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3rd December 2018

Top Tips for Maximising Your Living Room this Christmas

Top Tips for Maximising Your Living Room this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, which means that it’s time to get the living room prepared for an influx of festivities and guests! Whether you have a compact space or a lounge large enough to host a football team, there are plenty of ways that you can maximise your living area to make it more accommodating.
 


Before getting the decorations up, it’s a good idea to declutter and clean every inch of the space. This means moving all of the furniture, rugs, and knick-knacks to clean under and behind them and then deciding which items need to stay in the room. By removing all of the unnecessary mess you will free up lots of extra space and make the room feel a lot more streamlined.

Your next task is to think about the layout of the room. Having an open space that flows well is key when you are entertaining guests. Ensure that the dining table and sofa are easily accessible and that people won’t have to climb over each other to get in and out of the room.

When it comes to creating a cosy atmosphere, lighting is your best friend. A well-positioned lamp or perfectly hung string of fairy lights can make all of the difference in making a space feel warm and inviting. Avoid using overhead lights as they can be quite harsh and remove the sense of magic that you are trying to achieve with your space.

If you are working with a very small space, consider getting a small Christmas tree so that it doesn’t dominate the room. You could even hang a wreath on the wall in place of a full tree.

One of the most important factors in using your space wisely is the ensure that the furniture does its job properly. Extending tables are a great way to seat lots of people before being packed away again, and footstools are perfect for providing extra seating.

Happy holidays!

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23rd November 2018

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guest Season

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guest Season

December is just a few days away which means its now officially time to get excited about Christmas! Whether you have friends and family coming to stay or you’re hosting a lavish Christmas dinner, one thing is for sure – you need to get your home ready for the influx of guests! Having lots of people to stay can get stressful, so here are a few tips to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
 

1. Make sure there are enough beds
This can often get tricky, especially if you don’t have spare bedrooms. This is where the magic of a sofa bed comes in handy! If you are looking to update your sofa in time for the festive season, look for ones that can comfortably sleep guests in case you need the extra space.

 
2. Provide a space for their things
More often than not, guests’ belongings can end up scattered all over the floor. Avoid this from happening by ensuring that they have a dedicated space, such as a large chest of drawers to keep their clothes and bags.

 
3. Pay attention to the dining area
It’s always a good idea to make sure you have enough seats for your guests before the big day! Either borrow extra seats from friends and family or invest in a couple of fancy new dining chairs. Extending dining tables also come in very handy at Christmas time, especially when it comes to finding places to put all of the food!

 
4. De-clutter
No one wants to be surrounded by clutter when they go to stay somewhere, so use this season as an opportunity to do the de-cluttering that you have been putting off! Streamlining your possessions will not only make your home look better but it will also help you to keep a clear mind when it all starts to get stressful.

 
5. Turn up the cosy factor
Make guests feel at home by leaving extra blankets and cushions for them to make themselves comfortable. Light scented candles and ensure that you have plenty of different drinks to offer them as and when they need it.

 
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12th November 2018

How to Keep Your House Warm This Winter (Without Spending A Fortune)

The frost is finally appearing which means that cold winter months are officially on the horizon, bringing red cheeks and long cosy nights indoors. It doesn’t have to mean an increase in your heating bill, though, as there are plenty of ways to keep your home warm without spending a fortune on it.


Move furniture
If you have a sofa or dining table pushed up against a radiator, now is a good time to move it away so that warm air can circulate freely.


Get out and about
One of the best ways to cut your heating bills is to not put the heating on in the first place. But, let’s be honest, a cold house isn’t much fun so get some activities lined up to keep you busy instead. Visit friends or relatives, take up an evening class or keep active by going for a long walk.



Reduce drafts
If you have wooden floorboards or older doors, the chances are there are drafts coming through the cracks. Make up some cheap DIY draft excluders to reduce cold air from coming into the room and warm air leaking out of it.


Tin foil
A large amount of heat is lost into the walls behind radiators, so by placing tin foil sheets behind them, the heat is reflected back into the room and the radiator is more efficient.


Use the curtains
Heat escapes through windows super quickly, so investing in some heavy-duty curtains will add another layer of insulation and help to keep as much of it in the room as possible. Keeping them open during the day to allow sunlight in will also help to heat the room without having to switch on the boiler.


Close doors
Keeping doors closed to the most used rooms will help to retain the warmth in them.



Open the oven
Rather than closing the oven after cooking, leave the door open to let the heat out and warm the rest of the house up. Just be careful with pets and small children!


Throw on a jumper
Keeping the person warm rather than the house is often a much more efficient solution, so layer up with plenty of thermals and blankets!

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31st October 2018

A Guide to Choosing a Dining Table

A Guide to Choosing a Dining Table

Image: Bentley Designs Brunel 4 Seater Dining Table

It is often said that home is where the heart is, but to be more accurate, the heart of the home is centred around the dining table. From noisy family meals to quietly romantic dinners, the dining table is the platform on which we build relationships to our nearest and dearest. Choosing the perfect dining table is an important step in creating happy memories, so how do you make sure that you get the right one for you? 

When you first begin to search for your new table, it can feel like there is an overwhelming number of options on the market. Simply follow this guide to help you narrow down your search.

Use

Your first step is to determine how your table will be used. Will it be used several times a day? Every now and then? If you are looking to use it for special occasions, then you may want to find one with more of a wow factor, but if it is for daily use then you need to look for one that is easy to clean and has the durability you need.

Shape

The shape of the table will all depend on the space it is going to be in. Long, narrow rooms would work well with rectangular tables while box-shaped rooms would benefit from round and square tables.

Style

Think about your décor and how you would like to finish the room. For more contemporary looks, metal and glass are great options, while cosy, warm spaces would look great with wood and timber. 

If you are trying to save space, pedestal bases allow you to add more seating without taking up lots of room with table legs. Glass tables are great for bouncing light around the room and giving the illusion of more space and round tables are perfect for creating a social atmosphere.

Size

Depending on how many people will be using it, the size of your dining table is a key factor. Generally, it is better to try scaling up a couple of spaces from the average number of people who will be using it. So, if you regularly have two people using the table, select on that can seat up to 4 people. If there are 4 of you in the family, try to look for one that sits up to 6, and so on.  

It’s also worth thinking about whether you need an extending table. If you entertain regularly or you would prefer a versatile seating arrangement, extending tables are great for adding in extra seating when you need it.

Spacing

Finally, it’s always a good idea to check the spacing between the dining chairs to make sure that everyone will have enough room. A good rule of thumb is to allow between 6cm to 80cm per place setting.

Happy dining!

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15th October 2018

5 Ways to Keep Tidy

5 Ways to Keep Tidy

Whether you’re a serial hoarder or you have simply reached a point where a good clear out is in order, there are plenty of ways to ensure that the clutter doesn’t come back again! Staying on top of the tidying is a great way to bring stress levels down and maintain a calm feel in the home, after all, it’s not so easy to relax amongst piles of washing and old magazines. Make sure that your home stays super Zen with these tops tips for keeping tidy.
 

1. 10-minute challenge
This is a perfect way to include the whole family when it comes to tidying up. Have each person pick a space in the house, set a timer for 10 minutes and get to work! You will be amazed at how much can be done in such a short space of time. This challenge is even good for one person, setting aside just 10 minutes every day to tidy is a great habit to get into.

 
2. Categorise
Looking at each room individually can often feel overwhelming. With so many things in each space, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Instead, divide everything up into categories and work within those instead. For example, organise your books before moving on to filing paperwork. That way, you will complete sections of each room methodically and feel a sense of accomplishment with each task.

 
3. Declutter
Often, tidying can feel overwhelming because there is just so much stuff. When your home feels like this, then perhaps it’s time to declutter. Donate any unwanted or unused items to charity and clear some space in the home. If you don’t need it, love it, or use it, then let it go.

 
4. Master the art of folding
Having clothes up in the wardrobe can take up a lot of space. Folding them neatly is a far more efficient way to store them, and it can be quicker than wrestling with a hanger.

 
5. Set a limit on laundry
If the washing machine is on constantly, but the mountain of dirty clothes never seems to diminish, try setting a limit of washing one load of laundry per day. This way you will only ever have one load to sort each day rather than juggling several.

 
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17th September 2018

What’s on in Kidderminster This Autumn

What’s on in Kidderminster This Autumn

So, the days might be shorter and a little bit cooler, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is over just yet. In fact, there are plenty of things to see and do in Kidderminster this autumn, so instead of staying inside, head on down to one of these great events – just remember to pack your brolly just in case!

 


Wolverley’s 4th Beer Fest
Returning for a fourth instalment, the Beer Festival features plenty of tasty beers and ciders as well as a great selection of gin from the Gin Bar. Live local music and delicious local food will all be available at this super fun event, so head on down from Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September to grab yourself a few pints of the best beer around!


Severn Valley Walk
Those hoping to take in the autumnal sights before winter kicks in would do well to join one of the 4, 7, or 14-mile walks on offer in the Severn Valley Saturday 13th October. Choose from a 4-mile walk to Arley, a 7-mile walk to Highley or a 14-mile walk to Bridgnorth before enjoying a luxurious return journey on the iconic Severn Valley steam train.

 


Autumn Magic
Get into the spirit of autumn by heading to Worcester County Museum for a fun-filled day of pumpkin carving and Halloween themed activities. Held over the half-term holiday from Tuesday 23 October – Friday 26th October, this is a great way to spend the day with the children while letting their imaginations run wild with the magic of autumn.

 


Bromsgrove Yoga & Wellness Festival
Ok, so this might be down the road a little but the opportunity to relax and take part in yoga workshops will be worth it. No previous yoga experience is required, and the ticket includes free entry to all workshops, wellness and health talks, a relaxing sound bath and free hot drinks and snacks throughout the day. Held on Sunday 18th November, this is a treat for yourself that you really can’t miss!

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3rd September 2018

How to Master the Art of Hygge

How to Master the Art of Hygge

Image: Ercol Adrano

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are slowly starting to change and after the longest summer ever there is a definite chill in the air. It can only mean that autumn is right around the corner! With roaring fires, soft blankets, and hot chocolate to look forward to, we are ready for one of the cosiest seasons of the year, and what could be cosier than the Danish art of hygge?

Hyyge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Norwegian term for wellbeing, which has been heavily developed into a lifestyle by the Danish who use it all year round. It essentially encapsulates the joy one finds in the little things in life, such as reading a book in your comfiest chair or wearing your warmest sweater.

So, how do you bring hygge into your home?

Warmth

One of the best ways to make your home feel cosy is to make it warm. Lighting a flicking fire is a great way to make a space feel cosy, but if you don’t have one, use groups of candles arranged together or put a fireplace video from YouTube on the television.

Switch off overhead lights

Overhead lights can feel bright and intrusive, instead set warm coloured lamps around the room and use candles for an extra glow.

Use nature

Having plants in the house is a super-fast way to make it feel welcoming. Plants are also great for cleaning and purifying the air, making the space feel much nicer to be in. 

Ramp up the texture

Texture is a big part of creating hygge, so layer up sheepskin rugs with knitted blankets, velvet throws, and fleecey cushions to create a warm and comfortable nest.

Drink up

Hot drinks are a pretty essential part of staying warm and comfortable in the colder months, and they are also perfect for bringing a cosy feel to any room. Stock up on chai, herbal teas, and cocoa for those long cold evenings.

Have a soak

Nothing quite says relaxation like a long warm bath, so set aside a few hours one evening to indulge and pamper yourself with a luxurious candlelit soak in the tub.

Tune in

Background music is perfect for setting a cosy scene, so create a long playlist of classical tunes, relaxing melodies, and easy listening gems to put you in the mood for hygge.

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20th August 2018

5 Top Tips for Buying a Mattress

5 Top Tips for Buying a Mattress

Image above: Vi Spring Elite now on sale!

Time for a new bed? Lucky you! Making an investment in your sleep is one of the best things that you can do for your health. When it comes to finding a new mattress, there are plenty of things that you need to consider which is why we have put together some of our top mattress buying tips.


Find out Which Type of Mattress Suits You
This is largely down to your personal preference. If you like a softer sleep surface, then a memory foam mattress might be better for you. Those who prefer more support will be better suited to a pocket sprung mattress while anyone with back problems should consider an orthopaedic mattress. 



Test drive it first
It’s always a good idea to head to a showroom so that you can test drive your potential new purchase. Make sure that you spend time on each mattress, lying in positions that you sleep in to see if they are comfortable and if you can easily move in them.


Ensure That Your Base is the Right One
Some bases don’t take certain mattresses, so ensure that you get a mattress that fits the bed base that you have in mind. Check that the slats on your base are no more than 4cm apart as this will allow for ventilation while preventing the mattress from sagging.

The base above is the La Romantica Deluxe Divan Base - from only £99.00

Check the Fillings
Natural fillings are a great choice for ventilation and absorbing humidity, so be sure to check the filling content of your mattress before you purchase it.


Come See Us
That’s right! We have a great selection of mattresses and our staff are super knowledgeable and more than happy to help you find the perfect one for you. Pop into our showroom in Kidderminster today to find out more. 

 
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2nd August 2018

2018 Interior Design Trends

So far 2018 has been a bumper year of amazing interior design ideas. From natural materials to geometric designs, inspiration is being found in all sorts of places. So, how can you translate those trends into your own home?

Colour 

Alstons Camden Grand Sofa

While the all-white look of the Pinterest mood board has been at the forefront of interior design for some time now, colours are making their way back to the top spot. From bold cactus greens and ultraviolet purples to layers of muted neutrals, there is a palette to suit all tastes right now so take full advantage of the rainbow spectrum on offer.

Metallics 

Vida Living Arianna Coffee Table

Metallics have been big news for a few years now and are set to continue in 2018 with burnished brass and industrial looking nickel. Copper and rose gold are still great for making a statement, but the rougher, more organic looking metallics will bring you straight into 2018. Choose these materials for lampshades or chair legs to bring a splash of metallic glamour to your room.

Patterns 

Ercol Novara Fabric Large Sofa

Geometric prints are everywhere! From intricately woven designs on lampshades to bold prints on large floor rugs, adding a geometric print to a room is the quickest way to bring any room up to date. Opt for a few scatter cushions and a throw to add this look to your home without breaking the bank or making drastic changes. 

Plants 

Stressless Magic Recliner Chair

One of the fastest ways to bring any room up to date is to bring in plenty of indoor house plants. While many of us have been growing indoor plants for some time, the emphasis is now on chic planters and plenty of foliage. The greener the better! 

Comfort 

G Plan Pip Leather 3 Seater

There have been some trends in the last few years that have put style before comfort, and that is never a good idea when it comes to decorating your home! After all, this is where you want to feel the most comfortable. So, 2018 is all about ramping up the comfort factor, with comfy sofas and luxurious beds to lounge in.

Ceilings 

We’ve had all kinds of trends over the years; feature walls, feature floors, and feature doors. Well, 2018 is the year of the feature ceiling. Make the ceiling the focal point of the room by painting or wallpapering it to draw the eye upwards. 

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19th July 2018

Interior Design: Home Office Inspiration

Interior Design: Home Office Inspiration

(Image: Stressless Magic Office Chair)

Whether you regularly use your home office for work or crafting, they need to be super practical spaces where you can feel focused and productive. But, practical definitely doesn’t have to mean boring. With just a few tips and tricks, you can transform your office space into an interior designer’s dream.

The most important feature in any home office is the desk and once this has been chosen the rest of the room will follow on from its design. Give some thought as to whether you prefer a vintage style or a more modern take on the humble desk and work from there. Are you a glass top kind of worker or would you rather a pared-back Scandinavian style? Do you like your furniture to come with character or to be sleek and sophisticated?

After selecting your desk, the next item to draw your attention to is the chair. After all, you may end up spending quite some time sitting in it, so it needs to be something that you find stylish and comfortable. There are so many chair designs that it is impossible to list them all, but a good rule of thumb is to choose one based on whether or not it supports your back. Sure, it might look great but if it doesn’t give you good posture then it won’t be a good investment.

Storage is key in any office space, so decide how you would like to manage yours. If you prefer your stationary and craft tools to be on display, think creatively and use wire baskets or Perspex cabinets to keep them organized. Install some shelving and don’t forget to use the space under the desk to store books and paperwork.

If you’ve ever found yourself working late into the night, then you will know full well the importance of good lighting. A great desk lamp can help tired eyes keep going just that little bit longer, so get yourself a great light to work with.

Don’t forget to add some indoor plants to your office space as this will not only help the room feel brighter and more inviting but will also help to purify the air, great for helping you to think better!

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