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Fabafterfifty: House and Home

  1. Are Baby Boomers to Blame for the Crisis in the Housing Market?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Is Cabinet Minister Sajid Javid right to blame Baby Boomers for the housing crisis, and describe us as selfish? (See the article in today’s Mailonline ) We all know that is hard for young people to get onto the property ladder – depending on where they live in the UK , but how can that blame be placed on the shoulders of our generation. Can we be blamed for the shortage of homes? House prices are higher but so are interest rates I appreciate that house prices are far higher today than they were when I bought my first home but interest rates were also significantly higher – in the region of 10%. My monthly repayment in 1989 for my first home in the UK, a...
  2. A fabulous day out at the House and Garden Festival- one to add to the list!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon There are certain events in the year that I go to with friends – they have become annual  traditions – although sadly we were unlucky with our Wimbledon tickets this year! Usually we go to the Ideal Home Show, but as we were disappointed last year,so  decided to give it a miss this year – which is why I was happy to discover that there was a new show at Olympia, the House and Garden Festival, which combined the Spirit of Summer with the House Fair and Grow London, and was launched this year to coincide with the 70th anniversary of House and Garden magazine. Planned our day around the talks We had a fabulous day out.  We planned our day around the talks. We thoroughly enjoyed...
  3. My search for the perfect mattress

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    Article by Ray Hobbs Travelling around the lovely interiors shops of Cornwall certainly revealed a fascinating array of bespoke designs that gave me lots of great ideas for my next home makeover. But there are some areas of the home that tend to require a little more consideration. It’s the bed that can cause many headaches for homeowners as there are many shapes and sizes to choose from, and in particular it seems that mattresses are not only essential for a good night’s sleep, but they can have many important effects upon our health too. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who’s suffered from some periods of bad sleep, so I’ve been doing some research into whether a memory foam or even a pocket sprung mattress might be best-suited for my...
  4. Five Contemporary Bathroom Design Essentials

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    Five Contemporary Bathroom Design Essentials   Revamping a bathroom is a major investment when it comes to updating your home . During the process of a bathroom refurbishment, there are all sorts of factors to think about to help make sure your space is both stylish and practical. And with that considered, we’ve compiled a shortlist of five contemporary bathroom design essentials that will enhance the room both in terms of functionality and aesthetics.   5 Key Elements for a Stylish Modern Bathroom   Shower Tower Undoubtedly a practical addition, a shower tower will bring an obvious sense of modern designer flair to a bathroom, combining a variety of essential shower extras within a single component, sleek and streamlined in its appearance. Easy to install, shower towers feature a shower head, valve and essential accessories, whilst also offering...
  5. How to Get the English Country Look

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    Article by Naomi Watts The English country look has been thriving for many years now. House and Garden magazine put this down to how, ‘English country house style embraces wear and tear, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Shabby can be chic, and a bit of silliness – sunglasses perched on the nose of a marble bust – is allowed, even welcomed.’ So, after the snazzy phase of minimalism, everyone seems to end up back at the country chic look – whether it’s because of the relaxed style or because it looks great is entirely down to personal preference. Due to the creative nature of the English country look, it’s relatively easy to achieve too. You just need a few simple basics and you’re there. Depending on your house size,...
  6. Clearing Wardrobe Space for the New You

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    Article by Helen Sanderson   A good healthy wardrobe declutter can be good for your soul. They’re a great way to mark a transition and start a new phase in your life. Today we’re familiar with the idea of detoxing our bodies and cleansing the liver or fasting for a few days. In the same way, clearing out unwanted clutter from your wardrobe can really support endings and new beginnings. Often when purging a wardrobe of old clothes, I find many clients have many things that no longer fit or suit their new lifestyle and image: old outfits they no longer wear, corporate wear from jobs they’ve long left and things they just keep because … “Well, I can’t throw that out “. Here are my top tips for decluttering that overcrowded...
  7. In praise of garden sheds – more than just a tool store

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    No matter how low maintenance you manage to make your outdoor space, you will always need somewhere to keep your garden tools. Forks, spades, bags of compost, tubs of weed killer, gardening gloves, hoes and trowels – none of them belong in the house! For those lucky enough, a cavernous garage is a suitable repository of all things unfit for domestic accommodation – however malodorous they may be. But not everyone has access to such a luxury of weatherproof space. For many of us a garden shed is the best that we can aspire to – and there is nothing wrong with that. A source of celebration The humble shed is seldom celebrated, and we think that is a shame. After all, who doesn’t have a childhood memory of some creepy-crawly infested...
  8. From Star Wars to Hot Tubs – Splish Splashing around with Warwick Davis!

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    Article by Julie Philpot Lynda Smart & Warwick Davis at a HotSpring World showroom Famous Idiot Abroad and Star Wars celebrity actor Warwick Davis first bought a Hot Tub from HotSpring World 10 years ago and has enjoyed the fun family memories and special times it has given them ever since! Warwick not only feels that using their hot tub positively benefits the families aches and pains but also that they find enjoying their spa is very calming for the mind too. With the hectic Hollywood lifestyle that Warwick leads, he feels they are a fantastic benefit towards all the family’s wellbeing. Helping your family to bond together   He also feels that using their hot tub has helped his family...
  9. How To Become Your Own Interior Designer

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    Article by Naomi Webb   So, you want to redecorate your home but can’t afford to bring in an interior design expert, on top of the cost of all the materials you will need? We’ll let you in on a secret… you don’t really need one.   Obviously you want your home to look great first time, so you don’t have to redo it a couple of years down the line, but it is possible to be your own interior designer and make this happen! How? Read on to find out… Research, research, research Research, research and then research some more – before you do anything else! The information you need to do your own interior design is right at your fingertips. All you need to do is take out your phone, Google what project you want to...
  10. Relocating Abroad? 5 Hints & Tips To Speed Up The Moving Process!

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    Article by Naomi Webb You’re relocating abroad – lucky you! But there is one thing standing in your way before you jet off and leave behind the wet and windy UK for warmer climates: your house. Selling your home can be an incredibly stressful experience when you are just changing postcodes – so when changing countries this stress can increase tenfold. Ideally you want everything to go as quickly and smoothly as possible, because you don’t want to be stuck in England waiting for it to sell or on the other side of the world as ongoing issues continue back here. So, with that in mind, here are a few hints and tips to help speed up the moving process. Start packing as early as possible   The sooner you start the process, the quicker and easier it will...
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