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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Special Days You Can Celebrate for the First 5 Months of Every Year

After the big holiday celebrations of December, it’s easy to feel the blues creeping in. As you head into January, it’s easy to lose track of all the great reasons you might have to celebrate with parties and gifts for friends and loved ones. Sure, you might have an upcoming birthday in mind, but what if you want to make sure that you have something amazing to enjoy every month?

The good news is that there are tons of great reasons to celebrate out there and UKGifts.co.uk has some great gift ideas to get you started. To help you plan your year in style, we’ve created this list of the top events to celebrate in the first five months of the year. 


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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Time-Saving Hacks For Busy Families

Parenting is hard work; there’s no getting away from that fact. Of course, while parenting is extremely hard work, it’s also exceedingly rewarding. Being a parent is an incredible thing, but it’s also one that can be rather difficult to cope with at times, especially when family life seems a little overwhelming.

A lot of parents worry about family life becoming overwhelming, and when that happens struggle to manage things, often ending up feeling like a failure as a result of being unable to cope. However, struggling to get everything done that needs doing does not mean that you’re failing, it simply means that you lack time to get everything done.

The good news is that if a simple lack of time is the problem, there are plenty of ways that you can save yourself time. It’s just a case of thinking about what steps you can take to make managing family life a more efficient affair.




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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

How to Make Your Garden Fun For All the Family

If you’re going to spend a significant amount of time, energy, and money on your property, then you’ll want to ensure that it’s as cosy, well-decorated, and as fun as possible. Most people are good at taking care of the first two things, but fun? That’s something that’s easy to overlook. However, it’s well worth making the effort. Having a home that allows you to have a good time will ensure you create plenty of fun memories with your loved ones! One of the best ways to improve your home’s fun-factor is to focus on the garden, which is often an underrated and overlooked area of the home. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few key tips for ensuring this part of your property is as fun as can be.




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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Making Over Your Kitchen On A Budget

There are areas of your home that you might revamp and renovate over time. As a kitchen, this is a room in the home that is constant use on a daily basis, and so often enough, you’ll want to give it a makeover every decade or so. However, not everyone has the ability to spend thousands on a renovation. Here are some tips for making over your kitchen on a budget.



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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

These Ingenious Space-Saving Ideas Are A Godsend For Big Families

 Running a family isn’t always easy. There are tantrums, arguments, and financial issues you have to contend with on an almost daily basis. 


But one of the biggest problems is not having enough space for all your stuff. You’d love for your kids to have mountains of toys or shoe cupboards for as far as the eye can see. But floorspace is constantly thwarting your plans. What’s a mum to do?


Fortunately, this is a longstanding issue for families up and down the country, living in less-than-ideal accommodation. And because of this, they’ve come up with some rather creative solutions - things that you can do right now to free up floor space and get your home back on track. 


So what are they? 


Use Wall Sconces


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Many of us wind up wasting space unnecessarily when trying to provide lighting for our rooms. 


Take your bedroom, for instance. If you have a bedside table, the whole purpose of it is usually to act as a platform for the lamp that sits atop it. That’s a colossal waste of space. 


The same goes for people who use their kitchen sideboards for lamps. You’re taking up room you could be using for something else. 


Wall sconces are the ideal solution here. They fix to the wall, so you can place them pretty much anywhere you like. And because they make use of vertical space, you free up the floor for other things. 


Open Up Your Loft


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Do you have a loft? If so, it could be precisely the resource you need to free up space in the rest of your home. 


These days, there are all sorts of inventive and exciting ways you can use your loft. The attic doesn’t have to be a dank room full of boxes with a fibreglass floor. It can be something light and airy, with skylights if you have the budget. 


People who live in apartments, for instance, often create additional mezzanine loft spaces if they have high ceilings. This tactic provides them with extra space for bedrooms and even lounges if there is room to stand. 


Consider Going Open Plan


Interior walls take up a lot of space in the average home. And, for the most part, they don’t actually serve a useful purpose. 


Ripping them out and going for a fully open-plan design could help to improve the space available in your property tremendously. Instead of feeling claustrophobic in your kitchen, you suddenly have vastly more room in which to play. That sensation alone can help you enjoy your property more, even if there is no corresponding reduction in the level of mess and clutter. 


Miniaturize Your Kitchen


While we’d all like to have bigger kitchens with more floor space, sometimes you have to make compromises. If you only have a limited area in which to work, miniaturizing your kitchen could be a solution. When you think about it, you don’t want vast amounts of space between rows of cabinets. What you need is an area in which you can prepare food, and that’s it. 


Minizimating your kitchen means condensing the space down so that it provides all of the functions you need, without eating up your square footage budget. Kitchen islands and stools might be trendy right now, but including them provides you with fewer options elsewhere. 


Turn Your Walls Into Shelves


In-built shelving is not only attractive, but it is also an excellent tool for making use of vertical space in your property. When you dedicate an entire wall to storage (building it up to the ceiling), you can often store vast amounts of stuff, which makes a massive difference to your home. What’s more, because you build it into the wall, it doesn't actually take up your square footage budget. Just paint it a bold colour, get it to match your interior theme, and it’ll immediately slot into your home like it was always supposed to be there. 


Make Use Of Corners


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Making use of corners is sometimes challenging. But if you can figure out how to fill them, you can economize on space and free up other areas of your rooms, such as the main thoroughfare. 


Doing this is much easier than you think. For instance, leather corner sofas can occupy the entire corner of the room, leaving the rest of the space available for tables, ottomans, rugs, TVs or whatever else you want to place in them. 


If you have irregular corners, you still have options. Some families, for example, commission companies to create bespoke pieces of furniture that fit in them snugly, without wasting any space. They might get a furniture maker to build a chest with seating on top to provide extra space for guests while also doubling up as storage. 


Sliding Doors


Doors that flap open on hinges are popular, but they’re not ideal for compact properties struggling with space. 


By contrast, sliding doors are a much better option because they allow you to use more of the available space. You don’t have to leave room for the door to open, enabling you to place objects closer to it. 


It sounds like a small innovation, but it actually makes a massive difference in the availability of space in your rooms. It’s something that immediately frees up space and allows you to be more inventive with your room layouts. 


Hang Your Cookware


Instead of building endless cupboards to store all your cookware, it can be helpful to hang it from racks so that you can grab it whenever you need. 


If you decide to go down this route, be sure that the rack and the pans are both attractive. If you don’t, you’ll wind up with an eyesore in your kitchen - not what you want. 


Hanging cookware allows you to use your cabinets and drawers in your kitchen for other things. You might find that you have more space, for instance, to hide appliances away while you are not using them. 


Take Advantage Of All Available Free Space


When you live in a bijou property, you need to take advantage of any available free space you have. Exploit every crevice. 


Here are some ideas: 


  1. Fills the space under your stairs (if you have them). Use the area to store all your cleaning equipment and vacuum. 

  2. Use the space above doors to provide additional storage. 

  3. Look for opportunities to take advantage of storage under floorboards.

  4. Place chests under your decking for all your outdoor toys, chairs and garden equipment

  5. Build a wine cellar into your kitchen floor


Fix Furniture To The Walls


If you go to Tokyo and spend time in an apartment there, you’ll notice something. Most of them have fold-down tables, beds and even chairs that you put away when you’re not using them. 


You could do the same in your property. Today, there are numerous options for beds, tables and other items of furniture that either stow away on the wall or fold down into something small enough to push out of the way. 


Use Dual-Purpose Furniture


Instead of buying a TV and a storage unit for your living room, look for ways to combine both. Likewise, instead of having a kitchen table and storage, mix the two. 


When it comes to saving space, dual-purpose furniture if your friend. It looks great, and it helps to avoid furniture cluttering up all your rooms. 


So there you have it: ingenious space-saving ideas for families who are a little short on square footage. Which of these strategies will you use? 





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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Preparing Your Home For Every Season

Every season brings with it something beautiful. New joys to experience. Like the heat of summer, the golden leaves of fall. The crisp coolness and sparkly white of winter and the beautiful colours and buzz of spring. But how can you get your home ready for the changes.




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