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Nine reasons to love boxes

Nine reasons to love boxes

In our opinion, boxes are underestimated. They help make space, they keep things safe and help you to stay organised. But there are other things a box can do. Boxes are also fun. Why not let your imagination run wild and create objects and games from those old boxes you’ve got lying around? Here are seven ideas to get you started. Headspace Cardboard Kingdom Thinking space Box car racer Space: the final frontier Space wars Tyrannosaurus Box Packbot 3000 Need we say more? Find out how Big Yellow can help put your boxes to use here whether you need them for fun or practical reasons.

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Top tips for summer wine

Top tips for summer wine

The sun’s out and you’ve made it through another week at work. There’s only one thing for it: friends, food and a good time. But before you send the invite or prep the food, quench your thirst with our tips for summer drinking. 1) Add sparkle to your chicken Did you know that sparkling wine has the same palate-cleansing effect as the more traditional choice of BBQ beverage, beer? Not only that, it goes perfectly with chicken. 2) Opposites attract Pair strong BBQ flavours with a sweet rosé to create a balance of flavours. Impress your friends by telling them the wine has been specially selected to neutralise the palette and they’ll go home impressed. We guarantee they’ll use the same line next time they host. 3) Light food, light wine Low alcohol wine is becoming a popular choice with […]

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Five top tips for tackling the bank holiday clear out

What’s the best thing about bank holidays? You’ve got one extra day to tackle that clear out and still have the two days to recover. It’s time to open those curtains, let the sun in and get down to your bank holiday clear out. Here are some top tips to help you get through it. Be realistic You’ve got one day so rather than turn your house upside down, inside out and get it back to normal again, set yourself a realistic goal. What can you achieve in just one day? Work to a deadline and more importantly, stick to it. Prioritise Now that you know you can’t do it all (although you’d probably like to think you can) plan what needs to get done. Is the kitchen driving you crazy? Is that pile of papers in the office stopping […]

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Top tips for reinventing your home for summer

With attentions turning to the warmer months ahead, why not get in the mood by injecting some sizzle into your home environment. Follow our simple and practical tips for inspiration if you’re planning to reinvent your living space: Go lighter One of the simplest ways to add bring summer to your home is with a lick of paint. Choose lighter shades such as cool neutrals and versatile creams – perfect for creating a light and airy environment throughout the year. Streamline De-clutter your living space of the things you no longer need. If you’d rather not sell or throw things away, an easy solution is to store them with us at Big Yellow. This way, you can have the best of both worlds – freeing up valuable space whilst holding onto items in case you ever change your mind. Dress […]

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Dr Aric Sigman’s Top Tips for Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time. Buying presents, preparing the festive dinner…and now BYSS research has shown that one fifth of women are dreading the Christmas gatherings as they worry about the size, look and comfort of their home when entertaining and accommodating friends and family. To help get through the festive period, Dr Aric Sigman gives us his top tips: • Remind Yourself of what Christmas is actually celebrating. Then ask yourself: what would the original ‘birthday boy’ think of today’s stressed-out version of Christmas? It might be something like: ‘What have you done to my birthday?’ • Set Christmas priorities. Uninterrupted time together can be the very best present for families – especially children. Bonding time, catching up time and casual fun should take precedence over Christmas trappings and present-buying frenzy. Everything we do at Christmas should help […]

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Back to school- Tips for getting organised

Back to school- Tips for getting organised

Now the kids are back at school, you’ve probably noticed piles of work books stacking up almost as high as your pile of ironing. Let’s not mention the random pieces of stationery you’re finding down the back of the sofa or in the goldfish bowl. School mornings can easily resemble a crime scene from a movie. Wailing children, flying books, barking dogs, clothes being thrown everywhere round the house and finally you running around like a headless chicken trying restore some order. The morning school routine should never be a good cop, bad cop situation. Here at Big Yellow we’ve put together a list of tips to help get you prepared for “school day mania” as we like to call it. Hopefully these tips will help you maintain a smooth, stress-free, successful school year! 1. Get into a routine We […]

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Tips and Tricks: Our top ten fireplaces to keep you warm this winter

Tips and Tricks: Our top ten fireplaces to keep you warm this winter

Autumn is here and winter is slowly but surely creeping up on us. BBQs in the park have been replaced with less-than-palatable potato and leek soup, Mum’s itchy woolly jumpers have taken over our favourite T-shirt’s space in our wardrobes and we can’t help but long for those long, lazy summer weekends sunbathing in the park, while we’re locked indoors vegetating in front of the TV. But don’t let the winter blues gloom-up your days, we know exactly what you need to add a bit of warmth and cosiness to your house. How about snuggling in front of a beautiful fire place with the loved ones while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate? Winter just got a whole more exciting, right? We have compiled a list of top 10 fire places that will are bound to brighten up your day. […]

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Tracy Martin’s fashion collectibles tips

Did you know that your love of fashion could make you money? Recent research shows we think about our clothes as functional and disposable rather than something that could be worth more than ten times what you paid for it for in just 6 months. I know what you’re thinking as soon as you hear the term ‘investment’ you automatically think about designer items that cost the Earth. Thanks to recent designer collaborations partnerships with brands like H&M & Lanvin and Topshop & Kate Moss, the high street is bursting with reasonably priced items that are sure to become highly collectable in the future. Read on for my tips on spotting those items which you should always keep in your wardrobe. Seek items that are only available for a short length of time H&M collaborations with high end designers such […]

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How to take care of your tools

How to take care of your tools

Getting into the habit of looking after your tools, will only make them last longer. This may seem like common sense, however good tool care won’t just save you some pennies but it’s essential for your own safety too! So next time your chisel goes blunt, don’t just chuck it out and buy a new one. Give it a little bit of TLC (Tool Loving Care, of course), store it properly and make sure it’s ready for your next task. Here at Big Yellow we’ve put together a few tips that will help you take care of those tools, yourself and your bank account! 1. Keep that rust away. Remember, rust is the enemy of any DIY tool. Humidity and water are the primary causes of rust so if your tools get wet you could find that they become permanently […]

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How to prepare for a disaster-free home makeover

How to prepare for a disaster-free home makeover

Whether it’s improving the kitchen, fixing up the spare room, or simply cutting the grass, disaster in the home can strike when advice is ignored. Insurers Allianz say that DIY disasters cost Britons a staggering £4.4billion every year, so here are our top tips on how to avoid destroying your home or taking an unwanted trip to hospital. Take baby steps and know your limits. Don’t try to tackle all your redecoration projects at once. Jump right in without planning and you’ll end up with a house full of half-finished projects. You need to think about how much each project will cost, whether you have all the right tools and how long it will take to complete. With the baby steps approach why not focus on one room at a time, and choose small projects that are achievable. Maybe start […]

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