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Are Leaves the New Florals?

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We all love to bring a little of the outdoors into our homes, which is why floral designs have long been popular in soft furnishings and interior design.  With each passing year the world’s designers bring us fresh new takes on the floral trend, with recent years focussing on big, bold and beautiful flowers!

This year however, more and more often I am seeing simple, leaf designs.  Top names, such as Sanderson are looking at the cleaner lines of leaves to create simple yet striking designs for the home.  So with Autumn just around the corner, and the beauty of leaves taking precedence this season, what better time to celebrate the wonderful possibilities of foliage in your home…

The simplicity of the leaf alongside the stark contrast of colour gives this design a modern, abstract feel.  Inspired by the paintings of Henri Matisse, Sanderson have created an exciting design, perfect for a feature wall in the home.


The botanical approach is also increasing popular this year, with the fresh green and white palette being an ideal choice for kitchens, conservatories and garden rooms.


You can choose a warmer colour scheme for a more autumnal feel.  Remember, as with floral designs, you can mix and match your leaf patterns to cement your theme.


PLUMBS ON TREND!

Discover our own collection of Autumn inspired fabric designs.  I love these different takes on the leaf design - which is your favourite?

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Soft Velvet Fabrics from Ross

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The latest instalment in our Featured Fabric supplier series looks today at Ross Fabrics, and in particular their beautiful velvets. Ross are one of the leading suppliers of upholstery fabrics in the UK, and have almost 80 years experience in the fabric industry!  Their collection includes chenilles, weaves and velvets in both traditional and contemporary designs and colourways.

At this time of year velvets can be incredibly inviting.  There's nothing I'd like more this week than to be snuggled up in the reassuring folds of my sofa, so my ideal fabric would have to be soft to touch, smooth and comfortable.  Velvet it is then!  But as well as the sensory benefits of these smoother fabrics, velvets can also add a touch of grandeur and sophistication to our furniture.

Bijoux Crushed Velvet is a popular Ross fabric here at Plumbs!  With a subtle sheen this fabric oozes luxury and gives an elegant feel.  Plus, it's shimmering quality can keep furniture sparkling all year round.  You could choose a neutral colourway and simply change your curtains for a new look for Autumn-Winter, and another for Spring-Summer.


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Two Very Different Looks for Autumn!

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Autumn is one of the best times of year for home style inspiration.  With the natural world undergoing spectacular transformations and the weather experiencing dramatic change on a daily basis, there are many different ways we can interpret the season.

The typical autumnal colours of burnt orange and fiery reds can give homes an instant glow.  Break up the amber hues with warm neutral bases of creams and browns.

1) Premier Zeus Orange Glass Floor Lamp - Inspire My Home
2) Loose Chairs covers in Katie - Autumn Fabric - Plumbs
3) Glass Mosaic Tealights - Next
4) Evening Fern Metal Wall Art - Very
5) Rattan Storage Trunk - John Lewis

For a more earthy approach, choose a black and brown scheme with accents of rust or olive. Remember to extend the theme with your finishing touches. I love this windswept tree as a focal point above a fire place, even if it is designed for the garden!

6) Matisse Leaf Wallpaper - Charcoal - Sanderson
7) Windswept Tree Wall Art - UK Garden Products
8.) Cubes Coffee Table - Argos
9) Scatter Cushions in Oracle & Octavia - Parchment Fabrics - Plumbs


Which Autumnal Colours Do You Prefer?

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Co-ordinating with Cushions

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The importance of cushions is so often overlooked, when in fact they can be an intergral part to the whole outlook of your room. They are an easy way to add colour, texture and interest to your furniture, and are particularly effective in more neutral rooms.  It's amazing how a carefully selected set of cushions can bring life and a whole different mood to your living room.  This sofa is a prime example!


See how much life has been injected into this room with a few co-ordinating cushions and accessories!

Even just a couple of cushions at the edge of your sofa can make a huge difference and help to bring your whole colour scheme together.  Cushions can be key to breaking up solid blocks of colour, and bringing energy to more neutral tones.


And it's not just plainer fabrics that can benefit.  Choosing cushions that can coordinate with patterned furniture can also add a touch of interest and in some cases increase the grandeur of your sofa!


Finally, remember that cushions don't always have to be confined to the sofa.  Decorate bare window sills with an array of cushions.  Choosing various sizes and shapes can be effective but ensure that you keep to one colour scheme, and match your curtains to bring the look together.


How do you like to decorate with cushions?

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Prepare your Home for Autumn with A Brand New Look

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September is the perfect time to give our homes  a new lease of life and prepare for the cooler months ahead.  So what better time to share some inspiration for a brand new look this Autumn...

Opulent Luxury

Rich colour schemes are ideal for the cooler months, with darker shades making rooms feel cosier.  Contrasting curtains in strong colours can give a dramatic backdrop to your room and heavy weight fabrics will help to give your furniture a quality finish, giving the whole room a luxurious feel.

Cosy Retreat

There's nothing better than curling up with a good book when Autumn and Winter close in, so ensure you choose luxurious soft-to-touch fabrics that you can snuggle into.  Velvets and Chenilles are perfect for providing comfort and style to your home.  I love this down to earth colour scheme of warming yellow and earthy brown to give a country feel!

Cool & Fresh

 

For a fresh subtle look, keep your palette neutral and accent with a zesty dash of lime green.  This fun pop of colour is great for drawing the eye and picking out focal points in your room.  The great thing about this is that you can swap and change your accent colour for a different look time and time again!

 

What kind of looks will you be adopting for the new season?

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Trend Alert: The quickest way to revamp your walls

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Deciding how to approach your walls when you come to decorate a new room can be a difficult task.Do you paint, wallpaper or do a little bit of each?And now there’s a new option to consider!Introducing the latest trend in home décor: Vinyl Stickers! Yes, stickers for your walls!

Being cheaper and a lot easier to apply than wallpaper, many more people are opting to show off a bit of their personalities with a carefully chosen sticker.They take minutes to apply and should peel off easily when you next want a change!

These are also a great talking point, as I found out after applying one to my hallway.Everyone who comes loves the idea and it certainly sets the mood for the rest of the house!They can be used to create so many different effects.Which style would you choose?

Contemporary

 


Vinyl Wall Stickers are a great way of bringing your home up to date with a modern feel. This skyline silhouette is ideal for chic city living!

Quirky

There are lots of stickers out there that can be used to make real every-day objects a feature in themselves! I love this coat stand idea to give a fun an interesting place to hang your coats!

Personal

For a more personal approach you could choose a famous saying that is special to you or an inspirational quote that will give you a boost every time you read it!

Natural

Wall Stickers don’t have to be bold and attention grabbing.A more subtle effect can be created by choosing a sticker of a similar shade or colour to your wall. Trees and leaves are popular choices for a sophisticated look.

Colourful

Alternatively use wall stickers to bring pops of colour to your home. Remember they can be easily peeled off so why not be radical and choose a design that’s bursting with colour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deciding how to approach your walls when you come to decorate a new room can be a difficult task.Do you paint, wallpaper or do a little bit of each?And now there’s a new option to consider!Introducing the latest trend in home décor: Vinyl Stickers! Yes, stickers for your walls!

Being cheaper and a lot easier to apply than wallpaper, many more people are opting to show off a bit of their personalities with a carefully chosen sticker.They take minutes to apply and should peel off easily when you next want a change!

These are also a great talking point, as I found out after applying one to my hallway.Everyone who comes loves the idea and it certainly sets the mood for the rest of the house!They can be used to create so many different effects.Which style would you choose?

Contemporary

 

 

       
   

Vinyl Wall Stickers are a great way of bringing your home up to date with a modern feel.This skyline silhouette is ideal for chic city living!

 
 

Image sourced from Spin Collective Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quirky

 

 

       
   

There are lots of stickers out there that can be used to make real every-day objects a feature in themselves!I love this coat stand idea to give a fun an interesting place to hang your coats!

 
 

Image sourced from Room Envy Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal

 

 

       
   

For a more personal approach you could choose a famous saying that is special to you or an inspirational quote that will give you a boost every time you read it!

 
 

Image sourced from Inspired Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural

 

 

       
   

Wall Stickers don’t have to be bold and attention grabbing.A more subtle effect can be created by choosing a sticker of a similar shade or colour to your wall.Trees and leaves are popular choices for a sophisticated look.

 
 

Image sourced from Bambizi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colourful

 

 

 

 

       
   

Alternatively use wall stickers to bring pops of colour to your home.Remember they can be easily peeled off so why not be radical and choose a design that’s bursting with colour!

 
 

Image sourced from Deco Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mood Board Magic: Ways to Collate Your Ideas

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Over the past few weeks we've been looking at how to bring ideas together and make a mood board for your desired new look, whether it be re-decorating or planning an event.  There are lots of different and fun ways that you can complete your boards.  These are just a few of my favourite methods, or you could choose one that works for you!

Computer Montage

If you've used the internet to find your inspiration, save the paper in printing and collate your findings in a computer montage.  Just copy and paste your findings together in one document.  The beauty of this method is it's so quick and easy.


Scrapbook

If you prefer to cut and stick, play around with your findings and bring them together on the page.  The great thing about this is that you can include different textures so you can get more of a feel for the end result.

Pinboard or Canvas

Why not make your mood board into a piece of art that can continue to inspire you throughout your project.  A great, easy way to do this would be to pin your findings to a notice board, or canvas which you can hang on the wall.  Have fun playing around with the positioning and colours.  You can be as creative as you like!

The Final Result...

So, does all of the researching, collecting, cutting, glueing and pinning pay off?  Well for me, having a mood board to work from gives me a clear idea of how the end result will look and keeps me focussed on the end result.  Take a look at how Plumbs own stylist Jenny Stirzaker uses mood boards to complete a beautiful new room....

Find out more about how to create a mood board from start to finish:

 

http://www.plumbs.co.uk/blog/index.php/2012/08/16/mood-board-magic-the-first-in-a-3-part-series/

 

http://www.plumbs.co.uk/blog/index.php/2012/08/23/mood-board-magic-where-to-get-you-inspiration/

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Giant Armchair Takes Over Preston's Streets!

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Well we did it!  After a year of cloak and dagger, our theme for the 2012 Preston Guild Trades Procession was unveiled in all it's glory this weekend!  We went with an Alice in Wonderland inspired float as the perfect way to showcase our popular motto: "We Can Cover Almost Anything!"  The star of the show, Alice herself, came riding along the streets of Preston in a giant armchair covered in our popular English Poppyfields fabric.


The chair measuring 4.5m high and 3m wide, was followed by a float depicting the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with different size and shape furniture, tea cups and even the Queen of Hearts!  The procession was helped along by friends and employees of Plumbs all happily clad in Union Jack colours to carry on this Summer's Great British patriotism and celebrate Great British craft!


Love Alice's chosen fabric?  Find out more about English Poppyfields and how it could look in your home...

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