Home style

Bring out a property's personality, Homefocus magazine takes a look at different ways to give your home a personality all of it's own. Add a touch of glamour to your home with cool silver metallics, used like jewellery, to instantly refresh a space and create an impact with.

Revealed: How to make your bedroom desirable and inspirational when your house goes on the market

Bedroom

Putting your house on the market is a big step, and to ensure the best possible outcome, homeowners need to consider every room in the house and take the time to make each one special and unique. The bedroom can often be overlooked, but it is in fact, one of the most important locations in the home. Potential buyers like to visualise their new surroundings, and get an idea of what their future home might look like.  Making the bedroom memorable will contribute to a quick, hassle-free sale of the house.

Jonathan Warren, director at online bed specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has shared his top tips on the importance of the bedroom, and how to improve the look and feel of the room, to impress guests.

‘You get more for your money with Bovis Homes’

Bovis Homes

When Dan Smith was searching for a brand-new property in the South East, he always knew that he could depend upon Bovis Homes to make his dreams come true.

His strong belief and confidence in the national house builder was built on firm foundations as he had enjoyed many happy times in the property from which he was looking to move – which had been built with pride by Bovis Homes a few years before.

British homeowners look but don't touch

British homeowners
  • British homeowners are styling their homes for social media likes
  • 88% of homeowners inspired by social media to style their home
  • Nottingham residents are the most house-proud Brits

BRITISH homeowners are forgoing a lived-in home in a bid to style their house for an increased social media following, according to new research.

A survey of 1,000 UK adults by DiscountFlooringDepot.co.uk has revealed that 62% of British homeowners would prefer their house to look like a show home rather than a homely comfortable look.

88% of Brits are inspired by social media to style their home to perfect show home standards rather than opting for a more comfortable lived in home.

Top 10 interior design trends for 2017

Top 10 interior design trends for 2017

Bring nature indoors for 2017
Textures and tones set to create calm, warm homes and hotel rooms
Graphic inspired art, statement rugs and textured glass lighting all key essentials
With 2017 set to see interior design services embraced increasingly by individuals and house builders alike, the experts at Alexander James Interior Design have used their 20 years experience to compile a list of the top ten interior design trends for 2017.

 

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interior Design, comments,

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

With spring sales in full swing in many shops, now is the perfect time to take a critical look at your new home and make a few changes to bring it up to show house standard.  

 
"Bringing glamour and style to your home doesn't have to be about making big changes. There are a few simple tips and tricks that can make a big difference. Try to step back and take a fresh look at your rooms. Which features and objects stand out? How do they coordinate with the other items in the room? What feeling does the room give you? Once you take a long, hard look at your home, you'll be able to identify which colours and objects dominate it - and to change them if necessary."

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design
 

Property Priorities: New homeowners will kip on the floor for a month

Property Priorities: New homeowners will kip on the floor for a month, but candles and cushions are unpacked within a week

·         For 57% of homemovers, the kettle is the first item that is unpacked
·         Over half (57%) of new homeowners set up the Wi-Fi router within 24 hours
·         A third (32%) of homemovers will live without a wardrobe for a fortnight or more
 
One in twelve (8%) UK homeowners admit they slept on the floor for a month or more after moving into their new home, according to a new study by UK housebuilder Redrow.
 
The research, which polled almost 2,000 homeowners, looked into how we approach the challenge of setting up home and asked questions about priorities and unpacking that all important first box.
 

3 Simple Steps To Sprucing Up Your New Garden

3 Simple Steps To Sprucing Up Your New Garden

With the weather finally starting to pick up, homeowners up and down the UK are turning an eye toward their garden and making plans for the summer. If you don’t consider yourself very green-fingered, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vibrant display of flowers from spring all the way through to early autumn in your own garden.

No matter how chequered your gardening history, the tips and techniques below will have your garden or yard looking its absolute best with the minimum of hassle.

 

 

Choose plants that suit your space

Staircase Storage Solution Advice For New Homeowners

Staircase Storage Solution Advice For New Homeowners

Scott Storey, Managing Director of James Grace: “Storage is often an issue for many homeowners, particularly in areas where space is at a premium. Well planned storage ideas can be integrated as part of the overall design process in order to create a functional home.
 
Under-stairs conversions are a great storage solution, especially in more compact spaces. They enable homeowners to completely transform their living areas and utilise the space they have available. With options, such as shelving and drawers to coat and shoe racks, this often-wasted space can become an integral part of the home. The James Grace StairStore range provides options such as shelving and drawers to coat and shoe racks, meaning traditionally wasted space can become an integral part of the home.

How To Build A Gallery Wall In Your First Home

How To Build A Gallery Wall In Your First Home

Artfinder.com's Product Manager, Jen Bayne, talks us through how to build your perfect gallery wall.

 

1.The first step is to collect, collect, collect. Start making a collection of things you love - from original art, to handmade prints or photographs. As you are collecting think about the scale of your possible collection and the arrangement you want - do you want to keep them all the same size or work in a mixture of different sizes? Look for inspiration online, in your favourite cafes and restaurants or at home shows and exhibitions.

 

The Home Owners Guide To Home Maintenance: Interactive House

The Home Owners Guide To Home Maintenance: Interactive House

Home is where the heart is, and new or existing home owners alike are keen to make the most out of their property in the current housing market. But for the novice DIY-er the prospect of tinkering with the gutters or fixing a leaking roof can seem quite daunting.

 

Professional Building Supplies want to give home owners the confidence they need to get their house in order, especially during the winter months when home maintenance is so essential, so they have created ‘The Home Owners Guide To Home Maintenance: Interactive House’. 

 

The Ideal Home Show Gets A Makeover For 2017

The Ideal Home Show Gets A Makeover For 2017

Fresh ideas for your home, for 17 days, for 2017

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When: 24th March – 9th April 2017

Where: Olympia, London

 

The Event: 

The Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, is returning to London's Olympia with a fresh face, new interactive features and four brand-new live theatres. As ever, the show is set to provide the ultimate shopping experience with everything you need to update your home for the year ahead as we step out of the dark mornings and move into the Summer months.

 

Time for tea! The kettle is the first thing we unpack when we move house

Time for tea! The kettle is the first thing we unpack when we move house

One in twelve new homeowners sleep on the floor for a month or more after moving house, yet nearly two thirds (65%) take a fortnight or less to ‘dress’ rooms with candles and cushions.

Over half (57%) of new homeowners set up the Wi-Fi router within 24 hours, but a similar percentage (52%) wait a week or more to get the washing machine installed.

 

 

One in 20 Brits take more than a year to unpack after a house move, but most get the Wi-Fi up and running in 24 hours, according to a new study by UK house-builder Redrow.

The research, which polled almost 2,000 homeowners, looked into how we approach the challenge of setting up home and asked questions about priorities and that all important first box.

DIY In Your First Home? UK’s First Comparison Site for DIY Supplies Launches

DIY In Your First Home? UK’s First Comparison Site for DIY Supplies Launches

Go Banana has launched as the UK’s first comparison website for building and DIY supplies. With 50,000 searchable products – and more being added all the time – Go Banana provides an online platform for DIY enthusiasts looking to purchase supplies quickly and efficiently at the best possible price.

Go Banana’s unique software creates a live shopping list which searches online 24/7 and shows the best results, meaning users save between 20% and 35% with every purchase. Users can search, compare and buy across a whole range of building and DIY supplies, including building and hardware; tiling and flooring; plumbing and heating; painting and decorating; kitchens and bathrooms, and many more.

 

Tips For Buying A New Mattress For Your First Home

Tips For Buying Your New Mattress In Your First Home

The savvy mattress shopper

Buying a mattress for the first time or replacing one, strikes fear into the hearts of many. Let’s battle that fear and find your ideal mattress for sleeping, reading and ‘exercising’ with these five savvy tips.

 

1 – THE MONEY

Decide upfront what your budget is. This is a budget for the next eight years! Forget pillows, sheets and bedframes. Set a budget for your mattress, then stick to it.

A £600 double mattress over 8 years costs 21p per night!

You can spend a few bob or thousands of pounds, anything is possible. Either way, start with the most expensive option you can afford and work your way down.