Switch on…Lights

Today we are looking at lighting in the home and how it can really illuminate, open up small spaces and add definition to the atmosphere.

So how can it be done?…

Using he right variety of different lighting such as table lamps, floor lamps or ceiling lights…SIMPLE.  With a variety of lights to choose from you can brighten up any room in your home, we are using www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk and looking at their  wide range of lighting and see what to choose to suit individual style.

Table lamps

If you’re looking to glitz up your home then look no further than the Julienne table lamp!

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This lamp can be used in either a bedroom or lounge and would be a perfect addition to all styles. The mirrored edges and embellishments in the crystals gives the Julienne Lamp lots of sparkle to bounce light around any room. This table lamp is elegant with a quirky detail, which is a piece I would like for my home to add some extra style.

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A more affordable lamp is the Crystal range diamond lamp. This is a popular style of lamp, adding a bit of glam yet still being more subtle. With its chunky square diamonds and mirrored boarder, this modern lamp will reflect light in a hallway or can be matched up with the full collection such as the diamond boarder mirror or picture frame to brighten up any room.

Beumont

If you are looking for a lamp to add a bit more colour then look no further than The Beaumont table lamp. This gorgeous lamp comes in six colours so finding the right colour for your room should be no bother at all, be brave and use red or pink to help make a room pop. This classy lamp is beautiful with its added glass crystals to reflect light around the room. Best of all you can match the table lamp with the excellent choice of Chandelier or Floor lamp to match.

 

As I am not for all things sparkly, I like the Chrome illusion lamp as it is very unique and quirky. When the light is on it becomes slightly transparent giving a subtle look. This would be perfect in a living room or bedroom that already has a great focal point. This quirky lamp comes in silver or gold and gives beautiful mood lighting and matching the lamp up with the illusion floor lamp will really give an effective style.

With many other glamorous lamps to add some shine to your home such as Caithness table lamp, Crushed diamond table lamp or Spencer bedside lamp.

 

Ceiling lights

With a mixture of styles to choose from there are many chandeliers which are all beautiful and elegant like the Belgravia chandelier black or the Vegas chandelier. My personal favourite is the 14 arm chandelier because it’s a statement piece made with thousands of tiny crystals to give a gorgeous effect making the light sparkle. Available in black for more atmosphere lighting or clear to shine all around the room, this big bold piece would look luxurious above a elegant dining table.

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14 Arm Chandelier

 

The Black Henley chandelier is a smaller alternative if you are looking for something more affordable and not as dramatic. This chandelier still has the glamorous look to it, yet it is more subtle and would look beautiful in a bedroom or smaller area of your home.

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Henley Chandelier in Black

As I am into more quirky styling, I like The bulb shaped chandelier. This is a great fashion piece with its design to look like a giant bulb. This light really sets the atmosphere with its decorative wire to add definition and style. bulb

To give your home more glamour then look no further than the caged chandelier or galaxy ceiling light which will bounce light around any room with the crystal droplets and chrome finish.

 

 

 

 

Floor lamps

Floor lamps are a great use of space and provide some striking light, modern pieces are crushed diamondvery fashionable to create a luxurious feel. Adding bling to a room can reflect lots of light around the room. The crushed diamond floor lamp is a popular product, as sparkles are admired by many. This floor lamp can be used as a single statement piece or joined with other matching products such as the crushed diamonds square wall clock.

 

To add a more personal touch add quirkiness to your home look no further than The black mosaic floor standing lamp really gives something different with the base made up of black mosaic pieces making each piece individual. I personally like this floor lamp black mosaicas it stands out from traditional styles, with its black shade the lighting can be quite dimmed to set the mood.

If your look for a more affordable lamp there are more traditional styles with added glitz such as Beaumont 4 light floor lamp or The Caithness floor lamp which will bounce light around the room with its beautiful glass crystal droplets.

Ranging from different prices and various styles to choose from, there’s products for everyone’s home at www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk

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Crushed Velvet

Here at Gorgeous Touch we have seen an upturn in the amount of Crushed Velvet products sold. We spoke to Kara one of our sale assistants to tell us why:

As one of the most popular fabrics today, Crushed velvet can really give your home the Essex look. It has a two tone effect and soft feel. This fabric is a glamorous and stylish design that can be seen on varied furniture from sofas to beds and fireside chairs. You can truly make your home feel luxurious.

Here is some of what we offer:

Demmi Chesterfield sofa

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This sofa comes in a variety of crushed velvets, from grey colours such as ‘Night’ and ‘Pewter’ to lighter tones such as ‘Mecury’, ‘Flint’ or ‘Charm’. These colours in Crushed Velvet can really open up room space and brighten the area. Some people looking for more colour to make a statement, ‘Amethyst’ is a beautiful purple tone to make the room pop.

The Demmi Chesterfield comes with many options such as; Diamantes Buttons or even Studs to add your own Gorgeous Touch to it.

This is my favourite style of furniture as you can make your home feel more personalised due to it being bespoke made.

 

Elizabeth Bed frame 

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Finding a luxurious bed can be difficult whether you have little room or trouble matching colours together. From many styles of bed frames to choose from, you will always find something perfect for your bedroom at www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk. The Elizabeth Bed frame is one of the more popular bed frames, the Elizabeth gives a very glamorous feel to your bedroom but at a really reasonable price. The Elizabeth Bed frame does not take up any extra space as there are no large wings or sleigh style headboard or footend so is perfect for those limited with space.

You can choose from seven different crushed velvet colours. ‘Silver’ and ‘Black’ are the most fashionable colours but there are more vibrant colours available such as pinks, reds and purple such as ‘heather’.

With the Elizabeth Bed Frame, you can bling it up with some diamantes or keep a more simple look with buttons but either way the bedframe will look simply gorgeous.

I believe this bed frame is one of the most affordable styles without looking inexpensive, it is also my favourite piece for the bedroom as the bed is the main feature of the room.

Fireside wing chair

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Having your own personal seat in front of the log fire can be relaxing. The Fireside chair in crushed velvet can give an extra bit of glam without being too overwhelming. Available in a number of colours, ranging from subtle tones to greens and blues such as ‘Apple’ or ‘Midnight’, with the additional option for diamantes or buttons.

I love the idea of having a Fireside Chair, as it can also be used in the bedroom or conservatory. This particular fireside chair can be tweeked to your measurements so it can be a great additional chair if space is limited or if it is required to fit in a certain room. Call 02476716415 for further information.

Painted Pine Furniture the Revival

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Gorgeous Dining Set from Gorgeous Touch in Coventry

Furniture is very much a fashion industry and in recent times we have seen the popularity of Solid Oak furniture rise and solid pine fall but that is all about to change with the revival of reclaimed painted pine.
Pine is a soft wood and is easy to work with, as a material it is also cheaper to purchase than Oak wood. In the 1990’s Pine was a popular material for furniture and there were numerous local carpenters working with Pine but as the price of imported Oak products came down the fashion tilted towards Oak.
With the introduction of reclaimed painted pine we are starting to see an increase in popularity of Pine furniture especially if you are looking for something different.

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The range can be seen at Gorgeous Touch or online at  http://www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk/pine-furniture-271-c.asp

This range of reclaimed pine is hand painted and hand waxed so every piece is unique and individual.The range offers practical solutions to storage whilst still having the cottage look for example this display cabinet really shows the versatility of painted pine. It also means designers can use pine for any room, this example of bedroom furniture really allows you to see what can be achieved with painted pine furniture.

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Painted Pine Bedroom Furniture

Introduction to Katie O

As a business that appeals to most we are often contacted by local crafts people to see if we would like to sell their homemade and handmade goodies. On some occasions we come across a little gem and instead of keeping this little gem a secret we thought it would be great idea for her to tell you about herself. Gorgeous Touch introduces Katie O……..

Katie O and The Birdtree Gift Shop

Love What You Do by Doing What You Love

Imagine you could be granted one wish, to be given the opportunity to work in the best job ever. What’s the most exciting job you could imagine doing? For me, it’s being an artist. Ever since I was a young girl I have always wanted to find a way to use my artistic skills to make beautiful items that people will love to have in their homes.

After many years of hard work, late nights and the occasional creative hurdle I am proud to say that I now love my job every day. The Katie O brand (that’s me!) has been built up from art exhibitions and craft fairs to becoming a fully fledged supplier of handmade arts & craft gifts, decorations and accessories to shops across the UK.

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After becoming the Creative Editor of the digital publisher Birdtree Books the Katie O handmade range was merged with The Birdtree Gift Shop to expand the product range even further. The best thing about my job though is that I get to pass on the knowledge and experience I have gained to other creative people as the head of creative support services at Birdtree Books. I meet a range of talented people who don’t know how to take that next step and earn a living from their ability and I get to support them on their journey.

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No matter how busy it gets I always still find time to draw. Whether it’s the design process for a new product range, or a commissioned piece of artwork, it’s important that I get back to basics and enjoy being creative. I have had great success as an artist, hosting many exhibitions across the UK that have received excellent reviews in the media. My artwork has also been used in magazines, on book covers and websites. I published my first art guide in 2012 and will soon be releasing a series of ‘How To’ guides on a range of arts and crafts projects.

Katie O and Birdtree in Gorgeous Touch

One of the key factors that I believe has helped me be successful is that I only work with shops that match my own values of keeping quality high and making sure that every customer is very happy with their item. This is one of the reasons that I chose Gorgeous Touch as a potential stockist of Katie O and Birdtree products, as the store looked beautiful and I have built a great working relationship with the owners. You can now find my items dotted throughout the store, from handmade jewellery, bunting and cards to shabby chic picture frames and notebooks.

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There are also many vintage style gifts, as well as a full personalised wedding service, including bespoke invitations, name cards and decorations. Simply order anything you wish from the counter and I will make it for you!

With love,

Katie O
The Birdtree Gift Shop

Currently Making: Handmade items in a shabby chic Tea Party style!
Currently Reading: Brilliant short stories in the Mullins Collection of Best New Fiction
Currently Loving: The warmer weather and summer craft fairs 🙂

More than 50 shades of cream carpet….

Choosing a floor can be one of the hardest choice to make for any room. I often see couples perplexed trying to decide what shade of cream carpet they should have from a choice of 100’s, literally there will be samples galore of the same colour cream lying on the floor. Gorgeous Home Living http://www.gorgeoushomeliving.co.uk

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have 100’s of choices of cream carpet and if that is what you are after then their helpful staff will guide you to the exact shade you are looking for.

Choosing a carpet has become more about the science behind the sample. The emergence of a hard wearing bleech cleanable man made material called Polypropylene (polyprop) has made the manufacturer of carpets become alot cheaper with carpets retailing from £5 a square meter and a quality 80% wool 20% polyprop (80/20) being around the £20 mark. The mix of wool and polyprop really makes a carpet that can stand the test of time. Thankfully Gorgeous Home Living have more than just cream in their showroom.

A popular choice and one that really stands out is a luxury vinyl floor (LVT) such as Karndean Design Floors. Made from vinyl but glued down the finish of a vinyl floor coupled with a great choice of design fools you into thinking you have either a real sold wooden floor or ceramic tiles fitted. Being a low maintenance hard wearing flooring material LVT has become the number one choice for kitchen and bathroom fitters as unlike laminates you can mop / soak an LVT floor without fear of damage. Gorgeous Home Living have become a Gold retailer of Karndean and work closely with the best fitters locally.
Examples of Karndean Flooring:
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With over 5 ranges to choose from and nearly 70 colours and styles within each range you will surely find the exact flooring you are looking for. Thankfully the trained staff at http://www.gorgeoushomeliving.co.uk are technically trained and experienced enough to know what flooring works best where.

With the choice of materials, colours and styles ever increasing it is difficult to find the most suitable flooring whilst also matching your colour pallet, all you need to do is pop in store at Gorgeous Home Living and see examples of what a great floor can do to a room. You need no longer be stuck looking at 50 shades of cream carpet, let the staff open your eyes to something different and guide you to what best fits for you.

The Look without The Cost

In the current economic climate we have more customers that want to achieve an interior designer look without the interior designer price. Finding bold statement pieces of furniture or accessories normally comes with a huge price tag.

As bold statement pieces of furniture goes you cannot find better than Coach House, a company that is sum ominous with interior designers throughout the UK. We have often bumped into and met some of the more well known TV personality interior designers when we visit their show room. Coach House bring designer pieces that really make a bold statement, often made by hand and carved to perfection using the best materials available they really do stand out. We currently sell a number of Coach House lines at http://www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk/coach-house-241-c.asp as you can see the quality and design bring along a high sale price but we have been able to source a supplier that is able to achieve a designer look without faltering on quality and brings along a much more money savvy price tag.

An example is the classic design French Armoire wardrobe, styled on furniture from the late 1700’s during the reign of Louis XIV where style was characterised by free curves and decorative work was influenced from Chinese art.
A full mirrored Armoire from Coach House will cost £1249 French Armoire
Where as our interpretation piece styled from the same era is only £699 French Armoire

A hand carved bed from the Coach House collection as a standard double (4.6ft) sells at £849 French Bed

The interpretation piece is only £550 French Bed

If only choosing these 2 pieces you would have saved £849 whilst still obtaining the look, style and bold statement associated with these Louis XIV inspired bedroom pieces. For more from both suppliers please check out http://www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk/bedroom-furniture-122-c.asp

Coastal Living

One of the things that I love about running my own home accessories and furniture store is watching tastes and trends change or develop. A trend that I have had a particular amount of pleasure finding exciting new suppliers for is “Nautical” or some call it “Coastal Living”.

Coastal Living is a theme that brings the outdoors in with natural or nautical colours complimented with natural elements and materials such as drift wood, shells and stones. For a lot of people Coastal Living is about being able to drift away to another place without leaving their home or about reminding them of places that they have visited, unfortunately there is not alot of people that can afford a nice £9,000,000 property in Sand Banks but we can bring the essence of living in such a picturesque paradise home.

To get the right mix of products and colour is really simple and will make any room into a seaside paradise, to achieve this you only need to follow a few tips:

  1. Select a complimentary colour palette – Blue is by far the colour mostly thought as the colour of choice for that nautical look and its not difficult to see why, especially when even the name of the different shades are nautical themed “Seahorse Blue”, “Clear Ocean”, “Blue Lagoon”, “Sea Blue”, “Atlantic Blue” and “Coastal Mist” all provide a great base to your themed room add to the Blue some amazing bright white and your room is starting to take shape. You don’t have to be too strict with sticking to the same blue, mix the shades up by adding blue in various pieces and not just on the wall.
  2. Themed accessories can really help to lift anchor and set sail to a beech far away, take for instance this lighthouse themed lamp http://www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk/lighthouse-table-lamp-1584-p.asp other simple accessory ideas include collecting shells and displaying them in a chic glass vase.
  3. Furniture selections made of Wood with accessories made from Glass, Wicker or Hessian can provide warm shades and texture that continue to build a maritime environment. An example is this boat shelf (http://www.gorgeoustouch.co.uk/large-boat-shelf-1647-p.asp) made of wood and offering the perfect nautical themed storage whilst providing flexibility of usage in any nautical themed room.
  4. Furniture, anything goes. There are no real rules to what style of furniture to use so mix it up old with new and where possible dress furniture in blue and white upholstery.
  5. Take inspiration from anywhere possible, do you have any holiday memories from visiting the seaside? Is there a themed accessory that encapsulates what you want to achieve from your living space if so use this to help inspire your living area. You don’t have to stick to just blue and white, just look at the amazing beech huts in Bournemouth to see the vast array of colours used http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/534844.