Is laying laminate over concrete possible?

Concrete floors have proved to be an attractive option in home design. Dyes, texturing and staining can make concrete mimic anything from ceramic to brick; best of all, it is durable and low maintenance. Image Credit Despite its durability, concrete can crack over many years, and replacing a concrete floor can be a major undertaking. Laminating over the top is one solution, although this comes with its few challenges.  If you don’t fancy facing these challenges alone then you could always contact a specialist to come and do it for…

Bamboo flooring cleaning tips

Bamboo floors look very similar to hardwoods, using strong, durable, eco-friendly material. Bamboo is a highly renewable source of material which grows faster than wood. It can be harvested without the need to replant because the roots are left in place when it is picked. Like hardwood floors, it needs to be treated well to make the most of its good looks and long life. It is durable and hard-wearing so needs little care and maintenance but it is important to keep it free from dust, dirt and wet feet.…

Why sports training is not like the movies

Many people misunderstand what it takes to be successful. Most of our images and thoughts around the road to success comes from Hollywood films. But how realistic are these? The main premise is usually a character who has an ambitious dream. They know that to get there, they must train long and hard. This is usually followed by a musical montage segment showing the character going to extreme lengths to train like mad. After this, the main protagonist normally succeeds and is awarded a prize. Is life really like this?…

Incorporating metal into your decor

One of the decoration trends that has remained a definite favourite for the past few years is metal. Whether it’s industrial-style metal furniture, traditional tin or big copper or brass trends, metal is here to stay. One area that is often overlooked is the ceiling but you can make this the fifth wall, so to speak and even include metal in this space. Are you looking for style inspiration and want to know how to integrate metal into your home? Then here are some modern metal ideas to bring your…

How does music make us feel?

Music makes us feel good, there is no doubt about it. In the same way people enjoy gambling, drugs, and gourmet food, all about dopamine. When you hear a song that you like, it moves you and your brain responds by releasing dopamine, a feeling-good chemical. These are chemicals that are involved in addiction and motivation. Even anticipating hearing your favourite voice is enough to make dopamine flow.

A beautiful Sewing Bee

2013 saw the starting of the Great British Sewing Bee. A competition where amateur sewers met together and undertook a number of tasks over several weeks to see who would be crowned the winner. The initial couple of series were judged by May Martin and Patrick Grant before May left at the end of 2015 and was replaced by Esme Young for the 2016. The show was hosted by the ever-magnificent Claudia Winkleman whose humour and quirky personality brought an extra dimension to the show, with the latest series being…

Five Benefits of Strong Branding

Branding is about so much more than just your logo, although that is an important part. Branding covers all elements of your visual identity, from the font you use and your tone of voice to the colour and logo. Image Credit Recognition It’s important for customers – and arguably more important for potential customers – to recognise your business and understand what you do. That way, when they’re searching for a product or service, your business comes to mind. To make the most of that, you’ll need to make sure…

How to Get the Most from Your Solicitor

Getting the most from your solicitor is an important business, not least because it can save you both time and money. Some of the best ways to do this are outlined below. Image Credit Be Honest First and foremost, be open and honest when you are dealing with your solicitor, whether this is your local Gloucester solicitors or one working on your holiday home in Spain. You should be clear at each and every point, clarifying what you expect them to do and what the outcome is that you are…

Ideas on Updating Your Windows

Modern windows give character to a house and are energy-efficient as well as making a statement. Here are some tips on how to renovate your windows. Image Credit First, allow yourself some weeks to research and plan, and more for the delivery of the windows. You may need to employ a structural engineer, general contractor or architect. Local firms may stock popular window brands; some might manufacture windows themselves, but beware, as these may lack a warranty. Types of Windows Fixed Fixed windows, known as picture windows when they are…

Things to contemplate before remodelling

The question is – do you move, redesign or modify? Before you settle on the choice to remodel, ensure you know how much your decision is likely to cost you. For instance, doing a redesign is a cheaper option than moving, which can soon add up in terms of stamp duty, solicitor charges and removal fees, for example. So, on deciding to remodel, here are things to consider: Finding the right builder Legitimate companies ensure their reputation and will give excellent value services. Speak with a construction company who spends…