Make the most of your outdoor space with furniture that complements your favorite open-air activities.

Spring is here, and summer is on it’s way to come. It is perfect time to start with your interior design of your outdoor spaces…

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Consider and design outdoor areas as carefully as interior spaces. Think of these as beautifully finished and furnished outdoor ‘rooms’ and not merely verandas or patios.

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Choose Materials Wisely

Rust-resistant furniture stands up to years of sun exposure, and soggy swimming cloths are never a problem on cushions covered in water-repellent fabric.
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Glass tabletops resist scratches and are easy to clean, however only glass that has been tempered to resist breaking should be used outdoors.
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A traditional patio table set is an obvious choice, but conventional doesn’t necessarily mean boring. Look for styles with a center bowl that can double as an ice bucket or fire pit.
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Work Your Space

Think small spaces have cramped your outdoor lifestyle? With space-savvy furniture, you can dine, entertain, and relax even in the most spatially challenged area. A bistro table works on a cozy balcony, while stackable chairs can easily be tucked away when not in use. Even the simplest arrangement of casual chairs can transform an outdoor space into a popular gathering place.

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If you’re looking to build up a healthy tan this summer, you should definitely consider purchasing sun-loungers.

 

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Contact Scribbels Interiors for quotes for your outdoor areas. Let them help you choose with the design of your outdoor space.

 

 

Winter is all about spending time at home …

Winter is all about spending time at home – It’s time for roaring fires, bubbling curries, board games, cosy throws and blankets.133d43992c0fdfdd3e6a06e118e578e8

As temperatures dip lower, bring your focus inward by re-arranging your furniture. If you have a fireplace, pull pieces in toward the center of the room and face them toward the hearth to create a cosy gathering spot for winter entertaining.

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Scatter cushions and blankets to a room can inspire a warm atmosphere and create the perfect set-up for a warm and snug winter.

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Avoid the winter blues by infusing your spaces with pops of cheery colour. A bright throw or a boldly patterned scatter cushion will do the trick.

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Add a layer your favourite throws on your bed. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will feel cosy too.

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A fluffy area rug sets off this living room’s main seating area and adds warmth and texture.

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Ways to Warm up your Home

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As the temperature drops and the rain starts to fall, we’re all spending just that much longer under the covers. Now that winter is officially here, it’s time to make your home feel warm and cosy. So, why not give your bedroom a style update and make the most of the season?

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 Add some texture

One of the best ways to warm up a room is with texture. Add a cosy touch to your bedroom by updating your space with textured throws and pillows. A fluffy scatter cushion or luxuriously plush blanket will help to turn your bedroom into a snug refuge, even on the coldest days.

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Colour me cosy

Make winter blues a thing of the past by adding a pop of colour to your space. Rich oranges and yellows will brighten up your bedroom and make it feel warmer. If you prefer to keep your room neutral, even one or two accent pieces can make a huge difference. Our colourful, patterned winter sheeting is the perfect addition to help liven up your room and make it more exciting.

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Warmth from the ground up

Help keep your room comfy by covering cold floors with a fluffy area rug. An extra layer will add texture and warmth to your space. You can even layer one rug on top of another to create your own unique style.

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Lovely layers

Just like in fashion, winter is all about adding layers to your home. Update your space by layering our thick winter sheets with a comforter, throws and scatter cushions. Avoid drab decor this winter by choosing our statement cushions and blankets with playful patterns and bold hues. The more layers, the merrier!

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ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DESIGNING YOUR HOME

Sun_Gibeon-PhotographySun — Sunlight is one of the most important factors to consider when designing a home. Improperly sighting a home without regard to sun can lead to glare, overheated spaces, sun damage or dark and gloomy interiors. Mapping out the sun’s path on your site can inform you about what times of the day spaces may need shading, how the surrounding environment will affect the site, as well as what places will be best for outdoor living.

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Views — Although every home may not be blessed with sweeping views of a beautiful landscape, each site still has its unique surroundings to take into account.  Whether it is framing small focused views in an urban setting, or designing floor-to-ceiling windows towards a mountain vista, it is important to highlight the best aspect of the site and make the home feel grounded to its unique location. Just as important as good views are bad views. Simple design changes can screen neighboring homes, roadways or any other eyesores.

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Wind — Although wind is a bit more unpredictable than the sun, it is a factor that can really make or break a home. In warmer climates, it is important to site a home so cross-breezes will flow during the hot months, whereas in cold climates you may want to buffer the wind with landscape to reduce heating bills. No matter where you live, some forethought about wind will enhance your outdoor living spaces, reduce energy costs and even help with maintenance!

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Wind2_David-Patterson-PhotographySound — Anyone who has ever been woken up by the garbage truck in the morning knows that noise can cause a damper on daily living. Make sure to visit your site at different times of the day to determine the main sources of noise pollution.  Proper siting of quiet spaces, such as bedroom vs public spaces, or even kitchens can help prevent some of the tolls on daily life. Additionally, landscaping, high-quality windows and sound insulating can make a huge difference.

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All rooms need a focal point

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When you walk into a room, the first thing you notice is the room’s focal point.

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It is essential to good design as it creates order and a feeling of balance in your room.

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It may an attractive feature, such as a fireplace or view, or it may be a not-so-fabulous television or future wall.

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Or headboard, scatters and lamps

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The focal point of a room influences the arrangement of furniture.

 

Decorating the room to emphasize the focal point is a great way to re-energize the space. It also takes the focus off the less attractive features of the room.

Curtains, Blinds or Shutters

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When it comes to window treatments, the options largely fall into two camps: blinds and curtains. As with most home decor decisions, choosing between them is a matter of personal preference and specifics of the room in question. After all, there are certainly pros and cons to both. While blinds tend to be more affordable and precise in light control, curtains can add instant style and cozy textures to a space.

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(Blinds are also easier to clean, technically, but that just means they must be cleaned more often—though that means they’re cleaner at any given moment than curtains…ideally)

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Shutters add an element of traditional beauty to most homes they grace. Installing shutters usually involves a sizeable investment; however, it is well worth it if you can afford it. They are very versatile window coverings, as not only are they functional with regards to insulation, privacy, light control and décor aesthetics, but they also have the benefit of being able to make any home that much more secure and if well maintained, they can last a lifetime.

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Curtains are by far the most popular option as they are very versatile, easy to make, operate, fit and maintain.

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