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If you’re looking for a Christmas tree this season, look no further – we have you covered. Here are our top 10 unique christmas trees to get you feeling festive. These trees will leaf you seeing stars (at the tip of your tree), you’ll be bauble-ing on about them for the rest of December!

Tinsel tree

Prevent getting your tinsel in a twist with this bright and brilliant tree. If you decide to coordinate any other decorations along with this one your whole space will appear magical! Adding some extra shiny baubles or glittery wrapping paper for the presents underneath will completely light up your space for this sparkly time of year.

 

Super slim tree

A slim line tree is a perfect alternative should you have not much room in your place for a traditional tree. It can fit perfectly in tight spaces, so even if you’re paying loads for a London box flat or are mid in the moving process and there are boxes everywhere – you’re still tree to celebrate this Christmas season, there’s no excuse!

Pre lit tree

A pre-lit tree will save you the fuss of getting your own lights and putting them on yourself. No more worrying that they’re not wrapped around evenly or that you don’t have a range of colours. Jive to all your favourite festive tunes with this tree which technically doubles up as a disco ball all in one!

Half tree

Another space saver – the half tree. Give the illusion of a full one by placing it in a corner of the room. Less mess and the same amount of festive goodness from a full tree. Or, alternatively, if you like things in halves then this is the tree for you. To each their own!

Snowy Tree

Get into the seasonal spirit by finding yourself this frosty number. If there’s no snow on christmas day, it’s ok. There’s snow need to worry, you’ll still have a white Christmas no matter the weather.

Coloured tree

This 2ft treat will add the right pop of colour to any room. If you you have a blue colour coordinated space of your home then it will add a slight festive pop without causing too much of a fur-ss.

Silver tree

This glitzy tree is for lovers of all things silver and shiny. This stunning piece is sure to stand out in your home this Christmas and catch all your guests’ eyes. Get out all your silverware and tinsel for this one, it’s going to have some competition.

Fibre optic

Fibre optic trees? They are as cool as they sound, promise. This means that the tips of the branches light up and switch colours for a more delicate luminous effect. Although, as we are wanting to include some pretty crazy trees in this post, the bottom example tree provides you with ultimate fibre optic goodness – the brightest and most colourful tree around.

Upside down tree

Did you know that you can buy upside down trees? Maybe you’ve learnt something new today, maybe not. Either way, this tree is a super quirky alternative to your traditional right way up green alpine and is sure to bag a few comments. Why not!

Tropical tree

Who said Christmas trees needed to be alpine? If you would much rather be somewhere warmer on the 25th, this tree is your answer. As a plus, there’s less branches to cover meaning less fuss! Don’t go chasing the tropical sun, chase this tropical tree instead.

If any of these trees tickled your leaves, they are all available on our website ManoMano.co.uk, should you be intrigued by this weird and wonderful range. Merry Christmas!

 

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Renovating your home can get expensive in a hurry. You want the best quality at the best prices but that’s not always easy to find.

The cost of your renovation goes up depending on the room you’re overhauling. Kitchen and bathroom remodels can skyrocket your cost and break your budget.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are simple, quality, budget-friendly things you can do around your home to up the value and the atmosphere. Take a look at these!

Cost Effective Kitchen Upgrades

Painted Cabinets

Instead of going all out and purchasing new cabinets for your outdated kitchen, bring them up to speed with a couple fresh coats of paint. You’ll start by giving them a good cleaning, a light sanding, and one or two coats of primer to help your chosen color stick better. It’s important to do another very light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper in between color coats to achieve an even, smooth finish.


Hardware Upgrade

Small changes can make a huge impact and a great way to implement this is by simply installing new hardware. Change out the knobs or pulls on your cabinets and drawers. For the best results, be consistent with the finishes. If you decide on oil-rubbed bronze, stick with that for all the new hardware.


Replace Fixtures

Once you’ve changed out all the cabinet hardware, you may notice that it clashes with your current faucet or even the light fixture. Both are fairly simple DIY projects that won’t break the bank. Replacing these items for consistency throughout the room elevates the overall look. 


Revive the Flooring

You may be hesitant to replace your old flooring based on what it typically costs but if your old floors are in bad shape, it’s time. Peel-and-stick tiles are a great way to manage this upgrade without spending too much. Be sure to follow the directions carefully for the best results.


DIY Backsplash

The area between your countertops and the bottom of your cabinets is a perfect place to add a little pizzazz. You can create an amazing backsplash out of many different materials including tin, brick, or even heavy-duty crafting foil. If those are a little out of your league, there are also several gorgeous peel-and-stick backsplash options on the market.

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Face Lifts

Fresh Paint

Redoing the walls in a clean, modern color is the fastest way to make a huge impact at the lowest price. All you need is a gallon of paint, a roller, and a couple of hours to completely change the look of your bathroom while leaving the rest of your budget free to cover other upgrades.

Faux Finishes

Adding faux stone to the outside of your bathtub or a peel-and-stick backsplash above the sink co Fresh paint- A clean, modern color can go a long way in completely changing the look of any room. It costs very little but adds a lot to the look and feel of the room.


Increase Storage

Every bathroom could benefit from a little added storage space. Open shelving, a small cabinet hung on one wall or even a small chest of drawers (if you have space) can do wonders for your bathroom.


Mirror Magic

Mirrors reflect light around a room and make it seem bigger and more open. Your bathroom probably already has at least one but adding a full-length mirror on the back of the door or an empty wall is a great, low-cost idea.

Updating Other Rooms

Accent Walls

Bedrooms and living areas can almost always accommodate an accent wall. You can create this with paint or texture, as long as it is different from the other walls. Shiplap, stone, or faux materials are a great way to go.

Area Rugs

Another budget-friendly way to change up a room is through the use of an area rug. These come in so many different sizes, colors and patterns you’re sure to find something that suits your home and your style.


Textile Upgrades

When renovating your home, it’s a good idea to update things like curtains, towels or throw pillows to keep everything consistent. You don’t need to do this all at once but over time you can easily add in a new item here and there.

Outdoor Upgrades

Stain the Deck

If you have a deck, porch, or other wood structure outdoors, it’s important to maintain it and protect it from the weather. Exterior stains provide water and sun protection. It is inexpensive and also greatly improves the look.


Add Greenery

Landscaping is one of the best ways to increase curb appeal for your home but is often pricey. Adding just a few plants or shrubs in strategic places for the most impact will help keep costs down.

Other Landscaping

The cheapest way to boost the look of your yard is to maintain what’s already there. Trim overgrown trees, keep the grass green and mowed and clean up branches or trash. If you need more of an upgrade, many types of gravel can be used as filler and can usually be delivered at a reasonable price. Be sure to edge any graveled areas.


Paint What Needs It

You may not be able to paint the entire outside of your home (although if you can it’s worth it). What you can paint for very little money is your front door, any trim, and even your fence (except for chain-link fencing).

 

Don’t Break the Bank

Home renovations tend to be stressful and frustrating, often due to the cost and amount of work involved. Don’t let that happen to you! Use these simple, low-cost ideas during your next renovation.

 

Andrew is a DIYer and founder of SimplyHomeTips.com. He likes to share his experience through detailed guidelines with pictures on home improvement, DIY projects, around-the-house fixing, woodworking, etc.

 

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It’s normal for us to get bored of the same old space we live in every day and will feel the need to switch it up every so often. In this blog post, you’ll find some simple yet creative options to divide up your space, giving you more freedom to move items around how YOU want!

We’ve pieced together a collection of some crazy room dividers to hopefully give you some inspiration to make some yourself!

Plant climber divider

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This epic DIY involves an embedded planter for your room divider. You could do this either by  cutting a slit in your floor or simply by adding your own separate planter to your space, giving the same effect. Whatever works for you! Then, attach metal hooks to the floor and ceiling, making sure that they’re aligned. Thread rope through each pair, making sure that they are parallel, one after the other. Planting a climbing hydrangea vine would be the perfect addition for your climbing divider as it grows vertically very quickly once embedded and produces beautiful flowers even indoors. Make sure to give it lots of sun and water, and you’ll have a vertical plant divider in no time!

Compressing space divider

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In this design, the window has been used as a light source to illuminate and give the illusion of a larger room. By merging the two rooms together, this designer has effectively disguised the shared space by breaking them up with the divider, implying that these are two seperate rooms in once space. What a way to maximise your living space!

Glass door divider

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A less intrusive way of implementing a room divider is by using windows. This design is super sleek and modern, and would fit perfectly into a newly refurbished, sleek and modern interior. Incorporating sliding doors or windows into the room divider prevents it from splitting the room completely into parts and still leaves you freedom of movement.

Recycling old doors

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Ever think you’d find a use for an old door? Here’s your answer. Take whatever old doors you have, attach some wheels and a few hinges to their sides and turn them quickly into a room divider. This option isn’t fixed at all, and is able to be moved around however you please. Whether you want a bit of privacy in a corner or completely split the room in half, this option lets you do both.

An atmospheric divider

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Another DIY friendly divider is this fairy light branch design. Find yourself some pallet wood, some old branches from your garden and a cheap set of fairy lights to make this gorgeous and original divider. Piece the wood together in the same frame as you would with a door, stick on your branches with some adhesive and once dried wrap around some fairy lights, and there you have it!

Hang a frame

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This design would fit in perfectly with a space which has an antique-y feel to it. If you are a fan of vintage finds and artistic pieces, then this one’s for you! Should you be able to get your hands on a large frame, it can easily be hung as a divider which does the job once installed. Not only could you place inside one of your favourite artistic pieces, but also a mirror, or even some beautiful patterned wallpaper.

Multipurpose divider

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This simple screen room divider has been upscaled to give it multi functionality. Attaching tight strips of fabric to your screen will permit you to attach light scale items to it such as magazines, newspapers and paper reminders. You could even leave sweet messages around for your loved ones!

 

We hope you’ve taken some inspiration from us and now have a clearer vision of how you can fit a room divider into your own space. If you make a divider of your own, don’t forget to share it with us with the hashtag #ManoManoUK!

 

15 Small Space Solutions

How to Decorate Your Rental Home

 

If you have a passion for renovation and design and want to curate the space you live in, this doesn’t tend to be very straight forward if you live in a rental home. Here are some ideas on how to updo your space and still get your rental deposit back!

Change light fixtures 

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Mixing up a simple light shade with your preferred colour or design can quickly transform the appearance of your space. Experiment with the idea by upgrading from a side lamp to a de-light-ful pendant for a more dramatic effect.

Dimmers

Switch up (literally) your usual switch lights to dimmers without affecting your landlord’s light system. Simply replacing a simple plastic light cover to a sleek metallic dimmer makes all the difference. It’s the little things that make it your own. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of mood lighting?

Rugs

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Adding layering to your space not only gives a personalised touch, but also a lot of character. Choosing deep hued rugs warms up the room and matches with a wide variety of other shades. You may not be able to install carpet over wood, but who said you couldn’t get a wall to wall rug instead?

Patterned cushions or drapes

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Should you not be allowed to add pattern to your space with wallpaper, we present to you an easy alternative – replacing the curtain drapes. Mix and match whichever patterns you please, whether they go with your cushions or not – it’s your free reign!

Smart kitchen storage

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Mounting storage such as kitchen cupboards are often not possible in rentals. Instead, make use of your unused wall space by creating a useful peg board to attach pots and pans. Essentially, a piece of art and storage area all in one! You’ll never misplace that strainer ever again. 😉

Indoor plants

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No matter what kind of rental you have, as long as there’s a window you’ll be able to gift photosynthesis to some lucky plants. Treat a bit of greenery to a spot on your windowsill and you’re guaranteed to give yourself a more zen environment.

Lightweight bed headboard

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When moving from one rental place to another, you would never forget to bring along a headboard, right? We understand that it’s that one piece of furniture everyone forgets about. So, whether you do or you don’t, adding your own headboard is a great way of adding a personal touch to what little space you do have control over. They’re not difficult to DIY at all, all you have to do is place it behind your bed, simple!

Vintage finds

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Adding your favourite vintage finds gives charm to your rented space. You can find all sorts of antique designs and collectables from flea markets or antique shops without breaking the bank!

Shower curtain

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If your landlord has a boring bathroom which has the usual plain and plastic feel from the majority of rentals, don’t be afraid to add a splash (ha) of colour with bold patterned shower curtain. A matching bath mat would be the cherry on top. 😉

Framed wallpaper

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An alternative to getting out the plaster and sticking wallpaper onto the walls is by simply framing a pattern you love. This is the perfect solution for commitment-phobes who can’t make their minds on which pattern is best, whilst keeping your landlord’s peace of mind at the same time.

Hanging Artwork

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Whether you already have a hole in the wall to work with or not, spruce up your walls with your own collected art that makes you, you! If you’re not able to hang framed art, use blu tack as an alternative for lighter materials. Ensure to be careful to not stick your piece onto recently painted walls as it can peel. Instead try sticking it to a concrete, wood or plastic surface for the best effect.

Mirrors

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It’s certain that most people’s homes have mirrors – but why stop at one? Using mirrors in your space is a great design move for multiple reasons – they can create the illusion of a larger room, reflect light onto even the darkest of surfaces and can even frame as if they were art. Take a look at that!

Room dividers

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Divide your given space however you want to by integrating a folding screen. It is an inexpensive and quick solution which is flexible to use either as a room divider or to give privacy to a corner of the room.

 

We hope you picked up some tips and tricks on how to updo the interior design on your rental home creatively whilst not worrying about your landlord. Renting doesn’t mean that your home has to be impersonal and dull, you can elevate and personalise it your way!

 

Here is some more inspiration to improve your interior space:

 

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Here are a few ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration of some less obvious ways of subtly adding autumnal touches to your home as the cold draws in!

 

1. Add touches of autumnal colours

Different shades of deeper reds, yellows and browns will fit unbe-leaf-ably well with autumnal aesthetic. This colour scheme still stays within a neutral palette, yet adds some warmness to your home.

 

2. Brighten your home up with plants

Adding seasonal house plants is always a good idea. It’s been said that adding some nature and greenery to your space will help you to de-stress, which means that a pop of colour is simply a huge bonus. 😉

Autumnal Chrysanthemums and Bromeliads are gorgeous examples of autumnal house plants which can add vibrancy to your home and leaf you smiling.

 

3. Get some wood

Wood similarly has warmer tones in it and contributes to the ‘outdoors is indoors’ feel. Wood-n’t you love a bit of a rustic edge to your space? There are so many pieces of indoor furniture which use wood – why not turn over a new leaf and switch up your stool for a wooden one?

 

4. Warm up with candles and fire

Any form of (non dangerous) flame in a home is guaranteed to autumn-atically make your space so much more cosy! You can mix it up with candles of different sizes and smells, or even light up a wood fire.

 

5. Bring in the furs and rugs  

Added Hygge or comfort is a huge indicator that we’re entering into the colder months. Having a rug or blanket on hand in your space means that you’re guaranteed never to get chilly. Furr-ntastic!

 

We hope you picked up some tips on how to keep your home cosy yet seasonal this Autumn! Anyone who steps into your home will want to know where you got your inspiration from. 😉

 

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