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Springtime florals for your home

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It’s nearly spring – hurray! That means that we’ll soon be seeing lovely flowers blooming everywhere, the weather will get warmer, and winter will finally be over. Flowers go hand in hand with spring, which is why we’ve chosen to focus on them for today’s blog post. Let’s take a look at how you can introduce springtime florals into your home.

Pick flowers from your garden
It’s no problem if you can’t afford to keep buying fresh flowers – head out to your garden and pick some instead. Simply arrange them in old jam jars, like in this image from housetohome.co.uk, to make the perfect springtime table centrepiece. You can even coordinate your tableware to match, using shades of yellow and green.

 

Floral cushions
These pretty petal patterned cushions, seen on marthastewart.com, add a touch of femininity to any living room. We love the cornflower blue and olive green combination – it works really well against a neutral backdrop. The only issue we can see with these cushion is that they’re far too pretty to sit against – but we can live with that.

 

Floral headboard
Add some extra cheer to your bedroom with a ditsy floral printed headboard. We found this pretty bed on countryliving.com. Keep the rest of your bed linen neutral – we love the soft pastel shades in this image – they really complement the colours of the headboard. And to add some intrigue, mix and match your prints, like with the striped chair cushion and polka dot wallpaper. It makes for an eclectic, whimsical room.

 

Hang flowers on the wall
Of course, you can always incorporate floral designs into your wall hangings too, like in this picture we found on bhg.com. You can make this decoupage artwork yourself at home – simply print out some outlines of flowers or cut out images from magazines and arrange them onto a sheet of ivory coloured card. All you have to do then is frame your work and proudly display it for all to see.

What’s your favourite flower? How do you plan to introduce it into your home this spring?

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. But we’re not all construction work – we love to make a real difference to your home, and enjoy transforming it into the home of your dreams.

Just ask our previous clients – they’ll tell you exactly why we’re the best firm for the job. And if you’re in need of some more design inspiration, check out our gallery.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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20.02.2014 No Comments

Put a little spring into your home today

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You may not think it, judging by the horrendous weather we’ve had recently, but spring is just around the corner. Soon the grey, dreary days will be replaced by sunshine and blue skies; the leaves will start to grow back on the trees, and you’ll probably find your mood start to improve too. So how can you reflect the outdoor change in your home? Well read on, because today we’ve got some great spring home ideas to share with you.

Leaf patterned wallpaper
Bring a little bit of outside into your home with this natural-looking leaf patterned wallpaper, seen on housetohome.co.uk. Teamed with white washed furniture, this room looks clean, bright and fresh – everything you’d expect from spring really.

 

Grass candles
We saw these grass candles on marthastewart.com and we think they’re perfect for bringing a little calm into your home. You don’t have to choose scented candles – the design can be enough to add tranquillity to a room. However, if you’re looking for the perfect spring scent, we recommend choosing a fresh smell such as clean linen, grass, or sea breeze.

 

Fresh fruit and flowers
Tulips and daffodils are the perfect springtime flower to add a pop of colour and cheeriness to your home. Why not go one step further though, like in this image we found on bhg.com, and fill a vase with bright fruits, before adding in a colour clashing bunch of flowers – this will definitely brighten up even the dullest of days.

 

Bright paint
A splash of paint will add a pop of colour to your home at little cost. We love this bright yellow kitchen, seen on housebeautiful.com. If you are going to paint your walls in a bright shade of paint, keep the rest of the furniture neutral, like in this image. That way, the wall colour will do all of the talking.

How will you add a bit of spring to your home?

As the season changes, you may well be considering a spot of home improvement. Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal choice.

We can offer you the benefit of our many years’ experience and knowledge – don’t worry though, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to put your personal stamp on it, as we tailor all of our designs to your specification.

Take a look through our gallery for more design inspiration, while our client testimonials detail exactly why we’re the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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17.02.2014 No Comments

DIY Valentine’s Gifts For The Home

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It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow – we can’t wait! Earlier this week, we brought you the best ideas for a romantic night in. Today we’re focusing on gifts. If you find it hard to think of original gifts for your loved one, or you simply fancy a change from the usual flowers and chocolate, then read on, because this post will give you plenty of inspiration. Here are our favourite DIY Valentine’s gifts for the home.

Personalised soap
Sometimes telling someone in person how you feel about them can be difficult, so why not say it with homemade soap instead? We found this great tutorial on sonyanimri.blogspot.co.uk. All you need are some letter-shaped biscuit cutters and some soap. Feel free to write any message you like, though it’s probably wiser to stick to something romantic, as it is Valentine’s Day.

 

Personalised photo frame
We heart this photo frame idea, from realsimple.com. You can personalise it with a message or draw on a design of your choice. Paint a frame with chalkboard paint (preferably red) and then chalk away. We love the idea of framing a black and white photo – chic, classy and elegant, this gift is a true keeper.

 

Memory board
If you’ve been with your Valentine for a few years already, then this memory board idea from bhg.com will make the perfect gift. Take a look through your old photos, and try to find some memorabilia that reminds you of the fun times you’ve shared – it could be concert tickets, a copy of the key to your first flat, an old love letter – anything you can find that will bring a smile to your face. Then simply choose a canvas board in a colour which will match a room in your home, and pin on your memories. Be warned: this present may make your loved one cry, it’s that sweet.

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received on Valentine’s Day?

Here at Econoloft, we’re committed to transforming your home for the better. Our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry has given us plenty of experience, but don’t worry, we won’t take over – we tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications.

Take a look at our gallery for design inspiration, while our impressive client testimonials prove just why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information, or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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13.02.2014 No Comments

Treat your loved one to a night in this Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday – have you got anything special planned yet? Well if you haven’t, then we’ve got just the ticket. This year, rather than going out and spending a fortune (not that your loved one isn’t worth it of course – some couples have to live to a budget though), why not treat your loved one to a night in. That might not sound like your idea of romance, but you’d be surprised at just how special you can make the day, with a bit of décor here, and some candles there. Read on for some fabulous ideas for a stay-at-home Valentine’s Day this Friday.

Jar of hearts
Don’t panic, we’re not about to serenade you. We found this pretty Valentine’s Day décor idea on digsdigs.com. This person seems to have thought of everything – there’s the iconic red and pink colour theme, heart garlands and a heart shaped wreath, red candles and matching flowers, and our personal favourite – jars of heart shaped sweets. How could your loved one fail to smile at this?

 

Fill a vase with flowers
There’s nothing technically wrong with a dozen red roses – after all, they’re the most bought flowers on Valentine’s Day. But how about this year, you buy something a little better-thought out? We absolutely love these parrot tulips, seen on housebeautiful.com. They are the ideal flowers to arrange in a pitcher-style vase. You don’t have to choose white – some of the most beautiful flowers we’ve received have been red tulips. So try something different with your flowers this year – you can guarantee she’ll notice (for all the right reasons).

 

Scatter some petals
If you’ve overdone the bunch of flowers gift, here’s a great alternative. We saw this romantic love heart idea on marthastewart.com. We love how it still incorporates flowers but in a thoughtful way. You should arrange the petals somewhere prominent, where your loved one will spot them as soon as they walk into the room – watch their face light up.

 

Set a romantic table
The final step to your romantic night in is to lay the table before your other half arrives home. We love this pretty vintage style table decoration, seen on Pinterest.com. Choose soft pink coloured china in a whimsical pattern, and place paper love heart shaped napkins on top. Decorate the table with coordinating flowers, and scatter some confetti around. Finally, if you want to continue the pink theme further, choose only pink food and pink coloured drinks. It’s as simple as that.

How are you planning to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year?

Here at Econoloft, we love to bring you inspirational ideas and tips for decorating your home. Having been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years, we like to think we’re experienced enough to give you the best advice when it comes to home improvements.

Take a look at our gallery for more design inspiration, and check out our impressive client testimonials, which detail exactly why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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10.02.2014 No Comments

Fabulous fabric projects for your home

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Earlier this week, we brought you some ideas for how you can use fabric to enhance and freshen up your home. Today, we’re taking that one step further. We know that you all love to get a little creative every now and again, so we’ve found some of the best (and easiest) fabric DIY projects which you can recreate when redecorating your home. Enjoy!

 

Chair covers
We found this fabulous chair cover on yourhomeonlybetter.com. Not only does it look great (not to mention original), it’s also super easy to make yourself. So forget all about buying expensive chairs and simply change the covers on your existing ones. You can use adhesive glue to stick the fabric to the chair – just make sure you measure out the fabric properly first. We really love the design of this fabric – it would work great for creating a monochrome look in your home.

 

 

Bay window blind
If you’ve got a bay window, it can be tricky to fit curtains. You can solve this problem by fitting a Roman blind. Choose some fabric in a pattern which complements the room like in this picture from housetohome.co.uk. We love how the green adds a pop of colour to the neutral room, making it look clean and fresh.

 

 

Soft quilt headboard
Are you fed up of banging your head on your solid headboard each morning? Well, we’ve got a great solution – hang a fabric quilt headboard instead. We found this simple idea on marthastewart.com. All you have to do is get your hands on a drapery rod and some brackets in the same shade as your wall. Install them at your preferred height and simply drape the quilt over the rod, straightening both sides out so they hang evenly. You could use your quilt to add colour to the room, or keep it neutral – it’s up to you.

 

Cabinet door panels
If you’re bored of your cabinets and fancy a change, why not simply replace the existing doors with some pretty patterned fabric? Stretch the fabric of your choice around a wooden frame and use a staple gun to hold it in place. If you want an easy clean version, sandwich the fabric between a wooden frame and a glass panel – that way you can simply wipe any dust off the glass. We’ve got bhg.com to thank for this great fabric idea.

Have you used fabric creatively in your home?

If you’re in need of more space in your home, you may be considering a loft conversion. At Econoloft, we’ve had over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry, making us ideally qualified to complete the job for you.

We tailor our designs to suit your exact requirements – take a look at our gallery for inspiration and check our client testimonials for proof of why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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30.01.2014 No Comments

Get creative with fabric

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When people talk about home improvements, more often than not, they mean a lick of fresh paint here and there. However, you don’t have to repaint an entire room in order to freshen it up and give it a new lease of life. The more creative among you may prefer to use fabric instead. You don’t have to spend a fortune and you can fashion it into pretty much anything – perhaps a pair of curtains, some new cushion covers, or even a throw for your bed. It’s time to get creative – read on to find out what you can do in your home.

Upcycle an old shirt
It’s always nice to have new bedding, but it can get a little on the expensive side. Instead, why not upcycle an old shirt and use it as a pillowcase? We found this tartan number on goodideasforyou.com. We love that it even has a pocket to store your bedtime literature during the day.

 

Knit your own rug
If you’re stuck for ideas, you can always rely on Pinterest.com to come up trumps. Check out this rug – all you need to do is download the pdf template for the basket crochet pattern and get your hands on some strips of colourful fabric. This idea will definitely save you some dollar, compared to buying a rug.

 

Decorate your storage boxes
Storage boxes, while incredibly useful for hiding away all of your gubbins, can leave a lot to be desired. Let’s face it, they’re never the most attractive of household furnishings are they? But take a look at the image on the left, taken from womansday.com – you see, with a little bit of fabric, you can easily turn those unappealing boxes into a work of art, which you can proudly display in your home. Simply cut the fabric to size, paste a little glue on each side of the box and wrap it up in the fabric (a bit like you would a present).

 

Fabric art attack
It’s amazing what you can do with a few scraps of fabric – if you don’t believe us, take a look at the wall art to the left. We found this beauty on freshandfun.blogspot.co.uk. It may look tricky, but it’s really easy to recreate. Get your hands on a frame and simply wrap around strips of fabric. Use the hanging wire at the back to peg your favourite photo or colourful image, and then display your work for all to see.

Have you ever experimented with fabric in your home?

If you’re looking for more traditional ways to improve your home, you may well be considering a loft conversion. One of the most popular home improvements, loft conversions give you that much needed extra space, and can be used for absolutely anything – bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, home cinemas, games rooms – you name it.

Having been in the industry for more than 40 years, Econoloft is ideally qualified to transform your loft into the room of your dreams.

Take a look at our gallery for plenty of inspiration. Our impressive client testimonials detail exactly why we’re the best firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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27.01.2014 No Comments

Last minute on-the-day preparations

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So you’ve put up the tree, wrapped everyone’s presents and left a carrot stick out for Rudolph. It’s now Christmas Day – but it’s not time to relax yet. There are still some last-minute preparations you can do on the day itself to add some extra festive cheer to your home. Let’s take a look.

 

Keep the kids entertained
Christmas Day can get a little hectic, especially if you’ve still got plenty to do before your guests arrive. So it’s a good idea to keep your little ones entertained while you set about getting everything ready. These salt shaker decorations seen on countryliving.com will keep the kids occupied while you work, and they’ll double up as table decorations too – best of both worlds! Get your hands on some miniature reindeer figurines and some tiny trees and let your kids get to work.

 

Easy table centrepiece
Depending on how much time you’ve got, you may need to start the preparation for this centrepiece the day before. Get your hands on some cheap baubles in white, red and silver. Use a combination of glue, glitter, tippex pens and sequins to decorate them. Once dry, arrange them on a three tiered dish around a red church candle – and there you have it, the perfect centrepiece, seen on Pinterest.com.

 

Edible garlands
You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations this Christmas – why not make your own instead? All you need for these edible sweetie garlands (from marthastewart.com) is a few packets of sweets and some string. For obvious reasons, it is wise not to make the garlands until Christmas Day itself – unless of course you fancy making some new ones just before the guests arrive…

 

Heavenly seating
Up the festive volume with these super cute angel wings, designed for chair backs. We saw these on countryliving.com and fell in love. They’ll add a heavenly touch to your Christmas dining room – although maybe invest in oversized Santa hats for the boys.

 

Festive table runner
We all want some figgy pudding, so bring some out here. We love this festive table runner seen on goodhousekeeping.co.uk. It’s a really easy way to decorate your table in time for Christmas – ideal for those who are rushing to get everything prepared at the last minute. Just adorn the table with some Christmas confetti and a few crackers and you’ll be sorted.

What do you need to do to finish your Christmas preparations?

It’s usually around this time of year when you realise how little room you have in your home. If you’re in need of some extra space, you may wish to consider having a loft conversion.

Econoloft has worked in the industry for over 40 years, giving us the necessary experience to transform your loft to your exact specifications.

Take a look at our gallery of previous work for design inspiration, while our client testimonials prove just why we’re the best form to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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19.12.2013 No Comments

Santa, please stop here!

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Last week, we brought you lots of lovely ideas for decorating your home in time for Christmas. Today, we’re going to be focusing on how to dress up the outside of your home. Whether you love to adorn the front of your home and garden with lights and huge Christmassy displays, or prefer the understated look, you’ll love the ideas we’ve uncovered today. Let’s take a look.

 

Festive welcome mat
Get your guests into the Christmas spirit before they’ve even crossed the threshold with a festive welcome mat, seen on styleathome.com. We love this Christmas tree themed design – have you found a better one?

 

Christmas nostalgia
Do you remember the good ol’ days when it would snow every Christmas? Children would take their sledges and be entertained for hours. This year, recreate some of the magic associated with your childhood Christmas and decorate your front porch with nostalgic winter items, as seen on southernliving.com. For a true festive feel, why not sprinkle over some fake snow?

 

A wreath with a difference
Hanging a wreath on your front door will instantly make your home look suitably festive. This year, however, how about shaping your wreath into a snowman? We found this fantastic idea on sweetlittlebluebird.com. The best part is, you can dress your snowman as bright or as classic as you like, just by changing his hat and scarf. We’ll definitely be trying this idea out.

 

Magical lantern display
Check out this lantern display from housetohome.co.uk – it adds a magical touch to a winter wonderland setting. Simply add sparkly snowflakes and snow-sprayed pinecones to complete the look. We love the idea of hanging fairy lights from tree branches to create a glimmering outdoor scene.

 

All-out Christmassy
Okay, so forget classy and understated for a moment – this is a house that screams festive fun. We found this gem on hgtv.com – from the lights in the trees, to the lollipop on the front door and the Santa stop here sign, it’s clear that this homeowner loves Christmas. Have you seen any homes like this in your area?

How will you decorate the outside of your home for Christmas?

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for over 40 years, making us more than qualified to complete your loft conversion.

Take a look at our gallery of previous work for design inspiration, while our client testimonials prove why we’re the ideal firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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17.12.2013 No Comments

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

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We’re continuing with the Christmas theme again today – less than two weeks now! Perhaps the title of this post has given you a clue? Yes today we’ll be focusing on festive decorations and easy ways for you to turn your home into a Santa’s grotto lookalike. Let’s take a look.

 

Chalk up your baubles

This idea from rd.com is a great way to personalise your decorations. Simply paint a layer of chalkboard paint over your plastic bulbs. Once dry, pick up a stick of chalk and write your festive greetings. You may even decide to write the name of each member of your family and use them as place settings.

 

Make a card display

An easy way to display your Christmas cards is to hang them. Attach some glittery tinsel to either end of a mirror and use small pegs to hang your cards – not only does this save precious shelving space in your home, it also doubles up as a festive display. We saw this one on marthastewart.com.

 

Colour creative

Head to johnlewis.com to get your hands on this colour your own Christmas bunting. This will be fun for the kids and will keep them entertained while you wrap Christmas presents. By allowing them to get involved in the festive preparations, your home will feel all the more Christmassy.

 

Homemade stocking

Christmas stockings make the perfect accompaniment to gifts. Rather than buying one this year however, why not make your own? There’s a template and instructions for this snowman stocking on lovehome.co.uk. And if you’re feeling extra creative, why not come up with your own festive design.

How do you plan to decorate your home this Christmas?

If you’re in need of more space in your home but don’t want the hassle of moving, why not consider a loft conversion. Econoloft has been in the industry for more than 40 years and our experience is unrivalled.

Take a look at our gallery of previous work for further design inspiration and have a read of our client testimonials – they detail why we’re the right firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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12.12.2013 No Comments

How to plan your kitchen-diner

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Earlier on this week, we brought you some of our favourite kitchen-diner designs. Today we’re going to get a little more technical however, and show you how you can go about planning your kitchen-diner. After all, the more prepared you are, the better the outcome will be. So follow these simple steps to plan your dream kitchen-diner today.

 

Consider the space

Choosing an open-plan kitchen-diner will create a vast space in your home. What’s more, it’ll allow for entertaining while you’re cooking. And let’s face it, the majority of families spend their waking hours at home in the kitchen, don’t they? That’s one reason why a kitchen-diner can be so useful. It gives you enough space for family members and guests to sit down, without being under your feet while you’re preparing food.

For that reason, it is vital to plan your space carefully. Create different zones to ensure that the dining area is distinctly separate from the food preparation area of the kitchen. One easy way to do this visually is to install a breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining table.

 

Bright ideas
It’s a good idea to position the dining table in the part of the room that gets the most light. Housetohome.co.uk recommends installing different degrees of lighting to help you easily separate each of your zones. Spotlights can work well over any preparation worktops, while warm lighting around the dining area will create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere.

 

Décor inspiration

When it comes to the design aspect of your kitchen-diner, it is wise to complement both dining and kitchen areas. So if you’re planning to decorate the kitchen using country-kitchen colours and traditional-looking appliances, make sure that you, in turn, opt for rustic furniture in the dining area. Likewise, if your kitchen is full of the latest mod-cons and stainless steel work surfaces, choose modern colours and tableware in your dining area.

 

Hide the clutter
Open-plan kitchen-diners can look messy and cluttered if you fill your worktops with cereal boxes, loaves of bread, and cartons of juice. Try to invest in kitchen furniture with incorporated storage. For example, you could make the most of the storage space provided by your kitchen island, like in this kitchen from lovehome.co.uk. Hanging pots and pans from suspended storage racks will free up your cupboard space. What’s more, it’ll work well as a design feature.

Do you have any further tips for planning a kitchen-diner?

If your existing kitchen is a little on the small side and you have no dining room, why not consider converting your unused loft into an open-plan kitchen-diner?

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

Take a look at our gallery for further design inspiration. Our impressive client testimonials prove why we are the right people to transform your loft.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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28.11.2013 No Comments