Hints & Tips

What to Do in the Garden in April

How did April come round so fast? It was only yesterday that we were trying our very best not to get seed-sowing happy. And now it’s seed explosion and everything is starting to grow very quickly. Here is what you can be getting on with in the month of April

2017-04-14 00:00:04By Natalie Reynolds

Quick Reads

Greening Grey Britain - Turn a grey area green

What would you say if I told you that you could have an impact on reducing flooding in your area? Or that you could reduce your gas or electricity bill? And you could do both with plants. Did I get your attention? Good. This year, the RHS is urging Brits to add plants to their front garden, cue Greening Grey Britain.

2017-04-06 00:00:42By Natalie Reynolds

Inspiration

Colour Pop: 12 Ways to Add Pink to Your Home

Pink. How do we feel about this colour? It has got a bad rep in recent decades as it is associated with girls. If a household has any manly men, it is very likely the only room in the house which contains pink is the craft room, or room which isn't visited very often, maybe the guest room. Here are 12 different ways you can add pink to your home without feeling it's OTT.

2017-03-31 00:00:22By Natalie Reynolds

Quick Reads

Dream Garden: From a Smallholding to a Business

Andy and Adam set up a smallholding in 2011, and 3 years later sought the guidance of Monty Don to make their dream garden. Today, they own a cafe and shop. They told Preloved how they made the decision to up sticks and then to transition to open a business.

2017-03-22 00:00:10By Andy Richards and Adam Willcox

Inspiration

12 Ways You Can Add Pink to Your Child's Room

So your child likes pink. That's okay! It'll all be fine. Let's think practically about this. This obsession will likely last until teenage years, when they'll want to plaster their walls with posters of their favourite musicians, films, love-lusts. Realistically that's, what, 10 years of their life? We've put together some ideas on how to add pink and avoid going overboard.

2017-03-18 00:00:04By Natalie Reynolds

Quick Reads

Dream Garden: A Smallholding in a Small Holding

If you are a keen gardener and haven't been living under a rock, you will be familiar with the BBC programme Big Dreams Small Spaces presented by the gardening king Monty Don. Helen and Richard were the gardeners in the first episode in the first series back in 2014. We caught up with Helen about their smallholding.

2017-03-16 00:00:11By Helen Lee

Local & Community

Preloved Member: A Tiny Back Yard with Heaps of Character

Sally's love of gardening grew as soon as she bought her first house in her early 20s. Although she dreams of a large garden, she has a tiny back yard which she has filled with plants and vintage finds. Where would you put plates to decorate? Click through to find out!

2017-03-04 00:00:33By Sally Crossley

Inspiration

Colour Pop: 16 Ways to Add Grey to Your Home

We continue our new series of Colour Pop with a colour that has taken centre stage in the past couple of years, and not because of its brightness: grey. Click through to find our favourite interior decor designs to add some grey to your home.

2017-02-23 00:00:13By Natalie Reynolds

Local & Community

Preloved Member: A Handmade Wedding

Preloved member Sally Crossley combined creativity and thrifty tendencies to create the decorations for her son's wedding. Having been given the brief of Village Fête, she got to work immediately! Here's Sally's take on a handmade wedding.

2017-02-11 00:00:40By Sally Crossley

Hints & Tips

Thinking of Buying a Pram? Read our 5 Top Tips First!

Buying a pram is like buying a car…well…sort of. Both markets are overcrowded and over-priced, which makes decision making very difficult. Rachel has extensive experience when it comes to researching the baby products market.

2017-02-09 00:00:24By Rachel Savage