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Tips for Furnishing Your First Home

If you’re buying your own home or renting without furnishings for the first time, buying and moving your own furniture can seem like an impossible task – with so many rooms it can be difficult to know what you need or where to start. Here are some tips to help make this task seem much more manageable, so you’ll feel at home in no time.     Small Mementos Make sure to have a few little bits to put around your home straight away, which will put your mark on it and make you feel like it’s yours. It’s also…

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Kitchen Essentials for the Home Chef

The past decade has seen a massive renewal of interest in home cooking. With the widespread popularity of TV cooking shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen (to name but a few), and the efforts of Jamie Oliver to change our attitude towards food, cooking at home is experiencing a well-warranted renaissance. However, as much as some of these shows give us a glimpse into what can be achieved with the right ingredients (undoubtedly the core essentials for a decent, healthy meal), they don’t generally focus on the importance of good cooking equipment.   The Knife A…

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Enjoying Your Garden in Every Season

When flicking through any home or lifestyle magazine the phrase ‘outdoor living’ is thrown around constantly, but true outdoor living is more than just sitting out on a summer’s evening. Come rain or shine there are plenty of ways to make the most of your garden, so here are some ideas to help you get the very best out of your garden in every season.  Spring April showers are inevitable, but rather than letting the grey clouds get you down, find ways to make use of the spring weather and get your garden prepared for the summer. Sow vegetables in…

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Furnishing a Small Bedroom: Our Top Tips

The vast majority of us would love to retire every night to a spacious luxury master bedroom, complete with a solid oak kingsize bed. The reality though – for most of us – is that this is far from the dream. Most of us are relatively restricted space-wise and have to get creative in order to make the best of what we have. Fortunately, there are plenty of very practical ways to do exactly that. Here are some essential top tips for furnishing a small bedroom. De-Cluttering is Essential There simply is no room for clutter in a small bedroom.…

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August begins with a new attitude and a new direction.

As you have no doubt realized by now, things have changed quite dramatically here in recent months, the blog has gone through a number of changes both in its content and style. We have been experimenting with a few creative ideas and think we have finally come up with the winning formula that will work best for our readers.  In the coming weeks, you should expect to see some new and exciting things happening like more giveaways, free promotions and a host of new contributors. We are proud to mention that we have already signed on two new writers and we…

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Eco-Day ~ Tree-House Hotel Designs

Nature and design go hand in hand. Like interior design itself,  it is mainly through growth and change that real design takes place. There is nothing more relaxing or good for your health and well being than a nice brisk walk in the woods. The fauna and flora that you meet along the way tells a story of nature’s will to survive under some of the most grueling conditions and yet still manages to create its mark in the world. We simply cannot begin to grasp the sheer magnitude of the time and will it takes for natural design to occur, but we…

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Home Tour – A railway depot and an eco home

We  love seeing how future homeowners have the vision of creating homes by re-purposing old and abandoned structures and giving them an entirely new look.  It’s highly commendable and truly inspiring. Many of the buildings of choice have hand crafted architectural details not commonly found in today’s real estate arena. In the current issue of Elle Decor, jeweler Federico de Vera created his own weekend home that was once an 1875 railroad station in Amenia, New York.  He saw the potential in a railroad station and re-purposed it. Looking through the photos you can plainly see how he kept the…

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