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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.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

Every year Pantone release what they believe of the colour which symbolizes the upcoming year.  For 2017, the official colour is Greenery, a zesty green shade with yellow tones.

Pantone describe Greenery as -

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

How to use ‘Greenery’ in your home

Although initially this colour may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s fresh and natural hue makes it quite versatile in the home.  Greenery can be easily introduced with the addition on fresh plants, subtle accessories or striking upholstery.

‘Greenery’ can also be style in many ways to give completely different looks.  Styling it with white or one or two contrasting colours will give a contemporary look where as teaming it with black and dark browns will create a traditional feel.

Modern:

This look uses a typically Scandinavian piece of furniture covered with a 60’s style fabric called ‘Ferndale’ . The accessories in this room have been kept quite simple in order to let the fabric take centre stage.  Yellow scatter cushions give a burst colour which picks out the yellow tone within the florals in the fabric. 

Traditional:

By using ‘Greenery’ on a velvet trellis design fabric, this look becomes plush and inviting. Gold accessories and dark textured wallpaper only add to the sumptuousness. The detail in this fabric works well with the detail of the mirror and lamps, but the velvet pattern also helps to reflect light and stop the look becoming too dark. 

‘Greenery’ will probably prove to a bit like Marmite when it comes to how popular it is in interior design. However we can’t deny that this colour does add energy and life to a colour scheme.

If you need help giving your home a new look, then why not contact us today, and our friendly local Home Consultant will be able to give you a free no obligation quotation. 

If you fancied seeing how strong your own furniture pricing skills are, then why not have a go at our higher or lower quiz? Let's see if you can spot the furniture bargains!

 

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5 Easy Ways to update your home

Published by Joanna Whitworth in interiors

Every now and again we look around our homes and think about the improvements that we could make, and this is never more so than at the beginning of a new season. However it may not always be practical to completely redesign a room or take on a big project, so we've put together this list of the easiest ways to quickly update your space.

A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have been a Pinterest favourite for some time, and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere soon.  These are popular as it's a great way to display all of your art or photography in one place, and also the layout itself can be just as artistic as the images on display.

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New Scatter Cushions

New Scatter cushions are one of the quickest and cheapest ways to add a splash of colour and pattern to a room, and are also the most easy to change when you want to update the scheme at a later date.

Add new lighting

Lighting is one of the most important ways to change the ambiance of a room, yet is often overlooked. There are so many options when it comes to choosing what type of lighting and where to position it, so it's worth considering how you use the room before spending any money.  For example, if you like to read a lot you may want to create a cosy corner with an adjustable lamp, and lots of comfy throws.

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Add some plants

Fresh flowers and plants are a great way to bring the outdoors in and a sense of freshness to your home. For a more modern look, try to choose plants and flowers in one or two colours, and keep plant pots simple.

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Change the Curtains

With winter round the corner, now may the perfect time to consider some new curtains to keep the heat in.  Thick, sumptuous curtains not only help on the energy bills, they create a luxurious look. Try to position curtains near the ceiling and buy them long enough to just skim the floor. This tricks the eye into thinking the window is bigger than in actually is.

 

There are lots of ways to update your living space without spending a lot of money, and these are just a small selection of them.  Pinterest is a great source when looking for inspiration and little tricks to transform a room, so it's usually worth creating a mood board before changing anything to work out what type of look you're trying to create.  To see what's inspired us this month follow the Plumbs Pinterest page.

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Plumbs Join North West Business Panel

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Events

Plumbs Managing Director – Sarah Page joined a panel of two other local businesses to discuss the dynamics of working within a family run business. 

 

"70% of businesses in the U.K. fall under the "family business" bracket"

This was the first event from the North West Family Business Association, and it's great that we could be a part of it. The session was hosted by Penny Haslam (a professional keynote speaker and conference host).

The session began with an introduction to the panel; Sarah spoke about being the 3rd generation within the Plumbs Company, working in each department at Head Office and eventually taking over as Managing Director in 2009.  She began by working with her family on the market stall in the early days of Plumbs history from the age of 10, and briefly training to be a nurse in her teenage years before starting her career at Plumbs.

Next we heard from Kit, who along with his siblings started the Seven Bro7hers Brewery, which produce craft beers.  This passion for beer came from their father who was a keen home brewer, and after Kits career as a teacher wasn't going to plan, he and his brothers decided to take a risk and begin their own company.  Today there are 3 active brothers within the company however he went on to explain that they all still input their ideas when necessary.

 

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The third panellist was Daniel Turner from William Turner & Son.  Daniel began working with his father at the company fresh from university. He is now the 2nd generation after the company was established in 1969.

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The session went on with Penny asking about the benefits and drawbacks about working within a family business..

The panel felt the main benefit of working for a family business was there was much more freedom to explore fresh ideas. One of the event sponsors - Gorvins Solicitors say this on their blog…

“Flexibility – Notwithstanding the fact that family business often stay close to the core of their business, one of the unique factors of family businesses is their ability to be flexible and react quickly. “

They went on to discuss how the culture of a family led business differs from other companies where the structure and departments may stop new projects and ideas from progressing as quickly.

Maintaining a good work/life balance was seen as the only drawback, as it can be easy to carry on the discussions about the day when you leave the office.  A member of the audience asked if the panel had any tips on how to combat this, Sarah Page expressed that she allows herself half an hour at the end of each work day to discuss any issues and then that's it – her family must switch off from the work and concentrate on home life.

One of the other major topics Penny covered was the route in which they saw their company’s going, and whether they had any plans on succession within the family.  The entire panel mentioned that they hoped their children would join the business (if not already); however it was important not to pressure them about their future.

This morning was an interesting insight into how other business' work and how they plan to grow with their family heritage in mind.  It was also interesting to see how other companies in completely different industries worked when run by family members.

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How to create a dining room that will impress

With the popularity of cookery programmes sky high, the urge to have a dinner parties shows no sign of waning. While you may think the focus should be on the quality of your cooking, how can you make sure your dining room also leaves a lasting impression?

Whether it’s for a family Sunday lunch or a celebration dinner party, your dining area should be as dynamic as the food on offer.

“Just as we wouldn’t serve dinner on chipped crockery or wine in cracked glasses, we wouldn’t want to have shabby curtains and faded seat covers,” says Laura Calvert, Merchandise Manager for Plumbs.

The easiest way to achieve a chic look is with matching or coordinating soft furnishings such as seat covers, curtains, blinds and cushions – all of which can be chosen with the help of Plumbs’ Home Consultant.

Decide whether you like a formal or a more relaxed look in order to stamp your personality on your dining area.

“A look I love is when curtains, blinds, seat covers and cushions are co-ordinated sing a variety of textured fabrics,” says Laura. “It gives a really opulent feel to your interior.” 

Of course, dining rooms have changed radically over recent years. No longer a separate room used on high days and holidays, dining tables are now often being incorporated into the heart of the home – the kitchen. This means your kitchen/diner has to look its best at all times because it is always on show.

So how can you achieve an exciting new look in your dining area?

Plumbs offers a full range of loose seat covers which are practical because they can be machine washed or replaced when you fancy a new look. “With the huge choice on offer from Plumbs, you can match seat covers to curtains or try a coordinating look with blinds and cushions to add interest and variation,” says Laura.

If you’re planning to entertain for a special occasion such as Christmas or Easter, Plumbs’ set of loose seat cushions in seasonal colour fabrics such as reds, tartans and checks can give your dining area an instant fresh look to suit the season, says Laura.

If you have fixed cushions in your dining room chairs, Plumbs also offers a full re-upholstery service so your chairs are taken back to the frames, restored and recovered in a new fabric of your choice. With a huge variety of materials and colours to choose from, there is something to suit every style and impress your guests.

“We have a choice of beautiful plain and semi-plain fabrics that complement each other really well,” says Laura. “For real pizzazz, you can also use contrasting colours for a vibrant and contemporary look.”

Another way to add richness to your dining room or entertaining area is to focus on the curtains. In recent years, there has been a move away from pelmet curtains and towards a cleaner, pared down look among Plumbs customers.

“We are seeing a return in popularity of curtain poles and tracks,” says Laura. “Our most popular look at the moment are eyelet curtains with a metallic pole. This is a contemporary, clean look that works really well when the dining area is part of the kitchen.”

There is no need to compromise on luxury with this look because curtains can be teamed with coordinating blinds to dress the window and add layers of colour and texture.

For advice on how Plumbs can help you refresh your dining room or area, contact a Plumbs consultant to give you free advice and quotes.

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How to create a subtle themed room: Seaside Sophistication

Themed rooms have been around for what seems like forever, and the one that seems most popular is the seaside retreat.  It can be difficult to create a themed look without it looking contrite, so we've put together the best examples of subtle seaside themed rooms to help you create your own.

This look is very paired back, with just a few simple accessories giving a nod to the theme.  The fresh white loose covers give a less formal feel to the overall look, and are a great base for the bright blue striped scatter cushions.

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This look is all about the accessories.  The white orchids and muted colour scheme create a sense of calming sophistication, whilst the sea grass rug and starfish art bring nature inside. A touch of colour is brought in through the soft blue scatter cushions.

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This is a modern take on a coastal themed room, and again we see a colour palette of muted creams, and greys. The wood burner is the focal point in this room, creating a cosy welcoming environment. The seaside element is brought in through the statement boat and white washed floorboards

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Themed rooms aren't always seen as the height of interior design, however with a little careful consideration and planning you can create a look that not only evokes a sense of your favourite beach destination as well as being sophisticated.

If you need any help updating your room, then contact Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quotation from one of our expert Home Consultants.

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Living Rooms From Around the World

Interior design around the world is greatly influenced by culture, climate and history, which is why living rooms in one country can differ hugely from ones in another.

With this in mind we’ve put together this guide below to help you take influence from the decors around the globe.

Japan

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If its one thing Japan is known for; its culture, this Japanese living room is modern with many cool and tranquil colours and in typical Japanese architecture the room is very spacious with high ceilings and large windows bringing in lots of natural light. The furnishings themselves are elegant, clean and minimalistic with wooden flooring which is very typical of classic Japanese styling and decor.

Moroccan

 

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Moroccan interior design is rich with bright jewel colours and intricate detailing. Moroccans are not afraid to use clashing patterns but keep the look cohesive by using a similar colour palette throughout the scheme as to not overwhelm.  This use of colour reflects the rich culture and aromas of the streets of Morocco.  Woodwork is often carved and highly detailed and is often paired with vibrant tiles and traditional rugs.

Australia

 

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Australian living rooms tend to be some of the largest in the world due to the larger floor plan space in their homes. Traditional Australian living rooms are well balanced with neutral colours and statement ornaments to complement the room and give it grand and yet welcoming feel.  The use of outside is often drawn into the living room with large windows and doors, and this theme is often highlighted by making use of natural textures and plants.

Denmark

 

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Danish living rooms are picturesque with a sense of simplistic elegance. The design of the Danish living room can be typically described a mix of contemporary meets modernism. Making use neutral colours; furnishings are simple and functional and basic decor giving a sense of comfort and relaxation. 

Greece

 

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This is quite a modern take on typical Greek design; however this living room still uses a colour palette of calming white and intense deep blue.  White is often the most used colour in Greek design in order to create a cool fresh ambiance as a haven from the warm climate. Accessories are usually quite paired back and unfussy, and instead interest is often created with a few statement pieces.  

America

 

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When it comes to size American living rooms came out on top, boasting chunkier sofas, bigger mantle pieces and larger statement ornamentation. Traditional American livings rooms tend make use of light colours such as whites, pale blues and delicate pinks. The typical American living room tends to have larger windows capturing lots of natural light.

England

 

English interior design has many influences from all over the world, however traditionally a comfortable sofa is the epicentre of English living rooms. Colour schemes tend to be quite paired back with one or two key colours used. Metallic tones are often used on accessories and fittings to give a feeling of grandeur.

These are just a snippet of the many different styles from around the world.  If you would like any help creating your perfectly designed haven, then why not call Plumbs today and speak to one of our expert Home Consultants. We can talk you through colour and fabric choices for your furnishings and offer any advice you may need.

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Plumbs add Aqua Clean fabrics to range

We have recently joined up with Aqua Clean to bring our customers a brand new range of fabrics which are designed to be able to eliminate the toughest household stains using just water!

 

How does it work?

The Aqua Clean technology is used to cover every single fibre within the fabric creating an invisible coating which stops liquids and stains from penetrating the fabric.  This coating means even the toughest household spills and stains (such as red wine and pen) can be removed by using a little water and tissue.

  

See how easy it is to remove stubborn ink from this sofa…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This technology makes these fabrics hugely practical for busy homes, especially those with small children and pets. It also means you don’t need to wash your removable loose covers as much as you normally would, which in turn will pro long their lifespan.

If you would like more information on this brand new range of fabrics or any other products in the Plumbs range, then please contact us today or call 0800 019 0505, and one of our trained advisors will be able to talk you through the best options for your home. 

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How to change the ambience of your room with these simple steps

Published by Joanna Whitworth in interiors

You’ve spent months looking at paint samples and carefully choosing furniture, but as you stand back and admire your new room something doesn’t quite feel right.  The things we often don’t consider when redesigning a room are the small tricks and tricks that can make all the difference to the room’s ambience.

Here’s our top tips on how to give your home that much needed warmth and style..

1. Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important yet over looked factors when designing the layout of a room.  The right lighting can help change the flow, define different areas and add atmosphere to a space.

Use lamps and fittings with down lighting, as this gives off a soft glow perfect for when you want to create a cosier atmosphere at night.  If you have a dining area in your living room this is a great place to install lighting above. The lighting will help to zone the area away from the rest of the room and is also practical when eating at night.

  

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2. Mirrors

Using mirrors to make spaces feel bigger is no new trick but can be an important one none the less. They are not only functional but can also add detail and decoration to the room.

Large ornate mirrors make great focal points in a space and will trick the eye.  A good tip when hanging a mirror is to try and place it across from a window. This will bounce the light back into the room and make it feel much more open.

 

 

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3. Textures

Adding different textures to the room not only creates layers and adds depth; it’s also a subtle alternative to using lots of colour.   If your colour scheme is quite neutral mixing textures helps prevent the room from looking too flat, whilst giving the space a sense of warmth and comfort.

Textures are also a great way to bring a sense of nature in doors. Faux fur, plants and wood grain

  

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4. Decorative Accessories

Candles are a great way to create atmosphere in a room but they work even better when mixed with interesting decorative accessories. When choosing accessories for your home it’s important to think about what they will add to the room.  Avoid choosing things to fill spaces on a shelf or to fit in with a ‘theme’ - chances are you won’t love it and will be tempted to change it at a later date.

Instead it’s best to choose things that you love and reflect your personality.  Think about your favourite plants, prints by an artist you admire or items you’ve picked up on your travels.  

 

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5. Add a rug

Rugs are great because not only are they very practical they can also dramatically alter the way a room feels. There are so many options when choosing a rug for your room to consider, allowing you to add more colour or pattern to a room or soften the look of bare floors.

One design rule to consider when buying a rug is choosing a size big enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in a seating arrangement – this will help zone the area, and the rug will feel more proportional to the size of your room.

 

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I hope we’ve inspired you to add some interesting and personal touches to your home to bring it back to life!  Tell us your plans in the comments section below…

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Plumbs at the Ideal Homes Show London 2016

We’re back at the Ideal Home Show on the 18th March at London Olympia and we’re excited to announce we will be one of the events sponsors this year!

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy preparing for the upcoming show, and this year we can be sure that our stand will be the best it’s ever been!  We’ll be bringing some of our newest fabrics designs, as well as offering fabulous deals exclusive to the show. What’s more we will also be running some very exciting competitions.

 

There’s so much to do at this show whether you’re interested in homes, garden, beauty, food, fashion and technology. One of the highlights we’re really excited about this year are the show houses which are great for you’re looking for some innovative design ideas and you may even see a Plumbs fabric in there too.

If you do happen to come along to the show this year, make sure to book a table at the Grand Tea Rooms, we’re sure that after an afternoon perusing the show you’ll need a well-deserved rest. You’ll also get to see the furniture we’ve helped transform - giving the tea rooms a soft vintage look.  

We’ll be at stand L551 in the Interiors section – so pop over and say hello, and if you can’t make it to this show why not take a look at upcoming list of events and find one near you…

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