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The Four Hidden Costs of Modern Home Ownership

When it comes to keeping money in our pockets, the debate of renting an apartment versus home ownership is a fierce one. The massive number of millennials renting instead of buying homes sparks even more controversy amongst home-buyers who argue against apartments.   As a result of growing up during the economic crises of 2008, many twenty-somethings have opted to ditch traditional commitments such as home ownership in lieu of economic independence and rentals. This has led to a sharp drop in first-time home ownership as last year, for example, only 32% of all home owners were first-timers.   However, The combination of economic recovery and rising employment in recent years has warmed many millennials’ opinions toward buying a home.   First-timers may not be aware of ...

5 Ways to Fake a High End Look

If you often find yourself wishing that your home looked more like an image from Elle Décor, then you may be surprised to find out that it’s not as hard as it looks. Here we give 5 simple tips to transform your home into a high-end looking space, without having to break the bank.   1. Never define a room to one style Browse through interior design magazines for inspiration and create a mood board based on your favourite things. A mood board will give you an idea of what works together and what won’t. Designed interiors aren’t just full of single-brand high-street buys. When buying pieces consider second hand shops, car boot sales and vintage boutiques to find unique one-off designs. Mix up shop-bought, trend-led pieces with your finds for a one-of-a-kind look that will leave guests en...

Expensive Looking Home Decor on a Dime

Organize Your Space Before you buy anything new for your home, it’s important to first organize the space that you do have. Think about the minimalist look of a luxury hotel—simple, yet sophisticated. The old adage, to have “a place for everything and everything in its place,” is actually excellent decorating advice. Organizing is such an inexpensive and simple step, but the payoff is amazing. Having a home for everything you need and like can help you “fake” more space in a room, and really opens things up. Make use of tables, bookcases, and shelves. Decorative bowls and baskets can help to minimize clutter. Use only the minimum number of knick-knacks you need. Take a cue from design magazines, or use one of the many 3D furniture planning apps to help you figure out how to organize your r...

What Core Features Add the Most Value to your Home?

Adding value to your home could be something you’ve thought about for a long time, or it may not be something that has crossed your mind yet. By adding value to your house, you could be helping yourself to move up the property ladder. Certain home improvements can make your savings work harder and you have options when it comes to being proactive in increasing value. You can’t sit back and wait for your house to make you enough money; if you are looking to move house or just sell yours, these are some great tips to help you along the way. There are certain features you can add to your home to help increase its value. Carefully consider each of the following options to see if they would be viable for your home!   Build a conservatory Having a conservatory added to your home is one of t...

Exterior Design for Your Conservatory this Summer

There are many reasons for investing in a conservatory, and as we enter spring and the promise of summer is getting closer, there is even more reason to have that extra room to relax in and enjoy the weather. Whether you wish to use your conservatory as a dining room, an office or just an extra living space, decoration for the exterior of your conservatory is just as important as the interior. In other words, your conservatory gives you the perfect space to bask in the view of your garden as it adds a whole new element to your home. Your conservatory from the outside can have an impact on the overall aesthetics of your property and make a big difference to your garden. There are many choices to make when you have decided to have a conservatory installed, from the brickwork to the colour of...

2016’s Top Home Design Trends

With growing concerns regarding global warming, consumers are making a conscious move toward greener practices

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