Turn your home into an oasis with these inspiring ideas

It’s not long until the kids are back at school; we’re ready and excited for a new year and a new start. Naturally, it’s the perfect time for a little home improvement!

Maybe you’re looking to meet your New Year’s resolutions by creating a fitness station at home, or are looking for ways to make your BBQ area more welcoming for entertaining this season. Or perhaps you’d like to incorporate some smart home devices into your life this year. 

No matter what you have in mind, you can get ready for the year by restyling, refreshing and reorganising at home. Here are our fresh ideas and advice  to get you started!

How to create a fitness station for at-home workouts

A half rack with barbell supports is key to any strength training program. This will set you up for squats and deadlifts.

A weight bench is a must for the classic bench press move, and this versatile piece of equipment can be used in a variety of exercises, such as core and cardio workouts.

A set of weights and dumbbells are essential for any home gym set up. These weights balance your barbell and can be built up as your strength improves. From a push press to weighted lunges, there are dozens of challenging exercises that you can do.

There is plenty of new, impressive cardio equipment on the market. Equipment that can also be used to build muscles by setting a resistance level. Cross trainers and rowing machines are the standard in any home gym. Why not try the latest technology, such as the newest Assault AirBike or a treadmill with a curved running deck?

Love to entertain? Create the perfect outdoor space with a BBQ area and all the added extras

Set up your outdoor BBQ area for a Summer of easy entertaining. At the heart of your outdoor BBQ area is the BBQ island. This large appliance includes the BBQ itself, as well as prepping and storage space. You can purchase modules individually and build your island exactly how you like it; include handy features like sinks, additional burners, corner pieces and even island fridges.

A full suite of BBQ tools will make you feel like the master chef of backyard cooking. Stock up with tongs, kebab skewers, a spatula, scraper, carving knife, grill brush, basting brush and a meat thermometer if you’re really serious! 

A comfortable and welcoming outdoor lounge suite will ensure you never cook alone. A sofa and a couple of chairs, as well as a table for dining, will bring the party outdoors and you can enjoy the company.

Beat sleeping in the heat with this summer bedding inspiration

Bamboo sheets are lightweight, ultra-breathable and moisture-wicking. They are an excellent choice for staying cool on hot Summer nights. Combine these with a silk pillowcase and you are set for Summer. 100% silk pillowcases are naturally cool to the touch for a better night’s sleep. These are also hypoallergenic.

A latex mattress is recommended if you’re a hot sleeper. There are also plenty of Summer mattress toppers and protectors designed to keep you cool and comfortable. While you’re refreshing your bedding, consider the last time you replaced your pillows. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to replace them every 1-2 years.

Switch up your drapes for the season and install sheer linen curtains. This lightweight material will give you privacy while allowing light to filter through.

A good fan is a life saver during the hot Summer months. Technology has come a long way, allowing for cooler rooms without the loud noise. A Dyson cool tower fan is stylish, sleek, cooling and quiet.

Make your living spaces convenient, exciting and elegant with these smart home ideas 

Smart lights have become very popular as they can immediately switch the ambience of any room through colour and dimming options. The best part is that you can control all lights individually from your smartphone app.

A smart vacuum is an essential for smart home living. This clever machine will map your home, collecting dust and debris as it goes, drastically cutting down the time you spend sweeping and vacuuming.

A smart home video doorbell is a great security feature allowing you to know who is at the door before you open it. This nifty gadget is one of the handiest smart home products. You will also be alerted if you’re not home via your smartphone app. 

How to create a whole new look with feature lighting

Pendant lighting is unique in its power to create a bright and beautiful highlight in any room. Choose from sleek hanging lights or an extravagant chandelier – anything goes!

A floor lamp can change the whole look of a space and add an element of height among lower pieces of furniture. It can perfectly fill an empty corner, or two can frame and illuminate a larger feature such as the couch.

A light bar is perfect above a kitchen bench, in the bathroom, or even over a home office workspace. This practical lighting fixture includes two to four lights and can even be installed over an artwork as a stylish spotlight.

Table lamps are often overlooked when lighting a home, but there are many new sculpture-like designs that can catch the eye and transform the space.

Get your home improvement goods at Mile End Home

Get everything you need for your Summer home improvement projects, and much more, at Mile End Home. Visit today and get started!  

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