How to create a minimalist look in your home

Many people strive to create a modern and minimalistic feel in their homes. The clean look and tidy surroundings have made a 21st century impression on many people who despise clutter and visual distractions. The modern design has become a popular trend, especially on those whose main focus is the function of their home. It can be tough to create such surroundings, so we have put together a quick guide to what you may need to create this minimalistic feel.

The first thing you will need to consider is what kind of flooring you want in your home. For a minimalist look try not to use complex designs or patterns, a good quality wooden floor, such as the ones available at All Floors Express. Of course, you can use ceramic tiles, laminated flooring, Vinyl and create a simple and stunning look.

When it comes to colours, white is definitely the obvious choice, its clean and pristine looking. However, don’t think that white is the only colour you can use when creating a minimalistic look. A splash of vibrant colour will add warmth and a homey feel to every room. Bright colours, including white will also give the room a lighter appearance.

The biggest thing in any room is the furniture, so it is always best to simplify a room by looking at the furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture you have in a room the better. Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and liveability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture with solid, subdued colours.

The key to creating a minimal home is to use only items that are important and essential to you. Things and furniture that you need are the only ones that you should keep. If you think you lack some essential stuff, then you may also add some. But essentially, you need to do away with those you don’t really need.

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Top Snap Back Caps on a Budget

Snapback caps are the new trend, and anyone who’s anyone is wearing one. There are so many choices, colours, designs, styles it’s a mind field when you are going to choose your first one. They can get very expensive too, but you don’t need to pay over the odds for a fantastic snapback cap which screams streetwear style!

Here are the top 5 choices of snapback caps on a budget;1. Durkl Backroad Cord Snapback hat

The Durkl Back Road hat is a snapback style cap set in a red corduroy material. It features a nice leather patch on the front with the Durkl logo on it. The bright colour is a great focus point for a snapback hat. We love it!

2. And Still x For All To Envy Vintage Anaheim Mighty Ducks

 

Back in the day Mighty Ducks was every kid’s favourite film, so this snap back could be one of the coolest caps around.

3. HUF Clothing Classic H Wool Starter Snapback

HUF Clothing is the brainchild of pro skater Keith Hufnagel. You know you are getting the best when buying from HUF. HUF is a strong skateboarding influenced brand with some nice streetwear touches, such as the simple but effective H embossed at the front. Fine a selection of HUF Snapback caps at iConsume.

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The perfect summer picnic locations

When it comes to picnics people tend to talk about them to put them off as it can seem more hassle than its worth. All the preparations, deciding where to go, driving there can all seen daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be an exciting and fun activity for the whole family, and one which every member can participate in, the perfect summer get together.

With miles of beautiful countryside to choose from around the UK, we have dwindled them down to the top 3 places to visit for your family picnic. For those whose picnic preparation isn’t quite up to scratch, there are also plenty of ways to make it extra-special with the delicious seasonal food on offer at the many cafés and shops which surrounds some of these beautiful areas.

Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall.

Set in a steep gorge, this place demonstrates the power of water and its impact on industry. Our film 'Reflections on Tin' traces its 400-year history, from 1584, including a visit by the famous artist JMW Turner. An early water-powered tin works was the last industry here. Today the waters of the River Dulais are used to make Aberdulais Falls self-sufficient in environmentally friendly energy. It has the largest electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe. Lifts enable you to access the cinema and the upper levels for excellent views of the falls.

High Force Waterfall.

Discover the force of nature at High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, located at Forest-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham. Raby Castle is situated 20 miles further east at Staindrop. High Force will be operating Summer opening hours daily from 25th March onwards. The walk to the waterfall, the car park, and all visitor facilities such as the shop and toilets will be open. Car parking charges and admissions to the waterfall walk will apply, see below for details.

Mottisfont Abbey.

Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely old house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, with art that intrigues and delights. Come back throughout the year to see different exhibitions in the gallery and the latest installations by our artists in residence. Carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round.

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Transform your bedroom into a summer oasis

Why not celebrate everything the summer has to offer with redecorating your bedroom to give you the same feel you would get on a tropical holiday abroad? Even a few little pieces can transform the feel of your bedroom. Follow these easy steps for a bright summer change.

 

Little and simple accessories such as freshly cut flowers in a plain white or glass vase can add just the summer feel you are looking for, and with the fresh smell it gives off it will be a pleasure to wake up to on a sunny morning. A fringes throw in a soft pastel colour is a great accessory to make your bed give off a summer feel, and paired with oversized euro-pillows it will make your bed look more finished and comfortable. These pillows are great to prop you up whilst reading you favourite summer book too!

2. If you are thinking about adding new furniture to your bedroom, or even a lick of paint make sure you go for light materials in natural colours. These will look the best for the summer. Lightweight textured materials, like rattan, wicker and bamboo, work great for summer furniture.

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Top floors

Every now and again we see something which captures our imagination and leaves us wanting more. Optical illusions have a knack for grasping my attention, and these fantastic street portraits are the reason why. If only we could take these imaginative designs and bring them into our homes. Carpets are fantastic for our home life, such as the ones offered from All Floors Express, but these designs are truly fantastic works of art.

You may not want this anywhere near your home, it is truly scary, but the detail and effort gone into creating this piece of art if amazing. A Painting which looks far more than just a painting.

This is slightly less terrifying than the previous; its fun concept boggles the mind with its amazing 3D effects.

This image makes it very hard to believe that there isn’t actually any water flowing into the drain, everything is painted!

This is an example of an anamorphic illusion created by Julian Beever. This sidewalk drawing was drawn in a special distortion in order to create an impression of 3 dimensions when seen from one particular viewpoint.

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Your Essential Hiking Accessories

When heading out for a hike you will need a number of professional hiking accessories to help keep you safe and protected whilst out and about.

 

When you are hiking good quality walking boots are essential, trainers are guaranteed to give you sore feet and blisters, so if you are aiming to hike for long periods of time, invest in a pair of comfortable and sturdy walking boots. Make sure your boots support your foot and ankle equally to avoid slips or falls.

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Why Toggi are the Best Equestrian Boots

When looking for the best in equestrian supplies then many people in the know look no further than Toggi. Toggi is an outdoor and equestrian clothing brand which has grown dramatically in popularity since it began creating their range of equestrian wear. The brand always strives to produce hard wearing and comfortable clothing that can be worn in all weathers and outdoor condition, therefore it is no wonder it has become a favourite amongst equestrian sport lovers.

It is the craftsmanship of the brands clothing and apparel that has made Toggi what it is today and allowed their equestrian clothing range to become a firm favourite with horse riding enthusiasts. Their Toggi riding boots such as the ones available from Cross Country Style are ideal for equestrian sports.

Toggi offers horse and country lovers a wide range of brand new designs in their current collection of equestrian clothing and outdoor wear.  The Toggi clothing collection is continuously growing to give its customers something stylish, new and different. With such a wide range of Toggi outdoor clothing and Toggi equestrian clothing to choose from.

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Celebrity Child Lookalikes

Nowadays, celebrity kids have become just as sought after for the press as their famous parents, but have you even noticed how similar some celebrity kids actually look as their parents? It’s a good thing these kids have an amazing gene pool to which have sprouted from. Find fantastic designer kids clothing at Base Fashion. Here are some of my favourite celebrity kid’s lookalikes:

Reese Witherspoon and her mini-me daughter Ava show that glamour runs in the family.

Uma Thurman and daughter Maya prove that genes can be strong. These two really are the spitting image on one another.

Tina Fey’s daughter, Alice looks so much like her mum that the little tot even played “young Liz Lemon” in a recent episode of 30 Rock.

Kate Hudson and mother Goldie Hawn not only share golden but also fantastic acting talent. To me, it is an honour," Kate once said of looking like her famous mom. "She's the epitome of beauty: She's beautiful aesthetically, but she is a beautiful mother too."

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Find your equestrian style

When people think of equestrian style many may immediately think of horse riding helmets and matching top and bottoms. This is not the case however, there has been such a huge surge of equestrian fashion that there is a style to suit everyone whilst maintaining the horse riding roots.

Many people who actually follow the equestrian fashion, do not actually ride horses. The style it self has become so popular that you can find equestrian inspired outfits on the high street. Knee high boots, jodpurs, gilets are just some of the items being replicated by top high street brands.

With brands such as Barbour firmly etching themselves into the British culture it is no surprise that equestrian inspired wear has become to popular. Schoffel is another very popular brand which lays its roots into country fashion and equestrian wear.

This stylish and tailored tweed jacket is both stylish and inspired by equestrian fashion. No matter where you plan on wearing it, whether it be on the range with your horse, or on the high street showing off your latest country wear piece.

This fantastic stylish and sporty flat cap is made from superior tweed and us ideal for any country activity. With its comfortable and chic design you will look equestrianesque even when you aren’t doing any country activities.

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Get ready for the colourful summer!

With summer approaching we can already see the weather improving and parts of the south of England have even been promised a heat wave is on its way! Phew, and we thought we were going to be stuck in the cold, miserable winter months for the rest of the year.

So, now Mr. Sunshine has peaked his head out and put his hat on isn’t it time we started to think about upgrading our wardrobe from winter to summer? We certainly think so. Throw your thick North Face coat to the back of the wardrobe and forget about it for another year, its time to think about, colours, patterns, t-shirts, dresses, shorts and anything else summer related!

Summer fashion gives us so much more choice than winter fashion does, we can experiment with colours and patterns we wouldn’t even dream of in the winter months. The high street is becoming filled with a fantastic range of summer wear which is just irresistible. Brands such as Carhartt and other streetwear brands are giving us a sporty yet stylish way to enjoy summer this year. Carhartt is available at iConsume.co.uk.

As well as Carhartt, Vans and Converse have fantastic new and bright designs for us to choose from, these shoes are the perfect choice for both men, women, boys and girls and are guaranteed to look great and feel great no matter what your outfit choice if for that day. The summer is all about having fun in the sun, so make sure you explore you colour choices and brighten up your day with a bright and colourful outfit.

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Men’s Fashion: From the Catwalk to the Computer Screen

With the men’s fashion market enjoying a midyear boom thanks to online sales, many retailers are taking advantage of new male focused fashion lines and showing men exactly how to style their look this summer. Trends may come and go but all top designers know that when it comes to making a statement, it’s the classic looks that will go the distance. Over the last few years the demand for stylish menswear has been increased thanks to the influence of icons such as David Beckham. Beckham’s take on classic men’s wear with a hint of modern style has led to the creation of his own menswear line for H&M, along with a horde of copycats looking to recreate the footballers look. The rise in online sales reflects the fact that shoppers and bargain hunters can now view a never ending stream of fashion updates and celebrity style spots. 68% of male shoppers now use their laptops to purchase clothing whilst a further 15% rely on their smart phones to make a purchase, ideal for those shopping on the go. Retailers such as Frank Wright have noticed a boom in the demand for stylish menswear, with style hunters choosing to stick with classic styles in on trend colours. Menswear used to occupy a secondary space in the industry however 2013 is set to be the year where men’s fashion leaps into the forefront. Unlike women’s fashion, the male market has less disposable fashion trends, highlighting the demand for classic looks with contemporary twists. With summer just around the corner, men’s fashion is set to become bigger than ever and we can’t wait to see what stylish looks will be coming off the catwalk and into our wardrobes.

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Top 3 Outdoor Clothing Brands

The North Face

The North face brand was established in 1968 in San Francisco. The name was chosen because the north face of a mountain in the northern hemisphere is generally the most difficult face to climb. By the 1980s, skiwear was added to the line of products, and eventually camping equipment was added as well. The North Face is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the VF Corporation.

Patagonia

Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder, got his start as a climber in 1953 as a 14-year-old. Yvon’s love for climbing grew and he met otgers who shared his love for the adventure. Patagonia began to see clothing as a way to help support the marginally profitable hardware business, and by 1972 they were selling polyurethane rain cagoules and bivouac sacks from Scotland, boiled-wool gloves and mittens from Austria, and hand-knit reversible "schizo" hats from Boulder. You can find this, along wuith many other top outdoor clothing brands at theepicentre.co.uk

Mountain Equipment

Mountain Equipment was established in 1961 and since have been equipping expeditions for the hardest conditions on Earth. They have participated in every British first ascent of an 8000m peak, been part of more than 175 Everest summits by International Mountain Guides and Sherpas and equipped unsupported trips to the North and South Poles.

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Cute Kid's Spring Fashion

When it comes to spring finally showing its sunny rays we want to dress for the occasion, and we want our kids to look the part too. Luckily this season is full of adorable and very stylish spring fashion choices for every boy and girl out there, so no matter what their mood, they wont throw tantrums over wearing some of the pieces we have in store for you.

Cute patterns, floras designs, pastel colours and clean cut shapes are what this season is all about, and that goes for both adult and kid fashion alike.

This colourful and stylish polo shirt from Ralph Lauren is the perfect choice for a spring day picnic out with the family, or even just a casual day playing with friends in the park. Both stylish and relaxed, this Ralph Lauren polo shirt is a great choice for boys.

For girls you will not find anything more adorable than this colourful striped dress from Ralph Lauren. It’s a fantastic little dress to put on your little girl for a sunny day out, or while she is playing in the garden. Paired with cute little white sandals and some tinted sunglasses, your little girl will look spring/summer ready! Base Fashion offers loads of spring ready items such as this from Ralph Lauren! What will your kids be wearing this spring?

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Top kids clothing ranges

Little Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs’s designs are loved all over the world and now the kids can enjoy his enervative and unique style too, with his childrenswear brand, Little Marc Jacobs. With his trendsetting style he has redefined the luxury fashion market, and paved the way for other designers to follow. His children's line Little Marc Jacobs offers fashion forward collections for the stylish youth of today.

Armani Junior

Armani is known for its sophisticated simplicity of sleek tailoring and unfussy tones, stone washes and gabardine denims. The children’s collection, Armani Junior mimics the adult lines in its monochrome colours, “optic whites”, pools of blue and inky blacks. Including everything from tailoring to jersey basics, blazers and smart suiting can be mixed with easy shirts and trainers to complete the polished Armani style.

Paul Smith Junior

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Get the classic country style look

With the SS13 fashion weeks out of the way we can see that a style which has become very popular in recent years, the country style looks. Many equestrian inspired and country inspired materials and designs have made it down the catwalk during the London, New York, Pairs and Milan catwalks.

What have these catwalk taught us then? What are the best country looks and how do we go about creating them? There are a few rules you should stick to when going for the classic country style look. Firstly keep to a soft, neutral colour palette propels you into the luxury zone. Choose a cream blouse or navy coat, they are much more flattering and country looking than stark black and white.

When you want a casual weekend look, work around a stylish gilet. Make it sheepskin and you've got the big fashion look at the moment. A gilet cleverly pulls separates together to give you endless variation. Whether it’s a gilet or a coat faux fur, sheepskin, leather and suede are all major players for the country-meets-city look this season. Try mixing textures together and keep accessories to a minimum to not overpower your look.

The catwalks were also full of prints this season, which is great as these prints create a fantastic country look. If you love prints, then the choice is yours. From tiny traditional paisleys to punchy dramatic animal prints, they're a powerful addition to any winter wardrobe. Tone a bold-printed dress down with a long, chunky knit for that great in-between weather look.

Victoria Beckham has definitely brought back the trouser suit for women; a well fitted tweed suit is just about the most useful outfit in anyone's wardrobe. It's worth making a major investment in a tweed suit to get great style and cut. Wear the jacket with jeans for a dress-down day.

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Must have shoes this spring

With spring almost here we will be starting to think about throwing our winter shoes and boots to the back of the wardrobe for another year and bringing out the cute sandals and ballet pumps. As women we can never have enough shoes so if you are thinking about heading into the high street to pick out this seasons hottest buys in the spring summer 2013 shoe collection take a look at the must haves displayed below. With these stunning shoes your spring will be a bright one. 

There is a huge 60s revival going on in fashion lately, and the award season showed us plenty of styles we want to get our teeth into. These sixties inspired Lucite heels are a must have this season.

Scalloped Strapped Lucite Heel in BlackCarter Sandals with Lucite HeelDiana Von Furstenberg Taite Lucite Heel SandalsDiana Von Furstenberg Patmos Sandals with Lucite Heel

Spring is not complete without a stylish pair of sandals. You can pair them with any outfit you may like. From a floral summer dress to a cut off pair of denim shorts, every girl needs at least one pair of gorgeous sandals to add to her wardrobe collection. You don’t have to spend a fortune when giving your spring footwear a revamp, there are plenty of discount footwear stores which will provide you with some stunning choices, including Shuperb.

Sam Edelman Sasha Wedges / WhiteWhite Sand Shores SandalsBlink Fiore White SandalsNikko Flat Sandals

Last but not least we have a gorgeous selection of floral shoes. Floral is a huge theme in this years spring summer collections and you can create some stunning looks with a pair of floral shoes.

1.       Michael Antonio Love Me Floral Pump

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Get ready for summer!!!

If you’re anywhere as excited as we are about leaving the cold and damp weather of winter behind and embracing the spring and summer, you’ll be starting to think about re-vamping your wardrobe too. There are so many exciting styles to choose from its hard to pick out our favourite trend. So we have put together a range of styles for different occasions throughout summer. Which one is your favourite?

This is the perfect outfit for a hot summer BBQ. It is practical and cute. A simple straw hat will keep you protected from the sun if you’re in it for a long time throughout the day. I love the colour of this Topshop top and these Levi’s jeans are an absolute summer must have. The shoes are Vans California available from iConsume. I love the unique summer pattern on them, it gives the whole outfit an added California look.

I love the easiness of this outfit. The dress is from Topshop and is perfect for really hot days in the sun. This is the perfect beach outfit. The sandals and bag are from Zara, I love the reflective panel at the front of the sandals and it looks fantastic accessorised with a colourful bag like this. The splash of colour adds a fun feel to the whole outfit.

For a more sophisticated city day out we recommend this outfit. The strapless floral dress is from French Connection as gives a feminine and stylish look. Matched with these cream French connection heeled sandals and River Island bag you are ready to hit the shops!

 

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Is celebrity kid’s style cooler than their parents?

Recently we have seen celebrity kids alongside their celebrity parents dressed in clothing which we can only dream of. Top designer labels from head to toe, just like their parents, but was is it about these cute kids style that is so much cooler than their parents? Kids’ designer clothing, including boys Armani jeans can be found at Base Fashion.

Well firstly, innocence is confidence. When these kids are out in the public eye they are not fazed by it, they have grown up around it, and they are used to the paparazzi, the cameras the masses of crowds. They ignorance towards them makes these kids cooler than a cucumber. They know they have nothing to worry about when out with mummy and daddy, they are safe and protected by them and their huge entourage. Ignorance really is bliss.

 

Secondly their style. Yes, it is the parents who pick out their clothes, but the kids are so used to wearing everything beautiful they wear it like its nothing new. When we get a pair of designer shoes we flaunt about in them trying to avid any puddle or bit of dirt on the floor in case they get dirty. These kids jump into puddles wearing £500 booties, and good on them. If their parents decide to put them in them, don’t expect them to be pristine at the end of the day. The lack of understanding of money gives kids a cool edge over any adult.

Another great thing about celeb kids and their style, is that they can wear bright colours and bold patterns without looking like coco the clown. Kids are expected to wear fun styles and colours, so they can get away with a whole lot more when it comes to fashion than their stylish parents.

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Be creative with your carpet

When it comes to choosing the right carpet for your home it can be a real pain deciding on the perfect one. There are so many different styles, colours, designs, materials and textures to choose from it can be a head spin choosing the right one. There are plenty of quality carpets online at such places as allfloorsexpress.com. Take a look through these 4 fantastic rug designs too! They will blow you away with their crazy originality.

This crazy mess of rug goodness is the wild creation of Nate Siverstein and Andrea Paustenbaugh. They come in a variety of different colours and are great if you want to create a unique and crazy look in your home. Hovering might be a challenge though, but if you have cats they are guaranteed to be entertained for an eternity.

This fun landscape rug was designer by Laurens van Wieringen. Its very soft despite its bumpy appearance. It’s perfect for a kids room where they can explore the colours, textures and feel of the rug. This colourful and friendly, this rug is made of tiny foam-bars, some bigger than the others, which give shape to a miniature landscape.

These fun and colourful rugs have got to be my favourite out the bunch. It comes from JAB Anstoetz and is made from merino wool. It reminds me of Nemo’s home from “finding nemo”, an anemone. They are soft and no modern looking. They are perfect for a contemporary home. The innovative “tubes” are placed on a solid and resistant base.

If you love meat you will adore these rugs! They are a perfect and fun addition to any kitchen giving it a quirky effect. Designed by German studio Flachbild, these unusual products are knitted from wool and have a soft feel. These rugs are sure to add personality to any house.

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Bags for the spring season

Now that the fashion weeks are over we can finally reflect on what we have seen from the New York, London, Milan and Paris catwalks and marvel in the beauty of the clothing and accessories from the worlds top fashion designers. You can find a host of designer bags as well as stunning designer fashion at Cavells. The catwalks showed us a varied mix of structured bags and while we did see some fantastic oversized styles, the focus was on clutches and small day bags.

 

This Diana Von Furstenberg bag has everything you may want from a small spring bag. It’s subtle pop of yellow shows a fresh and feminine side to a simple white bag, and the embellishments give the bag plenty of visual interest. The bag is only small, but big enough for anything you might need on a spring day out. DVF has once again hit the bullseye.   

Personally I love Marc Jacobs. He always manages to create a unique designer style which can be incorporated into your exciting wardrobe. His accessories are guaranteed to be the things which will stand out and be remembered on an outfit. This Marc by Mac Jacobs shoulder bag is exactly that accessory. Its vibrant colour is guaranteed to jazz up even the most boring of work outfits.      

 

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