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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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Make a Statement with Feature Wallpaper!

We all like our homes to say a little something about us.  Whether it’s modern and classic, feminine chic or loud and bold.  Well what better way than plastering it all over the walls for all to see!  That’s right, with stunning statement wallpapers.

Now I know that painting’s much easier; I know it’s less messy and I know there is nothing more frustrating than 2 ends of paper sticking together with paste.  But, with a boom in beautiful wallpaper designs, it’s difficult to resist.

If the feminine touch is what you’re looking for, try one of these stunning florals.  For a classic, soft approach look at Nina Campbell’s Barrington design (£54 per roll), or choose Duchessa design by Graham & Brown (£25 per roll) for a bolder splash of colour.

For a more gender neutral floral, you could try a large design such as Graham and Brown’s Traviata (£25 per roll), or opt for more unisex colours such as red and white with their Elinor design (£25 per roll).

If florals simply aren’t your style, why not use stripes to enhance your living space.  A pretty candy stripe effect such as Nina Campbell’s Bicton wallpaper (£47 per roll) is full of fun.  Graham & Brown offer their Figaro design (£25 per roll) as a subtler alternative.

Be bold and display you love for retro with these cool geometric patterns.  Go for monochrome chic with Graham & Brown's Mika (£18 per roll), or create a cool, cosy backdrop to your study with Chameleon by Osborne & Little (£84 per roll).

However you plan to wow your house guests, remember there is a whole wealth of designs and styles you can choose from, to suit your personality and style.  Go on, be daring and make a real statement with your décor!


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Blaze of Glory: A Guide to the Post-Modern Fireplace

In times of gloomy weather and January blues, there’s nothing better than popping your feet up in front of the fire!  I love the idea of our open coal fire – but in reality it’s dirty, it back-fires and there’s the endless argument of whose turn it is to go outside and fill up the coal bucket.

So I say it’s about time we look for a cleaner alternative!  I’ve been scouring the web for the ideal fireplace which is up-to-minute designer chic, with a nod to the rustic!  And, I think I’ve some…

Wall Designs

Wall mounted fireplaces can become a piece of art with these stunning designs!  Stylish and out of the way, these are perfect for homes with limited floor space.

There are unique and artistic surround designs…

or something a little more nostalgic, with a modern twist.

Stand Alone

A stylish take on the traditional log burner – the stand alone design is great for making a cosy focal point in your home.

Choose from safe elegant designs ….

…or a more daring colourful option

Hanging Design

A quirky concept – these original designs look stunning in both larger and smaller spaces.

Create a social hub around the base…

or position alone for maximum design impact.

Despite these inspiring designs, I’m afraid I’m still swayed by the traditional.  Guess it’s time to get shovelling that coal! Check back next week for more winter warming designs.


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