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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Embrace city centre living in Leeds!

Embrace city centre living in Leeds!

Have you always dreamed of living in a stylish city centre apartment? Do you want to have easy access to everything the amazing city of Leeds has to offer? Then you don’t want to miss out on this stunning one bedroom apartment just 10 minutes walk from Leeds city centre!

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The stylish one bedroom apartment comprises of a spacious lounge, which features a set of French doors that lead out onto a private balcony and create a bright and airy living space. Against the rear wall of the space is the contemporary kitchen which is fitted with sleek black units and complete with integrated white goods including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient space. There is also a cupboard located in the hallway providing extra storage space. The two area are separated by carpet in the lounge area and laminate flooring in the kitchen.

The double bedroom has fitted carpet and a large window, letting in plenty of light, and offers plenty of space for storage. The bedroom also benefits from BT and TV points. The beautifully finished, modern bathroom is fitted with sleek grey tiles and a white three-piece including shower over bath, as well as large mirror and electric shaver point. The apartment also features a secure telephone entry system and gas central heating with combi-boiler.

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Location

This apartment in the modern Cypress Point development is ideally located just 10 minutes walk from Leeds city centre, ideal for young professionals living in the city or those seeking to embrace the excitement of urban living. This property is just across the road from Lovell Park, and has many great eateries and shops on the door step. The apartment is close enough to the centre to easily access everything it has to offer, but is just far enough from the hustle and bustle. Leeds city centre has many great shopping venues including the new Trinity centre, as well as a thriving restaurant and bar scene, great entertainment and live music venues, with the First Direct Arena and Belgrave Music Hall both being just a few minutes walk from the apartment.

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Highlights

  • Lovell Park
  • First Direct Arena, Belgrave Music Hall and O2 Academy
  • The Grand Theatre & Opera House and West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Jar Mills Studios, The Dance Studio Leeds and Temple of Boom
  • The Brunswick, The Reliance and The Greedy Pig
  • MOJO, Manahatta, Bar Soba and Verve
  • Grand Arcade – The Pit, Roots & Fruits, The Traditional Shaving Company and Lord’s Barbering
  • Shopping and restaurants on Briggate, The Headrow and Trinity Centre
  • Leeds Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange
  • Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute
  • Restaurants, bars and cinema in The Light and Merrion Centre

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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.

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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City centre living in York

City centre living in York

Ideally set in a popular location of York city centre and surrounded by historical buildings, Space Property has one 1-bedroom and two 2-bedroom apartments to let in the modern Jacob Court development.

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All of the properties have lovely spacious living areas, with a bright and airy feel thanks to the patio doors that lead out onto your own private balcony – you can use this space to put a table and chairs to enjoy the excellent views of the city and well maintained gardens; or create your own mini garden.

The open-plan living areas provide great versatility to use the space however best suits your lifestyle. The kitchen areas feature fully integrated appliances including fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and oven/hob, so you have everything you need in one convenient place.

The one-bed property has a generously sized bedroom that features a fitted double wardrobe, perfect for those with extensive clothing collections! The master bedrooms in the two-bed apartments also feature double wardrobes, and all bedrooms are fully carpeted to create a soft and cosy feel.

Another bonus of these apartments is that they have under-floor heating, so you can feel warm and snug on colder days! The building also has a secure entry system. The location and layout of these modern apartments is suited to young professionals who want to enjoy city centre living.

Location

York is a great city to both live and work, and offers a mixture of history, culture and modern city living; and in these apartments, you’ll be just five minutes away from all of this!York1

Be stunned by the city’s beautiful historic buildings, especially the 13th Century gothic cathedral, York Minster. Visit top attractions such as the York Dungeons, National Railway Museum and many others. York also offers fantastic shops, restaurants and bars to spend your evenings and weekends.

Places to eat/drink

One of York’s finest restaurants, Melton’s, has both tasty food and reasonable prices, and each dish has a matching wine suggestion. Try Café No.8 for locally-inspired, unfussy bistro dishes, and Tarts and Titbits deli-café for honest home-cooked food and an exotic sandwich menu. Betty’s Tearoom is a must visit for the best cakes in the city.

A fan of craft beers? House of Trembling Madness is a specialist beer bar that also serves hot, filling dishes and picky platters to line your stomach. The Evil Eye Lounge serves premium alcohol and a wide array of cocktails in a quirky setting, whilst 1331 has an off-the-beaten-track style bar with relaxed dining lounge, and even a small sofa-filled cinema showing classic films. Well-known in the city, Biltmore Bar & Grill offers art deco and classy interiors, as well as delicious cocktails and dishes of pizza, pasta and ribs.

Shopping

York has an eclectic mix of designer boutiques, high street names, independent shops and vintage stores. Independent outlet Fraser & May specialises in all things shabby chic, with everything from furniture to jewellery to vintage prints, and is a great place for unique gifts. Specialist home design store Snowhome offers loads of interesting little additions to your home, with a blend of contemporary and vintage.

Love a good bargain? Then you’ll regularly be venturing to the York Designer Outlet, just a few minutes from the city centre.  Find brands such as Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors, Nike and Ralph Lauren for great discount prices.

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