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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Published by Emma Day in

Macmillan Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event.  Each year they ask people across the UK to hold coffee morning events and donate the proceeds to the charity, so this year we thought we’d get involved and hold our own!

People throughout Plumbs showed off their baking skills with a vast range of delights including; muffins, scones, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle, teacakes and egg custards.  If that isn’t enough to make you hungry, take a look at the tasty treats below….


One of the most impressive cakes baked represents the before and after of a Plumbs covered sofa.  Good enough to eat!

If you didn’t get chance to attend a coffee morning, then don’t worry Sunday is National Coffee day, so you don’t need an excuse to relax and put your feet up!


On Trend with Tartan

Published by Emma Day in Reupholstery, sofa covers

From Westwood's sharp punk cuts to Chanel's timeless elegance, Tartan has become a fashionable pattern long associated with riding jackets, kilts and autumn style.  You can capture this enduring trend for your home with fabric, prints and hangings.

Tartan is perfect for making a real impression in the autumn and winter months.  The pattern conjures images of breezy Highland scenes and blazing fire places. This high quality, majestic Balmoral Red re-upholstery fabric is a real winner, particularly when re-upholstered to sturdy, traditional furniture. To complete the look we’ve reupholstered a foot stool in a simple red fabric, to pick out the tones of the Tartan fabric.


A bold choice which often finds favour in country homes and Highland manors, tartan wallpaper can lend a regal air to the most ordinary of rooms. It works best paired with dark, antique furniture, deep red carpets and a bold personality. If you choose to use the plaid pattern in your dining room, you should favour crisp white tablecloths, dark bronze sculptures and a set of dining chair covers in either red or deep gold.

Another option is to pep up a plainer room with tartan accessories; a set of throw pillows in Heather Skye, or a stack of vintage blankets, paired with a matching pouffe or even a plaid beanbag for the kids. Candles, coat racks and teapots can all be purchased in traditional tartan patterns, or in contemporary reinterpretations by designers who love to subvert existing motifs and make them edgy again.

If you want to ensure your home is on trend with tartan, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation quote for loose covers made from our fabulous plaid re-upholstery fabrics.


London Fashion Week

It’s never too early to look ahead when it comes to London Fashion Week, so we thought we’d take a look at what colour trends have been on the catwalk for next Spring/Summer, to help you co-ordinate your home with your wardrobe.

Emilia Wickstead’s Spring/Summer looks for 2014 were all about block colour in blues, yellows and pastel pinks, only broken up with a few striped pieces.  Designs were simple, feminine and elegant which meant the real focus was on the beautiful shades of colour.  Plain coloured fabrics look great in the home too, especially on sofas to showcase good simple design.  Our Maddison fabric in Cornflower is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your living room and can also be placed with bold throws and cushions for a complementary look.

Emilia Wickstead



Temperley London showcased pinks, plums and reds for their show, in floor length embelished skirts and dresses. "It’s about complete romance; a Sicilian dream; a tropical mood in a Mediterranean environment” says Alice Temperley ( This femine and romantic look can be achieved using our Elite fabric in Crocus designed by Wilmans.  Complete the look with clashing textures or by using floral and striped cushions together for a contrasting look.



Temperley London






A fresh, clean breeze is sweeping aside all the fuss and frills for next spring”, says fashion writer Alison Lynch (Metro Blog), and that’s definitely clear to see when you look at Emilia Wickstead’s clean cut shapes and vibrant yellow and green shades.  These colours will work perfectly next season, with block colour outfits or our simple Panama Loose Covers (shown in Lime) being dressed up or down with accessories to keep up with current trends.



Emilia Wickstead





Bora Aksu uses handmade Turkish textiles with crocheted pieces and sheer panels in his collection.  He mainly used soft colours such as pale blues but also included this showstopping colour on a floor length gown.  You can make an impression in your home with similar bold tones, using our Perdita fabric in Scarlett.  Teamed with neutral walls and splashes of red accessories, this look definitely has that wow factor.


Bora Aksu






Sofas to be inspired by!

Published by Emma Day in

Walking through the workshop here at Plumbs it’s amazing to see the different ranges of sofas that come in to be reupholstered or re-covered.  Today however there are thousands of different styles that are manufactured, so we have pieced together a few of the best we’ve reupholstered and some of the most unusual and creative from around the world.


The beautiful and regal sofa has been reupholstered in Titian Damask- Honey Cream. The fabric has an elegant and intricate design that complements the shape and curves of this double ended Chaise-Lounge.  The timeless design of this piece of furniture means that it could sit perfectly in traditional and modern homes alike.

This unusual piece is more like art than furniture, and puts  a modern and inventive spin on a traditional style. The curve makes it look as though the sofa is climbing the walls!  Very creative!

This tall French winged backed chair covered in Chelsea Velvet – Eggplant, is a very striking piece, that would fit perfectly in a gothic style home. Styles like this are very sought after today as people want to reclaim classic furniture and mix with modern pieces.

This seat has taken relaxing in the bath to a whole new level.  Rather than discarding the old bath they have decided to up-cycle it and create a stunning seating area.

It’s clear to see why people have an emotional attachment to their furniture especially the beautiful pieces.  If you have a piece of furniture you love but it feels out of date, why not contact Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quote and see if we can breath new life into your furniture!


Refresh you décor with Upcycling

Mixing old with new isn’t exactly a fresh idea in interior design. Over the last few years we’ve seen classic French furniture and ‘shabby chic’ grace interior design magazines and homes. This look however is a much different take.

Looking through trends for late 2013 we have begun to see classical ornate furniture and delicate flowers against bare flooring and modern accessories. The floorboards and grey walls are softened with eclectic textures, photo frames and traditional chairs. Although we’ve seen aspects of industrial looks before, for example in loft and warehouse conversions, this is a much more grown up and clean look.



The key to this look is to mix items you wouldn’t normally associate together such as modern silver ornaments and classic portraits.


One of the main benefits of a design like this is that it doesn’t have to look perfect; you aren’t restricted to keeping your home like an unrealistic show home, as we all know real life comes with children, grandchildren and pets leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Inspiration and furniture for your new look doesn’t need to be expensive either, for instance it can even be furniture you already have that just needs updating. The process of up-cycling tired furniture has become very popular in our current economic climate, and as we become more conscious of the carbon footprint we’re leaving behind.

If you don’t have any pieces you want to change how about visiting a charity shop or even getting an item from a Free Site (such as FreeCycle or Gumtree ), then just update with paints, handles, and new fabrics.



This Luxury Ravello Fabric in Rich Vanilla has given a new lease of life to this sofa whilst respecting the classic original design.

Changing the use of a piece

A very inventive way of up-cycling is to completely change the use of the piece that would otherwise be discarded.

How about taking an old table you’re bored of, splitting it in half and stacking into shelves?



This old suitcase has been transformed into a beautiful and very unique chair that would have been cast away, but now will instead sit proudly in any space as a fun talking point.



If you would like to up-cycle any sofas or chairs with Covers or Reupholstery contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home consultation, and we can advise you about styles and fabrics for your home!


Keeping The Summer Alive

For most of us we've enjoyed our summer holidays on the beach and are looking to beat those post-holiday blues.  Keeping the holiday spirit alive is not always an easy task when the temperature is dropping and the suns isn't shining, but if you would like to inject some zest into your home then why not take inspiration from the looks below.

This look has taken inspiration from the beach by using shells, twigs and washed wood.  The natural colour palette of orange, greens and browns helps create a sense of calm and tranquil.


This look uses yellow and gold tones to create an air of opulence when used with grey and black accessories.  The Francesca Gold Fabric hangs from floor to ceiling and frames the window beautifully and it is sure to brighten any room.


These looks are about simple key pieces like a cream sofa and flooring or walls brought to life with bold citrus accents and accessories such as cushions, curtains, wall art and throws.  If you struggle for natural light these accessories below can help brighten a dark space, but just remember not to clutter the space, as this could make it feel even smaller.   You can also remind yourself of those long walks in the countryside by bringing some outdoor influences in, using plants and wild flowers without great expense.

  1. Green Flowers -

  2. Wall Art -

  3. Lighting - Ikea

  4. Plumbs Scatter cushion - ‘Perdita - Ochre’

  5. Yankee Candle -


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