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How to give your home a vintage twist

Doing your own decorating is hugely satisfying; but what if you want to give your home a vintage feel? Interior decorating has become much easier in recent years thanks to the advent of Ikea, B&Q, Homebase and shops like Asda and Tesco selling all the paint, furnishings and knick-knacks you'll n... Read more

Get a better deal for your Summer Holiday

If you’re like us and looking forward to your summer holiday already this year, it’s a good time to start planning if you want to get a good deal. A recent study* by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) suggests that  a third of us (34%) booked their holiday further in advance in 2012 compare... Read more

Five cool things to pack this summer

Beyond flip flops and factor 30, take a look at our top five must-have items for your summer holiday this year. If you only pack one thing in your suitcase this summer, make sure it's one of these. And underwear. Please don't forget your underwear. 1) Fisheye smartphone lens Treat yourself to a geek... Read more

Make sure your home insurance claim doesn't get rejected

If you're about to purchase a home insurance policy and you're blithely scrolling through those reams of terms and conditions without reading them, stop. Just stop.Those clever people at The Money Advice Service have compiled a list of things that could invalidate your insurance. Here are ten of the... Read more

How to winter-proof your home

Game of Thrones' Ned Stark was right to look so miserable when he announced that winter was coming. You're absolutely right, Ned. 'Tis the season of frozen pipes, clogged gutters and leaky roofs - but with a bit of forward thinking, you can protect your home this winter. These are the practical chec... Read more

How to keep your home secure during the Christmas holidays

Although we all take time off over the Christmas holidays, thieves don't - and the season to be merry can very often turn into the season to be burgled. This December, don't let your guard down and become a victim of crime; here's how to keep your home safe. If you're going away: If you're planni... Read more

The household life hacks you shouldn't be without

Your home is your sanctuary, and you want to keep it - and your belongings - safe and protected.  Well, that's where we come in - our home insurance is top dog, and we'll make sure that the things that matter to you are looked after. However, what about all the little everyday irritations which you ... Read more

Brits shun clothes, cars and meals out in favour of seeing the world

New research has shown what we've known all along - us Brits are a travel-savvy lot, and we value seeing the world over new shoes, clothes and cars. Well, that's according to the people at Momondo. Their new study has revealed that 21% of 1,000 Brits surveyed prefer to spend their spare cash on holi... Read more

How to make a small home feel more spacious

Anna Tobin is an interiors stylist. And she's here to help. She runs the small space interiors blog Don’t Cramp Our Style, and here are her top tips for making a weeny home feel more spacious. Lift furniture: Opt for beds, sofas, kitchen units, sinks and baths that are raised up on legs or hung from... Read more

What happens during a hammam? Your guide to getting squeaky clean in Morocco

If you’re visiting Morocco this year, a hammam should be on your to-do list. Forget showers and baths – this is one deep-clean you won’t have experienced before. They’re a traditional part of Moroccan life that you should definitely try – and here’s what you can expect. First things first – avoid ho... Read more

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