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APRIL, 2016

Update your interior for Spring



 Spring 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.

 

At 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 designs. Whether 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.

 

Below are three of the key colourways for this season, Blush, Gold and Blue, as shown on various textures.

 

 

Soft Blush


 

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  April 18, 2016 4:06 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

FEBRUARY, 2016

Is Your Home Making You Sick? Here's How To Find Out!



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.


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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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 18, 2016 2:35 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Bring Your Beautiful Interiors Back To Life This Spring



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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  February 18, 2016 11:52 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

JANUARY, 2016

10 tips to keep your heating costs down this winter



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:

 

  • Reduce draughts - 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 ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  January 13, 2016 4:32 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Wedding season gift guide by The National Gallery


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  January 06, 2016 5:33 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

DECEMBER, 2015

'Do you have enough chairs for your Christmas dinner?


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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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 22, 2015 11:34 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Five Picks from the Stove Site Perfect for a Cosy Christmas


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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 your home.

 

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 for you:

 

·         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 home

 

·         The Loxton Maxi convector is good for open plan spaces and provides better heat distribution and can heat up a larger area ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 18, 2015 3:28 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Easy Ways To Make Your Bedroom Feel Cosier This Winter



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!


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Duvet Set


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. ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 14, 2015 1:52 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

12 ways to have a more sustainable Christmas


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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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 03, 2015 10:04 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Three Festive Ways to Decorate Your Windows This Holiday Season




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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  December 02, 2015 12:39 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2015

New Gisela Graham Easter Collections 2016



 

 

 



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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 26, 2015 11:04 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Stocking Filler Guide 2015



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 ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 24, 2015 3:17 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

10 Ways To Improve The Heating Efficiency Of Your Home



Here 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.

 


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There 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

 

Double 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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 23, 2015 9:45 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

HomeSense Hang a bauble campaign to help vulnerable children this Christmas


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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 Children this Christmas.


Customers at HomeSense are 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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 09, 2015 10:25 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

How to Make a Festive Ladder by House of Fraser




HOW TO: FESTIVE LADDER


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.



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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.

For more do it yourself Christmas ideas…

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 05, 2015 10:21 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

How to Get Your Home Ready for Christmas by Graham & Brown



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.
 
Start planning now and ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  November 03, 2015 12:05 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2015

Some Like It Hot – But Which Type Are You And What Do You Need To Buy?



 

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 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 29, 2015 2:51 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

How to Choose the Right Fireplace for Your Home



If you thought about your ideal room to spend a cold winter’s night in, what would be there? A large couch, big cushions, a television playing a classic movie or candles flickering providing light may be a few possibilities to some. But one thing which would surely be there is a burning fireplace radiating light, heat and the sense of comfort and tranquillity which only a roaring fireplace can give. Keep this idea in mind when trying to imagine your home with the perfect fireplace to provide that touch of class and quality to your home.


Setting the Scene

It is important that when you search for your perfect fireplace, you take into account the design and style of your home. Modern interior design promotes open spaces, differences in lighting, subtle shades and statement furniture. More classic interior design may be of smaller, separate rooms that focus on ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  October 27, 2015 8:20 PM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

SEPTEMBER, 2015

How To Increase The Efficiency Of The Central Heating Boiler



If you have a central heating boiler in your home, you have to be sure that it works properly before winter sets in. That is because of various different reasons. Heating any home is important because of the comfort of the people living inside and the potential property damage that would appear when boilers are not functioning.


We are faced with a global recession and energy costs are rising. Most people are currently afraid and do not use central heating systems often. That is mainly because of the high costs that are associated with the process. Instead of being afraid of high costs, you could make sure that the central heating boiler becomes more energy efficient. That is not as hard to do as you may believe.


Buying A New One

This is the very first thing that you need to consider. In the event ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 30, 2015 8:16 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 

Christmas Gift Guide 2015



Antique Mirrored Frame



These beautiful Antique Mirrored picture frames have an elegance of a bygone age. They make wonderful gifts and are a great buy for displaying that special photograph. 4 x 6″ (Total Size 23 x 28cm) by antelopehomewares.com for £26.95.


Kew Gardens Scented Candle


This beautiful candle was inspired by spruce, Scot’s pine and fir trees. As the light glows through the design of fine lined needles, the candle’s scent is crisp, fresh and clean, (it’s perfumed with pure oils of Mint, Thyme and Spruce). A traditional British candle-maker hand pours these candles. Once the wax is finished you have a striking and evocative tea light holder to last for ever. By antelopehomewares.com for £15.



Advanced Techies: Smart Control from One For All 

 

Want a great gift for the techie in your life?  This new flagship remote control called Smart Control from One For All One For All Smart Control is only £39.99 and ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SEASONAL  September 28, 2015 12:57 AM  Seasonal  comments (0)



 


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