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If you think your outside space isn’t big enough to make proper use of, here are several tips on how to design & decorate your small balcony to make the most of it and turn it into a cosy yet functional space.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have a garden or a large terrace to make the most of during the warmer months. But what if we told you that even the smallest of balconies can become the perfect place for a Parisian-style breakfast or an aperitif when the sun goes down? Here we will share some irresistible ideas so that you can make the most of your small outdoor space for the sunnier days ahead. 

Make the most of the space

Use folding furniture when you design & decorate a small balcony

Although we have to be realistic and understand that we can’t have everything we would like, the first thing we will do is, taking into account the dimensions of our space, distribute the furniture so that we have a comfortable seating area. Use furniture that is not too bulky or that is easy to fold.

Design a small but practical balcony

If your balcony is so small that there is no room for a small table or folding chairs, we can always opt for high stools and special tables for balconies that can be completely folded down to save space, such as this one made of acacia wood, which also serves as a shelf to keep a few flower pots to brighten up the view.

Don’t miss out on the greenery

Decorate your balcony with different pots of flowers or aromatic plants. To do this, use planters that face outwards or a tiered wooden support as a shelf where you can display your plants, place garlands or other decorations. 

Small balcony: add a chillout area

If you have space in your small balcony, you can add a chillout area with pallets

If you are lucky enough to have a bit of width on your terrace, we suggest placing a small chillout area with pallets and some nice soft cushions where you can relax after dinner.

Trellises for privacy

If you are worried about spying neighbours, you can put up trellises to get a bit of privacy. As well as being functional, they will give you a lot of possibilities when it comes to placing vines, hanging garlands and even wall decorations.

Small balcony design: practical storage

If you have a free corner on your terrace, we suggest you take advantage of this space to place a waterproof outdoor box to keep your cushions, blankets and other outdoor accessories safe and protected from rain. Plus, you’ll always have an extra seat ready for when you need it by simply adding a couple of cushions to its surface.

Create a magical atmosphere in your small balcony design

Small balcony design: add cosy lighting

Once we have the furniture and the rest of the details in place, we only need to give it a cosy touch by using small lights. Lanterns on the floor, solar fairy lights entwined in the planters or hanging from the trellises will make your balcony your favourite place this upcoming season. 

Did you enjoy this article on how to design & decorate a small balcony? Why not read our article on the 5 easiest herbs to grow for your summer dishes!

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The most French of American series, Emily in Paris, is back for a new season! To celebrate, ManoMano has gathered ideas to help you decorate your bedroom (or your whole home) in the best “la vie en rose” style and achieve that elusive Parisian interior design feel.

If there is a character that has dazzled us over the last year for her sweetness and spontaneity, it is Emily Cooper in the Netflix hit Emily in Paris, and not only for this; her outfits and looks have set trends as well as the elegant interiors full of details, pastel colours and sophistication. It is more than proven that the combination of glamour, luxury brands and gorgeous dresses still works perfectly, and if we add Paris as a backdrop, we have the perfect cocktail.

So, if you’re a fan of Emily in Paris, the city of light and Parisian style in general, follow these tips to give your French-Scandinavian bedroom that Champs-Élysées vibe.

Parisian interior design: soft colours 

To give your bedroom a Parisian feel, you don’t need to make big changes to the furniture, but you should use a colour palette in gentle, neutral tones. If you want to give it a soft, romantic feel, choose a range of whites and pinks, both on the walls and in your decorative accessories. The overall effect will be both relaxing and chic. If, on the other hand, you prefer it to exude glamour and character in equal parts, dare to use touches of grey, black and gold in accessories and centrepieces. Another option for making your walls stand out is to create a contrast with a beautiful floral wallpaper that adds a touch of vintage delicacy. If your tastes are more classic and you prefer something more timeless, how about a Toile de Jouy print with pastel country patterns for the dressing area? The result: a Parisian-style bedroom you’ll never want to leave. 

Mouldings, a ‘must’

If there’s one thing that’s characteristic of any historic Parisian home, it’s the elaborate plaster mouldings that embellish the walls, ceilings and doors. If you want the same effect, but much quicker and cheaper, you can always do a DIY job with mitre-cut wooden mouldings painted white. Just stick them on the walls and doors with a good adhesive… And voila, an effective Parisian touch in an instant! 

(DIY) Fireplace for Parisian interior design

Fireplaces are great for Parisian interior design

Add a decorative fireplace to your bedroom wall for a touch of warmth. You can make it yourself out of wood and paint it white. Don’t forget to decorate the fireplace with candlesticks, ceramic vases and gold accessories to give it a French and vintage touch.

Parisian dressing room 

If there’s one thing we love most about the city of light, it’s Parisian women and their style when it comes to their wardrobes. And what better than to adapt our wardrobe or dressing room to have our best outfits and accessories stored in style. If you have a lot of bags worth showing off, why keep them in a wardrobe when they can be part of the decoration? You can display them on an open shelf to enjoy them to the max. Dare to mix and match and tuck your favourite shoes among them, with pretty boxes or flirty bags. If you don’t want them to get dusty, you can choose to put glass doors on them. If space allows, place an island unit where, apart from offering extra storage for your folded clothes, you can display all your jewellery and accessories in an orderly fashion. Marble trays or glass jewellery boxes will not only help you with organisation, but will also add a very sophisticated touch to the ensemble. Don’t forget to add a beautifully framed full-length mirror and a light-coloured shag rug to this area, and of course, a nice French-style chandelier.

If, on the other hand, your space is limited, perhaps you could opt for an upholstered pouffe that is as aesthetic as it is versatile, since, apart from serving as storage for shoes, it can also be used as a coffee table to place a few aromatic candles on, or even as a place to rest your Parisian breakfast. Sunday mornings with croissants and café au lait, nothing less!

Parisian interior design

Mouldings, gilding, marble, fresh flowers, scented candles… go for it because Parisian interior design is more fashionable than ever! 

Did you enjoy this article on Parisian interior design in celebration of Season 2 Emily in Paris? Why not read our article on Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2022!

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Many of us enjoy a cosy ambiance at home during the colder months, and often candles are a brilliant way to add an extra level of warmth to a room. If you’ve ever done any plumbing work at home, you’ve probably got some leftover copper pipes or fittings. Instead of letting them sit and gather dust, consider putting them to good use by transforming them into DIY candle holders!
You don’t have to be an experienced plumber, since copper pipes are easy to cut and glue. Even better, rose gold is still on trend, which means your copper candle holders will be perfect for the winter months and upcoming holiday season.

So, get ready to take the plunge and follow this DIY candle holder tutorial using copper pipes.

DIY candle holders

What you’ll need to make your DIY candle holders

For your copper candle holders, you’ll need:

How to make your own DIY candle holders

DIY candle holders tutorial

We’ve provided three models for your DIY candle holders:

  • the first one is very simple and consists only of 3 copper pipes cut to different heights
  • the second one uses fittings to create a 3-branch candle holder
  • for the third, we’ve replaced the copper pipes with wooden dowels and changed the shape of the structure by adjusting the direction and sequence of the fittings.

Experiment with the configuration if you like. For example, you can even link several tee joints together to get a candle table runner.

Cut the copper pipes or wooden dowels

Whichever model you choose, you’ll need to start by cutting the straight sections of your candle holder to size.

First, mark your pipe or dowel to the desired size.

Cut the pipes with a plumber’s pipe cutter.

Use a pipe cutter for the copper DIY candle holders

How to use a pipe cutter

With this tool, you can make perfect circular cuts on your copper pipes. First, loosen the adjustment knob—or another mechanism—on your cutter to insert copper pipe between the cutting blade and the rollers facing it. Tighten the knob—but not so much that you can’t move it later—until the pipe is held in place. Turn the tool around the pipe to make a groove in the metal. Tighten the knob a little with each turn. The groove will deepen until the pipe easily cuts in half.
Once you’ve cut the pipe, use the deburrer on its inside surface for a smooth finish. This step is optional because it’s commonly used for plumbing pipes before they are welded, which is not necessary for this project.

Sand your DIY copper pipes until they shine

Sand your DIY candle holders

Next, use steel wool for sanding your copper pipes. This not only cleans the metal but also polishes it, giving it an appealing copper-pink colour. In the photo above, you can see the sanded pipe on the left, which is much lighter than the raw pipe on the right. To ensure the colour keeps its hue, add a thin coat of metal varnish.

Assemble the copper pipes and fittings to create the main structure for your DIY candle holders.

For model 1 (single candle holder with three pipes), you only need three pipes (6, 9 and 13 cm, respectively).

Before gluing, insert the candles into each pipe. Force the candle in the opening if necessary and turn it to shape the wax for the holder.

Now remove the candles so you can glue the pipes together. Ensure the end of each pipe sits flat on the table. For this version, we’ve chosen to assemble three pipes, but you can easily create a larger model by multiplying the pieces of copper pipe you use.

How to choose your glue

You can use 2-part epoxy glue to bond the metal. In this case, choose a quick-drying glue that normally works after minutes. If you don’t use quick-drying glue, you will end up holding the structure in place while it dries.
You can also use hot melted glue sticks with a glue gun for quick bonding. Wear gloves to protect your hands from burns.

Once the structure is dry, put the candles back in their holders.

For model 2, you’ll be making a candle holder with three branches. For this one, you’ll need pieces of copper pipe—here, we used 7cm—plus three female 90° elbow fittings and a female tee connector.

Start by gluing the pipes into each part of your tee fitting.

Next, glue an elbow fitting, facing up, to each free end of the copper pipe.

Fit the copper together for your DIY candle holders

The tee joints can be linked together in a staggered pattern to create a “table runner” style candle holder with multiple branches.

To hold the candles in place, pour a little melted wax inside the fitting to keep it straight.

For model 3, we replaced the copper pipes with wooden dowels of the same diameter. We also used three 90° elbow fittings and a tee fitting, but in a different configuration.

Connect the fittings and wooden dowels

If you want to extend your candle holder or change the zig-zag configuration, you can simply rotate the last bend to add a wooden dowel. Then, you can add as many fittings and candles as you like!

Repeat the step used in model 2 to insert your candles into their holders.

Personalise your DIY candle holders

Did you enjoy this article on DIY candle holders made of copper? Why not read our DIY Christmas tree made of wood tutorial or even our fairy light buying guide!

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Multifunctional office guide by The Sanyas Home

As many of us are balancing work between the office and home, there’s a need now more than ever for households to have a home office space. Finding the perfect balance between decorative and practical is easy, and you don’t need a big budget either. In this guide we will share 6 tips to creating a multifunctional office to take your work from home space up a level.

We planned on turning our guest room into an office, however then had a dilemma of where our guests would stay when they came to visit. We then realised we needed a multifunctional room which we could use both as an office during the day, and a guest room when needed. In this guide we will share our top tips for getting the most out of your multifunctional office space, alongside what materials we used for our room transformation.

Multifunctional office space – the tools & materials we used:

Multifunctional office space: 6 top tips 

1. Decide on the room and what you want out of the space

First things first, you need to identify which room you can make multifunctional. Do you have a room in the house that is perhaps not being fully utilised?

We picked our guest room as the ideal room to turn into our multifunctional office, which was a recent addition to our house when our extension was built. Initially it only had a bed in here which took up the majority of the space and didn’t allow for the room to be used for other purposes, and with guests only staying on the odd occasions, we felt it was not being properly utilised.

The space before
The space to transform into a multifunctional office
The space to transform into a multifunctional office

We knew we wanted the space to be multifunctional; a place where we can work and a place where our guests can come and spend the night. Knowing what we wanted to use the room for helped us with how to maximise the space and choose the furniture we needed.

2. Compile a list of items you will need in your multifunctional room 

Measure up the room first and then plan out your space. As with most offices, it’s ideal to have a desk where you can work from. We wanted a compact desk as the room needed to cater for other furniture as well. 

Once we found the right desk, we began searching for a sofa bed – the bed element can be used by our guests and the sofa by us when taking a break from work. 

We opted for a sofa bed instead of a bed, as it takes up less space in the room when the bed element of the sofa bed is not in use. Therefore, this multifunctional piece of furniture allows us to fit more in the room.

We particularly like the idea of having books on display in the office, so we chose the bamboo bookshelf, as not only is it practical but it also looks great.

We needed a chair we could use when sat at the desk but also somewhere we could sit when recording video content, so we decided to go for more of a feature chair than the traditional desk chair.  In a multifunctional room, it is always worth picking furniture that can serve a number of purposes. 

3. Try upcycling furniture 

Prior to buying new items, it is worth having a look around your house to see if there are any key pieces you already have that might be worth upcycling to match the aesthetics of the multifunctional room.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any suitable furniture to upcycle, and we therefore decided to get a cost-effective desk that we could upcycle to match the aesthetics of the room.  We opted for a finishing coat of while on the wood surface and then gold for the metal legs. 

When upcycling, you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Sand the wood surface as this will allow the paint to bond well to the wood 
  2. Prime the wood surface as this increases the durability of the painting job, helps protect the wood and creates a smooth surface for the finish coat
  3. Paint the wood surface to your desired colour 
  4. Consider spray painting any metal pieces to your desired colour

4. Consider doing an upholstery DIY

If you already have a sofa or chair in your house that needs sprucing up, you could perform an upholstery DIY on it and add it to your multifunctional space.  

Sofa before upholstery
Sofa before upholstery

We chose to perform an upholstery DIY on the sofa bed and turned it into a boucle sofa bed, as we currently love this material and aesthetic. This was really simple as we only needed the boucle material, scissors and staple gun. 

The great thing about how we performed the upholstery is that if we ever get tired of the boucle trend, we can easily take the material off and utilise the sofa bed in its original colour and material. 

Upholstered sofa
Upholstered sofa

5. Accessorise the room 

Adding accessory items such as plants, wall art, vases etc is a great way to bring your multi-functional office to life.

Add stylish shelving to the multifunctional office

As our main accessory pieces, we chose to add an artificial banana tree and we really love what it does to the space.  We also added the ManoMano gold metal round wall shelf behind the desk for some stylish storage.

6. Arrange your multifunctional office

Ah, the final result where all the hard work is now visible. Given you’ve carefully planned your space well, you should now be able to move the furniture in the right places to maximise the space. For our space, the sofa bed is better placed in front of the window, whilst the desk and the bookshelf were better positioned by the wall in the middle of the room.

Mulitfunctional office space
Mulitfunctional office space

We are super pleased with how the space has turned out! The multifunctional office looks inviting and with the sofa bed upholstered and the desk painted white, it makes the room feel really spacious. 

We are Tunde and Konge Sanya of @the.sanyashome. We’ve been married for 6 years and together we live in a 1930’s semi-detached house with our 9 month old daughter, Arielle.  We have been renovating our house for just over 4 years, and recently added a wrap around extension.  

Pantry makeover tutorial by @fourcornersinteriors

Viewing our home almost 4 years ago, I fell in love with the fact that the kitchen was a decent size yet had a separate utility space at the end of it. But I knew immediately that the orange wood units, floor to ceiling tiles and dated fixtures had to go! After a slow renovation and re-renovation process of our home over the 3.5 years living here, we saved the best till last with the kitchen and utility renovation. A choice I don’t regret because aside from discovering new DIY hacks that made the old kitchen liveable, I was able to really assess how we used the space in order to determine our needs for a pantry makeover and bar area! In this blog post I will discuss how I planned the spaces and the thought process as well as trends that influenced the design decisions!

We also created a breakfast bar which we styled in partnership with ManoMano – keep reading to the second half of the article!

Pantry makeover guide

Step 1: Planning

Planning & dimensions for the pantry makeover
Planning & dimensions for the pantry makeover

When you have a small space to work with, measurements are vital. Not just to ensure you order the right items, but also to ensure you maximise the space! The first thing I did was measure out the full width and length of the room to assess what I could fit in it. I knew from our existing use of the space that we wanted to store food items, laundry items, our washing machine and deep freezer as well as tools and small kitchen appliances. 

I made a quick sketch of how I envisioned the space, noting all the things I could think of that would be stored and then began sourcing. I tried to be as precise as possible with regard to spacing between the shelving to ensure none looked uneven.

Step 2: Prepare the shopping list for the pantry makeover

Once I had a plan in place, I could get to the fun part – shopping!

Using ManoMano’s search engine is definitely my preferred way of navigating the site. And through it, I was able to select the perfect items for the new dual purpose space. It was important to us that we have sustainable and long wearing furnishings made from wood and metal for our pantry makeover; both were easily fulfilled with the options on the site. 

I selected 4 key pieces from ManoMano to achieve the perfect pantry makeover:

  • 6 industrial style Shelves – I knew I wanted something a bit more rustic and industrial for the pantry. It was also really important to me that we use sustainable materials. So when I saw the 140cm solid wood shelves with black brackets, I fell in love! 
  • Black and gold industrial light – the perfect lights to not only illuminate what is quite a small space, but also very in keeping with the modern industrial style I was going for. 
  • Three tier laundry cart – easily one of my favourite unique finds for the space is this laundry cart. I am constantly throwing things on top of the machine to include in washes, often mixing up colours in tow! So this cart seemed like the ideal way to store laundry and also cart the washing out to the drying line. Plus the baskets are removable so they also work well as general laundry baskets!
  • Pots and Pans rack – we had a wooden pots and pans rack in our previous utility space. It was highly functional but very old so the wooden hooks often fell off. Finding a metal replacement that was smaller in size was perfect!

Step 3: Demolish it all and reassess plans 

With the help of a contractor, we completely stripped the room down to the bones. Removed the existing floor to ceiling green tiles, wood cladded wall and ceiling and changed the flooring. 

Before pantry makeover

We used concrete screed to even out the floor and installed plasterboard and then plaster to ready the walls for painting and fitting. 

Once all stripped down, I quickly realised that the even corner I had sketched out, was not possible. I assumed the chimney breast below that poked out of the corner was removable cladding and as a result, ordered the same 140cm shelves as for the main wall. It also meant the shelves on the main wall wouldn’t be perfectly lined up as planned. Fortunately, as the chosen shelves were solid wood, we were able to cut them down to 90cm using a mitre saw similar to this one here. And on the plus side, I got 2 extra shelves out of it!

Step 4: Install the brackets 

Install the brackets for the pantry makeover

We used a laser level to mark out the points where the brackets needed to be installed. We did this initially before painting to prevent any cracks in the paint or imperfections in the finish. 

Shelves up
Shelves up

The shelves were heavy (solid wood and all) so it did require two people to lift and place onto the brackets before screwing into place. 

Step 5: Pantry makeover finishing touches

Pantry makeover with shelving and organisation
Completed pantry makeover

I filled the shelves with rows of glass and bamboo and cork lidded jars, installed the lights and pot rack, and added the laundry cart and with some additional storage baskets. And so our pantry makeover was complete! 

In addition to the pantry makeover, we also renovated our entire kitchen – below I’ll explain how I also partnered with ManoMano to create some style with function!

Bonus makeover: Breakfast bar

I managed to include two different styles in this renovation – industrial style for the pantry makeover and modern lux in the kitchen but I really wanted to find a way to include another design style I love: Japandi!

Breakfast bar: before
Breakfast bar: before
Breakfast bar: after
Breakfast bar: after

For this I decided to change the layout of the wall units on the left side of the kitchen. Rather than seeing the large unit in straight view upon entry to the room, I moved that unit to the left of the door. In its place I selected a pair of 120cm floating shelves. These serve a dual purpose; creating the illusion of more space, since the eye can now see the full length of the room to the wall. But also my favourite part – styling! Of course I wanted an excuse to add some purely decorative pieces to the space and some plants too!

The materials used for the Japandi breakfast bar:

  • Chopping boards – ManoMano stock some pretty quirky shaped chopping boards! I love how they are functional but can also be really stylish. 
  • Ceramic vases are great for creating that popular Japandi style
  • Real plants are a great addition to any shelving and these plant pots are perfect to store them
  • But if you’re not particularly green fingered, these cute artificial plants are very on trend
  • White & gold cutlery
  • Show-stopping bar stools

With the addition of the pantry, I knew we would not lose any space by altering the unit design of the new kitchen. By replacing the units and drawers with a shallow unit to allow for an overlapping breakfast bar, it fit in perfectly.

All I needed were the perfect kitchen stools. ManoMano basically read my mind, stocking a pair of the gold geometric stools I had my eye on but with the added luxury of velvet cushion pads. The stools create the perfect focal point in the room and that added opulence achieved by using gold as an accent.

Breakfast bar stools

Finished off with heat resistant placemats to protect my new quartz worktops and the ever so stylish complimentary white and gold cutlery sets, our kitchen dreams have truly been made!

Breakfast bar inspiration

Did you enjoy this article on a pantry makeover and breakfast bar styling by Four Corners Interiors? Why not read our tutorial on a DIY window seat or even our wall and ceiling paint buying guide!

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