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JULY, 2015

Your 5 Step Plan to Planning the Perfect Christmas Party



Christmas is the biggest party season of the year, with everyone from families to businesses planning parties to celebrate the holiday and the end of the year and the start of a new one. The fact that so many people are planning a holiday party at Christmastime, however, can make it difficult and stressful to plan your own.

If you're hoping to plan the perfect Christmas party this year, check out the convenient 5-step plan below to make the process easier.

1.      Figure Out Your Budget

Without a budget in mind, you won't be able to decide on every element of your upcoming Christmas party. So, first off, start planning your party well in advance, and during that time, calculate how much money you're willing to spend on the venue, the food and beverages, the decorations, the entertainment, etc.

2.      Choose Your Venue

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  July 23, 2015 2:50 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

MAY, 2015

Everything You Need To Know Before Installing Air Conditioning



Air conditioning is the best way to cool your home or workplace in the summer. The days before air conditioning were hot, sticky and sweaty! Now, with a simple click of a button, you can blast cold air and regulate the temperature with ease. In sunnier climates, air conditioning is no longer just a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s also worth noting that a modern AC unit can add value to your property. No home should be without this technology, especially as summer gets closer.


But, before you rush off and buy the first AC unit you find, take your time. Do some research and consider the best solution for your home. In this post, we’ll pose a few crucial questions you need to ask yourself and your AC company. There are plenty of different models available, and each with their unique set of costs. It’s a long-term commitment, and ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  May 29, 2015 12:46 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

APRIL, 2015

Spring Clean - Top tips for sprucing up your home



With spring upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s time to turn your attention to the unloved parts of your home. While the winter holds its icy grip on your house, the garden tends to fall victim to neglect.


The season of barbecues, garden parties and sunbathing is almost upon us though, so we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to revitalise a garden in time for summer.  


1. Decking

Whether you hire a builder or have a go at it yourself, installing decking is a great way to add value to a property and create a no-hassle surface for lounging. You can either contact an expert who will advise you on materials, or you can plan it alone and buy the materials from a retailer such as Arbordeck – they can also advise you on the correct tools.


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  April 21, 2015 7:24 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

MARCH, 2015

Green Living: Be Eco Friendly without Compromising Style



You don’t have to build an eco-pod to make your home environmentally friendly. Today, there are many ways of making a difference without changing the look and feel of your property. If you don’t like the unsightly look of solar panels on your roof, permeable grass-guard on your driveway, or the use of rammed earth or straw bale instead of brick, here are some ways you can install environmental upgrades without aesthetic compromise. Take a look at some modern options for upgrading your home.

 

Cavity Wall Insulation

 

Cavity wall insulation is a great way to upgrade your home environmentally because it’s completely invisible to anyone walking around in your living space. Most modern homes are built with air gaps in the walls and the result is up to 35% of heat being lost on a daily basis. Cavity wall insulation can eliminate the ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  March 26, 2015 5:44 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Blooming Marvellous Spring Blinds



Spring Fresh Florals

 

Spring is the season to revive the home with a fresh new look and with Apollo Blinds’ gorgeous range of floral blinds a Spring interior revamp has never been easier.

 

Bright, fresh and beautifully botanical, Apollo’s stunning range of floral prints are bang-on-trend for 2015.

 

Fifty Shades of Green 

 

 

  

 

 

Evolving 2014’s trend to ‘bring the outside in’, 2015’s spring florals are greener and more organic than ever. Encompassing dense delicate prints, bold mossy blooms and leaf motifs, green is a key colour for 2015 and florals are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the home for a fresh natural look.

 

Vintage Rose



 

Vintage blooms transcend floral trends year on year. Perfect for creating a homespun, country classic feel, Apollo Blinds’ range of pretty rose prints are vintage and beautifully British – a classic look for all homes.

 

 

Artscape



 

A refreshing trend focussed on water-coloured floral designs using brush strokes and colour bleeds. ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  March 20, 2015 12:06 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

How To Get The Country Look This Season



When you are looking for ideas and inspiration for freshening the look of your home, it can be hard to come up with something new and original. There are so many great looks that you can use, that sometimes you feel like you are missing an opportunity to flex your own creative muscles. Every home is different though, and even if you see something in a photo to use in your own house, it will be unique to you. Your tastes and preferences are evident in every room, but those ideas only exist collectively in your home.


There are some lovely new ideas out for this season. The country look is definitely back, and simple whites and pastels are key to creating it. Pick woods with texture and grain to reflect and shadow natural light. Use some white louvered doors on the inside, and louvered shutters on the outside to ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  March 12, 2015 5:44 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Energy efficient boilers and the increasing use of solar energy



In the past, boilers installed in the home were one of the least efficient consumers of energy. Today, all of that has changed with the introduction of boiler types such as high efficiency condensing boilers. These modern boilers are very efficient because they are designed on a principle that allows them to recover much of the heat that would ordinarily be lost through the flue of a conventional (non-condensing) boiler.


High efficiency condensing boilers convert at least 90% of their fuel into heat. This is a 12% increase on the 78% seen with the conventional boilers. With these modern boilers, the energy efficiency remains relatively high even after 15 years of use.


The energy efficiency and eco-friendly nature of modern boilers has also been enhanced by the fact that some of them can now be powered by solar energy.  The increased usage of solar energy across the UK means it ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  March 05, 2015 12:34 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

FEBRUARY, 2015

Be My Valentine!


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As the author Melissa McClone wrote, "Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home. Although this adage almost always holds true, it has extra value on Valentine's Day. This year have a Valentine's Day date at home. Here's how you can fill your home with lovely details of love. 

1. Romantic photos: Display your wedding photos and other romantic photos around the house then find them all together. Walk through your home together and talk about the stories the pictures tell.

2. Flowers: There is nothing like a beautiful bouquet of red roses to make your home feel ready for Valentine's Day. Display a few bouquets in your bedroom and on the dining room table. Feeling extra romantic? Scatter rose petals in a heart shape on your bed.

3. Candles: Light scented candles in your living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Candles are soft, romantic, and can change the ambiance of any room.

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 13, 2015 2:15 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2014

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



 

With the Christmas season upon us, it's a good time to think about de-cluttering your home. With so much gift-giving going on, you're bound to be giving (and receiving) items you may or may not like. De-cluttering your home will make way for new goodies that you will be receiving as gifts from loved ones. It's 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. De-cluttering may seem daunting especially if you have so much unnecessary items in your home. Naturally, you may feel as though you don't know where to begin; but rest assured. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Donate to those in need

 

Start with an empty bag or basket and go around your home, filling it ...


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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 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:


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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 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 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 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 it's a great time to give your home a brand new look. Here are some ideas based on what's set to be big this winter:


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Rearrange Your Furniture


If you don't 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 it's snowing/raining outside - the more the better! You'll 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




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 ...


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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?

Whats 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 summers 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 theres no escape. You probably ask yourself how much longer this heat will endure but experts are saying you shouldnt have to.


Many people think of ceiling fans as being energy efficient, but ineffective. However, thats 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)



 


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