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13th December 2017

4 Easy Ways to Have a Homemade Christmas

4 Easy Ways to Have a Homemade Christmas

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Christmas doesn’t have to be a season of spending excess, in fact, with a little bit of thought and effort you can create a truly magical Christmas using your own crafting skills! 

So, if you are worried about hitting the high street with a strict budget and a limited amount of time to have everything done by, why not get the whole family involved and create your own handmade Christmas from the luxury of your own living room? 

Try these fun and unique Christmas ideas to save yourself time and money this festive season:

 1. Design your own cards

Instead of buying cards this year, get the children involved in designing and making some festive greeting cards. A great way to add a personalised touch to your Christmas and keep them busy at the same time! Use glitter, broken bits of tinsel, photo collages – whatever you can find and let their imaginations run wild!

 2. Create a unique and reusable advent calendar

Ok, so having a chocolate advent calendar is top of many people’s wish lists, but making an original and reusable calendar means you have something you can bring out every year. Find a branch in your local park and hang the days of the month on it, removing each one as you countdown to Christmas. 

 3. Follow festive recipes

Everyone loves receiving food and drinks at Christmas, so why not get festive in the kitchen this year and give consumables made with your own hands. Festive hot chocolates, Christmas cakes, flavoured vodkas, and infused olive oils are all simple and easy gifts for friends and family.

 4. Make a wreath

Wreaths can get quite expensive, so save a few pennies by creating your own door ornament this year. Wrap foliage, baubles, tinsel and fairy lights around an old coat hanger to bring festive cheer to your doorstep this season!

 

For a wide range of Christmas decorations 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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4th December 2017

How to Create Hygge in Your Home

How to Create Hygge in Your Home

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It’s now officially December which means long winter nights and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Danish concept of hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) cannot be directly translated into English as it is a feeling, one associated with cosiness, warmth, happiness and wellbeing. The Danes are well-known for their culture of relaxed calm and peaceful happiness, and it is often attributed to their love of creating hygge moments whenever possible.

While hygge is pretty subjective and can mean different things to different people, it is essentially based on the concept of mindful enjoyment and cosy serenity, which many of us will be able to replicate in our own homes, especially with the festive season on the horizon. From curling up with a good book to snuggling in front of the fire, hygge really just means being aware of the little things in life that make us happy and bring us joy.

So, how can you create more hygge moments in your home?

Light candles – simple but extremely effective, the soft glow of candles will instantly transform the atmosphere in any room to one of cosy warmth.

Get cosy – hygge is all about being warm, so hunker down on the sofa or in bed and pile on plenty of blankets, cushions, and pillows in natural materials to make yourself feel cosy while it’s cold outside.

Turn off the TV – spending an evening around the fire connecting with friends and family is a much better way to enjoy some relaxed time together. Share an informal meal and a bottle of wine to encourage everyone to unwind.

Go for a long walk – there’s nothing more hygge than wrapping up, going for a long walk in the cold and coming home to a cosy warm home to eat a bowl of hot soup and fresh bread.

Enjoy crafting – the dark winter months are the perfect time to spend on your favourite hobbies, particularly if they involve being crafty. Seek out your knitting needles or paints and create a new masterpiece!

For a wide range of Christmas decorations to bring hygge to 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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24th November 2017

It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Can you feel it?

The magical tingle in the air?

That’s right, Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get cosy and think about getting the house ready in time for the festive season!

There is nothing more delightful than grabbing a glass of wine, setting up the tree and filling it with beautiful decorations to see you and your family through the coming weeks. After all, tis the season to be joyful!

We love the Christmas holiday season here at Skidmores, which is why we are super proud to offer some of the most unique Christmas decorations and presents in Weston-super-Mare.

Come and visit our store this weekend to see for yourself!

We have a huge selection of products designed to make your Christmas as magical as possible, so get yourself prepared by heading down to our showroom today to stock up on everything you need for the approaching festivities!

From gingerbread tree ornaments to enchanting Santa figurines, we have got you covered this festive season.

So, head on down and pay us a festive visit!

For a wide range of decorations, 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 your home. 

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20th November 2017

5 Ways to Improve Your Home Office

5 Ways to Improve Your Home Office

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As anyone who works from home knows, the home office is one of the most important spaces in the house. Unfortunately, it often suffers from mild neglect, with mismatching furniture, large (unused) workout equipment and piles of laundry taking up most of the space.

 

However, according to the principles of Feng shui, keeping an orderly and calm workspace actually make us more productive.

 

Isn’t it time you sorted out your home workspace?

 

Here are some tips to get you started:

 

  • Address the lighting – Yes, you might have an overhead light already, but why not ramp up the ambience factor with some strategically placed lamps. Lighting can have a huge impact on the way a space feels, making it feel much more welcoming and cosy.
  • Choose colour scheme wisely – colours can have a huge impact on our ability to concentrate so make sure you do some research before you decorate. Greens and yellows are known for promoting productivity while reds and oranges are supposed to be rather distracting.
  • Upgrade your office chair – office chairs don’t even look good in offices, so unless you need one for specific back support, think about upgrading to a beautifully elegant dining chair instead.
  • Stimulate the senses – using an essential oil diffuser is a great way to stimulate your brain, peppermint and eucalyptus, in particular, are known for their concentration-enhancing properties.   
  • Bring life to your desk – pot plants not only look great but they also purify the air around you, so keep one on your desk for a breath of fresh air!

 

We can’t promise that these tips will make you work harder, but they will at least give you an Instagram-worthy office space!

 

For a wide range of furniture, 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 furniture for your home. 

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13th November 2017

The Iconic History of Tempur

The Iconic History of Tempur

You might sleep well on your Tempur mattress each night, but did you know that its comfort is all because of NASA?

It’s true! During the early 1970’s, NASA developed a revolutionary pressure-absorbing material to provide maximum support to astronauts during liftoff. Temperature sensitive and designed to evenly distribute weight, this material later became known as memory foam and was released by NASA scientists to the general public in the 1980s. 

Scientists at Swedish company Fagerdala World Foams and Danish company Dan-Foam took the material and continued its development. After nearly a decade, the Tempur mattress was complete and was released to the public in 1991 to a resounding success.

Now providing support and comfort in over 96 countries worldwide, Tempur has since had to expand into North America, constructing an R&D and engineering centre in Duffield, Virginia and a fabrication plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The original research and development factory in Denmark has been expanded considerably to support the increasing demand for Tempur products.

Tempur now offers a wide range of pillows, headboards, and cushions. Their scientists continue to work on the ground-breaking material to this day, constantly refining and improving it to provide their customers with the ultimate product. 

To try out a wide range of Tempur mattresses and products, 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 Tempur mattress for your home. 

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8th November 2017

Autumn/Winter 2017 Interior Trends

Autumn/Winter 2017 Interior Trends

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Now that Autumn is in full swing it’s time to start getting our homes ready for the colder months. After all, spending time in the cosy warmth of your home is the best way to spend the dark, wintery evenings! 

There are plenty of exciting trends to take note of this season, particularly:

Teal
Since Pantone made green the shade of 2017, there has been a wide range of variations on the colour, with teal and peacock blue being no exception. Perfect for bringing a jewel-toned elegance to any room, teal is an extremely versatile colour that can be easily mixed and matched with other shades on the spectrum or clashed with opposite colours to create a more dramatic finish. We love the teal shade of the Alstons Camden sofa, perfect for bringing this elegant trend into your home. 

Metallics
You would have to be living under a rock to not have noticed the impact that copper and rose gold finishes have had over the last year or so, and this trend is set to continue into the winter. Think metallic lighting, cushions, and vases.

Big Knits
Nothing says comfy more than an oversized knitted blanket, so make the most of the big knit trend by creating your own chunky cable knit blanket or pouffe cover.

Fireplaces
Winter means spending a lot more time in front of the fire, so why not take inspiration from this season’s trend and glam your fireplace up with a fancy new guard.

 

Statement Chairs
One of the best things about this trend is that if you make the right choice, it will become a classic which will last through many future fashion fads. Think timeless design with a twist, such as a classic armchair in a bright geometric print.

For all of the latest trends in interiors, head 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 dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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30th October 2017

Fireworks Night in Weston-super-Mare

Fireworks Night in Weston-super-Mare

It's nearly that time of year! Wrapping up warm and heading out to your nearest Bonfire or Guy Fawkes Night is one of the most exciting events of the autumnal season. With plenty to do around Weston-super-Mare the only difficult part is trying to choose where to go! 

Puxton Park

Famous for its elaborate firework displays, the annual Bonfire event at Puxton Park gets better every year. With plenty of attractions, children’s rides, stalls, hog roasts and BBQ there will be something for everyone! The event opens at 5pm with the display commencing around 7pm on Saturday 4th November. Tickets are priced at £7 for individuals or £25 for a family of four.

Weston Cricket Club

For a great bonfire and incredible fireworks display by Firestorm Pyro FX, why not check out the Weston Cricket Club on Devonshire Road. Kicking off at 6pm on Saturday 4th, there will be plenty of food stalls, rides, and a fully licensed bar available. Family tickets are only £12, or it is £5 per adult and £3 for children, though under 3’s go free of charge!

Hutton Fireworks Display

Another great fireworks display is being held at Little Owls Pre-School in Hutton on Sunday 5th November from 5:30pm. With an incredible display by local company Sky Rascal Fireworks, this is sure to be an extra special show! Family tickets are £10 or £3 per individual (under 4’s go free).

Fireworks at Sea

Saturday 11th November sees the return of the incredible Fireworks at Sea on the Grand Pier. With limited entry, it’s advisable to book this in advance to avoid missing out! Standard tickets are £7.50 and include unlimited rides, Gold tickets are also on sale for £12.50 and include traditional fish and chips. If you really want to make a night of it, Platinum tickets for £25 will bag you a three-course meal in the Tiffany Room and a private viewing area to take in all the action. Starting from around 6.30pm.

If you’re heading into town for the fireworks, why not 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 dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home. 

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23rd October 2017

Interior Design: Mixing Patterns & Texture

Interior Design: Mixing Patterns & Texture

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One of the easiest ways to make a room look as though it was finished by an interior designer is to combine unusual patterns and textures. Though it might look easy, there are definitely ways to get this trend wrong, so try to keep these tips in mind next time you fancy giving your home a makeover: 
 

Stick to a colour scheme

Mixing patterns and textures that share the same colour palette is the easiest way to bring this trend into the home. Blend big, bold patterns with smaller, more detailed ones to maximise the monotone effect. You can also pair mixed patterns containing similar colours with neutral textures for a more laid-back approach.   

 

Use a feature wall

Feature walls can look dated if using block colours, so keep it fresh with a statement pattern. Use big, bold, and bright designs so that you can use smaller pieces to bring more emphasis to the style. Creating a focus on the one wall provides you with the perfect canvas for adding accent textures and patterns.

 

Layer patterns and textures

On larger areas of the room, such as the walls and floor, it’s a good idea to display bigger patterns and layer the look with textured rugs, patterned throws, feathery cushions, and luxurious curtains while making sure not to overwhelm the space. Limiting your patterns to three or four will help to keep it simple and prevent over-clashing.

 

Use furniture

Patterned upholstery will add another layer of interest to your room, keeping in the same colour scheme will help to unify the room. Check out our great range of sofas to help you bring patterns into your home. This great Alstons Camden Armchair would make a great addition to any pattern inspired room! Available today at our store in Weston-super-Mare.

 

If you would like to find out more about our great range of patterned furniture sofas, head over 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 furniture for your home.

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16th October 2017

Could Your Sofa Be Damaging Your Health?

Could Your Sofa Be Damaging Your Health?

Do you suffer from a bad back? Find it difficult to stand up from a seated position? Struggle to stand for long periods of time? 

It turns out that you’re not the only one. An increasing amount of research indicates that chronic back pain is on the rise, with many people placing the blame on poorly made office chairs and a general lack of spine health awareness.   

But did you know that sofas can be a huge contributor towards back problems as well? 

Modern trends have led to an increase in demand for softer sofas with deeper cushions, which means that less emphasis is put onto the support needed for the spine and neck. This results in an unhealthy slouching position, which can cause long term health issues for users of the sofa. Sitting for too long in this position not only causes stress on the spinal ligaments but increases pressure on intervertebral discs, which in turn leads to the chronic suffering from aches and pains that many of us seek treatment for. As the average person spends an estimated 60% of their day sitting down, this problem will only get worse if not dealt with swiftly. 

Spine surgeon Ketan Khurjekar says, "The human body is ergonomically designed. When we sit on slouchy and soft sofas, we disturb the normal curvature of the spine and body ergonomics. These comfy sofas are good for sitting for a short time, but sitting on them for a longer duration can cause pain in the spine." 

So, how can you avoid incurring a mountain of physiotherapy bills further down the line? When choosing a new sofa, it is important that you consider how well it will support your back. Try to choose one which will provide optimum support for the neck and spine, rather than the one you feel is softest. The NHS advises that the best sitting position is one which supports your back and keeps your knees level with your hips. 

High back, such as this Stressless Arion 3 seater, are a great choice as they provide excellent neck support. They are also fully adjustable, allowing you to move the headrest to the correct position for your neck and come with the patented Glide and Plus systems which respond to your body’s slightest movements. These sofas are particularly great for building custom home cinema seating and their timeless design means they won’t go out of style anytime soon! This sofa is also currently in the sale with just under £1,000 off! 

If you would like to find out more about our great range of supportive sofas, head over 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 furniture for your home.

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9th October 2017

Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn

Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn

Have you put the heating on yet? We certainly have! The cosiest time of the year is back and we can’t wait to start creating a warm and inviting space to come home to after a long autumn day, changes in the season are the perfect time to get creative with the interior while preparing the exterior for the colder, wetter months.
 

1. Tend to the chimney
If you are lucky enough to have a roaring fireplace for the family to gather around during the colder months, make sure the chimney has been professionally cleaned and cleared to avoid any chimney fires.

 
2. Get the boiler serviced
The last thing you need when temperatures hit rock bottom is for the boiler to give up the ghost. Arrange for your gas company to come and service the boiler before you start using it every day so that you can rest assured knowing that it is operating at its best for the coming months.

 
3. Check the gutters
We might have had a lovely summer, but that won’t have stopped debris collecting in the gutters and preventing water from flowing through them properly. Arrange for a professional gutter cleaning service or take a ladder and check them yourself to ensure that they are clear and ready to manage the wetter weather.   

 
4. Create a home scent
Nothing quite beats arriving home after a long commute in the rain, but creating a personalised home scent to greet you as you walk through the front door might just make it that much more perfect.

 
5. Invest in rugs
Let’s face it, who wants to walk on cold floors with bare feet! Rugs are much cheaper than carpets, and you can update your look whenever you want.

 
6. Stock up on candles
Be prepared for any power outages with a stock of candles. You can also save on your electricity bill by having a cosy candlelit evening once a week. 

 
7. Get your duvet cleaned
Before you switch your duvet over, take it out of storage and nip to the launderette to give it a spruce up for the coming months.

 
8. Organise your hallway
Muddy boots, panicked school runs, overflowing book bags; the hallway gets the most traffic in the house. Install labelled coat pegs and a designated area for each person’s shoes to keep it as orderly and stress-free as possible.

 
9. Update the sofa
Autumn means spending lots of time on the sofa getting cosy and keeping warm, so now is a great time to update yours!
 

Head over 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 furniture for your home. 

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