Back to basics
We're all in need of a bit of cheer as cold winds bite, and rooms that glow with rich, deep reds and plum berry shades, with a few luxe touches, will make all the difference to our mood.
Slaving over a hot stove is all very well, and the feast that follows is the delicious high point of Christmas Day. But spare a thought for the table.
A fashionable Noel demands a versatile wardrobe. When else in the year are you likely to change from snowman jumper to sequin dress on the same day?
Faced with ever-present headlines about ever-rising energy prices, it's easy to feel helpless. But, if you're willing to invest a little time and money in some basic DIY, you and your home can fight back.
If your home has a painted exterior, it won't stay looking good forever because, inevitably, the elements will take their toll. The easiest way to give it a new look is to paint it a different colour, using a high quality masonry paint, such as those by Sandtex or Dulux. Even if you're happy with the existing colour, repainting it can work wonders. Discoloured, peeling and patchy paint isn't pretty or practical and can lead to damage that's expensive to repair.