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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

Summer Bedroom Bliss: 10 Cool and Stylish Updates to Snap up Right Now

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Has the heatwave inspired a bedroom refresh? Sam Wylie-Harris hits the shops. Just like our summer wardrobes, how you dress the bedroom can make a world of difference to how you feel when the sun’s shining. And with the current heatwave, this is even more relevant – a bedroom that’s too hot and steamy (read: … Read moreSummer Bedroom Bliss: 10 Cool and Stylish Updates to Snap up Right Now

31/07/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle , property | full article

Want your Little Ones to Love Gardening? Here are the Tools to Give Them a Head Start

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Former Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins helps us select the kit to get your children interested in gardening. Gardening can be child’s play if youngsters are given the right tools for the job. Now, former Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, head of organic horticulture at Garden Organic (gardenorganic.org.uk), the national charity for organic gardening, has … Read moreWant your Little Ones to Love Gardening? Here are the Tools to Give Them a Head Start

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

Seek and Hide: 6 Storage Solutions to keep You and Your Rooms Cool and Calm this Summer

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Don’t want to just chuck away all that clutter? Gabrielle Fagan reveals simple ways to get it out of sight. If you’re feeling hot and bothered this summer, it may not just be the weather. Look around your home – if it’s overflowing with clutter, and every corner and surface seems to be a magnet … Read moreSeek and Hide: 6 Storage Solutions to keep You and Your Rooms Cool and Calm this Summer

22/07/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle , property , Uncategorized | full article

10 Ingredients you can Forage to Pep Up Cocktails- According to an Expert

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The country’s leading urban forager shines a light on wild herbs and plants to jazz up your garnish, and much more, says Sam Wylie-Harris. Since the dawn of time we’ve been foraging for wild foods to use in drinks and as medicine. To really get a taste for the year-long bounty around us, how about … Read more10 Ingredients you can Forage to Pep Up Cocktails- According to an Expert

16/07/2019 | Categories: garden design , lifestyle | full article

7 Bright Design Tricks to Maximise Light in Your Home

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From curtains to decluttering and mirrored furniture, Luke Rix-Standing reveals nifty ways to give any home that dreamy light and airy feel. Ask any interior designer: Light is one of – if not the – most important consideration in the layout of a home. Quite apart from being essential (cooking in the dark is not … Read more7 Bright Design Tricks to Maximise Light in Your Home

16/07/2019 | Categories: home , Interior Design , lifestyle , property | full article

Summer in a Glass: 9 Super Thirst-Quenchers to Enjoy in the Great Outdoors

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Crown your movable feast with an eclectic mix of refreshing spritzers, canned cocktails and seasonal serves, says Sam Wylie-Harris. As summer heats up, there’s a lovely casualness that shapes our drinking rituals. Just as we reach for our wicker baskets and holiday wardrobe, the fashion for fruity libations and breezy spritzers strikes just the right … Read moreSummer in a Glass: 9 Super Thirst-Quenchers to Enjoy in the Great Outdoors

10/07/2019 | Categories: home , lifestyle | full article