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    IF you're wondering which appliances drain the most energy - and how you can save more on your bill each month - one expert can help. David Coleman, who uses the TikTok handle @mechanicallyincleyend, has shared his energy saving hacks in a recent video. 1An expert has shared how you can save more money on your energy billCredit: Getty Images - Getty A smart outlet can track energy consumption, Dave said. Tracking energy consumption can help you detect vampire loads in your home. Dave says vampire loads are "anything that's drawing on your electrical current, increasing your bills more than it needs to." He then compares three different types of refrigerators to determine which is using the most energy. READ MORE MONEY STORIESHAPPY RETURNS Walmart's new return policy change before holiday season is about convenienceDEALS ALL DAY I’m an Aldi superfan - my go-to products include a $3 bottle of wine Dave compares a new fridge, old fridge, and a mini fridge. It turns out that all three are relatively inexpensive, with $.30 being the most it cost to run...
    THE autumn and winter months can be a rather difficult time for drying clothes, especially if you do not have a tumble dryer. And with bills increasing some much in recent months, even those with tumble dryers may find themselves having to go without using them for a while. 1Cleaning expert Laurence Smith reveals how the get your clothes dry while preventing mould growing in your homeCredit: Getty So while you may have to hang your clothes up inside your home to dry, there are some areas in which you should be avoiding doing so, as drying them here can lead to mould growing. Speaking to the Express Laurence Smith, cleaning expert at In The Wash, has shared where the ideal spots for drying your clothes are. He said: “Drying clothes indoors is not ideal because wet clothes release damp into the air which can lead to mould growth. However, it’s not unsafe to do so as long as your home is well ventilated. Luckily, you can take steps to reduce the moisture in the air.” Laurence explained that you...
    WORRIED about your home looking cluttered? Well, there are ways this can be avoided. Speaking to Insider, interior designer Paynter Rhed  has revealed the ten items you may want to consider removing from your living room, to give the space a less cluttered look. 1Follow Paynter's tips to get you dream living spaceCredit: Getty Book/DVD collections Paynter says that shelves of books and/or stacks of DVDs can make the room “busy and overwhelming.” Instead, the interior designer argues that in order to create a less cluttered atmosphere you could use bookshelves or media stands with closed fronts or drawers. With a closed cupboard your room will look less messy, and you’ll have all your books and movies in an easy to reach location. MORE IN INTERIOR DESIGNHOUSE ABOUT THAT? Five ways to make your home look more expensive on a budget Extra lighting “Walking into a room that has a ceiling light, recessed can lighting, and accent and floor lamps can feel overwhelming and unnecessary,” says Paynter. They add that lamps are a must in terms of function, and while...
    GIVING your home a makeover oftentimes seems like an expensive project - but according to one expert, that doesn't have to be the case. With a growing number of Britons searching for ways to make their properties look more expensive without breaking the bank, an interior guru revealed how you can turn your home from drab to fab with just a few inexpensive steps. 3Giving your home a makeover can be as easy as rearranging pieces of furnitureCredit: Getty Sharing her knowledge with The Express, Johanna Constantinou, Brand and Communications Director at Tapi, said: “Many Brits are looking for ways to cut down on their spending without compromising on things that give them joy, and that’s why we pulled together these top tips to make your home look expensive on a minimal budget. ''We hope these provide help and inspiration for anyone looking to vamp up their space without it costing the earth.” Rearranging furniture According to the pro, you can instantly make your home look more expensive by simply rearranging the room's layout and rearranging the placement of...
    A Florida property attorney has revealed tips to help you deal with the aftermath of a  'monstrous' storm as the Sunshine State is hit by 'monstrous' Hurricane Ian.   Kailey, a property attorney in Florida who represents homeowners who have claims against their insurance company for any form of property damage, usually caused by a storm, shared tips with her fellow residents whose lives could well be upended by Hurricane Ian, a category four storm that has just hit the southwestern tip of the state. .  The hurricane has prompted mandatory evacuations for more than 300,000 people in the Tampa Bay area and has resulted in many native Floridians, like Kailey, sharing their tips to TikTok to help save both their lives and homes.  Dozens of homes are already underwater and more damage is expected to be done before the storm moves on - prompting Kailey to share some basic tips and tricks for what to do if your home is one of the many that bear the brunt of the horrific hurricane.  Kailey, a property attorney in Florida, has revealed helpful...
    Q: My tangerine tree, which usually bears in January and February, fruited much later this year. Also, my pineapple guava, which usually bears in September, fruited early this summer. I haven’t changed my watering schedule. Did the early heatwave have anything to do with this? A: Early extreme heatwaves are much more damaging than heatwaves that occur later in the summer. In the early spring, when most plants are coming out of dormancy, new leaves are tender and vulnerable. They are light green which means that they haven’t had a chance to produce enough chlorophyll to absorb intense sunlight. Think about how easily you sunburn when you go to the beach for the first time in the summer. Kind of the same idea. If a heatwave comes later in the growing season, leaves are mature and darker green (hopefully!) and have developed a thicker cuticle layer (wax-like leaf surface). Although intense heat will still cause some damage, it’s not as bad as it would be in the early spring. Intense heat can affect fruiting by heat stress, but there are...
    THIS TikToker has revealed the one room in your home that you should deep clean for 15 minutes every week because your house guests will notice if it's not tidy. Kat May on TikTok shared a cleaning video with her viewers as a part of her series "33 ways to get your life together." 2This TikToker revealed the room in your house that you must clean every week or else your guests will noticeCredit: TikTok/ imkatmay 2Cleaning your bathroom will make your whole house seem tidyCredit: TikTok/ imkatmay In this video, Kat said you need to prioritize cleaning your bathroom. "When people come over as long as you have your bathroom clean, that's the most important part," she said. "If that's dirty, they are going to notice." Kat said that your guests won't really notice the other messes in your home as much as the cleanliness of your bathroom. Read more on decluttering20/20 VISION I’m a cleaning pro, I always follow the 20/20 Rule when I declutter CLUTTER CLEANOUT I'm an organizing pro - declutter your kitchen in under five...
    Armed activists with a coalition of black self-defense groups marched in Austin, Texas over the weekend calling for an end to illegal immigration and demanding that President Biden close the borders. Some of the activists chanted 'close the borders' and 'take your a** home' as they marched toward the Texas Capitol in the 'Second Amendment Unity Walk' on Saturday.  The march was led by The Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt Pistol & Rifle Gun Club. Their demands also included reparations for descendants of enslaved people and a hate crime bill protecting Black Americans. The group faced opposition from a handful of Trump supporters and other protesters gathered at the Texas State Capitol to support January 6 defendants. Saturday's march comes after Texas Gov. Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sent thousands of migrants by bus to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago, Illinois – all three sanctuary cities that have pledged not to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.  Armed activists with a coalition of black self-defense groups marched in Austin calling for an end to illegal immigration and demanding that President Biden...
    WITH the cost of living putting a strain on many households and their purses up and down the country, it seems that more and more people are trying to save money wherever possible. Many of us won’t have a load of spare cash lying around, but that doesn’t mean that you need to scrimp on style. 10We spoke to Interior whizz, Danielle, also known on social media as DB Home, for her interior recommendationsCredit: Supplied 10Danielle gave us her top recommendations to instantly add glamour to any home - and they're all under £10Credit: Supplied We spoke to an interior influencer, Danielle, known as DB Home on social media, to get the lowdown on the bargain interior items that we need in our homes. Not only are these items incredibly aesthetically pleasing, but they’re all super cheap too. You won’t need to break the bank or go to any designer stores, as all of these items are under £10 and can be purchased in Primark, Tk Maxx, Ikea and on Amazon. The 26-year-old interior fan from The Midlands, has 9.5k...
    A PROFESSIONAL florist has shared their opinion on popular home remedies to keep your cut flowers last longer. A bouquet of fresh flowers can do wonders to your home, instantly brightening up any room - but unfortunately, the joys don't last for long, as the blooms begin to wilt just a few days later. 4The florists shared their verdict on some of the most popular flower hacksCredit: Getty - Contributor Fortunately, there are countless inexpensive ways to make them last longer - but just how effective are they? Sharing their expertise, the gurus at ProFlowers spoke to The Express and revealed their thoughts. “There’s no need to keep asking yourself how to make flowers last longer. ''Surprisingly, you might have a few things lying around the house that can help you enjoy your bouquets. read more gardening storiesSEE YA! Four hacks to banish pigeons from your garden - & they're 100 percent effective “These home remedies include apple cider vinegar with sugar, aspirin, fridges, soda and a few more.” To make your life easier, the experts decided to put these theories...
    Decluttering is no easy feat, and everyone has a different way of dealing with it, from the more minimalist Marie Kondos of the world to hoarders who never throw anything away.  But you may be able to make it easier by simply identifying your decluttering personality type, according to multi award-winning British publishing company Tall Boy. It has devised five main personality types when it comes to clearing out the house, and and thought up hacks to make decluttering easier for each of them.  Among the five types are the sentimentalist; the materialist; the high achiever; the evader; and the habit keeper. James M, co-founder of Tall Boy, told FEMAIL tips to ensure each of the five types has an easier time when it comes to letting items go. Evaders often keep postponing decluttering, said Tall Boy, and will let unwanted items overrun their home - but don't ever take responsibility For example, people who collect items with sentimental value can create a 'treasure box' with their favourite items in order to let go of the others without feeling guilty.  Meanwhile, materialistic people who...
    AN influencer tested a secret anti-aging mask that uses three products you already have in your home and it left her skin feeling so soft. Eshani Gupta has over 1,000 subscribers on YouTube, where she creates lifestyle and beauty content. 2A YouTuber tested out a Japanese anti-aging face mask to see if it worked on her skinCredit: YOUTUBE/Lifestyle and Beauty with Eshani In her most recent video, she tests out Japanese anti-aging face masks to see if they really work for her skin. The cream contains flaxseed, rice and vitamin E, according to the description of the video. "It worked...just not how you think it would, though," Eshani wrote. Eshani mixes three tablespoons of rice with half a tablespoon of water. READ MORE LIFESTYLEMIRROR MIRROR I was bullied for being 'ugly' - now I get body-shamed for being skinny'HAS-BEEN' WOES Harry 'feared he would become irrelevant when nephew George turned 18' She boils the water with the rice and places the mixture into a blender so it becomes a creamy texture. Then, Eshani has three tablespoons of flaxseed...
    Many homeowners think they have to spend tons of green to get green in their landscape, but that isn’t necessarily so. Homeowners can improve their landscapes without digging themselves into financial holes. These strategies can help anyone save some cash and still end up with attractive gardens and more. • Use stones or gravel for a walkway. If commercially installed pavers or cement walkways are not within your budget, there are some affordable alternatives. Flagstone or individually purchased and spaced pavers and pea gravel can be used to create pathways. Some construction sites even offer free stones when asked. Soften the look with moss or other plants on the perimeter. • Remove some lawn. Lawns can require hours of upkeep that may involve the application of expensive fertilizers and weed-killing products that are not always so eco-friendly. Reduce the size of a lawn by putting in a mixed planting bed of perennials or ornamental grasses, or use landscape fabric and mulch. • Look for free mulch. Municipal recycling centers may offer residents access to free mulch made from grinding up...
    EXPERTS are warning about an invasion of “ultra rats” entering homes this autumn following the hot summer. Professionals are saying that heatwaves and the abundance of food from uncollected rubbish and leftovers has provided the ideal conditions for rats to feast and breed fast. 1Gardening experts have revealed that ultra-rats could have their sights set on people’s homes and gardensCredit: Getty Experts say this can result in the invasion of giant ultra-rats who can grow almost as big as rabbits. According to scientists, rats are getting bigger as a result of their leftover energy going into body mass and growth meaning they’re also breeding more than ever. In fact, female rats can have around 72 babies a year and these babies are ready to breed themselves within weeks. As their usual food sources will dwindle, temperatures will drop, and since there are a lot less burrows for them to seek shelter in thanks to the drought, these unwanted pests could have their sights set on people’s homes and gardens. More on home tipsHANDY INFO I'm a handyman... The clients and...
    SPIDERS and other insects are usually exterminated when they find their way inside homes. An entomologist is cautioning people against getting rid of the spiders in their homes since they can bring surprising benefits. 1Most homeowners will never see the spiders that live in their home Spiders play an important role in the ecosystem in nature, as well as the ecosystem inside homes. Most homeowners will never see the majority of spiders that are living in their home, but they will notice the benefits, says Matt Bertone, Extension Associate in Entomology at North Carolina State University. Bertone and his colleagues conducted a survey of 50 North Carolina homes and found spiders in each one. The most common spiders found were the cobweb and cellar spiders. Read more on pestsPEACE OUT PESTS Saving a common kitchen ingredient can keep pests away from your gardenTIP SQUEAK I'm a pest controller - 9 tips to avoid rats & why you should NEVER lay poison The spiders wait in their webs to catch their prey, which is often pests like...
    SHOPPING: Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com will earn an affiliate commission.  Upgrading your living space is always a good idea, particularly when your inspiration is the soothing simplicity of a spa experience that grounds you and helps you feel your best. Now you can invite a touch of that ambiance to your own home with new At the Spa Towels, designed by Jennifer Fisher for Kassatex.  Known for her sublime range of classic and statement jewelry, Fisher understands the fine art of cultivating a luxe living experience. The towels are more than just functional accessories for the bathroom — they serve as extensions of a life well lived, exuding a sense of restrained elegance for an upscale, unfussy look.  Bath Towels  Brimming with timeless style, these bath towels are made with 100% cotton and feature distinctive waffle fronts and zero-twist backs for a smoother and more comfortable feel.  Available in white and grey, they blend seamlessly with your décor...
    After a busy summer of vacations, barbecues and garden care, it is fun to turn our attention to planting. Fall is a great time to plant perennials and many garden centers are busy refreshing their supply of perennial plants. Consider including one or more of these winners when making your perennial plant selections this fall. Hostas are an excellent choice for those shady spots in the landscape but with so many cultivars to choose from the selection process can be overwhelming. The America Hosta Growers Association (AHGA) decided to help growers and gardeners with the selection process by introducing the AHGA Hosta of the Year. Each year since 1996, members of the AHGA select and feature a Hosta of the Year. The winning hosta must grow well in all regions of the country, be widely available, and have a retail price of about $15 the year it was selected. Island Breeze is this year’s winner. Hardy in zones three to nine, its strong growth rate, thicker leaves and wide green leaf margins with bright yellow centers made it a winner....
    I have interviewed hundreds of designers over the years, and I often ask this same question: What makes you cringe when you walk into someone’s home? I expect them to say something like bad taste, too much clutter, no sense of proportion — but universally, their answer is this: lack of personality. Our homes say a lot about us, and ideally, the goal is for our homes to reflect the best version of us, not the too timid, too busy or too boring version. So when a pitch from a publicist promised that her client, interior designer Margarita Bravo, could reveal “what the aesthetics of someone’s home reveal about their values and identity,” I was intrigued. In 20 years of writing this column, I’ve never seen a pitch for a design psychic. I thought I would put Bravo to the test. Although she later conceded this wasn’t her idea, Bravo, who has offices in Montecito, as well as Denver and Miami, was game. Because there is nothing I wouldn’t do for you, I invited Bravo to visit my home virtually and...
    THERE’S nothing worse than getting comfy in bed and feeling something crawl over your body. Or reaching to get something out of your cupboard and finding yourself faced with a huge creepy crawly. 2If you hate spiders, you've come to the right placeCredit: Getty 2Business owner Georgia Metcalfe swears by this peppermint oil to keep the spiders at bayCredit: Asda For many of us, seeing a spider sends shivers down our spines and the creatures tend to appear in many homes from early September.  Mid-October is when the presence of spiders tends to get that bit worse as this is when their mating season commences. If you are fed up with seeing spiders in your home and are not looking forward to having more enter, we’ve got just the thing for you. An entrepreneur "swears by" a bargain product that she claims keeps spiders out of her home. And don’t worry, you won’t need to break the bank on expensive cleaning products or traps for this.  The product, which is available at Asda, is a peppermint oil that costs just...
    My father grew huge tomato plants with fruit every summer and tasked me and my siblings with hunting down the hornworms that threatened to devour them. My mother routinely pierced avocado seeds with toothpicks and sprouted new trees in her kitchen window. My father patiently transplanted those little avocado trees into the yard and then grafted desirable scions on the ones that survived. My Greek immigrant grandmother tended a patch of the most fragrant culinary herb I’ve ever encountered, which she sprinkled liberally on salads, meat, pasta … really, just about everything but waffles. Our family called it “Greek oregano,” but when I tried to grow my own years later, I discovered that it was actually a type of marjoram. These memories are an indelible part of my childhood, fleeting but so tangible I can almost taste them. Every time I wanted to give up on gardening, they nurtured me and gave me hope. They were an example of what could be if I’d just keep trying. And I did, for years and years, starting some kind of garden everywhere...
    Gas stoves affect the air quality inside and outside of your home as they circulate pollutants that increase the risk of asthma and other illnesses. While it may feel like air pollution can only be outside of your home, it’s important to keep in mind our indoor air quality as well. Gas stoves can be a big culprit of harmful air quality indoors. Cooking with gas stoves creates nitrogen dioxide and releases tiny airborne particles called PM2.5. Both of these can irritate the lungs, and nitrogen dioxide has even been linked to childhood asthma. Two million cases of new childhood asthma due to nitrogen dioxide pollution were reported in 2019. According to an article by Harvard Health, children living in households that have gas stoves were 42 percent more likely to have asthma, according to an analysis of observational research. Although these studies can not definitively say that the gas stove was the cause of asthma, the data also showed that the higher the level of nitrogen dioxide there was in the house, the more severe the asthma symptoms in...
    LET'S face it, few people enjoy cleaning and can think of much better ways to spend their time. But a self-confessed cleaning queen has revealed her top six tips to help get the job done quickly - even if cleaning is the last thing you want to be doing. 2A home expert has revealed her six-point checklist that takes just 10 minutes a day. Pictured, stock imageCredit: Getty 2Lisa Slack (pictured) offered her top tips on keeping your house spotlessCredit: Lisa Slack/Thomas Sanderson/Hillarys Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, home expert Lisa Slack, who is a Head of Product at Thomas Sanderson, has shared the cleaning jobs that take just ten minutes - and will ensure your house is always spotless. 1. Vacuum over and under your rugs Firstly, Lisa advises thoroughly hoovering your rug to remove any dust that has collected over time. "As well as vacuuming the top of your rug, make sure you turn it over and give it a quick spruce underneath before repeating on its ‘original’ side," she explains. "Rugs are silent collectors of dust...
    THE key to making your home look expensive has little to do with the amount you spend decorating it, but everything to do with how you style it. Interior design pro Shikha Singh has outlined a few mistakes you're most likely guilty of, which are causing your home to look cheap and tacky. 7Interior design pro Shikha Singh discusses the six style sins that are making your home look tackyCredit: YouTube/ Shikha Singh 7Get rid of cluttered shoe racks and replace them with a cabinet insteadCredit: YouTube/ Shikha Singh No one is going to walk into a cluttered room and think it looks expensive or chic. Finding the space to put stuff away is challenging, but it's better than keeping it out in the open. Design expert Shikha posted a video discussing the six style sins that are easy to make, and just as easy to fix. First, all chaos needs to be eliminated. READ MORE ON INTERIOR DESIGNOH WOW I’m an interior designer, here’s how to hang your curtains like a proOFF TREND...
    A TEEN is able to make up to $5,000 a month all from the comfort of her couch. Sisters Maddie and Skye Cawley are known as the Young Entrepreneurs School on TikTok and YouTube. 1The sisters have over 28,000 TikTok followers At only 17 and 20 years old, they’ve made over $160,000 in their first year in business from their e-commerce store. After starting multiple businesses, the two sisters decided to share their knowledge with other young entrepreneurs like them. In a recent TikTok, the teen shared how you can make an extra $5,000 per month with no money needed to get started.  Her process is simple and perfect for people who love online hustles. Read More on Side HustlesLIFE'S A BALL I'm a teen making $2,100 a month from my side hustle - how my strategy worksGETTING PAID My delivery side hustle made me $99 in an hour – what I did She said on TikTok that in the first month of selling, her sister and she were able to make over $10,000 in the first month. She shared...
    Privacy advocates blasted Amazon's recently announced purchase of robot vacuum maker iRobot for fueling 'pervasive surveillance' as the Federal Trade Commission opened a probe into the $1.7 billion buyout. The tech giant's planned acquisition of the maker of Roomba vacuum cleaners will give it access to the appliance's operating system that uses a front-facing camera to create complete maps of the inside of people's homes - all of which can then be fed into Amazon's existing, massive trove of data about hundreds of millions of consumers.  'There is no more private space than the home. Yet with this acquisition, Amazon stands to gain access to extremely intimate acts in our most private spaces that are not available through other means, or to other competitors,' over twenty privacy and civil rights groups say in a Friday letter to the FTC. 'Information collected by iRobot’s devices goes beyond home floor plans, and includes highly detailed information about the interiors of consumers’ homes and the schedules and lifestyles of the inhabitants,' the letter, shared by digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future, states....
    SHOPPING: Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com will earn an affiliate commission.  Nothing matters more than your home’s security — and you can’t put a price on the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your family and possessions are safe. The eufy Security video doorbell kit is designed precisely with that in mind, and right now you can save $60 on the purchase price of $199.99.  With every bell, whistle, and additional feature imaginable, this modern device is so much more than an ordinary doorbell. It provides all of the advantages of a wired doorbell with the simplicity of a battery-powered alternative that’s incredibly easy to set up. eufy Security Video Doorbell Kit  No wires needed! Take advantage of the features of a modern, high-end doorbell complete with all of the bells and whistles — minus the complicated setup process.  This kit includes a battery powered video doorbell and a home base. You have the option to hardwire...
    Sadly, a common reason animals end up in a shelter is because their guardian died or became incapacitated and didn’t have a plan for rehoming their beloved pet. When such an animal arrives at Marin Humane, often there is little information about that pet. In the absence of medical and behavioral histories, knowing whether the pet has lived with other animals and understanding what type of home will be best, evaluations and placement can take a while. Having so little to go on can make the task of finding the right new home a lengthy process. Some people do make arrangements in advance to entrust their pet to a close friend or relative and create a pet trust to provide future financial support. Unfortunately, incurring attorney fees to establish a pet trust and identifying a responsible pet guardian are not possible for everyone. As Marin’s open-door shelter, Marin Humane accepts any Marin County animal surrendered to us, but our innovative Guardians Program offers the opportunity to plan for your treasured pet’s compassionate care and smooth transition to a new home, should...
    SHOPPING: Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com will earn an affiliate commission. The glow you covet could be within easier reach than you think. While medical-grade treatments and spa sessions are definitely worthy of your attention, the GLO24K skin rejuvenation beauty device aims to bring those same benefits to you in the comfort of your own home. The cutting-edge tool relies on a powerhouse combination of thermal, infrared, and vibration technologies to produce a multitude of anti-aging results. With regular use on the face and neck, you can expect GLO24K to reveal a brighter, more refreshed, and more radiant complexion — and right now, you can purchase it for $89, down 53% from the original list price of $189. GLO24K Skin Rejuvenation Beauty Device  Get triple the benefits with a single tool. This handheld device is designed to effectively minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, all while firming the skin and promoting greater elasticity.  With regular...
    THERE'S nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to a cold looking and feeling home. But making your house feel cosy isn't just about the temperature, as this interior designer revealed. 4The pro shared her top tips on TikTokCredit: TikTok/@emeraldandblush Posting on her TikTok account @emerabldandblush, the interior designer shared three of her best tips that promise to make any space feel cosy just in time for autumn. Lighting Lighting can make or break a space, but it's especailly importnat when it comes to warming up the feel of a room. The pro suggested having more options than just the main ceiling light. Read more on homesHOUSE RULES I’m an interior designer, 3 things I’d NEVER do in my own home "For example, use lamps and warm sconces and all of them have to have warm bulbs," she said. Textures Balancing soft and hard textures is a must if you want...
    IT CAN be really fun to deck out your entire house with seasonal decorations. There's something very cosy about adding autumnal themed cushions, blankets and art - but going over the top can ruin everything. 4The interior designer said tacky cushions are big no-noCredit: TikTok According to interior designer Anthony Immediato there are some trends you should avoid if you don't want your home to look cheap and tacky. As much as it can be tempting to go all out with orange and leaf themed items, Anthony said that's a big no-no. "I want you to think less literal than this," he quipped, showing a snap of a giant autumn wreath with leaves and pumpkins above a sign that reads 'autumn' in huge letters. He continued: "Instead add subtle touches like colours and textures." The interiors whizz suggested being less obvious with your design choices, opting for things that are cosy but could potentially fit into your home year round, like red candles. Most importantly, ditch the tacky autumn cushions - do you really need a pillow with a pumpkin...
    It's no longer unfamiliar to see A-lister men embrace their more feminine side when appearing on the red carpet. Only today, Timothée Chalamet showcased his eccentric sense of style by wearing a black knitted cardigan with pink-and-orange floral designs, which he layered above a white T-shirt featuring grey prints. Attending a photocall for his new film, Bones & All, during the 79th Venice International Film Festival, the 26-year-old continued his unique look with oversized khaki camouflage shorts and shin-high black boots. But it's not only the younger male celebrities embracing more feminine looks; in July, Brad Pitt, 58, attended the Bullet Train screening in Berlin in an eye-catching, knee-length skirt. The Hollywood actor opted for a breezy ensemble, teamed the statement garment with a salmon pink button-up in a bid to overcome the scorching heat in the German capital. He also threw on a light brown cardigan and accessorised with a cluster of layered pendant necklaces. British TV and celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL that the 'world has had enough of rules and restrictions in all walks of life, and as always, the artform...
    Q: Last year, my roses had a case of rust and some insect issues, so I treated them with Neem Oil. Afterward, all of my rosebushes lost all of their leaves and they didn’t come back until later in the summer. This spring they came back as beautiful as ever. In late spring, the rust reappeared, so I treated again with Neem, but I was careful to pick an especially cool week and followed the label directions carefully. A week later, they lost almost all leaves and the buds withered. Systemic pesticide works wonderfully, but I heard that it kills bees. Can you suggest something I could use that will work and not kill off my roses? I don’t want to go another year with no roses for my bouquets! A: Rust is caused by a fungus (Phragmidium mucronatum). In California, it is more common in coastal regions, but can also be a problem in drier areas that have experienced exceptionally wet winters. Fungal diseases are notoriously difficult to treat, so prevention is always the best strategy. Avoid overhead watering...
    APPLE has introduced a way to help iPhone users organize the apps on their devices – and many don't know it exists. In 2020, the tech giant revealed iOS 14 – and with the new software update came many new features. 1Apple has a way to help you organize your apps.Credit: Getty One such feature includes App Library, which aims to keep your iPhone's apps organized "so you see what you want, where you want," Apple said. The tool even lets you remove apps from the Home screen, which you access solely via the App Library. Siri can also be utilized to prioritize your most-used apps through the feature Here's how to access your App Library. Read more on iPhoneANTI AGING Warning for all iPhone users as screen 'can age you faster'I-SAVED! People are only just noticing life-saving iPhone hack that works with NO charge The App Library First of all, you will need to have an iPhone with iOS 14 or later to access this tool. If you have that, then you access the App Libary from...
    In his new book, “The Designer Within: A Professional Guide to a Well-Styled Home,” interior designer John McClain suggests we ask ourselves, “What would make me the happiest when I walk into my home?” Reviewing an advance copy (Gibbs-Smith, $45), I have to agree. That might be THE question. What would make me the happiest? Coming home to people and pets dear to me, of course, in a place that’s clean and orderly — and pretty. I want to see objects and vignettes I love, pieces my husband and I have collected over time that tell stories. “I want readers – whether homeowners about to embark on their first renovation or seasoned design professionals looking for new ideas – to come away feeling confident and inspired,” he writes. Readers will want to give their whole home a makeover after looking through this inspiring 114-page tome, illustrated with photos of McClain’s own home, a “Modern Loft Bungalow,” and his other design projects, which range from traditional to contemporary. “I did not want this to be just another pretty coffee table book,”...
    The smell of meat roasting in the oven and fresh linen on the bed are among the top things that turn a house into a home, according to a survey. It reveals a host of things which turn mere bricks and mortar into somewhere homely, with the smell of meat roasting in the oven coming top (53 per cent). Fresh linen on beds (51 per cent) and a well-stocked fridge (45 per cent) were also at the top of the list. According to the 1,500 adults surveyed, framed family snaps (44 per cent), the sound of a boiling kettle (32 per cent), scented candles (30 per cent) and comfy throws (29 per cent) are also some of the most comforting things in a home. A survey reveals a host of things which turn mere bricks and mortar into somewhere homely, with the smell of meat roasting in the oven coming top (53 per cent) But it’s not just what we find inside the house that counts. Freshly cut flowers (32 per cent) and even the sound of a lawnmower in...
    CLEANING is no one's favourite job, but there are ways to make the whole process quicker and simpler. Many of us will try and get the job done by cutting corners but there are some bad cleaning habits that could be causing your home to get more dirty. 1You could be making your home WORSE with these bad cleaning habitsCredit: Getty If you're developed any of these bad habits you could be creating more work for yourself in the long run, according to a pro. Lynsey, AKA the Queen of Clean, shared the tasks that you're getting wrong around your home. Tackle paperwork Lynsey explained that post, bills and letters can quickly pile up if you don't get a handle on them. She also suggested sticking to online banking and getting your other bills by email where possible. Read more on cleaningDUST BUSTER I’m a cleaning guru - the 85p trick to keep your home dust free for longerIN A SPIN I’m a cleaning pro & you're making clothes smellier by using machine wrong Go...
    DO you open your washing machine drawer and pour your detergent into a random compartment and just hope for the best? A laundry expert has revealed exactly why you should not do this, and what steps to take instead. 3Home expert Laura de Barra shared her laundry hack with her Twitter followersCredit: Instagram/lauradebarra 3Laura explained what to add to each compartment in your machine's drawerCredit: Getty Author and home expert Laura de Barra shared the correct way to do your laundry. The expert took to Twitter to share her knowledge after users agreed that they did not understand the differences in the compartments in the detergent tray. "There are usually three compartments: prewash, detergent, softener," Laura explained. She continued: "Not knowing what is what can make clothes smellier, scratchier, and actually not last as long or do what they should." Read More LifestyleTOP MARKS I'm a laundry expert - my hack for removing gum & nail polish from clothesCLEAN BREAK Yes, you can wash ‘dry clean only’ items at home – how to decode the label "Pre wash will have...
    A LAVISH-LOOKING home doesn't require the most extravagant budget. In fact, you can make your house look both classy and expensive with some simple, inexpensive updates – according to an interior whiz. 5Interior expert Dani Marie has shared how to make your home look more lavish on a budgetCredit: Instagram/danimariethatsme 5Natural stones like marble and quartz "scream high end," according to the whizCredit: TikTok/danimariethatsme "How to make your house look expensive on a budget," interior expert Dani Marie began in a TikTok video uploaded to her 373k TikTok followers. NATURAL STONE First, Dani highlighted incorporating natural stone. She said: "Natural stones like marble and quartz scream high end. However, you don't have to fully remodel your kitchen or have a marble fireplace to get that look." Dani explained that the key is to incorporate smaller marble or stone pieces into your design. Read more on interior designGRAND DESIGNS I'm an interior designer, my Walmart picks to make your home look stylishHOME HELP Changing Rooms' interior experts share five ways people devalue their home Almost any item with an organic or...
    By JESSICA DAMIANO Life comes with lots of little annoyances, few of them littler or more annoying than mosquitoes. Just about everyone who spends any time outdoors will be bothered by the bloodsucking party poopers at one point or another. Although it may seem difficult to avoid mosquitoes, there are several easy measures you can take to reduce or eliminate them from your yard and garden. The best control is prevention. With the exception of those who live near a lake, marsh or swamp — or in densely packed neighborhoods — most of the blame for mosquito invasions usually falls on the property’s residents. Mosquitoes need only one-quarter inch of water to breed — and a female can lay hundreds of eggs at a time. Inspect your property for standing water. Even the most diligent among us will likely find water collected in a children’s playset, tire, clogged gutter, pot saucer, overturned trash can lid or flying disc toy. Drain or dump water as you see it, even if the amount appears insignificant, and drill drainage holes in the bottoms...
    IF you've been terrified by the sight of ginormous spiders invading your house this week, you're far from alone. Dozens of Brits have flooded social media with pictures of freakishly huge creepy crawlies terrorising their homes as we head into cooler temperatures. 4Several people have reported spotting ginormous spiders in their homesCredit: TikTok/ kellyyyg24 4Brits have flooded the internet with videos of abnormally huge spidersCredit: TikTok/ alphameridius They are taking refuge in our homes so they can mate and multiply - meaning there could be several of them in your house at the same time. Their mating season begins in the second week of September and ends by the first week of October. Male spiders often come into houses in search of females that have remained lurking indoors in places such as bathrooms and kitchen cabinets. Here, we look at what these giant spiders are, and pest controller Stuart Halliday gives his tips on how to get rid of them for good. READ MORE ON SPIDER INVASION HOME INVADERS UK spiders: The 24 British spiders...
    SNEAKY pests are the house guest no one wants, but they always seem to find a way in. But by making these simple changes, you can make it harder for spiders, bugs and rodents to set up shop in your home. 9Mice might be cute when outside but in your house they're a nightmareCredit: Getty With an invasion of sex-crazed spiders on the way as mating season begins, now is the best time to start pest-proofing. Here, pest control expert Stuart Halliday, 43, owner of Kill and Cure Pest Control, breaks down what you need to do to evict unwanted house guests - and how to stop them from arriving in the first place. Spiders 9Spiders will use any gap around doors and windows to find their way insideCredit: Getty While spiders have their uses, such as eating flies, most people aren't keen to welcome them into their home. One simple way to stop the crawlies getting in is to seal up any cracks around your doors and windows, Stuart says. "Sometimes if you have...
    By Todd Woody | Bloomberg Living on a warming planet requires protecting your home from threats exacerbated by climate change. But protection doesn’t only mean playing defense: In addition to anticipating extreme weather or wildfire threats, for example, homeowners can make proactive upgrades to save themselves headaches and money, and to avoid unnecessary emissions. Here are five ways you can think about climate-proofing your house. Electrify everything Electrifying your home promises to lock in long-term environmental and economic benefits, although the upfront costs can be high and the process complicated. As many as 48 million US homes may also need electrical upgrades to handle the increased power demands of solar panels, heat pumps and electric car chargers, according to a 2021 paper by Pecan Street, a nonprofit that promotes building electrification. How it works: For homeowners, it’s a matter of assessing what a house’s current system can handle, deciding which new technologies you want to invest in and planning your upgrades accordingly. Claire McKenna, a senior associate at the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute, recommends starting with heating and hot...
    As we roll through August, our gardens are showing the full expression of their design. This is a great time to assess your landscape and think about what you might want to adjust for next year. One such consideration is how your pets use the yard. We know that some dogs love to dig, chickens like to scratch, and goats will nibble on just about anything. Instead of trying to create a space where those things can’t be done, accept that the furry and feathered members of your family do those and design accordingly. There are a few tips that will help you enjoy your outdoor space without constantly trying to convince Fido to stay out of the peonies or keep Billy from eating… well, everything. Of course, there are behaviors that might need to be addressed by your vet or an animal psychologist but knowing your breed’s personality will help you both when it comes to training and sharing your yards. All landscape designs should start with a simple site analysis. You need to know what you’re working with...
    THE time of day that you operate big appliances in your home can make a major difference in how much you pay for energy. TikTok user and financial guru Roberto Cortes explained how people can take advantage of this fact to save money on their electric bills. 1TikToker Roberto Cortes explained why washing your clothes during the day in summer can cost you more on your energy bill Roberto has more than 46,000 followers on his account, financialeducator_rob, where he shares financial tips and money-saving advice. In a recent video, he laid out the best times to run appliances like your washer and dryer during different parts of the year. In summer, Roberto explained that running heat-emitting appliances during the afternoon can be a bad idea. Big appliances produce tons of heat, so running them during summer days will force your home cooling system to work harder to moderate the temperature. READ MORE ON ENERGY BILLSMONEY BACK Millions eligible for cash back on electric bills from $38million potSAVVY SAVINGS Simple window trick cools your home quicker saving...
    ARE you fed up with your garden looking plain and boring? A gardening expert from the Greenhouse People has revealed their top tricks for doing up a bare outdoor space and boosting your home’s value. 1A gardening expert has revealed how to transform your dull outdoor spaceCredit: Getty Starting fresh in a new home is thrilling, but it can be overwhelming, especially if you have a blank slate. Here are their five top tips… Create zones Looking at a blank slate can be intimidating and it may seem tricky to come up with ideas to create interest. However, creating different zones in your garden is a wonderful way to break up an empty patch of lawn. More on gardeningGRASSED UP Eight laws you probably didn't know about, break one and you risk a £50k fine Zones can be easily created with the use of garden beds, pathways and edging. Remember, your garden beds don’t just need to be a straight line around the perimeter of your garden.  Large curved or angular beds will help to break up the space and...
    IF you want your home to look fabulous, you’ve come to the right place. Our homes are places where we spend a lot of time, considering many more of us are now working from home. 1A NYC Interior Designer has taken to TikTok to reveal the three mistakes that people make, that instantly make their home look cheapCredit: TikTok/@designbyanais And there’s no prouder feeling of showing someone around your home and them complimenting your taste.  So if you want people to leave smiling after you give them a house tour, it’s time to listen up.  New York City Interior Designer Anaïs, known on TikTok as ‘designbyanais’, has taken to the social media platform to reveal the things that are making your home look cheap. So if you want your family and friends to be impressed with your home décor, these are the things you must avoid, to ensure your home doesn’t look tacky. Read more home storiesHOME TRUTHS I’m an interior designer and here's five things I would never do in my homeNAN KNOWS BEST My Nan is an interior...
    SPENDING time at home should be relaxing, but you won't be able to feel at ease if your house is full of tacky, outdated, cheap decor. One interior designer shared her favorite ways to upgrade a space and make it look luxurious, and the 10 tips are surprisingly affordable. 6Interior designer Kristen McGowan shared her industry hacks for a high-end homeCredit: YouTube/Kristen McGowan Interior designer Kristen McGowan loves a good home transformation, and her own home is full of sophisticated accents. "I love creating beautiful spaces, but I'm always doing it on a budget," McGowan explained. She shared her industry secrets for revitalizing a space without spending too much. First up: picking a color scheme. If you want your space to look luxe, McGowan recommended sticking to two shades of a very specific color. "If you stick with a neutral color palette and white walls, you will end up with a more luxurious-looking space," the professional said. READ MORE HOME TIPSSOCK ON I'm a DIY fan & have the perfect hack to paint your banisters quickly HOME IMPROVEMENT I’m an...
    “Are you sure you want all these people in your house?” I asked the groom’s mom when she offered to host the wedding at her Jackson Hole, Wyo., home. My daughter and her son were engaged. Every wedding venue we looked at was booked. “Oh, they won’t be in the house,” she said. “We’ll keep the wedding outside.” I’d only just met this woman over Zoom, but already I liked her common sense and practical boundaries. “What about bathrooms?” I asked. “Oh, we’ll rent one of those posh, pull-up trailers with flush toilets and sinks,” she said. This conversation happened six months ago. Since then, life has been a blur of florists and photographers, bakers and bands, and lots of check writing to pay for it all. According to event planners, we were not alone. “I’ve noticed a big uptick in home weddings since COVID, because wedding venues are so hard to find,” said Kimball Stroud, an A-list event planner in Washington DC, whose clients have included Elon Musk and Hillary Clinton. “And that’s a good thing.” A big benefit of...
    THERE are some interior trends that might look great in theory, but the truth is in a small room they're just not going to work. It turns out, making box rooms look bigger is just as much about what you don't put in there as what you do. 3Carpet can make small rooms like loads smallerCredit: Getty The interior pro Nic Shacklock from Online-Bedrooms  revealed that having carpet in small rooms will instantly make the space look smaller. Nic said: “It can be hard to know what to do with a small room and decorating it incorrectly can often lead to the room feeling much smaller than it is and can make it feel like a bit of wasted space. “Opening up a small room is all about tricking the eye and creating the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is." According to the pros, dark carpets in particular, like popular grey shades, are a big no-no. If you must have carpet, try and go for one that's a lighter shade, or even better, go for a...
    IF the empty area between your kitchen cabinets and ceiling drives you mad, you aren't alone. Plenty of people are frustrated by the "wasted space" in those gaps. But before you hire a contractor to extend them, or take on the job yourself, learn why so many homes sport the unused space and how to make the most of it. 1There are plenty of reasons to leave space above your kitchen cabinets, experts saidCredit: Getty Interior experts at House Digest confirmed that kitchen storage is a point of frustration for many homeowners, but there are reasons cabinets are constructed a certain way. If you love having a large, open kitchen, you can probably thank the space above your cabinets for emphasizing the size. "Some people think that too many cabinets can make a space look overly crowded or cluttered," the experts explained. When you have a smaller kitchen, this becomes doubly important. Some open, unused space makes the room feel bigger than it is. READ MORE HOME TIPSSHELF-CARE I’m a DIY expert – how I transformed the area above my...