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An Idyllic Week Away At Riverside Cottage in North Yorkshire Dales

An idyllic cottage that's situated beside the beautiful River Ribble is the perfect accommodation to relax and recuperate from normality. The cottage being beside the river oozed tranquility and wonderment, there is no other way to drink of cup of tea in the mornings. It was a much needed break that my family needed. 

Our cottage was aptly name River Cottage, nestled on the banks of River Ribble beside neighbouring other cottages on a VERY narrow private road. It was so cute with many trees, shrubbery and plants surrounding the accomodation. The cottage also has the added attraction of a picturesque unfenced pondside garden which attracts an abundance of wildlife throughout the year. This was one of the prettiest gardens we have ever come across, the pondside was always full of ducks and ducklings, so a favourite for the little lady. My favourite part was the short walk across the bridge over River Ribble to watch the water flowing, wildlife, and fish. It's was such a tranquil setting.

River cottage offers cosy and welcoming accommodation spanning three floors and offering superb views over the river and adjoining open countryside particularly from the gable end windows. As soon you enter the cottage you are met with a beautiful living room equipped with an open fire and entertainment system. The whole style of the cottage is elegant country chic with hints of vintage. 

The kitchen was more than spacious and the door led to a terrace where you could happily sit drinking your morning coffee and eating crumpets, we did this many times during our stay. It was the best way to start our mornings, the local people were always super friendly calling 'Good Morning' as they walked by. The kitchen itself was more than ample for the five of us and the cupboard space was a second to none, however a little high for someone like me. In the kitchen there was an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine. Being in this kitchen for a week has made me really want to redesign our kitchen, much to my husband's disappointed. The kitchen led to the dining room that had a really big dining table and chairs, perfect for dining during the evenings. 

The first floor led to the first bedroom and the bathroom. This is something that either makes or breaks a stay for me and the bath was so good. It's the biggest bath I have ever been in and was the perfect way to relax and indulge in some me time. 

We were sharing the accommodation with my parents and so seeing as we had the little one we took the top floor equipped with a double and twin room. The little lady loved how spacious her room was and the fact that Rapunzel got her own bed was even better. The only downside to being on the top floor was the steep stairs, I have to be completely honest and say that it was testing on the legs and thighs. 

River cottage is more than equipped with everything you will need for a break away with family and friends. It's a luxurious home-from-home including condiments, coffee and tea all ready and waiting upon arrival making sure you feel welcome and prepared for the week of adventures ahead. Everything about your stay River Cottage is carefully considered, it’s what makes them stand apart from other cottage we have stayed in, that's for sure. 

There were so much to see and do around Settle with many attraction being right on our door step. Places like Lime Kiln, Stainforth Force, Scaleber Waterfall as well Jubilee and Victoria Cave which are great for those who like to explore on foot. Settle has the great pubs, cafes and restaurants that are fantastic value for money, such as the Singing Kettle and Ye Old Naked Man. For little ones there is an amazing toys shop The House That Jack Built, it's a must do. We shall be back!

What Makes a House a Home?

What makes a house a home? A simple question, but the answer is not always easy. Creating the perfect home means different things to different people, but for most of us, our surroundings are where we can truly express ourselves. You may have caught my latest post about our recent home office update? We have been making some big changes in our household and spending the last few months turning our house into a home. Our home office has been quite a big project for us and finally what seems like forever we finally have a lovely modern and minimalist home office. But now it's time for our next project, the living room. We have changed the colour of the walls and added in a lovely new carpet but the room is missing a little character and so our focus now is adding so decor into the room, but we are interested in making the decor more personal to make our house feel like a home. 

In the search of some inspiration it seems that too many people want their homes to look like someone else's, especially if you find yourself looking for inspiration over on the gram or pinterest. But shouldn't your home reflect who you are and what you love? If you're not sure how to express yourself through your decor, here is an idea that is unique, personal and pretty cool. GreaterSkies create some of the most unique personalised star maps, which shows the alignment of the stars above you at a moment in time special to you. This would be the perfect gift for those who are mesmerised by stars, space and universe that's for sure. GreatSkies uses separate sources used by NASA to compute the alignment at any given time and from any given point. Pretty impressive! Each map shows around 7,000 – 8,000 stars, which includes the constellations that are clearly marked out.

This is really unique piece of art to have in your home and one that is sure to get people talking. As we are looking to add more personal touches to our living room I think that a personalised map of a special date to us; the day we moved in is the perfect way to add those all important finishing touches. Each and every single map is unique to the next one, but GreaterSkies has a real focus in the detail as each map is printed on high quality paper and beautiful framed. 

At the moment there are two style that are available; Night Sky and Classic which are available in a range of colours, especially apt if you're seeking a colour theme in your room. Each print will be framed in a black styrene frame which gives a superior finish and also has UV protection which makes finding the perfect spot to hang it that bit easier. We decided to get a Night Sky print for our living room because of the solid black background, combined with the miriad colors of the thousands of stars, it's such a statement. 

Our custom poster is beautifully printed on high-quality 260gsm photographic paper, with archival-quality UV-resistant inks meaning the colours will not fade over time when exposed to light. The framed poster comes in two different size 40x50cm or 50x70 cm. For our poster we decided to get a medium framed print 40x50cm and that one step further and added a personalised message. 'The sky over Norfolk on September 11th 2013' and underneath this we decided to add an extra special message 'On this day, under the stars a house became our home'. It's the perfect addition to our living room.

I must admit, when it comes to choosing your map, frame and adding messages the ordering process is so simple. You basically choose the date and time, then find the location either by typing in the name or a postcode. You get two different text boxes. One is more of a title and the other adds detail this is where you can add a special or personalised message. If you have any problem in trying to figure out what you'd like on your map the team at GreaterSkies are always more than happy to assist you, I actually had put in the wrong date and they guys at GreaterSkies changed before printing. So a big thumbs up for their outstanding service. The delivery of my map was very quick and just a few days, and the package itself is securely packaged ensuring that the framed map comes in one piece. 

I have to say that I am really impressive with GreaterSkies. The process, the map and the customer is outstanding. The map is stunning and I love how it captured one of my favourite memories! The day we made this house a home. This poster take pride of place in my living room on a feature wall and it always the topic of conversation when family and friends come into my home. It’s one of those products that make a great gift for a special occasion and it’s completely customisable so there’s something for everyone. I would highly recommend GreaterSkies to anyone looking to create an original piece for their home. I’d love to know what memory you’d create a star map for.

DIY Projects To Improve Your Home

We all know that women are very capable of doing DIY, sometimes even more so than men. DIY is fun and there is so much room for creativity when it comes to improving your home. In this article, we are going to take you through some DIY projects that anyone can do to improve their home. You’ll be able to enjoy an increased value or a nicer home to live in if you follow our tips. Keep reading if you’d like to get started on your first project!

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If you want to be able to do some DIY while getting out to enjoy the sun, then you should think about painting the exterior of your home. This totally depends on the material that your house is built from but if possible, think about adding a lick of paint to improve it. Getting this done professionally will be quite expensive and time-consuming, especially if you have a big home. Think about how you could dive right into this DIY project and show the rest of your street your fresh looking home!

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Want to give yourself more space to do activities or create more storage space? Think about doing a big DIY project by investing in and building a steel building for your property. Armstrong Steel let you pick the colours, the size and many other details of your re-engineered building and all you need to do is build it yourself. Their steel buildings are durable and can make great outdoor offices, games rooms or even offices. You’ll love this DIY project when you’re done with it!

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If you want to give yourself a DIY project that will make your home look amazing, you should think about upcycling your old furniture. This is really easy to do, and you’ll find loads of guides online that will take you through the process. Think about adding some nice cushions to your old wooden chairs or even repainting or adding some varnish to an old table. There is some much that you can do with this and you will feel great after spending some time on some of your furniture. 

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Our final DIY project leaves you with some space to get creative. Storage is very important in any home and finding spaces to store things that are out of the way can be difficult. You should think about upgrading your storage by using things like shoe organisers in your pantry or old CD stands to hold spices and other kitchen essentials. Storage is especially important in your kid’s rooms because they will have so many things so think about adding some baskets to the walls or creating some under-bed storage. Get creative with this one and you’ll love how you’ve shown off your DIY skills!

Make sure to try out our DIY projects if you want to improve how your home looks and feels this summer!

Window Screening That Is Suitable For The Media Room

Selecting the most appropriate screening for the home can be a challenge at the best of times and if there’s one room in the home where you need complete blackout facilities, it is the media room. For most families, this would be the living room, where the home theatre sits in all its glory, while some families are lucky enough to have a separate room that is dedicated to watching movies. Either way, in order to fully appreciate that epic film, one needs to block out all of the exterior lighting and there are special blackout roller blinds that are designed to do just that, yet in a stylish way.

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If you want functionality with style, blackout roller blinds are the perfect solution and a leading blinds supplier like Made to Measure Blinds can create blackout blinds UK homeowners can use in their homes. Their wide range of colours and rich fabrics make for the ideal selection and as the blinds are fabricated to your precise measurements, they will fit like a glove.

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Not everyone wants black blinds and while they are available, there are also a range of bright and attractive colours and they even have a selection of patterned blinds, making the right choice easy. Roller blinds offer effortless adjustment - you can blackout the entire room with a single pull - and providing the blinds are made to measure, you can almost achieve total darkness, which is the best way to view any film. If you would like some inspiration regarding colour choices in your living room, here is an informative article that offers some good ideas.

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You might be thinking that made to measure blinds are expensive, yet with self-installation, they are very affordable. Providing, of course, you purchase them from a leading supplier and the easiest way to locate such a company is with an online search. The supplier’s website would contain all the information you need to accurately measure for the blinds, along with easy to follow instructions for fitting. Of course, you could enlist the help of a professional blind installer, but if you can hang a picture on the wall, then you can fit the blinds.

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Pleated blinds also offer complete coverage and with thick fabric, the blinds do offer a certain level of sound insulation. It is very much down to personal taste, but for efficiency, roller blinds are hard to beat and are therefore, the screening solution of choice for the majority of homeowners who want to be able to blackout a room completely.

Of course, the blinds do need to look like they belong, so when choosing colour, take into account the colours you have used in your living or media room. If you are prepared to do some online searching, you are sure to come across a top quality blind supplier and providing they supply the units made to your exact specifications, you really can’t go wrong.

Styling a Modern and Minimalist Home Office for a Girl Boss

As you many know, we have been making some big changes in our household and we have been spending the last few months turning our house into a home. Although we have minimal scheme throughout our home and the majority of the decorating is completed, it still feels as if some rooms in our house lack finishing touches. And lately, we have been searching high and low for the perfect touches to add to our home. One room is the main focus for us at the moment is our home office, we both wanted to create a space for me, a space to feel comfortable, relaxed in order to help me keep focused as a professional blogger. There are always ways in which you can create a luxury office space without spending a fortune so this post is all about styling our modern and minimal office on a shoestring budget. In this post you will get a few tips, and great products to use to update your current home office. 

*This post is in collaboration with DESENIO, Use code ‘mimiroseandme’ for 25% off all prints between 14th August and 16th August ONLY! Excluding frames and handpicked/collaboration posters.*

When it comes to creating the perfect home office I am eager to make my space functional yet it needs to work with the rest of the room. I don't really want too many pieces of furniture in the space, and I most definitely don't want the desk to take over the room either. I am hoping to create a space that's well organised and everything has a place so I can feel comfortable, relaxed ensuring that I can stay focused. As a basis for the home office a simple and crisp white design is always a classic option that will never date, and with the right styling it can be warm and inviting space to enjoy. I have decided to go for subtle accents of neutrals and blush pink to give a softer touch to the office, with touches of gold metallics for a cosy but chic room. Texture is another great way to mix-up an all-white bedroom design. Knitted cushions, woolen throws and thick rugs will make a white room look cosy. I can't help but feel that these styles together are a great way to achieve a completely unique look in a white room. 

We have a pretty minimalist look throughout our home but nothing would be more fitting that layer blush pink with gold hues because who doesn't think that this is a match made in design heaven. They are like one of those couples that bring out the best in one another. The gold metallics give the blush pink a bit of edge and the pink brings out the warmer tones of the gold. I'm in love with metallics at the moment, as they bring a fresh new twist to spaces. But not in a way where they give a room a cold and stark feel, gold metallics give a room a warmer aesthetic, but not only that they have an ability to work with any colour palette. 

Lighting is also something that I am really keen on updating, at the moment we have a ceiling light pendant and I am so eager to change this. But seeing as I will be spending a great deal of time working in this office space it makes complete sense to update the lighting, and add an desk lamp too. After all staring at a computer screens and looking through paperwork is definitely going to be hard on my eyes, so finding adequate lighting to brighten my space is essential. Not only will it brighten a space it will also create some ambiance and set the mood in the room. In order to get the most from the lighting I think spot lighting is best, as this way I will be able to adjust the lighting accordingly. IKEA is the perfect budget friendly place for home updates, I am thinking of either adding brass or gold style lighting in the hopes that it will bring out the blush pink and neutral carpet. 

As much as I would like to fill my home offices with lots of decor and things to help me build some character, I actually hate clutter. Throughout my home, everything has a place and dare anything even think about moving it. So as you can imagine I am really keen on keeping the home office style minimalist, simple with a modern twist that shows a little character. Some of the best spaces are just functional, clean and oozes beauty, so a home office needs to show your personality. So once you have built the foundations of the design, it's time to think about getting a couple of quirky touches, remembering that can be budget friendly. There are so many great places were you can find some little touches that don't cost the earth like these faux flowers from Home Bargains for £4 and this Kilner jar. It add such a feminine feel to the room. Some of little bits that was are on my desk were a New York Luxe Candle from Next, it added a touch of luxury and smells amazing. A small rose trinket pot that was given to me by Nan, sentimental and goes really well and a cute little Ted Baker Box which was a gift from my husband. 

A feature wall or desk with illustrations, prints or art is also great place to start. If you're looking to create a little style in your home and you're completely obsessed with the gram and pinterest for inspiration they you would have heard of Desenio. With hundreds of photos, quotes, illustrations and wall art prints to choose from, Desenio have pretty much made it an absolute dream to choose the perfect touches to any space. In fact, they make it so easy with such an wide range of amazing products that it may be hard to settle on just one. And to take it one step further when choosing your art, illustration or print there is a really handy feature on their website that selects the perfect sized frame for your prints, so you don't have to. 

Desenio and their collections are the perfect choice when it comes to styling on home office. As you know the style of room is very minimalist and simple with blush pink, white and neutrals with a feminine and girl boss feel throughout. To coincide with my feminine theme, I wanted to go with a combination of sketch art and a couple of quotes to really create an atmosphere within the room. My favourite print without a doubt is this gorgeous sketch 'Hide' which is a black and white hand drawn sketch of a female, I decided to get this in the largest size 50cm x 70cm. I have to say that this fits perfectly in a feminine minimalist theme, and goes well with this lovely typography poster 'She Designed a Life She Loved' I mean who doesn't like an inspiring quote in your work space to keep you focused. And I really think that this paired with 'XO Black Poster' really sets off the space. I decided to get all of these prints framed in a gorgeous gold and I have to say I am really with impressed with the quality of the frames and prints. 

As the colour scheme is white, blush pink and neutrals I have selected a few pieces for a pine book shelf we already had to contrast those finishing touches. I am thinking about painting this book shelf white, but I can't decide whether to keep it like this or paint it? But for now I have been buying little purchases every now and again and adding them to the shelves. I have picked up a few homeware pieces from places like Next, Sainsbury's and TK Maxx, actually I spend far too much time and money down the homeware aisles. Adding some pretty prints to the shelves really makes a difference. The prints for the book shelf were small measuring 13cm x 18cm and oh my they are pretty darn cute. The first one is the Flamingo Aquarelle which is painted in watercolour and is perfect for the feminine girl boss theme we have in the room. Always be a Flamingo in a flock of Pigeons. Next up we placed the '& Poster' on there too because, well frankly, I really liked it, and I have to say it looks so stylish on the there with my flowers, teacup and candles. Both of these prints were also in gold frames as I wanted to keep to the same frames for any art, illustration or quotes in the room

I’m really happy with my new home office so far, we still have a lot to do. A lick of paint on the walls and paint the handmade book shelf. Slowly but surely the room is coming together really well and sure has a lot of character. Having a space for me is such a great way for me to be proactive and stay focused, meanwhile looking super pretty at the same time. I really think that making a couple of changes within a space can make all the difference. These framed prints really added a certain classy chic feel to the room, at first I struggled choosing the prints for the rest of our home because there was so much choice. You would find it really hard to NOT find something you love. And with prints starting from as little as £2.95 and in sizes 13x18cm right up to 70x100cm, you are going to want to make that order especially as you can get 25% off posters on Desenio with my code! Use code ‘mimiroseandme’ for 25% off all prints between 14th August and 16th August ONLY! Excluding frames and handpicked/collaboration posters. 

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