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How to keep your home warm in Winter

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December 4th, 2017

How to keep your home warm in Winter

The Winter months are finally here, and as the cooler weather sets in, attention turns to the interior of the home. Where most visualise coming in from the cold, wet, miserable weather to a warm, cosy escape just like those within traditional Winter destinations that many people relate to when temperatures start to drop.

If you’re struggling to create your very own Winter escape, take a look at these interior ideas to ensure your home epitomises your ideal cosy retreat, in style.

Materials matter

If you’re looking to add texture and depth to your interiors then you may be missing a crucial material; wood. Known for its popularity within the North American Craftsman home, wood can be used to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

This versatile material can be used throughout the home in a variety of ways, more commonly in built-in furniture such as shelving, storage and bench seating. However, it can also be found in decorative pieces scattered around the home.

Fill up with blankets and rugs

Many Winter interior designs, be it local or further afield like the traditional Chalet in Switzerland or the Yurt in Mongolia, will include a plethora of blankets, cushions, and rugs. Not only do they offer a different design for your home they will help keep rooms feeling insulated as rugs will block off any draughts while blankets and cushions add layers giving a cosier effect.

You’ll need some decent bedding to keep you toasty at night, so invest in some from www.juliancharles.co.uk/bedding for a good night’s sleep.

Add a winter colour scheme

Moving away from the lighter colour palettes of summer, taking inspiration from the interior of the traditional Mongolian Yurt, your Winter shades should include deep reds, oranges and purples to give the impression of warmth and cosiness.

The ultimate winter appliance

Nothing says winter like coming home and cosying up next to a roaring fire and if you’re searching for the perfect Winter interior then adding a fire, whether it be wood burning or electric, will give you that homely, idyllic feel you’ve been looking for.

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My review of the Paint Soap brush cleaner

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June 28th, 2017

Cleaned paint brush

My review of the Paint Soap brush cleaner

I recently followed a company on Twitter (@PaintSoap) and I was asked if I wanted to try some of their product. Me, not being one to turn down the opportunity of trying out products I said yes. Paint Soap is based in the USA but were happy to send me some samples to the UK. They currently do not sell in the UK but they are hoping to start selling in the UK by the end of 2017.

About a week later a package arrived with the samples of Paint Soap for me to try. I was keen to give it a go and used it a couple of times on my next job. I liked the idea of being able to leave the brush to ‘clean itself’ as it soaked in the product, leaving me time to carry on with what I needed too.

After a few minutes of soaking I returned with anticipation to see how well the paint soap did, I removed the brush from the Paint Soap and rinsed it out, it was clean, and used a lot less water than I normally would have.

So what do I think of Paint Soap?

Paint Soap worked well and I like the idea of what is stands for, it saves time, saves money and your brushes, it is also eco friendly and the residue that is left can be disposed of safely as it is non toxic.

This product will only work on water based paints, such as emulsions, so no oil based products, and will not clean out dried paint as it reacts with the wet paint. So you can’t leave your brushes to dry out before cleaning them, but that goes with all paint tools.

So this product can save you, and your client water if you wash brushes out on the job. It can save you time as you can leave brushes to soak whilst carrying on with your work. And it cleans out the paint from your brushes easily and effortlessly.

My video review of me using Paint Soap


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Easter Weekend – Not just for egg decorating

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April 13th, 2017

Easter Bunny

Easter Weekend – Not just for egg decorating

As the long easter fast approaches thoughts may turn to a few days off of work, Easter egg hunts, meeting family and friends for a meal and a drink? But it is the ideal time to do some DIY too, especially as the weather doesn’t look wonderful.

In four days you can get a lot of DIY and decorating done, even an entire room makeover. So if you are planning to do some Home Improvements, DIY, Gardening, Decorating carry on reading.

A long weekend of Home Improvements

If you can decorating you will find lots of useful tips and advice of how to go about it right here on this blog, and if you need to work out materials such as Wallpaper, paint or tiles then use our calculators before going out to the hardware store and buying them.

If you are doing some DIY then also check out our other blog over at Rayfields.co.uk, here you will find over forty DIY and Painting and Decorating articles.

Also worth a look is our third blog at Improving Your Property where you will find all manner of topics covered from gardening, woodworking, DIY tips, Plumbing, Decorating and buiding.

What ever you are doing this Easter weekend, enjoy!

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