• by Aideen McCanny
  • 06 Oct, 2017

One of the most neglected rooms in the house is the home office. With advances in technology, more and more people have been afforded the luxury of working remotely, which often sees them working from the comfort of their home.

But, with this room usually viewed as one of those ‘out of site’ rooms, which visitors never see, it’s time to turn your attention to your workspace and give it the attention that it deserves.

The majority of our day is spent sitting at a desk and creating a space which you love and which inspires you, will of course, lead to increased productivity. So to utilize your working environment, and make it an area to be proud of (and worthy of the public eye), here are my top tips for creating a workspace you love.

Create a focal point

Just like every other room in your house, your home office deserves a focal point. While other rooms may have multiple, usually the desk area is the main centre of attention in your office. If it’s the first area you see when you open the door, keep it as de-cluttered as possible. Thankfully, this is easier than it sounds due to the wealth of stylish desk storage options available. If you can’t go wireless, keep wires and cables as hidden as possible. Ensuring everything tidy and out of site is the easiest way to stay clutter-free.

Colour, pattern and textures are key

Just as you would add personality to any other room in your home, your workspace also deserves your personal stamp. If there’s a particular colour that you like, or you are drawn to a particular theme on Pinterest, try incorporating it into your office. When choosing colour or feature wallpaper, try not to go too bold or risk the room becoming too busy. If you prefer to work with a neutral palette, add subtle pops of colour through your choice of textures and accessories.

Go for decorative details

When it comes to the finishing touches, it’s all about what inspires you. Your office should be a room that you enjoy being in everyday so when it comes to the finer details, choose items which carefully convey your personal aesthetic. Planners, notebooks and whiteboards are obviously key to working efficiently and an essential part of your work environment, but these can look messy. Display these away from the focal point of the room to keep the area clutter-free. Shelves are a great way to add personal touches such as inspirational quotes and books and can be easily changed up when the mood strikes.

Bring the outdoors indoors

If you love the great outdoors, surround yourself with it! It’s widely known that plants in the home can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and improve concentration, so they are definitely ideal for your workspace.

If you would love to update your workspace and give it a new lease of life, get in touch with Pam here .

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by Aideen McCanny 21 Nov, 2017
As November draws to a close, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you're preparing to deck the halls, check out our top tips for Christmas tree decorating, for a look that wows this festive season.

Location, location, location

First things first, location is key. Finding the perfect spot to showcase your tree is the first step in ensuring it looks its best. Find a location that's near a socket to avoid leads and wires cluttering your floor and rearrange furniture if necessary. If you've opted for a real tree, choose a cool corner, away from sources of heat to avoid it drying out.

by Aideen McCanny 07 Nov, 2017

With so many people aiming to revitalise their homes in time for Christmas, here at Home and Contract Design, November and December are our busiest months. Whether you’re considering revamping a room’s soft furnishings for the arrival of guests, or taking on an entire room refurbishment, now is the time to tackle it or risk being held up due to delayed deliveries and the holiday period.

So with this in mind, here are our top tips for ensuring your home’s décor is ready in time for Christmas.

by Aideen McCanny 24 Oct, 2017
Whether it's simply a fad, or here to stay, you can't argue that hygge isn't having a serious impact in the world of interior design . So what exactly is it and why is there such hype about it?

Well, the Danish word can't actually be translated into English as it's more of a feeling, rather than an object. Hygge - pronounced hue-gah - represents a culture of cosiness, happiness and wellbeing, which is widely credited as the reason why Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world!

Hygge means something different to everyone - whether it's cuddling up on the sofa with a good book, enjoying a bowl of your favourite warming comfort food, or filling your home with twinkling candles - it's really all about being mindful of the simple things in life that make you happy, and embracing them.

The interior design of your home can have a big impact on this so with this in mind, we've put together our 6 hygge tips to transform your home into a comfortable haven.

1. Stock up on candles

Believed to be the number one way to get the hygge look, we're not surprised! The first thing that comes to mind when creating a cosy setting is setting the perfect lighting and candles are the best way to achieve this. Whether scented or unscented, embrace the warming glow of candlelight throughout your home. And their use shouldn't be confined to solely nighttime either. Danes purchase more candles than anywhere else in Europe, with one third admitting they light candles all day.

2. Create texture

When you think about creating a cosy atmosphere, notions of soft textures which add dimension instantly spring to mind. If you want to hygge your home, stock up on chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy rugs, guaranteed to add lashings of texture. For extra comfort, choose the softest of materials, such as merino wool and cashmere for a touch of luxe.

3. Don't go overboard

You don't have to completely redesign your entire home to create a hygge atmosphere. It might just be creating a little nook you can call your own, or adding more of what you love. Remember, hygge is a feeling, so it isn't just focused on physical items. It could be enjoying a cup of your favourite coffee, or enjoying a long, candlelit bath. It's all about taking time to enjoy more of the things that you love.

4. Bring the outdoors inside

The autumn and winter months are typically cold, so going outside may not be your idea of comfort, but that doesn't mean you can't welcome the great outdoors into your home. From wooden furniture and flooring, to exposed walls and brickwork and neatly packed piles of logs, waiting to be thrown on that roaring fire, it's easier than you might think. Plus, you can easily incorporate nature into your home, with the addition of house plants, which are the perfect finishing touch.

5. Keep it simple

Hygge is never about going overboard. Yes, its focus is on indulging, but not extravagance. Hygge is not about going OTT in a bid to impress guests, but instead creating an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable and at ease. Learn to embrace the imperfections and simplicity and you're halfway there.

6. Take up a hobby at home

You've spent time creating an atmosphere you love, so make some time to enjoy it! Whether it's taking up a new hobby, or picking up an old missed one, turn off technology, and enjoy a simpler way of life. From delving into a good book, to picking up a craft, these activities will help you switch off and relax the mind and body.

If you'd like to introduce a little hygge into your home, why not give us a call and let us help you create your perfect setting? For more information, get in touch here  .

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