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Building the Garden of Your Dreams

A great way to add value to your home is through developing your outside space. A lot of families do not want to have vast expanses of real lawn to have to maintain, so a great way to have a lush garden without the hassle is through artificial turf. Looking for artificial grass installers West Midlands allows you to find the right installer for your artificial lawn who will help you to look after your lawn and keep it looking beautiful for the years to come.
Old Wood Furniture Deserves The Beeswax Treatment

Old Wood Furniture Deserves The Beeswax Treatment

Furniture Care, Interior Design
Taking care of furiture and furnishings is not something that features very highly on family to do lists these days - with the advent of man made furniture, particularly sold in massive warehouses, the feeling that our goods and chattels are precious and irresplaceable no longer seems to fit.   The huge swedish supplier does do a grand job in helping countless families to furnish their first or second homes.  Nothing is overly expensive and for the most part, the styles and designs are pleasing, but never going to reach antique status.   Whereas our grandparents would have treasured all the items that had been handed down to them from the previous generation.  These would most certainly have been in wood - oak, walnut, maple, rosewood, elm and perhaps ash.  Caring for…
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Maxing Out Trend Potential With Designer Skills

Maxing Out Trend Potential With Designer Skills

Furniture Care, Interior Design
There are many trends in fashion for clothes & it's almost impossible to keep up with them.  One year we're being told super skinny jeans are the only one for us - within 6 months they become 'so yesterday' and the advertisers are trying to convince me I need cropped wide leg. . . .  Not me.  The same goes with furniture and decorating trends.  Obviously to get their products out of the showrooms and into our sitting rooms, they have to announce things with a whizz bang wallop method and it's easy to be pulled in to the 'must have' default mode.  If however you want your home to look classy, elegant and a massive notch above the neighbours' then engaging the services of a good interior design studio…
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The Brothers Refining Grimly Over Furnished Pads

The Brothers Refining Grimly Over Furnished Pads

Furniture Care, Interior Design
I have been hooked by a daytime leisure show from Canada.  We get it here from 6pm, two separate episodes per evening.  Far more formulaeic than our shows.  There are twin brothers who help fmailies move from very cramped, grimly furnished untidy homes up to brilliant millionnaires pads.  The family bewail their lot, the brothers go in, mock the ghastly overcrowded home; the couple are asked what they think their house in worth; the brothers knock them down with a much lower valuation.  They then say they can renovate the existing house in 10 days and it will cost $10k or similar.  The family always choose that option so they can sell for top dollar and thus move on up to their dream.  It's the same story - just different…
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Mill Cottage’s Magical Transformation

Mill Cottage’s Magical Transformation

Furniture Care, Interior Design
I have lots of friends these days - because I work from home, there are several groups that I have connections with and this can involve meeting up in various houses.  Fascinating it is too.   One example really blew my socks off recently.  After the obligatory coffee, I happily joined her on a mini tour of the place.  It's actually part of the remains of the last working windmill known locally.  The actual mill is an expensive conversion now, and my pal has one of the extended array of brick and pantiled barns that housed the produce two hundred or so years ago.    The remodelling of the interior is amazing, the amount of space in each room has been created by clever integration of wardrobes and cabinets.   In the…
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Old Furniture Needs Just A Dust Down

Old Furniture Needs Just A Dust Down

Furniture Care, Interior Design
Whenever I watch one of the antique valuation programmes, I always listen out for comments made when an old piece of wooden furniture is presented to the camera.  There is usually a lot of oohing and aahhing and little bits of trivia about the piece before the valuer gets to work.   Usually the owner of said piece is thrilled, there's often a dramatic scene where they nearly faint with delerium.  In the real world, the local auction houses tend to hold little mini sales - especially online, and they check that bidding before offering a starting price.  A few years ago, oak tables and chairs wouldn't have made it near a tv show.  But now there are some fabulous pieces coming on with some equally amazing quality bids.  Only if…
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New To Me TV Causing Furniture Mayhem

New To Me TV Causing Furniture Mayhem

Furniture Care, Interior Design
I had the rather lovely experience recently of my offspring and partner secretly sneaking a very new second hand tv, sound bar and sound box into my house whilst I was over at theirs looking after things for them.    I had been asked to keep an eye out for the meat man - delivering several weeks worth of fozen dog meat. - a pretext to allow them time to deliver a 'new to me' tv into my lounge.  It is much larger than my old one and just what I had been going on about . . .  However, it needed a better tv stand and some modifications around the tv corner were now needed.  Meauring the wide stabilising foot, I knew how wide the unit needed to be -…
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Repair Work Shop Rekindles Craft Trends

Repair Work Shop Rekindles Craft Trends

Furniture Care, Interior Design
There is currently a programme on the documentary channel every evening - it covers the tasks undertaken by a group of very experienced and talented technicians, needlewomen, engineers, wood workers etc etc.  They seem to be based in a  saxon village but are very much every day modern folk, with an array of modern and much loved old hand tools of their trade.  the programme follows various experts as they are handed much loved teddy bears that need repair and restoration or maybe a family chair that's seen better days.  The basic idea is quite brilliant and what started out as one of those odd programmes you watched when nothing else appealed has become absolute cult viewing for many families.  The subscriptions to crafting classes and magazines have apparently one…
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Beams & Real Wood Throughout Country Pile

Beams & Real Wood Throughout Country Pile

Furniture Care, Interior Design
A young couple I know have been so busy this  year since they moved into an old stone conversion.  It seems incredible that they only saw the place less than ayear ago, had already got their litle starter home on the market and were actively negotiating with 3 keen buyers.   With the inevitable falling away of initial interest and annoyance of  pretend buyers, they eventually got a serious one who in actual fact was the easiest to deal with in the long run.   They were asked by the buyer's agent if some or all the furniture was going to be left and this was affirmed;  This meant that when my couple actually moved into their wonderful palace, they had only a selection of assorted deck chairs in the lounge for…
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Summer Heralds Furniture Change Around

Summer Heralds Furniture Change Around

Furniture Care, Interior Design
It's that summer holiday time again.   It comes around so briskly and you can't help wondering where it all goes.  This was usually the time when our family - well, mother, would want to get the rooms at home reorganised.   Turning the furniture out and giving it a really good clean was easier said than done but we gave it our best shot.  Then when that was drying and airing, the carpet would be given a really good going over.  Usually a really good vacuum and then a going over with the bissell carpet shampooer.  This was the greatest fun and clouds of fooam would be emitted all over the carpet and furniture if we felt brave.  Now with furniture being more available and reasonably priced, it is more likely…
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When A Bedroom Was The Ottoman’s Empire

When A Bedroom Was The Ottoman’s Empire

Furniture Care, Interior Design
I have for years and years had my sights set on a gorgeous Charles & Ray Eames leather armchair and ottoman combo.  I saw a set in the design museum in east london many years ago, before this became a totally iconic idea.  How silly of me not to try and get a set back in the late 1970s - before everyone else joined the band wagon!  I do love the beautiful lines, sumptuous upholstered leather that hugs you and the support offered by the chair in whatever crazy angle you place yourself in.   I have to say that the word ottoman for the foot stool took me by surprise.  My only contact with any ottoman as years ago whilst a tiny tot, my parent had one such item at…
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