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How to create your own patio garden in a small space

Spring has officially sprung and now is the perfect time to think about that outdoor space that is often neglected in the colder months..

In small gardens we often believe there are a lot less options when it comes to creating an inviting and interesting space. Granted, installing large water features or football pitch size expanses of grass aren't going to be an option, but there are still lots of ways you can give your tiny yard or garden that wow factor.  We've put together a list of some of the best ways to you can update your space.

Plants and flowers

Unless you have a lot of free time, it's best to keep patio gardens relatively low maintenance.  I would suggest choosing hardy plants that can survive in pots. Plant pots are great for small areas as they give you the option to move them around when you need the space.  Your local garden centre will be able to suggest the best hard wearing plants to suit.

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Creating a place to eat

One of the big pluses of an outdoor space is being able to take advantage of the nice weather (however short lived), and nothing quite says summer more than enjoying a meal with a cool drink in the evening sun. If you have a small yard, one of the best ways to create an eating area is to use bistro style furniture (which can be easily folded away when not in use).  The quaint style will help create that 'Parisian' look which suits small spaces.  

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Lighting

One of my favourite things to add to a garden to change the ambience is lighting.  Lighting is not only practical but it can help you get the most out of your outdoor space.  A few perfectly placed tea lights or some fairy lights will create a much more cosy and inviting space.

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Adding colour

One way to add your personality to your small garden space to add a splash of colour.  Typically in a garden this is done with a mix of flowers and plants, but this isn't always practical in more bijoux spaces.  Instead you could get creative with the colour of the walls, furniture, or plant pots like these below

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Although not all of these ideas will suit everyone's garden space, they are a simple start that will hopefully inspire you to become more creative when thinking about how to use the limited space in your outdoor area.

Do you plan to have an overhaul this season? Let us know your plans in the comment section below…

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

Every year Pantone release what they believe of the colour which symbolizes the upcoming year.  For 2017, the official colour is Greenery, a zesty green shade with yellow tones.

Pantone describe Greenery as -

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

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How to use ‘Greenery’ in your home

Although initially this colour may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s fresh and natural hue makes it quite versatile in the home.  Greenery can be easily introduced with the addition on fresh plants, subtle accessories or striking upholstery.

‘Greenery’ can also be style in many ways to give completely different looks.  Styling it with white or one or two contrasting colours will give a contemporary look where as teaming it with black and dark browns will create a traditional feel.

Modern:

This look uses a typically Scandinavian piece of furniture covered with a 60’s style fabric called ‘Ferndale’ . The accessories in this room have been kept quite simple in order to let the fabric take centre stage.  Yellow scatter cushions give a burst colour which picks out the yellow tone within the florals in the fabric. 

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Traditional:

By using ‘Greenery’ on a velvet trellis design fabric, this look becomes plush and inviting. Gold accessories and dark textured wallpaper only add to the sumptuousness. The detail in this fabric works well with the detail of the mirror and lamps, but the velvet pattern also helps to reflect light and stop the look becoming too dark. 

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‘Greenery’ will probably prove to a bit like Marmite when it comes to how popular it is in interior design. However we can’t deny that this colour does add energy and life to a colour scheme.

If you need help giving your home a new look, then why not contact us today, and our friendly local Home Consultant will be able to give you a free no obligation quotation. 

 

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5 Easy Ways to update your home

Every now and again we look around our homes and think about the improvements that we could make, and this is never more so than at the beginning of a new season. However it may not always be practical to completely redesign a room or take on a big project, so we've put together this list of the easiest ways to quickly update your space.

A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have been a Pinterest favourite for some time, and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere soon.  These are popular as it's a great way to display all of your art or photography in one place, and also the layout itself can be just as artistic as the images on display.

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New Scatter Cushions

New Scatter cushions are one of the quickest and cheapest ways to add a splash of colour and pattern to a room, and are also the most easy to change when you want to update the scheme at a later date.

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Add new lighting

Lighting is one of the most important ways to change the ambiance of a room, yet is often overlooked. There are so many options when it comes to choosing what type of lighting and where to position it, so it's worth considering how you use the room before spending any money.  For example, if you like to read a lot you may want to create a cosy corner with an adjustable lamp, and lots of comfy throws.

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Add some plants

Fresh flowers and plants are a great way to bring the outdoors in and a sense of freshness to your home. For a more modern look, try to choose plants and flowers in one or two colours, and keep plant pots simple.

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Change the Curtains

With winter round the corner, now may the perfect time to consider some new curtains to keep the heat in.  Thick, sumptuous curtains not only help on the energy bills, they create a luxurious look. Try to position curtains near the ceiling and buy them long enough to just skim the floor. This tricks the eye into thinking the window is bigger than in actually is.

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There are lots of ways to update your living space without spending a lot of money, and these are just a small selection of them.  Pinterest is a great source when looking for inspiration and little tricks to transform a room, so it's usually worth creating a mood board before changing anything to work out what type of look you're trying to create.  To see what's inspired us this month follow the Plumbs Pinterest page.

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Plumbs Join North West Business Panel

Plumbs Managing Director – Sarah Page joined a panel of two other local businesses to discuss the dynamics of working within a family run business. 

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"70% of businesses in the U.K. fall under the "family business" bracket"

This was the first event from the North West Family Business Association, and it's great that we could be a part of it. The session was hosted by Penny Haslam (a professional keynote speaker and conference host).

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The session began with an introduction to the panel; Sarah spoke about being the 3rd generation within the Plumbs Company, working in each department at Head Office and eventually taking over as Managing Director in 2009.  She began by working with her family on the market stall in the early days of Plumbs history from the age of 10, and briefly training to be a nurse in her teenage years before starting her career at Plumbs.

Next we heard from Kit, who along with his siblings started the Seven Bro7hers Brewery, which produce craft beers.  This passion for beer came from their father who was a keen home brewer, and after Kits career as a teacher wasn't going to plan, he and his brothers decided to take a risk and begin their own company.  Today there are 3 active brothers within the company however he went on to explain that they all still input their ideas when necessary.

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The third panellist was Daniel Turner from William Turner & Son.  Daniel began working with his father at the company fresh from university. He is now the 2nd generation after the company was established in 1969.

William Turner

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The session went on with Penny asking about the benefits and drawbacks about working within a family business..

The panel felt the main benefit of working for a family business was there was much more freedom to explore fresh ideas. One of the event sponsors - Gorvins Solicitors say this on their blog…

“Flexibility – Notwithstanding the fact that family business often stay close to the core of their business, one of the unique factors of family businesses is their ability to be flexible and react quickly. “

They went on to discuss how the culture of a family led business differs from other companies where the structure and departments may stop new projects and ideas from progressing as quickly.

Maintaining a good work/life balance was seen as the only drawback, as it can be easy to carry on the discussions about the day when you leave the office.  A member of the audience asked if the panel had any tips on how to combat this, Sarah Page expressed that she allows herself half an hour at the end of each work day to discuss any issues and then that's it – her family must switch off from the work and concentrate on home life.

One of the other major topics Penny covered was the route in which they saw their company’s going, and whether they had any plans on succession within the family.  The entire panel mentioned that they hoped their children would join the business (if not already); however it was important not to pressure them about their future.

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This morning was an interesting insight into how other business' work and how they plan to grow with their family heritage in mind.  It was also interesting to see how other companies in completely different industries worked when run by family members.

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