Keeping Focused When Working from Home

Fri 03 May 2013

Even if you're REALLY easily distracted. I've done a combo of working from home and from an office for nearly 3 years. If you're usually in the office, working from home for a spell can bring *increased* focus. But for the full-time freelancer or home worker, doing the laundry, gardening or cleaning can become mysteriously and devilishly appealing, and always when you're supposed to be slaving more

Eco elegance: How eco-friendly designs can look simply stylish

Fri 26 Apr 2013

Eco friendly interiors don't have to just be functional; they can be stylish and cutting edge too. There are so many designers who now use reclaimed materials and intelligent design to create quirky products that not only look good but are good for the planet too.   Let's take a look at some planet-friendly designer furnishings that will make your home look simply stylish. 1. Wern more

Gardening Tips for April and May

Fri 19 Apr 2013

With spring well underway (we hope) and fine weather making a welcome appearance, now is the time to get busy in the garden. Here are my top 10 tips for gardening during April and May.   Spring is a great season in which to start growing herbs. Hardier types like chives and rosemary are easy to grow and require little tending. Plus, rosemary gives off a gorgeous scent as the sunshine more

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