My Picquot Ware article is in Reclaim magazine!

They always say ‘write what you know’ don’t they? So, I couldn’t ignore my instinct to talk about this British brand with as many people as possible. I sat at my laptop and blurted out all the knowledge I’d gained over the years and then carefully spent many hours refining my excited ramblings. The piece has been published in Issue 30 and it’s on sale now! I just hope Reclaim’s readers enjoy the piece as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show!

As a friend of the My Thrifty Life blog, you’re entitled to 2 free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in 2018 or 2019 –  you can choose any date that suits you, and any location! It’s held at ExCeL in London in September and all around the country throughout the rest of the year, including Edinburgh, Harrogate, Bath, Farnborough, Birmingham, Glasgow and Surrey.

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How to create a low-maintenance kitchen garden

Ever wanted to have a gorgeous garden full of foliage and beautiful blooms that takes no time at all to maintain? That’s my plan and it’s exactly what I’m blogging about today! Read on to find out some handy tips to create a low-maintenance garden with plants and veg that take no effort to grow…

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How to break down DIY tasks into easy weekend projects

If you think you’ve got no time for fixing up your home, think again! You may believe that DIY tasks will require too much energy after a long week but the reality is that many updates can be performed over a series of free weekends. Breaking a project down into smaller parts makes it more manageable and removes some of the resistance to getting started on a DIY task. This also has the side benefit of spreading the cost over time. Whether that’s buying some pots of paint, replacing tiles on the bathroom wall or putting in a better garden fence, dividing expenses over a few weeks or months isn’t a bad thing! Here are 5 ways to update your home and garden that are cost effective and relatively painless to do…

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Thrifty decorating tips from DIYDirect.com

Today I’ve teamed up with online DIY retailer DIYDirect.com to give you some advice when it comes to decorating – and in particular, how you can be as thrifty as possible in your project…

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Small scale home improvements to boost kerb appeal

It can be difficult to find a balance between spending time and money on improving and your home versus actually enjoying it! Here are a few small ways that you can renovate your home to boost its kerb appeal, while still taking pleasure in the process..

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Update your bathroom with these 4 easy and low-cost tips

Bathrooms are one of the most frequently used parts of any home so it’s easy for them to look tired and need a quick refresh every now and then. Here’s how to keep your bathroom functioning well and looking great…

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How to keep the period features in your renovation project

When you’re renovating a period property, the costs can soon add up as you strive to maintain the original features. But there are ways that you can achieve a period feel without adding expensive originals – here’s how…

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4 Tips to keep your home renovation on track

If you’re planning a house renovation, being thrifty and creative are brilliant qualities to have when it comes to making changes to your home. Here’s some advice to keep your renovation moving along smoothly without too much drama…

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Bank Holiday DIY: How to make your home more energy efficient on a budget

Happy bank holiday Monday everyone! Are you doing some DIY today?? Want to minimise your energy bills while still keeping your home warm and bright? Here are a few ways – including some smart tech ideas – that’ll help you to cut costs straight away and make living in your home easier than ever…

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How much value do home improvements add to your home?

Are you planning some home improvements? A new kitchen perhaps? Converting your loft? Adding a conservatory? Well, before you begin these huge DIY tasks, today’s guest post will give you an idea about how much value each project will add to your home…

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My quick kitchen updates that made a big difference

If you want to make a big change in your kitchen but don’t have the time (or money!) to completely remodel the room, here are some quick updates you can do in a weekend that’ll make a big difference…

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My bathroom renovation: Shower enclosure solutions

Last week I wrote about my research into freestanding tubs with showers over them. Ever since we installed our new bathroom, I’ve been itching to use the shower, but finding the right kind of curtain rail has proved rather difficult. Now we finally have a solution..!

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My bathroom renovation: How to fit a shower over a freestanding tub

When you’ve got a freestanding bath, it can be difficult to find a shower solution to fit. But you don’t need to install a separate cubicle; today I’m sharing the research I’ve done for my own bathroom to show you that there are many ways to add a shower over your luxurious tub… 

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Budget DIY: How to save money on real wood flooring

If you’re planning a house renovation, or simply want to add value to your home by redecorating a room with real wood flooring, it’s possible to minimise costs with one simple tip, so read on to find out how…

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An update on my Kitchen makeover

I’m about to start work on my DIY kitchen makeover. I say ‘makeover’ rather than ‘fitting’ because we’re keeping the kitchen units in place and are planning to give the whole room a facelift with a new worktop, some window treatments and a lot of paint. I shared the ‘before’ photos on the blog in […]

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The (almost) DIY en-suite bathroom

Do you have to wait in line in the morning to take your shower or to go to the toilet? Most pre-1990 family homes are built with only one bathroom, which isn’t enough if you need to share it with other family members. It’s time to stop dancing from one foot to the other when […]

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