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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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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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Life moment: Making the most out of your holiday let

Life moment: Making the most out of your holiday let

The exciting thing about owning a second home is that it can be a great second source of income. Holiday lets are hugely popular. Websites such as Airbnb and Cottages4You.co.uk make it accessible to rent your holiday home while you’re not using it, and ensure you are in control of the process. Here’s some tips to help you make the most out of your holiday let. Do your research Research the other holiday lets for rent in the area – make a note of what they are charging at different times of the year, and offer a competitive price. You may want to be clear of the clientele you are marketing for on your listing to avoid any surprises – state if you are open to parties, including or excluding hen and stag dos, if you’re open to pets, babies […]

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Making space for winter

Making space for winter

October feels like summer has gone, and it’s time to prepare yourself for the long winter ahead. Summer lovers may feel slightly dismayed, however there’s nothing better than a spruce up of your home to get you feeling energised. Blankets, winter duvets, fluffy cushions and heavy curtains will all contribute to making the season more comfortable. You can use Big Yellow to switch up your home; store away your lighter, brighter summer interiors and replace them with cosy ones. With small to large storage spaces for great prices and for as little as seven days, there’s no reason to be cold this winter. A great way to save your wardrobe from becoming like Narnia is using storage for your summer and winter clothing. Your warm jackets can come out now, making room in your storage space for the summer clothes […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

The concept of a time capsule is to capture a time, a moment, a memory, and pass it on to a new generation. There are capsules being discovered regularly all over the world, and the contents never cease to amaze the internet. The safety of your belongings is paramount to us, and we understand the need to keep items you can’t bear to part with, even though you might not need them. We love the fact that people part with precious belongings to help the future understand the past. Here we look into some time capsules that have been discovered and their contents, and also ones that are still waiting to be found. We wonder if there’s one waiting to be discovered in a Big Yellow store… The 220 year old Boston time capsule Earlier this year, a museum conservator […]

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Nesting Niggles: The race for baby space (and a discount for NCT members)

Nesting Niggles: The race for baby space (and a discount for NCT members)

We recently conducted some research that shows babies are dominating the household before they are even born, with baby clutter taking over a third of the family home. Leading up to the arrival of a baby, an average of three rooms in the home are filled by baby items as parents prepare for the big day. With some of the smallest homes in Western Europe*, it appears that British parents are utilising every empty space with one in 10 parents having to resort to storing baby items in the hallway. A quarter of parents underestimated the amount of space needed for a baby and as a result, new parents have thrown away up to £2,000 of their possessions to make space for the additional belongings needed. It seems some new parents aren’t too happy about the clear out, as one […]

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Life moments: How to prepare for a baby and beyond

Life moments: How to prepare for a baby and beyond

Along with the excitement of having a child, comes the need for a lot of preparation. There’s so many things to think about, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed. As they start getting older, their needs change, and you’ll want to be prepared to keep up. However, we’re here to help, and these little tips and tricks will be a good start to guiding you through this life moment. Create the space Now comes the time when you need to be clever with your storage solutions, and make sure everything is stored safely. Hanging baskets from the ceiling is a great way to store toys without the risk of mess, and also saves space without the need for shelves. You’ll need to create extra space around the home to fit in the new member of the family. It could be […]

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Transform your home for summer…

Transform your home for summer…

According to the HomeOwners Alliance, spring is the best time to sell your house, and the season is known to be the most active time for the market. Throughout spring, your home is looking its best and your garden is coming back to life. If you are thinking about selling in the near future, April is a great opportunity for you to spruce up your home with the intention of getting it ready to go on the market. Transforming your home for summer will help re-energise the space to entice potential buyers. Store away your winter blankets, dark cushions and fluffy rugs, and add splashes of colour to align with the seasons and the sun. Even if you’re not looking to sell, changing your interior to match the seasons is a great way to reignite your love for your home […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Whether you’re a jazz lover, a heavy metal rocker or a pop princess, you’ll agree that music is an integral part of everyone’s life. All over the world, it serves as a hugely popular form of entertainment, and as a result, the music industry is constantly undergoing rapid changes. At a time when we’re all thinking about ‘going digital’, making a comeback is the trusty vinyl record. A classic way to showcase and listen to music, the vinyl has hit an 18-year high as people are starting to remember, and discover, that listening to a track on a vinyl has a certain warmth and romance to it. However, with vinyl comes the need for space, and even though you might think of yourself as a superstar DJ with a living room fit to house your extensive collection, your roommate or […]

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Top tips for Home Improvement Month

Top tips for Home Improvement Month

The month of April is nationally recognised as ‘Home Improvement Month’, and a recent survey shows that two thirds of the UK are coming home to unfinished improvements every day. If you’re in that category of people with unfinished business, or if you want to begin a home improvement project, then never fear, Big Yellow is here to help. Every day our Twitter feed is updated with tips & tricks to inspire and assist. So to help kick off your home improvement project, here’s a selection of our favourite #HomeImprovement tweets. Converting up & down If you’re thinking big this April, think up or down. There is huge potential in loft and basement conversions to not only improve your home and quality of living, but also adding value to your home when you come to sell. Depending on the layout […]

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