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The benefits of an energy-efficient home

Choosing an energy-efficient home is not only better for the environment – it’s better for your wallet too. Five star householder David Wilson Homes has some expert advice for when you’re viewing potential properties. Here are some things you should be looking out for.   Good to know  All new-build properties have to comply with energy-efficiency regulations.

Step into spring with yellow hues

Brighten up your home for spring with these bright and bold beds from Living It Up. Yellow symbolises optimism, making this colour perfect to freshen up any home. A strong yellow bed can lift a neutral black, white or grey scheme, breaking up a monochrome pattern. The Arlo bed would act as
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Creating year-round colour in the garden

Haskins is encouraging gardeners to set up their garden by planning ahead for the changing of the seasons and choosing a combination of plants to ensure year-round interest. Alasdair Urquhart, in-house plant expert at Haskins, recommends the following top five plants for year-round interest:   Choisya ‘Aztec Gold’ With its gold architectural leaves, this is

Budding trends for this year’s gardens

The promise of lighter, longer days is on the horizon and as we welcome the new year and look forward to the blossoming season ahead, head of garden at Dobbies, Louise Golden, shares her expert trend insights and planting advice for 2019. After months of careful planning, keeping a watchful eye on
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How to show your true colours at home

Have you ever thought about how the colours of your interior design choices will effect the atmosphere of a room? Designers at five star housebuilder Barratt Homes has. It’s not just about what looks nice – it’s much more than that. Choosing the colour of your decor really is one of the best ways
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Roses are green this Valentine’s Day

The latest fun gift idea has arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day, in the shape of a succulent heart. The new range of heart shaped succulents, priced from only £4.99, is from Dobbies Garden Centres. Plant enthusiast and houseplants buyer at Dobbies, Claire Bishop said: “We instantly fell head over heels with these gorgeous
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Time to declutter

Following January’s hugely successful debut of Marie Kondo’s Netflix series ‘Tidy Up’, John Lewis & Partners has seen record breaking sales of storage and organisation products, with storage boxes soaring by 47%, and baskets also seeing significant sales uplifts of 24 per cent on last year. January has always been a popular month for reorganising
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Somewhere over the rainbow

John Lewis predicts 2018 will be the year of the Rainbow Christmas tree. Filled with must-have baubles, the imaginative look is the perfect way to combine all seven colour collections from John Lewis this season. To ensure your festive look is trending, recreate the ombre effect by arranging baubles in a spectrum of shades
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British Heart Foundation launches home makeover challenge

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is this autumn calling on the nation to transform their homes and help beat heartbreak forever by taking on its Makeover Challenge. The BHF is asking shoppers to get creative and give their homes a fresh new look as we move inside for the autumn months, using items bought at

Style tips for mindfulness in your home

With wellness being front and centre in people’s minds, it’s no wonder that creating a serene, happy space has become a huge interior trend to explore. Combining the best of Scandi comfort and health-focused influences – think aromatherapy, colour psychology, and lots of plants and greenery – this wellness trend is growing, and here