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Why I am contemplating having artificial grass

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We are currently contemplating having artificial grass in our garden because of all the issues we are experiencing with our lawn. Some parts of the lawn are not growing properly and it has been an issue since day 1. We have tried different ways to take care of it but all the extra care and attention we are giving it is not doing much. The builders even had the lawn relaid so many times but after a few months, it ends up looking horrible.

I have heard a lot about the benefits of artificial grass and I am contemplating having one in our garden. Artificial grass is exactly what it says on the tin; its artificial so no treating or mowing needed. Which is why it has become very popular today.

 

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Here are some of the amazing benefits of artificial grass for the garden

 

No nurturing required

Unlike the real grass, artificial grass needs no nurturing, which is amazing. The low maintenance aspect of artificial grass cannot be over emphasised. It saves time and effort, and as you don’t need to treat or mow it. If you ever need to clean it, a quick sweep or spray with hose pipe would do the work. Some people even clean their artificial grass with a vacuum cleaner!

 

It is a beauty

I love how beautiful artificial grasses look. They are beautifully naturally, so no extra work required. I also love how real they look regardless of the season. In summer, when other lawns are looking burnt and worn out, this type of grass still looks green and great!

 

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There are various pricing options

There is a product for everyone and every budget. There are loads of cheap artificial grass available, but remember you get what you pay for. So ensure you buy from reputable suppliers only and go for the type you are sure would work great for your garden. It is also a good idea to go for suppliers like Grass Direct that offer free samples. That way you have a true feel of the quality of grass you are getting before you go ahead with it.

 

You can have the grass laid in unusual places

The beauty of having this kind of grass is that you can have it laid in your garden, balcony, rooftop, patio, and pretty much anywhere you want. Your decorating skills can really come into play as this type of grass allows you play around with it.

 

What do you think of these benefits? Do you have an artificial grass in your garden?

 

 

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The Top Interior Design Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them

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Decorating a home can be a daunting project and one that takes on an immense amount of hard work. All those walls which need covering, spaces that need filling and corners which need sprucing up can seem like a never-ending battle. 

Although tempting, try to avoid working with quick fixes, which in the end will only cause you more problems. 

When your home needs improving, it’s best to do it properly. A good job well done will leave you satisfied and content. Otherwise, if you start making shortcuts, common interior design mistakes start to happen which will set you further back than you were in the first instance.

 

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Here are ten common mistakes that many people have experienced, which you should aim to avoid at all costs:

 

1. Choosing all your materials in one day

It’s common to set off on a home improvement day out, planning to come home with a car filled with all your materials. Loading yourself up with all the paint, wallpaper, fixtures, frames, pieces of furniture and fabrics you think you need in one trip is a bad idea.

Not only is the prospect of shopping for an entire room’s décor in just one day a stressful thought, but it’s also risky business. As you start to work on one task, it can change the way you feel about another area of the room. So take your time and work to a layering approach to decorating. 

Focus on painting or wallpapering first, and then assess the accessories, artwork and furniture, building up on the finished look. 

 

2. Always measure carefully

Too many people make rough estimates when they measure, but it’s the one mistake that can cost you time and money. If you have saved a space for a new desk to fit in, and your measurements were too big or small, you’ve potentially got a piece of furniture with no use (or you have to totally re-arrange the room layout).

 

3. Stick to one focal point per room

Every room has a focal point, even if it’s not one that you physically created. In a living room, it’s either the TV or the fireplace area. In the bedroom, its the bed and it’s symmetrical bedside tables. While in the bathroom, it’s the bath area. 

By mixing this up and creating two areas of a room where your eyes are drawn can just look too much and look distracting. It’s all about creating that one wow factor aspect of each room. For bathrooms, you want people to step into your space and be drawn to a relaxing bath which looks tranquil and modern. 

If your shower stands over the bath, then this can be classed as a focal area, so make sure both are designed similar and blend in perfectly together. You can get some great bath and shower inspiration over at Bathdisc here, whether it’s a corner bath and shower setup or a freestanding one.

 

 

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4. Decorating without any help

Decorating can be costly and fairly difficult depending on the type of house and rooms you have. But above all, decorating is time-consuming when you do it on your own. 

It’s worth asking yourself if the time and effort spent doing it on your own is as worthy as you once thought. A professional decorator can come in and do most painting and decorating jobs in one day, opening you up to start moving on to other tasks. 

For a small percentage of your overall budget, it will give you the peace of mind that the job is done to a high-quality standard. 

 

5. Buying too many trend items

Cushions, throws and decorative pieces come in various trendy prints and patterns, usually following interior trends. If you want to save some money, step away from anything that goes down the trend led route!

Stick to classics for all your soft furnishings and decorative items. In a few years time, they will still look classic and timeless. The same won’t be said for that 70’s themed cushion cover that made a comeback for one year only. 

The entire decorating process will see you switching from choosing furniture, experimenting with paint swatches, trying your hand at wallpapering and positioning artwork around the walls. It’s a multi-skilled job, and there are so many little and big decisions that go into decorating the perfect space. 

A simple faux pas can not only set you back, but it can demotivate you from continuing and knock your confidence. Ensure you take on the above tips above, and fully research into every area of decorating before taking on the job!

 

Do you make any of these top interior design mistakes?

 

Product Review – Motif

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I am forever taking pictures thanks to my work and the kiddies. They love photos and we tend to take quite a bit. I take photos of the kids on my iPhone almost everyday. It is my way of preserving our memories and it is fun to look back to see how far we have come. Which is why I was super thrilled when the guys at Motif App  got in touch. For those who have never heard of this App, it offers people a quick way to produce personalised and professional Photo Books, Calendars and Cards. It only just launched in the UK, and I got the lovely opportunity to try it out for myself some weeks ago.

 

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I got my hands on two Photo Books thanks to Motif. It was so easy to createthe Photo Books myself using the app. I downloaded the app from the App Store on my MacBook Pro. The whole creation process was pretty straightforward. I just followed the instructions on the App and selected the photos I wanted in the Photo Books from my MacBook Pro. It took me around 30 minutes from start to finish, and I got the Photo Books in the post within a week!

It is amazing how far technology has come. Back in the day, we had to go into a store to get Photo Books or even regular photographs printed professionally, but we don’t have to anymore. We can create these and more online thanks to great Apps like Motif.

 

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Motif is a great App to create one place for your treasured moments with family and friends. I have used the app to capture my family and how much the twins have grown. These special moments make meaningful gifts to loved ones. I gifted the second Photo Book to Mum, and she loves it.

From cards to calendars, Motif delivers the finest quality products using sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly materials. The Photo Books are made from great quality material and they look like they would last a lifetime.

 

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My Final Thoughts

Motif has made it very easy to preserve memories and store them in stylish Photo Books. The Kiddies and I were looking at the photos the other day, and it was lovely experience. I am so in love with our Motif Photo Book. It is a treasure I will be keeping forever and I will be ordering more products from the brand. You can head over to Motif to create your own Phone Books, Calendars and Cards. The process is dead easy and the results are so beautiful.

 

What do you think of our Photo Book? Do you take pictures regularly?

 

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