What interior design trends are predicted for 2018?

Do you like keeping your home up to date with the latest trends? We have a few tips to make sure your home is always in front of the Joneses!

The kitchen is considered the most popular room in your house, after all the best parties always end in here!  This year there are two distinct trends to keep and eye on; one builds upon last years “metallic” themes and the other adds a twist to 2016’s “grey and sleek” theme. If you are redesigning your kitchen this year then I would recommend taking a look at the “delicate pastel” trends that are starting to emerge on pinterest to get a feeling of how to use the new colours.  A good way of saving money but keeping your home bang on trend is to introduce accessories in the new colours, after all not everybody can afford a new kitchen every year!

Another general tip to keep in mind is that gold is in and other metallics are out. Last years silver should be changed to this years gold! And if you have any copper tones then they are starting to make their way towards the garden to embrace coppers natural and raw roots, so make sure you get ready to move them!

This year, your living room should be exactly that a “living” room! Warm colours are known to bring a cosy feel to your home so add a little heartbeat to your house and introduce golds, reds and browns. Add some large cushions in warmer colours, they’re great for entertaining and won’t break the bank.

The humble bathroom is high on the list this year! In fact searches for “bathroom spa” on pinterest have increased by 269%. Could this year be the time to create a well-designed bathroom that mimics a spa? If you want to give it a go try blending large marble features such as marble tile walls and marble basins, to create a stunning bathroom which oozes relief and relaxation.

For inspiration on your interior design make sure you keep up to date with our hints and tips featured on our Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest pages, simply search “Pretty Maison” to find us.

Tips for Autumn Gardening

autumn gardening

Autumn has arrived! The evenings are cooler, the mornings are crisper and there’s a freshness in the air, but now is not the time to take it easy and rest on your laurels.  Autumn is one of the busiest times in the garden, it’s a time for clearing and preparing for the big freeze. Follow my top tips to get your garden ready for hibernation.

  • Tidying the greenhouse is one of those jobs that is put off until tomorrow, unfortunately tomorrow has arrived! Remove plants, sweep out any debris and disinfect.  (This will keep pests and diseases from growing throughout the winter months). I usually use hot water and Jeyes Fluid for cleaning and disinfecting and whilst you have the solution to hand clean out any pots or seed trays that you will be re-using in the Spring. Make sure you ventilate your greenhouse for a couple of days to ensure everything is thoroughly dry.
  • Once you have mastered the inside of your greenhouse it’s time to move on to the outside! Remove any shading you have used over the hotter months, clean out debris and leaves from the gutters and clean the glass thoroughly to make the most of the sunshine throughout the cooler seasons.
  • Tidy your borders! It’s time to say goodbye to the annuals and add them to the compost heap. Perennials will need to be cut back to around 5cm above ground level and the borders can then be covered with a thick layer of compost or bark chips.
  • If you have a pond or water feature make sure you are prepared for falling leaves. Decomposing leaves can turn water foul and block filters, make sure you cover with a fine mesh to avoid this.
  • Fallen leaves are perfect for making leafmould. This will add structure and organic matter to your soil and is the perfect solution for garden waste. Simply fill plastic bin bags with leaves, punch holes through the sides and sprinkle with water. Fasten the bags with string and leave for a couple of years to breakdown into a crumbly texture that can be added to your borders.
  • Now you have cleared up the leaves it’s time to have a look at the lawn. Most lawns will need moss removing, aerating and feeding. If you have any patches it’s a great time to lay new turf or sow seeds.
  • Before you take it easy and get ready to put your feet up make sure your tools are given the final once over. Sharpen secateurs and shears, wash spades and forks and treat any wooden handles with linseed oil for protection. This will ensure your tools will be ready for action in the Spring, which will be here before you know it!

Spring is in the air!

spring is in the air

March the 29th is just around the corner and probably one of the happiest times of the year for most of us. Why? I hear you cry. Simple, the clocks go forward and officially summer time begins.

Now we all know it takes a while for the temperature to rise but at least we are at the beginning, Spring is in the air and Winter will soon be a distant memory.

The best way to embrace this time of year is to get out in the garden, start ridding your vegetable patch of leaves and debris, give the lawn its first trim and start planning for the summer. It won’t be long before the weeds start growing so this is probably a gardeners busiest time of year and every minute counts.

Early spring is the best time to prune shrubs and trees, and cut back your hydrangeas to a healthy bud. And if you want the garden to look tip top, a good idea is to edge your beds and borders with shears for a nice clean line. This is the perfect time to plant your hardy annuals like Pot Marigolds and Californian Poppies for some spectacular Summer colour.

When it comes to your organic vegetable plot now is the time to sow Broad Beans, Parsnips, Carrots and Peas. Sow straight into a well-prepared soil, no need to add manure just fork over lightly and apply a top dressing of general fertiliser, and if you are fortunate enough to live in a milder area you can plant your potatoes too!

With all this work going on you will need to make sure your tools are up to the job, how about treating yourself to a lovely set of Joules gardening tools and why not go the whole hog and throw in a pair of matching Joules gardening gloves, after all with all your hard work you deserve a treat!

And talking of treats don’t forget Easter is fast approaching so you can take a well earned rest, put your feet up and munch away on chocolate Easter eggs!

Happy Gardening x