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Mortgages: Short-Term Or Long-Term

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of mortgage products available. The trend towards offering non-traditional mortgage terms doesn’t help when you’re trying to decide which loan is best. Banks and building societies are increasingly offering longer-term mortgages lasting 30 or 40 years alongside the ‘standard’ 25-year term with which many of us […]

Seventies Chic

Get your groove on – Seventies chic is back! But this time around orange pine and avocado bathrooms are banned, in favour of good-looking furnishings, bold patterns and cool accessories. The Seventies revival in interiors has been brewing for a while, building up to an unmistakeable trend that has even started to reach the high […]

Encouraging A Love Of Reading

According to BookTrust, children who enjoy reading tend to have better literacy skills, increased vocabulary and enhanced general knowledge. Reluctant readers may need some encouragement to discover their love of reading, however. Lead by example Show your child how much you enjoy reading, even if it’s just by flicking through a cookbook or burying your […]

Sustainable Style

Little things can make a big difference, that’s why sustainable style has become such an impactful trend. Choose environmentally friendly furnishings when you can, and do your bit to save the planet.   This mid-century style side table has been fashioned from old, reclaimed pine, with brass and zinc handles. Rubricks side table, £249, Swoon.   […]

The Modern Bedroom

Does your bedroom look a little dated, or is it brimming with contemporary style? We outline some quick and easy ways in which to give it a brand new modern look. A quiet retreat, a calm haven, and a cosy place in which you can relax, read, watch TV, listen to music, make phone calls […]

Weather The Debt Conditions

Debt snowballing is a term used to describe a particular method of dealing with debt, which in some ways goes against ‘traditional’ thinking. It’s commonly advised to deal with the most expensive debt first in terms of interest rates and charges, which is a natural and effective approach to paying down debt. But one issue […]

Spring into summer

From a bargain day cream to a luxe fragrance, there’s plenty to tempt you this summer, whatever your budget. British luxury fragrance brand Tom Daxon has a new fragrance out – Midnight Saffron (from £105). Lavender, saffron, jasmine and amber combine to create a warm, spicy, unisex cologne that’s really quite distinctive. See www.tomdaxon.com. Itchy, […]

Have Manners Gone For Good?

Have you recently felt ignored, snubbed or belittled by someone’s behaviour? Has a stranger closed a door in your face, or a friend been too busy browsing their phone to talk to you?  Sometimes it really does seem like everyone’s manners have gone ! If you have bemoaned the lack of manners in today’s society, […]

Houseplant Heaven

Houseplants will have supplied you with some lovely greenery during the gloomier months, but right now it’s time to give them a bit of TLC as they could do with some pampering, and create your very own houseplant heaven! Quite often houseplants get very lackluster and miserable over the winter and spring, so start by […]