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  1. Top Tips: Interior Design Tips to Accommodate Elderly Family Members

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    Article by Niki Schafer Helping an elderly relative live independently in their own home, or having an elderly relative come to live with you, may require making some practical, simple changes for both safety and comfort.  Interior Designer, Speaker and Author of ‘Creating Space’ Niki Schafer shares her tips on how to design a home with this situation in mind. Tips for Design to Support Independent Living Don’t risk standing on a chair to reach higher items in the kitchen cupboards. Build a hidden stepping stool into a drawer at the bottom of the cupboards to help reach higher items safely. Uneven flooring can create a tripping risk so try to eliminate all potential hazards. Particularly where wooden and carpet floorings meet, the carpet strip can become easily...
  2. Does the colour of your kitchen reveal what type of cook you are?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty We have already talked in a previous article about how the colour of our front doors can reveal a lot about our happiness levels, now it seems that the colour of our kitchens can also reveal what type of cooks we are. Having spent most of this year renovating our house and mulling over colour charts and brochures for every last item- from cupboards and tiles to door knobs and paint samples – I can only wonder what the colour of my new kitchen says about my culinary capabilities – I changed the green kitchen for a cream one. Draw your own conclusions from the research below (I...
  3. Top tips for thriving when you move home or relocate midlife

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    Article by Sue Ritchie When my son was nine, I sold our house, packed our cases and he and I flew to Borneo, in South East Asia, to live and work. That was 10 years ago. Josh is now 18, and in a few weeks time he’ll be starting University. I know that he’s feeling nervous, and maybe a little anxious about this new change. I also know that his earlier experiences in life will have helped him to deal with new people and new surroundings confidently, and with a minimum of self doubt. He can relate our past moves to how he’s feeling now and use that knowledge to put his ‘wobbles’ in perspective. There aren’t many 18 year olds with those kinds of memories to draw on. Making...
  4. Does the colour of our front door reflect how happy we are?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty People who live behind a red door are the happiest in the country, it has been revealed. The study quizzed 2,000 residents about all aspects of their personal and working lives to reveal who had the best outlook on life and how their choice of door colour reflected this. And over half of the study was convinced that the front door colour gives a lot away about its owner and the type of person they are. Researchers found red front door owners are the biggest extroverts and are more relaxed in their approach to life. Those with scarlet coloured doors are also the happiest generally, with white, green and brown all colours of the people who were most content in life. A spokesman for paint and wallpaper specialist Farrow &  Ball, which commissioned the research...
  5. How to Prepare Your House to Sell for the Highest Price when Downsizing

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    Guest Article by Helen Silver Selling to Downsize ….. The successful way to maximise your (property) assets! Downsizing is something that most of us have to (and a number want to) experience at some point in our lives. Perhaps due to a change of circumstance; the last child leaving home, a death or divorce, retirement, a move abroad, or possibly for greater financial security. Whatever the reason for downsizing there is normally a complete mind shift to endure and a PROPERTY TO SELL! Moving home should be an exciting new chapter in life Moving home should be, could be, often will be, the beginning of an exciting new chapter in life but, a successful downsize really needs to start at least 3 months before you plan to put your home up...
  6. When to declutter. The Dilemma of the Empty Nester

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    Guest article by Cassie Tillett To Declutter or not to declutter. And when?  Always a dilemma when a child flies the nest. At what point does ‘their’ room become ‘your’ room? Do you want to claim the space back for yourself, or perhaps you’re even thinking about downsizing? When young adults take their first steps towards an independent life by starting university and college courses, and “flying the nest”, parents find themselves dealing with a whole new set of emotions, concerns, lifestyle changes – and practical difficulties. Do you need to keep room free for when your child visits home? Did the ‘flight’ leave you with an empty room – or with loads of belongings to take care of until your child has a...
  7. Design Tips to Re-Define your Interior Space when Emptynesting!

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    Article by Francoise Murat So the kids have left and your home is … well… spacious! There are bedrooms, new spaces to re-configure and you can reward yourself by extending, updating, renovating or just moving!  Whether children have left for good or you expect them to do a boomerang on you, you can still redefine the architectural interior design and decorative elements of your new home. Here are some home improvement tips and ideas for you to implement if you downsize or if you stay put – either way look at it as a new beginning. If you downsize…. Make sure you do not downsize too much and have very little space for those new hobbies or the things you have always wanted to do once parenthood takes a back...
  8. More helpful security tips to provide peace of mind for those living alone

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    Article by The Lifestyle Guy In Garth’s first article he helped us look at how we could make the inside of our homes more secure, in this second part he looks at how changes we make outside can help. Many 50plus women find themselves living alone. When you find yourself living alone for the first time  whatever the reason, staying and feeling safe isn’t just about personal security… Crime isn’t just a fear of physical assault it’s also the pyschological fear and trauma if anyone should burgle your home or your property, and even if you’ve taken sensible precautions in the home what about the garden? Equipment kept in a garden shed is just as tempting (and is sometimes used to actually break into a house). Many homes are alarmed and secured but often garages and sheds are left unsecured...
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