Changing Old But Tidy to Shabby Chic Grates Horribly

Changing Old But Tidy to Shabby Chic Grates Horribly

Furniture Care, Interior Design
There are some amazing new furniture suppliers dotted around in villages and small towns.  Artisan designers are coming through and the upsurge in daytime tv lifestyle shows is highlighting just how many big houses there are out there to be snapped up and moved into.  With the right kind of furniture and effects.   The magazines are absolutely bulging with ideas how to update this theme or modernise that.  We have gone through the shabby chic phase - not one of my  favourites by any means.  I cannot personally see the attractiveness of a battered looking chest of drawers.  I especially cannot get the vibe when some one takes a perfectly normal one and then distresses it.  What on earth is all that about!  I help out by volunteering at a…
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Spring Calls For Ensuit Upgrade – & Better Water!

Spring Calls For Ensuit Upgrade – & Better Water!

Furniture Care, Interior Design
You only have to look at the number of lifestyle magazines currently adorning the shelves of the supermarket to realise that spring has sprung, and it's all hell for leather in the furniture sourcing, paper and paint sampling stakes.  This happy situation will now continue on until the end of the summer holidays, when in September, we start the list for jobs to be to tackled a soon as the Christmas cheer as begun to dribble away.  But as far as excitement goes, I like the idea of upgrading bathrooms and ensuites - being able to shoot across my very comfortably carpeted bedroom floor and ablute in my own little sanctury is absolute heaven.  But with the hard warter in this area, it is one concern that everything is now…
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Moving Up Chain Involves New Furniture Too

Moving Up Chain Involves New Furniture Too

Furniture Care, Interior Design
When you move house, particularly going from a small starter home up to the next phase or even further in one jump, there is that temptation to toss out the cheap old furniture and buy, buy, buy.  I've witnessed this recently when a young relative moved from a neat little 3 bedroomed starter home with the best of the flatpack furniture they could afford.  They've left the wall mounted cabinets they installed to house their tiny collection of glasses, mugs, videos etc.  It was such hard work making up this furniture scheme.  Much agonising holding up cabinets on shoulders whilst the other fixed them to the walls.  They couldn't face taking them down and making good the walls!   The sheer cost of replacing all seemed prohibitive.  Careful browsing and sourcing…
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Ensuring Dad’s Effects Go To Loving New Home

Ensuring Dad’s Effects Go To Loving New Home

Furniture Care, Interior Design
One of the more interesting things I got involved with over the last few weeks was helping to clear out a bungalow with a pal whose father had recently entered a care home.  This meant that the bungalow needed to be totally cleared, decorated and made good for renting out.  The rent would go a little way to half of one week's care fees. After sorting the wardrobes and small stuff like china and bakeware etc - bagged up for the charity shops, we started on the furniture.   There were beds, wardrobes chests - we thought we'd struggle to dispose of them, assuming no one wanted anything that wasn't from the swedish emporium, but the local auction house were thrilled to collect.  Everything had been so lovingly cared for. …
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Boxing Day To Black Friday – Sales Are Sales

Boxing Day To Black Friday – Sales Are Sales

Furniture Care, Interior Design
It's that time of year again when the massive furnishing companies are forking out an arm and a leg to advertise their  wares - and if we're all jolly quick and order now, we can have our chosen suite in time for Christmas.  This is the clarian call every December - and in February we hear sob stories from consumers who ordered, paid out a hefty whack, but did not get a suite by Christmas, or did, but it wasn't the gloriously huge leather number they thought they'd ordered. There is a tendency for companies to look to Christmas as the panacea of all ills in the commercial world these days.  It is possible that the Black Friday madness we imported form the US has had a different effect on…
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Sourcing Designs To Suit Building Age & Era

Sourcing Designs To Suit Building Age & Era

Furniture Care, Interior Design
I am currently surrounded by family members who have either just moved house and are mid refurb and adjust, or are mid move and planning how they are going to fill their new palace of glittering delights!  When you have been used to confining your living habits to a small, perfectly formed, starter home, it must be something more than just a dream to know that shortly you will be getting two or three times the space in each of the rooms. In this scenario, one of the couple has been busily sourcing ideas on line.  Being in the web based industry they have many contacts and companies they can talk to.  They seek new furniture that will not look out of place in a conversion - so beamed home,…
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Upsizing Requires Thoughful Planning

Upsizing Requires Thoughful Planning

Furniture Care, Interior Design
Funny how when you buy your first home, it usually being quite small but hopefully well proprtioned, it is easy to get it furnished to a reasonable degree from either second hand shops or that very well known scandinavian home emporium.  The difficulty is agreeing on style and theme - there isn't always a great choice in design.  Just the size and multi purpose nature can be a factor - if you only have one or two bedrooms, then buying a suite that includes a good quality sofa bed could be the answer the many problems at Christmas. A young couple I know who are upsizing from a bijoux 3 bed starter home to a large and spacious stone conversion.  They feel sure that their current corner suite, square and…
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Getting The Sofa Right Is The Priority

Getting The Sofa Right Is The Priority

Furniture Care, Interior Design
One of the enduring questions that crops up in family sized homes is what sort of sofa arrangement should we invest in. . . . . .  It can be an expensive mistake if one person chooses something and the others hate it and won't go near the sitting room!  On the other hand, if the wrong size is bought, or a limited design, then the family won't want to squeeze onto it anyway. Getting advice from a professional furnishing outlet, prefereably one of the independent retailers, means they will give ideas as to how certain layouts offer what benefits and whether a suggested idea might end up being too limiting.  The professionals really do know how to make the most of any given space and will be able to…
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The Best Way to Care for Leather Furniture

The Best Way to Care for Leather Furniture

Furniture Care
Lots of us have leather within our furniture at home, be it a sofa, chair or storage unit.  To keep leather looking its best, and lasting a long time, it is important to care for it properly.  Here are some tips for keeping your leather cared for nicely. Regularly wipe your leather furniture down with a clean, dry cloth.  This helps to keep dust from building up.  Perhaps build this into your weekly cleaning routine so you do not forget!  If you need to, use a little distilled water on your cloth to get really stubbon dust. Use a vacuum cleaner to get into the nooks and crannies of your furniture.  All furniture builds up dirt and debris at some point, and leather is no exception!  Use a soft bristle…
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Fixing Scratches in Wooden Furniture

Fixing Scratches in Wooden Furniture

Furniture Care
Wood furniture is lovely to look at and can be highly durable, but it is definitely susceptible to scratches and dents!  Small scuffs can be fixed easily at home without needing to strip back the wood.  Antique pieces might need professional care, and if you have any doubts it is always better to get a pro to take a look before you attempt to solve the problem yourself!  Here are some ideas to help you sort out minor sratches in wooden furniture. Carefully clean your furniture before tending to the scratch.  You can use a little mild dish soap with water and a soft cloth to gently remove any dirt from the wood.  Make sure you let it dry before starting your repair. As most modern wood furniture has some…
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