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29th March 2017

How to Feng Shui Your Living Room


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Feng shui is the ancient Chinese system of laws which aim to provide balance and flow to the energy (chi) in a space. Developed over 3,000 years ago, the practice is based on the idea that the interior of our home is a reflection of our inner selves. The purpose of feng shui is to align your environment with who you are so that you are in harmony with your surroundings and are more able to achieve your ambitions.

To bring feng shui into your living room, it’s important to arrange the furniture in a way that allows the energy in your home to flow freely. This will help to improve the ambience in your home and transform your lifestyle. So, how do you bring feng shui to your living room? 

  • Less is more 
    Decluttering is usually the top of most people’s lists when it comes to sprucing up the home, but it is particularly effective for creating good feng shui. Remove any objects or pieces of furniture which are of no value or use in the space to enable energy to move freely.

 

  • Fresh air
    Keep the room ventilated with fresh, good quality air, which not only has health benefits but is also the foundation of good feng shui energy. If you are not able to open your windows regularly, invest in an aromatherapy diffuser which will fill the room with the scent of essential oils.

 

  • Let there be light
    We all know that natural light helps to make a room feel more welcoming, but if your living room has small windows or does not allow much in, hang some mirrors to bounce as much light around the room as possible. In the evenings, place floor lamps and table lights around the space to bring a layered effect instead of relying on the single ceiling fixture.

 

  • Use the feng shui bagua map
    The bagua is the energy map of a space. Understanding it is an important element of creating good energy in the living room. This will give you guidance on where to place certain objects and colours within the room to optimise the space and create balance. Your living room needs all five feng shui elements to create harmony and ease of energy flow.

 


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  • Flow with it
    Look at your space and think about whether water would flow easily around the objects in the room, or whether it would get stuck in certain spaces. This is a helpful way to visualise how energy (chi) will move around your living room. Find a furniture arrangement that allows for the easiest flow around the space.

 

  • Avoid Sha Chi
    Sha chi is the negative energy that can be created by certain sharp objects and misplaced furniture. Avoid placing sofas underneath windows or hanging pictures with negative emotions or turbulent seas, also try to avoid hanging mirrors where your image can be seen from a doorway.

 

  • Mirror, mirror
    Mirrors are a great way to bounce light around the room, but they can also be used to reflect beautiful landscapes from outside the window to bring harmony to the space.

 

For beautiful furniture to complement your feng shui living room, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

 
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21st March 2017

A Guide to Buying A New Bed for National Bed Month


Did you know that March is officially National Bed Month?
 

This annual awareness campaign helps to shine a spotlight on the importance of quality beds for getting a good night’s sleep. A good bed should provide the correct support, comfort and space to help reduce the amount of times that you wake or are disturbed by your partner.
 

Getting the right amount of sleep is key to maintaining good health and general well-being, so making sure you have the right bed is super important. Research indicates that sleeping on a new medium-firm mattress can help reduce stress levels, headaches, back pains and irritability. Mattresses tend to need replacing every 5-10 years to maintain optimum levels of comfort and support.

 

 
Reylon Memory Ortho Pocket

 

Unsure if you need to replace your bed? It’s a good idea to get a new one if:

  • The mattress is sagging, or shows signs of wear and tear
  • You wake up with stiffness/pains
  • You get a better night’s sleep in a different bed  
  • The mattress is more than 6 years old

 

If you are finding that you aren’t sleeping as well as you used to, or that the quality of your sleep is not great, it is probably time to replace your mattress. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to think about:

  • Whether you prefer firm, soft or medium mattresses
  • If you would rather memory foam, pocket springs or a combination of both
  • The dimensions of the bed
  • What kind of bed base works best
  • How easy it is to care for your new mattress/bed frame
  • The kind of style you would like in your room
  • Ease of assembly
  • Whether you have allergies to certain materials
  • What to do with your old one 
  • If your new bed comes with a warranty
  • How often the mattress will need turning
  • Investing in mattress protection
  • Whether you want a headboard

 

We have plenty of comfortable, supportive beds to choose from at our store in Weston-super-Mare, many of which are currently in the sale. Check out our great range online or visit the store to test them out.

 

If you are looking for a bed that is just right, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

 

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13th March 2017

Bachelor Pad Essentials

While some bachelor pads may evoke thoughts of sports memorabilia and untidy spaces, more and more single men are proving that style is a key component of the perfect bachelor pad. From colour schemes to furniture styles, there are a myriad of ways to create spaces that are handsome, elegant warm and welcoming.   

Avoiding clichés is an important step in creating the perfect bachelor pad. They can quickly become dated, meaning that a carefully decorated room will need a re-vamp in a short space of time. Sticking to classic materials such as glass and solid wood will mean your furniture will stand the test of time.

When it comes to picking the perfect sofa, it has to be leather. This durable material not only lasts forever but will also fit seamlessly into any self-respecting man flat. Be careful when choosing the colour, however, as black leather sofas in a bachelor pad can be a no-no. Choosing a sofa in a warm chestnut brown makes a room look traditional, yet contemporary at the same time.  

 

 

Parker Knoll Canterbury

 

For a high-end touch, investing in mid-century modern inspired pieces is a sure-fire way to create masculine style in any space. Combining wood with chrome accents produces a style which translates well into a bachelor pad. Bookshelves and coffee tables can be used as focal points, adding a warm, welcoming feeling to the home, as well as helping to keep the place tidy.

 

 

 

Jual BS200 Bookcase

 

Unusual decorative items will bring personality to a room, but remember to use them sparingly. Too many framed football shirts and novelty items will make any pad look tacky and uncared for, so keep your selections classy and minimal. A safe bet is to stick with metal, solid wood and glass as they will all retain their style over time.

 

 

 

Dinosaur Skeleton

 

One of the most important features in any bachelor pad is the entertainment centre. But rather than having the TV as the main feature in a room, try to make it blend in with the rest of the furniture when it is not in use. Classic, simple designs will help to minimise focus on the TV, helping to make it look like a stylish piece of furniture. 

 

 

Jual BS200 Collection

 

If you are looking for the perfect furniture for your bachelor pad, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

 

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7th March 2017

Designing a Room Around a Signature Piece



What is a signature piece?

Every now and again, a piece of furniture grabs your full attention and demands that you invest in it at once. Whether it’s a statement bed frame or a boldly patterned sofa, as soon as you see it, you know that it perfectly encapsulates your personality and style. This is known as a signature piece, an item which gives your room an injection of your charisma along with that all-important wow factor. Signature pieces can be furniture, artwork or fabrics which create focal points in a room and help to set the tone for conveying your home’s character.

 

Choosing your signature item

You may already have that signature item stowed away or it could still be on the shop floor waiting for you to rescue it. You may not have even found that perfect piece yet, but once you do, you will know about it! However, if you struggle with making that final selection, it’s a good idea to make sure the piece is useful so that it doesn’t sit around collecting dust and getting in the way. Ensure the sofa you are ogling is comfortable or that the table you are lusting after seats enough people. Pick something you love looking at, such as a colourful light fitting or a large mirror.

 

Creating a theme for your room may also give you the inspiration you need, for example basing your selections around a country farmhouse style may lead you to finding the perfect statement shabby chic dining table. Look at collector’s items, vintage designer pieces, beautifully handcrafted items and heirloom quality builds. This way you can be sure that you will get years of use from your beautiful new item.

 

Designing the rest of the room

Now that you’ve made your choice it’s time to start building the rest of the room around your item. Everyone is different when it comes to personal taste, but there are some tips which may help when it comes to finishing your project;

 

  • Shape

If your signature piece has an interesting shape or geometry to it, try to replicate that elsewhere in the room to tie it together. For example, if you have selected a curved coffee table look at picking up on that shape in wallpapers or fabrics to echo it around the room.

  • Size

Large signature pieces such as huge bed frames and extended dining tables can overwhelm a crowded room. Look at reducing the amount of furniture in that room so that your signature piece has space to shine. Conversely, smaller items, such as an ornate lamp, may need framing with other complementary pieces such as a side table.

  • Style

The rule book for sticking to one style has been thrown out of the window. Blending styles is very popular these days and it is very common to see opulent antique items perched beautifully next to contemporary pieces. You may have selected a 1960’s armchair as your signature piece but you do not have to design the entire room in a mid-century style for it to fit in. Create a mood board on Pinterest of your favourite designs and look for ways to blend them together.

  • Colour

The colour of your favourite item can help you to create the entire scheme for the room. If your new piece of furniture is multi-coloured, keep the rest of the room more muted so that the piece stands out. Alternatively, take one or two of your favourite colours from the item for the walls and fabrics, so that the piece ties in with the rest of the room.

 

If you are looking for the perfect signature furniture get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

 

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1st March 2017

10 Inexpensive Ways to Spruce up Your Master Bedroom

If your bedroom is looking a bit neglected, there are a whole host of ways you can give it a quick makeover this weekend without breaking the bank. Simple adjustments can give a room a new lease of life without the need to fully redecorate, so if you are thinking about sprucing up your master bedroom this weekend, check out some of our top tips to get you started:

 

 

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  1. Fresh flowers or potted plants bring life and colour into any room, though make sure you choose ones which are suitable for placing in a bedroom.

  2. Take down those ancient curtains and replace them with a funky new blind or fresh new material to let the light in ready for summertime.

  3. Change the lightbulbs to ones with a warmer, softer setting, which will diffuse the light and make the room feel cosy. Dust off fabric lampshades to let the light out and reduce the potential for allergies.

  4. De-clutter wardrobes, cupboards, drawers and cabinets. Create a bag of clothes to take to the charity shop and remove unnecessary items lurking in the bottom of drawers or under the bed collecting dust.

  5. Thoroughly clean those neglected hard to reach places and give your bedding a good airing outside (if the weather permits!).

  6. Change the layout of the room by moving the furniture to different areas.

  7. Picking up those new bedsheets you’ve been lusting after will give your bed a dramatic makeover.

  8. Hanging mirrors on the wall will not only give you somewhere to check your outfit before you leave but will also help to bounce light around the room.

  9. Rugs can transform a space without the need to lay a full carpet. Choose a rug which is a completely different colour to give your room an overhaul.

  10. Investing in a new bed is a great way to make sure you get a great night’s sleep. This amazing memory foam Reylon Aurora bed is currently in the sale so won’t break the bank.


     
    Reylon Aurora

 

If you are giving your bedroom a makeover this weekend, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.

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