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The history of plantation shutters

Shutters have become a common feature in many homes across Britain. Whether they’re used to keep noise out, insulate the house, add extra security or are there purely for decorative purposes, there are so many great reasons why the UK is embracing this trend. Even the history of plantation shutters…

Shutters have become a common feature in many homes across Britain. Whether they’re used to keep noise out, insulate the house, add extra security or are there purely for decorative purposes, there are so many great reasons why the UK is embracing this trend.

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10 Things to know before you extend

Unless you have hired an architect, and put them in charge of all aspects of the build, including a guaranteed, capped budget, you may be in for a huge shock when the bills come rolling in.  Employing an architect to be your building manager is a very expensive option. Here…

Unless you have hired an architect, and put them in charge of all aspects of the build, including a guaranteed, capped budget, you may be in for a huge shock when the bills come rolling in. Employing an architect to be your building manager is a very expensive option.

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The Bedroom Expectation Gap

When your friend says they are house hunting and would you help them look, any woman with a few spare minutes and no child care issues will jump at the chance.  This could be because we are exceptionally nosey or because we want to share the dream with those we…

Estate agents use every trick in the book to encourage people to view properties, thereby justifying the exorbitant fees. They claim that all the viewers are pre-checked, but when I was viewing nobody checked me!

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Summer Flower Life-Savers

It is that time of year when the gardens are in full bloom and we suddenly feel brave enough to pick a few, after all a splash of fresh colour against beautiful window shutters is an absolute picture! The problem is how do we display them?  Some people have a…

It is that time of year when the gardens are in full bloom and we suddenly feel brave enough to pick a few, after all a splash of fresh colour against beautiful shutters is an absolute picture! The problem is how do we display them?

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Fresh Fruit Jam and Pavlova

Wimbledon is over for another year! Which means one of two things. Firstly, about 20% of the staff in most offices will have slipped disks or twisted ankles as they block book the local tennis courts, don their ancient green flash tennis pumps, only to discover that they are not…

The problem is that once you have gorged yourself stilly, you will find that you still have a mountain of berries left over. If you leave them in the fridge for more than a couple of days, sometimes, they do not look quite as appealing as they did on day one, which leaves you with 2 options; strawberry jam, or Pavlova.We do not like to bias our readers one way or the others, so here are some quick and easy recipes for both!

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Alfresco Heating

The British summer is a curious beast. One minute we are promised a heatwave, the next there is a frost warning. After the driest April for over a decade, we had a decidedly soggy May and now have the coolest June. The much prophesised fine warm weather seems to be…

The British summer is a curious beast. One minute we are promised a heatwave, the next there is a frost warning. After the driest April for over a decade, we had a decidedly soggy May and now have the coolest June. The much prophesised fine warm weather seems to be permanently 10 days away. However, we Brits are hardy souls and as long as there is no hint of actual rain, we start texting and calling our friends to arrange an impromptu BBQ.

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Say Cheese! Bank Holiday Madness

Most of the time I write about fun ideas for decorating your home or garden, occasionally I share some wonderful recipes or upcycling fashions which have caught my eye, but this time around, I was waiting to see a rather lovely client when I noticed a large article in the…

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling has a history dating back to at least the 1800s, so it is a well-established event. However, nobody knows how or why it started, and prior to the arrival of YouTube, only a few hundred people knew it happened at all.

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Summer Salads Boosters

For many the idea of a summer salad is a culinary delight, however for me, at this time of year, it is a necessity. As you may recall, last Wednesday was a lovely, warm sunny day, with temperatures reaching 23 degrees in some parts of the country. So as soon…

For many the idea of a summer salad is a culinary delight, however for me, at this time of year, it is a necessity. I thought I’d share a few salad ideas which will boost energy.

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Time To Get Planting!

Spring has sprung, at last. So it is time to don your wellies and venture into your gardens and patios in earnest, as April is planting season. For those with green fingers, here is a list of which plants, fruits and veg to sow or plant now and which to…

Spring has sprung, at last. So it is time to don your wellies and venture into your gardens and patios in earnest, as April is planting season.

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Vast Kitchen Conundrum

One trend which has out stripped all others in the world of home design is that of the vast “live-in” kitchen.  With our increasingly hectic work and social lives, it is almost ironic that the less time people have at home, the more inclined they are to have, or aspire…

One trend which has out stripped all others in the world of home design is that of the vast “live-in” kitchen. We look at the different trends in kitchen design.

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