Trough plants for colour in autumn/winter

As we say goodbye to the summer, those once vibrant trough gardens can start to look bare, brown, and sorry for themselves. Carefully curating a trough that is full of plants that thrive in colder conditions can help to inject colour and beauty into your garden throughout the colder months. Our top tips for creating…




5 simple steps to turn your garden shed into a home office

The internet means that more people than ever can now enjoy the benefits of working from home. As well as cutting out the daily commute, working from home can also improve work/life balance and minimise distractions to improve concentration and productivity, that is, if you have a suitable quiet and comfortable place to work at…




How to paint a cast iron radiator

Update an elegant cast iron radiator with a lick of paint and enjoy the many benefits these practical period features can bring to your home. As well as their elegant shape and decorative appearance, old-fashioned cast iron radiators offer excellent heat retention, allowing them to give off a more consistent and long-lasting heat than modern…




Do I need planning permission to turn a garden shed into a home office?

Converting a shed at the end of the garden has become a popular way of creating a home office separate from day-to-day home life and distractions. Working from home can cut out the time-consuming, expensive, and stressful commute and help to improve work/life balance. With the development of modern technology and the internet, remote and…




5 ways to use reclaimed railway sleepers in your home

Reclaimed railway sleepers are chunky, solid pieces of wood with excellent durability and longevity. The perfect building material for your next home DIY project. One important point to note when using railway sleepers inside the home, is that you should always make sure that the sleeper has not be treated with creosote, which is a…




The 5 best places to hang a mirror in your home

A mirror is both a decorative and functional item, and to get the most out of it, you should think carefully about where you’re hanging it. Hanging a mirror in a room can change its overall appearance. Think carefully about what will be reflected in your mirror before deciding where to hang it. Hanging a…




How to create a fall when laying a patio

When laying paving slabs, it is important to include a ‘fall’ to help water to drain off the patio. Adding a patio to your garden can provide you with a comfortable outdoor living space. Invest in some garden furniture and some potted plants and your patio will soon become your family’s favourite place to spend…




5 period features you can buy reclaimed when restoring a period property

Buying reclaimed is the perfect way to acquire genuine period features for restoring your period home to its former glory. In their original state, most period properties featured ornate detailing and an elegant style that just can’t be replicated with modern features. Buying reclaimed period features can help to restore your period property to its…




3 types of lighting and how to use them effectively in your home

Well-designed interiors combine these three different types of lighting to create a comfortable, functional, and stylish space. As well as being functional, the lighting in a room plays a huge part in creating an atmosphere and setting a mood. Each different space in your home will require a different combination of lights, depending on the…




Why choose a reclaimed cast iron fireplace?

Elegant, ornate, and bold, a cast iron fireplace can bring any interior to life. As well as being a stunning feature focal point, a cast iron fireplace is also a powerful source of heat, creating a warm and cosy environment. Here are six reasons why a cast iron fireplace is an excellent investment for your…