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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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18th December 2017

How to Give Back Over the Festive Season

How to Give Back Over the Festive Season

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It’s the perfect time to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate than yourself. So, even if you only have a spare 5 minutes in the midst of the Christmas madness, there are plenty of ways you can help others in Weston-super-Mare during the festive season.

 

Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

If you’ve always thought about volunteering in a soup kitchen but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, this is the perfect year to make it happen! Comfort at Christmas is a soup kitchen operating from St Pauls Church on Walliscote Road, Weston-super-Mare with the aim of providing warmth and food to anyone seeking respite from the cold.

 

Feed a family

Food banks continue to see record numbers of people relying on them, particularly during the festive season. Make a family’s life a little bit easier this year by donating your time, money, or food to keep needy families fed this Christmas. Find out how you can help by contacting the Weston-super-Mare Food Bank.

 

Visit an Elderly Person

Plenty of elderly people will be spending Christmas alone this year, so why not make their day a little brighter by paying them a visit! The Royal Voluntary Service in Weston-super-Mare is looking for volunteers to befriend elderly people and make them feel a little less lonely this Christmas.

 

Help the Animals

We all know that a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, but sadly not everyone sticks to this rule. Animal shelters could always benefit from helping hands and generous donations to look after the animals. Take a rescue dog for some exercise, or donate food, blankets and toys to rescue centres such as Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary.

 

Sponsor a Christmas Dinner

If you’re unable to donate your time or get out and about this year, why not sponsor a homeless person to have a Christmas dinner with Crisis this year? Your donation not only goes towards feeding a homeless person and making sure they have company and shelter on Christmas Day but also contributes towards healthcare, dental treatment, a haircut and learning opportunities.

 

 

We hope you are looking forward to Christmas!

 

For a wide range of Christmas decorations for your home, 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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13th December 2017

4 Easy Ways to Have a Homemade Christmas

4 Easy Ways to Have a Homemade Christmas

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Christmas doesn’t have to be a season of spending excess, in fact, with a little bit of thought and effort you can create a truly magical Christmas using your own crafting skills! 

So, if you are worried about hitting the high street with a strict budget and a limited amount of time to have everything done by, why not get the whole family involved and create your own handmade Christmas from the luxury of your own living room? 

Try these fun and unique Christmas ideas to save yourself time and money this festive season:

 1. Design your own cards

Instead of buying cards this year, get the children involved in designing and making some festive greeting cards. A great way to add a personalised touch to your Christmas and keep them busy at the same time! Use glitter, broken bits of tinsel, photo collages – whatever you can find and let their imaginations run wild!

 2. Create a unique and reusable advent calendar

Ok, so having a chocolate advent calendar is top of many people’s wish lists, but making an original and reusable calendar means you have something you can bring out every year. Find a branch in your local park and hang the days of the month on it, removing each one as you countdown to Christmas. 

 3. Follow festive recipes

Everyone loves receiving food and drinks at Christmas, so why not get festive in the kitchen this year and give consumables made with your own hands. Festive hot chocolates, Christmas cakes, flavoured vodkas, and infused olive oils are all simple and easy gifts for friends and family.

 4. Make a wreath

Wreaths can get quite expensive, so save a few pennies by creating your own door ornament this year. Wrap foliage, baubles, tinsel and fairy lights around an old coat hanger to bring festive cheer to your doorstep this season!

 

For a wide range of Christmas decorations for your home, 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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4th December 2017

How to Create Hygge in Your Home

How to Create Hygge in Your Home

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It’s now officially December which means long winter nights and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Danish concept of hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) cannot be directly translated into English as it is a feeling, one associated with cosiness, warmth, happiness and wellbeing. The Danes are well-known for their culture of relaxed calm and peaceful happiness, and it is often attributed to their love of creating hygge moments whenever possible.

While hygge is pretty subjective and can mean different things to different people, it is essentially based on the concept of mindful enjoyment and cosy serenity, which many of us will be able to replicate in our own homes, especially with the festive season on the horizon. From curling up with a good book to snuggling in front of the fire, hygge really just means being aware of the little things in life that make us happy and bring us joy.

So, how can you create more hygge moments in your home?

Light candles – simple but extremely effective, the soft glow of candles will instantly transform the atmosphere in any room to one of cosy warmth.

Get cosy – hygge is all about being warm, so hunker down on the sofa or in bed and pile on plenty of blankets, cushions, and pillows in natural materials to make yourself feel cosy while it’s cold outside.

Turn off the TV – spending an evening around the fire connecting with friends and family is a much better way to enjoy some relaxed time together. Share an informal meal and a bottle of wine to encourage everyone to unwind.

Go for a long walk – there’s nothing more hygge than wrapping up, going for a long walk in the cold and coming home to a cosy warm home to eat a bowl of hot soup and fresh bread.

Enjoy crafting – the dark winter months are the perfect time to spend on your favourite hobbies, particularly if they involve being crafty. Seek out your knitting needles or paints and create a new masterpiece!

For a wide range of Christmas decorations to bring hygge to your home, 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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24th November 2017

It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Can you feel it?

The magical tingle in the air?

That’s right, Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get cosy and think about getting the house ready in time for the festive season!

There is nothing more delightful than grabbing a glass of wine, setting up the tree and filling it with beautiful decorations to see you and your family through the coming weeks. After all, tis the season to be joyful!

We love the Christmas holiday season here at Skidmores, which is why we are super proud to offer some of the most unique Christmas decorations and presents in Weston-super-Mare.

Come and visit our store this weekend to see for yourself!

We have a huge selection of products designed to make your Christmas as magical as possible, so get yourself prepared by heading down to our showroom today to stock up on everything you need for the approaching festivities!

From gingerbread tree ornaments to enchanting Santa figurines, we have got you covered this festive season.

So, head on down and pay us a festive visit!

For a wide range of decorations, 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 your home. 

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