Freshen up your home for summer!

Freshen up your home for summer!

The warm weather has started and summer is upon us, so why not give your home a refresh for the upcoming summer months!

Brighten up

Adding bright colours to your home will instantly put you into a summery mood. Swap your current cushions and home accessories for something more colourful. Hanging up vibrant art work will help to brighten up your home, as will using floral and leafy patterns. Make your home even brighter by strategically placing mirrors around your home, which creates the illusion of a more open space.

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Bring the outside inside

A great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Greenery in your home not only looks nice, it helps to improve your wellbeing. Read our previous blog for loads of indoor garden tips. If you don’t fancy having real plants indoors, opt for fake ones or decorate with floral patterned accessories.

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Garden makeover

Summer is the perfect time to get out in your garden or balcony. If you haven’t grown your garden already, you can buy potted plants and flowers to scatter around your garden or hang off your balcony. If you have grass areas, now is the time to make sure they are neat and mowed, as you’ll be wanting to sit outside more in the warm weather! Create a relaxing outdoor space with seating, and hang up fairy lights to create the perfect mood for evenings outside.

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Defrost and a clear-out your freezer ready for more delicious summer treats. Stock up on summer necessities including sunscreen and after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Be ready for spontaneous days out by keeping picnic blankets, beach towels and sports equipment/games in your storage cupboards. Summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

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Top summer 2017 decor trends

Bright green was named the colour of 2017, and its the perfect colour for summer! Butterfly prints are also a big thing this summer, so get in on the trend by purchasing some butterfly print accessories for your home. Along with butterflies, any kind of tropical prints are a must have this season. Don’t be afraid to mix clashing prints either, its one of the top looks of the year! Rose gold was the big thing of last year, but this year its all about bronze.

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And when you’ve done all this hard work, why not treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party in your newly refreshed home!

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What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 3

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 3

In our third and final post of the What’s Happening in Yorkshire series, we’re looking at what exciting events York, Hull and Scarborough have to offer in 2017!

York

York Residents’ Festival is a chance to explore this fascinating city for free! You can visit the cities best attractions for free, explore behind the scene of places not usually open to the public, and take advantage of great dining special offers! All you need is a valid YorkCard or York Student ID. 28 & 29 January. 

Step back in time with the Jorvik Viking Festival taking place this February half term! The week long celebration includes battle re-enactments, guided walks, talks and lectures, living history encampments, combat performances and loads more family-friendly events! 20-26 February.  

Let out your inner bookworm at the York Literature Festival. There are more than 60 events taking place over two weeks, with discussions, readings and performances, as well as music, comedy, cinema and theatre. 16-30 March.

Calling all chocolate lovers, this ones for you! York Chocolate Festival invites you to indulge in the Home of Chocolate and celebrate York’s confectionary history with chocolate workshops, stalls, museum attractions, demonstrations, live music and more! 14-17 April.

Whilst not one of the biggest events of it’s kind, York Pride is no less colourful and proud than any of the other pride festivals! The festival is back this year and promising to be even bigger and better than the last. 10 June.

The event of the summer in Yorkshire, the Great Yorkshire Fringe is not one to miss. With comedy, theatre, music, cabaret, activities and loads more, there’s something for everyone at this brilliant festival. 21 July-13 August.

Celebrate the amazing food and drink of the city at the York Food & Drink Festival. Following the Taster Festival on 10 & 11 June, the main festival is jam packed full of stalls, markets, workshops, live demonstrations, competitions, taste trails and lots more foodie delights. 22 September-1 October.

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Hull

In collaboration with London’s Battersea Arts Centre, Heads Up Festival presents 10 days of the best new work across theatre, dance, comedy, music and audio performance, from the most innovative and thrilling artists. 8-18 March.

WOW (Women of the World) is a festival of talks, debates, music, film, comedy and activism that celebrates women and girls and takes a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential. 10-12 March.

With opportunities to experience the growing diversity that is the brewing industry, CAMRA will be sourcing over 130 different cask ales for the Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival this spring. 27-28 April.

The Pint of Science festival delivers interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! Topics include the mind and body, galaxies, planet Earth, and art and science coming together. 15-17 May.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is set to be one of the musical highlights of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, with confirmed acts including Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Stormzy. 27-28 May.

The Hull Folk and Maritime Festival is four days of music, dance and history that celebrate Hull’s rich and unique folk heritage. 20-23 July.

Hull’s spectacular, award-winning grassroots festival, Humber Street Sesh, returns for another year, showcasing emerging homegrown talent across all music genres. 5 August.

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Scarborough

At this years Coastival, you can expect to see artwork, music and performances in unusual locations as it looks to break with people’s expectations of a traditional arts festival. 18-19 February. 

Join the thousands of Goths and alternatives of all ages and walks of life for the amazing Whitby Goth Weekend. Spend the nights watching fantastic live music or the days shopping in the various ‘Bizarre Bazaar’ locations. 21-23 April.

For the third year in a row, Scarborough will be an official host town for the Tour de Yorkshire in 2017. The third edition of the race takes place between 28-30 April 2017. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire. Bridlington-Scarborough 28 April.

Whether you want a new tattoo or just want to look at the amazing art work, head down to the Scarborough Tattoo Show this May, with over 50 award winning tattoo artists. 27-28 May.

Sample the best local produce at the Eat Yorkshire Food Festival in Filey, with three events throughout the year. Indulge in artisan breads, pates, pies, cheeses, cakes, jams, ciders, ales and so much more! 10-11 Jun, 12-13 Aug, 14-15 Oct.

SEAFEST Maritime Heritage Festival takes place on West Pier next to Scarborough’s idyllic harbour and South Bay Beach. A firm favourite with families to mark the start of the summer holidays, the event is now in its 19th year! 21-23 July.

If you’re a jazz music fan, then the Scarborough Jazz Festival is a must visit event for you! With a line up of world class jazz artists, this year is set to be even better than the last. 22-24 September.

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What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 2

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 2

This week in our series on what’s happening in Yorkshire this year, we’re focusing on the Sheffield and Wakefield areas.

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Outlines Festival is the new music festival from the creators of the infamous Tramlines, with an impressive line of up and coming artists from all genres, with after parties being hosted at Sheffield’s top venues. 3 & 4 March.

To celebrate Sheffield’s unique identity as The Outdoor City, The Outdoor City Weekender is back in 2017 with headline events including the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Climbing Works International Festival, The Magnificent Seven hill climb challenger, and plenty more outdoor activities. 17-19 March.

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You can never have too many food festivals, and the Sheffield Food Festival is another one you don’t want to miss. Try the very best that Sheffield has to offer including produce, ales, fine dining, street food, bakery and cookery. 27-29 May.

A favourite in Sheffield’s event calendar, the ever popular Doc/Fest is back this year, with an even more impressive line up comprising of international screenings, alternate realities, inspirational talks and debates and guest speakers. 9-14 June.

Tramlines festival needs no introduction or explanation. The music festival is still going strong, with the 2017 line up coming soon. If you’ve never been before, you should definitely check it out! 21-23 July.

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This years Special Olympics Great Britain’s National Summer Games, the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, is being held in the city of Sheffield! There will be around 2,600 athletes competing in 19 different sports. 7-12 August.

Off The Shelf, Sheffield’s twist on the literature festival, is a city favourite, attracting some of the best known names in literature and media. There will be writers, historians, artists, scientists, journalists and musicians helping you to immerse yourself in the written and spoken word. 1-31 October. 

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Whether you are an avid theatre goer or a first timer, Cathy, a thought-provoking play exploring homelessness, is a must see this year at Wakefield Theatre Royal. 8 February.

An event highlight in Wakefield, the Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb is back in 2017! The festival showcases local food and drink, and celebrates the districts unique tradition of rhubarb growing, with a mix of live cookery demonstrations, street entertainment, workshops and taster sessions. 17-19 February.

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Take a look back in history through photography and explore the stunning imagery at the Views of Pontefract exhibition at Pontefract Museum. Ends 18 February.

The Hepworth Gallery’s popular Print Fair returns this year, alongside a programme of events, including talks and workshop, which celebrate the art of printmaking. If you’re interested in the arts, or just want to try something a little different, this is the perfect event for you. 3-5 March.

Join Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the annual Museums at Night celebration, where you get to see the park after hours. Events includes tours, twilight lake walks and watching the sunset at the park’s Skyspace. A truly magical evening for the whole family. 19 May.

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Enjoy a summer day of top quality live music at Ossett Fake Festival, with fake bands this year including The Killers, Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys. 1 July.

Yorkshire’s longest running community supported, free music festival is back for its 26th year. The Clarence Park Music Festival boasts a mixture of local and national talent including rock, pop, dance, hip-hop and indie. 29 & 30 July.

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 1

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 1

It’s a new year, and as normal, Yorkshire is host to loads of amazing events throughout the year, from live music to food festivals, sporting events to beer weekends, there’s something for everyone to look forward to in 2017! This week we’re focusing on what’s coming up in Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford.

Leeds

First up we have Live At Leeds, an award-winning music festival taking place at various venues across the city. This years acts include Slaves, Wild Beasts, White Lies and The Pigeon Detectives plus over 100 more! Definitely not one to miss. 29 April. 

Calling all foodies, Leeds Indie Food is back to celebrate the best of independent food and drink. Nothing is confirmed yet, but keep your eye on their social media! 11-28 May.

Another city favourite, Slam Dunk is even bigger and better in 2017. Enter Shikari are headlining this year, with other acts including Don Broco, Bowling for Soup, The Bronx and We The Kings. 28 May.

Have an indulgent weekend at the Yorkshire Food & Drink Show, with over 100 exhibitors showing the regions finest food and drink, as well as live cookery demonstrations. What’s not to love. There’s also loads more foodie events in Leeds throughout the year. 2-4 June.

For all tattoo enthusiasts, head down to the Leeds International Tattoo Expo this summer for their 4th year, and see amazing artists from all over the world. 8 & 9 July.

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If you love electronic music, then Cocoon In The Park is a must for you. Brought to you from the team behind Mint Club and Mint Warehouse, it’s guaranteed to be an amazing day and night. 8 July.

Join in Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of LGBT life at Leeds Pride 2017. They marked their 10th birthday last year, and are planning even bigger things this year. 5 & 6 August.

Four days of beer, food and music. Leeds International Beer Festival is back for it’s 6th year with even more amazing craft beers from the UK and overseas, as well as a street food market and live music. 7-10 September.

Whatever your taste, Leeds International Film Festival always has something for everyone to enjoy with 2 weeks of screenings from all over the world. 2-16 November.

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Huddersfield

Brush up on your reading for the Huddersfield Literature Festival; 2 weeks of showcasing established and new writers and performers, as well as various workshops and masterclasses. 4-19 March.

One of the largest outdoor festivals in West Yorkshire, the Huddersfield Carnival is set to be even bigger and better in its 33rd year. There will be a glow parade on the Friday, the carnival on the Saturday and a Caribbean music festival on the Sunday. 7-9 July. 

You can never have too many food festivals, so why not visit the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival as well! Celebrating food from Huddersfield and around Yorkshire, the festival helps support local and regional businesses. August 2017.

One of the best music festivals in the region, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival runs over 10 days with over 50 events including concerts, dance, music-theatre, multi-media, talks and films. November 2017.

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Bradford

The Tour De Yorkshire starts its stage three from Bradford City Park before heading through the Dales. Don’t miss one of the biggest events in Yorkshire’s calendar! 30 April.

Bradford Literature Festival is renowned for having world famous authors, poets and speakers with a jam packed programme of discussions, debates and performances. 30 June – 9 July.

The city’s biggest event of the year, Bradford Festival, is returning in 2017 with a vibrant multicultural programme of the best theatre, art, music and dance from all over the world. 28-30 July.

The largest of its kind in the region, the Halifax Agricultural Show offers something for everyone, with farm and domestic animal shows, as well as local produce, flowers, fruit & veg, crafts and entertainment such as showjumping, vintage vehicles, farmer’s markets, stall and demonstrations. 12 August. 

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How to: Beat the January blues!

How to: Beat the January blues!

January can be a bit of a dreary month; Christmas is over, your back to work and the weather is cold and dark. But January is also a chance for a fresh start and to make a few positive changes to your life. So try a few of our mood boosting tips to brighten up your January!

New home – are you looking for a new home this new year? We can help! We have lots of properties available to rent from stylish city centres apartment to suburban family homes, unique converted buildings to brand new builds. Find your dream home on our website!

Redecorate – want to revamp your home this year but haven’t got much money left after Christmas? Not to worry, we have some great ways you can redecorate your home on a budget! 

Declutter your home – use the new year as a chance to freshen up your home and have a serious declutter; our blog post has some great tips to simplify your home and life.Decor1

Get growing – being around nature is a proven mood booster, and whether you have little or no outdoor space, you can still create your own garden!

Max your space – your home can feel over crowded at times,  especially after Christmas, so try this tricks to make your space feel bigger.

Plan a trip – Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a trip. Keep costs low after the Christmas period by booking a holiday in one of Yorkshire’s stunning locations; find some ideas on our blog!

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Discover something new – Yorkshire is full of hidden treasures from incredible art galleries to grand castles; discover the art and heritage it has to offer on our blog.

Have a relaxation day – sometimes the best thing to do on a miserable winter day is to treat yourself to some relaxation time, it’ll definitely get rid of your January blues!

More relaxation – after you’ve got into a relaxing mood, why not make your home more relaxing too; there are loads of ways you can de-stress your home and create a calmer space.energy8

Self care – looking after yourself can have a massive impact on your mood! Creating good morning and night time routines can work wonders for your mood and energy levels.

Be healthier – you start your healthy eating regime with good intentions, but a week into the new year and your back to your old ways. These quick and affordable meal ideas will make being healthy much easier!

Venture outside – have a go at one of these lovely Yorkshire pub walks; being in the great outdoors and getting some fresh air can seriously improve your mood, and stopping at the pub along the way can’t hurt!

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Try some DIY – January is a great time to start a new project, and it’ll give you something to focus on. Try your hand at upcycling to not only give you something to focus on, but to create something nice for your home too.

Organise your finances – have a fresh start with your finances and get budgeting and saving! Whatever you’re trying to save for, our tips are a must read!

Be happy – the dark winter days and cold weather can make us feel down, so use these tips to stay positive and happy!