Make the most of home: ways to create your happy place

Spent a lot of time at home recently? You may be looking for some ways to bring the fun back into your space and make it feel like somewhere you really want to spend time in.

Whether you’re missing that fresh-sheet feeling of a stay away, looking to shake up a drab kitchen area or you want something better than another hum-drum evening in, we’ve got some fabulous ideas to help you get more out of your home, whatever you have to work with.

Take a look at our home concepts below and if you see something you love, just click on it in the image!

Create your Perfect Night In

Just because you’re indoors, it doesn’t mean the celebrations have to be put on hold. In fact, we think there’s never been a better time to celebrate the ones you love, near or far, and there doesn’t have to be a special occasion for it either.
A fun way to make an evening more of an event is to set the table as if you’re having friends round for dinner, even if you’re seeing them via video call. You could agree to dress up to make the evening extra special, or cook something similar and turn it into a themed night.

Little touches make an evening in, whether you’re seeing loved ones in person or on screen, so invest in yourself and get the details right. These gorgeous honeycomb coffee spoons from Cook’s Essentials are the perfect after-dinner accent to set off your favourite coffee cup, featuring busy bees on the ends for that playful touch.

There’s also a set of matching cheese and butter knives that will take you from breakfast to dinnertime, as well as completing a homemade cheese board, perfectly. If you really want to push the boat out, you could even host a virtual wine and cheese night with your friends or prepare a board to have with a drink when it’s cocktail hour.

A fabulous centrepiece for the table is this wonderfully-quirky octopus stand and glass bowl from Culinary Concepts, perfect for filling with ice to keep drinks cool or for serving salad. This one’s a winner if you’re sharing food and drink with others, and its fun design will uplift the atmosphere, even on a regular Friday night!

Hotel at home

It’s safe to say that we’re all dreaming of a relaxing getaway, so why not treat yourself to that feeling in your very own bedroom?

A great way to start is to find storage solutions for any clutter left on your bedroom floor or surfaces, and this effortlessly chic ottoman from Alison Cork is the perfect choice. Clad in plush velvet, its spacious design is ideal for throwing in anything you’d rather put out of sight, out of mind, from magazines to towels. Plus, you can mix and match it with this elegant storage stool, which offers sophisticated storage that doubles up as a perch for your bedside or dressing table.

Speaking of your dressing table, if you really want to give it the hotel treatment, go for a statement design like this glamorous mirror from JM by Julien Macdonald. It’s bordered with an encapsulated crystal frame and boasts a strong white LED light in the centre to illuminate your face as you’re doing your night-time routine, helping you transform your daily ritual into something a bit more special.

It’s always the little luxuries in a hotel that give it that clean, streamlined feel, so a must-have for your hotel at home is an indulgent throw that you can lay over the bed to pull everything together. It makes such a difference when you walk into the room, plus it’s ideal for snuggling up in on chilly nights!

A fresh, clean smelling room fragrance is the ultimate finishing touch to that refreshing hotel atmosphere, so we recommend lighting your favourite candle, such as Fluffy Towels from Yankee Candle, and taking some time out to read a book or carry out your beauty routine. It’s the next best thing, right in your own home!

Queen of the Kitchen

From breakfast to dinnertime, the kitchen is the centre of the home, so it’s worth taking the time to turn it into a place you love to cook in, and challenge your culinary skills while you’re at it!

If you’ve really come into your own with cooking, you can’t go wrong this effortless blender from Ninja. Whether you’re on a health kick or you just want a simpler way to get your five-a-day, the Ninja makes easy smoothies and fresh juices in a flash, helping you get more of the good stuff without all the extra effort. It’s also fabulous for whipping up homemade pasta sauces, puddings and more, so you can really flex your cooking skills.

If you’re a coffee lover, we’ve got something to make your mornings a bit brighter – the KitchenAid Drip Coffee Machine. It’s just the thing for those who love proper coffee in the mornings without all the silly extras, and its gorgeous design will sit pride of place on your countertop, welcoming you into the day. It makes coffee to the strength you love and can be programmed to be ready at the time you want, so it’s basically your at-home barista!

There’s never been a better time to invest in your kitchen and start whipping up some tasty treats, and these are kitchen staples that we know you’ll use day in, day out.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference, so if you’re feeling inspired to make the most of your home and bring more joy into it, click here for even more ideas.