With Christmas on the way, you might find yourself in the market for a new tree. But, with more options available than ever before, which is the best for your home?
Here in the UK, the Christmas tree industry does a huge trade at this time of year, with seven million real trees and two million artificial models purchased (BCTGA figures). If you need a new tree for your home, I've put together my four essential tips that you should consider so you're not left with something that's of poor quality or the wrong style. Give them a read before you start shopping.
Some top tips for ensuring that outside space looks fresh and cared for...
Ensuring that your property looks fantastic indoors is always important but it’s crucial to spare a thought for your garden, which during the cold winter months can often become neglected. To help keep you on the path of success to selling your home, here are a few of my top tips to ensure that your garden gets the attention it deserves.
Mow the lawn
If you are lucky enough to have a lawn, find a dry day to cut the grass, trim the hedges and tidy up any bushes. It’s also a good idea to remove and restock any tired looking plants to keep the garden looking fresh and colourful.
Coordinating planters are easy to purchase and can be placed throughout your front and rear gardens. They can also be taken with you when you move into your new home.
Fill any redundant areas you may have with bark, light stones, granite or flint – there are lots of options, so go and explore!
External PIR sensored floodlights are fantastic, particularly for property viewings at dusk or after dark. Solar lights look pretty (even when off) and are relatively cheap to buy. If you have any trees in your garden, purchase a few uplighters to create a striking effect.
Remove any rope lights or icicle lights which may be left over from Christmas. There’s very little that’s more depressing than old Christmas decorations!
Why Professional Photography is an Essential House-Selling Tool
So you've decided to sell or rent your home. You've done some research, had some valuations and you've chosen an agent to act for you. So what happens next? It's all down to the agent now. Presumedly, your agent will now do what every other agent does, in that he will launch your property to market using the well-known property advertising portals. After all, with nearly 1.5 billion visits in 2016, Rightmove is undoubtedly the number one place for advertising property!
Sticking with tradition or Jungle Fever?
Is there anything quite as wonderful as the first signs of spring? The early bulbs have shown their sunny faces in the garden, and springtime warmth is slowly moving in. But when it comes to interiors are you attracted to the traditions of English springtime or enticed by this season’s latest trend featuring tropical-inspired colours and prints? Whichever you choose, here are some ideas of how to celebrate the freshness of the new season in the home…
Scandi Style Rooms – Simple, On-Trend and Budget Friendly
Over the past year or two we have witnessed a wave of interior design trends that are inspired in some way by Scandinavia. In 2016 it was difficult to pick-up a ‘home’ magazine or click onto an interiors website without seeing some mention of ‘hygge’; the Scandi trend for fluffy throws, chunky knits, hot chocolate and generally all things comforting and indulgent! Well, it seems that this year the Scandi theme continues but there has been an about-turn as attentions now move to a new trend being referred to as ‘Lagom’ – which would seem to be the opposite of ‘hygge’ in it’s goals for simplicity and a more ‘make do and mend’ attitude. This is good news for those who are trying to stick to a tighter budget. And this more basic of the Scandi trends has inspired some wonderfully simple and clean cut designs for the home. Here are a few ideas to get you started: