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Plumbs at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

This year’s exhibition calendar has been jam-packed with lots of new shows and events, and there’s still more to come.

One of our favourite shows to visit is the Tatton Park Flower Show which we attended towards the end of last month. This is a great show if you’re looking for a little inspiration for your home and garden, with a variety of stalls selling everything from cheese to lawnmowers.

As you’d expect the beautiful flowers are a huge attraction for this show. This is just a small fraction of some of the striking flowers we saw displayed…

Tatton Park Collage

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If we didn’t see you there this year why not visit us at an event near you?  To find out more head to our exhibitions page.  Alternatively if you would like to arrange a free home consultation to see our range of reupholstery, loose covers and curtains fabrics - see our visit request page. We hope to see you soon!

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6 ways to update your garden this summer

Is your garden in need of a makeover?  Then follow our guide below to help you make the most of it this summer.

  1. Add colour

Adding colour to your garden is one of the easiest ways to give it a new lease of life.  By simply buying a few planters filled with colourful plants you can really freshen the overall look. Or for a cheaper alternative. why not get creative and update the pots you already own with spray paint? There are many tutorials online like this one below from bowerpowerblog

Blue Ombre Plant Pot 

  1. Lights, lights, lights!

We know the importance of good lighting in our homes, but our gardens can often be overlooked.  Lighting outside is not only practical, it can add character and make us want to use our gardens more (especially on those warm summer nights).  There are lots options to choose from when looking at lighting for your garden. Solar lights are a particularly good option as they are relatively cheap to buy and can just be staked into the ground.

Solar Garden Light

  1. Create zones

Defining zones can be a great way to bring order to a busy garden, especially if it’s used for multiple purposes such as cooking, playing games, and relaxing. You can use different materials to separate your space such as fencing or paving, but you can also define an area using themes, colours and types of plants.

Zones

  1. Paint

Painting your tired-looking shed and fences can give your garden a cleaner, polished look.  An obvious choice if your garden has natural look is to choose paints in brown and green tones, however your shed can be the perfect place to play with colour. Why not turn your shed into a ‘beach hut’ by painting it in soft pastel hues?

Beach Hut Shed

Image source: Cassiefairy

  1. Privacy

An overlooked garden can be off-putting to use, especially if you live in a busy residential area.  Adding some privacy will make you feel more relaxed and help you see your garden as an extra living space.  There are a few options to consider when creating a more private garden, some of which will take a little time and investment.  If you’re planning to stay at your home for some time it may be a good idea to invest in plants, hedges and trees, as you’ll get to see the benefit of your hard work.  A much quicker solution is fencing or to create a sheltered seating area such as the one below.

Dining Area

  1. Accessorise!

Accessories are one of the quickest ways to give your garden personality and create a welcoming atmosphere.  You can pick up items like bright watering cans, lights, and cushions relatively cheap from garden centres, and supermarkets.  You could even try making your own – these pots below are made out of old tins painted in bold colours.  These would be great if you plan to grow your own herbs!

Garden Accesories

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Throw a Wimbledon party in your conservatory!

Wimbledon is just around the corner and with that in mind, we thought it would be a great excuse to put your conservatories to good use (or any other room for that matter) and plan your very own tennis-themed bash.

We’ve searched the Internet high and low for the most interesting and inventive ways to dress and cater for your party.

Decorations

Whether you want your theme have a vintage edge or a laidback look, there are so many different ways you can add style and personality when decorating your conservatory. These tennis ball placeholders are very effective and also inexpensive to make, or why not put your upcycling skills to the test and turn a vintage tennis racket into a chalk board?

Tennis Decs

Pinterest is a great tool when looking for inspiration, especially for party decorations – checkout our Wimbledon themed board for more ideas and tricks.

Use this gorgeous candle from Lily-Flame to make an impression the moment your guests walk through the door!

Grass Candle

(Serve!) Food & Drink

Pimm’s is the obvious drink of choice but if you’re looking for something a little different, then why not make this delicious tray Pimm’s tray bake recipe from Sainsbury’s?

Pimms Cake

Nothing says Wimbledon more than a big bowl of strawberries topped with fresh cream, however if you’d prefer to make something in advance, then these cute Strawberry and Cream ice lollies could be perfect.  Simply remove from the freezer when ready!  Find the recipe here.

Strawberries And Cream

If we’ve inspired you to put your conservatory to good use in the Wimbledon season, don’t forget to share your ideas and photos with us on our Facebook page.

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Trend Alert: Honeycomb Homeware

Inspired by the cool geometric structure of the bee hive, the honeycomb trend is creating a real buzz…  (Excuse the terrible pun!)

What’s the key to implementing this trend?

Repeating the simple hexagon pattern to create a pleasing yet organic design.  You can have real fun with this depending on the colours you choose: honeycomb in rich golds and copper colours will evoke a sense of glamour, while choosing accessories in black or white will create a modern architectural look.

When did the honeycomb pattern come in to fashion?

This versatile pattern has never really gone out of style - just think of the bold colours in traditional Moroccan interior design, or the monochrome tiles of the art deco period.  Honeycomb’s popularity today covers all aspects of interior design, from furniture to decorative accessories, so it will work in almost any style of home.

Take a look at my best picks for this sweet trend below…

HoneycombWhat do you think? How will you be incorporating this summery trend into your home? 

 

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