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JULY, 2014

Keep Cool This Summer


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Is that sticky summer heat starting to get to you?


Though the UK can be rather dismal in terms of weather for what seems like the entire year, the summer’s hot and humid toll still manages to sneak up on us. Before you know it, nights that were previously spent with the heat blasting from the furnace, are now passed trying to crack the window another inch wider, aching for a breeze.


With the way that old buildings and homes trap the heat in, it can often feel as though there’s no escape. You probably ask yourself how much longer this heat will endure – but experts are saying you shouldn’t have to.


Many people think of ceiling fans as being energy efficient, but ineffective. However, that’s simply not the case. Not only are ceiling fans one of the most environmentally friendly ventilation options on the ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  July 14, 2014 10:54 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

JUNE, 2014

Transform the area below deck


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                There are about 5% of yacht / boat owners who have the nicest things money can buy. This article probably does not pertain to you as much. For the other 95% of us, taking a trip out on your boat can be an incredibly relaxing event, until you go beneath the deck.


                The one thing that most people complain about is how below deck lacks that warm, welcoming feeling. That feeling you get after a long days work, and soon as you open your bedroom door, that king size bed is just calling your name.


                Boats lack this "warmth" in the most simplest sense, but it does not have to be this way. Here are a few quick tips and tricks to help transform that cold, cramped area below deck; into a cosy resting space.


Change up the colours

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  June 24, 2014 4:06 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

APRIL, 2014

Summer's Hottest Floral Trends


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Learn how easy it is to recreate the designs yourself - with a little help from the UK's leading teacher of floristry and flower arranging, Judith Blacklock.  Judith has unveiled 16 new online summer flower arrangment tutorials, where she shows how to make a variety of eye-catching and gorgeous summer flower arrangements. 

Anyone will be able to create new looks for the home, brighten up a summer dining table or make your own floral gift for friends and family.  And the good news is that you don't have to have had any flower arranging experience before - Judith is a past master at making it super simple - so that even the complete novice can achieve a beautiful outcome.  

Below 16 tutorials are all carefully thought out and planned - and feature a range of easy to come by seasonal summer blooms. 
Just choose the design that appeals ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  April 29, 2014 1:58 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

8 FLOWER ARRANGEMENT MISTAKES TO AVOID


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Fresh flowers are a speedy way to brighten any space in your home. But take the time to avoid the mistakes that diminish your bouquet's staying power.

1. Going overboard choosing blooms
We're all for creativity, but if you’re unsure of your eye for arranging, keep it simple. "Try choosing flowers in a single color," says Eric Buterbaugh, chief floral designer at The Bouqs. "I think they're more sophisticated and visually powerful. You don't have to overthink it."

2. Not putting your flowers in water ASAP
Don’t plop your bouquet on the counter and then go off to answer a dozen emails. "It's important to hydrate your flowers immediately to preserve their integrity," says Valerie Ghitelman, floral merchandising director at 1-800-Flowers.

3. Cutting the stems straight across
"Stems should be cut at an angle with a sharp clean pair of clippers," says Ghitelman. "It provides a wider surface for water to travel up the stem."

4. Trimming your stems ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  April 12, 2014 9:25 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

FEBRUARY, 2014

How to create a perfect garden room





An extra room looking on to the garden is a traditional choice for many UK homes, and whether it is a garden room, sunroom or conservatory, the variety available is vast. It’s certainly a great way to add value to your property; the one danger is it can end up looking like something bolted onto the side of the house, rather than an integrated part of the existing structure.

Neil Ginger, CEO at Origin, gives his top tips on how to avoid this, and ways to enhance the flow and overall size, whilst adding value.


What to Look For:

The debate over which material is best is seemingly never ending; we would always recommend an aluminium structure for the glass doors and windows as it is the strongest of the three acclaimed materials (timber, PVCu and aluminium). It’s strong and lightweight, so can support larger glass panels and allows ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 21, 2014 3:09 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Your Spring makeover


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January is the perfect time to start planning your interiors projects as there are lots of gorgeous new collections just about to be launched in store.


Check out high street favourites, such as Marks & Spencer, whose new ranges focus on timeless designs with lots of lovely surprises. You’ll find stunning, oversized recycled-glass vases from Spain sitting alongside brightly coloured, handmade Portuguese ceramics.


It’s great to see lots of British companies involved, too; Marks & Spencer has cushions and upholstery made up in luxurious wool fabrics from Abraham Moon’s factory in Leeds, a gorgeous rocking chair from Ercol, plus stunning unique wooden chopping boards from the Banbury Estate in Oxfordshire.


Colour is also making a welcome comeback in products like the Freya sofa in fuchsia pink and the Wild Coast and Summer Floral bed sets (top left), with prices starting at £39.50.

Head to John Lewis ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 17, 2014 10:41 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2013

Indoor plants at Christmas


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Kenneth Freeman, head of innovation at Ambius, the world’s largest interior landscaping company, has provided us his expert views on which Christmas plants to use and how to get the most out of them. 


Christmas is coming, and that brings a number of challenges to people looking after indoor plants – whether they are professional interior landscapers or keen home gardeners.


Poinsettia pointers

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are among the most commonly used seasonal plants. You will often find them forming part of Christmas seasonal displays and for sale at every garden centre and supermarket from mid-November onwards.  As well as the traditional bright red varieties, new types in deep red (almost maroon), cream, pink and white are also available.  Unfortunately, poinsettias have a reputation as being short-lived and difficult to maintain, even over the relatively short period that they are in our homes or offices.


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 27, 2013 4:12 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Red and Green Christmas Mantel


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A simple display in traditional red and green instantly adds Christmas spirit to this mantel. Colour-coordinated ornaments sit in large glass cloches and a mix of fresh and faux foliage, such as a store-bought floral wreath and a cedar garland, help pull the look together. To add extra glam, hang glittery ornaments with stockings on metallic stocking holders.



posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 25, 2013 9:16 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Jazz Up Your Home This Diwali


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Diwali - the festival of lights, celebration of happiness and homecoming of the Goddess Lakshmi - begins with decorating and beautifying your surroundings, especially your home. But if you have been too busy to renovate your place, don't fret! It should not burn a hole in your pocket to decorate your home. Just dig in your closet and you'll find plenty of things to add that extra zing to festivities. We have come up with some quick and easy ideas to make your home Diwali-ready in no time.


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As mentioned, there are many ways to get your home ready for Diwali. One of the main essences of Diwali celebration is to commemorate the triumph of light against darkness. In fact, there are so many diwali wishes and messages that feature greetings that wish loved ones and family to have a bright light that will guide the ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 01, 2013 12:10 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2013

Top Ten Tips: Keeping homes warm and bills down by BSW Building Services


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Four of the big six energy companies have hiked up prices before the seasonal surge in demand, and a survey for Age UK found that 28 per cent of pensioners said they were worrying about heating their homes during the winter. Troy Belliere, Operations Director at central heating firm BSW Building Services, based near Haywards Heath, offers his Top Ten Tips for keeping homes warm and energy bills down:


1. Mission control:

Strict thermostat control will slash costs. Reducing room temperatures by at least 1ºC can reduce bills by up to 10%. Electronic heating programmers allow you to apply specific date/time settings. Minimise consumption by programming the heating off at night and when the home is empty.

2. Combat draughts:

Tackle gaps around windows and doors and where pipes pass through exterior walls. Conversely, reduce the use of extractor fans. They use large amounts of electricity. Newer models ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 29, 2013 1:44 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

SEPTEMBER, 2013

Cold comfort | Hot tips for Winter warmer window dressings


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With utility bills rising steeply year on year, energy efficient window dressings are the perfect choice to help you make a saving.  According to energy regulator Ofgem, the average yearly bill in the UK is £1,420 and forecasters from uSwich.com have predicted that this cost could be as high as £4,185 by 2020.

 

"It’s very unlikely that you’d throw a bundle of crisp five pound notes out of the window on a regular basis,” says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at Hillarys, "but that is exactly what you could be doing if your window dressings aren’t energy efficient.

 

"A lot of heat can be lost through windows, especially in older properties with sash or period windows, but you can make a big difference by choosing the right covering.

 

"Here are some tricks of the trade to help keep your home ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 24, 2013 8:41 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Make your home energy efficient


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The best way to increase the efficiency of your heating system is to install a modern energy-efficient boiler, but there are plenty of other easy, and cheaper, ways of cutting your energy bills. Here are a few top tips to keep you warm and energy efficient.

Make your home more energy efficient

Doors
Fit draught excluders around the edge of your external doors and add an internal flap to stop draughts coming through the letterbox. Even the keyhole can let in draughts, so add an escutcheon plate. You can also fit a brush strip across the bottom of the door, if that will help.

Insulation
If you lay down a 270mm layer of fibre insulation in your loft, you could save a significant amount off annual heating costs. It will also make the bedrooms 'feel' warmer. Topping up thin layers of old insulation to at least 270mm is also a good idea.

If you have cavity ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 17, 2013 8:22 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Top ten ways to prepare your home for winter


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The days are getting shorter and colder, which means Jack Frost is at your door and he’s looking to freeze your pipes and give you the flu as an early Christmas gift. Fortunately, here are some tips that’ll keep you warm and protect your home from the jaws of winter.

 

1 – Sort out your home insurance

Check to make sure that your home insurance policy is up to scratch and that you’re covered for winter-related damage. If it comes to sorting out water damage to your Christmas presents or fixing a leaky roof, you’ll be glad you had the right cover in place.

 

2 – Keep your pipes toasty

Burst pipes are common during winter due to rapid freezing and thawing, potentially causing massive damage. The best way to stop this from happening is to keep your pipes warm with their own foam cardigan (called lagging), which will reduce the heat ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 17, 2013 8:09 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

De-Draft Your Home


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Three fast ways to warm rooms — and lower heat bills
 

Smoke out cold-air leaks using a stick of incense. With the stick smouldering, move it toward the edges of windows and doors. If there's a draft, the smoke will be blown horizontally (no draft, and the smoke will rise as normal). Fix it with caulk, applied inside and out.

Block AC ducts. If your AC ducts aren't used by your heating system, even when the air is off, drafts from the dormant ducts can make the house feel colder. Magnetic register covers are a good fix.

Seal up your attic and basement. Make sure access doors' gaskets aren't old or cracked, and install door sweeps if needed to completely block off unheated areas from the rest of your house.


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 17, 2013 7:59 AM  Seasonal  comments (2)



 

A Sweet Touch


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Seasonal fruit brings rich colors to fall-inspired decor. Dress up your light fixtures for the season by hanging fall-theme ornaments from the arms of a chandelier. Here, miniature crabapples hang from the chandelier to instantly give the room a fall look. Use tall vases on the table, but rather than have the arrangement above the top of the vase, keep the arrangement inside the vase for a more modern look.


posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 09, 2013 8:44 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

AUGUST, 2013

How to Decorate With Fall Colours


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Fall colours are not only beautiful, they offer an established colour palette from which to work. The burnt oranges, rich yellows and rustic reds can be used in almost any room, from your bedroom to your living room to your kitchen. With fall comes swift changes for much of the country, and there are plenty of ways to look out your window and take what you see and make some changes in your own space.

Look at your home and choose which pieces you'll replace as you decorate with new autumn colours. Focus on the rooms you want to decorate with new fall colours. Get some inspiration from websites and magazines or just go out into your yard and look at the colours, textures and images. Collect leaves for colour schemes or as accents and accessories.

Replace your older pieces with your new pieces. If your couch, for instance, has a pattern ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  August 31, 2013 5:27 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

MAY, 2013

Include Sculptural Ceiling Elements


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You wouldn't place a single chair or solo sofa in a very large sunroom, but very few homeowners pay that much attention to the overhead space in their outdoor-oriented areas. Here, this charming room — big enough for a grand dining table and daybed —demonstrates how to decorate a ceiling with light. A metal chandelier establishes the  dining area, while a series of fabric-and-metal fixtures supply light around the rest of the room. The fixtures also supply a way for the eye to move around the space, from entry tabletops to corners.


posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  May 02, 2013 7:57 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Dress Up the Floor with Paint


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This sunroom, originally a dining room, demonstrates a savvy ability to mix patterns and colors. Painted chairs offer a counterpoint to the wood table, while three different fabrics — each in a pretty blue-and-white pattern — dress up seats and seat backs. Underfoot, a painted rug stands as a graphic riff on the country French-inspired theme.


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Add a Focal Point Furniture Piece


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Although most sunrooms are centered around seating, a pretty piece of furniture such as a chest or dresser can be a great design focal point, too. Here, a dramatic chest offers hardworking storage and a jumping-off point for the eclectic room arrangement, which includes graphic painted flooring, an Oriental rug, and island-inspired seating. Also note the repetition of images with the rooster pillow and tabletop lamp.


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Keep the Structure Casual


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Many sunrooms resemble less outdoor structures than they do finished interior rooms. This one is a nice melding of the two design impulses, with a vaulted, open ceiling and unfinished walls accented by homey touches including pretty window treatments and a contemporary sectional sofa. To add practical storage, consider baskets (which also serve as decorating accents) under furniture.


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