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Buying the right work surface for you

Buying the right worktop for your kitchen can sometimes be overwhelming; there are many different factors to consider when making the right choice. Popular materials for kitchen worktops are - laminate, granite, glass, wood, composite stone, and stainless steel, all have different advantages so it's important to look at all the elements involved. Here is a quick and easy guide which should help you consider ...

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Designing for downsizing

Downsizing is a big change, but you shouldn’t have to compromise on waking up every morning in a home that excites you. If you were in any doubt, one look through a newspaper, magazine or the TV schedule will confirm that the adage: "An Englishman's home is his castle," is as true as ever and there are many TV shows and magazine articles to help us make our homes perfect. However, very few specialise in des ...

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Feature wall ideas using 3D sculptural wall surfaces

Polished or Italian plaster wall finishes can be used in conjunction with sculptured contoured wall surfaces to add a wow-factor feature wall to your home. Modern computer modelling, sculpting and casting techniques have enabled the development of large scale 3D sculptural wall surfaces. Designs recreate natural flowing forms or can be more abstract with complex shapes and patterns. The seamless sculptural ...

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How to create your signature look using polished plaster

Polished or Italian plaster wall finishes offer a multitude of original decorative options for your home. These natural lime coatings can be used to create a wide range of effects, either standard or custom, to suit your contemporary or traditional interior style. Whether you are seeking a simple colour match, an intricate combination of different textures or design features such as banding, blockwork, pane ...

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Five ways to clean your house with food

Bread, salt, lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate soda - no, this isn’t the world’s weirdest sandwich creation - these common household products actually have another use. They’re fantastic cleaning aids. So take a break from the bleach and open up your kitchen cupboards instead. Cleaner Urszula Zaleska, uses only natural products to clean her house from top to bottom. Here are some of her tips and tricks to give ...

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Things to conisder when planning & designing your bathroom

When planning and designing your bathroom, whether large or small – the key starting point is knowing what you have to work with.  It’s all very well having your heart set on an enormous freestanding bath – but if you don’t have the room for it, no amount of money will make it fit!  It’s also important to consider the water-pressure into your property – you will need a decent level of pressure – 2 bar or ab ...

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Join the caravan security club

As the weather warms up opportunist thieves ramp up their activity, with statistics showing May to August are the peak months for caravan burglaries. With this in mind the security experts at Yale are sharing their top caravan security tips, so owners can keep their valuables safe and secure while they go off and explore the great outdoors.   It’s the inside that counts Remember, it isn’t just your car ...

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The wonders of the kitchen worktop

The time has come to renovate your kitchen; what style are you going for? Cool and contemporary? Traditional? Retro? Whichever you choose, you need to find the perfect style partner for your units: cue the Wonder Worktop…   Wood Often considered the farmhouse must-have, wooden worktops bring a warm, traditional feel to your kitchen. They are easily transitioned into a number of colour schemes, contrast ...

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Polished plaster for the office

If you’re looking for an original decorative option for your home, beyond the obvious choices of wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles, consider Italian plaster wall finishes. But how suitable are they for the commercial business or office interior? Polished plaster finishes are ideal for commercial use, providing a natural, hard-wearing and original design statement. The finishes ...

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The evolution of balustrades

What are balustrades? Balustrades are posts, which support railings on staircases, balconies, decks, verandas and entrances. They are more than a practicality, however, as they can be used to enhance the look of both your indoor and outdoor spaces.   The evolution of balcony balustrades  Since first appearing in Europe in the 16th Century, balustrades were traditional made out of materials such as wood ...

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