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Archive for June 2012

Re-upholstery in London

We've been working hard this year to raise awareness of our local in-home consultancy service, bringing you information about Consultants in your local area.  And today, the road has stopped in London!  I don't know about you, but shopping can be stressful at the best of times and when you add a capital city into the mix, scouting around for a new sofa can become unbearable!

Lucky for the residents of London (and the rest of the UK) Plumbs have Consultants who are local to you and will visit you in your own home.  You can browse fabric samples and discuss your options for re-upholstery without any obligation and completely stress free!



Click on the links below to find out more about re-upholstery services in your local area:

Re-upholstery in North London

- including Barnet & Enfield.

Re-upholstery in Central London

-including Waterloo & Kensington

Re-upholstery in West London

-including Wembely & Harrow

Re-upholstery in South West London

- including Richmond & Croydon

Re-upholstery in South East London

- including Greenwich & Dartford

Re-upholstery in North East London

- including Ilford & Redbridge

Remember - Plumbs have Consulatants all over the UK - more spotlighted areas coming soon...

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Fabrics for a Great British Summer!

We can never rely on the British weather, especially not through the summer! With the fun-filled season officially here, it can be quite a dampner to look out onto dull and dreary skies, as many of us will be doing today!  So, since we're forced to stay indoors until the sun decides to pay us a visit, we'll have to bring the fun of summer to us at home!

Plumbs have a great range of fabrics ideal for adding vibrancy and life into your home this summer.  So, forget about the weather, where would you like to go today?


The beach hut look is very popular this year, and it's not hard to see why.  Cool greens and blues offset with sandy neutral tones can create a calming, tranquil environment.


Inject some fun into your Great British summer with a vibrant pop of colour!  This bright pink harvests all the fun of the fair.  Contrast with a plain neutral fabric for maximum impact!


Red, yellow and terracotta are the perfect colours for wamring you up during our cooler British summer.  Why travel thousands of miles when you can have a sunny paradise in your living room?!


For a gentler, more traditional English feel, opt for a delicate floral design.  A pink and green colour scheme works well here for a fresh, femenine feel!

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The Woman Who Covered a House

Last month we told you about a special event whereby installation artist Alice Francis would be attemping to cover an entire Galloway Cottage as part of the country's premier open studios arts and crafts event - the Spring Fling.  The extraordinary feat proved to be a huge success, with the specially made loose covers fitting snugly around the contours of the building, including its three large chimneys

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Alice even went to the lengths of covering herself in the same floral fabric as her cottage covers.  She wore a suit made from the Plumbs' Rose & Scroll fabric, standing out from the crowd and merging into her latest arts piece.

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Helping to cover an entire building was a great challenge for us and to have achieved it with such success proves our motto to be true, that Plumbs really can cover almost anything!  It has been a true delight to work with Alice on this project and we wish her every success in her future ventures.

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Top 5 Utility Room Designs

I don't know about you but the sunshine always has me anticipating fresh, washing line dried laundry!  There's nothing better than climbing into a crisp, freshly made bed after a long summer's day and taking in the fresh smells of the outside!  For me it's the one time of year when laundry doesn't seem so much of a chore, with the end results being worth the ritual of seperating, washing, hanging, ironing and folding.  But maybe there's a way to enjoy the usually mundane task all year round, by revamping your utility space!

The utility room deserves considerate design and decor like any other room in the house, and today we look at our top 5 favourite looks...


A popular design trend at the moment is reworking the 50's style with enamel storage and traditionl, retro styled bottles.  The Belfast sink is a key feature for this nostalgic trend, along with a warm yet muted colourscheme of grey and cream.  Pinks and Greens and various shades of red and brown also work well with this look.


Creating a similar feeling of nostalgia, the shabby chic look is also a popular choice of utility rooms.  Steel storage containers and simple decorative flower arrangements are a common feature for this look.  A sage and white colourscheme helps to keep the space looking fresh.


On the opposite end of the spectrum, a more modern feel can be created with wire baskets and industrial style metal shelving.  A femenine feel can still be maintained with carefully chosen wall colours and accessories, like purple and pink.


Adopt a bold and colourful palette for a fun and cheerful utility space.  Ironing could never be dull in a room like this!  Be brave with your colour choices and choose contrasting hues for maximum impact.  Include exciting fabric designs to complement the quirky look.


A simple white colour scheme should not be underestimated however!  Not only will it create an illusion of space in smaller utility rooms, the colour is fresh and clean - just how you want your laundry!  You can make it less clinical with the addition of natural woods, creating a more homely feel.  Adding an accented colour would also work well here if used sparingly.

What's your utility room style?

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