Get Organised… Roadtrip!

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Pack It Up Pack the right bags. If you’re going camping, use rucksacks and bags that are easily transported from the car to your site. If your roadtrip ends with a hotel or house, suitcases may be handier to pull along on wheels. What way will things need to be unpacked? What time of day will it be when you …

Pre-Summer Declutter!

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With talk that we’re in for heatwave after heatwave this summer, it’s probably a good time to consider our seasonal wardrobes, the garden and shed, the kids school items…where will it all go? Don’t stress, declutter! Take the house room by room; decide if there’s anything that needs doing for over the next few months. The kids will be home …

“Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today…”

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With National Spring Clean week commencing on the 14th of March, our guest blogger, Hannah from Red Thread Style is here to give you all some tips and tricks on how to get your Spring Clean underway: There is something exciting about the beginning of a new season that I can never seem to describe, especially when it comes to …

Smarter Ways to Maximise Your Living Space

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Whether you live in the quintessential apartment or want to get more out of a small room or tiny nook in your house, use these small space design ideas to help you decorate. J.RENZI CREATE A JEWEL BOX Splurge on sumptuous materials and exuberant treatments. Play up the petite size to heighten the sense of coziness. Give grandeur to subsidiary spaces …

Million new homes aim declared by minister Brandon Lewis

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The UK government says it wants a million homes built in England by 2020, as the scale of the housing crisis is revealed in a BBC Inside Out investigation. The National Housing Federation estimated 974,000 homes were needed between 2011 and 2014. But figures from 326 councils showed only 457,490 were built. Housing minister Brandon Lewis said the government aimed …

Architecture: How a Reconfigured Staircase Can Unlock Your Interior

You might think that changing you staircase would be a major – and unaffordable – project. Think again, says this expert Moving or altering your staircase might sound like a huge undertaking, but most staircases are simply pieces of joinery and they can often be adapted or replaced more easily than you might think. The staircase is key to movement …

Hallways: Staircase Storage Tricks to Steal

In these space-starved times, most of us want to utilise every inch of storage in our homes. So making the most of under-stairs cupboards and stairway shelving doesn’t just make sense, it can be key to a calm, clutter-free environment.  The main trick with under-stairs storage is to decide what you actually need it for: many of us live unhappily …

Professional Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Closet

As the end of summer nears, consider the experts’ advice on putting your clothes closet in order. Transitioning out of summer means swapping flip-flops for boots, making room for winter coats and trading swim stuff for snow gear. And that’s why it’s the perfect time to clean and reorganize those closets you’ve been meaning to conquer. Tackle the task with …

Stylish Small Space Living on a Barge Awash with Smart Ideas by Joanna Simmons

‘I’m excited by the idea of well-designed, affordable housing,’ says Lee Thornley, who created this beautiful barge, now moored on the Regent’s Canal in London. It’s conveniently tied up outside the HQ of Thornley’s interiors firm, Bert & May, so he stays here while working in the capital, before zipping back to his family home in Yorkshire.  Creating the barge was …

Are prefab boxes the answer to Britain’s severe housing shortage?

Design company Bert & May says portable units are an affordable way to add extra space to homes Britain needs to build around 250,000 new homes a year to ease the chronic housing shortage, although current figures show homebuilders are achieving just half of that. Now one company claims to have found one way to help ease the UK’s housing woes. …