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.
- CREATE THE PICTURE-PERFECT
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL December 01, 2016 9:40 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 15, 2016 11:37 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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?
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 04, 2016 3:36 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
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.
example, one of the biggest downsides of storage heaters is the ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 03, 2016 12:32 PM Seasonal comments (0)
is? The One4all Gift Card from
The Post Office - Available from your local Post Office
Why it’s great?
- Make it EXTRA
SPECIAL by personalising
it with a personal
message and your favourite
- 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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 02, 2016 12:22 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL November 01, 2016 3:45 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
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. ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL October 31, 2016 9:00 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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
Keep reading; save
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL October 31, 2016 9:00 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL October 26, 2016 12:39 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL October 19, 2016 3:03 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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?
· ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 27, 2016 12:30 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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. >> full
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 ...
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 26, 2016 10:21 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL September 26, 2016 10:01 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
Cushion in Heather ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL April 18, 2016 4:06 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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.
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL February 18, 2016 2:35 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL February 18, 2016 11:52 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL January 13, 2016 4:32 PM Seasonal comments (0)
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL January 06, 2016 5:33 PM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL December 22, 2015 11:34 AM Seasonal comments (0)
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 ...>> full
posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL December 18, 2015 3:28 PM Seasonal comments (0)