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Pinterest is a good place to go when you’re searching for redecorating ideas. 

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What you’re going to find all over the visual social media platform this month is a calming shade of grey and blue mixed together. It is called Stardew and was launched by Sherwin-Williams suppliers earlier this month.

The specialists in decorations picked up the trend fast and we already could find some recommendations for an interior decor based on the new Stardew color.

 

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Subsidence is never a good thing right? Wrong! There is a little public house in Himley, Staffs that over the years has suffered subsidence due to mining since the 1800’s.

The crooked tavern has been named as Britain’s drunkest pub, as even the soberest of visitors will have a wobble once inside the crooked interior. Even before sinking a pint, glasses on seemingly flat surfaces often slide across tables, and coins appear to roll up, rather than down, the bar.

One end of the bar is 4ft lower than the other.

Sonny Mann, property surveyor for owner Marston’s, said: ‘When a ten pence piece rolls up the bar you ask yourself “Do I really need a drink?”.

‘All buildings move, but this one has moved more than any others I know of. The area is known for subsidence – probably because of the old coal mines settling underground and a river that’s close by.

Originally built as a farmhouse in 1765, it later became a public house called the Siden House – Siden is Black Country dialect for crooked.

It then became the Glynne Arms, named after Sir Stephen Glynne, on whose land it stood before being condemned as unsafe in 1940s.

The building was rescued by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries and reinforced with supporting buttresses and girders to make it safe and stable.

It is now a tourist attraction as visitors from around the world come to see its odd features.

Mr Mann said the level floors combined with the leaning walls can create some very intriguing optical illusions.

‘The pub’s quite safe though and hasn’t moved for ages,’ he said. ‘We carry out an annual inspection and use special ‘glass tails’ over cracks on the walls – if the glass breaks then we know it’s moving again.’

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If you are fortunate enough to have a front garden as well as a rear garden, then you have probably considered paving it for easy maintenance… don’t! The front garden is more important than the rear garden. They are for show and not for relaxation and for curb appeal, not for parties and play.

Start with these seven golden rules and your front garden will impress every passer-by:

Blend in with the street. Every road has a ‘look’ and if you take your front garden too far away from what’s normal for your street, you will create a ‘wow’ but not in a good way. You can still raise the tone, if other front gardens in your street are neglected you can go for quietly smart. And if every other garden has been made over like a daytime TV programme, you might have to work a bit harder and invest some more time in your project.

 

Symmetry and structure will give a great aspect. Look for well defined flower beds, straight lines and solid planting. The hardest look to pull off in a front garden is a wildflower meadow with plants flowing everywhere – go for the opposite of this and you’ll be on the right tracks.

 

Structure will maintain the aspect of the garden even if it’s wintertime. And winter is a key period for the front garden! It will likely be your one glimpse of greenery on your way from the house to the car, so getting the winter look right is crucial. The shapes of the flower beds will be seen, and is therefore crucial to get this right.

 

The layout – the bones of the garden – needs to signal where people should go. It’s an obvious point but one that’s often forgotten. When folks walk to your house the front garden needs to show them the way to the front door. It’s purpose, if you like, is to direct. The easiest way to do this is with a clear path and a big signal to mark the front door. Big pots either side of the front door will do the job. They say ‘Hey look over here, this is where you need to go!’.

 

When you’re putting in the structure, work with the house and the windows. Planting should be high between the windows, low in front of them. Accentuate the patterns of house, don’t work against them. This will often give you a good pattern to copy around the rest of the front garden. The pace of the lower and higher planting can be used at the sides and alongside the road. Use the same spacing and the whole thing will come together like a symphony.

 

You may not think about selling right now, but it’s likely to happen at some point, so if you’re putting money and effort into your front garden think about kerb appeal to buyers. What would you like to see if you were thinking about buying this house? It’s another really good reason to avoid anything whacky at the front. Kerb appeal is about looking neat and well maintained, cared about and sensible.

 

Finally, watch out for planning rules. These are often specific to front gardens and can cover anything from the height of your front fence to the colour of your house. To find out what applies in your area the planning department of your local council will be a good place to start. If in doubt – check it out.

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Don’t throw away that old ladder. It might not hold you while trying to change a light bulb, but it can still hold books, paintings of photos, candles and other small objects. Just turn it into a nice accessory for your living room!

Turn a ladder into the best accessory for your living room!

Posted by Hometalk on Tuesday, 1 August 2017

You can also use it in the garden or a balcony to put all the flower or herbs pots.

 

Source of the video and source of inspiration: Hometalk TV.

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“Your home is your castle” or “Your castle is your home”? In some very fortunate cases, the later is also true for real castles and their inhabitants. 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle Labeled for reuse.

All across Europe, castles have been built as a sign of fortune and fame. Queens, kings and their children – princes and princesses, lived once in the most fortified and beautiful buildings in their land.

In those times, only royalty could live the fairy-tale of having a home that included: a dance hall, at least one dining room with an enormous table, bedrooms for themselves and the servants, more than one bathroom, a library, dressing rooms, and stables. Well, this is the kind of house you want to play hide-and-seek in as a child.

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However, those fortunate (and we mean this in the most literal way, as in owning a fortune) enough can still live in a castle today. Europe has castles that can be lived in today in countries like Italy, Germany, France, and UK. The largest inhabited castle is the Windsor Castle in Berkshire, for example. One can also sleep in the Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, and maybe feel like the Sleeping Beauty waiting to be awakened by a prince.

These type of properties usually have prices that exceed 2,000,000 GBP. Just like in the case of a normal property, the price depends on the number of bedrooms. An indoor garden the size of a park or a football field rises the value of the property, just like a big balcony might raise the value of an apartment.

If you are one of the potential buyers of a castle, to get a clear picture of what your life will be like, please read this article. It will give you a sense of the burdens, not only the advantages of living in a castle. Like the “agonizing five (5) minute walk to the home from the car” or the “We forgot the butter” problem.

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If you’re one of those countryside folks trapped inside an apartment for living purposes only, we have an idea on how to ‘cultivate’ your farmer side. Create a garden on your balcony and start growing your favourite plants this summer.

Balcony gardening became a trend a couple of years ago. It started as a hobby for some, but it was rapidly adopted by those who wanted more control over what they put on the table.

What can you grow on your balcony?

Culinary herbs like basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme.

You can also grow small vegetables – actually any kind of vegetable if you do not want to mass-product it. Some suggestions are: cherry tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, green onions, radishes, beans, carrots

What do you need to create the garden on the balcony?

Enough light, to start with. It’s not merely as precious as space, since space can be maximized by rational use.

Pots of all types and sizes. Containers and a good soil create a good basis for your garden apartment.

Don’t forget the seeds. Choose plants that grow fast enough. It can be a bit frustrating just looking at an empty pot for a couple of days, but keep in mind that the seed what planted! It takes time and water to grow.

And one more advice: make full use of your vertical space. Climb anything that can climb on the walls of the balcony.

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Are you the owner of a city apartment? The closer to the city center, the better…

However, there might be some disadvantages to your property. For example, the rooms might not be as spacious as you want them to be or you might be missing some outdoor space (a garden or a full-view balcony).

You might have a balcony to your apartment, but it is so tiny you can not actually do anything in it.

Well, redecorating is a solution to make everything look and feel better. So let’s start with the balcony and turn it from simply “small” to “small, but comfortable“, or “small, but good looking”. Or, why not, “small, but very practical“!

First step to re-creating your balcony is to empty it and assess all the space you have. 

Then, pick a purpose! What do you want it to be? A place for reading, a breakfast area for lazy weekend mornings or just a pretty place where guests can stand and admire the view?

Defining the purpose of the balcony is going to give you an idea of what type of furniture you need. A small coffee table or just chairs? Or, even better, rocking chairs! Plants can be placed in hangers and just placed on the wall. Also, shelves should be quite useful and do not use any space. And you do not think of necessarily buying the items you need. You can actually do some pieces of furniture by yourself by recycling some old things.

To personalize the space even more, light up your balcony! Pick a lighting solution that enhances the space and is practical. LED lights should be what you need, just use them creatively.

Have some courage and start the “Re-design you balcony” project now so you can make full use of it while the weather is still great. Here are some more ideas on what you can do in your balcony.

Share with us the pictures when you’re done! We can’t wait to see how it looks!

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There is a lot to say about Victorian properties. Their elegant architecture, proportions and intricate detailing. They have passed the test of time and were meant to be loved and admired.

During Queen Victoria’s reign, Britain saw a boom in new builds. In less than 75 years, 6 million houses were built, and a majority of them still stand today.

Renovating and maintaining a Victorian home requires imagination and work. If you have fallen in love with a Victorian property, nothing can be more satisfying than transforming it back to it’s original splendor.

Plasterwork. Cornicing and plaster ceiling roses were the norm for Victorian homes, and the level of detail depended on the status of the room, so a reception room would feature much more than a bedroom.

Windows. Ideally sash windows will set your Victorian home apart from the rest. Try to find a specialist glazier who can install double glazed sash windows.

Fireplaces. Back during the Victorian time, fireplaces were found in every room. Some homes still have them today, but sadly, most were removed by later occupants.

Flooring. Victorian houses generally combine pine floor boards throughout the house with tiles in hallways. Both carpets and lino were introduced in the 1850’s. Floor boards are key for an authentic look.

Kitchens. This part of a house has come a long way since the days of the scullery and overcrowded homes, so a faithful recreation of a Victorian kitchen would not suit the demands of modern living. However, it is possible to have modern appliances that compliment the style of a Victorian era.

Bathroom. Victorian homes were not built with bathrooms in mind. A tin bath in the scullery once a week was a normal family bath night. Today, the bathroom has not been sidelined when it comes to style. Victorian elegance can be found on the high street showcasing roll top baths of many designs.

Doors, Skirting Boards, Picture Rails & Dado Rails. These small details can pull your renovation work together. The more attention to detail that you research, the more authentic the result.

Wall Paper, Paint, Fabric. Soft furnishings are key to pulling off the end result. When a production company films a film series in which the action takes place during that time, everything in the scene has been researched. This is what makes a show believable. The library is a great place to start.

Enjoy your home! And get renovating!

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1. Fresh lemons are a great way to clean stainless steel. Cut a lemon in half and rub over the sink and taps. Buff with a microfiber cloth for a brilliant shine.

2. Get the grime off from your grill by scrubbing it with a wire brush while the oven is still warm. Old grime may require an over night spray with an oven cleaner. Make sure to use in a well ventilated room, and wear rubber gloves.

3. A water ring on wooden table?! Not a problem! Apply full fat mayonnaise to the affected area. Leave for 1 hour, then wipe away with a clean cloth.

4. Kids hand prints on kitchen appliances? No worries! Polish the appliances with citrus furniture polish. This will leave a very slightly oiled surface, repelling future marks.

5. Washing machines can smell in the summer, especially in areas where humidity is high. Run a hot, empty wash. Leave the door open in order for the tub to dry fully.

6. Air fresheners are expensive and only last for seconds once sprayed. For a long-term freshness dampen a microfiber cloth. Douse a strong, sweet smelling disinfectant with an odor you like directly onto the cloth. Place the cloth onto a radiator. The heat from the radiator will disperse the fresh scent of the disinfectant around the home.

7. Vinegar is a great to descale iron surfaces. Pour a small amount onto a kettle with some water. Boil the kettle. Instant descaled kettle! Reboil if needed.

8. Never make the bed as soon as you get up! A bed needs to breath and the sheets need to be aired. So take a shower and make that bed in half an hour or so.

9. The best way to make a mirror shine is by rubbing it with some newspaper. So, instead of throwing the today’s paper away, get buffing the windows and mirrors!

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