New year, new kitchen! Four irresistible designs to suit every kind of home

Our kitchens play a key role in our daily lives and it’s about time we showed them some love – and when better to do so than at the start of a fresh new year?

Although it may sound like a big job, giving your kitchen a complete makeover doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds, thanks to Wickes.

With their end-to-end service, you can create your dream kitchen with the help of a designer and have it installed all for one price, saving the hassle and admin of sourcing different suppliers and contractors and leaving you with a kitchen you’ll love.

Here are four of the gorgeous kitchen ranges Wickes have to offer – and how you can personalise them to suit your style and home.

Plainly elegant

The pretty and bright high gloss Esker Slab in gorgeous azure blue, is a fun way to transform your kitchen for the new year

Kitchens are for cooking primarily, so for many of us, we need simple, functional spaces where we can whip up delicious meals with ease. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun.

Wickes’ Slab kitchen is a clean-looking kitchen ideal for novice and

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How to find the right kind of real-estate investment

OUTSIDE THE BOX



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Investing in real estate could be a smart financial decision with proper planning and budgeting. Real estate tends to appreciate in value over time, can act as a hedge against stock market volatility, offers great tax advantages and can provide a stable monthly income.

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All things considered, buying property represents one of the most effective ways to build wealth but also one of the slowest. Though, once your investments start to compound, your portfolio will begin to have several income generating assets. You can reinvest the profits you make from selling previous investments and see your wealth truly begin to snowball.

FIRE helped this flight attendant take a break from work amid COVID-19 Bianca DiValerio, a flight attendant in the FIRE movement, took a leave from her job during the pandemic, moved some money around, and spent time at her tiny home in Wisconsin, a converted train car.

To learn more about the different types of real-estate investments available to you as well as how to determine the right one for you, continue reading this comprehensive guide.

1. Short-term rentals

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Short-term rental properties, otherwise known as vacation

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Ty Pennington Designs a Whole New Kind of Kitchen That Takes the Cake

Ty Pennington has designed many a chef’s kitchen, but in the latest episode of “Ty Breaker,” he tackles a whole new beast: a baker’s kitchen.

In the episode titled “A Baker’s Perfect Kitchen,” Pennington and guest designer Sabrina Soto (of “The High Low Project”) meet Elva and Dan Caballero, who’ve recently sold their bakery and bought a $230,000 house in Atlanta near their daughter and grandkids. They are left with only a $50,000 budget to renovate.

Yet Pennington and Soto are used to stretching reno budgets to the max. Here’s how they redo the home into a baker’s paradise, which might inspire a few upgrades around your own abode, too.


Black window frames add an elegant look

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These black window frames give dimension to the living room.

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When Elva and Dan first show Pennington their house, they point out that they love the big windows that let in lots of light. So Soto wants to turn the living room windows into a focal point by painting the frames black.

“People are scared to paint it black,” Soto tells Pennington, “but then once you have it on, you realize it actually looks pretty classic.”

When the work is done,

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What kind of lawn is best to plant for full sun?

Q: We had to do some work in our backyard recently and now that the work is finished, the area graded and prepared, we are ready to plant a lawn. The area is in full sun, we have an irrigation system but would rather not use it often. What kind of lawn should we plant? 



a house with trees in the background: Bahia grass grows into a strong, low-maintenance turf for a drought-resistant lawn. It is established from sod or seed. Once it is mature, it rarely needs watering, though it will turn brown in drought, it greens up when water is available again. Mow it between 3 and 4 inches high and fertilize it only if it thins or looks off color.


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Bahia grass grows into a strong, low-maintenance turf for a drought-resistant lawn. It is established from sod or seed. Once it is mature, it rarely needs watering, though it will turn brown in drought, it greens up when water is available again. Mow it between 3 and 4 inches high and fertilize it only if it thins or looks off color.

— Jared, Hobe Sound 

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A: Bahia grass is the most drought tolerant grass grown for lawns in Florida. It is robust, drought and wear tolerant and, for the most part, pest resistant; however, not everyone likes the look of the turf produced. A good Bahia lawn has an open habit, which means when you look straight down, there will be some earth showing through. It is the grass I recommend for folks looking for a drought-busting turf.  

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