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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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A snippet of Plumbs best reupholstery fabrics!

This ‘Riga’ fabric features thin stripes in sumptuous Gold and purple tones.RIG_008_p2

Our ‘Montartre’ and co-ordinating striped Picasso design by Warwick fabrics are some the newest editions to the Prestige Collection.  The fresh floral design and bold raspberry colourway gives life to this sofa.mtt_rap_p1

This chair has been completely refreshed with our Gogh fabric.  We’ve teamed these stripes with Damask wallpaper in matching pink and raspberry tones.GOG_RAP_P3

This key style geometric design looks great on retro or contemporary furniture styles.  This striking design is best left quite simple in order to let the pattern really stand out.l76_CUG_p1

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Upholstering: It’s Not Just for Chairs!

Furnishings maketh the home … but not all your interior style inspiration has to come from chairs, sofas and cushions!

From doors and walls to stools, headboards and bookcases – there is no end to what you can upholster. Here we look at three unique options for you to try.

1. Decorative doors

Tired of two-dimensional doors that offer little decorative input? Upholster them to create sensational designs that really stand out.

Reupholstered Door

To recreate this look, you’ll need: vinyl sheeting, gold tacks, hammer and a utility knife.

Step 1: Remove the door from the wall and lie on a flat surface.

Step 2: Cover the door with the patterned vinyl sheet, leaving a small margin along the edge.

Step 3: Hammer the tacks into position by tracing the pattern of the vinyl.

Step 4: Cut the vinyl away from doorknob holes and install the handle, adding tacks to finish the design.

Step 5: Cut vinyl from the hinge locations – leaving around 1/8 of an inch to tuck beneath the hinge plate.

Step 6: Fit the hinges and door-handle before re-hanging the door.

TOP TIP: decorate both sides of the door before fitting.

2. Beautiful bookcases

Practical and stylish, upholstered bookcases can be a great way to expand storage and add additional seating options if used on low-lying options.

Reupholstered Seat - Bookcase

To recreate this look, you’ll need: MDF board, foam fabric, staples and staple gun.

Step 1: measure and cut the MDF to size for your bookcases.

Step 2: place the MDF board on top of the fabric and foam face down.

TOP TIP: use the fabric’s pattern as a guide to keep everything straight.

Step 3: staple the fabric to the back of the MDF, being sure to pull it tight.

TOP TIP: fold the fabric over before stapling to give more material to puncture and create a strong hold.

3. Handsome headboards

Better than shop-bought options, upholster your own headboard for a unique style that exudes your unique design passion.

Reupholstered Headboard

To recreate this look, you’ll need: headboard, foam, batting, fabric, a utility knife, scissors, staples and staple gun, flush mount and spray adhesive.

Step 1: lay the foam on the floor with the headboard on top and cut to shape.

Step 2: repeat for the batting and fabric – allowing a margin of 4-5 inches.

Step 3: use the spray adhesive to fix the foam to the front of your headboard.

TOP TIP: wear a mask and only using the adhesive in a well-ventilated room.

Step 4: when dry, place the batting on top and turn the headboard over.

Step 5: staple the batting securely to the back of the headboard using the staple gun.

Step 6: repeat with the fabric.

Step 7: fix the headboard to the wall using the flush mount.

Unique upholstering

With these great DIY upholstering ideas, you’re sure to find the inspiration you need to transform your home. Match these choices with our professional furniture upholstering service at Plumbs and ensure every aspect of your home is as beautiful as it should be.

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