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14th October 2019

Making a Statement with the Front of Your House

Making a Statement with the Front of Your House

Even if you’re not looking to sell your property, having a revamp of the exterior can vastly improve its kerb appeal and value. Whether you want to have a quick tidy up or a complete overhaul of the front of your home, there are plenty of ways to tweak the exterior to improve it and they don’t have to break the bank.

Paint the front door 

The front door is the first thing that most people see when they look at a home, so it’s important that the door looks good. Front doors can be very costly to replace, so if you are looking to save money in this area then it might be a better idea to give it a lick of paint. There are lots of paints suitable for both wood and UPVC, just make sure you get the right one for your door.

Plant flowers 

Hanging baskets and containers of shrubs and flowers can make a huge difference to the front of a home. If you are not particularly green-fingered, there are lots of real looking artificial plants that can do the job just as well and without the upkeep.

Jet wash the walls 

The exterior of a property accumulates a lot of grime, so spend an afternoon jet washing the walls and gutters to remove any build-up of dirt. You will be amazed at the difference it makes!

Don’t forget the garden 

If you are lucky enough to have some space outside the front of your property, give it some attention by mowing the lawn, tidying gravel or jet washing the driveway.

Install some new numbers 

The devil is in the detail, so if your house numbers are looking a bit old and rusty, it might be time to replace them with some new ones. You could even give your house a name and a new sign in the process!

If you’re looking for new furniture 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 furniture for your needs.


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26th September 2019

The Surprising Benefits of DIY

The Surprising Benefits of DIY

The mere thought of DIY can leave some filled with dread, but did you know that there are actually plenty of benefits to doing your own projects around the home? It’s true! Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons to finish that huge project you started, and they aren’t always the obvious ones.


One of the best things about doing your own projects is that it gets you moving, which in turn means that you’re exercising without even realising it. Whether you’re painting walls, stripping wallpaper, sanding floors, or upholstering chairs, working up a sweat on your DIY projects can only mean good things when it comes to burning calories. Who needs the gym when you have a wardrobe to build?!


Of course, there is also the added bonus that doing everything yourself means that you save money. By cutting out the middleman and doing the work yourself you will save valuable resources which you can put to better use elsewhere, such as your summer holidays or a new car.


Learning how to do a new project yourself also means you will be adding to your list of life skills. If tiling or laying carpet has always seemed like a super impossible task, learning how to do it can give you a much better perspective on your own abilities. By researching how to do certain things around the home, you will have a much better understanding of how to fix them if they go wrong.


As well as expanding your skillset, DIY projects can also help to keep your mind and brain working properly. By tackling difficult projects, you exercise your brain which in turn helps with problem-solving skills.


Completing difficult tasks is also a great way to help you feel happy and contented. There is a great sense of satisfaction when you have finished something that was particularly tricky all by yourself.


There you have it! There are plenty of reasons to get started on your own DIY projects this weekend.


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16th September 2019

5 Reasons Why you Need a Tempur Mattress

5 Reasons Why you Need a Tempur Mattress

A good night’s sleep can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day. Poor quality sleep can lead to a lack of concentration, bad moods, insomnia and back pains, which can all impact on our day to day lives. If you find that you are suffering with these problems, then perhaps it’s time to invest in a new sleep surface.
 

The best sleep requires the best bed, and it doesn’t get much better than Tempur mattresses. Here are 5 reasons why you should make your next mattress a Tempur one.
 

1. NASA technology
Tempur material is composed of s secret formula which was initially developed by NASA scientists to support astronauts during lift-off. This unique technology provides support where you need it, all night long. Tempur is the only mattress company in the world to be certified by the International Space Foundation!
 

2. Pressure absorbing
Tempur mattresses are perfect for taking the pressure off of the back and joints. Where traditional sprung mattresses fail to mould to the shape of the body, Tempur mattresses perfectly support the body at each point, relieving pressure and preventing unnecessary straining during the night.
 

3. Comfort
Tempur has a reputation within the mattress industry as being a benchmark of quality, and when you lie on one of their mattresses you will see why! The superior materials combine to create one of the most comfortable sleep surfaces you will ever experience.
 

4. Health benefits
The health benefits associated with good quality sleep include reduced risk of long-term illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. A good night’s sleep can also lead to improved mood, better concentration and renewed vitality.
 

5. Peace of mind
Tempur has been at the forefront of mattress technology for decades and has always successfully manufactured its own products in order to monitor quality. With a ten year guarantee of quality, you can rest easy knowing you are in safe hands with Tempur. 
 

If you’re looking for a Tempur mattress for your home, why not take a look at our online collection or 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 mattress for your needs.


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3rd September 2019

Why You Should Choose G Plan Furniture


Product in image: G Plan Malvern


One of the most exciting parts of redecorating a home is the chance to choose new furniture. Finding pieces that not only suit your interior style but also convey your own personality is all part of the fun of creating your perfect home. Ideally, your new furniture should be of a superior quality, well made and highly stylish. Which is where G Plan comes in.

G Plan has a long history of crafting and creating some of the best furniture in the UK. Since 1898, G Plan have forged a reputation for being a go-to brand for high quality, stylish pieces. Through their innovative use of advertising, the furniture makers became well-known for their leather armchairs, sleek mahogany sideboards and elegant dining tables which are all still highly coveted to this day.

G Plan furniture is not only stunning to look at, but it is also highly practical and guaranteed to last. The signature clean lines and bold aesthetic have served to carry the business through decades of styles, fashions and economic changes. Time and time again, people choose G Plan.

This is primarily because G Plan furniture is crafted in Britain using only the best, responsibly sourced material along with a ten-year guarantee.

But while the business is known for high quality and enduring style, there are other benefits of making G Plan your furniture of choice. Vintage G Plan pieces are ideal for adding character and history to any interior, while new pieces are the perfect way to showcase the charm and high standards that have come to define the brand over the past century. As technology and furniture making standards have developed, so has the expert knowledge and craftsmanship of G Plan.

Loved by generations, for generations, any piece of G Plan furniture is a worthy investment for your interior needs. Whether you’re looking to fill your home with heirloom pieces, or you simply want to invest in furniture that will stand the test of time, choosing G Plan will ensure that you make the right choice, every time.

If you’re looking for G Plan Furniture 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 G Plan furniture for your needs.


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28th August 2019

5 Ways to Create a Sleep Oasis in Your Bedroom

5 Ways to Create a Sleep Oasis in Your Bedroom

According to the NHS, nearly a third of the population is suffering from insomnia and sleep problems. Lack of sleep can contribute to all kinds of physical and mental health issues, such as heart disease, inability to concentrate, diabetes and depression.

So, how can you make sure that you are getting enough shut-eye? Turning your bedroom into a sleep oasis is a good place to start!

Check the thermostat 

Studies suggest that the optimum temperature for our sleep environments should be between 16-18°C. Any warmer than this and our bodies find it more difficult to relax and go to sleep. This is because our internal temperatures drop slightly when it’s time to go to sleep, so sleeping in a warm room prevents this from happening and makes it trickier to go to sleep.

Use a white noise machine 

If you find that you are regularly woken by noises in the night, it might be a good idea to invest in a white noise machine to drown out any sounds. When you regularly incorporate a white noise machine into your sleep routine, it can become a powerful reminder for your brain that it’s time to switch off and sleep.

Ban electronics 

Research shows that the blue light emitted from tablets, phones and laptops can play havoc with our natural circadian rhythms. The light can trick our bodies into thinking that it’s still time to be awake, so to avoid any impact on your natural sleep cycle, ban all electronics from the bedroom for at least 2 hours before you go to sleep.

 

Remove clutter 

You know the saying – cluttered room, cluttered mind! Create a sense of peaceful calm in your room by removing any unnecessary clutter and by making all efforts to keep it as tidy as possible. Put washing away as soon as it’s dry, take out any stacks of magazines and declutter your windowsills and shelf spaces. This will help to promote a calming effect in your bedroom which in turn will encourage your mind to relax.

Upgrade your bed 

If you haven’t invested in a new bed for a while, perhaps now is a good time to upgrade it and take your sleep to the next level! A new bed can work wonders on your ability to get a good night’s sleep and finding the right one for you couldn’t be easier. Just pop on into our showroom and we’ll find the perfect bed for the ultimate night’s sleep!

If you’re looking for a new bed 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 bed for your needs.


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22nd August 2019

4 Tips for Successful Sofa Shopping

4 Tips for Successful Sofa Shopping

Image: Stressless Windsor Sofa


When it comes to investing in one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the home, it pays to get it right first time! Buying a sofa is a big deal, not just because of its size, but also because it is where we spend most of our time relaxing, entertaining and sometimes sleeping! Of course, everyone has their own style preferences but there are also a few essential criteria that every sofa needs to fulfil to ensure that you get the best sofa for you.

So, how do you make sure your sofa shopping trip is successful?

Measure, measure, measure 

The biggest issue for any new piece of furniture is whether it is going to fit into the space you have for it. Measure your room and make a note of the dimensions that it can take. It’s also a very good idea to measure the doorway of the room it is going into, as well as your front door and the hallway. The sofa may well be able to sit nicely in the lounge, but if you can’t physically get it through the front door then you’re going to have problems!

Check the framework 

A good framework is key for a long-lasting, quality sofa. Look for sofas constructed from hardwood as they will last forever without warping on you. Sofas made from other materials may cost less but are also less likely to last as long. A good test for the quality of a sofa is to pick up one corner, if the other corner doesn’t come off the floor at the same time then the frame is probably twisting which means it is not as strong as a hardwood frame. 

Ask about the springs 

Springs aren’t always visible on a sofa, so ask the sales assistants a few questions about them to determine whether they are of good quality. You can also gauge the effectiveness of the springs by feeling them through the upholstery to work out how supportive they are and whether they are likely to lose their shape over time.

Test the cushions 

Comfortable cushions are a vital part of any sofa selection. They should be firm and able to quickly regain their shape after they have been sat on. Everyone has different preferences for softness when it comes to sinking into a sofa, but generally the firmer the cushions, the more supportive and long-lasting they will be.

If you’re looking for a new, high-quality sofa 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 sofa for your needs.


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12th August 2019

How to Reduce Allergens in the Home

How to Reduce Allergens in the Home

Any hay fever sufferer will know the dread that comes with the summer months! It can be super difficult to enjoy the sunny weather when you’re spending most of your time sneezing and wiping streaming eyes. While you can’t do much to control the pollen outside your home, there are plenty of ways that you can minimise the effects of it inside your home. These are our top tips for keeping your home an allergy-free zone.

 

1. Keep windows shut
Keeping your windows shut is an effective way to prevent pollen and allergens from getting into the home. Draw the curtains or blinds to stop the sun from heating up the room and keep it nice and cool.

 
2. Change when you get home
While you’re outside, pollen attaches itself to your clothes. When you get in, get changed and put your work clothes straight into the wash basket to prevent the pollen particles from spreading around the house.

 
3. Hoover regularly
If you have a hoover with a HEPA filter, make sure that you use it regularly to pick up dust mites, mould spores and pollen particles. Aim to hoover the whole house, including upholstery and mattresses, a couple of times a week to minimise allergens.

 
4. Use an air purifier
Running an air purifier in each room of the house is a great way to remove allergens from the air around you. Set it up in your bedroom for several hours before you go to sleep so that you can enjoy a night of rest without sneezing every few minutes.

 
5. Keep your bedding clean
You would be surprised at how much dust and dirt can accumulate in your bedding, so ensure that you wash all sheets and blankets on a 60° wash once a week. It’s also a good idea to have your duvets and pillows service washed every now and then to keep allergens at bay.

 
6. Stay tidy
The more clutter you have around you, the more places there are for allergens to hide. Try to stay as tidy as possible by regularly decluttering and making sure that everything is organised.

 
If you’re looking for new furniture 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 furniture for every room in the house.


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29th July 2019

Hallway Flooring Ideas

Hallway Flooring Ideas

The hallway is one of the most important rooms in the house. While it might not be a room for sitting, relaxing, sleeping or cooking, it is the first room you enter when you come home and the first room that visitors see when they come to visit. Whether you have a narrow corridor or a large vestibule, creating the right impression in a hallway is an essential way to set the tone for the rest of your house.

One of the most important aspects of any hallway is the flooring. As it is a high traffic area, the flooring needs to be durable and hardwearing as well as super stylish. This is why vinyl is one of the best options for a hallway floor. Not only is vinyl extremely cost efficient, it also comes is a vast array of colours, styles, patterns and finishes to allow you to create the perfect look for your home.

Victorian tiles 

The stylish finish of traditional Victorian tiles is a great way to set the scene in period homes. By using the classic star and square patterns often found in Victorian houses, this vinyl flooring provides all the elegance and grandeur of tiles without the cost and upkeep. We are proud to be stockists of Karndean Design Flooring, contact us to find out more about this beautiful flooring.

Oak 

If you’ve always longer for oak floors but often worried about the hefty price tag, perhaps this reclaimed grain Verbier Oak floor is the one for you. Providing a soft, modern finish in light greige tones, this floor is easy to clean and will transform any contemporary space. We are proud stockists of Amtico flooring, call us today to find out more.

Slate 

Slate floors are renowned for their aesthetic appeal and hardwearing properties, and you can also find both of these qualities in a vinyl finish. This beautiful slate vinyl takes its inspiration from an original piece of slate recovered from Braichgoch Slate Mine based in Corris Uchaf, north Wales. The textured finish and ambient light grey tones give a clean and fresh finish to any hallway.

Stone 

Stone flooring is ideal for hallways but not always the most practical option. A vinyl in stone finish such as the Kura Opium provides all the appeal and drama of a stone floor without the weight and upkeep. Beautiful shades of blue-black and charcoal give this finish a rich and dramatic intensity.

If you’re looking for flooring 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 flooring for your needs.



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3rd July 2019

Why Mattress Protectors are Important

Why Mattress Protectors are Important

When it comes to a great night’s sleep, many of us rely on our pillows, sheets and blankets to provide the comfort we need to nod off. But there is another super important ingredient in creating the perfect sleep zone. The humble mattress protector.



Not only do mattress protectors provide protection for your mattress, they also have a whole host of other benefits.



Increases the longevity of your mattress 

When you make an investment in something as important as a mattress, you want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. Mattress protectors are a great way to absorb oils and moisture from the body, preventing them from getting into the mattress and affecting its condition. It will also provide a barrier against stains from spillages, which can be tricky to remove.



Reduces allergens
 

If you or someone in your family suffer with allergies or asthma, you will understand the importance of keeping allergens to a minimum to avoid triggers and flare ups. Mattress protectors are a super effective way to combat allergens as it provides a removable, washable barrier between the body and the mattress.



Protects against bed bugs
 

Bed bugs can be a nightmare to eliminate, so to promote a healthy sleep environment it’s always a good idea to use a mattress protector to prevent bed bugs from biting anyone sleeping on the mattress. Regularly wash the mattress protector on a 90°C wash to kill off any mites or bugs and ensure that you have a restful night’s sleep.



Additional layer of comfort
 

As well as being a great way to look after your mattress and yourself, mattress protectors also provide an additional layer of luxurious comfort, making your bed even more relaxing and cosy than ever before!



If you’re looking for a new mattress for your home, head to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or call us on 01934 513740 and speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect mattress for your needs. 



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25th June 2019

5 Tips for the Ultimate Indoor Camping Adventure

5 Tips for the Ultimate Indoor Camping Adventure

With June set to be a complete wash out, many people are putting their camping plans on hold for when the sun returns – if it ever does, that is! But, instead of forgoing camping plans, why not have an indoor camping adventure? All the fun of camping out without the possibility of rain dampening your spirits! Here are our top tips for having a great camping adventure in the luxury of your own home.

It’s all about the tent 

If you already have a small tent that fits inside your living room, you’re good to go! But if not, there are plenty of ways that you can make your own. Simply push all of the furniture back against the walls to create as much floor space as possible. Create a triangular tent structure from bamboo canes, tie together with string and drape a sheet over the frame to create your awesome indoor tent! 

Now that you have your tent set up, it’s time to fill it with your camping essentials:

  • Air bed
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillows
  • Torches

Bring the outside in 

To bring a little authenticity to your camping experience, think of some ways that you can make it feel less like a living room and more like the great outdoors. This could be by draping fairy lights over the outside of your tent to mimic the night sky, playing nature sounds through your stereo or having a campfire video on the TV in the background. Don’t be tempted to use the TV for watching anything else, though, as this is all about the genuine feel of camping! You could also open up the windows to make it feel like you are really outside.

Prepare the snacks 

One thing that everyone loves about camping is the food! Stick to a menu of what you would usually have on a camping trip, whether that’s a hearty stew, jacket potatoes in aluminium foil or toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Gather your snacks and eat them in your tent instead of the dinner table.

Tell stories 

Camping almost always involves telling stories around the fire at some point or another, so finish your evening off with a round of storytelling. Read a book aloud or tell your favourite spooky story with a torch held underneath your face to give it an eerie glow!

Happy camping!

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