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Bring the inside outside

 

Give yourself a better work life balance and get back to nature by making the most of your outside space so you can feel more Zen. Why not reap the wellbeing benefits of your outside space? Whether you have a garden, patio or balcony, design your outside area as an extension of your inside space and use it as a calming retreat to dine al fresco, have a post-work glass of wine or relax with a book.

 

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Your garden is an extension of your home, and can offer you an 'extra room', especially if space indoors is limited. Interior trends are making their way outside more than ever before. As us Brits are beginning to want more comfort from our outside spaces, so think about creating your garden as you would an interior room or a conservatory. Both of the major Swedish interiors trends - hygge and lagom - translate to the outdoors. Whether you want the cosiness of hygge or favour the more minimalist, pared-back approach of lagom, that being not too much, not too little, the latest Scandi trends will work in your garden, too.

 

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For hygge influences look out for furniture with soft lines and sumptuous cosy cushions, and for lagom influences keep it minimal and understated with sleek, pared back furniture in natural, raw and recycled materials and elements of metals. There is no reason why you can't blend the two styles for your own unique look and personal preferences.

 

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SWEDISH TRENDS - GET THE LOOK

You'll be able to recreate this look with ease from a variety of department stores and high street chains that all provide beautiful garden furniture. From places like Argos and Wilko for large ticket items to Home Bargains, Primark, Poundland, Poundworld, and Asda for accessories.

 

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Home 8 Seater Rattan Effect Corner Dining Set £399.99 Argos

Home Rattan 2 Seater Duck Egg Patio Set £199.99 (was £269.99) Argos

Garden Snuggle Egg Chair £275 and Garden Egg Lounge Set £225 both Wilko

 

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NATURAL MATERIALS

As the popularity of natural materials rise in interiors, so it is with patio and garden furniture. Less synthetic materials, more natural timber, and free-flowing pieces are the key

 

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Forest Sleeper Benches and Table Set £399.99 Argos

 

 

INSIDE OUT LIVING

The distinction between indoors and outdoors has become more blurred as homes are now being designed and renovated to 'open up' - creating open plan spaces inside leading to the garden or patio via glass sliding doors, the same applies to balconies. That feeling of flow warrants a comfortable outside space with lounge like seating that resembles a three-piece suite, or sturdy dining furniture that helps to create a feeling of an 'extra room'.

 

 

THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Layer up chairs with dreamy cushions and bright-coloured throws, add some fairy lights, lanterns and candles to create a calm and magical ambience. Garden and patio lighting is an important feature, rather than a functional afterthought. Use solar lights and motion sensor lights to conserve energy and use beneath big plants, hanging from trees, and to light pathways.

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Cushions, candles, tealights and fairly lights all Primark

Solar powered garden and patio lights all Poundland

 

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Don't forget your passport

The summer is almost upon us. Hurrah! For some of us it means travelling to near or far flung places for family gatherings, weekends away, holiday pleasure and some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether long haul or short haul, whatever you do, don't leave home without bagging yourself the right bags for your trip.

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CARRY ON & CARRY OFF

For special short breaks and for your carry-on, you need a cabin bag that's super versatile and easy to get from A to B. First and foremost, each airline has their own set of size guidelines when it comes to cabin luggage. Get your dimensions wrong and you could end up with extra hassle at the airport and paying hefty charges for your luggage to go in the hold if it's too big for the cabin.

 

To find the ideal hand luggage to take with you on your flight think about what you will be taking with you and compartmentalise your packing accordingly.

 

Make sure you have a telescopic and adjustable handle, side handles to make it easier to lift into the overhead locker and the more wheels the better as you'll get better movement and stability.

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IT Worlds Lightest Small Wheel Suitcase £29.99 Argos

American Tourister Wavebreaker 8 Wheel Small Suitcase £49.99 Argos

IT Luggage 4 Wheel Hard Cabin Case £39.99 Argos

 

If you're taking a computer with you, then opt for an airline approved cabin bag with a built in laptop section. You'll also want to consider whether you want a case that can fit under your seat for quick access.

 

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If aesthetic is more important to you than function then there are plenty of colourful cabin bags around at bargain prices. From stripes and florals to bold brights, the choice is endless.

 

 

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK

When you're escaping on holiday for a week or more, or just packing for every eventuality, you need a case that offers the space and features to get your stuff all the way to your destination, and all the way back again.

 

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Make sure your case has straps inside to keep your belongings secure and in place for the duration of your journey. Pockets and compartments provide extra space and are perfect for keeping important stuff safe and expandable luggage gives you more space when you need it, especially if you're planning on coming home with more than you left with. One other tip, if you're trying to blag an upgrade then make sure you look the part. Why not choose an eye catching and chic luggage set to accompany you on your travels.

 

FOR LITTLE PEOPLE & GROWN UP KIDS

Travelling with children, whatever their age can be stressful, but you can take away some of the hassle by choosing luggage that they'll love.

 

Luggage designed specifically for children can have a dual purpose and help them beat the boredom of travelling. Flyte is a combination of a compact piece of luggage, a pull along trolley case and a scooter. It easily folds out from a travel case into a fun steer scooter to make running to the gate a breeze!

 

Designed to be used as hand luggage, kids can pack their Trunki with their favourite belongings, while you can keep them in tow, let them ride on next to you, or take a seat while waiting to board.

 

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Flyte H20 Midi Case Scooter and Olivia The Owl Midi Flyte Case Scooter both £69.99 each from Argos

Trunki Frank the Firetruck and Trunki Una the Unicorn, each £39.99 Argos

 

Kid's accessories can also be fun. From cute luggage tags and passport holders for babies to cool travel accessories for teenagers who want to retain their individuality.

 

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Bambino My First Passport & luggage Tag £12.99 Argos

Watermelon Luggage Tag £3.99 New Look

Away We Go Travel Essentials Set £10.00 Claire's

 

PACK & PROTECT

There is no such thing as too many bags to make your packing more streamlined. From bags to help you pack in a modular system, to bags specifically designed to protect your shoes, lingerie and swimwear in your suitcase, and bags dedicated to protecting your technology from beachside antics, seek and you shall find.

 

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Travel Bags £1.00 Poundland

Pro-Tec CaseIt Active Universal Mobile Waterproof Pouch £9.99 EE Stores

Proporta Beachbuoy Large £12.49 Superdrug

Travel Pouch £2.99 Superdrug

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GET ORGANISED

A passport holder or a travel pouch is the one item you will be pleased you took as you'll be able to put all your important travel documents in one place as well credit cards, certificates, passport, etc.

 

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From practical styles you can keep in your pocket or wear around your neck, to ones with funky prints that make a statement about who you are, whatever you choose it will help you stay organised.

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Beauty Junky Passport and Ticket Holder £7.50 Boots

Trendz Map Passport Cover £13.00 Boots

 

 

Techy fans will love the revolutionary Hidentity Passport Plus Cover, it stops criminals from reading the data stored on the RFID chip in your passport or credit and debit card due to a protective foil embedded in the cover. It is so thin that very little bulk is added to your passport so will even fit in your coat pocket.

 

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Neon Passport Holders £1.00 Poundland

 

 

TAG IT

Stand out in a crowd at the baggage carousel with brightly designed luggage tags and say goodbye to picking up the wrong case.

 

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Slogan Luggage Tags £1.00 Poundworld

Glo Luggage ID Tag £2.49 Superdrug

 

 

Happy travels!


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