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Keeping The Summer Alive


For most of us we've enjoyed our summer holidays on the beach and are looking to beat those post-holiday blues.  Keeping the holiday spirit alive is not always an easy task when the temperature is dropping and the suns isn't shining, but if you would like to inject some zest into your home then why not take inspiration from the looks below.



This look has taken inspiration from the beach by using shells, twigs and washed wood.  The natural colour palette of orange, greens and browns helps create a sense of calm and tranquil.


Curtains



This look uses yellow and gold tones to create an air of opulence when used with grey and black accessories.  The Francesca Gold Fabric hangs from floor to ceiling and frames the window beautifully and it is sure to brighten any room.


Accessories


These looks are about simple key pieces like a cream sofa and flooring or walls brought to life with bold citrus accents and accessories such as cushions, curtains, wall art and throws.  If you struggle for natural light these accessories below can help brighten a dark space, but just remember not to clutter the space, as this could make it feel even smaller.   You can also remind yourself of those long walks in the countryside by bringing some outdoor influences in, using plants and wild flowers without great expense.





  1. Green Flowers - aliexpress.com

  2. Wall Art - etsy.com

  3. Lighting - Ikea

  4. Plumbs Scatter cushion - ‘Perdita - Ochre’

  5. Yankee Candle - Yankeecandle.co.uk

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Open Plan Decorating Ideas

Open plan living isn't just for twenty-something Manhattanites with more money than sense. After all, it was pioneered by architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright; his 'Prairie Houses' are known as the first example of open plan interiors. He favoured minimalist styles, long windows and low roofs; many modern interpretations follow his style, excepting that they favour high ceilings.

Dividing the Room


There are so many options for dividing up a room. Chic folding screens will give a room an Oriental or vintage theme depending on the style; and they can be bought everywhere nowadays - even budget shops like Wilkinsons stock surprisingly beautiful floral styles.

The other main option is using furniture to partition off mini 'living spaces'; for example a three piece suite to create a small living room area, or creating a PlayStation area for teenage grandchildren with a circle of beanbags.

Using colourful curtains to screen a window seat is excellent use of space, and makes for an elegant reading nook. This works particularly well with bay windows. These Sophia curtains, in rouge, are a bold and attractive trim for a neutral, open plan room.

Hampstead Ivory


The best idea is to keep the centre neutral, and accentuate with touches of vibrant colour at the edges of your open plan area. Textured neutrals, and brightly coloured accents, give a room life without making it look small or dark.

If your sofa is a deep or bold colour, remember you needn't buy new; instead, why not purchase some loose covers, and transform your furniture into an exquisite, yet subtle masterpiece? The woven, linen look of this Hampstead Ivory upholstery fabric is tasteful and hardwearing, as well as being machine washable.

Materials


Consider the materials you use in your open plan home very carefully. Luxurious, yet raw and unpolished is the look to aim for. The walls could be unfinished brick; the struts exposed and wooden. Floors should be tiled in Welsh slate, or else with floorboards that have had the barest polish. Re-upholster your furniture in natural yet tactile fabrics; think sheepskins, linen, woven cotton.

Remember, if you want to create a Frank Lloyd Wright style Prairie House, Plumbs can offer you a free, no obligation home consultation, where we can measure your curtains and sofa, so we can help you create the perfect open plan paradise.

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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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Your Home Improvement Resolution

Millions of people every year will make a new year resolution and millions of people will not keep to them, I know, I am one of them.  This is mainly because they are not realistic, too many are made or they're not thought through enough.  However if home improvement has been one of them we have some good tips to help keep you on the road to resolution.

To manage any sort of project there are three main requirements:

    • Decide what needs to be done
    • Prioritise what need to be done
    • Set yourself goals to achieve what needs to be done


In deciding what needs to be done you should try and take a subjective look at your home, a good way to do this is to take a walk around in the mindset of a prospective buyer, you will probably be shocked to see what is in need of improvement.  Get a piece of paper and a pencil and walk through your home room by room.

Starting from the entrance to your home, be it a porch or hallway.  Is it bright and welcoming, or dark and uninviting?  Using softer and lighter shades of colour on the walls can make a dramatic improvement to how people first perceive your home.  This can also be achieved of letting in more natural light, which is not always possible but can be remedied by adding more or brighter lighting fixtures.

The next logical step would be your Living Room, this is where you most need to feel relaxed and restful.  So it is important that all the walls, furnishings, curtains and flooring be coordinated and harmonise with each other.  Neutral tones on the walls are often used as a safe colour to achieve this effect and are easier to contrast with your other features.  If you find your suite is looking tired and worn, fitting made to measure furniture covers are a cheaper alternative to buying a new sofa.

Dinging Rooms are going to a big design essential for 2008 and visual indigestion will definitely not improve your family's appetite. Ever wondered why red is such a popular colour for restaurants and dining rooms? It's because it stimulates the appetite. It's also an energising colour and therefore a good backdrop for social situations. However, choose the shade carefully - you want to create warmth rather than an oppressive, angry atmosphere.

Now to your Kitchen, the most important factor of this room is hygiene.  If there are any dirty marks damage to work surfaces or cupboards then the impression may not be very tasteful.  The main idea of improvement to this room is make it as functional and pleasant to be in.

You may not think it but it can be quite simple and relatively cheap to spruce up you Bathroom.  Just by replacing your taps, toilet seats, shower curtain/door etc. with new or modern fittings can make a real difference.  Look at the flooring, we are becoming more European in our tastes and they regard carpet as unhygienic. Changing to cork, bamboo or ceramic tiles will give your bathroom a fresh, clean and modern look. Coloured suites are also out of fashion. Look out for offers at the DIY stores or on the Internet and consider replacement with plain white.

And finally your Boudoir.  In the bedroom the obvious focal point should be your bed and dressed to command attention, this can be done in a number of fashions such as using bedspreads and scatter cushions.  Colours again are important in creating the right atmosphere and reflect the personality of whoever this room is intended.  You should take you time here to decide how you can create that ultimate feeling for yourself.

Good luck!

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