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Over the past few years, technology and the trend towards ‘the internet of things’ has disrupted the music industry via services such as Spotify, transport with services such as Uber, and now this trend is coming into our homes with smart technologies on the rise. (more…)

Autumn brings the change in the weather: on a good day this can mean clear skies and crisp, fresh sunny days. Unfortunately in Scotland, we also see more rain, damp and cold, with the colourful autumn leaves often turning to a brown, slippery mush under foot! Getting your home ready for autumn and the change in weather requires a bit of forethought, organisation and planning. Here are some top tips to help you protect your home from the chill and damp that the autumnal season often brings. (more…)

Still reeling from the two weeks in Rio where team GB finished an impressive 2nd place? In today’s post we celebrate the outstanding contribution of Scots to Team GB’s achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympics. (more…)

In years gone by, when it came to buying property, buyers were traditionally advised to go for a fixed rate mortgage by their bank. But in 2016, with interest rates falling to a new record low – and warnings that they could fall further – could it be worthwhile seriously considering a tracker mortgage? (more…)

That time of year is upon us once again! It may seem like only yesterday when the little ones were celebrating the end of last term, but next week marks the beginning of a new school year.

Indeed, the six week holiday has flown by, and it may have snuck up on you.  First day back to school might be overwhelming and emotional for children, parents – and teachers alike – and that is why we have prepared this quick guide to get your head in the game and make their return as seamless as possible: (more…)

We all like to imagine what our dream home looks like; how it will be decorated where it will be located, how much space it will have, and what the architectural style will be.

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More than a month on since the EU Referendum vote, the financial markets are still reeling from the majority vote to leave the European Union. And with newly sworn in Prime Minister Theresa May at the helm, promising “Brexit means Brexit”, home owners across the country have been left wondering what effect this could and will have on the housing market. We have tried to make light on the issue of the post BREXIT property market in Scotland recently here. (more…)

Scotland has a long history of exemplary architecture and design, with plenty of historic and more modern examples, famous sites as well as hidden gems. Whether it’s transforming an old historic building into apartments or a disused space into an eco-family home, a bit of imagination and skill can create a beautiful place to live. Conversion projects are not without challenges, there are often planning restrictions to follow and it is important to factor in the history of an old property or be mindful and considerate to the surrounding landscape of somewhere more rural. As the following 5 conversions in Scotland show, clever design and a thoughtful, planned out approach can have stunning results. (more…)

Edinburgh is an iconic city with tourists coming to visit from all corners of the world every year. It also currently offers one of the best money for value propositions across UK – with new research pointing that the average house price in Edinburgh is now less than half, or 42.7 per cent, of that in London according to The Telegraph.

But more than the view to beautiful buildings and world known sites, home owners in Edinburgh have front row seats to Fringe every year. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. (more…)

There comes a time when many parents succumb to the persistent pleading of ‘Mummy, Daddy, can we pleeeease get a dog/cat/rabbit/hamster, etc, etc!’ A pet can be a wonderful addition to any family, but deciding which pet is right for your family, your home and your lifestyle requires a lot of forethought and research. Impulse buying an animal could be a huge mistake and it’s important to remember that the pets that children most want won’t necessarily be the right match for your family. Here are a few pet pros and cons to keep in mind when choosing a new family pet. (more…)

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