From school project to showroom design….

When local girl, May Burgess, came into our kitchen showroom looking for some input to her school design project, I don’t think anyone expected she would soon be helping to design our new ‘Home Office’ display!

With the ambition of studying product design at university next year, May was so pleased with the help from one of our senior designers, Craig Lacey, on her school project, she asked if she could come in for some work experience to understand a little more about what we do and how we do it.  We were delighted to help and here’s some of her highlights:

“Having held little expectations for the week ahead of me, I walked into Pittville’s kitchen showroom on the morning of Monday the 31st of August to be greeted with smiling faces from Lindsay and Craig, the designers. Shortly after I met Alison, the manager, who outlined Pittville and its many branches as well as providing me with a flexible day-to-day plan for the week, to dip in-and-out of: an elevating start.

My main project for the week was introduced; to re-design a section of the downstairs showroom to reflect a home office theme that tied into the existing living space display, while remaining functional for use by staff to (sit clients down and discuss products).  Having been given time to go through product brochures to help me produce an outline for the space, I began sketching some ideas to be drawn up on the computerised design program Pittville use later on in the week.

My week was spent shadowing all the staff to get an understanding of what each area of the business does.  I learnt how important it is to double check plans and measurements with suppliers before work begins to ensure that few surprises occur and any potential lag time in production is prevented.  (Something that was very relevant to my school design projects too!)  I was also amazed by the amount of work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to help make sure customers jobs are completed efficiently and on time.

Towards the end of the week I was let loose with the design program to begin bringing my sketches for the home office showroom to life; using genuine dimensions to fit the space provided as well as experimenting with and changing materials to create a style that followed current trends.   On Friday I presented my ideas to Alison and Lindsay (they seemed really pleased!) and we wrapped up with a friendly discussion of my week over some tea and cake!

This wonderful opportunity has given me a glimpse into the industry and has added new skills to my roster, ones that would be hard to gain from purely a classroom surrounding.

I started the week with no expectations and finished with a smile.   Thank you Pittville!”

 

 

Whether you want your precious objects hidden away or to tell stories from open shelves you can flexibly arrange the modular elements of Silenia to satisfy your needs. Come and see our new display on the ground floor of our Kitchens and Living Spaces Showroom on Prestbury Road, Cheltenham. Shelving and drawers can be arranged to suit your space and can even tidily support your home entertainment systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Downstairs our team can show you around the modular bedroom system which can also be adapted to your needs. With pull out trouser hangers, shoe racks, LED lighting, laundry bags and drawers you can be sure of everything in its place while our designers can help you select door finishes and handles to complement your scheme.

 

 

 

We are authorised resellers of Italian brand Silenia – a design led company based near Venice, where they design and manufacture high quality products which go on to be enjoyed across the world.

So whether you are reworking your kitchen with an ever-popular open living space or looking for new bedroom furniture to complement your new en-suite bathroom get in touch and let our team of designers and installers help you create your dream space.

Order your new Hydropool swimspa or hot tub in July and August for FREE installation and delivery*.

Whether you are looking for relaxation, swim training, family fun or a combination of all three, we have a spa to suit from our partners at Hydropool, who are the only brand to offer self-cleaning swim spas and hot tubs.

 

 

To compliment the spas we also offer, in our showroom on Battledown Industrial Estate, a wide range of stylish outdoor buildings and furniture to help you create a complete spa retreat at home.

Contact us to find out more or to book a trial in one of our demonstration spas.

 

 

 

 

*Free delivery applies within a 25 mile radius of Cheltenham.  Free installation is subject to site survey to determine suitable access.  Suitable base and electricity supply is not included and needs to be provided by the customer prior to installation.

 

Bring The Summer In

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Our bathroom designers pride themselves on incorporating the latest interior design trends in the range of options they present to our clients.  Some areas they are currently drawing inspiration from include 70’s inspired indoor plants, the latest Scandi trends and the elegance created by deep inky blues.  If you are looking to turn your bathroom into a relaxing summer retreat, here’s their pick of the latest furniture finishes, paints and wall coverings.

 

 

Club tropicana

Lush, tropical themed bathrooms continue to be popular, particularly in this hot summer weather.  Greens, blues, wood and metallic finishes all combine to complement this look along with the super retro hip clusters of succulents and cheese plants. Whether you are looking at a renovation or a simple design update, the addition of plants and tropical prints can bring your interior on point.

 

Lagom

Just getting used to pronouncing Hygge, the Danish design trend which took the UK by storm in 2016? Now it’s all about Lagom, where the design aesthetic seeks to achieve balance, moderation and wellbeing.  Draw your inspiration from natural materials, muted simple colours, minimal accessories and the addition of some indoor plants – try gentle pink tones paired with calm blues bring sophistication and relaxation.

 

Navy is the new black

Deep inky blues give a rich, elegance which can be paired with soft greys and pinks in furniture to maintain a welcoming and relaxing space. The perfect foil for wood and even metallic finishes adding drama to more neutral sanitary ware and furniture. Or consider bathroom furniture in dark blue which can look dramatic with ultra-white ceramic washbasins.

 

Inspired by our trends?  Investing in a well-designed, quality bathroom makes it easy to adopt new interior trends as they emerge.  Come in and have a chat, we can guide you through our impressive range of products and help you put together a scheme which works for you now and in the future.

 

It’s a sure sign of Summer when Wimbledon starts.

Quintessentially British, it’s a great time to try something different alongside the strawberries and cream. This recipe from Great British Chefs provides a refreshing cocktail to enjoy in the garden, or maybe even in the hot tub.

 

 

Watermelon and Prosecco sorbet

1 watermelon, medium, chopped, total weight 450g once prepped

1 lemon, large, juiced

75ml of Prosecco or Elderflower Presse for non-alcoholic version

 

Rosemary syrup

2 sprigs of rosemary, large

100ml of water

100g of caster sugar

 

To serve as a cocktail

Prosecco

 

  1. To begin, make the simple rosemary syrup. Add the sugar, water and rosemary to a medium saucepan and place over a low heat. Allow the sugar to slowly dissolve in the water and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Switch off the heat and allow to cool completely. Drain and reserve.
  2. Add the watermelon flesh to a blender and blitz until smooth. Pass through a sieve, then add the lemon juice and rosemary syrup. Blend again until smooth.
  3. Once smooth, stir through the Prosecco or Elderflower Presse. Pour the mixture into a large, shallow, freezer-proof dish and set aside to chill in the fridge.
  4. At this point, you can either use the ice cream machine to make a very smooth sorbet, according to manufacturer instructions, or make it manually for a more rustic look. The second option will take a bit longer; place the dish in the freezer. Stir and scrape the mixture with a fork every 30 minutes, moving the frozen edges in toward the slushy centre and crushing any lumps until the sorbet is firm – this should take 3-4 hours. Place in the freezer overnight.
  5. Remove the sorbet from the freezer about 10-15 minutes before serving. To serve as a cocktail, simply add a scoop to a glass and top up with Prosecco or Elderflower Presse.

 

 

 

Recipe from Great British Chefs.  For more details: http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/watermelon-prosecco-sorbet-cocktail-recipe

We are exhibiting at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Show – 9-11th June 2017, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham.  

We can’t wait to share all our interior and outdoor design advice and will have fabulous offers which will be available exclusively at the show.

We are sponsoring the Chef’s Kitchen Theatre where local chefs from leading restaurants and hotels will show-case local and regional food with inspiring demonstrations of creative cooking, sharing some of their cooking tips. After the demonstration browse around our space where we’ll be available to discuss projects for both your inside and outside spaces with demonstration products for you to explore.

We look forward to seeing you!

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With the warmth of the summer sun on our skin you might be ready for the long summer days but is your outside space? Putting great efforts into our homes is second nature for most of us and whilst we often maintain our gardens and add furniture and plants to create an attractive space it’s time to  start thinking creatively about connecting your interior and exterior spaces.

 

In much the same way as our kitchens have become living spaces which blur the boundaries between dining, cooking and relaxing, the upcoming trend is the blurring of boundaries between the internal and external living spaces to create an even larger space to entertain, have fun with the children, relax and even exercise. We’ve got 5 hot style tips to inspire your outdoor renovation.

 

 

Give your interior design skills some fresh air

Garden trends for 2017 are definitely warming to home furnishings with rugs, comfortable sofas, lighting and music to give us an outside space where you can truly relax but it also gives us an opportunity to have some fun with brightly coloured accessories.

 

 

 

 

Cover up and snuggle up   

We often hear clients comment that their outside space is only really used for a few months of the year. Make your space work for longer than just the summer season by adding a gazebo, like this one with optional roll-up side walls.

 

 

 

 

 

Make time for you

Whether for fun, relaxation or exercise, an outdoor hot tub or swim spa can be a great addition to give a focus to your outside space all year round. For those who prefer a little shelter and privacy, create a cosy corner with a gazebo designed specifically to house hot tubs.  As stockists for Hydropool, Pittville have a wide choice available to view and even try out in our new showroom in Battledown. https://pittville.co.uk/something-new-happening-spa-town/ . We can give you realistic advice on how much they cost to run, how to maintain it (take a look at our self cleaning options) and even arrange a site visit prior to installation.

 

 

 

 

 

Create ambiance with lighting  

Don’t forget the lighting. In the same way you would carefully consider lighting for your living room or bathroom think about how you want to use the space. Task lighting near cooking areas, floor-standing architectural lighting for drama or functional wall lighting for a hidden walkway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get creative with your flooring

Consider opting for tiles which can be used both inside and outside for a seamless flow between your spaces. These smart limestone effect tiles are available in internal and external versions from Mandarin Stone with a textured finish for greater slip resistance.

 

 

 

 

Combine them with a dramatic rug, designed to withstand the rigors of the British weather, for a design punch to satisfy the most discerning style aficionados.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re also seeing a significant increase of interest in artificial grass. Once the exclusive partner of sports training fields their improvement in quality has revolutionised the garden, with consumers attracted by the realistic low maintenance options available. We have samples in our Battledown showroom, leave your shoes at the door and give them a try to see how they feel underfoot.

 

 

 

 

Our new showroom in Battledown is now fully open, presenting fully working spas and swimspas from Hydropool, furniture from Vondom, lighting and flooring. Open Monday to Saturday every week. Either pop in or call to book a session in the swimspa.

Radiators

As spring is finally upon us there will be many households having the debate about whether or not to turn the central heating off. However, what we can all agree on is that we love our towels warm and dry when we step out of the shower, even in the summer!

Sadly a standard towel radiator will not dry our towels once the central heating is switched off, cue the dual fuel electric element.  A dual fuel electric element is installed into your radiator, so that it can be run off the central heating in the winter and the electricity in the summer.  The element will provide enough heat to dry your towels without heating the room, perfect for those warmer days!

If you would like any further information on dual fuel, please give us a call or pop into our Cheltenham showroom, where we can talk you through all of the beautiful ranges available from companies such as JIS and Bisque.

Lindsay Merchant

Already this year we have started seeing an increase in popularity of concrete. It can be found in the door finish, worktops or flooring, often with a splash of copper to really keep a very up to date look. With the confidence people have gained from the introduction of blue colour last year, I think we will start to see more and varied colours appearing (pinks and greens are a hot tip) in designs for 2017 and beyond.  The ongoing trend for combined cooking / living spaces is driving a need for clever storage solutions to ensure beautiful items are on display and more ‘functional’ items are sensibly stored within easy reach but out of sight.  Large, flexible larder and hidden pantry units are coming back into fashion as are ‘breakfast’ cabinets that house all the appliances you need to prepare an amazing breakfast but don’t want to look at (e.g. toasters, blenders etc).


 
Cleverly designed utility cupboards are also increasing in popularity and with the ongoing improvement in laundry and dishwashing appliances, it is easier than ever to house them close to a living space without any noise disruption.

My ideas for a “quick and easy” kitchen transformation (i.e. giving your kitchen a new look without starting from scratch!)


 

1) Add a new splash-back – a coloured glass splash back behind your hob or sink is a quick and easy way to add excitement without too much expense or upheaval… they are really practical too.  Choosing tones that compliment your kitchen units will help to ensure a small change fits in well with the existing scheme.
 

 
2) Update the lighting – adding new pendant lights over your kitchen table or some new under cabinet LEDs can really bring a room to life.  New LED lighting comes in a range of colours (including warm and cold white) and is also dimmable to enhance the effect it has on the space.


 
3) Install an island – if you don’t use your formal dining table anymore, if space allows, consider replacing it with an island to provide extra worktop space and the potential to add a breakfast bar for casual seating. Given the current trend for contrasting islands, this can be an easy way to add something different without needing to completely replace your existing scheme.

Finally my favourite client project that I am particularly proud of is a recent job that really tested my design skills!


 

I was asked to create a beautiful, family kitchen, enabling the father to have full access when using his wheelchair.  Working closely with the whole family, I designed a contemporary space with a low breakfast table which acted as both a preparation area and a place for the family to get together.  The use of separate, low level fridge and freezer compartments ensured they were easily accessible and provided a safe surface to hold food removed from the nearby oven.  I added floating shelves rather than wall units to display my client’s beautiful cookware and used a stylish backdrop of subway tiles to achieve the contemporary look and ensure low maintenance. My clients were thrilled with the outcome and I was so happy to create a space they could all enjoy together.

We understand that homeowners are increasingly keen to carve out dedicated spaces, designed specifically to help improve their fitness and overall wellbeing.  New for 2017 we have opened a dedicated spa showroom in the heart of Cheltenham and for this months blog we’ve taken a look at a selection of options for harnessing the revitalising properties of water.

The sauna and the steam bath – the secret of perfect skin.

Winter weather takes its toll on our bodies in many ways and is often most visible through our skin which can turn dry and lifeless.  The warmth produced by a sauna or steam ‘bath’ helps to relax and rehydrate winter skin, making it easier to remove the dull outer layers and find the softer and more supple skin below.

Pittville Sauna

 

To really reap the benefits of these treatments, it is advisable to repeat the session a couple of times a week which can be difficult if you have to leave home to do it.  Never fear!  There are now a variety of solutions available to help you enjoy the benefits of steam and sauna from the comfort of your own home.  From beautifully designed steam and sauna cabins, to steam pods that can be installed in the space of an existing shower enclosure, there is now no need to miss out.  Contact us now to find out more.

The hot tub – targeted, tension relief

Immersion in hot springs water has long been recognised for its therapeutic benefits and is one reason why home hot tubs have been increasing in popularity.  Relief from back and leg pain, sports recovery, stress relief, and headaches are some of the most common reasons people purchase hot tubs today and some of the recent models provide customisable therapy programmes, that can be easily tailored to your specific needs.

Pittville Hot Tub

 

With the addition of aromatherapy oils into the water, a chromatherapy lighting programme and an integrated sound system to provide an experience that targets four senses – touch, sight, sound and smell – the overall wellness benefits can be significantly enhanced…you can just sit back and truly relax! There are an array of options to evaluate when choosing to buy a hot tub, click here to download a free guide to help you find out the right option for you.

The Swim Spa – fitness on tap

The evolution of ‘swim spas’ over the past decade has made it more possible that ever to have a fantastic swim experience in the comfort of your own home without the cost and maintenance of a swimming pool.

Pittville Hot Tub

 

Modern swim spas generate a steady water current that creates a set level of directional resistance and the more advanced models also enable you to adjust this to continue to provide a challenging exercise, as your fitness increases.  As well as swimming, they can be used for a variety of activities including cross training, rehabilitation and of course relaxation (especially if there is a hot tub area as well!).  Take a look at this video to see just how much fun you can have.

If this has inspired you to create a wellbeing escape in your own home, come and visit us at our new Spas showroom in Cheltenham.