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4th August 2017

Awesome Design Tips For Older Homes

Design Tips For Older Homes

A lot of people out there would love the opportunity to live in an old home. They are always unique, gorgeous to look at, and there’s something romantic about them, too. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, of course. While old homes look fantastic, there are a lot of issues you will encounter when it comes to living in an old house – and decorating it. However, with some smart thinking, it’s possible to create an incredible living area in an old home, whether it’s a rustic country house or 200-year old city terrace. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

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Before you do anything with your floors in an old home, be wary of one particular thing: they will creak. You can solve much of this issue by finding the offending floorboards and nail them down properly – or even use screws to attach them to the support struts. You won’t get rid of every creak, but it can make a huge difference. Also, consider using thick underlay beneath your carpets. Not only will it help insulate your home but they will also help you flatten the sound of creaking boards by a significant amount.

Highlight the trims

One of the reasons why so many people love old homes is because many of them have been created with fantastically extravagant designs. Features such as trim, moulding and door frame details should be highlighted, wherever possible, even if slightly damaged. To hide any damage or imperfections, try sticking to single colour schemes for your walls and ceilings, and use a slightly higher gloss on the trims and features to help them stand out. If your trims are in great shape, you can afford to be a little more extravagant with your colours – a neutral, contrasting shade can help them pop out even more.

Uncover detail

Lots of old homes have beautiful window trims or little alcoves that can really make an impressive feature. Don’t cover them up – get in-window shades, for example, instead of hanging heavy curtains and hiding the window trim. Keep the heavy drapes for those window areas that are a little awkward instead – many old homes have quirky little windows in bizarre places.

Awkward room design

While we are on the subject of awkwardness, many old homes have unusual room designs – long, thin rooms are pretty common, for example. There are several ways to approach this conundrum, but one of the best is to break these long rooms into smaller areas. You could use free-standing bookcases, fancy room dividers with antique prints, or even open-sided furniture such as benches to help you create a flow between the different areas.

Embrace the modern

Don’t be afraid of using ultra modern furniture or design touches to your old home. As long as you don’t overdo it, the mix of ancient and new can be quite beautiful. That said, wooden TV stands might be a better option than a glass or stainless steel alternative. But as long as your accessories and furniture go with the overall feel of the room, you should be OK. It’s also important to keep things as simple as possible. There are plenty of contemporary pieces that are incredibly intricate, but by keeping things simple, you will maintain the focus on the real star of the show – the house itself.

The weathered look

If you live in an old home, weathered furniture and pieces will often be a perfect fit. You don’t have to spend a fortune, either. A quick walk down to the beach and you might find an awesome piece of driftwood that could impress as a piece to keep in your bathroom. Second hand and vintage stores are great for picking up bargains, too, such as woven baskets.

Let in the light

Old homes are often darker than their modern descendants. When they were built, things like central heating didn’t exist, and windows would allow heat to escape, hence why many of them don’t have as much natural light coming through. These days, however, we don’t have the same problems, so it’s worth investigating if you can increase your window size at all. Some old houses will be protected – with Grade II status, for example – so please contact your local council before you do any major renovation work.

Hope these tips have helped – and feel free to leave some of your own! Living in an old home can certainly involve a varied range of problems, but if you can get it right, they can be spectacular.

This is a collaborative post

NowTV, Netflix and YouView – The Way We Watch TV Is Changing!

NowTV & Netflix


We’ve been Virgin Media customer for around 10 years. When I saw an email from The Money Saving Expert saying that VM prices were set to rise again, I knew we had to start looking elsewhere for our broadband and TV services.

Virgin Media

We were already paying just under £85 for phone, broadband and the Full House TV package and the email said we were likely to be getting a £3.99 a month increase.
I was not prepared to pay nearly £90 a month so Ant and I started checking out the prices of other companies.

EETV and Broadband

After a few hours, we had decided on EETV with broadband.

I phoned VM and gave my 30 days notice to cancel. It was very easy to do and they didn’t give me the hard sell. She did tell me what price they could offer by dropping the TV package but it was still more than EE so I declined and went ahead with the cancellation.

I ordered the EETV to be installed on August 29th and VM was going to be switched off on September 1st. It was going to save us about £50 a month but it did mean I’d lose quite a few of the series I watch and our broadband would be dropping from 200Mb to 72Mb with EE. We decided it was worth it to save all that money. All was well until the following day when VM phoned me to confirm cancellation as they’d been contacted by EE.

Virgin Media

After a short conversation with the man at VM, he gave me an offer we couldn’t refuse! We would be dropped down to the basic TV package and 100Mb broadband. VM would pay our line rental for the year meaning we now have a monthly broadband bill of £21.

£21 for 12 months is amazing, especially as we get the 100Mb broadband. Our service for broadband from VM has always been excellent and we get great speeds here. We’ve had a few problems with the wi-fi dropping out but rebooting the box fixed it. VM are sending us a new box now as well so hopefully we won’t have that problem anymore 🙂 As we both work from home and our business is mainly online, I’m happy to be staying with VM.
I have nothing against EE as we’ve never used them but I was worrying a bit about the change. Not only dropping the speed but I didn’t know how reliable they are.


Anyway, we decided that seeing as we were saving so much money, we could afford to buy a YouView box on which we can watch Netflix and we thought NowTV. Once it was installed, we discovered YouView only support the NowTV movies. You can’t watch the entertainment, kids or sports channels. Ant was quite annoyed that this wasn’t made clear before he bought it.

We had to nip to Asda last night and pick up a NowTV box. We got one with a 2-month movie pass as I’d already paid upfront for a 6-month entertainment pass.

I have to say that after seeing what’s available on NowTV entertainment and movies, I’m really excited about our new way of watching TV.
If you’d have told me I’d be giving up the Full House TV package I’d have laughed at you! There are so many great shows to watch on NowTV and Netflix, however, that I’m sure I won’t miss any of my other programmes.


We’ve been using Netflix for a while now on our TiVo box. There are loads of series we want to watch, including Luke Cage and Daredevil ahead of the new The Defenders show. We’ve watched Jessica Jones and have nearly finished The Iron Fist.


So all in all, although I’ll miss using the TiVo for all my recordings, I’m excited about our new choices 🙂



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