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31st December 2018

Tips for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

Tips for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

Christmas has been and gone and now it is time to celebrate the end of 2018! New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to go overboard with decorations, party snacks, and drinks for your guests. So, without further ado, here are our top tips for throwing a great New Year's Eve bash.

Balloons
Nothing quite rings in the New Year like lots and lots of balloons! One of the best ways to decorate with them is to fill them with helium, tie a beautiful string on the end and let them float up to the ceiling. Repeat until the entire ceiling is covered with balloons for a super glamorous party effect.

Guest list
If you are planning on opening up your home to host the party, it's super important to pay attention to the guest list. Keeping it low key and simple will mean you have plenty of time to talk to everyone and it won’t feel overwhelming when it comes to topping up everyone’s drinks!

Nibbles
If you have to keep the party going until the clock chimes at 12, then make sure that your guests have plenty of nibbles. Not only will they provide your guests with fuel to last the distance, but they will also help to avoid any alcohol-related incidents!

Playlist
Spend some time creating the perfect playlist and make sure that it is at least 7 hours long so that you don’t end up with uncomfortable silences.

Games
If you have invited guests who don’t know each other, a great way to break the ice is to play a few games. Have your guests write the names of a few celebrities, fictional characters and even people in the room onto small pieces of paper. Put them into a bowl and let everyone choose one. The aim of the game is to guess who the other person is with as few chances as possible.

Happy New Year from all of us at Skidmores!

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14th December 2018

How to Prepare the Spare Room for Christmas Guests

How to Prepare the Spare Room for Christmas Guests

Christmas is just over a week away which means that it is nearly time for the festivities to begin! There are probably a thousand things on your to-do list already but it’s super important to make sure that organising the spare room is one of them. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to take long. Here are our top tips for preparing your spare room for overnight guests this Christmas.

Declutter
The spare room tends to be an area that random things are stored until a new home is found for them. Spend some time clearing out all of the clutter and finding a new home for those items. You could temporarily use the main bedroom for bulky items or try to store things under the bed. Give the room a good clean after you have removed all of the unnecessary items to leave it feeling fresh.  

 

Make the bed
Any guest will appreciate the feel of freshly laundered linen and a good quality mattress. Pocket sprung mattresses are ideal for guests as they provide the ultimate support while also allowing for indulgent comfort. If you are using a sofa bed, having it set up in advance is a great way to save time for when those unexpected guests pop in. Use a mattress topper on the bed if it does not feel comfortable enough.

It’s all in the details
To make your guests feel super comfortable and pampered, make sure you pay attention to the details. This can be a stack of fluffy towels on the bed along with a new bar of soap, or some fresh flowers in a vase on the windowsill. You could even go the extra mile and leave some chocolates on the pillow, just a like a hotel!

Light it up
When it comes to making a room feel cosy and welcoming, it’s all in the lighting. Harsh overhead bulbs don’t illuminate a space in a particularly inviting way, so install a lamp or two by the side of the bed to create a warm, ambient glow that your guests will really appreciate, especially if they have to get up in the night!

If you would like some new decorations or furniture for your home this Christmas, 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 find the perfect item for every room in the home.

 

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7th December 2018

Easy Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family

Whether you’ve put your Christmas tree up already or you prefer to wait until nearer the time, there are plenty of ways that you bring the magic of Christmas into your home by getting the family involved with simple crafts.

Make some memories this December by setting aside time to make some of these wonderful Christmas delights together!

Cork Reindeer

This is a super easy way to use up all of those extra corks you’ll be popping this month! All you need for each reindeer are a drill, two corks and some twigs. All you need are two corks, some twigs and a touch of glue. Attach 4 twigs to one cork to act as the legs and a further twig for the neck. Attach the other cork to the end of the neck to make the head. Then, add two more twigs to the head for antlers and hey presto! You have yourself a seriously cute reindeer! You can make lots of these to hang from the tree or place on the mantlepiece as a festive addition to your décor.

 

Nutella Truffles

When it comes to leaving out midnight snacks for Santa, nothing quite beats these super easy no-bake Nutella truffles! Blend 20 Oreos and 5 tablespoons of Nutella in a food processor to form a smooth mixture. Scoop 1 tablespoon of truffle mix onto parchment paper and chill for an hour. Meanwhile, melt 8 ounces of chocolate then dip each truffle into it, tap off excess, and place back on the parchment paper. Chill to set and enjoy!

Fir Cone Baubles

If you found yourself collecting fir cones during autumn and you’re not sure what to do with them, why not turn them into festive decorations for your home? Simply paint the triangular tips to match your existing theme, attach some string to the ends and hang them individually from the tree or several in a row to make a festive garland for the mantlepiece.

Christmas Wreath

Christmas wreaths are a welcoming addition to your front door and they are simple enough to make yourself. Head to your local woods and forage for holly, pine boughs and mistletoe to decorate your wreath. Make a basic structure from floral wire or grapevine and attach your foraged decorations – just remember not to make it too heavy otherwise it might not hang very well on the door!

Don’t forget, we have plenty of decorations to help you create a winter wonderland in your home this Christmas!

Happy holidays!

If you would like some new decorations or furniture for your home this Christmas, 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 find the perfect item for every room in the home.

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3rd December 2018

5 Ways to Maximise Your Space for the Holidays

5 Ways to Maximise Your Space for the Holidays

Here comes Santa Claus…along with all of your festive guests! Whether you’re having a quiet gathering of your nearest and dearest or you’re planning a party big enough for the whole street to attend, maximising your space is an essential way to make sure that you have enough room for everyone. So, here are our top tips for making the most of your home.

Revamp the conservatory
The conservatory tends to get abandoned in the colder months, but if you have a lot of people coming over, then you need to utilise every spare inch of space that you can find! Make sure there are comfortable seats along with a fan heater or two to keep it nice and toasty in there. To really ramp up the cosy factor, add some warm white LED fairy lights and a few extra blankets and your conservatory will be a winter wonderland.

Find a place for coats
It’s not until lots of people come over that you suddenly realise you don’t have enough coat pegs! Rather than heaping them into a pile in the hallway, plan ahead by putting aside some space just for coats. Use the bed in the spare room or clear out the cupboard under the stairs, you will thank yourself for it when everyone can find their coats in an orderly manner at the end of the night!

Use multifunctional furniture
Parties are where multifunctional furniture comes into its own. From sofa beds and footstools to extending tables and folding chairs, having a piece of furniture that doubles up is a great way to make sure you have enough seating and spare beds for your guests.

Have a clear out
Why wait until spring for a good clear out! Free up lots of space in your home by spending a day or two getting rid of unnecessary junk and clutter. You will be amazed at how much you have managed to accumulate since the last time you did it!

Divert everyone from the kitchen
Even if you have prepared all of the food in advance, having a clear kitchen is essential to getting it all out on the table in time. Divert guests from the cooking area by setting up a bar in the lounge, complete with a mini-fridge and ice bucket so that they do not need to go into the kitchen for anything.

Happy holidays!

If you would like some new furniture for your home this Christmas, 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 find the perfect item for every room in the home.

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23rd November 2018

Is Your Living Room Ready for Christmas?

Is Your Living Room Ready for Christmas?

We’re nearly at the end of November which can only mean that it's nearly a totally acceptable time to get the Christmas decorations out! We’ve already got our festive decorations ready here in the store, with plenty of sparkly treats for you to come and choose from. With all of these exciting decorating plans in the pipeline, it’s time to make sure your living room is ready for the onslaught of Christmas guests!

Whether you’re having festive parties, quiet family lunches, or simply inviting your nan around for a cup of tea, making sure your living room is up to the task of receiving guests should be top of your priority list. So, how do you go about getting your space in order?

Firstly, give it a deep clean. That means hoovering under the sofa (not just around it!), wiping the skirting boards, dusting the corners of the ceiling and giving the windows a good clean. You’ll need to do it again over the course of the month but beginning with a clean slate is always a good start.

Next, think about the colour scheme you are going to decorate with. Whether you love traditional Christmas reds and golds or more contemporary purples and silvers, having a consistent theme helps to bring the room together and make it look beautiful.

When people think of Christmas they think of cosy, warm moments with friends and family. Ramp up the cosy factor in your home by adding extra blankets and cushions to make guests feel comfortable. If you have a log fire, get stocked up with supplies so that you can keep it roaring throughout the festive seasons.  

Another great way to make your home feel inviting and warm is to light some scented candles. Pine, cinnamon, frankincense, orange and cloves are all beautiful scents that evoke the feeling of Christmas.

Finally, always make sure you have plenty of space for everyone to sit. Make sure your sofa is up to the task of seating guests comfortably, if it isn’t now is a good time to get a new one. Invest in a few extra dining chairs and add a multifunctional footstool for extra seating if needed. 

If you would like some new furniture for your home this Christmas, 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 find the perfect item for every room in the home.


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19th November 2018

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare this Winter?

What’s on in Weston-super-Mare this Winter?

Whether you love going out in the colder weather or you’d rather stay wrapped up indoors, one thing is for sure – Weston-super-Mare has something for everyone this winter! Sure, we are known for being a summer holiday destination, but our beautiful town has so much more to offer during the colder months. Here are just some of the things you can expect this winter.

Emergency Services Weekend
Head on down to the Grand Pier from Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th November to take part in a special event in honour of the bravery of all the people who work within the Emergency Services. All Emergency Services and NHS personnel and their families are entitled to a free unlimited ride wristband and a voucher for 50% off membership to the Grand Pier. But remember to take your valid ID card to claim! The event starts at 10 am on Saturday 24th November.

Icescape
For a real magical winter wonderland, you can’t beat a trip to the largest covered winter ice rink in the UK! Icescape is back at the iconic Tropicana venue until Sunday 6th January so head on down to get your skates on and soak up the festive spirit. Open 7 days a week, except for Christmas day, from 10 am – 10 pm, there is also a Santa’s grotto, an igloo bar a giant snow slide and fairy-tale carousel. Skate to your heart's content underneath a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and make this a winter to remember!

Winter Wonderland at Puxton Park
Santa returns to Puxton Park this Christmas along with Mrs Claus and their band of merry elves! Listen to stories from Mrs Claus, create Christmas crafts with the elves and indulge yourself in an array of Christmas films. While you’re there, check out the stunning Festival of Trees and don’t forget to vote for your favourite to win! From the 12th – 22nd December there will also be the chance to have supper with Santa, which includes a buffet tea, ice cream, a disco and a present from Santa himself!

Beach
Ok, we all know that the beach is amazing in summer, but it’s also equally as beautiful (if a little cold) in the winter! Wrap up warm and take a long stroll along the promenade before ducking into the arcades and wiling away an afternoon on the slots.

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5th November 2018

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Warm While Saving Money on Bills

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Warm While Saving Money on Bills

With temperatures continuing to drop, homes around the country are turning up the central heating and snuggling up under their duvets. Research indicates that heating our homes accounts for over 70% of our household energy consumption, so here are some ways in which you can reduce your energy bill while keeping your home toasty warm.
 

1. Block draughts
Draughts are a sure-fire way of keeping a room cold, regardless of how well heated it is. Whether you’ve got old window frames or gaps in doorways, draughts will undo all of your hard work in keeping a room warm, so get them blocked up. Draught excluders don’t need to be expensive, there are plenty of ways you can make your own to fit under the door. You can also install self-adhesive rubber seals around window and door frames. 

 
2. Change rooms around
If your beds or sofas are pushed up against the radiators, now is a good time to move furniture around to make sure that the heat can get into the room more effectively.

 
3. Make the most of the curtains
Curtains are such an important factor in keeping a home warm. Open them up in the day so that the house can benefit from the warm sunlight, then close them in the evenings to keep as much heat in as possible. Thick curtains are perfect for adding another layer of insulation to the windows and helping to prevent condensation.

 
4. Leave the oven open
After you’ve finished cooking, leave the oven door open to let the heat seep into the rest of the house. This can be a dangerous hazard if you have children around, so make sure to keep them out of the kitchen.

 
5. Place foil behind radiators
A great way to maximise the heat from your radiators is to place tin foil behind them to reflect the heat back into the room and prevent it from being lost in the wall. Either cover a piece of card with tin foil or invest in ready-made foil insulation.

 
If you are looking for the perfect furniture for your home, 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 find the perfect furniture for every room in the house.


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30th October 2018

What Happens During the Reupholstery Process?

What Happens During the Reupholstery Process?

There are some pieces of furniture that are just too perfect, too sentimental, or too gorgeous to give up. From the comfort of a favourite armchair and the beauty of an elegant chaise longue to the deep relaxation you feel as you sink into your perfectly proportioned sofa, these are the pieces that it can be difficult to part with. But, when they become old and tatty, with worn patches and food stains shadowing their former glory, it can feel as though it is time to replace them.

This is where our upholstery service comes in. The perfect way to revive and restore your favourite pieces without compromising on the original design, reupholstery allows you to retain the character that you initially fell in love with while giving your furniture a whole new lease of life. What’s not to love about that?

So, what happens during our reupholstery process?

  • The existing upholstery is carefully removed to reveal the wood structure beneath
  • The wooden frame is inspected for quality and repaired and tightened where necessary
  • Any worn out springs and webs are replaced
  • If needed, padding and stuffing are also replaced
  • The furniture is reupholstered in the fabric of your choice

While it might sound straightforward, reupholstery is quite an art form and takes a lot of skill, experience and expertise to create a high-quality finish. Our team is fully qualified to reupholster any shape, style or brand of furniture and restore it to its former glory with complete accuracy.

Our team also provides:

  • Reupholstery lead time 2-4 weeks
  • Over 1,000 fabrics to choose from
  • Complimentary redesign service
  • Saggy cushion fix
  • Pick-up and delivery
  • In-home/office consultation

So, give us a call today for a free consultation!

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22nd October 2018

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Area Rug

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Area Rug

If you’re looking to buy an area rug for your home, there are lots of things to consider before making your final choice. From the type of material to the pattern and colour, there are so many options available that picking the right one can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task. In this guide, we take a look at the different options available to help you make the right choice for your home.

It’s all in the wear 

The most important factor in choosing your rug is knowing where it will be placed and how much wear it is likely to endure. For example, super soft rugs will do less well in heavy traffic rooms, while hard-wearing rugs won’t be as comfortable in bedrooms. Once you have worked out where you want to put your rug you can then decide what kind of material would work best for that space.

Colour is key 

Whether you are decorating a room around a rug or you are looking for one to finish off your existing décor, there are plenty of patterns and colours to choose from. A good rule of thumb is that brighter, louder patterns work well in simple spaces, while minimal designs work well in most spaces. Decide whether you would prefer to have the rug as the centre of attention, or simply playing a quiet supporting act in the background.

Play with the layout 

Another key factor in choosing a rug is how much space it will cover in the room you will be using it in. There are several different layout options:

  • Classic
    For a classic layout, the furniture in the room needs to fit neatly inside the rug border. A common mistake with area rugs is to see smaller rugs placed underneath the coffee table alone. This is not a good idea as it provides no benefit for footfall.
  • Floating
    For larger areas or smaller rugs, sofas and chairs can be placed so that the back legs are not on the rug, but the front legs are. This means that the rug is positioned to provide comfort for anyone sitting down.
  • Dining
    When it comes to dining spaces, the furniture should be at the heart of the rug so that it is beautifully framed and provides the most coverage. Chairs should fit neatly within the border, even when pulled out.
  • Bedroom
    The best way to position a rug in the bedroom is by placing a rectangular shaped rug underneath the bottom two-thirds of the bed. This means that it provides the most coverage for those colder mornings.

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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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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