Delivery Made Easy With Shiply

It’s an age old problem. You see a piece of furniture that you love on eBay. It will be perfect for your home, and the price is just right too. But then you look at the listing and see the words that strike dread into your heart “collection only.” You have no way of collecting the item, no access to a van and truck that would help you, and so the item slips from your hands.

Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. With the rise of the selling of furniture on eBay, on Facebook selling pages, and through auction sites and house clearance sites, there is a real need for access to delivery services that can transport these bigger items. Shiply is currently answering these needs by offering a service which helps you to find a good courier in your local area to enable you to get that treasure.

Shiply is very easy to use. It labels itself as the ‘smarter way to move bulky or heavy items’ and it does this by putting you in touch with a range of delivery services. It currently has 102,334 rated transport providers and you can request a free quote from any one of them by using the Shiply simple form. Once you have made your requests you will get quotes from the companies, and you can then compare these to find the most suitable and competitive price. You can also read reviews from previous customers which may help you to make your decision.

Once you have found your delivery/courier company, your hard work is over. You can literally just sit back and wait for your item to be delivered. The companies have been rated and have also been through a range of rigorous checks and tests so you, and your goods, are in safe hands.

It is no longer the case that if you can’t have an item delivered by the seller or supplier then you can’t buy it. The service Shiply offers makes it easy to buy anything you want from anywhere you want, and that means the bargains will no longer be the one that got away.

 

Muddy Boots Storage With Vintage Apple Crates

One of the negative point people often mention when they are talking about storage solutions is how unattractive it can be. Go to Ikea and you will find acres and acres of plastic boxes that work well but look pretty horrible if we are being honest. If only there was some way to make storage more attractive.

Vintage Apple Crates do just that. Using sourced genuine vintage apple crates that have been sanded down, the sturdy and roomy crates are perfect for storing a range of objects. They have a gorgeous rustic look that will appeal to lovers of vintage and retro styling, but as they have also been upcycled, they are totally in keeping with our passion for recycling and reusing objects, something that is becoming more and more important in our ever throwaway society.

One of their most popular and useful products is their Muddy Boots crate. With Winter firmly taking a grip we are all looking for somewhere to store those wet and snowy wellies, and this continues into Spring, when rain brings us muddy paths and parks, particularly in semi rural areas like the one I live in. The muddy boots crate is roomy ( Crate Size: 50cm Length x 40cm Depth x 30cm Height) and attractive, with vintage style lettering on the front that has been hand stenciled to match in with the rustic/vintage feel.

Each crate has a larger gap under the top slat in each side so they can be easily carried when full. This means you can carry it outside when the weather warms up, and keep it somewhere inside, whether than be a shed or garage, or, like me, kept in the conservatory near to the back door so you can take your boots straight off when you come in from the garden.

How you store your boots is up to you, you can stand them up neatly, or just through them in, either way is fine – you may find more room for storage is they are thrown in randomly like I have done.

I love the vintage look and feel of the muddy boots crate and think they are a great addition to any home.

Sprucing Up Your Home For The New Year

Ok, you’ve done the run-up to Christmas, the actual Christmas bit, the run-up to New Year and the actual New Year. You could be forgiven for feeling a little jaded. But those New Year’s resolutions really aren’t going to happen unless you do something constructive about them.

Well, one way of making a difference – and it doesn’t have to be a resolution, just something you really want to do – is giving your home a makeover and adding a whole range of new styles to spruce it all up. It’s not that difficult and you don’t have to spend a fortune, especially if there has been the odd maxed credit card over the festive season.

So let’s take a look at some ideas to help stimulate your design juices.

Hello 2018!

Ready or not, here it is, and you have 12 months of it ahead. Now 2017 has gone with the fairies, you don’t have to channel white on white any more. Yes, it was, and still can be attractive, but if you want to move with the times, look at ways to break up white, perhaps by using a black trim to make a statement.

Different rooms require different design solutions, so think about what will work best for you in individual rooms.

Living spaces

Apart from the bedroom, these are spaces you will spend most time in, so you want them to be comfortable but have an attractive decor that adds to that relaxed feel you want. This year, it seems that lavender, lilac and violet are on the colour agenda, and with so many hues to choose from, you can paint soft-toned walls, perhaps accentuating with a splash of pink to draw the eye but still provide a comforting environment.

It’s not just paint that can make the difference. You can incorporate these colours into your home with artfully placed throw rugs, artwork and pillows. In the end, it comes down to your own eye and what you feel works best in your living spaces.

Window coverings

It might sound boring but the way you decide to cover your windows can make a major impact on not just how your living spaces appear, but also on the other rooms in your home. Curtains and blinds are often the go-to solution and can be attractive additions to the decor, especially in terms of colours and decorations.

A popular alternative is to use window shutters that add a real sense of style to your rooms. They are easy to install (you can do it yourself if you prefer) and can be made to fit any size or style of window. Half-moon, bay or just standard sizes, you can find a range of wood and other materials to suit the way you want your home to look. Affordable shutters give you options that are worth considering when you go for your home makeover.

Work on your lighting

It’s easy to forget how important good lighting is in any room. Take the bathroom, for example. If you don’t have good light, whether it’s from a window, overhead electric or quality mirror lighting, then you’re going to have dissatisfied family and guests who are trying to shave or wash without being able to see clearly.

Take that on to your kitchen. When you’re making food, you need to see what’s going on. Darkness can foster danger, so look to LED ceiling lights and under-counter lighting to put yourself on top of all the culinary challenges that you – and others – need to deal with.

Your main living spaces also need appropriate lighting. Have a mixture of bright options for the early evening as people are beginning to settle down after dinner, and use dimmer switches with a remote control to gradually bring down the brightness and create a different ambience. Strategically placed lamps with attractive shades, either placed on the table or as uplighters, can add to that feeling of relaxation. Spotlights can subtly illuminate wall areas, especially if there is artwork you would like to be seen.

During the day, this is where shutters can improve the natural light because they can be adjusted to let in as much or as little light as you want. In colder months, they also act as an additional layer of insulation.

Choose what suits you

Whether it’s moving furniture around, doing some decluttering to free up spaces, painting or putting in new window coverings, rugs or throws, the sky’s the limit. Be imaginative, explore your options and have a beautiful home for the rest of the year.