March Roundup of Home Improvement Reads

04/04/2019

March was another great month for articles about gardening and home improvement topics. There’s advice on redecorating, gardening, and even a study about housing rent in the UK.

We’ve rounded up our favourites, but don’t forget to let us know yours in the comments below.

Cool Bedroom Gadgets For A Smart Bedroom

If you missed our blog post from last month, now’s your chance to catch up. Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, and in this post we talk about how you can make a specific room in your house smart - your bedroom!

We run through a few smart devices that you can keep in your bedroom for a more hi-tech space. This includes getting better sleep, going hands free, lights for when you need to get up in the middle of the night, and more.

This post has our favourite picks of gadgets for your bedroom, but we’d also love to hear your suggestions in the comments.

Want to attract orange tip butterflies? Planting honesty is the best policy

In this post Alys Fowler at The Guardian talks about how you can encourage orange tip butterflies to your garden. We used to see far more of these butterflies a few decades ago, but now they’ve become scarce.

Alys suggests planting honesty, (Lunaria annua) to encourage these pollinators to your garden. Their caterpillars enjoy eating a few different types of Lunaria, and the adult butterflies enjoy feeding on their flowers.

In the wake of the results of the Great British Butterfly Count it’s more important than ever that we do what we can to support our butterfly population. If you’re ever on one of the best walks in Essex that we suggested, you might just see some orange tip butterflies.

Growing Kale: Information On How To Grow Kale

Last month we talked about vegetables to plant in March, one of which being kale.

Kale is a nutrient rich leafy green, full of Iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It’s easy to throw in to lots of meals - just like spinach. Plus, kale is very easy to grow. This simple guide points out the watering requirements to grow healthy plants, as well as its love of sun. It will, however, grow in a shaded area, meaning it can also be grown during dreary British winters.

Keep soil free draining so the plants don’t become waterlogged as this will result in rot.

From reading the guide you’ll see that kale is very easy to grow, and can be planted at most times of year for a long harvest.

33 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

March signaled the start of spring cleaning season with it being the first official month of spring. Even if you put off any thorough cleaning last month, now that the clocks have gone forwards you might get that extra push to make a start now.

You’ll find 33 quick but actionable tips for cleaning various areas and items in your home. Make it easy to clean your microwave, chopping boards, and don’t forget about your reusable food shopping bags!

This summary of cleaning tips is worth a look through before you tackle any room in your house as they could help you cut down on time spent scrubbing.

13 Best Indoor Trees for Every Room of Your House

The popularity of house plants has really boomed over the past few years. We’re all familiar with snake plants and aloes, but what about if you want something a little bigger?

This post from Country Living shows you 13 trees that you can grow indoors. The list includes plants that need varying levels of care such as the Rubber Tree which is relatively easy to grow.

We’ve seen some of these trees sold in Sainsburys (Rubber Tree and Areca Palm), albeit at a smaller size.

Each suggestion comes with some growing and watering tips, so you can choose a tree (or two) that best suits your home, natural light, and watering tendencies.

Redecorating Your Home With Emma Sims Hilditch

This interview with interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch comes from British paint and wallpaper manufacturer Farrow & Ball.

The interview starts with Emma discussing the decoration process of her recently purchased summer family home, specifically the colours used. She then talks about decorating tips and what she looks for in a property when moving home.

The interview is an interesting insight into the thinkings of an interior designer when tackling their own space.

44 Easy To Do Home Renovation Tips

Home renovation is a tricky thing to accomplish especially if you have to renovate the kitchen, bedroom, flooring, doors and the like, and yet blend the décor to match one another.

The source of lighting, the laminate floor styles, rich wooden doors, the compact drawers, wall paint colours, designer ceilings, concealed wiring, AC ducts, etc. all play an important role in defining how your home would look and function.

This article presents 44 easy home renovation tips that will redefine your home décor and efficiently add sheen to your residential space.

Housing Rents In The UK : 2018 - 2019

Whether you’re looking to rent a 1 Bedroom or 3 Bedroom House in the UK, the task is certainly not easy. QS Supplies conducted detailed research through various relevant sites and added their independent findings of the overall housing scenario.

Their data paints a pretty sobering portrait and shows some interesting facts and figures about housing rent in the UK. The article provides current rent rates at more than 150 places for 1 Bedroom to 3 Bedroom Homes, while also providing approximate rent figures for areas both near and outside a city centre. The current average 1 Bedroom House rent stands at £650.90, while that for 3 Bedroom House is £1034.

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