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healthy home – breathing life into your home with plants

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With all this glorious sunny weather there’s no easier way to bring the outdoors in than with plants.  Creating your very own natural wonderland indoors… and they aren’t just beautiful to look at, they are good for our health too.

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5 simple steps to make your own cushion

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Cushions are a simple and effective way to inject colour and personality into your interiors.  They also make a beautiful personalised gift.  If you’re a bower bird like me and have a box full of ribbons, bits of fabric, odd buttons and sparkles, here’s a way you can put them to creative use.

Claire-Louise, renowned West End costumier who runs The ThriftyStitcher has kindly shared her 5 simple steps to making your own cushion.  She’s also giving 10% discount on all her classes (see end of blog for details).

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3 easy steps to banish your home’s winter blues

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Having survived the post festive season blues, we find ourselves in the burst of Spring. It’s the season that represents new growth, new beginnings, a fresh start.

If your home feels like it’s still suffering from the winter blues, here are 3 easy steps to get your spring cleaning off to a blooming start, injecting an abundance of life and light into your home!

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don’t think you can have a stylish home if you have pets? Here’s how…

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The UK has long been known as a nation of animal lovers with over 21 million cats and dogs! For many it would seem unthinkable to banish them outdoors and not share the home with them.

Just because you have pets doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish, beautiful home.  Here’s my top 5 tips how to create a stylish home yet still allowing the freedom for your furry friends to be part of the family.

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valentine’s day – the colour of love

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It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air!

Want to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  Why not decorate your home. A few simple changes is all it takes to create a space that says ‘love’ ‘romance’.

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storage solutions for compact living

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Following on from the de-cluttering article making room for 2011, the next step is finding suitable storage to house those items you’ve decided to keep.

The key to good storage is having a place for everything and it’s easily accessible.  It’s not good if you have to keep pulling everything out to get to your most used items.

Here are some simple storage solutions that you may find useful:

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making room for 2011

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FlyLady's Declutter Kit

We’ve survived another festive season and made our new year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to carry out a de-clutter, then here are some helpful tips and hints to get you started this month.

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the colours of christmas

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Decorations using trend metallic colours

Sparkles, twinkling lights and colour! It can only mean one thing. Christmas is on its way! If we haven’t already, now’s the time when we all start to think about how we can decorate our homes.
Whether you choose the more traditional colours or follow this year’s trend, each colour has a meaning both psychological and cultural. Here’s a quick explanation of what your colour choice means and some ideas how you can use them when decorating your home.
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ovarian wellbeing roadshow – the power of colour

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Target Ovarian Cancer Wellbeing Roadshow.

Thursday (25th Nov) saw my colour colleague and I hold two workshops for Target Ovarian Cancer as part of their Wellbeing Roadshow. The theme for our workshops was ‘The Power of Colour, Looking Good & Feeling Great!’

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all wrapped up

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Check all radiators are working correctly and each window is well sealed.

There’s definitely a chill in the air and that can only mean winter is on its way.  When it comes to the condition of your rental property’s interiors, how well are you prepared for the long cold winter ahead?

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do you know what message your branding colours are saying?

“People make a subconscious judgement about a person, environment or product within 90 seconds of viewing it. Between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on colour alone” – The CCICOLOR-Institute

Beyond the Words, why colour is important
We are constantly processing information, looking for meaning to what we see. Before we had the spoken language, our primary signaling system, our language was colour. In nature, red, black and yellow signal danger, warning to stay away and not safe to eat. For example; red back spider and wasps.

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Bathing Bliss

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Create a spa bathroom at home with beautiful products.

The indulgence of daily pampering, oh what bliss…

Other than cleaning our body, the bathroom is the ideal place to pamper ourselves. Relaxing with natural light, music, surrounding yourself with colour and aromas is the ideal way to de-stress and take some time out for ourselves. It’s all about nurturing the senses. If this sounds like your dream bathroom, here are some tips how you can easily create your own spa bathroom at home.

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