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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How To Save Money When Travelling

It is fun to experience new places, meet new people and make new discoveries. It feels great to know something new and achieve something meaningful. However, behind these desires, we must also keep in mind how to save money and use it wisely while travelling. The following are some tips on saving money on travel.

Plan ahead – You must always plan your trip ahead as you will have lots of choices and you can get the best deal. It will help you plan your budget for the intended juncture.

Travel Off Season – This in one of the best money saving ideas. During off season airfares are inexpensive when compared to peak season. You can chose what is cheaper.

Choose a Cheap Airfare or Discounted Flights  – Choose a cheap airfare, it is worth the travel. Choosing a cheap airfare does not mean that you are lower than expensive ones. It means you are making wise choices. By searching about for a specific location you will be more likely to find someone specialising in the area that can offer better deals. Looking for cheap flights to Malta and Gozo is more likely to narrow your search down and bring back better results.

Opt For Cheap Foods – Go for cheap, but nutritious foods they are enough to sustain your body. When you are travelling make the right choice in selecting cheaper foods or you might fall sick. Choose local delicacies that can cost you less.

Carry Refillable Water Bottles – Always carry refillable water bottles, as it will help you save money from buying water bottles from time to time. There will be many areas with water supply in tourist locations where you can refill your bottle.

Use Public Transportation – Using public transportations like trams, buses will save you a lot of money at tourist places when travelling. Public transport is less in fare when compared to public vehicles and taxis. The alternative is to use a car hire comparison service and find an affordable rental car for the week.

Enjoy local tourist Attractions – Make reasonable use of your time when you are travelling. There will be many places which you can visit without buying a ticket. Be observant of the surroundings. Look up the local map and make a list of places to visit and try to cover all the local ones first.

Find good value accommodation – Finding an offer on a hotel or villa without sacrificing on quality is important to both saving money and enjoying your break. You can find a number of great deals by looking at price comparison sites but remember that doesn’t cover everything. Some sites that deal exclusively with a certain area will be able to work out better deals, for example if you go to you will find only Malta based hotel deals. The key to finding a great deal is to keep searching for it.

Use Cash – Spend on stuffs that are important to you. Make sure you spend money on your preset budget this will help you from going beyond your budget.

Plan your itinerary – Travel itinerary will guide you constantly through your travel, helping you spend your time wisely. This comes in handy for those who have gone for package or leisure travel. It will help you spend money wisely and avoid unnecessary travel. Follow these simple tips and enjoy your trip.


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