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.

New fabric technology set to revolutionise family life

New fabric technology set to revolutionise family life

An innovative new fabric has just launched that is set to revolutionise the way we buy our sofas. Amazingly versatile, Aquaclean promises worry-free family life across the UK.

With many families looking for durable fabrics that can be wiped clean when buying a sofa, it can often seem daunting to find one that is both stylish and hard-wearing. Aquaclean has stepped in to provide customers with a versatile range of colours and fabrics that will please everyone that are also virtually stain-proof.

Childs Play with Cormar Carpets

Childs Play with Cormar Carpets

A child’s bedroom, or playroom, is one of the most well-used areas of the home so it’s important to create a warm and cosy feel that cushions bumps and falls as well as cutting down on noise made from the patter (or stomping) of tiny feet!  According to Cormar Carpets, colour, texture and detail all play a key factor in designing a child-friendly space. The right environment needs to be inspiring, creative, relaxing and comforting for little ones - so it’s important to consider flooring when creating this perfect room. 

“The advantage of having carpet in a child’s bedroom or playroom is that it provides comfort and warmth, cushions noise and is often budget friendly,” says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets. 

Anglian and Sophie Robinson Help Brits LIVE A LIFE IN COLOUR 

Anglian and Sophie Robinson Help Brits LIVE A LIFE IN COLOUR 

So many homeowners want to recreate the swoon-worthy interiors seen in glossy magazines or on Instagram feeds, but the fear of using colour creeps in and they retreat back to…magnolia. This summer, Anglian Home Improvementshas teamed up with top interior designer Sophie Robinson, to discover the best ways for UK homeowners to live a life in colour.  

Known for her passion for colourful interiors, who better to provide inspiration and advice on how to allow your personality and individuality shine through in your home than Sophie Robinson.  

Big Ideas For Small Spaces - Gardening Ideas For Your New Home

Big Ideas For Small Spaces - Gardening Ideas For Your New Home

All hail the return of gardening to the ‘cool’ list. The nation is once again embracing gardening for reasons including decoration, wellness and sustainability. However, many of us think we lack the space to fulfil our green-fingered dreams.

By 2030, its estimated 92 percent of the UK population will live in cities where gardens come at a premium. In response, people are coming up with creative ways to maximise outdoor space to grow food, relax and support wildlife.

If you’re keen to jump on the horticultural band wagon but lack square meters, The Greenhouse People have provided us with an essential guide to becoming a successful urban gardener…

Climate Control Blinds for EVERY Room

Climate Control Blinds for EVERY Room

Duette® energy saving blinds are not only energy efficient – preventing heat loss at windows by up to 46% – additional benefits mean that they’re ideal for every room in the house.

And fitting Duette® blinds throughout the home can add up to some significant savings (up to 25%) on an annual heating bills too. 

In The Kitchen

Blinds tend to be the practical window treatment of choice when it comes to kitchens, and Duette® blinds are humidity resistant as well as probably one of the easiest to clean blinds on the market.

How to protect your home when renovating

How to protect your home when renovating

Renovation is becoming more popular than ever. People are moving house half as many times in their lives and twice as many Brits are now planning to extend their home rather than move house. Renovation, big or small, normally means making structural changes to your home, so it’s important to think carefully about how to protect your home when work is underway. A recent report reveals that the most popular insurance claim for home renovations and extensions is theft of building materials, closely followed by escape of water.

Versatile Venetian Blinds Get a Spring/Summer Update

Versatile Venetian Blinds Get a Spring/Summer Update

Style Studio’s revamped Venetian Blind collection now offers a massive 111 slat options – with new eye-catching colours, truly tactile textures and a host of special features and finishes!

And the popularity of Venetian blinds shows no sign of slowing – in fact it’s rising according to the window blind brand, which has seen a 64 per cent increase in online views in the past three months alone¹. 

Interiors expert for Style Studio, Lorna McAleer, has picked out her three hottest summer looks from the brand’s latest collection.

#1. Bright Ideas

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Children's bedroom decor - They want Disney – You Want Longevity… Here’s what the experts say!  

Life’s often a compromise – and most parents agree that parenthood involves a LOT of negotiation (some would say bribery!)

This is frequently the case when it comes to decorating a child’s bedroom. They see the latest Emojis or Disney characters emblazoned on a duvet and mum or dad’s heart sinks.   

Adults want a clean, organised and coordinated bedroom that aids restful sleep.

Kids are all about the fun with a kaleidoscope of clashing colours and all their favourite characters thrown in for good measure.

So how do you solve the children’s bedroom interior design dilemma?

Dobbies: Trending indoors and out for 2018

Dobbies: Trending indoors and out for 2018

Dobbies becomes first national garden centre to launch Living Wall Planters

Set to be a leading trend both inside and out for 2018, the launch of the brand new and exclusive Living Wall Planters at Dobbies Garden Centres mean that it is even easier to grow with the times.

A hub of ideas and inspiration, the destination lifestyle store will be the first national garden centre to launch the planters, continuing to innovate and lead on gardening and décor trends.

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.