GUEST POST: 11 Tools women homeowners should have in their toolbox

A well-equipped toolbox is very necessary for doing all the jobs around the home especially for women who prefer the soft work and doing it in a right way without any hesitation. Almost everything ranging from hanging a normal picture frame to repairing your furniture or even doing some handy work for home improvement requires a legitimate way or capable tools to get completed. more “GUEST POST: 11 Tools women homeowners should have in their toolbox”

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How to prepare a piece of old furniture for upcycling

I’d like to think that I’m not bad at a bit of upcycling. By that, I mean I have slapped a bit of chalk paint on an old dresser or two and been satisfied with the fact that it’s ‘supposed to look rustic’.

I once took a bedside table ready for the tip and injected a whole new lease of life into it by painting it pastel pink, and switching the old wooden knobs for ceramic ones with cute animals on. It was amazing – I say was, because over the years heavy handling by the kids has left the paint starting to peel away in places, and I realise now if I ever want a little more longevity in my upcycling projects, I need to put in the ground work.  more “How to prepare a piece of old furniture for upcycling”

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RENOVATION – The fine print

When it comes to planning a home renovation it’s so easy to get caught up in budgeting, time frames and selecting designs, that it’s easy to overlook some important but less exciting details. more “RENOVATION – The fine print”

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The loft extension dream

Having survived our first major renovation project two years ago, in which we remodelled the downstairs of our house, the question has been on our minds…what next? more “The loft extension dream”

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Using Clever Storage for a Better, Smarter Home

Living with kids, you can sometimes (often?) feel as though you’ve given house room to a whirlwind. Toddlers may be small, but they have a never-ending talent for creating havoc throughout the house. Getting, and staying, organised, takes some determination, but isn’t as hard as you might imagine. Here are some top tips: more “Using Clever Storage for a Better, Smarter Home”

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Negotiating the best price when renovating your kitchen

When we renovated our kitchen, the budget element was tricky to keep a handle on. In all honesty, we are pretty rubbish at DIY so outsourced every part from beginning to end, and let the project manager recruit and employ sub contractors. With two small kids under our feet we wanted to get the job done as quickly as possible and with minimal stress. Looking back, we could have clawed back enough of the overall spend to take the family on holiday or even pay for some of the finishing touches & furnishings. Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it? more “Negotiating the best price when renovating your kitchen”

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Our kitchen renovation two years on; lessons learnt

Every good project manager knows that the final part of any project close out is to reflect on what worked, what didn’t, and what we could have done better. Home improvement projects are no exception, and now the initial shine of our new kitchen is well and truly coated in spag bol, I wanted to share the good, the bad and the ugly so that maybe you can learn from our mistakes, and the winning decisions. Two years have flown by, and we have weathered all seasons with our new home design, so here is how it has stood up to the test. more “Our kitchen renovation two years on; lessons learnt”

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Guest post: 11 amazing ideas to make your house awesome

Who wouldn’t want their house to be awesome? It’s pretty high up there on the life goals, somewhere just ahead of a Mulberry handbag and just behind having a healthy happy family and friends etc. more “Guest post: 11 amazing ideas to make your house awesome”

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How to save money on household items

I am constantly trying to think up ways I can claw back a bit of the household cash…especially when it comes to spending out on the dullest of dull. It’s not easy because the boring bits have to be bought don’t they? I mean, no family can get far without a 9 pack of loo roll or a couple of 6 pinters of milk. Lets face it, I’d rather be spending that money somewhere much more fun. Like Eurodisney. Or even the local pub. Or come to think of it even in the clothing section of the local supermarket (sad but true).

There are definitely hacks and savings to be made…it’s just a case of knowing where to find them. more “How to save money on household items”

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Ollie & Leila Childrens bed linen review

There a few better simple pleasures in life, than new bedding. Fact. In the total selflessness that motherhood brings, I get a weird amount of satisfaction from making the girls up deliciously cosy fresh new beds for them to dive into, bathed, in clean PJs and smelling like soap.  more “Ollie & Leila Childrens bed linen review”

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