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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!

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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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. 

 
Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.


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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. 

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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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!

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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6th July 2018

Things You Never Knew About Furniture

Things You Never Knew About Furniture

As you recline on your comfy sofa or eat a fantastic meal from your dining table, have you ever wondered how that piece of furniture ever came to be? Well, it turns out that furniture has a super interesting history!
 

1. The earliest known furniture in Europe was from Scotland
That’s right! It was first discovered at a late Neolithic settlement in Skara Brae, Scotland that was inhabited between 3200 and 2200 BC. Though, it wouldn’t be particularly comfortable as it was all made form stone due to the distinct lack of tress ion the island!
 
2. Beds have evolved since 3600 BC
Back as far as 3600 BC, beds were made from straw, leaves, and animal furs. Thankfully, this design was upgraded in the 12th century to a bed made from wood, and again in the 17th century to opulent designs with golden sheets and ornate carvings. 
 
3. The sofa didn’t get invented until 1931
That’s right, we’ve only had sofas for 87 years! Bernard Catro invented the Castro Convertible in 1931 and the rest is history.
 
4. Charles Darwin invented the office chair 
Back in the 1800s, naturalist and workaholic Charles Darwin discovered a quicker way of getting his work done – by attaching wheels to his desk chair.
 
5. The world’s largest bed is over 86ft long
The record-breaking bed was created by Commissie Zomerfeesten St Gregorius Hertme from the Netherlands in May 2011.
 
6. Tables were invented by the Egyptians

The Egyptians weren’t just building pyramids and intricate coffins, they were also busy inventing the table as we now know it. The Greeks then create their own version of the table for dining on and the Romans also had their own version which they referred to as Mensa Lunata.
 
7. Chairs used to be for rich people
There was a time when only the wealthier members of society could sit in a chair, while the less affluent classes had to make do with the floor, benches, or stools. By the 16th century, however, this all changed, and everyone could have their own chair.
 
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27th June 2018

5 of the Best Picnic Spots in Kidderminster

5 of the Best Picnic Spots in Kidderminster

What a gorgeous summer we are having so far! All of this incredible weather can only mean one thing – plenty of picnics and lazy afternoons spent in the sunshine. Whether you’re after an exciting day with the family or a quiet spot for an indulgent lunch, Kidderminster is packed with great places to make some amazing summer memories.

Brinton Park

For that perfect spot with something for everyone, you just can’t beat Brinton Park. Covering an area of around 12 hectares, this great park has everything from sensory gardens to a splash pad to cool off after running off some steam in the play area. Bring your skates and a well-stocked picnic and spend the day enjoying the sunshine!

Wyre Forest

For those days when you want to get out of town, Wyre Forest has plenty of great picnic spots. With an adventure play area, Gruffalo trail, and Go Ape, this is one of the best places to come if you have children. Enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the shade of the trees as your little ones enjoy the activities!

Bishop’s Field

One of the most stunning areas in the Stour Valley, Bishop’s Field is home to a vast array of flora and fauna that provide a great backdrop for a picnic in the sunshine. Nature fans will love the rare flowers and the huge numbers of birds that have made their home here.

Chaddesley Woods

The perfect spot to head to during bluebell season. An ancient woodland with a history as far back as the Ice Age, Chaddelsey Woods is home to plenty of streams, ponds, meadows and woodland where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic. Remember to take your binoculars and look out for the elusive woodcock!

St George’s Park

Another great spot to kick back and take in the sunshine in town is St George’s Park. With a great paddling pool, BMX track, basketball court, and play area, there is plenty to keep little ones occupied as you eat all the sandwiches.

While you’re in town, why not head on down to our showroom! In fact, our very special 4-day event begins this Friday, with the launch of our brand new Stressless studio. Both stores will stay open late on Friday 29th of June to offer customers the most opportunity to get in and see some of the fantastic promotions in store. We'll have free glasses of Prosecco, refreshments and nibbles. Plus we'll be giving away a Stressless chair!

 

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15th June 2018

A Guide to Cleaning Your Sofa

A Guide to Cleaning Your Sofa

Finding the perfect sofa isn’t easy, but once you’ve finally found the one of your dreams then you’ll want to make sure the investment is well looked after. With the right care your sofa can be the center piece of your home for years to come, so here are some handy tips to ensure that it stays looking its best.

Weekly Cleaning 

It doesn’t take much to keep your sofa in shape but on a weekly basis you should at least give it a brush down. Depending on the material there are different ways to do this, if it’s leather then dust it down with a cloth, remember not to use any cleaning product though as this may harm the leather itself. If your sofa is constructed with fabric, be sure to pick off any bobbling you see and brush it down gently with a soft brush. If it’s velvet, which is even more sensitive, be even gentler.

Monthly Cleaning 

A deeper cleaning can be very stressful and strenuous to your sofa and so should not be done any more frequently than monthly. You do want to ensure the sofa is free from dirt, debris and anything else that might degrade or damage it however; a monthly vacuuming is advised. Remove the cushions and be careful. A handheld hoover on its lowest setting should suffice.

Pillow Plumping 

Regular plumping not only helps your pillows retain their shape and comfort but can also help to prolong their longevity and decrease wear and tear. By revolving/turning the pillows when you place them back on the sofa you will change their positioning and reduce fading from the sun as well as evening out the point of pressure. When you do plump your pillows, be sure to punch them once from each angle and then drop them to the floor to refill them with air.

If you do all this your sofa will live a long and always comfortable life. It doesn’t take much, but even a little care and attention goes a long way. Leather sofas require a little more care, but the payoff is worth it and in some ways the upkeep is simpler.

Browse our fantastic selection of leather sofas and leather armchairs online now.

Come and see the wide range of discount and clearance goods available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

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29th May 2018

The Biggest Bedroom Trends in 2018

The Biggest Bedroom Trends in 2018

(Product in image: Arabella Bed Frame)


Whether you are planning a complete restyle or you’re just looking to refresh your room with a few key pieces, checking out the latest trends in bedroom décor is a great way to get started. From colour inspiration to furniture styles, we’ve rounded up the best trends of 2018 for your bedroom transformation.

 

1. Dark colours are in
There was a time when pastel and neutral palettes took precedent in the bedroom, however these days it is very much a different story. Bolder, more dramatic colours such as inky blues, emerald greens, and sumptuous purples now take centre stage and provide the backdrop for an opulently layered look. 
 
Try adding a dark velvet throw to the bed or use dark linens to achieve this look without painting the walls.

 
2. Natural textures
With dark colours providing a decadent backdrop, it is down to the furniture to bring some levity into the space, which is why natural textures are a huge trend right now. Think natural woods like this solid Chinese oak headboard, or these Ercol chest of drawers.

 
3. Tropical prints
Tropical foliage prints are everywhere at the moment, and with their vibrant colours bringing an exotic pop of interest it is easy to see why! Choose a few palm leaf cushions or a jungle wall decal to make your space feel like it’s a holiday destination.

 
4. Luxurious textiles
Fabrics such as mohair, cashmere, velvet, silk, and faux fur are perfect for adding to the sense of over-the-top luxury that is so big in 2018. Invest in a new set of bed sheets or use a textured wallpaper to add that glamorous edge.

 
5. Ceilings
2018 is the year of the ceiling. No longer painted white and simply forgotten about, ceilings are now being wallpapered, gilded, or given a bold lick of paint. Creative moldings are super popular and help to finish off the look of a room while extra special attention should be paid to any pendant lights – the bigger the better!

 
For the perfect furniture for your new bedroom, head on down to Carters Furniture Store today.
 
Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.
 
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