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Silver Isn't Always Second Best...

With gold on the nation's mind this summer, spare a thought for the wonderful possibilties of silver.  We say silver doesn't have to mean second best!

Used effectively in the home, this verstile colour oozes luxury and sophistication; and with metallics featuring heavily in interior design this year, you'll be right on trend!



For a truely luxurious look, emphasise the silvery shine with an elaborate silver framed mirror.  Introducing a sparse pop of colour can also be effective and help to add interest to your room.

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The Race is on to Claim a Piece of the Olympic Village

Most of us will remember the 2012 Olympics with  specially made memorabilia, mascots and (fingers crossed) memories of joy and gold medal success.  But did you know that you could also have a slice of the Olympic village in your very own home?!

The Olympic Village furniture has gone on sale to the public, with everything from wall clocks to althetes beds being up for grabs.  A dedicated website has been setup to help shift the furniture, which is hoped to be sold out by the end of October: remainsofthegames.co.uk

There will be something for every budget, with prices ranging from 50p coat hangers (packs of 10) to £2500  guest pass and ticketing centre reception furniture!  So how about it... will you be claiming your piece of sporting history this summer?



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Co-ordinated looks from Prestigious Textiles

The fourth edition of our featured Fabric Supplier series sees beautiful, co-ordinated designs from British company, Prestigious Textiles.   Founded in 1988 and based in West Yorkshire, the company now supply their exciting designs worldwide where their fine reputation continues to grow.

Their range includes a delectable mix of florals, stripes, damasks and semi-plain fabrics specifically produced to work in harmony creating beautiful statements in the home.  We think the PT range is ideal for creating an eye-catching window display.  The co-ordinating designs lends themselves perfectly to a curtains, blinds and cushions for that extra finishing touch!  Take a look at some of our favourite Prestigious Textiles combinations...


An elegant design in a sophisticated palette.  Octavia and Oracle are available in 4 neutral colourways, each creating a beautiful opulent look. This combination would look stunning in the bedroom.



A fresh, modern take on the traditional floral, Rosella is a delicate pretty design which can be complemented beautifully by the striking stripes of Rosella Stripe.  Both fabrics are available from Plumbs in 4 on-trend colourways including Duck Egg and Lavender.



Another bold statement as floral meets stripe.  Emilia is a striking fabric that draws the eye, perfect for floor to ceiling curtains!  Twinned with Fiore Mini Stripe in matching colourway really brings out the pops of purple in this design.  A winning combination.


It can be fun to play around with co-ordinating fabrics, so take your time and mix and match fabrics to create  a look that's perfect for you.  You could even request a free visit from a local Plumbs consultant and try out many different fabric combinations in your home?

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Top 5 Patio Designs

We can but dream that the weather will pick up and the sun will come out.  And when it does, we all want to be ready for it!  Take 5 minutes to be inspired this afternoon with our pick of top Patio designs.  Which is your favourite...?


Inject some fun into your garden with a colourful hideaway!  Combine bright colours with fun fabric designs for an exotic twist to your patio.  We love the vibrant shades of pink and orange here!


Give yourself a place to relax and unwind with this calming bohemian look.  Earthy colours like browns and greens are great here, and for an extra splash of colour try a vibrant shade of turquoise.


If you prefer a less is more approach then this stunning minimalist look is the one for you!  Use neutral, white furniture and simple foliage for this down to earth look.


Want to watch the stars from your patio?  Opt for fun, modern outdoor lighting so you can while away the warm summer evenings in your modern patio setting.  We love the sleek grey and red colour combination!


You shouldn't have to miss out if your patio is small, so make the best of the space you have!  Use outdoor shelving and walls to add pots and flowers and opt for bistro style furniture for a cosy, al fresco feel!

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