Revamping a garden is pretty much the same as making over any room in your home, where the same rules apply. Ensure you have a theme, or at least a 'hook' that holds your scheme together.
With the only access to direct sunlight through the adjoining kitchen she wanted to know what she could do to brighten up the area without a major overhaul. We talked about the colour palette that would work best and were drawn to bright pinks, golds and turquoises to complement the other features in the room.
The sun has arrived, and a new light is cast into our homes, calling for a fresh look at our interiors. Similar to fashion, it's unlikely that many of us can get a whole new wardrobe each season, so it is all about ways of updating our spaces with small accessories - and perhaps a few big splurges along the way!
While enjoying yourself in the garden, you are also working all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and abdomen. Gardening tasks that use these muscles build strength and burn calories...
All you want is someone you can trust ,who is going to turn up on time, not run a mile when they see the state you've left things in and then go about making everything spic and span with the minimum of fuss.
The major benefit of using an estate agent in the past has been their access to the big property sites. SO many people (including my husband) enjoy 'property porn' - trawling the property websites for amazing houses to lust after.
We traditionally fill it in with a sampling of Easter food: eggs, bread, lamb, salt and pepper. After having it blessed in the church on Saturday, we share the food with the family on the Sunday breakfast. As long as I love and cherish this tradition, I'm not worried about losing my roots.
Is the offer of an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet just not impressing you anymore? These unique properties offer something extraordinary, from infinity pools suspended above the jungle, to a floating suite in the ocean, and a bed 155m deep in a silver mine.
Once a month, do a spring clean on a room, so that those dustballs hiding away in the corners can be uncovered and dealt with.
Any good designer will tell you the trick to a cohesive scheme is finding your fabulous inspiration, wherever that comes from, then planning it into your design, layout, decisions and purchases.
When I gleefully packed my bags and flew the nest at the age of 18, I thoroughly intended never to darken my parents' doors as a resident again... But when my partner and I suddenly found ourselves needing to move to yet another rented property we decided that our only chance of ever affording a real house was to take up his parents' offer of living with them for a few months while we saved for a deposit.