How to create a cosy conservatory space

How to create a cosy conservatory space …

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome September, the idea of a comfortable and functional conservatory is all the more appealing as we cling to summer for as long as we can.

The adaptability of conservatories is perhaps their greatest asset, providing the home with an extra space to relax, dine, work or nap. While the weather becomes cooler and the days shorter, now is the time to make the most of your inside/outside room and prepare it for winter, so you can still make use out of it whatever the weather.

When it comes to reinvigorating this often forgotten space, it can be difficult to get inspired – so in today’s post, we’ll be taking you through a number of ways you can prepare for autumn and winter, designing a cosy conservatory for the months ahead.

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how to restore aged teak

How to restore aged teak without ruining it …

There’s a reason that teak – or the ‘Jewel of the Forest’ as it is sometimes called – is preferred by so many when it comes to outdoor furniture.

Firstly, it’s supremely workable allowing crafts people to achieve a finish far superior to that can be achieved with other timbers.

Secondly, it’s naturally dense grain and high oil content make it perfect for outdoor use all year round.

However, as a specialist retailer of Teak Furniture for over two decades we also find that it can be associated with a number of misnomers, particularly when it comes to restoring aged teak.

This is a question we get asked over and over again, very often when people have taken the wrong advice and are left with a very expensive item of teak furniture that is quite simply, ruined.

Aged teak – the facts …

Firstly, like any other timber, teak will age and change appearance over time.

Freshly harvested teak has that stunning honey-coloured lustre and many expect this to last forever.

But it doesn’t, over time and with exposure to the elements it will take on a silver-grey patina with the natural ageing process – and it must be said that this aged appearance is also loved by many.

However, for those who prefer the former appearance the problems quite often occur when they try to restoring aged teak to its newer appeal.

And this is because they either …

  1. A) Over complicate the process …

OR …

  1. B) Take advice from misinformed people and use Teak Oil – you can read more about the dangers of this here.

Restoring aged teak – the easy and most effective way …

To demonstrate just how uncomplicated this process need to be we took one of our stunning Balmoral Benches that is five years old and followed three simple steps to restore it to its original glory.

BEFORE …

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AFTER …

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And here’s the simple 3 step process we followed to achieve this cracking result …

  1. Use a Jet Wash to clean the timber thoroughly …

  1. Apply Teak Cleaner evenly to all surfaces …
  2. Sand the bench down to restore the aged teak to its beautiful honey-coloured lustre …

If you are new to the delights of Teak Furniture then you can read more detailed information on the subject here.

And if you’re feeling really flash there are a number of different cosmetic treatments available for teak as well – these are explained here.

light up furniture

Buy Light up Furniture for a longer lasting appeal …

In today’s commercial world you have to stand out and be counted.

In every walk of consumer life nowadays people seem to enjoy feeling like they are part of something different or slightly unique.

This is particularly true of the ‘hot spots’ in which people eat, drink and generally socialise with friends and family.

So, for the owners of these social ‘hot spots’ the challenge is just exactly how do they make themselves stand out from the crowd? How do they make their nightclub, restaurant, bar, etc a unique place that the public want to return to?

Obviously, atmosphere and quality of product are the main key factors here – a nightclub with no atmosphere is a nightclub that will fail and a restaurant with bad food is, ultimately, a restaurant with no diners.

But, what many businesses tend to forget is the attention to detail – the finishing touches that linger with the punters long after the, ‘night out itself,’ is over.

And this attention to detail very often comes down to the décor and ambience of a place.

Light up Furniture helping you stand out from the crowd …

Light up furniture is a great way to add that finishing touch to your ‘social hotspot’ and make a lasting impression with your customers.

Why?

  1. It’s a relatively new phenomenon and certainly not something you see everywhere.
  2. It catches the eye and adds a very novel touch that people remember.
  3. It allows you to add that ‘fun’ aspect to the proceedings.
  4. It brings any setting it’s placed in to life and creates a talking point adding to the atmosphere in general.
  5. It doesn’t have to take over and be overpowering – we’ve even been in pubs where the wash basins in the toilets are part of the light up furniture on display and we’ve never been to the toilet more on a night out before!!

Click now to see our full range of Light up Furniture.

Other unique Furniture Ideas to help you stand out …

Admittedly, light up furniture may well not be to everyone’s taste.

But it is most definitely true that novelty furniture in general does offer that perfect finishing touch and is something that should be seriously considered in depth if you want to create a space with that lasting appeal.

Below you can find some other ranges you may want to look at for inspiration …

Novelty Drinks Coolers:

These are genuinely hand finished from upcycled shipping drums and other scrap metals and come in a huge variety of designs from Volkswagon Camper Van Coolers to Lighthouses!

See the full range here.

Indian Upcycled Furniture:

A truly original range that offers bespoke and functional designs which are literally out of this world! Here you will find all manner of treasures from Tuk Tuk Bars to Indian Tractor Tables!

See the full range here.

Big Core Rattan:

Rattan Furniture may be considered as quite common place in both commercial and domestic settings now meaning it’s difficult to find something different.

However, our Big Core Fiji Rattan Weave is totally unique to us and is guaranteed to become a talking point – seeing really is believing here.

We do hope this post was helpful and of some inspiration to you and if you do nothing else after reading it we strongly recommend you at least check out our stunning range of LED Furniture today.  

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RHS Clowns, Hairy Bikers & another Award at RHS Hampton Court …

It’s the largest flower show by area on earth and we love it. It just quite simply never fails to impress.

2017, of course, was no exception at all and you can see a full round up of the award winners and the gardens in general on the official RHS website here.

From our perspective as an exhibitor each and RHS Show brings something new but also gives us the chance to see some familiar faces and soak up the atmosphere in our own unique way.

Below are a few of our highlights from 2017 …

The Speckled Hen & the Hairy Bikers …

speckled hen table at RHS hampton court

In the run up to the show we were contacted by Cactus TV who were filming the Hairy Bikers live from the Edible Garden for BBC iPlayer from each day of the show.

They needed two tables for the show and very much liked the look of our Speckled Hen Mosaic Tables – of course we were happy to oblige and were delighted at the response; in fact the organisers had that many enquiries about the tables they asked if they could keep them for use on their other roadshows around the UK.

Amazing what a storm a couple of tables can cause!

The RHS Clowns pop in for a visit and some fun …

The RHS Clowns are feature at many of the flower shows throughout the year and in our opinion don’t get enough publicity – they’re a genuinely amusing pair of characters who add that little extra dimension to the proceedings and at Hampton Court this year they popped in on a us for a visit with very entertaining consequences as you can see from the video above!

Another Award for our luxury furniture exhibits …

Once again the RHS Judges saw fit to give us a Three Star Trade Stand Award for the presentation – something we always take great pleasure in receiving.

As always the biggest highlight with the customers was the Apple Day Bed.

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All in all yet another great RHS Flower Show was had by all.

coast to coast triathlon for muscular dystrophy uk

Help us support a very worthy cause for our first ever employee!

We are proud to be sponsoring a Coast to Coast Triathlon being done for the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK by our very first employee from way back in 1997 and would love you to help support this cause as well.

Sam Taylor was originally employed by us during his summer holidays when he was at school and has since gone on to further a successful career with the construction equipment giant JCB Ltd.

Three years ago Sam’s son, Will, was diagnosed with the severe muscle wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and although Will is now seven there is still no cure or treatment for the condition.

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This has led to Sam, his wife Sue and a team of friends to become active fundraisers for the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK.

This well-known charity was founded in 1959 to lead the fight against muscle wasting conditions. Since then they have been leading the drive for faster access to more than 60 rare muscle weakening and wasting conditions for more than 70,000 children and adults across the UK.

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As part of the 2017 fundraising effort Sam sent a speculative email to Jon Haimes, Director at The Garden Furniture Centre, who employed him around 20 years ago asking for support and was delighted when Jon replied offering to be a sponsor for the forthcoming triathlon.

Sam said, “we were delighted when GFC offered to be one of our kit sponsors. Jon has made a very kind donation, which will be shared equally between the set up costs for the triathlon, and a donation to Muscular Dystrophy UK.”

Jon said, “even though it was so many moons ago we remember Sam and are proud to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

The Triathlon will take place on 1st and 2nd September this year and the Coast to Coast team will each cycle 115 miles from Whitby to Windermere, swim 1 mile across Lake Windermere, and then run 26 miles from Lakeside to Walney Island.

You can pledge your support today through the Coast to Coast Just Giving Page.