Seven money saving tips for moving house

If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that moving house can be very stressful and also very costly. Especially at a time when there are lots of additional outgoings, which even the most organised may not have planned for. While there are many costs you cannot control, there are plenty […]

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Space saving tips for parents

Are you renting a one-bed roomed flat with a baby on the way?  Or are you expecting your third child and your home is already full to bursting?  Either way, we’ve got you covered for space saving solutions.   Read on for some of our useful tips. Sharing a room with a baby or toddler Sacrifice your […]


Decorating your First Home on a Budget

Buying your first home is a big step and a huge financial commitment.  Any contingency budget can easily get swallowed up along the way with fees and unexpected expenses.  If you are lucky, there may be a little left in the purse for decorating your new pad, but what if it looks to be stuck […]

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50 Ways to Decorate your Home this Christmas

It may still feel like it’s a little early, but decorating your home at Christmas can take some planning, and it’s always worth getting these things sorted out sooner rather than later. Over the years, the shops have become awash with stylish, contemporary and more traditional Christmas decorations which aim to create an individual look. […]

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Transform your spare room into a smart and inspiring home office

  Whether you’re self-employed and work from home every day, or you spend the odd afternoon locked away working on your top-secret side project, a comfortable and clutter-free home office is a must.     SOURCE: LOVETHESIGN   You’ll never do your best work sat in your ‘spare room’ if it’s a boring space full […]

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The top places to live in the UK to live and work 2015

Are you new to the house hunting game and currently debating whether to buy in your home town or go further afield? Business consultants PwC recently combined economic performance with quality of life to reveal its ‘Good Growth for Cities index’ for 2015, a study which shows the top 10 best cities to live and […]

Spotlight on Victorian Style

As the nights become darker as we ease into winter, we at First Home News are becoming obsessed with the gothic yet cosy feel of Victorian design. With the industrial revolution in full swing and mass production becoming readily available to an increasing number of Victorian home owners, this stunning and exciting time introduced a […]


Competition: win* with Keepmoat

The housebuilder Keepmoat is giving residents and visitors to two of its developments the exclusive chance to win* £50 worth of high street vouchers – perfect timing in the lead up to Christmas.  If you’re planning a trip to The Woodlands in the North East or Dominion in Yorkshire, or if you’re a resident, then […]

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Be realistic about renovation

If you are an existing home owner and are desperate for more space, upsizing to a bigger property isn’t always the easiest or cheapest solution, especially in today’s economic climate. As well as facing the daunting challenge of a larger mortgage, you’ll also need to find the thousands of pounds for estate agent fees, stamp […]

Three key trends to look out for in 2016

I think we can all agree that 2015 has been a ‘blink and you missed it’ kind of year, and with the festive season approaching, we are already thinking about what’s going to be big in the world of interior design in 2016. From nature to retro bling, read on and take a sneak peek […]