Top Trends for March
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Spring is just round the corner, so it is a perfect time to be out with the old and in with the new when it comes to stylish home interiors. Sarah Hammill meets three local experts with helpful advice that will make your home blossom
The Trend: Sustainable Stoves
Stoves are a cost reducing and efficient method to keep your house warm throughout the year and with new, innovative designs, they can quickly become the focal point of any family room. We Love Stoves in Dunmow showcases sleek, wood-burning stoves and has built a reputable service. The store is open six-days-a-week with friendly, knowledgeable staff; some of whom have more than 25 years of expertise and can visualise your ideas and develop on them, to ensure that every customer will have the ideal installation for their home.
We Love Stoves is one of the leading suppliers of Clearview stoves and stock the entire range, as well as providing a safe and efficient home installation process tailored to individual clients’ requirements and covering all building work. Clearview stoves create a warm, romantic flame that is easy to control, and its wood-burning is also a penny saving, renewable fuel that is a pleasure to use.
The Clearview Vision 500 comes in a range of neutral colours to suit every décor, including charcoal grey and metallic black, and has a variety of useful functions. For example, the hot air wash creates really clear burning and the refractory lining tertiary air supply promotes clean combustion, which is essential. The Vision 500 exudes grandeur, with its solid brass knobs and large double glazed doors creating a perfect view of the powerful, hypnotic flames.
Director of We Love Stoves, Natalie Hagan, explains: ‘The Vision 500 is popular with our customers looking for something a little larger than the Pioneer 400 as it gives out up to 8kW and they all love the large single door which provides a spectacular, uninterrupted view of the flames.’
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The Trend: Dashing Desks
With more of us than ever working from home, it is important to have an organised, yet stylish home office, with plenty of space that reflects a personal style. Snape Maltings has a wide range of items that cannot be found on the high street. Snape Maltings has seen a real growth in home office furniture which has risen considerably in the last two years. Visitors to the house and garden home store are attracted to the quality-crafted unique pieces, including desks with warm tones and displaying a subtly distressed nature. With beautifully styled handles, stained in a summer grass finish, it is not hard to see why Snape Maltings’ desks have become such a great hit.
Alesha Gooderham, owner of the family business, says: ‘In most cases your desk will be a key piece of furniture and essentially a centrepiece for your workspace and this can have a real impact on how we feel when working from home. Finding a stylish and characterful desk is a great starting point, but there needs to be a practical approach as well. Ask yourself, if there is enough storage space to file away your paperwork - or your PC if you do not wish for technology to dominate the space. I personally think it is important to find a desk with one or two hidden spaces.’
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The Trend: Glorious Glasswork
A kitchen can provide many functions: a space for entertaining, cooking and the spectacular chaos of family meals. But whatever your needs, a good quality, well designed room is of the utmost importance and deserves good treatment, along with a little fun with the décor along the way. Knights Country Kitchens is a family-run business specialising in bespoke kitchens and has years of experience that they put to good use by listening to a client’s plans and ideas for renovation. Skilled workman will guide you through the entire design process, using handmade furniture.
Designer and company director, Hayley Cutts, says: ‘A traditional kitchen can be given a splash of bright colour achieved with striking glass behind the cooker for a stunning finish. Many clients enjoy a stained glass behind a range cooker, this method is not only beautiful but it is easy to maintain and wipes clean. Here at Knights we like to create new designs and we love the use of the splash backs of glass. With a variety of colours to chose from, it is easy to create flexible new kitchen designs using a simple method. This type of kitchen is known to us as “Shaker Style” – a modern twist that is designed to your requirements.’
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