10 Wonderfully Weird Items of Furniture

Fri 12 Apr 2013

  This week I've been having a browse through the hordes of weird and wonderful images on Flickr Creative Commons, and noticed some accordingly wonderfully weird items of furniture. What do you think? Cool or OTT? Could you live with them, and would you want to? 1. Chair with Strings Dreamed up by Danish designer Asa Alvi Karner, this chair featured in the 2011 Stockholm Furniture F more

Splendiferous Bike Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Fri 05 Apr 2013

Cycling just makes sense - it's free, good for the planet and good for our health. Yet bikes are notoriously difficult to store, and many hallways end up being a conflicting Krypton Factor of competing velocipedes. Many inventors - and frustrated cyclists - have come up with bike storage solutions that boast quite a cool factor. Here are a few of my favourites:   Folding/flipping handleb more

Ten Quick and Easy Speed-Cleaning Tips

Tue 02 Apr 2013

  Don't just clean faster, clean smarter with these 10 tips that will shave chunks off your weekly cleaning time. Keep 1 vacuum upstairs and another downstairs. Lugging a vacuum upstairs is frankly a pain in the proverbial. You'll be more likely to do both floors, more quickly, with two machines.   Keep a squeegee in the shower Squeegeeing after you've soaped and rinse more

What to Plant in March

Fri 29 Mar 2013

  UK-dwellers will have noticed a slight upswing in the warmer weather over the past few days. It's time to get planting those hardier varieties that will be able to stand a little further cold and wet weather. Several of the root vegetable seed varieties are best to plant in March, so it's a good time to get started if you've resolved to grow your own this year. Broad Beans Mar more

Decorating on a Budget

Fri 15 Mar 2013

  Many of us will have a tight budget to work with when decorating a new home.  Fortunately, there are lots of ways to create a strong look and a cosy feel for cheap or free. Key Considerations When decorating on a budget, you may not have the funds to alter every detail, so the key is to consider your largest spaces. The most important area is actually the floor - and a big de more

DIY and Home Improvement on a Budget

Fri 15 Mar 2013

  There are a many ways that you can save money on DIY and decorating projects, increasing the value of your home in the process. Here we run through a few relatively easy ones that you can try soon. Decorating This is a great tip - if you're looking for a unique paint colour, simply buy a large container of pure brilliant white, and stir in a couple tester pots in a strong colour more

10 Best DIY Themed Tumblr Blogs

Fri 22 Feb 2013

  Tumblr is a place where anything goes, and accordingly, there are some eminently creative DIY blogs on there. DIY in this sense covers everything from the traditionally  British sense of the word - that is putting up shelves and hanging wallpaper - to a crafty concept of making yourself the things that you would otherwise buy, or not be able to afford. It's also a haven for s more

10 Best Ikea Hacks on Pinterest

Fri 08 Feb 2013

Ikea hacks -personalised versions of affordable favourites from a well-known Swedish furniture store. Sometimes the hacks are decorative, while sometimes make the original design more functional or sturdy. Being an eminently crafty corner of the web, Pinterest is just the place to find the most innovative Ikea hacks. Let's take a look at my top 10: 1. Tradig Chandelier This hac more

The two simple rules that keep homes clutter-free

Fri 25 Jan 2013

I live in a small flat. I hate dust, clutter and mess. I like surfaces to have clear space on them. For the most part have been pretty vigilant at keeping unnecessary "stuff" out of my living space. When people give me ornaments as presents, and I'm ashamed to admit this, I do tend to think 'but where is that going to go?' But just lately, I've noticed the tell-tale piles of book more

6 Ways to Upcycle Greeting Cards

Fri 11 Jan 2013

I always feel a bit guilty when it comes to chucking greetings cards in the recycling. But, I don't have much storage space, and I'm really averse to holding on to any kind of unnecessary clutter. However, many greetings cards are simply works of art. I've looked around web and found a few ways to upcycle greetings cards and give them a new life as something fabulous. 1. more