Protecting Expensive Home Interiors

A touch of good design can mean the difference between a house and a home. Whether it comprises retro wallpapers or sleek modern lines, the interior of your home is just as important as its size and location. For this reason, it's no surprise that some people spend a lot of money fixing up their home interiors.

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From one-off pieces of furniture to skilfully applied paintwork, it sometimes doesn't take long to rack up a decent-sized bill when you're making the perfect home. Needless to say, when your dream home is in place, the last thing you want is for it to become damaged. Here, we take a look at a few things you can do to protect your expensive home interiors.

Maintenance

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Looking after the interior of your home isn't solely a matter of doing all you can to prevent running into problems. Sometimes it can require active maintenance to keep the nicest aspects of your home looking as they should. This could mean touching up the paintwork, or even applying protective substances such as varnish to delicate items.

Surveillance

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Sadly, some homes can become the victims of vandalism. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to protect against this happening to your own home. CCTV is one of the most effective ways of keeping vandals away from your home and keeping your expensive design elements in one piece. Needless to say, CCTV maintenance is just as important as maintaining the home itself.

Protecting from the elements

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Some items which you bring into the home could be very fragile. Even when kept inside, it's not unusual for certain things to be harmed even by indirect contact with the elements. It's important to keep an eye on things like open windows in adverse weather to ensure that no harm comes to your interior.

Be careful

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Simple though it seems, the only way to ensure that no damage comes to your new interior is to be careful. Of course, this doesn't just go for residents, but for guests as well. Accident or not, spillages can be a particularly troublesome occurrence when it comes to expensive interiors.

If there are particularly valuable items on show in your home and you are having a large number of guests over, it's advisable to put the items away, out of harm's way. As vigilant as you can be in protecting these items, accidents can always happen.

Stink Bugz- The Ideal Birthday Present for the Kid of Someone You Hate.

I'm going to totally contradict my usual 'toys are for both genders' line here and say these Stink Bugz simply MUST be a boys' thing. The line, 'slugs & snails & puppy dog tails' comes to mind. The little jarred, plastic beasties are infused with their own unique, minging scent. They are like the anti-scented-candle-jar.

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They come separately in large jars for £4.99 each, or you can get a pack of parasites for £9.99 Open the jar to release the smell, and squeeze the bum to 'shoot' the stink at someone. Our son has been torturing us all day with them. 

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 It's tricky to communicate just how awful they smell. The pong doesn't fill the room if you leave the jar open or anything, but if you're being chased round by a six year old squeezing to release the stench, you'll smell it alright. The green one smelt like a rotting seagull, the black one had a marmite tinged poop smell. They are truly disgusting. 

Of course the fact they repulse Mum & Dad so much, makes them a tremendously fun and satisfying toy for a child. Michael LOVES them. He loves practical jokes like whoopie cushions or plastic dog poo, so these are right up his street. If you've a little prankster then you know they'd enjoy these, but you really won't!

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With the lids on there is no bad smell, and like I said, if they do accidentally leave the lid off, the smell doesn't fill the room or anything. The only thing I personally liked about the Stink Bugz, apart from being pleased my son enjoyed them so much, was that they do look like comical, fake insect taxidermy in their little jars. Maybe when he's finished chasing Dad puffing clouds of stink at him, he'll allow me to display them with my beasties.

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Make Some Strong Plans for Next Weekend at Crumlin Road Gaol

This August bank holiday weekend will see 34 of the World's Strongest Giants from around the planet compete at the Belfast Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend. 

Running from Thursday 21 August (Writer's Square, Cathedral Quarter) to Monday 25 August (Crumlin Raod Gaol) visitors can experience a fun-packed day for all the family including a first-time ever visit to Northern Ireland from Transformers star The Optimus Prime Truck from the Movie (appearances will be on Friday to Monday @ Crumlin Road Gaol).

 The competitors will battle it out in a series of awe-inspiring rounds which include the ‘Farmers Walk’, 'Man Verses Machine Optimus Truck Event', 'Car Lifting', ‘Axel Press’ and for the first time in over 20 years, the return of the spectacular ‘bar bend’. Ultimate Strongman competitor Jonathan Kelly from Newtownabbey is pictured limbering up for the event. Tickets are priced at £9.00 per person, per day, (£7.00 online) children under 12 go free and are available on the day or by visiting www.ultimatestrongestman.com.

 

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Secret Yankee Candle UK Scents On Sale Next Week

Shussssssh, you aren't supposed to know about these three scents which will adorn the online shelves of YankeeCandle.co.uk from the third week in August.  

Early Sunrise and Tahitian Tiaré Flower sound beautiful, but for my own home I chose to review the Napa Valley large jar candle, priced at £19.99

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Napa Valley Sun, then. It's akin to walking into someone's house when they've just done a fresh wash of towels and everything smells clean and bright. It's a comforting scent, not overwhelming like an aerosol air freshener spray would be. It's soft and sunny. I really like it. It's great if you want to try scented candles but don't like the idea of your house smelling like a cake, or a mango, or strawberry. 

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I am a massive Yankee Candle junkie. Like, huge. To the point where at one time I would hunt down imported American release tarts and then keep a scrap book of the labels. My favourite all time scents are both retired, so I struggle to find them any more, Green Apple and Silver Bells. If you have either of them yourself, I'll certainly buy them from you.

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The official UK Yankee Store is heaven for me with an entire section devoted to special rare and imported candles. Plus they haven't cheekily inflated the prices just because they are harder to come by. I'm rather tickled by the Camouflage Candle, which I assume is part of the Man Candle range.

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Finally I can't sign off without pointing out Yankee Candle UK's super competition to win a £5000 bespoke holiday. Worth clicking through to.

Big Yankee fan? Let's talk candles on Twitter, @rudedoodle . 

I'm Having a Zelfs Party & You're Invited

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Tomorrow afternoon from 2-4pm I'll be holding a Zelfs Twitter party to celebrate the release of their scented collection. Zelfs are akin to the trolls we collected from the 70s, which made a comeback in the 90s, but far cuter, more colourful and cool.

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Michael is having friends round for Zelf games, snacks and to try out the new range, noses at the ready! I'll be Tweeting from @rudedoodle and you can follow parties all over the uk with the hashtags #zelicious #Zelfs 

Fancy having your own Zelf party? UK Mums has printables and recipes to get you on your way. 

You can also win the new Bee Sweet Treehouse on their site. 

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Realistically, Zelfs are marketed as a girls' toy, but my son has loved them since they first launched last year and already owns a small collection. Tomorrow's party mostly will be girls aged between 3 and 6, but there will be one other boy; I wonder will he prove Zelfs' marketing team wrong too and love his Zelf? I'll let you know.

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Oxfam Team Up with Dawn O'Porter to Launch Vintage Fridays

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VINTAGE FRIDAY FOR OXFAM - FRIDAY 1 AUGUST 2014

Oxfam and Dawn O' Porter want to see you rocking your finest retro chic next Friday to raise money for a great cause. 

It's simple! Just don your fave vintage outfit or accessory with pride for #VINTAGEFRIDAY and donate £3 to Oxfam by texting Vintage to 70066, helping to transform lives around the world. Remember to share your pics! 

*'Messages will be charged at £3, plus one standard rate message. By texting consent is given to future marketing by Oxfam. To unsubscribe from SMS send NOINFO to 70066'

DIY VINTAGE SWAP-SHOP - FROM MONDAY 28 JULY 2014 

We're calling upon the public to hold their own #THISOLDTHING vintage sale. Rally friends or colleagues together to do a closet clear out - be it at work, university or front room! 

There are no set prices, buyers can donate what they think the item is worth. All the profits and any items left over can be donated to Oxfam to help fight poverty around the world.

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For more infowww.oxfam.org.uk/shop/vintage

Join the conversation: #THISOLDTHING and #VINTAGEFRIDAY

Does Looking at these 1980s' School Lunch Boxes Get You as Giddy as it Gets Me?

In the 80s, choosing your lunchbox was one of the more pleasant parts of doing the back-to-school supply shop. American kids seemed to have metal lunch boxes, but in the UK we had plastic ones, which sometimes came with a matching flask. Did you have any of these beauties?

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Now we have our own kids, it's their turn to choose their character lunch box. I find the school supplies from George at Asda are priced well. I've seen some shops' lunch boxes creep up to almost £15 in places, but Asda have all their lunch bags under £10, including the Minion print bag for £6 which my son has his eye on.

This Turtles lunch pot is only £1. Super for sending in sliced fruit and preventing it's squashedness by noon. 

 

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While you're there, remember to take advantage of the well priced school uniform pieces which come with a 100 day guarantee.

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Lots and lots of cheaply priced school bags too.

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Museum Selection Shares The History of Garden Gnomes, plus Win a Hare Garden Ornament

Gnomes are one of the top ten answers that pop up when you ask the general public what a kitsch item is to them. Weirdly though I don't feature them on www.TheWorldofKitsch.com often. Why? I don't know, I just don't like them. I think they are tacky in a bad way. 

I mean I have plastic lawn flamingoes, and they aren't exactly middle class norms, but I just don't like gnomes. The front garden needed a little spruce up and something new, so I've ordered an ornamental fox on Museum Selection, which I will blog about when he arrives. 

Until then how would you like to win your own ornamental hare for your grassy patch? It's a little different from a guard dog.

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Thanks to Museum Selection for this gnome infographic.

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