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12th March 2018

5 Furniture Essentials for Your First Home

5 Furniture Essentials for Your First Home

So, you finally have the keys to your first pad in your hands! Congratulations! There’s nothing quite like the sense of achievement in buying your first property. And now that the buying process is out of the way the fun can really begin because now you get to fill it with all of your favourite furniture!
 
But where do you start? It can be a bit overwhelming trying to fill each space straight away, so check out our list of the top 5 furniture essentials that all first homes need to get started.
 

1. Bed
After all that moving, you’re definitely going to need somewhere to sleep! A good bed should be your first essential purchase as it is super important to get a good night’s sleep to maintain your health and well-being.
 
2. Wardrobe
Whether you’re moving to a new build or an older property, storage is always something that all homes can use more of. Wardrobes with drawers are perfect for saving space in homes that are on the smaller side, while wardrobes with mirrors will help to bounce light around the room and make it feel bigger.
 
3. Sofa bed
The early years of owning a home are all about making the furniture work hard and this is no exception when it comes to the sofa! Sofa beds are ideal as they mean you have somewhere for guests to sleep when they come to stay.
 
4. Dining table
Dining tables are the heart of any home! Perfect for hosting guests or using as a work area, the humble dining table will turn your house into a home. Use a gate leg dining table for smaller spaces or an extending one if you plan on doing lots of entertaining!
 
5. Bookcase
While it might not be something you sit on or eat at, a bookcase is essential as it gives you somewhere to keep your favourite items. Once you have them all on display your home will feel like your very own!
 
For the perfect essential furniture for your first 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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5th March 2018

How to Choose the Perfect Armchair


Parker Knoll Hanbury Chair
 

 

Once just considered an outdated piece of furniture, armchairs have seen something of a renaissance in recent years. And it’s easy to see why. Whether used as additional seating without having to buy an entire sofa or simply as a solution for small spaces, a good armchair is one of the most versatile and stylish pieces of furniture that you can add to your home.

 

With a multitude of styles available, how do you go about picking the perfect armchair for your home?

 

 


Corner

Perfect for adding glamour 

Corner armchairs are not just great for those with limited space, but they also look super luxurious, adding a touch of sophistication and glamour to any room. The Stressless Paradise Corner Seat also delivers superior support and unrivalled comfort.

 

 

 


Tub

Perfect for saving space 

One of the most iconic furniture designs, the tub armchair is instantly recognisable which makes it the ideal addition to contemporary spaces. The Hugo Tub Chair features a fixed foam seat base and is finished in a neutral linen style fabric.

 

 


Reclining

Perfect for superior comfort 

Ideal for anyone with mobility difficulties, reclining chairs offer a superior level of comfort that cannot be found in a regular armchair. This Hertford Dual Motor Lift Recliner features contemporary sleek back and square arms design with a softer sit t=system for added comfort.

 

 


Snuggler

Perfect for cosying up 

If you prefer a bit of extra space when curling up in your armchair, the snuggler is for you! Ideal for cosying up with a good book or spending a romantic night in with your loved one, the Alstons Avignon Snuggler Armchair is a wonderfully contemporary twist on an old loveseat classic!

 

 


Wingback

Perfect for timeless elegance 

Wingback chairs have been making style statements for decades, and they just seem to keep getting better with age. This Parker Knoll Oakham Chair features elegant scroll arms and turned wooden feet as well as a refreshing take on the classic wingback design.  

 

For the perfect armchair 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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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!

 

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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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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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