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DIY Projects To Improve Your Home

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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

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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

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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. 

Simple Skincare: Water Boost Range

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Lately I have a big shakeup with my skin care routine and so far it's been great. However, all this sunshine has been affecting my skin making it dry and sensitive meaning that some products irritate and cause more harm to my skin than they should do. One thing that has become clear to me when developing a good skincare routine is the importance of hydration, and with all this sun my skin has become very dehydrated. Most people understand that skin hydration is important for healthy skin. After all most people apply a moisturising cream on daily basis in an attempt to stop their skin from becoming dry. However skin hydration is much more than dryness. Hydration also affects the skins ability to renew in the dermis and for skin cells to shed effectively from the epidermis. And if the skin is lacking in hydration, all sorts of skin problems can occur. To fix dehydrated skin, you need to address your skin care routine and your overall health. This means hydrating from the inside out.


Simple changes such as drinking more water and eating foods that are jam packed full of vitamins and minerals can make all the difference. Think about limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake. The bottom line with alcohol, and caffeine, is that if you are dehydrated, your skin isn't getting enough moisture and it can dry out. If you're trying to moisturise from the inside out, you will want to limit these drying culprits, or avoid them altogether. Something that else you could do is change your skincare routine with this new Simple Water Boost range which has been developed with skin-essential minerals, plant extract and nothing harsh binding itself skin deep down for long lasting hydration. And now a couple of products from this Water Boost ranges have made it into my skincare routine and I must say they definitely pack a punch with it comes to hydrating my skin.


Lightweight and silky in texture, Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream delivers instant and long-lasting hydration to dull, thirsty skin. It's non-greasy formula smooths away dryness for skin that looks and feels healthy and revitalized with no sticky residue. Skin is better protected against dehydration and sensitivity with every use. Oh this is so good. I actually cannot tell you how much I love this hydrating cream. At first I was a little dubious with it being a gel and I thought that perhaps it would dry my skin out or leave my skin feeling oily. I was looking for something that would be a good mixture of hydrating my skin without leaving a heavy residue on my face, and this gel did just that. And so this is something that I will keep in my daily skincare routine from here on out because my skin has never felt so hydrated. I must admit when I first used the gel cream it doesn't seem like your skin will absorb it but after lightly massaging it in, your skin just feel so good. There's no residue and it's not greasy whatsoever. In my opinion, it would work for any skin type because there's literally no residue and it just absorbs into the skin so nicely and naturally. 



Simple's Water Boost Hydrating Booster is specifically designed to reverse dehydration signs such as dry, rough, tight or dull looking skin, making it ideal for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. Lightweight formulation instantly quenches thirsty skin, making it look and feel healthy, supple and soft to the touch. This is a tube of goodness. Trust me. This hydrating booster feels so lightweight with a clear gel-like consistency but it was NOT sticky or heavy, it felt just right! A little goes a long way so I would recommend using about a pea sized amount. I liked how it instantly replenished my skin before I used a moisturiser. Every morning I will use this hydrating booster before applying my face cream, I just find that this really helped the cream to sink deeper into those layers to replenish my dehydrated skin. Another great thing about this booster is that it doesn't have a scent to it, like some traditional creams and gels and it did not upset my sensitive skin whatsoever. I think the only thing that I would say is don't put any of this cream on broken skin, it stings. But other that that, this booster is really something else. I highly recommend trying it if you have dry, dehydrated sensitive skin, and are looking for a lightweight chemical free, plant based booster to add to your skin care routine. It is perfect for the summer time!



As well as moisturising during the day, it's also important to make sure you look after your skin during the night. After a tough day battling impurities your skin naturally rejuvenates overnight and the majority of night creams are specifically designed to enhance this process by boosting the skin with moisture and also targeting specific skin concerns like fine lines. So reversing the sign of dehydrating skin while you sleep with Simple's Water Boost Skin Quench Sleeping Cream. It's silky, lightweight gel cream formula absorbs quickly into skin to replenish dull and tired skin, so you are ready for the day ahead. I can’t rave about this stuff enough! It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and glowy!!! Dries really fast but still leaves you will a dewy look but non greasy. My dry skin just soaks it up! It’s amazing as all ingredients are natural and plant based so nice and gentle on your skin.


So, as you can see I am pretty impressed with this Simple Water Boost Range. It's so much better than their regular products and I already have an eye on their Micellar Cleansing Water, Hydrating Boost Mask, and their wipes. This range is great in hydrating the skin, but also the fact that it's completely budget friendly make it even better. Have you tried anything from Simple's Water Boost Range? If so, what did you think?

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hair Treats

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During the summer when it comes to my hair or skin there are certain scents that I gravitate towards, and coconut being one of them. I sure I am not the only one who thinks this too. So over the last few weeks I have been getting lost in the scent of coconut and imagining I’m on an exotic island. Well, one can wish. So for now I will have to settle on using Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Range which is just something else. I have been using a couple of products from the range and I must say I am very impressed and the fact that they are very budget friendly makes them even better. I am pretty sure that you have come across Palmer's at one time or another as they have a wide range of products that can tackle different areas of within the beauty world. Ranges such as Skin Success, Shea Butter Formula, Olive Butter Formula, Coconut Oil Formula, Olive Oil Formula and Hair Success. Their pregnancy range is something that I used religiously when I was pregnant with my daughter, especially their Cocoa and Shea body butters as well as their lotions and oils. And so I am very excited to share a little about the Coconut Oil Formulas treats I have been using.



Every now and then we have to make time for a little deep conditioning. Deep conditioners or hair masks are an essential part of a healthy hair care routine, whether you're natural or not, and no matter your curl type. And yet, so many people don't know how to properly deep condition their hair, or neglect the practice altogether! However, with this Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack you can treat your hair to a little extra nourishment in one simple step. This protein pack is jam packed with vitamin E and is a great way to kick start a deep conditioning. This little pack certainly packs a punch and smells absolutely amazing, it restores and replenishes dry, damaged hair with coconut milk, keratin & silk protein. I have naturally wavy, thick hair. So it literally can't handle any kind of heat without frizzing. So any kind of conditioner that comes my way, I'll use every last drop! The texture was thicker than my regular conditioner and it definitely smelt like coconut oil! I could feel that it was helping to smooth down my ends. However, once dry, my hair did feel heavy. It seemed to be greasier and certainly needed a wash quicker than usual. I think on my next use I will use less product in the hopes that it will nourish and replenish my hair without leaving a heavy and greasy feeling. 



Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo is a rich, creamy shampoo, free of sulfates and harsh detergents, that gently cleanses and removes buildup without stripping hair or interrupting it's delicate moisture balance. This one is particular great for battling those with dry, damaged or colour treated hair, which is just what I need with my thick, wavy and frizzy hair. I use this shampoo every time I wash my hair! It is conditioning and leaves my hair feeling and smelling amazing. It is paraben and sulphate free which is a bonus for me. It works well on keeping my hair colour fading and it's good to use on longer hair length. It lathers reasonably well and leaves my hair feeling clean and the scent really lasts in your hair. 


Just in case you are not familiar with the concept of co-washing, let me briefly explain. As you can imagine co-washing is just as it sounds, washing the hair with conditioner only. It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you’re a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage. For those with textured or drier hair, it can make all the difference. By co-washing it can make the hair more manageable, easier to comb and of course be softer. This lightweight, sulphate-free cleansing conditioner delivers all I expected co-washing to be and then some. It gently removes any product build up, oil and general dirt, all the while leaving my hair beautiful. This co-wash doesn't lather up as much as a traditional shampoo, and this has a gorgeous and exotic coconut scent. The texture of the product itself is pretty thick and is super easy to apply to the hair. At first I was a little put off with using the co-wash as I wasn't too sure what to expect, as the product looks super thick and I didn't want it to leave me with a product heavy feel to my hair. But I was impressed, this little bottle of cleansing conditioner co-wash has really opened up my eyes to the whole co-washing idea. 




If your hair is in need of a major moisture boost, then you really need to try this repairing conditioner which is a blend of hydrating coconut oil with Tahitian monoi to rejuvenate dehydrated hair and bring your strands back to life. Plus, the creamy formula coats each strand for a silky-smooth, detangled finish. After a few uses I really started to see a difference. It doesn't dry out my hair which some tend to do afterwards combing my hair out. It smells so good. My hair is very thick, dry, and damaged. So I am on my way to recover my hair and I feel like this product will continue to help my hair a lot by adding shine and strengthen. I've tried countless different types and combinations of shampoos and conditioners on my hair and it still remains really frizzy and dry feeling. But using this once a week has really helped me battle the frizz and leave my hair feeling super smooth, replenished and definitely nourished. 



This Coconut Oil Formula Weightless Shine Dry Oil Mist is a lightweight, moisture-rich spray combines the strengthening power of keratin protein with the blend of 8 Essential Hair Oils. Raw Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Amla Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Passion Flower Maracuja Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Kukui Nut Oil. I always a little wary about using oils and mists in my hair, as I have used some that have been far too heavy for my hair and did nothing for me. And like the other products in the coconut oil formula range this one smells just as good. With this oil, a little goes a long way and it leaves my hair looking nourished and so shiny. This is one product that I will definitely be keeping in my hair care routine and I have noticed a difference when I don't use it!

In a nutshell, the Coconut Oil Formula treats are something else, I am genuinely impressed with the results. I'm not too sure if I would use the hair mask as much, perhaps a monthly thing. But nonetheless the range is great and one that I will be keeping in my hair care routine. Are you familiar with the Coconut Oil Formula range? If so, do you have any products you'd recommend?

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