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Are you redecorating a room in your house but not sure which way to go? Post a photo of the room and get ideas and inspiration about what to do. You can also find quick crafts for handmade decorations as well as easy housekeeping hacks, all here.
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Sophia

Sophia

May it be a great one!

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Sophia

Sophia

heather
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heather

Happy New Year!

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Sophia N

Sophia N

Do you hang photos in frames up on the wall, or do you lay them out on shelves in photoframes? Our frames are cluttering up our side table and I'm wondering if anyone still has photoframes everywhere or if family photos look better up on the wall. What do you think?

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Sophia N

Keri
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Keri

Hi Sophia, We made a gallery wall out of our family pics. I have picures of the kids, holiday photos and drawings they have made all in frames and hung on the wall. There are lots of templates on the internet if you're shy about banging nails randomly into your wall. I've seen this done really well in the hall by the stairs too!

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Keri

Keri

Recycling solutions anyone? I have two rather large bins in my kitchen...one for rubbish, and one for recycling (bottles and cans) ;paper products have to go in a seperate box and they tend to build up on the counter until I take them outside. The most frustrating part for me is food disposal. In America everyone uses a kitchen disposal unit for food waste, but they aren't popular here. I actually have a fox that sniffs around the food waste bin outside, and not sure what else can be done about it?

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marialev
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marialev

We use food waste bins. They're a pain but we try to keep them in a kind of utility area which isn't outdoors but isn't part of the house either. It's not a perfect solution but at least you feel all that food is going to be used for something worthwhile.

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Keri
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That's true. I think there are eco issues with kitchen garbage disposal units, and that's why they aren't used here. I might have someone build a little enclosure for the bins outside, my neighbours have one. That fox is pretty, but it makes the most horrifying screaming noise at night, trying to get into the bins😅

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Laura

Laura

I agree Fran, thanks! It looks a bit heavy in black.

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Laura

Laura

Laura

Laura

Has anyone tried painting a piece of furniture with chalk paint?I have a kitchen table that I'm itching to paint white, but I'm unsure if chalk paint is the right choice..

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Laura

Laura

Fran
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Fran

I've never tried chalk paint but I have used acrylics on furniture. It's always worked great and lasted for years. You might want to put some kind of protector over it for scratches. Hope this helps!

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Laura
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Laura

That's the table. It's an old 1930's enamel top. I painted it black, but am thinking of going white.

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Fran
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Fran

I think it would look great white. More modern

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marialev

marialev

We want to move my son into a new room and I was looking for some fun ways we could decorate it. He's obsessed with cars so I thought a big car sticker on the wall and maybe some blue shelves?

Does anyone have any other ideas or have you come across links of nice features for boys' rooms? I was just hoping for some inspiration!

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marialev

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Laura
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Laura

This is a cute project for a boy who loves cars😁

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Keri
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Keri

I like this clever idea...if you can find an old bike tyre to repurpose....

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marialev
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marialev

Thanks Keri what a great idea! He would love that

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Nicola

Nicola

How often do you wash your bed sheets?

Once a week? Once a fortnight? Once a month? More or less often? We'd love to know.

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Nicola

Nicola

Holly B
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Holly B

Once a fortnight. BUT I think it should be more often. It's just such a faff. Am I really lazy?😔

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emily_l
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emily_l

We do once a week for us...the kids sometimes need it more if they're ill and snotty or had accidents in bed!

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Keri
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Keri

I aim for once a week, but don't always get it done!

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emmam

emmam

Hi Laura thanks for letting us know.

It’s actually amazing what cutting back plants and flowers does. We had this tiny plant with just a twig and some spiky leaves on it.

Someone cut off all the twig so I thought it was done for. A year and a half later it’s a bush almost a meter high...I’m always too scared to do it so aggressively but it does seem to work!

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emmam

emmam

Keri

Keri

A friend just shared this great tip with me, and wanted to pass it on...Use whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the grout in your shower. I haven't tried it yet, but am going to have a go tomorrow!

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Keri

Keri

emmam
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emmam

Thanks for sharing - we always struggle with grout. It seems to be permanently grey. Let us know if it works well for you but I’ll give that a go too

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Holly B
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Holly B

Oooh. I'm going to try that too. Our grout gets so grubby

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Laura

Laura

Here’s a little gardening story...about a month ago I randomly cut back all the roses. I’m not really a gardener beyond mowing the lawn and pulling the weeds, but my garden is suddenly full of roses in October. I guess they liked it!

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Laura

Laura

Nicola
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Nicola

How lovely. We've got roses blooming now too - although with no pruning or any effort whatsoever. But they look beautiful.

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