How to decorate your rental home

How to decorate your rental home

The frustrating thing about living in a rental home is trying to decorate without losing your deposit. But there are tips and tricks you can use in your home to brighten it up and make it your own, without annoying your landlord!

TRental decor3he key is to add colour! Rentals always come with plain white or cream walls, and in most you won’t be allowed to paint. So add colour in other ways: artwork, pictures, Rental decor1plants, tea towels, bed sheets, anything you can! Just don’t go too overboard. Use coloured furniture as well, such as a statement chair or bed frame, and if you don’t want to buy new things, just paint what you already have!

Displaying you belongings in open storage adds personality and gives a rental a more lived in fRental decor10eel, and it means things are easier to access! You can even do this with clothes using a rack (especially if you don’t have a closet). Another thing that makes a renRental decor11tal feel more homely is adding texture such as throws, cushions and rugs. Rugs can also help to cover up ugly flooring. Accessorizing without cluttering is essential; put trinkets and pictures around your home to make it feel like your own space, and use focal pieces such as statement furniture or a bar cart to really add something unique.

Rentals often come with awful blinds or none at all, so invest in a good pair of curtains that add colour and texture without making a mark. Quirky light fixtureRental decor6s are a great idea to change up a rental, as is changing the hardware such as cabinet handles and door knobs; just make sure you keep the old ones to switch over before you leave! Pay attention to the little things; use fun magnets on your fridge and colourful Washi tape to display photos. Rental decor5Rental decor7

There are now loads of great products specifically to help renters with these problems. You can buy removable wallpaper, tiles and contact paper to make your home more lively, and you’ll still get your deposit back. If this isn’t for you, you can wallpaper the inside of an open cabinet to add colour. Command hooks are also a genius invrental decor4ention that let you hang up pictures, jewellery and mirrors without drilling holes. Or alternatively, just rest pictures or artwork on top of a cabinet against a wall.

We spoke about the benefits of plants in a previous blog, and they help here too by adding life to your home. Display them in Rental decor2unique ways in quirky vases, old light bulbs or chandeliers (like here). There’s not just the décor of a rental that needs help, but sometimes the smell as well; use candles and incense so your home always smells delicious. You can even choose a rental home that already has character; a lot of old houses have beautiful quirky features such as old fireplaces, stained glass and exposed brickwork.

Village living in Malton

Village living in Malton

A stunning, newly built two-bedroom property in Malton, the food capital of Yorkshire. Damson Avenue is situated in the perfect location for young families, with good schools and family days out in the surrounding area, and great access to Scarborough, Leeds and York.


This beautiful home features a spacious hallway entrance and an open-plan living and dining area, which is versatile and spaciouBarden Artist Impressions making it a great space for entertaining. The lounge leads out through a set of French doors into a private garden, making this an ideal home for summer entertaining. Extra storage space is provided by an under-the-stairs pantry. The contemporary kitchen has a high gloss finish, fitted with oven and vinyl floor.

On the first floor, a landing space leads to two spacious bedrooms; both are fully carpeted and have plenty of space for storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with a three-piece suite and over-the-bath shower. A separate WC is also located on the ground floor to help ease the morning rush. This home has off-road parking and pets are welcome!


Set in the heart of Ryedale, this home provides the perfect setting for those who enjoy the great outdoors, with the North York Moors and the coastal town of Scarborough just a short drive away. Families will benefit from a choice of well-Maltonregarded nearby schools, a sports centre and a range of great family days out. There is also a community hospital and vetinary nearby, with Malton train station, a cinema, a golf course and big supermarkets a short distance away, alongside the River Derwent.

Malton is situated in a great location, close to the village of Norton, and with easy access to major Yorkshire cities including York, Harrogate and Leeds, and the beautiful coastal town of Scarborough a short journey to the east. You’ll have plenty of adventures to go on, as Malton is located not far from the Howardian Hills, which are home to Castle Howard, and the stunning North York Moors just a little further north. You’ll never run out of places to explore here!

Food Capital

Malton is the perfect location for food lovers, as this beautiful village is the self-proclaimed ‘Food Capital’ of Yorkshire. And it certainly does produce and host the best food around. There is a traditional market every Saturday, and a new Food Lovers Market every second Saturday, a must visit where you’ll find a whole host of delicious treats! OppMalton4osite The Talbot Hotel is the Talbot Yard Food Court, where an ice cream maker, brewery, bakery, coffee roastery and pasta maker are situated to form the Made in Malton tour of artisan producers, making Malton famous for its local produce. The village is home to a brilliant cookery school where you can learn the tricks of the trade! There is also the yearly Malton Food Lovers Festival on May 28th and 29th which will be full of locally produced food stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chef demos, cookery lessons and much more. Craft beer and cider will be served at the festival bar, and there will be live music and family entertainment for all, definitely not one to miss!

Traditional food shops:Malton2

  • Overton’s Butchers and Fox’s Butchers and Game Dealer
  • Dales Fruit and Veg and Paley’s Fruit and Veg
  • Malton Relish Deli and Dickens of a Deli
  • Malton Fisheries
  • Scoops Ingredients Shop
  • The Patisserie and Costello’s bakery
  • Mennels Chocolates
  • Beechams Health Foods

In terms of eating out, The Talbot Hotel is certainly one of the best, with mouth-watering seasonal dishes using the best of Yorkshire produce and an extensive wine list. The Malton Brasserie is a great eatery for the whole family, with dishes such as mussels steamed in Ampleforth cider, and a children’s menu, served in a relaxed, no nonsense environment. The New Malton is a great gastropub serving delicious local dishes, whilst The Yard is a contemporary pub with a traditional Yorkshire welcome. Try Tuis Thai for something a little different, offering Thai dishes cooked with fresh Yorkshire ingredients. To dine, drink and socialize in comfort, the infamous Rory’s Bar is the place to be. If you’re looking for cute cafes, Leoni’s serves the best coffee and afternoon tea, whilst the New Brew Tea Room is famed for its fresh to order breakfasts, cooked with the finest produce.

For more on the Food Capital, visit

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  • Howardian Hills, an Outstanding Area of Beauty, and Castle Howard which hosts events and exhibitions
  • Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm provides a beautiful, relaxing day out
  • The breath-taking North York Moors National Park
  • Yorkshire Lavender set in the Howardian Hills, with gardens and a farm, deer park and sculpture park
  • Eden Camp, a modern history-themed museum
  • Yorkshire Arboretum, 120 acre garden of trees offering woodland walks, a café, interactive displays, events, lakeside trails and outdoor educationMalton5
  • The Milton Rooms, an art hub for emerging artists to showcase their work
  • Scampston Hall, a Grade II* Listed building surrounded by beautiful gardens
  • Malton Museum, displaying the long history of the village

Upcoming events

  • Malton Food Lovers Festival – 28 & 29 May – Malton
  • Malton Monthly Food Market – 11 June – Malton Market Place
  • Vintage Day – 12 June – Scampston Hall
  • Flower Festival – 23 to 26 June – Castle Howard
  • White Rose Classic – 3 July – Malton Market PlaceMalton6
  • Malton Agricultural Show – 3 July – Scampston Hall
  • The Yorkshire Wolds cycle challenge – 16 & 17 July – starts Norton College
  • Ryedale Festival – 13 to 30 July – Ryedale
  • Malton Game & Seafood Fest – 10 September – Malton Market Place
  • Ryedale Book Festival – 7 to 10 October – Malton

See and for details and more events.

De-stress your home

De-stress your home

There are many things in life that can cause you stress, but your home shouldn’t be one of them! So for National Stress Awareness Month, we give you our top tips on how to make your home stress free.


A cluttered home is bound to make you feel stressed; just a bit of organisation in your life will clear both your home and mind.drawers-divided-underwear-ictcrop_gal

  • Use baskets for everything! Just chuck your stuff in; they’re the easiest way to organise your belongings and keep them out of the way
  • Another way to use baskets is to have two placed on your counter- one for items that require immediate attention, and the other for lower priority tasks
  • Draw dividers are a life saver; you can either buy them or make your own from shoe boxes
  • No need to go out and buy fancy containers, used cleaned out jam jars as cute bathroom organisersorganize-your-cords_thumb5-380x214
  • Place catch all dishes around your home for small things like earrings, hair grips and keys so they don’t end up cluttering every surface (and getting lost)
  • Keep your bed sheet sets together by folding everything into just one of the pillowcases
  • Does having wires and cords everywhere do your head in? Decorate loo rolls for a cheap way to keep them all together
  • Every girl knows that bobby pins disappear like magic, use a magnetic strip and never lose them again!beauty organising
  • Need a way to store your scarves or ties? Attach plastic shower hooks to a clothes hanger and you’ve got a makeshift tie/scarf rack!
  • Use plastic bathroom/makeup and desk organisers, shower caddies, over-the-door shoe racks. You can make these items multitask too: use a shoe rack for cleaning or beauty products (don’t mix these up!), put a plastic desk organiser in your fridge to keep your food organised, the list is endless

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Having a small home can be stressful as it feels like you don’t have room for everything; these small but super clever space saving tricks will help utilise your space better, and reduce clutter and stress.

  • Opt for multi-purpose furniture with hidden storage such as beds with drawers underneath and hollow ottomans
  • Fold up furniture is also great- you can buy fold up clothes drying racks and even fold up tables that attach to your wallPull out cabinet
  • Don’t have enough room for a coffee table? Buy or make a skinny coffee table to go behind your sofa or a wooden couch arm wrap
  • Some smaller apartments don’t come with a proper dining area, create your own with a slim console dining table pushed against the back of your sofa
  • Have any narrow spaces in your kitchen? A thin pull-out cabinet creates extra storage and utilise any awkward spaces
  • Utilise unused spaces with corner and ceiling shelves which provide extra storage but don’t take up any roomCharging station
  • Does your bathroom not have a cabinet or shelves? By an over-the-tap shelf for all your bathroom essentials
  • Transform a letter shelf into a charging station to keep all your chargers out of the way
  • Buying a shower curtain with pockets means you won’t have loads of bottles around your bath!


The way you decorate your home can have a big impact on your mood; use calming items and colours to create a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Indoor plants bring nature into your home, purify the air and generally look nice
  • Mood lighting such as dimmer switches and fairy lights creates a relaxed vibetrinkets
  • Make your home super cosy with cushions, rugs and blankets
  • Decorate your home with nature-inspired pieces such as wood and natural textures
  • Put up art work, photos and meaningful trinkets to add personality and make you feel happy
  • Crystals and geodes are said to have a calming effect, even if they don’t, they make your home look pretty
  • Ensure your home is clutter free! Decorations are great but don’t go over boardfairy lights
  • Let in plenty of natural light wherever possible
  • Create a heavenly, relaxing scent in your home with essential oil diffusers
  • The colour of your walls has a huge impact on the way you feel, the best colours for each room are: blue for bedrooms is calming, an earthy coloured bathroom promotes nature, green for your lounge is refreshing, paint a study purple to inspire creativity, then yellow for your kitchen/diner to create a happy and sunny atmosphere

Suburban living in Horsforth, Leeds

Suburban living in Horsforth, Leeds

Recently named as one of the best places to live, the up and coming Leeds suburb of Horsforth is the ideal place to live if you want a peaceful and beautiful setting, and access to one of the best cities in the country.

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17 Glenwood Villas is a two-bedroom apartment situated in an old converted coach house, meaning it boasts its own entrance way. The lovely villa features a large open-plan kitchen and living area, with the kitchen complete with integrated oven, hob and extractor fan, and fitted with viLounge-Kitchennyl flooring. The two double bedrooms are fitted with carpet to create a cosy feel, and the master bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom. The main bathroom is a modern, white three-piece suite with a shower over the bath.

15 Glenwood Villas is also a two-bedroom apartment, situated on the top floor of the main apartment building. This property also features an open plan living area, witexternal (1)h a kitchen fully fitted with white goods and vinyl flooring, as well as a striking sloping ceiling with a Velux skylight window. The lounge area features a large bay window overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens. The spacious double bedrooms are fitted with carpet and wardrobes, and the clealoungen-finished, white three-piece bathroom has a bath and separate shower cubicle. Number 15 also has a large hallway with fitted storage, and both properties have allocated parking.


Glenwood Villas has access to the beautiful landscaped gardens which provide lovely views from the apartments, and also overlooks the stunning Newlay Valley. Glenwood offers a peaceful setting, whilst only being a short distance from the local shops, eateries and bars. Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, and the Village Museum has collections and displays illustrating life in the village. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station is only a 5 minute journey away, giving you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters.

Why Horsforth is the best place to live

The Times named this beautiful suburb one of the best places to live in Britain, and it’s pretty obvious why. From its stunning scenery to great community spirit, it’s the ideal Yorkshire village to live in. The infamous Horsforth Hall Park is a gorgeous community park that offers something for all ages; with a unique Japanese garden, a “Trim Trail”, as well as outdoor play area and skate park. It’s perfect for a peaceful Sunday stroll on a sunny day. Pretty much the whole villageHorsforth woods is picturesque, but other great routes to walk are on the Leeds Country Way and in Hunger Hills Woods.

The village’s architecture is also a sight to behold; most buildings are made from sandstone, creating a distinctive style. The area is full of history, which you can explore in the Horsforth Village Museum. Horsforth is also full of unique and quirky culture, with Firefly pottery café where you can grab a drink and paint some pottery, whilst the annual summer event Walk of Art showcases plenty of weird and wacky creations. If you fancy the buzz of the city, Leeds is only a 10 minute train journey away, and is packed full of amazing places to eat, drink, shop, be entertained and anything else you can think of!

Places to eat &drink

Its amazing eateries and pubs also make Horsforth a great place to live. Everyone raves about Trattoria Il Forno’s incredible pizzas, and Café Marinetti also serve delicious Italian food in a family run restaurant. For Mediterranean cuisine heHorsforth 166ad to La Bistro, and for Indian dishes (and cheap pints) visit East at Enigma. If you are looking for snacks and lunches, Hamilton’s Sandwich Shop and Pooky & Grumps Deli are the best in town. For a taste of sophistication, Bar 166 & Bistro serves delicious British cuisine and the best burgers, and you’ll definitely want to stay for a drink with the locally brewed and worlds beers on offer, as well as cocktails.

The Brown Cow serves excellent American diner-style food, whilst The Brownlee Arms offers a combination of homemade food and real ale (with a superb Sunday roast). The village even has its own pub crawl, ‘The Horsforth Mile’, and a number of great pubs including The Forge, with craft beers and real music, The Abbey Inn which hosts the occasional gig, and Town Street Tavern offers a peaceful pint of craft beers and real ales.

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No garden? No problem! Gardening for rented homes

No garden? No problem! Gardening for rented homes

You may think because you live in a rented home with little or no outdoor space that you can’t enjoy a garden. Well you’d be wrong! You can create lush indoor gardens, utilise balcony space, and if you do have a garden in a rented home, there are still ways to transform your green space.


Indoor gardens

Creating an indoor garden and scattering house plants around your home not only makes your space feel fresher and more lived in, they also help purify the air, suppress bacteria, help counteract central heating by adding humidity, and can even make you feel happier and more relaxed. Growing plants indoors is actually easier than outdoors, as you don’t have to deal with bad weather conditions or diseases.

Low/medium light plants:

  • Chinese evergreen, Pothos
  • Snake plant, Zeezee plant
  • Peace Lily, Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Spider plant, Rubber plant
  • Dracaena, Prayer plant
  • Parlor Palm, African Violet




You can fill empty spaces on bookshelves or in corners with potted plants, or create a no-mess terrarium to use as a unique table centre piece by putting small rocks, soil, live moss and low maintenance plants into a large, wide-mouth jar. Bathrooms are great spaces to grow plants as they provide warmth, moisture and light. If you are accident prone, opt for woven and material planters to avoid disaster, or if not you can choose quirky glass or ceramic pots to add decoration.

Unique ways to display houseplants:

  • On a repurposed, decorated ladder
  • In old light bulbs filled with water (for indoor hydroponics like English Ivy and Philodendron)
  • In small vintage teacups
  • In an small, recycled drawer set
  • In a range of different coloured pots with different materials and textures
  • Create a fairy garden in a small wooden crate
  • In repurposed mason jars, decorated if you want more colour
  • Hung up vertically to save space




Home central heating can really dry out plants; in this instance most people would be tempted to water them more, but this can damage and kill them too! Instead what they need is to have the leaves misted with water daily to add humidity again. However, if you don’t have a great track record with growing plants, these are the hardest to kill: Aloe, Kentia palm, Arrowheaded vine, Golden pothos, Zebra Haworthia, Ghost plant and Geranium.

Succulents are also a great choice of plant to grow in the home: use loose cactus soil, expose to medium sunlight, only water when soil is completely dry, use plant food to input nutrients, let air get to them, and repot occasional in large containers to give them room to grow. The best succulents for rooms that receive a lot of light are Aloe Vera and the Jade plant.

Best purifying plants:

  • Aloe Vera, Areca palm
  • Baby rubber, Bamboo palm
  • Boston fern, Chinese evergreen
  • Mass cane, Ficus alii




Herb garden

Herbs are great for your indoor garden as they also can be used for flavourings in your cooking! To plant herbs: soak seeds for a couples of hours, fill plant pots with soil/coarse sand mixture, plant seeds 3 times deeper than seed width, water only when soil is dry to touch. Herbs are ready to harvest when flowers bud; cut 4-6 inches above the base of the plant and harvest in small amounts.

The best herbs to grow on your kitchen windowsill are: basil, chives, coriander, fennel, lemongrass, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme; and they’re also best for seasoning your food. A great way to display them when ready to use is hung up vertically so they are easy to reach up for when cooking; unique and practical!



Balcony/back garden

If you are lucky enough to have a balcony or a back garden, you have more choice, but you still have to be careful in a rented home! For balconies, vertical or hanging gardens are the best option as they leave room to put seating and a table so you can sit and enjoy the nature. It’s also a chance to get really creative without making any changes that would lose you your deposit! You can hang baskets on the balcony railings, and if you want to create more privacy, put in a trellis and grow climbing plants to create a natural barrier. You don’t have to splash out on new things to display your plants; you can reuse old items such as a ladder for great vertical display, a decorated shower caddy or hanging shoe rack.

The key for back gardens is to avoid digging anything up; instead use pretty plant pots to grow flowers, or set down wooden crates and fill with soil to plant, which will blend in more to the natural surroundings. Balconies and gardens also offer the opportunity to grow a little vegetable garden in containers.




Best container vegetables for beginners:

  • Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce
  • Chilies, Onions
  • Beans, Peas
  • Eggplant, Carrots
  • Radishes

Even on tiny balconies you can add a couple of seats and a chair to create an outdoor space you can enjoy, or throw down loads of cushions and blankets for a chilled vibe. As well as plants to create your garden, decorations are just as important; fairy lights and lanterns look stunning at night on balcony, as well as a back garden. With a house garden you will usually have more space to be creative and to add seating and tables, or be a little different and put in a swing seat or hammock! Rented back gardens can tend to be a little plain, so add anything to give it personality and make it your own space, just no digging or serious landscaping!



Exploring and living in Skipton

Exploring and living in Skipton

Skipton is the perfect place to live if you love the outdoors; “The Gateway to the Dales” offers beautiful countryside and breathtaking walking routes.


This two bedroom apartment combines historical character and contemporary living; the property is situated in the beautifully converted Eller House, but boasts modern interiors and great views.

Making the most of open-plan living, the lounge and kitchen area is light and spacious, as well as convenient. The kitchen comes complete with an oven and hob so you can cook at home, and there is even space for a dining table and chairs so you can have dinner “family style”.Eller House external

The cozy bedrooms are fully carpeted and offer plenty of space for storage, so you’ll have no problem fitting all your belongings in. The master bedroom additionally benefits from an ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and sink. The house bathroom is a white three-piece suite with both bath and shower facilities.

As well as all this, the property even comes with a free rail/bus pass or free parking for the first year; perfect for those wanting to commute to nearby cities.


Eller House is a converted grade II listed building, situated less than a 5 minute walk from Skipton train station and the high street, which boasts an array of shops and eateries. With the Yorkshire Dales a stones throw from Eller House, this apartment is ideally located for those who enjoy the outdoors.

There are several supermarkets conveniently nearby, as well as a gym and the large Sandylands Sports centre which offers cricket, tennis and more. Coopers Café Bar, Thai Basil and Venue Sports & Music Bar are all just around the corner from Ellskipton hillser House, with even more bars and restaurants in the town centre.

What to do

With the Yorkshire Dales and Leeds & Liverpool Canal on your door step, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are several cruises and boat trips, including Airedale Cruising, Pennine Cruisers and Pennine Boat Trips that let you explore Skipton while floating along the water. For other outdoor pursuits you can explore the magical Skipton Castle Woods, or challenge yourself with the Millennium Walk.

Then obviously there is the Yorkshire Dales: discover its stunning views with scenic walks (for a range of abilities) such as Sharphaw Walk, Skipton to Settle Walk, the Three Peaks Walk and Goredale Scar. There are even several guided walks if you’d prefer including the Skipton Castle Woods Walk, Discover Skipton Moor, and the Craven Ramblers and Walkers clubs. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Skipton has great cycle tourism, with fantastic routes to follow and clubs to join.Skipton-Canal

Shopping, eating & drinking

Skipton isn’t all just about the outdoors; it all has great shops, eateries and bars to visit. The town centre offers the top high street names, and also puts on bustling market stalls and is host to many independent shops which you will find is the Historic Quarter and Victoria Square.

For places to eat, Le Bistro des Amis has to be top of your list, serving delicious European cuisine and excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant always receives rave reviews! If you’re looking for something more traditional, visit The Tempest Arms for classic British food, whilst Oakley’s Grill & Pizzeria offers the best Italian dishes, reserve a table to avoid disappointment! Need a warm, hearty meal after a day of walking? The Skipton Pie and Mash Shop is the perfect place. Closer to home is the Cooper Café Bar which serves lovely lunches, cakes and drinks.

If you’re searching for a traditional British pub to have a few drinks, then head to The Woolly Sheep Inn, The Narrow Boat or The Castle Inn, which all serve real ale. Looking for a little more sophistication? 25 Below is Skipton’s first champagne and cocktail bar, located in a vaulted cellar below the hotel Boutique 25, the perfect venue for classy weekend drinks.

Upcoming Events

  • Venue’s 3rd Birthday – 23 April – Venue
  • Skipton Waterways Festival – 30 April to 2 May – Skipton Canal Basin
  • Crafty Vintage – 30 April to 2 May – Skipton Town Hall
  • Skipton Beer Festival – 2 & 3 June – Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
  • Skipton Car Show – 5 June – Skipton High Street
  • Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival – 30 & 31 July – Auction Mart, Skipton

Make your home a hippie heaven

Make your home a hippie heaven

Let’s face it, deep down we would all love to live the life of a care-free hippie: The not-a-care-in-the- world attitude, relaxed vibes and floaty clothes. Yep. Sounds great. But in reality, it’s not the most practical way of life. Instead, get a little slice of your own hippie heaven wibed tapestryth our home decorating tips.

  1. Hang up beautiful, patterned tapestries around your home to bring colour and character to your rooms (tip: if your renting use command hooks to make sure you get your deposit back!)
  2. Mix and match textured and printed decorative pillows for a fun and cosy feel
  3. Channel the exotic hippie vibe by purchasing a vintage Moroccan rug
  4. Use natural fibre pieces for that down-to-earth stylemoroccan rug
  5. Cover your home with super comfy floor pillows; they’ll give you the hippie look and provide extra seating when you have guests
  6. Crystals are the perfect decorations to help you get in touch with your spiritual side
  7. Indigo-dyed fabrics are a hippie staple, they evoke feelings of calm and tranquillity
  8. Always have scented candles and incense sticks (be careful though, you don’t want to burn down your new hippie home)floor pillow
  9. Scatter indoor plants around your rooms; they look great and boost productivity
  10. Hang up fairy lights and paper lanterns to create your own hippy sanctuary of relaxation
  11. Fill shelves with unique boxes, vases and trinkets that have meaning

Independent and vintage shops, such as Yellow Sunrise in Leeds Corn Exchange, are the perfect places to help furnish your hippie haven, as well as Etsy, Amazon and Hippie Shack. Many high street shops are also getting in on the trend, try: Next, Urban OutfittersH&M Home and Wilko, depending on your budget.

City centre living in Hull

City centre living in Hull

Enjoy the culture, nature and city life of Hull in this stylish and spacious apartment, with fantastic views over Hull’s Victoria Dock that you can enjoy from your own private balcony.


James Court: Located in a stunning, modern development on Hull’s Victoria Dock, this two-bedroom apartment boasts fantastic views and a private garage. Close to the vibrant Hull City Centre and all its amenities.

An open-plan layout and large windows create a bright, spacious area to live and relax. Patio doors lead out to your own private Juliette balcony, with stunning views of Hull’s Victoria Dock. Why not add chairs, pillows and plants to the balcony to create a cozy space to sit on warm days and take in the stunning view. An archway leads into a newly refurbished kitchen with integrated appliances, including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient place.0S32HIL6V

This property includes one master bedroom and a smaller guest bedroom, both spacious and fully carpeted, and a newly refurbished white bathroom suite, with electric shower over bath. The apartment is fitted with laminate flooring which makes for easy cleaning, an airing cupboard you can use for storage, electric storage heaters throughout and a secure entry system.


You’ll never run out of things to do in the eclectic city of Hull. James Court is close to the main city centre where you’ll find an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars, and is not far from the train station, making for an easy commute. Not only is the apartment overlooking the Victoria Dock, it is a short walk from the Humber, and you can even venture a little further out and spend a day out on the East Yorkshire Coast. There is also the lovely Victoria Park across the road, and you’ll even be close to The Deep and all its stunning marine life, a must visit! If you enjoy nature you can also spend time exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds which extends from the nearby Hessle up to Filey, home to gorgeous sandy beaches.humber_bridge_v_500x278

Places to eat & drink

Hull’s restaurant and bar scene has flourished in recent years, and now offers a range of unique and excellent quality places to eat and drink. One of the best restaurants is 1884, specialising in modern British food as well as steak and local fish, which you can eat overlooking the marina. For a European-style bistro, visit Henry Yeast & Son where you’ll find intriguing specials and continental beers; top tip – book early! Roots serve Jamaican cuisine in a beach shack-vibe restaurant; definitely try the succulent ribs, curry goat and lethal cocktails. Fudge provides a more delicate place to eat with pastel colours and fairy lights, very Sex and the City, but with a wide range of delicious food, and a bakery and deli next door. If you’re looking for delicious Moroccan food, head to Marrakech Avenue; Di Gianni makes the tastiest pizzas; and Tapasya for the best curry in Hull. Although a little on the price side, Hull’s best and oldest fish restaurant Ceruttis is a must for a special occasion, serving fish dishes with a slight Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, but offering classic English food too.

If you’re looking for a classic pub to drink, try both Minerva and Hop & Vine; Minerva is a huge, handsome pub with half a dozen drinking rooms, fantastic views of the river and marina, and open fireHull Docks. Hop & Vine is Hull’s best kept secret offering local beer, honest food, good music and a friendly atmosphere; what more could you want from a pub. If you want style and sophistication, visit one of Hull’s many bars. Garbutt’s provides vintage glamour in a chic and cosy bar, Lucca is a slick and stylish bar, and Level’s serves great cocktails as well as food. For something a little different, Riddler’s has a quirky but contemporary “garden shed” theme and puts on chilled acoustic nights.


Hull is home to some fabulous shopping centres including Princes Quay, Prospect, St Stephens and North Point which provide a huge range of the biggest retailers and big brand names. Princes Quay also has a cinema, bowling alley, a gym and plenty of eateries.

For vintage finds, search the rails in Poor Boy Boutique and Chinese Laundry, as well as Dove House 87 for extra special charity items. For men, Bob Greens and Beasley’s sell the best designer menswear as well as vintage pieces. Oresome Gallery and Jewellery Workshops sells beautiful pieces and hosts jewellery making classes, and if you’re looking for shabby chic homewares stop off at Roisin Dubh. Hepworth Arcade is the best location for independent shops, and Hull’s Fruit Market is a vibrant space offering food, fashion, music, film, art and more.

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Tips for better sleep & productive mornings

Tips for better sleep & productive mornings

So we’re a little bit late with this, but March was National Bed Month, and who doesn’t love their bed. In celebration of this, we thought we’d share with you the tops tips we’ve found on getting a good nights sleep and having an energizing, productive morning. Yes, it is possible!


Winding down

  • Read a book to help clear your mind, but NOT on a digital devise, an actual book
  • Switch off ALL electronics at least an hour before bed
  • Jot down any worries you might have to prevent them from keeping you up all night. And write down good things that have happened too!
  • Having a warm bath with essential oils is the perfect way to wind down
  • Sip a hot drink – chamomile is the best to promote relaxation
  • Do some Yoga, stretches, meditation or breathing techniques to help you feel calm
  • Only use your bed for bedroom activities only (you know what we mean)
  • Try progressive muscle relaxation; tensing and relaxing each part of your body
  • Create a relaxing night time beauty routine that you look forward to doing

Your room

  • Get the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold
  • Keep pets in a different room, yes we know its hard, but its necessary!
  • Have plants in your bedroom that are relaxing and purify the air such as lavender, aloe vera, spider plant and Peace lily
  • Make your bed in the morning – its so much nicer getting into a nicely made bed
  • Have thick curtains to block out light, get rid of any light when you’re going to sleep, and before sleep use yellow light not blueSleeping_Space_5
  • Decorate your bedroom with cool or earthy colours to create a relaxed feel
  • Create a super cosy and comfortable space, and make sure its clean and tidy
  • Use plush textures, natural elements, personal details and calming scents

Tips for a beneficial nap

  • Power nap, 10-20 minutes, if you want to get straight back to work after
  • Nasa nap, 26 minutes, for alertness and if you’re working over time
  • Slower wave 60 minutes nap, to help cognitive memory
  • Full cycle 90 minute nap, for creativity and emotional/procedural memory
  • Optimum nap time between 1-4pm, sleep slightly upright in a dim room

Other tips

  • Avoid sugars and grains before bed, the best foods to eat in the evening are ones rich in magnesium, melatonin and B6. Try: almonds, honey, banana, salmon, turkey, warm milk, kale, walnuts and dark chocolate
  • Maintain a regular bed time, even on the weekends (yes we know this one is hard)
  • Avoid: caffeine 6 hours before sleeping, alcohol 3 hours before, dinner at 2-3 before, exercise 2 hours before, and working and using electronics 1 hour before
  • Full body exercising at some point during the day helps you to sleep at night
  • Adults need 7-9 sleep a night, make sure you get it!
  • Find the best sleeping positions if you’re in a couple
  • If you can’t sleep, get up! Read a book or listen to music, then try sleeping again


Waking up

  • Like with bed times, have a regular waking up time (again this one is a struggle!)
  • Don’t hit the snooze! You’re sleep will be fragmented and make you groggy
  • Expose yourself to natural light as quickly as possible, and get some fresh air
  • Have a cool morning shower to feel refreshed and awake
  • Drink water: hot water with lemon will help to clear and detox your body
  • You could try some energising Yoga poses, stretches or meditationmiracle-morning

Morning routine

  • Do as much prep as you can the night before & have a set routine to avoid rushing
  • Wait an hour to eat from when you wake so your metabolism can get going
  • Eat breakfast: the most important and enjoyable meal of the day
  • Schedule in family time if possible by all eating breakfast together
  • Avoid watching TV or using electronic devices for an hour after waking
  • Try creating a vision/motivation board to look at for inspiration in the morning
  • Be positive, create to do lists and plans for your day
  • Take a few minutes for yourself just to be peaceful before the busy day ahead
  • Try to walk or bike to work for as much of your journey as possible

Happy sleeping!