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Stay Warm and Stay Loaded

As we move closer to the end of January it seems that the worst of the winter is yet to come; with the East Coast of America having been battered from storm Jonas unfortunately for us in the UK it is only a matter of time before it crosses the Atlantic and gives us some of the same good news. Read more…

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Finding the Value

When people talk about buying a home they often say “Location, Location, Location” and this is true, especially when you are buying on a budget. Read more…

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Living Rooms on a Budget

Decorating your living room on a budget can be difficult if you don’t know what you are doing but with a few small tips you can start to learn the tips and secrets of making a great home on a small budget. Read more…

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Creative Thinking

Decorating a new home can be expensive and if you have just moved house money can be a bit tight. One way to get around this is by being creative. Read more…

Stylish Interiors on a Budget

Looking to redecorate your home but don’t want to leave yourself out of pocket in the process? There has never been a better time to do this as more and more home furnishing stores are now providing their customers with designer quality products at high street prices. It’s never been easier to make your home look better. But of course, you need to know where to look. Here are some of my top tips for redecorating your home on a budget.

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It’s All in the Details

When it comes to creating your dream interior on a budget, small details can make all the difference and cost very little to implement. Create your own, personal style to your living room by adding a set of distinctive pillows to your sofa. Save yourself even more money by making the pillows yourself from recycled curtains or fabric.

The Danish are renowned for their cosy interiors channelling their concept of ‘hygge’ which loosely translates as cosy. If you fancy adding a touch of hygge to your living space to create a cosy ambiance, try placing fairy lights into unwanted jars and place them around your home or simply buy a few candles and dot them about the room.

Adding a fresh lick of paint can make all the difference to a room and is a cheaper option to wallpapering. Keep ceilings and areas around windows painted in a light colour to enhance the light, making the room appear more expansive. Keeping your colour scheme light creates a fresh, bright look. Add bright furniture to create a striking look.

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Striking Furniture

Furniture is always the most expensive aspect of interior design with appliances not far behind. Even the cheapest suite will set you back hundreds of pounds. It is unfortunate for the frugal decorator that furniture is one of or perhaps the most important aspect in creating a stylish interior. Nevertheless, there are ways around this.

Keep your eye out for second hand furniture in your local paper and on the internet and don’t be afraid to barter on the price. It is quite trendy at the moment to mix and match furniture to create a rustic, “shabby chic” look, ideal for the bargain hunter as single pieces of furniture are easy to come by.

Also, don’t forget the radiators when you are creating a stylish interior. An accessory and appliance in one, an attractive radiator can enhance a room or be used as a striking accessory. Trade Radiators has a stylish range of designer radiators at very reasonable prices. Check out their flat panel radiators range for particularly good prices.

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Whether you are looking to completely refurbish your home or just add a touch of your own personal style, with these handy tips you can enhance your interior without spending vast amounts of money.

 

4 Shop-Fitting Tips For Modern Businesses

Shop-fitting can be an expensive and time-consuming project, that’s why we have constructed four pieces of advice you should take into account before starting your restaurant fit out, or retail fit out.

Don’t overpass the option of used equipment

In most cases than none, just before you get to work upon your new shop-fitting project, you’ll go out and buy all of your equipment from a high street or brand name chain such as B&Q or Wickes, although, you’ll often spend far too much of your budget in stores such as these buying brand new equipment that you are only going to use once.

Although this is pretty straightforward advice, you’ll save a lot of money buying second hand equipment. With eBay, Gumtree and more there is much more options to buy from trusted retailers than ever before. So before you buy anything on the high street or from a brand name, have a quick little 5-minute google search, as it’ll probably save anything from £5 to £30 a tool.

Design for everyone in mind

In 2017, you would be silly to limit yourself by building something that not everyone can use. Not only will you lose customers if you don’t make your business accessible for disabled people, you’ll gain a bad reputation for not making your business available to anyone.

This is easily avoidable- before you start to fork out way over your budget on an elevator or electronic transportation devise, consider cheap and easy ramp, if you have got enough room to implement it, this will save you valuable money and also make your shop or restaurant easy for wheelchair access.

Construct a performance area

If you are fitting out a shop or a restaurant, it might be worth your while to consider building a stage for any future explorations of including some arts into your business. Especially in restaurants, where having a musician playing late night music can add a particular aura to the atmosphere.

If you consider the possibility of this now, you can save a lot of money by using the same wood that you’ll be designing the rest of the restaurant with. It’ll also mean that you’ll avoid having to balance opening hours with the possible construction of the stage later.

Go as much as possible yourself

Sometimes when working on a project you’ll hire a company in to come in straight away and start the job. The more days which the workers are in completing your shop-fit, the more it’ll cost you as their customer.  So try and get all the little things out the way before you hire professional help. This will save you money to spend on useful items such as furniture and technology.

Once you’ve done all you can, we recommend contacting industry professionals to complete your shop-fitting jobs. Always check up on the reliability of the companies doing so to make sure that you are going to get everything that you pay for. Companies such as Allstar Joinery who are a Glasgow shopfitting firm tend to upload their work via a portfolio onto their website. So you can get a an idea of what you are going to be paying for beforehand.

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London Living At Christmas

It can be difficult to get by in the city especially at this time of year when it’s Christmas with lots of nights out on the cards. Here at Lukes Poor, we’ve decided to give out a few tips on the do’s and don’t for budgeting during the Christmas season.

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Getting Around Geneva On A Budget

A lot of us are thinking about jetting off for Christmas and New Year, either to a warmer climate or to a destination in mainland Europe where snow is plentiful and where the beer flows. A city that is sometimes overlooked is Geneva. At Lukespoor we’re going to explain ways of getting the most out of visiting a destination like this on a modest budget.

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Shoe String Budgeting In London

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Can you live in the city on a modest budget? Let’s check out the mighty Harley Street and see if the simple man can eventually earn enough to live in place like this.

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Live Well In Glasgow

Around this time of year, it can be difficult to save with the likes of the holidays, parties and everything else in between.  But there’s certain hotspots in the UK where you can save and still enjoy good times. Think about Glasgow

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Festive Warmth in Frankfurt

So Germany may not be known for its warm winter weather, but why not get into the festive spirit with a trip to the beautiful city of Frankfurt. Read more…

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Events On A Budget

You want to go to the big concert that’s coming by in a couple of months.  At the same time you’re dreading when tickets are going to be released due to the price.

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Save Sensible in London

Have time off from work or university and not sure what to do? Not wanting to go too far it but wanting to get away from the norm.  London could be a shout – and it can be done a budget too.

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Europe Is Easy On A Budget

Are you thinking of travelling to Europe this summer but thinking the cost might be too much?  It never has to be expensive. It’s actually quite easy.

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