouldn’t particularly worry about matching items to one era or time, the mismatch would be part of the charm of the room.

These are beautiful.

These are beautiful.

This would be my dream space, a haven and a retreat back to past era’s of glamour.

What would you stick in your loft if you were to opt for a conversion to your property?

 

 

Bathroom Luxury And Comfort for Everyone

One of my favourite ways to relax and wind down is to take a hot bath.  With the tub filled with my favourite bubbles from Elemis and Bodhi, with the door locked against the world, and by turning on the hot tap every time the water is in danger of going cold, I can wind away happy hours just relaxing, thinking about absolutely nothing in particular.

In contrast, when I need a quick wake up call, a shower is the way to go. Hot jets of water combined with a zesty shower gel can get the morning started, or can be a pick me up at the end of a long and tiring day. Relaxing or invigorating, it is true that we can take showers and baths for granted, not thinking that for people who suffer from chronic pain and disability, or with mobility problems due to ageing, these things are not so easy, with just getting in and out of the bath/shower a cause for problems. The real shame of this is that soaking in a bath can often be therapeutic for those who do suffer from the aches of chronic pain.

walk-in-baths-mainOne way in which your bathroom can still be a relaxing place which totally agrees with your therapeutic needs is with the addition a walk in shower.  A walk in shower is more easily accessible than one that sits above a bath, and can often accommodate a wheelchair if required. They can also come equipped with a bath seat to add comfort and ease to someone who may struggle with standing for long periods of time, or with balance issues. Walk in showers are an option that can be high quality and tailor made to suit a range of needs and to fit into an array of different sized bathrooms. With the emphasis on quality, but also on appearance, these are items that are not only practical  and helpful, but are luxurious and attractive too, making sure your bathroom is once again a haven of peace and tranquillity, a place to wash away the cares of the day.

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If you struggle with mobility, or need the aid of a walker or wheelchair, look for bathing solutions that offer low level entry for showers, are spacious and roomy, and can contain a shower seat. If a shower is not for you, you can also find baths that offer walk in options,  come in a range of sizes and are perfect for those with chronic pain that is alleviated through hydro-therapy.

How to Adding Luxurious Touches to Your Home

There are many ways you can add a touch of luxury to your home without having to break the bank. Glittery sparkle in the form of your light fittings, luxury carpets that you feel your feet are literally sinking into, and accessories that are both glamorous and elegant, can all make your home feel like a palace.

New Light Fittings

In winter, a lot of the day is dark. So you want to have your home filled with light. One way you could do that is by getting a new light fitting. Have you ever thought of something like a chandelier? They don’t have to be super expensive or ostentatious. It would particularly well in a room like the dining room. They just add so much light and sparkle as they are bit like having lots of tiny mirrors in the room. They make a unique feature in the room.

A cheaper alternative to a new light fitting would be to change the bulbs that you currently use. By getting some that have a brighter lumen or higher wattage, this will make the world of difference to a room. There is nothing better on these grey days!

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Add a New Carpet or Rug

One definite way to add a luxury touch to your room is in your choice of carpet. A quality carpet can quite literally change the look of the whole room, particularly if you go for something in a neutral colour with a thick, super soft style. A luxury style carpet can make a room cosier and feel warmer, and works especially well in a bedroom.

If you don’t want to change your whole carpet, then a rug can make a room look like new. It can just be a small one or you could go for a larger option, that covers most of the floor. Going for a bright colour, like a pink rug, would stand out. Choose a colour that compliments the rest of the room, though, or else the effect will be more jarring than stunning.

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Add Actual Sparkles

Have you ever thought of doing a bit of DIY and adding sparkles to accessories to your home? Done in the right way, it can look so good. You would just need a glue gun and some diamantes, and then you’re away. Some things that could benefit from a bit of added sparkle include lamps, towel rails, or draw handles. Whenever the light hits, they will just shine.

Go for Metals and Mirrors

What is shiny? Metals and mirrors of course! Using more mirrors in rooms can make the room look so much bigger. It will also reflect the light, making it brighter and shinier. Regarding fixtures and fittings, opt for metallic options. Candle holders and lamps can be scattered around the house, all adding shine and sparkle.

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Think about Tiling

The kitchen and bathroom are some of the most-used rooms in the home, Could the tiles do with a sparkly update? You could just choose to replace a few, every few rows, to go for a unique design. If replacing the tiles is too much of a big step for you, could the splashback be replaced? This could be sparkly tiles or one large stainless steel sheet. It will make the kitchen look completely different.
I hope this has given you some ideas to get creative and make some changes in your home in the new year. There is a lot that I want to do so I best get planning!