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Trend watch - “The Super Naturals” PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:16

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Trend watch - “The Super Naturals”

‘Pales never fail’ when it comes to natural tones in the home

Natural tones remain ever-popular in the home as they provide a neutral backdrop that homeowners can inject their own colour and personality into the room with accessories and soft furnishings.

White, cream and ivory are incredibly practical as they create the illusion of space; keeping large rooms bright and airy and opening up smaller, more compact areas.  Natural tones are sometimes perceived as being uninspiring; however, combining a contrasting mix of textures throughout the home can create an easy, luxurious and modern vibe.  From sleek, high-gloss white surfaces in the kitchen; to ornately carved ivory mirror frames in the living room; and all the way upstairs to the bedroom with the soft, plush texture of cream upholstered armchairs and headboards…

Natural colours provide a ‘blank canvas’ in the room to decorate and accessorise with the personal touch.  Chic natural tones create a base colour; allowing individual style and character to shine forth.  The versatility of natural colours makes them ‘at home’ whether in a classic, sophisticated setting or in minimalist, modern surroundings.

Natural beauty still remains the ‘fairest of them all’ and shows no signs of abating.

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Many British Grown-Ups Still Cuddle a Teddy Bear in Bed to Fall Asleep PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2012 15:52


A number of British adults use stuffed animals to relax, de-stress and fall asleep, according to a recent survey.

Findings by hotel chain Travelodge show that 35% of grown-ups still take a teddy bear to bed with them to help them catch some zzz’s.

The research of 6,000 Brits revealed that men are the biggest kids at heart because 25% of males surveyed confessed that they take their stuffed animal away on business with them, and many said that it was because it reminded them of home and therefore aided them to fall asleep better. The study also found that 24% men hid their soft toy when family, friends or girlfriends came to visit; and 10% of women admitted to treating their teddy bear like a best friend by sharing secrets with it.

 
Daisy Decor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 March 2012 17:20

“Daisy Décor”

Exclusive new carved Daisy Brambles furniture range from Little Lucy Willow


Little Lucy Willow, the exclusive luxury children’s furniture and accessory company, has an exquisite new range of hand-carved furniture to bring the essence of summer into the home with the beautiful Daisy Brambles range.

Making ‘daisy-chains’ is a time-honoured favourite activity for little girls during the summer months. Intricately carved with daisies, Little Lucy Willow has created an exclusive range that brings floral fancy into the home and smiles to their faces.  The solid wood design, made in England by master craftsmen and finished in a number of colour options (fresh Angel White, Cream Bun and Ballerina Pink), features a signature carved band of daisies on all furniture pieces across the range.  The Daisy Brambles range comprises matching bed, wardrobe, bedside, desk, bedding box, chest of drawers, tallboy, tall bookcase and wall mirror. 

 
The National Trust Kitchen Collection PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 March 2012 17:04

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THE FIRST DESIGN in the BRAND NEW NATIONAL TRUST KITCHEN COLLECTION by PARLOUR FARM IS LAUNCHED

The ‘Shrewsbury' kitchen

The first limited edition design in the brand new bespoke National Trust kitchen collection by Parlour Farm is now on sale - the ‘Shrewsbury' kitchen was officially unveiled by the National Trust's Director General, Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, and marks the start of this exciting exclusive new venture.


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The overall collection has been named ‘The National Trust Woodlands Collection'. In total there will be six designs. The first, the Shrewsbury, was inspired by the grand kitchens seen in Attingham Park house, near Shrewsbury. This design is crafted using FSC Maplewood with glorious oak inlaid cock beading and dogtooth detailing and painted in a paint colour from Parlour Farm's own paint range called ‘Little Olive', an eco-friendly paint.

The second design will be launched in August 2012, and will be more of a ‘workers kitchen', with larder units, nostalgic fabrics and a central work table. Each design will boast quite different styles and design details, reflecting the wide and precious portfolio of spaces and places that are under the care of the National Trust.

 
Unlocking Your Property’s Potential Value With a View To Selling PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 March 2012 09:24

Unlocking Your Property’s Potential Value With a View To Selling

In these reportedly difficult economic times the property market continues to be turbulent and unpredictable. Areas that were once demanding top bracket house prices are being forced to lower headline figures and new build projects are becoming less frequent through lack of demand.
This apparent slump in the market is forcing potential buyers to look at other alternatives such as renting, with a view to saving extra income for when the market stabilises. However there are some potential buyers that want to invest for the future and that still believe their money is better tied up in property than sat collecting low interest levels in a bank’s vault. So with a limited number of buyers, it’s important that if you’re looking to sell, your own home needs to be as attractive as possible.
 
Spring cleaning with the experts! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2012 11:41

If the thought of the dreaded spring clean leaves you in a panic, you’re not alone! Many of us look around our homes and despair at the amount of junk that needs clearing and the dirt that needs shifting, and what’s worse - we know the longer we leave it, the worse it will get! But don’t fret, we’ve asked our cleaning experts to offer their professional advice to help you get motivated!

Racheal Hughes set up the award-winning green cleaning company, Green Mop, in the Brighton, Cheltenham and Worcester areas in 2007, and knows that starting such a big project is not an easy task.

“Facing the big Spring Clean can be daunting. My mantra for cleaning my own home is to do little and often, but some chores are regularly missed out in my normal routine and saved for The Big Blitz!”

Owner of professional cleaning company, Splash Clean in Winchester and Alresford, Colleen Skinner also knows that being prepared to tackle the mountain of work is very important.

“The mere thought of spring cleaning can drain every last drop of energy out of some folk! Take it easy and try to rope in a friend to help with the task. Arm yourself with boxes and black bags… and a good supply of tea!”

 
Fwd: Learn to paint Delft tiles in a weekend PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 February 2012 07:59
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PRESS RELEASE Issue date: February 2012

HOW TO PAINT TILES IN THE DELFT TRADITION

Art on Tiles – the bespoke hand painted tile company – is planning a weekend tile painting course for 28th and 29th July at the Art on Tiles studio near Arundel in West Sussex.

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Starting with blank, unglazed ceramic tiles, readers will learn all the techniques needed to create single-décor tiles in the Delft tradition whilst taking in a brief history of this fascinating and enduringly fashionable craft.

Skills taught include, glazing, pricking out and transferring designs and the fairly exacting demands of painting onto raw glaze using the traditional natural pigments. A huge range of designs is available to choose from, many in the most recognisable blue created by cobalt on white tin-glaze, and some in a wider range of soft, natural colours which are also traditional.

 
6 tips for crating a stylish teen bedroom PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 January 2012 09:06

When your child hits 13 it's quite likely that their bedroom will no longer be 'cool' enough for their new teenage status. When this happens your teen may suddenly have lots of ideas for their new look room. Being the experienced adult you'll need to guide them on style to ensure their ideas transform into stylish interior design, as opposed to a design disaster.

 
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