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15th February 2019

A Cheat’s Guide to Household Chores

A Cheat’s Guide to Household Chores

With the mornings starting to get lighter and the daffodils beginning to make their way out, it can only mean that spring is almost here! Which means that its nearly time for the annual spring clean. Until then, though, there are a few household hacks that you can use to tide you over.


Do one thing every day
If you find it hard to stay on top of housework, just try to stick to doing one thing every day. Hoover the most used areas – usually the hallway, kitchen and lounge, and leave the bedrooms which you can do less regularly. Do one load of laundry or aim to empty and unload the dishwasher once a day. You can also save yourself a task of scrubbing the bathroom by using a squeegee to wipe down the walls each time you have a shower.


De-clutter
If there’s one thing that will help you to stay clean and tidy its less mess. Fussy ornaments and accessories are prime candidates for collecting dust – so make a decision on whether it’s worth dusting them so often. A good rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t have a useful purpose or have any genuine sentimental value then it should go into storage or to the charity shop.


Put things back
Towels flung all over the bathroom and coats draped over the bannister are quick fixes. Put them in their place and make a habit of returning them there after each time that you use them. Make sure that everything has a home and that everyone in the house knows where to put things after they have been used.


Wipe surfaces
Make the kitchen look like it’s had a deep clean by simply wiping down the surfaces each time you use them. Toast crumbs all over the place are not a good look! Keep sideboards free of dirty dishes by doing them as soon as you’ve finished with the plates and put condiments away after you’ve finished cooking.


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5th February 2019

Leather: Classic Design and Style

There is no better feeling at the end of the day than sinking into your favourite sofa. When that sofa is leather, it makes the experience a whole lot more luxurious. Not only are leather sofas super comfortable, they are also a great way of bringing classic design and style into your home. Leather is also exceptionally hardwearing and looks even better with age, so what better way to treat your living space than to grace it with a leather sofa. Here are a few of our favourites.


The Washington collection from G Plan features a luxurious leather recliner 3-seater sofa designed in the clean and contemporary style that G Plan is most famous for. This sofa manages to combine elegance and comfort in one beautifully designed package, so it is no wonder that this is one of our best sellers. The sofa offers an ergonomically designed manual release catch as well as zero-wall technology so that the amount of space required behind the sofa is minimal.


Another beautiful leather recliner 3-seater sofa from G Plan is in the Hartford collection. The compact designs and smooth elegant lines of this piece perfectly complement its superior comfort. Designed to blend in with most interior settings, this is a great addition to any living space. Using only the highest quality materials, such as responsibly sourced hardwood and serpentine springs, this is a sofa that is built to last.


The Gemma collection from G Plan is another outstanding addition to our leather sofa range. With a clean, contemporary style and a beautifully smooth finish, this sofa offers all the comfort and style you could possibly need. With high-backed cushions and split lumbar support, the simple yet versatile design will complement almost any interior. This sofa has the option to add castors or glide feet to suit your flooring.




For more contemporary styling, the Atlanta collection combines beautifully sleek lines with a highly skilled traditional build. The highly supportive back cushions and soft sumptuous arms make this one of our most comfortable and elegant leather sofas. The responsibly sourced hardwood used on all load-bearing areas and nine-gauge ‘D’ arc serpentine springs mean it has superior strength and extra durability.

For a wide range of leather sofas for your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect items for every room in the house. 


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22nd January 2019

Interior Design: Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019

Since The Pantone Colour Institute launched its first Colour of the Year in 2000, the world of design eagerly anticipates the latest annual announcement. The colour inevitably makes waves through the design world, influencing everything from fashion to food. Past Colours of the Year have been Greenery (2017) and Ultra Violet (2018).


In December, The Pantone Colour Institute announced its colour of the year 2019 - Living Coral. Described as vibrant, energetic and optimistic, Living Coral is a warm peachy orange colour that can easily be paired with pink, gold, aqua, navy, white and ocean blue. While last year’s colour Ultra Violet worked beautifully with velvet and powerful interiors, Living Coral is much more adaptable and interior friendly and can be used on a much larger scale when it comes to decorating.



 

“Colour enhances and influences the way we experience life,” explains Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energising and nourishing, Pantone Colour 16-1546 Living Coral reinforces how colours can embody our collective experience. Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter, we see this colour giving us assurance and buoyancy in an environment that’s been continuously shifting for 10 years.”




The playful nature of the colour is indicative of our innate desire for optimism and joyful endeavours. Its muted golden terracotta hues invite positivity and the potential for change. As if that wasn’t enough, the adaptability of the colour means that it works beautifully on all scales. Whether you want to add a splash of coral with a few cushions or rugs or go all out and paint an entire room with its warm hues, Living Coral will add warmth and cosiness to your space.



Image: Stressless Recliner Chair & Sofa in Paloma Henna Leather (very similar to Living Coral)

For a wide range of furniture your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect items for every room in the house. 

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18th January 2019

Design Ideas for the Living Room

Design Ideas for the Living Room

With 2019 well and truly underway, now is a great time to think about any design projects you are hoping to achieve this year. One of the best contenders for a new design project is the living room as it is used by the whole family every day. Whether you want a complete restyle or a little refresh of your living space, there are plenty of ways to get your living room looking picture perfect.

Pops of colour

Image: Alstons Avignon Grand 3 Seater Sofa

This is great for homes on a budget. Working with a neutral background, such as greys, whites, or creams, add brightly coloured throws or patterned cushions to add a fresh zing to the room. This look is super versatile, as you can simply switch the accent pieces out when you feel like you fancy a change.

Monochrome

Image: Stressless City

Black and white themes are classic, understated and glamorous all at the same time. Sticking to monochrome is a great way to bring instant chic to your living room. Paint the walls white and let the furniture do the talking.

It’s all white

Image: Celebrity Regent

Neutral décor and furniture are a timeless combination that will never go out of fashion. Layer cream linen curtains against oatmeal coloured walls, cream sofas against honey rattan and pack as many natural objects as you can into the room. Think driftwood, stone, and warm wood.

Statement pieces

Image: Old Charm Large Sideboard

Every now and again, you come across a piece of art or furniture that demands the attention of everyone in the room. In this instance, the best thing to do is to design the room around the statement piece. Take inspiration from colours in the piece to inspire the rest of the room or keep everything else neutral so that your gorgeous item can take centre stage.

Country chic

The relaxed, shabby chic look of countryside interiors are a great way to bring cosiness into your room. Stick with rustic wood, floral textiles, and exposed brick to get the country look of your dreams.

Minimalist

In the age when decluttering is king, sticking to a minimalist theme is a super easy way to make sure you don’t have to do lots of tidying every day. Stick to clean lines and contemporary finishes when it comes to furniture and keep accessories to a fuss-free minimum.

For a wide range of furniture your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect items for every room in the house.


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14th January 2019

How to Hang the Perfect Picture Gallery

How to Hang the Perfect Picture Gallery

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately you will have seen that one of the biggest trends in interior design is a picture gallery. This is a collection of your favourite art prints, photos, and mirrors, artfully displayed on a wall in your home. While it might look straightforward enough, there is a knack to getting the perfect gallery wall.

Choose your wall

Gallery walls tend to look like they have effortlessly evolved over a long period of time, giving them a timeless, classic appeal that suits most interiors. Your first step is to identify a wall that could do with a bit if a face lift. The good news is that while huge empty walls appear to be the best candidates, you don’t need to have a large space to do this. One of the best walls to choose is one that faces you as you enter a room. Work out how much of the wall you want to use and decide whether it will cover a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal space as this will help you to work out how many items you will need for it.

Decide on a style

Next, it’s time to determine the kind of style you would like for your gallery wall. Do you prefer your walls to be orderly and structured, or are you happier for them to be more organic and unsymmetrical? Colour schemes are also important – will a monochrome effect work well in your space or would bright colours work better? Would you prefer a theme or a collection of random artworks and pictures?

Make your selection

Now is the fun part, choosing the items to hang in your gallery wall space. There are several different ways that you can approach your selection. Firstly, there is the unified approach. This means that all of your objects will have similar colours, attributes, or themes. The second is an eclectic approach, which is a combination of different objects, items, pictures, and artworks. An eclectic approach can still have a theme, but they are not as similar as the objects in a unified approach.

Time to hang

Once you have made your selection, try masking out an area on the floor so that you can play around with the layout before you start to hang your objects. Once you have a layout that you are happy with, take a photo and start to transfer your objects to the wall. Laser levels are great for making sure that your pictures are hung neatly.

For a wide range of furniture your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect items for every room in the house. 


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4th January 2019

Interior Design Resolutions for 2019

The start of a new year means a fresh perspective and the chance to try out some different ideas around the home. After all, we are making resolutions for our health and wellbeing, so why not make some resolutions for the home as well? Whether you are hoping to revive a few rooms, or you want to go for a complete makeover, now is a great time to look at your home in a new light and set some intentions for the next 12 months.  

Take risks

Its super easy to play it safe with magnolia all the time, but what if you finally tried that bold colour you’ve been thinking about? If you’re not quite brave enough to paint the entire room with it, adding in pops of colour with an accent wall or by switching up the upholstery is a good place to start. After you’ve lived with it for a while you might feel able to redecorate using it as your primary colour.


Cover that wall

Everyone has one wall in the home that desperately needs something on it. Create a gallery wall with lots of your favourite family photos or make a bold statement with a huge mirror or beautiful piece of artwork.


Edit the space

A good interior designer always knows when to reduce, remove, or rotate pieces. Ultimately, a streamlined finish is going to create a better flow for your home so think about the items in each room and whether they contribute to it in any way. If it does not serve a practical purpose or have a strong sentimental attachment, it should be relegated to the 'remove' pile.


Change the layout

Every now and then it feels good to shift the furniture around and use the space differently. Spend some time planning out how to rearrange the furniture and how to maximise the flow of the room. If the space is too cluttered, reassign pieces of furniture or accessories to a different room so that you can create the finish you are aiming for.


Happy New Year from all of us at Skidmores, we hope that you have a fabulous 2019!

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31st December 2018

Tips for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

Tips for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

Christmas has been and gone and now it is time to celebrate the end of 2018! New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to go overboard with decorations, party snacks, and drinks for your guests. So, without further ado, here are our top tips for throwing a great New Year's Eve bash.

Balloons
Nothing quite rings in the New Year like lots and lots of balloons! One of the best ways to decorate with them is to fill them with helium, tie a beautiful string on the end and let them float up to the ceiling. Repeat until the entire ceiling is covered with balloons for a super glamorous party effect.

Guest list
If you are planning on opening up your home to host the party, it's super important to pay attention to the guest list. Keeping it low key and simple will mean you have plenty of time to talk to everyone and it won’t feel overwhelming when it comes to topping up everyone’s drinks!

Nibbles
If you have to keep the party going until the clock chimes at 12, then make sure that your guests have plenty of nibbles. Not only will they provide your guests with fuel to last the distance, but they will also help to avoid any alcohol-related incidents!

Playlist
Spend some time creating the perfect playlist and make sure that it is at least 7 hours long so that you don’t end up with uncomfortable silences.

Games
If you have invited guests who don’t know each other, a great way to break the ice is to play a few games. Have your guests write the names of a few celebrities, fictional characters and even people in the room onto small pieces of paper. Put them into a bowl and let everyone choose one. The aim of the game is to guess who the other person is with as few chances as possible.

Happy New Year from all of us at Skidmores!

For a wide range of furniture your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect items for every room in the house. 

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14th December 2018

How to Prepare the Spare Room for Christmas Guests

How to Prepare the Spare Room for Christmas Guests

Christmas is just over a week away which means that it is nearly time for the festivities to begin! There are probably a thousand things on your to-do list already but it’s super important to make sure that organising the spare room is one of them. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to take long. Here are our top tips for preparing your spare room for overnight guests this Christmas.

Declutter
The spare room tends to be an area that random things are stored until a new home is found for them. Spend some time clearing out all of the clutter and finding a new home for those items. You could temporarily use the main bedroom for bulky items or try to store things under the bed. Give the room a good clean after you have removed all of the unnecessary items to leave it feeling fresh.  

 

Make the bed
Any guest will appreciate the feel of freshly laundered linen and a good quality mattress. Pocket sprung mattresses are ideal for guests as they provide the ultimate support while also allowing for indulgent comfort. If you are using a sofa bed, having it set up in advance is a great way to save time for when those unexpected guests pop in. Use a mattress topper on the bed if it does not feel comfortable enough.

It’s all in the details
To make your guests feel super comfortable and pampered, make sure you pay attention to the details. This can be a stack of fluffy towels on the bed along with a new bar of soap, or some fresh flowers in a vase on the windowsill. You could even go the extra mile and leave some chocolates on the pillow, just a like a hotel!

Light it up
When it comes to making a room feel cosy and welcoming, it’s all in the lighting. Harsh overhead bulbs don’t illuminate a space in a particularly inviting way, so install a lamp or two by the side of the bed to create a warm, ambient glow that your guests will really appreciate, especially if they have to get up in the night!

If you would like some new decorations or furniture for your home this Christmas, pop into our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and the dedicated assistance to find the perfect item for every room in the home.

 

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7th December 2018

Easy Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family

Whether you’ve put your Christmas tree up already or you prefer to wait until nearer the time, there are plenty of ways that you bring the magic of Christmas into your home by getting the family involved with simple crafts.

Make some memories this December by setting aside time to make some of these wonderful Christmas delights together!

Cork Reindeer

This is a super easy way to use up all of those extra corks you’ll be popping this month! All you need for each reindeer are a drill, two corks and some twigs. All you need are two corks, some twigs and a touch of glue. Attach 4 twigs to one cork to act as the legs and a further twig for the neck. Attach the other cork to the end of the neck to make the head. Then, add two more twigs to the head for antlers and hey presto! You have yourself a seriously cute reindeer! You can make lots of these to hang from the tree or place on the mantlepiece as a festive addition to your décor.

 

Nutella Truffles

When it comes to leaving out midnight snacks for Santa, nothing quite beats these super easy no-bake Nutella truffles! Blend 20 Oreos and 5 tablespoons of Nutella in a food processor to form a smooth mixture. Scoop 1 tablespoon of truffle mix onto parchment paper and chill for an hour. Meanwhile, melt 8 ounces of chocolate then dip each truffle into it, tap off excess, and place back on the parchment paper. Chill to set and enjoy!

Fir Cone Baubles

If you found yourself collecting fir cones during autumn and you’re not sure what to do with them, why not turn them into festive decorations for your home? Simply paint the triangular tips to match your existing theme, attach some string to the ends and hang them individually from the tree or several in a row to make a festive garland for the mantlepiece.

Christmas Wreath

Christmas wreaths are a welcoming addition to your front door and they are simple enough to make yourself. Head to your local woods and forage for holly, pine boughs and mistletoe to decorate your wreath. Make a basic structure from floral wire or grapevine and attach your foraged decorations – just remember not to make it too heavy otherwise it might not hang very well on the door!

Don’t forget, we have plenty of decorations to help you create a winter wonderland in your home this Christmas!

Happy holidays!

If you would like some new decorations or furniture for your home this Christmas, pop into our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and the dedicated assistance to find the perfect item for every room in the home.

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3rd December 2018

5 Ways to Maximise Your Space for the Holidays

5 Ways to Maximise Your Space for the Holidays

Here comes Santa Claus…along with all of your festive guests! Whether you’re having a quiet gathering of your nearest and dearest or you’re planning a party big enough for the whole street to attend, maximising your space is an essential way to make sure that you have enough room for everyone. So, here are our top tips for making the most of your home.

Revamp the conservatory
The conservatory tends to get abandoned in the colder months, but if you have a lot of people coming over, then you need to utilise every spare inch of space that you can find! Make sure there are comfortable seats along with a fan heater or two to keep it nice and toasty in there. To really ramp up the cosy factor, add some warm white LED fairy lights and a few extra blankets and your conservatory will be a winter wonderland.

Find a place for coats
It’s not until lots of people come over that you suddenly realise you don’t have enough coat pegs! Rather than heaping them into a pile in the hallway, plan ahead by putting aside some space just for coats. Use the bed in the spare room or clear out the cupboard under the stairs, you will thank yourself for it when everyone can find their coats in an orderly manner at the end of the night!

Use multifunctional furniture
Parties are where multifunctional furniture comes into its own. From sofa beds and footstools to extending tables and folding chairs, having a piece of furniture that doubles up is a great way to make sure you have enough seating and spare beds for your guests.

Have a clear out
Why wait until spring for a good clear out! Free up lots of space in your home by spending a day or two getting rid of unnecessary junk and clutter. You will be amazed at how much you have managed to accumulate since the last time you did it!

Divert everyone from the kitchen
Even if you have prepared all of the food in advance, having a clear kitchen is essential to getting it all out on the table in time. Divert guests from the cooking area by setting up a bar in the lounge, complete with a mini-fridge and ice bucket so that they do not need to go into the kitchen for anything.

Happy holidays!

If you would like some new furniture for your home this Christmas, pop into our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and the dedicated assistance to find the perfect item for every room in the home.

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