Ask an interior designer: Bathroom makeover

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As I launch my new newsletter this week, I’m inviting readers to send in their interior design questions, and a local interior designer will give their expert opinion. I’ll start with my bathroom. 

My house was built in the early 2000s and my husband and I are the second owners. The largest bathroom needs an update. It hasn’t been painted since we moved in 2012 and I haven’t used the tub as much as I imagined I would when we bought the house. But I’m not

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18 ways to give your garden a stylish makeover

Our decking ideas are just what you need to elevate your plot. If you haven’t considered adding decking before, now’s the perfect time to do so. It’s a practical way to level out sloping gardens, but will look great on flat plots too. Either way, decking will provide a chic and sturdy surface for garden furniture.

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The best decking is also incredibly versatile. Choose timber or timber-lookalike composite decking for a natural look that will blend into the surroundings. Or, why not go for a bold and bright colour to create a striking effect?

So, keep scrolling for some great ideas, then take a look at our other landscaping ideas for more inspiration for your plot. 

1. Blend your decking with the background

For a laid-back look, choose a decking that blends into its surroundings. Light-coloured wood gives a fuss-free feel, and will help to widen even a narrow space.

It goes to show that sometimes, less is more. Have fun experimenting with lines, natural materials, and the subtle details. For example, add a pair of outdoor seats in a different shade of wood, or nearby wooden edging using a different direction of

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Maryland Homeowners: Update Your Kitchen With A Smart Makeover

It doesn’t take long for your kitchen to become outdated. The good news for homeowners in Maryland is that even on a small budget you can transform your kitchen into a room you love.

Today’s kitchen isn’t just a space in your home where you cook. It’s also where your family and friends gather to socialize and spend quality time together. A redesign and upgrade can both modernize your kitchen and make it more enjoyable to spend time in. It can also increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling in the coming months.

Whether you’re just making a few changes or want a complete makeover, here are 7 ideas to help you create your ideal kitchen.

1. Custom cabinets

If your cabinets are old and outdated, installing custom cabinets can give your kitchen a fresh new look that matches the rest of your home décor. Custom cabinetry also lets you make the most of your kitchen space by fitting into corners and between windows.

2. Countertops

New countertops are another way to spruce up the kitchen. Trending right now are quartz and stone, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. To add even

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5 Affordable Decor Pieces To Give Your Home A Trendy 2021 Makeover

2020 brought out the best and the worst in us. As many discovered their cooking talents, others found routes to spend money online. Spending on home decor has thus become a newfound obsession. Thanks to some really popular decor items that Instagram keeps rubbing in our faces, we are convinced they can give our homes a much needed makeover in 2021. Here are five such pieces that are perfect if you want a trendy space straight out of Instagram.

1. Round Mirrors 

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A mirror can give the illusion of space and therefore, they work exceptionally well for small spaces. If positioned right, they can also instantly illuminate any room with their light-reflecting properties. These round mirrors are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. 

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2. Donut Vases 

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This unconventionally shaped vase is all the rage on Instagram, courtesy influencers’ homes. With beige and white being trendy colours in decor, this piece will fit perfectly well on any shelf of the house, be it in the washroom or your dressing room. To complete your Insta-worthy look, place some pampas grass inside the vase. 


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