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Is going back to nature this Springs sprouting tend?

Published by Emma Day in
Throughout homes this spring, on all types of furnishings from fabrics and wallpaper to homewares, leaf motifs and tree designs and patterns are blooming. It seems like the biggest trend this season is 'going back to nature'.

“Its appeal is perhaps symbolic of our desire for a simpler life and a need for a stronger connection with the natural world,” suggests Sarah Quilliam, head of product design for Hillarys, a window blinds specialist.

“When times get tough there’s a tendency to return to a more organic, holistic and nature-inspired feel in the home.”

Annie Deakin, editor of online home shopping emporium, agrees: “This year marks the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the focus on nature has helped heighten the focus on textiles and home products which echo that theme,” she said.

Deakin says it’s time to turn on to funky botanical wallpaper and fabrics for a bang-up-to-date take on bringing the ‘outdoors in’.

There are many ways in which to reproduce this look in your home by using a feature wall of woodland print wallpaper and scatter cushions.

“Woodland patterns are huge this season,” says House Beautiful style editor Charlotte Boyd.

“Even if you don’t have a large garden, it’s possible to create a sense of the natural world in your home by using one of the new designs.”

She suggests adding a touch of woodland spirit with one of the new metallic tree motif papers.


New Plumbs showroom on the Isle of Wight

Published by Emma Day in
A warm welcome awaits you at Plumbs brand new showroom on the Isle of Wight.
For residents and visitors this is a great opportunity to see the full Plumbs range of fabrics and options.

Whether it's reupholstery, loose covers or the latest looks for curtains, you'll find it all in Plumbs Newport showroom.

Please come and see us soon.

26 Holyrood Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 5AZ
United Kingdom

Telephone : 01983 752972
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Create a focal point in any room

Published by Emma Day in
When you walk into a room or interior space, you'll feel more comfortable if your eye can rest on a main feature. That main feature is called the "focal point" of the room.

If your room has a beautiful picture window looking out to a lovely garden, that's it. If you have a fireplace, large or small, that will be the focal point in that room.

Sometimes a room has no distinguishing feature built in and you have to create one. Some ideas of focal points that you can add to a room are; large cabinet, oriental or patterned rug, dramatic mirror, fabric panel.


Update your home for Spring

Published by Emma Day in
With the housing market crawling to a halt and Spring just around the corner, people are looking for cheap ways update their tired decor and give it a brand new twist.

There is a great article here:

Give tired decor a modern twist

From the Hexham Courant, there're some really good ideas on how to do this. Take a look!


Sad day for sofas

Published by Emma Day in
Every year many sofas get thrown into landfills or left on the streets to rot, this is because no-one really knows what can be done; this is where Save Our Sofas come in.

Save Our Sofas gives you advice and ideas of ways to keep your old sofa, giving it a new lease of life, or provide environmentally friendly ways for disposal if it is beyond repair.

Plumbs, along with Save Our Sofas believe every sofa deserves a long life in a good home.


What do our customers make of Plumbs in the current economic climate?

Published by Emma Day in

Plumbs' customers are generally part of the ever increasing community of Silver Surfers, the over-50s generation of new online visitors. So with the current economic gloom and the constant media messages talking us all into a recession, we decided to ask our customers what their views were of the whole situation and why they bought from Plumbs.


    • The vast majority with savings and pensions couldn't see the point of keeping their money in the bank because they're not getting anything from it due to the drop in interest rates. They're taking the attitude, they'd rather see something for their money and enjoy it!
    • Many that were in the process of selling their homes found there were too few buyers on the market so decided to take it off and instead make home improvements. They can then benefit from enjoying their home and have it looking great when the market eventually picks up.
    • The more active of our customers are finding themselves going out less and staying in more, which is giving them time to sort out all those little annoyances such as worn sofa upholstery and out-of-date curtains. These items are far longer lasting than going out for meals and other leisurely pursuits.
    • Decent furniture doesn't come cheap, unlike a lot of poorly made imports that have flooded the market over the last few years. Customers who have paid several thousand pounds for quality furniture are finding it far cheaper to re-furbish than to buy brand new similar quality furniture.
    • Often our customers are so attached to their loved pieces of furniture they don't seem care it can cost more than to buy new, so will still pay for refurbishment.
    • To keep up with the latest fashions most new pieces of furniture use low backs and can be quite big and bulky. These styles are often not loved or enjoyed by our customers.
    • The environment still plays a big part in people buying decisions: guilt about throwing out something that there's not really anything wrong with, it's just the fabric is grubby and the cushions have gone saggy. Or they've tried giving it to charity, who've refused, because of fire safety issues! Not even the homeless can have it!

The biggest irritation expressed by our customers seems to be directed at the media for 'talking people into recession', however this comes with the belief it's important to spend and keep the economy going.

The Silver Surfers seem more determined to spend and enjoy it!


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