Three ways to boost your home’s kerb appeal

Whether you've just finished work on a new home or you're just looking for ways to improve your humble abode, we all quietly hope to live in a home with some kerb appeal. Don't be perturbed - wanting to live in a stunning home is not to be narcissistic or ego-driven.…
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How to clean a quartz worktop

When it comes to desirable kitchen features, a quartz worktop ranks pretty highly. Together with soft closure cupboards - maybe a five ring Neff hob and an in-built wine chiller too - a quartz worktop is one of those items that home-owners covet and when they finally have their own, they want…
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How to Create a Nautical Bathroom

Bring a little seaside luxury into one of the most important rooms in your house. Adding a nautical look with ship and beach elements is right on trend, allowing you to turn your bathroom in to a seaside haven. The nautical look is easy achieve and the wonderful thing is you can add…
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Five colour scheme ideas for a granite kitchen

Granite worktops can add value to kitchens and can give them a modern look. However, if the rest of the decor in the room doesn't complement the worktop correctly, then it is a wasted opportunity. Choosing the correct right scheme can be tricky at first, however once you know the shade…
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Are British kitchens getting smaller?

Homeowners are always conjuring up ways of creating space in their property and sometimes this has to come at the expense of the dimensions in another room. Around 50 years ago the emphasis would have been placed on creating space for a bigger kitchen, but recent evidence suggests the cooking hub is actually the room that's suffering the most.  Research from…
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Five simple projects to revamp your kitchen in 2014

There are a whole range of New Year's resolutions that can be made. However if you want one that is definitely going to be rewarding, then you should look into updating your home for 2014. Improving your living space is one of the most worthwhile investments of all, as having comfortable…
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Sustainable interiors are all about health and happiness, says writer

From soft furnishings to fancy utensils, clever and attractive designs have thrust homeware to the top of the Christmas gift wish list for many this year. Once upon a time, giving a loved one a food processor or set of knives would have been deemed unimaginative and downright unromantic. However a proliferation of…
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Homeware makes a brilliant Christmas gift this year

From soft furnishings to fancy utensils, clever and attractive designs have thrust homeware to the top of the Christmas gift wish list for many this year. Once upon a time, giving a loved one a food processor or set of knives would have been deemed unimaginative and downright unromantic. However a proliferation of…
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Organise storage space for quick and easy bathroom maintenance

A good strategy for storage space organisation is key to maintaining a clean and tidy bathroom, it has been claimed. An article from boldsky.com has suggested that keeping bathroom products in a set space makes it far easier to maintain a bathroom quickly and efficiently. The article's author suggested that can help prevent a…
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Reclaimed wood a hot new trend in the home

Reclaimed wood is a hot new trend in the home, according telegraph.co.uk. Writers Joanna Simmons and Emily Henson said that the material has often been used for floors in the home, however it is now being utilised elsewhere. This includes being used on walls, to make cupboards and even to…
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DIY and wallpaper are most searched Google terms

'Wallpaper' and 'DIY' were the most searched terms on Google UK during the month of August, within the category of furniture, garden products, decorating products and homewares.   On average 17 million searches of the keywords were made on Google between the months of May and August, according to a report…
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Wallpaper coming back into favour

Wallpaper is coming back into favour, according to a design expert. Ivan Meade, principal designer at Canadian company Victoria's Meade Design Group, claimed that wallpaper has gone out of fashion in the last few decades as homeowners turned to simple, plain walls. However, he claimed that it is currently going through…
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Nigel Slater supplants Delia as UK's favourite TV chef

A food magazine survey has revealed that not only have British people's cooking habits changed, but so has their preference for TV chefs, mirror.co.uk reports. The survey, launched to mark Olive magazine's tenth anniversary, named Nigel Slater as the country's favourite celebrity cook, while previous winner Delia Smith languished at the…
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Home improvements can cut mortgage interest rates, journalist writes

A fresh coat of paint, a new kitchen worktop or landscaping the garden can all help homeowners reap the benefits of the housing boom, without needing to move, according to a finance journalist.  Writing for thisismoney.co.uk, Neil Simpson asserts that carrying out some simple home improvements can affect a property's loan-to-value…
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Clever cupboard configuration creates convenience, says expert

An efficient kitchen workspace is one with considered and convenient kitchen cupboards, according to one interior designer writing for houzz.com. When most people think about creating or renovating their kitchen, many make improvements to the existing design, replacing worn counters with granite worktops, for example. While this may seem like the logical…
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Don't get stuck in a rut with colour in the home

A new guide published this week has urged homeowners not to get stuck in a rut when it comes to colour schemes in the home. The article, posted on huffingtonpost.com, said that many people who decorate their home tend to stick with safe options, however it urges people to "go…
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It's all about bright colours for interiors, says expert

An interiors expert has claimed that bold bright colours are the way forward for interiors right now.    Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors told pnj.com: "I am seeing more colour used in home design. More vivid shots of strong colour used as accents in pillows, ottomans, big and…
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