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Sunshine, warmer days, and longer nights always evoke feelings of fun, happiness, and excitement as we shake off the doom and gloom of the winter months! There’s no better way to embrace spring than to add touches of springtime style throughout your home to brighten up your interior spaces and create a feeling of vibrancy and warmth in every room. We’ve got a quick list of ways you can easily bring that springtime feel inside to brighten up the atmosphere in your home!

A Touch of Greenery

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Take inspiration from the blooming buds of spring by adding touches of greenery wherever you can. A floating shelf dedicated to beautiful, overflowing plants that drape themselves over each other and hang down will instantly add colour and texture to a blank wall. Alternatively, you can purchase a large planter pot and add a tall indoor plant or tree to the corner of a few different rooms, bringing life to each space. If you want to add some lush foliage to one of your rooms year-round, add wallpaper with a leafy design to create an eye-catching statement!

Pops of Colour

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Not too keen on touches of green? Try pops of colour! Accent cushions, a jewel-toned armchair in a rich plum or teal, or even a brightly coloured couch will instantly brighten up your interiors. Add a large piece of artwork with bright abstract hues to a white wall for a shot of colour in an otherwise neutral space. A statement piece of furniture in a bright colour will make the room seem instantly brighter and warmer, so look for lush pink velvets, indigo blues, or pastel colours when you’re furniture shopping. You could also reupholster an existing chair or couch with a bright pattern to inject some colour into your living area.

Textures and Embellishments

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Every season’s style dictates that texture is key to creating a style aesthetic, and spring is no different. Add in light throw blankets made from cotton, linen, and bamboo to create texture and depth to beds and couches. Look for cushions in velvets and other soft fabrics, as well as ones that are adorned with pom-poms, tassels or ruching for that extra layer of texture. Add wall hangings made from macramé to evoke that boho, summery feel, and find accessories with touches of gold that will glisten when the sun touches them to enhance that feeling of warmth inside.

Embrace Indoor/Outdoor Living

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If you have an alfresco area that’s been neglected during winter, now’s the time to brighten it up for spring! Buy brightly coloured cushions for your seating area to make the space pop, and look for an outdoor rug with a colourful geometric pattern on it. Update your outdoor servingware to include happy, sunny colours – you could even embrace a tropical theme for your table with a few fun accessories like salad bowls, water jugs, and platters. The key is to create a space that feels relaxed and fun as the warm weather approaches.

By incorporating some pops of colour, touches of greenery, and some beautiful textures inside your home, you’ll be able to create a springtime style aesthetic that truly evokes a feeling of warmth when your rooms are bathed in sunshine. For more home inspiration and interior design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

As one of the most highly anticipated nights of the year, New Year’s Eve often falls short of the hype leaving us broke and annoyed. Understandably the immense costs of going out, buying a new outfit and keeping the drinks flowing can make it seem all too difficult. But you needn’t miss out on this year’s night of nights. Bring your New Year’s Eve celebrations right into the comfort of your home.

Just follow these helpful ideas to get the party rolling and you’ll be merrily celebrating with friends and family in true festive style.

As one of the most highly anticipated nights of the year, New Year’s Eve often falls short of the hype leaving us broke and annoyed. Understandably the immense costs of going out, buying a new outfit and keeping the drinks flowing can make it seem all too difficult. But you needn’t miss out on this year’s night of nights. Bring your New Year’s Eve celebrations right into the comfort of your home.

Just follow these helpful ideas to get the party rolling and you’ll be merrily celebrating with friends and family in true festive style.

Invitations

The first most important element of your party are the invitations. They are integral because they inform your guests on the length and theme of the party and if they required to participate in any way (dress up, BYO etc.). The cheapest way to do this is to set up a Facebook event invite or send text messages. If you’re old school, you can design your invitations on the computer to print and mail out.

Theme

Giving your company a dress code can add an element of fun to your party. If you’re stuck as to which theme to choose – think about your interests. If you love the Batman series, have a Superheros and Villains party or if your favourite colour is purple, ask that everyone wear a ‘Splash of Purple.’ The options are endless.

If you’re doing it on the cheap: Your guests shouldn’t have to fork out exorbitant amounts of money on expensive costumes. Suggest to friends that are strapped for ideas, or can’t afford to spend big on frivolity to hire their outfit from a costume store or get creative and make do with what they have.

Food!

Sometimes neglected, food and drink are the most critical elements to the overall success of your shindig. Big statement – but think about it, there’s nothing worse than rocking up to a party, starving in anticipation of food, only to find some measly crackers and some ‘no name’ party lollies. Food is by far a major draw card – so put on a spread.

If you’re doing it on the cheap:  If you’re a short on funds, you could do a big pasta bake for everyone to share. It’s far more cost effective than sausages and bread and can be good to line the stomach if alcohol is being consumed. Still too expensive? Ask you guests to bring a plate and spread the responsibility, after all you’re supplying the venue. And remember that whatever you do, being together is the main thing.

In keeping with your particular theme, you could attempt to create this recipe for Baked Tuna and Chive Pasta.

Music

Okay so, you have the costumes and the food sorted – you’re almost ready to par-tay! If you want to get your guest linking arms and chinking their glasses to see in the New Year, you must have tunes to get them going.  Depending on the theme you have chosen, you could have specific music or prepare a list of your favourite dance songs to get them in the mood. Create a playlist with your ipod or Mp3 player and connect it to some speakers for the night – too easy! Choose lively, upbeat tracks so you have them boogieing until midnight and beyond.

So now you’re ready to countdown, 3, 2, 1 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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