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NOVEMBER, 2014

How to Declutter & Decorate Your Home for Christmas on a Budget



 

With the Christmas season upon us, itís a good time to think about de-cluttering your home. With so much gift-giving going on, youíre bound to be giving (and receiving) items you may or may not like. Decluttering your home will make way for new goodies that you will be receiving as gifts from loved ones. Itís also a good way to ensure your Christmas decorations will stand out. With the extra clutter, it can distract the beauty of the decorations you put up in your home. Decluttering may seem daunting especially if you have so much unnecessary items in your home. Naturally, you may feel as though you donít know where to begin; but rest assured. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Donate to those in need

 

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 20, 2014 11:41 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Tips For Warming Your Living Room This Winter



If you are looking for style ideas for your home, you may not have considered the changing seasons. We are about to be thrown into what may be a very harsh winter. When you are thinking about updating your interior design, have a thought about how you could style savvy and help keep your energy costs down at the same time.


The recent trend for all things blinds has reclaimed valuable space near our windows and allows us to bring lots of extra light into the room. Vertical blinds especially have that extra quality and style that bring finesse to any window dressing. However, over the winter months, a good heavy, lined curtain will keep much of the cold from getting into the room. If you do feel a chill from the window area, now may be the time to invest in some high-quality thick curtains to shut out the draught ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 20, 2014 6:43 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Christmas Dining Room Design Inspiration



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


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Grey and Metallic


If you canít 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 together, and can still give the feeling of Christmas. Use accents in these colours for a classy, sophisticated look in your dining room.


Use Lighting for Atmosphere


Lighting is essential for getting the right atmosphere in the dining room. Lamps, candles, and fairy lights can all be used to give you a great effect and make everybody feel warm and at home. Make ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 14, 2014 9:27 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2014

10 ways to create the perfect cosy winter bedroom


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Now that the winter months are closing in, it is time to turn your bedroom into a comfy, cosy haven that will warm you up and relax you after battling the elements. This list will help you craft the ideal ambiance that will have you dreaming of getting home and snuggling up.

  • No more clutter: Clutter can cause instant anxiety so the first step is to get rid of all the bits and bobs. One way to tidy everything away is to get small boxes to organise and store in your drawers. Also, pay attention to the walls Ė too much clutter on the walls can upset the calm in the room too.

  • Spend a little more: The one item you should pay more for is the sheets Ė diving into really soft sheets make a perfect bedroom. Go for sheets with a high thread count and then save on the duvet ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 29, 2014 10:31 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

SEPTEMBER, 2014

Thermal lining on curtains and blinds





Save on heating bills with FREE Thermal Lining on Curtains and Blinds

Concern about our environment is certainly a major issue. But hitting home more directly is the cost of heating bills.  There are several ways to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home, particularly in areas where heat escapes more easily, such as through windows.

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 25, 2014 9:49 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Big Home Decor Trends This Winter 2014



The changing of the seasons is the perfect excuse to give your home a bit of a makeover. Trends in summer vary from trends in winter, so itís a great time to give your home a brand new look. Here are some ideas based on whatís set to be big this winter:


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Rearrange Your Furniture


If you donít want to make a massive change to your home, simply switching up your current furniture arrangement can make a world of difference. A big trend this winter is to make sure your furniture is away from the walls in a more social setting. More throws and pillows will make it a wonderful place to relax while itís snowing/raining outside - the more the better! Youíll obviously want to keep your new arrangement tidy, so a housekeeper could be the thing you need. Find housekeepers with Supacare if this sounds good to you.


Orange


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 24, 2014 8:33 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Autumnal Mood board


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 17, 2014 9:19 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

How to Decorate Your House for Fall




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Q: How do I update my house for fall? óVanessa C.

A: It's just starting to happen here in San Francisco: There's always a specific, almost magical, moment when it ceases to be summer and you know that fall has arrived. One of the first signs for me is when I'm making my morning Starbucks stop on the way to work and I see crossing guards ushering elementary students to the school in our neighborhood. Often that 'sense' of fall arrives before the calendar season or the chilly weather does ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 10, 2014 8:45 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Energy saving: Grab a grant while you can


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You will have heard of those lucky homeowners now being paid generous subsidies for installing solar PV panels. However, the latest way to make cash from a home and substantially cut energy bills is with renewable technology. The government is making it easier for you to introduce eco-friendly measures into the home with grants and incentives, but what does it all mean and how do you get involved?

Whatís the latest scheme?


Known as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), this long awaited government programme was launched in April this year, paying homeowners for heat produced through renewable measures. Payments are made for seven years based on the estimated energy required to keep a property warm and with hot water derived from solar thermal, air source or ground source heat pumps or a biomass boiler.



Should I act now?


From April to July 2014, more than 7,400 homeowners applied for the RHI with 35,000 in ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 08, 2014 11:37 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

AUGUST, 2014

The Ideal Escape: Create Your Perfect Beach House


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A beach house is a perfect escape from your busy day to day life. Many people in the UK are now investing in a beach house as a second-home, where they can go to when they need a break. Creating the ideal beach house experience is not all about finding a fantastic property. Once you have bought your home, you will need to do a bit of work to ensure that you feel comfortable and relaxed in the beach house.


Many of us opt to go abroad to see the sea. It is odd how people in the UK neglect their beautiful coastline. There are so many wonderful beaches and coves within the region. We should be making the most of the stunning scenery right on our own doorstep. Investing in a beach house in the UK means embracing our unique landscapes and enjoying what the island has ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  August 07, 2014 9:24 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

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 summerís 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 thereís no escape. You probably ask yourself how much longer this heat will endure Ė but experts are saying you shouldnít have to.


Many people think of ceiling fans as being energy efficient, but ineffective. However, thatís 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. 
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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 youíre 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
Donít 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."

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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. Itís 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). Itís 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. Youíll find stunning, oversized recycled-glass vases from Spain sitting alongside brightly coloured, handmade Portuguese ceramics.


Itís great to see lots of British companies involved, too; Marks & Spencer has cushions and upholstery made up in luxurious wool fabrics from Abraham Moonís 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 worldís 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 Ė 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 1ļC 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)



 


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