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A Contemporary Christmas Playlist to Impress Your Party Guests

Mon 23 Dec 2013

Having a Christmas cocktail party? Forget the cheesy carols 70s pop tunes and go for these savvy remixes of festive favourites. 1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Acoustic Electro Swing Hiphop Who would have thought electro swing and hip hop would make such happy bedfellows? Get your evening started with this top interpretation by Postmodern Jukebox. 2. Bad Religion - "O Come, O Come ...read more


8 of the Best “Fake” Christmas Trees

Mon 23 Dec 2013

Artificial trees could be the most environmentally-friendly option, if kept and used year after year. Plus, they don't drop needles. They also negate the need for that festive car journey accompanied by an aggressively spikey plant occupying 90% of your vehicle's interior. But fake trees can be just a touch declasse, right? My opinion is that if you're going to go fake, either go for s ...read more


10 Reassuringly Expensive Christmas Crackers

Sat 14 Dec 2013

What recession? 10. The National Gallery English Country Life Christmas Crackers - PS36 for 10 These are so beautifully printed that, although they're a luxury, they do not seem at all overpriced. They contain some lovely gifts, too.  9. Thornback & Peel Patridge & Pear Christmas Crackers - PS55 for 6 The print on these is adorable and I love the plum and olive-green co ...read more


7 Retro Christmas Decorations that Stand Out in Style

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


7 Sumptuous Nature-Inspired Christmas Decorations

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 Use candl ...read more


Don't Let Festive Lights Inflate your Electric Bill

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. Switc ...read more


6 Maximum-Impact Wall Art Themes To Make At Home

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


6 Interiors That Rock the Cosy Factor in Style

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! All rights reserved by LEAFY168 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 All rights reserved ...read more


Decoration Disaster! Top 5 Decorating and Furnishing Mistakes

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. If you're moving, do it before you move, or if you absolutely don't have time ...read more


Give your Garden Impact Over Winter.

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. Spinach Perpetual spinach is a brilliant crop. ...read more