With eight bank holidays a year, the next of which is in less than a week's time, whether you're jetting abroad or to the coast, home security is an essential consideration. While we would all like to think that we still live in a world where leaving your doors unlocked isn't a problem, sadly, that isn't the case. Whether you're popping over the road or across the ocean, your house should be on lockdown.
Everyone wants the best quality workmanship, but no one wants to pay the highest rates. At the same time, no one wants to end up with a ‘cowboy builder’ either – having to replace everything they do wrong could easily end up being even more expensive!
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Standing the test of tile - why patterns are here to stay
In 2018, patterned tiles were everywhere - literally. As the trend took hold, we began to see patterned tiles on walls, backsplashes and, most significantly, kitchen and bathroom floors. At the time, many home-owners resisted the trend, convinced that it would be no more than a fad which would be gone by the time the Christmas decorations went up. Despite these convictions, 2019 is proving that patterned tiles aren’t going anywhere for the time being - with good reason.
Renovating your home is a significant investment, especially if you’re deciding on big changes to floor plans and layouts. It’s also an exciting time too, as you’re probably bursting with ideas to make the space stylish and homely. Getting these ideas on paper, however, can be the tricky part. There are lots of things to take into consideration, including measurements, perspective and colour themes. So where do you start?
We all know that Pinterest is great for looking at pictures of cats and spying on the lifestyles of the rich and famous but, it can also help with decorating our homes.
Interior Designer Nate Berkus, once said, “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” Rather than a pristine show home worthy of a feature in a magazine, more and more of us are choosing to put our own stamp on our homes in order to make them as individual as we are. We’ve put together some household trends for 2019 that’ll make your home stand out from the crowd.
Home renovation is a great way to add value to a property. Buying a house cheaply then investing in improvements can lead to big increases in value, and can bring a healthy profit. However, you’ll need more than just time to renovate a home - you’ll need to spend money to bring a home up to scratch. Unless you’re a professional developer you probably don’t have the cash on hand to pay for everything in one go. If that’s not an option, where do you start? This guide points out exactly which areas you can focus on first, giving you a head start on home renovations.
It’s no secret that children grow up within the blink of an eye but, for many parents, the speed of the transition from baby to toddler is one that takes them by surprise - and one for which many are entirely unprepared!
In the UK, especially in urban areas, lack of natural light is one of the biggest complaints amongst homeowners and prospective buyers. Many homes are screaming for more light which means getting the builders in to install bigger windows, tear down walls or, in case of this article, install a skylight.
As all landlords know, recent changes to regulations are making it more and more difficult to turn a profit from your buy to let property. With the housing market facing uncertainty and Brexit still looming large in the future, many landlords are caught between a rock and a hard place. It’s not a great time to sell, but it’s also getting harder to own a home. The solution is to make your property work harder than ever before, and we have a few tips to help you do just that.
When it comes to home decor, nothing can change a room as dramatically as lighting can. An integral part of a home’s design, lighting can transform a room from the ordinary to a cosy haven or a bright and airy space. As with all other aspects of the home, lighting design is subject to trends and, here, we take a look at some of the best for 2019.
So much more than something to rest your latte on, a coffee table can make or break a room. With so many different shapes, sizes and styles to choose from, finding the right table for your room can be tricky so, we’ve put together our guide to finding the perfect blend.
In recent years, minimalist design and light shades have been a hot trend in interiors. Experimenting with colour is often seen as a brave step, as not every space can pull off these eye-catching transformations. However, current trends have uncovered a new love of both vibrant tones and darker hues, so could this work in your property? Adding colour often comes down to personal preference, but there are a host of things to consider before reaching for the paintbrush.
We live in interesting times. The value of our homes will either rise sharply or crash – or both – depending on who you listen to. While that can be unsettling, there are quite a few things you can do to add value to your home, regardless of the way the overall market swings. Here, we’ve assembled ten of the best ways to improve your home:
2016 is the time to say goodbye to old trends and say hello to transforming your interiors. Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, there are adjustments you can make to your home to create a contemporary and charming feel. If you’re searching for inspiration for the year ahead, here are the top interior trends for 2016.
Some of the UK’s most imaginative homes are conversions. Whether the building started out life as a church, an industrial site, or a barn, a converted property can be full of unique character. And among the most attractive conversions are old mills.
OK, you’re taking the plunge to purchase an electric vehicle. Whether it’s a Tesla, a Prius, or another brand of vehicle, you’re now an early adopter of cutting-edge technology. You’ll get plenty of benefits, but electric vehicles aren’t exactly commonplace yet. That means your home wasn’t designed with them in mind, and you’ll need to make a few changes. Of course, if you’re renting your property, you’ll need to consult with your landlord to make these changes. These can be costly, so be sure to get their approval before purchasing the vehicle. Here are our tips on how to make sure your property is electric-car ready, so you can get the most out of it when it arrives.
As a nation, we love to keep our homes up to date and looking great and, for many, this means spending our weekends and time off on DIY projects. Unfortunately, figures show that 20% of us suffer DIY disasters which result in the need for a professional to put them right - at a cost of up to £4,800! Often, fixing a DIY mishap will cost more than it would to bring in a professional in the first place so, we’ve put together our guide to jobs that are safe to tackle yourself and, those for which you should ‘get a man in’.
If you’re looking to add a touch of vintage chic to your interiors, there are plenty of options on beautiful homeware and accessories available. In our recent post, we highlighted where you can find the best vintage décor online. But if you like an authentic shopping experience where you can see and get a real feel for how something will look in your home, checking out the highstreet is the best option.