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Don’t be afraid to upcycle

Don’t be afraid to upcycle

Summer is the perfect time to get creative, and at Big Yellow, we love the idea of upcycling – taking possessions that you no longer need or want, and turning it into something beautiful. Here’s a few ideas to get you started, and remember to keep an eye on our Twitter page for more inspirational tips. Light up your garden You can create a stunning floral display in your garden, or even your conservatory, with recycled lights bulbs. All you need is an old light bulb, a piece of string, and some flowers These boots are made for…plants Children grow at the speed of light, so their clothes and shoes can be quickly outgrown. With this creative idea, there’s no need to get rid of their old wellies, and its great fun for the kids to get involved with. A […]

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Life moments: A basic guide to buying your first home

Life moments: A basic guide to buying your first home

Buying your first house is a hugely exciting time, however it can be incredibly daunting as well. There’s a lot of decisions you’ve never been faced with before, numbers you haven’t had to deal with, and most probably some language you won’t understand. Here at Big Yellow, we’re here to help you through life moments, big or small. Read on for some helpful tips that guide you on your way to purchasing your first home, and remember to check our Twitter page for more everyday tricks. Money & what you can borrow Recently, a comprehensive look at the mortgage market means a few changes have incurred. When you apply, the lender will cap the loan-to-income ratio at no more than four and a half times your income. They’ll also carry out an affordability assessment; this means they take into account […]

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Life moments: Top tips for planning your wedding

Life moments: Top tips for planning your wedding

There’s a huge amount of excitement when getting married, as well as a lot of planning. It’s vital you are prepared for the journey ahead, and preparation is key for making the whole day run smoothly Here’s some tips from us here at Big Yellow to help make things easier. Don’t forget to check out our Twitter channel where we offer helpful tips and tricks for life’s key moment every day. Let’s talk about money… When you first start planning, sit down together and work out a realistic budget before you book anything. Make a list of the crucial details, such as music, wedding dress, invitations, flowers and photographer, and assign a number to each, prioritising on what is most important to you both. From here, you can see which parts you’d like to invest more money in, and others […]

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Man cave must haves

Man cave must haves

There’s nothing more manly than having your own man cave – a space earmarked as your sanctuary. A space where dads, grandads, men and friends can get away from the stress of everyday life. We once revealed that 36% of men argue weekly with their partner about the space their possessions take up. As a result, 70% of Brits agree that a man cave is, or would be, beneficial to their relationship. Here at Big Yellow, we can help. Here’s some fun inspiration of how to kit out your man cave. We’re also here to help with space; clear your basement, loft, shed or garage, and leave those belongings with us, and let the inspiration take over… Priority seating The man of the house has their designated seat in front of the TV. No man cave would be complete without […]

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Top tips for space in your kitchen

Top tips for space in your kitchen

Kitchens can be the busiest rooms in the house, and there’s a huge amount of items to squeeze into what is generally a small space. Here we’ve collated some tips and tricks that will help with making your kitchen look super slick. Try some of these ingenious storage solutions to help you love your kitchen space. Things aren’t always as they seem Metallic towel rails don’t always have to be for the bathroom. With this simple trick, you’ll be creating space in your cabinets and drawers to make way for other bulkier items. When in doubt, look high If cabinet space is tight, then think about what you could do higher up. If there’s unused space, for example above the fridge, or even about the door, then you can add in some extra shelving. We love this idea of installing […]

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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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Shed-mania

Shed-mania

Sheds have become somewhat of a trend, helped by the ever growing popularity of Shed of the Year; last year won by Joel Bird for his eco-shack. Sheds have gone way past just being extra storage; some have now been transformed into workshops, man caves, cinemas, and even pubs. We love the creative use of space, and here we’ll take you through some of the craziest sheds around. The Plum Tree Arms A creation by Geoff Clarke in East Yorkshire, this shed is designed in the style of a traditional English pub, with everything from beer pumps, to dart boards and a wood burning stove. The family uses it for meals, domino and darts tournaments, New Year’s Eve, and of course, casual drinks with friends. Shedservatory By day, its Ben Filmore’s garden office decorated with colourful rugs, but by night […]

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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: Top tips for preparing for a gap year

Life moments: Top tips for preparing for a gap year

A gap year is one of life’s most exciting moments, as it usually means you have no responsibilities, no exams to think about, a great group of friends, and the world is your oyster. However, a gap year doesn’t have to be between school and university; you can take a year out at any point in your life. At whatever age, planning and preparation is vital, so check out our top tips on how to get travel ready. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter page, where we offer great tips for life’s key moments every day. Where, oh where to go Potentially the hardest decision of them all. Have a think about what you want to get out of your gap year, as this goal will help influence your decision on where to go. Is it sunny […]

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Unusual homes around the country

Unusual homes around the country

At Big Yellow, when we see space, we see potential; whether it’s how to create space around your home, coming up with ingenious ways to store belongings, or doing something amazing with the space you have. Check out these unusual homes around the UK to see how people have been really creative. The Lime Works, Faversham This contemporary home is a Grade II listed building, and has been converted from two water towers. The architect has taken something that is usually an eyesore, and created something beautiful. The space has been fully utilised; it’s a six-bedroom home, with features including a gym, library and swimming pool, as well as two roof terraces. The Pineapple, Dunmore So it’s not only SpongeBob SquarePants who lives in a pineapple – you could too. This elaborate summerhouse was built for the 4th Earl of […]

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