Month: September 2018

We all love spending time in our gardens, especially when the weather heats up. At the moment, there’s plenty of preparation to be done in time for next spring before the winter chill kicks in. You may be a well experienced gardener, or a gardening novice. But if you think you know everything there is to know about your garden, then think again. See below our 5 gardening facts you didn’t know: Continue Reading
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It’s becoming more and more important to look at ways in which we can take better care of the environment. Achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle in many aspects of your daily life, whether that’s clothing, travel, food, at home or at work. There are little things we could be doing that will have a big effect in the greater scheme of things.   One way in which we could all improve our impact on the environment is through our gardening habits, most precisely our choices in garden furniture. It may seem trivial but picking eco-friendly furniture for your garden is an important step in achieving sustainability. Here’s a guide on how to choose the right eco-friendly furniture for you:  
  1. Sustainable Options

There are always eco-friendly sustainable options when it comes to what your furniture is made of. So, ditch the plastic and shop around for the very best in sustainable furniture. Popular sustainable materials include: wood, bamboo and rattan. Wood and bamboo are increasingly used for making garden furniture due to their durability and sustainability factor. However, natural rattan is just as eco-friendly as any other sustainable material. It’s a palm largely grown in Indonesia before then being made into beautiful garden furniture.      
  1. Recycled Materials

Garden furniture made from recycled materials is just as eco-friendly as those made from sustainable materials, as you are repurposing what may have ended up in the rubbish bin. Recycled plastics, wood and metals can all be made into brand new earth-friendly furniture that looks amazing in any garden.  
  1. All-Weather Furniture That’s Durable

When you buy wicker garden furniture, the first thing you’re concerned with is how comfortable it is, and the second – how durable is it? You don’t want to be replacing your furniture every year due to use in the summer. Avoid this by investing in all-weather eco-friendly furniture made from durable water-resistant materials. You can still cover your furniture in the winter months or move it into storage such as a shed for extra protection. This way it should last you for years to come.   furniture in conservatory  
  1. Buy Local

Sometimes we forget that, just as with our food from supermarkets, furniture goods may also have travelled a long way to make it to your home. Where possible, try sourcing your garden furniture from local suppliers. This cuts down on the amount of air miles or car miles it has to make. Not only will this be beneficial to the environment, but it will also support the local economy and reduce the costs for you in terms of delivery.   Take into account the eco-friendly factor the next time you’re considering buying a brand new suite for your garden. We all love spending time out in our gardens when the weather heats up. So, relax on your earth-friendly garden furniture knowing that you’re doing your bit to help save the planet. For more information on our garden furniture, then don’t hesitate to contact us.
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As we prepare for shorter days and colder weather, transforming a conservatory into a cosy and inviting space is a must. They can be an amazing place to while away the hours in the summer sun, encouraging quality time with the family. However, when winter time hits it can be easy to neglect your conservatory as it doesn’t feel as welcoming as it did in the summer. With some simple changes, you can look forward to spending your winter nights tucked under a blanket with a good book in blissful comfort.   Wondering how to decorate your conservatory in time for winter? See below our top tips:  

Winter Colour Scheme

Deciding on a warming and soothing colour palette for your winter conservatory design is crucial. From burnt oranges to metallic golds; there are an abundance of colours that you can scatter around your conservatory to give it a cosier winter feel after summer. Try the deeper, richer tones mixed with classic winter colours such as grey or white to create a winter wonderland.  

Comforting Textures

When thinking about how to decorate your conservatory, consider the fabrics you’ll use. Chunky knitted blankets, fluffy pillows and soft suedes all form the basis of what we consider comforting textures. So, drape a throw over your furniture and add a rug into the middle of the room to make it feel more like an extension of your home.  

Cosy Furniture

Your choice of conservatory furniture can dramatically change the room. While leather furniture may be a popular choice for your home, in a conservatory it can be a cold and uninviting fabric. Therefore, it’s best to opt for luxury indoor furniture that can provide you the best of both worlds in summer and winter. Large corner suites or classic two-seater sofa styles both work well in conservatories; making it feel more homely.

Letting The Light In

Introducing light into your conservatory can brighten up those short, dark days. Your conservatory is designed with maximising the light in mind. To build upon this, look at large lamps for corners of the room. As well as this, you can dot some scented candles around the space. Both will provide a calming glow to the room. For a fun touch, you can put some coloured fairy lights up around the room! Just be sure to avoid white light bulbs as the colour can make the room feel colder.  

Get Ready For Winter

Be prepared this year and start looking at how to decorate your conservatory sooner rather than later. Throughout autumn and early winter, whenever you see anything that you think will look great in your conservatory, pick it up! This way you can gather decorations over time, keeping costs down and allowing you to feel ready when the time comes. With just a few simple touches you can transform your summer oasis into a cosy winter cave, perfect for all the family. For more information about the best conservatory indoor furniture, please contact a member of our friendly sales team.
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It appears we’re well and truly over summer, so it makes sense to prepare your garden for the pending autumnal weather. Though autumn is a beautiful time of year for its outstanding colours and crunchy leaves, it can leave you in a state of despair when it comes to your garden. The weather is often unpredictable, which can lead to your garden getting a little neglected. To prevent this from happening, follow these simple steps for preparing your garden for autumn:  

Get De-Weeding

First and foremost, you’ll want to start with a clean slate come next summer. Autumn is the perfect time to have a bit of a garden clear up. Try to get the weeds under control before the winter hits, as before you know it, you’ll have a lot more to tackle come springtime. Start by working your way around any patio areas or pavement, making sure you well and truly dead the weeds at the root. Then scour your garden for any other weeds that should be taken out. Take great care if you’re using a weed-killer spray, using precision to target the weeds so as not to damage any of your other plants.  

Revitalise Your Lawn

Maintain a healthy lawn year-round by revitalising the grass. Rake away any old grass or moss before adding some fertiliser to your lawn. This can greatly boost your lawns healthy growth before winter hits. You can improve drainage with the addition of deep holes scattered around your garden, much needed when there’s heavy rainfall. Don’t forget to make sure you save the garden waste for your compost heap!  

Protect Younger Plants

Younger plants and trees are most vulnerable during autumn and winter. You can buy tree-guarding wraps from your local gardening centre and start by wrapping your tree from the roots upwards. This wards off the effects of autumnal weather that may cause damage to your plants. If necessary, lift your tender species to save them from the frost. In the instance that you’re unable to move them, cover them with mulch for protection.  

Cover Garden Furniture And Store Tools

If the weather takes a colder turn, you’ll need to think about storing your gardening tools and equipment. Keep your tools in a shed, if you don’t have one then you may need to bring them indoors if you have the room. If you leave them outside it’s likely they will rust or become damaged when exposed to extreme weather. When it comes to looking after your garden furniture, keep it in top condition by keeping it covered. Even if you’ve invested in year-round outdoor furniture, it’s still good practice to throw a cover over it. For more information regarding outdoor furniture care, contact a member of our sales team who will be happy to help.
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