Designer Tips for Getting Your Home Guest-Ready This Christmas

Home Decorated For Christmas

Aside from furiously fluffing pillows, hunting for the guest-towels and making sure the house hound has had his monthly bath, there’s a lot of satisfaction to be found in adding design touches to your home ahead of the festive period. ‘Tis the season of hospitality, and although it’s almost a full twelve months since last Christmas, there’s hardly a moment left to prepare your home for the most wonderful time of the year. Not this year. This year we’re getting prepared. From the guest-bedroom to the bathroom to the all important kitchen and dining spaces, there are lots of designer-inspired ways to create the warm welcome every weary festive traveller deserves.

Deck the hall…

Anglian Opens The Door To The Future Of Smart Living

Anglian Homes Smart doorbell

Anglian Home Improvements is introducing new and improved smart living to UK homeowners with the addition of the Nest Hello video doorbell to its product portfolio. Nest Hello sends an alert when someone presses the doorbell – so you never miss a visitor or a parcel.

The perfect product for tech-savvy trendsetters or those who want to future-proof their home, Nest Hello lets you check who is at the door using the Nest app. The app allows homeowners to have clear conversations with visitors at the door, whilst the camera captures a wide angle picture, so you can see a person from head to toe or a parcel on the ground in crystal-clear detail, day or night.

How to upcycle old furniture with eye-catching paint designs

eye-catching paint design

A quick and easy way to brighten the furniture in your home is to look into colour blocking with paint and masking tape.

Colour blocking is the perfect way for consumers who are looking for a splash of colour or pattern on a wall, without investing in wallpaper. It’s also a cost-effective and on-trend way to upcycle furniture, working very well with classic or modern Scandi tastes.

Done Up North is a company specialising in the restoration of furniture and owner Nicky Cash is a huge fan of colour blocking, particularly using geometric shapes, to create one of a kind interior statements.

Free help for first time buyers

Help to Buy Wales is available on new Elan Homes at Argoed Gardens and Kinnerton Meadows, Flintshire

FINDING and financing a move to a new home in Flintshire could be easier than anticipated with Help to Buy Wales and Elan Homes.

Available on new build homes in Wales priced up to £300,000, Help to Buy can be a real boost to buyers’ borrowing power.

But Elan has found that some buyers aren’t aware of the scheme or that they are eligible for assistance.

The company is offering free expert advice for would-be homeowners at Help to Buy events at Argoed Gardens, Argoed (November 17-18) and Kinnerton Meadows, Higher Kinnerton (November 24-25). 

Help to Buy agents and independent financial advisors will be on hand to assess customers’ finances and guide them through the Government-backed scheme


The pupils who are taking part in the new Building Buddies Award scheme

Five star Hampshire developer David Wilson Homes has begun its new school award scheme, The Building Buddies Award, at Vigo Primary School in Andover as creative pupils look forward to an academic year long project.

The Building Buddies Award is being hosted at the local primary school close to the homebuilder’s Locksbridge Park development, guiding pupils through the construction process with four exciting activities.

This specially designed scheme is intended to encourage children to show an interest in the industry, helping them to consider a career in construction from an early age.

View home set to open at sought-after Melton Mowbray housing development

The Derwent View Home

Property-seekers will be given a fresh opportunity to discover the lifestyle opportunities available at Westleigh’s Melton Fields development when the new view home opens its doors.

The magnificent, three-bedroom Derwent view home is set to be unveiled during a special event on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November at the popular development on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray.

A fabulous range of three and four-bedroom homes has just been released for sale, including the Derwent, meaning would-be buyers can make a move to the development in time for Christmas. 

Dorchester Living releases stunning family show home

Dorchester Living Show home bedroom at Oxfordshire Development

Dorchester Living has released its four-bedroom Darcy show home at its Heyford Park development in Oxfordshire for £549,995. The property comes complete with flooring, fixtures, fittings and decor included as part of the list price.

The Darcy is a two and a half storey, double fronted, detached family home featuring a large open plan living room, dining room and kitchen, with bi-folding doors to garden. The property’s spacious master bedroom comes with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, whilst the second bedroom also benefits from an en-suite. Along with the four bedrooms the house also has a separate study and family bathroom.

Prices, Demand, and Supply All in Decline as Brexit Uncertainty Persists

Prices, Demand, and Supply All in Decline as Brexit Uncertainty Persists

In October, the fall in interest from new buyers has led to a more negative trend in house prices, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. While the regional picture remains varied, respondents are also doubtful that UK sales momentum will pick-up over the coming months.

In the October survey, 10% more respondents saw a fall in prices at the headline level. (-2% net balance previously). This is the weakest reading since September 2012, and mostly stems from London and the South East, with the price balance in the South East deteriorating during October. East Anglia, the South West and the North East also saw negative price balances, but prices continue to rise in other parts of the UK, with the strongest growth in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The cost of turning a house into a home

Sunny information on new homes

With more than 5 million British households currently living in private rented accommodation, new research from Sunny reveals that millions could be risking their tenancy deposits by making changes to a rented home without permission but more importantly, they are using their own money to improve the landlord’s property.

The figures from Sunny identified that 82% of renters have spent their own cash on making home improvements to transform their home, spending on average £880.