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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Autumn Home Decor on a Budget!

Autumn Home Decor on a Budget!

Summer is officially over and the weather is getting cooler; time to make your home warm and cosy for the autumn/winter months ahead. But what if you don’t have loads of money to spare for a revamp? Don’t despair, as our cheap tips and tricks to make your home a cosy haven won’t break your budget!

#1 Key colours

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Warm hues are perfect for Autumn – pumpkin, maple, espresso, mustard, terracotta, chocolate, wine red, burnt orange, cinnamon and amber. A neutral backdrop is the perfect setting for these rich colours, ideal for rented homes you can’t paint!

#2 Get cosy

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Adorn your home with an array of blankets, cushions and rugs to keep you and your home warm whilst you wait until the last possible minute to turn your heating on! They’re not only practical, they look pretty too! Purchase soft and fluffy ones for extra comfort, there’s loads available for great prices on the high street! And make sure you swap to a thicker duvet too.

#3 Fall in love with nature

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Autumn calls for natural details; trying adding a few wooden pieces to your home, turn crisp autumn leaves that have fallen into pretty decorations, and add some branches or even have a small tree in your living area. Also organised your belongings with wicker baskets as a perfect symbol for the harvest.

#4 Be creative

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Create your own centre piece or vase decoration using acorns, pinecones, branches and ornamental pumpkins decorated with glitter, metallic paint or pretty patterns. Also introduce rustic details, vintage pieces and distressed textures.

#5 Mood lighting

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As the days get darker, invest in some lamps to create more light; ones with a dimmer switch and warmer lighting are perfect to create a cosy mood, as are pretty fairy lights for a romantic feel.

#6 Autumnal scents

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As well as the visual aspects, create an autumn smell within your home. You can do this with scented candles, incense, oil diffusers, scent sticks and potpourri. You could even try a simmer pot of hot water filled with cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and bay leaves.

#7 Snuggle up

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Create a simple but cosy nook in your home – it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a little corner where you can snuggle up away from the cold. For even more cosiness, create a canopy bed; it’ll keep out the chill while you sleep and make you feel like you’re in your own cosy cocoon.

#8 Prepare your pumpkins

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Fake ornamental pumpkins are perfect to last all autumn. But if you want real ones, there are a few things you can do to preserve them: once carved, rinse out, add 3 teaspoons of bleach to 3 gallons of water, then dunk the pumpkin in for 2 minutes, and let air dry outside. You can also use special pumpkin spray, or petroleum jelly/vegetable oil to keep them moist.

 

Art & Heritage in Yorkshire

Art & Heritage in Yorkshire

The Staithes Art and Heritage festival this weekend has inspired us to discover what arts and heritage the rest of Yorkshire holds. Yorkshire is home to many museums, art galleries and historical landmarks, so why not explore the wonders of this fascinating county!

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Arts

  • The Hepworth, Wakefield – renowned, world-class gallery offering a vibrant social space and a programme of film screenings, talks and events
  • The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds – the ultimate gallery for sculpture in the heart of the city
  • The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax – a stunning complex of converted nineteenth century mills now home to 6 amazing galleries
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield – an international centre for modern and contemporary art, with 500 acres of landscape and 60 outdoor sculptures
  • Ashley Jackson Art Gallery, Holmfirth – illustrating the life and works of the country’s leading and most successful landscape watercolourists
  • York Art Gallery – enjoy a fine display of paintings and ceramics plus a busy events and exhibitions programme
  • Gallery Forty-Nine, Bridlington – a fascinating range of paintings, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics by contemporary British artists
  • The Civic, Barnsley – one of the town’s landmark creative spaces hosting design-led touring exhibitions from National Galleries, as well as creating unique exhibitions
  • Millennium Gallery, Sheffield – the city’s prestigious destination for art, craft and design where you can explore Sheffield’s heritage including it’s famous metalwork
  • Woodend Art and Craft Gallery, Scarborough – a contemporary venue featuring edgy and thought-provoking exhibitions, with free entry for all

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Heritage

  • Ripley Castle, Harrogate – set in a beautiful location, this historic attraction hosts numerous events year round including archery, falconry, classic car rally, concerts and plays
  • Scarborough Castle – discover it’s 2500 years of history defending a prominent headland between two bays with sheer drops to the sea
  • Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley – one of the most complete and impressive abbeys in the country with an interactive museum, surrounded by stunning moorland
  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon – Yorkshire’s finest Cistercian Abbey ruin with over 10 historics buildings spanning over 800 years of history
  • York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, with traces of every age from the Roman occupation
  • Beverley Minster – a Gothic masterpiece with a long and dark history, home to tombs that attracted pilgrims from far and wide
  • Eden Camp, Malton – transports you back to wartime Britain, house in an original prisoner of war camp
  • Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield – showcasing the infamous steel city’s industrial story, from early industrialisation to modern times
  • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Keighley – enjoy a ride on The Railway Children’s railway through the heart of Brontë Country
  • Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington – set in 50 acres of 19th century parkland on a dramatic cliff-top position, with stunning views, award-winning gardens and the heritage of the grand hall

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Simplify Your Life Week!

Simplify Your Life Week!

Simplify your life week is the perfect time to get organised and streamline your life. Having loads of clutter in your home, and in your mind, can lead to lots of unnecessary stress. So get motivated and follow these tips for a simpler, more relaxed life. You can thank us later!

Home

  • Have a big clear out and declutter of your home. Use the throw, keep relocate and donate method to sort out your things
  • Having a home for everything will reduce the clutter in your home and make it easier to find things
  • Create an entrance hall space for everyday essentials that you need to grab before you leave the house
  • Clear shelves and surfaces of any items you don’t use regularly and store them elsewhere
  • Have only the essentials in your bathroom to avoid having bottles all around the bath
  • Shrink your wardrobe down; if you haven’t worn something in six months (except seasonal clothes or occasion wear) donate it!
  • Create a streamlined filing system for all your important documents so you can locate what you need easily
  • Use draw dividers to separate your things, it’ll keep everything tidy, in place and easy to grab
  • Keep décor minimal – you can have decorations and sentimental pieces, but don’t over clutter, create a relaxing space where everything flows
  • Plan the night before so you’re not rushing in the morning: sort your bag, lay out your outfit, prepare food, anything to streamline your morning routine

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  • Cooking in bulk and meal prepping will give you loads more time in the week and your meals will be all ready for you
  • There’s nothing worse than forgetting something important you needed to do, so keep an up-to-date to do list on your phone
  • Stop buying things you don’t need! It’ll help you save money and clutter. Wait a while before you by something instead of making impulse purchases
  • Create a budget – work out your all of your outgoings for the month to see how much you have left over to play with. Read our previous blog for more on budgeting and saving
  • Don’t bring work home, it will only create stress that you don’t need when trying to relax at home and take the time off you need
  • Learn that it’s ok to say no sometimes; overwhelming yourself with too many things and trying to please everyone isn’t healthy
  • Multi-tasking may seem productive, but you’re more likely to not do the jobs properly; just take one thing at a time and give it your full attention
  • If you’re like us, you’ll get annoyed with the hundreds of emails you get every day, most of them you don’t even read! Unsubscribe to everything that’s not of use
  • Social networking has taken over our lives and can be a cause of stress; have regular breaks from it and gradually limit your time on it; sounds hard but you’ll feel much better for it!
  • Have some alone time every week, and take a bit of time for yourself every day to relax and do something you enjoy!

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Budgeting & Saving Money for Renters

Budgeting & Saving Money for Renters

It can be difficult to save money and stick to a budget whilst still having a social life, especially when you rent! But there are little things you can do that will help you cut back on your spending and even get some savings behind you!

Budgeting

Budgeting is key to managing your finances. Work out all of your monthly outgoings like bills and rent, but also your phone bill, gym membership, hair cuts, everything! This will help you work out how much money you can save each month, and also where you can make some possible cutbacks.

Having a savings account is essential for saving; it’s much easier than keeping all your money in your main bank account. Online banking is another must as it helps you to track your money so quickly and easily. Also, treat your savings like a bill; when you’ve worked out your disposable income, you can see how much you are able to save each month, then make it like a bill and set up a standing order to your savings account every month. Doing this for the start of your pay month will make saving easier too, as you won’t be tempted to spend it!

However, you can still treat yourself a little when you’re saving; if you restrict yourself too much you’ll end up getting fed up and having a massive blow out! So wait until the end of the pay month (not the start!) and see how much money you have left to get yourself a little something.

Saving tips

  • If you can help it, avoid having a car for a while; they are a massive expense and public transport is so much cheaper, or walk for free!
  • Shop around and look for discounts to get the best deals, and get free loyalty cards for places you shop in a lot
  • Eating out can be pretty expensive, so why not have nights in instead, and cook with your friends instead of going out
  • Be energy smart and cut down your water use, only use heating/air con when you absolutely need it, and make sure you switch off lights and appliances when not in use!
  • Have a shopping list and go just once a week for everything to avoid making extra unnecessary purchases
  • Also plan your meals for the week to reduce cost and waste, and homemade meals are a lot cheaper and nicer than ready meals
  • Some own brand products are not great, but quite a lot are actually pretty much the same, and half the price
  • Try vegetarian meals a couple of times a week to save money on buying meat which can be expensive
  • Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still grow veg and herbs in pots yourself! Read our no garden blog
  • Recycle and upcycle used items with a little DIY and crafts
  • Buy reusable items such as cloths instead of kitchen roll, and water bottles instead if plastic ones you throw away
  • Look for second hand items on eBay and Gumtree to save money, and charity shops in posher ends of town actually have some great designer items for a fraction of the original price
  • Use smaller amounts of cleaning and beauty products; you usually don’t need as much as it says on the bottle
  • Only re-purchase items when you have totally used up the old ones, we bet you have a drawer full of half used products!
  • Take time to think before actually buying something; half of the time you’ll realise you don’t need/want it as much as you thought!

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

An amazing two-bedroom duplex apartment, located at the award-winning Spinningfields development in the stunning village of Sutton-in-Craven, situated in Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton.

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First floor:  This incredible apartment embraces open-plan living, wFlat 16 Spinningfields (1)ith an entrance hall leading into a large lounge and kitchen, with plenty of space for a dining table. A separate W.C is located in the entrance hall, and an airing cupboard provides extra storage space opposite the kitchen. The lounge area has a beautiful feature window with great views, as well as a fitted carpet for a cosy feel. The modern kitchen boasts white high gloss units and sleek black worktops, and includes fully integrated appliances with an oven/hob and extractor, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The open-plan layout creates a bright, open space that is luxurious and relaxing.

9Spinningfields-printGround floor: In this duplex apartment, a staircase leads down on the ground floor to two spacious double bedrooms, both with large windows, skylights on the ceiling and original beams giving the rooms plenty of character. There is also a brilliant crash space on the ground floor, which can be used as a dressing room, office space, spare room or anything you want! The large bathroom is fully-tiled, including a unique shelving area, shower cubicle and generous bath. This apartment also has allocated parking, making it ideal for commuters.

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Location

This fantastic apartment is situated within a stunning award-winning development in Sutton-In-Craven, located in the heart of Aire Valley, with Skipton to the north-west and Keighley to the south-east. Other surrounding villages Sutton in Cinclude Silsden, Steeton, Cross Hills, Cononley and Eastburn. Sutton-In-Craven is ideal if you love the peace and quiet of rural living, with traditional pubs the Black Bull Inn and the Kings Arms Inn both just around the corner. There is also a lovely green space just across the road from this development, which the Sutton Beck runs through. There are also a number of great schools in the area, as well as independent shops and convenience stores.

Sutton-In-Craven is not far from nearby towns and cities, with Leeds just an hour drive away, Bradford 40 minutes, and Skipton and Keighley both just 15 minutes Sutton in C4away. The development has allocated parking, but there is also a great bus route with a stop across the road, and train stations in Cononley and Steeton. Sutton-In-Craven is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and nature, with the Yorkshire Dales just north of Skipton, adjacent to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Forest of Bowland AONB to the west. And if you fancy going further afield for a day out or weekend break, both Blackpool and the Lake District are only an 80 minute drive away!

What to do

Sutton-In-Craven may be a small village, but it has a great community sprit and is a perfect place for families. There’s a range of wellbeing activities for all ages held in the village. For adults there are:

  • Fitness class, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • CobraFIT, Mondays 9:30-10:30am & Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • BalletFIT Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • Pilates, Wednesdays 10-11am @ Village Hall
  • Circuits, Mondays 7-7:45pm @ South Craven School
  • Cheer Fitness (6:30pm) & Street Fitness (7:30pm) Mondays, @ South Craven School for 16+

And for children there are dance classes at the South Craven School on Saturdays, a Rugby Club for 8-11 year olds, and readers’ activity days at the Cross Hills library for 9-11 year olds on May 14th and June 25th. If you have some spare time, you can also volunteer at the library for any role, with an open day being held on June 11th.

The village is also the location of Lund’s Tower which is great for a family stroll with stunning views, especially if you climb up the tSutton in C3ower where you can see for miles! The nearby village of Cross Hills has some great pubs and eateries including Zolsha and The Old White Bear, and is home to the Naylor’s Brewery. A 15 minute drive will take you to Keighley, where you will find historical attractions such as Cliffe Castle Park & Museum, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Venture up towards Skipton for incredible walks around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale, or make the journey to Leeds for amazing shops and Sutton in C5restaurants. Sutton-In-Craven is a great central location that gives you access to some of the best cities and countryside in the country!

Affordable Rent Scheme: Part 2- Application Tips

Today we have the second part of our Affordable Rent Scheme guide by our Lettings Administrator Ellie, giving you tips on the application process and answering frequently asked questions.

  • Read the eligibility criteria through carefully. You will only be able to apply for properties available on the Affordable Rent Scheme if you meet all of the criteria listed on the advert.
  • Make sure you select the scheme, housing association and development name when filling out the application form. We will not be able to see your application on our systems if you do not select the correct scheme, housing association or development name on the first page of the application form. This information is available on the advert, listed below the link to the online application.
  • Provide as much detail as you can when filling out the online application form, including the address of your employer and your income. If you work for a company which has a head office elsewhere please provide details of the local branch where you work. There is also an ‘Additional Information’ section on the application, and any information you feel we need to consider should be listed there.
  • Please be patient. We know there’s nothing worse than waiting, but many of the properties we offer are extremely popular and we usually receive a number of application forms. We want to make sure we give all the applications our full consideration and, as you can appreciate, this takes time. You will hear back as to whether you have been allocated the property or not, but we cannot give a set time for when this might be.
  • If you are eligible, keep applying! You may not be successful this time round but we do offer a number of both new build and re-let properties which are all advertised on www.spaceproperty.co.uk

FAQs

Can I apply if I’m in receipt of Housing Benefit?

We can accept Housing Benefit but we cannot take it into consideration when assessing your household income.

Can I apply if I’m a student?

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are not eligible to apply for this scheme as you need to be in permanent employment with a taxable income to be eligible.

Can I view the property?

Viewings are only offered once all the applications have been reviewed and the property is allocated. If you are allocated the property, you will be offered a viewing and after this you will need to pay a reservation fee which covers the cost of the credit check.

Is there a fee to apply?

There is no fee for filling out an application form online but, if you are allocated and after viewing wish to reserve it, you will need to pay a reservation fee of £170 (single applicant) or £220 (joint applicants). This fee covers the cost of the credit check and admin costs.

Will I hear if I haven’t been allocated the property?

We will email you to let you know the outcome of your application, even if you haven’t been allocated the property this time.