• Garden

    Top garden space trends for 2019

      Last year witnessed the rise of the ecological gardens, asymmetrical scheme and wood-effect tiles. So, with 2019 now in full flow, what are this year’s key trends? We look at what will potentially will sweep the nation in the coming months. Smart lighting According to the Rich brothers, known for their BBC fame, smart lighting is going to burst back onto the scene this summer. This is because garden ambience is going to be at the forefront of our plans. Their suggestion is that you position lights up against trees so that it can create an uplight effect and draw your attention to a specific area of the garden.…

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    How to ensure your garden is well-presented in all seasons

    Our outdoor space can be hugely affected by the seasons. Too much summer sun can dry out our gardens, while too much winter frost can cause chaos. No matter what the weather, it can sometimes be tough to have a well-presented garden for every month of the year. Here, we take a look at the best-suited garden plants for each season and how you can ensure your patch is always in peak condition. Winter These months may well be thought of as the toughest months to keep your garden looking attractive. However, with perfect preparation in the autumn months, this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, good planning…

  • Homes

    Using crafts to personalise your home

    As readers of The Garden Chest will know, I have spent a lot of time and effort putting my stamp on my home. There are so many great ways of putting you own personal stamp without breaking the bank. DIY and home projects can also be great ways of personalising smaller items around the house or even gifts. Whatever your interest or ideas, there are loads of great ideas out there. I designed and painted my kitchen myself, and although it’s not necessarily the greatest finish nor are my edges the neatest, but I designed and implemented it myself and no-one will therefore have a kitchen quite like it. What…

  • House

    Natural light in homes

    I don’t know about you, but I love natural light. Living in the UK, we just don’t get enough of it as particularly outside, there isn’t enough of it to really benefit from the health benefits it can bring. My dream home however will be so beautifully built, and include features such as lantern roofs and big windows. Lantern roofs in particular are a architectural feature that I love and when I watch a property show and they put one in it really does transform a home or space. Lantern roofs have been in use since the 16th century in various forms – sometimes made from wood and glass and…

  • Garden

    How Gardening Can Improve Your Mental Health

    Gardening and mental health For most people, gardening is just like any other hobby.  Research however shows that there is more to gardening than just passing the time. Gardening has been linked to improved personal well-being and mental health. Growing and caring for just a few plants on your garden goes a long way in improving your mental health, one of the reasons gardeners are always in a jovial mood. Outlined below are some of the ways gardening can be beneficial to your physiological health. Gardening is another form of mood-boosting exercise The fun in gardening comes when you have to rake, dig, lift a few things here and there,…

  • Homes

    How lagging your pipes can save you money

    What is lagging? Anyone who has read my blog before knows that I recently moved from a one bedroom flat to a three bedroom detached house. I have gone from a flat where most things to do with the building are looked after by someone else, to doing it all myself. Whilst I am absolutely loving it, it has been a steep learning curve. I moved in November 2018, just before one of the coldest winters on record. My heating bills were going to go up anyway after moving from a flat to a house, which I had budgeted for, but I still wanted to make sure I was being…

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    Homes

    Three times I’ve needed money for the house URGENTLY!

    I don’t know about you, but I was never any good at saving money and being responsible with budgeting. I went through a stage where I was in debt, and had no savings. It was hard. I was embarassed as I was raised in a family where if you didn’t have the money then you didn’t spend it. I felt like I had let people down and as Brits we just don’t talk about money enough and so there was a lot of stigma about it. There were three times when my flat seemed to have it in for me and my costs just spiralled! The first one was when…

  • Garden

    How to attract animals to your garden

    Attracting animals to your garden can provide a rewarding feeling as you know you are helping to ensure the survival of some of our nation’s most diverse family of birds, bugs and mammals. Unfortunately, this year has seen our bee population drop by a third and if they were to become extinct, this would have a huge effect on our planet’s environment as they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world.  Here, we look at ways in which we can attract wildlife to our gardens to ensure the survival of such creatures. Add water In an ideal world, you’ll be able to create…

  • Lifestyle

    Top gardens to visit across in Guernsey

    Guernsey, an island which is temperate, and close to France in the English channel. It is part of the UK and is ruled under UK law. The temperate weather however is incredibly appealing to Brits who are understandably obsessed with their weather. Due to the temperate weather, the plant life is very different to that of mainland England and as such there are many beautiful gardens on the island. One of the most popular is the Candie Gardens in St Peter Port (which is the capital of Guernsey). Candie gardens is a 19th century garden which is popular with locals and visitors alike. There is plenty to do there including…

  • Lifestyle

    Home based dating ideas

    If home and interiors is your thing, then there are loads of great ways to meet new people – whether you are looking for new friends or a date. A great place to start is to search online for local dating sites – such as “Kent dating site” or “dating sites in Kent” and then look for people with similar interests or hobbies as you. There are dating sites out there for people of all ages and professions. If you are a more mature dater, you might want to try a site for seniors. I’m going to share some of my favourite ways to meet people with similar interests and in…