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DECEMBER, 2016

FIVE TOP TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON




With just weeks to go until Christmas Day, we are well and truly in the midst of the festive period. In between buying gifts, preparing food and attending parties, creating that picture-perfect setting in our homes is also high up on the list of priorities for the season.

 

  1. CREATE THE PICTURE-PERFECT SCENE

The Christmas card setting is something we all strive for – family and friends all together, gathered around an open fire enjoying each other’s company. Sound too good to be true? Well it doesn’t have to be. Having a fireplace, mantel or open fire in the heart of your home can create the perfect atmosphere to socialise with guests throughout the festive period. After all, there’s nothing better than coming out of the cold into a warm house.  With the help of Firemizer you can enjoy your fire for longer by placing ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 01, 2016 9:40 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2016

Christmas Décor Hacks by festive-lights.com



As Christmas is just around the corner, Festive Lights has shared with us their Christmas Décor Hacks. 


We’re all massive Christmas fans here – we can’t wait to pick out our tree, get the lights hung and keep our fingers crossed for the ever elusive white Christmas. But we understand that for those that are pressed for time or space and working on a budget at this festive time of the year can find Christmas a really stressful time.


So to help you out, we’ve decided to share a few of our favourite Christmas "hacks” – tips that will save you time, money and space this year to make things just that little bit easier.


All you need to do is decide if you’re going for one of the popular Christmas trends of 2016 we’ve shared then read on to find out how you can achieve it.


A popular way to get the most out of your Christmas ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 15, 2016 11:37 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Renovating For Winter? The Best Ways To Keep Your Home Warm



With the weather changing fast, most of us are searching for ways to keep ourselves warm this winter. If you’re embarking on a home renovation, why not bear the cold weather in mind? Kitting your home out with some luxury items to keep you warm is sure to be a good idea in the long run. You’ll thank yourself when the days get even colder. You’ll be able to rest assured that you can stay toasty in your home. Some of these ideas might even save you a little on that ever dreaded winter heating bill. So, what kinds of things should you be considering?


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Old fireplaces can be a fantastic feature in any home, but they’re also a sure way to lose heat. Why not make the most of your empty fireplace by installing a woodburner? Wood burners are a fantastic way to heat your house with relatively ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 04, 2016 3:36 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

5 Reasons Why Electric Radiators Are Better Than Storage Heaters



In the days when electric radiators were overly expensive to run, storage heaters experienced a huge surge in popularity. In principle, the idea of collection heat during hours of cheap energy and using it to continue emitting heat throughout peak energy hours is largely faultless. In reality however, storage heaters present a number of inevitable challenges, in that that they can be difficult to control, inefficient and imposing.


The basic premise behind storage heaters hasn’t changed in decades – they still to a large extent operate as they always have. By contrast, electric radiators have evolved enormously over the years. Which is why when considering the two options today, it’s hard to dispute the fact that storage heaters really have taken a backseat to the latest electric radiators.



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For example, one of the biggest downsides of storage heaters is the ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 03, 2016 12:32 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

HAPPY GIFTING WITH ONE4ALL - Choice makes a perfect present





What it is? The One4all Gift Card from The Post Office - Available from your local Post Office (nationwide)


Why it’s great?

  • Make it EXTRA SPECIAL by personalising it with a personal message and your favourite photo
  • Your loved ones won’t be disappointed - there’s huge variety – the gift cards are accepted in over 50,000 retail outlets, including M&S, John Lewis, Debenhams, Amazon, H&M, Argos, Currys, Primark, B&Q, Virgin Experience Days, Spa Finder and more!
  • It makes a great gift, especially for those who are tricky to buy for, have everything or for when you’ve left your shopping a little late (they can be picked up from your local Post Office or online)!
  • The gift card caters to all budgets and can be topped up with anything from £10 to £400

 

Christmas shopping can be fun, what with decorations to buy, food to stock ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 02, 2016 12:22 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Christmas Dining Room Design Inspiration



For many people, the most highly anticipated event of the entire festive period is the Christmas dinner; gathering everyone around the table for food, fun and family time is what it’s all about. However, we know it can also be stressful, so we're here to help you set the scene for a magical meal with House of Fraser's handy guide to laying the Christmas table.


If you're hosting Christmas dinner, you need to make sure that your dining room is all set up to make Christmas feel special. Whether you're cooking for 20 or 5, it's important that Christmas is magical for all. Use these dining room inspiration ideas if you need a hand:




Grey and Metallic


If you can't stand the thought of having too many decorations and colours in your dining room, you can always create a magical atmosphere with other colours instead. Grey and metallic are two colours that work extremely well ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 01, 2016 3:45 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2016

Prepping Your Home For Wintry Weather



Leaves are falling, and it’s getting cooler by the day. At this time of year, it’s always a good idea to try and plan ahead. When it’s freezing outside, you want to your home to be a warm, cozy sanctuary. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home and keep the elements at bay this winter.


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Improving efficiency and heat retention

Many of us spend money heating our homes, only for the warm air to escape through gaps and holes. If your home loses heat quickly, there are things you can do to improve retention. If you visit your local hardware store, you’ll find sealant and specially designed tape. These products can be used to close gaps around doors and window frames. If you have space between the bottom of the door and the floor, draft excluders are an affordable solution. Insulation offers a long-term answer to heat loss. ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 31, 2016 9:00 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

3 Ways to Utilize Bark Mulch during Winters



The winter is around the corner so is the time to protect your garden. Best way; cover it with the blanket of bark mulch! This is used all the year round, but during winters you need to be more protective. As you remain cautious as well as uncertain, as how to effectively use bark and beautify your garden, here at Compost Direct, let us tell you how garden bark chippings work!


Keep reading; save your garden!


1.       Shape the borders:

As weeds that pop up alongside the pathways look ugly, we highly recommend you to go for bark chipping. Bark is natural barrier against weeds while retaining and enhancing the beauty. Its usage is becoming very trendy. It is also used to protect the roots from the frost or scorching sun heat. If you want more tidy and finished look for your garden, spread it around the ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 31, 2016 9:00 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

HomeSense Hang A Bauble




It’s that time of the year again the beginning of December means Christmas is just around the corner. Looking to add a little festive charm to your home for the holidays? Your windows are the first thing any visiting friends and family will see, yet they’re often neglected when people start decorating their homes. Here’s just a few ways you could spice things up this holiday season.

 

Bring Your Own Christmas Snow

 

We’re all hoping for a white Christmas this year, but why leave it to fate? With a few simple steps, you could make your own falling snowflakes with paper or some doilies. Take a look here to see just some of the thousands of possible patterns you could create. Try hanging them from the muntins if you have sash windows like this or use suction cups to keep them held onto the ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 26, 2016 12:39 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Copper Crazed Interiors from Geyser



Reflecting the hot trend in interior design for warm brushed metals, designer heating specialists Geyser has introduced three new metallic colours to its 16 strong bespoke colour pallet.

The new colours include; galvanised copper, galvanised nickel and metallic brushed brass. These perfectly compliment the trend for warm metals in the kitchen and beyond.




The new colours are available in Geyser’s "Circolo” radiator range and the "Lineo” and "Cirtowelo” towel rail ranges.

 

Geyser offers unique sample colour chips allowing customers the chance to see the actual colour on a metal base before committing to the special order radiators which are on 4-6 week lead time.


Alex Ramsay sales & marketing director of Geyser said: "We are always researching and following trends within interiors. Warm metals such as copper look like they are here to stay and not just with ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 19, 2016 3:03 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

SEPTEMBER, 2016

Getting the house ready for winter



Autumn is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home during the winter months. 0800 HANDYMAN, London’s first mobile handyman service offers its advice of essential tasks which are all well with-in the average person's ability. Even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it's worth the expense. You'll save money -- and maybe even your life.

 

Get your mind in the gutters - Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning. Or why not hire a professional cleaning company like Fleet and Mayze to have your gutters cleaned properly?


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 27, 2016 12:30 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

The 7 Little 'S' Tricks To Clearing Leaves



The 7 Little 'S' Tricks To Clearing Leaves

This time of year is when tree-leaves start coming down as we head through the autumn season to the winter one. It can look nice and pretty, with golden-brown leaves layering the ground, and trees becoming bare and rugged, although from a cleaning perspective it can be more of a challenge to make sure leaves are cleared properly, and not only making things look more tidy but potentially safer with a say reduced risk of slips on them. 

So we’ve come up with 7 ‘S’ factors to remember when cleaning up the leaves. 7 little tricks that will help you do it a whole lot easier, cleaner, and safer. 7 little nuggets to also pass on to others helping you out, whether your kids in the back yard, or contractors around your business. 

1. Slippy when wet. Remember that you can go flying down by easily slipping on leaves after it’s been raining and ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 26, 2016 10:21 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

How To Get Rid of House Spiders



September 2016.../ It's that time of year again... the moment when oversized house spiders start invading every nook and cranny in our homes and Arachnophobes start crying themselves to sleep. Spiders have their place in the world and we appreciate them keeping away pesky insects, but we'd much prefer that house spiders stay outdoor spiders!

No further dilly-dallying, here are DIY giant, ManoMano's top tips for getting rid of house spiders and keeping them out with links to the products that will help to keep them out for good!

 


Clean up

Spiders love clutter! House spiders are usually attracted to cluttered areas such as stacks of storage boxes, piles of newspapers or magazines, crowded under-bed or -sink storage. 

Spiders are less likely to live in a tidy home because there will be a fewer number of insects living there. By uncluttering your home, you will eliminate any potential spider nests ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 26, 2016 10:01 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

APRIL, 2016

Update your interior for Spring



 Spring has officially sprung and with Sheridan Australia, you can update your interior by adding accents of colour and texture. Delicate hues of blush, touches of gold and splashes of deep blue, will brighten and refresh your interior this season.

 

At Sheridan this season is all about raw, natural elements. From subtle shimmers of velvet, sateen, gold and iridescent linen, the mix of textures is key to updating an interior for Spring. Jacquard weaves and hand knitted wool all feature, as well as leather and hand painted designs. Whether it be heavy stitch detailing, a chunky knit for amplified volume or a touch of leather, natural elements reign supreme for decorating throughout the home.

 

Below are three of the key colourways for this season, Blush, Gold and Blue, as shown on various textures.

 

 

Soft Blush


 

 Bligh Cushion in Heather ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  April 18, 2016 4:06 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

FEBRUARY, 2016

Is Your Home Making You Sick? Here's How To Find Out!



Many of us like to make sure that our homes are clean, warm and safe environments. We'll no doubt spend a lot of time cleaning various rooms each week. And we'll make sure that our abodes are inviting for visitors and guests alike.


Despite our best efforts, we might find that our health seems to go downhill whenever we are at home. Elsewhere we might feel fine. So, what's going on? Well, it might shock you to learn that our homes could be making us sick!


I know, it's hard to believe, right? After all; we spend so much time keeping our homes clean and tidy. What some householders don't know is the places we live at could be causing all kinds of health problems.


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If you're worried that your home is making you ill, it's a good thing that you stopped by this blog today! Here's what you need to look ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 18, 2016 2:35 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Bring Your Beautiful Interiors Back To Life This Spring



Time has a funny way of taking some of the shine off even our most beautiful interiors. Rooms that are used and abused every day can lose their lustre. Is your living rooms looking a little run down? Is your bedroom just not how you remember it?

It's about time you thought about bringing your interior back to life. It's time for you to be creative again. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Drop In Some Vibrant Colours

Time can dull even the most vibrant of colours. But it's a problem that can easily be reversed. If your room lacks contrast, consider dropping in some brightly and lively colours. The effect can be especially dramatic when the room is otherwise quite plain. Colour highlights dotted throughout a room can lift the whole atmosphere.


Just make sure you don't focus too much on making sure that everything matches. That can look a ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 18, 2016 11:52 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

JANUARY, 2016

10 tips to keep your heating costs down this winter



As winter sets in, it’s that time of year when we start to crank up the heating. With the cost of energy bills a big concern for UK households, there are lots of simple things you can do to keep cosy and reduce your fuel bills.  Here are some top tips from NHBC, the leading standard-setting body and warranty provider for new homes, to help you save on your winter bills:

 

  • Reduce draughts - an important job as winter approaches is to make sure that your house does not have any unintended draughts.  Floorboards and skirtings usually go ignored but cold air can easily filter through, so check for gaps and fill them in. Check to see if your letterbox is draughty, which can lead to cold hallways - installing a letter box draught excluder that fits onto the inside of your front door is an ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  January 13, 2016 4:32 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Wedding season gift guide by The National Gallery


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  January 06, 2016 5:33 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

DECEMBER, 2015

'Do you have enough chairs for your Christmas dinner?


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The time has come to start laying the table for Christmas - will all your guests fit around the table?

 

So Christmas is right around the corner and soon enough all our guests will be arriving to get their dibs on the pigs in blankets! But as another festive season is amongst us, some guests fear the dreaded makeshift seating arrangements of sitting on the floor when there isn’t enough chairs to go around. It’s the same old offering out of pillows, but once again wishing you had prepared for the influx of family and friends who can’t wait to sit down after their long journey for Christmas dinner!

 

The reason you’ve probably never considered getting hold of extra seating is because there isn’t enough space to store it, right? Well Stacking Chairs are a great way to provide that extra modern seating that you have needed every year and stack it ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 22, 2015 11:34 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Five Picks from the Stove Site Perfect for a Cosy Christmas


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We’ve found some great pieces for your home indoor and outdoor, from The Stove Site. The new year is fast approaching and there is no better time to have a fresh start and redecorate your home.

 

Wood burning stoves are being placed in more and more homes across the U.K  due to the increase in popularity. We’ve found the perfect company who sell wood burning stoves in the UK. We’ve chosen our favourite picks from their website especially for you:

 

·         The C four is new 4.9kW wood burning stove from Charnwood. The stove features one single air control for exceptional clean burning and outstanding efficiency  that helps give that rustic, country feel to the home

 

·         The Loxton Maxi convector is good for open plan spaces and provides better heat distribution and can heat up a larger area ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 18, 2015 3:28 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 


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