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Freshen up your home for spring; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE.

AS the weather warms up and the daffodils begin to bloom, spring is well and truly on its way and with the first shoots of the new season comes the natural impulse to de-clutter your home.

Indulge this urge with a spot of spring cleaning - making your home fresh, light and bright and getting it ready for the summer months.

Amanda Reed, home expert at Leekes, offers her four top tips for transforming your home: Freshen it Perhaps one of the most effective ways to refresh your home is to deep clean your upholstery, textiles and carpets. You'll find that many of winter's most stubborn odours can linger with excessive heating and a lack of fresh air. Eradicate these winter woes with an Earlex steam cleaner and perhaps a scented candle or two to get your home smelling sweetly again. Ensure spotless the Earlex steam Store it If you're familiar with the sight of clothes, books and toys cluttering up every corner of your bedroom or lounge, the spring clean is the perfect opportunity to have a good sort out (and don't be afraid to give away stuff you don't need any more!) For giving the things you love a stylish, permanent home, these black wheat weave boxes (from pounds 9) come in different sizes and fit the bill perfectly.

Decorate it If you think a room needs a new look, spring is the perfect time for some decorating.

Watch how your home is transformed with a lick of paint or some new designer wallpaper - and remember; flaunting a bright, distinctive feature wall looks to be one of 2012's biggest interior trends.

Wax romance wax-carpets with cleaner, pounds 54.99 Accessorise it Happily, some parts of the spring clean require no effort at all. One of the finest ways to bring the fresh 'new season' feeling to your home is investing in curtains and bed linen with delicate spring tones such as aqua blue and soft green. This gingham collection from Peacock Blue, available at Leekes is a perfect example, and comes in a variety of sizes.

* For more information on your nearest Leekes store call 0845 050 8240 or shoop online at


* For a free consultation on how you could decorate your home this year, visit the Leekes Interior Design Studio * Gingham peacock blue bed linen, from pounds 60. Available in single, double, king and super king * Ensure spotless carpets with the Earlex steam cleaner, pounds 54.99 * Black wheat weave storage boxes, from pounds 9. Available in small, medium, large and extra large * Wax Lyrical first romance small wax-filled jar, pounds 8.50
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 10, 2012
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