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Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Lucinda is a Social Media Account Director from London, and has recently brought a new furry four-legged friend into her home – a rescue terrier called Crumble. We asked her a few questions about getting her first pet in her flat, and we’ll offer you some tips based on her experience. What made you decide on the breed of dog? We always knew we wanted a small dog because we have a flat, and needed to bring him into work. It would have been more difficult to convince my boss to have an office dog if he wasn’t so little! We also needed to be able carry him on the underground. My boyfriend and I have busy lives, so we also knew we couldn’t have a dog that needed a 2 – 3 hour walk a day. How did you […]

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  • 8th July 2016
  • News

Storage by day, stand up by night

Storage by day, stand up by night

At our Big Yellow store in Kingston, we have our very own stand-up comedian – Ryan Dalton. This weekend, Ryan will be performing his first 45-minute comedy show at the Kingston International Youth Arts Festival, with the aim to perfect it for next year’s Fringe Festivals. Ryan has devised his original sketch, Into The Wild, taking the audience on a journey through his past of working with animals and his love for the natural world. The arts festival, which gives young people a platform to showcase their creativity, takes place from 8th – 17th July across 20 venues in Kingston upon Thames. Ryan will be performing at The Library on Saturday 9th July (12pm), Sunday 10th July (2.30pm) and Friday 15th July (7pm). Since first getting up on stage at the age of 19 in Australia, Ryan has performed in […]

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Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Next in our series of cardboard creation inspirations is a home for man’s best friend: a dog kennel. This could be a great activity to keep kids occupied – you can let them decorate it however they choose and then use it as a play toy for the rest of the afternoon. Or you could use it as an actual indoor dog house… Step 1 – what you will need: • Large cardboard box • Ruler • Stanley knife • Marker pen • Postal tape • Double sided sticky tape • A safe place to cut with the knife NB: Parental supervision required when using a Stanley knife Step 2 Carefully cut off the four flaps from the bottom of the box followed by two of the flaps on the top, ensuring you leave two opposite each other. Step 3 […]

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Big Yellow Sponsors The Tringe Festival

Big Yellow Sponsors The Tringe Festival

For the 6th year running, Big Yellow Self Storage is supporting Tring’s comedy festival, The Tringe. Running from 26th June to 16th July, The Tringe will see a line-up of stellar comedians grace the stage at The Court Theatre in Tring. Local comedy lovers will be given the chance to hear top comedians trial their new shows before they hit the stage at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some of the best names in comedy will be performing over the course of the festival, including Shappi Khorsandi, Zoe Lyons, Jason Byrne, Nish Kumar and The Boy With Tape On His Face. Tickets range from £5 – £22.50, and can be purchased from the website: http://www.get-stuffed.biz/tringe/ Be quick though, as shows are selling out fast.

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How to make marbled mugs

How to make marbled mugs

We love being creative at Big Yellow – our Twitter feed is full of imaginative ways to use your space, fun arts and crafts to do on the weekend, and artistic ways to store your stuff. If you’re feeling creative, and looking for an easy DIY makeover, here’s a fun trick for taking plain mugs and making them into colourful marble designs. Check out our short video on Twitter for a simple demonstration, or follow our easy steps below. Step 1 Get your hands on some nail varnish and pick what colour you want to use. Don’t limit yourself to one colour – the more the merrier! Step 2 You need a bowl of warm water. The bowl needs to be at least five inches deep. Drizzle your choice of coloured nail varnish into the water so it creates a […]

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Fun things to do over half term

Fun things to do over half term

May half term is when you know summer is on its way, but with school out for a week, it’s difficult not to spend lots of money on keeping children entertained. Here’s a few inspirational tips for fun and cheap things you can do to keep them occupied. Science can be fun With a quick search on the internet, you can find a whole host of easy science experiments that you can do at home, which will not only be fun, but also educational. Try this one below and you’ll have them amazed. A mini Monet Painting – a nice, quiet activity that is guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours. If it’s nice weather, you could stick together lots of pieces of paper to make a giant canvas, and let them run about and get messy (but maybe not […]

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Hull Armadillo Self Storage supports North Ferriby United

Hull Armadillo Self Storage supports North Ferriby United

It’s been a miracle year for football, with Leicester City becoming champions of the Premier League…but there is another football dream coming true, not far from our Armadillo Self Storage in Hull. Armadillo Hull’s store manager John Colley has been a loyal supporter of local football team North Ferriby United for 10 years, and five years ago the branch started sponsoring the club’s match balls. Over the years, John has become a well-known friend of the club, and Armadillo Self Storage is recognised as a club supporter by everyone there, be it management, players, directors or fans. Since John and the Hull branch started supporting the club, North Ferriby United have achieved three promotions, and even a win at Wembley Stadium last year in The FA Trophy, narrowly beating Wrexham on penalties. On Saturday 14th May, with Armadillo Self Storage […]

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Create a games room in your home

Create a games room in your home

In a recent survey by Sony, nearly a third of adults in the UK would consider paying more for a house or flat with a games room, and it could add an additional 3.2% on the value of the property. Even if you’re not looking to sell any time soon, a games room is a great addition to any house, whether it be for entertaining the kids, entertaining your guests, or even just for your own amusement. Here’s some inspiration on how to create a games room in your home: For starters, pick a room that is relaxing and away from the busy parts of the house (like the kitchen or living room). It could be a spare bedroom that is not used very often, or a converted basement or loft. You can create the space for a games room […]

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Transform your home with great lighting

Transform your home with great lighting

Whether it’s playing around with natural or artificial lighting, a little bit of thought and imagination can go a long way into transforming a room. Good lighting will set the tone and create an atmosphere, and there’s different types of lighting that you can use in different rooms in order to get it right. Check out below for inspiration on how to transform your home with a few easy lighting tricks. Room by room Spot lighting works best in kitchens, because it’s bright and you can target the work spaces. The living room is used for various family activities, so with this in mind it’s best to have a mix of lighting options to suit your needs; bright, tranquil and cosy. Use a pendant light for the centre of the room to provide the general lighting, and then accent the […]

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Space saving tips for your hobby equipment

Space saving tips for your hobby equipment

There can be times when we purchase something with the intention of using it all the time, however with a lot of sports equipment, this is not always the case. It’s common to have sports gear sitting around the home gathering dust and not being of much use, but there’s some really creative ways you can store it, and even turn them into features within your home. Check out our inspirations below. Skateboard shelves Find you or your children aren’t using your skateboard as frequently as you should? With the flat surface, they make excellent shelves, and you can still take them off and use them whenever you want. Simply install a shelf rack to your wall and stack it up. Surfboard coffee table Surfing, especially in the UK, is almost impossible to do regularly all year round, but with […]

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