The kids rooms, whilst lovely at the moment, also stress me out! I feel I am forever trying to find the balance between practical and looking good/a bit trendy, and also being playful but not too cluttered too!

If you’re looking to give your kid’s bedroom a makeover this season, then it might be useful to be aware of the trends that are big right now, as well as the ones that are timeless. I always love glam, colour and patterns in my interiors, but you may be in need of a little inspiration if like me you have a million ideas but cannot ever settle on just one! As a side note, I do always find that more plain decor and bringing out themes in soft furnishings and accessories for kids, are a way to better switch and change between trends and our kids ever changing interests! 

 The great news is that there’s plenty of inspiration to be found online (especially Pinterest) and in this post I wanted to look at some of the trendiest kids’ bedroom design ideas right now that you might want to consider this season to update their rooms.

Add a velvet touch

OK, so this trend isn’t very practical if you have very young and sticky children, but for an older kids’ bedroom, velvet is definitely something to consider.Just this week I have been eyeing up some lovely velvet curtains in H&M It’s one of the key interior trends this year, adding a more glamorous and elegant touch to your kids’ room.

You could keep it simple and opt for velvet cushions, throws or curtains. But, if you have the time and resources, then live on the edge a bit and go all out and add velvet to the walls!

Another way to bring this classy trend into the room, is by adding a velvet sofa (if you have the space of course) and Homesense have some great kids ones! This is an especially great idea for older kids as they’ll have a more grown up space to relax in with their pals! 

Consider wall panelling?

If you’re looking for an idea that’s both practical as well as super-trendy, consider using wall panelling. This is extremely durable, making it an ideal wall cover for any age and it’s also great for sticking posters onto it. The blu-tac won’t leave unsightly marks behind, so your kids could go nuts decorating with minion, unicorn or their fave star, without the worry of damaging the walls.

Opt for 1950’s glamour

This is by far one of my favourite interior styles (though I do not pull it off very well). It is also one of the more unusual trendy kids room designs featuring heavily this year. 1950’s glamour is great for those who have an older house with a more traditional style décor. Think 1950’s Hollywood style glamour and silhouettes with curved shapes. So, if you wanted to incorporate it into the kids rooms, it could be through a nursery chair with a curved design, or old-fashioned wooden chairs and a table. It is a bit out there for some, but you’d be surprised how many kids actually enjoy this trend.

The nature theme

Another theme that’s remained popular for a few years now is nature and my friend and I were recently discussing this / a camping theme for her sons room. It’s thought that millennial parents may be sparking the trend as they look to escape from the highly technological environment they’ve grown up in.

With a nature theme, it’s basically all about natural materials such as wood and natural textiles too.There are so many lovely nature inspired wall papers or paint colours, meaning it’s one of the easiest themes to go with if you’re looking for something that won’t take too much effort. Start by investing in all-wooden furniture such as wooden cribs, drawers and beds and neutral earthy colours. 

Trendy kids’ bedroom themes are pretty varied, so no matter what your own personal style and preferences are, there’s hopefully an idea above to suit you and your kids.

*Collaborative Post – images taken from Pinterest

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Choosing the right type of flooring in your home is really important for both style and usage. As mentioned a couple of days ago, we are working on the lounge right now, and I cannot wait until we can afford to replace the carpet with something more family friendly. Whilst carpets can be cleaned of kids (and pets) messes, and they are cosy too, I do find them annoying when your space is small and you have young kids. For the purpose of it being easier to clean up messes and looking smarter/more stylish, I much prefer some type of flooring down in the rooms that are used a lot – it is way easier to maintain. But, when you’re investing your time and hard earned cash, you want to know that you are making the right choice and that the work is durable and long lasting.

There is a wide variety of flooring available in the market nowadays and what you decide on for your home will mainly depend on the location and purpose of your flooring. For example, if you want to cover the flooring of an office or playroom, it will be quite different from the one you’re going to go for it were in a kitchen. In the same way, flooring for a bathroom, kitchen or a corridor will all be different depending upon its usage and the area being covered, so do some research here. 

Another important factor that will determine the type of flooring is the budget you have set. It so important when putting your mark on a home that your try and stick within your budget. There are professionals that can help you in this department, as well as helping you choose which flooring option is best suited to your home and usage – They have the experience to judge what type of flooring will best suit your needs, and they’ll give you the exact plan that will suit you.

If like us you are looking at changing the flooring in your home (either now or in the the coming months), then you may find the following ideas useful. Here are some of the best flooring options in the market to give you an idea about it all before you head out and make a purchase! 

Laminate flooring:

Laminate flooring is the most popular choice of flooring nowadays. The reason is that it is easy to install and even easier to maintain. The inner layer is composed of melamine resins and fiberboard material and the outer layer is clear and gives the flooring a beautiful finishing. It gives your floor protection and elegance at the same time as being budget friendly. What’s great is that you can choose from a variety of designs, and the professionals will come and install them for you if needed – The work can be done in just the budget that you have planned.

Solid wood flooring:

Many people plan on getting solid wood flooring. Although it is a good option because it is the most genuine of all the flooring options and looks great, it won’t be as convenient as other flooring options because it takes way more time to get installed. Also, the entire installation process is a little difficult creating more fuss for you (not ideal with a busy family). 

Luxury vinyl tile:

Luxury vinyl flooring is probably the best option for commercial flooring as opposed to a home. Because of its durability and performance under high traffic, it is the first choice for commercial flooring. It is easy to install and easy to maintain. It has a protective glossy layer on top, which keeps it looking fresh and new, and does not let it fade away so easily.

Engineered hardwood flooring:

When you want original solid wood flooring level of work, but also want to keep it in your budget limits then this is a great choice. It is cheaper than solid wood flooring but still costs more than other synthetic flooring options.

There are multiple options available in the market for flooring, and choosing the type that best suits your needs does not need to be a difficult job. Set a budget, pin some ideas and then maybe get some professional help (not like that ha) and your flooring dreams will become a reality! 

I can’t wait to get some darker, wood look flooring in our downstairs. We already have it in the porch and I love the vibe and ease of it in our busy home.

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A lot of changes occur when you become a parent – From the physical changes within your body, to your almost non-existent social life and depleting bank balance too. Before you know it, dishes are piling up, you can’t move for all of the toys scattered across the floor and up the stairs (just me?) and mount washmore seems to be taking over the house and life! In all of this, and what I can only describe some days as chaos, it can often feel like your house will never look the same again. 

I have a really distinct and bold/funky home style, and there sat day in day out in our neutral lounge, I reached a point where I felt I needed a bit more style to it. Our bedroom is just about done now (post coming soon), and the kitchen too, once I add some prints, but the place where we spend most of our family time just doesn’t have the exciting homely vibe I want from it. As a result, this weekend we cracked out the paint and have begun working on sprucing it up. Whilst we can’t yet afford to fit the much desired wood burner and flooring, painting and a new rug, curtains and accessories mean that it already is feeling a brighter and happier space for us all to enjoy. 

With DIY and home style on my mind right now, here are some simple ideas to keep your home stylish when you have kids trying to undo everything.

Choose a dark colour scheme

When you have a house full of little people, choosing the right colour scheme becomes extremely important! Whether you’re raising a nutty, sticky-fingered toddler, or a careless six-year old (not referring to our kids at all there!), it can be hard to protect your furniture and flooring against the constant mess and spillages they somehow manage to create. I find that no matter how many times we say don’t eat in the lounge, or “take your shoes off” muddy prints and sticky fingers appear in those places.

However one thing I have discovered to help with this is a darker colour scheme  – it can help you to disguise those accidental spills and stains and it is also very on trend and daring (win win)! 

Darker colours such as navy, dark greens or darker patterned wallpapers and dark floral-patterned sofas and chairs, will expertly hide the daily mess kids can create. We recently did this in our kitchen, and I love the navy blue with dark tropical feature wall we went for. It not only brings style and personality to a plain country style kitchen, but it is easy to keep fresh with a young family! 

Invest in clever storage

When raising kids, spills are not the only thing you need to worry about. If you are not careful then clutter also becomes a major obstacle in keeping a home looking stylish, whether this is from all of those toys strewn all over the floor, crafty bits and puzzle pieces everywhere, or just the usual clothing scattered around the house. I find that keeping it tidy can prove extremely difficult if things don’t have a place, and that’s where clever storage comes in useful.

In our old house we had a huge basket hamper in the lounge for all of the toys and it was so useful. Now however they have the Killax storage from Ikea in their rooms with toys themed in various boxes inside. Looking out for stylish decorative storage baskets in thrift shops, homesense or at car boots, are also a great idea to keep toys and books organised, or fold in tights and socks on a shelf.

For the porch or bedrooms then you can also invest in stylish clothes rails and stands from a company such as Cox & Cox , and we find our wooden chest really useful to lob in all the shoes in the porch!

Whatever your home style though, you are sure to find lots of stylish storage options out there which can help keep the home looking neat and whilst bringing a piece of style to the room too.

Pay attention to materials

Fabrics are a quick and easy way to bring style and personality to a home! I currently have a few metres of dalmation looking fabric in my sewing box, awaiting to be made into new cushion covers for the lounge. Its is thrifty and effective and I love how personal it feels to make things for my home!

More recently I dyed the kitchen blind navy and added pink pom-poms. These small and cheap things really bring style to a family home on a budget!

If you are not that crafty, then I would advise that when choosing decorative fabrics and materials, it’s best to stick to things that more resilient and easier to clean than others. Vinyl flooring for example or a leather sofa are especially great choices for the busy family home due to their easy maintenance, affordability and stylish design, and if you can simply wipe away spills, or throw fabrics right in the washing machine, it’s going to help to keep the home looking stylish, clean and lovely with minimal effort.

Rugs are another way to add style and cover up stained carpets or protect wood floors with kids around.

Add some plants

Plants in funky plant pots or baskets, along with succulents, are very stylish right now. You can buy them all over (I just got one on Saturday in Lidl for £1.99) and I have a few in each room (and are on the hunt for more – provided I can keep them alive), but I find that plants are a great way to bring style and joy to any home.

These are just a couple of tips you can follow to keep your family home more stylish and clutter free. The best thing about them is that they require very minimal effort and are thrifty ways to make a huge difference to your life and environment. 

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Just the other day I joked with my friend on the way home from school, saying that I am so glad that I don’t have to currently go to an office to work. People still laugh and joke with me that what I do from home isn’t a “real job” (or rather they don’t quite get “blogging” – which I am always happy to talk about), but either way I feel very fortunate at the moment to have something I love doing, that is so varied, and enables me to stay at home with my kids whilst they are little and study too!

When I hear about the office politics and remember the ugly chairs and desks I once worked at back in the day, I am grateful that I now work from the comfort of my own home with my own style around me!

Before anyone thinks I am boasting, this post is by no means a criticism to anyone who does work in an office – I recognise that I am fortunate to be in an industry that means I can work from home and make money doing something that I enjoy and that I have built up from a sad chapter of my life – it suits me and it suits our family, and I find it such a blessing and have always seen it as a gift to our family from Poppy (for she was my inspiration for writing it).

Blogging is hard work some days and take a lot of imagination other days – the work isn’t always consistent and I also find that working around young kids has its drawbacks and struggles too, but ultimately I am glad I do it, and that I work from home. I guess what I am saying is that when I hear of the problems Nath feels from his back from spending the day at his desk, or when I think about personally being confined to an office 9-5 like he is, I am rather glad that that isn’t my life right now, and I am incredibly grateful to him for working hard for us whilst I can do my thing at home (or in a cafe with WIFI and cake)!

I fully expect/plan on working when all the kids are in school (and when I have completed my therapy training), but again this work will eventually be me seeing clients in our own home in a purpose built office space (eventually being the key word there) as well as part time elsewhere (I hope).

With all of this in mind I have been asked to share some ideas about #MYChairStyle – a campaign looking at how the office furniture we choose (be it at home or Furniture At Work) is reflective of our personality or we can have it reflect our fave celeb style.

So here is what my dream space would look like (courtesy of Pinterest of course).

My dream office Space 

My dream office space would have to be designed to be a calm and relaxing place. Whilst I love vibrant colours and crazy prints (check out Olivia Nicole Silk’s home office – its ideal), I have to exercise an element of self control to recognise that this isn’t everyone’s taste and that an office space used to offer therapy in also, would need to feel calming to the clients I am seeing.

I have thought a lot about this, and would go for greys or whites, or monochrome with maybe small accents of colour. This way it is calming and cool but holds elements of me too to be happy to work in!

The office furniture would include a desk, bookcases for therapy books and files, and some lovely plants in cool pots! I would need a comfy chair or small couch.

and then the final touch – #MYChairStyle – Well that would of course have to be something like this (I can’t be too conservative!).

*Collaborative post – All images are taken from Pinterest! 

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