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Use them or lose them

February 18, 2021

Thanks to the pandemic, community spirit has been all the rage.  Communities everywhere have been pulling together and one of the key rules of bolstering one’s local community is simple: use local shops or lose them – and particularly independent retailers. The mood music now is very much with ‘local’ heroes, the small wonders. Walk […]


Fashion turns to wool

January 22, 2021

It has been interesting to read and hear the coverage given to wool recently, and consumer attitudes to it.  It is no secret (certainly not in the media!) that British wool has suffered hugely since the first lockdown and prices have dropped alarmingly.  However, there is an upside to every downside.  Wool has long been […]


Bring Us Sunshine

January 15, 2021

We all need a bit of a lift at the moment and, if global colour authority Pantone is to be believed, we will give it to our homes this year as one of their colours of 2021 is ‘Illuminating’, a sunny yellow. Yellow is a wonderfully happy and cheerful colour – just what we need […]


New Year New Trends

January 4, 2021

2020 was an ‘annus horribilis’ but it was the year of the home. Spending more time at home inspired many of us to spruce up and refresh our interiors. Our homes really did become our sanctuary. As is customary at this time of year, the experts reveal their trends and predictions for the new year. […]


Patterned carpet comeback

November 19, 2020

Timorous Beasties in Dune Moire from Brintons


Shop Local

October 30, 2020

As local lockdowns spread and business anxiety is increasing, it is all the more important to ‘shop local’. Small independent businesses are the lifeblood of communities. They do ‘community’ things and are heavily involved in their local area. Show that you value them and you’re really good local shops. All our retailers are doing a […]


Improving your home

September 2, 2020

September is National Home Improvement month, an initiative, funnily enough, designed to get us to improve our homes during September! Joking aside, a survey of 2011 UK home owners by the British Home Improvement Trade Association, the body behind the campaign, found that 31% had decided during lockdown to update their home’s style. What is […]


Colourful Floors

August 21, 2020

Adding colour to a room can change it’s look and feel and have a profound effect on one’s state of mind. Vibrant shades create an uplifting mood and when it comes to colour, red is the real ‘diva’. The trend towards warmer tones is set to continue into the Autumn and as well as red, […]


Shop Local Week

August 13, 2020

Shop Local Week This week is Shop Local Week when shoppers are being urged to hit their high street and support local businesses. Nearly one million shops filled bustling Victorian high streets but the 1980’s saw a big change to ‘out of town’ shopping malls. Some say it is ‘high noon’ on the high street […]


Support Local Businesses

June 18, 2020

As more shops are now open, please support your local high street and improve the local economy. Local businesses are the backbone of the national economy and are at the heart of their local communities. They will play a pivotal role in our economic recovery. You are assured of great customer service from people who […]