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17th June 2019

How to take Care of New Carpets

How to take Care of New Carpets

New carpets can instantly transform a space, taking it from tired and outdated to fresh and modern in an instant. Whether you’re making over the whole house or you’re just focusing on one room, having a new carpet installed is one of the best ways to finish a space and make it feel like your own. But how can you ensure that your new carpet stays looking new and clean for as long as possible?

Hoover 

This might sound obvious, but regularly hoovering your new carpet is the first step in keeping it clean and fresh looking. Though the amount of fibre that the hoover initially picks up might be alarming, it is really only a very small proportion of the carpet and will not affect the performance of it in any way. Make sure that you hoover your new carpet several times a week to minimise the collection of dust and keep it fresh and clean.

Wash 

Another step in maintaining your new carpet is to give it a wash from time to time. Carpets in high traffic areas, such as hallways and landings are much more susceptible to gathering dirt, dust and pet hair, so ensure that these areas are cleaned once or twice a year with a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner to remove odours and dirt. This is very important if you have anyone in the house who suffers with allergies as this will prevent allergens from building up in the carpet and exacerbating symptoms. It is also worth spending the money on professional carpet cleaner every now and then as industrial equipment will be able to remove far more dirt and dust than regular cleaners.

Stains 

It’s a home owner’s worst nightmare – red wine spilling all over the brand-new carpet! The best way to deal with stains is to attend to them immediately. Never rub the stain to try and remove it, blot with a clean sponge or cloth to remove residue and then use a cleaner that is appropriate for the stain. For grease stains, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area and leave to absorb the residue before hoovering up. Liquid stains can be removed with a specialist carpet shampoo, while solid stains such as wax can be removed by placing a paper towel over the stain and running a warm iron over the back of it.

If you’re looking for new carpets 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 carpets for every room in the house.



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17th June 2019

How to take Care of New Carpets

How to take Care of New Carpets

New carpets can instantly transform a space, taking it from tired and outdated to fresh and modern in an instant. Whether you’re making over the whole house or you’re just focusing on one room, having a new carpet installed is one of the best ways to finish a space and make it feel like your own. But how can you ensure that your new carpet stays looking new and clean for as long as possible?

Hoover 

This might sound obvious, but regularly hoovering your new carpet is the first step in keeping it clean and fresh looking. Though the amount of fibre that the hoover initially picks up might be alarming, it is really only a very small proportion of the carpet and will not affect the performance of it in any way. Make sure that you hoover your new carpet several times a week to minimise the collection of dust and keep it fresh and clean.

Wash 

Another step in maintaining your new carpet is to give it a wash from time to time. Carpets in high traffic areas, such as hallways and landings are much more susceptible to gathering dirt, dust and pet hair, so ensure that these areas are cleaned once or twice a year with a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner to remove odours and dirt. This is very important if you have anyone in the house who suffers with allergies as this will prevent allergens from building up in the carpet and exacerbating symptoms. It is also worth spending the money on professional carpet cleaner every now and then as industrial equipment will be able to remove far more dirt and dust than regular cleaners.

Stains 

It’s a home owner’s worst nightmare – red wine spilling all over the brand-new carpet! The best way to deal with stains is to attend to them immediately. Never rub the stain to try and remove it, blot with a clean sponge or cloth to remove residue and then use a cleaner that is appropriate for the stain. For grease stains, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area and leave to absorb the residue before hoovering up. Liquid stains can be removed with a specialist carpet shampoo, while solid stains such as wax can be removed by placing a paper towel over the stain and running a warm iron over the back of it.

If you’re looking for new carpets 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 carpets for every room in the house.



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7th June 2019

Tips for Decorating Children’s Rooms

Tips for Decorating Children’s Rooms

No matter how hard we try to keep up with them, children grow so quickly that it can be difficult to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to decorating their rooms. One moment they might be into fire trucks and farm animals and the next they are feeling grown up and want something that reflects their new teenage status. Luckily there are a few tips you can use to make sure that decorating transitions go as smoothly as possible!
 

1. Stick to neutrals
If you want to avoid painting the walls every few years, stick to a neutral palette and build up colour and patterns using cushions and bedding. This way it will be super easy to switch over when your little one starts to outgrow their current theme.
 

2. Create storage
Whether your child is young enough for piles of toys or is starting to take exams at school, storage is an absolutely essential element for their room. Where space is tight, use cabin beds to raise the bed up so that you can use the space underneath for clothes, toys, books and homework.
 

3. Use the walls
Children love to sprawl their things out all over the floor, so make sure that beds and other pieces of furniture are pushed up against the walls to maximise the floor space that they can use to play on.
 

4. Mix it up
For those times when siblings simply have to share a room, make sure they retain their sense of identity by giving them their own individual style within the room. Get them involved by letting them pick out their own bedding, artwork and lamps to style their part of the room.
 

5. Find their theme
Kids always have a specific interest for a while, whether it’s space, the circus, dinosaurs or unicorns. Work with their interest and incorporate their favourite things into the room, using curtains and wall stickers. These will be easy to remove and switch over once your child grows out of it.
 

6. Get them involved
Children love nothing more than feeling like they have been a part of the creative process, so get them involved in the decoration by having them help out with the painting or create some artwork for their new walls. Take them to the furniture store to help pick out their new bed and get them to choose a lampshade for their new room.  
 

If you’re looking for children’s bedroom furniture 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 children’s bedroom furniture for your little one.


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31st May 2019

How to Remove Stains from Sofas

How to Remove Stains from Sofas

Accidents can happen to the best of us, no matter how hard we try to keep everything clean! Whether you have a small child pouring juice onto everything or you dropped some of Friday night’s curry after a few glasses of wine, marks and stains on the upholstery can be a super annoying and daunting task to deal with. But there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help you remove those stains quickly and effectively – restoring your pride and joy to its former glory in no time at all.

Before you start, always check the labels on your upholstery to see whether it has a specific cleaning code. They usually look like this:

  • W = wet or water cleaning
  • S = dry cleaning only
  • SW = wet and dry cleaning both appropriate
  • X = professional cleaning only

If you are unsure, call the shop where you bought your sofa to find out more. Once you have this information, you can find the best way to remove the stains.

Grease

Hoover the area first to lift any excess grease and then pour baking soda onto the affected area and leave for 20 minutes. Depending on when the stain occurred, this should soak up a lot of the excess grease. Hoover the baking soda up and blot the remaining stain with a clean cloth soaked in vodka or a toothbrush and washing up liquid.

Food

Water and soap are usually good at most food stains. Using a clean wet cloth, work a small amount of soap into the stain, leave for 20 minutes and blot with a clean sponge. If this doesn’t work, try using a cleaner with enzymes in it, such as biological laundry liquid.

Wine

Believe it or not, it is possible to remove wine from upholstery. First of all, try lifting the stain out by using sparkling water and a clean cloth. If you find that doesn’t produce the desired effect, mix a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of laundry detergent in four cups of cold water. Using a clean cloth, dab at the stain with the mixture, leave for a few minutes then blot with a clean sponge afterwards.

Ink

If you have any rubbing alcohol to hand, pour a small amount directly onto the stain and then gently dab at the stain from the outside in with a clean cloth. It is super important to avoid rubbing the stain as this will spread it further and make the problem worse.

Coffee

Though it is a tough stain to work with, coffee can be removed with a small amount of detergent and warm water on a clean cloth. Gently blot at the stain with the cloth and then soak it up with a paper towel.

If you’re looking for a sofa 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 sofa for every room in the house.


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24th May 2019

How to Style a Dining Table

How to Style a Dining Table

Image: Old Charm Lancaster Dining Table


When you think of your dining table, what do you see? Do you envisage piles of paperwork and unopened bills or a beautifully styled space where the whole family can enjoy each other’s company? While this large surface space can often be overlooked when it comes to interior design, it shouldn’t be as it is the perfect place to showcase your styling efforts!


Whether you have a dedicated dining room or an area for a table in the lounge or kitchen, a well-finished dining table can totally transform a space from a jumbled mess into an inviting space to share meals together. So, where do you begin?


Firstly, find a place for all of the clutter that accumulates on the table. Invest in a filing system to keep paperwork neat and tidy and encourage everyone to hang bags on coat pegs by the door. This should help to keep your dining table clutter free and purely dedicated to dining experiences. 


Next, it’s all about the look you are hoping to achieve. Does your dining table have a contemporary, rustic, farmhouse or retro finish? This will help you to find items that perfectly match your style. Contemporary tables will look great with glass and metal pieces, while retro furniture can carry off bright colours and bold patterns. Rustic and farmhouse tables look great with shabby chic vases and collections of ceramics.


Now think about the space you’re working with. If the table is very small, then styling upwards with tall vases and long flowers is a good way to create impact while giving the illusion of more space on the table. Long tables work well with fabric runners and a collection of different sized candles in the middle, while oval tables are perfect for large floral displays.


If you have beautiful dining sets that are usually stowed away in the cupboard, then why not use them as part of your dining table display? Stack bowls and plates in the centre of the table along with similar coloured napkins for an undone but fashionable finish.


It’s super important for dining tables to be well lit, so take into consideration the lighting options when styling your table. If you have a low hanging pendant light then its best to pair this with wide, flat dishes to avoid any clashing, but if you have a relatively high chandelier then your table can carry off taller, more extravagant displays. And don’t be afraid to use lots of candles!


If you’re looking for a dining table 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 dining table. 

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7th May 2019

6 of the Favourite Accessories for Your Home this Season

6 of the Favourite Accessories for Your Home this Season

Although usually added as the last pieces, accessories are the true character of a room or home as a whole. They reflect your personality and serve to finish off and enhance the spaces they inhabit. We have an eclectic and stylish range of accessories to choose from which will work in any room and compliment any style. Here are 6 of our favourites this season: 



Shabby Chic Free Standing Duck Ornaments

Incredibly sweet and very charming, our Freestanding Ducks are available in a lovely carved wooden style that's perfect for a shabby chic setting. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, complete with personalisable name tags - perfect for both the kids and adults! 



Cylinder Floor Lights

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any room. Our Cylinder Floor Lights are handcrafted and work with any colour scheme and in any space.



Polyresin Woodcut Horse with Wheels

Crafted from wooden materials, which allows this Woodcut Horse with Wheels to give the nostalgia feel it tries to achieve so beautifully well, which it obviously does. With an aged cream finish, which beautifully adds to its old nostalgic theme which it accomplishes effortlessly well, you will not regret displaying this piece on your surfaces.



6 Bottle Wine Rack

This New Accessory has become an instant hit. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just a wine lover, this piece allows you to display your favourite bottles with class and style. Even if you don't drink you have a stylish and sophisticated conversation piece, bringing a bit of France into your kitchen or Italy to your dining room. 



Fleur ‘Entwined Hearts' Mirror

Mirrors are an essential tool for giving a room depth and adding light, opening up spaces making them appear bigger and brighter. Our Fleur 'Entwined Hearts' Mirror uses style and a neutral finish so it can work with multiple designs and colour schemes.



Antique Telephone Clock

This is one of our favourite pieces. Stylish and quirky this Antique Telephone Clock is ideal for entrance areas, hallways, kitchens and the lounge. Its timeless quality has seen it remain a consistently popular item and is a feature and conversation piece anywhere it is placed. Although currently unavailable, we're hoping to have this popular piece back soon.

 

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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9th April 2019

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare this Spring/Summer 2019?

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare this Spring/Summer 2019?

The weather is slowly but surely improving which means it’s almost time to get out and about! Whether you enjoy eating, art or simply having lots of fun, there are plenty of things to see and do in Weston-super-Mare over the coming months. Just be sure to pop in and say “Hi!” while you’re in town!



Eat Weston Food Festival

It’s that time of year again - Weston High Street and Italian Gardens will be filled with some of the best local food and drink providers you can find. The first half of the festival was held on Saturday 13 April, the next half is happening on Saturday 28 September between 10 am and 5 pm and will feature a balloon modeller, face painter and much, much more!




Easter Egg Trail 

The school holidays are upon us which can only mean the annual Easter Egg Trail through Weston Town Centre! Find the five clues and crack the code to win an Easter surprise from Weston Museum. Held between 15 April to the 22 April, there is guaranteed fun for all of the family, and no entry fee!



Sand Sculpture Festival

This year’s theme for the annual Sand Sculpture Festival is What If? Each sculpture will address a different question in a way that is designed to open your imagination and get you asking questions. Open daily from 19 April until the end of September 2019, the festival is held next to SeaQuarium and welcomes over 5 million visitors every year.  



The Gardens Festival

If you love music, then this is the festival for you. Held at the Weston Winter Gardens between 31 May and 1 June, The Gardens Festival is a celebration of music from the 60’s and beyond. Curated by the legendary Lipinski brothers, the headliners Rebel Heroes and Summer of Love will be joined by Eastertown and Gimme Some Lovin’ to create a weekend you won’t forget! Early bird tickets now on sale.



National Refuse Championships 

If you’re looking for an unusual but fun-filled family weekend, check out the National Refuse Championships on 14 and 15 June at the Beach Lawns. This amazing event is a great way to show appreciation for the people who collect our waste and recycling. With over 30 teams competing in wheelie bin races to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, this is a day you won’t want to miss! 



While you’re in the area, why not 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 every room in the house.



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19th March 2019

5 Ways to Organise Your Bookcase

5 Ways to Organise Your Bookcase

If you’ve found yourself squeezing books into any available space on your bookshelf, perhaps now is a good time to organise them. Not only does having a good organisation system help you to find books more easily, but it also makes your bookshelf look even more beautiful. So, give your bookcase a makeover today by stepping up your organisation game and getting your books into order.
 

1. Arrange by colour
One of the biggest trends at the moment is to organise books by the colour of their spine. Either by grouping similar books together into a rainbow effect or by creating a pattern with the different colours, this is a super fun and creative way of beautifying your bookcase and making your books easier to find.

 
2. Arrange by height
Another way of keeping a uniform effect is to arrange books according to their height. Bookshelves can often look like a mish-mash of different books, but when grouped according to their height the shelf takes on a whole new clean and uncluttered appearance.

 
3. Arrange by genre
This is a great way to separate out books if you happen to have lots of different subject matters. Group books into genres such as science fiction, horror, fantasy, non-fiction, romance and literature before placing them back onto your bookcase. 

 
4. Arrange by size
Books come in all shapes and sizes, and the most practical way to arrange them is to put the biggest, heaviest books on the bottom shelves. Working up to medium sized books and then light paperbacks right at the top.

 
5. Arrange alphabetically
If you want to go full librarian on your bookcase, the only way to arrange it is alphabetically. Think about whether you want to arrange by author or title first and take it from there. This method might take some time, but it will be worth it when you can find exactly what you are looking for right away!

 
For a great range of bookcases for your home, shop online or 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 rug for every room in the house. 


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15th October 2018

Come Dine with Me – Choosing A Table for Your Guest List

Come Dine with Me – Choosing A Table for Your Guest List

Whether you are working with a limited space or a whole dining room, choosing a table to host dinner parties on can be a tricky task. After all, you may be feeding 15 people one night, but you may not need a table big enough to fit that many people every other day of the year! But, worry not, as there are plenty of dining tables that are perfect for each and every dinner party. It’s just a case of finding the right one for your needs.

What to consider

The first thing to think about when choosing your table is how many people will be using it on a regular basis. This will provide you with the minimum number of seats that you need. Next, think about how many people you will usually invite over for dinner and this will give you a rough idea of how big your table needs to be.

Next up, have a look at the space where your new table will live and consider which shape will work best in that particular area. Long, narrow rooms will benefit from rectangular tables, while smaller, square rooms will house round and square tables perfectly. Once you have a good idea of the shape you can narrow your search down.

If your table is only to be used occasionally, it might be worth looking at extending tables or gate-leg tables, both of which can be increased in size to accommodate guests as and when you are holding dinner parties. This way, when your table is not being used for dinner parties, it can be folded down, or the inserts can be removed, and the table will take up less space. Perfect for homes without a dedicated dining room or limited space.

Lastly, think about the seating arrangements. Having additional seating handy is key for those evenings when you’re having guests round, so make sure that you have enough beforehand. Space-saving seating, such as benches, are a great way to maximise the number of people you can fit around the table while being easy enough to store out of the way when not in use. Alternatively, you can always use stools or ask your guests to bring a chair instead of a bottle!

For a beautiful selection of dining tables, 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 the dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect dining table for your dinner party. 


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11th October 2018

Why Do the Clocks Go Back this Month?

Why Do the Clocks Go Back this Month?

With October in full swing, there is plenty to be happy about. From toffee apples and Halloween to crunchy leaves and roaring fires, October is a special time of year that brings a lot of cosy comfort to homes all around the UK. But there is one particular thing about October that many of us enjoy the most…that’s right – an extra hour in bed! 

This year, the clocks will go back in the early hours of Sunday, October 28. At 2 am the UK will revert to Greenwich Mean Time by going back one hour to 1 am, thereby marking the end of British Summertime.

So, what is daylight savings all about and why do we still use it?

The idea was originally thought up by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 in his satirical essay “An Economical Project” which was published in the Journal de Paris. He suggested that the clocks change so that Parisians could save money on candles and lamp oil.

Although the idea was campaigned for in British Parliament in 1907 by builder William Willet, the practice was not adopted in the UK until 1916, when the government introduced measures to save coal and candles during World War I. The practice was also adopted by the U.S. and Europe to take advantage of longer daylight hours and the conservation of energy.

While the U.S. went back to standardized time in 1966, most of Europe still adhere to it. There are arguments against continuing with daylight savings time, with some studies claiming that the energy saved during daylight savings is offset by greater energy use during the darker months.

Would you prefer to go back to standard British Summertime?

For a beautiful selection of clocks, 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 the dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect clock for each room in the house. 

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