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Play with the Power of Pink for Punchy Settings at Home

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Gabrielle Fagan catches up with the The Pink House’s Emily Murray, to discover how to harness the prettiest colour of the rainbow. Once cast aside as ‘girly’, the colour pink is fast shaping up to be the hottest shade for interiors. Sugary pinks through to snazzy scarlets, pretty peaches and even funky neons are the … Read morePlay with the Power of Pink for Punchy Settings at Home

21/05/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle | full article

Innovative, Eco-Friendly and Smart: Check Out the Gardening Products of the Year

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From eco-friendly home composters to super quick pizza ovens and inventive garden lighting, we look at 7 garden products of the year. Want a composter with a difference? Or a light that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker? Or even a pot or seed tray made from bamboo? These are just some of the finalists for … Read moreInnovative, Eco-Friendly and Smart: Check Out the Gardening Products of the Year

15/05/2019 | Categories: garden design , home , Interior Design | full article

13 Fab Floral Finds to Spruce up your Space for Summer

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Channel some RHS Chelsea Flower Show magic with some blooming marvellous home accessories. Sam Wylie-Harris reveals her pick of the bunch. Fashions and trends may come and go – but year in, year out, the world’s most famous horticultural event never fails to spark us all to have a spring fling and take inspiration from … Read more13 Fab Floral Finds to Spruce up your Space for Summer

15/05/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle | full article

Dream of Owning a Walk-in Wardrobe? Here’s How to Make it Happen

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As far as home-improvements go, walk-in closets are certainly a luxury – but that doesn’t mean you can’t seriously consider it. By Luke Rix-Standing. When considering a property, for most of us, walk-in closets are probably not at the forefront of our minds. Not that we don’t like the idea of them – but they’ve … Read moreDream of Owning a Walk-in Wardrobe? Here’s How to Make it Happen

15/05/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design | full article

Open Day Invitation To View New Homes In Eversley Hampshire

We’re on site tomorrow Saturday 4th May between 10am and 3pm, so this is an ideal opportunity to view the stunning new homes by Aspire in Eversley Hampshire. The site is easy to find by using postcode RG27 0PA and / or having a look at the map below. Telephone our Hartley Wintney branch on … Read moreOpen Day Invitation To View New Homes In Eversley Hampshire

03/05/2019 | Categories: house hunting , lifestyle , New Homes , property | full article

Kate Humble on Throwaway Culture, Polluting Plastics and What we can Learn from Rwanda

Luke Rix-Standing chats with Kate Humble about the challenges facing the environment, and finds her in polemical form… With six years of Springwatch, three seasons of Lambing Live and a succession of BBC nature programmes under her belt, Kate Humble has become an ever-present face on the greener bits of British television. She’s the perfect … Read moreKate Humble on Throwaway Culture, Polluting Plastics and What we can Learn from Rwanda

01/05/2019 | Categories: Environment , lifestyle | full article

Hanging Basket Masterclass: Here’s how to Make the Best Flower Display in 8 Easy Steps

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It’s time to create a riot of colour with hanging baskets. Hannah Stephenson tries a masterclass to learn the secrets of success. So often my hanging baskets end up looking lacklustre and forlorn, with gaps where filler plants should have gone, holes in my moss liners and a lack of regular watering. However, expert Nathan … Read moreHanging Basket Masterclass: Here’s how to Make the Best Flower Display in 8 Easy Steps

01/05/2019 | Categories: garden design , lifestyle | full article

Tool School: 5 Clever Gardening Gadgets for Spring and Summer

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Get yourself some high-tech help with these time-saving technological innovations to make life easier in the garden. The swallows have returned, tulips and wallflowers are blooming and Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan have warmed up their binoculars. Gardeners can finally look forward to some fair-weather gardening during spring and summer. So now is the time … Read moreTool School: 5 Clever Gardening Gadgets for Spring and Summer

24/04/2019 | Categories: garden design , technology | full article

Buying a new Home? Phil Spencer Reveals the Warning Signs to Walk Away from.

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It’s all about Information, Information, Information, says the property guru. Ever moved into a new house and realised that your new neighbour is the drummer for an amateur metal band? Or snapped up a new pad only to discover that the bedroom turns into a swamp every time it rains? We sincerely hope the answer … Read moreBuying a new Home? Phil Spencer Reveals the Warning Signs to Walk Away from.

24/04/2019 | Categories: Financial , house hunting | full article

Everything you need to know about Joe Perkins new Facebook Inspired Chelsea Flower Show Garden

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As a father-of-three, garden designer Joe Perkins is well aware that social media can lure young people away from the great outdoors. Enter Beyond The Screen, Perkins’ Facebook-sponsored show garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, within which he’s going to reveal how online and offline worlds can come together. Visitors may think the … Read moreEverything you need to know about Joe Perkins new Facebook Inspired Chelsea Flower Show Garden

24/04/2019 | Categories: garden design , lifestyle , property | full article

Fitness for human habitation – What landlords need to know

The fitness for human habitation act (AKA the Karen Buck Bill) came into force on 20th of March 2019, which is an amendment to the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985. The act requires that any property let by a landlord (private or social) must remain in a state fit for habitation when a tenancy … Read moreFitness for human habitation – What landlords need to know

18/04/2019 | Categories: Landlords , Rental Property | full article

Maldivians are Planting a Community Spirit by Going Farm to Fork

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On a remote coral island in the Maldives, Hannah Stephenson discovers a rural community which has turned its sandy landscape into a farming haven. Maldivian farmer Ali cuts open a heavy, juicy watermelon from his plot of land, proudly presenting us each with a slice, juice dripping, still warm from the sun. Standing on his … Read moreMaldivians are Planting a Community Spirit by Going Farm to Fork

17/04/2019 | Categories: lifestyle | full article

8 Cracking Ways to Set the Scene for Easter

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Planning some Easter entertaining? Gabrielle Fagan reveals simple decor displays and finishing touches to bring the occasion to life. It’s time to get all your chicks in a row for Easter, with some truly egg-cellent decor! A holiday gathering will be much more memorable with a cheerful springtime table setting, with plenty of seasonal touches … Read more8 Cracking Ways to Set the Scene for Easter

17/04/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle | full article

About to be a First Time Parent like Meghan and Harry? 5 tips for Baby-Proofing your Home

From stair gates to non-slip mats and locking the oven, there’s lots you can do to make your home more baby-friendly. One can only imagine the challenges involved in baby-proofing a royal residence. Fitting stairwells with the world’s widest baby gates; locking down toilet seats in 78 separate bathrooms – well, Buckingham Palace has 78, … Read moreAbout to be a First Time Parent like Meghan and Harry? 5 tips for Baby-Proofing your Home

04/04/2019 | Categories: House Market , Interior Design | full article