18th August 2017

Creative Tips for Decluttering Your Home

Anyone with an overflowing wardrobe or chaotic cupboards understands the stress caused by piles of mess. Clutter makes it harder to find things, concentrate, organise your thoughts, and generally live an easy life, so why do we insist on keeping so much of it around? 
One study found that we form less of an attachment to our homes and more of an attachment to the possessions we fill it with, which can lead us to clinging on to an overabundance of objects which we feel represent us. Unfortunately, this overabundance can eventually chip away at our well-being, as we begin to feel as though we are drowning in a sea of stuff. 

Luckily, the solution is straightforward, if a little time-consuming. While it can feel slightly daunting to finally tackle the amount of clutter in your home, take comfort in the knowledge that once you start, you will find it difficult to stop. Decluttering has been proven to improve mood, boost concentration, and encourages you to focus on future goals. 

So where do you start? 

  1. If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home, break the task down. Take one room and concentrate on one area at a time, for example, tackling that drawer of old batteries and takeaway menus that everyone seems to have in the kitchen is a good start. If the drawer isn’t too bad, move on to do the whole room. 
  2. Put every piece of paper that comes into your home through the FF test. If it can’t be filed (bills, statements, important documents) or framed (children’s paintings), it goes in the bin. Invest in a dedicated filing box or system which allows you to put important paperwork away as soon as it arrives, but keeps it easily accessible. 
  3. Be selective about which books you want to keep on your bookshelf. If you’ve read them or have no intention of reading them, think about passing them on to a charity shop or selling them on Amazon so that someone else can have the benefit. Aim to keep 10% of each shelf bare so that you make the most of your decluttering. 
  4. Keep children’s toys in easily accessible baskets or boxes and teach them how to clear up at the end of each day. Donate any toys they do not use to the charity shop or children’s hospital to keep the clutter down. 
  5. Take a merciless approach and fill a bin bag with stacks of old magazines, broken items which have yet to be repaired, old bedding that you no longer use, out of date food, half-finished craft projects, clothes that don’t fit, stockpiles of carrier bags and toiletries you will never use. 
  6. Think about whether each item in your home has a use. If it is ornamental, consider getting rid of it unless it has sentimental value. Anything that collects dust and has no specific purpose is working against your decluttering aims.  

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. 

16th August 2017

The Iconic History of Parker Knoll

Parker Knoll Burlington   

We carefully select the most beautifully made furniture to make quality and style available to all our customers. This approach has led us to stock Parker Knoll, one of the market leaders in furniture design and construction. With a heritage spanning over three centuries, Parker Knoll have a wonderfully long and rich heritage which is evident in their classically timeless and elegant pieces.

In 1869, Frederick Parker set up the first incarnation of Parker Knoll after learning how to design and develop the finest furniture from his father, a cabinet maker. Parker passed his skills down to his sons, who continued to develop the business. In 1921, Parker’s sons met Willi Knoll, a revolutionary in furniture design, who invented the coiled steel wire spring which is still used in many chairs to this day. The parties merged their businesses to form Parker Knoll, as we now know it.

By 1932, Parker Knoll had steadily developed a reputation for their fine craftsmanship, quality furniture, and excellent design. Their chairs were chosen to furnish the studios of the new BBC headquarters at Portland Place, while in 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated the throne while sitting in a Parker Knoll armchair. 

The success of the Parker Knoll Penshurst Chair led to the continued development of the design during the 1950s. During the 1960s, Parker Knoll began the development of the revolutionary Recliner Chair, which was the first of its kind to hit the market in the UK and led to a huge change in the furniture industry. 

The Parker Knoll factory was destroyed by a huge fire in 1970, however, the business bounced straight back with upholsterers starting work at a new location just 3 weeks later. The newly designed Statesman Chair was debuted at the Annual Furniture Exhibition and soon after became a huge interior design hit. 

Continuing to lead the UK furniture market, Parker Knoll eventually exhibited at the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014, launching exclusive new collections to the international market. 

For timeless designs which last the test of time, you can’t go wrong with a Parker Knoll suit – particularly when they are available with a whopping 25% off! 

To find out more about the amazing offers on all Parker Knoll furniture, 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 sofa for your home.