Stylish Living in 2014

As we say goodbye to winter and welcome spring, perhaps it’s time to take note of the up and coming interior design trends for 2014 and give our home’s interior a bit of a spruce up.

If there’s one word that best describes modern home décor, it’s simplicity.  It’s all about clean lines, a neutral colour palette and geometric shapes.  However, simplicity doesn’t have to mean boring.  By sticking to the above general rules but adding this year’s trends and a few personal touches, you can create a modern home décor that is ultimately stylish, yet still warm and inviting.

So what do we suggest?

A touch of the blues

Whilst ‘Radiant Orchid’ is the colour for 2014, various shades of blue are also reigning supreme from cobalt and turquoise to the deepest navy.  If you don’t feel brave enough to splash blue paint over your beige walls, start with a piece of furniture like a sofa as your focal point, and work from there.

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FENG SHUI YOUR WAY INTO 2014

The New Year is a chance for fresh beginnings and what better way to cleanse the past and build a positive future at home, than using the art of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui is the Chinese practise of positioning objects and furniture around the home to improve the flow of energy, in order to bring a positive surrounding to those who live there. It is said, by following certain guidelines at home, Feng Shui will bring a more balanced, happier and successful life.

So we thought it would be fun to share some of the basics to help you achieve a more balanced and prosperous life by ‘Feng Shui’ing’ your apartment…

Feng Shui consists of nine sections that should be covered within the home or a single room, these are: knowledge, career, travel, family, health, children, wealth, reputation and relationships. Each section must be represented by placing objects such as pictures, books or using certain colours in the right location.

The four elements of the world (fire, water, earth and air) must also be symbolised in the home through the use of colours to gain balanced energy. This doesn’t mean each room must be decorated with each element in mind, instead use accents of the colours within a room or around the apartment.

Fire can be identified by using reds, oranges, purples and strong yellows whilst earth can be indicated with warm beiges and light yellows. Air or metal should be visible through a colour palette of greys and whites whereas water can be signified with blues and hints of blacks.

To gain complete Feng Shui a room must be designed with Feng Shui in mind, however, don’t let this put you off as making small differences in each room can still channel positive energy and make a real difference.

Also look at your furniture as little differences, like ensuring your bed is positioned away from mirrors and encouraging learning in the home with the use of books, can make significant changes. Aim to surround yourself with an abundance of light, fresh air and greenery.

 It’s not only objects that can be changed, small habits like avoiding bright lights for at least an hour before bed will improve sleep or making sure the toilet seat is down, as this is believed to stop money from draining out of your pockets.

Here at OPW we’re a big believer in positive energy within the home. Come and check out our two bedroom apartments starting from £150,000, and now available with Help to Buy, it’s sure to give you a positive start to 2014.

Deck the Halls

Christmas is magical. Apart from visiting the Christmas markets on Lord Street, there are many reasons why we love the festivities, whether it’s spending time with friends and family, eating as much food as we can possibly consume and of course, filling our home with bright colours and Christmas decorations.

Every year, the box filled with last year’s decorations makes an appearance, and a couple of hours are spent trying to detangle the Christmas lights. However, your home doesn’t have to look the same every Christmas, so we thought we would give you a few pointers to help you transform your home into a stylish winter wonderland.

Let’s start with the tree. Monochrome was huge during 2013, so why not go for a white tree this year? This type of tree is still bang on trend but adds a festive tone. Accessorise with clear glass, shimmery silvers, and white decorations creating a soft, airy, and completely captivating tree.

However, if you want to stay with the traditional tree, you don’t have to stick with traditional decorations. Add a pop of colour into the room using a retro inspired palette including colours like chartreuse, lavender and pink for an attention worthy display.

White Christmas tree

It’s not all about the tree though, spread the festive feeling around your home. There are plenty of ways to do this…

Glass ball Christmas ornaments in vase

Baubles can be used throughout the home, don’t restrict them to just the tree. Accentuate overhead lighting with shimmery decorations and stick to a fresh winter palette like pale blue and silver. Finish it off with an elegant ribbon and you’ll soon have a stylish festive chandelier at a price even Father Christmas would be pleased with.

Turn a bare windowsill into a stylish nook by filling glass vases of various heights and shapes with leftover balls for a dramatic, high-impact display.

It’s well known everyone treats themselves at Christmas with the odd calorific treat, but these sweets can also make great centrepieces. Try a no-fuss arrangement by filling a bowl with red and white peppermint balls and fluffy marshmallows. It looks great and tastes even better.

Christmas candy on a table

At One Park West we love Christmas and have a fabulous collection of individual apartments just waiting to be transformed into your own private winter wonderland. For more information or to view the apartments, contact Kingston Shaw Residential on 0151 232 3333, or visit the marketing suite open 7 days a week.  For more information on the range of apartment homes available, visit www.oneparkwest.co.uk.

SHOW APARTMENTS TO SAVOUR

As we reveal Liverpool’s latest stunning show apartment, we thought we would look back at some of our most memorable show homes we’ve created here at One Park West.

We’ve had some fun designing the homes to help potential buyers visualise themselves living in the apartments and to create inspirational living spaces in the City. Whether looking for chic urban living, a pad to share with your friends or a quiet retreat to rest from work, we’ve had them all!

So, here is a snapshot of some of our favourites….

The Ultimate Lads Pad

Arguably every man’s dream apartment. This two bedroom ‘lads pad’ had it all from an astroturf hallway, complete with putting holes and auto golf ball returner, a living area with a giant dart board wall and seductive bedroom with a cinema screen to a spare bedroom styled as an American style locker room and even a mini pub – complete with beer chiller, beer pump and mini fridge.  There’s no surprise this was swooped up as a great place to entertain the lads.

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Help to Buy the apartment of your dreams

For many looking to get on the property ladder, the biggest challenge has been saving for the 20% deposit that so many banks demand in order to secure a mortgage.  However, we’re pleased to say that help is around the corner in the guise of the Government’s new Help to Buy scheme.

What’s more, the scheme is now available at One Park West which means those looking to buy a property in Liverpool’s most prestigious apartment block now have a real opportunity to secure their dream two bedroom apartment in the city centre with a deposit of only £7,500.

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Knowing When You’ve Found the Right Home

Whether you’re a first time buyer or have years of experience in the world of real estate, committing to buying a property can be a very daunting prospect, to say the least.  Equally, buying a home could prove to be one of the most rewarding investments you will ever make.  So how do you go about finding a property that’s right for you and what should you bear in mind before taking the plunge?

1.       Wish list

Even before you start shopping around, make a list of what you are looking for in a property.  En suite bathroom?  Spare bedroom? Good views? Parking space? Proximity to shops, pubs and clubs?  Once you have drawn up a wish list, this will help you narrow down your search and make finding a suitable property a much quicker process.

2.       Researching the area

If you find a potentially suitable property, make sure you spend time getting to know the surrounding area.  What are the amenities like? Does it have good transport links?  You can find out most of this information and much more, including such things as crime levels and school results, by doing a postcode search on certain property websites.  But nothing compares with visiting the area in person and experiencing it for yourself.  It’s worth going at different times of the day and on different days of the week to gain a true overall picture.

3.       Stick within your limits

When it comes to buying a property, it’s very easy for costs to spiral out of control.  It’s important not to overstretch yourself.  Set a budget – and stick to it.  Don’t forget that over and above the price be paid for the property, costs will be incurred through conveyancing and legal fees, stamp duty, insurance as well as council tax and utility bills.  Consider fixing the cost of your legal work upfront and make sure you know your stamp duty thresholds to avoid any unexpected costs.

4.       Make your bid a realistic one

It’s one thing finding a suitable property – it’s another securing it.  Don’t bid too low for a property.  It may increase the chances of being gazumped and may leave a feeling of resentment with the seller.  And once you enter the process, don’t disappear on holiday, for example, without informing all the necessary parties.  It’s worthwhile building up a good relationship with the other party and then, hopefully, any problems that arise can be quickly overcome by simply picking up the phone and talking through the issue amicably with one another.

5.       Trust your instincts

Forget the glossy brochure, the mortgage deal and the proximity to essential services.  If it doesn’t give you a good feeling, walk away.  On the other hand, if the property gives you a good vibe and it’s within your limits, it’s likely that it’s the right one for you.

With these pointers in mind and your homework done, you can sign on the dotted line with confidence knowing that you have left nothing to chance and look forward to finalising the deal on your ideal property.

With the property market showing signs of good recovery nationwide and interest rates remaining at historically low levels, a new wave of potential buyers are currently on the look out for their ideal property.  We have certainly been as busy as ever here at One Park West.

With only 28 apartments remaining, we have had a steady stream of people interested in owning a luxurious apartment in the heart of Liverpool through the door.  If you would like to see what we have on offer, why not contact Kingston Shaw Residential on 0151 232 3333 or pop into the new marketing suite open 7 days a week?  There’s no time to lose and you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

It’s a laugh a minute in Liverpool…

One thing’s for sure, there’s never a dull moment in Liverpool.

The city is bursting with music, oozing culture, and buzzing with pubs, clubs and an extensive range of shopping opportunities.  There are countless exciting activities to occupy the city’s residents and visitors, but perhaps the one thing that Liverpool is most famous for, above all others, is the humour.

With reputable comedians from Arthur Askey and  Alexei Sayle to Adam Rowe, Tommy Handley, John Bishop and the legendary Doddy all hailing from Liverpool (to name just a few), it’s hardly surprising that the city is such a fun place to live and has earned a reputation as the UK’s Capital of Comedy.

This week it’s time once again for the Liverpool Comedy Festival, with 70 shows lined up to take place across the city.  Bill Bailey, who is at the Phil for two nights, is set to steal the show but with comedians travelling from all over the country, as well as from abroad, there’s a rich pool to choose from for those of us who like a good laugh.

With such a rich heritage of being a funny city, it’s hardly surprising that a recent ‘Smile Survey’ carried out by the Echo revealed that Sousers are happier than Mancunians.  Comedy and laughter is everywhere in Liverpool – it’s in the shops, pub and clubs, football terraces and on the public transport – appearing in various forms at every turn.

So what is it that gives Liverpool its funny core?  Some say it’s in the genes – at the very heart and making up the fabric of the society, whilst the Comedy Trust’s ‘Why We Are Funny’ project concludes it has been essential in overcoming various adversities in Liverpool’s chequered history.

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that Liverpool is a great place to live.  The people are fun and there’s an overriding feeling of good will amongst the residents.  So, if you’re looking for some fun in your life, why not move to this great city?  Contact the team at One Park West on 0151 232 3333 and let us show you some of our fantastic apartments.

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME

The kids have nearly gone back to school and all that’s left of the summer holidays is the mess in your home created from keeping those little ones entertained for six weeks. It may be time to revamp your home and transform it back into a clean tidy and tranquil place to live.  

At One Park West we are experts at preparing the perfect home and creating great places to live. So, we thought we would share some insights on how to create the perfect living space.

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INVEST IN THE BEST

Investing your money is always a tricky decision. What is the best industry? Where will you see the best return? What investment has the lowest risk? All of these factors need to be considered before investing. However, over time more and more people are choosing to invest in residential property over cash, stocks or bonds.

So, if you’re having a little trouble deciding what to do, we thought we would outline why investing in residential property can be a smart option.

1.       Best long-term value growth

In the UK, more money is invested in residential property than in any other area and, on a total returns basis, has been the best performing asset over the past thirty years.

2.       Safe bet

Unlike commercial property, residential property rarely depreciates and, with different performance and risk characteristics, makes an excellent asset for those seeking diversification.  A proactive landlord and manager who keeps the property in a respectable condition and provides a good overall service can enhance a property’s value, particularly on a new development.

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IS THE PROPERTY MARKET PICKING UP?

June has been a busy month for the property market, Halifax and Nationwide both reported a rise in house prices, indicating people are becoming more confident to jump back onto the property ladder. In fact, it was said to be the strongest month for house prices in the UK since 2010, showing positives signs that the housing market is finally picking up.

Liverpool is fast becoming a property hot spot in the North West and it’s not just the building societies who think so. At One Park West we’ve been really busy with nine new buyers snapping up their own brand new apartments here in June alone.

If you’re wondering why Liverpool is such a popular place to live, we thought we would share a few reasons why you may want to live in this vibrant city.

Number one, the people. Liverpudlian’s are known for their sense of humour, friendly personalities and impeccable fashion sense, they make Liverpool the fun, exciting and lively city that it is today.

Number two, the culture. Since winning the title ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008, Liverpool has continued to grow. The city has a wide range of cultural activities, including: music, poetry, visual arts and theatres. Head to ‘FACT on Bold Street’ to grab a slice of the action, there is always something new going on in all these areas.

Number three, the busy city. Liverpool is packed full of lots of exciting things to do, there is never a dull moment here. Why not dabble in some world class shopping at Liverpool ONE or visit the world famous football stadiums. Perhaps relaxing by the Albert Dock and enjoying live music is more your thing, but either way you won’t be disappointed.

Number four, the architecture. Liverpool is full of iconic buildings, such as: The Liver Building, The Anglican Cathedral, Radio City Tower, St George’s Hall and let’s not forget the best one, One Park West. Simply walking around this city is exciting enough.

If you are interested in living in the heart of Liverpool, contact Kingston Shaw Residential on 0151 232 3333, or visit the new marketing suite open 7 days a week.  For more information on the range of apartment homes available, visit www.oneparkwest.co.uk.