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.
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.
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.
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
2 sprigs of rosemary, large
100ml of water
100g of caster sugar
To serve as a cocktail
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!
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.