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29th September 2017

What to Do in Weston-Super-Mare This Autumn



We don’t know about you but autumn is one of our favourite times of year here at Skidmores, there is something very magical about the changes in the colours of the leaves set against crisp blue skies and cool breezes. The shorter days and colder weather doesn’t mean that it’s time to stay inside, however, as autumn brings with it a whole host of things to do in Weston-super-Mare! 

13th – 15th October - HydroGarden Weston Beach Race

Make the most of the beach before the really cold weather sets in by paying a visit to one of the biggest events in Weston-super-Mare. A huge event on the BMX calendar, the HydroGarden Weston Beach Race is designed for the whole family to enjoy, featuring action-packed races, professional riders from all over the world, and a world-renowned sand track which is easily one of the toughest of its kind.

 

27th – 28th October - Night at the Museum

For an evening of magic, head to the Weston Museum to explore the galleries and exhibitions after dark. Help the museum staff to solve a mystery and be astounded as historical figures from the museum come to life.

 

28th October – The Addams Family at The Quarry

Halloween is around the corner and if you are looking for a different way to celebrate the spooky season, head to the Old Town Quarry on Queens Road to catch an outside viewing of The Addams Family. Pack your cosiest blankets, cushions, ponchos, and sleeping bags and cuddle up to watch this family classic.

 

11th November – Weston-super-Mare Carnival

The last Somerset Carnival of the season, the Weston-super-Mare Carnival seems to get better with every year. Featuring more than 140 illuminated floats, the procession will slowly make its way through the town centre to the sounds of marching bands and huge PA systems. The carnival leaves Locking Road car park at 7:15 pm and heads along Alexandra Parade, Alfred Street, the Boulevard, Waterloo Street, South Parade, the seafront, and Carlton Stress before returning to the car park again. Arrive early to miss the crowds!

 

3rd November – 7th January – Icescape @ The Tropicana

New to the Tropicana venue this autumn is the largest covered ice rink in the UK, with a capacity of over 500 people per session. Get your skates on and glide over the smooth ice, created using rapid freeze, real ice technology. There’s even the chance to meet Santa in his grotto!

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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18th September 2017

6 of Our Most Stylish Armchairs



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The humble armchair has come a long way since its earliest incarnations of richness and splendour in ancient Egypt. Formerly used as a symbolic article of nobility and grandeur, the armchair has since developed into a comfortable, accessible piece of furniture which everyone can use. We take a look at 6 of the most stylish armchairs which will bring comfort and elegance to any room:


Alstons Camden Accent 
This beautifully contemporary armchair is part of the Alstons Modern Collection. Although it is available in a wide range of fabrics, this particular graphic print makes it perfect for those looking for a mid-century modern or retro feel. Handcrafted in the UK and backed by a 10-year guarantee, this solidly constructed piece features cold cure foam seat cushions and a long-lasting internal support frame. 



 

Alstons Avignon Accent 
We love the way the traditional design of this armchair is contrasted with a contemporary twist, making it ideal for those who love classic luxury with a modern feel. The gentle curves and luxurious cushions provide excellent comfort and support and will make it a favourite among family and friends. Featuring cold cure foam seats, free UK mainland deliver and a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, it is no wonder that this is one of our most popular designs. 




 

G Plan Gemma 
Another beautifully contemporary design, the G Plan Gemma Collection offers clean style with smooth lines and versatile design. The high-backed cushions, slender arms and split lumbar support offer premium comfort while the chair itself is available in a wide range of stunning fabrics and leathers to suit any décor. Constructed with only the highest quality materials, this piece is hand crafted in Britain and comes with a 10-year frame and spring guarantee. Currently available in our summer sale! 




 

Hugo Tub Chair 
The Hugo Tub chair encapsulates chair style like no other. A beautifully contemporary piece which would suit almost all interiors, the neutral mushroom linen fabric of this compact chair is hugely versatile which makes it one of our most popular items. Currently available in the sale! 



 

Parker Knoll Canterbury 
A modern classic with a relaxed and casual look, the Canterbury is an exceptionally luxurious piece that would command attention in any room. Handmade in Derbyshire, the distinctive design and impeccable attention to detail makes this one of the most fabulous chairs available in our store. Exuding warmth and comfort with durability and high-quality materials, this is a chair which will last for generations to come. 



Stressless Windsor 
A nod to some of the capital’s most chic addresses, the Stressless Windsor Collection is as sleek as its name suggests. With gentle curves, padded arms and supple seats, these sofas offer an invitation to pure relaxation. Featuring a range of luxurious leather options, this low back chair would make the ideal seating solution for a contemporary interior. Currently available in the sale!

 

If you would like to find out more about our sale offers, 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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11th September 2017

How to Care for Wood Furniture


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Nothing quite beats the feel and look of solid wood furniture in the home, and provided that you look after it properly, it can last for generations. 

While regular dusting, waxing and polishing help to remove dirt and keep furniture looking great, the residue from polishes and waxes can build up over time, creating a thin layer of film which needs to be removed. So, what is the best way to care for wooden furniture? 

Dusting

Frequent dusting is one of the best ways to quickly and efficiently remove dirt and grime. It is best to use clean, soft cloths or a feather duster to list and remove dust. To prevent the dust from scattering into the air and back onto the furniture, lightly spritz the duster with some water so that it attracts the particles and effectively removes them.  Feather dusters, lambs-wool dusters, lint-free cloths and terry towels are readily available in most supermarkets and are perfect for dusting wooden furniture as they are designed not to scratch the surface. Dust the furniture at least once a week to avoid build-up of dirt. 

Light Cleaning

A light cleaning of the surface with a weak solution of gentle dish soap and water helps to lift and remove any dirt which has become lodged in the grain of the wood. Dip a soft cloth into the solution, wring the cloth to remove any excess water and wipe along the grain of the wood. Avoid using all-purpose cleaning sprays as these can leave a residue which can be tricky to remove. Aim to carry out a light cleaning of the wood at least once a month.

Deep Cleaning

For old or antique furniture, years’ worth of dirt and grime will require more of a deep clean. Soak a soft cloth in a solution of oil soap and water and work along the grain of the wood to remove the build-up. If you feel that the piece is still dirty, take some #0000 steel wool and dip into a specialist wood cleaning product, gently working along the grain of the wood to avoid scratching the surface. You may want to deep clean all wooden furniture at least once a year to keep them looking fresh and clean. 

Protect

Finally, you will need to protect the wood. Using furniture oils will help to condition the piece, but will not offer much in the way of protection for the wood. Most commercial furniture polishes contain silicone oil which offers some protection to the surface, while clear furniture waxes provide a long-lasting finish as well as long-lasting protection. Apply a spoonful of wax to the surface and gently rub into the wood in circular motions. Wipe the excess wax from the surface with a clean cloth and then buff to a shine.  

We are currently running a summer sale on our furniture, to find out more 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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7th September 2017

Hacks to Make Moving Home Easy



Taking off and moving to the country might seem like a wonderful idea, but the cycle of packing and organising starts it can soon become a complete nightmare. Unless you’re a minimalist, years of accumulated junk need to be waded through before you can even begin the process of loading precious items into boxes, so the process can feel as though it goes on for months. Then you have an added bonus of living out of suitcases and boxes while the imminent move day arrives, which can be a pretty taxing time. 

With research indicating that moving home is more stressful than going through a divorce, we wanted to help take some of the pain out of your next move by offering you some tips and hacks on how to make life a little bit easier for yourself.
 

  1. Start in advance. Way in advance
    This can even include collecting boxes and bubble wrap months, even years, before you need to move. Having a horde of packing apparatus will mean you can hit the ground running and save money on buying lots of new boxes when the time comes. Set aside at least 30-60 days before your move to start getting organized to make sure the move day goes smoothly.
     
  2. Purge, purge, and purge again
    If you’ve only recently done a charity shop trip, the chances are you could probably fit in at least two more before you move. Really analyse everything in your home and decide if it is either sentimental or useful – if it is neither, it needs to go. Set up a car boot sale to get rid of nicknacks, sell clothes on eBay or list any large unwanted items on Gumtree for local collection.

  3. Create a room by room inventory
    Go through each room and make a list of the contents that are being transported. This will help to organise your thoughts and make sure nothing gets lost.
     
  4. Ensure you have the right transportation
    It might seem obvious, but there’s nothing worse than waiting for the van to arrive and finding out it isn’t big enough. Double check with the transportation company that you have definitely got the right size for the number of items you are looking to move.

  5. Label everything
    Once everything is in boxes, it is difficult to know what is inside so make sure you properly label each box with the contents to avoid breakages and make unpacking easier at the other end.

  6. Invest in a good packing tape dispenser
    Trying to cut packing tape with scissors or your teeth is not an advisable or time effective way of packing, grab yourself a good dispenser to make the job that little bit easier.

  7. Use small boxes
    It might seem as though getting the biggest box and filling it to the top is the best way of cleaning a room, but when it comes to lifting that box it suddenly doesn’t seem like such a great idea. Using lots of smaller boxes will help to save your back and make packing them into the van much easier.

  8. Ask for help
    Relying on the van driver to help you load your furniture and items is not a great move, especially if you have a lot of things. Call in favours from friends and family to make sure you have enough hands on deck come moving day.
     

We are currently running a summer sale on our furniture, to find out more pop in 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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