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How to keep your home warm

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Weather forecast reveals that temperatures will drop this week. We are therefore advised to ensure that our heating systems are in excellent conditions to keep our homes warm during the winter.

A study by the British gas prior to the winter season shows that majority of people are ill prepared to face the chilly weather. In the survey, 43% of the people in London do not verify whether the central heating is operating before turning it on. It was also found that only 40% of the people service their boilers before the winter. Surprisingly, 57% of people in London end up enduring a freezing shower in the last five years due to breakdown of their home boilers.

Boiler repair experts offer various tips to ensure that your home remain warm. Blocking draughts prevent heat from escaping hence preserving the heat in your home. Bleeding of the radiator is also another sure way of keeping your home warm.

It starts with loving your boiler, thus you monitor it closely to ensure that it is working properly ahead of the winter. If your boiler is a bit old, it may perform inefficiently. In case you have a pressure gauge, you should ensure that your boiler is at the correct pressure and refill if necessary.

Insulate your hot water tank by wrapping it around to preserve heat hence saving money. You can purchase the materials from Boiler repairs stores in Farnborough.

Burst pipes are a common and big problem during the cold season. Insulating your pipes helps to prevent burst pipes. Make sure that you insulate your pipes using lagging which can be purchased economically from boiler repair stores in Farnborough.

Be economical on energy by purchasing a smart meter. This meter can show you your home energy consumption rate in pounds and money and help you to monitor your energy usage. You can identify areas in your home that you can make savings. If you are operating a business, some boiler repairs in Farnborough can link you to an online tool called Business Energy Insight from British Gas. This tool provide individualised information, alerts and tips on energy efficiency.

Ensure your drains are well maintained and that they are clear of debris where they connect to the ground. Always monitor your gullies to get rid of all types of debris which may restrict water flow.

If you live in north east Hampshire and its environs, it is imperative to seek for Boiler repairs Farnborough can offer. This will ensure that your heating systems perform efficiently in combating the cold era.

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Interesting facts about Heal’s Furniture Store

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Heal’s is named after its founder, John Harris Heal. Together with his son, they established Heal’s furniture store in 1810. Initially, it was a feather dressing business but it expanded later into bedstead, bedding and furniture manufacturing.

The first Heal’s furniture store was located on Rathbone Place but in 1818, the business moved to Tottenham Court Road and by the end of the 19th century, it was one of the most popular furniture supplier throughout London.

Unlike most stores in London, Heal’s store has retained the possessive apostrophe in its name.

· The stamp of approval

Heal’s furniture store had its own stamp which was a mark of quality design. It was produced in 1910, to mark centenary of Heal’s and it bore the sign of four poster bed. The store’s stamp on Tottenham Court Road had become so popular that it was deemed iconic enough to be included on envelopes and posted throughout the country.

· Why Dickens?

In the 19th century, serialized novels were equivalent to TV soaps. The books reached a huge number of audience a fact that Heal’s and Son did not waste. Heal’s adverts were placed on the cover of Bleak house, one of the major novels by Charles Dickens. The idea was that if anyone had a bleak house, they would go to Heal store to fix it.

· Store mascot

Contrary to the common notion, Heal’s animal mascot was not a spotted dog. On a shelf up the famous Heal’s spiral staircase sat the Heal’s Cat that became a favourite to the shop staff that it was sold by Dodie Smith in the 1920s. He described as the shop’s presiding god.

However, Ambrose Heal wrote to the customer to cancel the order stating that Heal’s Mascot is not for sale.

· Royal service

In 1977, Heal’s cabinet makers and the polishers were asked to restore Buckingham palace’s 60ft banquet table in time for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee celebrations.

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Get New Water Pumps For Your House

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At times getting a new water pump for houses can be really difficult, for it is important to choose and get the perfect pump for your house. There are various types of deep well water pump are available in the market, but if checked thoroughly the recirculating pumps are the best.

The recirculating pumps are very useful, it can be easily witnessed in a house where the hot water system is built in loop form and runs throughout the house. For such a house the recirculating pump is perfect for it uses really less energy, to keep the water circulating through the loop, and thus provides instantaneous hot water everywhere. Southern Nevada Water Authority also said that with the help of a recirculating pump almost 30 gallons of water can be saved by each household. In this world, where we are asked to save water at every step, this is no doubt a big contribution.

Well, most deep well water pump, have a timer system, so that they run only when needed and energy is saved. Such a system can be easily bought from the market for some $200-$500. Then, the pump can create its own hot water by using the cold water available passing through a loop. But, it should be mentioned that, the hot water needs to be let out to get the cold water back.

This deep well water pump is nice and easy, though providing the electricity can be a tough job, for it is hard to provide electricity under the sink. Though, it can be done by running the power through the available outlet. Since it is related to electricity and water, it is necessary that the outlet is GFCI protected, and there a receptacle is needed. Now to fix it, get a remodelling box and use a stud sensor and then a pencil to mark the area and with the help of a drywall saw cut shallowly. For safety measures, turn off the power while doing the above.

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13 Ways To Use Plants To Make Your Home Look LOVELY

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As you all know how crazy I am about gardening and using plants to make my home look super pretty… well ive decided this week to write a post about all the different ways how you can spice up your home with a few plants here and there. You will be surprised at what a different a few plants can really make to your home.

Check out these 13 beautiful homes that have used plants to make their home look LOVELY

1. Before we get started lets take a look at this plant chart…

2.You can choose specific plants that have the magical powers of purifying the air! – perfect for those stuffy humid days in the summer!

3. Why not try painting your plant pots to make them look even more pretty!

4. Put together your foliage together to make a stylish statement in your home that can not be ignored!

5. Mix things up by displaying LARGE and small together to create this funky look.

6. Why not use old food tins and vintage tea cups to give your room and plants a retro look

7. Transform your bathroom into a greenhouse spa sanctuary by overpowering it with lots of green plants! – BEAUT

8. Find old jars and reuse them by filling them up with stones and soil!!! The stones are perfect and essential for water drainage when there are no holes at the bottom of the pot!.

9. Show everyone that you mean business and make a statement with a huge plant!

10. Get yourself a draping plant that hangs over your shelves for a really sultry and beautiful look! This is definitely my fave! looks absolutely perfect over white shelves and white walls!

11. Grow your very own herbs and be sure to hang them in pots at your window to ensure they get plenty of sunlight.

12. If you’re into crafts why not create your own hanging plant jar to really quirk things up when showcasing your plants to your neighbours!

13. For the craziest of crazy – like me – why not try this fab DIY project that allows you make plant pots from… dinosaur toys! Just wait till you see how cool it looks first…

Haha I told you that you would love it!

Let me know your ideas and where you love to put your plants in your house!
Who says you need to own a garden to have a garden….

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15 super cute decor ideas to brighten up your teenagers DULL bedroom

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1. Cover your wall in loads of photos and fairy lights

Be quirky and old fashioned and turn your instagram photos into print outs and stick them all over your wall to show off your best looking memories.

2. Add a eye catching spark with a printed tapestry
You don’t always need to get the paint and brush out in order to create a pop of colour in your room (especially if you are renting) Simple hang up a piece of large bright tapestry to add an instant splash of colour – its far less effort than painting!

3. Put the black and white printer to good use!
Forget about splashing the cash on coloured cartridges! You can print out some really nice images and quotes in black and white to create a cool monochrome collage. Take a look at this!

4. Whip out the fairy lights
As you have probably noticed – fairy lights are a girlie fave of mine! I love to put a quirky spin by putting up my fave pics from the lead of the light using pegs. I tend to focus on the corners for an extra minimalist chic look.

5. Get EVEN MORE crazy with the fairy lights
If minimalist isn’t your style or in your nature, just go crazy and cover your entire wall in fairy lights and photos! I love to use wooden pegs for an extra vintage look!

6. Get artsy with washi tape
Using washi tape is another great way to add some colour to your room whilst keeping it landlord friendly for all those out there who are renting property! Washi tape is a thin colourful tape that comes it so many different patterns and prints. You can create unusual shapes on your wall like below!

7. Pile up the cushions for a lounge vibe
When you’re not lazing around you need to ensure your bed looks super inviting by piling up the cushions. Transform your bed into something more loungeable and your room will instantly become the best chill out space in the house. Just what you need for late night girlie gossip sessions!

8. Get artsy with a heart photograph
Transform your best looking memories into a pretty wall art by fashioning them into a quirky heart. You could use some pretty images from Pinterest to get a nice colour theme going. See below!

9. Go graphic with cushions and fabrics
If you are looking to add character to your bedroom, why not add in some clashy printed fabrics! Have a look how cool this image looks!

10. Turn your desk space into a creative dreamboat
If you are like me or my hubby you will probably spend a lot of time at your desk doing work, sorting out bills etc… So it makes sense to like the area where you work from. What better way than to stick sketches and inspirational pictures up on the wall?

11. Create a framed wall that screams LOOK AT ME
Having an amazing framed wall that show all of your fave pics quotes or patterns is a great way to make your wall stand out. Check out this beautiful framed wall!

12. Create a frame wall minus the frames but with some washi tape!
If you are renting and are worried about getting your deposit back you can for the easiest and most fun way of framing your pictures! – washi tape! You can create some really quirky shapes and mix and match some colours and prints for an added quirky effect.

13. Get collage crazy!
Whip out the pritt stick and make some pretty crazy collages for your teens wall. Add some cool quote wall-hangings and fairy lights and then you will have the full chic look that all your daughters friends will be talking about!

14. Carry out a colour scheme
Who said anyone needed paint carpet or curtains to create a fancy colour scheme… You can simply match your bedding to some of your wall decor and the trinkets on your shelves to create a nice easy colour scheme. Take a look at this room below!

15. Splash on some confetti to the wall
If your daughter loves bright colours then you should definitely try adding some colourful confetti to the wall. Try cutting some pretty coloured paper into circles and then stick them to the wall! Check out how pretty they look!

So thats it guys! You have plenty of ideas now to brighten up your teens bedroom! These are really cheap and easy little tricks that absolutely anyone and everyone could give it ago!
If you have any more ideas please let us know I would love to hear them all!

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Sarah’s Guide To Buying Wood Furniture… With a Hint of Ethical Consumerism

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So this week I have been putting my little brainy cap on and been getting down with some hardcore internet research on buying wood furniture. I absolutely love wood furniture. It is without a doubt my favourite style but I was never really sure on the ethical sides of things and other important factors that buyers should really be considering when thinking about buying wood furniture.

Ethical consumerism is something everyone should be aware of and unfortunately they aren’t, slightly off topic but I also found this amazing video that just sums up Ethical Consumerism.

So back to the Wood…..Wood is perhaps the most common material used for furniture making and historically woods like rosewood and fruitwoods were very popular and are now highly sought after and collectable.

After a bit of research across the net I decided to create this little report to explain the popularity of vintage furniture in the current consumer marketplace!

Today the most common types of wood used in furniture are the less expensive ones such as Pine and Ash but the more expensive variations such as Mahogany, Oak and Walnut are as ever popular and a sign of good quality. These types of wood can either be found on their own or combined with cheaper woods in some furniture ranges.

As consumers become more ethically aware in the home this has also increased interest in how products are sourced, furniture is no different and it’s now possible to buy furniture, especially wood pieces, that are ethically sourced.reclaimedwoodd

Many companies have tapped into this desire for furniture which is respectful of the environment and embraces all things ethical. Their furniture is sourced in Indonesia and India and the company concentrates on supporting local furniture making businesses and therefore continuing the country’s tradition.

It is important to recognise the characteristics of wood furniture so you are aware of its value and also re-sale value. Simple things such as being able to identify types of grain and colour are useful.

Wood is more often than not treated as bare wood can be susceptible to contractions and changes.

There are several ways that wood can be treated but for use in furniture it’s likely to be either varnished lacquered or oil coated all which protect the wood from wear and tear and give it a unique appearance and texture.

It’s imperative that wood is cared for effectively and there are various products which can be used for this purpose. Waxes are the traditional treatment used for woods and are particularly useful when used on Mahogany. Before treating your furniture you should test its compatibility with the product and this can be done by trying it out on a hidden part of the furniture where it can’t be seen.
A wax product should only be used on furniture once a month to “feed it” and sustain its shine, more frequent usage will lead to build up and the furniture will take on a dull appearance.

Thats it guys! I hope this little report will help you guys when you are heading to the shops to grab yourself some new wood furniture!

 

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10 Lovely ways to add Summer vibes to your home

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HOT HOT HOT…. well ish maybe more Warm Warm Warm

So with the weather getting warmer and the sun shining brightly through the windows, I was thinking of a few ways to add a little summer splash to my home. After a bit of research, I came across these 10 lovely ways to brighten up your home.summer vibe

check it out…

1. Change up your cushion covers to something with a pop of colour to add to your sofa!

2. Get yourself some colourful and bright floral bedding to add a summer vibe to your bedroom.

3. Of course I would find this one would be my fave… add lots of plants around your home to clean the air and add a sense of wellbeing.

4. Find the brightest books from your bookshelf and stack them up to create an easy pop of colour.

5. Put flowers all around your house. Use vases, jars, bottles…anything you can get your hands on, really.

6. FLOWERS FLOWERS FLOWERS! Nothing says Summer more than flowers, right?

7. If you really can not be bothered to change your wallpaper, why not add a pop of print to your furniture instead?

8. Get your hands on some colourful crockery and display it!

9. Get your hands on some summery smelling scented candles. Even if the weather isn’t consistently sunny outside…

10. Last but not least! Why not add some colourful tape to those unsightly cables. A super creative and clever way to turn something ugly into something rather appealing to the eye!

Thats all folks!

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BBC home design share a few great tips on colour scheming your home – which again is something that will really influence the whole summer theme if you are switching up the colour scheme!

Please let us know your thoughts and ideas on how to add summer vibes to your home.

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How to turn your home into a magical haven using fairy lights

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Using fairy lights to turn your home into a magical haven

So this week I’ve been obsessing over fairy lights! They are a cheap way into making your home look beautifully magical whilst adding in a real girlie twist.

Check out these 13 fantastic tips on how you can turn your dream home into something really magical.lights

 

1. Place your fairy lights over floaty fabric to create the illusion of sleeping under the stars. – magicall!

2. Lighten up your beauty table and watch your face really light up!

3. Why not add a little something to your plain and boring shelves

4. Make a statement and turn your mirror into something magical

5. Put your fairy lights into a jar to create lamps with a twist!

6. String em up to create a little something on your outdoor space!

7. Why not place your snaps on a wire of pretty fairy lights…

8. Wrap fairy lights around your bed frame to create the ultimate magical fortress

9. Why not frame your main wall to draw attention and focus…

10. My all time fave – create stunning words using fairy lights by pinning them on the wall!

11. Hang in some fairy lights through your drapes!

12. Add some light to your shelving display

13. Go mad and extra creative and weave your fairy lights all over your room

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Be sure to snap and share all of your creative ideas with fairy lights! I would love to see them all!

Although guys please please please be careful if you do have pets! I was reading this scary post the other week about a dog who almost died eating christmas fairy lights! You can read that on the BBC here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-20767669

Just keep that in mind if you’re planning on going fairy light crazy! – You could still use them as long as you pin them up high on the wall or have them made into lanterns in a jar 🙂

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Going Crazy For My Brand New Roller Garage Doors

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Hi guys, just a quick post I wanted to share with you the latest addition to the house….  I’ve just got myself a swanky new garage door 🙂

So the next time your passing by my house I’m hoping our latest home improvement will grab your attention , it was installed just yesterday.  Have you guessed what my new pride and joy is? Yes, it is the new electric roller garage doors that look amazing and makes my home much more appealing!

New Hormann Roller Garage DoorsIt was not entirely my decision, as my husband and I talked and discussed about getting new garage doors. This happened when the old roller garage door completely fell off its tracks. We came to the same conclusion that the garage door was old anyway, and maybe the ball bearings, the moving parts, or the rust finally had its way and put the metal door out of alignment. It was our very first garage door and have been faithfully serving us until then. We called a local company www.doormaticgaragedoors.co.uk for an estimate, and when they came up with the cost, it seemed that it would be better to just install a new one. And we couldn’t be happier with this decision.

Not just the garage doors, but the whole house was in need of a facelift. Me and my husband also discussed our home’s future, and thought it was a good idea to start renovations here and there, when we could. We thought that when the time comes that we need to sell our home, it would be appealing right off the bat by enhancing the curb appeal. You know, maintaining an excellent outdoor landscape, keeping the house looking presentable with a fresh coat of paint, and don’t forget- the garage door is an important facet and facade of the house, so it has to be upgraded as well. The timing was right on target; the old roller garage doors fell and it was high time for a new one.

We tried shopping around for new garage doors, and came up with two types- sectional garage doors, and the newer roller garage door. I remember how during that time, my husband and I came into opposition, as he presented his side and said that sectional garage doors was definitely the way forward. I checked out the various features and benefits of the sectional garage doors versus the electric roller garage doors, and my own garage for coming up with the decision. We had a car that would fit, yes, but what if we chose to upgrade our car’s size as well? I included it in the discussion, and finally he agreed with me that roller garage doors are the best option to allow a little more head room should we fancy a bigger car.New Hormann Roller Garage Doors inside

So when that was all settled and the go signal was given, we took a look around town and shopped and browsed around for a good company that could install us a roller garage doors UK area. In the end we used Doormatic the same company we called to help repair the original. We called them for a chat and a quote on installing a new door, and they agreed quickly and went on to provide a very competitive estimate. I was also very impressed at their range of roller garage doors and they even provided some benefits that we have not thought about. They even gave me a list about it, which I will share some here:

Benefits of a Roller Garage Door

-A rubber seal on the bottom will keep out nature’s elements, dust, stray leaves, mice and other rodents from entering your house through the garage.

-Great for driveways with limited space due to its vertical operation.

-No outward swing, and when installed correctly, provides an excellent security.

In the end we went with a Rollmatic from a brand called Hornman, check out the video below

We were impressed by Doormatic’s level of industry knowledge about roller garage doors right at the start. When they showed us their fantastic range of electric roller garage doors, we were blown out of the water. There were so many choices and different variations that it can look customized and will provide a premium look for our home. We were not disappointed- they provided a top-notch bespoke service from start to finish, were very professional and friendly, and needed little to no supervision during the installation. We gazed in awe for about 15 minutes at the new roller garage door when it was finished. I certainly could not be any happier with Doormatic for making our simple garage door dream come true!

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Obsessed with paved walkways!

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pavingThis week I have been getting myself a little over excited with paved walkways, especially with the ones on driveways and patios! I feel that paved walkways really enhance your lifestyle and add distinction to your outdoor environment.
They are pretty much guaranteed for life and are a fantastic solution for lasting beauty! I just love how paved walkways have a huge selection of colours, styles and textures – the possibilities are endless!
Take a look at these stunning designs that really caught my eye this week.
paved walkways1This one in particular really stood out to me because of the adding seating wall and outdoor grill enclosure. It really makes the outdoor living space a gem for relaxing with your family and friends.
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Im in LOVE with this! Look how beautifully the paved driveway compliments the brick work and colour scheme
Take a lot at these stunning paved driveways:

paved walkwaysI personally think your buildings brickwork and your paved walkway should compliment each other. As you can see from the three images above, they all commit to a colour scheme. The first one is mixture of pinks beiges browns and whites, the second one adopts a modern and monochrome feel with its simplistic colour scheme and the third one has a real cosy and traditional look.
Which style do you prefer?

Let us know your thoughts on paved walkways!
Sarah ox

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