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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Village Living in Craven

Village Living in Craven

The village of Sutton-in-Craven may be small, but it has plenty to offer! Enjoy the peaceful rural life in this beautiful duplex apartment.

 

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The property

This stunning two bedroom duplex apartment is situated within the award-winning Spinningfields development, a beautifully converted textile mill, mixing the old with the new.

The apartment embraces open plan living with a spacious lounge area and fully integrated kitchen. The lounge has large feature windows allowing light to flood the room. The beautifully-finished modern kitchen boasts integrated appliances including oven/hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

 

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Both bedrooms in the property, one double and one single, are fitted with carpet, offer plenty of storage space, and feature large windows letting in plenty of light. The spacious, fully tiled bathroom features large bath, shower cubicle, and unique shelving area, providing a luxurious place to relax after a long day. As well as being set within a well-maintained development, there is an allocated parking space for each property.

 

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Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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Give your home a spring update!

Give your home a spring update!

Refreshing your home for spring doesn’t have to mean spending loads of money, and realistically nobody repaints their home for every season. With just a few cheap and simple updates, you can say goodbye to the cold, dark winter months, and welcome spring into your home!

Texture trends

If you’re looking to buy new accessories to update your home for the new season, then try copper, marble and acrylic, the biggest trends this spring. Copper adds a warm but modern touch, while marble offers a sleek feel, and acrylic makes your space feel bigger and fresher.

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Colour palette

Spring is all about pastels and bright colours to mimic the lighter days and flourishing new plants and flowers. Lavender and mint  fit with the pastel trend without being too sickly, and if you prefer more subtle colours go for creamy neutrals. Yellows and greens are also perfect for spring.

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Lighter fabrics

Switch out your thick bedding, throws and curtains for less heavy fabrics to help let the light in, and opt for soft, lighter colours to give a fresh feel and open up your space. You can still use throws to create a cosy feel, but choose ones with more vibrant prints.

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Nature

Spring is the time of year when new life is beginning, so bring this idea into your home with lots of greenery and fresh flowers. If buying new furniture pieces, go for wood and earthy textures. Choose house plants that are easy to maintain such as the snake plant of rubber plant. If you don’t want real flowers and plants, decorate with accessories in floral and leafy patterns.

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Fresh scents

Don’t just think about the visual aspects, scents can play an important role when giving your home a spring update. Having house plants and flowers will create natural scents in your home, but to give them a boost try placing reed diffusers in floral and citrus scents around your home.

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Hygge

The latest home interiors trend is hygge (hue-gah) which is a Danish word which went applied in the context of your home means to ‘decorate cosy, live simply’. Whatever makes you feel cosy, whether its cushions and throws or strings of fairy lights, add these to your home along with a more simple approach to home decor to avoid clutter and create a calming environment.

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How to: Beat the January blues!

How to: Beat the January blues!

January can be a bit of a dreary month; Christmas is over, your back to work and the weather is cold and dark. But January is also a chance for a fresh start and to make a few positive changes to your life. So try a few of our mood boosting tips to brighten up your January!

New home – are you looking for a new home this new year? We can help! We have lots of properties available to rent from stylish city centres apartment to suburban family homes, unique converted buildings to brand new builds. Find your dream home on our website!

Redecorate – want to revamp your home this year but haven’t got much money left after Christmas? Not to worry, we have some great ways you can redecorate your home on a budget! 

Declutter your home – use the new year as a chance to freshen up your home and have a serious declutter; our blog post has some great tips to simplify your home and life.Decor1

Get growing – being around nature is a proven mood booster, and whether you have little or no outdoor space, you can still create your own garden!

Max your space – your home can feel over crowded at times,  especially after Christmas, so try this tricks to make your space feel bigger.

Plan a trip – Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a trip. Keep costs low after the Christmas period by booking a holiday in one of Yorkshire’s stunning locations; find some ideas on our blog!

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Discover something new – Yorkshire is full of hidden treasures from incredible art galleries to grand castles; discover the art and heritage it has to offer on our blog.

Have a relaxation day – sometimes the best thing to do on a miserable winter day is to treat yourself to some relaxation time, it’ll definitely get rid of your January blues!

More relaxation – after you’ve got into a relaxing mood, why not make your home more relaxing too; there are loads of ways you can de-stress your home and create a calmer space.energy8

Self care – looking after yourself can have a massive impact on your mood! Creating good morning and night time routines can work wonders for your mood and energy levels.

Be healthier – you start your healthy eating regime with good intentions, but a week into the new year and your back to your old ways. These quick and affordable meal ideas will make being healthy much easier!

Venture outside – have a go at one of these lovely Yorkshire pub walks; being in the great outdoors and getting some fresh air can seriously improve your mood, and stopping at the pub along the way can’t hurt!

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Try some DIY – January is a great time to start a new project, and it’ll give you something to focus on. Try your hand at upcycling to not only give you something to focus on, but to create something nice for your home too.

Organise your finances – have a fresh start with your finances and get budgeting and saving! Whatever you’re trying to save for, our tips are a must read!

Be happy – the dark winter days and cold weather can make us feel down, so use these tips to stay positive and happy!

 

 

 

Christmas Decor Themes

Christmas Decor Themes

With December almost upon us, it’s nearly time to dress your home for Christmas! If your old decorations are feeling a bit tired or you just fancy a change, we have some great Christmas decor ideas to suit everyone’s taste and budget!

Traditional red & green

If you love the idea of a traditional family Christmas, then this theme is for you! Red and green will be your staple colours, whilst decorations will focus on stockings, candy canes, wreaths and garlands intertwined with pinecones and red berries, classic Christmas prints and a magnificent bushy green tree!

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White winter wonderland

Even if it’s not a white Christmas outside, it definitely will be inside with this winter wonderland theme. Think all white decorations with hints of ice blue, snowflake baubles and prints, icicle lights and a snow frosted Christmas tree with a glittery snowflake on top. Go with sparkly, crystal and translucent textures to give that icy winter feel.

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Charming rustic

Bring the outdoors into your home with this nature-inspired rustic theme. Decorate with logs and wooden details, real pine cones, holly and wreaths (if possible), woven textures, lanterns and woodland creature ornaments. Keep everything really natural and try your hand at some homemade decorations for an extra charming feel.

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Glamorous rose gold 

If nothing less than full on glamour will do, decorate your home with glitter and the colour of the year; rose gold. Don’t hold back with this theme, go for full on sparkle and glitter, twinkly lights, a lavishly decorated tree and super luxe wrapping paper. Make sure everything is dripping in gold, pink and rose gold.

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Minimalist 

On the complete opposite end of the scale, if you like to keep things simple or aren’t really the festive kind, a minimalist theme is ideal. Simply put up a conservatively decorated tree, keep decorations white or plain and hang up some a string of fairy lights.

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Tropical Christmas

If you hate the cold season and want something completely different, give your Christmas decor a tropical edge! Choose rich jewel tones in emerald-green, purple and blue. Give your home an exotic feel with colourful wildlife decorations, tropical prints and gold embellishments.

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The Best of Batley!

The Best of Batley!

Do you want to live in a stunning new build property close to the best towns and cities in Yorkshire? Then this beautifully-finished two bedroom apartment on a new development in Batley is the perfect new home for you!

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Property

This stylish apartment embraces the modern, open-plan layout, with a spacious living area fitted with laminate flooring and featuring a floor to ceiling window, creating a bright and open space. There is plenty of room for a dining table and chairs alongside your lounge furniture, making it the perfect place to both eat and relax. The contemporary kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units and complete with oven, hob and extractor fan.

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The property comprises of two double bedrooms, both bright, spacious and fully carpeted, with the master bedroom benefitting from an ensuite bathroom with toilet, sink and shower cubicle. The part-tiled house bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. There is also a cupboard opposite the bathroom in the hallway, providing extra storage space to help keep your apartment organised and tidy! The apartment also comes with allocated parking and allows children. All of this could be yours for only £400pcm!

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Location

The brand new Pavilion Close development is located on Soothill Lane, just a short walk from the Batley train station, providing easy access to Leeds and Wakefield, making it the perfect location for commuters. Just round the corner from the property are many supermarkets including Aldi, Asda and Tesco, as well as other great shops, eateries and bars along the Batley high street. If you want a wider selection of shops, the White Rose Shopping Centre is only 15 minutes away! This is also a great location for families with children as there are several well-regarded schools in the area.

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Batley is the perfect town for those working in Yorkshire’s major cities, with Leeds and Bradford both around 20 minutes drive away, Wakefield 25 minutes and Huddersfield half an hour, all easily reached by the nearby train station as well. If you want to immerse yourself in nature, Wilton Park is just a short journey away along Bradford Road, and you’ll be just over 40 minutes from the Peak District and an hour from the Yorkshire Dales/Nidderdale AONB.

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Best of Batley

  • The home of Fox’s Biscuits
  • Wilton Park with boating lake, butterfly house and observatory
  • Bagshaw Museum
  • Batley Rugby League Club
  • The Mill Outlet and Red Brick Mill
  • Batley Library and Art Gallery
  • Restaurants: Zucchini Italian, Roberto’s, Luigi’s, Lala’s, Godfather Pizzeria, Smokey’s Original, The Fox and Hounds
  • Cafes: Hannah’s Tea Rooms and Bakery, Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlour, Cafe Barsa, Jordanelle, Nix Cakes, The Coffee House
  • Pubs/bars: Cellar Bar, Legends Bar, The Union Rooms, The Taproom, The Wellington, Mr Smith’s

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