Month: September 2016

The Clifton range is one of, if not the most popular that we offer and there’s good reason for that. We are proud of every single range we produce here at Desser but this suite will always be a classic and something special to us. Desser Clifton Suite lifestyle image in a conservatory The range is one that really encapsulates everything about the traditional rattan aesthetic and weave. We’ve been designing high standard and well-crafted furniture for your homes for decades but this is one range that stands the test of time. With a unique and natural appearance of rattan, it offers both a high level of comfort and practicality. With a robust back, its durable structure uses base cushioning and tailored upholstery to offer a truly British design. Perfect for unwinding on after a long day, it includes fully upholstered armrests for added relaxation for you to chill out on – they can even be removed to help you clean or to accommodate for the full family on birthdays and Christmas! Desser's Clifton Conservatory furniture suite The range itself comes in a broad range of different fabrics so you can style it to match your home décor. With Autumn well underway it’s the perfect time to invest in some well need rattan and some scatter cushions to go with it so you can style your interior to meet the season. Depending on the size of your space, you can choose to buy as much or as little of the range as you want. We have available – the three seater Sofa, the two-seater sofa, an armchair, footstool, lamp tables, coffee table and scatter pillows. This information is all available on our product page if you’d like to know just exactly what you can get. Desser's Clifton range in a Cameo fabric Despite people being under the illusion that everyone wants the most futuristic or latest thing out there, there is still a large demand for the authentic, well-crafted and ‘best of British’ pieces out there as people love to add character to their homes. The Clifton is so popular and such a classic for that exact reason. It’s modernly made but it still flaunts all of the attributes of that of a traditional, high-quality piece of rattan. As a range, it really does tick all of the boxes for homeowners and with its elegance, cosiness and practicality, this is a suite that will stay a favourite for many more years to come.  

Every home eventually comes to that point when it just needs a fresh update. This may be because some of the furniture is looking a little bit worse for wear, a new season or maybe it could be down to the fact your room just doesn’t seem to have the same shine it once used to. A big change isn’t always required to alter the feel of the house, and a room can be massively updated by simply adding some new cushions and covers to the rattan sofas. There are also a number of other ways you can spruce up your house’s décor, so let’s have a look!

Take a Stock Count

This is usually a term which is more popular on the warehouse floor, but taking a look at the items around your home can also be very useful to assess which items are maybe past their use-by date. Is your wicker cracking? Your curtains fading? It may be time to cut your ties and have a look at some new options.

Have a Big Clean

Once you’ve passed all the items in your home, there may be no need at all to get any new furniture or ornaments as all your décor requires is a good clean. The best place to start with is your kitchen as this is the room that usually has the most spots to clean. Give the worktops some work with spray and a scourer to get rid of any stubborn stains that might have developed. When it comes to your furniture there are a number of handy guides that can show you how to make your rattan and cane look sparkling again without damaging the collection or using too much effort.

Get into the Seasons

Interior Design Spring Living RoomOnce you’ve given your home a once over and it’s now back to looking beautiful, a wonderful way to update your décor is by adding some subtle decorations that relate to the season we’re currently in. Going into autumn, you may want to switch from summer by removing some of the flowers out of the vases and instead of filling them up with pinecones or synthetic leaves. You can also bring the outside in by bringing your cane and rattan furniture indoors to say your conservatory to add some texture and colour to the décor.

New Furniture and Fresh Paint

Your rattan sofa may still be looking nice, but over time it is bound to have lost some of its comfort and maybe the paint in your room doesn’t light it up like it once did? Updating your sofas and the colour scheme of your room/walls is definitely one of the biggest ways to change the look of your room. It is without a doubt the best way get that new refreshing look you need to feel good about the space again so what are you waiting for!? Now is the perfect time to update your home décor.

Rimini cameo Outdoor Rattan Furnitre As the winter gets closer and the temperature drops, it is now to prepare for the colder months ahead. Despite the disappointing summer, you may have of at least enjoyed a few days out in the garden enjoying the sun whilst sat in your outdoor furniture. However, when the threat of constant rain and even snow is looming, you need to now start looking at ways to protect your wicker furniture against the harshness of the times so that it is still in pristine condition if for next summer (that is if we get more sun this time around!). Often people just leave their furniture to handle the weather but this shouldn’t be the case. With a few simple steps, you can prolong the life of your wicker furniture and protect it throughout the season.
  1. Remove and Refresh the Cushions
Most rattan furniture ranges come with decorative cushions to add that level of comfort and luxury to the outdoor wicker chairs, sofas and sectionals. Cushions can elevate the look of the suite and capture the essence of the season perfectly, however, after months of use they tend to get dirty. Start by removing the cushions before you clean the outdoor furniture. Vacuum the cushions to suck up surface dirt and dust. If the cushions are stained and have a canvas or fabric cover like our ranges do, treat the stained areas with specialist detergents or disinfectants before looking to wash the cushions in hot water. In addition, you should look to use a soft brush to scrub away mildew and stains.
  1. The Clean
So after you’ve treated the cushions it’s time to give that wicker furniture some TLC! Before you cover it or even store it away, start by vacuuming the furniture to get rid of surface grime and dirt! If you hose down the suite, make sure you allow adequate time for it to dry before covering it as you don’t want it to get damp. Next, you can simply mix dish soap with warm water then wipe down the furniture with a soft rag. Sometimes it’s handy to get a toothbrush or small brush with needles to get into the crevices of the weave. Always, ensure your outdoor furniture is completely dry before you store it. If moisture or dirt is left on your furniture, mould or mildew may form during the winter months.
  1. Cover Up Your Cane
Not everyone is blessed with acres of space so you may find you’re limited in your ability to store your outdoor furniture and need to keep your furniture outside for the whole season. If that’s the case, you should use well-fitted covers to protect your wicker furniture during the winter. Take exact measurements of each piece of furniture to avoid guesswork and gaps in its protection. With the right fit, it will prevent moisture building up, it will keep decay at an arm’s length and it will stop the harshness of winter weather from affecting your wicker furnishings. When it comes to covers make sure it is:
  • Made from heavy-duty fabric to stand up to the weather, leaves, animals, and other outdoor elements.
  • It has to be water-repellent to protect your wicker pieces against the snow and rain.
  • It comes with venting in its design so air can circulate through it to avoid mould.
  • That it is durable enough and comes with ties and reinforced seams to keep the covers securely in place for those unpleasant windy days.
  1. Storage
If possible, you could store your wicker furniture indoors during the winter. If the space is there, then, ensure that your suite is kept in a dry place that is not directly exposed to the sun and cold. Suitable storage areas can include a garage, shed, orangery, conservatory or attic. All of our ranges are lightweight so they’re built to be easy to move. Unless you will be using it if for example, it was in your conservatory, your wicker furniture should still be covered, even when its inside. The reason for this is that it protects the furniture against dust, mildew and temperature fluctuations. You should avoid stacking the furniture pieces on top of each other as this can cause damage in the form of cracks or bends if it’s left in that way for months on end. It’s never a fun task to tidy things away but it is a necessary one if you want to look after your pieces. Don’t worry, though, it only takes a couple of hours (at best!) to properly protect your wicker furniture for the wonders of winter. That way, when the warm weather returns next years, you can release your well-kept furniture and it will look better than ever!

The living rooms we live in come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a mansion or a quaint bungalow, we all strive for a welcoming space where we can relax and socialise with family and friends. The living room is such an important place as it’s arguably the most used place in the home so creating that warmth is a must. However, despite how much we all want that perfect room, it can such a headache to achieve. Furniture position plays a vital part in creating that calming place, and finding the right arrangement is crucial. To help cure your problem, check out these ways to accomplish a successful setup. Continue Reading

The summer months have sadly passed, and the opportunity to open up the conservatory doors and let the breeze flow through are going to have to be put on hold for the time being. Those Autumn months now await up so the time for cosying up under blankets and utilising your underfloor heating is now! To give you those warm and indulgent feel you need during the cold days ahead, here are some of our top Autumn ranges that can keep your time in the conservatory cosy and wholesome. Continue Reading