The Effects of Hard Water on the Home

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The majority of the Western World is affected by hard water, that is water that contains traces of magnesium and calcium ions. Hard water is created when rainfall comes into contact with the ground and picks up traces of limestone and chalk. You can find out more about how hard water is created by reading through our guide to water softening. Though hard water isn’t dangerous it can cause irreversible […]

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One of the easiest ways to maximise space in a child’s bedroom is to invest in a cabin bed. Bed design has come on leaps and bounds over recent years and you can buy a bed that resembles a sports car or uses the space under the bed to be transformed into a tented play area. There’s no limit to the imagination with these ingenious pieces of furniture but what […]

Looking great on a winter city break

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City breaks are a great way of spending a weekend away before or after Christmas. They offer something to look forward to. A little light on the dark winter horizon. Close to the UK, and indeed in the UK, there are scores of cities with plenty to offer the visitor who spends two or three days there. Most destinations offer the possibility of cold and more cold. So, whether it […]

Living room statements and how to make them

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The language of interior décor is extremely rich, allowing countless ways in which you can describe your style with simple furniture and colour statements. You cannot be expected to change your furniture each time fashion changes. Instead, in the same way that true fashionistas have just a few quality items in their wardrobe, you should choose your furniture in the same way. In place of a timeless Chanel piece choose […]

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Scarcity of land in the centre of cities led to a policy change; build upwards. High rise development became a feature of many towns and cities decades ago.  It was a policy that solved one problem but has created many more, not least the feeling of isolation amongst its inhabitants. The feeling of community that individual houses, albeit in terraces, created has been notably absent in apartment blocks and for […]

Kangaroo Island, south west of Adelaide, is Australia’s third largest island, covering over 1,500 square miles. Once occupied by Australian Aborigines, the natives vanished when rising sea levels several thousand years ago turned the land into an island. It was unofficially resettled in the early 1800s by whalers and sealers, but was officially resettled in 1836, and has remained occupied ever since. Its breathtaking, rugged coastline will live long in […]

The Secret to a Good Nights Sleep

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There are a few standard rules that should be followed in order to help guarantee a good nights sleep. Light Levels Our bodies naturally awaken when exposed to increasing light. So, one of the best ways to secure a good nights sleep, is to ensure all windows are fully covered. Beware of thin curtains or shutters that still let light through. A number of companies offer some viable options to […]

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We all like to get into work a few minutes early so that we can have a quick catch-up with our colleagues in the kitchen or by the office water cooler. Standard ‘cooler fare tends to involve gossiping about last night’s TV, what we made for dinner or what we generally got up to after office hours. There might even be a bad joke or two shared between new employees, […]

Making the Most of your Small Space

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There are thousands of different ways you can go about furnishing your home, with hundreds of styles and more types of furniture than you can count. But what do you do if you live in a small flat or studio apartment with limited space? People who live in the city in particular can find themselves in this situation, with hardly any room to move around their sofas or dining tables. […]

Travel Clothing and Accessories

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Pack the appropriate items. Depending on your travel location and the time of year, a summer trip will generally require cool clothing and accessories and winter trip will require warm clothing and plenty of it. However, those cool or rainy evenings find us unprepared when on holiday in the sun and ski holidays certainly need light weight clothes for clubbing and pubbing. Choose something comfortable to actually travel in, perhaps […]