What are your opinions on wallpaper? Some people love it, some people hate it. Yes it may be a bit of a pain to put up and take off but with the right choice of paper you could create some stunning effects in your home.
Whether you have a love it or hate it relationship with wallpaper we thought it would be a great idea to showcase how much you can do with it other than creating feature walls, or brightly patterned rooms.
The Christmas season is well and truly in swing now, with Christmas adverts all over the television, and decorations and gifts filling all the stores. I think it is safe to say it is ok to start thinking and planning for Christmas and that includes decorations.
Yes you can go out and spend lots of money on baubles, tinsel, and lots of other decorations; but where is the fun in that? This Christmas we thought why not embrace your creative side and have a go at creating some Christmas decorations of your own. Not only will you have the satisfied feeling of creating your own decorations but it is also a fantastic task if you have children.
When you move home and begin the process of packing your whole world into a series of cardboard boxes, you soon realise just how much ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated.
No matter how organised you are, it’s easy to become a hoarder without even realising it. We probably all have boxes full of things we really don’t need, keepsakes stashed in the loft or wardrobes full of clothes that no longer fit (but we’ll definitely wear just as soon as we’ve lost that annoying two stone). So what’s the best way to make a start on de-cluttering?
What does winter mean to you? Chunky jumpers, fluffy socks, cosy nights in by the fire, steamed puddings, the twinkly lights of Christmas? It can all be rather marvelous, especially when you’re experiencing your first winter in a new home.
But brace yourself. If current predictions are correct, it looks like we could all be heading for a rather harsh winter. In fact, it could be the coldest one for 50 years, with months of heavy snowfall and bitter arctic winds!
Meteorologists and oceanographers are making these predictions as a result of plunging ocean temperatures. In particular, readings for the Gulf Stream have plummeted over the past year. But with a drastic reduction in the speed and temperature of this current, we’ll be left with no buffer to protect us against the bitter arctic winds.
Back in 1963, Britain was hit by incredibly challenging winter weather. As temperatures dropped to -20c, the country was covered in snow for weeks on end and freezing Arctic winds of up to 100mph caused 20-foot deep snowdrifts. It was so bitterly cold that the sea off Kent, as well as many rivers and lakes, froze over. What’s more, road and transport networks ground to a halt causing fuel and food shortages, the likes of which had not been seen since the war.
So if we really are heading for a cold, white winter, what can we do to make sure we’re prepared and get our homes ready to bear the brunt of it all?
Here are a few ideas to help you keep warm and comfortable over the coming months:
At last you have got the keys to your new home and all the weeks of dreaming, searching, planning and probably stressing, are firmly behind you. The first few moments are so exciting. You are free to explore the rooms for the first time without anyone else looking over your shoulder and you can really take in your new surroundings properly.
It’s strange to think that most people only get to view a property a couple of times before they make the decision to buy – no matter how much they are spending. So by the time they move in, although they will have a good picture of it in their heads, much of the detail may be forgotten. This is where buying a home is so different to any other purchase. Take buying a pair of shoes for example. You have as much time as you want to check them out, try them on and see if they are a good fit. Only when you are really sure, will you commit to buy – and even then, if you have a change of heart, it is easy to return them!
So this is it, your new home. But do not be surprised if it doesn’t feel like home straight away. With time you will get used to how it smells, what noises it makes when the central heating comes on. It will all start to feel a bit less alien. Do not forget that you built an emotional attachment to your last home and it will take time to do the same with this one.
There are some simple things you can do to make your new house feel more homey from the start. For blogger Joy Cho, everyday comforts help her feel settled: “The first thing I do when I move in is pull out all my clean bedding,” she says. “Pillows, duvets, sheets, and throws — the works. There is nothing more comforting than sleeping in your old, cozy bed.” (Source: Good House Keeping)
Here are some other quick fixes that will make you feel more at home within the first few weeks.
Are you moving into a new house? Would you like a HUG (Home User Guide)?
The National House Building Council (NHBC) are the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes.
The NHBC works with builders, home owners and housing associations to ensure that the correct standards are set for new home construction and to protect the owners.
Bearing their expertise and standards in mind, when it comes to buying and moving into a new home, the NHBC will be near the top of your list if you need a HUG, or in other words a Home User Guide.
Here at Green Spinnaker we are also committed to building quality homes and are happy to work with the NHBC to ensure that we meet their high standards.
If someone says the word ‘house’ to you, what mental image do you get? More than likely you will think of a traditional English home with straight sides, a door, windows and a triangular roof. As a child it is often the first thing we learn to draw…
But some innovative and creative minds around the world have pushed the boundaries on the traditional house; from its look to its style and shape. We’ve found some very unusual houses and some truly bizarre ones. Here are our top 5 unusual and amazing houses…
When it comes to buying a home the standard adage location, location, location is very true.
So what are the most prestigious postcodes in Britain and what makes them so desirable.
If you are just looking at house values, you will not be surprised to find that the UK’s most expensive street, or in fact the top 20, are all located in London.
Do you live in a small home or have small rooms? It can be a struggle to know how to decorate and furnish smaller spaces without making them look cramped and cluttered.
Not all homes are going to be super spacious, especially if you live in a city centre, this is just a fact that we have to accept. But there are a number of ways to use clever interior design to make the most of even the smallest of spaces.
We have found some great tips on how to decorate and make the most of a small space, so if you put them into good use you might be seeing your home in a whole new light in the future.
The Lighter the Better
Let’s start by talking about colour, or shall we say lack of it. When it comes to decorating a small space you should stick with a light colour palette. Yes this completely goes against our tips on how to decorate with accent colour but dark colours in a small space will have the effect of bringing the walls in closer. Dark colours on the ceiling should definitely be avoided.
The use of a neutral palette or light fresh colours will bring more light into a space and open it up even more than you could imagine.
Are you getting bored of the colour magnolia and the collection of neutral colours that are on trend at the moment? It seems to be a reversal on the fashion of ten years ago when Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen used bright clashing colours like vivid lime green in ‘Changing Rooms’.
Understandably, if you are trying to sell your home, it is better to tone things down and try to appeal to the taste of the masses. But with some clever colour choices, you can add some colour to a room with accents that will look fantastic and can be even more appealing than a bland, neutral palate.
However, the introduction of brighter colours, even if just as accents, has to be done right or things can go severely wrong! So, to help you to avoid colour mishap, have come up with some great tips on how to decorate your home with accent colours.
The 60-30-10 Rule
When it comes to decorating especially with accent colours, the one thing you need to remember is the 60-30-10 rule, we are not sure why it works but it just does. The 60-30-10 rule is simple and easy to remember:
60% of a dominant colour
30% of a secondary colour
10% of an accent colour