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My Top Tips to add Calm to your Home

Love your home! Easy ways to add some calm.
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How does your home make you feel as you walk through the door?

Is it calm and happy, or is it in chaos due to your frantic lifestyle?

With a little effort,you can transform your home into an oasis of calm that supports and nurtures you from the stresses of everyday life , becoming a place of refuge that you really want to relax and chill out in.

It’s not so hard – let me show you how to do it, using my own home and life experiences as an example.We live a busy life, with three sons and two dogs, yet somehow, we manage to have a calm home.
One – Ditch the Clutter
Clutter creates tension and chaos, whether it is an untidy room, a cupboard or drawer ready to burst open, or a desk strewn with paper. It weighs you down mentally and physically, and you will never achieve a calm home without dealing with it.

Make a plan, carry it out room by room, be ruthless and get rid of everything that you do not love or use.You will quickly tame this beast and be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

If you need any more help, let me guide you with this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pg6GuOnR7s
Two – Colour
I have studied Colour Psychology, and the subject fascinates me. Little in your home will have more impact on you than your colour choices. Colour has the capacity to change your mood and your energy, even your appetite, so learn how different colours can affect you personally before you paint your walls. Remember too, that each room is a single entity that makes up your whole home, so be sure to create a harmonious flow from room to room.This is a simple “showhouse” trick that instantly creates a sense of peace and harmony.

If you unsure how to do this, have a quick look at my video which gives you plenty of practical inspiration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtThIrl-OdU
Three – Treat all Rooms the Same

Do not just declutter your public rooms.

Every individual space, from your cupboards, to your bathrooms and utility room needs to get the same treatment. It can be very easy just to move a pile of junk from one room to another in the name of organisation. Don’t just close the door and put it off for one more day. This is a task which if left undone,  will bother your subconscious, and steal your energy. By simply cleaning and organizing the space you will instantly create harmony and karma. 


 
 
Four – Create a Signature Scent
This is something that I started to do a few years ago, and it brings a lovely sense of comfort to our home.

Memories are tied up in familiar scents, and I just love coming home and smelling Jo Malone’s  Pomegranate Noir, which instantly says “welcome home” to us. I burn the same fragrance throughout the house, and although I aim for subtlety not an overpowering effect, you are always aware of the underlying gorgeous smell. Whenever I am away from home, I bring a travel sized candle with me. It helps me to relax and unwind.

So, pick whatever signature scent you prefer, and try it out in your home.  The secret lies in having the one scent throughout your home. It will definitely contribute to a pleasing familiar sense of contentment. Your family will love you for it.
Five – Let in the light
 
Open up your curtains and blinds every day, and let the sunshine stream into your room. Have your windows cleaned regularly, and also open your windows daily, to clear that stagnant centrally heated air.

Remember to take nice deep breaths!


 
Six – No Technology in the Bedroom.
Your bedroom should only be used for rest and romance. That means no television, no laptop, no social media!

Aim for a serene uncluttered space with crisp cotton bed linen, the best mattress that you can afford, fresh flowers, a scented candle and a good book.
Seven – Bring Nature In
Pull your curtains back as far as possible to bring your garden into the room. Use fresh flowers and plants to energize your space. Plants also help to cleanse and re – oxygenate stagnant air.

The beauty of nature creates an inherent sense of calm and well-being, and we can incorporate these elements into our interior design. Natural stone, water features, rattan and wood sculptures all invoke the peace and beauty of nature.


 
Eight – Positive Inspiration
 

Surround yourself only with things that make you happy and which remind you of happy times. Family photos, holiday photos and anything at all that makes you feel happy, and reminds you of good times.
Nine – Ditch Negative Association


You may not realise this, but your memories and life experiences are hanging from your walls, and physically present in your furniture. If you have experienced a period in your life where you were unhappy or under stress, then some items in your home will subconsciously remind you of these difficult times, and these negative reminders can drain you. Be mindful of anything in your home that has a negative association, and get rid of it.  In life, we should only surround ourselves with those who uplift us, in our home we should do the same, and let go of the memories and things that bring us down. This is one sure fire way to ensure a calm and happy home.

 
Ten – Create an Action Plan
It is so easy to feel overwhelmed with the “busy-ness” of our lives. Take a little time to think about what you want your home and life to reflect, and take small steps every day to create a calm and peaceful home. Progress slowly, room by roon and you will definitely reach your goal of an ordered, calm and happy home.
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You can actually watch the show here!

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Or you might like to join my next Interior Design Masterclass, and learn how to do it for yourself.

Email – anne@roomjunkie.com 

Phone – +353 87 6867665

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7 Interior Design mistakes you NEVER want to make

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One – Underestimating  the budget
This is the most boring aspect of interior design, but sadly, also one of the most important.

The good news is that you can work within any any budget, as long as it is realistic, and proper planning is key to a successful outcome.

Before you begin your design process, you must sit down, and calculate all that you will need to purchase, and obtain costs for all trades and services.  Leaving a contingency fund of 10% of the overall budget is a wise thing to do, as inevitably there will be an overspend in some area.

There are many ways that you can stretch your funds, I call this my More Dash than Cash philosophy, and I have covered this subject in previous newsletters. With careful research, you will find many ways to reduce your costs without compromising in any way on quality.
Two – Buying the wrong sized furniture
It is so easy to buy furniture that is too big for your room, and I honestly suspect that this is THE most common design mistake made by many. Most furniture showrooms are vast, and have high ceilings, so that a sofa which looked cosy and compact on the showroom floor , will  actually dwarf your average sized living room.

The easiest way to calculate the correct furniture, is to take the dimensions of it, and then place newspapers on your floor to the exact size. This may sound over simplified, but it is a foolproof way of figuring out very accurately if the piece is the perfect size for your room. Don’t forget to measure the width too. Many a sofa was too wide to fit through a single door!

Also if you live in an apartment, check out the width of the lift opening, and also make sure that the ceiling height is high enough to accommodate a very long piece of furniture.

In this average sized room, these sofa were quite narrow in width so as not to take up to much space, and also, are on raised legs to create further illusion of space. The console tables were chosen to perfectly complement the alcoves either side of the fireplace.
Three – not taking function into consideration
As Steve Jobs famously said ” Design is not just what it looks like, design is how it works!

No matter how beautiful all the individual components of your room are, if the space fails to function from a practical perspective, you have failed as a designer.So consider this carefully, as you plan your design.

In my busy family kitchen , the units are painted in a hard wearing, scrubbable finish, the granite worktop will withstand all the super hot cookware coming from the Aga, and there is lots of carefully planned storage and worktop space.

It still passes the style test though. You can indeed have it all!

 
Four – thinking about lighting as an afterthought
One of the first thing you must consider as you begin you design process is your lighting. It is so vital to the success of your scheme, and I cannot overstate this.

Consider whether you need task lighting, a single pendant or multiple spotlights. Do you want to be able to dim your lights, or have all your lamps come on at the flick of one light switch? Do you want wall lights, lights under your bath or kitchen units?

In this averaged sized kitchen, there are three lights suspended over the dining table, recessed ceiling lighting in the functional part of the kitchen, complemented by additional recessed lighting over the sink and worktop. These are all dimmer controlled. There is further task lighting under the top cupboards and at the hob

If you plan your lighting carefully at the outset, you builder will be happy, as there will be no unnecessary chasing of walls, and you will be happy, as you will not incur the extra costs of unplanned labour.

I actually think that the carefully planned lighting scheme here,  contributes to the sense of lightness and brightness in this space.
Five – cluttering your room with too much furniture
I am actually having a pop at myself here.

This is the sitting room in the Showhouse that I designed for RTE television’s  Showhouse programme. This was my very first design project, and I was probably slightly crazy to have taken it on, but the risk paid off!

However, I made a mistake in this room by using too much furniture. So learn from this, and don’t think that you must include every single item that you own. Remember my previous rules about form and function, and keep the room well balanced.

I have new rules now. ” If in doubt, keep in out” & ” Less is always more”
What I wouldn’t give to have a go at the Showhouse challenge now!

Here is the link to the show if you would like to see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D0cekdpjCo
Six – using too much colour
Don’t be one bit afraid of colour, however what you should do is pick a few key colours that reflect your individual style, and carry them around the room to create a controlled space. Throwing colour haphazardly around a room is a skill that is very difficult to master.

Good colour coordination is the one thing that will really make a room stand out successfully.
Seven – hanging your artwork too high
Everyone who knows me was probably expecting this one! I have to confess to having an absolute obsession with art.

For me, this is what really dresses your walls, and shows off your unique personality. I hang lots and lots of art, and do so very confidently. I will happily mix valuable original art with inexpensive prints and family photographs, knowing that it will always look right. Today, I wil share my secret with you, and it is a very simple one.

Fact of the matter is, most people hang their art WAY too high! If you remember this art gallery rule, and hang your picture 60 inches from the floor to the centre of the art, you will always arrive at the correct height.

60 inches represents the average human eye height, and is used as a standard measurement in museums and art galleries. I don’t even measure anymore, I can do it by eye, but if you adopt this simple technique, you can be confident that you will always hang your pictures at the correct height.

Now, that is all very well if there is only one picture. What if you want to arrange two pieces, stacked on top of each other, or four arranged in a square format? The method is the same, treat the finished arrangement as one picture, and find the centre point, which is 60 inches off the floor.

A useful tip is to position the artwork on the floor first, to work out your spacing between the pictures. Two inches is a good rule of thumb to remember when stacking art, and you want to calculate the distance between the pictures.

Now I challenge you to take a measuring tape, and check the hanging height of your own pictures. I strongly suspect that many of you will find that the art was positioned way too high!

This tip is possibly the most valuable piece of interior design advice that you will ever receive, and one that most people get wrong. Correct the height, and something amazing happens – all your art now shares a mid line, creating immediate symmetry and balance. This is a very pleasing and positive thing to achieve in your home, and you will thank me for it.

If you need any further tips and tricks, here is the link to my eBook 101 Interior Design Secrets  http://bit.ly/ZetU7G





Have a lovely Easter, enjoy your family and recharge your batteries.

I will be back next week with some springtime inspiration, and a sneak peek at my brand new “Refresh your Home”  interior design class.

Stay fabulous,

Anne xxx
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The Room Junkie Story – Love your home!

The Room Junkie Story
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My manifesto – I want you to love your home as much as I love mine!

I originally trained as a Nurse, and was a stay at home Mum for years, but Interior Design has always been my abiding passion and obsession.

Our first family home was a beautiful old house in a leafy suburb of Dublin, Ireland, which we bought in the summer of 1992. Mortgage interest rates suddenly went through the roof (no pun intended!), and we soon realised that we now owned a lovely wreck, which we had no money to do anything with!

This was the catalyst for me to perfect my Interior Design skills. I knew that I had a natural gift for putting interiors together, and a good eye for design, so I decided to study the subject professionally. I first studied with The Regent Academy of Fine Arts in London, and then with Limperts Academy of Design in Dublin, where I was awarded a Diploma in Interior Design with Distinction.

My life’s mission was to transform that old house into a fabulous, functional and stylish home on a shoestring budget. I found that I became obsessed with finding creative and inventive ways of compensating for my modest funds. I wanted it all! A stylish high end look that totally belied the budget. This was the start of my “More Dash than Cash” philosophy, getting the look without the spend! This story has a happy ending, I achieved my goal of creating an amazing home, which we sold successfully, when we relocated to our beloved Donegal, and built our dream home overlooking Lough Swilly.

Fast forward a few years, and I was contacted by an independent TV production company, who asked me to take part in RTE Television’s Showhouse challenge. This was a TV show where two Interior Designers were asked to bring a bare shell to a showhouse, in six days, with a fixed budget, and with the cameras rolling throughout. On the seventh day, the public viewed the house, and voted for their favourite. A sane person would probably have said no, instead I created my first showhouse in six days, with the country watching. An added bonus was the fact that the developer was none other than Shane Filan, of boyband Westlife. He loved my house, and so did the public, and I won the challenge strongly. Again, I had put huge effort into creating an innovative design that is no way reflected the budget. That house was full of cost effective inspiration for first time buyers.

I was hooked. All my life I had passionately believed in the positive benefits of living in a well-designed and inspiring environment. Most people want to live in a beautiful space that reflects and supports their personality and lifestyle. Most people need professional design assistance to realise this dream. The global economic recession effectively changed all that, and I realised that very few people would be able to afford to hire an interior designer in the traditional sense any more. This saddened me terribly, I was determined to find another way, and that’s how Room Junkie was born.

Room Junkie is Interior Design for people who live in the real world. It is the perfect solution for design savvy people who have an idea of how they want their home to look, but don’t have a clue where to start. It is for people who won’t allow a modest budget get in the way of a fabulous home.  It is for people open to rolling up their sleeves, and doing some of the ground work.  It is for people with children and pets, who want a home designed to solve the challenges they bring. I share my home with my husband, three busy sons and two dogs, one of whom, Elsa is a giant breed Leonberger who sheds. I still have a beautiful home.

I want to share all my tips, secrets and inspiration with you on Twitter, Facebook and on my Room Junkie blog. I want to help you have the home you truly deserve. It is my absolute delight to find you amazing, affordable solutions, and I will also share my home, my design projects and my unbridled design passion with you, week in, week out.

Room Junkie, addicted to good design, and showing you how to create the home of your dreams. Join my mailing list now, and I will send you my free eBook ” 101 Interior Design Secrets” just to get you started!  http://bit.ly/1pELdpF

Stay fabulous,
Anne xxx

My Top 10 DIY Tips

My Top 10 DIY Tips
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 Upholster a chair

Take an old chair, and strip off the fabric. Keep the upholstery trim and tacks to reposition when you are finished. If you wish to repaint the chair, now is the best time to do it. Using the fabric that you have removed as a template, cut out your new fabric, and position it neatly. Now use a staple gun to fix it in place. Reapply the upholstery trim, and you are finished.  

Remember this – If I managed to do this, so can you!
Paint old furniture
The cheapest and easiest way to revamp an old piece of furniture is by painting it. If you need to prime it first, my favourite primers are BIN and Bullseye 123, both made by Zinsser. Then add a coat or two of a satinwood  or eggshell paint, you can use a small roller to speed things up. You can add decorative knobs like I did here. These were actually expensive enough, but a little trick is to buy cheap timber knobs, and spray them in silver or gold, or whatever colour you want.


 

Cover an old lampshade

This is a very easy thing to do. Just cut out some leftover wallpaper or a fabric remnant, and spray mount it in position. Use a scalpel knife to trim the edges, and turn the join to the back.


Paint over ugly tiles.

If you have inherited old fashioned, dated tiles, you can easily transform them with a paint like Ronseal One Coat Tile Paint. There are plenty of colour options, although I would advise that you stick to neutrals, letting your accessories provide a colour splash. The paint is waterproof and mould resistant too, so perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. This is so much easier and cheaper than changing your tiles.
Blackboard / Chalk paint

You can have so much fun with blackboard paint or coloured chalk paint. use it to liven up your kitchen message boards, children’s bedrooms and playrooms, and home offices. You are only limited by your imagination. A little word of caution, I would not use it in an asthmatic child’s room, for very obvious reasons.

 
Stencils
Use a stencil to add some interest to a blank wall. It’s a lot cheaper and easier from a DIY perspective. Decals are also a lovely, inexpensive way to dress your walls too. I particularly like the ones with the inspirational quotes in lettering.


You can also use stencils to jazz up cushions, trays, coffee tables, or pretty much any flat surfaces.          
Transform unattractive picture frames

Give dated old picture frames a new lease of life with a coat or two of paint. This is also a good trick to help unify different frames, when you are grouping pictures together.
Lengthen ready made curtains, the no – sew way.

You can often pick up ready made curtains at a very good price. However if your ceilings are high they may not be long enough, and I advise you to always have your curtains at floor length. The look is so much more elegant and luxurious when you do so. Also, you can often pick up a real bargain in shorter length curtains.

If you need to lengthen ready made curtains, you can add some contrasting fabric, as in the photo above. You dont even need to sew it, just use some Vilene Bondaweb to fix the two fabrics together, and then glue some decorative trim over the join if you wish.



 
Big mirrors will open up a small space

Never underestimate the power of a large mirror in opening up a small space. This tiny bathroom was transformed with the addition of a huge mirror over the bath. You only had to view the same bathroom in the house next door, which had no mirror, to appreciate the impact it made. When placing such a big mirror in a bathroom, I would place a de-mist mat behind it, to clear any condensation.
Wallpaper canvas art

Create your own inexpensive DIY art, by covering artists canvas with leftover wallpaper. You can attach it with spray mount, or wallpaper adhesive, whichever you prefer. I have changed the direction of the paper to add some extra interest.




No matter how tough your week is…..

Stay positive and never, ever give up!

Stay fabulous,
Anne xxx

 
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Easy ways to add some calm to your home

Love your home! Easy ways to add some calm.
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How does your home make you feel as you walk through the door?

Is it calm and happy, or is it in chaos due to your frantic lifestyle?

With a little effort,you can transform your home into an oasis of calm that supports and nurtures you from the stresses of everyday life , becoming a place of refuge that you really want to relax and chill out in.

It’s not so hard – let me show you how to do it, using my own home and life experiences as an example.We live a busy life, with three sons and two dogs, yet somehow, we manage to have a calm home.
One – Ditch the Clutter
Clutter creates tension and chaos, whether it is an untidy room, a cupboard or drawer ready to burst open, or a desk strewn with paper. It weighs you down mentally and physically, and you will never achieve a calm home without dealing with it.

Make a plan, carry it out room by room, be ruthless and get rid of everything that you do not love or use.You will quickly tame this beast and be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

If you need any more help, let me guide you with this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pg6GuOnR7s
Two – Colour
I have studied Colour Psychology, and the subject fascinates me. Little in your home will have more impact on you than your colour choices. Colour has the capacity to change your mood and your energy, even your appetite, so learn how different colours can affect you personally before you paint your walls. Remember too, that each room is a single entity that makes up your whole home, so be sure to create a harmonious flow from room to room.This is a simple “showhouse” trick that instantly creates a sense of peace and harmony.

If you unsure how to do this, have a quick look at my video which gives you plenty of practical inspiration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtThIrl-OdU
Three – Treat all Rooms the Same

Do not just declutter your public rooms.

Every individual space, from your cupboards, to your bathrooms and utility room needs to get the same treatment. It can be very easy just to move a pile of junk from one room to another in the name of organisation. Don’t just close the door and put it off for one more day. This is a task which if left undone,  will bother your subconscious, and steal your energy. By simply cleaning and organizing the space you will instantly create harmony and karma. 


 
 
Four – Create a Signature Scent
This is something that I started to do a few years ago, and it brings a lovely sense of comfort to our home.

Memories are tied up in familiar scents, and I just love coming home and smelling Jo Malone’s  Pomegranate Noir, which instantly says “welcome home” to us. I burn the same fragrance throughout the house, and although I aim for subtlety not an overpowering effect, you are always aware of the underlying gorgeous smell. Whenever I am away from home, I bring a travel sized candle with me. It helps me to relax and unwind.

So, pick whatever signature scent you prefer, and try it out in your home.  The secret lies in having the one scent throughout your home. It will definitely contribute to a pleasing familiar sense of contentment. Your family will love you for it.
Five – Let in the light
 
Open up your curtains and blinds every day, and let the sunshine stream into your room. Have your windows cleaned regularly, and also open your windows daily, to clear that stagnant centrally heated air.

Remember to take nice deep breaths!


 
Six – No Technology in the Bedroom.
Your bedroom should only be used for rest and romance. That means no television, no laptop, no social media!

Aim for a serene uncluttered space with crisp cotton bed linen, the best mattress that you can afford, fresh flowers, a scented candle and a good book.
Seven – Bring Nature In
Pull your curtains back as far as possible to bring your garden into the room. Use fresh flowers and plants to energize your space. Plants also help to cleanse and re – oxygenate stagnant air.

The beauty of nature creates an inherent sense of calm and well-being, and we can incorporate these elements into our interior design. Natural stone, water features, rattan and wood sculptures all invoke the peace and beauty of nature.


 
Eight – Positive Inspiration
 

Surround yourself only with things that make you happy and which remind you of happy times. Family photos, holiday photos and anything at all that makes you feel happy, and reminds you of good times.
Nine – Ditch Negative Association


You may not realise this, but your memories and life experiences are hanging from your walls, and physically present in your furniture. If you have experienced a period in your life where you were unhappy or under stress, then some items in your home will subconsciously remind you of these difficult times, and these negative reminders can drain you. Be mindful of anything in your home that has a negative association, and get rid of it.  In life, we should only surround ourselves with those who uplift us, in our home we should do the same, and let go of the memories and things that bring us down. This is one sure fire way to ensure a calm and happy home.

 
Ten – Create an Action Plan


It is so easy to feel overwhelmed with the busyness of our lives. Take a little time to think about what you want your home and life to reflect, and take small steps every day to create a calm and peaceful home. Progress slowly, room by room and you will definitely reach your goal of an ordered, calm and happy home.

 
#WOW Winner, chosen by Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers.
#SBS Winner, chosen by UK Dragon, Theo Paphitis.

Big news! I am actually going to spend the day with Theo in Birmingham on February 12th!!
Winner of RTE’s Showhouse, chosen by the general public.
You can actually watch the show here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D0cekdpjCo
Need some Help?

Are you in need of some design inspiration, or maybe you just don’t have the time, or don’t know were to start?

If any of this this sounds familiar, 
then perhaps I can help. Why don’t you contact me to arrange a free, no obligation consultation?

Or you might like to join my next Interior Design Masterclass, and learn how to do it for yourself.

Email – anne@roomjunkie.com 

Phone – +353 87 6867665

https://www.facebook.com/RoomJunkie


https://twitter.com/roomjunkiecom




 

Use the rest of the week to make a start on creating some calm in your own home.

Stay fabulous,

Anne xxx
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