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Making the most of your new floor

You don’t have to wait until you move into a new house to embellish your living space. You can do it right now and reap all the benefits. Where to start? Look down. Although flooring isn’t the first thing home owners think of when planning for a quick upgrade, replacing your old floor with a classic or modern choice can help you refresh your tired rooms and add value to your home. Here are three features yo ...

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Quality and value plaster – thinking about whole life costs

Italian or polished plaster wall finishes offer an original decorative option for your home, but how do costs compare with obvious choices such as wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles? Coverage rates costs will vary depending on choice of material, but for comparison, professional supply and apply of polished plaster can be as low as £65.00/m2. The price should be considered over ...

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Which duvet is right for you?

If you make a quick search on the internet for a new duvet you might feel over-whelmed by all of the choices available. To guide you in the right direction there are a few simple rules to follow: Like most things in life you will get what you pay for, so try to invest in the best that you can afford. Cheaper bedding can be detrimental to the quality and length of your sleep, affecting your mood and performa ...

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‘Tis the season to be energy efficient

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Christmas tree lights are being switched on, radio stations are playing our favourite festive songs, and local supermarkets are stocking their aisles with tasty turkeys and mouthwatering mince pies. But while we fuss over our food preparations and Christmas decorations, it’s easy to forget that we are using energy. To help you save energy amid the holiday hyp ...

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Going green – environmental product selection and use of recycled material

Italian or polished plaster wall finishes offer an original decorative option for your home, but is it a ‘green’ choice? What do you know about your environmental product selection? Proving incredibly durable and hardwearing, a hand-applied polished plaster wall finish is effectively compressed reconstituted stone – with some quality recipes including up to 60% recycled marble. The coloured marble used is o ...

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On site – getting the plaster project right!

Italian or polished plaster wall finishes offer an original decorative option for your home, but how do you ensure the perfect result? When working with application specialist, seek out testimonials or examples of previous work. This can be a good investment in your time to ensure a quality finished result. Substrate preparation is absolutely essential to the success of the plaster finish. Any bumps, flares ...

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How to make a statement with art around the home

From creating a collage of prints to putting up huge paintings, there are many ways you can use art to bring a room to life or add a touch of personality to a property. Here, Sarah Ritchie, creative director of The Gifted Few, offers her advice on how to choose the right pieces and present them in an effective way.   Pick a theme When choosing art for a room, think about what theme you want to follow. ...

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Design considerations using polished plaster in swimming pools and wet areas

The specification of decorative finishes for high humidity or wet areas (such as swimming pools, spas and bathrooms) can be a challenge. Polished plaster can provide a perfect choice for demanding interiors which require a high-end aesthetic. Natural mineral finishes are breathable and provide excellent resistance to mould, fungal or algal growth. Polished plaster can be used to great effect in wet areas to ...

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Polished plaster as modular panels for speed and impact

Polished or Italian plaster wall finishes are traditionally installed seamlessly – directly to the wall substrate. Modern application methods allow the finishes to be pre-applied onto modular panels and wall mounted. These finished panels can then create integrated systems or design statement single artwork pieces. The panels can be hung and removed as required, with no specialist installation necessary. A ...

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Don’t leave your ‘home alone’ this Christmas – Top security tips from Yale

“This is my house, I have to defend it.”  Christmas isn’t complete without watching Home Alone. We see this classic every year but do we ever really think about leaving our ‘home alone’ during the festive period? Homes are more frequently left empty in the whirlwind of shopping trips, social events and visits, and with the elongated holiday many of us use the opportunity to take a break, leaving our home al ...

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