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
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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
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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. 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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
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
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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
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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 ...
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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
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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.
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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
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You wouldn't place a single chair or solo sofa in a very large sunroom, but very few homeowners pay that much attention to the overhead space in their outdoor-oriented areas. Here, this charming room — big enough for a grand dining table and daybed —demonstrates how to decorate a ceiling with light. A metal chandelier establishes the dining area, while a series of fabric-and-metal fixtures supply light around the rest of the room. The fixtures also supply a way for the eye to move around the space, from entry tabletops to corners.
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This sunroom, originally a dining room, demonstrates a savvy ability to mix patterns and colors. Painted chairs offer a counterpoint to the wood table, while three different fabrics — each in a pretty blue-and-white pattern — dress up seats and seat backs. Underfoot, a painted rug stands as a graphic riff on the country French-inspired theme.
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Although most sunrooms are centered around seating, a pretty piece of furniture such as a chest or dresser can be a great design focal point, too. Here, a dramatic chest offers hardworking storage and a jumping-off point for the eclectic room arrangement, which includes graphic painted flooring, an Oriental rug, and island-inspired seating. Also note the repetition of images with the rooster pillow and tabletop lamp.
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Many sunrooms resemble less outdoor structures than they do finished interior rooms. This one is a nice melding of the two design impulses, with a vaulted, open ceiling and unfinished walls accented by homey touches including pretty window treatments and a contemporary sectional sofa. To add practical storage, consider baskets (which also serve as decorating accents) under furniture.
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While most homeowners rely on mirrors for very practical reasons—to see their reflections — they also serve a crucial secondary purpose: to bounce light around a room, eliminating shadows. Although sunrooms usually benefit from an abundance of light, corners in particular may become dark. Here, the white colour scheme keeps it bright during the day; at night, the mirror bounces off light from the lamp. Pretty details on the mirror and console table add visual interest to this transitionally styled space.
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Many times sunrooms are oriented inward around comfortable seating areas, dining spaces, or other living arrangements. But if you have a view, you may want to rethink that convention. Take this sunroom, for example: Its furniture arrangement makes sure that the homeowners can bask in the striking, uninterrupted sight line. Simple accents — a few pillows, a decorative rug, a simple statue — keep distractions to a minimum.
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Basics are good home decorating building blocks in any space, including the sunroom. For example, a white slipcovered sofa and white tables work with a variety of styles and colour schemes, as this space shows. To add visual interest and texture, the homeowner relied on a diverse collection of similarly hued colours and patterns, including a Greek key motif, floral patterns, and an eclectic chandelier. As an added benefit, if you tire of a color or pattern, using it on a pillow, throw, or rug makes it simple to swap out.
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