Date: 15-12-2014 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Gift Guide
Here at Barker's we love Sheffield and all the amazing producers and retailers you can find here. So to celebrate what a super city it is to live, work and shop in all this week we will be showcasing some amazing gift guides from some of the best creators and sellers in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Today we have found for you some brilliant gifts for the Sheffield dude in your life.
Date: 16-12-2014 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Gift Guide
Day two of our Sheffield Christmas gift guide for the Sheffield lass in your life. We love all the independent shops you can find throughout South Yorkshire and these are some of the best. They have loads of present material for those who are still looking for the perfect gift this holiday season and most are open up till Christmas Eve as well. Plenty of time for you to find that special present for that special someone.
Date: 18-12-2014 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Gift Guide
One of the best things about Christmas is of course all the lovely food you can enjoy over the holidays. Edible gifts are great for the person who has everything and there is plenty of brilliant food and drink producers in South Yorkshire. These are our top tasty treats that make wonderful presents for your foodie friend or family member. These are avaliable all over the city and all other yorkshire. Check out their websites for your nearest stockist.
Date: 19-12-2014 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Gift Guide
Day 4 of our Christmas showcase of the best in Sheffield. Today we are featuring our favourite picks for music lovers and musicians. Sheffield has a rich history of musical talent, which continues today with a thriving gig scene, masses of great concerts and some of the best music courses in the country at our Universities and Schools. We celebrate our super musical heritage with these great gifts all found in super Sheffield. #Sheffieldissuper
Happy Holidays! A big thank you goes out to all our amazing customers and staff who have made Barker's Furniture what it is today. After much research in 2014 we have found out that in the New Year will see the start of our 100th year in business. Find out more about it on our history page . To celebrate this amazing milestone we are having a wonderful Winter Sale! We are offering hundreds of items at fantastic sale prices and cutting clearance items once again. You will be sure to find a bargain at either of our showrooms, which are open from Boxing Day to start the ten-day super sale. We welcome everyone to come join us to start 2015 with a bang and find that perfect piece of furniture at a price you will love.
Date: 22-12-2014 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Gift Guide
Still struggling to find something for the loved one in your life or maybe someone turned up with a present for you and you had nothing to give them back. Head down to Sheffield centre to pick up something special. There are always the classic fail-safes to fall back on: books, plants, beauty, candles and jewellery. These are our top picks for stores where you definitely won't leave empty handed. They are all well worth a visit.
A plant isn't just for Christmas, it's the gift that keeps on giving. A classic poinsettia is the perfect xmas gift. We love Plantology floristry shop.
Rare & Racy is a brilliant shop for books from near and far. You are sure to find the perfect book in this Aladdin's cave of literature.
Speaking of Aladdin's Cave Filibuster and Booth is a dream world of antiques and jewels. It would be easy to spend hours looking for that perfect party piece with thousands of necklaces, earring and bracelets, not to mention all the other wonders hidden throughout the shop.
Candles are a great gift staple, especially this time of year as the nights remain dark. These candles from Noctua are our favourite at the moment; they come in a cute owl shaped holder and have some divine fragrances. You can pick them up at the Natural Bed Company along with a whole host of other candles and homeware gifts.
Really stuck for ideas? A gift vouches for a spa day is an easy but thoughtful gift, one I'm sure most will appreciate. We love the look of Spa 1877 and they have a large range of treatments at very reasonable prices.
Happy New Year to all our customers. We hope you've enjoyed the festive period and are looking forward to the year to come. We are still having our Winter Sale so come on down to see some fantastic items at great prices, plus plenty of bargains in the clearance section. May 2015 be a wonderful year for you all!
After our Scandinavian Winter design article on the new pastel pink trend we thought we would collect some of the best products that you could buy to add a touch of rose to your home. As we talked about in that article, there is no need to go over board on the colour. A few accent pieces will highlight your beautiful room without making it cluttered or feel too muddled. This beautiful art piece by Samantha Harvey sets us off nicely. It has a subtle pink and purple colour with light fluffy clouds to add a sense of calm into your surroundings. The perfect pastel pink piece for this Scandi look.
You could go a bit bolder with the pink by including one piece of furniture in the pastel colour to really make a statement. To keep it from being over the top make sure to keep to neutrals for the rest of the room and really make the piece of furniture you've chosen, the star of the stage. We love this pastel pink bed stead from the Harlequin collection. The sleigh design is right on trend for the Scandinavian look too.
Here is a collection of our top 5 blogs of the moment. We love these blogs for the beautiful look, their gorgeous photography and their bang on trend interior design articles. First of is Miss Moss , her living section has a great mix of home tours, industry news and accessory collection. Its a real smorgasbord of design inspiration and home interior trends. Her other blog topics are also well worth a watch for the same reasons and her simply writing style lends to easy viewing for her great photos. Diana Moss, who writes the blog, lives in South Africa and its great to see some creative news from a country we don't hear much of in the UK.
Abigal Ahern's blog is simply stunning. Its deep moody look and detailed writing style shows a real passion and knowledge for design details. Her articles are full of information and you can really learn a thing or two about putting together a unique and luxurious home. Though she often uses just one simple main photo for each article, the photography still produces a beautiful effect as they are sumptuously coloured and really draw the eye.
So much more then just home design, Bodie and Fou has a great blog for inspiration across all aspects of life, but we really love their interior section for its focus on family friendly designs that are still beautiful. A French girl, with Norwegian heritage, married to a kiwi and living in London, Karine the blog writer has alot to tell and her personal touches make the reader feel right at home in her world.
Need a colour hit? Try Bright Bazaar for a rainbow course of interior and exterior designs. Colour is everywhere on this blog. It's great to remind people that colour doesn't have to be scary, and used in the right way it can bring alot of joy to our homes and lives. Because who doesn't love a rainbow.
Apartment Therapy is our go to website for design inspiration and home interior ideas. Not only does it show you the key trends, it is full of beautiful, real (not showroom) homes, DIYs, best buys and how to posts. Though it's an American based blog, it has a great advice that can be applied to homes throughout the world. It's sister site
The Kitchn is also worth checking out if you love food as much as home design.
Date: 08-01-2015 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Design History
G Plan has long been synonymous with great design and a quality product but this trusted brands history goes back longer than the creation of the G Plan brand in the 1950s. Ebeneezer Gomme started his furniture business in 1898, and it was from this humble beginning that one of the most successful furniture manufacturers throughout the UK was to be created.
Ebeneezer set up a brand new factory in High Wycombe in 1909 and continued to grow even through several set backs. During both World Wars, the factory had to stop production and help the war effort by manufacturing aircraft. A devastating fire also broke out and the factory had to be rebuilt in 1922. Yet the Gomme family persevered and even after the death of Ebeneezer and the factories closure through the war, the business was about to come into it's hay day.
Donald Gomme, Ebeneezer's Grandson, joined the family firm in the 1930s but was soon part of the war effort himself when he was appointed as a scientific adviser for the government. Once the war had ended however he went about rebuilding the family firm and launched the G Plan we know today in 1953. Still using traditional techniques, G Plan focused on the new styles of the day and broke the rules on what was considered the norm. The name coined by Doris Gundry of the J Walter Thompson advertising agency, stood for Gomme Plan, and reflected the company idea that they had a plan for a great way of life.
The rise of G Plan was revolutionary at the time and came down to two new ideas implemented by Donald. Mass advertising and fully stocked showrooms for customers. At the time it was very unusual for manufacturers to appeal directly to its customers but this revolutionary way of advertising put consumers in the driving seat of style and new products rather than the hands of the retailers as was the norm. G Plan also pioneered the use of furniture showrooms to allow customers to 'try before you buy' as well as creating room set ups to show people how this new modern furniture would look within the home.
The strategy worked and G Plan thrived through the 50s, 60s and 70s. The company was successfully floated on the stock exchange in 1958 and has become part of the mainstay of furniture for homes in the UK. Though the Gomme family retired its share in 1987, G Plan still retains today a sense of quality, style and comfort. In 1996 the company was split into the Morris Group which gained the rights to market and make the G Plan Cabinet Furniture, while G Plan Upholstery Ltd continues to make quality sofas today.
G Plan has a great history much like our own here at Barkers and we really enjoyed researching and finding out about one of our favourite manufacturers. Check out these links for more info on G Plan and their heritage.
Copper blush, copper orange, copper rose, copper pink... call it what you want, Copper is in again and has been named colour of the year 2015 by Dulux Colour Futures. The overarching theme for this year is 'Everyday', finding the wonderful in the normal' and the colour which ties this years individual themes together is Copper. The overall feel of the look is clay and earth blends, skin tones, old world sepia and human warmth.A sense of heat and global togetherness is created though the desert like tones and warm hues.
This is Dulux description of the colour of the year's style.
'As witnessed at global events from Stockholm and Milan to Shanghai, metallic colour tones are playing an increasingly important role in modern design.
Replacing the cool blues and greens of recent years, a warmer spectrum of pinks, reds and oranges is emerging, reflecting a more positive global outlook. As a paint translation of this trend, our research all points to this orangey copper tone. Great on its own, the colour also combines perfectly with pinks, neutrals, whites and other orange hues, as well as metallic colours such as gold.
It reflects and complements all of the major trends that we have identified for 2015: a warmth in attitude and a renewed emphasis on sharing; the natural palette of the earth, from clay tones to sunlit highlights of yellow; the skin tones that reflect human interaction and the sepia hues of the past.
It is a colour of depth and currency that combines wonderfully with the everyday.'
Get The Look
1. Go big- Feeling adventurous? Bring the colour with a statement wall. No fancy designs just a plain solid block of warming orange, red or pinks. Painting opposing walls in a softer or neutral colour, from the colour palette , will round the room out to fully embrace the trend. You can tone down this look if a whole wall is too much by using an ombre effect to create a sutler look but fully taking on that gorgeous copper hue.
2. Be bold with furniture- Don't want to take the plunge with a whole room or wall? You can be equally bold with copper metallic furnishings like these beautiful copper gold chairs featured in Style Me Pretty or go for a softer look with pink blush furniture such as this armoire onVTWonen
3. Accessorise, Accessorise- The easiest way to get any trend instantly into your home is with accessories. This copper blush trend translates perfectly with the Get the look: Scandinavian Design and
Pastel Pink articles on the blog previously, take a look for some instant updates. Using simple but beautiful designed home decor pieces can add some colour and texture without dominating the room. We love this little Copper House from 2 Of 2
Come back during the week and next week for more tips and tricks on adding the copper blush look to your home. We'll be looking at some simple copper DIYs and gorgeous accessories in the right hues. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter , Pinterest and Facebook to stay up to date on news and more interior design ideas.
We are really excited about the Copper Blush trend that we talked about here. We have collected a few easy DIYs so that you can get that copper blush look at home this season. All you need is metallic copper spray...its your new best friend.
This copper table is the most complicated DIY but doesn't have to be if there is a table frame you already love, just unleash the spray. It's an Ikea hack as well so we are sure it would be great value.
Remember the copper chairs from the design article. This thrifty Swedish maker has created the same look with just a can of copper spray. Unless you have excellent Swedish have google translate at the ready.
Or keep it simple and add a few natural elements into the mix. Spray paint pumpkins, gourds and other firm fruit or veg and follow Martha Stewart's lead.
Here is one of our teams take on a copper DIY, though it doesn't involve spray paint. This pen holder is actually the bottom of a whiskey tube. It has nice copper details in the font and the metal base is also in the same colour. We simply cut around the tube to the size we wanted with a sharp craft knife and we had an instant attractive desk tidy. Extra brownie points for upcycling too. For more DIY ideas and more design inspiration for Colour of the Year check out our Pinterest page
We love this Infographic from Ken Golan Design and wanted to share it with our readers and customers. You can learn alot from the design of the past and just because it's considered a trend from another decade doesn't mean you can't implement these ideas in your own home. We have lots of different types of furniture at the show room, from modern styles to traditional classic, vintage inspired to contemporary design. If you love a look from the past don't be afraid to make it a part of your home.
'Just as clothing fashions change and evolve as time goes by, so too do interior design trends. From the Art Deco movement of the 1920's to the eclecticism you see in home design today, interior decorating has always played a major role in the look of an era. You may imagine harvest gold and avocado green when you think of the 1970's, or you may want to recreate the bright, colorful designs of the 60s for vintage flair in your home. Today, homeowners can choose from a variety of styles to best suit their personalities and aesthetic sensibilities. When you are consulting your Fort Lauderdale interior designer, keep in mind the best elements from each decade to create your own unique style. Check out our infographic to learn more about design trends over the years! Please share with your friends and family for a trip down interior design memory lane!'
Today we have picked for you some of our favourite accessories and home furnishings to compliment the colour blush look we've been focusing on this month. We have chosen three colour routes from the main palette so there is a variety of choices to suit your style.
Copper Rose & Pink Gold
Golds and rose copper is our first choice going with pinker hues of metalics. These colours and textures link well to a classic look that is very elegant. We can imagine lots of bright white walls mixed with pink ombre to suit these graceful yet striking pieces. Our favourite piece is the Lampshade from Werkdepot , it is a stunning
A more brassy hued copper is the highlight rather then centre stage with these objects. 70s Styled orange pieces are the focus here and could add a more fun edge to this colour style. Orange isn't a colour that has been used often in recent years but we are hoping to see it's revival this year. It is a great colour to use with mid-century modern looks which will be a theme that will continue going strong this year.
Going down the more global route, that the copper blush trend is to invoke this year, we have chosen golds, reds and browns with a North African fell. This is a great look for those with a more relaxed decorating style who like to include lots of wood and natural textiles mixed with their own finds from around the world.
In 1927 in Monroe, Michigan, USA, cousins Edward M. Knasbusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker partnered up and created a furniture business in a garage which was to become the famous La-Z-Boy Company we know today. They started their manufacture with cabinets (that Edward had previous experience in) and surprisingly, doll house furniture. Originally called Kna-Shoe Company they quickly reconsidered the name after a shipment could not be collected due to being mislabeled 'New Shoe Company. They became the Floral City Furniture Company and because a instant hit in Monroe.
They quickly needed to to expand from the garage but no banks would invest, luckily family and friends did. Fortuitously they built their new plant right along what was to be the US 24 route which was to become the most traveled road in Michigan, perfect positioning for their bigger and better business.
It was the year 1928 that saw the design and creation of an innovative new chair. A wooden slated porch chair that could recline. Edward and Edwin held a competition to name this new product with names such as Sit-N-Snooze and Slackback suggested but the winner of course was the La-Z-Boy. The chair was an instant success and sales took off. In 1929 they started to manufacture Upholstered versions of the La-Z-Boy (a buyer refused to purchase because of the seasonal nature of the chair). The results were positive and the company incorporated and protected their patent.
Though the depression of the 1930s saw most people struggling to make ends meet, the La-Z-Boy Cousins continued to grow their business and were able to open their first retail store by 1933. They set up several 'furniture shows' throughout the 1930s to show off their products but the most important factor was that they entertained their potential customers with a circus like atmosphere of performers and entertainers. A truly unique was of doing business at the time.
In the 1940s, due to pressure from other manufacturers and retailers because of the competition they posed, Edward and Edwin separated Floral City Furniture and the La-Z-Boy Chair Company. La-Z-Boy now had a place of it's own but instantly stopped manufacture as war was declared after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The 1950s saw an increase of products to their line and was even promoted by Bing Crosby as 'The' relaxing chair. The La-Z-Boy had always been considered a mans chair but in the 1960s the company marketed towards women as well 'The most comfortable part of HER day'
The new Reclina Rocker boosted sales in the 1960s and 1970s. Between 1961-1971 sales went from $1.1 Million to $52.7 Million, and in 1972 the company was passed to Charles T. Knasbusch (Edwards son) where it continued to grow to annual sales of $152 million. Charles added more retail stores and uses more and more mass marketing, including TV ads as they became popular purchases for the American family. This growth continued through the 1980s with La-Z-Boy making recliner sofas and beds as well as creating stationary products as well.
The 1990s and 2000s was full of company deals and acquisitions and it was this period which made La-Z-Boy one the biggest furniture manufacturers and retailers in America. Its name was changed to La-Z-Boy incorporated in 1996. Though the US business has declined during the recession and as a result of cheaper Chinese imports, it is still recognised as one of the most famous brands around the world. It is licensed to be manufactured in many countries around the world, including the UK and it remains very popular toady.
La-Z-Boy is currently growing into business and health care furniture but is a name that will always be synonymous with home relaxation. Check out these links for more info.
The temperature is dropping, there's ice on the roads and snow on the hills. Winters here and although its really beautiful out in the wild world it can be uncomfortable and too cold at home. Not everyone has a super insulated home so we have put together some home accessory ideas to keep you warm this winter.
Some of us don't have the luxury of double glazing or sometimes live in an old home with weak windows. The best way to keep the heat in is to add good thick curtains. They can be stylish and add some extra warmth to the home through their look as well as practically. A top tip is to add curtains to doorways as well, they can be more stylish then the traditional sausage dog draft excluder and they protect against gaps around the full size of the door, not just the floor gap.
Blankets, Throws & Cushions
Nothing feels as cosy as adding blankets and cushions to your bed or couch. It makes us feel warmer by the colours and textures and of course you can snuggle up in them when its chilly. Add some to your bed so you can grab an extra layer as the temperature drops through the night.
Light Some Candles
Though they will not emit huge amounts of heat, they do still give off some warmth and importantly light. The subtle lighting makes you feel warmer and choosing scented candles that make you feel toasty, like spiced orange or cinnamon, can add to this effect. Just lowering the lighting to just candles and side lamps with warm coloured bulbs will add to the relaxing and homey atmosphere. We love these nordic decorations featuredhere
Rugs and carpets
Whether you have carpets, wood or tiled floors adding a rug can add alot of warmth to an environment, especially for your frozen feet. Even with carpets rugs will keep more heat escaping through the floor. You can add one large rug to a room but layering lots of rugs will add lots of interest to a space and keep you nice and toasty.The layers in the homes above are wonderful, we like the neutral colours mixed with stand out zebra print and the more global look in
this bohemian home.
Give Plants A Chance
You'd be surprised by how much heat a plant can generate while living in your home but it's definitely worth giving it a go. Not only do plants clean your air they also let out water and heat as they respire. They make rooms more humid and humid air is warmer than dry air, just be wary of putting too many plants in kitchens and bathroom as they are already very wet places and susceptible to mould. See this great article on house plants and energy costs
Like the look? check out this article on Scandinavian Design, the best way to keep warm this winter.
A Barkers Furniture Guide on how to choose the right sofa for you. Buying a sofa is a big and costly decision so here is our handy guide for how to choose the best quality sofa. Remember you get what you pay for.
A sturdy frame means a longer lasting sofa. The best frames to buy are hardwood frame, they are expensive but they are very durable and long lasting. Plywood is next best; it's affordable, strong and durable. Don't even go there if it is a soft wood, metal or plastic frame. They are cheap, warp easily and not strong at all. How the frame is made is also important. The best is connected joints, where wooden dowel, corner dock, metal screws and metal brackets are used. Avoid any frames that just use glue, staples and nails, these too are weak.
Good springs make your sofa comfy and last longer. The most expensive but by far the best is hand-tied springs. They are comfortable and long lasting. Serpentine springs are the most common and most affordable for value. They are supportive but they sag overtime. If it has no springs and just has a web mesh it will be uncomfy and flimsy. Check for squeaks and creaks as they are a sign of incorrectly placed springs. See what metals they use also, the heavier the better
Filling makes a big difference, choose wisely. There are two expensive but good quality options. High resilient foam is comfortable and long lasting, goose/duck feathers are sumptuous and high maintenance. For value without breaking the bank, Polyurethane foam is easy to care for and there is a lot of choice in firmness. A down-poly blend is another cheaper option with a luxurious feel but it will flatten quicker. Polyester fibre is cheap and flattens quickly, avoid at all costs.
Now the fun part, leather vs fabric. Choose what you love. Fabric is affordable, has lots of choice of colours and patterns and it warm on the skin. Leather is pricey but is durable, easy to clean and cool to touch. Another option is faux leather, it's affordable, warm to touch and looks like leather.
Dying cloth is an incredibly old industry with natural ingredients from around the local area used to colour textiles from even Neolithic times. Dyes that produced deep and vibrant colours where highly prized but were often rare and expensive. More readily available dyes like woad and madder where sold on a commercial basis. While natural dyes has been used for thousands of years, the industrial revolution saw the development of the sciences and lead to the creations of the worlds first synthetic dye in 1853, albeit by the accident of 15 year old William Perkin.
Though there are lots of benefits to synthetic dyes(cost, colour fastness, ability to produce on a mass scale) they can have a devastating impac on the environment. Lots of designers and manufacturers have tried to come up with innovative solutions in recent years to find alternatives to the everyday synthetic dye.
Although Synthetic can pollute water ways, effecting animals and plant life, we could not produce the mass items of dyed textiles with traditional natural dyes. To achieve the intensity of the colours, the amount needed for mass product, would be huge, with the industry using larger amounts of natural dyes which would effect the plants and animals used as well as their ecosystems. One alternative may be to use more unusual plants to keep up with demand. Design Studio Blond & Bieber have developed a dye from Algae. This plant is in surplus and is often blamed for a whole host of ecology problem, so harnessing its power could benefit both worlds. See a full interview with the designers here.
Another Natural alternative is to dye the fabric before it's even made. Scientists in Singapore created colourful silk by feeding the silk worm that produces it with a dye. The result was some amazingly fluorescent worms and silk cocoons. This would cut down amazingly well on water pollution from the dying process and make coloured silk less costly for the consumer as the dying process is particularly expensive.
The main issue with synthetic dyes is the excessive use of water to produce the colours. The best alternative would be to find a way of reducing the water used to a minimum and the company Dyecoo may have found a way. They have created a machine which uses little water and pressurised carbon Dioxide (C02) to colour fabric. Nike and Adidas have already got on board and are producing brands with the new technology. This could be the revolutionary change the dyeing industry needs.
For more information on the textiles and dying industry take a look at some of these links. Get in touch on Twitter and join the debate.
It's valentines day tomorrow and while every one is buying chocolates and booking restaurant tables why not show your home abit of love this weekend. We've come up with 15 favourite ways to really enjoy your home and make the most of what you've got. A home is like a relationship, you get out of it what you put in.
Work at it
1. Create an outbox- use a plain old cardboard box, a hamper or a bag and use it to put items in that you want to donate, return to an owner and give to family & friends. Whats an outbox you say?
2. Rearrange- be it big or small, furniture or accessories. Refreshing a room can make a big difference to a space
3. Clean it- this may seem obvious but taking the weekend to the give the house a real good scrub can brighten your whole mood. Use this time to do the jobs you've been putting off.
4. Do a bit of gardening- tidy up hedges, do a bit of weeding and sweep the patio. You could even go a little crazy and scrub the door step. A bit of curb appeal will make returning home a joy when you see the front door.
5. Fix it- fix any bits that need doing around the house; replace light bulbs, fix that leaky tap and do a paint touch up. Just get it done.
Inject some life
6. Paint it- Add some colour into your home with a bit of paint. Use yellow to promote happiness and green to improve creativity. Both will brighten any room whether its a whole wall or just pops of colour.
7. Frame it- Frame and hang some art pieces. There is always something worth showing off, even if it means just getting some family photos out of the album and up on the wall.
8. Add some plants- or even flowers or both. New life in the home makes a room come alive plus they are good for you.
9.Start a project- Take some time and start planing a project you want to make for your home. It could be a whole room redecoration or making some accessories, its your choice. Start it now.
10.Let some light in- Make sure to open your curtains and blind every morning to bring as much light and warmth into your home. In winter this is essential for you and your home.
11. Eat- Cook a favourite meal or order the best takeaway in town. Spend a little more on your groceries and get your favourite food or treats. Get a few favourite boozy drinks in or the the tastiest coffee around. If you love it, treat yourself.
12. Light some candles- it doesn't have to be romantic, candles give warmth and a cosy feel no matter what the occasion. Some of them smell pretty fantastic too.
13.Do a hobby- Switch off the telly and do something with your hands. Get a way from the computer and read a book. Lay back and listen to a whole music album. If you love it, do it.
14. Spend some time in the garden- Weather permitting, it can be lovely to sit out or wander in the garden to clear your head and appreciate the home you have including the outside as well.
15. Simply relax- Sit in quiet contemplation and think about all the wonderful items and memories you have in your home. If you want, share this moment with some one you love and enjoy their company just as it is.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to love your home, yourself and others. Happy Valentines!
This month we've been exploring the Colour future trend Him+Her and so far looked at what that look is and how you can get it in your home. Today we are showing off a wonderful collection of accessories to fit into any Him+Her aesthetic whether that is going down the more masculine route, feminine or a mix of both.
Date: 18-02-2015 Time: 00:00:00 Category: South Yorkshire Business
More than baths is a family-run bathroom company that un-surprisingly so does more than just baths. Owned and run by mother and son duo, Ann and Richard, the company has been going from strength to strength since it's establishment in 2007. The company, based in Doncaster, has a wonderful showroom and excellent services from simply buying some fixtures to full scale bespoke design services. Ann says:
The success of More Than Baths has far exceeded my expectations, we are a showroom that cares about our customers spending 2 or 20,000. All our customers are very important to us, we listen and nothing is too much trouble. We work very hard to maintain our outstanding reputation and recommendations we receive'
They supply everything you would need to make your bathroom just the way you want it. They can design a full refurbishment and create it, replace your bathroom suite, install showers and radiators and even add the finishing touches with their accessory range. If you buy from More Than Baths you can also receive 10% off on our carpets here at Barkers Furniture.* See our Wool Carpets and Stain-free carpet collection.
Last week the Government finally set a date for the introduction of new copyright protection law which will make it illegal to manufacture or sell copies of mass-produced designs after 2020. This move comes after pressure from designers and design groups, namely Vitra, Artek and Flos, asking for more protection for furniture and lighting designers against copy cat traders who are gaining trade off their designs. The Intellectual Property Office has published the new guidelines although they will not become law till 2020. Upon introduction replica furniture companies will no longer be able to sell replicas of current and past designers from 70 years after their deaths.
The reason many major designers have supported this move is because other companies can create their designs, sell them on to the public and reap a tidy profit all the while basically ripping off someone else's design idea. The reason this is allowed under current law is because the application of 'replica' to a product title allows them to sell a copied version and thus means that the true designer isn't given credit or payment. We are supportive of this act because product designers should have the same intellectual copyrights as those in arts who produce music or books but the crooks of the matter is that it favours high-end, high-priced designers that makes fashionable pieces of the day out of reach for the general populous.
As Chris Diemer, of replica furniture company, pointed out in response to the new legislation, companies such as his'are making good design affordable for the masses.' Why should it be that beautiful furniture and unique designs be just for the wealthy, when adorning your house and making it feel just right for you can be key to happiness at home. Designers should be able to protect their designs but if they produced products that were affordable for everyone then maybe consumers would choose to shop with the originals and not with a replica company.
Sam Jacob also argues a good point, that by extending the copyright to 70 years after a designers death means that people will not be able to purchase modern designs because there is no incentive for the industry to create new innovations and that 'extending copyright for design condemns us to mid-century modernism"(not that we don't love the mid-century modern look). Though we do not sell replica furniture here at Barker's, we know that our customers want quality and affordability when it comes to furniture purchases, and it is reputable replica retailers that can provide this for on trend designs produced by the industry.
Tell us your opinion on Twitter and join the debate.
Often believed to be invented by the Earl of Chesterfield, the Chesterfield Sofa's history is much more obscure. So why is it called the Chesterfield Sofa? We may never know the truth but we can explore the various tales. The most common idea is that this piece of furniture was commissioned by the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, sometime in the 1750s. His role as a statesmen not only influenced the political landscape but he was also considered a real trend setter of his time. This may have given rise to the belief he invented the sofa and the most common tale is that it allowed comfort to rest but it's straight back meant ladies and gentlemen would still be able to sit upright and not crease their suits and dresses.
The second ideas, though still associated with the Earl, is actually the opposite in comfort. The sofa was said to be quite uncomfortable so it would discourage people from waiting too long for an audience with the Earl, who was a very busy man, and thus they would leave before he had time to see them. An interesting story but with how comfortable Chesterfields are today we simply canï¿½t imagine it.
Some suggest the term Chesterfield had been in use for a long time to describe any cushioned seating or simply to mean furniture as a whole. In Canada, the older generation still use the world Chesterfield to describe any couch or sofa. Mention of Chesterfields as the buttoned back couch we know today seems to be more common in the late Victorian Era. They tended to be velvet rather then leather but as with all fashions the velvet Chesterfield is back on trend again as designers create more unusual takes on this classic.
No matter the origin of the Chesterfield, it will no doubt remain a classic for the rest of time. The definition of this traditional design is a large couch with rolled arms the same height as the back, and typically with deep button tufting and nail-head trim. Though the shape may stay the same, the colour and fabric have chance to evolve. We currently have a purple velvet Chesterfield style
sofa on show at our Lowther Rd Showroom. It's a real showstopper.
We don't always find the time to take care of ourselves properly and can sometimes find it hard to have some quality alone time with our loved ones. So today we challenge you to transform your bedroom in to a romantic sanctuary that creates the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Lighting is key for all rooms and it is incredibly important in a bedroom to provide a tranquil and cosy look to get you in the right mood to relax. Go for several lamps around the room with low wattage and create a subdued look. Mood lighting after all should flatter and the darker lighting gets your mind ready for bed. Having lamps on a bedside cabinet or even on the wall next to or above the bed means you can unwind in the comfort of the duvet and go straight to sleep without getting up to turn the main light off.
You can't do anything if your are too hot or too cold, never mind relaxing in bed. Make sure you have the right temperature for you and your partner. If it's too chilly, put the heating on or get an extra heater for your bedroom, create a canopy for your bed (Super romantic and keeps warm air in) or add extra blankets to snuggle up in. If it's too hot, swap your duvet for a lighter one, open the windows and make sure you have water on hand to cool you down.
Nothing is better then a wonderful fragrance filling the room to take your mind off the stresses of the day. Choose relaxing scents like lavender, hyacinth and pine or use uplifting scents like cinnamon, citrus or peppermint. Surprisingly, pumpkin scent is also an aphrodisiac so why not try an incense stick or two to improve your mood.
We're not talking whale music but any music or soundscapes that make your mind calm will help to create a peaceful atmosphere. We love this playlist on Spotify, Lost in the Woods. For music without lyrics try nature sounds or Tibetan bells to transport you to another world and forget any worries that may be on your mind.
A place for everything and everything in it's place. You can't relax when there is a mound of clothes on the bedroom floor and clutter along the surfaces. Make sure you keep your bedroom a clean and tidy sanctuary. Invest in some great storage so that there is space for everything you need without it taking over your room. Having a clean bedroom will ease you into sleep as a tidy room will create a tidy mind. We love the Thera Bedroom Collection in dark but we also stock it in White, two tone and oak.
Take the time to really pamper yourself and keep your bedroom the one place that the mess and stress of the day does not enter. If you have a paradise of a bedroom you are also more likely to get better shut eye too. Something we all need these days.
This week sees the start of our Grand Refurbishment Sale where we will be selling over 1,000,000 worth of stock in order to clear out our showrooms. We are doing this to refurbish the space and provide our customers with a better store for their shopping needs. Our customers have often wanted to have all of our furniture in one place as we have upholstery and occasional furniture across both stores. We listened and we answered.
We will be splitting our two stores in to two distinctive departments. The Burton St store will be dining & living furniture, occasional furniture and all our upholstery, as well as our mobility department. While our showroom on Lowther Rd off Penistone Rd will become a huge bed and bedroom store, showing off more of our wonderful bedstead, divan and mattress ranges as well as matching wardrobe and chest of drawers. We will also have our full flooring section at Lowther Rd. We really hope this improves our service to you, our wonderful customers, and we can help you find what you want quickly and with ease.
Date: 25-03-2015 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Artist Spotlight
We wanted to show you one of our favourite artists of the moment and take five minutes to display their beautiful art work on our blog. We love the beautiful art work of Leeds based artist Victoria Horkan. The stunning oil on canvas paintings that she creates have a vivid movement to them that reflects the animal inspiration that are the subject of lots of her pieces. The canvases are heavily textured which adds to the 3D effect with the ridges of paint forming shapes and shadows with the colour and this too adds to the movement of the pieces.
The vibrancy of the colours also draws us in to what are abstract pieces that still tell a story to it's viewers. The use of colour keeps your eye roaming around the art, allowing you to discover new parts of the art work again and again, every time you look at it.
The piece above, If I Could Hum , is one of our favourites. The whole canvas displays a humming bird but each part of the painting looks like lots individual birds and wings make up the whole of the larger one. The colours are soothing but they also show the vibrancy of a humming birds life and its fast paced movements.
Victoria creates these oil on canvas paintings for sale but also makes prints of them allowing an affordable option for lovers of her artwork. You can also commission pieces for your home and business, some of the results have been stunning. Many people in the art community love her work so much they have show it in their galleries. You can see more of her work on the Victoria Horkan Website.
Many of us this weekend will be welcoming friends and family into our home for the Easter celebrations. Why not take some extra care this week and get your guest room ship shape and make it feel like home for your guests. A few quick tips today and a little bit of work will make your home a haven for over night guests.
Itï¿½s the season for a spring clean and what better incentive then having loved ones round. Collect your cleaning supplies and blast the guest room. Start from the top and work your way down. Dust all surfaces, pictures and decorations. Hoover or sweep the floors, including under the bed, and if itï¿½s wood or laminate give the floor a good mop and dry. Donï¿½t forget to clean baseboards, light switches and doors; youï¿½d be surprised how dirty these get as they arenï¿½t often cleaned. Make sure to keep your windows open while cleaning to let in some fresh air and rid the room of dust.
Change the linen
Nothing feels better after a long journey then falling into a nice clean bed with crisp linen and soft pillows. Use your best bed linen and make sure they are cleaned properly and ironed as well. This may seem like a lot of fuss if you donï¿½t normally iron your bedding but it will make your guests feel extra special and give the room a more finished look. Add some pretty scatter pillows and a thick blanket at the end of the bed so there is an extra layer for those who like to be a little warmer in bed.
Set The Mood
As itï¿½s spring, itï¿½s the perfect time to bring some flowers or plants into the home. Having a bit of greenery can really set off a room and if you use fresh cut flowers your visitors will feel extra special once again as youï¿½ve gone to so much effort. Make sure the room smells gorgeous as well with scented candles or a reed diffuser. We love the range from Neom. Always have a bedside lamp for reading and ease of sleep.
The Little Extras
Giving your guests little extras in their room can make them feel at ease and give their stay the feel of a hotel experience. Bare minimum; make sure to lay out clean towels, a water carafe and glasses, a few favourite books and your WIFI password. You can of course go the whole hog and make a guest room bar cart, like on A Beautiful Mess.
Mini toiletries, snacks, fruit, bottle water and soft drinks, plus all the essentials we mentioned. This may seem excessive but this really would give your guest room the wow factor.
If you get your guest room in order this week you will have all weekend to enjoy your time with your friends and family. Remember to relax and enjoy your weekend. Your guests love it.
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We'd like to wish all our customers and readers a very happy Easter! We hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you do and enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed). We are continuing our biggest ever sale over the weekend so come down to seize the best and lowest prices we've ever had on hundreds of items. As it is the holidays we will be adjusting our opening hours slightly.
Thursday 2nd - 10am - 6pm
Friday 3rdï¿½ï¿½ï¿½- 10am - 5pm
Saturday 4th - 10am - 6pm
Sunday 5th - Closed
Monday 6th - 10am - 5pm
Happy Easter once again
From the Barker's Team
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After a wonderful sale we have begun our refurbishment and are well underway of transforming the Lowther Rd store into beds, bedroom and flooring while the Burton St store will showcase upholstery, living & dining and mobility furniture. Read more about the refurbishment and why we are doing it.
Our refurbishment isn't just in store, it's also online. We continual adapt and change our website to meet our customers needs and wants. Our more recent change has been the creation of an online shopping basket for all our amazing clearance items. We thought it would be a great way to tell our customers about some of our bargain items. The reason they have the best prices on them is because they tend to be display items, the last in a set fabric or leather, and/or because we want to make way for even more new products. This last point has been particularly essential in making sure we could begin the refurb as soon as the sale finished but we are continuing to sell our clearance online for those who want something quick, affordable and for those who know exactly what they want. See the clearance section online and remember there is lots more in store as well.
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Not all of us are interior designers but with a wealth of resources and information on the internet today we can create some stunning rooms to fit our style and personality without the need to hire an expensive designer. Recently DIY has been declining but we think many of us can still try our hand at decorating our own homes because a labour of love will always be more rewarding then getting someone else to do it for you. We have put together some of our favourite free tools for you to use when decorating your home. Whether that's simply a lick of paint on the wall or a full refurb.
This Color pallet generator lets you upload an image to the site where the app will pick out the key colour details in the photo or picture. This is a really great tool if you have a specific piece of art work or an item which you would love to use as a basis for a room design. Simply snap a picture of it and upload to the site to create a simple pallet to use in your design
Use this colour wheel to create a vast array of pallets from complementary and contrasting, shades and monochromatic or even your own custom look. This is a great tool not just for finding the right tones but also to explore colours you may not have thought to use. Like Pictaculous you can also create a pallet from an image.
This is a really great beginners tool to help you plan a room layout. It's super simple and easy to use but it has lots of options so you can very accurately populate your room. It has a handy manual plus tips from other users on it's site. You do not need any technical knowledge to recreate your vision on this program
This tool is similar to the room styler but with even more options. It is once again easy to use but you can develop your creation a bit more with a more accurate 3D image of the room. Registration is simple and you can get creating your dream home in minutes. There are lots of sharing features so you can easy show your designs to others and get their opinions on your ideas.
Your home decoration shouldn't just end at the front door. If you are lucky enough to have a garden or even a small patio it's a good idea to show it abit of attention too. Having a pretty garden to come back to after a long day can make all the difference when your walking up the garden path. This basic garden planner from Small Blue Printer can help you create a beautiful garden with a simple layout. The graphics are a little rudimentary but this planner can be really useful to plan out not only the look of your garden but for seed and bulb planting in the future. Even though its look is dated it is a really easy and simple tool to use.
It's no secret that we are a fan of pinterest here at Barker's. It's a great place to collect your favourite products, styles and ideas as well as an amazing place to be inspired by new finds. If your not familiar with Pinterest, think of it as an online mood board. You can create separate boards for different themes to keep your ideas organised and you can follow other peoples boards if you love their style true. We have several Pinterest boards on Interior Design but you can also find lots of other inspiration too, from recipes and dressses, DIY crafts to holiday destinations. Take a look.
Niice is another mood board type website which is great for creating a more cohesive theme for your room ideas. The layout means you can get a better grasp of your colour pallet and textures that you love without the comments which are visible on Pinterest. This is a really unique way to create a room inspiration collection and it's design centric subscribers mean that every photograph you find is of the best quality.
These are some of our favourite design tools but there is a huge amount of resources on the internet for you to utilise. If you have any other favourite design tools we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch on:
After setting up our very own bus bunk bed at our Lowther Rd showroom we've been inspired to look for more amazing beds for children. Adding a bed with a theme or unique feature can really add to the fun of a room and spark some imagination and creative play in kids. These bed sets are wildly fantastical and any child would be incredibly lucky to have them. We've chosen a few ready to buy beds and some DIY options for those who like to get a bit creative themselves.
By far the grandest of our selection (and ridiculously pricey) this castle bed set inspired by the Disney hit Frozen is amazing! It is still such a popular movie that the merchandise and 'Let it go' singing is still strong even though it was released a year and a half ago! This is such a fun Frozen bed with lots of exciting things about it. It can sleep two or a extra special one, has a stair set up to the upper level and a slide on the other side to get down. It has extra shelves on the front perfect for favourite toys and books.
This Pirate boat bed from little devils is another one you can buy but at a more reasonable price then the frozen castle. The MDF bed is coated in melamine to make easy to clean and resist chipping. It features a ships wheel at the front and a sail at the head board so there is plenty of fun to be had when friends are over. Although you'd think that having a specific theme for a bed means only one story can be played out i'm sure the imagination of youth can think of lots of swash buckling ideas around this amazing piece of furniture.
A simple house bunk bed design is a great way to add some excitement to bedtime without the cost of a themed bought bed. This simple design from This Modern Life blog was made from scratch and has built in storage cabinets at the side which doubles as the steps to the upper bunk. For an easier build we can imagine that ready made bunk beds could be transformed into a house simply by attaching a MDF house shape to the front of the bunk. A cheap and easy solution for an instant update
For the more adventurous this rock climbing wall attached to the side of a bed can make for a unique play area and gives little ones a chance for a bit of extra exercise in the day. This basic wall from Finch Found looks great. they said it was easy to make using just a wood sheet and rock climbing mounts which were inexpensive and easy to install. The climbing wall is attached to one side of the bunk bed and the other side has a spiralled step step for easier access. We think this is a great option for super active kids, the perfect way to tire them out before bedtime.
Last but not least, of course our favourite is the bus bunk bed we have on display at our Lowther Rd showroom. The picture above is the brilliant children's bed in situ and it's already been getting lots of attention in store and online. This simple but well designed bed features a red bus painted structure with London Bond St written on the side and front, a steering wheel in the lower bunk and window cut outs to add to the bus theme. There are sturdy ladders on one side to reach the top bunk (deck) of the bus, the perfect place to view the sights and sounds of 'London' on your kids next bus tour. There are countless ideas for the kids to play with here and it quite reminds of the TV show Playdays on BBC
Get out there and play!
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We all want to stay fit and healthy but some times it's hidden health risks that can affect us the most without us noticing. Asthma affects 5.4 million people in the UK alone and can become a real blight on our wellbeing as it effects can lead to a increased sensitivity to coughs and colds as well. Dust or more accurately dust mites faeces is a trigger for up to 90% of asthma sufferers and the place where they are most prevalent in our homes is the bedroom. They live in mattresses, duvets, pillows and bedding, not to mention carpets and curtains. In this article we will be giving our recommended tips for keeping your bedroom and in particular your bedding clean. Although there is not a guarantee this can reduce your asthma symptoms, personal accounts suggest it does work. We believe it makes logical sense that the less dust mites the less chance of a trigger.
Not all bedding which looks and smells clean is free from nasties. There are two options to make sure you kill both dust mites and their droppings when you strip the bed for laundry day. Option one is to make sure your water temperature is above 60 degrees celsius, this should kill anything lingering on the sheets. This is effective but can be more expensive as you up the temp on your washing machine. Option two is to wash at the lower temperature of 30 degrees celsius but to use an antibacterial detergent to rid your bedding of any harmful bacteria. The second option is a great option to not only save money on your electricity bill but more importantly to kill any other bacteria which can promote coughs and colds as well as the mites. Washing bedding at least every two weeks will keep the numbers down even further as male dust mites only live 10-19 days (females up to 70 days). If you can limit the breeding time you can limit to bugs being born.
Dust mites live in all upholstery and textiles not just the bedding. Keeping carpet and curtains well hoovered will keep the level of dust mites down but also making sure to hoover the bare mattress as well on both sides will make an even bigger difference. Reducing the amount of other textiles in the bedroom will provide less places for the dust mites to hide. You can also vacuum pillows and duvets get rid of them but make sure to use a clean attachment.
Duvets, Pillows and Mattresses
You can hoover and clean your duvets, pillows and mattresses just like your sheets and covers but if you haven't had a good bedroom cleaning routine up in till now then there may be a huge colony of dust mites sleeping with you at night and no amount of washing will help. You should replace your pillows and duvets fairly often to not only reduce dust mite build up but also to provide reasonable support for your head and neck (pillows) and keep your duvets comfortable and clean. Experts suggest you should replace pillows every 2 years and duvets every five.
'But the average Brit keeps using them for 3.2 years and 7.6 years, respectively.' -Huffington Post
Mattresses should also be replaced every 7-8 years to ensure you have a decent nights sleep and don't injure your body. It is also a big breeding place for the mites but as per our suggestions with frequent cleaning you'll be good to go.
Prevention is key
If you have invested in new duvet and pillows or even a mattress why not spend a little more on pillow, duvet and mattress protectors. Most are made with an anti allergy fabric which stops the spread of mites but also repels bacteria. Protectors work by being made of materials which are woven so tightly that the mites can not get through them nor can dead skin cells, which they feed off. Some cheaper ones are made of plastics and vinyls but can be uncomfortable for some people to sleep on. Cotton ones are more expensive, work just as well and are more comfortable. You can also buy mattresses that are anti dust mite, bacterial, mould and fungi (another trigger for asthma sufferers), like our Posture Eco Divan . These types of mattresses can really cut down on mites as they start off with a protection in the first place.
You can never get rid of dust mites all together as they are just part of our climate and our homes unfortunately but you can follow these tips to reduce their numbers and help you breath easy. See the links below for more information on asthma and research on it.
In December 1940 Sheffield was subjected to a bombing campaign by the German Luftwaffe with a total of over 660 people killed, 1,500 injured and 40,000 made homeless. 3,000 homes were demolished with a further 3,000 badly damaged. The night of 12th December and 15th December were the two nights they attacked Sheffield which resulted in our own furniture store, which was situated on the Moor, being damaged. The area of Hillsborough, where we have always had a store, was also heavily damaged. Destroying many homes and businesses the Sheffield blitz affected the area immensely and this year it is the 75th Anniversary of the blitz.
One of the buildings completely destroyed was the Hillsborough Tabernacle Congregational Church. They rebuilt the church but it took them till 1955 to complete the building that stands today on Proctor Place, Hillsborough. During that fifteen year period they created a temporary building out of the ruins of the original church and whatever material they could find. The congregation had the hope to rebuild from the ashes and it is now also the 60th anniversary of the new building. To celebrate this event and to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz they will be hosting a series of events and activities that take hope as their theme. We have been kindly invited to take part in the events as a Hillsborough business with a great history as well. You can look at the events coming up through the year at the Hillsborough Tabernacle Website.
The first event which we will be attending is the launch of a book that tells the tale of Hillsborough through the blitz and the story of Hillsborough Tabernacle Church. 'Bombed But Unbowed' has been written by the resident historian and treasurer of tabernacle, Paul Clarke. The book launch will be Tuesday 19th May at 7:30pm at Hillsborough Tabernacle. Come and hear party of the story, meet the historian, share your own memories and pick up one of the first copies. Paul and the rest of the congregation would like to encourage Hillsborough residents to share their memories of the Blitz whether they are family stories or you yourself were there. The stories of Hillsborough will be collected and shown during Hillsborough Hope Exhibition in November. You can tell us about your memories and we will pass them on to the exhibition. Contact us on any of our social media platforms.
We are introducing a new article series on the blog displaying our own posters to show the psychology behind colours and how best to use them in your home. We will add a colour chart like this each week and then collect them in a full post for you to look through. This week is white, a neutral colour which creates a blank canvas for any home. It is good for all rooms in the house and can make dark rooms brighter and smaller rooms feel larger. Make sure to add some colour to each white room otherwise it can become to sterile and unwelcoming.
The colours and feelings most associated with white are:
We are really looking forward to being able to show you more of the store and our products via Instagram. We have just set up our account @Barkers_Furniture and invite you to join us on Instagram to follow us and see what goodies we have. We have been wanting to set up an account for a while and are now pleased we have. It's a great place for inspiration as there are thousands of people who use it to show off their beautiful homes and home decor ideas, so we are hoping to get inspired. We are going to focus on our home decor items because we have absolutely too many to show on our website and they are constantly changing, but we will also be snapping behind the scenes shots and new product lines from all our departments. If you ever take a snap of some furniture you bought make sure to use the #barkersisbest we'd really love it!
The colour green is a beautiful colour to promote relaxation and a sense of wellbeing and by adding plants and greenery to your home you can improve health and happiness. Historically associated with fertility, it was the chosen colour for wedding dresses in the middle ages. It is good for spa like bathrooms and calming bedrooms but can be associated with material gain (the colour of money), envy and jealousy.
The words and feelings most associated with Green are:
Today we are sharing with you our four summer trends for home interiors. We are looking forward to exploring each trend and paring them with some fabulous accessories for you to get the look at home with out a full refurb. No matter what those high end magazines say about keeping up with the jones we know it's unrealistic to redecorate your home every year not to mention every season so we like to focus on key pieces of furniture, accessories and a few easy to decorate tips. Here are our top 4 trends which we will go on to explore this month.
This is probably are more subdued trend in the collection because it's a design that is repeated again and again each year. As soon as the summer sun hits the sky everybody starts dreaming of that summer holiday on golden far away beaches or fun in the sun at the seaside. This easily gets translated into lots of parts of the home and can make the space feel lighter and brighter, ready for the summer air. Blues and white are a must with hints of yellow. You can go traditional with shells, drift wood and British seaside charm or modern and minimal with grey stone, industrial pieces and glass.
Almost the opposite of the light and airy beach feel, reclaimed and cultivated is about 'reclaimed' wood and 'cultivated' greenery with a background of moody blacks and earthy neutrals. The eco friendly movement continues to grow (no pun intended) and no less in how people decorate and transform their spaces. Not only is reusing and recycling good for the environment and your purse, every piece is different creating a unique feel to your home. Plants are in abundance; from windowsill displays to hanging plants and living walls. Wood is the main piece in this trend but feel free to add other unique finds. For a more industrial look add bits of metal and for a lighter more ethereal look reclaimed glass adds whimsy. Mixing greenery and wood with found pieces can add further interest in an unusual way; as if the earth is growing round things man creates.
Summer Trends 2015: Reclaimed & Cultivated
Another trend that keeps coming back is the mix of ethnic patterns with graphic prints. Were aas in the past there has been a focus on African inspired design the new focus will be on Native American and Nordic Inspiration. The Native American aspect will see very traditional designs but with modern colourings, while the Nordic pieces have both modern colours and prints with a much more graphic appearance. Monochromatic black and white will feature heavily but teal blue and dusty yellow are very much a part of this trend. The Native American look will also feature a more traditional side with reds, oranges and browns, plus lots of rustic woods and furs.
Pastel and Watercolour Artscapes
A favourite here, this trend can focus on pastels or bright watercolours the choice is yours. The theme that pulls it together is adding colour in unique ways to your home with art that becomes more functional them simply a wall hanging. Soft blending of colours to create pictures or interesting patterns mimics watercolour paintings. The trend is easily used on soft furnishings and upholstery, art canvases (naturally) and technology accessories like phone covers and laptop skins. Pastels create a more feminine look while bright watercolours add more vibrancy to a room. Pastel and hot pink features heavily this season.
This weeks colourful infographic features the colour red. It's a great colour for kitchens and dining rooms, it not only encourages appetite but improves your metabolism and increases energy. Beware of use however as it can also increase irritability and blood pressure. Visually it's great to brighten dark nooks and rooms but can also be used to add drama and mood when in the right hue. Fun fact: 77% of world flags use the colour red in the design.
The words most associated with the colour red are:
A summer trend that comes back time and time again is the beach inspired look. As soon as the sun pops out to say hello people start thinking of holidays and sun, sea and sand. This look easily translates into rooms to add a bit of vibrancy and brightness after a long winter. We have taken three distinct looks that have traditional and modern elements, so there is sure to be a piece that inspires you.
The British Seaside
There are two elements to this traditional look, both stemming from Victorian seaside towns. Though there are many wonderful British seaside towns today, they all had their hayday in the 1800s. It is from this period that we get our inspiration for these first few looks
The image we see of a British seaside town is fun fairs, donkeys and beach huts. This look takes on those vintage inspirations to create a bold vintage piece. Royal reds and blues in striped patterns are a must, along with large motifs of traditional seaside imagery like star fish, anchors and lighthouses. Add in vintage memorabilia like posters, ceramics and knick knacks but don’t over do it.
The next look is more a classic Victorian Seaside cottage town with sea glass green the colour of choice. Use taxidermy, curiosities and Victorian Artwork to add a bit of drama to bright white and sea glass green rooms. We particularly like the use of natural elements.
This is a much more modern and grown up look then the previous too. Use greys, blacks and whites as the basis though sea glass green adds a bit of interest to the starkness. Smooth lines that reflect natural shapes have been created in stone and tile, reflecting the pebbles of the beach and the sheer cliffs. Industrial elements can be brought in to create a dramatic edge but use traditional motifs to bring it back to the beachy inspired look. Anchors, sails and boyes are good seaside motifs for this look. Be aware that too get the true dramatic look of this design it could set you back as the materials used tend to be expensive. For a more subtle look, use white and stone washed wood, It is more natural, cheaper and a less harsh look for those who don’t have a dramatic modern home to start with.
The French Rivera has classic stone houses that keep home and holiday makers cool during the day but this look is all about letting the sun in. White walls with furniture and décor in bright blues, reds and yellows channels a fun side into the home. Mix with vintage prints of the holiday destinations of last century and you can really inspire something creative.
Hawaii is the perfect place for fun in the sun and has a wealth of vintage pieces to create the look in your home. You can start with white walls but for a more traditional look use browns and oranges to get that real Hawaiian feel. The décor items feature lots of tropical plants and an abundance of pineapples. It’s okay to make your room like a Hawaiian Luau but don’t make it look from a tiki bar. No cane dressers or gaudy hula girls (unless you really love them)
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In this colour psychology session we look at the bright and wonderful colour yellow in our fun infographic. This colour is good for brightening dark nooks and rooms as well as improving metabolism and increasing energy. These effects make it a great colour choice for hallways, dining rooms and kitchens. Avoid it in nurseries and bedrooms as it makes people quick to angry and can make babies cry. Fun fact: In Japan the colour yellow is the colour of courage.
This summer trend is very, very summery with bright, colourful florals showing off all over the design. This is one of our favourite looks for this years interior design trends for Summer 2015. Watercolours meet bright jewel colours and soft pastels but above all they look focuses on florals with a nod towards colourful animals as well. The look is popularly introduced through soft furnishings, art pieces and changeable accessories. You can use a more abstract look or can use watercolours that paint a picture with vivid detail.
Bright Vs Pastel
You can make a very bold statement this summer with bright watercolours or you can create a subtle and calming look with light pastels. Bright colours lend themselves well to energetic rooms like living rooms and kitchens, while pastels work well in bedrooms and offices to bring about calm. Really colourful watercolours can be used for a great focal point when used on a large piece of furniture or artwork but complement them with equally colourful paint in the room. Jewel colours are very popular for this look and make a room appear rich and full of life. Pastel watercolours can be used more effectively throughout the full room with hints to it through wall decals, accessories and ombre effects on larger pieces.
Abstract Vs Detailed
While Floral images are the over arching theme for this look you can tell your own colour story with a detailed look or offer it up to our imagination with abstract pieces. In the detailed look, flowers have been spotted everywhere on every possible piece of artwork, accessories and wall but you don’t just have to stick to plants. Animals and landscapes are a great way of creating a cohesive look with a story. Think of it as making your room a picture book. The abstract look is exactly what it says on the tin. You can use splashes of colour or you can hint at an image. Florals are part of the look once again with the blurs of paint resembling fields of flowers or bouquets in home. The ombre effect we mentioned as looking good with pastels would be a great abstract way to bring the trend into your home as well.
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You may have seen our previous post on Hillsborough Tabernacle Congregational church's Hillsborough Hope Festival which is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz and celebrating the churches 60th Anniversary in it's new church. This weekend they are having an afternoon tea and meet the artist day. There will be a tasty picnic of cakes, scones and yorkshire tea with the opportunity to meet artist Shaeron Caton-Rose who has been helping young people at the church create an art piece around the theme of hope.
Shaeron has exhibited at Kirstall Abbey, York Minister and Greenbelt Festival. She is the resident artist at Henshaw Arts and Craft Centre, Knaresborough, A day centre for adults with disabilities. Hillsborough Tabernacle invites you to come to this wonderful day to see the final piece come together. The afternoon tea is this Saturday 18th July from 2pm to 4pm. See their website at Hillsborough Tabernacle for location and more details.
In this colour psychology session we look at the dark, brooding and mystical colour that is black, although we think technically it isn't actually a colour just all the colours merged together. Black isn't just gothic though it can add drama to any room. Black works with any colour but looks especially striking paired with white in a monochromatic fashion. Use matt paint instead of gloss as gloss will show up all imperfections in black. It's good for all rooms as long as it receives lots of light but don't paint your ceiling as it will make the room much smaller feeling. Fun fact: In China, black is a traditional clothing colour for boys
We know that our customers make our business great and we are very lucky to have the customers we do. We are proud to give outstanding service and will always strive to do our best by the people that shop at Barkers. It is a great testament to our store that we have many repeat customers who come back time and time again through the years to purchase that next special piece for their home. We have created a Happy Shoppers testimonies page to show off some of the lovely things our customers have said about us. A page we hope to add to and change with new reviews. We are really proud of these achievements because it makes our jobs even better. We wanted to say a big thank you to all our customers, old and new, for supporting an independent, family business. Without our customers and our dedicated staff there would be no Barkers. Thank you.
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Blue is a frequently used colour in the home in all rooms. Traditionally, bathrooms are blue due to the association with water and now a days it is often used in a home office. Blue promotes focus and calm, which helps to get the job done, hence it;s popularity in home offices. It also encourages productivity. Watch out when it comes to the tone of the blue as it can make a room cold and unfriendly. It is also the least appetising colour so avoid in the kitchen and dining room, unless your looking to lose weight. Fun fact: Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.
Orange is a fun, optimistic and uplifting colour which is often underused in design. It's associated with risk takers and adventurers. It is an appetite stimulator making it good for kitchens. It also stimulates activity and is associated with youth making it a good option for teenage bedrooms. It can be abrasive and harsh on the eye though so use it wisely. Fun fact: It's the national colour of the Netherlands.
We have started our big Autumn Sale here at Barkers with great savings to be had and lots of new products on display both at Burton Street and Lowther Rd showrooms. We've had some TV adverts produced, you may have seen them on the telly this week, to show off just a few of the items we have in our vast displays and online. Check them out.
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This Wednesday, Hillsborough tabernacle will be hosting a talk on the politics of hope led by former MP David Blunkett. The former PM represented the constituency of Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough since 1987 and retired this year. He served as Education and Employment Secretary, Work and Pensions Secretary and Home Secretary. This is an age of apathy and antagonism towards the world of politics and increasing divisions in society so the focus of the talk will be "where is the hope?". A unique chance to discuss politics in a fun and informal environment. The talk starts at 7:30pm Wednesday 7th October.
It's that time of the year again and we have our Black Friday Sale, but instead of one great day of sale we've got 3! Our special offers are only available in-store and won't be on our website so you've got to come in to get the best deals possible.
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