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Playtime & Playroom Designs

If you have space for a dedicated playroom, or can allocate a section of another room, you can keep toys contained and your children happy – and it’s a great opportunity for some imaginative decorating, says Katherine Sorrell. The key to designing a playroom is flexibility. Unless money and time are no object, frequent redecorating […]

Flooded Road Safety

As autumn progresses the driving conditions deteriorate. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service met with road safety colleagues outside Hawes to warn drivers of the hidden dangers of driving through flood water. A photograph was taken where a vehicle had been stranded during the floods in the area to demonstrate how significantly roads can be […]

Come Back To Carpet

By Katherine Sorrell Modern carpet can be both practical and fashionable, offering an enormous choice of colour, pattern and texture. Why choose carpet? Carpet is soft and comfortable underfoot, absorbs sound, is non-slip and forgiving if you have a fall, and is insulating against heat loss and draughts; however, it may stain and wear. Regular […]

To Dye Or Not To Dye?

 Kate McLelland It’s a dilemma faced by most people of ‘a certain age’: let your hair go grey, or reach for the dye bottle? Why we go grey Our natural hair colour comes from a pigment known as melanin, produced by the hair follicles. As we age the follicles produce less melanin and this means […]

Storage Solutions for Every Room

 Well-designed storage makes an enormous difference to our homes, so interiors expert Katherine Sorrell takes us through some room-by-room ideas. Our homes are full of stuff, and each room requires specific solutions. You could do this yourself, plotting on graph paper where doors, windows, radiators and other furnishings will go, making use of ‘dead’ spaces […]