• Home and housing

    Tips For Packing Collectibles

    Whether you’re moving or packing your collectibles for shipping, you must take extra special care in order to minimize any chance of damage to your precious collectible. Here are some tips for making the process easier. Glass Glass collectibles like shot glasses, collectible glassware, pressed glass or cut glass are one of the most difficult types of items to transport. Since many glass items have elements that use thin glass or decoration, they can be challenging to keep safe while being handled. When packing vases or any item that has space inside, it is critical to stuff the interior with something to minimize the shock from any movement. You can…

  • Décor

    DIY Halloween Home Décor

    When you’re on a budget, celebratory occasions can be difficult to fund, let alone when they’re just a few months before Christmas. Halloween is a time of year that’s often dreaded by parents doing their best to save up for Santa’s loot, but of course, you don’t want to disappoint the kids by not getting into the spirit of the occasion. Decorations bought from the store can be extortionately priced, so we’ve put together a guide to creating your very own haunted Halloween house on a budget with a few clever DIY projects. Spooky Shadow Puppets Encourage a bit of family fun by getting the kids together to make your…

  • Décor,  DIY & Improvements,  Furniture

    Winter Home Décor Trend: Tartan Twist

    Tartan has been a big trend in the fashion world for the past few winters, and now it’s working its way into our homes. How can you incorporate this latest interior design trend into your home décor without going over the top, though? Cosy Cushions and Quilts The easiest way to add a tartan twist to your interiors is to incorporate it into your existing fabrics. Add a tartan bed throw in the master bedroom or a few tartan scatter cushions in the living room. If the rest of the décor in the room is simple, you could even go for heavy, soft tartan curtains to keep out that winter…

  • Bedrooms,  Living Areas

    Wallpaper is Making a Comeback this Winter

    The very mention of the word wallpaper for some homeowners has them coming out in a cold sweat. For some, it conjures up images of trying to remove it, and for others, it’s the daunting task of trying to put it up. For years now, wallpaper has had a bad reputation. Even enthusiastic designers who once extolled the virtues of pattern and design eventually declared wallpaper outdated. However in the last few years, especially with design trends changing, wallpaper is making a bit of a comeback. In fact, thanks to impressive new patterns and easy application, it’s considered cool once more. A Quick Wallpaper History Lesson Wallpaper stems way back…

  • Lighting

    LED Rope Lighting: Things You May Need To Consider Before You Buy

    For those people who have organised a function, party, or charity event, then you probably know that one of the most important aspects is lighting. The trouble is that lighting can be expensive, time consuming to install and tricky to get right. This is where rope lights come in. LED rope lights provide a simple but effective solution to your lighting needs. They’re incredibly versatile, practical and make it easy to create a professional looking display. This means no time is spent rewiring, there’s no cutting and splicing, and no putting up fixtures and fittings. Here are a few things that that you might want to consider before buying. Estimating…

  • DIY & Improvements,  Heating & Air Con,  Uncategorized

    Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home

    Winter tends to be a love or hate time of year for most people. Some love trudging through the snow on a crisp morning walk, whilst others despise donning extra layers and shivering as they try to keep warm. Regardless of which camp you sit in, you don’t want to be cold whilst you’re at home this winter, and there are a few steps you can take towards winter-proofing your home before the cold weather really starts to set in. Holding On to the Heat There’s no point blasting out the central heating unless your home is able to hold onto the heat. Draught excluders can really help with this…

  • Décor

    Making the Most of Your Mantelpiece

    Beautifully decorated chimney breasts and mantelpieces adorn the pages of premium interior design magazines on a monthly basis, but creating something similar at home would probably cost you an arm and a leg. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out though, so we’ve put together a guide to making the most of your mantelpiece without spending a fortune. Family Photo Wall Why not use the focal point of the room as a place to hang your favourite family photos? Keep an eye out for ornate vintage photo frames in thrift stores and pick up some cheaper ones from homeware stores until you’ve built up a mismatched collection. Paint them…

  • DIY & Improvements

    How to Choose the Right Power Tool For the Job

    Let’s face it, DIY is big business and as a nation we just love our power tools. The trouble is that often our fascination with power tools can leave us buying something that we’ll probably never use, only to see it gathering dust in the shed. If this resonates with you then you may want to read on. Whilst the right power tools make light work of projects by cutting down time and energy, the wrong tool is likely to be to be an expensive mistake. So just how do you choose the right power tool for the job in hand? Here are some tips. Frequency Before you get carried…

  • Bedrooms,  DIY & Improvements

    5 Home Improvement Jobs Best Left to the Experts

    You might think you’re a DIY expert, however, with 220,000 of us turning up at hospitals with DIY-related injuries, and the risk of finishing a job sub-standard, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts.  Here are five good examples.   5. Wall Papering Wall papering is one of those tasks everybody thinks they can do themselves.  The reality, however, is that as with most home renovation projects, it’s best left to the experts.  Lining up the edges of wallpaper sheets is easier said than done, particularly when you’re covered in wallpaper paste and have been working for a full day. In contrast, painters and decorators will have years…