Friday November 8, 2013 at 12:37pm
It's that time of year again!
For lucky (and well behaved!) children, it's time to prepare for Father Christmas' arrival and the imminent delivery of brand new toys and games of all shapes and sizes. Tidying up and clearing out is not usually the priority for the under 10s, yet they learn a lot when we take the time to teach them such important practical lessons. The art of sorting is good for training the brain as it improves spatial awareness and encourages the use of problem solving skills. By sorting through old toys and putting aside those which they no longer play with, to sell or pass to charity, is a good lesson in organisation as well as learning to be charitable. For the remaining toys and games, often the best course of action is to keep them out of view in order to maintain order amongst chaos! However, you don't need to opt for bright ugly plastic containers in order to achieve the desired result.
Below is a range of our favourite storage products which are ideal for use in the playroom, within storage units (such as number 1 which happen to fit Ikea units), or in childrens' bedrooms. They are stylish and practical for all sorts of uses, such as toy boxes, laundry baskets, or for storing arts and crafts.
1. Willow set of 2 storage baskets.
2. Milton set of 3 rattan storage baskets.
3. Chunky knit collapsible bin.
4. Buttermere set of 3 storage trunks.
5. Grey wicker storage basket.
Updated by Jess
Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 1:57pm
We love Pinterest
here at the Furniture Company 247 for inspiration for all sorts of things. We have collated some of our favourite country gardens
to create the below mood board for country garden inspiration
The key features of an English Country Garden
are the mix of informal with the formal. For example wild flower borders attracting bees and butterflies lined against a neat green lawn; or beautifully paved areas surrounded by a wispy mix of pastels in the form of perennials.Some ideas for creating your own Country Garden
- Restored garden buildings, gates or fences
- Arbors and arches
- Climbing roses
- Useful plant life such as herbs, vegetables, fruit.
I can just imagine sitting in a quiet corner in one of the below gardens on a comfortable Kingston chair
, listening to the sound of birds, enjoying the flowers and wildlife, with a good novel, and the obligatory cup of tea! Jess Dalton-Moore
Thursday September 5, 2013 at 11:08am
Furniture Company 247 were very excited to appear in Sarah Beeny’s property series on Channel 4 ‘Double Your House for Half the Money.’
We were first called to take part in the new series of Double Your House for Half the Money
hosted by Sarah Beeny on Channel 4
, by Red House TV. In this inspirational series, Sarah Beeny helps families create their dream home by extending, converting, or renovating, whilst sticking to a strict budget. She demonstrates how you can increase the value of your home and work with what you’ve got rather than uprooting and moving house. It was one of our favourite property programmes from last year and attracted over 2.6 million viewers
, so we jumped at the opportunity to participate. Our quality rattan garden furniture was just the look required to finish off one makeover based just a couple of miles down the road from us.
Episode three features the story of how a family set about creating their perfect family home in the village of Ardens Grafton in Warwickshire. Young couple Richard and Sarah bought a picture perfect cottage in need of a little TLC and the programme sees them try to save cash by doing their own demolitions. Watch the full episode to find out how their cottage was transformed, and keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful rattan garden dining set
supplied by Furniture Company 247.
Friday August 23, 2013 at 1:10pm
'BACK TO SCHOOL' - those dreaded words to a child is music to the ears of many parents. You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day back at school: new teacher, new class, maybe even a new school, back to the old routine. Luckily, these worries only stick around for a short while.
Parents can now get back a bit of me time and this means if there is a sunny moment they can sit on their outdoor garden furniture and enjoy relaxing without hearing "Can we? Shall we? Oh come on...please play!" As much as we enjoy our time with our children, the summer holidays are the longest and the end of them is often bitter-sweet for most stay-at-home parents.
We now need to encourage our children to the thought of going back to school, and build the excitement for them to catch up with all their friends. They could make a bulletin board or scroll showing what they have been doing over the holidays. A scroll is a great idea and easy for them to take to show their friends. Alternatively a 'summer box' which they can decorate and collect momentos of the holidays inside, is an ideal way to round off the 6 weeks.
Writing out and displaying their wishes/goals for the new school year offers a great way to motivate your kids – and keeping the wish-scrolls to pull out later in the year will help them assess how much they’ve accomplished! Some examples include:
• Make a new friend
• Keep my room tidy
• Not to argue with my brother/sister
• Do more sports.
Actually these can be made as great gifts for Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles with memories of times they have spent together over the holiday period. They too will then be missing the children when they are back at school and will be able to savour the time they have spent with them.
Now, time to dig out the pe kits, pencil cases and prepare for the shoe-shop queues! In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer, and relax on some beautiful rattan garden furniture!
Tuesday July 16, 2013 at 4:50pm
Our rattan garden furniture is fully weatherproof and can withstand all weathers. The beauty of our furniture is that it can be left out all year round and still look good year after year. However, this could potentially have repercussions in rare instances. For example, what would happen if a tree fell into your garden through strong winds, full force onto your garden furniture?
Recent research has shown a significant increase in popularity in garden decorations and outdoor improvements, as well as ownership of items such as water features and rattan garden furniture. It is also apparent that people tend to overlook such items when purchasing insurance cover, and many would not consider adding new garden purchases to existing policies. Our advice is to expect the unexpected, and be prepared for all eventualities. Rattan garden furniture is a long-term purchase and as such it is important to protect it - this includes insurance and sensible thought.
Our rattan garden furniture items are made from solid aluminium frames which not only prevents rust, but also makes them extremely strong. Very few structures would survive the full force of a large tree landing on them, and such scenarios need to be considered when purchasing, positioning and insuring garden furniture.
Ask yourself, is your furniture vulnerable to outside forces and either unexpected or freak accidents? Have you added your garden furniture onto your household insurance? Rattan garden furniture is particularly desirable and, like many garden features or accessories, could be prone to theft if left in open spaces in full view and with easy access for opportunists.
Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 5:09pm
A report, commissioned by the people at Ribena Plus gave us some interesting insights into parents’ perceptions of children’s upbringing. Despite the fact that 71% of parents thought that their ‘low-tech’ childhoods were more fun than those of the younger generations, the average family spends £10.021 on toys before their child becomes 18. There is a lot of pressure on parents these days to feel like they have to ‘keep up’ with the latest trends in toys. In fact, 17% felt like they were ‘not good enough parents’ if they couldn’t afford to buy their child the latest craze.
The sad fact is, with more and more reliability on expensive gadgets and computer-based toys, children are spending less and less time using their imagination and learning practical problem-solving skills. Granted, many toys are marketed as being educational whilst fun, and a lot can be said for the use of them as assistance in certain areas of learning. However, is this increasing dependence on the use of expensive toys simply a sign of the times, or are we becoming victims of clever marketing and ‘kiddy’ pressure? Interestingly, 92% of parents believe that imaginary play is important but 16% don't know how to create it with their child.
We have come up with a few inexpensive ideas to keep the children occupied for hours, and give you that all-important bonding time with them. So, turn off the computer games and TVs and get creative!
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Use a long roll of paper. I used the spare wall paper lining, and then just joined them up at the back with sellotape. Have your child lie down on the paper whilst you draw around their shape. Provide the children with colours, wax crayons or even paints and let them draw in the details, eyes, nose, hair etc. Be creative, they can draw in what they are wearing, or their favourite outfit or even write inside of their 'body'. Once the children have finished drawing and colouring, cut out the whole thing and display it on the wall in the play area.
This fun project was inspired by something I did in preschool. I love how the footprints turned out and love even more that everyone can take part. All you need are washable paints and willing feet! Paint the soles of your feet or somebody else’s with different coloured paint then stand up onto pre placed paper, remove your feet and wash them off before running through the house!
Children have always been fascinated by shadows, there is so much fun to have with shadows and chalk and every one can get involved as you trace each other’s shadows.
Take an oblong piece of card & wrap around the wool until quite thick. Remove the card and tie small pieces of wool around top for hair and face. Take a smaller piece of card and wrap around some more wool but try not to make this too thick. Then thread the thin wool through the thick piece of wool and tie the ends to make the hands. Tie legs at the bottom or leave it has a skirt.
Hard boil some eggs. Then paint with food colouring. Allow to dry. Great for egg rolling - if you haven't got a hill, a slide will do. (Warning: food colouring stains).
Mix icing sugar and water in a bowl to make runny icing then put sprinkles smarties etc in bowls and let kids decorate the biscuits. (You can make your own biscuits or cakes of course but this is the quick and easy version.)
Paper Plate Masks
Kids make silly faces or animals on paper plates. Cut eye holes and decorate then stick a straw or lollipop stick to the bottom of plate to hold in front of face.
Half fill a plant tray/plastic bowl with earth. Kids pick small sprigs of leaves, daisies, grass etc. Arrange on soil like a mini garden. Small pebbles can be walls and paths. Tin foil or an old make up mirror can be used for a pond or stream. You can then add to your garden with small toy animals or people.
Make CD Hovercrafts
Using an old CD, a sports drink cap and a balloon...attach an inflated balloon to the sports cap that is itself taped to the CD in the centre...as it deflates it hovers over a smooth surface!....very quick and cool!
Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 12:10pm
Over the past couple of years outdoor rattan furniture has revolutionised the way we look at our garden furniture. Synthetic rattan has many different benefits, and here at the Furniturecompany247 we are its biggest fans, but how does it really compare to natural wood and cane?
With so many different choices of outdoor garden furniture on the market it can be confusing which the right choice is for you. Your lifestyle should play an important role in your decision as some furniture, made from a natural material, will need a lot of maintenance; good quality synthetic rattan is virtually maintenance free, requiring a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to look as good as new year after year.
Natural wooden furniture needs care and attention, sanding down and re varnishing should be done every year or so to keep it in top condition. Untreated wood will eventually disintegrate and be prone to insect infestations. At the Furniturecompany247 all of our outdoor rattan furniture uses a high quality 8mm rattan, completely UV, crack, peel, chlorine and mildew resistant; it is perfect for any garden, including hot climates or pool areas. Natural wood can crack and weaken when exposed to high temperatures, with a tendency to stain and bleach.
Many people like how natural wooden furniture weathers and ages with the garden, which is great but any new pieces you may want to buy will stand out like a sore thumb and can alter the feel of the garden. All Furniturecompany247 pieces have been designed to match all ranges and the rattan will always be an exact colour match. This allows are customers to add to their garden as and when they choose, in the knowledge that it will work with their existing furniture. With everything from flowerpots to sun loungers, side tables to dining sets you can purchase in total confidence.
Thursday June 6, 2013 at 11:17am
Here at the Furniturecompany247 we know how important it is to find extra, valuable time to spend with the kids, they grow up SO quickly and are the most precious beings on earth. That is why we just love our maintenance free rattan garden furniture.
You may think that those hours spent sanding, treating and oiling the old wooden garden furniture year after year is not that much, but just you add that time up! Why spend time doing all that when you could be running around with the kids, building dens, going on nature trails or just enjoying a picnic in the park?
Maintenance-free all weather furniture is exactly as it says on the tin...it can be wiped clean from dust and bird muck, to make it clean and hygienic to eat from, within minutes. It has no dangerous splinters that the wooden alternative has. The wonderful shower proof cushions are not only shower proof but this also doubles up as a method of stain resistance. Therefore those lovely cold glasses of blackcurrant squash, which inevitably end up getting spilt, just roll off the cushions, leaving no scrubbing and cleaning for the adults.
When you have kids, more often than not you can usually find yourself having a few extra of their friends round to play. This is not a problem with the modern designs of rattan furniture available, as the cleverly put together sets are very easy to add extra garden chairs or footstools, which double up as mini chairs for those little bottoms, at short notice.
When you are all out enjoying the wonderful sunshine that we do get occasionally (honest!) then the most important thing for those kids is keeping them in the shade, all our wonderful toughened glass tables have parasol holes which enable a large 3m parasol to be added, to keep those precious kids, and us, in the shade when eating. Spending more time with our kids enjoying them in the sunny garden is so much fun; I can’t wait for the sun to arrive.
Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 11:23am
Whether you have a modern interior and would like to continue your modern decor throughout to the garden, or are simply looking ot update an existing outdoor space, our modern garden inspiration will give you some ideas for tackling garden redesign this season.Some key features to consider including in a modern garden:
- Sraight lines and symmetry
- Box hedges
- Well maintained lawns
- Modern water features
- Contrasting colours and shades
- Minimalist approach - less is more!
Although modern gardens often look simple and low-maintenance, it is often not the case. Prolonging the pristine look requires regular maintenance to keep bushes perfectly neat and borders and paths will require regular weeding. However, to keep maintenance to a minimum, choose you garden furniture carefully. Rattan garden furniture requires no maintenance or upkeep, to enable you to spend more time enjoying your beautiful modern garden. Our rattan garden furniture
comes in three colours so that you can perfectly coordinate your furniture with your garden colour scheme.
Tuesday April 30, 2013 at 12:04pm
Attention to your lawn at this time of year will improve the appearance of your garden though out the whole summer. It is not just our homes that need a spring clean! Give your lawn a good going over to clear it from moss, weeds and encourage strong new growth.
Weeds: You can either prise out weeds individually with an old kitchen knife or ‘grubber’ if you are trying to avoid the use of chemicals or alternatively you can apply a combined chemical and cultural treatment in late spring. If weeds have become established in the lawn you may need to apply this on a few occasions.
Thatch: No, not the roof of an old cottage but the build up of dead grass and fragments of moss which lie in between the blades of grass, often unnoticed. Scarifying and raking are the best methods to remove this. Once it has been removed the lawn may look a little bare but it will soon bounce back as the air and water can circulate far easier now.
Moss Control: Moss tends to grow in gardens with poor drainage and compacted soil and shade. Lawn sand is recommended with a combined weed killer and fertiliser as this saves time. The moss will turn black within about five to 10 days and then brown which means it is now completely dead and can be raked or scarified out,
There are products on the market which are Weed, Feed and Moss killers which I have always used and they pretty much cover all of the above. You just apply them to the lawn just before some rain is due then sit back and wait! Within 7 days you will not believe the difference. We all like to make things simple these days and we are all so busy and when we do get time we want to sit back and relax on our garden furniture, enjoying our beautiful green lawn.