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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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!

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

With the big day only one month away, we’re kicking off our Christmas blog series with some present ideas! It’s hard every year to think of something original to buy your family and friends, but our list of local shops in Yorkshire will provide those special and unique gifts that you can guarantee nobody else will have!

Leeds

  • Great Yorkshire Shop, Corn Exchange: Support Yorkshire producers by purchasing your Christmas presents here! They sell Henderson’s Relish, leaf tea from Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company, and natural skincare products from Whitby’s Sweet Cecily’s
  • The Traditional Shaving Company, Grand Arcade: For all your bearded friends, pick up an old school wet shave kit or some top-notch products to keep their beard in place
  • Chirpy, Chapel Allerton: a creative design store and workshop where you can find some unique home accessories and even take part in some workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

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  • Little Leeds Beer House, Corn Exchange: A haven for craft beers with an extensive selection of the finest beers from Yorkshire and beyond!
  • On The Wall, Boar Lane: You can find everything here from classic film posters to artsy prints, trendy t-shirts to incredible canvases
  • OK Comics, Briggate: Know a comic fanatic? Get yourself to OK Comics where they offer an impression selection of classic comics and graphic novels
  • Armadillo Toys, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth: The best independent toyshop in Leeds and a child’s dream! You’ll find a vast range of old school and modern toys to keep children entertained over Christmas
  • Yellow Sunrise, Corn Exchange: When you step into this magical shop you’ll want to buy every single one of its Japanese and Moroccan goodies!

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York

  • The Inkwell, Gillygate: A hipster’s paradise with old-school vibes, filled with vinyl records and pop culture oddities
  • Fraser & May, Bridge Street: A shabby chic boutique providing the perfect unique gifts for Christmas including furniture, jewellery and vintage prints
  • Monkbar Chocolatiers, Shambles: Your chocolate-loving friends and family will appreciate the delicious handmade chocolates from one of the most well-establish chocolatiers in the city

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  • Rafi’s Spicebox, Goodramgate: Your foodie friends will love anything you buy them from here! A family run businesses with a tantalising selection of spices and ingredients to make authentic Indian dishes
  • Snowhome, Gillygate: You can be sure nobody will have whatever gifts you buy from here, with stunning homewares from small manufacturers and emerging designers
  • Burgin’s Perfumery, Coney Street: Step into the past in this traditional perfumery offering 2000 makes from designer brands to independent businesses
  • The Yorkshire Soap Company, Blake Street: Give someone the gift of relaxation with handmade soaps and bath salts in an array of sumptuous scents
  • The Imaginarium, Blake Street: Next to the YSC you’ll find a store full of bizarre and fascinating trinkets you can guarantee nobody else will have!

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Sheffield

  • Collard Mason, Devonshire Street: A dark and moody boutique selling clothes, jewellery and homewares from independent designers
  • Sheffield Antiques Centre, Broadfield Road: A truly traditional antique shop with an awesome range from trinkets to furniture, all at great prices
  • Starmore Boss, Sharrow Vale: For the one who loves a tipple, you’ll find an amazing selection of wines, beers, whiskeys and South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas
  • MoonKo, Division Street: A bright and quirky independent shop where can find the perfect gifts from home to fashion pieces

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  • The Record Collector, Fulwood Road: A true institution in Sheffield, pop in for new and second-hand CDs and vinyls, and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their signings!
  • The Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road: Celebrating everything that it great about Sheffield, with stunning metalwork pieces, and shop owner Paul who has an impressive knowledge of all things Sheffield
  • Hilary & Flo, Ecclesall Road: Venture into the jungle that is Hilary & Flo for quirky interior design pieces from all over the world. Even make a gift yourself in one of their DIY workshops
  • Sheffield Skincare Co, Crookes Road: Treat family and friends to some of the incredible skincare products homemade from natural ingredients by founder Megan

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Decorating on a budget!

Decorating on a budget!

Decorating your home is one of those tasks that often gets left behind and forgotten due to other priorities demanding your attention, and money! But it IS possible to decorate your home on a budget, just read our list of tips!Decor4

You don’t have to buy all the most expensive decorations; look through second-hand shops, vintage stores and independent boutiques for cheaper and unique items. High street budget stores have also started to do much more stylish and better quality home decor, such as Primark, Wilko and Home Bargains. You can also find new furniture cheap at scrapyards and give them a makeover, or even auction houses.

If you’re just wanting to give your home an upgrade, there’s no need to be buying big, expensive pieces of furniture. Update your home with accessories such as cushions, throws and rugs which are much cheaper. And if you’re furniture is in a good condition but you’re just a little bored of it, give it a revamp with some paint or new upholsteryDecor5! Upcycling old items and repurposing furniture is a great way to make use of something old to decorate your home.

Some decorating can even be done for free! Take a look at what you already have and see if anything can be changed around; simply rearranging things in a room can give it a new lease of life! Also try going through all your old stuff, you never know what you might find in the depths of your storage that can be brought back out. And instead of keeping your belongings hidden behind cupboards, have them out on display as decorations; you could do this with mugs, books or pretty perfume bottles.

Decor3Getting creative can also be a great way to decorate your home on a budget. Instead of buying pictures or artwork to hang up, cut eye-catching pictures out of magazines and put them up using colour Washi tape (a great idea for not leaving marks in a rental home). Personal touches in your home are the best kind; print a load of photos of family and friends and create a collage with them. Use your imagination and pretty much anything can be turned into decor; used jam jars, cereal boxes, wooden crates, the list is endless! Try using nature as well; we’re not saying go steal flowers from someones garden, but pick up things such as shells from the beach, fallen leaves and branches, flowers, acorns and pine cones, which can make great decorations for your home.

If you do have a bit of money to spend, there are budget-friendly items you can buy to decorate your home. Mirrors create dimension in your home as well as acting as a decoration and making your space look even bigger. Big, patterned wall canvases are a great affordable way to brighten up your walls, especially living in a rented home. Try switching out your lamp shade Decor2covers to something a little brighter, and hang up strings of fairy lights for a warmer, more romantic feel. Buying potted plants for your home is also a great idea as they are cheap, add life to your home, and are even good for your health as they purify the air and make us feel happier!

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

We have a number of modern apartments in a stylish city centre development in Sheffield to suit every lifestyle. You’ll be located near the centre of the famous Steel City, which offers traditional pubs, swanky bars, an eclectic array of eateries and a varied events scene.

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Situated in a modern, gated development, the Foster apartments are ideally located for those who love city living, being just on the edge of Sheffield city centre. The apartment overlooks the River Don, with local convenience stores, bars and eateries nearby including Craft & Dough, The Fat Cat and The Riverside pub. You’ll also be a short walk from the train station and the vibrant city centre, with an array of great shops, bars and music venues to offer. Sheffield is also home to Centertainment, Meadowhall, Motorpoint Arena, Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and the incredible Peak District.

Where to DRINK

Revolucion de Cuba – lively Cuban vibe, expert cocktail makers, globally-sourced rums, ever-expanding drinks menu.wick

The Wick at Both Ends – cosy night out, intimate setting, friendly atmosphere, range of beers, wines and cocktails.

The Old House – Gin Thursdays, 69 delicious gins, cask ales and cocktails too, friendly bar, quirky art work adorns the walls.

The Great Gatsby – classy bar, amazing cocktails, craft beers and wines, lively yet elegant atmosphere, candle-lit tables, music venue upstairs.resize

Daisy’s – The Great Gatsby’s sister bar on the top floor, exclusive venue, only open Friday and Saturday nights, impressive cocktail list.

The Riverside – nestled on the banks of the River Don, perfect beer garden for a summers day, great craft beers and cocktails.

Cubana – Latino heaven, exotic vibes, Spanish wines, Cuban cocktails, amazing salsa nights, authentic tapas dishes.

The Forum – great beer garden, original and quirky interior, local artworks, DJ at night, monthly cocktail making sessions.

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Craft & Dough –mouth-watering pizzas, adventurous and unusual toppings, all pizzas under £10.

Nourish – collaboration between a chef and nutritionist, fresh, imaginative and healthy food, particularly great breakfasts.

Anchorage Bar – American East Coast-style cuisine, comforting surroundings, excellent service, American beverages.

The Street Food Chef – Mexican food, takeaway or sit down lunch, fresh vegetables, tangy salsas, delicious pulled pork.timthumb

Couch – eclectic menu from tasty tapas to hearty pies, comfort is key, cosy armchairs, relaxing coffee and cakes, quirky and colourful décor.

Lokanta – delicious and authentic Turkish food, freshly prepared, exclusively Turkish wine list, perfect spiced lamb meatballs.twisted-burger-company

Marco at Milano’s –perfect combination of contemporary and old-fashioned, elegant décor, classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, al fresco dining.

Twisted Burger Company – located in the Harley pub, melt-in-your-mouth incredible burgers, extravagant toppings and sides, amazing house BBQ sauce.

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Apartments

These stylish one and two bedroom apartments all boast a spacious, open-plan living area Flat 5 Foster (1)with large windows creating a bright space perfect to relax in, and are complete with laminate flooring for easy cleaning. The modern kitchens feature high gloss units and are complete with a stainless steel oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer. All the apartments benefit from double bedrooms boasting a fitted double wardrobe, and the part-tiled bathrooms include a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as bathroom cabinet with mirror and a small light above. One of the two bedroom apartments additionally benefits from being complete with furniture, as well as an ensuite in the master bedroom.Flat 5 Foster (4)

The apartments are within a gated development with intercom access, have parking spaces available for just £45pcm, and you will also get your water included for only £26 a month. The one bedroom apartments are both just £520pcm, the two bedroom apartment is £544pcm, and the furnished two bedroom property is £610pcm.sam_0713

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update your home for summer!

Update your home for summer!

Now summer has officially begun, it’s time to sort out and revamp your home to get rid of your winter wears, and make your home lighter and brighter for the (hopefully) warmer months.Summer home1

#1 Add pops of colour to your home – bright colours will instantly but you into a summery mood, so whether its colourful cushions or bright accessories, refresh your home décor with a few pops of colour.

#2 Add indoor plants – a great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Read our previous blog for loads of green tips.

#3 Give your garden a makeover – summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden; plant loads of flowers and even summer vegetables to create a vibrant garden, and weed and mow the lawns to get it looking extra neat.

#4 Summer crafts – creating some colourful crafts has two benefits; you can brighten up yoSummer home7ur home on a budget and it’s a great project for your children over the school holidays.

#5 Mood lighting – if the weather holds up, you’ll be spending lots more time in your garden, and putting up some pretty fairy lights will create a lovely relaxed vibe in your garden, so you can stay there all evening and enjoy your refreshed garden.

#6 Have a clear-out and deep clean – if you didn’t do this in spring, do it now! You’ll feel so much better when you’ve de-cluttered and cleaned your house, which will create much more space. And make sure to pack away all your winter things to make room for summer.

#7 Complete a DIY/décor project – in winter you often don’t feel like doing much, so now put your more energetic summer mood to good use and get on and finish that home project you’ve been meaning to do!

#8 Switch to lightweight – change your duvet to a lighter one to keep cool at night, and let more of the natural summer light in with thinner curtains.Summer home3

#9 Add mirrors – create even more light in your home by hanging mirrors, which will not only bounce light around the room to create a brighter space, but will actually make your rooms look more open and spacious!

#10 Hang wall art – a really simple way to add some colour to your room is to hang up some vibrant, unique wall art; it doesn’t have to be fancy, many high street shops do budget-friendly canvases.

#11 Create the perfect outdoor entertaining space – update or buy new outdoor seating and make it super comfy with light blankets and cushions for evening, and don’t forget about that mood lighting! Locate the space near to your house for easy access whilst entertaining.

#12 Sort out your freezer – you’ll be using it more in the summer months, so empty it out and give Summer home6it a defrost and a clear-out, ready for more delicious summer treats.

#13 Stock up on summer essentials – keep your medicine cabinet stocked with sunscreen, after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Keep your airing cupboard filled with picnic blankets and beach towels, and plenty of sports equipment in the shed!

#14 Deep clean your BBQ – 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.

#15 And when you’ve done all this hard work, treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party!

Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Crafts and upcycling are those trends you always want to try, but seem far too difficult, and you’re sure you’d end up with a paper mache mess or missing a finger. Well we have some super simple upcycling ideas to ease you into the world of crafts and DIY, all you need is a little imagination. Want to get the kids involved in crafting? We also have some fun Easter craft ideas as well- something for all ages!

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Mason-Jar-Topiary-TreesDIY-Glitter-Mason-Jar-TutorialDream-JarDecorate used mason jars- transform them into holders for pens or makeup brushes, pop in a candle, grow indoor plants, or use at as a dreamTin can upcycle jar.

Repurpose old tin cans- by punch htin can lanternoles into them (be careful!) in patterns, then pop in a candle or fairy lights to create cute DIY lanterns.

melted bead sun catchersMelted bead sun catchers- simply layer small colourful, plastic beads into cake pans, melt in the oven for 20 minutes, let them cool then flip out, drill a hole at the top and tie up with string! So easy yet so pretty.organize-with-cereal-boxes.jpg11

Reuse cereal boxes- decorate with patterned wrapping paper and turn them into magazine and mail holders, makeup and stationary organisers, and even drawwhisk-candle-holderers to hold jewellery!

Whisk candle holder- all you have to do is pop in a candle and hang upsidedown! So simple. You could always add a bit of paint to make it more colourful

Put old books to good use- cabook cardsn’t bear to throw books away? Use the pagbook candleses to make unique decorations, homemade cards, candle holders, and transform book covers as a cover for your tablet.Map-Rosette

Do the same with old maps- turMap-Photo-Framen into decorations, cover bowls and candle holders, or even create your own unique photos and wall art.

Don’t throw away worn out furniture- or be put off buying second-hand, everything canUpcycled ladder be spruced up with a little TLC. A great idea is to decorate an old step ladder and use as shelves!

WaBulb vasent a quirky way to display flowers? – turn an old light bulb into an unusual vase; different and free!

Read our next post for fun kids Easter crafts…