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Beautiful Bulgarian carpets for the interior

handmade carpets and rugs from kotel bulgariaIf you are the homeowner of an old Bulgarian property, one way to create an authentic interior look is to use handmade Bulgarian carpets, called 'kilim' in Bulgarian. Even for a modern property these beautiful rugs can be used as wall hangings to enhance the home.

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Winter checklist for your home

winter mot for your bulgarian propertyAs the summer is slowly coming to an end in Bulgaria,now is the time to start the preparations for winter.

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What's 2010 got in store for you: horoscopes

what's 2010 got in store for you, horoscopesLast year may not have come up trumps with all the things you wishes for but 2010 is the chance to put all that behind and look forward. As we celebrate the start of the New Year, we take a sly glimpse into 2010 to see what life holds for you!

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Real Rural Traditions in Bulgaria

life in rural bulgariaNot to be read by those of a nervous disposition, animal activists, health and safety inspectors, environmental health officials, people who think that the meat they eat is born looking the way they buy it from supermarkets or vegetarians! Everyone else read on and realise how different life can be in Bulgaria. So on a Friday night a week before Christmas we got the call from our friend "My father in law's pig is getting killed tomorrow morning".

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How to avoid Rogue Removers

take care when moving to your bulgarian homeFor those considering buying property in Bulgaria and moving to the country, Quest Bulgaria together with Stefan Dimitrov, Managing Director of Allied Pickfords Bulgaria, advise on the steps to take in order to ensure a trouble free house move - and we also take a look at a real life moving disaster.

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Swimming Pools Project: Part Six

have fun in your pool in bulgariaAs temperatures rise in summer and you desperately try to acclimatize to the heat, you may find yourself wishing that you had invested in a swimming pool on your Bulgarian property. Of course not everyone wants to go through the upheaval of having bulldozers dig up your land and local builders lay concrete as you try to catch some rays.

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Swimming Pools Project: Part Five

maintaining your pool in bulgariaWhat better way to cool off in the grounds of your Bulgarian property than to jump into your own pool! A pool or hot tub is the perfect accessory to a summer garden but can prove to be hard work to maintain. Without proper treatment, the pool can become dirty, unhygienic and the filter system could become clogged and faulty - so it's essential that you either maintain the pool yourself or enlist help from a special pool maintenance company.

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Swimming Pools Project: Part Four

extras for your poolIn this, the fourth of our series on swimming pools, some great extras which will add both to the enjoyment and value of your pool and your Bulgarian property. Brilliant effects can be achieved by the careful choice of lighting in and around the pool. Underwater lights in attractive patterns can be placed in the walls and/or floor of the pool and along the steps.

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Taking Care Underfoot

a combination of flooringWhen you have built or renovated the exterior of your Bulgarian home, it’s time to turn your attention indoors and consider what flooring to lay. Choices in Bulgaria are more limited in terms of textures than in Northern Europe, but the DIY stores like Mr Bricolage and a host of private retailers still offer a wide variety of colours and styles at prices much lower than home.

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Swimming Pools Project: Part Three

relaxing in your own poolWith your type of pool chosen there are many important selections for extras and finishes which will really transform your swimming pool into something spectacular and increase the value of your Bulgarian property. In the third part of our series on pools, we investigate finishing touches. The type of finish you choose will depend largely on your budget, on the effect you are trying to achieve and on the type of pool you have.

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