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    Tips and tricks about home keeping

    Romance, sunkissed warmth and gentle contrasts: terracotta is a colour that evokes all this and more. Its versatility also makes it a fun shade to play around with! Whether used in soft washes on the walls or fabrics, or as a more solid, punchy statement, terracotta speaks of effortless ease and earthy chic.

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    Could your Art Deco knowledge pass the most basic scrutiny from a legitimate art lover? Well, it could soon – read on for our tips on blagging your way through Art Deco. You'll be pretending to be a pro in no time.

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    With so many wooden flooring options to consider when thinking about what would work for your home, it can be tricky to know where to start. To help you to make a decision about the type of wooden floor that would be best for your home – whether it’s one room or several – we’ll take you through the different flooring decisions you’ll need to make, and weigh up the pros and cons as we go, to give you a definitive guide to wooden flooring.

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    Rustic, traditional and antique looks are simple to achieve, but so are sleek, professional and minimalist styles – the choice is yours. But no matter what style you choose for your wooden furniture – dark or light wood, ornate designs or simple lines, a smooth varnished look or earthy untreated feel – you will need to take proper care of it in order to ensure it enjoys a long life, and stays looking the way you want it to.

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    Have dreams of B&B-style hosting, a secluded space to work on creative projects and hobbies, or just an extra space to unwind, since been buried under clutter? If you have a spare room that's more of a dumping ground, then unlock its potential by giving it a new purpose within your home.

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    We all know how to go about recycling our everyday items like plastic packaging, glass bottles and - in some areas - our food waste, but where do we turn when we're looking to get rid of our bigger household items like sofas, dining furniture and even fridges and freezers? Unfortunately, despite the many options available to residents of some councils, the illegal dumping of waste - known as fly-tipping - is a significant issue.

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    If your items of furniture are simply in too good a condition to totally throw away but just no longer have a place in your home, then you can always consider donating your pieces to a local or national furniture recycling charity or project! Not only are you eliminating the chances of that piece of perfectly serviceable furniture ending up in a landfill, you can also sit back and feel good about having donated it so that someone, somewhere, can benefit from it.

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    The family home should be just that - a place where the whole family can come together and enjoy spending time in each other's company. Though weekends can be lovely and leisurely (if you're lucky!), the weekdays are a very different kettle of fish. Often, by Friday, the house can be in a right state, and you're left wondering whether your home is actually prepared for family life at all! Don't panic - take a deep breath, and take a look at our guide to making your home kid friendly - without compromising on style.

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    Whether it's your living room, dining room or bedroom, the chance to update a space in your home is an exciting treat! Though it can be great fun selecting a new style or theme for a room, and even more so bringing new pieces of furniture into the home, it's important to dispose of your old, unwanted items of furniture responsibly.

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    Keeping your home neat and tidy can (often) feel like a bit of a pipe-dream, especially if you've got a family to contend with too! Whether you're juggling the challenge that living in a small home can present, or if you simply have more things than you can bear to part with, you might find that you're in need of some new storage.

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    The Great British garden party might be one of The Queen's preferred traditions, but you definitely don't have to live like royalty to enjoy something similar in your own garden this summer!

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    Introducing the humble jam jar - known to many as just a mere storage receptacle, once emptied, the possibilities for its use are almost endless! For something that's so easy to come by, jam jars have far more uses than just storing food. Once you've enjoyed the tasty contents, thoroughly clean and save the jars and you could find yourself in the midst of some pretty handy home creations.

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    It may well be June outside, but - given that we live on this side of the equator - that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to stay lovely and warm all the time! Luckily, though, it's rare that we now need to snuggle up under last year's blankets to keep toasty, and if we do, it's because we're still sat outside having a good natter with family and friends.

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    Our homes are our sanctuaries. Whether you work away from home or you spend your days running a business from your kitchen table or looking after the kids, it's important that you feel uplifted by your surroundings when you do get to enjoy time spent within your own four walls.

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    It's easy to fall into bad habits in all aspects of life – and the home is part of that. From day to day, many people overlook or even fail to notice that their home is beginning to show signs of wear and tear. Whether its clutter building up gradually, furniture looking a little worse for wear, or surroundings beginning to look a little dated, we're all guilty of allowing our homes to become, well, part of the furniture.

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    Feng shui, for many, is both an art and a science. Developed in China over 3,000 years ago, feng shui celebrates the harmony in the elements - particularly in water and in air, as the literal translation for feng is wind, and shui is water. The physical implementation of the system is all about balancing the energies of a space to ensure health and good fortune for all those that reside within that set space.

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    At Furniture Choice, our mission is simple: offering stylish and high-quality furniture at competitive prices, and delivering it direct to your door – wherever you might be.

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    Finally, it almost feels as though summer is on the way. Though it might be a bit too soon to throw open the doors and windows, there's no need to steer clear of those tempting summer vibes - but just what's going to be 'in' this season?

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    Whether you celebrate it in a religious respect or not, there's something undoubtedly charming about Easter. The sentiment of renewal lends itself brilliantly to some really lovely, family-oriented activities, and spring really feels like it's begun when we see images of fluffy chicks and bunnies everywhere we turn!

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    When you’re entertaining at home, a little preparation can go a long way. Whether you are hosting a barbecue, an informal party or a dinner party, the first thing you’ll need is the right mix of guests, but here are a few other considerations.

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    Frost crunches underfoot, the trees are bare and the morning hunt for coats, scarfs and matching gloves is well underway. Yes, it's definitely that time of year again - winter. During this season, your own home is one of the most comfortable places to be. The early nights can seem a little limiting, but once you're in your most comfortable clothes, sprawled out on your sofa there's nowhere better. That is, of course, if you've bitten the bullet and turned the heating on.

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    2014 has laid the groundwork for what might be the biggest battle in interior style history. We might be overreacting slightly, but there's no denying the prevalence of two distinct styles that fit readily into the family home; country (think shabby-chic, vintage undertones and a lovely cottage feel) and modern (monochrome tones meet minimalist ideals).

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    Out with the old and in with the new, moving house is a huge change! Planning ahead is vital so if you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our helpful guide.When you’re budgeting for moving home, buying furniture might not be top of your list. But do you really want to be sitting on an old saggy sofa in your lovely new home?

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    You’ve set your moving date – now all you have to do is transport everything you own to your new home. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But we all know how much hard work packing can be. Starting early and being organised can make all the difference to your moving day, so take the stress out of your move with our top 10 packing tips.

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    Let’s face it, we’re not a country known for our long, hot summers, but give us a whiff of barbecue weather and we’ll soon be donning aprons, cracking open the beer and setting things alight. If your previous attempts at cooking outdoors have been a recipe for disaster, then why not try out some of our top tips for a smoking hot barbecue.

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    Whether you’re dusting off the decs, mulling the wine and preparing the Christmas cheer, or hiding under the dining table hoping it will all go away if you keep quiet, Christmas will go a lot more smoothly if you get the preparations right. Here are a few ideas to help you along.

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    Even if you love everything about the festivities, from Christmas carolling to dressing the tree, the day itself is full of potential drama – from an undercooked turkey to a serious family bust up. Here are our tips for a stress-free Christmas Day.

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    There's no escaping the fact that the festive season can be a hectic time for grown-ups. Not only have you got to ensure that Santa has all he needs for his special visit; you've got the house, a plethora of visitors as well as a massive feast to deal with. It can be a great time of year, but it can also be a stressful one!

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    'New year, new start' might be how the saying goes, but when you've got a house, a family or a career to maintain, completely wiping the slate clean isn't an option. These 'big three' might require consistency, but that doesn't mean at least one of them can't become a focus for the new year - by which, of course, we mean the home. Far from moving house or remodelling, there are always ways to give your home a new lease of life without changing any important factors of it.

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    There’s only one day a year where you can really revel in spoiling your other half, for no other reason than just loving them. Some might well call it a bit mushy, but we don’t reckon there’s anything wrong with telling your partner exactly how you feel about them this Valentine’s Day.

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    We're huge fans of the notion of spring cleaning. There are few better feelings than that of sitting down with a cup of tea once you've finally finished giving your entire home a good scrub from top to bottom. Spring is a beautifully fresh, renewing season, and offers the perfect chance to take a look at the areas of the home that often get overlooked in the weekly cleaning routine. However, in the business of day-to-day life, we understand that cleaning can be very time consuming (it's likely why these problem areas are missed in the first place).

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    You may be moving to upsize because of a growing family or downsize because your children have flown the nest. Perhaps you’re finally taking the plunge and escaping city life for the countryside or relocating with an exciting new job. Whatever the reason, leaving behind a home that houses many memories can be an emotional experience.

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    Witches and zombies, pumpkins and trick or treat – Halloween is the time of the year to celebrate all things ghoulish. Believed to have grown from the Celtic tradition of Samhain, marking the end of the summer, the festival of Halloween takes its name from All Hallows Eve, as 31 October is the day before All Saints Day or All Hallows.

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    From traditional to contemporary: what’s your home style? Whether you’re choosing a new sofa, armchair, dining room set or bed, your personal style is bound to influence your decision. When it comes to home style, there is no right or wrong; nor is it about age or income – it’s simply a question of taste. Whereas one person may prefer a traditionally styled family home, another may want to express their taste with ultra-modern décor.

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    Fun, freedom and new friendships - leaving home to go to college or university can be an adventure, whether you choose to live in halls of residence or private rented student accommodation. Once the initial excitement has died down, there will be practicalities to resolve: how much does student accommodation cost; what sort of student digs will suit you best; how will bills be divided up; who will be responsible for cooking, cleaning and paying the rent? Making your new 'home from home' comfortable will help you settle in, so here are some useful tips and ideas.

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    We all have things we need to store, from Christmas decorations to financial paperwork and small kitchen gadgets. Before you know it, your possessions can turn into dreaded space invaders. But whether you want your belongings proudly out on display or tidied neatly away, there’s a wide array of storage solutions to suit all spaces and budgets.

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