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.

How to decorate your rental home

How to decorate your rental home

The frustrating thing about living in a rental home is trying to decorate without losing your deposit. But there are tips and tricks you can use in your home to brighten it up and make it your own, without annoying your landlord!

TRental decor3he key is to add colour! Rentals always come with plain white or cream walls, and in most you won’t be allowed to paint. So add colour in other ways: artwork, pictures, Rental decor1plants, tea towels, bed sheets, anything you can! Just don’t go too overboard. Use coloured furniture as well, such as a statement chair or bed frame, and if you don’t want to buy new things, just paint what you already have!

Displaying you belongings in open storage adds personality and gives a rental a more lived in fRental decor10eel, and it means things are easier to access! You can even do this with clothes using a rack (especially if you don’t have a closet). Another thing that makes a renRental decor11tal feel more homely is adding texture such as throws, cushions and rugs. Rugs can also help to cover up ugly flooring. Accessorizing without cluttering is essential; put trinkets and pictures around your home to make it feel like your own space, and use focal pieces such as statement furniture or a bar cart to really add something unique.

Rentals often come with awful blinds or none at all, so invest in a good pair of curtains that add colour and texture without making a mark. Quirky light fixtureRental decor6s are a great idea to change up a rental, as is changing the hardware such as cabinet handles and door knobs; just make sure you keep the old ones to switch over before you leave! Pay attention to the little things; use fun magnets on your fridge and colourful Washi tape to display photos. Rental decor5Rental decor7

There are now loads of great products specifically to help renters with these problems. You can buy removable wallpaper, tiles and contact paper to make your home more lively, and you’ll still get your deposit back. If this isn’t for you, you can wallpaper the inside of an open cabinet to add colour. Command hooks are also a genius invrental decor4ention that let you hang up pictures, jewellery and mirrors without drilling holes. Or alternatively, just rest pictures or artwork on top of a cabinet against a wall.

We spoke about the benefits of plants in a previous blog, and they help here too by adding life to your home. Display them in Rental decor2unique ways in quirky vases, old light bulbs or chandeliers (like here). There’s not just the décor of a rental that needs help, but sometimes the smell as well; use candles and incense so your home always smells delicious. You can even choose a rental home that already has character; a lot of old houses have beautiful quirky features such as old fireplaces, stained glass and exposed brickwork.

De-stress your home

De-stress your home

There are many things in life that can cause you stress, but your home shouldn’t be one of them! So for National Stress Awareness Month, we give you our top tips on how to make your home stress free.

Organisation

A cluttered home is bound to make you feel stressed; just a bit of organisation in your life will clear both your home and mind.drawers-divided-underwear-ictcrop_gal

  • Use baskets for everything! Just chuck your stuff in; they’re the easiest way to organise your belongings and keep them out of the way
  • Another way to use baskets is to have two placed on your counter- one for items that require immediate attention, and the other for lower priority tasks
  • Draw dividers are a life saver; you can either buy them or make your own from shoe boxes
  • No need to go out and buy fancy containers, used cleaned out jam jars as cute bathroom organisersorganize-your-cords_thumb5-380x214
  • Place catch all dishes around your home for small things like earrings, hair grips and keys so they don’t end up cluttering every surface (and getting lost)
  • Keep your bed sheet sets together by folding everything into just one of the pillowcases
  • Does having wires and cords everywhere do your head in? Decorate loo rolls for a cheap way to keep them all together
  • Every girl knows that bobby pins disappear like magic, use a magnetic strip and never lose them again!beauty organising
  • Need a way to store your scarves or ties? Attach plastic shower hooks to a clothes hanger and you’ve got a makeshift tie/scarf rack!
  • Use plastic bathroom/makeup and desk organisers, shower caddies, over-the-door shoe racks. You can make these items multitask too: use a shoe rack for cleaning or beauty products (don’t mix these up!), put a plastic desk organiser in your fridge to keep your food organised, the list is endless

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Having a small home can be stressful as it feels like you don’t have room for everything; these small but super clever space saving tricks will help utilise your space better, and reduce clutter and stress.

  • Opt for multi-purpose furniture with hidden storage such as beds with drawers underneath and hollow ottomans
  • Fold up furniture is also great- you can buy fold up clothes drying racks and even fold up tables that attach to your wallPull out cabinet
  • Don’t have enough room for a coffee table? Buy or make a skinny coffee table to go behind your sofa or a wooden couch arm wrap
  • Some smaller apartments don’t come with a proper dining area, create your own with a slim console dining table pushed against the back of your sofa
  • Have any narrow spaces in your kitchen? A thin pull-out cabinet creates extra storage and utilise any awkward spaces
  • Utilise unused spaces with corner and ceiling shelves which provide extra storage but don’t take up any roomCharging station
  • Does your bathroom not have a cabinet or shelves? By an over-the-tap shelf for all your bathroom essentials
  • Transform a letter shelf into a charging station to keep all your chargers out of the way
  • Buying a shower curtain with pockets means you won’t have loads of bottles around your bath!

Décor

The way you decorate your home can have a big impact on your mood; use calming items and colours to create a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Indoor plants bring nature into your home, purify the air and generally look nice
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  • Make your home super cosy with cushions, rugs and blankets
  • Decorate your home with nature-inspired pieces such as wood and natural textures
  • Put up art work, photos and meaningful trinkets to add personality and make you feel happy
  • Crystals and geodes are said to have a calming effect, even if they don’t, they make your home look pretty
  • Ensure your home is clutter free! Decorations are great but don’t go over boardfairy lights
  • Let in plenty of natural light wherever possible
  • Create a heavenly, relaxing scent in your home with essential oil diffusers
  • The colour of your walls has a huge impact on the way you feel, the best colours for each room are: blue for bedrooms is calming, an earthy coloured bathroom promotes nature, green for your lounge is refreshing, paint a study purple to inspire creativity, then yellow for your kitchen/diner to create a happy and sunny atmosphere

Suburban living in Horsforth, Leeds

Suburban living in Horsforth, Leeds

Recently named as one of the best places to live, the up and coming Leeds suburb of Horsforth is the ideal place to live if you want a peaceful and beautiful setting, and access to one of the best cities in the country.

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17 Glenwood Villas is a two-bedroom apartment situated in an old converted coach house, meaning it boasts its own entrance way. The lovely villa features a large open-plan kitchen and living area, with the kitchen complete with integrated oven, hob and extractor fan, and fitted with viLounge-Kitchennyl flooring. The two double bedrooms are fitted with carpet to create a cosy feel, and the master bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom. The main bathroom is a modern, white three-piece suite with a shower over the bath.

15 Glenwood Villas is also a two-bedroom apartment, situated on the top floor of the main apartment building. This property also features an open plan living area, witexternal (1)h a kitchen fully fitted with white goods and vinyl flooring, as well as a striking sloping ceiling with a Velux skylight window. The lounge area features a large bay window overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens. The spacious double bedrooms are fitted with carpet and wardrobes, and the clealoungen-finished, white three-piece bathroom has a bath and separate shower cubicle. Number 15 also has a large hallway with fitted storage, and both properties have allocated parking.

Location

Glenwood Villas has access to the beautiful landscaped gardens which provide lovely views from the apartments, and also overlooks the stunning Newlay Valley. Glenwood offers a peaceful setting, whilst only being a short distance from the local shops, eateries and bars. Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, and the Village Museum has collections and displays illustrating life in the village. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station is only a 5 minute journey away, giving you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters.

Why Horsforth is the best place to live

The Times named this beautiful suburb one of the best places to live in Britain, and it’s pretty obvious why. From its stunning scenery to great community spirit, it’s the ideal Yorkshire village to live in. The infamous Horsforth Hall Park is a gorgeous community park that offers something for all ages; with a unique Japanese garden, a “Trim Trail”, as well as outdoor play area and skate park. It’s perfect for a peaceful Sunday stroll on a sunny day. Pretty much the whole villageHorsforth woods is picturesque, but other great routes to walk are on the Leeds Country Way and in Hunger Hills Woods.

The village’s architecture is also a sight to behold; most buildings are made from sandstone, creating a distinctive style. The area is full of history, which you can explore in the Horsforth Village Museum. Horsforth is also full of unique and quirky culture, with Firefly pottery café where you can grab a drink and paint some pottery, whilst the annual summer event Walk of Art showcases plenty of weird and wacky creations. If you fancy the buzz of the city, Leeds is only a 10 minute train journey away, and is packed full of amazing places to eat, drink, shop, be entertained and anything else you can think of!

Places to eat &drink

Its amazing eateries and pubs also make Horsforth a great place to live. Everyone raves about Trattoria Il Forno’s incredible pizzas, and Café Marinetti also serve delicious Italian food in a family run restaurant. For Mediterranean cuisine heHorsforth 166ad to La Bistro, and for Indian dishes (and cheap pints) visit East at Enigma. If you are looking for snacks and lunches, Hamilton’s Sandwich Shop and Pooky & Grumps Deli are the best in town. For a taste of sophistication, Bar 166 & Bistro serves delicious British cuisine and the best burgers, and you’ll definitely want to stay for a drink with the locally brewed and worlds beers on offer, as well as cocktails.

The Brown Cow serves excellent American diner-style food, whilst The Brownlee Arms offers a combination of homemade food and real ale (with a superb Sunday roast). The village even has its own pub crawl, ‘The Horsforth Mile’, and a number of great pubs including The Forge, with craft beers and real music, The Abbey Inn which hosts the occasional gig, and Town Street Tavern offers a peaceful pint of craft beers and real ales.

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