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10 Things to Do When Closing Up Your Home for the Holidays

Published by Emma Day in Homes, Tips

Whether you’re about to leave your home for a week or two to jet off somewhere or you’re locking up your summer home and heading back to reality, there are a few things to bear in mind to look after its safety and maintenance.

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You know your kids have flown the nest when…

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Homes, kids

You may have seen our blog on how to update your home once your kids have moved out and got a place of your own, but what how will your kids flying the nest really affect your day-to-day life?

1.

You regain control of the remote control.   No more ‘Made in Chelsea’ repeats.  YAY!

2.

You’ve left the cream cake you worked so hard to make in the fridge and it’s still there when you get home.

 

3.

You’ve always thought you would turn their old room into a gym once they left… but now that they have you can’t quite bring yourself to.

4.

Your washing load has reduced by half.  And ironing no longer requires its own date in the diary.

5.

You can listen to your favourite music from the seventies and eighties without the eye-rolling you’re used to getting.

6.

You can take a long relaxing bath without a queue forming at the bathroom door.

 

7.

Your children actually nag you for that home cooked Sunday roast (instead of a take away pizza) when they visit.

8.

You don’t have to fake interest in the latest music/ YouTube video/fashion or video games.

9.

You can retire your taxi service.

 

10.

If the house alarm goes off in the middle of the night, it may actually be a burglar and not your 19 year old coming in from a night out.

Empty nesters, how many of these resonated with you? Or do you have another observation to add to our list? Leave a comment!

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Make Our House Your Home

Last we week headed down to Channel 4 in London for the ‘Make Our House Your Home’ conference.  At the event we heard great insight into the relationships we have with our homes, and we also heard from renovation expert Sarah Beeny.

In the first section of the conference we were shown some interviews from couples across the UK, talking about their homes and design inspiration.  Many used sites like Instagram and Pinterest when looking for new and exciting ideas.  They explained that even though they follow trends, they still want their homes to be individual. 

Sarah Beeny interview

Sarah was asked about her career in property and how started out in TV.  She explained that she was already a property developer and fell into her first presenting role on TV by accident.  She went on to speak about her experience and the most common mistakes she’d seen people make over the years, the biggest being underestimating how much things will cost and how long a project can take.

Sarah was asked why she thought property programmes were so popular with the British public. She believes that after our families and friends they are the most important things in our lives, so it makes sense for us to want to make the best out of them.

The interview went on to the subject of her thoughts for the future. Her predictions were based on reducing the amount of energy we will use, and that we look for ways to cut down on the amount of cheaper made products we buy.  “Use less > Buy less”.  So instead of decorating every couple of years we may decide to keep our decors for a little longer and update the quality furniture we already have to try and reduce our carbon footprint.  This idea of is one we at Plumbs feel quite strongly about, we've saved many sofas from the scrapheap over the years.

Mark Cochrane (Strategy Director, MediaCom)

In the final part we saw the newest products on the market for the ‘Connected Home’.  These products all focused around being connected with each other and being able to control them using an app.

Some of the products that stood out were:

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