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?
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 ...
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!
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
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 ...
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.
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
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.
are three of the key colourways for this season, Blush, Gold and Blue, as shown
on various textures.
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.
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 ...
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:
- 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 ...
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 ...
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
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
·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
·The Loxton Maxi convector is good for open plan spaces and
provides better heat distribution and can heat up a larger area ...
Your bedroom is a sanctuary. It’s the one place where you simply get to relax, recline and chill out. For that reason, it needs to feel incredible cosy and inviting - especially in winter. Here are some super easy ways to create that wonderful effect in your bedroom!
To get your personal paradise started you need to make sure that your bed is simply spot on. We recommend getting a high tog duvet set for the cosiest feeling in bed. The only downside is that you’ll struggle to get out of it in the mornings! Anything between 10.5 and 13.5 is perfect for those harshly cold winter months. Be sure to pick up the right one, else you’ll still be cold in the night! Compliment your new duvet with a set of four duck feather pillows. They’re ridiculously comfy - your head will literally sink into them. ...
Christmas can feel like a moral dilemma - while many of us try to make ethical choices the rest of the year, it can be hard to know where to start during the festive season. It’s not always easy to avoid excess, especially when kids are pushing for the latest device. Not to mention the fear of not having enough gravy for a second round of turkey - which leads to buying more food than we really need. But despite the conflict, there are ways to make Christmas more sustainable. The choices we make - about what goes on our plates, what we buy for our loved ones and what we put on our skin – impacts our health, our wildlife and environment, and lives of people working in developing countries across the world.
Little choices can make a big difference, so this Christmas we’ve come up with 12 ways for ...
It’s that time of the year again the
beginning of December means Christmas is just around the corner. Looking to adda 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
In amongst all the madness of shopping for your main Christmas presents you cannot forget the little stocking fillers. After all it’s Christmas tradition! But, so many of us leave it until last minute to pick up those little bits and pieces. That’s why we put together this guide. We want to give you an overview of a whole range of stocking filler ideas from right across the website, so you don’t have to spend hours browsing you can just go right to the products that will best fit!
Beauty Christmas Gifts – perfect for the beauty lover in your life. You can get individual items, like nail varnish, nourishing hand moisturiser, and a face mask, or a gift set. Gift sets take out the sometimes stressful present selection process. They come in a variety of themed bundles – from relaxation to glamour, so you will certainly find something that suits. Prices ...
are ten tips that are easy to implement that will help to keep the heat in your
home this winter, and reduce your bills in the process.
by GollyGForce via Flickr
are a lot of things that people can do to make sure that their home is being
kept warm optimally, and these do not have to be expensive or difficult to do
on your own, although some will require the skills of a professional.
1. Install Double Glazing
glazing is one thing on the list that may have some expense while also being
something that the average person cannot do themselves. However, installing
modern double glazing can reduce the cost to eat your home quite substantially,
and over time the windows will end up paying for themselves in the ...
Action for Children joins forces with HomeSense for
the sixth year running to raise funds
Leading children’s charity
Action for Children has partnered with brands for less homeware retailer,
HomeSense, for the sixth consecutive year to raise funds for Action for
Customers at HomeSenseare able to buy a Christmas bauble for
£1, on which they can write a festive message or their happiest childhood
Christmas memory before hanging it on a special HomeSense
Christmas tree in their local store. All proceeds from the bauble
donations will go to Action for Children and its local services.
Sarah Cook, Director of Fundraising at Action for
Children, said: "We have been delivering our ‘Hang a Bauble’ campaign in
partnership with HomeSense for the last six years, during which time it has
been an overwhelming success. Last year through our campaign, HomeSense raised
more than ...
Laura Fulmine is a prolific interior stylist, art director and set designer who has worked across a number of highly respected interior publications. Here she shows us how to make a Christmas Ladder Tree.
Firstly measure out the widths of wood you want each rung on your ladder to be. They should get smaller towards the top step. We suggest 60cm for the bottom rung, 50cm for the middle and 40cm for the top.
Using a small hand saw, carefully cut down your pieces of birch.
Use a small hand drill to attach the rungs to the lengths of wood
Once each piece is firmly in place hammer some tacks into the wood on which to hang your decorations. You can also twist fairy lights around the ladder.
For an extra festive touch sprinkle the wood with some pine-scented oil.
There’s only a few months to go before Father Christmas does his rounds again. During this time, we’ve no doubt you’ll be busy with plenty of family gatherings. After all, what is Christmas for if not to get your friends and family around the dinner table to enjoy the festivities?
The thought of entertaining guests can be stressful, especially if you’ve not decorated your home for a few years. However, getting your house ready for all of these impromptu visits is easy with Graham & Brown, and you’ll be amazed at just how much extra confidence you’ll get from rejuvenating your interior design.
Our stunning designs and easy-to-use wallpapering methods make decorating a doddle. So don’t get caught in the Christmas rush and make sure your home is ready to make a statement. Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready for the festive season.
Buying fuel that doesn’t come at the flick of a switch or turn of a control can be a minefield for homeowners, whether they have installed a wood burner or multi-fuel burner from scratch, or inherited one of these appliances, or an open coal fire.
Knowing what you are doing and what you should be using can be a serious matter, as using the wrong fuel could damage your chimney, cause a bigger issue, or invalidate your appliance’s warranty. However, by not buying the best fuel for you, as an individual or family, you could also be missing out on fuel products that could save you money, allow you to operate your appliances more efficiently, better suit your lifestyle and adapt to your home’s physical and aesthetic features in the best possible way. Read on, see if you recognise yourself in any of the ‘profiles’ and then guide yourself to the ...