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We may fancy ourselves as interior design experts, but behind every closed door is a decorating secret or two…
We’ve all done it – a secret decorating botched job to finish the work a little earlier and a little cheaper. But that’s ok – fridges don’t get moved and no one looks behind the curtains, right?
Here are just a few of our shameful decorating secrets that may make you feel a little better about your own blunders…
1. Ignoring the skirting board behind furniture
Skirting boards are the bane of decorating – who has time to prime, paint and polish a piece of wood that no one really appreciates? It’s completely acceptable to skip the bits of board that big pieces of furniture cover… right?
2. Buying a rug to hide a multitude of sins
Whether the floorboards don’t match, there’s a stain on the carpet or you’re hiding patterned laminate flooring from the 80s, rugs hide a multitude of decorating sins. Who’s ever going to suspect that your traditional heritage rug or fluffy shagpile is secretly hiding something?
3. Considering all tones of cream paint to be Magnolia
Magnolia paint has been our saviour more times than we care to remember. Whether hiding some grubby fingerprints or covering some old holes, we have touched in any vaguely creamy, beigey, whitey wall in the sturdy colour.
4. Using glue as a solution to all sticking problems
Glue should strictly be saved for arts and crafts, not sticking curtain tiebacks in place or securing the sill that broke on the backdoor. Yet we are all secret superglue culprits.
5. Masking the problem with a wall hanging
Water stains, paint-tester patches, grubby marks and old switches – hanging a painting, mirror or piece of art will hide them all. Just as a temporary fix, you know, until you get round to it…
6. Covering a botch-job with a huge plant
Big planters are highly fashionable and add a little life to the room, but these aren’t their only uses. Behind most overgrown pots and canopies of leaves is a dodgy socket, cracked tile or broken brick.
Are you guilty as charged?
You don’t need much space, skill, time or money to grow delicious spuds, so why not give it a go?
Once you’ve discovered the intense flavour of home-grown spuds and experienced the deep satisfaction of digging up your own crop, you’ll never look back.
Unlike some other vegetables, potatoes are very low maintenance once you’ve planted them. So for spuds you like (!), follow our tips on how to grow potatoes.
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How to grow potatoes – the kit you’ll need
- Seed potato tubers
- Soil and compost
- Trowel or spade
- Large bucket, old compost sack, or gro-bag
- Fork or potato harvesting scoop
- Egg boxes
- Paper bags or hessian sack
- Scrubbing brush
How much space do I need to grow potatoes?
If you don’t have a garden, you can grow them in a compact gro-sack (H45cm x diameter 30cm), £7.95 for three, Marshalls, on a patio or balcony.
In fact, a pile of tyres, a large bucket or an old compost sack (with drainage holes) will do the job adequately – you simply need a sturdy container that’s at least 30cm deep and 30cm in diameter.
What type of potatoes should I grow?
You can’t buy supermarket potatoes – you need to buy special seed potatoes from a garden centre or an online supplier. Each seed potato tuber you plant will send out lots of side shoots, which all swell and become individual potatoes.
Ideally, plant at least three different types of seed potato. First early crop, second early crop and main crop, so you have potatoes throughout summer season.
Try Winston (a first early), which works well boiled or steamed. Charlotte (a second early) is a flavour-packed, pale-yellow variety that’s ideal steamed and used in salads, while Desiree (a main crop) is a versatile potato with red skin and delicious waxy yellow flesh.
When should I plant potatoes?
Work back from when you want to harvest them. First earlies can be planted from late February to late May and crop in about 10 weeks. Plant second earlies from March to late May – they will crop after around 13 weeks.
Main crop potatoes can be planted from March to mid May, and will crop about 20 weeks later.
How to plant potatoes
About four to six weeks before planting, you should place your seed potatoes on trays (cardboard egg boxes are ideal) and leave them to ‘chit’, or grow little side shoots. Do this indoors somewhere light and cool and free of frost.
If you’re going to grow your potatoes in a vegetable patch, they’ll need a sunny spot. Start by digging a 10cm-deep trench, then plant your seed potatoes with the shoots pointing upwards, about 30cm apart, in rows that are around 60cm apart.
When the shoots reach 20cm, mound up the soil around them, leaving just a few cms showing. Repeat this three weeks later.
How to grow potatoes in a bag or bucket
If you’re growing in potato bags or containers, fill to just below the top with good-quality compost. Next, place a single chitted potato tuber in the compost, shoots pointing upwards, at a depth of 12cm. keep your plants well watered.
Read: How to make compost – feed your garden for free
How to harvest potatoes
When the leaves of your plants begin to turn yellow and die back, your potatoes are ready to harvest. Use a garden fork to lift the earth beneath the plant gently, then sieve the soil with your hands or potato scoop to gather the potatoes, taking care not to damage them.
Brush off any loose soil and, for main crop potatoes, leave them to dry in the sun for a few hours. The next step is to store them in a dark paper or hessian sack somewhere cool and dry, until you need them.
New potatoes (first and second earlies) can be rinsed clean and taken straight from pot to plot for cooking.
How to cook potatoes
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New potatoes are delicious steamed with a few sprigs of fresh mint. Remove the mint before serving and stir through a knob of fresh butter and a handful of chopped chives or parsley.
For perfect mashed potatoes, mash with salted butter, milk and freshly ground black pepper. Then stir through 1tbsp wholegrain mustard and a handful of grated Cheddar cheese.
However you choose to serve them, they’ll taste all the more delicious because your grew them with your own fair hands.
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Hayden Hall House has a fascinating history, besides its links to two screen legends
Richard and David Attenborough’s childhood home – well part of it – has gone on the market. The three-bedroom property within Haydon Hill House, Bushey, was once home to two of the most famous brothers in showbiz. But that’s only a part of the story of its illustrious past.
The Grade II-listed property was commissioned in the 1830s by author and artist Thomas Fonnereau, who had spent time in Italy and requested that it be built the style of a Tuscan villa. His architect, Decimus Burton, was one of the most celebrated of the 19th Century, and the man behind Wellington Arch at London Zoo, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and much of Hyde Park, including the gate and screen at Hyde Park Corner.
Construction began in 1841 on the former site of Cottage Orme, which itself was the former home of Dr. Thomas Monro, George III’s physician. Monroe was a huge patron of the arts and not too shabby an painter himself. He even founded a watercolour school, where none other than J.M.W. Turner was a student.
Haydon Hill House was purchased by the Attenborough family in the 1870s. They remained there in the 1920s and 1930s, when David and Richard were children. During the war, the house was commandeered by the RAF. Together with nearby RAF Bentley Priory, it was used as mapping centre during the Battle of Britain.
Post-war, the house was converted into a retirement home by Harrow council. Then, in the late 1980s, it was sold and converted into a series of spacious apartments.
This particular three-bed property is arranged over three floors, with its own entrance hall at ground level.
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On the first floor you’ll find a large sitting room with dual aspect of the gardens from tall sash windows. The original marble fireplace and a chandelier enhance this already grand reception room.
There’s also a kitchen/breakfast room, a cloak room, and master bedroom with en suite and mezzanine.
Climb a further flight of stars and you’ll reach two further bedrooms and a third bathroom.
The neat communal gardens – set in 3.5 acres – are a far cry from the jungles of Africa, where David famously got up close and personal with a rare mountain gorillas. We wonder if Richard ever pretended he was chased by dinosaurs, Jurassic Park style, as he played on these lawns?!
While you probably won’t see a giant ape or T Rex, you might spot horses and other animals grazing the council-owned land beyond. This has been named Attenborough Fields in honour of its former neighbours.
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The mansion is perfectly located for commuters to London. There’s easy access to the M1 and M25 motorways and it’s only 0.7 miles from Bushey station, with direct trains to London Euston. It’s on the market with Savills for £875,000.
All images Savills.
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Vendor: Eco Flower
It takes courage to commit to a piece as chic as this black velvet Moonlit Centerpiece! The naturally stained wood, filled with eucalyptus, and contrasting sola wood flowers. This centerpiece will look hauntingly haute in your home!
Dimensions: 3.5 inches x 13.5 inches x 8 inches
Anything flammable or combustible
If you’re looking for ways to have a stress-free move, there are certain rules to be aware of. First, anything flammable or combustible will likely be on your moving company’s blacklist, warns relocation experts at Updater.com. Weed sprays, fertilizers, gardening chemicals, paints, detergents, and many common household cleaning supplies could potentially be hazards—think stifling hot moving truck in mid August carrying flammable material. Call your local township or county to learn how to recycle products—here are some great ideas for how to recycle just about anything. But other weather conditions could wreak havoc on these types of materials as well, and are out of your movers’ control. Also, any type of liquid can leak, damaging other items in the truck.
Project by: Karen Knox of Making Spaces
Location: Harrogate, Yorkshire
Karen’s clients were ready and willing to do a full renovation of their Edwardian home but wanted to ease into the process with their living room, which only needed a cosmetic upgrade. After talking with her clients about how they saw themselves living in the space, and the type of design they’re drawn to, she created this dark and layered space.