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  1. Simple Tips to Revamp Your Bathroom
    04
    May

    Simple Tips to Revamp Your Bathroom


    If you are like me, when you judge a home you start with the bathroom - it needs to look modern, clean and most importantly, charming.

    Too often, bathrooms do not tick any of these three boxes for me and I cannot understand why; a few simple and reasonable adjustments can make all the difference.

    Are you hoping to spruce up your bathroom for yourself or in case a snob like me calls around? Read on for Your Home and Garden’s top tips to revamp your bathroom.

    Lighting:

    Lighting in a bathroom is everything. Sufficient light in a bathroom means the difference between it looking open and inviting or cold and dismal.

    A well-placed window can make all the difference, but many home-owners or renters have too small a window, a window facing in the wrong direction or no window at all. Here are some easy changes which you can make to improve the lighting in your bathroom.

    Lamps and Candles

    Lamps and candles are an obvious way to bring light into any room, especially the bathroom. Sconces or adjustable lamps on a wall can hit those hard to reach dreary corners of the room and give your bathroom a fresher and more modern look.

    Candles, as well as providing light, set a relaxing tone for when you want to relax in the bath. As an added bonus, scented candles create an inviting aroma that lasts for hours.

    Colour Scheme

    Sometimes, a bathroom will have sufficient natural and electric light, but it is not complemented by the colour scheme. Be sure to consider colours that create a welcoming effect such as taupe, arctic blue, mint green or seashell.

    There should be a maximum of three main colours in a bathroom and be sure to stick to the 65/25/10 rule: a well-decorated bathroom will have 65% one colour, 25% another and the last colour having 10%. 

    Mirrors

    The mirror over your sink may be good for checking yourself out in before that 8.00 am rush each morning, but it may not be enough to properly light up the room. Multiple mirrors are a great way of bouncing light around the room and making smaller bathrooms look larger. Try to place them at angles where light can hit and brighten up other areas.

    Decorations:

    Decorations are a great way to liven up any bathroom and allow you to show off your unique style and creativity. Different decor allows you to create a vintage, futuristic or bohemian look depending on your preference.

    Flowers/Plants

    There are plenty of benefits to adding plants and flowers to your bathroom.

    • Add fresh air to the room.
    • Soaks up humidity and helps prevent mould.
    • Brings life, colour and a nice scent.

    Just because they are a great addition to bathrooms does not mean that you should go putting them in without any thought. Make sure you get the right plant for your bathroom: find out if it needs sunlight or can survive without it, make sure there is no danger to your pets (or kids) if consumed and make sure they complement the colour scheme.

    Furniture

    Furniture in the bathroom can serve a dual purpose of being useful and looking good. You can choose unpainted wooden furnishings to give your bathroom a traditional look or paint them white to create a more classical vibe.

    A chest of drawers or stand creates much needed extra storage space inside with the top being used as a second counter for all your extra towels, ointments and creams.

    Similarly, a wooden chair can create an inviting look to your bathroom and can be placed next to a second mirror and counter, so you can sit during preparation for the day or night. 

    Pictures/Paintings

    Do not limit the pictures and paintings in your house to the hall and living room, hang them up in your bathroom to bring it to life in a way which reflects your style. Once again, ensure it goes with the colour scheme and theme of the bathroom. More importantly, make sure you like it (let’s face it, you are going to see it five times a day).

    Try these tips out for yourself and get the most out of your bathroom. Please upload your creations and tag #yourhomeandgarden so we can check out your creative style! For more articles on how to spruce up your home, please subscribe to the www.yourhomeandgarden.ie mailing list here.

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  2. All you need to know about the new pay by weight charges
    28
    Feb

    All you need to know about the new pay by weight charges

    From July 2017 all across the republic of Ireland the new 'pay by weight' charges will come in with immediate effect. This means that if you are not already paying for the weight of the rubbish in your bin already, you will have to do so within the next couple of months.

    Each waste management company will be sending their customers out literature detailing their payment charges.

    This idea is to help incourage customers to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste more effectively. If you are considerate and plan your recycling then this will mean a reduction of your bin costs. If you do not recycle and constantly use your standard waste bin you will probably be charged more.

    • Domestic waste bin will be the most expensive to empty.
    • Secondly comes the food waste bin.
    • And finally the recycling bin.


    How can I reduce my bin charges?

    Well here comes the easy bit! To make sure that you are charged the least for your bins then here is the simple solution.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

    If you are prepared then reducing your waste is simple! Organize your household, Office or workplace so that recycling is as easy as throwing your waste in the bin!

    Having the right tools is essential.

    A triobin or a triple section bin is an easy way to segregate your bins into the 3 waste streams!

    Reduce the amount of waste coming into your home!

    Shops are obliged to take away any excess packinging that you do not want to take home. Remove outer cardboard from pizza boxes and other unnessary packaging before you leave the shop!

    Composting!

    A great way to completely remove a large portion of your waste stream is to actively compost in your garden or even on your apartment balcony!

    Vedgetable clippings, root vedge skins, gone off fruit are all great for turning into good compost but they often find themselves thrown into the food waste bin or even worse the standard waste bin. These are heavy items too so this would be a wise choice to consider. Purchase a compost bin for your garden or a Bokashi Composter for small balcony. All natural uncooked ingredients should be disposed of this way. Eventually these will break down into useful nutrients for growing vedgetables, herbs and flowers.

    Keep a small caddy on your windowsill or under your sink for convenience. When this is full empty this into your composter. Simple!

    Once the compost has enough food breaking down then the size will start to reduce.  This creates an almost unfillable compost bin that wont cost you a penny to maintain!

    Brown Bin Management

    Most households in Ireland now have a brown bin outside their door. People are now starting to realise that these can become nasty and smelly very quickly if not properly managed. It can often be very costly too as this type of waste is very heavy.

    Good management of this bin will save you money while also reducing the nasty oders that come out of it.

    The most effective method for reducing this cost is to replace your small brown or food waste kitchen bin with a ventilated caddy and Biobag combo.

    Biobags (branded) are made from breathable material which will let water evapourate from your compost. This in conjunction with a ventilated caddy effectively lets your food waste breath and reduce while also preventing bacteria to multiply effectively. This reduces the weight and the oder and you will begin to notice less flys around your kitchen! Up to 40% of the total weight can be reduced by this method saving you plenty of money in the long run.

    These biobags cost fractionally more per bag then their counterpart cheaper bags. And if you have ever experienced using these before you will know that they break down too quickly, leak and cause an awful mess. So by spending a little more at the start, you end up spending much less when you start paying by weight!!

    10 Products that will help me reduce my bin charges

    1. Gravity locks
    2. Compost bin
    3. Bokashi Composter
    4. Biobag with Ventilated caddy
    5. Tabletop caddy
    6. Trio Recycling Bin
    7. DIY wetpaper logmaker
    8. Bin Trasher Device
    9. Can Crusher
    10. wormery


    All these products are available here by clicking any of the links above.

    Happy Recycling Folks!!!!

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  3. Improve Your Kitchen with these Simple Tips
    06
    Feb

    Improve Your Kitchen with these Simple Tips

    Lets face it. A kitchen defines how you want to be perceived. It is usually the first room you show guests when giving them a tour and it is the first room you go to when you wake up or come home from work. So, realistically this is the most important room in the house. It has to be yours.

    Too often we allow our kitchens to become lacklustre. It is hard to become creative with your food when it is prepared in an insipid kitchen. Here are some simple tips to help you improve your kitchen and make your morning journey a fun one.

    Glass Cabinets

    Replacing your wooden cabinets with glass is a great way of opening up a kitchen and reducing ‘negative space’. This simple tip which you can do yourself (if you are handy enough) in less than a day while causing minimum disruption. Clear glass is great for showing off the contents off your cabinets, but you can also use patterned glass, coloured glass or frosted glass.

    Minimise Clutter

    There is nothing worse than a disorganised kitchen: plates awkwardly stacked on bottom cabinets, mugs stored with glasses, appliances strewn across the counter without having a proper place. All of this leads to confusion for your guests and meal preparation taking longer than it needs to.

    There are several great ways to declutter your kitchen, all of which result in it being better looking and easier to navigate. Plate racks can be placed in shelves for a more organised look, a mug tree or mug rack is a creative and practical way to store mugs and a magnetic knife rack looks amazing and takes up very little space.

    Get at least one luxurious appliance

    Treat yourself and your kitchen. Another way to improve on your kitchen and give it a contemporary look is to buy that lavish appliance you have always wanted. It might be an coffee machines, wine fridge, or slow cooker - go out and get it. Gifting yourself with this reward will show guests your unique taste and once you have it, you will wonder how you get by without it.

    Make a Statement with Colour

    Your kitchen would probably benefit from a new coat of paint, just ensure it goes with the new look. Trying to create a modern look? Apply a coat of white paint. Going for a more natural motif? Use earthy colours like olive green and beige. Maybe you want to create more of a warmer and welcoming effect - use a rich shade of yellow, terracotta or bronze.

    Maybe you don’t want to repaint the whole kitchen. You can just paint your cabinets a new colour or apply a fresh coat of polyurethane to the timber. Either of these simple steps can give your kitchen a whole new lease of life.

    Mix it up with the furniture

    Filling your kitchen with unexpected furniture has the effect of making a big statement while doing very little. Cushions and rugs can create a cosy impression which is great if you the kitchen is an area where you usually host friends. High chairs look fantastic next to a counter or with an island and creates a café inspired theme. You can also recycle old cabinets and drawers and (if you are handy enough) remodel them to suit the kitchen.

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