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Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is all about updating your house for fall. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future installment.
By Scot Meacham Wood
>> full Photo: Aimee Herring, Design: Ralph Lauren; Courtesy of Scot Meacham Wood (headshot)
Q: How do I update my house for fall? —Vanessa 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 ...
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 10, 2014 8:45 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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?
What’s 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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 08, 2014 11:37 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL August 07, 2014 9:24 AM Seasonal comments (0)
sticky summer heat starting to get to you?
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.
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL July 14, 2014 10:54 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL June 24, 2014 4:06 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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
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
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL April 29, 2014 1:58 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL April 12, 2014 9:25 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL February 21, 2014 3:09 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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
Moon’s factory in Leeds, a gorgeous rocking chair from Ercol,
plus stunning unique wooden chopping boards from the Banbury Estate in
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
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL February 17, 2014 10:41 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
is coming, and that brings a number of challenges to people looking after
indoor plants – whether they are professional interior landscapers or keen home
(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.
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 27, 2013 4:12 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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)
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.
Content at Glance
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
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 01, 2013 12:10 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL October 29, 2013 1:44 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 24, 2013 8:41 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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
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.
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 ...
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 17, 2013 8:22 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 toastyBurst 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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 17, 2013 8:09 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 17, 2013 7:59 AM Seasonal comments (2)
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)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL August 31, 2013 5:27 PM Seasonal comments (0)