One in ten tradesmen attending non-emergencies each week

Ratedpeople.com has revealed that each week, around one in ten tradesmen are called out to attend 'emergency' situations - most of which homeowners could actually attend to themselves. The website found that at least once every month, 37 per cent of tradesmen are called out to undertake menial tasks, like changing…
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Expert hails benefits of granite in kitchens

The kitchen remains the 'most obsessed-about room in the house', according to washingtonpost.com and when it comes to remodelling, homeowners want 'more than just trends'. While recent fashions have tended toward sleek and industrial designs, interior experts claim that a warmer, low-maintenance look is what's currently being sought. Any home owner that…
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Combination of online and in-store shopping best for interior design

A mix of online and in-store shopping is best when it comes to interior design, according to decor expert Dvira Ovadia. Writing for huffingtonpost.ca, Ovadia revealed that online retailers can throw up some interesting items for the home and provide great inspiration to those hoping to spruce up their homes.…
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Experts dispense tips for incorporating colour in the kitchen

Subtlety is key when incorporating bright colours into the kitchen, two interior design sites assert.   There was a time when all kitchens seemed to be 'wood-coloured', where neutrals were used as a failsafe, timeless option. The kitchens may not have dated in the traditional sense but boy, they were boring.…
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Open-plan kitchens increase in popularity

Open-plan kitchens are becoming increasingly popular in homes. The idea of having a kitchen-dining area is a growing trend, according to huffingtonpost.co.uk. More people are getting into the idea of entertaining guests at home and throwing dinner parties, potentially encouraging homeowners to invest time and money into their kitchens and…
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Parker and Farr offer Interior Design Loyalty Card

Furniture maker Parker and Farr is launching a unique privilege card exclusively for interior designers. The Interior Design Privilege Card is being launched on the back of findings from the Interior Design Council which suggests that designers make up 16 per cent of the furniture market. With a traditional look, Parker and…
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Mix-and-match kitchen are bang on trend, says design expert

If you are looking to update your kitchen soon, then you better look for some mis-matched accessories. This is the advice of design expert David Nicholls. He claims in his latest post for telegraph.co.uk that a kitchen full of clashing furniture and accessories is the best way to design an eclectic…
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Columnist questions next step for high-tech refrigerators

The next stage for high-tech refrigerators could be for white wine to be available on tap from the kitchen appliance, a columnist has suggested. Mary Umberger, writing for chicagotribune.com, pointed out that the concept is not exactly 'far-fetched', although when she mentioned the idea to GE Appliances' marketing manager John Boyd,…
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Columnist offers tips for streamlining the kitchen

A columnist has offered tips on the best ways to streamline the kitchen and make it as functional as it can be. Theglobeandmail.com reports that space needs to be organised properly to make a stress-free kitchen. Dave McGinn claims space management is a key part of making the most out of the…
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William Morris collection released

A William Morris collection of fabrics and and wallpapers has been released by Fabrics and Papers, according to worldinteriordesignnetwork.com. The original prints have been adapted to create a collection that fits in with modern, 21st century living. One of Morris' most famous designs, Strawberry Thief, is included as a wallpaper…
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Bad kitchen design affects stress levels, study claims

A badly-designed kitchen has an effect on the levels of stress people feel, a new study has found. Architectureanddesign.com reports that a lack of consideration of design makes everyday life harder. The Kitchen Stress Test was carried out by Lisa Walsh, a stress psychologist in Australia, as part of a project…
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Unique household furniture seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2013

A whole host of unique furniture was seen at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, which ran from April 9th - 14th, according to expodatabase.com. The fair, which takes place annually in the Italian city, featured designs from all around the globe. This year's top picks from critics at the show include Warsaw-based…
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Smart devices could revolutionise kitchens

The development of smart white goods could revolutionise kitchens, according to usatoday.com. Appliances are being built to work harder in the kitchen. While kitchen goods like refrigerators and washing machines have generally been left to do what they need to, that is all set to change with the introduction of…
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Kitchens see year-on-year growth

Kitchens have seen growth year-on-year, along with cooking utensils. Market research company GfK released results that show a growth of 12 per cent, according to diyweek.net. In the DIY sector, kitchens performed the best, while showers and bathrooms felt a decline of seven per cent. The kitchen appears to be…
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Contemporary clocks become stylish kitchen piece

Contemporary clocks could become a popular choice for kitchens, with quirky designs in particular taking centre stage. Handbag.com showcased a selection of unusual designs available from interior furnishings website, Achica. Brightly coloured balls on the end of silver spines were the feature of one particular timepiece, offering a splash of colour to…
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National house prices rise by 0.3 per cent over February

Last month saw British house prices experiencing their strongest lift in three years - the average value rising by 0.3 per cent. New figures from property analyst Hometrack show a number of areas welcoming an increase in home values, signalling a general improvement in market sentiment. It was of little surprise to find that…
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Aim to be timeless, urges design columnist

A columnist has urged people to aim for a timeless quality within their home's interior design.  Debbie Travis, writing for thestar.com, explained that this timeless style in a room can make it 'so dear' to homeowners. Referencing a new book by interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland, she described how people…
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Design trends in 2013

Natural materials and botanical patterns are both trends to watch out for in 2013, says a design specialist. Sofa designers, Darlings of Chelsea examined some of the emerging trends and found that natural materials were high on the list of design must haves in 2013. Wood, stone, and plant life were…
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Experts reveal how to manage the new-build interiors decision process

Increasing numbers of home-hunters are looking for new-builds in order that they can 'direct the details' of their interior, but are quickly overwhelmed, according to houseshomesandloans.com.   It's long been acknowledged one of the advantages of buying a brand new home over an older one is the opportunity for buyers to…
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