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Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

When thinking about doing a renovation, it’s vital to do your homework and know what you’re getting into before you start. If it’s not you doing the work for yourself, you’ll need to know what to look out for and what your contractor is doing. There’s some commonly seen, easily avoidable mistakes that can make a big difference in a successful renovation. Here’s a few watch outs if you’re planning to do some work to your home. Doing it on the cheap It’s important to realise that when it comes to home renovation, you need to wait until you can afford the decent materials. Many people make the mistake of trying to do it cheaply, but the bottom line is that you will get what you pay for. Also, it’s wrong to think that going green with your home project […]

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Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

For animal lovers, getting a pet is probably one of life’s most exciting moments. While welcoming a four legged friend into the family is not to be taken lightly, it should be full of fun and transform your house into haven of love and laughter. Here’s a few tips on how to prepare your home and ensure that your new pet settles in nicely. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer useful tips every day. Animal chores Before the new addition arrives, create a chart that gets the whole family involved with looking after it. For example, allocate someone’s name to feeding it, training it and exercising it each day so the responsibility is split between everyone. A clean & safe house Clean your house inside out and evaluate what might need moving around or even putting […]

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How to make your household more green

How to make your household more green

At Big Yellow, we know the most important space of all is the environment that surrounds us. That’s why we continue to work hard to create an environmentally friendly business. It doesn’t take much to make your household more green. A few small changes here and there can really contribute to helping the environment in the long term. Lighting Probably the simplest way to help reduce your footprint is by changing your lightbulbs to energy saving alternatives. The Energy Saving Trust says that homeowners can knock £100 a year off their energy bills by switching to energy efficient bulbs. At Big Yellow, most of our stores use energy efficient lighting, which are also motion-sensored, so it’s only on when you need it. Our external signs also use LED lights, which are up to 60% more efficient than the previous lighting […]

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De-clutter your home for spring

De-clutter your home for spring

The winter weeks have now slowly passed us by, and it’s time to think about the start of spring. What better way to prepare than to think about de-cluttering your home space now. It’s amazing how much extra space you could make by storing the items you don’t use all year round, such as roof top boxes, Christmas decorations, and winter sports equipment. Extra space like spare rooms, under the stairs, and attics are often used for storage, but if you transfer the bulky furniture and seasonal equipment into Big Yellow, they can be transformed into something much more useful. So, what could you do with your new found space? Here’s some motivation to get you de-cluttering…. Entertaining You may find that once you’ve de-cluttered a room, it will feel bigger and you’ll have more space to use for entertaining. […]

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Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep; it contributes to making you feel great in mind, body and soul. There’s lots of tips out there on how to ensure you get the best night’s sleep, ranging from what you eat throughout the day to evening routines to relax you before bedtime. The Chinese philosophy of feng shui can help harmonise you with your surrounding environment, and where else could this be more important than in the bedroom? Here’s some really simple tips on how to make your bedroom a haven of peace and positive energy. De-clutter Remove everything you do not love in your bedroom; lightening the load of stuff will create a therapeutic feeling. Remove the TV, computer or even exercise equipment that you might keep in there. All these things will bring energy of work and stress, and present […]

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Symbols around the DIY store explained

Symbols around the DIY store explained

We’ve all been in the position when you’re wandering around a DIY store, and you see various signs and symbols, and you’re expected to know what they mean. However, to the everyday DIY-er, these symbols might not be instantly obvious, and it’s always helpful to know how the products may harm you and what precautions you should take. Can you guess which symbols match the explanations below? Tweet us @bigyellowss to let us know how many you got right (refer to answers at the bottom of the post) Oxidising A chemical labelled ‘oxidising’ doesn’t burn itself, however they provide oxygen for flammable substances to burn. Alongside the usual precaution of wearing eye protection, you should take extra care to keep it away from flammable substances, which includes clothing. Harmful to the environment These chemicals may have an immediate or delayed […]

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Life moment: Preparing for grandkids

Life moment: Preparing for grandkids

Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s most exciting key moments, however it can also be one of the most challenging. There’s a balance you have to strike between being there for your children while they go through this immensely demanding but happy time, and overdoing the whole ‘grandparent role’. They’ll need support and help, however they may also need space and time to relax and digest everything that is going on around them. Here’s some tips on how you might be able to prepare for the experience ahead. Time to get nostalgic This is the perfect time to dig out baby pictures of your children and put them into a scrapbook. You can share this with the parents-to-be, helping to inspire them and get them thinking about the experiences they want their children to have. Hidden in the attic […]

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Wine Q&A with David Bowman

Wine Q&A with David Bowman

There’s always so much choice when it comes to wine, and if you’re hosting on Christmas day, it can add to the pressure if you’re not sure what to serve with your food. To help out, we’ve spoken to David Bowman, our Wine Manager at our Big Yellow Wine Cellars in Fulham. Here’s some great tips on what to choose, where to store it, and how to make it last. Around Christmas time, the fridge is always fully stocked with food, and there may not be enough space for chilling wine. What are the alternatives – can you store wine outside? Generally, I wouldn’t recommend it in the winter months; although this winter the weather is mild so it might be an exception. If your whites need a good chill and temperatures outside are well above freezing and space indoors […]

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Tips on how to wrap difficult shaped presents

Tips on how to wrap difficult shaped presents

Buying presents is one thing, but when you get around to wrapping them, it can be another difficult task all together. With standard and odd shapes, big and small, gift wrapping is somewhat an art. Practice and patience is what it takes, however, if you are lacking in these, here’s some cracking tips to get you on your way to being a gift wrapping extraordinaire. Homemade boxes Handing over a personal gift – such as a piece of jewellery – can be even more personal when it’s not in a box bought from a shop. We’ve created these simple templates to guide you to create something unique to fit the present in. You can pick your own coloured cardboard with or without a design, and maybe draw all over them to add your own touch. Bubble wrap Some gifts have […]

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Best places to hide your Christmas presents

Best places to hide your Christmas presents

Children are curious creatures at the best of times, however around Christmas they get even more inquisitive – especially when they’re trying to find their Christmas presents. With this in mind, good hiding places are key. Big or small, here’s some genius tips on the best hiding places for pressies. Remember to check out our Twitter feed too, where we post lots of useful tricks every day. Plain sight It’s unlikely that a box in the corner of the kitchen is going to be of interest to kids, especially if it’s covered in something like crumpled newspaper and pretending to be recycling. This is the ultimate place for smaller gifts such as stocking fillers. Empty suitcases Unused suitcases are already an empty space just waiting to be filled. As it’s an item that usually stays in the same spot all […]

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