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We're Relocating

Posted on August 04, 2016 by Rebecca Moore

Exciting News! We're relocating to new premises opening early September. Our last trading day at 15 Westmoreland Street, will be the 19th August 2016. Our new address will be 33 Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA. We look forward to welcoming you to our new showroom very soon. Be sure to sign up to our mailing list, if you haven't already for your invitation to our champagne launch event*.

 

*Date & time TBC.

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How to Paint Furniture using Autentico Chalk Paint

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Rebecca Moore

4 Steps to getting the best finish on your painted furniture... 

Step 1 – Preparation

Firstly wash down your chosen piece of furniture with a sugar soap solution. This is available to buy at most DIY stores, but to save you time we sell it here for just £3, so you can pick up everything you need in one go. Sugar soap solution helps to break down grease and gets rid of dust and dirt. After washing your furniture, dry off with kitchen paper. 

Next sand your furniture with medium sandpaper (80 – 120grit) in the direction of the grain. Take care not to rub in a circular motion otherwise this will leave noticeable scratches. You do not need a to remove all the old paint or varnish just scour the surface which helps the new paint to adhere, no sander required.

 

Make sure to wipe down with the sugar soap again afterwards to ensure the surface is completely clean and dry with kitchen paper.

In certain circumstances it may be appropriate to use a primer. Priming your piece of furniture can help with colour coverage & paint adherence, and also prevent bleed through from tannins.

Step 2 – Paint

With over 150 colours to choose from within the Autentico range we're sure you'll find a colour to suit although this could be the hardest part of the process! Apply the paint in smooth strokes using a synthetic brush or foam roller. We suggest a 2” brush for large flat surfaces and a 1” brush for the fiddly bits and hard to reach places.

Resist the urge to go back into the paint once it starts to dry as this will drag it off. Patchy areas will cover with the second coat. Paint out any drips or runs as you work. Leave to dry and sand out any imperfections with fine sandpaper before applying a second coat in the same way. Chalk paint dries fairly quickly, and therefore will be re-coatable within 30 minutes - 1 hour. 

 

Step 3 – Distress

Decide where you would like to distress your piece of furniture and using medium sandpaper lightly rub in the chosen area to remove the paint. Corners, edges and decorative features are best suited to this method and will give your painted furniture character and definition.

 

Step 4 – Wax

Chalk paint is very soft and needs some kind of protection to make it water tight and durable. You can use a matt varnish but by far the quickest and easiest method is to use a specially formulated wax. This can be clear, dark coloured to create an antique effect or even metallic. Apply liberally with a lint free cloth, sponge or a wax brush all over your finished piece. Allow the wax to sink in for 12 hours and repeat.

 

Stand back and admire your work!!

If you would like to know more or learn other decorative techniques that will make your furniture unique come and join us for our Beginners & Advanced Painting Workshops.  

Happy painting!!

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Planning your Perfect Bedroom

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Rebecca Moore

If you are thinking of a re-vamp for your bedroom read our guide before taking the plunge.

Limit your Colour Palette

The colour palette and style of patterns you choose will create the ambience of your room. A lot of crazy colour is not good for restful sleep in a bedroom. Stick to a palette of three or less colours and style the room around those. Schemes inspired by nature are always calming and restful for example leaves and plant fronds. A neutral colour will provide the ideal backdrop for a relaxed environment and can be livened up with pops of accent colour.

   

Avoid Hot Colours…

Colours that are too warm for example reds and oranges, for walls anyway, are not restful. If you wish to use a 'hot' colour, perhaps try adding this with accents, cushions, throws, pictures etc. 

   

But Dramatic is Good!

Dark colours can be restful and moody and create a cosy feel. Mix white with greys, blues and pattern. Paint a dark accent wall for that wow factor.

  

Furniture Outdated?

Give your old furniture a new co-ordinated look. Learn how to use chalk paint to paint those mismatched pieces. Try one of our workshops, to find our more about transforming your furniture click here

   

Change the Linen

Bedlinen is the perfect place to add some pattern and colour, because it can be changed so easily. Your bed is the largest expanse of fabric in your home; you can change the look of your room completely with a change of linen. Layer soft textiles around for a sumptuous feel.

   

Examples

To demonstrate the above points, we thought we would share with you some images of projects we have completed where we have created a restful space. For more images visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JustSoInteriors. The lighting, paint, wallpaper, fabric and roman blinds are all available from us here at Just So. If you would like help with your next bedroom renovation please get in touch. 

 

  

Wallpaper used is Cole & Son Wallpapers, Cow Parsley, part of the Contemporary Collection. Find it in several updated colour ways in Contemporary Restyled. Visit the Cole & Son website for more details, click here, or call in to Just So Interiors to view samples. 

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A Guide to Window Dressing

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Angela Moore

The shape and style of the windows you have should determine the type of window dressing that you choose. Here’s our guide to choosing the right style for your window.

Pencil Pleat Heading

These are probably the most well-known of all curtain heading styles. These are made using 3” or 6” deep tape which is sewn to the back of the top of the curtain and the gathered effect is created by pulling up the cords. Usually we allow twice the amount of fabric for this style of curtain but there is some leeway as the gathers can be pulled tighter to give a neater structured look or more loosely for a softer look. This type of heading is suitable for both poles and tracks but the main negative for this style is that the fabric creates a lot of bulk when drawn back which can look untidy. We would recommend 3” tape for sill length curtains or 6” for floor length, which gives proportion to the look. Tapes usually have at least 3 rows of pockets for the hooks to adjust the height of the heading.

Triple Pinch Pleat Heading

A formal heading style where the gathers are uniform and hand sewn into three pleats with stitching at the base of each pleat. These are dressier than pencil pleat and require more fabric, we use a 2.5 allowance. Although fuller when they are drawn back these curtains fall into a neat stack. Suitable for using with an inter liner to create a luxurious fuller effect. Hung with pin hooks so the height can be adjusted slightly. The heading height can be adjusted to give proportion we use 5” for sill length and 6” or 8” for floor length depending on the ceiling height.

Double Pinch Pleat Heading

Another formal style but a little more contemporary than the triple pleat. Made in the same way but with two hand sewn pleats. Hung with pin hooks as above and with a neat stack back.

Inverted Pleat Heading 

A very elegant curtain style which has folds which butt up against each other. Hand sewn with buckram for a tailored finish. Not suitable for very patterned fabric or vertical stripes. Work well as dress curtains but don’t stack back well.

Goblet Heading

A very formal and traditional look, with sewn in pockets shaped like goblets. These are very full with a 2.5/3 allowance and hung with pin hooks as above. Hand sewn and made using buckram. Best suited to floor length curtains.

Eyelet Curtains

This type of heading creates a contemporary look and is used with an eyelet pole (no rings). There is a choice of ring size and colour to complement the pole being used. Suits short or long curtains.

Gathered Heading

An informal and soft look with a ruffled country style. Created using tape which can be 1”, 2” or 3” and with a specified upstand.

Slot Top Heading

A simple gathered heading made without tape. The pocket threads directly onto the pole and creates a soft ruched effect. The upstand can be 1”, 2” or 3”.

Puffball Heading

A very feminine and soft decorative heading which can be floppy to create a valance or stiffened with net to give more structure. Can look elegant and classical when used with silk or for a cottagey look when left floppy and constructed from checked or gingham fabric.

Wave Heading

Similar to the eyelet curtain in its hanging shape the ‘wave’ curtain heading is an even simpler style. This heading requires the installation of a special pole or track.  The folds keep their shape due to the construction of the hanging equipment and can vary in depth dependent on the cording options. A very contemporary style that is suited to voile curtains covering larger expanses or for heavier fabrics either lined or inter lined. Caution if using fabric with vertical stripes it’s not always easy to position the stripes in in the same place on each fold.

Trimmings

Curtains can also be trimmed with contrast fabric to give an interesting leading edge or trimmed with braid or beading to create an individual look.

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Be Happier in your Home...

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Rebecca Moore

10 Ways to be happier in your own home...

Recently we've been pinning images on Pinterest to help us put together our 30 Minute Makeover event, and in doing so have come across a few tips and tricks on how to become happier in your home. 

1: Make Your Bed

The book "The Happiness Project" explains that this simple three minute task is one of the simplest ways to declutter and destress one of the most important rooms in your home. Adopting this simple habit can positively impact your happiness. 

2: Clutter Causes Stress

This isn't a breakthrough statement, it's a well known fact; clutter causes stress. The mood boosting routine of tidying up a room should only take around five minutes to do. Unless of course you have a toddler or partner that who likes to simulate an earthquake, these five minutes should be sufficient enough to spruce up any room. 

3: Memory Maker

The reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories. This should be easy enough to do, and may even make you happier in the process :).

4: Today has been a Great One...

Try getting into the habit of simply sharing or thinking about one happy memory from that day. If you have children involve them, try getting them to tell you what the best part of their day was, you might just be surprised at what they say. Reflection is an important part of happiness, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude. If talking about your memories doesn't work, try writing down one line or sentence every day of a special memory. The added bonus of this is later in life, when your memory maybe isn't what it was, you will already have all of your meaningful adventures recorded! Not only will this book last for years, it may even provide you with some laughs along the way.

5: If you can't get out of it, get into it!

The dishes really aren't going to clean themselves, so you sadly you will have to do it. It's one of those must do chores, and you're never going to get out of it, so get into it! Try making even the most boring tasks, enjoyable. Turn up the volume on your favourite album and get performing some karaoke whilst pretending that this chore really isn't so bad. You never know, you may even learn to love it, even if you don't pretend! Happy Cleaning...

6: Live for Today

How many of you dread that feeling of being awoken by the dog howling or the cat scratching at the door? Or those of you that come with a morning warning "Attention all human beings, I'm useless without coffee!" Yeah I thought so... It may be cliche but setting a daily intent can make a huge difference to your happiness. Your daily intent could be "productive" or "exercise" or it could be something more specific like "say thank you to my loved ones today." However it should definitely not be another "to do" item on your list. 

7: Do THEM a Favour...

That's right, I said them. Do small favours for your husband or wife, children or housemates and expect NOTHING in return! Not even a thank you. Try mowing the lawn for your husband but don't expect a pat on the back. Make the bed for your wife (properly), but don't try getting bonus points for it. Take the bins out for your housemate, why should they always do it? The ability to cultivate strong, healthy relationships is one of the biggest contributory factors to health and happiness, but when you start to keep score, the benefit is lost. The key is to try and keep these acts of kindness, selfless. When you do good, you feel good.

8: Keep in Touch

We are all leading busy lives but don't neglect your friends and family. Try calling your loved ones once a day, you can do this while you clean, while you make the bed, or while you walk the dog. Texts and emails do not count! Make an actual phone call, just to chat and catch up. We are social beings and studies show that even when we don’t feel like it, even if we are naturally introverted, socialising with our loved ones makes us feel better.

9: Cultivate Experiences at Home

Rather than spending all your income on those must have jeans or that seriously expensive spa day, try saving your money and purchase a new DVD player for family movie night or buy a digital camera or video camera. Then plan a summer barbeque, invite your closest friends, and relax. And definitely don’t forget to print out the pictures to remember the good times.

10: Indulge

We've discussed doing small favours for other people, but now it's your turn! Delve into that bookcase of yours that hasn't been looked at for months and pick out that book that you've been meaning to read. And by book, we mean an actual book, not a magazine! Or before bed, create a home spa: light some candles and soak in a hot bath... Are you feeling better yet? We hope so.

 

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