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Fireplaces: A Buyer’s Guide

17th October 2012
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from hegegreenall-scholtz.blogspot.com So now it’s really cold. And those radiators just aren’t very welcoming. Isn’t it time you thought about opening that old fireplace back up? There’s nothing more welcoming than huddling round a real fire, or even a gas one come to that, on a winter’s evening. Paul Chesney, owner of Chesneys, which sells…

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Paint: A Buyer’s Guide

10th October 2012
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We buy more than 300 million litres of paint a year in the UK. Not surprising really when you consider that a lick of paint is one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to create a new look. Various surveys have found that spending around £1,000 on painting and cosmetic touches can add up…

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A Buyer’s Guide To Sofas

3rd October 2012
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There’s nothing like a cold winter evening when you want to snuggle up in front of the telly with a good film to make you realise that your sofa is, well, frankly past its best. It can be a combination of things; simple old age both you and it. After all, sinking into a low…

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The Heat Is On: A Buyer’s Guide To Radiators

26th September 2012
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So the first crisp breeze of autumn has sliced its way through the air and thoughts are turning to warm toasty evenings, cashmere socks and bowls of hot soup. Or at least to putting the heating on. For most of us that means firing up a series of ugly white steel boxes that we try…

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Cheap and Chic: Decorating on a Budget

19th September 2012
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Things are still pretty tough out there and, as many of us have either spent all our money just getting onto the housing ladder, or are stuck in a slightly dilapidated house that we can’t afford to decorate, mad about the house has come to the rescue. I wrote this piece a couple of years ago…

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Sleep Tight: A Buyer’s Guide To Beds

12th September 2012
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On a trip to Naples this summer, we stayed in a fabulous hotel with, possibly, the best bed I have ever slept in. Indeed my younger son announced that “when I am a millionaire I will buy everyone in the family one of these mattresses”. It may have been a Simmons mattress. Pocket sprung, soft…

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How To Create The Perfect Home Office

5th September 2012
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The number of people from working from home is growing all the time and may have reached a peak this summer during the Olympics when up to 1.5m of us were estimated to have shunned trains and tubes for a little typing in front of the telly. At the end of 2009, 12.8 per cent…

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I’m Dreaming Of A Walk-in Wardrobe

25th July 2012
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  According to Gok Wan, the nation’s favourite stylist, women wear only 30 per cent of their wardrobe. That’s probably because the rest of it is in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the cupboard, the laundry basket, or, if you’ve got moths, the mending pile. Many of us have one small wardrobe into…

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An Englishman’s Castle is His Shed

18th July 2012
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AN ENGLISHMAN’S home is no longer his castle. It is in fact his shed. The humble garden shed, now often upgraded to a “garden room”, has been quietly undergoing a rather spectacular makeover in recent years. Annual awards are now given out for the best shed and there are websites dedicated to sheddies and their…

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Eight Of The Best Boutique Stores

11th July 2012
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Next in this mini directory series, we come to the boutique stores, which is a fancy way of saying those shops that sell a mix of vintage and modern, electic and unusual and can’t really be defined as any one particular thing. Their personality is usually down to their owners who curate their collections with…

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