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Government urged to review Stamp Duty holiday deadline

POSTED ON 30 OCTOBER 2020

Industry chiefs warn “holiday” needs to be extended or economy could take £4bn hit   Property industry leaders are pressuring the Government to extend the Stamp Duty holiday because increased pressure on service providers is causing huge delays for buyers and sellers. A joint letter – sent to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and signed by …


Green solutions to break up interior monotony

POSTED ON 28 OCTOBER 2020

Tall, elegant houseplants can add a vivid flourish to today’s clean and clinical home. And, surprisingly, some do more than just look good Back in the day, when lava lamps and Hostess tea trolleys were all the rage, no self-respecting home was without a rubber plant; an ungainly, spindly, temperamental thing with large, glossy green …


Halloween Party at Home

POSTED ON 26 OCTOBER 2020

Halloween will, like most of 2020, be a different experience this year, however, we have a great guide to make it special at home…   Halloween has always been about Trick-or-Treat, pumpkins and decorating your house, however, this year, with Trick-or-Treating all but off the schedule, we thought we would look at the ways to …


Spooky places to visit in the UK this Halloween

POSTED ON 23 OCTOBER 2020

It’s that time of year where we are all looking for a good scare and where better to start than some of the most terrifying places around the UK…   On the build-up to Halloween, some of us get comfy on the sofa with a good horror film, while others are more adventurous. If you …


Kit out your kitchen

POSTED ON 21 OCTOBER 2020

With the kitchen one of the hubs of the home, it’s key to ensure that you have everything you need to make it fully functional Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs the right tools. Having these to hand will ensure you cook up a storm in no time. But fear not, we tell you …


Rare royal portraits dazzle the nation

POSTED ON 19 OCTOBER 2020

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a rare and beautiful official portrait, which was captured last year at Windsor Castle by royal photographer Chris Jackson, and which has recently been released to the nation. The portrait shows Her Majesty, 94 years old, wearing blue sapphire jewellery and a matching tiara, along with a couple of pieces …


Pension Schemes Bill passes latest stage

POSTED ON 16 OCTOBER 2020

“The role of bricks and mortar in later life is changing”, says the Chairman of the Equity Release Council, as hopes of housing wealth being included in the pensions dashboard improve!   At its second reading last Wednesday, The Pension Schemes Bill has been passed in the House of Commons after some debate between MPs. …


Final garden prep before winter

POSTED ON 14 OCTOBER 2020

We are grasping onto the last ounces of sunny, warm(ish) weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter   With the hot summer we have had this year, and the surprise second-budding of your flowers, your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is …


How to carve a pumpkin this Halloween

POSTED ON 12 OCTOBER 2020

With Halloween coming up, there is nothing that symbolizes this holiday better than a carved pumpkin…   Whether you want to create a simple jack-o-lantern or something a little more artistic, here are some hints and tips that will help you out, as anyone who has ever carved a pumpkin already knows, it can be …


Autumn half-term days out

POSTED ON 09 OCTOBER 2020

With half-term already approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the awesome family days out available this year…    Legoland Treat the little-ones this half term, especially after starting school and the craziest of the past 6-months, with a day out at Legoland, Windsor. Legoland is the ultimate experience for kids of …


Going Green has Never Felt so Rewarding

POSTED ON 07 OCTOBER 2020

If you’ve ever considered taking measures to make your home more eco-friendly, then there’s no better excuse to ‘go green’ than right now.   The government has recently announced the Green Homes Grant, which could subsidize your home-improvement costs, whilst you’re simultaneously doing your bit to combat climate change.   What is the Green Homes …