LifeStyle: Home & Garden

Your smartphone obsession may be making your dog sad: Expert warns pets are struggling to compete with devices for their owner's attention

Friday  14:06,   21 september 2018

Human relationships aren’t the only ones that suffer when you spend too much time on your phone. Experts say our growing attachment to technology could have negative effects on our pets, too. Dogs especially may feel sad when their owners focus most [...]

6 things to look out for when buying orchids

Monday  07:00,   10 september 2018

For one, it's important to check the ripeness, particularly in the winter months. 2. Pests and diseaseThe plants must be free of pests and diseases. The flowers sometimes suffer from Botrytis (= grey mould), a fungus which greatly diminishes the [...]

Spring cleaning – top tips you need to know

Thursday  10:50,   06 september 2018

Spring cleaning tips: How to clean your home and ensure it's looking pristine from top to bottomWhen that happens, there's just one thing for it – a good old spring...[...]

five easy ways to clear the clutter and make your home feel bigger — and brand new

Tuesday  07:45,   04 september 2018

It seems spring isn't the only time of year we feel the need to have a good clear out, as a recent survey by Pinterest reveals 43 per cent of Brits want to declutter and re-organise their homes between the last few weeks of summer and the onset...[...]

8 ideas to transform your downstairs toilet

Saturday  19:40,   01 september 2018

It's usually the smallest room in the home, but that's no excuse for failing to make a statement with your cloakroom. Style it with confidence, display treasures, find space for storage, add lighting and cosy warmth, and you might end up...[...]

The 7 most popular September resolutions people are making this year

Friday  17:51,   31 august 2018

Forget the New Year, people want to improve their lifestyle and home nowPinterest carried out a nationwide survey, called the Back to Life report, to find out the changes Brits most want to make after the summer is...[...]

39% of Brits would rather chuck out a dirty appliance than clean it

Wednesday  15:20,   29 august 2018

So here's how to clean every household appliance and reduce wasteIt comes from a survey of 2,474 people over the age of 18 who own or rent a home, conducted by windows furnishings company...[...]

How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden

Friday  08:05,   24 august 2018

Whatever you do, don't plant it directly in the ground.Most mint plants spread rampantly, forming a thick mat of spreading stolons (creeping underground stems) just under the surface of the ground. This is why you should always plant mint...[...]

THIS is how often you should be washing your bed sheets

Wednesday  15:57,   22 august 2018

Does anyone have any clue how long they should go before washing their bed sheets? Is there a set rule? Should we do it every day, every week, every fortnight? Honestly, who knows?Okay, well microbiologists know. And they have decided to impart...[...]

Here's How to Pull Off an Eclectic Decorating Style

Wednesday  08:50,   22 august 2018

Warning: eclectic doesn't mean anything goes.Incorporating both rough and smooth textures adds interest to an interior, especially when you choose a simple color palette. "Consider shaggy throw rugs or pillows, nubby or thick, weave fabrics on...[...]

Why spider season is earlier this year - and how to cope

Monday  17:40,   20 august 2018

Why spider season is earlier this year - and how to copeOur eight-legged friends often appear to become more frequent and vast in size as summer turns to Autumn. But 2018 is seeing a bumper crop of arachnids invade our homes ahead of...[...]

A beginner's guide to container gardening

Saturday  21:05,   18 august 2018

No matter how small your space, make it colourful year-round with these clever pot plant ideasWhether you want to brighten up your patio or create a mini kitchen garden of herbs, the opportunities really are endless. As well as traditional...[...]

Wool or polypropylene carpet? The pros and cons revealed

Friday  11:50,   17 august 2018

Make the right choice when choosing carpet for your home.Wool or polypropylene? That's the question we all ask when it comes to choosing the right carpet for our...[...]

9 Things To Know Before Throwing Gym Clothes In The Laundry

Monday  15:40,   13 august 2018

Should I separate lights and darks? Help.Even though I didn't listen to that saleswoman, her instructions have stuck with me ever since. Whenever I throw my dirty workout clothes in the hamper, I remember what she told me, and wonder, "Am I screwing [...]

You've Been All Wrong About Choosing Lighting for Your Apartment

Sunday  20:55,   12 august 2018

Liven up a gloomy space with with these essential apartment lighting tips.That doesn't mean you should totally nix all other lighting sources, though. Ceiling fixtures don't usually work as standalones if you're already lacking in natural...[...]