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Monday 9 November, 2020

No purchase needed: The 20-minute guide to bringing a worn-out sofa back to its prime

Laura de Barra has some hacks for bringing a saggy, lumpy couch back to its best.

Monday 2 November, 2020

Home clutter culprits: 10 big and small items it's probably time to say goodbye to

From old tech to that broken vacuum cleaner, Laura de Barra shares her must-go list.

Friday 23 October, 2020

6 hardy houseplants for anyone who's terrible at keeping plants alive

Here’s how to bring some picture-perfect plant life into your home, without (too much) hard work.

Monday 19 October, 2020

Clear up the coats and hide the cables: Smart ways to use hooks around your home

The helpful hook how-to you didn’t know you needed, from Laura de Barra.

Monday 12 October, 2020

No stains, no cracks, no warping: How to properly clean a wooden chopping board

First up, step away from the dishwasher, says Laura de Barra.

Monday 5 October, 2020

Bought new garden furniture this summer? Here's how to mind it once winter arrives

Laura de Barra shares her tips for storing and maintaining your outdoor bits and pieces.

Friday 25 September, 2020

How to load a dishwasher properly... according to someone who actually knows

Laura de Barra is here to settle those dishwasher disputes forever.

Monday 21 September, 2020

Plump pillows, crisp sheets: Laura de Barra's guide to a bed that feels fresh every day

Ready to turn over a new sheet? Laura de Barra shares her know-how.

Monday 14 September, 2020

No streaks, no stickiness, no stains: Here's how to properly mop a tiled floor

Want a spotless finish every time? Follow Laura de Barra’s step by step guide.

Monday 7 September, 2020

Yes to lamps, no to overhead bulbs: How to get your lighting just right as the evenings draw in

Ready for a big night on the couch? Laura de Barra shares some tips for adding a warming glow.

Monday 31 August, 2020

Coming home from staycation? How to freshen up an empty house in 5 simple steps

Banish that musty smell in minutes by following this checklist.

Tea-ringed cups? Musty hoover? How to free your home from those pesky everyday stains and smells

Home maintenance maestro Laura de Barra on how to tackle those little problems that we all end up living with.

Monday 24 August, 2020

Drying laundry in a small space: How to do it like a pro and avoid the musty smells

No tumble dryer? No problem, says Laura de Barra.

Monday 17 August, 2020

4 bathroom cleaning jobs - and how to tackle them without the harsh chemicals

From the toilet bowl to the shower screen, here’s Laura de Barra’s all-natural guide.

Monday 10 August, 2020

4 tricky kitchen cleaning jobs - and how to tackle them without the harsh chemicals

Laura de Barra on how to ditch the bleach and still get your kitchen sparkling.

Friday 31 July, 2020

Paint prep masterclass: Everything you need before you start on a room

Laura de Barra shares her essential shopping list for the DIY store.

Monday 27 July, 2020

How to give your oven the deep clean it deserves (and not a toxic chemical in sight)

Laura de Barra on the best way to clean up even the grimmest oven.

Monday 20 July, 2020

Faded, cracked or plain ugly? 4 ways to change up kitchen tiles without buying new ones

Laura de Barra shares four options for creative cover-ups.

Monday 13 July, 2020

Tea or coffee stain on your wooden table? Here's how best to remove it

Laura de Barra spills the tea on what to do if you’ve… spilled the tea.

Monday 6 July, 2020

Want everything at arm's reach? Here's how to properly zone your kitchen cupboards

No more teetering stacks of spice jars and teabags, thanks to Laura de Barra.

Monday 29 June, 2020

Loose joints or uneven slats? How to silence a squeaky, creaky bed

Laura de Barra shares some tips for identifying the problem – and fixing it.

Monday 22 June, 2020

Musty, stale or just plain stinky? How to tackle stubborn odours on carpets or fabrics

Ready to clear the air? Laura de Barra shares some smell-busting tips.

Monday 15 June, 2020

Soap stains, rust or leftover hair dye? How to give your bathtub a proper deep clean

Laura de Barra shares her stain-removal expertise.

Monday 8 June, 2020

How to get crayon off the walls... using products you already have at home

Laura de Barra lends some cleaning advice (though we can’t promise your walls will stay clean for long).

Friday 29 May, 2020

Dusty, rusty or cracked? How to give your garden furniture the ultimate deep clean

Laura de Barra offers a masterclass in reviving and repairing your forlorn furniture.

Monday 25 May, 2020

Masterclass: How to organise a messy bookshelf in 4 simple steps

Turn messy shelves into the focal point of your room with these tips from Laura de Barra.

Monday 18 May, 2020

Take a seat: A masterclass in choosing furniture for your tiny garden or balcony

Laura de Barra shares some design know-how for your patch of green.

Monday 11 May, 2020

Pillow talk: A masterclass in getting the perfect support for a great night's sleep

Did you know that most pillows should be replaced every two years?

Friday 1 May, 2020

Real-life results: How 7 simple steps took this bedroom from drab to fab

Laura de Barra shares her masterclass in transforming a room with a real dullness problem.

Monday 27 April, 2020

Too many things, too little space? A masterclass in clearing out your wardrobe

Rotating between summer and winter wear is key, says Laura de Barra.

Monday 20 April, 2020

'Lay everything out on the floor first': A masterclass in creating your first gallery wall

How to turn a pile of frames and prints into a whopper wall setup, according to Laura de Barra.

Thursday 9 April, 2020

Memory foam or pocket spring? Your masterclass in buying a new mattress

Plus a handy fix if you don’t have the budget for a replacement, courtesy of Laura de Barra.

Monday 6 April, 2020

‘Use water and vinegar to descale the kettle’: A masterclass in cleaning small appliances

The expert guide to deep cleaning the toaster and more, from lifestyle hero Laura de Barra.

Monday 30 March, 2020

How to deep-clean bulky items like duvets and mattresses

Want to take your spring clean to the next level? Laura de Barra shares her expertise.

Monday 16 March, 2020

How do I get my windows sparklingly clean without leaving streaks behind?

Windows not scrubbing up well? Laura de Barra has the answers.

Monday 2 March, 2020

How to get your chrome and steel surfaces sparkling (and keep them that way)

Shine on, you crazy… kitchen sink. Laura de Barra shares her wisdom on giving your metallic fittings a like-new sheen.

Monday 17 February, 2020

I hate my curtains but don't have the budget for new ones - what's the solution? Task Master This post contains a poll

I hate my curtains but don't have the budget for new ones - what's the solution?

Curtains too short, too heavy or just plain ugly? Laura de Barra shares some tips for transforming them.

Friday 7 February, 2020

Torches, matches and... glue? 11 surprisingly useful items to have on hand for home emergencies

Laura de Barra shares her essentials for those unexpected disasters.

Monday 3 February, 2020

Help! What's the best way to clean cat or dog hair off my furniture?

Laura de Barra sheds her expertise on a very hairy problem.

Monday 20 January, 2020

What's the best way to clean dull and dust-covered curtains?

It’s not just about the windows – your curtains need some TLC too. Laura de Barra shares some tips.

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