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Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Ruby asks, “Should I let my flat furnished or unfurnished?” Dear Ruby, It really is down to your personal situation as a Landlord to decide how you want to market your rental property – however, there are some things to consider when deciding what is the best option for you. On a positive side, renting your property furnished may be more attractive to tenants…

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Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms: 8 Steps to the Perfect Bathroom

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Decorating today’s bathrooms calls for a sophisticated mix of colours, materials, and hard and soft goods. 1. Think Function First A bathroom is one of the hardest-working spaces in the home. It’s a workstation for preparing for the day ahead and a refuge for resting and recovering from the hectic day behind. 2. Map the Space Plumbing considerations will impact where you place showers and tubs, but you also need to think about daily use when making a bathroom floorplan. The objects used most often should be closest at hand. Even a small bathroom can have little luxuries, such as a seat in the shower, if the space is mapped out efficiently. 3. Choose Colours and Motif A…

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Pets On The Move

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Moving house requires a lot of preparation; make sure you consider your pets when making those plans. It can be stressful for everyone involved, including your dog. As well as coping with all of the upheaval during the move, it’ll take weeks for them to get used to a new area and strange smells in the new house. Although you’ll be very busy with little time for them, please bear in mind the following to help make it easier and safer for your dog. Things to do before the move: Some dogs may become distressed or anxious during the upheaval of packing, so confine your dog to a quiet room where they can rest and…

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Schmidt: Affordable Luxury For Your Home

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Schmidt, a name I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot very soon. Having completed their showroom in Branksome, more and more locals are discovering this unique kitchen showroom that is sure to give the current market leaders a run for their money. I had the pleasure of visiting their fantastic showroom one autumnal morning, to find out what everyone has been talking about. I met with owner and operator ‘Matthew Rayner’ who told me all there is to know and here’s what I found out… 80 Years In Trade; Still A Family Business Whilst you might know Schmidt as your go-to local kitchen specialists, this brand actually derives from an incredibly interesting line of German/French…

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Ask the Expert…

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Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Russell asks, “How do I decide between agents to sell my flat? I’m thinking I should go with the highest valuation as it is £30,000 more than the others!” Dear Russell, As tempting as it may be to automatically go with the highest valuation, take a step back and look at the offers in front of you. What fee are they charging? Do I…

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Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms

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So you’ve decided your kitchen or bathroom needs a change and you require assistance and information about design, costs, labour and materials? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Paul Cuncliffe has been in the industry for over 20 years, obtaining a high level of expertise and knowledge in that time. He wanted to take his skills to a new level and be able to share his vision with others; so he did. Since launching his own business Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms, he has been taking the industry by storm. Breaking with conventions and going above and beyond the level of service expected for your average home design specialist. We popped down to their showroom…

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Ask the Expert…

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Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Mark from Burley asks, “I’m looking to rent a property in Central Bournemouth, but baffled by all the fees agencies are asking me to pay?” Dear Mark, Firstly, all letting agents need to publish full details of their fees and charges, it’s the law! All letting agents will charge fees in one form or another and you are well within your rights to ask…

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KikBuild: Brought to you by ‘Four Corners Properties’

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Coming home after a long day is one of the most pleasurable post work rituals. It’s so important that the space that we’re coming home to looks top-notch, it makes the enjoyment of it that much better. KikBuild are very familiar with this notion and have made it their mission, to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for your entire home’s furnishing and decorating needs. Their website (www.kikbuild.co.uk) showcases almost everything that they have to offer: everything from high-quality building materials, to luxury home furnishings, hot tubs, saunas and so much more. Speaking of hot tubs… For a lot of us the idea of an at home spa is an extravagance that we continue to put off under…

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Toni & Guy, Bournemouth: Make me beautiful!

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I was lucky enough to be asked to carry out a review with the multi award-winning brand, ‘Toni & Guy.’ With more than 50 years of hair care expertise, I was extremely excited! Elated at the notion of experiencing a totally different caliber of hair styling, I couldn’t wait! I arrived early on Saturday morning, to be met with the sight of a very busy salon. Greeted by two very friendly ladies, one who took my coat and the other who showed me to my pew, I instantly felt at home. Shortly after I was offered a coffee and a very delicious croissant (a welcomed treat on a day of such pampering). The salon was…

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Edwards Estate Agents: Meet the guys that started it all

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We met with company directors ‘Grant Edward Brooks’, ‘Piers La Fosse’ and ‘Alex Compton’, to find out more about Bournemouth’s favourite, independent estate agent. A Wealth of Knowledge These guys bring a wealth of different knowledge to the table. Whilst they have since accumulated years of experience, they haven’t always worked within the property industry. They have come from various different working backgrounds, gaining diverse life experiences along the way and it is these individual makings that make them such a strong team. Piers for example, spent the early years of his career training to work in the catering industry, but decided it wasn’t the life for him and whilst the world will never experience…

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Ask the Expert…

Monty-150

Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Ruby asks, “Should I let my flat furnished or unfurnished?” Dear Ruby, It really is down to your personal situation as a Landlord to decide how you want to market your rental property – however, there are some things to consider when deciding what is the best option for you. On a positive side, renting your property furnished may be more attractive to tenants…

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Ask the Expert…

Monty-150

Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Ruby asks, “Should I let my flat furnished or unfurnished?” Dear Ruby, It really is down to your personal situation as a Landlord to decide how you want to market your rental property – however, there are some things to consider when deciding what is the best option for you. On a positive side, renting your property furnished may be more attractive to tenants…

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Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms: 8 Steps to the Perfect Bathroom

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Decorating today’s bathrooms calls for a sophisticated mix of colours, materials, and hard and soft goods. 1. Think Function First A bathroom is one of the hardest-working spaces in the home. It’s a workstation for preparing for the day ahead and a refuge for resting and recovering from the hectic day behind. 2. Map the Space Plumbing considerations will impact where you place showers and tubs, but you also need to think about daily use when making a bathroom floorplan. The objects used most often should be closest at hand. Even a small bathroom can have little luxuries, such as a seat in the shower, if the space is mapped out efficiently. 3. Choose Colours and Motif A…

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Pets On The Move

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Moving house requires a lot of preparation; make sure you consider your pets when making those plans. It can be stressful for everyone involved, including your dog. As well as coping with all of the upheaval during the move, it’ll take weeks for them to get used to a new area and strange smells in the new house. Although you’ll be very busy with little time for them, please bear in mind the following to help make it easier and safer for your dog. Things to do before the move: Some dogs may become distressed or anxious during the upheaval of packing, so confine your dog to a quiet room where they can rest and…

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Schmidt: Affordable Luxury For Your Home

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Schmidt, a name I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot very soon. Having completed their showroom in Branksome, more and more locals are discovering this unique kitchen showroom that is sure to give the current market leaders a run for their money. I had the pleasure of visiting their fantastic showroom one autumnal morning, to find out what everyone has been talking about. I met with owner and operator ‘Matthew Rayner’ who told me all there is to know and here’s what I found out… 80 Years In Trade; Still A Family Business Whilst you might know Schmidt as your go-to local kitchen specialists, this brand actually derives from an incredibly interesting line of German/French…

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Ask the Expert…

Monty-150

Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Russell asks, “How do I decide between agents to sell my flat? I’m thinking I should go with the highest valuation as it is £30,000 more than the others!” Dear Russell, As tempting as it may be to automatically go with the highest valuation, take a step back and look at the offers in front of you. What fee are they charging? Do I…

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Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms

Dream-Kitchens_152_web

So you’ve decided your kitchen or bathroom needs a change and you require assistance and information about design, costs, labour and materials? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Paul Cuncliffe has been in the industry for over 20 years, obtaining a high level of expertise and knowledge in that time. He wanted to take his skills to a new level and be able to share his vision with others; so he did. Since launching his own business Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms, he has been taking the industry by storm. Breaking with conventions and going above and beyond the level of service expected for your average home design specialist. We popped down to their showroom…

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Ask the Expert…

Monty-150

Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Mark from Burley asks, “I’m looking to rent a property in Central Bournemouth, but baffled by all the fees agencies are asking me to pay?” Dear Mark, Firstly, all letting agents need to publish full details of their fees and charges, it’s the law! All letting agents will charge fees in one form or another and you are well within your rights to ask…

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KikBuild: Brought to you by ‘Four Corners Properties’

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Coming home after a long day is one of the most pleasurable post work rituals. It’s so important that the space that we’re coming home to looks top-notch, it makes the enjoyment of it that much better. KikBuild are very familiar with this notion and have made it their mission, to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for your entire home’s furnishing and decorating needs. Their website (www.kikbuild.co.uk) showcases almost everything that they have to offer: everything from high-quality building materials, to luxury home furnishings, hot tubs, saunas and so much more. Speaking of hot tubs… For a lot of us the idea of an at home spa is an extravagance that we continue to put off under…

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Toni & Guy, Bournemouth: Make me beautiful!

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I was lucky enough to be asked to carry out a review with the multi award-winning brand, ‘Toni & Guy.’ With more than 50 years of hair care expertise, I was extremely excited! Elated at the notion of experiencing a totally different caliber of hair styling, I couldn’t wait! I arrived early on Saturday morning, to be met with the sight of a very busy salon. Greeted by two very friendly ladies, one who took my coat and the other who showed me to my pew, I instantly felt at home. Shortly after I was offered a coffee and a very delicious croissant (a welcomed treat on a day of such pampering). The salon was…

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Edwards Estate Agents: Meet the guys that started it all

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We met with company directors ‘Grant Edward Brooks’, ‘Piers La Fosse’ and ‘Alex Compton’, to find out more about Bournemouth’s favourite, independent estate agent. A Wealth of Knowledge These guys bring a wealth of different knowledge to the table. Whilst they have since accumulated years of experience, they haven’t always worked within the property industry. They have come from various different working backgrounds, gaining diverse life experiences along the way and it is these individual makings that make them such a strong team. Piers for example, spent the early years of his career training to work in the catering industry, but decided it wasn’t the life for him and whilst the world will never experience…

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Custom Fit, Every Inch Your Dream Home

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It’s no mean feat decorating your home. Hours spent choosing colours, gathering samples and mapping out room layouts, only to discover that your ideal look cannot be achieved with the stock at your local DIY store. It can become a very disheartening process, when you have to sacrifice what you had your heart set on. Well what if you didn’t have give up your ideas… Enter; Custom Fit. With over 20 years experience in designing, manufacturing and fitting furniture, they really can make your furniture dreams comes true. You only need look at their website or any of their prior projects to see just how incredible their work really is, but it’s not just their…

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Basic Elegance: Luxury style; affordable prices

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Basic Elegance furnishings is one of the UK’s leading furnishing and interior design companies, based in Longham, near Bournemouth. Our aim is to share our vision and passion for beautiful style and interior design. Our designer’s exceptional taste remains the driving force behind Basic Elegances’ originality and eminence. Specialising in Bespoke furniture at low prices, our team are overflowing with design inspiration for your home. We offer a vast online selection of luxury and bespoke furniture and keep a collection of furniture to view in our local showroom – a display that we rotate on a regular basis. So whether you’re looking for bedroom, dining or living room furniture, or if you would like a…

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Ask the Expert…

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Monty isn’t just a dapper tweed-wearing handsome Fox; he is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the world of property. He is on hand to dispense hints and tips on house sales and property rentals to would-be smart Foxes and Vixens in his fortnightly House Column. This issue, Vicky from Queens Park asks, “How reliable are online property value estimations? I recently put an offer in on a house but the online valuation estimated the house at £20,000 below what I have just offered!” Dear Vicky, We all like to use the property websites to see what our property may have increased in value since we bought it or what rental income…

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Serenity Interiors: Designers By Trade, Craftsman By Nature

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Tailor-made; a word that encapsulates the work of Serenity Interiors. Whilst primarily known for their custom made wardrobes, Serenity has equally established themselves with many years of experience, as experts of all things interior related. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens – the works! Everything is completely custom-made to your specifications. Kitchens; The Hub Of Your Home Today’s kitchen is no longer simply a place for cooking or carrying out the day-to-day chores, but rather a centerpiece for your home. It’s a place where family and friends congregate to chat and a place for entertaining guests. So why wouldn’t you want to make such a significant space look stunning? With a wide range of work surfaces, from Laminate,…

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Lone Pine Park: Where Tranquillity, Exclusivity & Luxury Are Home

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Grand Open Weekend: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd of October (10am-4pm) Nestled in a picturesque pine-filled forest is the spectacular Lone Pine Park: a 14.5 acre residential development for those 55 plus, who are looking for somewhere very special to reside. We were invited to their gorgeous development that is adjoining ‘Golf Links Road’ in Ferndown, also known as ‘millionaires row’. The park is stunning – I know I’ve already mentioned spectacular and gorgeous but seriously, it’s all true! I’m still in awe; fourteen and a half acres of forest, with almost one hundred homes scattered amongst the trees. I love the contrast of the organic forest, against the modernity of the homes, peeking through…

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Kisses 4 Jon, How Technology is Supporting One Little Boy

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Jon Tarrant-Heckford is a little boy living in Ringwood Hampshire. Just before Jon’s 4th birthday his parents Lorraine and Steve learnt the devastating news that Jon had Sanfilippo Syndrome. Sanfilippo Syndrome is an incurable metabolic disorder passed down through families. The condition, which affects about 1 in 85,000 people in the UK, blocks the breakdown of complex sugars in the body, causing them to build up and destroy brain cells, leaving children unable to walk, talk or swallow. As the condition is terminal, Lorraine & Steve have been told by Great Ormond Street Hospital that Jon is very unlikely to reach his teenage years. Jon is a happy and cheerful little soul with a wonderful…

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Cosy Nights In This Autumn

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Aaaaah, autumn: a time for cosy nights in, woollen socks and hearty meals. The television is at its best with fabulous dramas, the ever popular ‘Bake-off’ (even if it is moving to C4) and Strictly Come Dancing! There are even more reasons to stay inside and begin our metaphorical hibernation! Snuggling up with your nearest and dearest is easy if you pop one of our amazing casseroles in the oven; heaps of it coating a toasty jacket potato perhaps? Or why not try our award winning Beef Bourguignon: top rump beef, braised for four hours in onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and enough red wine to float a battleship (around a glass of French…

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Kitchen House: Designers and suppliers of the ‘WOW’ factor

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‘The Kitchen’: the heart of the home. For centuries the kitchen has been the source of all mankind’s joy (food that is), but recently it has taken on a far greater role in our daily lives. No longer just a place for our cherished home cooking, but more so a hub for entertaining. More and more homeowners are opting to transform their culinary chambers into opened-up lavish living spaces, complete with all the bells and whistles. We got in touch with one of Dorset’s leading independent kitchen designers to find out what is on trend for this and the coming year… Since being established in 1987, the company has evolved enormously to meet the needs…

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The Brand New Products That We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

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Owner of Ripples Bournemouth Victoria Lombard chats to us about the products they love at Ripples this month 1. New towel frame for washbasins Brand new from Kartell by Laufen, this design led collection introduces a new towel frame for their washbasin. Give your bathroom a nod of industrial styling by opting for either the matt black or chrome frame. Towel frame from £360 (including VAT). Sizes from: 395w x 440d x 785h mm. 2. New porcelain marble effect tiles On first glance this looks like a beautiful marble bathroom. If we told you that the tiles weren’t marble and that they were in fact, BRAND NEW porcelain marble effect tiles from a NEW collection at Ripples…

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Smarter Heating Saves You Money

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Up to £400 off an annual dual fuel bill of £1385 Now be honest, you have had the heating on already haven’t you? As summer draws to a close there is a definite chill in the air and we have all been tempted to put the heating on but imagine being able to automatically control and ‘zone’ your heating, saving money and energy, all the while making life a little easier. ‘Nest’, ‘Hive’ and other single ‘Smart Thermostats’ are familiar products thanks to high visibility TV campaigns but how do these technologies stack up against Loxone? The key driver of most ‘smart’ heating systems is the promise of energy and cost savings. Single ‘Smart Thermostats’…

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