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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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Who lives in a house like this?

Who lives in a house like this?

We’ve all had dreams of winning the lottery and splashing out on a new car, a holiday or a new place to call home. But imagine what you could do if you had $1bn to your name? Would you blow it all on one extravagant property or buy ten? Here at Big Yellow we’ve had a look at some of the most valuable homes in the world to put into perspective just what kind of properties that much cash can buy (we’ve saved the best till last). First on our most impressive list is… The Rybolovlev Estate – $95 million (£59.6m) The most expensive home ever fought over in a divorce case is The Rybolovlev Estate. This 33,000 square foot oceanfront mansion has 18 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms and was originally up for sale for $125million. Previous owners include Donald Trump. […]

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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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Top tips to prepare your spare room for guests

Top tips to prepare your spare room for guests

We’ve all experienced that feeling of sheer panic that sets in when you have guests staying with you. That moment when you realise that the spare room is currently occupied by your fishing gear, gym equipment that you never used and all the bric-a-brac that you tell yourself you really need but have been condemned to sitting in boxes since you moved into the house 10 years ago. What follows is usually panic and a frenzied tidying spree. To avoid this process and ensure that your guests don’t end up having to climb over all your stuff to get to their bed, Big Yellow have compiled a helpful checklist of things to do before your guests arrive to make their stay as pleasant as possible. 1) Clean! Yes, this might seem incredibly obvious – why wouldn’t you clean a room […]

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How to maintain value of all-weather furniture

How to maintain value of all-weather furniture

Out of all the items in your home, outdoor furniture is the most weather-beaten. Exposed to snowy winters and British ‘summers’, outdoor items need the most tender love and care to make sure they don’t lose their quality and value. Here are a few ways to ensure they’ll last you for many seasons to come. 1) Treat them with a protective varnish. Coating wooden furniture in a protective sealant at the start of the summer season will help reduce the amount of water absorbed into the grain, as well as protecting it from the sun. After a while furniture will start to fade so coloured varnishes can be a great way to bring some much needed life back to your furniture. You can buy them in a range of natural colours here. For metal furniture these protective paints are the […]

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Clear your time to clean your home

Clear your time to clean your home

We don’t have time for it and (most of us) don’t enjoy it, but cleaning is a job that just won’t go away. Despite our best efforts to ignore them, chores will build until eventually your list of things to do tomorrow will be flowing across three pages. Here at Big Yellow we would much rather spend our days relaxing and enjoying what is left of the summer. Here are a few simple changes to your routine which will leave your house cleaner and your days freer. 1) Plan cleaning into your daily routine. Whether it is a quick wipe down before you head to work, or sorting out the washing while you wait for dinner to cook, completing little jobs every day won’t feel as time consuming as sacrificing whole day at the weekend. There’s no need for a […]

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Did you know that some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their shoes?

Did you know that some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their shoes?

While most of us are content to store our shoes in cupboards and on racks, that is just not an option for some people. When your selection grows to thousands even these small items of clothing become a challenge. Here are a few collections that put the average joe’s shoe cupboard to shame. The Northampton Museum is home to the world’s largest shoe collection. The town famous for its shoe and boot industry houses over 50,000 pairs at the museum. The collection includes famous pairs such as Queen Victoria’s wedding shoes and the Vivienne Westwood shoes supermodel Naomi Campbell famously took a tumble in. Fashion icon Anna dello Russo has admitted to having a collection of over 4000 pairs of shoes! The editor at large for Vogue Japan is no messy shopaholic however, making sure that every item is catalogued, […]

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Going on holiday this year? Make sure your home is secure. We’ve got the run down on the latest home security products…

Going on holiday this year? Make sure your home is secure. We’ve got the run down on the latest home security products…

“We’re all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or two, sun and laughter on our summer holiday, no more worries for”… the burglars who’ve just got away with all your prize possessions. Here at Big Yellow we hate to be pessimistic, but if you’d like to see your home the same way as you left it, then leaving the landing light on just isn’t enough to deter those baddies. So don’t assume that prying eyes believe that you’re all huddled on the landing for days on end and get safeguarding your home. For some of us, home is where the heart is and no one likes theirs broken. We’ve got the run down on the latest home security products: 1.There’s nothing worse than burglars getting away with their thievery, so it’s time to play big […]

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Four of the world’s biggest storage spaces

Four of the world’s biggest storage spaces

We all know just how handy storage can be, but have you ever considered that in some cases, there might be too much of a good thing? What would you store in a space measuring 398,000 m² for instance? Sure, if you had all the money in the world to build the space in the first place then you’d probably be able to find a few things to fill it. Here at Big Yellow we’ve been looking at some of the biggest storage spaces in the world and they’re pretty impressive! 1) Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC – This complex of 19 museums forms the largest combined museum space in the world. As well as this, the Smithsonian Museum also boasts the largest holding with over 136 million items. Visited by over 25 million people a year, the staggering collection includes […]

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5 Quick and Easy Ways to Increase Space in your Home

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Increase Space in your Home

Regardless of whether you live in a mansion or your parent’s box room, there just never seems to be enough space! However, the answer need not be as drastic as moving to a bigger house. We’ve compiled a list of simple solutions that can increase the space in your home and give it that fresh feel. First things first… Move nonessential items out. We all have things that we use a few times a year then leave in a corner for the rest of it. Whether it’s those woolly jumpers for winter or the paddling pool we can rarely enjoy in the British “heat”, not all items need to be within immediate reach at all times. Attics, garages and garden sheds; all of which are still close enough just in case the sun comes out, are great home storage solutions. […]

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