Category Archives: Home Improvements

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The heart of the house

In 2011, Kati Balázs set up Wise Turtle Interiors, a company specialising in bespoke kitchen design rather than simply selling showroom units to fit a space. It’s a business model that puts the customer at the heart of the process, in much the same way that the kitchen is the heart of the house.

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Cottage industry

It is fair to say that Nota Bene Wares is not your average specialist soap and candle company. It has one foot firmly in the past, with every element of production celebrating the heritage of English domestic life. From the bespoke scents it creates, through the way the candles and soap are handmade to the hand-printed labels.

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Inspired designs

Simon Rees has been transforming properties for 18 years. His company, Morgan Developments & Designs, began life as a way to pursue his own interest in how a property can achieve its full potential. It has proved so successful that it has expanded to projects throughout London with spectacular results. Continue reading


Springtime gardening

It’s official, from now on the sun is rising earlier and setting later which means that summer’s on its way. That’s not to say however, that you can’t enjoy your garden now. Springtime gardens are a tremendously uplifting sight, especially after the winter gloom. Here are some top tips to getting a springtime garden right and preparing for summer. Continue reading


Destination art

Fancy taking in the fluid beauty of a Matisse? Tempted by the glorious technicolour of a Hockney? Intrigued to spend some time with a Dali? It may surprise you to know that you won’t have to travel to a major, central gallery and brave the crowds in order to enjoy these pieces. Sylvester Fine Art Gallery, in the heart of Belsize Park village, is a treasure trove on your doorstep.

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The Festive Spirit

Though the days are growing shorter and the weather growing colder, November’s events will give you every reason to leave the house and explore the capital. The Divas have a round up of the month’s most riveting diary dates– grab your scarf!

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Fall in love with autumn

Described by poet William Bryant as, “the year’s last, loveliest smile”, autumn in London is certainly proving to be a lovely one with its array of charming events. The Divas have all the pivotal calendar dates to make for a spectacular October

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Visual Pleasures Art Fair

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October, 12–4pm
Keats Community Library, Keats Grove, NW3 2RR

Hampstead has been home to artists through the decades. From Henry Moore to Piet Mondrian, from John Constable to Cecil Beaton, NW3 has been a melting pot of avant-guarde creativity.

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TV star and celebrity interior designer Celia Sawyer speaks to Property Divas

This month, the Divas are delighted to introduce esteemed, celebrity interior designer Celia Sawyer, star of hit TV show Four Rooms, now in its fourth series, and her own prime-time BBC show Your Home in their Hands.

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How to make the most of your outside space

Being in a rented home doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your outside space. Here are a few simple steps, for landlords and tenants, to creating an oasis.

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Fruits of your labour

Despite a slow start with unexpected cold snaps and blustery winds, the summer has arrived and the garden beckons. The warmer weather means all the hard work you put in last year will become apparent and the plants you now put outside will fruit, crop and bloom within a shorter timeframe. So it’s time to get busy. Forget Me Not Garden Design share their top tips on how to get your garden summer-ready. Continue reading