If your living room is due an upgrade and you like to be on-trend or even ahead of the game it’s time to revive the sense of touch.
Pleats, folds, stitches and texture are all in.
This is great news if you’re looking to refurbish a room on a budget because rugs, throws, cushions – and blinds, of course – can all play a part without busting the bank balance.
Here are some suggestions for introducing texture Continue reading Touching return to texture
Not so long ago you’d have dismissed as crackpot any suggestion that a home could look stunning with a black and white ‘colour’ scheme.
But monochrome is bang on-trend and the evidence is there to see in glossy interior design magazines and store display areas.
If you think an entire home in shades of grey or stark black and white is going a step too far, then why not take the plunge in one room and see how you feel about it?
A kitchen or bathroom is the perfect place to start and you’ll soon appreciate what a striking scheme you’ve put in place. Continue reading Marvellous monochrome with a spectacular splash of colour is the perfect combination for your home
Most people think they know how to buy blinds and shades, because it’s such a simple process – measure the window, choose a style, find a store and pay your money. Simples.
But having bought what they thought was the perfect blind things suddenly get complicated when it comes to fitting.
Challenges arise, which people hadn’t considered, the fitting process takes much longer than anticipated and more often than not an element of bodging creeps into the job.
For that reason we go all out on our Made To Measure Blinds website to take you through the buying process step by step, from your initial decision-making to fitting.
Continue reading How to buy blinds and shades
When you have a difficult DIY job on your hands you can either come up with your own solution and learn from your expensive and time-consuming mistakes – or you can turn to an expert.
We know that not every blind-fitting is straightforward, and that’s why we take so much care in helping our customers at the measuring and buying stage.
It’s so that when they do come to fit their Made To Measure Blinds, the job goes as smoothly as possible.
Our pledge to you is that whatever challenge you present us with:
Continue reading Here’s how to deal with tricky-to-fit blinds
It’s been exciting seeing some sunshine over the past couple of months, and it’s made us think about our outdoor living space.
In recent years our outdoor space – however small – has been transformed into a genuine extension of our living area, perfect for eating, relaxing and playing.
If you’re lucky enough to have a good-sized garden, you’re in the perfect situation, but even with a tiny outside courtyard or terrace you can still create a welcoming place with a little planning, the accessories and some colourful plants. Continue reading Making the most of your outdoor assets
When recycled furniture first came to our attention, it had a homespun appeal and fantastic green credentials – but you could have said it lacked a little in the style stakes.
Now, though, recycling and upcycling has become a huge trend, thanks to the backing of celebrated design figures such as Wayne Hemingway and Timothy Oulton.
It’s even produced its own TV show, Something For Nothing, where dumped ‘finds’ are skilfully crafted into beautiful pieces of furniture that bring as much as £1,000 when sold.
We can’t all be handy with the sander and the upholstery stapler, so thankfully, British designers are providing an easy path to the world of reclamation and salvage. Continue reading Blinds to complement your upcycled look
Are you getting enough sleep? It’s a big problem for many people at this time of year, when sleeping through the lighter mornings and evenings becomes a challenge, either because the sun’s waking you up, or waking someone else in the house, who in turn wakes you.
Anyone with a young baby will tell you what a nightmare it is when the sun comes up before 6 in the morning and doesn’t disappear again until late into the evening.
Little ’uns struggle to cope with the idea that it’s time for sleep when light is streaming into their bedroom. Continue reading The funny thing about blackout blinds
As soon as the sun started shining this spring (through the snow showers, of course) the Great Outdoors re-entered our lives.
Like daffodils tentatively unfurling a bloom, we ventured back out in the garden, sweeping patios and throwing wide our bi-fold doors to the elements.
And now the snow flurries have finally ceased, it’s time to take stock of our outdoor situation and add extra living space to our homes. Hurrah!
The sun room or conservatory is a year-round pleasure, but at this time of year they beckon ever more powerfully, and you’ll have already been making the most of the sunshine and thinking about new blinds or shutters in anticipation of a long, hot summer. Continue reading Spoilt for choice when it comes to the the great outdoors
Maybe it’s the mild winter giving us high hopes for an early spring – but our homes have been taken over by Mother Nature.
Or possibly it’s a follow-on from the stag and hide obsession we saw over the winter, but we’ve embraced wildlife dramatically as the season begins to change.
Prints and accessories inspired by wildlife and flora will be enlivening our décor throughout the home, from cushions in the bedroom to flamingo lamps in the living room.
Continue reading Wild thing – you make my home sing
It’s that time again when we’re taking a deep breath and vowing that 2016 will be the year that — for once — we get fit, lose a few pounds and start being nicer people.
Great! But everyone knows new year resolutions are tricky to keep — so here are a four suggestions for your home that might be easier to stick to — and that will make your home a more stylish and enjoyable space into the bargain.
Continue reading How to make it a sweet 16 for your home