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Ideal Home Show 2017

It’s only one day to go until the Ideal Home Show 2017 opens at the RDS in Dublin. We’ll be there again and can’t wait!

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Kids sharing a room

When I was younger I loved sharing my room with my siblings and today, my two little ones are sharing, too. And while I do think that they’ll look back as adults and be grateful they shared their room, right now, they are not always happy about it. So what to do?

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This is what Wikipedia tells us about Shabby Chic:

Shabby chic (/ˈʃæb.iˈʃiːk/) is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasised to differentiate it from genuine period decor.

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Changing to a Winter wardrobe

It’s certainly getting colder these last few weeks. The summer is truly gone and I don’t know about you, but, I’m back in my woolly cardigans and jumpers already. Around this time, I like to do a swap of my wardrobe from summer to winter gear.

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Dressing Rooms – 3 Tips to Make the Most of your Space

Dressing rooms are, for most people, small walk-in closets normally located close to their bedrooms. They provide solutions to space and clutter problems, especially in households where the rooms are small.

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Your home should be your castle

Creating the home of your dreams is a challenging task. Every little decision can make a huge difference in the end result, so you have to make sure you are taking the right decisions. And what better way to do that than to talk to professionals who have spent years making dream homes come true – professionals like the ones gathered in the  exhibition in City West in Dublin, The Self Build and Improve Your Home Show.

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Revamping your Antiques – 5 Ways to Make Old Furniture Appear New

Antique furniture can be passed down through several generations of family members and, even though the framework may still be exceptionally strong, the beauty of the item may fade as it gets older.

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Entertaining in the Summertime – 5 Tips to Create a Home Away from Home

Many people choose to do their overnight entertaining during the summer, because it allows the kids to make the most of the holidays and the adults to spend time catching up. When having visitors stay at your home, it is important to…

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Living in the City – 5 Ways to Make the Most of your Balcony

The majority of people living in the city love the hustle and bustle around them, and take full advantage of the fact that life is more diverse. One of the disadvantages of city life, however, can be the fact that it is much harder to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Attracting Wealth – Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Prosperity

Decorating your home in a certain way is not guaranteed to bring you wealth. It is also important to remember that prosperity is not only based on material things that are acquired, but on the overall happiness and positivity in your home.

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Energy Efficiency – 5 Tips to a More Conservative Household

With both global warming and the costs of energy sources at their highest ever, having a more energy efficient household can help to save both the environment and some of the money spent to run it.

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Household Ceilings – 5 Designs to Look Up To
The ceiling is the area that is the most neglected, when we are decorating our house. We have gotten so used to plain, white ceilings as the norm, that we do not give them a second thought. Traditionally ceiling décor was almost as important as furniture in each household and many modern decorators are going back to these old ways.

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Using Crystals around the Home – Bringing Positive Energy into your Environment
The beauty of crystals is undeniable and we have been using them to adorn both our homes and bodies for many centuries. As a result of their connection with nature they are not only pretty stones but are often associated with healing and protective properties.

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Modern Living – 5 of the Latest Home Décor Trends

Interior design trends are inspired by different areas of fashion, and the items that are worn on the runway are the same ones that can be found in the fashionistas living rooms. Bringing your house up-to-date with a touch of the latest trends doesn’t have to be hard, or extremely expensive. Simple changes and mixing and matching ideas can help to achieve this.

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Kitchen Décor – The Centre of the Family Home

‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.’

This popular saying might not necessarily be 100% true, but every home needs to have a comfortable kitchen where we can prepare healthy meals for ourselves and our family. This room should have a homely vibe that the entire household can appreciate.

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Room Sharing – Simple ways to make it work

Many siblings can end up sharing a room, either out of necessity or by choice. Most of them are quite comfortable with this arrangement, and parents find there are a number of reasons why it is a good idea.

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Patio Décor – Brighten up your Time Spent in the Sun

For those of us not living in a tropical paradise, when it starts to get warmer we do whatever we can to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Whenever we are going to be somewhere often we want to be sure that it is as comfortable as possible, as well as appealing to the eye.

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5 Things that should be Included in your Living Room Décor

Regardless of the size, shape or location of your living room, it is normally the centre of the home. Used for both family gatherings and entertainment purposes, one of the main things that can bring your home to life is the décor that is in this room.

 

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Refreshing you Decor – 5 Simple Ways to Change a Room

The spring equinox has arrived, and with it the urge to get rid of the old and welcome the new. When it comes to our décor this is the time when most people try to spice things up a bit.

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Living Room vs Family Room – Is there really a difference?

Most people view the living and the family rooms as the same. There are many homes that don’t have both, and it is quite acceptable to use them interchangeably.

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A Furniture Guide – 5 Popular Types of Wood that Create Beautiful Designs

When making furniture there are many different types of wood that can be used. Depending on the quality and the type of finish desired consumers will have several different choices.

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Create the Atmosphere you Desire – Using Colour in Decorating

Colour is a very important part of any effect that we are trying to create in our homes. The right ones can have a great impact on the way we feel and the atmosphere surrounding us at all times. This blog post shares a little bit about the most popular colours used in interior design, and the effects that each produces

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Remodelling your Home – 5 Things to do before you Begin

One of the biggest projects that any of us can undertake is a complete remodelling of our home. Ideally, we want it to be done in the most cost efficient, least time-consuming, stress free way possible…

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Contemporary or Classic – Identifying your Perfect Furniture Style 

Buying new furniture is a very stressful process. Making the wrong decision can result in years of being unhappy with the piece. This article provides information needed to make the right choices about which type of furniture is best for your individual investment.

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The Perfect Home Office – 5 Tips to Create an Environment Where you can Actually Work

Working from home has great perks, such as being in your pyjamas at 11:00am, drinking a cup of tea while sitting in front of your laptop recording the latest sales figures for the week.

Like everywhere else in the house, the home office needs to be properly suited to its main function, which is to get some work done.

Below are 5 tips that will help you to create an ideal work area, at home, designed for a high level of productivity.

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Making a Small Bedroom Feel Bigger – 5 Tips to Create the Illusion of Grandeur

As was emphasized in our previous blog, the bedroom is the place in our house reserved for relaxation, rest and romance. A big bedroom is ideal for most of us, but sometimes we may have to settle for one that is smaller than what we would like.

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Using Feng Shui in the Bedroom – 5 Steps to Better Rest, Relaxation and Romance

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of decoration that encourages chi (life force energy) to flow through a space, creating an environment that promotes adequate health, wealth and happiness.

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Sliding wardrobe vs hinged wardrobe

When уоu’rе searching for a new wardrobe оr juѕt wаnt tо сhаngе thе look of аn еxіѕtіng оnе, сhооѕіng the right doors саn be a tоugh dесіѕіоn. Dо уоu want traditional hinged оr sliding dооrѕ?

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New Year New You! – let 2016 be Your year

A new year a new you – we hear it everywhere right now. Bombarded with ads to lose weight, quit this, start that, quit the other. And these are great and worth to taking up if they suit you. I find though that without clearing the ghosts of the past year, it’s hard for me to welcome 2016 properly.

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Tips for Making the Holidays Less Stressful

With presents to buy, dinners to make, and trees to decorate, the holidays can be a very busy and stressful time for most people. There are a number of ways, however, that you can cut the stress out of your life and make this time of year as fun and uplifting as it is supposed to do.

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How to Get Kids to Actually Put Away Their Clothes

It’s the bane of just about every parent’s existence: how to get your children to put away their clothes. Most kids’ rooms will be carpeted by discarded clothes or even by the freshly washed and folded clothes that you kindly left on their bed earlier that day. What can you do to get rid of the mess of clothes?

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How to get ready for winter.

Ireland may not get snow very often, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get cold and nasty (or colder and nastier, maybe) here during the winter months. A little preparation can go a long way when it comes to getting yourself and your home, garden, and car ready for colder, wetter weather.

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Decluttering your Life Tips from Award Winning Life Coach, Talene Miedaner

I’m a born packrat, coming from a long line of packrats. (If you don’t know what a packrat is, it is a furry mammal that lives in the desert and makes its nest with twigs and all manner of rubbish so that it appears these creatures are living in a small dump.)

 

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5 Tips on selling your house fast

So, you might know how to sell a house. Do you know how to sell your house fast? No? Don’t worry this article has been created with 5 amazing tips to help you sell your house fast.

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Spring cleaning – How to declutter your wardrobe

You might remember from my first article that I find de-cluttering quite therapeutic. I tend to ring in the New Year with a big clear-out but I know many of your favor the spring clean. Instead of talking about general de-cluttering today, let’s just see what we can do for wardrobes…

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5 reasons a wardrobe storage system will make your life easier

We love good storage here at Fumro and our top 5 reasons are…

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5 small wardrobes well organised

We talk a lot about how to make the best out of your space and how to get the most out of your storage. So we’ve pulled together five examples of small-ish wardrobes (2 doors) that are well organised, all for different reasons.

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What your wardrobe says about you 

There is nothing like finding the time to do a little quiz now and again and having a laugh at the result. Since we are in the sliderobes business, well I had a look at the “what your wardrobe says about you” quizzes and have put my own spin on it! Funny thing is, I think most of us fit a little into each category…

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What quality can you expect from sliding wardrobes?

You want to be sure that when you make an investment in a new piece of furniture that it is worth it. Especially when you spend time customising it and getting it fitted into your home.

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Walk-In Wardrobes for Empty Nesters

A walk-in wardrobe is a dream for most of us. Not because we just want more clothes but the thought of being able to see everything clearly, no fuss and space to try things on. My favorite dream of a walk-in wardrobe is actually to be able to drop the clean washing into a room and not look at a pile of ironing!

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Sliderobes – How flexible are they really?

A promise of flexible space to suit you and your needs is tempting. But when we are faced with reality it may not be the case. So let’s see how flexible you could make your sliderobe.

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Sliderobes – Aren’t they really pricey?

There is the perception out there that sliderobes are expensive. Let’s have a look.

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The bittersweet dilemma of designing your bedroom – Bedroom Furniture and Design 

For most of us it’s exciting to get the chance to redesigning your bedroom, pick new bedroom furniture or to move into a new space. If I could, I’d redesign ours a few times a year – but that’s not possible – I guess that’s why you do have to be sure that you get it right. Re-designing that often would be pretty pricey!

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Sliding wardrobe vs normal wardrobe – What’s the difference?

If you are looking at purchasing a new wardrobe you have a lot of options; from sliding wardrobes, walk-in wardrobes, to standard wardrobes. How do you compare what works for you? We’ve put together some thoughts that we hope will help you answer that question!

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My top 5 apps

DIY around the house is something we all like to do with the newest gadgets. And apps can help you too.

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Crooked Crumlin

So did you know that Crumlin in Irish is Croimghlinn, meaning “Crooked Glen”? (Thanks Wikipedia!) I decided to do a bit of research on the area because we are doing some small bits around the house and needed to figure out how old it actually is.

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Sliding Wardrobes in Dublin Apartments 

We’d all like a little more space and when it comes to many apartments it seems like the architects never quite consider storage. Most hot presses, if you are lucky enough to have one, are crammed to the hills with towels, bed linen and extra blankets. While small wardrobes are stacked with no inch to spare. What’s the solution?

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Can you afford a walk-in wardrobe in Dublin?

Not that I have much time to watch these shows, but on occasion I do like to indulge in the lives of others and check out great homes and designs on TV. I like Grand Designs, Room to Improve when it’s back on RTE and yes, Million Dollar Listing. Have a look at how your home could be upgraded with a walk-in wardrobe.

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Why start a sliding wardrobe business? 

It’s funny, since we started Fumro late last year, I keep getting asked this question: Why start a furniture business? Conrad and I have great jobs, two kids and a dog – surely that’s enough on our plates? Not least, the economy may be recovering but isn’t it risky starting a business now?

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Clearing out 2014 for good – Welcome 2015!

A New Year a new you – we hear it everywhere right now. Bombarded with ads to lose wait, quit this, start that, quit the other. And these are great and worth taking up if they suit you. I find though that without clearing the ghosts of the past year, it’s hard for me to welcome 2015 properly.

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Choosing between Glass and Gloss Sliding Wardrobes

A wardrobe is an element that reflects the character of the owner and so looking for the most suitable wardrobe is important. You also need to consider that fitted wardrobes are generally the biggest items of furniture in your room, so it is important they appear attractive. Currently, there is a wide variety of sliding wardrobes and custom made wardrobes to choose from.

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How to choose the perfect furniture for your bedroom?

For anyone who might be moving into a new apartment or thinking of re-modelling parts of their apartment there comes a time when you look at your bedroom and wonder, “how should I decorate this?”. Well, it is a tough decision.

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5 different kinds of wardrobes; choose what’s right for you

Everyone is concerned to make sure to give his or her bedroom the look they want and find an elegant way to keep it tidy with exclusively designed wardrobes from a spacious and modern range. Good collections offer great value to your place featuring elegant wardrobes with classy drawer units.

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 5 tips for choosing the right wardrobe

Everyone is well aware of the fact that in the market nowadays, there is an extensive variety of designs and samples of trendy and traditional both wardrobes. On the other hand, to choose the nearly all apposite wardrobe for your bedroom, you have to reflect more aspects than you have ever thought about. Here are some tips to help you out so that you can buy a fitting wardrobe shape, style and space of your bedroom.

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Organizing your wardrobe for Winter

Time to say good bye to summer….

Get your closets and clothes settled for the winter!
Winter clothes preparation begins in the fall with the unpacking and inspection of your last season’s warm clothes. Meanwhile one unpacks and reorganizes for winter, it gives him/her the exact idea about what you may need to add, change, mend or replace in your winter wardrobe.

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