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Guide to Roman Blind making

Choosing the Made to Measure services of department stores, specialist makers and web retailers to make and supply your window dressings can be really expensive. Friends recently requested a shop buying quote for two sets of curtains, lined, with eyelets designed to fit a couple of average sized windows in their home and were quoted over 2000 GBP. By shopping around, and choosing a lower priced fabric per mete-rage they were able to order to specification at a cost of 800 GBP. But still, a costly outlay. We can see why, there is no quick way round the process, and to do it all properly is really a labour of love. If you have an understanding of stitching work, and a sewing machine and some sewing essentials to hand, and a few free hours over a couple days to work at the making, then you can save a lot of money. This week we made two Roman Blinds showcased in the photography using Laura Ashley fabrics. The fabric was recently selling at a 50% discount, …

Featuring Dulux Matt Emulsion Paint – Denim Drift

  Whether you are convinced or not that depending on the colour of your painted walls can either help or hinder the way you feel when you are inhabiting that space within them, then perhaps it is worthwhile to consider putting blue shades back in the home. Not for curious and experimental reasons but because blue is (depending of the shade of course) everybody’s colour! There’s no disputing that the subtle duck egg shades have been popular for a while in interior design and home furnishings. Denim Drift is a versatile grey-blue shade and when twinned with deep and dark blues for example we think it can scream for attention in its own special way. Dulux revealed earlier in the year that Denim Drift is their colour favourite for 2017.  See how the Denim Drift shade balances and unifies the use of strong blue colour in the pic below Denim Drift Retail and Trade Paints Retailers such as B&Q retail 2.5 litre pots of Denim Drift. This matt emulsion version can be used in all …

RECEPTION ROOM REFIT/REFRESH

OUR DESIGN IS OPULENT Featured: Wallpaper by Rasch Feature Wallcovering pictured above is by Rasch (available to account holders) is Home Vision VII #732535 Silver Metallic LAYERED AND TEXTURED Pictured above and below is Grey Check Squares Lampshade handmade by Karen Davey in Cornwall OUR RECEPTION ROOM DESIGN IS CLASSIC Quick-Step Laminate flooring CREO Tennessee Oak Light Wood AND HAS VERSATILITY QUALITY Rug is beige Drift Rug at The Rug Seller ELEGANCE Lighting above and below from http://www.bhs.com Above the Amina Pendant Ceiling Light Below The Frances Floor Lamp AND HOMELINESS Hand poured in the UK, 220g mineral wax Home Candles by Sandy Bay LONDON    

THE BRITISH HOME STORE (BHS.COM) is TSS Business of the Month for November 2016

The British Home Stores (BHS) chain enjoyed the penchant type following of the British public for decades, successfully selling factory-made goods across many departments: fashion and accessories, children’s clothing; lighting and textiles; home and garden; as well as toys, stationery and confectionery, until it fell into administration in April of 2016 under circumstances steeped in controversy. Subsequently, it failed to attract a buyer which resulted in the closure of all of its UK stores this summer (2016) However, there is another thread to the BHS story happening right now. In recent months Qatar based corporate business the Al Mana Group has acquired the BHS Brand, the International franchise business, plus BHS.com for online retailing purposes About Al Mana Group: has a diverse portfolio of businesses and represents many large and successful brands worldwide across the luxury goods, beauty; fashion; home interiors; watches and jewellery areas of retail. TSS can confirm that Al Mana has a new company called BHS International which is now operating BHS.com It is our understanding also, that the Al Mana Group has bought …

CREO laminate flooring by Quick-Step Floors – Product Review

THE PRODUCT QUICK-STEP CREO Laminate flooring. For use as floor covering in buildings according to the manufacturer’s specifications CREO designs have the look and feel of wood and incorporates ‘single plank designs’ Available in packs (8 planks per pack) Each plank measures: Length: 120 cm – Width: 19 cm – Thickness: 7 mm Coverage per Box: 1.824 m² Matt Finish: Design under review is TENNESSEE OAK LIGHT WOOD and is one of eight from the CREO collection, with every design matching the characteristics of the wood, making the chosen finish more authentic Uniclic® installation system – Installation method: Floating 20 years warranty Matching accessories and cleaning aids available THE PLACE Active in over 100 countries Buy online directly from the official Quick-Step webstore (supply only) Home delivery is free for orders over £300. FIND a local installer if required or buy from a local flooring dealer FIND who will offer supply only, or installation at a cost THE PRICE CREO CR3179 12.99 £ /m² VAT incl THE PROMOTION Quick-Step flooring is designed, manufactured and produced …

7 smart reasons why UNILIN is a Growth Company

What is a growth Company? ‘A growth company is any company whose business generates significant positive cash flows or earnings, which increase at significantly faster rates than the overall economy. A growth company tends to have very profitable reinvestment opportunities for its own retained earnings’ Source: Investopedia Here follows 7 Reasons why UNILIN is one of these companies: 1. Because since first becoming established in Flanders, Belgium in 1960, UNILIN has developed into a world player and maintains a leadership position in the flooring industry with its famous brands Quick-Step (introduced in 1990) and Pergo. UNILIN also manufactures products such as roof elements, insulation panels and furniture panels 2. And because UNILIN has been part of corporate retailing giant Mohawk Industries Inc since 2005. The UNILIN acquisition established a strong European presence for MOHAWK,  as well as bringing about a leading laminate position. Aside from Europe, Mohawk Production units are situated in North and South America and Asia too   3. and UNILIN is a strong growth business because it is internationally active. UNILIN has nine production …

High-End Kitchen Business PROVENCALE is TSS BotM for June 2016

After having a face-to-face meeting with Provencale founder, Ian Philliskirk, TSS Ed. decides to profile Ian as well as his company in this Business of the Month article, as Ian is very much the embodiment of the Provencale business About Ian and Provencale Please meet, Ian, a personable man, a no fuss professional, who has well and truly earned his stripes within the KBB industry. Not just as a business owner but as a fitter, a designer and a planner. He is a small business supporter and commentator and a known community figure in his long established surrounds of South Derbyshire. Ian has 35 years of total involvement in the kitchen industry as a whole. Ian has valued connections with other skilled workers and chooses to deal with only one or two tried and tested suppliers/brands with a reputation for manufacturing quality, and who offer Ian a high standard of customer service that he can pass on to clients The Product Complete fitted kitchens including related building works i.e. flooring, lighting etc. and the supply …

3M – TSS BUSINESS OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2016

What’s to know about the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company? Well, apart from the fact it is now known as 3M, there’s so much more. For a start, 3M helped put a man on the moon! Image owned by BNPS – Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575515/ 3M is an American Worldwide Enterprise Multi-Industry company which manufactures products for Business and for the Consumer. Not bad going for something that was originally a small-scale mining venture, established in 1902, by five founders 3M is fundamentally a science-based company and a global diversified technology giant of a corporate business. 3M’s many technology platforms touch almost every aspect of modern life. Nowadays, the majority of 3M products across the majority of those platforms rely on polymer processing 3M has been creating innovative products which cater for a wide variety of end markets, far too many to mention in a 500 word profile but now follows an interesting list: Image Source – MST 3M employee Richard Gurley Drew (see above) invented masking tape in the laboratory, 1923, and went on to develop a transparent tape based on cellophane, …