Radiators – not just for winter

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.

With a new year comes a new wave of interior design trends to incorporate into your home. To help you cut through the noise we’ve picked some of our favourite trends for this year and easy ways to use them in your home.

Personalised Storage

Storage is key to getting an interior scheme right and is vital in any busy family home. This year storage will go beyond the standardised linear pieces we’re so used to and will take a more personalised, custom-made role in the home.

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Good storage should blend seamlessly into your living spaces without looking like it’s bursting at the seams! We love the Graphos modular range from innovative Italian designer Silenia, which allows you to create a beautiful storage solution from over 10,000 possible combinations giving you something truly unique that works for you.

Top tip: try mixing colours, textures and sizes and let your beautiful storage take centre stage. Whether you opt for wall hung or freestanding, don’t hide your storage systems out of sight. Our expert design team can help you source the perfect storage solution to suit your style – pop in and see our brand new living spaces showroom on Prestbury Road, Cheltenham for some inspiration!

Marble, brass & raw materials

Raw materials continue to feature heavily in interiors throughout 2017, with a spotlight on marble and brass accessories giving living spaces a natural, opulent edge. Innovations in digital printing and technology means faux-raw materials will become more widely available and often look so good you can barely notice the difference.

Top tip: incorporate this trend in your bedroom with a beautiful suede bed accessorised with a cosy faux fur rug for chilly nights.  For an extra level of opulence, you could add  white marble side tables with oversized brass lamps or for complete luxury, how about a freestanding copper bath?  Our designers can help you achieve any of these so feel free to give us a call.

Make Room For Navy

Don’t be afraid of using this surprisingly versatile colour throughout your home. From a deep, dark and dramatic navy to a richer, brighter shade of navy-blue, there are almost as many shades of navy as there are grey! It looks stunning when paired with striking, bright accessories (think pops of bright pink, orange and green for a contemporary edge) and also timelessly elegant when paired with gold accents and wooden floor boards. Navy is ideal for an accent wall and makes whites look crisp and clean.

Top tip: for a fresh look, try pairing a deep navy with raw materials and fresh shades of white. For wow factor choose a rich shade of navy and contrast it with bright accents of pink and orange.  If you would like some help with transforming the décor in any room, come in and talk to us about our decorating services.

For more design inspiration for your home, visit our new living spaces showroom on Prestbury Road, Cheltenham.

Business opportunity is a cut above

Fancy setting up your own hairdressing salon in a buzzing business community?

Our very own Simon Butland, founder of Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens, is offering a talented hairdresser the chance to move into a ready-made salon here in Pittville, Cheltenham.

Not only is this a great opportunity to move into a ready-made salon, it’s an offer that – appropriately enough – comes with fringe benefits, as Simon is offering the services of his expert interior design team to adapt the salon to the new owner’s personal brand!

The Pittville traders are a small group of local independent businesses located on the edge of Cheltenham’s main shopping district and offer a range of stores, from bespoke kitchens and interior design to top-notch coffee and artisan eclectic flooring. The vibrant mix of stores is something Simon is passionate about, and when the opportunity arose to purchase the recently vacated Luke Reynolds Hairdressing salon, next door but one to our bathroom store, he jumped at it and is now looking for the right hairdresser to become the next member of Pittville traders.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a new or established hairdresser who is keen to make the move to a salon environment,” said Simon. “There is a real sense of community within Pittville traders and I’m really keen to help more new businesses flourish here.”

To find out more about becoming the newest member of the Pittville traders and to apply for this ready-made business opportunity, simply call Simon Butland on (01242) 251113 or email simon@pittville-co-uk.affinitydns.uk

Celebrate Christmas in Style

A beautifully designed home deserves beautifully designed accessories – and Christmas decorations are no exception!

 

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Chrismy Collection‘ by Teresa Sapey from designer Vondom – a modern twist on the classic Christmas Tree

Designed by Madrid-based architecture & design studio, Teresa Sapey, these stylish, avant-garde trees are produced by Spanish design company, Vondom.

 

Inspired by natural and elegant shapes that climb towards a peak. The ‘Chrismy Collection’ features interior lighting that creates an atmospheric effect. A renewed, refined take on a classic Christmas tree shape.

 

The trees come in a range of sizes and with a variety of different lighting options. With prices ranging from just £49 to £1,395*, these stunning, design-led accessories will add a unique, modern twist to your home or garden this Christmas, or all year round!

 

The ‘Chrismy Collection’ trees are available in four sizes ranging from 25cm to 2m tall. Choose from white or multi-coloured LED lighting and mains or battery powered models.

 

Contact us now to place your order and guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

 

We will be stocking more Vondom products as part of our exciting expansion into outdoor living spaces and spas in 2017. So watch this space…

 

*Price quoted for collection from Cheltenham. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange delivery to you and we will provide a quote.

 

25 Beautiful Homes Magazine

We are extremely pleased to announce that one of our most prestigious client projects is featured in the November issue of leading interiors magazine 25 Beautiful Homes, even making the cover!

Westerleigh Cottage is a beautiful Cotswold stone period property in rural Cowley, right on the edge of Cheltenham. The cottage is owned by Sarah Astman and Simon Colenutt and Pittville Bathrooms and Kitchens provided a full project management service, from damp proofing to hanging handmade wallpaper and everything in between.

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The finished property has many standout features, from the V&A bathroom suite to the specially designed curved wall for the master en-suite. The woodland patterned wallpaper used created a sense of warmth and luxury to enhance the large-scale features of the bedroom.

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The ground-floor incorporates vibrant colours such as the striking kitchen island painted in deep blue, mixed with natural materials and timeless pieces, to create a contemporary country feel.

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The whole house was transformed to allow the stunning natural features and Sarah’s design to take centre stage.

We hope you agree that the finished property as featured here is an absolute triumph and a great showcase for Sarah’s new business, Sarah Astman Interiors.

Our MD Simon Butland says “Westerleigh Cottage was a little tired and unloved when Sarah and Simon first purchased it. Sarah’s vision combined with our experienced craftsmen and a lot of hard work has resulted in a stunning and relaxing home environment with all mod cons. Our full project management service is available on request for e everything from forever homes to rental properties, whether you want a little advice or a full refurbishment our expert team are on hand.

Go for gold!

Bathrooms take centre stage this season with pops of gold, silver and bronze instantly lifting the space from plain to striking. Following the incredible success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics & Paralympics this summer, it seems gold fever is spreading and there’s no signs of it stopping yet! Think gold bathtubs, bronze chandeliers, silver wallpaper and rose gold fittings.

Photograph by Paul Raeside

Featured on Housetohome.co.uk. Photograph by Paul Raeside.

How to use this trend

A statement brass bathtub, like the one above featured on Housetohome.co.uk and chosen by Livingetc magazine, makes a bold statement and transforms the room into an elegant, sophisticated, luxurious haven.

If you want to opt for something subtler, use gold taps, handles and shower heads for a touch of opulence.

Axor brand from hansgrohe

Add a touch of the midas with these by The Axor brand from Hansgrohe

Worried about the longevity of the trend? Opt for transient items, like accessories and light fittings, which can easily and inexpensively change as your style does. If you would like your mixer to have a particular finish or display your monogram, a crest or a logo on the mixer, then take a look at The Axor brand, which offers you diversity and the allure of personal bathroom lifestyles, available exclusively from Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens.

The Bath/Living Room

We identified this trend earlier this year (see our Home Interior Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2016 post) but for autumn/winter 2016 it goes one step further. The bathroom is blending into the living spaces within the home, blurring the lines between an exclusively practical room, to one the whole family can enjoy. And why not! With so much time spent in the bathroom and a lot of money invested in improving it, it’s about time the bathroom took the spotlight! Think open plan en suite/bedrooms, family bathrooms that make the most of feature fireplaces with seating and soft furnishing, and materials like Corian, wood and wallpaper – often reserved for the living room and kitchen – making an appearance in the bathroom.

The bath/living room

Credit: Livingetc on Pinterest

How to use this trend

If you have a space-saving en suite, consider incorporating it into the bedroom by removing some internal walls completely, or replacing them with internal windows, sliding or screen doors and run the flooring from the bedroom into the en suite.

Bathroom design and installation by Pittville Kitchens & Bathrooms

Bathroom design and installation by Pittville Kitchens & Bathrooms

Use soft furnishings such as rugs, lamps, side tables, candles, seating and bookshelves to make the bathroom a useable living space. If your property includes a fireplace in the bathroom (as many period properties do) make the most of it by reinstating it. Not possible? No problem, place a mirror on the wall above and surround it with candles or soft LED lighting.

Have we inspired you to make changes to your home? Get in touch with our design experts to find out more about how we can help. Call us on 01242 251113, email us (info@pittville-co-uk.affinitydns.uk) or come in and see us at 12+35 Prestbury Road, Cheltenham.

Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens

Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens

Creating an accessible kitchen that can be both practical and stylish for people living with limited mobility or disabilities has never been more exciting! With the range of clever products and adaptations now available, you can create a place in your home that is both beautiful and functional.

Our Kitchen Designer Lindsay Merchant is a specialist in adapting kitchens to make them practical and accessible. She uses her expertise to create specially designed accessible spaces for people with limited mobility or disabilities.

Lindsay combines clever storage solutions at mid- or low-level and accessible appliances at eye-level to create a functional space. Her smart solutions are carefully planned and expertly executed by the experienced team here at Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens.

Lindsay focuses on planning the kitchen to minimise the need to bend down or climb up to reach items, instead making them easily accessible from whatever height the client feels most comfortable.

Breakfast bars at mid- to low-level can be used with chairs rather than high stools, enabling you to retain the stylish, social design of a bar while making it easy to use.

Wall units are fitted to a height that is best suited to the individual, enabling contents within them to be easily reached. Lindsay ensures all accessible kitchens are designed with no potential trip hazards or sharp edges. She creates wide, open spaces that encourage free movement around the kitchen; ensuring wheelchair users are able to move easily throughout the space.

As we get older our domestic requirements may change and often our kitchens and bathrooms become impractical, or less enjoyable to use. We understand this and have worked with many clients who choose to downsize their home and want to recreate a kitchen or bathroom similar to one they had in their family home. We work with clients to create an accessible, practical kitchen or bathroom that is both contemporary and stylish. By combining clever design with cutting edge products, we can create a beautiful, accessible space that is unique to you.

To find out more about our accessible kitchens and bathrooms, call us on 01242 251113, or email us at info@pittville-co-uk.affinitydns.uk

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Silenia wardrobes by Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens, featured in the King’s Hollow show home by Marcus Homes

We enjoy hunting down the very best in quality and design and that’s why we are a leading local supplier of the exclusive Italian designer furniture brand Silenia.

We’ve diversified in recent years to offer design, supply and installation of bespoke living spaces and bedrooms due to high demand from both private and industry clients, who wanted our expert design skills applied beyond the bathroom and kitchen and across the wider home. Cheltenham-based property developer Marcus Homes called on us to design the new show home for its latest landmark development in Charlton Kings, using the exclusive Silenia furniture in the bedrooms.

Silenia, based in North East Italy and established nearly 45 years ago, claim to have designed the first truly integrated modular furniture using innovative design and quality craftsmanship.

Managing Director, Simon Butland, said:

“Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens prides itself on providing the highest quality for our clients, from customer service to innovative design, expert installation to the products we use. Silenia produce furniture that incorporates innovation with aesthetics and functionality. Their furniture is versatile and attractive and our customers are thrilled with the result.”