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#SpringCleanSOS – The shortlist
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#SpringCleanSOS – The shortlist

Despite the weather being far too cold for this time of year, our sponsors, Keepmoat, marked the arrival of spring with our #SpringCleanSOS competition. Hosted on its social media channels, they invited their online community to share the spring cleaning challenges they dare not tackle – from messy rooms, cluttered cupboards and grubby gardens – […]

10 easy ways to update your bathroom in a weekend
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10 easy ways to update your bathroom in a weekend

A dingy and outdated bathroom can make your morning routine even harder to face. But not to fear – there are simple ways to refresh your bathroom over a weekend. Here are 10 of the best easy bathroom updates: Utilise Wall Space If your bathroom work surfaces look unkempt and untidy with all kinds of […]

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How to make your home spook-tacular for Halloween
How to make your home spook-tacular for Halloween

It’s time to make the most of this spooky month and, seeing as we’re halfway through October, what better time to look for some spine-tingling inspiration to get your home ready for All Hallows Eve. So sit back, grab your broomstick and release your inner Addams Family ready for our top home accessory picks – […]

Five Houseplants that will see you through winter
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Five Houseplants that will see you through winter

Poinsettia The poinsettia is an absolute Christmas classic (yes we did just mention the festive season). Its vibrant hue will brighten up any room in the house, especially when placed strategically on windowsills to offset those harsh winter whites. Easier to maintain than is often made out, poinsettias just need to be shielded from the […]

The Mustard Trend – Our Top Five Picks
The Mustard Trend – Our Top Five Picks

One of our favourite colours used throughout 2017 has been the stunning mustard trend that came straight off the Spring/Summer catwalk and straight into our homes. From luxurious throws to striking mid-century style furniture, let’s take a peek at how you can incorporate this look into your seasonal décor with our top autumnal picks… Mustard […]

Bringing autumn into your Home
Bringing autumn into your Home

There’s no denying that ‘winter is coming’, and while it may be hard to let go of the last whimsical days of summer, welcoming Autumn style into your home is an experience second to none. We’ve compiled our five favourite ways to do this without breaking the bank. Lighting The first step to bringing an […]

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Understanding Stamp Duty

You hardly need reminding that it’s tough to to be a first time buyer. But one problem – and it just happens to be Britain’s oldest tax – has become easier. This is of course Stamp duty, originating in the 17th century and imposed to cover the cost of registering a change in ownership at […]

The Blogger Edit – RVK Loves

The Blogger Edit – RVK Loves

If striking colour choices, vintage finds combined with contemporary pieces, and sociable open plan living is your favourite style of interior decor then ideas from our latest Inspiration Gallery blogger will be right up your street. Award-winning interiors and lifestyle blogger, Rebecca Sterling (aka RVK Loves), has kindly invited us into her beautiful home, and […]

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Dealing with home insurance as a first time buyer

  You’ve secured the mortgage, paid the fees, and you have chosen your dream first home, but the work isn’t over once you move in. After the challenging experience of first time buying, insurance can often take a back seat. Here’s some helpful guidance on choosing home insurance and how it will protect your new […]

How to make your home pet friendly

Many landlords have strict ‘no pets’ policies meaning renters are forced to live without a furry, loyal companion in their home. Once you become a homeowner, you may therefore be tempted to rush into buying a pet, but there are many factors you need to consider before you adopt a Pug or Labrador! The main […]

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