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One Year On and the British Flag is Still Flying High in our Homes!

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On the anniversary of last year's Royal Wedding, the nation gears up once again to fly the flag for Britain with Jubilee Fever beginning to raise it's head. The high street has been awash with union jacks, crowns, corgis and all things British. And the world of home decor is no exception! Top designers and small boutiques alike are embracing the patriotic trend to the full, delivering quirky and contemporary products for a true British home!

We've pulled out a few of our favourites:

Graham & Brown offer up these eye-catching wallpapers. Bring a regal touch to your home with the monochrome crowns and coronet design, or give a nod to the capital with this mix of London landmarks. Both are perfect for feature walls statements!




Adorn your furnishings with a flurry of British inspired cushions!  John Lewis's Celebration of British Cushion Collection has a great range of classic and quirky designs to choose from.  We love the King & Queen matching sets!

Anyone for tea?  The ultimate British past-time sees a similar patritoic overhaul with many tea set designs emerging for the occassion.  Check out this lovely commemorative set from Not on the High Street.



What do you think of the growing Patriotic trend?


Big, Bold and Beautiful Florals from Sanderson

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This week's blog delves into the wonderful world of fabric design.  Searching for inspiration this morning, I found myself surrounded by swatchbooks containing some of the most unique and beautiful fabrics from our current range.  We pride ourselves on sourcing fabrics from today's best designers, so I say it's time to pay homage to the creative genius behind the contemporary florals and classic damasks.  Over a series of blogs we will be celebrating some of today's top fabric designers!  Starting with one of the UK's best known design houses... Sanderson.

With over 150 years experience in the design industry, it's no suprise that Sanderson are one of the UK's leading design houses today.  Culminating quintessentially Bristish design with new and modern elements, their designs attract all ages.
They explain more about their style and ethos on their website: “We draw on the creativity of young contemporary designers, alongside the work of artists and historical documents. This mix creates new and directional designs for modern living.”

One of Sanderson's most recent popular designs Dandelion Clocks has been greatly received by the Bristish public and home decor industry alike,  with the fun, simple design cropping up everywhere from teacups to wallpaper.  As a result, Dandelion Clocks is one of our most popular Sanderson designs for loose covers, re-upholstery and curtains.  An alternative, blackcurrent colourway is also available, alongside 4 more famous Sanderson designs including Pondicherry and Pangbourne.

To find out more about our other fabric suppliers click here, or check back for more Featured Fabric Supplier posts!  In the meantime we'd love to hear from you:

What's you favourite Sanderson design?


Mirror, Mirror on the wall...

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What is the best design feature in your home?  Is it a beautiful Chesterfield couch, a stunning sculpture or a zanny colour scheme?  How many of you said, my mirrors!  I know what you must be thinking: mirrors are a necessity not a design feature.  Whether you sneak a quick glance every time you walk past or avoid your mirrors at all costs, be sure not to underestimate them when it comes to creating wow factor in your home.

Create a sense of grandeur with oversized mirrors.  Positioned in your dining room, a large elaborate mirror will bounce back plenty of light, leaving the room feeling spacious and airey.  Not to mention it makes a great pre-starter talking point!

We all like to be able to see what we're doing as we get ready in the morning, but does this take things to the extreme?  Not at all, a stunning statement and practical too! Combine with monochrome, minimalist decor for maximum impact!

Forget the dreary family timeline ascending the stairs and opt for a variety of mirrors instead.  They will instantly brighten the space and add extra interest.  Choose matching, neutral colours for a subtle statement or mix and match sizes, shapes and colours for a fun,  'off the wall' approach!

A growing trend at the moment are collage wall displays, with photo frames and clocks featuring highly.  Use mirrors of all different shapes and sizes, but ensure they have something in common to fit in with your room's decor.  Mixing and matching metallic frames are a great way to add that luxury feel to this living room.

The humble mirror: a stylish, yet practical home decor solution!


Celebrate Earth Day - Recycle your Furniture!

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The US will be celebrating Earth day this weekend (22nd April): a day for pledging your efforts for a greener planet! But who says we should leave it all to our friends over the pond? We can all do our bit to help the environment, and here at Plumbs we're keen to push the message of recycling and reusing old furniture! With landfill space in the UK expected to run out by 2018, now is a great time to think outside of the box and see how you can make your unwanted furniture useable again.

Our primary concern is, of course upholstery. 10 million items of furniture are thrown away in the UK every year. 3 million of these items could be easily re-used; more could be repaired. You'll be pleasantly suprised to hear of the transformations that loose covers and re-upholstery can do to your old furniture. Bringing a fresh new look to saggy sofas or sprucing up your conservatory suite, recycling, or in many cases up-cycling your favourite furniture in this way is great for the environment and great for your home!

Here are some of our recent transformations...


Remember, it's not just upholstery that can be kept and made new. Think about other household objects you could renew or repurpose, such as turning old cupboard doors into lap trays, or making a quirky shelf unit from unused drawers as seen on Decorology blog:

Re-purposing, re-cycling and re-upholstering is a win win for you and the environment! So, before considering buying a new suite, sofa or chair, why not arrange your free home consultation to see how Plumbs can help you save your sofa and the environment!

*Environmental statistics sourced from Bulky Waste Collection Services.


Unique Resources for Interior Design Inspiration!

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One of the hardest things when it comes to giving your home a new look is knowing where to start. You may have a rough idea of how you want your room to look, or you may be feeling completely overwhelmed by colour schemes, themes, feng shui and functionality.

In these situations, we could all do with a helping hand and some design intervention.  Some of the best resources are readily available at your fingertips with thousands of websites and blogs full of inspiring home design ideas!  So flick on the kettle, put your feet up and browse the possibilities…

Facebook - Hold on, I hear you say, Facebook is just for catching up with friends and laughing at unfortunately tagged photographs isn’t it?!  Well, not anymore.  With many companies embracing social media, you can find great inspiration if you follow the right people.  Home Interest Magazines are a good place to start, with the likes of Country Living and House Beautiful posting great content on their walls.

Even we at Plumbs have a facebook page on which we regularly post inspiring home images, discussions and helpful design tips.  Be sure to ‘like’ us to see our latest blog posts and home décor ideas.

Pinterest – Another great resource for anyone looking for inspiring home décor images and decorating ideas.  This online pinboard allows you to post images of the things you love, including all things interior!

Colorjive – A good interactive tool for helping you pick out your colourscheme!

Plumbs Blog – And don’t forget the Plumbs Blog!  We keep our eye on all the hottest and upcoming interior design blogs to bring you the latest trends and design ideas.

We post regularly so keep checking back for our latest design tips, or have a look in our archives!  If you still can’t find information on what you’re looking for, send us a comment and we will see what we can come up with for you

Until then, happy home planning!


Tangerine Tango - Pantone Colour of the Year: Revisited!

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At the beginning of the year Pantone announced their colour of choice for 2012 as Tangerine Tango and since then we've seen it cropping up everywhere!  A few months into the year and you can deck your whole house out with Tangerine Tango inspired products and designs.  And what better colour to bring some fun and vibrancy to your home.

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to see what we could find on the high street and online.  It seems the heart of the home, the kitchen, has most fully embraced this year's hottest colour trend with a wealth of appliances, utensils and culinary bric a brac all available in Tangerine Tango...

1. Colour Scheme inspired by Pantone Colour of the Year: Tangerine Tango (17-1463 TCX)

2. Orange Poppy in Glass Vase - Matalan

3. Made-to-Measure Blinds in 'Katie - Autumn' fabric - Plumbs

4. Rainbow Orange Cafetiere - La Cafetiere

5. Gmundner Ceramics Selection Orange -

6. Made-to-Measure Dining Chair Covers in 'Turin-Honey' fabric - Plumbs

7. Colourworks Accessories Reversible Chopping Board - Kitchen Craft

8. Smeg 28yo1 Orange Refrigerator - Comet


Design Explained: Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator

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The home decorating market is saturated with people only too willing to help your vision become a reality in your home.  But amongst the design consultants, interior designers, decorators and architects, how do we know whom to turn to?

Architects are easy – they’re the building guys!  Effectively they can lay out the plans for the skeleton of your home, the structure.  Designers and decorators are a little harder to define, with many of us using the terms interchangeably.  In reality the two professions are markedly different…

Interior Designer

An interior Designer will take into account the space and intended function of a room.  Their primary concern is efficiency and functionality.  A good interior designer will also take into account acoustics and sound transmission.  They are responsible for creating a user-friendly layout primarily, and will go on to choose appropriate furnishings and lighting to maximise the functionality of a room or space.

Interior Decorator

Decorators are not concerned with structure or layout.  Their main focus is to choose furnishings, fixtures, and colour schemes that will best reflect the personality of the homeowner, including their likes and interests

If you are looking for help and advise for your loose covers or reupholstery needs, you could request a free visit from one of our Home Consultants.  They will visit you in your own home and show you a range of fabric options.  They are on hand to give help and advise where necessary.  Click here to arrange your free visit now.

Whichever professional you choose to consult during your home design, be sure that they understand what you want to get out of the final result.


Happy Easter from Plumbs...

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Here at Plumbs we would like to wish all of our customers, employees and blog readers a very Happy Easter!  Don't forget to check out our beautiful range of Spring inspired fabrics to make your home fresh this season.  We hope you've all enjoyed the bank holiday!!


Spring Inspired Fabrics

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Though the weather has taken a turn for the worst this week in the UK,  Spring is well and truly all around.  Cherry Blossoms are blossoming, Daffodils are dancing and we're all gearing up for a lovely long bank holiday weekend!  So in spirit of all things Springy, we've compiled a collection of our favourite fabrics for Spring-time.  Inspired by the season's beautiful blooms, fresh floral designs feature heavily with pastel pinks and greens across the range.  We've also picked out alternative colourways for the season, which will keep you home looking fresh in whole new ways!  Below are just a taster of our Spring-inspired fabrics...

To see more fabrics ideal for Spring click here, or view our other fabrics here.  To see all of the Plumbs fabric range in your very own home click here to arrange a FREE Home Visit.


Deck the Halls....with Easter Eggs!

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So many of us neglect to decorate our homes in the spirit of Easter, yet we spend weeks preparing for Christmas!  Well this year I’m going to make a change.  Easter is just as special a time and you’re home is sure to see an increase in foot fall as you catch up with family and friends.  Wouldn’t it be great to give them a hearty seasonal welcome?

You needn’t go to great lengths, just a few simple touches can bring the freshness of Easter into your home.  Try a couple of these easy ideas…

Decorate a vase full of twigs and branches with colourful eggs.  Like baubles you can get crafty and paint some yourself or scour the high street stores for beautiful buys like these from Lakeland.

A perfect subtle touch, seasonal candles like these egg shells can add atmosphere and fun to you Easter table.  There are a wealth of novelty candles on the market so you should be able to find something appropriate from egg shaped candles to Easter bunny tea light holders somewhere near you!

A simple and fun idea that will brighten your home and keep the children busy.  Making your own bunting is a great way to adorn your home for the Easter weekend!  Plus, you can make it really unique with the shapes, colours and materials you use.  Pinks, greens and yellows are always a popular choice for Easter time.

Take advantage of Spring in your Easter celebrations with fresh, seasonal blooms.  There are some beautiful flowers around at this time of year.  Why not go all out and display in tiny egg cups to keep the theme going!


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