Dunelm

26 May 19
Rebecca at Number One

We’ve been in our house for quite a few months now, and although our decorating is far from finished, I’m impressed with how we’ve managed to put our stamp on it. This is our first home and we’d never had a chance to decorate our own space and our new build home, which was really […]

24 May 19
The Scottish Sun
EVERY Saturday, The Consumer Crew are here to solve your problems. Mel Hunter will take on readers’ consumer issues, Amanda Cable will give you the best advice for buying your dream home, Maddy Tooke rounds up the best coupons to save you money and Judge Rinder will tackle your legal woes. Jane Hamilton, property expert Jane Hamilton gives tips to tenants who want pets IT is the home trend that’s cooking up a storm on Instagram and Pinterest. Loved by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, the Clooneys and John Legend, the outdoor kitchen is sure to impress your guests. But garden cooking areas can cost more than £10,000 to install and, when done badly, can mean your house loses value rather than gain. Next week is National BBQ Week. If you love outdoor cooking, there are ways to get the A-list look on a Z-list budget. Here’s how… Make sure your garden is ready to host your friends over for a barbecue Think small: There is no need to build a full-size eating area like a Hollywood star. All you really need is a grill, storage cabinet, serving trolley and garden seating. Choose your worktop carefully: It is worth investing in quality to be ready for that dodgy British weather. Avoid wood and go for stainless steel or concrete. Also, make sure you leave enough room to move around the worktop. Best bar none: Factor in a small drinks area so you do not have to run back to the house for booze. It can be as simple as a stylish bucket filled with ice to hold drinks –  or if budget allows, install an outdoor fridge or wine cooler. Go under cover: Installing a shelter or small roof means you can use your kitchen whatever the weather. Ensure your grill is properly ventilated. Hack a budget kitchen: Ikea offers affordable outdoor cabinet and storage options. Or search eBay for barbecue bargains. There are lots of free “how to build” kitchen guides on YouTube. One last hot tip: A fire pit is a cheap but stylish option. Dunelm has a black metal pit for £35. Buy of the week With four bedrooms, two cosy woodburners and easy access to the coast, this is a great pad YOU could spend the next bank holiday weekend admiring the views from this stunning Cornish cottage. With four bedrooms, two cosy woodburners and easy access to the coast, it is the perfect family pad. This is a great bargain for family summer breaks Yours for £220,000. Find it at onthemarket.com/details/6595849. [boxout headline=”Europe’s best”]BREXIT is centre stage yet again but there is at least one area in which we get a good deal in Europe. Research by estate agent comparison site getagent.co.uk reveals the UK enjoys the lowest estate agent commission fees of all EU members. We fork out just 1.2 per cent on average – while sellers in Romania pay a whopping six per cent commission. Almost as bad are Malta, France and Cyprus, where the charge is five per cent. In those countries, as well as Italy, Slovakia and Germany, sellers would pay commission of more than £10,000 based on the average UK house price. [/boxout]   Deal of the week Bag savings in the kitchen with our deals on Le Creuset pots BRIGHTEN up your kitchen a little with Le Creuset’s on-trend teal 800ml storage jar. The RRP is £28 but it costs just £12.99 at tkmaxx.com/home. SAVE: £15.01 Judge Rinder Judge Rinder helps a reader with a health issue Q) BOUGHT my flat 12 years ago as part of a freehold. The block has some garages and a communal car park. I didn’t buy a garage, deciding to use the car park instead. Spaces are limited to residents of the block and we agreed it is OK to park in front of the garages. The owners only use them for storage. We had a problem with other people using our car park, so hired a parking warden – paying £3,500 a year – to make sure only permit holders park there. But I have been given a ticket for parking in front of a garage when there were no other spaces available. I contacted the warden’s firm to raise it but they refused to cancel the charge. I’m paying this company but they are not listening. I refused to pay and they have sent it to a debt collector. Miranda, London Surely this reader entitled to park outside his own garage? A) Technically this firm was entitled to issue a ticket – it sounds like you breached the T&Cs for use of the car park, which (oddly, in this case) they seem to have set on your behalf. This is especially galling for you, as you pay them. The good news is that although they might have been legally entitled to fine you, you probably have a defence in law. If you have evidence the other long-term lease-holders gave you consent to park in front of any garage (an email or minutes from a residents’ association meeting, say), the rules drafted by the company should have taken this agreement into account. Write again to the parking firm and the relevant parking association that governs it, making clear what happened. Also notify the debt collection agency that you are in dispute with the parking company. And email the company, setting out the agreement you have with your neighbours, to get its rules amended. [boxout headline=”Drink stinks”]Q) I WORKED for a brewing company for 18 years, starting from school as an apprentice. I was encouraged to drink underage – the team leader would even give us his pass card to buy drinks at the onsite bar. I became dependent on alcohol, which led to using drugs. I had counselling but was caught at work and failed a drugs test. I was sacked and tried to take my own life. The company offered no support. I’m very angry at my treatment. I’m not innocent but being encouraged to drink at a young age by my employer contributed to my demise. Do I have any kind of case against them? Dean, Staffs A) I am so sorry. You went through a great deal. The difficulty would be proving your employer – undoubtedly negligent in providing you with alcohol underage – caused your addiction in law. It is worth exploring further, as it is a rather unusual legal action and there may be circumstances I am not aware of that could strengthen your case. Get in touch with your local branch of Citizens Advice, where they will point you in the direction of free legal help. [/boxout] A reader’s friend promised to pay him back for a pal’s funeral Q) I TOOK out a loan to pay for a funeral on behalf of a friend of mine whose wife had died. He signed a promissory note saying he would pay me back. But each month he had a new excuse for not coming up with the money. Finally, he moved away – and never sent me his address. He won’t reply to texts or answer calls. He still owes me just over £1,400. The county court money-claims service said it can’t serve my claim without his address. I’ve paid off the loan in full, as I don’t want a default notice. But how can I get the money back from him? Gill, Ipswich A) You did a sensible thing getting this agreement with your friend in writing. The promissory note is perfectly adequate proof you have a legally enforceable debt. Without it, you would have no legal action at all. Unless he has disappeared off the face of the earth, I doubt he will be difficult to find. Instruct a reasonably priced enquiry agent – there are many decent ones – to obtain his last known address. With this, you can take him to the small claims court – with a good chance of getting a judgment against him. [boxout headline=”Contact”] Judge Rinder regrets he cannot answer questions personally. Answers intended as general guidance. They do not constitute legal advice and are not a substitute for obtaining independent legal advice. Got a question for Judge Rinder? Email judgerinder@thesun.co.uk [/boxout]   Mel Hunter, Reader’s champion Mel Hunter advises on consumer issues Q) PLEASE could you help sort out my furniture delivery from Harveys? This saga has been going on since last November, when I was supposed to have two sofas, a table and four chairs delivered. Since then I have had wrong deliveries made, been sent unacceptable furniture with marks on it and had deliveries cancelled on many occasions. Andrew Yates, Nottingham A) If we had printed your letter in full, featuring a complete catalogue of all the problems you have faced, we would have pushed Judge Rinder off the page. So I’ve kept it brief. Suffice to say you were fighting this battle by yourself for months – and I was only too happy to take it off your shoulders. The good news is Harveys wasn’t denying you were in the right and staff seemed willing to help. But the company couldn’t get its diabolical stock and delivery service together to actually get the items to you. A fortnight after I highlighted your case, you finally received everything you ordered. However, two of the chairs were damaged. You then had to wait another six weeks – putting up with another two failed deliveries – before you finally got the furniture you paid for. This whole situation unravelled over seven testing months. Harveys gave you £280 compensation for the stress it had put you through. A spokesman said: “We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused to Mr Yates with his product order. We have apologised and have worked with him to agree compensation, which he has accepted.” Mel Hunter helped a reader get a refund on a flight to Thailand Q) IN October 2018, I booked a holiday to Thailand with my partner for this August. Sadly we have since broken up and I am stuck with the flight booked in her name. I bought the tickets in good faith from Travelbag but it says it can’t transfer one ticket to another person. That just seems so unfair. George Gebbett, Cambridge A) Even when it seems so simple to change the name on a ticket, strict rules across different airlines can make it nigh-on impossible to tweak tickets in this way. But given you weren’t flying for another five months and were also happy to pay a reasonable fee to make the change, I weighed in to trying to help you out. Travelbag explained it was bound by the rules set by the airline, Etihad, so I got on to the Emirates-based carrier. Fortunately, someone there was having a good day and agreed to refund the unusable flight as a goodwill gesture, although they warned Travelbag might deduct its own fees. In fact, just £2 was taken off the total, leaving you with a refund of £359.41, which you were then able to use to buy another ticket (albeit one that had gone up in price). Travelbag told me: “In these circumstances, the airlines set the rules for refunds, rebookings and name changes, not the travel agent. “We’re glad George was able to get the resolution he hoped for from Etihad and we are sorry we couldn’t assist directly.” Do you have a consumer issue? Email readers.champion@thesun.co.uk [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN MONEY” posts_category=”6225″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /]   Maddy Tooke, Coupon Queen Maddy Tooke shares her best high street deals My top five freebies this week Free copy of Shares Made Simple bit.ly/sharesmadesimpleguide Free slime from WH Smith for O2 customers. Download the free Priority app and show in store to claim bit.ly/freeo2slime Free Always samples at supersavvyme.co.uk. Request your samples at bit.ly/freealwayssamples. While stocks last  Sign up to Topcashback.co.uk through bit.ly/tcbkitbag15 and get £15 cashback when spending £15-plus at kitbag.com. Until June 20. Free YSL 15-minute makeover and foundation sample for you and a pal. Download in-store voucher from bit.ly/freeyslsamples Top 10 deals Get 10 per cent off Yankee Candles GET an extra 20 per cent off at Harvey’s with code EXTRA20. Order via quidco.com to earn eight per cent cashback. Valid until Monday; bit.ly/20offharveyssale Save ten per cent on Very Home and furniture orders over £49, 15 per cent on orders over £149 or 20 per cent on orders over £299. Use code MAY10, MAY15 or MAY20 at checkout. Ends Thursday; bit.ly/mayvery. Save ten per cent on orders from Yankee Candle with code DIS10 from Vouchercloud.com. Expires tomorrow; bit.ly/10offyankeecandle Get 25 per cent off full-price New Look orders with online code NLSHOP25 or in store. Expires Monday; bit.ly/newlook25 Get ten per cent off certain orders of £40-plus at Simply Be with code HEY10 from Vouchercloud.com. Ends Friday; bit.ly/10offsimplybe. Get 20 per cent off Phase Eight and free delivery with code STANVCDEL from vouchercodes.co.uk. See bit.ly/20offphaseeight Get £10 off Boohoo orders over £35 with a code from vouchercodes.co.uk. Offer expires tomorrow; bit.ly/10offboohoovc Save 30 per cent extra on Forever 21’s sale with moneysavingexpert.com code EXCLMSE. Code expires at 11.59pm Wednesday; bit.ly/30forever21. Treat Dad to a free Toby Carvery for Father’s Day. Valid June 16 only; bit.ly/dadcarvery Students get a free £5 Argos voucher when spending £3 or more at KFC; bit.ly/kfcvcargos [bc_video video_id=”5987886823001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Our top eight apps to help you save money in 2019″] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
24 May 19
The Sun
EVERY Saturday, The Consumer Crew are here to solve your problems. Mel Hunter will take on readers’ consumer issues, Amanda Cable will give you the best advice for buying your dream home, Maddy Tooke rounds up the best coupons to save you money and Judge Rinder will tackle your legal woes. Jane Hamilton, property expert Jane Hamilton gives tips to tenants who want pets IT is the home trend that’s cooking up a storm on Instagram and Pinterest. Loved by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, the Clooneys and John Legend, the outdoor kitchen is sure to impress your guests. But garden cooking areas can cost more than £10,000 to install and, when done badly, can mean your house loses value rather than gain. Next week is National BBQ Week. If you love outdoor cooking, there are ways to get the A-list look on a Z-list budget. Here’s how… Make sure your garden is ready to host your friends over for a barbecue Think small: There is no need to build a full-size eating area like a Hollywood star. All you really need is a grill, storage cabinet, serving trolley and garden seating. Choose your worktop carefully: It is worth investing in quality to be ready for that dodgy British weather. Avoid wood and go for stainless steel or concrete. Also, make sure you leave enough room to move around the worktop. Best bar none: Factor in a small drinks area so you do not have to run back to the house for booze. It can be as simple as a stylish bucket filled with ice to hold drinks –  or if budget allows, install an outdoor fridge or wine cooler. Go under cover: Installing a shelter or small roof means you can use your kitchen whatever the weather. Ensure your grill is properly ventilated. Hack a budget kitchen: Ikea offers affordable outdoor cabinet and storage options. Or search eBay for barbecue bargains. There are lots of free “how to build” kitchen guides on YouTube. One last hot tip: A fire pit is a cheap but stylish option. Dunelm has a black metal pit for £35. Buy of the week With four bedrooms, two cosy woodburners and easy access to the coast, this is a great pad YOU could spend the next bank holiday weekend admiring the views from this stunning Cornish cottage. With four bedrooms, two cosy woodburners and easy access to the coast, it is the perfect family pad. This is a great bargain for family summer breaks Yours for £220,000. Find it at onthemarket.com/details/6595849. [boxout headline=”Europe’s best”]BREXIT is centre stage yet again but there is at least one area in which we get a good deal in Europe. Research by estate agent comparison site getagent.co.uk reveals the UK enjoys the lowest estate agent commission fees of all EU members. We fork out just 1.2 per cent on average – while sellers in Romania pay a whopping six per cent commission. Almost as bad are Malta, France and Cyprus, where the charge is five per cent. In those countries, as well as Italy, Slovakia and Germany, sellers would pay commission of more than £10,000 based on the average UK house price. [/boxout]   Deal of the week Bag savings in the kitchen with our deals on Le Creuset pots BRIGHTEN up your kitchen a little with Le Creuset’s on-trend teal 800ml storage jar. The RRP is £28 but it costs just £12.99 at tkmaxx.com/home. SAVE: £15.01 Judge Rinder Judge Rinder helps a reader with a health issue Q) BOUGHT my flat 12 years ago as part of a freehold. The block has some garages and a communal car park. I didn’t buy a garage, deciding to use the car park instead. Spaces are limited to residents of the block and we agreed it is OK to park in front of the garages. The owners only use them for storage. We had a problem with other people using our car park, so hired a parking warden – paying £3,500 a year – to make sure only permit holders park there. But I have been given a ticket for parking in front of a garage when there were no other spaces available. I contacted the warden’s firm to raise it but they refused to cancel the charge. I’m paying this company but they are not listening. I refused to pay and they have sent it to a debt collector. Miranda, London Surely this reader entitled to park outside his own garage? A) Technically this firm was entitled to issue a ticket – it sounds like you breached the T&Cs for use of the car park, which (oddly, in this case) they seem to have set on your behalf. This is especially galling for you, as you pay them. The good news is that although they might have been legally entitled to fine you, you probably have a defence in law. If you have evidence the other long-term lease-holders gave you consent to park in front of any garage (an email or minutes from a residents’ association meeting, say), the rules drafted by the company should have taken this agreement into account. Write again to the parking firm and the relevant parking association that governs it, making clear what happened. Also notify the debt collection agency that you are in dispute with the parking company. And email the company, setting out the agreement you have with your neighbours, to get its rules amended. [boxout headline=”Drink stinks”]Q) I WORKED for a brewing company for 18 years, starting from school as an apprentice. I was encouraged to drink underage – the team leader would even give us his pass card to buy drinks at the onsite bar. I became dependent on alcohol, which led to using drugs. I had counselling but was caught at work and failed a drugs test. I was sacked and tried to take my own life. The company offered no support. I’m very angry at my treatment. I’m not innocent but being encouraged to drink at a young age by my employer contributed to my demise. Do I have any kind of case against them? Dean, Staffs A) I am so sorry. You went through a great deal. The difficulty would be proving your employer – undoubtedly negligent in providing you with alcohol underage – caused your addiction in law. It is worth exploring further, as it is a rather unusual legal action and there may be circumstances I am not aware of that could strengthen your case. Get in touch with your local branch of Citizens Advice, where they will point you in the direction of free legal help. [/boxout] A reader’s friend promised to pay him back for a pal’s funeral Q) I TOOK out a loan to pay for a funeral on behalf of a friend of mine whose wife had died. He signed a promissory note saying he would pay me back. But each month he had a new excuse for not coming up with the money. Finally, he moved away – and never sent me his address. He won’t reply to texts or answer calls. He still owes me just over £1,400. The county court money-claims service said it can’t serve my claim without his address. I’ve paid off the loan in full, as I don’t want a default notice. But how can I get the money back from him? Gill, Ipswich A) You did a sensible thing getting this agreement with your friend in writing. The promissory note is perfectly adequate proof you have a legally enforceable debt. Without it, you would have no legal action at all. Unless he has disappeared off the face of the earth, I doubt he will be difficult to find. Instruct a reasonably priced enquiry agent – there are many decent ones – to obtain his last known address. With this, you can take him to the small claims court – with a good chance of getting a judgment against him. [boxout headline=”Contact”] Judge Rinder regrets he cannot answer questions personally. Answers intended as general guidance. They do not constitute legal advice and are not a substitute for obtaining independent legal advice. Got a question for Judge Rinder? Email judgerinder@thesun.co.uk [/boxout]   Mel Hunter, Reader’s champion Mel Hunter advises on consumer issues Q) PLEASE could you help sort out my furniture delivery from Harveys? This saga has been going on since last November, when I was supposed to have two sofas, a table and four chairs delivered. Since then I have had wrong deliveries made, been sent unacceptable furniture with marks on it and had deliveries cancelled on many occasions. Andrew Yates, Nottingham A) If we had printed your letter in full, featuring a complete catalogue of all the problems you have faced, we would have pushed Judge Rinder off the page. So I’ve kept it brief. Suffice to say you were fighting this battle by yourself for months – and I was only too happy to take it off your shoulders. The good news is Harveys wasn’t denying you were in the right and staff seemed willing to help. But the company couldn’t get its diabolical stock and delivery service together to actually get the items to you. A fortnight after I highlighted your case, you finally received everything you ordered. However, two of the chairs were damaged. You then had to wait another six weeks – putting up with another two failed deliveries – before you finally got the furniture you paid for. This whole situation unravelled over seven testing months. Harveys gave you £280 compensation for the stress it had put you through. A spokesman said: “We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused to Mr Yates with his product order. We have apologised and have worked with him to agree compensation, which he has accepted.” Mel Hunter helped a reader get a refund on a flight to Thailand Q) IN October 2018, I booked a holiday to Thailand with my partner for this August. Sadly we have since broken up and I am stuck with the flight booked in her name. I bought the tickets in good faith from Travelbag but it says it can’t transfer one ticket to another person. That just seems so unfair. George Gebbett, Cambridge A) Even when it seems so simple to change the name on a ticket, strict rules across different airlines can make it nigh-on impossible to tweak tickets in this way. But given you weren’t flying for another five months and were also happy to pay a reasonable fee to make the change, I weighed in to trying to help you out. Travelbag explained it was bound by the rules set by the airline, Etihad, so I got on to the Emirates-based carrier. Fortunately, someone there was having a good day and agreed to refund the unusable flight as a goodwill gesture, although they warned Travelbag might deduct its own fees. In fact, just £2 was taken off the total, leaving you with a refund of £359.41, which you were then able to use to buy another ticket (albeit one that had gone up in price). Travelbag told me: “In these circumstances, the airlines set the rules for refunds, rebookings and name changes, not the travel agent. “We’re glad George was able to get the resolution he hoped for from Etihad and we are sorry we couldn’t assist directly.” Do you have a consumer issue? Email readers.champion@thesun.co.uk [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN MONEY” posts_category=”10712″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /]   Maddy Tooke, Coupon Queen Maddy Tooke shares her best high street deals My top five freebies this week Free copy of Shares Made Simple bit.ly/sharesmadesimpleguide Free slime from WH Smith for O2 customers. Download the free Priority app and show in store to claim bit.ly/freeo2slime Free Always samples at supersavvyme.co.uk. Request your samples at bit.ly/freealwayssamples. While stocks last  Sign up to Topcashback.co.uk through bit.ly/tcbkitbag15 and get £15 cashback when spending £15-plus at kitbag.com. Until June 20. Free YSL 15-minute makeover and foundation sample for you and a pal. Download in-store voucher from bit.ly/freeyslsamples Top 10 deals Get 10 per cent off Yankee Candles GET an extra 20 per cent off at Harvey’s with code EXTRA20. Order via quidco.com to earn eight per cent cashback. Valid until Monday; bit.ly/20offharveyssale Save ten per cent on Very Home and furniture orders over £49, 15 per cent on orders over £149 or 20 per cent on orders over £299. Use code MAY10, MAY15 or MAY20 at checkout. Ends Thursday; bit.ly/mayvery. Save ten per cent on orders from Yankee Candle with code DIS10 from Vouchercloud.com. Expires tomorrow; bit.ly/10offyankeecandle Get 25 per cent off full-price New Look orders with online code NLSHOP25 or in store. Expires Monday; bit.ly/newlook25 Get ten per cent off certain orders of £40-plus at Simply Be with code HEY10 from Vouchercloud.com. Ends Friday; bit.ly/10offsimplybe. Get 20 per cent off Phase Eight and free delivery with code STANVCDEL from vouchercodes.co.uk. See bit.ly/20offphaseeight Get £10 off Boohoo orders over £35 with a code from vouchercodes.co.uk. Offer expires tomorrow; bit.ly/10offboohoovc Save 30 per cent extra on Forever 21’s sale with moneysavingexpert.com code EXCLMSE. Code expires at 11.59pm Wednesday; bit.ly/30forever21. Treat Dad to a free Toby Carvery for Father’s Day. Valid June 16 only; bit.ly/dadcarvery Students get a free £5 Argos voucher when spending £3 or more at KFC; bit.ly/kfcvcargos [bc_video video_id=”5987886823001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Our top eight apps to help you save money in 2019″] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
24 May 19
The Sun
A sofa should bring comfort, style and warmth to your home – and if you’re on the market for a new one, we have just what you need. Whether you’re completely redecorating or are just looking to give your home a little lift, the sofas in our round-up are sure to add the wow-factor to any room. We’ve scoured our favourite furniture retailers including Made.com, Dunelm and Harveys – to find stylish models, whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a savvy buy or are in the mood to splash out. Before buying, get out the tape measure and make sure you’re certain of the sofa dimensions that will fit and suit your space. Bear in mind that if access to your home is limited, you might need to opt for a low-back style, one with removable legs or even a modular design that can be delivered in sections. Here’s a selection of the best sofas to buy for all budgets. Islington Islington 3 seater sofa, £799, Harveys – buy now This retro-inspired design from Harveys Furniture will bring life and character to any living room. If you’re looking for something a bit more discreet, the same sofa is also available in black, grey and red. It is currently selling for a discounted £799 down from £1598 – a 50 per cent saving. Charlotte Charlotte 3 seater sofa, £934-£1415 – buy now Those who like elegant chic designs and soft fabrics will find what they’re after in the Charlotte three seater sofa from Harveys. With a range of colour options – including taupe and plum – the collection is available in two sizes of sofa, a love seat and a coordinating footstool. The couch will set you back more than £1400 but you can save £481 if you’re planning to buy another item – worth considering if you’re upgrading your home. Michigan Michigan velvet left hand corner sofa, £599, Dunelm – buy now The Michigan Velvet Corner Sofa features beautiful crushed velvet upholstery. This sofa will liven up any space and is the perfect buy for those with a big family or those who like to entertain. It comes complete with scatter back cushions allowing you to arrange them as you please and is also available in black or mink colours. Xander Xander Colour Pop Clic Clac Sofa Bed – Mustard, £249, Dunelm – buy now The Xander colour pop sofa is great for those who want a stylish product for a budget price. Crafted with sturdy wooden and metal legs, the compact double sofa bed provides comfort for sitting and sleeping with its quilted foam seat. Also available in grey and orange we love its minimalist yet contemporary design. Scott Scott large 2 seater sofa, £949, Made – buy now With a deep, sprung seat and feather-fibre mix cushioning this sofa is one you want to curl up on  with your pet, your significant other or a good book. The clean lines of this large two seater sofa give a subtle nod to mid-century design. Perfect if you’re looking for a sophisticated model that will stand the test of time. [article-rail-topic title=”More Sun Voucher deals” term_id=”13913″ posts_number=”6″ /] With summer just around the corner, it’s time to give your home or garden an update. As plant are back in fashion, we’ve rounded up the best planters for your outdoor space, in all styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Thinking a change of seasons? Check out our handy guides for top tips to enjoy the spring and summer months. And if you’re already planning your summer party, here are the must-have BBQ accessories you’ll need. Find discount and offers for Made.com, Dunelm and Harveys with The Sun Vouchers This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
24 May 19
The Scottish Sun
A sofa should bring comfort, style and warmth to your home – and if you’re on the market for a new one, we have just what you need. Whether you’re completely redecorating or are just looking to give your home a little lift, the sofas in our round-up are sure to add the wow-factor to any room. We’ve scoured our favourite furniture retailers including Made.com, Dunelm and Harveys – to find stylish models, whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a savvy buy or are in the mood to splash out. Before buying, get out the tape measure and make sure you’re certain of the sofa dimensions that will fit and suit your space. Bear in mind that if access to your home is limited, you might need to opt for a low-back style, one with removable legs or even a modular design that can be delivered in sections. Here’s a selection of the best sofas to buy for all budgets. Islington Islington 3 seater sofa, £799, Harveys – buy now This retro-inspired design from Harveys Furniture will bring life and character to any living room. If you’re looking for something a bit more discreet, the same sofa is also available in black, grey and red. It is currently selling for a discounted £799 down from £1598 – a 50 per cent saving. Charlotte Charlotte 3 seater sofa, £934-£1415 – buy now Those who like elegant chic designs and soft fabrics will find what they’re after in the Charlotte three seater sofa from Harveys. With a range of colour options – including taupe and plum – the collection is available in two sizes of sofa, a love seat and a coordinating footstool. The couch will set you back more than £1400 but you can save £481 if you’re planning to buy another item – worth considering if you’re upgrading your home. Michigan Michigan velvet left hand corner sofa, £599, Dunelm – buy now The Michigan Velvet Corner Sofa features beautiful crushed velvet upholstery. This sofa will liven up any space and is the perfect buy for those with a big family or those who like to entertain. It comes complete with scatter back cushions allowing you to arrange them as you please and is also available in black or mink colours. Xander Xander Colour Pop Clic Clac Sofa Bed – Mustard, £249, Dunelm – buy now The Xander colour pop sofa is great for those who want a stylish product for a budget price. Crafted with sturdy wooden and metal legs, the compact double sofa bed provides comfort for sitting and sleeping with its quilted foam seat. Also available in grey and orange we love its minimalist yet contemporary design. Scott Scott large 2 seater sofa, £949, Made – buy now With a deep, sprung seat and feather-fibre mix cushioning this sofa is one you want to curl up on  with your pet, your significant other or a good book. The clean lines of this large two seater sofa give a subtle nod to mid-century design. Perfect if you’re looking for a sophisticated model that will stand the test of time. [article-rail-topic title=”More Sun Voucher deals” term_id=”13913″ posts_number=”6″ /] With summer just around the corner, it’s time to give your home or garden an update. As plant are back in fashion, we’ve rounded up the best planters for your outdoor space, in all styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Thinking a change of seasons? Check out our handy guides for top tips to enjoy the spring and summer months. And if you’re already planning your summer party, here are the must-have BBQ accessories you’ll need. Find discount and offers for Made.com, Dunelm and Harveys with The Sun Vouchers This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
24 May 19
The Irish Sun
A sofa should bring comfort, style and warmth to your home – and if you’re on the market for a new one, we have just what you need. Whether you’re completely redecorating or are just looking to give your home a little lift, the sofas in our round-up are sure to add the wow-factor to any room. We’ve scoured our favourite furniture retailers including Made.com, Dunelm and Harveys – to find stylish models, whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a savvy buy or are in the mood to splash out. Before buying, get out the tape measure and make sure you’re certain of the sofa dimensions that will fit and suit your space. Bear in mind that if access to your home is limited, you might need to opt for a low-back style, one with removable legs or even a modular design that can be delivered in sections. Here’s a selection of the best sofas to buy for all budgets. Islington Islington 3 seater sofa, £799, Harveys – buy now This retro-inspired design from Harveys Furniture will bring life and character to any living room. If you’re looking for something a bit more discreet, the same sofa is also available in black, grey and red. It is currently selling for a discounted £799 down from £1598 – a 50 per cent saving. Charlotte Charlotte 3 seater sofa, £934-£1415 – buy now Those who like elegant chic designs and soft fabrics will find what they’re after in the Charlotte three seater sofa from Harveys. With a range of colour options – including taupe and plum – the collection is available in two sizes of sofa, a love seat and a coordinating footstool. The couch will set you back more than £1400 but you can save £481 if you’re planning to buy another item – worth considering if you’re upgrading your home. Michigan Michigan velvet left hand corner sofa, £599, Dunelm – buy now The Michigan Velvet Corner Sofa features beautiful crushed velvet upholstery. This sofa will liven up any space and is the perfect buy for those with a big family or those who like to entertain. It comes complete with scatter back cushions allowing you to arrange them as you please and is also available in black or mink colours. Xander Xander Colour Pop Clic Clac Sofa Bed – Mustard, £249, Dunelm – buy now The Xander colour pop sofa is great for those who want a stylish product for a budget price. Crafted with sturdy wooden and metal legs, the compact double sofa bed provides comfort for sitting and sleeping with its quilted foam seat. Also available in grey and orange we love its minimalist yet contemporary design. Scott Scott large 2 seater sofa, £949, Made – buy now With a deep, sprung seat and feather-fibre mix cushioning this sofa is one you want to curl up on  with your pet, your significant other or a good book. The clean lines of this large two seater sofa give a subtle nod to mid-century design. Perfect if you’re looking for a sophisticated model that will stand the test of time. [article-rail-topic title=”More Sun Voucher deals” term_id=”13913″ posts_number=”6″ /] With summer just around the corner, it’s time to give your home or garden an update. As plant are back in fashion, we’ve rounded up the best planters for your outdoor space, in all styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Thinking a change of seasons? Check out our handy guides for top tips to enjoy the spring and summer months. And if you’re already planning your summer party, here are the must-have BBQ accessories you’ll need. Find discount and offers for Made.com, Dunelm and Harveys with The Sun Vouchers This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
24 May 19
The Irish Sun
ONE of the best ways to celebrate the Queen’s birthday is surely by indulging in the British ritual of afternoon tea. The Queen has two birthday celebrations each year: one on her actual birth date, and the other on her “official” birthday. Her Majesty turned 93 on April 21 but her “official” birthday will take place on Saturday June 8 this year. It is still celebrated by the Trooping the Colour procession. Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the parade, which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade. Not been invited to the party? It doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it in style. To mark the monarch’s milestone many hotels will be launching special afternoon tea offers – but you could save some serious cash by hosting a tea party at home instead. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some adorable teapots and tea sets to mark the occasion, so stick the kettle on and invite your friends round for a cuppa. Here’s our selection from Debenhams and Dunelm. Bird print tea set Multicoloured bird print tea for two teapot, £24, Debenhams – buy now If you want to have a quiet celebration with a loved one or a friend this stack teapot and cup set for two from Debenhams is just what you’re looking for. The teapot and one mug are decorated with an elegant and colourful bird themed pattern, while the other mug is finished with a bright spotted print. Made from durable stoneware it is build to last and would also be perfect for a gift. Do bear in mind the set is hand-wash only, so treat it with care. Archive rose teapot Aynsley China – Archive rose teap, £40, Debenhams – buy now Pink roses on a teal background gives this teapot a quirky vintage look. According to the retailer, it’s taking its inspiration from the vast archive of artwork from Aynsley’s over 240 year history. Its beautiful design means it’s definitely one you will want to display at your party, instead of hiding it in the back of a cupboard. Arthur Price Silver Arthur Price – Silver plated home tableware luxury 4 piece tea set, Was: £950, Now: £760 – buy now A luxury product from the company which supplies the Prince of Wales himself, this tea set is fit for a Queen. It comprises a tea pot, coffee pot, sugar bowl and milk jug, hand crafted in Birmingham from the finest materials. The set is currently on offer for a discounted £760 instead of £950. It’s not a bad deal if you’re looking to invest, but stay away if you’re saving money for something that has more meaning to you. Katie Alice Afternoon Tea Set Katie Alice Ditsy Floral White Afternoon Tea Set, £24, Dunelm – buy now Created from fine bone china, this afternoon tea set is a stunning product to share with your friends and family when they come for tea. We love the teacup’s dusty pink design and classic shape, which is sure to impress any guest. The set comes with a tea cup, saucer and a side plate – so bear in mind that the actual teapot is not included in the price. Spode Blue Italian Teapot Spode Blue Italian Teapot, Was £98, Now £68, Dunelm – buy now This elegant Blue Italian Teapot has a beautiful classic shape and it will look great on display or used at afternoon tea. Spode’s blue and white collection was launched in 1816 and has been manufactured ever since – perfect if you’re looking for a unique piece with a little bit of history behind it. According to the retailer, Blue Italian features a finely detailed 18th century Imari Oriental border encompassing a scene inspired by the Italian countryside. The best thing about it? It’s dishwasher safe and it’s currently on sale for a discounted £68 down from £98. [article-rail-topic title=”More Sun Vouchers deals” term_id=”13913″ posts_number=”6″ /] We all like to add a bit of green to our home and what better way to do that than with the gift of fresh flowers? And if you don’t have time to head over to your local florist, it’s now easy to order expertly arranged bouquet, without even leaving your home. Here’s our selection of the best summer bouquets you can get delivered straight to your door. As plants are back in fashion – there is a huge variety of containers to choose from, in all styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Check our round-up of the best planters to buy ahead of the summer. Find discounts and offers for Debenhams and Dunelm with The Sun Vouchers This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
24 May 19
The Scottish Sun
ONE of the best ways to celebrate the Queen’s birthday is surely by indulging in the British ritual of afternoon tea. The Queen has two birthday celebrations each year: one on her actual birth date, and the other on her “official” birthday. Her Majesty turned 93 on April 21 but her “official” birthday will take place on Saturday June 8 this year. It is still celebrated by the Trooping the Colour procession. Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the parade, which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade. Not been invited to the party? It doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it in style. To mark the monarch’s milestone many hotels will be launching special afternoon tea offers – but you could save some serious cash by hosting a tea party at home instead. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some adorable teapots and tea sets to mark the occasion, so stick the kettle on and invite your friends round for a cuppa. Here’s our selection from Debenhams and Dunelm. Bird print tea set Multicoloured bird print tea for two teapot, £24, Debenhams – buy now If you want to have a quiet celebration with a loved one or a friend this stack teapot and cup set for two from Debenhams is just what you’re looking for. The teapot and one mug are decorated with an elegant and colourful bird themed pattern, while the other mug is finished with a bright spotted print. Made from durable stoneware it is build to last and would also be perfect for a gift. Do bear in mind the set is hand-wash only, so treat it with care. Archive rose teapot Aynsley China – Archive rose teap, £40, Debenhams – buy now Pink roses on a teal background gives this teapot a quirky vintage look. According to the retailer, it’s taking its inspiration from the vast archive of artwork from Aynsley’s over 240 year history. Its beautiful design means it’s definitely one you will want to display at your party, instead of hiding it in the back of a cupboard. Arthur Price Silver Arthur Price – Silver plated home tableware luxury 4 piece tea set, Was: £950, Now: £760 – buy now A luxury product from the company which supplies the Prince of Wales himself, this tea set is fit for a Queen. It comprises a tea pot, coffee pot, sugar bowl and milk jug, hand crafted in Birmingham from the finest materials. The set is currently on offer for a discounted £760 instead of £950. It’s not a bad deal if you’re looking to invest, but stay away if you’re saving money for something that has more meaning to you. Katie Alice Afternoon Tea Set Katie Alice Ditsy Floral White Afternoon Tea Set, £24, Dunelm – buy now Created from fine bone china, this afternoon tea set is a stunning product to share with your friends and family when they come for tea. We love the teacup’s dusty pink design and classic shape, which is sure to impress any guest. The set comes with a tea cup, saucer and a side plate – so bear in mind that the actual teapot is not included in the price. Spode Blue Italian Teapot Spode Blue Italian Teapot, Was £98, Now £68, Dunelm – buy now This elegant Blue Italian Teapot has a beautiful classic shape and it will look great on display or used at afternoon tea. Spode’s blue and white collection was launched in 1816 and has been manufactured ever since – perfect if you’re looking for a unique piece with a little bit of history behind it. According to the retailer, Blue Italian features a finely detailed 18th century Imari Oriental border encompassing a scene inspired by the Italian countryside. The best thing about it? It’s dishwasher safe and it’s currently on sale for a discounted £68 down from £98. [article-rail-topic title=”More Sun Vouchers deals” term_id=”13913″ posts_number=”6″ /] We all like to add a bit of green to our home and what better way to do that than with the gift of fresh flowers? And if you don’t have time to head over to your local florist, it’s now easy to order expertly arranged bouquet, without even leaving your home. Here’s our selection of the best summer bouquets you can get delivered straight to your door. As plants are back in fashion – there is a huge variety of containers to choose from, in all styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Check our round-up of the best planters to buy ahead of the summer. Find discounts and offers for Debenhams and Dunelm with The Sun Vouchers This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
24 May 19
The Sun
ONE of the best ways to celebrate the Queen’s birthday is surely by indulging in the British ritual of afternoon tea. The Queen has two birthday celebrations each year: one on her actual birth date, and the other on her “official” birthday. Her Majesty turned 93 on April 21 but her “official” birthday will take place on Saturday June 8 this year. It is still celebrated by the Trooping the Colour procession. Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the parade, which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade. Not been invited to the party? It doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it in style. To mark the monarch’s milestone many hotels will be launching special afternoon tea offers – but you could save some serious cash by hosting a tea party at home instead. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some adorable teapots and tea sets to mark the occasion, so stick the kettle on and invite your friends round for a cuppa. Here’s our selection from Debenhams and Dunelm. Bird print tea set Multicoloured bird print tea for two teapot, £24, Debenhams – buy now If you want to have a quiet celebration with a loved one or a friend this stack teapot and cup set for two from Debenhams is just what you’re looking for. The teapot and one mug are decorated with an elegant and colourful bird themed pattern, while the other mug is finished with a bright spotted print. Made from durable stoneware it is build to last and would also be perfect for a gift. Do bear in mind the set is hand-wash only, so treat it with care. Archive rose teapot Aynsley China – Archive rose teap, £40, Debenhams – buy now Pink roses on a teal background gives this teapot a quirky vintage look. According to the retailer, it’s taking its inspiration from the vast archive of artwork from Aynsley’s over 240 year history. Its beautiful design means it’s definitely one you will want to display at your party, instead of hiding it in the back of a cupboard. Arthur Price Silver Arthur Price – Silver plated home tableware luxury 4 piece tea set, Was: £950, Now: £760 – buy now A luxury product from the company which supplies the Prince of Wales himself, this tea set is fit for a Queen. It comprises a tea pot, coffee pot, sugar bowl and milk jug, hand crafted in Birmingham from the finest materials. The set is currently on offer for a discounted £760 instead of £950. It’s not a bad deal if you’re looking to invest, but stay away if you’re saving money for something that has more meaning to you. Katie Alice Afternoon Tea Set Katie Alice Ditsy Floral White Afternoon Tea Set, £24, Dunelm – buy now Created from fine bone china, this afternoon tea set is a stunning product to share with your friends and family when they come for tea. We love the teacup’s dusty pink design and classic shape, which is sure to impress any guest. The set comes with a tea cup, saucer and a side plate – so bear in mind that the actual teapot is not included in the price. Spode Blue Italian Teapot Spode Blue Italian Teapot, Was £98, Now £68, Dunelm – buy now This elegant Blue Italian Teapot has a beautiful classic shape and it will look great on display or used at afternoon tea. Spode’s blue and white collection was launched in 1816 and has been manufactured ever since – perfect if you’re looking for a unique piece with a little bit of history behind it. According to the retailer, Blue Italian features a finely detailed 18th century Imari Oriental border encompassing a scene inspired by the Italian countryside. The best thing about it? It’s dishwasher safe and it’s currently on sale for a discounted £68 down from £98. [article-rail-topic title=”More Sun Vouchers deals” term_id=”13913″ posts_number=”6″ /] We all like to add a bit of green to our home and what better way to do that than with the gift of fresh flowers? And if you don’t have time to head over to your local florist, it’s now easy to order expertly arranged bouquet, without even leaving your home. Here’s our selection of the best summer bouquets you can get delivered straight to your door. As plants are back in fashion – there is a huge variety of containers to choose from, in all styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Check our round-up of the best planters to buy ahead of the summer. Find discounts and offers for Debenhams and Dunelm with The Sun Vouchers This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.
22 May 19
HOUSETOHOME

This is the latest room to be updated, although it had been renovated when the others were (Re wired, skimmed, painted and new carpet) It was never really complete with the decoration. I decorated it sort of as a quick fix with a new big bed, as he was just coming out of the cot […]

21 May 19
Under The Rainclouds

When I was initially diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome I was in excruciating pain and being given doses of Morphine throughout the day and night in an attempt to make the pain bearable. I also couldn’t walk on my own and had lost normal use of my arms and facial muscles. Although I was extremely happy […]

21 May 19
Pandora Maxton Lifestyling

I am never happier than when outside. Maybe it comes from my upbringing and being around horses all the time that meant I spent a considerable amount of time outdoors. I am fortunate enough to live in a place with lots of space, fields, barns, stables, garden and a good sized patio. If I’m honest […]

21 May 19

The biggest expense in your bedroom is your bed right? But you just don’t feel the love when you walk into your room… Your bed is just a bed, somewhere you sleep, it only needs to fulfil that purpose right? I told myself this for many years as I tried to ignore the fact that […]

20 May 19
Project Money Pit

Contains affiliate links, but opinions are my own! It is amazing what a lick of paint and a weekend of ignoring the kids can do to the wellbeing of our family. It took almost a whole day to empty the room of doom. It is the room where we had originally dumped basically everything when the movers […]