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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

It’s all in the details, part 2

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On Monday we brought you some clever lighting ideas to add a homely touch to your interior. Following on from that, today we’ll be looking at the various accessories that you can use to furnish your home. After all, it’s all in the details. A well-chosen accessory can often make all the difference to the look and ambiance of the room. So read on to find our pick of the best home accessories to add a bit of sparkle to your interior.

 

Floral cushion
Fancy cushions are a great way to add some pizazz to your living room. Keep your walls neutral and focus on adding texture, pattern and colour with your accessories instead. That way, when the time comes for a room refresh, it won’t cost you a lot to simply change the cushion covers. We saw this chocolate brown cushion with pink and purple floral prints on housetohome.co.uk.

 

Wall clock
We found this shabby chic wall clock on livelaughlove.co.uk and instantly fell in love. Parisian cafes instantly evoke thoughts of aromatic coffee and sweet pastries – as such, this wall clock would work perfectly in your kitchen to create a homely, welcoming atmosphere.

 

Wall mirror
This intricately designed butterfly wall mirror comes from melodymaison.co.uk. It’s an ideal accessory for vintage-inspired bedrooms, plus, if you hang it in the right position, you’ll make your room look bigger than it actually is. We love the detailing on this mirror – it’s a real girly accessory.

 

Room fragrance
Everyone wants their house to smell divine, and with the help of this room fragrance from debenhams.com, you’ll get a pleasant fragrance and a pretty bottle design – the best of both worlds. Display your room fragrance proudly along with your other room knick-knacks. Just remember to take care not to spill the oil on any acrylic surfaces as it will mark them.

 

Coasters
Coasters may be a necessity but that doesn’t mean they have to be plain and boring. Invest in some slogan coasters and use them as a table accessory – they’ll put a smile on your guests’ faces when they come round for a cuppa. We found these wooden coasters on littlewhitedaisy.co.uk. There’s even a Time for Coffee design if you favour that over tea.

What’s your favourite home accessory?

Here at Econoloft, we’re not just here to help with decoration inspiration – we can also transform entire rooms. We’ve been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years now, which makes us ideally qualified to complete the job for you.

We tailor all of our designs to match your specifications. If you’re in need of further inspiration, check out our gallery. Our client testimonials offer evidence for why we’re perfect 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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21.11.2013 No Comments

A winter makeover for your home

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The impending arrival of winter may be leaving you feeling a little weary. After all, everyone knows that with winter comes all manner of illnesses, frosty weather and dark, rainy nights. It’s not all doom and gloom though. Why not give yourself something to be jolly about by giving your home a winter makeover? It’s very simple to do and won’t set you back a load of money either. Read on for our winter makeover tips.

 

Add more lights
A well-lit home looks warm, cosy and inviting. That’s why styleathome.com recommends increasing the number of lights you have in your home. We love this elegant looking chandelier. You don’t have to opt for the opulent look however – why not double up on a few tableside lamps to double the warmth factor in your home.

 

Dress your dining table
What with the cold weather outside, it is likely that a lot of your winter entertaining will be done indoors. Make your dinner party a special occasion by choosing bright and bold colours for the table linen, such as these purple glasses and napkins seen on houzz.com. This will boost everyone’s mood, not to mention it looks great against the starched white placemats.

 

Switch to white wallpaper
You may think that white wallpaper is boring, but this stunning white wallpaper design on a soft lilac background is anything but. We saw this wallpaper on housetohome.co.uk. We reckon that the subtle hint of colour will give your room a magical feel this winter. Try it for yourself and see what a difference it makes.

The above tips are all simple changes that will make a dramatic difference to the appearance of your home. Perhaps you’re thinking about a different kind of makeover however?

If you’re considering converting your loft, give the experts a call.

 

At Econoloft, we have 40 years of industry experience under our belts, which makes us more than qualified to transform your loft.

Take a look at our gallery for further design inspiration. Check out our client testimonials too – they detail exactly what makes Econoloft 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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14.11.2013 No Comments

Winter Home Décor Tips

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As winter approaches, it is now the perfect time to start thinking about re-working your interior décor for the upcoming season. It can be hard to know how to make the transition from autumn to winter, but with the help of our top tips, we hope that you’ll find it relatively easy. So without further ado, here are our winter home décor tips.

 

Comfy cushions
There’s no feeling quite like snuggling up on the sofa with a soft, comfy cushion. We love this brushed cotton cushion seen on realsimple.com. We think it would make the perfect accompaniment to a good book and a hot chocolate on a dreary wintery day. What do you think?

 

Interchangeable accents
As the seasons change, it is likely that you will want to make a few updates to your home, accordingly. However, we are not suggesting that you completely redecorate every season – that would be costly. To keep costs down and at the same time ensure your home looks the part, sheknows.com advises that you use small and interchangeable accents, such as tablecloths, lampshades and candles.

 

Warm colour palettes
Now you may think that burnt oranges and yellows are strictly autumnal colours. However, as bhg.com mentions, it is important to inject as much warmth as you can into your home during the cold winter months. As such, this warm colour scheme is ideal to take you from autumn through to winter, and will leave you feeling toasty and cosy, whatever the weather outside.

Do you have any further home décor tips for winter?

 

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience makes us more than qualified to complete your loft conversion project to the highest of standards.

We tailor all of our designs to meet your specifications, so if there’s any style in particular that you’d like, you only need to ask. Take a look at our gallery of previous work if you’re in need of further design inspiration.

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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11.11.2013 No Comments

How to make your home cosy this winter

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Earlier this week we brought you some practical tips to ensure that your home is prepared for winter. Today, we’re less focused on the practical and more on the aesthetic. After all, you don’t just need practical in your life; you also need a bit of what makes you happy.

As the weather begins to get steadily colder and the nights draw in earlier and earlier, it’s likely that all you’ll feel like doing is snuggling on the sofa under a blanket. To help make your home feel super cosy this winter, here are some ideas.

 

Festive fragrances
You’ll find plenty of festive fragrances available in stores during winter. Not only do they make your home smell great, the soft lighting and heat from the candles will contribute to that lovely warm, cosy feeling. Online magazine styleathome.com recommends choosing a woody aroma of cypress and fir.

 

Sheepskin rug
Johnlewis.com has a whole collection devoted to making your home warm and cosy for the winter months. We love this ivory sheepskin rug – it’d be great for keeping the heat in the room, plus the interesting shape means it could be used as a room feature piece.

 

Knitted seats
Check out this quirky knitted seating seen on housetohome.co.uk – We think it looks really comfy and super cosy. What’s more, the colour combination of russet red and earthy beige will add warmth to the room, making it an all-round winner.

Which warm home idea is your favourite? Do you have any further tips for making your home cosy this winter?

Here at Econoloft, we’ve been in the loft conversion industry for over 40 years. This wealth of experience makes us the perfect firm to complete the job for you.

One of the reasons our customers love us so much is that we tailor our designs to meet your exact specifications. Take a look at our gallery for design inspiration.

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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07.11.2013 No Comments

Practical winter preparation tips for your home

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As winter approaches, you’ll need to start thinking about home maintenance. It seems as though each year the forecast for Britain is an even worse winter than the last. The threat of sub-zero temperatures lingers in the air. That’s why it is the perfect time to start prepping your home early, before the onslaught on winter begins. So today, we’re going to bring you some practical tips for preparing your home for winter.

 

Clean the gutters
ountrylife.co.uk recommends that you check that your gutters are not clogged up with leaves or debris. If the flow of water is blocked, you could be in for all sorts of problems, such as damp or subsidence. By cleaning your gutters and drains annually, you’ll prevent the likes of dry rot in your roof timbers, and therefore, you’ll save money in the long run.

 

Pre-set your thermostats
Program your thermostat so that the heating comes on as soon as the room reaches a certain temperature. You don’t have to put the heating on a high setting – simply by keeping it on a constant low temperature, you’ll ensure that the pipes don’t get too cold and burst from freezing. What’s more, programming your heating to come on only when it is necessary will help to reduce your energy bills in the long run. This useful tip came from womansday.com.

 

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
The experts advise that smoke alarm batteries are replaced at least twice annually, and that a new device is fitted if the alarm is between five and ten years old. According to bhg.com, you should ensure that there is at least one smoke alarm per floor of your house and an extra one in or close to each bedroom. When fitting carbon monoxide detectors, it is important to place them high on the wall and again close to bedrooms. Don’t fit them near any gas appliances or fireplaces as this will trigger a false alarm.

Hopefully these tips have given you food for thought. Do you have any further recommendations for winter-proofing your home?

If you’re considering converting your loft, you can rely on Econoloft. Experts in the industry, we have over 40 years’ experience, making us more than qualified.

If you’re in need of design inspiration, check out our gallery of previous work, while our client testimonials detail exactly why we are 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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04.11.2013 No Comments