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It’s normal for us to get bored of the same old space we live in every day and will feel the need to switch it up every so often. In this blog post, you’ll find some simple yet creative options to divide up your space, giving you more freedom to move items around how YOU want!

We’ve pieced together a collection of some crazy room dividers to hopefully give you some inspiration to make some yourself!

Plant climber divider

https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/AeGrIow1NBq-oM9S56lPJa_aBGlcU-qkE0Xps_7LQ7Ppzo62iHhGrbg/

This epic DIY involves an embedded planter for your room divider. You could do this either by  cutting a slit in your floor or simply by adding your own separate planter to your space, giving the same effect. Whatever works for you! Then, attach metal hooks to the floor and ceiling, making sure that they’re aligned. Thread rope through each pair, making sure that they are parallel, one after the other. Planting a climbing hydrangea vine would be the perfect addition for your climbing divider as it grows vertically very quickly once embedded and produces beautiful flowers even indoors. Make sure to give it lots of sun and water, and you’ll have a vertical plant divider in no time!

Compressing space divider

https://www.ikeahackers.net/2017/08/taac-ikea-room-divider-stuva.html

In this design, the window has been used as a light source to illuminate and give the illusion of a larger room. By merging the two rooms together, this designer has effectively disguised the shared space by breaking them up with the divider, implying that these are two seperate rooms in once space. What a way to maximise your living space!

Glass door divider

https://blog.rhinov.fr/architecture-et-decoration/conseils-deco-verriere-interieur/

A less intrusive way of implementing a room divider is by using windows. This design is super sleek and modern, and would fit perfectly into a newly refurbished, sleek and modern interior. Incorporating sliding doors or windows into the room divider prevents it from splitting the room completely into parts and still leaves you freedom of movement.

Recycling old doors

https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/512214157615775292/

Ever think you’d find a use for an old door? Here’s your answer. Take whatever old doors you have, attach some wheels and a few hinges to their sides and turn them quickly into a room divider. This option isn’t fixed at all, and is able to be moved around however you please. Whether you want a bit of privacy in a corner or completely split the room in half, this option lets you do both.

An atmospheric divider

https://makezine.com/2014/12/06/how-to-twinkling-branches-room-divider/

Another DIY friendly divider is this fairy light branch design. Find yourself some pallet wood, some old branches from your garden and a cheap set of fairy lights to make this gorgeous and original divider. Piece the wood together in the same frame as you would with a door, stick on your branches with some adhesive and once dried wrap around some fairy lights, and there you have it!

Hang a frame

https://designmag.fr/optimisez-espace-avec-cloisons.html

This design would fit in perfectly with a space which has an antique-y feel to it. If you are a fan of vintage finds and artistic pieces, then this one’s for you! Should you be able to get your hands on a large frame, it can easily be hung as a divider which does the job once installed. Not only could you place inside one of your favourite artistic pieces, but also a mirror, or even some beautiful patterned wallpaper.

Multipurpose divider

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This simple screen room divider has been upscaled to give it multi functionality. Attaching tight strips of fabric to your screen will permit you to attach light scale items to it such as magazines, newspapers and paper reminders. You could even leave sweet messages around for your loved ones!

 

We hope you’ve taken some inspiration from us and now have a clearer vision of how you can fit a room divider into your own space. If you make a divider of your own, don’t forget to share it with us with the hashtag #ManoManoUK!

 

15 Small Space Solutions

How to Decorate Your Rental Home

 

If you have a passion for renovation and design and want to curate the space you live in, this doesn’t tend to be very straight forward if you live in a rental home. Here are some ideas on how to updo your space and still get your rental deposit back!

Change light fixtures 

http://www.cotemaison.fr/chaine-d/diaporama/appartement-paris-renove-par-l-architecte-isabelle-stanislas_21242.html#diaporama

Mixing up a simple light shade with your preferred colour or design can quickly transform the appearance of your space. Experiment with the idea by upgrading from a side lamp to a de-light-ful pendant for a more dramatic effect.

Dimmers

Switch up (literally) your usual switch lights to dimmers without affecting your landlord’s light system. Simply replacing a simple plastic light cover to a sleek metallic dimmer makes all the difference. It’s the little things that make it your own. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of mood lighting?

Rugs

http://www.besthomedesignidea.com/living-rooms/get-the-best-modern-living-room-furniture/

Adding layering to your space not only gives a personalised touch, but also a lot of character. Choosing deep hued rugs warms up the room and matches with a wide variety of other shades. You may not be able to install carpet over wood, but who said you couldn’t get a wall to wall rug instead?

Patterned cushions or drapes

https://houseandhome.com/gallery/20-decorating-ideas-to-make-a-rental-feel-like-home/

Should you not be allowed to add pattern to your space with wallpaper, we present to you an easy alternative – replacing the curtain drapes. Mix and match whichever patterns you please, whether they go with your cushions or not – it’s your free reign!

Smart kitchen storage

http://dekoraitonn.com/eine-suse-und-harmonische-dekoration/

Mounting storage such as kitchen cupboards are often not possible in rentals. Instead, make use of your unused wall space by creating a useful peg board to attach pots and pans. Essentially, a piece of art and storage area all in one! You’ll never misplace that strainer ever again. 😉

Indoor plants

http://homecreateidea.com/category/patio-garden

No matter what kind of rental you have, as long as there’s a window you’ll be able to gift photosynthesis to some lucky plants. Treat a bit of greenery to a spot on your windowsill and you’re guaranteed to give yourself a more zen environment.

Lightweight bed headboard

https://designmag.fr/fabriquer-une-tete-de-lit-bois.html

When moving from one rental place to another, you would never forget to bring along a headboard, right? We understand that it’s that one piece of furniture everyone forgets about. So, whether you do or you don’t, adding your own headboard is a great way of adding a personal touch to what little space you do have control over. They’re not difficult to DIY at all, all you have to do is place it behind your bed, simple!

Vintage finds

https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/house-tours/g1207/victorian-house-design-0512/slide-1

Adding your favourite vintage finds gives charm to your rented space. You can find all sorts of antique designs and collectables from flea markets or antique shops without breaking the bank!

Shower curtain

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/fr-ca/shop/allover-fruits-shower-curtain?category=shower-curtains&color=089

If your landlord has a boring bathroom which has the usual plain and plastic feel from the majority of rentals, don’t be afraid to add a splash (ha) of colour with bold patterned shower curtain. A matching bath mat would be the cherry on top. 😉

Framed wallpaper

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/483996291176781439/

An alternative to getting out the plaster and sticking wallpaper onto the walls is by simply framing a pattern you love. This is the perfect solution for commitment-phobes who can’t make their minds on which pattern is best, whilst keeping your landlord’s peace of mind at the same time.

Hanging Artwork

http://blogue.dessinsdrummond.com/2017/01/27/tendance-decoration-scandinave-pour-condo/

Whether you already have a hole in the wall to work with or not, spruce up your walls with your own collected art that makes you, you! If you’re not able to hang framed art, use blu tack as an alternative for lighter materials. Ensure to be careful to not stick your piece onto recently painted walls as it can peel. Instead try sticking it to a concrete, wood or plastic surface for the best effect.

Mirrors

http://riseandshine.fr/2016/01/09/tendance-deco-le-tapis-persan/

It’s certain that most people’s homes have mirrors – but why stop at one? Using mirrors in your space is a great design move for multiple reasons – they can create the illusion of a larger room, reflect light onto even the darkest of surfaces and can even frame as if they were art. Take a look at that!

Room dividers

http://www.cocondedecoration.com/blog/2017/12/un-paravent-pour-la-chambre/

Divide your given space however you want to by integrating a folding screen. It is an inexpensive and quick solution which is flexible to use either as a room divider or to give privacy to a corner of the room.

 

We hope you picked up some tips and tricks on how to updo the interior design on your rental home creatively whilst not worrying about your landlord. Renting doesn’t mean that your home has to be impersonal and dull, you can elevate and personalise it your way!

 

Here is some more inspiration to improve your interior space:

 

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Geometric shapes are super trendy at the moment, and what’s cooler than a giant 20-sided icosahedron hanging from your ceiling? If you want to create your own bespoke and very unique ceiling light, then this is the DIY for you.

Tools & materials:

Wood
Tape Measure
Pencil
Table Saw
Digital Mitre Gauge
Wood Glue
Masking Tape
Drill
Ceiling Pendant

Cost, Duration and Difficulty:

We used free reclaimed wood for this project, however, should you need to buy wood, this project shouldn’t cost any more than around £15. The whole DIY took us no more than 2.5 hours to complete.

Step 1 – Cut Wood with an Angled Edge

For this project, we’re using some reclaimed wood, but you can use new planed wood if you choose. You want your wood to be around 1cm thick by 2cm width and you will need around 10m of this.

The first step is to put an angled edge onto one side of your wood. Using a digital mitre gauge, set the blade on your table saw to a 68.7degrees tilt with your fence 1cm away from the blade. You can then cut your wood lengthways along this set-up to add that angled edge.

Once you’ve done this, the side profile of your wood should look like this:

Step 2 – Cut 30º Angles on Either End

Now your lengths of wood have an angled edge on them, you’ll then want to cut them up into smaller pieces with a 30º cut on each end. These small pieces of timber will form a triangle when aligned together.

To do this, set your table saw mitre gauge to the 60º position and align your wood so the angled edge is on the far side away from the blade. Cut one angle and then flip your wood around and make the same cut in the opposite direction around 15cm down.

If you’ve cut these correctly the bevelled edge you added in step 1 should be on the longest side. You will need 60 individual pieces of these and they look like this:

Step 3 – Glue Wood into Individual Triangles

Now you have all your pieces, you can go ahead and begin to assemble the icosahedron shape. This is made up for 20 triangular sides so you will need to create 20 individual triangles. To do this, use some wood glue along each of the 30º cuts and firmly push together, wiping away any excess glue.

We recommend leaving this for a minimum of 24hours before moving onto the next step.

Step 4 – Glue Triangles Together

Once your triangles have dried, all you need to do is assemble them together. Apply some wood glue to the edges and push the triangles together. The angled edge you added in step 1 should ensure the shape begins to ‘close in’ as you do this.

You’ll want to wrap each glued edge in masking tape whilst it dries and we recommend only glueing 5 triangles together at one time to make sure it doesn’t become ‘too heavy’. Once they’ve dried, you can continue and add more.

Once you’ve glued all 20 sides together, it should now look like this:

Step 6 – Creating the Pendant Fitting

Now we have the shape fully built, we just need to turn it into a light fitting. To do this, we’ll need to be able to secure a pendant fitting into the centre on the icosahedron shape we’ve just made.

Cut a solid triangle shape from a thin piece of plywood. This should be the same size as one one of the triangles on its smallest side. Drill a hole through the centre of this, and cut the triangle into two pieces.

 

Step 7 – Attach Pendant Fitting

Slot the pendant through one of the triangles of the icosahedron shape so it’s positioned in the centre. Apply some wood glue to each piece to triangle you just cut and glue this to the inside of the same triangle. The hole in the triangle should slot around the cable of the pendant. Once this has dried, the pendant fitting will rest on this triangle when it’s secured to the ceiling.

  

Step 8 – Fit to Ceiling and Enjoy!

Now all you need to do is fit the light to a ceiling and enjoy your bespoke and unique geometric creation!

 

This article was written by Kerry, who’s blog you can find at kezzabeth.co.uk. Kerry is a DIY blogger who shares inspiration for home renovation, interior design and hacks for those on a budget!

 

 

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Here are a few ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration of some less obvious ways of subtly adding autumnal touches to your home as the cold draws in!

 

1. Add touches of autumnal colours

Different shades of deeper reds, yellows and browns will fit unbe-leaf-ably well with autumnal aesthetic. This colour scheme still stays within a neutral palette, yet adds some warmness to your home.

 

2. Brighten your home up with plants

Adding seasonal house plants is always a good idea. It’s been said that adding some nature and greenery to your space will help you to de-stress, which means that a pop of colour is simply a huge bonus. 😉

Autumnal Chrysanthemums and Bromeliads are gorgeous examples of autumnal house plants which can add vibrancy to your home and leaf you smiling.

 

3. Get some wood

Wood similarly has warmer tones in it and contributes to the ‘outdoors is indoors’ feel. Wood-n’t you love a bit of a rustic edge to your space? There are so many pieces of indoor furniture which use wood – why not turn over a new leaf and switch up your stool for a wooden one?

 

4. Warm up with candles and fire

Any form of (non dangerous) flame in a home is guaranteed to autumn-atically make your space so much more cosy! You can mix it up with candles of different sizes and smells, or even light up a wood fire.

 

5. Bring in the furs and rugs  

Added Hygge or comfort is a huge indicator that we’re entering into the colder months. Having a rug or blanket on hand in your space means that you’re guaranteed never to get chilly. Furr-ntastic!

 

We hope you picked up some tips on how to keep your home cosy yet seasonal this Autumn! Anyone who steps into your home will want to know where you got your inspiration from. 😉

 

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Why take up so much of your time searching for you ideal dream wallpaper print when you could just make it yourself? This handy guide will give you all the tips and tricks to create your own design on a paint roller, to cover all the wallpaper you’ve ever dreamed of. You could even use a rolling pin or lint roller instead of a paint roller, so you’re guaranteed to already have most of the objects in your house!

The tools and materials you will need to make this DIY are as follows:

 

  1. Lay out your plain wallpaper on a flat surface, making sure that the corners are secured to the floor to avoid any movement or creasing.
  2. Start off by deciding on the design you’d like to create, depending on your wildest wallpaper desires. We would recommend a template similar to the one below, but feel free to get as creative as you wish if you’re feeling fancy! This geometric one is great as it’s straightforward to design and cut out with a ruler, so that you can be sure to have straight lines and neat edges.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pentagon_with_half_dodecahedral_net.svg

 

3. In order to prep your design for your paint roller, use your pencil and ruler to trace the outline of the design on the tracing paper.

4. Flip over the tracing paper and then transfer the design onto your craft foam by going over the outline once again.

5. Once you have your outline on the foam, lay out your cutting mat and scalpel or craft knife and begin to cut the shape out. Use your ruler as a guide to achieve the straightest lines possible.

6. Cut out as many shapes as you wish and play around with how you’d like them to be positioned on your paint roller. Cut yourself some slack, they don’t have to be perfect! You could do them in lines or place them randomly, wall-ever works for you!

 

https://www.maxpixel.net/Prepare-Woods-Rolling-Pin-Hare-Bake-Wood-Easter-3178329

7. Put some of your glue on the back of your cut outs and then stick them directly onto your roller of choice.

8. Once fully dry (don’t be tempted to skip this part or you’ll be heading for a wall of shame!), put some paint in your paint tray and use your newly designed paint roller in the tray, making sure to cover all your foam pieces.

Your roller is then ready to use! Paint your design on by rolling your paint roller vertically along your wallpaper. Make sure to pay extra attention when aligning your next line of paint to match up with the one before so that the patterns are symmetrical. Be sure to align your patterns with extra care!

 

Other methods

Alternatively, other methods of creating a design include cutting your pattern directly onto the roller for a more intricate pattern similar to the one below. If you were to choose this method, make sure you use a rubber paint roller or a wooden rolling pin as they are easier to cut through.

 

https://torange.biz/fr/wooden-rollers-print-patterns-48415

 

You can also use other objects to create patterns. Covering it with materials such as bubble wrap, and even slightly bunched up cling film gives a great effect, just play around with it, you’ll soon be on a roll! One of our personal favourites is to place lots of rubber bands around your roller and then cover it in paint, leaving you with straight lines like this.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbogidex-TI

 

This decoration hack saves you lots of searching time and money and can be adapted really easily to whatever design works for you. If you give this a go do let us know so we can see your wonderful creations ourselves and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ManoMaker, happy DIY-ing!

 

 

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