If you’re thinking of improving your garden but you’re not sure where to make a start, do not worry, we have some great ideas for you.

One of the best ways that you can make a start on improving your garden is to start with the easiest improvements first. Once you’ve tackled the easier aspects you may feel much more motivated to tackle the longer-term improvements.

Top Dress your Plants

It’s easy for plants and the soil that they’re in to become full of weeds. Top dressing your plants will make your garden look a lot tidier. Remove the first 5 centimetres of soil from any established plant or pot. This will help to remove weeds and any dead leaves too, giving your garden a tidier finish. Replace the soil with some decorative mulch which will allow water to run through it or some compost. Now water the plant unless it’s completely saturated and pull out any further signs of weeds.

Fill in the Cracks in your Patio

Patios can start to look a little old and dated once cracks start to appear. Rather than paying someone to replace your patio why not fill in the cracks? Use a patio weeding tool or a pair of old secateurs and remove any weeds and moss from between the cracks. This will make the patio look better almost instantly. Now add a mixture of 1 part cement and 3 parts sharp sand. Add some water to moisten the mix and then push it into those cracks using a pointing trowel. Once the cracks are full use an old piece of hosepipe or a trowel to smooth it down.

While it may be obvious where you’ve filled the cracks in, after a while, the colour of the mixture will change and you won’t notice it so much.

Add Some Composite Decking

Composite decking is very versatile, it comes in a variety of colours and it’s very easy to look after. Adding a small or large deck area to your garden can breathe a bit of life into it. It will also give you somewhere to sit out during the warm summer months which is nothing short of enjoyable. Composite decking can also add a touch of colour to your garden or complement the colours that are already there. What’s more is you can add a bit of garden furniture, a bird table and a few pots too if you wish, giving you an even better chance to enjoy your garden whenever you wish.

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Give your Lawn a New Edge

During the summer months lawns can grow almost exponentially, and during the winter months, they can look quite tired. Here is where you can make a real difference to your garden without doing too much work. Cut into your lawn’s edges so you can see where it finishes and your borders begin. Run a hose or a line of string along the edges of your lawn so you can clearly see where the edge needs to be. Now use a lawn edger or a spade and make cuts in your lawn. Once you’ve made the required cuts use a fork to move the soil away from the edge of the lawn. Not only will this make your garden look so much tidier but it will also make trimming the edges of your lawn so much easier.

Give your Pots a Clean

Pots can become dirty after a while, and they may not look as good as they once did. The good news is there’s a quick and easy solution to this. Clean your pots using a bit of detergent and some warm water. Take a scrubbing brush and clean the pots on your patio, your decking, and around your garden. Trust me, they will look so much better for it.

Give your Plants a Lift

Crown lifting is a procedure that involves removing some of the lower branches from shrubs and trees. This procedure can make all of your plants look so much better, in addition to ensuring that air circulates a little better too. You’ll also find that there’s more room for you to add plants underneath if you wish. Cut away branches that are touching the soil or seem to be ruining the plant’s shape. Remove the branches completely using a sharp cutting tool and cut right back to the stem or trunk.

Get Rid of Old Plants

If you have some old and somewhat tired plants in your garden you may want to think about getting rid of them. Dig these plants up and get rid of them, throw them on the compost heap so you can use their nutrients another time. As soon as you have gotten rid of those tired, old plants your garden will start to look fresher.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money improving your garden. A little bit of work here and there can make all the difference. Think about those changes you can make to your garden today so new life is breathed into it once more.

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It’s January. It’s a bit grey and miserable, and we’re all feeling a little flat. Well, revolutionising your living space is one sure-fire way to kick-start your new year with a bang and shake those post-Christmas, winter blues. An interior shake-up helps keep your home feeling fresh and exciting, and can even contribute to improving your wellbeing.

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A new piece of furniture will help to transform your home completely and reconfigure your space. A top choice is a corner unit or L-shaped sofa. Maximising your space by fitting into the corners of your living room, a new comfortable corner sofa can be just what you need to help make your living room the haven you deserve after a long day at work. Picking the right fabric is key to achieving the right, relaxed look. Check out the corner sofas from Arlo & Jacob that are all available in over 120 fabrics; so whether a bright velvet or cool linen is your preference, there’s plenty of options.
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Thinking outside the box and doing something unexpected can totally transform your décor. Instead of opting for pictures on the wall, or even embarking on a photography gallery wall, how about mounting baskets, and artefacts that you’ve found on your travels to the wall? This 3D-take on a picture gallery wall will add visual interest, depth and texture. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to show off your trinkets and will be a talking point at dinner parties.
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A quick revolution is to change your wall colour or introduce some pattern to your living space. Our top picks for this year are dessert shades, like rust or sandy browns and golden hues, which will put you in good design-stead for what’s predicted to trend in 2019. These colours will also make a beautiful backdrop to the woven baskets and hangings on your wall. What’s more, a pot of paint or a couple of rolls of wallpaper is an affordable way of making a big change. For paint colours, we like Cinnamon Sand and Auburn Flair by Dulux: both taken from their 2019 ‘Repair’ colour palette.
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A much simpler and quicker update is to change your accessories, cushions and throws. Whether you use them to introduce a new accent colour, bring pattern to your space, or just use them on a practical level to ‘up’ the comfort factor of your living room; accessories are the interior designer’s go-to when it comes to revitalising a space. Opt for multiple multi-sized cushions in a variety of tactile fabrics for an on-trend sofa set-up. Throws are the perfect piece for encouraging a more relaxing atmosphere, which can also be achieved with the right lamps and lighting. As for me, I love to consider extra large rugs and favour oranges and reds. The vast selection of cushions available at Graham & Green will provide you with plenty of choices to reinvent your room.

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It is important to consider your flooring choices when you are making your interior design decisions whether you are planning a trendy loft extension or modernising your kitchen. As a child, I remember everyone had carpet and the only thing I really noticed was how vibrant patterns were replaced by plain carpets. As a mum, it has always amazed me how many parents choose cream carpet for their homes which seems a very impractical choice to me for the business of family life. Here are 5 flooring choices you might consider for your home.

Carpets

I do not have carpets in my home and I am happy about that. They are so much harder to keep clean than other flooring choices in my opinion. Yes I tried to keep mine clean and yes I paid for expert cleaners too but it always seems such a losing battle when you have children and pets in the mix. Of course, they are lovely to walk on and give that sense of cosiness. As a less than domestic goddess they will never be my go-to option.

Wood flooring

My dining room has a beautiful wooden floor I bought from Lifestyle Flooring UK last year. I think it gives the room a real sense of style and also a warm feel. It is easy enough to clean with the right products too. I don’t think I would ever choose it for the whole house but in my dining room it makes a real feature that people comment on positively

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring these days can mimic hardwood and engineered wood flooring really well. The real plus point with laminate flooring is that you can get a very stylish look and a good level of durability without the more expensive price point of wooden flooring.

Vinyl flooring

I remember some horror vinyl back in the day but times have moved on. Vinyl is now a very practical option especially for busy families. Words like water-resistant, scratch proof and noise minimising did not used to excite me as a young woman but they do now! Vinyl can mimic stone and wooden floors too so there is a lot to love.

Accessories

One of my top tips when you are making your flooring choices it to invest in good accessories. The right quality of adhesive, underlay and skirting/beading can make all the difference.

What do you prefer when it comes to new flooring for your home?

 

 

 

Are you going to be selling your home soon? Before you put your house on the market, there are lots of things that you will need to do in order to improve the presentation of your home and ensure that it sells for the best possible price. If you want to get a head start, make sure to carry on reading for our top tips on things you need to do before selling your house.

Welcome Potential Buyers

One of the first things that you should do is make sure that your home looks welcoming from the front for potential buyers. Remember, this is the first thing that they will see when they arrive at your home and a good first impression is what will set the tone for the rest of your home viewing. We would recommend making sure that your door is in tip top condition, that you have cleared away any debris, there is no clutter lying around and that your lawn is mown and hedges are trimmed.

Pack Away Your Personal Belongings

When you are trying to sell your home, you should try and start packing away your things early. When you have a cluttered room, this can make your home feel much smaller and will deter any potential buyers. What’s more, having lots of clutter and personal items lying around can make it difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Pack away all things that you do not use on a daily basis and put them in storage a this will also give you a head start on your move too.

Lick of Paint

If you want to instantly freshen up your home but with little effort, then an easy way to do so is with a lick of paint. Give your walls a fresh coat of white or beige paint and keep things neutral as this is always more appealing to potential buyers, rather than having extremely bright colours.

Repair Broken Items

Before buying a home, potential buyers want to know that everything is in tip top shape, and this will ultimately be a deciding factor in how much they are willing to pay for the property. When selling a home, often the buyer will ask you to leave certain electrical appliances, particularly in the kitchen which could be things such as fridges, dishwashers, and washing machines. If any of these items are not in good working condition, take a look at who the manufacturer is and then head online to find an authorised repair partner. For example, if you have Electrolux home appliances such as a tumble dryer, washing machine or fridge freezer, then you can book a repair slot with https://www.serviceforce.co.uk/electrolux-repairs/ who are the only authorised repair partner for Electrolux appliances in the UK. This will ensure that all repairs are carried out by a professional and having a full range of working appliances is sure to increase the value of your home massively.

Update Your Lighting

You would be surprised at how changing something as simple as your lighting can make a huge difference in your home. New lights can give a fresh look to your home and you can install new bulbs that will help to create specific atmospheres around your home. Accent lighting is also a great thing to use as a focal point in a room and you can use specific lighting such as those above paintings, to draw attention to specific selling points of your home.

Things To Do Before Selling Your  Home

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Property ownership is not just about living in a home. You may also want tips on increasing your property value so that you can sell it on at some point. Perhaps your house is already on the market and you are finding it difficult to sell. Did you know there are tangible ways of increasing your property value by putting some effort into landscaping? I was impressed with a report from Sloane and Sons telling you the best ways to go about it.

First impressions

When a potential purchaser visits your home, it is great if they are impressed even before they get to the front door. It is a really good idea to tie in the period and style of your house with the outside space. Also ensure your outside space has interest and colour all year around because you cannot guarantee the date that your perfect buyer will arrange to call. If there is anything unsightly around such as a wheelie bin, work out ways to mask it from view.

Think about your ideal purchaser

Make it simple for the buyer so perhaps decking works well with a modern home whereas someone looking at an escape to the country may want roses around the door. Your estate agent is your friend as they will probably be far better than you at guessing what sort of individual or family are most likely to make you an offer. If in doubt research shows that a balance of grass, low-maintenance plants and a pleasant seating area appeals to many. Most purchasers will appreciate that there will not be loads of work to do when they move in but will also want the scope to stamp their personality on the outside space. It’s a balancing act.

Simple and effective landscaping tips

Sometimes things don’t have to cost a lot to make a big impression. Edging your lawn properly is one of them. Placing trellis to hide a bin or similar is another. These immediately promote the idea that your home is well cared for and kept clean and tidy. Having a shed means potential buyers can see storage possibilities or even an escape from other family members. A patio or decking area will have them dreaming of social events and barbecues. Lighting can be over-looked and yet makes a huge difference to the ambience of your outside space.

Consult the experts

If you are like me, you may not have a lot of gardening knowledge. The wonderful news it that people who love gardening also generally like to share their expertise. Talk to a green-fingered friend or family member. Call in at your local garden centre and ask for advice. If you really don’t have a clue and have let your garden go, consider hiring a landscape gardener.

For more guidance check out Landscaping Tips That Will Increase Your Property Value today.

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