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Sprinkling the comfort and joy this Christmas

As you dash from Christmas party to festive performance, race through your present buying and do a good impression of Usain Bolt as you sprint down to the post office to get everything posted, we bet there’s one thing keeping you going. The thought of spending Christmas with your family. Just you and your loved ones snuggled up in your living room, Miracle on 34th Street on the TV, fire blazing and feeling that contentment of being together wrapped in a haze of comfort and joy. Your lounge really is... Read More


House Christmas Party

Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la, la la la la! Yes, in a fit of festive exuberance you’ve only gone and invited a houseful of people to your home for a Christmas party, and now it’s time for your home to don its gay apparel and for you to deliver that blazing yule! Even if guests singing in merry measure (joyfully all together) isn’t quite how you envisage your house party playing out, you’ll no doubt still want to create a Christmas house party... Read More


Win a BOXX of Christmas Goodies

What an awesome year it’s been so far? Customary with traditional Christmas cheer and the time for giving, we are excited to be running a tasty Christmas competition, offering you the chance to WIN a Christmas Treasures hamper (from hampergifts.co.uk), filled with host of delicious seasonal food and beverages. We like to call it our BOXX of Christmas Goodies! To grab your opportunity to sweep this super prize, simply spend £50 between now and midnight Thursday 13th December 2018. You will be automatically entered in to the draw, yes, it’s that... Read More


Homely Christmas Harmony

You’ve got three people sleeping in your spare room, two on the sofa bed in the lounge, kids (and their stuff) everywhere you look and dinner for 13 to prepare by 1pm. It can only be Christmas! Our usual restful homes can become places we hardly recognise in the festive season as friends and family surge through the doors with armfuls of gifts and heaps of expectations. Here are our 5 expert tips on creating harmony in your home this Christmas. Just breathe. If your to-do list is off the... Read More


Small Homely Gift Ideas for all the Family

As the sounds of Elton John fill our living rooms and we watch as a little boy dressed as a plug zooms across a school stage and into a socket, we can deny the truth no longer. The Christmas ads are out and the festive season is well and truly here! When it comes to Christmas shopping though, there are two camps. The organised ones who have everything bought and wrapped before December even arrives (that’s 1 in 5 of us), and then there’s the rest- who like to take... Read More


Setting up your Toddler’s Room

Older babies just peeping into toddlerhood are often tricky to buy for at Christmas because, well, they already have everything! But one thing they might not have is a toddler friendly bedroom. With children’s toy boxes already filled to the brim, there’s a definite trend now towards bedroom makeovers as Christmas gifts and if you have a plan to update your little one’s space this festive season, we have some expert advice. When the time is right. A big decision around this time is when to move a child into... Read More


Make Your Own Showstopper This Stir up Sunday

Around 7.5 million of us watched as Rahul was crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2018. Research scientist Rahul wowed the judges with his final showstopper- a edible garden landscape complete with towering choux ‘rocks’.  The best thing about Bake Off though is the inspiration it gives us to get into our own kitchens and bake, and with Stir Up Sunday coming up on 25th November we’ve got some top advice on making your own showstopper of a Christmas cake or pudding! 1) A Bake Off worthy... Read More


Christmas Party Wear

We’re going to go right ahead and say it, Christmas. We know, we know, it’s still (just about!) October but with the first day of November creeping in tomorrow it’s mere weeks until the party season is in full swing. In truth, with stress, fear and sheer lack of time, more of us dread rather than love the endless parties and engagements of December. Chin up though, we’ve got some solutions! 1) Use your home as inspiration.  Where do you feel most comfortable? We bet it’s when you’re cosy and... Read More


Guest Blog from DIY Expert, Dmitri Kara

6 simple tips to make small spaces feel bigger  Dmitri Kara is a top DIY expert, founder of Home & Love and contributor to home sites such as Cleaner Confessions and Handymantips.org. We’re delighted to welcome Dmitri to Urbablogg for a fantastic guest post on ways to make small spaces feel bigger. The main idea behind interior design solutions for small living spaces is to trick the eye. You need to make it ‘think’ that the area is more spacious than it actually is. You can accomplish this through the... Read More


The Halloween Home

From Kourtney Kardashian to Reese Witherspoon, every celebrity worth their salt will be sharing pictures of their Halloween decorated homes this 31 October. But it’s not just A-listers from over the pond who’ll be festooning their porches with elaborately styled pumpkins, as us Brits will spend around £320 million on Halloween this year. We’ll be carving gruesome faces in our pumpkins and transforming ourselves into witches, vampires and zombies, but the biggest trend yet is to ditch trick or treating in favour of parties at home. So if you’ll be... Read More