Furnishing your summer home is an opportunity for you to get really creative. Whether your summer home is just for the use of you and your family, or you plan to rent it out to paying guests, you want it to be somewhere relaxing, comfortable and unique – a place you’ll never want to leave! So let your imagination run riot in your summer home with our interior inspiration…
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)
Step by Step
- 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.
- Cut out the rectangle
- Using a lock stich - stich around all 4 sides and then trim any loose ends.
- 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..
Whether you’re about to leave your home for a week or two to jet off somewhere or you’re locking up your summer home and heading back to reality, there are a few things to bear in mind to look after its safety and maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Bunting is a great addition to any party or summer event, whether that be a baby shower, wedding or even a BBQ. One of the great things about bunting is it can be easily personalised depending on the event - use it to spell out a message or just showcase your creativity with different fabrics.
Follow the simple steps in this video to create your very own bunting...
What you’ll need
- Triangular template made from card or paper
- Fabric (we’ve used a lightweight modern floral design)
- Pinking shears
- Binding tape
Step By Step
- Firstly cut out your triangular shape template from a piece of card/paper.
- Use this template to draw out your triangles onto the fabric
- Using pinking shears cut out the triangle sides. You can also cut these out using normal scissors and then go over the edges using pinking shears if you find this easier.
- Next lay your first triangle on the binding tape, leaving a enough tape so you can tie the ends once complete. If you prefer you can pin in place.
- Once you have your triangle in place, use a straight stich along the top.
- Leave a 4 inch gap and repeat with the next triangle.
- Keep doing this until you have stitched all triangles in place.
- Cut off any excess tape (again leaving room to tie) and trim any loose threads.
Your bunting should now be ready to hang and enjoy! Let us know if you decide to make this in the comment section below!
If you’ve recently given your walls an update, your sofa may no longer be complimenting the colour scheme as well as it used to. Matching your living room furniture, particularly your sofa and armchairs, with the colour of your walls and ceiling is the key to creating the perfect lounge setting.
Choosing a wallpaper or paint colour can be a little overwhelming – if you’re going to put in that much work, or employ someone to do it for you, you need to make sure it’s right! There are a few things you should consider before settling on a colour scheme for your room, whether it be the lounge, bedroom, or bathroom. Here are our top tips…
Creating a mood board is an easy, enjoyable and effective way of planning your perfect room before you start out on a decorating project. Here are a few tips to help you get inspired with putting together your mood board…
Your living room gets a lot of use; after all, it’s where the family puts their feet up after a busy day or relaxes with guests. Maybe it could do with a fresh lick of paint or some pristine new wallpaper – so what’s the secret to keeping the living room looking good, and how often should you redecorate from scratch?
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..
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