MyVoucherCodes launches interactive guide to help save money on interior design

MyVoucherCodes living room

Online discount code provider MyVoucherCodes has launched an interactive guide to interior design, offering people the opportunity to furnish their dream homes on a budget.

It’s a well-known fact that furnishing and redecorating always ends up being more expensive than originally intended. Ideal Home recorded that in Britain, an average of nearly £6,000 a year per household is spent on decorating and furnishing, suggesting that when it comes to playing house, Brits splash the cash.* But, even if you don’t go over-board with your interior design the essentials are still expensive, especially if you’re buying everything in one go.

How to decorate your home, according to your star sign

How to decorate your home, according to your star sign

Sprucing up the interior of your home can bring months if not years of satisfaction - if done right that is! But with so many design trends, how can you know which is right for you?

Not only does your star sign reveal your monthly fortune (or misfortune), it’s a useful tool to understand your personality and traits too. So, whether you’re an artsy Taurus, chic Virgo, cosy Cancer, a minimalist Gemini, your horoscope can tell you a lot about your ideal living style.  

Sofa and carpet specialists, ScS, has teamed up with New York astrologist, Lisa Stardust, to determine the interior styles to try according to your star sign - perfect if you’re searching for fresh decorating inspiration.


Vote for Homefocus in the First Time Buyer Awards!

Homefocus has been nominated for an award

Homefocus has been nominated for the Best First Time Buyer Media Coverage award – and we want your votes to help us take the crown!

The awards, run by First Time Buyer magazine, recognise the property industry’s efforts to help buyers get onto the housing ladder.

The Homefocus team are proud to be nominated for their contribution to the media coverage of shared ownership opportunities.

Our articles explain shared ownership options, from Help to Buy to Older Person's shared ownership, with expert advice on finances, looking for a property and more. 

Editor Victoria Galligan said: “We are delighted to be nominated for this award, and to be part of such a prestigious event in the property industry.

Flexible Living & A Forever Home Achieved By Corby Couple

Flexible Living & A Forever Home Achieved By Corby Couple

Using the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme at Lyveden Fields in Corby, a couple has been able to secure their forever home whilst discovering flexible living at its finest.

Hayley (40) and Pete (45) Cook, from Corby and Hartwell, were able to purchase their dream home with just 5% deposit and are now enjoying a property with a modern layout at Barratt Homes’ Livingstone Road development.

The couple, owner of Dementia Days and a Coach Builder for Stagecoach, are reaping the benefits of a home they can make their own with their miniature Yorkshire terrier named Dave.

Milton Keynes Proves Prime Location For London Commuter Couple Looking To Upsize

Couple Moves Into Milton Keynes Homes

An executive couple previous living in Oxfordshire have chosen the prime location of Milton Keynes for their next property move, achieving more for their money in a commuter hotspot that’s still within easy reach of London.

Natalie Thompson (25) and Luis Carless (30) recently moved to Barratt Homes’ Fen Street development Brooklands after seeking more space and a place they can truly put their own stamp on. 

As both of them still work in London, as a Medical Copywriter and Technical Analyst respectively, they are enjoying easy access to great road and rail links making getting into work a breeze.

Work Officially Starts On New Leighton Buzzard Community

Workers at New Leighton Buzzard Community

Construction work has started on a new development, set to bring over 1,200 homes to Leighton Buzzard, as well as a number of facilities for the area. 

Clipstone Park will be delivered by Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Taylor Wimpey and will bring significant investment to the area, as the development process will underpin 2,400 jobs and contributions by the developers to the local authority.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director and Ilir Gjini, Construction Director from Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames and Emma Walton, Senior Planning Manager and Wes Hosking, Site Manager from Taylor Wimpey were on hand to officially cut the sod to mark the start of the construction work.

Smart Technology In The Home

Smart Technology In The Home

Smart technology seems to be common place in most homes, but what should I think about to ensure my investment doesn’t go out of date?

“In recent years, technology has been developing at a rapid pace; as soon as the latest product is on the market, the next version is already being talked about. Whilst this is part of the excitement of innovation, it can also feel like we need to keep replacing our gadgets, if we want to ‘keep up’.

“When it comes to the home, there are some simple things to take into consideration to ensure your investment stands the test of time. 

Ideal Home Show returns to Olympia London

Ideal Home Show returns to Olympia London

Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla, the world’s longest running exhibition, will return to Olympia London from Friday 22nd March to Sunday 7th April 2019. 

Celebrating its 111th year with a Best of British theme, the show will feature more than 600 exhibitors, a spectacular first of its kind show home, and a number of celebrity guests, including: 

English garden designer, journalist and television personality, Joe Swift

Renowned British chef, Rosemary Shrager

Drinks expert and TV presenter, Olly Smith

Presenter of Love Your Garden, David Domoney

Property expert and TV presenter, Kunle Barker

What does zero deposit renting really mean for renters?  

What does zero deposit renting really mean for renters?  

While the industry standard deposit remains as six weeks' rent, a quiet rental rebellion is taking place. Renters in areas such as London's Wembley Park are being given the opportunity to enjoy zero deposit renting.

Lifestyle-led rental homes company Tipi is one of those spearheading the change in line with their pledge to provide residents with their ideal home, designed with the easy life in mind.

"For too long, renters have had to face onerous requirements in terms of large deposits when they rent a new home. It's time that we take a fresh look at the need for deposits and help the UK's renters free up that money and use it for other purposes."

Rajesh Shah, Managing Director, Tipi