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Home Ideas: Living Rooms

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Minimalist 

Simple forms, clean lines and uncomplicated finishes are the epitome of minimalist design, where negative space is as important as positive space. Accessories are sporadic, with a focus on sculptural pieces over decorative ornaments.  

Get the look by teaming sans colours, patterns, and textures with large roman vases and a plethora of natural light.  

Scandinavian 

Easy-living, functionality and an affection for all things natural are the key factors that outline Scandinavian design.  

With a heavy influence on the great outdoors, Scandi incorporates bright, airy spaces with wooden floors, live plants, and white-washed walls. Furniture is usually simple in design with fully upholstered sofas teamed with natural, wooden, or organic accent chairs. 

To achieve this look, keep colours neutral, using bright whites with hints of black and tan, adding chunky knitted blankets and faux fur to create a warm and inviting hygge atmosphere. 

Bohemian 

Carefree layers of patterns, texture, and colour. Bohemian interior design is characterised by a complete lack of structure. The origin of this look is that it is relaxed and personal, as well as being centred around art, music, and literature. 

Capture bohemian vibes by layering eclectic patterns, several types of lighting, and saturated colours. Original or handmade art, flea market finds, or travel souvenirs teamed with rattan, and plush throws and cushions are a must to perfect this look.  

Transitional 

An elegant and timeless approach that combines both old with new, and feminine with masculine motifs, transitional design bridges the passage between traditional and contemporary interior design. This design approach retains the classic lines of traditional styles with contemporary colours, materials, and furniture. 

To get the look team a neutral colours scheme such as creams, taupes and greys with bold furnishings – classic simple lines, in plush velvet materials, keeping accessories to a minimum.  

Cottagecore 

Simplicity, comfort, and self-reliance are the primary principles that forms the framework for Cottagecore life and design. This romantic, countryside style calls for cosy spaces with rustic touches and chintzy patterns such as florals and tartan.  

Get the look with botanical prints, real plants, wicker baskets and vintage furniture.  

Contemporary  

Today’s contemporary living room is comfortable and welcoming without being dark and cluttered, this design trend is defined by subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture and modern silhouettes.  

To get the look choose uncomplicated furniture with luxurious finishes focusing on colour, space, and shape. Keep tones neutral, black, and white with the option of adding bold shades with your accessories.  

British Colonial 

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In this room: Natural Royal Side Table 

Entrenched in classical design principles, the British colonial look fuses the formal elements of the Victorian era with tropical touches from distant lands as the British empire expanded in colonial times.  

Give your living room a British colonial feel by teaming rich Victorian shades with rattan furniture, adventurous coastal or exotic prints and plenty of greenery.  

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How to Create a Calm and Relaxing Living Room

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As life starts to get back to normal, our lives are becoming busier than ever! Whether moving work back to the office or settling into a more flexible approach to remote working, our homes are once again becoming our homes. And now is the time to reclaim our living room as the relaxing, safe space it once was to express ourselves, wind down and catch a breath from the crazy word that surrounds us. And, let’s not forget we want it to look good too! 

So, for a space that feels as good as it looks follow our simple steps… 

Neutral Shades 

Bright colours are a terrific way to express our personalities, however bold and garish tones can create a stilted and unsettled environment. Softer, earthy, and muted shades can be much easier on the eye and will promote a calm and tranquil space.  

When decorating with lighter shades and white, add dimensions to your living room with different textures. Layering fabrics, throws and cushions with subtle patterns in gold, tan or soft brown will keep neutral tones from looking sterile. 

Natural Light 

Natural lighting is known to boost productivity, improve our moods, and creates a peaceful ambience in our homes. Large mirrors are a fantastic way to double the amount of natural light in our living rooms. Strategically place these in dark reading corners and areas far from any windows – the result a light and airy space that will reduce stress. 

Plant Power 

From improving air quality to lifting our moods, bringing plants into our homes can enhance our overall health and happiness. A study by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that having plants in our homes can make us feel more comfortable, soothed, and natural. They can also reduce feelings of loneliness and depression, by nurturing a living thing as it grows. 

Clutter-Free Living 

Clutter can off-balance the peaceful flow of our living spaces, producing feelings of chaos and disorderliness. Keep ornaments to a minimum, instead display items that will bring you joy – such as family photographs and trinkets for past trips. Be sure to place these in areas you will notice every day, this will capture the eye and focus the mind during a hectic day.  

Wicker baskets can provide a simple solution to store away extra blankets and cushions when not in use but will also be close by for movie night. 

Happy Scents 

A soothing aroma is a sure-fire way to relax and feel at ease, during the evening burn scented candles in your downtime or place fresh flowers in a high traffic area so you will smell their sweet scent each time you pass by. 

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Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Patio Furniture for your Outdoor Space

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The simple addition of great outdoor furniture holds huge power to transform an unused area into a plush, enjoyable and pragmatic space. Adding a large statement table with big, comfy chairs can turn a drab and dreary patio space into a luxurious alfresco dining experience. With the following top tips, you will be able to turn your garden into a lounging, dining and entertaining destination. 

Write a list of your outdoor furniture needs 

Grab yourself a note pad and pen, and think of how you would like to use your outdoor space, ask yourself the following questions: 

  1. What function will it serve to you and your family?  
  1. Do you want to create a casual dining area? 
  1. Will you use the space for hosting parties? 
  1. Do you want to create a peaceful space for relaxing and reading? 

Making a list of all the activities for this space will help determine what type of outdoor furniture is necessary. For example, if the main function of your 14×16-foot patio space is to create a casual dining area – you will need a dining table and enough chairs to accommodate your family and friends. 

Try outdoor seating before you buy 

As you are likely to use your outdoor furniture regularly, and for years to come, it’s essential to find a good quality set with comfortable seating. Firstly, shop around online to find a set that is perfect for its function, then visit a showroom, try out a few sets, and quality-check the furniture before you buy. Look for outdoor sets with water, mould and, UV-resistant qualities to prevent fading and the growth of mildew. 

And remember, low-price usually means low-quality, these sets are likely to only last one summer. If you can’t make it to a showroom, check out the retailer’s reviews to ensure they’re a trusted company. 

Go for easy-care garden furniture 

Your outdoor time is precious, use this for relaxing in the sun and getting the barbie out, not hours spent maintaining your furniture! Look for easy-care outdoor furniture to reduce the need for upkeep – most metal, cedar, and all-weather PE rattan furniture will withstand whatever the British summer throws at it and will minimise cleaning. With our guide to cleaning your outdoor furniture, you will spend more time enjoying your garden and less time scrubbing your set. You can also accessorise your furniture with waterproof outdoor cushions for additional comfort. 

Consider storage for your garden set 

Placing your furniture into storage throughout autumn and winter will ensure it lasts for many years to come. Moving your furniture from the garden into a garage or shed will prevent damage caused by the harsh winter elements. If your storage space is limited, look for an upholstered outdoor set that is made from durable, waterproof material like our Aruba Collection – this ultra-modern outdoor furniture is built for year-round use with waterproof, mould, UV, and stain-resistant fabric. All sets also come with a waterproof cover for additional protection. 

Invest in quality outdoor furniture 

The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is typically true when it comes to buying outdoor furniture. Before you make a pricey purchase check consumer reports, as well as a range of different customer review boards, to ensure you are getting the best quality possible for your budget.

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Colorado Grey 4pc Rattan Outdoor Lounge Set with a Glass Top Table 

Looking for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set? We have a range of modern all-weather furniture as well as more traditional PE rattan sets to choose from.  

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4 Top Tips to Create a Hygge Home

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Hygge – pronounced hoo-ga is a Danish life-style concept, creating joy, well-being and cosiness in every aspect of life. It is a state of mind to be present in your environment, using your home to reflect that life is filled with family, friends and nostalgia. The idea of Hygge is to create a home that is full of love, cheerfulness and most importantly comfort. 

In this blog we look at the four top tips to create a Hygge home. 

1. Choose a Natural Colour Scheme 

Too much colour can become distracting, evoking unsettling sensations for mind and body. Sticking to a neutral colour scheme will create a unified and balanced feel throughout the house. Natural furniture is also a great way to bring a Nordic touch to your interior, adding warm tones to your home. 

2. Less is More 

Rattan furniture can be both subtle and functional and will bring nature into your home. The Hygge trend is dominated by white or neutral walls when used throughout the house can produce a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Accessorise with your favourite books, candles, or a simple vase. 

3. Add Cosy Blankets and Cushions 

To encompass the true meaning of Hygge you will need to invest in an abundance of cosy blankets and cushions, these can be added to any space to create comfort. Soft textures like cashmere will allow you to indulge your senses. 

Styling tip: Change up your throws depending on the season. During spring/summer go for linen blankets and in the autumn/winter chunky knitted blankets are perfect for cuddling up on the sofa. 

4. Nostalgic Memories 

Bring in your own personal touches. This design trend does not need to be perfect, add in your own trinkets, photographs, and keepsakes that make you feel happy.  

Our selection of wicker furniture will be a great addition to any Hygge interior, shop the range here

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How to incorporate rattan into your home

How to incorporate rattan into your home

No longer resigned to conservatories and summer houses, rattan furniture has had a resurgence in the last two years and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  

For its durable and versatile qualities, the material has earned its rightful place in our homes providing elegance and sophistication as well as a casual laid-back look that works wonderfully with all interior design themes.  

However, if you haven’t yet brought this natural vine-like material – grown sustainably in tropical rainforests into your home, we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started. 

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Natural Beijing Coffee Table

Bring a touch of nature into your living room 

Lightweight and durable, rattan furniture is a great addition to any living space, whether that be country chic or modern minimalism, you’ll find a stunning wicker piece that will match all tastes and styles. Whether it be a Nordic living room or a bohemian staircase the paired-back, casual feel of rattan furniture will bring a touch of nature to your home. 

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Natural Shanghai Chair

Add texture to your bedroom 

The intricate weaving and cane detailing of rattan furniture will bring texture and allure to any bedroom interior. Place a statement chair in a unused corner to create an unusual reading space or as a finishing touch to a vintage dressing table. As the material is extremely lightweight, you’ll be able to move the furniture easily from one room to another, if needed. 

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Natural Moon Chair

Use wicker baskets to create nifty storage 

Available in a range of sizes wicker weave baskets can be used to create extra storage in any room of the house. Larger baskets can be used in living rooms to store blankets and cushions or in bathrooms to store towels and toiletries. Baskets can even be used in children’s bedroom to store away toys and accessories. 

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Create a statement with sculptural pieces 

Sleek and timeless designs, adding a sculpted chair to your living space will create drama and intrigue. Look for striking contours and organic forms that work best with luscious house plants, botanical prints and other wicker pieces, such as mirrors, tables and footstools. Sculptural rattan furniture can be both beautiful and functional. 

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Natural Teardrop Chair

Team rattan furniture with modern interiors  

Rattan furniture can produce a remarkable focal point without being too intrusive in a modern space. The traditional wicker weave of rattan furniture provides textural contrast in rooms that are dominated by white walls, smooth surfaces and exposed wood or brick. For more of a visual impact look for furniture with shapely silhouettes and curved designs. 

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Natural Porto Bar Stool

Create a vibrant space for the kids to play  

As a natural material, rattan is easy to clean making it ideal for a children’s room. Both, durable and fun rattan chairs are available in a range of funky colours that will brighten up a children’s bedroom or playroom. You can also add a fluffy blanket to create a cosy reading area. 

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Kids Wicker Loom Chair in White

Our woven rattan furniture is hand-crafted from natural, sustainable material and is easy to maintain. Look at the collection here.  

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A Mancunian Family Affair

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This past year, more than ever, has shown us the true meaning of family and friendship, and with World Family Day just around the corner on Saturday 15th May we look at the 102-year history of Desser and Co – a Manchester based family business.  

The story of Desser and Co starts back in the dark days of the First World War, where a British soldier named Issac Desser served on the front line in Belgium. It was here that Issac encountered a Flemish craftsman who was producing several types of basketware and the foundation of Desser and Co was born. 

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On his return from the war, Issac began a small business operating from the front parlour of his Mother-in-law’s house. Here, Issac’s wife, Anne and her family helped packing goods to despatch to customers. Realising the commercial potential, Issac began importing the baskets from Belgium to sell to retail outlets across the United Kingdom.  

When the family moved to a new house near to Cheetham Hill Road in Manchester, the business went with them and Issac was soon joined by his brother Simon – and in 1919, Desser & Co was formed. Following this in 1932 Issac’s son Morris also joined the company. 

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After the Second World War, Simon’s son-in-law Ronnie Stewart joined the family business, which was now housed at Lord Street, Cheetham Hill. However, shortly after this move Simon passed away.  

The family business continued to grow, necessitating another move to a large but still cramped basement on Robert Street. By this time, Morris’ son Gordon began working for the family business followed by Ronnie’s two sons Michael and Barry. Further expansion signalled another move in the early Seventies to an impressive purpose-built warehouse and showroom on Bradstone Road, Cheetham Hill, where the company is still based, today!  

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In 1975, sadly, Issac Desser passed away, working at his company until his 80th year. Proceeding him, in 1987, Simon Desser (Issac’s Great Grandson) joined the business kicking off the fourth generation of the family business followed by Mark Stewart in 1997 and then David Stewart in 2017 (both Ronnie’s Grandsons).  

Unfortunately, sadness descended on the family once more with the passing of Morris in 1997, Ronnie Steward in 2000 and Simon Desser in 2018.  

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The family and business have shared many hardships throughout its 102-year history but with its Mancunian spirit and the will to succeed, has kept the family business alive. The Great Grandsons – Mark and David have great ambitions for the company for many more years to come.  

Not only does Desser and Co celebrated four generations of a family run business, but many also committed employees have been with the company for over 30 years, bringing family members of their own into the business – making it a true family affair! 

All this from one man who had a simple idea whilst serving on the front line for his country. 

Anything is possible.