Fri 06 Dec 2013
Want to go all-out on the retro factor at Christmas? We take a look at some of the most excellently vintage festive decorations from around the web.
Caroline Zoob Etched Snowflake Bauble
These baubles put me in mind of Victorian silvered glassware, and are almost too stylish to just keep for Christmas. Although they look metallic, they are surprisingly light. Their mottled surface maintains ...read more
Fri 15 Nov 2013
How will you deck the halls this year? There are plenty of garish decorations in shops, but natural decorations are the instinctive option for those seeking something a little more stylish. Plus, they're easy to co-ordinate with your existing interior design scheme. Make your Christmas warming, inviting, and most of all beautiful with these top decoration ideas.
1. Take a Leaf
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Mon 11 Nov 2013
Christmas time is almost upon us, in a few weeks we'll be dusting off the decorations from the attic and checking which ones were broken from last year and what bulbs have blown. The festive season is usually a big time for energy use, with all our extra lights and loaded up plug sockets. It doesn't have to be like this though. Here are 5 ways to save energy and money this Christmas.
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Fri 01 Nov 2013
Whether you've just bought a new home or want to breathe life into tired rooms, high-impact wall art is a quick way to completely transform a space. Go one step further than the colour block feature wall, and create 3D installations from everyday items. Check out these ideas for instant inspiration:
A Touch of Nature
This is a great example of how materials that would normally be discarded ...read more
Fri 25 Oct 2013
These interiors are oh so very inviting and create a warm, cosy feel without compromising on style.
1. It's so fluffy!
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A fluffy rug that ties in with your interior theme colours can make any space look cosier. The neutral colours and natural wooden coffee table create a fabulous rustic edge.
2. Create yourself a reading corner
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Fri 18 Oct 2013
Before you get stuck in to decorating and furnishing a new home, do a little forward planning to avoid these top 5 decorating and furnishing mistakes.
1. A Clutter Hoarding Habit
Less really is more. Divide "stuff" into two categories:
1. The things that matter
2. Those things that you can do without.
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Mon 14 Oct 2013
Though gardens often look a bit sad and neglected over the winter months, there are a few super-hardy plants that will keep going over the colder months to give you garden some va-va voom. It's not a bad time of year to start a vegetable patch either, providing you have the discipline to get out there are tend the plants when it gets cold.
Perpetual spinach is a brilliant crop. ...read more
Tue 08 Oct 2013
So you've found your dream home and you can't wait to get settled in. Unfortunately, before you can get to enjoy it and the excitement it brings, you have to move. There is such a lot to think about when you're moving- so many things are up in the air and are calling out to be organised.
It's said that moving house is one of life's most stressful events - right up there with divorc ...read more
Fri 27 Sep 2013
It's that time of year when we're all thinking about the big expenses that are coming up. Budgeting and making a few small changes around your home can save you a surprising amount of money.
Great insulation will give you a significant saving on your heating bill and keep your house cool in the summer and warm in winter. Almost 45% of your home's energy bills come fr ...read more
Fri 20 Sep 2013
Autumn is well and truly here and with its arrival comes almost competitive discussions about who can leave their heating off for the longest. There's no doubt that postponing putting the heating on will save you cash, so here are a few ways to do just that without losing any body parts to frostbite.
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1) Stop the leaks!
It may s ...read more