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Top 6 Garden Trends

If you have not upgraded your garden yet for the summer months ahead, then you better do so quickly before you run out of time! The sun has already shown its face and the last thing you want to do is have an untidy garden or one absent of any furniture for the months that are ahead. In order to give you a helping hand regarding where to start this article will reveal the current top six trends in outdoor furniture at the moment. From a relaxing rattan garden sofa to a taste for tangerine; you are bound to find something that appeals to you, fits in with the style of your outdoor space, and is in keeping with your budget.  

Here we go; the top six outdoor furniture trends of today…

Rattan garden sofa
Let’s begin with the top trend for the summer ahead; the rattan garden sofa. Rattan is a material that has long been popular for garden furniture because it is durable and weather resistant. Not only this, but you cannot deny how stylish and inviting the material looks as well. The rattan garden sofa is set to soar to the height of popularity throughout the months ahead. This is because not only does it provide all the fantastic qualities associated with rattan, but it gives people the perfect place to sit down, unwind, and enjoy a glass of juice in the sunshine. 

A taste for tangerine
Every year there is one colour that seems to stand out in comparison to the rest. This year that colour is tangerine. And it is hardly any surprise considering how vibrant, refreshing, and vivid the shade is. Tangerine offers a fantastic way of introducing energy, liveliness, and personality to your outdoor space. Not only this, but it offers a cheap way of doing so too. All you need to do is buy some tangerine colour cushions in order to find a starting point for implementing this trend. Alternatively, you can also go for orange candles and candle holders to act as a table decoration as well.

Outdoor Artificial Flower Hanging Baskets  
It goes without saying that you need to plan your purchases more carefully when looking for things to put in your garden, be it a table and chair set or flower arrangements and other types of decoration. This is especially the case in the UK where the weather is unpredictable, and can often be unpleasant. This is why you are advised to purchase outdoor artificial flowers in hanging baskets for outside use. Unfortunately, fresh flowers, be it potted plants, hanging baskets, or something different, cannot cope with the fluctuating weather in the UK. It has a serious impact on their growth. For example, during the summer, when there is no rain, these plants miss out on much-needed water, and not everyone has the time to water their plants whenever required. On the other hand, when the clouds cover the sun, the flowers are devoid of photosynthesis. It seems like a lose-lose situation, which is why gardening can take up a considerable amount of people’s time. This is something you do not need to worry about if you buy outdoor artificial flowers. Artificial flowers are made to withstand the dreaded British weather. As they are made from the likes of silk, they are not going to need any of nature’s elements to keep them alive. Moreover, they require very little upkeep, and thus you can be confident that your garden will look beautiful all year round. This is especially important for those of us who lead busy lives! 

Take it back to basics 
You will be pleased to know that you do not have to be the most creative person in the world in order to implement this outdoor trend effectively. This year it is all about keeping it simple. You don’t need to go for intricate patterns or lots of accessories in order to make your garden stand out from the crowd. The taste for minimalism is well and truly in town. Let the beauty of the furniture speak for itself and do not try to overcomplicate things by adding too much colour, pattern, materials, shapes or textures. This is the perfect trend for those who want to make life as easy as possible yet still enjoy a beautiful garden space! 

Add one show stopping focal point 
The previous home and garden trend talked about keeping it simple, and adding one show stopping focal point plays towards this trend. After all, you don’t need to worry about trying to combine an array of exciting furniture pieces. Just go for the big punch with one wow piece of furniture or structure. Daybeds are a fantastic example of this. They ooze luxury, class, and comfort, and no matter what else is in your garden they are assured to capture the attention of anybody who walks in. 

Wide weaved furniture 
This trend can actually coincide beautifully with the first one about the rattan garden sofa. After all, rattan is a material that is weaved when a piece of furniture is created. Thus, if you want to go for something a little bit different this year, why not go for a rattan garden sofa or another piece of furniture whereby the weave is thicker? This is more unusual and it allows the structure of the furniture to be the main attraction rather than the fabric that goes with it.  

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Moving Into A New Apartment Stress Free

Finding an apartment that suits your needs (and budget!) is a task in itself, but when you finally arrive in your new empty abode, figuring out where to start when trying to transform it from house to home is a tricky business. There are so many things to remember, it’s easy to get lost in it all and forget some of the most important features and installations. However, the following information should help you prepare the basics and any necessary extras in order to create the most comfortable and functional apartment in no time at all! 

Cleaning Supplies  
When you move into a new place, the first thing you should do is clean. Whether it’s a new build or an old Victorian house that’s seen tens of different families, pull on some gloves and get the cleaning supplies out before you empty the first box of your stuff. The most important supplies to remember include window, floor, mirror and surface cleaner, bleach, antibacterial wipes and bin bags. These basics should allow you to rid your new home of any dirt or grime and ultimately make it safer for you to move into. Get some air freshener and be sure to open all of the windows whilst you’re cleaning to get a beautiful smell throughout your new apartment. Don’t forget to purchase some general cleaning products for day to day use, like washing up liquid and toilet cleaner as they always come in handy. 

Soft Goods   
If you’re moving into your first home or you just want a complete new start, think through the various different soft goods you might need to purchase. Start with your bedroom: for your bed you will need a bottom sheet, a duvet, a suitable amount of pillows and a beautiful cover to encase them. Check whether your new apartment has blinds or curtains that you like, and purchase new ones if not. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative and have a go at making your own to make your home as individual and unique as possible. Moving onto the bathroom, you’ll need at least one large towel, and a couple of smaller ones too. Invest in a new shower curtain if you require, and a thick luxurious bath mat. In the lounge, it’s a great idea to get some blankets and throws to go over your sofa. They can make the room feel much more relaxing and comfortable, and are great to pull over you for warmth for a much deserved nap after unpacking boxes. In the kitchen, you’ll need some tea towels, oven mitts as well as some table cloths to protect any hardwood or add some glass to your dinner parties.  
  
Your Own Stamp  
Possibly the best part of moving is getting a chance to put your own personal stamp on things. There are so many ways of expressing your creativity and individuality, so collect any decor you have already and get searching for some new additions. Hang some art or posters on your walls, bring the outside in with a few potted plants and change the mood with some orange-toned lamps and light fittings. If you’re a little strapped for cash, you can easily spruce up your old furnishings with a bit of DIY work, so don’t be afraid to get out your paint brush and start upgrading. Invest in some extra seating for when friends and family come around, along with some gorgeous cushions to help everyone get comfy. 

Utility Bills  
Not something ‘visible’ as such, but you must not forget to sort out your utility bills as they are a vital aspect of your new apartment. In the modern day, you can find broadband only deals so you do not need to shell out for a landline connection at the same time. Search around for water, gas and electric companies, as you can save a lot of money by digging around for a good price. Ensure you plan ahead with these tasks as they make take a while be installed or processed sufficiently, and the extra time will give you the chance to find the best deal you can. Switching energy providers is very simple, and you can even track your daily usage to keep your bills in check. If you are on a budget, there are a few ways you can ensure your utilities don’t break the bank - instead of turning up the thermostat grab some warm clothes and wrap up in a blanket, block any wind from entering underneath doors or through cracks in windows and try to limit your water usage by doing little things like turning off the taps whilst you brush your teeth.  
  
Change Of Address   
When you move into a new place, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun stuff like interior design, and forget that you have to notify all of the different businesses and departments of your changed address. This should include your bank, the relevant tax offices, any subscriptions you have and your employer. It’s best to make a list of who you receive mail from in the months leading up to your move, as you can then find out and contact as many people as you can. Reach out to your mail service if possible so you can request for any post in your name to be transferred to your new abode appropriately, as you may forget to inform some senders that could be important.  
  
Hopefully this guide can help to make sure your move is the most stress free and easy experience possible, and act as an aid in preventing you from forgetting anything you might need to turn your house into a home. Always plan each step as far in advance as you can, as the more time you have to consider every detail, the simpler it will be to achieve a perfectly apartment without the usual hassle. Roll up your sleeves and prepare for some hard work, don’t be afraid of DIY as it’s a real money saver. 
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3 Easy Ways To Get That Luxury Look In Your Home

With so many people now showcasing their homes all over social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter it’s not surprising that the want and at times the need for a luxury style has seen an increase in popularity. It’s often seen as something that’s unachievable and unrealistic for a ‘normal’ or low’ budget however that’s not the case. It can be really easy to add a bit of luxury into your home. Have a look at these ideas to help get your that luxury look in your home.  
 
Lighting 
 Thinking about the lighting in your home can be a really simple way of not only updating the look to a room but also making it feel luxurious. You can try adding centerpieces such as extravagant chandeliers (that don’t cost the earth) to your bedroom or above the dining table which is sure to create spectacular impressions. Also, have a go at adding some mood lighting such as dimmer switches or adding lamps to bedside tables or reading tables in the living areas. It’s a good idea to make sure that lamps that are featured either side of a bed are matching lamps. You’ll notice that all the top luxury hotels do this and it’s not a mistake.  
  
Flooring  
 A simple yet cost-effective way of making any room feel more luxurious is to update the flooring. Whether you upgrade to laminate and add featured floor decorations or are looking for a double whammy with some new carpets; you are sure to improve the look, feel and environment of your home. You’ll be dying to share that image of your pedicured toes on your new deep thread carpet on Instagram! Try having a look at some of the options that Carpet One have to offer. If you want to add some extra luxury to your bedroom why not try adding some faux fur rugs for either side of the bed or add a central rug under your dining table to create a focal point and interesting feature. Make sure you keep things simple though. Too many colours and too many floor decorations can be overkill and you will find yourself stepping into the cluttered territory.


Declutter  
Have you ever noticed that the perfect picture you see online is never cluttered? In fact, they are normally the opposite and this is for a very good reason. Having a cluttered home doesn't exactly scream the life of luxury. A life of luxury is supposed to be all about ease and perfection not cluttered and messy. This is definitely one of the easiest ways that you can create that luxury feel to your home. Try stocking up on storage that can be hidden away in cupboards and under beds and get rid of anything that hasn't been used in over a year. Yes, this does include furniture. Have a good look at all the ornaments and accessories you have around your home and try to minimise what you have on the shelf.
  
Do you have any other easy ways that you can get that luxury look into your home? Please share them in the comment section below!
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Ideas For Interesting And Unique Wedding Gifts

Choosing a wedding gift for friends or family can be tough. How much are you supposed to spend? Do they want something practical or something a little more thoughtful? How do you make sure that nobody else is getting the same thing? Sometimes it’s a little easier if the bride and groom have a wedding list that you can choose from. You can just find an item that is in your price range and you can be sure that nobody else is getting it. But if they don’t have a wedding list, which not many people do these days, it’s a lot harder to find that perfect gift. 
First off, how much should you be spending? This all depends on your relationship with the bride and groom and how much you can realistically afford. If it’s somebody that you aren’t that close with like a coworker or an old friend that you don’t really see anymore, you don’t need to spend any more than £50 at the most. If it’s a very close friend or family member, you can extend your budget up to £100. However, these are just basic guidelines that only apply if you can actually afford it. The bride and groom will understand if you don’t have that much spare cash at the moment and you can only afford to get something little. It’s a bit of a cliche but it really is the thought that counts so as long as you get something that you know they will enjoy, it doesn’t matter how much you spend.  

If you’re stuck for ideas and you don’t have a clue what to get as a wedding present, these are some of your best options.  

Money   
A lot of people think that money is a bit of a rubbish gift. There isn’t any thought behind it and it seems like a quick fix, which it usually is. But when it comes to weddings it can actually be a very welcome gift and a lot of couples are even requesting money now. Weddings are so expensive and a lot of people don’t have any money left to pay for a honeymoon afterwards so they’re asking for money towards that. It’s also likely that the couple will be moving into a new house if they haven’t already and they’ll need to buy furniture and anything else that they need. In that case, having the money to spend on whatever they need is actually a big help to them. Just get them a nice card and put as much as you can afford inside. Don’t worry if it isn’t a lot, they’ll still appreciate the gesture.  

Recipe Books  
Practical gifts are always a winner as well, especially if the bride and groom are moving in together for the first time. If they like cooking together then you could consider getting them some recipe books so they can start cooking their first meals as a married couple. It may also be a welcome gift if one of them is terrible in the kitchen and it always falls to the other to do all of the cooking because they can learn together and start sharing some of that responsibility.  

 Kitchen Equipment   
There isn’t much point in getting a recipe book if they don’t have any kitchen equipment to cook with in the first place. Kitchen equipment is one of the most common wedding gifts that people get because some of that stuff can be pretty expensive, especially if you’re starting from scratch. If they already have a lot of their basic kitchen stuff, you could look at getting them some kitchen gadgets that they can use to make cooking easier. Plus, everyone needs a toaster!
  
Wall Art   
This is a gift that most people wouldn’t think to get but it’s one that the bride and groom will likely be very pleased with. The best way to make a house feel more like your own is to decorate the walls and add a bit of your own style to the place. New houses can feel very bare when people first move in and they aren’t that homely so you could get them some nice wall art. It will be the first step toward their new family home.  
  
Commemorative Gifts   
Having something to remember the special day by is always nice, so you should look into getting them some kind of commemorative gift. A set of engraved champagne flutes, for example, is a great personalised gift for a bride and groom. On special occasions, they can bring them out and remember their wedding day. There are so many great personalised gifts that you can get like photo frames or engraved plaques. These kinds of thoughtful gifts aren’t that expensive but they’re always well received.  
  
Photo Albums  
When you’re buying a gift for a good friend, something that reminds them of all of the good times that you’ve had together is great. If you’re really struggling for money but you still want to get them a nice thoughtful gift, you could consider putting together a photo album of the two of you and include some great pictures of them and their partner as well. There are some great apps like Inkifi that let you print pictures from your social media to put into a nice photo album. You don’t necessarily have to give them the gift on the wedding day either 

Travel Gifts  
If the happy couple love to travel, you could look at getting them a gift based around that. If they already have a honeymoon planned, why not get them a travel guide for the place that they’re going so they can find more exciting places to visit on their trip? You can also get some great gifts for people that love travel like corkboard globes or scratch off maps so they can catalogue all of the places that they’ve visited together.  
These are all great ideas for an interesting wedding gift that shouldn’t cost you too much money!

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