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23rd February 2018

It's Time to Think About Spring Cleaning

It's Time to Think About Spring Cleaning

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After a long winter that never seemed to end, the daffodils are finally blooming, the sun is shining, and we actually managed to get some washing dry on the line this week! It can only mean that spring is right around the corner, so now is a great time to start thinking about throwing the windows open, getting rid of the winter cobwebs, and giving your home a deep clean in preparation for the warmer months. 

If you are thinking about setting aside some time to get your home in order this weekend, here are our top tips to get you on your way.

 

Create a checklist for each room

Create a simple checklist for each room to make sure you cover all of your bases. Start at the top of each room and work down to create a structured plan of attack. Keep this for next year, adding the time each job took, to allow you to hone your spring clean schedule year on year.

 

De-clutter

Stark minimalism isn't everyone’s bag and doesn't really scream of a cosy lived-in home, however, this is the time to get rid of, or store away, items that haven't been used much, if at all, for months. Rule of thumb tends to be: if it hasn't been used since this time last year, it can probably go in the loft, under the stairs or to the local charity shop.

 

Floors and walls

The largest visual spaces in your home are the floors, ceilings and walls. Ceilings can be brushed and vacuumed, and walls come up well with the same process plus a light wash over with warm water and a little dish soap. Carpets and rugs should be cleaned with carpet cleaning equipment to bring up a winter’s worth of dirt and grime. 

 

Fully utilise the dishwasher

You will be amazed at what you can use your dishwasher for. Combs & hairbrushes, plastic toys, pet food/water bowls, trainers and even golf balls can be cleaned to a sparkling standard whilst leaving you free to tick a few more items off of your list as it cycles through.

 

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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8th February 2018

Top Things to do in Weston-super-Mare this Spring

Top Things to do in Weston-super-Mare this Spring

The daffodils are sprouting, the days getting longer, and everyone seems to have a bounce in their step. This can only mean one thing: Spring is nearly here! As we get ready to wave goodbye to winter its time to get out and about. With that in mind here are some great things for you and the family to enjoy in the town that never stops giving - Weston Super Mare.

 

Grand Pier Fireworks: Saturday 10th Feb.

Cap off a great family day out by walking along our famous Grand Pier and enjoying this spectacular display starting at 6:30pm. Watching from the pier is ticket only so be quick and get yours from the pier’s gift shop or online through their website. Standard tickets are £7.50 or £12.50 for Gold tickets which include a hot food selection and traditional fish and chips available at the Boardwalk Cafe situated at the Pavilion entrance.

 

Valentine's Date Night at the Zoo: Wednesday 14th Feb

Tired of the same Valentine's day dates? Looking to spice up the yearly routine? Fancy spending it with Rhinos? OK, the latter question may not have crossed your mind, however, that means, in all likelihood, it hasn't crossed the mind of your significant other and makes for a uniquely surprising Valentine's day treat. The evening runs from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and includes a two-course meal.

 

The Weston Super Half: Sunday 18th March

The Grand Pier has teamed up with double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE for a special half marathon. This community-based event starts at 9:30am just outside the Grand Piers entrance (Marine Parade) and allows runners to take in Weston-super-Mare’s greatest sights before finishing in the grandeur of the Grand Pier’s end.

 

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival: From 30th March

Weston Super Mare is well known for its stunning beaches. You don't need an excuse to visit them, but why not make a day of it and visit our iconic pier after taking in the sandy artistry on show at the Sand Sculpture Festival? Now entering its 13th year, this is an event you won't want to miss out on.

 

Cycling and Country Walks: All Year Round

Finally, there is no better way, or place, to revel in the splendour of the emerging wild spring flowers and newly leaved trees than walking or cycling through our many parks and natural trust sites. Sand Point, Middle Hope and Brean Down offer you and your family stunning views everywhere you care to look. Brean Down has great views of Weston Bay and even the South Wales coast on a clear day, whilst majestic ponies graze on the Down, and Brean Down Fort is just a short distance away. West Mendip Way, Crook Peak, Ebbor Gorge and Uphill Nature Reserve are all fabulous places to take in the spring flora and fauna. Cycle along the many routes available including The Strawberry Line, a dedicated cycle route that allows you to take in some of North Somerset’s most eye-catching vistas.

 

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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29th January 2018

How to Use Lighting to Create Moods in Your Home

How to Use Lighting to Create Moods in Your Home

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When approaching interior design, whether on a small project or large-scale renovation, lighting is of paramount importance when it comes to the finished product. For both professionals and amateurs alike, it is the lighting positioning and style that performs as a stage to showcase the rest of your hard work. Beyond that, it also directly affects the size and mood of each room. So, next time you decide to freshen your space, why not focus on the lighting to bring drama and change the mood? Here are a few details to assist you when moving on to your next decorating or design project:

 

Make Spaces Look Bigger 

  • Use multiple light sources at different levels to create an illusion of space, spread it about with ceiling lights, lamps, freestanding lights.
  • Enhance any aspects of a room that make it stand out. If it has high ceilings, suspend lights on long pendants to accentuate that. If you have unique wallpaper or artwork, use direct spotlights to highlight them.
  • Bounce light around the room using mirrors. If you don’t have any mirrors, then you know your next job!

 

Make Spaces Feel Cosier 

  • Frame an unused wall or corner with a wall light or pendant downlight, furnish with a comfy chair and little coffee table, and you have somewhere nice to snuggle up and read a book!
  • Use soft coloured bulbs, such as creams, off-whites, warm light pinks.
  • Avoid blue lights and fluorescents as they bring a harsh coldness to the room.

 

Change a Spaces Mood 

  • Use perimeter lighting such as wall uplighters for a relaxed atmosphere.
  • For the reverse effect, focus bright lights in the centre for a more intense atmosphere.
  • Use soft diffused lighting with pastel shades for a room with a mellow mood.
  • Fit dimmer switches where possible. You are then in control of the room's mood and can adjust it in seconds.

 

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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17th January 2018

5 Top Tips for Achieving the Shabby Chic Look

5 Top Tips for Achieving the Shabby Chic Look

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Shabby chic is a classic style that has been around for decades. Featuring a combination of white walls and pastel colours, items with a ‘distressed’ look, old worn sofas, faded paintwork and fixtures, the overall aesthetic is well-worn, comfortable, and super appealing. The style, unlike the paint, never seems to fade.
 
Here are 5 must-have items to add shabby chic to your home:
 

1. Tables
 
A perennial favourite and instant attention grabber in dining rooms and kitchens. They set off any existing style you have currently and are easy to add accessories to as there’s not much that doesn't look snazzy on a shabby chic table!

 
2. Antique Fixtures
 
A feature in any room, antique fixtures are what sets shabby chic apart from other styles. Add old style lamps to coffee tables, brass candle holders to distressed dining tables, quirky bookends to bookshelves, flowery vases to window sills.

 
3. White Walls and Accessories
 
White walls are a shabby chic staple, as once they are decorated there are a variety of accessories you can use to draw the eye. If you have a wall with unused space then why not hang up this Charles River Clock? A simple stylish way to make a feature out of a wall.

 
4. Wooden Floors
 
Shabby chic is not a style that goes hand in hand with minimalist perfection, in fact, it's the antithesis of it. Wooden floorboards with the perfect rug to set it off can often be more stylish and homely than expensive marble floor tiles. We have a large collection that is perfect for this style here.

 
5. Coffee Table Accessories
 
Mixing shabby chic with modern is a great way of keeping the look up to date. If you find that perfect candle holder or antique box and unsure where to place it why not add it to our Jual Lamp Table, perfect for mixing styles and keeping everything fresh!
 
 
For more tips and advice on the shabby chic look, 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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12th January 2018

6 Biggest Decorating Do’s and Don’ts

6 Biggest Decorating Do’s and Don’ts

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Although it can involve lots of hard work, decorating your home can also be really exciting. So, the last thing you need when you’re investing lots of time, money, and energy is for all of your efforts to go to waste! 

Check out our list of do’s and don’ts to make sure your next decorating project is a huge success!

 

DO

 

Plan

Planning your decorating project ahead of time is a great way to make sure that you stick to a budget and cover everything you want to address in the room. Draw up a list of everything that needs to be done, from clearing the room and stripping wallpaper to the fancy finishing touches.
 

Measure furniture

Cramming too much furniture into space can make a room feel small and overcrowded. Measure any potential pieces and mark out where they would fit into the room with masking tape to ensure that there is sufficient space around the furniture to move.
 

Select colours wisely

If your room doesn’t get much sunlight, using bright neutral tones can help to open it up and create the illusion of more light. Dark colours will make a room feel smaller and cosier, so save those for rooms that are able to handle them.

 

DON’T

 

Underestimate the lighting

So many rooms could benefit from the help of some strategically placed floor lamps or beautifully hung light fixtures. Think of lighting as the jewellery that goes with an expensive dinner date outfit. Make sure it shines!
 

Match

It’s great to choose a theme, but when everything matches in a room it can look over-the-top and too “done”. Instead, create a collection of items that relate to and complement each other without being too matchy.
 

Forget about the small details

The little things are what makes a room special, from the print on a fabric to the design of a floor, so don’t forget about them!

 

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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5th January 2018

Interior Design Resolutions for 2018

Interior Design Resolutions for 2018

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There’s nothing better than a fresh new year for setting goals, particularly when it comes to your home. After all of the Christmas decorations have been taken down and the new year begins, rooms that have hosted festive celebrations for the last few weeks can sometimes feel a little empty, but it is a great opportunity to see them as a blank canvas. 

So, if you’ve always wanted to makeover your lounge, or bring a bit of sparkle to your dining room then perhaps this is the year to do it! 

Here are some interior design resolution ideas to get you started in 2018:

  • Don’t worry about trends
    Trends come and go. They might seem like a great idea at the time, but unless you have gone for a timelessly classic trend then it is likely to go out of fashion before 2019 starts and you’ll have to start all over again! Trust your gut and your own sense of style to determine how your room is going to end up.

  • Quality over quantity
    Investing in quality pieces of furniture might seem like an expensive outlay at first, but is always a great move – not only do they last forever but they add a certain elegance and style that cheaper pieces don’t convey.

  • Bring in some colour
    If you always play it safe with magnolias and off-whites, why not try something new this year by introducing some bold colour, prints, and patterns. If you’re not quite feeling brave enough to splash bright colours all over the walls, use them as accents in cushions, curtains or furniture instead.

  • Declutter
    Redecorating a room is the perfect chance to remove all of the unnecessary clutter and mess that somehow manages to accumulate over a period of time! Clearing it out will give your space a cleaner, more appealing feel and you will have more space to put that new sofa you’ve been lusting after!

However, you choose to redecorate your home this year, remember that our store is filled with beautiful furniture perfect for any room in the home.

So, 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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