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Bring out the personality in your home! Homefocus magazine takes a look at different ways to give your home that special feeling. Read on for more ways to decorate your home and create a space you can be proud of...

Sustainable Home Space

Sustainable Home Space - Living room

2019 is the year to decorate consciously. For homeowners who pride themselves on living sustainably or are simply becoming more aware of the impact of their actions on the environment, there are plenty of ways eco-friendly products can be incorporated into interior schemes, as well as swaps that can be made in sustainable home improvement projects. 

Bringing The Outdoors In

Bringing The Outdoors In - a living room filled with outdoor plants

BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN: JAMES WONG PROVIDES HIS TOP TIPS TO HELP CONNECT US TO OUR OUTSIDE WORLD

Getting closer to nature has never been more important than it is today. From working longer hours to living so much of our lives online, we are all spending more time than ever indoors and away from the natural world. According to Anglian Home Improvements, it’s no surprise we are therefore missing out on the psychological and physiological benefits that come from exposure to the outdoors – and this is why the ‘biophilia’ trend is currently proving such a hit with homeowners.

Soundproof blinds are being developed to help you get the perfect night's sleep

Lilac soundproof blinds in a bedroom

Noisy neighbours, city life and chirping birds are just some of the things keeping Brits awake at night and, with the majority of the population sleeping with their windows open during the summer months, there is no escaping the noise - until now.

After having increasing numbers of enquiries for soundproof blinds, 247 Blinds looked at the bigger picture to find out how much of an impact it’s having on peoples’ ability to sleep, and is now looking to develop a brand-new product range - Sound Barrier Blackout Roller Blinds.

Eight ways to make your home look more expensive

A dark bedroom makes your home look more expensive

The dream home is often described as classic, luxurious or timeless, but creating an expensive look throughout your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. There are hacks for each unique style that you can incorporate into your home until you find the right balance. If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to change up your home, try these tips to make your creativity flow.

Mix the old with the new

Whether you’re upcycling furniture or slowly incorporating new pieces into an eclectic room, by mixing and matching modern and vintage styles it will create a complimentary contrast of textures and depth in your home. Pair your vintage furniture with bold cushions and a monochrome throw for a modern take on comfort and an easy elegant look.

Broste Copenhagen: Let there be light!

Let there be light! Broste Copenhagen

Sadly, the days are getting shorter and we will soon have to put on the lights earlier. Now is a good time to think about the lighting in your home. Lighting is so important for creating just the right atmosphere and there is so much to choose from. Pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, wall lamps and of course lights to work from.

Broste Copenhagen has a great rang of lamps and some stunning ones in their new collection. The lamps are designed to fit in with any décor be it classic, traditional or modern.

So, do yourself a favour and get the lights shining in your home.

Prices from left to right:

Lavas floor lamp £396.00

5 ways to introduce Wabi-Sabi into the home

Wabi-Sabi decoration in the home
By Matthew Currington, Technical Director, The Lighting Superstore

Originally considered an ancient Japanese ideal stemming back to the years 960 - 1279, Wabi-Sabi is having a moment in Western interiors. 

The philosophy challenges the role of beauty and lets nature take its course, allowing for incomplete designs, dents and uneven shapes to take their place. 

The Lighting Superstore discusses how you can embrace the Wabi-Sabi in your own home and beyond. 

Declutter that mess 

Are you looking for a new, luxurious throw to complement your room?

Luxury throw

So, let me start by saying, I absolutely love throws and cushions, and have had my fair share in the past. 

I'm always replacing them for something nicer, better quality or a new design and find them a great way to accessorise any room. 

I recently received the ICON™ Bavarian Wolf Extra Large Faux Fur Throw from www.beanbagbazaar.co.uk and my first impression was, wow, it feels like such good quality material. 

Sumptuous faux fur, inspired by Bavarian Wildlife, it is a must item to have!!

It has a beautiful velvet effect on the reverse, which is so soft and cuddly, and I must add, extremely nice and warm, so perfect for those wintry evenings, or to take outside when the sun goes down in summer! 

Don’t use harsh white lighting in the garden, experts warn!

Solar lighting in a garden

Harsher colours such as blue or white should be avoided when planning outdoor lighting, design experts have agreed.

Warmer colours work better and are more natural, while harsh whites and blues can appear ‘creepy’, according to the group of professionals who include an award-winning architect, a garden designer, an LED specialist and the president of The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

The advice was delivered during a series of interviews used that formed a garden lighting guide from lighting specialists Lamp Shop Online. Giving their opinions were garden designer Jane Hicks, architect Steve Reading, LED expert Arthur Smith, and Gilly Craft, current president of the BIID.

The Search For Britain's Best Interior Returns!

Sophie Robinson is in The Search For Britain's Best Interior Returns!

THE SEARCH FOR BRITAIN’S BEST INTERIOR RETURNS: ANGLIAN HOME IMPROVEMENTS LAUNCHES STYLED BY ME III

Anglian Home Improvements has joined forces with interior designer, Sophie Robinson, to launch a search for the nation’s best interior designers, and it is calling on people across the UK to share photographs of their home styling successes this summer.

Returning for a third consecutive year, Anglian’s ‘Styled By Me’ competition celebrates the nation’s passion for Instagrammable interiors by inviting style-conscious homeowners to showcase their home tailoring highlights. 

The ICON™ Kenai Cloud Two-seater Faux Fur Bean Bag

The ICON™ Kenai Cloud Two-seater Faux Fur Bean Bag

A few weeks ago I received the most gorgeous bean bag in the post.  The ICON™ Kenai Cloud Two-seater Faux Fur Bean Bag, Arctic Wolf from bean bag bazaar. 

This isn't just any bean bag, it's uber-luxurious with gorgeous faux fur. 

It is a real statement item to have in your home. 

I've homed the Bean Bag in my living room, and every single person who has visited has commented on how stylish it is, and how inviting it looks! I have definitely been a source of envy amongst my friends.  

How to create a nursery fit for a baby prince or princess

White nursery for a baby
By Matthew Currington, Technical Director at The Lighting Superstore

It’s no secret the Duchess of Sussex is known for her fresh and feminine taste in interiors. Many of us are excited to see the types of nursery purchases she’ll be making on behalf of her new arrival, which no doubt, will fly off the shelves as savvy fans copy her elegant style. 

Whether you’re influenced by “Megs” herself or have your own little prince or princess on the way, The Lighting Superstore has put together its top tips for a nursery fit for Frogmore Cottage. 

Safety first

Loving Game Of Thrones? Check Out The Iron Throne Bean Bag!

The Iron Throne Bean Bag

The Iron Throne Bean Bag: Furniture for the contemporary Queen or King

Nottingham-based GreatBeanBags, retailer and manufacturer of the UK’s largest selection of bean bags, has created an Iron Throne bean bag inspired by the release of the final season of Game of Thrones.

This luxurious metallic throne took more than 100 hours to build with a team of six people across design, construction and supply.

Currently the Iron Throne bean bag is a limited edition piece, priced at £249.99, however, fans of the show can register their interest to ensure they are at the front of the queue for this medieval piece of furniture.

New Silentnight pillows prevent plastic waste 

New Silentnight pillows

Silentnight has just launched the Eco Comfort Pillow - created with plastic bottles.

The unique new pillow is filled with high performance Eco Comfort Fibres™, which are made from 100% recycled materials.

Providing top quality in comfort, these responsive fibres quickly spring back to their original shape to ensure long lasting support and are encased in 100% polyester breathable fabric, for improved air circulation and a refreshing night’s sleep. 

The pillows have been developed to complement Silentnight’s award-winning* range of eco-friendly sustainable mattresses, which have so far prevented over 100million plastic bottles entering the sea.

Three DIY ideas to transform your home this bank holiday weekend

DIY Wall planter

The Easter bank holiday is nearly here, and while many people spend this time off relaxing with family, more and more are using the time to tackle the home improvements and DIY projects they’ve been putting off. In the last 10 years, there’s been a 41% increase* in people searching for ways to improve their homes, with 33,110** searches for home improvements in April last year alone. But how exactly can you add a little something extra to your home this bank holiday weekend without breaking the bank?

From creating your own hanging planter to an Art Deco feature wall, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares three easy and on-trend DIY ideas to transform your home this spring

1. Get organised with a hanging planter wall

How to create the perfect gallery wall

perfect gallery wall

Great interior design is about bringing together simple and stylish features which make a room a sophisticated space that oozes character and personality.

Gallery walls are a modern and chic way to showcase your favourite images and your unique individual style whether it be through artwork, family photos or fun typography.

If you’re wondering how to get started Clare Moreton, photo expert at CEWE, Europe’s largest photo printing company, has compiled a guide to show you how to make a stunning gallery wall in your home or office space, that is easy to create and makes use of beautiful memories and flaunts your individual style.

Simplicity and symmetry

Save money and the environment: tips for upcycling 

Save money and the environment: tips for upcycling 

The world generates at least 3.5 million tonnes of plastic and other waste every day, which is 10 times the amount compared to a century ago. This means we nowlive in a world where it is vital we take responsibility for our wastage and ensure we do our utmost to protect the environment.  Whether this is through increasing our recycling, or purchasing eco friendly products, it is down to us as individuals to do our part. 

As part of this, many people have been embracing the upcycling trend and have been keeping an eye out for old gems that can be transformed into something special.

Create your own green wall of foliage and flowers anywhere in your home

Create your own green wall of foliage and flowers anywhere in your home

Bringing nature into your home with a green wall of your favourite indoor plants where ever you want it, and with minimal maintenance, can be achieved with the new LECHUZA Green Wall Home Kit Glossy collection.

The CUBE Glossy self-watering planters are available in white, scarlet red and charcoal colours, all in a high-gloss finish.  Each CUBE has its own removable planter liner, water level indicator and wick.  The sets include three CUBE planters, three brackets and one wall bar. The lightweight metal bar provides a secure hold for the entire contents: the planters, plant and water on any wall.

Save hundreds AND make money through just one annual Spring Clean

Woman doing an annual spring clean

New research finds Brits spend 14 hours a week cleaning but could save hundreds of hours AND make money through just one annual Spring Clean

With spring just around the corner, you may think Brits are readying their rubber gloves, disinfectant spray and jay cloths for the annual ‘big spring clean’ but new research suggests that an annual spring clean is a thing of the past for most people.

The energy price cap rise is coming – it’s time for some savvy home swaps   

Apollo blinds saving energy

The Government’s energy price cap is set to rise by some 10 per cent from 1st April this year (Ofgem) 1, leaving many consumers facing additional costs to heat their homes. Money-saving advisers such as Martin Lewis have been urging homeowners to shop around for the best energy deals and not assume the recently-introduced price caps will automatically mean their tariff is the best one for their household usage. Furthermore, customers may be unaware that the energy price caps do not apply to those on a fixed-term tariff.2

Estate agents reveal the home improvements that add the most value to your property

Kitchen home improvements

Making living spaces open plan and having a loft conversion are the top renovations that will increase the value of a home, according to UK estate agents.

A study by Anglian Home Improvements looked into the home improvements that add the most value to a home, as well as people’s attitudes towards the value of home features. 
UK estate agents revealed that making the living space open plan will add on average a huge £46,503.94 to a property’s value. A loft conversion is the next most lucrative renovation, with estate agents saying that they add an average of £24,254.56 to a home’s price tag.

The top five home improvements that add the most value to a home, according to estate agents are:

Making the living space open plan (£46,503.94 average added value)

Clever hacks to make a dark home brighter

Clever hacks to make a dark home brighter
By Matthew Currington, Technical Director, The Lighting Superstore

Spring is just around the corner, when we can look forward to longer daylight hours.

However, if the location or structure of your home means it’s dark all year round, don’t fret. There are many clever tricks you can employ to lighten it up.

The experts at The Lighting Superstore have put together their best hacks to lighten up your home, making your rooms feel larger and your mood brighter…

Mirror, mirror

The oldest trick in the book to make a dark space feel lighter and larger is using the art of reflection.