As we're moving into winter, our once colourful gardens are starting to appear a little drab. With a little planning, you can start preparing now to have the most vibrant Gardenthis coming spring. These four helpful tips might seem simple, but the incredible effect they can have on your garden will be simply stunning.
We know how lucky we are to have the NHS and it's services, spanning physical and mental health care. Sometimes though, we leave with our bodies healed, and our spirits a little diminished. If you have spent time visiting a loved one in a mental health unit, a situation that curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw found themselves in, you may come away thinking that the environment of these units could do with some care.
The term that best encapsulates the dots I am trying to join up here - spirituality and home design - is well being: that is our 'elephant'. Whether it's the thread count of the Egyptian cotton sheets you're sleeping on, your newfound yoga addiction, or unquenchable prayer/meditation habit that keeps you sane, we're all essentially doing the same thing when it comes to these lifestyle choices.
Boring as this may sound, start by writing down your budget and your checklist of genuine needs before the fever of house buying takes over. Stick this list on your fridge door so you have to see it every time you reach for the milk/mineral water/wine. Go back to it when you find yourself wailing "But the wisteria on that cottage is so wonderful!" Was wisteria on your checklist?
Two years ago, my husband and I bought a "blank canvas" property, i.e. a shell. Apart from the addition of a couple of electrical sockets, the house had not been updated since it was built in 1934. You name it, it needed it. And more. In the last two years, I have learned many things - here are eight of them.