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Top 5 Home Library Designs

Published by Emma Day in
With the children and grandchildren getting ready for back to school, now is a great time of year to rethink your study or home library. It may all be about electronic books today but for me you can't beat the look, smell and general ambiance created by shelves full of books! There are many different ways we can incorporate home libraries into the style and design of our homes, so here's just a few of my top 5 favourites...

If you like to be organised, arrange your books in colour order to keep things looking neat and tidy. These vibrant book spines look great against the dark wood of the shelves giving this a modern and fun feel.

For something a little more traditional you could choose rustic, earthy colours of browns and muted green. The ladder adds a little rustic charm here, and the globe gives the room a studious feel.

The perfect place to hideaway with a good book, this mezzanine home library is great for utilising space and adding a pretty feature to this home. The natural lighting from the skylight window will make for excellent reading!

This certainly is a unique design, and yet another great use of space. To me this feels like a secret archive where you can store all your favourite books!

I love nothing more than curling up with a good book and what a cosy place to do it! Combining a comfy chair with effective lighting you can create a snug home library to sit and relax.

What's your Home Library style?


Mood Board Magic: Where to get your Inspiration!

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When it comes to creating a mood board for your latest home decorating project we may all start at different points.  We may have a particular theme or colour scheme in mind, or we may just know how we want the room to make us feel.  Regardless of how far along the creative process we are, we can all use the same resources to find ways of bringing our ideas together.

So where are the best places to glean inspiration?  The simple answer: anywhere and everywhere!  Whether it's a beautiful room set you've seen in a magazine or the colours on a crisp autumn morning, almost anything can be used to fuel your creativity....

Remember to keep your eyes out and photograph, cut and collect anything that grabs your attention.  Keep hold of your findings and check back soon to see how to collate your ideas into an inspiring mood board that will help you achieve your perfect look!


Design Explained: Jacquard style Fabrics

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The world of fabrics can be a tricky place to navigate!  With damasks, scrolls, jacquards and trails, it's sometimes hard to keep track of what means what.  So today I wanted to shed some light one of our most popular fabric styles: the Jacquard.

Originally named after French inventor, Joseph Marie Jacquard in1801, a Jacquard fabric consists of an intricately woven pattern that is raised from the background as opposed to simply printed on. A true jacquard fabric is made using a special Jacquard loom, but the jacquard style or effect can be created in other ways too, giving the same raised look as the jacquard.

This style is great for adding texture and interest to your home textiles.  Let's explore a few of our top Jacquard style fabrics that could add that something special to your home...

A TRUE Jacquard fabric, Belgravia Garden has a subtle floral design which brings texture to the neutral fabric.  Indulge in the luxury of this fabric by teaming with sumptuous golds.

The jacquard style used on this fabric helps to strengthen the contrast between the elaborate design and the background - making for a striking focal point.

A traditional floral incorporating the jacquard style, this tapestry like fabric looks sophisticated and grand.  Perfect for the more traditional home.

Other Jacquard-style fabrics from Plumbs

We have 33 Jacquard style fabric designs in a number of colourways, and 5 true jacquard fabrics for that extra added luxury feel.

Which is your favourite?


Mood Board Magic: the first in a 3 part series!

Published by Emma Day in
When it comes to planning an event or the revamp of a room, it can be difficult to know where to start!  Where can you go for inspiration and how can you tell what will work together?  This is where the beauty of the mood board comes in!

A mood board is simply a place where all of your inspiration comes together, so you can get an idea of the overall look and feel of your completed project.  Not only is it a great tool, it can also be lots of fun!

Over a short series of blogs we will explore the uses of mood boards, where to glean your inspiration and how to collate your ideas together to give wonderful results!  The topic of focus today:

When to use a Mood Board?

You can use a mood board for lots of different projects.  We will be looking specifically at mood boards for room design, but there are lots of other reasons you may wish to construct a mood board of ideas...

Check back next week for some top tips on how to be inspired!

Interior Design Features: Low Vs High Ceilings

Published by Emma Day in

It's amazing the things that make a huge impact on our homes: the decor, the colour scheme, the layout.  But would you believe that the height of your ceiling is a also major contributing factor to the overall atmosphere of your living space?!  Both low and high ceilings come with their own pros and cons, and each need to be treated accordingly.

High Ceilings

Most commonly found in period homes, a high ceiling with it's natural air ventilation was essential to ensuring the smooth running and comfot of the home.  But today this can often go against us, with higher ceilings making it more costly to keep the room warm.  On the plus side, a high ceiling allows more opportunity for natural light to filter in, creating an airy and bright living room.

Higher ceilings are also making an appearance in more modern home designs, particularly with the recent popular conversions of old church buildings.  The extravagant ceilings are often maintained giving a grandiose and open feel to these homes.

Similarly, homes and apartments with a mezzanine layer are also making artistic use of high ceilings and creating a more open feel to the space.

Low Ceilings

Not only is it cheaper to heat the room with a low ceiling, it is also cheaper to construct and is commonly found in apartment complexes and more affordable housing estates.  The key to decorating with low ceilings is to choose a neutral, even white palette for the walls and ceiling, making use of lower light levels.

A low ceiling can also add great character to cottage and country style homes with the use of exposed beams.  Although sometimes a little claustrophobic, a lower ceiling can make a room feel warm and cost!


Refreshing the Home with Crowson

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Over the past few weeks we've been showcasing the very best in British fabric design, and today sees the focus lie with long established company, Crowson.

Based in Uckfield, East Sussex this design house has over 30 years experience in the fabrics industry and have produced some beautiful designs over the years.  Take Tamana - Blue, for example.  A traditional, yet delicate floral in a refreshing blue and green colourway.  Crowson shows that a traditional floral design isn't always overbearing.  The cool palette and the soft lines in the design go together to produce this elegant fabric.

The nature of the design means that it is quite versatile in that it looks beautiful as part of a bright, fresh living room, or used to bring light and colour to a dark dining room.  Tamana also goes beautifully in the conservatory, as an extension of the flora in your own garden!

A truely timeless design with great verstaility!  Click here to find out more about our other branded fabrics, or see Tamana - Blue for free in your own home by requesting your no-obligation Home Visit!

Re-newing more than just furniture!

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We all have things that are special to us, that evoke fond memories and a connection to the past.  Whether it's a piece of jewellary or a childhood teddy bear, we try our best to keep them well preserved and looking their best.  And the same can certainly be said for old furniture!

Browsing through our customer stories this morning, I am stunned at the amount of people who simply couldn't part with beloved pieces of furniture that held a special meaning or fond attachment for them.  Some of our customers speak of handed down furniture, like a nursing chair from a grandmother, or asuite that has stood the test of time and seen families grow up.

Furniture can have very personal and very nostalgic value to us, so it is only fitting that when it becomes tired or worn, that we give it the quality attention that it deserves. Re-upholstery is an ideal way to bring furniture, and cherished memories, back to life!

Take this amazing before/after transformation for example.  Mrs Head purchased this suite from her American neighbours in 1962 and has been a place owith her for the last 40 years!  With such sentimental attachment it has been a joy to give it a fresh new look so it can continue offering comfort and style in Mrs Head's home.

We've completely re-newed Mrs Head's suite with the addition of brand new legs, new springs, new cushions and an up to date soft chenille fabric, Carolina.  Another satisfied customer!


Enjoy the Great British Summer with Unique Outdoor Furniture

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We all like to bring a bit of style and originality into our homes and we spend so much time deciding on the perfect furniture that will look just right.  But do we spend as much time considering our garden furniture?  Granted we don't often have the weather here in Britain to enjoy the garden for long, but all the more reason to give your personal outdoor space some extra flair, and make the most of the short summer that we do have!

So which of these unqiue garden pieces catches your eye...?

Bring the poolside retreat into your backyard with this impressive garden cocoon.  Ideal if you have the space, and a perfect hideaway to enjoy a quiet summer's read.

Inspired by Eastern design these swinging hammocks are fun with an exotic edge - great for Morrocon style gardens with lots of colour!


A whole new meaning to the 'garden seat'!  Create your very own Secret Garden by hiding this nostalgic piece amongst foliage and flowers.

For something a little more quirky, these fun flower-shaped stools are perfect for a modern family garden.  Place in clusters for maximum impact.

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