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Put your feet up

Footstools and Ottomans can be one of the handiest pieces of furniture in your living room.  Use them to rest your feet or store items like books and magazines, and with Plumbs Loose Cover and Reupholstery service you’re sure to find a style to suit you.

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Shorter footstools work well with low rise modern styles of sofas. This Zari fabric from the Prestige range works well with bold Moroccan colours.

 

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By choosing a different fabric in co-ordinating colours you can pull a whole look together.  This Venetian fabric is given a modern edge when combined with our Venetian Stripe fabric.

 

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This skirted ottoman matches perfectly with the skirted design of this sofa.  The classic Titian Stripe looks great when teamed with bold colours or florals.

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You can make a feature of your footstool by choosing dramatic colours.  This plain Chelsea Velvet fabric comes in 35 other colours so would work in almost any home.

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This large scale floral Botanical Garden fabric has given this footstool a new lease of life.  The soft blue colourway works well with muted pink and gold accessories.

If you would like to find out more about any of our fabrics, footstools or recovering services then contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home consultation

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Curtains Calling

The nights are drawing in and the air is getting cooler, so now may be the perfect time to prep your home ready for the winter months.  Choosing quality curtains is one of the quickest ways to do this and they can help to save around 15%-17% of the heat lost through windows which will make your home feel much cosier.

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Neutral walls can handle patterned or coloured curtains, and will help create a feature of your window space.

These Valentine – Pearl curtains feature a sophisticated design that’s subtle enough to match most colour schemes.

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Plumbs Lottie Scroll – Silver curtains will add a touch of shimmering glamour to either living rooms or bedrooms.  The metallic colourway works well when teamed with black and chrome accessories.

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Plains

Plain curtains work in any room, and can tone down patterned walls.  You can add an extra touch of luxury choosing thick velvet fabrics in deep autumnal colours.

Our Cotton Velvet curtains in Burgundy colourway will warm up neutral colour schemes.

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We love the lavender colourway of these simple yet stylish Gemma curtains.

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Florals

Don’t be fooled into thinking florals are just for the summer months, fabrics with bolder floral designs can help to brighten your home on dull days.

This Lola fabric is one of the newest additions to our range, and co-ordinates perfectly with our Villa Mosa blinds.

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We’ve paired our Jacobean Opulence curtains with teal accessories for a modern edge. 

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The Duck Egg colour of these Emi curtains will work well with softer colour pallets.  For a shabby chic look use white furniture and vintage accessories.

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Our Monroe fabric is pure elegance.  We’ve co-ordinated this fabric with soft ivory and mink shades for an understated style.

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Follow this link if you would like to be inspired by one of our many made-to-measure curtain fabrics, alternatively you can see a full range by requesting a visit from your local home consultant.

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Make Our House Your Home

Last we week headed down to Channel 4 in London for the ‘Make Our House Your Home’ conference.  At the event we heard great insight into the relationships we have with our homes, and we also heard from renovation expert Sarah Beeny.

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In the first section of the conference we were shown some interviews from couples across the UK, talking about their homes and design inspiration.  Many used sites like Instagram and Pinterest when looking for new and exciting ideas.  They explained that even though they follow trends, they still want their homes to be individual. 

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Sarah was asked about her career in property and how started out in TV.  She explained that she was already a property developer and fell into her first presenting role on TV by accident.  She went on to speak about her experience and the most common mistakes she’d seen people make over the years, the biggest being underestimating how much things will cost and how long a project can take.

Sarah was asked why she thought property programmes were so popular with the British public. She believes that after our families and friends they are the most important things in our lives, so it makes sense for us to want to make the best out of them.

The interview went on to the subject of her thoughts for the future. Her predictions were based on reducing the amount of energy we will use, and that we look for ways to cut down on the amount of cheaper made products we buy.  “Use less > Buy less”.  So instead of decorating every couple of years we may decide to keep our decors for a little longer and update the quality furniture we already have to try and reduce our carbon footprint.  This idea of is one we at Plumbs feel quite strongly about, we've saved many sofas from the scrapheap over the years.

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In the final part we saw the newest products on the market for the ‘Connected Home’.  These products all focused around being connected with each other and being able to control them using an app.

Some of the products that stood out were:

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Ready, Steady, Bake!

It may be the Great British Bake Off semi-final tonight but this morning at Plumbs head office we’ve got the cakes out early to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

People who work throughout the whole of Plumbs showed off their impressive baking skills with cupcakes, scones, and sponges!

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The £642 raised from this morning’s cake sale will be added to money raised by Emma Page our Exhibitions Manager, who is completing the New York marathon next month.  Emma aims to raise £3,000 for the charity.

If you would like to donate to Emma’s JustGiving page for this amazing charity, please follow this link.

https://www.justgiving.com/emandgrace/

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