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Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas for a more Planet-Friendly Home

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Want your homeware and decor choices to be more sustainable? From reclaimed timber to recycled kitchen tops, Gabrielle Fagan checks out the options. We’re all aware of the need to look after our environment – and where better to start than at home? Luckily, more and more companies are embracing eco-friendly approaches and solutions, and … Read moreEco-Friendly Decorating Ideas for a more Planet-Friendly Home

11/09/2019 | Categories: eco-friendly , home , House Market , Interior Design | full article

Got a Garden for the First Time? 9 of the Easiest Things Beginners Should Start With

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BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Mark Lane shares advice for gardening newbies to live by. By Lauren Taylor. If you’ve never had a garden before, it’s a real revelation when you finally move into somewhere with a patch of grass to call your own – space to potter around in, barbecues in the summer and drinks … Read moreGot a Garden for the First Time? 9 of the Easiest Things Beginners Should Start With

11/09/2019 | Categories: garden design , home , lifestyle , Uncategorized | full article

9 Top Tips to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

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Small can be beautiful and – crucially in this case – functional too. By Luke Rix-Standing. In the modern world of cramped shoe-box flats and sardine-tin apartment blocks, space is a rare and valuable commodity. Wave goodbye to extended worktops, double-door refrigerators, and luxurious kitchen islands – particularly in urban areas, these are now myths … Read more9 Top Tips to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

11/09/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle , property | full article

Preparing to Plant your Spring Bulbs? 7 Colourful Options to Consider

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From blousy tulips to cool white daffodils and dainty irises, Hannah Stephenson digs through some of the best bulbs available now. Summer’s on its way out, which means it’s time to start planting your new spring bulbs – and why not turn over a new leaf and try something different? Bulb specialists and other outlets … Read morePreparing to Plant your Spring Bulbs? 7 Colourful Options to Consider

05/09/2019 | Categories: garden design , home , lifestyle | full article

Tricky Neighbours? Here’s how to Avoid Disputes – or Deal With Them Wisely if they do Crop Up

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Living next door doesn’t mean you’ll always get on, but nobody wants a stressful fall-out. By Luke Rix-Standing. Neighbours often rank up there with the in-laws on the list of people it’s really useful to get on with. You live literally side-by-side – but just as with the in-laws, that doesn’t mean you automatically get … Read moreTricky Neighbours? Here’s how to Avoid Disputes – or Deal With Them Wisely if they do Crop Up

05/09/2019 | Categories: home , lifestyle , property | full article

Which Houseplant Works Best Where – and How You Should Care for them.

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Unsure which plants to place in the bathroom, lounge or bedroom? Houseplant expert Claire Bishop tells Hannah Stephenson her top tips. As the seasons change, waving goodbye to summer doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying gorgeous plants. You can still keep your home feeling alive with houseplants, whatever your decor style. For those … Read moreWhich Houseplant Works Best Where – and How You Should Care for them.

27/08/2019 | Categories: home , House Market , Interior Design , lifestyle , property | full article

Soundproofing Made Simple: How to Rid your Home of Unwanted Noise

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Insulate yourself against noisy neighbours, caterwauling wildlife, and the sound of honking horns. Luke Rix-Standing discovers how. You might think soundproofing is only for music studios, or the cottages of the royals, but even ordinary homeowners can take a few steps towards sanity-saving silence. In fact, among modern urbanites surrounded by the sounds of the … Read moreSoundproofing Made Simple: How to Rid your Home of Unwanted Noise

27/08/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle , property | full article

Want to Refresh your Home on a Budget? These Bargain Buys don’t Skimp in the Style Stakes!

Little touches can make all the difference – and you really don’t have to spend a lot, says Sam Wylie-Harris. Styling up your favourite space might take a little inspiration and creative know-how – but it really doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, once you’ve honed in on a few functional pieces, jazzy … Read moreWant to Refresh your Home on a Budget? These Bargain Buys don’t Skimp in the Style Stakes!

23/08/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle , property | full article

July Property Trading and House Sales Insight

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Self congratulatory editorial from estate agents is rarely appealing, but we’ll let it pass this time because it is refreshing to read some positive news after a July when we were bombarded with gloomy economic forecasts around the now likely no deal Brexit outcome. A Busy Town Centre Insight Since the beginning of 2019, house … Read moreJuly Property Trading and House Sales Insight

11/08/2019 | Categories: House Market , politics , property , Uncategorized | full article

New Homes Property Preview Odiham Hampshire

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New T A Fisher Homes In North Warnborough An early property preview of superb new homes in North Warnborough, by renowned developer T A Fisher. Due to be released to the market in October, this video preview gives house buyers an early insight into the fine homes currently under construction in this sought after area … Read moreNew Homes Property Preview Odiham Hampshire

11/08/2019 | Categories: house hunting , New Homes , property , Uncategorized , Video Marketing | full article

Weave Some Magic at Home, with New-Wave Rattan, Raffia and Bamboo.

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No longer confined to retro schemes and conservatories, nature’s most versatile materials are making a stylish comebacks, says Gabrielle Fagan. We’re all waking up to the magic of weave, with rattan – that blonde, slim, easy-on-the eye material – enjoying a starring role in homes right now. Pinterest and Instagram are full of stunning examples … Read moreWeave Some Magic at Home, with New-Wave Rattan, Raffia and Bamboo.

07/08/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design | full article

This is why you Shouldn’t let Summer pass without Cooking Outside with the Kids

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There’s just something about making dinner out of doors. So, marshmallows at the ready, says Ella Walker. One thing is guaranteed to ruin the vibe of any summer party, and that’s a parent shrieking across a sun-scorched garden: ‘IT’S HOT – I TOLD YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM THE BARBECUE!’ Usually, there’d be a few … Read moreThis is why you Shouldn’t let Summer pass without Cooking Outside with the Kids

07/08/2019 | Categories: home , lifestyle , outdoor life | full article

From Crazy Paving to Patios: Gardening Trends Through the Decades

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As Southport Flower Show turns 90, garden designer and broadcaster Matthew Wilson looks at how tastes and trends have evolved. By Hannah Stephenson. Who remembers when rock gardens were fashionable? Or perhaps at one point in your green-fingered life you attempted to paint your garden fence sky-blue, or adorn your patio with crazy paving? These … Read moreFrom Crazy Paving to Patios: Gardening Trends Through the Decades

07/08/2019 | Categories: garden design , lifestyle , property | full article

Allotment Challenge: 3 Easy Veg for Beginners and 3 Trickier Crops for Seasoned Growers

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Choosing the right veg for your experience level can make a world of difference. Hannah Stephenson shares her top picks. National Allotments Week is approaching (August 12-18), with gardeners being encouraged to share their harvests and exchange tips. And if you’re relatively new to the grow-your-own scene, it’s always handy to hear about what’s easy … Read moreAllotment Challenge: 3 Easy Veg for Beginners and 3 Trickier Crops for Seasoned Growers

31/07/2019 | Categories: garden design , lifestyle , property | full article