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Inspired By… The Lake District

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The beautiful landscapes of the English Lake District have inspired artists like J.M.W Turner, poets like Coleridge and writers like Beatrix Potter. It boasts beautiful lakes, lush valleys of ancient woodland, meadows carpeted with wildflowers and mountains that are popular with climbers, fell walkers and campers.

There's nothing more beautiful than waking in the hot sunshine; a short stroll to the larkspurs and forget-me-nots dotted around the shores of Ullswater. Once there, you can walk around the expanse of water, or hire a boat and explore the lake on a more personal level. If you fall in love with the place you can end up wanting to take a little piece home with you.

To that end, we've hand-picked 3 beautiful fabrics that will remind you of the beauty and charm of England's Lake District.

Magnolia Gardens



Magnolia Gardens is a stunning, duck egg blue upholstery fabric reminiscent of water plants drifting lazily across a lake, or of flowers outlined and highlighted in a fresh new summer sky. Its large scale floral pattern references both the fifties and this season's couture fashions, where designers plucked fresh colourful blooms from history and arranged them across maxi skirts. You can use this fabric to cover your furniture and channel the beauty of the lakes into your living room.

Mandalay's Fern Green




Our Mandalay Fern Green fabric evokes the soft lacy stems of ferns that wind over the open fields and brisk mountains of the Lake District. The golden-green sheen of the upholstery cloth gives the muted fabric the glow of a summer's afternoon, stirring memories of waterside sunbathing and the sweet scent of crushed grass in the sun.

Delphina Blue




The exquisite blue purple of this upholstery fabric is an exquisite tribute to the wild delphiniums of July, although considerably more comfortable. The soft creamy yellow backdrop sets off the more definite colour beautifully, a gentle contrast that has undertones of early lake mornings. A pot of Delphinium Sungleams are the perfect finishing touch for a Lake District inspired room.

Remember, if you want to bring the Lake District into your home, with a bouquet of floral patterning or new, limpid blue upholstery for your sofa, Plumbs can offer you a free, no obligation home consultation, where we can offer you advice about shades, fabrics and styles for your dream home. Contact us today!

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Discover Pantone's Poppy Red

Do you want a brighter, more up to date home? Then Poppy Red, a surprise addition to Pantone's Spring 2013 colour report, could be the colour for you.

Why Pantone Poppy Red?



In the Japanese language of flowers, Hanakotoba, the red poppy means 'fun-loving', and it makes sense! Poppy Red is a vibrant, lively colour with a playful slant; and meshes particularly well with crisp white walls. One designer, Carmen Marc Valvo, commented that he loved the colour because of its passion and sense of optimism, and Pantone picked Poppy Red because it had oriental influences, currently a major trend in fashion and interiors.

Inspiration


Red has been the accent colour of choice for a few seasons now. The re-invented Valentino fashion  house has announced the Valentino's

'Rockstud Red' collection for its 2013 Fall / Winter collection, the poppy motif has become exceptionally popular with interior designers, and Olympic Champion Victoria Pendleton wore the colour at Ascot this year. Red lips and nails dominated the catwalk, and poppies themselves are just bursting into bloom this June and July.


Mix It Up


Another great thing about Poppy Red is how easily it can be paired with other hues. White and cream are popular shades, but by no means the only choices. Other neutrals that align well include a soft mocha (especially if executed in suede) and linen, its companion on this summer's Pantone colour chart. More bold options include black and white in graphic hues, or grey home accessories in an industrial chic. Soft gold hues can work well, just be careful that they are not too overpowering, unless you want to reference the Oriental trend more overtly.

Remember, if you want to brighten your home, with a pair of poppy print curtains or new, poppy red upholstery for your sofa, Plumbs can offer you a free, no obligation home consultation, where we can offer you advice about shades, fabrics and styles for your dream home.

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Mix and Match Fabrics for Stunning Reupholstery!

I am handing the floor over to you today to see what you make of our latest project?  We've reupholstered this stunning occasional chair in carefully co-ordinating fabrics that could give homes a real wow factor!

For me this is ideal!  I like furniture to make a statement but all too often I find myself not daring enough to opt for eye cathcing fabrics like this Chenille Velvet Stripe.  This latest project would allow me to showcase a modest plain fabric (in a stunning attention grabbing colour I might add!), as well as showing off my personality with the more daring design!  I think this look gives great definition and interest to furniture.  What are your thoughts?

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Bring the Outdoors In with Nature Inspired Home Decor

The natural world makes for a beautiful home for so much wildlife, so why don’t we take a leaf out of nature’s book (no pun intended!) and bring a bit of the outdoors into our homes this Spring? One of the best sources of design inspiration, nature can offer up beautiful rich, earthy palettes, interesting textures and quirky decorative ideas. Come – explore the elements with me!

Natural Wood

Whether you opt for real wood floors, solid oak furniture or something a little bit different, like this log wood coffee table, using real wood in the home brings instant outdoors appeal.


Plants and Decorative Twigs

Like wood, introducing living plants around your home is a great way to pay homage to the great outdoors.


If green isn't your colour, why not choose colourful flowers for a bold accent or choose decorative twigs for a cooler feel.


Earthy Palette

If natural materials don’t suit your style, you can still take inspiration from nature and adopt a rich, earthy palette. You could opt for fresh, luscious greens or dark, moody browns to create your interior oasis. Combining the two contrasting shades can also give a nice effect.

Remember, you don’t have to go bold with your colour palette – why not opt for subtler shades of green and brown for an understated look.


Nature Inspired Patterns

When all else fails, you can always cheat and bring nature into your home with printed patterns. Florals are a classic with varying designs giving both traditional and modern feels.


Another popular print at the moment are birds; take for example, Sanderson’s new Swallows design.


However you choose to decorate this Spring, don’t forget to be inspired by all that is around you. Failing that, keep an eye on the Plumbs blog for more design tips and ideas!

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