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Which Upholstery Fabric is best for pets?

We’re a nation of pet lovers. Whether they be big, small, fluffy or cuddly - we rely on our furry friends to cheer us up and be there to greet us at the door.

As much as we love our companions it can often be difficult to update our homes in the way we would like. Practicality often outweighs style on our list of priorities and making choices on carpet and fabrics becomes more limited, as we think about pet hair, scratches, and muddy paws!

Angry Cat 

With this in mind we thought we’d look at the upholstery options available and also any pros and cons that go along with each…

Patterns

Patterned designs are a good option when choosing fabric for a sofa, as the design may help to hide any pet hair or marks.  If possible, it also may be worth considering washable fitted covers for your sofa such as the ones below. The advantage of these is you can re-fresh your furniture as often as needed.  We would advise against picking heavily textured designs where fibres could become easily plucked or loose over time.

NSR TEA P2 

Velvet

Although pet hair can be easily removed from velvet with a damp cloth or lint brush, the nature of velvet means it isn’t the best at concealing marks and stains, even when you choose a darker shade of fabric. If you love the look of velvet one less costly option is to choose curtains and scatter cushions in a plush velvet design. This way you can still create a luxurious feel without the expense and risk to your sofa. 

CLV SKY P2

Tweedy Texture

Tweed fabrics may seem like a good choice for pet lovers due to its durability; however the deep weave may actually trap more hair and make it more difficult to clean. If you are considering a tweed sofa we would suggest using pet throws on the seats and arms to try to catch as much hair as possible.

Leather

Leather is always a popular choice with pet owners as it can be wiped clean time after time and doesn’t harbour any odours.  The downside to leather is that depending on how ‘new’ the look of the leather is, it can highlight any scratches, which may be off-putting, especially to cat owners.  When considering a leather sofa it may be best to go for a more aged look, as this will hide any imperfections much more.

 Leather Sofa Dog

http://witanddelight.com 

AquaClean

Aqua Clean is a revolutionary technology which covers every single fibre within the fabric creating an invisible barrier stopping liquids and stains from penetrating the fabric.  This barrier means even household accidents such as drool (or anything worse!) can be removed by simply using a little water and tissue. Aquaclean is particularly useful if your pet has a habit of traipsing mud around the house!

 Kta Stl P1

 With nearly all fabrics there are upsides and downsides so it’s worth thinking through the options and doing your research so you can get the most out of your furniture. Loose Covers and pet throws will help you prolong the looks of your sofas and chairs, so it’s worth considering these when making a purchase.

Click here to find out more about Plumbs range of AquaClean fabrics.

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How to make your own Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are still a Pinterest favourite and well loved by interior design bloggers.  Creating a gallery wall is relatively simple as long as you have a clear plan before you start hanging anything. 

By considering the points we’ve put together below, you can hang your pictures with confidence…

Layout

Layout is probably the most important aspect of gallery wall yet the most overlooked.  If you have ever hung a picture and had to rehang it because it wasn’t quite in the right place the first time, imagine how stressful it will have to rehang five or ten pictures!

One way to ensure you're going like the layout before it's too late it to place the frames on the floor and play with the size and adjust where necessary.  This design can then be replicated on the wall. Another fool-proof way to plan your gallery wall is to cut out paper to the size of each frame. You can tack it to the wall while you decide where each frame to go.  Pinterest is full of tips like this and diagrams such as the one below..

How To Hang Gallery Wall 

 Image: pinterest.com

Where to hang your Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are used to add impact to a space so it's important that you hang your frames in the right place.  Due to their scale, it's often best to do this somewhere where you have a large blank wall, such as in the hallway, or behind the sofa.  Another great place to add a gallery wall is on the stairwell wall as the angled nature lends itself well to the mix and match approach of a gallery wall.

Gallery Wall Stairs 

Image: www.mandarinastudio.net/ 

Art

The great thing about a gallery wall is you can make it as personal or stylish as you like. Choose your favourite quotes, colours, motifs, or patterns to create an eclectic look.  Or it can be an interesting way to display family photos, this is especially effective when printed in black and white to create a cohesive feel.

Gallery Art 

Image: elegantabode.blogspot.co.uk 

Frames

There are so many options when it comes to choosing picture frames for a gallery wall.  Choose matching frames and the look becomes elegant and structured (this works best if the artwork your displaying has a theme i.e. black and white).  Whilst you can create an eclectic look by mixing frame styles and sizes – we suggest keeping the artwork quite simple when mixing the frames to stop the look becoming over whelming.

Galllery Mixing Frames 

Image: www.laurelandwolf.com/

Gallery walls are the perfect way to inject a sense of personality in your home without having to redecorate or spend a great deal of money. The options we've looked at above make them a versatile option to consider when wanting to give your home a new look for 2017!

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Upstyling your home

Bring your home up to date without breaking the bank. The hot new trend is not to buy in but rather to chuck out

Keeping your house endlessly chic is not as hard as you might think. According to interiors expert Rachel Meddowes, the new direction is for honesty and simplicity.

“Updating your home is all about keeping things simple,” says Rachel, interiors writer for Harper’s Bazaar, with clients that include Chanel, Claridge’s and Estée Lauder. “Get rid of the clutter and keep the things that you truly love: keep that lovely comfy sofa that you enjoy sitting on; keep the one beautiful picture you love looking at,” she adds. 

Pastiche Slub Before Pastiche Slub After

One of the benefits of this philosophy is that decluttering will create much much-needed extra space in your home. But it also suggests that an element of idiosyncrasy has come back into favour in the world of home interiors. It is important to show that you are not a slave to fashion, that you have a personality and a creative sense of your own.

“Era-mixing is very on trend,” says Rachel. “Put that 18th-century chair next to the modern Swedish one your best friend gave you a couple of years ago. If you love all the pieces in your home, it’s easy to get them to work together. The phrase “classic” nowadays means having a structure that’s interesting. Within that structure you can put all sorts of interesting things.”

This new “pared-down eclectic” imperative is great news for people without huge budgets. And it’s refreshing to hear high-end designers telling us that we need to think more in terms of creating a home as opposed to a cold “interior”. It’s a bit like the way the French dress. Rather than having hundreds of cheap T-shirts in your wardrobe, why not collect five or six beautiful outfits that you can get repaired when needs be?

The fashion industry is becoming increasingly fascinated by the new interiors direction of making things your own. The idea of objects and items of furniture containing worth because of the love and passion that went into their creation (as opposed to an object being adored because it is made of diamonds or gold) is gaining in popularity.

Remember, too, that comfort is nothing to be ashamed of in the new world of “pared-down eclectic” decor. By all means, keep that well-made, much-loved couch or arm chair but re-cover it in a fabric that moves you – this, of course, is where Plumbs can help, with a wide range of 800 fabrics.

Bbs Weg

Other small changes to your home will go a long way: freshen up your bedroom with some new cushions and a fabulous bedspread – Plumbs has a new range of these to explore. Alternatively, put some new door handles and drawer pulls in your kitchen or spend a little money on new lighting to bring out different areas of a room. Start with new floor lamps – or if you’re feeling more adventurous, experiment with new ceiling fixtures.

And, if nothing else, just do a deep clean. A clearer, cleaner home will improve your mood, make your home more enjoyable to live in, and chances you’ll be inspired to make some more adventurous changes.

Explore the Plumbs fabric range to create your own unique look.

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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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