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Home is where the heart is. But when it comes to buying our homes, other organs play a role too. The gut and the head. In recent years it’s become increasingly common for a house to be purchased and leveled within several months, with out giving it a budding chance to prove itself worthy of being a new home. Begs the questions why buy it if theres so much wrong with it? In this blog, the second of a series about selling and buying houses, I explore what is it that makes a person want to buy a house and how many imperfections can there be before the deal is off? But in today’s age of rampant DIY, the deal isn’t often “off”. When in fact, in terms of sustainability, it should be.

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Playing The (Tile) Dating Game.

When it comes to tiles and dating, it really is a major issue for many. And it should be. Choosing tiles creates all sorts of reactions. The expectation of what a tile should deliver in terms of design durability set against the desire for something new and exciting, can mean we want the best of both worlds. This blog discusses, although this might not be totally achievable, you can certainly choose tiles with legs built for a marathon rather than a 100 metre dash.

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Forgotten Fifth Sense.

What does your house smell like? Does it have a smell? Is it a good one? Often the forgotten sense when designing, smell is the sense that is most strongly linked to our memory, our mood and emotions.  It therefore has the strongest connection with, and contributes to, home appeal. This blog is the first in a two part series on our often forgotten fifth sense. Here we discuss how some good smells aren't necessarily so.

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How Much Design is Enough?

Whilst designing my own brand new kitchen I stumbled up on a design quandry. When to stop. This kitchen isn't my first ever kitchen. I've moved into rentals and owned two other homes, all having ready to use kitchens. Ones that I hadn't designed or planned. Yet I don't remember anything bad about these kitchens. It made me question just how much detail do you really need to consider when you're designing from scratch. What is, or when is it, enough?

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Do We Take Interiors Too Seriously?

After a recent trip to the roller rink, I've been wondering if adults are too serious too often. Do interiors fall into the 'serious' category and should they? Why are we so afraid to stand out and have a bit of a laugh by giving something different a go?   As I have pondered seriousness in relation to interiors and our homes, I realised that I could be potentially thinking, and now writing, myself out of work!  Gulp. Read on....

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Agonising Decisions Be Gone

I know procrastination makes me very efficient. If you leave, or give, yourself a minimal amount of time to undertake a task, you will get it done. The same can be applied to decision making.  Yes there's a lot of choices out there, but making a decision doesn't need to be hard. You can make quick, yet great, decisions. The problem is the word "Right" that keeps popping up. What is right?

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