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Weird and Wonderful Ideas for Storage

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Weird and Wonderful Ideas for Storage

We tend to live our lives within rules or guidelines that make us just like everybody else. Well, incase you haven’t heard … rules are meant to be broken, and when it comes to your home, you should have the creative rights to jazz it up a bit.

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Storage is such an important thing, especially if you are living in a small space, so here we have some creative ideas to keep you things!

Rain boots – Rain boots are great to give that quirky feel to the home; it gives the home almost a little sense of humor and some wit. We suggest planting a tall thin plant so it can grow out of the boot creating a whole different atmosphere to your space.

Television – Using an old television set to store your books is a great way to add a sense of character (especially with what kind of TV you own) and actually really great for storage, the older the television set the more of a vintage feel you give the room.

Mason jars – Mason jars can be a fun way to make your room come alive, most of the time people think of mason jars as clear, but you can make them come alive with a little paint, and store anything you like!

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We hope that your eyes have now been opened to the possibility that storage can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring. Don’t forget to check out our other blogs to be more inspired about your home!

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Ali’s Birthday Celebrations At Rooftop Film Club

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Ali’s Birthday Celebrations At Rooftop Film Club

Summer is always a beautiful time in London, espeically with all the rooftop bars in London. With a positive mood in the air, the city is rife with fun things to do and see and the longer days really do lift your spirits. Of course, if you’re commuting on the Underground the feeling is certainly not mutual but I promised myself I wouldn’t use this blog to complain about the weather!

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It was my birthday in May and although I’m only a month late I thought I would share with you all my birthday treat from the other half – a roof top screening of Star Wars: Rogue One. As a huge Star Wars fan the thought of seeing another and new instalment of a childhood fantasy was already overwhelming. Coupled with the fact that this was a late evening screening on top of a South London roof top overlooking views of London, it was even more so.

With a great movie, deck chairs, popcorn and stunning views of a sunset riddled London, it was by far one of the best summer evenings I have ever enjoyed. Seeing London from high vantages such as Primrose Hill, Kite Hill and various other vantage points is something I love to do so this was a great experience.

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I couldn’t recommend it enough and if you’re ever in London, or a Londoner looking for a new jaunt then the Bussey Building Rooftop Cinema Club in Peckham is the place to be!

 

Until next time,

Ali

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An Insight On Tiny Homes

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An Insight On Tiny Homes

Ever felt like you want to fall off the grid and escape? No rent, no bills and living mortgage free? Well you’ll be surprised. So many people feel the same way. Which is why a lot of people have now resorted to having tiny homes. So the question is what is a tiny home?

A tiny home is a home that you attach to your vehicle. So, unlike a caravan it’s about maximizing your tiny space and having multiple functions for different things. It’s about upcycling and repurposing. For example, stairs can be made out of wooden boxes that can also be served as storage for clothing etc.

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Tiny homes are what YOU make it. Often times tiny homes are made from beautiful glossy wood panels even on the inside with intricate weatherproof details that make you question “how come I never thought of doing this?”

Tiny homes have great value and make a lot of sense in capitalist countries. However, some of the cons to a tiny house may be a bit off putting to you. So, because everything is multi-purpose and with the space being so small, it means that everything must have its place.  It also means that your spaces must be clean in order to function properly. This can be tough though if you plan on living with someone in your tiny home.

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However, the pros heavily outweigh the cons. For one, you can go literally anywhere you want! You don’t have to pay any rent, you live a clutter free life and you get to wake up to a new setting of your choice everyday!

So go with your gut on this decision and remember if you do end up buying a tiny home, make sure you come to the stone and wood shop to get what you need!

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My Big Fat Greek Easter

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My Big Fat Greek Easter

As you already know from the below blog, Ali’s Easter was packed with relaxation and tranquillity. I think it is safe to say mine was the complete opposite. Coming from a Greek Orthodox background, we take Easter very seriously, it is probably an ever bigger event than Christmas! The tradition is that we do not eat meat for a whole week, that is until the Easter Sunday arrives. On the Easter Sunday, every year without fail, we have a BBQ… Greek style of course! With enough food to see us out for the week, you are spoilt for choice. From chicken to lamb to pork and then from roasted potatoes to rice, not to mention the extra trimmings! Of course it wouldn’t be a Greek BBQ without the traditional Greek salad.

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Having spent most of the day outside in the patio, I couldn’t stop thinking about how our Farley Antiqued Limestone range would be the perfect suit for a BBQ during the Spring and Summer season. These tiles are at a 20mm thickness, proven to be an extremely hardwearing floor with a beautiful antiqued, rustic look. These tiles are perfect for a patio and certainly would’ve been a perfect match for our BBQ!

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You can see our outdoor Limestone tiles on our website at http://www.stoneandwoodshop.co.uk/stone-tiles/limestone-tiles and if you have any enquiries please feel free to give us a call on 0208 204 1121 or email us at info@stoneandwoodshop.co.uk

 

Customer Review: Classic Travertine Stone

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Customer Review: Gareth in Newport South Wales

Having just loving converted a Barn over the last 2 years, which was to be our forever family home, we were looking for high end finishes but had to still be mindful of a very stretched budget. Build costs had gone way over of that planned, due to circumstances out of out control. That said, at the same time we weren’t willing to use cheap finishes. So with all this in mind, we went to local high end stone / slate showroom. We saw tiles we really liked but when we saw the prices we just could not afford / justify the costs.

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So we set to, searching the net for best prices. We had the usual samples from various stores online, including Stone and Wood. However, when Stone and Wood samples arrived, pretty much next day, the quality was superb. The delivery and the samples were free and the best bit was the price! Cheapest out there. So I called the store to confirm a few details.

They were always very helpful and dealt with any questions promptly. They even threw in free delivery due to the quantity I was ordering. I started off with about 35m of the Classic Travertine. They supplied all the adhesive and grout at prices local tile stores couldn’t come to close to. I selected the day of delivery, a guy called me half hour before delivery, arrived with the tiles all neatly wrapped up in a crate, and delivered it to my door. I would usually expect some breakages during transit, but there were latterly about 5 tiles broken in 35m! brilliant. So I tile myself and I have to be fair, they were lovely to work with.

This was my kitchen before grouting.

This was my kitchen before grouting.

During grouting

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I was that impressed I also did the downstairs bathroom with them as-well. As a result of this excellent combination of quality and customer service I came back and ordered about 17m of a different Limestone looking amazing once down. Again brilliant service and after service. They really set the house off a treat and combined with the underfloor heating are so comfy in the winter under foot. The best bit is, they look better than the tiles we saw in local show rooms and we ended up saving about £3k when compared to local suppliers. I really cannot recommend these guys enough.

Gareth in Newport South Wales

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