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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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24th September 2018

Easy Craft Ideas for Autumn

Easy Craft Ideas for Autumn

Autumn is one of our favourite times of the year, not least because it lends itself so well to getting crafty. From the beautiful leaves to the fallen acorns and conkers, nature provides us with plenty to work with, the only difficulty is knowing where to start! So, we have rounded up some of our favourite ways to get crafty this autumn. 



Pine cone mobile

This is a super fun and easy craft to make, especially if you have children. Gather some sticks, pine cones and wool and lay them out on the table. Take the largest stick, tie a piece of wool around the middle of it and hang a pinecone from the end of the piece of wool. Then, tie two more pieces of wool to each end of the stick and add a stick to the end of each of them. Add more wool to the sticks, tying pine cones to the ends of them as you go. The fun part here is to make sure that the whole thing balances out!


Leaf lanterns

Using just a few items, you can easily preserve those beautiful fallen leaves as a stunning lantern. There are several ways you can do this, but our favourite is to take a clean glass jar and simply stick your foraged leaves to the outside, then place a candle inside the jar and light it. Beautifully simple autumnal decorations!


Autumn wreath

Some think that wreaths are just for Christmas, but autumn is the perfect season to display all of the colours of this beautiful time of the year. Use a pre-made grapevine wreath and decorate with your foraged finds such as acorns, conkers, pine cones, and leaves. You could add faux apples and berries to add colour and make your wreath last longer.


Chestnut snake

Children will love to collect and create this amazing toy which neatly doubles up as a super fun counting tool! Collect 10 conkers and arrange them smallest to largest. Use the biggest one for the head with the bottom of the conker facing up as this will be where you stick the googly eyes. Using a skewer or screwdriver, make holes in each of the conkers then thread wool through each of the conkers, starting with the smallest. Tie a knot at the tail end and another knot at the head end, making a tongue with the wool. Stick on the googly eyes and there you have your counting snake!

While you’re out and about foraging for your autumnal crafts, 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 furniture for every room in the house.


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17th September 2018

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare This Autumn

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare This Autumn

The long sunny days might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to hibernate just yet! There are plenty of things to do and see in Weston-super-Mare this autumn, so get your waterproofs ready (just in case!) and head on down to one of these fun-packed events.


 
Weston Food Festival

Calling all food lovers, the Weston Food Festival is the place to be in September! Head on down to Weston High Street and Italian Gardens on Saturday 22nd September and sample some of the most amazing culinary delights in town. From farmer’s market cheeses and craft beers to vegan street food and live demonstrations, this free event will be fun for all of the family – just remember to wear your stretchy trousers!


 
Hydrogarden Weston Beach Race

The UK’s biggest motorsport beach race returns again this year with its 36th edition. Check out the action-packed races from both amateur and professional riders as they tackle the toughest track in the world! With 36 dunes measuring up to 15 metres high, this daredevil event is sure to entertain the whole family. Held from 19th – 22nd October, this event is guaranteed to draw a large crowd so get there early to bag a good spot!



Halloween Kids Crafts

Be prepared for the half term by taking the children along to Weston Museum for some arts and crafts. From rock painting to sand art, there will be plenty to keep little hands and minds busy for a few hours. Held from Tuesday 30th October – Thursday 1st November, some sessions have a few while others are on a donation basis, so make sure you bring some pennies.

 

Weston Carnival

You know that autumn is over when the Weston Carnival comes to town! With over 140 floats, marching bands and entertainers winding their way through the streets, there will be plenty to see and do. Thousands of visitors are expected to arrive for this amazing annual event which will start at Frances Fox on Friday 10th November. The procession will lead on to Alfred Street, along the Boulevard, Seafront, and finish on Carlton Street. 

While you’re in the area, 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 furniture for every room in the house. 


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3rd September 2018

Top Tips for Choosing a Carpet

Top Tips for Choosing a Carpet

When it comes to choosing a new flooring, carpet is still one of the most popular choices out there. Not only is it super stylish and very comfortable, but it is also great for warming up rooms that might otherwise feel cold with a hard floor. But, with so many styles to choose from, where do you begin choosing the right one for your home?

Decide on the type

Image: Boutique Wilton

Carpets can either be woven or tufted. The manufacturing process for woven carpets means that both the front and back of the carpet is woven simultaneously, which is a much longer and more intensive process than tufting. This means that woven carpets are of a much higher quality. Carpet makers Axminster and Brintons are both well known for their woven carpets.

Choose a style

Image: Camelot Stripe 

There are such a wide variety of surface textures that it can be tricky to know where to start! Think about the effect you are hoping to create in your room. For a luxurious finish, go for velvet piles or for a more rustic, rugged appeal choose a twist pile. Loop piles are great for creating that natural texture look, while patterned carpet is perfect for the high wear and tear areas.

Think about the material

Image: Croftmoor Twist 

Nylon is a great choice for rooms that will see a lot of traffic as it is extremely hardwearing. Wool is a classic choice as it is soft, doesn’t flatten easily and retains its appearance. Some of the best carpets see a mixture of wool and nylon for optimum results. Polyester is great for longevity, but it does lose its shape after a while so may need replacing in the future. 

Consider the room

The type and style of carpet you need will change according to each room you use it in. Hallways, stairs and landings will see a lot of traffic, so it’s a good idea to stick with at least an 80% wool content for these areas. Bedrooms can afford to have a more luxurious finish as they are less used, while children’s rooms and dining areas would do well with man-made fibres that are hardwearing and easy to clean.

If you want to browse our great selection of beautiful flooring, head on down 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 the dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect floor for every room in the house.


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29th August 2018

Vinyl Flooring Trends for 2018

Vinyl Flooring Trends for 2018

A room is never quite finished until the floor is done. After all, it is the floor that ties the whole room together, so when it comes to redecorating, new flooring is an absolute must. Vinyl flooring remains one of the best-selling options for redecorating as it is low maintenance, cost effective, durable, easy to install and offers a wide selection of styles. But, when it comes to choosing the right colour and style for your home, how do you begin to narrow it down?

Start with colour 

The obvious starting point for your new flooring is the colour. The last few years have seen grey as the most popular choice for floors and this trend continues into 2018. One of the main reasons for this is that it provides a modern take on a classic look, providing homes with a fresh feel without making it look dark and dingy. This year is also seeing the rise of darker tones as a low maintenance option while bold colours are also coming back in a big way.

Pick a material 

The next step is to consider the room that the flooring is intended for. Heavy use rooms such as hallways and kitchens might need a slightly more durable material than one used in a bathroom, for example.

Choose a style 

The great thing about vinyl flooring is that you aren’t limited to one particular style. From marble and stone effect to imitation wood, there is something for every taste and budget out there. The best way to choose a style is to consider the room that the flooring is going into. Bathrooms suit stone effect tiles while living areas might work better with a wooden look.

Determine a laying pattern 

Laying a vinyl floor opens up all kinds of creative opportunities. You can choose from a huge range of laying patterns to suit your home, from a traditional Victorian hallway design to a basket weave or parquet flooring finish. The sky is the limit!

If you want to browse our great selection of beautiful flooring, head on down 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 the dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect floor for every room in the house. 


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20th August 2018

6 Benefits of Rugs

6 Benefits of Rugs

Image: Galleria Rug by Mastercraft

Whether you’re looking for a way to warm up your room or bring a bit of colour, rugs are one of the best ways to make that happen. But then benefits don’t just end there! There are far more benefits to getting a rug than you might realise.

 
1. Noise reduction
Wooden floors are great, but they can create a lot of noise, particularly if you are living in a flat. Rugs are a great way to reduce the sound from people walking around, and they also reduce the echo in a room, making it feel homely and inviting. 
 
2. Reduces fatigue

If you’ve ever felt joint pain, then you will know that walking on hard floors can make it so much worse! Rugs are a great way to reduce muscle and joint fatigue by providing a soft cushion to absorb some of the impact of walking.
 
3. Makes decorating easier
If you are planning on redecorating your room, picking out a rug is a great way to start off the process. By choosing the rug first you have a base on which to build the rest of your colour palette.
 
4. Floor protection
Hard floors can look lovely, but they show wear and tear very easily and need a lot of upkeep. Putting a good quality rug down will minimise this damage and protect your investment.
 
5. Flexibility
Another great aspect of rugs is that they don’t have to just live in one space. If you get bored of them in one room, simply move them to another and give them a whole new lease of life!
 
6. Easy to clean
One thing that most people forget about is that rugs are super easy to clean compared to carpets. Take the rug outside, beat it with a broom handle to loosen the dust, give it a vacuum and use a gentle shampoo to clean it. Then simply leave it in the sun to dry. 
 
If you want to browse our great selection of beautiful rugs, head on down 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 the dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect items for every room in the house. 

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8th August 2018

How to Bring the Industrial Look into Your Home

How to Bring the Industrial Look into Your Home

If you’re looking to update your home and you like to stay ahead of the curve, the industrial look might just be the one for you. A huge trend for 2018, industrial interiors are set to become a classic due to their robust qualities, lasting style, and wow-factor character.

If you are convinced, here are a few ways that you can bring this look into your home without breaking the bank.

Exposed Brick 

One of the key factors in creating this look is having stripped back materials with the bare minimum of finishing. Rip back the plaster to reveal the beautiful brickwork underneath or if you are not so lucky, there are plenty of veneer options for a more temporary solution.

Weathered Wood 

From the dining table to the floorboards, wood needs to be seriously weathered for the perfect industrial look. For a subtler approach, use weathered frames for pictures or a distressed look on the bannisters.

Metal Lighting 

From exposed cables to robust, metal lampshades, lighting is a key component of this interior design trend. Whether you opt for cast iron bulb cages or aluminium downlighters, lighting is a quick and easy way to bring this trend into your home. Simply hang a bulb over the dining table or add an industrial lamp to the corner of the room.

Polished Concrete 

There was a time when concrete was just seen as a functional building material, however, these days it has so many more uses. Polished concrete gives the perfect industrial look while providing a durable, robust, and gorgeous floor. Just makes sure to invest in a few decent rugs for those cold winter mornings.

Go Grey 

Think of a factory and you most likely think of the colour grey. Using a palette of different greys it is possible to make a room look industrial but chic at the same time. Just contrast with weathered wood and metal fixtures and fittings and you will have the perfect industrial look!

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2nd August 2018

Decorating Tips for Children’s Rooms

Decorating Tips for Children’s Rooms

Whether you’re looking for a quick freshen up or a total revamp, decorating children’s rooms can sometimes be a tricky task. As they grow, children can quickly get bored of things that used to interest them, so we have put together a list of our top tips to make sure that you don’t have to go through the redecoration process every few months!

Plan it out 

Save yourself a whole lot of hassle by coming up with a plan of action. Create a mood board of colour schemes and furniture ideas that could work well for your child and let them have a say in what they like the most. If you don’t fancy the idea of constantly redecorating, try to choose colours and furniture that will grow with them.

 

Play it safe 

For the ultimate colour scheme that will grow with your child – think white. A neutral background will enable you to update the room regularly by switching out throw pillows and using brightly coloured posters to bring character. Once they feel like a change all you need to do is update their bedding and add some new curtains. Voilà!

Safety-proof 

If you have a baby or toddler, ensuring that the room is safety-proofed is an essential part of the process. Put child locks on the windows, avoid hanging heavy pictures or mirrors, secure all freestanding furniture to the walls and keep beds away from radiators in case they become very hot.

Choosing the bed 

Whether they are in a cot, their first big bed, or they are teenagers looking to stretch out in a double, the youngsters in your home only deserve the best when it comes to beds!

Make it comfy 

Beanbags are a great way to add some fun comfort to your child’s room, while small tipis and bunk beds also give the room a sense of adventure for little ones. Teenagers will love the addition of a TV or space to study while younger children could benefit from a giant chest to store all of their toys. 

Happy decorating!

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30th July 2018

Creating the Perfect Reading Nook

Creating the Perfect Reading Nook

One of life’s little pleasures, reading is something many of us would love to do more often. But, in the midst of the day to day chaos, it can be tricky finding the time to do it. One way of making time for reading is by creating a space dedicated to it as it serves as a physical reminder to take 5 minutes out of your day.

This is why everyone needs a reading nook!

Whether you have a corner, an attic, a window seat, or a study, everyone has at least one space that they can turn into a cosy den for reading.

So, how to you transform your space into an inviting place to spend a few minutes (or hours?)

First things first - you can’t have a reading nook without a bookshelf. Whether you’re after a freestanding beauty to hold all of your treasured books or you simply want to install some floating shelves, a bookshelf is the framework for the rest of your cosy space.

Another essential part of making your space is to have a comfy place to sit. After all, you could be there for days! From snugglers to chaise lounges, there is a perfect chair for every style of reading nook you can think of. Choose one that reflects your personality and style as well as being the most comfortable chair in the house.   

Now that you have the bare bones, it’s important to incorporate plenty of soft furnishings. Whether this is a crochet blanket that your grandma made or a chic and fluffy faux fur throw, soft materials are the key to making your space look inviting and cosy. Think snuggling up on a cold winters day and you get the idea.

Lighting is another crucial element in making your space functional and inviting. A coloured lamp is a great way to bring warmth and character to your space while also providing much needed light as the evening draws in.

Happy reading!

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