I love a house with period features. Picture rails, sash windows, working fireplaces and coving; I just can’t get enough of those decorative touches that make a house look a little special. Sadly, many of the homes I viewed while house-hunting have had these period features removed over the years when they were ‘modernised’. It seemed a shame to have just a bare hole where the fireplace used to be. I found myself wanting to put all those details back and, when I started to research this, I discovered that there are plenty of low-cost ways to update your home and add period features without spending a fortune. Here are just a few ideas… Continue reading “Low-cost ways to add period features back into your home” »
Although some may say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, many would say that the true holder of that title should be the dining room. The perfect place to gather at the end of the day to share food and swap stories, the dining room is the focus of your quality time as a family. Whether you long for the clean, minimalist lines of a contemporary space, or whether you prefer the cosy comfort of a rustic theme, 2017 has offered up the perfect dining room trend to suit your style. If you’re hoping to give your dining room a great new look this year, here are five of the latest themes to inspire you. Continue reading “Top 5 dining room trends in 2017” »
Some people are just naturally good with gift buying, whereas others are just not that gifted (excuse the pun!) It’s always a tricky time when a loved one’s birthday is coming up – you’ve bought them everything you can think of in the past, so what do you get them this year? The new trend in gift buying is definitely gifting ‘memories’ – that is, giving experiences that are more memorable than material gifts. If you’ve bought them all the fragrance in the world and every episode of their favourite TV show on DVD and you’re stumped – look no further. Below is a list of broad gift ideas that are less about the materialism and more about giving your loved ones a special memory that they will treasure forever. Continue reading “Gift ideas to build memories (and how to do it on a budget!)” »
Heading into autumn, there are are few household tasks that you might want to check over before the cold weather comes. Home buyers sometimes only consider the financial burden they’ll be dealt with when acquiring the keys to a new home. Many of them fail to realise the investment of time and labour required to maintain household essentials. Without further ado, here are 5 household items that need your attention this autumn but rarely come to mind. Continue reading “5 Household items that need your attention this autumn” »
Were you a bridesmaid over the summer? Do you have a gorgeous freshly-laundered bridesmaid dress hanging in your wardrobe? Think you’ll probably never get a chance to wear it again? Think again! If you’ve recently been a bridesmaid at your best friend’s wedding and you loved the dress you wore but aren’t that much of a socialite that you need a gown for balls or award ceremonies, don’t worry. With a little ingenuity you can turn that beautiful dress into something you can wear anywhere. Continue reading “How to refashion & re-wear your bridesmaid dress” »
With colder weather drawing near and the price of our energy bills about to shoot up, being eco-friendly can not only contribute a huge deal to the environment, but reduce the size of your energy bills at the same time. Being eco-friendly is more than just recycling the odd cereal box; there’s so many more areas that we need to focus on as residents of planet earth. Many of the tips provided do revolve around reducing your energy consumption, but that’s not the only way to add a bit of green to your home. Follow these 7 quick and easy tips and your house will be a friend to the environment in no time… Continue reading “7 Easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly” »
When you’re planning a party, spreading the word without spending a fortune on pricey invitations is important. Whether it’s a birthday party for a child or a party for the grownups, you need to let friends, family and your acquaintances know well in advance so they can plan for it. But how do you do this in a thrifty way? Here are four methods you can use to spread the word cheaply so you have more money left in the budget to spend on the party itself. Continue reading “4 Ways to get the word out about your party” »
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