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Great Locations Captured On Camera

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These days, with the proliferation of camera phones and compact digital cameras, most of us are equipped to take a snap at a moment’s notice, meaning we can ensure spontaneous and special moments are captured forever.  Everyone can be an amateur photographer and as a nation we are taking more photos than ever!

With this in mind, Miller Homes has recently launched a fabulous photography competition encouraging people to explore and appreciate the locations in which they live.

The Great Locations Photography Competition wants entrants to focus on why they love the area in which they live and what’s great about it.  So whether you love the landmarks in your area; feel proud of your local town centre; or if you can’t get enough of your home’s idyllic rural backdrop – we want to know about it, or rather, we want to see it!

So what are you waiting for – get snapping and let us see what you come up with!

Entries should be sent to millerhomesphotocomp@miller.co.uk and once received will be published on Miller Homes’ social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+).  Deadline for entries is 26th October 2014 and full terms and conditions can be read here.

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Location, Location, Location – Rutherglen

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Continuing our blog series focusing on some of our fabulous locations across the country, our hotspot this week is Rutherglen - Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh.  

Located approximately four miles south of Glasgow in an area known as Burnside, this salubrious location is incredibly sought after, with mature leafy green tree-lined streets. This idyllic spot is where we have just launched our Woodburn Gait development, and with a choice of luxurious four and five bedroom homes, it is without a doubt going to be a wonderful place to raise a growing family.

Due to Woodburn Gait’s superb location, it is ideal for those who may have to commute. The main motorway networks of Scotland are better accessed via the new M74 extension, making it easier to travel to Carlisle and the south, as well as Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh. In addition, for those who prefer to travel by train, there are stations in Burnside and Rutherglen which are approximately a 10-minute walk from the development.

Rutherglen has a Charter dating back to 1126 and is claimed to be the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland. By right of the Charter, granted when it was a fishing village, Rutherglen’s residents are entitled to free movement along the Clyde to the sea and back. The long established Rutherglen Cruising Club now uses the river as a popular recreation asset.

In addition to the Cruising Club, Rutherglen has a wide selection of sporting and leisure amenities, including Stonelaw Sports Centre with its synthetic pitches. There are also three tennis clubs and a superb selection of golf courses within easy reach.

Rutherglen’s thriving Main Street is only a 10 minute walk from Woodburn Gait, but there is also the local shopping area in Stonelaw Road which has a supermarket, butchers, bakers, florist and hairdressers. There is also a good selection of non-denominational and Roman Catholic primary and secondary schools. The development is within the catchment area for Calderwood Primary and St Mark’s RC Primary, as well as Stonelaw High School and RC secondary Trinity High.

Embracing the surrounding countryside, this really is a destination of tranquillity and natural beauty, defining it as the ultimate place to live.

To see more of our developments, visit our Pinterest board.

For more information on Woodburn Gait and our other developments, please visit www.millerhomes.co.uk

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Decorate a Desirable Den For Your Little Ones

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Following on from our previous blog on moving home with kids, we’ve asked our team of interior designers to give us some top tips that we can share on how to achieve a stylish bedroom for your children when it’s time to decorate your new home.

• Choose a theme that can run throughout the room. Generic themes like animals work well for younger children or try fairies for little girls or a nautical vibe for boys. Once you have decided on your theme you can co-ordinate colours and accessories to match, from vibrant rugs to large floor cushions and matching lampshades to give it that cosy feel.

• If you don’t want to go with wallpaper, a popular on-trend alternative is to use a stencil to create a feature mural that introduces the room’s main theme. Alternatively take a look at the range of wall stickers on offer. They’re easy and fun to apply and your little ones can be involved in helping you stick them up. Don’t worry if they get stuck in the wrong place or they don’t look right – they can be easily removed. Another idea is to try chalkboard paint. This makes a creative and interactive backdrop for any bedroom.

• A great way to give the room real personality is to display your children’s artwork on the walls alongside special photos of family members, friends and holiday memories. Try using lots of different coloured frames on one wall or put a piece of string from wall-to-wall like a washing line and peg up the artwork.

• Simple, plain furniture is the way to go as it will last longer and your little ones are less likely to out grow a wooden white bed than a four poster princess one. A desk is an important addition to the bedroom for youngsters of any age. Young ones will like to sit and draw and older children can use it to do their homework.

• Finally make sure you have enough storage for all their toys and games. In smaller rooms go for things like cabin beds with a desk underneath or if you don’t fancy something so high, then large draws that fit under the bed are a perfect solution. Make sure you have lots of coloured boxes and baskets so you can store things tidily and try hanging things on wall pegs or inside cupboard doors. 

To find your nearest Miller Homes development, please visit our website.

For inspiration on how to create the perfect bedroom for your children, visit our pinterest board.  We also have a board showcasing our own fabulous kids' bedrooms.

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Happy Kids, Happy Move – Moving With Kids

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Moving house can be challenging for everyone but especially for children. Whether you are moving a few streets away or to a new region, any move will be bound to be a little unsettling. They will think about if they have to move school, making new friends and how they will like their new home.

To help, we have compiled some tips on how you can ease your children into the moving process and how to make everything run as smoothly.

Be honest – Tell them why, where and when you will be moving as soon as possible and be open to any questions they may have. The more they know, the more comfortable they will feel. If it is a big move involving a new school, there are many resources that can support you and your child during the transition.

Involve them – If possible take your children with you on your house hunting and plan visits to not only the home but the area you will be moving to once you have made a decision. Introduce them to the area and point out places that they might enjoy visiting when you are settled including playgrounds, shops, leisure centres and if it applies, their new school.

Let them design their new room – Create a room plan with them so they can decide where all their belongings will go in their new space. When it comes to decorating their room, let them be involved by creating a mood board with them. They can then pick out what colours and themes they would like.   

Unpack their room first – They will feel unsettled for a while after you arrive so having familiar things around them will feel comforting. Create a first night box which has a few essentials that can be taken out right away including their favourite toy and pyjamas.

One change at a time – If you have a toddler who you feel is ready for potty training or about to move into a new bed, wait until your move is finished and they are totally settled. Too many changes to their normal routine can cause extra stress.

All of our developments are in fantastic locations which offer a wide range of facilities and amenities for the entire family. For more information, please visit our website.

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Location, Location, Location - Seaton Delaval

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As we continue our blog series highlighting some of the most desirable places to live in the UK, we take a look at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland.

The historic village of Seaton Delaval has a population of just 4,371 people, nestled quietly in the picturesque South East corner of Northumberland. Once a vibrant mining community, the town’s legacy dates back to the 12th Century when its name was first attested as ‘Seaton’ meaning ‘sea town’, referring to the close proximity of the sea.

For those who love to explore, one of the finest stately homes in the North East is located close to the heart of the village. Seaton Delaval Hall was built in the 18th Century by grand architect Sir John Vanbrugh. Considered his greatest work, Delaval Hall was commissioned by the wealthy Admiral George Delaval, who sadly never saw its completion.

The estate upon which it is built boasts a scandalous 900 year legacy of romance, military occupation and terrible fires, making it a must-see slice of history for residents and visitors alike. Don’t forget to listen out for the resident ghost and tales of a legendary curse.

Surrounded by the scenic coastal towns of Blyth and Whitley Bay, as well as the popular dog-friendly stretch of sand at Seaton Sluice beach, visitors to Seaton Delaval can take advantage of days at the seaside and idle wanders through the countryside and nearby areas of natural beauty.

Although considered a quiet Northumberland village, a short drive down the A190 is Northumberland’s largest shopping destination Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure in Cramlington. A slightly further distance away is the thriving heart of Newcastle City Centre, which offers hundreds of shops, boutiques, bars and more restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the North East.

The culturally rich village is home to Astley Community Park, a number of well performing schools, medical facilities and an arts community centre to complement the needs of growing families. The regionally renowned ice-cream parlour Crescent Cafe can satisfy the sweetest of cravings for those spending a relaxed summer afternoon window shopping through the town’s local amneties.

Miller Homes’ Wheatfields development at Seaton Delaval is an ideal retreat for first-time buyers, growing families and empty nesters searching to find a convenient location with a real community feel. Home buyers can choose from three, four and five-bedroom homes with a varied range of designs situated far enough away from the hustle and bustle of city living, but close enough for ease.

For more on Seaton Delaval and other Miller Homes developments, visit our website.

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