Looking for a Bank Holiday project? Why not jazz up your conservatory? Making the most of your conservatory can really make a difference, adding a whole extra functional room to your home. Here are a few ideas for ways you can make the most of yours…

Make it homey

Make your conservatory feel more like a part of your home by adding some wallpaper and soft furnishings. Fairy lights are a great way to create a cosy feel in the evenings and they look great through the windows of your conservatory from the garden.

Go green

Conservatories are bright and light – the perfect environment for plants! Succulents and palms are very in at the moment and they’re also the perfect plants if you’re not very green fingered. If you’re a bit more of a confident gardener olive trees are very hardy and can withstand hot and cold temperatures. Citrus trees like lemon or grapefruit create a great Mediterranean look but will require a little heating in the winter months.

Transform your conservatory into a home study


Not getting a lot of use out of your conservatory? Why not convert it into a home study? Granted, this might be a bit of a bigger project, but hey, what are Bank Holidays for? Making use of your conservatory in this way could also be a great way to declutter the rest of your house – a great way to get books and papers out of the way and create more space elsewhere. Also, by having a dedicated space for work, you’ll find it easier to switch off at the end of the working day.

Refresh your dining area

Make your conservatory into a dedicated dining room by brightening up your dining table. Add a colourful table cloth and maybe some bright and summery glasses and crockery to create a fun and welcoming space. You could even invite friends and family over for that final summer barbecue to make the most of your newly reinvigorated room.

Think floral

Sometimes conservatories get forgotten and neglected. Why not add fresh flowers to your conservatory, which will make it feel like a regularly used space and encourage you to spend more time there.

Add a statement item

Because your conservatory is slightly removed from the rest of your home, you can use that space to experiment with styles that you might hesitate to include in your living room. Try adding a statement piece of furniture to your conservatory – you’ll add instant style and you can build up on this in your own time.

Being veggie or vegan can be tricky when it comes to picking a restaurant, especially if you’re with your meat-eating friends. But East London is an absolute cornucopia of meat-free venues. From bottomless vegan brunch to vegetarian burger feasts, hop on the overground to Hackney or get a bus to Shoreditch and you’ll be in veggie heaven. Here’s our list of some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in East London…

The Field, London Fields

Tucked away in a railway arch opposite Netil House, The Field is inspired by “casual plant based eating”. It’s a vegan restaurant, mostly, but there’s a catch. They also serve meat. The overwhelmingly vegan menu can be supplemented by meaty, eggy or cheesy extras for an additional cost. But with such incredible dishes as Killer Tomatoes, Roasted cauliflower with vegetable jus and caramelised yeast and deserts like Sweetcorn custard tart with lions mane, who needs extras? Vegans can take their determinedly meat-eating friends and show them what vegan cooking really has to offer. And don’t miss bottomless brunch at weekends – two courses and bottomless prosecco and/or mimosa for £35pp

The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green

Well known among locals, you’ll find The Gallery Cafe on Old Ford Road next door to York Hall. A cosy casual cafe, busy with freelancers on their laptops on weekdays and families enjoying the large back garden at weekends. The cafe is exclusively vegan and serves top quality coffee from local roasteries. As the name suggests the Gallery Cafe is a gallery too. Art works for sale are on display from exciting London artists and several evenings a month the cafe comes alive with a variety of events from live music to book clubs and film screenings.

Mildred’s, Dalston

Mildred’s has a very colourful history. Established in Soho in 1988, founders Diane Thomas and Jane Muir readily admit their ambition to open an exclusively vegetarian restaurant was risky. But the risk paid off and today they have no fewer than four restaurants across London. Mildred’s in Dalston is bright and light, with outdoor seating and chilled vibes – it’s a great way to step away from the hustle and bustle. From brunch to dinner you can choose from an abundance of vegetarian and vegan dishes including burgers, currys, small plates and a great selection of vegan deserts.

Redemption, Shoreditch


Redemption in Shoreditch serves up a various vegan offering from brunch-happy pancakes to healthy protein packed plant-based burgers. Their weekend day menu mixes up the usual brunch classics and spans breakfast to lunch – early risers can go for a smoothie bowl or party animals can rock up for energy boosting pasta or a restorative salad, all from 10am. The evening menu features creative vegan dishes such as pulled barbecued jackfruit, watermelon and thai cucumber salad and a great selection of deserts completely free of animal ingredients.

Biff’s Jack Shack

Aside from having one of the catchiest names on this list, Biff’s Jack Shack serves pretty mean vegan food. They’re on a mission to make vegan friendly junk food and show the world that veganism isn’t all kale and chia seeds. The shack pitches up at markets across London, including Broadway Market every Saturday, to serve hungry people burgers and fried “chicken” all made from jackfruit – a savory fruit from South East Asia that Biff says has a uniquely meaty texture.

If you’re looking to sell your home, now or in the distant future, you’re probably trying to think of the best ways to add value and get the best possible price. It can be tricky to know where to start and if you don’t have a big budget it might be difficult to know what you can do to make your home stand out. Luckily, our experts have some handy hints – from quick fixes to bigger projects. Currell’s Senior Valuer David Gwinnutt and Valuer Harry Charalambous share some insider tips…

1 – Tidy, tidy, tidy!

“Clean, tidy, declutter!” say David and Harry. A messy or even slightly too cluttered room is very distracting and can prevent a potential buyer from seeing the best qualities of a property. Get rid of as much excess clutter as you can. This can also help rooms to look bigger and brighter.

2 – Brighten things up with scatter cushions and throws

There are some small inexpensive ways you can make your home stand out. A few cheap colourful cushions and throws can actually make a big difference. David explains: “Buy some inexpensive colourful cushions or throws. The colours will be eye catching which is especially useful when buyers are looking at small images online, such as on a website on their mobile phone.”

And that’s not the only quick and easy thing you can do to improve a potential buyer’s experience…

3 – Think fragrant

David and Harry stress that the way a home smells can have a real impact on a buyer’s thoughts… “Does it smell of cat or dog or tenant’s socks… if so a deep clean is needed and get some scented candles or reed diffusers.” But on this last point, they say it is worth spending a bit more than you might normally; “The smell can create a sense of aspiration and quality – so don’t get the cheap ones.”

4 – Appearances matter

There are some important things you can do to get buyers through the door in the first place. “Exterior presentation is important, tatty doors, windows and front gardens are a turn off. Give the garden a good haircut, make sure it’s looking neat and tidy with overhanging bushes and trees cut back.”

5 – Don’t just focus on one room

It can be tempting to think a brand new kitchen or bathroom will add value to a property, but focusing exclusively on just one room isn’t that helpful. Our valuers explain: “New kitchens and bathrooms can improve value but only if done tastefully. It’s always a risk to refurbish rooms because buyers might want to change them again. Overhauling a kitchen or bathroom only works if the other rooms in the house are of the same quality and calibre.”

Find out more about valuations and selling your property with Currell HERE

Whether you’re looking for a traditional pub or a secret cocktail club, Angel has more to offer than you might expect. Away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Shoreditch or the City, Angel has loads of great bars and restaurants, whatever your style…

Gallipoli

Gallipoli offers a Turkish and Mediterranean menu and has a cosy family-run mood, with hanging lanterns and mismatched framed prints all over the walls. They know how to bring the party too, offering belly dancing performances for birthdays, hen dos and other special occasions alongside a special party menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their lunch offer isn’t to be missed if you work nearby. Turkish Tuesdays, anyone?

John Salt

A chilled cocktail bar open late, John Salt has the look and feel of a 90s loft apartment with events to match; play Mario Kart on Retro Gaming Night and inflict your guilty pleasure tunes on your mates on Bring Your Own Vinyl night, all while tucking into chicken wings, onion rings and juicy burgers (veggie and vegan options too). Their cocktail menu offers all the classics alongside some more unusual creations, such as Wasabi Kick and the Juicy ‘Dillemma’.

Ladybird

Opposite Islington Green on Upper Street, Ladybird is a speakeasy featuring four separate rooms and bookable bar booths for special occasions. You’ll find a long cocktail list, including sharing pitchers, sours and prosecco by the glass. Happy hour runs Sunday – Friday 5pm – 9pm, making the Ladybird a great choice for either a big party or a cocktail before dinner.

Oldroyd

Self-titled restaurant Oldroyd is the brainchild of former Polpo top-dog Tom Oldroyd. The daily changing menu draws its focus and inspiration from seasonal British ingredients given a European twist, with dishes such as beef tartare with smoked eel mayo, cuttlefish with squid ink bortolli beans and sides including grilled sweetcorn with lavender butter. Oldroyd is at 344 Upper Street.

Vivo

Looking for that summer sun trap to catch some rays with a glass of wine? Vivo’s the place for you. Beautiful Italian food in a casual setting, Vivo also has a deli counter. Catch up with friends for a cocktail, a light bite, lazy dinner or lunch on the go at this gem of Upper Street – find it at 57/58.

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn is something of an institution in Islington. A fishmonger and seafood bar, for sea food lovers it shouldn’t be missed. The menu includes small hot and cold plates, to be enjoyed with a glass of something from the brilliantly paired wine list. For bigger groups (or bigger appetites) there’s also platters including crab and lobster and whole fish by the kg. The menu changes daily, dependent on the catch, so you know it’s seriously fresh.

Phase two of The M Collection at Langley Park in Maidstone, Kent, is now all sold. Reflecting back on the sale of this development has been positive, with some really good stats emerging.

Located on the outskirts of Maidstone, this former farmland site was acquired by Taylor Wimpey to provide 600 new homes, a school, local centre and nature reserve to Maidstone Borough.

Work on site commenced in February 2017 and concluded in June 2018 with the final sales completion taking place in July 2018.

Phase Two of the development comprised 20 properties in total; thirteen houses, six apartments and one coach house were available for purchase through shared ownership. All properties came with a minimum of one allocated parking space, and all houses benefitted from a private rear garden.

Currell were instrumental in selecting the specification for the shared ownership homes to ensure that it was on-trend and in-line with local buyer’s expectations.

Priority for the shared ownership homes was given to those currently living or working within the borough of Maidstone.

Key statistics

  • Target initial first tranche sales required: 35%
  • Actual initial first tranche sales achieved by Currell: 43%
  • All 20 units exchanged 3.15 weeks before property handover
  • Final unit of 20 completed 4.23 weeks after handover
  • Average age: 35

All buyers demonstrated a local connection to Maidstone, with some either living or working in the borough, or in many cases both.

“We are very pleased with our success at Langley Park,” says Crissi Russo, Head of Sales and Marketing Shared Ownership, “the amount of interest we received shows there is a huge demand for shared ownership properties in the Maidstone area. The third phase of Langley Park will be launched towards the end of the year, and we look forward to another highly successful scheme.”

Milennial pink has been a popular shade in home decor for quite some time now, ever since Pantone samed Rose Quartz their colour of the year in 2016. Since then, rose gold hit us in a big way, and this evolved into a more subdued, blush colour that has been dubbed ‘milennial pink’. And now it’s everywhere. It’s a perfect shade for interior design, as it mixes well with neutral colours like grey and white.

Of course, completely redecorating your home can be time consuming and expensive, so if you want to just dip your toes into this trend, here are some subtle ways you can inject the colour into your home decor.

Make your sofa blush

Adding cushions or throws to a light coloured sofa is a fast and easy way to give it an upgrade.

Give your succulents a new home

Succulents are another huge craze that hit interior design a while back, and have stuck around ever since. The colour combination of the dark green and pale pink is a perfect contrast, and will add a youthful vibe to the room. Plus, succulents are an inexpensive and low-maintenance plant  – they last a long time, and don’t need regular watering.

Accessorize

Adding a few pink accessories in the kitchen can make a big difference, especially if they’re kept on display. Swap tired and dirty pots, pans, utensils and mugs for some new pink ones for an instant upgrade.

Add a feature wall

Milennial pink is the perfect shade for a feature wall as it’s not too bold to go out of fashion quickly, or clash with any other colours in the room. If you’re looking for a way to make a lasting impact on the room without taking a big risk, this will completely transform it.

Beef up your bedding

Similar to the cushions and throws in the living room, easy upgrades can be made in the bedroom simply by switching up your bedding. The bed is obviously the focal point of the bedroom, so any changes made here will make an instant impact. Switch to a pale, blush pink duvet cover and accessorise with white and grey cushions (bonus milennial points for geometric patterns).

Accent tiles

Perfect for either the bathroom or the kitchen are accent tiles. Brighten up the splashback area of your worktop with some milennial pink tiles, or maybe add a feature section behind the bathtub.

Warehouse conversions have become one of the hottest trends in property, especially in east London. What originally started out as a cheap and spacious place for artists to live in New York City has now become a high value, quality investment, with many warehouses being sold for millions. Here are some of our top warehouse conversions…

The Tapestry Building, EC2M

Ideally located just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station is The Tapestry Building. Built in the 18th century by the East India Company, the building has now been converted into 14 stylish homes. This beautiful two bedroom apartment is on the third floor, with a bright and spacious dual aspect living and dining room, and a fabulously modern kitchen.

Find out more here.

Kingsland Road, E8

Quebec Wharf, a former Victorian spice warehouse, has been beautifully converted to provide spacious, chic apartments. This one bedroom property stays true to its roots, with original features such as exposed brick walls and steel pillars.

Find out more here.

King Edward’s Road, E9

One of Hackney’s most sought-after warehouse conversions, Five King Edward’s Road was formerly a 1920s clothing factory and is now home to 89 beautiful apartments with a diverse group of residents. This two bedroom penthouse offers double height ceilings, a beautiful open mezzanine level, and floor to ceiling windows letting in incredible light.

Find out more here.

Northburgh Street, EC1V

Set within a former printworks is this sleek two bedroom apartment, in the heart of the City – just around the corner from Barbican station. Arranged over 967 sq ft, it’s flooded with natural light, high ceilings and dual aspect windows.

Find out more here.

Saint John Street, EC1V

This fantastic one bedroom loft apartment is available to rent in Clerkenwell. Originally a part of the Vogue Pattern building, and then the old Ingersoll factory, the apartment has been designed to retain as many of the original industrial features as possible. The property offers over 1,000 sq ft of space and benefits from a communal roof terrace with panoramic views over London.

Find out more here.

Pentonville Road, N1

Just a short stroll from King’s Cross is this fantastic warehouse conversion on Pentonville Road. This one bedroom apartment enjoys high ceilings and a decked mezzanine level, allowing for flexible living. The property also retains a lot of original period features, such as the large industrial windows allowing for plenty of light.

Find out more here.

Annette Road, N7

Just off the vibrant Holloway Road is this beautifully modern warehouse conversion, with a spacious open-plan kitchen and reception room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private patio – perfect for entertaining.

Find out more here.

 

Small rooms are usually seen as a bit of an interior design nightmare, with not enough space to fulfill their decorating potential. This doesn’t have to be the case though; small rooms can still look stylish and spacious, with just a few tweaks. Here are our top tips for maximising space…

Pale colours

Lighter colours will open up a space, and make it seem a lot brighter. The best colour to go for is therefore white, but soft pastels will also help create the effect.

Paint the ceiling

One of the key ways to make a space look bigger is to attract attention upwards. Painting the ceiling a different colour or applying wallpaper will draw the eye upwards, giving a feeling of more height.

Hidden storage

Of course, it’s important to declutter (even if you aren’t trying to maximise your space). Hidden storage spaces like hollow coffee tables are key – keeping things out of view will free up more space in the room, making it appear less cramped.

Avoid heavy curtains

And if possible, make them the same colour as the walls so that it all blends together seamlessly. The best option is blinds, as these can be neatly rolled up out of the way during the day.

No rugs

Floor space is essential – rugs tie a room together, which is great for bigger rooms that need to feel more cosy. For smaller rooms however, rugs should generally be avoided.

Mount the TV

If it’s a living room that you’re trying to enlarge, putting the TV on the wall will free up some crucial floor space and create a sleeker effect.

Spread the light

Consider having a few different small light sources dotted around the room, instead of one large overhead light. One big overhead light creates a top-down effect, and highlights the centre of the room – which makes it seem smaller. Spreading the light out will illuminate the whole room, therefore making it seem more spacious.

Furniture with exposed legs

Exposed legs create a gap between the furniture and the floor. Creating gaps = creating space.

Get away from the wall

In the same vein, keep some furniture (e.g sofas) away from the wall slightly. The gap effect will make everything seem a lot less crammed in.

Less is more

The fewer items of furniture you have in the room, the better. Opt for larger but fewer items, instead of lots of little decorations.

Floor to ceiling shelves

As mentioned previously, one of the key ways to make a room look bigger is to draw the eye upwards. Floor to ceiling shelves will elongate the room, and if the contents are neatly organised, it will give an overall minimalist effect.

Keep some furniture low down

The rest of the furniture, however, should stay lower to the ground. Keeping furniture lower down allows for more exposed wall space.

Clear furniture

Glass or lucite furniture don’t take up too much visual space, and give an overall de-cluttered and contemporary effect.

Ditch the door

A bit of a bold move, but if it’s a communal room that you’re decorating (e.g a living room), removing the door altogether and creating an archway will open it up a lot more.

And of course, mirrors

We couldn’t forget the age old effect to making a room look bigger – mirrors. Reflections create more light and the illusion of a bigger space.

 

Over the past couple of weeks, London has been buzzing off England’s success in the World Cup. Now that we’ve scored our way into the semi-final, here’s a selection of some our fabulous properties that are close to a London stadium – so that, just like football, you can come home in style.

The Harper Building, N7

One for the Gooners – this stylish one bedroom apartment is set within a modern development just moments from Holloway Road station, and a 6 minute walk from the Emirates Stadium.

Dace Road, E3

This three bedroom split level apartment is just across the River Lea from the London Stadium, home to West Ham FC. The property has views over both the water and the football ground, and a fabulous open plan kitchen and reception room.

Old Smokehouse, E3

An iconic part of Hackney Wick’s huge regeneration plan, Old Smokehouse is a boutique development with a gym, concierge, and roof terraces. It’s also just a ten minute walk from the London Stadium.

Arklow Road, SE14

Less than a mile from The Den is Arklow Road, a stylish new development in the up and coming area of Deptford, with Help to Buy available.

The Surrey Stadium, Whyteleafe

And last but not least… an actual football stadium.

Our Commercial team are selling the freehold to the Surrey Stadium in Whyteleafe, Surrey. There’s also planning permission for additional office space, a conference room and a medical centre.

Currell Commercial have successfully let two units at 61 Wallis Road E9, either side of our Hackney Wick Fish Island office.

The first is Cornerstone, an exciting new restaurant from Tom Brownformer Head Chef at Nathan Outlaw’s Michelin star restaurant in Knightsbridge. Serving mainly seafood plates, the seasonal menu is inspired by Tom’s Cornish roots. The decor is in keeping with Hackney Wick’s industrial style, with personal touches – such as a 5000-year-old oak table, salvaged from a river in Croatia.

Our staff at the Hackney Wick Fish Island office can’t wait to try their lunch menu – although they are booking up fast, so make sure you get your reservation in quick here.

The second unit is now home to Wick Boards. They build the world’s highest quality electric skateboards, from hand crafted decks to custom built motors. Their new street facing shop will provide the perfect opportunity for local residents (as well as people from all over the UK) to try before they buy their boards.