When storage works it?s almost invisible and creates a restful, harmonious environment. When it doesn?t work we feel its lack with a sense of being stifled by our own belongings. It may take a bit of thought and effort to get right, but the rewards are huge.



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NOVEMBER, 2016

 5 Reasons Why Electric Radiators Are Better Than Storage Heaters 



In the days when electric radiators were overly expensive to run, storage heaters experienced a huge surge in popularity. In principle, the idea of collection heat during hours of cheap energy and using it to continue emitting heat throughout peak energy hours is largely faultless. In reality however, storage heaters present a number of inevitable challenges, in that that they can be difficult to control, inefficient and imposing. 


The basic premise behind storage heaters hasn’t changed in decades – they still to a large extent operate as they always have. By contrast, electric radiators have evolved enormously over the years. Which is why when considering the two options today, it’s hard to dispute the fact that storage heaters really have taken a backseat to the latest electric radiators. 



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Stylish Designs

For example, one of the biggest downsides of storage heaters is the way in which they have always been rather large and ...


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JANUARY, 2016

 Create The Extra Living Space You Need With These Amazing Ideas 



As our families grow, our homes seem to shrink. There seems to be less and less space to enjoy when there are more bodies in the house. Even though there may be enough bedrooms, sometimes you could do with a little more living space to fit everyone in comfortably. Add a houseful of guests, and you may well be struggling for space to entertain.


When our families grow, we also tend to accumulate more belongings. Lots of it gets stored in the basement, garage, and even the dining room. These are valuable spaces that are better suited to accommodating people rather than junk. Be strict with yourself and have a major clear out. Your loft could be the ideal place to store those things that are occasionally useful.


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Extending your house might seem like a major upheaval, but it’s easier to do these days. It can ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  January 13, 2016 4:48 PM  General  comments (0)



 

DECEMBER, 2015

 Save Money With These Home Storage Solutions 



We all have a lot of stuff that we might not use often, but we still want to keep it. And this means that we need to store our items and possessions. The trouble is that self-storage facilities can be pricey these days. And it means you don’t have the stuff to hand if you suddenly want to use it. That is one of the most annoying home problems, and makes things difficult financially and practically.

 

The problem a lot of us face is that we just don’t have space at home to store things. So, this is where you need to try to get a little creative and think laterally. There are plenty of ways you can come up with storage solutions to allow you to store your stuff and save you money. Here is a list of just a few of these solutions.

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NOVEMBER, 2015

 How to Create More Home Space Without Extending 



If planning restrictions mean that extending your home is not an option, then you might feel that creating more space is simply not possible. However, there are ways and means to achieve more space in your home without always having the need for planning consents. Creating greater space in a home can come down to something as simple as avoiding clutter. By investing in some decent storage systems, perhaps ones that stack up out of the way, and by straightforwardly throwing away some of your old junk, the illusion of space is often created.

 

Head Upwards, Not Out

 

Another good tip that means you don't need to extend is to convert your loft space. Firstly, it should be said that converting a loft into a bedroom does require planning permission in most homes, due to the fire regulations that surround such a living ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  November 12, 2015 5:34 PM  General  comments (0)



 

 Why Downsize? 



Downsizing was once the sanction of empty nester's approaching retirement or, when a large family home was no longer required due to their children growing up and leaving home however, downsizing your home is now considered to be a smart option for a wide segment of home makers. In its simplest terms downsizing is where you move from a larger home to a smaller one; however, it’s fair to say there’s much more to it than this and it can be quite a tricky process without the right guidance. In this post you can find some helpful tips and advice to make your move more straightforward.

 

Why Downsize?

 

Before we discuss our top tips here’s some of the reasons and benefits you can get from downsizing.


One simple reason is you might no longer have any need for the space, say your children have ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  November 11, 2015 9:47 AM  General  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2015

 Simple Solutions to Creating More Space without Moving House 



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Is your garage packed to the rafters? Are your shed tools wondering why they’re sharing their home with a futon? If lofts are bursting at the seams with extraneous bits and bobs, it’s time to address the magpie mentality.

No matter how much space we have at our disposal, we always seem to be able to fill it. So before you start looking for a bigger house, consider these cheaper alternatives! In no time at all, you can transform your home into a minimalist’s paradise without increasing the mortgage.   


De-Clutter

Many of us are guilty of hoarding. Holding onto items that we no longer use or need. Sentiment decrees they remain in a forgotten corner gathering dust. We might not have squeezed our teddy bear for 30 years, but knowing snuffles is in the house somewhere gives us comfort! The older we get, the more ‘stuff’ we acquire. Either through overzealous ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  October 07, 2015 2:07 PM  General  comments (0)



 

JUNE, 2015

 Fantastic Ideas To Make Your Apartment Look Bigger Than It Is 



Apartments are excellent if you prefer modern, urban living to a suburban lifestyle. The problem is that many contemporary apartments tend to be quite small. You should learn to make the most of the space. There are loads of easy tips and hints you can use to change the way you view your home. After all, you need to make the most of your apartment so that you can truly enjoy it.


Make space for your furniture


Some people think that cramming all the furniture against the wall is the best way to make the room look larger than it is. Well, it isn't. In reality, that just makes the room look tiny. If you look at chic corporate apartments online, you will see that they tend to have spaced out furnishings. This trick makes the rooms look attractive and spacious. Try it and you'll see what a massive difference it ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  June 08, 2015 9:01 AM  General  comments (0)



 

APRIL, 2015

 Moving Your Favourite Furniture? 5 Tips to Ensure It Arrives Unscathed 



If you are preparing to move home, there is a huge list of the things that you need to make sure you are ready for and to do before the big day. BBC.com have an excellent preparation checklist you can use to make sure your move is on track, ensuring that things as diverse as letting your landlord know you are moving, to picking up the keys to your new home are completed. Other things, like packing may not need as much planning, but they will need as much attention to detail. For instance, packing expensive or special furniture to prevent damage is essential, and here we are going to look at the best practices for this often overlooked essential part of any move.


Material Preparation

Before even considering starting your packing, you should have all the material that may be necessary at hand. If you are hiring ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  April 21, 2015 7:47 PM  General  comments (0)



 

FEBRUARY, 2015

 The Multi-tasking Bookcase 



It might be seen as a sad indictment of our times but the popularity of Kindles and other tablets means everyone can download the latest bestseller and carry a virtual library around, wherever they go. But if fewer real books are being added to shelves, will the stoical bookcase will need to change careers?


Alter Ego

Bookcases can be majestic and imposing, bringing a sense of calm to a room. And even if all your future books will be electronic, you should still display your older reading matter with pride. And despite what the name suggests, these structures are wonderful pieces of furniture in their own right and can perform a multitude of other functions.


Living Room

Bookcases make the perfect display area for your objet dart, trophies, souvenir mug collection, etc. The beauty of glass fronted cases is that they reduce the amount of dusting required, which is always ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  February 23, 2015 11:32 AM  General  comments (0)



 

 Storage design tips for a more beautiful home 



When storage works it's almost invisible and creates a restful, harmonious environment. When it doesn't work we feel its lack with a sense of being stifled by our own belongings. It may take a bit of thought and effort to get right, but the rewards are huge.

 

 

Maximising Minimalism

 

Whilst true minimalism means stripping back to the barest of essentials - something that doesn't appeal to most of us - we can improve our living spaces by borrowing a few tactics.

 

In the minimalist home there is no place for clutter. One way of dealing with clutter is to hide it, filling cupboards, loft spaces and every spare nook and cranny with unused items. While the hiding tactic looks great on the surface, it leaves no storage space for other more useful items.

 

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  February 18, 2015 3:13 PM  General  comments (0)



 

JANUARY, 2015

 How To Get The Most Out Of Your Garage 



When most of us think about the uses of a garage, we are fairly uninspired. The garage often seems like a practical afterthought to the house: a space where things are stored and tucked away only to be forgotten about. When compared to any other room in the house, your garage is the most likely to appear a bit run down and unloved.


But it really shouldnt be that way. Space is at a premium in any home, and having a huge part that is under-utilised is a great shame. If you arent using it for cars, then a garage will be one of the few rooms in your home with a genuinely fluid purpose. Most of the rooms in your house will have a set design and a set use. After all, you arent going to let a common space like the living room be taken over by one family ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  January 05, 2015 9:34 PM  General  comments (0)



 

DECEMBER, 2014

 Making The Most of Rooms With Small Spaces 



As much as we would all love to splash out on huge properties, the truth is that many of us don't have the budget to do this. Instead many of us live in homes that have a lack of storage space or living rooms that seem too small for our needs. Rather than put up with this we should look at ways to make our homes more space savvy.


Clearing Out Clutter


One of the best things you can do is work out what you actually need in your home. The truth is that being a hoarder will do nothing for creating room in your home. So many of us hang onto things we don't need simply because we don't want to get rid of them. If you're short of space then one of the first things you need to do is get rid of things that you don't need.


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  December 05, 2014 12:19 PM  General  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2014

 How to create a flexible room in your home 


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Establishing a stately household environment is essential for every homeowner across the United Kingdom who wishes to stamp their own authority and create a warm, welcoming home they are proud to call their own. This can be achieved through making the right choices when it comes to interior design layouts, colour schemes and choice of furniture integrated within each room. From the kitchen to the bathroom, each room should compliment each other and provide homeowners with the quality of home which matches their own personal tastes and standards.

 

Spare rooms often have a tendency of creating a problem for homeowners as to how to utilise the additional space in their home. Utilising the available space for storage may be practical, but boxes can often be left strewn across the floor; this not only looks unorganised and untidy, but also creates a potential trip hazard and difficulty in ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  October 17, 2014 11:54 AM  General  comments (0)



 

SEPTEMBER, 2014

 Clever home storage solutions 



As homeowners, we accumulate many items over the years. From hand-me-downs to heirlooms, our homes are fit to burst with all of our treasured possessions.

Unfortunately, its not always possible to show off these items in all their glory. However, this doesnt mean you have to lose them forever: clever storage solutions are the perfect way to house your items, as well as keeping the clutter at bay. Read on to discover our top picks:


Corner shelving

Small spaces can be difficult to work with, and large, clumpy furniture often isnt practical. Corner storage can be an excellent option for maximising your available space.

Popular in the early 2000s, individual corner shelves are a little dated now. Corner storage units are a much more stylish choice these days and work perfectly in a variety of rooms. Furniture UK has a great selection of items, including ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  September 09, 2014 4:05 PM  General  comments (0)



 

 The Complete Guide To Creating More Space In Your Property 



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Whether your home is large or small, we could all do with a little extra space in our house. Home is where you spend most of your time; it is your haven away from the rest of the world. You need to make the most of your home so that you can be happy when you're relaxing. If you feel as though your home is too small, there are a few things you can do to make some extra space. Creating more space in your home will work wonders for your home life. We feel less stressed when we have a spacious open environment. Feeling like you're in a prison cell will only serve to make you hate your home environment. Here to help you out is this complete guide to creating space within your property.


Consider Getting Built-In Wardrobes


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  September 02, 2014 11:00 AM  General  comments (0)



 

JULY, 2014

 Turn Your Clutter Into Cash 



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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  July 21, 2014 9:58 AM  General  comments (0)



 

JUNE, 2014

 Large furniture in a small space 


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Using a few pieces of large furniture in a small space tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger.


posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  June 23, 2014 8:14 AM  General  comments (0)



 

 11 Clever Ways to Maximize Space in Every Room of your Home 




In every home there is the need for more space. Regardless of how small your apartment or how large your mountain estate villa is, we all seek the need for maximizing space to make our homes feel spacious and welcoming.  There are 11 rooms of your home that you spend the most time in and 11 clever ways to maximize space in every one of them. If youve been pondering how to fit more into your cramped bathroom cabinets or you cant figure out how your bedroom could possibly share a desk to create a home office too, here are 11 tips to help.

1.)  Opening up your entryway:  The first area of your home that welcomes guests and sees your family off safely to school everyday should be functional and have area to maneuver quickly and efficiently. Maximize space by placing a bench or sitting area to remove shoes and place ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  June 10, 2014 5:53 PM  General  comments (0)



 

JANUARY, 2014

 Tips for Studio Living 



Loft and studio rooms are in greater demand than ever these days, and are a common way to live in larger cities. Often small and open-plan, the hardest thing about studio living is finding enough space for everything without looking messy or cluttered.

 

Studio apartments usually have one large room, which is used for living, dining and sleeping, so its important to utilise the space in the best possible way. Design plays an important factor here, because if you get it wrong you can end up living in a cramped and unflattering space. 


Lighting is key




Just look at these before and after photos. By placing extra lighting in the form of decorative corner lamps, and removing the rug so that the light reflects off the wooden floor, the room looks larger and airier.

 

Paint walls in light, airy colours. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  January 10, 2014 2:03 PM  General  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2013

 Functional Finds 


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Although the house is small, the home-owners managed to find space off the kitchen to tuck a separate laundry and crafts area. The sewing machine rests on a table that was left behind by the previous home-owners. Both free-standing bookcases and wall-mount shelves add storage for crafting and laundering supplies.


posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | SPACE & STORAGE  October 11, 2013 8:55 AM  General  comments (0)



 


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