5 Ways to Enjoy the Bank Holiday in Lockdown

25 May, 2020

GET ORGANISED

Whether you’re just rearranging the cupboards, sorting out the tool shed or venturing into the attic to dust off the old record collection, the bank holiday is the perfect time to find new and innovative ways to store and organise all the things laying around the home. With a few simple steps, the amount of extra space that you can create might just astound you.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL WILDLIFE

Lockdown has seen sound and air pollution levels hit a new low for recent years so now is the perfect time to spend those precious hours in the garden and getting to know your local wildlife. You’d be amazed at the stunning array of creatures that can be found in your local area from a plethora of wild birds to foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW

With all the extra time at hand, the bank holiday is the perfect time to give something brand new a try and teach yourself a skill you’d been putting off. Whether you’re taking the first steps to master the art of mixology with a cocktail mixing set, getting your fingers green in the garden potting shed or adding an array of beautiful colours into the home by creating your own beautiful flower arrangements. Whatever you choose to do, there’s never been a more perfect time to get stuck in and give it a go.

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GET LOST IN A BOOK

We're all guilty of buying books and never finding the time to read them, so why not spend some extra time this bank holiday in the sunshine basking in the sunshine with a cup of tea and that book you’ve been aching to read but couldn’t find the time for. Whether it’s a gripping novel, captivating autobiography or a piece of fascinating non-fiction, there’s nothing that beats a good book in the garden while the birds tweet peacefully in the background.

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DINING ALFRESCO

While we’re not able to enjoy eating out at the moment, there’s no reason we can’t bring a luxurious dining experience home with us. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny afternoon picnic in the garden with the family, indulging yourself with a stay-home cocktail party or treating yourself and a loved one to a romantic alfresco meal for two, spending more time at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a five star dining experience.

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Enjoy, Kyle.

5 ways to enjoy your Bank Holiday Weekend

07 May, 2020

1. Potter in the garden

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As we all enter the second month of Lockdown, for many of us, our gardens have become more than just a personal slice of nature. Now, we look to our lawns, patios and rockeries as a sort of sanctuary to escape the stress and mundanities of staying indoors.
Creating a space of beauty and function has most likely been very high on a lot of to-do lists, and now is certainly the best time to get on top of making your garden ready for Summer!
For those of us looking for a complete revamp, planting plenty of big, bold flowers is a great way to transform bare beds from Winter into a riot of fragrance and colour. Trust me, the effort you put in may seem like a lot, but the pay of is more than worth it!
If you’re looking for something a little less intense, but still want to make use of your gardening tools, then taking a little time each day to get rid of weeds and watering your hanging baskets and planters is an easy way to encourage plants to grow, and is really relaxing too!

2. Dine in the sunshine

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Now that Spring is well and truly here, I’m already looking ahead to Summer! The gorgeous weather certainly puts it in my mind, and I’ve made a promise to make the most of it the best way I can.
For anyone who misses family barbecues as much as I do, switching up your meal routines to dining outside is a simple change that really cheers you up.
Investing in a good set of garden furniture is perfect to make your garden feel more cosy – and the comfort of your dining room really is a great way to unwind! If you don’t have space, why not spread out a blanket on the lawn and have a stay-at-home picnic?
The best thing about alfresco dining is that you can make it into whatever you want it to be. Families can enjoy spending time together while the kids play in the garden, and couples have a ready-made romantic date night! For a really special touch, you can even pull out all the stops and bring out the full table linen set and best crockery for high afternoon tea as it’s meant to be!

3. Spring Cleaning

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At this time of year, we’re always reminded to make a start in revitalising our homes but we hardly need that this year! Spending so much time at home, I’ve definitely made sure to get rid of my unwanted clutter – and it’s made a massive improvement! One result of tidying up is that I’ve really had to think about what to do with the things that I do need – but don’t necessarily look great on display. So a fantastic way to combat filling up “junk rooms” is to invest in storage solutions that are just as stylish as they are practical.

4. Invite the Wildlife

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I’m definitely missing my friends and family a lot as each day goes on, but I’m keeping in touch as much as I can and that really helps. But since my home is closed to the people I love, I have been trying to make an effort to welcome in as many visitors to my garden as possible!
Birds are so pleased to flock to my feeder, and it’s a lovely feeling to wake up to the sunshine and the sound of them chirping – that really puts me in a good mood for the day.
Our feathered friends are definitely important, and I’m a big advocate of protecting bees, so I’ve invested in an insect house and planted plenty of flowers that I know they love – my lavender especially is just as good for them as it is for me!
When I first moved in around four years ago, I discovered a friendly frog as I was fixing up my garden and I remembered him for the first time a few weeks ago. I’m sure lots of you would forget the importance of frogs and toads like me, but they’re really great at pest control so it’s definitely worth turning a plant pot into a makeshift shelter for them – just turn them upside down and prop up with rocks to create a lovely shady house.

5. Bring the Outdoors in

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A direct opposite to making your garden as cosy as your home – but just as important! – filling rooms with foliage is a certain boost to your mood, and is a health benefit to boot.
The classic go-tos such as a vase of beautiful fresh flowers on your coffee table and a leafy fern in the hallway to welcome you home are a fantastic place to begin – and end, as I used to think.
Recently, I’ve taken the time to look into more creative ways to decorate my home with plants and one idea that I really loved is the bathroom plant trend that’s so popular.
Wicker planters are perfect for the bathroom, and nautical colours are a definite bonus. Don’t just pop a few succulents on the windowsill, really explore with surrounding your bath with different plants, and even use ivy as a living garland for over shelves and rails.


If, like me, a bathroom remodelling isn’t really on the cards, then fresh foliage is definitely a cheap, simple and wonderfully stylish way to upgrade tired décor!

 

Enjoy, Charlotte x

Sustainable Shopping

15 April, 2020

Hi, Charlotte here, a copywriter here at Dibor. 

Like everyone else during these difficult times, I’ve been doing my bit and staying at home as much as possible. In fact, for the last few weeks, the only times I’ve gone further than my garden, is to go shopping once a week.


Since my partner and I don’t have a car, we’ve been able to spend our daily exercise wisely during these days, with a walk to the supermarket. Because we’re both spending more time at home, I’ve found that we’re buying more than usual, so we need a bag with a large capacity, and that’s strong enough to hold all of our bits and bobs.


Luckily, I have the very thing that does the job perfectly – one of Dibor’s very own natural jute shopping bags! Because I don’t have a handy car boot to store our stuff and simply drive home, I’m forever grateful for the spacious size and thick, padded handles of this shopper, to distribute the weight and help me carry everything pretty easily.

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Even in these uncertain times, when everyone’s focus has shifted so suddenly, I’m trying not to lose sight of the importance of looking after our planet as well as the people who live here. A fantastic alternative to single use plastic bags, we at Dibor make sure to use only eco-friendly juco (a 100% natural blend of jute and cotton fibres), so that everyday living is still environmentally conscious!

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I’m a little hesitant to use the bags for life that are sold at the supermarket these days, as they’re handled so often and you can never be too careful.

But our personal shopping bag definitely has the edge, because the natural materials mean it’s completely washable, so it can be fully disinfected and wiped down to be used safely, again and again! And since it’s so hardwearing, it won’t harm the sturdy fabric, or the rich colours.

Charlotte x

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