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Should I Attempt Reupholstery Myself?

Before you consider reupholstering furniture yourself however, there are a few things you need to know about.

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What are the Latest Furnishing Fabric Trends?

Every new season comes with new interior design trends and must-have pieces we can’t wait to get hold of. But which trends are here to stay and which will fade quicker than a bright green curtain facing the sun?

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Sofa Reupholstered?

Reupholstery is a relatively speedy service, with the whole process taking around 8-10 weeks from start to finish. The time your sofa’s out of the house is typically just 2-3 weeks.

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What’s the Best Way to Clean My Sofa?

Sofas can get messy really easily – luckily cleaning your sofa is relatively straightforward. All you need is the correct tools and the right method!

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Can I Wash My Sofa Covers?

Published by Joanna Whitworth in sofa covers

Tempted to skip the dry cleaners and do the job yourself? Unsure whether you’re able to wash your sofa covers or not? Here’s what you can do if your sofa covers are in need of a little TLC…

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How Can I Protect My Sofa?

You’ve most likely invested a significant amount of money in your home’s furniture, so looking after it and making sure it doesn’t run to ruin is important.

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How to make your own Table Place Mats

Published by Joanna Whitworth in How-to

Table mats are an everyday and practical item, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your own creativity to make your own.

We’ve put together this simple guide below that will hopefully inspire you to create your own. You may even find you’d like to add your finishing touches to your placemats such as contrasting stitching. 

Follow the simple steps in this video to create your very own place mats...

 

What you’ll need

  • Fabric (we’ve used a slightly thicker upholstery weight fabric for this)
  • Cardboard template cut to size (we used an A4 piece of card)
  • Pen/chalk/pencil
  • Scissors

Step by Step

  1. Use your template to draw out a rectangular shape onto the fabric – if using a patterned fabric make sure to consider where you’d like the pattern to sit on the mat.
  2. Cut out the rectangle
  3. Using a lock stich - stich around all 4 sides and then trim any loose ends.
  4. Finally fold over the edges and hem using a flat stich.  This will create a neater finish. 

There you have it! Let us know if you decide to make these table mats in the comment section below..  

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How to add a little Flower Power to your home

Published by Joanna Whitworth in

With spring in full swing, there's no better time to turn your mind to your home and garden, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show blooming once again onto our calendar, there's plenty of inspiration to be found. Floral fabrics are a great way to put that touch of spring into your home, from just a flourish of cheerful accessories, or a complete rejuvenation. So, no matter your favourite flower, we've come up with a few examples of how to help your home flourish.

Roses

The romance of roses is known worldwide, but don't reserve them just for Valentines Day. Considered to be the most popular flower in Britain and worldwide, their iconic appearance and range of colours suit every home. Rose patterned fabrics can range from bold and beautiful to simple and stylish, and help your home feel reinvigorated.

Tulips

The Netherlands alone sell over 3 billion tulip bulbs a year, making them a firm favourite across the world. With over 150 species and 3000 varieties of tulips, they come in all sizes, shapes and shades, and can help to bring a burst of colour to your home. Even the most neutral fabric can take on a whole new lease of life when patterned with a bold tulip design, creating a fun and yet traditional appearance.

 

Poppies

Symbolic throughout the world, the poppy is known for it striking scarlet colour. Just a small touch of this vibrant shade can completely change a room’s appearance, which is exactly what is sometimes needed after the grey winter months. Some bold curtains may just be a simple solution, but the change you'll see will have your home blossoming with new found energy!

Lilies

Just like roses, the different colours and species of lilies take on different symbolic meanings, such as the flirtatious day-lilies. Some ideologies even believe that lilies bring good fortune, so bring a little luck into your home with some lily embellished decor. Lilies have a defined appearance, so can suit a more muted shade whilst retaining their floral vigour, so can be a wonderful choice if you don't fancy the bold and bright!

Wildflowers

Wildflowers bring all colours and designs together in an entirely unique way, and though they may be busy, they're also beautiful. For a completely contrast, or just a lively look all round, a William Morris fabric can suit your home perfectly. The design feels completely fresh, but retains a traditional and elegant feel, helping to add colour and reflect the spirited feel of rural England in the comfort of your home.

With so many ways to bring your favourite flowers from the garden and through your front door, your home can have that new lease of life and feel truly serene. If you're attending the RHS Chelsea flower show, enjoy, and we hope you all have a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

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Plumbs at the Ideal Home Show London 2017

Another brilliant couple of weeks have passed at The Ideal Home Show and we’ve really enjoyed speaking to everyone who visited us in the Home Interiors section. 

One of our favourite parts of the Show are always the Good Homes Magazine room sets.  Bursting with colour, inspiration and clever design they are always a talking point when walking through the show.

This kitchen design is all about mixing colours from a similar colour palette such as concrete, silver and dove grey.  The oak worktops and chrome touches add a luxury element to this colourful design.  

We love the clever partition wall and pendant lighting in this bedroom.  The soft yellow wall colour and pale grey flooring give the room a fresh and airy feeling.

The almost black walls give a dark and indulgent feel to this grown up bathroom.  This darkness is balanced out with freshness coming through from the green foliage, and natural wood side table.

We can’t wait to return in 2018 for another year at the Ideal Home Show, but before then you can catch us at many other shows across the company.  Click here to find out where we are next..

What was your favourite part of the show? Tell us below..

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How to create your own patio garden in a small space

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Design, garden, patio

Spring has officially sprung and now is the perfect time to think about that outdoor space that is often neglected in the colder months..

In small gardens we often believe there are a lot less options when it comes to creating an inviting and interesting space. Granted, installing large water features or football pitch size expanses of grass aren't going to be an option, but there are still lots of ways you can give your tiny yard or garden that wow factor.  We've put together a list of some of the best ways to you can update your space.

Plants and flowers

Unless you have a lot of free time, it's best to keep patio gardens relatively low maintenance.  I would suggest choosing hardy plants that can survive in pots. Plant pots are great for small areas as they give you the option to move them around when you need the space.  Your local garden centre will be able to suggest the best hard wearing plants to suit.

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Creating a place to eat

One of the big pluses of an outdoor space is being able to take advantage of the nice weather (however short lived), and nothing quite says summer more than enjoying a meal with a cool drink in the evening sun. If you have a small yard, one of the best ways to create an eating area is to use bistro style furniture (which can be easily folded away when not in use).  The quaint style will help create that 'Parisian' look which suits small spaces.  

 

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Lighting

One of my favourite things to add to a garden to change the ambience is lighting.  Lighting is not only practical but it can help you get the most out of your outdoor space.  A few perfectly placed tea lights or some fairy lights will create a much more cosy and inviting space.

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Adding colour

One way to add your personality to your small garden space to add a splash of colour.  Typically in a garden this is done with a mix of flowers and plants, but this isn't always practical in more bijoux spaces.  Instead you could get creative with the colour of the walls, furniture, or plant pots like these below

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Although not all of these ideas will suit everyone's garden space, they are a simple start that will hopefully inspire you to become more creative when thinking about how to use the limited space in your outdoor area.

Do you plan to have an overhaul this season? Let us know your plans in the comment section below…

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