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How Well Do You Know Your TV Sofas? Find Out By Taking The Quiz!

Producing a hit television show is about more than just casting a bunch of great actors to read from a knock-out script. What’s equally important is creating a set and building a unique surrounding that will make a lasting, memorable impression on the viewer. This includes everything from how a mirror should hang, how many chairs are placed around a kitchen table, and of course, the strategic placement of the all important centre of the home – the sofa!

Did you know that, in the Will and Grace apartment, set designers were so committed to creating authenticity that the pieces of mail that sat on the coffee table would be addressed to the characters who lived in that apartment!? It’s a prime example of how crucial set design can be to the making, and success, of a TV sitcom – and the sofa, of course, is no exception.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Every year Pantone will release what they believe to be the colour that will best represent the world for the upcoming 12 months. For 2016, Pantone have done something different; they have selected two official colours.

Their chosen colours are Rose Quartz & Serenity and are designed to be used together to create a balance and a soft and tranquil tone.

Here is how Pantone describe these colours:

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Pantone Swatches 

How to use these colours in the home

These pastel shades feel fresh and uplifting compared to 2015’s colour of the year – Marsala, which was an earthy wine tone.

Rose Quartz and Serenity work well in the home, especially when used in accessories or accents.  As these colours are designed to balance each other we suggest trying to use equal amounts of each.  Too much pink and the overall look may be too sickly sweet; too much blue may be too cool. 

Pantone Phone

Image courtesy of Pantone Instagram

These colours when combined together create a soft retro feel, which would work particularly well with Scandinavian style furniture.

Rose Quartz and Serenity will not be for everyone but will definitely add some fun and freshness to a colour scheme.  What do you think of these colours?  Comment below and tell us whether you’ll be incorporating these colours into your home this year… 

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5 ways to make your house smell like Christmas!

One of the most memorable things about this time of year is the smells we associate with it. Whether that be fresh pine, cinnamon, clementine or vanilla, you can be sure that when that familiar smell is around it will take you straight back to your childhood and your favourite festive memories. Here are a few ways to induce those much-loved yuletide aromas!

1. Festive Simmer Pots

Simmer pots are simple to make and will create a warming welcome for guests over the festive period.  This pot from Half Baked Harvest uses spices, tangerines, and cranberries; you can tailor your pots with your favourite ingredients and scents.

Simmer Pot 

2. Roasted Chestnuts

So good even Nat King Cole couldn’t help singing about them! The smell of roasting chestnuts is sure to get your guests’ taste buds tingling so it may be worth buying a few extra as I’m sure these will be in high demand.  We love this simple recipe from The Framed Table.

 Chestnuts

3. Mulled Wine

Nothing quite says Christmas like a warming cup of mulled wine.  Most fruits are perfect for adding to mulled wine so you can be as inventive as you like with the recipe (although this one from the Taste Food Blog is particularly good).  If wines not your thing, why not try spiced apple juice or cider?

Glogg Wine 

4. Homemade Orange Candles

This idea is slightly trickier than the others and will take a little bit of practice to perfect, but once you do theses cute little candles are really effective for creating both a lovely ambience and a gorgeous smell.  For any that fail along the way, simply follow Delia Creates advice and add a tea light to the centre instead to create a similar effect!

 Orange Candle

5. Homemade Garlands

This is a great activity to do on a cold winter’s day and even better if you have children around to keep entertained.  This tutorial from 5 Orange Potatoes uses cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to create these pomanders as well as some sweet little ‘acorns’ to hang on the tree.

 Acorn Pomander 3

Every family has their own traditions at Christmas and trying some of these ideas could be a great way to start some new ones!  If you have any great ideas on how to make your home smell like Christmas please share with us in a comment below… 

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The Best DIY Christmas Activities

Christmas is an exciting time of the year, however after all the frenetic parties and shopping it can be quite nice to sit, relax, and do something creative. With this mind we’ve put together some great festive DIY activities for you to relax with. 

Make your own snow globe

This DIY Mason jar snow globe is one of the prettiest we’ve found on Pinterest, and would make a great gift or decoration for the mantelpiece.  Find the guide on how to make this on Simple Craves & Olive Oil.  Once you have mastered this why not make a few in various sizes to create a real centrepiece for your Christmas dinner table?

Snow Globe Jar  

Gold tipped Paper Feathers

We love how sophisticated these feather gift decorations are, and they would certainly make your gifts more memorable.  Lia Griffith has a PDF you can print out to assist you to create your own.

Gold Dipped Paper Feathers 

Make your place settings

We found these sweet and effective Christmas candy cane name holders on Fun with Holiday Crafts.  To create these inexpensive holders all you’ll need is Candy canes, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and cards printed with your guests name in a font of your choice.

 Candy Cane Name Holders For Christmas Table

Make your own wreath

This DIY wreath is so inventive and will help to use up all those left over bits of wrapping paper.  Pinterest is filled with ideas on how to create your own and we love this one! Its delicate nature means it will probably be best kept indoors for your guests to admire.  To see the full step-by-step guide head to Centsational Girl

Gift Wrap Wreath Hutch 

Build a gingerbread house

There’s something really satisfying about building and decorating your own gingerbread house. To bake your own house take a look at the queen of baking - Mary Berry’s recipe here, however if baking is not your thing, don’t worry you can pick up sets of premade pieces and ready-made icing easily. We love the winter wonderland theme of the house below which we found on Biscuiteers.

 Gingerbread House Low Res

Activities such as these are a great way to get into the festive spirit and can also create a welcome break from the busy weeks around Christmas.

We hope you find these suggestions useful and from everyone at Plumbs, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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