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As the uncertainty around Brexit continues, people of all walks of life are exploring the threats and opportunities that leaving the EU will bring.

Those of us that love interior design and restyling our homes would certainly like an idea of what kind of impact Brexit might have on our shopping and styling habits.

Of course there are no firm predictions about what Brexit will mean, but here’s a summary of what’s being said…

Property uncertainty

In the worst case Brexit scenarios, property prices are expected to fall. That’s never good news for homeowners, but for the millions who’ve yet to get on the property ladder, it could bring new opportunities.

Lower prices can often tempt amateur developers into the market, who take on a property that needs a lot of work and transform it into a dream home, adding tens of thousands in value.

In an uncertain market this can be a risky business, but many people have made good money this way. It’s amazing what a modern new kitchen or a stylish bathroom and luxury shower can do!

Price rises post Brexit

Another potential consequence of Brexit is that the value of the pound could fall, which could make buying things more expensive, particularly items that come to the UK from Europe and beyond.

If you’re looking to make some changes to your home, it could make sense to get it done soon.  Don’t wait until the 31 October to buy high value furnishings, for example.

On the flip side, currency fluctuations could be a boost for British designers and manufacturers, as people seek to get the best value on new products for the home.

Brexit as a creativity booster

Of course, there’s also the chance that not much will change after Brexit, depending on the conditions on which we do finally leave… if we do at all!

It’s always wise to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. As we have seen many times before, challenging times can drive creativity and innovation. After all, there are lots of ways to restyle your home on a budget, by embracing new ways to save money and thinking differently.

That might mean adopting a more DIY approach, bringing in some home-made chic, or being a little more minimalist in your style.

Whatever happens, there will always be new style trends to suit every situation, and we’ll be the first to report on them.



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The United Arab Emirates – or UAE – is like nowhere else on the planet. It has fantastic, golden beaches and is surrounded by warm, crystalline waters. The sun is out almost all year round, and there are a vast array of incredible structures – both ancient and modern. Of course, anyone thinking of investing in businesses in a foreign country shouldn’t be blinded by great weather and impressive scenery. But, the good news for investors who are eyeing up the UAE is that it delivers in spades. Here are some compelling reasons why investment in the United Arab Emirates is becoming more popular than ever before.

Low property prices

First of all, despite the fact that the UAE seems packed to the brim with incredible skyscrapers, there is still a lot of space in the region. And that means that somewhere like Dubai will give you a lot more square yardage than the equivalent money will get you in Paris, London, or New York. Even supposed cheap places such as Mumbai in India offer far less value for money. So, if you are a property investor, the question isn’t why should you go to the UAE and buy some real estate – it’s when.


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Local growth plans

The governing bodies of the UAE are putting a lot of pressure on developers – so much so that they are canceling licenses and even implementing fines to businesses that don’t deliver on completion. This fact shows the government is so fixated on growth in the area that they are willing to take strong action when things go wrong. While this might be worrying for developers, it’s a great sign for investors – you can almost guarantee that the UAE’s focus on growth in many sectors – not just for oil –  will be razor sharp for many years to come.

A growing economy

There are plenty of reasons why business people and investors are rushing to the UAE in their droves. But one of the most compelling factors is that the economy of Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi are pretty robust at the moment – and not just because of oil. Businesses of all descriptions are moving out there to get a presence in the Middle East, and tourism is also becoming an essential part of the national GDP. In fact, the UAE is expected to receive upwards of 40 million visitors every year by 2024.

Tax purposes

It doesn’t cost you a cent in taxes to invest in real estate in the UAE – and that includes investors from foreign countries. Other charges exist, of course, but in comparison the high tax levies paid in many other countries, the UAE offers significant savings.


The UAE paints quite the pretty picture for investors. As the government keeps trying to attract investors, businesses, and workers to the region, there is plenty of opportunities to get excellent returns on your investment. Even small assets could go on to make you a decent return, given the enormous influx of people, tourists, and companies coming into the United Arab Emirates. Good luck!