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2015 Trend Alert: Marvellous Marble

Marble in interior design is no new trend; marble floors, fireplaces, and tables have been seen in the homes of the rich and famous for years.  This year’s take on the trend is much more affordable, and versatile.

How to use Marble in your home?

Marble is everywhere at the moment from high end designers to high street shops, so there’s no shortage of inspiration around! You can really think outside of the box when looking to incorporate the trend into your home: clocks, bedding and scatter cushions are just some of the unusual accessories that you can find using this decadent design.

A huge advantage of this trend is that you can use it any room to add instant glam and sophistication.  Why not update your tired kitchenware with a marble rolling pin, cutting board, or mug?

Take a look at some of my favourite marble finds…

 What do you think - will you be adding this cool and neutral colour palate to your home? Leave a comment!

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Plumbs on Ideal World TV

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on your favourite shopping channels?  Well, Plumbs were at the Ideal World studios last week to film a live hour-long show and thought we’d give you a sneaky look at what went on behind the cameras!

 

The camera crew did a great job of making our Home Consultant (Suzanne) feel at home.  

In the first part of the show, we discussed our reupholstery service and some of the 800 fabrics you can choose from, such as our pretty Magnolia Gardens fabric which featured on the sofa below. 

A quick room set change for our Loose Covers section of the show.  The covers are made in our best-selling Mandalay fabric. 

And of course we’d like to say a huge thank you to our Home consultant, reupholsterer and our wonderful presenter. 

If you saw the show, why not tell us what you think, and if you missed it, keep a look out for more shows on Ideal World TV over the next few weeks!

 

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You know your kids have flown the nest when…

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Homes, kids

You may have seen our blog on how to update your home once your kids have moved out and got a place of your own, but what how will your kids flying the nest really affect your day-to-day life?

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You regain control of the remote control.   No more ‘Made in Chelsea’ repeats.  YAY!

2.

You’ve left the cream cake you worked so hard to make in the fridge and it’s still there when you get home.

 

3.

You’ve always thought you would turn their old room into a gym once they left… but now that they have you can’t quite bring yourself to.

4.

Your washing load has reduced by half.  And ironing no longer requires its own date in the diary.

5.

You can listen to your favourite music from the seventies and eighties without the eye-rolling you’re used to getting.

6.

You can take a long relaxing bath without a queue forming at the bathroom door.

 

7.

Your children actually nag you for that home cooked Sunday roast (instead of a take away pizza) when they visit.

8.

You don’t have to fake interest in the latest music/ YouTube video/fashion or video games.

9.

You can retire your taxi service.

 

10.

If the house alarm goes off in the middle of the night, it may actually be a burglar and not your 19 year old coming in from a night out.

Empty nesters, how many of these resonated with you? Or do you have another observation to add to our list? Leave a comment!

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Infographic: What Goes With What

Published by Joanna Whitworth in

With a full room to decorate, we always say that it’s best to start with one piece of inspiration. Whether that’s a colour, a texture or a pattern swatch you love, use that as your base.

But what goes with what? What colours will complement your fur rug; what pattern will make your cool blue walls feel warmer?

Well, that’s where we come in. Introducing the Plumbs What Goes With What infographic…

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Inventive ways to use wallpaper

Do you have a room you love but wish to inject some personality into it?  By getting creative with your decorative accessories and thinking outside of the box when it comes to pattern you can create a look that is truly unique to you.

Beautiful patterned wallpaper is a great way to add colour and interest to a room.  Here are some different ways you can use the design you love….

Inside a bookcase

Make your favourite books, picture frames and pieces of art pop against a bold colour or pattern.  This is also a great way to add your own style to a rented home without having to touch the walls.

 

(BetterDecoratingBible)

On a staircase

Wallpapering the steps of your staircase will turn them into a feature as people enter your home.  It may be best to leave walls quite neutral for balance, and it’s important to consider whether you would like the same pattern all the way up or a mix of wallpapers in in a similar colour palette.

 

The fridge

This look may not be practical for everyone, but it can be a way of transforming a dull fridge you don’t like into a stand out piece in your kitchen.

 

(brit.co)

A piece of Art

If you have leftover pieces of wallpaper lying around the house then this is a great way to use them up.  You can have fun playing with different patterns and colours and also choosing the frame itself.  These pretty French style wallpapers look great with the ornate frames.

 

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Update an old dresser

One of the most popular ways of updating an old dresser or chest of drawers is to add a bold colourful pattern.  You can be quite creative when deciding where to place your wallpaper.  Covering the face of your drawers is good idea if you’re not happy with the current finish, or for a more secret splash of pattern, why not add paper to the drawer insides or sides like the ones below.

 

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5 Ways to get your family into your unloved conservatory this weekend

Published by Joanna Whitworth in conservatory

Let the games begin

Every family will have stacks of board games that only see the light at Christmas so why not try to recreate that festive cheer this weekend?  This is a great way to keep the whole family entertained, especially if the weather isn’t looking too good.

 

Dining Out (well almost out)

Make use of the summer sunshine and eat overlooking the garden.  This is a nice change if your family is used to eating in the kitchen or dining room.  To make it even more effective, why not turn your conservatory into a mini ‘restaurant’ for the night with music and candles?  This is not only a lot cheaper than eating out but it will also encourage conversation and laughter at the dinner table.

 

Star Gazing

Make use of the windows in you conservatory and turn it into an observatory for the night!  Grab blankets and snacks and snuggle under the stars.  This can be a great way to encourage children to take an interest in science.

 

Hobbies

Conservatories are great spaces for carrying out your hobbies and crafts, as there’s lots of light and the views of the garden will hopefully inspire your creativity.  If like most families you all have different hobbies, then why not try a new hobby together such as mug painting or building a photo album of your family’s favourite holidays and memories?

 

Movie Night/Day

Get the popcorn ready and get comfy! A film night is a great way to bring your family closer together.  You could introduce younger children to films you watched as a child that they may have not seen yet. 

  

A conservatory is a great asset to have so it’s important that we remember just how useful they can be!  By showing your conservatory a little love and attention you can easily make it feel just as useful as any other room in your home.  If you would like any help updating the furniture in your conservatory ready for those fun weekends, then contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation quotation.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

It’s been an extremely exciting week here at Plumbs as we have just become the proud sponsors of ITV Encore!

After a few busy months of prepping, filming, and editing our adverts, we finally got to see them live on Tuesday (7th July).  In total we created 9 ten second ads which will run on ITV’s newest channel ITV Encore (Sky channel 123). This is a great place to see all your favourite ITV dramas

The sponsorship adverts are a fun way for us to really show the benefits of choosing Plumbs, and are a bit of light hearted relief from any intense drama!  The 3 main themes we chose were; wash-ability, choice of fabrics and our in-home service.

Here are a few behind the scenes snaps and a video from the days filming in Ilkley, Yorkshire…

 

 

We had a great day filming and really hope you’ll enjoy the adverts as much as we do!

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Infographic: British Homes Through the Ages

Published by Joanna Whitworth in

It’s been over 50 years since Plumbs first opened for business. Today, life in Britain is virtually unrecognisable – and so are our homes. We’ve seen more than our fair share of trends come and go, and we’ve noticed that our interior choices always reflect the times much more than we think. Design trends are as influenced by cultural change as by designers themselves.

Another thing we’ve noticed is how our sofas have remained the nucleus of our living areas. We’ve watched generations grow up on the same one, and have seen what a great source of nostalgia they are in British homes.

Our infographic aims to demonstrate two observations: it’s a recap of the last 7 decades of interior design, and how one sofa can stay at the centre of the family home with just a few changes to keep it updated. Which decade is your favourite? And what does your family sofa mean to you? Leave a comment below!

 

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Trend Alert: Clever Copper

Copper has been everywhere in interior design over the last year or so and its popularity doesn’t appear to wavering.  The trend is even taking over our high street stores from light fittings to kitchen utensils and bathroom fixtures. 

Why is this trend so popular?

Stainless steel has been the staple metal of choice in our homes for many years, and so it was difficult to imagine another metallic becoming so popular, however the glamour, grandeur and versatility of Copper has helped propel this hue into our homes.

How to use incorporate the Copper trend into your home?

Whether beaten, aged or shiny, this warm metallic tone is perfect for any season and works well with both vibrant and neutral colour schemes. Team with grey and white for a calm and contemporary feel, dusty pastels for a playful feminine feel, or for an intense and moody vibe - deep indigo blues.

Here are some of my best copper finds..

 

 This colour also looks great on the walls; take a look at the Colour Predictions blog we posted towards the beginning of the year looking at Dulux’s colour of the Year – Copper Orange.

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Kids Have Flown the Nest? It’s Time to Refresh Your Home!

If your children have grown up and recently moved into their own homes, it may be hard at first to adjust to a quieter “empty nest”. It can also be an exciting time in your life - you can begin to truly enjoy your home again, reclaiming the space and creating an environment for yourself to spend time relaxing in. Here are some simple tips to employ to revamp and refresh the main rooms in your house.

Refresh Your Furniture: Choose Light!

We’re all guilty of choosing darker fabrics that can hide a multitude of sins - now there are no kids or teenagers around, however, it’s time to embrace a fresh and bright new look! A neutral base colour works well on both sofas and chairs because it creates a blank canvas for you to add splashes of colour to with bright or patterned accessories such as scatter cushions and flowers.  

Throw out the Throws: Upgrade to a Loose Cover

Throws can be a useful solution when you want to protect your furniture from small feet and dirty hands, but after years of moving them after they slipped, it may be time to put them to better use.  If you no longer love the style of your sofa’s fabric, a better alternative to a throw is a removable loose cover.  They still have the advantage of being washable - yet are much more close fitting, stylish and practical. (Don’t know what loose covers are? You’ll be amazed at what a good solution this is for giving sofas and chairs a facelift. See how they work here.)

  

Update your Accessories

People find that when they have children they tend to hide away anything fragile or impractical, especially if you have boys that like to play indoor sports!  Now that they’ve moved on you can begin to reintroduce those accessories that make a house feel more homely – without the fear of shattered pieces.

  

Reclaim Your Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with teenagers can take it’s toll on any family.  Some mornings in a busy household can feel like Piccadilly Circus, and you can almost guarantee that everyone will want to use the bathroom at the same time!

Now is the perfect time to take back your bathroom and create a haven. Without the hair products, make-up, and general clutter that teenagers tend to acquire, your bathroom may seem quite bare - fill this extra space with items that create a calm and happy atmosphere.  Fresh flowers, pretty perfume bottles and tasteful art will create the indulgent yet relaxing space you deserve.

 

 

If you would like any help creating a fresh new look, contact Plumbs today and ask one of our 140 personal home consultants to give you some advice on what will work best in your home. 

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