Buying a brand new home was so easy for first time buyers  

Peter, Cristina and their dog outside their brand new home

Buying a home is considered to be one of the most stressful things you can do, but for Peter Blixenkrone-Moller and Cristina Gallego Garcia it couldn’t have been more straight forward when they purchased their two bedroom home at Deanfield Meadow, Ducklington, Near Witney, Oxfordshire. 

Peter (aged 50) comments, “We have both been living in the UK for 10 years. I am originally from Denmark and Cristina (aged 40) from Spain. We wanted to buy our own home but needed to make sure we were both in the right jobs before making that commitment, so decided to rent for nine months in Woodstock, with a clause in our agreement which meant we could get out.

A new beginning for Mulberry Homes at Great Bowden

Mulberry Homes – the first sod is cut

A recent 'cutting the sod' ceremony at Mulberry Homes' new Heathcote Grange development in Great Bowden, Leics, celebrated one of the first milestones on the site and marked the official start of the construction work.

Chair of the Harborough District Council, Lesley Bowles, joined the homebuilder's Land and Operations Director Steve Mitchell for the event on Leicester Lane.

Heathcote Grange is set to provide a sophisticated selection of three and four bedroom luxury homes, positioned amidst beautifully landscaped surroundings in the heart of Great Bowden.

Not Long Left To Secure A Property At Kingsley Manor

Kingsley Manor street scene

David Wilson Homes South Midlands has released its final range of properties at its Kingsley Manor development in Langford that is perfect for the whole family.

The sought-after new homes site, which is located on Station Road, currently has a range of four and five bedroom detached properties available that are expertly designed to suit modern living.  

The six remaining properties will give new residents a chance to join the newly-formed community of homeowners at the development who are already reaping the benefits of Kingsley Manor.

Crest Nicholson saves the day for Part Exchange couple at Birchen Oak, West Sussex

Crest Nicholson saves the day for Part Exchange couple at Birchen Oak, West Sussex

Alice Dean and her husband, Matt Curgenven, recently moved to Crest Nicholson’s Birchen Oak development in Lindfield. Having previously occupied a two-bedroom duplex apartment built by Crest Nicholson, the couple found their transition to West Sussex “really easy and supportive,” as they chose to upsize using Crest Nicholson’s Part Exchange scheme to secure their dream home. 

The couple found they had outgrown their previous apartment and Alice said, “we needed to find a home that met our needs, and that is what we found at Birchen Oak.” A big part of the appeal was their desire “to leave London” and enjoy the relaxing country lifestyle in West Sussex.

Are you sitting on a small fortune? The top 10 most wanted second hand items

Are you sitting on a small fortune? The top 10 most wanted second hand items

The glitz and glamour of the Christmas period doesn’t come cheap, with presents, parties and decorations all pulling on the pursestrings. Every penny counts over these expensive winter months and many will be searching for ways to bring in a bit of extra cash to cover the costs.

The answer may well be closer to home than people think, with the second hand industry growing year on year. There are many reasons why someone might feel the need for a clear out, but whether it’s fundraising for a treat or decluttering ahead of a house move, you could find it a valuable process.

‘Holistic Design' with Daval Bathroom Furniture

Daval Bathroom Furniture

Rich warm coloured woods are creating a coup in the bathroom this season, with timber-clad wall panelling, featured furniture and the use of hardwoods and tropical timbers like Walnut being used to elevate the bathroom and transform it from ordinary to extraordinary.  Daval, leaders in the British design and manufacture of quality fitted furniture embrace the markets need for holistic design with a collection of furniture that allows you to synchronise a bathroom scheme with your living room, kitchen and bedrooms in terms of quality, design and style. 

‘‘Join the holistic design revolution, your heart and home will thank you for it!’’

Holistic interiors draw inspiration from the following design principles: 


Ensure a clean Christmas

Who would have thought that the biggest trend for A/W18 would be cleaning the house and sharing tips all over Instagram? The social media style of Mrs Hinch has captured our hearts and inspired the nation to ensure they spruce up their homes in time for everyone’s favourite holiday – Christmas. 


Taking inspiration from the “Hinching” trend, Kobold shares its favourite fast cleaning hacks to help customers ensure that Christmas goes without, well... a Hinch! 


Don’t skip out on your skirting boards

Site Managers Reveal How To Make The Best Brew In The Cold Weather

The Best Brew In The Cold Weather

As the colder weather starts to creep in and more people turn to a hot beverage to warm themselves up, staff at leading Bedfordshire homebuilder, Barratt Homes North Thames, have revealed how to make the best brew. 

A new survey of Barratt Site Managers confirmed that a good brew is an important part of the day, whatever the weather. However, coffee is now the preferred beverage of builders, with 52% of staff who took part in the survey choosing it to start the day. Only 2% of respondents opted for a fruit tea as their cuppa of choice.

They also revealed their top advice for making the best brew, which is when making tea to add the hot water first (69%), and a resounding 40% said they prefer a stronger brew.

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Couple at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show assists people in tackling West Midlands’ housing shortage

28-31 March 2019, The NEC, Birmingham 

The West Midlands is gearing up to align with the government’s Housing Deal targets of delivering nearly 16,000 homes a year out of a total nationwide ambition of 215,000, which will help meet the increasing demand in the region by 2031.

Discover the benefits of buying off plan at Stanton Meadows

Stanton Meadows

Leicestershire property seekers are being encouraged to discover the benefits of buying a gorgeous new home off plan at Westleigh’s in-demand Stanton Meadows development. 

The initial few properties at the collection of stunning three and four-bedroom homes in the village of Stanton under Bardon have recently been released for sale and are already generating plenty of interest among quick-off-the-mark buyers. 

Now, Westleigh is encouraging even more people to consider joining existing buyers in reserving a home off plan at the development.                  

'Tis The Season For Scrubbing and Tidying

Woman cleaning & tidying house

New research reveals 63% of UK consumers admit they miss out on family time because they begin tidying the house at least a week before the big day, with 37% tidying between 10 and 18 days in advance of Christmas Day

It’s the season to be jolly, but the stress experienced in the lead up to having the ‘perfect’ Christmas can leave many UK families feeling more frazzled than festive. New research from leading kitchen roll brand Regina has uncovered that well over half of those surveyed (69%) admit they do at least twice the amount of housework than normal just to please visiting guests at Christmas.

Mrs Hinch v. The #GrinchArmy in the battle for a greener Christmas

Mother & daughter cleaning up for Christmas

If the popularity of online sensation Mrs Hinch is anything to go by, cleaning could fast become the nation’s favourite pastime. And with Christmas coming up, now is the perfect time to get scrubbing for a sparking home this season.

But as it’s also the period for peace on Earth, ethical cleaning company Bio-D has produced a list of eco-friendly tips to prepare for the festivities and be kind to the environment at the same time.

They’ve teamed-up with interior influencers to inspire their own Hinch-style army, dubbed the ‘#GrinchArmy’ to reflect their green credentials.

Lloyd Atkin, Managing Director of Bio-D, said: “At Bio-D, we believe a clean home shouldn’t cost the Earth in any sense.

Install and control your home security the ‘smart’ way

Install and control your home security the ‘smart’ way

We’re now well and truly in the run up to Christmas, and odds are you’re planning a trip away and more nights out at festive parties. 

With the ONS reporting a rise in burglary related offences to over 666,000 this year, it’s incredibly important that you’re also thinking about how to keep your home safe while you’re out enjoying the festive period. 

Thousands Use Help To Buy In Bedfordshire To Buy New Homes

Bedfordshire Help To Buy New Homes

A government initiative is helping thousands of families in Bedfordshire to get on to the housing ladder. New figures released by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) reveal that a total of 4,707 homebuyers in the county used the Help to Buy scheme since it was launched five years ago.

Within the county, the districts which made the best use of the scheme were Bedford (2,000) and Central Bedfordshire (2,419). 

Central Heating – Controlled Properly Can Save You Money and Improve Your Health 

Cat lying on a central heating controlled radiator

It’s that time of year again. The months are getting considerably colder as we plough through autumn and winter is just around the corner. Candles and warm lighting are no longer fooling us into believing it’s warmer than it is, meaning that more and more of us are reaching towards the thermostat to indulge in a bath of warm air. However, we ought to be careful how soon and how often we’re reaching for our heating systems. Indeed, professionals advise the general public to be restrictive with their heating to prevent inflicting health related issues on themselves and costly energy bills.

Think you’ll never afford that house deposit?

Using a piggy bank to save for a house deposit

Think you’ll never afford that house deposit? A side hustle doesn’t need to be part-time job 

The average house deposit in 2017, for first-time buyers outside of London, was £26,2241. This is up 108% in comparison to ten years ago1. With the average income of first-time buyers having only increased by almost 17% over the same period, it can often feel like an uphill struggle to save enough for a dream home in today’s world. So it’s not a surprise the average age of first-time buyers has increased too, giving longer to piggy bank those extra pounds.  But it is do-able, even if you aren’t an extreme saver like these three:

How to Save Energy in Your Home This Winter

Energy saving homes

British Gas recently announced they’re increasing their prices by 4%, and with winter fast approaching, homes across the UK will soon be turning on their heating to battle the cold.  While this increase in gas and electricity usage leads to larger bills in the winter, there are ways in which you can save energy (and in turn, money). Here, home experts Birlea outline 10 small ways you can save energy in your home this winter, which will help to reduce those dreaded bills.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Brits will be more careful than ever with their heating this winter

Brits warm home

Over five million Brits will wait until the temperature dips to zero degrees or lower before switching on their heating this winter, according to new research.  

Anglian Home Improvements carried out the research alongside the launch of its new Hot Property campaign, which is aimed at helping homeowners identify where the heat in their home may escape from. The home improvements company partnered with a thermographer-qualified drone specialist to take heat sensitive images of six different properties ranging from Grade II listed homes to new build properties. The images illustrate the most common areas residents lose heat from in their homes, which tend to be windows, doors, chimneys and roofs.

Getting On The Property Ladder Prioritised Above Having Children

Alexandra Gorn Furniture - Getting On The Property Ladder

Bucket list favourites including buying a house, travelling and getting married are now more of a priority to British couples than starting a family, a new study has found. In a survey of 1,003 British adults, carried out by etailer, 67% said that getting onto the property ladder was their number one priority for adult life and that they wanted a place to call their own before planning to start a family.

63% or respondents said they wanted to see more of the world before committing to children.

Buckinghamshire homebuyers given 20% off selected homes in Milton Keynes

The Faversham Special at Centurion Place in Milton keynes

Milton Keynes homebuyers are set to benefit from a low cost housing scheme at the Centurion Place development in the popular Broughton district of Milton Keynes. 

Leading developer Barratt Homes is offering two bedroom apartments for 20% less than market value for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Buyers who live, work or have family connections in the Borough of Milton Keynes, who have a household income of no more than £66,000 can take advantage of their initiative and buy their new home at a discounted cost. They must also confirm that this is the only property they own and they intend to use the property as their own residence.

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.