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Presenter and design guru Kevin McCloud has long been a champion of creative design choices and ingenious problem-solving, and with plenty of hitches and setbacks hitting homeowners, it is no surprise that he is pushing for greater invention now. And this creative problem-solving could be the solution to also adding value to your home.   […]

“Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health and helps to improve your overall wellbeing, so it’s essential you look after your mattress,” says Samantha Parish, Hypnos interior design consultant. But, how often should we really be cleaning our mattresses and replacing them? After all, showing our mattress some TLC isn’t usually […]

“Faux flowers have gained huge popularly over recent years as the quality improves – and the stigma against this ‘fake’ addition appears to have waived,” says celebrity florist Larry Walshe ( There are various reasons why you might go faux, with Walshe citing “allergies and pets, to dark environments and time-poor homeowners who prefer not […]

This year’s Pantone Colour of the Year is described as ‘an unconventional shade for an unconventional time’ – and Viva Magenta is certainly far from muted. In fact, ‘brave, fearless, powerful and empowering’ is how this nuanced crimson-blended shade is described – ‘an animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without […]

Having guests to stay this Christmas? This might be perfect excuse to give your spare room a spruce up – especially as they often end up being a dumping ground, soulless and forgotten about. “One of my favourite parts of the festive season has to be having friends and family to stay, with a busy […]

The excitement is building with many households already twinkling with Christmas decorations. If you want to radiate a classy festive style this year, then sometimes less is more. As the excitement builds in the count down to the big day, it’s very tempting to go down the ‘more is more’ decorating mantra – pile everything […]

After the popularity of events such as GlasGLOW in the Botanic gardens this autumn, here’s how you can find inspiration on lighting up your own garden. Here are some experts tips… All about the atmosphere “Rather than think decoration, think atmosphere first, and the mood and the feeling you want when you are in the […]

With summer slowly fading, the need to grasp onto the colourful backdrop can be strong. “With autumn fast approaching and darker nights shortening our days, keeping summer’s spirit alive using clever interior choices can help ease the most difficult seasonal transition,” says Alysha Alli, who heads up the interior design team at Redrow. So how […]

Summer can be a hectic and packed season for many of us, so when it comes to our homes, it’s helpful to have a place that evokes a peaceful and streamlined environment to unwind in after a long day. Inspired largely by Japanese culture, minimalism has become one of the most popular lifestyle trends. The […]

With these longer days, it’s easy to notice your home may be needing a good deep clean this summer. The sun can make surfaces appear dusty and all those chores you’ve been putting off can become all too present. Much as we welcome warmer months, long sunny spells and summer holidays, jobs around the house […]

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