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Top 5 Home Library Designs

With the children and grandchildren getting ready for back to school, now is a great time of year to rethink your study or home library. It may all be about electronic books today but for me you can't beat the look, smell and general ambiance created by shelves full of books! There are many different ways we can incorporate home libraries into the style and design of our homes, so here's just a few of my top 5 favourites...


If you like to be organised, arrange your books in colour order to keep things looking neat and tidy. These vibrant book spines look great against the dark wood of the shelves giving this a modern and fun feel.



For something a little more traditional you could choose rustic, earthy colours of browns and muted green. The ladder adds a little rustic charm here, and the globe gives the room a studious feel.



The perfect place to hideaway with a good book, this mezzanine home library is great for utilising space and adding a pretty feature to this home. The natural lighting from the skylight window will make for excellent reading!



This certainly is a unique design, and yet another great use of space. To me this feels like a secret archive where you can store all your favourite books!



I love nothing more than curling up with a good book and what a cosy place to do it! Combining a comfy chair with effective lighting you can create a snug home library to sit and relax.


What's your Home Library style?

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Mood Board Magic: Where to get your Inspiration!

When it comes to creating a mood board for your latest home decorating project we may all start at different points.  We may have a particular theme or colour scheme in mind, or we may just know how we want the room to make us feel.  Regardless of how far along the creative process we are, we can all use the same resources to find ways of bringing our ideas together.

So where are the best places to glean inspiration?  The simple answer: anywhere and everywhere!  Whether it's a beautiful room set you've seen in a magazine or the colours on a crisp autumn morning, almost anything can be used to fuel your creativity....


Remember to keep your eyes out and photograph, cut and collect anything that grabs your attention.  Keep hold of your findings and check back soon to see how to collate your ideas into an inspiring mood board that will help you achieve your perfect look!

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Design Explained: Jacquard style Fabrics

The world of fabrics can be a tricky place to navigate!  With damasks, scrolls, jacquards and trails, it's sometimes hard to keep track of what means what.  So today I wanted to shed some light one of our most popular fabric styles: the Jacquard.

Originally named after French inventor, Joseph Marie Jacquard in1801, a Jacquard fabric consists of an intricately woven pattern that is raised from the background as opposed to simply printed on. A true jacquard fabric is made using a special Jacquard loom, but the jacquard style or effect can be created in other ways too, giving the same raised look as the jacquard.

This style is great for adding texture and interest to your home textiles.  Let's explore a few of our top Jacquard style fabrics that could add that something special to your home...


A TRUE Jacquard fabric, Belgravia Garden has a subtle floral design which brings texture to the neutral fabric.  Indulge in the luxury of this fabric by teaming with sumptuous golds.


The jacquard style used on this fabric helps to strengthen the contrast between the elaborate design and the background - making for a striking focal point.


A traditional floral incorporating the jacquard style, this tapestry like fabric looks sophisticated and grand.  Perfect for the more traditional home.

Other Jacquard-style fabrics from Plumbs

We have 33 Jacquard style fabric designs in a number of colourways, and 5 true jacquard fabrics for that extra added luxury feel.

Which is your favourite?

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Mood Board Magic: the first in a 3 part series!

When it comes to planning an event or the revamp of a room, it can be difficult to know where to start!  Where can you go for inspiration and how can you tell what will work together?  This is where the beauty of the mood board comes in!

A mood board is simply a place where all of your inspiration comes together, so you can get an idea of the overall look and feel of your completed project.  Not only is it a great tool, it can also be lots of fun!

Over a short series of blogs we will explore the uses of mood boards, where to glean your inspiration and how to collate your ideas together to give wonderful results!  The topic of focus today:

When to use a Mood Board?

You can use a mood board for lots of different projects.  We will be looking specifically at mood boards for room design, but there are lots of other reasons you may wish to construct a mood board of ideas...



Check back next week for some top tips on how to be inspired!

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