Why house blessings are becoming such a popular phenomenon for your home or business property?

In our current situation especially there are many reasons to want to welcome change and new beginnings or transitions that occur in our life. In terms of our home or business premises we might be moving into a new property, or want to freshen things up after redecoration, or welcome a new addition to the family. With these new beginnings we might want to bestow good intentions and affirmations for the future, and these would be an integral part of your blessing ceremony. 

welcome to our home

Why have a house blessing?

A house blessing is really a way to fill your home with positive energy, love, harmony, health, happiness, and prosperity. For centuries, many different cultures have blessed their homes in certain ways, many religious faiths have house blessings but there are also spiritual and non-religious options. Because your house is an extension of your body and spirit, a house blessing can help welcome positive energy into your space and life. Similarly these non-denominational blessings can be adapted for Schools, Community areas and Commercial properties.

When would I have one? 

House blessings can be done at any time, so not only before you move into a new space but when you want to bless a space you already inhabit in a new way. You might choose to do a house blessing when a new partner moves in or a baby comes into your household. After redecorating you might want to refresh the energy in your home or you may want a house blessing to renew energy after there has been separation, illness, or sadness. You might want to acknowledge a new start or new chapter in your life and invite fresh energy into your life and home. You may be a first time buyer or moving in together permanently, getting divorced, moving to a new area or down-sizing for a variety of reasons.

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What happens during a house blessing?

It is important to clean the area to be blessed whether it is the house, your office, a nursery, or even a business premises. Clutter blocks the flow of positive energy and can be quite negative, so once this is done it allows the new energy in and the blessing can begin. The celebrant would follow a process of cleansing the space and smudging which involves burning white sage to clear energy out and cleanse the building.The elements of the ceremony involve various aspects for those involved and may include guests or friends; there can be readings, rituals, music and blessings (prayers if wanted). 

Sun rising over the sea

There are many options, there can be readings and those present can be involved in reading and for example holding the candle if you so choose. Some people chose to call on or remember their ancestors, others choose a ceremony involving the four elements, Earth, Fire, Air, Water, or use crystals, and some people prefer something much simpler. The key aspects involve setting your personal intentions in terms of dreams and plans and these are followed by your house dweller promises. Most importantly, together we create the ceremony you are comfortable with and that suits your energy and your wishes.

About the author. 

I am Amanda a modern quirky celebrant who believes in helping couples have the ceremony they deserve with real freedom of choice and personalisation. I offer a range of bespoke ceremonies including but not limited to house blessings, weddings, and baby namings. I have a very open minded can do attitude to your ceremony, ensuring it’s written with you, for you, in the way that says everything you want it to. I regularly write for various magazines and have been featured on thrive global on several occasions.   

For a local ceremony the prices is £250. Please find details of all ceremonies on my website http://www.amandasceremonies.com

Tel: 07311 431754

What is your dream Bathroom?

After a long day, there’s nothing like the feeling of relaxing in a stylish comforting bath. And to unwind in beautiful surroundings. Do you have your perfect bathroom? Let’s take a look at these stunning ideas by Arthur Anthony Interiors.

Teuco inaugurates a brand new comprehensive range by imagining the “total look” of your bathroom. A matching suite designed by the same hand, devised to blend in with any setting thanks to the flexibility of the solutions available. Design plays the starring role and creates a strong styling identity that reaches far beyond the mere functionality of the fixtures. Hence the development of significant collections.


Perfectly designed forms that are neither intrusive nor dominating, therefore leaving ample room for both individuality and design. Products that appear perfectly proportioned from every angle and can simultaneously fulfill individual ideas. ME by Starck is the result and the framework for your own personal style, whether it be pure, elegant, natural, or completely individualistic.


Want to create pamper and comfort zones in your home that all your senses can enjoy? Hansgrohe helps you transform your bathroom and kitchen into havens of well-being; for an exhilarating start to the day and a relaxing end to it. Because we are in love with water. Because we enjoy pampering people like you all around the world with a broad range of beautiful products. And because we strive to constantly become that little bit better.


Thanks to unified design across all of its products, Dornbracht allows for a multi-design, multi-series interplay on a modular basis. Products from different series can be combined with one another and used universally. There are no limits to the combinations of function and design that can be achieved

Installed by Arthur Anthony Interiors.


Fireplaces Are The Centre Piece Of Any Living Room

If there’s one thing we love about the living room in our houses, it has to be a lovely warm homely fire place. On a cold day you can’t beat sitting in front of the fire with a hot drink or even a glass of wine. Take a look at these fire places and let me know which ones you like the best. Also I’d love to see your living room centre pieces.

Dru Wood Stove
Bloomsbury multi fuel
Heybridge Cast Iron
Paragon One Gas Fire
Traditional Clean burn Multi Fuel Stove

Here is 6 fireplaces that all look great in the right environment. These all set off a living room and add that touch of class, certainly from a selling point of view it has to be said that everyone will notice these fine masterpieces. And will certainly add more value and more desire to your home.

A big thanks to Phoenix fire places in Battles bridge for the great photos.


Comparing House Prices In Brentwood

As we come almost to the end of the year, I wanted to compare the house prices over the last 12 months in 3 different areas of Brentwood. Today I’ve gone with Pilgrims Hatch, Shenfield and Warley. Three great suburbs of our lovely Brentwood. There is certainly a good mix of homes in these areas.

All these 3 suburbs have around a population of 6000.

How much would a flat cost over the last year in these 3 areas of Brentwood? Below is a chart giving the average prices over the last year.

Pilgrims Hatch£233K
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What is the average price of a semi detached home over the last 12 months in these 3 Brentwood suburbs.

Pilgrims Hatch£418k
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What is the average price of a detached home over the last 12 months in these 3 Brentwood suburbs.

Pilgrims Hatch£595k
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Next month I’m going to look at the smaller villages set around Brentwood.

First Time Buyers

Today I’ve been looking at properties for the First time buyers, getting on the property ladder is certainly not easy, but with 2 good incomes this can easily be achieved. So I’ve put together a small guide to help those thinking of making the big leap into home ownership.

1. One Bedroom house

This home costing £230,000 would need a deposit of £23,000, so over 25 years at an interest rate of 2.4% would cost £919 per month

2. One bedroom end of terraced home

This home costing £10,000 more than the first one, with a 10% deposit of £24,000 would cost £959 per month over the 25 years at 2.4%

3. Two Bedroom terraced home

Finally I have chosen this Two bedroom home, with a 10% deposit of £28,000 the mortgage over 25 years at 2.4% would be costing around £1,118 per month,

I hope that helps people to understand the price that you’d expect to pay.

Good luck with your house hunting!!!!

Activity in the million pound plus market

Recently properties in the million pound plus market have soured. Top end homes are finding buyers 18 days faster than last year, outperforming the 9 day drop seen across the whole market.

In August 2020, the number of £1m plus homes finding a buyer rose by 105% annually. This highlights just how in demand these properties are.

Here is 3 properties in Brentwood which are in this price bracket. Again with more people working from home this could be an excellent time to move to a larger property to house an office or work space in a garage.

How Much Does A Property In Brentwood Cost?

House Prices in Brentwood

Properties in Brentwood had an overall average price of £484,000 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Brentwood during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £474,000, Detached properties sold for an average of £800,000, with terraced properties fetching £373,000.

Overall, sold prices in Brentwood over the last year were 1% up on the previous year and similar to the 2017 peak of £483,000.

Brentwood is an ideal location for commuters being only 20 miles from London, and with more people working from home, now could spark a rise in people moving out of London and out into the country side of Essex.

One thing for sure is that you get a lot more property for your money!!!