Focus On: Hull

Focus On: Hull

If you want to live in Hull, the St James Court development on Victoria Dock is one of the most sought after locations. We have a stunning two bedroom apartment ready to move in this Summer!

The Property

The apartment boasts a stunning, spacious living area with laminate flooring and French doors that open up onto a Juliet balcony, creating a bright, open space. Round the corner is the stylish kitchen, fitted with white high gloss units and wooden worktops, complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

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The property comprises two bedrooms, one double and one single, both with fitted with carpet and curtains. The modern bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. You’ll also benefit from an allocated space in the communal parking area. All of this could be yours for the low price of £475pcm!

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The Location

 

Highlights

  • Victoria Park
  • The Humber and Hull Marina
  • Humber Bridge
  • The Deep and Hull Maritime Museum
  • Streetlife Museum
  • Hull’s Old Town
  • Hull New Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre
  • Ferens Art Gallery and Myton Gallery
  • Fruit entertainment venue
  • Shopping: Princes Quay, Kingston Retail Park
  • Food: 1884, Leonardos, The Lion & Key, Cerutti’s, Al Porto, The Sailmakers Arms
  • Drinks: The Minerva, Ye Old Bluebell, Bar 82, 1884 Wine Bar, Hop & Vine

 

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The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

Last year was all about the Hygge trend in our homes, a word borrowed from the Danish meaning to create a home that is all about comfort and cosiness. This word gained a cult following in the home decor world last year, as lets face it, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by fairy lights, cushions and blankets?

But for 2017, a new trend has landed. This time from Sweden. The Lagom trend can apply to everything from our homes to fashion to our overall lifestyle. Whilst Hygge was focused on maximum comfort, Lagom is about being ‘just enough’; not too much and not too little. So which trend will you choose? Or can both be combined together to create the perfect no-fuss yet cosy home?

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Everyone went crazy for Hygge last year, especially in the autumn and winter months where warmth and cosiness are our top priority. For those who don’t know, Hygge is a Danish word meaning a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that creates a feeling of contentment. Basically in terms of your home, this means creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that promotes togetherness, relaxation and happiness. This trend is all about indulgence, something we are often told to avoid. However in terms of your home, indulging in a warm and cosy place can never be too much in this trend.

 

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Key home features:

  • Candles and fairy lights
  • Relaxed lighting
  • Plenty of blankets and cushions
  • Rugs and wall canvases
  • Natural and soft textures
  • Warm and neutral colour schemes
  • Soothing scents and sounds
  • Large seating areas to create togetherness
  • Indoor plants to promote wellbeing

 

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Lagom

Lagom is the new buzz word in home decor; a Swedish word roughly translating as ‘just enough, not too much and not too little’. Whilst taking the middle ground is often seen as a negative thing, Lagom celebrates this by encouraging us to be modest, sustainable and unfussy. In Sweden, Lagom is seen as not just a trend but a way of life; ‘enough is as good as a feast’. However, when thinking about this concept in terms of our homes, it means pared-back design, functional architecture and an uncluttered environment. Lagom is all about living a frugal yet fruitful life.

 

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Key home features:

  • Simple, no-fuss decorating
  • Neutral and cool colour schemes
  • Sustainable/recycled and raw materials
  • Inexpensive items and upcycling
  • Minimalism
  • Energy saving and self-sufficient
  • Functional and multipurpose pieces
  • Fresh greenery
  • Declutter and organisation

 

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Combination

Both trends have their pros and cons for decorating your home. Hygge is perfect for those who love to feel snug and cosy, and too much is never a bad thing. However, can the trend translate into the summer months when warmth and indulgence are far from our minds? Lagom promotes a simpler way of living, but could feel slightly cold and bare. So can the two trends be combined to create the ultimate hybrid home trend? We think so!

 

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You can still embrace Hygge in the summer; still decorate using cushions, rugs and blankets, but use lighter materials to create a fresher feel. Fairy lights and candles are still perfect in this season, whilst indoor plants can thrive all year round. Instead of focusing just on the warmth and cosiness of the trend, think what makes a content and peaceful atmosphere for you, as that is the core of the Hygge trend.

 

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Hygge and Lagom can definitely work together by taking the best parts of both concepts. Create a cosy environment with less clutter; try using just a few key cosy pieces, and make use of natural materials and neutral colours which transcend both trends. Togetherness and community are features of both, so create welcoming seating areas for family and friends to enjoy each others company. To incorporate the two ideas and make Hygge and Lagom work hand in hand, think uncluttered and pared-back cosiness with a laid back and peaceful feel.

 

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Focus on: Malton

Focus on: Malton

Located in the beautiful North Yorkshire near the Howardian Hills, the town of Malton is known as the food capital of the county, and offers everything a family needs.

The property

As you step into this newly built 3 bedroom home, you’ll find a large hallway with storage cupboard and WC. Through a door is the stylish kitchen, fitted with white high gloss units and integrated oven/hob. To the rear of the property is a spacious living area, fully carpeted and featuring patio doors leading out into the private rear garden.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, two doubles and one single, all fitted with carpet. The master bedroom additionally benefits from an ensuite shower room, whilst the house bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The property also benefits from allocated parking and gas central heating.

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The location

Greengage Close is located on the newly built Broughton Manor development in the beautiful town of Malton in Ryedale, situated on the edge of the Howardian Hills and the North York Moors. Malton is a 40 minute drive from York city centre, and under and hour from the stunning East Yorkshire Coast, which includes Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington.

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The “Food Capital”

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  • 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, unfussy 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 socialise 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. These are just a few of the many eateries around Malton, with so much to try you could never get bored!

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  • Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Castle Howard
  • Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Yorkshire Lavender: with gardens, a farm, deer park and sculpture park
  • Eden Camp and Malton Museum
  • The Milton Rooms: art hub for emerging artists to showcase their work
  • Scampston Hall Grade II* Listed building

 

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Focus On: Pudsey

Focus On: Pudsey

Are you looking for a suburb that offers everything you need, but is an easy journey to the city centre of Leeds? Then the suburb of Pudsey is the perfect place for you.

The properties

If you’re looking to move in with a partner or friend, this two bedroom apartment at Sommerville Mews is Pudsey is the ideal choice. The property has two double bedrooms, perfect if you want a room each, or can be used for storage or a dressing room! The one bedroom apartment would be suitable for either a single person or couple, with a fitted wardrobe in the double bedroom.

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Both apartments have a spacious open-plan living area, with a fully equipped kitchen boasting an oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. The bedrooms are all fitted with carpet, and the modern tiled bathrooms feature a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The building benefits from video door entry system, and each apartment enjoys one allocated parking space within the communal grounds.

 

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The location

The Sommerville Mews apartment building is ideally located in the friendly suburb of Pudsey, just minutes from the Owlcotes shopping centre and New Pudsey train station. The centres of Pudsey, Farsley and Stanningley are all within walking distance, providing a range of local amenities. Pudsey is located in between the cities of Leeds and Bradford, just a 20 minute drive from both, making it the perfect location for commuters working in the city centres.

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Highlights
  • New Pudsey train station
  • Owlcotes Shopping Centre with M&S and Asda Superstore
  • GO Outdoors
  • Odeon Cinema
  • Westroyd Park, Stanningley Park, Queens Park and Pudsey Park
  • Pudsey Leisure Centre
  • Woodhall Hills & Golf Club
  • Sunny Bank Mills Gallery
  • Gray’s Salon
  • Restaurants: Viet Thai, East, Olive & Feta, Gigi’s Italian, 7 Steps, Piccolo’s Pizza, The Wetherby Whaler, Deeva,
  • Pubs/bars: The Manor Inn, 147 Sports Bar, The Royal, Bankhouse Inn, The Fleece, Fox & Grapes, Bay Horse

 

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Upcoming events

 

Leeds Waterfront Festival

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!

Focus on: Great Preston

Focus on: Great Preston

The property

This modern three bedroom home is ideally located giving you the best of both worlds! Whilst only being 25 minutes away from the city centre of Leeds, you can still enjoy the quietness of a small rural village.

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The property has a spacious living area, perfect for entertaining family and friends, and leads into the rear garden via double French doors. The kitchen is finished to a high standard, with white gloss units and dark faux granite worktops. In the kitchen you’ll also find a fitted oven/hob and extractor fan!

Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms – two doubles and one single, with the master bedroom benefitting from built in storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The home also enjoys off-street parking.

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The location

 

Great Preston is a semi-rural village located in the south-east of the City of Leeds, close to the town of Castleford. Great Preston offers many great local amenities within easy reach such as schools, shops, leisure facilities, and the beautiful St Aidan’s Nature Park and Reserve.

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Being so close to Leeds, you can enjoy the incredibly diverse shopping in the city exploring Trinity Leeds, the city’s newest and largest retail destination, and home to over 120 high street favourites. Victoria Quarter, housed in beautiful arcades, is the perfect next stop for high-end designers, including Mulberry and Louis Vuitton, where lunch can also be grabbed in the stylish Harvey Nichols Café.

You can can definitely soak up some culture and art by heading to the Cultural Quarter, home to a number of museums and galleries just metres from one another. Be sure to visit the Henry Moore Institute, part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and home to the largest collection of sculpture in Europe.

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Just a short drive from Great Preston is the town of Castleford, home to the amazing Xscape centre, offering families with endless fun days out. The centre has plenty of shops and restaurants, along with a cinema, adventure golf, lazer zone, trampoline park, skiing, and many more thrilling activities!

 

Best restaurants and bars

  • Bulgogi Grill

Right up there at the top of the list is Bulgogi. It’s the city’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, and as such, it offers a completely unique experience. The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a grill built into your table – because you’ll be cooking your dinner yourself, Korean style.

  • Mr Nobody

Mr Nobody has evolved since it first opened as a tapas restaurant. Nowadays, the downstairs restaurant offers a unique tasting experience, with five or eight courses, depending on just how extravagant you want to be – and there are some rather unusual dishes on the menu.

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  • Fazenda

When it comes to eating out in Leeds, Fazenda is right at the top of the list. Why? Five words – all you can eat steak. Before they set up shop in the city, it was a foreign concept, but now we can’t get enough of it as they bring a procession of top quality meats, served in traditional gaucho style.

  • Shears Yard

The restaurant itself is as impressive as the menu – expect high ceilings, exposed brickwork and stunning light fittings, creating a space that’s bright, open and downright beautiful to look at. It’s definitely one of the best looking restaurants in Leeds, and coupled with the food, it makes for one hell of a night out.

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Living in Knottingley, Wakefield

Living in Knottingley, Wakefield

Barley Mews is located in the town of Knottingley near Pontefract, less than half an hour from Wakefield city centre. If you’re looking for a stunning new family home in a quiet town that provides excellent access to major towns and cities of Yorkshire, this is the place for you!

The property

This two bedroom semi-detached home has an entrance hall that leads into a bright and spacious lounge with fitted carpet, making it the perfect space for the whole family to relax.

The modern kitchen features white high gloss units and oak worktops, and includes oven/hob and extractor fan, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.  This space provides room for dining table and chairs, and the back door leads out in the rear garden, which boasts a patio are and shed. An under the stairs cupboard provides extra storage space, and a small WC helps to ease the morning rush.

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The property comprises of two double bedrooms, with the front bedroom additionally benefitting from a fitted storage cupboard. The modern family bathroom has sleek black and grey tiles, and features a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The property also benefits from off-street parking and a large rear garden.

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The location

The lovely family home is located in the Wakefield town of Knottingley, situated on a quiet cul de sac with within walking distance of local convenience stores, eateries, schools and a playground. The River Aire runs to the north of Knottingley, providing lovely riverside walks, and there’s also the Willow Garth Nature Reserve.

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Knottingley also has excellent transport links, with a bus stop round the corner from the property, the train station a 15 minute walk away, and both the A1 and M62 close by, making this location ideal for commuters. Wakefield city centre is a 25 minute drive, Leeds 30 minutes, and York 40 minutes.

Knottingley is also just 10 minutes from the larger towns of Pontefract and Castleford. Pontefract offers many more local amenities, including a hospital, swimming pool, bars and restaurants, and the historic Pontefract Castle.

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Pontefract also enjoys many lovely parks including Pontefract Valley Gardens, Harewood Park, Pease Park, and Pontefract Park and Boating Lake.

Castleford also offers many shops, schools and leisure facilities, the most popular being the Xscape centre, which is home to adventure golf, lazer zone, trampoline park, skiing, cinema and loads of restaurants, with Junction 32 Shopping Village next door.

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